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  1. Cavernous sinus syndrome secondary to intracranial lymphoma in a cat.

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    Guevar, Julien; Gutierrez-Quintana, Rodrigo; Peplinski, George; Helm, Jenny R; Penderis, Jacques

    2014-06-01

    Cavernous sinus syndrome is characterised by internal and external ophthalmoplegia and sensory deficits over the head due to combined deficits of the three cranial nerves (CNs) responsible for the eye movements and pupil function (CN III, IV, VI) and at least one branch of the trigeminal nerve (CN V). It has rarely been described in cats and may occur secondarily to inflammatory, infectious or neoplastic lesions within the region of the cavernous sinus on the ventral aspect of the calvarium. This report describes the clinical and magnetic resonance imaging findings in a 14-year-old domestic shorthair cat with neurological deficits compatible with cavernous sinus syndrome caused by presumptive extranodal lymphoma. Treatment with chemotherapy resulted in clinical and imaging remission. Identification of the neurological deficits in cavernous sinus syndrome allows accurate neuroanatomical localisation in order to target diagnostic imaging studies. © ISFM and AAFP 2013.

  2. Surgical Outcomes of Cavernous Sinus Syndrome in Pituitary Adenomas.

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    Fu, Weilun; Duan, Lian; Geng, Sumin

    2017-11-01

    The type of pituitary adenoma with a manifestation that includes cavernous sinus syndrome is rare. Based on the clinical data of 70 patients, this study investigated the pathogenesis, imaging characteristics, and prognostic factors of pituitary adenoma with cavernous sinus syndrome. We conducted a retrospective analysis of the characteristics of patients with pituitary adenoma with cavernous sinus syndrome who received surgical treatment. The patients were classified into different prognosis groups according to the time required for them to recover from the cavernous sinus syndrome. Univariate analyses were conducted for the correlations between the prognosis and factors. Of the 3598 cases of pituitary adenomas, 70 (1.95%) presented cavernous sinus syndrome. Of the patients, 55.7% recovered within 2 weeks of surgery, 24.3% recovered from 2 weeks to 1 year after surgery, and 20% had not returned to normal after more than 1 year after surgery. Univariate analyses showed that shorter disease duration (P syndrome differs depending on the mechanism of the syndrome. There was no significant difference in the prognosis between patients with total pituitary adenoma resection and subtotal resection. Timely surgery within 100 days of symptom occurrence, Knosp grade 0-2, and associated pituitary apoplexy are predictive factors of good prognosis. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Cavernous sinus syndrome associated with metastatic colorectal cancer and perineural spread along the trigeminal nerve.

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    Nassrallah, Georges; Sun, Vincent; Guiot, Marie-Christine; Mikhail, Mikel; Arthurs, Bryan

    2017-06-01

    We report the case of a patient with cavernous sinus syndrome associated with biopsy-confirmed metastasis from colorectal cancer. A patient known for laryngeal carcinoma and metastatic colorectal carcinoma presented with symptoms of left trigeminal neuralgia and progressive, near-complete ophthalmoplegia. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a mass in the left cavernous sinus, extending into Meckel's cave with perineural spread along the mandibular branch of the left trigeminal nerve. A transsphenoidal biopsy was performed and demonstrated metastatic colon adenocarcinoma. We review the existing literature on colorectal cancer associated cavernous sinus syndrome. Cavernous sinus metastasis from colorectal cancer is exceedingly rare. We report the second case of this entity with histopathologic confirmation, and the first case with concurrent perineural spread involving the trigeminal nerve. Cavernous sinus metastasis may represent a poor prognostic factor in colorectal cancer.

  4. Cavernous sinus thrombosis

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001628.htm Cavernous sinus thrombosis To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a blood clot in an ...

  5. Cavernous sinus syndrome due to osteochondromatosis in a cat.

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    Perazzi, Anna; Bernardini, Marco; Mandara, Maria T; De Benedictis, Giulia M; De Strobel, Francesca; Zotti, Alessandro

    2013-12-01

    A 1-year-old sexually intact male Korat cat was referred for ophthalmological consultation due to anisocoria. Mydriasis with external ophthalmoplegia and absence of pupillary light responses in the right eye and nasofacial hypalgesia were seen. Cavernous sinus syndrome (CSS) was suspected. Bilateral deformities of the jaw and phalangeal bones, severe spinal pain and abnormal conformation of the lumbar spine were also present. Radiographic examination revealed several mineralised masses in the appendicular and axial skeleton, indicative of multiple cartilaginous exostoses. For further investigation of the CSS-related neurological deficits, the cat underwent computed tomography (CT) examination of the skull. CT images revealed a non-vascularised, calcified, amorphous mass originating from the right lateral skull base and superimposing on the sella turcica. Based on the severity of diffuse lesions and owing to the clinical signs of extreme pain, the cat was euthanased. A diffuse skeletal and intracranial osteochondromatosis was diagnosed histologically.

  6. Cavernous sinus syndrome as the first manifestation of metastatic breast disease.

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    Seixas, N B; Belsuzarri, T A B; Belsuzarri, N C B; Pozetti, M; Araujo, J F M

    2017-01-01

    The cavernous sinus is a venous plexus crossed by vital neurovascular structures. Metastases to the region are uncommon and often associated with a headache, facial pain, or progressive neurological deficit in III, IV, and VI cranial nerves. The treatment options are surgery, including endoscopic approach, radiotherapy, radiosurgery, and chemotherapy. We report the case of a 26-year-old female with cavernous sinus syndrome due to breast cancer metastasis, who was subjected to chemotherapy with complete neurological recovery. A literature review was performed using the databases Bireme, Pubmed, Cochrane, Lilacs and Medline with the keywords: cavernous sinus/metastasis/surgery/radiosurgery for multiple management options review. Cavernous sinus metastases are rare, and the cavernous sinus syndrome is rarely the first sign of cancer, especially in young patients. Because the syndrome has multiple causes, the history of rapid progression and atypical image findings can arise suggesting metastatic diseases. As in our case, the image was suggestive of meningioma, however, the clinical presentation and further investigations led us to suspect as a metastatic disease. The therapeutic decision considers clinical and functional status, the extent of primary and metastatic disease, radiological study, tumor histopathology, and biological behavior. Often associated with significant symptoms and disseminated systemic disease, nowadays radiosurgery is the first and less invasive strategy, offering low risk of new deficits, clinical improvement, and good local control. The prognosis depends on early treatment and disease staging because mortality is associated with progression of cancer.

  7. Pediatric cavernous sinus thrombosis

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    Vossough, Arastoo; Vorona, Gregory A.; Beslow, Lauren A.; Ichord, Rebecca N.; Licht, Daniel J.

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To describe clinical characteristics, imaging findings, morbidity, and mortality in a single-center cohort of 12 pediatric cavernous sinus thrombosis cases and to review all cases available in recent English literature. Methods: Clinical data and radiographic studies on 12 cases from our institution were analyzed retrospectively. A literature search and review was conducted, with additional cases pooled with the new cohort for an aggregate analysis. Results: Twelve cases of cavernous sinus thrombosis in children from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2013, were reviewed. All patients survived to discharge; 3 of 12 (25%) experienced neurologic morbidity. Contrast-enhanced MRI and contrast-enhanced head CT were 100% sensitive for detecting cavernous sinus thrombosis, while noncontrast time-of-flight magnetic resonance venography (TOF MRV) and noncontrast head CT were 0% sensitive. Literature review produced an additional 40 cases, and the aggregate mortality rate was 4 of 52 (8%) and morbidity rate was 10 of 40 (25%). Outcomes did not vary by treatment or with unilateral vs bilateral cavernous sinus involvement. There was a trend toward worse outcomes with fungal infections. Conclusion: Our case series demonstrates low morbidity and mortality with early, aggressive surgical, antimicrobial, and anticoagulation therapies. Although anticoagulation and surgery were not associated with significantly different outcomes, more study is needed. PMID:26231260

  8. Cavernous sinus syndrome due to rhino-orbital-cerebral mucormycosis

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    Vagner Moyses Vilela

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The present report describes the case of a 43-year-old diabetic patient with facial pain, protruding eyes, nasal congestion and decreased right vision (involvement of the ipsilateral cranial nerves III, IV and V. Computed tomography showed diffuse sinusitis at right, cribriform plate erosion and presence of a hypodense collection in the frontal lobe with peripheral enhancement. Magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the presence of a cerebral abscess. Samples were collected from the lesion, confirming hyphae compatible with mucormycosis.

  9. PTOSIS DUE TO CAVERNOUS SINUS SYNDROME AS A RARE PRESENTATION OF ADVANCED BREAST METASTASIS IN A PATIENT WITH DELAYED DIAGNOSIS

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    KW Khaw

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Complications of breast cancer metastasis may be the first manifestation of the disease. We report a rare case of left eyeptosis secondary to cavernous sinus syndrome in a 34-year-old lady due to refusal of proper medical treatment for metastaticbreast cancer. The delay in seeking medical treatment was attributed to her use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM.

  10. Burkitt lymphoma and cavernous sinus syndrome with breast uptake on 18F-FDG-PET/CT: A case report.

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    Reyneke, Florette; Mokgoro, Neo; Vorster, Mariza; Sathekge, Mike

    2017-11-01

    Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that arises in the B-cells. Cavernous sinus involvement is rare, especially in adults. Here we report an unusual case of a 30-year-old HIV-positive woman with BL and cavernous sinus syndrome who also had intense bilateral breast uptake, related to menstrual cycle. Fluorine-18 2-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has been found to be useful in the management of BL. A 30-year old female patient presented with a history of diplopia and headache. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a large cavernous sinus mass. A bone marrow biopsy was done and demonstrated extensive marrow infiltration by Burkitt lymphoma. Further investigation detected the Epstein-Barr virus in her cerebrospinal fluid using qualitative polymerase chain reaction. 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging done revealed a hypermetabolic cavernous sinus mass, conglomerates of enlarged pelvic and para-aortic lymph nodes as well as diffuse bone marrow uptake. Intense bilateral breast uptake was noted coinciding with the start of menses. She was started on chemotherapy with adjuvant radiotherapy. After her first cycle of chemotherapy, repeat 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging revealed a marked reduction in the metabolic activity and size of the cavernous sinus mass and conglomerates of lymph nodes. The bone marrow activity was still visualized but less intense compared to the staging PET/CT. A cavernous sinus mass will rarely be the primary lesion in Burkitt's Lymphoma. Our case demonstrates the role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in the assessment of such cases to detect other primary areas of disease involvement. It is useful in accurate initial staging and monitoring of treatment response in patients with Burkitt's Lymphoma.

  11. Cavernous sinus thrombosis: current therapy.

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    Desa, Valmont; Green, Ryan

    2012-09-01

    Cavernous sinus thrombosis represents a rare but devastating disease process that may be associated with significant long-term patient morbidity or mortality. The prompt recognition and management of this problem is critical. However, most of the literature involves case-specific discussions. The purpose of this article was to review the literature and present current recommendations for the treatment of cavernous sinus thrombosis. Copyright © 2012 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. MR findings of septic cavernous sinus thrombosis

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    Lee, Hyeong Lae; Lee, Nam Joon; Lee, Jung Hee; Pyo, Hyeon Soon; Eo, Geun; Kim, Kyo Nam; Kim, Young Soon; Kim, Jang Min [Kwang Myung Sung Ae Hospital, Kwang Myung (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Don Young [Korea University Anam Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-08-01

    To evaluate the MR findings of septic thrombosis of the cavernous sinus. Eleven MR images of six patients with septic cavernous sinus thrombosis obtained over a five-year period and proven clinically or radiologically were retrospectively reviewed. The contour and enhancement pattern of the cavernous sinus, changes in the internal carotid artery, orbit, pituitary gland and sphenoid sinus, and intracranial abnormalities were analyzed and compared with the findings of follow-up studies. In all six patients, contrast study revealed asymmetrical enlargement of the ipsilateral cavernous sinus and multiple irregular filling defects within it. Narrowing of the cavernous portion of the ipsilateral internal carotid artery was noted in five patients, upward displacement of the ipsilateral internal carotid artery in four, ipsilateral proptosis with engorgement of the superior ophthalmic vein in two, pituitary enlargement in five, and inflammatory change in the sphenoid sinus in six. Associated intracranial abnormalities included edema and enhancement in the meninx, temporal lobe, or pons adjacent to the cavernous sinus in four patients, hydrocephalus in one, and cerebral infarction in one. Follow-up MR imaging indicated that the extent of asymmetrical enlargement of the cavernous sinus, filling defects within it, as seen on contrast study, and enlarged pituitary glands had all decreased, without significant interval change. MR imaging is useful in the diagnosis of septic cavernous sinus thrombosis. Asymmetrical enlargement of the cavernous sinus, multiple irregular filling defect within it, as seen on contrast study, and changes in the internal carotid artery are characteristic findings. (author)

  13. Teratoma of the cavernous sinus: case report.

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    Pikus, H J; Holmes, B; Harbaugh, R E

    1995-05-01

    We report the case of an infant with a mature teratoma of the lateral wall of the cavernous sinus. A complete excision of the tumor was achieved. There was no evidence of recurrence at 1-year follow-up examination. Intracranial teratomas and the anatomy of the lateral wall of the cavernous sinus are briefly reviewed. To our knowledge, this is the first case of a teratoma confined to the cavernous sinus.

  14. Cavernous sinus syndrome: A prospective study of 73 cases at a tertiary care centre in Northern India.

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    Bhatkar, S; Goyal, M K; Takkar, A; Mukherjee, K K; Singh, P; Singh, R; Lal, V

    2017-04-01

    To study the clinical and etiological profile of patients with cavernous sinus syndrome (CSS) and identify factors which could determine the etiology and influence the outcome of these patients. This prospective observational study included 73 consecutive patients satisfying the criteria of CSS (i.e. involvement of any 2 of the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th cranial nerves or any one of them with radiological evidence of cavernous sinus involvement). All these patients were subjected to detailed haematological, biochemical and radiological investigations and diagnosed and treated as per guidelines. The clinical and investigational data was recorded and analysed meticulously. A definitive etiological diagnosis of CSS could be achieved in 86% of patients. Tumours, fungal infections and Tolosa Hunt syndrome (THS) were most common causes. On univariate analysis, diabetes, severe vision loss (visual acuity of <3/60 in at least one eye), and presence of nasal discharge showed a significantly positive association with a fungal CSS. Evidence of paranasal sinusitis, bone erosion and ICA (internal carotid artery) involvement on Gadolinium enhanced MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of brain were significantly associated with a fungal CSS (p=0.0001), whereas involvement of orbital apex had a negative association with a neoplastic etiology (p=0.014). On multiple logistic regression, orbital apex involvement on MRI was associated with diagnosis of THS (p=0.019, OR: 18.7; 95% CI: 1.6-217.4) while MRI evidence of paranasal sinusitis (p=0.014, OR: 45; 95% CI: 2.1-94.3) and bone erosion ((p=0.019, OR: 12.5; 95% CI: 1.5-103) correlated with diagnosis of fungal CSS. 65.2% of patients (fungal CSS- 70%) had a good prognosis at six months follow up. Most patients with CSS can be diagnosed accurately and managed properly with good outcomes. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Conservative management of cavernous sinus cavernous hemangioma in pregnancy.

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    Haber, Jessica S; Kesavabhotla, Kartik; Ottenhausen, Malte; Bodhinayake, Imithri; Dinkin, Marc J; Segal, Alan Z; Lee, Young M; Boockvar, John A

    2014-06-01

    Cavernous sinus cavernous hemangiomas in pregnancy are extremely rare lesions. The precise management of these lesions remains unknown. The authors present a case of a cavernous hemangioma in pregnancy, centered within the cavernous sinus that underwent postpartum involution without surgical intervention. A 34-year-old pregnant patient (gravida 1, para 0) presented to an otolaryngologist with persistent headache and left-sided facial pain and numbness in the V1 distribution. While being treated for sinusitis, her symptoms progressed to include a left-sided oculomotor palsy and abducens palsy. Magnetic resonance imaging without contrast revealed an expansile mass within the left cavernous sinus consistent with a cavernous hemangioma. The patient was evaluated by a neurosurgeon who recommended close follow-up and postpartum imaging without surgical intervention. Although the lesion enlarged during pregnancy, the patient was able to undergo an uncomplicated cesarean section at 37 weeks. All facial and ocular symptoms resolved by 9 months postpartum, and MRI showed a decrease in lesion size and reduced mass effect. The authors conclude that nonsurgical management may be a viable approach in patients who have an onset or exacerbation of symptoms associated with cavernous sinus cavernous hemangiomas during pregnancy because postpartum involution may negate the need for surgical intervention.

  16. The imaging of conditions affecting the cavernous sinus

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    Tang, Y., E-mail: yenzhitang@doctors.net.u [Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street London NW32QG (United Kingdom); Booth, T.; Steward, M.; Solbach, T.; Wilhelm, T. [Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street London NW32QG (United Kingdom)

    2010-11-15

    The cavernous sinus can be affected by a wide range of conditions including tumours, infection, inflammation, and trauma. Disease in the cavernous sinus can produce characteristic signs and symptoms, which relate to the numerous crucial structures traversing and surrounding the cavernous sinus. Imaging, with the use of different techniques, plays a crucial role in diagnosis and management. The anatomy and imaging of the different disease entities in the cavernous sinus will be reviewed.

  17. Recovery of opthalmoplegia associated with cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistulas after transvenous cavernous sinus packing

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    Lv Xianli; Jiang Chuhan; Li Youxiang; Yang Xinjian [Beijing Neurosurgical institute, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, 6, Tiantan Xili, Chongwen, Beijing (China); Wu Zhongxue, E-mail: ttyyzjb@sina.co [Beijing Neurosurgical institute, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, 6, Tiantan Xili, Chongwen, Beijing (China)

    2010-08-15

    Background: We report the recovery of ophthalmoplegia in 11 patients with cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistula (CSDAVF) after sinus packing at follow-up. Methods: Of 18 patients with CSDAVF treated with transvenous cavernous sinus packing between August 2002 and December 2007 at Beijing Tiantan Hospital, there were 9 patients with initial CNIII or CNVI dysfunction and 2 patients with CNVI dysfunction immediately after cavernous sinus packing selected and reevaluated. Results: Of 11 patients with CNIII or CNVI palsy, recovery was complete in 10. In 1 patient, complete CNVI palsy was unchanged because the CSDAVF was not cured. There were 6 men and 5 women with a mean age of 52.9 years. In 5 patients, CNVI palsy was associated with chemosis, proptosis and pulsatile tinnitus. Timing of treatment after onset of symptoms was from 4 to 35 days in 9 patients. All CSDAVFs were Barrow type D. Mean follow-up after treatment was 17.7 months (range, 2-54 months). Conclusion: CSDAVF-induced CNIII or CNVI palsies can be cured after cavernous sinus packing transvenously in most patients.

  18. Cavernous sinus angioleiomyoma: case report and review of the literature.

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    Teranishi, Yu; Kohno, Michihiro; Sora, Shigeo; Sato, Hiroaki; Yokoyama, Munehiro

    2014-08-01

    Cavernous sinus angioleiomyoma (ALM) is extremely rare. Only three cases have been reported to be cavernous sinus ALM, and very few reports described characteristic findings for intracranial ALMs in detail. We report a new case of cavernous sinus ALM, with detailed information on the clinical presentation, radiology, pathology, and surgical approach. A 52-year-old woman had a 6-month history of right eye discomfort. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a right cavernous sinus tumor with heterogenous blush enhancement. Enhanced computed tomography scans and angiography showed small nodular enhancement in the tumor. Complete tumor resection was achieved via an extradural temporopolar approach. ALM was identified based on histologic examination. Intracranial ALMs are different from the ALMs that occur in the extremities based on our review of the literature. Intracranial ALMs appear more frequently in men than women. The cavernous type was the most common pathologically, and they occur often in the epiperidural location. Because cavernous sinus ALM occurs in the interdural space, an epidural approach should be selected. Therefore, it is important to include cavernous sinus ALM into a differential diagnosis of a cavernous sinus tumor. The blush enhancement and nodular enhancement within this lesion may be useful to distinguish cavernous sinus ALM from other differential diagnoses.

  19. Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Nose Complicated with Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis

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    D. Swaminath

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Necrotizing fasciitis is a rapidly progressive life threatening bacterial infection of the skin, the subcutaneous tissue, and the fascia. We present a case of necrotizing fasciitis involving the nose complicated by cavernous sinus thrombosis. Few cases of septic cavernous sinus thrombosis have been reported to be caused by cellulitis of the face but necrotizing fasciitis of the nose is rare. It is very important to recognize the early signs of cavernous thrombosis. Treatment for septic cavernous sinus thrombosis is controversial but early use of empirical antibiotics is imperative.

  20. Anatomy of the sympathetic pathways in the cavernous sinus

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    van Overbeeke, J. J.; Dujovny, M.; Troost, D.

    1995-01-01

    We studied sympathetic fibres in the cavernous sinus in 40 unfixed specimens obtained from human cadavers. Sympathetic fibres in the cavernous sinus are understood to be grouped in a plexiform configuration surrounding the internal carotid artery and have a diffuse distribution among the sympathetic

  1. [Nosocomial cavernous sinus thrombophlebitis due to multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. A pediatric case report].

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    Hunald, F-A; Riel, A-M; Ramorasata, A-J-C; Tovone, X-G; Andriamanarivo, M-L; Rakoto-Ratsimba, H-N

    2011-05-01

    Cavernous sinus thrombophlebitis is a serious disease. We report herein a case seen in a 9-year-old boy hospitalized for an acute pneumopathy. Clinical signs were made of a diffuse edema of the upper two-thirds of the face, eyelid edema, chemosis, exophthalmia, meningeal syndrome, and infections syndromes associated with alteration of consciousness. A CT scan revealed a heterogenous enhancement and enlargement of the left cavernous sinus and homogenous opacity of the sphenoidal sinuses. Therapeutic management was complicated due to allergy to β-lactams and the multidrug resistance of Staphylococcus aureus. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  2. Endovascular treatment of carotid cavernous sinus fistula: A systematic review

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    Korkmazer, Bora; Kocak, Burak; Tureci, Ercan; Islak, Civan; Kocer, Naci; Kizilkilic, Osman

    2013-01-01

    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

  3. [Endovascular management of cavernous sinus dural fistulas].

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

    2014-01-01

    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.

  4. Extradural transcavernous approach to cavernous sinus cavernous hemangiomas.

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    Li, Mei-Hua; Zhao, Jian-Lan; Li, Yi-Yun; Zeng, Chun-Hui; Xu, Geng-Sheng; Hong, Tao

    2015-09-01

    Cavernous sinus cavernous hemangioma (CSCH) is a rare extra-axial vascular lesion and is difficult to be removed due to their location, propensity for profuse bleeding during surgery, and relationship to complex neurovascular structures. The purpose of this study is to report our experience of the removal of CSCHs through a completely extradural transcavernous approach. Twelve patients with CSCH, who were operated through a purely extradural approach, were retrospectively studied. Clinical symptoms and signs, radiographic characteristics, operative techniques and outcomes of these patients were analyzed. Headache and visual impairment were the most common clinical symptoms, followed by facial hypesthesia and ptosis. Radiographically, CSCHs have a characteristic pattern. On computed tomography (CT) scans, CSCHs are isodense or minimally hyperdense, with an intense homogenous contrast administration. Magnetic resonance image (MRI) scans revealed well-demarcated and hypo- to isointense lesions on T1-weighted images and characteristically, markedly hyperintense lesions on T2-weighted images. The T2-weighted images showed a marked homogeneous and an intense enhancement after contrast administration. All CSCHs were treated by a completely extradural transcavernous approach. Gross total excision was achieved in all 12 patients. Post-operative complication included transient cranial nerve dysfunction for 2-3 months in eight patients, and three patients developed a permanent VI nerve palsy. The follow-up period ranged from 4 to 117 months (mean 62 months), and no patient had experienced tumor recurrence. CSCHs are rare and challenging skull base tumors. The microsurgical resection, using an extradural transcavernous approach which allows complete tumor resection with an acceptable intraoperative and postoperative complications, should be considered as a favorable choice among all treatments. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Spontaneous Bilateral Carotid-Cavernous Fistulas Secondary to Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis.

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    Al-Mufti, Fawaz; Amuluru, Krishna; El-Ghanem, Mohammad; Changa, Abhinav R; Singh, Inder Paul; Gandhi, Chirag D; Prestigiacomo, Charles J

    2017-04-01

    Bilateral carotid cavernous fistulas are rare entities that can cause debilitating symptoms and can lead to more severe consequences if left untreated. Therefore, the recognition and adequate treatment of these pathologies is very important. We present 2 cases of bilateral carotid cavernous fistulas that arose as a result of cavernous sinus thrombosis. We review the literature and discuss the pathophysiology, symptomatology, management, and treatment of bilateral carotid cavernous fistulas. Within our own cases, treatment of the patients was varied. The patient in case 1 was successfully treated with endovascular therapy after a failed trial of anticoagulation. The patient in case 2 demonstrated resolution of bilateral carotid cavernous fistulas after anticoagulation therapy. Case 2 highlights the fact that certain cases of bilateral carotid cavernous fistulas due to cavernous sinus thrombosis may benefit from extensive anticoagulation therapy. If anticoagulation therapy is unsuccessful, endovascular therapy may prove beneficial in resolving the fistulous shunt. Copyright © 2017 by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

  6. Lateral Transorbital Neuroendoscopic Approach to the Lateral Cavernous Sinus

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    Bly, Randall A.; Ramakrishna, Rohan; Ferreira, Manuel; Moe, Kris S.

    2013-01-01

    Objective To design and assess the quality of a novel lateral retrocanthal endoscopic approach to the lateral cavernous sinus. Design Computer modeling software was used to optimize the geometry of the surgical pathway, which was confirmed on cadaver specimens. We calculated trajectories and surgically accessible areas to the middle fossa while applying a constraint on the amount of soft tissue retraction. Setting Virtual computer model to simulate the surgical approach and cadaver laboratory. Participants The authors. Main Outcome Measures Adequate surgical access to the lateral cavernous sinus and adjacent regions as determined by operations on the cadaver specimens. Additionally, geometric limitations were imposed as determined by the model so that retraction on soft tissue structures was maintained at a clinically safe distance. Results Our calculations revealed adequate access to the lateral cavernous sinus, Meckel cave, orbital apex, and middle fossa floor. Cadaveric testing revealed sufficient access to these areas using cavernous sinus. PMID:24498584

  7. Cavernous sinus thrombosis secondary to aspergillus granuloma: A case report and review of the literature.

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    Brenet, Esteban; Boulagnon-Rombi, Camille; N'guyen, Yohan; Litré, Claude-Fabien

    2016-10-01

    Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a rare but serious complication of sphenoid aspergillosis. The rarity of this pathology makes its diagnostic very difficult on a clinical, biological and radiological sense. The authors present a case of cavernous sinus thrombosis with ipsilateral internal carotid artery thrombosis secondary to a non-invasive sphenoid aspergillosis in an immunocompetent host, responsible of a cavernous syndrome associated to a Claude Bernard Horner syndrome. One year after surgery, the patient is still asymptomatic without recurrence. Diagnostic modalities are detailed and several management of this pathology are compared. Surgery is essential in a diagnostic and therapeutic sense. There is no evidence of the interest of adjuvant therapies such as antibiotic and anticoagulation. Concerning the antifungal treatment, the attitude towards a non-invasive sphenoid aspergillosis in an immunocompetent host is unclear. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Configuration of Fibrous and Adipose Tissues in the Cavernous Sinus

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    Liang, Liang; Gao, Fei; Xu, Qunyuan; Zhang, Ming

    2014-01-01

    Objective Three-dimensional anatomical appreciation of the matrix of the cavernous sinus is one of the crucial necessities for a better understanding of tissue patterning and various disorders in the sinus. The purpose of this study was to reveal configuration of fibrous and adipose components in the cavernous sinus and their relationship with the cranial nerves and vessels in the sinus and meningeal sinus wall. Materials and Methods Nineteen cadavers (8 females and 11 males; age range, 54–89 years; mean age, 75 years) were prepared as transverse (6 sets), coronal (3 sets) and sagittal (10 sets) plastinated sections that were examined at both macroscopic and microscopic levels. Results Two types of the web-like fibrous networks were identified and localized in the cavernous sinus. A dural trabecular network constituted a skeleton-frame in the sinus and contributed to the sleeves of intracavernous cranial nerves III, IV, V1, V2 and VI. A fine trabecular network, or adipose tissue, was the matrix of the sinus and was mainly distributed along the medial side of the intracavernous cranial nerves, forming a dumbbell-shaped adipose zone in the sinus. Conclusions This study revealed the nature, fine architecture and localization of the fine and dural trabecular networks in the cavernous sinus and their relationship with intracavernous cranial nerves and vessels. The results may be valuable for better understanding of tissue patterning in the cranial base and better evaluation of intracavernous disorders, e.g. the growth direction and extent of intracavernous tumors. PMID:24586578

  9. Congenital bilateral plexiform neurofibromas of the cavernous sinuses

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    Meersschaut, V.A.; Kros, J.M.; Catsman-Berrevoets, C.E.; Lequin, M.H. [Dept. of Paediatric Radiology, Univ. Hospital Rotterdam, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    2003-04-01

    We report the CT and MRI findings of congenital bilateral plexiform neurofibromas of the cavernous sinuses in a 2-month-old girl. Contrast-enhanced CT showed enhancement of masses in both cavernous sinuses and enlargement of both superior orbital fissures. On MRI the masses were isointense with muscle on T1-weighted images, hypointense on T2-weighted images and showed strong homogeneous enhancement on contrast-enhanced T1-weighted images. A dural tail sign was observed. The diagnosis was proven by biopsy. (orig.)

  10. Bilateral cavernous sinus thromboses and intraorbital abscesses secondary to Streptococcus milleri.

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    Watkins, Lynnette M; Pasternack, Mark S; Banks, Michelle; Kousoubris, Philip; Rubin, Peter A D

    2003-03-01

    To report the first case of bilateral cavernous sinus thromboses and bilateral intraorbital abscesses secondary to Streptococcus milleri. Single interventional case report. The findings of the ophthalmic evaluation, radiographic imaging, medical and surgical intervention, specimen cultures, and clinical course were analyzed. A 17-year-old female had bilateral proptosis, decreased vision in the left eye, and altered mental status at presentation. An orbital compartment syndrome developed in the left eye and purulent material was present after lateral canthotomy, suggestive of an intraorbital abscess. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans revealed bilateral cavernous sinus thromboses, and subsequent computed tomographic (CT) scans revealed bilateral intraorbital abscesses in the setting of acute ethmoid and sphenoid sinusitis. Antibiotic treatment and surgical drainage of the orbital abscess and sinuses was performed, and specimen cultures revealed S. milleri. After surgery, the patient experienced hearing loss and a right internal capsule infarct, in addition to complete vision loss in the left eye. A second intraorbital abscess developed in the right eye and was drained surgically. The vision remained 20/20. Streptococcus milleri is a virulent organism with a propensity to form abscesses in multiple areas of the body and should be considered as a possible etiologic agent in abscess formation of the orbit and cavernous sinus thrombosis.

  11. Endoscopic supraorbital extradural approach to the cavernous sinus: a cadaver study.

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    Komatsu, Fuminari; Komatsu, Mika; Inoue, Tooru; Tschabitscher, Manfred

    2011-05-01

    The cavernous sinus is a small complex structure located at the central base of the skull. Recent extensive use of endoscopy has provided less invasive approaches to the cavernous sinus via endonasal routes, although transcranial routes play an important role in the approach to the cavernous sinus. The aims of this study were to evaluate the feasibility of the purely endoscopic transcranial approach to the cavernous sinus through the supraorbital keyhole and to better understand the distorted anatomy of the cavernous sinus via endoscopy. Eight fresh cadavers were studied using 4-mm 0° and 30° endoscopes to develop a surgical approach and to identify surgical landmarks. The endoscopic supraorbital extradural approach was divided into 4 stages: entry into the extradural anterior cranial fossa, exposure of the middle cranial fossa and the periorbita, exposure of the superior cavernous sinus, and exposure of the lateral cavernous sinus. This approach provided superb views of the cavernous sinus structures, especially through the clinoidal (Dolenc) triangle. The lateral wall of the cavernous sinus, including the infratrochlear (Parkinson) triangle and anteromedial (Mullan) triangle, was also clearly demonstrated. An endoscopic supraorbital extradural approach offers excellent exposure of the superior and lateral walls of the cavernous sinus with minimal invasiveness via the transcranial route. This approach could be an alternative to the conventional transcranial approach.

  12. Cluster Headache Secondary to Macroprolactinoma with Ipsilateral Cavernous Sinus Invasion

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    M. J. Levy

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a 25 year-old man with episodic cluster headache that was refractory to all standard pharmacological prophylactic and abortive treatments. Because of the lack of response, an MRI brain was performed which showed a large pituitary tumour with ipsilateral cavernous sinus invasion. The serum prolactin was significantly elevated at 54,700 miU/L (50–400 confirming a macro-prolactinoma. Within a few days of cabergoline therapy the headache resolved. He continues to be headache free several years after starting the dopamine agonist. This case highlights the importance of imaging the pituitary fossa in patients with refractory cluster headache, It also raises the potential anatomical importance of the cavernous sinus in pituitary-associated headache.

  13. Onyx embolization of dural arteriovenous fistulas of the cavernous sinus through the superior pharyngeal branch of the ascending pharyngeal artery

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    Pero, Guglielmo; Quilici, Luca; Piano, Mariangela; Valvassori, Luca; Boccardi, Edoardo

    2014-01-01

    We report three cases of dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) of the cavernous sinus treated by Onyx injection through the superior pharyngeal branch of the ascending pharyngeal artery. The treatment of choice of DAVFs of the cavernous sinus is endovascular, and it is preferentially done via transvenous occlusion of the cavernous sinus. The cavernous sinus can be reached through either the inferior petrosal sinus or the superior ophthalmic vein. When these venous routes are occluded, the first ...

  14. Ruptured Persistent Trigeminal Artery Causing Direct Cavernous Sinus Fistula Treated with Pipeline Embolization and Minimal Coiling.

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    Yoon, Nam K; Awad, Al-Wala; Gee, James M; Taussky, Philipp

    2018-01-01

    Rupture of a persistent trigeminal artery associated with development of a cavernous sinus fistula in a traumatic setting is rare. These arteries are typically treated with coil embolization of the cavernous sinus. We present the case of a 42-year-old woman who developed a direct cavernous carotid fistula after a motor vehicle accident. Angiographic imaging revealed a rupture point of a persistent trigeminal artery as it connected with the cavernous segment of the internal carotid artery, causing a cavernous sinus fistula. Coiling of the cavernous sinus was abandoned after placement of 1 coil because of coil herniation into the internal carotid artery. A Pipeline embolization device was placed to oppose the coil against the intima and keep the lumen open. The combination of coil embolization and flow diversion acutely decreased the fistulous flow. Surprisingly, an angiographic follow-up at 6 months showed complete fistula occlusion despite placement of only 1 coil into the cavernous sinus. We report a rare case where undercoiling of the cavernous sinus occluded a cavernous sinus fistula because of the adjunct use of a Pipeline embolization device in the presence of a traumatic rupture of a persistent trigeminal artery. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Endovascular management of dural fistulas into the cavernous sinus. A systematic review

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    Moscote-Salazar Luis Rafael

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Dural fistula to the cavernous sinus (DFCS is an infrequent pathology that consists in the anomalous communication between the meningeal branches of the internal carotid artery (ICA and/or the external carotid artery (ECA and the cavernous sinus. Aim: To perform a systematic review to evaluate clinical and imaging findings in DFCS, and current indications for treatment.

  16. Septic Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis: Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Weerasinghe, Dinushi; Lueck, Christian J.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Septic cavernous sinus thrombosis is a rare but serious complication of infection of the cavernous sinuses. There are no randomised, controlled trials of management of this condition and existing reviews of the literature are somewhat dated. The authors report a case with a favourable outcome and then present the findings of a literature review of the management of this condition. Outcome data suggest that corticosteroids are of equivocal benefit whereas antibiotics and anticoagulation are beneficial. PMID:27928417

  17. The cavernous sinus in cluster headache - a quantitative structural magnetic resonance imaging study.

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    Arkink, Enrico B; Schoonman, Guus G; van Vliet, Jorine A; Bakels, Hannah S; Sneeboer, Marjolein Am; Haan, Joost; van Buchem, Mark A; Ferrari, Michel D; Kruit, Mark C

    2017-03-01

    Background It has been hypothesized that a constitutionally narrow cavernous sinus might predispose individuals to cluster headache. Cavernous sinus dimensions, however, have never been assessed. Methods In this case-control study, we measured the dimensions of the cavernous sinus, skull base, internal carotid and pituitary gland with high-resolution T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging in 25 episodic, 24 chronic and 13 probable cluster headache patients, 8 chronic paroxysmal hemicrania patients and 22 headache-free controls. Dimensions were compared between groups, correcting for age, sex and transcranial diameter. Results On qualitative inspection, no relevant pathology or anatomic variants that were previously associated with cluster headache or chronic paroxysmal hemicranias were observed in the cavernous sinus or paracavernous structures. The left-to-right transcranial diameter at the temporal fossa level (mean ± SD) was larger in the headache groups (episodic cluster headache: 147.5 ± 7.3 mm, p = 0.044; chronic cluster headache: 150.2 ± 7.3 mm, p cavernous sinus and surrounding structures between headache patients and controls. Conclusion Patients with cluster headache or chronic paroxysmal hemicrania had wider skulls than headache-free controls, but the proportional dimensions of the cavernous sinus were similar.

  18. Wegener's granulomatosis with unusual cavernous sinus and sella turcica extension

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    Hermann, M.; Bobek-Billewicz, B. [Dept. of Radiology, Medical University of Gdansk (Poland); Bullo, B.; Hermann, A.; Rutkowski, B. [Dept. of Nephrology, Medical University of Gdansk (Poland)

    1999-07-01

    Intracerebral extension of Wegener's granulomatosis (WG) is rare. We present a patient with oculomotor and trochlear nerve palsy with histologically proved WG. An MR examination revealed granulomatous tissue in nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses with meningeal infiltration, and uncommon penetration into cavernous sinus and sella turcica. The MR images before and during pharmacological therapy are presented. (orig.)

  19. Cavernous sinus invasion by pituitary macroadenomas: neuroradiological, clinical and surgical correlation

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    CUKIERT ARTHUR

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available The classical imaging gold-standard for this diagnosis is the presence of tumor lateral to the carotid artery. Seventeen patients with pituitary macroadenomas with intraoperative confirmation of cavernous sinus invasion were studied with MRI. Only 8 patients had tumor lateral to the carotid artery; 13 had tumor within the carotid syphon and all lacked the ring enhancement of the medial wall of the cavernous sinus. In 10 patients, widening of the posterior double leaflets of the cavernous sinus could be. All patients were operated by the transesphenoidal route. Only one patient was cured by surgery alone. Only 3 patients disclosing the above mentioned MRI features were identified in a series of 250 patients and did not have cavernous sinus invasion. The present criteria proved to be useful in the pre-operative diagnosis of cavenous sinus invasion and patients' counselling. Pre-operative diagnosis of cavernous sinus invasion of pituitary tumors has a great impact in the management of such patients.

  20. Transorbital Cavernous Sinus Direct Puncture : Alternative to treat dural arteriovenous fistula.

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    Trivelato, Felipe Padovani; Manzato, Luciano Bambini; Filho, Paulo Moacir Mesquita; Ulhôa, Alexandre Cordeiro; Vanzin, José Ricardo; Abud, Daniel Giansante; Rezende, Marco Túlio Salles

    2016-08-09

    The authors present a retrospective series of their clinical experience in the treatment of cavernous dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVF) by direct transorbital puncture of the cavernous sinus as an alternative to the endovascular approach. Between October 2012 and September 2014, eight patients harboring cavernous DAVF underwent percutaneous treatment by direct transorbital puncture of the cavernous sinus at three institutions. All patients presented with ocular symptoms. Standard endovascular approaches, including transvenous and transarterial routes, were primarily attempted without success in all cases. Direct puncture was performed through two different approaches, namely inferolateral and superomedial. The entry point was the inferior and superior eyelid, respectively. Embolization was performed with coils or Onyx (Covidien, Irvine, CA). Immediate and late angiographies were used to evaluate the occlusion of the fistula. Of the patients seven had complete occlusion of the cavernous DAVFs noted on the immediate and follow-up angiograms and one patient had residual filling but reduction of the shunt resulted in clinical improvement. None of the patients had worsening of neurological function. One case was complicated by inadvertent internal carotid puncture but without clinical manifestations. One patient experienced postoperative superior ophthalmic vein thrombosis. In very specific cases, when endovascular access is not possible or fails to occlude cavernous DAVF, direct transorbital puncture of the cavernous sinus was shown to be feasible, safe and very effective.

  1. Percutaneous Biopsy of Lesions in the Cavernous Sinus: A Systematic Review.

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    Dellaretti, Marcos; Almeida, Júlio César de; Martins, Warley Carvalho da Silva; Faria, Marcello Penholate

    2017-12-01

    A wide variety of lesions may develop in the cavernous sinus region, including tumors or pseudotumors of inflammatory origin. Sometimes imaging is insufficient to ascertain a pathologic diagnosis. Percutaneous biopsy performed through the foramen ovale route may aid therapeutic decision making, avoiding unnecessary open surgery when lesions are confirmed to be nonsurgical or unresectable. We conducted a systematic review to determine the efficacy of percutaneous biopsy of cavernous sinus lesions. A systematic search in PubMed, LILACS, Web of Science, and Scopus yielded 4495 potentially eligible abstracts. Fourteen studies describing 75 biopsy procedures for lesions in the cavernous sinus region were reviewed. The primary outcome measure was diagnostic success. Data were analyzed according to standard systemic review techniques. A diagnosis was obtained in 65 of the 75 cases described in the literature. Among all series, only 3 patients had permanent deficits. No individual studies reported mortality. The histopathologic evaluation revealed neoplastic diseases in 58 lesions. Meningiomas were found in 26 biopsy samples. Nonneoplastic diseases, originating from infectious, inflammatory, or deposition diseases, accounted for 6 biopsy samples. Percutaneous biopsy of cavernous sinus lesions is effective for diagnosis. Biopsy can be performed in patients with cavernous sinus masses, especially when neuroimaging fails to provide sufficient histopathologic data. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. A noisy zygoma fracture--complication of carotid-cavernous sinus fistula: total recovery of monocular blindness and frozen-eye after endoarterial coil embolization.

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    Bierenbroodspot, F.; Damme, P.A. van; Cruysberg, J.R.M.

    2005-01-01

    A case of a patient with a zygoma fracture in combination with a carotid-cavernous sinus fistula--an arterio-venous fistula between the internal carotid artery and the cavernous sinus--is presented. The most frequent cause is trauma, but the carotid-cavernous sinus fistula itself may have been the

  3. Dural arteriovenous fistulas of the cavernous sinus - clinical case and treatment

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    Chiriac A.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of our article is to present the results of our treatment of dural arteriovenous fistula of the cavernous sinus by glue embolization of the external carotid artery feeders. By this case presentation we try to clarify the clinical course, with the dural carotid cavernous fistula (CCF, characterizing a pallet of symptoms, paying special attention to radiological finding and endovascular treatment.

  4. Submandibular puncture of the facial vein: an original route for endovascular therapy of cavernous sinus dural fistulas.

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    Brunel, H; Girard, N; Dufour, H; Peretti-Viton, P; Moynier, M; Bonafé, A

    2014-08-01

    Carotid cavernous sinus fistulas are a potentially severe pathology. Their basic standard treatment is an occlusion of the CCF performed by retrograde venous catheterization via the inferior petrous sinus. When the inferior petrous sinuses are occluded, other alternative venous routes are possible with various subsequent difficulties and risks. We report an original and safe method for endovascular treatment using submandibular puncture of the facial vein. We report 4 cases of patients with severe unilateral carotid cavernous sinus fistula associated with the occlusion of both inferior petrous sinuses. A submandibular surgical puncture of the ipsilateral inferior facial vein permitted the catheterization of the fistula. Complete occlusion of carotid cavernous sinus fistula was obtained by using a combination of microcoils and Onyx™. When inferior petrous sinuses are occluded, endovascular treatment of carotid cavernous sinus fistulas is more difficult. After reviewing the other treatment options reported in the literature and their respective advantages and adverse effects, we describe an original technique based on the surgical puncture of the ipsilateral facial vein. The occlusion of the fistula is then obtained by using a combination of microcoils and Onyx™. When the inferior petrous sinuses are occluded, an endovascular treatment for a carotid cavernous sinus fistula can be performed using an original and secure method. This method relies on a simple surgical puncture of the facial vein in the submandibular region, which then permits a retrograde catheterization of the carotid cavernous sinus fistula with no significant risk. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  5. Guidewire Breakage During Cavernous Sinus Sampling: A Rare Complication and Its Treatment.

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    Tanriover, Necmettin; Kucukyuruk, Baris; Tuzgen, Saffet; Comunoglu, Nil; Kizilkilic, Osman; Gazioglu, Nurperi

    2017-11-01

    Venous sampling methods are valuable tools for the diagnosis of pituitary adenomas. However, these interventions also have complications, which may complicate the treatment process. A 49-year-old female pituitary adenoma patient with preliminary diagnosis of Cushing disease underwent cavernous sinus sampling (CSS) to delineate the adenoma. The microguidewire broke during the procedure, and the distal part of the microguidewire had to be left within the right cavernous sinus. Eventually, the broken part of the guidewire was removed after the removal of the tumor through an endoscopic endonasal approach. Current surgical experience on endoscopic skull base surgery allows management of diagnostic complications related to the cavernous sinus, such as safe access to materials which were inadvertently left during CSS, without the necessity for further interventions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Gamma Knife radiosurgery for hemangioma of the cavernous sinus.

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    Lee, Cheng-Chia; Sheehan, Jason P; Kano, Hideyuki; Akpinar, Berkcan; Martinez-Alvarez, Roberto; Martinez-Moreno, Nuria; Guo, Wan-Yuo; Lunsford, L Dade; Liu, Kang-Du

    2017-05-01

    OBJECTIVE Cavernous sinus hemangiomas (CSHs) are rare vascular tumors. A direct microsurgical approach usually results in massive hemorrhage and incomplete tumor resection. Although stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has emerged as a therapeutic alternative to microsurgery, outcome studies are few. Authors of the present study evaluated the role of SRS for CSH. METHODS An international multicenter study was conducted to review outcome data in 31 patients with CSH. Eleven patients had initial microsurgery before SRS, and the other 20 patients (64.5%) underwent Gamma Knife SRS as the primary management for their CSH. Median age at the time of radiosurgery was 47 years, and 77.4% of patients had cranial nerve dysfunction before SRS. Patients received a median tumor margin dose of 12.6 Gy (range 12-19 Gy) at a median isodose of 55%. RESULTS Tumor regression was confirmed by imaging in all 31 patients, and all patients had greater than 50% reduction in tumor volume at 6 months post-SRS. No patient had delayed tumor growth, new cranial neuropathy, visual function deterioration, adverse radiation effects, or hypopituitarism after SRS. Twenty-four patients had presented with cranial nerve disorders before SRS, and 6 (25%) of them had gradual improvement. Four (66.7%) of the 6 patients with orbital symptoms had symptomatic relief at the last follow-up. CONCLUSIONS Stereotactic radiosurgery was effective in reducing the volume of CSH and attaining long-term tumor control in all patients at a median of 40 months. The authors' experience suggests that SRS is a reasonable primary and adjuvant treatment modality for patients in whom a CSH is diagnosed.

  7. Silent sinus syndrome: An imploding antrum syndrome

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    Sneha H Choudhary

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Silent sinus syndrome (SSS is a rare entity that is associated with spontaneous, painless, unilateral enophthalmos and hypoglobus resulting from downward bowing of the orbital floor in the absence of any symptomatic sinonasal disease. The diagnosis is suspected clinically, but it is confirmed radiologically by its characteristic imaging features that include maxillary sinus outlet obstruction, sinus opacification and sinus volume loss caused by inward retraction of the sinus walls. The purpose of this article is to acquaint the reader with the clinical and imaging features of the SSS, along with a brief discussion about its pathogenesis and treatment, which is relatively unknown among oral and maxillofacial radiologists.

  8. Pediatric cavernous sinus thrombosis: A case series and review of the literature.

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    Smith, Douglas M; Vossough, Arastoo; Vorona, Gregory A; Beslow, Lauren A; Ichord, Rebecca N; Licht, Daniel J

    2015-09-01

    To describe clinical characteristics, imaging findings, morbidity, and mortality in a single-center cohort of 12 pediatric cavernous sinus thrombosis cases and to review all cases available in recent English literature. Clinical data and radiographic studies on 12 cases from our institution were analyzed retrospectively. A literature search and review was conducted, with additional cases pooled with the new cohort for an aggregate analysis. Twelve cases of cavernous sinus thrombosis in children from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2013, were reviewed. All patients survived to discharge; 3 of 12 (25%) experienced neurologic morbidity. Contrast-enhanced MRI and contrast-enhanced head CT were 100% sensitive for detecting cavernous sinus thrombosis, while noncontrast time-of-flight magnetic resonance venography (TOF MRV) and noncontrast head CT were 0% sensitive. Literature review produced an additional 40 cases, and the aggregate mortality rate was 4 of 52 (8%) and morbidity rate was 10 of 40 (25%). Outcomes did not vary by treatment or with unilateral vs bilateral cavernous sinus involvement. There was a trend toward worse outcomes with fungal infections. Our case series demonstrates low morbidity and mortality with early, aggressive surgical, antimicrobial, and anticoagulation therapies. Although anticoagulation and surgery were not associated with significantly different outcomes, more study is needed. © 2015 American Academy of Neurology.

  9. Endovascular management of dural carotid-cavernous sinus fistulas in 141 patients

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    Kirsch, M. [Alfried Krupp Krankenhaus, Klinik fuer Radiologie und Neuroradiologie, Essen (Germany); Universitaetsklinikum Greifswald, Institut fuer Diagnostische Radiologie und Neuroradiologie, Greifswald (Germany); Henkes, H.; Liebig, T.; Weber, W.; Golik, S.; Kuehne, D. [Alfried Krupp Krankenhaus, Klinik fuer Radiologie und Neuroradiologie, Essen (Germany); Esser, J. [Universitaetsklinikum Essen, Zentrum fuer Augenheilkunde, Essen (Germany)

    2006-07-15

    Introduction: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the single-centre experience with transvenous coil treatment of dural carotid-cavernous sinus fistulas. Methods: Between November 1991 and December 2005, a total of 141 patients (112 female) with dural carotid-cavernous sinus fistula underwent 161 transvenous treatment sessions. The patient files and angiograms were analysed retrospectively. Clinical signs and symptoms included chemosis (94%), exophthalmos (87%), cranial nerve palsy (54%), increased intraocular pressure (60%), diplopia (51%), and impaired vision (28%). Angiography revealed in addition cortical drainage in 34% of the patients. Partial arterial embolization was carried out in 23% of the patients. Transvenous treatment comprised in by far the majority of patients complete filling of the cavernous sinus and the adjacent segment of the superior and inferior ophthalmic vein with detachable coils. Complete interruption of the arteriovenous shunt was achieved in 81% of the patients. A minor residual shunt (without cortical or ocular drainage) remained in 13%, a significant residual shunt (with cortical or ocular drainage) remained in 4%, and the attempted treatment failed in 2%. There was a tendency for ocular pressure-related symptoms to resolve rapidly, while cranial nerve palsy and diplopia improved slowly (65%) or did not change (11%). The 39 patients with visual impairment recovered within the first 2 weeks after endovascular treatment. After complete interruption of the arteriovenous shunt, no recurrence was observed. The transvenous coil occlusion of the superior and inferior ophthalmic veins and the cavernous sinus of the symptomatic eye is a highly efficient and safe treatment in dural carotid-cavernous sinus fistulas. In the majority of patients a significant and permanent improvement in clinical signs and symptoms can be achieved. (orig.)

  10. Cavernous sinus cavernous hemangioma: imaging features and therapeutic effect of Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

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    Anqi, Xiao; Zhang, Shangfu; Jiahe, Xiao; Chao, You

    2014-12-01

    To investigate the imaging features of cavernous sinus cavernous hemangioma (CSCH) and evaluate the therapeutic effect of Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS) in treatment of CSCH. Fifteen patients with CSCH treated by GKRS in our institute, including 6 males and 9 females, age range 20-77 years old, were analyzed retrospectively. Three of them were given craniotomies as the initial therapy. All cases had performed conventional and contrast-enhanced MRI and 5 patients underwent dynamic enhanced MRI preoperatively. In 6 cases, the multi-directional continuous data of axial, coronal and sagittal enhanced MRI were acquired. Three cases performed digital subtraction angiography (DSA) simultaneously. The diagnoses of lesions were determined mainly depending on typical imaging features. In 3 patients, the diagnoses of CSCH were confirmed histopathologically. The radiation dosimetry was done with a goal of conformal and selective coverage of the lesion with a 50% prescription isodose line. The mean marginal dose constituted 13.4 Gy (range 10-16 Gy). After GKRS was performed, all patients were arranged regular clinical and MRI follow-up every 6 months during the first 12 months, and once per year thereafter. On MRI, the lesions were typically demonstrated as iso/hypo-intensities on T1WI and remarkable hyper-intensities on T2WI, and apparent homogeneous enhancement. The phenomenon of dynamic enhancement was found in 11 cases. The progressive enhancing process from heterogeneous to uniform was displayed in the 5 patients performed same-slice dynamic MRI, including imaging characteristics of 'edge to center' enhancement in 2 case. In the other 6 cases, the delayed homogeneous enhancement of lesion was observed. Ten patients obtained radiological follow-up results after GKRS. Reviewing the follow-up data of 8 patients during the period of 3-6 months, the lesions were apparently shrunk in 5 patients with shrinkage rate of 20.8-46.8%. In 4 patients with imaging follow-up during the

  11. Rhino-orbitocerebral mucormycosis associated with cavernous sinus thrombosis: case report

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    Haber, Daniel Martiniano

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Mucormycosis is a rare opportunistic infection caused by Mucorales fungi, and the Rhizopus is the most common one (70% of the cases. It is an acute invasive fungal disease whose form is disseminated, cutaneous, pulmonary, gastrointestinal and rhino-orbitocerebral. The latter is the most common form and its symptoms comprise of unilateral sinusitis, fever and headache. Once established in the orbit the symptoms can be chemosis, diplopia and reduced vision. The infection can spread to the brain via the orbital apex, orbital arteries or via the cribriform plate. Mucormycosis is a medical emergency and the treatment consists of a surgery to an aggressive debridement and in the use of antifungal therapy. Despite the appropriate management, the mortality rate can reach 40% of the cases. One possible intracranial complication of Mucormycosis is the Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis which is a rare and fatal infective disease. The initial symptoms of Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis are headache, retro-orbital pain, periorbital edema, proptosis, diplopia and reduced vision. Case Report: We describe the case of 43-year-old woman with medical history of diabetes mellitus and use of immunosuppressant drugs after kidney transplantation. The patient developed Acute Bacterial Sinusitis and Rhino-orbitocerebral Mucormycosis associated with Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis.

  12. Septic thrombosis of the cavernous sinus secondary to a Streptococcus milleri oral infection.

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    Imholz, B; Becker, M; Lombardi, T; Scolozzi, P

    2012-09-01

    Septic thrombosis of the cavernous sinus (STCS) is an uncommon and potentially lethal disease. Sphenoid and ethmoid sinusitis followed by facial cutaneous infections represents the most common aetiologies, with Staphylococcus aureus as the main responsible organism followed by the Streptococcus pneumoniae. Although all infectious foci of the head and neck area can potentially spread to the cavernous sinus, STCS from oral infection is an exceptionally rare occurrence. We report the unusual case of a patient who presented with an acute STCS secondary to a generalized Streptococcus milleri periodontitis. This case highlights the importance of systematically performing a detailed examination of the oral cavity in patients presenting with intracranial infections caused by uncommon pathogens such as the Streptococcus milleri group.

  13. Jacques Bénigne Winslow (1669-1760) and the misnomer cavernous sinus.

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    Thakur, Jai Deep; Sonig, Ashish; Khan, Imad Saeed; Connor, David E; Pait, T Glenn; Nanda, Anil

    2014-01-01

    Sinus cavernosi, or the cavernous sinus, was coined by Jacques Bénigne Winslow in the 18th century. Among the neurosurgeons and the modern-day neuroanatomists, Winslow is mainly known for erroneously using the term cavernous sinus. As the anatomical understanding of the parasellar space advanced during the next 200 years, it was unclear as to why Winslow compared this space in the brain with that of a male reproductive organ (corpus cavernosum). Our primary objective was to study the historical treatise on anatomy written by Winslow in the 18th century and analyze his anatomical dissections and nomenclature for the parasellar compartment. In addition, his pertinent contributions to neuroscience are highlighted in this vignette. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Contralateral transvenous approach and embolization with 360° guglielmi detachable coils for the treatment of cavernous sinus dural fistula.

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    Zenteno, Marco; Jorge, Santos-Franco; Rafael, Moscote-Salazar Luis; Raphael, AlvisMiranda Hernando; Gabriel, Alcala-Cerra; Ángel, Lee

    2015-01-01

    carotid-cavernous fistulas are spontaneours acquired connections between the carotid artery and the cavernous cavernous sinus, being classified as direct or indirect; being usually diagnosed in postmenopausal women, but are also associated with other pathoogies such as pregnancy, sinusitis and cavernous sinus thrombosis. They are clinically characterized by ophthalmological symptoms and pulsatile tinnitus. A 51-year-old woman who started her current condition about 4 years ago with pulsatile tinnitus, to which were added progressively: Pain, conjunctival erythema, right eye proptosis and the occasional headache of moderate intensity. Caotid-cavernous fistula wes diagnosed, for the technical difficulty inherent in the case was made a contralateral transvenous approach and embolization with 360° GDG coils, with successful evolution of the patient. The endovascular management of these lesions is currently possible with excellent results.

  15. Contralateral transvenous approach and embolization with 360° guglielmi detachable coils for the treatment of cavernous sinus dural fistula

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    Zenteno, Marco; Jorge, Santos-Franco; Rafael, Moscote-Salazar Luis; Raphael, AlvisMiranda Hernando; Gabriel, Alcala-Cerra; Ángel, Lee

    2015-01-01

    carotid-cavernous fistulas are spontaneours acquired connections between the carotid artery and the cavernous cavernous sinus, being classified as direct or indirect; being usually diagnosed in postmenopausal women, but are also associated with other pathoogies such as pregnancy, sinusitis and cavernous sinus thrombosis. They are clinically characterized by ophthalmological symptoms and pulsatile tinnitus. A 51-year-old woman who started her current condition about 4 years ago with pulsatile tinnitus, to which were added progressively: Pain, conjunctival erythema, right eye proptosis and the occasional headache of moderate intensity. Caotid-cavernous fistula wes diagnosed, for the technical difficulty inherent in the case was made a contralateral transvenous approach and embolization with 360° GDG coils, with successful evolution of the patient. The endovascular management of these lesions is currently possible with excellent results. PMID:25767589

  16. The role of stereotactic radiosurgery in cavernous sinus hemangiomas: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Wang, Xin; Mei, Guanghai; Liu, Xiaoxia; Dai, Jiazhong; Pan, Li; Wang, Enmin

    2012-04-01

    Cavernous sinus hemangioma is a rare and complex vascular tumor. A direct microsurgical approach usually results in massive hemorrhage. Stereotactic radiosurgery has emerged as a treatment alternative to microsurgery. To conduct a meta-analysis assessing the effect and complications of stereotactic radiosurgery in cavernous sinus hemangioma, a systematic review and meta-analysis of all cases of cavernous hemangioma in the cavernous sinus treated with stereotactic radiosurgery was performed. The search revealed ten papers with a total enrollment of 59 patients. Tumor size ranged from 1.5-51.4 cm(3) (mean 9.6 cm(3)). The mean follow-up period was 49.2 months (range 6-156 months). The most recent MR images demonstrated remarkable tumor shrinkage in 40 patients (67.8%), partial shrinkage in 15 patients (25.4%), and no change in four patients (6.8%). There was no significant correlation between lesion volume and tumor shrinkage. Patients with remarkable tumor shrinkage received higher doses than those with partial or no change tumor shrinkage (P = 0.031). Thirteen patients (22.0%) had no cranial nerve impairments before stereotactic radiosurgery. Among those 46 patients with cranial nerve impairments before stereotactic radiosurgery, complete resolution was achieved in seven patients and improvement in 28, and these impairments remained essentially unchanged in 11 patients. Only one patient had additional trigeminal nerve disturbance. There is no statistical significance in tumor control between patients treated with or without surgery (P = 0.091). The meta-analysis suggests stereotactic radiosurgery avoids the complications associated with attempted microsurgical resection. Stereotactic radiosurgery is an alternative for cavernous sinus hemangiomas confirmed by typical imaging.

  17. Association of Morbidity with Extent of Resection and Cavernous Sinus Invasion in Sphenoid Wing Meningiomas*

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    Ivan, Michael E.; Cheng, Jason S.; Kaur, Gurvinder; Sughrue, Michael E.; Clark, Aaron; Kane, Ari J.; Aranda, Derick; McDermott, Michael; Barani, Igor J.; Parsa, Andrew T.

    2012-01-01

    Sphenoid wing meningiomas (SWMs) typically are histologically benign, insidious lesions, but the propensity of these tumors for local invasion makes disease control very challenging. In this review, we assess whether the degree of resection and extent of cavernous sinus invasion affects morbidity, mortality, and recurrence in patients with SWM. A comprehensive search of the English-language literature was performed. Patients were stratified according to extent of resection and extent of cavernous sinus invasion, and tumor recurrence rate, morbidity, and mortality were analyzed. A total of 23 studies and 131 patients were included. Overall recurrence and surgical mortality rate were 11% and 2%, respectively (average follow-up = 65 months). Cranial nerve III palsy was significantly associated with incompletely versus completely resected SWMs (7 to 0%) as well as meningiomas with cavernous sinus invasion versus no sinus invasion (14 vs. 0%). No significant difference in tumor recurrence rate was noted between these groups. In conclusion, complete excision of SWMs is always recommended whenever possible, but surgeons should acknowledge that there is nonetheless a chance of recurrence and should weigh this against the risk of causing cranial nerve injuries. PMID:23372999

  18. Endoscopic transorbital route to the cavernous sinus through the meningo-orbital band: a descriptive anatomical study.

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    Dallan, Iacopo; Di Somma, Alberto; Prats-Galino, Alberto; Solari, Domenico; Alobid, Isam; Turri-Zanoni, Mario; Fiacchini, Giacomo; Castelnuovo, Paolo; Catapano, Giuseppe; de Notaris, Matteo

    2017-09-01

    OBJECTIVE Exposure of the cavernous sinus is technically challenging. The most common surgical approaches use well-known variations of the standard frontotemporal craniotomy. In this paper the authors describe a novel ventral route that enters the lateral wall of the cavernous sinus through an interdural corridor that includes the removal of the greater sphenoid wing via a purely endoscopic transorbital pathway. METHODS Five human cadaveric heads (10 sides) were dissected at the Laboratory of Surgical NeuroAnatomy of the University of Barcelona. To expose the lateral wall of the cavernous sinus, a superior eyelid endoscopic transorbital approach was performed and the anterior portion of the greater sphenoid wing was removed. The meningo-orbital band was exposed as the key starting point for revealing the cavernous sinus and its contents in a minimally invasive interdural fashion. RESULTS This endoscopic transorbital approach, with partial removal of the greater sphenoid wing followed by a "natural" ventral interdural dissection of the meningo-orbital band, allowed exposure of the entire lateral wall of the cavernous sinus up to the plexiform portion of the trigeminal root and the petrous bone posteriorly and the foramen spinosum, with the middle meningeal artery, laterally. CONCLUSIONS The purely endoscopic transorbital approach through the meningo-orbital band provides a direct view of the cavernous sinus through a simple and rapid means of access. Indeed, this interdural pathway lies in the same sagittal plane as the lateral wall of the cavernous sinus. Advantages include a favorable angle of attack, minimal brain retraction, and the possibility for dissection through the interdural space without entering the neurovascular compartment of the cavernous sinus. Surgical series are needed to demonstrate any clinical advantages and disadvantages of this novel route.

  19. Virtual Reality Model of the Three-Dimensional Anatomy of the Cavernous Sinus Based on a Cadaveric Image and Dissection.

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    Qian, Zeng-Hui; Feng, Xu; Li, Yang; Tang, Ke

    2018-01-01

    Studying the three-dimensional (3D) anatomy of the cavernous sinus is essential for treating lesions in this region with skull base surgeries. Cadaver dissection is a conventional method that has insurmountable flaws with regard to understanding spatial anatomy. The authors' research aimed to build an image model of the cavernous sinus region in a virtual reality system to precisely, individually and objectively elucidate the complete and local stereo-anatomy. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans were performed on 5 adult cadaver heads. Latex mixed with contrast agent was injected into the arterial system and then into the venous system. Computed tomography scans were performed again following the 2 injections. Magnetic resonance imaging scans were performed again after the cranial nerves were exposed. Image data were input into a virtual reality system to establish a model of the cavernous sinus. Observation results of the image models were compared with those of the cadaver heads. Visualization of the cavernous sinus region models built using the virtual reality system was good for all the cadavers. High resolutions were achieved for the images of different tissues. The observed results were consistent with those of the cadaver head. The spatial architecture and modality of the cavernous sinus were clearly displayed in the 3D model by rotating the model and conveniently changing its transparency. A 3D virtual reality model of the cavernous sinus region is helpful for globally and objectively understanding anatomy. The observation procedure was accurate, convenient, noninvasive, and time and specimen saving.

  20. Direct orbital puncture of the cavernous sinus for the treatment of a carotid-cavernous dural AV fistula with a concomitant venous/lymphatic malformation.

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    Coumou, Adriaan D; van den Berg, René; Bot, Joost C; Beetsma, Daan B; Saeed, Peerooz

    2014-02-01

    A 37- year old male with a long history of a left orbital venous/lympathic malformation presented with ocular injection, increased proptosis and reduced left vision. Angiography demonstrated a carotid cavernous dural AV fistula combined with a concomitant venous/lymphatic malformation. After attempts at transvenous embolization, a direct uncomplicated transorbital puncture of the cavernous sinus via a lateral orbitotomy was performed with complete resolution of ocular symptoms.

  1. [Pretemporal transcavernous approach tailored surgery of cavernous sinus tumors: a consecutive series of 31 cases report].

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    Su, Jun; Yuan, Xianrui; Zhao, Zijin; Wang, Xiangyu; Wang, Junquan; Xiao, Kai; Li, Haoyu; Zhang, Chi; Yuan, Jian; Liu, Dingyang; Liu, Qing

    2016-05-01

    To investigate the indications of the pretemporal transcavernous approach for cavernous sinus tumors resection and design individually tailored surgery according to the extent of tumors and operation requirements. A retrospective analysis of clinical data, surgical outcomes and complications in a series of 31 cases with cavernous sinus tumor operated via the individually tailored pretemporal transcavernous approach between May 2012 and September 2015 in Department of Neurosurgery, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University. There were 13 male and 18 female patients, aging from 17 to 67 years with a mean of (41±14) years. The patients included 18 cases of shwannomas, 4 cases of meningiomas, 3 cases of cavernous hemangiomas, 2 cases of invasive pituitary adenomas, 1 case of chordoma, 1 case of chondroma, 1 case of recurrent teratoma, 1 case of metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma. The first followed-up visit was on the 3(rd) month after surgery, and if tumor progression or recurrence was observed on MRI, the Gamma knife treatment was recommended, the patient was followed up every 6 months, otherwise the patient was followed up again 6 months later, then, every 12 months. Gross total removal of tumors was achieved in 22 cases of 31 patients (71.0%), containing 17 cases of shwannomas, 3 cases of hemangiomas, 1 case of chondroma, 1 case of teratoma; subtotal removal in 6 cases (19.3%), including 3 cases of meningiomas, 1 case of pituitary adenoma, 1 case of chordoma, 1 case of metastatic carcinoma; partial removal in 3 cases (9.7%), comprising 1 case of meningioma, 1 case of recurrent shwannoma, 1 case of recurrent pituitary adenoma. The symptoms of cranial never aggravated in 5 cases, the new postoperative cranial never palsy was observed in 7 cases. There was no surgical mortality, intracranial hematoma, intracranial infection and cerebrospinal fluid leakage cases, ect. Twenty-eight cases were followed up for more than 3 months (3 to 40 months), 1 case of chordoma had

  2. Embolization of Dural Arteriovenous Fistula of the Cavernous Sinus Through Percutaneous Ultrasound-Guided Puncture of the Facial Vein.

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    Alexandre, Andrea M; Visconti, Emiliano; Lozupone, Emilio; D'Argento, Francesco; Pedicelli, Alessandro

    2017-03-01

    The goal of dural arteriovenous fistula of the cavernous sinus treated with coils through ultrasound-guided access to the facial vein is to interrupt the fistulous communications and decrease the pressure in the cavernous sinus and consequently in the ophthalmic veins. The traditional approach in the treatment of these fistulae is transvenous endovascular occlusion of the cavernous sinus. Transvenous embolization has been proven to be safe and can provide complete and permanent occlusion of the fistula in a single session. The most commonly used venous pathway is the inferior petrosal sinus, but, if it is inaccessible, then, the superior ophthalmic vein is considered; nonetheless, it can require a surgical exposure. Other pathways include the transfemoral transfacial vein. An arterial approach is considered usually when venous approach pathways fail. Arterial occlusion of feeders supplying the fistula is associated with a greater risk of embolic complications. We report a case of dural arteriovenous fistula of the cavernous sinus treated with coils through ultrasound-guided access to the facial vein. We propose an alternative pathway when the conventional transvenous approach through the inferior petrosal sinus is excluded. An ultrasound-guided facial vein approach can be considered as a direct and safe alternative to reach the cavernous sinus and obtain exclusion of the fistula. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Bilateral intraorbital abscesses and cavernous sinus thromboses secondary to Streptococcus milleri with a favorable outcome.

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    Udaondo, Patricia; Garcia-Delpech, Salvador; Díaz-Llopis, Manuel; Salom, David; Garcia-Pous, Maria; Strottmann, James M

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    A 51-year-old woman with left proptosis, diplopia, headache, and nausea was found to have bilateral intraorbital abscesses, left superior ophthalmic vein thrombosis, bilateral cavernous sinus thromboses, and a left temporal lobe intracerebral abscess. Because the paranasal sinuses were unaffected, a dental origin was suspected and confirmed. The causative organism was Streptococcus milleri. Aggressive surgical intervention included bilateral orbital abscess drainage and dental extraction, and medical therapy included intravenous metronidazole, ceftriaxone, heparin, and methylprednisolone. A left sixth cranial nerve paresis was the only long-term sequela.

  4. Fibrin Glue Injection for Cavernous Sinus Hemostasis Associated with Cranial Nerve Deficit: A Case Report

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    2015-01-01

    Fibrin glue injection has been used to control intraoperative cavernous sinus (CS) venous bleeding. There have been no reported complications related to this maneuver. We present a case where a patient developed a sensory trigeminal nerve deficit after injection of fibrin glue into the posterior CS during resection of a petrosal meningioma. We believe that this deficit was due to the compression of the trigeminal ganglion similar to balloon compression procedures. Although fibrin glue injecti...

  5. The Medial Extra-Sellar Corridor to the Cavernous Sinus: Anatomic Description and Clinical Correlation.

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    Theodosopoulos, Philip V; Cebula, Helene; Kurbanov, Almaz; Cabero, Arnau Benet; Osorio, Joseph A; Zimmer, Lee A; Froelich, Sebastien C; Keller, Jeffrey T

    2016-12-01

    The zenith of surgical interest in the cavernous sinus peaked in the 1980s, as evidenced by reports of 10 surgical triangles that could access the contents of the lateral sellar compartment (LSC). However, these transcranial approaches later became marginalized, first by radiosurgery's popularity and lower morbidity, and then by clinical potential of endoscopic corridors noted in several qualitative studies. Our anatomic study, taking a contemporary look at the medial extra-sellar corridor, gives a detailed qualitative-quantitative analysis for its use with increasingly popular endoscopic endonasal approaches to the cavernous sinus. In 20 cadaveric specimens, we re-examined the anatomic landmarks of the medial corridor into the LSC with qualitative descriptions and measurements. An illustrative case highlights a recurrent symptomatic pituitary adenoma that invaded the cavernous sinus approached through the medial corridor. The corridor's shape varied from tetrahedron to hexahedron. Comparing right and left sides, width averaged 3.6 ± 4.5 mm and 4.0 ± 4.4 mm, and height averaged 2.3 mm and 2.1 mm, respectively. About 35% of sides showed ample space for access into the cavernous sinus. Our case report of successful outcome lends support for the safety and efficacy of this endoscopic approach. Our re-examination of this particular surgical access into the LSC refines the understanding of the medial extra-sellar corridor as a main endoscopic access route to this compartment. Achieving safe access to the contents of the LSC, this 11th triangle is clinically relevant and potentially superior for select lesions in this region. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Endoscope-assisted transsphenoidal puncture of the cavernous sinus for embolization of carotid-cavernous fistula in a neurosurgical hybrid operating suite.

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    Tang, Chien-Lun; Liao, Chih-Hsiang; Chen, Wen-Hsien; Shen, Shih-Chieh; Lee, Chung-Hsin; Lee, Hsu-Tung; Tsuei, Yuang-Seng

    2017-08-01

    Endovascular embolization is the treatment of choice for carotid-cavernous fistulas (CCFs), but failure to catheterize the cavernous sinus may occur as a result of vessel tortuosity, hypoplasia, or stenosis. In addition to conventional transvenous or transarterial routes, alternative approaches should be considered. The authors present a case in which a straightforward route to the CCF was accessed via transsphenoidal puncture of the cavernous sinus in a neurosurgical hybrid operating suite. This 82-year-old man presented with severe chemosis and proptosis of the right eye. Digital subtraction angiography revealed a Type B CCF with a feeding artery arising from the meningohypophyseal trunk of the right cavernous segment of the internal carotid artery. The CCF drained through a thrombosed right superior ophthalmic vein that ended deep in the orbit; there were no patent sinuses or venous plexuses connecting to the CCF. An endoscope-assisted transsphenoidal puncture created direct access to the nidus for embolization. Embolic agents were deployed through the puncture needle to achieve complete obliteration. Endoscope-assisted transsphenoidal puncture of the cavernous sinus is a feasible alternative to treat difficult-to-access CCFs in a neurosurgical hybrid operating suite.

  7. Role of fractionated radiotherapy in patients with hemangioma of the cavernous sinus

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    Park, Sun Min; Yoon, Sang Min; Lee, Su Min; Park, Jin Hong; Song, Si Yeol; Lee, Sang Wook; Ahn, Seung Do; Kim, Jong Hoon; Choi, Eun Kyung [Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-09-15

    We performed this retrospective study to investigate the outcomes of patients with hemangioma of the cavernous sinus after fractionated radiotherapy. We analyzed 10 patients with hemangioma of the cavernous sinus who were treated with conventional radiotherapy between January 2000 and December 2016. The median patient age was 54 years (range, 31–65 years), and 8 patients (80.0%) were female. The mean hemangioma volume was 34.1 cm{sup 3} (range, 6.8–83.2 cm{sup 3}), and fractionated radiation was administered to a total dose of 50–54 Gy with a daily dose of 2 Gy. The median follow-up period was 6.8 years (range, 2.2–8.8 years). At last follow-up, the volume of the tumor had decreased in all patients. The average tumor volume reduction rate from the initial volume was 72.9% (range, 18.9–95.3%). All 10 of the cranial neuropathies observed before radiation therapy had improved, with complete symptomatic remission in 9 cases (90%) and partial remission in 1 case (10%). No new acute neurologic impairments were reported after radiotherapy. One probable compressive optic neuropathy was observed at 1 year after radiotherapy. Fractionated radiotherapy achieves both symptomatic and radiologic improvements. It is a well-tolerated treatment modality for hemangiomas of the cavernous sinus.

  8. Moyamoya Disease Associated with Tuberculum Sellae Meningioma and Cavernous Sinus Hemangioma.

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    Xu, Feng; Tang, Hailiang; Xiong, Ji; Liu, Xiaoxia

    2018-01-01

    Primary moyamoya disease associated with skull base tumors has been reported only rarely in the literature. Surgical treatment can be complicated due to the compensatory collateral circulation through meningeal and leptomeningeal anastomosis. A standard frontotemporal craniotomy may interrupt critical transdural anastomoses. We report a case of primary moyamoya disease coexisting with tuberculum sellae meningioma and left cavernous sinus hemangioma. Simultaneous management of tuberculum sellae meningioma and moyamoya disease was performed using a left modified pterional incision. Two separate bone windows were opened to protect the transdural anastomosis via the middle meningeal artery. The tuberculum sellae meningioma was successfully removed through a small frontal craniotomy, and encephaloduromyosynangiosis was used to treat moyamoya disease through a temporoparietal craniotomy. Finally, CyberKnife radiotherapy was used to treat the left cavernous sinus hemangioma at 6 weeks after the initial operation. The patient recovered well without complications. This is the first report of moyamoya disease associated with tuberculum sellae meningioma and cavernous sinus hemangioma. With careful bone flap design, moyamoya disease and skull base tumors can be treated simultaneously. Care should be taken to avoid interruption of critical dural-pial collaterals and injury to fragile moyamoya vessels. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Role of fractionated radiotherapy in patients with hemangioma of the cavernous sinus

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    Park, Sunmin; Yoon, Sang Min; Lee, Sumin; Park, Jin-hong; Song, Si Yeol; Lee, Sang-wook; Ahn, Seung Do; Kim, Jong Hoon; Choi, Eun Kyung

    2017-01-01

    Purpose We performed this retrospective study to investigate the outcomes of patients with hemangioma of the cavernous sinus after fractionated radiotherapy. Materials and Methods We analyzed 10 patients with hemangioma of the cavernous sinus who were treated with conventional radiotherapy between January 2000 and December 2016. The median patient age was 54 years (range, 31–65 years), and 8 patients (80.0%) were female. The mean hemangioma volume was 34.1 cm3 (range, 6.8–83.2 cm3), and fractionated radiation was administered to a total dose of 50–54 Gy with a daily dose of 2 Gy. Results The median follow-up period was 6.8 years (range, 2.2–8.8 years). At last follow-up, the volume of the tumor had decreased in all patients. The average tumor volume reduction rate from the initial volume was 72.9% (range, 18.9–95.3%). All 10 of the cranial neuropathies observed before radiation therapy had improved, with complete symptomatic remission in 9 cases (90%) and partial remission in 1 case (10%). No new acute neurologic impairments were reported after radiotherapy. One probable compressive optic neuropathy was observed at 1 year after radiotherapy. Conclusion Fractionated radiotherapy achieves both symptomatic and radiologic improvements. It is a well-tolerated treatment modality for hemangiomas of the cavernous sinus. PMID:29037018

  10. Cavernous angioma of the cavernous sinus: imaging findings Angioma cavernoso do seio cavernoso: achados aos exames de imagem

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    Jose Luiz Furtado de Mendonça

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Cavernous angiomas (cavernomas of the cavernous sinus are uncommon, with only scattered reports in literature. Unlike their parenchymatous counterparts, they are intensely enhancing para-sellar masses, iso/hypointense in T1- and hyperintense in T2-weighted images. Differential diagnosis with para-sellar meningiomas and schwannomas can be difficult. We report three cases of this condition, describing findings of diffusion-weighted imaging in this kind of lesion for the first time in literature.Angiomas cavernosos (cavernomas do seio cavernoso são lesões incomuns, com poucos relatos na literatura especializada. Ao contrário dos cavernomas parenquimatosos, são massas para-selares intensamente captantes, isointensas a hipointensas em T1 e hiperintensas em T2 nas imagens de ressonância magnética. O diagnóstico diferencial com meningiomas e schwannomas para-selares pode ser difícil. Relatamos os achados de imagem de três casos desta entidade, descrevendo os achados da ressonância magnética ponderada em difusão neste tipo de lesão pela primeira vez na literatura.

  11. A variant epidemic methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus-15 cavernous sinus thrombosis and meningitis: A rare occurrence with unusual presentation

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    Veena Kumari H

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Septic cavernous sinus thrombosis (CST is an uncommon clinical syndrome. Although Staphylococcus aureus (S aureus is the most common bacterial pathogen causing CST, it is infrequent as a cause of meningitis. We report the first case of CST and meningitis from Bengaluru, Karnataka, caused by community-acquired epidemic methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus-15 (EMRSA-15, in a previously healthy individual without known risk factors; the patient recovered following treatment with vancomycin. The isolate was genotyped as belonging to staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec type IV and sequence type 22 and carried the panton-valentine leucocidin gene. It is the first Indian EMRSA-15 disease isolate from a case of meningitis. EMRSA-15 has been a major problem in hospitals in UK and it is a cause for great concern in Indian hospitals too.

  12. GENETIC PREDICTORS OF IDIOPATHIC SICK SINUS SYNDROME

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    A. A. Chernova

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Published data demonstrating genetic determination of sick sinus syndrome is presented. The definition of this pathology is presented; the main symptoms are described, as well as genes that influence the development of idiopathic sick sinus syndrome, their polymorphisms and role in disorders of the cardiovascular system.

  13. Endoscopic endonasal surgery for nonadenomatous, nonmeningeal pathology involving the cavernous sinus.

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    Patrona, Aikaterini; Patel, Kunal S; Bander, Evan D; Mehta, Alpesh; Tsiouris, Apostolos John; Anand, Vijay K; Schwartz, Theodore H

    2017-03-01

    OBJECTIVE Surgery within the cavernous sinus (CS) remains a controversial topic because of the delicate and complex anatomy. The risk also varies with tumor consistency. Softer tumors such as pituitary adenomas are more likely to be surgically treated, while firm tumors such as meningiomas are often treated with radiosurgery. However, a wide range of pathologies that can involve the CS are amenable to surgery. The authors describe and analyze their results using endonasal endoscopic "medial-to-lateral" approaches for nonadenomatous, nonmeningeal tumors, in relation to the degree of invasion within the CS. METHODS A prospectively acquired database of consecutive endoscopic approaches for tumors with verified intraoperative CS invasion was reviewed. Pituitary adenomas and meningiomas were excluded. Degree of invasion of the CS was classified using the Knosp-Steiner (KS) grading system as well as the percentage of cavernous carotid artery (CCA) encasement. Extent of resection of the entire tumor and of the CS component was assessed by independent neuroradiologists using volumetric measurements of the pre- and postoperative MRI studies. Demographic data and complications were noted. RESULTS Fifteen patients (mean age 51.1 years who received endoscopic surgery between 2007 and 2013 met the selection criteria. There were 11 malignant tumors, including chordoma, chondrosarcoma, hemangiopericytoma, lymphoma, and metastatic cancer, and 4 benign tumors, including 3 cavernous hemangiomas and 1 dermoid. All cases were discussed before treatment in a tumor board. Adjuvant treatment options included chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The mean pre- and postoperative tumor volumes were 12.74 ml and 3.86 ml. Gross-total resection (GTR; ie, resection greater than 95%) was the goal in 13 cases and was achieved in 6 patients (46%) while in addition 5 patients had a greater than 80% resection. Gross-total resection in the CS was accomplished in 55% of the tumors with KS Grades 1-2 and in

  14. Clinical-radiological-pathological correlation of cavernous sinus hemangioma: Incremental value of diffusion-weighted imaging

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    Mahajan, Abhishek; Rao, Vedula Rajni Kanth; Anantaram, Gudipati; Polnaya, Ashwin M; Desai, Sandeep; Desai, Paresh; Vadapalli, Rammohan; Panigrahi, Manas

    2017-01-01

    AIM To elucidate the clinical, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), pathological features of these lesions and asses the incremental value of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in diagnosing them. METHODS Fifteen consecutive patients (11 females and 4 males; mean age 40.93 years; age range 13-63 years) with cavernous sinus hemangiomas (CSH) who underwent examination between November 2008 and May 2016 were included for the analysis. MRI, clinical and surgical findings of each patient was retrospectively reviewed. DWI were also analysed and mean-apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value was calculated. Eleven patients underwent surgical removal of the lesion and 2 patients had biopsy only. Diagnosis of CSH was confirmed histologically in 13 patients. RESULTS Eleven patients (73%) presented with headaches and 10 (66%) had cranial nerve involvement. Extra cavernous sinus extension was noted in 14 (94%). Surgery was performed in 13 (87%) and post-operative radiation was given to 4 (28%) patients. Thirteen patients remained asymptomatic on follow up. Three conspicuous imaging features were highly suggestive of the diagnosis: Lack of diffusion restriction (100%), homogeneous hyperintensity on T2 weighted image sequences (93.3%) and intense post-contrast enhancement (100%). The mean ADC was 1.82 × 10-3 ± 0.2186 cm2/s. CONCLUSION T1-weighted hypointensity with homogeneous hyperintensity on T2-weighted sequences, intense enhancement and absence of hemosiderin within the lesion on GRE sequence favour the diagnosis. Facilitated diffusion on DWI differentiates CSH from other solid cavernous sinus lesions and significantly improves the diagnostic accuracy, a critical factor for planning surgery. PMID:28932362

  15. Endovascular Modalities for the Treatment of Cavernous Sinus Arteriovenous Fistulas: A Single-Center Experience.

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    Hassan, Tamer; Rashad, Sherif; Aziz, Waseem; Sultan, Ahmed; Ibrahim, Tamer

    2015-12-01

    Cavernous sinus (CS) fistulas are classified into traumatic and spontaneous. Traumatic carotid-cavernous fistulas (CCFs) are usually direct internal carotid artery (ICA) high-flow fistulas; whereas spontaneous CCFs are usually dural, low-flow fistulas and generally possess less severe symptoms than direct carotid-cavernous fistulas. This study involved 34 patients who were classified into 2 groups: Group A included 26 patients with direct carotid-cavernous fistula; and Group B included 8 patients with indirect dural cavernous fistula. All patients had ocular manifestations. One patient had subarachnoid hemorrhage. Coils were used alone in 19 cases of direct fistula and in 1 case of dural fistulas. Coils and Onyx (Covidien, Mansfield, MA, USA) were used in 7 cases of direct fistula and in 2 cases of dural fistulas. Onyx alone was used to treat 5 cases with dural fistulas but none of the cases with direct fistulas. Covered stents and coils were used in 2 cases of direct fistulas. All patients in both groups showed full recovery of their clinical signs and symptoms. Only 1 procedure-related complication was observed (3%) in which a patient had an embolic event and trigeminal dysesthesia as a result of Onyx reflux through external carotid artery-ICA anastomosis. Coils are superior solid embolic agents used for the treatment of direct high-flow fistulas, while Onyx is more valuable in dural low-flow CCF. Onyx shortens the procedure time and decreases procedure cost. Onyx injection inside the CS proper through the transarterial or transvenous route may be safer than Onyx injected inside dural arteries supplying the CS. However, more cases are needed to determine this. Copyright © 2015 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Burkitt's lymphoma with bilateral cavernous sinus and mediastinal involvement in a child

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    Huisman, Thierry A.G.M.; Tschirch, Frank; Schneider, Jacques F.L.; Martin-Fiori, Ernst; Willi, Ulrich V. [Department of Radiology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, University Children' s Hospital Zurich, Steinwiesstrasse 75, 8032, Zurich (Switzerland); Niggli, Felix [Department of Paediatrics, University Children' s Hospital Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)

    2003-10-01

    We report a 12-year-old boy who presented with incomplete right ophthalmoplegia, exophthalmos and headache. Initial CT and MRI revealed a mass in the right cavernous sinus. During tumour work-up, CT identified additional tumour within the mediastinum. Biopsy of the mediastinal lesion identified Burkitt's lymphoma. We report on this case because radiologists and clinicians should be alerted to identify sites of primary Burkitt's lymphoma outside of the central nervous system if clinical symptoms indicate, or imaging shows, CNS lesions. Primary CNS involvement in Burkitt's lymphoma is rare. (orig.)

  17. Treatment of a cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistula by deep orbital puncture of the superior ophthalmic vein

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    Benndorf, G. [Neuroangiography, Department of Radiology, Charite, Humboldt University Berlin (Germany); Bender, A. [Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology, Charite, Humboldt University Berlin (Germany); Campi, A. [Dept. of Neuroradiology, Hospital San Raffaele, Milan (Italy); Menneking, H. [Dept. of Maxillofacial Surgery, Charite, Humboldt University Berlin (Germany); Lanksch, W.R. [Department of Neurosurgery, Charite, Humboldt University Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13 353 Berlin (Germany)

    2001-06-01

    In a patient with progressive ophthalmological problems, including uncontrolled intraocular pressure related to a cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistula, urgent intervention may be necessary to prevent permanent visual loss. We report a case in which inadequate transarterial embolisation and lack of access for transvenous catheterisation, including a direct approach through the superior ophthalmic vein, preceded percutaneous puncture of the superior ophthalmic vein deep within the orbit, permitting venous occlusion without complications. This case demonstrates that deep orbital puncture of the vein is feasible for occlusion of a cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistula. (orig.)

  18. Embolization of a Cavernous Sinus Dural Arteriovenous Fistula with Onyx via Direct Puncture of the Cavernous Sinus through the Superior Orbital Fissure: Asystole Resulting from the Trigeminocardiac Reflex. A Case Report

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    Amiridze, N.; Zoarski, G.; Darwish, R; Obuchowski, A.; Soloveychic, N.

    2009-01-01

    Treatment of cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistula (CSDAVF) may be challenging. We describe a patient who had presented with progressive ocular symptoms due to CSDAVF requiring urgent interventional therapy. Initial attempts to embolize the fistula utilizing a transvenous approach through the inferior petrosal sinus failed because of difficult anatomy. Successful occlusion of the fistula was subsequently achieved with injection of ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer, Onyx (EV3 Neurovascula...

  19. Odontogenic orbital cellulitis associated with cavernous sinus thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: a case report.

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    Allegrini, D; Reposi, S; Nocerino, E; Pece, A

    2017-06-20

    This case illustrates the importance of prompt assessment and treatment of orbital cellulitis. In fact the ocular signs and symptoms may be associated with systemic complications which should be investigated and identified as soon as possible to avoid a poor prognosis. A 46-year-old white woman presented to our emergency room with proptosis, ophthalmoplegia, and conjunctival chemosis of her left eye. An ophthalmologist, having diagnosed orbital cellulitis in her left eye, suspected a cavernous sinus thrombosis. Hematochemical and radiological examinations confirmed the cavernous sinus thrombosis and also showed septic pulmonary embolism. A blood culture indicated Streptococcus constellatus, which is a member of the Peptostreptococcus family, a saprophyte of the oral mucosa that can be pathogenic in immunocompromised persons. The odontogenic origin was then confirmed by dental radiography which showed a maxillary abscess. Her eye signs regressed after antibiotic and anticoagulant therapy. This complex case shows the importance of a multidisciplinary approach for the management of orbital cellulitis, for the prompt diagnosis and treatment of eye injuries and possible complications, so as to avoid serious and permanent sequelae.

  20. Cavernous sinus compartments from the endoscopic endonasal approach: anatomical considerations and surgical relevance to adenoma surgery.

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    Fernandez-Miranda, Juan C; Zwagerman, Nathan T; Abhinav, Kumar; Lieber, Stefan; Wang, Eric W; Snyderman, Carl H; Gardner, Paul A

    2017-09-01

    OBJECTIVE Tumors with cavernous sinus (CS) invasion represent a neurosurgical challenge. Increasing application of the endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) requires a thorough understanding of the CS anatomy from an endonasal perspective. In this study, the authors aimed to develop a surgical anatomy-based classification of the CS and establish its utility for preoperative surgical planning and intraoperative guidance in adenoma surgery. METHODS Twenty-five colored silicon-injected human head specimens were used for endonasal and transcranial dissections of the CS. Pre- and postoperative MRI studies of 98 patients with pituitary adenoma with intraoperatively confirmed CS invasion were analyzed. RESULTS Four CS compartments are described based on their spatial relationship with the cavernous ICA: superior, posterior, inferior, and lateral. Each compartment has distinct boundaries and dural and neurovascular relationships: the superior compartment relates to the interclinoidal ligament and oculomotor nerve, the posterior compartment bears the gulfar segment of the abducens nerve and inferior hypophyseal artery, the inferior compartment contains the sympathetic nerve and distal cavernous abducens nerve, and the lateral compartment includes all cavernous cranial nerves and the inferolateral arterial trunk. Twenty-nine patients had a single compartment invaded, and 69 had multiple compartments involved. The most commonly invaded compartment was the superior (79 patients), followed by the posterior (n = 64), inferior (n = 45), and lateral (n = 23) compartments. Residual tumor rates by compartment were 79% in lateral, 17% in posterior, 14% in superior, and 11% in inferior. CONCLUSIONS The anatomy-based classification presented here complements current imaging-based classifications and may help to identify involved compartments both preoperatively and intraoperatively.

  1. Acinic cell carcinoma of parotid gland metastasis to left cavernous sinus: a case report and review of literature

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    LIN Xiao-yan

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the clinical manifestations and pathological features of parotid gland papillary acinic cell carcinoma metastasis to left cavernous sinus. Methods The clinical manifestations, pathological features and differential diagnosis were studied in one case of parotid papillary acinic cell carcinoma metastasis to left cavernous sinus. Related literatures were also reviewed. Results The patient was a 50-year-old female who presented paroxysmal dizziness for 5 months and blurred vision in her left eye for 10 months. The MRI examination showed left parasellar space-occupying mass in the cavernous sinus. In operation, the tumor was located in the superior wall of left cavernous sinus, soft and red-grey in color, with abundant blood supply. The histomorphological examination revealed the tumor cells were arranged in solid, acinar or papillary pattern. The tumor cells were large, with eosinophilic cytoplasm, round or oval nuclei and small nucleoli. Immunohistochemical staining found that the tumor cells expressed cytokeratin (CK, epithelial membrane antigen (EMA, vimentin (Vim and S-100 protein (S-100, and showed weak positive expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP and focal positive expression of P53 protein. Ki-67 labeling index was about 5%-10% . The tumor cells were negative for neuroendocrine markers and pituitary hormone protein markers. This case was difficult to differentiate from other primary intracalvarium tumors, including papillary meningioma, papillary tumor of choroid plexus, papillary ependymoma, papillary glioneuronal tumors as well as chordoma. According to the medical history and the comparison of histomorphology and immunophenotyping between parotid gland tumor cells and left cavernous sinus tumor cells, the final diagnosis was metastatic papillary parotid acinar cell carcinoma of the left cavernous sinus. The patient was followed for 21 months and no recurrence was seen. Conclusion It is very rare and

  2. Therapeutic Strategy for Cavernous Sinus-Invading Non-Functioning Pituitary Adenomas Based on the Modified Knosp Grading System.

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    Hwang, Juyoung; Seol, Ho Jun; Nam, Do-Hyun; Lee, Jung-Il; Lee, Min Ho; Kong, Doo-Sik

    2016-10-01

    Non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPA) invading into the cavernous sinus are surgically challenging. To decrease recurrence rate, surgeon makes a strong endeavor to resect tumor gross totally. However, gross total resection (GTR) is difficult to achieve with cavernous sinus invasion. Recently, a new classification system for cavernous invasion of pituitary adenomas was suggested. The aim of this study is to validate this new classification system and to identify limitations and considerations in designing treatment strategies for patients with NFPA involving the cavernous sinus. Between January 2000 and January 2012, 275 patients who underwent operation for NFPA were enrolled in the study. Median age was 50 years (15-79 years). There were 145 males and 130 females. The median follow-up duration was 4 years (range 1-12.5 years). Related to extent of tumor removal, GTR was obtained in 184 patients (66.9%), near total resection (NTR) was obtained in 45 patients (16.3%), and sub-total resection (STR) was obtained in 46 patients (16.7%) of a total 275 patients. There were statistically significant differences between the extent of resection and the new Knosp classification (pcavernous-invading adenomas.

  3. Lacrimal Sac Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma with Metastases to the Cavernous Sinus Following Dacryocystorhinostomy Treated with Stereotactic Radiotherapy

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    Jonathan C.P. Roos

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    Full Text Available Purpose: We report a very good outcome in a 44-year-old woman in whom cancer was missed as the cause of nasolacrimal duct obstruction and dacryocystitis and which was deemed inoperable after spreading to the cavernous sinus. Case Report: The patient was referred to our unit 12 months following uneventful right dacryocystorhinostomy for nasolacrimal duct obstruction. This had been complicated by the formation of a significant canthal swelling 6 months later, which had been excised at that time. The symptom of nasolacrimal duct obstruction and scar recurrence prompted the referral to our unit. Examination and biopsy confirmed a malignancy. Despite extensive surgery, including concurrent radical neck dissection and parotidectomy, within 6 months, her mucoepidermoid carcinoma was found to have spread to the cavernous sinus, restricting blood flow from the carotid and causing an abducens nerve palsy. Though deemed inoperable at first, Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery was sought as treatment for her disease, resulting in a good outcome 4 years after surgery. Conclusion: Experience from this case suggests the importance of considering malignancy as a cause in young patients when presenting with nasolacrimal duct obstruction. In such cases, and perhaps for all patients, biopsy specimens should be submitted as many tumours are found incidentally at the time of dacryocystorhinostomy. Whilst the external approach to dacryocystorhinostomy may identify abnormal anatomy intraoperatively, prompting biopsy, this is less likely with an endonasal approach where osteotomy precedes sac visualisation. The endonasal approach may therefore be less appropriate in such cases where malignancy is suspected as osteotomy may aid in the spread.

  4. Effects of anesthesia with isoflurane on plasma concentrations of adrenocorticotropic hormone in samples obtained from the cavernous sinus and jugular vein of horses.

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    Carmalt, James L; Duke-Novakovski, Tanya; Schott, Harold C; van der Kolk, Johannes H

    2016-07-01

    OBJECTIVE To determine effects of anesthesia on plasma concentrations and pulsatility of ACTH in samples obtained from the cavernous sinus and jugular vein of horses. ANIMALS 6 clinically normal adult horses. PROCEDURES Catheters were placed in a jugular vein and into the cavernous sinus via a superficial facial vein. The following morning (day 1), cavernous sinus blood samples were collected every 5 minutes for 1 hour (collection of first sample = time 0) and jugular venous blood samples were collected at 0, 30, and 60 minutes. On day 2, horses were sedated with xylazine hydrochloride and anesthesia was induced with propofol mixed with ketamine hydrochloride. Horses were positioned in dorsal recumbency. Anesthesia was maintained with isoflurane in oxygen and a continuous rate infusion of butorphanol tartrate. One hour after anesthesia was induced, the blood sample protocol was repeated. Plasma ACTH concentrations were quantified by use of a commercially available sandwich assay. Generalized estimating equations that controlled for horse and an expressly automated deconvolution algorithm were used to determine effects of anesthesia on plasma ACTH concentrations and pulsatility, respectively. RESULTS Anesthesia significantly reduced the plasma ACTH concentration in blood samples collected from the cavernous sinus. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Mean plasma ACTH concentrations in samples collected from the cavernous sinus of anesthetized horses were reduced. Determining the success of partial ablation of the pituitary gland in situ for treatment of pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction may require that effects of anesthesia be included in interpretation of plasma ACTH concentrations in cavernous sinus blood.

  5. Efficacy of transsphenoidal surgery in achieving biochemical cure of growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenomas among patients with cavernous sinus invasion: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Briceno, Vanessa; Zaidi, Hasan A; Doucette, Joanne A; Onomichi, Kaho B; Alreshidi, Amer; Mekary, Rania A; Smith, Timothy R

    2017-05-01

    Growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenomas in adults can result in severe craniofacial disfigurement and potentially fatal medical complications. Surgical resection leading to remission of the disease is dependent on complete surgical resection of the tumor. Lesions that invade the cavernous sinus may not be safely accessible via an endonasal transsphenoidal surgery (TSS), and the rates of biochemical remission of patients with residual disease vary widely in the literature. We conducted a meta-analysis to examine the prevalence of biochemical remission after TSS among patients with growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenomas with and without cavernous sinus invasion. Embase, PubMed, and Cochrane Library databases were searched for relevant publications. Fourteen studies with 972 patients with biochemically confirmed growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenomas were included in the meta-analysis. The overall remission prevalence under a fixed-effect model was 47.6% (95% CI = 40.8-54.4%) for patients with invasive macroadenomas (I2 = 74.6%, p cavernous sinus invasion (p = 0.01) and not from the size of adenomas among those without cavernous sinus invasion (p = 0.66). The prevalence of biochemical remission in patients with cavernous sinus invasion was lower than in patients without cavernous sinus invasion after TSS for acromegaly.

  6. Silent sinus syndrome: A traumatic case.

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    Février, E; Vandersteen, C; Castillo, L; Savoldelli, C

    2017-06-01

    Silent sinus syndrome is an unusual cause of progressive enophthalmos and hypoglobus due to atelectasia of the maxillary sinus associated with osteolysis of the orbital floor. This syndrome is classically idiopathic, but the term is also used to describe traumatic or iatrogenic (surgical orbital decompression) cases. We report the case of a 33-year-old man who presented with a left orbital trauma without functional disorder. Computed tomography (CT) scan revealed a nondisplaced fracture of the left orbital floor. No surgical indication was made. Three months later, the patient presented with progressive enophthalmos. CT revealed a complete lysis of the left orbital floor and a left maxillary sinus atelectasia. The original nondisplaced fracture of the orbital floor was not responsible for enophthalmos but the associated fracture of the left uncinate process that induced the closure of the left maxillary sinus infundibulum. This induced in turn hypoventilation of the sinus and a left orbital floor lysis. Treatment consisted in surgical opening of the maxillary sinus ostium and reconstruction of the orbital floor. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  7. Surgical Outcomes Using a Medial-to-Lateral Endonasal Endoscopic Approach to Pituitary Adenomas Invading the Cavernous Sinus

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    Woodworth, Graeme F.; Patel, Kunal S.; Shin, Benjamin; Burkhardt, Jan-Karl; Tsouris, A. John; McCoul, Edward D.; Anand, Vijay K.; Schwartz, Theodore H.

    2014-01-01

    OBJECT To detail the extent of resection and complications with endonasal endoscopic surgery for pituitary tumors invading the cavernous sinus (CS) using a moderately aggressive approach to maximize extent of resection through the medial cavernous sinus wall while minimizing the risk of cranial neuropathy and blood loss. Tumor in the medical cavernous sinus was aggressively pursued while tumor in the lateral cavernous sinus was debulked in preparation for radiosurgery. METHODS A prospective surgical database of consecutive endonasal pituitary surgeries with verified CS invasion on intraoperative visual inspection was reviewed. The extent of resection as a whole and within the CS was assessed by an independent neuroradiologist using pre- and post-operative Knosp-Steiner (KS) categorization and volumetrics of the respective magnetic resonance images. The extent of resection and clinical outcomes were compared for medial (KS1-2) and lateral (KS3-4) lesions. RESULTS Thirty-six consecutive patients with pituitary adenomas involving the CS who had surgery via an endonasal endoscopic approach were identified. The extent of resection was 84.6% for KS 1–2 and 66.6% for KS 3–4 (p=.04). Gross-total resection was 53.8% for KS 1–2 and 8.7% for KS 3–4 (p=.0006). Of six patients (16.8%) with pre-operative cranial neuropathies, all showed subjective improvement after surgery. Surgical complications included 2 transient post-operative cranial neuropathies (5.6%), 1 postoperative CSF leak (2.8%), 1 reoperation for mucocele (2.8%) and 1 infection (2.8%). CONCLUSIONS The endoscopic endonasal “medial-to-lateral” approach permits safe debulking of tumors in the medial and lateral CS. Although GTR rates are moderate, particularly in the lateral CS, the risk of permanent cranial neuropathy is extremely low with a high chance of improvement of pre-existing deficits. This approach can also facilitate targeting for post-operative radiosurgery. PMID:24527820

  8. Cranial nerve assessment in cavernous sinus tumors with contrast-enhanced 3D fast-imaging employing steady-state acquisition MR imaging

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    Amemiya, Shiori; Aoki, Shigeki; Ohtomo, Kuni [University of Tokyo, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medicine, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (Japan)

    2009-07-15

    The purpose of this study is to apply contrast-enhanced 3D fast-imaging employing steady-state acquisition (3D-FIESTA) imaging to the evaluation of cranial nerves (CN) in patients with cavernous sinus tumors. Contrast-enhanced 3D-FIESTA images were acquired from ten patients with cavernous sinus tumors with a 3-T unit. In all cases, the trigeminal nerve with tumor involvement was easily identified in the cavernous portions. Although oculomotor and abducens nerves were clearly visualized against the tumor area with intense contrast enhancement, they were hardly identifiable within the area lacking contrast enhancement. The trochlear nerve was visualized in part, but not delineated as a linear structure outside of the lesion. Contrast-enhanced 3D-FIESTA can be useful in the assessment of cranial nerves in and around the cavernous sinus with tumor involvement. (orig.)

  9. Miller Fisher syndrome with sinus arrest

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    Nobuko Shiraiwa

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Dysautonomia in Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS rarely causes serious cardiovascular complications, such as sinus arrest. Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS is recognized as a variant of GBS. There have been few reports regarding the association between MFS and dysautonomia. We describe a case of a 68-year-old man with ophthalmoplegia, bulbar palsy, truncal ataxia, and areflexia. He was diagnosed with MFS because he exhibited the classical clinical triad and had elevated serum anti- GQ1b immunoglobulin G levels. A magnetic resonance imaging scan of his head was normal. His 24-hour Holter recording showed sinus arrest. He was treated with intravenous immunoglobulin, whereupon his symptoms gradually improved. This included the sinus arrest, which was considered a symptom of dysautonomia in MFS. Therefore, clinicians should be mindful of dysautonomia not only in GBS patients, but also in cases of MFS.

  10. Possible role of the cavernous sinus veins in cerebrospinal fluid absorption

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    Koh Lena

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The purpose of this investigation was to enhance our understanding of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF absorption pathways. To achieve this, Microfil (a coloured silastic material was infused into the subarachnoid space (cisterna magna of sheep post mortem, and the relevant tissues examined macroscopically and microscopically. The Microfil was taken up by an extensive network of extracranial lymphatic vessels in the olfactory turbinates. In addition however, Microfil also passed consistently through the dura at the base of the brain. Microfil was noted in the spaces surrounding the venous network that comprises the cavernous sinus, in the adventitia of the internal carotid arteries and adjacent to the pituitary gland. Additionally, Microfil was observed within the endoneurial spaces of the trigeminal nerve and in lymphatic vessels emerging from the epineurium of the nerve. These results suggest several unconventional pathways by which CSF may be removed from the subarachnoid space. The movement of CSF to locations external to the cranium via these routes may lead to its absorption into veins and lymphatics outside of the skull. The physiological importance of these pathways requires further investigation.

  11. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type IV and recurrent carotid-cavernous fistula: review of the literature, endovascular approach, technique and difficulties

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    Desal, H.A.; Toulgoat, F.; Raoul, S.; Guillon, B.; Bommard, S.; Naudou-Giron, E.; Auffary-Calvier, E.; Kersaint-Gilly, A. de [Department of Neuroradiology, Laennec Hospital, University of Nantes (France); 1

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    We report the follow-up of a previously published case (Forlodou et al. Neuroradiology 38:595-597, 1996) of carotido-cavernous fistulas (CCFs) in a patient presenting with type IV Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS 4) that were successfully treated twice by an endovascular approach. Initial treatment with a detachable balloon was in 1994 for a right CCF, and, 8 years later, a left CCF was treated by selective transarterial occlusion of the cavernous sinus with coils. Unfortunately, the patient suffered from a spontaneous post-operative intracranial haemorrhage in the left hemisphere and died. Review of the literature, technical considerations for bilateral CCF and complication are discussed.

  12. Sinus Anatomy

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    ... Anatomy Virtual Anatomy Disclosure Statement CONDITIONS Adult Sinusitis Pediatric Sinusitis Fungal Sinusitis Sinusitis & Asthma Empty Nose Syndrome Cystic Fibrosis Sinusitis Q&A Complications of Sinusitis Epistaxis (Nosebleeds) Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) Headaches and Sinus Disease Disorders of ...

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    ... Anatomy Virtual Anatomy Disclosure Statement CONDITIONS Adult Sinusitis Pediatric Sinusitis Fungal Sinusitis Sinusitis & Asthma Empty Nose Syndrome Cystic Fibrosis Sinusitis Q&A Complications of Sinusitis Epistaxis (Nosebleeds) Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) Headaches and Sinus Disease Disorders of ...

  14. Intractable Posterior Epistaxis due to a Spontaneous Low-Flow Carotid-Cavernous Sinus Fistula: A Case Report and a Review of the Literature

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    Full Text Available We report a case of a 90-year-old patient with intractable posterior epistaxis presenting as the only symptom of a nontraumatic low-flow carotid-cavernous sinus fistula. Purpose of this case report is to introduce low-flow carotid-cavernous sinus fistula in the differential diagnosis of intractable posterior epistaxis. We provide a literature review for the sequence of actions for the confrontation of posterior epistaxis. We also emphasize the significance of the radiological diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the management of posterior epistaxis due to pathology of the cavernous sinus. The gold-standard diagnostic procedure of carotid-cavernous sinus fistula is digital subtraction angiography (DSA. DSA with coils is also the state-of-the-art therapy. By failure of DSA, neurosurgery or stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS may be used as alternatives. SRS may also be used as enhancement procedure of the DSA. Considering the prognosis of a successfully closed carotid-cavernous sinus fistula, recanalization occurs only in a minority of patients. Close follow-up is advised.

  15. Seizure Triggered by Sick Sinus Syndrome.

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    Patel, Nilesh; Majeed, Faisal; Sule, Anupam Ashutosh

    2017-11-04

    Sick sinus syndrome (SSS) is a dysfunction of sinoatrial node resulting in symptomatic bradycardia or sinus pauses causing decreased cardiac output with cerebral hypoperfusion and usually presents as syncope, presyncope or fatigue. The occurrence of a seizure is very rare. A 69-year-old man suffered two episodes of generalised tonic-clonic seizures. MRI and electroencephalogram failed to reveal the cause of seizures. In the emergency room, he experienced presyncope simultaneous to bradycardia and sinus pauses. He was stabilised with atropine and dopamine infusion and underwent definitive therapy with a permanent dual-chamber pacemaker with complete symptom resolution. Diagnostic confounders include convulsive syncope and ictal bradycardia. Syncope may be accompanied by myoclonic jerks (convulsive syncope), but postictal confusion is absent. Bradycardia may be seen during the postictal period (ictal bradycardia syndrome), but protracted sinus dysfunction is not present. Hypoperfusion due to significant SSS triggered seizures in this patient who may have an underlying predisposition. © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  16. Long-Term Outcomes of Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Treatment of Cavernous Sinus Meningiomas

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    Purpose: Patients with cavernous sinus meningiomas (CSM) have an elevated risk of surgical morbidity and mortality. Recurrence is often observed after partial resection. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), either alone or combined with surgery, represents an important advance in CSM management, but long-term results are lacking. Methods and Materials: A total of 88 CSM patients, treated from January 1991 to December 2005, were retrospectively reviewed. The mean follow-up was 86.8 months (range, 17.1-179.4 months). Among the patients, 22 were followed for more than 10 years. There was a female predominance (84.1%). The age varied from 16 to 90 years (mean, 51.6). In all, 47 patients (53.4%) received SRS alone, and 41 patients (46.6%) had undergone surgery before SRS. A dose of 14 Gy was prescribed to isodose curves from 50% to 90%. In 25 patients (28.4%), as a result of the proximity to organs at risk, the prescribed dose did not completely cover the target. Results: After SRS, 65 (73.8%) patients presented with tumor volume reduction; 14 (15.9%) remained stable, and 9 (10.2%) had tumor progression. The progression-free survival was 92.5% at 5 years, and 82.5% at 10 years. Age, sex, maximal diameter of the treated tumor, previous surgery, and complete target coverage did not show significant associations with prognosis. Among the 88 treated patients, 17 experienced morbidity that was related to SRS, and 6 of these patients spontaneously recovered. Conclusions: SRS is an effective and safe treatment for CSM, feasible either in the primary or the postsurgical setting. Incomplete coverage of the target did not worsen outcomes. More than 80% of the patients remained free of disease progression during long-term follow-up.

  17. Microsurgical management of benign lesions interior to the cavernous sinus: A case series.

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    Chowdhury, Forhad Hossain; Haque, Mohammod Raziul

    2017-01-01

    Benign lesion interior to the cavernous sinus (CS) is very rare. In this series we found nonneoplastic lymphatic aggregation and osteoclastoma inside the CS which is very rare and probably not reported in literature. One interesting postoperative complaint of feeling of tickling down of warm water under the skin forehead was found in the patient of inflammatory disease of CS which is not reported in literature. Here we also describe our experiences of microsurgical management of series of benign lesions inside the CS. Benign mass originated from the content of CS or inner side of walls of CS, confirmed peroperatively were included in this series. Prospectively recorded data of microsurgical management was retrogradely studied. Total number of patient was 12. Patient's age range was 30-60 years. Follow-up range was 60 months to 19 months. Three was nonneoplastic lesion (tuberculosis, inflammatory and nonneoplastic lymphoid infiltration). Among the 9 neoplastic lesions, two hemangiomas, two meningiomas, three 6(th) nerve schwannomas, one osteoclastoma and one epidermoid tumor. Middle cranial fossa-subtemporal extradural approach was used in 9 cases and in two cases extended middle fossa zygomatic approach. New postoperative 3(rd) nerve palsy developed in 5 cases all recovered completely except one. In seven patients 6(th) nerve palsy developed after operation; only one recovered. Postoperatively simultaneous 3(rd), 4(th) and 6(th) nerve palsy developed in four cases. One interesting postoperative complaint of feeling of tickling down of warm water under the skin of left sided forehead was found in the patient of inflammatory disease of CS. Mortality was nil. Total resection was done in 9 cases. There was no recurrence till last follow-up. Though decision for microsurgical removal of such lesions is not straight forward. Probably microsurgery is the best option in treating such benign lesions though it may associate with some permanent cranial nerve palsy.

  18. Microsurgical management of benign lesions interior to the cavernous sinus: A case series

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    Chowdhury, Forhad Hossain; Haque, Mohammod Raziul

    2017-01-01

    Background: Benign lesion interior to the cavernous sinus (CS) is very rare. Objective: In this series we found nonneoplastic lymphatic aggregation and osteoclastoma inside the CS which is very rare and probably not reported in literature. One interesting postoperative complaint of feeling of tickling down of warm water under the skin forehead was found in the patient of inflammatory disease of CS which is not reported in literature. Here we also describe our experiences of microsurgical management of series of benign lesions inside the CS. Materials and Methods: Benign mass originated from the content of CS or inner side of walls of CS, confirmed peroperatively were included in this series. Prospectively recorded data of microsurgical management was retrogradely studied. Results: Total number of patient was 12. Patient's age range was 30–60 years. Follow-up range was 60 months to 19 months. Three was nonneoplastic lesion (tuberculosis, inflammatory and nonneoplastic lymphoid infiltration). Among the 9 neoplastic lesions, two hemangiomas, two meningiomas, three 6th nerve schwannomas, one osteoclastoma and one epidermoid tumor. Middle cranial fossa-subtemporal extradural approach was used in 9 cases and in two cases extended middle fossa zygomatic approach. New postoperative 3rd nerve palsy developed in 5 cases all recovered completely except one. In seven patients 6th nerve palsy developed after operation; only one recovered. Postoperatively simultaneous 3rd, 4th and 6th nerve palsy developed in four cases. One interesting postoperative complaint of feeling of tickling down of warm water under the skin of left sided forehead was found in the patient of inflammatory disease of CS. Mortality was nil. Total resection was done in 9 cases. There was no recurrence till last follow-up. Conclusion: Though decision for microsurgical removal of such lesions is not straight forward. Probably microsurgery is the best option in treating such benign lesions though it may

  19. Dural carotid cavernous sinus fistula presenting as isolated oculomotor nerve palsy: Case report

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    Şehnaz Arıcı

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Indirect (dural carotid cavernous fistula is formed by the connection between meningeal branches of the internal carotid artery and the cavernous sinüs, and low flow circulation with low pressure is occured. Proptosis, ophtalmoplegia, headache, scleral and conjuctival hyperemia expanding around the eyeball can be observed. A forty-eight year old female patient with a background of diabetes mellitus and hypertension was admitted with complaints of double vision. Isolated oculomotor nerve palsy was found in neurological examination and an indirect carotid cavernous fistula was revealed by digital subtraction angiography. Our case with carotid cavernous fistula as a rare cause of isolated oculomotor nerve palsy is worth to be reported.

  20. SICK SINUS SYNDROME IN PATIENTS WITH ACUTE CEREBROVASCULAR ACCIDENTS

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    E. K. Kazakova

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The article presents a clinical case of 2 patients with heart arrhythmias of the sick sinus syndrome type, who were implanted electriccardiac pacemakers in the acute period of cerebrovascular accidents. There were no cardiac complaints in the clinical manifestation, however, a comprehensive assessment confirmed the diagnosis of sick sinus syndrome.

  1. Application of 3-Dimensional Computerized Tomography Angiography for Defining Cavernous Sinus Aneurysms and Intradural Aneurysms Involving the Internal Carotid Artery Around the Anterior Clinoid Process.

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    Cheng, Quan; Huang, Chun-Bo; Wang, Jun-Yu; Jiang, Bing; Zhang, Long-Bo; Zeng, Ming; Chen, Yuan-Bing; Zhang, Hong-Fu; Chen, Feng-Hua

    2017-10-01

    This study aimed to investigate the application of 3-dimensional computed tomography angiography (3D-CTA) for defining cavernous sinus aneurysms and intradural aneurysms involving the internal carotid artery around the anterior clinoid process. Results from 42 patients with an aneurysm of the internal carotid artery around the anterior clinoid process who underwent 3D-CTA were reviewed and compared with those of observed clinical operations. Among the 42 patients, there was a total of 45 aneurysms of the internal carotid artery around the anterior clinoid process. After surgery, 33 of the 45 aneurysms were confirmed as intradural aneurysms, and the other 12 were confirmed as aneurysms in the cavernous sinus. 3D-CTA imaging of the medial sagittal plane showed that 31 out of 31 (100%) intradural aneurysms of the internal carotid artery were above the virtual line between the inferior border of the anterior clinoid process and the tuberculum sellae, and 12 out of 14 (86%) cavernous sinus aneurysms were below the virtual line (P cavernous sinus aneurysms from intradural aneurysms involving the internal carotid artery around the anterior clinoid process. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Thrombosis of venous outflows of the cavernous sinus: possible aetiology of the cortical venous reflux in case of indirect carotid-cavernous fistulas.

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    Robert, Thomas; Sylvestre, Philippe; Blanc, Raphaël; Botta, Daniele; Ciccio, Gabriele; Smajda, Stanislas; Redjem, Hocine; Piotin, Michel

    2017-05-01

    The presence of a cortical venous reflux (CVR) in a carotid-cavernous fistula (CCF) is well described and is considered to be a criterion for urgent treatment. This reflux is often associated with direct/traumatic CCF and the high-flow of the fistula alone explains the reflux. For indirect CCF, the pathophysiology of a CVR is unclear. All patients treated endovascularly for an indirect CCF with a cortical venous reflux between 2003 and 2015 were included. We retrospectively analysed data focusing on whether venous outflows of the cavernous sinus would opacify or not with the local injection of contrast, in order to locate those that could explain the venous reflux. Twenty consecutive patients (male/female ratio, 2/3) were included in this series with a mean age of 63 years. All patients presented ocular signs and no patients showed any neurological sign secondary to the CVR. We distinguished four patterns of CVR: in the superficial middle cerebral vein (75%), in the uncal vein (15%), in the superior petrosal vein (5%) and in the inferior petrosal vein (5%). Seventy percent of the cases presented a lack of opacification in more than three venous outflows of the CS involved. Each patient received an endovascular therapy by venous approach with a success rate of 76.9% per embolisation session. Two patients (10%) presented a permanent ocular paresis and two others a transient deficit. CVR is directly correlated with the thrombosis of multiple venous outflows of the CS. The "non-opacification" of at least three of the CS venous outflows is necessary for the development of CVR. Such thrombosis may be explained by the combination of haemodynamic and inflammatory changes of the venous wall.

  3. Trans-zygomatic middle cranial fossa approach to access lesions around the cavernous sinus and anterior parahippocampus: a minimally invasive skull base approach.

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    Melamed, Itay; Tubbs, R Shane; Payner, Troy D; Cohen-Gadol, Aaron A

    2009-08-01

    Exposure of the cavernous sinus or anterior parahippocampus often involves a wide exposure of the temporal lobe and mobilization of the temporalis muscle associated with temporal lobe retraction. The authors present a cadaveric study to illustrate the feasibility, advantages and landmarks necessary to perform a trans-zygomatic middle fossa approach to lesions around the cavernous sinus and anterior parahippocampus. The authors performed bilateral trans-zygomatic middle fossae exposures to reach the cavernous sinus and parahippocampus in five cadavers (10 sides). We assessed the morbidity associated with this procedure and compared the indications, advantages, and disadvantages of this method versus more extensive skull base approaches. A vertical linear incision along the middle portion of the zygomatic arch was extended one finger breadth inferior to the inferior edge of the zygomatic arch. Careful dissection inferior to the arch allowed preservation of facial nerve branches. A zygomatic osteotomy was followed via a linear incision through the temporalis muscle and exposure of the middle cranial fossa floor. A craniotomy along the inferolateral temporal bone and middle fossa floor allowed extradural dissection along the middle fossa floor and exposure of the cavernous sinus including all three divisions of the trigeminal nerve. Intradural inspection demonstrated adequate exposure of the parahippocampus. Exposure of the latter required minimal or no retraction of the temporal lobe. The trans-zygomatic middle fossa approach is a simplified skull base exposure using a linear incision, which may avoid the invasivity of more extensive skull base approaches while providing an adequate corridor for resection of cavernous sinus and parahippocampus lesions. The advantages of this approach include its efficiency, ease, minimalism, preservation of the temporalis muscle, and minimal retraction of the temporal lobe.

  4. Clinical and angiographic characteristics of cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistulas manifesting as venous infarction and/or intracranial hemorrhage

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    Miyamoto, Naoko; Naito, Isao; Takatama, Shin; Shimizu, Tatsuya; Iwai, Tomoyuki [Geriatrics Research Institute and Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Maebashi (Japan); Shimaguchi, Hidetoshi [Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Maebashi (Japan)

    2009-01-15

    Cavernous sinus (CS) dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs) rarely cause venous infarction (VI) and/or intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) despite the presence of cortical venous drainage (CVD). The present study investigated the characteristics of CS DAVFs manifesting as VI/ICH. Fifty-four patients treated for CS DAVFs were retrospectively studied. Six patients presented with VI/ICH. Two of the three patients presenting with ICH had CVD only to the superficial sylvian vein (SSV) or the deep sylvian vein (DSV). Three patients presenting with VI had multiple drainages, and angiography of these patients showed a varix on the SSV, drainage into the DSV with agenesis of the second and third segment of basal vein of Rosenthal, and thrombosis of the distal petrosal vein. CS DAVF with CVD only carries higher risk of VI/ICH than multiple drainages. Many CS DAVFs presenting with VI, especially those with drainage into the petrosal vein, have multiple drainages in the early stage. Thrombosis of the inferior and superior petrosal sinuses and superior orbital vein gradually increases pressure of the CVD, and then, VI may occur. In contrast, CS DAVFs with CVD only from the beginning, common in the patients with drainage into the SSVs and DSVs, are likely to cause ICH. Angiographic risk factors causing VI/ICH are CVD only, varix formation, agenesis of the second and third segment of basal vein of Rosenthal, and thrombosis of the superior orbital vein, lateral half of the superior petrosal sinus, and distal CVD. (orig.)

  5. [Depiction of the cranial nerves around the cavernous sinus by 3D reversed FISP with diffusion weighted imaging (3D PSIF-DWI)].

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    Ishida, Go; Oishi, Makoto; Jinguji, Shinya; Yoneoka, Yuichiro; Sato, Mitsuya; Fujii, Yukihiko

    2011-10-01

    To evaluate the anatomy of cranial nerves running in and around the cavernous sinus, we employed three-dimensional reversed fast imaging with steady-state precession (FISP) with diffusion weighted imaging (3D PSIF-DWI) on 3-T magnetic resonance (MR) system. After determining the proper parameters to obtain sufficient resolution of 3D PSIF-DWI, we collected imaging data of 20-side cavernous regions in 10 normal subjects. 3D PSIF-DWI provided high contrast between the cranial nerves and other soft tissues, fluid, and blood in all subjects. We also created volume-rendered images of 3D PSIF-DWI and anatomically evaluated the reliability of visualizing optic, oculomotor, trochlear, trigeminal, and abducens nerves on 3D PSIF-DWI. All 20 sets of cranial nerves were visualized and 12 trochlear nerves and 6 abducens nerves were partially identified. We also presented preliminary clinical experiences in two cases with pituitary adenomas. The anatomical relationship between the tumor and cranial nerves running in and around the cavernous sinus could be three-dimensionally comprehended by 3D PSIF-DWI and the volume-rendered images. In conclusion, 3D PSIF-DWI has great potential to provide high resolution "cranial nerve imaging", which visualizes the whole length of the cranial nerves including the parts in the blood flow as in the cavernous sinus region.

  6. [Permanent cardiac pacing in vasovagal syncope and carotid sinus syndrome].

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    Dupliakov, D V; Golovina, G A; Zemlianova, M E; Khokhlunov, S M; Poliakov, V P

    2011-01-01

    Vasovagal syncope and carotid sinus syndrome are common conditions in young and elderly people, respectively, mostly with benign prognosis. Nevertheless, severe or "malignant" syncopal attacks in some patients may be associated with life-threatening injury. Unfortunately, up to now almost all drug trials have failed to demonstrate any benefit in preventing syncope and interventional approach (pacemaker) may be appropriate. This article contains literature review and discussion of indications for pacing in vasovagal syncope and carotid sinus syndrome.

  7. Sick sinus syndrome as a complication of mediastinal radiation therapy

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    Pohjola-Sintonen, S.; Toetterman, K.J.K.; Kupari, M. (Helsinki Univ. Central Hospital (Finland))

    1990-06-01

    A 33-year-old man who had received mediastinal radiation therapy for Hodgkin's disease 12 years earlier developed a symptomatic sick sinus syndrome requiring the implantation of a permanent pacemaker. The sick sinus syndrome and a finding of an occult constrictive pericarditis were considered to be due to the previous mediastinal irradiation. A ventricular pacemaker was chosen because mediastinal radiotherapy also increases the risk of developing atrioventricular conduction defects.

  8. Sinusitis

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    Sinusitis means your sinuses are inflamed. The cause can be an infection or another problem. Your sinuses ... and cause pain. There are several types of sinusitis, including Acute, which lasts up to 4 weeks ...

  9. Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

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    ... Anatomy Virtual Anatomy Disclosure Statement CONDITIONS Adult Sinusitis Pediatric Sinusitis Fungal Sinusitis Sinusitis & Asthma Empty Nose Syndrome Cystic Fibrosis Sinusitis Q&A Complications of Sinusitis Epistaxis (Nosebleeds) Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) Headaches and Sinus Disease Disorders of ...

  10. Expectations of Sinus Surgery

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    ... Anatomy Virtual Anatomy Disclosure Statement CONDITIONS Adult Sinusitis Pediatric Sinusitis Fungal Sinusitis Sinusitis & Asthma Empty Nose Syndrome Cystic Fibrosis Sinusitis Q&A Complications of Sinusitis Epistaxis (Nosebleeds) Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) Headaches and Sinus Disease Disorders of ...

  11. Complications of Sinusitis

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    ... Anatomy Virtual Anatomy Disclosure Statement CONDITIONS Adult Sinusitis Pediatric Sinusitis Fungal Sinusitis Sinusitis & Asthma Empty Nose Syndrome Cystic Fibrosis Sinusitis Q&A Complications of Sinusitis Epistaxis (Nosebleeds) Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) Headaches and Sinus Disease Disorders of ...

  12. Complications of Sinus Surgery

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    ... Anatomy Virtual Anatomy Disclosure Statement CONDITIONS Adult Sinusitis Pediatric Sinusitis Fungal Sinusitis Sinusitis & Asthma Empty Nose Syndrome Cystic Fibrosis Sinusitis Q&A Complications of Sinusitis Epistaxis (Nosebleeds) Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) Headaches and Sinus Disease Disorders of ...

  13. Sinusitis Q and A

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  14. Sinusitis

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    2000-01-01

    ¿Qué son los senos para nasales?/ ¿Qué es la sinusitis?/Tipos de sinusitis/Causas de sinusitis/Factores que predisponen/La sinusitis y su relación con otras enfermedades del tracto respiratorio/Signos y síntomas/Complicaciones de la sinusitis.

  15. Six Walls of the Cavernous Sinus Identified by Sectioned Images and Three-Dimensional Models: Anatomic Report.

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    Chung, Beom Sun; Chung, Min Suk; Park, Jin Seo

    2015-08-01

    For the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases around the cavernous sinus (CS), radiologists should achieve complete mastery of the sectional anatomy of the CS, and neurosurgeons need to understand the stereoscopic orientation of the CS and circumjacent structures. However, despite the complicated structure of the CS, the current educational resources for its sectional and stereoscopic anatomy are insufficient. Another problem is that the definition of CS walls varies for each researcher. The purpose of this study is to redefine the walls of the CS and to provide related educational materials. Previous studies on the shape of the CS were analyzed. Sectioned images of a cadaver were prepared at 0.1-mm intervals to be made into three-dimensional (3D) models of the CS and neighboring structures. Based on other studies, the shape of the CS was redefined as a hexahedron, consisting of 6 walls, and was illustrated as a schematic figure. Scientific exactitude of the hexahedron was proven through matching the points with the actual structures on the sectioned images and 3D models that were made in this study. The combination of the hexahedron theory, the sectioned images, and the 3D models in this study will enhance the efficiency of studying CS anatomy. The educational resources of this study can be obtained free of charge by medical students, radiologists, and neurosurgeons requiring knowledge of CS anatomy. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Sinusitis

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    Morcom, Samuel; Phillips, Nicholas; Pastuszek, Andrew; Timperley, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Background: Acute and chronic sinusitis are common primary care presentations. They are caused by mucosal inflammation, which inhibits mucociliary function of the nose and paranasal sinuses. Objective...

  17. Recurrent Syncope Due to Carotid Sinus Hypersensitivity and Sick Sinus Syndrome

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    Feng-Yu Kuo

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Syncope is a sudden and brief loss of consciousness with postural tone. Its recovery is usually spontaneous. There are various causes of syncope including cardiac, vascular, neurologic, metabolic and miscellaneous origins. The tracing is usually time-consuming and costly. The diagnosis of carotid sinus syncope may sometimes be difficult since the symptoms are nonspecific, especially in older persons. Here, we report the case of a 72-year-old woman who sought medical attention at our hospital due to repeated syncope episodes over the previous 5 years. Neurologic examinations showed negative results (including brain computed tomography. Twenty-four-hour ambulatory electrocardiogram monitoring showed atrial and ventricular premature contractions only. Electrophysiologic study disclosed prolonged corrected sinus node recovery time (1,737 ms with poor atrioventricular conduction. Drop of blood pressure together with sinus bradycardia developed after left side carotid sinus massage. Both carotid sinus hypersensitivity with sick sinus syndrome contributed to this patient's syncope, and after pacemaker placement together with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor treatment, she was free from syncope thereafter.

  18. Sick Sinus Syndrome After a Single Oral Administration of Garenoxacin

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    Chiyo Sugiyama, MD

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This report presents the case of a 60-year-old female who demonstrated sick sinus syndrome after a single administration of Garenoxacin (GRNX. She was administered GRNX for an upper respiratory infection and 10 minutes thereafter, she suddenly felt palpitation and numbness of both arms. She was transferred to the hospital 2 hours after taking GRNX. An electrocardiogram showed bradycardia with junctional escape beats and the longest sinus arrest was 4 seconds. She was treated with a temporary pacemaker and 21 hours after the administration of GRNX her sinus node function was observed to have completely improved. GRNX-induced sick sinus syndrome was suspected because her clinical course was compatible with the concentration of GRNX and her other cardiological assessments, including an electrophysiologic study (EPS which were conducted on the 9th day of the admission, were normal. GRNX has less effect on the QT interval than other quinolone agents. However, physicians should be aware of the risk of sick sinus syndrome because GRNX is frequently prescribed in outpatient clinics.

  19. Carotid-Cavernous Fistula as a Complication of Facial Trauma: A Case Report

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    Lazaridou, Maria; Bourlidou, Eleni; Kontos, Konstantinos; Mangoudi, Doxa

    2014-01-01

    Posttraumatic carotid-cavernous fistula is a very rare complication that can occur in patients with craniomaxillofacial trauma. Symptoms involve headache, diplopia, ptosis of the upper lid, conjunctival chemosis, pulsating exophthalmos, and ophthalmoplegia. Diagnosis can be challenging because various pathologic entities can present with similar symptoms such as superior orbital fissure syndrome, orbital apex syndrome, retrobulbar hematoma, and cavernous sinus syndrome. However, accurate and early diagnosis is of utmost importance because treatment delay may lead to blindness or permanent neurologic deficits. In this article, a case of posttraumatic carotid-cavernous fistula that was twice misdiagnosed is presented. PMID:26269734

  20. Preoperative Lateralization Modalities for Cushing Disease: Is Dynamic Magnetic Resonance Imaging or Cavernous Sinus Sampling More Predictive of Intraoperative Findings?

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    Sun, Hai; Yedinak, Chris; Ozpinar, Alp; Anderson, Jim; Dogan, Aclan; Delashaw, Johnny; Fleseriu, Maria

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    Objective To analyze whether cavernous sinus sampling (CSS) and dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) are consistent with intraoperative findings in Cushing disease (CD) patients. Design Retrospective outcomes study. Setting Oregon Health & Science University; 2006 and 2013. Participants A total of 37 CD patients with preoperative dMRI and CSS to confirm central adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) hypersecretion. Patients were 78% female; mean age was 41 years (at diagnosis), and all had a minimum of 6 months of follow-up. Main Outcome Measures Correlations among patient characteristics, dMRI measurements, CSS results, and intraoperative findings. Results All CSS indicated presence of CD. Eight of 37 patients had no identifiable tumor on dMRI. Three of 37 patients had no tumor at surgery. dMRI tumor size was inversely correlated with age (rs = − 0.4; p = 0.01) and directly correlated to intraoperative lateralization (rs = 0.3; p < 0.05). Preoperative dMRI was directly correlated to intraoperative lateralization (rs = 0.5; p < 0.002). CSS lateralization showed no correlation with intraoperative findings (rs = 0.145; p = 0.40) or lateralization observed on preoperative dMRI (rs = 0.17; p = 0.29). Postoperative remission rate was 68%. Conclusion dMRI localization was most consistent with intraoperative findings; CSS results were less reliable. Results suggest that small ACTH-secreting tumors continue to pose a challenge to reliable preoperative localization. PMID:26225305

  1. Fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy in the management of benign cavernous sinus meningiomas. Long-term experience and review of the literature

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    Milker-Zabel, S.; Zabel-du Bois, A.; Debus, J. [Heidelberg Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Radiation Oncology; Huber, P. [Heidelberg Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Radiotherapy; Schlegel, W. [German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (Germany). Dept. of Medical Physics

    2006-11-15

    Purpose: To analyze own long-term results with fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT) in patients with benign meningiomas of the cavernous sinus and to review the literature on these rare lesions. Patients and Methods: 57 patients were treated with FSRT for benign meningiomas of the cavernous sinus between 01/1990 and 12/2003 at the authors' institution. Histology was WHO grade I in 28/57 lesions, and undetermined in 29/57 lesions. 29 patients received radiotherapy as primary treatment, ten following surgery, and 18 patients were irradiated for recurrent disease. Median target volume was 35.2 cm{sup 3}. Median total dose was 57.6 Gy with 1.8 Gy per fraction. 51/57 patients showed clinical symptoms before radiotherapy like reduced vision (n=19), diplopia (n=25), or trigeminal hyp-/dysesthesia (n=17). Results: Median follow-up period was 6.5 years. 50/57 patients were followed for >36 months. Overall local tumor control was 100%. 39/57 patients had stable disease based on CT/MRI, while 18/57 had a partial remission of tumor volume. Overall survival for patients with WHO grade I meningiomas was 95.5% after 5 and 10 years. Two patients died 2.8 and 4.1 years after radiotherapy due to cardiac failure. In 11/57 patients, preexisting neurologic deficits improved. There was one patient with recurrent hyperlacrimation of one eye on the side of the irradiated meningioma. Three patients complained about subjective visual deterioration after FSRT without any objective findings in an ophthalmologic examination. No late toxicity RTOG{>=} III was seen. Conclusion: These data demonstrate that FSRT is an effective and safe treatment modality for local control of benign cavernous sinus meningiomas with a minimal risk of significant late toxicity. (orig.)

  2. Anaesthetic management of a patient with sick sinus syndrome

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    Jan 29, 2010 ... branch block with possible sick sinus syndrome. The anaesthetic technique contemplated was general endotracheal anaesthesia supplemented with .... Rev Esp Anestesiol Reanim 2001;48:38–41. 9. 9. Parekh SD, Alston TA. Temporary pacemaker who wouldn't quit. Anesthesiology 2004;101:810. 10. 10.

  3. Direct orbital puncture of the cavernous sinus for the treatment of a carotid-cavernous dural AV fistula with a concomitant venous/lymphatic malformation

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    Coumou, Adriaan D.; van den Berg, René; Bot, Joost C.; Beetsma, Daan B.; Saeed, Peerooz

    2014-01-01

    A 37- year old male with a long history of a left orbital venous/lympathic malformation presented with ocular injection, increased proptosis and reduced left vision. Angiography demonstrated a carotid cavernous dural AV fistula combined with a concomitant venous/lymphatic malformation. After

  4. Sinusitis

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    ... 4 weeks or less. It is caused by bacteria growing in the sinuses. Chronic sinusitis is when the swelling of the sinuses is present for longer than 3 months. It may be caused by bacteria or a fungus. The following may increase the ...

  5. Surgical Simulation of Extradural Anterior Clinoidectomy through the Trans-superior Orbital Fissure Approach Using a Dissectable Three-dimensional Skull Base Model with Artificial Cavernous Sinus.

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    Mori, Kentaro; Yamamoto, Takuji; Nakao, Yasuaki; Esaki, Takanori

    2010-07-01

    Extradural anterior clinoidectomy via the trans-superior orbital fissure (SOF) approach can provide extensive exposure of the anterior clinoid process and safe drilling under direct view. This technique requires peeling of the dura propria of the temporal lobe from the lateral wall of the SOF. Therefore, cadaveric dissection is mandatory to acquire surgical technique. However, chances for cadaveric dissection are limited. We propose modification of our three-dimensional (3-D) skull base model made from surgically dissectable artificial bone with artificial cavernous sinus including multiple membranous layers and neurovascular structures to simulate extradural anterior clinoidectomy via the trans-SOF approach. The 3-D skull base model precisely reproduced the dura propria of the temporal lobe, periosteal bridge, and inner reticular layer in the cavernous sinus and SOF using silicone and varnish. The cranial nerves and blood vessels were made from rubber fibers and vinyl tube. Simulation of extradural anterior clinoidectomy via the trans-SOF approach could be performed on the model using a high-speed drill under the operating microscope. The steps of reconstruction of the skull base model and dissection promote clear understanding of the 3-D anatomy and techniques of extradural anterior clinoidectomy via the trans-SOF approach.

  6. Inappropriate sinus tachycardia – cardiac syndrome or anxiety related disorder?

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    Paweł Rasmus

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Inappropriate sinus tachycardia is generally defined as an elevated resting heart rate (>90–100 bpm with an exaggerated response to physical or emotional stress and a clearly sinus mechanism which is not secondary to a diagnosed somatic disease. Anxiety, a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease, is recently recognized as a crucial issue in younger and older adults, with a causal relation to other risk factors, such as depression, substance use, overweight, sleep difficulties, or a sedentary life style. The aim of the study was to evaluate a possible relation between the level of anxiety, control of emotions in patients with manifestation of inappropriate sinus tachycardia and diagnosis of this syndrome. Material and methods: The study included 33 female patients with inappropriate sinus tachycardia (age range 31.8 ± 8.72 and 33 women (28.7 ± 4.4 without any cardiac diseases. The diagnosis of inappropriate sinus tachycardia was given by a cardiologist during hospitalisation of the patients in the 2nd Department of Cardiology and Department of Electrocardiology, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland. For psychological assessment the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and Courtauld Emotional Control Scale both self-report, paper and pencil inventories were used. Results: A statistically significant difference was found between the group of women with inappropriate sinus tachycardia and the group of healthy women regarding the Anxiety-Trait. The results of the study have shown no other statistically significant differences between tested groups. Conclusions: Inappropriate sinus tachycardia is related to increased anxiety. More clinical trials are needed to confirm its psychogenic basis.

  7. Sick sinus syndrome associated with hypopituitarism: a case report and literature review

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    Zhao, Dongsheng; Zhang, Qing; Lu, Jingping; Zhang, Gang; Lu, Huihe; Huang, Jianfei; Shan, Qijun

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Though an association between autoimmune diseases and sick sinus syndrome has been reported, there has been no report on the association of hypopituitarism and sick sinus syndrome. Herein, we provide the first case report of hypopituitarism accompanying sick sinus syndrome in a 51-year-old woman presented to our hospital with syncope due to cardiac arrest. The patient was successfully managed by pacemaker installation and hormone replacement therapy.

  8. Countercurrent transfer of 125I-LHRH in the perihypophyseal cavernous sinus-carotid rete vascular complex, demonstrated on isolated pig heads perfused with autologous blood.

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    Grzegorzewski, W J; Skipor, J; Wasowska, B; Krzymowski, T

    1997-05-01

    The objective of the study was to determine whether the local permeability of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) from the venous blood of the perihypophyseal cavernous sinus into the arterial blood of the carotid rete, supplying the brain and hypophysis in gilts, depends on the day of the estrous cycle, as well as to determine whether this transfer exists when LH concentration in the blood is reduced (the experimental short-loop negative feedback for LH secretion after estradiol injection in ovariectomized gilts). Experiments were conducted on isolated gilt heads with necks, on chosen days of the estrous cycle (n = 40), and on previously ovariectomized gilts treated with estradiol benzoate (EB) (n = 5) or corn oil (n = 3). After exsanguination, the gilt heads with necks were disarticulated and about 30-45 min later were supplied with autologous, oxygenated, and heated blood at a stable blood flow and pressure through the left carotid artery for 30 min. 125I-LHRH was infused into both cavernous sinuses through the cannulated angularis oculi veins for 5 min. After 125I-LHRH infusion, radiolabeled LHRH was found (P gilts), on Days 12-14 (seven gilts) of the estrous cycle, and in five ovariectomized gilts during negative feedback for LH surge (40 hr after EB). No significant radioactivity of 125I-LHRH was found in the arterial blood on Days 3-5 (n = 6), 9-11 (n = 4), and 15-21 (n = 17) of the estrous cycle. A very low level of radioactivity was found in the ovariectomized control group after the injection of corn oil (n = 3). These results provide evidence for the permeability of LHRH from the venous to the arterial blood and its retrograde transport with the arterial blood to the hypophysis and brain, after the ovulation period (Days 1-2) and on Days 12-14 of the estrous cycle. This suggests that a close relationship exists between the day of the estrous cycle and LHRH permeability from the venous to the arterial blood in the perihypophyseal cavernous sinus

  9. Estudo micro-mesoscópico da parede lateral do seio cavernoso humano Human cavernous sinus: micro-mesoscopic study of the lateral wall

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    Renato Paulo Chopard

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    Full Text Available Os autores estudam as estruturas contidas no seio cavernoso humano, tanto em seu interior como na sua parede lateral, através de cortes frontais seriados espessos. Mostram a importância desta parede que é freqüentemente usada como via de acesso cirúrgico às afecções presentes nesta estrutura venosa da dura-máterThe authors studied the structures of human cavernous sinus in its interior as well as on the lateral wall, utilizing thick, frontal, sequential sections. They show the significance of this wall, frequently used as surgical accessway to diseases encountered within this venous structure of the dura-mater.

  10. Carotid-cavernous fistula: current concepts in aetiology, investigation, and management.

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    Henderson, A D; Miller, N R

    2017-11-03

    A carotid-cavernous fistula (CCF) is an abnormal communication between arteries and veins within the cavernous sinus and may be classified as either direct or dural. Direct CCFs are characterized by a direct connection between the internal carotid artery (ICA) and the cavernous sinus, whereas dural CCFs result from an indirect connection involving cavernous arterial branches and the cavernous sinus. Direct CCFs frequently are traumatic in origin and also may be caused by rupture of an ICA aneurysm within the cavernous sinus, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type IV, or iatrogenic intervention. Causes of dural CCFs include hypertension, fibromuscular dysplasia, Ehlers-Danlos type IV, and dissection of the ICA. Evaluation of a suspected CCF often involves non-invasive imaging techniques, including standard tonometry, pneumotonometry, ultrasound, computed tomographic scanning and angiography, and/or magnetic resonance imaging and angiography, but the gold standard for classification and diagnosis remains digital subtraction angiography. When a direct CCF is confirmed, first-line treatment is endovascular intervention, which may be accomplished using detachable balloons, coils, liquid embolic agents, or a combination of these tools. As dural CCFs often resolve spontaneously, low-risk cases may be managed conservatively. When invasive treatment is warranted, endovascular intervention or stereotactic radiosurgery may be performed. Modern endovascular techniques offer the ability to successfully treat CCFs with a low morbidity and virtually no mortality.Eye advance online publication, 3 November 2017; doi:10.1038/eye.2017.240.

  11. Paramedian bilateral lip pits with sinuses (Van der Woude syndrome

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    Thirupambaram Natarajasundaram Uma Maheswari

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Genes the basic units of heredity, contain blue prints for human growth and development. A change or alteration in a single gene on chromosome number causes one Van der Woude syndrome (VWS. Features of VWS include lip pits on the lower lip, cleft palate alone or with cleft lip in some cases, missing teeth, syngnathia and ankyloglossia. The features of VWS are discussed along with two clinical case presentations. Bilateral lip pits with sinuses, surgically corrected cleft lip, cleft palate and few missing teeth were appreciated in both the cases.

  12. Treatment of a direct carotid-cavernous fistula in a patient with type IV Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: a novel approach

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    Hollands, J.K.; Santarius, T.; Kirkpatrick, P.J. [Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Higgins, J.N. [Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom)

    2006-07-15

    We report a case of a 34-year-old female with type IV Ehlers-Danlos syndrome diagnosed with a carotid cavernous fistula presenting with progressive proptosis. Endovascular embolization using balloons or coils carries a high risk of complications in this group of patients, owing to the extreme fragility of the blood vessels. Initial treatment was conservative until an intracerebral haemorrhage occurred. To avoid transfemoral angiography, the ipsilateral carotid arteries and the internal jugular vein were surgically exposed for insertion of two endovascular sheaths. The patient was transferred from theatre to the angiography suite and the sheaths were used for embolization access. The fistula was closed, with preservation of the carotid artery, using Guglielmi detachable coils deployed in the cavernous sinus from the arterial and venous sides. Rapid resolution of symptoms and signs followed, which was sustained at 6-month follow-up. This technique offers alternative access for endovascular treatment, which may reduce the high incidence of mortality associated with catheter angiography in this condition. (orig.)

  13. Unilateral Direct Carotid Cavernous Fistula Causing Bilateral Ocular Manifestation.

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

    2015-01-01

    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.

  14. Superficial middle cerebral vein connection to the cavernous sinus is not infrequent in brain arteriovenous malformations: an argument against their congenital origin?

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    Shotar, Eimad; Guédon, Alexis; Sourour, Nader; Di Maria, Federico; Gabrieli, Joseph; Nouet, Aurélien; Chiras, Jacques; Clarençon, Frédéric

    2016-07-01

    The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that the superficial middle cerebral vein (SMCV) is frequently absent or fails to connect with the cavernous sinus (CS) in the presence of brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), a frequently reported argument for the congenital origin of brain AVMs. The SMCV was retrospectively compared between patients with a brain AVM and a control group. The presence or absence of the SMCV, its direct or indirect connection to the CS and its termination in a laterocavernous sinus (LCS), paracavernous sinus (PCS), or directly in the CS was studied on digital subtraction angiography. One hundred twenty-five left or right side carotid angiograms from 70 patients with a brain AVM were compared to 125 angiograms from 74 controls. The SMCV was present in 88 (70.4 %) cases in the brain AVM group and 96 (76.8 %) cases in controls (p = 0.25). The SMCV was connected directly or indirectly to the CS in 65 (52 %) cases in the brain AVM group and 65 (52 %) cases in controls (p = 1). When comparing the subgroup of carotid angiograms ipsilateral to a supratentorial AVM, no statistically significant difference was found with controls. In three of six cases in which a SMCV drained an AVM, the vein terminated directly or indirectly in the CS. No difference of SMCV presence and direct or indirect connection to the CS was found between patients with AVM and a control group. SMCV anatomy does not support the congenital origin of brain AVMs.

  15. Raeder syndrome: Paratrigeminal oculosympathetic syndrome presenting as a manifestation of chronic sinusitis.

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    Pritchett, Cedric V; Zacharek, Mark A

    2015-12-01

    Raeder syndrome (paratrigeminal oculosympathetic syndrome) is a rare clinical entity characterized by ipsilateral trigeminal sensory deficits, ptosis, and miosis, with an absence of anhidrosis secondary to interruption of the postganglionic oculosympathetic pathway. Going back to its original description, this constellation of physical examination findings has historically been associated with intracranial pathology involving the middle cranial fossa. Understanding this pathway is important in distinguishing Raeder syndrome from Horner syndrome, as the presentation of the former is now recognized to accompany a number of other disease entities in the head and neck region. We present an unusual case of Raeder syndrome associated with bacterial sinusitis, and we discuss its management and review the literature.

  16. Silent Sinus Syndrome: A Retrospective Review of 11 Cases

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    Karima DARGHAL

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The purpose of this study is to describe the clinical and radiological features of SSS, and to review therapeutic possibilities and their outcomes.Patients and Methods: Retrospective observational case series in the department of Arthur Vernes Institute between Mars 2007 and  Novembre 2012. Clinical records, including ophthalmology and otolaryngology evaluations as well as computed tomography scans and operative reports, were carefully examined. A literature review for relevant studies was performed to examine similar cases.Results: Eleven cases of  SSS were identified. Nine men and two women (sex ratio 4.5, aged between 23 and 54 years (mean, 30 years. there was 3 to 4 mm enophthalmos in 10 cases (90.9%, and hypoglobus in all cases, with no effect on visual function. In all 11 cases, the maxillary roof (orbital floor was drawn downwards, and the one or more walls of the maxilla were concave. In 4 cases septal deviation was present. 8 patients (72.7% underwent endoscopic sinus surgery, while 3 refused it. Septoplasty was performed in 4 cases (36.3%.Conclusion: The silent sinus syndrome is a rare entity. It mainly presents as unilateral enophthalmos in younger people and has very characteristic clinical and radiologic signs.This case series reports our diagnostic and therapeutic experience with this syndrome.

  17. The Occipital Artery as an Alternative Donor for Low-Flow Bypass to Anterior Circulation After Internal Carotid Artery Occlusion Failure prior to Exenteration for an Atypical Cavernous Sinus Meningioma.

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    Hanakita, Shunya; Lenck, Stéphanie; Labidi, Moujahed; Watanabe, Kentaro; Bresson, Damien; Froelich, Sébastien

    2018-01-01

    In skull base tumors involving the cavernous sinus, indications for aggressive resection are sparse and must be carefully examined because of their invasiveness. With careful evaluation, techniques including internal carotid artery sacrifice with or without extracranial-intracranial bypass may still be an option in some cases. Moreover, previous surgery with the sacrifice of potential donor vessels requires adjusting the revascularization strategy. We describe an occipital artery-middle cerebral artery bypass before skull base tumor resection. A 47-year-old woman with a recurrent cavernous sinus meningioma was referred to our department. Because of tumor recurrence after radiotherapy and its rapid progression, radical resection, including part of the cavernous sinus, was planned. A balloon test occlusion was performed and showed good tolerance. An endovascular internal carotid artery occlusion was performed. The patient eventually experienced motor deficits and aphasia after surgery. Therefore, bypass surgery using an occipital artery-middle cerebral artery anastomosis was performed. The patient showed no exacerbation of symptoms after bypass surgery and subsequently underwent tumor resection. The reliability of balloon test occlusion in the management of giant aneurysms may not be similarly applicable to skull base tumors. If hypoperfusion symptoms occur after occlusion of the internal carotid artery, a surgical revascularization procedure should be considered because of the risk of ischemic stroke following tumor resection. For patients whose superficial temporal artery is not available, the occipital artery can be a valuable alternative donor for low-flow bypass. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Carotid-Cavernous Fistula in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome by Pure Transvenous Approach

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    Van Overmeire, O.; De Keukeleire, K.; Van Langenhove, P.; Defreyne, L.

    2006-01-01

    Summary We describe a carotid-cavernous fistula (CCF) in a middle aged woman with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) type IV, which manifested with a left-sided ophthalmoplegia. The CCF was diagnosed on magnetic resonance imaging. To prevent potential lethal arterial wall injury, the CCF was treated endovascularly under local anesthesia and exclusively by a transvenous approach. The fistula was successfully closed with Guglielmi Detachable Coils. Notwithstanding these precautionary measures, the patient suffered an intraperitoneal and a small retroperitoneal bleed during the procedure and died suddenly ten days after intervention in hemorrhagic shock. A review of recent literature focussing on the technique of transvenous approach and the catheterization risks of CCF in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is presented. PMID:20569551

  19. Single surgical step for endoscopic surgery and orbital reconstruction of a silent sinus syndrome.

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    Cardesín, Alda; Escamilla, Yolanda; Romera, Manuel; Molina, Juan Antonio

    2013-01-01

    Silent sinus syndrome (SSS) is an uncommon disease characterised by enophthalmos, caused by ipsilateral maxillary sinus atelectasis. The diagnosis is clinical with radiological confirmation. The treatment has two objectives: to regulate the aeration of the maxillary sinus through achieving normal nasal cavity drainage and to restore the orbital architecture. A case of SSS treated in our hospital in a single surgical intervention is reported. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  20. Carotid sinus syndrome and cardiovagal regulation in elderly patients with suspected syncope-related falls

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    Brinth, Louise Schouborg; Latif, Tabassam; Pors, Kirsten

    2014-01-01

    Background: Falls and syncope in the elderly may be caused by hypersensitivity in the high-pressure baroreflex control - carotid sinus syndrome (CSS). The pathophysiological process causing CSS remains poorly understood. Methods: We studied the hemodynamic response to carotid sinus massage (CSM...

  1. Imaging diagnosis of dural and direct cavernous carotid fistulae*

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

    2014-01-01

    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

  2. Imaging diagnosis of dural and direct cavernous carotid fistulae.

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

    2014-01-01

    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.

  3. 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: danisantos2404@gmail.com [Universidade de Sao Paulo (HCFMRP/USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clinicas

    2014-07-15

    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)

  4. Management of direct carotid-cavernous sinus fistulas with the use of ethylene-vinyl alcohol (Onyx) only: preliminary results.

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    Zenteno, Marco; Santos-Franco, Jorge; Rodríguez-Parra, Vladimir; Balderrama, Jorge; Aburto-Murrieta, Yolanda; Vega-Montesinos, Susana; Lee, Angel

    2010-03-01

    So-called direct carotid-cavernous fistulas (CCFs) are commonly treated by detachable balloons or coils to occlude the shunt while sparing the carotid artery. Liquid embolic agents have been rarely used, and in particular, to the authors' knowledge, the use of Onyx as the sole agent has never been reported in an indexed publication. The authors describe a case series of 5 patients with posttraumatic CCF in whom embolization with Onyx was prospectively used as the sole strategy of management. Complete occlusion was obtained at the end of the procedure in 4 cases, and the lesion in the remaining patient subsequently occluded at the 6-month follow-up evaluation. As endovascular techniques for treatment of direct CCFs continue to evolve, this novel approach with Onyx as the sole embolic material seems promising in treating these lesions.

  5. DURAL CAROTID-CAVERNOUS FISTULAS

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    Barbara Cvenkel

    2002-12-01

    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.

  6. Cavernous Sinus Dural Arteriovenous Fistula Presenting with Intracerebral Hemorrhage Associated with Chronological Angiographic Demonstration of Disturbed Leptomeningeal Venous Drainage as the Sole Outflow Route.

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    Tanioka, Satoru; Sato, Yu; Nampei, Mai; Tsuda, Kazuhiko; Niwa, Shigehiko; Suzuki, Hidenori

    2016-11-01

    Cavernous sinus (CS) dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) rarely causes intracranial hemorrhage. The authors describe a case of CS DAVF presenting with intracranial hemorrhage, focusing on the findings in digital subtraction angiography (DSA) performed before and after the onset. An 80-year-old woman, diagnosed as Borden type 3 CS DAVF on DSA 2 years before, presented with subarachnoid hemorrhage and right temporal subcortical hemorrhage. DSA findings after the onset showed that the right superficial middle cerebral vein, the sole drainage of the DAVF, had various changes including stenosis on the proximal portion, venous pouch formation, and occlusion of the distal portion compared with those 2 years before the onset. The occlusion was observed near the point where drainage of DAVF joined normal brain venous drainage, suggesting that the competition between the drainages caused impaired venous drainage, stagnation, and subsequent thrombotic occlusion. The CS DAVF was treated with evacuation of the intracerebral hematoma and surgical interruption of the right superficial middle cerebral vein at the dural origin from the CS. This report showed the development of thrombotic occlusion of a distal draining cortical vein as one of risk factors for CS DAVFs to cause intracranial hemorrhage on repeated DSAs. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Minimal Change Nephrotic Syndrome Which Was Most Likely Caused by Chronic Sinusitis.

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    Iwatani, Hirotsugu; Mori, Daisuke; Yamamoto, Satoko; Nakano, Chikako; Yamamoto, Ryohei; Masumura, Chisako; Shikina, Takashi; Imai, Takao; Inohara, Hidenori; Rakugi, Hiromi; Isaka, Yoshitaka

    2015-01-01

    A 33-year-old Japanese man was admitted with severe edema, and a renal biopsy confirmed minimal change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS). CT revealed his severe chronic sinusitis, and he first received antimicrobial therapy, which resulted in decreased proteinuria. The surgical operation for sinusitis resulted in the complete disappearance of proteinuria without corticosteroid or immunosuppressant therapy within one week. MCNS may be triggered by infection, but there are no previously reported cases of MCNS that is completely remitted by infection control alone. Therefore, we herein report the first case of MCNS that attained complete remission following therapy for chronic sinusitis alone, which suggests a strong etiology of chronic sinusitis for MCNS.

  8. Spontaneous Carotid-Cavernous Fistula in the Type IV Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

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    Kim, Jeong Gyun; Cho, Won-Sang; Kim, Jeong Eun

    2014-01-01

    Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a rare inherited connective disease. Among several subgroups, type IV EDS is frequently associated with spontaneous catastrophic bleeding from a vascular fragility. We report on a case of carotid-cavernous fistula (CCF) in a patient with type IV EDS. A 46-year-old female presented with an ophthalmoplegia and chemosis in the right eye. Subsequently, seizure and cerebral infarction with micro-bleeds occurred. CCF was completely occluded with transvenous coil embolization without complications. Thereafter, the patient was completely recovered. Transvenous coil embolization can be a good treatment of choice for spontaneous CCF with type IV EDS. However, every caution should be kept during invasive procedure. PMID:24653803

  9. Carotid cavernous fistula with central retinal artery occlusion and Terson syndrome after mid-facial trauma

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    Karna, Satya

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To report a rare occurrence combination of central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO and Terson syndrome in a Barrow’s type A carotid cavernous fistula (CCF patient.Methods: Observational case report.Results: A twenty-year-old male patient with a history of road traffic accident presented with periorbital swelling and redness in the left eye. Examination revealed a CRAO with intraretinal and preretinal hemorrhages. On imaging, type A CCF and subarachnoid hemorrhage were detected. He underwent embolization of the fistula for cosmetic blemish. The possible mechanisms and clinical implications are discussed. Conclusion: Patients with a head injury can have serious ocular damage. Posterior segment manifestations of CCFs are varied and at times can occur in various rare combinations, making it challenging. Early recognition of these rare manifestations and a multi-disciplinary approach are needed in patients with head trauma.

  10. Carotid cavernous fistula with central retinal artery occlusion and Terson syndrome after mid-facial trauma.

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    Karna, Satya; Jain, Mukesh; Alam, Md Shahid; Mukherjee, Bipasha; Raman, Rajiv

    2017-01-01

    Objectives: To report a rare occurrence combination of central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) and Terson syndrome in a Barrow's type A carotid cavernous fistula (CCF) patient. Methods: Observational case report. Results: A twenty-year-old male patient with a history of road traffic accident presented with periorbital swelling and redness in the left eye. Examination revealed a CRAO with intraretinal and preretinal hemorrhages. On imaging, type A CCF and subarachnoid hemorrhage were detected. He underwent embolization of the fistula for cosmetic blemish. The possible mechanisms and clinical implications are discussed. Conclusion: Patients with a head injury can have serious ocular damage. Posterior segment manifestations of CCFs are varied and at times can occur in various rare combinations, making it challenging. Early recognition of these rare manifestations and a multi-disciplinary approach are needed in patients with head trauma.

  11. Limestone Caverns

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    Powell, Richard L.

    1970-01-01

    Describes the origin of limestone caverns, using Mammoth Cave as an example, with particular reference to the importance of groundwater information of caverns, the present condition of groundwater, and how caverns develop within fluctuating groundwater zones. (BR)

  12. Superior sagittal sinus thrombosis: a rare complication in a child with nephrotic syndrome

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    Pirogovsky, A.; Adi, M.; Barzilai, N. [Dept. of Radiology, Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot (Israel); Dagan, A.; Sinai, L.; Sthoeger, D. [Div. of Paediatrics, Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot (Israel); Tabachnik, E. [Div. of Paediatrics, Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot (Israel); Paediatric ICU, Kaplan Hospital, Rehovot (Israel)

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    A 2-year-old boy with new-onset nephrotic syndrome developed recurrent vomiting, apathy and papilloedema. Superior sagittal sinus thrombosis was diagnosed on cranial CT and MRI. He gradually recovered after treatment with heparin, fresh frozen plasma and warfarin with complete resolution of the thrombosis after 1 month. Superior sagittal sinus thrombosis is an extremely rare complication of nephrotic syndrome in children. Early diagnosis is essential for institution of anticoagulation therapy and a successful outcome. (orig.)

  13. Extramedullary Cavernous Hemangioma with Intradural and Extradural Growth and Clinical Symptoms of Brown-Séquard Syndrome: Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Baldvinsdóttir, Bryndís; Erlingsdóttir, Gígja; Kjartansson, Ólafur; Ólafsson, Ingvar Hákon

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    Primary spinal tumors are rare. Symptoms depend on the size and location of the tumor. A patient presented with a rare clinical finding, Brown-Séquard syndrome. The symptoms were caused by an extramedullary tumor compressing on the thoracic spinal cord. Pathologic examination showed cavernous hemangioma with growth both intradurally and extradurally. This is an extremely rare finding; to our knowledge, only 1 case report has been published before in which a spinal cavernous hemangioma had intradural and extradural growth. The clinical symptoms of Brown-Séquard syndrome have not been described before in the findings of spinal cavernous hemangiomas. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Cavernous Angioma and Children

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    ... an adult would. Although not a reason to panic, a trip to the pediatrician would be a ... Symptoms and Treatment Brainstem Cavernous Angiomas Central Pain Syndrome Epilepsy Hemorrhage Radiosurgery Venous Angioma/DVA Surgery Preparing ...

  15. MRI findings in Tolosa-Hunt syndrome before and after systemic corticosteroid therapy

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    2003-02-01

    Tolosa-Hunt syndrome (THS) is characterized by painful ophthalmoplegia due to a granulomatous inflammation in the cavernous sinus. Corticosteroid therapy dramatically resolves both the clinical and radiological findings of THS. We present MRI findings of six patients with a clinical history of at least one episode of unilateral or bilateral orbital-periorbital pain, clinical findings of associated paresis of one or more of 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th cranial nerves. All of the patients revealed an enlargement of the symptomatic cavernous sinus on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Five patients revealed total resolution of the clinical findings within 1-8 weeks, following systemic corticosteroid treatment. One patient revealed only minor regression of clinical findings within 2 weeks after the initiation of the treatment, so the cavernous sinus lesion was reevaluated as meningioma on MRI, and the patient underwent surgical resection of the mass with resultant histopathological finding of cavernous sinus meningioma. A follow-up MRI scan was performed for five patients at the end of 8-weeks of steroid therapy. Three of these five patients showed total resolution of the cavernous sinus lesions whereas two of them revealed a partial regression of the cavernous sinus lesions. MRI findings before and after systemic corticosteroid therapy are important diagnostic criteria to put the definitive diagnosis of THS and to differentiate it from other cavernous sinus lesions that simulate THS both clinically and radiologically.

  16. Silent sinus syndrome an acquired condition and the essential role of otorhinolaryngologist consultation: a retrospective study.

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    Martínez-Capoccioni, Gabriel; Varela-Martínez, Ernesto; Martín-Martín, Carlos

    2016-10-01

    The silent sinus syndrome (SSS) is a rare clinical entity characterized by painless spontaneous enophthalmos, hypoglobus, and facial deformities secondary to chronic maxillary sinus atelectasis. The aim of this study was to present an SSS diagnostic feature and evaluate the relationship between nasal septum deviation and maxillary sinus volume. A retrospective chart review of the clinical characteristics of 20 patients diagnosed with SSS between January 2013 and July 2014 were analyzed by the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of University Hospital Complex of Santiago de Compostela. 14 patients were females and six males. The mean age was 43 years (range 28-67 years). The right maxillary sinus was involved in 12 patients and the left maxillary sinus in eight patients. There was no statistical difference between gender and the presence of SSS. Maxillary sinus sizes were significantly smaller on the same side as the deviation (p craneo-caudal photographs. The present study demonstrates that, in adult patients, SSS generally presents a septal deviation to the affected maxillary sinus. We recommend performing a paranasal sinus CT scan when the patient has a deviated nasal septum, retraction of the malar eminence (evidenced from the viewpoint cranio-caudal facial) and hypoglobus. FESS performing postero-anterior uncinectomy and enlargement of the maxillary ostium is recommended to restore sinus pressure and prevent progression of the enophthalmos, hypoglobus and facial deformities.

  17. Hyperthyroidism and sick sinus syndrome, a rare but challenging ...

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    Hyperthyroidism is usually associated with sinus tachycardia or supraventricular tachyarrhythmias, but rarely with dysfunction of the sinus node or other conduction disturbances. Evidence of bradyarrhythmia in patients with hyperthyroidism is clinically relevant, but the fact that several drugs with negative chronotropic effects ...

  18. Noncavernous arteriovenous shunts mimicking carotid cavernous fistulae.

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

    2016-01-01

    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.

  19. The role of cardiac pacing therapy in the management of carotid sinus syndrome

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    Radovanović Nikola

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Carotid sinus syndrome is characterized by a hypersensitive carotid sinus and syncope. Although we have clear guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of carotid sinus syndrome, the efficacy of pacing therapy with this indication has not been the subject of many studies. Objective. This study aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of pacing therapy in the treatment of patients with carotid sinus syndrome and to determine the factors contributing to symptoms recurrence after pacemaker implantation. Methods. This study was retrospective and included 32 patients in whom a pacemaker was implanted due to carotid sinus syndrome at the Pacemaker Center, Clinical Center of Serbia, between April 2005 and April 2012. Carotid sinus massage and head-up tilt test (HUTT were performed to select patients with cardioinhibitory and mixed type carotid sinus syndrome, who were enrolled to the study. Results. The mean age of patients was 65.6±11.5 years and 20 (62.5% were men. The mean follow-up period was 4.3±1.9 years. HUTT was performed in 3 (9.4% patients. Twenty-seven (84.4% patients presented with cardioinhibitory and 5 (15.6% with mixed type of carotid sinus syndrome. After pacemaker implantation, 22 (68.7% patients had no further symptoms, 8 (25.0% had syncope and 2 (6.3% presyncope. The mixed type of the disease (HR 3.1; 95% CI 1.4-5.1; p=0.021 and implantation of pacemaker in VVI mode (HR 1.8; 95%CI 1.1-3.2; p=0.034 were independent predictors of symptoms recurrence. There were 3 (9.4% perioperative surgical complications. Conclusion. Pacemaker therapy is an effective and safe treatment for patients with carotid sinus syndrome. As predictors of symptoms persistence after pacemaker implantation in our population, we identified the implantation of pacemaker in VVI mode and the mixed type of carotid sinus syndrome.

  20. The Tolosa-Hunt syndrome

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    1983-04-09

    Apr 9, 1983 ... The Tolosa-Hunt syndrome. or painful ophthalmoplegia. is a rare condition caused by a granulomatous nonspecific process at the level of anterior cavernous sinus. superior orbital fissure and orbital apex. The syndrome is characterized by pain behind. above or around the eye. involvement of the cranial ...

  1. Management of Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia and Vasovagal Syncope.

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    Raj, Satish; Sheldon, Robert

    2016-08-01

    Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS), inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST) and vasovagal syncope (VVS) are relatively common clinical syndromes that are seen by physicians in several disciplines. They are often not well recognised and are poorly understood by physicians, are associated with significant morbidity and cause significant frustration for both patients and their physicians. The 2015 Heart Rhythm Society Expert Consensus Statement on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia and Vasovagal Syncope provides physicians with an introduction to these disorders and initial recommendations on their investigation and treatment. Here we summarise the consensus statement to help physicians in the management of patients with these frequently distressing problems.

  2. Evoked cavernous activity.

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    Yilmaz, Uğur; Soylu, Ahmet; Ozcan, Cemal; Kutlu, Ramazan; Güneş, Ali

    2002-01-01

    Corpus cavernosum electromyography has been widely done to evaluate autonomic dysfunction in patients with erectile dysfunction. We assessed the value of corpus cavernosum electromyography, evoked cavernous activity and penile sympathetic skin responses for their accuracy in determining autonomic involvement in cases of erectile dysfunction. We evaluated 75 men with erectile dysfunction by corpus cavernosum electromyography, evoked cavernous activity and penile sympathetic skin response tests at our neurourology laboratory. The etiology of dysfunction was vascular, neurogenic, psychogenic or mixed based on a detailed medical and sexual history, physical examination, electrophysiological and laboratory studies, penile color Doppler ultrasonography, and cavernosography and/or cavernosometry. Autonomic involvement was clinically assessed by systemic findings, such as orthostatic hypotension, impaired gastrointestinal motility, sinus dysrhythmia and secretomotor changes. A concentric electromyography needle placed in the right cavernous body was used to record corpus cavernosum electromyography and evoked cavernous activity. The right median nerve was stimulated electrically with 13 to 16 mA. to determine evoked cavernous activity and the penile sympathetic skin response. The latter response was recorded with silver disc electrodes placed on the left cavernous body. All tests were performed using an electromyography/evoked potential machine. We determined the relationships among corpus cavernosum electromyography, evoked cavernous activity and penile sympathetic skin response tests in respect to etiological factors. The 56 patients with normal corpus cavernosum electromyography activity had also evoked cavernous activity and a penile sympathetic skin response except for 1 with no penile sympathetic skin response but evoked cavernous activity. None of these patients had autonomic neuropathy. Of the 19 patients without corpus cavernosum electromyography activity 11 had

  3. Mutationer i hjertets pacemakerkanaler--ny arsag til syg sinus-syndrom og langt QT-syndrom

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    Vitved, T.; Lianee, H.T.; Stovring, B.

    2008-01-01

    The sinus node hyperpolarization-activated If current generated by the cardiac pacemaker channels HCN2 and HCN4 determines the autonomous beating of the heart. Cardiac arrhythmias, like long-QT syndrome, are often caused by irregularities of the heart action potential generated by mutations...... in cardiac ion channel genes. Mutations in the HCN4 gene have been associated with sick sinus syndrome and long-QT syndrome. The identification of cardiac arrhythmia disease-associated genes makes possible new therapeutic strategies based on gene-specific drug treatment and gene therapy Udgivelsesdato: 2008/3/10...

  4. Genetically diagnosed Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome and familial cerebral cavernous malformations in the same individual: a case report.

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    Whitworth, James; Stausbøl-Grøn, Brian; Skytte, Anne-Bine

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    When faced with an unusual clinical feature in a patient with a Mendelian disorder, the clinician may entertain the possibilities of either the feature representing a novel manifestation of that disorder or the co-existence of a different inherited condition. Here we describe an individual with a submandibular oncocytoma, pulmonary bullae and renal cysts as well as multiple cerebral cavernous malformations and haemangiomas. Genetic investigations revealed constitutional mutations in FLCN, associated with Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome (BHD) and CCM2, associated with familial cerebral cavernous malformation. Intracranial vascular pathologies (but not cerebral cavernous malformation) have recently been described in a number of individuals with BHD (Kapoor et al. in Fam Cancer 14:595-597, 10.1007/s10689-015-9807-y , 2015) but it is not yet clear whether they represent a genuine part of that conditions' phenotypic spectrum. We suggest that in such instances of potentially novel clinical features, more extensive genetic testing to consider co-existing conditions should be considered where available. The increased use of next generation sequencing applications in diagnostic settings is likely to lead more cases such as this being revealed.

  5. Cerebral sinus thrombosis in an infant with Prader-Willi syndrome and literature review

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    Ilias Chatziioannidis

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available A full-term male neonate from a first pregnancy of two clinical non-consanguineous parents was born at 40 weeks of gestation with cesarean section. He was admitted at 2 hours of life to our III level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit due to generalized hypotonia, presenting at birth. Cerebral ultrasound showed a temporal bilateral aspecific alteration of the parenchimal echogenicity, whereas a magnetic resonance imaging/venography revealed an extensive cerebral sinus thrombus. Extensive diagnostic studies for prothrombotic disorders showed negative results, even if there was an alterated haemostatic screening. Persistency of hypotonia led us to investigate Prader-Willi syndrome among others. Methylation analysis confirmed the diagnosis. This is the third report associating cerebral venous thrombosis and Prader-Willi syndrome, confirming sinus thrombosis as a possible presentation of this syndrome. A review of the literature is provided in order to disclose possible similarities and differences in Prader-Willi syndrome patients with cerebral sinovenus thrombosis.

  6. Sinuses / Sinusitis / Rhinosinusitis

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    ... Treatments ▸ Conditions Dictionary ▸ Sinuses|Sinusitis|Rhinosinusitis Share | Sinuses | Sinusitis | Rhinosinusitis « Back to A to Z Listing The ... into the nose. Rhinosinusitis, commonly referred to as sinusitis, occurs when the sinus openings become blocked or ...

  7. Management of Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia and Vasovagal Syncope

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    Raj, Satish; Sheldon, Robert

    2016-01-01

    Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS), inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST) and vasovagal syncope (VVS) are relatively common clinical syndromes that are seen by physicians in several disciplines. They are often not well recognised and are poorly understood by physicians, are associated with significant morbidity and cause significant frustration for both patients and their physicians. The 2015 Heart Rhythm Society Expert Consensus Statement on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Postural Tachycar...

  8. Transvenous embolization of a carotid cavernous fistula complicated by a hematoma at the tentorial edge.

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    Baharvahdat, Humain; Shabestari, Mahmoud M; Zabihyan, Samira; Etemadresaei, Hamid; Blanc, Raphäel; Piotin, Michel

    2014-01-01

    Indirect (dural) carotid cavernous fistulae are generally treated by endovascular surgery primary transvenous embolization that is safe and effective. We describe here a case of a left indirect carotid cavernous fistula that presented with proptosis and eye redness. The patient underwent transvenous embolization of carotid cavernous sinus. The procedure was complicated by a haemorrhage from the cavernous sinus. The post procedural CT scan showed a haematoma at the tentorial edge. Precise diagnosis and prompt treatment could prevent severe complications.

  9. Frontal sinus mucocele development in an adult patient with Apert syndrome.

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    Brown, Emile Nathaniel; Yuan, Nance; Stanwix, Matthew; Rodriguez, Eduardo D; Dorafshar, Amir H

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    Frontal sinus mucoceles may present many years after traumatic injuries or surgical procedures involving the frontal bone, but have been rarely reported after fronto-orbital advancement. We describe a case of frontal sinus mucocele development in a 43-year-old patient with Apert syndrome who underwent fronto-orbital advancement as a child. This was treated with resection and free fibula osteomuscular flap reconstruction. Computer-aided design and manufacturing techniques were used to virtually plan the procedure and guide the osteotomies intraoperatively. Follow-up at 1 year postoperatively revealed no evidence of recurrence.

  10. An adult case of polysplenia syndrome associated with sinus node dysfunction, dextrocardia, and systemic venous anomalies.

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    Fukuda, Kentaro; Onda, Toshihito; Kimura, Yuki; Miura, Seiji; Matsumori, Rie; Masaki, Yoshiyuki; Nishino, Akihisa; Inoue, Kenji; Fujiwara, Yasumasa; Sumiyoshi, Masataka

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    A 54-year-old woman was referred to our hospital for symptomatic sinus bradyarrhythmia with a sinus pause of 8 seconds. She was diagnosed with dextrocardia during childhood and discovered to have heterotaxy syndrome when she had an appendectomy during her teenager years. Chest and abdominal examinations by computed tomography showed multiple spleens located on the right side and abnormal drainages of the superior and inferior vena cava. Left isomerism was diagnosed by bilaterally bilobed lungs. Because of a patent bilateral superior vena cava, pacemaker leads were implanted using the right cephalic vein approach. Her fainting symptoms disappeared after pacemaker implantation.

  11. Case report: Thrombosed giant cavernous carotid artery aneurysm secondary to cervical internal carotid artery dissection: An unusual entity

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    Sachin S Baldawa

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    Full Text Available Spontaneous thrombosis of a giant intracranial aneurysm with parent artery occlusion is known. The exact mechanism is however unclear and various theories have been proposed. We present an unusual case of an angiographically documented cervical internal carotid artery (ICA dissection, which led to total occlusion of the ICA distal to the dissected site, with acute cessation of forward blood flow. This resulted in acute upstream thrombosis of the giant cavernous carotid artery aneurysm and an acute cavernous sinus syndrome-like presentation.

  12. The Tolosa-Hunt syndrome | Sandyk | South African Medical Journal

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    The Tolosa-Hunt syndrome. or painful ophthalmoplegia. is a rare condition caused by a granulomatous nonspecific process at the level of anterior cavernous sinus. superior orbital fissure and orbital apex. The syndrome is characterized by pain behind. above or around the eye. involvement of the cranial nerves which pass ...

  13. Pacemaker implantation in a patient with brugada and sick sinus syndrome

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    Risgaard, Bjarke; Bundgaard, Henning; Jabbari, Reza

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    Brugada syndrome (BrS) is a rare and inherited primary arrhythmic syndrome characterized by ST-segment elevations in the right precordial leads (V1-V3) with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). Arrhythmias in BrS are often nocturne, and brady-arrhythmias are often seen in patients...... in healthy controls. Sinus node dysfunction has previously been documented in patients with symptomatic BrS, which suggests it is not a rare concomitant. The only accepted treatment of BrS is today implantation of an ICD. In the future studies should evaluate if PM in some cases of symptomatic BrS can...

  14. CASE REPORT Tolosa-Hunt syndrome

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    Introduction. Tolosa-Hunt syndrome (THS) is a rare disorder indicated by recurrent painful ophthalmoplegia caused by non-specific inflammation of the cavernous sinus or superior orbital fissure (SOF). The disease shares histopathological features with idiopathic orbital pseudotumour; however, owing to its anatomical ...

  15. Yellow Nail Syndrome With Dramatic Improvement of Nail Manifestations After Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

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    Yu Hosokawa

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    Full Text Available Objectives: Yellow nail syndrome (YNS is a rare disease of unknown cause characterized by the triad of yellow nails, respiratory manifestations, and lymphedema. Although several therapies for YNS have been reported, there is no common consensus in the treatment. In this case report, we present a case of 56-year-old woman with YNS, whose nail manifestation was dramatically improved after endoscopic sinus surgery for the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis. Methods: Endoscopic sinus surgery involving middle meatal antrostomy was performed for the case of YNS with chronic rhinosinusitis and bronchiectasis resistant to antibacterial drugs. Results: A month after the surgery, the patient’s nails eventually showed dramatic improvement. Conclusions: Otorhinolaryngologists should recognize that chronic rhinosinusitis can be a symptom of YNS, and that the aggressive treatment including surgical approach for chronic rhinosinusitis may be a useful in the control of nail manifestation in YNS.

  16. Carotid sinus syndrome and cardiovagal regulation in elderly patients with suspected syncope-related falls

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    Brinth, Louise; Latif, Tabassam; Pors, Kirsten

    2014-01-01

    Background: Falls and syncope in the elderly may be caused by hypersensitivity in the high-pressure baroreflex control - carotid sinus syndrome (CSS). The pathophysiological process causing CSS remains poorly understood. Methods: We studied the hemodynamic response to carotid sinus massage (CSM......) and compared this to other measurements of autonomic cardiovascular control in patients suspected of syncope-related falls. One hundred patients (≥80 years-old) referred to our syncope unit due to recurrent falls or possible syncope participated. CSM was performed in the supine and head-up tilted (HUT......Hg, respectively. Changes in SBP were greater in the head-up tilted position (right side; p=0.029, left side; p=0.007). Hypersensitive responses were elicited in 45 patients. We found orthostatic hypotension (OH) (r=-0.275, p=0.015), not CSS, to be inversely correlated to low frequency HR variability during HUT...

  17. Moyamoya disease and sagittal sinus thrombosis in a child with Down's syndrome

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    Del-Rio Camacho, G.; Leal Orozco, A.; Camino Lopez, M.; Ruiz-Moreno, M. [Dept. of Paediatrics, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid (Spain); Perez-Higueras, A.; Al-Assir, I. [Dept. of Neuroradiology, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid (Spain)

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    A girl with Down's syndrome, moyamoya disease and sagittal sinus thrombosis is described. She was diagnosed after acute neurological deterioration by MRI and angiography. Recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (r-TPA) was injected locally to recanalise the thrombus. The patient's condition significantly improved and she was discharged. After 2 years of follow-up the child remains asymptomatic. Moyamoya syndrome and cerebral venous thrombosis should not be overlooked as a cause of acute neurological deterioration in a child with Down's syndrome. MRA appears to be a safe and accurate alternative to traditional angiography for the diagnosis of moyamoya disease. Local fibrinolysis with r-TPA is the treatment of choice for cerebral venous thrombosis due to its safety and efficacy. (orig.)

  18. Borderline Intracranial Hypertension Manifesting as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treated by Venous Sinus Stenting.

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    Higgins, Nicholas; Pickard, John; Lever, Andrew

    2015-11-01

    Chronic fatigue syndrome and cases of idiopathic intracranial hypertension without signs of raised intracranial pressure can be impossible to distinguish without direct measurement of intracranial pressure. Moreover, lumbar puncture, the usual method of measuring intracranial pressure, can produce a similar respite from symptoms in patients with chronic fatigue as it does in idiopathic intracranial hypertension. This suggests a connection between them, with chronic fatigue syndrome representing a forme fruste variant of idiopathic intracranial hypertension. If this were the case, then treatments available for idiopathic intracranial hypertension might be appropriate for chronic fatigue. We describe a 49-year-old woman with a long and debilitating history of chronic fatigue syndrome who was targeted for investigation of intracranial pressure because of headache, then diagnosed with borderline idiopathic intracranial hypertension after lumbar puncture and cerebrospinal fluid drainage. Further investigation showed narrowings at the anterior ends of the transverse sinuses, typical of those seen in idiopathic intracranial hypertension and associated with pressure gradients. Stenting of both transverse sinuses brought about a life-changing remission of symptoms with no regression in 2 years of follow-up. This result invites study of an alternative approach to the investigation and management of chronic fatigue.

  19. Sinus Venosus Atrial Septal Defect Complicated by Eisenmenger Syndrome and the Role of Vasodilator Therapy

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    Amornpol Anuwatworn

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    Full Text Available Sinus venosus atrial septal defect is a rare congenital, interatrial communication defect at the junction of the right atrium and the vena cava. It accounts for 5–10% of cases of all atrial septal defects. Due to the rare prevalence and anatomical complexity, diagnosing sinus venous atrial septal defects poses clinical challenges which may delay diagnosis and treatment. Advanced cardiac imaging studies are useful tools to diagnose this clinical entity and to delineate the anatomy and any associated communications. Surgical correction of the anomaly is the primary treatment. We discuss a 43-year-old Hispanic female patient who presented with dyspnea and hypoxia following a laparoscopic myomectomy. She had been diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy nine years ago at another hospital. Transesophageal echocardiography and computed tomographic angiography of the chest confirmed a diagnosis of sinus venosus atrial septal defect. She was also found to have pulmonary arterial hypertension and Eisenmenger syndrome. During a hemodynamic study, she responded to vasodilator and she was treated with Ambrisentan and Tadalafil. After six months, her symptoms improved and her pulmonary arterial hypertension decreased. We also observed progressive reversal of the right-to-left shunt. This case illustrates the potential benefit of vasodilator therapy in reversing Eisenmenger physiology, which may lead to surgical repair of the atrial septal defect as the primary treatment.

  20. Transient sick sinus syndrome with complete atrioventricular block associated with ergonovine intake: A case report.

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    Wang, Hui-Ting; Liu, Wen-Hao; Chen, Yung-Lung

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    More mature or older women are more likely to undergo in vitro fertilization and embryo implant. These women have a greater chance of receiving ergonovine therapy because of a suspected abortion. We present this case report to call attention to a latent lethal adverse effect in everyday obstetric practice using ergonovine. It requires more attention and close monitoring PATIENT CONCERNS:: We presented the case of a 38-year-old female patient with general weakness and mild chest tightness after ergonovine use. She was diagnosed as transient sick sinus syndrome and complete atrioventricular block with junctional escape rhythm after diagnostic work up. Conservative treatment with discontinuation of ergonovine and bed rest. Her sinus rhythm returned to normal the day after ergonovine was discontinued. The patient remained symptom-free since recovery of her sinus rhythm. Ergonovine may cause symptomatic and lethal bradyarrhythmia. Withdrawal of the causative medication and adequate supportive care can lead to a favorable outcome in these patients. More related cases should be reported. Further evaluation for treatment and prognosis are necessary.

  1. Papilledema secondary to a superior sagittal sinus thrombosis. Mantle cell lymphoma paraneoplastic syndrome.

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    Platas-Moreno, I; Antón-Benito, A; Pérez-Cid-Rebolleda, M T; Rosado Sierra, M B

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    A 46 year old patient presented with visual loss in the left eye during the previous months. Ophthalmoscopic examination and magnetic resonance angiography found the presence of papilledema due to thrombosis in superior sagittal sinus. The examination findings revealed a mantle cell lymphoma. Cerebral venous thrombosis is an unusual cause of papilledema. This type of thrombosis may be secondary to hyper-viscosity within a context of a paraneoplastic syndrome. Copyright © 2015 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  2. HELLP Syndrome and Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis Associated with Factor V Leiden Mutation during Pregnancy

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    Zeynep Ozcan Dag

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    Full Text Available Preeclampsia is a leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide. The neurological complications of preeclampsia and eclampsia are responsible for a major proportion of the morbidity and mortality for women and their infants alike. Hormonal changes during pregnancy and the puerperium carry an increased risk of venous thromboembolism including cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST. Factor 5 leiden (FVL is a procoagulant mutation associated primarily with venous thrombosis and pregnancy complications. We report a patient with FVL mutation who presented with CVST at 24th week of pregnancy and was diagnosed as HELLP syndrome at 34th week of pregnancy.

  3. Miller Fisher variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome masquerading as acute sphenoid sinusitis with orbital apex syndrome.

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    Chaudhary, Amit; Ramchand, Tekchand; Frohman, Larry P; Liu, James K; Eloy, Jean Anderson

    2012-05-01

    Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS), a variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome, is a rare disorder typically characterized by a triad of ataxia, areflexia, and ophthalmoplegia, which may have a highly variable clinical presentation. We report a case of MFS in a 45-year-old female presenting with sphenoid sinusitis and sixth nerve palsy. She underwent endoscopic sphenoid sinusotomy without improvement, had postoperative deterioration, was diagnosed with MFS, and was treated with intravenous immunoglobulin with complete response. Because of the potential severity of Guillain-Barré syndrome, great vigilance should be taken when examining sixth nerve palsies to prevent misdiagnosis and delay in treatment of the MFS variant of this disease. Copyright © 2012 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.

  4. Atrial adaptive rate pacing in sick sinus syndrome: effects on exercise capacity and arrhythmias.

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    Haywood, G A; Katritsis, D; Ward, J; Leigh-Jones, M; Ward, D E; Camm, A J

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    To test the hypotheses that adaptive rate atrial (AAIR) pacing: significantly increases maximal exercise capacity, and results in significant suppression of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmia compared with fixed rate atrial (AAI) pacing. Prospective, randomised, single blind, crossover study with maximal treadmill exercise testing and 24 hour ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring in AAIR and AAI modes. Regional pacing centre. 30 consecutive patients (mean SD age 65 (12) years) with sick sinus syndrome who required permanent pacing, without evidence of conduction disturbance on 12 lead electrocardiograms or 24 hour ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring and without other cardiovascular or systemic disease. Activity sensing or minute ventilation driven systems (AAI/AAIR) were implanted alternately. The mean (SD) peak heart rate in AAI mode was 122(28)v 130(22) in AAIR mode (p AAIR mode (NS) in the chronotropically incompetent patients. There were no significant differences in the Borg scores at peak exercise in AAI v AAIR mode in either group. The frequency per hour of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias showed no significant differences between the two modes in either the group as a whole or in the subgroups with chronotropic incompetence. AAIR pacing confers little benefit in sick sinus syndrome compared with AAI pacing.

  5. Endoscopic Sinus Surgery for Treatment of Kartagener Syndrome: A Case Report

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    Full Text Available Background: Kartagener syndrome (KS is a rare congenital disease characterised by a clinical triad of symptoms: situs inversus, chronic rhinosinusitis, and bronchiectasis. Although congenital ciliary defect is recognised as the main cause of this syndrome, it remains difficult to treat the associated airway infection. Case Report: A 17-year-old female patient presented with repeated refractory airway infection. She also had bronchiectasis and situs inversus. Electron microscopic evaluation of her nasal mucosa revealed ciliary defect and confirmed the diagnosis of KS. She underwent functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS followed by long-term postoperative debridement of the sinonasal cavity. This treatment reduced chronic rhinosinusitis and protected against subsequent airway infection in a 7-year follow-up. Conclusion: FESS is effective for relieving both chronic rhinosinusitis and lung infection of KS in the long term.

  6. A comparison of single-lead atrial pacing with dual-chamber pacing in sick sinus syndrome

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    Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Thomsen, Poul Erik B; Højberg, Søren

    2011-01-01

    In patients with sick sinus syndrome, bradycardia can be treated with a single-lead pacemaker or a dual-chamber pacemaker. Previous trials have revealed that pacing modes preserving atrio-ventricular synchrony are superior to single-lead ventricular pacing, but it remains unclear if there is any ...

  7. Atrial demand pacemakers in sick sinus syndrome: an efficient and reliable approach in selected patients.

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    Liang, Kae-Woei; Lee, Wen-Lieng; Hsueh, Chung-Whei; Chen, Ying-Tsung; Ting, Chih-Tai

    2003-12-01

    Atrial demand pacemakers offer the advantages of lower cost and less cumbersome implantation in selected sick sinus syndrome patients with acceptable atrioventricular (AV) conduction. However, concerns about their long-term performance and AV conduction degeneration still worry certain implantation physicians. There were still limited long-term follow-up data of atrial demand pacemakers, especially in oriental people. Thus, we reviewed our long-term follow-up results. From January 1996 to December 1998, all symptomatic sick sinus syndrome patients with atrial demand pacemaker (AAI, AAIR) treatment were retrospectively studied. They were all regularly followed up at our pacemaker clinic. The patients' clinical presentations, coronary angiography, electrophysiology results and their initial implantation parameters were collected. All outpatient follow-up histories, electrocardiogram (EKG) rhythm strips, and chronic threshold test data were also retrieved. There were 51 patients enrolled in this study, with a mean age of 68 +/- 7 years. The average follow-up duration was 44 +/- 17 months. The baseline His bundle-ventricular (HV) interval was 40 +/- 6 ms and AV 1:1 conduction cycle lengths were up to 388 +/- 65 ms. Two patients (2/51, 3.9%) had acute lead dislodgement within three days and needed reimplantation. During the long-term follow-up, all patients maintained good pacing function. Five patients (5/51, 9.8%) had occasions of sensing failure, as detected by 12-lead surface EKG or Holter monitor, which all resolved after reprogramming of the sensing threshold. Only 1 patient ( 1/51, 1.9%) developed Wenckebach AV block in the daytime as shown by EKG and was later upgraded to a DDDR pacemaker uneventfully. No patient became victim of chronic atrial fibrillation during the long-term follow-up. Our follow-up study again suggests that atrial demand pacemakers have good initial implantation and long-term results. The chance of developing AV conduction degeneration

  8. Eleven-year trends of inpatient pacemaker implantation in patients diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome.

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    Guha, Avirup; Xiang, Xiao; Haddad, Devin; Buck, Benjamin; Gao, Xu; Dunleavy, Michael; Liu, Ellen; Patel, Dilesh; Fedorov, Vadim V; Daoud, Emile G

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    Pacemakers (PM) are used for managing sick sinus syndrome (SSS). This study evaluates predictors and trends of PM implantation for SSS. Patients were identified from the National Inpatient Sample dataset (2003-2013). Included patients were ≥18 years old, had a diagnosis of sinus node dysfunction and atrial arrhythmia (i.e., SSS). Patients who died, transferred out, who had prior device, or had a defibrillator or resynchronization therapy device implanted were excluded. Included patients were then stratified by if a PM was implanted. Data regarding SSS, trends of PM utilization, and multivariable models of factors associated with PM implantation are presented. Note that 328,670 patients satisfied study criteria. This study compared patients who underwent (87.4%) PM implantation to those who did not undergo (12.6%) PM implantation. The annual trends for hospitalization with SSS and PM placement have been decreasing (P room and weekend admission, hospital stay ≤3 days, and high cardiology inpatient volume. Greater likelihood for PM implantation was associated with hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and hospitals that were either private, large, Northeastern location, or with high cardiac procedural volume. Analyzing 11-year data from a national inpatient database demonstrate a number of relevant variables that impact PM utilization that include not only clinical but also nonclinical variables such as socioeconomic status, gender, and hospital features. Racial and gender bias toward PM implantation are unchanged and persist through 2013. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. [A case of left atria subendocardial thrombus with 
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    Liang, Xiongfei; Yang, Yifeng

    2016-09-28

    The clinical data for a patient with sick sinus syndrome was retrospectively analyzed. The patient was treated because of his heart palpitations and the increased chest pain. The patient admitted to the hospital under consideration for the left atrial tumor dependent on the echocardiography findings. After the CT scan and the dynamic ECG examination, the patient successfully underwent the left atrial tumor resection, atrial septal repair and cardiac pacing lead installation. The postoperative pathological diagnosis showed that the infective endocarditis and left atrial thrombus in left atrium was cured. The patient was discharged after postoperative anti-inflammatory therapy. By analyzing the reasons for misdignosis before or during surgery, the possible mechanisms for left atrial subendocardial thrombus have been found. This study suggests that it is necessary to combine imaging diagnosis and clinical observations to distinguish tumor from excrescence.

  10. ORBITAL CELLULITIS COMPLICATING SINUSITIS: A 15-YEAR ...

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    Abstract. Background: Orbital cellulitis is an infection of the orbital soft tissues behind the orbital septum. Primary sinus infection is the most common cause of orbital cellulites. It is an ocular emergency that threatens not only vision but also life from complications such as meningitis, cavernous sinus thrombosis, and brain ...

  11. Update on the role of pacemaker therapy in vasovagal syncope and carotid sinus syndrome.

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    Parry, Steve W; Matthews, Iain G

    2013-01-01

    Vasovagal syncope (VVS) and carotid sinus syndrome (CSS) are related, neurally mediated disorders with different clinical features and treatment implications. Pacemaker intervention studies in both syndromes are hampered by a dearth of randomized, controlled (particularly with placebo) studies, unfortunate premature termination of studies, and variation in both the clinical presentation and cardiovascular profile of patients enrolled. Given this relatively limited evidence base, pacing therapy in VVS should be reserved for older sufferers with relatively frequent symptoms and spontaneous asystole documented during real-life monitoring. The long term course of patients paced for vasovagal syncope needs clarification, both in terms of symptom and device-related burden, while a comprehensive health economic evaluation of the costs and benefits of such an invasive approach for this usually benign condition is essential. It will also be important to determine the efficacy of closed loop stimulation pacing in an adequately powered study, including a comparison with standard pacing. Pacing should be considered in those with unexplained syncope with reproduction of symptoms during a cardio-inhibitory or mixed response to carotid sinus massage (asystole >3 s), though the evidence base for this recommendation is firmly in the consensus rather than pragmatic randomized controlled trial camp. Patients presenting with unexplained falls and drop attacks, particularly where injuries are prominent and where patients cannot give a clear account of their fall ("I just ended up on the floor, didn't slip or trip"), should also be considered for pacing. Pacing is not recommended for the vasodepressor sub-type of CSS. Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  12. Approaching chronic sinusitis.

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    Sarber, Kathleen M; Dion, Gregory Robert; Weitzel, Erik K; McMains, Kevin C

    2013-11-01

    Chronic sinusitis is a common disease that encompasses a number of syndromes that are characterized by sinonasal mucosal inflammation. Chronic sinusitis can be defined as two or more of the following symptoms lasting for more than 12 consecutive weeks: discolored rhinorrhea, postnasal drip, nasal obstruction, facial pressure or pain, or decreased sense of smell. Chronic sinusitis is further classified as chronic sinusitis with polyposis, chronic sinusitis without polyposis, or allergic fungal sinusitis using physical examination, and histologic and radiographic findings. Treatment methods for chronic sinusitis are based upon categorization of the disease and include oral and inhaled corticosteroids, nasal saline irrigations, and antibiotics in selected patients. Understanding the various forms of chronic sinusitis and managing and ruling out comorbidities are key to successful management of this common disorder.

  13. Dural cavernous haemangioma of posterior cranial fossa.

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    Full Text Available A rare case of extracerebral dural cavernous angioma sited near the sigmoid sinus is reported. This 60 yr old male patient gave history of episodic ataxia of left sided limbs experienced twice on same day and occasional giddiness. Examination did not reveal any findings. A mass was diagnosed on CT Scan following which angiography was carried out. The features matched with those of a meningioma. Retro-sigmoid craniectomy was performed. Occipital artery was coagulated. Tumor was dissected out. Post-operative course of the patient was uneventful. Histopathology revealed that the mass was a cavernous haemangioma.

  14. L'atteinte du sinus caverneux dans le carcinome adenoïde systique ...

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    Introduction: Head and neck adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is a malignant epithelial neoplasm, developing from salivary gland tissue. Cavernous sinus and skull base invasion by perinervous spread is a particular behavior of this tumor entity. We report two cases of cavernous sinus invasion. Cases report: The first one ...

  15. Saphenous vein graft bypass in the treatment of giant cavernous sinus aneurysms: report of two cases Anastomose intra-extracraniana com enxerto de veia safena no tratamento de aneurismas gigantes do seio cavernoso: relato de dois casos

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    Full Text Available Two cases of giant intracavernous aneurysms treated by high flow bypass with saphenous vein graft between the external carotid artery (ECA and branches of the middle cerebral artery (MCA are presented. Very often these aneurysms are unclippable because they are fusiform or have a large neck. Occlusion of the internal carotid artery (ICA is the treatment of choice in many cases. This procedure has however a high risk of brain infarction. Revascularization of the brain by extra-intracranial anastomosis between the superficial temporal artery (STA and branches of the MCA is frequently performed. This procedure provides however a low flow bypass and brain infarction may occur. We report two cases of giant cavernous sinus aneurysms treated by high flow bypass and endovascular balloon occlusion of the ICA. Immediate high flow revascularization of MCA branches was achieved and the patients showed no ischemic events. Follow-up of 8 and 14 months after operation shows patency of the venous graft and no neurological deficits. Angiographic control examination showed complete aneurysm occlusion in both cases.Aneurismas gigantes da porção intracavernosa da artéria carótida interna frequentemente são inoperáveis por serem fusiformes ou apresentarem colo muito largo. Ligadura da artéria carótida interna é muitas vezes o tratamento de escolha para esses pacientes. Esse procedimento apresenta no entanto alta incidência de complicações isquêmicas agudas e tardias. Dois casos de aneurismas gigantes da porção intracavernosa são apresentados. Esses aneurismas foram tratados com cirurgia de "bypass"com enxerto de veia safena magna entre a artéria carótida externa e ramo M2 da artéria cerebral média e oclusão endovascular da artéria carótida interna. Revascularização com enxerto de alto fluxo sanguineo ocorreu nos dois pacientes não se observando nenhuma alteração isquêmica no período pós-operatório. O seguimento desses pacientes ap

  16. Transient Notch Activation Induces Long-Term Gene Expression Changes Leading to Sick Sinus Syndrome in Mice.

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    Qiao, Yun; Lipovsky, Catherine; Hicks, Stephanie; Bhatnagar, Somya; Li, Gang; Khandekar, Aditi; Guzy, Robert; Woo, Kel Vin; Nichols, Colin G; Efimov, Igor R; Rentschler, Stacey

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    channel gene expression within adult atrial myocardium. Notch reactivation induces electrical changes, resulting in sinus bradycardia, sinus pauses, and a susceptibility to atrial arrhythmias, which contribute to a phenotype resembling sick sinus syndrome. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  17. Penatalaksanaan Anestesi pada Pasien dengan Sick Sinus Syndrome yang Menjalani Laparotomi Ec Perforasi Gaster

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    Full Text Available SA node dysfunction, or known as Sick Sinus Syndrome is the common cause of disrythmia and can be caused by intrinsic and extrinsic factors of the SA node. The diagnose performed by the occurrence of bradi- takhikardia episode and the clinical symptoms, could be syncope, palpitation, or maybe asymptomatic. Some of the literature defined that the perioperative management of sick sinus syndrome is preoperative insertion of pacemaker (transcutaneal or transvenous pacing. A 75 years old man underwent laparotomy with diffuse peritonitis caused by gastric perforation. In preoperative clinical evaluation the patients revealed full awake ( compos mentis, with history of uncontrolled hypertension. In physical exammination a severe bradicardia was found with pulse of 31x/minute, and the blood pressure was 190/100 mmHg. In this rural hospital there was no fascility to insert the pace-maker. The organ perfusion was considered to be optimal from clinical evaluation ( proved by the wakefullness, SpO2 99%, and diuresis 1cc/kgBW after optimalization . The chest X’ray showed a cardiomegali without the sign of pulmonary congestion. The laboratory test were within normal limit including the renal function test ( creatinin; 0,97 mg/dl, and ureum 82,6 mg/dl. We decided to perform general anesthesia in this procedure. Before the induction while patient still awake, fentanyl 2µg/kgBW was given intravenously. Fifteen menue after fentanyl administration induction of anesthesia performed and initiated with propofol intravenous injection slowly until patients felt asleep, than intubated after muscle relaxant intravenous reached the onset After intubation the pulse / heart rate of patients rose to 44 – 90x/minute. While the pulse was 90/ minute the heart rythm of the patients became irregular, a multifocal ventricular extra systole occured, and it was reversible when the heart rate back to 44x/ minute. We decided to maintain the heart rate between 35 – 40dmitted to

  18. [Our experience in the diagnosis and treatment of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, vasovagal syncope, and inappropriate sinus tachycardia in children].

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    Ugan Atik, Sezen; Dedeoğlu, Reyhan; Koka, Aida; Öztunç, Funda

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    The aim of this study was to share our experience in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who presented at our clinic with syncope, pre-syncope, dizziness, and palpitations. Patients who were treated at pediatric cardiology clinic for complaints of syncope, dizziness, and palpitations between 2014 and 2016 were enrolled in the study. Detailed history of the patients, physical examination findings, laboratory and electrocardiogram results were recorded. Tilt table test, 24-hour Holter rhythm monitoring, and exercise test were performed, as required. Patients were diagnosed as vasovagal syncope, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), or inappropriate sinus tachycardia based on these findings. Treatment of the patients was evaluated. Thirty patients were diagnosed as vasovagal syncope, 7 patients as POTS, and 2 as inappropriate sinus tachycardia. POTS accompanied Raynaud's phenomenon in 1 patient, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in 1 patient, and homocystinuria in another patient. Complaints of patients with vasovagal syncope improved with non-medical therapy. Medical treatment was administered to the patients with diagnosis of POTS and inappropriate sinus tachycardia. In patients with complaints of syncope, pre-syncope, dizziness, and palpitations without structural heart disease or non-rhythm problems, cardiovascular autonomic disorders, such as POTS and inappropriate sinus tachycardia should be kept in mind, as well as vasovagal syncope.

  19. PREDICTIVE ROLE OF CONNEXIN 40 IN THE PATHOGENESIS OF HEREDITARY SICK SINUS SYNDROME

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    Full Text Available Aim. To study the association of hereditary sick sinus syndrome (SSS with connexin 40 gene (Cx40 polymorphism. Material and methods. 29 families with hereditary SSS were involved into prospective study. Probands were 20 women and 9 men (aged 58±0.15. Relatives, I-III degree of kinship, were 65 men and 68 women (aged 39±0.13. Clinical and instrumental examination was performed in all probands and their relatives. Diagnosis of SSS was verified by transesophageal atrial electrostimulation. Molecular genetic investigation of SSS patients and their relatives was carried out in laboratory of medical genetics of Research Institute of Therapy , Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. Results. 71 SSS patients, 44 their healthy relatives, I-III degree of kinship, 197 subjects of control group were genotyped for the polymorphism of 44G>A of gene Cx40. According to allele-specific polymerase chain reaction 3 types of genotypes ADRA2B (II — homozygous wild, ID — heterozygous, DD — homozygous mutant were found in SSS patients, their relatives and healthy subjects of control group. Conclusion. Significant predominance of the heterozygous genotype 44G>A was found in SSS (45,07±5,9% patients in comparison with subjects of the control group (29,44±3,2%.

  20. SEVERE AMIODARONE-INDUCED BRADICARDIA CONCEALES SICK SINUS SYNDROME: CASE REPORT.

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    Crăcană, Irina; Vasilcu, T F; Mardare, Alexandra; Alexa, Ioana Dana; Marcu, D T M

    2016-01-01

    Sinus node dysfunction is one of the most common arrhythmias in elderly patients; it is usually associated with intermittent and variable symptoms, thus making it difficult to diagnose. We present the case of an elderly female patient with a personal history of atrial fibrillation treated for the last three years with amiodarone; she was admitted to the Geriatric Clinic for non-specific symptoms with onset two months previously for which she had already sought care in different medical services. Clinical examination showed severe bradycardia; ECG and Holter ECG on admission confirmed severe bradycardia, with a heart rate between 29 and 50 beats/min (bpm). Given her long-term treatment with amiodarone we looked for and found hyperthyroidism; the endocrine examination led to the diagnosis of mixed type Amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis and initiation of corticosteroid and antithyroid treatment. The evolution of cardiac arrhythmia was monitored with the help of several Holter ECGs performed after amiodarone washout and return to the euthyroid state, which revealed a tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome initially masked by the side effects of the unsupervised therapy with amiodarone, and properly treated by the implantation of a pacemaker.

  1. Selecting the appropriate pacing mode for patients with sick sinus syndrome: evidence from randomized clinical trials.

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    Albertsen, A E; Nielsen, J C

    2003-12-01

    Several observational studies have indicated that selection of pacing mode may be important for the clinical outcome in patients with symptomatic bradycardia, affecting the development of atrial fibrillation (AF), thromboembolism, congestive heart failure, mortality and quality of life. In this paper we present and discuss the most recent data from six randomized trials on mode selection in patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS). In pacing mode selection, VVI(R) pacing is the least attractive solution, increasing the incidence of AF and-as compared with AAI(R) pacing, also the incidence of heart failure, thromboembolism and death. VVI(R) pacing should not be used as the primary pacing mode in patients with SSS, who haven't chronic AF. AAIR pacing is superior to DDDR pacing, reducing AF and preserving left ventricular function. Single site right ventricular pacing-VVI(R) or DDD(R) mode-causes an abnormal ventricular activation and contraction (called ventricular desynchronization), which results in a reduced left ventricular function. Despite the risk of AV block, we consider AAIR pacing to be the optimal pacing mode for isolated SSS today and an algorithm to select patients for AAIR pacing is suggested. Trials on new pacemaker algorithms minimizing right ventricular pacing as well as trials testing alternative pacing sites and multisite pacing to reduce ventricular desynchronization can be expected within the next years.

  2. Single lead atrial vs. dual chamber pacing in sick sinus syndrome

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    Brandt, Niels H; Kirkfeldt, Rikke Esberg; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis

    2016-01-01

    AIMS: The DANPACE trial randomized patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) to single lead atrial (AAIR) or dual chamber (DDDR) pacemaker (PM). After 5 years follow-up, no difference in overall survival, stroke or heart failure (HF) was observed, whereas risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) and PM...... reoperation were increased in the AAIR group. The present study aimed to investigate very long term risk of death, AF hospitalization, stroke, HF and rate of change in pacing mode using national register-based data. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study population consisted of all 1384 patients included at Danish PM...... centres in the DANPACE trial randomized to AAIR (n = 696) or DDDR (n = 688). Long-term follow-up data was obtained from Danish national registers. Analysis was intention-to-treat. RESULTS: During mean follow-up of 8.9 years, 413 patients (59.3%) died in the AAIR-group compared to 367 (53.3%) in the DDDR...

  3. Sinus Headaches

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    ... Evaluation and management of "sinus headache" in the otolaryngology practice. Otolaryngology Clinics of North America. 2014;47:269. Sinusitis. ... et al. Why the confusion about sinus headache? Otolaryngology Clinics of North America. 2014;47:169. Sinus ...

  4. Pediatric Sinusitis

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    ... ENTCareers Marketplace Find an ENT Doctor Near You Pediatric Sinusitis Pediatric Sinusitis Patient Health Information News media interested in ... sinuses are present at birth. Unlike in adults, pediatric sinusitis is difficult to diagnose because symptoms of ...

  5. The superior ophthalmic vein approach for the treatment of carotid-cavernous fistulas: our first experience

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    Chiriac A.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Complex cavernous sinus fistulae (CCF are still a technical challenge to neurovascular team. The most commonly performed treatment consists in endovascular embolization of the lesion through an arterial or venous approach. Not always these conventional routes are feasible, requiring alternative routes. We report a case of a 44-year-old woman with a complex indirect (Barrow D carotid cavernous sinus fistula treated by two interventional sessions that imposing a retrograde direct transvenous approach via the superior ophthalmic vein.

  6. Superior Ophthalmic Vein Access for Embolization of an Indirect Carotid Cavernous Fistula.

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    Haider, Ali S; Garg, Prabhat; Leonard, Dean; Osumah, Tijani; Khan, Umair; Vayalumkal, Steven; Lee, Lyndon K; Nguyen, Phu; Gilliland, Grant; Layton, Kennith F

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    Carotid cavernous fistulae (CCF) are defined as abnormal connections between the carotid circulation and cavernous sinus. CCFs can be categorized as being direct or indirect. Direct CCFs are usually associated with trauma, whereas indirect CCFs are associated with revascularization following cavernous sinus thrombosis. We present a case of a 53-year-old male who presented with tinnitus, proptosis, conjunctivitis, and blurry vision. The patient had a recent endovascular transvenous embolization that was only partially successful, with a residual carotid cavernous fistula draining to the left superior ophthalmic vein and multiple cortical veins. A physical examination of the patient showed elevated intraocular pressures bilaterally. The patient had a high-flow indirect carotid cavernous fistula with bilateral superior ophthalmic vein (SOV) and retrograde cortical vein drainage. The SOV was punctured with a micropuncture needle and was used to successfully gain access to the cavernous sinus. Multiple coils were placed in the posterior aspect of the sinus until there was complete occlusion of venous flow. Coils were packed up to the posterior aspect of the orbit near the junction of the cavernous sinus with the SOV, and the embolization was successful. Indirect CCFs have gradual onset and are usually low-flow. Low-flow CCFs might improve with medical management.Some CCFs may cause ocular manifestations and can be symptomatically managed with prism therapy or ocular patching for diplopia, lubrication for keratopathy, or topical agents for elevated intraocular pressures. However, patients presenting with persistent ocular morbidity may require surgical or endovascular intervention.

  7. Peaked T - Waves and Sinus Arrhythmia Before Prolonged Sinus Pauses and Atrioventricular Block in Guillain-Barre Syndrome

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    Full Text Available An 18-year-old woman presented with a rapidly progressive ascending flaccid paralysis and numbness requiring mechanical ventilation after an upper respiratory infection. Guillain-Barre Syndrome was diagnosed based on albumino-cytologic dissociation in the cerebrospinal fluid (elevated proteins with normal white blood cell count and a demyelinating sensory-motor polyneuropathy pattern on the electromyogram. She was initially treated with intravenous immunoglobulin, but later required plasmapheresis for non-resolution of symptoms.

  8. ATLAS Cavern baseplate

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    This video shows the incredible amounth of iron used for ATLAS cavern. Please look at the related links and also videos that are concerning the civil engineering where you can see even more detailed cavern excavation work.

  9. [Etiopathogenetic differences and therapeutic possibillities of the carotid sinus syndrome. Report of two rare cases (author's transl)].

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    Dei Cas, L; Bianchi, G; Paini, G P; Effendy, F N; Brizzi, R; Visioli, O

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    Two cases of carotid sinus syndrome with peculiar clinical and nosological characteristics are presented. The clinical symptoms were characterized by syncope with bradicardia and hypotension, which occurred contemporarily or independently of each other. The most valuable medical therapy to prevent or got over the syncopal attacks has proved to be one associating the sympathicomimetic drugs (high dosage dopamine, particularly on demande pacemaker. Complete decrease of symptoms following was obtained only after surgical treatment: denervation of carotid sinus in one case, intracranical section of the glosspharyngeal nerve and of the two vagal termination nearer to IX in the other case. This last result makes it possible to consider the case in question from an original nosological point of view exploiting the pathogenetic importance of stimulating the afferent nerve-fibres of the glossofaryngeal-nerve.

  10. Incidence of and Risk Factors for Sick Sinus Syndrome in the General Population

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    Jensen, Paul N.; Gronroos, Noelle N.; Chen, Lin Y.; Folsom, Aaron R.; deFilippi, Chris; Heckbert, Susan R.; Alonso, Alvaro

    2014-01-01

    Background Little is known about the incidence of and risk factors for sick sinus syndrome (SSS), a common indication for pacemaker implantation. Objectives To describe the epidemiology of SSS. Methods This analysis included 20,572 participants (mean baseline age 59 years, 43% male) in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study and the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), who at baseline were free of prevalent atrial fibrillation and pacemaker therapy, had a heart rate of ≥50 bpm unless using beta blockers, and were identified as white or black race. Incident SSS cases were identified by hospital discharge ICD-9-CM code 427.81 and validated by medical record review. Results During an average 17 years of follow-up, 291 incident SSS cases were identified (unadjusted rate 0.8 per 1,000 person-years). Incidence increased with age (HR 1.73, 95% CI: 1.47–2.05 per 5-year increment), and blacks had a 41% lower risk of SSS than whites (HR: 0.59, 95% CI: 0.37–0.98). Incident SSS was associated with greater baseline body mass index, height, NT-proBNP, and cystatin C, with longer QRS interval, with lower heart rate, and with prevalent hypertension, right bundle branch block, and cardiovascular disease. We project that the annual number of new SSS cases in the United States will increase from 78,000 in 2012 to 172,000 in 2060. Conclusions Blacks have a lower risk of SSS than whites, and several cardiovascular risk factors were associated with incident SSS. With the aging of the population, the number of Americans with SSS will increase dramatically over the next 50 years. PMID:25104519

  11. Determination of the optimal atrioventricular interval in sick sinus syndrome during DDD pacing.

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    Kato, Masaya; Dote, Keigo; Sasaki, Shota; Goto, Kenji; Takemoto, Hiroaki; Habara, Seiji; Hasegawa, Daiji; Matsuda, Osamu

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    Although the AAI pacing mode has been shown to be electromechanically superior to the DDD pacing mode in sick sinus syndrome (SSS), there is evidence suggesting that during AAI pacing the presence of natural ventricular activation pattern is not enough for hemodynamic benefit to occur. Myocardial performance index (MPI) is a simply measurable Doppler-derived index of combined systolic and diastolic myocardial performance. The aim of this study was to investigate whether AAI pacing mode is electromechanically superior to the DDD mode in patients with SSS by using Doppler-derived MPI. Thirty-nine SSS patients with dual-chamber pacing devices were evaluated by using Doppler echocardiography in AAI mode and DDD mode. The optimal atrioventricular (AV) interval in DDD mode was determined and atrial stimulus-R interval was measured in AAI mode. The ratio of the atrial stimulus-R interval to the optimal AV interval was defined as relative AV interval (rAVI) and the ratio of MPI in AAI mode to that in DDD mode was defined as relative MPI (rMPI). The rMPI was significantly correlated with atrial stimulus-R interval and rAVI (r = 0.57, P = 0.0002, and r = 0.67, P 1 based on the receiver operator curves. Even though the intrinsic AV conduction is moderately prolonged, some SSS patients with dual-chamber pacing devices benefit from the ventricular pacing with optimal AV interval. MPI is useful to determine the optimal pacing mode in acute experiment.

  12. Health economic evaluation of single-lead atrial pacing vs. dual-chamber pacing in sick sinus syndrome.

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    Oddershede, Lars; Riahi, Sam; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Hjortshøj, Søren; Andersen, Henning Rud; Ehlers, Lars

    2014-06-01

    The recent Danish Multicentre Randomized Trial on Single-Lead Atrial (AAIR) Pacing versus Dual-Chamber (DDDR) Pacing in Sick Sinus Syndrome (DANPACE) suggested DDDR pacing as standard care. However, previous findings supported the routine use of AAIR pacing. This study investigated the cost-effectiveness of DDDR pacing compared with AAIR pacing for sick sinus syndrome. A decision-analytical model based on patient-level data from three randomized trials was designed from the Danish healthcare system's perspective. The main outcomes were lifetime costs, quality-adjusted lifeyears (QALYs), and net monetary benefit. Quality-adjusted lifeyears were calculated by utilizing community-based preferences. Costs were calculated by utilizing the extensive data on resource consumption, from the DANPACE trial. Data were pooled and adjusted for baseline differences. Dual-chamber pacing was shown to be cost-effective in all the analyses using a willingness-to-pay (WTP) threshold of £20,000/QALY, and most analyses using a WTP of £30,000/QALY. When pooling the data and adjusting for baseline differences, Monte Carlo simulations revealed a 51-71% probability of DDDR pacing being cost-effective at a WTP of £20,000/QALY, and a 42-58% probability at a WTP of £30,000/QALY. Dual-chamber pacing was most likely to be cost-effective among elderly patients with comorbidity. The expected value of perfect information was low and initiation of additional publicly funded Danish trials was discouraged. Dual-chamber pacing is likely to be a cost-effective treatment for sick sinus syndrome patients. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2014. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  13. Symptomatic sick sinus syndrome requiring permanent pacemaker implantation in a patient uwith mirror image dextrocardia with situs inversus and infertility.

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    Kahali, Dhiman; Mandal, Saroj; Mandal, Debasmita; Ghose, Arijit; Kanjilal, Souvik

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    Situs inversus with dextrocardia is a congenital condition in which the heart is a mirror image of the anatomically normal heart on the right side. A patient presented with the sick sinus syndrome accompanying mirror image dextrocardia which was associated with double superior vena cava and a left sided inferior vena cava A permanent transvenous demand pacemaker was inserted because of repeated episodes of dizziness and a single episode of syncope with ECG showing bradycardia with junctional escape rhythm. Precise knowledge of the venous system and the location of the apex of the right ventricle were necessary prior to permanent pacemaker implantation. Without such knowledge pacing may be technically challenging.

  14. Complications of pediatric paranasal sinusitis

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    Reid, Janet R. [The Children' s Hospital, The Cleveland Clinic, Pediatric Radiology, Cleveland, OH (United States)

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    Acute paranasal sinus infection in children is often diagnosed clinically without the need for radiographic confirmation. Most cases have a favorable outcome following appropriate antibiotic therapy. A small percentage of cases where symptoms and signs are persistent or severe will require emergent imaging to rule out complications related to local spread of disease intraorbitally or intracranially. A strong index of suspicion is required in such cases, and cross-sectional imaging evaluation with CT and MRI should include axial and coronal images of the paranasal sinuses and, where appropriate, the orbits and brain (with attention to the cavernous sinus). There is no role for plain radiography in the evaluation of the complications of acute sinusitis in the pediatric patient. (orig.)

  15. Orbital cellulitis complicating sinusitis: a 15-year review | Nwaorgu ...

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    Background: Orbital cellulitis is an infection of the orbital soft tissues behind the orbital septum. Primary sinus infection is the most common cause of orbital cellulites. It is an ocular emergency that threatens not only vision but also life from complications such as meningitis, cavernous sinus thrombosis, and brain abscess.

  16. Traumatic carotid-cavernous fistula presenting as massive epistaxis.

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    Wyrick, Deidre; Smith, Samuel D; Dassinger, Melvin S

    2013-04-01

    Carotid-cavernous sinus fistulae (CCF) are a rare complication with the potential for great morbidity including intracranial hemorrhage, blindness, cranial nerve palsy and stroke. Traumatic CCF are the most common type of CCF. Here we discuss a patient who sustained blunt head trauma and had substantial epistaxis, requiring massive transfusion, intraoperatively due to unrecognized CCF. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Spontaneous Direct Carotid-Cavernous Fistula in an Elderly Patient

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    Sirakov Stanimir S.

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    Full Text Available We describe the case of an 83-year-old woman with left-sided ophthalmoplegia. She had no family history of connective tissue disease. The computed tomography study found a dilated left cavernous sinus. The conventional cerebral panangiography confirmed the diagnosis - a direct carotid-cavernous fistula (CCF, with no evidence of ruptured aneurysm. The woman underwent endovascular treatment with coiling of the cavernous sinus in combination with application of the Onyx embolic agent in the fistula. During the first 48 hours after the embolization the local pain, exophthalmos and conjunctival injection of the left eye were significantly ameliorated. The pulsatile tinnitus on the left disappeared and the ptosis of the left eyelid partially recovered. Selective angiography is the best method for the diagnosis and classification of CCF. Currently, treatment is possible with low mortality and morbidity rates. The endovascular intervention is able to completely occlude the fistula and maintain adequate blood fl ow through the carotid artery.

  18. Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome: A Report of Two Cases

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Tolosa-Hunt syndrome (THS is a painful ophthalmoplegia, characterized by cryptogenic granulomatous inflammation of the cavernous sinus and/or superior orbital fissure. Glucocorticoid treatment is used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. According to the Headache classification subcommittee of international headache society criteria, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI or biopsy is necessary for demonstration of the granulomatous inflammation. Here, we present two cases of THS with clinical and MRI findings.

  19. Implantation of VVI pacemaker in a patient with dextrocardia, persistent left superior vena cava, and sick sinus syndrome

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    Guo, Gongliang; Yang, Lili; Wu, Jinyi; Sun, Liqun

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Background: Dextrocardia, or right-lying heart, is an uncommon congenital heart disease in which the apex of the heart is located on the right side of chest. Persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVA) is a rare venous anomaly that is often associated with the abnormalities of cardiac transduction system. A case with combination of dextrocardia, persistent left superior vena cava, and sick sinus syndrome has not been reported. Methods: We used different techniques including cardiac color Doppler echocardiography, 24-hour Holter monitoring, and abdominal ultrasound to make a diagnosis and treated the patient by implanting a VVI pacemaker. Results: A 50-year-old woman was admitted with a syncope. Angiography of the right atrium and superior vena cava, echocardiography, electrocardiography, and abdominal ultrasound revealed the presence of the combination of mirror image dextrocardia, PLSVA, and sick sinus syndrome. The complex structural anomalies presented great technical challenges for interventional treatments. After thorough examination and understanding of the structural anatomy and anomalies of the superior and inferior vena cava and cardiac chambers, we successfully treated this patient by implanting a VVI pacemaker. Conclusion: Physicians must be aware of the complexity of the morphological and anatomical structures of dextrocardia accompanying PLSVC. Given that the diagnosis of situs inversus was performed at a relatively advanced age, it is therefore important to make such a correct diagnosis followed by appropriate therapeutic intervention. PMID:28151908

  20. Cytomegalovirus sinusitis complicated by orbital apex syndrome in an immunocompromised host.

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    Nomura, Jim H; Eichhorn, Knut; Cao, Thai M; Sahebi, Firoozeh

    2016-12-01

    Sinusitis in immunocompromised patients can be caused by a wide variety of pathogens, primarily bacterial and fungal in nature. Tissue invasion can extend into the orbital apex and result in ophthalmoplegia and blindness. We report the first histologically proven case, to our knowledge, caused by cytomegalovirus infection. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  1. CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc score to assess risk of stroke and death in patients paced for sick sinus syndrome

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    Svendsen, Jesper Hastrup; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Darkner, Stine

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    The risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) can be assessed by use of the CHADS2 and the CHA2DS2-VASc score system. We hypothesised that these risk scores and their individual components could also be applied to patients paced for sick sinus syndrome (SSS) to evaluate risk of str...

  2. Complex carotid cavernous sinus fistulas Barrow type D: endovascular treatment via the ophthalmic vein, imaging control with standardized MRI, long-term results; Interdisziplinaere Embolisation spontaner Karotis-Cavernosus-Fisteln Typ D nach Barrow ueber die Vena ophthalmica: klinische Langzeitergebnisse und kernspintomografische Befunde

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    Struffert, T.; Grunwald, I.Q.; Reith, W. [Abteilung fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes (Germany); Muecke, I. [Klinik fuer Augenheilkunde, Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes (Germany)

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    Purpose: Since feeding arteries from both the internal and external carotid artery are common, cavernous fistulas of Barrow type D are difficult to treat. Embolization using the transarterial approach is considered to be the standard therapy. However, it is often impossible to embolize feeders from the internal carotid artery. The transorbital approach after anterior orbitotomy through the ophthalmic vein is an alternative in this complex situation. The following reports our experience with three female patients who underwent transvenous embolization. Procedural success was documented using standardized MRI and clinical reevaluation. Materials and Methods: Three female patients between 57 and 78 years of age were diagnosed with carotid cavernous fistulas by conventional angiogram. All patients were suffering from exophthalmus and visual impairment. Two patients showed secondary glaucoma and diplopia. In one patient we performed a technically successful transarterial embolization using particles, but no relevant improvement of the patient's condition was seen. Transfemoral transvenous access via the sinus petrosus was not possible in any patient. All patients were then embolized via the ophthalmic vein using GDC detachable coils. All patients were clinically reevaluated by an ophthalmologist. Also a standardized MRI was performed for documentation. Follow-up was performed for the first patient for 32 months, for the second patient for 34 months and for the third patient for 50 months. Results: Transvenous embolization was technically successful in all three cases. Clinical symptoms disappeared rapidly. Postprocedural MRI showed a symmetric diameter of the ophthalmic vein. Venous congestion of the orbit caused by fatty tissue edema regressed completely. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography showed normal arterial vessels without evidence of fistula. (orig.)

  3. Heart failure in patients with sick sinus syndrome treated with single lead atrial or dual-chamber pacing

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    Riahi, Sam; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Hjortshøj, Søren

    2012-01-01

    AIMS: Previous studies indicate that ventricular pacing may precipitate heart failure (HF). We investigated occurrence of HF during long-term follow-up among patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) randomized to AAIR or DDDR pacing. Furthermore, we investigated effects of percentage of ventricular...... pacing (%VP) and pacing site in the ventricle.METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed data from 1415 patients randomized to AAIR (n = 707) or DDDR pacing (n = 708). Ventricular pacing leads were recorded as located in either an apical or a non-apical position. The %VP and HF hospitalizations were recorded...... during follow-up. Patients were classified with new HF, if in New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class IV or if presence of ≥2 of: oedema; dyspnoea; NYHA functional class III. Mean follow-up was 5.4 ± 2.4 years. Heart failure hospitalizations did not differ between groups. In the AAIR group...

  4. Clinical spectrum of spontaneous carotid-cavernous fistula

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    2007-01-01

    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.

  5. [Fungal sinusitis].

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    2011-06-01

    The incidence of fungal sinusitis is subjected to significant geographical variation. Basically, invasive and non-invasive fungal sinusitis is distinguished. Invasive fungal sinusitis is observed mainly in immunocompromised hosts. The diagnopsis is based on positive fungus detection combined with characteristic clinical features. The treatment of invasive fungal sinusitis is based on surgical debridement and systemic antifungal therapy. Non-invasive fungal sinusitis is either treated with surgery alone or surgery combined with systemic steroid therapy. The majority of studies showed no benefit of postoperative antimycotic medical treatment in patients with non-invasive fungal sinusitis. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  6. Phlegmonous gastritis and group A streptococcal toxic shock syndrome in a patient following functional endoscopic sinus surgery.

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    Paik, David C; Larson, James D; Johnson, Steven A; Sahm, Katherine; Shweiki, Ehyal; Fulda, Gerard J

    2010-12-01

    Phlegmonous gastritis is a rare and often fatal condition that can affect healthy individuals in 50% of cases. The condition has been described in accounts dating back to the pre-antibiotic era, during which time mortality was nearly 100%. Over the past century, case reports average about one per year. The etiology remains unclear, although Streptococcus species is isolated frequently. The optimum treatment has not been delineated clearly but likely involves a combination of antibiotics with or without surgical resection. A case report was presented and the pertinent literature was reviewed. A 45-year-old man with a history of recent paranasal sinus surgery presented with acute abdominal pain and criteria consistent with toxic shock syndrome. Computed tomography scan showed diffuse thickening of the gastric wall and free intraperitoneal fluid. Exploratory laparotomy revealed a thickened stomach wall with outer fibrinous exudate and murky peritoneal fluid, which grew Streptococcus pyogenes. Intraoperative esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed thickened gastric folds with a "cobblestone" appearance and no evidence of perforation. He was treated with antibiotics intravenously and sustained a difficult intensive care unit course complicated by ventilator-dependent respiratory failure, renal failure, and coagulopathy, but survived without major disability. This is an unusual case presentation of a rare but potentially lethal condition, whose optimal treatment is unclear. Phlegmonous gastritis should be considered when isolated gastric wall thickening is encountered in the clinical setting of toxic shock syndrome.

  7. Cerebral Cavernous Malformation

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    ... Division of Neuroscience Director, NIH BRAIN Initiative® Health Scientist Administrator Channels Synapses Circuits Cluster Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research Featured Director's Message menu search Enter Search Term Submit Search Cerebral Cavernous Malformation ...

  8. CMS cavern inspection robot

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    Robots which are immune to the CMS cavern environment, wirelessly controlled: -One actuated by smart materials (Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites and Macro Fiber Composites) -One regular brushed DC rover -One servo-driven rover -Stair-climbing robot

  9. Brainstem Cavernous Angioma

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    ... in obliteration of the angioma. [9] At a minimum, radiosurgery treatment for brainstem cavernous angioma is controversial. Given the advancement in minimally invasive surgical techniques, more and more neurosurgeons are becoming ...

  10. Trombose séptica de seios cavernosos, transverso e sigmóide e de veia jugular, associada à meningite, secundária a furúnculo nasal: Relato de Caso Septic thrombosis of cavernous, transverse, sigmoid sinuses and jugular vein, associated with meningitis, secondary to nasal furuncle: Case report

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    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Os autores descrevem um caso de furúnculo nasal que evoluiu com trombose séptica de seio cavernoso, bilateral e assimétrica, e de seios transverso e sigmóide e de veia jugular interna a esquerda, associada à meningite bacteriana, em um paciente previamente hígido. Apesar da trombose séptica extensa de seios venosos, o paciente apresentou boa evolução, após tratamento clínico agressivo com antibióticos, corticosteróides e anticoagulantes. Porém, manteve como seqüela: paresia de VI nervo à esquerda e lesão parcial de nervo óptico homolateral.The authors report a case of nasal furuncle that progressed to septic bilateral and asymmetric thrombosis of cavernous, transverse, sigmoid sinus and internal jugular vein, associated with bacterial meningitis, in a previously healthy patient. In spite of the extensive thrombosis, the patient presented a good evolution, after an aggressive clinical treatment with antibiotics, corticosteroids and anticoagulants. However, there remained paresis of the VI nerve on the left and partial lesion of the homolateral optic nerve.

  11. The CMS experimental cavern

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    These images taken in early September 2005 show the cathedral-like cavern into which the CMS experiment will be installed. The 26X26X60 cubic metre hall is the largest underground cavern at CERN, located under the town of Cessy in France. Weighing 12 500 tonnes, the huge CMS detector will be assembled in a specially constructed hall above ground before being lowered into the experimental hall ready for the LHC start-up in 2008.

  12. Endovascular Coil Occlusion of Traumatic Intradural Aneurysm with Presentation as Carotid Cavernous Fistula

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    Full Text Available Carotid cavernous fistulae (CCF are abnormal communication between cavernous segment of the internal carotid artery and cavernous sinus. These entities are usually encountered in 0.2-0.8% of patients with traumatic skull base fractures. Traumatic cerebral aneurysms are rare and account for less than 1% of intracranial aneurysms. CCF due to ruptured intradural traumatic aneurysm is very rare and difficult to treat by surgical methods. We present one such case of a 40-year-old man with post-traumatic CCF due to a ruptured intradural aneurysm successfully treated with endovascular embolization.

  13. Borderline Intracranial Hypertension Manifesting as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treated by Venous Sinus Stenting

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    Chronic fatigue syndrome and cases of idiopathic intracranial hypertension without signs of raised intracranial pressure can be impossible to distinguish without direct measurement of intracranial pressure. Moreover, lumbar puncture, the usual method of measuring intracranial pressure, can produce a similar respite from symptoms in patients with chronic fatigue as it does in idiopathic intracranial hypertension. This suggests a connection between them, with chronic fatigue syndrome representi...

  14. Tolosa-Hunt syndrome in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus

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    Calistri, Valentina; Mostardini, Claudio; Pantano, Patrizia; Pierallini, Alberto [Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Rome (Italy); Colonnese, Claudio [IRCCS Neuromed, Pozzilli (Italy); Caramia, Francesca [Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Rome (Italy); IRCCS Neuromed, Pozzilli (Italy)

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    We report a case of Tolosa-Hunt syndrome (THS) in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus studied with MRI. Magnetic resonance showed enlargement of the cavernous sinus and compression of the carotid syphon by enhancing tissue. In particular, fat-suppressed T1-weighted images before and after contrast agent injection and MR angiography showed extension of the abnormal tissue to the apex of the orbit and narrowing of the internal carotid artery. A presumptive diagnosis of THS was made and steroid treatment was started with rapid relief of symptoms. Follow-up MR study after steroid therapy demonstrated sub-total resolution of the neuroradiological findings. Neuroradiological findings in THS are quite typical but they may be subtle; furthermore, the presence of a systemic disease may suggest secondary involvement of the cavernous sinus. Utilization of the appropriate MR techniques and follow-up exams may contribute to the diagnosis of THS even in the presence of other systemic diseases. (orig.)

  15. Atrial fibrillation in patients with sick sinus syndrome: the association with PQ-interval and percentage of ventricular pacing.

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    Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Thomsen, Poul Erik B; Højberg, Søren; Møller, Mogens; Riahi, Sam; Dalsgaard, Dorthe; Mortensen, Leif S; Nielsen, Tonny; Asklund, Mogens; Friis, Elsebeth V; Christensen, Per D; Simonsen, Erik H; Eriksen, Ulrik H; Jensen, Gunnar V H; Svendsen, Jesper H; Toff, William D; Healey, Jeffrey S; Andersen, Henning R

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    In the recently published DANPACE trial, incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) was significantly higher with single-lead atrial (AAIR) pacing than with dual-chamber (DDDR) pacing. The present analysis aimed to evaluate the importance of baseline PQ-interval and percentage of ventricular pacing (VP) on AF. We analysed data on AF during follow-up in 1415 patients included in the DANPACE trial. In a subgroup of 650 patients with DDDR pacemaker, we studied whether %VP, baseline PQ-interval, and programmed atrio-ventricular interval (AVI) was associated with AF burden measured as time in mode-switch (MS) detected by the pacemaker. In the entire DANPACE study population, the incidence of AF was significantly higher in patients with baseline PQ-interval >180 ms (P180 ms (P= 0.028). No significant association was detected between %VP and %MS (Spearman's ρ 0.056, P= 0.154). %MS was not different between minimal-paced programmed AVI ≤ 100 and >100 ms (median value), respectively (P= 0.60). The present study indicates that a longer baseline PQ-interval is associated with an increased risk of AF in patients with sick sinus syndrome. Atrial fibrillation burden is not associated with the percentage of VP or the length of the programmed AVI.

  16. Gas intrusion into SPR caverns

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    Hinkebein, T.E.; Bauer, S.J.; Ehgartner, B.L.; Linn, J.K.; Neal, J.T.; Todd, J.L.; Kuhlman, P.S.; Gniady, C.T. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Underground Storage Technology Dept.; Giles, H.N. [Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States). Strategic Petroleum Reserve

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    The conditions and occurrence of gas in crude oil stored in Strategic Petroleum Reserve, SPR, caverns is characterized in this report. Many caverns in the SPR show that gas has intruded into the oil from the surrounding salt dome. Historical evidence and the analyses presented here suggest that gas will continue to intrude into many SPR caverns in the future. In considering why only some caverns contain gas, it is concluded that the naturally occurring spatial variability in salt permeability can explain the range of gas content measured in SPR caverns. Further, it is not possible to make a one-to-one correlation between specific geologic phenomena and the occurrence of gas in salt caverns. However, gas is concluded to be petrogenic in origin. Consequently, attempts have been made to associate the occurrence of gas with salt inhomogeneities including anomalies and other structural features. Two scenarios for actual gas intrusion into caverns were investigated for consistency with existing information. These scenarios are gas release during leaching and gas permeation through salt. Of these mechanisms, the greater consistency comes from the belief that gas permeates to caverns through the salt. A review of historical operating data for five Bryan Mound caverns loosely supports the hypothesis that higher operating pressures reduce gas intrusion into caverns. This conclusion supports a permeability intrusion mechanism. Further, it provides justification for operating the caverns near maximum operating pressure to minimize gas intrusion. Historical gas intrusion rates and estimates of future gas intrusion are given for all caverns.

  17. Endovascular treat- ment of post- traumatic carotid- cavernous ...

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    Types B, C and D are all indirect. (or dural) fistulae. The angioarchitec- ture of these is analogous to dural arteriovenous fistulae (AVFs) occur- ... penetrating trauma, ruptured intra- cavernous carotid aneurysms, colla- gen deficiency syndromes (such as. Ehlers-Danlos IV syndrome), fibro- muscular dysplasia and arterial dis-.

  18. Surveying the ATLAS cavern

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    The cathedral-like cavern into which the ATLAS experiment will be lowered and installed forms a vital part of the engineering work at CERN in preparation for the new LHC accelerator. This cavern, being measured by surveyors in these images, will have one of the largest spans of any man-made underground structure. The massive 46X25X25 cubic metre detector will be the largest of its type in the world when it is completed for the LHC start-up in 2008.

  19. Sinus x-ray

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    ... an infection and inflammation of the sinuses called sinusitis . A sinus x-ray is ordered when you have any of the following: Symptoms of sinusitis Other sinus disorders, such as a deviated septum ( ...

  20. Acute Sinusitis

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    ... Acute sinusitis is mostly caused by the common cold. Unless a bacterial infection develops, most cases resolve within a week to 10 days. In ... sinusitis is most often caused by the common cold, which is a viral infection. In some cases, a bacterial infection develops. Risk factors You may ...

  1. Thrombose du sinus caverneux secondaire à une infection dentaire ...

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    Case - reports : a 49 years old man presented to our department with bilateral exophthalmos and eyelidedemaand fever. The examination showed an inflammatory chemosis, and oculomotor disorders associated with decreased visualacuity and a maxillary dental attrition. CT scan hasrevealed a cavernous sinus ...

  2. Multiple loss-of-function mechanisms contribute to SCN5A-related familial sick sinus syndrome.

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    Junhong Gui

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: To identify molecular mechanisms underlying SCN5A-related sick sinus syndrome (SSS, a rare type of SSS, in parallel experiments we elucidated the electrophysiological properties and the cell surface localization of thirteen human Na(v1.5 (hNa(v1.5 mutant channels previously linked to this disease. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Mutant hNa(v1.5 channels expressed by HEK293 cells and Xenopus oocytes were investigated by whole-cell patch clamp and two-microelectrode voltage clamp, respectively. HEK293 cell surface biotinylation experiments quantified the fraction of correctly targeted channel proteins. Our data suggested three distinct mutant channel subtypes: Group 1 mutants (L212P, P1298L, DelF1617, R1632H gave peak current densities and cell surface targeting indistinguishable from wild-type hNa(v1.5. Loss-of-function of these mutants resulted from altered channel kinetics, including a negative shift of steady-state inactivation and a reduced voltage dependency of open-state inactivation. Group 2 mutants (E161K, T220I, D1275N gave significantly reduced whole-cell currents due to impaired cell surface localization (D1275N, altered channel properties at unchanged cell surface localization (T220I, or a combination of both (E161K. Group 3 mutant channels were non-functional, due to an almost complete lack of protein at the plasma membrane (T187I, W1421X, K1578fs/52, R1623X or a probable gating/permeation defect with normal surface localisation (R878C, G1408R. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: This study indicates that multiple molecular mechanisms, including gating abnormalities, trafficking defects, or a combination of both, are responsible for SCN5A-related familial SSS.

  3. A comparison of single-lead atrial pacing with dual-chamber pacing in sick sinus syndrome.

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    Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Thomsen, Poul Erik B; Højberg, Søren; Møller, Mogens; Vesterlund, Thomas; Dalsgaard, Dorthe; Mortensen, Leif S; Nielsen, Tonny; Asklund, Mogens; Friis, Elsebeth V; Christensen, Per D; Simonsen, Erik H; Eriksen, Ulrik H; Jensen, Gunnar V H; Svendsen, Jesper H; Toff, William D; Healey, Jeffrey S; Andersen, Henning R

    2011-03-01

    In patients with sick sinus syndrome, bradycardia can be treated with a single-lead pacemaker or a dual-chamber pacemaker. Previous trials have revealed that pacing modes preserving atrio-ventricular synchrony are superior to single-lead ventricular pacing, but it remains unclear if there is any difference between single-lead atrial pacing (AAIR) and dual-chamber pacing (DDDR). We randomly assigned 1415 patients referred for first pacemaker implantation to AAIR (n = 707) or DDDR (n = 708) pacing and followed them for a mean of 5.4 ± 2.6 years. The primary outcome was death from any cause. Secondary outcomes included paroxysmal and chronic atrial fibrillation, stroke, heart failure, and need for pacemaker reoperation. In the AAIR group, 209 patients (29.6%) died during follow-up vs. 193 patients (27.3%) in the DDDR group, hazard ratio (HR) 1.06, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.88-1.29, P = 0.53. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation was observed in 201 patients (28.4%) in the AAIR group vs. 163 patients (23.0%) in the DDDR group, HR 1.27, 95% CI 1.03-1.56, P = 0.024. A total of 240 patients underwent one or more pacemaker reoperations during follow-up, 156 (22.1%) in the AAIR group vs. 84 (11.9%) in the DDDR group (HR 1.99, 95% CI 1.53-2.59, P AAIR pacing and DDDR pacing. AAIR pacing is associated with a higher incidence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and a two-fold increased risk of pacemaker reoperation. These findings support the routine use of DDDR pacing in these patients. URL http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00236158.

  4. Magnetic resonance imaging of carotid artery abnormalities in patients with sphenoid sinusitis

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    Wong, A.M. [Department of Radiology, Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, PA 19104, Philadelphia (United States); Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kwei Shan, Tao Yuan (Taiwan); Bilaniuk, L.T.; Zimmerman, R.A.; Simon, E.M.; Pollock, A.N. [Department of Radiology, Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, PA 19104, Philadelphia (United States)

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    Sphenoid sinusitis is unusual in children, but when it occurs, it can lead to serious intracranial complications. We show the value of MRI in demonstrating intracranial abnormalities due to sphenoid sinus infection, particularly those involving the internal carotid arteries and cavernous sinuses. We reviewed our imaging experience of sphenoid sinusitis and found four patients with ICA narrowing who had undergone MR evaluation including conventional and diffusion imaging. MR angiography was also performed in three patients to determine the extent of ICA narrowing. Narrowing of ICA was found in the cavernous segment in all patients and in the supraclinoid segment in three. Cerebral infarction was found in two patients. In one patient the cavernous sinus showed hyperintensity on diffusion-weighted images and hypointensity on apparent diffusion coefficient map, suggesting reduced diffusion. Although infrequent in children, sphenoid sinus infection should be considered as a possible cause of intracranial infection, particularly in teenagers. Early recognition of cavernous sinus involvement and ICA narrowing may lead to prompt treatment and hence a more favorable outcome. (orig.)

  5. Chronic Granulomatous Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome (Case Report

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    Full Text Available Background: Tolosa-Hunt syndrome is a rare case, characterized by tenderness, persistent around the affected eye and ophthalmoplegia /paresis caused by granulomatous inflammation in the cavernous sinus region, supra orbital or orbital fissure. Although spontaneous remission may occur, even corticosteroid therapy has a very satisfactory effect. However, relapse can occur after remission. We report a case of granulomatous Tolosa-Hunt syndrome in women aged 47 years who suffer from recurrent Tolosa-Hunt syndrome attacks for 4 years on his left eye, there was a significant recovery after receiving steroid therapy. Case:  We report A 47 years old with recurrent pain in the left eye since 4 years, pain episode duration of 1-2 weeks, accompanied by double vision when having long or short distance viewing, and when climbing stairs. The patient left eye was protruded with blurred vision and difficulty in distinguishing green color. Left eye examination vision 1/300, green color discromatopsia, normal funduscopic, ptosis, with paresis eye movement toward the superior, inferior, nasal and temporal. C-reactive protein and erythrocyte sedimentation rate were slightly elevated. ANA test was positive. In visual evoked potential, it showed latency elongation of the left face. Head MRI with contrast showed a isointense protrusion on the left cavernous sinus in axial cuts in T1 and T2. Head MRI T1 with contrast on coronal, axial cuts showed the appearance of convex lesions around the left cavernous sinus that enhanced with contrast. Conclusions: The result was clinically and radiographically diagnosed as Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome (THS. Therefore, 10 mg dexamethasone therapy, 4 times a day for 3 days was lowered to three times on day 4, 2 times on the fifth day and one time at day 6. The patient showed clinical improvement. The patient continued 48 mg oral methylprednisolone therapy up to 3 weeks which then gradually decreased and planned head MRI 3 months later.

  6. Self-controllable prodromal symptoms of syncope attributed to carotid sinus syndrome during the end stage of cancer: a case report

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    Hasuo, Hideaki; Kanbara, Kenji; Sakuma, Hiroko; Matsumori, Rie; Fukunaga, Mikihiko

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    Background Carotid sinus syndrome (CSS) can cause prodromal symptoms of syncope such as dizziness and nausea. Patients with end-stage cancer lose self-efficacy associated with reduced activities of daily life (ADL). Herein, we report a case of end-stage cancer in which self-efficacy was enhanced as the patient gained self-control of prodromal symptoms of syncope. Case presentation A 70-year-old patient with end-stage esophageal cancer and enlarged supraclavicular lymph nodes developed CSS. Th...

  7. Genetics Home Reference: cerebral cavernous malformation

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    ... Twitter Home Health Conditions Cerebral cavernous malformation Cerebral cavernous malformation Printable PDF Open All Close All Enable ... to view the expand/collapse boxes. Description Cerebral cavernous malformations are collections of small blood vessels ( capillaries ) ...

  8. Sinus Headaches

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    ... choose any aerobic exercise you enjoy, including walking, swimming and cycling. Warm up slowly, however, because sudden, ... dosages for you. References Patel ZM, et al. Evaluation and management of "sinus headache" in the otolaryngology ...

  9. Chronic Sinusitis

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    ... weeks, despite treatment attempts. Also known as chronic rhinosinusitis, this condition interferes with drainage and causes mucus ... Regular exposure to pollutants such as cigarette smoke Complications Chronic sinusitis complications include: Meningitis. This infection causes ...

  10. [Thrombophlebitis of venous sinuses in otitis media].

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    2007-01-01

    Thrombophlebitis of dura venous sinuses is a rare intracranial complication of otitis media, which may be sometimes accompanied by symptoms or sepsis. Anatomical conditions and early diagnosis of this vascular complication determine the treatment modality. Aim of this study was the assessment of diagnostics and treatment of venous sinuses thrombophlebitis in acute and chronic otitis media considering anatomy and the venous sinuses and status of coagulation system. Otogenic thrombophlebitis may occur in lateral, transverse, upper and lower petrosal sinuses, and rarely in cavernous. In some cases thrombophlebitis proces may expand into brain or emissary mastoid veins. Lateral sinus thrombophlebitis in chronic otitis media usually appears clinically as septic fever, earache, and increasing neurologic signs. In acute otitis media when thrombophlebitis develops the patient complains about headache, high fever and visual acquity. Diagnosis of venous sinus thrombophlebitis is based on clinical signs, radiological imaging (CT scan, MRI), bacteriological examinations and laboratory biochemical tests. Contrast enhanced CT scan shows "delta sign". Septic thrombophlebitis sinus sigmoidei is caused by mixed bacterial flora. Surgical treatment in cases with septic thrombus consists of radical modiffied ear operation and lateral sinus exposure. Thrombectomy and jugular vein ligation is performed when sepsis or thrombus is present. Mastoidectomy and tympanic cavity drainage is performed in cases with lateral sinus thrombosis in acute mastoiditis. Intravenous antibiotics therapy should be continued for 2 weeks. Anticoagulants should be given taking into consideration parameters of coagulation system and the type of thrombus. Treatment results of venous sinuses thrombophlebitis are good if they are not accompanied by other intracranial complications.

  11. Cerebral Cavernous Malformation and Hemorrhage

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    ... or neurosurgeon that is familiar with your neurological history and who is knowledgeable about cavernous malformations and about epilepsy in pregnancy. Preventative Measures and Other Considerations So ...

  12. Implantation of VVI pacemaker in a patient with dextrocardia, persistent left superior vena cava, and sick sinus syndrome: A case report.

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    Guo, Gongliang; Yang, Lili; Wu, Jinyi; Sun, Liqun

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    Dextrocardia, or right-lying heart, is an uncommon congenital heart disease in which the apex of the heart is located on the right side of chest. Persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVA) is a rare venous anomaly that is often associated with the abnormalities of cardiac transduction system. A case with combination of dextrocardia, persistent left superior vena cava, and sick sinus syndrome has not been reported. We used different techniques including cardiac color Doppler echocardiography, 24-hour Holter monitoring, and abdominal ultrasound to make a diagnosis and treated the patient by implanting a VVI pacemaker. A 50-year-old woman was admitted with a syncope. Angiography of the right atrium and superior vena cava, echocardiography, electrocardiography, and abdominal ultrasound revealed the presence of the combination of mirror image dextrocardia, PLSVA, and sick sinus syndrome. The complex structural anomalies presented great technical challenges for interventional treatments. After thorough examination and understanding of the structural anatomy and anomalies of the superior and inferior vena cava and cardiac chambers, we successfully treated this patient by implanting a VVI pacemaker. Physicians must be aware of the complexity of the morphological and anatomical structures of dextrocardia accompanying PLSVC. Given that the diagnosis of situs inversus was performed at a relatively advanced age, it is therefore important to make such a correct diagnosis followed by appropriate therapeutic intervention.

  13. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... News Physician Resources Professions Site Index A-Z Computed Tomography (CT) - Sinuses Computed tomography (CT) of the sinuses ... of CT of the Sinuses? What is CT (Computed Tomography) of the Sinuses? Computed tomography, more commonly known ...

  14. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... are obstructed and the best imaging modality for sinusitis. Tell your doctor if there’s a possibility you ... the sinuses is primarily used to: help diagnose sinusitis . evaluate sinuses that are filled with fluid or ...

  15. Sinus MRI scan

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    ... tissues surrounding the eye (orbital cellulitis) Nasal polyps Sinusitis -- acute Sinusitis -- chronic Talk to your provider if you have ... therefore is not typically used for suspected acute sinusitis. Alternative Names MRI of the sinuses; Magnetic resonance ...

  16. [Therapeutic effect of gamma knife on intracranial cavernous angioma].

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    Jia, Ge; Zhang, Junmei; Ma, Zhiming; Qiu, Bin; Hou, Yonghong

    2014-12-01

    To evaluate the therapeutic effect of gamma knife on patients with intracranial cavernous angioma (CA). The medical records of 122 patients (134 lesions) who underwent radiosurgery were reviewed retrospectively. Th e average follow-up period was 43 months. No patient died. One patient underwent CA resection. In patients with epilepsy, 83% patients showed alleviation of seizures. About 44% of the lesions shrank in size after treatment with gamma knife radiosurgery (59/134). Seven cases had hemorrhage again after radiosurgery, and the overall annual hemorrhage rate was 1.6%. Edema was found in 11.5% patients (14/122) and all patients showed improvement aft er treatment. Gamma knife is a safe treatment for CA, which could obviously improve the symptoms of epilepsy. Gamma knife radiosurgery is the fi rst option for the treatment of cavernous sinus angiomas.

  17. Trigonal cavernous angioma presenting with selective ventricular exclusion.

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    Prada, F; Saladino, A; Giombini, S

    2010-12-01

    We present a case of a patient with an intraventricular cavernous angioma originating from the splenium of the corpus callosum presenting with intracranial hypertension syndrome. In our case the growth of the lesion from the corpus callosum toward the ventricular spaces determined the direct exclusion of the occipital and temporal horn of the left lateral ventricle.

  18. Endoscopic Sinus Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis

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    篠, 昭男; 吉原, 俊雄; Akio, SHINO; Toshio, YOSHIHARA

    2004-01-01

    Endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) has became basic surgical treatment for chronic sinusitis instead of the Caldwell-Luc procedure. This technique is aimed at improvement of ventilation and excretion with endoscopic approach between nasal cavity and each sinus. The mucosa preservation of sinus is recognized to important as the surgery for inflammatory disease. The ostiomeatal complex (OMC) plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of sinusitis. Obstruction here predisposes to chronic sinusitis...

  19. Incidence of atrial fibrillation and thromboembolism in a randomised trial of atrial versus dual chamber pacing in 177 patients with sick sinus syndrome.

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    Kristensen, L; Nielsen, J C; Mortensen, P T; Pedersen, O L; Pedersen, A K; Andersen, H R

    2004-06-01

    To analyse the occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) and thromboembolism in a randomised comparison of rate adaptive single chamber atrial pacing (AAIR) and dual chamber pacing (DDDR) in patients with sick sinus syndrome and normal atrioventricular (AV) conduction, in which left atrial dilatation and decreased left ventricular fractional shortening had been observed in the DDDR group. 177 consecutive patients with sick sinus syndrome (mean (SD) age 74 (9) years, 104 women) were randomly assigned to treatment with one of three pacemakers: AAIR (n = 54), DDDR with a short rate adaptive AV delay (n = 60) (DDDR-s); or DDDR with a fixed long AV delay (n = 63) (DDDR-l). Analysis was intention to treat. Mean follow up was 2.9 (1.1) years. AF at one or more ambulatory visits was significantly less common in the AAIR group (4 (7.4%) v 14 (23.3%) in the DDDR-s group v 11 (17.5%) in the DDDR-l group; p = 0.03, log rank test). The risk of developing AF in the AAIR group compared with the DDDR-s group was significantly decreased after adjustment for brady-tachy syndrome in a Cox regression analysis (relative risk 0.27, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.09 to 0.83, p = 0.02). The benefit of AAIR was highest among patients with brady-tachy syndrome. Brady-tachy syndrome and a thromboembolic event before pacemaker implantation were independent predictors of thromboembolism during follow up (relative risk 7.5, 95% CI 1.6 to 36.2, p = 0.01, and relative risk 4.7, 95% CI 1.2 to 17.9, p = 0.02, respectively). During a mean follow up of 2.9 years AAIR was associated with significantly less AF. The beneficial effect of AAIR was still significant after adjustment for brady-tachy syndrome. Brady-tachy syndrome was associated with an increased risk of thromboembolism.

  20. Sick Sinus Syndrome

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  1. Brainstem and cerebellar cavernous malformations.

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    Atwal, Gursant S; Sarris, Christina E; Spetzler, Robert F

    2017-01-01

    Cavernous malformations are vascular lesions that occur throughout the central nervous system, most commonly in the supratentorial location, with brainstem and cerebellar cavernous malformations occurring more rarely. Cavernous malformations are associated with developmental venous anomalies that occur sporadically or in familial form. Patients with a cavernous malformation can present with headaches, seizures, sensorimotor disturbances, or focal neurologic deficits based on the anatomic location of the lesion. Patients with infratentorial lesions present more commonly with a focal neurologic deficit. Cavernous malformations are increasingly discovered incidentally due to the increasing use of magnetic resonance imaging. Understanding the natural history of these lesions is essential to their management. Observation and surgical resection are both reasonable options in the treatment of patients with these lesions. The clinical presentation of the patient, the location of the lesion, and the surgical risk assessment all play critical roles in management decision-making. © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Sinusitis: Overview

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    ... congestion. Your doctor may suggest a decongestant nasal spray to treat swelling. Do not use this for more than 3 days. It can worsen the swelling in your sinuses once you stop using the medicine.A process called nasal irrigation can provide relief. A saline solution through a ...

  3. Sinusitis (acute)

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    Introduction Acute sinusitis is defined pathologically, by transient inflammation of the mucosal lining of the paranasal sinuses lasting less than 4 weeks. Clinically, it is characterised by nasal congestion, rhinorrhoea, facial pain, hyposmia, sneezing, and, if more severe, additional malaise and fever. It affects 1−5% of the adult population each year in Europe. Methods and outcomes We conducted a systematic review and aimed to answer the following clinical questions: What are the effects of treatments in people with clinically diagnosed acute sinusitis, and with radiologically or bacteriologically confirmed acute sinusitis? We searched: Medline, Embase, The Cochrane Library and other important databases up to August 2007 (BMJ Clinical Evidence reviews are updated periodically; please check our website for the most up-to-date version of this review). We included harms alerts from relevant organisations such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Results We found 19 systematic reviews, RCTs, or observational studies that met our inclusion criteria. We performed a GRADE evaluation of the quality of evidence for interventions. Conclusions In this systematic review we present information relating to the effectiveness and safety of the following interventions: antibiotics (amoxicillin, co-amoxiclav, doxycycline, cephalosporins, macrolides, different doses [amoxicillin, co-amoxiclav, doxycycline, cephalosporins, macrolides], long-course regimens), antihistamines, cephalosporins or macrolides, decongestants (xylometazoline, phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine), doxycycline, saline nasal washes, steam inhalation, and topical corticosteroids (intra-nasal). PMID:19450327

  4. Bilateral indirect carotid cavernous fistula post trivial injury– A case report

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    Siti Hajar Mat Abu

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    Full Text Available Fifty-seven years old Malay lady, post menopausal with co-morbid of diabetes mellitus and hypertension presented with three months history of bilateral painful red eyes associated with double vision. Examination revealed both eyes proptosis, corkscrew vessels with present of bruit, secondary narrow angle with raised intraocular pressure, 6th cranial nerve palsy, and bilateral venous stasis retinopathy. CT angiogram showed bilateral dilated superior ophthalmic veins with cerebral angiogram findings of bilateral indirect carotid cavernous fistula involving small meningeal vessels. Indirect or dural cavernous sinus Fistula can easily be missed or misdiagnosed. Trivial injury especially in the predisposing patient can initiate the occurrence.

  5. Sinus node dysfunction in non-medicational treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    Bockeria L. А.; Kulikov А. А.

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    Sinus node dysfunction or sick sinus syndrome (SSS) includes clinical conditions such as symptomatic sinus bradycardia, sinus pauses or arrest, sinus node exit block, atrial tachycardias and chronotropic incompetence. Even though SSS incidence increases in an exponential-like manner with age, it can occur at all ages, including in the newborn. The mean age of patients with the syndrome is 68 years, with both genders being affected in approximately equal proportion. This condition occurs in 1 ...

  6. Bilateral SUNCT syndrome associated to chronic maxillary sinus disease Síndrome SUNCT de ocorrência bilateral associada a sinusopatia maxilar crônica

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    Denis Bernardi Bichuetti

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available SUNCT syndrome (short lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjuntival injection and tearing is defined as short attacks of periorbital unilateral pain and accompanied by ipsilateral lacrimation and redness of the same eye. We present an unusual SUNCT case with bilateral pain that started five years ago after an acute maxillary sinus infection that evolved to chronic sinusitis. This association has been described in few SUNCT cases, but its causal role remains uncertain. The patient was a 58 years old man that fulfilled a headache diary that showed the usual circadian pattern, worsening in the morning and afternoon, and responded to treatment with gabapentina. He was submitted to a functional endoscopic sinus surgery and evolved with milder pain. In a review of 21 patients, 5 had a past medical history of sinusitis, but the causal role of this association remained uncertain.A síndrome SUNCT (short lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjuntival injection and tearing é definida como curtos ataques de dor periorbital unilateral, acompanhada de lacrimejamento e hiperemia conjuntival ipsilateral. Apresentamos um raro caso de SUNCT com dor bilateral com evolução de cinco anos e iniciado após uma infecção de seio maxilar que evoluiu para sinusite crônica. Esta associação foi descrita em poucos casos de SUNCT, porém pouco esclarecida. O paciente era um homem de 58 anos que preencheu um diário de dor que demonstrou o típico padrão circadiano da síndrome, com pioras matinais e vespertinas, e apresentou melhora com uso de gabapentina. Submetido a cirurgia endoscópica funcional em seio maxilar e evoluiu com modulação da dor, sugerindo um potencial efeito benéfico após tratamento da sinusopatia.Na revisão de literatura encontramos 21 casos de SUNCT bilateral, cinco dos quais apresentavam história de sinusite; no entanto, a relação entre as duas entidades permanece ainda incerta.

  7. Tolosa-Hunt syndrome

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    Benjamin Wybrand Barnard

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Tolosa-Hunt syndrome (THS is a rare disorder indicated by recurrent painful ophthalmoplegia caused by non-specific inflammation of the cavernous sinus or superior orbital fissure (SOF. The disease shares histopathological features with idiopathic orbital pseudotumour; however, owing to its anatomical location, it produces characteristic clinical manifestations.1 Recurrent retro-orbital pain, with palsies of the third, fourth or sixth cranial nerves as well as the first and second divisions of the trigeminal nerve, are typical. Clinically, immediate response to steroid therapy is a hallmark of the condition. The clinical presentation of THS has a wide differential diagnosis, and timely and appropriate imaging – as an adjunct to pertinent laboratory investigations – can greatly assist clinicians with early accurate diagnosis and management.

  8. Effective Management of Atrioventricular Interval for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation That Developed After DDDR Pacemaker Implantation in a Sick Sinus Syndrome Patient.

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    Tasaki, Hirofumi; Ashizawa, Naoto; Nagao, Shoichi; Fukushima, Kiyoyasu; Furukawa, Ryuji; Fukae, Satoki; Maemura, Koji

    2015-01-01

    A 68-year-old man with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) was referred to our department for pacemaker implantation. After implantation of a pacemaker with rate-responsive dual chamber (DDDR) mode and minimized ventricular pacing (MVP) functions, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) repeatedly developed. Pacemaker memory showed that the intrinsic atrioventricular (AV) (atrial pacing-ventricular sensing [Ap-Vs]) interval was paradoxically prolonged during rate-responsive atrial single-chamber (AAIR) mode rapid pacing because of MVP. Accordingly, to eliminate the paradoxical prolongation of the AV interval during rapid atrial pacing, we changed MVP to medium AV hysteresis and conducted DDDR mode pacing with rate-dependent AV delay. PAF then sharply decreased without antiarrhythmic drugs.

  9. Beneficial effects of losartan for prevention of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in patients with sick sinus syndrome: analysis with memory function of pacemaker.

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    Takii, Eiichi; Inage, Tomohito; Yoshida, Teruhisa; Ohe, Masatsugu; Gondo, Takeki; Haraguchi, Go; Ito, Shogo; Kumanomido, Jun; Imaizumi, Tsutomu; Fukuomoto, Yoshihiro

    2016-03-01

    Renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibitors may be useful in preventing the occurrence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). However, evaluation of such effect is difficult because many PAF episodes are asymptomatic and not all episodes are detected by intermittent electrocardiographic monitoring. A pacemaker has been developed with dedicated functions for AF detection and electrocardiogram storage. Accordingly, we examined the effect of losartan, an angiotensin receptor blocker on PAF occurrence using this new modality. We enrolled 70 consecutive patients who had undergone dual-chamber pacemaker implantation for sick sinus syndrome. Finally, 62 patients participated in the study. Thirty patients were randomized to the losartan group (mean 43 ± 12 mg/day) and 32 patients to the control group. They were followed up for 3 months. The frequency, the maximum duration and the total duration of PAF recorded by the stored electrocardiograms for the last 1 month during the observation period and study period were compared between the two groups. The change in the frequency of PAF from the observation period in the losartan and control groups was similar (-35 ± 25 vs. -67 ± 62 times; NS). However, the change in the maximum duration and the total duration of PAF was significantly shorter in the losartan group than in the control group (-493 ± 158 vs. -10 ± 69 min; p Losartan suppressed the maximum duration and the total duration of PAF in patients with sick sinus syndrome without hemodynamic changes. This is the first study to show the effect of a renin-angiotensin system inhibitor on the secondary prevention of PAF using the dedicated functions of a pacemaker for PAF detection and electrocardiogram storage.

  10. Association of sick sinus syndrome with incident cardiovascular disease and mortality: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study and Cardiovascular Health Study.

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    Alonso, Alvaro; Jensen, Paul N; Lopez, Faye L; Chen, Lin Y; Psaty, Bruce M; Folsom, Aaron R; Heckbert, Susan R

    2014-01-01

    Sick sinus syndrome (SSS) is a common indication for pacemaker implantation. Limited information exists on the association of sick sinus syndrome (SSS) with mortality and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the general population. We studied 19,893 men and women age 45 and older in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study and the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), two community-based cohorts, who were without a pacemaker or atrial fibrillation (AF) at baseline. Incident SSS cases were validated by review of medical charts. Incident CVD and mortality were ascertained using standardized protocols. Multivariable Cox models were used to estimate the association of incident SSS with selected outcomes. During a mean follow-up of 17 years, 213 incident SSS events were identified and validated (incidence, 0.6 events per 1,000 person-years). After adjustment for confounders, SSS incidence was associated with increased mortality (hazard ratio [HR] 1.39, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.14-1.70), coronary heart disease (HR 1.72, 95%CI 1.11-2.66), heart failure (HR 2.87, 95%CI 2.17-3.80), stroke (HR 1.56, 95%CI 0.99-2.46), AF (HR 5.75, 95%CI 4.43-7.46), and pacemaker implantation (HR 53.7, 95%CI 42.9-67.2). After additional adjustment for other incident CVD during follow-up, SSS was no longer associated with increased mortality, coronary heart disease, or stroke, but remained associated with higher risk of heart failure (HR 2.00, 95%CI 1.51-2.66), AF (HR 4.25, 95%CI 3.28-5.51), and pacemaker implantation (HR 25.2, 95%CI 19.8-32.1). Individuals who develop SSS are at increased risk of death and CVD. The mechanisms underlying these associations warrant further investigation.

  11. CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc score to assess risk of stroke and death in patients paced for sick sinus syndrome.

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    Svendsen, Jesper Hastrup; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Darkner, Stine; Jensen, Gunnar Vagn Hagemann; Mortensen, Leif Spange; Andersen, Henning Rud

    2013-06-01

    The risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) can be assessed by use of the CHADS2 and the CHA2DS2-VASc score system. We hypothesised that these risk scores and their individual components could also be applied to patients paced for sick sinus syndrome (SSS) to evaluate risk of stroke and death. Prospective cohort study. All Danish pacemaker centres and selected centres in the UK and Canada. Risk factors were recorded prior to pacemaker implantation in 1415 patients with SSS participating in the Danish Multicenter Randomized Trial on Single Lead Atrial Pacing versus Dual Chamber Pacing in Sick Sinus Syndrome (Danpace) trial. Development of stroke was assessed at follow-up visits and by evaluation of patient charts. Mortality was assessed from the civil registration system. Patients were randomised to AAIR (N = 707) or DDDR pacing (N = 708). Stroke and death during follow-up. Mean follow-up was 4.3 ± 2.5 years. In the AAIR group 6.9% patients developed stroke versus 6.1% in the DDDR group (NS). There was a significant association between CHADS2 score and the development of stroke (HR 1.41; 95% CI 1.22 to 1.64, p < 0.001). CHA2DS2-VASc score was also significantly associated with stroke (HR 1.25; CI 1.12 to 1.40, p < 0.001). CHADS2 score (HR 1.46; CI 1.36 to 1.56, p < 0.001) and CHA2DS2-VASc score (HR 1.39; CI 1.31 to 1.46, p < 0.001) were associated with mortality. Results were still significant after adjusting for AF and anticoagulation therapy. CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc score are associated with increased risk of stroke and death in patients paced for SSS irrespective of the presence of AF.

  12. DDDR pacing results in left ventricular asynchrony with preservation of ejection fraction and NT-proBNP: a prospective study in sick sinus syndrome and normal ventricular function.

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    Psychari, Stavroula N; Apostolou, Thomas S; Iliodromitis, Efstathios K; Charalampopoulos, Athanasios; Kremastinos, Dimitrios T

    2010-10-08

    Desynchronization induced by right ventricular pacing may increase the risk for heart failure. We aimed to compare left ventricular (LV) function, synchrony and left atrial size along with NT-proBNP levels, in 2 different modes of pacing: AAIR versus DDDR. This was a prospective study of 60 patients with sick sinus syndrome, preserved LV function and normal atrioventricular conduction. Each pacing mode lasted at least 2 months, in every patient, after which period every patient was switched to the alternate pacing mode. Intraventricular asychrony was assessed by: 1) M-Mode septal-to-posterior wall motion delay (SPWMD), and 2) Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) septal to lateral delay. NT-proBNP was measured at the end of each pacing mode. LV ejection fraction and left atrial diameter were not different in the 2 pacing modes, although asynchrony was induced in the DDDR arm (pAAIR mode (p=0.003, F=9.64). The NT-proBNP was inversely correlated to LV ejection fraction in the DDDR mode (p=0.0001, R=-0.75), whilst it was significantly correlated to the TDI septal-lateral delay and SPWMD (p=0.007, R=0.4 and p=0.002, R=0.5) in the AAIR mode. In conclusion in sick sinus syndrome with preserved LV function the DDDR mode does not compromise LV systolic function although it causes asynchrony. The NT-proBNP is lower when the right ventricle is paced, is inversely related to LV function and it is related to the degree of LV synchronization in the AAIR mode. Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Cavernous lymphangioma: Two case reports

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    Cynthia Sargunam

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    Full Text Available Lymphangiomas are congenital malformation of the lymphatic system that involve the skin and subcutaneous tissues. We are reporting two cases of cavernous lymphangioma. These cases are presented for their rarity.

  14. [Clinical safety and efficacy of single-chamber atrial pacing in sick sinus syndrome: long-term follow-up].

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    Moríñigo, Jose L; Arribas, Antonio; Ledesma, Claudio; Sánchez, Pedro L; Martín, Francisco; Martín Luengo, Cándido

    2002-12-01

    Although atrial pacing is a more physiological mode of stimulation in sinus node dysfunction, the pacing modes most often are used DDD and VVI. The aim of our study was to demonstrate that AAI/AAIR pacing is effective and safe by analyzing the complications and mortality of this pacing mode in a long-term follow-up study. Between 1982 and 2000 definitive AAI-mode pacemakers were implanted for sinus node dysfunction in mode AAI in 160 patients. We analyzed the clinical characteristics, evolution, and complications of the AAI pacing mode during a follow-up of 5.4 4.5 years. The sample was made up of 104 women and 56 men with an average age of 72 12 years. During follow-up, it was necessary to change the pacing mode for symptomatic bradycardia in 11 patients (annual incidence 1.2%), which was caused by second or third-degree atrioventricular block in 7 patients (annual incidence 0.8%), and chronic atrial fibrillation with bradycardia in 4 patients (annual incidence 0.4%). During follow-up, atrial arrhythmias occurred in 32 patients (annual incidence 3.7%), stroke in 4 patients (annual incidence 0.4%), and 27 patients (annual incidence 3.1%) died. The AAI/AAIR pacing mode was safe and effective in sinus node dysfunction, with a low percentage of pacing changes required for progression to atrioventricular block, low incidence of atrial arrhythmias, stroke and low mortality during long term follow-up.

  15. Superior Sagittal Sinus Thrombosis Complicating Typhoid Fever in a Teenager

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    P. O. Okunola

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Cerebral venous sinus (sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT is a rare life-threatening disorder in childhood that is often misdiagnosed. CSVT encompasses cavernous sinus thrombosis, lateral sinus thrombosis, and superior sagittal sinus thrombosis (SSST. We present an adolescent girl who was well until two weeks earlier when she had a throbbing frontal headache and fever with chills; she later had dyspnoea, jaundice, melena stool, multiple seizures, nuchal rigidity, and monoparesis of the right lower limb a day before admission. Urine test for Salmonella typhi Vi antigen was positive, and Widal reaction was significant. Serial cranial computerized tomography scans revealed an expanding hypodense lesion in the parafalcine region consistent with SSST or a parasagittal abscess. Inadvertent left parietal limited craniectomy confirmed SSST. She recovered completely with subsequent conservative management. Beyond neuropsychiatric complications of Typhoid fever, CSVT should be highly considered when focal neurologic deficits are present.

  16. Chronic sinusitis (image)

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    ... and cartilage and lined with a mucous membrane. Sinusitis occurs when the membranes becomes inflamed and painful, ... a result of a blocked sinus opening. Chronic sinusitis is often caused by inflammation and blockage due ...

  17. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... equipment to evaluate the paranasal sinus cavities – hollow, air-filled spaces within the bones of the face ... paranasal sinus cavities. The paranasal sinuses are hollow, air-filled spaces located within the bones of the ...

  18. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... the Sinuses? What is CT (Computed Tomography) of the Sinuses? Computed tomography, more commonly known as a ... of page What are some common uses of the procedure? CT of the sinuses is primarily used ...

  19. Arteriovenous Malformation in Temporal Lobe Presenting as Contralateral Ocular Symptoms Mimicking Carotid-Cavernous Fistula

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    Fadzillah Mohd-Tahir

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    Full Text Available Aim. To report a rare case of arteriovenous malformation in temporal lobe presenting as contralateral orbital symptoms mimicking carotid-cavernous fistula. Method. Interventional case report. Results. A 31-year-old Malay gentleman presented with 2-month history of painful progressive exophthalmos of his left eye associated with recurrent headache, diplopia, and reduced vision. Ocular examination revealed congestive nonpulsating 7 mm exophthalmos of the left eye with no restriction of movements in all direction. There was diplopia in left lateral gaze. Left IOP was elevated at 29 mmHg. Left eye retinal vessels were slightly dilated and tortuous. CT scan was performed and showed right temporal arteriovenous malformation with a nidus of 3.8 cm × 2.5 cm with right middle cerebral artery as feeding artery. There was dilated left superior ophthalmic vein of 0.9 mm in diameter with enlarged left cavernous sinus. MRA and carotid angiogram confirmed right temporal arteriovenous malformation with no carotid-cavernous fistula. Most of the intracranial drainage was via left cavernous sinus. His signs and symptoms dramatically improved following successful embolisation, completely resolved after one year. Conclusion. Intracranial arteriovenous malformation is rarely presented with primary ocular presentation. Early intervention would salvage the eyes and prevent patients from more disaster morbidity or fatality commonly due to intracranial haemorrhage.

  20. Serial MRI of a mycotic aneurysm of the cavernous carotid artery

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    Cloud, G.C.; Markus, H.S. [Division of Clinical Neuroscience, St George' s Hospital Medical School, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE (United Kingdom); Rich, P.M. [Department of Neuroradiology, Atkinson Morley' s Hospital, Copse Hill, London SW20 0NE (United Kingdom)

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    Cerebral mycotic or infective aneurysms are a rare complication of infectious illness, and such aneurysms of the intracavernous portion of the internal carotid artery are rare. They have been described as a consequence of cavernous sinus infection in an immunocompromised host, but not previously in a renal transplant recipient. We present such a case with serial MRI showing progression from arterial narrowing to aneurysm formation. Transcranial Doppler sonography of the middle cerebral artery showed distal asymptomatic embolisation from the aneurysm. (orig.)

  1. Selective inferior petrosal sinus sampling without venous outflow diversion in the detection of a pituitary adenoma in Cushing's syndrome

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    Andereggen, Lukas [Bern University Hospital, University Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, Bern (Switzerland); Bern University Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Bern (Switzerland); Schroth, Gerhard; Gralla, Jan; Ozdoba, Christoph [Bern University Hospital, University Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, Bern (Switzerland); Seiler, Rolf; Mariani, Luigi; Beck, Juergen; Widmer, Hans-Rudolf; Andres, Robert H. [Bern University Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Bern (Switzerland); Christ, Emanuel [Bern University Hospital, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Nutrition, Bern (Switzerland)

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    Conventional MRI may still be an inaccurate method for the non-invasive detection of a microadenoma in adrenocorticotropin (ACTH)-dependent Cushing's syndrome (CS). Bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS) with ovine corticotropin-releasing hormone (oCRH) stimulation is an invasive, but accurate, intervention in the diagnostic armamentarium surrounding CS. Until now, there is a continuous controversial debate regarding lateralization data in detecting a microadenoma. Using BIPSS, we evaluated whether a highly selective placement of microcatheters without diversion of venous outflow might improve detection of pituitary microadenoma. We performed BIPSS in 23 patients that met clinical and biochemical criteria of CS and with equivocal MRI findings. For BIPSS, the femoral veins were catheterized bilaterally with a 6-F catheter and the inferior petrosal sinus bilaterally with a 2.7-F microcatheter. A third catheter was placed in the right femoral vein. Blood samples were collected from each catheter to determine ACTH blood concentration before and after oCRH stimulation. In 21 patients, a central-to-peripheral ACTH gradient was found and the affected side determined. In 18 of 20 patients where transsphenoidal partial hypophysectomy was performed based on BIPSS findings, microadenoma was histologically confirmed. BIPSS had a sensitivity of 94% and a specificity of 67% after oCRH stimulation in detecting a microadenoma. Correct localization of the adenoma was achieved in all Cushing's disease patients. BIPSS remains the gold standard in the detection of a microadenoma in CS. Our findings show that the selective placement of microcatheters without venous outflow diversion might further enhance better recognition to localize the pituitary tumor. (orig.)

  2. The huge ATLAS cavern now fully excavated

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    Excavation of the ATLAS cavern is now complete! At the end of two years' work involving a tremendous technical challenge, the civil engineering contractors have succeeded in digging out one of the biggest experimental caverns in the world. Bravo!

  3. ATLAS Cavern - Sainte-Barbe evening

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    The December at cavern of ATLAS was full of surprises, while during the iron mounting and concrete work the cavern got its new purpose for being the restaurant under little while -Live music and happy people.

  4. Plain Language Summary: Adult Sinusitis (Sinus Infection).

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    Caspersen, Leslie A; Walter, Lindsey M; Walsh, Sandra A; Rosenfeld, Richard M; Piccirillo, Jay F

    2015-08-01

    This plain language summary serves as an overview in explaining sinusitis (pronounced sign-you-side-tis). The purpose of this plain language summary is to provide patients with standard language explaining their condition in an easy-to-read format. This summary applies to those 18 years of age or older with sinusitis. The summary is featured as an FAQ (frequently asked question) format. The summary addresses how to manage and treat sinusitis symptoms. Adult sinusitis is often called a sinus infection. A healthcare provider may refer to a sinus infection as rhinosinusitis (pronounced rhi-no-sign-you-side-tis). This includes the nose as well as the sinuses in the name. A sinus infection is the swelling of the sinuses and nasal cavity.The summary is based on the published 2015 "Clinical Practice Guideline: Adult Sinusitis." The evidence-based guideline includes research to support more effective diagnosis and treatment of adult sinus infections. The guideline was developed as a quality improvement opportunity for managing sinus infections by creating clear recommendations to use in medical practice. © American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation 2015.

  5. Brown Syndrome

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    ... extraction) have also been linked to acquired Brown syndrome. Inflammation of the tendon-trochlea complex (from adult and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and sinusitis) can be ... syndrome hereditary? Hereditary cases of Brown syndrome are rare. ...

  6. MRI of intramedullary cavernous haemangiomas

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    Turjman, F. [Service de Radiologie, Hopital Neurologique, 69 Lyon (France); Joly, D. [Service de Neuroradiologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Bicetre, 94 Le Kremlin Bicetre (France); Monnet, O. [Service de Neuroradiologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Bicetre, 94 Le Kremlin Bicetre (France); Faure, C. [Service de Radiologie, Hopital Neurologique, 69 Lyon (France); Doyon, D. [Service de Neuroradiologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Bicetre, 94 Le Kremlin Bicetre (France); Froment, J.C. [Service de Radiologie, Hopital Neurologique, 69 Lyon (France)

    1995-05-01

    We reviewed 11 cases of intramedullary cavernous haemangiomas (IMCH) studied by MRI, to assess its diagnostic value in these lesions. Follow-up MRI was obtained in five patients 7 days-2 years following the initial study. In one case a postoperative examination was obtained. The diagnosis was pathologically proven in ten cases, and supported in the last by a family and personal history of cavernous haemangiomas. A reticulate appearance with areas of mixed signal intensity in both T1- and T2-weighted images was the most common finding. Homogeneous high, low or intermediate signal intensity was each found in one case. Two small lesions gave low signal. A rim of low signal was less common than in cerebral cavernous haemangiomas. In one case, the brain showed more than 20 lesions with the MRI appearances of cavernous haemangiomas. In two of five patients, serial preoperative MRI showed progressive disappearance of high-signal areas on both T1- and T2-weighted images. To find a haemorrhagic intramedullary lesion on MRI is not rare. Although the appearances are not pathognomonic, an IMCH can be suggested. We suggest that the following characteristics may help: (1) a personal and/or family history of cavernous haemangiomas; (2) typical MRI appearances of mixed acute, subacute and chronic haemorrhage; (3) a tendency for signal intensity to decrease on follow-up; (4) normal spinal angiography; and (5) associated brain lesions. (orig.)

  7. Improvement of psychiatric symptoms in youth following resolution of sinusitis.

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    Mahony, Talia; Sidell, Douglas; Gans, Hayley; Brown, Kayla; Farhadian, Bahare; Gustafson, Melissa; Sherr, Janell; Thienemann, Margo; Frankovich, Jennifer

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    Accumulating evidence supports a role for inflammation in psychiatric illness, and the onset or exacerbation of psychiatric symptoms may follow non-CNS infections. Here, we provide the first detailed description of obsessive-compulsive and related psychiatric symptoms arising concurrently with sinusitis. We reviewed the charts of 150 consecutive patients evaluated in our Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes clinic for documented sinusitis as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. Sinusitis treatments, sinonasal imaging, and neuropsychiatric symptoms before, during, and after sinusitis onset were noted. Patients were included in the final review if they had a clear diagnosis of isolated sinusitis (without concurrent illness and/or immunodeficiency), and were evaluated during an episode of sinusitis. 10/150 (6.6%) patients had isolated sinusitis at the time of their neuropsychiatric deterioration. Eight patients received antibiotics to treat sinusitis, three of whom also received sinus surgery. Neuropsychiatric symptoms improved in all eight patients concurrent with resolution of sinusitis per parent report and clinician assessment. One patient did not follow through with recommended sinus surgery or antibiotics and her psychiatric symptoms persisted. One patient was lost to follow-up. Improvement of psychiatric symptoms correlated with resolution of sinus disease in this retrospective study. Identification, treatment, and resolution of underlying infections, including sinusitis, may have the potential to change the trajectory of some neuropsychiatric illnesses. Randomized clinical trials are needed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Sinusitis (For Parents)

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    ... Special Needs Factsheet School Violence and the News Sinusitis KidsHealth > For Parents > Sinusitis Print A A A What's in this article? Causes Symptoms Prevention Treatment en español Sinusitis Sinuses are moist air spaces within the bones ...

  9. Allergic Fungal Sinusitis

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    Correll, Daniel P.; Luzi, Scott A.; Nelson, Brenda L.

    2014-01-01

    A 42 year old male presents with worsening pain and an increase in thick chronic drainage of the left sinus. Image studies show complete opacification of the left frontal sinus, left sphenoid sinus, and the left maxillary sinus. The patient was taken to the operating room and tissue for microscopic evaluation was obtained. The microscopic findings were classic for allergic fungal sinusitis: areas of alternating mucinous material and inflammatory cell debris and abundant Charcot–Leyden crystal...

  10. Tolosa-Hunt syndrome. A CT demonstration of a high-density lesion

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    Hirata, Kazuhiro; Muramoto, Masato; Chiba, Yasuhiro; Yagishita, Saburo

    1987-08-01

    CT scan studies of the Tolosa-Hunt syndrome have seldom been reported; positive abnormal findings are especially rare. A 36-year-old man suffered from steady, boring pain behind the left eye for one year. On admission he complained of diplopia on the right lateral gaze and hypesthesea of the first and second divisions of the left trigeminal nerve. A CT scan demonstrated a slightly high-density lesion, which was homogeneously enhanced, in the left cavernous portion and the superior orbital fissure. Carotid angiograms demonstrated no abnormal finding, and the cavernous sinus venography revealed no filling of the left cavernous sinus. A left front-temporal craniotomy was performed for the purpose of biopsy. A histological examination revealed non-specific focal granulomatous pachymeningitis. He responded dramatically to systemic steroid therapy, and he became pain-free by the fourth post-operative day. This diagnosis of the Tolosa-Hunt syndrome was confirmed both clinically and etiologically; however, the CT scan after the treatment demonstrated no definitive change in the lesion. The CT scan is useful for the diagnosis of this syndrome. Considering the stage of the illness, it is possible that the high-resolution CT scan can demonstrate this lesion with an advanced technique. The clinical diagnosis is almost easy, and surgical exploration is not always necessary if there is a prompt remission upon systemic steroid therapy. However, this syndrome should be differentiated from the other causes by appropriate examinations. Some cases similar to ours, especially suspected tumors, need surgical exploration because these angiographic findings are not specific.

  11. Epidemiology and definition of inappropriate sinus tachycardia.

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    Pellegrini, Cara N; Scheinman, Melvin M

    2016-06-01

    Inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST) is a clinical syndrome lacking formal diagnostic criteria. It is generally defined as an elevated resting heart rate (HR; >90-100 bpm) with an exaggerated response to physical or emotional stress and a clearly sinus mechanism. Clinical manifestations are broad from a complete lack of symptoms to incapacitating incessant tachycardia. Now understood to be relatively prevalent, it is observed to have a generally benign prognosis, though symptoms may persist for years. Whether IST is a single discrete entity or a heterogeneous condition with overlap to other syndromes such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome remains a matter of debate.

  12. Constructing the ATLAS experimental cavern

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    2001-01-01

    The huge cavern that will house the ATLAS experiment on the LHC at CERN is seen in these images during construction. The site, located 100 m underground near the France-Swiss border, has one of the longest underground spans ever built at 35 m. The 1380 square metre cavern that will hold the 46X25X25 cubic metre detector (the largest of its type in the world) requires its ceiling to be held by ground anchors installed from galleries excavated laterally from the access shafts.

  13. Self-controllable prodromal symptoms of syncope attributed to carotid sinus syndrome during the end stage of cancer: a case report.

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    Hasuo, Hideaki; Kanbara, Kenji; Sakuma, Hiroko; Matsumori, Rie; Fukunaga, Mikihiko

    2016-01-01

    Carotid sinus syndrome (CSS) can cause prodromal symptoms of syncope such as dizziness and nausea. Patients with end-stage cancer lose self-efficacy associated with reduced activities of daily life (ADL). Herein, we report a case of end-stage cancer in which self-efficacy was enhanced as the patient gained self-control of prodromal symptoms of syncope. A 70-year-old patient with end-stage esophageal cancer and enlarged supraclavicular lymph nodes developed CSS. The CSS was a mixed type with both bradycardia and decreased blood pressure, accompanied by prodromal symptoms prior to syncope episodes. The patient incidentally discovered that he could decrease the duration of symptoms by contracting the muscles in his hands and legs. By applying this coping method at the onset of prodromal symptoms, he was also able to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms, which resulted in enhanced self-efficacy. As a result, the frequency of prodromal symptoms also decreased even though ADL improved. This patient was diagnosed with vasoinhibitory-predominant mixed-type CSS. The coping method the patient developed seemed to avoid the onset of abrupt blood pressure decrease via peripheral vascular constriction action. Achievement of adequate coping such as self-control of prodromal symptoms enabled our patient to improve his self-efficacy even at the end stages of cancer. This case of enhanced self-efficacy could possibly illustrate a placebo effect for prevention of recurrence.

  14. The influence of permanent cardiac pacing on plasma levels of B-type natriuretic peptide in patients with sick sinus syndrome.

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    Sadowski, Marcin; Wozakowska-Kapłon, Beata

    2008-01-01

    Unequivocal data presenting the impact of different pacing modes on B-type natriuretic peptide levels has never been published. The aim of the study was to assess changes of plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) during permanent cardiac pacing in patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS). Patients with SSS undergoing routine pacemaker implantation were enrolled. Each subject underwent medical history and examination, echocardiography and blood sampling. Analysis was performed on 12 females (42.9%) and 16 males (57.1%), mean age 71.3 +/- 9.03 years, range 49-90 years. There were 11 pacemakers with AAIR pacing mode (39.3%; AAI group) and 17 with DDDR mode (60.7%; DDD group) implanted. There were no significant differences in age, concomitant diseases or echocardiographic parameters between the groups in baseline characteristics or plasma BNP levels (94.05 +/- 54.1 vs. 73.57 +/- 70.13 pg/mL; p > 0.2). During six months follow-up no significant changes in plasma BNP levels in AAI group (94.05 +/- 54.1 vs. 94.05 +/- 54.1 pg/mL; p > 0.5) as well as in DDD group (73.57 +/- 70.1 vs. 82.39 +/- 58.9 pg/mL; p > 0.5) were noticed. Atrial (AAIR) and dual chamber (DDDR) pacing did not influence plasma BNP levels in patients with SSS and preserved left ventricular systolic function.

  15. Rate adaptive pacing in sick sinus syndrome: effects of pacing modes and intrinsic conduction on physiological responses, arrhythmias, symptomatology and quality of life.

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    Lau, C P; Tai, Y T; Leung, W H; Wong, C K; Lee, P; Chung, F L

    1994-11-01

    An atrial-based pacing mode is superior to ventricular constant rate demand pacing (VVI) mode in patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) by providing both rate adaptation and atrioventricular (AV) synchrony. The use of a non-atrial sensor to overcome chronotropic incompetence and preserve normal intrinsic AV conduction in pacemaker therapy for SSS was investigated in 15 consecutive patients (mean age 66 +/- 2 years). All had intact AV conduction (antegrade conduction capacity > 100 beats.min-1 and an atrial paced to intrinsic R interval of AAIR), dual chamber rate adaptive (DDDR) and ventricular rate adaptive (VVIR) modes were used. Beginning with an acute study, arterial pressure was invasively assessed in each pacing mode during physiological stresses and low level exercise. In the ambulatory phase, the incidence of ventricular pacing and arrhythmias (Holter recording), diurnal blood pressure changes (ambulatory blood pressure recording), and symptom and quality of life level (questionnaires and interviews) were compared. Despite similar heart rate changes during acute physiological stresses, a higher blood pressure was recorded during AAIR or DDDR pacing compared with VVIR pacing. Systolic blood pressure over 24 h was lower in the VVIR mode (122 +/- 5 mmHg) than AAIR/DDDR pacing (129 +/- 6/128 +/- 6 mmHg, P AAIR/DDDR pacing may achieve similar haemodynamic and clinical status, in patients with intact AV conduction, AAIR pacing may be preferable by avoiding an abnormal ventricular activation pattern.

  16. Short-term heart rate variability in dogs with sick sinus syndrome or chronic mitral valve disease as compared to healthy controls.

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    Bogucki, Sz; Noszczyk-Nowak, A

    2017-03-28

    Heart rate variability is an established risk factor for mortality in both healthy dogs and animals with heart failure. The aim of this study was to compare short-term heart rate variability (ST-HRV) parameters from 60-min electrocardiograms in dogs with sick sinus syndrome (SSS, n=20) or chronic mitral valve disease (CMVD, n=20) and healthy controls (n=50), and to verify the clinical application of ST-HRV analysis. The study groups differed significantly in terms of both time - and frequency- domain ST-HRV parameters. In the case of dogs with SSS and healthy controls, particularly evident differences pertained to HRV parameters linked directly to the variability of R-R intervals. Lower values of standard deviation of all R-R intervals (SDNN), standard deviation of the averaged R-R intervals for all 5-min segments (SDANN), mean of the standard deviations of all R-R intervals for all 5-min segments (SDNNI) and percentage of successive R-R intervals >50 ms (pNN50) corresponded to a decrease in parasympathetic regulation of heart rate in dogs with CMVD. These findings imply that ST-HRV may be useful for the identification of dogs with SSS and for detection of dysautonomia in animals with CMVD.

  17. Fulminant superior ophthalimic vein and cavermous sinus thrombophlebitis with intracranial extensions: A case report

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    Hwang, Ji Sun; Hong, Hyun Sook; Park, Ji Sang; Lee, A Leum; Choo, Eun Ju; Chang, Kee Hyun [Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-06-15

    Cavernous sinus thrombophlebitis (CST) is a rare and life-threatening disease without prompt diagnosis and treatment. Two cases of fulminant superior ophthalmic vein (SOV) and CST caused by maxillary periodontitis and sphenoid sinusitis are described. A 65-year-old woman presented with right proptosis, headache, and fever. A 74-year-old woman presented with left periorbital swelling. In both patients, MRI with gadolinium showed expansion of the bilateral cavernous sinus and diffuse dilatation of the SOV with non-enhancement of central thrombus, which indicated CST. The condition was complicated by brain abscess, meningitis, and ischemic stroke. These conditions were improved by antibiotic treatment, but one patient underwent exenteration of the orbit due to orbital rupture during hospitalization.

  18. Digging the CMS experimental cavern

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    Laurent Guiraud

    2001-01-01

    The huge CMS experimental cavern is located 100 m underground and has two access shafts through which the experiment's components will be lowered. Initially assembled on the surface, each part of the 12 500 tonne machine must be lowered individually with very little clearance.

  19. THREE-DIMENSIONAL ASSESSMENT OF THE PHARYNGEAL AIRWAY AND MAXILLARY SINUS VOLUMES IN INDIVIDUALS WITH NON-SYNDROMIC CLEFT LIP AND PALATE

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Children with cleft lip and palate (CLP are known to have airway problems. Introduction of ConeBeam CT (CBCT and imaging software has facilitated generation of 3D images for assessing the volume of maxillary sinuses and pharyngeal airway. Consequently, the present study aimed at evaluating and comparing the maxillary sinus and pharyngeal airway volume of patients with cleft lip and palate in healthy patients, using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT images. Materials and method: The sample group included 27 individuals (15 with cleft lip and palate subjects and 12 healthy subjects. The pharyngeal airway and each maxillary sinus were three-dimensionally assessed, segmented and their volume was calculated. A comparison between the right and left sinus was performed by Student t-test, and the differences between the control and cleft groups were calculated using ANOVA. Results: No statistically significant differences were found when the maxillary sinuses volumes from each side were compared (p >0.05. The unilateral CLP patients presented the lowest sinus volume. Individuals with CLP did not exhibit a total airway volume smaller than the nonCLP controls. Conclusions: 3D imaging using CBCT and Romexis software is reliable for assessing maxillary sinus and pharyngeal airway volume. The present study showed that the pharyngeal airway is not compromised in CLP individuals. The unilateral CLP individuals present maxillary sinuses with smaller volumes, no differences being recorded between the cleft and non-cleft side.

  20. Tolosa-Hunt syndrome - diagnostic problem of painful ophthalmoplegia

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    Paović Jelena

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Tolosa-Hunt syndrome (THS is an uncommon disease caused by non-specific inflammation of the cavernous sinus, superior orbital fissure and the apex of the orbit. The disease is characterized by periorbital pain, paresis of the bulbomotor and quick response to steroid treatment. The orbital process may lead to optic nerve atrophy. According to the International Headache Society Classification of 2004, the diagnostic protocol includes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and biopsy. Case reports. We presented 46-year old male patient, with THS. The patient had unilateral periorbital pain, inflammatory process in the cavernous sinus, the apex of the orbit and the paranasal sinuses. Inflammatory process had spread into the fascia of the bulbomotor and performed compression to the optic nerve, causing paresis of the bulbomotor, protrusion of the eyeball and atrophy of the optic nerve. Pulse doses of corticosteroids were effective. Regarding the presented patient, diagnostic dilemmas arose from nonspecific sinusitis. The initial ophthalmological diagnosis, based on periorbital pain, drop in visual acuity and the narrow chamber angle was angular glaucoma, which resulted in a delayed diagnosis of THS and the beginning of the treatment. MRI and positive response to the treatment with corticosteroids were relevant for making the diagnosis. Conclusion. According to the International Headache Society Classification of 2004, THS is an entity that occurs rarely, its etiopathogenesis is unknown, it is manifested clinically by unilateral orbital pain associated with simple or multiple oculomotor paralyses, which resolves spontaneously but may recur. MRI orbital phlebography and biopsy are the recommended methods for making diagniosis. In our patient MRI findings and positive response to the corticosteroide treatment were relevant for making the diagnosis.

  1. New public information resources on salt caverns.

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    Tomasko, D.; Veil, J. A.

    1999-08-25

    For the past decade, interest has been growing in using underground salt caverns for disposing of wastes. The Railroad Commission of Texas has permitted a few caverns for disposal of nonhazardous oil field waste (NOW) and one cavern for disposal of naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) from oil field activities. Several salt caverns in Canada have also been permitted for disposal of NOW. In addition, oil and gas agencies in Louisiana and New Mexico are developing cavern disposal regulations. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has funded several studies to evaluate the technical feasibility, legality, economic viability, and risk of disposing of NOW and NORM in caverns. The results of these studies have been disseminated to the scientific and regulatory communities. However, as use of caverns for waste disposal increases, more government and industry representatives and members of the public will become aware of this practice and will need adequate information about how disposal caverns operate and the risks they pose. In anticipation of this need, DOE has fi.mded Argonne National Laboratory to develop a salt cavern public outreach program. Key components of this program are an informational brochure designed for nontechnical persons and a website that provides greater detail on cavern operations and allows downloadable access to the reports on the topic funded by DOE. This paper provides an overview of the public outreach program.

  2. New public information resources on salt caverns.

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    Tomasko, D.; Veil, J. A.

    1999-08-25

    For the past decade, interest has been growing in using underground salt caverns for disposing of wastes. The Railroad Commission of Texas has permitted a few caverns for disposal of nonhazardous oil field waste (NOW) and one cavern for disposal of naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) from oil field activities. Several salt caverns in Canada have also been permitted for disposal of NOW. In addition, oil and gas agencies in Louisiana and New Mexico are developing cavern disposal regulations. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has funded several studies to evaluate the technical feasibility, legality, economic viability, and risk of disposing of NOW and NORM in caverns. The results of these studies have been disseminated to the scientific and regulatory communities. However, as use of caverns for waste disposal increases, more government and industry representatives and members of the public will become aware of this practice and will need adequate information about how disposal caverns operate and the risks they pose. In anticipation of this need, DOE has funded Argonne National Laboratory to develop a salt cavern public outreach program. Key components of this program are an informational brochure designed for nontechnical persons and a website that provides greater detail on cavern operations and allows downloadable access to the reports on the topic funded by DOE. This paper provides an overview of the public outreach program.

  3. Diffuse Cavernous Hemangioma of the Colon.

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    Mirioglu, S; Cavus, B; Iliaz, R; Besisik, F

    2016-01-01

    A 70-year-old man was admitted to our clinic with a history of rectal bleeding and constipation, his colonoscopy revealed varicosities and bluish nodular lesions of the rectum (Figure 1). Abdominal CT showed multiple nodular lesions beginning from the distal descending colon and extending to the rectum, calcifications suggesting phleboliths were also seen in these lesions. A contrast enhanced pelvic MRI demonstrated multiple tubular lesions showing hyperintensity on T2-weighted images and hypointensity on T1-weighted images, consistent with the affected areas on the CT scan (Figure 2). It was a diffuse cavernous hemangioma, which mostly affects the rectosigmoid colon in the gastrointestinal tract, and can clinically mimic internal hemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis or cancer (1). Gastrointestinal hemangioma is a rare benign vascular neoplasm, and might be associated with a congenital disorder like Osler-Weber-Rendu disease, Maffucci's syndrome, Klippel-Trénaunay syndrome, or the congenital blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome (2). Even though there are different medical treatment options targeting VEGF and FGF-mediated pathways such as bevacizumab and thalidomide, and endoscopic approaches like sclerotherapy and electrocautery; complete resection of the hemangioma is the only curative treatment method (1, 3). Therefore, the patient was referred to department of surgery for a definitive treatment, and lost to follow-up.

  4. Transvenous embolization of cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistula via angiographic occlusive inferior petrous sinus

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    Chao-Bao Luo

    2015-09-01

    Conclusion: Angiographic occlusive IPS of CSDAVF may be related to true occlusion of IPS or patent IPS with compartment of the IPS-CS. There is no statistically significant difference in procedural times for these two different fistula anatomies. Transvenous embolization via angiographic occlusive IPS is a safe and effective method to manage CSDAVFs.

  5. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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  6. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... are the limitations of CT of the Sinuses? What is CT (Computed Tomography) of the Sinuses? Computed ... nasal cavity by small openings. top of page What are some common uses of the procedure? CT ...

  7. [Maxillary sinus hypoplasia].

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    Plaza, G; Ferrando, J; Martel, J; Toledano, A; de los Santos, G

    2001-03-01

    Maxillary sinus hypoplasia is rare, with an estimated prevalence of 1-5%. Out of the CT scans performed in sinusal patients between March 1998 and June 1999, we report on 4 isolated maxillary sinus hypoplasia, 4 maxillary sinus hypoplasia associated to concha bullosa, and 10 isolated conchae bullosas. All cases were evaluated by nasosinusal endoscopy and CT scan. Size, location and uni/bilateral presentation of concha bullosa is correlated to maxillary sinus hypoplasia presence, specially with regards to uncinate process presence, medial or lateral retraction. The pathogenesis of maxillary sinus hypoplasia is reviewed, and its relation to concha bullosa, evaluating how this could explain some cases of the so called chronic maxillary sinus atelectasia, as an acquired and progressive variant of maxillary sinus hypoplasia in adults.

  8. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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  9. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... determining if the sinuses are obstructed and the best imaging modality for sinusitis. Tell your doctor if ... over time. Follow-up examinations are sometimes the best way to see if treatment is working or ...

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    Full Text Available ... view of the body's interior. Refinements in detector technology allow nearly all CT scanners to obtain multiple ... modality for sinusitis. CT of the sinuses is now widely available and is performed in a relatively ...

  12. Reinforcement of the concrete base slab of the ATLAS cavern

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    2002-01-01

    Photo 02: UX15 cavern, preparation for concreting of base slab first lift. Photo 05: UX15 cavern, placing of reinforcement for base slab first lift. Photo 07: UX15 cavern, preparation for concreting of base slab first lift. Photo 09: UX15 cavern, placing of reinforcement for base slab first lift. Photo 10: UX15 cavern, view into PX14 shaft above. Photo 12: UX15 cavern, temporary access platform of RB16 tunnel. Photo 15: UJ17 chamber, invert excavation.

  13. A case of cauda equina cavernous angioma coexisting with multiple cerebral cavernous angiomas.

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    Takeshima, Yasuhiro; Marutani, Akiko; Tamura, Kentaro; Park, Young-Su; Nakase, Hiroyuki

    2014-08-01

    The simultaneous presence of cavernous angiomas in both the brain and spinal cord is a very rare finding, as is the location of a cavernous angioma in the cauda equina. We reported a unique case of coexisting with multiple cerebral cavernous angiomas in the brain and cauda equina.

  14. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... Videos About Us News Physician Resources Professions Site Index A-Z Computed Tomography (CT) - Sinuses Computed tomography (CT) of the sinuses uses special x-ray equipment to evaluate the paranasal sinus cavities – hollow, air-filled spaces within the bones of ...

  16. Civil engineering in the ATLAS cavern

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    Laurent Guiraud

    2000-01-01

    Work continues in the cathedral-like cavern that will soon contain ATLAS, the largest particle detector of its type in the world. For such a huge detector, an equally giant cavern must be excavated 100 m underground. The roof must be held without any normal rests at the base; instead it will be supported by huge anchors embedded in concrete that will stop the roof from caving in, located in galleries above the cavern.

  17. Clinical experience with Thera DR rate-drop response pacing algorithm in carotid sinus syndrome and vasovagal syncope. The International Rate-Drop Investigators Group.

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    Benditt, D G; Sutton, R; Gammage, M D; Markowitz, T; Gorski, J; Nygaard, G A; Fetter, J

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    This study examined the effectiveness of cardiac pacing using the Thera DR rate-drop response algorithm for prevention of recurrent symptoms in patients with carotid sinus syndrome (CSS) or vasovagal syncope. The algorithm comprises both diagnostic and treatment elements. The diagnostic element consists of a programmable "window" used to identify heart rate changes compatible with an evolving neurally mediated syncopal episode. The treatment arm consists of pacing at a selectable rate and for a programmable duration. Forty-three patients (mean age 53 +/- 20.4 years) with CSS alone (n = 8), CSS in conjunction with vasovagal syncope (n = 4), or vasovagal syncope alone (n = 31) were included. Thirty-nine had recurrent syncope, while the remaining four reported multiple presyncopal events. Prior to pacing, 40 +/- 152 syncopal episodes (range from 1 to approximately 1,000 syncopal events) over the preceding 56 +/- 84.5 months. Postpacing follow-up duration was 204 +/- 172 days. Three patients have been lost to follow-up and in one patient the algorithm was disabled. Among the remaining 39 individuals, 31 (80%) indicated absence or diminished frequency of symptoms, or less severe symptoms. Twenty-three patients (23/29, or 59%) were asymptomatic with respect to syncope or presyncope. Sixteen patients had symptom recurrences. Of these, seven experienced syncope (7/39, or 18%) and 9 (29%) had presyncope: the majority of patients with recurrences (6/7 syncope and 7/9 presyncope) were individuals with a history of vasovagal syncope. Consequently, although symptoms were observed during postpacing follow-up, they appeared to be of reduced frequency and severity. Thus, our findings suggest that a transient period of high rate pacing triggered by the Thera DR rate-drop response algorithm was beneficial in a large proportion of highly symptomatic patients with CSS or vasovagal syncope.

  18. Heart failure in patients with sick sinus syndrome treated with single lead atrial or dual-chamber pacing: no association with pacing mode or right ventricular pacing site.

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    Riahi, Sam; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Hjortshøj, Søren; Thomsen, Poul Erik B; Højberg, Søren; Møller, Mogens; Dalsgaard, Dorthe; Nielsen, Tonny; Asklund, Mogens; Friis, Elsebeth V; Christensen, Per D; Simonsen, Erik H; Eriksen, Ulrik H; Jensen, Gunnar V H; Svendsen, Jesper H; Toff, William D; Healey, Jeffrey S; Andersen, Henning R

    2012-10-01

    Previous studies indicate that ventricular pacing may precipitate heart failure (HF). We investigated occurrence of HF during long-term follow-up among patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) randomized to AAIR or DDDR pacing. Furthermore, we investigated effects of percentage of ventricular pacing (%VP) and pacing site in the ventricle. We analysed data from 1415 patients randomized to AAIR (n = 707) or DDDR pacing (n = 708). Ventricular pacing leads were recorded as located in either an apical or a non-apical position. The %VP and HF hospitalizations were recorded during follow-up. Patients were classified with new HF, if in New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class IV or if presence of ≥2 of: oedema; dyspnoea; NYHA functional class III. Mean follow-up was 5.4 ± 2.4 years. Heart failure hospitalizations did not differ between groups. In the AAIR group, 170 of the 707 (26%) patients developed HF vs. 169 of the 708 (26%) patients in the DDDR group, hazard rate ratio (HR) 1.00, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.79-1.22, P = 0.87. In DDDR patients, 146 of the 512 patients (29%) with ventricular leads in an apical position developed HF vs. 28 of the 161 patients (17%) with the leads in a non-apical position, HR 0.67, CI 0.45-1.00, P = 0.05. After adjustments this difference was non-significant. The incidence of HF was not associated with %VP (P = 0.57). In patients with SSS, HF was not associated with pacing mode, %VP, or ventricular lead localization. This suggests that DDDR pacing is safe in patients with SSS without precipitating HF.

  19. A randomized comparison of atrial and dual-chamber pacing in 177 consecutive patients with sick sinus syndrome: echocardiographic and clinical outcome.

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    Nielsen, Jens C; Kristensen, Lene; Andersen, Henning R; Mortensen, Peter T; Pedersen, Ole L; Pedersen, Anders K

    2003-08-20

    A randomized trial was done to compare single-chamber atrial (AAI) and dual-chamber (DDD) pacing in patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS). Primary end points were changes in left atrial (LA) size and left ventricular (LV) size and function as measured by M-mode echocardiography. In patients with SSS and normal atrioventricular conduction, it is still not clear whether the optimal pacing mode is AAI or DDD pacing. A total of 177 consecutive patients (mean age 74 +/- 9 years, 73 men) were randomized to treatment with one of three rate-adaptive (R) pacemakers: AAIR (n = 54), DDDR with a short atrioventricular delay (n = 60) (DDDR-s), or DDDR with a fixed long atrioventricular delay (n = 63) (DDDR-l). Before pacemaker implantation and at each follow-up, M-mode echocardiography was done to measure LA and LV diameters. Left ventricular fractional shortening (LVFS) was calculated. Analysis was on an intention-to-treat basis. Mean follow-up was 2.9 +/- 1.1 years. In the AAIR group, no significant changes were observed in LA or LV diameters or LVFS from baseline to last follow-up. In both DDDR groups, LA diameter increased significantly (p AAIR group, 7.4% versus 23.3% in the DDDR-s group versus 17.5% in the DDDR-l group (p = 0.03, log-rank test). Mortality, thromboembolism, and congestive heart failure did not differ between groups. During a mean follow-up of 2.9 +/- 1.1 years, DDDR pacing causes increased LA diameter, and DDDR pacing with a short atrioventricular delay also causes decreased LVFS. No changes occur in LA or LV diameters or LVFS during AAIR pacing. Atrial fibrillation is significantly less common during AAIR pacing.

  20. Single lead atrial vs. dual chamber pacing in sick sinus syndrome: extended register-based follow-up in the DANPACE trial.

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    Brandt, Niels H; Kirkfeldt, Rikke Esberg; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Mortensen, Leif Spange; Jensen, Gunnar Vagn Hagemann; Johansen, Jens Brock; Haugan, Ketil

    2017-12-01

    The DANPACE trial randomized patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) to single lead atrial (AAIR) or dual chamber (DDDR) pacemaker (PM). After 5 years follow-up, no difference in overall survival, stroke or heart failure (HF) was observed, whereas risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) and PM reoperation were increased in the AAIR group. The present study aimed to investigate very long term risk of death, AF hospitalization, stroke, HF and rate of change in pacing mode using national register-based data. The study population consisted of all 1384 patients included at Danish PM centres in the DANPACE trial randomized to AAIR (n = 696) or DDDR (n = 688). Long-term follow-up data was obtained from Danish national registers. Analysis was intention-to-treat. results: During mean follow-up of 8.9 years, 413 patients (59.3%) died in the AAIR-group compared to 367 (53.3%) in the DDDR-group (adjusted hazard ratio 1.03; 95% confidence interval 0.90-1.19; P = 0.65). We observed no difference in risk of AF hospitalization, stroke or HF. During extended follow-up, annual rate of pacing mode change to DDDR in the AAIR group was 4.5%, and higher than the 2.3% observed during trial conduct. This register-based long-term follow-up study indicates that there is no difference in mortality among patients with SSS randomized to AAIR or DDDR pacing, even with very long follow-up. Nor is there any difference in risk of AF hospitalization, stroke or HF. The higher rate of pacing mode-change to DDDR in the AAIR group suggests a different management of patients with an AAIR PM after the DANPACE trial.

  1. The tissue velocity imaging and strain rate imaging in the assessment of interatrial electromechanical conduction in patients with sick sinus syndrome before and after pacemaker implantation

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    Xiaozhi Zheng

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Tissue velocity imaging (TVI and strain rate imaging (SRI were recently introduced to quantify myocardial mechanical activity in patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy. To clear whether atrial-demand-based (AAI (R atrial pacing can fully simulate the electromechanical conduction of physiological state and to clarify which one is more appropriate for the assessment of electromechanical activity of the heart between TVI and SRI, 30 normal subjects and 31 patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS before and after AAI(R pacemaker implantation (PI were investigated in this study. The results showed that the time intervals (ms, P-SRa assessed by SRI (not P-Va assessed by TVI prolonged step by step from the lateral wall of the right atrium (RA, the interatrial septum (IAS and the left atrium (LA in normal subjects(5.01±0.62, 17.05±3.54 and 45.09±12.26, p<0.01. P-Va and P-SRa did not differ at the RA, IAS and LA in patients with SSS before PI (p>0.05, and they were significant longer than those of normal subjects (p<0.01. However, they shortened to normal levels in patients with SSS after PI and P-SRa showed again the trend of gradually prolonging from the RA, IAS to LA. At the same time, the peak velocities and the peak strain rates during atrial contraction also returned to normal values from lower levels. These data suggested that AAI(R atrial pacing can successfully reverse the abnormal interatrial electromechanical conduction in patients with SSS, and SRI is more appropriate for the assessment of the electromechanical activity of atrial wall than TVI.

  2. The natural history of intracranial cavernous malformations

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    Gross, Bradley A; Lin, Ning; Du, Rose; Day, Arthur L

    2011-01-01

    Literature reports on the natural history of cerebral cavernous malformations (CMs) are numerous, with considerable variability in lesion epidemiology, hemorrhage rates, and risk factors for hemorrhage...

  3. Acute pericarditis presenting with sinus bradycardia : A case report

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    Gosselink, ATM; vandenBerg, MP; Crijns, HJGM

    1997-01-01

    Acute pericarditis is almost invariably associated with sinus tachycardia. Recent-onset chest pain in the presence of (sinus) bradycardia is considered to be associated with an acute ischemic syndrome rather than acute pericarditis. This report describes a patient with acute pericarditis initially

  4. EVOKED CAVERNOUS ACTIVITY: NEUROANATOMIC IMPLICATIONS

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    Yilmaz, Ugur; Vicars, Brenda; Yang, Claire C.

    2009-01-01

    We investigated the autonomic innervation of the penis by using evoked cavernous activity (ECA). We recruited 7 males with thoracic spinal cord injury (SCI) and sexual dysfunction and 6 males who were scheduled to have pelvic surgery (PS), specifically non-nerve-sparing radical cystoprostatectomy. In the PS subjects, ECA was performed both pre- and postoperatively. The left median nerve was electrically stimulated and ECA was recorded with two concentric electromyography needles placed into t...

  5. Effects of cavern depth on surface subsidence and storage loss of oil-filled caverns

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    Hoffman, E L

    1992-01-01

    Finite element analyses of oil-filled caverns were performed to investigate the effects of cavern depth on surface subsidence and storage loss, a primary performance criteria of SPR caverns. The finite element model used for this study was axisymmetric, approximating an infinite array of caverns spaced at 750 ft. The stratigraphy and cavern size were held constant while the cavern depth was varied between 1500 ft and 3000 ft in 500 ft increments. Thirty year simulations, the design life of the typical SPR cavern, were performed with boundary conditions modeling the oil pressure head applied to the cavern lining. A depth dependent temperature gradient of 0.012{degrees}F/ft was also applied to the model. The calculations were performed using ABAQUS, a general purpose of finite element analysis code. The user-defined subroutine option in ABAQUS was used to enter an elastic secondary creep model which includes temperature dependence. The calculations demonstrated that surface subsidence and storage loss rates increase with increasing depth. At lower depths the difference between the lithostatic stress and the oil pressure is greater. Thus, the effective stresses are greater, resulting in higher creep rates. Furthermore, at greater depths the cavern temperatures are higher which also produce higher creep rates. Together, these factors result in faster closure of the cavern. At the end of the 30 year simulations, a 1500 ft-deep cavern exhibited 4 percent storage loss and 4 ft of subsidence while a 3000 ft-deep cavern exhibited 33 percent storage loss and 44 ft of subsidence. The calculations also demonstrated that surface subsidence is directly related to the amount of storage loss. Deeper caverns exhibit more subsidence because the caverns exhibit more storage loss. However, for a given amount of storage loss, nearly the same magnitude of surface subsidence was exhibited, independent of cavern depth.

  6. Allergic Fungal Sinusitis.

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    Correll, Daniel P; Luzi, Scott A; Nelson, Brenda L

    2015-12-01

    A 42 year old male presents with worsening pain and an increase in thick chronic drainage of the left sinus. Image studies show complete opacification of the left frontal sinus, left sphenoid sinus, and the left maxillary sinus. The patient was taken to the operating room and tissue for microscopic evaluation was obtained. The microscopic findings were classic for allergic fungal sinusitis: areas of alternating mucinous material and inflammatory cell debris and abundant Charcot-Leyden crystals. Cultures were performed and the patient began steroid therapy and desensitization therapy.

  7. [Update on levofloxacin in the management of acute sinusitis with risk of complications].

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    Pessey, Jean-Jacques

    2002-06-15

    THE DIAGNOSIS OF ACUTE BACTERIAL MAXILLARY SINUSITIS: Is based on at least two of three major criteria: sinus pain, unilateral signs, increasingly voluminous and purulent rhinorrhea. Minor criteria can also be retained for diagnosis if they persist for three days. THE NEED FOR ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY: In this diagnostic context is undeniable, similar to the situation after failure of symptomatic treatment or complication. Likewise for unilateral maxillary sinusitis due to homolateral infection of the superior dental archade or for frontal, ethmoidal, or sphemoïdal sinusities. THE MOST FREQUENTLY CAUSAL BACTERIA: Are Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae. For first intention treatment generally relies on beta-lactams (amoxicilin/clavulanic acid, second or third generation cephalosporins); pristinamycin may also be useful. Fluoroquinolones active against pneumococci, e.g. levofloxacin, are reserved for cases of sinusitis with risk of complications and for second line treatment after failure in patients with acute maxillary sinusitis. COMPLICATIONS OF SINUSITIS: Can result from anatomic anomalies or from infectious mechanisms such as metastasis of a locoregional infection: peri-orbital cellulitis, orbital cellulitis, thrombophlebitis of the cavernous sinus, extradural, subdural or intracerebral abscess. Three clinical trials are under way to assess efficacy in the treatment of complicated or high risk sinusitis.

  8. Clinical value of dynamic electrocardiogram in diagnosing sick sinus syndrome in the elderly%诊断老年人病窦综合征的动态心电图应用价值

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    白晓清; 刘璐

    2017-01-01

    Objective To study the value of dynamic electrocardiogram in the diagnosis of sick sinus syndrome (SSS) in the elderly. Methods In March 2016 March - 2017 in March, selected xxx hospital treatment of elderly patients with sick sinus syndrome in 35 cases of the observation group, the control group and then select the normal elderly ECG 35 cases, compared the two groups of patients with dynamic ECG heart rate Dynamic, arrhythmia incidence, dynamic electrocardiogram typing, type. Results The total heart rate and 24h heart rate were lower in the observation group than in the control group, and the highest heart rate and lowest heart rate were lower than those of the control group (χ2 = 22.46). There was no significant difference in the proportion of arrhythmia between the patients in the observation group and the control group. There was no significant dif-ference in the rate of arrhythmia between the patients with simple atrial, ventricular contraction and atrioventricular block, but the observation group of patients with sinus arrest, the proportion of sinoatrial block was significantly higher than the control group. Conclusion The incidence of arrhythmia in elderly patients with morbid sinus node syndrome is significantly higher than that in normal elderly patients. Dynamic electrocardiogram detection has the advantages of simple, fast, noninvasive and repeat-able, and can be used as a priority in the diagnosis of sick sinus syndrome in elderly patients. It is worthy to be popularized in clinical practice.%目的:研究动态心电图检查对于老年人病态窦房结综合征(sick sinus syndrome,SSS)诊断的价值.方法:于2016年3月~2017年3月,选取xxx医院就诊的老年人病态窦房结综合征患者35例为观察组,对照组再选择心电图正常的老年人35例,比较两组患者动态心电图心率动态、心律失常发生率、动态心电图分型、类型.结果:观察组患者的24h总心率和24h平均心率均低于对照组,且测得

  9. Treatment of Large or Giant Cavernous Aneurysm Associated with Persistent Trigeminal Artery: Case Report and Review of Literature.

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    Ishikawa, Tatsuya; Yamaguchi, Koji; Anami, Hidenori; Sumi, Masatake; Ishikawa, Tomomi; Kawamata, Takakazu

    2017-12-01

    Primitive trigeminal artery (PTA) is the most common anomaly of primitive carotid-basilar anastomosis and is associated with cerebrovascular anomalies, such as aneurysm. Large or giant cavernous aneurysm associated with PTA is rare, and the treatment strategies differ in comparison with large or giant aneurysm without PTA. In this article, we report an unusual case of a giant cavernous aneurysm associated with PTA and review treatment strategies for large or giant cavernous aneurysm associated with PTA. A 38-year-old woman suffered from double vision. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a mass lesion in the left cavernous sinus, and magnetic resonance angiography showed a giant aneurysm at the cavernous portion of the left internal carotid artery, associated with PTA. Coil embolization, distal to the PTA, was scheduled after high-flow bypass on the same day. Computed tomography scan showed no definite infarction after treatment. A 3-dimensional computed tomography showed disappearance of the aneurysm and good patency of bypass and PTA. The patient experienced improvements in symptoms and was discharged without neurologic deficits (modified Rankin Scale 0). The treatment strategy for large or giant cavernous aneurysm associated with PTA is different from strategies used for large or giant cavernous aneurysm without PTA. Simple ligation of internal carotid artery is inadequate because the aneurysm is supplied through the PTA, from the vertebrobasilar system. Furthermore, the treatment strategy has to be revised according to whether the PTA can be occluded. Keeping in mind PTA preservation, an appropriate strategy should be selected. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Fiberoptic imaging of cavernous nerves in vivo.

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    Boyette, Lisa B; Reardon, Michael A; Mirelman, Andrew J; Kirkley, Terry D; Lysiak, Jeffrey J; Tuttle, Jeremy B; Steers, William D

    2007-12-01

    A critical intraoperative variable for the return of tumescence following radical prostatectomy is preservation of the cavernous nerves. We developed a nontoxic technique that would allow high resolution, in vivo real-time imaging specifically of the cavernous nerves. The cavernous nerves were labeled by injecting a fluorescent retrograde nerve tracer into the corpus cavernosum of male rats. Nerves were subsequently imaged in vivo using fiberoptic confocal fluorescent microscopy. Initial screening trials were performed to decide on a nerve tracer capable of axonal labeling, optimize injection concentration and characterize retrograde transport time. Toxicity studies included intracavernous pressure monitoring following electrical nerve stimulation, apoptotic staining of injected cavernous tissue and measurement of lipid peroxidation in nerves exposed to laser emissions during imaging. In vivo real-time video sequences of fluorescently labeled cavernous nerves were recorded. The screening trial indicated that the B subunit of cholera toxin conjugated to AlexaFluor 488 (Invitrogen) provided optimal imaging after 9 days of retrograde transport. Toxicity studies showed that maximal intracavernous pressure responses did not differ between labeled and unlabeled nerves (p = 0.9671). Tracer injection did not increase apoptosis in cavernous tissue and laser exposure did not increase lipid peroxidation in nerves. In vivo real-time imaging of the cavernous nerves is possible with no measurable toxicity, allowing the maintenance of erection. This novel imaging modality may allow urologists to identify cavernous nerves during pelvic surgery.

  11. [A case of posttraumatic forehead cavernous angioma].

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    Nishijima, Haruo; Nishimura, Shinjitsu; Furuno, Yuichi; Kaimori, Mitsuomi; Nishijima, Michiharu

    2009-09-01

    Cavernous angiomas of the bone are rare tumors. Skull cavernomas are even less frequent. Most cavernous angiomas of the bone are congenital tumors. In a review of the literature, we found only one case report of de novo generation of a skull cavernous angioma. We present a case of a 25-year-old woman who had experienced a head injury, and 7 years later exhibited a skull tumor at the exact region of the injury. We performed tumor resection and cranioplasty. Follow-up examinations revealed no recurrence or neurological defects. Pathological findings showed a cavernous angioma-like lesion with some atypical details. We finally diagnosed the lesion as a de novo cavernous angioma. Our case suggests that fine injury may result in de novo generation of bone cavernomas.

  12. Disposal of NORM waste in salt caverns

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    Veil, J.A.; Smith, K.P.; Tomasko, D.; Elcock, D.; Blunt, D.; Williams, G.P.

    1998-07-01

    Some types of oil and gas production and processing wastes contain naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM). If NORM is present at concentrations above regulatory levels in oil field waste, the waste requires special disposal practices. The existing disposal options for wastes containing NORM are limited and costly. This paper evaluates the legality, technical feasibility, economics, and human health risk of disposing of NORM-contaminated oil field wastes in salt caverns. Cavern disposal of NORM waste is technically feasible and poses a very low human health risk. From a legal perspective, there are no fatal flaws that would prevent a state regulatory agency from approving cavern disposal of NORM. On the basis of the costs charged by caverns currently used for disposal of nonhazardous oil field waste (NOW), NORM waste disposal caverns could be cost competitive with existing NORM waste disposal methods when regulatory agencies approve the practice.

  13. A 12-year cavern abandonment test

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    Brouard B.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available In 1997-1998, an abandonment test was performed in a 950-m deep, 8000-m3 salt cavern operated by GDF SUEZ at Etrez, France. In this relatively small brine-filled cavern, which had been kept idle for 15 years before the test, thermal equilibrium was reached. A special system was designed to monitor leaks, which proved to be exceedingly small. In these conditions, brine permeation and cavern creep closure are the only factors to play significant roles in pressure evolution. This test strongly suggested that obtaining an equilibrium pressure such that the effects of these two factors were exactly equal would be reached in the long term. Four years later, pressure monitoring in the closed cavern resumed. Pressure evolution during the 2002-2009 period confirmed that cavern brine pressure will remain constant and significantly smaller than geostatic pressure in the long term, precluding any risk of fracturing and brine seepage to the overburden layers.

  14. Puerperal Superior Sagittal Sinus Thrombosis and Pulmonary ...

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    Superior sagittal sinus thrombosis is a rare and often misdiagnosed disorder. Its occurrence with pulmonary embolism (PE) .... and prolonged immobilization, hence, the possibility that her PE could have resulted from superior ... been forgotten and was alluded to by Diaz etal., as “a syndrome rediscovered in their report.”[20].

  15. Tuberculosis of paranasal sinuses

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    Sanehi, S.; Dravid, Chandrashekhar; Chaudhary, Neena; Venkatachalam, V. P.

    2008-01-01

    Nasal tuberculosis is very rare but much rarer is tuberculosis of paranasal sinuses. It involves especially the maxillary sinus and is usually unilateral. We report an unusual case of tuberculosis of frontal and maxillary sinus in a 68 years old male, who presented with a swelling above left medial canthus, with no other eye or nasal complaints. Clinical and radiological findings on our initial evaluation suggested that the patient had left frontal mucocoele with bilateral maxillary haziness....

  16. Mycetoma sans sinuses

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    Saha Sudipta

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Mycetoma is a chronic suppurative infection involving the skin, subcutaneous tissue and bone. The hallmark of mycetoma is tumefaction, draining sinuses and the presence of microcolonies called grains. Sinuses develop in all patients with mycetoma within a year of the appearance of the lesion. The following case is reported as no sinuses had developed despite the presence of the lesion for 9 years, posing a diagnostic dilemma.

  17. Emergent orthotopic liver transplantation for hemorrhage from a giant cavernous hepatic hemangioma: case report and review.

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    Vagefi, Parsia A; Klein, Ingo; Gelb, Bruce; Hameed, Bilal; Moff, Stephen L; Simko, Jeff P; Fix, Oren K; Eilers, Helge; Feiner, John R; Ascher, Nancy L; Freise, Chris E; Bass, Nathan M

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    Cavernous hemangiomas represent the most common benign primary hepatic neoplasm, often being incidentally detected. Although the majority of hepatic hemangiomas remain asymptomatic, symptomatic hepatic hemangiomas can present with abdominal pain, hemorrhage, biliary compression, or a consumptive coagulopathy. The optimal surgical management of symptomatic hepatic hemangiomas remains controversial, with resection, enucleation, and both deceased donor and living donor liver transplantation having been reported. We report the case of a patient found to have a unique syndrome of multiorgan cavernous hemangiomatosis involving the liver, lung, omentum, and spleen without cutaneous involvement. Sixteen years following her initial diagnosis, the patient suffered from intra-abdominal hemorrhage due to her giant cavernous hepatic hemangioma. Evidence of continued bleeding, in the setting of Kasabach-Merritt Syndrome and worsening abdominal compartment syndrome, prompted MELD exemption listing. The patient subsequently underwent emergent liver transplantation without complication. Although cavernous hemangiomas represent the most common benign primary hepatic neoplasm, hepatic hemangioma rupture remains a rare presentation in these patients. Management at a center with expertise in liver transplantation is warranted for those patients presenting with worsening DIC or hemorrhage, given the potential for rapid clinical decompensation.

  18. MRI findings in the patients with the presumptive clinical diagnosis of Tolosa-Hunt syndrome

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    Cakirer, Sinan [Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology Section, Istanbul Sisli Etfal Hospital, 81120 Istanbul (Turkey)

    2003-01-01

    The aim of this study was to present our experience in MRI diagnosis of 23 patients with the clinical findings suggesting Tolosa-Hunt syndrome (THS). Cranial MRI studies of the patients with a clinical history of at least one episode of unilateral or bilateral orbital and periorbital pain, and associated paresis of one or more of third to sixth cranial nerves, were performed on a 1.5-T MRI scanner. Whereas 5 patients had the diagnosis of THS, paracavernous meningiomas in 4 patients, pituitary macroadenomas with cavernous sinus infiltration in 3 patients, Meckel's cave neurinoma in 1 patient, and suprasellar epidermoid in 1 patient were surgically proven MRI findings. Other pathological MRI findings were leptomeningeal metastases in 3 patients, granulomatous pachymeningitis sequelae in 2 patients, and aneurysm with compression on cavernous sinus in 1 patient. Three patients had normal MRI findings. The incidence of radiologically proven diagnosis of THS among the patients with the clinical findings suggesting THS seemed to be low in our study. In conclusion, MRI is the most valuable imaging technique to distinguish THS from other THS-like entities, and permits a precise assessment, management, and therapeutic planning of the underlying pathological conditions. (orig.)

  19. Pilonidal Sinus of the Penis

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    Hugh F. O'Kane

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A pilonidal sinus is a subcutaneous sinus containing hair. It is most commonly found in the natal cleft of hirsute men. Here we describe the unusual finding of a pilonidal sinus arising on the male foreskin.

  20. Rock cavern storage of spent fuel

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    Cho, Won Jin; Kim, Kyung Soo [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kwon, Sang Ki [Inha University, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

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    The rock cavern storage for spent fuel has been assessed to apply in Korea with reviewing the state of the art of the technologies for surface storage and rock cavern storage of spent fuel. The technical feasibility and economic aspects of the rock cavern storage of spent fuel were also analyzed. A considerable area of flat land isolated from the exterior are needed to meet the requirement for the site of the surface storage facilities. It may, however, not be easy to secure such areas in the mountainous region of Korea. Instead, the spent fuel storage facilities constructed in the rock cavern moderate their demands for the suitable site. As a result, the rock cavern storage is a promising alternative for the storage of spent fuel in the aspect of natural and social environments. The rock cavern storage of spent fuel has several advantages compared with the surface storage, and there is no significant difference on the viewpoint of economy between the two alternatives. In addition, no great technical difficulties are present to apply the rock cavern storage technologies to the storage of domestic spent fuel.

  1. Evoked cavernous activity: neuroanatomic implications.

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    Yilmaz, U; Vicars, B; Yang, C C

    2009-01-01

    We investigated the autonomic innervation of the penis by using evoked cavernous activity (ECA). We recruited seven men with thoracic spinal cord injury (SCI) and sexual dysfunction, and six men who were scheduled to have pelvic surgery (PS), specifically non-nerve-sparing radical cystoprostatectomy. In the PS patients, ECA was performed both pre- and postoperatively. The left median nerve was electrically stimulated and ECA was recorded with two concentric electromyography needles placed into the right and left cavernous bodies. We simultaneously recorded hand and foot sympathetic skin responses (SSRs) as controls. In the SCI group, all but one patient had reproducible hand SSRs. None of these patients had ECA or foot SSRs. All the PS patients had reproducible ECA and SSRs, both preoperatively and postoperatively. There was no difference in the latency and amplitude measurements of ECA and SSRs in the postoperative compared with that of the pre-operative period (P>0.05). In conclusion, ECA is absent in men with SCI above the sympathetic outflow to the genitalia. In men, after radical pelvic surgery, ECA is preserved, indicating the preservation of sympathetic fibers.

  2. Varying clinical presentations of familial cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) and spinal cord cavernous malformations (SCCMs).

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    Nicholas-Bublick, Selena; Koffman, Boyd M

    2012-01-01

    We present a family afflicted by both extensive cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) and spinal cord cavernous malformations (SCCMs). These may be inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern or occur sporadically. The presentation varies and may include a multitude of clinical symptoms separated in time and space. Cavernous malformations should be considered in the differential diagnosis of such entities as stroke, headache, multiple sclerosis, and new-onset seizures after an intraparenchymal hemorrhage.

  3. Varying clinical presentations of familial cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) and spinal cord cavernous malformations (SCCMs)

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    Nicholas-Bublick, Selena; Koffman, Boyd M.

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    We present a family afflicted by both extensive cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) and spinal cord cavernous malformations (SCCMs). These may be inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern or occur sporadically. The presentation varies and may include a multitude of clinical symptoms separated in time and space. Cavernous malformations should be considered in the differential diagnosis of such entities as stroke, headache, multiple sclerosis, and new-onset seizures after an intraparenchym...

  4. Optochiasmatic cavernous angioma: unexpected diagnosis. Case report.

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    Ozer, Ercan; Kalemci, Orhan; Yücesoy, Kemal; Canda, Serafettin

    2007-03-01

    A 15-year-old boy presented with an extremely rare optochiasmatic cavernous angioma. He was admitted to a special hospital with the complaint of blurred vision persisting for 1 month. Magnetic resonance imaging and biopsy of the lesion were inconclusive. He was admitted to our neurosurgical clinic after worsening of the visual symptoms 9 months later. Repeat magnetic resonance imaging showed optochiasmatic cavernous angioma which had doubled in size. The lesion was removed completely without any problem. Postoperatively his visual complaints remained stable, but had improved after 1 year. Optochiasmatic cavernous malformation should be treated by surgical excision, whereas biopsy is useless and may result in enlargement.

  5. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... Computed tomography (CT) of the sinuses uses special x-ray equipment to evaluate the paranasal sinus cavities – hollow, ... is a diagnostic medical test that, like traditional x-rays, produces multiple images or pictures of the inside ...

  6. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... are the limitations of CT of the Sinuses? What is CT (Computed Tomography) of the Sinuses? Computed tomography, more commonly known as a CT or CAT scan, is a diagnostic medical test that, like traditional x-rays, produces multiple images or pictures of the inside of ...

  7. Odontogene sinusitis maxillaris

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    Weijerman, J.E.

    1972-01-01

    Een oroantrale fistel blijkt in 51,7% der gevallen geleid te hebben tot een chronische en slechts in 29,2% tot een acute sinusitis (tabel 7 blz.72). Een verklaring hiervoor is vermoedelijk de goede drainagemogelijkheid van de sinus doordat het ostium meestal open is en bovendien afvoer van de pus

  8. The Tolosa-Hunt syndrome

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    Apr 9, 1983 ... cavernous sinus region. In 1961 Hunt et af.2 reported 6 cases of ... tissue of the dura in the region of the superior orbital fissure. The available pathological data indicate that THS is ... carotid infraclinoidal aneur~"Sm.J Neural Neuromrg Psychiatry 1954; 17: 300-. 302. 2. HUn! WE, Meagher IN, LeFe\\'er HE, ...

  9. Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome - Cranial Neuroimaging Findings.

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    Akpinar, Çetin Kürşad; Özbenli, Taner; Doğru, Hakan; Incesu, Lütfi

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    The etiology of Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome (THS) is still unknown. The initial standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may not be sufficient for diagnosis, so dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI may be necessary to demonstrate the presence of lesions. Seven patients diagnosed with THS according to the International Headache Society criteria (beta version) were included into the study. Patients were assessed in terms of type, age, symptoms and findings, accompanying disease, localization of the determined lesion, response to treatment, and clinical progress. The "Tolosa-Hunt protocol" was applied in all patients, and the cavernous sinuses, orbital apices, and orbits were evaluated. The parameters used for the patients were as follows: Turbospin echo T1 and T2 weighted sequences on the axial plane, turbospin echo fat-saturated T2 weighted sequence on the coronal plane, turbospin echo T2 weighted sequence on the sagittal plane, spin echo fat-saturated T1 sequences repeated on the axial and coronal planes followed by intravenous administration of gadolinium. In all sequences the slice thickness was 3 mm. Four of seven cases diagnosed with THS were males, and the average age of the patients was 45.7±18.1 years (range 25-69 years). A follow-up MRI in patient 5 after three months showed decreased signal intensity and enhancement of the affected cavernous sinus. Conventional MRI may be insufficient to show the granulomatous inflammation, and an MRI method referred to as the Tolosa-Hunt protocol should be applied to those who are thought to have THS.

  10. Presentation, natural history, and management of carotid cavernous aneurysms.

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    Stiebel-Kalish, Hadas; Kalish, Yuval; Bar-On, Ruth Huna; Setton, Avi; Niimi, Yasu; Berenstein, Alejandro; Kupersmith, Mark J

    2005-11-01

    We present the largest reported cohort of carotid cavernous aneurysms (CCA), comparing the neuro-ophthalmic presentation, complications, and outcome with and without endovascular treatment. Retrospective review of 185 patients with 206 CCAs examined between 1980 and 2001 at a tertiary neuro-ophthalmology and neurovascular service. Patients' symptoms and findings at presentation were recorded and compared with those at outcome. The effect of treatment on outcome and on complication rate was analyzed using the chi test, multivariate analysis of covariance, model-selection log-linear analysis, and multinomial logistic regression. Long-term follow-up was available for 189 of 206 CCAs. Seventy-four CCAs underwent treatment (endovascular, 67 [91%]; surgical treatment, 6 [9%]), and 115 were followed for an average of 4 years, two of which required later treatment. Treatment reduced the incidence and severity of pain, even after adjusting for the severity of initial pain (F(1,192 = 9.59, P = 0.002). Treatment did not significantly affect the patient's final diplopia after adjusting for their initial diplopia (F(1, 182 = 2.01, P = 0.158). Statistical examination revealed that the treated group had a higher proportion of neurological and visual complications than people who were not treated (2(2). = 25.26, P = 0.0003). Endovascular treatment of carotid cavernous aneurysms leads to a significantly higher rate of pain resolution compared with untreated patients, even after adjusting for initial pain severity. Diplopia may not resolve after treatment. The results of this study underscore our approach indicating treatment only in cases of debilitating pain, visual loss from compression, or diplopia in primary gaze or in patients with risk factors for major complications such as pre-existing coagulopathy or sphenoid sinus erosion.

  11. Cerebral cavernous malformation proteins at a glance

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    Draheim, Kyle M; Fisher, Oriana S; Boggon, Titus J; Calderwood, David A

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    ...) cause cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs). These abnormalities are characterized by dilated leaky blood vessels, especially in the neurovasculature, that result in increased risk of stroke, focal neurological defects and seizures...

  12. Difficult indirect carotid-cavernous fistulas – alternative techniques to gaining access for treatment

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    Full Text Available Nabil El-Hindy,1 George Kalantzis,1,3 Tufail Patankar,2 Ilias Georgalas,3 Sreedar Jyothi,1 Tony Goddard,2 Bernard Chang1 1Department of Ophthalmology, 2Department of Radiology, St James University Hospital, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK; 3Department of Ophthalmology, University of Athens, Athens, Greece Aims: Carotid-cavernous fistulas (CCFs are abnormal communications between the carotid arterial system and the cavernous sinus that occur mainly in elderly. Occasionally, treatment of indirect CCFs with conventional endovascular approach through large veins or the inferior petrosal sinus may not be possible. In these cases, a direct surgical cut down on to the superior ophthalmic vein (SOV is necessary. We describe three such cases of embolization of CCFs through SOV, and their results.Methods: A retrospective case notes review of treated patients over the past 10 years in one tertiary center constituted our methodology.Results: The fistulas in two cases were successfully coiled with complete obviation of symptoms and signs. The third case was complicated due to difficulty in canulating a deeply seated vein and so had to be abandoned and catheterized through contralateral superior petrosal sinus and treated with liquid embolic material Onyx® successfully.Conclusion: In cases where conventional access to the cavernous sinus may not be possible due to local variations of anatomy, multidisciplinary surgical approaches via the SOV provide an alternative route to successfully and safely close a CCF. However, unexpected anatomical variations could also be encountered within the SOV for which the surgeon should be prepared. Keywords: superior ophthalmic vein, treatment

  13. End of construction of the CMS cavern

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    2005-01-01

    View of the CMS cavern with its impressive dimensions: 53 m long, 27 m wide and 24 m high. The construction of this underground complex has been a spectacular feat of engineering. This second of the new caverns for the LHC experiments is the result of six-and-a-half years of work, and its completion marks the end of the large-scale engineering work for the LHC.

  14. Civil Engineering in the ATLAS cavern

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    Laurent Guiraud

    2000-01-01

    Ghostly figures can be seen wandering the cavern that will eventually house the ATLAS experiment, part of the LHC at CERN. Quite fitting since the detector will hunt the illusive 'ghostly' particles, such as the Higgs boson and dark matter. These engineers are excavating the huge cavern that has to be anchored from above as the detector will fill so much space that there is no room for support pillars.

  15. Digging a cavern for a titan

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    Patrice Loiez

    1999-01-01

    Civil engineers work 100 m underground near the France-Swiss border on the cavern that will soon house ATLAS, one of the experiments on CERN's new LHC accelerator. All personnel and equipment must be lowered by crane down the access shaft. When completed this cavern will have one of the largest spans constructed at 35 m, which required the roof to be supported by large steel anchors buried in concrete.

  16. Direct carotid-cavernous fistula: A complication of, and treatment with, flow diversion.

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    Amuluru, Krishna; Al-Mufti, Fawaz; Gandhi, Chirag D; Prestigiacomo, Charles J; Singh, I Paul

    2016-10-01

    Direct carotid-cavernous fistulas (CCFs) are rare complications of flow diversion and have typically been documented in a subacute time frame after treatment. We present the first reported case of an intraprocedural direct CCF that developed immediately after flow diversion for treatment of a symptomatic paraclinoid right internal carotid artery aneurysm with a neck involving the cavernous segment. Endovascular treatment of such direct fistulas typically involves either transarterial obliteration of the fistulous site or transvenous embolization of the cavernous sinus. Our case was successfully treated with further immediate flow diversion without additional transvenous intervention. There are few reports on the use of flow diversion for treatment of such direct CCFs, and in all but one of these cases, flow diversion was combined with concomitant transvenous embolization. Thus, the presented case is not only the first reported case of an immediate CCF after flow diversion, but it is also only the second reported case of a direct fistula to be successfully treated using solely flow diversion, without additional transvenous intervention. We review the literature of direct CCFs after flow diversion, the pathophysiology of development of CCFs after flow diversion, the literature on treatment of CCFs with flow diversion as well as all other current treatment options. © The Author(s) 2016.

  17. Cavernous Malformation in the Trigeminal Distribution: A Case Report of Aggressive Presentation and Management.

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    Frossard, João Thiago; Domingues, Flavio; Neves, Pedro; Canhedo, Nathalie; de Souza, Jorge Marcondes

    2016-02-01

    Cavernous malformation (CM) is a vascular malformation found in the encephalic parenchyma, spinal cord, nerve roots, and extraneural tissue. CM in the trigeminal distribution is exquisitely uncommon and its biological behavior not completely understood. The clinical picture might be diverse, depending on the affected sector of the trigeminal architecture, and literature debating its pathobiology is scarce. We describe a case of 56-year-old woman who presented with left trigeminal neuralgia and a rapidly growing cavernous malformation of the entire distribution of the fifth nerve. The clinical picture evolved to a progressive gait ataxia and follow-up neuroimaging showed a large intracranial mass leading to a brainstem compression. After microsurgical resection, the mass proved to be a typical CM of the trigeminal root. We present an uncommonly aggressive progression of a CM of the trigeminal root, Gasserian ganglion, and cavernous sinus evolving to severe brainstem compression. The documentation of this unique case as well as its management is presented is discussed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Superficial Siderosis Associated with Pineal Cavernous Malformation.

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    Ogura, Takafumi; Kambe, Atsushi; Sakamoto, Makoto; Shinohara, Yuki; Ogawa, Toshihide; Kurosaki, Masamichi

    2018-01-01

    Cavernous malformations in the pineal region are rare and difficult to anticipate from preoperative evaluation in patients with pineal apoplexy. We herein report the first case of a pineal cavernous malformation with superficial siderosis. Radiological findings were helpful in identifying the presence of the cavernous malformation. A 47-year-old female presented with a 4-month history of progressive headache, nausea, and dizziness. She complained of double vision and exhibited upward gaze palsy and papilledema on fundoscopy. Radiological examination revealed subacute hemorrhage in the pineal region and enlarged lateral ventricles. Furthermore, T2-star-weighted gradient-echo magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a linear hypointensity along the pial surface of the cerebral cortex, brainstem, and cerebellum, indicating hemosiderin deposition consistent with superficial siderosis. Suspecting the presence of a cavernous malformation based on the radiological findings of superficial siderosis, we performed total mass resection. The postoperative course was uneventful and her preoperative symptoms resolved completely. Radiological findings of superficial siderosis on T2-star-weighted gradient-echo imaging are useful to making a diagnosis of cavernous malformation in cases of pineal apoplexy. They are also important for making the treatment decision to perform total mass resection, which is the best curative method for pineal cavernous malformations. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Radiology and imaging for cavernous malformations.

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    Wang, Kevin Y; Idowu, Oluwatoyin R; Lin, Doris D M

    2017-01-01

    Cavernous malformations are low-flow vascular malformations that are histologically characterized by the lack of mural elements of mature vascular structures and intervening parenchymal neural tissue. They are often clinically quiescent, and may grow, bleed, and regress, but can also manifest clinically as neurologic deficits or seizures in the setting of an acute hemorrhage. The low-flow nature of cavernous malformations renders them inherently occult on cerebral angiography. Magnetic resonance imaging has become the mainstay imaging modality in evaluating cavernous malformations, producing characteristic imaging features that usually provide a straightforward diagnosis. Features on magnetic resonance imaging include a reticulated pattern of mixed hyper- and hypointensity on T1- and T2-weighted imaging, with a characteristic hypointense rim best appreciated on T2-weighted imaging or gradient-echo sequences. Contrast enhancement is useful for revealing coexisting developmental venous anomalies that are frequently associated with sporadic cavernous malformations, and may further support the diagnosis. Susceptibility-weighted imaging is highly sensitive for cavernous malformations and accompanying developmental venous anomalies, and is superior to gradient-echo sequences in screening for multifocal, familial cavernous malformations. © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Fístula carotídeo-cavernosa Carotid-cavernous fistula

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    Manuel Augusto Pereira Vilela

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    Full Text Available Fístulas carotídeo-cavernosas são raras. São classificadas nos tipos direto e indireto. Fístulas diretas têm uma comunicação anormal entre a artéria carótida interna e o seio cavernoso. Nas formas indiretas a conexão se faz entre os ramos meningeos da carótida interna e/ou externa e o mesmo seio. O propósito deste artigo é o de atualizar os conceitos anatômicos, clínicos, diagnósticos e terapêuticos desta situação.Carotid cavernous fistulae are an uncommon disease. They are classified as direct or indirect. In direct fistulas there is an abnormal communication between the internal carotid artery and the cavernous sinus. Indirect forms have an abnormal bypass between the meningeal branches of the internal and/or external carotid arteries and the same sinus. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the anatomy of the envolved area and the clinical findings, diagnostic evaluation and treatment.

  1. Successful endoscopic management with Mitomycin C application for sinusitis with orbital cellulitis

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    Anil S Harugop

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    Full Text Available Background: Sinusitis with orbital complication is a potentially fatal disease that has been known since the days of Hippocrates. Primary sinus infection is the most common cause of orbital cellulitis. It is an emergency that threatens not only vision but also life from complications such as meningitis, cavernous sinus thrombosis, and brain abscess. Surgical intervention is mandatory whenever antibiotic treatment fails. There are two surgical options for the drainage, an external approach via a Lynch incision and an intranasal endoscopic procedure. Materials and Methods: Five patients with orbital cellulitis secondary to acute on chronic rhinosinusitis were included in the study from the period of 2010 - 2011. All five patients did not respond to medical management and hence underwent endoscopic sinus surgery with treatment of orbital pathology. At the end of the surgical procedure Mitomycin C in a concentration of 0.4mg/ml was applied with a cottonoid for a period of 4 minutes to prevent chance of adhesion formation. Results: In this series 3 females and 2 male patient with orbital cellulitis secondary to acute on chronic rhinosinusitis underwent endoscopic sinus surgery with treatment of orbital pathology. All 5 patients showed subjective and objective improvement within one week of endoscopic management. Conclusion: Though antibiotics have altered the course of sinusitis, its grave complications still persist in our environment. The excellent results and the absence of any major complications of endoscopic sinus surgery and drainage of abscess with application of Mitomycin C can be recommended as the preferred surgical technique.

  2. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... x-ray equipment to evaluate the paranasal sinus cavities – hollow, air-filled spaces within the bones of the face surrounding the nasal cavity. CT scanning is painless, noninvasive and accurate. It’s ...

  3. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... allows the body parts to be distinguished from one another on an x-ray film or CT ... benefits vs. risks? Benefits A CT scan is one of the safest means of studying the sinuses. ...

  4. Sinusitis in adults - aftercare

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    ... still have symptoms after taking all of your antibiotics properly. You have any changes in your vision. You notice small growths in your nose. Alternative Names Sinus infection - self-care; Rhinosinusitis - self-care ...

  5. Sinusitis (For Teens)

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    ... When the nasal congestion (stuffiness) associated with the common cold or allergies doesn't allow the sinuses to ... have dry coughs and find it hard to sleep. Others have upset stomachs or feel nauseous. Although ...

  6. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... of the nasal cavity and sinuses. plan for surgery by defining anatomy. top of page How should ... CT scanning may eliminate the need for exploratory surgery and surgical biopsy. No radiation remains in a ...

  7. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... benefits vs. risks? Benefits A CT scan is one of the safest means of studying the sinuses. ... CT scanning provides very detailed images of many types of tissue as well as the lungs, bones, ...

  8. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... and accurate. It’s also the most reliable imaging technique for determining if the sinuses are obstructed and ... to obtain images. For children, the CT scanner technique will be adjusted to their size and the ...

  9. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... presence of inflammatory diseases. provide additional information about tumors of the nasal cavity and sinuses. plan for ... Risks There is always a slight chance of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation. However, the benefit ...

  10. An incidental persistent falcine sinus with dominant straight sinus and hypoplastic distal superior sagittal sinus

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    Manoj, Krishnan Sarojam [Metroscans, Trivandrum (India); Krishnamoorthy, Thamburaj; Thomas, Bejoy; Kapilamoorthy, Tirur Raman [Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Department of Imaging Sciences and Interventional Radiology, Trivandrum (India)

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    An incidental persistent falcine sinus was detected in an otherwise normal brain on MRI in a 12-year-old girl who underwent imaging after clinical suspicion of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. The falcine sinus was associated with a hypoplastic posterior third of the superior sagittal sinus and a dominant straight sinus. Generally, atresia or hypoplasia of the straight sinus is associated with a persistent falcine sinus in postnatal life; otherwise, the falcine sinus disappears before birth. We discuss the embryological basis for such an association in this case. (orig.)

  11. BILATERAL INTRAOCULAR HEMORRHAGE SECONDARY TO CEREBRAL VENOUS SINUS THROMBOSIS.

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    Kunle-Hassan, Feyi; Dattani, Minaxi; Snead, Martin; Subash, Mala

    2016-10-05

    To report a case of bilateral intraocular hemorrhage secondary to cerebral venous sinus thrombosis with no associated intracranial hemorrhage. Case report. A 32-year-old Asian gentleman presented with left reduced vision as a result of a left subhyaloid macular hemorrhage associated with severe headache. Right retinal hemorrhages were also present. Magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography brain imaging demonstrated cerebral transverse venous sinus thrombosis. Intraocular hemorrhage has previously been described in association with intracranial hemorrhage and in particular subarachnoid hemorrhage (Terson syndrome). We describe a similar clinical picture in the context of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis with no associated intracranial hemorrhage.

  12. Noninvasive diagnosis of superior sagittal sinus thrombosis in a neonate.

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    Govaert, P; Voet, D; Achten, E; Vanhaesebrouck, P; van Rostenberghe, H; van Gysel, D; Afschrift, M

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    A newborn boy presented within the first day of life with moaning, anemia, and thrombocytopenia. The clinical syndrome resulted from thrombosis of the posterior part of the superior sagittal sinus due to impression at birth of the tip of the occipital squama. Both computed tomography and ultrasound scans were valuable noninvasive tools for documentation of the thrombus itself and the cerebral sequelae. Color Doppler ultrasound scan confirmed the absence and reappearance of flow in the superior sagittal sinus.

  13. Analysis of cavern stability at the West Hackberry SPR site.

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    Ehgartner, Brian L.; Sobolik, Steven Ronald

    2009-05-01

    This report presents computational analyses that simulate the structural response of caverns at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) West Hackberry site. The cavern field comprises 22 caverns. Five caverns (6, 7, 8, 9, 11) were acquired from industry and have unusual shapes and a history dating back to 1946. The other 17 caverns (101-117) were leached according to SPR standards in the mid-1980s and have tall cylindrical shapes. The history of the caverns and their shapes are simulated in a three-dimensional geomechanics model of the site that predicts deformations, strains, and stresses. Future leaching scenarios corresponding to oil drawdowns using fresh water are also simulated by increasing the volume of the caverns. Cavern pressures are varied in the model to capture operational practices in the field. The results of the finite element model are interpreted to provide information on the current and future status of subsidence, well integrity, and cavern stability. The most significant results in this report are relevant to Cavern 6. The cavern is shaped like a bowl with a large ceiling span and is in close proximity to Cavern 9. The analyses predict tensile stresses at the edge of the ceiling during repressuization of Cavern 6 following workover conditions. During a workover the cavern is at low pressure to service a well. The wellhead pressures are atmospheric. When the workover is complete, the cavern is repressurized. The resulting elastic stresses are sufficient to cause tension around the edge of the large ceiling span. With time, these stresses relax to a compressive state because of salt creep. However, the potential for salt fracture and propagation exists, particularly towards Cavern 9. With only 200 ft of salt between the caverns, the operational consequences must be examined if the two caverns become connected. A critical time may be during a workover of Cavern 9 in part because of the operational vulnerabilities, but also because dilatant damage is

  14. Modified three-dimensional skull base model with artificial dura mater, cranial nerves, and venous sinuses for training in skull base surgery: technical note.

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    Mori, Kentaro; Yamamoto, Takuji; Oyama, Kazutaka; Ueno, Hideaki; Nakao, Yasuaki; Honma, Keiichirou

    2008-12-01

    Experience with dissection of the cavernous sinus and the temporal bone is essential for training in skull base surgery, but the opportunities for cadaver dissection are very limited. A modification of a commercially available prototype three-dimensional (3D) skull base model, made by a selective laser sintering method and incorporating surface details and inner bony structures such as the inner ear structures and air cells, is proposed to include artificial dura mater, cranial nerves, venous sinuses, and the internal carotid artery for such surgical training. The transpetrosal approach and epidural cavernous sinus surgery (Dolenc's technique) were performed on this modified model using a high speed drill or ultrasonic bone curette under an operating microscope. The model could be dissected in almost the same way as a real cadaver. The modified 3D skull base model provides a good educational tool for training in skull base surgery.

  15. Bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling.

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    Zampetti, Benedetta; Grossrubatscher, Erika; Dalino Ciaramella, Paolo; Boccardi, Edoardo; Loli, Paola

    2016-07-01

    Simultaneous bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS) plays a crucial role in the diagnostic work-up of Cushing's syndrome. It is the most accurate procedure in the differential diagnosis of hypercortisolism of pituitary or ectopic origin, as compared with clinical, biochemical and imaging analyses, with a sensitivity and specificity of 88-100% and 67-100%, respectively. In the setting of hypercortisolemia, ACTH levels obtained from venous drainage of the pituitary are expected to be higher than the levels of peripheral blood, thus suggesting pituitary ACTH excess as the cause of hypercortisolism. Direct stimulation of the pituitary corticotroph with corticotrophin-releasing hormone enhances the sensitivity of the procedure. The procedure must be undertaken in the presence of hypercortisolemia, which suppresses both the basal and stimulated secretory activity of normal corticotrophic cells: ACTH measured in the sinus is, therefore, the result of the secretory activity of the tumor tissue. The poor accuracy in lateralization of BIPSS (positive predictive value of 50-70%) makes interpetrosal ACTH gradient alone not sufficient for the localization of the tumor. An accurate exploration of the gland is recommended if a tumor is not found in the predicted area. Despite the fact that BIPSS is an invasive procedure, the occurrence of adverse events is extremely rare, particularly if it is performed by experienced operators in referral centres. © 2016 The authors.

  16. Bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling

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    Benedetta Zampetti

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    Full Text Available Simultaneous bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS plays a crucial role in the diagnostic work-up of Cushing’s syndrome. It is the most accurate procedure in the differential diagnosis of hypercortisolism of pituitary or ectopic origin, as compared with clinical, biochemical and imaging analyses, with a sensitivity and specificity of 88–100% and 67–100%, respectively. In the setting of hypercortisolemia, ACTH levels obtained from venous drainage of the pituitary are expected to be higher than the levels of peripheral blood, thus suggesting pituitary ACTH excess as the cause of hypercortisolism. Direct stimulation of the pituitary corticotroph with corticotrophin-releasing hormone enhances the sensitivity of the procedure. The procedure must be undertaken in the presence of hypercortisolemia, which suppresses both the basal and stimulated secretory activity of normal corticotrophic cells: ACTH measured in the sinus is, therefore, the result of the secretory activity of the tumor tissue. The poor accuracy in lateralization of BIPSS (positive predictive value of 50–70% makes interpetrosal ACTH gradient alone not sufficient for the localization of the tumor. An accurate exploration of the gland is recommended if a tumor is not found in the predicted area. Despite the fact that BIPSS is an invasive procedure, the occurrence of adverse events is extremely rare, particularly if it is performed by experienced operators in referral centres.

  17. Convexity dural cavernous haemangioma mimicking meningioma: A case report.

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    Wang, Xiang; Liu, Jian-Ping; You, Chao; Mao, Qing

    2016-06-01

    Dural cavernous haemangiomas are rare, and they do not display a classical ring of haemosiderin on MRI as parenchymal cavernous haemangiomas. Sometimes, they are misinterpreted as meningiomas with a dural tail sign. In this short report, a 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with a convexity cavernous haemangioma, and the tumour was totally resected.

  18. Analysis of cavern stability at the Bryan Mound SPR site.

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    Ehgartner, Brian L.; Sobolik, Steven Ronald

    2009-04-01

    This report presents computational analyses that simulate the structural response of caverns at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Bryan Mound site. The cavern field comprises 20 caverns. Five caverns (1, 2, 4, and 5; 3 was later plugged and abandoned) were acquired from industry and have unusual shapes and a history dating back to 1946. The other 16 caverns (101-116) were leached according to SPR standards in the mid-1980s and have tall cylindrical shapes. The history of the caverns and their shapes are simulated in a 3-D geomechanics model of the site that predicts deformations, strains, and stresses. Future leaching scenarios due to oil drawdowns using fresh water are also simulated by increasing the volume of the caverns. Cavern pressures are varied in the model to capture operational practices in the field. The results of the finite element model are interpreted to provide information on the current and future status of subsidence, well integrity, and cavern stability. The most significant result in this report is relevant to caverns 1, 2, and 5. The caverns have non-cylindrical shapes and have potential regions where the surrounding salt may be damaged during workover procedures. During a workover the normal cavern operating pressure is lowered to service a well. At this point the wellhead pressures are atmospheric. When the workover is complete, the cavern is repressurized. The resulting elastic stresses are sufficient to cause tension and large deviatoric stresses at several locations. With time, these stresses relax to a compressive state due to salt creep. However, the potential for salt damage and fracturing exists. The analyses predict tensile stresses at locations with sharp-edges in the wall geometry, or in the case of cavern 5, in the neck region between the upper and lower lobes of the cavern. The effects do not appear to be large-scale, however, so the only major impact is the potential for stress-induced salt falls in cavern 5, potentially leading to

  19. Sinus node dysfunction in ATX-II-induced in-vitro murine model of long QT3 syndrome and rescue effect of ranolazine.

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    Wu, Jingjing; Cheng, Longxian; Lammers, Wim J; Wu, Lin; Wang, Xin; Shryock, John C; Belardinelli, Luiz; Lei, Ming

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    The aim of this study was to characterize the role of the late Na+ current (I(Na,L)) as a mechanism for induction of both tachy and bradyarrhythmias in murine heart and sino-atrial node tissue. The sea anemone toxin ATX-II and ranolazine were used to increase and inhibit, respectively, I(Na,L). In sixteen hearts studied, exposure to 1-10nM ATX-II caused a slowing of intrinsic heart rate and prolongations of the P-R and QT intervals, the duration of the monophasic action potential, and the sinus node recovery time, accompanied by frequent occurrences of early after depolarisations, delayed after depolarisations and rapid, repetitive ventricular tachy and sino-atrial bradyarrhythmias. ATX-II also slowed sinus node pacemaking, and induced bradycardic arrhythmias in isolated sino-atrial preparations (n=5). The ATX-II-induced alteration of electrophysiological properties and occurrence of arrhythmic events were significantly attenuated by 10 microM ranolazine in intact hearts (n=11) and isolated sino-atrial preparations (n=5). In conclusion, the I(Na,L) enhancer ATX-II causes both tachy and bradyarrhythmias in the murine heart, and these arrhythmias are markedly attenuated by the I(Na,L) blocker, ranolazine (10 microM). The results suggest that I(Na,L) blockade may be the mechanism underlying the reductions of both brady and tachyarrhythmias by ranolazine that were observed during the MERLIN-TIMI clinical outcomes trial.

  20. Analysis of cavern shapes for the strategic petroleum reserve.

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    Ehgartner, Brian L.; Sobolik, Steven Ronald

    2006-07-01

    This report presents computational analyses to determine the structural integrity of different salt cavern shapes. Three characteristic shapes for increasing cavern volumes are evaluated and compared to the baseline shape of a cylindrical cavern. Caverns with enlarged tops, bottoms, and mid-sections are modeled. The results address pillar to diameter ratios of some existing caverns in the system and will represent the final shape of other caverns if they are repeatedly drawn down. This deliverable is performed in support of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Several three-dimensional models using a close-packed arrangement of 19 caverns have been built and analyzed using a simplified symmetry involving a 30-degree wedge portion of the model. This approach has been used previously for West Hackberry (Ehgartner and Sobolik, 2002) and Big Hill (Park et al., 2005) analyses. A stratigraphy based on the Big Hill site has been incorporated into the model. The caverns are modeled without wells and casing to simplify the calculations. These calculations have been made using the power law creep model. The four cavern shapes were evaluated at several different cavern radii against four design factors. These factors included the dilatant damage safety factor in salt, the cavern volume closure, axial well strain in the caprock, and surface subsidence. The relative performance of each of the cavern shapes varies for the different design factors, although it is apparent that the enlarged bottom design provides the worst overall performance. The results of the calculations are put in the context of the history of cavern analyses assuming cylindrical caverns, and how these results affect previous understanding of cavern behavior in a salt dome.

  1. MR imaging of cerebral cavernous hemangiomas

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    Shakudo, Miyuki; Inoue, Yuichi; Matsumura, Yasumasa and others

    1988-06-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CT were performed on 16 lesions of 13 patients with cases of cavernous hemangioma (10 cases of a solitary lesion and 1 case of multiple lesions). Six of the 16 cavernomas were histologically confirmed. All the lesions were detected on enhanced CT scans; fifteen of the 16 lesions were detected on MR images. The cavernous hemangiomas showed various signal intensities on both T/sub 1/-weighted and T/sub 2/-weighted images. All lesions not associated with a fresh hematoma were circumscribed by a curvilinear low-intensity area, most prominently on T/sub 2/-weighted images. This low-intensity band around cavernous hemangiomas on T/sub 2/-weighted images seemed to represent the hemosiderin leiden peritumoral brain.

  2. Cavernous haemangioma mimicking as clitoral hypertrophy

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    Sajid Nayyar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Haemangioma is the most common benign neoplasm of infantile age. It is most commonly located in head and neck region, trunk and extremities but very rarely it can be located at clitoris. However, it is very important to differentiate clitoral haemangioma from enlargement of the clitoris secondary to androgen excess. Only four cases of clitoromegaly caused by cavernous haemangioma have been reported in the literature so far. Herein, we report our experience with a 10-year-old girl who presented with clitoromegaly and normal hormonal assay that turned out to be clitoral cavernous haemangioma after histopathological examination of the clitoral mass.

  3. Exome Sequencing Identifies a Novel LMNA Splice-Site Mutation and Multigenic Heterozygosity of Potential Modifiers in a Family with Sick Sinus Syndrome, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, and Sudden Cardiac Death.

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    Full Text Available The goals are to understand the primary genetic mechanisms that cause Sick Sinus Syndrome and to identify potential modifiers that may result in intrafamilial variability within a multigenerational family. The proband is a 63-year-old male with a family history of individuals (>10 with sinus node dysfunction, ventricular arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, and sudden death. We used exome sequencing of a single individual to identify a novel LMNA mutation and demonstrated the importance of Sanger validation and family studies when evaluating candidates. After initial single-gene studies were negative, we conducted exome sequencing for the proband which produced 9 gigabases of sequencing data. Bioinformatics analysis showed 94% of the reads mapped to the reference and identified 128,563 unique variants with 108,795 (85% located in 16,319 genes of 19,056 target genes. We discovered multiple variants in known arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, or ion channel associated genes that may serve as potential modifiers in disease expression. To identify candidate mutations, we focused on ~2,000 variants located in 237 genes of 283 known arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, or ion channel associated genes. We filtered the candidates to 41 variants in 33 genes using zygosity, protein impact, database searches, and clinical association. Only 21 of 41 (51% variants were validated by Sanger sequencing. We selected nine confirmed variants with minor allele frequencies G, a novel heterozygous splice-site mutation as the primary mutation with rare or novel variants in HCN4, MYBPC3, PKP4, TMPO, TTN, DMPK and KCNJ10 as potential modifiers and a mechanism consistent with haploinsufficiency.

  4. Tuberculosis of paranasal sinuses.

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    Sanehi, S; Dravid, Chandrashekhar; Chaudhary, Neena; Venkatachalam, V P

    2008-03-01

    Nasal tuberculosis is very rare but much rarer is tuberculosis of paranasal sinuses. It involves especially the maxillary sinus and is usually unilateral. We report an unusual case of tuberculosis of frontal and maxillary sinus in a 68 years old male, who presented with a swelling above left medial canthus, with no other eye or nasal complaints. Clinical and radiological findings on our initial evaluation suggested that the patient had left frontal mucocoele with bilateral maxillary haziness. Diagnosis was established on FNAC report and subsequent Ziehl - Neelsen staining of nasal swabs and tuberculin skin test. Later chest x-ray examination was suggestive of pulmonary tuberculosis, which was the primary cause. Patient responded well to antituberculosis drug therapy.

  5. Maxillary sinus augmentation

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    A B Tarun Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Placing dental implants in the maxillary posterior region can be both challenging and un-nerving for a regular implant dentist who is not well versed with advanced surgical procedures. It is vital for a general dentist to understand the fundamentals of bone grafting the maxillary sinus if he/she is really committed to providing the best health care for their patients. The dental practice is seeing an increasing group of patients who are living longer, and this group of older baby boomers often has an edentulous posterior maxilla either unilateral or bilateral. When edentulous, the posterior maxilla more likely has diminished bone height, which does not allow for the placement of dental implants without creating additional bone. Through grafting the maxillary sinus, bone of ideal quality can be created (allowing for placement of dental implants, which offer many advantages over other tooth replacement modalities. The sinus graft offers the dental patient a predictable procedure of regenerating lost osseous structure in the posterior maxilla. This offers the patient many advantages for long-term success. If dentists understand these concepts, they can better educate their patients and guide them to have the procedure performed. This article outlines bone grafting of the maxillary sinus for the purpose of placing dental implants. This review will help the readers to understand the intricacies of sinus augmentation. They can relate their patient's condition with the available literature and chalk out the best treatment plan for the patient, especially by using indirect sinus augmentation procedures which are less invasive and highly successful if done using prescribed technique.

  6. Cutaneous odontogenic sinus.

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    Scott, M J; Scott, M J

    1980-06-01

    A case report and discussion of cutaneous odontogenic sinus tracts, frequently encountered but often misdiagnosed and mistreated, are presented. Awareness that periapical dental abscesses are the most common etiologic factor of cutaneous sinus tracts involving the face and neck will facilitate their early diagnosis and prevent needless treatment or anxiety for the patient. These lesions are often misinterpreted as chronic, resistant to therapy, pyogenic nodules, or granulomas. A high degree of suspicion is required for making the correct diagnosis, and dental roentgenographic studies should routinely be obtained in all such lesions. Permanent healing cannot be achieved unless the original site of infection is located and eradicated.

  7. Special people visit the ATLAS cavern

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    ATLAS has been host to many important visitors lately. Here are a selected few: Professor Stephen Hawking visits the ATLAS cavern On Tuesday 26 September 2006 the ATLAS Collaboration was honoured by a very special visit to the detector in the underground cavern. We were pleased to guide Professor Stephen Hawking, the famous cosmologist holding the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University (position held by Isaac Newton in the 17th century), on a tour of the ATLAS pit and the LHC tunnel. The visit was accompanied by a few colleagues from the CERN Theory group, and was only possible thanks to the professional assistance of Olga Beltramello and Bernard Lebegue, who had also taken care of all the necessary preparatory work in the cavern. Professor Hawking was very keen to check for himself the status of the detector installation, and he admired, in particular, the spectacular TGC big wheel on side C. (left) Stephen Hawking in the ATLAS cavern side-C (right) and in the LHC tunnel...

  8. The ATLAS cavern in the spotlight

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    On Wednesday, 4th June, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Pascal Couchepin, inaugurated the world's largest experimental cavern, which is to house the ATLAS detector in 2007, and announced Switzerland's gift to CERN of the "Palais de l'Equilibre".

  9. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available Toggle navigation Test/Treatment Patient Type Screening/Wellness Disease/Condition Safety En Español More Info Images/Videos ... thickened sinus membranes . detect the presence of inflammatory diseases. provide additional information about tumors of the nasal ...

  10. cerebral venous sinus thrombosis

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    May 5, 2010 ... day history of generalised tonic clonic seizures. The seizures were noted to last 5 minutes and followed ... the lateral and third ventricles was seen. Contrast enhanced CT scans showed the empty ... and absence of flow (Figure 3D) within the superior sagittal and right transverse sinuses. The patient was ...

  11. Computed Tomography (CT) -- Sinuses

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    Full Text Available ... or thickened sinus membranes . detect the presence of inflammatory diseases. provide additional information about tumors of the nasal ... reduce the risk of an allergic reaction. These medications generally need ... of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid problems. Any ...

  12. CURRENT APPROACH TO SINUSITIS

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    scopic or external spheno-eth- moidectomy. Complications of ABRS. Orbital complications are the most common complication of sinusitis. The Chandler classification gives a clinical approach to orbital inflamma- tion: • inflammatory oedema (lid oedema). • orbital cellulitis (diffuse oedema). • subperiosteal abscess (displace-.

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    Full Text Available ... quality for accurate interpretation. The actual CT scan takes less than a minute and the entire process ... tissue as well as the lungs, bones, and blood vessels. CT examinations are fast and ... is usually the first test ordered when a sinus tumor is suspected. If ...

  15. Endoscopic Endonasal Approach to Mesencephalic Cavernous Malformations.

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    He, Shi-Ming; Wang, Yuan; Zhao, Tian-Zhi; Zheng, Tao; Lv, Wen-Hai; Zhao, Lan-Fu; Chen, Long; Sterling, Cole; Qu, Yan; Gao, Guo-Dong

    2016-06-01

    Symptomatic cavernous malformations involving the brainstem are difficult to access by conventional approaches, which often require dramatic brain retraction to gain adequate operative corridor. Here, we present a successful endoscopic endonasal transclival approach for resection of a hemorrhagic, symptomatic mesencephalic cavernous malformation. A 20-year-old woman presented with acute onset of headache, nausea, and vomiting. Computed tomography scan revealed a ventral midbrain hemorrhage. On day 3 of admission, the patient developed left-sided hemiparesis, restriction of medial and lateral left-eye movements, and loss of left pupillary light reflex. Subsequent magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated an increase of the midbrain lesion to 1.2 cm × 1.7 cm. Diffusion tensor imaging showed compression and lateral displacement of the right corticospinal tract near the thalamus and cerebral peduncle. Given the patient's clinical presentation and the findings on imaging, we suspected a mesencephalic cavernous malformation. The patient underwent an endoscopic endonasal transclival resection of a ventral midline mesencephalon cavernous malformation. A dark red lesion was directly visualized under the endoscope. After a small cortiectomy, the pial and perforator vessels were dissected, and dark-brown blood was drained from the cavernoma cavity. Using a biopsy forceps and with careful attention to the cavernoma borders, the lesion was removed and hemostasis was achieved. Pathologic examination confirmed cavernous malformation. One week after the operation, magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated total resection of the lesion. A 3-month follow-up revealed improved neurologic symptoms with minimal surgical morbidity. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Hereditary Multiple Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Associated with Wilson Disease and Multiple Lipomatosis.

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    Belousova, Olga B; Okishev, Dmitry N; Ignatova, Tatyana M; Balashova, Maria S; Boulygina, Eugenia S

    2017-09-01

    We report on a patient with 2 Mendelian diseases-symptomatic multiple familial cerebral cavernous malformations (FCCMs) and Wilson disease. Genetic analysis revealed single nucleotide polymorphisms in genes CCM2 and CCM3, associated with cavernous malformations, and homozygote mutation in the ATP7B gene, responsible for Wilson disease. FCCMs were symptomatic in 3 generations. The patient also had multiple lipomatosis, which is suggested to be a familial syndrome. In recent years there has been an increasing amount of publications linking FCCMs with other pathology, predominantly with extracranial and intracranial mesenchymal anomalies. The present study is the description of an unusual association between 2 independent hereditary diseases of confirmed genetic origin-a combination that has not been described previously. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. DDD(R)-pacing, but not AAI(R)-pacing induces left ventricular desynchronization in patients with sick sinus syndrome: tissue-Doppler and 3D echocardiographic evaluation in a randomized controlled comparison.

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    Albertsen, Andi Eie; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Poulsen, Steen Hvitfeldt; Mortensen, Peter Thomas; Pedersen, Anders Kirstein; Hansen, Peter Steen; Jensen, Henrik Kjaerulf; Egeblad, Henrik

    2008-02-01

    Increasing evidence from randomized trials and experimental studies indicates that right ventricular (RV) pacing may induce congestive heart failure. We studied regional left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony and global LV function in 50 consecutive patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) randomized to either atrial pacing [AAI(R)] or dual chamber RV-pacing [DDD(R)]. Fifty consecutive patients were randomized to AAI(R) or DDD(R)-pacing. Tissue-Doppler imaging was used to quantify LV dyssynchrony in terms of number of segments with delayed longitudinal contraction (DLC). Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was measured using three-dimensional echocardiography. Dyssynchrony was more pronounced in the DDD(R)-group than in the AAI(R)-group at the 12 months follow-up (P DDD(R)-group from baseline to the 12 months follow-up (1.3 +/- 1 to 2.1 +/- 1 segments displaying DLC per patient), P DDD(R)-mode after 12 months of pacing although LVEF decreased significantly in the DDD(R)-group from baseline (63.1 +/- 8%) to the 12 months follow-up (59.3 +/- 8%, P DDD(R)-pacing but not AAI(R)-pacing induces significant LV desynchronization and reduction of LVEF.

  18. AV block and changes in pacing mode during long-term follow-up of 399 consecutive patients with sick sinus syndrome treated with an AAI/AAIR pacemaker.

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    Kristensen, L; Nielsen, J C; Pedersen, A K; Mortensen, P T; Andersen, H R

    2001-03-01

    This retrospective study included a large cohort of consecutive patients primarily implanted at Skejby University Hospital with an AAI/AAIR pacemaker because of sick sinus syndrome (SSS) from July 1981 to July 1999. The primary aim of the study was to analyze the risk of developing AV block during long-term follow-up. A secondary aim was to study the incidence and reasons for changes in pacing mode caused by other than AV block. A total of 399 patients (231 women, mean age 71 +/- 13.5 years) were identified. Mean follow-up was 4.6 +/- 3.4 years and occurred at death, reoperation with mode change, pacemaker explant, or end of study. During follow-up, 44 patients had a ventricular lead implanted with a mean delay of 2.8 +/- 3.1 years (range 1 day-10.4 years) after the primary implantation. A total of 30 patients received a ventricular lead because of AV block or AF with bradycardia (annual incidence 1.7%). Another 14 patients received a ventricular lead without having documented AV block or AF with pauses (annual incidence 0.8%). The present observational study documents that in patients with SSS treated with AAI/AAIR pacing, AV block requiring implantation of a ventricular lead occurs at a rate of 1.7% per year. It is considered that AAI/AAIR pacing is safe and reliable as treatment for patients with SSS and normal AV conduction.

  19. Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis presenting with diplopia in pregnancy: a case report

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    Munira Yusoff

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is a rare condition. The most frequent symptoms and signs are headache, focal seizures with or without secondary generalization, unilateral or bilateral paresis and papilledema. We report a case of transverse sinus and superior sagittal sinus thrombosis that presented with diplopia in a pregnant woman. Case presentation A 34-year-old Malay woman, gravida 3 para 2 at 8 weeks of pregnancy, was admitted for hyperemesis gravidarum, presented with sudden onset of diplopia, blurring of vision and headache. A magnetic resonance scan of her brain showed the presence of cerebral edema with no space occupying lesion, but magnetic resonance venography ultimately revealed right transverse sinus and superior sagittal sinus thrombosis. The patient was treated with anticoagulation for 1 year, after which the patient recovered fully. Conclusion Due to its diverse and varied neurological presentation, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis should be considered in almost any brain syndrome.

  20. Mutation prevalence of cerebral cavernous malformation genes in Spanish patients.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To study the molecular genetic and clinical features of cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM in a cohort of Spanish patients. METHODS: We analyzed the CCM1, CCM2, and CCM3 genes by MLPA and direct sequencing of exons and intronic boundaries in 94 familial forms and 41 sporadic cases of CCM patients of Spanish extraction. When available, RNA studies were performed seeking for alternative or cryptic splicing. RESULTS: A total of 26 pathogenic mutations, 22 of which predict truncated proteins, were identified in 29 familial forms and in three sporadic cases. The repertoire includes six novel non-sense and frameshift mutations in CCM1 and CCM3. We also found four missense mutations, one of them located at the third NPXY motif of CCM1 and another one that leads to cryptic splicing of CCM1 exon 6. We found four genomic deletions with the loss of the whole CCM2 gene in one patient and a partial loss of CCM1and CCM2 genes in three other patients. Four families had mutations in CCM3. The results include a high frequency of intronic variants, although most of them localize out of consensus splicing sequences. The main symptoms associated to clinical debut consisted of cerebral haemorrhage, migraines and epileptic seizures. The rare co-occurrence of CCM with Noonan and Chiari syndromes and delayed menarche is reported. CONCLUSIONS: Analysis of CCM genes by sequencing and MLPA has detected mutations in almost 35% of a Spanish cohort (36% of familial cases and 10% of sporadic patients. The results include 13 new mutations of CCM genes and the main clinical symptoms that deserves consideration in molecular diagnosis and genetic counselling of cerebral cavernous malformations.

  1. Perforation of the sinus membrane during sinus floor elevation

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    von Arx, Thomas; Fodich, Ivo; Bornstein, Michael M

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE: To analyze the frequency of perforation of the sinus membrane during maxillary sinus floor elevation (SFE) and to assess possible risk factors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-seven cases of SFE performed with a lateral window approach were evaluated retrospectively. Clinical and radiogra......PURPOSE: To analyze the frequency of perforation of the sinus membrane during maxillary sinus floor elevation (SFE) and to assess possible risk factors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-seven cases of SFE performed with a lateral window approach were evaluated retrospectively. Clinical...... and radiographic variables potentially influencing the risk of sinus membrane perforation were evaluated and divided into patient-related factors (age, sex, smoking habit); surgery-related factors (type of surgical approach, side, units, sites, and technique of osteotomy); and maxillary sinus-related factors...

  2. Treatment results of functional endoscopic sinus surgery in chronic sinusitis

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    Naraghi M

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Endoscopic sinus surgery has been used for diagnosis and treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases of paranasal sinuses since recent years. Materials and Methods: In this study 104 patients with chronic sinusitis (with or without polyps which were managed with endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS were followed for 6 to 24 months after surgery (24 patients refused to continue follow up and the recovery rate of symptoms were evaluated. Results: The effectiveness of this therapy is statistically approved and the most important symptom which diminished was nasal obstruction (from 95 percent to 18.5 percent, the least important symptom which diminished was anosmia (from 57 percent to 21 percent. Conclusion: This study confirmed the efficacy of functional endoscopic sinus surgery in improvement of chronic sinusitis symptoms.

  3. Effects of maxillary sinus floor elevation surgery on maxillary sinus physiology

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    Timmenga, NM; Raghoebar, GM; Liem, RSB; van Weissenbruch, R; Manson, WL; Vissink, A

    In a prospective study, the effects of elevation surgery of the maxillary sinus floor on maxillary sinus physiology were assessed. Seventeen consecutive patients without preoperative anamnestic, clinical and radiological signs of maxillary sinusitis underwent sinus floor elevation surgery with iliac

  4. Cavernous venous malformation (cavernous hemangioma) of the orbit: Current concepts and a review of the literature.

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    Calandriello, Luigi; Grimaldi, Gabriela; Petrone, Gianluigi; Rigante, Mario; Petroni, Sergio; Riso, Monica; Savino, Gustavo

    The cavernous venous malformation of the orbit, previously called cavernous hemangioma, is the most common primary orbital lesion of adults. Cavernous venous malformation occurs more often in women and typically presents in the fourth and fifth decades of life. It is a benign vascular malformation characterized by a well-defined capsule and numerous large vascular channels. The most common sign of cavernous venous malformation is progressive axial proptosis from the preferential involvement of the intraconal orbital space. Optic nerve damage and other signs of orbital pathology may be present, with a variable degree of visual impairment. The combination of ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging leads to an accurate diagnosis in the vast majority of cases. Surgical and nonsurgical treatments are required in case of symptomatic lesions, with a characteristic multidisciplinary management influencing optimal outcome. Orbitotomy represents the traditional surgical approach. Recently, the endoscopic transnasal approach to the orbital cavity has gained interest, representing a feasible and safe, less-invasive surgical technique for the management of cavernous venous malformation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Coincident Giant Cavernous Angioma and Large Middle Cerebral Artery Aneurysm

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    Newton, Tom D.; Munusamy, Saravanan; Laitt, Roger

    2015-01-01

    Cavernous angiomas although relatively common lesions rarely reach a large size. They have a well documented association with AVMs, capillary telangiectases and venous angiomas but are not specifically associated with intracerebral aneurysms. We present a case of what we believe to be the 4th largest reported giant cavernous angioma to present in adulthood. This cavernous angioma also happened to be associated with a large intracerebral aneurysm, an association not previously reported. The so...

  6. Chronic invasive fungal granulomatous rhino-sinusitis: a case report ...

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    The patient was commenced on voriconazole, and there was a dramatic regression. Fungal infection should be considered in patients with chronic sinusitis and, if they present late with, orbital apex syndrome. If diagnosed and treated early, there is a rapid response rate. Effective collaboration between the Surgeon, ...

  7. OPTIMIZATION OF SECRETOLYTIC TREATMENT OF ACUTE SINUSITIS

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    S.V. Makarevich

    2008-01-01

    Efficiency of sinupret in children with acute sinusitis as a drug with serolytic action, is studied. it is established that secretolytic therapy in case of acute sinusitis, aimed at the improvement of drainage and ventilation function of paranasal sinuses, is one of the potentially productive directions of nonbinvasive methods of treatment of acute sinusitis.Key words: children, acute sinusitis, secretolytic treatment.

  8. Ethmomaxillary sinus: a particular anatomic variation of the paranasal sinuses

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    Sirikci, Akif; Bayram, Metin [Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Gaziantep University, Kolejtepe, 27310, Gaziantep (Turkey); Bayazit, Y.A.; Kanlikama, Muzaffer [Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Gaziantep University, Kolejtepe, 27310, Gaziantep (Turkey)

    2004-02-01

    We assessed the morphological and radiological characteristics of ethmomaxillary sinus (EMS), which is an enlarged posterior ethmoidal air cell occupying the superior portion of the maxillary sinus while draining into superior meatus. This study is based on 1450 patients submitted to CT examination of the paranasal sinuses between 1998 and 2002. Sequential CT scans were obtained in the coronal plane in all the patients with 2.5- to 5-mm section thickness and were evaluated for EMS. The diagnosis of EMS was made when there was a posterior ethmoidal cell occupying the superior part of the maxillary sinus while draining to the superior meatus. When EMS was diagnosed, the morphology of the septum between the and maxillary sinus, and width of the superior meatus, were noted. The EMS was found in 10 of 1450 (0.7%) patients. The coexisting anatomic variations were concha bullosa (50%), upper concha pneumatization (20%), maxillary sinus hypoplasia (20%), uncinate bulla (10%), hypertrophied inferior concha (10%), paradoxic middle concha (10%), and septate maxillary sinus (10%). There was no relation between EMS and sinus disease. The EMS is a rare anatomic variation and does not appear to be associated with sinusitis. The EMS is not a well-studied anatomic variation, and the literature is lacking adequate information about this anatomic variation. This study performed in a large series of patients will possibly contribute to better understanding of this particular anomaly. (orig.)

  9. Multiple intracranial cavernous angiomas: A rare case series

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Cavernous angiomas are cerebral cavernous malformations and they are relatively rare lesions. Two forms of cavernous angiomas have been described: a sporadic form, in which patients usually have a single lesion, and a familial form, the hallmarks of which are multiple lesions and autosomal dominant transmission. The familial form appears to be very uncommon and has mainly been described in the Hispanic population. We report two cases of multiple intracranial cavernous angiomas which is an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. It is very rare to find this in non Hispanic population.

  10. Allowable pillar to diameter ratio for strategic petroleum reserve caverns.

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    Ehgartner, Brian L.; Park, Byoung Yoon

    2011-05-01

    This report compiles 3-D finite element analyses performed to evaluate the stability of Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) caverns over multiple leach cycles. When oil is withdrawn from a cavern in salt using freshwater, the cavern enlarges. As a result, the pillar separating caverns in the SPR fields is reduced over time due to usage of the reserve. The enlarged cavern diameters and smaller pillars reduce underground stability. Advances in geomechanics modeling enable the allowable pillar to diameter ratio (P/D) to be defined. Prior to such modeling capabilities, the allowable P/D was established as 1.78 based on some very limited experience in other cavern fields. While appropriate for 1980, the ratio conservatively limits the allowable number of oil drawdowns and hence limits the overall utility and life of the SPR cavern field. Analyses from all four cavern fields are evaluated along with operating experience gained over the past 30 years to define a new P/D for the reserve. A new ratio of 1.0 is recommended. This ratio is applicable only to existing SPR caverns.

  11. Cavernous Angioma in the Falx Cerebri: A Case Report

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    Kim, Jin-Sung; Yang, Seung-Ho; Kim, Moon-Kyu

    2006-01-01

    Intracranial cavernous angiomas are benign vascular malformations and can be divided into intra-axial and extra-axial lesions. Extra-axial cavernous angiomas are relatively rare and usually arise in relation to the dura mater and mimick meningiomas. We report a case of cavernous angioma that occured in the falx cerebri of a 22-yr-old female patient with the special focus on neuroradiologic findings. This is the fourth case of cavernous angioma in the falx cerebri reported in the literature to our knowledge. PMID:17043437

  12. [Orbital complications of sinusitis].

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    Šuchaň, M; Horňák, M; Kaliarik, L; Krempaská, S; Koštialová, T; Kovaľ, J

    2014-12-01

    Orbital complications categorised by Chandler are emergency. They need early diagnosis and agresive treatment. Stage and origin of orbital complications are identified by rhinoendoscopy, ophtalmologic examination and CT of orbite and paranasal sinuses. Periorbital cellulitis and early stage of orbital cellulitis can be treated conservatively with i. v. antibiotics. Monitoring of laboratory parameters and ophtalmologic symptoms is mandatory. Lack of improvement or worsening of symptoms within 24-48 hours and advanced stages of orbital complications are indicated for surgery. The purpose of the study is to evaluate epidemiology, clinical features and management of sinogenic orbital complications. Retrospective data of 8 patients with suspicion of orbital complication admited to hospital from 2008 to 2013 were evaluated. Patients were analyzed in terms of gender, age, CT findings, microbiology, clinical features, stage and treatment. Male and female were afected in rate 1,66:1. Most of patients were young adult in 3rd. and 4th. decade of life (62,5 %). Acute and chronic sinusitis were cause of orbital complication in the same rate. The most common origin of orbital complication was ethmoiditis (62,5 %), than maxillary (25 %) and frontal (12,5 %) sinusitis. Polysinusitis with affection of ethmoidal, maxillary and frontal sinuses (75 %) was usual CT finding. Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus were etiological agens in half of cases. Periorbital oedema (100 %), proptosis, chemosis (50 %), diplopia and glaucoma (12,5 %) were observed. Based on examinations, diagnosis of periorbital oedema/preseptal cellulitis was made in 3 (37,5 %), orbital cellulitis in 3 (37,5 %) and subperiosteal abscess in 2 cases (25 %). All patients underwent combined therapy - i. v. antibiotics and surgery within 24 hours. Eradication of disease from ostiomeatal complex (OMC), drainage of affected sinuses and drainage of subperiosteal abscess were done via fuctional endonasal

  13. Dural cavernous hemangioma of the cerebellar falx.

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    Ito, Masaki; Kamiyama, Hiroyasu; Nakamura, Takatoshi; Nakajima, Hideki; Tokugawa, Joji

    2009-09-01

    A 47-year-old man presented with a rare case of dural cavernous hemangioma of the cerebellar falx incidentally detected as a mass lesion in the posterior cranial fossa. Neurological examination revealed no deficits or physical symptoms. Computed tomography demonstrated a well-demarcated hyperdense mass, with no calcification, in the cerebellar vallecula. Magnetic resonance imaging showed the extra-axial mass as homogeneously isointense on T(1)-weighted images, and hyperintense on T(2)-weighted images, compared to the adjacent cerebellar parenchyma that had no hypointense halo. The cerebellar vermis was slightly compressed ventrally, the adjacent brain parenchyma was not swollen, and there was no evidence of hydrocephalus. The mass and the attached cerebellar falx were homogeneously enhanced by contrast medium. The dural enhancement was considered a dural tail. No other intracranial vascular malformations were found. The preoperative diagnosis was posterior cranial fossa meningioma attached to the cerebellar falx. Median suboccipital craniotomy exposed the reddish mass attached to the cerebellar falx. The arachnoid plane was well preserved. Total en bloc resection was performed with minimal blood loss. The postoperative course was unremarkable. The resected mass had a reddish-brown mulberry appearance, with spongy cross section with multiple blood-filled spaces. Histological examination identified dilated blood-containing channels lined with flattened endothelium and separated by fibrous tissue, but no luminal thrombus or hemorrhage. The histological diagnosis was dural cavernous hemangioma of the cerebellar falx. Preoperative radiosurgery or embolization is recommended for most of the dural cavernous hemangiomas, but surgery for the present dural cavernous hemangioma of the cerebellar falx was performed safely.

  14. Cavernous angioma associated with ipsilateral hippocampal sclerosis

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    Okujava, M. [Institute of Radiology and Interventional Diagnostics, Tbilisi (Georgia); Ebner, A.; Schmitt, J.; Woermann, F.G. [Bethel Epilepsy Centre, Mara Hospital, Bielefeld (Germany)

    2002-07-01

    We report two cases with extratemporal cavernous angioma (CA) and coexisting ipsilateral hippocampal sclerosis. Classically dual pathology is defined as the association of hippocampal sclerosis with an extrahippocampal lesion. Subtle changes in hippocampus might be overlooked in the presence of an unequivocal extrahippocampal abnormality. Seizure outcome after epilepsy surgery in cases with dual pathology is less favourable if only one of the lesions is removed. Dual pathology must always be considered in diagnostic imaging of patients with intractable epilepsy and CA. (orig.)

  15. Cardiac Cavernous Hemangioma Coexisting With Pulmonary Cavernous Hemangiomas and Giant Hepatic Hemangioma.

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    Wang, Chunping; Chen, Hao; Sun, Lin; Mei, Yunqing

    2017-02-01

    We describe a case of cardiac cavernous hemangioma with coexisting pulmonary cavernous hemangiomas and hepatic hemangioma. A 35-year-old woman who had previously received a living donor liver transplant to cure giant hepatic hemangioma was seen because of chest pain. A cardiac neoplasm and multiple pulmonary nodules were detected. The tumor was surgically removed, and biopsy specimens were taken from the lung nodules. Histopathologic examination confirmed that both lesions were cavernous hemangiomas. The patient was discharged without adverse events postoperatively. Cardiac hemangioma is an extremely rare entity; the present case is unique for its multiorgan involvement. Suspicion of this entity should be aroused if the imaging manifestation suggests a vascular nature. Copyright © 2017 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Clinical presentation of inappropriate sinus tachycardia and differential diagnosis.

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    Peyrol, Michael; Lévy, Samuel

    2016-06-01

    Inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST) is a syndrome characterized by a sinus tachycardia not related to a medical condition, to a physiological response, or to medication or drugs and associated with symptoms, often invalidating and altering the quality of life of affected patients. It occurs predominantly in adolescents and young adults, and in the female sex. The diagnosis requires a complete work-up in order to exclude other causes of sinus tachycardia and one or several additional tests: 24-h ECG ambulatory recordings, echocardiogram, exercise testing, and autonomous nervous system assessment. It should be differentiated from the postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, with which it shares a number of symptoms, and other supraventricular tachycardias originating in the high right atrium. An electrophysiological study should be considered in selected cases in order to differentiate IST from other supraventricular tachycardias. The mechanism is still unclear, and possible etiologies may include intrinsic abnormality of the sinus node, autonomic dysfunction, hypersensitivity of the sinus node to catecholamines, blunted vagal system, or a combination of the above. The authors emphasize the wide spectrum of clinical presentations and the need to better define the IST and the criteria required to ascertain its diagnosis.

  17. Sarcoidosis of the nose and paranasal sinuses.

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    McCaffrey, T V; McDonald, T J

    1983-10-01

    Sarcoidosis is a chronic systemic disease of unknown etiology characterized by non-caseating granulomatous inflammation of various organs. The records of 2319 patients with the diagnosis of sarcoidosis were reviewed to determine the incidence of nasal involvement. Seventeen patients or approximately 1% of the patients with sarcoidosis had histologically proven nasal mucosa involvement. These patients had symptoms of nasal crusting, congestion, epistaxis, pain, or anosmia. The clinical findings in these patients included friable nasal mucosa, nasal polyps, or a characteristic submucosal nodularity. Most patients also had abnormal sinus roentgenograms with either thickening of the sinus mucosa or opacification of the sinuses. Biopsy of the nasal mucosa shows typical non-caseating granulomas, but care must be exercised to exclude other causes of granulomatous inflammation of the nasal mucosa including tuberculosis, fungal infections, and other idiopathic granulomatous diseases such as Wegener's granulomatosis and Churg-Strauss syndrome. The treatment of nasal sarcoidosis has consisted of systemic steroids and in some cases topical beclomethasone dipropionate.

  18. Understanding Biofilms in Chronic Sinusitis.

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    Tajudeen, Bobby A; Schwartz, Joseph S; Palmer, James N

    2016-02-01

    Chronic sinusitis is a burdensome disease that has substantial individual and societal impact. Although great advances in medical and surgical therapies have been made, some patients continue to have recalcitrant infections. Microbial biofilms have been implicated as a cause of recalcitrant chronic sinusitis, and recent studies have tried to better understand the pathogenesis of chronic sinusitis as it relates to microbial biofilms. Here, we provide an overview of biofilms in chronic sinusitis with emphasis on pathogenesis, treatment, and future directions. In addition, recent evidence is presented, elucidating the role of bitter taste receptors as a possible key factor leading to biofilm formation.

  19. Mucocele of the sphenoid sinus

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    Haloi, Achyut K.; Ditchfield, Michael [Royal Children' s Hospital, Department of Medical Imaging, Melbourne (Australia); Maixner, Wirginia [Royal Children' s Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Melbourne (Australia)

    2006-09-15

    The sphenoid sinus is the least common site of mucocele of all paranasal sinuses. It is very rare in children, especially in those younger than 12 years when pneumatization of the sphenoid sinus is completed. We report a case of histologically proven sphenoidal mucocele in a 5-year-old child. The child presented with an acute onset of significant visual impairment and headache. His vision gradually improved after trans-nasal sphenoidotomy and drainage of the sinus content with return of complete normal baseline vision after 2 months. (orig.)

  20. Intracranial Complications of Pediatric Sinusitis.

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    Wiersma, Alexandria J; Vu, Tien

    2017-06-13

    "Headache and fever" is a common presentation to the urgent care and emergency department setting and can have many etiologies. We present a case of a 10-year-old girl who presented with headache and fever and was found to have intracranial extension of sinusitis despite lack of typical sinus or chronic upper respiratory tract infection symptoms. This case illustrates the need in the emergency department or urgent care to keep a broad differential diagnosis for pediatric headache, especially when initial interventions are unsuccessful. We also review the epidemiology of pediatric sinusitis, age at sinus development, and associated intracranial complications.

  1. MR imaging features that distinguish spinal cavernous angioma from hemorrhagic ependymoma and serial MRI changes in cavernous angioma.

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    Jeon, Inhwan; Jung, Woo Sang; Suh, Sang Hyun; Chung, Tae-Sub; Cho, Yong-Eun; Ahn, Sung Jun

    2016-10-01

    Cavernous angiomas of the spinal cord exhibit imaging characteristics that may overlap with those of hemorrhagic ependymoma. In the present study, we aimed to identify specific magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings that could be used to differentiate cavernous angioma from hemorrhagic ependymoma, and to evaluate serial MRI changes in cases of cavernous angioma. We retrospectively evaluated MR images of spinal cord tumors collected at our hospital from 2007 to 2015. From this cohort of images, 11 pathologically confirmed cavernous angiomas and 14 pathologically confirmed hemorrhagic ependymomas were compared with respect to the size of the tumor, longitudinal location, axial location, enhancement pattern, syrinx, edema, tumor margin, signal intensity of T2WI, signal intensity of T1WI, and longitudinal spreading of the hemorrhage. Serial MR images of seven spinal cavernous angiomas were reviewed. Small size, eccentric axial location, minimal enhancement, and absence of edema were more frequently observed on images of cavernous angioma compared to those of hemorrhagic ependymoma (p cavernous angioma included increased longitudinal spreading of the hemorrhage (6/7, 86 %) and emergence of high signal intensity on T1WI (1/7, 14 %). Small size, eccentric axial location, minimal enhancement, and absence of edema are significant MRI findings that may be used to distinguish Type I and Type II spinal cavernous angiomas from hemorrhagic ependymomas. Furthermore, longitudinal spreading of the hemorrhage may be observed on follow-up MRIs of cavernous angiomas.

  2. Sinus Infection and Toothache: Any Connection?

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    ... sinus infection cause a toothache? Answers from Alan Carr, D.M.D. Yes, a sinus infection (sinusitis) ... problem is contributing to the toothache. With Alan Carr, D.M.D. References Longo DL, et al., ...

  3. Pediatric subperiosteal orbital abscess secondary to acute sinusitis: a 5-year review.

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    Soon, Vincent Tan Eng

    2011-01-01

    Subperiosteal orbital abscesses (SPOAs) secondary to acute sinusitis are rare occurrences in the pediatric age group, more so in the neonatal period. Here, a rare case of SPOA in a 38-day-old newborn later drained via endoscopic sinus surgery is included also. This review describes the demographic data, clinical history, treatment, microbiology results, complications, and outcome. The admission records for all the patients who were admitted to the Pediatric Surgical Ward in Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching, Malaysia, between January 2004 and May 2009 were retrospectively reviewed. Records of patients who presented with preseptal cellulitis, orbital cellulitis, subperiosteal abscess (extraconal), orbital abscess (intraconal), and cavernous sinus thrombosis were closely studied. Ophthalmology consultations were obtained in all these cases. Ultimately, 3 patients having SPOA secondary to acute sinusitis were selected for this review. All patients were male with rapid onset of periorbital signs, absence of purulent rhinorrhea, and presence of significant thrombocytosis (exceeding 500 × 10(9)/L). The 38-day-old newborn had mixed infection of methicillin-resistant coagulase-negative Staphylococcus bacteremia and local Acinetobacter eye infection with Staphylococcus aureus in the SPOA. All had medially located SPOA that was adequately drained via endoscopic sinus surgery, resulting in full recovery. Newborns with preexisting risk factors and immature immunity are at risk of severe and rare infections. Contrast-enhanced paranasal sinus computed tomographic scan is mandatory and reliable to differentiate preseptal and postseptal orbital infection, as both conditions can present similarly and rapidly deteriorate. In the contrast-enhanced computed tomography-demonstrable SPOA, endoscopic sinus surgery drainage of the abscess proved to be safe and reliable as the main treatment modality. All patients recovered well without complications. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All

  4. Cerebral cavernous malformations associated with cutaneous angiokeratomas and hemangiomas.

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    Whitworth, Walter W; Hick, Ryan W; Nelson, Kelly C; Sidhu-Malik, Navjeet K

    2015-11-01

    We report the case of a 66-year-old man with adult-onset seizures and multiple cerebral cavernous malformations who developed numerous eruptive cutaneous angiokeratomas on the legs, scrotum, abdomen, and back as well as lobular and cavernous hemangiomas on the arms. Genetic analysis demonstrated a mutation in the KRIT1, ankyrin repeat containing gene (also known as CCM1).

  5. 36 CFR 7.47 - Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

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    ... 36 Parks, Forests, and Public Property 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Carlsbad Caverns National Park. 7.47 Section 7.47 Parks, Forests, and Public Property NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SPECIAL REGULATIONS, AREAS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM § 7.47 Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (a...

  6. Calcified cavernous hemangioma of the ovary: a case report

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    Lee, Yeon Hee [Dankook Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-12-01

    Ovarian hemangiomas are very uncommon and most are of the cavernous type. A few reports have described the radiologic findings of this neoplasm, but as far as the author is aware, the literature contains no description of calcified cavernous hemangioma. A case in which this condition involved the ovary is now reported.

  7. Cavernous Lymphangioma of the Lower Lip- A Rare Case Report ...

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    Lymphangioma are rare, benign, and hamartomatous tumors of the lymphatic vessels, that show a marked predilection for the head and neck region. Very few cases of Cavernous lymphangioma have been reported to occur in the lower lip. We report a rare case of Cavernous Lymphangioma of the lower lip in a 13 years old ...

  8. Acute bacterial sinusitis in children.

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    DeMuri, Gregory; Wald, Ellen R

    2013-10-01

    On the basis of strong research evidence, the pathogenesis of sinusitis involves 3 key factors: sinusostia obstruction, ciliary dysfunction, and thickening of sinus secretions. On the basis of studies of the microbiology of otitis media, H influenzae is playing an increasingly important role in the etiology of sinusitis, exceeding that of S pneumoniae in some areas, and b-lactamase production by H influenzae is increasing in respiratory isolates in the United States. On the basis of some research evidence and consensus,the presentation of acute bacterial sinusitis conforms to 1 of 3 predicable patterns; persistent, severe, and worsening symptoms. On the basis of some research evidence and consensus,the diagnosis of sinusitis should be made by applying strict clinical criteria. This approach will select children with upper respiratory infection symptoms who are most likely to benefit from an antibiotic. On the basis of some research evidence and consensus,imaging is not indicated routinely in the diagnosis of sinusitis. Computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging provides useful information when complications of sinusitis are suspected. On the basis of some research evidence and consensus,amoxicillin-clavulanate should be considered asa first-line agent for the treatment of sinusitis.

  9. Managing acute invasive fungal sinusitis.

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    Dwyhalo, Kristina M; Donald, Carrlene; Mendez, Anthony; Hoxworth, Joseph

    2016-01-01

    Acute invasive fungal sinusitis is the most aggressive form of fungal sinusitis and can be fatal, especially in patients who are immunosuppressed. Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial and potentially lifesaving, so primary care providers must maintain a high index of suspicion for this disease. Patients may need to be admitted to the hospital for IV antifungal therapy and surgical debridement.

  10. Simulation of `cavern' formation in the mixing of viscoplastic fluids

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    Mirpuri, Karan; Kahouadji, Lyes; Chergui, Jalel; Juric, Damir; Shin, Seungwon; Piccione, Patrick; Matar, Omar K.

    2017-11-01

    This work focuses on elucidating the effects of impeller size and speed on `cavern' formation in Herschel-Bulkley fluids using CFD simulations. `Caverns' are defined as the well-mixed regions within the fluid usually encasing the impeller where shear stress imparted by the impeller overcomes the material yield stress. The caverns are often surrounded by zones of stagnant fluid isolated from bulk flow, wherein mass transfer is mainly restricted to diffusion, making them adverse to mixing quality. Numerous models have been developed to predict cavern size including the spherical, cylindrical and toroidal models. Due to its prevalence as a means of comparison in modern experiments, the Elson et al. experiment is replicated for a number of rotational speeds (4, 8 and 12 Hz) and three geometrically-similar Rushton turbines using the code Blue which facilitates the `measurement' of cavern size and depth among other parameters. Funding from Syngenta gratefully acknowledged.

  11. Tentorial cavernous angioma with profuse bleeding. Case report.

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    Mori, Hiroshi; Koike, Toshiro; Endo, Shin; Takii, Yoshitaka; Uzuka, Takeo; Takahashi, Hitoshi; Ito, Jusuke; Tanaka, Ryuichi

    2009-01-01

    This 15-year-old boy with a tentorial cavernous angioma reported occasional headache and scintillation in his left visual field. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a well-demarcated, homogeneously enhanced tumor originating from the right cerebellar tentorium and extending into both the supratentorial and infratentorial spaces. Although a meningioma was suspected, vertebral artery angiography revealed a thickened meningeal branch originating from the right posterior inferior cerebellar artery and flecked tumor stain with pooling of contrast medium until the late venous phase. A cavernous angioma of the tentorium was suspected based on this finding, and as expected from the radiological findings, profuse bleeding was encountered during tumor removal. The histological diagnosis was a cavernous angioma. A cavernous angioma of the tentorium is extremely rare but should be differentiated from a meningioma preoperatively given that a cavernous angioma of dural origin tends to bleed massively during removal.

  12. Optical coherence tomography of the rat cavernous nerves

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    Fried, Nathaniel M.; Rais-Bahrami, Soroush; Lagoda, Gwen A.; Chuang, Ying; Burnett, Arthur L.; Su, Li-Ming

    2007-02-01

    Improvements in identification, imaging, and visualization of the cavernous nerves during radical prostatectomy, which are responsible for erectile function, may improve nerve preservation and postoperative potency. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is capable of real-time, high-resolution, cross-sectional, in vivo tissue imaging. The rat prostate serves as an excellent model for studying the use of OCT for imaging the cavernous nerves, as the rat cavernous nerve is a large, visible, and distinct bundle allowing for easy identification with OCT in addition to histologic confirmation. Imaging was performed with the Niris OCT system and a handheld 8 Fr probe, capable of acquiring real-time images with 11-μm axial and 25-μm lateral resolution in tissue. Open surgical exposure of the prostate was performed on a total of 6 male rats, and OCT images of the prostate, cavernous nerve, pelvic plexus ganglion, seminal vesicle, blood vessels, and periprostatic fat were acquired. Cavernous nerve electrical stimulation with simultaneous intracorporeal pressure measurements was performed to confirm proper identification of the cavernous nerves. The prostate and cavernous nerves were also processed for histologic analysis and further confirmation. Cross-sectional and longitudinal OCT images of the cavernous nerves were acquired and compared with histologic sections. The cavernous nerve and ganglion could be differentiated from the surrounding prostate gland, seminal vesicle, blood vessels, bladder, and fatty tissue. We report preliminary results of OCT images of the rat cavernous nerves with histologic correlation and erectile stimulation measurements, thus providing interpretation of prostate structures as they appear in OCT images.

  13. Bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling using vasopressin

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    Narendra Kotwal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: Anatomical localization of pituitary adenoma can be challenging in adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome, and bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS is considered gold standard in this regard. Stimulation using corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH improves the sensitivity of BIPSS, however, same is not easily available in India. Therefore, we undertook this study of BIPPS using vasopressin as agent for stimulation owing to its ability to stimulate V3 receptors present on corticotrophs. Aims: To study the tumor localization and lateralization in difficult to localize cases of ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome by bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling using vasopressin for corticotroph stimulation. Settings and Design: Prospective observational study. Subjects and Methods: Six patients (5 females meeting inclusion criteria underwent BIPSS using vasopressin for stimulation. Results: All six patients had nonsuppressible overnight and low dose dexamethasone suppression test with elevated plasma ACTH levels suggestive of ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome. High dose dexamethasone suppression test showed suppressible cortisol in two cases, and microadenoma was seen in two patients on magnetic resonance imaging pituitary. Contrast enhanced computed tomography of the abdomen showed left adrenal hyperplasia in one case and anterior mediastinal mass with bilateral adrenal hyperplasia another. Using BIPSS four patients were classified as having Cushing's disease that was confirmed histopathologically following surgery. Of the remaining two, one had primary pigmented nodular adrenocortical disease, and another had thymic carcinoid with ectopic ACTH production as the cause of Cushing's syndrome. No serious adverse events were noted. Conclusions: Vasopressin may be used instead of CRH and desmopressin for stimulation in BIPSS.

  14. [Apoptosis in rat corpus cavernous penis after neruotomy of bilateral dorsal nerve of penis and/or cavernous nerve].

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    Ruan, Yi-Sheng; Zhu, Guang-You

    2008-04-01

    To observe the apoptosis in penile corpus cavernous after neurotomy. After neurotomy, 78 SD rats were randomly assigned to experimental and normal control groups at day 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 32 time point. The quality was measured by DNA Ladder and the quantitation was measured by TUNEL. The location of apoptosis was detected by dual stained with immunohistochemistry and TUNEL. After transaction of cavernous nerve, dorsal never, and both nerves, the apoptosis in experimental and control group showed a statistically significant difference (P0.0046). There was a statistically significant difference in apoptosis between cavernous smooth muscle cell and endothelial cell groups (PCavernous nerve transection induces apoptosis in smooth muscle cells of the rat penis, but nor does dorsal nerve transaction alone. There is no statistically significant difference in apoptosis between cavernous nerve injury alone and combination injuries of cavernous nerve and dorsal nerve.

  15. Meningioma and cavernous angioma following childhood radiotherapy

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Prophylactic cranial irradiation has been a part of multimodality management of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL. With optimum treatment and the resultant long-term cure rates, long-term side effects of radiation including radiation-induced neoplasms have been increasingly unearthed. We report a rare case of development of both a meningioma and a cavernous angioma following prophylactic cranial irradiation as a part of treatment of ALL. Regular follow-up and high index of suspicion for late radiation sequelae after treatment are therefore justifiable in leukemia survivors with history of prophylactic cranial irradiation.

  16. Benign Mass in Tonsil- Cavernous Hemangioma

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    Joseph, Sumitha; Prakash, M.; Mohammed, Hafida K; Govar, Aberna

    2013-01-01

    Cavernous hemangioma is also called as ‘ANGIOMA CAVERNOSUM’ or ‘CAVERNOMA’ as benign lesion of blood vessels. They are similar to strawberry hemangioma but deeply situated. Although most often associated with skin it is also sometimes found in mucous membrane, brain and the viscera. The diagnosis of hemangiomas is mainly based on clinical evaluation . Isolated hemangiomas in the tonsillar tissue is a rare occurance. In this we report had a case of adult tonsillar hemangioma of left side associated with recurrent tonsillitis . He was effectively managed surgically without any complications. PMID:24298502

  17. Cavernous lymphangioma arising from uterine corpus.

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    Furui, Tatsuro; Imai, Atsushi; Yokoyama, Yasuhiro; Sato, Eriko; Tamaya, Teruhiko

    2003-07-01

    A rare case of giant uterine lymphangioma was experienced. A 44-year-old female noted a rapidly grown abdominal tumor and its accompanied symptoms, progressive abdominal distension, lumbago, and developed leg edema. Ultrasonography made a possible diagnosis of a huge ovarian tumor; postoperative diagnosis was cavernous lymphangioma arising from the uterus. According to the literature, lymphangioma itself is a rare tumor, and giant lymphangioma arising from uterine corpus is extremely rare. We experienced an extremely rare case of uterine lymphangioma and ultrasound tomography better imaged the tumor inside.

  18. Bilateral orbital abscesses with subdural empyema and cavernous sinus thrombosis due to melioidosis in a child

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Orbital cellulitis is an emergency situation in children. Rapid diagnosis and appropriate management are mandatory to save both vision and life. In contrast, melioidosis infection causing orbital cellulitis with intracranial infection is a rare situation in children, and requires an aggressive management. Poor response or worsening of clinical condition despite appropriate management of paediatric orbital cellulitis should alert the physician of this devastating infection, especially when it occurs in those living in endemic areas.

  19. A Rare Cause of Headache: Aspergillus Sinusitis

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    2015-01-01

    Fungal sinusitis are mostly seen in immunosuppressive individuals and somtimes which can be mortal. Most frequently species of Aspergillus were isolated from, clinical forms of mycotic sinonasal disease.Surgical debridement,sinus ventilation and medical therapy in treatment of fungal sinusitis, are recommended. In this article, a case of healthy immune patient with fungal sinusitis who peresent with headache was repoted.

  20. [Maxillary sinus myxoma].

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    Niedzielski, Artur; Partycka-Pietrzyk, Kornela; Brodzisz, Agnieszka; Walczyna, Beata; Mielnik-Niedzielska, Grażyna

    2016-07-29

    Myxoma is a slow growing, benign neoplasm, which pathogenesis still remains disputed. The lesion has well-defined borders but a true capsule is absent. Because of that myxoma can be locally invasive causing bone destruction. A change is mainly observed among persons between 20-30 years of age and is very uncommon in the pediatric population. Most myxomas are observed in myocardium, but rarely may also manifest in the head and neck region. In the paper we describe an unusual case of myxoma of maxillary sinus in a female infant. Diagnostic challenges, treatment, outcome, post-operative follow-up are discussed as well as a review of the literature in order to present many features of this rare pathology. © 2016 MEDPRESS.

  1. Direct Traumatic Carotid Cavernous Fistula: Angiographic Classification and Treatment Strategies

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    Chi, Cuong Tran; Nguyen, Dang; Duc, Vo Tan; Chau, Huynh Hong; Son, Vo Tan

    2014-01-01

    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

  2. Maxillary sinusitis with pulmonary tuberculosis.

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    Upadhyay, Rashmi; Prakash, Ved; Singh, Abhishek Bahadur; Saheer, S

    2014-08-01

    Tubercular infection of the nasal cavity is an infrequently encountered condition. More so, after the discovery of relevant antibiotics, nasal sinus tuberculosis is not commonly seen. Few cases have reported tuberculosis of the paranasal sinuses, nasopharynx and larynx. With the increasing incidence of HIV, these rare forms of infection have started re-emerging. We present a case of a middle aged man presenting with nasal cavity lesion along with pulmonary tuberculosis, which came to light only after the diagnosis of maxillary sinus tuberculosis. 2014 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  3. Aggressiv fibromatose i sinus frontalis

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    Godballe, Christian; Jensen, Søren Gade; Krogdahl, Annelise

    2009-01-01

    Aggressive fibromatosis (AF) is a benign tumour with expansive and locally invasive growth. It is very rarely seen in the head and neck area. We present a 52-year-old female patient with AF localized to the left frontal sinus. The condition was initially mistaken for chronic sinusitis however...... computed tomography indicated tumour. A biopsy showed AF and the patient received surgical treatment. Symptoms, signs and treatment are discussed. It is concluded that AF in the sino-nasal tract is a rare, but potentially life threatening condition which might be mistaken for a simple sinusitis...

  4. CD105 expression in oral capillary hemangiomas and cavernous hemangiomas.

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    Matsumoto, Naoyuki; Tsuchiya, Motomi; Nomoto, Shouta; Matsue, Yasuyoshi; Nishikawa, Yohichi; Takamura, Tsuyoshi; Oki, Hidero; Komiyama, Kazuo

    2015-03-01

    Capillary hemangioma (capillary lobular hemangioma) and cavernous hemangioma (venous malformation) are relatively common oral tumors/malformations and are characterized by increased numbers of normal and abnormal blood vessels. However, the causes of these lesions are not well understood. CD105 (endoglin) is predominantly expressed in proliferating blood endothelial cells (ECs). We analyzed expressions of CD105, CD34, von Willebrand factor, Ki-67, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A in 31 capillary hemangiomas and 34 cavernous hemangiomas. Staining scores were calculated as the product of the proportion score and intensity score. Morphologically normal oral mucosa specimens (n = 10) were simultaneously evaluated as normal controls. As compared with cavernous hemangiomas and normal controls, capillary hemangiomas had higher staining scores for CD105, VEGF-A, and COX-2. The Ki-67 labeling index was significantly higher in capillary hemangiomas than in cavernous hemangiomas and normal controls (P characteristics of capillary and cavernous hemangiomas are quite different. The ECs of capillary hemangiomas actively proliferated and were generally regulated by VEGF-A. In contrast, the ECs of cavernous hemangiomas lacked proliferative activity. These results suggest that angiogenesis and vasodilatation of pre-existing blood vessels are important in the development of capillary hemangioma and cavernous hemangioma, respectively.

  5. Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping in Cerebral Cavernous Malformations: Clinical Correlations.

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    Tan, H; Zhang, L; Mikati, A G; Girard, R; Khanna, O; Fam, M D; Liu, T; Wang, Y; Edelman, R R; Christoforidis, G; Awad, I A

    2016-07-01

    Quantitative susceptibility mapping has been shown to assess iron content in cerebral cavernous malformations. In this study, our aim was to correlate lesional iron deposition assessed by quantitative susceptibility mapping with clinical and disease features in patients with cerebral cavernous malformations. Patients underwent routine clinical scans in addition to quantitative susceptibility mapping on 3T systems. Data from 105 patients met the inclusion criteria. Cerebral cavernous malformation lesions identified on susceptibility maps were cross-verified by T2-weighted images and differentiated on the basis of prior overt hemorrhage. Mean susceptibility per cerebral cavernous malformation lesion (χ̄lesion) was measured to correlate with lesion volume, age at scanning, and hemorrhagic history. Temporal rates of change in χ̄lesion were evaluated in 33 patients. Average χ̄lesion per patient was positively correlated with patient age at scanning (P cavernous malformation lesions with prior overt hemorrhages exhibited higher χ̄lesion than those without (P cavernous malformation lesions, higher mean quantitative susceptibility mapping signal in hemorrhagic lesions, and minimum longitudinal quantitative susceptibility mapping signal change in clinically stable lesions. Quantitative susceptibility mapping has the potential to be a novel imaging biomarker supplementing conventional imaging in cerebral cavernous malformations. The clinical significance of such measures merits further study. © 2016 by American Journal of Neuroradiology.

  6. Radiology in diagnostics of odontogenic maxillary sinusitis

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    Chekhonatskaya М.L

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose: to prove diagnostic capabilities of modern radiation techniques in odontogenic maxillary sinusitis. Material and methods: The study involved 546 patients with sinusitis. The following methods have been used: X-ray of the paranasal sinuses, contrast maxillary sinus radiography, contact intraoral radiographs, orthopantomography, computer tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Results. In 7,9% of cases the presence of odontogenic sinusitis has been established, in 92,1 % rhinogenous sinusitis has been revealed. The work provides information about the effectiveness of various radiation techniques in the diagnosis of odontogenic sinusitis. Conclusion. For suspected odontogenic sinusitis, treatment of choice includes the combined use of X-ray of the paranasal sinuses in the mentoanterior projection and contact intraoral radiographs of «causal teeth». Computer tomography is the most informative additional method to clarify the diagnosis of odontogenic sinusitis.

  7. Beta adrenergic receptors in human cavernous tissue

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    Dhabuwala, C.B.; Ramakrishna, C.V.; Anderson, G.F.

    1985-04-01

    Beta adrenergic receptor binding was performed with /sup 125/I iodocyanopindolol on human cavernous tissue membrane fractions from normal tissue and transsexual procedures obtained postoperatively, as well as from postmortem sources. Isotherm binding studies on normal fresh tissues indicated that the receptor density was 9.1 fmoles/mg. with a KD of 23 pM. Tissue stored at room temperature for 4 to 6 hours, then at 4C in saline solution for 19 to 20 hours before freezing showed no significant changes in receptor density or affinity, and provided evidence for the stability of postmortem tissue obtained within the same time period. Beta receptor density of 2 cavernous preparations from transsexual procedures was not significantly different from normal control tissues, and showed that high concentrations of estrogen received by these patients had no effect on beta adrenergic receptor density. Displacement of /sup 125/iodocyanopindolol by 5 beta adrenergic agents demonstrated that 1-propranolol had the greatest affinity followed by ICI 118,551, zinterol, metoprolol and practolol. When the results of these displacement studies were subjected to Scatfit, non- linear regression line analysis, a single binding site was described. Based on the relative potency of the selective beta adrenergic agents it appears that these receptors were of the beta 2 subtype.

  8. Molecular diagnosis in cerebral cavernous malformations.

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    Mondejar, R; Lucas, M

    2017-10-01

    Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs; OMIM 116860) are enlarged vascular cavities without intervening brain parenchyma whose estimated prevalence in the general population is between 0.1% and 0.5%. Familial CCM is an autosomal dominant disease with incomplete clinical and radiological penetrance. Three genes have been linked to development of the lesions: CCM1/KRIT1, CCM2/MGC4607, and CCM3/PDCD10. The aetiological mutation is not detected in a large percentage of cases and new approaches are therefore needed. The aim of this review is to analyse current molecular techniques and the possible mutations or variations which can be detected in a molecular genetics or molecular biology laboratory. Likewise, we will analyse other alternatives that may help detect mutations in those patients showing negative results. A molecular diagnosis of cerebral cavernous malformations should provide at least the copy number variation and sequencing of CCM genes. In addition, appropriate genetic counselling is a crucial source of information and support for patients and their relatives. Copyright © 2015 Sociedad Española de Neurología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  9. Strategic petroleum reserve caverns casing damage update 1997

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    Munson, D.E.; Molecke, M.A.; Neal, J.T. [and others

    1998-01-01

    Hanging casing strings are used for oil and brine transfer in the domal salt storage caverns of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Damage to these casings is of concern because hanging string replacement is costly and because of implications on cavern stability. Although the causes of casing damage are not always well defined, many events leading to damage are assumed to be the result of salt falls impacting the hanging strings. However, in some cases, operational aspects may be suspected. The history of damage to hanging strings is updated in this study to include the most recent events. Potential general domal and local operational and material factors that could influence the tendency for caverns to have salt falls are examined in detail. As a result of this examination, general factors, such as salt dome anomalies and crude type, and most of the operational factors, such as geometry, location and depressurizations, are not believed to be primary causes of casing damage. Further analysis is presented of the accumulation of insolubles during cavern solutioning and accumulation of salt fall material on the cavern floor. Inaccuracies in sump geometry probably make relative cavern insolubles contents uncertain. However, determination of the salt fall accumulations, which are more accurate, suggest that the caverns with the largest salt fall accumulations show the greatest number of hanging string events. There is good correlation between the accumulation rate and the number of events when the event numbers are corrected to an equivalent number for a single hanging string in a quiescent, operating cavern. The principal factor that determines the propensity for a cavern to exhibit this behavior is thought to be the effect of impurity content on the fracture behavior of salt.

  10. Paranasal sinus obliteration in Wegener granulomatosis

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    Paling, M.R.; Roberts, R.L.; Fauci, A.S.

    1982-08-01

    The authors report 14 cases of Wegener granulomatosis in which one or more paranasal sinuses were obliterated by bone. The maxillary antra were involved in all cases, with the other sinuses being affected less frequently. These changes are thought to result from chronic bacterial sinusitis superimposed on the granulomatous vasculitic process. Computed tomography dramatically demonstrated the bone changes, consisting of a combination of sinus wall thickening and trabeculated new bone formation within the sinuses.

  11. OPTIMIZATION OF SECRETOLYTIC TREATMENT OF ACUTE SINUSITIS

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    S.V. Makarevich

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Efficiency of sinupret in children with acute sinusitis as a drug with serolytic action, is studied. it is established that secretolytic therapy in case of acute sinusitis, aimed at the improvement of drainage and ventilation function of paranasal sinuses, is one of the potentially productive directions of nonbinvasive methods of treatment of acute sinusitis.Key words: children, acute sinusitis, secretolytic treatment.

  12. Protective effect of annexin-A1 against irreversible damage to cavernous tissue after cavernous nerve injury in the rat.

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    Facio, Fernando N; Burnett, Arthur L

    2012-11-01

    Study Type - Aetiology (case control) Level of Evidence 3b. What's known on the subject? and What does the study add? Penile rehabilitation is still controversial regarding good results. Our study shows a non-invasive treatment option to recovery after cavernous nervous damage. The assessment of changes in the intracavernous pressure and karyometry demonstrates the protective effect of annexin-A1 in an animal model of cavernous nerve injury. We found that annexin-A1 effectively preserved erectile function, evidently through significantly protecting the corpus cavernosum tissue against fibrosis. • To evaluate the protective effect of annexin-A1 against irreversible damage to cavernous tissue after cavernous nerve injury. • Thirty Sprague-Dawley male rats were divided into 3 groups; sham-operated rats (n= 10), bilateral cavernous nerve injury treated intravenously with 100 µg/kg annexin-A1 (n= 10), and a crush group of rats submitted to bilateral cavernous nerve injury and vehicle (n= 10). Groups were compared in respect to intracavernous pressure and karyometric parameters. • After annexin-A1 treatment, the maximum changes in intracavernous pressure responses were significantly higher in the annexin-A1 group compared to the vehicle-only group on the 7(th) postoperative day (p-value cavernous nerve injury. We found that annexin-A1 effectively preserved erectile function, evidently through significantly protecting the corpus cavernosum tissue against fibrosis. © 2012 BJU INTERNATIONAL.

  13. When Sinuses Attack! (For Kids)

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    ... People, Places & Things That Help Feelings Q&A Movies & More Quizzes Kids' Dictionary of Medical Words En ... nose, the sinuses are lined with a moist, thin layer of tissue called a mucous membrane (say: ...

  14. Antibiotics for acute maxillary sinusitis

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    Ahovuo-Saloranta, Anneli; Borisenko, Oleg V; Kovanen, Niina

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Expert opinions vary on the appropriate role of antibiotics for sinusitis, one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions among adults in ambulatory care. OBJECTIVES: We examined whether antibiotics are effective in treating acute sinusitis, and if so, which antibiotic classes...... are the most effective. SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library, 2007, Issue 3); MEDLINE (1950 to May 2007) and EMBASE (1974 to June 2007). SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing antibiotics with placebo...... or antibiotics from different classes for acute maxillary sinusitis in adults. We included trials with clinically diagnosed acute sinusitis, whether or not confirmed by radiography or bacterial culture. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: At least two review authors independently screened search results, extracted...

  15. Maxillary sinusitis with pulmonary tuberculosis

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    Upadhyay, Rashmi; Prakash, Ved; Singh, Abhishek Bahadur; Saheer, S

    2014-01-01

    Tubercular infection of the nasal cavity is an infrequently encountered condition. More so, after the discovery of relevant antibiotics, nasal sinus tuberculosis is not commonly seen. Few cases have reported tuberculosis of the paranasal sinuses, nasopharynx and larynx. With the increasing incidence of HIV, these rare forms of infection have started re-emerging. We present a case of a middle aged man presenting with nasal cavity lesion along with pulmonary tuberculosis, which came to light on...

  16. Sinus Balloon Dilation as Treatment for Acute Sphenoid Sinusitis with Impaired Vision for a Child

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    Yin Zhao

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper is about sinus balloon dilatation in treatment of acute left sphenoid sinusitis with left impaired vision in a child. Balloon catheter dilatation (BCD of the sinus ostia is a new technique. It has been shown to be a minimally invasive technique to manage chronic sinusitis. However, this method is rarely used in the treatment of acute sinusitis. So far, we know of no reported cases of sinus balloon dilatation in treatment of this case, especially for children.

  17. Geometrical versus rheological transient creep closure in a salt cavern

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    Bérest, Pierre; Karimi-Jafari, Mehdi; Brouard, Benoît

    2017-11-01

    An in-situ test performed in a brine-filled cavern proves that, when brine pressure decreases rapidly, the creep closure rate increases drastically. Conversely, a rapid pressure increase leads to ;reverse; creep closure: cavern volume increases, even when, at cavern depth, fluid pressure is lower than geostatic pressure. It is tempting to explain these two phenomena by transient salt creep, a characteristic feature of salt rheological behavior commonly observed during laboratory creep tests. In fact, computations performed on an idealized cylindrical cavern excavated from a Norton-Hoff rock mass (a constitutive law that includes no transient component) prove that these two phenomena are, at least partly, of a structural nature: their origin is in the slow redistribution of stresses following any pressure change.

  18. Therapeutic surprise! Photodynamic therapy for cavernous haemangioma of the disc

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    Mahesh P Shanmugam

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To report the response of cavernous haemangioma of the disc to PDT. Methods and Patients: A 32 years old lady presented to us with complaints of sudden onset of blurry vision in her right eye. What seemed initially as polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy turned out as cavernous haemangioma of the disc after pneumatic displacement of the sub-retinal haeme. She was treated with PDT as she was prone to recurrent haemorrhage from the lesion due to her low platelet count. Results: Complete regression of the cavernous haemangioma was noted as early as the second week itself and remained regressed for 4 months. Conclusion: PDT can be safe option for patients presenting with symptomatic cavernous haemangioma of the disc or retina.

  19. ATLAS - End-Cap calorimeter lowered in to the cavern

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    The End-cap calorimeter was lowered into the ATLAS cavern at POINT1. This calorimeter will measure the energy of particles close to the beam axis when protons collide. Cooling is important for maximum detector efficiency.

  20. Fibrosis of corpus cavernosum in animals following cavernous nerve ablation

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    Hu, Wan-Li; Hu, Li-Quan; Song, Jian; Li, Shi-Wen; Zheng, Xin-Min; Cheng, Bei; Tian, Bing-Chun

    2004-01-01

    To investigate alterations of smooth muscle cells and collagen fibers in corpus cavernosum following cavernous neurectomy and its relation to the expression of transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1...

  1. Therapeutic surprise! Photodynamic therapy for cavernous haemangioma of the disc.

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    Shanmugam, Mahesh P; Ramanjulu, Rajesh; Dwivedi, Shyamal; Barigali, Aditya; Havanje, Ajith

    2017-08-01

    To report the response of cavernous haemangioma of the disc to PDT. A 32 years old lady presented to us with complaints of sudden onset of blurry vision in her right eye. What seemed initially as polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy turned out as cavernous haemangioma of the disc after pneumatic displacement of the sub-retinal haeme. She was treated with PDT as she was prone to recurrent haemorrhage from the lesion due to her low platelet count. Complete regression of the cavernous haemangioma was noted as early as the second week itself and remained regressed for 4 months. PDT can be safe option for patients presenting with symptomatic cavernous haemangioma of the disc or retina.

  2. Unilateral papilledema in cerebral venous sinus thrombosis

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    Girish Baburao Kulkarni

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In the majority of patients with raised intracranial pressure, the papilledema is bilateral. Unilateral papilledema is rare in conditions causing intracranial hypertension, and it has been described in Foster–Kennedy syndrome and in some cases of idiopathic intracranial hypertension. It has never been reported in cerebral venous thrombosis. We report a young lady presenting with features of subacute onset of headache with seizures, on evaluation she had superior sagittal and bilateral lateral sinus thrombosis. The risk factors found on evaluation were Vitamin B12 deficiency and hyperhomocysteinemia. On optic fundus examination, she had swollen optic disc on the right side with normal fundus on the left side, confirmed with the orbital ultrasound B-scan and optic coherence tomography. Her magnetic resonance imaging showed features of raised intracranial pressure with thrombosis of the superior sagittal and bilateral lateral sinus thrombosis. She was treated with anticoagulation (heparin followed by oral anticoagulants, antiedema measures, and vitamin supplementation for hyperhomocysteinemia. She improved over time and was asymptomatic during follow-up. We discuss the possible mechanisms described in the literature for unilateral papilledema. This report highlights the need for carefully performing bilateral fundus examination so as not to miss the vision or life-threatening causes of a headache.

  3. Natural history of cerebral cavernous malformations.

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    Ene, Chibawanye; Kaul, Anand; Kim, Louis

    2017-01-01

    Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM) are vascular abnormalities of the central nervous system with an incidence of 0.4-0.5% and an annual rate of hemorrhage ranging from 0.7% to 1%. Most lesions are located in the cerebral hemisphere but some occur in deeper locations such as the basal ganglia and pons. The most common symptoms during presentation are headache, seizures, and focal neurologic deficits. Surgery remains the most effective treatment modality for symptomatic CCM, while the management of incidental CCM remains controversial. Factors associated with increased risk of hemorrhage include being female and less than 40 years old. This finding, however, is not consistent in all natural history studies evaluated. During follow-up, the most important and consistent risk factor for rebleed was a prior hemorrhage. Here, we provide an indepth but concise review of the literature regarding the natural history of CCMs. © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Cerebral cavernous malformation proteins at a glance

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    Draheim, Kyle M.; Fisher, Oriana S.; Boggon, Titus J.; Calderwood, David A.

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Loss-of-function mutations in genes encoding KRIT1 (also known as CCM1), CCM2 (also known as OSM and malcavernin) or PDCD10 (also known as CCM3) cause cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs). These abnormalities are characterized by dilated leaky blood vessels, especially in the neurovasculature, that result in increased risk of stroke, focal neurological defects and seizures. The three CCM proteins can exist in a trimeric complex, and each of these essential multi-domain adaptor proteins also interacts with a range of signaling, cytoskeletal and adaptor proteins, presumably accounting for their roles in a range of basic cellular processes including cell adhesion, migration, polarity and apoptosis. In this Cell Science at a Glance article and the accompanying poster, we provide an overview of current models of CCM protein function focusing on how known protein–protein interactions might contribute to cellular phenotypes and highlighting gaps in our current understanding. PMID:24481819

  5. Progression of unilateral moyamoya disease resulted in spontaneous occlusion of ipsilateral cavernous dural arteriovenous fistula: Case report.

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    Liu, Peng; Xu, Ya; Lv, Xianli; Ge, Huijian; Lv, Ming; Li, Youxiang

    2016-06-01

    The pathogenic association between cavernous dural arteriovenous fistula (CDAVF) and moyamoya disease remains unclear. This unusual case is the first report of a progression of unilateral moyamoya disease resulting in the spontaneous occlusion of ipsilateral CDAVF. A 52-year-old woman presented with two-week spontaneous exophthalmos, chemosis and tinnitus, and cerebral angiography showed a right CDAVF coexisting with ipsilateral moyamoya disease. Transvenous approaches through the inferior petrosal sinus and facial vein were attempted but failed. However, a progression of the moyamoya disease and disappearance of the CDAVF were observed on one month follow-up angiogram in accordance with the resolution of clinical symptoms. This extremely rare coincidental presentation may have deeper pathogenic implications. This case report may give a clue to the underlying mechanism of the progression of moyamoya disease and occlusion of the CDAVF. © The Author(s) 2016.

  6. Blind endovascular catheterization and direct access of an occluded superior ophthalmic vein for treatment of carotid cavernous fistula

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    Alaraj, Ali; Kim, Bobby; Oh, Gerald; Aletich, Victor

    2013-01-01

    We describe a case of an elderly patient who presented with right-sided ophthalmoplegia, proptosis, chemosis, and increased intraocular pressure. An angiogram showed feeding vessels from the bilateral internal and external carotid arteries. Our initial attempt to blindly probe the inferior petrosal sinus was unsuccessful. This was followed by a right anterior orbitotomy exposing the superior ophthalmic vein which was directly cannulated with an 18 gauge angiocatheter. However, a proximal third of the superior ophthalmic vein within the orbit which was thrombosed was probed blindly. The thrombosed vein was cannulated with a microcatheter to obtain coil embolization of the carotid cavernous fistula. The implications of the procedure are discussed, given that, to our knowledge, such an endeavor has never been performed. PMID:23761619

  7. Borehole and cavern radar for geological and geotechnical exploration in salt cavern construction; Das Bohrloch- und Kavernenradar zur geologischen und geotechnischen Erkundung im Salzkavernenbau

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    Petrat, L.; Siever, K. [Deutsche Montan Technologie GmbH, Essen (Germany); Gaulke, K. [NWKG, Nord-West Kavernengesellschaft, Wilhelmshaven (Germany); Kleinefeld, B. [DEEP. Underground und Engineering GmbH, Bad Zwischenahn (Germany); Behlau, J. [Bundesanstalt fuer Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Hannover (Germany)

    2005-08-01

    The DMT borehole and cavern radar system is used in the Ruestringen cavern field near Wilhelmshaven by Nord-West Kavernengesellschaft mbH (NWKG). The radar measurements provide important information for the development of a geological 3D model of the deposit and for validating the interpretation of the zone in front of the face. The results will help to optimize cavern operation and to develop a selective brine concept for new and extended caverns. An example is presented to show the analysis procedure, from data acquisition to data processing to the establishment of the geological model of the deposit and cavern field. (orig.)

  8. kartagener's syndrome

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    upper and lower respiratory tract infections such as sinusitis, otitis media and bronchiectasis (6). Males are generally infertile because of immotile sperms (8). In rare cases, no structural cilliary abnormalities are detectable even though cilliary function is abnormal and the clinical syndrome is typical (9). Some males have ...

  9. Cerebral cavernous malformations. Serial magnetic resonance imaging findings in patients with and without gamma knife surgery

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    Yoon Pyeong-Ho; Kim, Dong-Ik; Jeon Pyoung; Ryu, Young-Hoon; Hwang, Geum-Joo; Park, Sang-Joon [Yonsei Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of). Coll. of Medicine

    1998-10-01

    To classify the cerebral cavernous malformations and to investigate the natural history of cavernous malformations according to the classification, 41 patients with 61 cavernous malformations (40 cavernous malformations from 22 patients treated with gamma knife surgery) were regularly followed up using MR imaging for a mean period of 25.5 months in treated cavernous malformations and 20.7 months in untreated cavernous malformations, respectively. Cavernous malformations were classified into four types. Follow-up MR images were analyzed to evaluate changes in size, signal intensity, rebleeding, and perilesional adverse reaction of irradiation. A total of 61 cavernous malformations including 17 in type I, 23 in type II, 10 in type III, and 11 in type IV showed usual degradation of blood product in 22 cavernous malformations, no change in shape and signal intensity in 31 cavernous malformations, and eight cavernous malformations with rebleedings in the serial MR images. In these eight cavernous malformations with rebleedings, six occurred in type II and two in type III, but none in type I or IV. Rebleedings were more frequent in type II than in other types. Adverse reaction of irradiation was observed in five of 22 patients treated with gamma knife surgery. Although most cerebral cavernous malformations showed evolution of hemorrhage or no change in size or shape on follow-up MR images, cerebral cavernous malformations represented as mixture of subacute and chronic hemorrhage with hemosiderin rim (type II) have a higher frequency to rebleed than other types of cerebral cavernous malformations. Cerebral cavernous malformations represented as hemosiderin deposition without central core (type IV) have a lower tendency to rebleed than other types and do not need any treatment. Most of the adverse reaction of irradiation after gamma knife surgery around cavernous malformations are transient findings and are considered to be perilesional edema. (K.H)

  10. Features of Bayou Choctaw SPR caverns and internal structure of the salt dome.

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    Munson, Darrell E.

    2007-07-01

    The intent of this study is to examine the internal structure of the Bayou Choctaw salt dome utilizing the information obtained from graphical representations of sonar survey data of the internal cavern surfaces. Many of the Bayou Choctaw caverns have been abandoned. Some existing caverns were purchased by the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) program and have rather convoluted histories and complex cavern geometries. In fact, these caverns are typically poorly documented and are not particularly constructive to this study. Only two Bayou Choctaw caverns, 101 and 102, which were constructed using well-controlled solutioning methods, are well documented. One of these was constructed by the SPR for their use while the other was constructed and traded for another existing cavern. Consequently, compared to the SPR caverns of the West Hackberry and Big Hill domes, it is more difficult to obtain a general impression of the stratigraphy of the dome. Indeed, caverns of Bayou Choctaw show features significantly different than those encountered in the other two SPR facilities. In the number of abandoned caverns, and some of those existing caverns purchased by the SPR, extremely irregular solutioning has occurred. The two SPR constructed caverns suggest that some sections of the caverns may have undergone very regular solutioning to form uniform cylindrical shapes. Although it is not usually productive to speculate, some suggestions that point to the behavior of the Bayou Choctaw dome are examined. Also the primary differences in the Bayou Choctaw dome and the other SPR domes are noted.

  11. ADVANCED UNDERGROUND GAS STORAGE CONCEPTS REFRIGERATED-MINED CAVERN STORAGE

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    1998-09-01

    Limited demand and high cost has prevented the construction of hard rock caverns in this country for a number of years. The storage of natural gas in mined caverns may prove technically feasible if the geology of the targeted market area is suitable; and economically feasible if the cost and convenience of service is competitive with alternative available storage methods for peak supply requirements. It is believed that mined cavern storage can provide the advantages of high delivery rates and multiple fill-withdrawal cycles in areas where salt cavern storage is not possible. In this research project, PB-KBB merged advanced mining technologies and gas refrigeration techniques to develop conceptual designs and cost estimates to demonstrate the commercialization potential of the storage of refrigerated natural gas in hard rock caverns. Five regions of the U.S.A. were studied for underground storage development and PB-KBB reviewed the literature to determine if the geology of these regions was suitable for siting hard rock storage caverns. Area gas market conditions in these regions were also studied to determine the need for such storage. Based on an analysis of many factors, a possible site was determined to be in Howard and Montgomery Counties, Maryland. The area has compatible geology and a gas industry infrastructure for the nearby market populous of Baltimore and Washington D.C.. As Gas temperature is lowered, the compressibility of the gas reaches an optimum value. The compressibility of the gas, and the resultant gas density, is a function of temperature and pressure. This relationship can be used to commercial advantage by reducing the size of a storage cavern for a given working volume of natural gas. This study looks at this relationship and and the potential for commercialization of the process in a storage application. A conceptual process design, and cavern design were developed for various operating conditions. Potential site locations were considered

  12. Nonseptic and Septic Lateral Sinus Thrombosis: A Review

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    Viswanatha, B.; Thriveni, C. N.; Naseeruddin, Khaja

    2011-01-01

    Thrombosis of the lateral sinus can be classified into nonseptic lateral sinus thrombosis and septic lateral sinus thrombosis. Nonseptic lateral sinus thrombosis differs from septic lateral sinus thrombosis in that it is not associated with ear or sinus infection. Etiologies of these conditions are different and hence the management of these conditions is different. Nonseptic lateral sinus thrombosis requires medical line of management and anticoagulant therapy, where as septic lateral sinus ...

  13. The bovine paranasal sinuses: Bacterial flora, epithelial expression of nitric oxide and potential role in the in-herd persistence of respiratory disease pathogens.

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    Murray, Gerard M; O'Neill, Rónan G; Lee, Alison M; McElroy, Máire C; More, Simon J; Monagle, Aisling; Earley, Bernadette; Cassidy, Joseph P

    2017-01-01

    The bovine paranasal sinuses are a group of complex cavernous air-filled spaces, lined by respiratory epithelium, the exact function of which is unclear. While lesions affecting these sinuses are occasionally reported in cattle, their microbial flora has not been defined. Furthermore, given that the various bacterial and viral pathogens causing bovine respiratory disease (BRD) persist within herds, we speculated that the paranasal sinuses may serve as a refuge for such infectious agents. The paranasal sinuses of clinically normal cattle (n = 99) and of cattle submitted for post-mortem examination (PME: n = 34) were examined by microbial culture, PCR and serology to include bacterial and viral pathogens typically associated with BRD: Mycoplasma bovis, Histophilus somni, Mannheimia haemolytica and Pasteurella multocida, bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) and bovine parainfluenza-3 virus (BPIV-3). Overall, the paranasal sinuses were either predominantly sterile or did not contain detectable microbes (83.5%: 94.9% of clinically normal and 50.0% of cattle submitted for PME). Bacteria, including BRD causing pathogens, were identified in relatively small numbers of cattle (bovine sinus as it does in humans.

  14. Clinical Features and Treatments of Odontogenic Sinusitis

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    Lee, Kyung Chul; Lee, Sung Jin

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate how clinical features such as sex, age, etiologic factors, and presenting symptoms of odontogenic sinusitis are differentiated from other types of sinusitis...

  15. Maxillary sinus function after sinus lifts for the insertion of dental implants

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    Timmenga, NM; Raghoebar, GM; Boering, G; VanWeissenbruch, R

    Purpose: The influence of bone augmentation of the floor of the maxillary sinus for the insertion of denial implants on sinus function has not been well investigated, In this study, the influence of the sinus lift on the development of maxillary sinus pathology was evaluated using generally accepted

  16. Surgical Approaches to Resection of Anterior Skull Base and Paranasal Sinuses Tumors

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    Sara Abu- Ghanem

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Malignant tumours of the sinonasal tract comprise approximately 3% of the malignancies that arise in the upper aerodigestive tract. Approximately 10% of tumours that arise in the sinonasal tract originate in the ethmoid and/or frontal sinuses, and are likely to involve the anterior cranial base. The route of spread of tumours originating in the anterior skull base and paranasal sinuses is determined by the complex anatomy of the craniomaxillofacial compartments. These tumours may invade laterally into the orbit and middle fossa, inferiorly into the maxillary antrum and palate, posteriorly into the nasopharynx and pterygopalatine fossa, and superiorly into the cavernous sinus and brain. Recent improvements in endoscopic technology now allow the resection of the majority of benign neoplasms and some early malignant tumours with minor dural involvement. For advanced-stage malignant tumours and benign tumours with frontal bone involvement, the classical open approaches remain viable surgical techniques. In this paper, we review the open surgical resection approaches used for resections in the craniomaxillofacial area.

  17. Concomitant multiple cavernous hemangiomas and venous angioma of the orbit.

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    Wang, Xianggui; Yan, Jianhua

    2014-07-01

    The coexistence of multiple cavernous hemangiomas and venous malformation is an extremely rare clinical condition. In this report, we describe a patient showing initial multiple cavernous hemangiomas followed years later by a recurrence of multiple cavernous hemangiomas along with the appearance of venous angioma coexisting in the same orbit. A 52-year-old woman was referred with a gradually progressive proptosis and upward displacement of her left eye that were present for 10 years. The clinical features, computed tomography and ultrasonography examination, surgery, and histopathologic findings from this patient with multiple cavernous hemangiomas coexisting with venous angioma in the same orbit are presented. Color Doppler ultrasonography and computed tomography scan displayed more than 10 well-defined homogenous masses in the left orbit measuring 0.5 × 0.5 to 1.0 × 0.8 cm with no blood flow. Anterior orbitotomy of the left eye was performed. Fifteen accessible, distinct, red-purple, round masses were excised with tumors measuring 0.5 × 0.5 × 0.6 to 1.0 × 1.0 × 1.0 cm. Histopathologic analysis confirmed the diagnosis of multiple cavernous hemangiomas. Eight years later, she again developed left proptosis. Color Doppler ultrasonography and computed tomography disclosed multiple smoothly outlined homogeneous masses in the left orbit ranging in size from 5 × 4 to 28 × 16 mm, along with some scattered, high-density, vein-stone shadows within the mass. An anterior orbitotomy was again performed. At surgery, 4 violaceous, well-defined, and cone-shaped masses were removed with minimal bleeding. Histopathologic examination confirmed the diagnosis of multiple cavernous hemangiomas with coexisting venous angioma. There was no recurrence of orbital hemangioma at 2 years after the second surgery. Orbital cavernous hemangioma and venous angioma may share a yet-to-be-described common link.

  18. Evaluation and Management of Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome in Children: A Clinical Update.

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    Pérez, Carlos A; Evangelista, Monaliza

    2016-09-01

    Tolosa-Hunt syndrome is a painful ophthalmoplegia caused by an inflammatory process of unknown etiology in the region of the cavernous sinus, orbital apex, or superior orbital fissure. This disease is rare in the pediatric population. The objective of this study was to provide a clinical framework for the evaluation and treatment of children with this disorder. A systematic approach to the diagnosis of painful ophthalmoplegia in children is proposed. We present a 15-year-old girl whose clinical presentation and neuroradiological findings support a diagnosis of Tolosa-Hunt syndrome as defined by the 2013 International Classification of Headache Disorders (Third Edition, ICHD-3 beta) diagnostic criteria. An exhaustive systematic literature search based on these criteria yielded 15 additional cases of Tolosa-Hunt syndrome in children. Clinical, demographic, and radiological features were retrospectively analyzed. The results and statistical analyses are reported. A total of 16 individuals were included in the final analysis. This review summarizes the current knowledge and recommendations for the diagnosis and management of pediatric Tolosa-Hunt syndrome. It highlights demographic, clinical, and radiological features of this disease in children and underscores areas of the literature where evidence is still lacking. Overall, Tolosa-Hunt syndrome seems to follow a similar course in children compared to adults. The diagnostic approach and treatment require specific considerations. New observations and possible features of pediatric Tolosa-Hunt syndrome are discussed. Further research is needed to optimize clinical detection and medical management of this disease. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Facial Pain Associated with CPAP Use: Intra-Sinusal Third Molar

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    Maxime Mermod

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. This paper describes a patient with left hemifacial pain elicited by the use of a CPAP mask. Case Report. A 74-year-old man was referred with a history of pain in the left maxillary sinus related to the use of his CPAP interface, thereby prohibiting the use of the latter. Computed tomography revealed an intra-sinusal ectopic third molar in the left maxillary sinus floor corresponding to the painful area. After removal of the ectopic tooth under local anesthesia by a Caldwell-Luc approach, the patient was relieved of his symptoms. Conclusion. Although an ectopic tooth in the maxillary sinus is rare, this case points out the importance of actively looking for a regional problem if patients cannot tolerate the CPAP interface since this can lead to issues of incompliance and medical complications due to the untreated obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome.

  20. Cavernous hemangioma of the submandibular gland with parapharyngeal extension in an adult: Case report.

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    Azadarmaki, Roya; Then, Matthew T; Walia, Rohit; Lango, Miriam N

    2016-02-01

    Cavernous hemangiomas of the submandibular gland are rare. Signs and symptoms typically resemble those of sialolithiasis and chronic sialadenitis. If a lesion extends into the parapharyngeal space, otalgia and sore throat can result. Spontaneous regression is not a characteristic of cavernous hemangiomas. Surgical excision is a management option. We report the case of an adult with a submandibular gland cavernous hemangioma with parapharyngeal extension.

  1. Diagnostic imaging of cerebral cavernous angioma : case report and review of the literature

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    Darocha, Janusz; Homa, Jarosław; Dudek, Daniel; Guz, Wiesław; Samojedny, Antoni

    2014-01-01

    Background: Cerebrovascular malformations are classified as cavernous malformations, arteriovenous malformations, developmental venous anomalies and capillary telangiectasias. Cavernous angioma is the second most common form of cerebrovascular malformations and constitutes up to 10-15% of the total incidence rate. Clinical features include epilepsy, focal deficits, headaches, or hemorrhages; cavernous angioma may also remain clinically silent. Case Report: Presented is a rare case of multiple...

  2. CAVERN ROOF STABILITY FOR NATURAL GAS STORAGE IN BEDDED SALT

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    DeVries, Kerry L; Mellegard, Kirby D; Callahan, Gary D; Goodman, William M

    2005-06-01

    This report documents research performed to develop a new stress-based criterion for predicting the onset of damage in salt formations surrounding natural gas storage caverns. Laboratory tests were conducted to investigate the effects of shear stress, mean stress, pore pressure, temperature, and Lode angle on the strength and creep characteristics of salt. The laboratory test data were used in the development of the new criterion. The laboratory results indicate that the strength of salt strongly depends on the mean stress and Lode angle. The strength of the salt does not appear to be sensitive to temperature. Pore pressure effects were not readily apparent until a significant level of damage was induced and the permeability was increased to allow penetration of the liquid permeant. Utilizing the new criterion, numerical simulations were used to estimate the minimum allowable gas pressure for hypothetical storage caverns located in a bedded salt formation. The simulations performed illustrate the influence that cavern roof span, depth, roof salt thickness, shale thickness, and shale stiffness have on the allowable operating pressure range. Interestingly, comparison of predictions using the new criterion with that of a commonly used criterion indicate that lower minimum gas pressures may be allowed for caverns at shallow depths. However, as cavern depth is increased, less conservative estimates for minimum gas pressure were determined by the new criterion.

  3. Propranolol Treatment of Cavernous Malformations with Symptomatic Hemorrhage.

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    Zabramski, Joseph M; Kalani, M Yashar S; Filippidis, Aristotelis S; Spetzler, Robert F

    2016-04-01

    Cerebral cavernous malformations are more common than generally thought, affecting approximately 1 in every 250 adults. Most of these lesions are asymptomatic or have a relatively benign course, but a small minority behave aggressively and present with recurrent episodes of symptomatic hemorrhage. A safe and effective medical treatment option for the management of this latter group would be useful. Propranolol has recently been shown to be effective in the treatment of infantile hemangioma, a close pathologic counterpart of cavernous malformations. These results suggest a potential role for propranolol treatment in the management of patients with symptomatic cavernous malformations. Low-dose propranolol (20 mg, three times daily) was used to treat 2 adult female patients in their mid- to late fifties, both of whom had symptomatic cavernous malformations and a history of repeated hemorrhage. Serial magnetic resonance imaging studies after the initiation of propranolol demonstrated regression of the lesions and no evidence of recurrent hemorrhage. Propranolol may offer a safe and effective treatment for patients who have cavernous malformations with symptomatic hemorrhage. Additional studies are needed to confirm these findings. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Pharmacodynamics of intracavernously injected drugs and cavernous wall resistance.

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    de Meyer, J M; Oosterlinck, W

    1997-01-01

    It was our aim to investigate whether drug transfer from the cavernous bodies to the systemic circulation after intracavernous (i.c.) injection is influenced by the resistance of the cavernous wall. i.c. injection of 62.5 micrograms digoxin as a tracer. (1) In 32 volunteers; in 5 together with the vasocontractor norepinephrine, in 20 together with a 'trimix' of vasodilators, in 7 alone without vasoactive drug. Plasma digoxin levels were measured after 5, 10 and 15 min. (2) Together with a trimix of vasodilators, in 30 men presenting a normal cavernosometry and in 30 men presenting an abnormal one. Plasma digoxin levels were measured after 2, 3, 5, 6, 10 and 15 min. (1) One minute after i.c. injection, the plasma peak of digoxin was 40 times higher (p < 0.01) after injection with norepinephrine than after injection with vasodilators. (2) There was a statistically significantly (p < 0.01) higher plasma digoxin level 5, 6, 10 and 15 min after injection in the 30 patients presenting an abnormal cavernosometry than in the 30 patients presenting a normal one. Drug transfer from the cavernous bodies to the systemic circulation is highly influenced by the resistance of the cavernous wall. It seems possible to diagnose cavernous leakage by means of a peripheral dosage of a routinely dosable drug, injected i.c. together with vasodilators.

  5. Sinus Histiocytosis with Massive Lymphadenopathy

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    Mar 9, 1974 ... REPORT OF TWO ADDITIONAL CASES WITH ULTRASTRUCTURAL. OBSERVATIONS c. C. SUNCLAIR~NUTH. L. B. KAHN. C. J. UYS. SUMMARY. Two cases of a recently described entity, 'sinus histio- cytosis with massive lymphadenopathy,' occurring in Black males, are reported. Prominent cervical ...

  6. Systemic corticosteroids for acute sinusitis

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    Venekamp, R.P.; Thompson, M.J.; Hayward, G.; Heneghan, C.J.; Mar, C.B. Del; Perera, R.; Glasziou, P.P.; Rovers, M.M.

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Acute sinusitis is the inflammation and swelling of the nasal and paranasal mucous membranes and is a common reason for patients to seek primary care consultations. The related impairment of daily functioning and quality of life is attributable to symptoms such as facial pain and nasal

  7. Surgical treatment of cerebral cavernous malformations.

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    Davies, J M; Kim, H; Lawton, M T

    2015-09-01

    Cerebral cavernous malformations (CMs) are clusters of abnormally-formed, thin-walled blood vessels that tend to hemorrhage, resulting in focal neurological deficits, seizures, and even death, depending on the location of the lesion and extent of bleeding. Management of cerebral CMs can be reduced to the decision to observe or to surgically resect. The objective of the paper was to review options for surgical management of cerebral CMs. A university-based CM practice was examined for: 1) anatomical distribution of operatively managed CMs; and 2) surgical approaches to eloquent CMs. Although cerebral CMs can occur throughout the brain and can lead to significant neurological morbidity, even in highly eloquent locations, such as the brainstem, thalamus, and basal ganglia, experience demonstrates that the majority of CMs can be safely resected and that patients tend to experience long-term improvement in neurological function. The keys to good patient outcomes lie in appropriate patient selection and in thoughtful choice of a surgical approach that minimizes transgression of normal structures.

  8. Vascular permeability in cerebral cavernous malformations.

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    Mikati, Abdul G; Khanna, Omaditya; Zhang, Lingjiao; Girard, Romuald; Shenkar, Robert; Guo, Xiaodong; Shah, Akash; Larsson, Henrik B W; Tan, Huan; Li, Luying; Wishnoff, Matthew S; Shi, Changbin; Christoforidis, Gregory A; Awad, Issam A

    2015-10-01

    Patients with the familial form of cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are haploinsufficient for the CCM1, CCM2, or CCM3 gene. Loss of corresponding CCM proteins increases RhoA kinase-mediated endothelial permeability in vitro, and in mouse brains in vivo. A prospective case-controlled observational study investigated whether the brains of human subjects with familial CCM show vascular hyperpermeability by dynamic contrast-enhanced quantitative perfusion magnetic resonance imaging, in comparison with CCM cases without familial disease, and whether lesional or brain vascular permeability correlates with CCM disease activity. Permeability in white matter far (WMF) from lesions was significantly greater in familial than in sporadic cases, but was similar in CCM lesions. Permeability in WMF increased with age in sporadic patients, but not in familial cases. Patients with more aggressive familial CCM disease had greater WMF permeability compared to those with milder disease phenotype, but similar lesion permeability. Subjects receiving statin medications for routine cardiovascular indications had a trend of lower WMF, but not lesion, permeability. This is the first demonstration of brain vascular hyperpermeability in humans with an autosomal dominant disease, as predicted mechanistically. Brain permeability, more than lesion permeability, may serve as a biomarker of CCM disease activity, and help calibrate potential drug therapy.

  9. Multiple cerebrospinal cavernous angiomas.

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    Kodeeswaran, M; Udesh, Reshmi; Ramya, L; Jothi Kumar, S

    2016-09-20

    Cavernous angiomas represent 5-12% of all spinal vascular lesions and 1% of all intramedullary lesions in pediatric patients. Intramedullary spinal cavernomas are relatively rare with only 24 cases reported till date to the best of our knowledge. A 15 -year-old boy presented to the clinic with acute onset motor weakness in all four limbs. He was diagnosed with multiple cerebral cavernomas and an acutely bleeding spinal cavernoma. Complete surgical excision of the spinal cavernoma was done. Postoperatively the patient's weakness gradually improved to a power of 4/5 in all his limbs over a period of 10 days. Only 24 cases of pediatric spinal cavernomas have been reported in the current literature. Current consensus on management of these rare lesions is based on previously published case reports/series and surgery appears to be the only definitive treatment. Further studies regarding any non-surgical expectant management appears warranted. Published by Oxford University Press and JSCR Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. © The Author 2016.

  10. Vascular permeability in cerebral cavernous malformations

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    Mikati, Abdul G; Khanna, Omaditya; Zhang, Lingjiao; Girard, Romuald; Shenkar, Robert; Guo, Xiaodong; Shah, Akash; Larsson, Henrik BW; Tan, Huan; Li, Luying; Wishnoff, Matthew S; Shi, Changbin; Christoforidis, Gregory A; Awad, Issam A

    2015-01-01

    Patients with the familial form of cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are haploinsufficient for the CCM1, CCM2, or CCM3 gene. Loss of corresponding CCM proteins increases RhoA kinase-mediated endothelial permeability in vitro, and in mouse brains in vivo. A prospective case-controlled observational study investigated whether the brains of human subjects with familial CCM show vascular hyperpermeability by dynamic contrast-enhanced quantitative perfusion magnetic resonance imaging, in comparison with CCM cases without familial disease, and whether lesional or brain vascular permeability correlates with CCM disease activity. Permeability in white matter far (WMF) from lesions was significantly greater in familial than in sporadic cases, but was similar in CCM lesions. Permeability in WMF increased with age in sporadic patients, but not in familial cases. Patients with more aggressive familial CCM disease had greater WMF permeability compared to those with milder disease phenotype, but similar lesion permeability. Subjects receiving statin medications for routine cardiovascular indications had a trend of lower WMF, but not lesion, permeability. This is the first demonstration of brain vascular hyperpermeability in humans with an autosomal dominant disease, as predicted mechanistically. Brain permeability, more than lesion permeability, may serve as a biomarker of CCM disease activity, and help calibrate potential drug therapy. PMID:25966944

  11. Unusual treatment of Kasabach-Merritt syndrome secondary to hepatic hemangioma: embolization with bleomycin.

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    Bozkaya, Halil; Cinar, Celal; Ünalp, Ömer Vedat; Parildar, Mustafa; Oran, Ismail

    2015-06-01

    Kasabach-Merritt syndrome (KMS) is a rare complication of cavernous hemangiomas characterized with anemia, thrombocytopenia, and consumption coagulopathy. This syndrome usually develops due to superficial soft tissue hemangiomas in infancy and childhood. KMS developing secondarily to hepatic hemangioma is very rare. In this report, we aimed to present the treatment of KMS developing secondarily to giant cavernous hemangioma of the liver with transarterial chemoembolization using bleomycin.

  12. Endoscopic Management of Cavernous Carotid Surgical Complications: Evaluation of a Simulated Perfusion Model.

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    Ciporen, Jeremy N; Lucke-Wold, Brandon; Mendez, Gustavo; Cameron, William E; McCartney, Shirley

    2017-02-01

    Endoscopic surgical treatment of pituitary tumors, lateral invading tumors, or aneurysms requires surgeons to operate adjacent to the cavernous sinus. During these endoscopic endonasal procedures, the carotid artery is vulnerable to surgical injury at its genu. The objective of this simulation model was to evaluate trainees regarding management of a potentially life-threatening vascular injury. Cadaveric heads were prepared in accordance with the Oregon Health & Science University body donation program. An endoscopic endonasal approach was used, and a perfusion pump with a catheter was placed in the ipsilateral common carotid artery at its origin in the neck. Learners used a muscle graft to establish vascular control and were evaluated over 3 training sessions. Simulation assessment, blood loss during sessions, and performance metric data were collected for learners. Vascular control was obtained at a mean arterial pressure of 65 mm Hg using a muscle graft correctly positioned at the arteriotomy site. Learners improved over the course of training, with senior residents (n = 4) performing better across all simulation categories (situation awareness, decision making, communications and teamwork, and leadership); the largest mean difference was in communication and teamwork. Additionally, learner performance concerning blood loss improved between sessions (t = 3.667, P management that transcend this model. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Mucocoele of the maxillary sinus

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    Perić Aleksandar

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Mucocoele is histopathologically benign, cystic change of paranasal sinuses filled with mucoid contents, which with its growth is pressuring and destroying local bone walls. In only 3% of the cases it can be localized in maxillary sinuses. Etiology is unknown. Pyocoele develops by secondary infection. Case report. The male patient was 21 years old. His symptoms were runny nose with thick contents and heavy breathing on the right side of the nose, headaches, as well as the swelling of the right cheek. During clinical examination, the expansive change was found. It was completely closing the right side of the nose cavity. Computerized tomography (CT of paranasal cavities showed excessive expansion of the right maxillary sinus, with very thinned walls, while the cavity was filled with liquid. After antibiotics therapy, the radical operation of the right maxillary sinus was performed, based on Caldwell Luc method. The frontal wall was found to be extremely convex and thinned, while the medial wall was with dehiscention. The cystic change was extirpated. Mucocoele was proved by pathohistologic findings. Its wall was about 2 mm thick and it showed squamous metaplasia in the large part of the mucocoela epithel. In the submucosa fibrosis and inflammatory infiltrate was present. Postoperative follow-up was under control. Clinically and radiographycaly, six months after therapy, the patient does not have troubles. Conclusion. The rare localization of the mucocoeles in maxillary sinus can be explained with the width of the maxillary ostia. Infected mucocoeles, expanded to the local anatomical structures, should be operated on with classic radical surgical operation. .

  14. Allergic fungal sinusitis causing nasolacrimal duct obstruction.

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    Kim, Charles; Kacker, Ashutosh; Chee, Ru-Ik; Lelli, Gary J

    2013-04-01

    Allergic fungal sinusitis is thought to represent a chronic autoimmune reaction directed against fungal elements within the sinuses, and is commonly seen in individuals with a history of chronic sinusitis that is refractory to medical therapy. The authors present a case of allergic fungal sinusitis involving the lacrimal drainage system. A 54-year-old woman initially presented with recurrent erythema and induration of the left nasolacrimal sac due to dacryocystitis, which was unresponsive to treatment with topical and systemic antibiotics. Radiological evaluation demonstrated the presence of multiple soft tissue masses along the medial canthi. During subsequent endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy, significant amounts of allergic mucin were found within the sinuses and marked eosinophilia was present within tissue obtained from the lacrimal sac, findings highly suggestive of allergic fungal sinusitis. A diagnosis of allergic fungal sinusitis should be considered in patients presenting with epiphora in the appropriate clinical context. However, involvement of the lacrimal drainage system is an exceedingly unusual presentation.

  15. Two new caverns for LHC experiments ATLAS and CMS

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    Rammer, H

    1998-01-01

    The LHC will utilize much of the existing infrastructure already constructed for the LEP. However, to house the new ATLAS and CMS detectors, two huge cavern complexes are required at Point 1 and Point 5 on the LEP. The civil engineering design criteria for the two caverns are presented. Attention is directed to the decisive constraints for the design, such as adverse geological ground conditions, the three-dimensional complexity of the shafts, caverns and tunnels, and the existing LEP structures in the vicinity of the new works which remain operational for the first two years of the project. the paper will demonstrate the different basic requirements of the new underground structures at Point 1 and Point 5. The comparison of the two projects from a civil engineering point of view will aim at explaining why different technical solutions have been adopted for the design and construction of these works.

  16. Concomitant cavernous hemangioma and venous angioma of the orbit.

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    Kodama, Tatsuo; Tane, Nobuhiro; Ohira, Akihiro; Matsuoka, Yotaro; Maruyama, Riruke

    2004-01-01

    An unusual case of cavernous hemangioma coexisting with venous angioma in the ipsilateral orbit is described. A 67-year-old woman had a mass in the lower eyelid of her right eye and proptosis. Imaging examinations showed two masses connected to each other in the extraconal space of the right orbit. Anterior orbitotomy was performed to remove the tumors. Histopathological evaluation of the anteriorly located tumor revealed cavernous hemangioma. The posteriorly located tumor was found to be a venous angioma. Endothelial cells in both tumors showed positive immunostaining for factor VIII-related antigen and smooth muscle actin. Immunoreactivity of smooth muscle actin was more prominent in the interstitium of the posteriorly located tumor. Coexistence of cavernous hemangioma and venous angioma in the same area suggests that they are a continuum and of the same origin. Copyright Japanese Ophthalmological Society 2004

  17. Optical stimulation of the cavernous nerves in the rat prostate

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    Fried, Nathaniel M.; Lagoda, Gwen A.; Scott, Nicholas J.; Su, Li-Ming; Burnett, Arthur L.

    2008-02-01

    Laser nerve stimulation has recently been studied as an alternative to electrical stimulation in neuroscience. Advantages include non-contact stimulation, improved spatial selectivity, and elimination of electrical stimulation artifacts. This study explores laser stimulation of the rat cavernous nerves, as a potential alternative to electrical nerve mapping during nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy. The cavernous nerves were surgically exposed in a total of 10 male rats. A Thulium fiber laser stimulated the nerves, with a wavelength of 1870 nm, pulse energy of 7.5 mJ, radiant exposure of 1 J/cm2, pulse duration of 2.5 ms, pulse rate of 10 Hz, and 1-mm laser spot diameter, for a stimulation time of 60 s. A significant increase in the intracavernosal pressure was detected upon laser stimulation, with pressure returning to baseline levels after stimulation. This study demonstrates the feasibility of non-contact laser stimulation of the cavernous nerves using near-infrared laser radiation.

  18. Cavernous hemangioma of the posterior mediastinum with bony invasion.

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    Yun, Takamasa; Suzuki, Hidemi; Tagawa, Tetsuzo; Iwata, Takekazu; Mizobuchi, Teruaki; Yoshida, Shigetoshi; Yamazaki, Masashi; Yoshino, Ichiro

    2016-01-01

    We herein report a case of a cavernous hemangioma of the posterior mediastinum treated with surgical resection. Mediastinal hemangiomas are rare and diagnosis is difficult prior to operation. A 58-year-old female was referred to our hospital for back pain and a tumor in the left posterior mediastinum that was detected by chest computed tomography (CT). CT showed a tumor adjacent to the left side of the fifth thoracic vertebrae measuring 60 × 50 mm with invasion into and destruction of the 5th rib. The tumor was resected successfully via hemilaminectomy with costotransversectomy, and was revealed to be a cavernous hemangioma histologically. 1 year and 5 months after surgery, the patient was asymptomatic and without a recurrence. Hemangiomas are usually considered benign but sometimes behave aggressively with destruction of the neighboring structures. We consider en bloc resection to be safe and effective for aggressive cavernous hemangiomas of the posterior mediastinum.

  19. Ex vivo comparative study on three sinus lift tools for transcrestal detaching maxillary sinus mucosa.

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    Li, Yanfeng; Hu, Pin; Han, Yishi; Fan, Jiadong; Dong, Xinming; Ren, Huan; Yang, Chunhao; Shi, Tingting; Xia, Dong

    2017-07-04

    The objective of this study was to comparatively evaluate 3 different sinus lift tools, namely umbrella-shaped sinus lift curette YSL-04, our recently designed probe-improved sinus lift curettes, and our newly invented elevator 014, using our previous developed goat ex vivo models for direct visualizing the effectiveness of detaching sinus mucosa in real time. Goat ex vivo models for direct visualizing the effectiveness of detaching sinus mucosa in real time were generated according to our previously developed protocol. The effectiveness for each tool was evaluated through the length of sinus mucosa detached in mesial and distal directions or buccal and palatal directions, and the space volume created by detaching maxillary sinus mucosa in mesial, distal, buccal and palatal directions. The results showed that all 3 sinus lift tools could transcrestally detach the maxillary sinus mucosa and create extra space under the elevated sinus floor on the goat ex vivo sinus models. Moreover, our newly invented elevator 014 had advantages over the other 2 in term of the capability to detach the sinus mucosa. Our newly invented elevator 014 might be a promising tool for detaching maxillary sinus mucosa in transcrestal maxillary sinus floor elevation.

  20. Anatomical aspects of sinus floor elevations.

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    van den Bergh, J P; ten Bruggenkate, C M; Disch, F J; Tuinzing, D B

    2000-06-01

    Inadequate bone height in the lateral part of the maxilla forms a contra-indication for implant surgery. This condition can be treated with an internal augmentation of the maxillary sinus floor. This sinus floor elevation, formerly called sinus lifting, consists of a surgical procedure in which a top hinge door in the lateral maxillary sinus wall is prepared and internally rotated to a horizontal position. The new elevated sinus floor, together with the inner maxillary mucosa, will create a space that can be filled with graft material. Sinus lift procedures depend greatly on fragile structures and anatomical variations. The variety of anatomical modalities in shape of the inner aspect of the maxillary sinus defines the surgical approach. Conditions such as sinus floor convolutions, sinus septum, transient mucosa swelling and narrow sinus may form a (usually relative) contra-indication for sinus floor elevation. Absolute contra-indications are maxillary sinus diseases (tumors) and destructive former sinus surgery (like the Caldwell-Luc operation). The lateral sinus wall is usually a thin bone plate, which is easily penetrated with rotating or sharp instruments. The fragile Schneiderian membrane plays an important role for the containment of the bonegraft. The surgical procedure of preparing the trap door and luxating it, together with the preparation of the sinus mucosa, may cause a mucosa tear. Usually, when these perforations are not too large, they will fold together when turning the trap door inward and upward, or they can be glued with a fibrin sealant, or they can be covered with a resorbable membrane. If the perforation is too large, a cortico-spongious block graft can be considered. However, in most cases the sinus floor elevation will be deleted. Perforations may also occur due to irregularities in the sinus floor or even due to immediate contact of sinus mucosa with oral mucosa. Obstruction of the antro-nasal foramen is, due to its high location, not a