Sample records for atresia tracheo-esophageal fistula

  1. Non-VACTERL-type anomalies are frequent in patients with esophageal atresia/tracheo-esophageal fistula and full or partial VACTERL association.

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    Jong, E.M. de; Felix, J.F.; Deurloo, J.A.; Dooren, M.F. van; Aronson, D.C.; Torfs, C.P.; Heij, H.A.; Tibboel, D.


    BACKGROUND: The VACTERL association is the nonrandom co-occurrence of Vertebral anomalies, Anal atresia, Cardiovascular malformations, Tracheo-esophageal fistula (TEF) and/or Esophageal atresia (EA), Renal anomalies, and/or Limb-anomalies. The full phenotype of patients with EA/TEF and other

  2. Cervical approach for repair of congenital tracheo-esophageal fistula presenting in an adult.

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    Albuquerque K


    Full Text Available Congenital tracheo-esophageal fistula without esophageal atresia was diagnosed on barium swallow radiography and esophagoscopy findings in an adult patient presenting with difficult in swallowing. The fistulous opening seen on the anterior wall of the esophagus led to the trachea. On bronchoscopy, the tracheal opening was located posteriorly 5 cm below the vocal cords. Successful repair was undertaken via a left cervical approach. The anatomical and developmental basis for the preferred approach is discussed with a brief literature review on the subject.

  3. 5.9 Mb microdeletion in chromosome band 17q22-q23.2 associated with tracheo-esophageal fistula and conductive hearing loss. (United States)

    Puusepp, Helen; Zilina, Olga; Teek, Rita; Männik, Katrin; Parkel, Sven; Kruustük, Katrin; Kuuse, Kati; Kurg, Ants; Ounap, Katrin


    Only eight cases involving deletions of chromosome 17 in the region q22-q24 have been reported previously. We describe an additional case, a 7-year-old boy with profound mental retardation, severe microcephaly, facial dysmorphism, symphalangism, contractures of large joints, hyperopia, strabismus, bilateral conductive hearing loss, genital abnormality, psoriasis vulgaris and tracheo-esophageal fistula. Analysis with whole-genome SNP genotyping assay detected a 5.9 Mb deletion in chromosome band 17q22-q23.2 with breakpoints between 48,200,000-48,300,000 bp and 54,200,000-54,300,000 bp (according to NCBI 36). The aberration was confirmed by real-time quantitative PCR analysis. Haploinsufficiency of NOG gene has been implicated in the development of conductive hearing loss, skeletal anomalies including symphalangism, contractures of joints, and hyperopia in our patient and may also contribute to the development of tracheo-esophageal fistula and/or esophageal atresia.

  4. Grade 1 microtia, wide anterior fontanel and novel type tracheo-esophageal fistula in methimazole embryopathy. (United States)

    Gripp, Karen W; Kuryan, Ranita; Schnur, Rhonda E; Kothawala, Murtuza; Davey, Lauren R; Antunes, Michael J; Reichard, Kirk W; Schneider, Adele; Hall, Bryan D


    Carbimazole (CMZ) and its active metabolite methimazole (MMI) are antithyroid medications, which can result in MMI/CMZ embryopathy in susceptible individuals. The incidence of birth defects related to MMI/CMZ embryopathy remains unclear as several epidemiologic studies failed to prove a correlation, despite positive case-control studies and numerous case reports. Malformations reported in exposed individuals and commonly recognized as MMI/CMZ embryopathy include cutis aplasia of the scalp, choanal atresia, esophageal atresia (EA), tracheo-esophageal fistula (TEF), persistent vitelline duct, athelia/hypothelia, and subtle facial dysmorphisms including sparse or arched eyebrows. Here, we report on individuals with early pregnancy exposure to MMI, with microtia and various other anomalies associated with MMI embryopathy, suggesting that microtia is also seen with increased frequency after prenatal MMI exposure. Additional unusual malformations among our patients include a previously unreported type of TEF with three separate esophageal pouches and a fistula connecting the middle pouch to the trachea in one child, and absence of the gall bladder in another. An enlarged anterior fontanel was seen in three patients, and clinodactyly of the fifth finger was noted in three. The similarities between our three patients with microtia after MMI exposure and the two previously reported with microtia after CMZ exposure support the concept of microtia being related to the MMI/CMZ exposure. Recognition of microtia as a manifestation of MMI/CMZ embryopathy will likely increase the number of diagnosed cases and thus affect ascertainment. We propose diagnostic criteria for MMI/CMZ embryopathy, including the presence of at least one major characteristic finding. Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  5. H-type tracheo-esophageal fistula in a very low birth weight infant: An unexpected and diagnostic challenge for neonatologist

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    Hemanth Parakh


    Full Text Available Tracheo-esophageal fistula (TEF without associated esophageal atresia or H-type fistula is a rare congenital anomaly. H-type fistula is usually missed in the neonatal period as the presenting symptoms are either of recurrent pneumonia or gastro-esophageal reflux which always lead to delay in diagnosis and infant undergoes unnecessary treatment. We report a case of H-type of TEF, diagnosed within 12 days of birth based upon choking and cyanosis on the first trial of spoon feeds. Diagnosis was confirmed with contrast esophagogram. The infant was operated for it and was successfully discharged.

  6. Bronchoscopy and Fogarty Balloon Insertion of Distal Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula for Oesophageal Atresia Repair With Video Illustration. (United States)

    Rinkel, Rico; Van Poll, Daan; Sibarani-Ponsen, Renate; Sleeboom, Christien; Bakx, Roel


    During repair of esophageal atresia with distal tracheo-esophageal fistula, air leakage through the fistula during mechanical ventilation can cause respiratory demise. From February 2012 until November 2014, all patients with esophageal atresia and distal tracheo-esophageal fistula were subjected to preoperative tracheobronchoscopy. Relatively distal fistulas were cannulated with a Fogarty catheter and blocked by insufflation (video illustration). Relatively proximal distal fistulas were sealed by precise placement of a cuffed ventilation tube. Nine of 12 patients received Fogarty balloon placement. The fistula of the remaining 3 patients were sealed by careful tube placement. No complications related to tracheobronchoscopy or Fogarty placement were noted. All procedures were uneventful. Preoperative tracheobronchoscopy to evaluate the usefulness of Fogarty balloon insertion or correct tube placement for distal tracheo-esophageal fistula is a safe and easy to perform procedure that can avoid complications in type C esophageal atresia repair. © The Author(s) 2016.

  7. Tracheo-esophageal fistula in children: a diagnosis to keep in mind. Two case reports and review of the literature = Fístula traqueoesofágica en niños: un diagnóstico para tener en cuenta. Reporte de dos casos y revisión de la literatura

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    Olga Lucía Morales Múnera


    Full Text Available The tracheo-esophageal fistula without esophageal atresia is a rare type esophageal malformation. It has a multifactorial etiology including environmental and genetic factors. Common clinical manifestations are coughing and choking after meals, cyanosis and/or recurrent pneumonia. Diagnosis requires a high clinical suspicion index. Fistula confirmation is done with imaging studies including upper digestive series, video-fluoroscopy or with the use of bronchoscopy wich allows direct visualization of the fistula or methylene blue passage through the abnormal communication. Fistula closure can be done endoscopically or surgically, in both cases with good results.

  8. Aerodynamic characteristics of the Nijdam voice prosthesis in relation to tracheo-esophageal wall thickness. (United States)

    Veenstra, A; van den Hoogen, F J; Schutte, H K; Nijdam, H F; Manni, J J; Verkerke, G J


    Tracheo-esophageal speech using various prostheses is currently the most successful form of voice and speech rehabilitation for laryngectomies. Main inter-device differences are durability and trans-device pressure loss during speech. The valveless indwelling Nijdam voice prosthesis is a new voice prosthesis. A barrier mechanism is created by a combination of the esophageal mucosa and the umbrella-like "hat" of the prosthesis that covers the esophageal side of the tracheo-esophageal fistula. The Nijdam prosthesis can be used clinically for longer periods of time when compared to such other indwelling voice prostheses as the Provox prosthesis and the low-resistance Groningen prosthesis. However, transdevice pressure loss during speech has been unknown. Adjustment of the shft length of the Nijdam voice prosthesis to tracheo-esophageal wall thickness was expected to affect trans-device pressure loss during speech. We report the results of in vitro tests to quantify the effect of tracheo-esophageal wall thickness on trans-device pressure loss. In the present study pressure loss was measured at different air flow rates in relation to tracheo-esophageal wall thickness. Findings demonstrated that when shaft length of the Nijdam prosthesis corresponded exactly to tracheo-esophageal wall thickness, trans-device pressure loss was comparable to that of the Provox prosthesis. If a relatively shorter Nijdam prosthesis was chosen to prevent aspiration from occurring, the pressure loss across the prosthesis increased to that of the low-resistance Groningen prosthesis.

  9. Simple Technique of Bridging Wide Gap in Esophageal Atresia with Tracheoesophageal Fistula - "Surgical Innovation". (United States)

    Sharma, A K; Mangal, D


    The survival of the patients with esophageal atresia an tracheo esophageal fistula is believed to be an epitome of the success of the neonatal surgery. Restoring the continuty of the food pipe by esophagus to esophagus anastomosis is the best option. Preservation of natural esophagus by delayed repair in a wide gap esophageal atresia is a preferred technique worldwide, however such a management required prolonged hospitalization and dedicated nursing care, which is often not available in most of the centres in India. Esophageal substitutes in wide gap requires multiple operations and have long term problems, so remains the last option. I use the technique of oblique anastomosis which had distrinct advantage over circular anastomosis in the management of esophageal atresia1. This techniqe helps in bridging wide gap to some extent & minimal stricture formation.

  10. Rectal atresia with rectolabial fistula


    Sharma S.; Upadhyaya V; Pandey A; Gangopadhyay A


    Rectal atresia is a rare condition in which the anus and sphincter muscles are normally developed, with usually no fistulous communication with the urinary tract. We describe an unusual case of membranous rectal atresia with recto-labial fistula. It was treated by blind perforation of rectal membrane with lay opening of fistlous tract.

  11. Congenital rectovestibular fistula associated with rectal atresia: A rare occurrence


    Rizwan Ahmad Khan; Rajendra Singh Chana


    We report a rare variety of anorectal malformation, rectal atresia associated with rectovestibular fistula. The case was successfully treated by posterior sagittal repair. The fistula was mobilized and the continuity of the rectum was established by circumferential anastomosis.

  12. Aerodynamic characteristics of the Nijdam voice prosthesis in relation to tracheo-esophageal wall thickness

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    Veenstra, Aalze; van den Hoogen, F. J. A.; Schutte, H.K.; Nijdam, HF; Manni, JJ; Verkerke, GJ

    Tracheo-esophageal speech using various pros theses is currently the most successful form of voice and speech rehabilitation for laryngectomees. Main inter-device differences are durability and trans-device pressure loss during speech. The valveless indwelling Nijdam voice prosthesis is a new voice

  13. Congenital rectovestibular fistula associated with rectal atresia: A rare occurrence

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    Rizwan Ahmad Khan


    Full Text Available We report a rare variety of anorectal malformation, rectal atresia associated with rectovestibular fistula. The case was successfully treated by posterior sagittal repair. The fistula was mobilized and the continuity of the rectum was established by circumferential anastomosis.

  14. Combined oesophageal atresia with upper pouch fistula and ...

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    Upper pouch tracheoesophageal fistula occurs is less than 1% of all oesophageal atresia variants. Meconium peritonitis is a rare neonatal condition with an incidence of 1:30 000 live births. In this case report, we describe the presentation, clinical findings and management of a patient diagnosed with an oesophageal ...

  15. Pulmonary squamous cell carcinoma associated with repaired congenital tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia. (United States)

    Esquibies, Americo E; Zambrano, Eduardo; Ziai, James; Kesebir, Deniz; Touloukian, Robert J; Egan, Marie E; Reyes-Múgica, Miguel; Bazzy-Asaad, Alia


    We report a 19-year-old man with pulmonary squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) who had a history of vertebral, anal, cardiac, tracheal, esophageal, renal, and radial limb defects (VACTERL) association and tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) + esophageal atresia (EA) repair as an infant. Children that undergo TEF + EA repair may have an increased risk for developing cancer as they reach adulthood. (c) 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  16. The history of oesophageal atresia and tracheo-oesophageal fistula--1670-1984. (United States)

    Myers, N A


    The history of oesophageal atresia commenced in the year 1670 with Durston's description of "A narrative of a monstrous birth at Plymouth". However, the most significant contribution in the 17th century was made by Gibson, who clearly described the clinical picture and necropsy findings in a baby with a proximal oesophageal atresia and a distal tracheo-oesophageal fistula. The 18th century was singularly lacking in contributions to the literature, but there were many important presentations during the 19th century. Early in that century Martin in France and Hill in United States of America contributed to the literature; subsequently, many anecdotal references can be found particularly in England, and ultimately a surgical attempt to correct the anomaly was made in 1888 by Steele in London. With this, the pre-surgical era gave way to the surgical era, and at a later stage pre-survival era was to give way to the survival phase. Reference will be made in the text to these various phases in the history and to the many pioneering surgical endeavours which took place in the earlier years of the 20th century. It will be seen that the surgical efforts employed palliative procedures, indirect attacks on the problem and finally direct attacks. The classic successes by indirect methods which were achieved by Ladd and Leven in babies born in 1939 were to be followed by the first successful end-to-end anastomosis which was achieved in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by Cameron Haight. Others had attempted primary anastomosis, and Lanman in particular deserves mention. However, it was Cameron Haight who opened a new era in the history of the treatment of oesophageal atresia; the recent history is largely concerned with increasing experience and refinements in technique. For the future historian many pathways can still be explored, including oesophageal replacement, the unstable trachea, follow-up studies and research projects. This history also included comments on the history of the less

  17. Long-Term Outcomes of Patients with Tracheoesophageal Fistula/Esophageal Atresia: Survey Results from Tracheoesophageal Fistula/Esophageal Atresia Online Communities. (United States)

    Acher, Charles Wynn; Ostlie, Daniel J; Leys, Charles M; Struckmeyer, Shannon; Parker, Matthew; Nichol, Peter F


    Introduction Outcome studies of tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) and/or esophageal atresia (EA) are limited to retrospective chart reviews. This study surveyed TEF/EA patients/parents engaged in social media communities to determine long-term outcomes. Materials and Methods A 50-point survey was designed to study presentation, interventions, and ongoing symptoms after repair in patients with TEF/EA. It was validated using a test population and made available on TEF/EA online communities. Results In this study, 445 subjects completed the survey during a 2-month period. Mean age of patients when surveyed was 8.7 years (0-61 years) and 56% were male. Eighty-nine percent of surveys were completed by the parent of the patient. Sixty-two percent of patients underwent repair in the first 7 days of life. Standard open repair was most common (56%), followed by primary esophageal replacement (13%) and thoracoscopic repair (13%). Out of 405, 106 (26%) patients had postoperative leak. Postoperative leak was least likely in primary esophageal replacement (18%) and standard open repair (19%). Leak occurred in 32% of patients who had thoracoscopic repair; 31% (128/413) reported long-gap atresia, which was significantly associated with increased risk of postoperative leak (54/128, 42%) when compared with standard short-gap atresia (odds ratio, 3.5; p = 0.001). Out of 409, 221 (54%) patients reported dysphagia after repair, with only 77/221 (34.8%) reporting resolution by age 5. Out of 381, 290 (76%) patients reported symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). There was no difference in dysphagia rates or GERD symptoms based on type of initial repair. Antireflux surgery was required in 63/290, 22% of patients with GERD (15% of all patients) and 27% of these patients who had surgery required more than one procedure antireflux procedure. The most common was Nissen fundoplication (73%), followed by partial wrap (14%). Reflux recurred in 32% of patients after

  18. Spinal deformity in patients born with oesophageal atresia and tracheo-oesophageal fistula. (United States)

    Chetcuti, P; Dickens, D R; Phelan, P D


    Spinal deformity was present in 58 (19%) of 302 patients born with oesophageal atresia and fistula when examined at review. This was present in 24 (47%) of 51 patients with vertebral anomalies and 34 (14%) of 251 patients with normal vertebrae. Scoliosis was present in 21 patients with vertebral anomalies, torticollis in two, and lordosis in one. Two thirds of the patients with congenital scoliosis have had or are likely to require operation, compared with five patients with non-congenital scoliosis. Scoliosis associated with mixed vertebral anomalies in the lower thoracic spine had the worst prognosis. The medical records of a further 64 patients who had survived operation but who could not be traced were reviewed, and indicated that four had had congenital vertebral anomalies but none had a spinal deformity. We recommend early detection of vertebral anomalies in this group and careful follow up of patients with these abnormalities. PMID:2817927

  19. Surgical Outcomes in Esophageal Atresia and Tracheoesophageal Fistula: A Comparison between Primary and Delayed Repair

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    H Davari


    Full Text Available Background: The purpose of this study was to investigate outcomes of surgical repair of esophageal atresia (EA or tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF in newborns, with respect to incidence of death and other complications in early or late operations. Methods: Charts of all 80 infants with EA/TEF, operated in Alzahra hospital (A tertiary hospital of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences from 2002 to 2004 were reviewed. Patients were designed in two groups as, primary and delayed repair groups. Patients demographics, frequency of associated anomalies, and details of management and outcomes were studied. Results: There were 48 male and 32 female patients with a frequency of 28(35% preterm infant and mean birth weight of 2473±595 g. Overall survival rate was 71.2%. Mortality rate in delayed repair group was significantly higher than the other one (22.5% vs. 6.3% but with matching, according to full term/preterm proportion, the significant differences were failed. Female sex and being preterm were the most powerful predictors of death (nearly odds ratio=7 for both. Conclusion: in this study mortality and complications rates are higher in delayed repair than early one, although our data proposed that in absence of sever life threatening anomalies the most important factor for death is gestational age and female sex, and primary repair is opposed to it. Although mortality rate and complications are equal in two strategies, with matching cases for being preterm, but primary repair stays the better choice due to economic considerations. Keywords: tracheoesophageal fistula, esophageal atresia, delayed repair, primary repair, outcome

  20. Congenital esophageal stenosis associated with esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula: clinical and radiologic features

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    Yoo, Hye Jin; Kim, Woo Sun; Cheon, Jung-Eun; Shin, Su-Mi; Kim, In-One; Yeon, Kyung Mo [Seoul National University College of Medicine and the Institute of Radiation Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Yoo, So-Young [Seoul National University College of Medicine and the Institute of Radiation Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul (Korea); Park, Kwi-Won; Jung, Sung-Eun [Seoul National University Children' s Hospital, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Seoul (Korea)


    Congenital esophageal stenosis (CES) can be associated with esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF). Because there are a variety of degrees of obstruction and symptoms of CES, it is frequently difficult to make a pre- and post-operative diagnosis of the distal CES associated with EA/TEF. To evaluate the clinical and radiologic features of congenital esophageal stenosis associated with esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula. We retrospectively reviewed postoperative esophagograms and medical records of 187 children (107 boys, 80 girls) who had primary repair of EA/TEF from 1992 to 2009 at our institution. We evaluated the incidence of CES, clinical findings, radiologic features and management of CES in these children. CES was diagnosed in 22 of 187 EA/TEF children (12%); one child had double CES lesions, for a total of 23 lesions. Ten of those 22 children (45%) had presented with significant symptoms of esophageal obstruction. The diagnosis of CES was delayed in 10 children (45%) until 1-10 years of age. On esophagogram, CES (n = 23) was located in the distal esophagus (n = 20, 87%) or mid-esophagus (n = 3, 13%). The degree of stenosis was severe (n = 6, 26%), moderate (n = 10, 43%), or mild (n = 7, 30%). Eight children, including two with unsuccessful esophageal balloon dilatation of CES, were treated surgically. Histologic examination revealed tracheobronchial remnant (n = 7) or fibromuscular hyperplasia (n = 1). One child with surgically treated CES developed achalasia at the age of 3 years 9 months. Esophagography after EA/TEF repair should be performed with a high index of suspicion for the presence of distal CES, because the diagnosis and adequate management of CES can often be delayed. (orig.)


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    Casimiro Giorgetta


    Full Text Available We report a case of a 18-year-old male with double aortic arch who underwent surgery for bleeding from a left bulbar cavernous angioma of the medulla oblongata. A tracheostomy tube was positioned but after several days the patient died because of a tracheo-esophageal fistula with left aortic arch erosion due to the decubitus of the tube cuff.


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    Casimiro Giorgetta


    Full Text Available We report a case of a18-year-old male with double aortic arch who underwent surgery for bleeding from a left bulbar cavernous angioma of the medulla oblongata. A tracheostomy tube was positioned but after several days the patient died because of a tracheo-esophageal fistula with left aortic arch erosion due to the decubitus of the tube cuff

  3. Surgical Repair of Congenital Recto-Vaginal Fistula with Atresia Ani in a Cow Calf

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    Abdul Shakoor, Sayyed Aun Muhammad, Muhammad Younus and Muhammd Kashif


    Full Text Available A three days old cross bred cow calf affected with recto-vaginal fistula along with atresia ani and fusion of vulvular lips was presented to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Jhang. Emergency surgery was done after the infiltration of local anesthesia at the approximated site of anus. Blind rectal pouch was incised to suture it with the skin by using black breaded silk #1. A 3 inches long incision was made at the site of vulvular fusion to restore the normal genitalia. After exposing the defective site, 4 inches long slit causing direct communication between rectum and vagina (Recto-vaginal fistula was obliterated with chromic cat gut # 1. Having washed with normal saline, Neomycine Sulphate ointment was smeared twice a day at the newly constructed anal opening for two weeks. A course of antibiotic consisting of penicillin and streptomycin was administered intramuscularly for five days. The sutures were removed on 14th post-operative day. Animal was recovered uneventfully without recurrence of any defect up to follow up of 2 months.

  4. Coronary to pulmonary fistula as the primary source of pulmonary blood supply in pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect


    Isman Firdaus; Cholid T. Tjahjono; Ganesja H. Harimurti; Poppy S. Roebiono


    A communication between the coronary and pulmonary arteries, so called coronary to pulmonary fistula, is a rare source of pulmonary supply in pulmonary atresia (PA) with ventricular septal defect (VSD). A 4 year old girl referred to National Cardiovascular Center Harapan Kita, Jakarta with symptoms and signs of increased pulmonary blood flow since infancy and was confirmed by the chest x-rays. Heart examination revealed normal first heart sound with single loud second heart sound and an eject...

  5. Coronary to pulmonary fistula as the primary source of pulmonary blood supply in pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect

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    Isman Firdaus


    Full Text Available A communication between the coronary and pulmonary arteries, so called coronary to pulmonary fistula, is a rare source of pulmonary supply in pulmonary atresia (PA with ventricular septal defect (VSD. A 4 year old girl referred to National Cardiovascular Center Harapan Kita, Jakarta with symptoms and signs of increased pulmonary blood flow since infancy and was confirmed by the chest x-rays. Heart examination revealed normal first heart sound with single loud second heart sound and an ejection systolic murmur at the pulmonary area. ECG demonstrated sinus rhythm with normal axis and biventricular hypertrophy. Echocardiography was performed and truncus arteriosus (TA type I was suspected with perimembranus VSD, overriding of the aorta, and dilated main pulmonary artery. But on cardiac catheterization studies, a non obstructive fistula was found between the left coronary and main pulmonary artery coexisted with PA and VSD. A successful surgery was performed subsequently and confirmed the above diagnosis. Although there were episodes of pulmonary hypertension crisis during early post operative course, she was then discharge from the hospital in a good condition. Since irreversible pulmonary vascular disease may develop in a non restrictive coronary to pulmonary fistula, early recognition of this anomaly is very important for better surgical result. (Med J Indones 2004; 13: 237-40Keywords: coronary to pulmonary fistula, pulmonary atresia, ventricular septal defect

  6. Functional residual capacity and lung clearance index in infants treated for esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula. (United States)

    Landolfo, Francesca; Conforti, Andrea; Columbo, Claudia; Savignoni, Ferdinando; Bagolan, Pietro; Dotta, Andrea


    Newborn babies with esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF) are prone to respiratory tract disorders. Functional residual capacity (FRC) and lung clearance index (LCI) are commonly considered useful and sensitive tools to investigate lung function and early detecting airways diseases. The aim of the present study is to report the first series of EA/TEF infants prospectively evaluated for FRC and LCI. Prospective observational cohort study of all patients treated for EA/TEF. Lung volume and ventilation inhomogeneity were measured by helium gas dilution technique using an ultrasonic flow meter. Babies were studied both in assisted controlled ventilation (sedated) and in spontaneous breathing (quiet sleep). Three consecutive FRC and LCI measurements were collected for each test at three different time points: before surgery (T0), 24hours after surgery (T1) and after extubation (T2). 16 EA newborns were eligible for the study between December 2011 and July 2013. Three were excluded because of technical problems. At T0 FRC values were in the normal range regardless the presence of TEF but worsened afterwards at T1, with a subsequent recovering after extubation; a significant improvement after surgery was observed concerning LCI while no differences were found in tidal volume. Helium gas dilution technique is a suitable method to measure the effect of surgery on lung physiology, even in ventilated infants with EA. The changes observed could be related to the ventilatory management and lung compression during surgical procedure. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. The evaluation of deglutition with videofluoroscopy after repair of esophageal atresia and/or tracheoesophageal fistula. (United States)

    Yalcin, Sule; Demir, Numan; Serel, Selen; Soyer, Tutku; Tanyel, F Cahit


    A retrospective study was performed to evaluate the functional disorders of deglutition with videofluoroscopy (VFS), in children operated for esophageal atresia (EA) and/or tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF). Patients with the repair of EA-TEF were evaluated in respect to the type of malformation, operative procedure, postoperative complications, deglutitive and respiratory symptoms, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The dysphagia score, VFS findings of oral, pharyngeal and esophageal phases, and penetration-aspiration scale (PAS) score were recorded in the evaluation of the deglutitive functions. Thirty-two cases with a median age of 48months (2-120months), and male to female ratio of 14:18 were included in the study. Most of the cases had Gross type C anomaly (n=26, 81.3%), and the others were type A (n=3), D (n=2) and E (n=1). The incidence of associated anomalies was 71.8%. The patients underwent primary (n=26, 81.3%) or delayed (n=6, 18.7%) anastomosis. Postoperative complications including anastomotic stricture (n=12), leak (n=2) and recurrent fistula (n=2) were managed by dilatation, conservative approach and repair of the fistula, respectively. Recurrent pneumonia (n=13), cough with liquid intake (n=10) and food impaction (n=7) were recorded in the history. Management of GERD included medical (n=11) and surgical (n=7) treatment. The median dysphagia score was 3.5 (min: 0-max: 27). The oral phase of VFS was normal in most of the cases (n=29, 90.6%). Only three had mild or moderate impairment, and none had severe. The pharyngeal phase showed no impairment in 23 of the cases (71.8%), and severe impairment was observed only in 3 of all, for the parameters of hyolaryngeal elevation and airway closure. Opposite to the first two phases of the deglutition, the esophageal phase was normal in only 2 of the cases (6.3%). Among the other 30 cases with impairment, only two had mild, and the rest had moderate to severe problems. Esophageal backflow, motility and

  8. Endoscopic Stenting and Clipping for Anastomotic Stricture and Persistent Tracheoesophageal Fistula after Surgical Repair of Esophageal Atresia in an Infant

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    Mohammed Amine Benatta


    Full Text Available Anastomotic stricture (AS and recurrent tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF are two complications of surgical repair of esophageal atresia (EA. Therapeutic endoscopic modalities include stenting, tissue glue, and clipping for TEF and endoscopic balloon dilation bougienage and stenting for esophageal strictures. We report herein a two-month infant with both EA and TEF who benefited from a surgical repair for EA, at the third day of life. Two months later he experienced deglutition disorders and recurrent chest infections. The esophagogram showed an AS and a TEF confirmed with blue methylene test at bronchoscopy. A partially covered self-expanding metal type biliary was endoscopically placed. Ten weeks later the stent was removed. This allows for easy passage of the endoscope in the gastric cavity but a persistent recurrent fistula was noted. Instillation of contrast demonstrated a fully dilated stricture but with a persistent TEF. Then we proceeded to placement of several endoclips at the fistula site. The esophagogram confirmed the TEF was obliterated. At 12 months of follow-up, he was asymptomatic. Stenting was effective to alleviate the stricture but failed to treat the TEF. At our knowledge this is the second case of successful use of endoclips placement to obliterate recurrent TEF after surgical repair of EA in children.

  9. Reverse gastric tube oesophageal substitution for staged repair of oesophageal atresia and tracheo-oesophageal fistula

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    Christopher Olusanjo Bode


    Full Text Available The management of oesophageal atresia and tracheo-oesophageal atresia (OATOF is very challenging. While in developed countries survival of patients with this condition has improved, the outcome in many developing countries has been poor. Primary repair through a thoracotomy (or video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery where available is the gold standard treatment of OATOF. However, in our setting where patients typically present late and with minimum support resources such as Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and total parenteral nutrition; staged repair may be the only hope of survival of these patients and this communication highlights the essential steps of this mode of treatment.

  10. [Congenital recto-vaginal fistula associated with a normal anus (type H fistula) and rectal atresia in a patient. Report of a case and a brief revision of the literature]. (United States)

    Fernández Fernández, Jesús Ángel; Parodi Hueck, Luis


    Congenital recto-urogenital type fistulas with a normal anus and rectal atresia, represent both anorectal malformations that are infrequently seen in clinical practice. We describe the case of a girl with an association of these two anomalies, together with a double vagina who, on her seventh day of life, expelled feces through her genitals. The malformations were corrected by means of a posterior sagittal approach, descending from the rectum to the anus without perineal dissection. The vaginal septum was resected thru the vulva. There is no evidence of recurrence of the recto-vaginal fistula.

  11. Evaluación de una serie de pacientes con atresia del esófago, durante un período de 5 años Evaluation of a series of patients with esophageal atresia, during a 5-year period

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    Francisco Javier Mejía Sarasti


    Full Text Available En un período de 5 años comprendido entre el 1 de enero de 1997 y el 31 de diciembre de 2001 se presentaron 73 pacientes con atresia del esófago los cuales fueron intervenidos quirúrgicamente. La edad gestacional promedio fue 37 semanas y el peso promedio al nacer, 2.458 gramos; el 88% de estos pacientes tuvieron atresia esofágica con fístula traqueoesofágica distal y el 11% no presentaron fístula. El tratamiento quirúrgico en la mayoría de los pacientes fue la resección de la fístula con anastomosis primaria del esófago y se realizaron ascensos gástricos en 3 neonatos con atresia del esófago sin fístula con cabos muy separados. Durante el período de estudio no se presentaron complicaciones intraoperatorias. La complicación postquirúrgica más frecuente fue la estenosis que se evidenció en 27 casos. La sobrevida global al período neonatal fue del 83%. La frecuencia de neumonía antes de llevar los pacientes a cirugía fue del 63% y tuvo relación con la edad en días al momento de la cirugía. La mortalidad de nuestros pacientes se encontró asociada con el peso al nacer y la presencia de otras malformaciones congénitas. Se concluyó que esta serie de pacientes tiene las mismas características descritas en la literatura mundial y que el tratamiento quirúrgico que les hemos dado ha tenido un éxito semejante al obtenido en otros lugares del mundo. Between january 1ST 1997 and December 31st 2001 we attended 73 patients with the diagnosis of esophageal atresia at San Vicente de Paúl Hospital, in Medellín, Colombia. Average gestational age was 37 weeks and average weight, 2458 grams; 88% of these patients had also distal tracheo-esophageal fistula while in 11% there was no fistula. The most common treatment was the resection of the fistula plus primary correction through termino-terminal anastomosis. We performed 3 gastric ascents in cases without fistula with a long gap atresia. There were no intraoperative complications

  12. Determinants of gap length in esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula and the impact of gap length on outcome

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    Muffazzal Rassiwala


    Full Text Available Aim: This study was aimed at identifying factors which may affect the gap length in cases of esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula (EA-TEF and whether gap length plays any role in determining the outcome. Materials and Methods: All consecutive cases of EA-TEF were included and different patient parameters were recorded. Plain radiographs with a nasogastric tube in the upper esophagus were taken. Patients were grouped into T1-T2; T2-T3; T3-T4; and T4 depending on the thoracic vertebral level of the arrest of the tube. During surgery, the gap length between the pouches was measured using a Vernier caliper and the patients were grouped into A, B, and C (gap length >2.1 cm; >1-≤2 cm and ≤1 cm. The operative gap groups were compared with the radiography groups and the other recorded parameters. Results: Total numbers of cases were 69. Birth weight was found to be significantly lower in Group A (mean = 2.14 kg as compared to Group B (mean = 2.38 kg and Group C patients (mean = 2.49 kg (P = 0.016. The radiographic groups compared favorably with the intraoperative gap length groups (P < 0.001. The need for postoperative ventilation (70.83% in Group A vs. 36.84% in Group C, P = 0.032 and mortality (62.5%, 26.9% and 15.8% in Group A, B, and C, respectively, P = 0.003 co-related significantly with the gap length. Conclusion: Birth weight had a direct reciprocal relationship with the gap length. Radiographic assessment correlated with intraoperative gap length. Higher gap length was associated with increased need for postoperative ventilation and poor outcome.

  13. Evaluation of Three Sources of Validity Evidence for a Synthetic Thoracoscopic Esophageal Atresia/Tracheoesophageal Fistula Repair Simulator. (United States)

    Barsness, Katherine A; Rooney, Deborah M; Davis, Lauren M; O'Brien, Ellie


    Thoracoscopic esophageal atresia (EA)/tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) repair is technically challenging. We have previously reported our experiences with a high-fidelity hybrid model for simulation-based educational instruction in thoracoscopic EA/TEF, including the high cost of the tissue for these models. The purposes of this study were (1) to create a low-cost synthetic tissue EA/TEF repair simulation model and (2) to evaluate the content validity of the synthetic tissue simulator. Review of the literature and computed tomography images were used to create computer-aided drawings (CAD) for a synthetic, size-appropriate EA/TEF tissue insert. The inverse of the CAD image was then printed in six different sections to create a mold that could be filled with platinum-cured silicone. The silicone EA/TEF insert was then placed in a previously described neonatal thorax and covered with synthetic skin. Following institutional review board-exempt determination, 47 participants performed some or all of a simulated thoracoscopic EA/TEF during two separate international meetings (International Pediatric Endosurgery Group [IPEG] and World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons [WOFAPS]). Participants were identified as "experts," having 6-50 self-reported thoracoscopic EA/TEF repairs, and "novice," having 0-5 self-reported thoracoscopic EA/TEF repairs. Participants completed a self-report, six-domain, 24-item instrument consisting of 23 5-point rating scales and one 4-point Global Rating Scale. Validity evidence relevant to test content and response processes was evaluated using the many-facet Rasch model, and evidence of internal structure (interitem consistency) was estimated using Cronbach's alpha. A review of the participants' ratings indicates there were no overall differences across sites (IPEG versus WOFAPS, P=.84) or experience (expert versus novice, P=.17). The highest observed averages were 4.4 (Value of Simulator as a Training Tool), 4.3 (Physical

  14. A Novel Technique for Risk Calculation of Anastomotic Leakage after Thoracoscopic Repair for Esophageal Atresia with Distal Fistula

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    Zee, D.C. van der; Vieira Travassos, D.; Jong, J.R. de; Tytgat, S.H.A.J.


    Purpose: This study was designed to determine the risk of anastomotic leakage after thoracoscopic repair for esophageal atresia by digitally measuring the length of the proximal esophagus and distance of carina to proximal esophagus. Methods: With the use of Picture Archiving and

  15. Oesophageal atresia

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    Full Text Available Abstract Oesophageal atresia (OA encompasses a group of congenital anomalies comprising of an interruption of the continuity of the oesophagus with or without a persistent communication with the trachea. In 86% of cases there is a distal tracheooesophageal fistula, in 7% there is no fistulous connection, while in 4% there is a tracheooesophageal fistula without atresia. OA occurs in 1 in 2500 live births. Infants with OA are unable to swallow saliva and are noted to have excessive salivation requiring repeated suctioning. Associated anomalies occur in 50% of cases, the majority involving one or more of the VACTERL association (vertebral, anorectal, cardiac, tracheooesophageal, renal and limb defects. The aetiology is largely unknown and is likely to be multifactorial, however, various clues have been uncovered in animal experiments particularly defects in the expression of the gene Sonic hedgehog (Shh. The vast majority of cases are sporadic and the recurrence risk for siblings is 1%. The diagnosis may be suspected prenatally by a small or absent stomach bubble on antenatal ultrasound scan at around 18 weeks gestation. The likelihood of an atresia is increased by the presence of polyhydramnios. A nasogastric tube should be passed at birth in all infants born to a mother with polyhydramnios as well as to infants who are excessively mucusy soon after delivery to establish or refute the diagnosis. In OA the tube will not progress beyond 10 cm from the mouth (confirmation is by plain X-ray of the chest and abdomen. Definitive management comprises disconnection of the tracheooesophageal fistula, closure of the tracheal defect and primary anastomosis of the oesophagus. Where there is a "long gap" between the ends of the oesophagus, delayed primary repair should be attempted. Only very rarely will an oesophageal replacement be required. Survival is directly related to birth weight and to the presence of a major cardiac defect. Infants weighing over

  16. Pulmonary atresia (United States)

    As with most congenital heart diseases, there is no known cause of pulmonary atresia. The condition is linked with another type of congenital heart defect called a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Pulmonary atresia may occur with or without a ventricular ...

  17. Coronary artery fistulas

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    V. M. Subbotin


    Full Text Available Coronary artery fistulas are classified as abnormalities of termination and referred to as major congenital anomalies. Most coronary artery fistulas are small, unaccompanied by clinical symptoms, and diagnosed by echocardiography or coronarography performed for an unrelated cause. Such fistulas usually do not cause any complications and can spontaneously resolve. However, larger fistulas are usually >3 tones the size of a normal caliber of a coronary artery and may give rise to clinical symptoms in these cases. The clinical symptoms of coronary artery fistulas may mimic those of various heart diseases depending on which chamber a fistula drains into. Most fistulas are congenital. Congenital coronary artery fistulas may occur as an isolated malformation or be concurrent with other cardiac anomalies, more frequently with critical pulmonary stenosis or atresia with an intact interventricular septum and pulmonary stenoses, Fallot's tetralogy, aortic coarctation, and left heart hypoplasia. When choosing a treatment modality, one should take into account the number of fistula communications, the feeding vessel, localization of drainage, degree of myocardial damage, and hemodynamic relevance of the shunt caused by the presence of a fistula. The goal of treatment is to obliterate a fistula by preserving normal coronary blood flow. The risk for persisting fistula should be balanced with the potential risk of complications related to a procedure of coronarography and fistula occlusion. Percutaneous transcatheter coil occlusion of coronary artery fistulas is the modality of choice in children with the suitable anatomy of fistula communications and without concomitant congenital heart diseases.

  18. Tricuspid atresia (United States)

    Tricuspid atresia is a type of heart disease that is present at birth ( congenital heart disease ), in which the tricuspid heart valve is missing or abnormally developed. The defect blocks blood flow from the ...

  19. ESPGHAN-NASPGHAN Guidelines for the Evaluation and Treatment of Gastrointestinal and Nutritional Complications in Children With Esophageal Atresia-Tracheoesophageal Fistula. (United States)

    Krishnan, Usha; Mousa, Hayat; Dall'Oglio, Luigi; Homaira, Nusrat; Rosen, Rachel; Faure, Christophe; Gottrand, Frédéric


    Esophageal atresia (EA) is one of the most common congenital digestive anomalies. With improvements in surgical techniques and intensive care treatments, the focus of care of these patients has shifted from mortality to morbidity and quality-of-life issues. These children face gastrointestinal (GI) problems not only in early childhood but also through adolescence and adulthood. There is, however, currently a lack of a systematic approach to the care of these patients. The GI working group of International Network on Esophageal Atresia comprises members from ESPGHAN/NASPGHAN and was charged with the task of developing uniform evidence-based guidelines for the management of GI complications in children with EA. Thirty-six clinical questions addressing the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of the common GI complications in patients with EA were formulated. Questions on the diagnosis, and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux, management of "cyanotic spells," etiology, investigation and management of dysphagia, feeding difficulties, anastomotic strictures, congenital esophageal stenosis in EA patients were addressed. The importance of excluding eosinophilic esophagitis and associated GI anomalies in symptomatic patients with EA is discussed as is the quality of life of these patients and the importance of a systematic transition of care to adulthood. A systematic literature search was performed from inception to March 2014 using Embase, MEDLINE, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Clinical Trials, and PsychInfo databases. The approach of the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation was applied to evaluate outcomes. During 2 consensus meetings, all recommendations were discussed and finalized. The group members voted on each recommendation, using the nominal voting technique. Expert opinion was used where no randomized controlled trials were available to support the recommendation.

  20. Facts about Pulmonary Atresia (United States)

    ... Websites Information For… Media Policy Makers Facts about Pulmonary Atresia Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir Click ... pick up oxygen for the body. What is Pulmonary Atresia? Pulmonary atresia is a birth defect of ...

  1. Computed tomography and upper gastrointestinal series findings of esophageal bronchi in infants

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    Colleran, Gabrielle C. [Boston Children' s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); Our Lady' s Children' s Hospital Crumlin, Department of Radiology, Dublin (Ireland); Ryan, Ciara E. [Our Lady' s Children' s Hospital Crumlin, Department of Pathology, Dublin (Ireland); Lee, Edward Y. [Boston Children' s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); Sweeney, Brian [Our Lady' s Children' s Hospital Crumlin, Department of Surgery, Dublin (Ireland); Rea, David; Brenner, Clare [Our Lady' s Children' s Hospital Crumlin, Department of Radiology, Dublin (Ireland)


    Esophageal bronchus is a rare form of communicating bronchopulmonary foregut malformation and a rare but important cause of an opaque hemithorax on chest radiography. A higher incidence of esophageal bronchus is associated with esophageal atresia, tracheo-esophageal fistula (TEF) and VACTERL (vertebral defects, anal atresia, cardiac defects, tracheo-esophageal fistula, renal anomalies, and limb abnormalities) association. In the presence of these conditions, the pediatric radiologist may be the first to consider the diagnosis of esophageal bronchus or esophageal lung. To describe the imaging features in five children with esophageal bronchus. We reviewed hospital records and teaching files at two large pediatric tertiary referral centers over the 24-year period from January 1992 to January 2016. We reviewed all imaging studies and tabulated findings on radiography, fluoroscopic upper gastrointestinal (GI) series and CT. We then described the imaging features of esophageal bronchi with emphasis on CT and upper GI findings in four infants and one toddler. Three cases were identified from one institution (cases 2, 3, 4) and two from another (cases 1, 5). All five cases occurred in association with other midline malformations: four of the five had VACTERL association and three of the five had esophageal atresia and TEF. Lung opacification, ipsilateral mediastinal shift, and an abnormal carina and anomalous vascular anatomy suggest an esophageal bronchus or an esophageal lung on CT. While esophageal bronchus is a rare cause of an opaque hemithorax, CT and upper GI imaging play key roles in its diagnosis. Associations with esophageal atresia with tracheo-esophageal fistula and VACTERL association are particularly pertinent. Early diagnosis of esophageal bronchus might prevent complications such as aspiration and infection, which can allow for parenchymal sparing surgery as opposed to pneumonectomy. (orig.)

  2. In vivo experiments with tracheostoma tissue connector prototypes

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    Hallers, E.J.O. ten; Houwen, E.B. van der; Marres, H.A.M.; Rakhorst, G.; Jansen, J.A.; Schutte, H.K.; Kooten, T.G. van; Loon, J.P. van; Verkerke, G.J.


    In cancer patients who have undergone total surgical removal of the larynx, ideally voice rehabilitation should be performed using a shunt valve (placed in a fistula of the tracheo-esophageal wall) and a tracheostoma valve (TSV) to enable hands-free tracheo-esophageal speech. A tracheostoma is

  3. Laryngeal atresia in the newborn: surgical implications. (United States)

    Hicks, B A; Contador, M P; Perlman, J M


    Congenital atresia of the larynx is a rare, life-threatening anomaly in which early recognition and appropriate perinatal management are essential for survival. Few long-term survivors have been reported in the literature, with most documented cases studied at necropsy. The authors present a case of a full-term male newborn with Smith and Bain Type I laryngeal atresia, who has survived and developed normally during the 10-months since birth. Rapidly progressive cyanosis following umbilical cord occlusion, lack of phonation, and no air movement with respiratory efforts are typically present and should alert the clinician to the possibility of laryngeal atresia. Positive pressure ventilatory assistance may be possible through a patent pharyngoglottic duct or tracheoesophageal fistula until a surgical airway is established. If this is not possible, emergent tracheostomy may be a lifesaving procedure in the first minutes of life.

  4. Biliary atresia

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    Sinha C


    Full Text Available Biliary atresia (BA is a cholangiodestructive disease affecting biliary tract, which ultimately leads to cirrhosis, liver failure and death if not treated. The incidence is higher in Asian countries than in Europe. Up to 10% of cases have other congenital anomalies, such as polysplenia, asplenia, situs inversus, absence of inferior vena cava and pre-duodenal portal vein, for which we have coined the term Biliary Atresia Splenic Malformation (BASM syndrome. For these infants the aetiology lies within the first trimester of gestation. For others affected with BA, aetiology is more obscure and perinatal destruction of fully-formed ducts perhaps by the action of hepatotropic viruses has been suggested. Whatever the cause, the lumen of the extrahepatic duct is obliterated at a variable level and this forms the basis for the commonest classification (Types I, II, III. All patients with BA present with varying degree of conjugated jaundice, pale non-pigmented stools and dark urine. Key diagnostic tests include ultrasonography, biochemical liver function tests, viral serology, and (in our centre a percutaneous liver biopsy. In some centres, duodenal intubation and measurement of intralumenal bile is the norm. Currently BA is being managed in two stages. The first stage involves the Kasai operation, which essentially excises all extrahepatic biliary remnants leaving a transected portal plate, followed by biliary reconstruction using a Roux loop onto that plate as a portoenterostomy. If bile flow is not restored by Kasai procedure or life-threatening complications of cirrhosis ensue then consideration should be given to liver transplantation as a second stage. The outcome following the Kasai operation can be assessed in two ways: clearance of jaundice to normal values and the proportion who survive with their native liver. Clearance of jaundice (< 2 mg/dL or < 34 µmol/L after Kasai has been reported to be around 60%, whereas five years survival with

  5. Esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula and early ...

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    The first group included the possibly avoidable causes of mortality which were primary sepsis (n=10, 32.3%), technical problems (n=8,25.8%) and severe pneumonia (n=5,16.1%). The unavoidable causes of mortality included major congenital anomalies (n=6, 19.3%) and anomalies incompatible with life (n=2, 6.5%).

  6. Surgical management of oesophageal atresia. (United States)

    Teague, Warwick J; Karpelowsky, Jonathan


    There have been major advances in the surgery for oesophageal atresia (OA) and tracheo-oesophageal fistula(TOF) with survival now exceeding 90%. The standard open approach to OA and distal TOF has been well described and essentially unchanged for the last 60 years. Improved survival in recent decades is most attributable to advances in neonatal anaesthesia and perioperative care. Recent surgical advances include the use of thoracoscopic surgery for the repair of OA/TOF and in some centres isolated OA, thereby minimising the long term musculo-skeletal morbidity associated with open surgery. The introduction of growth induction by external traction (Foker procedure) for the treatment of long-gap OA has provided an important tool enabling increased preservation of the native oesophagus. Despite this, long-gap OA still poses a number of challenges, and oesophageal replacement still may be required in some cases. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Anesthetic management for surgery of esophagus atresia in a newborn with Goldenhar's syndrome

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    Rosana Guerrero-Domínguez


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Goldenhar's syndrome is a polymalformative condition consisting of a craniofacial dysostosis that determines difficult airway in up to 40% of cases. We described a case of a newborn with Goldenhar's syndrome with esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula who underwent repair surgery.CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 24-h-old newborn with Goldenhar's syndrome. He had esophageal atresia with distal tracheoesophageal fistula. It was decided that an emergency surgery would be performed for repairing it. It was carried out under sedation, intubation with fibrobronchoscope distal to the fistula, to limit the air flow into the esophagus, and possible abdominal distension. Following complete repair of the esophageal atresia and fistula ligation, the patient was transferred to the intensive care unit and intubated under sedation and analgesia.CONCLUSIONS: The finding of a patient with Goldenhar's syndrome and esophageal atresia assumes an exceptional situation and a challenge for anesthesiologists, since the anesthetic management depends on the patient comorbidity, the type of tracheoesophageal fistula, the usual hospital practice and the skills of the anesthesiologist in charge, with the main peculiarity being maintenance of adequate pulmonary ventilation in the presence of a communication between the airway and the esophagus. Intubation with fibrobronchoscope distal to the fistula deals with the management of a probably difficult airway and limits the passage of air to the esophagus through the fistula.

  8. Rectovaginal Fistula (United States)

    ... 2015. Browning A, et al. Characteristics, management, and outcomes of repair of rectovaginal fistula among 1100 consecutive cases of genital tract fistula in Ethiopia. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. Accessed Aug. 23, 2015. Schwartz DA, et al. ...

  9. [Digestive associated malformations in esophageal atresia. A study of 125 patients (author's transl)]. (United States)

    Bachiller, M C; Jaureguizar, E; Martínez, A; Tovar, J A; Díez Pardo, J A; Monereo, J


    The incidence of digestive malformations associated to esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula is reviewed in a series of 125 surgically treated patients during the last five years' period. A correlation is drawn with other associated malformations. Its influence upon the mortality rate is stressed.

  10. [Outcome of children with repaired oesophageal atresia]. (United States)

    Gottrand, F; Sfeir, R; Coopman, S; Deschildre, A; Michaud, L


    Although initial prognosis of oesophageal atresia is nowadays excellent with more than 95% of survival, the long-term complications are frequent. A gastro-oesophageal reflux is found in 26 to 75% of the cases, responsible for peptic oesophagitis, anastomotic stenosis and Barrett's oesophagus, risk factor of adenocarcinoma of the oesophagus. A dysphagia is frequently observed on these patients, sometimes several years after the surgery, observed in almost 45% of five-year-old children. Growth retardation is found in nearly a third of these children. Respiratory symptoms are particularly frequent, especially in the first years, associating tracheomalacia facilitating the bronchopulmonary infectious episodes (found in about 30% of 5-year-old children). Esotracheal fistula recurrence is very rare. A deformation of the rib cage is reported in 20%, and a scoliosis in 10% of the patients. However, the quality of life of these patients in the adulthood is good, and influenced by the existence of associated malformations. Even if the current prognosis of oesophageal atresia is good altogether, the frequency of the complications (digestive, respiratory, nutritional, orthopaedic) far from the initial intervention, and the necessity of a surveillance of the secondary oesophageal damages, justifies a systematic and multidisciplinary follow-up until adulthood.

  11. Preoperative management of children with esophageal atresia: current perspectives

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    Full Text Available Filippo Parolini,1 Anna Lavinia Bulotta,1 Sonia Battaglia,1 Daniele Alberti1,2 1Department of Pediatric Surgery, “Spedali Civili” Children’s Hospital, 2Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy Abstract: Esophageal atresia remains one of the most challenging congenital anomalies of the newborn. In recent years, because of the advances in prenatal diagnosis, neonatal critical care, and surgical procedures, overall outcomes have improved substantially, including for premature children. Nowadays, most of the research is focused on medium- and long-term morbidity, with particular reference to respiratory and gastroesophageal problems; the high frequency of late sequelae in esophageal atresia warrants regular and multidisciplinary checkups throughout adulthood. Surprisingly, there are few studies on the impact of prenatal diagnosis and there is continuing debate over the prenatal and preoperative management of these complex patients. In this review, we analyze the literature surrounding current knowledge on the management of newborns affected by esophageal atresia, focusing on prenatal management and preoperative assessment. Keywords: prenatal diagnosis, esophageal atresia, tracheoesophageal fistula, ultrasound scan, tracheobronchoscopy

  12. Vesicovaginal Fistula

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    countries of the world due to their excellent obstetric care.21,31-33. Many of the obstetric fistula patients from the northern Nigeria are teenagers. It is noteworthy that early marriage and pregnancy had been known to contribute to development of vesicovaginal fistula since the time of. Avicenna in 950AD5. The youngest age.

  13. Fanconi anemia in brothers initially diagnosed with VACTERL association with hydrocephalus, and subsequently with Baller-Gerold syndrome

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    Rossbach, H.C.; Granan, N.H.; Rossi, A.R.; Barbosa, J.L. [Univ. of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL (United States)] [and others


    Two brothers with presumed Baller-Gerold syndrome, one of whom was previously diagnosed with the association of vertebral, cardiac, renal, limb anomalies, anal atresia, tracheo-esophageal fistula (VACTERL) association with hydrocephalus, were evaluated for chromosome breakage because of severe thrombo cytopenia in one of them. Spontaneous and clastogen-induced breakage was markedly increased in both patients as compared to control individuals. Clinical manifestations and chromosome breakage, consistent with Fanconi anemia, in patients with a prior diagnosis of either Baller-Gerold syndrome, reported earlier in one other patient, or with VACTERL association with hydrocephalus, recently reported in 3 patients, underline the clinical heterogeneity of Fanconi anemia and raise the question of whether these syndromes are distinct disorders or phenotypic variations of the same disease. 12 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Persistent bronchography in a newborn with esophageal atresia

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    Giuseppe De Bernardo, MD


    Full Text Available Esophageal atresia (EA with tracheoesophageal fistula occurs in about 1:2,500 births. We report a case of persistent bronchography in a newborn with EA and distal tracheoesophageal fistula. A large amount of barium sulfate was injected for mistake by a tube directly in the right bronchus to evaluate the patency of the esophagus. The infant showed signs of respiratory distress; he was intubated and transported at children's Hospital Santobono Pausilipon. Here, it was performed a chest X-ray that confirmed the opacification of the right bronchial tree, and it was suspected an EA type 3b. The literature recommends that: evaluation of the patency of the esophagus, with an iodinate contrast medium, should be done in a pediatric specialized center for high risk of lung aspiration.

  15. Arteriovenous Fistula (United States)

    ... catheterization. An arteriovenous fistula may develop as a complication of a procedure called cardiac catheterization. During cardiac catheterization, a long, thin tube called a catheter is inserted in an artery or vein in ...

  16. Rectovaginal Fistula (United States)

    ... Vaginal discharge Rectovaginal fistula Symptoms & causes Diagnosis & treatment Advertisement Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. ... a Job Site Map About This Site Twitter Facebook Google YouTube Pinterest Mayo Clinic is a not- ...

  17. Biliary atresia Atresia de las vías biliares.


    Pastor Thomas Olivares; Ramón Villamil Martínez; Miurkis Endis Miranda


    Biliary atresia is an obstructive and progressive process of unknown etiology that affects intra and/or extrahepatics biliary tracts and cause neonatal jaundice by serious obstruction of the biliary flow. It is presented with a frequency of 1 by each 10 000 – 15000 born alive. Is not hereditary and the most probable etiology is the progressive inflammatory illness of the biliary tracts. We presented the Good Clinical Practices Guideline for Biliary atresia, approved by consensus in the 4th Na...

  18. A rare case of congenital bronchoesophageal fistula in an adult. (United States)

    Taira, Naohiro; Kawasaki, Hidenori; Atsumi, Eriko; Furugen, Tomonori; Ichi, Takaharu; Kushi, Kazuaki; Yohena, Tomofumi; Baba, Motoo; Kawabata, Tsutomu


    When congenital bronchoesophageal fistulas exist without atresia of the esophagus, the diagnosis can be delayed, although symptoms may occur early following fistula development. Therefore, while they are usually found in infants, they can be extremely rarely found in adults. We herein report a rare case of bronchoesophageal fistula without atresia in an adult. An 69-year-old male presented to the outpatient clinic with a decades-long history of cough with expectoration immediately after taking food, especially liquids. Computed tomograph, esophagoscopy, and esophagography revealed the fistulous communication between the mid-esophagus and right lower lobe bronchus, with consolidation in the right lower lobe. We performed right lower lobectomy with the closure and excision of the fistula. The histopathology of the fistula revealed the mucosa to be lined by stratified squamous epithelium. There was no evidence of inflammation, granuloma, or carcinoma. In conclusion, despite the benign nature of this malformation, if left untreated, it can cause long-term debilitating respiratory symptoms associated with the fistula. Therefore, the diagnosis should be considered in the evaluation of recurrent lung infection. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  19. Endoscopic treatment of congenital H-Type and recurrent tracheoesophageal fistula with electrocautery and histoacryl glue. (United States)

    Tzifa, K T; Maxwell, E L; Chait, P; James, A L; Forte, V; Ein, S H; Friedburg, J


    Congenital H-Type tracheoesophageal fistulae (H-Type TEF) and recurrent fistulae after primary repair of esophageal atresia represent a difficult problem in diagnosis and management. The treatment traditionally involved an open technique via a cervical or thoracic route, approaches with high morbidity and mortality rates of up to 50%. Endoscopic closure of fistulae has been reported with various techniques such as tissue adhesives, electrocautery, sclerosants and laser. However, the published case series contain a small number of patients with usually short-term follow-up. The aim of this paper is to present the experience of a decade at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, using diathermy and histoacryl tissue adhesive and discuss the indications and limitations of this technique. Since 1995, 192 patients have been managed in this institution with tracheoesophageal fistulae of which 10 patients have been treated endoscopically. The fistulae were both of H-Type and recurrent tracheoesophageal fistulae following surgery for esophageal atresia and fistula division. One fistula occurred following trauma. The procedure was undertaken under general anesthesia in the image guided therapy suite under fluoroscopic control. Flexible ball electrocautery and injection of histoacryl glue were used either on their own or in combination. Fistula closure was achieved in 9 out of 10 fistulae. Four patients had a second endoscopic procedure. No major respiratory or other complications were encountered in association with the procedure. Follow-up has been between 3 months and 9 years. We conclude, endoscopic treatment of tracheoesophageal fistulae with electrocautery and histoacryl glue has been a safe and successful technique of managing H-Type and recurrent tracheoesophageal fistulae. In this paper, we discuss the indications and the surgical steps of the procedure. We highlight that diathermy should be carefully controlled and applied preferably in the small non

  20. Report of congenital colonobladder fitula with atresia ani in a lamb and treatment by surgery

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    Mohsen Vahar


    Full Text Available Colonobladder fistula and anal atresia, including congenital malformations in animals, occur due to genetics, environmental factors and vascular insufficiency. A male lamb was brought to a private veterinary clinic in Amol city, Mazandaran province, Iran. The lamb had clinical symptoms such as lethargy, dehydration, closed anus and watery feces in the genital organ. After taking radiograph and clinical examinations, it was found that the lamb was suffering from both colonobladder fistula and anal atresia; and emergency surgery was done. First, aseptic conditions and analgesia at the lumbosacral region of the trunk were put into practice and after cutting the abdominal muscles, accumulated feces in intestine were removed via an intestinal incision. The intestine was separated from the bladder via an incision and the bladder was sutured. Then, after creating an artificial hole in the base of the tail as the animal's new anus, the intestine was sutured to the original anus. At the end of surgery, serum therapy with sugar-salt dextrose 5% NaCl 0.9% solution and antibiotic therapy with penicillin and streptomycin were performed. This report is the first report of an unusual lamb with anal atresia and colonobladder fistula in the north of Iran. This surgery was achievable and is an obligatory surgery in affected animal rather than alternative euthanasia.

  1. Immediate primary anastomosis for isolated oesophageal atresia: A single-centre experience

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    Ibrahim Uygun


    Full Text Available Background: Isolated oesophageal atresia without tracheo-oesophageal fistula represents a major challenge for most paediatric surgeons. Here, we present our experience with six neonates with isolated oesophageal atresia who successfully underwent immediate primary anastomosis using multiple Livaditis circular myotomy. Materials and Methods: All six neonates were gross type A isolated oesophageal atresia (6%, from among 102 neonates with oesophageal atresia, treated between January 2009 and December 2013. Five neonates were female; one was male. The mean birth weight was 2300 (range 1700-3100 g. Results: All six neonates successfully underwent immediate primary anastomosis using multiple myotomies (mean 3; range 2-4 within 10 (median 3 days after birth. The gap under traction ranged from 6 to 7 cm. One neonate died of a major cardiac anomaly. Another neonate was lost to follow-up after being well for 3 months. Three anastomotic strictures were treated with balloon dilatation, and four anastomotic leaks were treated conservatively. The mean duration of follow-up was 33 months. Conclusions: To treat isolated oesophageal atresia, an immediate primary anastomosis can be achieved using multiple myotomies. Although, this approach is associated with high complication rates, as are other similar approaches, these complications can be overcome.

  2. Congenital pyloric atresia: clinical features, diagnosis, associated ...

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    Background Congenital pyloric atresia (CPA) is very rare and usually seen as ... anomalies. Epidermolysis bullosa was seen in eight (40%) patients and multiple intestinal atresias in five (25%). Three patients had associated esophageal atresia. Pyloric diaphragm .... brane, without a muscular component (pyloric membrane.

  3. Twin pregnancy complicated by esophageal atresia, duodenal atresia, gastric perforation, and hypoplastic left heart structures in one twin: a case report and review of the literature. (United States)

    Abou Chaar, Mohamad K; Meyers, Mariana L; Tucker, Bethany D; Galan, Henry L; Liechty, Kenneth W; Crombleholme, Timothy M; Marwan, Ahmed I


    The antenatal diagnosis of a combined esophageal atresia without tracheoesophageal fistula and duodenal atresia with or without gastric perforation is a rare occurrence. These diagnoses are difficult and can be suspected on ultrasound by nonspecific findings including a small stomach and polyhydramnios. Fetal magnetic resonance imaging adds significant anatomical detail and can aid in the diagnosis of these complicated cases. Upon an extensive literature review, there are no reports documenting these combined findings in a twin pregnancy. Therefore we believe this is the first case report of an antenatal diagnosis of combined pure esophageal and duodenal atresia in a twin gestation. We present a case of a 30-year-old G1P0 white woman at 22-week gestation with a monochorionic-diamniotic twin pregnancy discordant for esophageal atresia, duodenal atresia with gastric perforation, hypoplastic left heart structures, and significant early gestation maternal polyhydramnios. In this case, fetal magnetic resonance imaging was able to depict additional findings including area of gastric wall rupture, hiatal hernia, dilation of the distal esophagus, and area of duodenal obstruction and thus facilitated the proper diagnosis. After extensive counseling at our multidisciplinary team meeting, the parents elected to proceed with radiofrequency ablation of the anomalous twin to maximize the survival of the normal co-twin. The procedure was performed successfully with complete cessation of flow in the umbilical artery and complete cardiac standstill in the anomalous twin with no detrimental effects on the healthy co-twin. Prenatal diagnosis of complex anomalies in twin pregnancies constitutes a multitude of ethical, religious, and cultural factors that come into play in the management of these cases. Fetal magnetic resonance imaging provides detailed valuable information that can assist in management options including possible prenatal intervention. The combination of a cystic

  4. Anal Abscess/Fistula (United States)

    ... and Fistula Expanded Information | ASCRS WHAT IS AN ANAL ABSCESS OR FISTULA? An anal abscess is an ... fistula tract and identifying internal openings. TREATMENT OF ANAL ABSCESS The treatment of an abscess is surgical ...

  5. The role of gastrostomy in the staged operation of esophageal atresia

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    Hosseini Seyed


    Full Text Available Introduction: The aim of this study is to recommend criteria for selection of patients who benefited from the use of gastrostomy rather than emergency fistula closure during the staged operation of esophageal atresia (EA. Materials and Methods: Between August 2004 and July 2006, 75 cases of EA, were consecutively operated. Nineteen out of 75 (25% underwent routine gastrostomy because they required a type of staged operation: Group I: Five cases with pure atresia had gastrostomy and esophagostomy; Group II: Six with severe pneumonia and congenital heart disease (Waterson class C had gastrostomy and conservative management; Group III: Eight with long gap EA (2-4 vertebras; four out of 8 cases underwent primary anastomosis with tension and the other four had delayed primary anastomosis plus primary gastrostomy. Results: GI: Only three cases survived after esophageal substitution; GII: Three out of six cases with severe pneumonia (fistula size: f > 2.5 mm underwent emergency fistula closure with only one survival, but all (f < 2.5 mm recovered without complication, GIII: Four patients with long gap and primary anastomosis with tension developed anastomotic leakage; they required gastrostomy following the leakage, except for those with delayed primary anastomosis, and all of them recovered without early complications. Conclusion : All the cases with long gap, although two esophageal ends can be reached with tension, should undergo delayed primary closure with primary gastrostomy. Those were brought with Waterson class C and the fistula size greater than 2.5 mm should undergo emergency fistula closure; however, if fistula size was less than 2.5 mm, it is better to be delayed by primary gastrostomy for stabilization. In this study, we had a better outcome with gastric tube for substitution than colon interposition in infants.

  6. The Combination of Gastroschisis, Jejunal Atresia, and Colonic Atresia in a Newborn

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    Zachary Bauman


    Full Text Available We encountered a rare case of gastroschisis associated with jejunal atresia and colonic atresia. In our case, the jejunal atresia was not discovered for 27 days after the initial abdominal wall closure. The colonic atresia was not discovered for 48 days after initial repair of the gastroschisis secondary to the rarity of the disorder. Both types of atresia were repaired with primary hand-sewn anastomoses. Other than the prolonged parenteral nutrition and hyperbilirubinemia, our patient did very well throughout his hospital course. Based on our case presentation, small bowel atresia and colonic atresia must be considered in patients who undergo abdominal wall closure for gastroschisis with prolonged symptoms suggestive of bowel obstruction. Our case report also demonstrates primary enteric anastomosis as a safe, well-tolerated surgical option for patients with types of intestinal atresia.

  7. A treatment program for babies with esophageal atresia in Belize. (United States)

    Rosati, Shannon F; Maarouf, Rami; Oiticica, Claudio; Lange, Patricia; Haynes, Jeffrey; Lanning, David


    Children born with congenital anomalies in low- and middle-income countries often face a multitude of challenges. Access to pediatric surgical services is limited because of a lack of medical facilities, an adequate transportation system, and a lack of trained surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses, all of which leads to a high mortality rate. This is a report of a 5-y collaborative effort between the World Pediatric Project, the Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University, and multiple organizations within the country of Belize to provide care for infants born with esophageal atresia, with or without associated tracheoesophageal fistula. A total of six infants were transferred to our institution in Richmond, VA for operative correction of their esophageal atresia. Caring for infants with congenital anomalies can be challenging, especially children from low- and middle-income countries. Through collaboration between countries and nonprofit organizations, life-saving international care can be provided to children for these conditions. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Biliary atresia. A surgical perspective. (United States)

    Ohi, R


    The combination of portoenterostomy with subsequent liver transplantation is the treatment of choice for patients with biliary atresia. It is important, however, to attempt to keep the patient's own organ by continuing efforts to achieve the best possible results with portoenterostomy. Additional basic research, perhaps concerning on the role of cytokines and apoptosis in the control of biliary atresia, may provide insight into possible new medical strategies for treating patients with biliary atresia. For example, in addition to portoenterostomy, control of apoptosis at various cellular levels and of bile duct cell proliferation and maturation by manipulation of the growth factors and cytokines may become part of future treatment modalities. Another direction of research should be the control of fibrogenesis, which might be accomplished by blocking TGF-beta 1 and platelet-derived growth factor and by HGF gene therapy. The author's current strategy for surgical treatment for patients with biliary atresia include (1) early diagnosis, including prenatal diagnosis and broader use of mass screening programs, (2) hepatic portoenterostomy, without stoma formation; (3) close postoperative care, especially for prevention of postoperative cholangitis; (4) revision of portoenterostomy only in selected cases; (5) early liver transplantation in patients with absolutely failed portoenterostomy; (6) avoidance of laparotomy for the treatment of esophageal varices and hypersplenism; (7) consideration of exploratory laparotomy or primary liver transplantation for patients with advanced liver disease at the time of referral. The development of new treatment modalities based on the understanding of the pathogenesis of the disease, and especially on the biology of intrahepatic bile ducts and hepatic fibrosis, is essential.

  9. Pyloric atresia associated with epidermolysis bullosa

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    Garcia Hernandez, J.B.; Orense, M.; Celorio, C.; Canga, C.


    Since the first reported case of pyloric atresia and epidermolysis bullosa in 1977 by Korber and Glasson, this association has been firmly established. We present a new case giving particular emphasis to the theory that pyloric atresia is secondary to the primary disease epidermolysis bullosa.

  10. Umbilical cord ulceration and jejunal atresia

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    The association between umbilical cord ulceration and congenital intestinal atresia is being increasingly reported and carries a high mortality. We report on a case of jejunal atresia associated with massive fetal haemorrhage from an umbilical cord ulcer. Fetal distress noted on continuous fetal heart monitoring allowed for ...

  11. [Esophageal atresia in the Goldenhar syndrome]. (United States)

    Ayuso Velasco, R; Torres Aguirre, A; Enríquez Zarabozo, E; Galán Gómez, E; Blesa Sánchez, E


    Among the multiple congenital defects associated to esophagueal atresia, the characteristic ones of the Goldenhar syndrome usually are not included. The high incidence has been reported, about 5% of esophagueal atresia in patients with Goldenhar syndrome. Our experience includes two patients with this association who presented anesthetic problems and surgical complications associated with gastroesophageal reflux and esophageal anastomosis.

  12. Ureteroarterial Fistula

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    D. H. Kim


    Full Text Available Ureteral-iliac artery fistula (UIAF is a rare life threatening cause of hematuria. The increasing frequency is attributed to increasing use of ureteral stents. A 68-year-old female presented with gross hematuria. She had prior low anterior resection for rectal cancer and a retained ureteral stent. CT abdomen and pelvis showed a large recurrent pelvic mass and a retained stent. The patient underwent cystoscopy which showed a normal bladder. Upon removal of the stent, brisk bleeding was noted coming from the ureteral orifice. Antegrade pyelogram was done which revealed a UIAF. Angiography was done and a covered stent was placed. Multiple treatment options are available. All must consider management of the arterial and ureteral side. The arterial side may be addressed by primary open repair, embolization with extra-anatomic vascular reconstruction, or endovascular stenting. The ureter can be managed with nephroureterectomy, ureteral reconstruction, placement of a nephrostomy tube, or ureteral stenting. Being minimally invasive, we believe that endovascular stenting should be the preferred therapeutic option as it also corrects the source of bleeding while preserving distal blood flow.

  13. Thoracoscopic repair of congenital tracheo-oesophageal fistula manifesting in an adult

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    Hrishikesh P Salgaonkar


    Full Text Available Congenital trcheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF without oesophageal atresia is usually diagnosed and managed in the neonatal period. Its presentation in adulthood is a rarity. Traditional treatment of a TOF in adults involves its repair via a thoracotomy. We report the case of a 23-year-old man diagnosed with an H-type TOF during workup undertaken for his symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux. This fistula located at the level of third thoracic vertebra was repaired successfully using a thoracoscopic approach.

  14. [Extrahepatic biliary atresia: diagnostic methods]. (United States)

    Cauduro, Sydney M


    To emphasize the importance of precocious diagnosis of extrahepatic biliary atresia and its direct relationship with the surgical re-establishment of the biliary flow before the second month of life. To discuss several complementary methods with the aim of selecting the ones that present better evidence, and avoiding delays in diagnosis and worse prognostic. Bibliographical researching regarding the period of 1985-2001, in Medline and MdConsult, using the following key words: neo-natal cholestasis; extrahepatic biliary atresia; neo-natal hepatitis. National and foreign articles were also elected based on the bibliography of consulted publications, and when necessary, for better understanding of the theme, opinions emitted in theses and textbooks were referred. The revision of the consulted bibliography led to the assumption that early diagnosis of EHBA and surgical treatment to reestablish the biliary flow up to 60 days of life are fundamental in order to achieve good results. Among several complementary methods of diagnosis, cholangiography by MR, US and the hepatic biopsy are the ones that provide the largest success indexes. The referring of patients bearers of EHBA to centers of references in Brazil, is still made tardily, probably due to lack of enlightenment of the doctors of primary attention, allied to bureaucratic and technological difficulties. The experience in England in relation to the "Yellow Alert" program, allowed that the number of children referred to surgical treatment before the 60 days of life increased significantly. Among the complementary methods, the MR cholangiography, ultrasonography and hepatic biopsy should be used, depending on the technological resources of the diagnosis units.


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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: A fistula is defined as abnormal communication between two epithelial surfaces . 1 Enterocutaneous fistula is defined as abnormal communication between hollow organ and skin. They are classified as congenital or acquired. We have excluded congenital and internal fistulas. We have also excluded esophageal, urinary, p ancreatic and biliary fistulas as their management is complex and differs significantly from enterocutaneous fistulas. AIM: 1. Study of aetiology, pathophysiology and management of enterocutaneous fistula. To evaluate previously laid principles of management of enterocutaneous fistula. 2. To assess the feasibility of early intervention safety and outcome as the conservative long term treatment appears to be cost prohibitive. 3. To study morbidity and mortality related to enterocutaneous fistula. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In all, 50 cases of enterocutaneous fistula were studied during a period from June 2012 to N ovember 2014 at a Government tertiary care C entre. Both, patients referred from other centres with post - operative fistulas and fistulas developed in this institute after surgeries or spontaneously were included in the study after fulfilling the inclusion and exclusion criteria. RESULT S : The maximum numbers of cases were between 39 - 48 years of age group. Spontaneous closure was achieved in 72.7% and surgical closure in 76.7% of the patients Vacuum assisted closure was achieved in 66.66% of the patients in whom VAC was used. Of the patients in whom octreotide was used closure was achieved in 66.66% of the patients. The association between serum albumin levels and fistula healing and between fistula output and mortality were statistically significant. Overall mortality in this study was 26% with 44.44% among referred cases and 15.625% among institutional cases.

  16. Laparo-endoscopic Assisted Percutaneous Drainage Gastrostomy and Feeding Jejunostomy

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    Vishwanath Golash


    Full Text Available Acquired tracheo-esophageal Fistula (TEF is a rare but serious complication of prolonged endotracheal intubation. Patients of TEF are usually very critically ill and prone to repeated aspiration and pneumonia. The first stage of treatment involves the diversion of salivary and gastric contents away from the fistula site, improving the nutritional status and control of sepsis. A drainage gastrostomy and feeding jejunostomy is often required to divert the gastric contents away from the fistula and for nutrition.

  17. Augmented-pressure colostogram in imperforate anus with fistula

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    Gross, G.W. (Jefferson Medical Coll., Philadelphia, PA (United States). Dept. of Radiology); Wolfson, P.J. (Jefferson Medical Coll., Philadelphia, PA (United States). Dept. of Surgery); Pena, A. (Schneider Children' s Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Pediatric Surgery)


    Most newborns with imperforate anus, except for those with very low varieties, undergo a diverting colostomy performed in the postnatal period, with definitive surgical repair at a later age. Accurate demonstration of the anatomy of any associated fistula between the rectum and urogenital tract is essential for optimal surgical management. An augmented-pressure distal segment colostogram is recommended prior to definitive repair, both to confirm the level of rectal atresia and to define any associated fistulous communication. We report a case of high imperforate anus with rectourethral fistula in which the fistulous tract was not identified on the conventional contrast colostogram but was readily delineated when an augmented-pressure modification of the technique was utilized. The technical aspects of augmented-pressure colostography are presented. (orig.).

  18. Outcomes at one-year post anastomosis from a national cohort of infants with oesophageal atresia.

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    Benjamin Allin

    Full Text Available We aimed to provide a contemporaneous assessment of outcomes at one-year post oesophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula (OA-TOF repair, focussing particularly on post-operative complications. It is generally accepted that oesophageal stricture is the most common complication and causes significant morbidity. We also aimed to assess the efficacy of prophylactic anti-reflux medication (PARM in reducing stricture formation.A prospective, multi-centre cohort study of all infants live-born with oesophageal atresia in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2008/9 was performed, recording clinical management and outcomes at one year. The effect of PARM on stricture formation in infants with the type-c anomaly was assessed using logistic regression analysis.151 infants were live-born with oesophageal atresia in the defined reporting period, 126 of whom had the type-c anomaly. One-year follow-up information was returned for 105 infants (70%; the mortality rate was 8.6% (95% CI 4.7-14.3%. Post-operative complications included anastomotic leak (5.4%, recurrent fistula (3.3% and oesophageal stricture (39%. Seventy-six (60% of those with type-c anomaly were alive at one-year with returned follow-up, 57(75% of whom had received PARM. Of these, 24 (42% developed a stricture, compared to 4 (21% of those who had not received PARM (adjusted odds ratio 2.60, 95% CI 0.71-9.46, p = 0.147.This study provides a benchmark for current outcomes and complication rates following OA-TOF repair, with oesophageal stricture causing significant morbidity. The use of PARM appeared ineffective in preventing strictures. This study creates enough doubt about the efficacy of PARM in preventing stricture formation to warrant further investigation of its use with a randomised controlled trial.

  19. VACTERL association and Moebius syndrome in a newborn girl prenatally exposed to misoprostol = Asociación VACTERL y síndrome de Moebius en un recién nacido expuesto prenatalmente a misoprostol

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    Ramírez Cheyne, Julián


    Full Text Available Misoprostol, a synthetic analogue of prostaglandin E1, has been associated with an increased risk of occurrence of the Moebius syndrome (congenital paralysis of the seventh cranial nerve that may be associated with involvement of other cranial nerves or of other systems and cross-terminal limb defects in pregnancies in which mothers used this drug during the first trimester of pregnancy. Vascular disruption has been proposed as a teratogenic mechanism of misoprostol. The VACTERL association is the statistically non-random co-occurrence of vertebral defects, vascular anomalies, anal atresia, cardiac abnormalities, tracheo-esophageal fistula with esophageal atresia, radial and renal dysplasia, and other limb anomalies. There is no evidence for a unifying cause for the co-occurrence of VACTERL malformations, so this condition is still called an association and not a syndrome. We report the case of a newborn girl with VACTERL association and Moebius syndrome associated with prenatal exposure to misoprostol in the first trimester of pregnancy. Given the teratogenic mechanism of misoprostol, we propose a vascular origin for VACTERL association.

  20. Choanal atresia in siblings; Case report | Kaitesi | East and Central ...

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    Choanal atresia is an uncommon and often poorly recognized cause of unilateral or bilateral nasal obstruction. This report describes the case of bilateral choanal atresia in two consecutive siblings and describes the methods of treatment offered.

  1. Biliary atresia: Where do we stand now? (United States)

    Govindarajan, Krishna Kumar


    The pathway from clinical suspicion to establishing the diagnosis of biliary atresia in a child with jaundice is a daunting task. However, investigations available help to point towards the correct diagnosis in reasonable time frame. Imaging by Sonography has identified several parameters which can be of utility in the diagnostic work up. Comparison of Sonography with imaging by Nuclear medicine can bring out the significant differences and also help in appropriate imaging. The battery of Biochemical tests, available currently, enable better understanding of the line-up of investigations in a given child with neonatal cholestasis. Management protocols enable standardized care with optimal outcome. The place of surgical management in biliary atresia is undisputed, although Kasai procedure and primary liver transplantation have been pitted against each other. This article functions as a platform to bring forth the various dimensions of biliary atresia.

  2. Comparison between Two Cecostomy Techniques for Treatment of Atresia Coli in Cattle and Buffalo Calves

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    Mohamad Abdelfattah Abdelrhman, Aiman Mahmoud Seddek*1 and Hossam Ahmad Bakr2


    Full Text Available The study aimed at determination of the cecostomy technique that will preserve the long-term maximal diameter of the created fistula. The subjects of the study were 79 newly born cattle and buffalo calves suffered from atresia coli, recti and ani. The calves were grouped into four groups for evaluation of incisional and herniation cecostomy techniques either on the right or left flank. With each technique, 4 cm diameter permanent fistula was created and evaluated at the 1stweek, and 1st, 4th and 8th months post-surgery. Both of the short and long-term complications were recorded and managed conservatively. Follow up could be achieved for 45 calves only and all of them showed stunted growth. The results revealed wider stoma in the calves operated by herniation technique, and in those operated on the right flank, moreover the operated cattle calves had wider stoma than buffalo calves. It is concluded that the right flank herniation technique has a beneficial effect on long-term preserving of a wider diameter of the created fistula.

  3. Atresia de tráquea

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    Rafael Amador Morán


    Full Text Available La atresia de tráquea es una afección infrecuente en el recién nacido y la mayoría de las veces se asocia a otras malformaciones complejas sobre las cuales se han registrado en la literatura médica no más de 100 casos. Se documenta el caso de un recién nacido varón con atresia traqueal y fístula traqueoesofágica, anomalías cardíacas y gastrointestinales, que tuvo una supervivencia de 81 h.

  4. Bilateral congenital lacrimal fistulas in an adult as part of ectrodactyly-ectodermal dysplasia-clefting syndrome: A rare anomaly

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    Debangshu Ghosh


    Full Text Available Ectrodactyly-ectodermal dysplasia and clefting syndrome or "Lobster claw" deformity is a rare congenital anomaly that affects tissues of ectodermal and mesodermal origin. Nasolacrimal duct (NLD obstruction with or without atresia of lacrimal passage is a common finding of such a syndrome. The authors report here even a rarer presentation of the syndrome which manifested as bilateral NLD obstruction and lacrimal fistula along with cleft lip and palate, syndactyly affecting all four limbs, mild mental retardation, otitis media, and sinusitis. Lacrimal duct obstruction and fistula were managed successfully with endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR which is a good alternative to lacrimal probing or open DCR in such a case.

  5. Dysphagia in children with repaired oesophageal atresia

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    Coppens, C.H.; Engel-Hoek, L. van den; Scharbatke, H.E.; Groot, S.A. de; Draaisma, J.M.T.


    Dysphagia is a common problem in children with repaired oesophageal atresia (OA). Abnormalities in the oropharyngeal and oesophageal phase have hardly been studied. The aims of this study were to assess the prevalence of dysphagia in children with repaired OA and to identify and differentiate oral

  6. Umbilical cord ulceration and jejunal atresia

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    CASE REPORT. The association between umbilical cord ulceration and congenital intestinal atresia is being increasingly reported and carries a high mortality. ... known to be associated with a number of other congenital anomalies, including ... rhesus positive and both HIV and syphilis serology were negative. A scan for ...


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    O. E. Iryshkin


    Full Text Available Biliary atresia is an inflammatory fibrosing process, which invades both extrahepatic and intrahepatic bile ducts. There are two forms of biliary atresia: embryonic form, associated with another visceral malformations, and perinatal form, which is an isolated disease. Biliary atresia is a heterogeinc disease which may appear as a result of different etiological factors, the most important of them are genetics, viral infection, vascular factors, toxins and disregulation of immune system. The characteristic morphological features of biliaryatresia are: intracellular and ductular cholestasis, ductular proliferation, giant cell transformation, portal and perilobular oedema and/or fibrosis. As the patalogical process progresses, ductopenia appears, and fibrosis turns to cirrhosis. Embryonic form mophologically manifests with ductal plate malformation is, what is an important diagnostic criterion. Pro- gnosis of biliary atresia depends on form of disease, age of patient and type of surgical operation. Today surgical treatment includes two steps: palliative portoenterostomia, performed in neonatal period and further liver trans- plantation. However liver transplantation is more preferable as first and single-step treatment. 

  8. Pancreaticopleural fistula : CT demonstration

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    Hahm, Jin Kyeung [Chuncheon Medical Center, ChunChon (Korea, Republic of)


    In patients with chronic pancreatitis, the pancreaticopleural fistula is known to cause recurrent exudative or hemorrhagic pleural effusions. These are often large in volume and require treatment, unlike the effusions in acute pancreatitis. Diagnosis can be made either by the finding of elevated pleural fluid amylase level or, using imaging studies, by the direct demonstration of the fistulous tract. We report two cases of pancreaticopleural fistula demonstrated by computed tomography.

  9. Expanding the BP1-BP2 15q11.2 Microdeletion Phenotype: Tracheoesophageal Fistula and Congenital Cataracts

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    D. Wong


    Full Text Available The proximal q arm of chromosome 15 contains breakpoint regions BP1–BP5 with the classic deletion of BP1–BP3 best known to be associated with Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes. The region is approximately 500 kb and microdeletions within the BP1-BP2 region have been reported in patients with developmental delay, behavioral abnormalities, and motor apraxia as well as dysmorphic features including hypertelorism, cleft or narrow palate, ear abnormalities, and recurrent upper airway infections. We report two patients with unique, never-before-reported 15q11.2 BP1-2 microdeletion syndrome findings, one with proximal esophageal atresia and distal tracheoesophageal fistula (type C and one with congenital cataracts. Cataracts have been described in Prader-Willi syndrome but we could not find any description of cataracts in Angelman syndrome. Esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula have not been reported to our knowledge in either syndrome. A chance exists that both cases are sporadic birth defects; however, the findings of the concomitant microdeletion cannot be overlooked as a possible cause. Based on our review of the literature and the presentation of our patients, we recommend that esophageal atresia and distal tracheoesophageal fistula as well as congenital cataracts be included in the phenotypic spectrum of 15q11.2 BP1-2 microdeletion syndrome.

  10. The contribution of fetal MR imaging to the assessment of oesophageal atresia

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    Hochart, V.; Verpillat, P.; Bigot, J.; Avni, F.E. [CHRU Lille, Jeanne de Flandre Hospital, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Lille (France); Langlois, C. [EA2694 USDL CHRU Lille, Department of Biostatistics, Lille (France); Garabedian, C.; Debarge, V.H. [CHRU Lille, Jeanne de Flandre Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lille (France); Sfeir, R. [CHRU Lille, Jeanne de Flandre Hospital, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Reference Center for Congenital Anomalies of the Esophagus, Lille (France)


    Present challenges are to improve the diagnosis rate of oesophageal atresia (OA) and evaluate as completely as possible a fetus affected by OA, specifically the type of OA and the length of the gap. Our aim was to evaluate the accuracy of fetal MR imaging (fMRI) for diagnosis of OA. We reviewed fMRI performed because of sonographic suspicion of an OA. The signs reviewed included stomach size, ''pouch sign'', bowing of the trachea and visualization of the lower oesophageal lumen. The fetuses were assigned by consensus as having or not having EA, as well as having a tracheaoesophageal fistula (TOF). All findings were correlated with postnatal data. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) were calculated. Se, Sp, PPV and NPV of the technique were respectively 91 %, 100 %, 100 % and 88 %. The presence of the pouch sign yielded corresponding values of 82 %, 100 %, 100 % and 78 %. Mid-tracheal bowing was correlated positively with EA. The type of atresia was correctly evaluated in 90 % of patients. fMRI is useful for the diagnosis of EA through the visualization of the oesophageal pouch or through associated signs such as tracheal bowing. Visualization of the lower oesophageal lumen seems to be a good sign of TEF. (orig.)

  11. Congenital parotid fistula

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    Shiggaon Natasha


    Full Text Available Parotid fistula is a cause of great distress and embarrassment to the patient. Parotid fistula is most commonly a post-traumatic situation. Congenital parotid salivary fistulas are unusual entities that can arise from accessory parotid glands or even more infrequently, from normal parotid glands through an aberrant Stensen′s duct. The treatment of fistulous tract is usually surgical and can be successfully excised after making a skin incision along the skin tension line around the fistula opening. This report describes a case of right accessory parotid gland fistula of a 4-year-old boy with discharge of pus from right cheek. Computed tomography (CT fistulography and CT sialography demonstrated fistulous tract arising from accessory parotid gland. Both CT fistulography and CT sialography are very helpful in the diagnosis and surgical planning. In this case, superficial parotidectomy is the treatment of choice. A detailed history, clinical and functional examination, proper salivary gland investigations facilitates in correct diagnosis followed by immediate surgical intervention helps us to restore physical, psychological health of the child patient.

  12. Congenital parotid fistula. (United States)

    Natasha, Shiggaon


    Parotid fistula is a cause of great distress and embarrassment to the patient. Parotid fistula is most commonly a post-traumatic situation. Congenital parotid salivary fistulas are unusual entities that can arise from accessory parotid glands or even more infrequently, from normal parotid glands through an aberrant Stensen's duct. The treatment of fistulous tract is usually surgical and can be successfully excised after making a skin incision along the skin tension line around the fistula opening. This report describes a case of right accessory parotid gland fistula of a 4-year-old boy with discharge of pus from right cheek. Computed tomography (CT) fistulography and CT sialography demonstrated fistulous tract arising from accessory parotid gland. Both CT fistulography and CT sialography are very helpful in the diagnosis and surgical planning. In this case, superficial parotidectomy is the treatment of choice. A detailed history, clinical and functional examination, proper salivary gland investigations facilitates in correct diagnosis followed by immediate surgical intervention helps us to restore physical, psychological health of the child patient.

  13. Familial recurrence of urethral stenosis/atresia. (United States)

    Siebert, Joseph R; Walker, Martin P R


    We report the familial recurrence of urethral stenosis/atresia in two sibling fetuses with bladder outlet obstruction, severe oligohydramnios, and pulmonary hypoplasia. Urethral obstruction in the fetus, when severe, results in a dilated urinary bladder (megacystis) and associated urinary anomalies (hydroureter, hydronephrosis, renal dysplasia). Distention of the fetal abdomen, the result of megacystis or urinary ascites, leads to stretching and eventually hypoplasia or even absence of abdominal muscles. This constellation of findings, known by a variety of terms including "prune belly" syndrome, is associated with a variety of urethral changes, including posterior urethral valves and urethral stenosis/atresia. One fetus manifested unilateral postaxial polydactyly of the left hand. A microdeletion of 6p25.3, identified in mother and one fetus, is not associated with a gene known to be involved in urethral development and therefore of unknown significance. (c) 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  14. Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis Complicating Bronchial Atresia

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    Mazen O. Al-Qadi


    Full Text Available Bronchial atresia is a rare pulmonary developmental anomaly characterized by the presence of a focal obliteration of a segmental or lobar bronchial lumen. The lung distal to the atretic bronchus is typically emphysematous along with the presence of mucus filled ectatic bronchi (mucoceles. BA is usually asymptomatic but pulmonary infections can rarely develop in the emphysematous lung distal to the atretic bronchus. We present a unique case of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA in a patient with BA with no evidence of immune dysfunction. The patient was treated initially with voriconazole and subsequently underwent surgical excision of the involved area. On follow-up, she has done extremely well with no evidence for recurrence. In summary, we describe the first case of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis in an immunocompetent patient with bronchial atresia.

  15. Pyloric atresia-Three cases and review of literature

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    Sandesh V Parelkar


    Full Text Available Pyloric atresia (PA is a rare congenital anomaly that constitutes approximately 1% of all intestinal atresias, and its incidence is approximately 1 in 100,000 live births. PA may occur as an isolated condition or associated with other abnormalities, the most common being Junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB. Evidence suggests that PA-EB (Pyloric Atresia - Epidermolysis Bullosa Syndrome is a distinct entity. In this report, we present three cases of pyloric atresia, one of which was associated with Junctional epidermolysis bullosa. The literature on the subject is also reviewed.

  16. Acute Mastoiditis in a Newborn with Aural Atresia

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    K. Parpounas


    Full Text Available Acute mastoiditis in the newborn is a very rare disease. Herein we report a case of a 28-day-old child with right aural atresia and ipsilateral mastoiditis requiring mastoidectomy. To our knowledge, this is the youngest case reported in the literature. Issues on diagnosis and management of mastoiditis in cases of aural atresia are further discussed. Based on our experience and on previous reported cases we conclude that mastoiditis is difficult to diagnose in a child with aural atresia. Moreover, mastoidectomy may be necessary, although identification of the facial nerve and consequent treatment of the atresia are usually too difficult to perform simultaneously.

  17. Acute mastoiditis in a newborn with aural atresia. (United States)

    Parpounas, K; Bouka, K; Athanasopoulos, J; Lamprou, M; Helmis, G; Vlastos, I M


    Acute mastoiditis in the newborn is a very rare disease. Herein we report a case of a 28-day-old child with right aural atresia and ipsilateral mastoiditis requiring mastoidectomy. To our knowledge, this is the youngest case reported in the literature. Issues on diagnosis and management of mastoiditis in cases of aural atresia are further discussed. Based on our experience and on previous reported cases we conclude that mastoiditis is difficult to diagnose in a child with aural atresia. Moreover, mastoidectomy may be necessary, although identification of the facial nerve and consequent treatment of the atresia are usually too difficult to perform simultaneously.

  18. Evolución a largo plazo de 55 pacientes operados de atresia esofágica

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    Ruperto Llanes Céspedes


    Full Text Available Los pacientes operados de atresia esofágica constituyen un reto para los médicos involucrados en su seguimiento. Se realizó un estudio retrospectivo de las historias clínicas de 55 pacientes vivos después de operarse de atresia esofágica, en un período de 15 años, donde se evaluaron las complicaciones encontradas a largo plazo, con el objetivo de identificarlas y conocer su tratamiento. La presencia de reflujo gastroesofágico en 30 niños (54,54 %, la dismotilidad esofágica en 28 (50,90 % y las manifestaciones respiratorias recurrentes en 26 pacientes (47,27 % fueron las más frecuentes, seguidas de las estenosis de la sutura en 11 (20 %, retardo del crecimiento y desarrollo en 10 (18,18 % y la recurrencia de la fístula en 2 niños (3,63 %. Se concluye que en el seguimiento a largo plazo de los pacientes operados de atresia esofágica se deben realizar el diagnóstico precoz y el tratamiento de múltiples complicaciones que definen su calidad de vida.The patients operated for esophageal atresia become a challenge for physicians involved in their follow-up. A retrospective study of the medical histories of 55 live patients after they had been operated for esophageal atresia in a period of 15 years was undertaken where long-term complications were evaluated to identify them and find out their treatment. Gastroesophageal reflux in 30 children (54,54 %, esophageal dismotility in 28 children (50,90 % and recurrent respiratory manifestations in 26 patients (47,27 % were the most frequent complications followed by suture stenosis in 11 (20 %, retarded growth and development in 10 (18,18 % and recurrent tracheoesophageal fistula in 2 children. It is concluded that early diagnosis and treatment of multiple complications, which define the quality of life of patients, should be made in the long-term follow-up of patients operated for esophageal atresia.

  19. Reliability of Oronasal Fistula Classification. (United States)

    Sitzman, Thomas J; Allori, Alexander C; Matic, Damir B; Beals, Stephen P; Fisher, David M; Samson, Thomas D; Marcus, Jeffrey R; Tse, Raymond W


    Objective Oronasal fistula is an important complication of cleft palate repair that is frequently used to evaluate surgical quality, yet reliability of fistula classification has never been examined. The objective of this study was to determine the reliability of oronasal fistula classification both within individual surgeons and between multiple surgeons. Design Using intraoral photographs of children with repaired cleft palate, surgeons rated the location of palatal fistulae using the Pittsburgh Fistula Classification System. Intrarater and interrater reliability scores were calculated for each region of the palate. Participants Eight cleft surgeons rated photographs obtained from 29 children. Results Within individual surgeons reliability for each region of the Pittsburgh classification ranged from moderate to almost perfect (κ = .60-.96). By contrast, reliability between surgeons was lower, ranging from fair to substantial (κ = .23-.70). Between-surgeon reliability was lowest for the junction of the soft and hard palates (κ = .23). Within-surgeon and between-surgeon reliability were almost perfect for the more general classification of fistula in the secondary palate (κ = .95 and κ = .83, respectively). Conclusions This is the first reliability study of fistula classification. We show that the Pittsburgh Fistula Classification System is reliable when used by an individual surgeon, but less reliable when used among multiple surgeons. Comparisons of fistula occurrence among surgeons may be subject to less bias if they use the more general classification of "presence or absence of fistula of the secondary palate" rather than the Pittsburgh Fistula Classification System.

  20. Laparoscopic treatment of genitourinary fistulae. (United States)

    Garza Cortés, Roberto; Clavijo, Rafael; Sotelo, Rene


    We present the laparoscopic management of genitourinary fistulae, mainly five types of fistulae, vesicovaginal, ureterovaginal, vesicouterine, rectourethral and rectovesical fistula. Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) is mostly secondary to urogynecologic procedures in developed countries, abdominal hysterectomy being the main cause of this condition; they represent 84.9% of the genitourinary fistulae (1).Management has been described for this type of fistula, where low success rate (7-12%) has been reported. Ureterovaginal fistulas may occur following pelvic surgery, particularly gynecological procedures, or as a result of vaginal foreign bodies or stone fragments after shock wave lithotripsy, patients typically present with global and persistent urine leakage through the vagina, this causes patient discomfort, distress, and typically protection is used to stay dry, the initial management is often conservative but typically fails. Vesicouterine fistula is a rare condition that only occurs in 1 to 4% of genitourinary fistulas, the primary cause is low segment cesareansection, and clinically presents in three different forms, which will be described. Treatment of this type of fistulae has been conservative,with hormone therapy and surgery, depending on the presenting symptoms. Recto-urinary (rectovesical and rectourethral) fistulae (RUF) are uncommon and can be difficult to manage clinically. Although they may develop in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and perirectal abscesses, rectourethral fistula frequently result as an iatrogenic complication of extirpative or ablative prostate procedures. Rectovesical fistula usually develops following radical prostatectomy, and occurs along the vesicourethral anastomotic line or along the suture line of a posterior "racquet-handle" closure of the bladder. Conservative management consisting of urinary diversion, broad-spectrum antibiotics and parenteral nutrition is often initially attempted but these measures often fail


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    CONGENiTAL URETHROPERINEAL FISTULA l8 A'DISTINCT TYPE OF URETHRAL DUPLlCATION. gram revealed a normal dorsal urethra and failed to opacity the fistulous tract, but the fis- tula was demonstrated by injection of contrast through the perineal orifice (tistulogram). Cystourethroscopy revealed a normal dor~.

  2. Fistula in ano

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    Madsen, S M; Myschetzky, P S; Heldmann, U


    Patients suspected of having perianal suppurative disease often undergo a combination of several potentially painful, invasive procedures to establish or rule out the diagnosis. To evaluate the accuracy of low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in distinguishing patients with active anal fist...... fistulae and patients with no active fistulation we performed a retrospective study....

  3. Robotic rectovaginal fistula repair. (United States)

    Puntambekar, Shailesh; Rayate, Neeraj; Agarwal, Geetanjali; Joshi, Sourabh; Rajmanickam, Sarvana


    Minimally invasive surgery for diseases in the pelvic region is gaining popularity due to advances in technology and increased benefit to the patient. As indications for such surgeries increase, the known boundaries for minimal access are being extended by a few teams. We report a patient who underwent robotic-assisted transabdominal repair of a high rectovaginal fistula which developed following a vaginal hysterectomy. Vaginography revealed a communication between the vaginal vault and the upper rectum. After evaluation of the colon and the vagina, the patient was planned for a robotic-assisted rectovaginal fistula repair. The three-arm daVinci(®) surgical robot was used. A total of five ports were used to complete the entire procedure, which included adhesiolysis, re-creation of the vaginal vault, repair of the fistula and omental interposition. This is the first robotic-assisted rectovaginal fistula repair reported to date. Besides the advantages of minimally invasive surgery for the patient, the surgeon benefits from the ease of suturing deep in the pelvis afforded by the articulated robotic arms.


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    Full Text Available "nSecondary aortoenteric fistula (SAF is an uncommon but very important complication of abdominal aortic reconstruction. The complication often occurs months to years after aortic surgery. The clinical manifestation of the aortoenteric fistula is always upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Treatment of the disease is early surgical intervention. If operative treatment is not performed promptly, the mortality is high. We present a case of secondary aortoduodenal fistula found 6 years after aortic reconstructive surgery, with the clinical presentation of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. On Immediate exploratory laparatomy, proximal part of abdominal Aorta was clamped. Duodonorrhaphy and aortic reconstruction with patch graft at the proximal suture line of aortic prosthesis was performed. Fortunately there was no pus, so tissue culture was not done. The intervention was concluded with an omentoplasty in order to protect the patch graft and to separate it from duodenorhaphy. Patient did well after the surgical management. Because of the increasing number of elective aortic aneurysm repairs in the aging population, it is likely that more patients with secondary aortoenteric fistula will present to the clinical physicians in the future. So, a high index of suspicion is necessary for prompt diagnosis and treatment of this actually life threatening event.

  5. Esophageal Replacement for Long-Gap Esophageal Atresia in a ...

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    The management of esophageal atresia in a resourcelimited environment is plagued with challenges that often lead to poor outcome. The diagnosis and management of babies with long-gap esophageal atresia adds a new dimension to these challenges. We report the success of esophageal replacement surgery for a ...

  6. Situs inversus in association with duodenal atresia | Talabi | African ...

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    Situs inversus in association with duodenal atresia is very rare. A high index of suspicion coupled with appropriate evaluation is necessary for diagnosis and operative planning. We report a case of a 5-day-old who presented with duodenal atresia associated with polysplenia and situs inversus with a review of the medical ...

  7. Apple-peel atresia presenting as foetal intestinal obstruction ...

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    Apple-peel atresia or Type 3 jejuno-ileal atresia (JIA) is an uncommon cause of foetal intestinal obstruction. Bowel obstruction in the foetus is diagnosed on the prenatal ultrasonography only in 50% cases. We report a case in which foetal intestinal obstruction was diagnosed on prenatal ultrasonography. The child showed ...

  8. Umbilical cord ulceration and jejunal atresia | Mackay | South ...

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    The association between umbilical cord ulceration and congenital intestinal atresia is being increasingly reported and carries a high mortality. We report on a case of jejunal atresia associated with massive fetal haemorrhage from an umbilical cord ulcer. Fetal distress noted on continuous fetal heart monitoring allowed for ...

  9. European biliary atresia registries : Summary of a symposium

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    Petersen, C.; Harder, D.; Abola, Z.; Alberti, D.; Becker, T.; Chardot, C.; Davenport, M.; Deutschmann, A.; Khelif, K.; Kobayashi, H.; Kvist, N.; Leonhardt, J.; Melter, M.; Pakarinen, M.; Pawlowska, J.; Petersons, A.; Pfister, E. -D.; Rygl, M.; Schreiber, R.; Sokol, R.; Ure, B.; Veiga, C.; Verkade, H.; Wildhaber, B.; Yerushalmi, B.; Kelly, D.

    Biliary atresia (BA) is a rare but potentially devastating disease. The European Biliary Atresia Registry (EBAR) was set up to improve data collection and to develop a pan-national and interdisciplinary strategy to improve clinical outcomes. From 2001 to 2005, 100 centers from 22 countries

  10. Treatment of non-IBD anal fistula

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    Lundby, Lilli; Hagen, Kikke; Christensen, Peter


    The course of the fistula tract in relation to the anal sphincter is identified by clinical examination under general anaesthesia using a fistula probe and injection of fluid into the external fistula opening. In the event of a complex fistula or in the case of fistula recurrence, this should...

  11. Membranous variety of rectal atresia - primary management in a neonate (United States)

    Jayaswal, Shalika; Shah, Hemanshi; Murthy, Keshav; Bhandarkar, Kailash; Makhija, Om Prakash


    Rectal atresia is a rare form of anorectal malformation, with reported incidence of 1 to 2% and membranous variety of rectal atresia is even rarer. Most reported cases have been dealt with a staged procedure which includes sigmoid colostomy. We diagnosed and classified the variety of rectal atresia by performing an X-Ray (invertogram along with the red rubber catheter in situ.). In lesser developed geographies where MRI is not readily available or not affordable, this simple test could be used to confirm the variety of rectal atresia. However, the usual fallacies of invertogram should be considered. Here we report a neonate with membranous variety of rectal atresia managed by transanal endoscopic fulguration using bugbee passed through the cystourethroscope, without a covering sigmoid stoma. PMID:21120069

  12. Membranous variety of rectal atresia - primary management in a neonate

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    Jayaswal Shalika


    Full Text Available Rectal atresia is a rare form of anorectal malformation, with reported incidence of 1 to 2% and membranous variety of rectal atresia is even rarer. Most reported cases have been dealt with a staged procedure which includes sigmoid colostomy. We diagnosed and classified the variety of rectal atresia by performing an X-Ray (invertogram along with the red rubber catheter in situ.. In lesser developed geographies where MRI is not readily available or not affordable, this simple test could be used to confirm the variety of rectal atresia. However, the usual fallacies of invertogram should be considered. Here we report a neonate with membranous variety of rectal atresia managed by transanal endoscopic fulguration using bugbee passed through the cystourethroscope, without a covering sigmoid stoma.

  13. Follicular growth and atresia in the mouse

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    Oakberg, E. F.


    Follicles were classified on the basis of number of layers of follicle cells, presence and degree of development of the zona pellucida, and presence of an antrum. Formation of an antrum in follicles with less than 7-8 cell layers and/or presence of necrotic cells was considered indicative of degeneration. When classified in this manner, the data suggest that follicles and their contained oocytes are committed to either normal development or atresia by the time a third layer of granulosa cells is formed.

  14. Unilateral pulmonary vein atresia: A case report

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    Yoon, So Hwa; Kim, Ki Jun [Dept. of Radiology, Incheon St. Mary' s Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)


    Unilateral pulmonary vein atresia is a rare congenital anomaly. Its symptoms begin to manifest in childhood and a broad spectrum of clinical severity has been described, ranging from asymptomatic, recurrent pulmonary infection, severe hemoptysis, to death. Only a few adult cases with this condition, with no or mild symptoms, have been reported. Pulmonary angiography has been typically used for definite diagnosis. However, pulmonary angiography may be replaced with the current developing multidetector CT. This report presents an adult case with mild symptoms, diagnosed by multidetector CT.

  15. Biliary atresia in Vietnam: Management and the burden of disease. (United States)

    Liu, Max Bolun; Huong, Thuy Bui; Hoang, Xuyen; Doan, Lan; Trinh, Shauna; Anh Nguyen, Hoa Pham; Thanh Le, Hai; Holterman, Ai-Xuan


    Biliary atresia is an idiopathic, neonatal liver disease of the bile ducts. The natural evolution of biliary atresia is known in developed countries. This study describes the clinical course of biliary atresia in Vietnam, a developing country. Chart reviews were undertaken of patients treated with or without the Kasai procedure between January 2010 and July 2013 at a children's hospital in Vietnam. Of 287 children with biliary atresia, 149 (52%) were treated without the Kasai procedure and 138 (48%) were treated with the Kasai procedure. Median age at diagnosis was 2.4 months for children treated without the Kasai procedure vs 2.3 months for those treated with the procedure. The percentages of patients in the group treated without the Kasai procedure presenting at 6 months of age were 31%, 35%, 15%, 10%, and 9%, respectively, compared to those treated with the Kasai procedure at 36% (P = .38), 44% (P = .12), 16% (P = 1.0), 4% (P = .037), and 0% (P Vietnam. The majority of biliary atresia in Vietnam remains untreated despite early presentation and reasonable outcomes after a Kasai procedure relative to Western countries. These data illustrate the high health care burden for biliary atresia in Vietnam and the need to improve education about biliary atresia and its treatment. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Histomorphological Features of Intestinal Atresia and its Clinical Correlation. (United States)

    Subbarayan, Devi; Singh, Meeta; Khurana, Nita; Sathish, Agarwal


    Intestinal atresia accounts for approximately one third of all cases of neonatal intestinal obstruction. There is controversy regarding pathogenesis of congenital atresia and stenosis of small bowel. Studies regarding clinical manifestations and specific histopathological features of neonatal intestinal atresia are scarce in Indian literature. To understand the histomorphological features and thus suggest pathophysiology of cases with Intestinal Atresia. Out of 147 cases, of intestinal obstruction in newborn studied over a period of 5 years, 39 cases of intestinal atresia were found. Their histomorphological details with clinical manifestations were studied. Type II was the commonest type of atresia. Associated anomalies noted were gastroschisis, volvulus, anal stenosis, microcolon, annular pancreas, meconium cyst and duplication cyst. Histological changes observed were ulceration, flattening, abnormal villous configuration, luminal obliteration, narrowing, haemangiomatous proliferation of blood vessels, fibrosis, haemorrhage, calcification, and mesenchymal condensation around the blood vessels. Gangrene and perforation has also noted in some cases. An intrauterine intestinal ischemia due to vascular pathology followed by resorption of the bowel is the possible explanation for the development of intestinal atresia.

  17. Dumping syndrome after esophageal atresia repair without antireflux surgery. (United States)

    Michaud, Laurent; Sfeir, Rony; Couttenier, Frédéric; Turck, Dominique; Gottrand, Frédéric


    In childhood, the surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux is the main cause of dumping syndrome. We report the cases of 2 children with esophageal atresia who presented with dumping syndrome without any precipitating known factors, such as gastroesophageal reflux surgery or associated microgastria. Our data suggest (1) that dumping syndrome can occur after primary anastomosis of esophageal atresia without antireflux surgery and (2) that dumping syndrome should be considered in every child treated surgically for esophageal atresia presenting with digestive symptoms, malaise, failure to thrive, or refusal to eat. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. [Biliary atresia - signs and symptoms, diagnosis, clinical management]. (United States)

    Orłowska, Ewa; Czubkowski, Piotr; Socha, Piotr

    Biliary atresia is a chronic cholangiopathy leading to progressive fibrosis of both intra- and extrahepatic bile ducts. The cause of the condition is unknown. Fundamental management of biliary atresia is surgical intervention and the outcomes of the treatment depend on the child's age with best results when performed within the first 2 months of life. Thus, the main role of pediatric healthcare is an urgent differential diagnosis and prompt qualification for the surgery, optimal postoperative management and early qualification for the liver transplantation in patients with persistent cholestasis. The authors discuss the clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of biliary atresia.

  19. Esophageal Atresia with Tracheoesophageal Fistula: Ten Years of Experience in an Institute

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    Chia-Feng Yang


    Conclusion: The survival rate of the patients with EA/TEF is influenced mainly by associated life-threatening anomalies. TMS combined with a history of dying spell may be the major fatal complication.

  20. Acquired tracheo-oesophageal fistula.

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    Shah C


    Full Text Available Acquired tracheo-oesophageal fistula is rare. The most common causes are tuberculosis and malignancy. Here we report a patient who had come with dysphagia and aspiration pneumonia with paratracheal lymphnodes on X-ray chest and was diagnosed to have a tracheo-bronchial fistula on barium studies. Transtumoral intubation by pull-through method was carried out.

  1. Genetics Home Reference: epidermolysis bullosa with pyloric atresia (United States)

    ... PA junctional epidermolysis bullosa with pyloric atresia PA-JEB Related Information How are genetic conditions and genes ... HH, Wallace SE, Amemiya A, Bean LJH, Bird TD, Ledbetter N, Mefford HC, Smith RJH, Stephens K, ...

  2. Changes of smooth muscle contractile filaments in small bowel atresia


    Gfrörer, Stefan; Fiegel, Henning; Ramachandran, Priya; Rolle, Udo; Metzger, Roman


    AIM: To investigate morphological changes of intestinal smooth muscle contractile fibres in small bowel atresia patients. METHODS: Resected small bowel specimens from small bowel atresia patients (n = 12) were divided into three sections (proximal, atretic and distal). Standard histology hematoxylin-eosin staining and enzyme immunohistochemistry was performed to visualize smooth muscle contractile markers α-smooth muscle actin (SMA) and desmin using conventional paraffin sections of the proxi...

  3. Transcatheter pulmonary valve perforation and balloon dilatation in neonates with pulmonary atresia and intact ventricular septum

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    Gerestein, C.G.; Berger, R.M.F.; Dalinghaus, M.; Bogers, A.J.J.C.; Witsenburg, M.


    BACKGROUND: Pulmonary atresia and intact ventricular septum is characterised by a great morphological variety. Treatment is not uniform. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate our experience with transcatheter valvotomy and balloon dilatation in neonates with pulmonary atresia and intact ventricular septum. DESIGN:

  4. Sonographic Diagnosis of Arterioportal Fistula

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    Canan Alkim


    Full Text Available Aim. We aimed to identify and describe characteristic and diagnostic ultrasonographic features of arterioportal fistula cases. Patients. In this case series we describe 3 patients with arterioportal fistula. By depending on shared sonographic features of these patients we describe a “sonographic pattern” for the sonographic diagnosis of arterioportal fistula. Conclusion. In summary; both of the artery and vein related with fistula were wider than normal and seen as adjacent anechoic circles, there was an aneurismatic dilation on vein which has turbulent flow within it, the communication between the artery and aneurism can be seen sonographically, both of the vessels have arterial flow, filling of the vein was retrograde and other branches of the artery and vein unrelated with aneurism were all normal in dimension.

  5. Ureteroarterial fistula: a case report

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    Kim, Young Sun; Kim, Ji Chang [Daejeon St Mary' s Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Ureteroarterial fistula is an extremely rare complication, but is associated with a high mortality rate. Previous pelvic surgery, long standing ureteral catheter insertion, radiation therapy, vascular surgery and vascular pathology contribute the development of this uncommon entity. Herein, a case of ureteroarterial fistula in a 69-year-old female patient, who presented with a massive hematuria, proven in a second attempt at angiography, is reported.

  6. Excellent long-term outcome for survivors of apple peel atresia

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    Festen, S; Brevoord, JCD; Goldhoorn, GA; Festen, C; Hazebroek, FWJ; van Heurn, LWE; de Langen, ZJ; van der Zee, DC; Aronson, DC

    Background: Apple peel atresia is the rarest type of small bowel atresia. Because of its rare occurrence and high mortality rate, little is known about the long-term outcome of these children. Methods: The patient charts, operative reports, and office notes of 15 children with apple peel atresia

  7. Jejuno-ileal atresia: A 2-year preliminary study on presentation and ...

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    Aug 11, 2011 ... Background/Aim: Intestinal atresia is a common cause of neonatal intestinal obstruction. Jejuno-ileum is the commonest site of intestinal atresia. Reports on Jejunoileal atresia in developing countries are still few. The purpose of this study is to determine the presentation and management outcomes of ...

  8. Duodenal Derotation and Extent Tapering Jejunoplasty as Primary Repair for Neonates With High Jejunal Atresia

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    Chih-Cheng Luo


    Conclusion: In very proximal high atresia, the extent of tapering is limited by the proximity of the ligament of Treitz. Duodenal derotation provides better access to the high atresia. The results of this limited experience suggest that the DDETJ procedure could provide an alternative therapy in patients with high jejunal atresia.

  9. Imaging findings of bronchial atresia in fetuses, neonates and infants

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    Alamo, Leonor; Meuli, Reto [University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) and University of Lausanne (UNIL), Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Lausanne (Switzerland); Vial, Yvan [University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) and University of Lausanne (UNIL), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lausanne (Switzerland); Gengler, Carole [University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) and University of Lausanne (UNIL), Department of Pathology, Lausanne (Switzerland)


    Congenital lung malformations are increasingly detected before birth. However, bronchial atresia is rarely identified in utero and not always recognized in neonates. There are two types of atresia: (1) proximal, located at the level of the mainstem or the proximal lobar bronchi, which is extremely rare and usually lethal during pregnancy, causing a tremendous volume increase of the distal involved lung with secondary hypoplasia of the normal lung, and (2) peripheral, located at the segmental/subsegmental bronchial level, which may present as an isolated lesion or as part of a complex congenital malformation. Prenatal findings are mostly nonspecific. Postnatal exams show overinflated lung areas and focal bronchial dilations. The typical fluid-filled bronchoceles are not always observed in neonates but develop progressively in the first months of life. This pictorial essay describes the spectrum of imaging findings of bronchial atresia in fetuses, neonates and infants. (orig.)

  10. Video Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment in a Child with Perianal Fistula


    Naeem Liaqat; Asif Iqbal; Sajid Hameed Dar; Faheem Liaqat


    Perianal fistula formation is a rare complication in children after rectal biopsy. Perianal fistula may become difficult to treat; therefore a lot of surgical options are present. One of these options is video assisted anal fistula treatment (VAAFT). We present a 6-year-old female who developed perianal fistula following rectal biopsy for which VAAFT was done successfully.

  11. Anaesthesia for oesophageal atresia with or without tracheo ...

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    These patients often present with a multitude of other congenital anomalies that may have a bearing on the oxygen cascade. With improvements in ... oesophageal stenosis, gastro-oesophageal fistula and recurrent fistulae. Epidemiology ... of an association with congenital heart disease, specifically. Tetralogy of Fallot ...

  12. Congenital biliary atresia: liver injury begins at birth

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    Makin, Erica; Quaglia, Alberto; Kvist, Nina


    BACKGROUND: The timing of onset of liver injury in biliary atresia (BA) is not known, although in approximately 10% of cases, biliary pathologic condition associated with the biliary atresia splenic malformation syndrome must begin well before birth. METHODS: The study involved retrospective case...... that the detrimental cholestatic liver injury, later characteristic of BA, only begins from the time of birth despite a prenatal occlusive biliary pathology. It may be that tissue injury only occurs with the onset of the perinatal bile surge initiating periductal bile leakage and the triggering of an inflammatory...

  13. Apple-peel atresia presenting as foetal intestinal obstruction

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    Ashok Yadavrao Kshirsagar


    Full Text Available Apple-peel atresia or Type 3 jejuno-ileal atresia (JIA is an uncommon cause of foetal intestinal obstruction. Bowel obstruction in the foetus is diagnosed on the prenatal ultrasonography only in 50% cases. We report a case in which foetal intestinal obstruction was diagnosed on prenatal ultrasonography. The child showed signs of intestinal obstruction on day one after birth, for which an exploratory laparotomy was performed. Type 3 JIA was found for which resection of atretic segments with jejuno-ascending colon anastomosis was preformed.

  14. Perforated appendicitis presenting as appendicoumbilical fistula. (United States)

    Killelea, Brigid K; Arkovitz, Marc S


    Perforated appendicitis is one of the most common diagnoses treated by pediatric surgeons. Although rare, a perforated appendix can present with a cutaneous fistula. Here we present the second reported case of perforated appendicitis presenting as an appendicoumbilical fistula.

  15. Management of the immature autogenous arteriovenous fistula. (United States)

    Saad, Theodore F


    A high-quality autogenous arteriovenous fistula provides the optimal access for hemodialysis. Following initial surgical construction of a fistula, the maturation process is driven by hemodynamic, cellular, and humoral factors that must result in increased blood flow, vessel dilation, and thickening of the vessel wall before the fistula can be successfully used for dialysis needle access. Different demands are placed on each fistula depending on the individual patient's hemodialysis requirements, which must be clearly understood to properly assess and treat the immature fistula. When spontaneous maturation fails to achieve a functional fistula, additional surgical or minimally invasive interventional procedures may be necessary to enhance the maturation process. Various techniques have been reported to achieve successful fistula maturation. The purpose of this article is to review the concepts of fistula maturation and the interventions that may be performed in cases where there is failure to mature spontaneously.

  16. Traumatic urethrocutaneous fistula: Case report andliterature review ...

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    % of all trauma cases.Severe penile trauma may be complicated by urethrocutaneous fistula. A 22 year old male patient presentedwith urethrocutaneous fistula following severe crush injury of his penis from the rollers of a baking machine.

  17. Pyloric atresia: A report of ten patients

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    Amine Ksia


    Full Text Available Pyloric atresia (PA is uncommon. It occurs in 1:100000 live births. Neonates usually present soon after birth with copious non-bilious vomiting. The treatment is surgical and its prognosis is poor, especially, when it is associated with epidermolysis bullosa (EB. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical presentation, diagnosis, operative management, post-operative courses, and outcome in infant with PA, based in our cases and literature review. Charts of 10 patients who underwent surgery for PA in the department of paediatric surgery in a Teaching Hospital in Tunisia (Monastir between 1990 and 2012 were reviewed. Data were analysed for demographic, clinical, therapeutic, and prognostic characteristics. The average of age at presentation was 2 days and there were six males and four females. The main presenting symptoms were non-bilious vomiting in 90% of cases. Abdominal X-ray showed gastric dilatation with an absence of gas in the rest of the intestinal tract in 90%, and a pneumoperitoneum in one. The surgical approach was laparotomy in all cases. Gastric perforation was observed in one patient and was completely repaired. The distribution of the anatomic variations was type A in nine cases and type B in one. Five patients underwent excision of the diaphragm and Heineke-Mikulicz pyloroplasty and gastroduodenostomy in the other five cases. Identified associated anomalies were Down′s syndrome in one and EB in 2 (20%, one family has three affected sibling. Post-operative mortality rate was 70%. No standard surgical approach can be adopted a better management of PA or the associated anomalies depends on an early diagnosis and the availability of neonatal intensive care unit.

  18. Atresia pulmonar con septum interventricular intacto

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    Adel Eladio González Morejón


    Full Text Available La atresia pulmonar con septum interventricular intacto es una cardiopatía congénita cianótica aparentemente sencilla caracterizada por incorporar diversas variantes morfológicas y lesiones asociadas que conllevan a un diagnóstico y tratamiento más complejo del que inicialmente podría esperarse. La elevada mortalidad antes de los 6 meses de edad obliga a instaurar una conducta agresiva y precoz. Con esta revisión nos hemos propuesto efectuar la evaluación integral de la enfermedad desde sus elementos conceptuales hasta las variantes terapéuticas a adoptar, para lo cual se describen los aspectos más importantes en cuanto a morfología, fisiopatología, diagnóstico y tratamiento. Se discute, asimismo, el papel de la ecocardiografía, de la cirugía y de las técnicas de cardiología intervencionista. La estrategia fundamental del tratamiento es separar las circulaciones sistémica y pulmonar sin provocar disminución del gasto cardíaco ni aumentos en la presión venosa central. Se pretende, además, rescatar al ventrículo derecho para el circuito pulmonar siempre que la circulación coronaria no sea dependiente de aquel. Se resalta, mediante algoritmo, la importancia que reviste la integración de modalidades quirúrgicas, intervencionistas e híbridas en el acometimiento terapéutico de esta cardiopatía.

  19. A case of colouterine fistula managed laparoscopically. (United States)

    Dadhwal, Vatsla; Ghosh, Bhaswati; Jindal, Vijay Laxmi; Vaid, Arvind; Agarwal, Sandeep; Mittal, Suneeta


    Fistulas between the uterus and bowel are rarely reported. We report successful laparoscopic management of a colouterine fistula caused by a foreign body in the uterus. Fistulas between the gastrointestinal tract and the female genital tract are usually found between the vagina and rectum as a result of complications of childbirth or iatrogenic trauma. Communication between the uterus and bowel is rarely reported. We report successful laparoscopic management of an unusual case of colouterine fistula caused by a foreign body in the uterus.

  20. Gastrojejunocolic fistula after gastrojejunostomy: a case series


    Wu Jin-Ming; Wang Ming-Yang; Lee Po-Huang; Lin Ming-Tsan


    Abstract Introduction Gastrojejunocolic (GJC) fistulae represent a significant post-surgical cause of morbidity and mortality. GJC fistulae represent rare post-surgical complications, and most are associated with gastric surgery. In the past, this complication has been under-recognized because a fistula may form years after surgery. Case presentation We describe two cases of gastrojejunocolic fistula in men aged 67 and 60 who both initially presented with watery diarrhea and weight loss. Uppe...


    Aydinova, P R; Aliyev, E A


    Results of surgical treatment of 21 patients, suffering high transsphincteric and extrasphincteric rectal fistulas, were studied. In patients of Group I the fistula passage was closed, using fistula plug obturator; and in patients of Group II--by the same, but preprocessed by fibrin adhesive. The fistula aperture germeticity, prophylaxis of rude cicatrices development in operative wound zone, promotion of better fixation of bioplastic material were guaranteed, using fistula plug obturator with preprocessing, using fibrin adhesive.

  2. Posterior cranial fossa arteriovenous fistula with presenting as caroticocavernous fistula

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    Liu, H.M.; Shih, H.C.; Huang, Y.C.; Wang, Y.H. [Dept. of Medical Imaging, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei (Taiwan)


    We report cases of posterior cranial fossa arteriovenous fistula (AVF) with presenting with exophthalmos, chemosis and tinnitus in 26- and 66-year-old men. The final diagnoses was vertebral artery AVF and AVF of the marginal sinus, respectively. The dominant venous drainage was the cause of the unusual presentation: both drained from the jugular bulb or marginal sinus, via the inferior petrosal and cavernous sinuses and superior ophthalmic vein. We used endovascular techniques, with coils and liquid adhesives to occlude the fistulae, with resolution of the symptoms and signs. (orig.)

  3. Gastrocolic Fistula: A Shortcut through the Gut

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    Nauzer Forbes


    Full Text Available Gastrocolic fistulas are observed in association with several conditions. Traditionally, peptic ulcer disease was commonly implicated in the formation of gastrocolic fistulas; however, this is now a rare etiology. Here, we present a case of gastrocolic fistula secondary to peptic ulcer disease alone, in addition to reviewing the literature and providing options for diagnosis and treatment.

  4. Long survival ( 21 years) after portoenterostomy for biliary atresia: A ...

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    Long term survival for decades after portoenterostomy (Kasai procedure) for biliary atresia is rare and the association of portoenterostomy with liver cirrhosis is well known. Not much attention was given in the evaluation of the imaging features of cirrhosis caused by portoenterostomy as received by other known usual ...

  5. Colonic atresia in cattle: A prospective study of 43 cases (United States)

    Ducharme, Norm G.; Arighi, Mimi; Horney, F. Don; Barker, Ian K.; Livesey, Michael A.; Hurtig, Mark H.; Johnson, Roger P.


    This prospective study was initiated to document the success rate obtained in the treatment of colonic atresia in calves, identify factors that influence survival rate, and to report the histopathological appearance of the proximal blind end of the ascending colon. Forty-three calves with intestinal obstruction due to colonic atresia were admitted to the Ontario Veterinary College between September 1982 and May 1986. Parameters recorded prospectively in this study included age, breed, sex, history, vital signs, acid-base and electrolyte status, location of intestinal atresia, medical and surgical management, and outcome. The typical history and clinical signs included failure to pass meconium or feces, decreased appetite, and progressive depression and abdominal distension. The most common site of colonic atresia was the midportion of the spiral loop of the ascending colon (n = 25). Of the 43 calves, three (7%) were euthanized at surgery, 21 (49%) died in the hospital, and 19 (44%) survived and were discharged from the hospital. Four of the surviving calves died subsequent to discharge giving an overall long-term (mean 15.9 months) survival rate of 35%. No significant risk factors were identified, although experienced surgeons showed a trend towards increased survival rate. ImagesFigure 2.Figure 3.Figure 4.Figure 5. PMID:17423141

  6. Cor triloculares biatritum with tricuspid atresia in an african child

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    Aliyu Ibrahim


    Full Text Available Cor triloculares biatritum is a rare congenital heart disease characterized by a three-chambered heart consisting of two atria and a single ventricle; however the case of a 5-month-old African boy who in addition to this defect had an associated tricuspid atresia and an atrial septal defect is reported.

  7. Biliary Atresia – An Easily Missed Cause of Jaundice amongst ...

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    ... presents with jaundice, acholic stools / dark urine and hepatomegaly. This disease rapidly leads to liver cirrhosis and liver failure if untreated surgically. The main objective was to establish the epidemiology of patients presenting with biliary atresia and immediate surgical outcome. Methods: A review of a prospective data ...

  8. Increased expression of intercellular adhesion molecules in biliary atresia.


    Dillon, P.; Belchis, D.; Tracy, T.; Cilley, R.; Hafer, L.; Krummel, T


    The expression of the inflammatory adhesion molecules intercellular adhesion molecule-1, vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, and endothelial leukocyte adhesion molecule-1, was studied in six infants with biliary atresia using an immunoperoxidase technique on frozen sections. Controls consisted of five patients with various conditions including total parenteral nutrition-induced cholestasis, choledochal cyst, viral hepatitis, metastatic carcinoma, and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. None o...

  9. Pyloric atresia epidermolysis bullosa aplasia cutis syndrome: a case ...

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    The association between epidermolysis bullosa and congenital pyloric atresia is rare, but is a known distinct clinical entity with autosomal recessive inheritance. We report on a case of a baby girl born by cesarean section at 37 weeks' gestation to a G7 P7 mother and weighed 2.84 kg. At birth, there was denuded skin over ...

  10. Thirty-four years' experience with biliary atresia in Denmark

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    Kvist, N; Davenport, M


    Biliary atresia (BA) is a rare disease in Denmark (population ~¿5.5 million) and there has been some controversy on how smaller countries should manage such conditions to obtain the best possible outcomes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of primary surgery (i.¿e., Kasai...

  11. Outcomes of surgical management of intestinal atresias | Ezomike ...

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    Causes of death were: Sepsis with disseminated intravascular coagulation (1), sepsis from anastomotic leakage (1), septic shock (1), anesthesia.related (1), undetermined (1). Two of the mortalities (40%) had re.operation for anastomotic leak. Conclusions: Short.term survival of neonates with intestinal atresias in our unit is ...


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    A case is reported in which qualitatively, grossly abnormal fetal breathing movements turned out to be indicative of complete tracheal atresia. Fetal breathing movements were vigorous and jerky and of large amplitude; similarly abnormal movements were observed after birth. At postmortem tracheal

  13. Esophageal atresia: long-term morbidities in adolescence and adulthood.

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    Ijsselstijn, H.; Beelen, N.W. van; Wijnen, R.M.H.


    Survival rates in esophageal atresia (EA) patients have reached 90%. In long-term follow-up studies the focus has shifted from purely surgical or gastrointestinal evaluation to a multidisciplinary approach. We evaluated the long-term morbidity in adolescent and adult EA patients and discussed mainly

  14. Thirty-four years' experience with biliary atresia in Denmark

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    Kvist, N; Davenport, M


    Biliary atresia (BA) is a rare disease in Denmark (population ∼ 5.5 million) and there has been some controversy on how smaller countries should manage such conditions to obtain the best possible outcomes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of primary surgery (i. e., Kasai portoen...

  15. Duodenal atresia in association with situs inversus abdominus

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    Raghu Shankar


    Full Text Available We report a rare association of duodenal atresia with situs inversus abdominus in a newborn. The infantogram revealed "reverse double-bubble sign" without dextrocardia. The sonography and echocardiography confirmed the diagnosis of situs inversus abdominus with multiple cardiac anomalies. Laparotomy and a duodenoduodenostomy were carried out.

  16. Fistulas secondary to gynecological and obstetrical operations

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    Jakovljević Branislava N.


    Full Text Available The authors present urogenital and rectogenital fistulas treated at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Novi Sad in the period from 1976 to 1999. The study comprised 28 cases of fistula out of which 17 were vesicovaginal, 3 ureterovaginal, 1 vesicorecto vaginal and 7 recto vaginal. During the investigated period there were 182 Wertheim operations, 3864 total abdominal hysterectomies, 1160 vaginal hysterectomies and 7111 cesarean sections. The vesicovaginal fistulas were most frequent with the incidence of 0.33%, whereas the tocogenic fistulas did not occur. Urogenital fistulas secondary to radical hysterectomy are extremely rare thanks to the administered measures of prevention during the surgical procedure.

  17. Unilateral pulmonary veins atresia: evaluation by computed tomography; Atresia unilateral das veias pulmonares: avaliacao por tomografia computadorizada

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    Eifer, Diego Andre; Arsego, Felipe Veras, E-mail: [Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre (HCPA), RS (Brazil). Serv. de Radiologia; Torres, Felipe Soares [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Escola de Medicina


    Unilateral pulmonary vein atresia is a rare congenital condition. In addition to cardiac malformations or pulmonary hypertension, patients may present with recurrent pulmonary infections or hemoptysis in childhood or adolescence. The authors report a case where the typical findings of such condition were observed at computed tomography in an adult patient. (author)

  18. Esophageal atresia associated with anorectal malformation: Is the outcome better after surgery in two stages in a limited resources scenario?

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    Sunita Singh


    Full Text Available Aims: To analyze whether outcome of neonates having esophageal atresia with or without tracheoesophageal fistula (EA±TEF associated with anorectal malformation (ARM can be improved by doing surgery in 2 stages. Materials and Methods : A prospective study of neonates having both EA±TEF and ARM from 2004 to 2011. The patients with favorable parameters were operated in a single stage, whereas others underwent first-stage decompression surgery for ARM. Thereafter, once septicemia was under control and ventilator care available, second-stage surgery for EA±TEF was performed. Results: Total 70 neonates (single stage = 20, 2 stages = 30, expired after colostomy = 9, only EA±TEF repair needed = 11 were enrolled. The admission rate for this association was 1 per 290. Forty-one percent (24/70 neonates had VACTERL association and 8.6% (6/70 neonates had multiple gastrointestinal atresias. Sepsis screen was positive in 71.4% (50/70. The survival was 45% (9/20 in neonates operated in a single stage and 53.3% (16/30 when operated in 2 stages (P = 0.04. Data analysis of 50 patients revealed that the survived neonates had significantly better birth weight, better gestational age, negative sepsis screen, no cardiac diseases, no pneumonia, and 2-stage surgery (P value 0.002, 0.003, 0.02, 0.02, 0.04, and 0.04, respectively. The day of presentation and abdominal distension had no significant effect (P value 0.06 and 0.06, respectively. This was further supported by stepwise logistic regression analysis. Conclusions: In a limited resources scenario, the survival rate of babies with this association can be improved by treating ARM first and then for EA±TEF in second stage, once mechanical ventilator care became available and sepsis was under control.

  19. Gastropulmonary Fistula after Bariatric Surgery

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    Maya Doumit


    Full Text Available The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is one of the most common operations for morbid obesity. Although rare, gastropulmonary fistulas are an important complication of this procedure. There is only one recently reported case of this complication. The present report describes the serious nature of this complication in a patient after an uneventful laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery.

  20. New technique for the management of vesicorectal fistulas

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    Leifer, G.; Jacobs, W.H.


    We report a new technique for the management of the complications of vesicorectal fistulas. The patient we present had a fistula and severe skin excoriation. The fistula was caused by carcinoma of the prostate that had been treated by radiation therapy. The fistula was patched with a rectal prosthesis similar to that used to patch esophageal-tracheal and esophageal-bronchial fistulas.

  1. Atresia pulmonar con septum interventricular intacto Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum, a thematic review

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    Adel Eladio González Morejón


    Full Text Available La atresia pulmonar con septum interventricular intacto es una cardiopatía congénita cianótica aparentemente sencilla caracterizada por incorporar diversas variantes morfológicas y lesiones asociadas que conllevan a un diagnóstico y tratamiento más complejo del que inicialmente podría esperarse. La elevada mortalidad antes de los 6 meses de edad obliga a instaurar una conducta agresiva y precoz. Con esta revisión nos hemos propuesto efectuar la evaluación integral de la enfermedad desde sus elementos conceptuales hasta las variantes terapéuticas a adoptar, para lo cual se describen los aspectos más importantes en cuanto a morfología, fisiopatología, diagnóstico y tratamiento. Se discute, asimismo, el papel de la ecocardiografía, de la cirugía y de las técnicas de cardiología intervencionista. La estrategia fundamental del tratamiento es separar las circulaciones sistémica y pulmonar sin provocar disminución del gasto cardíaco ni aumentos en la presión venosa central. Se pretende, además, rescatar al ventrículo derecho para el circuito pulmonar siempre que la circulación coronaria no sea dependiente de aquel. Se resalta, mediante algoritmo, la importancia que reviste la integración de modalidades quirúrgicas, intervencionistas e híbridas en el acometimiento terapéutico de esta cardiopatía.Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum is an apparently simple cyanotic congenital cardiopathy, characterized by several morphological variants and associated lesions leading to a complex diagnosis and treatment. The high mortality rate recorded in under 6 months-old infants demands an early aggressive management to face this situation. This review was intended to make a comprehensive assessment of the disease from its basic conceptual elements to the therapeutic variants to be adopted. To this end, the most important elements of morphology, physiopathology, diagnosis and treatment were addressed, in addition to discussing

  2. Laparoscopic Treatment of Vesicovaginal Fistula

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    Marcos Tobias-Machado


    Full Text Available Introduction Vesicovaginal fistula is a rare disease with great impact for the patients. Laparoscopic repair can be an interesting option in selected cases with goods results but few experience is reported.Objectives Detailed demonstration of our laparoscopic vesicovaginal fistula repair technique. Initial results for ten patients are provided Methods: We treated all cases by the same technique. The surgical steps were: Patient positioning in Lloyd-Davis; Cystoscopy and implant of guide wire on fistula and ureteral catheters (that was removed after procedure; Transperitoneal access and 4 or 5 ports in V or W shape; Opening the bladder wall; Dissection between bladder and vagina for tension free repair; Fistula resection; Vagina repair with Vicryl 3-0; Bladder repair with Vicryl 3-0; Peritoneum/omentum interposition; Positioning 20 Fr urethral catheter.Results Mean age was 50 years. Mean number of fistulas was 1,2. The most common etiology was gynecologic surgery (7. Mean operative time was 2,5 (1,8-3,2 hours. Mean blood loss was 150 (100-200mL. Complication rate was 10% (one case of urinary infection treated conservatively. Mean hospital stay was 1,2 (1-2 days. Mean return to normal and activities was 20 (15-30 days. For nine patients mean sexual intercourse time was 3 (1-6 months. Success rate after 1 year was 90% (one case of recurrence in patient with previous radiotherapy. Mean follow-up was 36 (12-60 months.Conclusions Laparoscopic repair is feasible, reproducible and present all advantages of minimally invasive surgical procedure. Long term results are similar to conventional open approaches.

  3. Management of Postpneumonectomy Bronchopleural Fistulae

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    Kemal Karapinar


    Full Text Available Aim: Postpneumonectomy bronchopleural fistula (PPBPF is a hard-to-treat complication that may develop after pneumonectomy. It follows a persistent course. Although there is no commonly adopted method, closure of the fistula with flaps is the general principle. The use of the omental flap may provide higher success rates in the treatment. Material and Method: PPBPF developed in 12 out of 162 pneumonectomies performed at the department of thoracic surgery between 2011 and 2014. The demographic characteristics, fistula management strategies, morbidity, and mortalities were retrospectively studied by analysis of operative reports and a digital database. Results: The rate of PPBPF was 7.4%. The bronchopleural fistulae could be closed by various treatments in 10 patients; omentopexy constituted the basis of treatment in 8 of them. In the other patients with successful results, resuturing with staplers and vacuum assisted closure were performed during the early period. One of the patients who failed treatment died due to ARDS; therefore, it was not possible to apply all the treatment alternatives. In the other patient, despite the use of all treatment alternatives (eloesser flap, tracheal stent, omentopexy, thoracomyoplasty, vacuum assisted closure, the treatment failed. Discussion: PPBPF is one of the most significant causes of morbidity and mortality in thoracic surgery units. Because its treatment may be long, a good plan and its execution by experienced units are necessary. The omental flap is increasingly popular due to good perfusion. We believe that omentopexy and j type tracheal stent performed by experienced teams will provide successful results in fistula treatment.

  4. Role of intraluminal bowel echogenicity on prenatal ultrasounds to determine the anatomical level of intestinal atresia. (United States)

    Goruppi, Ilaria; Arévalo, Silvia; Gander, Romy; Molino, José-Andres; Oria, Marc; Carreras, Elena; Peiro, José-Luis


    To evaluate the correlation between different degrees of bowel intraluminal echogenicity showed by prenatal ultrasounds and the anatomic level of intestinal atresia. We report three cases of intestinal atresia at different intestinal levels verified during the neonatal surgery with specific ultrasonographic prenatal features. Intensity of sonolucency was analyzed using the image-processing program ImageJ for quantitative measurements based on the gray-scale intensity values. A total of three cases are reported, a jejunal, an ileal and a colonic atresia. All cases showed intestinal dilatation. Both, jejunal and ileal atresia, showed two degrees of hypoechoic intestinal content, while colonic atresia showed hyperechogenic content dilated loop at prenatal ultrasound scan. We propose the use of prenatal ultrasounds echogenicity of intestinal dilated loop fluid content to help in determining the level of obstruction in bowel atresia. These are initial results, to be confirmed by a multicentric research with more cases.

  5. Anaesthesia for biliary atresia and hepatectomy in paediatrics

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    Rebecca Jacob


    Full Text Available The scope of this article precludes an ′in depth′ description of all liver problems and I will limit this review to anaesthesia for biliary atresia - a common hepatic problem in the very young - and partial hepatectomy in older children. I will not be discussing the problems of anaesthetising children with hepatitis, cirrhosis, congenital storage diseases or liver failure. Extrahepatic biliary obstruction is an obliterative cholangiopathy of infancy which is fatal if untreated. Diagnosis involves exclusion of other causes of neonatal jaundice and treatment involves a hepatico portoenterostomy carried out at the earliest. This is a review of current concepts in anaesthesia and postoperative management of neonates with extrahepatic biliary atresia. Anaesthesia for hepatic resection has seen great changes in recent times with the improvement in surgical techniques, technology and a better understanding of the underlying physiology. These are reviewed along with the problems of postoperative pain management.

  6. Management of Complex Perineal Fistula Disease (United States)

    Akiba, Ricardo Tadayoshi; Rodrigues, Fabio Gontijo; da Silva, Giovanna


    Management of complex perineal fistulas such as high perianal, rectovaginal, pouch-vaginal, rectourethral, or pouch-urethral fistulas requires a systematic approach. The first step is to control any sepsis with drainage of abscess and/or seton placement. Patients with large, recurrent, irradiated fistulas benefit from stoma diversion. In patients with Crohn's disease, it is essential to induce remission prior to any repair. There are different approaches to repair complex fistulas, from local repairs to transperineal and transabdominal approaches. Simpler fistulas are amenable to local repair. More complex fistulas, such as those secondary to irradiation, require interposition of healthy, well-vascularized tissue. The most common flap used for this treatment is the gracilis muscle with good outcomes reported. Once healing is confirmed by imaging and endoscopy, the stoma is reversed. PMID:27247533

  7. Minimally invasive management of urological fistulas. (United States)

    Núñez Bragayrac, Luciano A; Azhar, Raed A; Sotelo, Rene


    Urological fistulas are an underestimated problem worldwide and have devastating consequences for patients. Many urological fistulas result from surgical complications and/or inadequate perinatal obstetric healthcare. Surgical correction is the standard treatment. This article reviews minimally invasive surgical approaches to manage urological fistulas with a particular emphasis on the robotic techniques of fistula correction. In recent years, many surgeons have explored a minimally invasive approach for the management of urological fistulas. Several studies have demonstrated the feasibility of laparoscopic surgery and the reproducibility of reconstructive surgery techniques. Introduction of the robotic platform has provided significant advantages given the improved dexterity and exceptional vision that it confers. Fistulas are a concern worldwide. Laparoscopic surgery correction has been developed through the efforts of several authors, and difficulties such as the increased learning curve have been overcome with innovations, including the robotic platform. Although minimally invasive surgery offers numerous advantages, the most successful approach remains the one with the surgeon is most familiar.


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    Full Text Available Congenital atresia of anterior nares has been rarely reported and it may co-exist along with posterior choanal atresia. (1,2 In our case, birth injury caused by forceps delivery has caused unilateral anterior nares partial atresia. Twenty eight years old male patient came with the complaints of left nostril blocked sensation since birth, aggravated with attacks of upper respiratory tract infections. On examination he had left anterior nares partial atresia caused by fibrous bands as a result of birth injury due to instrumental delivery. Rhinoplasty performed to open-up left nostril and patient relieved of his symptoms and also on cosmetic appearance

  9. Multidetector CT and MRI of ostial atresia of the coronary sinus, associated collateral venous pathways and cardiac anomalies. (United States)

    Shum, J S F; Kim, S M; Choe, Y H


    To analyse the multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in patients with atresia of the coronary sinus orifice (CSA). MDCT findings of 15 consecutive adult patients with CSAs were retrospectively analysed. The patients underwent contrast-enhanced electrocardiography-gated MDCT (n = 13) or both CT and MRI (n = 2). The mean size of the coronary sinus (CS) was 14.2 mm (range 5.5-24 mm) and 11 patients (73.3%) showed CS dilatation (diameter ≥12 mm). The mean length of the atretic CS segment was 2.9 mm (range 0-8 mm). Different forms of venous collateral pathways were observed in the CSA patients. Nine (60%) of the 15 CSA patients had communication between the right atrium (RA; n = 6) or LA (n = 5) and CS via intraseptal veins; six patients (40%) had persistent left superior caval veins; communications were also observed between the CS and RA (n = 4) or LA (n = 4); two patients had collateral venous pathways between dilated cardiac veins with RA; two patients had unroofing of the CS as outlet channels. Nine patients (60%) had cardiac anomalies: coronary artery fistula to the pulmonary artery (n = 6) or left ventricular base and CS (n = 1), atrial septal defects (n = 2), and a ventricular septal defect (n = 1). CSA patients have venous collateral pathways and a high incidence of associated cardiovascular anomalies such as coronary artery fistulae and atrial septal defects. Copyright © 2012 The Royal College of Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. The Management of Cyanotic Spells in Children with Oesophageal Atresia


    Mathieu Bergeron; Cohen, Aliza P.; Cotton, Robin T.


    Cyanotic spells, also known as blue spells, dying spells, or apparent life-threatening events, refer to a bluish tone visible in the mucosal membranes and skin caused by an oxygen decrease in the peripheral circulation. Although this decrease may be transient and benign, it may also be indicative of a severe underlying problem that requires immediate intervention. Children with oesophageal atresia (OA) are at risk for a number of coexisting conditions that may trigger cyanotic spells. This cu...

  11. Management of congenital choanal atresia: A pedodontist′s role


    Fathima Niloofar; Kumaran Parvathy; Varma, Balagopal R.; Xavier Arun Mamachan


    Choanal atresia is a rare cryptic congenital anomaly with developmental failure of the nasal cavity to communicate with the nasophaynx, resulting in a significant physiological and anatomical alteration of the dento-facial complex. It is considered as a life-threatening or lethal congenital malformation in an obligatory nasal breathing neonate. Elective transnasal endoscopic repair is the most preferred and minimally invasive procedure to correct this anomaly. This case report describes the m...

  12. Contemporary Hearing Rehabilitation Options in Patients with Aural Atresia

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    Jacky F. W. Lo


    Full Text Available Congenital aural atresia is the failure of development of the external auditory canal. It usually occurs in conjunction with microtia, which is the malformation of the auricle due to a failure of development of the external ear. Aural atresia, with or without microtia, may significantly affect the hearing and social life of the patients. It is important for every medical practitioner to be aware of the possible treatment options for hearing rehabilitation in this group of patients. In the era of modern technology, new choices, including Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA (Cochlear Ltd. and Oticon Medical, Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB (MED-EL, Innsbruck, Austria, and Bonebridge system (BB (MED-EL, Innsbruck, Austria, provide high-end alternatives to traditional Bone Conduction Hearing Aid and Auditory Canal Reconstruction. All these options have advantages and disadvantages, and they are appropriate for different patients and/or at different ages. This paper aims to provide an overview of the management of hearing rehabilitation in congenital aural atresia patients and a discussion of each treatment option.

  13. Contemporary Hearing Rehabilitation Options in Patients with Aural Atresia (United States)

    Lo, Jacky F. W.; Tsang, Willis S. S.; Yu, Joannie Y. K.; Ho, Osan Y. M.; Ku, Peter K. M.; Tong, Michael C. F.


    Congenital aural atresia is the failure of development of the external auditory canal. It usually occurs in conjunction with microtia, which is the malformation of the auricle due to a failure of development of the external ear. Aural atresia, with or without microtia, may significantly affect the hearing and social life of the patients. It is important for every medical practitioner to be aware of the possible treatment options for hearing rehabilitation in this group of patients. In the era of modern technology, new choices, including Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) (Cochlear Ltd. and Oticon Medical), Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) (MED-EL, Innsbruck, Austria), and Bonebridge system (BB) (MED-EL, Innsbruck, Austria), provide high-end alternatives to traditional Bone Conduction Hearing Aid and Auditory Canal Reconstruction. All these options have advantages and disadvantages, and they are appropriate for different patients and/or at different ages. This paper aims to provide an overview of the management of hearing rehabilitation in congenital aural atresia patients and a discussion of each treatment option. PMID:24883324

  14. Nonparenchymal liver cells and granulomas during lamprey biliary atresia. (United States)

    Youson, J H; Sargent, P A; Yamamoto, K; Ogilvie, D; Fisher, M M


    Transmission (thin sections and freeze-fracture replicas) and scanning electron microscopy were used to describe the nonparenchymal liver cells during the seven (1-7) stages of metamorphosis in the sea lamprey, Petromyzon marinus L., when bile ducts and canaliculi degenerate. The biliary atresia is accompanied by an increased diameter of fenestrae in the endothelium, an active phagocytosis by Kupffer cells in the sinusoids, and large lipid inclusions in perisinusoidal lipocytes (fat-storing or Ito cells). Plasma-like cells and foci of nonparenchymal cells (granulomas) are present in the liver interstitium during at least four stages of metamorphosis. The fenestrae in the sinusoidal wall are wider (up to 2.8-micron diameter) than normally reported for vertebrate livers but are likely a reflection of the morphogenetic and physiological events and consequences of the biliary atresia. Kupffer cells are involved in an extensive erythrophagocytosis, the storage of iron, and perhaps the incorporation of cellular components from hepatocytes. Lipocytes are the vitamin A-storing cells of the transforming liver and may be responsible for some perisinusoidal fibrosis. Granulomas are present during stages 3-6 and are focal areas where mononuclear leukocytes (lymphocytes and plasmalike cells), macrophages, and neutrophils have infiltrated the hepatic parenchyma. The function of the granulomas is not known; but their presence may be related to the porous nature of the sinusoidal wall, the tissue degeneration, and/or the physiological change (e.g., bile stasis) during biliary atresia.

  15. Spontaneous esophageal-pleural fistula

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    Sameer Vyas


    Full Text Available Spontaneous esophageal-pleural fistula (EPF is a rare entity. We describe a case in a middle-aged female who presented with severe retrosternal chest pain and shortness of breadth. Chest computed tomography showed right EPF and hydropneumothorax. She was managed conservatively keeping the chest tube drainage and performing feeding jejunostomy. A brief review of the imaging finding and management of EPF is discussed.

  16. Fistula gastrocólica


    Henriques, Alexandre Cruz; Pezzolo, Sergio; Henriques, Simone A. Chiconelli


    A case of gastrocolic fistula(GCF) in a patient with duodenal stenosis who had previously undergone gastroenteric anastomosis is reported. The patient went through hemigastrectomy, partial colectomy and segmental enterectomy with bloc resection. Reconstruction was carried out through Billroth II gastrojejunostomy, jejunojejunostomy and end-to-end anastomosis of the colon. The patient had good post-operative evolution and was discharged from hospital seven days after surgery. GCF should be sus...

  17. Emphysematous prostatic abscess with rectoprostatic fistula

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    Po-Cheng Chen


    Full Text Available Emphysematous prostatic abscess is a rare but relatively serious infectious disease, and its association with rectoprostatic fistula is extremely unusual. The reported risk factors for this condition include diabetes mellitus, immunosuppression, and prostate surgery. We report a rare case of emphysematous prostatic abscess successfully treated by transurethral drainage. Nonetheless, a rectoprostatic fistula was found postoperatively. The fistula healed spontaneously without fasting or fecal diversion after suprapubic cystostomy and placement of a urethral catheter. This case highlights the importance of surgical drainage for the treatment of an emphysematous prostatic abscess and that conservative treatment can be a safe and effective approach for an associated rectoprostatic fistula.

  18. Operative treatment of radiation-induced fistulae

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    Balslev, I.; Harling, H.


    Out of 136 patients with radiation-induced intestinal complications, 45 had fistulae. Twenty-eight patients had rectovaginal fistulae while the remainder had a total of 13 different types of fistulae. Thirty-seven patients were treated operatively and eight were treated conservatively. Thirty-three patients were submitted to operation for rectal fistulae. Of these, 28 were treated by defunctioning colostomy, three were treated by Hartmann's method and resection and primary anastomosis was carried out in two patients. In the course of the period of observation, 35% of the patients developed new radiation damage. The frequency in the basic material without fistulae was 21% (0.05fistulae in 25 patients, eight patients developed new fistulae, Significantly more patients with fistulae died of recurrence as compared with patients with other lesions (p<0.01). Defunctioning colostomy in the treatment of rectal fistula is a reasonable form of treatment in elderly patients and in case of recurrence. Younger patients should be assessed in a special department in view of the possibility of a sphincter-preserving procedure following resection of the rectum and restorative anastomosis. 11 refs.

  19. Report of a complete second branchial fistula.

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    Khan, Mohammad Habibullah


    We report a case of complete congenital branchial fistula with an internal opening near the tonsillar fossa. Cysts, fistulas, and sinuses of the second branchial cleft are the most common developmental anomalies arising from the branchial apparatus. In our case, a 43-year-old man presented with a several-year history of a discharging sinus from the right side of his neck, consistent with a branchial fistula. He underwent various investigations and finally was treated with a one-stage complete surgical excision of the fistula tract. We describe the general clinical presentation, investigations, and surgical outcome of this case.

  20. Choledochoduodenal fistula of ulcer etiology

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    Čolović Radoje


    Full Text Available Introduction Choledochoduodenal fistulas are very rare and in most cases are caused by a long-lasting and poorly treated chronic duodenal ulcer. They may be asymptomatic or followed by symptoms of ulcer disease, by attacks of cholangitis or bleeding or vomiting in cases of ductoduodenal stenosis. The diagnosis is simple and safe, however treatment is still controversial. If surgery is the choice of treatment, local findings should be taken into consideration. As a rule, intervention involving closure of fistula is not recommended. Case Outline The authors present a 60-year-old woman with a long history of ulcer disease who developed attacks of cholangitis over the last three years. Ultrasonography and CT showed masive pneumobilia due to a choledochoduodenal fistula. . As there was no duodenal stenosis or bleeding, at operation the common bile duct was transected and end-to-side choledochojejunostomy was performed using a Roux-en Y jejunal limb. From the common bile duct, multiple foreign bodies of herbal origin causing biliary obstruction and cholangitis were removed. After uneventful recovery the patient stayed symptom free for four years now. Conclusion The performed operation was a simple and good surgical solution which resulted in complication-free and rapid recovery with a long-term good outcome. .

  1. Treatment strategies in the management of jejunoileal and colonic atresia

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    Chadha Rajiv


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The purpose of this prospective study was to review the operative findings, treatment strategies, as well as the results of management of 46 consecutive cases of jejunoileal and colonic atresia, managed over a 2-year period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: There were 42 patients with jejunoileal atresia (JIA and 4 with colonic atresia (CA. The 4 group types were: type I-membranous (n=20, type II- blind ends separated by a fibrous cord (n=6, type IIIa- blind ends with a V-shaped mesenteric defect (n=10, type IIIb- apple-peel atresia (n=4 and type IV- multiple atresias (n=6. Primary surgery for JIA consisted of resection with a single anastomosis (n=37, anastomosis after tapering jejunoplasty (n=3, multiple anastomosis (n=1 and a Bishop-Koop ileostomy (n=1. For CA, resection with primary anastomosis was performed. A single end-to-oblique anastomosis after adequate resection of dilated proximal bowel, was the preferred surgical procedure. In the absence of facilities for administering TPN, early oral/nasogastric (NG tube feeding was encouraged. In patients with anastomotic dysfunction, conservative treatment of the obstruction followed after its resolution by gradually increased NG feeds, was the preferred treatment protocol. RESULTS: Late presentation or diagnosis with hypovolemia, electrolyte imbalance, unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia (n=25 and sepsis (n=6, were significant preoperative findings. After resection and anastomosis, significant shortening of bowel length was seen in 16 patients (34.7%. Postoperative complications included an anastomotic leak (n=3, a perforation proximal to the anastomosis in 1 and anastomotic dysfunction in 5 patients. Full oral or NG tube feeding was possible only by the 13th to 31st postoperative day (POD, after the primary surgery in patients with anastomotic dysfunction and those undergoing reoperation. Overall, 38 patients survived (82.6%. Mortality was highest in patients with type IIIb or type IV

  2. Oesophageal elongation with traction sutures (FOKER procedure in a newborn baby with long-gap oesophageal atresia (LGEA: Maybe too early, maybe too dangerous?

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    Holger Till


    Full Text Available In children with long gap oesophageal atresia (LGEA, the FOKER technique (oesophageal elongation with traction sutures has been criticized for its high complication rate. We advocate analysing such problems to increase the safety in the future. The present case report will focus on timing. A female newborn (3000 g with LGEA (gap of 5 cm was delivered in an outward hospital. On day two of life, she received traction sutures on both pouches. By day five, all sutures had torn out, and a primary anastomosis was attempted. However, it leaked severely. Thus, on day ten, the oesophagus was approached from the neck converting the proximal end into a spit fistula and closing the distal end blindly. Furthermore, the gastro-oesophageal (GE- junction was wrapped with a Teflon sling. When the baby arrived in our institution, she suffered from cavernous oesophageal masses extending from the thoracic inlet down to the diaphragm and fistulas draining them into the neck as well as into the right lung. Moreover, the Teflon sling had dislodged allowing for GE-reflux. In several stages, the oesophageal remnants were resected without any complications. Finally, Prof. Alaa Hamza performed a colonic interposition, which is working well today. In conclusion, the present case aims to caution paediatric surgeons to apply traction sutures for oesophageal elongation in newborns with LGEA.

  3. Martius procedure revisited for urethrovaginal fistula

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    N P Rangnekar


    Full Text Available Background: Urethrovaginal fistula is a dreadful com-plication of obstetric trauma due to prolonged labour or obstetric intervention commonly seen in developing coun-tries. Due to prolonged ischaemic changes, the fistula is resistant to healing. The strategic location of the fistula leads to postoperative impairment of continence mecha-nism. Anatomical repair was previously the commonest mode of surgical management, but was associated with a miserable cumulative cure rate ranging from 16-60%. Hence we tried to study the efficacy of Martius procedure in the management of urethrovaginal fistula. Material and Methods: We studied the outcome of 12 urethrovaginal fistulae, all caused by obstetric trauma, treated surgically with Martius procedure in 8 and with anatomical repair in 4, retrospectively. 9 patients had re-current fistulae while I patient had multiple fistulae. Pa-tients were followed up for the period ranging from 6 months to 4′/2 years for fistula healing, continence and postoperative complications like dvspareunia. Results: Cumulative cure rate ofMartius procedure was 87.5% with no postoperative stress incontinence, while fistula healing rate of anatomical repair was only 25% (I patient out of 4 which was also complicated by Intrin-sic Sphincter Deficiency (ISD. In case of recurrent fistu-lae the success rate of anatomical repair was 0% compared to 83.33% with Martius procedure. Conclusions: Martius procedure has shown much bet-ter overall cure rate compared to anatomical repair be-cause - a it provides better reinforcement to urethral suture line, b it provides better blood supply and lymph drainage to the ischaemic fistulous area, c provides sur-face for epithelialization and, d helps to maintain conti-nence. Hence we recommend Martius procedure as a surgical modality for the treatment of urethrovaginal fis-tula.

  4. The Patency Rate of Arteriovenous Fistulas

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    Aşkın Ender Topal


    Full Text Available The purpose of this investigation is to determine the patency of thearteriovenous (A-V fistulas, created in patients with chronic renal failure, inthe early and late periods according to sex.The A-V fistulas created for hemodialisis were investigated retrospectively.Of 238 patients, there were 130 male.269 operations were made to 238 patients. Of these, 198 (73.6 % wereradiochephalic, 56 (20.8 % were brachiochephalic, 8 (3 % were brachiobasilicA-V fistulas. In 3 (1.1 % patients loop graft between brachial artery and vein,in 1 (0.37 % patient graft between radial artery and brachial vein, in 1 patientgraft between brachial artery and basilic vein, in 1 patient graft betweensuperficial femoral artery and saphenous vein were placed. Of 198radiochephalic A-V fistulas 24 (12.1 % in early period and 3 (1.5 % in lateperiod became inactive. Of 56 brachiochephalic A-V fistulas 4 (7.1 % and of 8brachiobasilic A-V fistulas 2 (25 % became unsuccessful in early period. 1 of 6A-V fistulas with prosthetic graft failed in late period because of thrombosis. Inradial level patency rate of A-V fistulas in females were lower than in males(82.3 %-89.8 %.The patency rate of A-V fistulas in radial and brachial levels were similar,but in radial level rate of successful of A-V fistulas decreased in femalesaccording to males. Use of graft in A-V fistula didn’t give superiority to A-Vfistulas without graft.

  5. Radiofrequency-assisted "reconstruction" of the right ventricular outflow tract in muscular pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect.


    Hausdorf, G; Schulze-Neick, I.; Lange, P. E.


    A case of pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect is reported in which a communication was established between the right ventricle and the hypoplastic pulmonary artery by intervention, despite muscular atresia of the right ventricular outflow tract. The atresia was perforated with a special designed radiofrequency catheter (Osypka). After the creation of a canal within the muscular atresia, balloon dilatation (diameters 2, 3.5, and 7.2 mm) was performed. Arterial oxygen saturation in...

  6. Combined Vesicovaginal and Rectovaginal Fistulas Associated with ...

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    the history is obtained after discovery of the fistula2. Fewer than ten case reports in the ... the bladder into the vagina and the rectum. Cystoscopy under anesthesia revealed a vesicovaginal fistula above the trigone, 3 cm in diameter, and the presence of a hard, blue, calcified mass. Pelvic examination under anesthesia.

  7. Diagnosis and Treatment of Transsphincteric Perianal Fistulas

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    D.D.E. Zimmerman (David)


    textabstractFistula’ is the Latin word for a reed, pipe or flute. In medicine it implies a chronic granulating track connecting two epithelium lined surfaces. These surfaces may be cutaneous or mucosal. Perianal fistulas run from the anal canal to the perianal skin or perineum. Perianal fistulas are

  8. An unusual presentation of congenital bronchoesophageal fistula ...

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    An unusual presentation of congenital bronchoesophageal fistula. OM Atalabi, AG Falade, OM Obajimi, OO Akinyinka, SB Lagundoye, PO Ibinaiye. Abstract. We present the case of a 5-week-old neonate with multiple congenital abnormalities including a broncho-oesophageal fistula, which showed radiological features ...

  9. Assessment and management of urethrocutaneous fistula ...

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    at time of fistula repair, type of original hypospadias procedure, and number of previous fistula repairs. An algorithm was suggested by some researchers for the management of different types of UCF [8]. Successful repair of these UCF depends on several basic principles, which are the avoidance of procedures on inflamed ...

  10. Erratum: Complications of Arteriovenous Fistula with ...

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    Sep 14, 2017 ... Erratum: Complications of Arteriovenous Fistula with. Polytetraflouroethylen Grafts in Hemodialysis Patients. In the article titled “Complications of arteriovenous fistula with polytetraflouroethylen grafts in hemodialysis patients” published in pages 120-123, issue 1, vol. 18 of Nigerian Journal of Clinical ...

  11. Duodenal atresia with 'apple-peel configuration' of the ileum and ...

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    According to the current understanding, duodenal atresia is considered to be a primary malformation resulting from the errors in recanalisation in early gestation. We report a rare case of duodenal atresia with apple-peel configuration of remaining small bowel with absent superior mesenteric artery in a preterm child, which ...

  12. Different varieties of colonic atresia in a series of 13 patients: a ...

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    Purpose The aim of this study was to review our experience in the management and outcome of colonic atresia, either isolated or associated with anorectal anomalies. Methods A total of 13 neonates with colonic atresia were operated upon in the Pediatric Surgery Unit of Zagazig University Hospital between August 2004 ...

  13. Jejunal atresia related to the use of methylene blue in genetic amniocentesis in twins

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    van der Pol, J. G.; Wolf, H.; Boer, K.; Treffers, P. E.; Leschot, N. J.; Hey, H. A.; Vos, A.


    OBJECTIVE: To calculate the incidence of jejunal atresia in newborns in The Netherlands. To study the relation between the occurrence of jejunal atresia and genetic amniocentesis to determine a possible iatrogenic cause for the unexpected high incidence of this anomaly in twins. DESIGN:

  14. Different varieties of colonic atresia in a series of 13 patients: a ...

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    Purpose The aim of this study was to review our experience in the management and outcome of colonic atresia, either isolated or associated with anorectal anomalies. Methods A total of 13 neonates with colonic atresia were operated upon in the Pediatric Surgery Unit of Zagazig. University Hospital between August 2004 ...

  15. Thoracoscopic traction technique in long gap esophageal atresia : entering a new era

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    van der Zee, David C.; Gallo, Gabriele; Tytgat, Stefaan H. A.


    To describe the evolution from delayed management of long gap esophageal atresia to thoracoscopic treatment directly after birth without the placement of a gastrostomy. Long gap esophageal atresia remains a challenge for pediatric surgeons. Over the years, several techniques have been described to

  16. Atresia of the bilateral pulmonary veins: a rare and dismal anomaly identified on cardiac CT

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    Goo, Hyun Woo; Park, Sang-Hyub; Koo, Hyun Jung; Cho, Young Hoon; Lee, Eunsol [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Imaging findings of bilateral pulmonary vein atresia have not been described. To describe cardiac CT findings and clinical outcomes of bilateral pulmonary vein atresia. Three newborns with bilateral pulmonary vein atresia were encountered at our institution during a period of 8 years. We evaluated prenatal echocardiographic findings, clinical presentations, postnatal echocardiographic findings, chest radiographic findings, cardiac CT findings and clinical outcomes. All newborns presented immediately after birth with severe cyanosis, respiratory distress and acidosis that were unresponsive to medical management. Prenatal and postnatal echocardiographic studies and chest radiography were misleading, inconclusive or nonspecific in making the diagnosis in these children; however cardiac CT clearly demonstrated atresia of the bilateral pulmonary veins with multiple small mediastinal collateral veins and pulmonary edema. Surgical treatments were not feasible for this anomaly. Their clinical outcomes were universally dismal and all infants died within 3 days. Cardiac CT provides an accurate diagnosis of bilateral pulmonary vein atresia and leads to prompt treatment decision in these children. (orig.)

  17. Case report: Primary aortosigmoid fistula

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    Khalaf, Chirin; Houlind, Kim Christian


    : Aortoenteric fistulas are more common secondary to previous vascular surgery of aorta, however, PAEF’s involve the sigmoid in only 2 %. Fistulization can be due to diverticulitis and can be difficult to diagnose. CONCLUSION: Retroperitoneal bleeding from the left iliac artery is more common due to a ruptured...... aneurism. This case, however, demonstrates a special PAEF formation as a very rare complication of diverticulitis. The pathophysiology of the PAEF is very unique along with the anatomic localization in the sigmoid colon and left external iliac artery....

  18. Tuberculosis presenting as bronchoesophageal fistula

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    Santhosh Narayanan


    Full Text Available We report a case of bronchoesophageal fistula associated with tuberculosis. A 25 year old woman presented to us with 3 month history of cough worsening with deglutition. Radiological examination revealed mediastinal lymphadenopathy and bronchoscopy with esophagoscopy confirmed the presence of fistulous communication with features of endobronchial tuberculosis. Histological examination of bronchial biopsy specimen showed non necrotic granuloma with the PCR positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis in her bronchial secretions. She was begun on antituberculous treatment and became asymptomatic after 2 months. Bronchoscopy done during follow up after 4 months showed normal bronchial lumen with disappearance of fistulous tract. Imaging showed resolution of lung lesions.

  19. Aortoesophageal fistula in a child

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    Shasanka Shekhar Panda


    Full Text Available Aortoesophageal fistulae (AEF are rare and are associated with very high mortality. Foreign body ingestions remain the commonest cause of AEF seen in children. However in a clinical setting of tuberculosis and massive upper GI bleed, an AEF secondary to tuberculosis should be kept in mind. An early strong clinical suspicion with good quality imaging and endoscopic evaluation and timely aggressive surgical intervention helps offer the best possible management for this life threatening disorder. Our case is a 10-year-old boy who presented to the pediatric emergency with massive bouts of haemetemesis and was investigated and managed by multidisciplinary team effort in the emergency setting.

  20. Anal fistulas : New perspectives on treatment and pathogenesis

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    R.S. van Onkelen (Robbert)


    markdownabstractAbstract The objective of modern anal fistula treatment is healing of the fistula without diminished fecal continence. Sphincter saving techniques have been developed for anal fistulas, for which fistulotomy is not suitable. Treatment of these anal fistulas remains challenging

  1. Women's Intention to Prevent Vesico Vaginal Fistula Recurrence in ...

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    Objective: The study purpose was to determine the association between intention to prevent Vesico-Vaginal Fistula recurrence and knowledge of the risk factors of Vesico Vaginal Fistula recurrence, attitude towards Vesico Vaginal Fistula prevention and self esteem among women with Vesico-Vaginal Fistula in two repair ...

  2. Definitive management of isolated esophageal atresia: Experience at NICH Karachi

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    Jan Iftikhar


    Full Text Available Background: Definitive treatment of isolated esophageal atresia (IEA is still controversial. A study was conducted to review cases of IEA in our department with a view to evaluate the long term results of definitive surgery in these patients. Materials and Methods: Nine consecutive patients with IEA were included in the study. All babies initially underwent cervical esophagostomy and feeding gastrostomy. One baby also had anorectal atresia and needed a colostomy. In 6 babies, end esophagostomy was performed while in 3 babies, lateral esophagostomy was performed. Of the 6 babies with end esophagostomy, two underwent jejunal Interpositioning, two had serial extra-thoracic lengthening and two reverse gastric tube interpositiong. Three babies with lateral esophagostomy were planned for delayed primary repair. Results: Both babies with jejunal interpositiong initially did well; serious gastro-esophageal reflux occurred in one baby who needed antireflux surgery. At 6 years follow-up both children had redundant Jejunum. Recurrent Respiratory tract infection remained a problem in one child while other is doing well. Of the two babies with extrathoracic lengthening it was possible to perform end to end anastomosis in one baby but in the other extrathoracic lengthening did not work and gastric transpositioning was performed. Of the two babies with reverse gastric tube interpositioning one developed esophageal stenosis at the site of anastomosis and is on serial dilatations. Other died due to anastomotic leak and mediastinitis. In all the three babies with lateral esophagostomy spontaneous lengthening of esophagus was noted. End to end anastomosis was possible in two of these babies who are doing well. One is waiting definitive surgery. Number of complications, hospital stay and cost of surgery was least in patients with lateral esophagostomy. Conclusion: Various methods of definitive treatment have been proposed for isolated esophageal atresia but each

  3. The Management of Cyanotic Spells in Children with Oesophageal Atresia. (United States)

    Bergeron, Mathieu; Cohen, Aliza P; Cotton, Robin T


    Cyanotic spells, also known as blue spells, dying spells, or apparent life-threatening events, refer to a bluish tone visible in the mucosal membranes and skin caused by an oxygen decrease in the peripheral circulation. Although this decrease may be transient and benign, it may also be indicative of a severe underlying problem that requires immediate intervention. Children with oesophageal atresia (OA) are at risk for a number of coexisting conditions that may trigger cyanotic spells. This current article will focus on the management of cyanotic spells both in children with innominate artery compression and those with tracheomalacia.

  4. Bronchial atresia in a neonate with congenital cytomegalovirus infection

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    Abdullah A Yousef


    Full Text Available Bronchial atresia (BA is characterized by a mucus-filled bronchocele in a blind-ending segmental or lobar bronchus with hyperinflation of the obstructed segment of the lung. We describe a neonate who presented on his 9 th day of life with respiratory distress. Chest computed tomography showed a soft tissue density involving the right middle lobe (RML. RML lobectomy confirmed the diagnosis of BA. Cytomegalovirus was detected by polymerase chain reaction in blood, urine, and tracheal aspirates which may provide further insight into the pathogenesis of BA.

  5. The Management of Cyanotic Spells in Children with Oesophageal Atresia

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    Mathieu Bergeron


    Full Text Available Cyanotic spells, also known as blue spells, dying spells, or apparent life-threatening events, refer to a bluish tone visible in the mucosal membranes and skin caused by an oxygen decrease in the peripheral circulation. Although this decrease may be transient and benign, it may also be indicative of a severe underlying problem that requires immediate intervention. Children with oesophageal atresia (OA are at risk for a number of coexisting conditions that may trigger cyanotic spells. This current article will focus on the management of cyanotic spells both in children with innominate artery compression and those with tracheomalacia.

  6. Atresia pulmonar con comunicación interventricular


    Centella Hernández, Tomasa; Stanescu, Dennis; Stanescu, Sinziana


    La atresia pulmonar con comunicación interventricular es una cardiopatía congénita cianótica, severa y rara, de alta complejidad, que se caracteriza por la ausencia de conexión entre el ventrículo derecho y las arterias pulmonares. Coexiste con una comunicación interventricular. El flujo hacia el territorio pulmonar puede realizarse a través del ductus arterioso o de colaterales sistémico-pulmonares. La dificultad de esta cardiopatía viene determinada por los diferentes niveles de interrupció...

  7. Enterovesical Fistulae: Aetiology, Imaging, and Management

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    Tomasz Golabek


    Full Text Available Background and Study Objectives. Enterovesical fistula (EVF is a devastating complication of a variety of inflammatory and neoplastic diseases. Radiological imaging plays a vital role in the diagnosis of EVF and is indispensable to gastroenterologists and surgeons for choosing the correct therapeutic option. This paper provides an overview of the diagnosis of enterovesical fistulae. The treatment of fistulae is also briefly discussed. Material and Methods. We performed a literature review by searching the Medline database for articles published from its inception until September 2013 based on clinical relevance. Electronic searches were limited to the keywords: “enterovesical fistula,” “colovesical fistula” (CVF, “pelvic fistula”, and “urinary fistula”. Results. EVF is a rare pathology. Diverticulitis is the commonest aetiology. Over two-thirds of affected patients describe pathognomonic features of pneumaturia, fecaluria, and recurrent urinary tract infections. Computed tomography is the modality of choice for the diagnosis of enterovesical fistulae as not only does it detect a fistula, but it also provides information about the surrounding anatomical structures. Conclusions. In the vast majority of cases, this condition is diagnosed because of unremitting urinary symptoms after gastroenterologist follow-up procedures for a diverticulitis or bowel inflammatory disease. Computed tomography is the most sensitive test for enterovesical fistula.

  8. Vesicovaginal fistula: a review of nigerian experience. (United States)

    Ijaiya, M A; Rahman, A G; Aboyeji, A P; Olatinwo, A W; Esuga, S A; Ogah, O K; Raji, H O; Adebara, I O; Akintobi, A O; Adeniran, A S; Adewole, A A


    Vesicovaginal fistula is a preventable calamity, which has been an age-long menace in developing countries. To review the causes, complications, and outcome of Vesicovaginal fistula in Nigeria. Studies on Vesicovaginal fistula were searched on the internet. Information was obtained on PubMed(medline), WHO website, Bioline International, African Journal of Line, Google scholar, Yahoo, Medscape and e Medicine. Many Nigerian women are living with Vesicovaginal fistula. The annual obstetric fistula incidence is estimated at 2.11 per 1000 births. It is more prevalent in northern Nigeria that southern Nigeria. Obstetric fistula accounts for 84.1%-100% of the Vesicovaginal fistula and prolonged obstructed labour is consistently the most common cause (65.9%-96.5%) in all the series. Other common causes include caesarean section, advanced cervical cancer, uterine rupture, and Gishiri cut. The identified predisposing factors were early marriage and pregnancy, which were rampant in northern Nigeria, while unskilled birth attendance and late presentation to the health facilities was common nationwide. Among the significant contributory factors to high rate of unskilled birth attendance and were poverty, illiteracy, ignorance, restriction of women's movement, non-permission from husband and transportation. All but one Nigerian studies revealed that primiparous women were the most vulnerable group. Pregnancy outcome was dismal in most cases related to delivery with still birth rate of 87%-91.7%. Stigmatization, divorce and social exclusion were common complications. Overall fistula repair success rate was between 75% and 92% in a few centres that offer such services. Vesicovaginal fistula is prevalent in Nigeria and obstetric factors are mostly implicated. It is a public health issue of concern.

  9. Intestinal atresia and ectopia in a bovine fetus. (United States)

    Lejeune, B; Miclard, J; Stoffel, M H; Meylan, M


    A 2-year-old Red Holstein cow was presented with uterine torsion at 235 days of pregnancy. The fetus extracted by cesarean section had weak vital signs and marked abdominal distention. An edematous pouch that contained tubular structures with peristaltic activity was associated with the umbilical cord. Because of poor prognosis, both dam and fetus were euthanized. At necropsy, the fetus had severe distention of the forestomachs, abomasum, and proximal small intestine; absence of distal small intestine, cecum, and proximal colon; atresia of the 2 blind ends of the intestine; and atrophy of distal colon and rectum. The tubular structures associated with the umbilical cord were identified as the segments of intestine that were absent in the fetus. Intestinal atresia combined with ectopia may be caused by local ischemia during temporary herniation and rotation of the fetal gut into the extraembryonic coelom. The close connection between ectopic intestine and amniotic sheath of the umbilical cord in this case may have facilitated vascularization and allowed development and viability of the ectopic intestine. © The Authors 2011

  10. Computer-aided virtual surgery for congenital aural atresia. (United States)

    Smouha, E E; Chen, D; Li, B; Liang, Z


    Computer-enhanced three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) provides accurate spatial representation of the complex surgical anatomy of congenitally atretic ears, and is superior to conventional CT for surgical planning. The surgical repair of congenital aural atresia is challenging. Conventional CT, routinely used for surgical planning, is limited in its ability to represent spatial relationships between important structures. Because of the lack of density differences between bony structures in the ear, 3D CT has thus far been useful for representing surface contour but not internal anatomy. A two-level segmentation scheme was developed to distinguish structures in the temporal bone. 3D CT reconstructions of congenital ears were produced with a high-resolution helical scanner. An interactive tool was used to mark the ossicles and facial nerve. The segmentation scheme was used to color-enhance the ossicles and otic capsule, and render the surrounding bone translucent. "Virtual surgery" was then performed by subtracting a cylindrical volume of bone lateral to the atresia plate. The enhanced 3D CT reconstructions were correlated with intraoperative video recordings. In four congenital ears, computer-enhanced 3D CT was highly predictive of the actual anatomy. Surgery was avoided in two anatomically unfavorable cases. Computer-enhanced 3D CT is a major advance over conventional CT for demonstrating the complex spatial relationships in congenitally atretic ears.

  11. Vesicoovarian Fistula on an Endometriosis Abscessed Cyst

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    C. Tran


    Full Text Available We report the case of a patient who developed a vesicoovarian fistula on an endometriosis abscessed cyst. The patient presented with an advanced endometriosis stage IV complicated with a right ovarian abscessed cyst of 10 cm. A first coelioscopy with cystectomy was realized. After surgery, a voiding cystography highlighted a fistula between the ovarian abscess and the bladder. A second surgery by median laparotomy was realized with the resection of the right ovarian abscess and the resection of vesical fistula.

  12. Our first experience in treatment of ano rectal fistula with SURGISIS AFP Anal Fistula Plug. (United States)

    Hadzhiev, B


    The aim of this study is to present the early results and to discuss the new method of treatment of ano-rectal fistula with SURGISIS AFP ANAL FISTULA PLUG. Three patients with ano-rectal fistula have been treated in the Department of General Surgery with Coloproctology, using Surgisist AFP anal fistula Plug. Two were with transsphincter and one with extrasphincter ano-rectal fistula. This method of SURGISIS AFP ANAL FISTULA PLUG treatment is presented in details. All patients are with closed fistulas after period of 4, 8 and 12 weeks of follow up. The author emphasized, that with the presented way of treatment the period of hospitalization is shorter, postoperative pain and period of healing are reduced. There are a lot of advantages using this method, compared with the traditional surgical methods. The presented material is insignificant, but it helps to initiate a new noninvasive method of treatment of ano-rectal fistula. Surgisist AFP anal fistula Plug method is a safe and successful. It preserves the anal anatomy and function. The data results, which are presented should be reproduced in a wider future study.

  13. Tracheoesophageal fistula associated with paracoccidioidomicosis

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    Antonio Carlos Nogueira


    Full Text Available Paracoccidioidomycosis is a systemic fungal disease caused byParacoccidioides brasiliensis, agent geographically distributed to certainareas of Central and South America. The infection by P. brasiliensis hasbeen reported from north Mexico to south Argentina. Paracoccidioidomycosispresents similar clinical findings of many other diseases whatever in acute or chronic scenarios. Chronic pulmonary paracoccidioidomycosis is frequentlymisdiagnosed as malignancy or tuberculosis. The authors present a caseof a 57 year-old man admitted to the hospital due to a chronic consumptivesyndrome. He underwent anti-tuberculous treatment with rifampin, isoniazid andpyrazinamide 1 year ago without resolution of the simptoms. During the clinicalinvestigation, pulmonary paracoccidioidomycosis with tracheoesophagealfistula was diagnosed. The systemic infection was treated with deoxicolate Bamphotericin followed by sulfametoxazole and trimetoprin due to acute renalfunction impairment. The fistula was endoscopically treated; inittialy with theprotection of left main bronchus with a tracheal prosthesis followed by theesophageal fistula’s ostium clipping.

  14. Malignant duodenocolic fistula. A case report. (United States)

    Giusto, F; Arzillo, G; Lodo, N; Falchero, F; Gramegna, A


    Malignant duodenocolic fistula is a rare condition in which radical surgical treatment is seldom possible. A personal case treated by pancreaticoduodenectomy is presented with a review of the literature.

  15. Enterocutaneous Fistula: Proven Strategies and Updates (United States)

    Gribovskaja-Rupp, Irena; Melton, Genevieve B.


    Management of enterocutaneous fistula represents one of the most protracted and difficult problems in colorectal surgery with substantial morbidity and mortality rates. This article summarizes the current classification systems and successful management protocols, provides an in-depth review of fluid resuscitation, sepsis control, nutrition management, medication management of output quantity, wound care, nonoperative intervention measures, operative timeline, and considerations, and discusses special considerations such as inflammatory bowel disease and enteroatmospheric fistula. PMID:27247538

  16. Management of lymph fistulas in thyroid surgery. (United States)

    Lorenz, Kerstin; Abuazab, Mohammed; Sekulla, Carsten; Nguyen-Thanh, Phuong; Brauckhoff, Michael; Dralle, Henning


    Postoperative lymphatic leakage following thyroid surgery represents a management problem with considerate potential morbidity, psychological, and economical impact. Conservative and surgical management strategies for high- and low-output lymph fistulas are inconsistent. Reliable criteria to predict outcome of conservative versus surgical treatment in clinically evident lymph fistula are lacking. A retrospective single-center chart review of consecutively quality-control-documented thyroid surgeries from January 1998 to December 2009 was performed to identify reported postoperative lymph fistulas. Documentation of surgical procedures, drainage, medical, and nutritional management was analyzed to identify risk factors for occurrence and criteria for management of evident lymph fistulas. There were 29 patients identified with postoperative clinical evidence of lymph fistulas following thyroid surgery; incidence was 0.5%. Indication to surgery comprised benign nodular goiter, recurrent nodular goiter, and thyroid carcinoma or local and lymphonodal carcinoma recurrences. There were 12 (41%) primary and 17 (59%) redo surgeries performed. Surgical procedures performed included thyroidectomy, completion thyroidectomy, and primary and redo central and lateral systematic microdissection of lymphatic compartments. All patients were initially submitted to fasting diet and medical treatment, successfully in 19 (66%), whereas ten (34%) patients underwent surgical intervention for fistula closure after failure of conservative treatment. Complications were one wound infection and fistula recurrence in five (26%) patients in the conservative group and two (20%) in the surgical group. Hospital stay was exceedingly prolonged in both groups with a median of 21 and 11 versus 6 days in patients with regular postoperative course following thyroid surgery. Data of this series support definition of the two categories of high- and low-output fistulas according to drainage collection with

  17. Bronchobiliary Fistula Evaluated with Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Ragozzino, A.; Rosa, R. De; Galdiero, R.; Maio, A.; Manes, G. [Aorn Cardarelli Napoli (Italy). Dept. di Gastroenterologia


    Bronchobiliary fistula (BBF) is a rare disorder consisting of a passageway between the biliary ducts and the bronchial tree. Many conditions may give rise to this development. Management of these fistulas is often difficult and can be associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. We present a case of BBF developing after hemihepatectomy in a 74-year-old man treated with endoscopic biliary drainage and illustrate MRCP findings.

  18. Radiology in cutaneous sinuses and fistulae

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    Sundgren-Borgstroem, P.; Ekberg, O.; Lasson, A.


    In patients with cutaneous openings, sinograph and fistulography an usually performed. Fistulae in the head/neck region and perineum are seldom life-threatening while enterocutaneous fistulae involving the small bowel can be a serious threat due to loss of fluid. Radiology contributes to the preoperative examination of these patients. Fistulography outlines communications to the gastrointestinal tract, pleura, joints and other underlying crucial structures. Involved bowel segments are further demonstrated with barium examination.

  19. Quality of life with anal fistula. (United States)

    Owen, H A; Buchanan, G N; Schizas, A; Cohen, R; Williams, A B


    Anal fistula affects people of working age. Symptoms include abscess, pain, discharge of pus and blood. Treatment of this benign disease can affect faecal continence, which may, in turn, impair quality of life (QOL). We assessed the QOL of patients with cryptoglandular anal fistula. Newly referred patients with anal fistula completed the St Mark's Incontinence Score, which ranges from 0 (perfect continence) to 24 (totally incontinent), and Short form 36 (SF-36) questionnaire at two institutions with an interest in anal fistula. The data were examined to identify factors affecting QOL. Data were available for 146 patients (47 women), with a median age of 44 years (range 18-82 years) and a median continence score of 0 (range 0-23). Versus population norms, patients had an overall reduction in QOL. While those with recurrent disease had no difference on continence scores, QOL was worse on two of eight SF-36 domains (pfistula patients, 19.4% of patients experienced urgency versus 36.3% of those with recurrent fistulas. Patients with anal fistula had a reduced QOL, which was worse in those with recurrent disease, secondary extensions and urgency. Loose seton had no impact on QOL.

  20. Late caliceal fistula after kidney transplantation. (United States)

    Król, Robert; Ziaja, Jacek; Kolonko, Aureliusz; Chudek, Jerzy; Wiecek, Andrzej; Cierpka, Lech


    Caliceal fistula is a rare urological complication that can occur usually shortly after kidney transplantation (KTx). The occlusion of the renal accessory artery with subsequent necrosis of the kidney pole is the most common cause of the fistula development. We report a case of a 57-year-old man with reconstruction of two accessory renal arteries by anastomosis to the side of the main artery during graft placement complicated by late caliceal fistula, managed surgically. Directly after KTx good kidney graft function (serum creatinine concentration 151 micromol/L) was observed. The patient noticed protuberance and pain in the kidney graft area 5 months later. Diagnostic imaging revealed moderate urostasis and liquid collection in the region of the lower graft pole. Administration of a contrast medium through the inserted drain visualized a fistula of a lower renal calyx and ureteric stenosis. Percutaneous drainage was applied with subsequent stop of diuresis through the urethral catheter. During the surgery, the resection of a lower kidney graft pole necrosis was performed, with the closure of caliceal fistula. Simultaneously double pigtail ureteric stent was inserted. After the next two months the pigtail catheter was removed, and neither urostasis in the kidney graft nor liquid collection in the perigraft area were observed. The exceptionality of the case is the late caliceal fistula occurrence. We may only speculate, why it happened 5 months after KTx. The thrombosis of stenosed accessory artery is the most probable cause.

  1. Management of anal fistula by ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract

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    Zirak-Schmidt, Samira; Perdawood, Sharaf


    INTRODUCTION: Ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) is a sphincter-preserving procedure for treatment of anal fistulas described in 2007 by Rojanasakul et al. Several studies have since then assessed the procedure with varied results. This review assesses the relevant literature...

  2. [Esophageal stenting complications]. (United States)

    Smoliar, A N; Radchenko, Iu A; Nefedova, G A; Abakumov, M M


    The aim of the study was to analyze esophageal stenting complications in case of cancer and benign diseases. It was investigated complications in 8 patients in terms from 7 days to 1 year after intervention. In 4 patients esophageal stenting was performed for constrictive esophageal cancer and compression with pulmonary cancer metastases into mediastinal lymphatic nodes. 2 patients had esophageal stenting for post-tracheostomy tracheo-esophageal fistula, 1 patient - for spontaneous esophageal rupture, 1 patient - for post-burn scar narrowing of esophagus and output part of the stomach. Severe patients' condition with tumor was determined by intensive esophageal bleeding in 2 cases, bilateral abscessed aspiration pneumonia, tumor bleeding, blood aspiration (1 case), posterior mediastinitis (1 case). Severe patients' condition with benign disease was associated with decompensated esophageal narrowing about proximal part of stent (1 case), increase of tracheo-esophageal fistula size complicated by aspiration pneumonia (1 case), stent migration into stomach with recurrence of esophago-mediastino-pleural fistula and pleural empyema (1 case), decompensated narrowing of esophagus and output part of the stomach (1 case). Patients with cancer died. And patients with benign diseases underwent multi-stage surgical treatment and recovered. Stenting is palliative method for patients with esophageal cancer. Patients after stenting should be under outpatient observation for early diagnosis of possible complications. Esophageal stenting in patients with benign diseases should be performed only by life-saving indications, in case of inability of other treatment and for the minimum necessary period.

  3. Less-invasive MR indices of clinically evident esophageal variceal bleeding in biliary atresia patients

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    Yuan Heng Mo


    Conclusion: Less-invasive indices, including the corrected splenic length platelet ratio and the splenic volume index-to-platelet count ratio, may be valuable predictors of esophageal variceal bleeding in patients with biliary atresia.

  4. Epidemiology of small intestinal atresia in Europe: a register-based study.

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    Best, Kate E


    The epidemiology of congenital small intestinal atresia (SIA) has not been well studied. This study describes the presence of additional anomalies, pregnancy outcomes, total prevalence and association with maternal age in SIA cases in Europe.

  5. Increased conjugated bilirubin is sufficient to initiate screening for biliary atresia

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    Madsen, Stine Skipper; Kvist, Nina; Thorup, Jørgen


    INTRODUCTION: Biliary atresia is the leading cause of liver transplantation in children. It affects 1:15,000 in Denmark. With a national birth rate of 60,000, four children are born every year with biliary atresia. Early correction of biliary obstruction is essential to prevent fatal biliary...... cirrhosis. The Danish Health and Medicines Authority (DHMA) demands diagnostic evaluation of children with elevated level of serum bilirubin after two weeks of age. Biliary atresia has to be excluded if conjugated bilirubin level is above than 20 μmol/l, and/or more than 20% of total bilirubin....... This percentage value has caused diagnostic trouble over the years. The objective of the present study was to investigate the possibility of changing the recommendations. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of the medical records of children operated for biliary atresia in the 1993-2012 period. RESULTS...

  6. El manejo de la atresia intestinal tipo IIIb sigue siendo un reto

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    Gomez, Martin; Beltran, Tatiana Carolina


    La atresia intestinal constituye una de las causas mas frecuentes de obstruccion intestinal en el recien nacido y es causada por catastrofes vasculares mesentericas tardias durante el desarrollo embrionario...

  7. [Deletion 11q23 --> qter (Jacobsen Syndrome) associated with duodenal atresia and annular pancreas]. (United States)

    Fernández González, N; Prieto Espuñes, S; Ibáñez Fernández, A; Fernández Colomer, B; López Sastre, J; Fernández Toral, J


    Jacobsen syndrome is a rare chromosomal disorder due to terminal 11q deletion. Prominent features are growth and psychomotor retardation, trigonocephaly and a characteristic facial dysmorphism, but many different abnormalities have been reported. We present the case of a preterm male. Prenatal ultrasonography was suspicious for duodenal atresia. At birth, the boy presented the craniofacial features typical of Jacobsen syndrome, together with diffusely spread petechiae and talipes equinovarus. Hemogram revealed pancytopenia. Ultrasound examination showed left renal agenesis and confirmed the duodenal atresia. Cerebral computed tomography scan, electroencephalogram and cardiac studies showed no abnormalities. Annular pancreas was found during surgery to correct the duodenal atresia. The karyotype was 46,XY,del(11)(q23.2 --> qter), which confirmed Jacobsen syndrome.A wide spectrum of clinical features is described in Jacobsen syndrome, with phenotype-karyotype correlation. This is the first report of duodenal atresia and annular pancreas.

  8. Correlation between high-resolution computed tomography and surgical findings in congenital aural atresia. (United States)

    Mehra, Y N; Dubey, S P; Mann, S B; Suri, S


    Congenital aural atresia poses a great challenge, even to a competent otologic surgeon, due to innumerable types of malformations affecting the conduction and perception of sound. Roentgenographic evaluation by plain roentgenography is inconclusive in most cases; polytomography is helping to some extent. Recent generations of high-resolution computed tomographic (CT) scanners are probably the best. Seven cases of unilateral and three cases of bilateral congenital aural atresia were evaluated with high-resolution CT. Subsequently, ten ears were operated on. Surgical findings were correlated with CT scan findings with respect to atresia plate, extent of pneumatization, ossicular anomalies, bony facial nerve canal, and inner ear. Use of CT scans bears considerable importance in the management of these types of cases. High-resolution CT scan, when targeted for maximal bony detail, is possibly the method of choice in congenital aural atresia when surgical correction is contemplated.

  9. Interruption of the aortic arch, ventricular septal defect, aortic atresia and aortopulmonary fistulous communication. (United States)

    De Caro, E; Pongiglione, G; Ribaldone, D


    Interruption of the aortic arch in association with aortic atresia is a rare condition. We report the second case in literature in which survival was provided by an aortopulmonary fistulous communication.

  10. Coronary artery to pulmonary artery communications in pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect

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    Sridhar, Anuradha; Subramanyan, Raghavan; Cherian, Kotturathu Mammen


    ...% of patients with pulmonary atresia and ventricular septal defect (PA-VSD). A diligent look for these abnormal communications is important to prevent perioperative complications and achieve a complete repair...

  11. Ovarian Follicular Atresia of Ewes during Spring Puerperium

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    Radoslava Vlčková


    Full Text Available The distribution of healthy and atretic follicles on the ovarian surface of improved Valachian ewes 17, 24, and 32 days postpartum is reported in this study. The number of healthy follicles was higher on day 24 postpartum and their mean diameter tended to increase to day 32 (P<0.05 with the greatest diameter of 5 mm. 78–81% of atretic follicles ≥3 mm in diameter was observed where apoptosis began in the follicular cells situated at the follicular cavity. The early atretic follicles are characterized by the presence of mitotic pictures. In one ewe 24 days postpartum, small regressive follicular cysts were observed. Contracting atresia is characterized by thickening of the theca interna even to 190 μm. Progesterone and oestradiol-17β concentrations were maintained at relatively low levels, but with no significant difference between the days postpartum.

  12. Atresia pulmonar con comunicación interventricular

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    Tomasa Centella Hernández


    Full Text Available La atresia pulmonar con comunicación interventricular es una cardiopatía congénita cianótica, severa y rara, de alta complejidad, que se caracteriza por la ausencia de conexión entre el ventrículo derecho y las arterias pulmonares. Coexiste con una comunicación interventricular. El flujo hacia el territorio pulmonar puede realizarse a través del ductus arterioso o de colaterales sistémico-pulmonares. La dificultad de esta cardiopatía viene determinada por los diferentes niveles de interrupción desde el ventrículo derecho hasta el territorio pulmonar, y por la diferencia anatómica de las fuentes del flujo hacia dicho territorio, lo que determina diferentes tipos de abordaje quirúrgico.

  13. Glycomic analyses of ovarian follicles during development and atresia (United States)

    Hatzirodos, Nicholas; Nigro, Julie; Irving-Rodgers, Helen F.; Vashi, Aditya V.; Hummitzsch, Katja; Caterson, Bruce; Sullivan, Thomas R.; Rodgers, Raymond J.


    To examine the detailed composition of glycosaminoglycans during bovine ovarian follicular development and atresia, the specialized stromal theca layers were separated from the stratified epithelial granulosa cells of healthy (n = 6) and atretic (n = 6) follicles in each of three size ranges: small (3–5 mm), medium (6-9 mm) and large (10 mm or more) (n = 29 animals). Fluorophore-assisted carbohydrate electrophoresis analyses (on a per cell basis) and immunohistochemistry (n = 14) were undertaken. We identified the major disaccharides in thecal layers and the membrana granulosa as chondroitin sulfate-derived ∆uronic acid with 4-sulfated N-acetylgalactosamine and ∆uronic acid with 6-sulfated N-acetylgalactosamine and the heparan sulfate-derived Δuronic acid with N-acetlyglucosamine, with elevated levels in the thecal layers. Increasing follicle size and atresia was associated with increased levels of some disaccharides. We concluded that versican contains 4-sulfated N-acetylgalactosamine and it is the predominant 4-sulfated N-acetylgalactosamine proteoglycan in antral follicles. At least one other non- or 6-sulfated N-acetylgalactosamine proteoglycan(s), which is not decorin or an inter-α-trypsin inhibitor family member, is present in bovine antral follicles and associated with hitherto unknown groups of cells around some larger blood vessels. These areas stained positively for chondroitin/dermatan sulfate epitopes [antibodies 7D4, 3C5, and 4C3], similar to stem cell niches observed in other tissues. The sulfation pattern of heparan sulfate glycosaminoglycans appears uniform across follicles of different sizes and in healthy and atretic follicles. The heparan sulfate products detected in the follicles are likely to be associated with perlecan, collagen XVIII or betaglycan. PMID:22057033

  14. Atresia of large ovarian follicles of the rat

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    Maria Słomczyn´ ska


    Full Text Available In the rat, at the beginning of pregnancy a cohort of antral follicles develops until the preovulatory stage. However, these follicles, differentiating in the hyperprolactinemic milieu, produce only small amount of estradiol, do not ovulate and undergo rapid degeneration. They constitute an interesting physiological model of atresia. In the present study, we analysed the development and subsequent degeneration of such follicles. The study was performed on Wistar female rats killed in succession between days 1-9 of pregnancy. Excised ovaries were submitted to a routine histological procedure. Paraffin sections were subjected to hematoxylin and eosin staining or in situ DNA labelling. Histological and TUNEL staining revealed that the investigated group of follicles grew slower than that on the corresponding days of the estrous cycle and reached a preovulatory size and morphological appearance on day 5 of pregnancy. They did not ovulate and between days 6 and 9 of pregnancy an increasing number of apoptotic cells appeared within these follicles. They were localized predominantly in the antral granulosa layer, especially near the cumulus oophorus complex (COC and in the region linking the COC with the follicular wall. The COC and the theca layer were much less affected. In late stages of atresia, also cumulus cells became apoptotic but degenerating oocytes did not exhibit positive TUNEL staining. Only limited number of the theca cells have undergone apoptosis and generally they were not hypertrophied. Our findings indicate that much smaller than normal amount of intrafollicular estradiol was sufficient to support a normal, according to the morphological criteria, although slower development of antral follicles to the late preovulatory stage.

  15. A pitfall in the diagnosis of bilateral choanal atresia: a case report

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    Kim, Sang Tae; Lee, Shi Kyung; Rho, Eun Jin; Oh, Ga Yeoul; Kim, Jin Yong; Kim, Ki Hong; Han, Chun Hwan; Ahn, Young Min [Kangnam General Hospital Public Corporation, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Choanal atresia is a rare congenital anomaly involving unilateral or bilateral posterior nasal choanal obstruction. Multiple associated anomalies have been described. We describe the case of a 1-month-old boy with bilateral choanal atresia, misdiagnosed after CT as a midline meningocele because the floor of the midline anterior cranial fossa was not ossified and secretion had accumulated in the obstructed posterior nasal choana.

  16. Dysphagia among Adult Patients who Underwent Surgery for Esophageal Atresia at Birth

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    Valérie Huynh-Trudeau


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Clinical experiences of adults who underwent surgery for esophageal atresia at birth is limited. There is some evidence that suggests considerable long-term morbidity, partly because of dysphagia, which has been reported in up to 85% of adult patients who undergo surgery for esophageal atresia. The authors hypothesized that dysphagia in this population is caused by dysmotility and/or anatomical anomalies.

  17. Cellular and Humoral Autoimmunity Directed at Bile Duct Epithelia in Murine Biliary Atresia


    Mack, Cara L.; Tucker, Rebecca M.; Lu, Brandy R.; Sokol, Ronald J.; Fontenot, Andrew P.; Ueno, Yoshiyuki; Gill, Ronald G.


    Biliary atresia is an inflammatory fibrosclerosing lesion of the bile ducts that leads to biliary cirrhosis and is the most frequent indication for liver transplantation in children. The pathogenesis of biliary atresia is not known; one theory is that of a virus-induced, subsequent autoimmune-mediated injury of bile ducts. The aim of this study was to determine whether autoreactive T cells and autoantibodies specific to bile duct epithelia are present in the rotavirus (RRV)- induced murine mo...

  18. Urethrovaginal Fistula in a 5-Year-Old Girl (United States)

    Coulibaly, Noël; Sangaré, Ibrahima Séga


    Urethral fistulas are rare in girls. They occur most of the time during trauma. The case presented here is an iatrogenic fistula. The treatment was simple and consisted of a simple dissection and suture of urethra and vagina. PMID:25954566

  19. Imaging diagnosis of dural and direct cavernous carotid fistulae* (United States)

    dos Santos, Daniela; Monsignore, Lucas Moretti; Nakiri, Guilherme Seizem; Cruz, Antonio Augusto Velasco e; Colli, Benedicto Oscar; Abud, Daniel Giansante


    Arteriovenous fistulae of the cavernous sinus are rare and difficult to diagnose. They are classified into dural cavernous sinus fistulae or direct carotid-cavernous fistulae. Despite the similarity of symptoms between both types, a precise diagnosis is essential since the treatment is specific for each type of fistula. Imaging findings are remarkably similar in both dural cavernous sinus fistulae and carotid-cavernous fistulae, but it is possible to differentiate one type from the other. Amongst the available imaging methods (Doppler ultrasonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and digital subtraction angiography), angiography is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis and classification of cavernous sinus arteriovenous fistulae. The present essay is aimed at didactically presenting the classification and imaging findings of cavernous sinus arteriovenous fistulae. PMID:25741093

  20. Imaging diagnosis of dural and direct cavernous carotid fistulae. (United States)

    Dos Santos, Daniela; Monsignore, Lucas Moretti; Nakiri, Guilherme Seizem; Cruz, Antonio Augusto Velasco E; Colli, Benedicto Oscar; Abud, Daniel Giansante


    Arteriovenous fistulae of the cavernous sinus are rare and difficult to diagnose. They are classified into dural cavernous sinus fistulae or direct carotid-cavernous fistulae. Despite the similarity of symptoms between both types, a precise diagnosis is essential since the treatment is specific for each type of fistula. Imaging findings are remarkably similar in both dural cavernous sinus fistulae and carotid-cavernous fistulae, but it is possible to differentiate one type from the other. Amongst the available imaging methods (Doppler ultrasonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and digital subtraction angiography), angiography is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis and classification of cavernous sinus arteriovenous fistulae. The present essay is aimed at didactically presenting the classification and imaging findings of cavernous sinus arteriovenous fistulae.

  1. Imaging diagnosis of dural and direct cavernous carotid fistulae

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    Santos, Daniela dos; Monsignore, Lucas Moretti; Nakiri, Guilherme Seizem; Cruz, Antonio Augusto Velasco e; Colli, Benedicto Oscar; Abud, Daniel Giansante, E-mail: [Universidade de Sao Paulo (HCFMRP/USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clinicas


    Arteriovenous fistulae of the cavernous sinus are rare and difficult to diagnose. They are classified into dural cavernous sinus fistulae or direct carotid-cavernous fistulae. Despite the similarity of symptoms between both types, a precise diagnosis is essential since the treatment is specific for each type of fistula. Imaging findings are remarkably similar in both dural cavernous sinus fistulae and carotid-cavernous fistulae, but it is possible to differentiate one type from the other. Amongst the available imaging methods (Doppler ultrasonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and digital subtraction angiography), angiography is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis and classification of cavernous sinus arteriovenous fistulae. The present essay is aimed at didactically presenting the classification and imaging findings of cavernous sinus arteriovenous fistulae. (author)


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    Barbara Cvenkel


    Full Text Available Background. Dural carotid-cavernous sinus fistulas (CCF are communications fed by meningeal branches of the intracavernous internal carotid artery (ACI or/and external carotid artery (ACE. In contrast to typical CCF, the arteriovenous shunting of blood is usually low flow and low pressure. Spontaneous dural CCF are more common in postmenopausal women. Aetiology is unknown, but congenital malformation or rupture of thin-walled dural arteries within venous sinuses is believed to be the cause.Case reports. 3 cases lacking the typical clinical signs of CCF who had been treated as chronic conjunctivitis, myositis of the extraocular muscle and orbital pseudotumour are presented. Clinical presentation depends on the direction and magnitude of fistular flow and on the anatomy of the collateral branches. If increased blood flow is directed anteriorly in ophthalmic veins the signs of orbito-ocular congestion are present (»redeyed shunt syndrome«. Drainage primarly in the inferior petrosal sinus may cause painful oculomotor and abducens palsies without signs of ocular congestion (»white-eyed shunt syndrome«. Also different therapeutic approaches as well as possible complications are described.Conclusions. For definite diagnosis angiography is obligatory and is also therapeutic as one third to one half of dural CCF close spontaneously. Because of potential severe eye and systemic complications, surgical intervention is indicated only in cases with uncontrolled secondary glaucoma and hypoxic retinopathy.

  3. Fistula gastrocólica

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    Alexandre Cruz Henriques

    Full Text Available A case of gastrocolic fistula(GCF in a patient with duodenal stenosis who had previously undergone gastroenteric anastomosis is reported. The patient went through hemigastrectomy, partial colectomy and segmental enterectomy with bloc resection. Reconstruction was carried out through Billroth II gastrojejunostomy, jejunojejunostomy and end-to-end anastomosis of the colon. The patient had good post-operative evolution and was discharged from hospital seven days after surgery. GCF should be suspected in patients presenting weight loss, diarrhea and fecal vomiting, mainly with history of peptic ulcer surgery, gastric or colonic malignancy and use of steroidal and nonsteroidal antiinflamatory drugs. Barium enema is the choice test for diagnosis, however, the benign or malignant nature of the lesion should always be evaluated through high digestive endoscopy. Clinical treatment with oral H2-antagonists and discontinuing ulcerogenic medications might be indicated in some cases; surgical treatment is indicated in cases of malignant disease and might be indicated in cases of peptic disease as it treats GCF and also the baseline disease. Some advise upwards colostomy at first. The most used technique is bloc resection, including the fistulous tract, hemigastrectomy and partial colectomy. Gastrectomy, fistulous tract excision and colon suturing may be performed in some cases. The mortality rate is related to metabolic disorders and the recurrence with the use of antiinflammatory drugs.

  4. Endoscopic Management of Gastrointestinal Leaks and Fistulae. (United States)

    Willingham, Field F; Buscaglia, Jonathan M


    Gastrointestinal leaks and fistulae can be serious acute complications or chronic morbid conditions resulting from inflammatory, malignant, or postsurgical states. Endoscopic closure of gastrointestinal leaks and fistulae represents major progress in the treatment of patients with these complex presentations. The main goal of endoscopic therapy is the interruption of the flow of luminal contents across a gastrointestinal defect. In consideration of the proper endoscopic approach to luminal closure, several basic principles must be considered. Undrained cavities and fluid collections must often first be drained percutaneously, and the percutaneous drain provides an important measure of safety for subsequent endoscopic luminal manipulations. The size and exact location of the leak/fistula, as well as the viability of the surrounding tissue, must be defined. Almost all complex leaks and fistulae must be approached in a multidisciplinary manner, collaborating with colleagues in nutrition, radiology, and surgery. Currently, gastrointestinal leaks and fistulae may be managed endoscopically by using 1 or more of the following modalities: stent placement, clip closure (including through-the-scope clips and over-the-scope devices), endoscopic suturing, and the injection of tissue sealants. In this article, we discuss these modalities and review the published outcomes data regarding each approach as well as practical considerations for successful closure of luminal defects. Copyright © 2015 AGA Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Lacrimal Gland Fistula following Severe Head Trauma

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    Cemil Demir


    Full Text Available We aim to present a unique case with discharging lacrimal gland fistula secondary to severe head trauma by an animal. A 9-year-old girl presented with serous fluid discharge from a cutaneous fistula in the left orbital region. The patient had history of surgery for traumatic frontal bone fracture and skin laceration in the superior orbital rim three weeks earlier. She underwent a complete ophthalmological examination and there was no anterior segment or fundus pathology. The orifice of the fistula was detected in mediolateral part of the left superior orbital rim and fluid secretion was increasing with irritation of the left eye. Neurosurgical complications were excluded and radiological assessment was nonremarkable. The patient’s legal representatives were informed and lacrimal gland fistulectomy was planned. However, the fistula was self-closed one week after initial ophthalmological examination, and the patient had no symptoms. In conclusion, traumatic injuries of superior orbital region should be carefully evaluated and wounds should be well closed to prevent consecutive lacrimal gland fistula.

  6. Intraventricular hemorrhage after dural fistula embolization

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    Joana Chaves Gonçalves Rodrigues de Carvalho

    Full Text Available Abstract Background and objectives: Dural arteriovenous fistulas are anomalous shunts between dural arterial and venous channels whose nidus is located between the dural leaflets. For those circumstances when invasive treatment is mandatory, endovascular techniques have grown to become the mainstay of practice, choice attributable to their reported safety and effectiveness. We describe the unique and rare case of a dural arteriovenous fistula treated by transarterial embolization and complicated by an intraventricular hemorrhage. We aim to emphasize some central aspects of the perioperative management of these patients in order to help improving the future approach of similar cases. Case report: A 59-year-old woman with a previously diagnosed Cognard Type IV dural arteriovenous fistula presented for transarterial embolization, performed outside the operating room, under total intravenous anesthesia. The procedure underwent without complications and the intraoperative angiography revealed complete obliteration of the fistula. In the early postoperative period, the patient presented with clinical signs of raised intracranial pressure attributable to a later diagnosed intraventricular hemorrhage, which conditioned placement of a ventricular drain, admission to an intensive care unit, cerebral vasospasm and a prolonged hospital stay. Throughout the perioperative period, there were no changes in the cerebral brain oximetry. The patient was discharged without neurological sequelae. Conclusion: Intraventricular hemorrhage may be a serious complication after the endovascular treatment of dural arteriovenous fistula. A close postoperative surveillance and monitoring allow an early diagnosis and treatment which increases the odds for an improved outcome.

  7. Supra-transumbilical laparotomy (STL approach for small bowel atresia repair: Our experience and review of the literature

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    Ernesto Leva


    Full Text Available Background: Supra-Transumbilical Laparotomy (STL has been used in paediatric surgery for a broad spectrum of abdominal procedures. We report our experience with STL approach for small bowel atresia repair in newborns and review previous published series on the topic. Patients and Methods: Fourteen patients with small bowel atresia were treated via STL approach at our Institution over a 5-year period and their charts were retrospectively reviewed. Results: STL procedure was performed at mean age of 3.1 day. No malrotation disorders were detected with pre-operative contrast enema. Eight patients (54.1% presented jejunal atresia, five (35.7% ileal atresia, and one (7.1% multiple ileal and jejunal atresias. Standard repair with primary end-to-back anastomosis was performed in all but one patient. In the newborn with multiple atresia, STL incision was converted in supra-umbilical transverse incision due to difficulty of exposition. After surgery, one patient developed anastomotic stricture, and another developed occlusion due to adhesions: Both infants required second laparotomy. No infections of the umbilical site were recorded, and cosmetic results were excellent in all patients. Conclusions: Increasing evidence suggests that STL approach for small bowel atresia is feasible, safe and provides adequate exposure for small bowel atresia surgery. When malrotation and colonic/multiple atresia are pre-operatively ruled out, STL procedure can be choosen as first approach.

  8. Atresia das vias biliares extra-hepáticas: conhecimentos atuais e perspectivas futuras Extrahepatic biliary atresia: current concepts and future directions

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    Elisa de Carvalho


    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Apresentar uma revisão atualizada sobre atresia das vias biliares extra-hepáticas, com ênfase em etiopatogenia, abordagens diagnósticas e terapêuticas e prognóstico. FONTES DOS DADOS: Foram selecionadas pelos sites de busca médica (MEDLINE e PubMed pesquisas relacionadas à atresia biliar, utilizando as seguintes palavras-chave: biliary atresia,etiopathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, children. SÍNTESE DOS DADOS A atresia das vias biliares extra-hepáticas é a principal indicação de transplante hepático na faixa etária pediátrica. Quanto à etiologia, o citomegalovírus, o reovírus e o rotavírus têm sido os agentes mais estudados como possíveis desencadeadores da obstrução imunomediada da árvore biliar. A resposta imune, especialmente o predomínio da resposta TH1 e do interferon gama, a susceptibilidade genética e as alterações do desenvolvimento embrionário da árvore biliar são aspectos que podem participar na etiopatogênese da obliteração das vias biliares extra-hepáticas. Ainda hoje, o único tratamento disponível é a portoenterostomia, cujos resultados são melhores quando realizada nos primeiros 2 meses de vida. Em relação ao prognóstico, as crianças não tratadas vão a óbito na totalidade, por complicações relacionadas à hipertensão portal e à cirrose hepática, e mesmo os casos tratados necessitam, em sua maioria, do transplante hepático. CONCLUSÃO: A atresia das vias biliares extra-hepáticas continua sendo a principal indicação de transplante hepático em crianças, e a mudança deste panorama depende de um melhor entendimento da etiopatogenia da obstrução biliar nos diferentes fenótipos da doença. Investigações futuras a respeito do papel do interferon gama e de outras citocinas são necessárias para avaliar se esses aspectos seriam potenciais alvos de intervenção terapêutica.OBJECTIVE: To provide an updated review on extrahepatic biliary atresia, focusing

  9. Transcatheter closure of abnormal vessels and arteriovenous fistulas with the Amplatzer vascular plug 4 in patients with congenital heart disease. (United States)

    Wiegand, Gesa; Sieverding, Ludger; Bocksch, Wolfgang; Hofbeck, Michael


    Although vascular plugs allow the interventional closure of medium-sized to large abnormal vessels, their application is limited by the need for long sheaths or large guiding catheters. The authors report their experience with the new Amplatzer vascular plug 4 (AVP 4), a self-expanding spindle-shaped occluder made of Nitinol wire mash, which can be placed through 4-Fr catheters with an internal diameter of 0.038 in. or larger. From October 2009 until June 2012, 14 AVP 4 devices were deployed in 12 patients (ages, 0.3-48.8 years). Nine patients had venovenous or arteriovenous collaterals in functional univentricular hearts. One patient had pulmonary atresia with a ventricular septal defect and major aortopulmonary collateral arteries, and one patient had a pulmonary arteriovenous fistula. One child had a large coronary artery fistula to the right atrium. The authors used AVP 4 devices with diameters of 4-8 mm. In all the patients, the AVP 4 was implanted successfully. No occluder dislocations and no complications related to the procedure occurred. Complete vessel occlusion was achieved in seven cases. In seven additional cases, a residual shunt was present at the end of the procedure while the patients were still fully heparinized. In 2 of 14 vessels, the decision was made to place additional devices to abolish residual shunting. According to the authors' experience, the AVP 4 allows safe and effective occlusion of medium-size and large abnormal vessels. It is also well suited for tortuous high-flow vessels such as coronary or pulmonary arteriovenous fistulas. In case of a suboptimal position, it is possible to reposition the occluder with ease. Further studies are needed to determine whether initial residual shunting in heparinized patients disappears during follow-up care. The AVP 4 represents a valuable new device for the interventional treatment of complex congenital vessel malformations.

  10. A simple procedure for management of urethrocutaneous fistulas ...

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    Objectives: The treatment of urethral fistulas is quite challenging. We try to evaluate the results of a simple procedure in post-hypospadias urethral fistula repair. Materials and Methods: In the period from 2003 to 2007, 35 patients with 35 fistulas, with an average age 3.5 years [range: 2-8], were classified into coronal 12, ...

  11. An Experience in Arterio-Venous Fistula creation for Chronic ...

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    Obtaining a vascular access for haemodialysis is very vital in the long-term management of patients with end-age renal disease. This is achieved via an autogenous (primary) arteriovenous fistula or a grafted fistula in situations where autogenous fistulas may not function. Complications such as thrombosis and infection are ...

  12. Histological identification of epithelium in perianal fistulae: a prospective study

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    van Koperen, P. J.; ten Kate, F. J. W.; Bemelman, W. A.; Slors, J. F. M.


    A procedure often performed following fistulotomy and advancement flap is curettage of the fistula tract after fistulotomy or after closing the internal opening. Epithelialization of the fistula tract might prevent closure of the fistula tract. The aim of this study was to assess the incidence and

  13. Paediatric Acquired Recto –Vestibular Fistula: Experience In Accra ...

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    The association of acquired recto-vaginal fistula (RVF) with the human immunodeficiency virus is increasingly being recognized and reported in the literature Congenital recto - vestibular fistulae associated with imperforate anus is not uncommon, but it is rare to see children with acquired recto - vestibular fistula. From 1997 ...

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    Midline relaxing incision was used for large fistulas and then covered with a vascularised flap dartos-based flap [flip flap] in 19 and tunica vaginalis in 16. If a patient had more than one small fistula adjacent to each other, they were joined into a large single fistula and then repaired. Results: We have successfully repaired all ...

  15. The management of a coronary cameral fistula: lessons learnt

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    Sep 21, 2011 ... Surgery for closure of the fistulae was planned months later when the patient was symptom-free. Preoperatively, on admission to the cardiothoracic ward, his blood pressure was. 138/89 mmHg ... Keywords: coronary arteriovenous fistula, coronary cameral fistula, cardiac disease, coronary artery anomaly.

  16. Post-Anastomotic Enterocutaneous Fistulas: Associated Factors and ...

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    Enterocutaneous fistulas cause significant morbidity and mortality and can challenge even the most experienced surgeon (1). In the developed countries, most fistulas are due to Crohn's disease (2) but may also arise to postoperatively (3). Historically, when enterocutaneous fistulas developed, less than half closed ...

  17. Eyelid liquoric fistula secondary to orbital meningocele

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    Renato Antunes Schiave Germano


    Full Text Available Liquoric fistula (LF is defined as the communication of the subarachnoid space with the external environment, which main complication is the development of infection in the central nervous system. We reported the case of a patient with non-traumatic eyelid liquoric fistula secondary to orbital meningocele (congenital lesion, which main clinical manifestation was unilateral eyelid edema. Her symptoms and clinical signs appeared in adulthood, which is uncommon. The patient received surgical treatment, with complete resolution of the eyelid swelling. In conclusion, eyelid cerebrospinal fluid (CSF fistula is a rare condition but with great potential deleterious to the patient. It should be considered in the differential diagnosis of unilateral eyelid edema, and surgical treatment is almost always mandatory.

  18. Pancreatic Pseudocyst Pleural Fistula in Gallstone Pancreatitis

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    Sala Abdalla


    Full Text Available Extra-abdominal complications of pancreatitis such as pancreaticopleural fistulae are rare. A pancreaticopleural fistula occurs when inflammation of the pancreas and pancreatic ductal disruption lead to leakage of secretions through a fistulous tract into the thorax. The underlying aetiology in the majority of cases is alcohol-induced chronic pancreatitis. The diagnosis is often delayed given that the majority of patients present with pulmonary symptoms and frequently have large, persistent pleural effusions. The diagnosis is confirmed through imaging and the detection of significantly elevated amylase levels in the pleural exudate. Treatment options include somatostatin analogues, thoracocentesis, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP with pancreatic duct stenting, and surgery. The authors present a case of pancreatic pseudocyst pleural fistula in a woman with gallstone pancreatitis presenting with recurrent pneumonias and bilateral pleural effusions.

  19. Eguchipsammia fistula Microsatellite Development and Population Analysis

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    Mughal, Mehreen


    Deep water corals are an understudied yet biologically important and fragile ecosystem under threat from recent increasing temperatures and high carbon dioxide emissions. Using 454 sequencing, we develop 14 new microsatellite markers for the deep water coral Eguchipsammia fistula, collected from the Red Sea but found in deep water coral ecosystems globally. We tested these microsatellite primers on 26 samples of this coral collected from a single population. Results show that these corals are highly clonal within this population stemming from a high level of asexual reproduction. Mitochondrial studies back up microsatellite findings of high levels of genetic similarity. CO1, ND1 and ATP6 mitochondrial sequences of E. fistula and 11 other coral species were used to build phylogenetic trees which grouped E. fistula with shallow water coral Porites rather than deep sea L. Petusa.


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    Sushma Ramteke


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Fistula in ano is one of the common problem faced in today’s world. Fistula in ano is track lined by granulation tissue that connect deeply in the anal canal or rectum and superficially on the skin around the anus. It usually results from cryptoglandular infection causing abscess, which burst spontaneously or was drained inadequately. The study is conducted to find most common aetiological factor and to evaluate various surgical technique and their outcome. The aim of the study is to- 1. Study the incidence of various aetiologies of fistula in ano. 2. Study the clinical presentation of fistula in ano. 3. Evaluate different modalities of surgical approach and their outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS This prospective study was conducted at Late Lakhiram Agrawal Memorial Government Medical College, Raigarh, during the study period of July 2015 to July 2016. All the 50 cases were included in this study who were above 15 year of age diagnosed with fistula in ano on the basis of clinical examination who underwent surgical procedure. RESULTS In present study of 50 cases, 60% of cases were in the age group of 31-50 years. Male:female ratio was 9:1. 80% of cases belong to low socioeconomic status. The most common mode of presentation was discharging sinus in 96% of cases. 70% of patient had past history of burst abscess or surgical drainage of abscess. 90% of cases have single external opening. 80% of cases had posterior external opening. Most of the fistula are of low anal type, which was 92% and rest of the patient had an internal opening situated above the anorectal ring. The most common surgical approach done was fistulectomy. Only fistulectomy was done in 80% of patients. Fistulectomy with sphincterectomy was done in two patients. These two patients had associated anal fissure. Fistulectomy with seton placement was done in two patients of high level of fistula type. Fistulotomy was done in four patients (8%, these were of low fistula type

  1. Ultrasonographic differentiation of biliary atresia and neonatal hepatitis: Reestablishment of size criteria of the gallbladder

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    Kim, Woo Sun; Cheon, Jung Eun; Koh, Young Hwan; Kim, In One; Yeon, Kyung Mo [Seoul National University College of Medicine and Institude of Radiation Medicion, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To reestablish the size criterion of the gallbladder on ultrasonography (US) for the differentiation diagnosis of biliary atresia from neonatal hepatitis. Abdominal US ws performed in 201 patients with jaundice and 40 patients without evidence of jaundice or hepatobiliary illness (all with the age less than 4 months). US was performed in fasting (fasting for at least 4 hours) to measure the length of the gallbladder and calculated the area of the gallbladder lumen. The morphology of the gallbladder was classified into three types: normal, elongated and atretic. To evaluate the contractibility of the gallbladder, the length of the gallbladder and area of the gallbladder lumen was again measured 1 hour after feeding. The final diagnosis included biliary atresia in 79 patients and neonatal hepatitis in 83 patients. Differences in the length, area, and morphology of the gallbladder were statistically significant among three groups, the normal group, neonatal hepatitis group and biliary atresia group (length and area of gallbladder; normal group>neonatal hepatitis>biliary atresia). The differences in the length and area of gallbladder between pre- and postmeal state were statistically significant in the normal and neonatal hepatitis groups whereas those of biliary atresia were not significant (p=0.85). When the empirical size criterion of the gallbladder (<15 mm in length) was applied, the sensitivity, specificity and diagnostic accuracy for the differential diagnosis of biliary atresia from hepatitis were 52%, 82%, and 67%, respectively. Meanwhile, if the area criterion(<30 mm{sup 2} in area) was applied, the sensitivity, the specificity and diagnostic accuracy were 67%, 85%, and 75%, respectively. Ultrasonographic evaluation of the morphology as well as size of the gallbladder are helpful in the differential diagnosis of biliary atresia from neonatal hepatitis. Therefore, since the measurement of the area of gallbladder lumen on US reflect both size and morphology of

  2. Impact of unilateral conductive hearing loss due to aural atresia on academic performance in children. (United States)

    Kesser, Bradley W; Krook, Kaelyn; Gray, Lincoln C


    This study evaluates the effect of unilateral conductive hearing loss secondary to aural atresia on elementary school children's academic performance. Case control survey and review of audiometric data. One hundred thirty-two surveys were mailed to families of children with aural atresia, and 48 surveys were sent to families of children with unilateral sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) to identify rates of grade retention, use of any resource, and behavioral problems. Audiometric data of the cohort were tabulated. Of the 40 atresia patients, none repeated a grade, but 65% needed some resources: 12.5% currently use a hearing aid, 32.5% use(d) a frequency-modulated system in school, 47.5% had an Individualized Education Plan, and 45% utilized speech therapy. Compared to the unilateral SNHL group and a cohort of children with unilateral SNHL in an earlier study, children with unilateral atresia were less likely to repeat a grade. Children in both unilateral atresia and SNHL groups were more likely to utilize some resource in the academic setting compared to the unilateral SNHL children in the prior study. Unilateral conductive hearing loss due to aural atresia has an impact on academic performance in children, although not as profound when compared to children with unilateral SNHL. The majority of these children with unilateral atresia utilize resources in the school setting. Parents, educators, and health care professionals should be aware of the impact of unilateral conductive hearing loss and offer appropriate habilitative services. Copyright © 2013 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  3. Laparoscopic repair for vesicouterine fistulae

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    Rafael A. Maioli


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: The purpose of this video is to present the laparoscopic repair of a VUF in a 42-year-old woman, with gross hematuria, in the immediate postoperative phase following a cesarean delivery. The obstetric team implemented conservative management, including Foley catheter insertion, for 2 weeks. She subsequently developed intermittent hematuria and cystitis. The urology team was consulted 15 days after cesarean delivery. Cystoscopy indicated an ulcerated lesion in the bladder dome of approximately 1.0cm in size. Hysterosalpingography and a pelvic computed tomography scan indicated a fistula. Materials and Methods: Laparoscopic repair was performed 30 days after the cesarean delivery. The patient was placed in the lithotomy position while also in an extreme Trendelenburg position. Pneumoperitoneum was established using a Veress needle in the midline infra-umbilical region, and a primary 11-mm port was inserted. Another 11-mm port was inserted exactly between the left superior iliac spine and the umbilicus. Two other 5-mm ports were established under laparoscopic guidance in the iliac fossa on both sides. The omental adhesions in the pelvis were carefully released and the peritoneum between the bladder and uterus was incised via cautery. Limited cystotomy was performed, and the specific sites of the fistula and the ureteral meatus were identified; thereafter, the posterior bladder wall was adequately mobilized away from the uterus. The uterine rent was then closed using single 3/0Vicryl sutures and two-layer watertight closure of the urinary bladder was achieved by using 3/0Vicryl sutures. An omental flap was mobilized and inserted between the uterus and the urinary bladder, and was fixed using two 3/0Vicryl sutures, followed by tube drain insertion. Results: The operative time was 140 min, whereas the blood loss was 100ml. The patient was discharged 3 days after surgery, and the catheter was removed 12 days after surgery

  4. Tracheoesophageal fistula after blunt chest trauma. (United States)

    Reed, W J; Doyle, S E; Aprahamian, C


    Tracheoesophageal fistula is a very rare but potentially life-threatening complication of blunt chest trauma. Prior reviews have revealed that the victims were all young men involved in deceleration or crush injuries. Of those involved in motor vehicle accidents, most were thrown against the steering wheel. Herein, we review the world literature on this injury and include our own report of 1 of the few cases of traumatic tracheoesophageal fistula involving a female victim. In this case, the victim was an unrestrained driver thrown against an air bag.

  5. Vector Volume Flow in Arteriovenous Fistulas

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    Hansen, Peter Møller; Heerwagen, Søren; Pedersen, Mads Møller


    The majority of patients with end stage renal disease are in hemodialysis, and therefore dependent on a well functioning vascular access. The arteriovenous fistula is the recommended access and in order to maintain and keep the fistula patent, regular monitoring of the function is necessary....... The Ultrasound Dilution Technique is the reference method for volume flow measurement, but it only works in conjunction with the dialysis machine, and use is therefore restricted to dialysis sessions. Volume flow measurement with conventional Doppler ultrasound provides a non invasive, highly accessible solution...

  6. Intrahepatic arterioportal fistulae: role of transcatheter embolization. (United States)

    Tarazov, P G


    Management of 26 arterioportal fistulae (APFs) is reported. Among 13 hepatoma-induced fistulae (group A), conservative treatment was ineffective in 8 patients, and arterial embolization alleviated portal hypertension in the other 5. Of 10 iatrogenic APFs (group B), the 3 largest were successfully embolized, the remaining lesions resolved spontaneously. Three spontaneous nonmalignant APFs (group C) were embolized. Excellent results were obtained in 2 patients, and the other died of severe postembolization hepatic failure. Because long-standing APFs may cause severe portal hypertension with consequent variceal bleeding they should be treated. Arterial embolization is indicated in most patients.

  7. [Ruptured aortoiliac aneurysm with AV-fistula]. (United States)

    Kinkel, B; Ertecoglou, E; Pauleit, D


    A 65-year-old man presented an acute swelling of the left leg as the main sign. A pulsatile bruit could be auscultated over the abdomen. Doppler ultrasound suggested an aortic aneurysm with fistula. Dynamic bolus-triggered computed tomography demonstrated an aortoiliac aneurysm with a fistula into the confluence of the common iliac veins. An aorto-iliac graft was inserted surgically and and the patient recovered well. In patients with an acute swelling of a lower limb an aorto-iliac aneurysm, though a rare cause, should be considered.

  8. Unilateral Direct Carotid Cavernous Fistula Causing Bilateral Ocular Manifestation. (United States)

    Demartini, Zeferino; Liebert, Fernando; Gatto, Luana Antunes Maranha; Jung, Thiago Simiano; Rocha, Carlos; Santos, Alex Marques Borges; Koppe, Gelson Luis


    Unilateral carotid cavernous fistula presents with ipsilateral ocular findings. Bilateral presentation is only seen in bilateral fistulas, usually associated with indirect (dural) carotid cavernous fistulas. Direct carotid cavernous fistulas are an abnormal communication between the internal carotid artery and the cavernous sinus. They typically begin with a traumatic disruption in the artery wall into the cavernous sinus, presenting with a classic triad of unilateral pulsatile exophthalmos, cranial bruit and episcleral venous engorgement. We report the case of a 38-year-old male with traumatic right carotid cavernous sinus fistula and bilateral ocular presentation successfully treated by interventional neuroradiology.

  9. Chemocauterization with trichloroacetic acid in congenital and recurrent tracheoesophageal fistula: a minimally invasive treatment. (United States)

    Lelonge, Yann; Varlet, François; Varela, Patricio; Saitúa, Francisco; Fourcade, Laurent; Gutierrez, Rocio; Vermesch, Sophie; Prades, Jean-Michel; Lopez, Manuel


    Recurrent tracheoesophageal fistula (RTEF) is a serious complication after primary repair of esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF). Treatment of RTEF involved an open surgery by thoracotomy. Technically it is a challenge with a high morbidity and mortality. Congenital tracheoesophageal fistula (CTEF) traditionally involved an open surgery by thoracotomy or cervicotomy. Many endoscopic techniques have been developed since the past decades: thoracoscopic or bronchoscopic approach for the treatment of RTEF and CTEF; nevertheless, optimal treatment is not still determined because of few numbers of patients, short-term follow-up, and different procedures. We report our experience and evaluated the efficacy in the chemocauterization of CTEF and RTEF, with the use of 50% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) as a technique minimally invasive. From 2010 to 2014, fourteen patients with TEF (twelve RTEF and two CTEF) were selected for endoscopic management in two centers. Twelve patients had RTEF after primary repair of EA/TEF by thoracotomy approach, and two patients had CTEF in the upper pouch, diagnosed after EA/TEF (Type B) long gap, treated by thoracotomy and thoracoscopy, respectively. In all cases the diagnosis was confirmed by esophagram, bronchoscopy, and clinical evaluation. Under general anesthesia, a rigid pediatric bronchoscope with a 0° rod lens telescope and tele-monitoring was used to localize the TEF. Cotton soaked with 50% TCA was applied on the TEF during 30 s, and the procedure was repeated 3 times. The endoscopic treatment was performed monthly until TEF closure was achieved. RTEF and CTEF were closed in all patients. The mean number of procedure in each patient was 1.8. Closure of TEF was confirmed by esophagram, bronchoscopy, and clinical evaluation. There were a bacterial pneumonia and bronchospasm as postoperative complications. Median follow-up was 41 months (8-72). All of these TEF remain completely obliterated, and all patients are

  10. Secondary Iliac-Enteric Fistula to the Sigmoid Colon Complicated with Entero-Grafto-Cutaneous Fistula

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    Gábor Bognár


    Full Text Available We report the case of a 67-year-old man who was admitted to our department with acute rectal bleeding. The patient had had previous aortoiliac surgery with the utilization of an aortobifemoral vascular prosthesis. Diagnosis of aortoenteric fistula was made between the distal suture line of the right graft leg and the sigmoid colon. This fistula had an enterocutaneous component. After exploratory laparotomy, primary resection of the sigmoid colon, exstirpation of the enterocutaneous fistula, excision of the right graft leg and extraanatomical crossover bypass were successfully performed. This study reports a rare type of aorto/ilac-enteric fistula to the left colon complicated with an entero-grafto-cutaneous component and describes an unusual and successful surgical treatment method.

  11. The brachio-brachial arteriovenous fistula: mid-term results. (United States)

    Dorobantu, Lucian Florin; Iliescu, Vlad Anton; Stiru, Ovidiu; Bubenek, Serban; Novelli, Eugenio


    To evaluate the mid-term results of the brachio-brachial arteriovenous fistula in patients without adequate superficial venous circulation in the upper limb. Retrospective analysis included 49 patients, in whom a brachio-brachial fistula had been created in an end-to-side configuration. After the maturation period (1 month), the brachial vein was transposed into the subcutaneous tissue. Follow-up study was performed in patients with functional brachio-brachial fistula after the superficialization. Forty-nine patients underwent 49 brachio-brachial fistula constructions. All fistulas were functional. One month after surgery, 40 (81.6%) of these patients had a functional fistula, but in only 39 (79.6%) cases was the fistula suitable for hemodialysis (HD) following transposition to subcutaneous tissue. During the 1-month maturation period, the fistula became occluded in nine patients, and in one case the vein was permeable, so the fistula was functional, but too small to permit HD. Seventeen patients developed temporary edema of the forearm during the first month, in three cases the edema was extended to the entire arm, but no other complications were associated with the procedure. Follow-up lasted 18.0 +/- 11.1 (3-37) months, during which 7/39 patients presented with fistula occlusion. Three patients died and another three were out of the study for various reasons. The brachio-brachial fistula is a good alternative to prosthetic grafts in patients without superficial venous circulation in the upper limb.

  12. A Delayed Recrudescent Case of Sigmoidocutaneous Fistula due to Diverticulitis

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    Takaaki Fujii


    Full Text Available Colocutaneous fistula caused by diverticulitis is relatively rare, and a delayed recrudescent case of colocutaneous fistula is very uncommon. We herein report a rare case of a Japanese 56-year-old male with delayed recrudescent sigmoidocutaneous fistula due to diverticulitis. A colocutaneous fistula was formed after a drainage operation against a perforation of the sigmoid colon diverticulum. After 5 years from treatment, he was admitted to our hospital because of lower abdominal pain. We diagnosed the recrudescent sigmoidocutaneous fistula by abdominal computed tomography and gastrografin enema, and managed the patient with total parenteral nutrition and antibiotics. As the fistula formation did not improve, a low anterior resection with fistulectomy was performed. The postoperative course was uneventful and the patient was discharged. It has been reported that, in fistulas of the skin caused by diverticular disease, complete closure of the fistula by conservative therapy may not be possible. This case also implies the possibility of a recurrence of the fistula even if the conservative treatment was effective. In cases of colocutaneous fistulas due to diverticulitis, radical surgery is considered necessary because of possibility of recurrence of the fistula.

  13. The Sea Lamprey as an Etiological Model for Biliary Atresia

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    Yu-Wen Chung-Davidson


    Full Text Available Biliary atresia (BA is a progressive, inflammatory, and fibrosclerosing cholangiopathy in infants that results in obstruction of both extrahepatic and intrahepatic bile ducts. It is the most common cause for pediatric liver transplantation. In contrast, the sea lamprey undergoes developmental BA with transient cholestasis and fibrosis during metamorphosis, but emerges as a fecund adult with steatohepatitis and fibrosis in the liver. In this paper, we present new histological evidence and compare the sea lamprey to existing animal models to highlight the advantages and possible limitations of using the sea lamprey to study the etiology and compensatory mechanisms of BA and other liver diseases. Understanding the signaling factors and genetic networks underlying lamprey BA can provide insights into BA etiology and possible targets to prevent biliary degeneration and to clear fibrosis. In addition, information from lamprey BA can be used to develop adjunct treatments for patients awaiting or receiving surgical treatments. Furthermore, the cholestatic adult lamprey has unique adaptive mechanisms that can be used to explore potential treatments for cholestasis and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH.

  14. A candidate gene for choanal atresia in alpaca. (United States)

    Reed, Kent M; Bauer, Miranda M; Mendoza, Kristelle M; Armién, Aníbal G


    Choanal atresia (CA) is a common nasal craniofacial malformation in New World domestic camelids (alpaca and llama). CA results from abnormal development of the nasal passages and is especially debilitating to newborn crias. CA in camelids shares many of the clinical manifestations of a similar condition in humans (CHARGE syndrome). Herein we report on the regulatory gene CHD7 of alpaca, whose homologue in humans is most frequently associated with CHARGE. Sequence of the CHD7 coding region was obtained from a non-affected cria. The complete coding region was 9003 bp, corresponding to a translated amino acid sequence of 3000 aa. Additional genomic sequences corresponding to a significant portion of the CHD7 gene were identified and assembled from the 2x alpaca whole genome sequence, providing confirmatory sequence for much of the CHD7 coding region. The alpaca CHD7 mRNA sequence was 97.9% similar to the human sequence, with the greatest sequence difference being an insertion in exon 38 that results in a polyalanine repeat (A12). Polymorphism in this repeat was tested for association with CA in alpaca by cloning and sequencing the repeat from both affected and non-affected individuals. Variation in length of the poly-A repeat was not associated with CA. Complete sequencing of the CHD7 gene will be necessary to determine whether other mutations in CHD7 are the cause of CA in camelids.

  15. Is There a Right Ear Advantage in Congenital Aural Atresia? (United States)

    Reed, Robert; Hubbard, Matthew; Kesser, Bradley W


    To compare speech/language development and academic progress between children with right versus left congenital aural atresia (CAA). Case control survey and review of audiometric data. Tertiary care academic practice. Children with unilateral CAA. Demographic and audiometric data; rates of grade retention, use of any hearing or learning resource, and behavioral problems. No significant differences in grade retention rate, utilization of amplification, speech language therapy, use of an individualized education program, or frequency modulated system were found between children with right versus left CAA. Children with left CAA were significantly more likely to be enrolled in special education programs (p = 0.026). Differences in reported communication problems approached significance with more difficulty noted in the right ear group (p = 0.059). Left CAA patients were also more likely to have reported behavioral problems (p = 0.0039). Contrary to the hypothesis that a normal hearing right ear confers a language advantage in patients with unilateral hearing loss, children with left CAA (normal right ear) were statistically more likely to be enrolled in a special education program and have behavioral problems. Reported communication problems were more common in right CAA patients, but this did not reach statistical significance. No differences were found in use of amplification, frequency modulated system, individualized education program, or grade retention. Further investigation of both the clinical implications and underlying psychoacoustics of unilateral hearing loss and the identification and habilitation of "at risk" unilateral hearing loss children is warranted.

  16. Biliary Atresia: Indications and Timing of Liver Transplantation and Optimization of Pre-Transplant Care (United States)

    Sundaram, Shikha S.; Mack, Cara L.; Feldman, Amy G.; Sokol, Ronald J.


    Biliary Atresia is a progressive, fibro-obliterative disorder of the intra and extrahepatic bile ducts in infancy. The majority of affected children will eventually develop end-stage liver disease and require liver transplantation. Indications for liver transplant in biliary atresia include failed Kasai portoenterostomy, significant and recalcitrant malnutrition, recurrent cholangitis, and the progressive manifestations of portal hypertension. Extra-hepatic complications of this disease, such as hepatopulmonary syndrome and portopulmonary hypertension, are also indications for liver transplantation. Optimal pre-transplant management of these potentially life threatening complications and maximizing nutrition and growth require the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team with experience caring for biliary atresia. The timing of transplant for biliary atresia requires careful consideration of the potential risk of transplant versus the survival benefit at any given stage of disease. Children with biliary atresia often experience long wait times for transplant unless exception points are granted to reflect severity of disease. Family preparedness for this arduous process is therefore critical. PMID:27650268

  17. Association of Nasal Nostril Stenosis with Bilateral Choanal Atresia: A Case Report

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    Shahin Abdollahifakhim


    Full Text Available Introduction: Neonatal nasal airway obstruction induces various degrees of respiratory distress. The management of this disease, including surgical repair, will depend on the severity and location of the obstruction. We describe here a case of congenital nasal nostril stenosis that required surgical repair for stenting of both nares after coanal atresia repair.   Case Report: A 2 days old female newborn referred to neonatal department of Tabriz Children’s Hospital affiliated to the University of Medical Sciences of Tabriz, Iran on the 3rd of December, 2011 immediately after birth with respiratory distress due to bilateral coanal atresia and nasal hypoplasia with very small nostrils. CT scan showed normal brain and bilateral choanal atresia with normal size Pyriform apertures.   Conclusion: Nasal obstruction can lead to airway compromise and respiratory distress. Congenital bony nasal deformities are being recognized as an important cause of newborn airway obstruction. Nasal hypoplasia is seen in many craniofacial syndromes. Although our patient had hypoplastic nostrils with respiratory distress due to bilateral coanal atresia, correction of hypoplastic nostrils was necessary for completing the operation of choanal atresia.

  18. Ultrasound-guided percutaneous cholecysto-cholangiography for the exclusion of biliary atresia in infants

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    Shin, Kyung Min; Ryeom, Hun Kyu; Choe, Byung Ho; Kim, Kap Cheol; Kim, Jong Yeol; Lee, Jong Min; Kim, Hye Jeong; Lee, Hee Jung [Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)


    The aim of this study is to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of performing an ultrasound-guided percutaneous cholecysto-cholangiogram (PCC) for excluding biliary atresia as the cause of neonatal jaundice. Between Oct. 2003 and Feb. 2005, six ultrasound-guided PCC procedures were performed to five jaundiced infants (4 females and 1 male; mean age: 60 days old) for whom possibility of biliary atresia could not be ruled out by the DISIDA scan as the cause of their neonatal jaundice. Gallbladder puncture was performed under ultrasound guidance with a 23-gauge needle. Contrast material injection during fluoroscopic examination was performed after dilatation of the gallbladder lumen with normal saline under ultrasound guidance. The criteria used for excluding biliary atresia were complete visualization of the extrahepatic biliary trees and/or contrast excretion into the duodenum. The complications and final diagnosis was assessed according to the clinical and laboratory findings. The procedures were successful in all the patients without any complication. Biliary atresia could be ruled out in all the patients. The final diagnosis was neonatal cytomegalovirus hepatitis in two patients, total parenteral nutrition-associated cholestasis in two patients, and combined cytomegalovirus hepatitis and total parenteral nutrition-associated cholestasis in one patient. Ultrasound-guided PCC is a feasible and effective method for the early definitive exclusion of biliary atresia as the cause of neonatal jaundice. By the technique of injecting normal saline before contrast injection, PCC can be done even in a totally collapsed or very small gallbladder.

  19. Readability and quality assessment of websites related to microtia and aural atresia. (United States)

    Alamoudi, Uthman; Hong, Paul


    Many parents and children utilize the Internet for health-related information, but the quality of these websites can vary. The objective of this study was to assess the quality and readability of microtia and aural atresia related websites. The search engine Google was queried with the terms 'microtia' and 'aural atresia.' The first 30 results were evaluated, and those websites containing original information written in English were reviewed. Quality of content was assessed with the DISCERN instrument, and readability was assessed with the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Grade Level (FKGL) and the Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES) tests. Each website was also reviewed for ownership and the date of last update. Sixteen microtia and 14 aural atresia websites were included for full review. The mean DISCERN score for microtia websites was 54.4 (SD=8.3), and for aural atresia websites it was 47.6 (SD=10.7), which indicates 'good' and 'fair' quality of content, respectively. Readability assessments showed an average reading level requiring a grade 10 education on FKGL, and only one microtia (6.3%) and one aural atresia (7.1%) websites were deemed to be at 'reasonable' reading level on FRES. High-quality websites that are considered easily comprehensible to the general public were lacking. Since parents and children may use websites when making treatment decisions, physicians should be aware of the quality of health information pertaining to their area of expertise available on the Internet. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Decreased mortality but increased morbidity in neonates with jejunoileal atresia; a study of 114 cases over a 34-year period.

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    Stollman, T.H.; Blaauw, I. de; Wijnen, M.H.W.A.; Staak, F.H.J.M. van der; Rieu, P.N.M.A.; Draaisma, J.M.T.; Wijnen, R.M.H.


    PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to evaluate patient demographics, classification and location of the atresia, operative management, postoperative care, and outcome in 114 infants with jejunoileal atresia (JIA) over a period of more than 3 decades. METHODS: This was a retrospective case series in a

  1. Obstetric urogenital fistula: The Ilorin experience, Nigeria

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    Dec 31, 1998 ... tula managed over a ten-year period (lst January, 1989 to. 31st December, 1998) at the University of Ilorin Teaching. Hospital is reported. The incidence of obstetric urogenital fistula is 1.1 per 1000 births. The condition is associated with illiteracy and poorly supervised delivery. The peak incidence is in 15 ...

  2. Assessment and management of urethrocutaneous fistula ...

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    Background/Purpose To highlight and assess the different factors related to the development of urethrocutaneous fistulae (UCFs) after hypospadias repair, and the outcome of their repair using two different techniques. Patients and methods In the period June 2009 to October 2010, all patients presenting to the Pediatric ...

  3. Urethrocutaneous fistula complicating circumcision in children

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    May 22, 2013 ... Thus, the patients might be uncooperative intraoperatively resulting in hasty clamping of urethral wall alongside the frenular vessels while securing hemostasis or in some cases inadvertent scalpel injury to the urethral wall. The consequent fistula is synonymous with this method as reported in some studies.

  4. Current Evidence Supporting Obstetric Fistula Prevention Strategies ...

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    Grey literature provided context. Evidences from the articles were linked to prevention strategies retrieved from grey literature. The strategies were classified using an innovative target-focused method. Gaps in the literature show the need for fistula prevention research to aim at systematically measuring incidence and ...

  5. Coronary Arteriovenous Fistula Causing Hydrops Fetalis

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    Nilüfer Çetiner


    Full Text Available Fetal heart failure and hydrops fetalis may occur due to systemic arteriovenous fistula because of increased cardiac output. Arteriovenous fistula of the central nervous system, liver, bone or vascular tumors such as sacrococcygeal teratoma were previously reported to be causes of intrauterine heart failure. However, coronary arteriovenous fistula was not reported as a cause of fetal heart failure previously. It is a rare pathology comprising 0.2–0.4% of all congenital heart diseases even during postnatal life. Some may remain asymptomatic for many years and diagnosed by auscultation of a continuous murmur during a routine examination, while a larger fistulous coronary artery opening to a low pressure cardiac chamber may cause ischemia of the affected myocardial region due to steal phenomenon and may present with cardiomyopathy or congestive heart failure during childhood. We herein report a neonate with coronary arteriovenous fistula between the left main coronary artery and the right ventricular apex, who presented with hydrops fetalis during the third trimester of pregnancy.

  6. Management of fistulae in the abdominal region. (United States)

    Hocevar, Barbara J; Erwin-Toth, Paula; Landis-Erdman, Judy; Wu, James S; Navage, Ann; Duell, Ellen; Dunbar, Shirley; Barnard, Anne; Skinner, Catherine; Anderson, Diana; Shires, George Thomas; Hietala, Lea; Griffin, Sandra; Owens, Cindy; Lynch, Cheryl; Snyder, Susan


    We evaluated a new fistula and wound management system; ostomy and wound care nurses were queried about willingness to use the product in future patients, product wear time and pouch leakage, perifistular skin condition, access for wound care, pouching time, patient mobility and comfort, odor management, pouch flexibility, adhesiveness, and erosion. A health economic assessment was also done. Twenty-two patients (5 males and 17 females) with an abdominal fistula participated in the study. Participants tested 75 pouches, representing an average of 3.4 pouches per subject. The investigator at each site who performed the pouch changes completed a questionnaire at baseline, during the test, and after testing the pouches. Participants also completed a set of questions after each test pouch was removed. In 21 of 22 cases, the nurses would consider using the new system on future patients. After each pouch removal, patients were asked whether they were able to move around while wearing the test pouch and they answered yes 95% of the time. The new system was found to have significantly longer wear time than traditional systems (P = .003), but the average time spent on changing the pouches was not significantly different (P = .07). Access for fistula and wound care was rated as excellent in the new pouching system, and comfort was rated as very good. The results of the study suggest that all of the key requests received from nurses for an improved system for fistula and wound management were met by the new system.

  7. [Therapeutical options in lithiasic biliary fistula]. (United States)

    Ungureanu, D; Brătucu, E; Daha, C


    Chronic lythiasic cholecystitis is a disease distinguished by the pathologic changes because of the chronic inflammation of the biliary extrahepatic tree. Sometimes these morphological changes are associated with internal biliary fistulas arising spontaneously in patients with advanced calculus cholecystitis. The vast majority of fistulas result from the adherence of the inflamed gallbladder or common bile duct to an adjacent viscus and erosion of the gallstones into the adherent organ. The authors analyze an amount of 43 patients with bilio-biliary and bilio-digestive lythiasic fistulas, caused by the long evolution of chronic lythiasic atrophic cholecystitis, for 126 cases which were operated in the Surgery Department of the Caritas Clinic Hospital along 20 years. In these 126 cases the surgical strategy was determinated by the method of dealing with the pericolecystitis sclerotic blocks, by the identification methods of the biliary elements and by the approach of the main billiary way and digestive loops injuries occurred after suppressing the fistulae. The surgical solutions adapted for each separate case and the advantages of the axial drainage of prostheting the surgical reconstructions of the main biliary way as well as the results obtained along this project, are in fact the aims of this presentation.

  8. Combined Vesicovaginal and Rectovaginal Fistulas Associated with ...

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    but rarely lead to the formation of a fistula. Such complications are frequently associated with the insertion of aerosol caps into the vagina, but also other objects including small cups, metal boxes and plastic bottle caps have been reported3,4. Due to the association with sexual gratification, these patients are ashamed, so.

  9. Atresia biliar extra-hepática: métodos diagnósticos Extrahepatic biliary atresia: diagnostic methods

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    Sydney M. Cauduro


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: enfatizar a importância do diagnóstico precoce da atresia biliar extra-hepática e sua relação direta com o restabelecimento cirúrgico do fluxo biliar antes do segundo mês de vida, discutindo os diversos métodos complementares utilizados, objetivando selecionar os de maior evidência, evitando retardo diagnóstico e, conseqüentemente, piora do prognóstico. MÉTODO: pesquisa bibliográfica referente ao período de 1985 a 2001, no Medline e MdConsult, através das palavras-chaves: colestase neonatal, atresia biliar extra-hepática e hepatite neonatal. Também foram selecionados artigos nacionais e estrangeiros a partir da bibliografia das publicações consultadas e, quando necessário, para melhor entendimento do tema, opiniões emitidas em teses e livros-textos foram referidas. RESULTADOS: a revisão da bibliografia consultada permite afirmar que o diagnóstico precoce das AVBEH e tratamento cirúrgico para restabelecer o fluxo biliar até 60 dias de vida são fundamentais na obtenção de bons resultados. Entre os diversos métodos complementares de diagnóstico, a colangiografia por RM, US e a biópsia hepática são os que proporcionam os maiores índices de acerto. CONCLUSÕES: o encaminhamento de pacientes portadores de AVBEH para centros de referências no Brasil ainda é efetuado tardiamente, provavelmente pela falta de esclarecimento dos médicos de atenção primária, aliada às dificuldades burocráticas e tecnológicas. A experiência da Inglaterra em relação ao programa "Alerta Amarelo", permitiu que o número de crianças encaminhadas para tratamento cirúrgico antes dos 60 dias de vida aumentasse significativamente. Entre os métodos complementares, a colangiografia por RM, a US e a biópsia hepática deverão ser utilizados, dependendo dos recursos tecnológicos das unidades de diagnóstico.OBJECTIVE: to emphasize the importance of precocious diagnosis of extrahepatic biliary atresia and its direct

  10. A rare malformation: Double duodenal atresia associated with malrotation in a patient with “Cri du Chat” syndrome

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    Corina Zamfir


    Full Text Available Duodenal atresia is a common cause of neonatal obstruction. It is frequently associated with other malformations such as Down syndrome, cardiac anomalies, malrotation or annular pancreas. Double duodenal atresia is an exceptional malformation. There are only few publications on this subject and none are in association with “Cri du Chat” (Cat Cry syndrome. We present a newborn, prenatally diagnosed with duodenal atresia and with “Cri du Chat” syndrome. The double duodenal atresia was actually of two different types (type I and type II, associated with malrotation. The second atresia was a peroperative finding at reintervention, five days later. We wish to share our experience in order to avoid unnecessary surgery and co-morbidities.

  11. The immediate management of fresh obstetric fistulas. (United States)

    Waaldijk, Kees


    It has been a general rule to wait with the repair of an obstetric fistula for a minimum period of 3 months allowing the patient to become an outcast. In a prospective way an immediate management was studied and antibiotics were not used, all according to basic surgical principles. A total of 1716 patients with a fistula duration of 3 to 75 days after delivery were treated immediately on presentation by catheter and/or early closure. Instead of antibiotics, a high oral fluid regimen was instituted. The fistulas were classified according to anatomic and physiologic location in types I, IIAa, IIAb, IIBa, and IIBb, and according to size in small, medium, large, and extensive. The operation became progressively more complicated from type I through type IIBb and from small through extensive. At first attempt 1633 fistulas (95.2%) were closed and another 57 could be closed at further attempt(s), accounting for a final closure in 1690 patients (98.5%); 264 patients (15.4%) were healed by catheter only. Of these 1690 patients with a closed fistula, 1575 (93.2%) were continent and 115 (6.8%) were incontinent. The results as to closure and to continence became progressively worse from type I through type IIBb and from small through extensive. Postoperative wound infection was not noted; postoperative mortality was encountered in 6 patients (0.4%). This immediate management proves highly effective in terms of closure and continence and will prevent the patient from becoming an outcast with progressive downgrading medically, socially, and mentally.

  12. [Endovascular management of cavernous sinus dural fistulas]. (United States)

    Zenteno, Marco; Santos Franco, Jorge; Moscote-Salazar, Luis Rafael; Lee, Angel


    Describe the outcomes of patients diagnosed with indirect carotid-cavernous fistula treated by endovascular methods. A retrospective case series. Twelve patients with dural cavernous sinus fistula with important ophthalmologic involvement admitted and treated at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery between February 1990 and January 2005. Patients were managed by endovascular embolization for all fistulas. Angiographic controls to 24 hours and at 6 and 12 months were performed. 67 % were female and 33 % male. The mean age was 44 years. 67 % were spontaneous and 33% of traumatic origin. All patients had eye involvement with proptosis (92%) and involvement of the oculomotor nerve (67%). Headache and pulsatile tinnitus were not frequent ophthalmologic data. All were diagnosed by cerebral angiography, 33 % were type C, type D 67 %, and none of the type B classification Barrow. In 17 % of cases the distal arterial robbery showed severe. Predominance of anterior and superior venous drainage in 83 % and 42 % of cases occurred respectively. The surgical approach was arterial in 84% of cases, while in 17 % venous through the superior ophthalmic vein. Cyanoacrylate embolization material was used in 58 % of the cases, as it was associated with the use of removable ball with polyvinyl alcohol particles in 16 % in of venous approach cases. 17% detachable coils were utilized. There were no complications. After angiographic controls at 24 hours 100% occlusion was seen in patients treated with cyanoacrylate (58%) (p = 0.03). The remaining 42% were prescribed maneuver of manual compression. At 12-months angiography all patients had 100% occlusion of the carotid-cavernous fistula. CONCLSUIONS: This is the world's second largest series with indirect carotid-cavernous fistulas treated after trauma. 100 % of cases were cured with the use of a transarterial-controlled approach and N-butyl-cyanoacrylate after long-term observation.

  13. Noncavernous arteriovenous shunts mimicking carotid cavernous fistulae. (United States)

    Kobkitsuksakul, Chai; Jiarakongmun, Pakorn; Chanthanaphak, Ekachat; Pongpech, Sirintara


    The classic symptoms and signs of carotid cavernous sinus fistula or cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistula (AVF) consist of eye redness, exophthalmos, and gaze abnormality. The angiography findings typically consist of arteriovenous shunt at cavernous sinus with ophthalmic venous drainage with or without cortical venous reflux. In rare circumstances, the shunts are localized outside the cavernous sinus, but mimic symptoms and radiography of the cavernous shunt. We would like to present the other locations of the arteriovenous shunt, which mimic the clinical presentation of carotid cavernous fistulae, and analyze venous drainages. We retrospectively examined the records of 350 patients who were given provisional diagnoses of carotid cavernous sinus fistulae or cavernous sinus dural AVF in the division of Interventional Neuroradiology, Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok between 2008 and 2014. Any patient with cavernous arteriovenous shunt was excluded. Of those 350 patients, 10 patients (2.85%) were identified as having noncavernous sinus AVF. The angiographic diagnoses consisted of three anterior condylar (hypoglossal) dural AVF, two traumatic middle meningeal AVF, one lesser sphenoid wing dural AVF, one vertebro-vertebral fistula (VVF), one intraorbital AVF, one direct dural artery to cortical vein dural AVF, and one transverse-sigmoid dural AVF. Six cases (60%) were found to have venous efferent obstruction. Arteriovenous shunts mimicking the cavernous AVF are rare, with a prevalence of only 2.85% in this series. The clinical presentation mainly depends on venous outflow. The venous outlet of the arteriovenous shunts is influenced by venous afferent-efferent patterns according to the venous anatomy of the central nervous system and the skull base, as well as by architectural disturbance, specifically, obstruction of the venous outflow.

  14. [Self-rated efficacy in bilateral aural atresia patients using bone-anchored hearing aid]. (United States)

    Yue, Fan; Yibei, Wang; Zhen, Wang; Pu, Wang; Xiaowei, Chen


    Using questionnaires to evaluate the audiological benefit and satisfaction of bilateral aural atresia patients with bone-anchored hearing aid (Baha). Implanted Baha user questionnaire was applied to 19 patients suffering bilateral aural atresia, and 15 of the patients were evaluated with abbreviated profile of hearing aid benefit (APHAB). Glasgow children's benefit inventory (GCBI) was used to measure subjective benefit of patients under the age of 18. The Baha user questionnaire demonstrated great satisfaction. The mean Baha scores for the subdomains of ease of communication (EC), backgroud noise (BN) and revereration (RV) were decreased by 54.6 ± 10.2 (t = 20.6, P Baha score was 56.7 ± 9.9 (t = 10.8, P Baha can significantly improve hearing ability and quality of life of patients with bilateral aural atresia.

  15. Technical innovation for noninvasive and early diagnosis of biliary atresia: the ultrasonographic "triangular cord" sign. (United States)

    Park, W H; Choi, S O; Lee, H J


    In this article, we introduce our experience regarding a new and noninvasive diagnostic tool, using ultrasonography, for the early and definite diagnosis of biliary atresia. We have focussed on the ultrasonographic image of the cone-shaped periportal fibrous mass in infants with biliary atresia since 1992, and have finally identified a triangular or band-like periportal echogenicity ("triangular cord" sign), mainly cranial to the portal vein. Based on our experience and other reports from Japan and Singapore, the ultrasonographic triangular cord sign is a simple, time-saving, highly reliable, and definite tool in the diagnosis of biliary atresia from infantile intrahepatic cholestasis, representing a positive predictive value greater than 95%. We have proposed a new diagnostic strategy in the evaluation of infantile cholestasis, with emphasis on the ultrasonographic triangular cord sign.

  16. Laparoscopic dissection and division of distal fistula in boys with rectourethral fistula. (United States)

    Wang, Chen; Diao, Mei; Li, Long; Liu, Shuli; Chen, Zheng; Li, Xu; Cheng, Wei


    Congenital rectourethral fistula (RUF) is the most common form of anorectal malformations found in boys. The aim of this study is to review our experience with dissection and division of distal fistula using laparoscopic surgery in the management of RUF, especially rectourethral bulbar fistula. One hundred and two consecutive boys with congenital RUF who underwent conventional or single-incision laparoscopic surgery between July 2008 and June 2015 were enrolled in the study. The dissection of the distal fistula was performed along submucosal layer to a level 0.5 cm proximal to the urethra. Rectal mucosa of the fistula was dissected to the distal most point and completely transected flush with the posterior urethra. The residual muscular cuff was ligated with Hem-o-Lock clip or 5-0 PDS suture. Voiding cystourethrography and pelvic magnetic resonance imaging were performed at 3 mo, 6 mo, and 1 y postoperatively. All patients successfully underwent laparoscopic surgery without conversion. The mean age at the time of operation was 4.3 ± 2.9 mo. The operative times for the rectoprostatic fistula and rectobulbar fistula were similar (118.2 versus 119.4 min, P = 0.082). There was no significant difference in average operative time between conventional laparoscopic surgery group and single-incision laparoscopic surgery group (118.8 versus 119.1 min, P = 0.281). There was no injury to the urethra or vas deferens. The urethral catheter was removed on postoperative day 10. All patients were followed up. The median follow-up period was 3.3 ± 1.8 y. No recurrent fistula or urethral diverticulum was detected on voiding cystourethrography and pelvic MRI at 1 y. Submucosal dissection and division of distal fistula using a laparoscopic approach is safe, feasible, and effective for congenital RUF, especially bulbar fistula, in boys. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Endovascular therapy of arteriovenous fistulae with electrolytically detachable coils

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    Jansen, O.; Doerfler, A.; Forsting, M.; Hartmann, M.; Kummer, R. von; Tronnier, V.; Sartor, K. [Dept. of Neuroradiology, University of Heidelberg Medical School (Germany)


    We report our experience in using Guglielmi electrolytically detachable coils (GDC) alone or in combination with other materials in the treatment of intracranial or cervical high-flow fistulae. We treated 14 patients with arteriovenous fistulae on brain-supplying vessels - three involving the external carotid or the vertebral artery, five the cavernous sinus and six the dural sinuses - by endovascular occlusion using electrolytically detachable platinum coils. The fistula was caused by trauma in six cases. In one case Ehlers-Danlos syndrome was the underlying disease, and in the remaining seven cases no aetiology could be found. Fistulae of the external carotid and vertebral arteries and caroticocavernous fistulae were reached via the transarterial route, while in all dural fistulae a combined transarterial-transvenous approach was chosen. All fistulae were treated using electrolytically detachable coils. While small fistulae could be occluded with electrolytically detachable coils alone, large fistulae were treated by using coils to build a stable basket for other types of coil or balloons. In 11 of the 14 patients, endovascular treatment resulted in complete occlusion of the fistula; in the remaining three occlusion was subtotal. Symptoms and signs were completely abolished by this treatment in 12 patients and reduced in 2. On clinical and neuroradiological follow-up (mean 16 months) no reappearance of symptoms was recorded. (orig.)

  18. Laparoscopic resection of chronic sigmoid diverticulitis with fistula. (United States)

    Abbass, Mohammad A; Tsay, Anna T; Abbas, Maher A


    A growing number of operations for sigmoid diverticulitis are being done laparoscopically. There is a paucity of data on the outcome of laparoscopy for sigmoid diverticulitis complicated by colonic fistula. The aim of this study was to compare the results of laparoscopic resection of sigmoid diverticulitis with and without colonic fistula. A retrospective review was conducted of all patients who underwent laparoscopic resection of sigmoid diverticulitis complicated by fistula at a single tertiary care institution over a 7-year period. Comparison was made with a group of patients who underwent resection for diverticulitis without fistula during the same study period. Forty-two patients were analyzed (group 1: diverticular fistula, group 2: no fistula). The median age was similar (49 vs. 50 years, P = .68). A chronic abscess was present in 24% of patients in group 1 and 10% in group 2 (P = .40). Fistula types were colovesical (71%), colovaginal (19%), and colocutaneous (10%). Operation types were sigmoidectomy (57% vs. 81%) and anterior resection (43% vs. 19%) in groups 1 and 2, respectively (P = .18). Ureteral catheters were used more frequently in group 1 (67% vs. 33% [P = .06]). No difference was noted in operative time, blood loss, conversion rate, length of stay, overall complications, wound infection rate, readmission rate, reoperation rate, and mortality. All patients healed without fistula recurrence. Patients with sigmoid diverticulitis with fistula can be successfully treated with laparoscopic excision, with similar outcomes for patients without fistula.

  19. Surgical management of complex obstetric fistula in Eritrea. (United States)

    Husain, Amreen; Johnson, Khaliah; Glowacki, Carol A; Osias, Joelle; Wheeless, Clifford R; Asrat, Kibreab; Ghebrekidan, Abrehet; Polan, Mary Lake


    To evaluate the incidence of and demographic characteristics associated with obstetric fistula in Eritrea. To determine the outcomes of surgical repair of complex fistula in Eritrea by a visiting surgical team. A surgical team comprising expert gynecologic surgeons traveled to Eritrea in September 2004. We evaluated 50 patients with genitourinary fistula and performed surgical repairs of these fistulas on 37 women via both vaginal and abdominal approaches. Demographic and basic medical data were obtained at the time of evaluation, and follow-up questionnaires were completed at 4 weeks postoperative. The majority of the women had fistulas related to obstructed labor at their first pregnancy unattended by any healthcare professional. The average duration of labor was 3 days, and more than half had resulted in stillbirths. The rate of successful repair in women with primary vesicovaginal fistulas (VVF) was 63%, and that in women with recurrent vesicovaginal fistulas was 61%. Two women required urinary diversion procedures because of the severity of the damage to the genital tract. Urethral reconstruction in women with urethrovaginal fistulas (UVFs) was successfully accomplished in 77% of patients. The rate of successful repair of rectovaginal fistulas (RVFs) was 87%. We have demonstrated that a team of specialized surgeons can successfully accomplish surgical procedures and repairs of very complex urinary tract fistulas in a very short mission to a resource-poor nation.

  20. Digestive system fistula: a problem still relevant today. (United States)

    Głuszek, Stanisław; Korczak, Maria; Kot, Marta; Matykiewicz, Jarosław; Kozieł, Dorota


    Digestive system fistula originates most frequently as a complication after surgical procedures, less often occurs in the course of inflammatory diseases, but it can also result from neoplasm and injuries. THE AIM OF THE STUDY was to analyze the causes and retrospectively assess the perioperative procedures as well as the results of digestive system fistula treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS. Own experience in digestive system fistula treatment was presented. The subject group consisted of 32 patients treated at the General Surgery, Oncology and Endocrinology Clinical Department between 01.05.2005 and 30.04.2010 due to different digestive tract diseases. The causes of the occurrence of digestive system fistula, methods and results of treatment were analyzed. RESULTS. The analysis covered 32 patients with digestive system fistula, among them 15 men and 17 women. Average age for men was 57 years (20-78), and for women 61 years (24-88). In 11 patients idiopathic fistula causally connected with primary inflammatory disease (7 cases) and with neoplasm (4 cases) was diagnosed, in 19 patients fistula was the result of complications after surgery, in 2 - after abdominal cavity injury. Recovery from fistula was achieved in 23 patients (72%) with the use of individually planned conservative therapy (TPN, EN, antibiotics, drainage, and others) and surgery, depending on the needs of individual patient. 5 patients (16%) died, whereas in 4 left (12%) recovery wasn't achieved (fistula in palliative patients, with advanced stages of neoplasm - bronchoesophageal fistula, the recurrence of uterine carcinoma). CONCLUSIONS. Recently the results of digestive system fistula treatment showed an improvement which manifests itself in mortality decrease and shortening of fistula healing time. Yet, digestive system fistula as a serious complication still poses a very difficult surgical problem.

  1. Pro-inflammatory cytokines in cryptoglandular anal fistulas. (United States)

    van Onkelen, R S; Gosselink, M P; van Meurs, M; Melief, M J; Schouten, W R; Laman, J D


    Sphincter-preserving procedures for the treatment of transsphincteric fistulas fail in at least one out of every three patients. It has been suggested that failure is due to ongoing disease in the remaining fistula tract. Cytokines play an important role in inflammation. At present, biologicals targeting cytokines are available. Therefore, detection and identification of cytokines in anal fistulas might have implications for future treatment modalities. The objective of the present study was to assess local production of a selected panel of cytokines in anal fistulas, including pro-inflammatory interleukin (IL)-1β and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α). Fistula tract tissue was obtained from 27 patients with a transsphincteric fistula of cryptoglandular origin who underwent flap repair, ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract or a combination of both procedures. Patients with a rectovaginal fistula or a fistula due to Crohn's disease were excluded. Frozen tissue samples were sectioned and stained using advanced immuno-enzyme staining methods for detection of selected cytokines, IL-1β, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12p40, IL-17A, IL-18, IL-36 and TNF-α. The presence and frequencies of cytokine-producing cells in samples were quantitated. The key finding was abundant expression of IL-1β in 93 % of the anal fistulas. Frequencies of IL-1β-producing cells were highest (>50 positive stained cells) in 7 % of the anal fistulas. Also, cytokines IL-8, IL-12p40 and TNF-α were present in respectively 70, 33 and 30 % of the anal fistulas. IL-1β is expressed in the large majority of cryptoglandular anal fistulas, as well as several other pro-inflammatory cytokines.

  2. Missed diagnosis of atresia of the right pulmonary artery in woman with left-sided pneumothorax

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    Dagnegård, Hanna; Ryom, Philip


    Isolated pulmonary atresia is an uncommon condition, which can go undiagnosed for a long time in asymptomatic patients. Sometimes, diagnosis can be made at pregnancy due to respiratory symptoms. There is no known increased risk of pneumothorax. We here present a case where a second-time pregnant...... woman with an unknown atresia of the right pulmonary artery received a left-sided pneumothorax. The diagnosis was initially missed in spite of adequate imaging and the condition progressed to respiratory stop. We describe the course of diagnostics and the chosen strategy of treatment....

  3. Congenital bronchial atresia coexistent with intralobar pulmonary sequestration: a case report

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    Han, Young Min; Ku, Ja Hong; Lee, Dong Keun; Chung, Kyung Ho; Kim, Chong Soo; Sohn, Myung Hee; Choi, Ki Chul [Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of)


    Bronchial atresia coexistent with intralobar pulmonary sequestration is so rare that only two cases have been reported in the literature. We report a case of congential bronchial atresia coexistent with intralobar pulmonary sequestation in a 51-year-old woman. Computed tomography showed the branching mass with hyperinflation of adjacent pulmonary parenchyma in the medial segment of the right middle lobe and a large thin-walled cystic mass with air-fluid levels in the medial basal segment of the right lower lobe. Selective inferior phrenic arteriography showed two aberrant arteries supplying the large cystic mass in the right lower lobe. The venous drainage was through the right pulmonary vein.

  4. Incremental Value of MR Cholangiopancreatography in Diagnosis of Biliary Atresia (United States)

    Sung, Siyoun; Jeon, Tae Yeon; Yoo, So-Young; Hwang, Sook Min; Choi, Young Hun; Kim, Woo Sun; Choe, Yon Ho; Kim, Ji Hye


    Purpose To evaluate the incremental value of a combination of magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) and ultrasonography (US), compared to US alone, for diagnosing biliary atresia (BA) in neonates and young infants with cholestasis. Materials and Methods The institutional review board approved this retrospective study. The US and MRCP studies were both performed on 64 neonates and young infants with BA (n = 41) or without BA (non-BA) (n = 23). Two observers reviewed independently the US alone set and the combined US and MRCP set, and graded them using a five-point scale. Diagnostic performance was compared using pairwise comparison of the receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve. The sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value were assessed. Results The diagnostic performance (the area under the ROC curve [Az]) for diagnosing BA improved significantly after additional review of MRCP images; Az improved from 0.688 to 0.901 (P = .015) for observer 1 and from 0.676 to 0.901 (P = .011) for observer 2. The accuracy of MRCP combined with US (observer 1, 95% [61/64]; observer 2 92% [59/64]) and PPV (observer 1, 95% [40/42]; observer 2 91% [40/44]) were significantly higher than those of US alone for both observers (accuracy: observer 1, 73% [47/64], P = 0.003; observer 2, 72% [46/64], P = 0.004; PPV: observer 1, 76% [35/46], P = 0.016; observer 2, 76% [34/45], P = 0.013). Interobserver agreement of confidence levels was good for US alone (ĸ = 0.658, P < .001) and was excellent for the combined set of US and MRCP (ĸ = 0.929, P < .001). Conclusion Better diagnostic performance was achieved with the combination of US and MRCP than with US alone for the evaluation of BA in neonates and young infants with cholestasis. PMID:27341698

  5. Endotoxin and CD14 in the progression of biliary atresia

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    Chen Ching-Mei


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Biliary atresia (BA is a typical cholestatic neonatal disease, characterized by obliteration of intra- and/or extra-hepatic bile ducts. However, the mechanisms contributing to the pathogenesis of BA remain uncertain. Because of decreased bile flow, infectious complications and damaging endotoxemia occur frequently in patients with BA. The aim of this study was to investigate endotoxin levels in patients with BA and the relation of these levels with the expression of the endotoxin receptor, CD14. Methods The plasma levels of endotoxin and soluble CD14 were measured with a pyrochrome Limulus amebocyte lysate assay and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in patients with early-stage BA when they received the Kasai procedure (KP, in patients who were jaundice-free post-KP and followed-up at the outpatient department, in patients with late-stage BA when they received liver transplantation, and in patients with choledochal cysts. The correlation of CD14 expression with endotoxin levels in rats following common bile duct ligation was investigated. Results The results demonstrated a significantly higher hepatic CD14 mRNA and soluble CD14 plasma levels in patients with early-stage BA relative to those with late-stage BA. However, plasma endotoxin levels were significantly higher in both the early and late stages of BA relative to controls. In rat model, the results demonstrated that both endotoxin and CD14 levels were significantly increased in liver tissues of rats following bile duct ligation. Conclusions The significant increase in plasma endotoxin and soluble CD14 levels during BA implies a possible involvement of endotoxin stimulated CD14 production by hepatocytes in the early stage of BA for removal of endotoxin; whereas, endotoxin signaling likely induced liver injury and impaired soluble CD14 synthesis in the late stages of BA.

  6. Asymptomatic Cholecystocolonic Fistula: A Diagnostic and Therapeutic Dilemma

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    Nicola Antonacci


    Full Text Available Cholecystocolonic fistulas (CCF are rare complications of gallstones with a variable clinical presentation. Despite modern diagnostic tools, cholecystocolonic fistulas are often asymptomatic and it is difficult to diagnose them preoperatively. Biliary-enteric fistulae have been found in 0.9% of patients undergoing biliary tract surgery. The most common site of communication of the fistula is the cholecystoduodenal (70%, followed by the cholecystocolic (10–20%, and the least common is the cholecystogastric fistula. Herein, we report a case of female patient with multiple episodes of acute recurrent cholangitis due to common bile duct and gallbladder stones in which preoperative imaging studies were negative for cholecystocolonic fistula that was incidentally discovered and treated during surgery and was appropriately treated. A review of the literature is reported too.

  7. Tentorial artery embolization in tentorial dural arteriovenous fistulas

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    Rooij, Willem Jan van; Sluzewski, Menno [St. Elisabeth Ziekenhuis, Department of Radiology, Tilburg (Netherlands); Beute, Guus N. [St. Elisabeth Ziekenhuis, Department of Neurosurgery, Tilburg (Netherlands)


    The tentorial artery is often involved in arterial supply to tentorial dural fistulas. The hypertrophied tentorial artery is accessible to embolization, either with glue or with particles. Six patients are presented with tentorial dural fistulas, mainly supplied by the tentorial artery. Two patients presented with intracranial hemorrhage, two with pulsatile tinnitus and one with progressive tetraparesis, and in one patient the tentorial dural fistula was an incidental finding. Different endovascular techniques were used to embolize the tentorial artery in the process of endovascular occlusion of the fistulas. All six tentorial dural fistulas were completely occluded by endovascular techniques, confirmed at follow-up angiography. There were no complications. When direct catheterization of the tentorial artery was possible, glue injection with temporary balloon occlusion of the internal carotid artery at the level of the tentorial artery origin was effective and safe. Different endovascular techniques may be successfully applied to embolize the tentorial artery in the treatment of tentorial dural fistulas. (orig.)

  8. Closure of oroantral fistula with rotational palatal flap technique

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    David B. Kamadjaja


    Full Text Available Oroantral fistula is one of the common complications following dentoalveolar surgeries in the maxilla. Closure of oroantral fistula should be done as early as possible to eliminate the risk of infection of the antrum. Palatal flap is one of the commonly used methods in the closure of oroantral fistula. A case is reported of a male patient who had two oroantral communication after having his two dental implants removed. Buccal flap was used to close the defects, but one of them remained open and resulted in oroantral fistula. Second correction was performed to close the defect using buccal fat pad, but the fistula still persisted. Finally, palatal rotational flap was used to close up the fistula. The result was good, as the defect was successfully closed and the donor site healed uneventfully.

  9. Comparative Analysis of the Antioxidant Activity of Cassia fistula Extracts


    Irshad, Md.; Zafaryab, Md.; Singh, Man; Rizvi, M. Moshahid A.


    Antioxidant potential of various extracts of Cassia fistula was determined by the DPPH, FRAP, Fe3+ reducing power, and hydrogen peroxide scavenging assay. Methanolic extracts of Cassia fistula showed the highest amount of phenolic and flavonoid content and reducing capacity, whereas hexane extracts exhibited the lowest level of reducing capacity. The order of antioxidant activity in Cassia fistula extracts displayed from higher to lower level as methanolic extracts of pulp, methanolic extract...

  10. Role of diaphragm in pancreaticopleural fistula. (United States)

    Ninos, Anestis P; Pierrakakis, Stephanos K


    A pancreatic pleural effusion may result from a pancreatopleural fistula. We herein discuss two interesting issues in a similar case report of a pleural effusion caused after splenectomy, which was recently published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. Pancreatic exudate passes directly through a natural hiatus in the diaphragm or by direct penetration through the dome of the diaphragm from a neighboring subdiaphragmatic collection. The diaphragmatic lymphatic "stomata" does not contribute to the formation of such a pleural effusion, as it is inaccurately mentioned in that report. A strictly conservative approach is recommended in that article as the management of choice. Although this may be an option in selected frail patients, there has been enough accumulative evidence that a pancreaticopleural fistula may be best managed by early endoscopy in order to avoid complications causing prolonged hospitalization.

  11. Role of diaphragm in pancreaticopleural fistula (United States)

    Ninos, Anestis P; Pierrakakis, Stephanos K


    A pancreatic pleural effusion may result from a pancreatopleural fistula. We herein discuss two interesting issues in a similar case report of a pleural effusion caused after splenectomy, which was recently published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. Pancreatic exudate passes directly through a natural hiatus in the diaphragm or by direct penetration through the dome of the diaphragm from a neighboring subdiaphragmatic collection. The diaphragmatic lymphatic “stomata” does not contribute to the formation of such a pleural effusion, as it is inaccurately mentioned in that report. A strictly conservative approach is recommended in that article as the management of choice. Although this may be an option in selected frail patients, there has been enough accumulative evidence that a pancreaticopleural fistula may be best managed by early endoscopy in order to avoid complications causing prolonged hospitalization. PMID:21990959

  12. Nephrobronchial fistula secondary to xantogranulomatous pyelonephritis

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    Jose R. De Souza


    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Nephrobronchial fistula is a rare complication of xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis, a disease that can fistulize to lungs, skin, colon and other organs. CASE REPORT: A 37-year old patient presented a chronic history of lumbar pain and thoracic symptoms such as cough, dyspnea and oral elimination of pus. Patient went to several services and was submitted to 2 thorax surgeries before definitive treatment (nephrectomy was indicated. After nephrectomy, the patient presented an immediate improvement with weight gain (8 kg / 1 month and all his symptoms disappeared. CONCLUSION: This clinical case illustrates the natural history of nephrobronchial fistula, the importance of clinical history for diagnosis and the relevance of early treatment of renal lithiasis.

  13. [Clinical study of 18 vesicointestinal fistulas]. (United States)

    Yoshida, Takahiro; Harada, Yasunori; Uemura, Motohide; Kanno, Nobuhumi; Nishimura, Kensaku; Miyoshi, Susumu; Nezu, Riichiro


    We studied 18 cases of vesicointestinal fistula surgically treated between January 2001 and July 2005. The underlying'cause was an inflammatory disease in 12 cases, a carcinoma in 5 and injury (post-radiation therapy) in 1 case. The fistula was visualized by cystography in 2 cases and enterography in 4. Surgical procedures were cystectomy with enterectomy in 2 cases, partial cystectomy with enterectomy in 3, bladder wall overlay-suture with enterectomy in 6 and enterectomy alone in 4. In 3 cases, colostomy without enterectomy was performed for palliative surgery. In all cases the postoperative course was good and surgical treatment was effective. Surgical procedures varied in each case depending on the etiology and the patient's condition.

  14. Coronary fistula resembling patent ductus arteriosus

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    Sgarbieri Ricardo Nilsson


    Full Text Available A 14-year-old girl, presenting with heart failure and a continuous murmur, similar to that of a patent arterial duct, was investigated using echocardiogram and cardiac catheterization revealing a left to right shunt throught a coronary artery fistulae between the first septal branch and the right ventricular outflow tract. The patient was submitted to surgery, occluding the anomalous branch by the suturing of its orifice in the right ventricular outflow tract, under cardiopulmonary bypass. After the operation, cardiac catheterization revealed complete occlusion of the fistula without any residual shunt or compromise to the coronary circulation. In seven years of follow-up the patient is completely free of symptoms.

  15. Role of diaphragm in pancreaticopleural fistula


    Ninos, Anestis P; Pierrakakis, Stephanos K


    A pancreatic pleural effusion may result from a pancreatopleural fistula. We herein discuss two interesting issues in a similar case report of a pleural effusion caused after splenectomy, which was recently published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. Pancreatic exudate passes directly through a natural hiatus in the diaphragm or by direct penetration through the dome of the diaphragm from a neighboring subdiaphragmatic collection. The diaphragmatic lymphatic “stomata” does not contrib...

  16. Medical image of the week: tracheoesophageal fistula

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    Wong C


    Full Text Available A 51 year old woman with a history of tracheal and bronchial stents for airway impingment from small cell carcinoma was intubated for respiratory failure. After prolonged intubation, she underwent tracheostomy to transition into hospice. The tracheal stent was removed during the procedure due to its location. A tracheoesophageal fistula was demonstrated by visualization of her feeding tube on bronchoscopy performed the next day. The patient underwent palliative ablation of the tracheal tumor and died several days later in hospice.

  17. [Nonsurgical treatment of coronary pulmonary arteriovenous fistula]. (United States)

    Cano, M N; Kambara, A; Maldonado, G; Mattos, L A; Tanajura, L F; Fontes, V F; Pinto, I M; Feres, F; Sousa, A G; Sousa, J E


    Fifty eight year old man, with dyspnea, fatigue and progressive angina underwent cinecoronarography, which showed an arterio-venous coronary-pulmonary fistula originating from the circumflex artery to the pulmonary circulation. We decided to occlude it percutaneously, using a detachable balloon technic. The occlusion was accomplished successfully. Clinical evolution was excellent and the follow-up cinecoronarography 6 months later showed the maintainance of the initial results.

  18. Traumatic fistula:the case for reparations

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    Arletty Pinel


    Full Text Available As a conflict strategy, women are often sexually assaulted using sticks, guns, branches of trees and bottles. Women’s genitals are deliberately destroyed, some permanently. Traumatic fistula often results. As with victims of torture and other grave human rights abuses, there exists an obligation to restore the women to health as far as possible and to provide reparation for their violations.

  19. Isolated arterioportal fistula presenting with variceal hemorrhage


    Nookala, Anupama; Saberi, Behnam; Ter-Oganesyan, Ramon; Kanel, Gary; Duong, Phillip; Saito, Takeshi


    We report a case of life-threatening hematemesis due to portal hypertension caused by an isolated arterioportal fistula (APF). Intrahepatic APFs are extremely rare and are a cause of presinusoidal portal hypertension. Etiologies for APFs are comprised of precipitating trauma, malignancy, and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, but these were not the case in our patient. Idiopathic APFs are usually due to congenital vascular abnormalities and thus usually present in the pediatric setting. T...

  20. Arterioportal Fistulas in Liver Transplant Recipients


    Saad, Wael E. A.


    Arterioportal fistulas (APFs) are classified into intrahepatic (>75% of all reported) and extrahepatic (90% of APFs). All reported APFs in liver transplant recipients have been intrahepatic. Hemodynamically significant APFs in liver transplant recipients are rare, occurring in 0.2%; however, APFs (hemodynamically significant or not) are not uncommonly seen in hepatic angiograms of liver transplant recipients (up to 5.4% of hepatic arteriograms in transplants). Interestingly, hemodynamically s...

  1. An unusual presentation of congenital bronchoesophageal fistula. (United States)

    Atalabi, O M; Falade, A G; Obajimi, O M; Akinyinka, O O; Lagundoye, S B; Ibinaiye, P O


    We present the case of a 5-week-old neonate with multiple congenital abnormalities including a broncho-oesophageal fistula, which showed radiological features suggestive of congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Emergency limited barium swallow done was initially reported as a case of diaphragmatic hernia. Autopsy revealed pus within the right lung, and a fistulous connection between the oesophagus and an intralobar sequestrated lung. No diaphragmatic hernia or intra-abdominal organ abnormality were seen, and an occipital meningomyelocoele was also confirmed.

  2. Urethrocutaneous fistulae after hypospadias repair: When do they occur? (United States)

    Liao, Adelene Y; Smith, Grahame Hh


    The aim is to determine the incidence and timing of urethrocutaneous fistula diagnosis after hypospadias surgery. A retrospective review of all patients who had both initial hypospadias surgery and subsequent fistula repair from 1995 to 2012. A comparison was made between patients who had an initial onlay island flap procedure and those who had a tubularised incised plate repair. Patient age at initial surgery ranged from 6 months to 16 years of age. The median time to fistula presentation was 8.5 months with a range of less than 1 month to 13.9 years post-hypospadias surgery. The median time to fistula repair was 17 months. The overall fistula rate was 8%. There was no significant difference between the rates of fistulae for onlay island flap (9%) versus tubularised incised plate procedure (7%). Urethrocutaneous fistulae can present many years after the original hypospadias repair. The majority are diagnosed within the first year after surgery. Rates of fistulae are probably underreported due to short follow-up, but more importantly, due to patients transferring to other surgeons for fistula repair. © 2016 The Author Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2016 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians).

  3. An algorithm for the physical examination of early fistula failure. (United States)

    Beathard, Gerald A


    Evaluation of a newly created fistula 4-6 weeks after surgery should be considered mandatory. If the fistula is going to become adequate for dialysis, it will be apparent at this time. This evaluation can be accomplished by physical examination. However, it must be performed by someone who is knowledgeable. Using a systematic approach facilitates the evaluation and ensures that a problem is not overlooked. Once it is determined that the fistula is dysfunctional, the case should be immediately referred for management to an interventionalist who is experienced in dealing with early fistula failure. The majority of these cases can be salvaged.

  4. Arteriovenous fistulas aggravate the hemodynamic effect of vein bypass stenoses

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    Nielsen, Tina G; Djurhuus, Christian Born; Morre-Pedersen, Erik


    Doppler spectra obtained 10 cm downstream of the fistula. All measurements were carried out with open and clamped fistula. RESULTS: At 30% diameter reducing stenosis opening of the fistula induced a 12% systolic pressure drop across the stenosis but had no adverse effect on the Doppler waveform parameters......PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of arteriovenous fistulas combined with varying degrees of stenosis on distal bypass hemodynamics and Doppler spectral parameters. METHODS: In an in vitro flow model bypass stenoses causing 30%, 55%, and 70% diameter reduction were induced...

  5. Volume Flow in Arteriovenous Fistulas Using Vector Velocity Ultrasound

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    Hansen, Peter Møller; Olesen, Jacob Bjerring; Pihl, Michael Johannes


    Volume flow in arteriovenous fistulas for hemodialysis was measured using the angle-independent ultrasound technique Vector Flow Imaging and compared with flow measurements using the ultrasound dilution technique during dialysis. Using an UltraView 800 ultrasound scanner (BK Medical, Herlev......, Denmark) with a linear transducer, 20 arteriovenous fistulas were scanned directly on the most superficial part of the fistula just before dialysis. Vector Flow Imaging volume flow was estimated with two different approaches, using the maximum and the average flow velocities detected in the fistula. Flow...

  6. Detachable balloon embolization of an aneurysmal gastroduodenal arterioportal fistula

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    Defreyne, Luc; De Schrijver, Ignace; Vanlangenhove, Peter; Kunnen, Marc [Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, Ghent University Hospital (Belgium)


    Extrahepatic arteriovenous fistulas involving the gastroduodenal artery and the portal venous system are rare and almost always a late complication of gastric surgery. Secondary portal hypertension and mesenteric ischemia may provoke abdominal pain, upper and lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage, diarrhea, and weight loss. Until recently, surgical excision has been the therapy of choice with excellent results. The authors report a case of gastroduodenal arterioportal fistula with a rare large interpositioned aneurysm in a cardiopulmonary-compromised patient who was considered a non-surgical candidate. The gastroduodenal arterioportal fistula was occluded endovascularly by means of a detachable balloon. A survey of the literature of this rare type of arterioportal fistula is included. (orig.)

  7. Oronasal Fistula and Complete Edentulism: What to Do?

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    Pushappreet Kaur


    Full Text Available Oronasal fistula is an internal fistula which represents an abnormal epitheliazed tract between oral and nasal cavity, thus impairing associated functions of deglutition and speech by nasal regurgitation of fluid and nasal speech respectively, besides risk of nasal infection resulting from food lodgement. This paper provides a brief yet definitive insight on the etiology, diagnosis and surgical closure of oronasal fistula along with a case report and discussion on prosthodontic rehabilitation of a 65 year old female with an iatrogenic oronasal fistula developed as a result of maxillary molar extraction using a complete metal based denture.

  8. Surgical treatment of labyrinthine fistula in cholesteatoma surgery. (United States)

    Quaranta, Nicola; Liuzzi, Cristina; Zizzi, Stefania; Dicorato, Anna; Quaranta, Antonio


    Evaluate the treatment of labyrinthine fistula in a large series of middle ear cholesteatomas. Case series in a tertiary referral center. Between January 2001 and December 2007, 361 ears affected by mastoid and middle ear cholesteatoma were operated at our institution. The incidence of labyrinthine fistula, preoperative and postoperative hearing function, preoperative symptoms, type of surgery, and intraoperative findings were all analyzed. The incidence of labyrinthine fistula was 12.7 percent. During surgery the matrix over the fistula was removed in all but one case. A labyrinthine fistula occurred in larger cholesteatomas as demonstrated by the higher number of cases with more than two sites involved (P < 0.001), facial nerve exposed (P < 0.001), and stapes superstructure eroded (P = 0.010). Postoperative change of bone conduction threshold and postoperative dead ears were not significantly different between fistula and nonfistula cases. The preservation of the bone conduction threshold is a common finding in small fistulas and can be obtained also in "large" fistulas when appropriate surgical technique is used. In fistulas involving the promontory the matrix should be left in situ when the endosteum is involved.

  9. Coronary artery to left ventricle fistula

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    Kumar Vivek


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Coronary cameral fistulas are an uncommon entity, the etiology of which may be congenital or traumatic. They involve abnormal termination of a coronary artery, usually the right coronary, into a cardiac chamber, usually the right ventricle. Case Presentation We describe a case of female patient with severe aortic stenosis and interventricular septal hypertrophy that underwent bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement with concomitant septal myectomy. On subsequent follow-up an abnormal flow traversing the septum into the left ventricle was identified and Doppler interrogation demonstrated a continuous flow, with a predominantly diastolic component, consistent with coronary arterial flow. Conclusion The literature on coronary cameral fistulas is reviewed and the etiology of the diagnostic findings discussed. In our patient, a coronary artery to left ventricle fistula was the most likely explanation secondary to trauma to the septal perforator artery during myectomy. Since the patient was asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis no intervention was recommended and has done well on follow-up.

  10. Pyloric atresia: A report of ten patients | Ksia | African Journal of ...

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    Pyloric atresia (PA) is uncommon. It occurs in 1:100000 live births. Neonates usually present soon after birth with copious non-bilious vomiting. The treatment is surgical and its prognosis is poor, especially, when it is associated with epidermolysis bullosa (EB). The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical presentation, ...

  11. MicroRNAs: New Insight in Modulating Follicular Atresia: A Review

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    Tesfaye Worku


    Full Text Available Our understanding of the post-transcriptional mechanisms involved in follicular atresia is limited; however, an important development has been made in understanding the biological regulatory networks responsible for mediating follicular atresia. MicroRNAs have come to be seen as a key regulatory actor in determining cell fate in a wide range of tissues in normal and pathological processes. Profiling studies of miRNAs during follicular atresia and development have identified several putative miRNAs enriched in apoptosis signaling pathways. Subsequent in vitro and/or in vivo studies of granulosa cells have elucidated the functional role of some miRNAs along with their molecular pathways. In particular, the regulatory roles of some miRNAs have been consistently observed during studies of follicular cellular apoptosis. Continued work should gradually lead to better understanding of the role of miRNAs in this field. Ultimately, we expect this understanding will have substantial benefits for fertility management at both the in vivo or/and in vitro levels. The stable nature of miRNA holds remarkable promise in clinical use as a diagnostic tool and in reproductive medicine to solve the ever-increasing fertility problem. In this review, we summarize current knowledge of the involvement of miRNAs in follicular atresia, discuss the challenges for further work and pinpoint areas for future research.

  12. Preterm Infants With Biliary Atresia : A Nationwide Cohort Analysis From The Netherlands

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    van Wessel, Daan B E; Boere, Thomas; Hulzebos, Christian V.; de Kleine, Ruben H J; Verkade, Henkjan J


    Objectives: Biliary atresia (BA) occurs in 0.54 of 10.000 of overall live births in the Netherlands. BAhas an unfavorable prognosis: Methods: Retrospective study including Dutch preterm infants treated for BA. Parameters included gestational age, congenital anomalies, age at KPE, days between first

  13. IL‐6, TNF‐α, IL‐10, and nutritional status in pediatric patients with biliary atresia

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    Maria Ines de Albuquerque Wilasco


    Conclusion: The authors suggest that, in patients with cirrhosis secondary to biliary atresia, IL‐6 could be used as a possible supporting biomarker of deficient nutritional status and elevated IL‐10 levels could be used as a possible early‐stage supporting biomarker of deteriorating nutritional status.

  14. A newborn with duodenal atresia and a gastric perforation | Akçora ...

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    Congenital duodenal atresia complicated by gastric perforation (GP) is a very rare and a very mortal condition. Only three newborns could be cured in the reported 13 cases. We report a successfully treated newborn with this complicated disease. A 2-day-old male was hospitalized with prediagnosis of duodenal obstruction.

  15. Rare congenital absence of tail (anury) and anus (atresia ani) in ...

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    On examination it was found that the calf had no tail, the posterior sacral margin was blunt and the anal opening was absent. The case was diagnosed as congenital anury with atresia ani. The animal was sedated with 0.1 mg/kg of xylazine administered intramuscularly and under local infiltration with 2% lidocaine a circular ...

  16. Jejuno-ileal atresia: A 2-year preliminary study on presentation and ...

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    Three babies died giving a mortality of 33.3%. Mortality is commoner in types IIIb and IV. Conclusion: Mortality is higher in complex atresia which most times will require neonatal intensive care and parenteral nutrition facilities. These are still lacking in our institution. Providing these facilities will further improve outcome.

  17. The BAHA Softband. A new treatment for young children with bilateral congenital aural atresia.

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    Hol, M.K.S.; Cremers, C.W.R.J.; Coppens-Schellekens, W.; Snik, A.F.M.


    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the validity of a bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) Softband (fitted unilaterally and bilaterally) in young children with bilateral congenital aural atresia. SUBJECTS: Two children with severe bilateral congenital conductive hearing loss, who had been fitted with a

  18. Screening and Surveillance in Esophageal Atresia Patients: Current Knowledge and Future Perspectives

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    F.W.T. Vergouwe (Floor); H. IJsselstijn (Hanneke); R.M.H. Wijnen (René); M.J. Bruno (Marco); M.C.W. Spaander (Manon)


    textabstractEsophageal atresia (EA) is a rare congenital anomaly. Enhanced operative techniques and intensive care treatment have improved survival among children with repaired EA (range, 93–95%). Many (up to 67%) suffer from gastroesophageal reflux (GER). The high incidence of GER and improved

  19. Definition of a critical region on chromosome 18 for congenital aural atresia by arrayCGH.

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    Veltman, J.A.; Jonkers, Y.M.H.; Nuijten, I.; Janssen, I.M.; Vliet, W. van der; Huys, E.; Vermeesch, J.; Buggenhout, G.J.C.M. van; Fryns, J.P.; Admiraal, R.J.C.; Terhal, P.; Lacombe, D.; Geurts van Kessel, A.H.M.; Smeets, D.F.C.M.; Schoenmakers, E.F.P.M.; Ravenswaaij-Arts, C.M.A. van


    Deletions of the long arm of chromosome 18 occur in approximately 1 in 10,000 live births. Congenital aural atresia (CAA), or narrow external auditory canals, occurs in approximately 66% of all patients who have a terminal deletion 18q. The present report describes a series of 20 patients with CAA,

  20. Definition of a critical region on chromosome 18 for congenital aural atresia by arrayCGH

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    Veltman, JA; Jonkers, Y; Nuijten, [No Value; Janssen, [No Value; van der Vliet, W; Huys, E; Vermeesch, J; Van Buggenhout, G; Fryns, JP; Admiraal, R; Terhal, P; Lacombe, D; van Kessel, AG; Smeets, D; Schoenmakers, EFPM; van Ravenswaaij-Arts, CM

    Deletions of the long arm of chromosome 18 occur in similar to1 in 10,000 live births. Congenital aural atresia (CAA), or narrow external auditory canals, occurs in similar to66% of all patients who have a terminal deletion 18q. The present report describes a series of 20 patients with CAA, of whom

  1. Respiratory morbidity and growth after open thoracotomy or thoracoscopic repair of esophageal atresia

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    Spoel, M.; Meeussen, C.J.; Gischler, S.J.; Hop, W.C.J.; Bax, N.M.A.; Wijnen, R.M.H.; Tibboel, D.; Jongste, J.C. de; Ijsselstijn, H.


    BACKGROUND: Respiratory morbidity has been described in patients who underwent repair of esophageal atresia as a neonate. We compared the influence of open thoracotomy or thoracoscopy on lung function, respiratory symptoms, and growth. METHODS: Functional residual capacity (FRC(p)), indicative of

  2. Tricuspid Atresia with Normal Axis on ECG Palliated With A Central ...

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    Background: Tricuspid Atresia is the 3rd commonest cyanotic congenital Heart disease .It is characterized by lack of communication between the right atrium and right ventricle. ... Result: Following resuscitation, a central shunt (Ascending Aorta to main Pulmonary Artery) was constructed and the patient did well despite a ...

  3. Seasonal prevalence and intensity of follicular atresia in Baltic cod Gadus morhua callarias L

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    Kraus, Gerd; Tomkiewicz, Jonna; Diekmann, R.


    In the present study, 307 ovaries of eastern Baltic cod Gadus morhua callarias sampled during the prespawning and spawning season 2000 were analysed histologically to estimate the seasonal prevalence and intensity of atresia. The number of atretic oocytes per ovary was estimated using a combination...

  4. [Scimitar syndrome associated to pulmonary atresia with interventricular communication. First reported case]. (United States)

    Alva, Carlos; Valero, Gillermo; Martínez, Arturo; Riera, Carlos; David, Felipe; Jiménez, Santiago; Ortegón, José; Sánchez, Agustín; López, Diana; Ramírez, Erick


    We present the case of a 15 months-old male with Scimitar Syndrome associated with ventricular septal defect and pulmonary atresia. The diagnosis was made by cardiac catheterization and angiography and was confirmed by the necropsy. Clinical and surgical considerations of this exceptional association were made. To the best of our knowledge this is the first case reported in the relevant literature.

  5. Esophageal atresia: long-term interdisciplinary follow-up

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    Full Text Available Background: We provide protocolized interdisciplinary follow-up to babies born with Esophageal Atresia (EA. There are few reports in Argentina about follow-up of EA patients.Objective: To describe outcomes in follow-up of EA patients at 1, 3 and 6 years old and to compare outcomes at age 1 with those at age 6.Methods: Prospective, longitudinal, analytic study of the cohort of babies born with EA, admitted to the follow-up program from 11/01/03 to 10/31/14. Follow-up includes: growth (weight > 10th centile, WHO, neurology-psychomotor development, audiology, vision, genetic, mental health, surgical reintervention, phonostomatology, language, pulmonology, re-hospitalization for clinical causes, lost to follow-up. Outcomes were described at age 1, 3 and 6. We included all EA patients who had reached age 1 at the start of this study.Results: 27 babies were admitted; 30% had long-gap EA; 18% presented VACTERL association; 23 children met inclusion criteria. Genetics  was assessed in 18 newborns (78%; a chromosomal map was performed in 11 babies; 3 had an abnormal karyotype. Mental health: 5/14 of the assessed children showed problems. Phonostomatology: 11 newborns checked (6 required treatment, 4 recovered at age 1. Pulmonologist evaluated 18 babies (7 with recurrent wheezing, 6 with moderate tracheomalacia. Gastroenterology and endoscopy: 80% presented gastroesophageal reflux (GER grade 3-4, and 50% showed a pathologic pHmetry. Lost to follow-up: age 1, 2 (8%; age 3, 3 (17%; age 6, 3 (23%. Normal outcomes observed are the following. Age 1 – growth: 81%; neurologic-psychomotor developmental index (NPDI: 76%; audiology: 95%; vision: 85%; language: 62%; re-hospitalization for clinical causes: 38%; surgical reinterventions: 47%. Age 3 – growth: 78%; NPDI: 50%; audiology: 93%; vision: 93%; language: 43%; re-hospitalization: 35%; surgical reinterventions: 14%. Age 6 – growth: 50%; NPDI: 30%; audiology: 90%; vision: 40%; language: 50%; re

  6. The Role of ARF6 in Biliary Atresia.

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    Mylarappa Ningappa

    Full Text Available Altered extrahepatic bile ducts, gut, and cardiovascular anomalies constitute the variable phenotype of biliary atresia (BA.To identify potential susceptibility loci, Caucasian children, normal (controls and with BA (cases at two US centers were compared at >550000 SNP loci. Systems biology analysis was carried out on the data. In order to validate a key gene identified in the analysis, biliary morphogenesis was evaluated in 2-5-day post-fertilization zebrafish embryos after morpholino-antisense oligonucleotide knockdown of the candidate gene ADP ribosylation factor-6 (ARF6, Mo-arf6.Among 39 and 24 cases at centers 1 and 2, respectively, and 1907 controls, which clustered together on principal component analysis, the SNPs rs3126184 and rs10140366 in a 3' flanking enhancer region for ARF6 demonstrated higher minor allele frequencies (MAF in each cohort, and 63 combined cases, compared with controls (0.286 vs. 0.131, P = 5.94x10-7, OR 2.66; 0.286 vs. 0.13, P = 5.57x10-7, OR 2.66. Significance was enhanced in 77 total cases, which included 14 additional BA genotyped at rs3126184 only (p = 1.58x10-2, OR = 2.66. Pathway analysis of the 1000 top-ranked SNPs in CHP cases revealed enrichment of genes for EGF regulators (p<1 x10-7, ERK/MAPK and CREB canonical pathways (p<1 x10-34, and functional networks for cellular development and proliferation (p<1 x10-45, further supporting the role of EGFR-ARF6 signaling in BA. In zebrafish embryos, Mo-arf6 injection resulted in a sparse intrahepatic biliary network, several biliary epithelial cell defects, and poor bile excretion to the gall bladder compared with uninjected embryos. Biliary defects were reproduced with the EGFR-blocker AG1478 alone or with Mo-arf6 at lower doses of each agent and rescued with arf6 mRNA.The BA-associated SNPs identify a chromosome 14q21.3 susceptibility locus encompassing the ARF6 gene. arf6 knockdown in zebrafish implicates early biliary dysgenesis as a basis for BA, and also

  7. Do the Surgical Outcomes of Rectovaginal Fistula Repairs Differ for Obstetric and Nonobstetric Fistulas? A Retrospective Cohort Study. (United States)

    Karp, Natalie E; Kobernik, Emily K; Berger, Mitchell B; Low, Chelsea M; Fenner, Dee E


    Rectovaginal fistulas can occur from both obstetric and nonobstetric (eg, inflammatory bowel disease, iatrogenic, or traumatic) etiologies. Current data on factors contributing to rectovaginal repair success or failure are limited, making adequate patient counseling difficult. Our objective was to compare outcomes of transperineal rectovaginal fistula repair performed in a single referral center on women with obstetric and nonobstetric causes. We performed a retrospective cohort study of women who had a transperineal rectovaginal fistula repair performed by a urogynecologist at the University of Michigan from 2005 to 2015. Data were obtained by chart review and included demographics, medical comorbidities, fistula etiology, history of a prior fistula repair, failure of current repair, time to failure, and operative details. Repair failure was defined as fistula symptoms with presence of recurrent fistula on exam or imaging in the postoperative follow-up period. Comparisons between the obstetric and nonobstetric cohorts were performed using χ, Fisher exact, and Wilcoxon rank sum tests. Relative risks were calculated to identify predictors of failure. Eighty-eight women were included-53 obstetric and 35 nonobstetric fistulas. The overall fistula repair failure rate was 22.7% (n = 20). Median follow-up was 157.0 days (range, 47.5-402.0). Of all the factors, only nonobstetric etiology was significantly associated with an increased risk of repair failure (relative risk, 3.53 [range, 1.50-8.32]; P = 0.004. Nonobstetric rectovaginal fistulas have a nearly 4-fold increased risk of repair failure compared with obstetric fistulas. Our results will help surgeons adequately counsel patients on potential outcomes of surgical repair of obstetric versus nonobstetric rectovaginal fistulas.

  8. Pancreatic pseudocyst-portal vein fistula: Serial imaging and clinical follow-up from pseudocyst to fistula

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    Jee, Keun Nahn [Dept. of Radiology, Dankook University Hospital, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan (Korea, Republic of)


    Pancreatic pseudocyst-portal vein fistula is an extremely rare complication of pancreatitis. Only 18 such cases have been previously reported in the medical literature. However, a serial process from pancreatic pseudocyst to fistula formation has not been described. The serial clinical and radiological findings in a 52-year-old chronic alcoholic male patient with fistula between pancreatic pseudocyst and main portal vein are presented.

  9. Surgery or implantable hearing devices in children with congenital aural atresia: 25 years of our experience. (United States)

    Jovankovičová, Andrea; Staník, Roman; Kunzo, Samuel; Majáková, Lucia; Profant, Milan


    Congenital aural atresia and ear deformities have been the subject of serious discussions for centuries. These malformations are associated with significant aesthetic and functional problems. Outcome of the surgical solution is rarely optimal. Despite the gradual improvement of surgical techniques the surgery still remains associated with very limited short-term and mainly long-term functional outcome. Therefore, the priority treatment in modern otology becomes implantable devices--BAHA, Bonebridge and active middle ear implants. The functional and aesthetic outcomes of aural atresia reconstruction performed at Pediatric ENT Department of Children's University Hospital were retrospectively evaluated and compared with the results prospectively obtained from implantable hearing devices (BAHA, Vibrant Soundbridge, Bonebridge), which have been implanted in patients with aural atresia at Department of ORL HNS, University Hospital Bratislava. Aural atresia reconstruction has been performed in 34 patients during last 25 years. Results of the surgery could be viewed as excellent only in three patients (gain above 30 dB). Air conduction threshold has decreased after the surgery in seven patients, and in two cases total deafness occurred after the surgery. Patients gain on average 12 dB in auditory threshold after surgery. Hearing devices were implanted to the group of 11 children in order to improve their hearing. All of them were the patients with bilateral aural atresia. After implantation a significant improvement in hearing threshold occurred in all children (30-35 dB on average). Together with results of air conduction threshold in patient with aural atresia before and after surgery and implantation we also present a standard deviation. The functional outcome of implantable hearing devices in patients with bilateral aural atresia clearly dominates over the traditional reconstructive surgery. Aesthetic results in pinna deformity management remain a major concern for

  10. Physical development and cognitive performance in a monozygotic twins for biliary atresia: Report of a case and literature reviewing

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    Full Text Available A case of monozygotic twins, one of whom suffered from biliary atresia and the other one was apparently healthy, is described herein. Children with biliary atresia appear to be vulnerable to developmental lags in the physical and cognitive performance, due to malnutrition and deteriorated liver function. In our case where the child with biliary atresia, who underwent a successful kasai operation, has achieved comparable growth development and cognitive performance in comparision with her sister, which suggest that the early diagnosis and timly kasai operation could allow children with biliary artesia to grow well in the short-term following time.

  11. Sphincter-Sparing Anal Fistula Repair: Are We Getting Better? (United States)

    Sugrue, Jeremy; Mantilla, Nathalie; Abcarian, Ariane; Kochar, Kunal; Marecik, Slawomir; Chaudhry, Vivek; Mellgren, Anders; Nordenstam, Johan


    Sphincter-sparing repairs are commonly used to treat anal fistulas with significant muscle involvement. The current study evaluates the trends and efficacy of sphincter-sparing repairs and determines risk factors for fistula recurrence. A retrospective review was performed at 3 university-affiliated teaching hospitals. All 462 patients with cryptoglandular anal fistulas who underwent 573 sphincter-sparing repairs between 2005 and 2015 were included. Patients with Crohn's disease were excluded. The primary outcome was the rate of fistula healing defined as cessation of drainage with closure of the external opening. Risk factors for nonhealing were also analyzed. Five hundred three sphincter-sparing repairs were analyzed, whereas 70 were lost to follow-up. Two hundred twenty sphincter-sparing repairs (44%) resulted in healing, 283 (56%) resulted in nonhealing with a median follow-up of 9 (range, 1-125) months. The median time to fistula recurrence was 3 (range, 0-75) months with 79% and 91% of recurrences noted within 6 and 12 months. Patients treated with a dermal advancement flap, rectal advancement flap, or ligation of the intersphincteric tract procedure were less likely to have a recurrence than patients treated with a fistula plug or fibrin glue (p fistula plugs and fibrin glue (p fistula characteristics. This study was limited by its retrospective design. Healing rates following sphincter-sparing repairs of cryptoglandular anal fistulas are modest, but have improved over time with the use of better surgical techniques. In this study, ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract and flaps were superior to fistula plugs and fibrin glue; the former procedures are therefore favored. See Video Abstract at

  12. pharmcopieal standards for the fruits of cassia fistula and cassia ...

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    The pods of Cassia fistula L. and C. podocarpa Guill. et Perr. known for their laxative properties were examined macro- and microscopially. The pods can be distinguished in powder form by the presence of uniseriate trichomes in the C. podocarpa, which are absent in C. fistula. Chemical evaluation showed that both pods ...

  13. Management of Small Urethrocutaneous Fistula by Tight Ligation ...

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    Background/Purpose: Urethrocutaneous fistula (UCF) is the most common reported complication of hypospadias repair. The success of the operative technique is usually measured by its effectiveness in reduction of the incidence of UCF. Materials & Methods: In a prospective study, 11 patients with 12 small caliber fistulae ...

  14. Enterocutaneous Fistula : Aetiology and Management Outcome in a ...

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    Background: Enterocutaneous fistula is a major surgical challenge worldwide. It has a potential for serious morbidity and mortality, especially the high output type. Objective: To review the cases of Enterocutaneous fistula that presented to Federal Medical Center, Owerri, over a 6 year period with the aim of determining the ...

  15. Treatment of pharyngocutaneous fistula acquired from incisions and ...

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    Treatment of pharyngocutaneous fistula acquired from incisions and drainage of deep neck space abscess in a patient with occult third branchial anomaly. ... We did surgical exploration to excise and close the fistula but only succeeded at the second attempt. Conclusion: We conclude that branchial apparatus anomaly ...

  16. Enterocutaneous fistula: a Tanzanian experience in a tertiary care ...

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    ... outcome and prognostic factors for fistula closure and mortality in our local setting. Methods: A prospective study of patients with enterocutaneous fistulae was conducted at Bugando Medical Centre between December 2007 and November 2009. After informed written consent for the study and HIV testing, all patients who ...

  17. Pyloro-duodenal hernia with formation of enterocutaneous fistula in ...

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    A body wall hernia entrapping abomasum and concurrent duodenal fistula in a buffalo calf aged about 8 months, secondary to a dog bite was successfully treated by closure of fistulous orifice and ventro lateral herniorrhaphy. Keywords: Abomaso-epiplocele, Buffalo calf, Duodenal fistula, Herniorrhaphy.

  18. Aetiology, management and outcome of entero-cutaneous fistula in ...

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    Aetiology, management and outcome of entero-cutaneous fistula in Maiduguri, Nigeria. UE Eni, BM Gali. Abstract. Background: Enterocutaneous fistula (ECF) remains an important surgical problem with significant morbidity and mortality. This study aims to review the aetiology and management outcome in a depressed ...

  19. Genito-Urinary Fistula Patients at Bugando Medical Centre ...

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    Background: Information was collected on 1500 obstetric fistula patients attending Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) in Mwanza, Tanzania. Objectives: To identify high risk populations of fistula patients treated from 1998-2006. Design: A prospective description study of 1294 patients treated for urine and faecal incontinence ...

  20. An unusual case of hematemesis: Spontaneous reno-duodenal fistula

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    Full Text Available Different diseases may cause gastrointestinal bleeding. A fistula infrequently manifest with severe intestinal bleeding, when excluding those directly involving vascular structures. We described a case of upper digestive bleeding by a spontaneous renal-duodenal fistula in the patient with kidney cancer. Bleeding was successfully stopped by transarterial embolization.

  1. Enterocutaneous fistula: A review of 82 cases | Njeze | Nigerian ...

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    Objective: Enterocutaneous fistula is an unpleasant and troublesome complication of abdominal operations. The objective was to review the outcome of treatment of patients treated for enterocutaneous fistula. Materials and Methods: This is a retrospective study of 82 teenage and adult patients, who suffered from ...

  2. Tuberculous anal fistulas – prevalence and clinical features in an ...

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    Introduction. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) in anal fistulas at a referral hospital in Cape Town, and to document the clinical features and course of patients with tuberculous anal fistulas. Patients and methods. This was a prospective study of all patients who underwent surgery for ...

  3. [One case of postoperative facial paralysis after first branchial fistula]. (United States)

    Wang, Xia; Xu, Yaosheng


    Pus overflow from patent's fistula belew the left face near mandibular angle 2 years agowith a little pain. Symptoms relieved after oral antibiotics. This symptom frequently occurred in the past six months. Postoperative facial paralysis occurred after surgery, and recovered after treatment. It was diagnosed as the postoperative facial paralysis after first branchial fistula surgery.

  4. Tracheo-oesophageal fistula diagnosed with multidetector computed tomography.

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    This case highlights important issues in investigation of patients with suspected tracheo-oesophageal fistula including the value of multidetector computed tomography, the importance of thorough imaging evaluation when high clinical suspicion of tracheo-oesophageal fistula exists and the value of close interaction between radiologists and intensive care physicians in the investigation of these patients.

  5. [Giant cervical angioma caused by "malignant" arteriovenous fistulae]. (United States)

    Palou, J; Mir y Mir, L


    A case of angioma by malignant AV fistula (described by F. Martorell in 1970) is reported. Such kind of fistulas have usually a lethal course. The case reported underwent a surgical correction, and after a following of 10 years, no major complications have been reported.

  6. An orbital fistula complicating anaerobic frontal sinusitis and osteomyelitis

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    H.J. Simonsz (Huib); H.J.F. Peeters; G.M. Bleeker


    textabstractA patient is described with an orbital fistula complicating frontal sinusitis and osteomyelitis of the frontal bone. The fistula was excised, but a fortnight later an acute exacerbation occurred. From the discharging pus a Staphylococcus aureus was cultured and from mucosa obtained

  7. Vesicovaginal Fistula: A Review of Nigerian Experience | Ijaiya ...

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    OBJECTIVE: To review the causes, complications, and outcome of vesicovaginal fistula in Nigeria. METHODS: Studies on vesicovaginal fistula were searched on the internet. Information was obtained on Pubmed (medline), WHO website, Bioline Innternational, African Journal on Line, Google scholar, Yahoo, Medscape ...

  8. Congenital anterior penile isolated urethrocutaneous fistula: A case ...

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    Urethrocutaneous fistula is a common complication after hypospadias repair. If congenital, it is usually associated with other genitourinary and gastrointestinal anomalies. Isolated congenital urethral fistula is a very rare anomaly. We present a 4-year old circumcised boy with this unusual anomaly. Etiology, embryology, and ...

  9. Treatment of ureterovaginal fistula using a Memokath stent

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    Mohammad, Wael; Fode, Mikkel Mejlgaard; Azawi, Nessn Htum


    Ureterovaginal fistula (UVF) is a challenging problem for patients and doctors, especially in patients who have been treated by radiation for malignancy. UVF may occur in conjunction with surgeries involving the uterus. A success rate of 70-100% has been reported for fistula repair with the best...

  10. [Nutrition therapy in enterocutaneous fistula; from physiology to individualized treatment]. (United States)

    Rodríguez Cano, Ameyalli Mariana


    Enterocutaneous fistula is the most common of all intestinal fistulas. Is a condition that requires prolonged hospital stay due to complications such as electrolyte imbalance, malnutrition, metabolic disorders and sepsis. Nutritional support is an essential part of the management; it favors intestinal and immune function, promotes wound healing and decreases catabolism. Despite the recognition of the importance of nutrition support, there is no strong evidence on its comprehensive management, which can be limiting when establishing specific strategies. The metabolic imbalance that a fistula causes is unknown. For low-output fistulas, energy needs should be based on resting energy expenditure, and provide 1.0 to 1.5 g/kg/d of protein, while in high-output fistulas energy requirement may increase up to 1.5 times, and provide 1.5 to 2.5 g/kg of protein. It is suggested to provide twice the requirement of vitamins and trace elements, and between 5 and 10 times that of Vitamin C and Zinc, especially for high-output fistulas. A complete nutritional assessment, including type and location of the fistula, are factors to consider when selecting nutrition support, whether is enteral or parenteral nutrition. The enteral route should be preferred whenever possible, and combined with parenteral nutrition when the requirements cannot be met. Nutritional treatment strategies in fistulas may include the use of immunomodulators and even stress management.

  11. Vesicovaginal fistula: Do the patients know the cause?

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    Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 1998;9:189-94. 2. Kelly J. Vesicovaginal fistula: The burden of maternal ill health. Safe Mother 1999;27:5-7. 3. Danso KA, Martey JO, Wall LL, Elkins TE. The epidemiology of genitourinary fistulae in Kumasi, Ghana, 1977-1992. Int Urogyecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct 1996;7:117-20. 4.

  12. Splenic arteriovenous fistula treated with percutaneous transarterial embolization

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    Madsen, M.A.; Frevert, S.; Madsen, P.L.


    Splenic arteriovenous fistula is a rare complication following splenectomy. We report a case of a large splenic arteriovenous fistula 23 years after splenectomy in a 50-year old male with abdominal pain, gastro-intestinal bleeding, ascites, diarrhoea, dyspnoea, portal hypertension and heart failure...

  13. Experience with enterocutaneous fistula management in a district ...

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    Our objective was to review the practice of the nutritional management and outcome of ECF in a resource limited setting in Nigeria. Methods: A retrospective ... Thirty-nine (68.42%) fistulae closed spontaneously on conservative management while 12 (21.05%) fistulae healed following restorative surgery. Mortality rate was ...

  14. Group Psychological Therapy in Obstetric Fistula Care: A ...

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    Group psychotherapy in Obstetric fistula care. African Journal of Reproductive Health March 2014; 18(1): 156. ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE. Group Psychological Therapy in Obstetric Fistula Care: A. Complementary Recipe for the Accompanying Mental Ill Health. Morbidities? Oladosu A Ojengbede. 1. , Yvonne Baba. 2.

  15. Analysis of 137 obstetric fistula cases seen at three fistula centres in ...

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    Conclusion: This study shows that child marriage, low education, unskilled birth attendance and low contraceptive uptake are common among the obstetric fistula patients in north west Nigeria. Public advocacy and formulation of laws and policies to protect girls from early marriage, girl child education to secondary school ...

  16. A Case of Pyriform Sinus Fistula Infection with Double Tracts

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    Masato Shino


    Full Text Available Pyriform sinus fistula is a rare clinical entity and the precise origin remains controversial. The fistula is discovered among patients with acute suppurative thyroiditis or deep neck infection of the left side of the neck and is usually located in the left pyriform sinus. To the best of our knowledge, only a single tract has been reported to be responsible for pyriform sinus fistula infection. We present a case of a 13-year-old female patient with a pyriform sinus fistula that caused a deep infection of the left side of the neck and showed double-tract involvement discovered during surgical resection of the entire fistula. Both tracts arose around the pyriform sinus and terminated at the upper portion of the left lobe of the thyroid.

  17. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic repair of a vesicouterine fistula. (United States)

    Chang-Jackson, Shao-Chun R; Acholonu, Uchenna C; Nezhat, Farr R


    As cesarean sections become a more common mode of delivery, they have become the most likely cause of vesicouterine fistula formation. The associated pathology with repeat cesarean deliveries may make repair of these fistulas difficult. Computer-enhanced telesurgery, also known as robotic-assisted surgery, offers a 3-dimensional view of the operative field and allows for intricate movements necessary for complex suturing and dissection. These qualities are advantageous in vesicouterine fistula repair. A healthy 34-year-old woman who underwent 4 cesarean deliveries presented with a persistent vesicouterine fistula. Conservative management with bladder decompression and amenorrhea-inducing agents failed. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic repair was successfully performed with the patient maintaining continence after surgery. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic repair of vesicouterine fistulas offers a minimally invasive approach to treatment of a complex disease process.

  18. Ramiprilate inhibits functional matrix metalloproteinase activity in Crohn's disease fistulas

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    Efsen, Eva; Saermark, Torben; Hansen, Alastair


    Increased expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2, -3 and -9 has been demonstrated in Crohn's disease fistulas, but it is unknown whether these enzymes are biologically active and represent a therapeutic target. Therefore, we investigated the proteolytic activity of MMPs in fistula tissue...... and examined the effect of inhibitors, including clinically available drugs that beside their main action also suppress MMPs. Fistula specimens were obtained by surgical excision from 22 patients with Crohn's disease and from 10 patients with fistulas resulting from other causes. Colonic endoscopic biopsies......-diamine-tetraacetic acid (EDTA), the synthetic broad-spectrum inhibitor, GM6001, the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, ramiprilate, and the tetracycline, doxycycline. In Crohn's disease fistulas, about 50% of the total protease activity was attributable to MMP activity. The average total MMP activity...

  19. Stable gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157 heals rectovaginal fistula in rats. (United States)

    Baric, Marko; Sever, Anita Zenko; Vuletic, Lovorka Batelja; Rasic, Zarko; Sever, Marko; Drmic, Domagoj; Pavelic-Turudic, Tatjana; Sucic, Mario; Vrcic, Hrvoje; Seiwerth, Sven; Sikiric, Predrag


    Rectovaginal fistula is a devastating condition providing more than 99% of patients for surgical treatment. We hypothesized that rectovaginal fistula may be healed by therapy with stable gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157, in consistence with its initial clinical application and effect on external fistulas. BPC 157 (10μg/kg or 10ng/kg) was given perorally, in drinking water (0.16μg/ml or 0.16ng/ml, 12ml/rat/day) till sacrifice, or alternatively, intraperitoneally, first application at 30min after surgery, last at 24h before sacrifice. Controls simultaneously received an equivolume of saline (5.0ml/kg ip) or water only (12ml/rat/day). The assessment (i.e., rectal and vaginal defect, fistula leakage, defecation through the fistula, adhesions and intestinal obstruction as healing processes) was at day 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 14 and 21. Regularly, rectovaginal fistulas exhibited poor healing, with both of the defects persisting, continuous fistula leakage, defecation through the fistula, advanced adhesion formation and intestinal obstruction. By contrast, BPC 157 given perorally or intraperitoneally, in μg- and ng-regimens rapidly improved the whole presentation, with both rectal and vaginal defects simultaneously ameliorated and eventually healed. The maximal instilled volume was continuously raised till the values of healthy rats were achieved, there were no signs of defecation through the fistula. A counteraction of advanced adhesion formation and intestinal obstruction was achieved. Microscopic improvement was along with macroscopic findings. BPC 157 effects appear to be suited to induce a full healing of rectovaginal fistulas in rats. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Methylene Blue for Bronchopleural Fistula Localization. (United States)

    Sakata, Kenneth K; Nasim, Faria; Schiavo, Dante N; Nelson, Darlene R; Kern, Ryan M; Mullon, John J


    A bronchopleural fistula (BPF) is a communication between the pleural space and the bronchial tree. BPFs are challenging to diagnose and are associated with a high morbidity and mortality. Sequential balloon occlusion is commonly used for localization of a BPF. We describe our experience with 4 cases of successful localization of the BPF by instillation of methylene blue into the pleural space through a pigtail catheter, with simultaneous bronchoscopic visualization of dye in the tracheobronchial tree. Two patients were treated with endobronchial valves and 3 had a surgical thoracic muscle flap placed.

  1. Clinical evaluation of genito-urinary fistula

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    Companywala Rashida


    Full Text Available Clinical evaluation of 50 cases of genito-urinary fistula from January 1969 to March 1917 is presented. In 84% of the cases the aetiological factor was obstetric injury while in 12% it followed hysterectomy. Sixty per cent of the patients had come within one year of the development of symptoms. Eighty per cent of the cases were operated upon by vaginal route while 14% were operated upon by abdominal route and 6% by pereineo-abdominal route. The operative management is discussed. The success rate was 72%. The literature on this subject is reviewed.

  2. Multimodal endovascular treatment for traumatic carotidcavernous fistula

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    ZENG Tao


    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Objective: To present our experience in treating traumatic carotid-cavernous fistula (TCCF by multimodal endovascular treatment. Methods: The management of 28 patients with TCCF between January 2004 and October 2012 in our hospital was retrospectively analyzed. According to imaging charateristics, 24 cases were categorized into Type I, 3 Type II and 1 Type III. Totally 30 endovascular treatments were performed: Type I TCCFs were obliterated via transvenous approach (7/25, or transarterial approach (18/25 including 6 by detachable balloon occlusion, 6 by microcoil embolization, 3 by Hyperglide balloon-assisted coil embo- lization and 3 by a combination of detachable balloon and coil embolization. Two patients were treated with closure of internal carotid artery (ICA. Type II TCCFs were treated with transvenous embolotherapy (2/3 or carotid artery com- pression therapy (1/3. The Type III patient underwent de- tachable balloon embolization. Results: Immediate postoperative angiography showed recovery in 26 cases. One recurrent TCCF was found 2 weeks after detachable balloon embolization, and then re- Chin J Traumatol 2013;16(6:334-338 obliterated by transarterial coils. Reexamination found bal- loon deflation and fistula recanalization in 1 patient one month after combination of detachable balloons and coil embolization, which was cured by a second treatment via transvenous approach. The immediate angiography revealed residual blood flow in 4 patients. Among them, 2 patients with delayed symptoms at follow-up needed a second treatment, 1 patient recovered after carotid artery compres- sion therapy, and the remaining patient’s symptoms disap- peared on digital subtraction angiography at five-month follow-up. CT angiography revealed anterior communicat- ing artery aneurysm in the patient who was treated with closure of ICA 4 years later. Conclusion: According to results of images, characteristics of the fistula and type of drainage

  3. An arteriovenous fistula following chalazion excision

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    Dias-Amborcar Yuri


    Full Text Available An arteriovenous fistula secondary to a chalazion is a rare occurrence. It may follow spontaneous necrosis or surgical trauma. Digital subtraction angiography and identification of the arterial feeders combined with direct puncture of the nidus and embolization is recommended, as surgical excision becomes much easier and results in a complete excision of the lesion. Conchal cartilage graft is a useful lining material for reconstruction of the tarsal plate due to its natural curvature. It restores lid integrity and ensures a stable and functional eyelid.

  4. Isolated arterioportal fistula presenting with variceal hemorrhage. (United States)

    Nookala, Anupama; Saberi, Behnam; Ter-Oganesyan, Ramon; Kanel, Gary; Duong, Phillip; Saito, Takeshi


    We report a case of life-threatening hematemesis due to portal hypertension caused by an isolated arterioportal fistula (APF). Intrahepatic APFs are extremely rare and are a cause of presinusoidal portal hypertension. Etiologies for APFs are comprised of precipitating trauma, malignancy, and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, but these were not the case in our patient. Idiopathic APFs are usually due to congenital vascular abnormalities and thus usually present in the pediatric setting. This is one of the first cases of adult-onset isolated APF who presented with portal hypertension and was successfully managed through endoscopic hemostasis and subsequent interventional radiological embolization.

  5. Endovascular management of acute bleeding arterioenteric fistulas

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    Leonhardt, H.; Mellander, S.; Snygg, J.


    . All had massive persistent bleeding with hypotension despite volume substitution and transfusion by the time of endovascular management. Outcome after treatment of these patients was investigated for major procedure-related complications, recurrence, reintervention, morbidity, and mortality. Mean...... follow-up time was 3 months (range, 1-6 months). All massive bleeding was controlled by occlusive balloon catheters. Four fistulas were successfully sealed with stent-grafts, resulting in a technical success rate of 80%. One patient was circulatory stabilized by endovascular management but needed...

  6. Radiofrequency-assisted "reconstruction" of the right ventricular outflow tract in muscular pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect. (United States)

    Hausdorf, G; Schulze-Neick, I; Lange, P E


    A case of pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect is reported in which a communication was established between the right ventricle and the hypoplastic pulmonary artery by intervention, despite muscular atresia of the right ventricular outflow tract. The atresia was perforated with a special designed radiofrequency catheter (Osypka). After the creation of a canal within the muscular atresia, balloon dilatation (diameters 2, 3.5, and 7.2 mm) was performed. Arterial oxygen saturation increased from 64% to 78%. Lateral deviation of the radiofrequency catheter resulting in a lateral perforation of the atretic muscular infundibulum was well tolerated without later sequelae. Early restenosis within two weeks necessitated the implantation of a stent within the "recanalised" atresia resulting in an increased anterograde flow to the pulmonary artery. This case shows that "recanalisation" of muscular atresia of the pulmonary artery by radiofrequency is a promising technique. Additionally, stent implantation into the infundibulum to prevent restenosis is a first step to interventional right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction.

  7. Open Maximal Mucosa-Sparing Functional Total Laryngectomy

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    Pavel Dulguerov


    Full Text Available BackgroundTotal laryngectomy after (chemoradiotherapy is associated with a high incidence of fistula and therefore flaps are advocated. The description of a transoral robotic total laryngectomy prompted us to develop similar minimally invasive open approaches for functional total laryngectomy.MethodsA retrospective study of consecutive unselected patients with a dysfunctional larynx after (chemoradiation that underwent open maximal mucosal-sparing functional total laryngectomy (MMSTL between 2014 and 2016 is presented. The surgical technique is described, and the complications and functional outcome are reviewed.ResultsThe cohorts included 10 patients who underwent open MMSTL. No pedicled flap was used. Only one postoperative fistula was noted (10%. All patients resumed oral diet and experienced a functional tracheo-esophageal voice.ConclusionMMSTL could be used to perform functional total laryngectomy without a robot and with minimal incidence of complications.

  8. Left main coronary artery atresia and associated cardiac defects: report on concomitant surgical treatment. (United States)

    Jatene, Marcelo; Juaneda, Ignacio; Miranda, Rogerio Dos Anjos; Gato, Rafaella; Marcial, Miguel Lorenzo Barbero


    A 9-year-old boy with congenital atresia of the left main coronary artery underwent myocardial revascularization. Coarctation of the aorta and ventricular septal defect were diagnosed at the age of 1 year. At age 7 years, the child presented with syncope while exercising. Preoperative evaluation included cardiac catheterization which revealed the unexpected finding of congenital atresia of the left main coronary artery with origin of the circumflex artery from the right coronary artery. Surgical correction included myocardial revascularization by means of left internal mammary artery graft to the anterior descending coronary artery, coarctation resection, and ventricular septal defect repair. The patient recovered uneventfully. We report the details of this extremely rare case with successful concomitant surgical management of the congenital coronary artery anomaly and the associated structural heart disease.

  9. Atresia Hymenalis with Haematometrocolpos: A Benefit of Teaching a Case Series and Review of the Literature

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    Whitla, L


    Imperforate hymen or atresia hymenalis is a rare clinical presentation, the condition is estimated to be present in 0.5\\/1000 females1. It is the most common obstructive anomaly of the female genital tract, and results from failure of canalization of the vaginal plate in utero. Atresia hymenalis can present in neonates as bulging hymen due to accumulation of secretions by the uterovaginal mucosa2,3. Usually the imperforate hymen is asymptomatic until menarche, when haematometrocolpos results in symptoms such as abdominal pain, abdominal mass, urinary retention and constipation. Many cases are diagnosed in the evaluation of primary amenorrhoea or recurrent abdominal pain2,3. We present 4 cases diagnosed over a 7 month period in our ED.

  10. Growth and development after oesophageal atresia surgery: Need for long-term multidisciplinary follow-up. (United States)

    IJsselstijn, Hanneke; Gischler, Saskia J; Toussaint, Leontien; Spoel, Marjolein; Zijp, Monique H M van der Cammen-van; Tibboel, Dick


    Survival rates in oesophageal atresia patients have reached over 90%. In long-term follow-up studies the focus has shifted from purely surgical or gastrointestinal evaluation to a multidisciplinary approach. We reviewed the literature on the long-term morbidity of these patients and discuss mainly issues of physical growth and neurodevelopment. We conclude that growth problems - both stunting and wasting - are frequently seen, but that sufficient longitudinal data are lacking. Therefore, it is unclear whether catch-up growth into adolescence and adulthood occurs. Data on determinants of growth retardation are also lacking in current literature. Studies on neurodevelopment beyond preschool age are scarce but oesophageal atresia patients seem at risk for academic problems and motor function delay. Many factors contribute to the susceptibility to growth and development problems and we propose a multidisciplinary follow-up schedule into adulthood future care which may help improve quality of life. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Atresia anal com fístula retovaginal em ovino: relato de caso

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    M.L. Antonioli

    Full Text Available RESUMO A atresia anal com fístula retovaginal, é considerada uma afecção congênita rara nos ovinos. Em virtude disso, buscou-se descrever o reparo cirúrgico e cuidados pós-operatórios em uma borrega que apresentava essa afecção. Nesse sentido, uma borrega, sem raça definida, de 25 dias de idade e pesando 7,2kg, apresentou sinais de distensão abdominal e defecação pela vulva. A afecção foi diagnosticada por meio do exame clínico e confirmada radiograficamente, constatando-se atresia anal do tipo III em associação com a fístula.

  12. BAER testing in a dog with bilateral external ear canal atresia. (United States)

    Anwer, Cona; Schwarz, Tobias; Volk, Susan W; Vite, Charles


    A 3 yr old male castrated Labrador retriever presented for evaluation and treatment of bilateral atresia of the external ear canals. The owners reported that the dog could hear only loud and high-pitched noises. Computed tomography of the head revealed intact vertical and horizontal ear canals filled with debris and a debris-filled right tympanic bulla. Air- and bone-conducted brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) testing revealed an elevated response threshold to air-conducted stimuli and greater amplitude waveforms evoked by bone-conducted stimuli. The ear canals were surgically corrected via lateral ear canal resection. BAER testing postoperatively revealed a decrease in the air-conducted BAER threshold. This case is an example of the use of bone-conducted BAER testing to aid in the diagnosis of conductive deafness, and in determining prognosis for normal hearing after surgical treatment of external ear canal atresia.

  13. Ileal atresia and multiple jejunal perforations in a premature neonate with gestational alloimmune liver disease

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    Ryan M. McAdams, MD


    Full Text Available Recovery after surgical repair of an ileal atresia with or without intestinal perforation requires prolonged exposure to parenteral nutrition (PN that may lead to PN-associated liver disease. Early liver failure and cholestasis out of proportion for PN exposure may be a harbinger for gestational alloimmune liver disease (GALD, a potentially life-threatening condition that often requires liver transplant if not treated in a timely manner. This case report presents a premature neonate with ileal atresia and multiple jejunal perforations who developed liver failure and was later determined to have GALD. Recognition of clinical and laboratory findings consistent with GALD is essential to promote early treatment, which can enhance neonatal outcomes and impact future pregnancies.

  14. Spinal Dural Arteriovenous Fistula: A Review. (United States)

    Maimon, Shimon; Luckman, Yehudit; Strauss, Ido


    Spinal dural arteriovenous fistula (SDAVF) is a rare disease, the etiology of which is not entirely clear. It is the most common vascular malformation of the spinal cord, comprising 60-80 % of the cases. The clinical presentation and imaging findings may be nonspecific and misleading, often mistaking it for other entities like demyelinating or degenerative diseases of the spine.This chapter describes the imaging findings, clinical signs, and symptoms of this disease and also the available treatment options according to the current literature.Angiography is still considered the gold standard for diagnosis; however, MRI/MRA is increasingly used as a screening tool. Modern endovascular techniques are becoming increasingly more effective in treating SDAVF offering a less invasive treatment option; however, they still lag behind surgical success rates which approach 100 %. The outcome of both treatment options is similar if complete obliteration of the fistula is obtained and depends mainly on the severity of neurological dysfunction before treatment.Heightened awareness by radiologists and clinicians to this rare entity is essential to make a timely diagnosis of this treatable disease. A multidisciplinary treatment approach is required in order to make appropriate treatment decisions.

  15. A simple skin flap plasty to repair tracheocutaneous fistula after tracheotomy

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    Huang Qilin


    Full Text Available The tracheocutaneous fistula after tracheostomy is a complex clinical problem. An ideal fistula closure is still difficult at present though a variety of fistula-closing methods have been reported in the literature. We used a turnover skin flap to cover the fistula. All the procedures were completed at bedside under local anesthesia. The fistula was successfully closed and well healed without complications within 7-9 days. It has been proven that this operation is simple, effective, and safe.

  16. Specific echocardiographic findings useful for the diagnosis of common pulmonary vein atresia

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    Hiroyuki Nagasawa


    Full Text Available In this paper, we report a case of common pulmonary vein atresia, which is a very rare disease characterized by cyanosis, heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. Reverse flow in the pulmonary artery at end-diastole as well as in the isthmus of the aorta from early systole to end-diastole detected by echocardiography were found to be specific features useful in diagnosing the disease.

  17. Equol inhibits growth, induces atresia, and inhibits steroidogenesis of mouse antral follicles in vitro. (United States)

    Mahalingam, Sharada; Gao, Liying; Gonnering, Marni; Helferich, William; Flaws, Jodi A


    Equol is a non-steroidal estrogen metabolite produced by microbial conversion of daidzein, a major soy isoflavone, in the gut of some humans and many animal species. Isoflavones and their metabolites can affect endogenous estradiol production, action, and metabolism, potentially influencing ovarian follicle function. However, no studies have examined the effects of equol on intact ovarian antral follicles, which are responsible for sex steroid synthesis and further development into ovulatory follicles. Thus, the present study tested the hypothesis that equol inhibits antral follicle growth, increases follicle atresia, and inhibits steroidogenesis in the adult mouse ovary. To test this hypothesis, antral follicles isolated from adult CD-1 mice were cultured with vehicle control (dimethyl sulfoxide; DMSO) or equol (600 nM, 6 μM, 36 μM, and 100 μM) for 48 and 96 h. Every 24h, follicle diameters were measured to monitor growth. At 48 and 96 h, the culture medium was subjected to measurement of hormone levels, and the cultured follicles were subjected to gene expression analysis. Additionally, follicles were histologically evaluated for signs of atresia after 96 h of culture. The results indicate that equol (100 μM) inhibited follicle growth, altered the mRNA levels of bcl2-associated X protein and B cell leukemia/lymphoma 2, and induced follicle atresia. Further, equol decreased the levels of estradiol, testosterone, androstenedione, and progesterone, and it decreased mRNA levels of cholesterol side-chain cleavage, steroid 17-α-hydroxalase, and aromatase. Collectively, these data indicate that equol inhibits growth, increases atresia, and inhibits steroidogenesis of cultured mouse antral follicles. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Early neonatal death and congenital left coronary abnormalities: ostial atresia, stenosis and anomalous aortic origin. (United States)

    Laux, Daniela; Bessières, Bettina; Houyel, Lucile; Bonnière, Maryse; Magny, Jean-François; Bajolle, Fanny; Boudjemline, Younes; Bonnet, Damien


    Congenital left coronary artery abnormalities such as ostial stenosis or atresia are extremely rare. Diagnosis in the neonate has not been reported. To describe five neonates with left coronary artery orifice abnormalities and discuss pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment options, with a focus on the importance of autopsy in unexpected neonatal death. Retrospective assessment of medical files of neonates with left coronary abnormalities seen during a 12-year period (2000-2012). Three neonates with anatomical (n=2) and functional (n=1) left coronary stenosis and two neonates with ostial atresia were identified. The three infants with coronary stenosis died within minutes to days after birth because of cardiac failure refractory to intensive care treatment; at autopsy, left coronary ostial stenosis (n=2) and high take-off with acute angle origin and tangential vertical course (n=1) were diagnosed. The fourth neonate was in cardiac failure due to critical aortic stenosis; left coronary ostial atresia was diagnosed during an emergency catheter procedure and the infant died after aortic valve dilatation. The fifth infant had a cardiac arrest on the third day of life; she was diagnosed with left coronary ostial atresia by coronary angiography and died during attempted revascularization surgery at 2 weeks of life. Congenital coronary ostial abnormalities can lead to severe heart failure and unexpected neonatal death. Systematic examination of the coronary arteries should be part of any neonatal autopsy. Coronary angiography remains the diagnostic method of choice despite advances in non-invasive imaging. Revascularization surgery seems indicated in symptomatic children based on small patient series. Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  19. A functional study on small intestinal smooth muscles in jejunal atresia

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    Preeti Tyagi


    Full Text Available Aim: The present study was aimed to assess the contractile status of neonatal small intestinal smooth muscle of dilated pre-atretic part of intestinal atresia to resolve debatable issues related to mechanisms of persistent dysmotility after surgical repair. Materials and Methods: A total of 34 longitudinally sectioned strips were prepared from pre-atretic dilated part of freshly excised 8 jejunal atresia type III a cases. Spontaneous as well as acetylcholine- and histamine-induced contractions were recorded in vitro by using organ bath preparations. Chemically evoked contractions were further evaluated after application of atropine (muscarinic blocker, pheniramine (H1 blocker, and lignocaine (neuronal blocker to ascertain receptors and neuronal involvement. Histological examinations of strips were made by using Masson trichrome stain to assess the fibrotic changes. Results: All 34 strips, except four showed spontaneous contractions with mean frequency and amplitude of 5.49 ± 0.26/min and 24.41 ± 5.26 g/g wet tissue respectively. The response to ACh was nearly twice as compared to histamine for equimolar concentrations (100 μM. ACh (100 μM induced contractions were attenuated (by 60% by atropine. Histamine (100 μM-induced contractions was blocked by pheniramine (0.32 μM and lignocaine (4 μM by 74% and 78%, respectively. Histopathological examination showed varying degree of fibrotic changes in muscle layers. Conclusions: Pre-atretic dilated part of jejunal atresia retains functional activity but with definitive histopathologic abnormalities. It is suggested that excision of a length of pre-atretic part and early stimulation of peristalsis by locally acting cholinomimetic or H1 agonist may help in reducing postoperative motility problems in atresia patients.

  20. Ileal atresia and multiple jejunal perforations in a premature neonate with gestational alloimmune liver disease


    McAdams, Ryan M.


    Recovery after surgical repair of an ileal atresia with or without intestinal perforation requires prolonged exposure to parenteral nutrition (PN) that may lead to PN-associated liver disease. Early liver failure and cholestasis out of proportion for PN exposure may be a harbinger for gestational alloimmune liver disease (GALD), a potentially life-threatening condition that often requires liver transplant if not treated in a timely manner. This case report presents a premature neonate with il...

  1. Thoracic skeletal anomalies following surgical treatment of esophageal atresia. Lessons from a national cohort. (United States)

    Bastard, François; Bonnard, Arnaud; Rousseau, Véronique; Gelas, Thomas; Michaud, Laurent; Irtan, Sabine; Piolat, Christian; Ranke-Chrétien, Aline; Becmeur, François; Dariel, Anne; Lamireau, Thierry; Petit, Thierry; Fouquet, Virginie; Le Mandat, Aurélie; Lefebvre, Francis; Allal, Hossein; Borgnon, Josephine; Boubnova, Julia; Habonimana, Edouard; Panait, Nicoleta; Buisson, Philippe; Margaryan, Marc; Michel, Jean-Luc; Gaudin, Jean; Lardy, Hubert; Auber, Frédéric; Borderon, Corinne; De Vries, Philine; Jaby, Olivier; Fourcade, Laurent; Lecompte, Jean François; Tolg, Cécilia; Delorme, Benoit; Schmitt, Françoise; Podevin, Guillaume


    Thoracotomy as surgical approach for esophageal atresia treatment entails the risk of deformation of the rib cage and consequently secondary thoracogenic scoliosis. The aim of our study was to assess these thoracic wall anomalies on a large national cohort and search for factors influencing this morbidity. Pediatric surgery departments from our national network were asked to send recent thoracic X-ray and operative reports for patients born between 2008 and 2010 with esophageal atresia. The X-rays were read in a double-blind manner to detect costal and vertebral anomalies. Among 322 inclusions from 32 centers, 110 (34.2%) X-rays were normal and 25 (7.7%) displayed thoracic malformations, including 14 hemivertebrae. We found 187 (58.1%) sequelae of surgery, including 85 costal hypoplasia, 47 other types of costal anomalies, 46 intercostal space anomalies, 21 costal fusions and 12 scoliosis, with some patients suffering from several lesions. The rate of patients with these sequelae was not influenced by age at intervention, weight at birth, type of atresia, number of thoracotomy or size of the center. The rate of sequelae was higher following a classical thoracotomy (59.1%), whatever the way that thoracotomy was performed, compared to nonconverted thoracoscopy (22.2%; p=0.04). About 60 % of the patients suffered from a thoracic wall morbidity caused by the thoracotomy performed as part of surgical treatment of esophageal atresia. Minimally invasive techniques reduced thoracic wall morbidity. Further studies should be carried out to assess the potential benefit of minimally invasive approaches to patient pulmonary functions and on the occurrence of thoracogenic scoliosis in adulthood. Level III retrospective comparative treatment study. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Radiological evaluation of pulmonary atresia: An analysis of cineangiography in 32 cases

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    Lee, Dong Ho; Yeon, Kyung Mo; Park, Jae Hyung; Han, Man Chung; Yoon, Yong Soo [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Total 32 cases of pulmonary atresia were diagnosed radiographically at Seoul National University Hospital from March, 1979 to August 1982. Some characteristic radiological findings were analyzed in chest PA and cineangiographies. The results were as follows: 1. In the evaluation of chest PA, cardiomegaly was noticed in 16 cases, dextrocardia in 8 cases, elevated cardiac apex in 7 cases and right-sided aortic arch in 6 cases. The pulmonary vascularties were mildly decreased in 20 cases, markedly decreased in 9 cases and decreased with reticular pattern in 3 cases. 2. As final diagnoses after cineangiography, pulmonary atresia was associated with Tetralogy of Fallot variant in 17 cases, transposition of great vessels in 7 cases, single ventricle in 5 cases, tricuspid atresia in 2 cases and intact ventricular septum in 1 case. 3. The classification according to the pattern of pulmonary artery is main pulmonary trunk with PDA(Type Ia) in 10 cases, pulmonary arterial confluence with PDA (Type Ib) in 10 cases, no pulmonary arterial confluence with PDA (Type Ic) in 5 cases, main pulmonary trunk without PDA (Type IIa) in 0 case, pulmonary arterial confluence without PDA (Type IIb) in 5 cases, and no pulmonary arterial confluence without PDA ( Type IIc) in 2 cases. 4. Pulmonary wedge venography was done and successful in 8 cases. Among them, confluence between right and left pulmonary arteries was noticed in 5 cases. 5. Biventricular cineangiograpy and/or pulmonary wedge venography, if necessary, is essential for the accurate diagnosis of pulmonary atresia to demonstrate detailed anatomy of pulmonary artery.

  3. Diagnosis of gastrogastric fistula on computed tomography: a quantitative approach. (United States)

    Gao, Guangzu; Nezami, Nariman; Mathur, Mahan; Balcacer, Patricia; Israel, Gary; Spektor, Michael


    To determine if the attenuation of contrast material in the excluded stomach compared with the gastric pouch is helpful in diagnosing gastrogastric (GG) fistula. In a retrospective study, 13 CT scans in 12 patients (age 43.2 ± 9.2, 10 females) who had undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and who had oral contrast in both the gastric pouch and excluded stomach were qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated for GG fistula by two radiologists, using upper GI series (UGI) as the gold standard. Quantitative analysis was performed by computing the relative attenuation (RA) ratio (HU in excluded stomach/HU in gastric pouch). Statistical analysis was performed to determine if the RA ratio values correlated with the UGI findings of GG fistula. 46.2% (6/13) of UGI studies demonstrated a GG fistula. Statistical analysis demonstrated a significant difference in RA ratio (P ratio of 0.8 that maximized sensitivity (100%), at the expense of specificity (78.6%), for diagnosing GG fistula. In contrast, the initial qualitative evaluation for GG fistula yielded a lower sensitivity (45.8%) and a higher specificity (89.2%). After taking RA ratios into account, radiologists' final conclusions achieved higher sensitivity (58.3%) and specificity (100%). The relative attenuation ratio of oral contrast in the excluded stomach versus the gastric pouch can be a reliable tool in differentiating GG fistula from oral contrast reflux up the biliopancreatic limb on CT.

  4. The psychosocial impact of vesico-vaginal fistula in Niger. (United States)

    Alio, Amina P; Merrell, Laura; Roxburgh, Kimberlee; Clayton, Heather B; Marty, Phillip J; Bomboka, Linda; Traoré, Salamatou; Salihu, Hamisu M


    To explore the psycho-social impact of vesico-vaginal fistula (VVF) on women in Niger. We conducted a qualitative study on 21 women in convalescence at the DIMOL Reproductive Health Center in Niamey, Niger, in 2008 and 2009. The women had undergone 1-3 fistula repair operations and all had stillborn infants. Women reported many psychological consequences of VVF including depression, feelings of shame, and loneliness. Others reported feeling devalued as a woman and wanting to end their lives. Social consequences of fistula reported by these women included rejection from society, isolation, rejection from husband and/or divorce. Almost half of the women reported of having lost their social network and support as a result of the fistula. Women with VVF were deemed unworthy, and their illness was often attributed to some fault of their own. Our findings support the notion that socio-economic factors, though they certainly contribute to obstetric fistula, are not the primary reason for fistula, particularly in Niger. Fistula is a direct result of lack of access to skilled birth attendants and emergency obstetric care.

  5. Vesicocutaneous fistula formation during treatment with sunitinib malate: Case report

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    Sakashita Hiroyuki


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The oral multi-kinase inhibitor sunitinib malate improves the survival of patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST after the disease progresses or intolerance to imatinib mesylate develops. Urinary fistulae arising during treatment with sunitinib for GIST have not been described. Case presentation We describe a 62-year-old female patient diagnosed with unresectable GIST that involved the abdominal wall, urinary bladder wall, bowel, mesentery and peritoneum in the pelvic cavity. Intestinocutaneous fistulae developed on a surgical lesion after orally administered imatinib was supplemented by an arterial infusion of 5-flurouracil. Sunitinib was started after the patient developed resistance to imatinib. On day 4 of the fourth course of sunitinib, a widely dilated cutaneous fistula discharged large amounts of fluid accompanied by severe abdominal pain. Urinary communication was indicated based on the results of an intravenous injection of indigo carmine. Computed tomography findings suggested a small opening on the anterior urinary bladder wall and fistulous communication between the bladder and abdominal walls bridged by a subcutaneous cavity. The fistula closed and the amount of discharge decreased when sunitinib was discontinued. Therefore, sunitinib might have been associated with the development of the vesicocutaneous fistula in our patient. Conclusion This is the first description of a vesicocutaneous fistula forming while under sunitinib treatment. Clinicians should be aware of the possible complication of vesicocutaneous fistula formation during treatment with molecular targeting agents in patients with extravesical invasion and peritoneal dissemination of GIST.

  6. The lived experience of Malawian women with obstetric fistula. (United States)

    Yeakey, Marissa Pine; Chipeta, Effie; Taulo, Frank; Tsui, Amy O


    Data on women who experience obstetric fistula paints an often tragic picture. The majority of previous research has focused on facility-based data from women receiving surgical treatment. The goal of this qualitative study was to gain an understanding of the lived experience of obstetric fistula in Malawi. Forty-five women living with fistula were interviewed in their homes to learn how the condition affected them and their families on a daily basis. Findings indicate that the experiences of Malawian women with fistula were more varied than anticipated. Concerning relationships with husbands and family, we found high rates of divorce and stigma, yet these outcomes were far from universal or inevitable. Many women, in addition to their families, discussed high levels of support from those individuals closest to them. Nonetheless, many women experienced the fistula as a direct assault on their ability to fulfil social expectations of them as women, wives and mothers. Women identified fertility and continued childbearing as central concerns. The data suggest that we cannot discount the experiences of women living with fistula from continued participation in marriage, community and childbearing. Programmes for outreach and services should consider a broadened range of outcomes of women living with fistula.

  7. Gurya cutting and female genital fistulas in Niger: ten cases. (United States)

    Ouedraogo, Itengre; McConley, Regina; Payne, Christopher; Heller, Alison; Wall, L Lewis


    The objective was to determine the contribution of female genital cutting to genital fistula formation in Niger from the case records of a specialist fistula hospital. A retrospective review was undertaken of the records of 360 patients seen at the Danja Fistula Center, Danja, Niger, between March 2014 and September 2016. Pertinent clinical and socio-demographic data were abstracted from the cases identified. A total of 10 fistulas resulting from gurya cutting was obtained: 9 cases of urethral loss and 1 rectovaginal fistula. In none of the cases was genital cutting performed for obstructed labor or as part of ritual coming-of-age ceremonies, but all cutting procedures were considered "therapeutic" within the local cultural context as treatment for dyspareunia, lack of interest in or unwillingness to engage in sexual intercourse, or female behavior that was deemed to be culturally inappropriate by the male spouse, parents, or in-laws. Clinical cure (fistula closed and the patient continent) was obtained in all 10 cases, although 3 women required more than one operation. Gurya cutting is an uncommon, but preventable, cause of genital fistulas in Niger. The socio-cultural context which gives rise to gurya cutting is explored in some detail.

  8. Carbimazole/methimazole embryopathy in siblings: a possible genetic susceptibility. (United States)

    Goel, Himanshu; Dudding, Tracy


    The teratogenic effects of antenatal exposure of antithyroid drugs, carbimazole and methimazole have been well reported in the literature. These comprise of typical facial features and a wide variety of malformations such as choanal atresia, tracheo-esophageal anomalies, congenital heart disease and ectodermal defects. However, the longitudinal studies have failed to establish the consistent teratogenicity of these drugs. we report here two siblings with physical features consistent with carbimazole/methimazole embryopathy. We also describe previously unreported minor dental anomalies in these siblings with antenatal exposure of carbimazole. Generally, only a small proportion of prenatally exposed children have the typical manifestations, and the presence in siblings supports a possible hereditary susceptibility to carbimazole/ methimazole embryopathy. This highlights the importance of recognizing this diagnosis before a subsequent pregnancy. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. Congenital cholesteatoma of the infratemporal fossa with congenital aural atresia and mastoiditis: a case report

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    Abdel-Aziz Mosaad


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Congenital cholesteatoma may be expected in abnormally developed ear, it may cause bony erosion of the middle ear cleft and extend to the infratemporal fossa. We present the first case of congenital cholesteatoma of the infratemporal fossa in a patient with congenital aural atresia that has been complicated with acute mastoiditis. Case presentation A sixteen year old Egyptian male patient presented with congenital cholesteatoma of the infratemporal fossa with congenital aural atresia complicated with acute mastoiditis. Two weeks earlier, the patient suffered pain necessitating hospital admission, magnetic resonance imaging revealed a soft tissue mass in the right infratemporal fossa. On presentation to our institute, Computerized tomography was done as a routine, it proved the diagnosis of mastoiditis, pure tone audiometry showed an air-bone gap of 60 dB. Cortical mastoidectomy was done for treatment of mastoiditis, removal of congenital cholesteatoma was carried out with reconstruction of external auditory canal. Follow-up of the patient for 2 years and 3 months showed a patent, infection free external auditory canal with an air-bone gap has been reduced to 35db. One year after the operation; MRI was done and it showed no residual or recurrent cholesteatoma. Conclusions Congenital cholesteatoma of the infratemporal fossa in cases of congenital aural atresia can be managed safely even if it was associated with mastoiditis. It is an original case report of interest to the speciality of otolaryngology.

  10. New successful one-step surgical repair for apple peel atresia

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    Machmouchi M


    Full Text Available Mahmoud MachmouchiDepartment of Pediatrics, Royal Commission Hospital, Jubail, Saudi ArabiaAbstract: A new successful surgical approach in two identical twins delivered with intestinal atresia, “apple peel” type is reported. This technique consists of: (1 an end-to-end oblique primary anastomosis with single layer inverted 5/0 Vicryl® sutures (Ethicon, Inc, Somerville, NJ; (2 proximal tube jejunostomy using Foley catheter, size 10 French, inserted through a stab wound in the left upper quadrant and entering the proximal dilated loop at about 10 cm proximal from its blind end (site of anastomosis; and (3 transanastomotic stenting using feeding tube, size 6 French, exteriorized in conjunction with the Foley catheter and reaching the lumen of the distal loop for more than 20 cm. The postoperative course was uneventful and progressive oral feed became ad libitum around day 40 postoperative. This procedure is simple, performed in one stage, and responds to the most obligatory requirements of this congenital malformation.Keywords: proximal jejunal atresia, intestinal atresia, surgical repair, anastomosis

  11. [Abnormal Serum Total Protein Measurement by Lipoprotein-X in an Infant with Biliary Atresia]. (United States)

    Futatsugi, Akiko; Hidaka, Eiko; Kubota, Noriko; Nishijima, Fumie; Yoshizawa, Katsumi; Ishimine, Nau; Sugano, Mitsutoshi; Hori, Atsushi; Hidaka, Hiroya


    Lipoprotein-X (LP-X) in cholestatic jaundice causes abnormal reaction in assays for low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, but the effects on other test items are unknown. Here, we report an infant with biliary atresia showing abnormal reaction in total serum protein assay using the biuret method, and lipoprotein-X (LP-X) was then detected. In this 11-month-old female infant, jaundice was observed at 2 months old, and a diagnosis of biliary atresia was made. On biochemical tests at 12 months old, the total serum protein concentrations detected by the biuret method were very high, and the response curve and linearity of dilution were abnormal. LP-X was detected by agar electrophoresis. In addition and recovery experiments with normal serum fractionation of the patient's LP-X-rich lipoprotein fraction prepared by ultracentrifugation, normal γ-globulin fractionation showed an abnormal reaction by the biuret method. In infants with biliary atresia, we showed that the total serum protein assay by the biuret method was influenced by LP-X-rich lipoprotein, which may be caused by abnormal reaction of LP-X and γ-globulin. [Case Report].

  12. Neonatal gastric outlet obstruction by isolated pyloric atresia, an often forgotten diagnosis. (United States)

    Mboyo, Antoine; Clermidi, Pauline; Podevin, Guillaume; Patkowski, Dariusz; Baglaj, Maciej; Gerus, Sylwester; Lalioui, Abdelfetah; Napoli-Cocci, Stéphan de; Robert, Michel


    Pyloric atresia (PA) is a rare condition, and may be misdiagnosed and especially confused for duodenal atresia pre-operatively. We looked for clues to avoiding pre-operative misdiagnosis and hence allow the best neonatal medical and surgical management. A retrospective case-note review was carried out of the five patients managed in four centres with the diagnosis of isolated PA. We focused on antenatal ultrasound findings, postnatal clinical and radiological features, operative findings, surgical procedures and outcomes. Four patients had polyhydramnios and one double bubble sign on antenatal ultrasound. After birth, non-bilious vomiting and upper abdominal distension were the main symptoms. Gastric decompression showed non-bilious gastric fluid. Radiological findings were a large gastric air bubble with no gas beyond in all cases. The diagnosis of duodenal atresia was postulated at first in all cases. The diagnosis of PA was established peroperatively. One patient referred late, died 13-day post-operatively of cardiopulmonary failure secondary to a severe pneumonia that may be related to aspiration syndrome. Outcomes were otherwise satisfactory. Even though it is a rare diagnosis, PA has a specific clinical and radiological presentation underlined here that should be kept in mind when managing a neonate with a gastric outlet obstruction.

  13. MRI-based decision tree model for diagnosis of biliary atresia. (United States)

    Kim, Yong Hee; Kim, Myung-Joon; Shin, Hyun Joo; Yoon, Haesung; Han, Seok Joo; Koh, Hong; Roh, Yun Ho; Lee, Mi-Jung


    To evaluate MRI findings and to generate a decision tree model for diagnosis of biliary atresia (BA) in infants with jaundice. We retrospectively reviewed features of MRI and ultrasonography (US) performed in infants with jaundice between January 2009 and June 2016 under approval of the institutional review board, including the maximum diameter of periportal signal change on MRI (MR triangular cord thickness, MR-TCT) or US (US-TCT), visibility of common bile duct (CBD) and abnormality of gallbladder (GB). Hepatic subcapsular flow was reviewed on Doppler US. We performed conditional inference tree analysis using MRI findings to generate a decision tree model. A total of 208 infants were included, 112 in the BA group and 96 in the non-BA group. Mean age at the time of MRI was 58.7 ± 36.6 days. Visibility of CBD, abnormality of GB and MR-TCT were good discriminators for the diagnosis of BA and the MRI-based decision tree using these findings with MR-TCT cut-off 5.1 mm showed 97.3 % sensitivity, 94.8 % specificity and 96.2 % accuracy. MRI-based decision tree model reliably differentiates BA in infants with jaundice. MRI can be an objective imaging modality for the diagnosis of BA. • MRI-based decision tree model reliably differentiates biliary atresia in neonatal cholestasis. • Common bile duct, gallbladder and periportal signal changes are the discriminators. • MRI has comparable performance to ultrasonography for diagnosis of biliary atresia.

  14. A Tutorial on Implantable Hearing Amplification Options for Adults with Unilateral Microtia and Atresia

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    Joannie Ka Yin Yu


    Full Text Available Background. Patients with unilateral atresia and microtia encounter problems in sound localization and speech understanding in noise. Although there are four implantable hearing devices available, there is little discussion and evidence on the application of these devices on patients with unilateral atresia and microtia problems. Objective. This paper will review the details of these four implantable hearing devices for the treatment of unilateral atresia. They are percuteaneous osseointegrated bone anchored hearing aid, Vibrant Soundbridge middle ear implant, Bonebridge bone conduction system, and Carina fully implantable hearing device. Methods. Four implantable hearing devices were reviewed and compared. The clinical decision process that led to the recommendation of a device was illustrated by using a case study. Conclusions. The selection of appropriate implantable hearing devices should be based on various factors, including radiological findings and patient preferences, possible surgical complications, whether the device is Food and Drug Administration- (FDA-/CE-approved, and the finances. To ensure the accurate evaluation of candidacy and outcomes, the evaluation methods should be adapted to suite the type of hearing device.

  15. Complete occipitalization of the atlas with bilateral external auditory canal atresia. (United States)

    Dolenšek, Janez; Cvetko, Erika; Snoj, Žiga; Meznaric, Marija


    Fusion of the atlas with the occipital bone is a rare congenital dysplasia known as occipitalization of the atlas, occipitocervical synostosis, assimilation of the atlas, or atlanto-occipital fusion. It is a component of the paraxial mesodermal maldevelopment and commonly associated with other dysplasias of the craniovertebral junction. External auditory canal atresia or external aural atresia is a rare congenital absence of the external auditory canal. It occurs as the consequence of the maldevelopment of the first pharyngeal cleft due to defects of cranial neural crest cells migration and/or differentiation. It is commonly associated with the dysplasias of the structures derived from the first and second pharyngeal arches including microtia. We present the coexistence of the occipitalization of the atlas and congenital aural atresia, an uncommon combination of the paraxial mesodermal maldevelopment, and defects of cranial neural crest cells. The association is most probably syndromic as minimal diagnostic criteria for the oculoariculovertebral spectrum are fulfilled. From the clinical point of view, it is important to be aware that patients with microtia must obtain also appropriate diagnostic imaging studies of the craniovetebral junction due to eventual concomitant occipitalization of the atlas and frequently associated C1-C2 instability.

  16. Surgical aspects and biological considerations of arteriovenous fistula placement. (United States)

    Achneck, Hardean E; Sileshi, Bantayehu; Li, Madison; Partington, Erin J; Peterson, David A; Lawson, Jeffrey H


    Since the Fistula First Initiative was formulated in 2003, providers and payers have increasingly emphasized the need to create more arteriovenous fistulae. To maximize the chances of successful fistula maturation, a thorough understanding of the biology and surgical aspects of fistula placement are essential. A functional endothelium in the target vessels is the prerequisite for the adaptive remodeling of the vessel wall, which has to take place after fistula formation. Mechanoreceptors of the endothelium sense the increase in shear stress and, through a variety of activated signaling cascades, induce the necessary changes and vasodilation of the respective vessels. The successful fistula placement starts with a thorough preoperative evaluation, which focuses on protecting the target vessels and avoiding intravenous catheters and devices. Intraoperatively, the risk of endothelial dysfunction and hyperplasia is further minimized through an atraumatic dissection with minimal manipulation of the vein and artery. The surgical technique should also focus on decreasing the vessel compliance mismatch and avoiding an inflammatory response secondary to hematoma formation. Postoperatively, the fistula must be diligently monitored for the complications of thrombosis, postoperative steal syndrome, neuropathy, aneurysm formation, infection, and high-output cardiac failure. Early recognition of a problem is the key to saving an otherwise doomed fistula. An armamentarium of percutaneous techniques is available to the access surgeon to treat the most common causes of failed access formation. However, in some cases a surgical revision of the access site through patch angioplasty, a jump graft, and graft interposition is necessary to create a fistula which can be successfully used for hemodialysis.

  17. Fistuloclysis: An Interprofessional Approach to Nourishing the Fistula Patient. (United States)

    Willcutts, Kate; Mercer, David; Ziegler, Jane


    Enteric fistulas can be classified as enterocutaneous and/or enteroatmospheric. Both are devastating complications of bowel disease, abdominal surgery, and/or open abdomen. Enteric fistulas are associated with a mortality rate varying from 1% to 33%; the main cause of death is sepsis. Coordinated and skillful efforts of an interprofessional team are required in customizing successful treatment regimens appropriate to each patient's unique clinical scenario. A 65-year-old white woman experienced an enteroatmospheric fistula patient after ventral hernia repair. Care of this patient was based on the complementary relationship between professionals from 2 disciplines: the wound and ostomy continence nurse (WOC nurse) and the nutrition support registered dietitian/nutritionist. Working together, they developed a comprehensive wound, ostomy, and nutritional plan. Initially, the patient received parenteral nutrition exclusively. After the fistula tract was clearly defined, a feeding tube was placed into the distal limb of the fistula, and she received nourishment via a fistuloclysis (ie, enteral feedings administered via the fistula). A special wound management system was created to contain fistula output while allowing feeding through the distal limb of the fistula. Enterocutaneous and enteroatmospheric fistulas originating from the small bowel present a management challenge to the entire healthcare team. WOC nurses are often called upon to meet the challenge of maintaining skin health while promoting dignity and function. Nutrition support via registered dietitian/nutritionists play a critical role in managing the nutrition regimen for these patients. In this case, the use of fistuloclysis met the patient's nutritional needs while avoiding the risks associated with parenteral nutrition.

  18. Stable gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157 heals rat colovesical fistula. (United States)

    Grgic, Tihomir; Grgic, Dora; Drmic, Domagoj; Sever, Anita Zenko; Petrovic, Igor; Sucic, Mario; Kokot, Antonio; Klicek, Robert; Sever, Marko; Seiwerth, Sven; Sikiric, Predrag


    To establish the effects of BPC 157 on the healing of rat colovesical fistulas, Wistar Albino male rats were randomly assigned to different groups. BPC 157, a stable gastric pentadecapeptide, has been used in clinical applications-specifically, in ulcerative colitis-and was successful in treating both external and internal fistulas. BPC 157 was provided daily, perorally, in drinking water (10µg/kg, 12ml/rat/day) until sacrifice or, alternatively, 10µg/kg or 10ng/kg intraperitoneally, with the first application at 30min after surgery and the last at 24h before sacrifice. Controls simultaneously received an equivolume of saline (5.0ml/kg ip) or water only (12ml/rat/day). Assessment (i.e., colon and vesical defects, fistula leaking, fecaluria and defecation through the fistula, adhesions and intestinal obstruction as healing processes) took place on days 7, 14 and 28. Control colovesical fistulas regularly exhibited poor healing, with both of the defects persisting; continuous fistula leakage; fecaluria and defecation through the fistula; advanced adhesion formation; and intestinal obstruction. By contrast, BPC 157 given perorally or intraperitoneally and in µg- and ng-regimens rapidly improved the whole presentation, with both colon and vesical defects simultaneously ameliorated and eventually healed. The maximal instilled volume was continuously raised until it reached the values of healthy rats, there were no signs of fecaluria and no defecation through the fistula, there was counteraction of advanced adhesion formation or there was an intestinal obstruction. In conclusion, BPC 157 effects appear to be suited to inducing full healing of colocutaneous fistulas in rats. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. [Enterovesical fistula caused by a prosthesis made of synthetic material]. (United States)

    Pros, I; Puyol, M; Franco, A; Alcaraz, A; Llovera, J M; Gutierrez, R; Carretero, P


    Enterovesical fistulas affect mainly male patients, due to the interposition of the uterus in women. They can be caused by neoplastic, inflammatory or traumatic processes. A case of ilovesical fistula due to migration of a silastic plate used to repair an epigastric infissional hernia is presented. This case has two distinctive features: first, the cause is extraurological, causing a fistula between both systems due to an inflammatory process. Secondly, we report the long distance travelled by the synthetic mesh, causing a peculiar clinical picture five years after its implantation.

  20. Clinical spectrum of spontaneous carotid-cavernous fistula

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    Das Jayanta


    Full Text Available A carotid-cavernous fistula (CCF is an abnormal communication between the cavernous sinus and the carotid arterial system. A CCF is divided into two categories, direct and indirect. Direct fistulas usually account for 70 to 90% of all CCF. Spontaneous, low-flow fistulas are usually associated with atherosclerosis, hypertension and collagen vascular disease or may develop in females during peripartum period. The elderly age group, especially women are at increased risk. We report three cases of spontaneous CCF presenting with ocular manifestations and hypertension, without any collagen vascular disease. One case was a direct variety and the other two were of indirect variety.

  1. Ramiprilate inhibits functional matrix metalloproteinase activity in Crohn's disease fistulas

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    Efsen, Eva; Saermark, Torben; Hansen, Alastair


    Increased expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2, -3 and -9 has been demonstrated in Crohn's disease fistulas, but it is unknown whether these enzymes are biologically active and represent a therapeutic target. Therefore, we investigated the proteolytic activity of MMPs in fistula tissue......-diamine-tetraacetic acid (EDTA), the synthetic broad-spectrum inhibitor, GM6001, the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, ramiprilate, and the tetracycline, doxycycline. In Crohn's disease fistulas, about 50% of the total protease activity was attributable to MMP activity. The average total MMP activity...

  2. First Branchial Arch Fistula: A Rarity and a Surgical Challenge. (United States)

    Rajkumar, J S; Ganesh, Deepa; Anirudh, J R; Akbar, S; Joshi, Niraj


    Although 2(nd) Branchial arch fistulae (from incomplete closure of Cervical sinus of His) are well known, 1(st) arch fistulae are much rarer (<10%) and are usually not tackled comprehensively. We present a case of a rare first branchial arch fistula of the type II Arnot classification, which presented with two external openings of more than 20 years duration. Patient had a successful resection of all the concerned fistulous tract. Review of literature and the surgical challenges of the procedure are presented herewith.

  3. [Arteriovenous fistula in patients with a complicated postphlebitic syndrome]. (United States)

    Quiñones Castro, M; Fernández de la Vara Sánchez, L; Perera González, F; Alvarez Sánchez, J A


    An investigation, which goal is to evidencing AV fistulas in patients with a complicated postthrombotic syndrome, as well as to determinate the efficacy of noninvasive methods used for the study of AV fistulas in such patients, is presented. So, patients with a complicated postphlebitic syndrome interned into the Instituto de Angiología were studied. Twenty-five patients were included in the study, 9 of these patients (36%) had arteriovenous fistulas, arteriographically evidenced. Haemodynamic study do not support the evidence of such communications.

  4. Treatment of large persistent tracheoesophageal peristomal fistulas using silicon rings. (United States)

    Erdim, Ibrahim; Sirin, Ali Ahmet; Baykal, Bahadir; Oghan, Fatih; Guvey, Ali; Kayhan, Fatma Tulin

    Tracheoesophageal peristomal fistulae can often be solved by reducing the size of the fistula or replacing the prosthesis; however, even with conservative techniques, leakage around the fistula may continue in total laryngectomy patients. Also, several techniques have been developed to overcome this problem, including injections around the fistula, fistula closure with local flaps, myofascial flaps, or free flaps and fistula closure using a septal perforation silicon button. To present the results of the application of silicon ring expanding the voice prosthesis in patients with large and persistent peri-prosthetic fistula. A voice prosthesis was fitted to 42 patients after total laryngectomy. Leakage was detected around the prosthesis in 18 of these 42 patients. Four patients demonstrated improvement with conservative methods. Eight of 18 patients who couldn't be cured with conservative methods were treated by using primary suture closure and 4 patients were treated with local flaps. As silicon ring was applied as a primary treatment in the 2 remaining patients and also, applied to 2 patients who had recurrence after suture repair and to 2 patients who had recurrence after local flap implementation. Silicon rings were used in a total of 6 patients due to the secondary trachea-esophageal fistula. Patients were treated with provox-1 initially and later with provox-2. At the time of leakage around the fistula, 6 patients had provox-2. Fistulae were treated successfully in 6 patients, and effective speech of patients was preserved. Patients experienced no adaptation problem. Prosthesis changing time was not different between silicon rings expanded and normal prosthesis applied patients. Silicon ring combined voice prosthesis was used 26 times; there was no recurrence in fistula complication during 29±6 months follow up. Silicon rings for modified expanded voice prosthesis seems to be an effective treatment for persistent peri-prosthetic leakage, for both, fistula

  5. Repair of a recurrent rectovaginal fistula with a biological graft. (United States)

    Berger, Kate; Faro, Jonathan; Faro, Sebastian


    This case involves a patient with the congenital absence of the lower third of the vagina. While undergoing surgical restoration of the vagina, she sustained a laceration, which ultimately led to the development of a rectovaginal fistula. After two unsuccessful attempts at repair, the recommendation was for a diverting colostomy with another attempted repair, and she presented to our clinic to discuss other possible surgical options. The patient underwent repair of the fistula using a porcine-derived small intestinal submucosal extracellular matrix graft, which resulted in the repair of the rectovaginal fistula without recurrence at 18 months' follow-up.

  6. Spatial distribution patterns of anorectal atresia/stenosis in China: use of two-dimensional graph-theoretical clustering. (United States)

    Yuan, Ping; Qiao, Liang; Dai, Li; Wang, Yan-Ping; Zhou, Guang-Xuan; Han, Ying; Liu, Xiao-Xia; Zhang, Xun; Cao, Yi; Liang, Juan; Zhu, Jun


    To investigate the spatial distribution patterns of anorectal atresia/stenosis in China. Data were collected from the Chinese Birth Defects Monitoring Network (CBDMN), a hospital-based congenital malformations registry system. All fetuses more than 28 wk of gestation and neonates up to 7 d of age in hospitals within the monitoring sites of the CBDMN were monitored from 2001 to 2005. Two-dimensional graph-theoretical clustering was used to divide monitoring sites of the CBDMN into different clusters according to the average incidences of anorectal atresia/stenosis in the different monitoring sites. The overall average incidence of anorectal atresia/stenosis in China was 3.17 per 10,000 from 2001 to 2005. The areas with the highest average incidences of anorectal atresia/stenosis were almost always focused in Eastern China. The monitoring sites were grouped into 6 clusters of areas. Cluster 1 comprised the monitoring sites in Heilongjiang Province, Jilin Province, and Liaoning Province; Cluster 2 was composed of those in Fujian Province, Guangdong Province, Hainan Province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, south Hunan Province, and south Jiangxi Province; Cluster 3 consisted of those in Beijing Municipal City, Tianjin Municipal City, Hebei Province, Shandong Province, north Jiangsu Province, and north Anhui Province; Cluster 4 was made up of those in Zhejiang Province, Shanghai Municipal City, south Anhui Province, south Jiangsu Province, north Hunan Province, north Jiangxi Province, Hubei Province, Henan Province, Shanxi Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region; Cluster 5 consisted of those in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Gansu Province and Qinghai Province; and Cluster 6 included those in Shaanxi Province, Sichuan Province, Chongqing Municipal City, Yunnan Province, Guizhou Province, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Province and Tibet Autonomous Region. The findings in this research allow the display of the spatial distribution patterns of anorectal atresia

  7. Clinical and economic consequences of pancreatic fistula after elective pancreatic resection. (United States)

    Čečka, Filip; Jon, Bohumil; Šubrt, Zdeněk; Ferko, Alexander


    Postoperative pancreatic fistula is the main cause of morbidity after pancreatic resection. This study aimed to quantify the clinical and economic consequences of pancreatic fistula in a medium-volume pancreatic surgery center. Hospital records from patients who had undergone elective pancreatic resection in our department were identified. Pancreatic fistula was defined according to the International Study Group on Pancreatic Fistula (ISGPF). The consequences of pancreatic fistula were determined by treatment cost, hospital stay, and out-patient follow-up until the pancreatic fistula was completely healed. All costs of the treatment are calculated in Euros. The cost increase index was calculated for pancreatic fistula of grades A, B, and C as multiples of the total cost for the no fistula group. In 54 months, 102 patients underwent elective pancreatic resections. Forty patients (39.2%) developed pancreatic fistula, and 54 patients (52.9%) had one or more complications. The median length of hospital stay for the no fistula, grades A, B, and C fistula groups was 12.5, 14, 20, and 59 days, respectively. The hospital stay of patients with fistula of grades B and C was significantly longer than that of patients with no fistula (P8239, and 30 820 Euros in the no fistula, grades A, B, and C fistula groups, respectively. The grading recommended by the ISGPF is useful for comparing the clinical severity of fistula and for analyzing the clinical and economic consequences of pancreatic fistula. Pancreatic fistula prolongs the hospital stay and increases the cost of treatment in proportion to the severity of the fistula.

  8. Bone-anchored hearing aids (Baha) in congenital aural atresia: personal experience. (United States)

    Ricci, Giampietro; Volpe, Antonio Della; Faralli, Mario; Longari, Fabrizio; Lancione, Carla; Varricchio, Alfonso Maria; Frenguelli, Antonio


    Aural atresia is a congenital disease constituted by partial or complete lack of development of the external auditory canal, which is generally associated with malformations of the auricle and middle ear. Reconstruction of the auditory canal and correction of any deformities of the middle ear have yielded unpredictable results and variable functional outcomes, and there is a high rate of complications. Therefore, the use of bone-conduction hearing aids, such as the Baha, may represent a valid alternative for subjects who have conductive hearing loss with cochlear reserve that, as a rule, is fully conserved. The aim of this work is to reexamine our experience with the management of conductive and mixed hearing loss using the Baha system in children with bilateral aural atresia. We examined 31 patients with bilateral congenital aural atresia in whom a Baha system had been implanted. The patients, 16 males and 15 females, were between 5 and 14 years of age (mean 8.7). The following parameters were assessed for each patient: mean preoperative air and bone conduction for frequencies between 0.5 and 4kHz; mean preoperative threshold with conventional bone-conduction hearing aids; mean postoperative threshold with the Baha system; improvement in quality of life evaluated with the Glasgow Children's Benefit Inventory; rate and type of surgical complications. The mean preoperative air- and bone-conduction thresholds were 51.2±12.5 and 14.1±6.3dB HL, respectively. The mean preoperative threshold with a conventional bone-conduction hearing aid was 29.3±7.2dB HL, and the mean postoperative threshold with the Baha system was 18.1±7.5dB HL. Quality of life improved for all operated patients. The results of our study of the Baha system to treat patients with bilateral aural atresia were extremely satisfactory compared both with those of surgical reconstruction of the auditory canal and those of traditional bone-conduction hearing aids. Furthermore, great improvement was noted

  9. Fistula recurrence, pregnancy, and childbirth following successful closure of female genital fistula in Guinea: a longitudinal study. (United States)

    Delamou, Alexandre; Delvaux, Therese; El Ayadi, Alison M; Tripathi, Vandana; Camara, Bienvenu S; Beavogui, Abdoul H; Romanzi, Lauri; Cole, Bethany; Bouedouno, Patrice; Diallo, Moustapha; Barry, Thierno H; Camara, Mandian; Diallo, Kindy; Leveque, Alain; Zhang, Wei-Hong; De Brouwere, Vincent


    Female genital fistula is a devastating maternal complication of delivery in developing countries. We sought to analyse the incidence and proportion of fistula recurrence, residual urinary incontinence, and pregnancy after successful fistula closure in Guinea, and describe the delivery-associated maternal and child health outcomes. We did a longitudinal study in women discharged with a closed fistula from three repair hospitals supported by EngenderHealth in Guinea. We recruited women retrospectively (via medical record review) and prospectively at hospital discharge. We used Kaplan-Meier methods to analyse the cumulative incidence, incidence proportion, and incidence ratio of fistula recurrence, associated outcomes, and pregnancy after successful fistula closure. The primary outcome was recurrence of fistula following discharge from repair hospital in all eligible women who consented to inclusion and could provide follow-up data. 481 women eligible for analysis were identified retrospectively (from Jan 1, 2012, to Dec 31, 2014; 348 women) or prospectively (Jan 1 to June 20, 2015; 133 women), and followed up until June 30, 2016. Median follow-up was 28·0 months (IQR 14·6-36·6). 73 recurrent fistulas occurred, corresponding to a cumulative incidence of 71 per 1000 person-years (95% CI 56·5-89·3) and an incidence proportion of 18·4% (14·8-22·8). In 447 women who were continent at hospital discharge, we recorded 24 cases of post-repair residual urinary incontinence, equivalent to a cumulative incidence of 23·1 per 1000 person-years (14·0-36·2), and corresponding to 10·3% (5·2-19·6). In 305 women at risk of pregnancy, the cumulative incidence of pregnancy was 106·0 per 1000 person-years, corresponding to 28·4% (22·8-35·0) of these women. Of 50 women who had delivered by the time of follow-up, only nine delivered by elective caesarean section. There were 12 stillbirths, seven delivery-related fistula recurrences, and one maternal death. Recurrence of

  10. Iliac arteriovenous fistulas after lumbar spinal surgery. (United States)

    Ocal, Osman; Peynircioglu, Bora; Eldem, Gonca; Akpinar, Erhan; Onur, Mehmet Ruhi; Kabakci, Giray


    Iatrogenic arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is an unusual and potentially fatal complication of lumbar spinal surgery. The presentation of these injuries is usually late, with symptoms such as leg swelling or cardiac failure. It is crucial to suspect AVF in the patient which presents to emergency with lumbar spinal surgery history. The diagnosis is often based on imaging studies such as computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) angiography. Surgery was the first choice of treatment, but with recent advances in stent technology endovascular approach has become widely popular. We present two cases of AVF secondary to lumbar spinal surgery, one of them presenting with overt heart failure and the other one with leg swelling.

  11. Inoperable aggressive mesenteric fibromatosis with ureteric fistula

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    Khanna, Paritosh C. [Radiology Department, Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai (India)]. E-mail:; Lath, Chinar [Radiology Department, Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai (India); Gadewar, Swapna B. [Radiology Department, Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai (India); Agrawal, Dilpesh [Internal Medicine Department, Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai (India)


    The purpose of our report is to illustrate an aggressive case of mesenteric fibromatosis in a 17-year-old girl with a ureteric fistula and to review imaging and pathological features, natural history and treatment options of this disease. Our patient underwent computed tomography that revealed a widespread intra-abdominal mass. The necrotic centre of this mass had a fistulous communication with the right ureter. Fibromatoses represent a spectrum of uncommon benign conditions characterised by proliferating fibrous tissue. The deep intra-abdominal form of mesenteric fibromatosis (MF), one of the rare subtypes of the 'fibromatoses' or 'desmoid tumours', grows rapidly and may become extensive. Surgery provides good results in limited disease and non-surgical modalities in cases of unresectable and residual disease.

  12. Arterioportal fistulas in liver transplant recipients. (United States)

    Saad, Wael E A


    Arterioportal fistulas (APFs) are classified into intrahepatic (>75% of all reported) and extrahepatic (APFs), so the actual prevalence of intrahepatic APFs is probably much higher (likely >90% of APFs). All reported APFs in liver transplant recipients have been intrahepatic. Hemodynamically significant APFs in liver transplant recipients are rare, occurring in 0.2%; however, APFs (hemodynamically significant or not) are not uncommonly seen in hepatic angiograms of liver transplant recipients (up to 5.4% of hepatic arteriograms in transplants). Interestingly, hemodynamically significant APFs warranting endovascular treatment are reported more commonly in the literature in native compared with transplanted livers (n >280-300 versus n = 13, respectively). This article discusses APFs that are specific to liver transplant recipients; their incidence, etiology, pathogenesis, natural history, clinical presentation, and endovascular management are discussed in detail.

  13. Presentation and perioperative management of arterioportal fistulas. (United States)

    Strodel, W E; Eckhauser, F E; Lemmer, J H; Whitehouse, W M; Williams, D M


    Arterioportal fistulas (APFs) are usually traumatic in origin and may result in portal hypertension and its complications. Over six years, six patients (aged 20 to 59 years) presented with APFs. Two APFs developed after percutaneous liver biopsy, but only one was complicated (hemobilia). Neither patient was treated operatively. Four APFs occurred two days to three years after gunshot wounds. Three patients presented with gastrointestinal tract hemorrhage. All patients had abdominal bruits. Two patients underwent primary repair. One patient underwent APF resection and replacement of the superior mesenteric artery with autogenous vein. Another patient underwent APF and bowel resection. Three patients survived. One patient died of liver failure. The development of an abdominal bruit in a patient with penetrating abdominal trauma suggests APF and should prompt angiography. Elective repair is recommended before complications of portal hypertension develop.

  14. Acquired lacrimal sac fistula mimicking basal cell carcinoma. (United States)

    Litwin, A S; Timlin, H; Sagili, S; Wright, M; Malhotra, R


    Lacrimal sac fistulae can arise after an episode of dacryocystitis, usually forming below the medial canthus. Preceding symptoms of a watery eye with mucous discharge and a history or signs of inflammation are typical. To highlight the features of lacrimal sac fistulae and encourage readers to consider this in the differential diagnosis of apparently ulcerative medial canthal skin lesions. We describe three patients with inferior-medial canthal ulcerative skin lesions, all referred to ophthalmic plastic surgeons either by dermatologists or plastic surgeons, presumed clinically to have basal cell carcinoma (BCC). All three were in fact due to acquired lacrimal sac fistulae, and syringing of the nasolacrimal system confirmed the presence of a fistula. These cases illustrate the importance of questioning patients about their previous ocular symptoms when dealing with less familiar periocular lesions. © 2013 The Authors. BJD © 2013 British Association of Dermatologists.

  15. Imperforate anus and perianal fistula in Ancient Greek medical writings. (United States)

    Tsoucalas, Gregory; Gentimi, Fotini; Kousoulis, Antonis A; Karamanou, Marianna; Androutsos, George


    Anorectal malformations remain a challenging topic in pediatric surgery, known since antiquity. In our paper we expose the main descriptions and therapeutic approaches of imperforate anus and perianal fistula through the works of the ancient Greek and Byzantine physicians.

  16. Biliary-pleural fistulas without biliary obstruction: percutaneous catheter management

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    Feld, R; Wechsler, RJ; Bonn, J


    ...: Our purpose was to report the use of percutaneous catheter drainage as a therapeutic option in the management of three patients with biliary-pleural fistulas without biliary obstructions. CONCLUSION...

  17. Vesico-vaginal Fistula Surgery in Uganda. Brian Hancock, Mhairi ...

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    Dec 2, 2004 ... first attempt but a further 10% may have unacceptable stress incontinence. Conclusion: We ... fistula camps can make a significant contribution to teaching and cure of patients. ... outcome from prolonged labour, which every.

  18. Obstetric Fistula: A Narrative Review of the Literature on Preventive ...

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    , especially in the developing context. This study brings together the ...... Current Opinion in. Obstetrics and Gynecology, (18). 26. Shefren, J. (2009). The tragedy of obstetric fistula and strategies for prevention. American Journal of. Obstetrics ...

  19. Clinical and echocardiographic features of aorto-atrial fistulas

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    Ananthasubramaniam Karthik


    Full Text Available Abstract Aorto-atrial fistulas (AAF are rare but important pathophysiologic conditions of the aorta and have varied presentations such as acute pulmonary edema, chronic heart failure and incidental detection of the fistula. A variety of mechanisms such as aortic dissection, endocarditis with pseudoaneurysm formation, post surgical scenarios or trauma may precipitate the fistula formation. With increasing survival of patients, particularly following complex aortic reconstructive surgeries and redo valve surgeries, recognition of this complication, its clinical features and echocardiographic diagnosis is important. Since physical exam in this condition may be misleading, echocardiography serves as the cornerstone for diagnosis. The case below illustrates aorto-left atrial fistula formation following redo aortic valve surgery with slowly progressive symptoms of heart failure. A brief review of the existing literature of this entity is presented including emphasis on echocardiographic diagnosis and treatment.

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    ... challenge for the adolescent because of the various reproductive and social consequences. ... The issue of unsafe abortion within the context of the unmet sexual and reproductive ... Keywords: Fistula, adolescent, unsafe abortion, abscess

  1. Endovascular treatment of carotid cavernous sinus fistula: A systematic review (United States)

    Korkmazer, Bora; Kocak, Burak; Tureci, Ercan; Islak, Civan; Kocer, Naci; Kizilkilic, Osman


    Carotid cavernous sinus fistulas are abnormal communications between the carotid system and the cavernous sinus. Several classification schemes have described carotid cavernous sinus fistulas according to etiology, hemodynamic features, or the angiographic arterial architecture. Increased pressure within the cavernous sinus appears to be the main factor in pathophysiology. The clinical features are related to size, exact location, and duration of the fistula, adequacy and route of venous drainage and the presence of arterial/venous collaterals. Noninvasive imaging (computed tomography, magnetic resonance, computed tomography angiography, magnetic resonance angiography, Doppler) is often used in the initial work-up of a possible carotid cavernous sinus fistulas. Cerebral angiography is the gold standard for the definitive diagnosis, classification, and planning of treatment for these lesions. The endovascular approach has evolved as the mainstay therapy for definitive treatment in situations including clinical emergencies. Conservative treatment, surgery and radiosurgery constitute other management options for these lesions. PMID:23671750

  2. Intracranial dural arteriovenous fistula with spinal medullary venous drainage

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    Wiesmann, M.; Padovan, C.S.; Pfister, H.W.; Yousry, T.A. [Muenchen Univ. (Germany). Abt. fuer Neuroradiologie


    We report on a 46-year-old patient in whom an intracranial dural arteriovenous (AV) fistula, supplied by a branch of the ascending pharyngeal artery, drained into spinal veins and produced rapidly progressive symptoms of myelopathy and brainstem dysfunction including respiratory insufficiency. Magnetic resonance imaging studies demonstrated brainstem oedema and dilated veins of the brainstem and spinal cord. Endovascular embolization of the fistula led to good neurological recovery, although the patient had been paraplegic for 24 h prior to embolization. This case demonstrates the MRI characteristics of an intracranial dural AV fistula with spinal drainage and illustrates the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. Even paraplegia may be reversible, if angiography is performed and the fistula treated before ischaemic and gliotic changes become irreversible. (orig.)

  3. Epidemiology and outcome of patients with postoperative abdominal fistula. (United States)

    Wercka, Janaina; Cagol, Patricia Paola; Melo, André Luiz Parizi; Locks, Giovani de Figueiredo; Franzon, Orli; Kruel, Nicolau Fernandes


    to present the epidemiological profile, incidence and outcome of patients who developing postoperative abdominal fistula. This observational, cross-sectional, prospective study evaluated patients undergoing abdominal surgery. We studied the epidemiological profile, the incidence of postoperative fistulas and their characteristics, the outcome of this complication and the predictors of mortality. The sample consisted of 1,148 patients. The incidence of fistula was 5.5%. There was predominance of biliary fistula (26%), followed by colonic fistulas (22%) and stomach (15%). The average time to onset of fistula was 6.3 days. For closure, the average was 25.6 days. The mortality rate of patients with fistula was 25.4%. Predictors of mortality in patients who developed fistula were age over 60 years, presence of comorbidities, fistula closure time more than 19 days, no spontaneous closure of the fistula, malnutrition, sepsis and need for admission to the Intensive Care Unit. abdominal postoperative fistulas are still relatively frequent and associated with significant morbidity and mortality. apresentar o perfil epidemiológico, incidência e desfecho em pacientes que evoluíram com fístula abdominal pós-operatória. trata-se de um estudo prospectivo transversal observacional que avaliou pacientes submetidos à cirurgia abdominal. Foram estudados o perfil epidemiológico, a incidência das fístulas pós-operatórias e suas características, desfecho desta complicaçãoe fatores preditivos de mortalidade. a amostra constou de 1148 pacientes. A incidência de fístula foi 5,5%. Houve predominância de fístulas biliares (26%), seguidas de fístulas colônicas (22%) e gástricas (15%). O tempo médio para o surgimento da fístula foi 6,3 dias. Para o fechamento, a média foi 25,6 dias. A taxa de mortalidade dos pacientes com fístula foi 25,4%. Os fatores preditivos de mortalidade nos casos que desenvolveram fístula foram idade maior do que 60 anos, presença de

  4. Arteriovenous fistulas aggravate the hemodynamic effect of vein bypass stenoses

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    Nielsen, Tina G; Djurhuus, Christian Born; Morre-Pedersen, Erik


    PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of arteriovenous fistulas combined with varying degrees of stenosis on distal bypass hemodynamics and Doppler spectral parameters. METHODS: In an in vitro flow model bypass stenoses causing 30%, 55%, and 70% diameter reduction were induced...... hemodynamic conditions of a more severe stenosis. Assessment of the hemodynamic impact of fistulas must be undertaken in the evaluation of in situ vein bypass stenoses....

  5. Biliary-pleural fistulas without biliary obstruction: percutaneous catheter management. (United States)

    Feld, R; Wechsler, R J; Bonn, J


    Our purpose was to report the use of percutaneous catheter drainage as a therapeutic option in the management of three patients with biliary-pleural fistulas without biliary obstructions. In the proper clinical setting, the CT findings of liver dome laceration or abscess, diaphragm disruption, and pleural effusion should suggest biliary-pleural fistula. Percutaneous catheter management can be curative or serve a temporizing function before surgery.

  6. Successful Use of Modified Suprapubic Catheter to Rescue Prostatorectal Fistula

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    Full Text Available Prostatorectal fistula is a complication following radiotherapy. It remains a clinical challenge to treat because most patients experience a poor quality of life. This case report discusses a modified suprapubic catheter for use in a patient with a prostatorectal fistula that developed after radiotherapy for localized prostate cancer. It is an inexpensive, easily available, and more patient-tolerable catheter that improves quality of life. Herein, we describe the development of this catheter.

  7. Benign duodenocolic fistula. A case presenting with acidosis

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    Benn, Marianne; Nielsen, F T; Antonsen, H K


    A case of benign duodenocolic fistula as a complication to peptic ulcer disease is presented, the case being interesting for the rarity of the diagnosis and by being complicated with acidosis. The etiology, clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment are reviewed.......A case of benign duodenocolic fistula as a complication to peptic ulcer disease is presented, the case being interesting for the rarity of the diagnosis and by being complicated with acidosis. The etiology, clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment are reviewed....

  8. Care of arteriovenous fistula by patients with chronic renal failure.


    Monteiro Furtado, Angelina; Elisângela Teixeira Lima, Francisca


    This descriptive study aimed at identifying care of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) performed patients under hemodialysis. Twenty one hemodialysis patients were randomly selected in a clinic in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil:11 female and 11 male patients, age between 30 and 50 yearold, and most were single, retired, and had low education level. Semi-structured interview was applied. The following procedures were mentioned: cleaning the fistula arm, thrill palpation, avoiding lifting weight with AVF...

  9. [Spontaneous bilio-digestive fistula of lithiasic origin]. (United States)

    Marzocca, G; Botta, G; Lorenzini, L


    Personal experience about 11 cases of spontaneous biliary enteric fistula caused by lithiasic disease operated in the General Surgical Clinic of the University of Siena from 1969 to 1988, is reported. The epidemiology, pathogenesis, symptomatology, indications for operation and various operating techniques performed are discussed. In the gallstone intestinal obstruction, the authors prefer to resolve immediately the obstruction, deferring to a later moment the specific operation for the treatment of the biliary enteric fistula and the lithiasic disease.

  10. Radiological evaluation of anal fistulae: a prospective study of fistulograms. (United States)

    Ani, A N; Lagundoye, S B


    A review of 33 fistulograms in a four-year study is presented. Four types of communicating tracts have emerged: single (58%), branched (18%), fistulous abscess (15%) and compound (9%). This classification has formed the basis of selection of operative treatment in all the cases. Diminished lumbo-sacral angle was also found in most of the anal fistula cases and this establishes a possible association between the pathology of anal fistula and the low back syndrome.

  11. Thoracic fistulas of the pancreas and their complications in childhood

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    Fritsch, R.; Schirg, E.; Buerger, D.


    The article reports on two thoracic fistulas of the pancreas in infants. Anamnesis revealed that recurring abdominal pain had occured in those children for years; at the time of their admission to hospital there was considerable dyspnoea with thoracic pain depending on the respiration. Fistulas of the pancreas with thoracic connection were identified as the cause. The article goes into the details of genesis, differential diagnosis and course of the disease.

  12. Enterocutaneous Fistulas in the Setting of Trauma and Critical Illness (United States)


    aortic aneurysm leads to increased intraperitoneal and retroperitoneal volume, visceral edema, abdominal wall edema, and may lead to ACS. The term...patients that had developed oliguria and abdominal distention after abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.30 The advent of endovascular techni- ques for...fistula complicating electric burns a case report. J Pediatr Surg 2003;38(8):1232 1233 13. Prasad JK, Thomson PD, East MK. Faecal fistula as the

  13. Treatment of traumatic carotid cavernous fistulas using detachable balloons

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    Han, Moon Hee; Han, Joon Koo; Chang, Kee Hyun [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Since the introduction of the concept of detachable balloon technique to occlude arteriovenous fistulas, this technique has become the treatment of choice in the management of traumatic carotid cavernous fistulas (CCF). We tried the occlusion of fistula using detachable balloons in 30 consecutive cases of traumatic CCF and the result of our experience is reported. Transarterial approach with manually-tied latex balloons is tried in all cases and the fistulas were successfully occlude in 28 cases of all. In 20 cases, internal carotid artery was preserved and the arterial lumen was occluded along with fistula opening in 9 cases. In rest of 2 cases, surgical ligation was done because of procedure-related thromboembolism and incomplete occlusion of fistula. We experienced hemiparesis as a major complication in 3 cases. In one of them, the symptom developed during occlusion tolerance test, one just after insertion of guiding catheter into the internal carotid artery, and in one case 2 days after the occlusion of internal carotid artery. In one case, the procedure was performed by the direct puncture of carotid artery because of the ligation of common carotid artery by previous surgery. It is suggested that the systemic heparinization during the procedure is indispensable and starting the procedure with No 9 balloon is considered reasonable.

  14. Congenital nasolacrimal duct fistula in Brown Swiss cattle. (United States)

    Braun, Ueli; Jacober, Simon; Drögemüller, Cord


    An increased incidence of nasolacrimal duct fistula in the offspring of dam J and three of her sons (bulls A, B and C) prompted a study to investigate the prevalence and clinical manifestation of this anomaly. The dam J, bull B, 255 direct offspring of bulls A, B, and C and eight other direct and indirect offspring of cow J were examined. The periocular region of each animal was examined for unilateral or bilateral nasolacrimal duct fistula and the location, appearance and size of the lesions. Of 265 cattle examined, 54 had unilateral (n = 24) or bilateral fistula (n = 30). The prevalence of affected offspring differed significantly among the three bulls. The fistulae were located medial to the medial canthus of the eye and were 1 to 10 mm (median, 1 mm) in height and 1 to 12 mm (median, 2 mm) in length. The shape of the opening was circular in 58, oval in 23 and slit-like in three. One other animal had a large opening with an atypical shape and another had an abnormal medial canthus with several fistulous openings. Seventy openings were pigmented and 52 were hairless. The fistulae were clinically significant in 12 animals. The findings suggest a hereditary cause of nasolacrimal duct fistula in Brown Swiss cattle.

  15. Elevated Shear Stress in Arteriovenous Fistulae: Is There Mechanical Homeostasis? (United States)

    McGah, Patrick; Leotta, Daniel; Beach, Kirk; Aliseda, Alberto


    Arteriovenous fistulae are created surgically to provide access for dialysis in patients with renal failure. The current hypothesis is that the rapid remodeling occurring after the fistula creation is in part a process to restore the mechanical stresses to some preferred level (i.e. mechanical homeostasis). Given that nearly 50% of fistulae require an intervention after one year, understanding the altered hemodynamic stress is important in improving clinical outcomes. We perform numerical simulations of four patient-specific models of functioning fistulae reconstructed from 3D Doppler ultrasound scans. Our results show that the vessels are subjected to `normal' shear stresses away from the anastomosis; about 1 Pa in the veins and about 2.5 Pa in the arteries. However, simulations show that part of the anastomoses are consistently subjected to very high shear stress (>10Pa) over the cardiac cycle. These elevated values shear stresses are caused by the transitional flows at the anastomoses including flow separation and quasiperiodic vortex shedding. This suggests that the remodeling process lowers shear stress in the fistula but that it is limited as evidenced by the elevated shear at the anastomoses. This constant insult on the arterialized venous wall may explain the process of late fistula failure in which the dialysis access become occluded after years of use. Supported by an R21 Grant from NIDDK (DK081823).

  16. Sexual activity among Nigerian women following successful obstetric fistula repair. (United States)

    Anzaku, Stephen A; Lengmang, Sunday J; Mikah, Samaila; Shephard, Steven N; Edem, Bassey E


    To evaluate post-operative sexual activity among women who have undergone obstetric fistula repair. The present descriptive cross-sectional study recruited married women who had undergone successful obstetric fistula repair who were attending reunion activities at Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria, between March 13 and March 15, 2014. Participants were interviewed regarding penetrative vaginal intercourse after surgery, and any changes in sexual desire, arousal, orgasm, sexual satisfaction, and the presence of coital pain compared with before they experienced obstetric fistula. There were 102 patients who participated in interviews; 23 (22.5%) reported not being able to engage in penetrative vaginal intercourse and 12 (52%) of these patients ascribed this to a "tight" or "narrow" vagina. Compared with the pre-fistula period, 63 (61.7%) patients reported reduced sexual desire, 57 (55.9%) reported lack of or inadequate lubrication during intercourse, 12 (11.8%) reported anorgasmia, and 60 (58.8%) reported reduced attainment of orgasm. Dyspareunia was reported by 48 (47.1%) patients; 43 (90%) experienced superficial or deep dyspareunia, and 5 (10%) experienced both. A lack of and lower sexual satisfaction were reported by 20 (19.6%) and 40 (39.2%) patients, respectively. Following obstetric fistula repair, many women experienced difficulty engaging in penetrative vaginal intercourse and reported sexual dysfunction. Management of sexual dysfunction should be part of fistula rehabilitation programs. © 2016 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

  17. Diagnosis and Treatment of Biliary Fistulas in the Laparoscopic Era

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    Full Text Available Biliary fistulas are rare complications of gallstone. They can affect either the biliary or the gastrointestinal tract and are usually classified as primary or secondary. The primary fistulas are related to the biliary lithiasis, while the secondary ones are related to surgical complications. Laparoscopic surgery is a therapeutic option for the treatment of primary biliary fistulas. However, it could be the first responsible for the development of secondary biliary fistulas. An accurate preoperative diagnosis together with an experienced surgeon on the hepatobiliary surgery is necessary to deal with biliary fistulas. Cholecystectomy with a choledocoplasty is the most frequent treatment of primary fistulas, whereas the bile duct drainage or the endoscopic stenting is the best choice in case of minor iatrogenic bile duct injuries. Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy is the extreme therapeutic option for both conditions. The sepsis, the level of the bile duct damage, and the involvement of the gastrointestinal tract increase the complexity of the operation and affect early and late results.

  18. Diagnosis and Treatment of Biliary Fistulas in the Laparoscopic Era. (United States)

    Crespi, M; Montecamozzo, G; Foschi, D


    Biliary fistulas are rare complications of gallstone. They can affect either the biliary or the gastrointestinal tract and are usually classified as primary or secondary. The primary fistulas are related to the biliary lithiasis, while the secondary ones are related to surgical complications. Laparoscopic surgery is a therapeutic option for the treatment of primary biliary fistulas. However, it could be the first responsible for the development of secondary biliary fistulas. An accurate preoperative diagnosis together with an experienced surgeon on the hepatobiliary surgery is necessary to deal with biliary fistulas. Cholecystectomy with a choledocoplasty is the most frequent treatment of primary fistulas, whereas the bile duct drainage or the endoscopic stenting is the best choice in case of minor iatrogenic bile duct injuries. Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy is the extreme therapeutic option for both conditions. The sepsis, the level of the bile duct damage, and the involvement of the gastrointestinal tract increase the complexity of the operation and affect early and late results.

  19. Primary aortoduodenal fistula after radiotherapy. Report of a case

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    Oshima, Takeshi; Inoue, Hitoshi; Oshima, Akira; Minami, Tomohito; Matsumine, Takao [Tokyo Metropolitan Fuchu Hospital (Japan)


    Aortoduodenal fistula is a rare and life-threatening cause of gastrointestinal hemorrhage. The patient was a 44-year-old woman who repeated intermittent hematemesis and melena after hysterectomy, para-aortic lymph node dissection, and subsequent radiotherapy. Angiography revealed no bleeding point. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy showed an ulcer at the third portion of the duodenum. Emergency laparotomy revealed an aortoduodenal fistula which was inferred to be caused by radiotherapy because no recurrence of malignancy was detected. After the fistula was closed, the patient repeated hematemesis and anal bleeding. She died of acute hemorrhagic shock, in spite of three operations including axillo-femoral bypass. We propose that radiation might have played a role in the pathogenesis of the aortoduodenal fistula in our case. The new case of primary aortoduodenal fistula following radiotherapy is added to four cases previously reported in the literature. Six cases in which the lesion of the duodenum could be demonstrated by endoscopy, have been reported in Japan. Aortoduodenal fistula should be considered as a probable diagnosis in patients presenting massive gastrointestinal hemorrhage after radiotherapy. Rapid surgical treatments are needed, and operative procedures to be considered include resection of the aorta with aortic stump closure and axillo-femoral bypass. (author)

  20. Acute iliofemoral venous thrombosis in patients with atresia of the inferior vena cava can be treated successfully with catheter-directed thrombolysis

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    Broholm, Rikke; Jørgensen, Maja; Just, Sven


    To assess the effectiveness and clinical outcomes of catheter-directed thrombolysis in patients with atresia of the inferior vena cava (IVC) and acute iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis (DVT).......To assess the effectiveness and clinical outcomes of catheter-directed thrombolysis in patients with atresia of the inferior vena cava (IVC) and acute iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis (DVT)....

  1. Pulmonary blood supply by a branch from the distal ascending aorta in pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect: differential diagnosis of fifth aortic arch. (United States)

    Yoo, S J; Moes, C A; Burrows, P E; Molossi, S; Freedom, R M


    A patient with pulmonary atresia and a ventricular septal defect is described in whom an arterial branch from the distal ascending aorta supplied segments of both lungs. The branch is considered to represent a persistent fifth aortic arch. The possible morphogenesis and differential diagnosis of a communication between the ascending aorta and the pulmonary artery in pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect are discussed.

  2. A rare complication of Meckel's diverticulum: A fistula between Meckel's diverticulum and the appendix

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    Full Text Available Meckel diverticulum is the most common congenital anomaly of the small intestine, occurring in about 2%–4% of the population. Meckel diverticulum results from incomplete closure of the omphalomesenteric duct. The presentation of symptomatic Meckel diverticulum includes gastrointestinal hemorrhage, intestinal obstruction, volvulus, intussusception, diverticulitis, and neoplasms. The development of fistula is an extremely rare complication. Previous literature has even shown an enterocolonic fistula, a vesicodiverticular fistula, ileorectal fistula, and fistula-in-ano. To the best of our knowledge, we present the first case of the fistula complicated between Meckel diverticulum and the appendix in a review of the English literature.

  3. Traumatic rectourethral fistula repair: A potential application of porcine small intestinal submucosa

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    Shanmugasundaram Rajaian


    Full Text Available Rectourethral fistula is an uncommon but devastating condition. Traumatic rectourethral fistula is still uncommon and repair of traumatic rectourethral fistula involves a complex procedure. Most of the urologists would prefer to repair the fistula through perineal route especially when urethral reconstruction is also required. The repaired ends of the fistula are separated with various interposition flaps and grafts in order to prevent recurrence. Gracilis interposition muscle flap is commonly used. We describe the first case of traumatic rectourethral fistula repair in a 45-year-old man using interposition of a porcine small intestinal submucosal (Biodesign™ (Surgisis ® graft.

  4. Estudo angiográfico da circulação pulmonar na tetralogia de Fallot com atresia pulmonar Angiographic study of pulmonary circulation in tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia

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    Marco Aurélio Santos


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Identificar os tipos de suprimento sangüíneo vascular pulmonar na tetralogia de Fallot com atresia pulmonar por meio de estudo hemodinâmico. MÉTODOS: Foram submetidos a estudo cineangiocardiográfico 56 pacientes portadores de tetralogia de Fallot com atresia pulmonar com idade de 20 dias a 4 anos e efetuadas injeções de contraste nas seguintes estruturas vasculares: 1 veia pulmonar encunhada, 2 colaterais aortopulmonares, 3 aorta torácica e 4 ductus arteriosus e/ou shunt sistêmico pulmonar. RESULTADOS: Dos 56 pacientes, 15 tinham o suprimento sangüíneo pulmonar através de colaterais aortopulmonares, em 36 o suprimento sangüíneo pulmonar era feito isoladamente pelo ductus arteriosus e em 5 pelo ductus arteriosus e colaterais aortopulmonares. Conforme a presença ou ausência de estruturas vasculares que compõem a circulação pulmonar na tetralogia de Fallot com atresia pulmonar e do tipo de perfusão vascular pulmonar, os doentes foram classificados em 6 tipos. CONCLUSÃO: Em função da grande complexidade e extrema variabilidade do suprimento sangüíneo pulmonar na tetralogia de Fallot com atresia pulmonar torna-se possível, com este tipo de abordagem, a obtenção de informações, suficientemente necessárias, para o correto manuseio clínico-cirúrgico.OBJECTIVE: To identify the types of pulmonary vascular blood supply in tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia by use of hemodynamic study. METHODS: Fifty-six patients with tetralogy of Fallot and pulmonary atresia, and ages ranging from 20 days to 4 years, underwent cineangiocardiographic study with contrast medium injections in the following vascular structures: 1 wedged pulmonary vein; 2 aortopulmonary collaterals; 3 thoracic aorta; and 4 ductus arteriosus or systemic-pulmonary shunt. RESULTS: In the 56 patients studied, pulmonary blood was supplied as follows: in 15, by aortopulmonary collaterals; in 36, only by the ductus arteriosus; and in 5, by the ductus

  5. Meconial peritonitis in a rare association of partial ileal apple-peel atresia with small abdominal wall defect

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    V. Insinga


    Full Text Available Intestinal atresia type III B (apple peel and gastroschisis are both congenital malformations who require early surgical correction in neonatal age. Their association is very rare. We present the case of a full term infant with partial apple peel ileal atresia and a small defect of the anterior abdominal wall, complicated by in utero intestinal perforation and subsequent meconial peritonitis. We observed a partial atresia of small intestine, with involvement of terminal ileus savings of jejunum and a large part of the proximal ileum, small anterior abdominal wall defect with herniation of few bowel loops, intestinal malrotation. Paralytic ileus and infections are the main causes of morbidity and mortality at neonatal age. In our case, in spite of the mild phenotype, prognosis has been complicated by the onset of functional bowel obstruction, caused by chemical peritonitis resulting from contact with either amniotic fluid and meconium.

  6. Surgical management of aneurysms of arteriovenous fistulae in hemodialysis patients: A case series

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    Christopher SP Valentine


    Full Text Available Christopher SP Valentine, Olugbenga AworantiDepartment of Surgery, Cornwall Regional Hospital, Montego Bay, JamaicaBackground: One of the complications of arteriovenous (AV fistulae used for hemodialysis is aneurysm formation and subsequent risk for rupture. Surgery is one of the modalities utilised to treat this condition.Methods: A retrospective review of medical records was done to identify patients managed surgically at our institution over a four-year period. The surgical procedures varied from aneurysmectomy alone, to partial aneurysmectomy with preservation of the fistula, to aneurysmectomy and creation of a new fistula.Results: Seven patients who had undergone AV fistula aneurysm were identified. The usual presentation was of a pulsatile, expansile mass at the site of the AV fistula scar associated with pain. Two patients presented with bleeding. Patients in whom preservation of the fistula was attempted had poor patency of the fistula postoperatively. All patients in whom aneurysmectomy with creation of a new fistula was done had a functional fistula postoperatively.Discussion: Others have described surgical techniques for fistula preservation, but these have necessitated a significant delay until use of the fistula. Arterial blood flow in a new fistula increases gradually for up to 10 days, then tapers off. Therefore, it should be possible to begin use of the fistula at this time.Conclusions: AV fistula aneurysms may be treated by aneurysmectomy and creation of a new fistula. This may also reduce the waiting time before the fistula can be used for dialysis.Keywords: arteriovenous fistula, aneurysm, hemodialysis aneurysm, pseudoaneurysm

  7. Non-matured arteriovenous fistulae for haemodialysis: diagnosis, endovascular and surgical treatment

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    Marko Malovrh


    Full Text Available Non-maturation is a feature of autologous vascular access. The autologous arteriovenous fistula needs time to mature and for the vein to enlarge to a size where it can be needled for dialysis. A fistula that fails early is one that either never develops adequately to support dialysis or fails within the first three months of its use. Two variables are required for fistula maturation. Firstly, the fistula should have adequate blood flow to support dialysis and secondly, it should have enough size to allow for successful repetitive cannulation. Three main reasons for maturation failure are: arterial and venous problems and the presence of accessory veins. Early diagnostics and intervention for fistula maturation minimizes catheter use and its associated complications. The identification of immature fistulae is relatively simple. Physical examination has been highlighted to be a valuable tool in assessing fistula. Any fistula that fails to mature adequately and demonstrates abnormal physical findings should be studied aggressively. Ultrasonography can successfully identify candidates who fail to meet the recently developed criteria for immature fistulae. In recent years, digital subtraction angiography and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography has been introduced for assessment of dysfunctional haemodialysis conduits, including immature fistulae. A great majority of non-matured fistulae can be successfully salvaged using percutaneous techniques. In addition to endovascular techniques, surgical intervention can also be an option. This paper reviews the process of fistula maturation and presents information regarding how to obtain a mature fistula.

  8. Alterations in gene expression during fasting-induced atresia of early secondary ovarian follicles of coho salmon, Oncorhynchus kisutch. (United States)

    Yamamoto, Yoji; Luckenbach, J Adam; Young, Graham; Swanson, Penny


    Molecular processes that either regulate ovarian atresia or are consequences of atresia are poorly understood in teleost fishes. We hypothesized that feed restriction that perturbs normal ovarian growth and induces follicular atresia would alter ovarian gene expression patterns. Previtellogenic, two-year old coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) were subjected to prolonged fasting to induce atresia or maintained on a normal feeding schedule that would promote continued ovarian development. To identify genes that were specifically up- or down-regulated during oocyte growth in healthy, growing fish compared to fasted fish, reciprocal suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH) cDNA libraries were generated using ovaries from fed and fasted animals. Differential expression of genes identified by SSH was confirmed with quantitative PCR. The SSH library representing genes elevated in ovaries of fed fish relative to those of fasted fish contained steroidogenesis-related genes (e.g., hydroxy-delta-5-steroid dehydrogenase), Tgf-beta superfamily members (e.g., anti-Mullerian hormone) and cytoskeletal intermediate filament proteins (e.g., type I keratin s8). Overall, these genes were associated with steroid production, cell proliferation and differentiation, and ovarian epithelialization. The library representing genes elevated in ovaries of fasted fish relative to fed fish contained genes associated with apoptosis (e.g., programmed cell death protein 4), cortical alveoli (e.g., alveolin), the zona pellucida (e.g., zona pellucida protein c), and microtubules (e.g., microtubule associated protein tau). Elevated expression of this suite of genes was likely associated with the initiation of atresia and/or a reduced rate of follicle development in response to fasting. This study revealed ovarian genes involved in normal early secondary oocyte growth and potential early markers of atresia. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  9. Woman with surgical reconstruction of anal atresia who realized pregnancy with in vitro fertilisation

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    Garalejić Eliana


    Full Text Available Introduction. Anal atresia is a congenital anomaly, very life threatening and urgent. Surgical treatment of this anomaly consists of colostomy first, and then of anal reconstruction. Case report. We presented a 31-year old female with the surgery treatment of anal atresia in the early childhood. In the reproductive period, due to tubal infertily, the patient was included in the program of in vitro fertilization (IVF, in the Clinic for Gynecology and Obstetrics 'Narodni front', Belgrade. Within this program a long protocol of ovarian stimulation was performed. Ultrasonographic and color Doppler monitoring of the patient was applied by the use of an ultrasonographic apparatus type Siemens Acuson X 150, while any hormonal examinations were performed by an Architect Abbott unit. During the IVF program, the growth of follicules was controlled by the use of ultrasonography, microcirculation of the ovaries and the uterus was marked by a power-pulsating color Doppler, and hormonal examination was performed starting from the day of stimulation up to the day of injecting Pregnyl®. The patient was administered Suprefact® (buserelin sc from the 21st day of the menstrual cycle, as well as from the 3rd day of the cycle, for totally 11 days. The patient was given 29 ampoules of Gonal F® (recombinant human FSH 75 IJ im and 15 ampoules of Menopur® (menotrophin im. Due to a modified pelvic anatomy, the left ovary aspiration was disabled, while the right ovary aspired seven oocytes successfully. Three embryos were inserted in the uterus. The delivery was performed by cesarean section. Conclusion. In the reported patient with a modified pelvic anatomy due to four corrective surgeries of anal atresia, and tubal infertility in the reproductive period, the method of choice for the realization of pregnancy was the IVF procedure. The realized pregnancy and the delivery could be considered highly successful in regard to possible risks.

  10. Aesthetic and hearing rehabilitation in patients with bilateral microtia-atresia. (United States)

    Fan, Xinmiao; Wang, Yibei; Wang, Pu; Fan, Yue; Chen, Yu; Zhu, Yuanli; Chen, Xiaowei


    To evaluate the safety and efficacy of auricle reconstruction and active transcutaneous bone-conduction implantation in patients with bilateral microtia-atresia. Patients were chosen prospectively, with each being his/her own control. The setting was a tertiary referral center. Twelve patients, aged 6-18 years, with bilateral microtia-atresia suffering from bilateral conductive hearing loss. All had an upper bone conduction threshold limit of 45 dB HL at frequencies of 0.5-4 kHz. Patient satisfaction with the reconstructed auricle was rated as highly satisfactory, basically satisfactory, or unsatisfactory. Mean pure-tone thresholds and speech audiometry test results were compared among patients unaided, with a soft-band Bonebridge, and with an implanted Bonebridge. Subjective satisfaction was analyzed using three questionnaires: the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit (APHAB), the Glasgow children's benefit inventory (GCBI), and the International Outcome Inventory for Hearing Aids (IOI-HA). All patients who underwent auricle reconstruction expressed satisfaction with their appearance. The mean pure-tone thresholds of unaided patients and those with soft-band and implanted Bonebridge were 55.25 ± 3.43 dBHL, 31.37 ± 3.03 dBHL, and 21.25 ± 2.16 dBHL, respectively. The mean speech discrimination scores measured in a sound field with a presentation level of 65 dB SPL under these three conditions were 46.0 ± 0.11%, 80.0 ± 0.09%, and 94.0 ± 0.02%, respectively. Questionnaires demonstrated patients' benefits and satisfaction with this surgery. The surgical procedure involving auricle reconstruction and Bonebridge implantation was safe and effective for patients with bilateral microtia-atresia, solving both appearance and hearing problems. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  11. [Efficacy of BAHA softband in young children with bilateral congenital aural atresia]. (United States)

    Zhang, Ying; Fan, Yue; Wang, Yibei; Chen, Xiaowei


    To retrospectively analyze the auditory and speech development of young children with bilateral congenital aural atresia after using bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) softband. From August 2010 to January 2013, a total of 12 patients aged at a range of 3 months to 6 years with bilateral aural atresia using BAHA softband were divided into under 4-year-old group (n = 7, an average age of 14 months) and over 4-year-old group (n = 5, an average age of 77 months). The air and bone auditory thresholds of the under 4-year-old group were assessed by auditory brainstem response (ABR). The Infant-Toddler Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale (IT-MAIS) was used to evaluate early auditory development.Soundfield pure tone audiometry (PTA) was applied in the over 4-year-old group. The Standard Chinese lexical neighborhood test (LNT) was conducted to evaluate the speech discrimination scores unaided and aided for 6, 12 and 24 months. For the under 4-year-old group, the unaided air and bone conduction hearing thresholds were 70-90(73 ± 12) and 15-25(21 ± 4) dB nHL respectively.IT-MAIS score improved significantly after using softband for 6 months in comparisons with unaided situations. The average hearing threshold of patients in the over 4-year-old group was (63 ± 6) dB HL unaided versus (31 ± 4)dB HL aided. The average decline in pure-tone threshold was (32 ± 3)dB HL with BAHA softbands and LNT demonstrated improvements in the speech discrimination score. The differences of paired comparison were significant (all P hearing ability of children with bilateral congenital aural atresia improves significantly after using BAHA softband. And its application at a young age can guarantee a relatively normal hearing development and avoid oral communication impairment.

  12. Late Clinical Outcomes of the Fontan Operation in Patients with Tricuspid Atresia

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    Mastalir Eduardo T.


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Evaluation of the long-term clinical results of the Fontan operation in patients with tricuspid atresia. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was made at the Instituto de Cardiologia do Rio Grande do Sul (Institute of Cardiology of Rio Grande do Sul, from August 1980 through January 2000, of 25 patients with a long-term follow-up, out of a series of 36 patients who underwent the Fontan operation or one of its variants due to tricuspid atresia. Their mean age at surgery was 5.4±3.1 years, and their mean weight was 15.8±6.1 kg, the majority of them (63.9% being males. Four patients underwent the classical Fontan operation, 12 the Kreutzer variant, 6 the Björk variant, 9 total cavopulmonary shunt with a fenestrated tube, and 5 total cavopulmonary shunt with a nonfenestrated tube. RESULTS: The patients were followed-up on an outpatient basis, with a mean long-term survival time of 5.5±4.2 years (50 days to 17.8 years and a late mortality rate of 8%. Arterial saturation increased from 77.2±18.8% in the preoperative period to 91±6.7% upon the last outpatient visit (p>0.05. At the final check, most (67% patients were asymptomatic and 87% could tolerate exercise. Ten (40% patients experienced some kind of complication during the long-term follow-up, such as cardiac arrhythmia, cyanosis, protein-losing enteropathy, neurological events, right heart failure, intolerance to exercise and reoperation. CONCLUSION: The results indicate that, once the immediate postoperative period is over, during which the adaptations to the new circulatory physiology occur, the evolution of patients with tricuspid atresia who underwent the Fontan operation is satisfactory, in spite of a low, yet significant, morbidity.

  13. Early diagnosis of extrahepatic biliary atresia in an open-access medical system.

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    Justin Hollon

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Biliary atresia (BA is the most common cause of cholestatic jaundice in infancy. Early diagnosis and surgical management, ideally before 60 days of age, result in improved outcomes. We aimed to determine the age at diagnosis of BA in the Military Health System (MHS and to compare the age at diagnosis by access to care models. We hypothesized that children with BA receiving primary care in military facilities have an earlier age at diagnosis due to decreased economic and access barriers. METHODS: Data for all Tricare enrollees born in fiscal years 2004-2008 with a diagnosis of BA were extracted from MHS databases. Non-parametric tests, Kaplan-Meier curves and log rank tests compared differences in age at diagnosis by type of primary care facility, gender, prematurity and presence of additional anomalies. RESULTS: 64 subjects were identified within the five year period. Median age at diagnosis was 40 days [range 1-189], with 67% diagnosed by 60 days and 80% by 90 days. 45 (70% received civilian primary care within the MHS. There was no difference in the median age at diagnosis between subjects in the MHS with civilian primary care vs. military primary care (37 days [1-188] vs. 46 days [1-189]; p=0.58. CONCLUSION: In the MHS, two-thirds of infants with biliary atresia are diagnosed prior to 60 days of life. Gender, prematurity or presence of additional anomalies do not affect the timing of diagnosis. Civilian and military primary care models within the MHS make timely diagnoses of biliary atresia at equivalent rates.

  14. [Rehabilitation of hypoplastic pulmonary arteries and anatomic correction of pulmonary atresia with interventricular communication]. (United States)

    Chetaille, P; Fraisse, A; Ghez, O; Kreitmann, B; Voisin, M; Aubert, F; Metras, D


    Conventional treatment of pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect (VSD), hypoplastic pulmonary arteries (PA) and major aorto-pulmonary collaterals (MAPCAs) is controversial: from symptomatic and palliative treatment for some authors to surgery with unifocalisation of collaterals for others. These treatments never use native pulmonary arteries as only source of pulmonary flow, but create "neo-pulmonary arteries". Nine cases of pulmonary atresia with VSD, hypoplastic PA and MAPCAs were treated by rehabilitation of native PA through a staged approach: 1) surgical neonatal connection between right ventricule (RV) and hypoplastic PA, 2) evaluation and interventionnal catheterism with angioplasty of PA stenosis and closure of collaterals, 3) complete surgical correction with reconstruction of right outflow track and PA and closure of VSD. After first surgical stage of RV-PA connection at the mean age of 4.8 months (+/- 5.6 months), 8 patients were alive and underwent 22 cardiac catheterisms (mean of 2.7 per patient), with angioplasty of PA, and occlusion of MAPCAs in 6 and 2 patients respectively. Seven patients underwent complete anatomical correction at the mean age of 28.8 months (+/- 17.7 months) with one late death. The 6 remaining patients had encouraging hemodynamic status (RV pressure/LV pressure ratio at 0.6 +/- 0.26; mean left and right distal pulmonary pressure at 15.2 mmHg (+/- 9.1 mmHg)), and good functionnal status (3 in NYHA functionnal class 1, and 3 in class 2), for a mean follow-up of 79.5 months (+/- 41.4 months). One patient had reoperation on right outflow track stenosis, 6 years after correction. This small series enhances the feasibility of a staged approach with rehabilitation of small PA, allowing complete surgical correction with the native PA with good hemodynamic and functional results in pulmonary atresia, with VSD, hypoplastic PA and MAPCAs.

  15. Transcriptome profiling of the theca interna from bovine ovarian follicles during atresia.

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    Nicholas Hatzirodos

    Full Text Available The theca interna is a specialized stromal layer that envelops each growing ovarian follicle. It contains capillaries, fibroblasts, immune cells and the steroidogenic cells that synthesize androgens for conversion to estradiol by the neighboring granulosa cells. During reproductive life only a small number of follicles will grow to a sufficient size to ovulate, whereas the majority of follicles will undergo regression/atresia and phagocytosis by macrophages. To identify genes which are differentially regulated in the theca interna during follicular atresia, we undertook transcriptome profiling of the theca interna from healthy (n = 10 and antral atretic (n = 5 bovine follicles at early antral stages (<5 mm. Principal Component Analyses and hierarchical classification of the signal intensity plots for the arrays showed primary clustering into two groups, healthy and atretic. A total of 543 probe sets were differentially expressed between the atretic and healthy theca interna. Further analyses of these genes by Ingenuity Pathway Analysis and Gene Ontology Enrichment Analysis Toolkit software found most of the genes being expressed were related to cytokines, hormones and receptors as well as the cell cycle and DNA replication. Cell cycle genes which encode components of the replicating chromosome complex and mitotic spindle were down-regulated in atretic theca interna, whereas stress response and inflammation-related genes such as TP53, IKBKB and TGFB1 were up-regulated. In addition to cell cycle regulators, upstream regulators that were predicted to be inhibited included Retinoblastoma 1, E2 transcription factor 1, and hepatocyte growth factor. Our study suggests that during antral atresia of small follicles in the theca interna, arrest of cell cycle and DNA replication occurs rather than up- regulation of apoptosis-associated genes as occurs in granulosa cells.

  16. Direct Traumatic Carotid Cavernous Fistula: Angiographic Classification and Treatment Strategies (United States)

    Chi, Cuong Tran; Nguyen, Dang; Duc, Vo Tan; Chau, Huynh Hong; Son, Vo Tan


    Summary We report our experience in treatment of traumatic direct carotid cavernous fistula (CCF) via endovascular intervention. We hereof recommend an additional classification system for type A CCF and suggest respective treatment strategies. Only type A CCF patients (Barrow's classification) would be recruited for the study. Based on the angiographic characteristics of the CCF, we classified type A CCF into three subtypes including small size, medium size and large size fistula depending on whether there was presence of the anterior carotid artery (ACA) and/or middle carotid artery (MCA). Angiograms with opacification of both ACA and MCA were categorized as small size fistula. Angiograms with opacification of either ACA or MCA were categorized as medium size fistula and those without opacification of neither ACA nor MCA were classified as large size fiatula. After the confirm angiogram, endovascular embolization would be performed impromptu using detachable balloon, coils or both. All cases were followed up for complication and effect after the embolization. A total of 172 direct traumatic CCF patients were enrolled. The small size fistula was accountant for 12.8% (22 cases), medium size 35.5% (61 cases) and large size fistula accountant for 51.7% (89 cases). The successful rate of fistula occlusion under endovascular embolization was 94% with preservation of the carotid artery in 70%. For the treatment of each subtype, a total of 21/22 cases of the small size fistulas were successfully treated using coils alone. The other single case of small fistula was defaulted. Most of the medium and large size fistulas were cured using detachable balloons. When the fistula sealing could not be obtained using detachable balloon, coils were added to affirm the embolization of the cavernous sinus via venous access. There were about 2.9% of patient experienced direct carotid artery puncture and 0.6% puncture after carotid artery cut-down exposure. About 30% of cases

  17. Robotic repair of vesicovaginal fistula - initial experience

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    Ankush Jairath


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective The most common acquired fistula of the urinary tract is Vesicovaginal fistulae (VVF (1 posing social stigmata for the patient as well as a surgical challenge for the urologist. Here we present our initial experience with Robotic assisted laparoscopic repair of VVF, its safety and efficacy. Materials and Methods Seven out of eight fistulas were post hysterectomy; five had undergone abdominal while two had laparoscopic hysterectomy while one was due to prolonged labour. Two had associated ureteric injury. All underwent robotic assisted laparoscopic trans abdominal extravesical approach. Three 8 mm ports for robotic arms, one 12 mm port for camera and another 12 mm for assistant were used in a fan shaped manner. All had preoperative ureteric catheter placed. Bladder was closed in two layers and vagina in one layer. Omental flap placed in all cases except two where it was not possible. Drain and per urethral catheter placed in all cases. Double J stents were placed in two cases requiring ureteric implantation additionally. Results The mean age of presentation was 39.25 years (26-47 range with mean BMI being 26.25 kg/m2 (21-32 range. Mean duration between insult and repair was 9.37 months (3-24 months. Only in single case there was history of previous repair attempt. On cystoscopy four had supratrigonal VVF and four were trigonal with mean size of 13.37 mm (7-20 mm. Mean operative time was 117.5 minutes (90-150. There were no intraoperative/postoperative complications or need for open conversion. Mean haemoglobin drop was 1.4 gm/dL (0.3-2 gm. Drain was removed once 24-48 hours output is negligible. One patient had post-operative urinary leak at 2 weeks which ceased with continuation of catheterisation for another 2 weeks. Catheter was removed after voiding cystourethrogram showed no leak at 2-3 weeks postoperatively. Mean duration of drain was 3.75 days (3-5 and per urethral catheterisation (which was removed after voiding

  18. Epidermolysis Bullosa with Pyloric Atresia and Aplasia Cutis in a Newborn Due to Homozygous Mutation in ITGB4. (United States)

    Kayki, Gozdem; Bozkaya, Davut; Ozaltin, Fatih; Orhan, Diclehan; Kaymaz, Figen; Korkmaz, Emine; Yigit, Sule


    Epidermolysis bullosa with pyloric atresia (EB-PA) is an autosomal recessive disorder due to mutations in ITGA6 and/or ITGB4, resulting in altered expression of α6β4 integrin. EB-PA can also occur with aplasia cutis. We present a newborn with EB-PA and aplasia cutis, born of consanguineous parents, with a homozygous c.3793+1G>A mutation affecting ITGB4, previously described only in the heterozygous state with other mutations. The previously unreported homozygous c.3793+1G>A mutation affecting ITGB4 causes a severe form of junctional epidermolysis bullosa with pyloric atresia and aplasia cutis.

  19. Case report: Isolated unilateral pulmonary vein atresia diagnosed on 128-slice multidetector CT

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    Rashmi Dixit


    Full Text Available Unilateral pulmonary venous atresia is an uncommon entity that is generally believed to be congenital. Most patients present in infancy or childhood with recurrent chest infections or hemoptysis. Pulmonary angiography is usually used for definitive diagnosis. However, the current multislice CT scanners may obviate the need for pulmonary angiography. We report two cases diagnosed using 128-slice CT angiography. On the CT angiography images both these cases demonstrated absent pulmonary veins on the affected side, with a small pulmonary artery and prominent bronchial or other systemic arterial supply.


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    Dr. Daniel Orfila


    Los implantes cocleares siguen siendo los más usados y en las que se tiene mayor experiencia. Las prótesis de conducción ósea implantables o semi implantables cambiaron el manejo de las atresias y malformaciones de oído externo y medio. Pese a lo prometedor que se visualiza el presente y futuro con el uso de estos dispositivos, siempre se debe tener presente que requieren de un acto quirúrgico para su implantación y que no están exentas de complicaciones, por lo cual se debe elegir juiciosamente la prótesis a usar.

  1. Bile duct ligature in young rats: A revisited animal model for biliary atresia

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    Matias Garrido


    Full Text Available Biliary atresia leads to cirrhosis in the vast majority of patients and constitutes the first cause of paediatric liver transplantation. Animal models allow us to understand the molecular basis and natural history of diseases. The aim of this study is to describe a surgically created animal model of biliary atresia with emphasis in long-term liver function. Forty-two 3-week-old Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into two groups: bile duct ligature (BDL and control. The animals were sacrificed on the 2nd, 4th, and 6th postoperative weeks. Blood samples were collected for liver function analysis. The spleen to body weight ratio was determined. Histopathological examination of liver tissue was performed by hematoxylin-eosin and Sirius red staining. Collagen quantification was determined by using colorimetric digital image analysis and was expressed as a percentage of total liver tissue area. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction was performed to analyse gene expression levels of transforming growth factor-β1 (Tgfb1 and apeline (Apln genes. Statistical analysis was performed where P<0.05 was considered significant. Animals from BDL group developed increasing cholestasis with clinical and laboratory features. Splenomegaly was detected at 4th and 6th week (P<0.05. Histological evaluation of the liver showed ductular reaction, portal fibrosis and bile plugs. Collagen area to total liver tissue area had a median of 2.5% in the control group and 6.5 %, 14.3 % and 37.7 % in BDL rats at 2nd, 4th and 6th weeks respectively (P<0.001. Tgfb1 mRNA expression level was significantly higher at 6th week (P<0.001 in BDL group when compared to control. Apln mRNA expression level was significantly higher at 4th and 6th week (P<0.001 and showed a positive linear correlation (r = 0.975, P<0.05 in BDL group when compared to control. Bile duct ligature in young rats is an animal model that recreates clinical, laboratory, histological and molecular

  2. High-dose omeprazole in esophagitis with stenosis after surgical treatment of esophageal atresia. (United States)

    Van Biervliet, S; Van Winckel, M; Robberecht, E; Kerremans, I


    The authors describe 4 children with recurrent stenosis and persistent esophagitis after secondary repair of a long gap esophageal atresia. They underwent an esophageal reconstruction by elongation of the lesser gastric curvature according to Schärli at the age of 11 to 14 months. All had esophagitis grade III to IV (Savary-Miller classification), esophageal stenosis, and failure to thrive. Effective treatment of the esophagitis and prevention of stenosis consisted in high doses of omeprazole (1.9 to 2.5 mg/kg/d). After this treatment, the need for esophageal dilatation disappeared, and nutritional status normalized. Copyright 2001 by W.B. Saunders Company.

  3. The great debate: open or thoracoscopic repair for oesophageal atresia or diaphragmatic hernia. (United States)

    Davenport, Mark; Rothenberg, Steven S; Crabbe, David C G; Wulkan, Mark L


    Controversy exists over the best method and technique of repair of oesophageal atresia and diaphragmatic hernia. Open surgical repairs have a long established history of over 60 years of experience. Set against this has been a series of successful thoracoscopic repairs of both congenital anomalies reported over the past decade. This review was based upon a four-handed debate on the merits and weaknesses of the two contrasting surgical philosophies and reviews existing literature, techniques, complications, and importantly outcome and results. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum and hypoplastic right ventricle in an Arabian foal. (United States)

    Krüger, M U; Wünschmann, A; Ward, C; Stauthammer, C D


    Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum, rudimentary tricuspid valve, hypoplastic right ventricle, and right-to-left atrial shunting were identified in a four-day-old, male Arabian foal with clinical signs of cyanotic heart disease. Pulmonary blood flow was apparently derived from a ductus arteriosus. Echocardiographic evaluation revealed the majority of cardiac abnormalities and also findings compatible with right-sided congestive heart failure. Congenital cardiac defects have a high incidence in this breed, and this is the first description of this combination of congenital cardiac defects. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  5. Clinical and pathological challenges in the diagnosis of late-onset biliary atresia: four case studies

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    J.P.U. Fontenele


    Full Text Available Biliary atresia (BA is classically described at the neonatal age. However, rare cases of BA in older infants have also been reported. We report four cases of late-onset BA in infants older than 4 weeks (3 males, 1 female, and describe the diagnostic and management difficulties. One of the cases had a late-onset (29 weeks presentation with a successful surgical procedure. We highlight the importance of this unusual differential diagnosis in infants with cholestatic syndrome, who may benefit from Kasai surgery, regardless of age.

  6. Surgical management of chronic fistula after sleeve gastrectomy. (United States)

    Nedelcu, A Marius; Skalli, Mehdi; Deneve, Eric; Fabre, Jean Michel; Nocca, David


    There is no clear definition of the chronic leak after sleeve gastrectomy. There are several endoscopic approaches, including endoprothese, endoscopic clips, endoscopic sealing glue, or balloon dilation. In case of failure of the endoscopic treatment, a definitive surgical approach can be attempted. The objective was to evaluate the surgical treatment of chronic leak after sleeve gastrectomy. From November 2010 through March 2012, 8 patients with chronic gastric fistula after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy had definitive surgical repair. The initial intervention, the diagnosis and management of the fistula, and the endoscopic approach were carefully reviewed. Five patients had their original laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies performed at another hospital, while 3 had laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy at our institution. The mean period of time from the diagnosis of the fistula to definitive surgical treatment was 14.4 months (range 5-44 months). Seven patients initially had surgical drainage by laparoscopy (5) and by laparotomy (2), with concomitant feeding jejunostomy in 6 patients. The endoscopic treatment consisted of endoprothese in 4 patients, endoscopic sealing glue in 2 patients, and sequential approach with glue and prosthesis in 2 other patients. One patient was treated exclusively by endoscopic approach with no surgical drainage. The surgical procedures performed for chronic fistula were gastrojejunal lateral anastomosis (4), Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (2), and gastrectomy with esojejunal anastomosis (2). Four patients presented with postoperative fistula, with a mean healing time of 32 days (range 22-63 days). No mortality was recorded. In chronic forms of fistulas with no improvements by endoscopic approach, the surgical treatment can be a solution. It remains a difficult procedure with a high percentage of leakage, but this type of fistula is more easily tolerated by the patient and heals faster. Crown Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Inc. All

  7. Pentadecapeptide BPC 157 and the esophagocutaneous fistula healing therapy. (United States)

    Cesarec, Vedran; Becejac, Tomislav; Misic, Marija; Djakovic, Zeljko; Olujic, Danijela; Drmic, Domagoj; Brcic, Luka; Rokotov, Dinko Stancic; Seiwerth, Sven; Sikiric, Predrag


    Esophagocutaneous fistulas are a failure of the NO-system, due to NO-synthase blockage by the NOS-blocker L-NAME consequently counteracted by l-arginine and gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157 (l-arginine BPC 157), precipitating a therapeutic benefit. Previously, there was an established BPC 157-NO-system interaction. BPC 157 GEPPPGKPADDAGLV, MW 1419 (LD1 not achieved), is a safe and stable anti-ulcer peptide, successful in inflammatory bowel disease trials, counteracting esophagitis, sphincter failure, gastrointestinal and skin ulcers, gastrocutaneous or colocutaneous fistulas. We treated rats with established cervical esophagocutaneous fistulas throughout four days (both open skin and esophageal defects, with significant leakage) with BPC 157 (parenterally and perorally) and L-NAME (blocking NO genesis) and l-arginine (NO-substrate) alone or in combination. RT-PCR investigated eNOS, iNOS, COX-2 mRNA levels in the fistulas. We evidenced a closely inter-related process of unhealed skin, esophageal defects, unhealed fistulas (up regulated eNOS, iNOS and COX2 mRNA levels), usually lethal, particularly NO-system related and therapy dependent. Generally, the course of fistula healing was accelerated either to a greater extent (with BPC 157 (in particular, less eNOS gene expression) completely counteracting L-NAME effects, in L-NAME+BPC 157 and L-NAME+l-arginine+BPC 157 groups), or to a lesser extent (with l-arginine). Conversely, the process was aggravated, rapidly and prominently (with L-NAME). In particular, BPC 157 was effective either given per-orally/intraperitoneally, in μg- and ng-regimens. Shortly, defects started to heal, with less fistula leakage and no mortality at day 4. Failure of pyloric and lower esophageal sphincter pressure was restored, with practically no esophagitis. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Direct and indirect costs for anal fistula in Sweden. (United States)

    Lundqvist, Adam; Ahlberg, Ida; Hjalte, Frida; Ekelund, Mats


    Anal fistula is an abnormal tract with an external and internal opening that cause leakage, discomfort, and occasionally pain. Surgery is standard treatment, but recurrence and anal incontinence is common. The objective of the study was to analyze resource use, costs and sick leave for newly diagnosed patients with anal fistula in Sweden. The study was based on register data from linkages between Swedish population-based registers including patients treated for anal fistula in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. Health care resource use, costs and sick leave were estimated. The sample included 362 patients of which 27% had no surgery, 37% had one surgery and 36% had multiple surgeries. Patients with multiple surgeries underwent over four surgeries on average. Approximately 67% of the contacts occurred during the first year after diagnosis. Estimated mean sick leave was 10.4 full-time equivalent days per patient. Total discounted costs were €5,561 per patient where approximately 80% were direct costs. To our knowledge this is the first study of resource use, costs and sick leave related to anal fistulas. The study indicates that anal fistula is a condition that is costly for society and that the burden of anal fistula in terms of health care resources and sick leave is especially high for patients experiencing multiple surgeries. Anal fistula is a condition that is costly for society and there is an unmet need for the group of patients with multiple surgeries to find appropriate treatment interventions. Copyright © 2016 IJS Publishing Group Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Neurofibromatosis with vertebral artery A-V fistula and cervical meningocele -a case report-

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    Kim, Yong Joo; Suh, Kyung Jin; Kim, Tae Heon; Kang, Duk Sik; Park, Yeun Mook; Park, June Sik [College of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)


    Arteriovenous fistula is a rare abnormality in patient with neurofibromatosis. A review of English-language literature revealed only 3 reported cases. We report a case of neurofibromatosis with vertebral artery A-V fistula and cervical meningocele.

  10. Giant coronary cameral fistula with coarctation of aorta in a neonate

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    Neeraj Awasthy


    Full Text Available A coronary cameral fistula (CCF involves a sizable communication between a coronary artery and a cardiac chamber. We present a case of giant coronary cameral fistula associated with coarctation of aorta in a 13 days old neonate.


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    Kishore Babu


    Full Text Available Objective to determine the effectiveness of seton tie as treatment modality in a high anal fistula in contrary to diversion colostomy which also can be used for treating a high anal fistula.

  12. A case of gastrocolic fistula secondary to adenocarcinoma of the colon

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    BiaoHuan Zhou


    Conclusion: It is rare for gastrocolic fistula case to be caused by colon adenocarcinoma, and has been rarely reported inside China. The best therapy of gastrocolic fistula remains radical en-bloc surgery.

  13. Preserving arteriovenous fistula outcomes during surgical training. (United States)

    McGrogan, Damian G; Maxwell, Alexander P; Inston, Nicholas G; Krishnan, Hari; Field, Mel


    Arteriovenous fistulae (AVFs) are the preferred option for vascular access, as they are associated with lower mortality in hemodialysis patients than in those patients with arteriovenous grafts (AVGs) or central venous catheters (CVCs). We sought to assess whether vascular access outcomes for surgical trainees are comparable to fully trained surgeons. A prospectively collected database of patients was created and information recorded regarding patient demographics, past medical history, preoperative investigations, grade of operating surgeon, type of AVF formed, primary AVF function, cumulative AVF survival and functional patency. One hundred and sixty-two patients were identified as having had vascular access procedures during the 6 month study period and 143 were included in the final analysis. Secondary AVF patency was established in 123 (86%) of these AVFs and 89 (62.2%) were used for dialysis. There was no significant difference in survival of AVFs according to training status of surgeon (log rank x2 0.506 p=0.477) or type of AVF (log rank x2 0.341 p=0.559). Patency rates of successful AVFs at 1 and 2 years were 60.9% and 47.9%, respectively. We have demonstrated in this prospective study that there are no significant differences in outcomes of primary AVFs formed by fully trained surgeons versus surgical trainees. Creation of a primary AVF represents an excellent training platform for intermediate stage surgeons across general and vascular surgical specialties.

  14. [Internal biliary fistula of lithiasic origin]. (United States)

    Oancea, T; Cojocea, V; Timaru, I; Bumbac, A; Andrei, V


    The authors present 17 cases of patients with internal biliary fistulae of lithiasic origin. Nine of these were of the cholecystoduodenal type, 2 of the cholecysto-gastric type, 2 had developed between the cholecyst and the colon, and 4 were of the bilio-biliary type, between the cholecyst and the choledochus. These cases represented 1.1% of the 1,500 interventions carried out on the extra-hepatic biliary pathways over a period of 10 years, between 1971 and 1980, and 13% of the total number of interventions performed for biliary lithiasis. The advanced age of the patients, the background disease and the complications that accompanied it, as well as the associated deficiencies have given rise to diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties. A correct diagnosis before surgery was made in only two of the patients. The postoperative evolution was good in 13 of the cases (representing 76% of the total), and this confirmed the correct surgical attitude which aimed at restoration of the physiological conditions and a normal digestive and biliary transit. In cases with biliary ileus the first therapeutic measure was to secure intestinal transit.

  15. Medical image of the week: bronchopleural fistula

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    Desai H


    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. A 58-year-old man with past medical history significant for chronic smoking and seizures was referred to the emergency room after a chest x-ray done by his primary care physician for evaluation of cough showed a hydropneumothorax. His symptoms included dry cough for past 2 months without fever, chills or other associated symptoms. He did not have any thoracic procedures performed and had no past history of recurrent infections. He was hemodynamically stable. Physical examination was only significant with decreased breath sounds on the right side of the chest. Thoracic CT with contrast was performed which showed complete collapse of the right lower lobe, near complete collapse of right middle lobe as well as an air-fluid level. There was a suspicion of a direct communication between bronchi and pleural space at the posterior lateral margin of the collapsed right lower lobe (Figure 1. The presence of bronchopleural fistula (BPF was confirmed ...

  16. Role of magnetic resonance imaging in pre-operative assessment of ano-rectal fistula


    Mohamed, Rania E.; Dina M. Abo-Sheisha


    Aim of the work: To evaluate the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in preoperative assessment of ano-rectal fistula and tracing its full extent and relationship. Materials and methods: Twenty-four patients with ano-rectal fistula were enrolled in this study. They were examined with different MRI sequences for evaluation of the fistulas and their extent. Fistulas were classified according to St. James’s University Hospital MRI based classification system (which correlates the Parks s...

  17. Vacuum-assisted Closure of a Vesicocutaneous Fistula in a Pediatric Patient After Bladder Cystoplasty. (United States)

    Elizondo, Rodolfo A; Au, Jason K; Gargollo, Patricio C; Tu, Duong T


    A vesicocutaneous fistula is an abnormal communication from the bladder to the skin (Pritts et al, 2001). Recently, wound vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) has been used to facilitate fistula closure. There are no reports of using VAC to help fistula closure in the pediatric population. We present a case of an adolescent patient who develops a vesicocutaneous fistula after bladder augment cystoplasty and was treated with VAC only. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Radial Artery Approach to Salvage Nonmaturing Radiocephalic Arteriovenous Fistulas

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    Hsieh, Mu-Yang; Lin, Lin; Tsai, Kuei-Chin; Wu, Chih-Cheng, E-mail: [National Taiwan University Hospital, Department of Cardiology (China)


    PurposeTo evaluate the usefulness of an approach through the radial artery distal to the arteriovenous anastomosis for salvaging nonmaturing radiocephalic arteriovenous fistulas.MethodsProcedures that fulfilled the following criteria were retrospectively reviewed: (1) autogenous radiocephalic fistulas, (2) fistulas less than 3 months old, (3) distal radial artery approach for salvage. From 2005 to 2011, a total of 51 patients fulfilling the above criteria were enrolled. Outcome variables were obtained from angiographic, clinical and hemodialysis records, including the success, complication, and primary and secondary patency rates.ResultsThe overall anatomical and clinical success rates for the distal radial artery approach were 96 and 94 %, respectively. The average procedure time was 36 {+-} 19 min. Six patients (12 %) experienced minor complications as a result of extravasations. No arterial complication or puncture site complication was noted. The postinterventional 6-month primary patency rate was 51 %, and the 6-month secondary patency rate was 90 %. When the patients were divided into a stenosed group (20 patients) and an occluded group (31 patients), there were no differences in the success rate, complication rate, or primary and secondary patency rates.ConclusionAn approach through the radial artery distal to the arteriovenous anastomosis is an effective and safe alternative for the salvage of nonmaturing radiocephalic arteriovenous fistulas, even for occluded fistulas.

  19. [Management of postoperative pancreatic fistula resistant to octreotide therapy]. (United States)

    Dobosz, M; Dymecki, D; Babicki, A; Hać, S; Gruca, Z; Wajda, Z


    Pancreatic fistula is a rare postoperative complication, usually occurring after pancreatic surgery. Majority of them heal spontaneously, some patients require somatostatin/octreotide treatment. The authors have presented 11 patients with postoperative pancreatic fistula, in whom octreotide therapy in dose of 0.1 mg t.i.d./10 days has been ineffective. The causes of pancreatic fistula have been as follows: necrosectomy of the infected pancreatic necrosis--5 patients, distal pancreatic resection--2 patients, insulinoma enucleation--2 patients, gastrectomy with partial pancreatectomy--2 patients. In 9 patients endoscopic stenting of the main pancreatic duct has been performed. In remained 2 patients after Roux-en-Y gastrectomy the endoscopic access to Vater papilla has been impossible and the patients have received one intramuscular injection of long acting somatostatin analogue. In 8 of 9 patients with pancreatic stenting and in two patients after gastrectomy the fistula has been closed within the period of 6-17 days. In one patient after the necrosectomy the prosthesis implacement has been ineffective. This patient has been successfully treated with two additional injections of long acting somatostatin analogue (one injection/14 days). Authors have concluded that endoscopic pancreatic stenting has been an effective method of treatment of the postoperative pancreatic fistula, resistant to octreotide therapy. In some cases, additional administration of long acting somatostatin analogue has been necessary.

  20. Chronic kidney disease aggravates arteriovenous fistula damage in rats. (United States)

    Langer, Stephan; Kokozidou, Maria; Heiss, Christian; Kranz, Jennifer; Kessler, Tina; Paulus, Niklas; Krüger, Thilo; Jacobs, Michael J; Lente, Christina; Koeppel, Thomas A


    Neointimal hyperplasia (NIH) and impaired dilatation are important contributors to arteriovenous fistula (AVF) failure. It is unclear whether chronic kidney disease (CKD) itself causes adverse remodeling in arterialized veins. Here we determined if CKD specifically triggers adverse effects on vascular remodeling and assessed whether these changes affect the function of AVFs. For this purpose, we used rats on a normal diet or on an adenine-rich diet to induce CKD and created a fistula between the right femoral artery and vein. Fistula maturation was followed noninvasively by high-resolution ultrasound (US), and groups of rats were killed on 42 and 84 days after surgery for histological and immunohistochemical analyses of the AVFs and contralateral femoral vessels. In vivo US and ex vivo morphometric analyses confirmed a significant increase in NIH in the AVFs of both groups with CKD compared to those receiving a normal diet. Furthermore, we found using histological evaluation of the fistula veins in the rats with CKD that the media shrank and their calcification increased significantly. Afferent artery dilatation was significantly impaired in CKD and the downstream fistula vein had delayed dilation after surgery. These changes were accompanied by significantly increased peak systolic velocity at the site of the anastomosis, implying stenosis. Thus, CKD triggers adverse effects on vascular remodeling in AVFs, all of which contribute to anatomical and/or functional stenosis.