Sample records for cyclosporine-associated allograft thrombosis

  1. Cyclosporine-associated renal arteriopathy resulting in loss of allograft function

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    Sommer, B.G.; Innes, J.T.; Whitehurst, R.M.; Sharma, H.M.; Ferguson, R.M.


    Cyclosporine-associated arteriopathy was the cause of graft loss in 40 percent of all allografts that failed in a series of 200 consecutive cadaveric renal transplants. Arteriopathy was diagnosed by biopsy and renal uptake of indium 111m labeled platelets in the face of acute renal deterioration. A moderate thrombocytopenia and microangiopathic picture of hemolytic uremia was also present on peripheral blood smear. Immunofluorescence and histologic characteristics of the allograft biopsy specimens failed to show evidence for acute rejection: immunoglobulin M, immunoglobulin A, immunoglobulin G, C1q, C3, and C4 were not present, and there was no evidence of an interstitial or vascular mononuclear cellular infiltrate. Two clinical presentations have been described. In Group I (seven patients), anuria occurred rapidly within the first 2 weeks after transplantation. In Group II (nine patients) renal function gradually diminished 1 to 5 months after starting cyclosporine therapy. Fifteen of the 16 recipients had progressive and irreversible loss of renal function which was pathologically associated with fibrin deposition, intimal proliferation, and thrombotic occlusion of the cortical interlobular and arcuate arteries, with subsequent focal glomerular ischemia and cortical infarction. One recipient with rapid loss of renal function received an intraarterial allograft infusion of streptokinase and subsequent systemic heparinization, which resulted in return of normal allograft function. The syndrome of cyclosporine-associated arteriopathy has been linked to a lack of or reduced amounts of prostacyclin-stimulating factor or prostacyclin.

  2. Successful reversal of acute vascular rejection and cyclosporine-associated nephrotoxicity in renal allograft with combined sirolimus and mycophenolate mofetil as immunotherapy. (United States)

    Ołdakowska-Jedynak, U; Paczek, L; Mucha, K; Foroncewicz, B; Perkowska-Ptasińska, A


    Cyclosporine (CsA) has substantially improved patient and graft survival rates in solid organ transplantation. In clinical studies, sirolimus has been shown to be as effective as CsA to maintain survival of renal and cardiac allografts without causing nephrotoxicity. Herein we describe a patient with biopsy-proven CsA-associated nephrotoxicity and refractory renal allograft rejection who was converted from steroids, CsA, and azathioprine to steroids, sirolimus (RAPA), and low-dose mycophenolate mofetil (MMF). The follow-up period was 60 months. We observed substantial improvement, even normalization in renal function. Our patient did not give consent to repeat biopsy after conversion. We also observed a beneficial effect of CsA withdrawal on blood pressure control. The spectrum of adverse events induced by sirolimus seemed to be mild relative to the potency of the immunosuppressive effect. The excellent response to combined RAPA and MMF in this patient was probably due to "concerted actions" of these agents on both B- and T-cell functions. The combination enhanced therapeutic efficacy while minimizing the toxicity of individual drugs used in the regimen. These findings suggest that sirolimus, when used as a base therapy in combination with low-dose MMF in a renal allograft recipient, may be an alternative to CsA-based therapy, providing potent immunosuppression of a renal allograft. Sirolimus administration facilitated steroids dose reduction.

  3. Cyclosporine-associated end-stage nephropathy after cardiac transplantation: incidence and progression. (United States)

    Goldstein, D J; Zuech, N; Sehgal, V; Weinberg, A D; Drusin, R; Cohen, D


    The salutary immunosuppressive effects of cyclosporine in extending cardiac allograft survival may be curtailed by its nephrotoxic effects. We reviewed our first 9 years of experience with cyclosporine after cardiac transplantation, to evaluate the incidence and progression of cyclosporine-associated end-stage renal failure necessitating chronic hemodialysis. Retrospective computer-based file review and personal interview when possible. The population at risk was comprised of all adult cardiac recipients surviving at least 3 years (n=293). Of these, 19 (6.5%) developed end-stage renal failure requiring chronic hemodialysis. There were 17 men and 2 women (mean age of 45 +/- 11 years). The mean creatinine clearance for the study group decreased by 38% (Ptransplant) by 6 months after transplantation and by 48% by 3 years postoperatively (Ptransplant). The mean serum creatinine rose by 80% (Ptransplant) by 6 months after transplantation and by 125% by 3 years postoperatively (Ptransplant). Time elapsed from transplantation to hemodialysis ranged from 3.7 to 9.5 years (mean 6.4 +/- 2). Actuarial 1- year survival after onset of hemodialysis was 75%. Although cyclosporine remains the central immunosuppressive agent for cardiac allograft recipients, its use leads to a greater than one-third decrease in creatinine clearance by 6 months after transplantation and progression to end-stage renal failure, requiring hemodialysis in 6.5% of cardiac transplant recipients. Moreover, these patients are at increased risk of death compared with other cardiac allograft recipients. This data warrants the search of alternative or adjunctive agents that would allow decreased dosing or reduced nephrotoxicity of cyclosporine, while maintaining equivalent survival.

  4. Successful Salvage of a Renal Allograft after Acute Renal Vein Thrombosis due to May-Thurner Syndrome

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    Omkar U. Vaidya


    Full Text Available A 68-year-old Caucasian female with a past medical history of a deceased donor kidney transplant four months prior was admitted with a two-day history of anuria and acute kidney injury. A renal ultrasound demonstrated thrombus in the transplanted kidney's renal vein that extended into the left iliac vein as well as into the left femoral venous system. Catheter-guided tissue thrombolytics were infused directly into the clot. Within twelve hours of initiating thrombolytic infusion, there was brisk urine output. Interval venography demonstrated decreasing clot burden. At the time of discharge her creatinine was 0.78 mg/dL, similar to her baseline value prior to presentation. The patient was noted to have May-Thurner syndrome on intravascular ultrasound (IVUS. Angioplasty followed by stent placement was done. Unique to our case report was the timing of the presentation of renal vein thrombosis (four months after transplant and the predisposing anatomy consistent with May-Thurner syndrome, which was diagnosed with IVUS and successfully treated with local thrombolytics.

  5. Limbal autograft and allograft transplantations in patients with corneal burns. (United States)

    Ozdemir, O; Tekeli, O; Ornek, K; Arslanpençe, A; Yalçindağ, N F


    To investigate and compare the surgical outcomes of limbal autograft and limbal allograft transplantations in patients with corneal burns. In total, 20 patients (n=22 eyes) with chemical burn and two patients (n=2 eyes) with thermal burn were included in this study. Limbal autograft or limbal allograft transplantation surgery was performed in all patients. HLA-typing was tested before allograft surgeries. Limbal allografting was performed in all eyes using donor tissue from live relatives. Systemic cyclosporine A was administered for immunosuppression. The corneal surface was successfully reconstructed in all eyes (100%) after limbal autografting, two eyes required additional amniotic membrane transplantation and one eye required allografting. The mean follow-up period for limbal autografts was 13.9 +/- 7.0 months. Limbal allografting failed to reduce corneal vascularity and opacification in five (55.6%) eyes and was successful only in four (44.4%) eyes (mean follow-up 16.2 +/- 11.2 months) (P=0.002). In all, 15 eyes undergoing limbal autografting completed re-epithelialization of the cornea at a mean of 35.6 +/- 60.2 days. The mean epithelial healing time in nine eyes undergoing limbal allografting was 13.0 +/- 7.3 days (P=0.525). After limbal autografting, functional vision (> or =1/10) was attained in 12 (80%) eyes. Only one eye (11.1%) achieved functional vision after limbal allografting (P=0.036). Penetrating keratoplasty was performed in three patients following limbal allografting. No cyclosporine-associated side effects were observed. Limbal autograft transplantation is an effective and safe procedure for unilateral corneal burns. It seems that limbal allograft transplantation is better combined with penetrating keratoplasty for a better visual outcome and higher graft survival rate. Systemic immunosuppression seems to be necessary for limbal allografts even in the presence of HLA-matched donor tissues.

  6. Immediate re-transplantation following early kidney transplant thrombosis.

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    Phelan, Paul J


    Allograft thrombosis is a devastating early complication of renal transplantation that ultimately leads to allograft loss. We report here on our experience of nine cases of immediate re-transplantation following early kidney transplant thrombosis at a single centre between January 1990 and June 2009. The mean age was 42.9 years at time of transplant. For seven patients, the allograft thrombosis was their first kidney transplant and seven of the nine cases had a deceased donor transplant. The initial transplants functioned for a mean of 1.67 days and the patients received a second allograft at a mean of 3.1 days after graft failure. All of the re-transplants worked immediately. Four allografts failed after a mean of 52.5 months (2-155 months). Two of these died with a functioning allograft, one failed owing to chronic allograft nephropathy and one owing to persistent acute cellular rejection. The remaining five patients still have a functioning allograft after a mean of 101.8 months (7-187 months). One year allograft and patient survival after re-transplantation were 87.5% and 100% respectively (after 5 years, both were 57%). Immediate re-transplantation following early kidney transplant thrombosis can be a success. It may be considered in selected cases after allograft thrombosis.

  7. Immediate re-transplantation following early kidney transplant thrombosis.

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    Phelan, Paul J


    Allograft thrombosis is a devastating early complication of renal transplantation that ultimately leads to allograft loss. We report here on our experience of nine cases of immediate re-transplantation following early kidney transplant thrombosis at a single centre between January 1990 and June 2009. The mean age was 42.9 years at time of transplant. For seven patients, the allograft thrombosis was their first kidney transplant and seven of the nine cases had a deceased donor transplant. The initial transplants functioned for a mean of 1.67 days and the patients received a second allograft at a mean of 3.1 days after graft failure. All of the re-transplants worked immediately. Four allografts failed after a mean of 52.5 months (2-155 months). Two of these died with a functioning allograft, one failed owing to chronic allograft nephropathy and one owing to persistent acute cellular rejection. The remaining five patients still have a functioning allograft after a mean of 101.8 months (7-187 months). One year allograft and patient survival after re-transplantation were 87.5% and 100% respectively (after 5 years, both were 57%). Immediate re-transplantation following early kidney transplant thrombosis can be a success. It may be considered in selected cases after allograft thrombosis.

  8. Acute renal artery thrombosis after kidney transplantation

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    Murat Özban


    Full Text Available Early kidney transplant loss as a result of acute thrombosis of the renal artery remains a constant and devastating complication, with an incidence of 0.2-7.5%. While uncommon, arterial obstruction in the early postoperative period is a surgical emergency and must be ruled out if previously established diuresis ceases suddenly. Arterial thrombosis may occur as a result of injury to a diseased artery, problems with anastomoses, hypercoagulability or malpositioning of the allograft. In this study, we analyzed data on a group of 105 renal transplant recipients who presented with acute postoperative graft dysfunction between January 2006 and May 2012, to identify cases of acute renal artery thrombosis. We report on our experience of immediate re-transplantation following early kidney transplant thrombosis. Overall, two (1.9% patients suffered early (within 48 hours of surgery allograft renal artery thrombosis. In both patients, transplantation had not been complicated by atherosclerotic lesions or other thrombophilic states and postoperative diuresis had been successfully achieved, but diuresis ceased abruptly during the early postoperative period. Emergent duplex ultrasound scans were performed and acute renal artery thrombosis was detected in both patients. The patients were operated immediately and retransplantation procedures were conducted. We have reported our experience of immediate retransplantation following early primary graft dysfunction due to renal artery thrombosis. In conclusion, close monitoring of postoperative diuresis and, if necessary, immediate retransplantation in this situation can prove to be a successful treatment for preventing graft loss.

  9. Rescue Arterial Revascularization Using Cryopreserved Iliac Artery Allograft in Liver Transplant Patients. (United States)

    Mohkam, Kayvan; Darnis, Benjamin; Rode, Agnès; Hetsch, Nathalie; Balbo, Gregorio; Bourgeot, Jean-Paul; Mezoughi, Salim; Demian, Hassan; Ducerf, Christian; Mabrut, Jean-Yves


    Management of hepatic arterial complications after liver transplant remains challenging. The aim of our study was to assess the efficacy of rescue arterial revascularization using cryopreserved iliac artery allografts in this setting. Medical records of patients with liver transplants who underwent rescue arterial revascularization using cryopreserved iliac artery allografts at a single institution were reviewed. From 1992 to 2015, 7 patients underwent rescue arterial revascularization using cryopreserved iliac artery allografts for hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm (3 patients), thrombosis (2 patients), aneurysm (1 patient), or stenosis (1 patient). Two patients developed severe complications, comprising one biliary leakage treated percutaneously, and one acute necrotizing pancreatitis causing death on postoperative day 29. After a median follow-up of 75 months (range, 1-269 mo), 2 patients had an uneventful long-term course, whereas 4 patients developed graft thrombosis after a median period of 120 days (range, 2-488 d). Among the 4 patients who developed graft thrombosis, 1 patient developed ischemic cholangitis, 1 developed acute ischemic hepatic necrosis and was retransplanted, and 2 patients did not develop any further complications. Despite a high rate of allograft thrombosis, rescue arterial revascularization using cryopreserved iliac artery allografts after liver transplant is an effective and readily available approach, with a limited risk of infection and satisfactory long-term graft and patient survival.

  10. Thrombosis incancer

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    Tomasz Chojnacki


    Full Text Available Malignant tumours are among the strongest risk factors for venous thromboembolism. The probability scores for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, which we use in our everyday practice, have not yet been validated in patients with cancer, which is why they should be used with caution. Prevention of thrombosis should always be implemented in patients undergoing surgery and most patients treated conservatively, which results from the application of appropriate probability scores assessing the risk of thrombosis in these patients. The prevention method should be adjusted individually depending on the characteristics of the patient and the existence of contraindications to the use of given methods, bearing in mind their availability, cost and ability to monitor the anticoagulant effect. Treatment of venous thromboembolism in patients with cancer is different from treating it in patients with no concomitant tumour. These differences relate to both the type of treatment (anticoagulant drug selection and dosage and its duration. Low-molecular-weight heparin is the preferred form of both initial and long-term treatment, which should last at least 6 months. Both oncologists and other health care professionals working in cancer teams should make sure at each time that the patient has at least minimal knowledge about the symptoms ensuring early detection of thrombosis. Good communication with the patient considerably facilitates effective prevention and treatment.

  11. Portal Vein Thrombosis

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    Hakan Demirci


    Full Text Available Portal vein thrombosis is an important cause of presinusoidal portal hypertension. Portal vein thrombosis commonly occurs in patient with cirrhosis, malignancy and prothrombotic states. Patients with acute portal vein thrombosis have immediate onset. Patients with chronic portal vein thrombosis have developed portal hypertension and cavernous portal transformation. Portal vein thrombosis is diagnosed with doppler ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Therapy with low molecular weight heparin achieves recanalization in more than half of acute cases.

  12. Renal allograft loss in the first post-operative month: causes and consequences.

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    Phelan, Paul J


    Early transplant failure is a devastating outcome after kidney transplantation. We report the causes and consequences of deceased donor renal transplant failure in the first 30 d at our center between January 1990 and December 2009. Controls were adult deceased donor transplant patients in the same period with an allograft that functioned >30 d. The incidence of early graft failure in our series of 2381 consecutive deceased donor transplants was 4.6% (n = 109). The causes of failure were allograft thrombosis (n = 48; 44%), acute rejection (n = 19; 17.4%), death with a functioning allograft (n = 17; 15.6%), primary non-function (n = 14;12.8%), and other causes (n = 11; 10.1%). Mean time to allograft failure was 7.3 d. There has been a decreased incidence of all-cause early failure from 7% in 1990 to <1% in 2009. Patients who developed early failure had longer cold ischemia times when compared with patients with allografts lasting >30 d (p < 0.001). Early allograft failure was strongly associated with reduced patient survival (p < 0.001). In conclusion, early renal allograft failure is associated with a survival disadvantage, but has thankfully become less common in recent years.

  13. Bone allografting in children (United States)

    Sadovoy, M. A.; Kirilova, I. A.; Podorognaya, V. T.; Matsuk, S. A.; Novoselov, V. P.; Moskalev, A. V.; Bondarenko, A. V.; Afanasev, L. M.; Gubina, E. V.


    A total of 522 patients with benign and intermediate bone tumors of various locations, aged 1 to 15 years, were operated in the period from 1996 to 2016. To diagnose skeleton tumors, we used clinical observation, X-ray, and, if indicated, tomography and tumor site biopsy. In the extensive bone resection, we performed bone reconstruction with the replacement of a defect with an allograft (bone strips, deproteinized and spongy grafts), sometimes in the combination with bone autografting. After segmental resection, the defects were filled with bone strips in the form of matchstick grafts; the allografts were received from the Laboratory for Tissue Preparation and Preservation of the Novosibirsk Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics. According to the X-ray data, a complete reorganization of bone grafts occurred within 1.5 to 3 years. The long-term result was assessed as good.

  14. Cavernous sinus thrombosis (United States)

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  15. Deep Vein Thrombosis

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    CONCLUSION: Deep Venous Thrombosis is a common disease with fatal and serious long term burdensome complications. ... WAJM 2009; 28(2): 77–82. Keywords: Deep Vein Thrombosis, Venous Thrombosis,. Phlebothrombosis. ... phlebitic syndrome, ulcers and varicose veins. In surgical patients with malignant disease ...

  16. Lifestyle and venous thrombosis

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    Pomp, Elisabeth Rebekka


    In the Multiple Environmental and Genetic Assessment of risk factors for venous thrombosis (MEGA study), a large population-based case-control study, we investigated lifestyle factors as risk factors for venous thrombosis. Overweight, smoking and alcohol consumption were addressed and pregnancy and

  17. What do we really know about allografts? (United States)

    Amendola, Annunziato; Stolley, Mary P


    The use of allografts in sports medicine is becoming increasingly popular, and, therefore, this issue of Clinics in Sports Medicine is dedicated to the use of allografts in sports medicine. The majority of indications are related to the use of soft tissue grafts for ligament reconstruction, osteochondral (OC) allografts for articular surface reconstruction, and meniscal allografts for meniscal transplantation. There is an increasing amount of science and literature dealing with healing and outcomes, but many questions still remain. There are a number of issues, controversies, and lack of long-term outcomes to make definitive statements on what is really known about allograft use in sports medicine.

  18. Neonatal Cerebral Sinovenous Thrombosis

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    J Gordon Millichap


    Full Text Available The presentation, treatment, and outcome of neonatal cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (SVT were studied in 42 children, using neurology clinic records (1986-2005 at Indiana University School of Medicine.

  19. Thrombosis in vasculitis. (United States)

    Springer, Jason; Villa-Forte, Alexandra


    To review the association of thrombosis and vasculitis and discuss some of the proposed causal mechanisms. It is becoming increasingly evident that various systemic inflammatory diseases such as vasculitis are associated with an increased risk of both venous and arterial thrombosis. Increasing evidence supports the use of immunosuppression in the management of venous thrombosis in Behçet's disease. An increased incidence of thromboembolic disease in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis has been recognized, especially during periods of active disease. In addition, a higher risk of ischemic heart disease in these patients has also been observed. As in giant cell arteritis, recent evidence supports the role of aspirin in the prevention of ischemic events in Takayasu's disease. Thromboembolic disease is an important complication of several forms of systemic vasculitis, and it may result in significant morbidity and mortality. Many questions such as the role for screening of asymptomatic patients, prevention of thrombosis, and duration of anticoagulation in patients with vasculitis remain unanswered. Future studies exploring the mechanisms of thrombosis and its link to inflammation may provide insights in predicting patients at a higher risk for thrombosis and improve outcomes.

  20. [Deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis. (United States)

    Sandoval-Chagoya, Gloria Alejandra; Laniado-Laborín, Rafael


    Background: despite the proven effectiveness of preventive therapy for deep vein thrombosis, a significant proportion of patients at risk for thromboembolism do not receive prophylaxis during hospitalization. Our objective was to determine the adherence to thrombosis prophylaxis guidelines in a general hospital as a quality control strategy. Methods: a random audit of clinical charts was conducted at the Tijuana General Hospital, Baja California, Mexico, to determine the degree of adherence to deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis guidelines. The instrument used was the Caprini's checklist for thrombosis risk assessment in adult patients. Results: the sample included 300 patient charts; 182 (60.7 %) were surgical patients and 118 were medical patients. Forty six patients (15.3 %) received deep vein thrombosis pharmacologic prophylaxis; 27.1 % of medical patients received deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis versus 8.3 % of surgical patients (p < 0.0001). Conclusions: our results show that adherence to DVT prophylaxis at our hospital is extremely low. Only 15.3 % of our patients at risk received treatment, and even patients with very high risk received treatment in less than 25 % of the cases. We have implemented strategies to increase compliance with clinical guidelines.

  1. Protective effect of heparin and aspirin against vascular thrombosis in pediatric kidney transplants. (United States)

    Esfandiar, Nasrin; Otukesh, Hasan; Sharifian, Mostafa; Hoseini, Rozita


    This study was conducted to evaluate preventive effect of a combination of heparin and aspirin on vascular thrombosis and kidney transplant outcomes of pediatric kidney transplant recipients. Twenty-four pediatric kidney transplant recipients received heparin, 50 U/kg, every 8 hours for 7 postoperative days, and aspirin, 5 mg/kg, thrice a week from day 3 of transplantation for 3 months. These patients were compared with a matched group of pediatric kidney allograft recipients in terms of development of thrombosis and serum creatinine level at 1 year postoperation. The mean age of patients was 9.4 ± 3.2 years. No vascular thrombosis was developed among the 24 patients with anticoagulant therapy, while in the control group, 5 grafts (7.9%) developed thrombosis (P = .19). Serum creatinine levels at 1 year were lower in the children with anticoagulant therapy as compared with the controls (P = .02). Our study revealed a reduction in kidney allograft thrombosis incidence in children who received heparin and aspirin after transplantation, which was clinically important although the difference was not statistically significant. Lower serum creatinine levels as compared with a historical cohort group were seen 1 year after transplant surgery. These findings are required to be confirmed by further studies.

  2. Bone Allografts: What Is the Risk of Disease Transmission with Bone Allografts? (United States)

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  3. Radiation sterilization of tissue allografts: A review


    Singh, Rita; Singh, Durgeshwer; Singh, Antaryami


    Tissue substitutes are required in a number of clinical conditions for treatment of injured and diseased tissues. Tissues like bone, skin, amniotic membrane and soft tissues obtained from human donor can be used for repair or reconstruction of the injured part of the body. Allograft tissues from human donor provide an excellent alternative to autografts. However, major concern with the use of allografts is the risk of infectious disease transmission. Therefore, tissue allografts should be ste...

  4. Leiomyoma in a Renal Allograft

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    Yan Jun Li


    Full Text Available Leiomyomas are smooth muscle tumours that are rarely found in the kidney. There is one report of a leiomyoma in a kidney transplant in a paediatric recipient. Here, we report an adult renal transplant recipient who developed an Epstein-Barr virus-positive leiomyoma in his allograft 15 years after transplantation. The patient was converted to everolimus for posttransplant immunosuppression management and there was no sign of progression over a year.

  5. Venous thrombosis: an overview

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    Peterson, C.W.


    Venous thromboembolic disease contributes to morbidity and mortality in certain groups of hospitalized patients, particularly those who have undergone surgery. Although principles of treatment have changed relatively little during the past 20 years, significant advances have been made in the diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Venography, once the only reliable diagnostic technique, has been largely replaced by noninvasive tests: impedance plethysmography, venous Doppler, /sup 125/I-radiofibrinogen-uptake test, and phleborheography. Virchow's triad of stasis, vessel injury, and hypercoagulability remains a valid explanation of the pathogenesis of thrombus formation, but laboratory and clinical data have refined our knowledge of how these factors interact to result in clinically significant disease. Knowledge of the natural history of venous thrombosis, plus heightened awareness of the long-term morbidity and expense associated with the postphlebitic syndrome, have led to increased interest in preventing DVT. Clinically and economically, venous thrombosis is best managed by prevention. 61 references.

  6. Portal Vein Thrombosis

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    Ronny Cohen


    Full Text Available Portal vein thrombosis (PVT is the blockage or narrowing of the portal vein by a thrombus. It is relatively rare and has been linked with the presence of an underlying liver disease or prothrombotic disorders. We present a case of a young male who presented with vague abdominal symptoms for approximately one week. Imaging revealed the presence of multiple nonocclusive thrombi involving the right portal vein, the splenic vein, and the left renal vein, as well as complete occlusion of the left portal vein and the superior mesenteric vein. We discuss pathogenesis, clinical presentation, and management of both acute and chronic thrombosis. The presence of PVT should be considered as a clue for prothrombotic disorders, liver disease, and other local and general factors that must be carefully investigated. It is hoped that this case report will help increase awareness of the complexity associated with portal vein thrombosis among the medical community.

  7. Portal Vein Thrombosis: Recent Advance. (United States)

    Qi, Xingshun


    Portal vein thrombosis is a life-threatening vascular disorder of the liver. In this chapter, I will review the recent advance regarding the epidemiology, etiology, management, and prognosis of portal vein thrombosis.

  8. Deep Vein Thrombosis

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  9. Multivessel coronary artery thrombosis. (United States)

    Kanei, Yumiko; Janardhanan, Rajesh; Fox, John T; Gowda, Ramesh M


    Simultaneous thrombosis of multiple epicardial coronary arteries is an uncommon clinical finding in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We describe a 37-year-old male present with inferior wall STEMI who was found to have large thrombi in both the right coronary artery (RCA) and the left anterior descending artery (LAD). We reviewed 23 patients with multivessel thrombosis in acute myocardial infarction in the literature. The mean age of patients was 53 +/- 14 years (32-82 years); 74% were males, and most patients had multiple risk factors for coronary artery disease. The LAD (78%) and RCA (87%) were the arteries involved for most patients. Aspiration thrombectomy was used in 3 cases. Though it is rare, STEMI with multiple culprit arteries can occur, and it is crucial to recognize this condition to determine the proper treatment, since most of these patients are critically ill.

  10. Alternatives to allograft corneal transplantation. (United States)

    Jhanji, Vishal; Sharma, Namrata; Agarwal, Tushar; Vajpayee, Rasik B


    Corneal transplantation is the most commonly performed solid organ transplantation in the world. Despite a glorious history of more than a 100 years, the success of conventional corneal transplantation surgery is marred by problems like graft rejection,graft infection and associated glaucoma due to long-term use of topical corticosteroids.In addition there is a dearth of donor corneal tissue in some parts of the world which subsequently adds on to the existing burden on the eye banks every year. We propose alternatives to the conventional corneal transplantation surgery for the management of corneal scarring. The potential use of alternatives to allograft corneal transplantation surgery has been described by corneal surgeons around the world. These techniques consist of nonsurgical interventions like contact lens fitting. Surgical alternatives include excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy, optical iridectomy, rotational autokeratoplasty and contralateral autokeratoplasty. Although these techniques are not practiced routinely, however, their appropriate utilization would clearly help the corneal surgeons to get rid of certain problems associated with allograft corneal transplantation. Careful selection of patients can yield encouraging results with the use of these alternative techniques. Visual outcomes may not be as good as after a routine keratoplasty; nevertheless, this setback is outweighed by advantages such as absence of corneal graft rejection. We also believe that the use of these techniques would at least partially resolve the issue of scarcity of donor corneal tissue in the developing world.

  11. Radiation sterilization of skin allograft

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    Kairiyama, E. [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Centro Atomico Ezeiza, Presbitero Juan Gonzalez y Aragon No. 15, (B1802AYA) Ezeiza, Buenos Aires (Argentina)], E-mail:; Horak, C.; Spinosa, M.; Pachado, J. [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Centro Atomico Ezeiza, Presbitero Juan Gonzalez y Aragon No. 15, (B1802AYA) Ezeiza, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Schwint, O. [J.P. Garrahan Hospital, Buenos Aires (Argentina)


    In the treatment of burns or accidental loss of skin, cadaveric skin allografts provide an alternative to temporarily cover a wounded area. The skin bank facility is indispensable for burn care. The first human skin bank was established in Argentina in 1989; later, 3 more banks were established. A careful donor selection is carried out according to the national regulation in order to prevent transmissible diseases. As cadaveric human skin is naturally highly contaminated, a final sterilization is necessary to reach a sterility assurance level (SAL) of 10{sup -6}. The sterilization dose for 106 batches of processed human skin was determined on the basis of the Code of Practice for the Radiation Sterilization of Tissue Allografts: Requirements for Validation and Routine Control (2004) and ISO 11137-2 (2006). They ranged from 17.6 to 33.4 kGy for bioburdens of >10-162.700 CFU/100 cm{sup 2}. The presence of Gram negative bacteria was checked for each produced batch. From the analysis of the experimental results, it was observed that the bioburden range was very wide and consequently the estimated sterilization doses too. If this is the case, the determination of a tissue-specific dose per production batch is necessary to achieve a specified requirement of SAL. Otherwise if the dose of 25 kGy is preselected, a standardized method for substantiation of this dose should be done to confirm the radiation sterilization process.

  12. Radiation sterilization of skin allograft (United States)

    Kairiyama, E.; Horak, C.; Spinosa, M.; Pachado, J.; Schwint, O.


    In the treatment of burns or accidental loss of skin, cadaveric skin allografts provide an alternative to temporarily cover a wounded area. The skin bank facility is indispensable for burn care. The first human skin bank was established in Argentina in 1989; later, 3 more banks were established. A careful donor selection is carried out according to the national regulation in order to prevent transmissible diseases. As cadaveric human skin is naturally highly contaminated, a final sterilization is necessary to reach a sterility assurance level (SAL) of 10 -6. The sterilization dose for 106 batches of processed human skin was determined on the basis of the Code of Practice for the Radiation Sterilization of Tissue Allografts: Requirements for Validation and Routine Control (2004) and ISO 11137-2 (2006). They ranged from 17.6 to 33.4 kGy for bioburdens of >10-162.700 CFU/100 cm 2. The presence of Gram negative bacteria was checked for each produced batch. From the analysis of the experimental results, it was observed that the bioburden range was very wide and consequently the estimated sterilization doses too. If this is the case, the determination of a tissue-specific dose per production batch is necessary to achieve a specified requirement of SAL. Otherwise if the dose of 25 kGy is preselected, a standardized method for substantiation of this dose should be done to confirm the radiation sterilization process.

  13. Portal Vein Thrombosis (United States)

    Chawla, Yogesh K.; Bodh, Vijay


    Portal vein thrombosis is an important cause of portal hypertension. PVT occurs in association with cirrhosis or as a result of malignant invasion by hepatocellular carcinoma or even in the absence of associated liver disease. With the current research into its genesis, majority now have an underlying prothrombotic state detectable. Endothelial activation and stagnant portal blood flow also contribute to formation of the thrombus. Acute non-cirrhotic PVT, chronic PVT (EHPVO), and portal vein thrombosis in cirrhosis are the three main variants of portal vein thrombosis with varying etiological factors and variability in presentation and management. Procoagulant state should be actively investigated. Anticoagulation is the mainstay of therapy for acute non-cirrhotic PVT, with supporting evidence for its use in cirrhotic population as well. Chronic PVT (EHPVO) on the other hand requires the management of portal hypertension as such and with role for anticoagulation in the setting of underlying prothrombotic state, however data is awaited in those with no underlying prothrombotic states. TIPS and liver transplant may be feasible even in the setting of PVT however proper selection of candidates and type of surgery is warranted. Thrombolysis and thrombectomy have some role. TARE is a new modality for management of HCC with portal vein invasion. PMID:25941431

  14. Pediatric cavernous sinus thrombosis (United States)

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


    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


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    L. V. Shkalova


    Full Text Available The literature data in modern transplantology concerning morphology of ischemic injury of liver allograft are analyzed in the article. Questions of pathogenesis of liver allograft ischemic injury, histological features that indicate the possibility of donor liver transplantation are discussed in detail, as well as the role of steatosis and its reverse is highlighted. We tried to systematize the morphological changes depending on severity of ischemic injury; also we focused on the questions of persistency of the ischemic injury in the liver allograft

  16. Red blood cells in thrombosis. (United States)

    Byrnes, James R; Wolberg, Alisa S


    Red blood cells (RBCs) have historically been considered passive bystanders in thrombosis. However, clinical and epidemiological studies have associated quantitative and qualitative abnormalities in RBCs, including altered hematocrit, sickle cell disease, thalassemia, hemolytic anemias, and malaria, with both arterial and venous thrombosis. A growing body of mechanistic studies suggests that RBCs can promote thrombus formation and enhance thrombus stability. These findings suggest that RBCs may contribute to thrombosis pathophysiology and reveal potential strategies for therapeutically targeting RBCs to reduce thrombosis. © 2017 by The American Society of Hematology.

  17. Lyophilized allografts without pre-treatment with glutaraldehyde are more suitable than cryopreserved allografts for pulmonary artery reconstruction

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    J.R. Olmos-Zúãiga


    Full Text Available Various methods are available for preservation of vascular grafts for pulmonary artery (PA replacement. Lyophilization and cryopreservation reduce antigenicity and prevent thrombosis and calcification in vascular grafts, so both methods can be used to obtain vascular bioprostheses. We evaluated the hemodynamic, gasometric, imaging, and macroscopic and microscopic findings produced by PA reconstruction with lyophilized (LyoPA grafts and cryopreserved (CryoPA grafts in dogs. Eighteen healthy crossbred adult dogs of both sexes weighing between 18 and 20 kg were used and divided into three groups of six: group I, PA section and reanastomosis; group II, PA resection and reconstruction with LyoPA allograft; group III, PA resection and reconstruction with CryoPA allograft. Dogs were evaluated 4 weeks after surgery, and the status of the graft and vascular anastomosis were examined macroscopically and microscopically. No clinical, radiologic, or blood-gas abnormalities were observed during the study. The mean pulmonary artery pressure (MPAP in group III increased significantly at the end of the study compared with baseline (P=0.02 and final [P=0.007, two-way repeat-measures analysis of variance (RM ANOVA] values. Pulmonary vascular resistance of groups II and III increased immediately after reperfusion and also at the end of the study compared to baseline. The increase shown by group III vs group I was significant only if compared with after surgery and study end (P=0.016 and P=0.005, respectively, two-way RM ANOVA. Microscopically, permeability was reduced by ≤75% in group III. In conclusion, substitution of PAs with LyoPA grafts is technically feasible and clinically promising.

  18. Lyophilized allografts without pre-treatment with glutaraldehyde are more suitable than cryopreserved allografts for pulmonary artery reconstruction

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    Olmos-Zúãiga, J.R.; Jasso-Victoria, R. [Department of Experimental Surgery, National Institute of Respiratory Diseases ' Ismael Cosío Villegas' , Mexico City (Mexico); Díaz-Martínez, N.E. [Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Center for Research and Assistance in Technology and Design of the State of Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico); Gaxiola-Gaxiola, M.O. [Laboratory of Morphology, National Institute of Respiratory Diseases ' Ismael Cosío Villegas' , Mexico City (Mexico); Sotres-Vega, A.; Heras-Romero, Y.; Baltazares-Lipp, M. [Department of Experimental Surgery, National Institute of Respiratory Diseases ' Ismael Cosío Villegas' , Mexico City (Mexico); Baltazares-Lipp, M.E. [Hemodynamics and Echocardiography Service, National Institute of Respiratory Diseases ' Ismael Cosío Villegas' , Mexico City (Mexico); Santillán-Doherty, P. [Medical Administration, National Institute of Respiratory Diseases ' Ismael Cosío Villegas' , Mexico City (Mexico); Hernández-Jiménez, C. [Department of Experimental Surgery, National Institute of Respiratory Diseases ' Ismael Cosío Villegas' , Mexico City (Mexico)


    Various methods are available for preservation of vascular grafts for pulmonary artery (PA) replacement. Lyophilization and cryopreservation reduce antigenicity and prevent thrombosis and calcification in vascular grafts, so both methods can be used to obtain vascular bioprostheses. We evaluated the hemodynamic, gasometric, imaging, and macroscopic and microscopic findings produced by PA reconstruction with lyophilized (LyoPA) grafts and cryopreserved (CryoPA) grafts in dogs. Eighteen healthy crossbred adult dogs of both sexes weighing between 18 and 20 kg were used and divided into three groups of six: group I, PA section and reanastomosis; group II, PA resection and reconstruction with LyoPA allograft; group III, PA resection and reconstruction with CryoPA allograft. Dogs were evaluated 4 weeks after surgery, and the status of the graft and vascular anastomosis were examined macroscopically and microscopically. No clinical, radiologic, or blood-gas abnormalities were observed during the study. The mean pulmonary artery pressure (MPAP) in group III increased significantly at the end of the study compared with baseline (P=0.02) and final [P=0.007, two-way repeat-measures analysis of variance (RM ANOVA)] values. Pulmonary vascular resistance of groups II and III increased immediately after reperfusion and also at the end of the study compared to baseline. The increase shown by group III vs group I was significant only if compared with after surgery and study end (P=0.016 and P=0.005, respectively, two-way RM ANOVA). Microscopically, permeability was reduced by ≤75% in group III. In conclusion, substitution of PAs with LyoPA grafts is technically feasible and clinically promising.

  19. Vancomycin iontophoresis of allograft bone. (United States)

    Edmondson, M C; Day, R; Wood, D


    The most concerning infection of allografts and operative procedures is methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and no current iontophoresed antibiotics effectively combat this microbe. It was initially hypothesised that iontophoresis of vancomycin through bone would not be effective due to its large molecular size and lack of charge. The aim of this study was to determine whether this was a viable procedure and to find the optimum conditions for its use. An iontophoresis cell was set up with varying concentrations of Vancomycin within the medulla of a section of sheep tibia, sealed from an external saline solution. The cell was run for varying times, Vancomycin concentrations and voltages, to gain information on optimisation of conditions for impregnating the graft. Each graft was then sectioned and dust ground from the exposed surface. The dust was serially washed to extract the Vancomycin and concentrations measured and plotted for all variables tested. Vancomycin was successfully delivered and impregnated to the graft using the iontophoresis technique. The first order fit to the whole data set gave a significant result (p = 0.0233), with a significant concentration (p = 0.02774) component. The time component was the next most significant (p = 0.0597), but did not exceed the 95% confidence level. Iontophoresis is an effective method for delivering Vancomycin to allograft bone. The concentrations of the vancomycin solution affected the bone concentration, but results were highly variable. Further study should be done on the effectiveness of delivering different antibiotics using this method. Cite this article: Bone Joint Res 2014;3:101-7.

  20. Numerical simulations of thrombosis

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    Naveen Kumar G Ramunigari


    Full Text Available Background: Mathematical approaches for biological events have gained significant importance in development of biomedical research. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT is caused by blood clot in veins deeply rooted in the body, resulting in loss of blood, pain, and numbness of the body part associated with that vein. This situation can get complicated and can be fatal, when the blood clot travels to other parts of the body which may result in pulmonary embolism (PE. PE causes approximately 300,000 deaths annually in the United States alone. Materials and Methods: We are trying to propose a computational approach for understanding venous thrombosis using the theory of fluid mechanics. In our study, we are trying to establish a computational model that mimics the venous blood flow containing unidirectional venous valves and will be depicting the blood flow in the veins. We analyzed the flow patterns in veins, which are included with lump like substances. This lump like substances can be clots, tissue debris, collagen or even cholesterol. Our study will facilitate better understanding of the biophysical process in case of thrombosis. Results: The predicted model analyzes the consequences that occur due to the clot formations in veins. Knowledge of Navier-Stokes equations in fluid dynamics along with the computational model of a complex biological system would help in diagnosis of the problem at much faster rate of time. Valves of the deep veins are damaged as a result of DVT, with no valves to prevent deep system reflux, the hydrostatic venous pressure in the lower extremity increases dramatically. Conclusion: Our model is used to determine the effects of an interrupted blood flow as a result of thrombin formation, which might result in disturbed systemic circulation. Our results indicated a positive inverse correlation exists between clots and the flow velocity. This would support medical practitioners to recommend faster curing measures.

  1. Frequency and characteristics of coronary thrombosis in the epicardial coronary arteries after cardiac transplantation. (United States)

    Arbustini, E; Dal Bello, B; Morbini, P; Grasso, M; Diegoli, M; Fasani, R; Pilotto, A; Bellini, O; Pellegrini, C; Martinelli, L; Campagna, C; Gavazzi, A; Specchia, G; Viganò, M; Roberts, W C


    We investigated at autopsy or at retransplantation the frequency and characteristics of coronary thrombosis in 76 cardiac allografts: 37 in place for 2 to 99 months (late). The 76 allografts were inserted in 69 patients: a single 1 in 56 patients and 2 allografts in 13 patients, 7 of whom subsequently died and had an autopsy. An average of 140 sections from 70 5-mm-long segments of 8 epicardial coronary arteries were examined from each of the 76 allografts with both hematoxylin-eosin and Movat pentachrome stains. Thrombus was found in only 1 coronary artery (3%) (the right one) of the 37 early allografts, and in 24 of 39 late allografts (61%). Of the latter 39 grafts, 29 (79%) had allograft vascular disease (AVD) and 24 (83%) of them had coronary thrombosis. Of the 312 epicardial coronary arteries (4 major and 4 minor) examined in the 39 late cases, 66 arteries (21%) contained thrombus. Of the 24 late cases with thrombus in at least 1 artery, thrombus was present in 66 (34%) of the 192 epicardial coronary arteries examined: in 6 of the 8 arteries in 3 patients; in 5 arteries in 2 patients; in 4 arteries in 1 patient; in 3 arteries in 5 patients; in 2 arteries in 6 patients, and in a single artery in 7 patients. In all 66 arteries with thrombus (24 patients) the thrombus was longer than 5 mm. The thrombus in the late cases was entirely nonocclusive (mural) in 51 (77%) of the 66 epicardial coronary arteries containing thrombus and entirely occlusive in 10 arteries (15%). It consisted exclusively of multiluminal channels in 6 arteries (9%) and combinations in 1 artery (2%). Acute myocardial infarcts were present in 3 patients, all of whom had occlusive thrombi. In all 10 arteries with occlusive thrombi, the thrombus was larger than the underlying plaque and no occlusive thrombi were located over ulcerated plaques. These observations demonstrate that thrombus is common in epicardial coronary arteries >2 months after cardiac transplantation.

  2. Porphyrin-adsorbed Allograft Bone: A Photoactive, Antibiofilm Surface. (United States)

    Dastgheyb, Sana S; Toorkey, Cyrus B; Shapiro, Irving M; Hickok, Noreen J


    Allograft bone is commonly used to augment bone stock. Unfortunately, allograft is prone to bacterial contamination and current antimicrobial therapies are inadequate. Photoactivated porphyrins combat bacterial growth by production of reactive oxygen species (ROS); however, to our knowledge, they have not been tested in the setting of allograft bone. We asked: (1) Does 5,10,15,20-tetrakis-(4-aminophenyl)-porphyrin (TAPP) stably adsorb to morselized, mineralized allograft? (2) Does Staphylococcus aureus acquire TAPP from TAPP-allograft? (3) Is TAPP-allograft antibacterial to S. aureus? (4) Is ROS production critical for antimicrobial activity? (5) Does illuminated TAPP-allograft dislodge biofilm? (6) Could other photoactive dyes (TAPP, TMPyP, TSP, THP, and methylene blue) confer antimicrobial properties to allograft? TAPP adsorption to allograft (TAPP-allograft), its localization in S. aureus, and TAPP-allograft long-term stability were determined spectrophotometrically. Antimicrobial activity was measured while activated with light or in the dark during incubation with S. aureus or after allograft biofilm formation. Glutathione was added to illuminated TAPP-allograft to quench ROS and antimicrobial activity was determined. Light-dependent antimicrobial activity of other photoactive dyes (TMPyP, TSP, THP, and methylene blue) adsorbed to allograft was also tested. We found (1) porphyrins strongly adhere to bone allograft; and (2) the bacteria are not able to sequester TAPP from the TAPP-allograft; (3) when illuminated, TAPP-allograft is resistant to bacterial adherence; (4) the effects of TAPP are inhibited by the radical scavenger glutathione, indicating ROS-dependent antimicrobial activity; (5) illumination of TAPP-allograft disrupts biofilms; and, (6) other photoactive dyes impede biofilm formation on allograft bone in the presence of light. Porphyrins stably associate with allograft and are inactive until illuminated. Illuminated TAPP-allograft markedly reduces

  3. Cerebral venous thrombosis in childhood

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    Huisman, T.A.G.M.; Martin, E.; Willi, U.V. [Dept. of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology, University Children' s Hospital Zurich (Switzerland); Holzmann, D. [Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology, University Children' s Hospital Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)


    This was a retrospective study to determine different etiologies of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) in childhood and to correlate extent and location of thrombosis with the etiology and the age of the child as well as the final outcome. In addition, the radiologic approach is discussed. This was a retrospective analysis of 19 children with CVT. The children were examined by contrast-enhanced dynamic CT. Radiologic findings were correlated with the etiology of CVT. Cerebral venous thrombosis is not as infrequent in children as has been thought. Cerebral venous thrombosis in children can occur due to trauma (n=9), infections (n=7), or coagulation disorders (n=3). Extent and location of thrombosis, as well as complications, final outcome, and therapy, depend on the etiology. Computed tomography remains a valuable primary imaging modality in the diagnosis of CVT in the acutely injured or diseased child. (orig.)

  4. Graft intolerance syndrome in children with failed kidney allografts--clinical presentation, treatment options and outcome. (United States)

    Krause, Irit; Cleper, Roxana; Belenky, Alexander; Atar, Eli; Bar-Nathan, Nathan; Davidovits, Miriam


    Failed renal allografts left in situ may cause inflammation presenting as graft intolerance syndrome (GIS). There are no sufficient data regarding clinical course and treatment options of GIS in paediatric patients. A retrospective study of all children with failed renal allografts treated in Schneider's Children Medical Center of Israel during a 10-year period was conducted. Diagnosis of GIS was based on clinical criteria and persistence of renal perfusion according to radio-isotopic scan. Twenty children with failed renal allografts were studied. The mean age at transplantation was 10.3 +/- 4.9 years. The mean graft survival was 2.9 +/- 2.5 years. Two grafts were removed immediately due to vascular complications. Of the 18 patients with transplants remaining in situ, 11 (61%) developed GIS within 2.7 +/- 2.1 months after restarting dialysis. GIS manifestations included fever (91%), local tenderness (82%), hypertension (73%), abdominal pain (64%), macroscopic haematuria (27%), pulmonary congestion (27%) and enlargement of the graft (18%). Laboratory findings included anaemia, hypoalbuminaemia and elevated ESR and CRP. Three patients were successfully treated with indomethacin and/or prednisone. In one patient the graft was surgically removed due to suspected post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disorder. Seven patients underwent percutaneous embolization of the graft, and in six patients a complete resolution of symptoms occurred within 32.2 +/- 45 days. Complications included abscess and retinal artery thrombosis. Six patients were successfully re-transplanted, three are still on haemodialysis and two died of causes unrelated to GIS. GIS may be common among children with failed renal allografts. Percutaneous embolization of the graft seems effective and safe. Further studies are needed to evaluate late outcome of paediatric patients with GIS.

  5. [Estrogens and vascular thrombosis]. (United States)

    Colmou, A


    The incidence of thromboses among young women has increased with widespread use of oral contraceptives (OCs) due to the significant thromboembolic risk of estrogen. Estrogens intervene at the vascular, platelet, and plasma levels as a function of hormonal variations in the menstrual cycle, increasing the aggregability of the platelets and thrombocytes, accelerating the formation of clots, and decreasing the amount of antithrombin III. Estrogens are used in medicine to treat breast and prostate cancers and in gynecology to treat dysmenorrhea, during the menopause, and in contraception. Smoking, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes are contraindicators to estrogen use. Thrombosis refers to blockage of a blood vessel by a clot or thrombus. Before estrogens are prescribed, a history of phlebitis, obesity, hyperlipidemia, or significant varicosities should be ruled out. A history of venous thrombosis, hyperlipoproteinemia, breast nodules, serious liver condition, allergies to progesterone, and some ocular diseases of vascular origin definitively rule out treatment with estrogens. A family history of infarct, embolism, diabetes, cancer, or vascular accidents at a young age signals a need for greater patient surveillance. All patients receiving estrogens should be carefully observed for signs of hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, hypercoagulability, or diabetes. Nurses have a role to play in carefully eliciting the patient's history of smoking, personal and family medical problems, and previous and current laboratory results, as well as in informing the patients of the risks and possible side effects of OCs, especially for those who smoke. Nurses should educate patients receiving estrogens, especially those with histories of circulatory problems, to avoid standing in 1 position for prolonged periods, avoid heat which is a vasodilator, avoid obesity, excercise regularly, wear appropriate footgear, and follow other good health

  6. Magnetic resonance imaging of massive bone allografts with histologic correlation

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    Hoeffner, E.G. [Dept. of Radiology, Wayne State Univ. School of Medicine, Detroit, MI (United States); Soulen, R.L. [Dept. of Radiology, Wayne State Univ. School of Medicine, Detroit, MI (United States); Ryan, J.R. [Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Wayne State Univ. School of Medicine, Detroit, MI (United States); Qureshi, F. [Dept. of Pathology, Wayne State Univ. School of Medicine, Detroit, MI (United States)


    The objective of this study was to better understand the MRI appearance of massive bone allografts. The MRI findings of three massive bone allografts imaged in vivo were correlated with the histologic findings following removal of the allografts. A fourth allograft, never implanted, was imaged and evaluated histologically. Allografts were placed for the treatment of primary or recurrent osteosarcoma. The in-vivo allografts have a heterogeneous appearance on MRI which we attribute to the revascularization process. Fibrovascular connective tissue grows into the graft in a patchy, focal fashion, down the medullary canal from the graft-host junction and adjacent to the periosteum. The marrow spaces are initially devoid of normal cellular elements and occupied by fat and gelatinous material. This normal postoperative appearance of massive bone allografts must not be interpreted as recurrent neoplasm or infection in the allograft. Recognition of these complications rests on features outside the marrow. (orig./MG)

  7. Calprotectin - A novel noninvasive marker for intestinal allograft monitoring

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    Sudan, Debra; Vargas, Luciano; Sun, Yimin; Bok, Lisette; Dijkstra, Gerard; Langnas, Alan

    Objective: To identify a noninvasive screening test for intestinal allograft monitoring. Summary Background Data: Intestinal allograft rejection is difficult to distinguish from other causes of diarrhea and can rapidly lead to severe exfoliation or death. Protocol biopsies are standard for allograft

  8. Estudo comparativo dos efeitos da talidomida, da ciclosporina e do diclofenaco na sobrevida de aloenxertos cutâneos em coelho Assessment of immunossupresion induced by thalidomide, cyclosporine and diclofenac on skin allograft survival in rabbits

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    Diva Novy Barbosa Chaves


    effects of cyclosporine, as an immunosuppressor model, and thalidomide and dyclofenac as anti-inflammatory drugs on an experimental skin allograft research. METHODS: Forty-two rabbits were divided in the following groups (n=6: Group 1 - autografting control; Group 2 - allografting control; Group 3 - allografts under thalidomide effect (100 mg/kg/day; Group 4 - allografts under sodium dyclofenac effect (2 mg/kg/day; - Group 5 -allografts under cyclosporine effect (10 mg/kg/day; Group 6 - allografts under cyclosporine effect (5 mg/kg/day; Group 7- allografts under cyclosporine (5 mg/kg/day plus thalidomide (100 mg/kg/day effect. Drugs were given via orogastric tube since the day before transplantation and daily during the postoperative period. Circular total skin grafts of the ear were exchanged between California and White New Zealand rabbits. RESULTS: Cyclosporine 10 mg/kg/day increased allograft survival and this effect was comparable to the association of cyclosporine 5 mg/kg/day with thalidomide 100 mg/kg/day. Thalidomide as an isolated drug and dyclofenac had a minimum effect on the average survival of the skin allografts. The number of eosinophils around the necrotic skin was higher in the dyclofenac group and lower in the group receiving cyclosporine associated with thalidomide. CONCLUSION: This study showed that thalidomide may be an useful drug when associated with subtherapeutic doses of cyclosporine for treatment of skin allografts.

  9. Thrombosis and Hemostasis in Surgery

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    Hvas, Anne-Mette; Larsen, Julie Brogaard; Pasalic, Leonardo


    The present issue of Seminars in Thrombosis & Hemostasis focuses on challenges related to hemostatic and thromboembolic complications in surgery or trauma. Multiple factors contribute to perioperative bleeding or thromboembolic risk. These factors might be related to the individual patient (e...

  10. Cerebral and Sinus Vein Thrombosis (United States)

    ... The typical target INR is 2.0 to 3.0. One of the newer oral blood thinners (rivaroxaban [ ... the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention . Diagnosis and management of cerebral venous thrombosis: a statement for healthcare ...

  11. Risk factors of cardiac allograft vasculopathy. (United States)

    Szyguła-Jurkiewicz, Bożena; Szczurek, Wioletta; Gąsior, Mariusz; Zembala, Marian


    Despite advances in prevention and treatment of heart transplant rejection, development of cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) remains the leading factor limiting long-term survival of the graft. Cardiac allograft vasculopathy etiopathogenesis is not fully understood, but a significant role is attributed to endothelial cell damage, caused by immunological and non-immunological mechanisms. Immunological factors include the differences between the recipient's and the donor's HLA systems, the presence of alloreactive antibodies and episodes of acute rejection. Among the non-immunological factors the most important are the age of the donor, ischemia-reperfusion injury and cytomegalovirus infection. The classical cardiovascular risk factors (diabetes, hypertension, obesity and hyperlipidemia) are also important. This study presents an up-to-date overview of current knowledge on the vasculopathy etiopathogenesis and the role played by endothelium and inflammatory processes in CAV, and it also investigates the factors which may serve as risk markers of cardiac allograft vasculopathy.

  12. Urinary calprotectin and posttransplant renal allograft injury

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    Tepel, Martin; Borst, Christoffer; Bistrup, Claus


    OBJECTIVE: Current methods do not predict the acute renal allograft injury immediately after kidney transplantation. We evaluated the diagnostic performance of urinary calprotectin for predicting immediate posttransplant allograft injury. METHODS: In a multicenter, prospective-cohort study of 144...... regression showed that higher urinary calprotectin concentrations and older donor age predicted lower eGFR four weeks, 6 months, and 12 months after transplantation. CONCLUSIONS: Urinary calprotectin is an early, noninvasive predictor of immediate renal allograft injury after kidney transplantation......., 0.92; 95% CI, 0.77 to 0.98; specificity, 0.48; 95% CI, 0.31 to 0.66). Higher urinary calprotectin concentrations predicted impaired kidney function 4 weeks after transplantation, as well as 6 months and 12 months after transplantation. When data were analyzed using the urinary calprotectin...

  13. Cavernous sinus thrombosis: current therapy. (United States)

    Desa, Valmont; Green, Ryan


    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.

  14. Ultrastructural basis of acute renal allograft rejection

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    V.D. Vuzevski (Vojislav)


    textabstractAn attempt was made: I. to demonstrate the evolution and the time of onset of the ultrastructural morphological changes in the renal parenchyma and blood vessels, as well as the ultrastructural feature of the interstitial cellular infiltration in acute rejection of kidney allografts; 2.

  15. Cerebral Sinovenous Thrombosis

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    Rebecca Ichord


    Full Text Available Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT is a rare but serious cerebrovascular disorder affecting children from the newborn period through childhood and adolescence. The incidence is estimated at 0.6/100,000/year, with 30–50% occurring in newborns. Causes are diverse and are highly age dependent. Acute systemic illness is the dominant risk factor among newborns. In childhood CSVT, acute infections of the head and neck such as mastoiditis are most common, followed by chronic underlying diseases such as nephrotic syndrome, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. Signs and symptoms are also age related. Seizures and altered mental status are the commonest manifestations in newborns. Headache, vomiting, and lethargy, sometimes with 6th nerve palsy, are the most common symptoms in children and adolescents. Recent multicenter cohort studies from North America and Europe have provided updated information on risk factors, clinical presentations, treatment practices, and outcomes. While systemic anticoagulation is the most common specific treatment used, there are wide variations and many uncertainties even among experts concerning best practice. The treatment dilemma is especially pronounced for neonatal CSVT. This is due in part to the higher prevalence of intracranial hemorrhage among newborns on the one hand, and the clear evidence that newborns suffer greater long-term neurologic morbidity on the other hand. With the advent of widespread availability and acceptance of acute endovascular therapy for arterial ischemic stroke, there is renewed interest in this therapy for children with CSVT. Limited published evidence exists regarding the benefits and risks of these invasive therapies. Therefore, the authors of current guidelines advise reserving this therapy for children with progressive and severe disease who have failed optimal medical management. As research focused on childhood cerebrovascular disease continues to grow rapidly, the future prospects

  16. Cerebral venous thrombosis. (United States)

    Ferro, José Manuel; Canhão, Patrícia; Aguiar de Sousa, Diana


    Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) has an incidence of 1.32/100,000/years in high-income countries, and higher in middle- and low-income countries. CVT is more frequent in infants and children young adults and females, especially during pregnancy/puerperium. CVT are now being diagnosed with increasing frequency because of the increased awareness and higher use of magnetic resonance imaging (MR) for investigating patients with acute and subacute headaches and new onset seizures. CVT rarely present as a stroke syndrome. Their most frequent presentations are isolated headache, intracranial hypertension syndrome, seizures, a lobar syndrome and encephalopathy. The confirmation of the diagnosis of CVT relies on the demonstration of thrombi in the cerebral veins and/or sinuses by MR/MR venography or veno CT. The more frequent risk factors/associated conditions for CVT are genetic prothrombotic conditions, antiphospholipid syndrome and other acquired prothrombotic diseases, including cancer, oral contraceptives, puerperium and pregnancy, infections and trauma. The prognosis of CVT is in general favorable, as acute death rate is below 5% and only 15% of the patients remain dependent or die. Treatment in the acute phase includes management of the associated condition, anticoagulation with either low molecular weight or unfractionated heparin, treatment of intracranial hypertension, prevention of recurrent seizures and headache relief. In patients in severe condition on admission or who deteriorate despite anticoagulation, local thrombolysis or thrombectomy is an option. Decompressive surgery is lifesaving in patients with large venous infarcts or hemorrhage with impending herniation. After the acute phase, patients should anticoagulated for a variable period of time, depending on their inherent thrombotic risk. CVT patients may experience recurrent seizures. Prophylaxis with anti-epileptic drugs is recommended after the first seizure, in those with hemispheric lesions. There

  17. Meniscal Allograft Transplantation: Factors Predicting Failure (United States)

    Parkinson, Ben; Smith, Nicholas; Thompson, Peter; Spalding, Tim


    Background: Meniscal allograft transplantation (MAT) has been shown to provide a significant improvement in patient reported outcomes for individuals with post-menisectomy syndrome. The typical patients undergoing MAT often have multiple other pathologies that require treatment at the time of surgery and it is difficult to ascertain which factors influence the outcome. Hypothesis / Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the predictors of meniscal allograft transplantation failure in a large series in order to refine the indications for surgery and better inform future patients. Study Design: Prospective case series. Methods: All patients undergoing MAT at a single institution between May 2005 and May 2014, with a minimum of one year follow up were prospectively evaluated and included in this study. Failure was defined as removal of the allograft, revision transplantation or conversion to a joint replacement. Patients were grouped according to the articular cartilage status at the time of surgery; Group 1 – intact or partial thickness chondral loss; Group 2 - full thickness chondral loss one condyle; Group 3 - full thickness chondral loss both condyles. The Cox proportional hazards model was used to determine significant predictors of failure (cartilage grade at the time of MAT, IKDC score, lateral or medial allografts, gender, additional procedures and tissue bank source), independently of other factors. Kaplan-Meier survival curves were produced for overall survival and significant predictors of failure in the Cox proportional hazards model. Results: There were 125 consecutive MATs performed, with one patient lost to follow up. The median follow up was 3 years (range 1 – 10 years). The 5 year graft survival for the entire cohort was 82% (97% group 1, 82% group 2, 62% group 3). The probability of failure in group 1 was 85% lower (95% confidence interval 13 – 97%) than in group 3 at any time. The probability of failure with lateral allografts was 76

  18. Intracardiac and intracerebral thrombosis associated with ...

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    Intracardiac and intracerebral thrombosis associated with methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase A1298C homozygote mutation in paediatric steroidresistant ... The patient was found to have a homozygote mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene as an additional risk factor for recurrent thrombosis.

  19. Comparison of fresh osteochondral autografts and allografts: a canine model. (United States)

    Glenn, R Edward; McCarty, Eric C; Potter, Hollis G; Juliao, Saul F; Gordon, Jeffrey D; Spindler, Kurt P


    Osteochondral autografts and allografts have been widely used in the treatment of isolated grade IV articular cartilage lesions of the knee. However, the authors are not aware of any study that has prospectively compared fresh osteochondral autografts to fresh allografts with regard to imaging, biomechanical testing, and histology. The imaging, biomechanical properties, and histologic appearance of fresh osteochondral autograft and fresh allograft are similar with respect to bony incorporation into host bone, articular cartilage composition, and biomechanical properties. Controlled laboratory study. Eighteen adult dogs underwent bilateral knee osteochondral graft implantation after creation of an Outerbridge grade IV cartilage defect. One knee received an autograft, and the contralateral knee received a fresh allograft. Nine dogs were sacrificed at 3 months, and 9 dogs were sacrificed at 6 months. Graft analysis included gross examination, radiographs, magnetic resonance imaging, biomechanical testing, and histology. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated excellent bony incorporation of both autografts and allografts. Biomechanical testing demonstrated no significant difference between autografts versus allografts versus control at 3 or 6 months (P = .36-.91). A post hoc calculation showed 80% power to detect a 30% difference between allograft and control. Histologic examination showed normal cartilage structure for both autografts and allografts. Fresh osteochondral autograft and fresh allograft tissues are not statistically different with respect to bony incorporation, articular cartilage composition, or biomechanical properties up to 6 months after implantation. The use of fresh allograft tissue to treat osteochondral defects eliminates morbidity associated with harvesting autograft tissue without compromising the results of the surgical procedure.

  20. Performance of CryoValve SG decellularized pulmonary allografts compared with standard cryopreserved allografts. (United States)

    Konuma, Takeshi; Devaney, Eric J; Bove, Edward L; Gelehrter, Sarah; Hirsch, Jennifer C; Tavakkol, Zarry; Ohye, Richard G


    There is no ideal option for pulmonary valve replacement in children. Cryopreserved pulmonary allografts frequently demonstrate early valve regurgitation and may elicit an immune response. To improve these shortcomings, the SynerGraft process (CryoLife, Kennesaw, GA) decellularizes an allograft, leaving only connective tissue, which then becomes repopulated with host cells. A previous study at our institution demonstrated superior short-term durability of the SynerGraft-processed CryoValve SG compared with standard allografts. Longer-term impact of the technology remains unknown. A single institution review was performed of all CryoValve SGs implanted between 2001 and 2004. Forty-one CryoValve SG patients and 41 age and diagnosis-matched standard allograft controls were evaluated. Demographics, survival, reintervention, and echocardiographic findings were analyzed. There were no significant differences between groups in demographics, valve diameter, orthotopic-heterotopic allograft position, or follow-up. For the entire cohort, there was no difference in early or late insufficiency or stenosis at a mean follow-up of 46 +/- 14 months. However, freedom from moderate to severe insufficiency (>3+) was significantly better for CryoValve SG patients (p = 0.05). In addition, for patients greater than 2 years of age, CryoValve SGs were significantly less regurgitant (p = 0.045) and stenotic (p = 0.041). Long-term survival was identical at 85% (35 of 41). When compared with standard allografts, CryoValve SGs demonstrate superior freedom from significant insufficiency at intermediate follow-up. In older children, CryoValve SGs display less insufficiency and stenosis. For infants, patient age, valve diameter, previous conduit, and rapid somatic growth would likely be the predominant factors leading to allograft failure.

  1. Factors Predicting Meniscal Allograft Transplantation Failure. (United States)

    Parkinson, Ben; Smith, Nicholas; Asplin, Laura; Thompson, Peter; Spalding, Tim


    Meniscal allograft transplantation (MAT) is performed to improve symptoms and function in patients with a meniscal-deficient compartment of the knee. Numerous studies have shown a consistent improvement in patient-reported outcomes, but high failure rates have been reported by some studies. The typical patients undergoing MAT often have multiple other pathologies that require treatment at the time of surgery. The factors that predict failure of a meniscal allograft within this complex patient group are not clearly defined. To determine predictors of MAT failure in a large series to refine the indications for surgery and better inform future patients. Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3. All patients undergoing MAT at a single institution between May 2005 and May 2014 with a minimum of 1-year follow-up were prospectively evaluated and included in this study. Failure was defined as removal of the allograft, revision transplantation, or conversion to a joint replacement. Patients were grouped according to the articular cartilage status at the time of the index surgery: group 1, intact or partial-thickness chondral loss; group 2, full-thickness chondral loss 1 condyle; and group 3, full-thickness chondral loss both condyles. The Cox proportional hazards model was used to determine significant predictors of failure, independently of other factors. Kaplan-Meier survival curves were produced for overall survival and significant predictors of failure in the Cox proportional hazards model. There were 125 consecutive MATs performed, with 1 patient lost to follow-up. The median follow-up was 3 years (range, 1-10 years). The 5-year graft survival for the entire cohort was 82% (group 1, 97%; group 2, 82%; group 3, 62%). The probability of failure in group 1 was 85% lower (95% CI, 13%-97%) than in group 3 at any time. The probability of failure with lateral allografts was 76% lower (95% CI, 16%-89%) than medial allografts at any time. This study showed that the presence of severe

  2. Factors Predicting Meniscal Allograft Transplantation Failure (United States)

    Parkinson, Ben; Smith, Nicholas; Asplin, Laura; Thompson, Peter; Spalding, Tim


    Background: Meniscal allograft transplantation (MAT) is performed to improve symptoms and function in patients with a meniscal-deficient compartment of the knee. Numerous studies have shown a consistent improvement in patient-reported outcomes, but high failure rates have been reported by some studies. The typical patients undergoing MAT often have multiple other pathologies that require treatment at the time of surgery. The factors that predict failure of a meniscal allograft within this complex patient group are not clearly defined. Purpose: To determine predictors of MAT failure in a large series to refine the indications for surgery and better inform future patients. Study Design: Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3. Methods: All patients undergoing MAT at a single institution between May 2005 and May 2014 with a minimum of 1-year follow-up were prospectively evaluated and included in this study. Failure was defined as removal of the allograft, revision transplantation, or conversion to a joint replacement. Patients were grouped according to the articular cartilage status at the time of the index surgery: group 1, intact or partial-thickness chondral loss; group 2, full-thickness chondral loss 1 condyle; and group 3, full-thickness chondral loss both condyles. The Cox proportional hazards model was used to determine significant predictors of failure, independently of other factors. Kaplan-Meier survival curves were produced for overall survival and significant predictors of failure in the Cox proportional hazards model. Results: There were 125 consecutive MATs performed, with 1 patient lost to follow-up. The median follow-up was 3 years (range, 1-10 years). The 5-year graft survival for the entire cohort was 82% (group 1, 97%; group 2, 82%; group 3, 62%). The probability of failure in group 1 was 85% lower (95% CI, 13%-97%) than in group 3 at any time. The probability of failure with lateral allografts was 76% lower (95% CI, 16%-89%) than medial allografts at

  3. Venous and arterial thrombosis in dialysis patients

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    Ocak, Gurbey; Vossen, Carla Y.; Rotmans, Joris I.; Lijfering, Willem M.; Rosendaal, Frits R.; Parlevliet, Karien J.; Krediet, Ray T.; Boeschoten, Els W.; Dekker, Friedo W.; Verduijn, Marion


    Whether the risk of both venous and arterial thrombosis is increased in dialysis patients as compared to the general population is unknown. In addition, it is unknown which subgroups are at highest risk. Furthermore, it is unknown whether having a history of venous thrombosis or arterial thrombosis

  4. Preeclampsia, Hypoxia, Thrombosis, and Inflammation

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    Amir A. Shamshirsaz


    Full Text Available Reductions in uteroplacental flow initiate a cascade of molecular effects leading to hypoxia, thrombosis, inflammation, and endothelial cell dysfunction resulting in untoward pregnancy outcomes. In this review, we detail these effects and their relationship to preeclampsia (PE and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR.

  5. Hormonal contraception, thrombosis and age

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    Lidegaard, Øjvind


    INTRODUCTION: This paper reviews the risk of thrombosis with use of different types of hormonal contraception in women of different ages. AREAS COVERED: Combined hormonal contraceptives with desogestrel, gestodene, drospirenone or cyproterone acetate (high-risk products) confer a sixfold increased...

  6. Hormonal contraceptives and venous thrombosis

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    Stegeman, Berendina Hendrika (Bernardine)


    Oral contraceptive use is associated with venous thrombosis. However, the mechanism behind this remains unclear. The aim of this thesis was to evaluate genetic variation in the first-pass metabolism of contraceptives, to identify the clinical implications of hormonal contraceptive use after a

  7. Lower-limb venous thrombosis

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    307. Lower-limb venous thrombosis. July 2009 Vol.27 No.7 CME. Most DVTs arise in calf muscle veins, particularly within the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles (calf vein DVT). Many of these remain localised to the muscle and will not cause any clinical problem. If, however, the circumstances that initially caused the.

  8. Osseous metaplasia in a kidney allograft. (United States)

    Bataille, Stanislas; Daniel, Laurent; Legris, Tristan; Vacher-Coponat, Henri; Purgus, Raj; Berland, Yvon; Moal, Valerie


    Osseous metaplasia is defined by the presence of heterotopic normal bone tissue in a soft tissue. The bone matrix is associated with osteoblasts, osteoclasts, adipocytes and haematopoietic stem cells. Osseous metaplasia pathophysiology is not well known, but many factors have been incriminated including chronic inflammation and chronic ischaemia. We describe the second case of osseous metaplasia in a kidney allograft. Numerous factors might favour its development including factors linked to transplantation failure environment.

  9. Should fractures in massive intercalary bone allografts of the lower limb be treated with ORIF or with a new allograft? (United States)

    Aponte-Tinao, Luis A; Ayerza, Miguel A; Muscolo, D Luis; Farfalli, Germán L


    Massive bone allografts have been used for limb salvage of bone tumor resections as an alternative to endoprostheses, although they have different outcomes and risks. There is no general consensus about when to use these alternatives, but when it is possible to save the native joints after the resection of a long bone tumor, intercalary allografts offer some advantages despite complications, such as fracture. The management and outcomes of this complication deserve more study. The purposes of this study were to (1) analyze the fracture frequency in a group of patients treated with massive intercalary bone allografts of the femur and tibia; (2) compare the results of allografts treated with open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) with those treated with resection and repeat allograft reconstruction; and (3) determine the likelihood that treatment of a fracture resulted in a healed intercalary reconstruction. We reviewed patients treated with intercalary bone allografts between 1991 and 2011. During this period, patients were generally treated with intercalary allografts when after tumor resection at least 1 cm of residual epiphysis remained to allow fixation of the osteotomy junction. To obtain a homogeneous group of patients, we excluded allograft-prosthesis composites and osteoarticular and hemicylindrical intercalary allografts from this study. We analyzed the fracture rate of 135 patients reconstructed with segmental intercalary bone allografts of the lower extremities (98 femurs and 37 tibias). In patients whose grafts fractured were treated either by internal fixation or a second allograft, ORIF generally was attempted but after early failures in femur fractures, these fractures were treated with a second allograft. Using a chart review, we ascertained the frequency of osseous union, complications, and reoperations after the treatment of fractured intercalary allografts. Followup was at a mean of 101 months (range, 24-260 months); of the original 135

  10. Concomitant Deep Venous Thrombosis, Femoral Artery Thrombosis, and Pulmonary Embolism after Air Travel

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    Salim Abunnaja


    Full Text Available The association between air travel and deep venous thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism “economy-class syndrome” is well described. However, this syndrome does not describe any association between long duration travel and arterial thrombosis or coexistence of venous and arterial thrombosis. We present a case of concomitant deep venous thrombosis, acute femoral artery thrombosis, and bilateral pulmonary embolisms in a patient following commercial air travel. Echocardiogram did not reveal an intracardiac shunt that may have contributed to the acute arterial occlusion from a paradoxical embolus. To our knowledge, this is the first report in the literature that associates air traveling with both arterial and venous thrombosis.

  11. Soaking morselized allograft in bisphosphonate can impair implant fixation

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    Jakobsen, Thomas; Baas, Jørgen; Bechtold, Joan E


    The use of impacted, morselized allograft is a well-established way to provide initial stability of revision joint replacements. We investigated whether rinsing morselized allograft in bisphosphonate and subsequently impacting it around experimental titanium-coated implants would further facilita...

  12. Combining bisphosphonates with allograft bone for implant fixation

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    Mathijssen, N.M.C.; Buma, P.; Hannink, G.J.


    The aim of this review was to discuss the current state of research of combining bisphosphonates with allograft bone for implant fixation. The allograft bone can only be reached by the bisphosphonate once it has been revascularized. However, this can be circumvented by local administration of

  13. Allograft Arthrodesis of the Knee in High-grade Osteosarcoma

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    Teng-Le Huang


    Conclusion: Due to the high rate of complications in this study, we conclude that allograft arthrodesis should be left as a salvage or “back-up” reconstructive procedure after resection of osteosarcoma around the knee, unless there are special indications for this procedure. We found allograft fracture to be the most common complication.

  14. Patient And Allograft Survival After Transplantation With A Living ...

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    (Tacrolimus, Mycophenolate Mofetil, Sirolimus,. Monoclonal antibodies against interleukin-2 receptor) have reduced the incidence of acute rejection among recipients of renal allografts to as low as 10-30O/0~~ and it is anticipated that this lowered frequency will translate into decreased incidence of allograft loss. It has been ...

  15. Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation for Femoral Trochlear Dysplasia (United States)

    Vansadia, Dharmpal V.; Heltsley, James R.; Montgomery, Scott; Suri, Misty; Jones, Deryk G.


    Background: The risk factors for patellofemoral joint instability include laxity of medial patellar restraints, abnormal limb geometry, femoral and tibial malrotation, patella alta, and trochlear dysplasia. Femoral trochlear dysplasia is characterized by a hypoplastic or shallow trochlear groove. Case Report: We report the case of a 31-year-old female with trochlear dysplasia and recurrent patella dislocations, laxity of the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL), and high-grade chondromalacia of the trochlea and the patella. Surgical treatment goals were to re-create a trochlear groove, restore bony restraint, and realign and offload the patella. First, a triplane tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) was performed, and the patella was everted 360° with a subvastus approach. The MPFL was reconstructed using a gracilis allograft. A fresh osteochondral allograft transplant trochlea was sized, and a 35-mm diameter graft was transplanted to re-create the groove. The TTO was secured in a new anterior, medial, and distal position. The patient was braced for 6 weeks and completed a rehabilitation protocol. At 9-month follow-up, she had made significant gains in range of motion (0°-140°) and activity compared to her preoperative status. She reported no pain or recurrent dislocations. Conclusion: This case demonstrates a viable surgical option for treatment of instability resulting from trochlear dysplasia with patellofemoral chondromalacia. The osteochondral allograft transplantation surgery technique allows patients to have a stable, pain-free knee joint and participate in activities compared to nonoperative management. However, the long-term outcomes of this procedure are unknown. PMID:27999505

  16. Chemical sterilization of allograft dermal tissues. (United States)

    Phipps, Abigail; Vaynshteyn, Edward; Kowalski, John B; Ngo, Manh-Dan; Merritt, Karen; Osborne, Joel; Chnari, Evangelia


    Common terminal sterilization methods are known to alter the natural structure and properties of soft tissues. One approach to providing safe grafts with preserved biological properties is the combination of a validated chemical sterilization process followed by an aseptic packaging process. This combination of processes is an accepted method for production of sterile healthcare products as described in ANSI/AAMI ST67:2011. This article describes the validation of the peracetic acid and ethanol-based (PAAE) chemical sterilization process for allograft dermal tissues at the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF, Edison, NJ). The sterilization capability of the PAAE solution used during routine production of aseptically processed dermal tissue forms was determined based on requirements of relevant ISO standards, ISO 14161:2009 and ISO 14937:2009. The resistance of spores of Bacillus subtilis, Clostridium sporogenes, Mycobacterium terrae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus faecium, and Staphylococcus aureus to the chemical sterilization process employed by MTF was determined. Using a worst-case scenario testing strategy, the D value was calculated for the most resistant microorganism, Bacillus. The 12D time parameter determined the minimum time required to achieve a SAL of 10 -6 . Microbiological performance qualification demonstrated a complete kill of 10 6 spores at just a quarter of the full cycle time. The validation demonstrated that the PAAE sterilization process is robust, achieves sterilization of allograft dermal tissue to a SAL 10 -6 , and that in combination with aseptic processing secures the microbiological safety of allograft dermal tissue while avoiding structural and biochemical tissue damage previously observed with other sterilization methods such as ionizing irradiation.

  17. Thrombosis in pregnancy and maternal outcomes. (United States)

    James, Andra H


    Pregnancy increases the risk of thrombosis four- to five-fold. Seventy-five to eighty percent of pregnancy-related thrombotic events are venous and twenty to -twenty-five percent are arterial. The main reason for the increased risk is hypercoagulability. Women are hypercoagulable because they have evolved so that they are protected against the bleeding challenges of pregnancy, miscarriage, or childbirth. Both genetic and acquired risk factors can further increase the risk of thrombosis. The maternal consequences of thrombosis of pregnancy include permanent vascular damage, disability, and death. While the maternal outcomes of thrombosis can be modified by anticoagulation therapy, management of thrombosis during pregnancy is the subject of another paper in this issue (see paper by B. Konkle). This review will focus on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, risk factors, and maternal consequences of thrombosis in pregnancy. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Increased rheumatoid factor and deep venous thrombosis

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    Meyer-Olesen, Christine L; Nielsen, Sune F; Nordestgaard, Børge G


    BACKGROUND: The risk of deep venous thrombosis is increased in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. We tested the hypothesis that increased concentrations of rheumatoid factor are associated with increased risk of deep venous thrombosis in individuals without autoimmune rheumatic disease in the ge......BACKGROUND: The risk of deep venous thrombosis is increased in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. We tested the hypothesis that increased concentrations of rheumatoid factor are associated with increased risk of deep venous thrombosis in individuals without autoimmune rheumatic disease...... in the general population. METHODS: We included 54628 participants from the Copenhagen City Heart Study (1981-83) and the Copenhagen General Population Study (2004-12), all with a measured concentration of IgM rheumatoid factor and without autoimmune rheumatic disease or venous thromboembolism. The main outcome...... was incident deep venous thrombosis. There were no losses to follow-up. RESULTS: During 368381 person-years, 670 individuals developed deep venous thrombosis. A rheumatoid factor concentration ≥ vs

  19. Meniscal allograft transplantation: a meta-analysis

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    De Bruycker Manolito


    Full Text Available Purpose: This meta-analysis evaluates the mid- to long-term survival outcome of MAT (meniscal allograft transplantation. Potential prognosticators, with particular focus on chondral status and age of the patient at the time of transplantation, were also analysed. Study design: Meta-analysis. Methods: An online database search was performed using following search string: “meniscal allograft transplantation” and “outcome”. A total of 65 articles were analysed for a total of 3157 performed MAT with a mean follow-up of 5.4 years. Subjective and clinical data was analysed. Results: The subjective and objective results of 2977 patients (3157 allografts were analysed; 70% were male, 30% were female. Thirty-eight percent received an isolated MAT. All other patients underwent at least one concomitant procedure. Lysholm, Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome (KOOS, International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS scores were analysed. All scores showed a good patient satisfaction at long-term follow-up. The mean overall survival rate was 80.9%. Complication rates were comparable to standard meniscal repair surgery. There was a degenerative evolution in osteoarthritis with at least one grade in 1760 radiographically analysed patients. Concomitant procedures seem to have no effect on the outcome. Age at transplantation is a negative prognosticator. The body mass index (BMI of the patient shows a slightly negative correlation with the outcome of MAT. Conclusions: MAT is a viable solution for the younger patient with chronic pain in the meniscectomised knee joint. The complications are not severe and comparable to meniscal repair. The overall failure rate at final follow-up is acceptable and the allograft heals well in most cases, but MAT cannot be seen as a definitive solution for post-meniscectomy pain. The correct approach to the chronic painful total meniscectomised knee joint thus requires consideration of all

  20. Complications of massive allograft reconstruction for bone tumors

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    Abolhasan Borjian


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Since the evolution of multi-drug chemotherapy and radiotherapy and new sophisticated surgical techniques, limb salvage and reconstruction, rather than amputation, has become the preferred treatment for patients with bone tumors. One option is allograft replacement. Although allograft has several advantages, it is not without complications. This study was performed to observe these complications in a group of patients treated with allograft replacement for bone tumor resection. The purpose was to gain an overview of the factors predisposing to these complications to minimize their occurrence. METHODS: This retrospective study was performed on patients with benign aggressive and malignant bone tumors undergoing limb reconstruction with allograft between 1997 and 2005 in Al-Zahra and Kashani Hospitals in Isfahan, Iran. Data was collected from patient files, clinical notes, radiographs and a recent physical examination. Complications including local recurrence, fracture of allograft, fixation failure, nonunion, infection, skin necrosis and neurological damage were recorded. RESULTS: Sixty patients including 39 males and 21 females were studied. The mean age of patients was 23 ± 11.7 years. The mean follow-up interval was 28.1 ± 12.4 months (mean ± SD. Complications were allograft fracture in 20%, local recurrence in 16%, fixation failure in 11%, nonunion in 6%, infection in 6%, skin necrosis in 6%, and peroneal nerve palsy in 1% of cases. Most local recurrences (60% were those with a mal-performed biopsy. Most allograft fractures occurred when a short plate was used. CONCLUSIONS: Allograft replacement for bone tumors remains a valid option. To avoid complications, biopsy should be done by a trained surgeon in bone oncology. A long plate is recommended for fixation. Sterility and graft processing must be optimal. Autogenous bone graft must be added at host-allograft junction. KEY WORDS: Bone tumors, bone allograft, limb


    Campanacci, D A; Dursky, S; Totti, F; Frenos, F; Scoccianti, G; Beltrami, G; Capanna, R


    Osteoarticular allografts represent a reconstructive option after bone tumor resection around the knee in growing children. The major advantage is the chance to preserve the growth plate of the remaining bone, but the disadvantage is the high failure rate eventually requiring definitive prosthetic replacement at skeletal maturity. We retrospectively reviewed 22 patients who underwent osteoarticular allograft reconstructions of the distal femur (16) or proximal tibia (6). There were 12 females and 10 males with an average age at surgery of 11 years (7-15). The diagnosis was osteosarcoma in 19 cases and Ewing sarcoma in 3. All patients underwent pre- and post-operative chemotherapy. At an average follow-up of 103 months (12-167), 18 patients (82%) were alive and 4 had died (18%). We observed 10 allograft failures requiring prosthetic replacement, 6 in distal femur and 4 in proximal tibia reconstructions. At last follow-up 8 allografts (36%) were still in place. Overall allograft survival was 79.6% at five and 45.8% at ten years. In distal femur, allograft survival was 86.2% at five and 59.1% at ten years. In proximal tibia, allograft survival was 62.5% at 5 years and 31.2% at 67 months. Average limb shortening was 3 cm (0- 5) in 8 patients with the allograft still in situ and 2 cm (0-4) in 10 patients after prosthetic replacement. Average MSTS functional score of the whole series was 25 (83.7%). The MSTS score of patients after revision with prosthetic replacement was 24 (80%) while patients who still had the allograft retained had an average MSTS scores of 26.8 (89.3%). In conclusion, osteoarticular allograft reconstruction of the knee after bone tumor resection in pediatric age can be considered a temporary solution with the aim to limit limb length discrepancy before definitive prosthetic replacement after skeletal maturity.

  2. Neck massage induced dural sinus thrombosis

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    Verma Ashish


    Full Text Available Thrombosis of the intracranial dural sinuses and internal jugular veins may occur as a complication of head and neck infections, surgery, central venous access, local malignancy, polycythemia, hyperhomocysteinemia, neck massage and intravenous drug abuse. A high degree of clinical suspicion followed by adequate imaging is prerequisite to early diagnosis and management. We report a young man who had dural sinus thrombosis with jugular venous thrombosis following neck massage.

  3. Anti-transforming growth factor antibody at low but not high doses limits cyclosporine-mediated nephrotoxicity without altering rat cardiac allograft survival: potential of therapeutic applications. (United States)

    Khanna, Ashwani K; Plummer, Matthew S; Hilton, Gail; Pieper, Galen M; Ledbetter, Steven


    Long-term treatment of cardiac transplant recipients with cyclosporine results in a progressive decline in kidney function in a large number of patients. This complication is one of the most important prognostic parameters that determine the outcome of cardiac transplantation. Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) is one of the most potent mediators of the fibrogenic effects of cyclosporine. With the use of an experimental rodent model, heterotopic heart transplantation was performed, creating histocompatibility-disparate allografts. Because TGF-beta in part mediates both the immunosuppressive and nephrotoxic effects of cyclosporine, recipients were treated with cyclosporine with and without anti-TGF-beta antibody to determine whether anti-TGF-beta antibody could reduce the nephrotoxic effects of cyclosporine. Intrarenal expression of TGF-beta, collagen, fibronectin, matrix metalloproteinase-2, and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-2 was studied with the use of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. Intrarenal expression of TGF-beta protein was studied by immunohistochemistry and with the use of ELISA to quantify circulating levels of TGF-beta protein in plasma. Cyclosporine-induced graft survival (immunosuppressive effect) was abrogated with a higher concentration (2.5 mg/kg) of anti-TGF-beta antibody, whereas a lower concentration (1 mg/kg) inhibited both cyclosporine-induced expression of fibrogenic molecules and renal toxicity. These results provide credence to the pivotal role of TGF-beta in immunosuppression-associated renal toxicity in recipients of cardiac transplantation. Furthermore, these findings support a potentially significant therapeutic use of optimal concentration of anti-TGF-beta antibody to ameliorate cyclosporine-associated nephrotoxicity in cardiac transplant recipients.

  4. Sterilization of skin allografts by ionizing radiation. (United States)

    Bourroul, Selma Cecília; Herson, Marisa Roma; Pino, Eddy; Matho, Monica Beatriz


    The skin has a fundamental role in the viability of human body. In the case of extensive wounds, skin allografts provide an alternative to cover temporarily the damaged areas. After donor screening and preservation in glycerol 85%, the skin can be stored in a Skin Bank. Glycerol at this concentration has a bacteriostatic effect after certain time of preservation. On the other hand, skin sterilization by ionizing radiation may reduce the quarentine period for transplantation in patients. The objective of this work was to evaluate allograft sterilization using two sources of ionizing radiation. Through the analysis of stress-strain, it was intended to verify possible effects of the radiation on the structure of preserved grafts. Three groups of skin samples were selected. The first group was maintained in the initial conditions, not irradiated. The second was exposed to cobalt-60, while the third one was irradiated using an Dynamitron Accelerator JOB188 electron beam. The irradiation dose was 25 kGy for both tests. Both irradiation sources, and the Instron Universal Machine used for biomechanical experiments, are installed at the Centro de Tecnologia das Radiações/Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (São Paulo, Brazil). According to the preliminary results, biomechanical characteristics of the samples irradiated seem to be maintained with regard to the non irradiated group.

  5. Adefovir nephrotoxicity in a renal allograft recipient

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    N George


    Full Text Available Adefovir dipivoxil, an oral prodrug of adefovir, is used in the treatment of lamivudine-resistant hepatitis B virus (HBV infection. Nephrotoxicity manifesting as proximal renal tubular dysfunction and acute tubular necrosis (ATN were commonly reported in the past, when higher doses were used for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus infection. However, nephrotoxicity is rare at lower doses that are currently recommended for the treatment of HBV infection. A 31-year-old female was detected to be hepatitis B surface antigen positive months after a kidney transplant. The patient was initiated on lamivudine, but developed resistance after 1 year of treatment, at which time low-dose adefovir was added. The patient developed renal allograft dysfunction after 10 months of starting adefovir. Serum creatinine increased from 1.1 mg/dl to 1.9 mg/dl, along with progressively increasing sub-nephrotic proteinuria. Renal allograft biopsy revealed features of ATN. After discontinuation of adefovir, proteinuria resolved and renal dysfunction improved slowly over the next 2 years. Adefovir-induced nephrotoxicity, although uncommon at lower doses, needs to be considered in the differential diagnosis of renal dysfunction and sub-nephrotic proteinuria occurring in patients receiving adefovir for prolonged periods.

  6. Opportunistic infections in renal allograft recipients. (United States)

    Gupta, R K


    Two major factors for successful organ transplantation are better control of rejection and better prevention and treatment of infections. In renal allograft recipients, immunosuppressive drug therapy is the major cause of immunocompromised status and occurrence of infections, which arise most commonly as a result of invasion by endogenous opportunists. It may also follow colonization by exogenous environmental organisms and via transfer of cytomegalovirus along with the transplanted kidney. The overall incidence of opportunistic infections varies from center to center; up to 15% of renal transplant recipients die of these infections. Clinical signs and symptoms of infection in immunocompromised patients may be concealed or imitated by the underlying disease, and a high index of clinical suspicion is vital. The unusual pathogens encountered in these patients demand thorough investigation. A total of 84 opportunistic infections encountered in renal allograft recipients during histopathologic and cytopathological evaluation of various specimens during the last 15 years is presented in this report. Invasive fungal infections were the most common pathogens, amounting to 55% of all infections. The dramatic increase in the diversity and number of opportunistic infections detected in these patients is not only due to an increasing population of susceptible individuals but also due to an improved recognition by advanced laboratory diagnostic techniques. The success of management of opportunistic infections depends on strong clinical suspicion, early diagnosis, and prompt treatment. The challenges of early diagnosis of opportunistic infections and prompt treatment are great; the rewards are even greater.

  7. [Hand allograft in agenesic newborn: feasibility study]. (United States)

    Gazarian, A; Abrahamyan, D O


    Would a newborn with a single hand benefit from hand allograft? Transantebrachial aplasia is the chosen clinical form of agenesia in our interrogation. The feasibility study presents several aspects: 1) ethical and psychological aspects. Is this a desired surgery for agenesic population? Which are the functional, psychological and social situations of agenesic patient? Is the hand transplantation in newborn ethically acceptable? What is the parents' attitude toward agenesia? Can we envisage organ donation in neonatal period? 2) immunological aspects. The non-vital character of this condition and its' good functional tolerance cannot make accepting the risk of adverse effects of hand allotransplantation. Hence, one may consider this surgery only without immunosuppression. Can the peculiarities of the neonate "immature" immune system represent an opportunity of easier tolerance obtaining, avoiding immunosuppression? 3) anatomical and technical aspects. The proximal tissues at the level of amputation are all hypoplastic in agenesic patients. Can we efficaciously suture those structures with donor eutrophic tissues? 4) cognitive aspects. Is a neonate born with only one hand is able to use two? A feasibility study on such a subject needs to take into account all these aspects. This research is useful because, even if hand allograft in agenesic newborn will never be done, the provided information will allow to progress in the vaster domain of composite tissue allotransplantation in perinatology.

  8. Ambient air pollution and thrombosis. (United States)

    Robertson, Sarah; Miller, Mark R


    Air pollution is a growing public health concern of global significance. Acute and chronic exposure is known to impair cardiovascular function, exacerbate disease and increase cardiovascular mortality. Several plausible biological mechanisms have been proposed for these associations, however, at present, the pathways are incomplete. A seminal review by the American Heart Association (2010) concluded that the thrombotic effects of particulate air pollution likely contributed to their effects on cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. The aim of the current review is to appraise the newly accumulated scientific evidence (2009-2016) on contribution of haemostasis and thrombosis towards cardiovascular disease induced by exposure to both particulate and gaseous pollutants.Seventy four publications were reviewed in-depth. The weight of evidence suggests that acute exposure to fine particulate matter (PM 2.5 ) induces a shift in the haemostatic balance towards a pro-thrombotic/pro-coagulative state. Insufficient data was available to ascertain if a similar relationship exists for gaseous pollutants, and very few studies have addressed long-term exposure to ambient air pollution. Platelet activation, oxidative stress, interplay between interleukin-6 and tissue factor, all appear to be potentially important mechanisms in pollution-mediated thrombosis, together with an emerging role for circulating microvesicles and epigenetic changes.Overall, the recent literature supports, and arguably strengthens, the contention that air pollution contributes to cardiovascular morbidity by promoting haemostasis. The volume and diversity of the evidence highlights the complexity of the pathophysiologic mechanisms by which air pollution promotes thrombosis; multiple pathways are plausible and it is most likely they act in concert. Future research should address the role gaseous pollutants play in the cardiovascular effects of air pollution mixture and direct comparison of potentially

  9. Nonseptic and Septic Lateral Sinus Thrombosis: A Review


    Viswanatha, B.; Thriveni, C. N.; Naseeruddin, Khaja


    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 ...

  10. [The clinical use of cryopreserved human skin allografts for transplantation]. (United States)

    Martínez-Flores, Francisco; Chacón-Gómez, María; Madinaveitia-Villanueva, Juan Antonio; Barrera-Lopez, Araceli; Aguirre-Cruz, Lucinda; Querevalu-Murillo, Walter


    The biological recovery of human skin allografts is the gold standard for preservation in Skin Banks. However, there is no worldwide consensus about specific allocation criteria for preserved human skin allografts with living cells. A report is presented on the results of 5 years of experience of using human skin allografts in burned patient in the Skin and Tissue Bank at the "Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitacion" The human skin allografts were obtained from multi-organ donors. processed and preserved at -80 °C for 12 months. Allocation criteria were performed according to blood type match, clinical history, and burned body surface. Up to now, the Skin and Tissue Bank at 'Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitacion" has processed and recovered 125,000 cm(2) of human skin allografts. It has performed 34 surgical implants on 21 burned patients. The average of burn body surface was 59.2%. More than two-thirds (67.7%) of recipients of skin allografts were matched of the same to type blood of the donor, and 66.6% survived after 126 days hospital stay. It is proposed to consider recipient's blood group as allocation criteria to assign tissue; and use human skin allografts on patiens affected with burns over 30% of body surface (according the "rule of the 9"). Copyright © 2015 Academia Mexicana de Cirugía A.C. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  11. Scintiphotos in the diagnosis of renal allograft malfunction

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    Payne, J.; Telfer, N.; Barbour, B.H.; Berne, T.V.


    Scintigraphy and other radioisotope techniques using hippuran have become a useful adjunct in the monitoring of renal allograft function. Technetium has been used in the evaluation of renal blood flow, rejection, and post-transplant anuria. Combined assessment provides a good compromise and enables various complications following transplantation to be differentiated. This review was undertaken in order to correlate the visual interpretation of 158 scintiphoto studies with the clinical course of 89 renal allografts. The accuracy and reproducibility of the techniques have been evaluated to determine practical indications for the use of gamma camera studies in the diagnosis of renal allograft malfunction.

  12. Percutaneous fusion of lumbar facet with bone allograft

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    Félix Dolorit Verdecia


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess the evolution of the cases treated with percutaneous facet fusion with bone allograft in lumbar facet disease. METHOD: Between 2010 and 2014, 100 patients (59 women and 41 men diagnosed with lumbar facet disease underwent surgery. RESULTS: The lumbar facet fusion with bone allograft shows good clinical results, is performed on an outpatient basis, and presents minimal complications and rapid incorporation of the patient to the activities of daily living. CONCLUSIONS: The lumbar facet fusion with bone allograft appears to be an effective treatment for lumbar facet disease.

  13. Cerebral Arterial Thrombosis in Ulcerative Colitis

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    Giovanni Casella


    Full Text Available Thrombosis, mainly venous, is a rare and well-recognized extraintestinal manifestation of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD. We describe a 25-year-old Caucasian man affected by ulcerative colitis and sclerosing cholangitis with an episode of right middle cerebral arterial thrombosis resolved by intraarterial thrombolysis. We perform a brief review of the International Literature.

  14. Cerebral arterial thrombosis in ulcerative colitis. (United States)

    Casella, Giovanni; Cortelezzi, Claudio Camillo; Marialuisa, Delodovici; Cariddi Lucia, Princiotta; Elena Pinuccia, Verrengia; Baldini, Vittorio; Segato, Sergio


    Thrombosis, mainly venous, is a rare and well-recognized extraintestinal manifestation of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We describe a 25-year-old Caucasian man affected by ulcerative colitis and sclerosing cholangitis with an episode of right middle cerebral arterial thrombosis resolved by intraarterial thrombolysis. We perform a brief review of the International Literature.

  15. Successful Thrombolysis of Aortic Prosthetic Valve Thrombosis ...

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    Arun Kumar Agnihotri

    She delivered a normal baby uneventfully in follow up at full term of pregnancy with no complications. Fibrinolytic therapy for mechanical valve thrombosis is a reasonable alternative to surgery in first trimester of pregnancy. KEY WORDS: Prosthetic valve thrombosis; Echocardiography; Streptokinase;. Thrombolysis; Fetus.

  16. Sex-specific aspects of venous thrombosis

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    Roach, Rachel Elizabeth Jo


    Venous thrombosis is a disease that occurs in 1-2 per 1000 people per year. At the time of their first venous thrombosis, approximately 50% of women are exposed to reproductive risk factors (oral contraception, postmenopausal hormone therapy, pregnancy and the puerperium). In this thesis, we showed

  17. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism

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    Di Nisio, Marcello; van Es, Nick; Büller, Harry R.


    Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, collectively referred to as venous thromboembolism, constitute a major global burden of disease. The diagnostic work-up of suspected deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism includes the sequential application of a clinical decision rule and D-dimer

  18. 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) is much rarer, more so when it occurs in the setting of puerperium. Although cerebral sagittal sinus thrombosis can occur at any time during life, women are particularly vulnerable before delivery and ...

  19. Thromboelastography in patients with cerebral venous thrombosis

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    Koopman, Karen; Uyttenboogaart, Maarten; Hendriks, Herman G. D.; Luijckx, Gert-Jan; Cramwinckel, Ivo R.; Vroomen, Patrick C.; De Keyser, Jacques; van der Meer, Jan

    Introduction: Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is a rare presentation of venous thrombosis and has been associated with many conditions. In about 20% no risk factor is identified. The aim of this study was to assess the clot formation by thromboelastography (TEG) in patients with a history of CVT

  20. Microparticles in Hemostasis and Thrombosis (United States)

    Owens, A. Phillip; Mackman, Nigel


    Blood contains microparticles (MPs) derived from a variety of cell types, including platelets, monocytes and endothelial cells. In addition, tumors release MPs into the circulation. MPs are formed from membrane blebs that are released from the cell surface by proteolytic cleavage of the cytoskeleton. All MPs are procoagulant because they provide a membrane surface for the assembly of components of the coagulation protease cascade. Importantly, the procoagulant activity is increased by the presence of anionic phospholipids, particularly phosphatidylserine (PS), and the procoagulant protein tissue factor (TF), which is the major cellular activator of the clotting cascade. High levels of platelet-derived PS+ MPs are present in healthy individuals, whereas the number of TF+,PS+ MPs is undetectable or very low. However, levels of PS+, TF+ MPs are readily detected in a variety of diseases and monocytes appear to be the primary cellular source. In cancer, PS+, TF+ are derived from tumors and may serve as a useful biomarker to identify patients at risk for venous thrombosis. This review will summarize our current knowledge on the role of procoagulant MPs in hemostasis and thrombosis. PMID:21566224

  1. Cardiac allograft immune activation: current perspectives

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    Chang D


    Full Text Available David Chang, Jon Kobashigawa Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA Abstract: Heart transplant remains the most durable option for end-stage heart disease. Cardiac allograft immune activation and heart transplant rejection remain among the main complications limiting graft and recipient survival. Mediators of the immune system can cause different forms of rejection post-heart transplant. Types of heart transplant rejection include hyperacute rejection, cellular rejection, antibody-mediated rejection, and chronic rejection. In this review, we will summarize the innate and adaptive immune responses which influence the post-heart transplant recipient. Different forms of rejection and their clinical presentation, detection, and immune monitoring will be discussed. Treatment of heart transplant rejection will be examined. We will discuss potential treatment strategies for preventing rejection post-transplant in immunologically high-risk patients with antibody sensitization. Keywords: heart transplant, innate immunity, adaptive immunity, rejection, immunosuppression

  2. Surgical revascularization induces angiogenesis in orthotopic bone allograft

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    Willems, Wouter F.; Kremer, Thomas; Friedrich, Patricia; Bishop, Allen T.


    Remodeling of structural bone allografts relies on adequate revascularization, which can theoretically be induced by surgical revascularization. We developed a new orthotopic animal model to determine the technical feasibility of axial arteriovenous bundle implantation and resultant angiogenesis. We

  3. Renalase Gene Polymorphism in Patients After Renal Allograft Transplantation

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    Andrzej Pawlik


    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Renalase is a recently discovered protein, which is likely involved in regulation of blood pressure in humans and animals. Previous studies suggest that renalase reflects kidney functioning. A common missense polymorphism in the flavin-adenine dinucleotide-binding domain of human renalase (Glu37Asp has been described. In this study we examined the association between (Glu37Asp polymorphism (rs2296545 in renalase gene and kidney allograft function. Methods: The study enrolled 270 Caucasian kidney allograft recipients. SNP within the renalase was genotyped using TaqMan genotyping assays. Results: There were no statistically significant associations between renalase gene rs2296545 polymorphism and delayed graft function, acute rejection, chronic allograft dysfunction as well as creatinine serum concentrations and blood pressure values after transplantation. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest, that renalase gene rs2296545 polymorphism is not important factor determining renal allograft function.

  4. Deceased donor skin allograft banking: Response and utilization

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    Gore Madhuri


    Full Text Available Background: In the absence of xenograft and biosynthetic skin substitutes, deceased donor skin allografts is a feasible option for saving life of patient with extensive burn injury in our country. Aims: The first deceased donor skin allograft bank in India became functional at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal (LTM medical college and hospital on 24 th April 2000. The response of Indian society to this new concept of skin donation after death and the pattern of utilization of banked allografts from 2000 to 2010 has been presented in this study. Settings and Design: This allograft skin bank was established by the department of surgery. The departments of surgery and microbiology share the responsibility of smooth functioning of the bank. Materials and Methods: The response in terms of number of donations and the profile of donors was analyzed from records. Pattern and outcome of allograft utilization was studied from specially designed forms. Results: During these ten years, 262 deceased donor skin allograft donations were received. The response showed significant improvement after counselling was extended to the community. Majority of the donors were above 70 years of age and procurement was done at home for most. Skin allografts from 249 donors were used for 165 patients in ten years. The outcome was encouraging with seven deaths in 151 recipients with burn injuries. Conclusions: Our experience shows that the Indian society is ready to accept the concept of skin donation after death. Use of skin allografts is life saving for large burns. We need to prepare guidelines for the establishment of more skin banks in the country.


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    L. V. Shkalova


    Full Text Available We performed histological examination of 80 liver allograft biopsies, the diagnosis of acute rejection was proved in 34 cases. Histological changes in liver biopsies in different grades of acute rejection were estimated according to Banff classification 1995, 1997 and were compared with current literature data. The article deals with the question of morphological value of grading acute rejection on early and late, also we analyze changes in treat- ment tactics after morphological verification of liver allograft acute rejection. 

  6. Incidental Eosinophilic Chromophobe Renal Cell Carcinoma in Renal Allograft

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    Abdullah Alharbi


    Full Text Available The incidence of renal cell carcinoma (RCC in renal allograft in transplant recipients is 0.22–0.25%. De novo clear cell, papillary, and chromophobe RCCs and RCCs with sarcomatoid differentiation originating in renal allograft have been reported. Routine surveillance for graft tumours is not routinely practiced and these tumours are commonly asymptomatic and incidentally discovered. We describe a case of incidental, eosinophilic chromophobe RCC in a 31-year-old, long-term renal transplant male recipient, who presented with acute gastroenteritis 11 years after transplantation. The graft was nonfunctional at the time of presentation. Abdominal ultrasound and computed tomography scan demonstrated 1.8 cm well-defined, round enhancing lesion, confined to the renal allograft and suspicious for malignancy. Pathological examination of graft nephrectomy specimen showed gross, histopathological, and immunohistochemical features of eosinophilic chromophobe RCC. Fifty-five months after surgery, the patient was alive and free of malignancy. To the best of our knowledge, only five chromophobe RCCs originating in a renal allograft were previously described in English literature. We suggest that chromophobe RCC should be considered in the differential diagnosis of renal allograft mass, including eosinophilic tumours, and emphasise the importance of periodic screening of renal allograft in all renal transplant recipients.

  7. Incidental Eosinophilic Chromophobe Renal Cell Carcinoma in Renal Allograft. (United States)

    Alharbi, Abdullah; Al Turki, Maram S; Aloudah, Noura; Alsaad, Khaled O


    The incidence of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in renal allograft in transplant recipients is 0.22-0.25%. De novo clear cell, papillary, and chromophobe RCCs and RCCs with sarcomatoid differentiation originating in renal allograft have been reported. Routine surveillance for graft tumours is not routinely practiced and these tumours are commonly asymptomatic and incidentally discovered. We describe a case of incidental, eosinophilic chromophobe RCC in a 31-year-old, long-term renal transplant male recipient, who presented with acute gastroenteritis 11 years after transplantation. The graft was nonfunctional at the time of presentation. Abdominal ultrasound and computed tomography scan demonstrated 1.8 cm well-defined, round enhancing lesion, confined to the renal allograft and suspicious for malignancy. Pathological examination of graft nephrectomy specimen showed gross, histopathological, and immunohistochemical features of eosinophilic chromophobe RCC. Fifty-five months after surgery, the patient was alive and free of malignancy. To the best of our knowledge, only five chromophobe RCCs originating in a renal allograft were previously described in English literature. We suggest that chromophobe RCC should be considered in the differential diagnosis of renal allograft mass, including eosinophilic tumours, and emphasise the importance of periodic screening of renal allograft in all renal transplant recipients.

  8. Clinical and functional outcomes of tibial intercalary allograft reconstructions

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    Lucas López Millán


    Full Text Available Background The purpose of this study was to evaluate the survival, the complications and the functional outcome of intercalary tibial allografts reconstructions following tumor resections. Methods Intercalary tibia segmental allografts were implanted in 26 consecutive patients after segmental resections. Average follow-up was 6 years. Allograft survival was determined with the Kaplan-Meier method. Function was evaluated with the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society scoring system (MSTS. Results The rate of survival was 84% (CI 95%: 90%- 70% at 5 years and 79% at 10 years (CI 95%: 95%-63%. Allografts were removed in 5 patients (3 due to infections and 2 due to local recurrences. Two patients showed diaphyseal nonunion and 3 had an incomplete fracture, but it was not necessary to remove the allografts. Average MSTS functional score was 29 points (range 27 to 30. Conclusions Despite the incidence of complications, this analysis showed an acceptable survival with excellent functional scores. The use of intercalary allograft clearly has a place in the reconstruction of a segmental defect created by the resection of a tumor in the diaphyseal and/or metaphyseal portion of the tibia.

  9. [Cerebral artery thrombosis in pregnancy]. (United States)

    Charco Roca, L M; Ortiz Sanchez, V E; Hernandez Gutierrez-Manchon, O; Quesada Villar, J; Bonmatí García, L; Rubio Postigo, G


    A 28 year old woman, ASA I, who, in the final stages of her pregnancy presented with signs of neural deficit that consisted of distortion of the oral commissure, dysphagia, dysarthria, and weakness on the left side of the body. She was diagnosed with thrombosis in a segment of the right middle cerebral artery which led to an ischemic area in the right frontal lobe. Termination of pregnancy and conservative treatment was decided, with good resolution of the symptoms. Copyright © 2014 Sociedad Española de Anestesiología, Reanimación y Terapéutica del Dolor. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  10. Kidney allograft offers: Predictors of turndown and the impact of late organ acceptance on allograft survival. (United States)

    Cohen, J B; Shults, J; Goldberg, D S; Abt, P L; Sawinski, D L; Reese, P P


    There is growing interest in understanding patterns of organ acceptance and reducing discard. Little is known about how donor factors, timing of procurement, and geographic location affect organ offer decisions. We performed a retrospective cohort study of 47 563 deceased donor kidney match-runs from 2007 to 2013. Several characteristics unrelated to allograft quality were independently associated with later acceptance in the match-run: Public Health Service increased-risk donor status (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] 2.49, 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.29-2.69), holiday or weekend procurement (aOR 1.11, 95% CI 1.07-1.16), shorter donor stature (aOR 1.53 for 180 cm, 95% CI 1.28-1.94), and procurement in an area with higher intensity of market competition (aOR 1.71, 95% CI 1.62-1.78) and with the longest waiting times (aOR 1.41, 95% CI 1.34-1.49). Later acceptance in the match-run was associated with delayed graft function but not all-cause allograft failure (adjusted hazard ratio 1.01, 95% CI 0.96-1.07). Study limitations include a lack of match-run data for discarded organs and the possibility of sequence inaccuracies for some nonlocal matches. Interventions are needed to reduce turndowns of viable organs, especially when decisions are driven by infectious risk, weekend or holiday procurement, geography, or other donor characteristics unrelated to allograft quality. © 2017 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

  11. Quadriceps tendon allografts as an alternative to Achilles tendon allografts: a biomechanical comparison. (United States)

    Mabe, Isaac; Hunter, Shawn


    Quadriceps tendon with a patellar bone block may be a viable alternative to Achilles tendon for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL-R) if it is, at a minimum, a biomechanically equivalent graft. The objective of this study was to directly compare the biomechanical properties of quadriceps tendon and Achilles tendon allografts. Quadriceps and Achilles tendon pairs from nine research-consented donors were tested. All specimens were processed to reduce bioburden and terminally sterilized by gamma irradiation. Specimens were subjected to a three phase uniaxial tension test performed in a custom environmental chamber to maintain the specimens at a physiologic temperature (37 ± 2 °C) and misted with a 0.9 % NaCl solution. There were no statistical differences in seven of eight structural and mechanical between the two tendon types. Quadriceps tendons exhibited a significantly higher displacement at maximum load and significantly lower stiffness than Achilles tendons. The results of this study indicated a biomechanical equivalence of aseptically processed, terminally sterilized quadriceps tendon grafts with bone block to Achilles tendon grafts with bone block. The significantly higher displacement at maximum load, and lower stiffness observed for quadriceps tendons may be related to the failure mode. Achilles tendons had a higher bone avulsion rate than quadriceps tendons (86 % compared to 12 %, respectively). This was likely due to observed differences in bone block density between the two tendon types. This research supports the use of quadriceps tendon allografts in lieu of Achilles tendon allografts for ACL-R.

  12. Arterial thrombosis in the antiphospholipid syndrome

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    Urbanus, R.T|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304818402


    The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a non-inflammatory autoimmune disease that mainly affects young women. The syndrome is characterized by recurrent thrombosis or pregnancy morbidity in association with the persistent serological presence of antiphospholipid antibodies. Antiphospholipid

  13. Successful Thrombolysis of Aortic Prosthetic Valve Thrombosis ...

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    Arun Kumar Agnihotri

    threatening. Standard surgical treatment using cardiopulmonary bypass carries high maternal and fetal complications. Here we report a case of an antenatal female in first trimester with aortic prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT), who was successfully ...

  14. Uncemented allograft-prosthetic composite reconstruction of the proximal femur

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    Li Min


    Full Text Available Background: Allograft-prosthetic composite can be divided into three groups names cemented, uncemented, and partially cemented. Previous studies have mainly reported outcomes in cemented and partially cemented allograft-prosthetic composites, but have rarely focused on the uncemented allograft-prosthetic composites. The objectives of our study were to describe a surgical technique for using proximal femoral uncemented allograft-prosthetic composite and to present the radiographic and clinical results. Materials and Methods: Twelve patients who underwent uncemented allograft-prosthetic composite reconstruction of the proximal femur after bone tumor resection were retrospectively evaluated at an average followup of 24.0 months. Clinical records and radiographs were evaluated. Results: In our series, union occurred in all the patients (100%; range 5-9 months. Until the most recent followup, there were no cases with infection, nonunion of the greater trochanter, junctional bone resorption, dislocation, allergic reaction, wear of acetabulum socket, recurrence, and metastasis. But there were three periprosthetic fractures which were fixed using cerclage wire during surgery. Five cases had bone resorption in and around the greater trochanter. The average Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS score and Harris hip score (HHS were 26.2 points (range 24-29 points and 80.6 points (range 66.2-92.7 points, respectively. Conclusions: These results showed that uncemented allograft-prosthetic composite could promote bone union through compression at the host-allograft junction and is a good choice for proximal femoral resection. Although this technology has its own merits, long term outcomes are yet not validated.

  15. Recent Advances in Computational Modeling of Thrombosis


    Yesudasan, Sumith; Averett, Rodney D.


    The study of thrombosis is crucial to understand and develop new therapies for diseases like deep vein thrombosis, diabetes related strokes, pulmonary embolism etc. The last two decades have seen an exponential growth in studies related to the blood clot formation using computational tools and through experiments. Despite of this growth, the complete mechanism behind thrombus formation and hemostasis is not known yet. The computational models and methods used in this context are diversified i...

  16. Mesenteric venous thrombosis: multidisciplinary therapeutic approach

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    Stefano Pieri


    Full Text Available Mesenteric venous thrombosis is a particular form of intestinal ischemia related to high mortality. The lack of a characteristic clinical picture often leads to a difficult diagnostic and therapeutic classification. We report the case of a young woman, using estrogenic and progestinic oral therapy, affected by a severe form of mesenteric thrombosis and complicated by segmental post ischemic stenosis of small intestine.

  17. Mannan binding lectin : a two-faced regulator of renal allograft injury?

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    Damman, Jeffrey; Seelen, Marc A.

    Complement activation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of renal allograft injury after kidney transplantation. There are three known pathways of complement activation, namely, classical, alternative, and lectin pathways. In renal allograft injury, contradictory results were reported about

  18. Salvage of humeral nonunions with onlay bone plate allograft augmentation. (United States)

    Hornicek, F J; Zych, G A; Hutson, J J; Malinin, T I


    Eight women and one man were treated for 10 established diaphyseal humeral nonunions. Six patients sustained fractures in motor vehicle accidents and two patients sustained fractures in a fall. Two of the fractures were open. One patient with multiple myeloma originally was treated conservatively and received local radiation, followed by open reduction and internal plate fixation. The other patients previously were treated with fracture braces, intramedullary nails, dynamic compression plates, or a combination of these techniques. After removal of the surgical hardware and fibrous tissue at the nonunion site, stable fixation was accomplished using a cortical long bone plate allograft (femoral and tibial) or fibular shaft allograft and a dynamic compression plate. All humeral nonunions had united at an average of 2.9 months. Radiographic incorporation of the allograft cortical bone plate and fibular shaft into the host cortex occurred in all but one patient by 3 months. Graft to host junction healing was accomplished by incorporation of the cortical allograft plate into the host cortex, resulting in an increased diameter of the bone. Cortical allograft bone plates and fibular grafts provide structural and probably osteoinductive support to enhance healing of these nonunions.

  19. Significant prolongation of segmental pancreatic allograft survival in two species

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    Du Toit, D.F.; Heydenrych, J.J.


    A study was conducted to assess the suppression of segmental pancreatic allograft rejection by cyclosporine (CSA) alone in baboons and dogs, and subtotal marrow irradiation (TL1) alone and TL 1 in combination with CSA in baboons. Total pancreatectomy in the dog and primate provided a reliable diabetic model, induced an absolute deficiency of insulin and was uniformly lethal if not treated. Continuous administration of CSA in baboons resulted in modest allograft survival. As in baboons, dogs receiving CSA 25 mg/kg/d rendered moderate graft prolongation but a dose of 40 mg/kg/d resulted in significant graft survival (greater than 100 days) in 5 of 8 allograft recipients. Irradiation alone resulted in minimal baboon pancreatic allograft survival of 20 baboons receiving TL1 1,000 rad and CSA, 3 had graft survival greater than of 100 days. Of 15 baboons receiving TL1 800 rad and CSA, 6 had graft survival of greater than 100 days. In conclusion, CSA administration in dogs and TL1 in combination with CSA in baboons resulted in highly significant segmental pancreatic allograft survival.

  20. Treatment of superficial vein thrombosis to prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: a systematic review

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    Wichers, Iris M.; Di Nisio, Marcello; Büller, Harry R.; Middeldorp, Saskia


    The aim of this systematic review was to summarize the evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCT) concerning the efficacy and safety of medical or surgical treatments of superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) for the prevention of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). A

  1. Interleukin 8 and venous thrombosis: evidence for a role of inflammation in thrombosis

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    van Aken, Benien E.; Reitsma, Pieter H.; Rosendaal, Frits R.


    Elevated plasma levels of interleukin 8 (IL-8) were previously shown to be associated with recurrent venous thrombosis. To assess the risk of venous thrombosis, IL-8 plasma concentrations were measured in patients and control subjects of the Leiden Thrombophilia Study (LETS). This population based

  2. Evaluation of full cortical allografts in 25 dogs. (United States)

    Sinibaldi, K R


    Twenty-five dogs received 26 cortical allografts from Apr 9, 1976 through Jan 31, 1982. Cortical allografts were used to reconstruct fractures of the femur, humerus, tibia, radius, and ulna. These grafts were used to replace comminuted fragments; to lengthen bones; to correct malunions, delayed unions, and nonunions; and in one case, to replace bone lost to sequestrum formation in an infected fracture site. All fractures were stabilized by use of standard ASIF techniques and dynamic compression plates. Frozen bone allografts were used in all cases. These were harvested aseptically and stored in a household freezer for 3 days to one year before use. Clinically normal function was achieved in 96% of the dogs.

  3. Nephron-Sparing Surgery for Adenocarcinoma in a Renal Allograft

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    Fernando Vázquez Alonso


    Full Text Available The incidence of malignant tumors in recipients of renal allografts is higher than in the general population. Renal cell carcinoma (RCC accounts for 4.6% of the tumors in transplanted patients; of them, only 10% are found in transplanted kidneys. Transplantectomy has always been the usual treatment. However, during the last years, nephron-sparing surgery of the allograft is more frequently done in well-selected cases, and therefore dialysis can be avoided. We report the case of a 37-year-old female patient with renal transplant, diagnosed with a 4.5 cm tumor in the lower pole of the renal allograft. The patient underwent partial nephrectomy successfully. Six years after surgery, there is no evidence of recurrence of the disease and the patient maintains an adequate renal function.

  4. In vitro elution of moxifloxacin from cancellous bone allografts. (United States)

    Kanellakopoulou, Kyriaki; Sahinides, Theophilos; Tsaganos, Thomas; Galanakis, Nearchos; Giamarellou, Helen; Giamarellos-Bourboulis, Evangelos J


    The characteristics of cancellous bone allografts as carriers of moxifloxacin are described. Particles of cancellous bone were compressed into a wire-mesh cylinder and impregnated into a solution of moxifloxacin for different time periods. Five replicas were impregnated for 1 h; another five for 24 h; and another five for 48 h. Impregnated allografts were then transferred into vials containing 5 ml of Mueller-Hinton broth and incubated at 37 degrees C. Broth was replaced daily. Concentrations of moxifloxacin in broth were determined after analysis by an high performance liquid chromatography system. Moxifloxacin was eluted at very high concentrations within the first days. Concentrations remained above 100 microg/ml until day 8 and above 40 microg/ml until day 20. It is concluded that cancellous bone allografts may allow the adequate in vitro elution of moxifloxacin. The latter results support their application in experimental models of osteomyelitis.

  5. International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis core curriculum project: core competencies in clinical thrombosis and hemostasis. (United States)

    McLintock, C; Pabinger, I; Bauer, K A; Laffan, M; Angchaisuksiri, P; Rezende, S M; Middeldorp, S; Ross, M


    Essentials The priority of ISTH was to establish a global core curriculum in thrombosis and hemostasis. International survey to determine competencies required for clinical specialists was carried out in the field. Competency framework provides a reference point for mapping and developing regional curricula. Core curriculum informs and links to a variety of ISTH educational materials. Background The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) identified the need for an international core curriculum on thrombosis and hemostasis for its society members and the larger thrombosis and hemostasis community. Aims The current research sought consensus on the core competencies required by medical doctors who are ready to practise as independent clinical specialists in thrombosis and hemostasis with the aim of developing a core clinical curriculum for specialists in the field. Method A draft list of competencies was developed by the Working Group and formed the basis of an online survey. ISTH members and the larger thrombosis and hemostasis community were asked to rate the importance of each competency, on a Likert scale, for clinical specialists in thrombosis and hemostasis. Results There were a total of 644 responses to the online survey with broad geographical representation. There was general agreement on what level of competency would be required for clinical specialists in thrombosis and hemostasis at the specified level of training. Conclusions Using the survey to gain consensus on the level of competency required by clinical specialists in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis enabled the development of a core clinical curriculum that has been endorsed by the ISTH Council. The curriculum will offer a framework and international reference that will be used by the society, by national and regional organizations, and for further research. © 2015 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  6. Porous Allograft Bone Scaffolds: Doping with Strontium (United States)

    Zhao, Yantao; Guo, Dagang; Hou, Shuxun; Zhong, Hongbin; Yan, Jun; Zhang, Chunli; Zhou, Ying


    Strontium (Sr) can promote the process of bone formation. To improve bioactivity, porous allograft bone scaffolds (ABS) were doped with Sr and the mechanical strength and bioactivity of the scaffolds were evaluated. Sr-doped ABS were prepared using the ion exchange method. The density and distribution of Sr in bone scaffolds were investigated by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Controlled release of strontium ions was measured and mechanical strength was evaluated by a compressive strength test. The bioactivity of Sr-doped ABS was investigated by a simulated body fluid (SBF) assay, cytotoxicity testing, and an in vivo implantation experiment. The Sr molar concentration [Sr/(Sr+Ca)] in ABS surpassed 5% and Sr was distributed nearly evenly. XPS analyses suggest that Sr combined with oxygen and carbonate radicals. Released Sr ions were detected in the immersion solution at higher concentration than calcium ions until day 30. The compressive strength of the Sr-doped ABS did not change significantly. The bioactivity of Sr-doped material, as measured by the in vitro SBF immersion method, was superior to that of the Sr-free freeze-dried bone and the Sr-doped material did not show cytotoxicity compared with Sr-free culture medium. The rate of bone mineral deposition for Sr-doped ABS was faster than that of the control at 4 weeks (3.28±0.23 µm/day vs. 2.60±0.20 µm/day; p<0.05). Sr can be evenly doped into porous ABS at relevant concentrations to create highly active bone substitutes. PMID:23922703

  7. Porous allograft bone scaffolds: doping with strontium.

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    Yantao Zhao

    Full Text Available Strontium (Sr can promote the process of bone formation. To improve bioactivity, porous allograft bone scaffolds (ABS were doped with Sr and the mechanical strength and bioactivity of the scaffolds were evaluated. Sr-doped ABS were prepared using the ion exchange method. The density and distribution of Sr in bone scaffolds were investigated by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS. Controlled release of strontium ions was measured and mechanical strength was evaluated by a compressive strength test. The bioactivity of Sr-doped ABS was investigated by a simulated body fluid (SBF assay, cytotoxicity testing, and an in vivo implantation experiment. The Sr molar concentration [Sr/(Sr+Ca] in ABS surpassed 5% and Sr was distributed nearly evenly. XPS analyses suggest that Sr combined with oxygen and carbonate radicals. Released Sr ions were detected in the immersion solution at higher concentration than calcium ions until day 30. The compressive strength of the Sr-doped ABS did not change significantly. The bioactivity of Sr-doped material, as measured by the in vitro SBF immersion method, was superior to that of the Sr-free freeze-dried bone and the Sr-doped material did not show cytotoxicity compared with Sr-free culture medium. The rate of bone mineral deposition for Sr-doped ABS was faster than that of the control at 4 weeks (3.28 ± 0.23 µm/day vs. 2.60 ± 0.20 µm/day; p<0.05. Sr can be evenly doped into porous ABS at relevant concentrations to create highly active bone substitutes.

  8. A novel system improves preservation of osteochondral allografts. (United States)

    Cook, James L; Stoker, Aaron M; Stannard, James P; Kuroki, Keiichi; Cook, Cristi R; Pfeiffer, Ferris M; Bozynski, Chantelle; Hung, Clark T


    Osteochondral allografting is an option for successful treatment of large articular cartilage defects. Use of osteochondral allografting is limited by graft availability, often because of loss of chondrocyte viability during storage. The purpose of this study was to compare osteochondral allografts implanted in canine knees after 28 days or 60 days of storage for (1) initial (1 week) safety and feasibility; (2) integrity and positioning with time (12 weeks and 6 months); and (3) gross, cell viability, histologic, biochemical, and biomechanical characteristics at an endpoint of 6 months. With Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee approval, adult dogs (n=16) were implanted with 8-mm cylindrical osteochondral allografts in the lateral and medial femoral condyles of one knee. Osteochondral allografts preserved for 28 or 60 days using either the current tissue bank standard-of-care (SOC) or a novel system (The Missouri Osteochondral Allograft Preservation System, or MOPS) were used, creating four treatment groups: SOC 28-day, MOPS 28-day, SOC 60-day, and MOPS 60-day. Bacteriologic analysis of tissue culture and media were performed. Dogs were assessed by radiographs and arthroscopy at interim times and by gross, cell viability, histology, biochemistry, and biomechanical testing at the 6-month endpoint. With the numbers available, there was no difference in infection frequency during storage (5% for SOC and 3% for MOPS; p=0.5). No infected graft was implanted and no infections occurred in vivo. MOPS grafts had greater chondrocyte viability at Day 60 (90% versus 53%; p=0.002). For 60-day storage, MOPS grafts were as good as or better than SOC grafts with respect to all outcome measures assessed 6 months after implantation. Donor chondrocyte viability is important for osteochondral allograft success. MOPS allows preservation of chondrocyte viability for up to 60 days at sufficient levels to result in successful outcomes in a canine model of large femoral condylar

  9. Intracranial venous thrombosis complicating oral contraception (United States)

    Dindar, F.; Platts, M. E.


    Four days after the onset of a severe headache a 22-year-old woman who had been taking oral contraceptives for less than three weeks had a convulsion, followed by right hemiparesis. Other focal neurologic signs and evidence of raised intracranial pressure appeared, and she became comatose on the seventh day. A left craniotomy revealed extensive cerebral venous thrombosis. She died the next day. On postmortem examination extensive thrombosis of the superior sagittal sinus and draining cerebral veins, and multiple areas of cerebral hemorrhage and hemorrhagic infarction were seen. Some of the superficial cerebral veins showed focal necrosis of their walls, and the lateral lacunae of the superior sagittal sinus contained proliferating endothelial cells. The adrenal veins were also thrombosed. The significance of these findings is discussed. The literature on cerebrovascular complications of oral contraception, particularly cerebral venous thrombosis, is reviewed. ImagesFIG. 1FIG. 2FIG. 3FIG. 4FIG. 5FIG. 6 PMID:4413961

  10. Admission Hyperglycemia and Clinical Outcome in Cerebral Venous Thrombosis

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    Zuurbier, Susanna M.; Hiltunen, Sini; Tatlisumak, Turgut; Peters, Guusje M.; Silvis, Suzanne M.; Haapaniemi, Elena; Kruyt, Nyika D.; Putaala, Jukka; Coutinho, Jonathan M.


    Background and Purpose-Admission hyperglycemia is associated with poor clinical outcome in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Admission hyperglycemia has not been investigated in patients with cerebral venous thrombosis. Methods-Consecutive adult patients with cerebral venous thrombosis were included

  11. Very late bare-metal stent thrombosis, rare but stormy!

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    Ali, Mohammed


    Recurrent in-stent thrombosis is rarely reported, with catastrophic clinical consequences of either acute coronary syndrome or death. We present a case of recurrent in-stent thrombosis with its outcome and a concise literature review.

  12. Clinical features and diagnosis of venous thrombosis

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    Hirsh, J.; Hull, R.D.; Raskob, G.E.


    The clinical diagnosis of venous thrombosis is inaccurate because the clinical findings are both insensitive and nonspecific. The sensitivity of clinical diagnosis is low because many potentially dangerous venous thrombi are clinically silent. The specificity of clinical diagnosis is low because the symptoms or signs of venous thrombosis all can be caused by nonthrombotic disorders. A current approach to the diagnosis of clinically suspected venous thrombosis favors the use of impedance plethysmography over Doppler ultrasonography as the main test for this disorder. This is because impedance plethysmography is precise and objective, whereas the interpretation of Doppler ultrasonography is subjective and requires considerable skill and experience to form reliable diagnoses. The use of serial impedance plethysmography has been evaluated recently in a prospective study. The rationale of repeated impedance plethysmography evaluation is based on the premise that calf vein thrombi are only clinically important when they extend into the proximal veins, at which point detection with impedance plethysmography is possible. Therefore, by performing repeated examinations with impedance plethysmography in patients with clinically suspected venous thrombosis, it is possible to identify patients with extending calf vein thrombosis who can be treated appropriately. Impedance plethysmography is performed immediately on referral; if it is positive in the absence of clinical conditions that are known to produce falsely positive results, the diagnosis of venous thrombosis is established, and the patient is treated accordingly. If the result of the initial impedance plethysmography evaluation is negative, anticoagulant therapy is withheld, and impedance plethysmography is repeated the following day, again on day 5 to 7 and on day 10 to 14. 87 references.

  13. Osteoinductive and Osteopromotive Variability among Different Demineralized Bone Allografts. (United States)

    Wei, Lingfei; Miron, Richard J; Shi, Bin; Zhang, Yufeng


    The purpose of this investigation was to compare the osteoinductive and osteopromotive potential of two widely used demineralized freeze-dried bone allografts (DFDBA) (Osteotech® DFDBA and LifeNet® DFDBA). Twenty-seven male Wistar rats (mean body weight 200 g) were treated with either DFDBA from Osteotech and LifeNet or control for femoral and intramuscular defects and assigned to histological analysis at 2, 4, and 8 weeks postimplantation. Hematoxylin and eosin (H&E), Safranin-O, tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP), and osteopontin (OPN) staining were performed. Quantitative analysis of mineralized new bone to total volume (BV/TV) was assessed by micro-computed tomography. Both allografts demonstrated osteoinductive potential at 2 weeks as assessed by intramuscular bone formation. LifeNet DFDBA displayed continual new bone formation at 4 and 8 weeks, whereas Osteotech particles were fully resorbed by 4 weeks postimplantation. Femur defects demonstrated significantly greater BV/TV at 4 and 8 weeks with higher expression of OPN staining around LifeNet DFDBA particles. TRAP-positive cells were visible in and around both allograft materials. The results from the present study indicate that variability among allografts exists. In the present, LifeNet DFDBA supported more new bone formation. Further larger animal models or clinical trials are required to validate these findings. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Could Uric acid have a Pathogenic Role in Chronic Allograft ...

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    Introduction: Chronic allograft dysfunction (CAD) is the primary cause of chronic graft failure after kidney transplantation. The pathogenesis of CAD involves both antigen-dependent and antigen-independent mechanisms. Serum uric acid could have a role in both mechanisms. Review: Hyperuricemia in subjects with renal ...

  15. Cytokine mRNA expression during experimental corneal allograft rejection

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    Torres, P. F.; de Vos, A. F.; van der Gaag, R.; Martins, B.; Kijlstra, A.


    Allograft rejection is the main cause of corneal graft failure. T lymphocytes and macrophages have been implied to be involved in corneal rejection, but little is known about the molecular mechanism in this process. In this study, cytokine mRNA expression in the cornea was analysed during

  16. Pelvic massive allograft reconstruction after bone tumour resection. (United States)

    Campanacci, Domenico; Chacon, Sara; Mondanelli, Nicola; Beltrami, Giovanni; Scoccianti, Guido; Caff, Giuseppe; Frenos, Filippo; Capanna, Rodolfo


    The purpose of this report was to retrospectively review a series treated with pelvic tumour resection and massive allograft reconstruction, and determine survival of patients and implants, functional results and morbidity of surgical technique. From 1999, 33 patients underwent pelvic tumour resection and massive allograft reconstruction. The mean age was 40 years (range, 14-72) and 29 patients had a primary malignant tumour. The resection involved the acetabular area in all but three patients. At a median follow-up of 33 months (range, two-143) four patients had local recurrence. The morbidity was high: five deep infections (15 %), requiring two allograft removal, six hip dislocations (18 %), eight sciatic nerve palsy (24 %), persistent in six cases, and two loosening of the acetabular component. Implant survival was 87.3 % at last follow up. The cumulative overall patient's survival was 41.5 % at five and ten years. The average MSTS functional score was 70 % (range, 54-100 %) when the acetabulum was preserved while it was 61 % (30-100 %) in patients with acetabular resection. In conclusion, pelvic allografts represent a valid option for reconstruction after resection of pelvic tumours but due to the associated morbidity, patients should be carefully selected.

  17. Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy : Molecular pathology of the transplanted heart

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    Huibers, M.M.H.


    Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy (CAV) is a disease which has a high prevalence in Heart transplant (HTx) patients. It is characterized by concentric thickening of the wall of the coronary artery of the transplanted heart. The pathogenesis of CAV is complex; various cell types from both the host and

  18. Left versus right deceased donor renal allograft outcome.

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    Phelan, Paul J


    It has been suggested that the left kidney is easier to transplant than the right kidney because of the longer length of the left renal vein, facilitating the formation of the venous anastomosis. There are conflicting reports of differing renal allograft outcomes based on the side of donor kidney transplanted (left or right).We sought to determine the effect of side of donor kidney on early and late allograft outcome in our renal transplant population. We performed a retrospective analysis of transplanted left-right deceased donor kidney pairs in Ireland between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2008. We used a time to death-censored graft failure approach for long-term allograft survival and also examined serum creatinine at different time points post-transplantation. All outcomes were included from day of transplant onwards. A total of 646 transplants were performed from 323 donors. The incidence of delayed graft function was 16.1% in both groups and there was no significant difference in acute rejection episodes or serum creatinine from 1 month to 8 years post-transplantation.There were 47 death-censored allograft failures in the left-sided group compared to 57 in the right-sided group (P = 0.24). These observations show no difference in renal transplant outcome between the recipients of left- and right-sided deceased donor kidneys.

  19. Veto cell suppression mechanisms in the prevention of allograft rejection

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    Jacobsen, I M; Claesson, Mogens Helweg


    on the surface of the veto-active cell. Data from a large number of experimental and clinical studies strongly indicate that veto-active cells function in vivo and are capable of preventing allograft rejection. Thus, donor-cell-mediated veto activity is the most likely explanation for the well-known graft...

  20. Live Skin Allograft in the Management of Severe Burns | Saidi ...

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    Skin allograft is the use of skin from a genetically non-identical member of the same species as the recipient. ... Disadvantages of its use include the limited abundance and availability of donors, possible transmission of disease, the eventual rejection by the host and its handling, storing, transporting and associated costs of ...

  1. Primary Nonfunction of Renal Allograft Secondary to Acute Oxalate Nephropathy

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    Ravi Parasuraman


    Full Text Available Primary nonfunction (PNF accounts for 0.6 to 8% of renal allograft failure, and the focus on causes of PNF has changed from rejection to other causes. Calcium oxalate (CaOx deposition is common in early allograft biopsies, and it contributes in moderate intensity to higher incidence of acute tubular necrosis and poor graft survival. A-49-year old male with ESRD secondary to polycystic kidney disease underwent extended criteria donor kidney transplantation. Posttransplant, patient developed delayed graft function (DGF, and the biopsy showed moderately intense CaOx deposition that persisted on subsequent biopsies for 16 weeks, eventually resulting in PNF. The serum oxalate level was 3 times more than normal at 85 μmol/L (normal <27 μmol/L. Allograft nephrectomy showed massive aggregates of CaOx crystal deposition in renal collecting system. In conclusion, acute oxalate nephropathy should be considered in the differential diagnosis of DGF since optimal management could change the outcome of the allograft.

  2. Apoptosis of acinar cells in pancreas allograft rejection

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    Boonstra, J. G.; Wever, P. C.; Laterveer, J. C.; Bruijn, J. A.; van der Woude, F. J.; ten Berge, I. J.; Daha, M. R.


    BACKGROUND: Recently it has been recognized that apoptosis of target cells may occur during liver and kidney allograft rejection and is probably induced by infiltrating cells. Pancreas rejection is also characterized by a cellular infiltrate, however, the occurrence of apoptosis has not been

  3. Assessment of Kidney Function After Allograft Transplantation by Texture Analysis. (United States)

    Abbasian Ardakani, Ali; Mohammadi, Afshin; Khalili Najafabad, Bahareh; Abolghasemi, Jamileh


    Ultrasonography is the preferable imaging technique for monitoring and assessing complications in kidney allograft transplants. Computer-aided diagnostic system based on texture analysis in ultrasonographic imaging is recommended to identify changes in kidney function after allograft transplantation. A total of 61 biopsy-proven kidney allograft recipients (11 rejected and 50 unrejected) were assessed by a computer-aided diagnostic system. Up to 270 statistical texture features were extracted as descriptors for each region of interest in each recipient. Correlations of texture features with serum creatinine level and differences between rejected and unrejected allografts were analyzed. An area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was calculated for each significant texture feature. Linear discriminant analysis was employed to analyze significant features and increase discriminative power. Recipients were classified by the first nearest neighbor classifier. Fourteen texture features had a significant correlation with serum creatinine level and 16 were significantly different between the rejected and unrejected allografts, for which an area under the curve values were in the range of 0.575 for difference entropy S(4,0) to 0.676 for kurtosis. Using all 16 features, linear discriminant analysis indicated higher performance for classification of the two groups with an area under the curve of 0.975, which corresponded to a sensitivity of 90.9%, a specificity of 100%, a positive predictive value of 100%, and a negative predictive value of 98.0%. Texture analysis was a reliable method, with the potential for characterization, and can help physicians to diagnose kidney failure after transplantation on ultrasonographic imaging.

  4. Local mechanical anisotropy in human cranial dura mater allografts. (United States)

    Sacks, M S; Jimenez Hamann, M C; Otaño-Lata, S E; Malinin, T I


    Human cranial dura mater (CDM) allograft's success as a repair biomaterial is partly due to its high mechanical strength, which facilitates its ability to form water-tight barriers and resist high in-vivo mechanical loads. Previous studies on CDM allograft mechanical behavior used large test specimens and concluded that the allograft was mechanically isotropic. However, we have quantified CDM microstructure using small angle light scattering (SALS) and found regions of well-aligned fibers displaying structural symmetry between the right and left halves (Jimenez et al., 1998). The high degree of fiber alignment in these regions suggests that they are mechanically anisotropic. However, identification of these regions using SALS requires irreversible tissue dehydration, which may affect mechanical properties. Instead, we utilized CDM structural symmetry to estimate the fiber architecture of one half of the CDM using computer graphics to flip the SALS fiber architecture map of the corresponding half about the plane of symmetry. Test specimens (20 mm x 4 mm) were selected parallel and perpendicular to the preferred fiber directions and subjected to uniaxial mechanical failure testing. CDM allografts were found to be locally anisotropic, having an ultimate tensile strength (UTS) parallel to the fibers of 12.76 +/- 1.65 MPa, and perpendicular to the fibers of 5.21 +/- 1.01 MPa (mean +/- sem). These results indicate that uniaxial mechanical tests on large samples used in previous studies tended to mask the local anisotropic nature of the smaller constituent sections. The testing methods established in this study can be used in the evaluation of new CDM processing methods and post-implant allograft mechanical integrity.

  5. Metabolomic Profiling in Individuals with a Failing Kidney Allograft.

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    Roberto Bassi

    Full Text Available Alteration of certain metabolites may play a role in the pathophysiology of renal allograft disease.To explore metabolomic abnormalities in individuals with a failing kidney allograft, we analyzed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS; for ex vivo profiling of serum and urine and two dimensional correlated spectroscopy (2D COSY; for in vivo study of the kidney graft 40 subjects with varying degrees of chronic allograft dysfunction stratified by tertiles of glomerular filtration rate (GFR; T1, T2, T3. Ten healthy non-allograft individuals were chosen as controls.LC-MS/MS analysis revealed a dose-response association between GFR and serum concentration of tryptophan, glutamine, dimethylarginine isomers (asymmetric [A]DMA and symmetric [S]DMA and short-chain acylcarnitines (C4 and C12, (test for trend: T1-T3 = p<0.05; p = 0.01; p<0.001; p = 0.01; p = 0.01; p<0.05, respectively. The same association was found between GFR and urinary levels of histidine, DOPA, dopamine, carnosine, SDMA and ADMA (test for trend: T1-T3 = p<0.05; p<0.01; p = 0.001; p<0.05; p = 0.001; p<0.001; p<0.01, respectively. In vivo 2D COSY of the kidney allograft revealed significant reduction in the parenchymal content of choline, creatine, taurine and threonine (all: p<0.05 in individuals with lower GFR levels.We report an association between renal function and altered metabolomic profile in renal transplant individuals with different degrees of kidney graft function.

  6. Decellularized Allografts for Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Reconstruction in Children. (United States)

    da Costa, Francisco Diniz Affonso; Etnel, Jonathan R G; Torres, Renato; Balbi Filho, Eduardo M; Torres, Rafael; Calixto, Allyson; Mulinari, Leonardo A


    Determine the midterm outcomes of decellularized allografts for right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) reconstruction in children less than 12 years of age. The study included all consecutive patients submitted to RVOT reconstruction with decellularized allografts between June 2006 and June 2016. Besides clinical and echocardiographic control, 20 patients with more than five years of follow-up were evaluated with computed tomography (CT) scans to determine allograft diameters and calcium scores. Structural valve deterioration was defined as any peak gradient above 40 mm Hg and/or insufficiency of moderate or severe degree. Conduit failure was defined as the need for allograft reintervention. There were 59 patients with a median age of six years (range = 0.01-12 years). The most common operation was the Ross procedure (34%). Mean clinical follow-up was 5.4 (2.8) years and was 94% complete. At eight years, only two patients needed a reintervention, with a 90.9% freedom from this event. Structural valve deterioration occurred in 13 patients, 5 due to stenosis and 8 due to insufficiency, with a freedom from structural valve deterioration due to any cause of 64.9% at eight years. Late CT scans demonstrated the absence or minimal calcification of the conduits. Decellularized allografts for RVOT reconstruction in children were associated with a low incidence of structural valve deterioration and conduit failure. Although these results still need to be confirmed in larger series and with longer follow-up, our data suggest favorable outcomes, at least in the first decade after the operation.

  7. Incidence and predictors of coronary stent thrombosis

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    D'Ascenzo, Fabrizio; Bollati, Mario; Clementi, Fabrizio


    Stent thrombosis remains among the most feared complications of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stenting. However, data on its incidence and predictors are sparse and conflicting. We thus aimed to perform a collaborative systematic review on incidence and predictors of stent thrombo...

  8. Effort thrombosis: A case study and discussion

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    secondary thrombosis, and are older, and have concurrent systemic illness. 3. The anatomical relations of the subclavian vein in the thoracic outlet are: • superior and anterior: the clavicle, subclavius muscle and costoclavicular ligament. • inferior: first rib. • posterior: anterior scalene muscle.1,3,8. Other structures which are ...

  9. Portal Vein Thrombosis in non cirrhotic patients

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    M.C.W. Spaander (Manon)


    textabstractExtrahepatic portal vein thrombosis (EPVT) is the most common cause of portal hypertension in non- cirrhotic patients. EPVT has been defined as an obstruction of the extrahepatic portal vein with or without involvement of the intrahepatic portal veins. Although the portal vein accounts

  10. Travel and venous thrombosis: a systematic review

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    Kuipers, S.; Schreijer, A. J. M.; Cannegieter, S. C.; Bueller, H. R.; Rosendaal, F. R.; Middeldorp, S.


    In the past decade, numerous publications on the association between venous thrombosis (VT) and travel have been published. Relative and absolute risks of VT after travel, and particularly after travel by air, have been studied in case-control and observational follow-up studies, whereas the effect

  11. Portal vein thrombosis complicating appendicitis | Ayantunde | West ...

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    Appendicitis is still the most common acute surgical abdomen all over the world and its complications may be grave. We report an adult case of acute appendicitis complicated by Portal Vein Thrombosis (PVT) and ascending portomesenteric phlebitis treated successfully with antibiotics and anticoagulation with no residual ...

  12. vein thrombosis in elective hip replacement

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    With the decision tree and these costs, the cost of the various modalities of prophylaxis was then detennined. Results. The probability, detennined by the forum, of developing a deep-vein thrombosis (DYD when no prophylaxis is used was 0.5, with a mortality rate of 2.1 %. The cost of this decision was R875. No prophylaxis ...

  13. Unilateral papilledema in cerebral venous sinus thrombosis

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    Girish Baburao Kulkarni


    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.

  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. Circadian Variation in Coronary Stent Thrombosis

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    Mahmoud, Karim D.; Lennon, Ryan J.; Ting, Henry H.; Rihal, Charanjit S.; Holmes, David R.

    Objectives We sought to determine the circadian, weekly, and seasonal variation of coronary stent thrombosis. Background Other adverse cardiovascular events such as acute myocardial infarction are known to have higher incidences during the early morning hours, Mondays, and winter months. Methods The

  16. Portal vein thrombosis in patients with cirrhosis

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    von Köckritz, Leona; De Gottardi, Andrea; Trebicka, Jonel


    Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is frequent in patients with liver cirrhosis and possible severe complications such as mesenteric ischemia are rare, but can be life-threatening. However, different aspects of clinical relevance, diagnosis and management of PVT are still areas of uncertainty...

  17. Venous thrombosis: the history of knowledge. (United States)

    Mannucci, P M


    Venous thrombosis is a frequent disease. It is surprising, therefore, that no case truly compatible with a diagnosis of venous thrombosis was apparently reported in the antiquity. There is no case that could be reasonably attributed to a venous thrombus in the writings of Hippocrates, Galenus, Celius Aurelianus, Ibn an-Nafiz, Avicenna and others. Venous thrombosis is not among the many diseases mentioned in the Bible. The term "leucophlegmasia", first used by Hippocrates and then by Celius Aurelianus, refers to cases of bilateral leg edema, most likely due to conditions such as heart failure, liver cirrhosis and renal insufficiency. Nothing compatible with a diagnosis of venous thrombosis can be found in pieces of art from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia and South America. While in these sources there are sometimes representations of varicose veins and ulcers, unilateral leg edema or other pictures compatible with venous thrombosis are not featured. The first well documented case of venous thrombosis is depicted in a beautifully illustrated manuscript written in the 13th century and currently preserved in Paris at the Bibliothèque Nationale (MS Fr 2829, Folio 87). The manuscript describes the case of a young man from Normandy named Raoul who at the age of twenty developed unilateral edema in the right ankle that subsequently extended up to the thigh, with no obvious symptoms in the contralateral leg. Raoul was advised to visit the tomb of Saint Louis who was buried in the church of Saint Denis, where the patient spent several days confessing his sins and praying the saint. Afterwards he chose to collect the dust accumulating below the stone that covered the tomb and to apply it on the fistulae and ulcers of his foot. The openings stopped running and were filled with flesh. He was first obliged to use crutches but subsequently he could walk with a cane, to be eventually able to dispose of all devices, even though his foot throbbed a little. Raoul was cured as

  18. Acute cytomegalovirus infection complicated by venous thrombosis: a case report

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    Parola Philippe


    Full Text Available Abstract Background CMV-induced vasculopathy and thrombosis have been reported, but they are rare conditions usually encountered in immunocompromised patients. However more and more complications of CMV infections are recognized in immunocompetent patients. Case presentation We present a case report of a previously healthy adult with cytomegalovirus infection that was complicated by tibiopopliteal deep venous thrombosis and in whom Factor V Leiden heterozygous mutation was found. Conclusion This new case report emphasizes the involvement of cytomegalovirus in induction of vascular thrombosis in patients with predisposing risk factors for thrombosis. It is necessary to screen for CMV infection in patients with spontaneous thrombosis and an history of fever.

  19. Acute cytomegalovirus infection complicated by venous thrombosis: a case report (United States)

    Rovery, Clarisse; Granel, Brigitte; Parola, Philippe; Foucault, Cédric; Brouqui, Philippe


    Background CMV-induced vasculopathy and thrombosis have been reported, but they are rare conditions usually encountered in immunocompromised patients. However more and more complications of CMV infections are recognized in immunocompetent patients. Case presentation We present a case report of a previously healthy adult with cytomegalovirus infection that was complicated by tibiopopliteal deep venous thrombosis and in whom Factor V Leiden heterozygous mutation was found. Conclusion This new case report emphasizes the involvement of cytomegalovirus in induction of vascular thrombosis in patients with predisposing risk factors for thrombosis. It is necessary to screen for CMV infection in patients with spontaneous thrombosis and an history of fever. PMID:16098229

  20. Bioprinted thrombosis-on-a-chip. (United States)

    Zhang, Yu Shrike; Davoudi, Farideh; Walch, Philipp; Manbachi, Amir; Luo, Xuan; Dell'Erba, Valeria; Miri, Amir K; Albadawi, Hassan; Arneri, Andrea; Li, Xiaoyun; Wang, Xiaoying; Dokmeci, Mehmet Remzi; Khademhosseini, Ali; Oklu, Rahmi


    Pathologic thrombosis kills more people than cancer and trauma combined; it is associated with significant disability and morbidity, and represents a major healthcare burden. Despite advancements in medical therapies and imaging, there is often incomplete resolution of the thrombus. The residual thrombus can undergo fibrotic changes over time through infiltration of fibroblasts from the surrounding tissues and eventually transform into a permanent clot often associated with post-thrombotic syndrome. In order to understand the importance of cellular interactions and the impact of potential therapeutics to treat thrombosis, an in vitro platform using human cells and blood components would be beneficial. Towards achieving this aim, there have been studies utilizing the capabilities of microdevices to study the hemodynamics associated with thrombosis. In this work, we further exploited the utilization of 3D bioprinting technology, for the construction of a highly biomimetic thrombosis-on-a-chip model. The model consisted of microchannels coated with a layer of confluent human endothelium embedded in a gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) hydrogel, where human whole blood was infused and induced to form thrombi. Continuous perfusion with tissue plasmin activator led to dissolution of non-fibrotic clots, revealing clinical relevance of the model. Further encapsulating fibroblasts in the GelMA matrix demonstrated the potential migration of these cells into the clot and subsequent deposition of collagen type I over time, facilitating fibrosis remodeling that resembled the in vivo scenario. Our study suggests that in vitro 3D bioprinted blood coagulation models can be used to study the pathology of fibrosis, and particularly, in thrombosis. This versatile platform may be conveniently extended to other vascularized fibrotic disease models.

  1. Superficial vein thrombosis with hemorrhagic cerebral infarction

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    Yu-wei CONG


    Full Text Available Background Cerebral superficial vein thrombosis was rare and often misdiagnosed or missed for its various etiological factors, and complicated and nonspecific clinical manifestations. This paper reported one case of superficial vein thrombosis in right fronto-parietal lobe with hemorrhagic infarction. The anatomy of superficial vein, pathophysiological points, diagnosis and treatment of superficial vein thrombosis were reviewed to help to reduce missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Methods and Results A 18-year-old male patient had suffered from progressive headache for 4 years and weakness of left limbs for 2 d. Head MRI showed circular space-occupying lesion in right fronto-parietal lobe. Magnetic resonance venography (MRV examination showed the front two-thirds of the superior sagittal sinus was not clear. The lesions were removed and decompressive craniectomy was conducted, showing the brain tissue was pale, partly yellow or dark red, and superficial venous engorgement. Histological observation showed pial superficial vein thrombosis and subpial encephalomalacia, and multifocal hemorrhage of cerebral cortex and local parenchymal hemorrhage. A large number of "grid cells" and vascular "cuff" phenomenan were visible in surrounding tissue, and the parenchymal blood vessel proliferation was obvious. Left hand activity of the patient was obviously limited after the operation. Conclusions Clinical diagnosis of superficial vein thrombosis with hemorrhagic infarction is difficult, and brain imaging and serological examination can provide certain help. Much attention should be paid to the multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment to reduce misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis, and gather clinical experience. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2016.01.007

  2. Radioprotection provides functional mechanics but delays healing of irradiated tendon allografts after ACL reconstruction in sheep. (United States)

    Seto, Aaron U; Culp, Brian M; Gatt, Charles J; Dunn, Michael


    Successful protection of tissue properties against ionizing radiation effects could allow its use for terminal sterilization of musculoskeletal allografts. In this study we functionally evaluate Achilles tendon allografts processed with a previously developed radioprotective treatment based on (1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide) crosslinking and free radical scavenging using ascorbate and riboflavin, for ovine anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction was performed using double looped allografts, while comparing radioprotected irradiated and fresh frozen allografts after 12 and 24 weeks post-implantation, and to control irradiated grafts after 12 weeks. Radioprotection was successful at preserving early subfailure mechanical properties comparable to fresh frozen allografts. Twelve week graft stiffness and anterior-tibial (A-T) translation for radioprotected and fresh frozen allografts were comparable at 30 % of native stiffness, and 4.6 and 5 times native A-T translation, respectively. Fresh frozen allograft possessed the greatest 24 week peak load at 840 N and stiffness at 177 N/mm. Histological evidence suggested a delay in tendon to bone healing for radioprotected allografts, which was reflected in mechanical properties. There was no evidence that radioprotective treatment inhibited intra-articular graft healing. This specific radioprotective method cannot be recommended for ACL reconstruction allografts, and data suggest that future efforts to improve allograft sterilization procedures should focus on modifying or eliminating the pre-crosslinking procedure.

  3. Genetic risk factors for thrombosis in systemic lupus erythematosus. (United States)

    Kaiser, Rachel; Li, Yonghong; Chang, Monica; Catanese, Joseph; Begovich, Ann B; Brown, Elizabeth E; Edberg, Jeffrey C; McGwin, Gerald; Alarcón, Graciela S; Ramsey-Goldman, Rosalind; Reveille, John D; Vilá, Luis M; Petri, Michelle A; Kimberly, Robert P; Taylor, Kimberly E; Criswell, Lindsey A


    Thrombosis is a serious complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We investigated whether genetic variants implicated in thrombosis pathways are associated with thrombosis among 2 ethnically diverse SLE cohorts. Our discovery cohort consisted of 1698 patients with SLE enrolled in the University of California, San Francisco, Lupus Genetics Project and our replication cohort included 1361 patients with SLE enrolled in the PROFILE cohort. Patients fulfilled American College of Rheumatology SLE criteria, and data relevant to thrombosis were available. Thirty-three single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) previously shown to be associated with risk of deep venous thrombosis in the general population or implicated in thrombosis pathways were genotyped and tested for association with thrombosis in bivariate allelic analyses. SNP with p FGG) rs2066865 (OR 1.91, p = 0.01) in Hispanic Americans. SNP in these genes showed association with venous thrombosis risk in whites: MTHFR rs1801131 (OR 1.51, p = 0.01), MTHFR rs1801133 (OR 0.70, p = 0.04), FVL rs6025 (OR 2.69, p = 0.002), and FGG rs2066865 (OR 1.49, p = 0.02) in whites. A SNP in FGG rs2066865 (OR 2.19, p = 0.003) demonstrated association with arterial thrombosis risk in Hispanics. Our results implicate specific genetic risk factors for thrombosis in patients with SLE and suggest that genetic risk for thrombosis differs across ethnic groups.

  4. Involvement of the Fas system in liver allograft rejection. (United States)

    Rivero, M; Crespo, J; Mayorga, M; Fábrega, E; Casafont, F; Pons-Romero, F


    Recent studies suggest that apoptosis is an important mechanism of cell death in the rejection of liver allografts and that this process is mediated via Fas. The aim of this study was to analyze the expression of the Fas system during the liver allograft rejection and its evolution after treatment. We evaluated 14 patients with liver allograft rejection before and after treatment. Fas immunostaining was performed by the labeled streptavidin-biotin peroxidase method using a 200-fold dilution of a monoclonal antibody. Assessment of apoptosis was determined by the terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick end labeling (TUNEL) technique on deparaffined liver samples. Serum levels of soluble Fas antigen (sFas) were detected by an enzyme immunoassay procedure. Twelve liver transplant patients without allograft rejection were analyzed as a control group. The number of hepatocytes expressing Fas antigen, the percentage of apoptotic hepatocytes, and the sFas levels were higher in patients with liver allograft rejection than in controls (27.9+/-23.1% vs 1.4+/-1.2%, p < 0.001; 2.2+/-0.9% vs 1.0+/-0.1%, p = 0.02; 24.2+/-39.6 vs 2.8+/-4.0 IU/ml, p = 0.03, respectively). There was a correlation between the levels of sFas, AST (r = 0.86, p < 0.001), ALT (r = 0.78, p = 0.02), and gamma-globulin levels (r = 0.86, p < 0.001). After the rejection treatment we found a significant decrease in the Fas antigen expression (18.6+/-13.3%, p < 0.05), TUNEL index (0.2+/-0.4, p < 0.05), and levels of sFas (9.9+/-30.25 IU/ml, p = 0.005). 1) The demonstration of hepatocytes with Fas antigen expression and the labeling of the nuclei by the TUNEL assay suggest that apoptosis mediated by the Fas system plays a role in the pathogenesis of liver allograft rejection. 2) The Fas expression and the sFas levels decreased in patients with treatment response.

  5. Pilot Study of Renal Diffusion Tensor Imaging as a Correlate to Histopathology in Pediatric Renal Allografts. (United States)

    Li, Yi; Lee, Marsha M; Worters, Pauline W; MacKenzie, John D; Laszik, Zoltan; Courtier, Jesse L


    Fractional anisotropy (FA) is a measure of molecular motion obtained from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). The objective of this study was to assess the use of FA as a noninvasive correlate of renal allograft histopathology. Sixteen pediatric renal allograft recipients were imaged using DTI in a prospective study, between October 2014 and January 2016, before a same-day renal allograft biopsy. The Kendall tau correlation coefficient was used to assess the relationship between cortical and medullary FA values and several clinically important Banff renal allograft histopathology scores. The Mann-Whitney U test was also used to compare cortical and medullary FA values in the region of biopsy in patients whose biopsy results did and in those whose biopsy results did not change clinical management. Medullary FA values had direct inverse correlation with several histopathology scores: tubulitis (designated "t" score in Banff pathologic classification, p histopathology scores and a potential noninvasive method of assessing renal allograft health in pediatric allograft recipients.

  6. Micro-organisms isolated from cadaveric samples of allograft musculoskeletal tissue. (United States)

    Varettas, Kerry


    Allograft musculoskeletal tissue is commonly used in orthopaedic surgical procedures. Cadaveric donors of musculoskeletal tissue supply multiple allografts such as tendons, ligaments and bone. The microbiology laboratory of the South Eastern Area Laboratory Services (SEALS, Australia) has cultured cadaveric allograft musculoskeletal tissue samples for bacterial and fungal isolates since 2006. This study will retrospectively review the micro-organisms isolated over a 6-year period, 2006-2011. Swab and tissue samples were received for bioburden testing and were inoculated onto agar and/or broth culture media. Growth was obtained from 25.1 % of cadaveric allograft musculoskeletal tissue samples received. The predominant organisms isolated were coagulase-negative staphylococci and coliforms, with the heaviest bioburden recovered from the hemipelvis. The rate of bacterial and fungal isolates from cadaveric allograft musculoskeletal tissue samples is higher than that from living donors. The type of organism isolated may influence the suitability of the allograft for transplant.

  7. Biological effects of rAAV-caAlk2 coating on structural allograft healing

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    Koefoed, Mette; Ito, Hiromu; Gromov, Kirill


    Structural bone allografts often fracture due to their lack of osteogenic and remodeling potential. To overcome these limitations, we utilized allografts coated with recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) that mediate in vivo gene transfer. Using beta-galactosidase as a reporter gene, we show...... that 4-mm murine femoral allografts coated with rAAV-LacZ are capable of transducing adjacent inflammatory cells and osteoblasts in the fracture callus following transplantation. While this LacZ vector had no effect on allograft healing, bone morphogenetic protein signals delivered via rAAV-caAlk2...... coating induced endochondral bone formation directly on the cortical surface of the allograft by day 14. By day 28 there was evidence of remodeling of the new woven bone and massive osteoclastic resorption of the cortical surface of the rAAV-caAlk2-coated allografts only. Micro-CT analysis of r...

  8. Fresh Osteochondral Allograft Versus Autograft: Twelve-Month Results in Isolated Canine Knee Defects. (United States)

    McCarty, Eric C; Fader, Ryan R; Mitchell, Justin J; Glenn, R Edward; Potter, Hollis G; Spindler, Kurt P


    Osteochondral autografts and allografts have been widely used in the treatment of isolated grade 4 articular cartilage lesions of the knee. However, there is a paucity of literature regarding the basic science investigating the direct comparison between fresh osteochondral allografts to autografts. At 12 months, fresh osteochondral allografts are equal to autografts with respect to function, bony incorporation into host bone, and chondrocyte viability. Controlled laboratory study. Eight adult mongrel dogs underwent bilateral hindlimb osteochondral graft implantation in the knee after creation of an acute Outerbridge grade 4 cartilage defect. One hindlimb of each dog knee received an autograft, and the contralateral knee received an allograft. All dogs were sacrificed at 12 months. Graft analysis included gross examination, radiographs, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), biomechanical testing, and histology. MRI demonstrated excellent bony incorporation of both autografts and allografts, except for 1 allograft that revealed partial incorporation. Histologic examination of cartilage showed intact hyaline appearance for both autografts and allografts, with fibrocartilage at the host-graft interface of both. Biomechanical testing demonstrated no significant difference between allografts and autografts (P = .76). Furthermore, no significant difference was observed between allografts and the native cartilage with biomechanical testing (P = .84). After 12 months from time of implantation, fresh osteochondral allograft tissue and autograft tissue in this study were not statistically different with respect to biomechanical properties, gross morphology, bony incorporation, or overall histologic characteristics. When compared with the previously reported 6-month incorporation rates, there was improved allograft and autograft incorporation at 12 months. With no significant differences in gross examination, radiographs, MRI, biomechanical testing, or histology in the canine

  9. Modulating Wnt Signaling Pathway to Enhance Allograft Integration in Orthopedic Trauma Treatment (United States)


    formation at the allograft site using µCT scans and partially completed mechanical testing. Data presented in report reveals statistically that use...of anti-Sost or anti-Dkk-1 antibodies enhances new bone formation around the allograft over all time points. Anti-Dkk-1 antibody treatment also seems...outcomes. Total Volume (TV) – this indicates the overall hard callus volume around the allograft and is suggestive of earlier healing events. Bone

  10. Use of Cortical Strut Allograft After Extended Trochanteric Osteotomy in Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty. (United States)

    Lim, Chin Tat; Amanatullah, Derek F; Huddleston, James I; Hwang, Katherine L; Maloney, William J; Goodman, Stuart B


    Cortical strut allografts restore bone stock and improve postoperative clinical scores after revision total hip arthroplasty (THA). However, use of a cortical strut allograft is implicated in delayed healing of an extended trochanteric osteotomy (ETO). To date, there are no reports directly comparing ETO with or without cortical strut allografts. We reviewed prospectively gathered data on 50 revision THAs performed from 2004-2014 using an ETO. We compared the demographic, radiological, and clinical outcome of patients with (16 hips) and without (34 hips) cortical strut allograft after an ETO. There were no significant differences in Western Ontario McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index or Harris Hip Score between the ETOs with and without a cortical strut allograft. Fifteen of the ETOs (94%) with a cortical strut allograft and 31 of the ETOs (91%) without a cortical strut allograft were in situ at final follow-up (P = 1.000). A higher proportion hips with cortical strut allograft (100%, 16 patients) had preoperative Paprosky grade bone loss more than IIIA compared to those without allograft (29%, 10 patients) (P < .001). There were no differences in femoral stem subsidence (P = .207), alignment (P = .934), or migration of the osteotomized fragment (P = .171). Fourteen of the ETOs (88%) in patients with cortical strut allograft united compared to 34 ETOs (100%) in patients without allograft (P = .095). Our study shows that the use of cortical strut allograft during revision THA with ETO does not reduce the rate of union, radiological or clinical outcomes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Influence of World Thrombosis Day on digital information seeking on venous thrombosis: a Google Trends study. (United States)

    Scheres, L J J; Lijfering, W M; Middeldorp, S; Cannegieter, S C


    Essentials In 2014, World Thrombosis Day (WTD) was initiated to increase global awareness of thrombosis. Google Trends can be used freely to monitor digital information seeking behavior. We used Google Trends data to assess the impact of WTD on internet searches on venous thrombosis. The WTD period was associated with more searches on thrombosis compared to control periods. Background World Thrombosis Day (WTD) was launched in 2014 and is to be held every year to increase global awareness of venous thrombosis. Measuring the impact of health awareness days is challenging; however, use of internet-based data seems promising. Methods Google Trends data were used to quantify digital searches for 'venous thrombosis' worldwide and 'trombose' in the Netherlands. The relative search volume (RSV), which is the proportion of the term of interest amongst all Google searches for a specific region and timeframe was used. Mean differences for 4 weeks surrounding WTD (period of interest) and the remaining weeks of the year (control period) were estimated with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI). This was done for 2014, 2015 and 2009-2013 (control years). Results and discussion Mean differences in RSV for worldwide searches were 2.9 (95% CI, -8.2, 14.1) in 2014 and 10.5 (95% CI, 0.4, 20.5) in 2015. These figures were 15.3 (95% CI, 4.7, 25.8) and 15.9 (95% CI, 7.8, 24.1) for the Netherlands, respectively. Relatively, this corresponds to an increase in RSV of 3.9% and 13.9% for 2014 and 2015 worldwide and a 21.9% and 23.3% increase for 2014 and 2015 in the Netherlands. There was one control year with an increase in RSV in the WTD period. Conclusion In 2014 and 2015 WTD was associated with an increase in digital information seeking on venous thrombosis worldwide. This association was more pronounced in 2015 than in 2014. © 2016 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  12. Late Acute Rejection Occuring in Liver Allograft Recipients

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    Eric M Yoshida


    Full Text Available To study the effect of immunosuppressive reduction on the incidence and consequence of late acute rejection (LAR in liver allograft recipients, mean daily prednisone dose, mean cyclosporine A (CsA trough and nadir levels were retrospectively reviewed for the nearest 12-week period preceding six episodes of LAR in five liver allograft recipients (group 1. Results were compared with those from a cohort of 12 liver allograft recipients who did not develop LAR (group 2. LAR was defined as acute rejection occurring more than 365 days post-transplantation. Median follow-up for both groups was similar (504 days, range 367 to 1050, versus 511 days, range 365 to 666, not significant. Mean trough CsA levels were lower in patients with LAR compared with those without (224±66 ng/mL versus 233±49 ng/mL but the difference was not statistically significant. In contrast, mean daily prednisone dose (2.5±1.6 mg/ day versus 6.5±2.9 mg/day, P=0.007 and CsA nadir values (129±60 ng/mL versus 186±40 ng/mL, P=0.03 were significantly lower in patients who developed LAR compared with those who did not. Five of six episodes (83% of LAR occurred in patients receiving less than 5 mg/day of prednisone, versus a single LAR episode in only one of 12 patients (8% receiving prednisone 5 mg/day or more (P=0.004. In all but one instance, LAR responded to pulse methylprednisolone without discernible affect on long term graft function. The authors conclude that liver allograft recipients remain vulnerable to acute rejection beyond the first post-transplant year; and reduction of immunosuppressive therapy, particularly prednisone, below a critical, albeit low dose, threshold increases the risk of LAR.

  13. Efficacy of Acellular Nerve Allografts in Trigeminal Nerve Reconstruction. (United States)

    Yampolsky, Andrew; Ziccardi, Vincent; Chuang, Sung-Kiang


    During trigeminal nerve repair, a gap is sometimes encountered that prevents the tension-free apposition of nerve endings. The use of a processed acellular nerve allograft is a novel technique that shows promise in overcoming this problem. The goal of the present study was to support the slowly evolving body of evidence that acellular processed nerve allografts (Avance; Axogen, Alachua, FL) are a viable alternative to autogenous nerve grafting and the use of conduits for reconstructing defects of the trigeminal nerve. The study design consisted of a retrospective review of the medical records of patients referred to Rutgers School of Dental Medicine for management of trigeminal nerve injuries from July 2008 to August 2014. Sixteen patients met the inclusion criteria for the present study. All patients underwent nerve grafting using a processed nerve allograft. All operations were performed by the same surgeon (V.Z.). Serial neurosensory testing was performed by 1 clinician (V.Z.) in a standardized fashion. The primary outcome variable was the interval to functional sensory recovery as defined by the Medical Research Council Scale. The participants ranged in age from 16 to 62 years (mean 32). Of the 16 patients, 12 were female (75%) and 4 were male (25%), and 3 were smokers (18.75%) and 13 were nonsmokers (81.25%). One half of the patients (n = 8; 50%) underwent surgery on the inferior alveolar nerve, and 8 (50%) underwent surgery on the lingual nerve. The most common mechanism of injury was impacted third molar removal (n = 9; 56.25%) Of the 16 patients, 15 (93.75%) achieved functional sensory recovery during the study period. The results of the present study support the hypothesis that processed nerve allografts are effective in reconstructing small (<2-cm) trigeminal nerve defects. Copyright © 2017 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Cerebral Venous Thrombosis Presenting with Subracnoid Hemorrhage

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    Esra Eruyar


    Full Text Available Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH associated with cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT is rarely reported. In our case, the initial CT shows with suspected lesions that SAH. After the initial diagnosis of SVT with history and neurological examination findings MRV taken and consistend with thrombus signal change. Dural sinus thrombosis with secondary venous hypertension may lead to SAH into the subarachnoid space due to the rupture of fragile, thin-walled cortical veins. Patients with non-traumatic, non-aneurysmal and non-perimesencephalic subaracnoid hemorrhage tend to have clots circumscribed along the cortical convexity, a condition referred as acute cortical SAH. CVT is a potential cause of cortical SAH. This case; SAH may be the first sign of SVT and especially SVT must do in etiologic research without the involvement of the basal sisterna in cases of SAH.

  15. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis. (United States)

    Patel, Vipul P; Bong, Matthew; Di Cesare, Paul E


    Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) and heparin induced thrombocytopenia with thrombosis (HITT) ar rare complications associated with use of unfractionate heparin (UFH) or low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) HIT is a benign clinical condition characterized by a mil drop in platelet count with no clinical significance. HIT is an immune-mediated reaction associated with a wide spread "hypercoagulable" state resulting in arterial an venous thrombosis. There is a higher incidence of HIT with UFH use than with LMWH use. Orthopedic surger patients are at higher risk for developing HITT than are patients who receive prophylactic heparin for cardiovascular surgery or medical reasons. Therapy for patients suspected of having HITT should begin with immedi ate discontinuation of heparin in any form followed by pharmacologic inhibition with thrombin (e.g., recombinant hirudin [lepirudin], argatroban, danaparoid sodium).

  16. Rock climbing-related subclavian vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Lutter, Christoph; Monasterio, Erik; Schöffl, Volker


    Paget-Schroetter syndrome, also known as upper extremity deep venous thrombosis (UEDVT), is a rare condition, characterised by a (sub-) total occlusion of the axillary-subclavian venous system due to thrombosis. UEDVT is the most common vascular condition among athletes so far; although the general incidence is low, this problem will become more frequent as a result of increased participation in climbing sports. The purpose of this report is to illustrate two cases in rock climbers where UEDVT developed during rock climbing or bouldering. Fortunately, both patients were diagnosed relatively early after the symptoms began, despite the ambiguity of UEDVT symptoms. This relatively unfamiliar condition may become more highly recognised as a potentially serious differential diagnosis of unspecific pain of the shoulder. Rock climbers are disposed to develop UEDVT due to frequent stress on the upper extremities during training or competition. 2015 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  17. Proteinuria after kidney transplantation, relationship to allograft histology and survival. (United States)

    Amer, H; Fidler, M E; Myslak, M; Morales, P; Kremers, W K; Larson, T S; Stegall, M D; Cosio, F G


    Proteinuria is associated with reduced kidney allograft survival. Herein we assessed the association between proteinuria, graft histology and survival. The cohort included 613 kidney allograft recipients who had proteinuria (measured) and surveillance biopsies at 1-year posttransplant. Proteinuria >150 mg/day was detected in 276 patients (45%) and in 182 of these, proteinuria was below 500. In >84% of patients even low levels of proteinuria were associated with albuminuria. Proteinuria was associated with the presence of graft glomerular pathology and the use of sirolimus. Eighty percent of patients with proteinuria >1500 mg/day had glomerular pathology on biopsy. However, lower levels of proteinuria were not associated with specific pathologies at 1 year. Compared to no sirolimus, sirolimus use was associated with higher prevalence of proteinuria (40% vs. 76%, p Proteinuria was associated with reduced graft survival (HR = 1.40, p = 0.001) independent of other risk factors including, glomerular pathology, graft function, recipient age and acute rejection. The predominant pathology in lost allografts (n = 57) was glomerular, particularly in patients with 1-year proteinuria >500. Thus, proteinuria, usually at low levels (proteinuria relate to poor graft survival. Proteinuria and glomerular pathology relate independently to survival.


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    Full Text Available AAim. To identify factors influencing upon decision on pancreas allograft suitability for transplant and their clinical significance. Materials and methods. We reviewed 95 multiorgan donors under the age of 45, who were considered as pancreas donor between January 2010 and December 2013. 28 pancreata were procured (Group I, 67 pancreata were refused (Group II. Demographic, clinical and laboratory data, anatomical hepatopancreatoduodenal varieties were taken into account. Results. We found that only three factors have an effect on pancreas allograft refusal probability. According to our data, non-transplantation of the liver from the same donor increases the pancreas graft refusal in 4 times. Elevated donor’s sodium and urea blood levels also increase the probability of donor pancreas denial for transplantation. For example, the probability of pancreas graft refusal from the donor with sodium level 145 mmol/l and urea level 6.0 mol/l is only 32%. As compared to the donor with sodium level 160 mmol/l and urea 12.0 mol/l where probability reaches 85%. Other factors: demographic, laboratory, clinical indicators, gepatopancreatoduodenal blood supply variations were not predictive for the procurement decision. Conclusion. Main predictors of pancreas allograft refusal to be taken into account, appropriate correction of donor metabolic disturbances and sufficient experience of the surgeon performing the procurement can increase the availability of pancreas transplantation.  

  19. Multidetector computed tomography findings of spontaneous renal allograft ruptures

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    Basaran, C. [Department of Radiology, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey)], E-mail:; Donmez, F.Y.; Tarhan, N.C.; Coskun, M. [Department of Radiology, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey); Haberal, M. [Department of General Surgery, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey)


    Aim: To describe the characteristics of spontaneous renal allograft rupture using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT). Method: Five patients with spontaneous renal allograft rupture, as confirmed by pathologic examination, were referred to our institution between 1985 and 2008. The clinical records and preoperative MDCT findings of the patients were studied retrospectively. Results: Clinical and/or histological findings were consistent with acute rejection in all cases. Using MDCT, disruption of the capsular integrity and parenchymal rupture was seen in four patients. Four of the five patients showed decreased enhancement and swollen grafts. Perirenal (n = 4), subcapsular (n = 1), and intraparenchymal (n = 1) haematomas were also seen. In the patient with an intraparenchymal haematoma there was no disruption of capsular integrity, but capsular irregularities were seen near the haematoma. Conclusion: MDCT is a useful investigative tool for the evaluation of suspected spontaneous renal allograft rupture. As well as a swollen graft, disruption of the capsule, parenchyma, and/or haematoma should prompt the radiologist to consider this diagnosis.

  20. Experimental rat models of chronic allograft nephropathy: a review

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    Full Text Available Badri Shrestha, John HaylorSheffield Kidney Institute, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Sheffield, UKAbstract: Chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN is the leading cause of late allograft loss after renal transplantation (RT, which continues to remain an unresolved problem. A rat model of CAN was first described in 1969 by White et al. Although the rat model of RT can be technically challenging, it is attractive because the pathogenesis of CAN is similar to that following human RT and the pathological features of CAN develop within months as compared with years in human RT. The rat model of RT is considered as a useful investigational tool in the field of experimental transplantation research. We have reviewed the literature on studies of rat RT reporting the donor and recipient strain combinations that have investigated resultant survival and histological outcomes. Several different combinations of inbred and outbred rat combinations have been reported to investigate the multiple aspects of transplantation, including acute rejection, cellular and humoral rejection mechanisms and their treatments, CAN, and potential targets for its prevention.Keywords: interventions, therapy, late allograft loss, renal transplantation


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    R. R. Temirbulatov


    Full Text Available Relevance. Kidney transplantation is the method of choice for women of reproductive age with late stage of chronic kidney disease, who want to realize their  childbearing function. Pregnancy and childbirth in patients with renal  allografts are classified as an increased risk due to the more frequent complications compared to the general population. Progressive pregnancy is observed in 5–12 % of patients with renal  allograft, the frequency of favorable outcomes in such  cases  is 65–92 %.Objective. To identify the most common complications in pregnancy in women with a transplanted kidney, to review the algorithms for maintaining this category of patientsMaterial and methods. In the  clinic  of obstetrics and  gynecology two patients with a renal  allograft were examined and  delivered, observed in common with specialists from the Research Institute of Surgery and Urgent Medicine.Results. Both patients were delivered by a cesarean section, the postoperative period proceeded without complications in both cases.Conclusions. This  category of patients needs to be  closely monitored throughout the  pregnancy by a multidisciplinary team  of specialists. This article describes the clinical cases  of pregnancy in patients with a transplanted kidney.

  2. Percutaneous management of prosthetic valve thrombosis. (United States)

    Hariram, Vuppaladadhiam


    Thrombosis of a prosthetic valve is a serious complication in patients with prosthetic heart valves. Thrombolysis is the initial choice of treatment. Patients who do not respond to thrombolysis are subjected to surgery which carries a high risk. We report a case series of 5 patients with prosthetic mitral valve thrombosis who did not respond to thrombolysis and were subjected to percutaneous manipulation of the prosthetic valves successfully and improved. Five patients who were diagnosed to have prosthetic mitral valve thrombosis and failed to respond to a minimum of 36 h of thrombolysis (persistent symptoms with increased gradients, abnormal findings on fluoroscopy),were subjected to percutaneous treatment after receiving proper consent. None of them had a visible thrombus on transthoracic echocardiogram. All patients underwent transseptal puncture following which a 6F JR4 guiding catheter was passed into the left atrium. The valve leaflets were repeatedly hit gently under fluoroscopic guidance till they regained their normal mobility. Mean age was 38.8 years. Average peak and mean gradients prior to the procedure were 38 and 25 and after the procedure were 12 and 6 mm of Hg respectively. All patients had successful recovery of valve motion on fluoroscopy with normalization of gradients and complete resolution of symptoms. None of the patients had any focal neurological deficits, embolic manifestations or bleeding complications. Percutaneous manipulation of prosthetic valves in selected patients with prosthetic valve thrombosis who do not respond to thrombolytic therapy is feasible and can be used as an alternative to surgery. Copyright © 2014 Cardiological Society of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Deep Vein Thrombosis after Coronary Angiography

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    Vivek Singh Guleria


    Full Text Available Deep vein thrombosis (DVT is a rare but potentially serious complication of coronary angiography (CAG, incidence being just 0.05%. Only a few clinical cases of DVT after diagnostic transfemoral catheterization have been reported. Here, we describe the case of a 54-year-old woman who developed significant DVT after CAG without venous thromboembolism (VTE and, which was treated with anticoagulants.

  4. Atypical ultrasonographic presentation of ovarian vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Graupera, B; Pascual, M A; Garcia, P; Di Paola, R; Ubeda, B; Tresserra, F


    Ovarian vein trombosis (OVT) is a pathologic entity classically considered as a postpartum complication and only rarely associated with other diseases. Due to its vague symptoms, it is usually underdiagnosed. However its consequences can be fatal. We report a case of an incidental finding of ovarian thrombosis in an asymptomatic 45-year-old woman who underwent surgery due to the ultrasonographic finding of a para-ovarian cyst.

  5. Deep vein thrombosis: diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

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    Stewart, W.P.; Youngswick, F.D.

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a dangerous complication that may present after elective foot surgery. Because of the frequency with which DVT occurs in the elderly patient, as well as in the podiatric surgical population, the podiatrist should be acquainted with this entity. A review of the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and the role of podiatry in the management of DVT is discussed in this paper.

  6. A Genetical approach to deep venous thrombosis


    Yavuz, Celal


    Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a common disorder that frequently occurs after surgical procedures and trauma and in the presence of cancer or immobilization conditions. However, it can also develop without any of these predisposing factors. This condition directs the researcher's enquiry to investigating the basis of organismal thrombotic predisposition. The common prothrombotic genetic mutations include factor V Leiden, factor II G20210 A, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, prot...

  7. A genetical approach to deep venous thrombosis


    Celal Yavuz


    Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a common disorderthat frequently occurs after surgical procedures andtrauma and in the presence of cancer or immobilizationconditions. However, it can also develop without any ofthese predisposing factors. This condition directs theresearcher’s enquiry to investigating the basis of organismalthrombotic predisposition. The common prothromboticgenetic mutations include factor V Leiden, factor IIG20210 A, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, prothrombinA20210, and f...

  8. Incorporation of perforated and demineralized cortical bone allografts. Part I: radiographic and histologic evaluation. (United States)

    Lewandrowski, K U; Schollmeier, G; Ekkemkamp, A; Uhthoff, H K; Tomford, W W


    Massive cortical bone allografts have been found to incorporate slowly into host bone. They are subject to complications such as nonunion, fatigue fracture and infection. In an attempt to improve osteoinduction in cortical bone allografts, laser perforated and partially demineralized cortical bone allografts were orthotopically transplanted into the sheep tibia. In this model, mid-shaft tibial bone allografts from out-bred sheep donor animals were prepared by partial demineralization and drilling of 0.33-mm diameter holes with a pulsed, 2.94-microm wavelength Erbium:Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet laser. Recipient animals of the same out-bred strain were divided into three groups of eight according to the type of cortical allograft used: group 1, fresh-frozen, no treatment; group 2, laser hole grid; and group 3, laser hole grid and partial demineralization. Plain films were taken in two standard views at monthly intervals. Incorporation was evaluated at nine months postoperatively. Longitudinal radiographic data was correlated to a histologic and morphometric evaluation of each bone graft. Computer tomography was used for the latter analysis. Results showed that untreated allografts, although surrounded by a periosteal bone cuff, were poorly incorporated. Partial demineralization lead to excessive resorption of allografts, but little new bone formation. Laser perforation and partial demineralization induced complete incorporation of allografts into the host bone. Based on the results of the radiographic, histologic and morphometric evaluation, the development of laser-perforated and partially demineralized bone allografts was proposed for clinical use.

  9. Impaired renal allograft function is associated with increased arterial stiffness in renal transplant recipients

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    Kneifel, M; Scholze, A; Burkert, A


    It is important whether impairment of renal allograft function may deteriorate arterial stiffness in renal transplant recipients. In a cross-sectional study, arterial vascular characteristics were non-invasively determined in 48 patients with renal allograft using applanation tonometry and digital...... of large arteries S1 and small arteries S2 in renal transplant recipients (each p renal allograft (p ...-Wallis test between groups). It is concluded that impairment of renal allograft function is associated with an increased arterial stiffness in renal transplant recipients....

  10. Remodeling of cortical bone allografts mediated by adherent rAAV-RANKL and VEGF gene therapy

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    Ito, Hiromu; Koefoed, Mette; Tiyapatanaputi, Prarop


    Structural allograft healing is limited because of a lack of vascularization and remodeling. To study this we developed a mouse model that recapitulates the clinical aspects of live autograft and processed allograft healing. Gene expression analyses showed that there is a substantial decrease...... in the genes encoding RANKL and VEGF during allograft healing. Loss-of-function studies showed that both factors are required for autograft healing. To determine whether addition of these signals could stimulate allograft vascularization and remodeling, we developed a new approach in which rAAV can be freeze...

  11. Prolongation of segmental and pancreaticoduodenal allografts in the primate with total-lymphoid irradiation and cyclosporine

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    Du Toit, D.F.; Heydenrych, J.J.; Smit, B.; Louw, G.; Zuurmond, T.; Els, D.; Du Toit, L.B.; Weideman, A.; Davids, H.; van der Merwe, E.


    The prolongation of segmental and pancreaticoduodenal allografts (PDA) by total lymphoid irradiation (TLI) and in combination with cyclosporine (CsA) was assessed in a well established total pancreatectomy, diabetic, primate transplantation model. Pancreatic transplantation was performed in 119 pancreatectomized baboons (Papio ursinus). Of a total of 109 allografts performed, 71 were segmental allografts (open duct drainage) and 38 PDA. Of 119 graft recipients, 10 received segmental pancreatic autografts. TLI and CsA administered separately to segmental allograft recipients resulted in modest allograft survival and indefinite graft survival was not observed. 8 of 17 (47%) segmental allograft recipients that received TLI and CsA had graft survival beyond 100 days, indicating highly significant pancreatic allograft survival. All long-term segmental allograft recipients were rendered normoglycemic (plasma glucose less than 8 mmol/L) by this immunosuppressive regimen. In contrast, poor results were observed in PDA recipients treated with TLI and CsA. Mean survival in 18 treated PDA recipients was 23.8 days, 8 survived longer than 20 days (44.4%), and 1 greater than 100 days (5.5%). Despite treatment, early rejection of the duodenum in PDA recipients frequently resulted in necrosis and perforation and contributed to a high morbidity and mortality. This study indicates that, in contrast to the significant prolongation of segmental allografts by TLI and CsA, poor immunosuppression was achieved by this regimen in PDA recipients and was associated with a high morbidity and mortality caused by early rejection of the duodenum.

  12. Quantification of renal allograft perfusion using arterial spin labeling MRI: initial results

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    Lanzman, Rotem S.; Wittsack, Hans-Joerg; Bilk, Philip; Kroepil, Patric; Blondin, Dirk [University Hospital Duesseldorf, Department of Radiology, Duesseldorf (Germany); Martirosian, Petros; Schick, Fritz [University Hospital Tuebingen, Section for Experimental Radiology, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Zgoura, Panagiota; Voiculescu, Adina [University Hospital Duesseldorf, Department of Nephrology, Duesseldorf (Germany)


    To quantify renal allograft perfusion in recipients with stable allograft function and acute decrease in allograft function using nonenhanced flow-sensitive alternating inversion recovery (FAIR)-TrueFISP arterial spin labeling (ASL) MR imaging. Following approval of the local ethics committee, 20 renal allograft recipients were included in this study. ASL perfusion measurement and an anatomical T2-weighted single-shot fast spin-echo (HASTE) sequence were performed on a 1.5-T scanner (Magnetom Avanto, Siemens, Erlangen, Germany). T2-weighted MR urography was performed in patients with suspected ureteral obstruction. Patients were assigned to three groups: group a, 6 patients with stable allograft function over the previous 4 months; group b, 7 patients with good allograft function who underwent transplantation during the previous 3 weeks; group c, 7 allograft recipients with an acute deterioration of renal function. Mean cortical perfusion values were 304.8 {+-} 34.4, 296.5 {+-} 44.1, and 181.9 {+-} 53.4 mg/100 ml/min for groups a, b and c, respectively. Reduction in cortical perfusion in group c was statistically significant. Our results indicate that ASL is a promising technique for nonenhanced quantification of cortical perfusion of renal allografts. Further studies are required to determine the clinical value of ASL for monitoring renal allograft recipients. (orig.)

  13. 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)


    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)

  14. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. (United States)

    Di Nisio, Marcello; van Es, Nick; Büller, Harry R


    Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, collectively referred to as venous thromboembolism, constitute a major global burden of disease. The diagnostic work-up of suspected deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism includes the sequential application of a clinical decision rule and D-dimer testing. Imaging and anticoagulation can be safely withheld in patients who are unlikely to have venous thromboembolism and have a normal D-dimer. All other patients should undergo ultrasonography in case of suspected deep vein thrombosis and CT in case of suspected pulmonary embolism. Direct oral anticoagulants are first-line treatment options for venous thromboembolism because they are associated with a lower risk of bleeding than vitamin K antagonists and are easier to use. Use of thrombolysis should be limited to pulmonary embolism associated with haemodynamic instability. Anticoagulant treatment should be continued for at least 3 months to prevent early recurrences. When venous thromboembolism is unprovoked or secondary to persistent risk factors, extended treatment beyond this period should be considered when the risk of recurrence outweighs the risk of major bleeding. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Extensive deep vein thrombosis following prolonged gaming ('gamer's thrombosis'): a case report. (United States)

    Chang, Hsien-Cheng Leon; Burbridge, Hayley; Wong, Conroy


    The average time spent playing video games is increasing. Prolonged immobility associated with gaming may therefore be an important risk factor for venous thromboembolism. We report a case of deep vein thrombosis associated with prolonged playing of PlayStation® games. A 31-year-old Caucasian man, an exterior painter, presented with a three-day history of left leg pain and swelling after playing PlayStation® games for almost eight hours a day for four consecutive days. Doppler ultrasound of the left leg confirmed extensive left leg deep venous thrombosis requiring thrombolysis and anticoagulation. Video gaming should be considered a risk factor for venous thromboembolism. Further studies are needed to estimate the degree of risk associated with prolonged periods of playing video games, and education for preventing venous thrombosis should be provided to gamers.

  16. Platelet extracellular vesicles as biomarkers for arterial thrombosis. (United States)

    Gasecka, Aleksandra; Böing, Anita N; Filipiak, Krzysztof J; Nieuwland, Rienk


    Arterial thrombosis is a major and global cause of human death and disability. Considering the socioeconomic costs of arterial thrombosis, identification of biomarkers to predict and detect arterial thrombosis at an early stage is an important public health goal. Platelet extracellular vesicles (PEV) are a new candidate biomarker of arterial thrombosis. PEV can be measured in biorepositories, thereby offering the possibility to validate PEV in multicenter clinical trials. PEV analysis has been hitherto hampered by lack of standardized methodology, but substantial technological improvements of PEV detection techniques have been achieved recently. However, before PEV emerge from research tools to clinical applications, a number of issues should be clarified. To facilitate validation of PEV as biomarkers of thrombosis, we discuss (i) whether PEV are useful as biomarkers of thrombosis, (ii) why previous conclusions on PEV concentrations, composition and functions require re-evaluation, and (iii) which questions have to be answered before PEV become clinically useful.

  17. Disseminated intravascular and intracardiac thrombosis after cardiopulmonary bypass

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    Deepak K Tempe


    Full Text Available Massive intracardiac and intravascular thrombosis is a rare complication following cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB. Most of the cases of the disseminated thrombosis have been reported in patients undergoing complex cardiac surgeries and those receiving antifibrinolytic agents during CPB. We report the occurrence of disseminated intravascular and intracardiac thrombosis after CPB in a patient undergoing mitral valve replacement in which no antifibrinolytic agent was used. The possible pathophysiology and management of the patient is discussed.

  18. Allografts with autogenous platelet-rich plasma for tibial defect reconstruction: a rabbit study. (United States)

    Nather, Aziz; Wong, Keng Lin; David, Vikram; Pereira, Barry P


    To evaluate the effect of autogenous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for fresh-frozen allografts in tibial defect reconstruction in rabbits. 40 adult New Zealand white rabbits underwent tibial defect reconstruction with autografts (n=12), allografts without PRP (n=12), or allografts with PRP (n=12) and were observed for 12, 16, and 24 weeks (4 for each period). Tibias of the remaining 4 rabbits were used as donor allografts, and the remaining allografts were procured from recipient rabbits. A 1.5- cm cortical segment of the tibia was osteotomised, and then fixed with a 9-hole mini-compression plate and 2 cerclage wires. Allografts were stripped off the periosteum and soft tissues and medullary contents, and then stored in a freezer at -80 ºC. All allografts were deep frozen for at least 4 weeks before transplantation. 7 ml of whole blood was drawn to prepare 1 ml of PRP. The PRP was then mixed with 1.0 ml of human thrombin to form a platelet gel. The PRP gel was then packed into the medullary canal of the allograft and applied on the cortical surface before tibial defect reconstruction. Rabbits were sacrificed at 12, 16, and 24 weeks. The specimens were assessed for bone union at host-graft junctions and for bone resorption, new bone formation, callus encasement, and viable osteocyte counts. There were 4 specimens in each group at each observation period. Osteoid bridging the gap at host-graft junctions was noted in all specimens in the autograft and allograft-with-PRP groups at week 12 and in the allograft-without-PRP group at week 24. Bone union in allografts without PRP was delayed. All indices for biological incorporation (resorption index, new bone formation index, callus encasement index, and viable osteocyte count) were significantly greater in the autograft than allograft-without-PRP groups, except for the resorption index at week 24, whereas the differences were not significant between the autograft and allograft-with-PRP groups. The differences between the 2

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

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    D. Swaminath


    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. Prevalence of antiphospholipid antibodies in Syrian patients with thrombosis. (United States)

    Deeb, Ali; Hamdoun, Said; Dababo, Khaled


    Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) are a heterogeneous family of antibodies associated with thrombosis and other complications. To study the prevalence of aPL in patients with thrombosis at Aleppo University Hospitals, Syria. One hundred and fifty-seven patients with venous and arterial thrombosis and 63 healthy controls were studied. Anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) and Lupus anticoagulant (LA) were determined. Thirty-four out of 157 (21.7%) patients with thrombosis had some type of aPL. aPL was also found in four healthy subjects (4/63=6.3%). Eighteen patients (11.5%) were positive for LA, 20 (12.7%) for aCL antibodies and 4 (2.6%) were positive for more than one aPL. Patients without risk factors for thrombosis and having positive aPL were 23/34 (67.7%). Fourteen out of 78 (17.9%) patients with arterial thrombosis, and 20/79 (25.3%) with venous thrombosis were positive for at least one aPL. Our study showed a significant prevalence of aPL in patients with thrombosis. It seems that aPL is a risk factor for venous and arterial thrombosis, especially in patients with no conventional risk factors.

  1. The renal arterial resistive index and stage of chronic kidney disease in patients with renal allograft

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    Winther, Stine O; Thiesson, Helle C; Poulsen, Lene N


    The study investigated the optimal threshold value of renal arterial resistive index as assessed by Doppler ultrasonography determining chronic kidney disease stage 4 or higher in patients with renal allograft.......The study investigated the optimal threshold value of renal arterial resistive index as assessed by Doppler ultrasonography determining chronic kidney disease stage 4 or higher in patients with renal allograft....

  2. Scapular allograft reconstruction after total scapulectomy: surgical technique and functional results

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    Capanna, R.; Totti, F.; Geest, I.C.M. van der; Muller, D.A.


    HYPOTHESIS: Scapular allograft reconstruction after total scapulectomy preserving the rotator cuff muscles is an oncologically safe procedure and results in good functional outcome with a low complication rate. METHODS: The data of 6 patients who underwent scapular allograft reconstruction after a

  3. No effect of platelet-rich plasma with frozen or processed bone allograft around noncemented implants

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    Jensen, T B; Rahbek, O; Overgaard, S


    We compared processed morselized bone allograft with fresh-frozen bone graft around noncemented titanium implants. Also, the influence of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in combination with bone allograft was evaluated. Analysis was based on implant fixation and histomorphometry. PRP was prepared...

  4. Intestinal Graft Failure: Should We Perform the Allograft Enterectomy Before or With Retransplantation? (United States)

    Nagai, Shunji; Mangus, Richard S; Anderson, Eve; Ekser, Burcin; Kubal, Chandrashekhar A; Fridell, Jonathan A; Tector, A Joseph


    Intestinal graft dysfunction is sometimes irreversible and requires allograft enterectomy with or without retransplantation. There is no comprehensive assessment of allograft enterectomy regarding indications and outcomes. The aim of this study was to evaluate management of patients with intestinal graft failure with special reference to indications and outcomes of allograft enterectomy and the procedure's validity as a bridge to retransplantation. Graft and patient survivals, reason for graft failure, and rejection episodes were evaluated in 221 intestinal recipients (primary transplantation [n = 201], retransplantation [n = 20]). Indications, surgical factors, and outcomes of allograft enterectomy were investigated. Reasons for isolated enterectomy included systemic infection in 11, gastrointestinal bleeding in 1, and severe electrolyte imbalance in 1, all of which were associated with rejection. One isolated intestinal transplantation patient underwent isolated enterectomy due to cytomegalovirus enteritis. One multivisceral transplantation patient underwent isolated allograft enterectomy due to bowel necrosis. Of these 15 patients, 3 died from persistent infection postoperatively, whereas 8 underwent retransplantation with median interval of 74 days (42-252 days). Allosensitization occurred between isolated enterectomy and retransplantation in 2, one of whom lost the second graft due to rejection. Simultaneous allograft enterectomy and retransplantation was performed in 3 isolated intestinal transplantation and 9 multivisceral transplantation patients. Patient survival after retransplantation was similar between patients who underwent isolated allograft enterectomy and those who did simultaneous enterectomy with retransplantation (P = 0.82). In cases of irreversible intestinal graft dysfunction, isolated allograft enterectomy successfully provides recovery from comorbidities as a lifesaving procedure and does not compromise outcomes of retransplantation.


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    In a previous study we found that a local immune response did not develop in the bronchus-associated lymphoid tissue (BALT) of infected rat allografts. We hypothesized that the BALT in rat lung allografts was damaged after allotransplantation. Therefore, we investigated three prerequisites for a

  6. International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis core curriculum project: core competencies in clinical thrombosis and hemostasis

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    McLintock, C.; Pabinger, I.; Bauer, K. A.; Laffan, M.; Angchaisuksiri, P.; Rezende, S. M.; Middeldorp, S.; Ross, M.


    Essentials The priority of ISTH was to establish a global core curriculum in thrombosis and hemostasis. International survey to determine competencies required for clinical specialists was carried out in the field. Competency framework provides a reference point for mapping and developing regional

  7. [The genetics of thrombosis in cancer]. (United States)

    Soria, José Manuel; López, Sonia


    Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a multifactorial and complex disease in which the interaction of genetic factors (estimated at 60%) and environmental factors (e.g., the use of oral contraceptives, pregnancy, immobility and cancer) determine the risk of thrombosis for each individual. In particular, the association between thrombosis and cancer is well established. Approximately 20% of patients with cancer develop a thromboembolic event over the course of the natural history of the tumor process, with thrombosis being the second leading cause of death for these patients. One of the greatest challenges currently facing the field of oncology is the identification of patients at high risk of VTE who can benefit from thromboprophylaxis. Currently, there is a VTE risk prediction model for patients with cancer (the Khorana risk score); however, its ability to identify patients at high risk is very low. It is important to note that this score, which is based on five clinical parameters, ignores the genetic variability associated with VTE risk. In this article, we present the preliminary results of the Oncothromb study, whose objective is to develop an individual VTE risk prediction model for patients with cancer who are treated with outpatient chemotherapy. Our model includes the clinical and genetic data on each patient (Thrombo inCode(®) genetic profile). Only by integrating multiple layers of biological information (clinical, plasmatic and genetic) we could obtain models that provide accurate information as to which patients are at high risk of developing a thromboembolic event associated with cancer so as to take appropriate prophylactic measures. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  8. [Association between venous thrombosis and dyslipidemia]. (United States)

    García Raso, Aránzazu; Ene, Gabriela; Miranda, Carolina; Vidal, Rosa; Mata, Raquel; Llamas Sillero, M Pilar


    Venous and arterial thrombosis, despite being historically considered as distinct conditions, share certain risk factors. Dyslipidemia is a clinical condition with a relatively high prevalence in the population and has been associated with an increased thrombotic risk. Lipids and lipoproteins modulate the expression and/or function of thrombotic, fibrinolytic and rheological factors. We have developed a descriptive, retrospective, comparative, cross-sectional study including a group of 313 patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE). We collected basic demographic data, cardiovascular risk factors and thrombotic complications. All patients were subjected to a lipid profile study with determination of total cholesterol, high density lipoprotein cholesterol (cHDL), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (cLDL) and triglycerides. The multivariable analysis showed that dyslipidemia was a risk factor for VTE (odds ratio [OR] 3.87, 95% confidence interval [95% CI] 2.72-5.56; P<.0001). Of a total of 313 patients included in the study, 31% (n=97) had a recurrent thrombotic event and 23% (n=72) developed post-thrombotic syndrome. cHDL levels below 35 mg/dl and cLDL levels higher than 180 mg/dl represented risk factors for the development of recurrent thrombosis, OR 3.12 (95% CI 1.35-7.74; P=.008) and OR 2.35 (95% CI 1.24-4.45; P=.008), respectively, and post-thrombotic syndrome, OR 3.44 (95% CI 1.43-8.83; P=.005) and OR 2.35 (95% CI 1.24-4.45; P=.008). Our study confirmed the association between dyslipidemia and VTE and showed a risk of thrombosis nearly 4 times higher in individuals with this disease. In addition, alterations in the lipid profile were also related to a higher prevalence of thrombotic complications, recurrence and post-thrombotic syndrome. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  9. Portal vein thrombosis in patients with cirrhosis (United States)

    von Köckritz, Leona; De Gottardi, Andrea; Praktiknjo, Michael


    Abstract Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is frequent in patients with liver cirrhosis and possible severe complications such as mesenteric ischemia are rare, but can be life-threatening. However, different aspects of clinical relevance, diagnosis and management of PVT are still areas of uncertainty and investigation in international guidelines. In this article, we elaborate on PVT classification, geographical differences in clinical presentation and standards of diagnosis, and briefly on the current pathophysiological understanding and risk factors. This review considers and highlights the pitfalls of the various treatment approaches and prophylactic treatments. Finally, we review the controversial issue of clinical impact of PVT on prognosis, especially considering liver transplantation and future perspectives. PMID:28533912

  10. Left Ventricular Thrombosis in Ulcerative Colitis

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    Tarek Saleh


    Full Text Available Left ventricular thrombi usually occur in the setting of an acute myocardial infarction, left ventricular aneurysm, or dilated cardiomyopathy. In the absence of ventricular wall motion abnormalities, they are rare. This report describes a patient with ulcerative colitis in whom two-dimensional echocardiography revealed a left intraventricular mass. Thrombosis in ulcerative colitis is a serious condition and can occur in a very young population. This case also shows that left ventricular thrombi can occur in the active setting of ulcerative colitis.

  11. Intracardiac Thrombosis during Adult Liver Transplantation

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    Marina Moguilevitch


    Full Text Available Intracardiac thrombosis (ICT and pulmonary embolism (PE during adult liver transplantation are rare but potentially lethal complications. They are often overlooked because of significant diagnostic challenges. The combination of hemodynamic compromise and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE findings allows for correct diagnosis. A large variety of putative risk factors for ICT and PE have been suggested, but these events are considered to be multifactorial. There are different proposed treatment modalities for these devastating complications. Unfortunately, in spite of growing knowledge in this area, intraoperative and postoperative mortalities remain very high. The retrospective nature of the study of these events makes the case reports extremely valuable.

  12. Neutrophil mediated smooth muscle cell loss precedes allograft vasculopathy

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    Lee Timothy DG


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (AV is a pathological process of vascular remodeling leading to late graft loss following cardiac transplantation. While there is consensus that AV is alloimmune mediated, and evidence that the most important alloimmune target is medial smooth muscle cells (SMC, the role of the innate immune response in the initiation of this disease is still being elucidated. As ischemia reperfusion (IR injury plays a pivotal role in the initiation of AV, we hypothesize that IR enhances the early innate response to cardiac allografts. Methods Aortic transplants were performed between fully disparate mouse strains (C3H/HeJ and C57BL/6, in the presence of therapeutic levels of Cyclosporine A, as a model for cardiac AV. Neutrophils were depleted from some recipients using anti-PMN serum. Grafts were harvested at 1,2,3,5d and 1,2wk post-transplant. Ultrastructural integrity was examined by transmission electron microscopy. SMC and neutrophils were quantified from histological sections in a blinded manner. Results Grafts exposed to cold ischemia, but not transplanted, showed no medial SMC loss and normal ultrastructural integrity. In comparison, allografts harvested 1d post-transplant exhibited > 90% loss of SMC (p Conclusions These novel data show that there is extensive damage to medial SMC at 1d post-transplant. By depleting neutrophils from recipients it was demonstrated that a portion of the SMC loss was mediated by neutrophils. These results provide evidence that IR activation of early innate events contributes to the etiology of AV.

  13. Pubovaginal sling using cadaveric allograft fascia for the treatment of intrinsic sphincter deficiency. (United States)

    Wright, E J; Iselin, C E; Carr, L K; Webster, G D


    Pubovaginal sling is the definitive management of female stress urinary incontinence due to intrinsic sphincter deficiency. Customarily, autologous fascia has been used, although synthetic material has its proponents. Harvesting autologous fascia at surgery is associated with postoperative discomfort, and synthetic material has a history of infection and erosion. To assess whether allograft fascia is free from these drawbacks, we retrospectively compared the outcome of women undergoing pubovaginal sling using either autologous or cadaveric allograft fascia. We reviewed our experience during the last 28 months with patients treated with the pubovaginal sling for intrinsic sphincter deficiency. All patients underwent preoperative video urodynamics. The outcome was assessed using the SEAPI scoring system. Special attention was devoted to local sling tolerance. Operative time and length of hospital stay were compared between patients with allograft and autograft pubovaginal sling. A total of 92 women (mean age 60 years) underwent allograft (59) or autograft (33) pubovaginal sling. Preoperative parameters, such as percent of patients who had had previous incontinence surgery, mean leak point pressure and SEAPI incontinence score, were similar in both populations. Mean followup was 11.5 months (range 1 to 28) for the overall population. The SEAPI scoring system showed that patients were markedly improved, with no significant difference between the allograft and autograft groups. Allograft and autograft pubovaginal slings were equally well tolerated, and no infection or erosion was encountered. Mean operative time and hospital stay were significantly shorter when using allograft compared to autograft fascia. The success rates of allograft and autograft pubovaginal sling were equally high, and no complications related to the cadaveric origin of the allograft fascia were observed. Allograft pubovaginal sling was well tolerated, and its use significantly shortened operative

  14. [Reconstruction of periprosthetic fractures of hip with cortical bone plates allografts]. (United States)

    Zhou, Zong-ke; Pei, Fu-xing; Tu, Chong-qi; Yang, Jing; Shen, Bin; Liu, Lei; Fatou, Camara-yagouba


    To observe clinical results for reconstruction of periprosthetic fractures of hip with cortical bone plates allografts by deep-freezing and ethylene oxide treatment. Seven patients with periprosthetic fractures of hip underwent cortical bone plates allografts by deep-freezing at -70 degrees C after being treatment of 48 degrees C ethylene oxide. And evaluate clinical outcome by examining T lymphocytes, Harris scores, X-rays photograph, and bone scintigraphy. There were not activity of immune rejection and infection in all patients. Harris scores of patients increased 21, 32, 40, 40 scores at 3, 6, 12, 24 months after surgery. T-lymphocytes, antibody and immunocomplex in blood was normal postoperation. X-ray film indicated that fracture was healed at 3 months and there was partially bone conjunction between allograft strut and host bone. There was incorporation of 85% allograft strut to host bone, and 15% allograft strut was partially absorbed at 12 months after surgery. The size of femur of host was added 3 mm to 5 mm, averaged 4.3 mm at 12 months postoperation. Density of 80% allograft plates was as same as host bone after remodeling and the absorbtion of 10% allograft plates stopped at 24 months after surgery. There was thick of nuclein in the area of allograft cortical bone plates by bone scintigraphy examination at 3 months postoperation, and the thick of nuclein was stronger at 6, and 12 months after surgery. Allograft cortical bone plates by deep frozen at -70 degrees C after being treatment of 48 degrees C ethylene oxide is suitable for mechanical fixation and biological bone transplantation, and it can increase bone reservation, augment strength of femur once the allograft strut incorporates to host bone, and avoid removing metal implant in second operation when being applied into reconstruction femoral fracture in joint replacement.

  15. Doppler Ultrasonography Findings During Recovery Period of Transplanted Kidney After Infarction and Necrosis Due to Renal Vein Thrombosis: A Case Report. (United States)

    Ulu Ozturk, Funda; Uslu, Nihal; Yilmaz Akcay, Eda; Haberal, Mehmet


    A 47-year-old male patient underwent living-related renal transplant. On day 3 posttransplant, without evidence of associated clinical symptoms, the patient's serum creatinine levels had increased. The patient was given immunosuppressive medication, and a followup Doppler ultrasonography revealed hypoechoic areas in the inferior pole of the renal parenchyma. Eventually, on day 25, there was no perfusion in the superior and inferior poles of the transplanted kidney. No venous flow was shown in the middle segment, and only arterial vascularization with a high resistive index and negative diastolic phase was observed. Renal biopsy showed acute humoral rejection. This was interpreted as venous thrombosis secondary to acute humoral rejection. Tissue plasminogen activator infusion, plasmapheresis, and hemodialysis were administered. After 1.5 months, arterial flow returned to its normal pattern and the renal allograft recovered by gaining back its full vascularity at the end of month 8.

  16. A retrospective analysis of patients treated for superficial vein thrombosis

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    Wichers, I. M.; Haighton, M.; Büller, H. R.; Middeldorp, S.


    Introduction: The absolute risk of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) as well as extension and/or recurrence in superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) of the leg is considerable and underestimated. We retrospectively evaluated therapeutic management, thrombophilic risk factors and

  17. Ovarian vein thrombosis | Jenayah | Pan African Medical Journal

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    Ovarian vein thrombosis (OVT) is a rare cause of abdominal pain that may mimic a surgical abdomen. It is most often diagnosed during the postpartum period. In this report, we present four cases of postoperative ovarian vein thrombosis .The complications of OVT can be significant, and the diagnosis relies on a careful ...

  18. Thrombin Avtivable Fibrinolysis Inhibitor in Venous and Arterial Thrombosis

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    E.L.E. de Bruijne


    textabstractVenous and arterial thromboses are major causes of morbidity and mortality. Venous thrombosis is the result of pathological occlusive clot formation in the veins. It occurs mainly in the deep veins of the leg (deep vein thrombosis), from which parts of the clot frequently embolize to the

  19. [The fibrinolytic treatment with urokinase of acute arterial thrombosis]. (United States)

    Ballester, A; Donato di Paola, M; Saccà, A; Cappello, I; D'Addato, M


    We present our experiences on 86 patients with acute arterial thrombosis of the legs, undergoing a fibrinolytic treatment with urokinase. Results from the treatment are analyzed according to: the administration way (systemic, locoregional, intrathrombotic), the level of thrombosis (upper or lower legs), the associated morbidity and mortality.

  20. Prolactin and Venous Thrombosis Indications for a Novel Risk Factor?

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    van Zaane, Bregje; Squizzato, Alessandro; Reuwer, Anne Q.; van Zanten, Anton P.; Twickler, Marcel T. B.; Dekkers, Olaf M.; Cannegieter, Suzanne C.; Büller, Harry R.; Gerdes, Victor E. A.; Brandjes, Dees P. M.


    Objective-Several acquired risk factors for venous thrombosis (VT) are associated with high prolactin levels. Our goal was to investigate VT risk for different levels of prolactin. Methods and Results-We used data of a case-control study on leg vein thrombosis conducted between September 1999 and

  1. Risk assessment of thrombosis associated with central venous catheter

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    Rooden, Cornelis Jan van


    Venous thrombosis is a well-known complication of central vein catheters (CVCs), which may cause serious morbidity and may result in potentially lethal complications such as pulmonary embolism. In this thesis the general risk of CVC related thrombosis has been assessed, i.e., what is the overall

  2. Mesenteric venous thrombosis in Uganda: a retrospective study of ...

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    Introduction: Mesenteric venous thrombosis is a rare but lethal form of mesenteric ischemia. Diagnosis before frank thrombosis and gangrene is a challenge. Documented experience in the East African region is scanty. This short series suggest renal dysfunction as a consequence of delayed diagnosis, intussusception as a ...

  3. HIV Associated Deep Vein Thrombosis: Case Reports from Jos ...

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    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has been reported to be 2-10 times commoner in HIV infected patients than in the general population. We report two cases of extensive unilateral deep vein thrombosis involving the lower limb in HIV infected patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Doppler ultrasound in the two ...

  4. Neurological Manifestations of Dural Sinus Thrombosis | Ali | Sudan ...

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    ... head ache, neck pain and stiffness were the frequent neurological symptoms. Papilledema was the commonest neurological finding. Saggital sinus thrombosis was found to be the major radiological finding and great majority of patients showed remarkable improvement with treatment. Conclusion: Dural sinus thrombosis ...

  5. Homocysteine and venous thrombosis : studies into risk and therapy

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    Willems, Huub Pieter Jan


    Homocysteine is a risk factor for venous thrombosis. Elevated concentrations can be treated with folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. The main study (chapter 9) in this thesis is a randomized placebo-controlled trial in which patients with a first event of deep-vein thrombosis or pulmonary

  6. Brucellosis and thrombosis of the inferior vena cava. (United States)

    Rüegger, Kristina; Tarr, Philip; Karatolios, Konstantinos; Humburg, Jörg; Hügli, Rolf; Jeanneret, Christina


    We describe the case of a 23-year old woman with a newly diagnosed thrombosis of the inferior vena cava associated with a Brucella melitensis infection. We suggest possible mechanisms leading to brucellosis-associated venous thrombosis and review 14 previously reported cases.

  7. Coagulation factor XI vaccination: an alternative strategy to prevent thrombosis. (United States)

    Zhong, C; Zhang, L; Chen, L; Deng, L; Li, R


    Essentials Coagulation Factor (F) XI is a safe target for the development of antithrombotics. We designed an antigen comprising the human FXI catalytic domain and diphtheria toxin T domain. Antigen immunization reduced plasma FXI activity by 54% and prevented thrombosis in mice. FXI vaccination can serve as an effective strategy for thrombosis prevention. Background Coagulation factor XI serves as a signal amplifier in the intrinsic coagulation pathway. Blockade of FXI by mAbs or small-molecule inhibitors inhibits thrombosis without causing severe bleeding, which is an inherent risk of currently available antithrombotic agents. Objectives To design an FXI vaccine and assess its efficacy in inhibiting FXI activity and preventing thrombosis. Methods An FXI antigen was generated by fusing the catalytic domain of human FXI to the C-terminus of the transmembrane domain of diphtheria toxin. The anti-FXI antibody response, plasma FXI activity and antithrombotic efficacy in mice immunized with the FXI antigen were examined. Results The antigen elicited a significant antibody response against mouse FXI, and reduced the plasma FXI activity by 54.0% in mice. FXI vaccination markedly reduced the levels of coagulation and inflammation in a mouse model of inferior vena cava stenosis. Significant protective effects were also observed in mouse models of venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Conclusions Our data demonstrate that FXI vaccination can serve as an effective strategy for thrombosis prevention. © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  8. Gender related issues in thrombosis and hemostasis. (United States)

    Hvas, Anne-Mette; Favaloro, Emmanuel J


    Many aspects of hemostasis, both primary and secondary, as well as fibrinolysis display sex differences. From a clinical viewpoint, certain differential phenotypic presentations clearly arise within various disorders of thrombosis and hemostasis. Areas covered: The present mini-review summarizes selected clinical entities where sex differences are reflected in both frequency and clinical presentation of hemostasis disorders. Sex differences are discussed within the settings of cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery disease and ischemic stroke, venous thromboembolism and inherited bleeding disorders. Moreover, pregnancy and labor present particular challenges in terms of increased thromboembolic and bleeding risk, and this is also summarized. Expert commentary: Available knowledge on sex differences in risk factors and clinical presentation of disorders within thrombosis and hemostasis is increasing. However, more evidence is needed to further clarify different risk factors and treatment effect in men and women, both as regards to cardiovascular disease and venous thromboembolism. This should facilitate improved gender guided risk stratification, and prevention and treatment of these diseases. Finally, risk assessment during pregnancy remains a challenge; this applies both to thromboembolic risk assessment during normal pregnancy and special care of women with inherited bleeding disorders during labor.

  9. The aetiology of deep venous thrombosis. (United States)

    Malone, P C; Agutter, P S


    Most ideas about the pathogenesis of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) are dominated by a 'consensus model' first articulated around 1962. This model invokes 'Virchow's triad' and attributes thrombogenesis in veins to some combination of 'hypercoagulability', 'stasis' and 'intimal injury'. This arose as a by-product of studies on the mechanisms of haemostasis and bleeding diatheses that were at best only indirectly relevant to thrombosis, and there are reasons for doubting the causal significance of 'hypercoagulability' and 'stasis' in the aetiology of DVT. Proponents of the consensus model make little reference to a substantial literature, mostly historical, that: (a) emphasizes the significance of the venous valve pockets (VVP) and blood rheology in DVT pathogenesis; and (b) describes morphological features specific to venous thrombi that a valid aetiological model must explain. This literature provides the basis for an alternative hypothesis of DVT aetiology, published some 30 years ago, which has been experimentally corroborated and is compatible with recent cell and molecular biological studies of the venous endothelium. We review this alternative hypothesis, considering its potential value for future research on DVT and embolism, and its significance for clinical practice.

  10. Increased venous thrombosis incidence in pregnancies after in vitro fertilization

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    Hansen, Anette Tarp; Kesmodel, U S; Juul, S


    STUDY QUESTION Is venous thrombosis risk increased in pregnancies after in vitro fertilization? SUMMARY ANSWER The venous thrombosis incidence was significantly increased in pregnancies after in vitro fertilization; especially in the first trimester and in the first 6 weeks post-partum. WHAT...... IS KNOWN ALREADY In vitro fertilization without pregnancy is not associated with increased venous thrombosis incidence. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION This national register-based cohort study covered the period from 1995 to 2005. PARTICIPANTS/MATERIALS, SETTING, METHODS All Danish pregnancies conceived...... by in vitro fertilization (n = 18 787) were included. Venous thrombosis incidence rates in pregnancies after in vitro fertilization were compared with venous thrombosis incidence rates in reference pregnancies, by calculating incidence rate ratios. MAIN RESULTS AND THE ROLE OF CHANCE In total, 48 cases were...

  11. Two cases of jugular vein thrombosis in severely burned patients

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    Full Text Available Hanghui Cen, Xiaojie HeDepartment of Burn, The Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University Medical College, Hangzhou, People’s Republic of ChinaAbstract: Here we present two cases of jugular vein thrombosis in burn patients, with diagnosis, risk factor analysis, and treatment approaches. Severely burned patients have high risk of deep vein thrombosis occurrence due to multiple surgeries. The deep vein catheter should be carefully performed. Once deep vein thrombosis is detected, a wide ultrasonography helps to find other thrombosis sites. During the acute phase, low molecular weight heparin can be used. Upon long-term anti-thrombosis treatment, combined use of herbal medicine during rehabilitation is helpful.Keywords: burn, heparin, combined treatment

  12. Association of varicosities and concomitant deep venous thrombosis in patients with superficial venous thrombosis, a systematic review

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    Baggen, Vivan J M; Chung, Kaman; Koole, Koos; Sarneel, Michelle H J; Rutten, Frans H|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/189152753; Hajer, Gideon R


    BACKGROUND: In patients with superficial venous thrombosis (SVT) co-existence of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) can be present. Varicosities are considered as a risk factor for both SVT and DVT separately. However, current evidence is contradictory whether varicosities are associated with an increased

  13. Fresh osteochondral allografts-procurement and tissue donation in Europe. (United States)

    Schmidt, S; Schulte, A; Schwarz, S; Hofmann, N; Tietz, S; Boergel, M; Sixt, S U


    Fresh osteochondral allografts are a well-established treatment for large, full-thickness cartilage defects. The clinical outcome for carefully selected patients is very favorable, especially for the young and active and graft survival up to 25 years has been described in the literature. Furthermore, a high patient satisfaction rate has been reported, but the biggest obstacle to overcome is the availability of tissue for transplantation. Large fresh bone allografts for cartilage damage repair only can be harvested from organ donors following organ removal or cadaveric donors, preferably in the setting of an operation room to minimize possible contamination of the tissue. Apart from the logistic challenges this entails, an experienced recovery team is needed. Furthermore, the public as well as medical staff is much less aware of the possibility and requirements of tissue donation than organ donation and families of deceased are rarely approached for bone and cartilage donation. This review aims to highlight the current situation of organ and tissue donation in Europe with special focus on the processing of bones and possible safety and quality concerns. We analyze what may prevent consent and what might be done to improve the situation of tissue donation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. T-cell exhaustion in allograft rejection and tolerance. (United States)

    Thorp, Edward B; Stehlik, Christian; Ansari, M Javeed


    The role of T-cell exhaustion in the failure of clearance of viral infections and tumors is well established. There are several ongoing trials to reverse T-cell exhaustion for treatment of chronic viral infections and tumors. The mechanisms leading to T-cell exhaustion and its role in transplantation, however, are only beginning to be appreciated and are the focus of the present review. Exhausted T cells exhibit a distinct molecular profile reflecting combinatorial mechanisms involving the interaction of multiple transcription factors important in control of cell metabolism, acquisition of effector function and memory capacity. Change of microenvironmental cues and limiting leukocyte recruitment can modulate T-cell exhaustion. Impaired leukocyte recruitment induces T-cell exhaustion and prevents allograft rejection. Preventing or reversing T-cell exhaustion may lead to prevention of transplant tolerance or triggering of rejection; therefore, caution should be exercised in the use of agents blocking inhibitory receptors for the treatment of chronic viral infections or tumors in transplant recipients. Further definition of the role of T-cell exhaustion in clinical transplantation and an understanding of the mechanisms of induction of T-cell exhaustion are needed to develop strategies for preventing allograft rejection and induction of tolerance.

  15. [Skin manifestations in adults with a liver allograft]. (United States)

    Daza, Francisca; Poniachik, Jaime; Zemelman, Viviana; Ibarra, José; Espinoza, Miguel; Castillo, Jaime; Cardemil, Gonzalo; Díaz, Juan Carlos; Saure, Alexandre; Lembach, Hans; Calderón, Perla


    Skin manifestations after liver transplantation are increasing due to long term immunosuppressive therapy along with an increase in patient survival. Several studies have reported dermatologic complications following renal transplant, but few have studied dermatologic problems after liver transplantation. To describe the different types of cutaneous lesions encountered in adults receiving a liver allograft. To evaluate the frequency of cutaneous manifestations of patients in the liver transplant waiting list. Eighty patients submitted to a liver transplant and 70 patients in the liver transplant waiting list were evaluated with a complete dermatological physical examination. Sixty one percent of patients with a liver allograft had at least one skin manifestation. Of these, 34% had superficial fungal infections, 31% had viral infections, 20% had cutaneous side effects due to immunosuppressive treatment, 10% had malignant lesions, 2% had bacterial infections and one patient had a graft versus host disease. Only 28% of patients in the liver transplant waiting list had dermatologic problems, and the vast majority were lesions linked to liver cirrhosis. Cutaneous infections were the most common skin problems in liver transplant patients. Although neoplastic lesions are the most commonly mentioned lesions in the literature, only a 10% of our liver transplant patients presented these type of lesions.

  16. The composition of the microbiota modulates allograft rejection. (United States)

    Lei, Yuk Man; Chen, Luqiu; Wang, Ying; Stefka, Andrew T; Molinero, Luciana L; Theriault, Betty; Aquino-Michaels, Keston; Sivan, Ayelet S; Nagler, Cathryn R; Gajewski, Thomas F; Chong, Anita S; Bartman, Caroline; Alegre, Maria-Luisa


    Transplantation is the only cure for end-stage organ failure, but without immunosuppression, T cells rapidly reject allografts. While genetic disparities between donor and recipient are major determinants of the kinetics of transplant rejection, little is known about the contribution of environmental factors. Because colonized organs have worse transplant outcome than sterile organs, we tested the influence of host and donor microbiota on skin transplant rejection. Compared with untreated conventional mice, pretreatment of donors and recipients with broad-spectrum antibiotics (Abx) or use of germ-free (GF) donors and recipients resulted in prolonged survival of minor antigen-mismatched skin grafts. Increased graft survival correlated with reduced type I IFN signaling in antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and decreased priming of alloreactive T cells. Colonization of GF mice with fecal material from untreated conventional mice, but not from Abx-pretreated mice, enhanced the ability of APCs to prime alloreactive T cells and accelerated graft rejection, suggesting that alloimmunity is modulated by the composition of microbiota rather than the quantity of bacteria. Abx pretreatment of conventional mice also delayed rejection of major antigen-mismatched skin and MHC class II-mismatched cardiac allografts. This study demonstrates that Abx pretreatment prolongs graft survival, suggesting that targeting microbial constituents is a potential therapeutic strategy for enhancing graft acceptance.

  17. Prostate Cancer Metastatic to the Renal Allograft: A Case Report. (United States)

    Alaini, A; Singh, P; Shah, R; Fischer, E; Ganta, K; Barrett, T; Servilla, K

    Malignancy is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in organ transplant recipients who receive immunosuppression. Cancers associated with viruses such as nonmelanotic skin cancer and Kaposi sarcoma occur in allograft recipients at rates that far exceed that in the general population. The increased risk and tumor type may depend not only on degree of immune system modulation but also on the type of organ transplanted. In kidney transplant recipients, the risk of cancers such as prostate and breast does not seem to be increased. However, these cancers tend to be advanced and aggressive. The management of these cancers is similar to the general population with the additional consideration for reduction in immunosuppression and conversion to sirolimus. Given the increased survival of both transplanted organs as well as organ recipients along with the increased number of older recipients, the diagnosis of prostate cancer in the older male organ recipient is increasing. The long-term outcomes using current treatment guidelines for prostate cancer in these individuals are not clear. We report a case of known localized prostate cancer in a renal transplant recipient presenting with metastasis diagnosed as tumor infiltration of the allograft. Our patient, upon initial diagnosis of cancer, opted for radiation with eventual androgen-deprivation therapy. This unusual site of prostate cancer spread heightens the need for awareness among providers as well as the need for further studies of the outcomes in these patients undergoing treatments designed using guidelines developed for those with normally functioning immunity. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  18. Application of Ultrasound Elastography for Chronic Allograft Dysfunction in Kidney Transplantation. (United States)

    Wang, Zijie; Yang, Haiwei; Suo, Chuanjian; Wei, Jifu; Tan, Ruoyun; Gu, Min


    Interstitial fibrosis is the main characteristic of chronic allograft dysfunction, which remains the key factor affecting long-term allograft survival after kidney transplantation. Ultrasound elastography (UE), including real-time elastography, transient elastography, and acoustic radiation force impulse, has been applied widely in breast, thyroid, and liver diseases, especially in the assessment of liver fibrosis. Recently, numerous studies have reported the efficacy of UE methods in evaluating renal allograft fibrosis. This review aims to investigate the clinical applications, limitations, and future roles of UE in current clinical practice in light of changing management paradigms. In current clinical practice, UE methods, especially transient elastographic measurement, appear to be useful for ruling out fibrosis but do not have sufficient accuracy to distinguish between various stages of allograft fibrosis. Moreover, there remain considerable issues to be solved for the application of UE in kidney transplantation. Thus, UE methods cannot replace the crucial role of renal allograft biopsy in the diagnosis and evaluation of allograft fibrosis in kidney transplantation. Perhaps UE methods could be of more importance in the long-term observation and evaluation of allograft fibrosis during follow-up. © 2017 by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

  19. Anterior cruciate ligament allograft surgery: underreporting of graft source, graft processing, and donor age. (United States)

    Sikka, Robby S; Narvy, Steven J; Vangsness, C Thomas


    There has been much controversy regarding the effects of sterilization techniques and graft history on the structural integrity of allograft ligaments used in reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament. The purpose of this review was to comprehensively examine anterior cruciate ligament allograft studies published in the last decade to evaluate the extent to which tissue source, tissue processing techniques, and donor age are reported. The authors reviewed 202 articles published from 1999 through November 2009, of which 68 retrospective, prospective, biomechanical, and histology studies evaluating 4689 allografts were included. The majority of studies do not accurately report key elements of graft history including tissue bank, processing or sterilization technique, or donor age. Underreporting was particularly prominent in clinical studies as compared with basic science studies. Limited reporting of allograft processing, allograft source, and donor age raises serious questions regarding the generalizability of published studies of allograft tissue for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Conclusion/ Orthopaedic surgeons who use allograft tissue must understand the tissue treatments being used (ie, preservation methods, chemical and sterilization processes) to best inform their patients regarding the risks, benefits, and long-term outcomes when such tissues are used. A complete understanding of the implanted tissue, as well as surgeon and recipient demographics, is necessary to ensure appropriate and predictable long-term outcomes.

  20. Long-Term Results of Reconstruction with Pelvic Allografts after Wide Resection of Pelvic Sarcomas

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    Mehmet Ayvaz


    Full Text Available Reconstruction after the resection of a pelvic tumor is a challenging procedure in orthopedic oncology. The main advantage of allograft reconstruction is restoration of the bony architecture of the complex pelvic region. However, high complication rates such as infection and allograft resorption had been reported in the literature. In this study, we aimed to retrospectively review nine patients treated with pelvic resection and structural pelvic allograft reconstruction. Functional results, complications, and survival of the patients and the allografts were evaluated. At a mean follow-up of 79 months, three patients were dead. Major complications were detected in eight of the nine patients. Infection (four of the nine patients and allograft resorption (three of the nine patients were the most common causes of failure. The cumulative survival of the patients was 66.7 percent at 70 months. However, allograft survival was only 26.7 percent at 60 months. Mean MSTS score was 69. In conclusion, we suggest that other reconstruction options should be preferred after pelvic resections because of the high complication rates associated with massive allograft reconstruction.

  1. Adenovirus-mediated overexpression of glutathione-s-transferase mitigates transplant arteriosclerosis in rabbit carotid allografts. (United States)

    Xu, Ya; Gong, Bin; Yang, Yongzhen; Awasthi, Yogesh C; Boor, Paul J


    Cardiac transplant arteriosclerosis or cardiac allograft vasculopathy remains the leading cause of graft failure and patient death in heart transplant recipients. Endothelial cell injury is crucial in the development of human atherosclerosis and may play a role in allograft vasculopathy. Glutathione-S-transferase (GST) is known to protect endothelial cells from damage by oxidants and toxins. However, the contribution of human GST A4-4 (hGSTA4-4) to vascular cell injury and consequent transplant arteriosclerosis is unknown. A recombinant adenoviral vector containing hGSTA4-4 gene was constructed and delivered to vascular endothelial cells in an in vivo rabbit carotid artery transplant model. Forty-five days after transplantation, allografts were harvested (n=28). Blood flow was measured by ultrasonography. In addition, grafts were analyzed by histology, morphometry, immunostaining, and western blot. The severity of arteriosclerosis in hGSTA4-4 transduced allografts was compared with control by measuring degree of stenosis by neointima. Decrease in blood flow in hGSTA4-4 transduced allografts was significantly less than control allografts, which also developed greater intimal thickening and stenosis than hGSTA4-4 transduced allografts in the proximal and distal regions of the graft. Leukocyte and macrophage infiltration was reduced in hGSTA4-4 transduced carotid arteries. Our data indicate that hGSTA4-4 overexpression protects the integrity of vessel wall from oxidative injury, and attenuates transplant arteriosclerosis.

  2. Host-Based Th2 Cell Therapy for Prolongation of Cardiac Allograft Viability (United States)

    Foley, Jason E.; Costanzo, Carliann M.; Sennesh, Joel D.; Solomon, Michael A.; Fowler, Daniel H.


    Donor T cell transfusion, which is a long-standing approach to prevent allograft rejection, operates indirectly by alteration of host T cell immunity. We therefore hypothesized that adoptive transfer of immune regulatory host Th2 cells would represent a novel intervention to enhance cardiac allograft survival. Using a well-described rat cardiac transplant model, we first developed a method for ex vivo manufacture of rat host-type Th2 cells in rapamycin, with subsequent injection of such Th2.R cells prior to class I and class II disparate cardiac allografting. Second, we determined whether Th2.R cell transfer polarized host immunity towards a Th2 phenotype. And third, we evaluated whether Th2.R cell therapy prolonged allograft viability when used alone or in combination with a short-course of cyclosporine (CSA) therapy. We found that host-type Th2.R cell therapy prior to cardiac allografting: (1) reduced the frequency of activated T cells in secondary lymphoid organs; (2) shifted post-transplant cytokines towards a Th2 phenotype; and (3) prolonged allograft viability when used in combination with short-course CSA therapy. These results provide further support for the rationale to use “direct” host T cell therapy for prolongation of allograft viability as an alternative to “indirect” therapy mediated by donor T cell infusion. PMID:21559526

  3. Host-based Th2 cell therapy for prolongation of cardiac allograft viability.

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    Shoba Amarnath

    Full Text Available Donor T cell transfusion, which is a long-standing approach to prevent allograft rejection, operates indirectly by alteration of host T cell immunity. We therefore hypothesized that adoptive transfer of immune regulatory host Th2 cells would represent a novel intervention to enhance cardiac allograft survival. Using a well-described rat cardiac transplant model, we first developed a method for ex vivo manufacture of rat host-type Th2 cells in rapamycin, with subsequent injection of such Th2.R cells prior to class I and class II disparate cardiac allografting. Second, we determined whether Th2.R cell transfer polarized host immunity towards a Th2 phenotype. And third, we evaluated whether Th2.R cell therapy prolonged allograft viability when used alone or in combination with a short-course of cyclosporine (CSA therapy. We found that host-type Th2.R cell therapy prior to cardiac allografting: (1 reduced the frequency of activated T cells in secondary lymphoid organs; (2 shifted post-transplant cytokines towards a Th2 phenotype; and (3 prolonged allograft viability when used in combination with short-course CSA therapy. These results provide further support for the rationale to use "direct" host T cell therapy for prolongation of allograft viability as an alternative to "indirect" therapy mediated by donor T cell infusion.

  4. Sudden infant death syndrome, childhood thrombosis, and presence of genetic risk factors for thrombosis

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    Larsen, TB; Nørgaard-Pedersen, B; Lundemose, JB


    Sudden infant death syndrome or "cot death" has until the late eighties been a significant cause of death in children between the ages of 1 month and 1 year. Approximately two per 1000 children born alive dies of sudden infant death syndrome each year in Western Europe, North America, and Australia...... centers or their blood supply. The presence of three common point mutations seen in families with thrombophilia (1691G-->A in the coagulation factor V gene, 677C-->T in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene, and the 20210G-->A mutation in the prothrombin gene) could increase the risk for thrombosis......, the incidence of venous thromboembolism was 0.9 per 1000 per year in the background population, and less than one-thousandth of these were children. Consequently it is not likely that venous thrombosis is a major cause of sudden infant death syndrome. On the other hand, this does not exclude other known...

  5. Successful retransplantation of a kidney allograft affected by thrombotic microangiopathy into a second transplant recipient. (United States)

    Kamar, Nassim; Rischmann, Pascal; Guilbeau-Frugier, Céline; Sallusto, Federico; Khedis, Mehdi; Delisle, Marie-Bernadette; Noury, Didier; Fort, Marylise; Rostaing, Lionel


    The donor organ shortage has compelled transplant centers to use organs from nontraditional sources. One example is the reuse of a previously transplanted organ, such as a kidney or liver retrieved from a brain-dead allograft recipient. For the first time, we reused a previously transplanted kidney that experienced intractable recurrent thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) from a living allograft recipient. Within a few weeks posttransplantation, a deceased kidney allograft recipient developed intractable severe recurrent idiopathic TMA in the allograft despite intensive plasma exchanges and steroid and rituximab therapy. This required nephrectomy to cure TMA. The index recipient was believed to have a well-functioning allograft despite TMA (serum creatinine, 1.36 mg/dL [120 micromol/L]) and microalbuminuria with albumin of 1.2 g/dL [12 g/L]), and it appeared mildly damaged on biopsy examination. After donor and recipient informed consents were obtained and after approval of the French Agency of Biomedicine, the TMA allograft was reused and transplanted into a recipient whose original kidney disease was polycystic kidney disease. The retransplantation was uneventful, and at 6 months posttransplantation, the ultimate recipient's serum creatinine level was 1.06 mg/L (97 micromol/L) and albuminuria was 0.5 g/dL (5 g/L). A routine kidney biopsy showed mild glomerular lesions. After allograft nephrectomy, the donor's hematologic TMA symptoms dissipated within 10 days. We conclude that a kidney allograft with TMA recurrence can be successfully retransplanted into another recipient with excellent kidney function while still curing the first recipient of recurrent TMA. This might increase the number of kidney allografts from extended criteria donors.

  6. Recently Identified Factors that Regulate Hemostasis and Thrombosis (United States)

    Geddings, Julia E; Mackman, Nigel


    The blood coagulation cascade is essential for hemostasis but excessive activation can cause thrombosis. Importantly, recent studies have identified factors that contribute to thrombosis but not hemostasis. These include factor XII (FXII), tissue factor-positive microparticles (MPs) and neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). Recent studies have shown that FXII plays a role in thrombosis but not hemostasis. FXII is activated in vivo by a variety of negatively-charged polyphosphates, which include extracellular RNA, DNA and inorganic polyphosphate (PolyP) that are released during cell damage and infection. These findings have triggered the development of nucleic acid-binding polymers as a new class of anticoagulant drug. Other studies have analyzed the role of MPs in experimental thrombosis. MPs are small membrane vesicles released from activated or apoptotic cells. We and others have found that tissue factor-positive MPs enhance thrombosis in mouse models and are elevated in the plasma of pancreatic cancer patients. Finally, NETs have been shown to contribute to experimental venous thrombosis in mouse models and are present in human thrombi. NETs are composed of chromatin fibers that are released from neutrophils undergoing cell death. NETs can capture platelets and increase fibrin deposition. The recent advances in our understanding of the factors contributing to thrombosis in animal models provide new opportunities for the development of safer anticoagulant drugs. PMID:24573314

  7. Propagation of thrombosis by neutrophils and extracellular nucleosome networks. (United States)

    Pfeiler, Susanne; Stark, Konstantin; Massberg, Steffen; Engelmann, Bernd


    Neutrophils, early mediators of the innate immune defense, are recruited to developing thrombi in different types of thrombosis. They amplify intravascular coagulation by stimulating the tissue factor-dependent extrinsic pathway via inactivation of endogenous anticoagulants, enhancing factor XII activation or decreasing plasmin generation. Neutrophil-dependent prothrombotic mechanisms are supported by the externalization of decondensed nucleosomes and granule proteins that together form neutrophil extracellular traps. These traps, either in intact or fragmented form, are causally involved in various forms of experimental thrombosis as first indicated by their role in the enhancement of both microvascular thrombosis during bacterial infection and carotid artery thrombosis. Neutrophil extracellular traps can be induced by interactions of neutrophils with activated platelets; vice versa, these traps enhance adhesion of platelets via von Willebrand factor. Neutrophil-induced microvascular thrombus formation can restrict the dissemination and survival of blood-borne bacteria and thereby sustain intravascular immunity. Dysregulation of this innate immune pathway may support sepsis-associated coagulopathies. Notably, neutrophils and extracellular nucleosomes, together with platelets, critically promote fibrin formation during flow restriction-induced deep vein thrombosis. Neutrophil extracellular traps/extracellular nucleosomes are increased in thrombi and in the blood of patients with different vaso-occlusive pathologies and could be therapeutically targeted for the prevention of thrombosis. Thus, during infections and in response to blood vessel damage, neutrophils and externalized nucleosomes are major promoters of intravascular blood coagulation and thrombosis. Copyright© Ferrata Storti Foundation.

  8. Unsuspected lower extremity deep venous thrombosis simulating musculoskeletal pathology

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    Parellada, Antoni J.; Reiter, Sean B.; Glickman, Peter L.; Kloss, Linda A. [Frankford Hospitals, DII - Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., Department of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Morrison, William B. [Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Carrino, John A. [Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (United States); Patel, Pinecca [Frankford Hospitals, Jefferson Health System, Philadelphia, PA (United States)


    The purpose of this study was to highlight the critical role that MRI may play in diagnosing unsuspected lower extremity deep venous thrombosis and to stress the importance of scrutinizing MRI studies of the lower extremity showing apparently non-specific muscle edema for any evidence of intramuscular venous thrombosis. The imaging studies of four patients in whom deep venous thrombosis was unsuspected on clinical grounds, and first diagnosed on the basis of MRI findings, were reviewed by two musculoskeletal radiologists in consensus. In all four patients the initial clinical suspicion was within the scope of musculoskeletal injuries (gastrocnemius strain, n=3; ruptured Baker cyst, n=1), explaining the choice of MRI over ultrasound as the first diagnostic modality. All patients showed marked reactive edema in the surrounding soft tissues or muscles. Three patients showed MR evidence of branching rim-enhancing structures within intramuscular plexuses characteristic of venous thrombosis (gastrocnemius, n=1; sural, n=2); one patient showed a distended popliteal vein. Ultrasound was able to duplicate the MRI findings in three patients: one patient showed above-the-knee extension on ultrasound; neither of the two patients with intramuscular thrombosis demonstrated on ultrasound showed extension to the deep venous trunks. Intramuscular venous thrombosis can present as marked edema-like muscle changes on MRI, simulating primary musculoskeletal conditions. In the absence of clinical suspicion for deep venous thrombosis, only the identification of rim-enhancing branching intramuscular tubular structures will allow the correct diagnosis to be made. (orig.)

  9. Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis in a nephrotic child

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    Full Text Available Nephrotic syndrome in infancy and childhood is known to be associated with a hypercoagulable state and thromboembolic complications, but cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CST is a very rare and serious one, with only a few isolated reports in the literature. A case is presented of a 9-year-old boy with nephrotic syndrome that acutely developed signs and symptoms of intracranial hypertension syndrome. CST was diagnosed on cranial CT and MRI and he gradually recovered after treatment with anticoagulants. The diagnosis of CST should be considered in any patient with nephrotic syndrome who develops neurologic symptoms. The discussion of this case, coupled with a review of the literature, emphasizes that early diagnosis is essential for institution of anticoagulation therapy and a successful outcome. This report also illustrates the difficulties that may be encountered in managing such a patient.

  10. Thrombosis and bleeding in cancer patients

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    Full Text Available It is well recognized that thrombosis and bleeding are two major complications seen in cancer patients. Recent advances in both basic and clinical observations have enhanced our understanding of the pathogenesis of both phenomena. In this article, the significance of thrombotic complications is reviewed first. This is followed by a detailed discussion of the present day concept of thrombogenesis in cancer based on Virchow’s original triad of aberrant blood flow, loss of vascular integrity and altered blood components. While most cancer patients experience bleeding at some time during the course of their illness, there are special situations that increase bleeding diathesis. These include thrombocytopenia, endothelial injury, acquired hemophilia and adverse effects of drugs. Recognition of these factors will assit in the adoption of appropriate preventive and therapeutic measures.

  11. Intracardiac thrombosis in the Cape Mountain Zebra

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    Full Text Available The Cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra zebra is one of the rarest species of mammals in South Africa, and is threatened with extinction. At present there are less than 200 in existence, of which approximately 160 occur in the Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock. Because of the rarity of the species and the undesirable concentration of the majority in an area of only 6 536 ha, a post-mortem examination is performed, if possible, on all animals to establish cause of death with the purpose of preventing large-scale mortalities. This is done even if the carcass is in a fairly advanced state of decomposition. Amongst the examinations so performed were two zebra which were believed to have died as a result of intraventricular thrombosis. The rarity of this condition and of the Cape mountain zebra makes a report on these cases necessary.


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    Full Text Available Lateral sinus thrombosis (LST is usually occurs as a complication of middle ear infection .The involvement of lateral sinus during the course of ear infection was a well known complication in preantibiotic days .The decrease in the incidence of LST is due to the introduction of broad-spectrum antibiotics, early diagnosis and surgical treatment. Now, it is a rare complication of otitis media and poses a serious threat that warrants immediate medical and surgical treatment. The classical clinical picture is often changed by previous antibiotic therapy. An awareness of this rare potentially devastating condition and its varied presentations is necessary for early diagnosis and treatment. LST can also occur after head injury.

  13. A genetical approach to deep venous thrombosis

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    Full Text Available Deep venous thrombosis (DVT is a common disorderthat frequently occurs after surgical procedures andtrauma and in the presence of cancer or immobilizationconditions. However, it can also develop without any ofthese predisposing factors. This condition directs theresearcher’s enquiry to investigating the basis of organismalthrombotic predisposition. The common prothromboticgenetic mutations include factor V Leiden, factor IIG20210 A, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, prothrombinA20210, and factor XIII - VIII. Nevertheless, current studiessuggest that the thrombotic events are not connectedwith single gene deletion or homeostatic regulation is alsoaffected by other genetic risk factors. Complex interactionsof genetic mutations can be affects different levels ofthrombotic system or reinforce each other’s effects on homeostaticmechanisms. The analysis of literature, togetherwith the action mechanisms of the classic geneticalfactors and new suggestions, may contribute significantlyto our understanding of the genetic predisposition to venousthrombosis. J Clin Exp Invest 2012; 3(2: 303-306

  14. Diagnosis and treatment of superficial vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Bauersachs, R M


    Superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) is a common disease, characterized by an inflammatory-thrombotic process in a superficial vein. Typical clinical findings are pain and a warm, tender, reddish cord along the vein. Until recently, no reliable epidemiological data were available. The incidence is estimated to be higher than that of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) (1/1000). SVT shares many risk factors with DVT, but affects twice as many women than men and frequently occurs in varicose veins. Clinically, SVT extension is commonly underestimated, and patients may have asymptomatic DVT. Therefore, ultrasound assessment and exclusion of DVT is essential. Risk factors for concomitant DVT are recent hospitalization, immobilization, autoimmune disorders, age > 75 years, prior VTE, cancer and SVT in non-varicose veins. Even though most patients with isolated SVT (without concomitant DVT or PE) are commonly treated with anticoagulation for a median of 15 days, about 8% experience symptomatic thromboembolic complications within three months. Risk factors for occurrence of complications are male gender, history of VTE, cancer, SVT in a non-varicose vein or SVT involving the sapheno-femoral junction (SFJ). As evidence supporting treatment of isolated SVT was sparse and of poor quality, the large, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled CALISTO trial was initiated assessing the effect of fondaparinux on symptomatic outcomes in isolated SVT. This study showed that, compared with placebo, 2.5 mg fondaparinux given for 45 days reduced the risk of symptomatic thromboembolic complications by 85% without increasing bleeding. Based on CALISTO and other observational studies, evidence-based recommendations can be made for the majority of SVT patients. Further studies can now be performed in higher risk patients to address unresolved issues.

  15. Inhaled nitric oxide improves lung allograft function after prolonged storage. (United States)

    Okabayashi, K; Triantafillou, A N; Yamashita, M; Aoe, M; DeMeester, S R; Cooper, J D; Patterson, G A


    Morbidity caused by early allograft dysfunction, manifested by a progressive increase in pulmonary vascular resistance and a decrease in oxygenation, remains a serious problem in lung transplantation. Inhalation of nitric oxide, an essential homeostatic molecule, has been shown to have beneficial effects on a variety of acute lung injuries. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of inhaled nitric oxide on posttransplant function of canine left lung allografts. Fourteen dogs underwent left lung allotransplantation. Donors received systemic heparin and prostaglandin E1 followed by pulmonary artery flush with modified Euro-Collins solution. Donor left lungs were stored for 18 hours at 1 degree C and subsequently implanted. Immediately after reperfusion, the contralateral right main pulmonary artery and bronchus were ligated. The chest was closed and recipients turned to the supine position for the 6-hour assessment period. Hemodynamic and arterial and venous blood gas analyses were made at 15-minute intervals at an inspired oxygen fraction of 1.0 and 5 cm of water positive end-expiratory pressure. Animals were killed at the end of the assessment. Allograft myeloperoxidase activity assays and wet/dry weight ratios were done. In group I (n = 5), nitric oxide gas was administered continuously at concentrations of 60 to 70 ppm before reperfusion and throughout the 6-hour assessment period. In group II (n = 5), nitric oxide administration was initiated at the same concentration after reperfusion injury had developed. Group III animals (n = 4) received no nitric oxide. Significant improvement in gas exchange was apparent in group I. At the end of the 6-hour assessment period, mean arterial oxygen tension was 253.8 +/- 44.7 mm Hg and 114.9 +/- 25.5 mm Hg in groups I and III, respectively (p < 0.05). Group II animals had no improvement in oxygenation with nitric oxide. Systemic hemodynamics were unaffected by nitric oxide. However, an immediate

  16. The beginning of clinical tolerance in solid organ allografts. (United States)

    Monaco, Anthony P


    Development of effective multidrug immunosuppressive regimens and improvements in the management of chronically immunosuppressed patients have produced extraordinary patient and allograft survival in clinical organ transplantation. Unfortunately, significant problems of morbidity and mortality related to chronic immunosuppression remain. Thus, there is an enormous motivation and interest in inducing specific unresponsiveness (tolerance) to clinical solid organ allografts. Operational clinical tolerance may be defined as stable, normal graft function in the total absence of a requirement for maintenance immunosuppression. Alternatively, the concept of employing tolerogenic strategies to permit graft acceptance with dramatically reduced immunosuppression requirements is referred to as prope' or minimal immunosuppression tolerance. There have been isolated examples of clinical tolerance, usually in the context of spontaneous or induced donor chimerism, excellent HLA matching, and/or drug weaning or patient noncompliance. The various attempts that are currently being employed to induce some type of clinical tolerance are reviewed in this manuscript. Strategies in which all immunosuppression was to be withdrawn from the recipient (donor-specific unresponsiveness) are first discussed. These include strategies that utilize initial immunoablation with varying doses of irradiation and/or lymphocytic antibodies with or without donor-specific bone marrow infusion and short-term standard immunosuppressive therapy. Strategies to induce prope' or minimal immunosuppression tolerance that utilize induction lymphoablation with polyclonal or monoclonal antilymphocyte antibodies, with or without donor bone marrow infusion, followed by limited low-dose immunosuppressive therapy are also discussed. The ethical considerations in testing clinical tolerance strategies and protocols are discussed in detail. The limited number of clinical tolerance studies already available affirms that

  17. Acute Mesenteric Venous Thrombosis with a Vaginal Contraceptive Ring

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    Full Text Available Mesenteric venous thrombosis is a rare cause of abdominal pain, which if left untreated may result in bowel infarction, peritonitis and death. The majority of patients with this illness have a recognizable, predisposing prothrombotic condition. Oral contraceptives have been identified as a predisposing factor for mesenteric venous thrombosis in reproductive-aged women. In the last fifteen years new methods of hormonal birth control have been introduced, including a transdermal patch and an intravaginal ring. In this report, we describe a case of mesenteric venous thrombosis in a young woman caused by a vaginal contraceptive ring. [West J Emerg Med. 2014;15(4:395-397.

  18. Thrombosis modeling in intracranial aneurysms: a lattice Boltzmann numerical algorithm (United States)

    Ouared, R.; Chopard, B.; Stahl, B.; Rüfenacht, D. A.; Yilmaz, H.; Courbebaisse, G.


    The lattice Boltzmann numerical method is applied to model blood flow (plasma and platelets) and clotting in intracranial aneurysms at a mesoscopic level. The dynamics of blood clotting (thrombosis) is governed by mechanical variations of shear stress near wall that influence platelets-wall interactions. Thrombosis starts and grows below a shear rate threshold, and stops above it. Within this assumption, it is possible to account qualitatively well for partial, full or no occlusion of the aneurysm, and to explain why spontaneous thrombosis is more likely to occur in giant aneurysms than in small or medium sized aneurysms.

  19. Primary leiomyosarcoma of saphenous vein presenting as deep venous thrombosis. (United States)

    Fremed, Daniel I; Faries, Peter L; Schanzer, Harry R; Marin, Michael L; Ting, Windsor


    Only a small number of venous leiomyosarcomas have been previously reported. Of these tumors, those of saphenous origin comprise a minority of cases. A 59-year-old man presented with symptoms of deep vein thrombosis and was eventually diagnosed with primary leiomyosarcoma of great saphenous vein origin. The tumor was treated with primary resection and femoral vein reconstruction with autologous patch. Although extremely rare, saphenous leiomyosarcoma can present as deep vein thrombosis. Vascular tumors should be included in the differential diagnosis of atypical extremity swelling refractory to conventional deep vein thrombosis management. © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions:

  20. Bilateral Renal Vein Thrombosis due to Elevated Factor VIII Levels. (United States)

    Patole, Shalom; Ramya, I


    Recent evidence has shown that high level of factor VIII is associated with increased risk of thromboembolism. High factor VIII levels are associated with a seven-fold increase in the risk of venous thrombosis. Renal vein thrombosis is usually associated with nephrotic syndrome, procoagulant state or oral contraceptive pills. We report a case of a lady who presented with bilateral renal vein thrombosis due to high factor VIII levels and oral contraceptive pills (OCP) use. © Journal of the Association of Physicians of India 2011.


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


    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.

  2. Thrombolytic therapy in prosthetic valve thrombosis during early pregnancy

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    B.C. Srinivas


    Full Text Available Regardless of the improvements in the design of prosthetic heart valves and the use of anticoagulation, systemic embolism and valve thrombosis remains the most dreaded complications of mechanical heart valve replacement. A course of thrombolytic therapy may be considered as a first-line therapy for prosthetic heart valve thrombosis. The safety of thrombolysis in early pregnancy is not known. We describe a primigravida with mitral valve replacement status presenting with acute prosthetic valve thrombosis and treated successfully with intravenous streptokinase.

  3. Amniotic membrane allografts: development and clinical utility in ophthalmology

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    Full Text Available Allison Rizzuti,1,2 Adam Goldenberg,1 Douglas R Lazzaro1,2 1SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 2Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA Abstract: Amniotic membrane, the innermost layer of the placenta, is a tissue that promotes epithelialization, while decreasing inflammation, neovascularization, and scarring. It is used in the surgical management of a wide variety of ophthalmic conditions where it functions as a graft or patch in ocular surface reconstruction. The development of new preservation techniques, as well as a sutureless amniotic membrane, has allowed for easier, in-office placement, without the disadvantages of an operating room procedure. The purpose of this review is to describe the historical development of amniotic membrane in ophthalmology and to describe its current clinical applications, particularly focusing on recent advances. Keywords: ocular surface, cornea, stem cells, prokera, allograft, patch, transplantation

  4. Prevention of chronic renal allograft rejection by soluble CD83. (United States)

    Lan, Zhu; Lian, Dameng; Liu, Weihua; Arp, Jacqueline; Charlton, Brayden; Ge, Wei; Brand, Stephen; Healey, Don; DeBenedette, Mark; Nicolette, Charles; Garcia, Bertha; Wang, Hao


    Recombinant human soluble CD83 had previously exhibited significant immunosuppressive properties that involved interference with dendritic cell maturation in both mouse and humans, inhibition of autoimmunity in mice, and induction of antigen-specific mouse cardiac allograft tolerance when used in combination with other immunosuppressive drugs. Our current research focus turned to examining the effects of peritransplant soluble CD83 (sCD83) administration on prevention of chronic renal allograft rejection. Fisher344-to-Lewis orthotopic rat renal transplants were performed with sequential recipient killing on postoperative days (PODs) 2, 14, and 140 to examine both the acute and chronic effects of peritransplant sCD83 treatment in rat recipients. Recipients treated with sCD83 exhibited a marked decrease in IgM and IgG deposition in the graft and antidonor antibody levels in the circulation, as early as POD14 and persisting until POD140. sCD83 treatment also reduced the infiltration of T cells and monocytes into the graft tissue and inhibited intragraft expression of MyD88 and inflammatory cytokine levels during the observation period. sCD83-treated grafts demonstrated normal histology beyond POD140, including dramatic reductions in tubular atrophy and interstitial fibrosis compared with untreated recipients. We have demonstrated that peritransplant treatment with recombinant sCD83 attenuates both innate and adaptive immune responses and leads to prevention of chronic rejection in a rat renal transplant model. Because sCD83 is of human origin, the therapeutic approach used in our rodent transplant model holds significant promise for clinical transplantation.

  5. Optimising femoral-head osteochondral allograft transplantation in a preclinical model

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    Brett D. Crist


    Conclusion: These data provide initial translational and clinical evidence for large osteochondral allografts as a potential option for functional resurfacing of full-thickness cartilage defects of the femoral head.

  6. The Relationship of Anti-MICA Antibodies and MICA Expression with Heart Allograft Rejection

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    Suarez-Alvarez, B; Lopez-Vazquez, A; Gonzalez, M. Zapico; Fdez-Morera, J. L; Diaz-Molina, B; Blanco-Gelaz, M. A; Pascual, D; Martinez-Borra, J; Muro, M; Alvarez-Lopez, M. R; Lopez-Larrea, C


    The role of MICA antibodies in acute heart allograft rejection was examined utilizing 190 pre- and post-transplant serum samples from 44 patients collected during the first year after transplantation...

  7. Identification of β2-microglobulin as a urinary biomarker for chronic allograft nephropathy using proteomic methods.

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    Johnston, Olwyn


    Chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN) remains the leading cause of renal graft loss after the first year following renal transplantation. This study aimed to identify novel urinary proteomic profiles, which could distinguish and predict CAN in susceptible individuals.

  8. Combined Massive Allograft and Intramedullary Vascularized Fibula Transfer: The Capanna Technique for Lower-Limb Reconstruction

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    Bakri, Karim; Stans, Anthony; Mardini, Samir; Moran, Steven


    .... Recently, a novel approach to limb salvage has been described by Capanna and colleagues whereby a massive bone allograft and intramedullary vascularized fibula are combined to reconstruct large, segmental bone defects...

  9. Chemokines in Chronic Liver Allograft Dysfunction Pathogenesis and Potential Therapeutic Targets

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    Bin Liu


    Full Text Available Despite advances in immunosuppressive drugs, long-term success of liver transplantation is still limited by the development of chronic liver allograft dysfunction. Although the exact pathogenesis of chronic liver allograft dysfunction remains to be established, there is strong evidence that chemokines are involved in organ damage induced by inflammatory and immune responses after liver surgery. Chemokines are a group of low-molecular-weight molecules whose function includes angiogenesis, haematopoiesis, mitogenesis, organ fibrogenesis, tumour growth and metastasis, and participating in the development of the immune system and in inflammatory and immune responses. The purpose of this review is to collect all the research that has been done so far concerning chemokines and the pathogenesis of chronic liver allograft dysfunction and helpfully, to pave the way for designing therapeutic strategies and pharmaceutical agents to ameliorate chronic allograft dysfunction after liver transplantation.

  10. Banff 07 Classification of Renal Allograft Pathology: Updates and Future Directions

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    Solez, K; Colvin, R. B; Racusen, L. C; Haas, M; Sis, B; Mengel, M; Halloran, P. F; Baldwin, W; Banfi, G; Collins, A. B; Cosio, F; David, D. S. R; Drachenberg, C; Einecke, G; Fogo, A. B; Gibson, I. W; Glotz, D; Iskandar, S. S; Kraus, E; Lerut, E; Mannon, R. B; Mihatsch, M; Nankivell, B. J; Nickeleit, V; Papadimitriou, J. C; Randhawa, P; Regele, H; Renaudin, K; Roberts, I; Seron, D; Smith, R. N; Valente, M


    .... A total of 235 pathologists, clinicians and scientists met to address unsolved issues in transplantation and adapt the Banff schema for renal allograft rejection in response to emerging data and technologies...

  11. Targeted inhibition of renal Rho kinase reduces macrophage infiltration and lymphangiogenesis in acute renal allograft rejection

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    Poosti, Fariba; Yazdani, Saleh; Dolman, M. Emmy M.; Kok, Robbert Jan; Chen, Cheng; Ding, Guohua; Lacombe, Marie; Prakash, Jai; van den Born, Jacob; Hillebrands, Jan-Luuk; van Goor, Harry; de Borst, Martin H.


    The Rho kinase pathway plays an important role in epithelial dedifferentiation and inflammatory cell infiltration. Recent studies suggest that inflammation promotes lymphangiogenesis, which has been associated with renal allograft rejection. We investigated whether targeted inhibition of the Rho

  12. Eyelid reconstruction with acellular human dermal allograft after chemical and thermal burns. (United States)

    Jiaqi, Chen; Zheng, Wang; Jianjun, Gu


    To evaluate the efficacy of eyelid reconstruction with acellular dermal allograft in patients with eyelid defect after chemical and thermal burns. Eyelid reconstruction was performed in 15 eyelids of 13 patients during the period of June 2001-October 2004 by a single senior surgeon (Chen). Among them five patients had thermal burns, and eight patients had chemical burns. The acellular dermal allograft was used as a tarsus substitute that was sutured into the place between the levator aponeurosis in upper lid or retractor in lower eyelid and the remaining tarsus. After a mean follow-up of 9 months, satisfactory function and cosmesis were obtained. No implant rejection or severe complications were observed. Acellular dermal allograft may be used safely as a posterior lamellar spacer graft after chemical and thermal burns; the allograft appears to be biocompatible and does not aggravate the inflammation in the injured eyelid.

  13. Splanchnic venous thrombosis driven by a constitutively activated ...

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    Introduction: Splanchnic venous thrombosis (SVT) has varied etiology with Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) being the most frequent underlying prothrombotic factor. Hematological indices often remain within normal range because of portal hypertension and its sequelae, causing diagnostic ...

  14. Splanchnic venous thrombosis driven by a constitutively activated ...

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    Abstract. Introduction: Splanchnic venous thrombosis (SVT) has varied etiology with Philadelphia- negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) being the most frequent underlying prothrombotic factor. Hematological indices often remain within normal range because of portal hypertension and its sequelae, causing ...

  15. Ovarian vein thrombosis – a rare but important complication of ...

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    This case study highlights the clinical importance of ovarian vein thrombosis in the context of pelvic surgery for benign gynaecological conditions and the role of imaging, particularly computed tomography with reformatting, in confirming the diagnosis.

  16. Plantar vein thrombosis: a rare cause of plantar foot pain

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    Siegal, Daniel S.; Wu, Jim S.; Brennan, Darren D.; Hochman, Mary G. [Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); Challies, Tracy [Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Boston, MA (United States)


    Plantar vein thrombosis is a rare condition, with only a handful of cases reported in the literature. The cause is unknown; however, the disease has been attributed to prior surgery, trauma, and paraneoplastic conditions. We present a case of a 32-year-old female runner with plantar vein thrombosis diagnosed on contrast-enhanced MRI and confirmed on ultrasound. The symptoms resolved with conservative treatment and evaluation revealed the presence of a prothrombin gene mutation and use of oral contraceptive pills. To our knowledge, this is the first case of plantar vein thrombosis diagnosed initially by MRI. Moreover, this case suggests that plantar vein thrombosis should be considered in patients with hypercoagulable states and plantar foot pain. (orig.)

  17. Placental fetal vascular thrombosis lesions and maternal thrombophilia

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    Beeksma, F. A.; Erwich, J. J. H. M.; Khong, T. Y.

    Aims: Following intrauterine fetal death (IUFD), the placental fetal vessels undergo regressive changes. These changes are virtually indistinguishable from lesions that are the result of fetal vascular thrombosis (FVT). This study investigated the relation between these lesions and maternal

  18. Is there a tendency for thrombosis in gestational diabetes mellitus?

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    Conclusions: Our findings indicate tendency to develop thrombosis in GDM similar to diabetes mellitus; but more comprehensive studies with larger sample size are needed to determine the relationship between GDM and hemostasis.

  19. Cerebral venous thrombosis presenting as multiple lower cranial nerve palsies. (United States)

    Byju, N; Jose, James; Saifudheen, K; Gafoor, V Abdul; Jithendranath, P


    Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is a well-recognized entity, but its clinical presentation is varied and often mimics many neurological disorders, making it a diagnostic challenge. Cerebral venous thrombosis has a wide spectrum of signs and symptoms, which may evolve suddenly or over weeks. It mimics many neurological conditions such as meningitis, encephalopathy, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and stroke. Cerebral venous thrombosis presenting as multiple lower cranial nerve palsies, are rarely reported. We describe a pregnant lady who presented with sensorineural deafness of the right ear and paralysis of the 9(th), 10(th), and 12(th) cranial nerves on the right side. She was diagnosed to have thrombosis of the right transverse sinus and sigmoid sinus with extension to the jugular vein and confluence of sinuses. She improved with anticoagulant treatment.

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

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    P. O. Okunola


    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.

  1. Heparin-induced thrombocytopaenia/Thrombosis: a clinico ...

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    embolism and pulmonary embolism. Thrombocytopaenia and the sequale of thrombosis are uncommon adverse effects of therapy which are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Objective: To review the clinical-pathologic features of ...

  2. Thrombolysis for acute upper extremity deep vein thrombosis

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    Feinberg, Joshua; Nielsen, Emil Eik; Jakobsen, Janus C


    BACKGROUND: About 5% to 10% of all deep vein thromboses occur in the upper extremities. Serious complications of upper extremity deep vein thrombosis, such as post-thrombotic syndrome and pulmonary embolism, may in theory be avoided using thrombolysis. No systematic review has assessed the effects...... of thrombolysis for the treatment of individuals with acute upper extremity deep vein thrombosis. OBJECTIVES: To assess the beneficial and harmful effects of thrombolysis for the treatment of individuals with acute upper extremity deep vein thrombosis. SEARCH METHODS: The Cochrane Vascular Information Specialist...... of thrombolytics added to anticoagulation, thrombolysis versus anticoagulation, or thrombolysis versus any other type of medical intervention for the treatment of acute upper extremity deep vein thrombosis. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Two review authors independently screened all records to identify those...

  3. Prevalence of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Associated Factors in ...

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    ABSTRACT. Background: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) collectively referred to as venous thromboembolism (VTE) are associated with significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. DVT is common in hospitalized patients with acute medical illness. Routine use of thromboprophylaxis has.

  4. [Venous thrombosis of atypical location in patients with cancer]. (United States)

    Campos Balea, Begoña; Sáenz de Miera Rodríguez, Andrea; Antolín Novoa, Silvia; Quindós Varela, María; Barón Duarte, Francisco; López López, Rafael


    Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a complication that frequently occurs in patients with neoplastic diseases. Several models have therefore been developed to identify patient subgroups diagnosed with cancer who are at increased risk of developing VTE. The most common forms of thromboembolic episodes are deep vein thrombosis in the lower limbs and pulmonary thromboembolism. However, venous thrombosis is also diagnosed in atypical locations. There are few revisions of unusual cases of venous thrombosis. In most cases, VTE occurs in the upper limbs and in the presence of central venous catheters, pacemakers and defibrillators. We present the case of a patient diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy who developed a thrombosis in the upper limbs (brachial and axillary). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  5. Subclinical leaflet thrombosis in surgical and transcatheter bioprosthetic aortic valves

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    Chakravarty, Tarun; Søndergaard, Lars; Friedman, John


    BACKGROUND: Subclinical leaflet thrombosis of bioprosthetic aortic valves after transcatheter valve replacement (TAVR) and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) has been found with CT imaging. The objective of this study was to report the prevalence of subclinical leaflet thrombosis in surgical...... and transcatheter aortic valves and the effect of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) on the subclinical leaflet thrombosis and subsequent valve haemodynamics and clinical outcomes on the basis of two registries of patients who had CT imaging done after TAVR or SAVR. METHODS: Patients enrolled between Dec 22, 2014......, and Jan 18, 2017, in the RESOLVE registry, and between June 2, 2014, and Sept 28, 2016, in the SAVORY registry, had CT imaging done with a dedicated four-dimensional volume-rendered imaging protocol at varying intervals after TAVR and SAVR. We defined subclinical leaflet thrombosis as the presence...

  6. Cortical venous thrombosis following exogenous androgen use for bodybuilding. (United States)

    Sveinsson, Olafur; Herrman, Lars


    There are only a few reports of patients developing cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) after androgen therapy. We present a young man who developed cortical venous thrombosis after using androgens to increase muscle mass. He was hospitalised for parasthesia and dyspraxia in the left hand followed by a generalised tonic-clonic seizure. At admission, he was drowsy, not fully orientated, had sensory inattention, pronation drift and a positive extensor response, all on the left side. The patient had been using anabolic steroids (dainabol 20 mg/day) for the last month for bodybuilding. CT angiography showed a right cortical venous thrombosis. Anticoagulation therapy was started with intravenous heparin for 11 days and oral anticoagulation (warfarin) thereafter. A control CT angiography 4 months later showed resolution of the thrombosis. He recovered fully.

  7. Effects of cryopreservation on the immunogenicity of porcine arterial allografts in early stages of transplant vasculopathy. (United States)

    Solanes, Núria; Rigol, Montserrat; Khabiri, Ebrahim; Castellà, Manuel; Ramírez, José; Roqué, Mercè; Agustí, Elba; Roig, Eulàlia; Pérez-Villa, Fèlix; Segalés, Joaquim; Pomar, José Luís; Engel, Pablo; Massaguer, Anna; Martorell, Jaume; Rodríguez, Jose Antonio; Sanz, Ginés; Heras, Magda


    The number of revascularization procedures including coronary and lower extremity bypass, have increased greatly in the last decade. It suggests a growing need for vascular grafts. Cryopreserved allografts could represent a viable alternative but their immunologic reactivity remains controversial. 71 pigs (40 recipients and 31 donors) were used. Two femoral grafts per recipient animal were implanted for 3, 7, and 30 days. Types of grafts: fresh autograft as a control graft (n=19), fresh allograft (n=31) and cryopreserved allograft (n=30). Histological and immunohistochemical studies were performed. Fresh allografts compared to autografts showed intimal inflammatory infiltration at 3 days (328 vs. 0 macrophages/mm2; P<0.05) and 7 days (962 vs. 139 T lymphocytes/mm2; P<0.05) post-transplantation. At 30 days, there was a loss of endothelial cells, presence of luminal thrombus and aneurismal lesions (total area=15.8 vs. 8.4 mm2; P<0.05). Cryopreservation did not reduce these lesions nor modify endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) expression nor modify the number of animals that developed anti-SLA antibodies. Moreover, at 7 days, cryopreserved allografts compared to fresh allografts showed a higher expression of P-selectin (5 out of 5 vs. 1 out of 5; P<0.05) and, at 30 days, a greater inflammatory reactivity (2692 vs. 1107 T lymphocytes/mm2 in media; P<0.05) with a trend towards a higher presence of multinucleated giant cells than in the fresh ones. The cryopreservation method used maintained immunogenicity of allografts and increased the inflammatory reactivity found in fresh allografts up to 30 days of vascular transplantation.

  8. The effect of medial meniscectomy and meniscal allograft transplantation on knee and anterior cruciate ligament biomechanics. (United States)

    Spang, Jeffrey T; Dang, Alan B C; Mazzocca, Augustus; Rincon, Lina; Obopilwe, Elifho; Beynnon, Bruce; Arciero, Robert A


    Our purpose was to evaluate the effect of meniscectomy and meniscal allograft transplant on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and knee biomechanics. A differential variable reluctance transducer was placed in the ACL of 10 human cadaveric knees to record strain. Tibial displacement from a neutral reference was recorded relative to the position of the femur. Testing was performed at 30 degrees, 60 degrees, and 90 degrees of knee flexion. Six cycles of anterior-posterior loads were applied to the limit of 150 N. After a testing cycle, a medial meniscectomy was performed and the testing cycle was repeated. A meniscal allograft transplant was performed, and a final testing cycle was conducted. ACL strain and tibial displacement in the meniscectomy and meniscal allograft states were compared with the intact-knee state. Tibial displacement after meniscectomy significantly increased at all angles. The meniscal allograft transplant restored tibial displacement to normal values at 30 degrees and 90 degrees. ACL strain increased significantly after meniscectomy at 60 degrees and 90 degrees of flexion, and meniscal allograft transplant returned the strain values to normal at 60 degrees and 90 degrees. In most cases medial meniscectomy produced a significant increase in tibial displacement relative to the femur, and meniscal allograft transplantation restored displacement values to normal. Meniscectomy increased ACL strain and meniscal allograft transplant restored strain values to normal in 2 of 3 tested flexion angles. The absence of the medial meniscus exposes the ACL to increased strain, whereas meniscal allograft lowered the strain on the native ACL. This could have implications for those patients undergoing ACL reconstruction who have concomitant removal of the medial meniscus. (c) 2010 Arthroscopy Association of North America. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Morpho-functional evaluation of enzymatic and detergent decellularization methods of cardiac allografts

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    М. Б. Васильева


    Full Text Available In this study we conducted a comparative analysis of enzyme and detergent methods of decellurizing cardiac allografts. It was shown that by using the detergent method, the highest degree of purification of the valve from the cells could be achieved, while preserving its original mechanical strength and the spatial structure of its matrix. Based on these data, the detergent method can be recommended as a preferred choice during preparation of allografts for use in cardiac surgery practice.

  10. High-Throughput Proteomic Approaches to the Elucidation of Potential Biomarkers of Chronic Allograft Injury (CAI

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    Hilary Cassidy


    Full Text Available This review focuses on the role of OMICs technologies, concentrating in particular on proteomics, in biomarker discovery in chronic allograft injury (CAI. CAI is the second most prevalent cause of allograft dysfunction and loss in the first decade post-transplantation, after death with functioning graft (DWFG. The term CAI, sometimes referred to as chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN, describes the deterioration of renal allograft function and structure as a result of immunological processes (chronic antibody-mediated rejection, and other non-immunological factors such as calcineurin inhibitor (CNI induced nephrotoxicity, hypertension and infection. Current methods for assessing allograft function are costly, insensitive and invasive; traditional kidney function measurements such as serum creatinine and glomerular filtration rate (GFR display poor predictive abilities, while the current “gold-standard” involving histological diagnosis with a renal biopsy presents its own inherent risks to the overall health of the allograft. As early as two years post-transplantation, protocol biopsies have shown more than 50% of allograft recipients have mild CAN; ten years post-transplantation more than 50% of the allograft recipients have progressed to severe CAN which is associated with diminishing graft function. Thus, there is a growing medical requirement for minimally invasive biomarkers capable of identifying the early stages of the disease which would allow for timely intervention. Proteomics involves the study of the expression, localization, function and interaction of the proteome. Proteomic technologies may be powerful tools used to identify novel biomarkers which would predict CAI in susceptible individuals. In this paper we will review the use of proteomics in the elucidation of novel predictive biomarkers of CAI in clinical, animal and in vitro studies.

  11. Respiratory metapneumoviral infection without co-infection in association with acute and chronic lung allograft dysfunction

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    Full Text Available Amrita DosanjhDepartment of Pediatrics, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA, USABackground: Metapneumoviral respiratory infection is a community-acquired respiratory viral (CARV infection. Lung transplantation recipients exposed to CARV are at risk for development of allograft rejection. The cellular and molecular pathways initiated by viral infection leading to allograft dysfunction are not completely understood. The aim of this study was to identify human metapneumoviral (hMPV cases in association with allograft rejection.Methods: A literature search was conducted to identify cases of both hMPV and allograft rejection within 6 months of the initial infection. This resulted in 1,007 lung transplantation recipients, with a total of 2,883 samples identified. Of these, 57 demonstrated isolated hMPV without co-infection with other agents.Results: The results of the study indicate that 35% of acute hMPV infections without co-infection, at the time of detection by molecular diagnostic platforms, were associated with acute cellular rejection within 3 months. There were 9.4% of the cases subsequently associated with chronic allograft dysfunction/bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome, which was collectively termed chronic rejection for purposes of analysis. In conclusion, the prompt identification of isolated hMPV from lung transplantation patients is an important treatable risk factor for subsequent allograft dysfunction. The cellular and molecular pathogenesis of viral-induced allograft rejection remains a topic of future study.Keywords: viral infection, bronchiolitis obliterans, acute cellular rejection, allograft, lung, metapneumovirus

  12. Late in-stent thrombosis following carotid angioplasty and stenting. (United States)

    Buhk, Jan-Hendrik; Wellmer, Andreas; Knauth, Michael


    Acute in-stent thrombosis is a well-known complication of carotid angioplasty and stenting (CAS) and often due to resistance to or inadequate treatment with platelet-inhibiting agents. The authors report three cases of a delayed in-stent thrombosis after more than a week but less than 3 months after CAS. In all cases, the postprocedural antiplatelet regimen was discontinued to enable the treatment of a relevant comorbidity.

  13. Long-term consequences of pregnancy-related venous thrombosis


    Wik, Hilde Skuterud


    Background: Venous thrombosis (VT) is among the leading causes of maternal mortality in countries with high standards of perinatal care; however the long-term outcomes of pregnancy-related VT are unknown. Aims: To assess the long-term prevalence of post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS), a frequently occurring chronic complication after deep vein thrombosis (DVT), to identify possible predictors for PTS, and to evaluate disease specific quality of life (QOL) after pregnancy-related DVT as compare...

  14. A Rare Complication of Acute Appendicitis: Superior Mesenteric Vein Thrombosis

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    Hendra Koncoro


    Full Text Available Superior mesenteric vein (SMV thrombosis caused by acute appendicitis is quite rare nowadays. These conditions occurs secondary to infection in the region drained by the portal venous system. In this case, we report a successfully treated case of SMV thrombosis and liver abscess associated with appendicitis with antibiotics and anticoagulant.Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are basic to a favorable clinical course.

  15. Chylothorax in children with congenital heart disease: incidence of thrombosis. (United States)

    Bauman, M E; Moher, Conrad; Bruce, A K; Kuhle, S; Kaur, Satvinder; Massicotte, M P


    Postoperative chylothorax is a frequently encountered pathology occurring in up to 4% of patients undergoing surgery for repair of congenital heart disease. Symptomatic thrombosis is associated with chylothorax and may contribute to its severity and duration. Furthermore, vessel thrombosis resulting in persistent vessel occlusion may impede future treatments, diagnostic studies and cardio-surgical interventions. The objective of this study was to determine the incidence of upper system thrombosis in pediatric congenital heart patients with confirmed chylothorax with ultrasound screening of all patients diagnosed with chylothorax. All pediatric patients with confirmed with chylothorax underwent doppler ultrasound of the upper venous system as per hospital standard. This retrospective cohort study enrolled all children between February 1, 2010-August 2012, post cardiac surgery with confirmed chylothorax to determine the incidence of all thrombosis. There were 1396 children who underwent 1396 cardiac surgical procedures during the study time with 760 undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass. Development of chylothorax occurred in 54 of 1396, 3.9% (95%CI 3.0;5.0) procedures in all children. In those children with chylothorax, 28 of 54 episodes, 51.8% (95%CI 38.9;64.6) had confirmed VTE. The 51.8% incidence in this study demonstrates a 2.6 fold increase in risk of thrombosis compared to 20% in children with heart disease and central venous lines and may result in serious clinical consequences. The contribution of upper venous system thrombosis to chylothorax is unknown. Often, clinical suspicion of chylothorax exists, however the lack of a standardized approach to objective diagnosis results in delayed confirmation. Approaches to therapy either treatment of confirmed thrombosis or prevention of thrombosis in patients with chylothorax require formal evaluation. Future studies are urgently needed. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Associations of Antiphospholipid Antibodies With Splanchnic Vein Thrombosis


    Qi, Xingshun; De Stefano, Valerio; Su, Chunping; Bai, Ming; GUO Xiaozhong; Fan, Daiming


    Abstract Splanchnic vein thrombosis (SVT) refers to Budd–Chiari syndrome (BCS) and portal vein system thrombosis (PVST). Current practice guidelines have recommended the routine screening for antiphospholipid antibodies (APAs) in patients with SVT. A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies was performed to explore the association between APAs and SVT. The PubMed, EMBASE, and ScienceDirect databases were searched for all relevant papers, in which the prevalence of positive...

  17. Traumatic dural sinus thrombosis causing persistent headache in a child

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    Lakhkar Bhavana


    Full Text Available Dural venous sinus thrombosis following a mild head injury is increasingly recognized. We report case of a 9-year-old male child presented with progressive headache and vomiting following a minor fall. A diagnosis of sinus venous thrombosis was suspected on nonenhancing computed tomography, and that was confirmed with magnetic resonance venography. The child was managed with intravenous fluids, anticoagulation (injection heparin followed by oral anticoagulants-tab coumarin, antiedema measures (mannitol, and antiepileptics (phenytoin with good outcome.

  18. Deep vein thrombosis: a clinical review

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    Full Text Available Emeka Kesieme1, Chinenye Kesieme2, Nze Jebbin3, Eshiobo Irekpita1, Andrew Dongo11Department of Surgery, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Nigeria; 2Department of Paediatrics, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Nigeria; 3Department of Surgery, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port-Harcourt, NigeriaBackground: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT is the formation of blood clots (thrombi in the deep veins. It commonly affects the deep leg veins (such as the calf veins, femoral vein, or popliteal vein or the deep veins of the pelvis. It is a potentially dangerous condition that can lead to preventable morbidity and mortality.Aim: To present an update on the causes and management of DVT.Methods: A review of publications obtained from Medline search, medical libraries, and Google.Results: DVT affects 0.1% of persons per year. It is predominantly a disease of the elderly and has a slight male preponderance. The approach to making a diagnosis currently involves an algorithm combining pretest probability, D-dimer testing, and compression ultrasonography. This will guide further investigations if necessary. Prophylaxis is both mechanical and pharmacological. The goals of treatment are to prevent extension of thrombi, pulmonary embolism, recurrence of thrombi, and the development of complications such as pulmonary hypertension and post-thrombotic syndrome.Conclusion: DVT is a potentially dangerous condition with a myriad of risk factors. Prophylaxis is very important and can be mechanical and pharmacological. The mainstay of treatment is anticoagulant therapy. Low-molecular-weight heparin, unfractionated heparin, and vitamin K antagonists have been the treatment of choice. Currently anticoagulants specifically targeting components of the common pathway have been recommended for prophylaxis. These include fondaparinux, a selective indirect factor Xa inhibitor and the new oral selective direct thrombin inhibitors (dabigatran and selective

  19. Late thrombosis of coronary bare-metal stent: Case report

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    Apostolović Svetlana


    Full Text Available Stent thrombosis remains the primary cause of death after percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI. Despite modern concepts of PCI, stent thrombosis occurs in 0.5% -2% of elective procedures and even 6% of patients with the acute coronary syndrome (ACS. Stent thrombosis most often develops within the first 48 hours after the PCI, and rarely after a week of stent implantation. Angiographically documented late (>6 months thrombosis of coronary bare-metal stent (BMS is rare, because the stent endothelialization is considered to be completed after four weeks of the intervention. Our patient is a 41 year old male and he had BMS thrombosis 345 days after the implantation, which was clinically manifested as an acute myocardial infarction in the inferoposterolateral localization. Stent Clinical Centre of Serbia, Belgrade thrombosis occurred despite a long term dual antiplatelet therapy and control of known risk factors. Thrombolytic therapy (Streptokinase in a dose of 1 500 000 IU was not successful in reopening the occluded vessel, so the flow through the coronary artery was achieved by rescue balloon angioplasty, followed by implantation of drug eluting stent in order to prevent restenosis.

  20. Scintigraphic imaging of lower-extremity acute venous thrombosis. (United States)

    Carretta, R F


    The need for a radiopharmaceutical that will yield a definitive diagnosis of acute venous thrombosis in the lower extremities is evident from (1) the current difficulty in making a diagnosis on the basis of clinical signs and symptoms alone; (2) the sometimes inadequate or less sensitive diagnosis made on the basis of contrast venography or ultrasound; and (3) the need to prevent pulmonary embolism, death, and other long-term sequelae that may result from undetected acute venous thrombosis. A new radiopharmaceutical was recently approved for use in the scintigraphic imaging of acute venous thrombosis in the lower extremities of patients who have signs and symptoms of acute venous thrombosis. This radiopharmaceutical (ACUTECT) is a complex of the small synthetic peptide apcitide and the radionuclide technetium (Tc) 99m (99mTc-apcitide). Apcitide binds to glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptors, which are expressed on the surface of activated platelets, making the radiopharmaceutical specific for acute, not chronic, thrombi. 99mTc-Apcitide allows accurate imaging of the entire lower extremities, including the calf. It has an excellent safety profile, is easy to administer by injection into an antecubital vein, and allows early imaging of acute deep-vein thrombosis (10 to 60 minutes postinjection). 99mTc-Apcitide may be used as an alternative to contrast venography and a complement to ultrasonography in the detection of acute venous thrombosis in the lower extremities.

  1. Coagulation and the vessel wall in thrombosis and atherosclerosis. (United States)

    Kleinegris, Marie-Claire; Ten Cate-Hoek, Arina J; Ten Cate, Hugo


    The blood coagulation system is a key survival mechanism that has developed to protect man against lethal bleeding. A second function of blood coagulation is its close interaction with immunity. The immune-mediated coagulation responses may broadly be regarded as an element of response to injury. Pathological coagulation responses, including thromboembolism and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), could therefore be regarded as excessive immune responses to a vessel wall injury. Virchow's triad, which comprises changes in the components of the blood, the state of the vessel wall, and the blood flow, was originally proposed for venous thrombosis. However, lately it appears that the same principles can be applied to arterial thrombosis and even DIC. It has even been postulated that all forms of thrombosis may be part of a continuous spectrum of the same disease. Over the past few years, an accumulation of evidence has shown that the etiopathogenetic mechanisms behind venous and arterial thrombosis are quite similar. The traditional elements of Virchow's triad are found to apply to both arterial and venous thrombosis. Yet, nowadays more emphasis is placed on the vessel wall and vascular bed specificity and the interaction with inflammation and hypercoagulability. This narrative review will discuss recent advances in research on the possible interactions between coagulation, the vascular endothelium, and atherosclerosis as well as the consequences of such interactions for venous and arterial thrombosis.

  2. Nanoparticle Enhanced MRI Scanning to Detect Cellular Inflammation in Experimental Chronic Renal Allograft Rejection

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    S. R. Alam


    Full Text Available Objectives. We investigated whether ultrasmall paramagnetic particles of iron oxide- (USPIO- enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI can detect experimental chronic allograft damage in a murine renal allograft model. Materials and Methods. Two cohorts of mice underwent renal transplantation with either a syngeneic isograft or allograft kidney. MRI scanning was performed prior to and 48 hours after USPIO infusion using T2∗-weighted protocols. R2∗ values were calculated to indicate the degree of USPIO uptake. Native kidneys and skeletal muscle were imaged as reference tissues and renal explants analysed by histology and electron microscopy. Results. R2∗ values in the allograft group were higher compared to the isograft group when indexed to native kidney (median 1.24 (interquartile range: 1.12 to 1.36 versus 0.96 (0.92 to 1.04, P<0.01. R2∗ values were also higher in the allograft transplant when indexed to skeletal muscle (6.24 (5.63 to 13.51 compared to native kidney (2.91 (1.11 to 6.46 P<0.05. Increased R2∗ signal in kidney allograft was associated with macrophage and iron staining on histology. USPIO were identified within tissue resident macrophages on electron microscopy. Conclusion. USPIO-enhanced MRI identifies macrophage.

  3. Inhibition of histone methyltransferase EZH2 ameliorates early acute renal allograft rejection in rats. (United States)

    Li, Long; Zhang, Yi; Xu, Ming; Rong, Ruiming; Wang, Jina; Zhu, Tongyu


    Although histone methyltransferases EZH2 has been proved to have significant regulatory effect on the immune rejection after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, its role in solid-organ transplantation remains uncovered. In this study, we investigate whether histone methylation regulation can impact renal allograft rejection in rat models. Allogeneic rat renal transplantation model (Wistar to Lewis) was established, and the recipients were administrated with EZH2 inhibitor DZNep after transplantation. Renal allografts and peripheral blood were collected on day 5 after transplantation for histological examination and mechanism investigation. We found that inhibition of EZH2 by DZNep after transplantation significantly ameliorated acute rejection (AR), with decreased histological injury and reduced inflammatory infiltration in renal allografts. Attenuation of AR was due to the prohibited activation of alloreactive T cells, the subsequent impaired production of inflammatory cytokines, and also the elevated apoptosis of alloreactive T cells in both renal allografts and periphery. However, inhibition of EZH2 did not increase the regulatory T cells during the AR. Disruption of EZH2 by DZNep suppressed the immune responses of alloreactive T cells and ameliorated AR of renal allografts. This suggests a therapeutic potential of targeting histone methyltransferases EZH2 in treating allograft rejection after solid organ transplantation.

  4. Integrated laboratory coagulation tests in hypercoagulation diagnosis and thrombosis risk assessment. Part I. The pathophysiology of thrombosis and hypercoagulation

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    E. N. Lipets


    Full Text Available Thrombosis is a fatal hemostatic disorders occurring in various conditions ranging from pregnancy and surgery to cancer, sepsis and heart attack. Despite the availability of different anticoagulants and accumulated clinical experience, proving their effectiveness, thrombosis remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. This is largely due to the fact that conventional laboratory coagulation tests are not sufficiently sensitive to the hypercoagulable state, and they are difficult to use for assessing the risk of thrombosis. Specific molecular markers (D-dimers, fibrinopeptide, thrombin-antithrombin complex are more effective, but also have a large number of disadvantages. A possible solution is the use of integrated test, which simulate in vitro the majority of the physiological coagulation processes. In the first part of this paper the biochemical processes that cause the risk of thrombosis were discussed.

  5. Sudden infant death syndrome, childhood thrombosis, and presence of genetic risk factors for thrombosis

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    Larsen, T B; Nørgaard-Pedersen, B; Banner, Jytte


    Sudden infant death syndrome or "cot death" has until the late eighties been a significant cause of death in children between the ages of 1 month and 1 year. Approximately two per 1000 children born alive dies of sudden infant death syndrome each year in Western Europe, North America, and Australia......, the incidence of venous thromboembolism was 0.9 per 1000 per year in the background population, and less than one-thousandth of these were children. Consequently it is not likely that venous thrombosis is a major cause of sudden infant death syndrome. On the other hand, this does not exclude other known...

  6. Imaging Diagnosis of Splanchnic Venous Thrombosis

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    S. Rajesh


    Full Text Available Splanchnic vein thrombosis (SVT is a broad term that includes Budd-Chiari syndrome and occlusion of veins that constitute the portal venous system. Due to the common risk factors involved in the pathogenesis of these clinically distinct disorders, concurrent involvement of two different regions is quite common. In acute and subacute SVT, the symptoms may overlap with a variety of other abdominal emergencies while in chronic SVT, the extent of portal hypertension and its attendant complications determine the clinical course. As a result, clinical diagnosis is often difficult and is frequently reliant on imaging. Tremendous improvements in vascular imaging in recent years have ensured that this once rare entity is being increasingly detected. Treatment of acute SVT requires immediate anticoagulation. Transcatheter thrombolysis or transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt is used in the event of clinical deterioration. In cases with peritonitis, immediate laparotomy and bowel resection may be required for irreversible bowel ischemia. In chronic SVT, the underlying cause should be identified and treated. The imaging manifestations of the clinical syndromes resulting from SVT are comprehensively discussed here along with a brief review of the relevant clinical features and therapeutic approach.

  7. Platelet thrombosis in cardiac-valve prostheses

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    Dewanjee, M.K.


    The contribution of platelets and clotting factors in thrombosis on cardiovascular prostheses had been quantified with several tracers. Thrombus formation in vivo could be measured semiquantitatively in animal models and patients with indium-111, Technetium-99m labeled platelets, iodine-123, iodine-131 labeled fibrinogen, and In-111 and Tc-99m labeled antibody to the fibrinogen-receptor on the platelet- membrane, or fibrin. The early studies demonstrated that certain platelet-inhibitors, e.g. sulfinpyrazone, aspirin or aspirin- persantine increased platelet survival time with mechanical valves implanted in the baboon model and patients. Thrombus localization by imaging is possible for large thrombus on thrombogenic surface of prosthesis in the acute phase. The majority of thrombus was found in the sewing ring (Dacron) in the acute phase in both the mechanical and tissue valves. The amount of retained thrombus in both mechanical and tissue valves in our one-day study in the dog model was similar (< 1% if injected In-111 platelets = 5 billion platelets). As the fibrous ingrowth covered the sewing ring, the thrombus formation decreased significantly. Only a small amount of thrombus was found on the leaflets at one month in both the dog and calf models. 38 refs., 9 figs., 5 tabs.

  8. Neuroimaging findings in pediatric cerebral sinovenous thrombosis. (United States)

    Wagner, Matthias W; Bosemani, Thangamadhan; Oshmyansky, Alexander; Poretti, Andrea; Huisman, Thierry A G M


    Pediatric cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT) is a potentially life-threatening condition which is usually diagnosed by MRI. We analyzed the signal changes of the thrombus over time and the role of diffusion-weighted/tensor imaging (DWI/DTI) in the diagnosis of CSVT. Clinical histories were reviewed for risk factors for CSVT, neurologic manifestation, and interval from onset of symptoms related to CSVT to the neuroimaging diagnosis. MRI studies were retrospectively evaluated for the appearance of thrombi on T1- and T2-weighted, fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR), DWI/DTI, susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI), and magnetic resonance venography (MRV) images. Thirty-three children with CSVT were included in this study. Seventy-seven thrombi were found. Seventy-four thrombi could be identified on T1- or T2-weighted images (96 %), 72 thrombi were seen on DWI/DTI (94 %) and 68 on FLAIR (88 %). DWI showed restricted diffusion in 29 thrombi (40 %). Thrombi older than 1 day were more likely to have a T1-hyperintense signal (p = 0.002). No additional correlation between signal intensity and age of the thrombi was found. Intraparenchymal changes secondary to CSVT were seen in 11 children. MR sequences individually are not sensitive enough to provide the diagnosis. DWI/DTI does not provide complementary diagnostic value. Approximation of the age of the thrombus is difficult because of poor correlation between signal intensity and age of the thrombi.

  9. Deep Vein Thrombosis in Intensive Care. (United States)

    Boddi, Maria; Peris, Adriano


    Venous thromboembolism (VTE) which includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) is a severe complication in critically ill patients generally affected by multiorgan disfunction associated with immobilization also prolonged.Nowadays, VTE prophylaxis is included in the requirements of hospital accreditation and evaluation of the maintenance of standards of quality of care. ICU patients are characterized by a dynamic day-to-day variation both of thromboembolic that bleeding risk and DVT incidence in presence of thromboprophylaxis ranges between 5 and 15 %.Patient-centered methods for the assessment of both thrombotic and bleeding risk are recommended because pre-existent factors to ICU admission, diagnosis, emerging syndromes, invasive procedures and pharmacological treatments daily induce important changes in clinical condition.General consensus currently establishes use of heparin in pharmacological prophylaxis at the time of admission to the ICU and the temporary suspension of heparin in patients with active bleeding or severe (pneumatic compression was reported but no general consensus was reached about its use at the best. Much work has to be done but ICU remain the last frontier for VTE prophylaxis.

  10. Deep Vein Thrombosis Prophylaxis in Trauma Patients

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    Serdar Toker


    Full Text Available Deep vein thrombosis (DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE are known collectively as venous thromboembolism (VTE. Venous thromboembolic events are common and potentially life-threatening complications following trauma with an incidence of\t5 to 63%. DVT prophylaxis is essential in the management of trauma patients. Currently, the optimal VTE prophylaxis strategy for trauma patients is unknown. Traditionally, pelvic and lower extremity fractures, head injury, and prolonged immobilization have been considered risk factors for VTE; however it is unclear which combination of risk factors defines a high-risk group. Modalities available for trauma patient thromboprophylaxis are classified into pharmacologic anticoagulation, mechanical prophylaxis, and inferior vena cava (IVC filters. The available pharmacologic agents include low-dose heparin (LDH, low molecular weight heparin (LMWH, and factor Xa inhibitors. Mechanical prophylaxis methods include graduated compression stockings (GCSs, pneumatic compression devices (PCDs, and A-V foot pumps. IVCs are traditionally used in high risk patients in whom pharmacological prophylaxis is contraindicated. Both EAST and ACCP guidelines recommend primary use of LMWHs in trauma patients; however there are still controversies regarding the definitive VTE prophylaxis in trauma patients. Large randomized prospective clinical studies would be required to provide level I evidence to define the optimal VTE prophylaxis in trauma patients.

  11. Cerebral Vein Thrombosis Misdiagnosed and Mismanaged

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    P. K. Sasidharan


    Full Text Available Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT should be considered in the differential diagnosis of all unexplained CNS disorders of sudden onset. Etiological factors are often subclinical forms of several common thrombophilic states occurring together, rather than the typical inherited and rare causes. Diagnosis is missed because of the heterogeneity in clinical presentation and etiological factors. In several patients with the so called idiopathic CVT nutritional deficiencies and lifestyle issues are more important factors in pathogenesis, rather than single rarer causes. High index of suspicion is the key to diagnosis. Clinical skill has to be fine tuned to diagnose the problem and to identify all the etiological factors. Radiology is essential for diagnosis but relying on radiology alone will lead to missing several cases and even erroneous diagnosis. It is inappropriate to proceed prematurely to laboratory investigations, forgetting proper clinical evaluation by studying diet, lifestyle, and environment of the patients. Success in managing lies in identifying all the contributory causes and correcting all of them giving excellent outcome almost always. Clinical observations based on case series and sharing of such information alone are the means to arrive at a consensus in diagnosis and management.

  12. Inhibition of chemokine-glycosaminoglycan interactions in donor tissue reduces mouse allograft vasculopathy and transplant rejection.

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    Erbin Dai


    Full Text Available Binding of chemokines to glycosaminoglycans (GAGs is classically described as initiating inflammatory cell migration and creating tissue chemokine gradients that direct local leukocyte chemotaxis into damaged or transplanted tissues. While chemokine-receptor binding has been extensively studied during allograft transplantation, effects of glycosaminoglycan (GAG interactions with chemokines on transplant longevity are less well known. Here we examine the impact of interrupting chemokine-GAG interactions and chemokine-receptor interactions, both locally and systemically, on vascular disease in allografts.Analysis of GAG or CC chemokine receptor 2 (CCR2 deficiency were coupled with the infusion of viral chemokine modulating proteins (CMPs in mouse aortic allograft transplants (n = 239 mice. Inflammatory cell invasion and neointimal hyperplasia were significantly reduced in N-deacetylase-N-sulfotransferase-1 (Ndst1(f/fTekCre(+ heparan sulfate (GAG-deficient (Ndst1(-/-, p<0.044 and CCR2-deficient (Ccr2(-/-, p<0.04 donor transplants. Donor tissue GAG or CCR2 deficiency markedly reduced inflammation and vasculopathy, whereas recipient deficiencies did not. Treatment with three CMPs was also investigated; Poxviral M-T1 blocks CC chemokine receptor binding, M-T7 blocks C, CC, and CXC GAG binding, and herpesviral M3 binds receptor and GAG binding for all classes. M-T7 reduced intimal hyperplasia in wild type (WT (Ccr2(+/+, p< or =0.003 and Ccr2(-/-, pallografts, but not in Ndst1(-/- aortic allografts (p = 0.933. M-T1 and M3 inhibited WT (Ccr2(+/+ and Ndst1(+/+, p< or =0.006 allograft vasculopathy, but did not block vasculopathy in Ccr2(-/- (p = 0.61. M-T7 treatment alone, even without immunosuppressive drugs, also significantly prolonged survival of renal allograft transplants (p< or =0.001.Interruption of chemokine-GAG interactions, even in the absence of chemokine-receptor blockade, is a highly effective approach to reduction of

  13. Comparative study and histomorphometric analysis of bone allografts lyophilized and sterilized by autoclaving, gamma irradiation and ethylene oxide in rats. (United States)

    Almeida, Otavio Machado de; Jorgetti, Wanda; Oksman, Denis; Jorgetti, Camilo; Rocha, Diógenes Laércio; Gemperli, Rolf


    To compare three sterilization methods (autoclave, gamma irradiation and ethylene oxide) over non demineralized lyophilized bone allografts. Bone allografts were implanted on paravertebral muscles of 21 rats. After 30 days animals were sacrificed and grafts underwent comparative analysis regarding histomorphometric and macroscopic parameters. Allografts that underwent the three sterilization methods presents similar weight gain, cortical thickness similar to control group, and less fibrosis than the control group. Grafts that underwent sterilization in autoclave presented less presence of multinucleated giant cells, although not statistically significant. There was also no statistically significant difference regarding mineralization on the three groups. The three sterilization methods cause similar effects on bone allografts regarding macroscopic and histomorphometric parameters.

  14. Cost-utility of osteoarticular allograft versus endoprosthetic reconstruction for primary bone sarcoma of the knee: A markov analysis. (United States)

    Wilson, Robert J; Sulieman, Lina M; VanHouten, Jacob P; Halpern, Jennifer L; Schwartz, Herbert S; Devin, Clinton J; Holt, Ginger E


    The most cost-effective reconstruction after resection of bone sarcoma is unknown. The goal of this study was to compare the cost effectiveness of osteoarticular allograft to endoprosthetic reconstruction of the proximal tibia or distal femur. A Markov model was used. Revision and complication rates were taken from existing studies. Costs were based on Medicare reimbursement rates and implant prices. Health-state utilities were derived from the Health Utilities Index 3 survey with additional assumptions. Incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICER) were used with less than $100 000 per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) considered cost-effective. Sensitivity analyses were performed for comparison over a range of costs, utilities, complication rates, and revisions rates. Osteoarticular allografts, and a 30% price-discounted endoprosthesis were cost-effective with ICERs of $92.59 and $6 114.77. One-way sensitivity analysis revealed discounted endoprostheses were favored if allografts cost over $21 900 or endoprostheses cost less than $51 900. Allograft reconstruction was favored over discounted endoprosthetic reconstruction if the allograft complication rate was less than 1.3%. Allografts were more cost-effective than full-price endoprostheses. Osteoarticular allografts and price-discounted endoprosthetic reconstructions are cost-effective. Sensitivity analysis, using plausible complication and revision rates, favored the use of discounted endoprostheses over allografts. Allografts are more cost-effective than full-price endoprostheses. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Central venous catheters: incidence and predictive factors of venous thrombosis. (United States)

    Hammes, Mary; Desai, Amishi; Pasupneti, Shravani; Kress, John; Funaki, Brian; Watson, Sydeaka; Herlitz, Jean; Hines, Jane


    Central venous catheter access in an acute setting can be a challenge given underlying disease and risk for venous thrombosis. Peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICCs) are commonly placed but limit sites for fistula creation in patients with chronic renal failure (CKD). The aim of this study is to determine the incidence of venous thrombosis from small bore internal jugular (SBIJ) and PICC line placement. This investigation identifies populations of patients who may not be ideal candidates for a PICC and highlights the importance of peripheral vein preservation in patients with renal failure. A venous Doppler ultrasound was performed at the time of SBIJ insertion and removal to evaluate for thrombosis in the internal jugular vein. Data was collected pre- and post-intervention to ascertain if increased vein preservation knowledge amongst the healthcare team led to less use of PICCs. Demographic factors were collected in the SBIJ and PICC groups and risk factor analysis was completed. 1,122 subjects had PICC placement and 23 had SBIJ placement. The incidence of thrombosis in the PICC group was 10%. One patient with an SBIJ had evidence of central vein thrombosis when the catheter was removed. Univariate and multivariate analysis demonstrated a history of transplant, and the indication of total parenteral nutrition was associated with thrombosis (p<0.001). The decrease in PICCs placed in patients with CKD 6 months before and after intervention was significant (p<0.05). There are subsets of patients ith high risk for thrombosis who may not be ideal candidates for a PICC.

  16. Sonography for deep venous thrombosis: current and future applications. (United States)

    Andrews, E James; Fleischer, Arthur C


    Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a one of the most common problems facing the clinician in medicine today. It is often asymptomatic and goes undiagnosed with potentially fatal consequences. Ultrasound has become the "gold standard" in the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis and with proper attention to technique sensitivity of this test is approximately 97%. An understanding of anatomy, pathophysiology, and risk factors is important. Thrombus formation usually begins beneath a valve leaflet below the knee. Approximately 40% will resolve spontaneously, 40% will become organized, and 20% will propagate. Whether or not a calf vein thrombus is identified, a repeat examination in 7 to 10 days is recommended in patients with risk factors or when deep venous thrombosis is suspected. The three main risk factors for thrombus formation are age greater than 75 years, previous history of deep venous thrombosis, and underlying malignancy. Other diagnostic studies include the contrast venogram, CT or MRI venogram, Tc99m Apcitide study, and the laboratory test D-Dimer. The D-Dimer study is being used more frequently as a screening test with 99% sensitivity in detecting thrombus, whether deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. However, specificity is only approximately 50% with many conditions leading to false-positive exams. Therefore, a negative examination is useful in avoiding other diagnostic studies, but a positive one may be misleading. Conditions that can lead to a false-positive examination include, but are not limited to diabetes, pregnancy, liver disease, heart conditions, recent surgery, and some gastrointestinal diseases. Like the sonogram, two negative D-Dimer studies a week apart exclude the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis. Compression sonography with color Doppler remains the best overall test for deep venous thrombosis. It is easy to perform, less expensive than most "high tech" studies, can be performed as a portable examination, and is highly reliable

  17. Importance of Donor Chondrocyte Viability for Osteochondral Allografts. (United States)

    Cook, James L; Stannard, James P; Stoker, Aaron M; Bozynski, Chantelle C; Kuroki, Keiichi; Cook, Cristi R; Pfeiffer, Ferris M


    Osteochondral allograft (OCA) transplantation provides a biological treatment option for functional restoration of large articular cartilage defects in multiple joints. While successful outcomes after OCA transplantation have been linked to viable donor chondrocytes, the importance of donor cell viability has not been comprehensively validated. To use a canine model to determine the importance of donor chondrocyte viability at the time of implantation with respect to functional success of femoral condylar OCAs based on radiographic, gross, cell viability, histologic, biochemical, and biomechanical outcome measures. Controlled laboratory study. After approval was obtained from the institutional animal care and use committee, adult female dogs (N = 16) were implanted with 8-mm cylindrical OCAs from male dogs in the lateral and medial femoral condyles of 1 knee. OCAs were preserved for 28 or 60 days after procurement, and chondrocyte viability was quantified before implantation. Two different storage media, temperatures, and time points were used to obtain a spectrum of percentage chondrocyte viability at the time of implantation. A successful outcome was defined as an OCA that was associated with graft integration, maintenance of hyaline cartilage, lack of associated cartilage disorder, and lack of fibrillation, fissuring, or fibrous tissue infiltration of the allograft based on subjective radiographic, gross, and histologic assessments at 6 months after implantation. Chondrocyte viability ranged from 23% to 99% at the time of implantation. All successful grafts had >70% chondrocyte viability at the time of implantation, and no graft with chondrocyte viability <70% was associated with a successful outcome. Live-dead stained sections and histologic findings with respect to cell morphological features suggested that successful grafts were consistently composed of viable chondrocytes in lacunae, while grafts that were not successful were composed of nonviable

  18. Quantifying massive allograft healing of the canine femur in vivo and ex vivo: a pilot study. (United States)

    Santoni, Brandon G; Ehrhart, Nicole; Betancourt-Benitez, Ricardo; Beck, Christopher A; Schwarz, Edward M


    Allograft integration in segmental osseous defects is unpredictable. Imaging techniques have not been applied to investigate angiogenesis and bone formation during allograft healing in a large-animal model. We used dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE)-MRI and cone beam (CB)-CT to quantify vascularity and bone volume in a canine femoral allograft model and determined their relationship with biomechanical testing and histomorphometry. Femoral ostectomy was performed in three dogs and reconstructed with a 5-cm allograft and compression plate. At 0.5, 3, and 6 months, we performed DCE-MRI to quantify vascular permeability (Ktrans) and perfused fraction and CB-CT to quantify bone volume. We also performed posteuthanasia torsional testing and dynamic histomorphometry of the grafted and nonoperated femurs. DCE-MRI confirmed the avascular nature of allograft healing (perfused fraction, 2.08%-3.25%). CB-CT demonstrated new bone formation at 3 months (26.2, 3.7, and 2.2 cm(3)) at the graft-host junctions, which remodeled down at 6 months (14.0, 2.2, and 2.0 cm(3)). The increased bone volume in one subject was confirmed with elevated Ktrans (0.22) at 3 months. CB-CT-identified remodeled bone at 6 months was corroborated by histomorphometry. Allografted femurs recovered only 40% of their strength at 6 months. CB-CT and DCE-MRI can discriminate differences in angiogenesis and bone formation in the canine allograft model, which has potential to detect a small (32%) drug or device effect on biomechanical healing with only five animals per group.

  19. Permanent rat cardiac allograft survival induced by ultraviolet B-irradiated donor lymphocytes and peritransplant cyclosporine

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    Oluwole, S.F.; Fawwaz, R.A.; Reemtsma, K.; Hardy, M.A.


    This study examines the effect of pretreatment with 10(8) ultraviolet B-irradiated donor leukocytes (UV-DL) with or without peritransplant cyclosporine (CyA) treatment (20 mg/kg on days 0, +1, and +2 relative to transplantation) on rat cardiac allograft survival across major histocompatibility loci. A single UV-DL pretreatment on day -3 or -7 (before transplantation) significantly prolonged survival of heart allografts from Wistar-Furth rats (W/F) in Lewis recipients from 6.8 +/- 0.8 days to 18.4 +/- 2.1 and 17.6 +/- 1.5 days (p less than 0.001), respectively. Multiple UV-DL infusions on days -14 and -7 increased the mean survival time to 20.0 +/- 0.9 days (p less than 0.001). Similarly, UV-DL infusion on day -3 or -7 significantly prolonged the mean survival time of heart allografts from ACI rats in Lewis rats. A single or multiple UV-DL infusions combined with peritransplant CyA led specifically to permanent W/F cardiac allograft survival (more than 200 days) in all recipients. Similarly, UV-DL infusion combined with peritransplant CyA led to indefinite survival of ACI cardiac allografts in two thirds of Lewis recipients. Adoptive transfer of splenocytes from long-term recipients of cardiac allografts, which specifically prolonged donor test grafts in syngeneic hosts, suggests that unresponsiveness to cardiac allografts is, in part, dependent on suppressor cells. This study emphasizes the importance of UV irradiation of DLs in the modulation of alloreactivity and the induction of donor-specific unresponsiveness in adult animals.

  20. Neurotoxin from Naja naja atra venom inhibits skin allograft rejection in rats. (United States)

    Xu, Yin-Li; Kou, Jian-Qun; Wang, Shu-Zhi; Chen, Cao-Xin; Qin, Zheng-Hong


    Recent studies reported that Naja naja atra venom (NNAV) regulated immune function and had a therapeutic effect on adjunctive arthritis and nephropathy. We hypothesized that NNAV and its active component, neurotoxin (NTX), might inhibit skin allograft rejection. Skin allografts were used to induce immune rejection in rats. In addition, mixed lymphocyte culture (MLC) was used to mimic immune rejection reaction in vitro. Both NNAV and NTX were orally given starting from 5days prior to skin allograft surgery. The results showed that oral administration of NNAV or NTX prolonged the survival of skin allografts and inhibited inflammatory response. The production of Th1 cytokines (IFN-γ, IL-2) was also suppressed. NTX inhibited T-cell proliferation and CD4(+) T cell division induced by skin allografts. NTX also showed immunosuppressive activity in mixed lymphocyte culture. Atropine alone inhibited Con A-induced proliferation of T cells and potentiated NTX' s inhibitory effects on T cells, while pilocarpine only slightly enhanced Con A-induced T cell proliferation and partially reversed the inhibitory effect of NTX. On the other hand, neither nicotine nor mecamylamine had an influence on NTX's inhibitory effects on Con A-induced T cell proliferation in vitro. NTX inhibited T cell proliferation by arresting the cell cycle at the G0/G1 phase. The present study revealed that NNAV and NTX suppressed skin allograft rejection by inhibiting T cell-mediated immune responses. These findings suggest both NNAV and NTX as potential immunosuppressants for preventing the immune response to skin allografts. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  1. Scapular allograft reconstruction after total scapulectomy: surgical technique and functional results. (United States)

    Capanna, Rodolfo; Totti, Francesca; Van der Geest, Ingrid C M; Müller, Daniel A


    Scapular allograft reconstruction after total scapulectomy preserving the rotator cuff muscles is an oncologically safe procedure and results in good functional outcome with a low complication rate. The data of 6 patients who underwent scapular allograft reconstruction after a total scapulectomy for tumor resection were retrospectively reviewed. At least 1 of the rotator cuff muscles was preserved and the size-matched scapular allograft fixed to the residual host acromion with a plate and screws. The periscapular muscles and the residual joint capsule were sutured to the corresponding insertions of the allograft. The mean follow-up was 5.5 years (range, 24-175 months). In all patients, a wide surgical margin was achieved. The average functional scores were 20 points for the International Society of Limb Salvage score and 60 points for the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons score. Mean active shoulder flexion of 60° (range, 30°-90°) and mean active abduction of 62° (range, 30°-90°) were achieved. During the follow-up, 1 patient (16.6%) had a local recurrence and lung metastasis, whereas the remaining 5 patients (83.3%) were disease free. Two breakages of the osteosynthesis and 2 allograft fractures were observed, necessitating a revision surgery in 2 cases (33.3%). In this series, no infection, allograft resorption, or shoulder instability occurred. Allograft substitution of a completely removed scapula is an oncologically safe procedure, with good functional results, avoiding common complications in prosthetic replacements such as infection and dislocation of the shoulder joint. Copyright © 2015 Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Board of Trustees. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Ganciclovir prophylaxis improves late murine cytomegalovirus-induced renal allograft damage. (United States)

    Shimamura, Masako; Seleme, Maria C; Guo, Lingling; Saunders, Ute; Schoeb, Trenton R; George, James F; Britt, William J


    Human cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is associated with inferior survival in renal transplant patients, and ganciclovir (GCV) prophylaxis is associated with improved survival. In a murine CMV (MCMV) renal transplantation model, ganciclovir prophylaxis improved innate infiltrates and allograft damage during the period of prophylaxis. In this study, late effects were examined after the discontinuation of prophylaxis. MCMV D+/R- and D-/R- allogeneic transplants were performed with cyclosporine immunosuppression. One D+/R- cohort received ganciclovir prophylaxis for 14 days after transplantation followed by 28 days without ganciclovir. At 42 days after transplantation, grafts were analyzed for histologic tissue damage and immune infiltrates. Another D+/R- cohort was treated with anti-NK1.1 antibodies for 14 days after transplantation and compared with animals without natural killer (NK) cell depletion. At day 42, MCMV-infected transplants had higher damage scores (15.6±0.6) compared with uninfected transplants (8.3±0.9; Pganciclovir-treated allografts (9.5±1.4). MCMV-infected grafts contained greater frequencies of NK cell and myeloid infiltrates compared with uninfected grafts (Pganciclovir-treated grafts. NK cell depletion improved allograft histology of MCMV-infected grafts. MCMV infection exacerbates late renal allograft damage and is associated with NK and myeloid cell infiltrates. Ganciclovir prophylaxis reduces allograft injury and NK cell and myeloid infiltrates even after the cessation of prophylaxis. NK cell depletion in MCMV-infected transplants also improves histology. These results suggest that ganciclovir prophylaxis may have a long-term beneficial effect on CMV-infected renal allografts and suggest a potential role for NK cells in the pathogenesis of CMV-associated allograft injury.

  3. A20 Haploinsufficiency Aggravates Transplant Arteriosclerosis in Mouse Vascular Allografts: Implications for Clinical Transplantation. (United States)

    Moll, Herwig P; Lee, Andy; Peterson, Clayton R; Revuelta Cervantes, Jesus; Wojcik, Brandon M; Parulkar, Anshul; Mele, Alessandra; LoGerfo, Philip J; Siracuse, Jeffrey J; Csizmadia, Eva; da Silva, Cleide G; Ferran, Christiane


    Inflammation is central to the pathogenesis of transplant arteriosclerosis (TA). We questioned whether physiologic levels of anti-inflammatory A20 influence TA severity. We performed major histocompatibility complex mismatched aorta to carotid artery interposition grafts, using wild type (WT) or A20 heterozygote (HET) C57BL/6 (H-2) donors and BALB/c (H-2) recipients, and conversely BALB/c donors and WT/HET recipients. We analyzed aortic allografts by histology, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, and gene profiling (quantitative real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction). We validated select in vivo A20 targets in human and mouse smooth muscle cell (SMC) cultures. We noted significantly greater intimal hyperplasia in HET versus WT allografts, indicating aggravated TA. Inadequate upregulation of A20 in HET allografts after transplantation was associated with excessive NF-кB activation, gauged by higher levels of IkBα, p65, VCAM-1, ICAM-1, CXCL10, CCL2, TNF, and IL-6 (mostly localized to SMC). Correspondingly, cytokine-induced upregulation of TNF and IL-6 in human and mouse SMC cultures inversely correlated with A20 expression. Aggravated TA in HET versus WT allografts correlated with increased intimal SMC proliferation, and a higher number of infiltrating IFNγ and Granzyme B CD4 T cells and natural killer cells, and lower number of FoxP3 regulatory T cells. A20 haploinsufficiency in allograft recipients did not influence TA. A20 haploinsufficiency in vascular allografts aggravates lesions of TA by exacerbating inflammation, SMC proliferation, and infiltration of pathogenic T cells. A20 single nucleotide polymorphisms associating with lower A20 expression or function in donors of vascularized allografts may inform risk and severity of TA, highlighting the clinical implications of our findings.

  4. Processed allografts and type I collagen conduits for repair of peripheral nerve gaps. (United States)

    Whitlock, Elizabeth L; Tuffaha, Sami H; Luciano, Janina P; Yan, Ying; Hunter, Daniel A; Magill, Christina K; Moore, Amy M; Tong, Alice Y; Mackinnon, Susan E; Borschel, Gregory H


    Autografting is the gold standard in the repair of peripheral nerve injuries that are not amenable to end-to-end coaptation. However, because autografts result in donor-site defects and are a limited resource, an effective substitute would be valuable. In a rat model, we compared isografts with Integra NeuraGen (NG) nerve guides, which are a commercially available type I collagen conduit, with processed rat allografts comparable to AxoGen's Avance human decellularized allograft product. In a 14-mm sciatic nerve gap model, isograft was superior to processed allograft, which was in turn superior to NG conduit at 6 weeks postoperatively (P < 0.05 for number of myelinated fibers both at midgraft and distal to the graft). At 12 weeks, these differences were no longer apparent. In a 28-mm graft model, isografts again performed better than processed allografts at both 6 and 22 weeks; regeneration through the NG conduit was often insufficient for analysis in this long graft model. Functional tests confirmed the superiority of isografts, although processed allografts permitted successful reinnervation of distal targets not seen in the NG conduit groups. Processed allografts were inherently non-immunogenic and maintained some internal laminin structure. We conclude that, particularly in a long gap model, nerve graft alternatives fail to confer the regenerative advantages of an isograft. However, AxoGen processed allografts are superior to a currently available conduit-style nerve guide, the Integra NeuraGen. They provide an alternative for reconstruction of short nerve gaps where a conduit might otherwise be used.

  5. Pediatric cerebral sinovenous thrombosis following cranial surgery. (United States)

    Petrov, Dmitriy; Uohara, Michael Y; Ichord, Rebecca; Ali, Zarina; Jastrzab, Laura; Lang, Shih-Shan; Billinghurst, Lori


    Pediatric cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT) is an important, though less common subtype of pediatric stroke. It has been linked to several risk factors, including cranial procedures, with few studies highlighting this relationship. The aim of this study was to characterize the diagnosis and treatment of CSVT after cranial surgery. An institutional pediatric stroke research database was used to identify all CSVT cases diagnosed within 30 days of cranial surgery from November 2004 to December 2014. Thirteen subjects were retrospectively analyzed for clinical presentation, surgical details, radiographic characteristics, laboratory study results, treatment, and outcome. Diagnostic testing and treatment adhered to a consensus-based institutional stroke protocol. Cranial vault reconstruction, subdural empyema evacuation, and tumor resection were each observed in three subjects. Eleven (85%) subjects had sinus exposure during surgery, and eight (73%) developed thrombus in a sinus within or adjacent to the operative field. Two (15%) had documented iatrogenic sinus injury. On post-operative testing, ten (77%) subjects had prothrombotic abnormalities. Seven (54%) were treated with anti-coagulation therapy (ACT) starting on a median of post-operative day (POD) 3 (IQR 1-3) for a median of 2.9 months (IQR 2.4-5.4). Median time to imaging evidence of partial or complete recanalization was 2.4 months (IQR 0.7-5.1). No symptomatic hemorrhagic complications were encountered. Pediatric CSVT may be encountered after cranial surgery, and decisions related to anti-coagulation are challenging. The risk of CSVT should be considered in pre-surgical planning and post-operative evaluation of cases with known risk factors. In our study, judicious use of ACT was safe in the post-operative period.

  6. [Treatment of nontumoral portal vein thrombosis in cirrhosis]. (United States)

    Bañares, Rafael; Catalina, María-Vega


    Portal vein thrombosis in cirrhosis is a relatively common complication associated with the presence of an accompanying prothrombotic phenotype of advanced cirrhosis. The consequences of portal vein thrombosis are relevant because it can be associated with impaired hepatic function, might contraindicate hepatic transplantation and could increase morbidity in the surgical procedure. There is controversy concerning the most effective treatment of portal vein thrombosis, which is based on information that is seldom robust and whose primary objective is to achieve a return to vessel patency. Various studies have suggested that starting anticoagulation therapy early is associated with portal vein repatency more frequently than without treatment and has a low rate of complications. There are no proven data on the type of anticoagulant (low-molecular-weight heparins or dicoumarin agents) and the treatment duration. The implementation of TIPS is technically feasible in thrombosis without cavernous transformation and is associated with portal vein recanalization in a significant proportion of cases. Thrombolytic therapy does not appear to present an adequate balance between efficacy and safety; its use is therefore not supported for this indication. The proper definition of treatment for portal vein thrombosis requires properly designed studies to delimit the efficacy and safety of the various alternatives. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  7. Renal transplant in children with previous inferior vena cava thrombosis. (United States)

    Martinez-Urrutia, Maria Jose; Pereira, Pedro Lopez; Ramirez, Luis Avila; Romera, Roberto Lobato; Melgar, Angel Alonso; Monereo, Enrique Jaureguizar; Larrucea, Juan Tovar


    Our experience with renal transplantation in children with inferior vena cava thrombosis is presented in this study. Of the 238 children who have received renal transplants at our institution, four had IVC thrombosis (discovered during pretransplant evaluation: three patients; found at surgery: one patient). The pretransplant US evaluation diagnosis of IVC thrombosis in three patients was confirmed by transjugular retrograde cavography. There were no signs of hypercoagulability or IVC thrombosis symptoms prior to diagnosis in any patient. The graft was implanted in a left orthotopic position in three patients. Venous drainage was attained to the infrahepatic vena cava or native renal vein after ipsilateral nephrectomy. The renal artery of the graft was anastomosed to the aorta. In one patient, the graft was placed in the left iliac fossa. Patient and graft survival are 100%. Three grafts are functioning normally after a mean follow-up of 3.7 yr. The graft placed in the iliac fossa has moderate dysfunction due to high pressure venous outflow. Children with IVC thrombosis can be successfully transplanted orthotopically. Candidates with any suspicious-looking occlusion on ultrasound should be studied by retrograde venography to confirm diagnosis prior to transplantation.

  8. Uncontrolled seizures resulting from cerebral venous sinus thrombosis complicating neurobrucellosis

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    Full Text Available Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is a rare form of stroke caused by thrombosis in venous sinuses of the brain. In this study, we reported on a patient with venous sinus thrombosis and brucellosis who presented with uncontrolled seizure despite being treated with anti-epileptic drugs at high doses. The case was a 33-year-old woman with a history of controlled complex partial seizure who presented with headache, asthenia, and uncontrolled seizure for one month. She was febrile and a brain CT scan indicated hemorrhagic focus in the left posterior parietal and the temporal lobe. Magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance venography also proved venous sinus thrombosis in the left transverse sinus. Besides [In addition], a laboratory assessment confirmed brucellosis. Following the treatment with anti-coagulant, anti-brucellosis, and anti-epileptic agents, the patient was discharged in good condition with medical orders. Clinical suspicion and accurate evaluation of a patient′s history is the most important clue in diagnosis and treatment of brucellosis and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, especially in uncontrolled seizure in patients who had previously been under control.


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    Hanaa El-Karaksy


    Full Text Available Abdominal venous thrombosis may present as splanchnic venous thrombosis (SVT (occlusion of portal, splenic, superior or inferior mesenteric veins or Budd- Chiari Syndrome (BCS (thrombosis of inferior vena cava and/or hepatic veins. The aim of this review is to report the scanty data available for splanchnic vein thrombosis in the South Mediterranean area. In one Egyptian study, the possible circumstantial risk factors for portal vein thrombosis were found in 30% of cases:  19% neonatal sepsis, 8.7% umbilical catheterization, 6% severe gastroenteritis and dehydration. Another Egyptian study concluded that hereditary thrombophilia was common in children with PVT (62.5%, the commonest being factor V Leiden mutation (FVL (30%. Concurrence of more than one hereditary thrombophilia was not uncommon (12.5%. The first international publication on hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD in Egypt was in 1965 in children who rapidly develop abdominal distention with ascites and hepatomegaly. This disease was more frequent in malnourished children coming from rural areas; infusions given at home may contain noxious substances that were hepatotoxic and Infections might play a role. VOD of childhood is rarely seen nowadays. Data from South Mediterranean area are deficient and this may be attributable to reporting in local medical journals that are difficult to access. Medical societies concerned with this topic could help distribute this information.

  10. Myeloid-related protein-14 regulates deep vein thrombosis (United States)

    Wang, Yunmei; Gao, Huiyun; Kessinger, Chase W.; Schmaier, Alvin; Jaffer, Farouc A.; Simon, Daniel I.


    Using transcriptional profiling of platelets from patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction, we identified myeloid-related protein-14 (MRP-14, also known as S100A9) as an acute myocardial infarction gene and reported that platelet MRP-14 binding to platelet CD36 regulates arterial thrombosis. However, whether MRP-14 plays a role in venous thrombosis is unknown. We subjected WT and Mrp-14–deficient (Mrp-14-/-) mice to experimental models of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) by stasis ligation or partial flow restriction (stenosis) of the inferior vena cava. Thrombus weight in response to stasis ligation or stenosis was reduced significantly in Mrp-14-/- mice compared with WT mice. The adoptive transfer of WT neutrophils or platelets, or the infusion of recombinant MRP-8/14, into Mrp-14-/- mice rescued the venous thrombosis defect in Mrp-14-/- mice, indicating that neutrophil- and platelet-derived MRP-14 directly regulate venous thrombogenesis. Stimulation of neutrophils with MRP-14 induced neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation, and NETs were reduced in venous thrombi harvested from Mrp-14-/- mice and in Mrp-14-/- neutrophils stimulated with ionomycin. Given prior evidence that MRP-14 also regulates arterial thrombosis, but not hemostasis (i.e., reduced bleeding risk), MRP-14 appears to be a particularly attractive molecular target for treating thrombotic cardiovascular diseases, including myocardial infarction, stroke, and venous thromboembolism. PMID:28570273

  11. Intravascular thrombosis as a result of central venous access. (United States)

    Biernacka, Jadwiga; Nestorowicz, Andrzej; Wach, Małgorzata


    Central venous access represents one of the most basic therapeutic procedures in modern medicine. Unfortunately, numerous advantages that result from maintaining a central venous line are accompanied by some complications among which the venous thrombosis is the most significant clinically. The study was designed to assess frequency and natural history of this complication in the setting at a multi profile clinical hospital. Central venous cannulation was performed by a fully qualified anaesthesiologist in every case. There were 887 cannulations and only 5 patients with clinically significant venous thrombosis. The analysis of the collected data allowed us to state that the frequency of intravascular thrombosis is low, but this complication is often associated with extensive impairment of patency of the central veins. Full recanalization is not always achieved regardless of the treatment applied. Pulmonary embolism in the course of central venous thrombosis was diagnosed in one patient only and appeared as a multiple and fine X-ray infiltrates. It seems that in the presence of permanent or even life threatening complications of central venous thrombosis their risk should be minimized by frequent examination of the cannulation site and early initiation of antithrombotic treatment.

  12. Cryopreserved cancellous bone allograft in periodontal intraosseous defects. (United States)

    Borghetti, A; Novakovitch, G; Louise, F; Simeone, D; Fourel, J


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential of cryopreserved cancellous bone allograft (CCBA) in the treatment of intraosseous periodontal defects compared to surgical debridement alone (DEBR). Cancellous bone was procured from femur heads that had been extracted for hip prosthesis procedures and cryopreserved in liquid nitrogen (-196 degrees C) in a tissue bank. Ten patients without systemic disorders and advanced periodontal disease (at least 2 intraosseous defects) participated in this investigation. Measurements from the cemento-enamel junction were made after initial therapy for clinical attachment level; also gingival recession, probing pocket depth, plaque index, and gingival index and, at the time of surgery, alveolar crest height and osseous defect depth were measured. All measurements were repeated at 1 year-reentry. Sixteen defects were debrided and grafted (test sites) and 13 defects were debrided only (control sites). Soft tissue measurements showed no statistical differences between the 2 groups. Defect fill was significantly greater with CCBA (1.75 mm) than with DEBR (0.56 mm). Defect depth reduction was 2.06 mm for CCBA and 0.78 mm for DEBR. These values correspond to a percent-defect resolution of 60% for CCBA and 29% for DEBR. Hard tissue measurements showed significant differences between the 2 groups. CCBA seems to be effective in the short-term treatment of intraosseous periodontal defects.

  13. Restrictive allograft syndrome after lung transplantation: new radiological insights

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    Dubbeldam, Adriana; Barthels, Caroline; Coolen, Johan; Verschakelen, Johny A.; Wever, Walter de [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Radiology, Leuven (Belgium); Verleden, Stijn E.; Vos, Robin; Verleden, Geert M. [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Pneumology, Leuven (Belgium)


    To describe the CT changes in patients with restrictive allograft syndrome (RAS) after lung transplantation, before and after clinical diagnosis. This retrospective study included 22 patients with clinical diagnosis of RAS. Diagnosis was based on a combination of forced expiratory volume (FEV1) decline (≥20 %) and total lung capacity (TLC) decline (≥10 %). All available CT scans after transplantation were analyzed for the appearance and evolution of lung abnormalities. In 14 patients, non-regressing nodules and reticulations predominantly affecting the upper lobes developed an average of 13.9 months prior to the diagnosis of RAS. Median graft survival after onset of non-regressing abnormalities was 33.5 months, with most patients in follow-up (9/14). In eight patients, a sudden appearance of diffuse consolidations mainly affecting both upper and lower lobes was seen an average of 2.8 months prior to the diagnosis of RAS. Median graft survival was 6.4 months after first onset of non-regressing abnormalities, with graft loss in most patients (6/8). RAS has been previously described as a homogenous group. However, our study shows two different groups of RAS-patients: one with slow progression and one with fast progression. The two groups show different onset and progression patterns of CT abnormalities. (orig.)

  14. Early Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy: Are the Viruses to Blame?

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    Ashim Aggarwal


    Full Text Available This paper describes a case of early (7 months after transplant cardiac allograft vasculopathy. This-43-year-old (CMV positive, EBV negative female patient underwent an orthotopic heart transplant with a (CMV negative, EBV positive donor heart. She had a history of herpes zoster infection and postherpetic neuralgia in the past. The patient’s panel reactive antibodies had been almost undetectable on routine surveillance testing, and her surveillance endomyocardial biopsies apart from a few episodes of mild-to-moderate acute cellular rejection (treated adequately with steroids never showed any evidence of humoral rejection. The postoperative course was complicated by multiple admissions for upper respiratory symptoms, and the patient tested positive for entero, rhino, and coronaviruses serologies. During her last admission (seven months postoperatively the patient developed mild left ventricular dysfunction with an ejection fraction of 40%. The patient’s endomyocardial biopsy done at that time revealed concentric intimal proliferation and inflammation resulting in near-total luminal occlusion in the epicardial and the intramyocardial coronary vessels, suggestive of graft vasculopathy with no evidence of rejection, and the patient had a fatal ventricular arrhythmia.

  15. Nontubercular mycobacterial infection in a renal allograft recipient

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    U Anandh


    Full Text Available A 71-year-old male, a renal allograft recipient, presented to us with a history of fever and right palm swelling. He had a history of fever 7 years back when he was treated with antitubercular treatment (ATT. Three years back, he was diagnosed to have gout and he was started on allopurinol. He developed severe bone marrow toxicity and allopurinol was changed to febuxostat. On admission, routine investigations did not reveal any focus of infection. The fluid aspirate from the palm revealed acid-fast bacilli (AFB. He was started on ATT; however, he did not show significant improvement. Two months later, he developed multiple subcutaneous lesions, and the pus again came positive for AFB. Due to lack of improvement, the aspirate was sent for molecular diagnostic identification. The mycobacteria was identified as Mycobacterium haemophilum. His treatment was changed to rifampicin, clarithromycin, and ciprofloxacin. As he showed slow improvement, his immunosuppression was tapered slowly. At 7 months of therapy, he is clinically better and his lesions are healing. His renal functions stayed stable despite tapering of cyclosporine in a patient who is on rifampicin. This case, the first report of M. haemophilum infection in a kidney transplant recipient in India, illustrates the difficulty in diagnosing nontubercular mycobacterial infection in transplant recipients. It also emphasizes the dilemma in tapering immunosuppressive drugs in disseminated nontubercular mycobacterial infections where there are considerable interactions between ATT and immunosuppressives.

  16. Alveolar Ridge Preservation Using Xenogeneic Collagen Matrix and Bone Allograft

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    Andreas O. Parashis


    Full Text Available Alveolar ridge preservation (ARP has been shown to prevent postextraction bone loss. The aim of this report is to highlight the clinical, radiographic, and histological outcomes following use of a bilayer xenogeneic collagen matrix (XCM in combination with freeze-dried bone allograft (FDBA for ARP. Nine patients were treated after extraction of 18 teeth. Following minimal flap elevation and atraumatic extraction, sockets were filled with FDBA. The XCM was adapted to cover the defect and 2-3 mm of adjacent bone and flaps were repositioned. Healing was uneventful in all cases, the XCM remained in place, and any matrix exposure was devoid of further complications. Exposed matrix portions were slowly vascularized and replaced by mature keratinized tissue within 2-3 months. Radiographic and clinical assessment indicated adequate volume of bone for implant placement, with all planned implants placed in acceptable positions. When fixed partial dentures were placed, restorations fulfilled aesthetic demands without requiring further augmentation procedures. Histological and immunohistochemical analysis from 9 sites (4 patients indicated normal mucosa with complete incorporation of the matrix and absence of inflammatory response. The XCM + FDBA combination resulted in minimal complications and desirable soft and hard tissue therapeutic outcomes, suggesting the feasibility of this approach for ARP.

  17. Structural Allograft versus Autograft for Instrumented Atlantoaxial Fusions in Pediatric Patients: Radiologic and Clinical Outcomes in Series of 32 Patients. (United States)

    Zhang, Yue-Hui; Shen, Lei; Shao, Jiang; Chou, Dean; Song, Jia; Zhang, Jing


    Allograft with wire techniques showed a low fusion rate in pediatric atlantoaxial fusions (AAFs) in early studies. Using allograft in pediatric AAFs with screw/rod constructs has not been reported. Thus we compared the fusion rate and clinical outcomes in pediatric patients who underwent AAFs with screw/rod constructs using either a structural autograft or allograft. Pediatric patients (aged ≤12 years) who underwent AAFs between 2007 and 2015 were retrospectively evaluated. Patients were divided into 2 groups (allograft or autograft). Clinical and radiographic results were collected from hospital records and compared. A total of 32 patients were included (18 allograft, 14 autograft). There were no significant group differences in age, sex, weight, diagnosis, or duration of follow-up. A similar fusion rate was achieved (allograft: 94%, 17/18; autograft: 100%, 14/14); however, the average fusion time was 3 months longer in the allograft group. Blood loss was significantly lower in the allograft group (68 ± 8.5 mL) than the autograft group (116 ± 12.5 mL). Operating time and length of hospitalization were slightly (nonsignificantly) shorter for the allograft group. A significantly higher overall incidence of surgery-related complications was seen in the autograft group, including a 16.7% (2/14) rate of donor-site-related complications. The use of allograft for AAF was safe and efficacious when combined with rigid screw/rod constructs in pediatric patients, with a similar fusion rate to autografts and an acceptable complication rate. Furthermore, blood loss was less when using allograft and donor-site morbidity was eliminated; however, the fusion time was increased. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Assessment of early renal allograft dysfunction with blood oxygenation level-dependent MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging

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    Park, Sung Yoon [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiological Science, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Chan Kyo, E-mail: [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Byung Kwan [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sung Ju; Lee, Sanghoon [Department of Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Huh, Wooseong [Department of Nephrology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Highlights: • R2* and ADC in renal allografts are moderately correlated with eGFR. • R2* and ADC are lower in early allograft dysfunction than normal allograft function. • No significant difference between AR and ATN was found in both R2* and ADC. - Abstract: Purpose: To investigate blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) at 3 T for assessment of early renal allograft dysfunction. Materials and methods: 34 patients with a renal allograft (early dysfunction, 24; normal, 10) were prospectively enrolled. BOLD MRI and DWI were performed at 3 T. R2* and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values were measured in cortex and medulla of the allografts. Correlation between R2* or ADC values and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was investigated. R2* or ADC values were compared among acute rejection (AR), acute tubular necrosis (ATN) and normal function. Results: In all renal allografts, cortical or medullary R2* and ADC values were moderately correlated with eGFR (P < 0.05). Early dysfunction group showed lower R2* and ADC values than normal function group (P < 0.05). AR or ATN had lower R2* values than normal allografts (P < 0.05), and ARs had lower cortical ADC values than normal allografts (P < 0.05). No significant difference of R2* or ADC values was found between AR and ATN (P > 0.05). Conclusion: BOLD MRI and DWI at 3 T may demonstrate early functional state of renal allografts, but may be limited in characterizing a cause of early renal allograft dysfunction. Further studies are needed.

  19. Stromal stem cells and platelet-rich plasma improve bone allograft integration. (United States)

    Lucarelli, Enrico; Fini, Milena; Beccheroni, Amira; Giavaresi, Gianluca; Di Bella, Claudia; Aldini, Nicolò Nicoli; Guzzardella, Gaetano; Martini, Lucia; Cenacchi, Annarita; Di Maggio, Nunzia; Sangiorgi, Luca; Fornasari, Pier Maria; Mercuri, Mario; Giardino, Roberto; Donati, Davide


    Early vascular invasion is a key factor in bone allograft incorporation. It may reduce the complications related to slow and incomplete bone integration. Bone-marrow-derived stromal stem cells associated with platelet-rich plasma are potent angiogenic inducers proven to release vascular endothelial growth factor. Our goal was to test whether the combination of stromal stem cells and platelet-rich plasma is able to increase massive allograft integration in a large animal model with sacrifice at 4 months. A critical defect was made in the mid-diaphysis of the metatarsal bone of 10 sheep; the study group received an allograft plus stromal stem cells, platelet-rich plasma, and collagen (six animals) and the control group received only the allograft (four animals). Investigation was done with radiographs, mechanical tests and histomorphometric analysis, including new vascularization. Results showed substantial new bone formation in the allograft of the study group. Bone formation is correlated with better vascular invasion and remodeling of the graft in the study group. These results confirm the key role played by stromal stem cells and platelet-rich plasma in bone repair. Further studies are needed to better define the role stromal stem cells play when implanted alone.

  20. Proteinuria as a Noninvasive Marker for Renal Allograft Histology and Failure: An Observational Cohort Study. (United States)

    Naesens, Maarten; Lerut, Evelyne; Emonds, Marie-Paule; Herelixka, Albert; Evenepoel, Pieter; Claes, Kathleen; Bammens, Bert; Sprangers, Ben; Meijers, Björn; Jochmans, Ina; Monbaliu, Diethard; Pirenne, Jacques; Kuypers, Dirk R J


    Proteinuria is routinely measured to assess renal allograft status, but the diagnostic and prognostic values of this measurement for renal transplant pathology and outcome remain unclear. We included 1518 renal allograft recipients in this prospective, observational cohort study. All renal allograft biopsy samples with concomitant data on 24-hour proteinuria were included in the analyses (n=2274). Patients were followed for ≥7 years post-transplantation. Compared with proteinuria proteinuria 0.3-1.0 g/24 h, 2.17 (95% CI, 1.49 to 3.18; Pproteinuria 1.0-3.0 g/24 h, and 3.01 (95% CI, 1.75 to 5.18; Pproteinuria >3.0 g/24 h, independent of GFR and allograft histology. The predictive performance of proteinuria for graft failure was lower at 3 months after transplant (area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve [AUC] 0.64, Pproteinuria were repeat transplantation, mean arterial pressure, transplant glomerulopathy, microcirculation inflammation, and de novo/recurrent glomerular disease. The discriminatory power of proteinuria for these intragraft injury processes was better in biopsy samples obtained >3 months after transplant (AUC 0.73, Pproteinuria >1.0 g/24 h. These data support current clinical guidelines to routinely measure proteinuria after transplant, but illustrate the need for more sensitive biomarkers of allograft injury and prognosis. Copyright © 2016 by the American Society of Nephrology.

  1. The effect of gamma irradiation on the osteoinductivity of demineralized human bone allograft.

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    Babak Arjmand


    Full Text Available The gamma irradiation has been used for end sterilization of allograft bones and its effects with a 25 kGy dosage on the osteoinductive properties of demineralized bone allograft powder was studied. This work carried out using an experimental method in an animal model. In this study the demineralized bone allograft powder which had been sterilized and prepared with gamma irradiation in a 25 kGy dosage in 18 hours, was used as a study group and the demineralized bone allograft powder which had been prepared aseptically was used as the reference group. 30 mg of bone powder from each group were implanted into right and left paravertebral muscles of eighteen rats, separately. After four weeks, the implanted samples were harvested with a 0.5 cm border and then the osteoinductivity of implants in two groups were compared with histopathologic studies. In 94.4% of the reference samples a new bone formation was observed. In the study group, this difference was observed only in 27.7% of samples (P<0.002. It appears that using gamma irradiation may lead to a reduction in osteoinduction properties of demineralized bone allograft powder.

  2. Proteinuria as a Noninvasive Marker for Renal Allograft Histology and Failure: An Observational Cohort Study (United States)

    Lerut, Evelyne; Emonds, Marie-Paule; Herelixka, Albert; Evenepoel, Pieter; Claes, Kathleen; Bammens, Bert; Sprangers, Ben; Meijers, Björn; Jochmans, Ina; Monbaliu, Diethard; Pirenne, Jacques; Kuypers, Dirk R.J.


    Proteinuria is routinely measured to assess renal allograft status, but the diagnostic and prognostic values of this measurement for renal transplant pathology and outcome remain unclear. We included 1518 renal allograft recipients in this prospective, observational cohort study. All renal allograft biopsy samples with concomitant data on 24-hour proteinuria were included in the analyses (n=2274). Patients were followed for ≥7 years post-transplantation. Compared with proteinuria failure were 1.14 (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 0.81 to 1.60; P=0.50), for proteinuria 0.3–1.0 g/24 h, 2.17 (95% CI, 1.49 to 3.18; P3.0 g/24 h, independent of GFR and allograft histology. The predictive performance of proteinuria for graft failure was lower at 3 months after transplant (area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve [AUC] 0.64, P3 months after transplant (AUC 0.73, P1.0 g/24 h. These data support current clinical guidelines to routinely measure proteinuria after transplant, but illustrate the need for more sensitive biomarkers of allograft injury and prognosis. PMID:26152270

  3. Vertebrectomy, bone allograft fusion, and antitumor vaccination for the treatment of vertebral fibrosarcoma in a dog. (United States)

    Chauvet, A E; Hogge, G S; Sandin, J A; Lipsitz, D


    To describe the surgical technique of vertebrectomy with bone allograft fusion and the use of antitumor vaccine for the treatment of a primary vertebral neoplasm in a dog. Case Report. A 3 year old 32 kg female spayed mixed breed dog with progressive paraplegia. Myelography was performed to identify an L5 lytic lesion with spinal cord compression. A dorsal laminectomy was performed to decompress the spinal cord and obtain biopsies. Pathologic fracture of the vertebral body two days later was treated with L5 vertebrectomy, cortical allograft implantation, and bilateral plating from L4 to L6. Tumor samples were used to create an autologous cytokine-gene-engineered tumor cell vaccine. Recheck radiographs and neurologic examinations were obtained 1, 2, 7, and 13 months after surgery. The histopathologic diagnosis was fibrosarcoma. Although slight osteopenia of the allograft was noted thirteen months after surgery, the allograft and plate fixation remained stable. The patient tolerated the antitumor vaccination protocol well. Two years after the procedures the dog was able to ambulate normally but remained urinary and fecal incontinent. Vertebrectomy and cortical allograft implantation with plating permitted this patient to return to a functional lifestyle with its owners.

  4. Broth versus solid agar culture of swab samples of cadaveric allograft musculoskeletal tissue. (United States)

    Varettas, Kerry


    As part of the donor assessment protocol, bioburden assessment must be performed on allograft musculoskeletal tissue samples collected at the time of tissue retrieval. Swab samples of musculoskeletal tissue allografts from cadaveric donors are received at the microbiology department of the South Eastern Area Laboratory Services (Australia) to determine the presence of bacteria and fungi. This study will review the isolation rate of organisms from solid agar and broth culture of swab samples of cadaveric allograft musculoskeletal tissue over a 6-year period, 2006-2011. Swabs were inoculated onto horse blood agar (anaerobic, 35 °C) and chocolate agar (CO2, 35 °C) and then placed into a cooked meat broth (aerobic, 35 °C). A total of 1,912 swabs from 389 donors were received during the study period. 557 (29.1 %) swabs were culture positive with the isolation of 713 organisms, 249 (34.9 %) from solid agar culture and an additional 464 (65.1 %) from broth culture only. This study has shown that the broth culture of cadaveric allograft musculoskeletal swab samples recovered a greater amount of organisms than solid agar culture. Isolates such as Clostridium species and Staphylococcus aureus would not have been isolated from solid agar culture alone. Broth culture is an essential part of the bioburden assessment protocol of swab samples of cadaveric allograft musculoskeletal tissue in this laboratory.

  5. Effect of a novel sterilization method on biomechanical properties of soft tissue allografts. (United States)

    Baldini, T; Caperton, K; Hawkins, M; McCarty, E


    Evaluate allograft tissue commonly used in soft tissue reconstruction to determine whether stiffness and strength were significantly altered after grafts were treated with different sterilization methods. Unprocessed, irradiated, and grafts treated with supercritical CO2 were compared. Thirty-eight anterior or posterior tibialis tendons were obtained from a tissue bank (Allograft Innovations, Gainesville, FL). Group I was unprocessed, group II was sterilized with gamma irradiation (20-28 kGy), and group III was sterilized with supercritical CO2. The grafts were pretensioned to 89 N for 300 s. Specimens were then loaded from 50 to 300 N at 0.5 Hz for 250 cycles before being loaded to failure at 50 mm/min. Dependent variables were compared between sterilization groups with one-way ANOVA (P sterilization methods tested in this study do not affect allograft strength. The supercritical CO2 sterilization method resulted in significantly lower stiffness than unprocessed and irradiated allografts. However, the stiffness and strength of all groups tested were greater than that of published values of the native intact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This study provides previously unpublished mechanical test data on a new sterilization technique that will assist surgeons to decide which allograft to use in ACL reconstruction surgery. III.

  6. Imaging of CD47 Expression in Xenograft and Allograft Tumor Models

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    Alexander Zheleznyak


    Full Text Available CD47 functions as a marker of “self” by inhibiting phagocytosis of autologous cells. CD47 has been shown to be overexpressed by various tumor types as a means of escaping the antitumor immune response. The goal of this research was to investigate the utility of CD47 imaging using positron emission tomography (PET in both human xenograft and murine allograft tumor models. Anti-CD47 antibodies were conjugated with p-isothiocyanatobenzyldesferrioxamine (Df-Bz-NCS and labeled with 89Zr. We employed xenograft and allograft small-animal models of cancer in biodistribution and PET imaging studies to investigate the specificity and PET imaging robustness of CD47. Ab-Df-Bz-NCS conjugates were labeled with 89Zr with specific activity of 0.9 to 1.6 μCi/μg. Biodistribution studies in the xenograft and allograft model showed similar specific tumor uptake of the antihuman and antimouse CD47 antibodies. However, the tracer retention in the liver, spleen, and kidneys was significantly higher in the allograft-bearing animals, suggesting uptake mediated by the CD47 normally expressed throughout the reticular endothelial system. CD47, a marker of “self,” was evaluated as a diagnostic PET biomarker in xenograft and allograft cancer animal models. CD47 imaging is feasible, warranting further studies and immunoPET tracer development.

  7. Reconstruction of the medial patellofemoral ligament: Evaluation of the clinical results of autografts versus allografts. (United States)

    Calvo Rodríguez, R; Figueroa Poblete, D; Anastasiadis Le Roy, Z; Etchegaray Bascur, F; Vaisman Burucker, A; Calvo Mena, R


    The purpose of the study was to evaluate the functional results after medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction in patients using auto- and allograft. A retrospective study was conducted on 28 patients with recurrent patellar dislocation, with 13 patients (13 knees) undergoing MPFL reconstruction with hamstring autograft, and 15 patients (16 knees) with reconstruction surgery with allograft. The total group included 13 males and 15 females, with an age range of 15 to 38 years. The graft-related morbidity was studied and a clinical assessment was performed using the pre- and postoperative Kujala score. Associated complications were reported for each group. All the patients had more than 12 months of follow up. No recurrent dislocations or graft related complications were reported in either group. The post-operative Kujala subjective knee score was 89.2 in the autograft group, and 92.6 in the allograft group (p >.05). One patient in the allograft group received a revision surgery due to poor positioning of anchors. Another patient in the allograft group had non-displaced patella fracture related to the bone tunnels and another patient had flexion deficit and needed mobilization under anesthesia. There were no significant differences between both groups, and the results were comparable. Copyright © 2014 SECOT. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  8. Hair Follicle Dermal Sheath Derived Cells Improve Islet Allograft Survival without Systemic Immunosuppression

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    Xiaojie Wang


    Full Text Available Immunosuppressive drugs successfully prevent rejection of islet allografts in the treatment of type I diabetes. However, the drugs also suppress systemic immunity increasing the risk of opportunistic infection and cancer development in allograft recipients. In this study, we investigated a new treatment for autoimmune diabetes using naturally immune privileged, hair follicle derived, autologous cells to provide localized immune protection of islet allotransplants. Islets from Balb/c mouse donors were cotransplanted with syngeneic hair follicle dermal sheath cup cells (DSCC, group 1 or fibroblasts (FB, group 2 under the kidney capsule of immune-competent, streptozotocin induced, diabetic C57BL/6 recipients. Group 1 allografts survived significantly longer than group 2 (32.2 ± 12.2 versus 14.1 ± 3.3 days, P<0.001 without administration of any systemic immunosuppressive agents. DSCC reduced T cell activation in the renal lymph node, prevented graft infiltrates, modulated inflammatory chemokine and cytokine profiles, and preserved better beta cell function in the islet allografts, but no systemic immunosuppression was observed. In summary, DSCC prolong islet allograft survival without systemic immunosuppression by local modulation of alloimmune responses, enhancing of beta cell survival, and promoting of graft revascularization. This novel finding demonstrates the capacity of easily accessible hair follicle cells to be used as local immunosuppression agents in islet transplantation.

  9. Risk factors for thrombosis and primary thrombosis prevention in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus with or without antiphospholipid antibodies. (United States)

    Tektonidou, Maria G; Laskari, Katerina; Panagiotakos, Demosthenes B; Moutsopoulos, Haralampos M


    Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL), namely anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) and lupus anticoagulant (LAC), have been associated with an increased risk of thrombosis in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We examined additional thrombosis risk factors (aPL profile, SLE-related, and traditional risk factors) and the primary thrombosis prevention in SLE patients with and without aPL. All SLE patients with positive aPL but without previous thrombotic manifestations who were regularly followed up at our department (n = 144) and 144 age- and sex-matched SLE patients with negative aPL were included in this study. The median followup times were 104 and 112 months, respectively. The demographic, clinical, laboratory, and treatment characteristics and the traditional thrombosis risk factors were recorded. The thrombosis rate was 29 per 144 aPL-positive patients (20.1%) and 11 per 144 aPL-negative patients (7.6%; P = 0.003). In multiadjusted analysis, significant predictors of thrombosis were male sex (hazard ratio [HR] 6.25, P LAC (HR 3.48, P = 0.04), and constantly positive aCL (HR 5.87, P = 0.01) for aPL-positive patients, while male sex (HR 7.14, P = 0.03) and hypertension were predictors for aPL-negative patients (HR 6.49, P = 0.03). Additionally, the duration of low-dose aspirin treatment played a protective role against thrombosis in aPL-positive patients (HR per month 0.98, P = 0.05), as did the duration of hydroxychloroquine in both aPL-positive (HR per month 0.99, P = 0.05) and aPL-negative patients (HR per month 0.98, P = 0.04). Independent predictors of thrombosis for aPL-positive patients were male sex, LAC, and constantly positive aCL, and for aPL-negative patients were male sex and hypertension. The duration of low-dose aspirin use played a protective role against thrombosis in aPL-positive patients as did the duration of hydroxychloroquine in both groups.

  10. Possible cause underlying gastric necrosis and perforation: Celiac artery thrombosis

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    Ahmet Peker


    Full Text Available In this article, we are sharing a case of a 76-year-old woman with known hypertension, atrial fibrillation,diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, who is presenting with stomach necrosis and perforation possibly due to celiac artery thrombosis after newly developed abdominal pain and bloody vomiting. In our case, emergency surgery was planned and the patient refused the operation and was lost at 48 hours of clinical follow-up. We aimed to discuss the etiology of celiac artery thrombosis, briefly. We believe that necrosis and perforation of the stomach due to celiac artery thrombosis deserves to be shared because it is a rare and difficult case to manage.


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    Ignazio Lofù


    Full Text Available Background: Neonatal aortic arch thrombosis is a rare but life threatening condition. A correct diagnosis and an appropriate therapeutic approach are fundamental to prevent death or severe injuries. Case presentation: we report a case of spontaneous aortic arch thrombosis in a term newborn, who presented with suggestive signs of aortic coarctation immediately after birth. Despite the initiation of anticoagulant therapy, a massive increase in size of thrombus with evidence of coronary involvement was noted. Thrombolytic treatment was performed with thrombus resolution. Death occurred after a few days due to widespread brain haemorrhage. Conclusion: To date, no definitive guidelines have been published for the treatment of neonatal aortic arch thrombosis, and only anecdotal reports are available. A multidisciplinary approach is fundamental in order to evaluate the risk:benefit ratio of proposed medical and surgical interventions. Further studies are needed to improve consensus evidence based guidelines and ensure appropriate approaches to this condition.

  12. MR imaging of dural sinus thrombosis: a case report

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    Lee, Si Kyung; Han, Chun Hwan; Lee, Moon Ok; Park, Kyung Joo; Lee, Joo Hyuk [Kang Nam General HosPital, Public Corporation, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    We present a case of angiographically confirmed transverse and sigmoid sinus thrombosis, image with MR, in a 20 year old male with a history of otitis media and maxillary sinusitis. T1-weighted image demonstrated an iso signal intensity mass with tubular-shaped low signal intensity in right transverse and sigmoid sinus. The thrombus had high signal intensity on T2-weighted image. The signal intensity of the thrombus on Gd-DTPA enhanced T1-weighted image was unusually high similar to that of transverse sinus. Although dural sinus thrombosis has a non-specific MR signal intensity, findings of MRI in this case may serve as an aid in future evaluation of venous thrombosis.

  13. Prosthetic mitral valve thrombosis in pregnancy: from thrombolysis to anticoagulation. (United States)

    Cardoso, Gonçalo; Aguiar, Carlos; Andrade, Maria João; Patrício, Lino; Freire, Isabel; Serrano, Fátima; Anjos, Rui; Mendes, Miguel


    Pregnant women with mechanical prosthetic heart valves are at increased risk for valve thrombosis. Management decisions for this life-threatening complication are complex. Open-heart surgery has a very high risk of maternal mortality and fetal loss. Bleeding and embolic risks associated with thrombolytic agents, the limited efficacy of thrombolysis in certain subgroups, and a lack of experience in the setting of pregnancy raise important concerns. We report a case of mitral prosthetic valve thrombosis in early pregnancy, which was successfully treated with streptokinase. Ten years later, the same patient had an uneventful pregnancy, throughout which acenocoumarol was maintained. With this case we review the prevention (with oral anticoagulant therapy) and treatment of prosthetic valve thrombosis during pregnancy, which is important for both obstetrician and cardiologist. Copyright © 2014 Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  14. Thrombosis in systemic lupus erythematosus: congenital and acquired risk factors. (United States)

    Afeltra, Antonella; Vadacca, Marta; Conti, Laura; Galluzzo, Sara; Mitterhofer, Anna P; Ferri, Giovanni M; Del Porto, Flavia; Caccavo, Domenico; Gandolfo, Giuseppe M; Amoroso, Antonio


    To investigate the thrombotic tendency in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) by evaluating congenital or acquired abnormalities associated with an increased risk of venous and/or arterial thrombosis. A total of 57 patients with SLE were included in the study. Twenty-one patients (37%) had a history of arterial and/or venous thrombosis and 36 patients (63%) did not have such a history. Sera from 50 healthy controls were examined. Protein C, protein S, antithrombin, D-dimer, fibrinogen, homocysteine, anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL), lupus anticoagulant (LAC), prothrombin G20210A, and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T gene mutation were evaluated. Protein C, antithrombin, fibrinogen, D-dimer, and homocysteine levels were significantly higher in patients with SLE than in controls. A prothrombin mutation was observed in 2 (4%) of 50 controls and in 6 (11%) of 57 patients. A significantly higher prevalence (P = 0.036) of MTHFR homozygous mutation was observed in patients with SLE (14 [25%] of 57) in comparison with controls (4 [8%] of 50). IgG-aCL and IgM-aCL levels were significantly higher in patients with SLE than in controls (P or = 20 IgG phospholipid units/ml) IgG-aCL antibody titers was significantly higher (P = 0.005) in patients with thrombosis (11 [52%] of 21) than in patients without (5 [14%] of 36) thrombosis. LAC was present in 22 (38.5%) of 57 patients and in none of 50 controls. In this study, we confirm the association between thrombosis and IgG-aCL at medium-high titers and suggest that the coexistence of other risk factors can affect the expression of thrombosis in patients with SLE.

  15. Valve thrombosis following transcatheter aortic valve implantation: a systematic review. (United States)

    Córdoba-Soriano, Juan G; Puri, Rishi; Amat-Santos, Ignacio; Ribeiro, Henrique B; Abdul-Jawad Altisent, Omar; del Trigo, María; Paradis, Jean-Michel; Dumont, Eric; Urena, Marina; Rodés-Cabau, Josep


    Despite the rapid global uptake of transcatheter aortic valve implantation, valve trombosis has yet to be systematically evaluated in this field. The aim of this study was to determine the clinical characteristics, diagnostic criteria, and treatment outcomes of patients diagnosed with valve thrombosis following transcatheter aortic valve implantation through a systematic review of published data. Literature published between 2002 and 2012 on valve thrombosis as a complication of transcatheter aortic valve implantation was identified through a systematic electronic search. A total of 11 publications were identified, describing 16 patients (mean age, 80 [5] years, 65% men). All but 1 patient (94%) received a balloon-expandable valve. All patients received dual antiplatelet therapy immediately following the procedure and continued to take either mono- or dual antiplatelet therapy at the time of valve thrombosis diagnosis. Valve thrombosis was diagnosed at a median of 6 months post-procedure, with progressive dyspnea being the most common symptom. A significant increase in transvalvular gradient (from 10 [4] to 40 [12] mmHg) was the most common echocardiographic feature, in addition to leaflet thickening. Thrombus was not directly visualized with echocardiography. Three patients underwent valve explantation, and the remaining received warfarin, which effectively restored the mean transvalvular gradient to baseline within 2 months. Systemic embolism was not a feature of valve thrombosis post-transcatheter aortic valve implantation. Although a rare, yet likely under-reported complication of post-transcatheter aortic valve implantation, progressive dyspnea coupled with an increasing transvalvular gradient on echocardiography within the months following the intervention likely signifies valve thrombosis. While direct thrombus visualization appears difficult, prompt initiation of oral anticoagulation therapy effectively restores baseline valve function. Copyright © 2014

  16. Deep vein thrombosis as a paraneoplastic syndrome

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    Klačar Marija


    Full Text Available Introduction: Several conditions represent the risk factor for deep vein thrombosis (DVT but sometimes it occurs with no apparent reason. DVT usually involve lower extremities. It can be a component of paraneoplastic syndrome, and occasionally it is the first manifestation of malignancy. Case report: Fifty-five years old male reported to his general practitioner with history of painless right leg swelling of three weeks duration. He denied leg trauma or any other hardship. The patient had a long history of hypertension and took his medications irregularly. Family history was positive for cardiovascular diseases but negative for metabolic diseases or malignancies. He was a smoker and physically active. Physical examination revealed right calf swelling without skin discoloration, distention of superficial veins or trophic changes. Pulses of magistral arteries of the leg were symmetrical, Homans' sign was positive on the right leg. The rest of the physical examination was normal, except for the blood pressure. He was referred to vascular surgeon with the clinical diagnosis of femoro- popliteal phlebothrombosis of the right leg. Vascular surgeon performed the Color duplex scan of the lower extremities which confirmed the diagnosis. The patient was treated with low-molecular-weight heparin. The swelling significantly subsided after two weeks of therapy, but then patient fell and fractured left ramus of ischial bone. X-ray examination of pelvis revealed both fracture line and osteoblastic deposits in pelvis and the fracture was pronounced pathological. In order to localize the primary tumor, subsequent tests included chest X-ray, abdominal and pelvic ultrasound and digitorectal examination of prostate were performed. The results of all of the above mentioned examinations were within normal ranges, including routine blood tests. Skeletal scintigraphy revealed multiple secondary deposits in pelvic bones, vertebral column and ribs. Tumor markers' values

  17. Osteogenic protein-1 increases the fixation of implants grafted with morcellised bone allograft and ProOsteon bone substitute: an experimental study in dogs

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    Jensen, T B; Overgaard, S; Lind, M


    Impacted bone allograft is often used in revision joint replacement. Hydroxyapatite granules have been suggested as a substitute or to enhance morcellised bone allograft. We hypothesised that adding osteogenic protein-1 to a composite of bone allograft and non-resorbable hydroxyapatite granules (...

  18. [Disseminated arterial occlusions revealing bilateral venous thrombosis with paradoxical embolisms]. (United States)

    Elsendoorn, A; Desport, E; Vialle, R; Frat, J-P; Bridoux, F; Touchard, G


    Paradoxical embolism is a diagnosis of exclusion. Clinical triad associates deep venous thrombosis with or without pulmonary embolism, arterial embolism, and intracardiac communication with right-to-left shunt. The intracardiac communication is generally related to a patent foramen ovale (PFO). We report a 75-year-old patient, who presented with bilateral deep venous thrombosis of the legs, complicated by massive pulmonary embolism and paradoxical embolisms through a PFO. This resulted in cerebral, mesenteric, splenic and bilateral kidney infarctions. A promptly initiated anticoagulant treatment allowed a favourable outcome.

  19. Lattice Boltzmann Modeling of Thrombosis in Giant Aneurysms (United States)

    Chopard, B.; Ouared, R.; Ruefenacht, D. A.; Yilmaz, H.

    We propose a numerical model of blood flow and blood clotting whose purpose is to describe thrombus formation in cerebral aneurysms. We identify possible mechanisms that can cause occurence of spontaneous thrombosis in unruptured giant intracranial aneurysms. Our main claim is that, under normal conditions, there is a low shear rate threshold below which thrombosis starts and growths. This assumption is supported by several evidences from literature. The proposed mechanisms are incorporated into a Lattice Boltzmann (LB) model for blood flow and platelets adhesion and aggregation. Numerical simulations show that the low shear rate threshold assumption together with aneurysm geometry account well for the observations.

  20. A rare cause of cerebral venous thrombosis: cryptococcal meningoencephalitis. (United States)

    Senadim, Songul; Alpaydin Baslo, Sezin; Tekin Güveli, Betül; Dedei Daryan, Metin; Kantaroglu, Elif; Ozturk, Oya; Atakli, Dilek


    Cryptococcal meningoencephalitis (CM) is a serious central nervous system infection caused by Cryptococcus neoformans, seen mostly in immunocompromised hosts and less in immunocompetent patients. The vast majority of cryptococcosis cases are seen as human immunodeficiency virus infections with advanced immunosuppression. Meningitis and meningoencephalitis are the most common clinical manifestations. Nevertheless, immunocompetent patients with CM are rarely reported. Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is a rare complication of CM. Here, we report an immunocompetent patient with CM from a non-endemic area, who presented with an acute onset and atypical symptoms associated with cerebral venous thrombosis.

  1. Portal Vein Thrombosis After Splenic and Pancreatic Surgery. (United States)

    Ruiz-Tovar, Jaime; Priego, Pablo


    The portal vein is formed by the confluence of the splenic and superior mesenteric veins, which drain the spleen and small intestine respectively. Occlusion of the portal vein by thrombus typically occurs in patients with cirrhosis and/or prothrombotic disorders. However, portal vein thrombosis (PVT) can also happen after determined surgeries. Moreover, PVT can have serious consequences depending on the location and extent of the thrombosis, including hepatic ischemia, intestinal ischemia, portal hypertension… In this chapter, we will review the incidence, management and prophylaxis of PVT after splenectomy, pancreas transplantation, pancreatic surgery and in the setting of acute and chronic pancreatitis.

  2. Mesenteric venous thrombosis precipitated by foodborne gastrointestinal illness. (United States)

    Wojciechowski, Amy L; Bajwa, Rajinder Ps; Thatigotla, Bala


    Foodborne illnesses are common and are usually considered as part of the differential diagnosis when a patient presents with gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and fever. The majority of foodborne illness is transient and self-limited, while life threatening complications are rare. Here, we describe a case of a patient presenting with inflammatory diarrhea after consumption of undercooked seafood. She developed mesenteric and portal venous thrombosis and small bowel infarction requiring surgical intervention and resection of gangrenous small bowel. This is a rare presentation and outcome of common food poisoning. The case report is followed by a brief discussion of common foodborne illnesses and mesenteric venous thrombosis.

  3. Traumatic dural venous sinus thrombosis: A Mini Review

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    Moscote-Salazar Luis Rafael


    Full Text Available The dural venous sinus thrombosis is a benign disease, representing about 1% of cerebral vascular events. In some cases the development of the disease increased intracranial pressure or symptomatic epilepsy. The development towards a dural venous sinus thrombosis is rare, but is a condition to be considered before the development of ischemic vascular events and a history of recent head trauma. Intracranial hematomas or skull fractures can lead to the establishment of obstructive pathology of the dural venous sinuses. The knowledge of this entity is necessary for the critical care staff and neurosurgery staff.

  4. Celiac artery thrombosis and superior mesenteric artery stenosis

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    Mohit Sharma


    Full Text Available Acute thrombosis of the celiac artery trunk or elsewhere in mesenteric blood supply is a rare cause of acute abdominal pain. Celiac artery thrombosis carries high mortality and morbidity rates if the diagnosis and treatment are delayed. It is frequently associated with other cardiovascular events. The most common etiology is atherosclerosis. The main goal of the treatment is to revascularize and start the diminished or stopped mesenteric blood flow and to avoid end-organ ischemia. Thrombolysis with urokinase followed by anticoagulation with heparin in an emergency situation can save the life of the patient before surgical intervention.

  5. Novel oral anticoagulants in the treatment of cerebral venous thrombosis

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    Feher, G; Illes, Z; Komoly, S


    (NOACs) have been extensively studied in patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). The aim of our work to review the available evidence for NOACs in the treatment of CVT. Based on our literature search there is insufficient evidence......Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is an uncommon cause of stroke with extremely diverse clinical features, predisposing factors, brain imaging findings, and outcome. Anticoagulation is the cornerstone of CVT management, however, it is not supported by high-quality evicence. Novel oral anticoagulants...

  6. Thrombosis of orbital varices; Trombosis de varices orbitarias

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    Boschi Oyhenart, J.; Tenyi, A.; Boschi Pau, J. [Hospital Italiano, Montevideo (Uruguay)


    Orbital varices are venous malformations produced by an abnormal dilatation of one or more orbital veins, probably associated with congenital weakness of the vascular wall. They are rare lesions, usually occurring in young patients, that produce intermittent proptosis related to the increase in the systemic venous pressure. The presence of hemorrhage or thrombosis is associated with rapid development of proptosis, pain and decreased ocular motility. We report the cases of two adult patients with orbital varices complicated by thrombosis in whom the diagnosis was based on computed tomography. The ultrasound and magnetic resonance findings are also discussed. (Author) 16 refs.

  7. The use of allograft as a bone graft substitute in patients with congenital spine deformities. (United States)

    Hedequist, Daniel; Yeon, Howard; Emans, John


    The purpose of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of using allograft bone as a substitute for iliac crest bone graft when treating pediatric patients with congenital spine deformities. We performed a retrospective review of 107 pediatric patients who underwent instrumentation and arthrodesis using allograft for congenital spine deformity between 1995 and 2002. Pseudoarthrosis was defined as implant failure, a clear radiographic pseudoarthrosis, or any loss of correction more than 10 degrees from the immediate postoperative radiographs to the final follow-up radiographs. The pseudoarthrosis rate in this series was 2.8%, and the infection rate was 0.9%. We conclude that freeze-dried corticocancellous allograft is a safe and effective alternative to iliac crest bone graft in this patient population.

  8. Evaluation of an Osseous Allograft Membrane for Guided Tissue Regeneration in the Dog. (United States)

    Stepaniuk, Kevin S; Gingerich, Wade


    Clinical application of a demineralized freeze-dried cortical bone membrane allograft (DFBMA) for treatment of intra(infra)bony periodontal pockets in dogs was evaluated. The mean pre-treatment periodontal probing depth equaled 7.2-mm. Post-treatment probing depths in all 11 cases were normal, with a mean periodontal probing gain of 5.4-mm. Guided tissue regeneration using a commercially available veterinary canine DFBMA and canine demineralized freeze-dried bone allograft (DFDBA) resulted in clinically significant periodontal attachment gains. The gain of new periodontal tissue attachment was statistically significant (P < 0.0001). The commercially available veterinary allograft products predictably increased new periodontal attachment without any identified membrane sequelae in these 11 cases.

  9. Antibody-engineered nanoparticles selectively inhibit mesenchymal cells isolated from patients with chronic lung allograft dysfunction. (United States)

    Cova, Emanuela; Colombo, Miriam; Inghilleri, Simona; Morosini, Monica; Miserere, Simona; Peñaranda-Avila, Jesus; Santini, Benedetta; Piloni, Davide; Magni, Sara; Gramatica, Furio; Prosperi, Davide; Meloni, Federica


    Chronic lung allograft dysfunction represents the main cause of death after lung transplantation, and so far there is no effective therapy. Mesenchymal cells (MCs) are primarily responsible for fibrous obliteration of small airways typical of chronic lung allograft dysfunction. Here, we engineered gold nanoparticles containing a drug in the hydrophobic section to inhibit MCs, and exposing on the outer hydrophilic surface a monoclonal antibody targeting a MC-specific marker (half-chain gold nanoparticles with everolimus). Half-chain gold nanoparticles with everolimus have been synthesized and incubated with MCs to evaluate the effect on proliferation and apoptosis. Drug-loaded gold nanoparticles coated with the specific antibody were able to inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis without stimulating an inflammatory response, as assessed by in vitro experiments. These findings demonstrate the effectiveness of our nanoparticles in inhibiting MCs and open new perspectives for a local treatment of chronic lung allograft dysfunction.

  10. Total lymphoid irradiation assessed for possible enhancement of immunosuppression in hyperimmunized dogs receiving renal allografts

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    Sonoda, Kazuhiko (Yamato Seiwa Hospital, Kanagawa (Japan)); Rapaport, F.T.


    With performed antibodies to human leukocyte antigens (HLA) appearing in an increasing number of patients today, hyperimmunization constitutes a major problem in clinical transplantation. In adult beagle dogs hyperimmunized with skin allografts and buffy coat injection, we performed renal allograft transplantation to assess the efficacy of total lymphoid irradiation (TLI) employed as a preoperative measure in combination with cyclosporine (CyA) and methyl-prednisolone (MPL) in effecting immunosuppression. The mean survival period were 6.5 days in dogs withheld preliminary treatment, 9.0 days in the dogs receiving CyA and MPL, 26.7 days in those administered one-stage TLI, and 68 days (terminated by euthanasia) of the dogs given two-stage TLI. TLI administered two stages is considered an effective method of enhancing immunosuppression sufficiently to enable the attenuation of adverse reaction to renal allograft in hyperimmunized recipients. (author).

  11. Joint degeneration following meniscal allograft transplantation in a canine model: mechanical properties and semiquantitative histology of articular cartilage. (United States)

    Elliott, Dawn M; Jones, Relief; Setton, Lori A; Scully, Sean P; Vail, T Parker; Guilak, Farshid


    This study examined the hypothesis that meniscal allograft transplantation serves a "chondroprotective" role and prevents the histological and biomechanical changes of the articular cartilage following meniscectomy. Skeletally mature mongrel dogs underwent total medial meniscectomy and received either a fresh meniscal allograft ( n=10) or no further treatment ( n=10). Semiquantitative histology and biomechanical analysis of the femoral articular cartilage was used to assess cartilage pathology 12 weeks following surgery. Histological analysis showed significant changes in cartilage structure that did not differ between the meniscectomy and allograft transplantation groups. Similarly, the tensile modulus of the surface zone cartilage was significantly lower than that in unoperated controls following either meniscectomy or allograft transplantation. A significant correlation was observed between the biomechanical and histological changes, suggesting that degenerative changes in cartilage structure and mechanical function are interrelated. Our findings do not support the hypothesis that meniscal allograft transplantation provides chondroprotection of the femoral condyle and also suggest that it does not lead to increased degenerative changes.

  12. Pacemaker Lead Induced Inferior Vena Caval Thrombosis Leading to Portal Hypertension

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    Sharad Chandra, MD, DM


    Full Text Available Inferior vena caval thrombosis is an unusual complication of permanent pacemaker implantation. The clinical presentation due to thrombosis depends on the site of thrombus. We have described here a rare case of pacemaker lead associated thrombosis of inferior vena cava, its diagnostic work up and briefly reviewed the existing literature of this uncommon complication.

  13. The Incidence of Peripheral Catheter-Related Thrombosis in Surgical Patients

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    Amy Leung


    Full Text Available Background. Central venous catheters and peripherally inserted central catheters are well established risk factors for upper limb deep vein thrombosis. There is limited literature on the thrombosis rates in patients with peripheral catheters. A prospective observational study was conducted to determine the incidence of peripheral catheter-related thrombosis in surgical patients. Methods. Patients deemed high risk for venous thrombosis with a peripheral catheter were considered eligible for the study. An ultrasound was performed on enrolment into the study and at discharge from hospital. Participants were reviewed twice a day for clinical features of upper limb deep vein thrombosis during their admission and followed up at 30 days. Results. 54 patients were included in the study. The incidence of deep vein thrombosis and superficial venous thrombosis was 1.8% and 9.2%, respectively. All cases of venous thrombosis were asymptomatic. Risk factor analysis was limited by the low incidence of thrombosis. Conclusion. This study revealed a low incidence of deep vein thrombosis in surgical patients with peripheral catheters (1.8%. The study was underpowered; therefore the association between peripheral catheters and thrombosis is unable to be established. Future studies with larger sample sizes are required to determine the association between peripheral catheters and thrombosis.

  14. The V617F mutation of JAK2 is very uncommon in patients with thrombosis. (United States)

    Remacha, Angel F; Estivill, Camino; Sarda, M Pilar; Mateo, José; Souto, Joan Carles; Canals, Carme; Nomdedéu, Josep; Fontcuberta, Jordi


    Given that many cases of thrombosis do not have a clear cause, a myeloproliferative disease could be involved. We investigated the V617F mutation of the JAK2 gene in 295 patients with thrombosis. Only one case was positive. Therefore, the study of this mutation is not necessary in all patients with idiopathic thrombosis.

  15. Delay in the Diagnosis of Cerebral Vein and Dural Sinus Thrombosis Influence on Outcome

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    Ferro, José M.; Canhão, Patrícia; Stam, Jan; Bousser, Marie-Germaine; Barinagarrementeria, Fernando; Massaro, Ayrton; Ducrocq, Xavier; Kasner, Scott E.


    Background and Purpose-Diagnostic delay of cerebral vein and dural sinus thrombosis may have an impact on outcome. Methods-In the International Study on Cerebral Vein and Dural Sinus Thrombosis (ISCVT) cohort (624 patients with cerebral vein and dural sinus thrombosis), we analyzed the predictors

  16. The effect of flight-related behaviour on the risk of venous thrombosis after air travel

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    Schreijer, Anja J.M.; Cannegieter, Suzanne C.; Doggen, Catharina Jacoba Maria; Rosendaal, Frits R.


    In a case–control study including 11 033 participants (The Multiple Environmental and Genetic Assessment of risk factors for venous thrombosis study) on risk factors of venous thrombosis, we studied the effect of flight-related behaviour on the risk of venous thrombosis after air travel. Patients

  17. Rare etiological causes of iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis: Reports of 2 cases

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    Emrah Ereren


    Full Text Available Deep venous thrombosis is frequently seen in lower extremities. However, when seen in the iliac level, mass effect of an underlying pathology must be considered. In this report, we present two cases with upper region deep venous thrombosis, which had underlying pathologies of appendicitis and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Keywords: Deep venous thrombosis, Etiology, Emergency department

  18. Cardiac allograft vasculopathy after heart transplantation: risk factors and management. (United States)

    Valantine, Hannah


    Cardiovascular disease post-transplant, particularly ischemic heart disease, is a significant problem for all transplant recipients. The major risk factors-smoking, obesity, diabetes, dyslipidemia and hypertension-are often more prevalent in heart transplant populations than in the general population. One of the main risk factors influencing graft loss and patient survival is cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV). Because CAV affects between 30% and 60% of cardiac transplant recipients within 5 years of surgery, prevention is a key focus for cardiac transplant teams today. CAV is caused by both immunologic mechanisms (e.g., acute rejection and anti-HLA antibodies) and non-immunologic mechanisms relating to the transplant itself or the recipient (e.g., donor age, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and pre-existing diabetes) or to the side effects often associated with immunosuppression with calcineurin inhibitors or corticosteroids (e.g., cytomegalovirus infection, nephrotoxicity and new-onset diabetes after transplantation). The calcineurin inhibitors, cyclosporine and tacrolimus, effectively prevent acute rejection, but do not prevent the development of CAV. CAV prevention will require a combined approach of new adjunct immunosuppressant agents (e.g., the proliferation signal inhibitors) and reduction in cardiovascular risk. Hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes are also associated with the immunosuppression required to prevent organ rejection. Some studies have shown that hypertension is present more frequently in cyclosporine-treated patients than in tacrolimus-treated patients and that tacrolimus may be associated with a more favorable lipid profile. On the other hand, tacrolimus may be more diabetogenic than cyclosporine with current data suggesting a trend but no statistically significant supporting evidence. New-onset diabetes after transplantation is at times difficult to manage and may be an important determinant along with hypertension and hyperlipidemia of

  19. Intrapancreatic Splenule in a Pancreas Allograft: Case Report. (United States)

    Yadav, K; Serrano, O K; Kandaswamy, R


    A 16-year-old white man was involved in a motor vehicle collision and suffered head, chest, and abdominal trauma. Despite initial resuscitative efforts, he progressed to brain death and was designated to be an organ donor by his family. He had no earlier medical or surgical history and no high-risk behaviors. Blood work revealed normal creatinine, liver function tests, lipase, and amylase. Viral serologies were negative except for cytomegalovirus IgG and Epstein-Barr virus nucleic acid. Imaging revealed a right kidney contusion, a manubrial fracture, and fractures of right first rib and bilateral scapulae. No other abdominal trauma was identified, specifically to the pancreas, duodenum, or spleen. Our transplant center accepted the pancreas from this donor. During back-table inspection of the pancreas, a 1.5 × 1.5 cm dark purple rubbery mass was identified within the parenchyma of the pancreas in the tail. An incisional biopsy of the lesion was sent for frozen section, which yielded a mixed inflammatory infiltrate consisting of neutrophils and lymphocytes and an overlying fibrous capsule. The diagnosis of lymphoma or another neoplasm could not be definitely ruled out. Owing to uncertainty in diagnosis, the entire lesion was excised along with the distal pancreas with the use of a linear stapler. The staple line was oversewn with running 4-0 polypropylene suture, and the pancreas was transplanted. After surgery, the pancreas allograft functioned well with a small pancreatic leak, which had resolved by the first postoperative outpatient visit. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  20. Comparison of allograft and polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cage subsidence rates in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). (United States)

    Yson, Sharon C; Sembrano, Jonathan N; Santos, Edward Rainier G


    Structural allografts and PEEK cages are commonly used interbody fusion devices in ACDF. The subsidence rates of these two spacers have not yet been directly compared. The primary aim of this study was to compare the subsidence rate of allograft and PEEK cage in ACDF. The secondary aim was to determine if the presence of subsidence affects the clinical outcome. We reviewed 67 cases (117 levels) of ACDF with either structural allograft or PEEK cages. There were 85 levels (48 cases) with PEEK and 32 levels (19 cases) with allograft spacers. Anterior and posterior disc heights at each operative level were measured at immediate and 6months post-op. Subsidence was defined as a decrease in anterior or posterior disc heights >2mm. NDI of the subsidence (SG) and non-subsidence group (NSG) were recorded. Chi-square test was used to analyze subsidence rates. T-test was used to analyze clinical outcomes (α=0.05). There was no statistically significant difference between subsidence rates of the PEEK (29%; 25/85) and allograft group (28%; 9/32) (p=0.69). Overall mean subsidence was 2.3±1.7mm anteriorly and 2.6±1.2mm posteriorly. Mean NDI improvement was 11.7 (from 47.1 to 35.4; average follow-up: 12mos) for the SG and 14.0 (from 45.8 to 31.8; average follow-up: 13mos) for the NSG (p=0.74). Subsidence rate does not seem to be affected by the use of either PEEK or allograft as spacers in ACDF. Furthermore, subsidence alone does not seem to be predictive of clinical outcomes of ACDF. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Aortic allografts in treatment of aortic valve and ascending aorta prosthetic endocarditis

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    S.V. Spiridonov


    Full Text Available The aim – to assess short- and long-term results of aortic root replacement using aortic allografts in patients with prosthetic endocarditis. Materials and methods. Since February 2009 until June 2016 aortic valve and ascending aorta replacement using aortic allografts was performed in 26 patients with prosthetic endocarditis. In 50 % of cases at initial operation aortic valve replacement was performed, in another 50 % of cases – aortic valve and ascending aorta replacement. Echocardiography was performed 10 days, 3, 6 and 12 months, 2, 3 and 5 years after surgery. Analysis of long-term results included all cases of deaths, prosthesis-related complications and recurrence of endocarditis. Results. 30-day mortality was 23.1 %. Extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO was used only in 5 patients (19.2 %. Four patients were weaned from ECMO. We did not observe any allograft-related complications. During follow-up period there were no cases of reoperation due to structural allograft failure. Relapse of infection occurred in 1 patient (3.8 % four years after the operation and led to lethal outcome. Conclusion. Reoperations using allografts are an effective surgical treatment of prosthetic endocarditis. In majority of cases prosthetic endocarditis was caused by gram-positive cocci (Staphylococcus. In 84.6 % of cases it was associated with destruction of paravalvular structures and abscesses formation. Heart failure was a causative factor of different complications in these patients, which required ECMO in 19.2 % of patients. In 80 % of cases patients were weaned from ECMO. Allografts using for the treatment of prosthetic endocarditis is associated with high resistance to infection and with a significant rate of freedom from recurrence of endocarditis within 3 years after surgery.

  2. Anatomical Glenoid Reconstruction Using Fresh Osteochondral Distal Tibia Allograft After Failed Latarjet Procedure. (United States)

    Sanchez, Anthony; Ferrari, Marcio B; Akamefula, Ramesses A; Frank, Rachel M; Sanchez, George; Provencher, Matthew T


    In the treatment of recurrent anterior glenohumeral instability, the Latarjet procedure has been shown to fail. This results in a need for viable revisional procedures for patients who present with this challenging pathology. We report our preferred technique for anatomical glenoid reconstruction using a fresh osteochondral distal tibia allograft after a failed Latarjet procedure. This bony augmentation technique employs a readily available dense, weight-bearing osseous tissue source that has excellent conformity, as well as the added benefit of a cartilaginous surface to correct chondral deficiencies. Given its effectiveness in the Latarjet revision setting and low complication rate, the distal tibia allograft is a reasonable treatment option.

  3. Does allograft failure impact school attendance in children? A NAPRTCS study. (United States)

    Chen, Ashton; Martz, Karen; Rao, Panduranga


    Studies show that adult dialysis patients with allograft failure have increased mortality and morbidity on dialysis compared to transplant naïve patients. We previously showed comparable mortality risk in pediatric dialysis patients after allograft failure compared to transplant naïve patients; the impact on morbidity is less clear. Specifically, the effect of allograft failure on school attendance in pediatric patients has not previously been studied. Using the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Studies database, we compared school attendance between transplant naïve and allograft failure patients from 1 January 1992 to 31 December 2007. School attendance was compared between the two groups at 6 and 12 months after dialysis initiation using a chi-square test. Factors which can potentially impact on school attendance data were evaluated using a multivariate logistic regression analysis. There were 2783 patients who had a follow-up at least 6 months after dialysis initiation and were capable of attending school during the study period. Patients were categorized by transplant history: previous allograft failure (n=576) and transplant naïve (n=2207). At 6 months, full-time school attendance was 67.2% in the allograft failure group and 72.3% in the transplant naïve group (P=0.0164). At 12 months, attendance was 68.6% in the allograft failure group and 72.5% in the transplant naïve group (P=0.103). After covariate adjustment, transplant failure did not impact school attendance at either 6 or 12 months follow-up [hazard ratio (HR) 1.12, confidence interval (CI) 0.91-1.39; HR 0.99, CI 0.78-1.27, respectively]. Children with failed allografts who return to dialysis have comparable school attendance compared to their transplant naïve dialysis counterparts. These results suggest that transplant failure is not an adverse prognostic factor for quality of life as measured by full-time school attendance.

  4. A standardised protocol for the validation of banking methodologies for arterial allografts. (United States)

    Lomas, R J; Dodd, P D F; Rooney, P; Pegg, D E; Hogg, P A; Eagle, M E; Bennett, K E; Clarkson, A; Kearney, J N


    The objective of this study was to design and test a protocol for the validation of banking methodologies for arterial allografts. A series of in vitro biomechanical and biological assessments were derived, and applied to paired fresh and banked femoral arteries. The ultimate tensile stress and strain, suture pullout stress and strain, expansion/rupture under hydrostatic pressure, histological structure and biocompatibility properties of disinfected and cryopreserved femoral arteries were compared to those of fresh controls. No significant differences were detected in any of the test criteria. This validation protocol provides an effective means of testing and validating banking protocols for arterial allografts.

  5. Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole induced acute interstitial nephritis in renal allografts; clinical course and outcome.

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    Garvey, J P


    Acute interstitial nephritis (AIN) secondary to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) is well documented as a cause of acute renal failure in native kidneys. TMP-SMX is the standard prophylactic agent against pneumocystis carinii (PCP) used in the early post-transplant period, however, it has to date only been indirectly associated with AIN in renal allografts. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND MEASUREMENTS: We describe eleven renal transplant patients with acute allograft dysfunction in whom a transplant biopsy demonstrated primary histopathologic features of allergic AIN, all of whom were receiving TMP-SMX in addition to other medications known to cause AIN.

  6. Successful treatment of verruca vulgaris with Thuja occidentalis in a renal allograft recipient

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    Full Text Available Human papillomavirus-driven verruca vulgaris infection is common in solid organ transplant recipients and increases the risk for squamous cell carcinoma. The available treatment modalities have limited response. We report a renal allograft recipient who presented with multiple warts not responding to cryotherapy and radiosurgery with one turning malignant, needing amputation of the finger. An extract from Thuja occidentalis (White cedar tree cured the resistant warts on the other fingers, leaving only superficial scars and without affecting allograft function. We have reviewed the pharmacological and clinical properties of T. occidentalis.

  7. Risk Factors for Thrombosis in an African Population

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    Full Text Available Little is known about the biological, epidemiological, and clinical risk factors for thrombosis and venous thromboembolism (VTE among Black Africans. We undertook a study of the prevalence of VTE risk factors for thrombosis in a Senegalese population. A three-year cross-sectional and case-control study involving 105 cases and 200 controls was conducted in various hospitals in Dakar (Senegal. Our results demonstrate that oral contraception, immobilization by casts, surgery, and blood group were significantly associated with VTE occurrence. Additionally, 16 cases and 2 controls had protein S (PS values of less than 48.4% (M-2SD, exhibiting a highly significant difference ( P < 1 x 10 −4 . The number of cases with a low protein C (PC level was significantly higher than the respective number of controls. Using logistic regression methods, we established a correlation between significantly associated variables and deep venous thrombosis (DVT occurrence. Age, obesity, sickle cell disease, and PC deficiency were not significantly associated with thrombosis. In contrast, gender, PS deficiency, varicose veins, surgery, non-O blood type, and the presence of anti-phospholipid antibodies were significantly and independently associated with DVT. These findings are extremely useful for clinical management of patients suffering from DVT and can help to reduce the high recurrence rate observed in our study.

  8. Thrombosis: A major contributor to global disease burden

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    Raskob, G. E.; Angchaisuksiri, P.; Blanco, A. N.; Buller, H.; Gallus, A.; Hunt, B. J.; Hylek, E. M.; Kakkar, A.; Konstantinides, S. V.; McCumber, M.; Ozaki, Y.; Wendelboe, A.; Weitz, J. I.


    Thrombosis is a common pathology underlying ischaemic heart disease, ischaemic stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) documented that ischaemic heart disease and stroke collectively caused one in four deaths worldwide. GBD 2010 did not report

  9. Thrombosis: a major contributor to global disease burden

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    Raskob, Gary E.; Angchaisuksiri, Pantep; Blanco, Alicia N.; Büller, Harry; Gallus, Alexander; Hunt, Beverley J.; Hylek, Elaine M.; Kakkar, The Lord; Konstantinides, Stavros V.; McCumber, Micah; Ozaki, Yukio; Wendelboe, Aaron; Weitz, Jeffrey I.


    Thrombosis is a common pathology underlying ischemic heart disease, ischemic stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) documented that ischemic heart disease and stroke collectively caused one in four deaths worldwide. GBD 2010 did not report data

  10. Thrombosis: a major contributor to the global disease burden

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    Raskob, G. E.; Angchaisuksiri, P.; Blanco, A. N.; Buller, H.; Gallus, A.; Hunt, B. J.; Hylek, E. M.; Kakkar, A.; Konstantinides, S. V.; McCumber, M.; Ozaki, Y.; Wendelboe, A.; Weitz, J. I.


    Thrombosis is a common pathology underlying ischemic heart disease, ischemic stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) Study 2010 documented that ischemic heart disease and stroke collectively caused one in four deaths worldwide. GBD

  11. Thrombosis: a major contributor to global disease burden

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    Raskob, G. E.; Angchaisuksiri, P.; Blanco, A. N.; Buller, H.; Gallus, A.; Hunt, B. J.; Hylek, E. M.; Kakkar, A.; Konstantinides, S. V.; McCumber, M.; Ozaki, Y.; Wendelboe, A.; Weitz, J. I.


    Thrombosis is the common pathology underlying ischemic heart disease, ischemic stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) documented that ischemic heart disease and stroke collectively caused 1 in 4 deaths worldwide. GBD 2010 did not report data for

  12. Thrombosis: A major contributor to global disease burden

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    Raskob, G. E.; Angchaisuksiri, P.; Blanco, A. N.; Buller, H.; Gallus, A.; Hunt, B. J.; Hylek, E. M.; Kakkar, A.; Konstantinides, S. V.; McCumber, M.; Ozaki, Y.; Wendelboe, A.; Weitz, J. I.


    Thrombosis is a common pathology underlying ischemic heart disease, ischemic stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) documented that ischemic heart disease and stroke collectively caused one in four deaths worldwide. GBD 2010 did not report data

  13. Prevalence of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Associated Factors in ...

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    Community Health Services (Memphis, TN, USA). ABSTRACT. Background: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary ... predominantly confined to the United States of America. (USA) and Europe. Over 2 million people develop DVT. 6 ... a prothrombotic state.¹° Epidemiological studies have revealed that HIV infected ...

  14. Sagittal venous sinus thrombosis after cesarean section: a case report

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    Full Text Available Background: Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT is uncommon after cesarean section. Although it can be a leading cause of maternal mortality. CVT may occur during pregnancy because of hypercoagulable states such as preeclampsia, thrombophilias, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome and sepsis.Case presentation: A 31 years old woman G2 Ab1 at 37 weeks gestational age with  premature rupture of membrane underwent cesarean section because breech presentation and preeclampsia. Spinal anesthesia was done for emergent cesarean section. On the second day after cesarean section, she developed headache, vomiting, focal neurologic deficits, paresthesia, blurred vision. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI showed thrombosis in anterior half of superior sagittal sinus. Treatment consisted of anticoagulation.  Conclusion: Thrombophilias, pregnancy-related hypertension and cesarean section are the predisposing factors for thromboembolism. Unfractionated heparin and low molecular weight heparin (LMWs are effective drugs for thromboprophylaxis. It is vital to prevent venous thrombosis to reduce mortality during both intrapartum and postpartum periods. Consideration of cerebral venous thrombosis in similar cases is recommended.

  15. Clinical Risk factors for deep vein thrombosis in Maiduguri - Nigeria ...

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    ... associated risk factors in the affected patients. There is therefore the need to consider prophylactic anticoagulation for puerperal and post-operative patients especially in those who are obese or older than 45 years. KEY WORDS: Deep Vein Thrombosis, Risk Factors Highland Medical Research Journal Vol.1(4) 2003: 9- ...

  16. The role of complement activation in thrombosis and hemolytic anemias. (United States)

    Chapin, John; Terry, Hunter S; Kleinert, Dorothy; Laurence, Jeffrey


    The objective of this study was to describe complement activation in hemostatic and pathologic states of coagulation and in the acquired and congenital hemolytic anemias. We review published and emerging data on the involvement of the classic, alternative and lectin-based complement pathways in coagulation and the hemolytic anemias. The alternative pathway in particular is always "on," at low levels, and is particularly sensitive to hyper-activation in a variety of physiologic and pathologic states including infection, autoimmune disorders, thrombosis and pregnancy, requiring tight control predicated on a variety of soluble and membrane bound regulatory proteins. In acquired hemolytic anemias such as paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and cold agglutinin disease (CAD), the complement system directly induces red blood cell injury, resulting in intravascular and extravascular hemolysis. In congenital hemolytic anemias such as sickle cell disease and β-thalassemia, the complement system may also contribute to thrombosis and vascular disease. Complement activation may also lead to a storage lesion in red blood cells prior to transfusion. Complement pathways are activated in hemolytic anemias and are closely linked with thrombosis. In acquired disorders such as PNH and possibly CAD, inhibition of the alternative complement pathway improves clinical outcomes and reduces thrombosis risk. Whether complement inhibition has a similar role in congenital hemolytic anemias apart from the atypical hemolytic-uremic (aHUS)-type thrombotic microangiopathies remains to be determined. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Antiphospholipid antibodies in patients with venous thrombosis at ...

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    The study areas included the Accident and Emergency department, wards and outpatient clinics, and the Haematology and Immunology laboratories. Participants: Male and female adult patients diagnosed with venous thrombosis confirmed by Doppler ultrasound or MRI. Main outcome measures: Age, gender, presence or ...

  18. Lower-limb venous thrombosis | Veller | Continuing Medical Education

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    Deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism coexist to cause significant morbidity and mortality. Full Text: EMAIL FREE FULL TEXT EMAIL FREE FULL TEXT · DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT · AJOL African Journals Online. HOW TO USE AJOL... for Researchers · for Librarians · for Authors. OTHER ...

  19. Effort thrombosis: A case study and discussion | Collins | South ...

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    Paget-Schroetter syndrome or effort thrombosis is a rare condition with potentially severe consequences, affecting young and otherwise healthy athletes. Its classic clinical presentation should be rapidly identified to promote early diagnosis and treatment. This prevents recurrences and long-term complications such as ...

  20. Cerebral Vein Thrombosis Post Cabg Precipitated by Malposition of ...

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    BACKGROUND: Cerebral venous thrombosis is an uncommon disorder in the general population. However, it has a higher frequency among patients younger than 40 years , patients with thrombophilia and patients that have foreign body such as catheter in their veins or arterial system. CASE DETAILS: In this case report, ...

  1. Thrombosis in systemic lupus erythematosus: role of impaired fibrinolysis. (United States)

    Dhillon, Parvinderjit K; Adams, Murray J


    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body, including the skin, liver, kidneys, and blood. Thrombosis is a frequent manifestation in SLE, contributing significantly to patient morbidity and mortality, although the precise mechanism(s) of how this occurs remains unclear. Fibrinolysis is the physiologic process of thrombus digestion and provides an important balance to hemostasis. This process is triggered upon vessel injury with the release of tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA) from endothelial cells. The central component of the fibrinolytic pathway is plasminogen, a zymogen that is converted to plasmin by t-PA. Plasminogen/plasmin is absorbed into the developing thrombus and digests fibrinogen and fibrin within the hemostatic plug to prevent excessive clot formation. Abnormalities of the fibrinolytic pathway are associated either with the development of thrombosis (impaired fibrinolysis) or, to a lesser extent, bleeding (excessive fibrinolysis). Indeed, impaired fibrinolysis has been reported in patients with SLE and may contribute to both the development of hypercoagulability and an increased risk of thrombosis. Here we discuss the role of impaired fibrinolysis and its contribution to hypercoagulability and thrombosis in SLE. Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

  2. Cerebral vein and dural sinus thrombosis in elderly patients

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    Ferro, José M.; Canhão, Patrícia; Bousser, Marie-Germaine; Stam, Jan; Barinagarrementeria, Fernando


    Backgound and Purpose - The clinical features and prognosis of cerebral vein and dural sinus thrombosis (CVT) in elderly patients have not been previously described. Methods - In a multicenter prospective observational study, we compared clinical and imaging features, risk factors, and outcome of

  3. [Blood groups as a risk factor in venous thrombosis]. (United States)

    Hernández Cañete, C M; Alvarez Dieguez, R; González Sánchez M de la, C; Díaz Hernández, C; Sánchez Montiel, M E


    We report 173 patients with venous thrombosis (or post-thrombotic syndrome) demonstrated by phlebography. We show up the importance of blood groups as risk factor, being very significant the A group. Female sex is associated with a high incidence of this pathology. A frequent location is the left lower limb.

  4. Multiple cerebral venous sinus thrombosis: Case report | Mogere ...

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    Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is an uncommon clinical problem and can be characterised by nonspecific and common symptoms of headaches and vomiting due to the intracranial hypertension. Alternate diagnoses are entertained especially when procoagulant factors are not elicited. We present a 35 year old female, ...

  5. Cortical venous thrombosis – a rare complication of tuberculous ...

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    Vascular changes consisting of arterial narrowing with or without occlusion are frequently seen at autopsy in cases of tuberculous meningitis. We report one such case of tuberculous meningitis where the patient developed cortical venous thrombosis after 5 days of illness. She was treated empirically, initially, ...

  6. Sonography and risk factors for lower limb deep venous thrombosis ...

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    Background: Lower limb deep venous thrombosis (DVT), and its sequelae (lower limb chronic venous insufficiency and pulmonary embolism) are now well acknowledged as major haematological problems in the world, for which appropriate and accurate means of diagnosis is necessary. Developments in ultrasound have ...

  7. Cerebral venous thrombosis in a child with nephrotic syndrome ...

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    Cerebral venous thrombosis in a child with nephrotic syndrome: case report. ... Shalinee Bhoobun, Alhaji Alusaine Jalloh, Kathryn H Jacobsen ... We describe a case of CVT in a Sierra Leonean child with nephrotic syndrome who was successfully treated for the condition despite the resource limitations of the hospital.

  8. deep venous thrombosis in patients with acute traumatic spinal cord ...

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    Key words: Deep vein thrombosis, Pulmonary embolism, Traumatic spinal cord injury, Wells score,. D-dimer assays ... Thromboembolic events are a major ..... and diet. Race alone may not be a strong factor. Blacks. (African Americans) who are living in the United States have the same or higher prevalence of DVT with the.

  9. [Diagnostic strategy in patients with clinically suspected deep vein thrombosis

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    Mantoni, Margit Yvonne; Kristensen, M.; Brogaard, M.H.


    INTRODUCTION: The standard method for diagnosing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) involves determination of D-dimer and ultrasound scanning. In an attempt to reduce the number of ultrasound examinations we have supplemented this with a clinical probability estimate for DVT (DVT-score) over one year...

  10. Knowledge and practice of prophylaxis of deep venous thrombosis ...

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    Background: Venous thromboembolism is a potentially dangerous condition that can lead to preventable morbidity and mortality among surgical patients. Objectives: We aimed to determine the knowledge and practice of surgeons practising in Tertiary Hospitals in Nigeria about prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

  11. Evaluation of clinical model for deep vein thrombosis: a cheap ...

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    Background: Deep vein thrombosis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The clinical features are non-specific and the clinical diagnosis is unreliable. The objective testing for the correct diagnosis is not usually available in most developing countries and the expertise are not readily available couple ...

  12. Prevalence of deep vein thrombosis and associated factors in adult ...

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    Background: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) collectively referred to as venous thromboembolism (VTE) are associated with significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. DVT is common in hospitalized patients with acute medical illness. Routine use of thromboprophylaxis has been shown to ...

  13. Early Diagnosis of Posttraumatic Deep Vein Thrombosis - A Review ...

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    OBJECTIVE: The importance of early diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis in patients with fractures of long bones. INTRODUCTION: Associated injury to deep-veins in limb fractures presents a serious pathology. It results not only to localized venous occlusion but also to death from pulmonary embolism.

  14. Ovarian vein thrombosis – a rare but important complication of ...

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    Ovarian vein thrombosis is a rare but important complication of surgical procedures such as hysterectomy and oophorectomy. The clinical importance relates to the possible complications and requirement for lifelong anticoagulation. Radiological investigation is integral in making the diagnosis; in particular, computed ...

  15. Splenectomy Is Modifying the Vascular Remodeling of Thrombosis (United States)

    Frey, Maria K.; Alias, Sherin; Winter, Max P.; Redwan, Bassam; Stübiger, Gerald; Panzenboeck, Adelheid; Alimohammadi, Arman; Bonderman, Diana; Jakowitsch, Johannes; Bergmeister, Helga; Bochkov, Valery; Preissner, Klaus T.; Lang, Irene M.


    Background Splenectomy is a clinical risk factor for complicated thrombosis. We hypothesized that the loss of the mechanical filtering function of the spleen may enrich for thrombogenic phospholipids in the circulation, thereby affecting the vascular remodeling of thrombosis. Methods and Results We investigated the effects of splenectomy both in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), a human model disease for thrombus nonresolution, and in a mouse model of stagnant flow venous thrombosis mimicking deep vein thrombosis. Surgically excised thrombi from rare cases of CTEPH patients who had undergone previous splenectomy were enriched for anionic phospholipids like phosphatidylserine. Similar to human thrombi, phosphatidylserine accumulated in thrombi after splenectomy in the mouse model. A postsplenectomy state was associated with larger and more persistent thrombi. Higher counts of procoagulant platelet microparticles and increased leukocyte–platelet aggregates were observed in mice after splenectomy. Histological inspection revealed a decreased number of thrombus vessels. Phosphatidylserine‐enriched phospholipids specifically inhibited endothelial proliferation and sprouting. Conclusions After splenectomy, an increase in circulating microparticles and negatively charged phospholipids is enhanced by experimental thrombus induction. The initial increase in thrombus volume after splenectomy is due to platelet activation, and the subsequent delay of thrombus resolution is due to inhibition of thrombus angiogenesis. The data illustrate a potential mechanism of disease in CTEPH. PMID:24584745

  16. Upper extremity deep vein thrombosis after elbow trauma: a case ...

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    Treatment by low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) then by vitamin K antagonists was conducted and evaluation by Doppler ultrasonography realized 18 months after trauma showed recanalization of basilica and humeral veins and thrombosis of axillary and subclavian veins. Management of occupational activity was ...

  17. Preventive effect of polydatin against thrombosis: and its mechanism ...

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    Thromboxane B2 and 6-keto-prostaglandin F1α level was monitored by the immuno-assay, while Rosette assay and Born's method were used to observe plateletneutrophil interactions. The results show that polydatin had evident antithrombotic effects in the multiple-thrombosis models; the mechanisms may be closely ...

  18. Ethanol extract of Carthamus tinctorius L. shows anti-thrombosis ...

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    TXB2 decreased and 6-keto-PGF1α increased with CTL and aspirin, with an association between 6-keto-PGF1α/TXB2 and arterial or venous thrombus weight for all products, and for occlusion time with CTL but not for aspirin. Conclusion: The experimental effects of CTL on thrombosis in rats were confirmed. Again, further ...

  19. Acute Carotid Artery Stent Thrombosis Due to Dual Antiplatelet Resistance

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    Köklü, Erkan, E-mail:; Arslan, Şakir; Yüksel, İsa Öner; Bayar, Nermin [Antalya Education and Research Hospital, Clinic of Cardiology (Turkey); Koç, Pınar [Antalya Education and Research Hospital, Clinic of Radiology (Turkey)


    Carotid artery stenting (CAS) is a revascularization modality that is an alternative to carotid endarterectomy. The efficacy of CAS in primary and secondary prevention from ischemic stroke has been demonstrated in various trials. Acute thrombosis of CAS is a rare complication that can lead to dramatic and catastrophic consequences. We discuss a case of acute CAS thrombosis in a patient who had previously undergone successful CAS. CAS was performed in a 73-year-old man who had had dysarthria lasting 2 weeks with 95 % stenosis in his left internal carotid artery. An acute cerebrovascular event resulting in right-sided hemiplegia developed 24 h after the procedure. Computed tomographic carotid angiography revealed complete occlusion of the stent with thrombus. The cause of stent thrombosis was thought to be antiaggregant resistance to both acetylsalicylic acid and clopidogrel. The most important cause of acute CAS thrombosis is inadequate or ineffective antiaggregant therapy. Evaluating patients who are candidates for CAS for acetylsalicylic acid and clopidogrel resistance may preclude this complication.

  20. Portal Vein Thrombosis in Sudanese Children | Sabir | Sudan ...

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    Background: Portal Vein Thrombosis (PVT) is one of the most common causes of portal hypertension among children in Sudan. Objectives: To determine the incidence, aetiology and mode of presentation of PVT among children and find its relation to gastrointestinal bleeding in a Sudanese hospital. Methodology: This is a ...

  1. Effect of Helicobacter pylori infection on deep vein thrombosis seen ...

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    Objective: To investigate the role of homocysteine metabolism due to Helicobacter pylori infection on the development of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in patients with Behcet's disease (BD). Design: Prospective clinical study. Setting: Teaching hospital. Subject: Fifty-five patients with BD divided into groups, with DVT and ...

  2. effect of helicobacter pylori infection on deep vein thrombosis seen ...

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    Objective: To investigate the role of homocysteine metabolism due to Helicobacter pylori infection on the development of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in patients with Behcet's disease (BD). Design: Prospective clinical study. Setting: Teaching hospital. Subject: Fifty-five patients with BD divided into groups, with DVT and ...

  3. Portal Venous Thrombosis Developing after Torsion of a Wandering ...

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    Mar 6, 2017 ... Website: DOI:10.4103/1119-3077.201431. Case Report. How to cite this article: Yilmaz Ö, Kiziltan R, Almali N, Aras A. Portal venous thrombosis developing after torsion of a wandering spleen. Niger J Clin. Pract 2017;20:394-6. This is an open access article distributed under the terms ...

  4. Vena porta thrombosis in patient with inherited factor VII deficiency

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    Klovaite, Jolanta; Friis-Hansen, Lennart Jan; Larsen, Fin S


    with inherited FVII deficiency and chronic vena porta thrombosis. She presented at 32 weeks of gestation with spontaneously increased international normalized ratio, severe thrombocytopenia and very few unspecific symptoms. The extensive examination of the patient revealed cavernous transformation of the portal...

  5. Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis: a report of two cases | Onyambu ...

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    Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is an uncommon yet potentially life threatening condition which is often under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed because of the variability of the clinical signs and symptoms. The imaging findings are often subtle thus the need for a high index of suspicion. The superior sagittal and transverse ...

  6. [Intracardiac mycotic thrombosis in the course of permanent endocardial stimulation]. (United States)

    Klugmann, S; Silvestri, F; Giarelli, L; Camerini, F


    A case of intracardiac micotic thrombosis during permanent endocardial stimulation is reported. After a brief note on the pathogenesis of pocket infections, the AA. conclude that, in those cases, a medical treatment is insufficient and a surgical treatment is necessary to remove the micotic thrombus.

  7. Antenatal Deep Vein Thrombosis with an Underlying Thrombophilia ...

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    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can cause severe morbidity in the puerperium and, less commonly, during pregnancy. A woman who developed DVT as a result of thrombophilia was successfully managed with anti-coagulant therapy. The case highlights the need for thrombophilia screening in pregnancy. Key Words: ...

  8. Risk Factors of Deep Venous Thrombosis in Duplex and Colour ...

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    Background: Deep venous thrombosis is a major health problem with high morbidity and mortality worldwide. Thus early, correct and definitive diagnosis is crucial in assessing thromboembolic risk and initiating therapy. In this regard Patients at risk must be identified and given appropriate prophylaxis to reduce Venous ...

  9. effect of helicobacter pylori infection on deep vein thrombosis seen ...

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    Bayraktar, Y., Balkanci, F. and Kansu, E. Budd-Chiari syndrome: Analysis of 30 cases. Angiology. 1993; 44: 541. 10. Gul, A., Ozbek, U., Ozturk, C., et al. Coagulation factor. V gene mutation increases the risk of venous thrombosis in Behçet's disease. Brit. Rheumatol. 1996; 35: 1178. 11. Lenk, N., Ozet, G., Alli, N., et al.

  10. Thrombosis in women: what are the knowledge gaps in 2013?

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    Several aspects of the diagnostic and therapeutic management of women with venous thrombosis are uncertain. In this overview, I will discuss three major areas. First, the contribution of hormone use to venous thromboembolism (VTE) will be discussed as prudent prescribing of safe preparations can

  11. Idiopathic extensive spontaneous venous thrombosis (a case report.

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    Full Text Available Two patients with extensive spontaneous venous thrombosis are reported. Both had documented evidence of polyserositis, transient abnormalities of liver function tests along with normal coagulograms. Although one patient had a short, self-limiting illness, the other required treatment with coumarin derivatives. The relevant literature is discussed.

  12. Genetic Susceptibility to Thrombosis and Its Relationshipto Physiological Risk Factors: The GAIT Study (United States)

    Souto, Juan Carlos; Almasy, Laura; Borrell, Montserrat; Blanco-Vaca, Francisco; Mateo, José; Soria, José Manuel; Coll, Inma; Felices, Rosa; Stone, William; Fontcuberta, Jordi; Blangero, John


    Although there are a number of well-characterized genetic defects that lead to increased risk of thrombosis, little information is available on the relative importance of genetic factors in thrombosis risk in the general population. We performed a family-based study of the genetics of thrombosis in the Spanish population to assess the heritability of thrombosis and to identify the joint actions of genes on thrombosis risk and related quantitative hemostasis phenotypes. We examined 398 individuals in 21 extended pedigrees. Twelve pedigrees were ascertained through a proband with idiopathic thrombosis, and the remaining pedigrees were randomly ascertained. The heritability of thrombosis liability and the genetic correlations between thrombosis and each of the quantitative risk factors were estimated by means of a novel variance component method that used a multivariate threshold model. More than 60% of the variation in susceptibility to common thrombosis is attributable to genetic factors. Several quantitative risk factors exhibited significant genetic correlations with thrombosis, indicating that some of the genes that influence quantitative variation in these physiological correlates also influence the risk of thrombosis. Traits that exhibited significant genetic correlations with thrombosis included levels of several coagulation factors (factors VII, VIII, IX, XI, XII, and von Willebrand), tissue plasminogen activator, homocysteine, and the activated protein C ratio. This is the first study that quantifies the genetic component of susceptibility to common thrombosis. The high heritability of thrombosis risk and the significant genetic correlations between thrombosis and related risk factors suggest that the exploitation of correlated quantitative phenotypes will aid the search for susceptibility genes. PMID:11038326

  13. Prevalence of hereditary factors predisposing to thrombosis in 260 patients diagnosed as thrombosis and investigated at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, Brazil

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    João Carlos de Campos Guerra


    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the prevalence of genetic polymorphism incoagulation factors in thromboembolic disease in patients withclinical suspicion of thrombosis. Methods: A retrospective casecollection was performed searching all patients with clinicalsuspicion of thrombosis who were submitted to coagulation factoranalysis at the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein from November2003 to April 2004. We included 260 patients, 118 male and 142female, mean age of 46 years. Prothrombin mutation and Leiden Vfactor were evaluated with multiplex PCR. Protein C, S and lupusanticoagulant were studied in coagulation assays. AntithrombinIII was studied by chromogenic assay. Anticardiolipin was evaluatedthrough an immunoenzymatic method and homocysteine by animmunometric method. Results: Factor V Leiden was found in 22cases (8.3 %, one homozygote and 21 heterozygotes. Prothrombinmutation was found in 18 cases (6.8%, one homozygote and 17heterozygotes. Forty cases with genetic alteration showed 34 caseswith thrombosis (85%, 29 venous thrombosis and 4 arterialthrombosis. One hundred and seven patients were tested foranticardiolipin antibodies: 21 were anticardiolipin antibody positives(19.6%, and 15 of them had IgG antibodies, 3 IgM and 3 IgA. Sixteenof the 21 patients had thrombosis, 11 venous thrombosis and 5arterial thrombosis. Lupus anticoagulant was found in two patients,both with thrombosis. There was only one case ofhyperhomocystinemia, with thrombosis. Protein C, protein S andantithrombin III deficiencies were found in 63 cases (12%. Out of31 cases with thrombosis (49,2 %, 26 cases had venous thrombosisand 5 had arterial thrombosis. Conclusion: Thromboembolicdisease is clearly associated with genetic factors but there isconsensus its cause is multifactorial. Genetic alterations, however,should be studied when there is clinical evidence of thrombosis,at least in young patients.

  14. Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis associated with iron deficiency anemia secondary to severe menorrhagia: a case report. (United States)

    Corrales-Medina, Fernando F; Grant, Leon; Egas-Bejar, Daniela; Valdivia-Ascuna, Zoila; Rodriguez, Nidra; Mancias, Pedro


    Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis is a rare condition presenting with a wide spectrum of nonspecific symptoms that can make early diagnosis difficult. Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis has been associated with various etiologies. Iron deficiency anemia associated with cerebral sinovenous thrombosis in teenagers is rare. We present a teenage patient with complete thrombosis of the vein of Galen, straight sinus, and left internal cerebral vein associated with iron deficiency anemia due to severe menorrhagia. Mechanisms that can explain the association between iron deficiency anemia and thrombosis are discussed. © The Author(s) 2013.

  15. Severe acute myocardial infarction and peripheral thrombosis in patient with bladder cancer

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    Ahmet Seyfeddin Gürbüz


    Full Text Available Cancer-associated thrombosis worsens the lives of patients substantially. Venous manifestations of cancer-associated thrombosis include deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Arterial events include stroke and myocardial infarction. In this patient, myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shock are associated with diffuse coronary thrombosis together with peripheral thrombosis. He had surgery because of bladder carcinoma. Severe hypercoagulable condition probably facilitated by cancer itself and surgery caused multivessel coronary and peripheral intense thrombus burden. Intracoronary 10 mcg/kg tirofiban bolus and 15 mg tissue plasminogen activator (tPA were administered respectively before revascularization and thrombectomy operation was performed. Complete revascularization was achieved.

  16. Cerebral Venous-Sinus Thrombosis: A Case Series Analysis

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    Nahid Ashjazadeh


    Full Text Available Background: Cerebral venous-sinus thrombosis is an uncommon form but important cause of stroke, especially in young-aged women. Methods: We performed a retrospective descriptive-analytical study in which 124 patients with cerebral venous-sinus thrombosis, who referred to Nemazee Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences from January 2000 to March 2008, were included, and their demographic, etiologic, radiological and prognostic characteristics were evaluated. Results: The patients' mean age was 34.01±10.25. Eighty seven (70.16% were women and 37 (29.83% were men. The most frequent clinical manifestations were headache, papilledema and seizures. Fifty seven (65.51% women took oral contraceptive pills. Twenty of 57 women (35.08% took the pill longer than one month to be able to fast in Ramadan or perform the Hajj ceremonies. In the mean time they developed cerebral venous-sinus thrombosis. Superior sagital sinus, with or without lateral sinuses, was the most involved area (70.96%. High mortality and morbidity rates (14.51% and 35.48%, respectively were found in patients. Poor prognostic factors at the time of admission were stupor and coma (P=0.001 and evidence of hemorrhage in primary CT scan (P=0.005. Conclusion: Taking oral contraceptive pills was a main factor associated with cerebral venous-sinus thrombosis. Clinical manifestations, prognostic factors, common involved sinuses and image findings of this study were similar to those of other studies. Health care policy makers should design a plan to warn susceptible women of the risk of cerebral venous-sinus thrombosis, and to educate them the ways to prevent it

  17. Thrombosis in the critically ill neonate: incidence, diagnosis, and management

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    Full Text Available Alex Veldman1, Marcel F Nold2, Ina Michel-Behnke31Monash Newborn and Ritchie Centre for Baby Health Research, Monash Medical Centre and Monash Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, VIC, Australia; 2Dept of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, USA; 3Dept of Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric University Hospital, Vienna, AustriaAbstract: Among children, newborn infants are most vulnerable to development of thrombosis and serious thromboembolic complications. Amongst newborns, those neonates who are critically ill, both term and preterm, are at greatest risk for developing symptomatic thromboembolic disease. The most important risk factors are inflammation, DIC, impaired liver function, fluctuations in cardiac output, and congenital heart disease, as well as exogenous risk factors such as central venous or arterial catheters. In most clinically symptomatic infants, diagnosis is made by ultrasound, venography, or CT or MRI angiograms. However, clinically asymptomatic vessel thrombosis is sometimes picked up by screening investigations or during routine imaging for other indications. Acute management of thrombosis and thromboembolism comprises a variety of approaches, including simple observation, treatment with unfractionated or low molecular weight heparin, as well as more aggressive interventions such as thrombolytic therapy or catheter-directed revascularization. Long-term follow-up is dependent on the underlying diagnosis. In the majority of infants, stabilization of the patients’ general condition and hemodynamics, which allows removal of indwelling catheters, renders long-term anticoagulation superfluous. Nevertheless, in certain types of congenital heart disease or inherited thrombophilia, long-term prophylaxis may be warranted. This review article focuses on pathophysiology, diagnosis, and acute and long-term management of thrombosis in critically ill term and preterm neonates.Keywords: thrombosis, neonate

  18. Microfluidic thrombosis under multiple shear rates and antiplatelet therapy doses.

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    Melissa Li

    Full Text Available The mainstay of treatment for thrombosis, the formation of occlusive platelet aggregates that often lead to heart attack and stroke, is antiplatelet therapy. Antiplatelet therapy dosing and resistance are poorly understood, leading to potential incorrect and ineffective dosing. Shear rate is also suspected to play a major role in thrombosis, but instrumentation to measure its influence has been limited by flow conditions, agonist use, and non-systematic and/or non-quantitative studies. In this work we measured occlusion times and thrombus detachment for a range of initial shear rates (500, 1500, 4000, and 10000 s(-1 and therapy concentrations (0-2.4 µM for eptifibatide, 0-2 mM for acetyl-salicylic acid (ASA, 3.5-40 Units/L for heparin using a microfluidic device. We also measured complete blood counts (CBC and platelet activity using whole blood impedance aggregometry. Effects of shear rate and dose were analyzed using general linear models, logistic regressions, and Cox proportional hazards models. Shear rates have significant effects on thrombosis/dose-response curves for all tested therapies. ASA has little effect on high shear occlusion times, even at very high doses (up to 20 times the recommended dose. Under ASA therapy, thrombi formed at high shear rates were 4 times more prone to detachment compared to those formed under control conditions. Eptifibatide reduced occlusion when controlling for shear rate and its efficacy increased with dose concentration. In contrast, the hazard of occlusion from ASA was several orders of magnitude higher than that of eptifibatide. Our results show similar dose efficacy to our low shear measurements using whole blood aggregometry. This quantitative and statistically validated study of the effects of a wide range of shear rate and antiplatelet therapy doses on occlusive thrombosis contributes to more accurate understanding of thrombosis and to models for optimizing patient treatment.

  19. Early liver allograft dysfunction: risk factors, clinical course and outcomes

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    Ya. G. Moysyuk


    Full Text Available Early liver allograft dysfunction (EAD is associated with a high incidence of graft loss and patient mortality in the first 6 weeks after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT.The aim of this retrospective single-center study is to identify the risk factors of EAD and to compare the short- and long-term results in EAD and non-EAD groups.Materials and methods. The results of 213 consecutive deceased donor liver transplantations performed between December 2004 and February 2015 were included in the analysis. Indications for OLT were non-viral liver cirrhosis in 52% of cases, viral hepatitis C or B in 34 %, hepatocellular carcinoma in 8 %; retransplantations were performed in 6% of cases due to previous liver graft dysfunction. EAD was defined by Olthoff criteria (Olthoff et al., 2010.Results. Overall incidence of EAD was 41.3%, including 5.6% of primary non-function grafts (PNF, i.e. irreversible EAD. No significant differences between EAD and non-EAD groups were seen either among donors in their age, gender, cause of death, bilirubin, plasma sodium level, aminotransferases aktivity, or among the recipients in their age, gender, body mass index, MELD. Retransplantation, donor time on mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit for more than 2 days, highrisk donor category, transplant surgery duration more than 9.5 hours, and cold ischemia time (CIT > 8 hours were independent significant risk factors of EAD in a multivariate model. A 42-day mortality rates were 18.2% in EAD group (mostly due to PNF without urgent retransplantanion in 9.1%, and 0% in non-EAD group. Long-term results in EAD group were also significantly poorer: 1-, 5-, and 10-year graft survival rates were 74%, 68%, and 64%, respectively, versus 96%, 90%, and 83% in non-EAD group, Log-rank p = 0.0001.Conclusion. EAD significantly (≈ 20% decreases the short-term graft and patient survival rates. Meanwhile, a reversible EAD has no impact on long-term results

  20. Functional outcome after facial allograft transplantation in rats. (United States)

    Landin, Luis; Cavadas, Pedro C; Gonzalez, Emilio; Rodriguez, Jose C; Caballero, Araceli


    Full face, hemiface and facial subunit transplants have been reported before. However, the functional recovery of the face transplant largely remains unknown. The mystacial pad (also known as the vibrissal or whiskers region) is the main sensorimotor unit in rats' faces. We included the mystacial region in the hemifacial flap of the rat, and our aim was to study its functional recovery after transplant. Hemifacial flaps were transplanted from Brown-Norway RT(n) to Wistar-Lewis RT(l) rats, under tapered doses of tacrolimus immunosuppression monotherapy (8 mg/Kg/day to 2mg/Kg/day after 4 weeks). Group I (n=12) was the anatomic study group, in which the harvesting technique of the flap was trial run and angiographies of the flap were obtained. In group II (n=12), non-vascularized hemifacial allografts were transplanted. Group III (n=24) was the vascularized hemiface allotransplant group. This was divided into two subgroups relating to nerve repairs. In subgroup III(a) (n=12) no nerve repairs were performed, while in subgroup III(b) (n=12) the zygomaticoorbital, bucolabial and upper marginal mandibular branches of the facial nerve, and the infraorbital branch of the trigeminal nerve were repaired. Clinical, neurophysiological and histological studies were performed to evaluate the recovery of the mystacial region after six weeks. In group I the hemifacial flap harvesting technique to include the mystacial region was established, and angiographies confirmed a rich axial vascular network in the flaps. All grafts in group II necrosed. In group III, each procedure required an average of 7h (range 5-11). Of this group, 75% of the rats survived for 8 weeks. In subgroup III(a) no signs of recovery were noted, whilst in subgroup III(b) clinical, neurophysiological and histological recovery were found in face transplant recipients after 6 weeks. The hemifacial flap including the mystacial region could be transplanted successfully in the rat model. Face allotransplants in which

  1. Successful treatment of early allograft dysfunction with cinacalcet in a patient with nephrocalcinosis caused by severe hyperparathyroidism: a case report. (United States)

    Cheunsuchon, Boonyarit; Sritippayawan, Suchai


    Hyperparathyroidism is common in patients undergoing kidney transplantation. Occasionally, this condition can cause early allograft dysfunction by inducing calcium phosphate deposition in the allograft, which results in nephrocalcinosis. Although nephrocalcinosis occurs occasionally in kidney allografts, it has only rarely been reported in the literature. Here, we present the case of a 58-year-old Thai woman with severe hyperparathyroidism who received a living-related kidney transplant from her 35-year-old son. Our patient developed allograft dysfunction on day 2 post-transplantation despite good functioning graft on day 1. Allograft biopsy showed extensive calcium phosphate deposition in distal tubules. She was treated with cinacalcet (a calcimimetic agent) and aluminum hydroxide. Allograft function was restored to normal within 1 week after transplantation with greatly reduced intact parathyroid hormone level. Hyperparathyroidism in early functioning allograft causes elevated calcium and phosphate concentration in distal tubules resulting in nephrocalcinosis. The massive calcium phosphate precipitation obstructs tubular lumens, which leads to acute tubular dysfunction. Treatment of nephrocalcinosis with cinacalcet is safe and may improve this condition by increasing serum phosphate and reducing serum calcium and intact parathyroid hormone.

  2. Effect of sarpogrelate hydrochloride, a 5-hydroxytryptamine2 receptor antagonist, on allograft arteriosclerosis after aortic transplantation in rats. (United States)

    Watada, Susumu; Harada, Hirohisa; Matsubara, Kentaro; Obara, Hideaki; Matsumoto, Kenji; Ando, Nobutoshi; Kitagawa, Yuko


    Sarpogrelate hydrochloride, a 5-hydroxytryptamine2 receptor antagonist, is known to prevent serotonin-induced neointimal hyperplasia. We examined the effect of this agent on allograft arteriosclerosis in a rat model of aortic transplantation. Rats were given an aortic isograft or allograft and oral administration of either saline vehicle alone or 20mg/kg daily of sarpogrelate for 8 weeks. The grafts were then harvested, and the lumen diameter and the thickness of the intima and media were measured. Comparisons were made between measurement results in isografts and allografts from rats treated and not treated with sarpogrelate. Immunohistochemistry assessments were used to detect expression of serotonin in graft specimens. For both allografts and isografts, significantly less intimal thickening was observed in specimens from rats given sarpogrelate compared with rats given saline. Sarpogrelate had no effect on medial thickening in either graft type. Serotonin was detected in allografts from rats given saline alone but not in allografts from rats given sarpogrelate or in isografts. Sarpogrelate hydrochloride may mitigate arteriosclerosis in allografts. Platelet aggregation and serotonin may be correlated with intimal thickening associated with chronic rejection. © 2013. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Distinct phenotypes of cardiac allograft vasculopathy after heart transplantation : A histopathological study

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    Huibers, Manon M H; Vink, Aryan; Kaldeway, Johannes; Huisman, André; Timmermans, Kim; Leenders, Max; Schipper, Marguèrite E I; Lahpor, Jaap R.; Kirkels, Hans J H; Klöpping, Corinne; de Jonge, Nicolaas; de Weger, Roel A.


    Introduction: Long-term survival after heart transplantation (HTx) is hampered by cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV). Better understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms of CAV might have considerable consequences for therapeutic approaches in the future. The aim of the present study was to

  4. The predictive value of renal vascular resistance for late renal allograft loss

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    de Vries, APJ; van Son, WJ; van der Heide, JJH; Ploeg, RJ; Navis, G; de Jong, PE; Gans, ROB; Bakker, SJL; Gansevoort, RT

    The renal artery resistance index (RI), assessed by Doppler ultrasonography, was recently identified as a new risk marker for late renal allograft loss. This finding requires confirmation since RI in that study was not measured at predetermined time points and ultrasonography is operator-dependent.

  5. The predictive value of renal vascular resistance for late renal allograft loss

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    de Vries, A. P. J.; van Son, W. J.; Homan van der Heide, J. J.; Ploeg, R. J.; Navis, G.; de Jong, P. E.; Gans, R. O. B.; Bakker, S. J. L.; Gansevoort, R. T.


    The renal artery resistance index (RI), assessed by Doppler ultrasonography, was recently identified as a new risk marker for late renal allograft loss. This finding requires confirmation since RI in that study was not measured at predetermined time points and ultrasonography is operator-dependent.

  6. Lumbar intervertebral disc allograft transplantation: long-term mobility and impact on the adjacent segments

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    Huang, Yong-Can; Xiao, Jun; Lu, William W; Leung, Victor Y. L; Hu, Yong; Luk, Keith D. K


    ...; the other 7 goats were used as the untreated control (5) and for the supply of allografts (2). Post-operation lateral radiographs of the lumbar spine in the neutral, full-flexion and full-extension positions were taken at 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12...

  7. Local production of interleukin-6 during acute rejection in human renal allografts

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    Raasveld, M. H.; Weening, J. J.; Kerst, J. M.; Surachno, S.; ten Berge, R. J.


    Interleukin-6 is involved in T-cell activation and possibly plays a role in the pathogenesis of acute rejection of transplanted organs. This is indicated by elevated levels of interleukin-6 in serum and urine of renal allograft recipients, and elevated amounts of mRNA for interleukin-6 in all

  8. [Attitude towards organ and tissue donation in Europe : Prerequisite for osteochondral allograft treatment]. (United States)

    Schmidt, S; Schulte, A; Schwarz, S; Hofmann, N; Tietz, S; Boergel, M; Sixt, S U


    The biggest obstacle to overcome for routine treatment of various pathologies with fresh osteochondral allograft is the availability of tissue for transplantation. Large fresh osteochondral allografts are usually harvested from organ donors, but in contrast to organs, tissues can be procured after cardiac arrest. Medical staff as well the general public are much less aware of the possibilities and requirements of tissue donation compared to organ donation. This review aims to highlight the current situation of organ and tissue donation in Europe and to raise this much needed awareness. For this research, PubMed database was scanned using the terms "tissue/organ donation", "bone donation/transplantation", "cartilage transplantation/allografts" and "osteochrondral allografts". Relatives of potential donors are often not approached because physicians and nurses do not feel sufficiently prepared for this task and, thus, are reluctant to address this topic. Different options could alleviate the pressure medical staff is feeling. Furthermore, there are different factors influencing consent that can be addressed to increase donation rates. Currently, a lot of potential concerning musculoskeletal tissue grafts remains unused. Most importantly, families should be encouraged to speak about their potenzial will to donate and educational programs should be established to increase trust in organ and tissue donation and the allocation system and to increase knowledge about the importance of transplantation medicine. But joined efforts of different parts of the medical systems and different organizations involved in tissue transplantation should improve the situation for patients waiting for much needed transplants.

  9. Nitric oxide production and nitric oxide synthase expression in acute human renal allograft rejection

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    Albrecht, EWJA; van Goor, H; Tiebosch, ATMG; Moshage, H; Tegzess, Adam; Stegeman, CA


    Background Nitric oxide (NO) is produced by nitric oxide synthases (NOS), which are either constitutively expressed in the kidney or inducible, in resident and infiltrating cells during inflammation and allograft rejection. NO is rapidly degraded to the stable end products nitrite and nitrate, which

  10. Donor-Specific Antibodies Are Produced Locally in Ectopic Lymphoid Structures in Cardiac Allografts

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    Huibers, M. M H; Gareau, A. J.; Beerthuijzen, J. M T; Siera-de Koning, E.; van Kuik, J.; Kamburova, E. G.; Vink, A.; de Jonge, N.; Lee, T. D G; Otten, H. G.; de Weger, R. A.

    Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is a transplant pathology, limiting graft survival after heart transplantation. CAV arteries are surrounded by ectopic lymphoid structures (ELS) containing B cells and plasma cells. The aim of this study was to characterize the antigenic targets of antibodies


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    Yu. A. Rykov


    Full Text Available The results of longstanding investigations devoted to study of morphologic evolution of tendinous and bone allografts sterilized using methods developed at tissue bank of RRITO n.a. R. Vreden. The experiments were performed in 370 rats and showed high information value of morphological study of biografts and its sufficiency for transplant assessment from the clinical standpoint.

  12. PD-L1 Deficiency within Islets Reduces Allograft Survival in Mice.

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    Dongxia Ma

    Full Text Available Islet transplantation may potentially cure type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM. However, immune rejection, especially that induced by the alloreactive T-cell response, remains a restraining factor for the long-term survival of grafted islets. Programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1 is a negative costimulatory molecule. PD-L1 deficiency within the donor heart accelerates allograft rejection. Here, we investigate whether PD-L1 deficiency in donor islets reduces allograft survival time.Glucose Stimulation Assays were performed to evaluate whether PD-L1 deficiency has detrimental effects on islet function. Islets isolated from PDL1-deficient mice or wild- type (WT mice (C57BL/6j were implanted beneath the renal capsule of streptozotocin (STZ-induced diabetic BALB/c mice. Blood glucose levels and graft survival time after transplantation were monitored. Moreover, we analyzed the residual islets, infiltrating immune cells and alloreactive cells from the recipients.PD-L1 deficiency within islets does not affect islet function. However, islet PD-L1 deficiency increased allograft rejection and was associated with enhanced inflammatory cell infiltration and recipient T-cell alloreactivity.This is the first report to demonstrate that PD-L1 deficiency accelerated islet allograft rejection and regulated recipient alloimmune responses.

  13. Optimized total body irradiation for induction of renal allograft tolerance through mixed chimerism in cynomolgus monkeys

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    Kimikawa, Masaaki; Kawai, Tatsuo; Ota, Kazuo [Tokyo Women`s Medical Coll. (Japan)


    We previously demonstrated that a nonmyeloablative preparative regimen can induce mixed chimerism and renal allograft tolerance between MHC-disparate non-human primates. The basic regimen includes anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG), total body irradiation (TBI, 300 cGy), thymic irradiation (TI, 700 cGy), splenectomy, donor bone marrow (DBM) infusion, and posttransplant cyclosporine therapy (CYA, discontinued after 4 weeks). To evaluate the importance and to minimize the toxicity of irradiation, kidney allografts were transplanted with various manipulations of the irradiation protocol. Monkeys treated with the basic protocol without TBI and TI did not develop chimerism or long-term allograft survival. In monkeys treated with the full protocol, all six monkeys treated with two fractionated dose of 150 cGy developed chimerism and five monkeys appeared tolerant. In contrast, only two of the four monkeys treated with fractionated doses of 125 cGy developed chimerism and only one monkey survived long term. The degree of lymphocyte depletion in all recipients was proportional to the TBI dose. The fractionated TBI regimen of 150 cGy appears to be the most consistently effective regimen for establishing donor bone marrow cell engraftment and allograft tolerance. (author)

  14. Partial trapeziectomy and interposition of fascia lata allograft in the operative treatment of thumb base osteoarthritis

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    Spaans, Anne J.; Weijns, Marieke E.; Braakenburg, Assa; Van Minnen, Leo Paul; Mink Van Der Molen, Aebele B.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/162536690


    Aim: The purpose of this retrospective cohort study was to evaluate the results of fascia lata allograft interposition after partial trapeziectomy in patients with symptomatic first carpometacarpal joint osteoarthritis. Methods and results: Twenty-one patients (22 thumbs) with Eaton-Glickel stage II

  15. CT perfusion technique for assessment of early kidney allograft dysfunction: preliminary results

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    Helck, A.; Notohamiprodjo, M.; Schoen, F.; Nikolaou, K.; Clevert, D.A.; Reiser, M.; Becker, C. [Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospitals Grosshadern, Munich (Germany); Wessely, M.; Schoenermarck, U.; Fischereder, M. [Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Department of Internal Medicine IV, Nephrology, University Hospitals Grosshadern, Munich (Germany); Klotz, E. [Siemens Healthcare, Computed Tomography, Forchheim (Germany)


    To assess the benefit of quantitative computed tomography (CT) perfusion for differentiating acute tubular necrosis (ATN) and acute rejection (AR) in kidney allografts. Twenty-two patients with acute kidney allograft dysfunction caused by either AR (n = 6) or ATN (n = 16) were retrospectively included in the study. All patients initially underwent a multiphase CT angiography (CTA) protocol (12 phases, one phase every 3.5 s) covering the whole graft to exclude acute postoperative complications. Multiphase CT dataset and dedicated software were used to calculate renal blood flow. Renal biopsy or clinical course of disease served as the standard of reference. Mean effective radiation dose and mean amount of contrast media were calculated. Renal blood flow values were significantly lower (P = 0.001) in allografts undergoing AR (48.3 {+-} 21 ml/100 ml/min) compared with those with ATN (77.5 {+-} 21 ml/100 ml/min). No significant difference (P = 0.71) was observed regarding creatinine level with 5.65 {+-} 3.1 mg/dl in AR and 5.3 {+-} 1.9 mg/dl in ATN. The mean effective radiation dose of the CT perfusion protocol was 13.6 {+-} 5.2 mSv; the mean amount of contrast media applied was 34.5 {+-} 5.1 ml. All examinations were performed without complications. CT perfusion of kidney allografts may help to differentiate between ATN and rejection. (orig.)

  16. IL2-IL21 gene cluster polymorphism is not associated with allograft function after kidney transplantation. (United States)

    Kwiatkowska, Ewa; Domanski, Leszek; Kłoda, Karolina; Pawlik, Andrzej; Safranow, Krzysztof; Ciechanowski, Kazimierz


    Cytokines are key mediators of the immune response after transplantation. The interleukin (IL)-2 cytokine family, which includes IL-2, IL-4, IL-7, IL-9, IL-15, and IL-21, is of particular interest because of its importance in the allogenic response. The aim of this study was to examine the association between the rs6822844 gene polymorphism in the IL2-IL21 region and allograft function after kidney transplantation. The study enrolled 270 Caucasian kidney allograft recipients (166 males and 104 females, mean age 47.63 ± 12.96 years). Following parameters were recorded in each case: recipient's age, delayed graft function (DGF), occurrence and number of episodes of acute rejection (AR), and chronic allograft dysfunction (CAD). Genotyping of the rs6822844 IL2-IL21 cluster gene polymorphism was performed using real-time PCR assay. There were no statistically significant differences in the genotypes and alleles of the rs6822844 IL2-IL21 cluster gene polymorphism among patients with DGF (p = 0.72), AR (p = 0.69) and CAD (p = 0.77), or in creatinine concentrations 1, 3, 6, 12, 24 or 36 months after transplantation (p = 0.46, p = 0.58, p = 0.6, p = 0.72, p = 0.7, p = 0.76, respectively). It seems that the rs6822844 IL2-IL21 gene cluster polymorphism is of little importance in allograft function after kidney transplantation.

  17. Comparing autograft, allograft, and tricalcium phosphate ceramic in a goat instrumented posterolateral fusion model

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    Delawi, D.; Kruyt, M.C.; Yuan, Huipin; Vincken, K.L.; de Bruijn, Joost Dick; Oner, F.C.; Dhert, W.J.A.


    The most common application of bone grafts is spinal fusion surgery, in which the use of iliac crest autograft is the gold standard. Harvesting of autograft, however, requires an extra surgical procedure, which is associated with additional morbidity. Allograft is the well-known alternative, but it

  18. Mechanical strength of bone allografts subjected to chemical sterilization and other terminal processing methods. (United States)

    Mikhael, Mark M; Huddleston, Paul M; Zobitz, Mark E; Chen, Quingshan; Zhao, Kristin D; An, Kai-Nan


    Infectious disease transmission through the use of human donor allografts can be a catastrophic complication in an otherwise straightforward surgical procedure. The use of bone allograft in reconstructive orthopedic surgeries is increasing, yet severe complications, including death, can result if the transplanted tissues transmit a communicable disease to the tissue recipient. The BioCleanse tissue sterilization process is a fully automated, low-temperature chemical sterilization process that renders allograft tissue sterile. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a chemical tissue sterilization process on the mechanical strength of cortical bone allografts prior to implantation. Cylindrical cortical bone specimens were harvested from seven human cadaver donors and treated either by: chemical sterilization alone; chemical sterilization and terminal sterilization by gamma irradiation; chemical sterilization, lyophilization, terminal sterilization by STERRAD and rehydration; or untreated. The specimens were tested to failure in axial compression, diametral compression, shear, or bending. There were no significant differences in ultimate stress, strain, or fracture energy between the chemically sterilized and control groups in any of the testing modes.

  19. Occult cytomegalovirus in vivarium-housed mice may influence transplant allograft acceptance. (United States)

    Thomas, A C; Forster, M R; Bickerstaff, A A; Zimmerman, P D; Wing, B A; Trgovcich, J; Bergdall, V K; Klenerman, P; Cook, C H


    We have recently shown that latent murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) can influence murine transplant allograft acceptance. During these studies we became aware that vivarium-housed control mice can acquire occult MCMV infection. The purpose of this investigation was to confirm occult MCMV transmission and determine the timing, vehicle, and possible consequences of transmission. Mice arriving from a commercial vendor were negative for MCMV both by commercial serologic testing and by our nested PCR. Mice housed in our vivarium became positive for MCMV DNA 30-60 days after arrival, but remained negative for MCMV by commercial serologic testing. To confirm MCMV we sequenced PCR products for several genes and showed >99% homology to MCMV. Further sequence analyses show that the occult MCMV is similar to a laboratory strain of MCMV, but the vehicle of transmission remains unclear. Control tissues from historical experiments with unexplained graft losses were evaluated for occult MCMV, and mice with unexplained allograft losses showed significantly higher incidence of occult MCMV than did allograft acceptors. Deliberate infection with very low titer MCMV confirmed that viral transmission can occur without measurable virus specific antibody or T-cell responses. These data suggest that vivarium-housed mice can develop occult MCMV that is missed by currently available commercial serologic testing, and that these infections may influence transplant allograft acceptance. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Intercalary Reconstructions with Vascularised Fibula and Allograft after Tumour Resection in the Lower Limb

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    Katharina Rabitsch


    Full Text Available Reconstruction with massive bone allograft and autologous vascularised fibula combines the structural strength of the allograft and the advantages of fibula’s intrinsic blood supply. We retrospectively analysed the outcome of twelve patients (4 male, 8 female who received reconstruction with massive bone allograft and autologous vascularised fibula after tumour resection in lower limb. Mean age was 17.8 years (range 11–31 years, with following primaries: Ewing’s sarcoma (n=6, osteosarcoma (n=4, liposarcoma grade 2 (n=1, and adamantinoma (n=1. Mean followup was 38.7 months (median 25.7 months; range 2–88 months. Seven tumours were located in the femur and five in the tibia. The mean length of bone defect was 18.7 cm (range 15–25 cm. None of the grafts had to be removed, but there occurred four fractures, four nonunions, and two infections. Two patients developed donor side complication, in form of flexion deformity of the big toe. The event-free survival rate was 51% at two-year followup and 39% at three- and five-year followup. As the complications were manageable, and full weight bearing was achieved in all cases, we consider the combination of massive bone allograft and autologous vascularised fibula a stable and durable reconstruction method of the diaphysis of the lower limbs.

  1. Hematopoietic stem cell infusion/transplantation for induction of allograft tolerance. (United States)

    Granados, Jose M M; Benichou, Gilles; Kawai, Tatsuo


    The present review updates the current status of basic, preclinical, and clinical research on donor hematopoietic stem cell infusion for allograft tolerance induction. Recent basic studies in mice provide evidence of significant involvement of both central deletional and peripheral regulatory mechanisms in induction and maintenance of allograft tolerance effected through a mixed chimerism approach with donor hematopoietic stem cell infusion. The presence of heterologous memory T cells in primates hampers the induction of persistent chimerism. Durable mixed chimerism, however, now has been recently induced in inbred major histocompatibility complex-mismatched swine, resulting in tolerance of vascularized composite tissue allografts. In clinical transplantation, allograft tolerance has been achieved in human leukocyte antigen-mismatched kidney transplantation after the induction of transient mixed chimerism or persistent full donor chimerism. Tolerance induction in clinical kidney transplantation has been achieved by donor hematopoietic stem cell infusion. Improving the consistency and safety of tolerance induction and extending successful protocols to other organs, and to organs from deceased donors, are critical next steps to bringing tolerance to a wider range of clinical applications.

  2. Comparing cystatin C and creatinine in the diagnosis of pediatric acute renal allograft dysfunction

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    Slort, Pauline R.; Ozden, Nergiz; Pape, Lars; Offner, Gisela; Tromp, Wilma F.; Wilhelm, Abraham J.; Bokenkamp, Arend


    Allograft function following renal transplantation is commonly monitored using serum creatinine. Multiple cross-sectional studies have shown that serum cystatin C is superior to creatinine for detection of mild to moderate chronic kidney dysfunction. Recent data in adults indicate that cystatin C

  3. Anti-CD45RB monoclonal antibody prolongs renal allograft survival in cynomolgus monkeys

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    Chen, G.; Luke, P. P. W.; Yang, H.; Visser, L.; Sun, H.; Garcia, B.; Qian, H.; Xiang, Y.; Huang, X.; Liu, W.; Senaldi, G.; Schneider, A.; Poppema, S.; Wang, H.; Jevnikar, A. M.; Zhong, R.

    Previously, an anti-CD45RB monoclonal antibody (mAb) has been shown to induce murine allograft tolerance. The present study was performed to assess the ability of an anti-human CD45RB mAb to prevent rejection in a monkey MHC-mismatched kidney transplant model. The recipients were allocated into the

  4. Rosiglitazone suppresses cyclosporin-induced chronic transplant dysfunction and prolongs survival of rat cardiac allografts. (United States)

    Chen, Yan; Liu, Yan; Yuan, Zhengwei; Tian, Lina; Dallman, Margaret J; Thompson, Paul W; Tam, Paul K H; Lamb, Jonathan R


    The lack of effective treatment for chronic transplant dysfunction restricts the long-term survival of solid organ allografts. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor ligands can suppress vascular inflammation. The aim of this study was to analyze the effects of rosiglitazone on chronic transplant dysfunction in a rat cardiac transplant model. Inbred male Fisher 344 (F344, RT1lvl) and Lewis (LEW, RT1(1)) rats were subjected to heterotopic abdominal heart transplantation according to standard procedures. Cyclosporine A was administered intraperitoneally to cover acute rejection, and rosiglitazone was administered orally by gavage daily from 3 days before the operation to the end of experiments. Rosiglitazone significantly prolonged the survival of cardiac allografts in rats (F344 to LEW) that had received a 10-day course of cyclosporin A compared to treatment with immunosuppressant alone. Analysis of allografts at 120 days posttransplantation showed that rosiglitazone reduced the inflammatory cell infiltrate in both the vessels and graft parenchyma as were neointimal formation, vascular occlusion, and fibrosis. Expression of transforming growth factor-beta and related proteins was less abundant after cyclosporin A/rosiglitazone treatment. The findings reported here demonstrate that rosiglitazone given under the cover of short-term treatment with cyclosporin A prolongs cardiac allograft survival and reduces the severity of chronic transplant dysfunction. This may be mediated in part through the downregulation of transforming growth factor-beta and related proteins. The combined effects of rosiglitazone and immunosuppressive drugs are potentially beneficial to patients receiving organ transplants.


    Ricordi, Camillo; Murase, Norico; Rastellini, Cristiana; Behboo, Roubik; Demetris, Anthony J.; Starzl, Thomas E.


    We have tested the effect of donor bone marrow cell (DBMC) infusion on the survival of pancreatic islet allografts in the rat, without the use of cytoablative recipient conditioning. Lewis and diabetic Brown Norway rats were used as donors and recipients, respectively. Donor islets were placed beneath the left renal capsule. Infusion of DBMC and temporary immunosuppression followed by delayed islet transplantation resulted in indefinite survival of all islet grafts (MST >180 days). Control animals demonstrated recurrent hyperglycemia (islet allografts rejection). Donor bone marrow derived cells were detected in the spleen and cervical lymph nodes of BN recipients of LEW bone marrow but not in the recipients of islet transplants alone. Second set full thickness skin grafts were performed in normal BN and in recipients of a previously successful ITX. Donor specific skin grafts were accepted in the animals that had received DBMC 40 days before the islet allograft, while animals receiving DBMC at the time of the islet allograft rejected the donor specific skin graft similarly to the controls. However, these animals did not reject a second set donor-specific islet transplant. The results indicate that radiation conditioning of the recipients was not necessary to induce microchimerism and graft acceptance in this rodent model of islet allotransplantation. PMID:8665077

  6. Clostridium perfringens endophthalmitis after penetrating keratoplasty with contaminated corneal allografts: a case series. (United States)

    Hou, Joshua H; Tannan, Anjali; Rubenstein, Jonathan B; Lopez, Osvaldo I; McCoy, Kristen; Epstein, Randy J; Grostern, Richard J; Sugar, Joel


    To report the postoperative clinical course of 3 patients who underwent corneal transplantation with corneal allografts contaminated with Clostridium perfringens and to evaluate the risk factors for anaerobic contamination in 2 donors. Patient records and adverse reaction reports from a single eye bank related to cases of posttransplant C. perfringens endophthalmitis were reviewed. Records regarding the mated corneas, donor autopsy reports, and other pertinent data were also reviewed. Three adverse reactions associated with transplantation of corneal allografts contaminated with C. perfringens were reported. Two cases were from mated corneas. Both patients developed fulminant endophthalmitis after undergoing uncomplicated penetrating keratoplasty and required subsequent enucleation. Another isolated case (with no adverse reaction in the mate cornea) developed hypopyon postoperatively that resolved with intravitreal and topical antibiotics. Possible risk factors for anaerobic tissue contamination in the donors included illicit drug use in the first donor and exposure to sewage at the time of death in the second donor. Clostridial endophthalmitis is an aggressive rapidly progressive infection with potentially poor visual outcomes that can be transmitted from infected corneal allografts. Further investigation is needed to clarify the role of anaerobic donor rim cultures and the donor risk factors associated with recovering corneal allograft tissue contaminated with C. perfringens.

  7. Preventive Effect of Aspirin Eugenol Ester on Thrombosis in κ-Carrageenan-Induced Rat Tail Thrombosis Model. (United States)

    Ma, Ning; Liu, Xi-Wang; Yang, Ya-Jun; Li, Jian-Yong; Mohamed, Isam; Liu, Guang-Rong; Zhang, Ji-Yu


    Based on the prodrug principle, aspirin eugenol ester (AEE) was synthesized, which can reduce the side effects of aspirin and eugenol. As a good candidate for new antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory medicine, it is essential to evaluate its preventive effect on thrombosis. Preventive effect of AEE was investigated in κ-carrageenan-induced rat tail thrombosis model. AEE suspension liquids were prepared in 0.5% sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC-Na). AEE was administrated at the dosage of 18, 36 and 72 mg/kg. Aspirin (20 mg/kg), eugenol (18 mg/kg) and 0.5% CMC-Na (30 mg/kg) were used as control drug. In order to compare the effects between AEE and its precursor, integration of aspirin and eugenol group (molar ratio 1:1) was also designed in the experiment. After drugs were administrated intragastrically for seven days, each rat was injected intraperitoneally with 20 mg/kg BW κ-carrageen dissolved in physiological saline to induce thrombosis. The length of tail-thrombosis was measured at 24 and 48 hours. The blank group just was given physiological saline for seven days without κ-carrageenan administrated. The results indicated that AEE significantly not only reduced the average length of thrombus, PT values and FIB concentration, but also reduced the red blood cell (RBC), hemoglobin (HGB), hematocrit (HCT) and platelet (PLT). The effects of AEE on platelet aggregation and anticoagulant in vitro showed that AEE could inhibit adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-induced platelet aggregation as dose-dependence but no notable effect on blood clotting. From these results, it was concluded that AEE possessed positive effect on thrombosis prevention in vivo through the reduction of FIB, PLT, inhibition of platelet aggregation and the change of TT and PT values.

  8. Preventive Effect of Aspirin Eugenol Ester on Thrombosis in κ-Carrageenan-Induced Rat Tail Thrombosis Model (United States)

    Ma, Ning; Liu, Xi-Wang; Yang, Ya-Jun; Li, Jian-Yong; Mohamed, Isam; Liu, Guang-Rong; Zhang, Ji-Yu


    Based on the prodrug principle, aspirin eugenol ester (AEE) was synthesized, which can reduce the side effects of aspirin and eugenol. As a good candidate for new antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory medicine, it is essential to evaluate its preventive effect on thrombosis. Preventive effect of AEE was investigated in κ-carrageenan-induced rat tail thrombosis model. AEE suspension liquids were prepared in 0.5% sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC-Na). AEE was administrated at the dosage of 18, 36 and 72 mg/kg. Aspirin (20 mg/kg), eugenol (18 mg/kg) and 0.5% CMC-Na (30 mg/kg) were used as control drug. In order to compare the effects between AEE and its precursor, integration of aspirin and eugenol group (molar ratio 1:1) was also designed in the experiment. After drugs were administrated intragastrically for seven days, each rat was injected intraperitoneally with 20 mg/kg BW κ-carrageen dissolved in physiological saline to induce thrombosis. The length of tail-thrombosis was measured at 24 and 48 hours. The blank group just was given physiological saline for seven days without κ-carrageenan administrated. The results indicated that AEE significantly not only reduced the average length of thrombus, PT values and FIB concentration, but also reduced the red blood cell (RBC), hemoglobin (HGB), hematocrit (HCT) and platelet (PLT). The effects of AEE on platelet aggregation and anticoagulant in vitro showed that AEE could inhibit adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-induced platelet aggregation as dose-dependence but no notable effect on blood clotting. From these results, it was concluded that AEE possessed positive effect on thrombosis prevention in vivo through the reduction of FIB, PLT, inhibition of platelet aggregation and the change of TT and PT values. PMID:26193677

  9. Increased Risk of Revision After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction With Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone Allografts Compared With Autografts. (United States)

    Maletis, Gregory B; Chen, Jason; Inacio, Maria C S; Love, Rebecca M; Funahashi, Tadashi T


    The use of allograft tissue for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) remains controversial. To compare the risk of aseptic revision between bone-patellar tendon-bone (BPTB) autografts and BPTB allografts. Cohort study; Level of evidence, 2. A retrospective cohort study of prospectively collected data was conducted using the Kaiser Permanente ACLR Registry. A cohort of patients who underwent primary unilateral ACLR with BPTB autografts and BPTB allografts was identified. Aseptic revision was the endpoint. The type of graft and allograft processing method (nonprocessed, <1.8-Mrad, and ≥1.8-Mrad irradiation) were the exposures of interest evaluated. Age (≤21 and ≥22 years) was evaluated as an effect modifier. Analyses were adjusted for age, sex, and race. Kaplan-Meier curves and Cox proportional hazards models were employed. Hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% CIs are provided. The BPTB cohort consisted of 5586 patients: 3783 (67.7%) were male, 2359 (42.2%) were white, 1029 (18.4%) had allografts (nonprocessed: 155; <1.8 Mrad: 525; ≥1.8 Mrad: 288), and 4557 (81.6%) had autografts. The median age was 34.9 years (interquartile range [IQR], 25.4-44.0) for allograft cases and 22.0 years (IQR, 17.6-30.0) for autograft cases. The estimated cumulative revision rate at 2 years was 4.1% (95% CI, 2.9%-5.9%) for allografts and 1.7% (95% CI, 1.3%-2.2%) for autografts. BPTB allografts had a significantly higher adjusted risk of revision than BPTB autografts (HR, 4.54; 95% CI, 3.03-6.79; P < .001). This higher risk of revision was consistent with all allograft processing methods when compared with autografts and was also consistently higher in patients with allografts regardless of age. When BPTB allograft tissue was used for ACLR, an overall 4.54 times adjusted higher risk of revision was observed compared with surgery performed with a BPTB autograft. Whether the tissue was irradiated with either high- or low-dose radiation, chemically processed, or not processed at

  10. [Experimental study on promotion of neurotropic reinnervation with chemically extracted acellular nerve allograft]. (United States)

    Wang, Guanjun; Lu, Shibi; Kuang, Zhengda; Peng, Jiang; Guo, Quanyi; Ji, Huiru


    To investigate the promotion effect of neurotropic reinnervation with chemically extracted acellular nerve allograft. The sciatic nerves of 5 healthy adult SD rats, regardless of gender and weighing 270-300 g, were collected to prepare chemically extracted acellular nerve allograft. Eighteen healthy adult Wistar rats, regardless of gender and weighing 300-320 g, were made the model of left sciatic nerve defect (10 mm) and randomly divided into 2 groups: autograft (control group, n = 9) and allograft group (experimental group, n = 9). The defects were bridged by acellular nerve allograft in experimental group and by autograft by turning over the proximal and distal ends of the nerve in control group. At 3 months after transplantation, dorsal root ganglion (DRG) resection operation was performed in 6 rats of 2 groups. At 3 weeks after operation, the sural nerves were harvested to calculate the misdirection rate of nerve fibers with pathological staining and compute-assisted image analysis. Cholinesterase staining and carbonic anhydrase staining were performed in the sural nerve of 3 rats that did not undergo DRG resection at 3 months. The results of cholinesterase staining and carbonic anhydrase staining showed that experimental group had less brown granules and more black granules than control group. After DRG resection, count of myelinated nerve fiber were 4 257 +/- 285 in the experimental group and 4 494 +/- 310 in the control group significant (P < 0.05). The misdirection rate was 2.27% +/- 0.28% and 7.65% +/- 0.68% in the experimental group and in the control group respectively, showing significant difference (P < 0.05). Chemically extracted acellular nerve allograft can not only act as a scaffold in the period of nerve defects repair, but markedly enhance the effects of neurotropic reinnervation.

  11. Treatment of comminuted proximal humeral fractures using locking plate with strut allograft. (United States)

    Cha, Hongeun; Park, Ki-Beom; Oh, Seungbae; Jeong, Jinyoung


    This study compared the radiologic outcome of fixation using locking plate only with fixation using locking plate with an endosteal strut allograft in the treatment of comminuted proximal humeral fracture. Among 52 patients with comminuted proximal humeral fracture, 32 patients underwent fixation with locking plate only, and 20 patients underwent fixation using locking plate with an endosteal strut allograft. The strut allograft was inserted into the intramedullary cavity of the humerus to support the humeral head and fixed with the locking plate. Immediate postoperative radiologic findings were compared with those of 6 months or more after the surgery, and loss of anatomic fixation was defined if the varus malalignment of neck-shaft angle (NSA) was more than 5° or if the change of humeral head height (HHH) was more than 3 mm. In the locking plate-only group, 22 of 32 patients (69%) showed the change in NSA of more than 5°, with an average of 10.2°. The HHH change in 20 patients (62.5%) was more than 3 mm, with an average of 4 mm. Among 20 patients who underwent locking plate with the endosteal strut allograft, the average NSA and HHH change was 3° and 1 mm, respectively. Varus malalignment was evident in 2 patients (10%). The HHH change was more than 3 mm in 1 patient (5%). Fixation using a locking plate with an endosteal strut allograft can be considered a reasonable option to maintain the anatomic reduction in elderly patients with comminuted proximal humeral fracture. Copyright © 2017 Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Board of Trustees. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Sandwich allografts for long-bone nonunions in patients with osteogenesis imperfecta: a retrospective study. (United States)

    Puvanesarajah, Varun; Shapiro, Jay R; Sponseller, Paul D


    Patients with osteogenesis imperfecta often develop nonunions, as internal fixation has limited applicability in this condition. We report the outcomes of a modified "sandwich technique" in the treatment of long-bone nonunions in patients with osteogenesis imperfecta; this technique brings circumferential stabilization and normal collagen to the nonunion site. From May 2003 through February 2012, twelve patients (eight females, four males; median age, 39.0 years; range, eleven to seventy-eight years) who had osteogenesis imperfecta (Sillence type I [three], type III [eight], and type IV [one]) and a combined total of thirteen nonunions (two humeral, two radial, three femoral, four tibial, and two ulnar; median duration, 15.0 months; range, six to 204 months) were treated at our institution with compressed sandwich allograft cortical struts. The struts were fashioned to be wide enough to allow for increased osteoconductive surface area and to approximate a hemicylindrical shape. Treatment history and demographics data were acquired through retrospective chart review. Follow-up radiographs were analyzed by two attending orthopaedic surgeons to determine radiographic findings. The median follow-up time was 4.6 years (range, 2.1 to 10.3 years). All thirteen nonunions, including one requiring a second graft procedure, healed with abundant, smooth allograft incorporation, resulting in an initial healing rate of 92% because of a refracture in one patient. This patient's nonunion ultimately healed with additional allograft struts and a new intramedullary rod. One patient required removal of prominent screws. The final follow-up examinations revealed no pain or refracture at the original nonunion site. All patients regained their prefracture level of function. Sandwich allograft struts constitute a durable, safe method for the stabilization and healing of persistent long-bone nonunions in patients with osteogenesis imperfecta. All patients showed incorporation of the

  13. Infiltration of Macrophages Correlates with Severity of Allograft Rejection and Outcome in Human Kidney Transplantation.

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    Tobias Bergler

    Full Text Available Despite substantial progress in recent years, graft survival beyond the first year still requires improvement. Since modern immunosuppression addresses mainly T-cell activation and proliferation, we studied macrophage infiltration into the allografts of 103 kidney transplant recipients during acute antibody and T-cell mediated rejection. Macrophage infiltration was correlated with both graft function and graft survival until month 36 after transplantation.Macrophage infiltration was significantly elevated in antibody-mediated and T-cell mediated rejection, but not in kidneys with established IFTA. Treatment of rejection with steroids was less successful in patients with more prominent macrophage infiltration into the allografts. Macrophage infiltration was accompanied by increased cell proliferation as well as antigen presentation. With regard to the compartmental distribution severity of T-cell-mediated rejection was correlated to the amount of CD68+ cells especially in the peritubular and perivascular compartment, whereas biopsies with ABMR showed mainly peritubular CD68 infiltration. Furthermore, severity of macrophage infiltration was a valid predictor of resulting creatinine values two weeks as well as two and three years after renal transplantation as illustrated by multivariate analysis. Additionally performed ROC curve analysis showed that magnitude of macrophage infiltration (below vs. above the median was a valid predictor for the necessity to restart dialysis. Having additionally stratified biopsies in accordance to the magnitude of macrophage infiltration, differential CD68+ cell infiltration was reflected by striking differences in overall graft survival.The differences in acute allograft rejection have not only been reflected by different magnitudes of macrophage infiltration, but also by compartment-specific infiltration pattern and subsequent impact on resulting allograft function as well as need for dialysis initiation. There is

  14. Organ Specificity in Hyperacute Rejection of Canine Heart and Kidney Allografts (United States)

    Kuwahara, Osamu; Kondo, Yoshio; Kuramochi, Tsuneo; Grogan, James B.; Cockrell, John V.; Hardy, James D.


    To clarify the organ specific nature of hyperacute rejection, 14 puppies were presensitized by multiple skin grafts and spleen cell injections prior to receiving either a heart or kidney allograft from the respective donors. Of this group, 7 received orthotopic heart allografts and 7 received kidney allografts. All heart allografts were rejected between 3 and 28 hours, and all kidneys between 0 and 24 hours as judged by cessation of urine flow from the ureterostomies. In contrast, all 11 animals in a recent series of heart allografts in non-sensitized puppies survived the operation, and rejected between 7 and 17 days. There was a significant correlation in both groups between preoperative cytotoxic antibody titer in the recipient serum and graft survival time. The preoperative titers were all above 1:1,024 but were greatly reduced within 2 hours after transplantation. At the time of rejection, antibody could be eluted from the rejected organs. In contrast to the kidneys, in which 2 of 7 grafts ceased to function immediately after revascularization, all hearts resumed beating and functioned well for at least several hours. At autopsy, the myocardium was pale and edematous and histologically polymorphonuclear leukocytes were prevalent in and around the small vessels and among myofibers. Both IgG and IgM antibody was detected in sarcolemma of the myocardium and to a lesser extent in the intima and adventitia of the small vessels by the fluorescent antibody technique. Biopsies of the rejected kidneys showed polymorphonuclear leukocyte infiltration, typical of hyperacute rejection. Marked fluorescence of IgG and IgM in the glomeruli and peritubular capillaries was observed. This study indicates that both organs rejected hyperacutely in our experimental model and participation of the preformed antibody in effecting this change was strongly suggested. ImagesFig. 1.Fig. 2.Fig. 5.Fig. 6. PMID:4600772

  15. Factors associating with the presence of residual thrombosis after 3-month treatment of acute pulmonary embolism. (United States)

    Wang, Jingluan; Xu, Mingling; Sun, Nina; Cheng, Zhaozhong; Sui, Jingjing


    The present study aimed to investigate the factors associating with the presence of residual thrombosis in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (APE) after at least 3-month anticoagulant therapy. Demographic and clinical data of 180 cases in the affiliated hospital of Qingdao University from January 2005 to June 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. APE in all patients were confirmed by computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA). Patients were then detected for the presence of residual thrombosis according to a second CTPA. After appropriate comparison test, multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to identify predictors for residual thrombosis. Among 180 patients, complete clearance of thrombosis occurred in 115 (63.9%) patients. Residual thrombosis remained in 65 (36.1%) patients. The independent factors associating with residual thrombosis include unprovoked APE (OR 0.231, 95% CI 0.062-0.861) and fibrinogen level in acute phase (OR 1.958, 95% CI 1.282-2.911). Furthermore, these two variables were both associated with the presence of residual thrombosis in patients receiving different parenteral anticoagulants (unfractionated heparin or low-molecular-weight heparin). Pulmonary thrombosis in some patients with APE are not completely dissolved after at least 3-month treatment. Additionally, unprovoked APE is positive predictor of decreased residual thrombosis and fibrinogen level in acute phase is a risk factor of the presence of residual thrombosis.

  16. Late Thrombosis of Sirolimus-Eluting Stent: A Multifactorial Problem

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    Igor Kranjec


    Full Text Available We report a case of a young patient in whom a sirolimus-eluting stent was implanted on the culprit left anterior descending coronary artery at primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI for acute myocardial infarction. Nine months later she suffered from a reinfarction due to the late stent thrombosis despite a continuous antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and clopidogrel. A cluster of factors that might have contributed to the development of the stent thrombosis were identified: suboptimal PCI technique, complete stent fracture, and clopidogrel resistance. The obstructed stent was successfully reopened by repeat PCI, while the clopidogrel maintenance dosage was doubled to 150 mg daily for the following year. The further long-term clinical course was uneventful.

  17. [Deep venous cerebral thrombosis. Report of one case]. (United States)

    Bravo, M; Ferrer, S


    We report a 39 years old female presenting with headache, progressive clouding of sensorium and long pathway deficit signs. Brain CAT scan showed a process involving basal ganglia, thalami and Herophilus press. A thrombosis of this vessel was suspected. The first magnetic resonance imaging was informed as a diffuse inflammatory process compatible with an encephalitis. The patient aggravated and a second magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a partial thrombosis of sinus rectus, Galenus vein, Herophilus press and both internal cerebral veins. Intravenous heparin was started with a progressive recovery of the patient. Two months later she had an almost complete recovery with a persistent mild right brachial paresis and a memory deficit for recent events.

  18. Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism following physical restraint

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    Laursen, S B; Jensen, T N; Bolwig, T


    physical restraint may occur in spite of no pre-existing risk factors. Medical guidelines for the prevention of thrombosis following physical restraint are presented. Despite the absence of controlled trials of treatment effectiveness, the catastrophic outcome of DVT and PE warrants early and vigorous......OBJECTIVE: We describe a case of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) following the use of physical restraint in a patient with a diagnosis of acute delusional psychotic disorder. METHOD: A new case report of DVT and PE associated with prolonged physical restraint is presented....... The literature on physical restraint, DVT, and PE was reviewed using a search of Medline and Psychinfo from 1966 to the present. RESULTS: Four other reported cases of DVT and PE were found in association with physically restrained patients. CONCLUSION: Risk of DVT and PE in association with immobilization during...

  19. Life-threatening Cerebral Venous Thrombosis: a case report

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    Daniel Agustin Godoy


    Full Text Available Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVT can compromise dural sinus, cerebral veins or both. It is an uncommon condition and it is more prevalent in young women. Several prothrombotic states are the principal predisposing factors. Clinical spectrum of presentation is wide, so this entity requires a high suspect index for correct and prompt diagnosis. CVT may develop serious complications that can be life-threatening such as hemorrhagic venous infarctions, cerebral edema, and intracranial hypertension. This report describes the case of a woman who was in treatment for unspecific vaginal bleeding with oral contraceptives. Suddenly she deteriorated to coma with severe respiratory compromise. Neuroimaging showed thrombosis of multiple venous sinus. Physiological neuroprotection, osmotherapy, mechanical ventilation and anticoagulation therapy were the keystones of treatment. In a few months, the patient has recovered a good functional status, while maintaining a motor deficit on the right hand.

  20. Polyphosphate: A Novel Modulator of Hemostasis and Thrombosis (United States)

    Smith, Stephanie A.; Morrissey, James H.


    Polyphosphate is a highly anionic, linear polymer of inorganic phosphates that is found throughout biology, including in many infectious microorganisms. Recently, polyphosphate was discovered to be stored in a subset of the secretory granules of human platelets and mast cells, and to be secreted upon activation of these cells. Work from our laboratory and others has now shown that polyphosphate is a novel, potent modulator of the blood clotting and complement systems that likely plays roles in hemostasis, thrombosis, inflammation, and host responses to pathogens. Therapeutics targeting polyphosphate may have the potential to limit thrombosis with fewer hemorrhagic complications than conventional anticoagulant drugs that target essential proteases of the blood clotting cascade. PMID:25908762

  1. Cerebral Sinovenous Thrombosis in a Child with Idiopathic Nephrotic Syndrome

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    L. Ghedira Besbes


    Full Text Available Nephrotic syndrome (NS is a renal disorder characterized by heavy proteinuria, hypoalbuninemia, edema and hypercholesterolemia. Nephrotic syndrome in children is known to be associated with an hypercoagulable state and thromboembolic complications. However cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT is very rare. Here we report a seven-year-old child with steroid-dependent idopathic nephrotic syndrome resulting from a minimal change disease, developed multiple cerebral sinovenous thrombosis, presenting with headache, left sixth nerve palsy, and papilledema. The diagnosis of CSVT was established by cranial computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and magnetic resonance angiography. He gradually recovered after anticoagulant therapy. CSVT is very rare in nephrotic children. The diagnosis of CSVT should be considered in any patient with nephrotic syndrome who develops neurologic symptoms. This report highlights the importance of suspecting and recognizing this potentially life threatening complication and initiating early treatment.

  2. [Very late drug-eluting stent thrombosis by stent fracture]. (United States)

    Cheaito, R; Tritar, A; Scemama, A; Ferrag, W; Goy, P; Haziza, F; Benamer, H


    The superiority of drug-eluting stents in reducing the risk of in-stent restenosis compared to bare-metal stents is no longer challenged. Nevertheless, the drug-eluting stents may carry long-term risk of late and very late stent thrombosis. The promoting factors of this complication are usually divided into three chapters depending on the patient, the procedure and the stent. Indeed, the literature has reported several parameters related to the stent itself, such as its length, the malapposition, its diameter, but also more rarely the occurrence of stent fracture. We present the case of a patient admitted for myocardial infarction after a very late thrombosis of Cypher drug-eluting stent four years after its implantation and related to stent fracture. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  3. Aspirin Prophylaxis for the Prevention of Thrombosis: Expectations and Limitations

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    Gundu H. R. Rao


    Full Text Available Platelets play a very important role in the pathogenesis of acute vascular events leading to thrombosis of the coronary and cerebral arteries. Blockage of these arteries leading to regional ischemia of heart and brain tissues precipitate heart attacks and stroke. Acetyl salicylic acid (Aspirin has been the drug of choice for over half a century for the primary and secondary prophylaxis of thrombotic events. In spite of its extensive use as an antiplatelet drug for the prevention of vascular thrombosis, there is considerable concern about the degree of protection it offers, to patients under aspirin therapy. In this paper, we explain the phenomenon of aspirin resistance, discuss the limitations of aspirin therapy, and suggest methods to monitor “at-risk” individuals. Ability to monitor and determine at risk patients will provide opportunities for the clinicians to customize antiplatelet therapies.

  4. Vena porta thrombosis in patient with inherited factor VII deficiency

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    Klovaite, Jolanta; Friis-Hansen, Lennart Jan; Larsen, Fin S


    Most clotting factor VII (FVII)-deficient patients suffer from bleeding episodes and occasionally thromboembolic complications after surgical interventions or replacement therapy. However, thromboses without apparent triggering factors may occur as well. We report a case of a pregnant woman...... vein with well expressed portosystemic collaterals, heterozygosity for three common polymorphisms in FVII gene, associated with reduction in plasma FVII levels, and no other factors predisposing to thrombosis....

  5. Characteristics of abdominal vein thrombosis in children and adults (United States)

    Landi, Daniel; Beckman, Michele G.; Shah, Nirmish R.; Bockenstedt, Paula; Grant, Althea M.; Heit, John A.; Key, Nigel S.; Kulkarni, Roshni; Manco-Johnson, Marilyn; Moll, Stephan; Philipp, Claire S.; Andersen, Judith C.; Ortel, Thomas L.


    Summary The demographic and clinical characteristics of adults and children with lower extremity deep-vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism (LE DVT/PE) may differ from those with abdominal vein thrombosis (abdominal VT). Abdominal VT can be a presenting sign of an underlying prothrombotic state, and its presence in the setting of known disease might have prognostic implications different from LE DVT/PE. This study describes clinical presentations of abdominal VT compared to LE DVT/PE in adults and children. We analysed prospectively-collected data from consecutive consenting patients enrolled in one of seven Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network Centers from August 2003 to April 2011 to compare the demographic and clinical characteristics of adults and children with abdominal VT. Both adults and children with abdominal VT tended to be younger and have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those with LE DVT/PE. Of patients with abdominal VT, children were more likely to have inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombosis than adults. For adults with venous thromboembolism (VTE), relatively more women had abdominal VT than LE DVT/PE, while the proportions with LE DVT/PE and abdominal VT by sex were similar in children. Children with abdominal VT were more likely to have diagnosed inherited thrombophilia, while trauma was more common in children with LE DVT/PE. In conclusion, both children and adults with abdominal VT were younger with a lower BMI than those with LE DVT/PE. Significant differences exist between children and adults in respect to abdominal VT compared to LE DVT/PE. PMID:23407670

  6. Postsurgical segmental mesenteric ischemic thrombosis in a horse


    Martín-Cuervo, María; Gracia, Luis A.; Vieitez, Verónica; Jiménez, Joquin; Durán, Esther; Ezquerra, Luis J.


    A 16-year-old, Lusitanian stallion was admitted to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital with a 12-hour history of signs of abdominal pain. Exploratory celiotomy was performed due to an inguinal hernia, and a second celiotomy was performed in response to the abdominal pain. The horse was euthanized and mesenteric venous thrombosis was diagnosed and considered likely due to peritonitis and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS).

  7. Hepatic Vein and IVC Thrombosis in Liver Abscess

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    Venkatraman Indiran


    Full Text Available Liver abscess, due to amebic or pyogenic etiology, is a relatively common cause of right upper quadrant pain in the tropical countries. Imaging techniques, serological tests, image guided interventional procedures and appropriate therapeutic regimens have significantly reduced mortality; yet the disease is associated with many complications and can be fatal if untreated. Here we describe hepatic vein and Inferior Vena Cava (IVC thrombosis which is one of the rarer complications of liver abscess.

  8. [Acute arterial thrombosis of the extremity in pseudoxanthoma elasticum]. (United States)

    Rodríguez-Camarero, S J; Manchado, P; González, J A; Castro, M A; Rodero, J I; Mateo, A M


    We report a case of a patient with an elastic pseudoxanthoma (PXE) who presented an acute ischaemia at the left lower limb. The cause of such ischaemia was a thrombosis into the iliac and femoropopliteal arteries. Patient underwent a surgical procedure. The arteriopathy associated with a PXE rarely cause an arterial major occlusion. We did not found a case of acute arterial thrombotic ischaemia and PXE, treated with direct arterial revascularization in the reviewed literature.

  9. New insights into the role of adipose tissue in thrombosis. (United States)

    Vilahur, Gemma; Ben-Aicha, Soumaya; Badimon, Lina


    Central obesity is independently associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly thrombotic complications. Increasing data supports a link between excess body weight and the risk to suffer acute myocardial infarction, stent thrombosis after percutaneous interventions, ischemic stroke and vein thrombosis. Experimental and in vitro data have provided insights as to the mechanisms currently presumed to increase the thrombotic risk in obese subjects. Obesity is characterized by a chronic low grade inflammation and systemic oxidative stress that eventually damage the endothelium losing its antithrombotic properties. Obesity also stimulates the expression of leptin and attenuates adiponectin release, a protective adipokine. Although the contribution of adipokines to thrombosis has been questioned, recent work has suggested that they enhance platelet activation and, although to a lesser extent, induce the coagulation cascade through tissue factor (TF) expression. Increased body weight also impairs platelet sensitivity to insulin signaling and enhances the production of bioactive isoprostanes further promoting platelet reactivity. Finally, obese subjects have shown elevated circulating levels of von Willebrand factor, TF, factor VII and VIII, and fibrinogen, favoring a mild-to-moderate hypercoagulable state, and, on the other hand, increased secretion of plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI)-1 and thrombin activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFI) contributing to impair the fibrinolytic system. In the present review, we provide an overview of the impact of excess body weight on thrombosis. We will focus on the link between dysfunctional adipose tissue and endothelial damage, platelet reactivity, enhanced coagulation and impaired fibrinolysis; mechanisms currently recognized to increase arterial thrombotic risk in obese subjects. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2017. For Permissions

  10. Noninvasive diagnosis of superior sagittal sinus thrombosis in a neonate. (United States)

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


    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.

  11. Lateral sinus thrombosis patient presenting with headache and vomiting


    Ayşenur Paç Kısaarslan; Yasemin Altuner Torun; Hümeyra Aslaner; Mehmet Somtaş; Ümmügülsüm Gümüş


    Lateral sinus thrombosis is rare intracranial complicationsof otitis media. A 12 years old girl patient presented withcomplaints of vomiting and headeche. Patient treated withceftriaxone had lost seven kilograms in ten days. Therewere complaints of frequent upper way infection andotitis media. Physical examination of right ear was painfuland right tympanic membrane was pale. Laboratorytests shuch as hemogram, blood smear, Brucellatube agglütination test, biochemistry tests, abdomenultrasaund ...

  12. Treatment of Prosthetic Valve Thrombosis: Current Evidence and Future Directions. (United States)

    Biteker, Murat; Altun, Ibrahim; Basaran, Ozcan; Dogan, Volkan; Yildirim, Birdal; Ergun, Gokhan


    Prosthetic heart valve thrombosis (PVT) is a rare but serious complication with high morbidity and mortality. The optimal treatment of the PVT is controversial and depends on thrombus location and size, the patient's functional class, the risk of surgery or thrombolysis, and the clinician's experience. Although surgical therapy has been the traditional therapeutic approach, studies with low-dose and slow-infusion rates of thrombolytic agents have revealed excellent results. This article reviews the various treatment options in patient with PVT.

  13. Microparticle Analysis in Disorders of Hemostasis and Thrombosis (United States)

    Mooberry, Micah J.; Key, Nigel S.


    Microparticles (MPs) are submicron vesicles released from the plasma membrane of eukaryotic cells in response to activation or apoptosis. MPs are known to be involved in numerous biologic processes, including inflammation, the immune response, cancer metastasis, and angiogenesis. Their earliest recognized and most widely accepted role, however, is the ability to promote and support the process of blood coagulation. Consequently, there is ongoing interest in studying MPs in disorders of hemostasis and thrombosis. Both phosphatidylserine (PS) exposure and the presence of tissue factor (TF) in the MP membrane may account for their procoagulant properties, and elevated numbers of MPs in plasma have been reported in numerous prothrombotic conditions. To date, however, there are few data on true causality linking MPs to the genesis of thrombosis. A variety of methodologies have been employed to characterize and quantify MPs, although detection is challenging due to their submicron size. Flow cytometry (FCM) remains the most frequently utilized strategy for MP detection; however, it is associated with significant technological limitations. Additionally, pre-analytical and analytical variables can influence the detection of MPs by FCM, rendering data interpretation difficult. Lack of methodologic standardization in MP analysis by FCM confounds the issue further, although efforts are currently underway to address this limitation. Moving forward, it will be important to address these technical challenges as a scientific community if we are to better understand the role that MPs play in disorders of hemostasis and thrombosis. PMID:25704723

  14. Sarcoidosis, Celiac Disease and Deep Venous Thrombosis: a Rare Association

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    Gökhan Çelik


    Full Text Available Sarcoidosis is a multisystem granulomatous disorder of unknown etiology and it may rarely be associated with a second disorder. Celiac disease is an immune-mediated enteropathy characterized with malabsorption caused by gluten intolerance, and several reports indicate an association between celiac disease and sarcoidosis. In addition, although celiac disease is associated with several extraintestinal pathologies, venous thrombosis has been rarely reported. Herein we present a rare case report of a patient with a diagnosis of sarcoidosis, celiac disease and deep venous thrombosis because of the rare association of these disorders. The patient was admitted with abdominal pain, weight loss, chronic diarrhea and a 5-day history of swelling in her right leg. A diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis was achieved by doppler ultrasonographic examination. The diagnosis of celiac disease was made by biopsy of duodenal mucosa and supported with elevated serum level of anti-gliadin IgA and IgG, and a diagnosis of sarcoidosis was achieved by transbronchial needle aspiration from the subcarinal lymph node during flexible bronchoscopy.

  15. Spontaneous Internal Jugular Vein Thrombosis: A Case Report

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    Mustafa Serinken


    Full Text Available Internal jugular vein thrombosis (IJVT is an elusive vascular disease that is rarely seen, with potentially lethal complications such as sepsis and pulmonary embolism. Spontaneous IJVT is considered when no apparent predisposing cause of thrombosis is present. A previously healthy, 31-year-old woman presented to the university-based emergency department because of painless swelling in the right anterior side of her neck. Physical examination revealed a painless, soft and immobile mass in the right anterior side of her neck beneath the sternocleidomastoid muscle, without hyperemia or local heat. On ultrasonographic examination, a hyperechogenic mass was visualized around the thoracic entrance of the right internal jugular vein, which was suggestive of a thrombus. The patient was administered intravenous antibiotic and low-molecular-weight heparin followed by oral coumadin as anticoagulant therapy. Her complaints were relieved within 5 days. She was completely well after 6 months. Venous thrombosis generally results from impaired blood flow locally or systemically that leads to activation of coagulation. Primary care physicians should sustain a high index of suspicion in patients who present with undiagnosed swelling in the neck, or other signs and symptoms attributed to IJVT.

  16. Splanchnic Vein Thrombosis - an Uncommon Complication after Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

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    Tanja Carli


    Full Text Available Background: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG is an innovative and relatively safe surgical approach for weight reduction in morbidly obese people. Splanchnic vein thrombosis (SVT is an extremely rare complication of LSG and, if not recognized, carries a high mortality rate. This paper highlights a potentially lethal condition of SVT after LSG. Case Report: A 37-year-old morbidly obese woman was referred to our institution for LSG. Three weeks after the intervention, she was readmitted with abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and fever with positive family anamnesis to viral disease. Abdominal X-ray as well as utrasonography were both normal, and no X-ray contrast medium leakage was observed. One week later, she was readmitted with septic condition. An abdominal computed tomography scan diagnosed lienal vein thrombosis along its whole length and partial thrombosis of the superior mesenteric vein. Conclusion: SVT presents very heterogeneously, which makes it extremely challenging to diagnose and to make an appropriate treatment decision. With regard to the high prevalence of obesity and the increasing frequency of LSG, prompt diagnosis and management are crucial.

  17. Clinical approach to splanchnic vein thrombosis: risk factors and treatment. (United States)

    Riva, Nicoletta; Donadini, Marco P; Dentali, Francesco; Squizzato, Alessandro; Ageno, Walter


    Splanchnic vein thrombosis (SVT) is an unusual manifestation of venous thromboembolism which involves one or more abdominal veins (portal, splenic, mesenteric and supra-hepatic veins). SVT may be associated with different underlying disorders, either local (abdominal cancer, liver cirrhosis, intra-abdominal inflammation or surgery) or systemic (hormonal treatment, thrombophilic conditions). In the last decades, myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) emerged as the leading systemic cause of SVT. JAK2 mutation, even in the absence of known MPN, showed a strong association with the development of SVT, and SVT was suggested to be the first clinical manifestation of MPN. Recently, an association between SVT, in particular supra-hepatic vein thrombosis, and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria has also been reported. SVT occurs with heterogeneous clinical presentations, ranging from incidentally detected events to extensive thrombosis associated with overt gastrointestinal bleeding, thus representing a clinical challenge for treatment decisions. In the absence of major contraindications, anticoagulant therapy is generally recommended for all patients presenting with acute symptomatic SVT, but there is no consensus about the use of anticoagulant drugs in chronic or incidentally detected SVT. High quality evidence on the acute and long-term management is substantially lacking and the risk to benefit-ratio of anticoagulant therapy in SVT still needs to be better assessed. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Diet and aging: bearing on thrombosis and hemostasis. (United States)

    Allman-Farinelli, Margaret A; Dawson, Beryl


    Diet is one of the environmental factors that influences thrombosis and hemostasis. Macronutrients, micronutrients, and other bioactive food components alter the predisposition to thrombosis. The type and amount of dietary fat has been shown to alter thromboxane A2 production and platelet aggregation, bleeding time, factor VII, fibrinogen, tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1). Both epidemiological studies and clinical trials indicate that the very long chain n-3 fatty acids lower thrombotic tendency and risk of heart disease. Other polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fat appear to have antithrombotic properties, but further studies are indicated. Hypercaloric diets and those with high glycemic loads are associated with elevations of PAI-1. Moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with decreased platelet aggregation. Low intakes of folate, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6 predispose to hyperhomocysteinemia, and the benefits of supplementation in decreasing vascular disease are under investigation. In a limited number of clinical and laboratory studies, vitamin E has been shown to decrease platelet aggregation and the concentration of PAI-1. Flavonoids and isoflavones appear to inhibit platelet aggregation at pharmacologic concentrations only. Nutritional status frequently declines with aging and may exacerbate the already increased risk for thrombosis. Diet presents an interesting area for research into thrombophilia, but additional work is indicated before specific recommendations are made.

  19. Multidisciplinary approach to hemodialysis graft dysfunction and thrombosis. (United States)

    Jiménez-Almonacid, Pedro; Gruss, Enrique; Jiménez-Toscano, Marta; Lasala, Manuel; Rueda, José A; Vega, Laura; Rodríguez, Gil; de La Cruz, Raúl; Pardo, Mar; Fernández, Beatriz; López, Paula; Martín-Cavana, Jaime; Quintáns, Antonio


    Top analize the clinic results of the implantation of a multidisciplinary protocol to maintain permeability of the arteriovenous hemodialysis grafts (AVG). Prospective recording of all interventions (radiological and surgical) on AVG dysfunction in the 1999-2007 period. The AVG stenosis were always treated by percutaneous angioplasty (PA) except stenosis recurrence in less than three months or persistence after PA. The AVG thromboses were always treated by surgical thrombectomy plus PTFE bridge if necessary. Complications, primary and secondary AVG patency were reviewed. Ninety six dysfunction AVG were collected for study. All of them were 6x40 mm standard wall PTFE (Gore-Tex®). Thirty six of them were humero-basilic antebraquial loop and sixty were humero-axillary upper arm curve configuration. During the study, 52 PTFE bridges, 109 surgical thrombectomies, 131 PA, and 15 stents were needed to maintain FAVP permeability. Primay patency was 73.68%, 60.21% and 37.52% at one, two and three years respectively. Secondary patency was 89.49%, 84.07% and 66.84% at one, two and three years respectively. We avoid a central venous catheter (CVC) in the 80% of intervention for thrombosis dysfunction. No surgical or radiological related deaths occurred. Median hospital admission related with AVG thrombosis was 0.03/patient/year. The application of a combined protocol for the treatment of AVG dysfunction and thrombosis, according to DOQI recomendations obtains good results in AVG patency in our experience.

  20. Treatment of mechanical aortic valve thrombosis with heparin and eptifibatide. (United States)

    Vora, Amit N; Gehrig, Thomas; Bashore, Thomas M; Kiefer, Todd L


    A 75-year old woman with a history of coronary disease status post 3-vessel coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) 8 years ago and a repeat one-vessel CABG 2 years ago in the setting of aortic valve replacement with a #19 mm St. Jude bileaflet mechanical valve for severe aortic stenosis presented with two to three weeks of progressive dyspnea and increasing substernal chest discomfort. Echocardiography revealed a gradient to 31 mmHg across her aortic valve, increased from a baseline of 13 mmHg five months previously. Fluoroscopy revealed thrombosis of her mechanical aortic valve. She was not a candidate for surgery given her multiple comorbidities, and fibrinolysis was contraindicated given a recent subdural hematoma 1 year prior to presentation. She was treated with heparin and eptifibatide and subsequently demonstrated resolution of her aortic valve thrombosis. We report the first described successful use of eptifibatide in addition to unfractionated heparin for the management of subacute valve thrombosis in a patient at high risk for repeat surgery or fibrinolysis.