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  1. A Tight Spot After Pulmonary Vein Catheter Ablation

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    Amir, Rabia; Yeh, Lu; Montealegre-Gallegos, Mario; Saraf, Rabya; Matyal, Robina; Mahmood, Feroze

    2016-01-01

    A 52-YEAR-OLD woman with a history of embolic stroke due to paroxysmal atrial fibrillation was referred to the authors’ institution for epicardial surgical pulmonary vein isolation with left atrial appendage resection. The patient had 2 previous failed pulmonary vein catheter ablations. Dense

  2. A Tight Spot After Pulmonary Vein Catheter Ablation

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    Amir, Rabia; Yeh, Lu; Montealegre-Gallegos, Mario; Saraf, Rabya; Matyal, Robina; Mahmood, Feroze

    2016-01-01

    A 52-YEAR-OLD woman with a history of embolic stroke due to paroxysmal atrial fibrillation was referred to the authors’ institution for epicardial surgical pulmonary vein isolation with left atrial appendage resection. The patient had 2 previous failed pulmonary vein catheter ablations. Dense fibrou

  3. Radiofrequency ablation of an atypical left atrial flutter after pulmonary vein isolation

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    Bockeria L.A.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In paroxysmal atrial fibrillation usually pulmonary veins isolation is enough, while in persistent and long-standing persistent forms ablation lines in the left atrium are needed. After that post ablational macroreentry tachycardia and focal atrial tachycardia, resistant to antiarrhythmic therapy, occur. Left atrial macroreentry tachycardia are localized perimitrally, around pulmonary veins and septally. There are also roof and posterior wall-associated macroreentry tachycardia. Considering relevance of postablation arrhythmias, we present our case report. A patient had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Pulmonary vein isolation was performed. After patient’s radiofrequency pulmonary vein isolation, three-dimensional map of left atrium was made using CARTO XP navigation system. Macroreentry tachycardia around left inferior pulmonary vein was revealed.There were fragmented potentials between left superior and left inferior pulmonary veins. An ablation lineconnecting inferior and superior pulmonary veins was made. After the completion of ablation line sinus rhythmwas restored.

  4. Pulmonary vein region ablation in experimental vagal atrial fibrillation: role of pulmonary veins versus autonomic ganglia.

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    Lemola, Kristina; Chartier, Denis; Yeh, Yung-Hsin; Dubuc, Marc; Cartier, Raymond; Armour, Andrew; Ting, Michael; Sakabe, Masao; Shiroshita-Takeshita, Akiko; Comtois, Philippe; Nattel, Stanley

    2008-01-29

    Pulmonary vein (PV) -encircling radiofrequency ablation frequently is effective in vagal atrial fibrillation (AF), and there is evidence that PVs may be particularly prone to cholinergically induced arrhythmia mechanisms. However, PV ablation procedures also can affect intracardiac autonomic ganglia. The present study examined the relative role of PVs versus peri-PV autonomic ganglia in an experimental vagal AF model. Cholinergic AF was studied under carbachol infusion in coronary perfused canine left atrial PV preparations in vitro and with cervical vagal stimulation in vivo. Carbachol caused dose-dependent AF promotion in vitro, which was not affected by excision of all PVs. Sustained AF could be induced easily in all dogs during vagal nerve stimulation in vivo both before and after isolation of all PVs with encircling lesions created by a bipolar radiofrequency ablation clamp device. PV elimination had no effect on atrial effective refractory period or its responses to cholinergic stimulation. Autonomic ganglia were identified by bradycardic and/or tachycardic responses to high-frequency subthreshold local stimulation. Ablation of the autonomic ganglia overlying all PV ostia suppressed the effective refractory period-abbreviating and AF-promoting effects of cervical vagal stimulation, whereas ablation of only left- or right-sided PV ostial ganglia failed to suppress AF. Dominant-frequency analysis suggested that the success of ablation in suppressing vagal AF depended on the elimination of high-frequency driver regions. Intact PVs are not needed for maintenance of experimental cholinergic AF. Ablation of the autonomic ganglia at the base of the PVs suppresses vagal responses and may contribute to the effectiveness of PV-directed ablation procedures in vagal AF.

  5. [Treatment of pulmonary vein stenosis secondary to radiofrequency ablation].

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    Ferrero Guadagnoli, Adolfo; Contreras, Alejandro E; Leonardi, Carlos R; Ballarino, Miguel A; Atea, Leonardo; Peirone, Alejandro R

    2014-01-01

    Isolation of the pulmonary veins by applying radiofrequency is an effective treatment for atrial fibrillation. One of the potential complications with higher clinical compromise utilizing this invasive technique is the occurrence of stenosis of one or more pulmonary veins. This complication can be treated by angioplasty with or without stent implantation, with an adequate clinical improvement, but with a high rate of restenosis.

  6. Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation Targeting the Vein of Marshall in Difficult Mitral Isthmus Ablation or Pulmonary Vein Isolation.

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    Lee, Ji Hyun; Nam, Gi-Byoung; Kim, Minsu; Hwang, You Mi; Hwang, Jongmin; Kim, Jun; Choi, Kee-Joon; Kim, You-Ho

    2017-04-01

    The ligament of Marshall may hinder the creation of mitral isthmus (MI) block or pulmonary vein (PV) isolation (PVI) in radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). We aimed to assess the benefit of RF ablation targeting the vein of Marshall (VOM) in failed cases of MI block or PVI. We reviewed the medical records of patients who underwent RF ablation targeting the VOM after failed MI ablation or left PVI using the conventional method, which included circumferential point-by-point ablation around the PV antrum and carina for PVI, and endocardial MI and epicardial distal coronary sinus (CS) ablation for MI block. The VOM was identified by using selective VOM venography with an external irrigation RF ablation catheter. RF ablation targeting the VOM was performed with RF application at the ostium of the VOM inside the CS or at the endocardial region facing the VOM course. During the set period, CS venography was performed in 42 patients after failure of left PVI (n = 5) or MI block (n = 37). Under CS venography, the VOM was visualized in 22 of 42 patients (MI = 19 and PVI = 3). During selective venography of the VOM, no procedure-related complication was observed. RF application targeting the VOM successfully achieved MI block in 13 patients (68.4%) and PVI in 2 patients (66.7%). Selective VOM venography using an irrigated ablation catheter is feasible and safe. RF ablation targeting the VOM may provide additional benefit in failed cases of MI block or PVI. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Hemodynamic Change in Pulmonary Vein Stenosis after Radiofrequency Ablation: Assessment with Magnetic Resonance Angiography

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    Yun, Doyoung; Jung, Jung Im; Oh, Yong Seog; Youn, Ho Joong [Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-11-15

    We present a case of pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis after radio-frequency (RF) ablation, in which a hemodynamic change in the pulmonary artery was similar to that of congenital PV atresia on time-resolved contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (TR-MRA). A 48-year-old man underwent RF ablation due to atrial fibrillation. The patient subsequently complained of hemoptysis, dyspnea on exertion, and right chest pain. Right PV stenosis after catheter ablation was diagnosed through chest computed tomography and lung perfusion scan. Pulmonary TR-MRA revealed the pulmonary artery via systemic arterial collaterals and draining systemic collateral veins. On a velocity-encoded cine image, the flow direction of the right pulmonary artery was reversed in the diastolic phase and the left pulmonary artery demonstrated continuous forward flow throughout the cardiac cycle. These hemodynamic changes were similar to those seen in congenital unilateral PV atresia.

  8. Treatment of atrial fibrillation with radiofrequency ablation and simultaneous multipolar mapping of the pulmonary veins

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    Rocha Neto Almino C.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the feasibility and safety of simultaneous catheterization and mapping of the 4 pulmonary veins for ablation of atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Ten patients, 8 with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 2 with persistent atrial fibrillation, refractory to at least 2 antiarrhythmic drugs and without structural cardiopathy, were consecutively studied. Through the transseptal insertion of 2 long sheaths, 4 pulmonary veins were simultaneously catheterized with octapolar microcatheters. After identification of arrhythmogenic foci radiofrequency was applied under angiographic or ultrasonographic control. RESULTS: During 17 procedures, 40 pulmonary veins were mapped, 16 of which had local ectopic activity, related or not with the triggering of atrial fibrillation paroxysms. At the end of each procedure, suppression of arrhythmias was obtained in 8 patients, and elimination of pulmonary vein potentials was accomplished in 4. During the clinical follow-up of 9.6±3 months, 7 patients remained in sinus rhythm, 5 of whom were using antiarrhythmic drugs that had previously been ineffective. None of the patients had pulmonary hypertension or evidence of stenosis in the pulmonary veins. CONCLUSION: Selective and simultaneous catheterization of the 4 pulmonary veins with microcatheters for simultaneous recording of their electrical activity is a feasible and safe procedure that may help ablation of atrial fibrillation.

  9. Radiofrequency Ablation Mapping with Circumferential Catheter for Paroxys-mal Atrial Fibrillation Originating From the Pulmonary Veins

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    刘震; 吴书林; 杨平珍; 方咸宏; 李海杰; 陈泗林; 詹贤章; 薛玉梅

    2002-01-01

    Objectives To assessed thefeasibility and effectiveness of electrophysiologicalmapping of pulmonary veins with a circumferential 10-electrode catheter and radiofrequency catheter abla-tion therapy for patients with paroxysmal atrial fibril-lation. Background Standard mapping and ablationof focal sources of atrial fibrillation are associated withvery long procedure times and low efficacy. Mappingand ablation pulmonary veins guide with a circularcatheter could overcome these limitations. Methods16 patients [male 11, female 5, mean age (51 +14.5) years] with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation refrac-tory to antiarrhythmic drugs were included in thisgroup. A circumferential 10-electrode catheter wasused to pulmonary vein mapping during sinus rhythm orCSd pacing to determine the origin of atrial prematurecontractions. When the ablative target pulmonary veinwas found, the pulmonary vein potentials' distributionand activation were assessment pulmonary veins' ostialablation was performed at the segments showing earliestactivation of pulnonary vein potentials. The end pointwas designed: 1 ) elimination of pulmonary vein po-tential; 2) pulmonary vein potential dissociation fromatrial waves; 3) atrial ectopic beats disappear. ResultsA total of 36 pulmonary veins were ablated, in-cluding 16 left superior, 12 right superior, 7 left in-ferior and 1 right inferior. 1 pulmonary vein in 2 pa-tients was ablated, 2 pulmonary veins in 8 patientswere ablated, 3 pulmonary veins were ablated in 5patients and 4 pulmonary veins were ablated in 1 pa-tient. Procedure duration and fluoroscopy time respec-tively were 186.7 _+ 63.8 min and 51.5 + 15.0 min.During the follow-up 1- 12 months, 11 patients(68.7 % ) were free of AF without any antiarrhythmicdrugs, 2 of them were reablation, effective in 3/16(18.7%) and unsuccessful in 2/16 (12.6%) . 2cases recurred with atrial premature, 1 was treated withamiodarone and the other was repeat electrophysiologi-cal mapping and ablation, 5 cases with

  10. The developing pulmonary veins and left atrium: implications for ablation strategy for atrial fibrillation.

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    Sherif, Hisham M F

    2013-11-01

    The majority of cases of atrial fibrillation (AF) are the result of triggers originating in the area of the pulmonary veins. The reason for the predilection for that area remains unclear. We sought to examine the different mechanisms responsible for this observation through an extensive search of the medical literature, examining the development of the pulmonary veins, genetics of AF and left to -right cardiac chamber differentiation. Results confirm that the LAA is anatomically and embryologically different from other areas of the atrial walls and develops under distinct genetic and transcriptional pathways. Findings support an ablation strategy whose primary focus should be the creation of a 'box' lesion set, plus additional lines to prevent propagation to the left atrial appendage, the isthmus of the left atrium and the right atrium are likely to be more effective than simple pulmonary vein isolation.

  11. Ultrasound ablation of pulmonary veins for treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    王建安; 孙勇; 何红

    2003-01-01

    Objective: to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ultrasound ablation of pulmonary veins for treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Methods: The study population consisted of 9 patients with 5 males and 4 females enrolled consecutively who had idiopathic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation(AF). The ultrasound balloon was positioned through a special sheath to the orifice of the target vein by a transseptal procedure. The balloon was inflated with contrast-mixed saline (contrast: saline = 1:4) whose volume was decided by the diameter of the target pulmonary vein. The ablation energy was usually set up at 35 to 40 watts with temperature controlled at 60℃. The duration of each ablation was about 120 seconds which was repeated not over 10 times. Results: The average duration of the total procedure was 132±68 min for our patients. The average fluoroscopy time was 33±17 min. With a mean follow-up of 16±8 months after the procedure, AF was completely eliminated in 4 patients without antiarrhythmic drugs. The episodes of atrial fibrillation were eliminated in 2 patients with low dosage of oral amiodarone (0.1, once daily) which was ineffective before the procedure. The frequency of episodes was similar to that before the procedure in 3 patients. There were no complications such as hemopericardium, air embolism and stenosis of the pulmonary veins by angiography, related to the procedure. Conclusion: Ultrasound ablation of the pulmonary veins is a new approach to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Before we determined its value, we need to do more researches with bigger sample, randomization and comparison design.

  12. Ultrasound ablation of pulmonary veins for treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    王建安; 孙勇; 何红

    2003-01-01

    Objective : to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ultrasound ablation of pulmonary veins for treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Methods : The study population consisted of 9 patients with 5 males and 4 females enrolled consecutively who had idiopathic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation(AF) . The ultrasound balloon was positioned through a special sheath to the orifice of the target vein by a transseptal procedure. The balloon was inflated with contrast-mixed saline (contrast: saline = 1:4) whose volume was decided by the diameter of the target pulmonary vein. The ablation energy was usually set up at 35 to 40 watts with temperature controlled at 60℃ . The duration of each ablation was about 120 seconds which was repeated not over 10 times. Results: The average duration of the total procedure was 132± 68 min for our patients. The average fluoroscopy time was 33 ±17 min. With a mean follow-up of 16 ±8 months after the procedure, AF was completely eliminated in 4 patients without antiarrhythmic drugs. The episodes of atrial fibrillation were eliminated in 2 patients with low dosage of oral amiodarone (0.1, once daily) which was ineffective before the procedure. The frequency of episodes was similar to that before the procedure in 3 patients. There were no complications such as hemopericardium, air embolism and stenosis of the pulmonary veins by angiography, related to the procedure. Conclusion : Ultrasound ablation of the pulmonary veins is a new approach to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Before we determined its value, we need to do more researches with bigger sample, randomization and comparison design.

  13. Initial experience with circumferential pulmonary vein ablation guided by fusion of magnetic resonance imaging with three-dimensional electroanatomic mapping

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    TANG Kai; MA Jian; MA Fu-sheng; JlA Yu-he; ZHANG Shu

    2006-01-01

    @@ Catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been a focal target of electrophysiological study in recent years. Up to date,circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA)guided by three-dimensional (3-D) electroanatomic mapping (Carto, USA) has been one of the most favourable procedures for the treatment of AF.

  14. Achieving Bidirectional Long Delays In Pulmonary Vein Antral Lines Prior To Bidirectional Block In Patients With Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (The Bi-Bi Technique For Atrial Fibrillation Ablation)

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    Mina MD FACC, FHRS, Adel F; L Warnecke, PA-C, Nicholas

    2016-01-01

    Background: Pulmonary Vein Antral isolation (PVAI) is currently the standard of care for both paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation ablation. Reconnection to the pulmonary vein is the most common cause of recurrence of atrial fibrillation. Achieving the endpoint of bidirectional block (BDB) for cavotricuspid isthmus dependant flutter has improved our outcomes for atrial flutter ablation. With this we tried to achieve long delays in the pulmonary veins antral lines prior to complete is...

  15. Preventive pulmonary vein isolation in patients with cavotricuspid isthmus ablation: PREVENT-AF Study I

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    С. А. Байрамова

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background. Although catheter ablation of isthmus-dependent atrial flutter (AFL is extremely successful at eliminating the target arrhythmia, many patients subsequently experience a new onset of atrial fibrillation (AF due to shared mechanisms. The development of AF may necessitate additional interventions and expose patients to long-term risks.Objective. The study was designed to test a hypothesis whether it is possible to keep AF down during cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI ablation.Methods. This prospective blind randomized study included 50 patients with detected AFL, without AF in the medical history. The patients were randomized to undergo either CTI ablation alone or CTI with concomitant pulmonary vein isolation (PVI. All patients received an implantable loop recorder (ILR during the ablation procedure.Results. CTI ablation was successful in all 50 patients. PVI was effective in all 25 patients randomized to CTI+PVI group, with no complications recorded in both groups. The procedure (p<0.0001 and fluoroscopy (p<0.0001 times were longer in the CTI+PVI group. More patients in the CTI alone group experienced a new onset of AF, 52% vs 12%, during follow-up for minimum of one year (p=0.005. No patient experienced recurrent AFL. The one-year AF burden on ILR also favored the CTI+PVI group compared to the CTI alone group: 8.3% vs 4.0% (p=0.034. In the CTI alone group, 32% patients subsequently required another ablation for AF. PVI and female gender proved to be independent predictors of freedom from AF.Conclusions. The PREVENT-AF Study I trial results show that the addition of PVI to CTI ablation for patients with typical AFL only leads to a marked reduction of a new onset of AF during clinical follow-up as assessed by implantable ILR.

  16. Feasibility and efficacy of simultaneous pulmonary vein isolation and cavotricuspid isthmus ablation using cryotherapy.

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    Dhillon, Paramdeep S; Domenichini, Giulia; Gonna, Hanney; Bastiaenen, Rachel; Norman, Mark; Gallagher, Mark M

    2014-07-01

    Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) ablation are often performed as part of the same procedure. In many cases, PVI is performed by cryotherapy and then CTI ablation by radiofrequency (RF) energy. We sought to determine whether it is more efficient to perform CTI ablation simultaneously with PVI using separate cryogenerators. We performed cryoablation of the CTI during PVI with the Arctic Front cryoballoon in 25 consecutive patients with clinical indications for both (PVI/CTI-cryo group). Procedural data were compared to those of 25 matched patients who underwent PVI only by the same operator (PVI-only group), and 25 patients who underwent PVI by cryotherapy and CTI ablation using RF energy sequentially during the same procedure (PVI/CTI-mixed group). No complication occurred. All veins were isolated; bidirectional CTI block was demonstrated in all cases where it was attempted, except for 1 patient in the PVI/CTI-mixed group. Procedure and fluoroscopy duration were significantly shorter in the PVI/CTI-cryo group (162 ± 34 and 24 ± 5 minutes) than in the PVI/CTI-mixed group (209 ± 46 minutes, P PVI-only group (155 ± 32 and 22 ± 8 minutes) were similar to those in the PVI/CTI-cryo group (P = NS) but significantly shorter than in the PVI/CTI-mixed group (P PVI by cryoballoon, it adds significantly to the procedure and fluoroscopy durations; when performed contemporaneously using cryotherapy at both sites, the procedure and fluoroscopy durations are not prolonged. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Pulmonary vein isolation during cryoballoon ablation using the novel Achieve inner lumen mapping catheter: a feasibility study.

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    Chierchia, G.B.; Asmundis, C. de; Namdar, M.; Westra, S.W.; Kuniss, M.; Sarkozy, A.; Bayrak, F.; Ricciardi, D.; Casado-Arroyo, R.; Rodriguez Manero, M.; Rao, J.Y.; Smeets, J.; Brugada, P.

    2012-01-01

    AIMS: Cryoballoon (CB) ablation has proven very effective in achieving pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). The Achieve catheter (AC) is a novel inner lumen catheter designed to be used in conjunction with the CB, which serves the double purpose of a guidewire and a mapping catheter. We aimed to evaluate

  18. Pulmonary vein isolation during cryoballoon ablation using the novel Achieve inner lumen mapping catheter: a feasibility study.

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    Chierchia, G.B.; Asmundis, C. de; Namdar, M.; Westra, S.W.; Kuniss, M.; Sarkozy, A.; Bayrak, F.; Ricciardi, D.; Casado-Arroyo, R.; Rodriguez Manero, M.; Rao, J.Y.; Smeets, J.; Brugada, P.

    2012-01-01

    AIMS: Cryoballoon (CB) ablation has proven very effective in achieving pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). The Achieve catheter (AC) is a novel inner lumen catheter designed to be used in conjunction with the CB, which serves the double purpose of a guidewire and a mapping catheter. We aimed to evaluate

  19. Pre-ablative high-resolution MRA facilitates electrophysiologic pulmonary vein ablation and reduces fluoroscopy time in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Collins, Jeremy D.; Pereles, F. S.; Bello, David; Betts, Timothy; Zachariah, Anish; Kaliney, Ryan; Song, Gina K.; Shors, Stephanie M.; Carr, James C.; Finn, John P.

    2003-05-01

    Pulmonary MRA generates high-resolution images of the pulmonary veins (PV) and left atrium (LA), permitting characterization of complex PV anatomy, which is useful in electrophysiologic PV catheter ablation, a proven technique for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). The purpose of this study was to determine if pre-ablative pulmonary MRA with intra-ablative viewing facilitates ablation by reducing fluoroscopy time. We studied the morphology of the LA and PV at 1.5T (Magnetom Sonata, Siemens Medical Solutions, Erlangen Germany) with breath-held gadolinium-enhanced 3D MRA in 7 patients with PAF undergoing PV ablation. Data was volume rendered (VR) on a stereoscopic workstation. PV ostial diameter and cross-sectional area measurements were obtained on multi-planar reformatted (MPR) images. VR datasets were converted into digital movies and were viewed on a laptop computer adjacent to real-time fluoroscopic images. Fluoroscopy times for patients undergoing pre-ablative MPA mapping were compared with a cohort of 22 consecutive patients diagnosed with PAF who underwent catheter ablation without pre-ablative MRA planning. Mean PV ablation fluoroscopic time with MRA planning versus fluoroscopic imaging alone were 84+/-20 minutes and 114+/-20 minutes respectively. Pre-ablative MRA planning resulted in a significant mean fluoroscopy time savings of 26% (p<0.05). In patients with PAF undergoing PV ablation, analysis of MRA datasets depicting PV anatomy confirms that there is great variability in anatomy between veins. Pre-ablative 3D PV mapping by MRA greatly facilitates fluoroscopic identification of individual veins and significantly reduces fluoroscopic radiation time.

  20. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation guided by complex fractionated atrial electrogram mapping with or without pulmonary vein isolation

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    Naoya Oketani

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI was the main strategy for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF until a remarkable report was published by Nademanee et al. in 2004. The ablation targeting complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE achieved not only a high rate of AF termination but also excellent outcomes in both paroxysmal and persistent AF without isolating pulmonary veins. AF is thought to be caused by random or spiral reentry, as the fixed circuit to maintain AF may not exist, although the CFAE-guided ablation strategy is based on the theory that AF is not entirely random. CFAEs play an important role in identifying AF substrates, and have temporal and spatial stability, thus representing desirable targets for AF ablation; however, CFAE-guided ablation has not been fully replicated by others. In reports showing that CFAE ablation did not yield a good outcome either alone or combined with PVI, the AF termination rates were extremely low. Although AF termination is not mandatory in CFAE-ablation, terminating AF in the majority of patients appears to be necessary to yield good outcomes; therefore, this review will discuss AF ablation guided by CFAE with or without PVI, with particular emphasis given to practical aspects of achieving AF termination.

  1. MR evaluation of pulmonary vein diameter reduction after radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Anselme, Frederic; Savoure, Arnaud; Mabru, Mikael; Cribier, Alain [Rouen University Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Rouen (France); Gahide, Gerald [Rouen University Hospital, Department of Radiology and Laboratoire QuantIF, Rouen (France); Gerbaud, Edouard [Rouen University Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Rouen (France); Rouen University Hospital, Department of Radiology and Laboratoire QuantIF, Rouen (France); Dacher, Jean-Nicolas [Rouen University Hospital, Department of Radiology and Laboratoire QuantIF, Rouen (France); University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Rouen, Cedex (France)

    2006-11-15

    Fifty consecutive patients aged 52{+-}12 years suffering from drug refractory atrial fibrillation (AF) underwent baseline and post-ablation MR angiography (MRA) at a mean follow-up of 4{+-}3.5 months. Pulmonary vein (PV) disconnection was performed with a maximum energy delivery of 30 W. MRA allowed a two-plane measurement of each PV ostium. After ablation, no significant stenosis was observed, and only 1/194 (0.5%) and 3/194 (2%) PVs had a diameter reduction of 31-40% in the coronal and axial planes, respectively. There was a significant overall post-procedural PV narrowing of 4.9% in the coronal plane and 6.5% in the axial plane (P=ns between both planes). MRA is an efficient technique that can be used in pre- and postoperative evaluation of AF patients. Using a maximal power delivery limited to 30 W, no significant PV stenosis was observed at mid-term follow-up. Late PV anatomical assessment is needed to confirm these results on long-term follow-up. (orig.)

  2. Recurrence of pulmonary vein conduction and atrial fibrillation after pulmonary vein isolation for atrial fibrillation: a randomized trial of the ostial versus the extraostial ablation strategy

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    Nilsson, Brian; Chen, Xu; Pehrson, Steen;

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Both segmental ostial and circumferential extraostial pulmonary vein (PV) isolation have been proven effective in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the recurrence of AF and PV conduction after the 2 ablation strategies has never been compared in a randomized study....... METHODS: A total of 100 consecutive patients (age 56 +/- 10; 71 men) with symptomatic AF (paroxysmal, 51; persistent, 49) were randomized to segmental ostial (n = 54) or circumferential extraostial (n = 46) PV isolation. A circular catheter positioned at the ostium of each target PV guided the ostial PV...... who underwent ostial PV isolation (P strategies was mainly seen in patients known with persistent AF (52% and 15%, respectively; P = .02) as opposed to patients with paroxysmal AF (65% and 46%, respectively; P = .26). CONCLUSIONS: Overall...

  3. Sites With Small Impedance Decrease During Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation Are Associated With Recovery of Pulmonary Vein Conduction.

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    Chinitz, Jason S; Kapur, Sunil; Barbhaiya, Chirag; Kumar, Saurabh; John, Roy; Epstein, Laurence M; Tedrow, Usha; Stevenson, William G; Michaud, Gregory F

    2016-12-01

    To correlate impedance decrease during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation with lesion durability and PV conduction recovery demonstrated during redo procedures. Markers of successful ablation beyond acute conduction block are needed to improve durability of pulmonary vein (PV) isolation (PVI). Local impedance decrease resulting from ablation is a real-time marker of tissue heating and is correlated with lesion creation. Impedance changes associated with point-by-point radiofrequency ablation in the PV antra were recorded during 167 consecutive first-time AF ablations. During clinically indicated redo procedures, sites of recovered PV conduction were identified, and were correlated with the impedance change achieved during ablation at these locations during the initial procedure. Redo procedures were performed in 28 patients, in whom 19 sites of recovered PV conduction were documented. Most sites of PV reconnection (58%) occurred along the posterior PV antra. Ablation resulting in impedance decrease decrease decrease than patients without PV conduction recovery (Group 2) (21.9 ± 15.5 mm vs. 11.5 ± 2.1 mm, P decreases <10 ohms. Impedance-guided ablation strategies may improve durability of PVI. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Pulmonary Embolism following Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA of the Great Saphenous Vein

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    Nnamdi Nwaejike

    2008-08-01

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    A 70yr old lady presented to accident and emergency with sudden onset pleuritic chest pain. A pulmonary embolus (PE was diagnosed by CTPA. Ten days earlier she had bilateral EVLA for recurrent long saphenous vein disease. Confounding risk factors for pulmonary embolism included bilateral ligation and stripping of the long saphenous vein a year earlier, malignancy, EVLA and phlebitic tributary varices. EVLA has been shown to be an effective treatment for superficial venous insufficiency with low morbidity and high patient satisfaction. The investigation of confounding risk factors and possible causes should not compromise the initial treatment of PE.

  5. Five-year efficacy of pulmonary vein antrum isolation as a primary ablation strategy for atrial fibrillation : a single-centre cohort study

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    Teunissen, Cas; Kassenberg, W; van der Heijden, Jeroen F; Hassink, RJ; van Driel, Vincent J H M; Zuithoff, NPA; Doevendans, Pieter A; Loh, KP

    2016-01-01

    AIMS: Pulmonary vein antrum isolation (PVAI) is the cornerstone of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. There is an ongoing discussion on whether and when to add substrate modification to PVAI. This study evaluates (1) long-term efficacy of PVAI as a primary ablation strategy in all patients independe

  6. AF Ablation Guided by Spatiotemporal Electrogram Dispersion Without Pulmonary Vein Isolation: A Wholly Patient-Tailored Approach.

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    Seitz, Julien; Bars, Clément; Théodore, Guillaume; Beurtheret, Sylvain; Lellouche, Nicolas; Bremondy, Michel; Ferracci, Ange; Faure, Jacques; Penaranda, Guillaume; Yamazaki, Masatoshi; Avula, Uma Mahesh R; Curel, Laurence; Siame, Sabrina; Berenfeld, Omer; Pisapia, André; Kalifa, Jérôme

    2017-01-24

    The use of intracardiac electrograms to guide atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation has yielded conflicting results. The authors evaluated the usefulness of spatiotemporal dispersion, a visually recognizable electric footprint of AF drivers, for the ablation of all forms of AF. The authors prospectively enrolled 105 patients admitted for AF ablation. AF was sequentially mapped in both atria with a 20-pole PentaRay catheter. The authors tagged and ablated only regions displaying electrogram dispersion during AF. Results were compared to a validation set in which a conventional ablation approach was used (pulmonary vein isolation/stepwise approach). To establish the mechanism underlying spatiotemporal dispersion of AF electrograms, the authors conducted realistic numerical simulations of AF drivers in a 2-dimensional model and optical mapping of ovine atrial scar-related AF. Ablation at dispersion areas terminated AF in 95% of the 105 patients. After ablation of 17 ± 10% of the left atrial surface and 18 months of follow-up, the atrial arrhythmia recurrence rate was 15% after 1.4 ± 0.5 procedures per patient versus 41% in the validation set after 1.5 ± 0.5 procedures per patient (arrhythmia free-survival: 85% vs. 59%; log-rank p dispersion is mostly recorded in the vicinity of a driver. The clustering of intracardiac electrograms exhibiting spatiotemporal dispersion is indicative of AF drivers. Their ablation allows for a nonextensive and patient-tailored approach to AF ablation. (Substrate Ablation Guided by High Density Mapping in Atrial Fibrillation [SUBSTRATE HD]; NCT02093949). Copyright © 2017 American College of Cardiology Foundation. All rights reserved.

  7. Ganglionated plexus ablation vs linear ablation in patients undergoing pulmonary vein isolation for persistent/long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation: a randomized comparison.

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    Pokushalov, Evgeny; Romanov, Alexandr; Katritsis, Demosthenes G; Artyomenko, Sergey; Shirokova, Natalya; Karaskov, Alexandr; Mittal, Suneet; Steinberg, Jonathan S

    2013-09-01

    The optimal ablation technique for persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) is unclear. Both linear lesion (LL) and ganglionated plexus (GP) ablation have been used in addition to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), but no direct comparison of the 2 methods exists. The aim of this study is to assess the comparative safety and efficacy of 2 different ablation strategies-PVI+LL vs PVI+GP ablation -in patients with persistent or long-standing persistent AF. Two hundred sixty-four consecutive patients with persistent/long-standing persistent AF were randomly assigned to 2 different ablation schemes: PVI+LL (n = 132) and PVI+GP (n = 132) ablation. Consistent sinus rhythm (SR) off antiarrhythmic drug was assessed after follow-up of at least 3 years with the use of an implanted monitoring device. All procedural end points were acutely achieved. At 12 months after a single procedure, 47% of the patients treated with PVI+LL were in SR compared to 54% of the patients treated with PVI+GP (P = .29). At 3 years, 34% of the patients with PVI+LL and 49% of the patients with PVI+GP maintained SR (P = .035). Atrial flutter was more frequent in the PVI+LL group than in PVI+GP group (18% vs 6%; P = .002). After a second procedure in 78 patients of the PVI+LL group and 55 patients of the PVI+GP group, the long-term overall success rate was 52% and 68%, respectively (P = .006). PVI+GP ablation confers superior clinical results with less ablation-related left atrial flutter and reduced AF recurrence compared to PVI+LL ablation at 3 years of follow-up. © 2013 Heart Rhythm Society. All rights reserved.

  8. Role of adenosine-guided pulmonary vein isolation in patients undergoing catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: a meta-analysis.

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    Chen, Yi-He; Lin, Hui; Xie, Cheng-Long; Hou, Jian-Wen; Li, Yi-Gang

    2017-04-01

    Adenosine had been reported to unmask dormant conduction and thus identify pulmonary vein at risk of reconnection. However, the role of adjunctive adenosine infusion after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) on long-term arrhythmia-free survival was still contentious. The purpose of the present meta-analysis was to assess the association of adenosine testing with long-term ablation success in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) (i.e. freedom from AF recurrence). We systematically searched the electronic databases and finally included 10 studies, with 1771 patients undergoing adenosine-guided PVI and 1787 patients undergoing conventional PVI. In comparison to conventional PVI alone, adenosine-guided PVI improved the arrhythmia-free survival by 17% during a median follow-up of 12 months [relative risk (RR): 1.17; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.07 to 1.27; P = 0.014]. Patients undergoing adenosine-guided PVI had similar fluoroscopy time to those who undergoing conventional PVI [weighted mean difference (WMD): 1.76; 95% CI: -5.66 to 9.17; P = 0.64], despite longer procedure time (WMD: 20.6; 95% CI: 0.70 to 40.50; P = 0.042). From the available data of clinical studies, adenosine-guided PVI was associated with an increased arrhythmia-free survival when compared with conventional PVI in patients undergoing catheter ablation for AF.

  9. Estenosis de venas pulmonares post ablación por radiofrecuencia Pulmonary vein stenosis after radio frequency ablation

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    Marcelo Guzzi

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Es importante estar atento ante la aparición de síntomas respiratorios luego de la realización de un procedimiento de ablación por radiofrecuencia en el tratamiento de la fibrilación auricular, pues la estenosis de venas pulmonares (EVP tiene una incidencia de entre 1 y 3% y puede aparecer hasta en los dos años posteriores al procedimiento1. Presentamos el caso de un paciente de 41 años de sexo masculino, que ingresó por un cuadro de hemoptisis y toracodinia de tres semanas de evolución, con antecedente de ablación por radiofrecuencia 6 meses antes de la admisión. La angiotomografía no evidenció tromboembolismo pulmonar (TEP y la angiorresonancia detectó hipoperfusión deI lóbulo superior del pulmón izquierdo (LSI. Debido a los antecedentes de ablación se solicitó angiotomografía de venas pulmonares, que evidenció estenosis de la vena del LSI. Se realizó estudio hemodinámico con dilatación y colocación de stent.Physicians should be alert to the occurrence of respiratory symptoms after radio frequency ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Pulmonary veins stenosis could appear with an incidence of between 1and 3% during the two years following the procedure. We present the case of a 41year-old-male patient admitted with a three weeks old hemoptysis and thoracodinia and a prior history of a radiofrecuency ablation procedure performed six months earlier. The angiotomography was not compatible with the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism and the angio-MRI detected hypoperfusion of the left upper pulmonary lobe. Consequently pulmonary veins angiotomography was requested, showing upper pulmonary lobe vein stenosis. An hemodynamic study with vein expansion and stent placement was successfully performed.

  10. Five-year efficacy of pulmonary vein antrum isolation as a primary ablation strategy for atrial fibrillation : a single-centre cohort study

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    Teunissen, Cas; Kassenberg, W; van der Heijden, Jeroen F.; Hassink, RJ; van Driel, Vincent J H M; Zuithoff, NPA; Pieter A Doevendans; Loh, KP

    2016-01-01

    AIMS: Pulmonary vein antrum isolation (PVAI) is the cornerstone of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. There is an ongoing discussion on whether and when to add substrate modification to PVAI. This study evaluates (1) long-term efficacy of PVAI as a primary ablation strategy in all patients independently from AF type and (2) predictors of arrhythmia recurrence. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 509 consecutive patients (mean age 57 years, 38.9% non-paroxysmal AF) with AF underwent PVAI. In redo ...

  11. Lung Infarction due to Pulmonary Vein Stenosis after Ablation Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation Misdiagnosed as Organizing Pneumonia: Sequential Changes on CT in Two Cases

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    Kwon, Mi Ri; Lee, Ho Yun; Cho, Jong Ho; Um, Sang Won [Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-15

    Pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis is a complication of ablation therapy for arrhythmias. We report two cases with chronic lung parenchymal abnormalities showing no improvement and waxing and waning features, which were initially diagnosed as nonspecific pneumonias, and finally confirmed as PV stenosis. When a patient presents for nonspecific respiratory symptoms without evidence of infection after ablation therapy and image findings show chronic and repetitive parenchymal abnormalities confined in localized portion, the possibility of PV stenosis should be considered.

  12. Assessments of pulmonary vein and left atrial anatomical variants in atrial fibrillation patients for catheter ablation with cardiac CT

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    Chen, Jing; Yang, Zhi-Gang; Xu, Hua-Yan; Shi, Ke; Long, Qi-Hua [Sichuan University, Department of Radiology, West China Hospital, Chengdu, Sichuan (China); Guo, Ying-Kun [Sichuan University, Department of Radiology, West China Second University Hospital, Chengdu (China)

    2017-02-15

    To provide a road map of pulmonary vein (PV) and left atrial (LA) variants in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) before catheter ablation procedure using cardiac CT. Cardiac CT was performed in 1420 subjects for accurate anatomical information, including 710 patients with AF and 710 matched controls without AF. PV variants, PV ostia and spatial orientation, LA enlargement, and left atrial diverticulum (LAD) were measured, respectively. Differences between these two groups were also respectively compared. Some risk factors for the occurrence of LAD were analyzed. In total, PV variants were observed in 202 (28.5 %) patients with AF patients and 206 (29.0 %) controls without AF (p = 0.8153). The ostial sizes of all accessory veins were generally smaller than those of the typical four PVs (p = 0.0153 to 0.3958). There was a significant difference of LA enlargement between the AF and control groups (36.3 % vs. 12.5 %, p < 0.0001), while the prevalence of LAD was similar in these two groups (43.2 % vs. 41.9 %, p = 0.6293). PV variants are common. Detailed knowledge of PVs and LA variants are helpful for providing anatomical road map to determine ablation strategy. (orig.)

  13. Verification of pulmonary vein isolation during single transseptal cryoballoon ablation: a comparison between the classical circular mapping catheter and the inner lumen mapping catheter

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    Chierchia, G.B.; Namdar, M.; Sarkozy, A.; Sorgente, A.; Asmundis, C. de; Casado-Arroyo, R.; Capulzini, L.; Bayrak, F.; Rodriguez-Manero, M.; Ricciardi, D.; Rao, J.Y.; Overeinder, I.; Paparella, G.; Brugada, P.

    2012-01-01

    AIMS: Cryoballoon ablation has proven very effective in achieving pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). The novel Achieve inner lumen mapping catheter designed to be used in conjunction with the cryoballoon, serves as both a guidewire and a mapping catheter. To our knowledge, this is the first study compa

  14. Verification of pulmonary vein isolation during single transseptal cryoballoon ablation: a comparison between the classical circular mapping catheter and the inner lumen mapping catheter

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    Chierchia, G.B.; Namdar, M.; Sarkozy, A.; Sorgente, A.; Asmundis, C. de; Casado-Arroyo, R.; Capulzini, L.; Bayrak, F.; Rodriguez-Manero, M.; Ricciardi, D.; Rao, J.Y.; Overeinder, I.; Paparella, G.; Brugada, P.

    2012-01-01

    AIMS: Cryoballoon ablation has proven very effective in achieving pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). The novel Achieve inner lumen mapping catheter designed to be used in conjunction with the cryoballoon, serves as both a guidewire and a mapping catheter. To our knowledge, this is the first study compa

  15. Freedom from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation after successful pulmonary vein isolation with pulmonary vein ablation catheter-phased radiofrequency energy: 2-year follow-up and predictors of failure

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    Mulder, A.A.W.; Wijffels, M.C.; Wever, E.F.; Boersma, L.V.

    2012-01-01

    AIMS: In patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) the pattern of atrial fibrillation (AF) episodes and the total AF burden, may be related to the efficacy of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). We evaluated (pre)-procedural factors explaining the long-term outcome after PVI, using a ring-shape

  16. Magnetic resonance angiography virtual endoscopy in the assessment of pulmonary veins before radiofrequency ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation

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    Cirillo, S.; Tosetti, Irene; Giuseppe, M.De; Longo, M.; Regge, D. [Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (IRCC), Unit of Radiology, Candiolo (Torino) (Italy); Bonamini, R. [University of Torino, Department of Cardiology, Torino (Italy); Gaita, F.; Bianchi, F.; Vivalda, L. [Ospedale Mauriziano Umberto I, Department of Cardiology, Torino (Italy)

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    Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is a safe and non-invasive imaging method that can readily depict the pulmonary veins (PV), whose imaging has acquired momentum with the advent of new techniques for radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). We evaluated whether virtual endoscopy from 3D MRA images (MRA-VE) is feasible in studying the morphology of PV. Fifty patients with AF underwent pre-ablative MRA (1.5 T). Images were acquired with axial T-2 weighted and 3D-SPGR sequences after intravenous administration of Gd-DTPA and automatic triggering. Postprocessing was performed by an experienced radiologist with maximum intensity projection (MIP) and virtual endoscopy software (Navigator, GEMS). The venoatrial junction was visualized with MRA-VE in 49 of 50 patients (98.0%). Twenty-seven patients (55.1%) had two ostia on both sides, 13 patients (26.5%) had two ostia on the right and a single common ostium on the left, 5 patients (10.2%) had accessory PV and 4 patients (8.2%) had both an accessory right PV and a single common ostium on the left. Flythrough navigation showed the number and spatial disposition of second-order PV branches in 48 out of 49 patients (98.0%). MRA-VE is an excellent tool for at-a-glance visualization of ostia morphology, navigation of second-generation PV branches and easy endoluminal assessment of left atrial structures in pre-ablative imaging. (orig.)

  17. Periodic conduction and 2:1 block from the left atrium to the pulmonary vein during radiofrequency ablation.

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    Landolina, Maurizio; Petracci, Barbara; De Ferrari, Gaetano M; Frattini, Folco; Cantù, Francesco; Rordorf, Roberto; De Filippo, Paolo

    2004-11-01

    Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is often initiated by foci in the pulmonary veins (PVs); the junction between the PVs and the left atrium (LA) has become the target of radiofrequency (RF) ablation performed to isolate the PVs. Ectopic atrial beats originating from the PVs propagate to the LA with a characteristically long conduction time, often with a conduction delay or block within the PV or at the PV-LA junction. However, details about the conduction properties within the PVs and across the PV-LA junction are still scanty. We report a unique case of LA-PV decremental conduction caused by RF applications. New insights into the electroanatomical characteristics of the PV-LA junction are provided. The present report demonstrates, for the first time in humans, that decremental conduction may be related to the progressive damage of the conducting myocardial bundle due to RF energy applications.

  18. Sixteen-row multislice computed tomography in the assessment of pulmonary veins prior to ablative treatment: validation vs conventional pulmonary venography and study of reproducibility

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    Maksimovic, R.; Cademartiri, F.; Pattynama, P.M.T. [Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Radiology; Scholten, M; Jordaens, L.J. [Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Cardiology

    2004-03-01

    The aim of this study was to validate multislice computed tomography (MSCT) venography measurements of pulmonary vein (PV) diameters vs conventional pulmonary venography (CPV), and to assess the reproducibility of MSCT data. The study included 21 consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation who were planned for cryothermal ablation of PVs. One day before ablation, all patients underwent CPV and contrast-enhanced non-gated MSCT venography. The MSCT was repeated 3 months after ablation. The CPV images of the treated PVs (n=40) were analyzed and compared with the results of MSCT measurements. Reproducibility of MSCT venography-based data was assessed by interobserver (n=84 PVs) and interexamination (n=44 PVs) variability. Pre-treatment PV diameters on MSCT and CPV showed good correlation (r=0.87, p<0.01; 18.9{+-}2.3 mm, 188.5{+-}2.4 mm, respectively). Interobserver agreement and interexamination reproducibility were good (r=0.91, r=0.82, respectively, p<0.01), with narrow limits of agreement (Bland and Altman method). The MSCT venography allows accurate and reproducible assessment of PVs. It can be used both in non-invasive planning of treatment for ablative therapy and in the follow-up of patients.

  19. Why can pulmonary vein stenoses created by radiofrequency catheter ablation worsen during and after follow-up ? A potential explanation

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    Dorsaz Pierre-André

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Radiofrequency catheter ablation of excitation foci inside pulmonary veins (PV generates stenoses that can become quite severe during or after the follow-up period. Since severe PV stenoses have most often disastrous consequences, it would be important to know the underlying mechanism of this temporal evolution. The present study proposes a potential explanation based on mechanical considerations. Methods we have used a mathematical-physical model to examine the cyclic increase in axial wall stress induced in the proximal (= upstream, non-stenosed segment of a stenosed pulmonary vein during the forward flow phases. In a representative example, the value of this increase at peak flow was calculated for diameter stenoses (DS ranging from 1 to 99%. Results The increase becomes appreciable at a DS of roughly 30% and rise then strongly with further increasing DS value. At high DS values (e.g. > 90% the increase is approximately twice the value of the axial stress present in the PV during the zero-flow phase. Conclusion Since abnormal wall stresses are known to induce damages and abnormal biological processes (e.g., endothelium tears, elastic membrane fragmentations, matrix secretion, myofibroblast generation, etc in the vessel wall, it seems plausible that the supplementary axial stress experienced cyclically by the stenotic and the proximal segments of the PV is responsible for the often observed progressive reduction of the vessel lumen after healing of the ablation injury. In the light of this model, the only potentially effective therapy in these cases would be to reduce the DS as strongly as possible. This implies most probably stenting or surgery.

  20. Drug-Coated Balloon Venoplasty for In-Stent Restenosis in a Patient With Recurrent Pulmonary Vein Stenosis Post Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation: Initial Experience With a New Treatment Technique.

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    Rosenberg, Jonathan; Fisher, Westby G; Guerrero, Mayra; Smart, Steve; Levisay, Justin; Feldman, Ted; Salinger, Michael

    2016-05-01

    Pulmonary vein stenosis (PVS) is an uncommon but serious complication following radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation. Occurrence of this complication has risen with increased rates of ablation procedures, with >50,000 AF ablation procedures performed per year, and can occur within weeks to months post procedure. Currently, the main therapies for PVS include percutaneous interventions with balloon angioplasty and stenting, but these treatments are complicated by a high rate of restenosis. The optimal treatment for recurrent pulmonary vein in-stent restenosis has not been determined. We describe the novel use of a paclitaxel drug-coated balloon for the treatment of in-stent restenosis of the pulmonary veins.

  1. Thoracoscopic Video-Assisted Pulmonary Vein Antrum Isolation, Ganglionated Plexus Ablation and Periprocedural Confirmation of Ablation Lesions. First Results of a Hybrid Surgical-Electrophysiological Approach for Atrial Fibrillation

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    S.P.J. Krul; A.H.G. Driessen; W.J. van Boven; A.C. Linnenbank; G.S.C. Geuzebroek; W.M. Jackman; A.A.M. Wilde; J.M.T. de Bakker; J.R. de Groot

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: -Thoracoscopic pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and ganglionated plexus (GP) ablation is a novel approach in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). We hypothesize that meticulous electrophysiological confirmation of PVI results in fewer recurrences of AF during follow-up. METHODS AND R

  2. Achieving Bidirectional Long Delays In Pulmonary Vein Antral Lines Prior To Bidirectional Block In Patients With Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (The Bi-Bi Technique For Atrial Fibrillation Ablation).

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    Mina Md Facc Fhrs, Adel F; L Warnecke Pa-C, Nicholas

    2016-01-01

    Background: Pulmonary Vein Antral isolation (PVAI) is currently the standard of care for both paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation ablation. Reconnection to the pulmonary vein is the most common cause of recurrence of atrial fibrillation. Achieving the endpoint of bidirectional block (BDB) for cavotricuspid isthmus dependant flutter has improved our outcomes for atrial flutter ablation. With this we tried to achieve long delays in the pulmonary veins antral lines prior to complete isolation comparable to those delays found in patient with bidirectional block of atrial flutter lines. Study Objective:The objective of this paper was to evaluate feasibility and efficacy of achieving Bidirectional long delays in pulmonary vein antral lines prior to Bidirectional Block in patient with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Method: A retrospective analysis was performed on patients who had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation procedures at Unity Point Methodist from January 2015 to January 2016. 20 consecutive patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation who had AF ablation using the Bi-Bi technique were evaluated. Result: Mean age was 63, number of antiarrhythmic used prior to ablation was 1.4, mean left atrial size was 38 mm. Mean chads score was 1.3. Mean EF was 53%. Long delays in the left antral circumferential lines were achieved with mean delay of 142 milliseconds +/-100. Also long delays in the right antral circumferential lines were achieved with mean delay of 150 milliseconds +/-80. 95 % (19/20) of patients were free of any atrial arrhythmias and were off antiarrhythmic medications for AF post procedure. There was only one transient complication in one patient who developed a moderate pericardial effusion that was successfully drained with no hemodynamic changes. The only patient who had recurrence was found to have asymptomatic AF with burden on his device paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is feasible and highly effective technique in this small cohort of patients

  3. Fusion of Delayed-enhancement MR Imaging and Contrast-enhanced MR Angiography to Visualize Radiofrequency Ablation Scar on the Pulmonary Vein.

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    Shigenaga, Yutaka; Kiuchi, Kunihiko; Ikeuchi, Kazushi; Ikeda, Takayuki; Okajima, Katsunori; Yasaka, Yoshinori; Kawai, Hiroya

    2015-01-01

    Delayed-enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (DE-MRI) is reported to detect the radiofrequency (RF) ablation scar of pulmonary vein isolation. However, the precise localization of RF scar is difficult to recognize due to the poor anatomical information of the 3-dimensionally reconstructed DE-MRI. We report 2 cases in which fusion of DE-MRI and contrast-enhanced MR angiography facilitated the identification of RF scar, and we detail our fusion method.

  4. Long-term results of a minimally invasive surgical pulmonary vein isolation and ganglionic plexi ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Shuai Zheng

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Ganglionated plexi (GP ablation has been become an adjunct to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI. This study describes the long-term results of minimally invasive surgical PVI, ablation of GPs, and exclusion of the left atrial appendage for atrial fibrillation (AF. METHODS: Long-term follow-up of 55 months was performed in 139 consecutive patients (age 58.3±20.8 years with symptomatic, drug-refractory lone AF who underwent minimally invasive surgical PVI, GPs ablation, and exclusion of the left atrial appendage. Success was defined as freedom from AF, atrial flutter, or atrial tachycardia off antiarrhythmic drugs. RESULTS: AF was paroxysmal in 77.7%, persistent in 12.2% and long-standing persistent in 10.1%. Single-procedure success rate was 71.7%, 59.4% and 46.6% at 12, 24 and 60 months respectively. Single-procedure success rate was 72.9%, 62.6% and 51.8% for paroxysmal AF, 64.7%, 35.3%, and 28.2% for persistent AF, 71.4%, 64.3% and 28.6% for long-standing persistent AF at 12, 24 and 60 months respectively. Duration of AF>24 months (hazard ratio [HR]: 3.09, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.51 to 6.32; p = 0.002, left atrial diameter≥40 mm (HR: 4.03, 95% CI: 1.88 to 8.65; p<0.001, early recurrence of AF (HR: 4.66, 95% CI: 2.25 to 9.63; p<0.001 independently predicted long-term recurrence of AF. There was no procedure-related death. One patient converted to median sternotomy because of uncontrolled bleeding. Two patients underwent perioperative cerebrovascular events. CONCLUSIONS: At nearly 5-year of clinical follow-up, single-procedure success rate of minimally invasive surgical PVI with GP ablation was 51.8% for paroxysmal AF, 28.2% for persistent AF, 28.6% for long-standing persistent AF after initial procedure. Patients with AF duration≤24 months, left atrial diameter<40 mm and no early recurrence of AF, had favorable outcomes.

  5. Effect of anxiety and depression on the recurrence of persistent atrial fibrillation after circumferential pulmonary vein ablation

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    YU Sheng-bo; HU Wei; ZHAO Qing-yan; QIN Mu; HUANG He; CUI Hong-ying; HUANG Cong-xin

    2012-01-01

    Background The effects of anxiety and depression on the recurrence of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) after circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) are not clear.Whether CPVA can alleviate the anxiety and depression symptoms of persistent AF patients is unknown.Methods One hundred and sixty-four patients with persistent AF,of which 43 treated with CPVA (CPVA group) and 103 treated with anti-arrhythmics drugs (medicine group),were enrolled.The Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS),and Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) were assessed before and 12 months after treatment in all patients.Results The scores of SAS (40.33±7.90 vs.49.76±9.52,P <0.01) and SDS (42.33±8.73 vs.48.17±8.77,P <0.01)decreased 12 months after CPVA.Over 12 months follow-up,AF relapsed in 17 patients in CPVA group.Compared with the data in the recurrent group (17 patients),the scores of SAS and SDS were significantly lower in the non-recurrent group (26 patients) at baseline.The results of multivariate Logistic regression analysis showed normal scores of SAS and SDS were the independent risk factors of AF recurrence after CPVA.Conclusions Anxiety and depression increase the recurrence risk of persistent AF after CPVA.CPVA can ameliorate the anxiety and depression symptoms in patients with persistent AF.

  6. Pulmonary vein triggers play an important role in the initiation of atrial flutter: Initial results from the prospective randomized Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in Atrial Flutter (Triple A) trial.

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    Schneider, Ralph; Lauschke, Joerg; Tischer, Tina; Schneider, Cindy; Voss, Wolfgang; Moehlenkamp, Felix; Glass, Aenne; Diedrich, Doreen; Bänsch, Dietmar

    2015-05-01

    The incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after ablation of a cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI)-dependent atrial flutter (AFL) is high. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that AFL and AF may be initiated by pulmonary vein triggers. This prospective randomized trial tested the efficacy of a standalone pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients with AFL but without AF. Patients with AFL but without documented AF were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 treatment groups: (1) antiarrhythmic drugs (AAD), (2) CTI ablation, or (3) circumferential PVI. The primary end-point was defined as any recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmia and the secondary end-point as recurrence of AFL. In case of tachyarrhythmia recurrence in the PVI group, a second PVI was performed to close gaps in the ablation lines. Of the 60 patients, 17 were randomized to AAD, 23 to CTI ablation, and 20 to PVI. During follow-up of 1.42 ± 0.83 years, 14 of 17 patients (82.4%) in the AAD group, 14 of 23 patients (60.9%) in the CTI group, and 2 of 20 patients (10%) in the PVI group reached the primary end-point (P PVI procedures per patient. AFL reoccurred in 9 patients (52.9.%) in the AAD group, in 2 patients (8.7%) in the CTI group, and after a single PVI in 3 patients (15%) in the PVI group (P = .003). After closure of gaps, 1 patient (5%) in the PVI group presented with recurrent AFL. Pulmonary vein triggers play an important role in AFL. PVI can prevent the recurrence of AFL, even without CTI ablation. Copyright © 2015 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Efficacy and safety of novel epicardial circumferential left atrial ablation with pulmonary vein isolation in sustained atrial fibrillation.

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    Jiang, Zhaolei; Yin, Hang; He, Yi; Ma, Nan; Tang, Min; Liu, Hao; Ding, Fangbao; Mei, Ju

    2015-09-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy and safety of this novel epicardial circumferential left atrial ablation (CLAA) with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in sustained atrial fibrillation (AF). Thirty domestic pigs were divided equally into 3 groups: AF without ablation (AF group), AF with PVI (PVI group), and AF with CLAA and PVI (CLAA + PVI group). AF was induced by rapid atrial pacing. After AF was induced, CLAA and PVI were performed for pigs in CLAA + PVI group, and PVI was performed for pigs in PVI group. AF vulnerability, AF duration, and histology were performed in all groups. All pigs developed sustained AF after 6.27 ± 0.69 weeks of rapid atrial pacing. All pigs successfully underwent isolated PVI or CLAA with PVI on the beating heart in PVI group or CLAA + PVI group. Isolated PVI terminated AF in 3 of 20 pigs (15 %), and CLAA with PVI terminated AF in 5 of 8 pigs (62.5 %, P = 0.022). Compared with AF group (10/10), the incidence of sustained AF by burst pacing was significantly decreased in PVI group (3/10, P = 0.003) or CLAA + PVI group (0/10, P PVI group and CLAA + PVI group (P = 0.211). AF duration was significantly decreased in CLAA + PVI group (734.70 ± 177.81 s, 95 % CI 607.51-861.89) compared with PVI group (1217.90 ± 444.10 s, 95 % CI 900.21-1535.59, P = 0.008). Also, AF duration was significantly decreased in PVI group (P = 0.003) or CLAA + PVI group (P PVI alone, CLAA with PVI may be able to improve the rate of acute termination of persistent AF. It may be useful in selecting the best ablation approaches for patients with persistent AF.

  8. 15. Measurement of esophageal temperature at two separate sites during pulmonary vein ablation

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    Mohamed Elhakim

    2015-10-01

    Discussion: These findings suggest that measurement of temperature at two separate esophageal locations is more sensitive that one location in detecting temperature increases during PVA. The ablating electrode during PVA moves from different areas within the left atrium, and therefore, a wide area of temperature measurement is needed for more accurate monitoring. Furthermore, the most significant increases in temperature occurred when ablation performed in the posterior left atrium, adjacent to the esophagus. The implications of these observations suggest that one location of temperature measurement may not be accurate enough in detecting a “true” esophageal temperature. Further studies are needed to verify these findings in a prospective study and to ascertain whether this has any patient safety ramifications for preventing esophageal injury.

  9. Contact force and impedance decrease during ablation depends on catheter location and orientation: insights from pulmonary vein isolation using a contact force-sensing catheter.

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    Knecht, Sven; Reichlin, Tobias; Pavlovic, Nikola; Schaer, Beat; Osswald, Stefan; Sticherling, Christian; Kühne, Michael

    2015-09-01

    Contact force (CF) sensing during radiofrequency (RF) ablation allows controlling lesion size. The aim of this study was to analyze the impact of catheter tip location and orientation on the association of CF and impedance decrease. We retrospectively analyzed RF applications from 32 patients undergoing catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation using a force-sensing catheter and 3D mapping system. CF, catheter location and orientation relative to the tissue during ablation as well as the absolute impedance decrease during the first 20 s of ablation as a surrogate for lesion effectiveness were analyzed for 791 RF applications. While a higher CF was achieved around the right pulmonary veins (12.5 vs. 11.4 g, p = 0.045), a lower median absolute impedance decrease within the first 20 s was seen around the right veins compared to the left veins (9.3 vs. 10.2 Ω, p = 0.02). With different catheter orientations relative to the tissue, higher CF and impedance decrease was seen when the catheter was orientated parallel or oblique to the tissue (30°-145°) as compared perpendicularly (0-30°) with a median CF of 13.2 vs. 8.0 g (p decrease during the first 20 s of 11 vs. 7 Ω (p decrease in a multivariable linear regression model (p decrease, is not only dependent on the achieved catheter CF but also on catheter orientation and location.

  10. Comparison of resource utilization of pulmonary vein isolation: cryoablation versus RF ablation with three-dimensional mapping in the Value PVI Study.

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    DeVille, J Brian; Svinarich, J Thomas; Dan, Dan; Wickliffe, Andrew; Kantipudi, Charan; Lim, Hae W; Plummer, Lisa; Baker, James; Kowalski, Marcin; Baydoun, Hassan; Jenkins, Mark; Chang-Sing, Peter

    2014-06-01

    Point-to-point focal radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation for aberrant pulmonary vein triggers that manifest into atrial fibrillation (AF) is the traditional method for treating symptomatic drug-resistant paroxysmal AF (PAF) when an ablation procedure is warranted. More recently, pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) using the cryoballoon has been demonstrated to be safe and effective (STOP AF clinical trial). Currently, two small studies have reviewed the procedural efficiency when comparing cryoballoon to focal RF catheter ablation procedures; however, no multicenter study has yet reported on this comparison of the two types of ablation catheters. A multicenter retrospective chart extraction and evaluation was conducted at seven geographically mixed cardiac care centers. The study examined procedural variables during ablation for PVI in PAF patients. In several procedural measurements, the two modalities were comparable in efficiencies, including: acute PVI >96%; length of hospital stay at approximately 27 hours; and about 30% usage of adenosine after procedural testing. However, when compared to RF catheters, the cryoballoon procedure demonstrated a 13% reduction in laboratory occupancy time (247 min vs 283 min), a 13% reduction in procedure time (174 min vs 200 min), and a 21% reduction in fluoroscopy time (33 min vs 42 min). Additionally, when comparing the material usage of both cryoballoon and RF catheters, the cryoballoon used more radiopaque contrast agent (78 cc vs 29 cc) while using less intraprocedural saline (1234 cc vs 2386 cc), intracardiac echocardiography (88% vs 99%), three-dimensional electroanatomic mapping (30% vs 87%), and fewer transseptal punctures (1.5 vs 1.9). This study is the first United States multicenter examination to report the procedural comparisons between the cryoballoon and focal RF catheters when used for the treatment of PAF patients. In this hospital chart review study, potential advantages were found when operating the cryoballoon

  11. Efficiency of radiofrequency ablation of pulmonary vein ostium for patients with atrial fibrillation and metabolics

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    E. L. Zaslavskaya

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is determination of predictors of efficiency of radiofrequency ablation (RFA in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF and metabolic syndrome (MS. Material and methods. 98 patients with AF (78 patients with AF and MS (IDF, 2005 and 20 patients without MS have been examined. Comparison groups included 50 patients with MS without arrhythmia and 50 practically healthy subjects. RFA was performed with Carto 3 navigation system. Follow-up period after RFA was 12 months. Epicardial fat thickness (EFT was measured with help of echo-cardiography. Results: patients with AF relapse had more MS components than those with effective procedure (3.21±1.18 and 1.73±1.14, accordingly, p<0.001. Initially, EFT of patients with AF relapse after RFA was larger that in patients without arrhythmia after exposure. EFT in patients with AF more than3.5 mmincreases probability of arrhythmia relapse in 1.87 times (OR: 1.87, 95 % CI 1.03 — 3.41, р = 0.04. Conclusion: determination of EFT with echo-cardiogaphy can be used in estimation of AF relapse risk after RFA.

  12. Optimization of imaging before pulmonary vein isolation by radiofrequency ablation: breath-held ungated versus ECG/breath-gated MRA

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    Allgayer, C.; Haller, S.; Bremerich, J. [University Hospital Basel, Department of Radiology, Basel (Switzerland); Zellweger, M.J.; Sticherling, C.; Buser, P.T. [University Hospital Basel, Department of Cardiology, Basel (Switzerland); Weber, O. [University Hospital Basel, Department of Medical Physics, Basel (Switzerland)

    2008-12-15

    Isolation of the pulmonary veins has emerged as a new therapy for atrial fibrillation. Pre-procedural magnetic resonance (MR) imaging enhances safety and efficacy; moreover, it reduces radiation exposure of the patients and interventional team. The purpose of this study was to optimize the MR protocol with respect to image quality and acquisition time. In 31 patients (23-73 years), the anatomy of the pulmonary veins, left atrium and oesophagus was assessed on a 1.5-Tesla scanner with four different sequences: (1) ungated two-dimensional true fast imaging with steady precession (2D-TrueFISP), (2) ECG/breath-gated 3D-TrueFISP, (3) ungated breath-held contrast-enhanced three-dimensional turbo fast low-angle shot (CE-3D-tFLASH), and (4) ECG/breath-gated CE-3D-TrueFISP. Image quality was scored from 1 (structure not visible) to 5 (excellent visibility), and the acquisition time was monitored. The pulmonary veins and left atrium were best visualized with CE-3D-tFLASH (scores 4.50 {+-} 0.52 and 4.59 {+-} 0.43) and ECG/breath-gated CE-3D-TrueFISP (4.47 {+-} 0.49 and 4.63 {+-} 0.39). Conspicuity of the oesophagus was optimal with CE-3D-TrueFISP and 2D-TrueFISP (4.59 {+-} 0.35 and 4.19 {+-} 0.46) but poor with CE-3D-tFLASH (1.03 {+-} 0.13) (p < 0.05). Acquisition times were shorter for 2D-TrueFISP (44 {+-} 1 s) and CE-3D-tFLASH (345 {+-} 113 s) compared with ECG/breath-gated 3D-TrueFISP (634 {+-} 197 s) and ECG/breath-gated CE-3D-TrueFISP (636 {+-} 230 s) (p < 0.05). In conclusion, an MR imaging protocol comprising CE-3D-tFLASH and 2D-TrueFISP allows assessment of the pulmonary veins, left atrium and oesophagus in less than 7 min and can be recommended for pre-procedural imaging before electric isolation of pulmonary veins. (orig.)

  13. Varicosity of the pulmonary veins

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    Leicher-Dueber, A.; Lindner, P.; Schild, H.; Plewe, G.

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    Varicosity of the pulmonary veins is a rare anomaly of the pulmonary vascular system. The varices do not usually change in size over years, do not cause symptoms and need no therapy. However, raised left atrial pressure can cause increase in the diameter of pulmonary vein varices. A case of lung vein varicosity in the right middle and upper lobe associated with coarctation of the aorta and an anomalous upper-middle lobe vein was observed over a period of 10 years. Increase in left atrial pressure (aortic and relative mitral regurgitation) led to enlargement of the pulmonary veins.

  14. Stand-Alone Pulmonary Vein Isolation Versus Pulmonary Vein Isolation With Additional Substrate Modification as Index Ablation Procedures in Patients With Persistent and Long-Standing Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: The Randomized Alster-Lost-AF Trial (Ablation at St. Georg Hospital for Long-Standing Persistent Atrial Fibrillation).

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    Fink, Thomas; Schlüter, Michael; Heeger, Christian-Hendrik; Lemes, Christine; Maurer, Tilman; Reissmann, Bruno; Riedl, Johannes; Rottner, Laura; Santoro, Francesco; Schmidt, Boris; Wohlmuth, Peter; Mathew, Shibu; Sohns, Christian; Ouyang, Feifan; Metzner, Andreas; Kuck, Karl-Heinz

    2017-07-01

    Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for persistent atrial fibrillation is associated with limited success rates and often requires multiple procedures to maintain stable sinus rhythm. In the prospective and randomized Alster-Lost-AF trial (Ablation at St. Georg Hospital for Long-Standing Persistent Atrial Fibrillation), we sought to assess, in patients with symptomatic persistent or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation, the outcomes of initial ablative strategies comprising either stand-alone PVI (PVI-only approach) or a stepwise approach of PVI followed by complex fractionated atrial electrogram ablation and linear ablation (Substrate-modification approach). Patients were randomized 1:1 to stand-alone PVI or PVI plus substrate modification. The primary study end point was freedom from recurrence of any atrial tachyarrhythmia, outside a 90-day blanking period, at 12 months. A total of 124 patients were enrolled, with 118 patients included in the analysis (61 in the PVI-only group, 57 in the Substrate-modification group). Atrial tachyarrhythmias recurred in 28 PVI-only group patients and 24 Substrate-modification group patients, for 1-year freedom from tachyarrhythmia recurrence after a single ablation procedure of 54% (95% confidence interval, 43%-68%) in the PVI-only and 57% (95% confidence interval, 46%-72%) in the Substrate-modification group (P=0.86). Twenty-four patients in the PVI-only group (39%) and 18 in the Substrate-modification group (32%) were without arrhythmia recurrence and off antiarrhythmic drug therapy at the end of the 12-month follow-up. In patients with persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation, no significant difference was observed in 12-month freedom from atrial tachyarrhythmias between an index ablative approach of stand-alone PVI and a stepwise approach of PVI plus complex fractionated atrial electrogram and linear ablation. URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00820625. © 2017 American Heart

  15. Sixteen multidetector row computed tomography of pulmonary veins: 3-months' follow-up after treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation with cryothermal ablation

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    Maksimovic, Ruzica; Cademartiri, Filippo; Pattynama, Peter M.T. [Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Scholten, Marcoen F.; Jordaens, Luc J. [Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Cardiology, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    2005-06-01

    The aim of the study was to assess pulmonary veins (PVs) for the presence of stenosis 3 months after cryothermal ablation (CA) with a new method of electrical isolation of PVs using contrast-enhanced 16 multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT). Twenty four patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation underwent CA in 46 PVs. MDCT of PVs was performed before the treatment and after 3-months' follow-up. Following cryoablation, 13/24 (54%) patients showed clinical improvement and had reduced attacks of atrial fibrillation. The dimensions of the treated PVs remained unchanged: the coronal ostial diameter was 19.1{+-}2.4 preprocedural versus 18.6{+-}2.4 mm at follow-up, p>0.05; the ratio of the coronal and axial diameters at the ostium was 1.2{+-}0.2 versus 1.2{+-}0.1, p>0.05, respectively, and the coronal diameter of the proximal 10 mm was 17.1{+-}2.5 mm versus 16.5{+-}2.2 mm, p>0.05, respectively. CA is a promising technique for electrical isolation of PVs that has not been associated with stenosis at the orifice and the proximal 10 mm of the PVs after 3-months' follow-up. MDCT is a noninvasive, fast and comfortable method for assessment of PVs in a three-dimensional manner prior to ablative treatment and during the follow-up. (orig.)

  16. A study of images of Projective Angles of pulmonary veins

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    Wang Jue [Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Beijing (China); Zhaoqi, Zhang [Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Beijing (China)], E-mail: zhaoqi5000@vip.sohu.com; Yu Wei; Miao Cuilian; Yan Zixu; Zhao Yike [Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Beijing (China)

    2009-09-15

    Aims: In images of magnetic resonance and computed tomography (CT) there are visible angles between pulmonary veins and the coronary, transversal or sagittal section of body. In this study these angles are measured and defined as Projective Angles of pulmonary veins. Several possible influential factors and characters of distribution are studied and analyzed for a better understanding of this imaging anatomic character of pulmonary veins. And it could be the anatomic base of adjusting correctly the angle of the central X-ray of the angiography of pulmonary veins undergoing the catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Method: Images of contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CEMRA) and contrast enhanced computer tomography (CECT) of the left atrium and pulmonary veins of 137 health objects and patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are processed with the technique of post-processing, and Projective Angles to the coronary and transversal sections are measured and analyzed statistically. Result: Project Angles of pulmonary veins are one of real and steady imaging anatomic characteristics of pulmonary veins. The statistical distribution of variables is relatively concentrated, with a fairly good representation of average value. It is possible to improve the angle of the central X-ray according to the average value in the selective angiography of pulmonary veins undergoing the catheter ablation of AF.

  17. Validation of electrical ostial pulmonary vein isolation verified with a spiral inner lumen mapping catheter during second-generation cryoballoon ablation.

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    Miyazaki, Shinsuke; Kajiyama, Takatsugu; Watanabe, Tomonori; Taniguchi, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Hiroaki; Hamaya, Rikuta; Kusa, Shigeki; Igarashi, Miyako; Hachiya, Hitoshi; Hirao, Kenzo; Iesaka, Yoshito

    2017-08-01

    Achieve catheters are cryoballoon guidewires that enable pulmonary vein (PV) potential mapping. The single catheter approach in conjunction with the Achieve catheter is currently standard practice in second-generation cryoballoon ablation, yet circumferential mapping catheters are the gold standard for evaluating PV isolation (PVI). The study sought to validate the ostial PVI verified by an Achieve catheter alone. One hundred fifty-one paroxysmal atrial fibrillation patients undergoing PVI using exclusively 28-mm second-generation cryoballoons were enrolled. PV recordings were analyzed during (real-time recordings) and after cryoballoon applications with 20-mm Achieve mapping catheters, and subsequently validated by 20-mm conventional circumferential mapping catheters. Out of 596 PVs, 576 (96.6%) were isolated using cryoballoons, and 20 required touch-up ablation. PVI was verified during cryoballoon applications with real-time monitoring in 299, and after applications in 280 PVs by Achieve catheters alone. The time-to-isolation was 27.2 ± 22.0 seconds. Validation with standard circumferential mapping catheters confirmed ostial PVIs in 296 of 299 (99.0%) PVs that real-time PVI was obtained during applications, and in 242 of 280 (86.5%) PVs that PV activities were not visible during applications and PVI was verified after the applications. The accuracy of ostial PVIs with Achieve catheters in PVs without obtaining real-time PV recordings was 40/47 (85.1%), 58/65 (89.2%), 77/79 (97.5%), 61/81 (75.3%), and 6/8 (75.0%) in left superior, left inferior, right superior, right inferior, and left common PVs, respectively. In second-generation 28-mm cryoballoon ablation, verification of ostial PVIs using Achieve mapping catheters alone might not be sufficient to accurately confirm an ostial PVI when real-time PVI was not obtained. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Ablative Approaches for Pulmonary Metastases.

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    Boyer, Matthew J; Ricardi, Umberto; Ball, David; Salama, Joseph K

    2016-02-01

    Pulmonary metastases are common in patients with cancer for which surgery is considered a standard approach in appropriately selected patients. A number of patients are not candidates for surgery due to a medical comorbidities or the extent of surgery required. For these patients, noninvasive or minimally invasive approaches to ablate pulmonary metastases are potential treatment strategies. This article summarizes the rationale and outcomes for non-surgical treatment approaches, including radiotherapy, radiofrequency and microwave ablation, for pulmonary metastases.

  19. Modified Maze lines plus pulmonary vein isolation created by radiofrequency catheter ablation on the atrial wall to treat atrial fibrillation in elderly

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    Caiyi LU; Shiwen WANG; Xinping DU; Yinglong HOU; Qiao XUE; Xinli WU; Rui CHEN; Peng LIU

    2005-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effect of modified Maze lines plus pulmonary vein (PV) isolation created by radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) on atrial wall guided by a novel geometry mapping system in the treatment of elderly patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). Methods After regular electrophysiological study, transseptal punctures were achieved twice with Swartz L1 and R1 sheaths. PV angiographies were conducted to evaluate their orifices and branches. A balloon electrode array catheter with 64 electrodes was put in the middle of the left atrium. Atrium geometry was constructed using Ensite 3000 Navx system. Two RFCA lesion loops and three lines (modified Maze) were created on left and right atrial walls. Each lesion point was ablated for 30 seconds with preset temperature 50 (ae) and energy 30W. The disappearance or 80% decrease of the amplitude of target atrial potential and 10 to 20(|), decrease of ablation impedance were used as an index of effective ablation. Results A total of 11 patients (7 male and 4 female, mean age, 68.7±5.1 years) were enrolled. PAF history was 7.9±4.5 years. PAF could not be prevented by mean 3.1±1.6 antiarrhythmic agents in 6.3±3.4 years. None of the patients had complications with structural heart disease or stroke. Left atrial diameter was 41.3±3.6 mm and LVEF was 59.2±3.7% on echocardiography. Two loops and three lines were completed with 67.8±13.1 (73-167) lesion points. Altogether 76-168 (89.4±15.3) lesion points were created in each patient. PAF could not be provoked by rapid burst pacing up to 600 beat per minute delivered from paroxysmal coronary sinus electrode pair.Complete PV electrical isolation was confirmed by three-dimensional activation mapping. Mean procedure time was 2.7±0.6 hours and fluoroscopy time was 17.8±9.4 minutes. Patients were discharged with oral aspirin and without antiarrhythmic agents. During follow up of 6.5±1.8 months, seven patients were PAF symptom free (63.6%). PAF

  20. Denervation as a Common Mechanism Underlying Different Pulmonary Vein Isolation Strategies for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation: Evidenced by Heart Rate Variability after Ablation

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    Kejing Wang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Backgrounds. Segmental and circumferential pulmonary vein isolations (SPVI and CPVI have been demonstrated to be effective therapies for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF. PVI is well established as the endpoint of different ablation techniques, whereas it may not completely account for the long-term success. Methods. 181 drug-refractory symptomatic PAF patients were referred for segmental or circumferential PVI (SPVI = 67; CPVI = 114. Heart rate variability (HRV was assessed before and after the final ablation. Results. After following up for 62.23±12.75 months, patients underwent 1.41±0.68 procedures in average, and the success rates in SPVI and CPVI groups were comparable. 119 patients were free from AF recurrence (SPVI-S, n=43; CPVI-S, n=76. 56 patients had recurrent episodes (SPVI-R, n=21; CPVI-R, n=35. Either ablation technique decreased HRV significantly. Postablation SDNN and rMSSD were significantly lower in SPVI-S and CPVI-S subgroups than in SPVI-R and CPVI-R subgroups (SPVI-S versus SPVI-R: SDNN 91.8±32.6 versus 111.5±36.2 ms, rMSSD 47.4±32.3 versus 55.2±35.2 ms; CPVI-S versus CPVI-R: SDNN 83.0±35.6 versus 101.0±40.7 ms, rMSSD 41.1±22.9 versus 59.2±44.8 ms; all P<0.05. Attenuation of SDNN and rMSSD remained for 12 months in SPVI-S and CPVI-S subgroups, whereas it recovered earlier in SPVI-R and CPVI-R subgroups. Multivariate logistic regression analysis identified SDNN as the only predictor of long-term success. Conclusions. Beyond PVI, denervation may be a common mechanism underlying different ablation strategies for PAF.

  1. Pulmonary vein stenosis: Etiology, diagnosis and management

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    Pablo Pazos-López; Cristina García-Rodríguez; Alba Guitián-González; Emilio Paredes-Galán; María ángel; De La Guarda álvarez-Moure; Marta Rodríguez-álvarez; José Antonio Baz-Alonso; Elvis Teijeira-Fernández; Francisco Eugenio Calvo-Iglesias; Andrés í?iguez-Romo

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary vein stenosis(PVS) is rare condition characterized by a challenging diagnosis and unfavorable prognosis at advance stages. At present, injury from radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation has become the main cause of the disease. PVS is characterized by a progressive lumen size reduction of one or more pulmonary veins that, when hemodynamically significant, may raise lobar capillary pressure leading to signs and symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, and hemoptysis. Image techniques(transesophageal echocardiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance and perfusion imaging) are essential to reach a final diagnosis and decide an appropriate therapy. In this regard, series from referral centers have shown that surgical and transcatheter interventions may improve prognosis. The purpose of this article is to review the etiology, assessment and management of PVS.

  2. [Predictors of Efficacy of Radiofrequency Ablation of Pulmonary Veins Performed During Coronary Bypass Surgery in Patients With Ischemic Heart Disease and Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation].

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    Iskenderov, B G; Rakhmatullov, A F

    2015-01-01

    We performed simultaneous coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) ostia of pulmonary veins in 254 patients (147 men and 107 women) with ischemic heart disease and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). In-hospital mortality in patients with early recurrence of AF was 8.4%, in patients without recurrence of AF 1.9% (χ2 = 4.65; p = 0.03). The patients were followed-up during 12 months after operation. During follow-up 166 patients (69.5%) had no recurrence of AF without receiving antiarrhythmic drugs (AAP), 33 patients (13.8%) had recurrences of AF, and 40 patients (16.7%) receiving AAD had repeated rare paroxysms of AF. Main predictors of late AF recurrence were age > 65 years, AF duration > 5 years, preoperative atrial effective refractory period 50 mm, glomerular filtration rate heart due to CABG and RFA, use of β-blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and aldosterone antagonists were associated with the preservation of a stable sinus rhythm. The cardiovascular mortality during 12 months follow-up accounted for 2.1% and 1.2% in groups of patients with and without late recurrences of AF respectively (p > 0.05) to coronary artery bypass grafting surgery and RFA, taking drugs--β-blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and aldosterone antagonists--were associated with the preservation of a stable sinus rhythm.

  3. Electroanatomical systems to guided circumferential pulmonary veins ablation for atrial fibrillation: initial experience from comparison between the Ensite/NavX and CARTO system

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    LIU Xu; WANG Xin-hua; GU Jia-ning; ZHOU Li; QIU Jian-hua

    2005-01-01

    Background The circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) has been proved effective for atrial fibrillation (AF) treatment and is becoming more widely accepted and practiced. This study aims to evaluate the characteristics of the CARTO and the Ensite/NavX system and draw a comparison between them on the aspects of procedural parameters and clinical effectiveness.Methods Seventy-five cases with paroxysmal or chronic symptomatic AF were randomly assigned to CPVA procedure guided by the Ensite/NavX system (group Ⅰ, n=40) and by the CARTO system (group Ⅱ, n=35). After successful transseptal procedure, the geometry of left atrium was created under the guidance of the two systems. Radiofrequency energy was applied to circumferentially ablate tissues out of pulmonary veins' (PVs') ostia. In cases with chronic AF, linear ablation was applied to modify the substrate of left atrium (LA). The endpoint of the procedure was complete PVs isolation. Results Seventy-five cases underwent the procedure successfully. The total procedure and fluoroscopic durations in group Ⅱ were significantly shorter than in group Ⅰ [(150±23) min and (18±17) min versus (170±34) min and (25±16) min, P=0.03 and 0.04, respectively]. There was no significant difference in the fluoroscopic and procedure durations for geometry creation between group Ⅰ and group Ⅱ [(8±4) min and (16±11) min versus (5±4) min and (14±8) min, respectively]. The fluoroscopic durations for CPVA were (15±5) min in group Ⅰ versus (10±6) min in group Ⅱ (P=0.05), and the CPVA procedural durations were significantly shorter in group Ⅱ than in group Ⅰ [(18±11) min versus (25±10) min, P=0.04]. AF was terminated by radio frequency delivery in 14 cases (35%) in group Ⅰ versus 5 cases (14%) in group Ⅱ (P=0.035). After CPVA complete PV isolation was attained in 26 cases (65%) in group Ⅰ versus 11 cases (31%) in group Ⅱ (P=0.004). During a mean follow-up of 7 months, 32 (80%) cases in group

  4. Pulmonary vein orientation assessment: Is it necessary in patients undergoing contact force sensing guided radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Pim Gal

    2015-09-01

    Conclusions: This study shows that in patients undergoing PVI with the CFC ablation system, PV orientation does not affect CF and is not associated with AF free survival. PV orientation assessment does not appear to be necessary in patients undergoing CFC PVI.

  5. Entropy at the right atrium as a predictor of atrial fibrillation recurrence outcome after pulmonary vein ablation.

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    Cervigón, Raquel; Moreno, Javier; García-Quintanilla, Jorge; Pérez-Villacastín, Julián; Castells, Francisco

    2016-02-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence rates after successful ablation procedures are still high and difficult to predict. This work studies the capability of entropy measured from intracardiac recordings as an indicator for recurrence outcome. Intra-atrial recordings from 31 AF patients were registered previously to an ablation procedure. Four electrodes were located at the right atrium (RA) and four more at the left atrium (LA). Sample entropy measurements were applied to these signals, in order to characterize different non-linear AF dynamics at the RA and LA independently. In a 3 months follow-up, 19 of them remained in sinus rhythm, whereas the other 12 turned back to AF. Entropy values can be associated to a proarrhythmic indicator as they were higher in patients with AF recurrence (1.11±0.15 vs. 0.91±0.13), in persistent patients (1.03±0.19 vs. 0.96±0.15), and at the LA with respect to the RA (1.03±0.23 vs. 0.89±0.15 for paroxysmal AF patients). Furthermore, entropy values at the RA arose as a more reliable predictor for recurrence outcome than at the LA. Results suggest that high entropy values, especially at the RA, are associated with high risk of AF recurrence. These findings show the potential of the proposed method to predict recurrences post-ablation, providing additional insights to the understanding of arrhythmia.

  6. Rotational X-ray angiography: a method for intra-operative volume imaging of the left-atrium and pulmonary veins for atrial fibrillation ablation guidance

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    Manzke, R.; Zagorchev, L.; d'Avila, A.; Thiagalingam, A.; Reddy, V. Y.; Chan, R. C.

    2007-03-01

    Catheter-based ablation in the left atrium and pulmonary veins (LAPV) for treatment of atrial fibrillation in cardiac electrophysiology (EP) are complex and require knowledge of heart chamber anatomy. Electroanatomical mapping (EAM) is typically used to define cardiac structures by combining electromagnetic spatial catheter localization with surface models which interpolate the anatomy between EAM point locations in 3D. Recently, the incorporation of pre-operative volumetric CT or MR data sets has allowed for more detailed maps of LAPV anatomy to be used intra-operatively. Preoperative data sets are however a rough guide since they can be acquired several days to weeks prior to EP intervention. Due to positional and physiological changes, the intra-operative cardiac anatomy can be different from that depicted in the pre-operative data. We present an application of contrast-enhanced rotational X-ray imaging for CT-like reconstruction of 3D LAPV anatomy during the intervention itself. Depending on the heart size a single or two selective contrastenhanced rotational acquisitions are performed and CT-like volumes are reconstructed with 3D filtered back projection. In case of dual injection, the two volumes depicting the left and right portions of the LAPV are registered and fused. The data sets are visualized and segmented intra-procedurally to provide anatomical data and surface models for intervention guidance. Our results from animal and human experiments indicate that the anatomical information from intra-operative CT-like reconstructions compares favorably with preacquired imaging data and can be of sufficient quality for intra-operative guidance.

  7. Left Atrial Tachycardia After Pulmonary Vein Isolation for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Kenichi Hashimoto, MD

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Left atrial tachycardia (AT has been reported to occur after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF. We treated 3 patients who developed AT of different mechanisms following PVI. In case 1, focal AT originating at the ostium of the left superior PV was demonstrated and focal radiofrequency ablation was performed at the breakthrough point at the ostium of the left superior PV terminated the AT. In case 2, AT was shown to be counterclockwise macroreentrant AT around the left inferior PV through the conduction gap of the left sided posterior wall for which linear ablation was performed between left superior and inferior PVs. Focal ablation at the conduction gap terminated the AT. In case 3, a macroreentrant AT propagating around the mitral annulus was demonstrated and linear ablation between left inferior pulmonary vein and mitral annulus (mitral isthmus terminated the AT.

  8. Visualization of pulmonary vein stenosis after radio frequency ablation for treatment of atrial fibrillation using multidetector computed tomography with retrospective gating; Darstellung von Pulmonalvenenstenosen nach Radiofrequenzablation zur Behandlung von Vorhofflimmern unter Verwendung der Multidetektor Computertomographie mit retrospektivem Gating

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    Trabold, T.; Kuettner, A.; Heuschmid, M.; Kopp, A.F.; Claussen, C.D. [Radiologische Klinik, Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Univ. Tuebingen (Germany); Burgstahler, C.; Mewis, C.; Schroeder, S.; Kuehlkamp, V. [Medizinische Klinik III, Abt. fuer Kardiologie, Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)

    2003-01-01

    Purpose: With the number of radio frequency ablations (RFA) for treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation increasing, the diagnostic evaluation for RFA associated pulmonary vein stenosis is getting more important. This study investigates the feasibility of the visualization of pulmonary vein stenosis using non-invasive multidetector computed tomography. Materials and Methods: Twenty-eight patients were examined following RFA-treatment. A 4-slice (20 patients) and a 16-slice (8 patients) multidetector CT scanner (SOMATOM Volume Zoom and Sensation 16, Siemens, Forchheim, Germany) with retrospective gating was used to assess the pulmonary veins. Lesion severity was determined on a semi-quantitative scale (< 30%, 30 - 50%, > 50%). Results: CT was performed without any complications in all patients. Diagnostic image quality could be obtained in all examinations. The pulmonary veins showed lesions < 30% in four patients, lesions of 30 - 50% in five patients and a stenosis > 50% in one patient. Eighteen patients showed no lesions. Conclusion: Multidetector CT of the pulmonary veins seems to be able to visualize high-grade and low-grade lesions, but larger catheter-controlled studies are needed for further assessment of the diagnostic accuracy and clinical reliability of this noninvasive method. (orig.) [German] Ziel: Mit steigender Anzahl von Radiofrequenzablationen (RFA) zur Behandlung des chronischen Vorhofflimmerns wird die Diagnostik von RFA assoziierten Pulmonalvenenstenosen zunehmend wichtiger. Ziel dieser Studie war es, die Moeglichkeit der Darstellung von Pulmonalvenenstenosen mittels der nichtinvasiven Multidetektor-Computertomographie zu untersuchen. Material und Methoden: 28 Patienten wurden im Anschluss an eine RFA-Behandlung untersucht. Die Untersuchung wurde an einem 4-Zeilen- (20 Patienten) bzw. 16-Zeilen- (8 Patienten) Multidetektor-CT (SOMATOM Volume Zoom bzw. Sensation 16, Siemens, Forchheim, Germany) mit retrospektivem Gating durchgefuehrt. Der

  9. Relationship between complex fractionated electrograms (CFE) and dominant frequency (DF) sites and prospective assessment of adding DF-guided ablation to pulmonary vein isolation in persistent atrial fibrillation (AF).

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    Verma, Atul; Lakkireddy, Dhanunjaya; Wulffhart, Zaev; Pillarisetti, Jayasree; Farina, Domenic; Beardsall, Marianne; Whaley, Bonnie; Giewercer, David; Tsang, Bernice; Khaykin, Yaariv

    2011-12-01

    Sites of high DF are potential targets for AF ablation, but it is unknown if addition of DF ablation can improve procedural outcome. We sought to (1) examine the relationship between DF sites and complex fractionated electrograms (CFE) and (2) prospectively assess the long-term outcome of adding DF ablation to pulmonary vein antral isolation (PVAI) for persistent AF. First, 20 patients with persistent AF who underwent previous CFE-guided ablation and who had AF terminate during ablation were studied retrospectively (group I). Bipolar, 8-second electrograms were collected by a circular catheter (288 ± 86 points/map). The EnSite NavX system allows for automated display of both CFE and DF maps. Electrograms with cycle length CFE and were compared to DF sites > 8 Hz (direct inverse relationship). Sites of AF termination were related to CFE and DF sites. Based on these observations, 30 different patients (group II) with persistent AF prospectively underwent DF-guided ablation plus PVAI. They were followed every 3 months for 1 year (visit, Holter, ECG). These patients were compared to case-matched controls undergoing PVAI alone (group III). In group I, there was a significant, inverse correlation between DF and CFE values at each point (r =-0.24, P CFE area (27 ± 5 cm(2) vs 34 ± 4 cm(2) , P = 0.03). CFE sites overlapped 48 ± 27% with the DF surface area. Nonoverlapping CFE sites were contiguous to DF sites. AF termination occurred where DF and CFE overlapped, and at these sites, DF was always greater than the mean DF for the map. In group II, all DF sites above the mean value were prospectively ablated during AF. AF termination was noted in only 2/30 (7%) patients. After DF ablation, PVAI was performed and termination increased to 4/30 patients (14%). At 1 year, freedom from atrial arrhythmia > 30 seconds occurred in 57% of DF+PVAI compared to 60% in patients receiving PVAI alone (P = 0.18). DF and CFE regions overlap only about 50%. AF termination retrospectively

  10. Endovascular Radiofrequency Ablation for Varicose Veins

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    2011-01-01

    Executive Summary Objective The objective of the MAS evidence review was to conduct a systematic review of the available evidence on the safety, effectiveness, durability and cost–effectiveness of endovascular radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for the treatment of primary symptomatic varicose veins. Background The Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) met on August 26th, 2010 to review the safety, effectiveness, durability, and cost-effectiveness of RFA for the treatment of primary symptomatic varicose veins based on an evidence-based review by the Medical Advisory Secretariat (MAS). Clinical Condition Varicose veins (VV) are tortuous, twisted, or elongated veins. This can be due to existing (inherited) valve dysfunction or decreased vein elasticity (primary venous reflux) or valve damage from prior thrombotic events (secondary venous reflux). The end result is pooling of blood in the veins, increased venous pressure and subsequent vein enlargement. As a result of high venous pressure, branch vessels balloon out leading to varicosities (varicose veins). Symptoms typically affect the lower extremities and include (but are not limited to): aching, swelling, throbbing, night cramps, restless legs, leg fatigue, itching and burning. Left untreated, venous reflux tends to be progressive, often leading to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). A number of complications are associated with untreated venous reflux: including superficial thrombophlebitis as well as variceal rupture and haemorrhage. CVI often results in chronic skin changes referred to as stasis dermatitis. Stasis dermatitis is comprised of a spectrum of cutaneous abnormalities including edema, hyperpigmentation, eczema, lipodermatosclerosis and stasis ulceration. Ulceration represents the disease end point for severe CVI. CVI is associated with a reduced quality of life particularly in relation to pain, physical function and mobility. In severe cases, VV with ulcers, QOL has been rated to be as bad

  11. Voltage mapping for delineating inexcitable dense scar in patients undergoing atrial fibrillation ablation: a new end point for enhancing pulmonary vein isolation.

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    Squara, Fabien; Frankel, David S; Schaller, Robert; Kapa, Suraj; Chik, William W; Callans, David J; Marchlinski, Francis E; Dixit, Sanjay

    2014-11-01

    Characterization of left atrial scar using bipolar voltage (BiV) mapping is not well defined. We have previously shown that the BiV range of 0.2-0.45 mV can identify chronic scar from prior pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). This study sought to determine a BiV range that can identify atrial inexcitable dense scar (IDS) in patients acutely and chronically after PVI. Thirty consecutive patients undergoing first time (n = 15) or redo (n = 15) PVI were included. A left atrial shell was created using electroanatomic mapping, and IDS was defined by inability to capture at an output of 10 mA and a pulse width of 2 ms in sinus rhythm, circumferentially at the edge of PVI-related scar (≤5 mm). At each pacing site, BiV amplitude and atrial capture were recorded. Overall, 837 pacing sites were assessed. BiV predicted IDS (receiver operating characteristic curve area 0.93 for first time PVI and 0.90 for redo PVI). In first time PVI, the best BiV value to predict IDS was 0.45 mV for the left pulmonary vein-left atrial appendage (LAA-LPV) ridge (sensitivity 0.98; specificity 1.0) and 0.2 mV for other localizations (sensitivity 0.91; specificity 0.86). In redo PVI, the best BiV value to predict IDS was 0.2 mV for the LAA-LPV ridge (sensitivity 0.77; specificity 1.0) and 0.15 mV for other localizations (sensitivity 0.81; specificity 0.82). BiV reproducibly identifies acute and chronic IDS using a cutoff value of 0.2 mV (0.45 mV for the LAA-LPV ridge) in patients undergoing first time PVI and 0.15 mV (0.2 mV for the LAA-LPV ridge) in patients undergoing redo PVI. IDS thus identified may be a rigorous tool for validating PVI. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  12. Endovenous radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of varicose veins.

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    Kayssi, Ahmed; Pope, Marc; Vucemilo, Ivica; Werneck, Christiane

    2015-04-01

    Varicose veins are a common condition that can be treated surgically. Available operative modalities include saphenous venous ligation and stripping, phlebectomy, endovenous laser therapy and radiofrequency ablation. Radiofrequency ablation is the newest of these technologies, and to our knowledge our group was the first to use it in Canada. Our experience suggests that it is a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins, with high levels of patient satisfaction reported at short-term follow-up. More studies are needed to assess long-term effectiveness and compare the various available treatment options for varicose veins.

  13. Factors Associated with Recurrence of Varicose Veins after Thermal Ablation: Results of The Recurrent Veins after Thermal Ablation Study

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    R. G. Bush

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The goal of this retrospective cohort study (REVATA was to determine the site, source, and contributory factors of varicose vein recurrence after radiofrequency (RF and laser ablation. Methods. Seven centers enrolled patients into the study over a 1-year period. All patients underwent previous thermal ablation of the great saphenous vein (GSV, small saphenous vein (SSV, or anterior accessory great saphenous vein (AAGSV. From a specific designed study tool, the etiology of recurrence was identified. Results. 2,380 patients were evaluated during this time frame. A total of 164 patients had varicose vein recurrence at a median of 3 years. GSV ablation was the initial treatment in 159 patients (RF: 33, laser: 126, 52 of these patients had either SSV or AAGSV ablation concurrently. Total or partial GSV recanalization occurred in 47 patients. New AAGSV reflux occurred in 40 patients, and new SSV reflux occurred in 24 patients. Perforator pathology was present in 64% of patients. Conclusion. Recurrence of varicose veins occurred at a median of 3 years after procedure. The four most important factors associated with recurrent veins included perforating veins, recanalized GSV, new AAGSV reflux, and new SSV reflux in decreasing frequency. Patients who underwent RF treatment had a statistically higher rate of recanalization than those treated with laser.

  14. Diagnosis-to-ablation time as a predictor of success: early choice for pulmonary vein isolation and long-term outcome in atrial fibrillation: results from the Middelheim-PVI Registry.

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    De Greef, Y; Schwagten, B; Chierchia, G B; de Asmundis, C; Stockman, D; Buysschaert, I

    2017-03-02

    The aim of the study is to define long-term outcome of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in atrial fibrillation (AF) and to determine whether time window between AF diagnosis and PVI affects outcome. Consecutive AF patients undergoing PVI (2006-14) were followed for 5 years. Primary outcome was clinical success, defined as freedom of documented AF without anti-arrhythmic drugs respecting a 1-month blanking period. A 1000 patients were included (age 60 ± 10 years, CHA2DS2-VASc score 1 ± 1). The cohort was divided in four quartiles (Q) according to the diagnosis-to-ablation time (DAT): Q1 DAT 0-11 months (N = 244), Q2 DAT 12-≤33 months (N = 254), Q3 DAT 34-≤70 months (N = 252) and Q4 DAT 71-360 months (N = 250). Mean follow-up was 44.3±21.0 months. At 5 years, clinical success was achieved in 45.2 ± 2.0% of patients. Independent predictors of clinical success were AF type (HR = 0.61; 95%CI 0.50-0.74; P PVI was performed within the first year, and gradually declined with increasing DAT: 55.9 ± 4.6% for Q1, 46.9 ± 4.0% for Q2, 45.5 ± 3.6% for Q3, and 35.5 ± 3.6% for Q4 (P PVI is 45.2 ± 2.0%. Shorter diagnosis-to-ablation times are associated with better clinical success. Our data advocate for early PVI following diagnosis of AF.

  15. Meandering right pulmonary vein associated with severe and progressive "idiopathic-like" pulmonary hypertensive vascular disease.

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    Cuenca, Sofia; Bret, Montserrat; del Cerro, Maria Jesus

    2016-03-01

    Congenital anomalies of the pulmonary veins are rare. Meandering right pulmonary vein, considered a part of the Scimitar syndrome spectrum, is often an incidental finding during chest imaging. We present the case of a 4-year-old girl diagnosed with meandering pulmonary vein, who developed pulmonary hypertensive disease with an aggressive course, in spite of absence of hypoxia or elevated pulmonary wedge pressure.

  16. Successful correction of unroofed coronary sinus with pulmonary vein stenosis.

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    Li, Yang; An, Qi; Zhang, Eryong

    2012-07-01

    We present a case of an infant with an unroofed coronary sinus associated with a persistent left superior vena cava draining into the left atrium, right superior pulmonary vein stenosis, an atretic left superior pulmonary vein and a double-outlet right ventricle. For pulmonary vein stenosis and atresia, we used a sutureless technique with an autologous pericardial patch to create a neoatrium.

  17. Dual-enhancement cardiac computed tomography for assessing left atrial thrombus and pulmonary veins before radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Hur, Jin; Pak, Hui-Nam; Kim, Young Jin; Lee, Hye-Jeong; Chang, Hyuk-Jae; Hong, Yoo Jin; Choi, Byoung Wook

    2013-07-15

    Noninvasive imaging that provides anatomic information while excluding intracardiac thrombus would be of significant clinical value for patients referred for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). This study assessed the diagnostic performance of a dual-enhancement single-phase cardiac computed tomography (CT) protocol for thrombus and circulatory stasis detection in AF patients before catheter ablation. We studied 101 consecutive symptomatic AF patients (71 men and 30 women; mean age, 61.8 years) who were scheduled to have catheter ablation. All patients had undergone pre-AF ablation CT imaging and transesophageal echocardiography on the same day. CT was performed with prospective electrocardiographic gating, and scanning began 180 seconds after the test bolus. Mean left atrial appendage (LAA)/ascending aorta Hounsfield unit (HU) ratios were measured on CT images. Among the 101 patients, 9 thrombi and 18 spontaneous echo contrasts were detected by transesophageal echocardiography. The overall sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of CT for the detection of thrombi in the LAA were 89%, 100%, 100%, and 99%, respectively. The mean LAA/ascending aorta HU ratios were significantly different between thrombus and circulatory stasis (0.17 vs 0.33, p = 0.002). Dual-enhancement single-scan cardiac CT is a sensitive modality for detecting and differentiating LAA thrombus and circulatory stasis.

  18. [RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF VARICOSE VEINS].

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    Sugiyama, Satoru; Miyade, Yoshio; Inaki, Yasuhiko

    2015-05-01

    Significant advances in the endovenous technique for treating incompetent saphenous veins could change the surgical strategy in patients with varicose veins. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) was approved as a new technique for the treatment of varicose veins in Japan in June 2014. In RFA, the ablation temperature is controlled by a sensor at the upper end of the catheter. The vein wall is heated with stable conductive power of 120 degrees C, resulting in endothelial denudation. The RFA method was approved in 1998 in Europe and in 1999 in the USA. The ClosurePLUS catheter was developed in 2003 and ClosureFAST in 2006. High occlusion rates and lower postoperative complication rates were reported with ClosureFAST than with ClosurePLUS. It is expected that this new ablation technique will control saphenous vein reflux with less pain and less ecchymosis after surgery. The treatment of varicose veins is less invasive with RFA devices and will become widely accepted as an alternative to conventional surgery for varicose veins in Japan.

  19. Radiofrequency ablation of pulmonary tumors

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    Crocetti, Laura, E-mail: l.crocetti@med.unipi.i [Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Intervention, Department of Liver Transplants, Hepatology and Infectious Diseases, Pisa University School of Medicine (Italy); Lencioni, Riccardo [Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Intervention, Department of Liver Transplants, Hepatology and Infectious Diseases, Pisa University School of Medicine (Italy)

    2010-07-15

    The development of image-guided percutaneous techniques for local tumor ablation has been one of the major advances in the treatment of solid tumors. Among these methods, radiofrequency (RF) ablation is currently established as the primary ablative modality at most institutions. RF ablation is accepted as the best therapeutic choice for patients with early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma when liver transplantation or surgical resection are not suitable options and is considered as a viable alternate to surgery for inoperable patients with limited hepatic metastatic disease, especially from colorectal cancer. Recently, RF ablation has been demonstrated to be a safe and valuable treatment option for patients with unresectable or medically inoperable lung malignancies. Resection should remain the standard therapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) but RF ablation may be better than conventional external-beam radiation for the treatment of the high-risk individual with NSCLC. Initial favourable outcomes encourage combining radiotherapy and RF ablation, especially for treating larger tumors. In the setting of colorectal cancer lung metastases, survival rates provided by RF ablation in selected patients, are substantially higher than those obtained with any chemotherapy regimens and provide indirect evidence that RF ablation therapy improves survival in patients with limited lung metastatic disease.

  20. Regular atrial tachycardias developing after cryoballoon pulmonary vein isolation: Incidence, characteristics, and predictors

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    E. Mikhaylov (Evgeny); R. Bhagwandien (Rohit); P. Janse (Petter); D.A.M.J. Theuns (Dominic); T. Szili-Torok (Tamas)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractAimsCryoballoon ablation (CBA) is a well-used technique when performing pulmonary vein (PV) isolation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). Our aim is to describe incidence, characteristics, and clinical predictors for developing atrial tachycardias (ATs) after cryoballoo

  1. Atrioesophageal fistula complicating cryoballoon pulmonary vein isolation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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    Kawasaki, Raymond; Gauri, Andre; Elmouchi, Darryl; Duggal, Manoj; Bhan, Adarsh

    2014-07-01

    Although atrioesophageal fistula (AEF) formation is a well known, albeit rare, catastrophic complication of atrial fibrillation radiofrequency ablation procedures, there are less data regarding this complication using the cryoballoon technique. We report on 3 cases of AEF as a complication of cryoballoon pulmonary vein isolation at 3 different institutions with 2 different generations of cryoballoons.

  2. Nursing Experience for Pulmonary Vein Radiofrequency Ablation and Left Atria Resection using Thoracoscope%全电视胸腔镜下双侧肺静脉射频消融+左心耳切除术的护理

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    陈迎霞; 周建玲; 陈丽娟; 果建军

    2011-01-01

    目的:总结8例在全麻下双腔气管内插管行全电视胸腔镜双侧肺静脉射频消融+左心耳切除术的巡回护理工作.方法:双腔气管内插管,静脉复合麻醉,左右肺交替单肺通气.患者左侧卧位,经右侧第七肋间腋前线出切开皮肤1cm.入腔镜,准确定位第七肋间腋中线和第四肋间乳中线并分别做1cm切口.通过视频显示,剪开并悬吊心包,分离显露右肺静脉轮廓.在Aticure分离诱导器辅助下,将Aticure射频钳于完全钳住右肺上下静脉(左房入口处),反复夹闭和松开射频钳3次,进行消融.患者右侧卧位,经左侧第七肋间腋前线处切开皮肤1cm.按上述同样方法行左肺上下静脉射频消融.然后,在腔镜辅助下,用GC-60切除吻合器将左心耳切掉.严密止血,逐层关胸.结果:手术均顺利完成,术中巡回护士配合达预期的目的,患者术后安返监护室.结论:术前一日访视患者,了解患者病情,做好心理护理,用物准备齐全,熟练掌握手术配合是手术成功的关键.%Objective: To summarize the nursing experience for pulmonary vein radiofrequency ablation and left atria resection using thoracoscope under general anesthesia.Methods: Nursing care for pulmonary vein radiofrequency ablation and left atria resection in 8 cases under general anesthesia was analyzed to summarize the nursing experience.Results: All operations were performed successfully and 8 patients were safely sent to ICU post-operation.Conclusion: Nurses cooperated with doctors properly during the operation time.Keys to the success of operations are as following: visiting the ptient one day before operation,knowing well of the patient's state of illness,proper paychological nursing,preparing materials useful for operations carefully and cooperating with doctors properly.

  3. Transesophageal Echocardiographically-Confirmed Pulmonary Vein Thrombosis in Association with Posterior Circulation Infarction.

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    Kinsella, Justin A

    2010-01-01

    Pulmonary venous thromboembolism has only been identified as a cause of stroke with pulmonary arteriovenous malformations\\/fistulae, pulmonary neoplasia, transplantation or lobectomy, and following percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of pulmonary vein ostia in patients with atrial fibrillation. A 59-year-old man presented with a posterior circulation ischemic stroke. \\'Unheralded\\' pulmonary vein thrombosis was identified on transesophageal echocardiography as the likely etiology. He had no further cerebrovascular events after intensifying antithrombotic therapy. Twenty-eight months after initial presentation, he was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma and died 3 months later. This report illustrates the importance of doing transesophageal echocardiography in presumed \\'cardioembolic\\' stroke, and that potential \\'pulmonary venous thromboembolic\\' stroke may occur in patients without traditional risk factors for venous thromboembolism. Consideration should be given to screening such patients for occult malignancy.

  4. Pulmonary vein isolation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation

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    Kumar S

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    Full Text Available Saurabh Kumar, Gregory F Michaud Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA Abstract: Atrial fibrillation (AF is the commonest arrhythmia in humans and is associated with marked reduction in quality of life and an elevated thromboembolic risk. Paroxysmal, persistent, and permanent forms of AF have been recognized. Whilst antiarrhythmic drugs are considered as first-line therapy, the role of catheter ablation is increasing due to its superior efficacy in terms of quality of life and reduction in AF burden. The central paradigm for catheter ablation of AF is that triggers for AF are located near and within the pulmonary veins (PVs, and electrical isolation of the PVs from the left atrium forms the cornerstone of most catheter ablation strategies. Whilst paroxysmal form is generally trigger dependent, persistent and permanent forms are associated with variable interaction between triggers and "substrate" comprised of atrial and PV electrical and structural remodeling. Nevertheless, isolation of the PVs still forms a critical component of catheter ablation strategies, regardless of AF type. Procedural efficacy, however, is limited by PV conduction recovery. This is likely due to deficiencies in ablation tools or limitations of intraprocedural assessment of lesion efficacy. Careful attention to surrogates of tissue heating, such as impedance decrease and electrogram morphology changes, along with advances in catheter technology like contact force catheters may improve rates of durable PV isolation and single-procedural success. This review discusses the mechanism of paroxysmal AF with particular focus on the role of the PVs in AF initiation and PV isolation in the management of AF. Keywords: contact force, lesion transmurality, radiofrequency catheter ablation, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, electrophysiology, AF

  5. Usefulness of multidetector computed tomography before and after pulmonary vein isolation.

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    Revilla Orodea, Ana; Sánchez Lite, Israel; Gallego Beuth, Julio César; Sevilla Ruiz, Teresa; Sandín Fuentes, María G; Amat Santos, Ignacio Jesús; San Román Calvar, José Alberto

    To analyze the usefulness of multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in the preprocedural evaluation and follow-up of patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation of pulmonary veins and the impact of the MDCT findings on the approach to treatment. We retrospectively analyzed 92 consecutive MDCT studies done in 80 patients between January 2011 and June 2013; 70 (76%) studies were done before a first ablation procedure and 22 (24%) were done in patients who had undergone an ablation procedure. Findings were useful in 34% of the patients who underwent MDCT before the first ablation procedure and in 68% of the studies done after a procedure. The incidence of stroke associated with the ablation procedure was 3%, similar to the incidence recorded in our center before we started to use MDCT to evaluate the anatomy of the left atrium. All symptomatic patients had some pulmonary vein stenosis, and 80% had significant stenosis. Furthermore, the stenoses progressed very rapidly; treatment with balloon angioplasty was associated with early restenosis. Stenting was an alternative in cases of failed angioplasty. In the preprocedural evaluation and postprocedural follow-up of patients undergoing pulmonary vein isolation, MDCT is useful for guiding treatment and detecting complications. Copyright © 2017 SERAM. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  6. Pulmonary veins isolation in a patient with atrial fibrillation and pronounced vagal response: Is it enough?

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    Dinčić Dragan

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI by antral circumferential ablation is the standard procedure for patients with symptomatic and drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF. In some patients addition of ganglionated plexi (GP modification in anatomic locations to PVI confers significantly better outcomes than PVI alone. Case report. We reported a patient with paroxysmal, symptomatic AF and severe bradycardia a month prior to ablation. The patient was treated with antiarrhythmic drugs without success. Because of severe bradicardia the patient was implanted with a temporary pace maker two days before PVI. During PVI the decision was made to also do a modification of the left GP. Three months after the procedure the patients was in stable sinus rhythm without any symptoms. Conclusion. In selected patients with paroxysmal AF and pronounced vagal response PVI by circumferential antral ablation combined with GP modification during single ablation procedure can produce higher success rates than PVI or GP ablation alone.

  7. Efficacy of adjunctive measures used to assist pulmonary vein isolation for atrial fibrillation: a systematic review.

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    Nair, Girish M; Raut, Roshan; Bami, Karan; Nery, Pablo B; Redpath, Calum J; Sadek, Mouhannad M; Green, Martin S; Birnie, David H

    2017-01-01

    Pulmonary vein reconnection leading to recurrence of atrial arrhythmias after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation remains a significant challenge. A number of adjunctive measures during PVI have been used to attempt to reduce pulmonary vein reconnection and recurrence of atrial arrhythmias. We performed a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis of studies evaluating the efficacy of adjunctive measures used during PVI in reducing recurrent atrial arrhythmias. Our literature search found four interventions that met the prespecified definition of adjunctive measure: adenosine testing post-PVI, contact force-guided PVI, pacing inexcitability of the ablation line during PVI and additional ablation based on the computed tomography thickness of the pulmonary vein-left atrial appendage ridge. Sixteen studies enrolling 3507 patients met all inclusion and exclusion criteria. PVI performed with adjunctive measures was shown to reduce the 1-year recurrence rate of atrial arrhythmias. The point estimate for the combined relative risk of atrial arrhythmia recurrence was 0.56 [95% confidence interval (CI): 0.43-0.73; P value PVI with adjunctive measures group. PVI for atrial fibrillation assisted by adjunctive measures results in clinically significant reduction of recurrent atrial arrhythmias. Additional research is required to assess the relative efficacy of individual or combined adjunctive strategies used during PVI for atrial fibrillation.

  8. Treatment of recurrent varicose veins of the great saphenous vein by conventional surgery and endovenous laser ablation.

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    Groenendael, L. van; Vliet, J.A. van der; Flinkenflogel, L.; Roovers, E.A.; Sterkenburg, S.M. van; Reijnen, M.M.P.J.

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Varicose vein recurrence of the great saphenous vein (GSV) is a common, costly, and complex problem. The aim of the study was to assess feasibility of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) in recurrent varicose veins of the GSV and to compare this technique with conventional surgical reinterve

  9. Computer-assisted diagnostic tool to quantify the pulmonary veins in sickle cell associated pulmonary hypertension

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    Jajamovich, Guido H.; Pamulapati, Vivek; Alam, Shoaib; Mehari, Alem; Kato, Gregory J.; Wood, Bradford J.; Linguraru, Marius George

    2012-03-01

    Pulmonary hypertension is a common cause of death among patients with sickle cell disease. This study investigates the use of pulmonary vein analysis to assist the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension non-invasively with CT-Angiography images. The characterization of the pulmonary veins from CT presents two main challenges. Firstly, the number of pulmonary veins is unknown a priori and secondly, the contrast material is degraded when reaching the pulmonary veins, making the edges of these vessels to appear faint. Each image is first denoised and a fast marching approach is used to segment the left atrium and pulmonary veins. Afterward, a geodesic active contour is employed to isolate the left atrium. A thinning technique is then used to extract the skeleton of the atrium and the veins. The locations of the pulmonary veins ostia are determined by the intersection of the skeleton and the contour of the atrium. The diameters of the pulmonary veins are measured in each vein at fixed distances from the corresponding ostium, and for each distance, the sum of the diameters of all the veins is computed. These indicators are shown to be significantly larger in sickle-cell patients with pulmonary hypertension as compared to controls (p-values < 0.01).

  10. Influence of Clinical Parameters and Anticoagulation on Intraprocedural Cerebral Microembolic Signals during Pulmonary Vein Isolation.

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    Robert Larbig

    Full Text Available We had the objective to determine the impact of clinical parameters and anticoagulation status on cerebral microembolic signals (MES during pulmonary vein isolation (PVI for atrial fibrillation (AF.Thromboembolism and stroke are the most feared complications of PVI. MES can help to evaluate embolic burden. It is unknown whether clinical parameters have an impact on embolic risk during PVI.In this retrospective analysis we investigated the impact of clinical parameters, including the CHADS2- and CHA2DS2-VASc-score, pulmonary vein variants and echocardiographic parameters on MES rates in patients that underwent PVI using three different ablation approaches (radiofrequency ablation (iRF, pulmonary vein ablation catheter (PVAC with deactivated electrode pair 1 or 5 (PVAC-red or PVAC without deactivation (PVAC-all.118 AF patients (61±12 years were included between 2011 and 2013 (Median: 489 MES during PVI. Patients were more likely to have more MES (within 4th quartile with the PVAC-all approach (60.7% vs. 25.0% (iRF vs. 14.3% (PVAC-red respectively (p<0.001. Patients with oral anticoagulation (OAC pre-ablation were more likely to have lower MES-counts (1st-3rd quartile; (65.6% vs. 35.7%; p = 0.005. Additionally, patients with lower MES counts (1st-3rd quartile had significantly higher INR values than those in the 4th quartile (1.78 vs. 1.09; p = 0.029. 2 patients developed a potentially thromboembolic event during the procedure.Clinical predictors of cerebral emboli and stroke do not correlate with cerebral embolic burden during PVI. Pre-ablation OAC and increased INR values correlate with decreased MES-rates. Therefore, it might be beneficial to perform PVI with pre-ablation anticoagulation even in low risk patients.

  11. The Role of Adenosine in Pulmonary Vein Isolation: A Critical Review

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    Paolo D. Dallaglio

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The cornerstone of atrial fibrillation (AF ablation is pulmonary vein isolation (PVI, which can be achieved in more than 95% of patients at the end of the procedure. However, AF recurrence rates remain high and are related to recovery of PV conduction. Adenosine testing is used to unmask dormant pulmonary vein conduction (DC. The aim of this study is to review the available literature addressing the role of adenosine testing and determine the impact of ablation at sites of PV reconnection on freedom from AF. Adenosine infusion, by restoring the excitability threshold, unmasks reversible injury that could lead to recovery of PV conduction. The studies included in this review suggest that adenosine is useful to unmask nontransmural lesions at risk of reconnection and that further ablation at sites of DC is associated with improvement in freedom from AF. Nevertheless it has been demonstrated that adenosine is not able to predict all veins at risk of later reconnection, which means that veins without DC are not necessarily at low risk. The role of the waiting period in the setting of adenosine testing has also been analyzed, suggesting that in the acute phase adenosine use should be accompanied by enough waiting time.

  12. 旋转式左心房造影在心房颤动消融中的应用%Contrast-enhanced X-ray rotational angiographic imaging of the left atrium and pulmonary veins for atrial fibrillation ablation

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    唐闽; 张澍; 李劲宏; Charalampos Christselis; 黄从新

    2008-01-01

    Objective Atrial fibrillation(AF)ablation is a complex procedure that requires detailed anatomic information about left atrium(LA)and pulmonary veins(PVs).The goal of this study was to test rotational angiography of the LA during adenosine-induced asystole as imaging tool in patients undergoing AF ablation.Methods Seventy patients with AF undergoing PVs isolation were included.After transseptal punction adenosine(30 mg)was given intravenously and during atrioventricular block contrast medium was directly injected in the LA and a rotational angiography performed(RAO 55°to LAO 55°).Rotational angiography images were assessed qualitatively and quantitively in all patients.Results Rotational angiography was performed successfully in 65 cases(65/70,94%)in one single rotation,and it was repeated in 5 cases(5/70,6%)with adenosine(40 mg)in second rotation.All the 4 PVs,left common PVs,accessory PVs and left atrial appendage ridges were delineated in rotational angiography.A blinded quantitative comparison of PV ostial diameters showed an excellent correlation between rotational angiography and CT measurements(r>0.90 for all PVs).No serious adverse effects occurred in association with adenosine.Conclusion Intraprocedural contrast-enhanced rotational angiography of the LA-PVs during adenosine-induced asystole is feasible and provides anatomical information of hish diagnostic value for AF ablation.%目的 实时了解左心房和肺静脉的解剖结构在导管消融治疗心房颤动(房颤)中起着重要作用.通过腺苷造成完全性房室阻滞,应用旋转式造影的方法进行左心房和肺静脉的实时显像,指导房颤的消融.方法 对70例房颤患者行经导管消融术,全部患者消融术前进行64排CT扫描,且进行左心房的三维重建.房间隔穿刺后,静脉注射腺苷(30 mg)造成完全性房室阻滞,同时向左心房内注射造影剂,进行旋转式左心房造影(右前斜55°~左前斜55.).对造影结果进行定性和定

  13. [MANAGEMENT STANDARDS FOR QUALIFIED PHYSICIANS AND MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR ENDOVENOUS ABLATION OF VARICOSE VEINS].

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    Ogawa, Tomohiro

    2015-05-01

    Endovenous ablation of saphenous veins using laser energy was approved by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in 2011 as a more effective, less-invasive method than classical treatment for varicose veins. New medical laser and radiofrequency devices for this purpose were also approved in 2014. A requirement for the treatment of varicose veins with health insurance reimbursement using these devices is a physician with sufficient knowledge of endovenous ablation. The management standards for endovenous ablation set by varicose vein specialist medical societies are used to accredit qualified physicians who have basic clinical experience in the treatment of varicose veins, qualified instructors, and safe, effective medical facilities.

  14. Recurrence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation after pulmonary vein isolation: is repeat pulmonary vein isolation enough? A prospective, randomized trial.

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    Fichtner, Stephanie; Sparn, Korbinian; Reents, Tilko; Ammar, Sonia; Semmler, Verena; Dillier, Roger; Buiatti, Alexandra; Kathan, Susanne; Hessling, Gabriele; Deisenhofer, Isabel

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    In patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (pAF), pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) has become an accepted treatment option with single procedure success rates of 60-80%. A repeat ablation is performed in ∼30% of patients because of arrhythmia recurrence. The strategy for this repeat procedure is not defined. Patients with pAF recurrence after PVI were prospectively randomized and underwent a second ablation procedure with either PVI of all reconnected veins or PVI with an additional left atrial anterior line. Follow-up in our arrhythmia clinic was every 3 months up to 12 months including 7 day Holter monitoring. A total of 77 patients (mean age 63 ± 9 years, 69% males) were included in the analysis. A repeat PVI was performed in 41 patients, PVI + anterior line in 36 patients. After a follow-up of 12 months, 26 of 41 (63%) patients after repeat PVI and 18 of 36 (50%) patients with PVI + anterior line were in stable sinus rhythm off antiarrhythmic medication (P = 0.26). In most patients (12 of 15 patients with PVI and 14 of 18 patients with PVI + anterior line) with an arrhythmia recurrence after the second procedure, the recurring arrhythmia was paroxysmal AF. In 2 of 15 patients of the PVI group and in 4 of 18 patients of the PVI + anterior line group atypical flutter was the reoccurring arrhythmia (P = NS). In this prospective randomized trial, patients with a recurrence of paroxysmal AF had no better outcome after repeat PVI + one left atrial line compared with patients with repeat PVI only. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  15. Surgical vs. transcatheter pulmonary vein isolation as first invasive treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation : a matched group comparison

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    De Maat, Gijs E.; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.; Rienstra, Michiel; Quast, Anne-Floor B. E.; Tan, Eng S.; Wiesfeld, Ans C. P.; Pozzoli, Alberto; Mariani, Massimo A.

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) can be considered for treatment of symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF). Nowadays, in addition to transcatheter ablation, thoracoscopic surgical PVI is available. The aim of this study is to compare clinical outcome of surgical with transcatheter PVI as first inv

  16. Surgical vs. transcatheter pulmonary vein isolation as first invasive treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation : a matched group comparison

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    De Maat, Gijs E.; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.; Rienstra, Michiel; Quast, Anne-Floor B. E.; Tan, Eng S.; Wiesfeld, Ans C. P.; Pozzoli, Alberto; Mariani, Massimo A.

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) can be considered for treatment of symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF). Nowadays, in addition to transcatheter ablation, thoracoscopic surgical PVI is available. The aim of this study is to compare clinical outcome of surgical with transcatheter PVI as first inv

  17. Electro-anatomical mapping of the left atrium before and after cryothermal balloon isolation of the pulmonary veins

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    Y. van Belle (Yves); S.P. Knops (Simon); P. Janse (Petter); M. Rivero-Ayerza (Maximo); E. Jessurun; T. Szili-Torok (Tamas); L.J.L.M. Jordaens (Luc)

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    textabstractIntroduction: The 28 mm cryoballoon catheter is a device used for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). The aim of this study was to evaluate the extent of the ablation in the antral regions of the left atrium. Methods and Results: Eighteen patients with drug refractory, symptomatic, paroxysma

  18. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging of scar development following pulmonary vein isolation: a prospective study.

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    Jeff Hsing

    Full Text Available AIMS: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (MR provides non-invasive assessment of early (24-hour edema and injury following pulmonary vein isolation (by ablation and subsequent scar formation. We hypothesize that 24-hours after ablation, cardiovascular MR would demonstrate a pattern of edema and injury due to ablation and the severity would correlate with subsequent scar. METHODS: Fifteen atrial fibrillation patients underwent cardiovascular MR prior to pulmonary vein isolation, 24-hours post (N = 11 and 30-days post (N = 7 ablation, with T2-weighted (T2W and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE imaging. Left atrial wall thickness, edema enhancement ratio and LGE enhancement were assessed at each time point. Volumes of LGE and edema enhancement were measured, and the circumferential presence of injury was assessed at 24-hours, including comparison with LGE enhancement at 30 days. RESULTS: Left atrial wall thickness was increased 24-hours post-ablation (10.7 ± 4.1 mm vs. 7.0 ± 1.8 mm pre-PVI, p<0.05. T2W enhancement at 24-hours showed increased edema enhancement ratio (1.5 ± 0.4 for post-ablation, vs. 0.9 ± 0.2 pre-ablation, p < 0.001. Edema and LGE volumes at 24-hours were correlated with 30-day LGE volume (R = 0.76, p = 0.04, and R = 0.74, p = 0.09, respectively. Using a 16 segment model for assessment, 24-hour T2W had sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of 82%, 63%, and 79% respectively, for predicting 30-day LGE. 24-hour LGE had sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of 91%, 47%, and 84%. CONCLUSIONS: Increased left atrial wall thickening and edema were characterized on cardiovascular MR early post-ablation, and found to correlate with 30-day LGE scar.

  19. Pulmonary radiofrequency ablation (Part 1): current state.

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    Plasencia Martínez, J M

    2015-01-01

    The risks involved in surgical treatment and conventional radiotherapy in patients with early lung cancer or lung metastases often make these treatments difficult to justify. However, on the other hand, it is also unacceptable to allow these lesions to evolve freely because, left untreated, these neoplasms will usually lead to the death of the patient. In recent years, alternative local therapies have been developed, such as pulmonary radiofrequency ablation, which has proven to increase survival with a minimal risk of complications. There are common recommendations for these treatments, and although the specific indications for using one technique or another have yet to be established, there are clearly defined situations that will determine the outcome of the treatment. It is important to know these situations, because appropriate patient selection is essential for therapeutic success. This article aims to describe the characteristics and constraints of pulmonary radiofrequency ablation and to outline its role in thoracic oncology in light of the current evidence. Copyright © 2014 SERAM. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  20. Unilateral pulmonary vein atresia: A rare case of hemoptysis

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    Cindy S. DeMastes-Crabtree

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a rare case of hemoptysis secondary to isolated unilateral pulmonary vein atresia. Isolated pulmonary vein atresia is a rare condition in which patients typically acquire a diagnosis in infancy and early childhood [Mataciunas et al.; Pourmoghadam et al.]. Our patient presented during puberty with several previous episodes of hemoptysis prior to her admission and diagnosis. The initial diagnosis was suspected in our patient from chest computerized tomography (CT, and confirmed with cardiac catheterization and pulmonary angiography. Treatment aim is to preserve lung function and minimize irreversible pulmonary remodeling [Pourmoghadam et al.; Harrison et al.]. Conservative monitoring can be considered with milder or asymptomatic cases, while others may require preoperative collateral artery banding, surgical anastomosis between the pulmonary vein (PV & left atrium (LA and even pneumonectomy [Pourmoghadam et al.].

  1. Nitroprusside modulates pulmonary vein arrhythmogenic activity

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    Chen Yao-Chang

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pulmonary veins (PVs are the most important sources of ectopic beats with the initiation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, or the foci of ectopic atrial tachycardia and focal atrial fibrillation. Elimination of nitric oxide (NO enhances cardiac triggered activity, and NO can decrease PV arrhythmogensis through mechano-electrical feedback. However, it is not clear whether NO may have direct electrophysiological effects on PV cardiomyocytes. This study is aimed to study the effects of nitroprusside (NO donor, on the ionic currents and arrhythmogenic activity of single cardiomyocytes from the PVs. Methods Single PV cardiomyocytes were isolated from the canine PVs. The action potential and ionic currents were investigated in isolated single canine PV cardiomyocytes before and after sodium nitroprusside (80 μM, using the whole-cell patch clamp technique. Results Nitroprusside decreased PV cardiomyocytes spontaneous beating rates from 1.7 ± 0.3 Hz to 0.5 ± 0.4 Hz in 9 cells (P Conclusion Nitroprusside regulates the electrical activity of PV cardiomyocytes, which suggests that NO may play a role in PV arrhythmogenesis.

  2. Termination of persistent atrial fibrillation during pulmonary vein isolation: insight from the MAGIC-AF trial.

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    Singh, Sheldon M; d'Avila, Andre; Kim, Young-Hoon; Aryana, Arash; Mangrum, J Michael; Michaud, Gregory F; Dukkipati, Srinivas R; Barrett, Conor D; Heist, E Kevin; Parides, Michael K; Thorpe, Kevin E; Reddy, Vivek Y

    2016-10-04

    Controversy on the optimal ablation strategy for persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) exists with limited work evaluating a strategy of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone when AF terminates during PVI. Thirty-five patients had AF termination during PVI in the Modified Ablation Guided by Ibutilide Use in Chronic Atrial Fibrillation (MAGIC-AF; ClinicalTrials.gov number: NCT01014741) study. The objective of the current study is to report the 1-year outcome after PVI alone in this unique patient group. The 1-year single procedure freedom from atrial arrhythmia off anti-arrhythmic drugs was reported for the 35 patients in the MAGIC-AF study with persistent AF termination during or upon completion of PVI.Freedom from recurrent atrial arrhythmia was achieved in 60% of patients where AF terminated during PVI. Cavotricuspid isthmus flutter was common when AF terminated to a macro re-entrant flutter during PVI, and responsible for 92% of all flutter circuits with AF termination. Persistent AF termination during PVI may identify a subgroup of patients who experience a similar long-term clinical outcome with PVI ablation alone when compared with other more extensive persistent AF ablation strategies. Pulmonary vein isolation alone may be an appropriate tactic in this subgroup of persistent AF patients. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2016. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  3. Endovenous mechanochemical ablation of great saphenous vein incompetence using the ClariVein device: a safety study

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    Eekeren, R. van; Boersma, D.; Elias, S.; Holewijn, S.; Werson, D.A.; Vries, J.P. de; Reijnen, M.M.P.J.

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility and safety of endovenous mechanochemical ablation (MOCA) for the treatment of great saphenous vein (GSV) incompetence. METHODS: The newly developed ClariVein device uses a technique that combines mechanical endothelial damage using a rotating wire with the infusi

  4. Endovenous mechanochemical ablation of great saphenous vein incompetence using the ClariVein device: a safety study

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    Eekeren, R. van; Boersma, D.; Elias, S.; Holewijn, S.; Werson, D.A.; Vries, J.P. de; Reijnen, M.M.P.J.

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility and safety of endovenous mechanochemical ablation (MOCA) for the treatment of great saphenous vein (GSV) incompetence. METHODS: The newly developed ClariVein device uses a technique that combines mechanical endothelial damage using a rotating wire with the

  5. Pulmonary vein and atrial wall pathology in human total anomalous pulmonary venous connection

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    Douglas, Yvonne L.; Jongbloed, Monique R. M.; den Hartog, Wietske C. E.; Bartelings, Margot M.; Bogers, Ad J. J. C.; Ebels, Tjark; DeRuiter, Marco C.; Gittenberger-de Groot, Adriana C.

    2009-01-01

    Background: Normally, the inside of the left atrial (LA) body and pulmonary veins (PVs) is lined by vessel wall tissue covered by myocardium. In total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC), no connection of the PVs with the LA body exists. These veins have an increased incidence of PV

  6. Late Gadolinium Enhancement Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Post-robotic Radiosurgical Pulmonary Vein Isolation (RRPVI): First Case in the World

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    Azpiri, Jose; De La Peña, Cuauhtémoc; Cardona, Carlos; Hinojosa, Miguel; Zamarripa, Rafael; Assad, Jose

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary vein isolation using robotic radiosurgery system CyberKnife is a new non-invasive treatment of atrial fibrillation, currently in clinical phase. Robotic radiosurgical pulmonary vein isolation (RRPVI) uses stereotactic, non-invasive (painless) pinpoint radiation energy delivery to a small, precise area to accomplish ablation. The purpose of this report is to describe the finding of an increase in the enhancement of the left atrium demonstrated with the use of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging using late gadolinium enhancement (LGE-CMR) as a result of RRPVI in the first case in the world in humans using CyberKnife as a treatment for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). PMID:27660737

  7. Levoatriocardinal vein with normal intracardiac anatomy and pulmonary venous return

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    Ender Odemis

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Levoatriocardinal vein (LACV is characterized by an abnormal connection between pulmonary and systemic venous return. This extremely rare cardiac malformation is usually associated with left-sided obstructive lesions including mitral atresia, hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, and abnormal pulmonary venous connection. Patients may have low systemic cardiac output and pulmonary venous obstruction symptoms. In this manuscript, we report a case with LACV and normal pulmonary venous return with absence of any intracardiac pathology. LACV was demonstrated with echocardiography, angiography, and computed tomography. Surgical correction was made successfully.

  8. Vagal Reactions during Cryoballoon-Based Pulmonary Vein Isolation: A Clue for Autonomic Nervous System Modulation?

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    Michaël Peyrol

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Although paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF is known to be initiated by rapid firing of pulmonary veins (PV and non-PV triggers, the crucial role of cardiac autonomic nervous system (ANS in the initiation and maintenance of AF has long been appreciated in both experimental and clinical studies. The cardiac intrinsic ANS is composed of ganglionated plexi (GPs, located close to the left atrium-pulmonary vein junctions and a vast network of interconnecting neurons. Ablation strategies aiming for complete PV isolation (PVI remain the cornerstone of AF ablation procedures. However, several observational studies and few randomized studies have suggested that GP ablation, as an adjunctive strategy, might achieve better clinical outcomes in patients undergoing radiofrequency-based PVI for both paroxysmal and nonparoxysmal AF. In these patients, vagal reactions (VR such as vagally mediated bradycardia or asystole are thought to reflect intrinsic cardiac ANS modulation and/or denervation. Vagal reactions occurring during cryoballoon- (CB- based PVI have been previously reported; however, little is known on resulting ANS modulation and/or prevalence and significance of vagal reactions during PVI with the CB technique. We conducted a review of prevalence, putative mechanisms, and significance of VR during CB-based PVI.

  9. Successful cryoballoon pulmonary vein isolation in a patient with situs inversus and dextrocardia

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    Yasuhiro Yoshiga, MD

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available A 79-year-old man with situs inversus and dextrocardia underwent catheter ablation of symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI, using second-generation cryoballoon under Ensite NavX system guidance, was performed successfully in a reverse manner, which required short procedure and fluoroscopy times, as required in a PVI performed on a normal heart without any complications. Cryoballoon-based PVI under Ensite NavX guidance was feasible and safe to achieve a favorable outcome in this patient with abnormal anatomy.

  10. Catheter Ablation of Ventricular Arrhythmias Arising from the Distal Great Cardiac Vein.

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    Letsas, Konstantinos P; Efremidis, Michael; Vlachos, Konstantinos; Georgopoulos, Stamatis; Xydonas, Sotirios; Valkanas, Kosmas; Sideris, Antonios

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    Catheter ablation of idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias arising from the distal great cardiac vein represents a great challenge. We report data regarding the electrocardiographic and electrophysiologic characteristics in two patients with ventricular arrhythmias arising from the distal great cardiac vein. The technical difficulties to advance and navigate the ablation catheter within the coronary venous system as well as the close proximity to the major coronary vessels are discussed.

  11. Mechanochemical endovenous Ablation versus RADiOfrequeNcy Ablation in the treatment of primary great saphenous vein incompetence (MARADONA) : study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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    van Eekeren, Ramon R. J. P.; Boersma, Doeke; Holewijn, Suzanne; Vahl, Anco; de Vries, Jean Paul P. M.; Zeebregts, Clark J.; Reijnen, Michel M. P. J.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is associated with an excellent outcome in the treatment of great saphenous vein (GSV) incompetence. The use of thermal energy as a treatment source requires the instillation of tumescence anesthesia. Mechanochemical endovenous ablation (MOCA) combines

  12. Mechanochemical endovenous Ablation versus RADiOfrequeNcy Ablation in the treatment of primary great saphenous vein incompetence (MARADONA) : study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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    van Eekeren, Ramon R. J. P.; Boersma, Doeke; Holewijn, Suzanne; Vahl, Anco; de Vries, Jean Paul P. M.; Zeebregts, Clark J.; Reijnen, Michel M. P. J.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is associated with an excellent outcome in the treatment of great saphenous vein (GSV) incompetence. The use of thermal energy as a treatment source requires the instillation of tumescence anesthesia. Mechanochemical endovenous ablation (MOCA) combines mecha

  13. Pathogenetics of alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins

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    Szafranski, P.; Gambin, T.; Dharmadhikari, A.V.; Akdemir, K.C.; Jhangiani, S.N.; Schuette, J.; Godiwala, N.; Yatsenko, S.A.; Sebastian, J.; Madan-Khetarpal, S.; Surti, U.; Abellar, R.G.; Bateman, D.A.; Wilson, A.L.; Markham, M.H.; Slamon, J.; Santos-Simarro, F.; Palomares, M.; Nevado, J.; Lapunzina, P.; Chung, B.H.; Wong, W.L.; Chu, Y.W.; Mok, G.T.; Kerem, E.; Reiter, J.; Ambalavanan, N.; Anderson, S.A.; Kelly, D.R.; Shieh, J.; Rosenthal, T.C.; Scheible, K.; Steiner, L.; Iqbal, M.A.; McKinnon, M.L.; Hamilton, S.J.; Schlade-Bartusiak, K.; English, D.; Hendson, G.; Roeder, E.R.; DeNapoli, T.S.; Littlejohn, R.O.; Wolff, D.J.; Wagner, C.L.; Yeung, A.; Francis, D.; Fiorino, E.K.; Edelman, M.; Fox, J.; Hayes, D.A.; Janssens, S.; Baere, E. De; Menten, B.; Loccufier, A.; Vanwalleghem, L.; Moerman, P.; Sznajer, Y.; Lay, A.S.; Kussmann, J.L.; Chawla, J.; Payton, D.J.; Phillips, G.E.; Brosens, E.; Tibboel, D.; Klein, A.; Maystadt, I.; Fisher, R.; Sebire, N.; Male, A.; Chopra, M.; Pinner, J.; Malcolm, G.; Peters, G.; Arbuckle, S.; Lees, M.; Mead, Z.; Quarrell, O.; Sayers, R.; Owens, M.; Shaw-Smith, C.; Lioy, J.; McKay, E.; Leeuw, N. de; Feenstra, I.; Spruijt, L.; Elmslie, F.; Thiruchelvam, T.; Bacino, C.A.; Langston, C.; Lupski, J.R.; Sen, P.; Popek, E.; Stankiewicz, P.

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    Alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACDMPV) is a lethal lung developmental disorder caused by heterozygous point mutations or genomic deletion copy-number variants (CNVs) of FOXF1 or its upstream enhancer involving fetal lung-expressed long noncoding RNA genes LINC0108

  14. Varicose vein - noninvasive treatment

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    Sclerotherapy; Laser therapy - varicose veins; Radiofrequency vein ablation; Endovenous thermal ablation; Ambulatory phlebectomy; Transilluminated power phlebotomy; Endovenous laser ablation; Varicose vein ...

  15. Autonomic denervation added to pulmonary vein isolation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: a randomized clinical trial.

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    Katritsis, Demosthenes G; Pokushalov, Evgeny; Romanov, Alexander; Giazitzoglou, Eleftherios; Siontis, George C M; Po, Sunny S; Camm, A John; Ioannidis, John P A

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    The aim of this study was to investigate whether the combination of conventional pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) by circumferential antral ablation with ganglionated plexi (GP) modification in a single ablation procedure, yields higher success rates than PVI or GP ablation alone, in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). Conventional PVI transects the major left atrial GP, and it is possible that autonomic denervation by inadvertent GP ablation plays a central role in the efficacy of PVI. A total of 242 patients with symptomatic PAF were recruited and randomized as follows: 1) circumferential PVI (n = 78); 2) anatomic ablation of the main left atrial GP (n = 82); or 3) circumferential PVI followed by anatomic ablation of the main left atrial GP (n = 82). The primary endpoint was freedom from atrial fibrillation (AF) or other sustained atrial tachycardia (AT), verified by monthly visits, ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring, and implantable loop recorders, during a 2-year follow-up period. Freedom from AF or AT was achieved in 44 (56%), 39 (48%), and 61 (74%) patients in the PVI, GP, and PVI+GP groups, respectively (p = 0.004 by log-rank test). PVI+GP ablation strategy compared with PVI alone yielded a hazard ratio of 0.53 (95% confidence interval: 0.31 to 0.91; p = 0.022) for recurrence of AF or AT. Fluoroscopy duration was 16 ± 3 min, 20 ± 5 min, and 23 ± 5 min for PVI, GP, and PVI+GP groups, respectively (p PVI, 4.9% in GP, and 6.1% in PVI+GP. No serious adverse procedure-related events were encountered. Addition of GP ablation to PVI confers a significantly higher success rate compared with either PVI or GP alone in patients with PAF. Copyright © 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Histological Observations One Year After Mechanochemical Endovenous Ablation of the Great Saphenous Vein

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    van Eekeren, Ramon R. J. P.; Hillebrands, Jan Luuk; van der Sloot, Kim; de Vries, Jean-Paul P. M.; Zeebregts, Clark J.; Reijnen, Michel M. P. J.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: To report histological analysis of a great saphenous vein (GSV) 1 year after undergoing mechanochemical endovenous ablation (MOCA) and compare the findings with those of a healthy vein. Case Report: A 59-year-old patient with bilateral GSV incompetence was treated with MOCA using the ClariV

  17. Two cases of delayed cardiac tamponade due to pericarditis after pulmonary vein (PV) isolation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Torihashi, Sadayoshi; Shiraishi, Hirokazu; Hamaoka, Tetsuro; Imai, Mikimasa; Kuroyanagi, Akira; Nakanishi, Naohiko; Nakamura, Takeshi; Yamano, Tetsuhiro; Matsumuro, Akiyoshi; Shirayama, Takeshi

    2015-01-01

    Catheter ablation is an established treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF). The incidence of major complications related to the procedure is reported to be 4.5%, and delayed cardiac tamponade (DCT) is a rare, although recently recognized, complication. However, the mechanisms underlying the development of DCT remain unclear. We herein report the cases of two men, both 49 years of age, who developed cardiac tamponade requiring pericardiocentesis a few weeks after undergoing pulmonary vein isolation for persistent AF. Physicians should explain to the patient the potential for DCT as a complication prior to performing catheter ablation and provide careful follow-up for at least a few weeks after the session.

  18. A three-pulmonary vein isolation approach to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Lexin WANG; Jing ZHOU

    2004-01-01

    Objective To investigate the safety and efficacy of a 3-pulmonary vein (PV) isolation approach in treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods Radiofrequency catheter ablation was used to eliminate PV potential in 11 patterns with frequent paroxysmal AF refractory to anti-arrhythmic agents. During sinus rhythm, PV potential was mapped in the left and right superior PVs and left inferior PV. The procedural success was defined as the elimination of PV potential in the 3 PVs. Restults PV potential was identified and abolished in a total of 24 PVs, mostly in the left and right superior PV. There was no pulmonary stenosis or other complications during or after the procedures. AF recurred in one patient after an average of 12 ± 3 month follow-up. Conclusions PV potemials were present mostly in the left or right superior PV. The 3-PVs isolation approach is safe and effective in preventing drug-resistant paroxysmal AF.

  19. Epicardial isolation of pulmonary veins with ethanol in open chest dogs

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    YIN Xian-dong; DONG Jian-zeng; MA Chang-sheng; NING Man; SANG Cai-hua; MIAO Cheng-long; LIANG Cui; TANG Ri-bo; LONG De-yong; YU Rong-hui; LIU Xing-peng

    2011-01-01

    Background Radiofrequency (RF) ablation has become a widely accepted treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF). This study aimed to identify the efficacy and safety of pulmonary vein (PV) ablation with ethanol and to explore an alternative energy source for catheter ablation of AF.Methods Twelve open-chest mongrel dogs were randomized into ethanol ablation group and control group. Both the injections and electrophysiological mapping procedures were performed epicardialy. In ethanol ablation group (n=6),injections were performed to circumferentially ablate the root of each PV (0.2 ml each site, 3 mm apart) with 95% ethanol using an 1 ml injector. In control group (n=-6), saline was injected other than ethanol. PV isolation was confirmed with a circular catheter immediately after the procedure and at follow up of 30 days. PV isolation was defined as the absence of PV potentials at each electrode of the circular catheter positioned at the PV side of the lesions, as well as complete conduction block into left atrium (LA) during PV pacing.Results PV electrical isolation with complete bidirectional conduction block was achieved with ethanol immediately and at 30 days in 95% of PVs, while saline injection caused only transient conduction changes between LA and PVs. In ethanol group, histologic analysis showed transmural lesions at 30 days. And there was no evidence of PV stenosis or thrombus formation. Mean LA diameter was not significantly different between baseline and 30 days.Conclusion Ethanol is a safe energy source to effectively isolate PV in canine model and may be promising in endocardial ablation procedure of AF patients in the future.

  20. The Role of Pulmonary Veins in Cancer Progression from a Computed Tomography Viewpoint

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    Chang, Hung; Liao, Tzu-Yao; Wen, Ming-Sheng; Yu, Chih-Teng

    2016-01-01

    Background. We studied the role of pulmonary veins in cancer progression using computed tomography (CT) scans. Methods. We obtained data from 260 patients with pulmonary vein obstruction syndrome (PVOS). We used CT scans to investigate pulmonary lesions in relation to pulmonary veins. We divided the lesions into central and peripheral lesions by their anatomical location: in the lung parenchymal tissue or pulmonary vein; in the superior or inferior pulmonary vein; and by unilateral or bilateral presence in the lungs. Results. Of the 260 PVOS patients, 226 (87%) had central lesions, 231 (89%) had peripheral lesions, and 190 (75%) had mixed central and peripheral lesions. Among the 226 central lesions, 93% had lesions within the superior pulmonary vein, either bilaterally or unilaterally. Among the 231 peripheral lesions, 65% involved bilateral lungs, 70% involved lesions within the inferior pulmonary veins, and 23% had obvious metastatic extensions into the left atrium. All patients exhibited nodules within their pulmonary veins. The predeath status included respiratory failure (40%) and loss of consciousness (60%). Conclusion. CT scans play an important role in following tumor progression within pulmonary veins. Besides respiratory distress, PVOS cancer cells entering centrally can result in cardiac and cerebral events and loss of consciousness or can metastasize peripherally from the pulmonary veins to the lungs.

  1. [NHG guideline 'Deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus'].

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    de Jong, Jip; Lucassen, Wim A M; Geersing, Geert-Jan; Burgers, Jako S; Wiersma, Tjerk

    2015-01-01

    The revised Dutch College of General Practitioners (Nederlands Huisartsen Genootschap [NHG]) guideline 'Deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus' includes recommendations for the treatment of patients with deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and thrombophlebitis, and for the exclusion of pulmonary embolism (PE). The general practitioner (GP) can exclude the presence of DVT or PE in some patients by using a decision rule and a D-dimer test. When using D-dimer test as a point-of-care test, meticulous care is essential during the test procedure and storage of blood. The GP can treat many patients with DVT; the NHG guideline does not advise use of direct oral anticoagulants. In the case of an isolated DVT in the calf, treatment with anticoagulants or ultrasound follow-up can be chosen in consultation with the patient or on the basis of regional agreements. In the case of patients with superficial thrombophlebitis, a wait-and-see approach is usually sufficient.

  2. Refractory Pulmonary Edema Caused by Late Pulmonary Vein Thrombosis After Lung Transplantation: A Rare Adverse Event.

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    Denton, Eve J; Rischin, Adam; McGiffin, David; Williams, Trevor J; Paraskeva, Miranda A; Westall, Glen P; Snell, Greg

    2016-09-01

    After lung transplantation, pulmonary vein thrombosis is a rare, potentially life-threatening adverse event arising at the pulmonary venous anastomosis that typically occurs early and presents as graft failure and hemodynamic compromise with an associated mortality of up to 40%. The incidence, presentation, outcomes, and treatment of late pulmonary vein thrombosis remain poorly defined. Management options include anticoagulant agents for asymptomatic clots, and thrombolytic agents or surgical thrombectomy for hemodynamically significant clots. We present a rare case highlighting a delayed presentation of pulmonary vein thrombosis occurring longer than 2 weeks after lung transplantation and manifesting clinically as graft failure secondary to refractory pulmonary edema. The patient was treated successfully with surgical thrombectomy and remains well. We recommend a high index of suspicion of pulmonary vein thrombosis when graft failure after lung transplantation occurs and is not responsive to conventional therapy, and consideration of investigation with transesophageal echocardiography or computed tomography with venous phase contrast in such patients even more than 2 weeks after lung transplantation.

  3. Thoracic exploration for the diagnosis of multiple pulmonary vein varices: case report

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    ZHANG Xun; HAN Hong-li; SHI Zhen-liang

    2007-01-01

    @@ Pulmonary vein varix, congenital or acquired dilation of the pulmonary vein, is a rare vascular abnormality.This disease often presents as a pulmonary mass on chest roentgenography, and pulmonary angiography, computed tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)is considered necessary for diagnosis.1 The diagnosis of the disease by thoracic exploration is rare because the present case was diagnosed as a pulmonary arteriovenous fistula before operation.

  4. Asymptomatic Primary Isolated Pulmonary Vein Stenosis in an Adult: A Case Report

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    Kim, Ji Hyun; Lee, Ho Sung; Choi, Jae Sung; Na, Ju Ock; Kim, Yong Hoon; Jou, Sung Shick; Seo, Ki Hyun [Soonchunhyang University Cheonan Hospital, Cheonan (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-08-15

    A 31-year-old man without respiratory symptoms was transferred to our clinic with incidentally detected small nodular densities in both the upper lung zones on chest radiography. Chest computed tomography and pulmonary angiography demonstrated that the entrance of the right inferior pulmonary vein to the left atrium was completely blocked, and the venous return of the right lower lobe was achieved through the right superior pulmonary vein with a tortuous venous collateral complex in the venous phase. With echocardiography, mild pulmonary hypertension was detected. Here, we present an asymptomatic adult with isolated stenosis of the pulmonary vein with chronic compensation by venous collateral circulation in spite of mild pulmonary hypertension

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

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

    2014-08-15

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

  6. VARIATION IN THE OPENINGS (OSTIA OF LEFT PULMONARY VEINS INTO THE LEFT ATRIUM: A CASE REPORT

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available During early embryonic development, absorption of pulmonary venous network by the left primitive atrial chamber results in opening of four pulmonary veins which drain independently into its chamber. The extent of absorption and hence, the number of pulmon ary veins which open into the left atrium, may vary. Here we report a variation in the opening of the Left upper (superior pulmonary vein into the Left atrium. A total of six openings observed

  7. The role of Multidetector CT in the evaluation of the left atrium and pulmonary veins anatomy before and after radio-frequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. Preliminary results and work in progress.Technical note; Il ruolo della TC Multidetettore nella valutazione anatomica dell'atrio sinistro e delle vene polmonari prima e dopo ablazione percutanea con radiofrequenza della fibrillazione atriale. Risultati preliminari e work in progress

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    Centoze, Maurizio; Della Sala, Sabino Walter; Dalla Palma, Francesco [Azienda Provinciale per i servizi sanitari, Trento (Italy). Dipartimento di radiodiagnostica; Del Greco, Maurizio; Marini, Massimiliano [Ospedale S. Chiara, Trento (Italy). U.O. di cardiologia; Nollo, Giandomenico; Ravelli, Flavia [Trento Univ., Trento (Italy). Dipartimento di fisica

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    Radio-frequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of the distal pulmonary veins is increasingly being used to treat recurrent or refractory atrial fibrillation that doesn't respond to pharmacologic therapy or cardioversion. Successful RFCA of atrial al fibrillation depends on the pre-procedural understanding of the complex anatomy of the distal pulmonary veins and the left atrium. Aim of this parer is to describe the technical main features that characterise the multidetector helical computed tomography in the evaluation of this anatomic region before and after RFCA procedure. The 3D post-processing techniques useful for pre-RFCA planning are straightforward. [Italian] La ablazione percutanea con radiofrequenza (RFCA) del tratto distale delle vene polmonari nella fibrillazione atriale, che non risponde al trattamento farmacologico e alla cardioversione elettrica, e una procedura in grande sviluppo. Il successo del trattamento dipende dalla comprensione della complessa anatomia delle vene polmonari e dell'atrio sinistro. Lo scopo di questo articolo e illustrare gli aspetti tecnici fondamentali che caratterizzano lo studio di questa regione anatomica con TC spirale multidetettore prima e dopo RFCA. Particolare risalto e stato rivolto alle tecniche di post-processing 3D estremamente utili nella pianificazione della procedura di ablazione.

  8. 远程磁导航指导下加强肺静脉前庭消融策略治疗心房纤颤有效性研究%Efficacy of enhanced ablation on pulmonary vein antrum isolation under remote magnetic navigation in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    郭文杰; 徐伟豪; 兰凯; 彭利; 张玉霄; 卢才义

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨在远程磁导航系统( RMN)辅助下应用加强消融策略行心房纤颤( AF)射频消融治疗对AF远期成功率的影响。方法连续选取2013年1月至2015年6月在解放军总医院住院行导管射频消融治疗且自愿参加该临床研究的患者49例非瓣膜性AF患者随机分成两组,传统消融组(CAG, n=24)和加强消融组(EAG, n=25)。 CAG组对左右肺静脉行单环线性消融,EAG组在CAG消融基础上,靠近原有消融径线,在心房侧再次行线性消融,形成双环线性消融。术中应用磁导航消融导管,RMN系统、CARTO 3系统和Lasso环状标测电极,术后常规使用24 h动态心电图随访。结果所有患者均消融成功,EAG组较CAG组消融时间明显延长[(45.66±6.59)vs (40.10±3.48)min,P<0.01],而在曝光时间、手术时间和静脉血测定脑利钠肽前体上差异无统计学意义( P>0.05)。术后随访(19.3±5.6)个月,应用动态心电图随访发现EAG组复发率较CAG组明显降低(33.33%vs 8.00%,P<0.05)。二次手术时发现复发患者均存在电传导恢复情况,8例再次手术均成功。结论加强消融策略能有效改善AF患者的远期成功率,降低复发率。%Objective To assess the long-term efficacy of enhanced ablation in pulmonary vein antrum ( PVA) guided by remote magnetic navigation ( RMN) in the patients with atrial fibrillation ( AF) .Methods From January 2013 to June 2015, 49 consecutive patients with refractory non-valvular AF who undergoing radiofrequency catheter ablation and voluntarily taking part in this study in our hospital were recruited in this study .They were randomized into a conventional ablation group ( CAG, n =24 ) and an enhanced ablation group ( EAG, n=25) .PVA isolation was achieved by creating a single ablation circle in the patients of CAG group , and was double ablation circles at PVA in those of EAG group .An irrigated

  9. Pulmonary Vein Isolation for Atrial Fibrillation Can Be Achieved with Low Radiation Exposure.

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    Huang, Alex L; Mughal, Nadeem; Tabas, Ferdinand; Patterson, Natalie L; Wong, Wen Kai; Whalley, David; Kanagaratnam, Logan

    2017-08-08

    Atrial fibrillation is common and management by pharmacotherapy is limited by modest efficacy and significant toxicities. Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is a safe and effective alternative in select patients with atrial fibrillation. However, prolonged procedure time raises concerns of health risks from radiation exposure. This study aims to determine the significance of radiation exposure from PVI. In this study, we retrospectively reviewed patient demographics, fluoroscopy time, entrance skin dose and dose area product in 80 cases of PVI, radiofrequency ablation for atrial flutter and diagnostic coronary angiogram performed in our institution. Compared to other procedures, patients who underwent PVI were younger (age, mean±standard error of mean, 59.4±1.1 years old, pPVI (20.8 and 13.1-30.7mins) and flutter ablation (17.6 and 11.1-26.1mins) but longer than diagnostic angiography (4.2 and 2.3-6.7mins, pPVI and flutter ablation groups but significantly higher in the diagnostic angiography group, with median and IQR for PVI vs. flutter ablation vs. diagnostic angiography, 100.4 (52.8-179.9) vs. 73.2 (37.0-142.1) vs. 393.5 (276.1-555.6) mGy (pPVI (1831.2 and 887.7-3460.8cGycm(2)) was higher than flutter ablation (1077.8 and 452.9-2410.2cGycm(2), pPVI decreased over time, likely due to increased operator experience. Despite prolonged procedure time, radiation exposure from PVI was comparable to, or lower than, other fluoroscopy-guided cardiac procedures. Copyright © 2017 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). All rights reserved.

  10. Varicose vein trauma: a risk for pulmonary embolism.

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    Joy, Parijat S; Marak, Creticus P; Ponea, Anna M; Guddati, Achuta K

    2014-10-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a deceptive condition which is often incorrectly diagnosed leading to high morbidity and mortality. We present a case where symptoms were localised to different areas of the body starting with post-traumatic pain over lower extremity varicosities that migrated sequentially over a month to the knee, hip, back, abdomen and chest finally presenting as syncope. Despite a low pre-test clinical probability, a very high index of suspicion led to a timely diagnosis of a massive bilateral PE that eventually caused a troponin leak. The aetiology is highly suspicious of a thrombus which originated in the veins of the leg due to trauma over varicose veins.The case described here exemplifies the importance of considering trauma to varicosities as a risk factor for embolism when the clinical picture is concerning but other signs and symptoms of PE are not apparent.

  11. Percutaneus treatment of varicose veins with bipolar radiofrequency ablation

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    Boon, R.; Akkersdijk, G.J.M. [Department of Surgery, Spaarne Hospital, Hoofddorp (Netherlands); Nio, D., E-mail: dnio@spaarneziekenhuis.n [Department of Surgery, Spaarne Hospital, Hoofddorp (Netherlands)

    2010-07-15

    The traditional surgical treatment of an incompetent great saphenous vein (GSV) and small saphenous vein (SSV) is challenged by endovenous techniques. Bipolar radio frequency induced thermo therapy (RFITT) is a new endovenous treatment, which occludes the vein by using the venous wall as a conductor. Linear endovenous energy densitiy (LEED) describes the amount of energy used for vein closure. Material/methods: From March 2007 till April 2009, two cohorts (23 W and 20 W) were compared, respectively 280 and 178 patients. GSV and SSV were separately analyzed. Follow-up was performed at 3 weeks and 1 year post-operatively with duplex ultrasound, to assess vein closure and perioperative complaints. A visual analog scale (VAS) pain score (range 0-10) was documented. For patients operated after October 2008 follow-up was performed at least 6 months after surgery. Results: 528 GSV and 76 SSV were treated. For the GSV a significant difference in LEED 40.8 17.1 in the 20 W cohort was found, resulting in higher occlusion rates 90.6% compared to 82.7% after 3 weeks. Follow-up of 1 year in the 20 W cohort showed 88.7% occlusion. Multivariate analysis showed that pullback speed (OR 3.7, CI 1.1-12.4) and CEAP classification (OR 3.1, CI 1.7-5.6) were significant predictors for vein occlusion. Despite a higher LEED, post-operative complaints were not significantly worse. Conclusion: RFITT is a safe and effective method to treat incompetent saphenous veins. Slower pullback speed with higher LEED results in higher closure rates without causing more pain.

  12. The Hunter pulmonary angiography catheter for a brachiocephalic vein approach.

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    Rosen, Galia; Kowalik, Karen J; Ganguli, Suverano; Hunter, David W

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this work was to describe our experience in performing pulmonary angiography using the Hunter pulmonary catheter, manufactured by Cook, Inc., which is a modified 6F pigtail catheter with a "C-shaped" curve, designed for a brachiocephalic vein approach. One hundred twenty-three patients underwent pulmonary angiograms using the Hunter catheter between August 1997 and January 2002. Operator comments were gathered in 86 (70%) of the cases. The operator was, if possible, the most junior resident on the service. Thirty-nine operators participated in the survey. Efficacy, safety, and ease of use of the catheter were determined by operators' comments and ECG observations during the procedure. Corroborating clinical data were gathered from medical records. In 68 (79%) of the procedures that were commented upon, the operator described insertion into the pulmonary artery (PA) as easy; only 2 (2%) indicated difficulty in accessing the PA. In 41 (63%) of the bilateral angiograms that were commented upon, the operator described accessing the left PA from the right PA as easy; only 6 (9%) rated it as difficult and all were with an older technique in which the catheter was withdrawn to the pulmonary bifurcation without a wire or with only the soft tip of the wire in the pigtail and then rotated to the left main pulmonary artery. Thirty-one of the 41 patients who demonstrated premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) had a previous history of heart disease. Nineteen of the 39 patients who did not have PVCs had a history of heart disease (p = 0.018). The maneuverability and shape of the Hunter catheter make pulmonary angiography an easy procedure, even for operators with minimal experience and limited technical proficiency. PVCs demonstrated a statistically significant correlation with a positive patient history for cardiac disease, rather than being a universal risk.

  13. Total anomalous connection of pulmonary veins to the portal vein. Value of multislice angiotomography. Report on three cases

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    Sara Alejandra Solórzano-Morales

    2014-07-01

    15 and 26% if all its varieties. Multislice angiotomography allows us to view the blood vessels and adjacent organs under consideration and obtain high-definition anatomic information. In the patients in this study, total anomalous connection of pulmonary veins to the portal vein was viewed with three-dimensional volumetric tomographic reconstructions and their correlation with ultrasonography studies.

  14. OCT imaging of myocardium extending to pulmonary vein

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    Li, Zhifang; Dickfeld, Timm; Tang, Qinggong; Wang, Bohan; Chen, Yu

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we propose to use optical coherence tomography to enable a direct visualization of myocardium extending into the pulmonary vein (PV). The results showed that there are obvious differences in the morphology of myocardium and fibrous tissue in the transition region of myocardial sleeve, which is in agreement with the histological analysis. In addition, the myocardial area in transition point has three layers in the depth of 1 mm, and the depth-resolved myocardial fiber show different orientation in the different layers. This characteristic was applied for segmentation of the structures of myocardium extending into PV.

  15. Donor lung assessment using selective pulmonary vein gases.

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    Costa, Joseph; Sreekanth, Sowmyashree; Kossar, Alex; Raza, Kashif; Lederer, David J; Robbins, Hilary; Shah, Lori; Sonett, Joshua R; Arcasoy, Selim; D'Ovidio, Frank

    2016-11-01

    Standard donor lung assessment relies on imaging, challenge gases and subjective interpretation of bronchoscopic findings, palpation and visual assessment. Central gases may not accurately represent true quality of the lungs. We report our experience using selective pulmonary vein gases to corroborate the subjective judgement. Starting, January 2012, donor lungs have been assessed by intraoperative bronchoscopy, palpation and visual judgement of lung collapse upon temporary disconnection from ventilator, central gases from the aorta and selective pulmonary vein gases. Partial pressure of oxygen (pO2) <300 mmHg on FiO2 of 1.0 was considered low. The results of the chest X-ray and last pO2 in the intensive care unit were also collected. Post-transplant primary graft dysfunction and survival were monitored. To date, 259 consecutive brain-dead donors have been assessed and 157 transplants performed. Last pO2 in the intensive care unit was poorly correlated with intraoperative central pO2 (Spearman's rank correlation rs = 0.29). Right inferior pulmonary vein pO2 was associated (Mann-Whitney, P < 0.001) with findings at bronchoscopy [clean: median pO2 443 mmHg (25th-75th percentile range 349-512) and purulent: 264 mmHg (178-408)]; palpation [good: 463 mmHg (401-517) and poor: 264 mmHg (158-434)] and visual assessment of lung collapse [good lung collapse: 429 mmHg (320-501) and poor lung collapse: 205 mmHg (118-348)]. Left inferior pulmonary pO2 was associated (P < 0.001) with findings at bronchoscopy [clean: 419 mmHg (371-504) and purulent: 254 mmHg (206-367)]; palpation [good: 444 mmHg (400-517) and poor 282 mmHg (211-419)] and visual assessment of lung collapse [good: 420 mmHg (349-496) and poor: 246 mmHg (129-330)]. At 72 h, pulmonary graft dysfunction 2 was in 21/157 (13%) and pulmonary graft dysfunction 3 in 17/157 (11%). Ninety-day and 1-year mortalities were 6/157 (4%) and 13/157 (8%), respectively. Selective pulmonary vein gases provide corroborative objective

  16. Nerves projecting from the intrinsic cardiac ganglia of the pulmonary veins modulate sinoatrial node pacemaker function

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    Zarzoso, Manuel; Rysevaite, Kristina; Milstein, Michelle L.; Calvo, Conrado J.; Kean, Adam C.; Atienza, Felipe; Pauza, Dainius H.; Jalife, José; Noujaim, Sami F.

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    Aims Pulmonary vein ganglia (PVG) are targets for atrial fibrillation ablation. However, the functional relevance of PVG to the normal heart rhythm remains unclear. Our aim was to investigate whether PVG can modulate sinoatrial node (SAN) function. Methods and results Forty-nine C57BL and seven Connexin40+/EGFP mice were studied. We used tyrosine-hydroxylase (TH) and choline-acetyltransferase immunofluorescence labelling to characterize adrenergic and cholinergic neural elements. PVG projected postganglionic nerves to the SAN, which entered the SAN as an extensive, mesh-like neural network. PVG neurones were adrenergic, cholinergic, and biphenotypic. Histochemical characterization of two human embryonic hearts showed similarities between mouse and human neuroanatomy: direct neural communications between PVG and SAN. In Langendorff perfused mouse hearts, PVG were stimulated using 200–2000 ms trains of pulses (300 μs, 400 µA, 200 Hz). PVG stimulation caused an initial heart rate (HR) slowing (36 ± 9%) followed by acceleration. PVG stimulation in the presence of propranolol caused HR slowing (43 ± 13%) that was sustained over 20 beats. PVG stimulation with atropine progressively increased HR. Time-course effects were enhanced with 1000 and 2000 ms trains (P < 0.05 vs. 200 ms). In optical mapping, PVG stimulation shifted the origin of SAN discharges. In five paroxysmal AF patients undergoing pulmonary vein ablation, application of radiofrequency energy to the PVG area during sinus rhythm produced a decrease in HR similar to that observed in isolated mouse hearts. Conclusion PVG have functional and anatomical biphenotypic characteristics. They can have significant effects on the electrophysiological control of the SAN. PMID:23559611

  17. Pulmonary radiofrequency ablation (Part 2): Procedure and follow-up.

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    Plasencia Martínez, J M

    2015-01-01

    Pulmonary radiofrequency ablation requires more than just interventional radiology skills. Patients must be selected carefully, and the acts that need to be done before, during, and after the procedure must be coordinated. To guarantee patient safety, radiologists need to know the variants of the technique, the precautions that must be taken, the complications that can occur, and the risks involved. Early differentiation between tumor tissue and normal changes secondary to treatment on imaging tests will make it possible to repeat the treatment without delays, and this will increase survival. This article describes how to coordinate and carry out pulmonary radiofrequency ablation, the complications of the technique, and the current evidence in follow-up. Copyright © 2014 SERAM. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  18. Conventional surgery and endovenous laser ablation of recurrent varicose veins of the small saphenous vein: a retrospective clinical comparison and assessment of patient satisfaction.

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    Groenendael, L. van; Flinkenflogel, L.; Vliet, J.A. van der; Roovers, E.A.; Sterkenburg, S.M. van; Reijnen, M.M.P.J.

    2010-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Recurrences of varicosities of the small saphenous vein (SSV) are common. Surgical reintervention is associated with increased complication rates. The aim of the study was to assess the feasibility of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) in recurrent varicose veins of the SSV and to compare

  19. Endovenous radiofrequency ablation using stent-type electrode for varicose veins: an experimental study in goats

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    Won, Je Hwan; Han, Jae Ho; Oh, Chang Kwon [Ajou University Hospital, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Kwak, Young Lan [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Sung Il [Ulsan University GangNeung Asan Hospital, Gangeung (Korea, Republic of)

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility and the optimal conditions of radiofrequency (RF) ablation by using the stent-type electrode upon the saphenous vein of goats for the endovenous treatment of varicose veins. A self-expandable nitinol stent electrode (6 mm diameter, 2 cm length, cell size; 1.3 x 2 mm) was designed to expose the distal 1 cm segment to allow for contact with the venous wall. The proximal part of the electrode was connected to the RF generator by insulated copper wires located within the stent electrode introducer. Initially, to optimize the power setting, ablation of 6 saphenous veins in 3 goats was performed with power settings of 10, 20 and 30 W. Pull back rate of the electrode was 2 and 4 cm/min for each power level, respectively. The goats were sacrificed 4-6 weeks later and histologic examinations of the saphenous veins were done. For the second part of the experiment, RF ablation of 4 saphenous veins from 2 goats was done by applying the optimal power, based upon the first examination; these procedure was performed with variable pull back rates. Again, the goats were sacrificed 1-6 weeks later and histologic examinations were done. Endovenous ablation of the goat saphenous veins at 20 W caused complete obliteration without complication. There was incomplete occlusion at 10 W, and there were vessel perforation, extravasation, and adjacent tissue injury at 30 W. In second part of the study, the complete circumferential obliteration of the vein was demonstrated at a pull back rate of 1 cm/min and 3 cm/min with the power of 20 W. The stent-type electrode may be useful in endovenous RF ablation for treatment of varicose veins. For stents with a diameter of 6 mm, the optional combination of 20 W of power with a pull back rate of 1-3 cm/min produced the most favorable results. Further study and clinical investigations are warranted.

  20. Normal and abnormal development of pulmonary veins : State of the art and correlation with clinical entities

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    Douglas, Yvonne L.; Jongbloed, Monique R. M.; DeRuiter, Marco C.; Gittenberger-de Groot, Adriana C.

    2011-01-01

    Interest for the pulmonary veins has increased in the past decade after the potential arrhythmogenicity of the myocardial sleeve surrounding these structures has been recognized. Furthermore, there are several clinical entities, such as anomalous connection pattern and pulmonary vein stenosis, that

  1. Influence of Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Cancer on Pulmonary Function

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    Tada, Akihiro, E-mail: tdakihiro@gmail.com; Hiraki, Takao [Okayama University Medical School, Department of Radiology (Japan); Iguchi, Toshihiro [Fukuyama City Hospital, Department of Radiology (Japan); Gobara, Hideo; Mimura, Hidefumi [Okayama University Medical School, Department of Radiology (Japan); Toyooka, Shinichi [Okayama University Medical School, Department of Cancer and Thoracic Surgery (Japan); Kiura, Katsuyuki [Okayama University Medical School, Department of Respiratory Medicine (Japan); Tsuda, Toshihide [Okayama University Graduate School, Department of Environmental Epidemiology, Graduate School of Environmental Science (Japan); Mitsuhashi, Toshiharu [Okayama University Medical School, Department of Epidemiology (Japan); Kanazawa, Susumu [Okayama University Medical School, Department of Radiology (Japan)

    2012-08-15

    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate altered pulmonary function retrospectively after RFA. Methods: This retrospective study comprised 41 ablation sessions for 39 patients (22 men and 17 women; mean age, 64.8 years). Vital capacity (VC) and forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV{sub 1}) at 1 and 3 months after RFA were compared with the baseline (i.e., values before RFA). To evaluate the factors that influenced impaired pulmonary function, univariate analysis was performed by using multiple variables. If two or more variables were indicated as statistically significant by univariate analysis, these variables were subjected to multivariate analysis to identify independent factors. Results: The mean VC and FEV{sub 1} before RFA and 1 and 3 months after RFA were 3.04 and 2.24 l, 2.79 and 2.11 l, and 2.85 and 2.13 l, respectively. The values at 1 and 3 months were significantly lower than the baseline. Severe pleuritis after RFA was identified as the independent factor influencing impaired VC at 1 month (P = 0.003). For impaired FEV{sub 1} at 1 month, only severe pleuritis (P = 0.01) was statistically significant by univariate analysis. At 3 months, severe pleuritis (VC, P = 0.019; FEV{sub 1}, P = 0.003) and an ablated parenchymal volume {>=}20 cm{sup 3} (VC, P = 0.047; FEV{sub 1}, P = 0.038) were independent factors for impaired VC and FEV{sub 1}. Conclusions: Pulmonary function decreased after RFA. RFA-induced severe pleuritis and ablation of a large volume of marginal parenchyma were associated with impaired pulmonary function.

  2. Endovascular radiofrequency ablation. Effect on the vein diameter using the ClosureFast(®) catheter.

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    Bauzá Moreno, Hernán; Dotta, Mariana; Katsini, Roxana; Marquez Fosser, Carolina; Rochet, Sofía; Pared, Carlos; Martinez, Hugo

    2016-01-01

    Endovascular radiofrequency with first generation catheters was not successful due to its technical difficulty and restrictions in veins with diameters larger than 12mm. However, using the new catheter there is not enough scientific evidence to affirm that the diameter represents a technical limitation. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare pre and post-operative venous trunks diameter, aiming at the reduction of size after 6 months with last generation catheters. Retrospective observational and descriptive study on a cohort of patients with insufficiency of the great saphenous vein, small saphenous vein and anterior accessory vein operated on with last generation radiofrequency catheters. The diameters were evaluated in the pre and post-operative period with ultrasound. Between 2007 and 2014 a total of 365 ablations were performed in veins with an average diameter of 9±3.1mm showing a reduction of it after 6 months with a mean value of 5.2±0.8mm (P<.0001). Total occlusion was also observed in 100% of cases and complications such as deep vein thrombosis in 0.5% and heat-induced thrombosis in 1.1%. A significant reduction in venous diameter after endovascular treatment with the new ClosureFast(®) catheters was checked, even in veins with diameters greater than 12mm. Copyright © 2016 AEC. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  3. Morphofunctional study of the junction between the left atrium and the pulmonary veins in patient with pulmonary hypertension

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    Cavalcanti Jennecy Sales

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To study the arrangement of the myocardial fiber bundles at the pulmonary venous left atrial junction in patients with pulmonary hypertension, and to discuss the pathophysiological importance of this element in the etiology of acute pulmonary edema. METHODS: We obtained 12 hearts and their pulmonary vein extremities from postmortem examinations of patients with the anatomicopathological diagnosis of acute pulmonary edema. The specimens, which had no grossly visible morphological cardiac alterations, were fixed in 10% formalin, and the muscular arrangement of the pulmonary venous left atrial junctions was analyzed. This material was then isolated, embedded in paraffin, underwent serial cutting (50 µm of thickness, and was stained with Azam's trichrome. RESULTS: We observed in our specimens that: a the myocardial fiber bundles that originate in the atrial wall and involve the openings of the pulmonary veins were fewer than those observed in healthy material; b the myocardial fiber bundles that extend into the pulmonary veins were shorter than those found in material originating from individuals with no pulmonary hypertension. CONCLUSION: Anatomical changes that result in a reduction in the amount of myocardial fiber bundles in the pulmonary venous left atrial junction, isolated or associated with other factors, may be the cause of disorders in pulmonary circulation, leading to an increase in pulmonary venous pressure, and, consequently, to acute pulmonary edema.

  4. Predicting Successful Pulmonary Vein Isolation In Patients With Atrial Fibrillation By Brain Natriuretic Peptide Plasma Levels

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    Dong-In Shin

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is a clinically established treatment by now while success rate varies between 60% and 85%. Interventional treatment of atrial fibrillation is still a challenging technique associated with a long procedure time and risk of major complications in up to 6 % of treated patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the predictive value of plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP in patients undergoing pulmonary vein isolation concerning stable sinus rhythm after ablation.Methods: In 68 consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation (AF and normal left ventricular ejection fraction, BNP was measured at baseline before pulmonary vein isolation (PVI. All patients received a 7-days-holter monitoring 3 months after radiofrequency (RF ablation in order to detect recurrent AF episodes. Results: 48 patients with paroxysmal and 20 patients with persistent AF were enrolled. Baseline BNP was significantly higher in patients with persistent AF compared to patients with paroxysmal AF (145,5 pg/ml vs. 84,4 pg/ml; p<0,05. 3 months after PVI 38 patients (79,1% with paroxysmal AF had a stable sinus rhythm documented on 7-days-holter monitoring, where as in 10 patients (20,9% AF episodes were detected. Patients with a successful PVI showed significantly lower BNP plasma levels at baseline compared to patients with AF recurrrence (68,7 pg/ml vs. 144,1 pg/ml; p<0,05. In patients with persistent AF 55% (11 cases had no recurrence of AF at 3 months 7-days holter and in 9 patients (45% AF recurred. BNP plasma levels at baseline were lower in patients with stable sinusrhythm after 3 months compared to the group of recurrent AF (105,8 pg/ml vs. 193,3 pg/ml; p=0,11. Conclusion: Patients with AF and low preprocedural BNP plasma levels showed a better outcome after PVI. Thus BNP may be helpful in patient selection for a successful treatment of AF by PVI.

  5. RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION OF VARICOSE VEINS LARGE SERIES FROM A SINGLE CENTRE

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    Haridas

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Even though r adiofrequency ablation (RFA is accepted as the first choice in treatment of varicose veins due to great sapheno femoral insuffiency, this treatment modality has not gained popularity in India. We present our experience with a large case series, involving more than a thousand RFAs. METHODS : Symtomatic varicose vein patients presenting to surgery OPD, who met the Doppler ultrasonography (USG criteria for suitability for RFA , were offered RFA instead of open surgery. Radiofrequency ablation of varicose vein was done using the radiofrequency generator and segmental ablation catheter , under USG guidance. RESULTS : Patients who underwent RFA were followed up by check Doppler at 21 days and at 90 days. Out of a total of 1288 RFAs , technical success at 90 days was 99%. Fac tors affecting technical su ccess were highlighted. Complications were minor and negligible. Modification of the technique to prevent some of the complications were carried out. CONCLUSION: This study, one of the largest series ever , has demonstrated that RFA is a safe and effective treatment and an alternate for surgery

  6. Idiopathic Pulmonary Vein Thrombus Extending into Left Atrium: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Muhammad Asim Rana

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    Full Text Available Pulmonary vein thrombosis (PVT is rather an uncommon condition which presents nonspecifically and is usually associated with lung malignancy and major pulmonary surgery. Rarely could no cause be found. It causes increased pulmonary venous pressure leading to pulmonary arterial vasoconstriction and subsequent pulmonary arterial hypertension and subsequently can cause cor pulmonale if not addressed in timely fashion. Other associated complications like peripheral embolization and stroke have also been reported. This case emphasizes the importance of maintaining high index of clinical suspicion especially when CT pulmonary angiogram is negative for pulmonary embolism.

  7. Simultaneous kissing stent in a patient with severe bifurcation pulmonary vein stenosis.

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    Cubeddu, Roberto J; Gulati, Vishal K

    2015-02-01

    Pulmonary vein stenosis (PVS) is a late and rare complication of pulmonary vein isolation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. The ideal approach to the management of PVS has not yet been established, however, corrective procedures may include both surgical and percutaneous techniques. We describe the case of a complex bifurcation lesion involving the left superior pulmonary vein. The condition required percutaneous intervention using a modified kissing stent technique with bare metal stents that resulted in an excellent post-operative course, sustained symptomatic relief, and uncomplicated 1-year follow-up. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Use of a circular mapping and ablation catheter for ablation of atypical right ventricular outflow tract arrhythmia.

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    Katritsis, Demosthenes G; Giazitzoglou, Eleftherios; Paxinos, George

    2010-02-01

    A new technique for ablation of persistent ectopic activity with atypical electrocardiographic characteristics at the vicinity of the right ventricular outflow tract is described. A new circular mapping and ablation catheter initially designed for pulmonary vein ablation was used. Abolition of ectopic activity was achieved with minimal fluoroscopy and ablation times.

  9. [Clinically non-symptomatic pulmonary embolism in patients with deep vein thrombosis of the lower limb].

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    Janica, Jacek Robert; Kordecki, Kazimierz; Jurgilewicz, Dorota; Polaków, Jerzy; Budlewski, Tadeusz; Walecki, Jerzy; Pepiński, Witold

    2002-06-01

    The pulmonary embolism (PE) is the common and severe complication of the deep vein thrombosis of the lower limbs. The lack of accurate diagnosis of PE is a cause of 5-10% of the hospital deaths. The aim of the study was to assess the incidence of the pulmonary embolism in patients with the deep vein thrombosis of the lower limbs with no clinical symptoms of pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary perfusion scintigraphy was performed in 25 patients with angiographic findings confirmative to the deep vein thrombosis of the lower limbs. The results of the study were analysed according to the PIOPED criteria. In the group of patients with common thrombosis of the deep vein a high probability of lung embolism was assessed in 70%, medium and low by 12% in each group, and very low in 6%. In the group of patients with femoral thrombosis of the deep vein a high probability of lung embolism was assessed in 60%, medium in 20% and very low in 20%. In the group of patients with calf thrombosis of the deep vein high, medium and very low probability of lung embolism was assessed by 25% in each group. Results of this study indicate the need of searching the pulmonary embolism in patients with thrombosis of the deep vein of the lower limbs despite the lack of clinical symptoms of the pulmonary embolism.

  10. Post ablation recanalization of varicose veins of the limbs: Comparison ablation method of mechanochemical and laser procedure

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    Suhartono, R.; Irfan, W.; Wangge, G.; Moenadjat, Y.; Destanto, W. I.

    2017-08-01

    Endovenous ablation has been performed for varicose veins of the limbs in Indonesia since 2010. Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) therapy has been performed in Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM) in Jakarta, and mechanochemical ablation (MOCA) has been conducted in Fatmawati Hospital. This was a descriptive analytical study, with a cross-sectional design to analyze post-ablation recanalization after MOCA and EVLA procedures. Patients who had undergone MOCA or EVLA treatment were interviewed 3-18 months after the procedures. All the patients underwent vascular ultrasonography (USG) of the operated limb to assess recanalization. Secondary presurgery data were obtained from the patients’ from patients’ medical records. The clinical characteristics of the subjects were recorded to compare the potential correlation between these characteristics and recanalization post-MOCA and EVLA procedures. All the data were analyzed using SPSS ver. 20.0. The study consisted of 43 limbs: 24 treated by MOCA and 19 treated by EVLA. Most subjects in the MOCA group were 7 mm in 13/19 extremities. In the MOCA group, total recanalization occurred in 2/24 extremities, and partial recanalization occurred in 8/24 extremities. In the EVLA group, total recanalization occurred in 1/19 extremities, and partial recanalization occurred in 3/19 extremities. The association between the clinical characteristics of the patients and recanalization was not statistically significant (p > 0.05). The recanalization tendency was higher in the MOCA group than in the EVLA group. Although there was no statistically significant association between the clinical characteristics of the patients and recanalization, the largest diameter of the VSM presurgery (>7 mm) was higher in 3/4 extremities in the MOCA group, as compared to 3/13 extremities in the EVLA group.

  11. Renal infarction in a patient with pulmonary vein thrombosis after left upper lobectomy.

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    Manabe, Shun; Oshima, Yasuko; Nakano, Marie; Fujii, Teruhiro; Maehara, Takamitsu; Nitta, Kosaku; Hatano, Michiyasu

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    A 43-year-old male experienced renal infarction (RI) following left upper lobectomy for lung cancer. The patient complained of acute-onset severe left flank pain on the 14th postoperative day. A contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen revealed RI by a large wedge-shaped defect in the left kidney. A chest CT scan located the thrombus in the stump (a blind-ended vessel) of the left superior pulmonary vein. Therefore, thromboembolic RI caused by pulmonary vein thrombosis was suspected. Anticoagulation therapy was initiated with heparin and warfarin to treat RI and to prevent further embolic episodes. Two months later, pulmonary vein thrombosis had resolved without the appearance of additional peripheral infarction. This case emphasizes the need to consider thrombus in the stump of the pulmonary vein as a cause of RI.

  12. Utilidade do Ultrassom intracardíaco no isolamento de veias pulmonares usando cateter-balão a laser Utilidad del ultrasonido intracardíaco en el aislamiento de venas pulmonares usando catéter-balón láser Utility of intracardiac ultrasound imaging to guide pulmonary vein ablation using laser balloon catheter

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    Luiz Leite

    2009-12-01

    . Se obtuvo el aislamiento completo en 38/59 (64%, y fue significantemente más común sin derrame: [30/38 (79% versus 8/23 (35%, pBACKGROUND: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI with balloon catheter has been used as the endpoint for AF ablation. OBJECTIVE: To determine the usefulness of intracardiac ultrasound (ICUS to guide PVI using laser balloon catheter. METHODS: 59 PVs were ablated in 27 dogs. Doppler imaging was used to identify blood flow leaks between PV and balloon. After each energy delivery, the circular mapping catheter was repositioned to check if isolation had been achieved. The leak position was then correlated with the gap position at the pathological study. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was undertaken. RESULTS: 59 PV were ablated. Mean burn time was 279±177 sec, mean balloon diameter was 23±3 mm, and mean balloon length was 25±4 mm. Complete isolation was achieved in 38/59 (64% cases, and it was significantly more common when there was no leak: [30/38 (79% versus 8/23 (35%, p<0.001]. This occurred regardless of time of laser application (302±223 sec. vs. 266±148 sec., p=ns, laser power (3.5 W/cm, 4.5 W/cm, and 5.5 W/cm, balloon diameter (24± 3 mm vs. 22± 3 mm, p=ns and length (27±4 mm vs. 24±4mm, p=ns. The positive predictive value for predicting incomplete isolation was 65% and the negative predictive value was 83%. CONCLUSION: An identifiable leak between PV and the LBA device seen at the ICUS is predictive of lower PV isolation rates. ICUS may be useful for leak detection to avoid ineffective energy application during circumferential PV ablation. This could also be helpful when other types of energy are used.

  13. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in a patient with dextrocardia: what is the challenge?

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    WANG Xin-hua; SHI Hai-feng; HAN Bing; TAN Hong-wei; JIANG Wei-feng; LIU Xu

    2010-01-01

    @@ Catheter ablation has been an established strategy for treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF).Pulmonary vein isolation is the predominant approach of catheter ablation. This procedure is characterized as transseptal catheterization and point-by-point ablation around the ipsilateral pulmonary veins (PVs). Although catheter ablation can be safely performed in a heart with normal structures, it may be challenging to be performed in a dextrocardia.

  14. Are pulmonary embolism and deep-vein thrombosis always one disease?

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    Langevelde, Kirsten van

    2012-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism is traditionally, since autopsy studies by Virchow in the mid 1800s, thought to originate from embolization of a deep-vein thrombosis, resulting in two clinical manifestations of one disease: venous thrombosis. The incidence of deep-vein thrombosis in the population is twice as hi

  15. Idiopathic pulmonary vein thrombosis extending to left atrium:a case report with a literature review

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    WU Jun-ping; WU Qi; YANG Yang; DU Zhong-zhen; SUN Hong-fen

    2012-01-01

    Pulmonary vein thrombosis is a rare disease and is usually represented as a complication of atrial fibrillation,pulmonary tumors,and Iobectomy.Although it is a potentially life threatening condition,the venous disease is easy to misdiagnose because of the non-specific symptoms.In this article,we present a 30-year-old patient who suffered from pulmonary vein thrombosis without any causes.He was diagnosed with other pulmonary disorders till the thrombus within the pulmonary vein extended into the left atrium.Left atrium mass resection and a left lower Iobectomy were undertaken with relative urgency.The postoperative course was uneventful.The patient received a long course of oral anticoagulant therapy.

  16. Unusual presentation of renal vein thrombosis with pulmonary artery embolism.

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    Mzayen, Khaled; Al-Said, Jafar; Nayak-Rao, Shobhana; Catacutan, Maria Teresa; Kamel, Olfat

    2013-05-01

    A young 23-year-old male patient presented with a two-day history of right flank pain. He had no history of any significant illnesses in the past. His investigations showed nephrotic range proteinuria with hypoalbuminemia. The patient developed cough and shortness of breath after having a left kidney biopsy. He did not respond to regular respiratory tract infection treatment. The kidney biopsy revealed membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis. Further investigations for the cough showed thromboembolism of the posterior and lateral basal segments of the right lower lobe. Moreover he was found to have thrombosis of the right upper pole renal vein. The patient was started on full anticoagulation along with three days pulse steroid, followed by 1 mg/kg oral steroid. Clinical improvement was noticed within 48 h. After eight weeks the proteinuria decreased from 8.5 gm/day to 1.1 gm/day. The kidney function was normal with eGFR 145 mL/min through the course of the disease. This case represent one of the unusual presentation of nephrotic syndrome with pulmonary and renal vascular thromboembolic events. The response to the combination of anticoagulation and steroid was remarkable.

  17. Unusual presentation of renal vein thrombosis with pulmonary artery embolism

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    Khaled Mzayen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A young 23-year-old male patient presented with a two-day history of right flank pain. He had no history of any significant illnesses in the past. His investgations showed nephrotic range proteinuria with hypoalbuminemia. The patient developed cough and shortness of breath after having a left kidney biopsy. He did not respond to regular respiratory tract infection treat-ment. The kidney biopsy revealed membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis. Further investigations for the cough showed thromboembolism of the posterior and lateral basal segments of the right lower lobe. Moreover he was found to have thrombosis of the right upper pole renal vein. The patient was started on full anticoagulation along with three days pulse steroid, followed by 1 mg/kg oral steroid. Clinical improvement was noticed within 48 h. After eight weeks the proteinuria decreased from 8.5 gm/day to 1.1 gm/day. The kidney function was normal with eGFR 145 mL/min through the course of the disease. This case represent one of the unusual presentation of nephrotic syndrome with pulmonary and renal vascular thromboembolic events. The response to the combination of anticoagulation and steroid was remarkable.

  18. Catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in a young patient with a partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection

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    HUANG He; YANG Bo; JIANG Hong; WU Gang; HUANG Cong-xin

    2010-01-01

    @@ It has been demonstrated that pulmonary veins (PV)play an important role in the initiation and perpetuation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF).1-5 Therefore, PV isolation has become the cornerstone for catheter ablation in the majority of these AF patients.3-5 In addition, ectopic foci in the non-PVs areas, such as superior vena cava(SVC), inferior vena cava (IVC), coronary sinus (CS),ligament of Marshall, have also participated in the initiation of PAF.The ostium isolation or local ablation for these structures was feasible and safe for PAF therapy.6-9 In this report, we describe a young PAF patient with anomalous right superior PV (RSPV) inserting into the SVC-right atrium (RA) junction who underwent successful isolation of all PVs and SVC for PAF guided with the CARTO-Merge technique.

  19. Recording of low-amplitude diastolic electrograms through the coronary veins: a guide for epicardial ventricular tachycardia ablation.

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    Reithmann, Christopher; Fiek, Michael; Hahnefeld, Anton; Ulbrich, Michael; Steinbeck, Gerhard

    2012-06-01

    The purpose of the study was to evaluate the role of coronary venous mapping to identify epicardial ventricular tachycardia (VT) in patients with structural heart disease. Epicardial mapping of the electrophysiological substrate through the coronary vein branches using a 2.2F, 16-pole microelectrode catheter was performed in 33 consecutive patients undergoing VT ablation. Twenty-six patients had a history of myocardial infarction and seven had a non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy. Endocardial ablation was successful in 19 of the 33 patients (58%). Low-amplitude fractionated diastolic electrograms with an electrogram-QRS interval amounting to 30-70% of the VT cycle length were recorded during the VT in the coronary vein branches in eight patients (24%). Endocardial ablation failed in seven of the eight patients with diastolic electrograms in the coronary veins, suggesting an epicardial involvement of the VT re-entry circuit. Among the patients with a suspected epicardial VT origin, four patients underwent epicardial ablation using a pericardial access after unsuccessful endocardial ablation which eliminated mappable VTs in all. Recording of low-amplitude fractionated diastolic electrograms through the coronary veins facilitates the identification of VTs with an epicardial origin requiring mapping and ablation through a pericardial access.

  20. Early Results of Endovenous Ablation with a 980-nm Diode Laser for an Incompetent Vein of Giacomini

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    Park, Sang Woo; Lee, Song Am; Hwang, Jae Joon; Yun, Ik Jin; Kim, Jun Seok; Chang, Seong Hwan; Chee, Hyun Keun; Chang, Il Soo [Konkuk University Hospital, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    We wanted to evaluate the effectiveness of endovenous ablation of the incompetent vein of Giacomini using a 980-nm diode laser. A total of 18 patients (18 limbs, 4%) had the incompetent vein of Giacomini. Retrograde reflux originating from the great saphenous vein was noted in sixteen limbs and paradoxical diastolic anterograde reflux from the saphenopopliteal junction was observed in two limbs. After tumescent anesthesia, laser ablation using a 980-nm wavelength laser fiber was performed under ultrasound and/or fluoroscopic guidance. Patients were evaluated clinically and with duplex ultrasound at one week and at one, three, six and twelve months after laser ablation for the technical and clinical success. In the 18 limbs, the technical success rate was 100%. Continued closure of the vein of Giacomini was seen in 18 of 18 limbs after one month, in 12 of 12 limbs after three and six months and in six of six limbs after twelve months. No recanalization of the vein and no major complications occurred. Endovenous laser ablation with a 980-nm wavelength is an effective and safe procedure for treating an incompetent vein of Giacomini.

  1. Impact of right upper pulmonary vein isolation on atrial vagal innervation and vulnerability to atrial fibrillation

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    LIU Yuan; ZHANG Shu-long; DONG Ying-xue; ZHAO Hong-wei; GAO Lian-jun; YIN Xiao-meng; LI Shi-jun; LIN Zhi-hu; YANG Yan-zong

    2006-01-01

    Background Based on the hypothesis that pulmonary vein isolation could result in the damage of the epicardial fat pads, this study aimed to investigated the impact of right upper pulmonary vein (RUPV) isolation on vagal innervation to atria.Methods Bilateral cervical sympathovagal trunks were decentralized in 6 dogs. Metoprolol was given to block sympathetic effects. Multipolar catheters were placed into the right atrium (RA) and coronary sinus (CS). RUPV isolation was performed via transseptal procedure. Atrial effective refractory period (ERP), vulnerability window (VW) of atrial fibrillation (AF), and sinus rhythm cycle length (SCL) were measured at RA and distal coronary sinus (CSd) at baseline and vagal stimulation before and after RUPV isolation. Serial sections of underlying tissues before and after ablation were stained with haematoxylin and eosin.Results SCL decreased significantly during vagal stimulation before RUPV isolation (197 ± 21 vs 13 ±32 beats per minute, P<0.001), but remained unchanged after RUPV isolation (162±29 vs 140±39 beats per minute,P>0.05). ERP increased significantly before RUPV isolation compared with that during vagal stimulation [(85.00±24.29) ms vs (21.67±9.83) ms at RA, P<0.001; (90.00± 15.49) ms vs (33.33±25.03) ms at CSd P<0.005],but ERP at baseline hardly changed after RUPV isolation compared with that during vagal stimulation [(103.33 ±22.50) vs (95.00± 16.43) ms at RA, P = 0.09; (98.33±24.83) vs (75.00±29.50) ms at CSd, P=0.009]. The ERP shortening during vagal stimulation after RUPV isolation decreased significantly [(63.33 ± 22.51) ms vs (8.33 ±9.83) ms at RA, P<0.005; (56.67±20.66) ms vs (23.33± 13.66) ms at CSd, P<0.05]. AF was rarely induced at baseline before and after RUPV isolation (VW close to 0), while VW of AF to vagal stimulation significantly decreased after RUPV isolation [(40.00± 10.95) vs 0 ms at RA, P<0.001; (45.00±32.09) vs (15.00±23.45) ms at CS, P <0.05]. The

  2. Loss of local capture of the pulmonary vein myocardium after antral isolation: prevalence and clinical significance.

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    Squara, Fabien; Liuba, Ioan; Chik, William; Santangeli, Pasquale; Zado, Erica S; Callans, David J; Marchlinski, Francis E

    2015-03-01

    Capture of the myocardial sleeves of the pulmonary veins (PV) during PV pacing is mandatory for assessing exit block after PV isolation (PVI). However, previous studies reported that a significant proportion of PVs failed to demonstrate local capture after PVI. We designed this study to evaluate the prevalence and the clinical significance of loss of PV capture after PVI. Thirty patients (14 redo) undergoing antral PVI were included. Before and after PVI, local PV capture was assessed during circumferential pacing (10 mA/2 milliseconds) with a circular multipolar catheter (CMC), using EGM analysis from each dipole of the CMC and from the ablation catheter placed in ipsilateral PV. Pacing output was varied to optimize identification of sleeve capture. All PVs demonstrated sleeve capture before PVI, but only 81% and 40% after first time and redo PVI, respectively (P PVI). In multivariate analysis, absence of spontaneous PV depolarizations after PVI and previous PVI procedures were associated with less PV sleeve capture after PVI (40% sleeve capture, P PVI resulting in entrance block, and may be used as a specific alternate endpoint for PV electrical isolation. Additionally, loss of PV local capture may identify PVs at very low risk of acute reconnection during adenosine challenge. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Effect of pulmonary vein isolation on the distribution of complex fractionated electrograms in humans.

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    Roux, Jean-François; Gojraty, Sattar; Bala, Rupa; Liu, Christopher F; Dixit, Sanjay; Hutchinson, Mathew D; Garcia, Fermin; Lin, David; Callans, David J; Riley, Michael; Marchlinski, Francis; Gerstenfeld, Edward P

    2009-02-01

    Targeting of complex fractionated electrograms (CFEs) has been used as an adjunctive strategy to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). However, it is unclear whether CFEs should be targeted before or after PVI. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of PVI on CFE distribution in humans. We compared left atrial (LA) CFE maps acquired using the NavX system before and after PVI in patients with persistent AF. CFE maps were constructed from bipolar electrograms acquired from a circular mapping catheter. At each point, the mean AF cycle length (CL) was calculated automatically by averaging the intervals between deflections over a 4-second window. Sites with mean CL CFE+. A total of 22 consecutive patients (82% male, age 58 +/- 9 years) were studied. At baseline, 47% of the LA was encompassed by electrograms with CL CFE characteristics, with an increase in mean LA AF CL (144 ms pre-PVI vs. 214 ms post-PVI; P CFE+ LA surface area (47% vs 23%; P CFE burden after PVI in both PV (50% vs. 6%; P CFE. To limit extensive LA ablation, PVI should be performed before targeting CFE when a combined approach is pursued.

  4. Assessment of pulmonary venous stenosis after radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation by magnetic resonance angiography: a comparison of linear and cross-sectional area measurements

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    Tintera, Jaroslav; Porod, Vaclav; Rolencova, Eva; Fendrych, Pavel [Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Department of Radiology, Prague 4 (Czech Republic); Cihak, Robert; Mlcochova, Hanka; Kautzner, Josef [Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Prague 4 (Czech Republic)

    2006-12-15

    One of the recognised complications of catheter ablation is pulmonary venous stenosis. The aim of this study was to compare two methods of evaluation of pulmonary venous diameter for follow-up assessment of the above complication: (1) a linear approach evaluating two main diameters of the vein, (2) semiautomatically measured cross-sectional area (CSA). The study population consists of 29 patients. All subjects underwent contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CeMRA) of the pulmonary veins (PVs) before and after the ablation; 14 patients were also scanned 3 months later. PV diameter was evaluated from two-dimensional multiplanar reconstructions by measuring either the linear diameter or CSA. A comparison between pulmonary venous CSA and linear measurements revealed a systematic difference in absolute values. This difference was not significant when comparing the relative change CSA and quadratic approximation using linear extents (linear approach). However, a trend towards over-estimation of calibre reduction was documented for the linear approach. Using CSA assessment, significant PV stenosis was found in ten PVs (8%) shortly after ablation. Less significant PV stenosis, ranging from 20 to 50% was documented in other 18 PVs (15%). CeMRA with CSA assessment of the PVs is suitable method for evaluation of PV diameters. (orig.)

  5. Usefulness of helical computed tomography in diagnosing pulmonary vein stenosis in infants.

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    Ohtsuki,Shinnichi

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    We investigated the usefulness of helical computed tomography(CTin the morphological diagnosis of pulmonary vein stenosis, particularly that in infants and small children. In total, 20 helical CT examinations were performed in 10 post-operative cases of Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Drainage(TAPVD, 3 cases of single right ventricle, and 1 case of single left ventricle. In all cases, distinct morphological imaging was possible. Pulmonary vein stenosis could be categorized into three types: (1stenosis from the anastomosis of the common pulmonary vein (CPV-the left atrium (LA to the peripheral pulmonary vein; (2 stenosis only at the anastomosis of CPV-LA; and (3 stenosis due to compression by nearby organs. Coronal views by multiplanar reconstruction (MPR provided morphological information along the up-down direction of the body axis. Morphological diagnosis of pulmonary vein stenosis is important in deciding prognosis and therapeutic regimens, and helical CT was considered useful for such diagnosis in our 14 young patients.

  6. Specific echocardiographic findings useful for the diagnosis of common pulmonary vein atresia

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    Hiroyuki Nagasawa

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we report a case of common pulmonary vein atresia, which is a very rare disease characterized by cyanosis, heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. Reverse flow in the pulmonary artery at end-diastole as well as in the isthmus of the aorta from early systole to end-diastole detected by echocardiography were found to be specific features useful in diagnosing the disease.

  7. Pathogenetics of alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins.

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    Szafranski, Przemyslaw; Gambin, Tomasz; Dharmadhikari, Avinash V; Akdemir, Kadir Caner; Jhangiani, Shalini N; Schuette, Jennifer; Godiwala, Nihal; Yatsenko, Svetlana A; Sebastian, Jessica; Madan-Khetarpal, Suneeta; Surti, Urvashi; Abellar, Rosanna G; Bateman, David A; Wilson, Ashley L; Markham, Melinda H; Slamon, Jill; Santos-Simarro, Fernando; Palomares, María; Nevado, Julián; Lapunzina, Pablo; Chung, Brian Hon-Yin; Wong, Wai-Lap; Chu, Yoyo Wing Yiu; Mok, Gary Tsz Kin; Kerem, Eitan; Reiter, Joel; Ambalavanan, Namasivayam; Anderson, Scott A; Kelly, David R; Shieh, Joseph; Rosenthal, Taryn C; Scheible, Kristin; Steiner, Laurie; Iqbal, M Anwar; McKinnon, Margaret L; Hamilton, Sara Jane; Schlade-Bartusiak, Kamilla; English, Dawn; Hendson, Glenda; Roeder, Elizabeth R; DeNapoli, Thomas S; Littlejohn, Rebecca Okashah; Wolff, Daynna J; Wagner, Carol L; Yeung, Alison; Francis, David; Fiorino, Elizabeth K; Edelman, Morris; Fox, Joyce; Hayes, Denise A; Janssens, Sandra; De Baere, Elfride; Menten, Björn; Loccufier, Anne; Vanwalleghem, Lieve; Moerman, Philippe; Sznajer, Yves; Lay, Amy S; Kussmann, Jennifer L; Chawla, Jasneek; Payton, Diane J; Phillips, Gael E; Brosens, Erwin; Tibboel, Dick; de Klein, Annelies; Maystadt, Isabelle; Fisher, Richard; Sebire, Neil; Male, Alison; Chopra, Maya; Pinner, Jason; Malcolm, Girvan; Peters, Gregory; Arbuckle, Susan; Lees, Melissa; Mead, Zoe; Quarrell, Oliver; Sayers, Richard; Owens, Martina; Shaw-Smith, Charles; Lioy, Janet; McKay, Eileen; de Leeuw, Nicole; Feenstra, Ilse; Spruijt, Liesbeth; Elmslie, Frances; Thiruchelvam, Timothy; Bacino, Carlos A; Langston, Claire; Lupski, James R; Sen, Partha; Popek, Edwina; Stankiewicz, Paweł

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    Alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACDMPV) is a lethal lung developmental disorder caused by heterozygous point mutations or genomic deletion copy-number variants (CNVs) of FOXF1 or its upstream enhancer involving fetal lung-expressed long noncoding RNA genes LINC01081 and LINC01082. Using custom-designed array comparative genomic hybridization, Sanger sequencing, whole exome sequencing (WES), and bioinformatic analyses, we studied 22 new unrelated families (20 postnatal and two prenatal) with clinically diagnosed ACDMPV. We describe novel deletion CNVs at the FOXF1 locus in 13 unrelated ACDMPV patients. Together with the previously reported cases, all 31 genomic deletions in 16q24.1, pathogenic for ACDMPV, for which parental origin was determined, arose de novo with 30 of them occurring on the maternally inherited chromosome 16, strongly implicating genomic imprinting of the FOXF1 locus in human lungs. Surprisingly, we have also identified four ACDMPV families with the pathogenic variants in the FOXF1 locus that arose on paternal chromosome 16. Interestingly, a combination of the severe cardiac defects, including hypoplastic left heart, and single umbilical artery were observed only in children with deletion CNVs involving FOXF1 and its upstream enhancer. Our data demonstrate that genomic imprinting at 16q24.1 plays an important role in variable ACDMPV manifestation likely through long-range regulation of FOXF1 expression, and may be also responsible for key phenotypic features of maternal uniparental disomy 16. Moreover, in one family, WES revealed a de novo missense variant in ESRP1, potentially implicating FGF signaling in the etiology of ACDMPV.

  8. Measurements of pulmonary vein ostial diameter and distance to first bifurcation: A comparison of different measurement methods

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    Cronin, Paul [Department of Radiology, Division of Cardiothoracic Radiology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)], E-mail: pcronin@med.umich.edu; Saab, Ali [Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA (United States); Kelly, Aine Marie; Gross, Barry H.; Patel, Smita; Kazerooni, Ella A. [Department of Radiology, Division of Cardiothoracic Radiology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Carlos, Ruth C. [Division of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the agreement between axial, multiplanar reformatted (MPR) and semi-automated software measurements of pulmonary vein ostial diameters and distance to the first bifurcation. CT examinations of the thorax were retrospectively reviewed in 150 consecutive patients. The pulmonary vein ostial diameter and distance to the first bifurcation of the four main pulmonary veins were independently measured. The three measurement methods were compared using a Bland-Altman test. There was no significant variation between pulmonary vein ostial diameter measurements for the superior pulmonary veins across the three measurement methods. There was significant variation between the semi-automated program and both the axial (p = 0.001) and MPR (p < 0.001) measured diameters for the right inferior pulmonary vein ostial diameter and between the MPR and semi-automated program measurements (p = 0.02) for the left inferior pulmonary vein ostial diameter. There was no significant variation between the pulmonary vein distance to first bifurcation measurements for any pulmonary vein across the three measurement methods. However, from a clinical perspective, differences were negligible; therefore, the clinician may confidently use any of the three measurement methods presented.

  9. The effectiveness of a high output/short duration radiofrequency current application technique in segmental pulmonary vein isolation for atrial fibrillation

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    Nilsson, Brian; Chen, Xu; Pehrson, Steen;

    2006-01-01

    AIMS: Segmental pulmonary vein (PV) isolation by radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation has become a curative therapy for atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the long procedure time limits the wide application of this procedure. The aim of the current study was to compare a novel ablation technique...... with a high power output and short application time vs. a conventional technique using a low power output and long application time. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study included 90 consecutive patients (age 53+/-10 years; 66 men). Segmental PV isolation was performed by irrigated RF catheter ablation in both...... groups. In the conventional group (Group 1, 45 patients), the power output was limited to 30 W with a target temperature of 50 degrees C and an RF preset duration of 120 s. In the novel group (Group 2, 45 patients), the maximum power output was preset to 45 W, with a target temperature of 55 degrees C...

  10. Maintenance of atrial fibrillation by pulmonary vein tachycardia with ostial conduction block: evidence of an interpulmonary vein electrical connection.

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    Matsuo, Seiichiro; Jaïs, Pierre; Wright, Matthew; Lim, Kang-Teng; Knecht, Sébastien; Haïssaguerre, Michel

    2008-10-01

    We report a case of a 56-year-old man with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation who underwent segmental, ostial pulmonary vein (PV) isolation while in arrhythmia. During isolation of the left superior PV (LSPV), organized electrical activity was seen within the vein, suggestive of a PV tachycardia with a cycle length of 90 ms. Simultaneously, organized electrical activity with a cycle length of 180 ms was seen in the left inferior PV (LIPV), suggestive of 2:1 conduction between the LSPV and the LIPV. Isolation of the LIPV resulted in conversion to sinus rhythm, while confirming isolation of the LSPV by the presence of ongoing PV tachycardia in this vein. This case demonstrates a direct electrical connection between the ipsilateral left PVs, leading to maintenance of atrial fibrillation.

  11. Introduction of an expert system for the discrimination of local pulmonary vein and atrial far field signals.

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    Klemm, Hanno Ulrich; Heitzer, Thomas; Ruprecht, Ute; Johnsen, Christin; Meinertz, Thomas; Ventura, Rodolfo

    2010-11-01

    Discrimination of local and far field potentials during sinus rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AF) is essential for successful pulmonary vein (PV) isolation. We sought to introduce an expert system for the classification of electrophysiologic PV signals. For the expert system database, we analyzed ablation procedures of 50 patients with paroxysmal and persistent AF. Standard circumferential catheters and bipolar recordings were required. In a prospective trial, the expert system was compared with the performing electrophysiologists' classifications of potentials during 15 procedures. A total of 1,343 recordings of local PV and far field signals were validated by the sudden disappearance of local potentials during ablation, the presence of dissociated PV activity, and pacing maneuvers. A fast Fourier transform was applied to the individual potentials. Analysis continued in the amplitude and phase representation. Four parameters significant (p expert system correctly predicted their local origin in 86%. An expert system for the evaluation of electrophysiologic signals based on morphology analysis using the Fourier transform is feasible. The ease of use and online availability facilitate a widespread use for AF ablation procedures.

  12. Unanswered Questions in Complex Fractionated Atrial Electrogram Ablation.

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    Aksu, Tolga; Guler, Tümer Erdem; Yalin, Kivanc; Oto, Ali

    2016-11-01

    Pulmonary vein isolation has been accepted as potential target for ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) given that the pulmonary veins are the main source of AF triggers. However, ablation strategies for persistent AF are less well defined. Mapping and ablation of complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAEs) is one strategy that has been proposed as a strategy for substrate modification although there is no consensus on their definition and procedural end points. Results of clinical studies have been conflicting. In this review, we aimed to discuss yesterday, today, and tomorrow of CFAEs ablation in persistent AF ablation. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Pulmonary vein isolation using the Rhythmia mapping system: Verification of intracardiac signals using the Orion mini-basket catheter.

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    Anter, Elad; Tschabrunn, Cory M; Contreras-Valdes, Fernando M; Li, Jianqing; Josephson, Mark E

    2015-09-01

    During pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), a circular lasso catheter is positioned at the junction between the left atrium (LA) and the pulmonary vein (PV) to confirm PVI. The Rhythmia mapping system uses the Orion mini-basket catheter with 64 electrodes instead of the lasso catheter. However, its feasibility to determine PVI has not been studied. The purpose of this study was to compare signals between the mini-basket and lasso catheters at the LA-PV junction. In 12 patients undergoing PVI using Rhythmia, the mini-basket and lasso catheters were placed simultaneously at the LA-PV junction for baseline and post-PVI signal assessment. Pacing from both catheters was performed to examine the presence of exit block. At baseline, recordings of LA and PV potentials were concordant in all PVs. However, after PVI, concordance between the catheters was only 68%. Discordance in all cases resulted from loss of PV potentials on the lasso catheter with persistence of PV potentials on the mini-basket catheter. In 9 of 13 PVs (69%), these potentials represented true PV potentials that were exclusively recorded with the smaller and closely spaced mini-basket electrodes. In the other 4 PVs (31%), these potentials originated from neighboring structures and resulted in underestimation of PVI. The use of the mini-basket catheter alone is sufficient to determine PVI. While it improves recording of PV potentials after incomplete ablation, it is also associated with frequent recording of "PV-like" potentials originating from neighboring structures. In these cases, pacing maneuvers are helpful to determine PVI and avoid excessive ablation. Copyright © 2015 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Impact of the origin of sinus node artery on recurrence after pulmonary vein isolation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    ZHANG Zhi-jun; CHEN Ke; TANG Ri-bo; gANG Cai-hua; Edmundo Patricio Lopes Lao; YAN Qian; HE Xiao-nan

    2013-01-01

    Background Major atrial coronary arteries,including the sinus node artery (SNA),were commonly found in the areas involved in atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation and could cause difficulties in achieving linear block at the left atrial (LA) roof.The SNA is a major atrial coronary artery of the atrial coronary circulation.This study aimed to determine impact of the origin of SNA on recurrence of AF after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients with paroxysmal AF.Methods Seventy-eight patients underwent coronary angiography for suspected coronary heart disease,followed by catheter ablation for paroxysmal AF.According to the origin of SNA from angiographic findings,they were divided into right SNA group (SNA originating from the right coronary artery) and left SNA group (SNA originating from the left circumflex artery).Guided by an electroanatomic mapping system,circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) was performed in both groups and PVI was the procedural endpoint.All patients were followed up at 1,3,6,9 and 12 months post-ablation.Recurrence was defined as any episode of atrial tachyarrhythmias (ATAs),including AF,atrial flutter or atrial tachycardia,that lasted longer than 30 seconds after a blanking period of 3 months.Results The SNA originated from the right coronary artery in 34 patients (43.6%) and the left circumflex artery in 44 patients (56.4%).Freedom from AF and antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) at 1 year was 67.9 % (53/78) for all patients.After 1 year follow-up,79.4% (27/34) in right SNA group and 59.1% (26/44) in left SNA group (P=0.042) were in sinus rhythm.On multivariate analysis,left atrium size (HR=1.451,95%CI:1.240-1.697,P <0.001) and a left SNA (HR=6.22,95%CI:2.01-19.25,P=0.002)were the independent predictors of AF recurrence.Conclusions The left SNA is more frequent in the patients with paroxysmal AF.After one year follow-up,the presence of a left SNA was identified as an independent predictor of AF recurrence after CPVA in

  15. Effects of pulmonary veins ligation style for the patients' stress and cardiac on lung cancer

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    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Background and objective It is needed to explore the effects of operation on stress statue, myocardial damage and arrhythmia to lung cancer. This study would compare the effects of two ligation styles of pulmonary vein on lung cancer patients' stress and cardiac postoperative. Methods 54 cases were divided into two groups randomly:the pulmonary vein trunk-ligation group (trunk group, 27 cases and the pulmonary vein branch-ligation group (branch group, 27 cases. The blood concentrations of hydrocortisone (HC, blood glucose (BG and cardial troponin-I (cTnI were determined at different time point. The surgical data, the quantum of pain and ECG also recorded. Results ① There were no significance difference of the operation time, blood loss during operation and drainage volume in first day after operation between two groups. ② There're no differences of the quantum of pain between two groups. ③ The HC of the two groups' ascend obviously on the end of operation and descend during postoperative. ④ The BG of the two groups' rise on the 1st day obviously, maintain high level on the 2nd day, descend on the 3rd day but still higher than that of preoperation.⑤ The BG and HC show a direct positive correlation postoperative. ⑥ The cTnIs of the trunk group ascend immediatelyafter operation, but there's no statistically significance between two groups. ⑦ The arrhythmia incidence is higher in the trunk group, but the arrhythmia incidences classified by the date after operation of the two groups' show no distinction. Conclusion ① The effects of two pulmonary vein ligation styles on postoperative stress show no significance differences.② The style of pulmonary vein trunk-ligation has a more obvious tendency to do harm to heart than that of branch-ligation. ③ The style of pulmonary vein branch-ligation may reduce the arrhythmia incidence after operation.

  16. Implementation of Endovenous Laser Ablation for Varicose Veins in a Large Community Hospital : The First 400 Procedures

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    van den Bremer, J.; Joosten, P. Ph. A. Hedeman; Hamming, J. F.; Moll, F. L.

    2009-01-01

    Endovenous Laser ablation (ELA) has become a standard treatment of the incompetent great saphenous vein (GSV). Our prospective audit examines the implementation of this new method in a large community hospital with special attention to obstacles, technical results, pain scores, failures and our lear

  17. Randomised Comparison of Costs and Cost-Effectiveness of Cryostripping and Endovenous Laser Ablation for Varicose Veins : 2-Year Results

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    Disselhoff, B. C. V. M.; Buskens, E.; Kelder, J. C.; Kinderen, D. J. der; Moll, F. L.

    2009-01-01

    Background: Although endovenous laser ablation for varicose veins is replacing surgical stripping, proper economic evaluation with adequate follow-up in a randomised clinical trial is important for considered policy decisions regarding the implementation of new techniques. Methods: Data from a rando

  18. Pulmonary hemorrhage complicating radiofrequency ablation, from mild hemoptysis to life-threatening pattern

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    Nour-Eldin, Nour-Eldin A.; Naguib, Nagy N.N.; Mack, Martin; Abskharon, John E.; Vogl, Thomas J. [Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Hospital, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

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    To assess risk factors and the extent of pulmonary hemorrhage complicating radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of pulmonary neoplasms. This retrospective study involved 248 ablation sessions for lung tumors (20 primary lesions and 228 metastatic lesions) in 164 patients (mean age 59.7 years, SD: 10.2). Both unipolar and bipolar radiofrequency systems were used under CT fluoroscopic guidance. Extent and underlying factors associated with development of pulmonary hemorrhage were analyzed. Incidence of intra-parenchymal pulmonary hemorrhage, pleural effusion, and hemoptysis were 17.7% (44/248 sessions), 4% (8/248 sessions), and 16.1% (40/248 sessions), respectively. Death because of massive bleeding occurred in one session (0.4%). Significant risk factors associated with intra-parenchymal hemorrhage included: lesions of <1.5 cm diameter (P = 0.007); basal and middle lung zone lesions (P = 0.026); increased needle track distance traversing the lung parenchyma >2.5 cm (P = 0.0017); traversing pulmonary vessels in the track of ablation (P < 0.001); and the use of multi-tined electrodes (P = 0.004). Concomitant incidence of pulmonary hemorrhage and pneumothorax was 29.2% (14/48 sessions). While typically safe, RFA of pulmonary neoplasms can result in pulmonary hemorrhage ranging from mild to life-threatening. Management of this complication is mainly preventive through adequate patient selection for ablation therapy and exclusion of technically avoidable risk factors. (orig.)

  19. Cryoballoon or Radiofrequency Ablation for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation.

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    BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend pulmonary-vein isolation by means of catheter ablation as treatment for drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Radiofrequency ablation is the most common method, and cryoballoon ablation is the second most frequently used technology. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter, randomized trial to determine whether cryoballoon ablation was noninferior to radiofrequency ablation in symptomatic patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillatio...

  20. Initial experience with circumferential pulmonary vein isolation guided by Overlay Ref and CartoMerge in the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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    Tang, Kai; Zhao, Dong-dong; Zhang, Jing-ying; Chen, Yan-qing; Xu, Ya-wei

    2010-05-20

    CartoMerge has been widely used in guiding circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI) for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). However, the procedure of landmarks selection varies among operators according to their experience. Techniques have to be established to standardize this procedure. We propose that Overlay Ref could facilitate this procedure. This paper aimed to report our initial experience with CPVI guided by Overlay Ref and CartoMerge for the treatment of PAF. Fifty-nine patients with PAF were enrolled in this study. Using Overlay Ref technique, a reference image (inverted) was faded into the live fluoroscopic image. Landmarks of CartoMerge were selected from anatomic points of the top of superior pulmonary veins (PVs) and the bottom of inferior PVs guided by Overlay Ref image. Overlay Ref images were also used to guide the ablation procedure combining with CartoMerge. All patients were successfully mapped by CartoMerge guided by Overlay Ref. The distance between the mapping points and the CT surfaces was (1.42 +/- 0.67) mm for the patients as a whole. This led to a successful rate of 96% for isolation of pulmonary veins. Duration of ablation procedure was (92 +/- 17) minutes. And the total duration of procedure was (139 +/- 32) minutes. CartoMerge could also be performed just with 3 paries to 4 paries selected landmarks guided by Overlay Ref without a full anatomic model constructed by Carto. Then, the total duration of procedure could be shortened to (115 +/- 38) minutes. Overlay Ref technique can facilitate the catheter ablation of PAF and can help to standardize the procedure of landmarks selection.

  1. Initial experience with circumferential pulmonary vein isolation guided by Overlay Ref and CartoMerge in the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    TANG Kai; ZHAO Dong-dong; ZHANG Jing-ying; CHEN Yan-qing; XU Ya-wei

    2010-01-01

    Background CartoMerge has been widely used in guiding circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI) for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF).However, the procedure of landmarks selection varies among operators according to their experience.Techniques have to be established to standardize this procedure.We propose that Overlay Ref could facilitate this procedure.This paper aimed to report our initial experience with CPVI guided by Overlay Ref and CartoMerge for the treatment of PAF.Methods Fifty-nine patients with PAF were enrolled in this study.Using Overlay Ref technique, a reference image (inverted) was faded into the live fluoroscopic image.Landmarks of CartoMerge were selected from anatomic points of the top of superior pulmonary veins (PVs) and the bottom of inferior PVs guided by Overlay Ref image.Overlay Ref images were also used to guide the ablation procedure combining with CartoMerge.Results All patients were successfully mapped by CartoMerge guided by Overlay Ref.The distance between the mapping points and the CT surfaces was (1.42±0.67) mm for the patients as a whole.This led to a successful rate of 96%for isolation of pulmonary veins.Duration of ablation procedure was (92±17) minutes.And the total duration of procedure was (139±32) minutes.CartoMerge could also be performed just with 3 paries to 4 paries selected landmarks guided by Overlay Ref without a full anatomic model constructed by Carto.Then, the total duration of procedure could be shortened to (115±38) minutes.Conclusions Overlay Ref technique can facilitate the catheter ablation of PAF and can help to standardize the procedure of landmarks selection.

  2. Extralobar pulmonary sequestration with venous drainage to the portal vein: a case report

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    Kamata, S.; Sawai, T.; Nose, K.; Hasagawa, T.; Nakajima, K.; Soh, H.; Okada, A. [Department of Paediatric Surgery, Osaka University Medical School, 2-2 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)

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    Venous drainage to the portal vein in pulmonary sequestration is rare. A 7-month-old girl was referred to our hospital following surgery for ventricular septal defect because of a left upper abdominal mass with a large feeding artery from the abdominal aorta and venous drainage to the portal vein. She had had frequent pulmonary infections and was growth retarded. MRI demonstrated that the mass was above the left diaphragm, suggesting extralobar sequestration. An extralobar sequestered lung was resected at thoracotomy. Diagnostic problems and clinical features are presented. (orig.)

  3. Pulmonary vein dilatation in a case of total pulmonary vein occlusion: Contemporary approach using a combination of 3D-mapping system and image integration.

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    Hilbert, Sebastian; Sommer, Philipp; Bollmann, Andreas

    2016-12-01

    Pulmonary vein stenosis (PVS) is a known complication of PV isolation procedures for atrial fibrillation. In this report a case of recurring PV occlusion after repeated percutaneous procedures has been described. Focus is on a novel interventional technique employing a three-dimensional mapping system which enables targeting total occlusion of PVs and on the use of a drug eluting balloon. A focused review of the current literature regarding ongoing limitations of PV stenosis treatment has been provided. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. A novel multiscale topo-morphometric approach for separating arteries and veins via pulmonary CT imaging

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    Saha, Punam K.; Gao, Zhiyun; Alford, Sara; Sonka, Milan; Hoffman, Eric

    2009-02-01

    Distinguishing arterial and venous trees in pulmonary multiple-detector X-ray computed tomography (MDCT) images (contrast-enhanced or unenhanced) is a critical first step in the quantification of vascular geometry for purposes of determining, for instance, pulmonary hypertension, using vascular dimensions as a comparator for assessment of airway size, detection of pulmonary emboli and more. Here, a novel method is reported for separating arteries and veins in MDCT pulmonary images. Arteries and veins are modeled as two iso-intensity objects closely entwined with each other at different locations at various scales. The method starts with two sets of seeds -- one for arteries and another for veins. Initialized with seeds, arteries and veins grow iteratively while maintaining their spatial separation and eventually forming two disjoint objects at convergence. The method combines fuzzy distance transform, a morphologic feature, with a topologic connectivity property to iteratively separate finer and finer details starting at a large scale and progressing towards smaller scales. The method has been validated in mathematically generated tubular objects with different levels of fuzziness, scale and noise. Also, it has been successfully applied to clinical CT pulmonary data. The accuracy of the method has been quantitatively evaluated by comparing its results with manual outlining. For arteries, the method has yielded correctness of 81.7% at the cost of 6.7% false positives and 11.6% false negatives. Our method is very promising for automated separation of arteries and veins in MDCT pulmonary images even when there is no mark of intensity variation at conjoining locations.

  5. Endovenous laser ablation of great saphenous veins performed using tumescent cold saline solution without local anesthesia.

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    Cavallini, Alvise; Marcer, Daniela; Bernardini, Giovanni; Ferrari Ruffino, Salvatore

    2014-05-01

    In recent years, laser systems with higher wavelengths, associated with new optical fibers, have shown excellent short-term results in treating saphenous veins and reducing the side effects and, in particular, the postoperative pain. However, if the patients are not anesthetized, they may feel pain even when using low energy with the high-wavelength laser; the only tumescent local anesthesia often does not guarantee a complete pain control during endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). Aim of this study was to demonstrate that the local anesthesia during EVLA of great saphenous veins (GSVs) is not essential for the perioperative comfort of the patient if a mild sedation is made. Forty-nine incompetent GSVs were treated by EVLA with a cold saline tumescent solution (CSTS) without local anesthetic drugs. EVLA was performed with a 1540-nm diode laser and a 600-μc ball-tipped fiber. Intraoperative ultrasonography was then used to guide delivery of CSTS (cold saline solution 0.9% at 5°C) using a motor pump under intravenous sedation. The gravity of chronic venous disease was determined according to the clinical-etiology-anatomy-pathophysiology classification. Patients rated surgery global pain according to 4 types: "extremely," "rather," "slightly," and "not at all" painful. Twenty-five cases (51%) were classified as C3, 20 (41%) as C2, 6 (13%) as C4, and 1 (2%) as C6. Midazolam 2.5 mg + a mean of 0.16 mg of fentanil (minimum: 0.10; maximum: 0.20; standard deviation [SD]: 0.4) + a mean of 178.21 mg of propofol (minimum: 100; maximum: 300; SD: 47.1) were administrated as intravenous sedation. The total average linear endovenous energy density was 57.7 J/cm. Approximately 250 mL (minimum: 100; maximum: 780) of CSTS was administered. No Patient has had pain during the procedure. All patients were discharged 2.5 hrs after surgery. EVLA under sedation using CSTS without diluted anesthetic drugs is a suitable technique in an outpatients clinic, especially useful if the ablation

  6. Left Atrial Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Sternik, Leonid; Schaff, Hartzel V.; Luria, David; Glikson, Michael; Kogan, Alexander; Malachy, Ateret; First, Maya; Raanani, Ehud

    2011-01-01

    The maze procedure is the gold standard for the ablation of atrial fibrillation, and the “box lesion” around the pulmonary veins is the most important part of this procedure. We have created this lesion with a bipolar radiofrequency ablator, abandoning the usual use of this device (to achieve bilateral epicardial isolation of the pulmonary veins). From March 2004 through the end of May 2010, we performed surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation in 240 patients. Of this number, 205 underwent operation by a hybrid maze technique and the remaining 35 (our study cohort) underwent the creation of a box lesion around the pulmonary veins by means of a bipolar radiofrequency device. Ablation lines were created by connecting the left atriotomy to the amputated left atrial appendage, with 2 ablation lines made with a bipolar radiofrequency device above and below the pulmonary veins. Lesions were made along the transverse and oblique sinuses by epicardial and endocardial application of a bipolar device. The left atrial isthmus was ablated by bipolar radiofrequency and cryoprobe. No complications were associated with the box lesion: 90% and 89% of patients were in sinus rhythm at 3 and 6 months of follow-up, respectively. By creating a box lesion around the pulmonary veins, we expect to improve transmurality by means of epicardial and endocardial ablation of 1 rather than 2 layers of atrial wall, as in epicardial pulmonary vein isolation. Isolation of the entire posterior wall of the left atrium is better electrophysiologically and renders dissection around the pulmonary veins unnecessary. PMID:21494518

  7. Adenosine testing after cryoballoon pulmonary vein isolation improves long-term clinical outcome

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    Y. van Belle (Yves); P. Janse (Petter); N. de Groot (Natasja); W. Anné (Wim); D.A.M.J. Theuns (Dominic); L.J.L.M. Jordaens (Luc)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractBackground Adenosine infusion after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) with radiofrequency energy reveals dormant muscular sleeves and predicts atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence. The aim of our study was to determine whether adenosine could reveal dormant PV sleeves after cryoballoon isola

  8. [Total anomalous connection of the pulmonary veins in the adult. Presentation of 4 cases].

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    Rangel-Abundis, A; Rendón Aguilar, P; Badui, E

    1989-01-01

    The authors described the clinical, echocardiographic, and hemodynamic studies, as well as the surgical findings in four adult patients with total anomalous connexion of the pulmonary veins (TACPV); two of them with pulmonary arterial hypertension and T A C P V draining in the coronary sinus, and the other two cases with normal pulmonary artery pressure and T A C P V draining in the superior vena cava. None of the patients had symptoms nor signs of congestive heart failure. All cases had successful surgical interventions. Patients survival into adulthood is discussed.

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

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

    2013-11-15

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

  10. Effect of K201, a novel antiarrhythmic drug on calcium handling and arrhythmogenic activity of pulmonary vein cardiomyocytes

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    Chen, Y-J; Chen, Y-C; Wongcharoen, W; Lin, C-I; Chen, S-A

    2007-01-01

    Background and purpose: Pulmonary veins are the most important focus for the generation of atrial fibrillation. Abnormal calcium homeostasis with ryanodine receptor dysfunction may underlie the arrhythmogenic activity in pulmonary veins. The preferential ryanodine receptor stabilizer (K201) possesses antiarrhythmic effects through calcium regulation. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of K201 on the arrhythmogenic activity and calcium regulation of pulmonary vein cardiomyocytes. Experimental approach: The ionic currents and intracellular calcium were studied in isolated single cardiomyocytes from rabbit pulmonary vein before and after the administration of K201, by the whole-cell patch clamp and indo-1 fluorimetric ratio techniques. Key results: K201 (0.1, 0.3, 1 μM) reduced the firing rates in pulmonary vein cardiomyocytes, decreased the amplitudes of the delayed afterdepolarizations and prolonged the action potential duration. K201 decreased the L-type calcium currents, Na+/Ca2+ exchanger currents, transient inward currents and calcium transients. K201 (1 μM, but not 0.1 μM or 0.3 μM) also reduced the sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium content. Moreover, both the pretreatment and administration of K201 (0.3 μM) decreased the isoprenaline (10 nM)-induced arrhythmogenesis in pulmonary veins. Conclusions and implications: K201 reduced the arrhythmogenic activity of pulmonary vein cardiomyocytes and attenuated the arrhythmogenicity induced by isoprenaline. These findings may reveal the anti-arrhythmic potential of K201. PMID:17994112

  11. Antiarrhythmic medication is superior to catheter ablation in suppressing supraventricular ectopic complexes in patients with atrial fibrillation

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    Alhede, Christina; Lauridsen, Trine K; Johannessen, Arne

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Supraventricular ectopic complexes (SVEC) originating in the pulmonary veins are known triggers of atrial fibrillation (AF) which led to the development of pulmonary vein isolation for AF. However, the long-term prevalence of SVEC after catheter ablation (CA) as compared to antiarrhyt......BACKGROUND: Supraventricular ectopic complexes (SVEC) originating in the pulmonary veins are known triggers of atrial fibrillation (AF) which led to the development of pulmonary vein isolation for AF. However, the long-term prevalence of SVEC after catheter ablation (CA) as compared...

  12. The study in pulmonary vein anatomy and the variation by DSCT%DSCT在肺静脉解剖及变异中的应用研究

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    赵昕; 时季成; 吕京光

    2013-01-01

    目的 利用DSCT对肺静脉正常解剖及变异类型、变异率进行研究,指导房颤导管消融手术的准确定位.方法 选择300例通过DSCT冠状动脉成像序列进行肺静脉成像,其中男性210例,女性90例,年龄14~81岁,平均年龄54.8岁,对肺静脉的数量、位置、分型和变异进行分析.结果 300例样本中,双侧均为标准型肺静脉者共144例,肺静脉总变异率为52%,左侧、右侧肺静脉变异分别为123例、102例,其变异率分别为41%、34%,其中右侧肺静脉变异以独立肺静脉较为常见,占60%,左侧肺静脉变异以肺静脉共同口较为常见,占96%;此外,本样本中肺静脉开口数目为2个、3个、4个、5个和6个的分别有19例、72例、196例、36例和4例.结论 肺静脉解剖存在较大变异,DSCT增强扫描可准确显示肺静脉解剖及其变异和类型,对指导房颤射频消融及心胸外科手术均具有重要意义.%Objective To study pulmonary vein anatomy and variation types and variation rate by the dual-source CT (DSCT) for guiding catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation( Af). Methods A total of 300 Patients (210 males, 90 females, aged 14 to 81 years old, with an average age of 54. 8 years) was undergone the pulmonary vein imaging by the DSCT coronary angiography imaging sequence. The number and position and classification and variation of the pulmonary vein (PV) were analyzed by multi-angle analysis of observation. Results Of 300 cases, 144 cases were found in both sides of normal pulmonary veins, with the variation rate of 52%. Among these cases, 123 cases had anatomic variation in the left PV, with the variation of 41 % , and the additional PV was common relatively, accounting for 60% , and 102 cases had anatomic variation in the right PV, with the variation rate of 34%, and the common vein opening PV was common relatively, accounting for 96%. In addition, according to the number of pulmonary vein opening, there were five types

  13. Alteration of Endothelin 1, MCP-1 and Chromogranin A in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing pulmonary vein isolation.

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    Lackermair, K; Clauss, S; Voigt, T; Klier, I; Summo, C; Hildebrand, B; Nickel, T; Estner, H L; Kääb, S; Wakili, R; Wilbert-Lampen, U

    2017-01-01

    The relation between arrhythmias and stress is known. The aim of our current study was to elucidate whether plasma levels of previously described stress parameters are altered in highly symptomatic patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) per se and in patients undergoing ablation therapy by pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). 96 patients with AF undergoing PVI were recruited. Plasma levels of Endothelin-1 (ET-1), MCP-1 and Chromogranin-A (CGA) were measured before and three months after ablation completed with clinical follow-up with respect to AF recurrence. Additionally, we examined 40 healthy age- and sex-matched volunteers as a reference. Symptomatic AF patients showed increased levels of ET-1 compared to healthy controls (2.62pg/ml vs. 1.57pg/ml; pPVI (2.96pg/ml vs. 2.57pg/ml;p = 0.02). The temporal comparison revealed decreased ET-1 levels in patients without (2.57pg/ml vs. 2.33pg/ml; pPVI. Baseline MCP-1 was increased in AF patients vs. controls (268pg/ml vs. 227 pg/ml; p = 0.03). Both groups, with and without AF after PVI, showed an increase of MCP-1 compared to baseline (268pg/ml vs. 349pg/ml;pPVI showed an increase of CGA (14.2ng/ml vs. 20.7ng/ml;pPVI. Our study demonstrated dysregulated levels of ET-1, MCP-1 and CGA in symptomatic AF patients. We could demonstrate an association between ET-1 to presence or absence of AF. Furthermore, we could show that a decrease of ET-1 as well as an increase of CGA after PVI, representing a trend towards control cohort levels, were both associated with restoration of sinus rhythm. These results provide new insights into the role of stress-related biomarkers in AF and AF treatment by ablation therapy.

  14. Prevalence of right atrial non-pulmonary vein triggers in atrial fibrillation patients treated with thyroid hormone replacement therapy.

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    Kim, Ki-Hun; Mohanty, Sanghamitra; Mohanty, Prasant; Trivedi, Chintan; Morris, Eli Hamilton; Santangeli, Pasquale; Bai, Rong; Al-Ahmad, Amin; Burkhardt, John David; Gallinghouse, Joseph G; Horton, Rodney; Sanchez, Javier E; Bailey, Shane; Hranitzky, Patrick M; Zagrodzky, Jason; Kim, Soo G; Di Biase, Luigi; Natale, Andrea

    2017-08-01

    Thyroid hormone (TH) is known to enhance arrhythmogenicity, and high-normal thyroid function is related with an increased recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after catheter ablation. However, the impact of thyroid hormone replacement (THR) on AF ablation is not well known. This study evaluated 1163 consecutive paroxysmal AF patients [160 (14%) on THR and 1003 (86%) without THR] undergoing their first catheter ablation. A total of 146 patients on THR and 146 controls were generated by propensity matching, based on calculated risk factor scores, using a logistic model (age, sex, body mass index, and left atrium size). The presence of non-pulmonary vein (PV) triggers was disclosed by a high-dose isoproterenol challenge (up to 30 μg/min) after PV isolation. Clinical characteristics were not different between the groups. When compared to the control, non-PV triggers were significantly greater in the THR patients [112 (77%) vs. 47 (32%), P right atrium (95 vs. 56%, P sources of non-PV triggers were the interatrial septum (25 vs. 11%, P = 0.002), coronary sinus (70 vs. 52%, P = 0.01), left atrial appendage (47 vs. 34%, P = 0.03), crista terminalis/superior vena cava (11 vs. 8%, P = 0.43), and mitral valve annulus (7 vs. 5%, P = 0.45) (THR vs. control), respectively. After mean follow-up of 14.7 ± 5.2 months, success rate was lower in patients on THR therapy [94 (64.4%)] compared to patients not receiving THR therapy [110 (75.3%), log-rank test value = 0.04]. Right atrial non-PV triggers were more prevalent in AF patients treated with THR. Elimination of non-PV triggers provided better arrhythmia-free survival in the non-THR group.

  15. Imaging of pulmonary vein anatomy using low-dose prospective ECG-triggered dual-source computed tomography

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    Blanke, Philipp; Baumann, Tobias; Langer, Mathias; Pache, Gregor [University Hospital Freiburg, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Freiburg (Germany)

    2010-08-15

    To prospectively investigate the feasibility, image quality and radiation dose estimates for computed tomography angiography (CTA) of the pulmonary veins and left atrium using prospective electrocardiography (ECG)-triggered sequential dual-source (DS) data acquisition at end-systole in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation undergoing radiofrequency ablation. Thirty-five patients (mean age 66.2 {+-} 12.6 years) with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation underwent prospective ECG-triggered sequential DS-CTA with tube current (250 mAs/rotation) centred 250 ms past the R-peak. Tube voltage was adjusted to the BMI (<25 kg/m{sup 2}: 100 kV, >25 kg/m{sup 2}: 120 kV). Presence of motion or stair-step artefacts was assessed. Effective radiation dose was calculated from the dose-length product. All data sets could be integrated into the electroanatomical mapping system. Twenty-two patients (63%) were in sinus rhythm (mean heart rate 69.2 {+-} 11.1 bpm, variability 1.0 {+-} 1.7 bpm) and 13 (37%) showed an ECG pattern of atrial fibrillation (mean heart rate 84.8 {+-} 16.6 bpm, variability 17.9 {+-} 7.5 bpm). Minor step artefacts were observed in three patients (23%) with atrial fibrillation. Mean estimated effective dose was 1.1 {+-} 0.3 and 3.0 {+-} 0.5 mSv for 100 and 120 kV respectively. Imaging of pulmonary vein anatomy is feasible using prospective ECG-triggered sequential data acquisition at end-systole regardless of heart rate or rhythm at the benefit of low radiation dose. (orig.)

  16. The sural nerve: Sonographic anatomy, variability and relation to the small saphenous vein in the setting of endovenous thermal ablation.

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    Rodriguez-Acevedo, Omar; Elstner, Kristen; Zea, Aaron; Diaz, Jenny; Martinic, Kui; Ibrahim, Nabeel

    2017-02-01

    Background Neurological complications are well documented in association with both surgical stripping or disconnection and thermal ablation of the small saphenous vein. The sural nerve (medial sural cutaneous nerve) is most vulnerable due to its close relationship to the small saphenous vein. Objective This is a cross-sectional observational study of the sonographic anatomy of 115 Australian patients to determine the course of the sural nerve and its relationship to the small saphenous vein, and to identify its relevance in the thermal ablation of the small saphenous vein. Method Sonographic mapping of the right sural nerve was performed with a Philips L12.5 and Sonosite 10.5 MHz ultrasound machine on 115 patients. The sural nerve was traced proximally from the level of the lateral malleolus to the popliteal fossa in order to measure its distance from the small saphenous vein at four reference points in the lower leg. Results A total of 115 patients were studied (females 82, males 33). The sural nerve was identified in 100% of patients; 64 patients (55.7%) showed usual sural nerve anatomy, while 51 patients (44.3%) demonstrated a range of anatomical variations, including the sural nerve becoming epifascial at a higher point than usual. Conclusion The sural nerve was identifiable on duplex ultrasound in 100% of cases. Classic anatomical relations and the perceived protection of the sural nerve conferred by the deep fascia of the upper calf are unreliable. Preoperative strategies can help to approach and protect the sural nerve in the endovenous ablation setting.

  17. Pulmonary vein flow pattern in children with bidirectional cavopulmonary connection or Fontan circuit

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    Shariat, Masoud; Yoo, Shi-Joon [Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Radiology, Toronto (Canada); Grosse-Wortmann, Lars; Windram, Jonathan [Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Cardiology, Toronto (Canada)

    2012-02-15

    Typical flow velocity profiles in the extraparenchymal pulmonary veins (PVs) demonstrate two major antegrade flow waves: a biphasic systolic wave (S), with S1 and S2 peaks and a monophasic early diastolic wave (D). Flow reversal during atrial systole (A) is common. There is agreement that the forward diastolic PV flow wave is caused by left ventricular relaxation with opening of the mitral valve. The origin of the PV systolic wave, however, remains a topic of debate. Some studies have suggested that the S wave is created by the relaxation of the left atrium and descent of the mitral valve plane. These studies have concluded that forces generated by the right ventricle (RV) have no effect on the S wave. Others suggest that the forward propagation of the right ventricular systolic pressure pulse is the major contributor to the S wave. To determine whether any part of the systolic wave of PV flow is dependent on forces created by the right ventricle. We assessed PV flow pattern, as obtained by cardiac MRI in 12 cases (39 pulmonary veins) with RV-independent pulmonary circulation (bidirectional cavopulmonary connection or Fontan circulation). Phase-contrast imaging of the PVs was performed on a 1.5-T MR scanner with velocity encoding set at 120 cm/s. We compared these flow patterns with those of a control group of ten children (15 pulmonary veins) who had RV-dependent pulmonary circulation and underwent CMR for other indications. In all PVs of children with RV-independent pulmonary circulation the flow curves showed a single systolic peak in early systole (S1) with the S2 peak consistently absent. PV flow pattern in the control group consistently showed distinct early and late systolic peaks. This study supports the concept that S2 is caused by forward propagation of the right ventricular systolic pressure pulse. It also demonstrates that the S1 is independent of the right ventricle. (orig.)

  18. Pulmonary vein flow pattern in children with bidirectional cavopulmonary connection or Fontan circuit.

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    Shariat, Masoud; Grosse-Wortmann, Lars; Windram, Jonathan; Yoo, Shi-Joon

    2012-02-01

    Typical flow velocity profiles in the extraparenchymal pulmonary veins (PVs) demonstrate two major antegrade flow waves: a biphasic systolic wave (S), with S1 and S2 peaks and a monophasic early diastolic wave (D). Flow reversal during atrial systole (A) is common. There is agreement that the forward diastolic PV flow wave is caused by left ventricular relaxation with opening of the mitral valve. The origin of the PV systolic wave, however, remains a topic of debate. Some studies have suggested that the S wave is created by the relaxation of the left atrium and descent of the mitral valve plane. These studies have concluded that forces generated by the right ventricle (RV) have no effect on the S wave. Others suggest that the forward propagation of the right ventricular systolic pressure pulse is the major contributor to the S wave. To determine whether any part of the systolic wave of PV flow is dependent on forces created by the right ventricle. We assessed PV flow pattern, as obtained by cardiac MRI in 12 cases (39 pulmonary veins) with RV-independent pulmonary circulation (bidirectional cavopulmonary connection or Fontan circulation). Phase-contrast imaging of the PVs was performed on a 1.5-T MR scanner with velocity encoding set at 120 cm/s. We compared these flow patterns with those of a control group of ten children (15 pulmonary veins) who had RV-dependent pulmonary circulation and underwent CMR for other indications. In all PVs of children with RV-independent pulmonary circulation the flow curves showed a single systolic peak in early systole (S1) with the S2 peak consistently absent. PV flow pattern in the control group consistently showed distinct early and late systolic peaks. This study supports the concept that S2 is caused by forward propagation of the right ventricular systolic pressure pulse. It also demonstrates that the S1 is independent of the right ventricle.

  19. Pulmonary Microwave Ablation Near the Heart: Antenna Positioning Can Mitigate Cardiac Complications in a Porcine Model.

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    Carberry, George A; Nocerino, Elisabetta; Mason, Peter J; Schwahn, Denise J; Hetzel, Scott; Turnquist, Alyssa M; Lee, Fred T; Brace, Christopher L

    2017-03-01

    Purpose To determine how close to the heart pulmonary microwave ablation can be performed without causing cardiac tissue injury or significant arrhythmia. Materials and Methods The study was performed with approval from the institutional animal care and use committee. Computed tomographic fluoroscopically guided microwave ablation of the lung was performed in 12 swine. Antennas were randomized to either parallel (180° ± 20°) or perpendicular (90° ± 20°) orientation relative to the heart surface and to distances of 0-10 mm from the heart. Ablations were performed at 65 W for 5 minutes or until a significant arrhythmia (asystole, heart block, bradycardia, supraventricular or ventricular tachycardia) developed. Heart tissue was evaluated with vital staining and histologic examination. Data were analyzed with mixed effects logistic regression, receiver operating characteristic curves, and the Fisher exact test. Results Thirty-four pulmonary microwave ablations were performed with the antenna a median distance of 4 mm from the heart in both perpendicular (n = 17) and parallel (n = 17) orientation. Significant arrhythmias developed during six (18%) ablations. Cardiac tissue injury occurred with 17 ablations (50%). Risk of arrhythmia and tissue injury decreased with increasing antenna distance from the heart with both antenna orientations. No cardiac complication occurred with a distance of greater than or equal to 4.4 mm from the heart. The ablation zone extended to the pleural surface adjacent to the heart in 71% of parallel and 17% of perpendicular ablations performed 5-10 mm from the heart. Conclusion Microwave lung ablations performed more than or equal to 5 mm from the heart were associated with a low risk of cardiac complications. (©) RSNA, 2016.

  20. Ganglionated plexi stimulation induces pulmonary vein triggers and promotes atrial arrhythmogenecity: In silico modeling study

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    Hwang, Minki; Lim, Byounghyun; Song, Jun-Seop; Yu, Hee Tae; Ryu, Ah-Jin; Lee, Young-Seon; Joung, Boyoung; Shim, Eun Bo; Pak, Hui-Nam

    2017-01-01

    Background The role of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) on atrial fibrillation (AF) is difficult to demonstrate in the intact human left atrium (LA) due to technical limitations of the current electrophysiological mapping technique. We examined the effects of the ANS on the initiation and maintenance of AF by employing a realistic in silico human left atrium (LA) model integrated with a model of ganglionated plexi (GPs). Methods We incorporated the morphology of the GP and parasympathetic nerves in a three-dimensional (3D) realistic LA model. For the model of ionic currents, we used a human atrial model. GPs were stimulated by increasing the IK[ACh], and sympathetic nerve stimulation was conducted through a homogeneous increase in the ICa-L. ANS-induced wave-dynamics changes were evaluated in a model that integrated a patient’s LA geometry, and we repeated simulation studies using LA geometries from 10 different patients. Results The two-dimensional model of pulmonary vein (PV) cells exhibited late phase 3 early afterdepolarization-like activity under 0.05μM acetylcholine (ACh) stimulation. In the 3D simulation model, PV tachycardia was induced, which degenerated to AF via GP (0.05μM ACh) and sympathetic (7.0×ICa-L) stimulations. Under sustained AF, local reentries were observed at the LA-PV junction. We also observed that GP stimulation reduced the complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE)-cycle length (CL, p<0.01) and the life span of phase singularities (p<0.01). GP stimulation also increased the overlap area of the GP and CFAE areas (CFAE-CL≤120ms, p<0.01). When 3 patterns of virtual ablations were applied to the 3D AF models, circumferential PV isolation including the GP was the most effective in terminating AF. Conclusion Cardiac ANS stimulations demonstrated triggered activity, automaticity, and local reentries at the LA-PV junction, as well as co-localized GP and CFAE areas in the 3D in silico GP model of the LA. PMID:28245283

  1. Velocity time integral for right upper pulmonary vein in VLBW infants with patent ductus arteriosus.

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    Lista, Gianluca; Bianchi, Silvia; Mannarino, Savina; Schena, Federico; Castoldi, Francesca; Stronati, Mauro; Mosca, Fabio

    2016-10-01

    Early diagnosis of significant patent ductus arteriosus reduces the risk of clinical worsening in very low birth weight infants. Echocardiographic patent ductus arteriosus shunt flow pattern can be used to predict significant patent ductus arteriosus. Pulmonary venous flow, expressed as vein velocity time integral, is correlated to ductus arteriosus closure. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between significant reductions in vein velocity time integral and non-significant patent ductus arteriosus in the first week of life. A multicenter, prospective, observational study was conducted to evaluate very low birth weight infants (patent ductus compared to those with closed patent ductus arteriosus and the difference was significant. A significant reduction in vein velocity time integral in the first days of life is associated with ductus closure. This parameter correlates well with other echocardiographic parameters and may aid in the diagnosis and management of patent ductus arteriosus.

  2. Case Series: Fetal Pulmonary Vein A-Wave Reversal: An Early Marker of Left-Sided Cardiac Anomalies?

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    Aldo L. Schenone

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Background - Improvements in congenital heart disease (CHD screening are needed based on the lack of sensitivity of current screening methods and the understanding that the early detection of certain CHDs may improve outcomes. Fetal venous circulation has caught medical attention, and two studies demonstrated that it is feasible to register pulmonary vein flow velocity waveforms (FVWs during early gestation. Meanwhile, the latter study proposed pulmonary vein A-wave reversal as a marker of cardiac anomaly. Methods - We report a series of six consecutive fetuses with confirmed cardiac anomalies that underwent first-trimester screening, including pulmonary vein FVWs, at our center during 2013. CHD was confirmed by late pregnancy echocardiography, and in three cases fetal autopsies were performed. Result/Discussion - The ductus venosus (DV and nuchal translucency (NT predicted 50% of CHD cases, whereas the combination of markers identified 66.6% of CHD cases. When adding pulmonary vein assessment, the rate of detection rose to 83.3%. Total five of six cases of CHD had reversal of pulmonary vein A-wave during early pregnancy. The sixth case with CHD and nonreversal of A-wave was described as right ventricle hypoplasia with type 1 tricuspid atresia and persistent ductus arteriosus. Conclusion This is the first series reporting pulmonary vein end-diastolic reversal as a CHD screening add-on during early pregnancy. The addition of pulmonary vein FVW assessment to the current CHD screening bundle could increase the rate detection of cardiac anomalies. This pilot study suggests that pulmonary vein end-diastolic flow reversal favors detection of left-sided CHD over the right-sided ones.

  3. Bilateral chylothorax in a patient with chronic central vein thrombosis and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

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    Avdhesh Bansal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The chylothorax is not a common presentation, and bilateral chylothorax in patients with chronically high central venous pressure secondary to venous thrombosis is a rare in incidence. We reported a case of bilateral chylothorax in a patient of chronic deep vein thrombosis (DVT in central veins with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension who presented with 2 weeks history of increased breathlessness, bilateral chest discomfort and weakness. Work-up with chest X-ray and ultrasonography-chest showed gross left sided and mild right sided pleural effusion, thoracocentesis was consistent with chylothorax. Contrast enhanced computed tomography-chest showed multiple collateral formation of left side subclavian vein, venous Doppler showed old DVT in right and left subclavian veins and two-dimensional echocardiogram showed finding of severe pulmonary hypertension. After 24 h of fasting and conservative management, pleural drain became clear and decreased in the amount. Patient′s video assisted thoracoscopic surgery was done, and thoracic duct was ligated and cut down at diaphragmatic level and bilateral talc pleurodesis done. Patient improved clinically and radiologically.

  4. A randomized prospective comparison of CartoMerge and CartoXP to guide circumferential pulmonary vein isolation for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    TANG Kai; MA Jian; ZHANG Shu; ZHANG Jing-ying; WEI Yi-dong; CHEN Yan-qing; YU Xue-jing; XU Ya-wei

    2008-01-01

    Background CartoXP and CartoMerge have been used to treat atrial fibrillation(AF)for several years.Our randomized prospective study compared clinical outcomes of these two versions of three dimensional electroanatomic mapping system in guiding catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF).Methods Eighty-one patients with symptomatic,drug refractory PAF were randomly assigned to CartoMerge group (n=42,mean age(54.5±13.1)years,history of AF=3.2 years)or CartoXP group(n=39,mean age(59.8±15.6)years,history of AF=2.9 years).All patients underwent 64-slice computed tomography(MSCT)1 to 3 days prior to ablation procedure.Using CartoMergeTM Image Integration Module,3D anatomical images of the left atrium(LA)and pulmonary veins(PVs)derived from MSCT of CartoMerge group were established and merged with the electroanatomical map.The integrated images were used to guide the procedure of circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI).In the other group,CPVI was guided just by CartoXP.The endpoint of CPVI in both groups was abolition or dissociation of pulmonary vein potentials(PVPs).Results Mapping points to establish the electroanatomical model of the LA/PVs were 48.7±13.4 in CartoMerge group and 62.5±15.7 in CartoXP group(P<0.001).Mean distance between mapping points and the MSCT surfaces in CartoMerge group was(1.59±0.33)mm.Accomplishment of abolition or dissociation of PVPs was achieved 95.2% in CartoMerge group and 92.3% in CartoXP group.Durations of procedure and exposure to X-ray were(156±25)minutes,(179±21)minutes(P<0.001) and(19.6±7.5)minutes,(28.5±12.8)minutes(P<0.001),respectively.After a follow-up with duration of(11.9±3.1)months vs (12.4±3.6)months post the first ablation procedure,patients free of AF were 33(78.6%)in CartoMerge group and 29(74.4%) in CartoXP group(P>0.50).No patient suffered pulmonary vein stenosis,alrioesophageal fistula,stroke or death.Conclusion Compared to CartoXP,CartoMerge shortened the catheter ablation

  5. Cystic lung changes in a thin section CT in an asymptomatic young adult with unilateral pulmonary vein atresia: A case report

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    Lee, Seung Choul; Yi, Jeong Geun; Park, Jeong Hee [Konkuk Univ. Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-07-15

    Unilateral pulmonary vein atresia is a rare anomaly, usually associated with symptoms of recurrent hemoptysis and pneumonia in early childhood. Only one report of an asymptomatic adult patient can be found in the literature. We present the case of an asymptomatic patient with unilateral right pulmonary vein atresia in a 20 year old man. Chest radiograph and multidetector computed tomography showed not only pulmonary vein atresia, pulmonary artery hypoplasia, but also cystic lung changes on thin section CT, along with septal and bronchovascular bundle thickening, and ground-glass opacity. Unilateral pulmonary vein atresia could be another disease which can show cystic lung changes on thin section chest CT.

  6. Percutaneous ablation of pulmonary tumours: state-of-the-art 2004; Perkutane Ablation von Lungentumoren: Standortbestimmung 2004

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    Diederich, S. (Institut fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie/Nuklearmedizin, Marienhospital Duesseldorf; Institut fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie/Nuklearmedizin, Marienhospital, Rochusstr. 2, 40479, Duesseldorf); Hosten, N. (Institut fuer Diagnostische Radiologie und Neuroradiologie, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universitaet Greifswald)

    2004-07-01

    Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and laser-induced interstitial thermotherapy (LITT) are well established since many years in liver and other soft tissue tumors. During the past 2 years there are increasing reports on applications in pulmonary tumors. There are, however, numerous differences to ablations in other organs: indications in pulmonary metastases and lung cancer have to be balanced against the specific possibilities of well-established surgical resections. Tissue specific features require different concepts of energy deployment and complications and methods for assessment of therapeutic effectiveness vary from other applications. Other aspects, however, are quite clear, yet. There are specific established indications particularly for thermoablation of pulmonary metastases. Tumor ablation is easily performed by experienced interventional radiologists and serious complications are rare. Patient acceptance is good. Further studies are required on indications, technical requirements, therapy control and particularly long-term results. (orig.) [German] Nachdem perkutane Radiofrequenzablation (RFA) und Lasertherapie (LITT) an der Leber und anderen Weichteilstrukturen seit Jahren regelmaessig durchgefuehrt werden, werden in den letzten 2 Jahren zunehmend auch Anwendungen bei Lungentumoren mitgeteilt. Allerdings bestehen zahlreiche Unterschiede zu Ablationen an anderen Organen: Indikationen bei Lungenmetastasen und Bronchialkarzinom muessen sich an den spezifischen Moeglichkeiten der etablierten operativen Verfahren der Lungenresektion messen, gewebespezifische Unterschiede erfordern andere Konzepte der Energieuebertragung. Unterschiede bestehen auch bei Komplikationen und Methoden der Therapiekontrolle. Andere Aspekte sind dagegen relativ klar: Es existieren bereits heute einzelne eindeutige Indikationen insbesondere fuer die Therapie von Lungenmetastasen. Die Technik der Tumorablation ist fuer den erfahrenen interventionellen Radiologen gut

  7. Paucicellular Fibrointimal Proliferation Characterizes Pediatric Pulmonary Vein Stenosis: Clinicopathologic Analysis of 213 Samples From 97 Patients.

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    Kovach, Alexandra E; Magcalas, Philip M; Ireland, Christina; McEnany, Kerry; Oliveira, Andre M; Kieran, Mark W; Baird, Christopher W; Jenkins, Kathy; Vargas, Sara O

    2017-09-01

    Pulmonary vein stenosis (PVS) is a luminal narrowing of extrapulmonary pulmonary veins. In pediatric patients, it arises following repair of congenital heart disease, particularly anomalous pulmonary venous return; in lung disease, especially prematurity; and rarely in isolation. The etiology is unknown and the course often fatal without lung transplantation. We hypothesized that systematic clinicopathologic review of pediatric PVS could provide further pathogenic insight. We included patients who underwent first resection of pulmonary venous tissue for symptomatic PVS at our pediatric referral center from 1995 to 2014. Clinical records and hematoxylin and eosin slides were reviewed. Subsets were immunostained for smooth muscle actin, Ki-67, β-catenin, estrogen receptor, and other markers and analyzed for USP6 gene rearrangement. A total of 97 patients (57% male; median age: 6 mo) were identified. Overall, 59 (61%) had prior congenital heart disease repair, 35 involving pulmonary vein manipulation. Samples included 213 separate anatomic sites (median: 2/patient). Histologically, all showed sparsely cellular intimal expansion composed of haphazardly arranged fibroblasts with slender nuclei in myxoid matrix. This tissue merged with underlying collagen. Most samples had a variably continuous sheath of cardiomyocytes. Ancillary tests supported a reactive fibroblastic proliferation; in particular, fibroblasts showed cytoplasmic β-catenin localization, no estrogen receptor expression, and no USP6 rearrangement. At last follow-up (mean: 2.3 y), 46% of patients had died of disease. Pediatric PVS uniformly consists of a paucicellular fibrointimal proliferation, irrespective of clinical scenario. It may be best conceived of as a form of reactive hyperplasia. As with other forms of vascular remodeling, trauma (iatrogenic or occult) is likely an inciting factor. A comprehensive understanding of the surgical pathology of PVS may further inform therapeutic strategies in this

  8. Safety and Effectiveness of Endovenous Laser Ablation Combined With Ligation for Severe Saphenous Varicose Veins in Japanese Patients.

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    Izumi, Masafumi; Ikeda, Yuichi; Yamashita, Hiroharu; Asaoka, Yoshinari; Fujishiro, Mitsuhiro; Shin, Masahiro; Abo, Yoshihisa

    2016-01-01

    Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), which is a relatively new therapeutic option for saphenous varicose veins of the legs, is less invasive than conventional stripping surgery with ligation. In this study, we evaluated the safety and effectiveness of EVLA combined with ligation for severe saphenous varicose veins that were graded as ≥ C4 by the CEAP classification. We treated 119 Japanese patients (141 limbs) between July 2005 and December 2007 utilizing a 1320-nm Nd:YAG laser. The obliteration rate of the treated veins was found to be 100% over the entire follow-up period (2.5 years). Consistent with this finding, all of the patients exhibited improved skin lesions (ie, skin pigmentation and ulceration). No major complications, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and nerve injury, were observed. A questionnaire survey with a reasonable response rate (66.4%) demonstrated that subjective symptoms and minor complications that were initially observed after EVLA, such as mild pain, numbness, indurations, and localized hot flashes, were remarkably improved by the end of the follow-up period. Furthermore, high levels of patient satisfaction were noted. Thus, EVLA combined with ligation constituted a safe and effective strategy for treating severe saphenous varicose veins in Japanese patients.

  9. Impact of transesophageal echocardiography during transseptal puncture on atrial fibrillation ablation

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    İsmail Erden, MD

    2016-06-01

    Conclusions: TEE-guided TP for AF ablation is associated with shorter fluoroscopy time, shorter total cryoablation time, and shorter total procedural time. Importantly, TEE-guided TP facilitates cryoablation of the inferior pulmonary veins.

  10. Endovenous ablation (radiofrequency and laser and foam sclerotherapy versus conventional surgery for great saphenous vein varices

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    Craig Nesbitt

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive techniques to treat great saphenous varicose veins include ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (USGFS, radiofrequency ablation (RFA and endovenous laser therapy (EVLT. Compared with conventional surgery (high ligation and stripping (HL/S, proposed benefits include fewer complications, quicker return to work, improved quality of life (QoL scores, reduced need for general anaesthesia and equivalent recurrence rates. OBJECTIVE : To review available randomized controlled clinical trials (RCT data comparing USGFS, RFA, EVLT to HL/S for the treatment of great saphenous varicose veins. METHODS : Search methods: The Cochrane Peripheral Vascular Diseases (PVD Group searched their Specialized Register (July 2010 and CENTRAL (The Cochrane Library 2010, Issue 3. In addition the authors performed a search of EMBASE (July 2010. Manufacturers of EVLT, RFA and sclerosant equipment were contacted for trial data. Selection criteria: All RCTs of EVLT, RFA, USGFS and HL/S were considered for inclusion. Primary outcomes were recurrent varicosities, recanalization, neovascularization, technical procedure failure or need for re-intervention, patient quality of life (QoL scores and associated complications. Secondary outcomes were type of anaesthetic, procedure duration, hospital stay and cost. Data collection and analysis: CN, RE, VB, PC, HB and GS independently reviewed, assessed and selected trials which met the inclusion criteria. CN and RE extracted data. The Cochrane Collaboration's tool for assessing risk of bias was used. CN contacted trial authors to clarify details. MAIN RESULTS: Thirteen reports from five studies with a combined total of 450 patients were included. Rates of recanalization were higher following EVLT compared with HL/S, both early (within four months (5/149 versus 0/100; odds ratio (OR 3.83, 95% confidence interval (CI 0.45 to 32.64 and late recanalization (after four months (9/118 versus 1/80; OR 2.97; 95% CI 0

  11. The role of the second heart field in pulmonary vein development : new insights in the origin of clinical abnormalities

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    Douglas, Yvonne Louise

    2010-01-01

    In this thesis we describe normal and abnormal pulmonary vein development in human and mouse hearts, and focus on the histo(patho)logy of the pulmonary venous and left atrial dorsal wall, in order to elucidate the role of the posterior heart field in the formation and differentiation of the pulmonar

  12. Microwave Ablation of Pulmonary Malignancies Using a Novel High-energy Antenna System

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    Little, Mark W.; Chung, Daniel; Boardman, Philip; Gleeson, Fergus V.; Anderson, Ewan M., E-mail: ewan.anderson@ouh.nhs.uk [Churchill Hospital, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)

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    To evaluate the technical success, safety, and imaging follow-up of malignant pulmonary nodules treated with a novel high-energy percutaneous microwave ablation (MWA) system. Between July 2010 and September 2011, a total of 23 patients, 12 men, mean age 68 (range 30-87) years with 29 pulmonary malignancies of median diameter 19 (range 8-57) mm, underwent computed tomography (CT)-guided MWA with a 16G microwave needle antenna enabling power up to 180 W. Technical success was defined as needle placement in the intended lesion without death or serious injury. Adequacy of ablation was assessed at 24 h on contrast-enhanced CT. Circumferential solid or ground glass opacification >5 mm was used to define an ideal ablation. Local tumor recurrence was assessed at 1, 3, and 6 months after ablation on contrast-enhanced CT. MWA was technically successful in 93 % (n = 27). Mean ablation duration was 3.6 (range 1-9) min. Ten patients (43 %) developed a pneumothorax as a result of the MWA; only 3 (13 %) required placement of a chest drain. Thirty-day mortality rate was 0 %. The mean hospital stay was 1.5 (range 1-7) days. A total of 22 lesions (75 %) were surrounded by {>=}5 mm ground glass or solid opacification after the procedure. At a median follow-up of 6 months, local recurrence was identified in 3 out of 26 lesions, giving a local control rate of 88 %. MWA using a high-power antenna of pulmonary malignancies is safe, technically achievable, and enables fast ablation times.

  13. Low vulnerability of the right phrenic nerve to electroporation ablation

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    van Driel, Vincent J. H. M.; Neven, KGEJ; van Wessel, Harri; Vink, Aryan; Doevendans, Pieter A. F. M.; Wittkampf, Fred H. M.

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND Circular electroporation ablation is a novel ablation modality for electrical pulmonary vein isolation. With a single 200-3 application, deep circular myocardial lesions can be created. However, the acute and chronic effects of this energy source on phrenic nerve (PN) function are unknown

  14. Low vulnerability of the right phrenic nerve to electroporation ablation

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    van Driel, Vincent J. H. M.; Neven, KGEJ; van Wessel, Harri; Vink, Aryan; Doevendans, Pieter A. F. M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/164248366; Wittkampf, Fred H. M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/080434436

    BACKGROUND Circular electroporation ablation is a novel ablation modality for electrical pulmonary vein isolation. With a single 200-3 application, deep circular myocardial lesions can be created. However, the acute and chronic effects of this energy source on phrenic nerve (PN) function are

  15. Endovenous ablation of incompetent saphenous veins with a new 1,540-nanometer diode laser and ball-tipped fiber.

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    Cavallini, Alvise; Marcer, Daniela; Ferrari Ruffino, Salvatore

    2014-04-01

    Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is an efficient method to treat incompetent saphenous veins with high occlusion rates. The major side effects are postoperative pain and bruising. Laser systems with higher wavelengths, associated with new energy delivery devices, have recently shown excellent short-term results, while reducing the previously reported side effects. The aim of this study is to show the first outcome after EVLA of incompetent saphenous veins with a newly developed ball-tipped fiber and a new wavelength 1,540-nm diode laser. Forty-five incompetent saphenous veins in 35 patients (27 women) were treated: 33 great saphenous veins, 6 short saphenous veins, and 6 anterior saphenous veins. The gravity of chronic venous disease was determined according to the clinical-etiology-anatomy-pathophysiology (CEAP) classification, and the severity of symptoms was scored according to the revised Venous Clinical Severity Score. Patient satisfaction was assessed on a 0-3 scale. The average linear endovenous energy density was 63.5 J/cm of vein length. Patients returned to daily activities after a mean of 1.7 days (SD: 2) after treatment. The modified CEAP clinical severity score improved drastically from a preintervention mean of 4.9 (SD: 2.6) to 0.17 (SD: 0.38) at day 30. During the follow-up period (mean: 168 days [range: 90-240 days]), all the veins were occluded. All patients except 1 were satisfied or very satisfied with the method. No severe complications occurred. Two patients (5%) developed mild paresthesia in the treated area, which spontaneously resolved after 3 months. Postoperative ecchymoses are frequent (83%). Sixteen patients (43%) experienced pain, but only 5 patients (14%) described it as quite intense and required analgesic therapy. EVLA of saphenous veins with a 1,540-nm diode laser using a ball-tipped fiber is a safe and efficient therapy option, with a high success rate in the early postoperative period. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights

  16. Rare case of coronary to pulmonary vein fistula with coronary steal phenomenon

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    Emad; A; Barsoum; Faisal; B; Saiful; Deepak; Asti; Rewais; Morcus; Georges; Khoueiry; James; Lafferty; Donald; A; McCord

    2014-01-01

    Coronary artery fistulas are abnormal connections between coronary artery territories and cardiac chambers or major vessels,most of them are congenital.Patients with coronary artery fistula can be asymptomatic or present with different symptoms like angina.Cardiac computed tomography(CT)is one of the best modalities for diagnosis.We present an elderly patient that presented with angina symptoms,non invasive stress test was positive for ischemic heart disease,coronary angiogram could not reveal any obstructive lesions,but an abnormal branch of the left descending coronary artery(LAD),cardiac CT showed fistula that connect left anterior descending coronary artery to left superior pulmonary vein.Our case is extremely rare as most of the reported cases were fistulas between LAD and pulmonary artery,but in our case the fistula between LAD and left superior pulmonary vein.In addition,our patients’symptoms resolved with anti-ischemic medical treatment without any surgical intervention.

  17. Portal Vein Thrombosis of a Newborn with Corrected Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return

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    Ufuk Çakır

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR is a rare and frequently isolated defect identified in 1% to 3% of all congenital heart diseases. To the best of our knowledge, portal vein thrombosis (PVT associated with TAPVR has not been reported in the literature. We report a successfully managed PVT in a newborn with infracardiac-type TAPVR and review the literature. Anticoagulation therapies were used during the neonatal period to prevent thrombus progression. PVT should be kept in mind in TAPVR patients who have open heart repair with total correction. The treatment in each neonate should be individualized with consideration of the risk/benefit ratio.

  18. Down Syndrome with Complete Atrioventricular Septal Defect, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, and Pulmonary Vein Stenosis.

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    Mahadevaiah, Guruprasad; Gupta, Manoj; Ashwath, Ravi

    2015-10-01

    The prevalence of congenital heart disease in infants with Down syndrome is 40%, compared with 0.3% in children who have normal chromosomes. Atrioventricular and ventricular septal defects are often associated with chromosomal aberrations, such as in trisomy 21, whereas hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is chiefly thought to be secondary to specific gene mutations. We found only one reported case of congenital hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and atrioventricular septal defect in an infant with Down syndrome. Here, we report atrioventricular septal defect, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and pulmonary vein stenosis in a neonate with Down syndrome-an apparently unique combination. In addition, we discuss the relevant medical literature.

  19. The incidence of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism with the elective use of external fixators

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    Roberts, David J. S.; Panagiotidou, Anna; Sewell, Matthew; Calder, Peter; Goodier, David

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    Little evidence exists about the incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) with the use of external fixators. We investigated this in a cohort of 207 consecutive patients undergoing 258 elective frame applications by case note review. Case notes were obtained for 84 % of the sample population. The type of surgery, demographic data, thromboembolic risk factors and the incidence of DVT/PE were recorded. One patient experienced DVT (0.39 %) and one a PE (0.39 %). Both w...

  20. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus associated with a ruptured popliteal aneurysm – a cautionary note

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    Lewis Mike H

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Popliteal artery aneurysms representing 80% of peripheral artery aneurysms rarely rupture (a reported incidence of 0.1–2.8 % and second commonest in frequency after aorto-iliac aneurysms. They usually present with pain, swelling, occlusion or distal embolisation and can cause diagnostic difficulties. We report a 78 year old man who was previously admitted to hospital with a pulmonary embolus secondary to deep venous thrombosis. He was heparinized then warfarinised and was readmitted with a ruptured popliteal aneurysm leading to a large pseudo aneurysm formation. The pulmonary embolus had been due to popliteal vein thrombosis and propagation of the clot. A thorough review of literature identified only one previously reported case of ruptured popliteal artery aneurysm and subsequent large pseudo aneurysm formation. We feel it is important to exclude a popliteal aneurysm in a patient with DVT. This may be more common than the published literature suggests.

  1. CT-guided percutaneous microwave ablation of pulmonary malignancies: Results in 69 cases

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    Lu Qiang

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Microwave ablation (MWA has attracted a worldwide attention gradually in treating inoperable pulmonary malignancies. However, in the lung tissues treated with MWA recurrence of tumor may still occur and few data in large patient groups till now were reported about the safety or effectiveness of microwave ablation in treating primary lung cancer and metastatic pulmonary malignancies. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the clinical curative effect (local control, survival data MWA and its safety as well. Methods From 1 January 2005 to 1 January 2008, retrospective analyses, 69 patients underwent computed tomography (CT-guided percutaneous MWA of pulmonary malignancies. All patients were deemed medically inoperable. The correlation of tumor sizes and local progression after ablation was analyzed and the survival rates within 3 years post surgery were compared between non-small-cell lung cancer and pulmonary metastases groups also. Results Pneumothorax was the most frequent complication and occurred in 24.64% patients after ablation. Neither needle track implantation was found nor did patient death occur in these patients within 30 days. The 1-, 2-, and 3-year overall survival rates were 66.7%, 44.9% and 24.6%, respectively. The overall survival rates for NSCLC patients in 1 year, 2 years, and 3 years were 75.0%, 54.2%, and 29.2%, respectively. The overall survival rates for pulmonary metastatic tumor patients in 1 year, 2 years, and 3 years were 47.6%, 23.8%, and 14.3%, respectively. The recurrence-free survival rates for NSCLC patients in 1 year, 2 years, and 3 years were 72.9%, 50.0%, and 27.1%, respectively. The mortality rates for pulmonary metastatic tumor patients in 1 year, 2 years, and 3 years were 47.6%, 19.0%, and 14.3%, respectively. Conclusions Percutaneous microwave coagulation therapy was one safe and effective method and could be beneficial for the improvement of inoperable

  2. Remote-controlled magnetic pulmonary vein isolation combined with superior vena cava isolation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: a prospective randomized study.

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    Da Costa, Antoine; Levallois, Marie; Romeyer-Bouchard, Cécile; Bisch, Laurence; Gate-Martinet, Alexis; Isaaz, Karl

    2015-03-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) has focused on pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). However, despite initial positive results, significant recurrences have occurred, partly because of pulmonary vein (PV) reconnection or non-PV ectopic foci, including the superior vena cava (SVC). This prospective, randomized study sought to investigate the efficacy of additional SVCI combined with PVI in symptomatic PAF patients referred for ablation. From November 2011 to May 2013, RFA was performed remotely using a CARTO(®) 3 System in patients randomized to undergo PVI for symptomatic drug-refractory PAF, with (PVI+SVCI group) or without (PVI alone group) SVCI. PVI and SVCI were confirmed by spiral catheter recording during ablation. Procedural data, complications and freedom from atrial tachycardia (AT) and atrial fibrillation (AF) were assessed. Over an 18-month period, 100 consecutive patients (56±9years; 17 women) with symptomatic PAF were included in the study (PVI+SVCI, n=51; PVI, n=49); the CHA2DS2-VASc score was 0.9±1. Median duration of procedure (±interquartile), 2.5±1hours; total X-ray exposure, 13.3±8minutes; transseptal puncture and catheter positioning, 8±5minutes; left atrium electroanatomical reconstruction, 3±2minutes; and catheter ablation, 3.7±3minutes. After a median follow-up of 15±8months, and having undergone a single procedure, 84% of patients were symptom free, while 86% remained asymptomatic after undergoing two procedures. The cumulative risks of atrial arrhythmias (AT or AF) were interpreted using Kaplan-Meier curves and compared using the log-rank test. Long-term follow-up revealed no significant difference between groups, with atrial arrhythmias occurring in six (12%) patients in the PVI+SVCI group and nine (18%) patients in the PVI alone group (P=0.6). One transient phrenic nerve palsy and one phrenic nerve injury with partial recovery occurred in the PVI+SVCI group. SVCI combined with PVI did not reduce

  3. Development of the pulmonary vein and the systemic venous sinus: an interactive 3D overview.

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    Gert van den Berg

    Full Text Available Knowledge of the normal formation of the heart is crucial for the understanding of cardiac pathologies and congenital malformations. The understanding of early cardiac development, however, is complicated because it is inseparably associated with other developmental processes such as embryonic folding, formation of the coelomic cavity, and vascular development. Because of this, it is necessary to integrate morphological and experimental analyses. Morphological insights, however, are limited by the difficulty in communication of complex 3D-processes. Most controversies, in consequence, result from differences in interpretation, rather than observation. An example of such a continuing debate is the development of the pulmonary vein and the systemic venous sinus, or "sinus venosus". To facilitate understanding, we present a 3D study of the developing venous pole in the chicken embryo, showing our results in a novel interactive fashion, which permits the reader to form an independent opinion. We clarify how the pulmonary vein separates from a greater vascular plexus within the splanchnic mesoderm. The systemic venous sinus, in contrast, develops at the junction between the splanchnic and somatic mesoderm. We discuss our model with respect to normal formation of the heart, congenital cardiac malformations, and the phylogeny of the venous tributaries.

  4. Left ventricular hypertrophy are associated with increased ostial pulmonary vein diameter

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    Yoga Yuniadi

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF, which is called as a global epidemic disease, frequently found in hypertensive patients with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH. Pulmonary vein (PV, which is known to have an important role in AF initiation and maintenance, increases in its diameter during AF. We sought to investigate PVs diameter changes in LVH with sinus rhythm. Of 70 hypertensive patients with sinus rhythm, 42 subjects demonstrated LVH. The mean ostial diameter of patient with and without LVH, assessed by doing spiral multisliced CT scan in the axial plane, were as follow: right superior (RSPV of 19.6±2.78 vs 17.8±1.93 (p = 0.003, right inferior (RIPV of 18.4±3.12 vs 16.0±2.19 (p < 0.001, left superior (LSPV of 18.1±2.62 vs 16.0±2.16 (p < 0.001, and left inferior (LIPV of 15.9±1.93 vs 15.4±1.85 mm (p = 0.284, respectively. Even during sinus rhythm, LVH causes PV dilation. This result might give an explanation of frequent AF prevalence in hypertensive patients. (Med J Indones 2006; 15:173-6 Keywords: Pulmonary veins, Left ventricular hypertrophy

  5. Study of images of projective angles of pulmonary veins by modern imaging modalities%现代影像学技术对肺静脉投射角的测量与研究

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    王珏; 张兆琪; 马晓海; 刘佳祎

    2012-01-01

    Objective:In cross-sectional images of contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography ( CEMRA) and contrast enhanced computed tomography angiography (CECTA) of pulmonary veins-left atri-um there is a visible angle between every pulmonary vein and the coronary, transversal or sagittal section of hotly. These angles are constant, because the myocardial sleeve in the initiation of every pulmonary vein fasten the shape of the initiation of every pulmonary vein. These are so-called projective angles of pulmonary veins. In this study these angles are measured in many ways. Several possible influence factors and characters of distribu-tion are studied and analysed in order to understand better the characters sectional analomy of pulmonary veins. It is possible to provide anatomic basis for a reasonable choice of appropriate projection angle of X-rays in the angiography of pulmonary veins undergoing atrial fibrillation ablation. Methods:Cross-sectional images of CEM-RA and CECTA of pulmonary veins-left atrium of 137 health objects and patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) were dealed with the technic of post-processing, Projective Angles of Pulmonary to the coronary and transversal sections were measured and analysed statistically. Results;For every projective angles of pulmonary vein threr are no significant differences ( P > 0. 05) between the male group and the female group, between the group of patienls with atrial fibrillation ( AF) and the group of health objects as well as between the group of CEMRA and the group of CECTA. All projective angles of pulmonary veins are leptocurtic ( kurtosis coefficient >0) ex-cept projective angles of the right superior pulmonary vein to the transversal and cross planes are platyeurtic dis- tribution ( kurtosis coefficient f distribution of a!I projeclive angles nf pulmonary veins are positive wkewness distribution ( skewness coefficient >0). Conclusion; Project angles of pulmonary veins are one of real and steady characters of

  6. Cryoballoon Catheter Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation

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    Cevher Ozcan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary vein isolation with catheter ablation is an effective treatment in patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation refractory or intolerant to antiarrhythmic medications. The cryoballoon catheter was recently approved for this procedure. In this paper, the basics of cryothermal energy ablation are reviewed including its ability of creating homogenous lesion formation, minimal destruction to surrounding vasculature, preserved tissue integrity, and lower risk of thrombus formation. Also summarized here are the publications describing the clinical experience with the cryoballoon catheter ablation in both paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation, its safety and efficacy, and discussions on the technical aspect of the cryoballoon ablation procedure.

  7. Pulmonary vein isolation alone and combined with renal sympathetic denervation in chronic kidney disease patients with refractory atrial fibrillation.

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    Kiuchi, Márcio G; Chen, Shaojie; E Silva, Gustavo R; Paz, Luis M R; Kiuchi, Tetsuaki; de Paula Filho, Ary G; Souto, Gladyston L L

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) commonly occurs in association with chronic kidney disease (CKD), resulting in adverse outcomes. Combining pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and renal sympathetic denervation (RSD) may reduce the recurrence of AF in patients with CKD and hypertension. We considered that RSD could reduce the recurrence of AF in patients with CKD by modulating sympathetic hyperactivity. Our goal was to compare the impact of PVI + RSD with that of PVI alone in patients with concurrent AF and CKD. This was a single-center, prospective, longitudinal, randomized, double-blind study. Forty-five patients with controlled hypertension, symptomatic paroxysmal AF and/or persistent AF, stage 2 or 3 CKD, and a dual-chamber pacemaker were enrolled from January 2014 to January 2015. We assessed the 30-second recurrence of AF recorded by the pacemaker, 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure measurements, estimated glomerular filtration rate, albuminuria, echocardiographic parameters, and safety of RSD. No patient developed procedural or other complications. The ambulatory blood pressure measurements did not differ within the PVI + RSD group or between the PVI + RSD and PVI groups throughout the study. Significantly more patients in the PVI + RSD group than in the PVI group were free of AF at the 12-month follow-up evaluation. The PVI group had an unacceptable response to ablation with respect to changes in echocardiographic parameters, whereas these parameters improved in the PVI + RSD group. PVI + RSD were associated with a lower AF recurrence rate than PVI alone; it also improved renal function and some echocardiographic parameters. These encouraging data will serve as baseline information for further long-term studies on larger patient populations.

  8. Recurrence of alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins in two consecutive siblings

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    Gabriel Nuncio Benevides

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACD/MPV is a rare, developmental lung disorder, which has been increasingly reported. This entity usually presents as neonatal persistent pulmonary hypertension that is unresponsive to treatment, and is known to be uniformly fatal. Recent discoveries in the genetic field, and intensive treatments, may change the natural course of this disease, permitting easier diagnosis and giving new hope for the dismal prognosis. The authors present two cases of siblings, with two years of difference, from different fathers - one of them was a first-degree and the other a second-degree cousin of the mother. Both patients were full-term babies born apparently without malformations and were sent to the nursery. Both siblings near 35 hours of age presented severe respiratory failure due to pulmonary hypertension. The outcome was fatal in both cases and at autopsy ACD/MPV was diagnosed. The authors call attention to this entity in the differential diagnosis of acute respiratory distress in early life.

  9. A familial case of alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins supports paternal imprinting of FOXF1 in human

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    Alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACD/MPV) is a rare developmental lung disorder that is uniformly lethal. Affected infants die within the first few weeks of their life despite aggressive treatment, although a few cases of late manifestation and longer survival have ...

  10. One year follow-up after cryoballoon isolation of the pulmonary veins in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Y. van Belle (Yves); P. Janse (Petter); D.A.M.J. Theuns (Dominic); T. Szili-Torok (Tamas); L.J.L.M. Jordaens (Luc)

    2008-01-01

    textabstractAims: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) with cryoenergy delivered through a balloon is a new approach in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), but long-term follow-up is lacking. The aim of this study was to provide insight in the success rate and the incidence of recurrences. Methods

  11. Paradoxical embolism, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism in a patient with patent foramen ovale: a case report

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    Guo Shan

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Coexistence of pulmonary embolism and systemic arterial embolism suggest the diagnosis of paradoxical embolism which suggests the presence of intracardiac defects such as patent foramen ovale (PFO. Case presentation A 42 year old man was found to have a paradoxical embolism in the systemic arterial circulation, in the setting of pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis (DVT in the lower extremities. Conclusion Paradoxical embolism and intracardiac shunt should be immediately considered in a patient with pulmonary embolism and systemic arterial embolism. Diagnostic modalities included arteriogram and saline contrast echocardiography. Closure of intracardiac shunt is needed for patients who are at risk for recurrent embolic events.

  12. Proximal pulmonary vein stenosis detection in pediatric patients: value of multiplanar and 3-D VR imaging evaluation.

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    Lee, Edward Y; Jenkins, Kathy J; Muneeb, Muhammad; Marshall, Audrey C; Tracy, Donald A; Zurakowski, David; Boiselle, Phillip M

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    One of the important benefits of using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) is its capability to generate high-quality two-dimensional (2-D) multiplanar (MPR) and three-dimensional (3-D) images from volumetric and isotropic axial CT data. However, to the best of our knowledge, no results have been published on the potential diagnostic role of multiplanar and 3-D volume-rendered (VR) images in detecting pulmonary vein stenosis, a condition in which MDCT has recently assumed a role as the initial noninvasive imaging modality of choice. The purpose of this study was to compare diagnostic accuracy and interpretation time of axial, multiplanar and 3-D VR images for detection of proximal pulmonary vein stenosis in children, and to assess the potential added diagnostic value of multiplanar and 3-D VR images. We used our hospital information system to identify all consecutive children (VR images. Final diagnosis was confirmed by angiographic findings. Diagnostic accuracy was compared using the z-test. Confidence level of diagnosis (scale 1-5, 5 = highest), perceived added diagnostic value (scale 1-5, 5 = highest), and interpretation time of multiplanar or 3-D VR images were compared using paired t-tests. Interobserver agreement was measured using the chance-corrected kappa coefficient. The final study population consisted of 28 children (15 boys and 13 girls; mean age: 5.2 months). Diagnostic accuracy based on 116 individual pulmonary veins for detection of proximal pulmonary vein stenosis was 72.4% (84 of 116) for axial MDCT images, 77.5% (90 of 116 cases) for multiplanar MDCT images, and 93% (108 of 116 cases) for 3-D VR images with significantly higher accuracy with 3-D VR compared to axial (z = 4.17, P VR images (mean level: 4.6) compared to axial MDCT images (mean level: 1.7) and multiplanar MDCT images (mean level: 2.0) (paired t-tests, P VR images (mean added diagnostic value: 4.7) were found to provide added diagnostic value for detecting

  13. Atrial Electrogram Fractionation Distribution before and after Pulmonary Vein Isolation in Human Persistent Atrial Fibrillation—A Retrospective Multivariate Statistical Analysis

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    Almeida, Tiago P.; Chu, Gavin S.; Li, Xin; Dastagir, Nawshin; Tuan, Jiun H.; Stafford, Peter J.; Schlindwein, Fernando S.; Ng, G. André

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    Purpose: Complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE)-guided ablation after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) has been used for persistent atrial fibrillation (persAF) therapy. This strategy has shown suboptimal outcomes due to, among other factors, undetected changes in the atrial tissue following PVI. In the present work, we investigate CFAE distribution before and after PVI in patients with persAF using a multivariate statistical model. Methods: 207 pairs of atrial electrograms (AEGs) were collected before and after PVI respectively, from corresponding LA regions in 18 persAF patients. Twelve attributes were measured from the AEGs, before and after PVI. Statistical models based on multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and linear discriminant analysis (LDA) have been used to characterize the atrial regions and AEGs. Results: PVI significantly reduced CFAEs in the LA (70 vs. 40%; P PVI that remained fractionated after PVI (31% of the collected points); (ii) fractionated that converted to normal (39%); (iii) normal prior to PVI that became fractionated (9%) and; (iv) normal that remained normal (21%). Individually, the attributes failed to distinguish these LA regions, but multivariate statistical models were effective in their discrimination (P PVI, while others are affected by it. Although, traditional methods were unable to identify these different regions, the proposed multivariate statistical model discriminated LA regions resistant to PVI from those affected by it without prior ablation information. PMID:28883795

  14. Atrial Electrogram Fractionation Distribution before and after Pulmonary Vein Isolation in Human Persistent Atrial Fibrillation-A Retrospective Multivariate Statistical Analysis.

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    Almeida, Tiago P; Chu, Gavin S; Li, Xin; Dastagir, Nawshin; Tuan, Jiun H; Stafford, Peter J; Schlindwein, Fernando S; Ng, G André

    2017-01-01

    Purpose: Complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE)-guided ablation after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) has been used for persistent atrial fibrillation (persAF) therapy. This strategy has shown suboptimal outcomes due to, among other factors, undetected changes in the atrial tissue following PVI. In the present work, we investigate CFAE distribution before and after PVI in patients with persAF using a multivariate statistical model. Methods: 207 pairs of atrial electrograms (AEGs) were collected before and after PVI respectively, from corresponding LA regions in 18 persAF patients. Twelve attributes were measured from the AEGs, before and after PVI. Statistical models based on multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and linear discriminant analysis (LDA) have been used to characterize the atrial regions and AEGs. Results: PVI significantly reduced CFAEs in the LA (70 vs. 40%; P multivariate statistical models were effective in their discrimination (P multivariate statistical model discriminated LA regions resistant to PVI from those affected by it without prior ablation information.

  15. A Behcet’s Disease Patient with Right Ventricular Thrombus, Pulmonary Artery Aneurysms, and Deep Vein Thrombosis Complicating Recurrent Pulmonary Thromboembolism

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    Selvi Aşker

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    Full Text Available Intracardiac thrombus, pulmonary artery aneurysms, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary thromboembolism are rarely seen symptoms of Behcet’s disease. A 20-year-old female patient was admitted for complaints of cough, fever, palpitations, and chest pain. On the dynamic thorax computed tomograms (CT obtained because of significantly enlarged hilar structures seen on chest radiograms, aneurysmal dilatation of the pulmonary artery segments bilaterally, chronic thrombus with collapse, and consolidation substances compatible with pulmonary embolism involving both lower lobes have been observed. It is learned that, four years ago, the patient had been diagnosed with Behcet’s disease and received colchicine treatment but not regularly. The patient was hospitalized. On the transthoracic echocardiogram, a thrombosis with a dimension of 4.2 × 1.6 cm was recognized in the right ventricle. On abdomen CT, aneurysmal iliac veins and deep vein thrombus on Doppler ultrasonograms were diagnosed. At the controls after three months of immunosuppressive and anticoagulant therapies, some clinical and radiological improvements were recognized. The patient suspended the treatment for a month and the thrombus recurred. We present our case in order to show the effectiveness of immunosuppressive and anticoagulant therapies and rarely seen pulmonary thromboembolism in recurrent Behcet’s disease.

  16. Endovenous Laser Ablation of Varicose Veins Preserves Biological Properties of Vascular Endothelium and Modulates Proinflammatory Agent Profile More Favorably Than Classic Vein Stripping

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    Uruski, Paweł; Aniukiewicz, Krzysztof; Mikuła-Pietrasik, Justyna; Sosińska, Patrycja; Tykarski, Andrzej; Krasiński, Zbigniew

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    Here we compared effect of serum from varicose patients undergoing endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and classic vein stripping (CVS) on biological properties of endothelial cells and on the local and systemic profiles of proinflammatory agents. Results showed that serum from EVLA patients improved proliferation and reduced senescence and oxidative stress in the endothelial cells, as compared with the serum from CVS patients. These effects were related to a suppressed activity of TGF-β1, the level of which in the serum from the EVLA patients was decreased. Medium generated by the cells subjected to EVLA serum contained decreased amounts of ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and E-selectin and increased amount of uPA, whereas the serum itself contained decreased concentrations of ICAM-1, E-selectin, and P-selectin and increased concentrations of uPA, PAI-1, and TFPI. Both EVLA and CVS resulted in diversified patients' reaction with respect to a direction of postprocedure changes in proinflammatory factors' serum level. Analysis of proportions showed that the groups differed remarkably in case of ICAM-1 and ET-1, the level of which declined in a higher fraction of patients treated endovenously. Our findings indicate that EVLA preserves better than CVS the functionality of vascular endothelium and modulates better both local and systemic profile of proinflammatory mediators. PMID:28316983

  17. Endovenous Laser Ablation of Varicose Veins Preserves Biological Properties of Vascular Endothelium and Modulates Proinflammatory Agent Profile More Favorably Than Classic Vein Stripping

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    Paweł Uruski

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    Full Text Available Here we compared effect of serum from varicose patients undergoing endovenous laser ablation (EVLA and classic vein stripping (CVS on biological properties of endothelial cells and on the local and systemic profiles of proinflammatory agents. Results showed that serum from EVLA patients improved proliferation and reduced senescence and oxidative stress in the endothelial cells, as compared with the serum from CVS patients. These effects were related to a suppressed activity of TGF-β1, the level of which in the serum from the EVLA patients was decreased. Medium generated by the cells subjected to EVLA serum contained decreased amounts of ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and E-selectin and increased amount of uPA, whereas the serum itself contained decreased concentrations of ICAM-1, E-selectin, and P-selectin and increased concentrations of uPA, PAI-1, and TFPI. Both EVLA and CVS resulted in diversified patients’ reaction with respect to a direction of postprocedure changes in proinflammatory factors’ serum level. Analysis of proportions showed that the groups differed remarkably in case of ICAM-1 and ET-1, the level of which declined in a higher fraction of patients treated endovenously. Our findings indicate that EVLA preserves better than CVS the functionality of vascular endothelium and modulates better both local and systemic profile of proinflammatory mediators.

  18. Retrograde endovenous laser ablation through saphenopopliteal junctional area for incompetent small saphenous vein; Comparison with antegrade approach

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    Kim, Jun Seok; Park, Sang Woo; Yun, Ik Jin; Hwang, Jae Joon; Lee, Song Am; Chee, Hyun Keun; Hwang, Jin Ho [Konkuk University Hospital, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate the safety and efficacy of retrograde endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and to compare it with the conventional antegrade EVLA for incompetent small saphenous vein (SSV). Small saphenous vein was cannulated via two approaches under ultrasound-guidance. One method involved puncturing the SSV cranially at mid-calf (the antegrade group). If the antegrade puncture into the SSV failed twice, the other approach for puncture was selected that involved puncturing the SSV toward the ankle (the retrograde group). Patients were evaluated in terms of technical and clinical success, closure rates of the SSV, and complications including pain, bruising, or paresthesia at all follow-up visits. The 1470 nm endovenous laser was used in all limbs. Technical success was seen in all limbs in both groups (100%). Closure rate in both groups showed about 95%, without significant difference (p = 0.685). Similar linear endovenous energy density was supplied during the EVLA in both groups (p = 0.876). Three frequent complications including bruising, pain, and paresthesia did not show statistical significance between groups (p = 0.465, 0.823, 1.000, respectively). Major complications were absent in both groups. The EVLA for the incompetent SSV using a retrograde approach is safe and effective and should be considered the alternative method if the antegrade access fails due to vasospasm or small SSV diameter.

  19. Bilateral Morgagni hernia: operative discovery of appendix lying on superior pulmonary vein.

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    Lammy, S; Stewart, M; Carnochan, F M; Walker, W S

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    A patient presented having an acute abdomen on a background of a twelve-month history of worsening asthma. Computed tomography showed giant bilateral intrathoracic hernias extending to both thoracic apices. Our case was unusual as the defect was bilateral and left-sided. Surgical repair revealed each hernia sac measuring >20 cm and to contain the entirety of the small bowel and colon (including retroperitoneal bowel). The appendix was discovered adjacent to right superior pulmonary vein. Both sacs were excised and the defects dissected and transfixed in a single stage operation. In the post-operative stage, he developed a 6.3 cm fluid collection anterior to the right atrium and a left-sided pleural effusion. Morgagni hernias can escape detection and be attributed to other diagnoses courtesy of false localising signs on clinical examination and symptoms in the history.

  20. Geometric analysis on the unidirectionality of the pulmonary veins for atrial reentry

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    2013-01-01

    It is widely believed that the pulmonary veins (PVs) of the atrium play the central role in the generation of atrial reentry leading to atrial fibrillation, but its mechanism has not been analytically explained. In order to improve the current clinical procedures for atrial reentry by understanding its mechanism, geometrical analysis is proposed on the conditions of conduction failure at the PVs and is validated by various computational modeling. To achieve this, a new analytic approach is proposed by adapting the geometric relative acceleration analysis from spacetime physics on the hypothesis that a large relative acceleration can translate to a dramatic increase in the curvature of the wavefront and subsequently to conduction failure. This analytic method is applied to a simplified model of the PV to reveal the strong dependency of the propagational direction and the magnitude of anisotropy for conduction failure. The unidirectionality of the PVs follows directly and is validated by computational tests in ...

  1. Endovenous laser ablation of great saphenous vein with ultrasound-guided perivenous tumescence:early and midterm results

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    CHEN Jia-quan; XIE Hui; DENG Hao-yu; YUAN Kai; ZHANG Ji-wei; ZHANG Hao; ZHANG Lan

    2013-01-01

    Background Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is an improved method to treat varicose great saphenous veins (GSV)with a high satisfactory rate.This study aimed to evaluate the efficiency and safety of treatment by EVLA procedures with ultrasound-guided perivenous tumescence.Methods Thirty-one patients (31 limbs) with symptomatic varicose vein primary to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) treated with EVLA were prospectively studied.The entire procedure was performed under ultrasound-guided tumescent local anesthesia.The patients were evaluated with a 18 month follow-up postoperation using clinical examination and venous duplex ultrasonography.Pain scores and quality of life (QOL) were recorded using visual analog scale (VAS) and the chronic venous insufficiency questionnaire (CIVIQ) at 1 week,1 month,and 12 months after operation.Results All patients tolerated EVLA procedure well.The overall success occlusion rates of GSV were 92%,94%,and 94% at 1,12,and 18 months follow-up,respectively.The score of CIVIQ one week preoperation was 69.14±11.44 while that of CIVIQ one month postoperation was 85.32±4.89.The life quality has significantly improved after the operation of EVLA (t=12.71,P <0.05).The VAS one month after treatment was lower than 1 week before therapy (t=8.048,P <0.05).Major complications such as deep vein thrombosis and skin bums were not found.Most of the complications were minor and improved quickly.Conclusions This refinement type of EVLA procedure is a safe and effective treatment with a high satisfaction rate; it displayed noteworthy features including shortening hospitalization,early ambulant activity,and preferable occlusion rates.

  2. Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism caused by an intravascular synovial sarcoma of the common femoral vein.

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    Schoneveld, J M; Debing, E; Verfaillie, G; Geers, C; Van den Brande, P

    2012-11-01

    Malignant tumors arising in deep veins of the lower extremities are very uncommon. To our best knowledge, this is the seventh case of a primary venous intravascular synovial sarcoma (SS) reported in literature. A 32-year-old woman was admitted with a second episode of deep venous thrombosis of the right lower limb and pulmonary embolism. Physical and radiological examinations showed besides the thrombosis a tumor arising from the right common femoral vein involving the bifurcation of the common femoral artery. At surgery, en block resection of the tumor including the deep femoral vein and arterial bifurcation was done with an arterial reconstruction using a synthetic graft. Histopathological examination revealed an intravascular SS of the common femoral vein. The mainstay of curative therapy is complete surgical resection of all tumor manifestations with negative histological margins.

  3. Tumor Regression in HCC Patient with Portal Vein Tumor Thrombosis after Intraportal Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC is the third leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Portal vein tumor thrombosis (PVTT is a frequent entity in HCC, which strictly limits the gold standard treatment options such as surgical resection and transarterial chemoembolization. Therefore, the prognosis of patients with PVTT is extremely poor and an emergence of seeking an alternative option for intervention is inevitable. We present a case of a 60-year-old male patient with HCC induced PVTT who was subjected to the intraportal RFA and stenting-VesOpen procedure. No additional medical intervention was performed. The repeated CT performed 5 months after the VesOpen procedure revealed significant decrease of the tumor size, patent right, and main portal vein and a recanalization of the left portal vein, which was not processed. At this time point, liver functional tests, appetite, and general condition of the patient were improved evidently. This report designates the RFA as an instrumental option of therapeutic intervention for HCC patients with PVTT.

  4. Tumor Regression in HCC Patient with Portal Vein Tumor Thrombosis after Intraportal Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation

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    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Portal vein tumor thrombosis (PVTT) is a frequent entity in HCC, which strictly limits the gold standard treatment options such as surgical resection and transarterial chemoembolization. Therefore, the prognosis of patients with PVTT is extremely poor and an emergence of seeking an alternative option for intervention is inevitable. We present a case of a 60-year-old male patient with HCC induced PVTT who was subjected to the intraportal RFA and stenting-VesOpen procedure. No additional medical intervention was performed. The repeated CT performed 5 months after the VesOpen procedure revealed significant decrease of the tumor size, patent right, and main portal vein and a recanalization of the left portal vein, which was not processed. At this time point, liver functional tests, appetite, and general condition of the patient were improved evidently. This report designates the RFA as an instrumental option of therapeutic intervention for HCC patients with PVTT. PMID:27579192

  5. Integration of cardiac computed tomography into pulmonary vein isolation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation; Integration einer praeinterventionellen Computertomografie des Herzens in die therapeutische Pulmonalvenenisolation bei Patienten mit paroxysmalem Vorhofflimmern

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    Weber, T.F. [Abt. Radiologie, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg (Germany); Klemm, H.; Willems, S. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Kardiologie und Angiologie, Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany); Koops, A.; Adam, G.; Begemann, P.G. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany); Nagel, H.D. [Philips Medizin Systeme GmbH, Hamburg (Germany)

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    Purpose: Detailed anatomic information of the left atrium is necessary for securely performing radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation-triggering ectopies in the pulmonary vein ostia. In this study the impact of a preinterventionally acquired cardiac computed tomography (CT) on pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) was assessed. Materials and methods: Examinations of 54 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation undergoing PVI were analyzed. In 27 patients a supplementary cardiac CT was obtained prior to PVI (CT group, 12 women, 15 men, 59.7 {+-} 9.9 years of age): 16 x 1.5 mm collimation, 0.2 pitch, 120 kV tube voltage, 400 effective mAs. The fluoroscopy time, effective dose and quantity of radiofrequency (RF) pulses of the following catheter ablation were compared to 27 patients undergoing stand-alone PVI (11 women, 16 men, 62.0 {+-} 9.9 years of age). Mann-Whitney tests served for statistical comparison. Results: CT datasets were successfully integrated into the ablation procedure of each patient in the CT group. The mean quantity of RF pulses was significantly lower in the CT group (22.1 {+-} 8.0 vs. 29.1 {+-} 11.9, p = 0.030), and a significant reduction of fluoroscopy time was found (41.8 {+-} 12.0 min vs. 51.2 {+-} 16.0 min, p = 0.005). Effective doses of the catheter ablation differed in an equivalent dimension but altogether not significantly (14.9 {+-} 10.0 mSv vs. 20.0 {+-} 16.0 mSv, p = 0.203). The mean additive effective dose of the cardiac CT was 85 {+-} 0.3 mSv. (orig.)

  6. Recurrence of atrial fibrillation within three months after pulmonary vein isolation for patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: Analysis using external loop recorder with auto-trigger function.

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    Kawasaki, Shiro; Tanno, Kaoru; Ochi, Akinori; Inokuchi, Koichiro; Chiba, Yuta; Onishi, Yoshimi; Onuma, Yoshimasa; Munetsugu, Yumi; Kikuchi, Miwa; Ito, Hiroyuki; Onuki, Tatsuya; Miyoshi, Fumito; Minoura, Yoshino; Watanabe, Norikazu; Adachi, Taro; Asano, Taku; Kobayashi, Youichi

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    Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) via catheter ablation has been shown to be a highly effective treatment option for patients with symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). The recurrence of AF within 3 months after PVI is not considered to be the result of ablation procedure failure, because early recurrence of AF is not always associated with late recurrence. We examined the usefulness of an external loop recorder with an auto-trigger function (ELR-AUTO) for the detection of atrial fibrillation following PVI to characterize early recurrence and to determine the implications of AF occurrence within 3 months after PVI. Fifty-three consecutive symptomatic patients with paroxysmal AF (age 61.6±12.6 years, 77% male) who underwent PVI and were fitted with ELR-AUTO for 7±2.0 days within 3 months after PVI were enrolled in this study. Of the 33 (62.2%) patients who did not have AF recurrence within 3 months after PVI, only 1 patient experienced AF recurrence at 12 months. Seven (35%) of the 20 patients who experienced AF within 3 months of PVI experienced symptomatic AF recurrence at 12 months. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of early AF recurrence for late recurrence were 87.5%, 71.1%, 35.0%, and 96.9%, respectively. AF recurrence measured by ELR-AUTO within 3 months after PVI can predict the late recurrence of AF. Freedom from AF in the first 3 months following ablation significantly predicts long-term AF freedom. ELR-AUTO is useful for the detection of symptomatic and asymptomatic AF.

  7. Recurrence of atrial fibrillation within three months after pulmonary vein isolation for patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: Analysis using external loop recorder with auto-trigger function

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    Kawasaki, Shiro; Tanno, Kaoru; Ochi, Akinori; Inokuchi, Koichiro; Chiba, Yuta; Onishi, Yoshimi; Onuma, Yoshimasa; Munetsugu, Yumi; Kikuchi, Miwa; Ito, Hiroyuki; Onuki, Tatsuya; Miyoshi, Fumito; Minoura, Yoshino; Watanabe, Norikazu; Adachi, Taro; Asano, Taku; Kobayashi, Youichi

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    Background Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) via catheter ablation has been shown to be a highly effective treatment option for patients with symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). The recurrence of AF within 3 months after PVI is not considered to be the result of ablation procedure failure, because early recurrence of AF is not always associated with late recurrence. We examined the usefulness of an external loop recorder with an auto-trigger function (ELR-AUTO) for the detection of atrial fibrillation following PVI to characterize early recurrence and to determine the implications of AF occurrence within 3 months after PVI. Methods Fifty-three consecutive symptomatic patients with paroxysmal AF (age 61.6±12.6 years, 77% male) who underwent PVI and were fitted with ELR-AUTO for 7±2.0 days within 3 months after PVI were enrolled in this study. Results Of the 33 (62.2%) patients who did not have AF recurrence within 3 months after PVI, only 1 patient experienced AF recurrence at 12 months. Seven (35%) of the 20 patients who experienced AF within 3 months of PVI experienced symptomatic AF recurrence at 12 months. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of early AF recurrence for late recurrence were 87.5%, 71.1%, 35.0%, and 96.9%, respectively. Conclusions AF recurrence measured by ELR-AUTO within 3 months after PVI can predict the late recurrence of AF. Freedom from AF in the first 3 months following ablation significantly predicts long-term AF freedom. ELR-AUTO is useful for the detection of symptomatic and asymptomatic AF. PMID:26336538

  8. Pulmonary vein isolation supported by MRI-derived 3D-augmented biplane fluoroscopy: a feasibility study and a quantitative analysis of the accuracy of the technique.

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    Bourier, Felix; Vukajlovic, Dejan; Brost, Alexander; Hornegger, Joachim; Strobel, Norbert; Kurzidim, Klaus

    2013-02-01

    Despite the advancement of technology in electroanatomic mapping systems (EAMS), fluoroscopy remains a necessary, basic imaging modality for electrophysiology procedures. We present a feasibility study of new software that enables 3D-augmented fluoroscopy in biplane catheterization laboratories for planning and guidance of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). The computer-assisted overlay registration accuracy was assessed in a clinical setting using an automatic calculation of overlay projection geometry that was derived from hardware sensors in C-arms, detectors, and patient table. Consecutive patients (n = 89) underwent left atrium (LA) magnetic resonance imaging MRI scan prior to PVI. Ideal ablation lines encircling the ipsilateral pulmonary veins (PVs) at antral level were drawn onto the segmented LA surface. The 3D-model was superimposed onto biplane fluoroscopy and matched with angiographies of LA and PVs. Three-dimensional-overlay projection geometry was automatically calculated from C-arm, detectors, and table sensors. Accuracy of technique was assessed as alignment of MRI-derived 3D overlay and angiographic LA/PV anatomy. Integrity of registered overlay was quantified using landmark measurements. Alignment offsets were 1.3 ± 1.5 mm in left PV, 1.2 ± 1.5 mm in right PV, and 1.1 ± 1.4 mm in LA roof region. Bravais-Pearson correlation of the landmark measurements was r = 0.978 (s overlay registration was 9.5 ± 3.5 seconds. MRI-derived 3D-augmented fluoroscopy demonstrated a high level of accuracy when compared with LA/PV angiography. The new system could be especially useful to guide procedures not supported by EAMS, such as cryotechnique PVI. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. Endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein using a bare fibre versus a tulip fibre: a randomised clinical trial.

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    Vuylsteke, M E; Thomis, S; Mahieu, P; Mordon, S; Fourneau, I

    2012-12-01

    This clinical trial aimed to evaluate the clinical results of the use of a tulip fibre versus the use of a bare fibre for endovenous laser ablation. In a multicentre prospective randomised trial 174 patients were randomised for the treatment of great saphenous vein reflux. A duplex scan was scheduled 1 month, 6 months and 1 year postoperatively. Ecchymosis was measured on the 5th postoperative day. In addition, pain, analgesics requirement, postoperative quality of life (CIVIQ 2) and patient satisfaction rate were noted. Patients treated with a tulip fibre had significantly less postoperative ecchymosis (0.04 vs. 0.21; p < 0.001) and pain (5th day) (1.00 vs. 2.00; p < 0.001) and had a better postoperative quality of life (27 vs. 32; p = 0.023). There was no difference in analgesic intake (p = 0.11) and patient satisfaction rate (p = 0.564). The total occlusion rate at 1 year was 97.02% and there was no significant difference between the two groups (p = 0.309). Using a tulip fibre for EVLA of the great saphenous vein results, when compared with the use of a bare fibre, in equal occlusion rates at 1 year but causes less postoperative ecchymosis and pain and in a better postoperative quality of life. Copyright © 2012 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Biophysical and molecular comparison of sodium current in cells isolated from canine atria and pulmonary vein.

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    Barajas-Martinez, Hector; Goodrow, Robert J; Hu, Dan; Patel, Payal; Desai, Mayurika; Panama, Brian K; Treat, Jacqueline A; Aistrup, Gary L; Cordeiro, Jonathan M

    2017-02-27

    The collar of the pulmonary vein (PV) is the focal point for the initiation of atrial arrhythmias, but the mechanisms underlying how PV cells differ from neighboring left atrial tissue are unclear. We examined the biophysical and molecular properties of INa in cells isolated from the canine pulmonary sleeve and compared the properties to left atrial tissue. PV and left atrial myocytes were isolated and patch clamp techniques were used to record INa. Action potential recordings from either tissue type were made using high-resistance electrodes. mRNA was determined using quantitative RT-PCR and proteins were determined by Western blot. Analysis of the action potential characteristics showed that PV tissue had a lower Vmax compared with left atrial tissue. Fast INa showed that current density was slightly lower in PV cells compared with LA cells (-96 ± 18.7 pA/pF vs. -120 ± 6.7 pA/pF, respectively, p < 0.05). The recovery from inactivation of INa in PV cells was slightly slower but no marked difference in steady-state inactivation was noted. Analysis of late INa during a 225-ms pulse showed that late INa was significantly smaller in PV cells compared to LA cells at all measured time points into the pulse. These results suggest PV cells have lower density of both peak and late INa. Molecular analysis of Nav1.5 and the four beta subunits showed lower levels of Nav1.5 as well as Navβ1 subunits, confirming the biophysical findings. These data show that a lower density of INa may lead to depression of excitability and predispose the PV collar to re-entrant circuits under pathophysiological conditions.

  11. A Case of Antiphospholipid Syndrome Refractory to Secondary Anticoagulating Prophylaxis after Deep Vein Thrombosis-Pulmonary Embolism

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    Gu, Kang Mo; Shin,Jong Wook; Park, In Won

    2014-01-01

    Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an acquired systemic autoimmune disorder characterized by a combination of clinical criteria, including vascular thrombosis or pregnancy morbidity and elevated antiphospholipid antibody titers. It is one of the causes of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism that can be critical due to the mortality risk. Overall recurrence of thromboembolism is very low with adequate anticoagulation prophylaxis. The most effective treatment to prevent recurrent thromb...

  12. [Thrombectomy and plication of veins as a method of preventing pulmonary artery thromboembolism at a multidisciplinary surgical hospital].

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    Galkin, S V; Pashin, N V; Dedyukhin, I G; Aleksandrov, A G; Lebedeva, M V

    2016-01-01

    The authors assessed efficacy and safety of the operation of plication of deep veins of lower extremities, pelvic veins, and the inferior vena cava as a method of preventing fatal pulmonary artery thromboembolism. A total of 48 patients were operated on. Of these, 23 patients belonged to traumatological-and-orthopaedical cohort, 3 to general surgical cohort, 4 to gynaecological, and 18 to vascular cohort (isolated deep vein thrombosis). The length of the floating head of the thrombus varied from 2 to 10 cm. The presence of a floating thrombus in traumatological, surgical and gynaecological patients, regardless of the length of the floating part was an absolute indication for thrombectomy and venous plication. Vascular patients were operated on in accordance with the National Guidelines (with the length of the thrombus floating portion of not less than 4 cm). In all cases, surgical management envisaged direct and indirect thrombectomy. Plication was always performed above the level of venotomy. It was shown that thrombectomy combined with plication of major veins is a reliable and safe method of prophylaxis, being in some cases the only possible method of preventing fatal pulmonary artery thromboembolism. The operation of plication makes it possible not to cancel a scheduled surgical intervention in patients with a detected floating thrombus of major veins. The operation of thrombectomy and plication above the level of the floating head of the thrombus may be considered an operation of choice in the conditions where there is no possibility to use endovascular methods of treatment (implantation of a cava filter, endovascular catheter thrombectomy), as well as in pregnant women. Restoration of the venous lumen occurs at safe terms spontaneously, not requiring repeat surgical intervention. Simultaneous plication of the vein does not complicate the course of the postoperative period of the main surgical intervention. Thrombectomy and plication do not lead to the

  13. Successful radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia in a patient with dextrocardia due to unilateral pulmonary agenesis: a case report

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Tolga Aksu, Tumer Erdem Guler, Ebru Golcuk, Ismail Erden, Kazim Serhan Ozcan Department of Cardiology, Kocaeli Derince Education and Research Hospital, Derince, Kocaeli, Turkey Abstract: Radiofrequency catheter ablation of the slow pathway is considered to be the treatment of choice for patients with atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia. We report a 34-year-old female with mirror image dextrocardia due to unilateral pulmonary agenesis who underwent successful slow pathway ablation for typical atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia. Using contrast injection, cardiac anatomy was identified in a short time and successfully ablated. Keywords: dextrocardia, AVNRT, ablation, pulmonary agenesis

  14. Anticoagulant Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: The Present State of the Art

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    Thaler, Johannes; Pabinger, Ingrid; Ay, Cihan

    2015-01-01

    Venous thromboembolism (VTE), a disease entity comprising deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), is a frequent and potentially life-threatening event. To date different agents are available for the effective treatment of acute VTE and the prevention of recurrence. For several years, the standard of care was the subcutaneous application of a low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) or fondaparinux, followed by a vitamin K antagonist (VKA). The so-called direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) were introduced rather recently in clinical practice for the treatment of VTE. DOAC seem to have a favorable risk-benefit profile compared to VKA. Moreover, DOAC significantly simplify VTE treatment because they are administered in fixed doses and no routine monitoring is needed. Patients with objectively diagnosed DVT or PE should receive therapeutic anticoagulation for a minimum of 3 months. Whether a patient ought to receive extended treatment needs to be evaluated on an individual basis, depending mainly on risk factors determined by characteristics of the thrombotic event and patient-related factors. In specific patient groups (e.g., pregnant women, cancer patients, and elderly patients), treatment of VTE is more challenging than that in the general population and additional issues need to be considered in those patients. The aim of this review is to give an overview of the currently available treatment modalities of acute VTE and secondary prophylaxis. In particular, specific aspects regarding the initiation of VTE treatment, duration of anticoagulation, and specific patient groups will be discussed. PMID:26664901

  15. Ectopic activity induced by elevated atrial pressure in rabbit pulmonary vein in vitro

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    LIU Jie; HUANG Cong-xin; BAO Ming-wei; WANG Teng

    2005-01-01

    @@ Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common tachyarrhythmia and may cause serious complications, such as stroke. When atrial pressure was elevated, the effect refraction period (ERP) was shortened and the conductivity in atria was slowed and the heterogeneity of different parts of atria was increased. These changes facilitate the occurrence and maintenance of AF. Recent researches demonstrated that pulmonary veins (PVs) are important sources of ectopic beats in the initiation of paroxysmal AF. In patients with drug-resistant chronic AF and structural heart disease, after electrical cardioversion, the PVs are also the dominant trigger in reinitiating AF.1 Yamane et al2 reported that, AF patients were often with dilated PVs if the AF was initiated by focal activity in PVs. Atrial myocardial fibers wrap around the PVs entering the left atrium to form PV myocardial sleeves (PVMSs), and this structure is the origin of focal activity. Little is known about the effects of elevated atrial pressure on PV electrophysiology. In the present study, we found that, spontaneous activity in PVMSs could be induced by elevated atrial pressure and it could affect the atrial rhythm.

  16. Treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: The present state of the art

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    Johannes eThaler

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available AbstractVenous thromboembolism (VTE, a disease entity comprising deep vein thrombosis (DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE, is a frequent and potentially life-threatening event. To date different agents are available for the effective treatment of acute VTE and the prevention of recurrence. For several years the standard of care was the subcutaneous application of a low molecular weight heparin (LMWH or fondaparinux, followed by a vitamin K antagonist (VKA. The so-called direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs were introduced rather recently in clinical practice for the treatment of VTE. DOACs seem to have a favourable risk-benefit profile compared to VKAs. Moreover, DOACs significantly simplify VTE treatment, because they are administered in fixed doses and no routine monitoring is needed.Patients with objectively diagnosed DVT or PE should receive therapeutic anticoagulation for a minimum of 3 months. Whether a patient ought to receive extended treatment needs to be evaluated on an individual basis, depending mainly on risk factors determined by characteristics of the thrombotic event and patient-related factors. In specific patients groups (e.g. pregnant women, cancer patients and elderly patients treatment of VTE is more challenging than in the general population and additional issues need to be considered in those patients.The aim of this review is to give an overview of the currently available treatment modalities of acute VTE and secondary prophylaxis. In particular, specific aspects regarding the initiation of VTE treatment, duration of anticoagulation and specific patient groups will be discussed.

  17. Anticoagulant Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: The Present State of the Art.

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    Thaler, Johannes; Pabinger, Ingrid; Ay, Cihan

    2015-01-01

    Venous thromboembolism (VTE), a disease entity comprising deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), is a frequent and potentially life-threatening event. To date different agents are available for the effective treatment of acute VTE and the prevention of recurrence. For several years, the standard of care was the subcutaneous application of a low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) or fondaparinux, followed by a vitamin K antagonist (VKA). The so-called direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) were introduced rather recently in clinical practice for the treatment of VTE. DOAC seem to have a favorable risk-benefit profile compared to VKA. Moreover, DOAC significantly simplify VTE treatment because they are administered in fixed doses and no routine monitoring is needed. Patients with objectively diagnosed DVT or PE should receive therapeutic anticoagulation for a minimum of 3 months. Whether a patient ought to receive extended treatment needs to be evaluated on an individual basis, depending mainly on risk factors determined by characteristics of the thrombotic event and patient-related factors. In specific patient groups (e.g., pregnant women, cancer patients, and elderly patients), treatment of VTE is more challenging than that in the general population and additional issues need to be considered in those patients. The aim of this review is to give an overview of the currently available treatment modalities of acute VTE and secondary prophylaxis. In particular, specific aspects regarding the initiation of VTE treatment, duration of anticoagulation, and specific patient groups will be discussed.

  18. Characteristics of Residual Atrial Posterior Wall and Roof-Dependent Atrial Tachycardias after Pulmonary Vein Isolation.

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    Matsumoto, Akinori; Fukuzawa, Koji; Kiuchi, Kunihiko; Konishi, Hiroki; Ichibori, Hirotoshi; Imada, Hiroshi; Hyogo, Kiyohiro; Kurose, Jun; Takaya, Tomofumi; Mori, Shumpei; Yoshida, Akihiro; Hirata, Ken-Ichi; Nishii, Tatsuya; Kono, Atsushi

    2016-10-01

    Roof-dependent atrial tachycardia (roof AT) sometimes occurs after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) of atrial fibrillation (AF). This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the anatomy of the residual left atrial posterior wall and occurrence of roof AT. A total of 265 patients with AF who underwent PVI were enrolled. After the PVI, induced or recurrent roof AT was confirmed by an entrainment maneuver or activation mapping using a three-dimensional (3D) mapping system. To identify the predictors of roof AT, the minimum distance between both PVI lines (d-PVI) was measured by a 3D mapping system and the anatomical parameters, including the left atrial (LA) diameter, left atrial volume index (LAVi), and shape of the left atrial roof, were analyzed by 3D computed tomography. Roof AT was documented in 11 (4.2%) of 265 patients. A multivariable analysis demonstrated that the d-PVI, Deep V shape of the LA roof, and LAVi were associated with roof AT occurrences (d-PVI: odds ratio: 0.72, confidence interval [CI]: 0.61-0.86, P PVI and LAVi, respectively. The shorter d-PVI at the LA roof, greater LAVi, and Deep V shape were associated with the occurrence of a roof AT. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Radiofrequency ablation of the great saphenous vein with the ClosureFAST™ procedure: mid-term experience on 400 patients from a single centre.

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    Tolva, Valerio S; Cireni, Lea V; Bianchi, Paolo G; Lombardo, Almarosa; Keller, Guido C; Casana, Renato M

    2013-07-01

    Endovascular obliteration of the great saphenous vein (GSV) has been proposed as an alternative to conventional extirpative treatment of varicose veins. This report reviewed the initial experience with the ClosureFAST™ procedure in 407 legs over a one-year period. Occlusion of the GSV was seen on 98 % of completion scans and in all patients within 1 week of the procedure. Persistent occlusion was documented in all cases. One had paresthesias and one had skin pigmentation. Three patients had transient superficial thrombophlebitis in a treated segment of a superficial collateral of the GSV. One patient was found to have extension of an asymptomatic, nonocclusive thrombus into the common femoral vein 1 week after the procedure. Radiofrequency ablation of the GSV appears to be a safe alternative to conventional stripping and ligation. Randomised clinical trials and longer follow-up periods are required to establish the overall superiority of the procedure in comparison to conventional stripping.

  20. Successful thoracoscopic lobectomy for lung cancer in a patient with anatomic variation of the left inferior pulmonary vein

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    Nakano,Hideharu

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    Full Text Available We present a case of primary lung cancer with a rare distribution pattern of left inferior pulmonary vein (PV, encountered in the thoracoscopic left lower lobectomy. Thoracoscopic observation revealed 2 trunks of inferior PV (ventral and dorsal branch at the stem level. The ventral trunk consisted of a branch of vein (V(5 from the lingular segment and venous ramifications (V(8a, V(9 and V(10a from the basal segment. On the other hand, a branch of vein (V(6 from the superior segment in the lower lobe and other veins (V(8b and V(10b + c from the basal segment emptied together into the dorsal trunk. We successfully carried out a thoracoscopic left lower lobectomy without excision of the aberrant vein (V(5. Retrospective review of the preoperative chest CT demonstrates the double trunk inferior PV and the aberrant lingular branch emptying with V(8a into the ventral trunk. Knowledge of the branching variations of PV from preoperative evaluations leads to appropriate thoracoscopic procedures for lung cancer.

  1. CLINICAL APPLICATION OF 99mTc MAA PULMONARY SCINTISCAN IN DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS AND RHEUMATIC HEART DISEASE

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    陈万春; 曾昭瑞; 金立仁; 包玉倩

    1992-01-01

    We studied 21 cases of pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) in 67 consecutive cases of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the lower limbs and 4 cases in 9 selective cases of rheumatic heart disease (RHD). The incidence of PTE in DVT could be inferred as being 31.3%. PTE were diagnosed by 99mTc MAA lung scintiscans. In the DVT cases, lung scintiscan were done right after venography of the legs. Six cases underwent pulmonary angiography, ⅠDSA. As PTE in the DVT cases were all subclinical, only oligemia andvascular "pruning" were noted. Injection of urokinase into the pulmonary artery concerned through a catheter after which intravenous infusion was continued for 10-14 days, only 3 PTE resolved, probably representing early cases.

  2. Atrial Electrogram Fractionation Distribution before and after Pulmonary Vein Isolation in Human Persistent Atrial Fibrillation—A Retrospective Multivariate Statistical Analysis

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    Tiago P. Almeida

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE-guided ablation after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI has been used for persistent atrial fibrillation (persAF therapy. This strategy has shown suboptimal outcomes due to, among other factors, undetected changes in the atrial tissue following PVI. In the present work, we investigate CFAE distribution before and after PVI in patients with persAF using a multivariate statistical model.Methods: 207 pairs of atrial electrograms (AEGs were collected before and after PVI respectively, from corresponding LA regions in 18 persAF patients. Twelve attributes were measured from the AEGs, before and after PVI. Statistical models based on multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA and linear discriminant analysis (LDA have been used to characterize the atrial regions and AEGs.Results: PVI significantly reduced CFAEs in the LA (70 vs. 40%; P < 0.0001. Four types of LA regions were identified, based on the AEGs characteristics: (i fractionated before PVI that remained fractionated after PVI (31% of the collected points; (ii fractionated that converted to normal (39%; (iii normal prior to PVI that became fractionated (9% and; (iv normal that remained normal (21%. Individually, the attributes failed to distinguish these LA regions, but multivariate statistical models were effective in their discrimination (P < 0.0001.Conclusion: Our results have unveiled that there are LA regions resistant to PVI, while others are affected by it. Although, traditional methods were unable to identify these different regions, the proposed multivariate statistical model discriminated LA regions resistant to PVI from those affected by it without prior ablation information.

  3. Radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins improves venous clinical severity score despite failure of complete closure of the saphenous vein after 1 year

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    Hyeong Yong Jin

    2017-01-01

    Conclusion: In this study, RFA of varicose veins had an initial success rate of 97.7% and a significantly improved patient VCSS at 1 year. Patients with episodic recanalization of the saphenous vein also exhibited an improved VCSS with favorable duplex findings at 1 year.

  4. Migration to the pulmonary artery of nine metallic coils placed in the internal iliac vein for treatment of giant rectal varices.

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    Yamasaki, Wataru; Kakizawa, Hideaki; Ishikawa, Masaki; Date, Shuji; Tatsugami, Fuminari; Terada, Hiroaki; Masaki, Keiichi; Kawaoka, Tomokazu; Tsuge, Masataka; Aikata, Hiroshi; Chayama, Kazuaki; Awai, Kazuo

    2012-01-01

    Transcatheter venous embolization with metallic coils is a safe and reliable method for the treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome and pelvic varicocele. While rare, coil migration to the pulmonary arteries is potentially fatal. We report the migration to the pulmonary artery of a cluster of nine metallic microcoils placed in the internal iliac vein to obliterate giant rectal varices. Our patient suffered no severe sequelae. To avoid coil migration to the pulmonary arteries, the coils chosen for placement must take into consideration the characteristics of the target vessels, particularly of larger veins.

  5. Acute fatal pulmonary vein occlusion after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Nilsson, Brian; Chen, Xu; Pehrson, Steen

    2004-01-01

    . The patient was first diagnosed as having pneumonia but five days later transesophageal echocardiography and pulmonal angiography revealed total occlusion of the left superior and inferior PVs. When we received the patient he underwent open-heart surgery, which showed thrombi in the orifices of the left sided...

  6. Atrial fibrillation: Is ablation the way of the future?

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    Brian Olshansky

    2004-01-01

    @@ This issue of the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology features a manuscript entitled "A three-pulmonary vein isolation approach to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation".Dr. Lexin Wang addresses an important issue, and is to be congratulated for taking a new look at an approach to ablate atrial fibrillation.

  7. Impact of pulmonary vein isolation on atrial vagal activity and atrial electrical remodeling

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    Yingxue Dong; Shulong Zhang; Lianjun Gao; Hongwei Zhao; Donghui Yang; Yunlong Xia; Yanzong Yang

    2008-01-01

    Objective Mechanisms of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation remain controversy.This study aimed to investigate the impact of PVI on vagal modulation to atria.Methods Eighteen adult mongrel dogs under general anesthesia were randomly divided into two groups.Bilateral cervical sympathovagal trunks were decentralized and sympathetic effects was blocked by metoprolol administration.Atrial electrical remodeling (AER) was established by rapid right atrial pacing at the rate of 600 bpm for 30 minutes.PVI was performed in group A.Atrial effective refractory period (ERP),vulnerability window (VW) of atrial fibrillation,and sinus rhythm cycle length (SCL) were measured at baseline and during vagal stimulation before and after atrial rapid pacing with and without PVI at fight atrial appendage (RAA),left atrial appendage (LAA),distal coronary sinus (CSd) and proximal coronary sinus (CSp).Results (1) Effects of PVI on vagal modulation:Shortening of SCL during vagal stimulation decreased significantly after PVI compared with that before PVI in group A (P<0.001).Shortening of ERP during vagal stimulation decreaseed significantly after PVI compared with that before PVI (P<0.05).VW of atrial fibrillation during vagal stimulation decreased significantly after PVI compared with that before PVI (P<0.05).(2) Effects of PVI on AER:shortening of ERP before and after atrial rapid pacing increased significantly at baseline and vagal stimulation in group B compared with that in group A (P<0.05).VW during vagal stimulation increased significantly after atrial rapid pacing in group B (P<0.05).Conclusion PVI attenuates the vagal modulation to the atria,thereby decreases the susceptibility to atrial fibrillation mediated by vagal activity.PVI releases AER,which maybe contributes to the vagal denervation.Our study indicates that PVI not only can eradicate triggered foci but also modify substrates for AF.(J Geriatr Cardiol 2008;5:28-32)

  8. Accelerated free breathing ECG triggered contrast enhanced pulmonary vein magnetic resonance angiography using compressed sensing.

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    Roujol, Sébastien; Foppa, Murilo; Basha, Tamer A; Akçakaya, Mehmet; Kissinger, Kraig V; Goddu, Beth; Berg, Sophie; Nezafat, Reza

    2014-11-22

    To investigate the feasibility of accelerated electrocardiogram (ECG)-triggered contrast enhanced pulmonary vein magnetic resonance angiography (CE-PV MRA) with isotropic spatial resolution using compressed sensing (CS). Nineteen patients (59±13 y, 11 M) referred for MR were scanned using the proposed accelerated free breathing ECG-triggered 3D CE-PV MRA sequence (FOV=340×340×110 mm3, spatial resolution=1.5×1.5×1.5 mm3, acquisition window=140 ms at mid diastole and CS acceleration factor=5) and a conventional first-pass breath-hold non ECG-triggered 3D CE-PV MRA sequence. CS data were reconstructed offline using low-dimensional-structure self-learning and thresholding reconstruction (LOST) CS reconstruction. Quantitative analysis of PV sharpness and subjective qualitative analysis of overall image quality were performed using a 4-point scale (1: poor; 4: excellent). Quantitative PV sharpness was increased using the proposed approach (0.73±0.09 vs. 0.51±0.07 for the conventional CE-PV MRA protocol, p<0.001). There were no significant differences in the subjective image quality scores between the techniques (3.32±0.94 vs. 3.53±0.77 using the proposed technique). CS-accelerated free-breathing ECG-triggered CE-PV MRA allows evaluation of PV anatomy with improved sharpness compared to conventional non-ECG gated first-pass CE-PV MRA. This technique may be a valuable alternative for patients in which the first pass CE-PV MRA fails due to inaccurate first pass timing or inability of the patient to perform a 20-25 seconds breath-hold.

  9. Pulmonary vein isolation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is associated with regional cardiac sympathetic denervation

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    2013-01-01

    Background Circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the cornerstone of the current state-of-the-art management of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the precise mechanisms behind AF relapses post PVI are still unknown. Since the activity of the autonomous nervous system is crucial in triggering paroxysmal AF, we hypothesized that PVI is associated with changes of cardiac sympathetic activity. Methods Sixteen patients with paroxysmal AF underwent cardiac iodine-123-meta-iodobenzylguanidine (123I-mIBG) planar cardiac imaging and single-photon emission computed tomography with low-dose computed tomography (SPECT/CT) for attenuation correction before and 4 weeks after PVI. The heart-to-mediastinum ratio (H/M ratio), washout rate (WR), regional myocardial uptake, and regional washout were analyzed. Results The late H/M ratio was unchanged by PVI (pre, 2.9 ± 0.5 vs. post, 2.7 ± 0.6, p = 0.53). Four of the 16 patients (25%) displayed regional deficits before PVI. After PVI, regional deficits were present in ten patients (62.5%) with newly emerging deficits localized in the inferolateral wall. In a 6-month follow-up, four out of the ten patients (40%) with regional 123I-mIBG defects suffered from a recurrence of AF, while only one of the six patients (16.7%) without a regional 123I-mIBG defect experienced a recurrence. Conclusion A significant number of patients with paroxysmal AF show regional cardiac sympathetic innervation deficits at baseline. In addition, PVI is associated with newly emerging defects. The presence of regional sympathetic denervation after PVI may correlate with the risk of AF relapses. PMID:24360192

  10. An Independent Risk of Gout on the Development of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism

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    Huang, Chien-Chung; Huang, Po-Hao; Chen, Jiunn-Horng; Lan, Joung-Liang; Tsay, Gregory J.; Lin, Hsiao-Yi; Tseng, Chun-Hung; Lin, Cheng-Li; Hsu, Chung-Yi

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Previous studies indicated that gout is a risk factor of cardiovascular diseases. This study aimed to determine if patients with gout have an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE). We used the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database, a subset of the national insurance claim dataset, which enrolled 1 million Taiwanese to identify 57,981 patients with gout and 115,961 reference subjects matched by sex, age, and entry date of diagnosis. The risk of DVT and PE was analyzed using the Cox proportional hazards model. In this Taiwanese dataset observed from 2000 to 2010, we found the incidence of DVT was 5.26 per 104 person-years in the gout cohort, which was twofold higher than the incidence of 2.63 per 104 person-years in the reference cohort. After adjusting for age, sex, and 9 comorbidities, the hazard ratio (HR) of developing DVT was 1.66 (95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.37–2.01). Among patients with gout, the youngest age group had the highest increase in the risk of developing DVT (HR [95% CI] = 2.04 [1.24–3.37] for ages 20 to 49 years, 1.80 [1.28–2.51] for ages 50 to 64 years, and 1.45 [1.11–1.91] for ages ≥65 years). The incidence of PE was about one-fifth that of DVT in gout patients, but the effect of gout on the risk was similar (HR [95% CI] = 1.53 [1.01–2.29]). Our analysis confirmed that gout increased the risk of DVT and PE. Further exploration is needed in the future. PMID:26705202

  11. Atrium-atrioventricular node block: an unusual complication during catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation

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    MIAO Cheng-long; SANG Cai-hua; DONG Jian-zeng; MA Chang-sheng

    2011-01-01

    Ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation is still a challenge for the ablationist. Extensive ablation is required under some conditions and could lead to some unintended complications. Here we report a case of atrium-atrioventricular node block complicating multiple catheter ablation procedures for persistent atrial fibrillation. After extensive ablation, including circumferential pulmonary vein ablation, linear ablation at the left atrial roof, mitral isthmus, atrial septum, cavotricuspid isthmus, and complex fractionated atrial electrogram ablation, conduction obstacle was found, and sinus impulse could not travel from the right atrium, atrial septum and left atrium to atrioventricular node. The case indicated that intensive ablation at some key sites, especially the interatrial septum, should be careful during ablation of atrial fibrillation.

  12. Conditional clara cell ablation reveals a self-renewing progenitor function of pulmonary neuroendocrine cells.

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    Reynolds, S D; Hong, K U; Giangreco, A; Mango, G W; Guron, C; Morimoto, Y; Stripp, B R

    2000-06-01

    The neuroepithelial body (NEB) is a highly dynamic structure that responds to chronic airway injury through hyperplasia of associated pulmonary neuroendocrine (PNE) cells. Although NEB dysplasia is correlated with preneoplastic conditions and PNE cells are thought to serve as a precursor for development of small cell lung carcinoma, mechanisms regulating expansion of the PNE cell population are not well understood. Based on studies performed in animal models, it has been suggested that NEB-associated progenitor cells that are phenotypically distinct from PNE cells contribute to PNE cell hyperplasia. We have previously used a Clara cell-specific toxicant, naphthalene, to induce airway injury in mice and have demonstrated that naphthalene-resistant Clara cells, characterized by their expression of Clara cell secretory protein (CCSP), and PNE cells contribute to airway repair and associated hyperplasia of NEBs. This study was conducted to define the contribution of NEB-associated CCSP-expressing progenitor cells to PNE cell hyperplasia after Clara cell ablation. Transgenic (CCtk) mice were generated in which herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase was expressed within all CCSP-expressing cells of the conducting airway epithelium through the use of transcriptional regulatory elements from the mouse CCSP promoter. Chronic administration of ganciclovir (GCV) to CCtk transgenic mice resulted in selective ablation of CCSP-expressing cells within conducting airways. Proliferation and hyperplasia of PNE cells occurred in the absence of detectable proliferation among any other residual airway epithelial cell populations. These results demonstrate that PNE cells function as a self-renewing progenitor population and that NEB-associated Clara cells are not necessary for PNE cell hyperplasia.

  13. Sudden Death by Pulmonary Thromboembolism due to a Large Uterine Leiomyoma with a Parasitic Vein to the Mesentery

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    Varsha Podduturi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The pathophysiology of venous thrombosis is classically attributed to alterations in one or more components of Virchow’s triad: hypercoagulability, stasis, and damage to the vascular endothelium. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT may lead to pulmonary thromboembolism (PE, and the latter is culpable for many deaths annually in the United States; however, DVT as a complication of uterine leiomyoma has rarely been reported. We report a case of a 57-year-old woman whose death was due to a large pedunculated subserosal leiomyoma externally compressing the pelvic veins resulting in stasis and venous thrombosis leading to fatal PE. The association of large pelvic masses with venous thrombosis has clinical implications, since prophylactic surgery could be life-saving.

  14. Circumferential lesion formation around the pulmonary veins in the left atrium with focused ultrasound using a 2D-array endoesophageal device: a numerical study

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    Pichardo, Samuel; Hynynen, Kullervo [Imaging Research-Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Room C713, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5 (Canada)

    2007-08-21

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequently sustained cardiac arrhythmia affecting humans. The electrical isolation by ablation of the pulmonary veins (PVs) in the left atrium (LA) of the heart has been proven as an effective cure of AF. The ablation consists mainly in the formation of a localized circumferential thermal coagulation of the cardiac tissue surrounding the PVs. In the present numerical study, the feasibility of producing the required circumferential lesion with an endoesophageal ultrasound probe is investigated. The probe operates at 1 MHz and consists of a 2D array with enough elements (114 x 20) to steer the acoustic field electronically in a volume comparable to the LA. Realistic anatomical conditions of the thorax were considered from the segmentation of histological images of the thorax. The cardiac muscle and the blood-filled cavities in the heart were identified and considered in the sound propagation and thermal models. The influence of different conditions of the thermal sinking in the LA chamber was also studied. The circumferential ablation of the PVs was achieved by the sum of individual lesions induced with the proposed device. Different scenarios of lesion formation were considered where ultrasound exposures (1, 2, 5 and 10 s) were combined with maximal peak temperatures (60, 70 and 80 {sup 0}C). The results of this numerical study allowed identifying the limits and best conditions for controlled lesion formation in the LA using the proposed device. A controlled situation for the lesion formation surrounding the PVs was obtained when the targets were located within a distance from the device in the range of 26 {+-} 7 mm. When combined with a maximal temperature of 70 {sup 0}C and an exposure time between 5 and 10 s, this distance ensured preservation of the esophageal structures, controlled lesion formation and delivery of an acoustic intensity at the transducer surface that is compatible with existing materials. With a peak

  15. Whole heart cine MR imaging of pulmonary veins in patients with congenital heart disease. Comparison with Spin Echo MR imaging

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    Mitsui, Hideaki [Yamagata City Hospital Saiseikan (Japan); Saito, Haruo; Ishibashi, Tadashi; Takahashi, Shoki; Zuguchi, Masayuki; Yamada, Shogo

    2002-01-01

    We evaluated the accuracy of Whole Heart Cine (WHC) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in the depiction of pulmonary veins (PVs) in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) compared to that of spin echo (SE) MR imaging. Among our 35 patients, 4 patients had anomalous PV return. Detectability of four PVs on each MR examination images were evaluated. MR imaging is an effective modality for the clarification of PVs, and WHC MR imaging is more useful in delineating PV anomalies than SE MR imaging. (author)

  16. Is radiofrequency energy a necessary and safe complement to cryotherapy for successful pulmonary vein isolation?

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    Ahmed Abdelaal

    2011-06-01

    Conclusions: Our study suggests that hybrid ablation therapy is necessary in most patients to achieve PV disconnection after a maximum of four blinded applications of balloon-cryotherapy (especially in inferior PVs, with a significant short-term success rate.

  17. Prognostic impact of hs-CRP and IL-6 in patients undergoing radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Henningsen, Kristoffer Mads Aaris; Nilsson, Brian; Bruunsgaard, Helle;

    2008-01-01

    or persistent AF were treated with either segmental or circumferential pulmonary vein isolation ablation technique. All patients presented with sinus rhythm on inclusion. Holter monitoring lasting at least 14 days was performed before ablation and after 3 months. Recurrent symptomatic AF or atrial tachycardia...... >10 minutes was considered failure and patients were offered a second ablation session. Interleukin-6 and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein were measured prior to ablation and at follow-up visits. Results. After a maximum of two ablations, 19 patients (41%) had SR without recurrence of AF after 12...

  18. Sudden hearing loss followed by deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in a patient with factor V Leiden mutation.

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    Lovato, A; Tormene, D; Staffieri, C; Breda, S; Staffieri, A; Marioni, G

    2014-09-01

    Factor V Leiden (FVL) is by far the most prevalent inherited thrombophilic abnormality in Western countries, and this genetic condition has been associated with sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL). Audiologists should be aware that SSHL may be the precursor of life-threatening thromboembolic events, especially in Caucasians who are more likely to be FVL carriers. Case report. A 41-year-old male patient. Although this is not the first report of SSHL in a FVL carrier, it is the first to describe SSHL occurring in a heterozygous FVL carrier who--within a month--was also diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis of the left common femoral, saphenous, and popliteal veins, and pulmonary embolism of the left pulmonary artery branch serving the posterior basal segment of the inferior lobe. SSHL is an emergency condition that warrants prompt medical examination and treatment. Hematological investigations should be considered in SSHL patients at least for those with a family history of thrombotic events, and for women on estrogen-progestin therapy or during pregnancy, with a view to providing adequate antithrombotic prophylaxis and reducing the risk of other thromboembolic events.

  19. Topographic anatomy of the fetal inferior vena cava, coronary sinus, and pulmonary veins: Variations in Chiari's network.

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    Naito, Michiko; Yu, Hee Chul; Kim, Ji Hyun; Rodríguez-Vázquez, José Francisco; Murakami, Gen; Cho, Baik Hwan

    2015-07-01

    To understand anomalies in Chiari's network better, we assessed the topographical anatomy of the fetal inferior vena cava (IVC), coronary sinus, and atria. We examined sagittal serial paraffin sections of 15 human fetuses of crown-rump length 24-36 mm, corresponding to a gestational age of 8 weeks. Although their outflow tract morphologies were similar, these 15 specimens could be classified into two groups. In eight specimens, the left common cardinal vein reached the body wall, whereas in the other seven the vein was obliterated near the left pulmonary vein. Irrespective of the group in which the specimen was included, the anteroposterior arrangement of the coronary sinus, the sinus septum (septum), and the right sinus valve (right valve) could be classified into three types: the right valve-septum-coronary sinus arrangement in seven specimens; the right valve-coronary sinus-septum arrangement in five; and the coronary sinus-right valve-septum arrangement in three. Depending on differences in topographical anatomy, the sinus septum separated the coronary sinus opening from either the right or the left atrium. Likewise, the coronary sinus opening was either adjacent to or distant from the IVC terminal. Rather than the counter-side position of the right valve being at the IVC terminal, the left sinus valve protruded leftward, forming an incomplete interatrial septum. Fetal variations seemed to be closely connected with individual variations and a high frequency of Chiari's network anomalies in adults.

  20. Imaging in congenital pulmonary vein anomalies: the role of computed tomography

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    Dyer, Kevin Todd; McQuiston, Andrew Douglas [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Hlavacek, Anthony Marcus; Pietris, Nicholas Peter [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Cardiology Department of Pediatrics, Charleston, SC (United States); Meinel, Felix Gabriel [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital, Institute for Clinical Radiology, Munich (Germany); De Cecco, Carlo Nicola [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); University of Rome ' ' Sapienza' ' - Polo Pontino, Department of Radiological Sciences Oncology and Pathology, Latina (Italy); Schoepf, Uwe Joseph [Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Cardiology Department of Medicine, Charleston, SC (United States); Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Cardiology Department of Pediatrics, Charleston, SC (United States)

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    Pulmonary venous anomalies comprise a wide spectrum of anatomical variations and their clinical presentations may vary from the relatively benign single partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection (PAPVC) to the critical obstructed total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC). We briefly review the common anomalies encountered, while highlighting the utility that computed tomographic angiography (CTA) provides for this spectrum of extracardiac vascular malformations and connections. CTA has established itself as an invaluable imaging modality in these patients. A detailed knowledge of the CTA imaging findings in pulmonary venous anomalies is crucial to guide clinical decision-making in these patients. (orig.)

  1. Different risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in carriers with factor V Leiden compared with non-carriers, but not in other thrombophilic defects. Results from a large retrospective family cohort study

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    Makelburg, Anja B. U.; Veeger, Nic J. G. M.; Middeldorp, Saskia; Hamulyak, Karly; Prins, Martin H.; Buller, Harry R.; Lijfering, Willem M.

    2010-01-01

    The term factor V Leiden (FVL) paradox is used to describe the different risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism that has been found in carriers of FVL. In a thrombophilic family-cohort, we estimated differences in absolute risks of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism for various

  2. Venous velocity of the right femoral vein decreases in the right lateral decubitus position compared to the supine position: a cause of postoperative pulmonary embolism?

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    Sato,Shizou

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available The right lateral decubitus position is a risk factor for postoperative pulmonary embolism. We examined postural changes of femoral vein velocity in order to elucidate the mechanism. Thirty patients scheduled for general thoracic surgery were enrolled in this study. The common femoral veins on both sides were examined by color-duplex ultrasound for venous caliber and velocity when the patients were in the right lateral, left lateral, and supine positions. The maximum diameters of the right femoral vein in the right lateral decubitus position and the left femoral vein in the left decubitus position were significantly larger than those in the other positions. The venous velocity of the right femoral vein in the right lateral decubitus position was significantly smaller than that in the supine position, while the velocity of the left femoral vein in the left lateral decubitus position was not significantly decreased. We speculate that the decreased venous velocity of the right femoral vein in the right lateral decubitus position could result in a deep venous thromboembolism in the right leg, making this position a possible risk factor for postoperative pulmonary embolism.

  3. A patient who experienced thyroid storm complicated by rhabdomyolysis, deep vein thrombosis, and a silent pulmonary embolism: a case report

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    Background Thyroid storm is a serious condition of thyrotoxicosis. Hyperthyroidism often presents with thrombotic events, especially at cerebral sites; however, the possible association between a lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (LEDVT) and thyroid storm has not been previously reported. We encountered a patient who developed thyroid storm, associated with rhabdomyolysis, followed by LEDVT and a small silent pulmonary embolism (PE). The case is discussed with references to the pertinent literature. Case presentation A 50-year-old woman with no past medical history was referred to our hospital because of severe diarrhea, muscle weakness in her lower limbs (manual muscle testing: MMT 3), and disturbances of consciousness. She was diagnosed as having Graves’ disease based on the presence of struma, exophthalmos, and hyperthyroidism with TSH receptor antibody positivity; we further determined that the patient was experiencing thyroid storm based on the results of the Burch-Wartofsky scoring system and a Japanese diagnostic criteria. Treatment with steroids, iodine potassium, methimazole, and propranolol was initiated. Severe watery diarrhea continued, and the laboratory data revealed hypokalemia (2.0 meq/L). On day 14, a blood analysis showed a sudden elevation in her creatinine kinase (CK) level, leading to a diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis. Thereafter, the muscle weakness in her lower limbs advanced to a degree of MMT 1. Seven days after the diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis, pitting edema began to appear in bilateral lower extremities. Contrast-enhanced CT scans revealed a LEDVT involving the left common iliac vein, bilateral femoral veins, and left popliteal vein. Furthermore, a small PE was identified. Hyperthyroidism often presents with thrombotic events, especially at cerebral sites, but few reports of PE or LEDVT have been made. Conclusion This case suggests that the occurrence of thyroid storm may be associated with a risk of LEDVT and/or PE. We suggest that DVT

  4. A common Shox2-Nkx2-5 antagonistic mechanism primes the pacemaker cell fate in the pulmonary vein myocardium and sinoatrial node.

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    Ye, Wenduo; Wang, Jun; Song, Yingnan; Yu, Diankun; Sun, Cheng; Liu, Chao; Chen, Fading; Zhang, Yanding; Wang, Fen; Harvey, Richard P; Schrader, Laura; Martin, James F; Chen, YiPing

    2015-07-15

    In humans, atrial fibrillation is often triggered by ectopic pacemaking activity in the myocardium sleeves of the pulmonary vein (PV) and systemic venous return. The genetic programs that abnormally reinforce pacemaker properties at these sites and how this relates to normal sinoatrial node (SAN) development remain uncharacterized. It was noted previously that Nkx2-5, which is expressed in the PV myocardium and reinforces a chamber-like myocardial identity in the PV, is lacking in the SAN. Here we present evidence that in mice Shox2 antagonizes the transcriptional output of Nkx2-5 in the PV myocardium and in a functional Nkx2-5(+) domain within the SAN to determine cell fate. Shox2 deletion in the Nkx2-5(+) domain of the SAN caused sick sinus syndrome, associated with the loss of the pacemaker program. Explanted Shox2(+) cells from the embryonic PV myocardium exhibited pacemaker characteristics including node-like electrophysiological properties and the capability to pace surrounding Shox2(-) cells. Shox2 deletion led to Hcn4 ablation in the developing PV myocardium. Nkx2-5 hypomorphism rescued the requirement for Shox2 for the expression of genes essential for SAN development in Shox2 mutants. Similarly, the pacemaker-like phenotype induced in the PV myocardium in Nkx2-5 hypomorphs reverted back to a working myocardial phenotype when Shox2 was simultaneously deleted. A similar mechanism is also adopted in differentiated embryoid bodies. We found that Shox2 interacts with Nkx2-5 directly, and discovered a substantial genome-wide co-occupancy of Shox2, Nkx2-5 and Tbx5, further supporting a pivotal role for Shox2 in the core myogenic program orchestrating venous pole and pacemaker development.

  5. MDCT Evaluation of Left Atrium and Pulmonary Vein in the Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: Comparison with the Non-Atrial Fibrillation Group

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    Kim, Won Jung; Choi, Eun Jeong; Ham, Soo Yeon; Oh, Yu Whan; Kim, Young Hoon [Anam Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yong, Hwan Seok [Korea University Guro Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yang, Kyung Sook [Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-02-15

    The anatomy of the left atrium (LA) and the pulmonary veins (PVs) is important in planning and performing successful electrophysiologic ablation (EPA) for atrial fibrillation (Afib) patients. The authors estimated the findings of LA and PVs of Afib patients by MDCT, and compared these with the findings of LA and PVs of the non- Afib group using coronary CT angiography (CCTA). From September, 2009 to February, 2010, 91 Afib patients underwent PVCT (male: female = 72:19, mean age = 55.0-years-old) before EPA. At same time, 90 patients underwent CCTA (male: female = 73:17, mean age = 59.1- years-old). Two radiologists reviewed and analyzed all axial and 3D images of LA and PVs retrospectively with consensus. The average LA volumes of the Afib group(100.49 mm3) was larger than that of the non-Afib group (78.38 mm3) (p<0.05). The average lengths of the LA right wall in the Afib group (40.25 mm) was longer than that of the non-Afib group (37.3 mm) (p<0.05). The average distances between the PV ostium and first segmental bifurcation of the Lt superior PV (LSPV) and the RSPV were shorter in the Afib group (LSPV, 19.38 mm: RSPV, 11.49 mm) than in the non-Afib group (LSPV, 23.23 mm: RSPV, 14.25 mm) (p<0.05). There were higher incidences of anomalous branches such as ostial, accessory branches, or common ostia in the Afib group versus the non-Afib group (p<0.05). In Afib group, variable parameters of LA and PVs were obtained and estimated by MDCT, and there was statistically significant difference in the parameters of LA and PVs between Afib and non-Afib groups

  6. Differential actions of the prostacyclin analogues treprostinil and iloprost and the selexipag metabolite, MRE-269 (ACT-333679) in rat small pulmonary arteries and veins.

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    Orie, N N; Ledwozyw, A; Williams, D J; Whittle, B J; Clapp, L H

    2013-10-01

    The prostacyclin (IP) receptor agonists, treprostinil, iloprost and the selexipag metabolite, MRE-269 (ACT-333679) were evaluated in rat distal pulmonary blood vessels. Small pulmonary arteries and veins were pre-contracted with the thromboxane mimetic, U46619 (25 and 100nM, respectively), and relaxation determined with and without IP receptor antagonists, RO1138452 and RO3244794. In arteries, treprostinil was a more potent vasorelaxant than iloprost, while the efficacy of iloprost was greater. In pulmonary arteries, treprostinil-induced relaxation was essentially abolished by both IP antagonists (1μM), while responses to iloprost were partially inhibited. Both treprostinil and iloprost were equipotent, prominently relaxing pulmonary veins with responses being similarly and partially sensitive to IP antagonists. In contrast, RO1138452 failed to inhibit relaxations to MRE-269 in either pulmonary arteries or veins, suggesting no involvement of typical IP receptors. Thus, rat pulmonary tissues cannot be considered appropriate to assess classical IP receptors using the proposed highly selective non-prostanoid agonist MRE-269, contrasting with the IP receptor agonism profile of prostacyclin analogues, iloprost and treprostinil. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Feasibility and outcome of epicardial pulmonary vein isolation for lone atrial fibrillation using minimal invasive surgery and high intensity focused ultrasound

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    Klinkenberg, Theo J.; Ahmed, Sheba; Ten Hagen, Anita; Wiesfeld, Ans C. P.; Tan, Eng S.; Zijlstra, Felix; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.

    2009-01-01

    Transvenous pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the cornerstone of non-pharmacological rhythm control therapy in symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF). Success and complications rates are, however, still not optimal. New techniques and energy sources are therefore being developed. Fifteen patients with

  8. Homocysteine lowering by B vitamins and the secondary prevention of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial.

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    Heijer, M. den; Willems, H.P.J.; Blom, H.J.; Gerrits, W.B.J.; Cattaneo, M.; Eichinger, S.; Rosendaal, F.R.; Bos, G.M.

    2007-01-01

    The Vitamins and Thrombosis (VITRO) study investigated the effect of homocysteine lowering by daily supplementation of B vitamins on the risk reduction of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Patients between 20 to 80 years old with a first objectively confirmed proximal DVT or PE

  9. Homocysteine lowering by B vitamins and the secondary prevention of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial.

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    Heijer, M. den; Willems, H.P.J.; Blom, H.J.; Gerrits, W.B.J.; Cattaneo, M.; Eichinger, S.; Rosendaal, F.R.; Bos, G.M.

    2007-01-01

    The Vitamins and Thrombosis (VITRO) study investigated the effect of homocysteine lowering by daily supplementation of B vitamins on the risk reduction of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Patients between 20 to 80 years old with a first objectively confirmed proximal DVT or PE

  10. Early recurrence of atrial fibrillation as a predictor for 1-year efficacy after successful phased RF pulmonary vein isolation: evaluation of complaints and multiple Holter recordings

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    Mulder, A.A.W.; Wijffels, M.C.; Wever, E.F.; Boersma, L.V.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Early arrhythmia recurrences after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation (AF) are accepted as part of the blanking period. Their relevance for long-term efficacy is not well-known. We evaluated patients, who came to hospital with a documented recurrence of AF, or had a r

  11. Early recurrence of atrial fibrillation as a predictor for 1-year efficacy after successful phased RF pulmonary vein isolation: evaluation of complaints and multiple Holter recordings

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    Mulder, A.A.W.; Wijffels, M.C.; Wever, E.F.; Boersma, L.V.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Early arrhythmia recurrences after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation (AF) are accepted as part of the blanking period. Their relevance for long-term efficacy is not well-known. We evaluated patients, who came to hospital with a documented recurrence of AF, or had a

  12. Early recurrence of atrial fibrillation as a predictor for 1-year efficacy after successful phased RF pulmonary vein isolation: evaluation of complaints and multiple Holter recordings

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    Mulder, A.A.W.; Wijffels, M.C.; Wever, E.F.; Boersma, L.V.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Early arrhythmia recurrences after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation (AF) are accepted as part of the blanking period. Their relevance for long-term efficacy is not well-known. We evaluated patients, who came to hospital with a documented recurrence of AF, or had a r

  13. Feasibility and outcome of epicardial pulmonary vein isolation for lone atrial fibrillation using minimal invasive surgery and high intensity focused ultrasound

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    Klinkenberg, Theo J.; Ahmed, Sheba; Ten Hagen, Anita; Wiesfeld, Ans C. P.; Tan, Eng S.; Zijlstra, Felix; Van Gelder, Isabelle C.

    2009-01-01

    Transvenous pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the cornerstone of non-pharmacological rhythm control therapy in symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF). Success and complications rates are, however, still not optimal. New techniques and energy sources are therefore being developed. Fifteen patients with

  14. Pulmonary vein isolation of symptomatic refractory paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation : A single centre and single operator experience in the Netherlands

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    Tan, E. S.; Mulder, B. A.; Rienstra, M.; Wiesfeld, A. C. P.; Ahmed, S.; Zijlstra, F.; Van Gelder, I. C.

    2009-01-01

    Aim. To investigate long-term outcome and to determine predictors of successful pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients with symptomatic paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation (A-F) who are refractory or intolerant to antiarrhythmic drugs. Background. The treatment of AF has traditionally b

  15. Pulmonary vein isolation of symptomatic refractory paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation : A single centre and single operator experience in the Netherlands

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    Tan, E S; Mulder, B A; Rienstra, M; Wiesfeld, A C P; Ahmed, S; Zijlstra, F; Van Gelder, I C

    2009-01-01

    Aim. To investigate long-term outcome and to determine predictors of successful pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients with symptomatic paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) who are refractory or intolerant to antiarrhythmic drugs.Background. The treatment of AF has traditionally bee

  16. A Sleeve Gastrectomy Complicated by Mesenteric Vein Thrombosis, Abdominal Compartment Syndrome and Pulmonary Emboli: Case Report

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    Erika Leung

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Obesity is a growing problem all over the world, including the United States. Single-incision laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a surgery performed for patients who want to lose weight. The number of deaths resulting from thromboembolic complications from bariatric surgeries continues to be of major concern. Case Description: A 38-year-old female was admitted for single incision sleeve gastrectomy and was discharged home three days later. Subsequently she began to have abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. A CT scan revealed superior mesenteric vein thrombosis with small bowel ischemia, splenic infarction and main and right portal vein branch thrombosis. An exploratory laparotomy demonstrated necrotic bowel due to abdominal compartment syndrome, and an area of small bowel was resected due to internal hernia. Surgical management of the patient during her second hospital stay included a decompressive laparotomy, internal hernia reduction, a small bowel resection. Discussion: Superior mesenteric vein thrombosis can be a life-threatening complication and present with non-specific presentations; thus, it is imperative that it is identified and managed promptly as these cases carry significant morbidity and mortality. Obese patients who undergo bariatric surgery frequently have other co-morbidities; many of which can complicate a case further. Mesenteric vein thromboses are normally treated with unfractionated or low-molecular-weight heparin.

  17. Pulmonary embolus

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    ... Blood clot - lung; Embolus; Tumor embolus; Embolism - pulmonary; DVT-pulmonary embolism; Thrombosis - pulmonary embolism ... area). This type of clot is called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) . The blood clot breaks off and travels ...

  18. Multi-level tree analysis of pulmonary artery/vein trees in non-contrast CT images

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    Gao, Zhiyun; Grout, Randall W.; Hoffman, Eric A.; Saha, Punam K.

    2012-02-01

    Diseases like pulmonary embolism and pulmonary hypertension are associated with vascular dystrophy. Identifying such pulmonary artery/vein (A/V) tree dystrophy in terms of quantitative measures via CT imaging significantly facilitates early detection of disease or a treatment monitoring process. A tree structure, consisting of nodes and connected arcs, linked to the volumetric representation allows multi-level geometric and volumetric analysis of A/V trees. Here, a new theory and method is presented to generate multi-level A/V tree representation of volumetric data and to compute quantitative measures of A/V tree geometry and topology at various tree hierarchies. The new method is primarily designed on arc skeleton computation followed by a tree construction based topologic and geometric analysis of the skeleton. The method starts with a volumetric A/V representation as input and generates its topologic and multi-level volumetric tree representations long with different multi-level morphometric measures. A new recursive merging and pruning algorithms are introduced to detect bad junctions and noisy branches often associated with digital geometric and topologic analysis. Also, a new notion of shortest axial path is introduced to improve the skeletal arc joining two junctions. The accuracy of the multi-level tree analysis algorithm has been evaluated using computer generated phantoms and pulmonary CT images of a pig vessel cast phantom while the reproducibility of method is evaluated using multi-user A/V separation of in vivo contrast-enhanced CT images of a pig lung at different respiratory volumes.

  19. Left Atrial Linear Ablation of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation Guided by Three-dimensional Electroanatomical System

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    Zhang, Dai-Fu; Li, Ying; Qi, Wei-Gang

    2005-01-01

    Objective To investigate the safety and efficacy of Left atrial linear ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation guided by three-dimensional electroanatomical system. Methods 29 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in this study. A nonfluoroscopic mapping system was used to generate a 3D...... attacks unchanged. No pulmonary vein narrowing was observed. Conclusion Left atrial linear ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation guided by three-dimensional electroanatomical system was safe and effective....

  20. Effect of ivaradine on hyperpolarization activated cation current in canine pulmonary vein sleeve cardiomyocytes with atrial fibrillation

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    Yang Li; Yan Huang; Zongbin Li; Hao Wang; Jianguo Song; Yuqi Liu; Lei Gao; Shiwen Wang

    2008-01-01

    Objective To study the effect of ivabradine on hyperpolarization activated cation current in canine pulmonary vein(PY) sleeve cardiomyocytes with atrial fibrillation.Methods Dissociation of PVs yielded single cardiomyocytes from a Landengorff column without or with pacemaker activity from long-term rapidly atrial pacing (RAP) canines.If current was measured with the whole-cell patch-clamp technique.Results Compared with the control group,the rapidly atrial pacing canine PV cardiomyocytes had spontaneous diastolic depolarization and had larger If densities.Ivabradine (Iva,1 μM),a selective inhibitor of the If current,markedly reduced If currents in the RAP from -2.66±0.4 pA/pF to -1.58±0.1 pA/pF at the test potential of-120 mV (P<0.01,n=12).Inhibition effect of Iva of If current showed concentration-dependent range from 0.1 to 10.0μM,with IC50 of 2.2 μ M ( 1.8-2.9 μM,95% CL).Furthermore,V1/ of steady-state activated curve was shifted from -84.3±4.9 mV to -106.9±3.4 mV and k value of steady-state activated curve was changed from 12.1+2.6 mV to 9.9±3.4 mV by the application of.1.0 μM Iva ( P<0.01,n=12).Conclusions Our study revealed that Ivarbadine may significantly decrease If of rapidly atrial pacing pulmonary vein sleeve ceUs with atrial fibdllation.(J Geriatr Cardiol 2008;5:39-42)

  1. Atrial ectopy predicts late recurrence of atrial fibrillation after pulmonary vein isolation

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    Gang, Uffe J O; Nalliah, Chrishan J; Lim, Toon Wei

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Late recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after radiofrequency ablation remains significant. Asymptomatic recurrence poses a difficult clinical problem as it is associated with an equally increased risk of stroke and death compared with symptomatic AF events. Meta-analyses reveal th...... with a significantly increased risk of late AF recurrence. These results could have important clinical implications for the design of post-PVI follow-up. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: URL: http://www.anzctr.org.au. Unique identifier: ACRTN12606000467538....

  2. Cryoballoon ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in septuagenarians: a prospective study.

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    Chierchia, G.B.; Capulzini, L.; Asmundis, C. de; Sarkozy, A.; Sorgente, A.; Yazaki, Y.; Muller-Burri, S.A.; Paparella, G.; Lameir, M.; Bayrak, F.; Ponti, R. De; Brugada, P.

    2010-01-01

    AIMS: To evaluate the effects of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in terms of feasibility, safety and success rate on a midterm follow-up period in septuagenarians undergoing ablation with the Arctic Front Cryoballoon for atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively enrolled 21 pati

  3. Heat conduction from the exceedingly hot fiber tip contributes to the endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins

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    R.R. van den Bos; M.A. Kockaert; H.A. Martino Neumann; R.H. Bremmer; T. Nijsten; M.J.C. van Gemert

    2009-01-01

    Lower-extremity venous insufficiency is a common condition, associated with considerable health care costs. Endovenous laser ablation is increasingly used as therapy, but its mechanism of action is insufficiently understood. Here, direct absorption of the laser light, collapsing steam bubbles and di

  4. Heat conduction from the exceedingly hot fiber tip contributes to the endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins

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    van den Bos, R.R.; Kockaert, M.A.; Martino Neumann, H.A.; Bremmer, R.H.; Nijsten, T.; van Gemert, M.J.C.

    2009-01-01

    Lower-extremity venous insufficiency is a common condition, associated with considerable health care costs. Endovenous laser ablation is increasingly used as therapy, but its mechanism of action is insufficiently understood. Here, direct absorption of the laser light, collapsing steam bubbles and di

  5. Late atypical atrial flutter after ablation of atrial fibrillation.

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    Ferreira, Raquel; Primo, João; Adão, Luís; Gonzaga, Anabela; Gonçalves, Helena; Santos, Rui; Fonseca, Paulo; Santos, José; Gama, Vasco

    2016-10-01

    Cardiac surgery for structural heart disease (often involving the left atrium) and radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation have led to an increased incidence of regular atrial tachycardias, often presenting as atypical flutters. This type of flutter is particularly common after pulmonary vein isolation, especially after extensive atrial ablation including linear lesions and/or defragmentation. The authors describe the case of a 51-year-old man, with no relevant medical history, referred for a cardiology consultation in 2009 for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. After failure of antiarrhythmic therapy, he underwent catheter ablation, with criteria of acute success. Three years later he again suffered palpitations and atypical atrial flutter was documented. The electrophysiology study confirmed the diagnosis of atypical left flutter and reappearance of electrical activity in the right inferior pulmonary vein. This vein was again ablated successfully and there has been no arrhythmia recurrence to date. In an era of frequent catheter ablation it is essential to understand the mechanism of this arrhythmia and to recognize such atypical flutters.

  6. Rare Anomalous Origin of Superior Left Pulmonary Artery from Left Subclavian Vein

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    Lv, Tian-shi, E-mail: TerrenceLv@126.com; Wang, Chao, E-mail: wangchaoxs@163.com; Song, Li, E-mail: song9981@163.com; Lv, Yong-xing, E-mail: lyongxing@msn.com; Zou, Ying-hua, E-mail: yinghzou@139.com [Peking University First Hospital, Department of Interventional Radiology and Vascular Surgery (China)

    2013-10-15

    We report for the first time an extremely rare anomalous origin of the superior left pulmonary artery in a 60 year-old man. Although it was occult in clinical indications, such a malformation still ought to be considered, especially during endovascular procedures.

  7. Stroke risk associated with balloon based catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: Rationale and design of the MACPAF Study

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    Schultheiss Heinz-Peter

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Catheter ablation of the pulmonary veins has become accepted as a standard therapeutic approach for symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF. However, there is some evidence for an ablation associated (silent stroke risk, lowering the hope to limit the stroke risk by restoration of rhythm over rate control in AF. The purpose of the prospective randomized single-center study "Mesh Ablator versus Cryoballoon Pulmonary Vein Ablation of Symptomatic Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation" (MACPAF is to compare the efficacy and safety of two balloon based pulmonary vein ablation systems in patients with symptomatic paroxysmal AF. Methods/Design Patients are randomized 1:1 for the Arctic Front® or the HD Mesh Ablator® catheter for left atrial catheter ablation (LACA. The predefined endpoints will be assessed by brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, neuro(psychological tests and a subcutaneously implanted reveal recorder for AF detection. According to statistics 108 patients will be enrolled. Discussion Findings from the MACPAF trial will help to balance the benefits and risks of LACA for symptomatic paroxysmal AF. Using serial brain MRIs might help to identify patients at risk for LACA-associated cerebral thromboembolism. Potential limitations of the study are the single-center design, the existence of a variety of LACA-catheters, the missing placebo-group and the impossibility to assess the primary endpoint in a blinded fashion. Trial registration clinicaltrials.gov NCT01061931

  8. A review of the safety aspects of radio frequency ablation

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    Abhishek Bhaskaran

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In light of recent reports showing high incidence of silent cerebral infarcts and organized atrial arrhythmias following radiofrequency (RF atrial fibrillation (AF ablation, a review of its safety aspects is timely. Serious complications do occur during supraventricular tachycardia (SVT ablations and knowledge of their incidence is important when deciding whether to proceed with ablation. Evidence is emerging for the probable role of prophylactic ischemic scar ablation to prevent VT. This might increase the number of procedures performed. Here we look at the various complications of RF ablation and also the methods to minimize them. Electronic database was searched for relevant articles from 1990 to 2015. With better awareness and technological advancements in RF ablation the incidence of complications has improved considerably. In AF ablation it has decreased from 6% to less than 4% comprising of vascular complications, cardiac tamponade, stroke, phrenic nerve injury, pulmonary vein stenosis, atrio-esophageal fistula (AEF and death. Safety of SVT ablation has also improved with less than 1% incidence of AV node injury in AVNRT ablation. In VT ablation the incidence of major complications was 5–11%, up to 3.4%, up to 1.8% and 4.1–8.8% in patients with structural heart disease, without structural heart disease, prophylactic ablations and epicardial ablations respectively. Vascular and pericardial complications dominated endocardial and epicardial VT ablations respectively. Up to 3% mortality and similar rates of tamponade were reported in endocardial VT ablation. Recent reports about the high incidence of asymptomatic cerebral embolism during AF ablation are concerning, warranting more research into its etiology and prevention.

  9. [Atrial fibrillation and regular tachycardia in two young patients--are both treated with atrial fibrillation ablation?].

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    von Bodman, G; Brömsen, J; Kopf, C; Füller, M; Block, M

    2014-04-17

    Two young patients with documented episodes of symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation have been referred for pulmonary vein isolation. Both patients had a history of concomitant regular tachycardia. in both cases pulmonaryvein isolation has not been performed but in each patient a supraventricular tachycardia (right focal atrial tachycardia/atrioventricular reentry tachycardia) could be induced and ablated instead. Concomitant supraventricular tachycardia acting as a trigger arrhythmia is frequent in young patients with atrial fibrillation without underlying cardiacdisease. In these patients a concomitant supra-ventricular tachycardia should beexcluded by electrophysiological study or ablated before pulmonary vein isolation or initiating an antiarrhythmic drug therapy. In most cases ablation of supraventricular tachycardia is safe and successful whereas the risks of ablative therapy of atrial fibrillation can not be neglected and success is moderate.

  10. Cerebral air embolism as a complication of computed tomography-guided marking of the lung: depiction of air inflow route from a pulmonary vein to the left atrium.

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    Higashino, Takanori; Noma, Satoshi; Nishimoto, Yuko; Endo, Junki; Taguchi, Yoshio; Shindo, Toru

    2011-02-01

    Air embolism in the arterial system is a very rare but potentially fatal complication of percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy or marking. We report a case of a patient with interstitial pneumonia associated with Sjögren syndrome, who presented with systemic arterial air embolism as a complication of computed tomography-guided marking of the lung. The air inflow route was depicted clearly on computed tomography from the peripheral pulmonary vein that crossed the needle pathway to the left atrium.

  11. Effects of new antiarrhythmic agent SS-68 on excitation conduction, electrical activity in Purkinje fibers and pulmonary veins: Assessment of safety and side effects risk.

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    Bogus, Saida K; Kuzmin, Vladislav S; Abramochkin, Denis V; Suzdalev, Konstantin F; Galenko-Yaroshevsky, Pavel A

    2017-03-02

    The compound SS-68 has been selected among numerous new derivatives of indole and demonstrated antiarrhythmic effects in animal models. The present study concerns several aspects of SS-68 safety and efficacy as a potential antiarrhythmic drug. The first estimation of atrioventricular conduction in mammalian heart under SS-68 has been carried out; effects of SS-68 in Purkinje fibers and myocardium of pulmonary veins have been investigated. The drug weakly affects cardiac atrioventricular conduction: only high concentrations of SS-68 (≥10 μmol/L) significantly decrease this parameter. Also, the drug weakly affects Purkinje fibers automaticity, but effectively alters action potential waveform in Purkinje fibers in a concentration-dependent manner. SS-68 (0.1-100 μmol/L) failed to induce any early or delayed afterdepolarizations in Purkinje fibers both in basal conditions and under provocation of proarrhythmic activity by norepinephrine (NE). Moreover, 10 μmol/L SS-68 suppressed NE-induced extra-beats and rapid firing in Purkinje fibers. In pulmonary veins only high concentrations of SS-68 significantly increased action potential duration, while lower concentrations (0.1-1 μmol/L) were ineffective. Also, 0.1-100 μmol/L SS-68 was unable to elicit arrhythmogenic alternations of action potential waveform in pulmonary veins. In conclusion, SS-68 has no proarrhythmic effects, such as afterdepolarizations or abnormal automaticity in used experimental models.

  12. Mapping techniques for atrial fibrillation ablation.

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    Sra, Jasbir; Akhtar, Masood

    2007-12-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia. Although significant work still needs to be done, recent advances in understanding the mechanism of AF have led to the development of elegant catheter mapping techniques for ablation of AF. These improved mapping techniques are complemented by an evolution in various imaging and navigational technologies, several of which can now be combined in a process called registration, so that the physician no longer needs to rely solely on a mental image of the anatomy of the left atrium and the pulmonary vein while attempting to ablate the region. Ongoing advances in mapping technique will increase safety and efficacy and it is likely that AF ablation will become the first-line therapy in most patients with this complicated arrhythmia.

  13. The slope of the initial temperature drop predicts acute pulmonary vein isolation using the second-generation cryoballoon.

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    Deubner, Nikolas; Greiss, Harald; Akkaya, Ersan; Zaltsberg, Sergey; Hain, Andreas; Berkowitsch, Alexander; Güttler, Norbert; Kuniss, Malte; Neumann, Thomas

    2017-09-01

    There is no objective, early indicator of occlusion quality, and efficacy of cryoballoon pulmonary vein isolation. As previous experience suggests that the initial cooling rate correlates with these parameters, we investigated the slope of the initial temperature drop as an objective measure. A systematic evaluation of 523 cryoapplications in 105 patients using a serial ROC-AUC analysis was performed. We found the slope of a linear regression of the temperature-time function to be a good predictor (PPV 0.9, specificity 0.72, sensitivity 0.71, and ROC-AUC 0.75) of acute isolation. It also correlated with nadir temperatures (P< 0.001, adjusted R2= 0.43), predicted very low nadir temperatures, and varied according to visual occlusion grades (ANOVA P< 0.001). About 25 s after freeze initiation, the temperature-time slope predicts important key characteristics of a cryoablation, such as nadir temperature. The slope is the only reported predictor to actually precede acute isolation and thus to support decisions about pull-down manoeuvres or aborting a cryoablation early on. It is also predictive of very low nadir temperatures and phrenic nerve palsy and thus may add to patient safety.

  14. Ablation for Persistent Atrial Fibrillation-Is There a Role for More Than PVI?

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    Lappe, Jason M; Cutler, Michael J; Day, John D; Bunch, T Jared

    2016-03-01

    Persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) is a prevalent condition that can be difficult to treat medically, and an ablation strategy is often sought. Currently, the cornerstone of AF ablation strategies is pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Unfortunately, the single procedure success rates are limited, particularly when long-term outcomes (>1 year) are considered. As a result, the most recent consensus statement recommends that in patients with persistent AF a more extensive ablation be considered. Many additive procedural approaches to PVI have been investigated. These include electrical compartmentalization of the atria with linear lesions (LLs), ablation of complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAEs), ablation of the dominant frequency (DF) signals, and focal impulse and rotor modulation (FIRM) ablation. Each of these approaches has demonstrated degrees of additive success when performed with a PVI in patients with persistent AF. This review provides an in-depth discussion of these techniques, their successes in treating persistent AF, and their shortcomings.

  15. MRI evaluation of RF ablation scarring for atrial fibrillation treatment

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    Ishihara, Yuri; Nazafat, Reza; Wylie, John V.; Linguraru, Marius G.; Josephson, Mark E.; Howe, Robert D.; Manning, Warren J.; Peters, Dana C.

    2007-03-01

    This study presents a multi-modality image registration method that evaluates left atrial scarring after radiofrequency (RF) ablation for pulmonary vein (PV) isolation. Our group has recently developed a delayed enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (DE-MRI) method with the potential to visualize and monitor non-invasively post-ablation scarring in the left atrium and the PV ostia. We wished to compare the 3D configuration of scarring in the DE-MRI image and the ablation points recorded by electroanatomical mapping (EAM) system, hypothesizing that scarring detected by DE-MRI overlaps with ablation points recorded by the EAM system used in the procedure. Methods and Results: Three data sets, DE-MRI images and pulmonary vein MR angiography (PV-MRA) images, and EAM data (CARTO-XP, Biosense-Webster, Inc., Diamond Bar, CA) from a patient who underwent PV ablation, were used for the multi-modal image registration. Contrast-enhanced MR imaging was performed 38 days after the ablation procedure. PV-MRA and DE-MRI were fused by intensity-based rigid registration. Scar tissue was extracted from the DE-MRI images using multiple threshold values. EAM data was further fused with segmented PV-MRA by the iterative closest point algorithm (ICP). After registration, the distance from PV-MRA to the scar was 2.6 +/- 2.1 mm, and from ablation points to the surface of the scar was 2.5 +/- 2.3 mm. The fused image demonstrates the 3D relationship between the PV ostia, the scar and the EAM recording of ablation points. Conclusion: Multimodal data fusion indicated that the scar tissue lesion after PV isolation showed good overlap with the ablation points.

  16. Debulking treatment with CT-guided percutaneous radiofrequency ablation and hepatic artery infusion of floxuridine improves survival of patients with unresectable pulmonary and hepatic metastases of colorectal cancer

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    Sheng Li; Ni He; Wang Li; Pei-Hong Wu

    2014-01-01

    The survival of most patients with both unresectable hepatic and pulmonary metastases of colorectal cancer is poor. In this retrospective study, we investigated the efficacy of computed tomography (CT)-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and systemic chemotherapy plus hepatic artery infusion of floxuridine (HAI-FUDR). Sixty-one patients were selected from 1,136 patients with pulmonary and hepatic metastases from colorectal cancer. Patients were treated with RFA and systemic chemotherapy plus HAI-FUDR (ablation group, n=39) or systemic chemotherapy plus HAI-FUDR (FUDR group, n=22). Patients in the two groups were matched by sex, age, number of metastases, and calendar year of RFA or FUDR. Survival data were evaluated by using univariate and multivariate analyses. Clinical characteristics were comparable between the two groups. Al patients in the ablation group underwent RFA and chemotherapy. Median fol ow-up was 56.8 months. The 1-, 3-, and 5-year overall survival (OS) rates were 97%, 64%, and 37%, respectively, for the ablation group, and 82%, 32%, and 19%, respectively, for the FUDR group. The 1-, 3-, and 5-year survival rates after metastasis were 97%, 49%, and 26%for the ablation group, and 72%, 24%, and 24%for the FUDR group, respectively. The median OS times were 45 and 25 months for the ablation and FUDR groups, respectively. In the multivariate analysis, treatment al ocation was a favorable independent prognostic factor for OS (P = 0.001) and survival after metastasis (P = 0.009). These data suggest that the addition of RFA to systemic chemotherapy plus HAI-FUDR improves the survival of patients with both unresectable hepatic and pulmonary metastases from colorectal cancer.

  17. Genetic Ablation of PDGF-Dependent Signaling Pathways Abolishes Vascular Remodeling and Experimental Pulmonary Hypertension.

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    Ten Freyhaus, Henrik; Berghausen, Eva M; Janssen, Wiebke; Leuchs, Maike; Zierden, Mario; Murmann, Kirsten; Klinke, Anna; Vantler, Marius; Caglayan, Evren; Kramer, Tilmann; Baldus, Stephan; Schermuly, Ralph T; Tallquist, Michelle D; Rosenkranz, Stephan

    2015-05-01

    Despite modern therapies, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) harbors a high mortality. Vascular remodeling is a hallmark of the disease. Recent clinical studies revealed that antiremodeling approaches with tyrosine-kinase inhibitors such as imatinib are effective, but its applicability is limited by significant side effects. Although imatinib has multiple targets, expression analyses support a role for platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) in the pathobiology of the disease. However, its precise role and downstream signaling events have not been established. Patients with PAH exhibit enhanced expression and phosphorylation of β PDGF receptor (βPDGFR) in remodeled pulmonary arterioles, particularly at the binding sites for phophatidyl-inositol-3-kinase and PLCγ at tyrosine residues 751 and 1021, respectively. These signaling molecules were identified as critical downstream mediators of βPDGFR-mediated proliferation and migration of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells. We, therefore, investigated mice expressing a mutated βPDGFR that is unable to recruit phophatidyl-inositol-3-kinase and PLCγ (βPDGFR(F3/F3)). PDGF-dependent Erk1/2 and Akt phosphorylation, cyclin D1 induction, and proliferation, migration, and protection against apoptosis were abolished in βPDGFR(F3/F3) pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells. On exposure to chronic hypoxia, vascular remodeling of pulmonary arteries was blunted in βPDGFR(F3/F3) mice compared with wild-type littermates. These alterations led to protection from hypoxia-induced PAH and right ventricular hypertrophy. By means of a genetic approach, our data provide definite evidence that the activated βPDGFR is a key contributor to pulmonary vascular remodeling and PAH. Selective disruption of PDGF-dependent phophatidyl-inositol-3-kinase and PLCγ activity is sufficient to abolish these pathogenic responses in vivo, identifying these signaling events as valuable targets for antiremodeling strategies in PAH. © 2015 American

  18. Vagal denervation in atrial fibrillation ablation: A comprehensive review.

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    Aksu, Tolga; Güler, Tümer Erdem; Mutluer, Ferit Onur; Oto, Mehmet Ali

    2017-08-01

    Although pulmonary vein isolation is accepted as an established interventional treatment in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF), alternative modalities are being investigated because of the high recurrence rates of nonparoxysmal forms. One of the alternative ablation approaches is ablation or modification of vagal ganglionated plexi (VGP). The technique has not only been used in vagally mediated AF but also investigated in paroxysmal and nonparoxysmal AF. Clinical studies demonstrate significant discrepancy related with detection of VGP sites or ablation targets and definition of procedurel end-points, so far. In this review, we aimed to discuss the current data on the role of VGP in the pathogenesis of AF and potential therapeutic implications of ablation of these ganglia.

  19. Left atrial appendage closure device implantation and pulmonary vein isolation as a comprehensive treatment for atrial fibrillation

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    А. А. Якубов

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. This randomized clinical trial was designed to assess the impact of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI combined with LAA occlusion on patients with high-risk AF. Methods. Patients with a history of symptomatic paroxysmal (P AF and/or persistent (Pers AF and CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥2 and HAS-BLED score ≥3 were randomized in groups with PVI only (n = 44 and PVI combined with LAA occlusion (n = 45. All patients were followed during 24 months in order to evaluate the safety of thromboembolic complications and to monitor the heart rhythm conducted by means of an implantable cardiac monitor. Results. 6 patients from the PVI with LAA occlusion group were transferred to the PVI only group because of a failure to implant a LAA closure device. Based on ILR data, by the end of the follow-up 33 (66% out of 50 patients in the PVI only group and 23 (59% out of 39 patients in the PVI with LAA closure device implantation group were free from atrial fibrillation and flutter without antiarrhythmic drugs (p = 0.34. In the blanking period, AF% was significantly higher in the PVI with LAA closure group than that in the PVI-only group, 9.7±10.8 and 4.2±4.1% respectively (p = 0.004. After the blanking period, the AF% was similar in both groups. During the entire follow-up, no AF/intervention-related complications were observed. Conclusion. The combination of LAA closure device implantation with PVI seems to be a safe procedure. However, it does not improve the efficacy of PVI in patients with symptomatic refractory AF. But in the blanking period LAA occlusion increases AF %.

  20. Sequential Percutaneous LAA Ligation and Pulmonary Vein Isolation in Patients with Persistent AF: Initial Results of a Feasibility Study.

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    Badhwar, Nitish; Lakkireddy, Dhanunjaya; Kawamura, Mitsuharu; Han, Frederick T; Iyer, Sivaraman K; Moyers, Brian S; Dewland, Thomas A; Woods, Chris; Ferrell, Ryan; Nath, Jayant; Earnest, Mathew; Lee, Randall J

    2015-06-01

    Left atrial appendage (LAA) ligation results in LAA electrical isolation and a decrease in atrial fibrillation (AF) burden. This study assessed the feasibility of combined percutaneous LAA ligation and pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients with persistent AF. A total of 22 patients with persistent AF underwent LAA ligation with the LARIAT device followed by PVI. PVI was confirmed with the demonstration of both entrance and exit block. Patients (n = 10) in sinus rhythm pre- and post-LAA ligation underwent P-wave analysis. Monitoring for AF was performed at 1, 3, and 6 months postablation. LAA ligation was successful in 21 of 22 (95%) patients. The procedure was aborted in one patient due to pericardial adhesions. PVI was performed in 20 of 21 patients. One patient converted to atrial flutter with a controlled ventricular response after LAA ligation and refused subsequent PVI. Demonstration of entrance and exit block was achieved in 19 of 20 patients. At 3 months, 13 of 19 (68.4%) patients were in sinus rhythm. Four patients underwent a second PVI. At 6 months, 15 of 20 (75%) patients were in sinus rhythm. There was a significant decrease in P-wave duration and P-wave dispersion after LAA ligation. Complications with LAA ligation included pericarditis, a delayed pleural effusion, and a late pericardial effusion. Staged LAA ligation and PVI is feasible and decreases P-wave dispersion. Randomized studies are needed to assess the efficacy of LAA ligation as adjunctive therapy to PVI for maintaining sinus rhythm in patients with persistent AF. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. A RARE CASE OF EXTENSIVE THROMBOSIS OF INFERIOR VENA CAVA, PORTAL VEIN, SPLENIC VEIN AND SUPERIOR MESENTRIC VEIN

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available While the most common presentation of venous thromboembolic disease is deep vein thrombosis (DVT or pulmonary thromboembolism, rarer manifestations are thrombosis of jugular vein, cerebral sinus and inferior vena cava. Here we are presenting a rare case of inferior vena caval thrombosis with multiple thrombus in portal vein, splenic vein and superior mesenteric vein

  2. Effect of high-frequency positive-pressure ventilation on halothane ablation of hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction.

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    Hall, S M; Chapleau, M; Cairo, J; Levitzky, M G

    1985-08-01

    High-frequency positive-pressure ventilation (HFPPV) was compared to intermittent positive-pressure ventilation (IPPV) during unilateral atelectasis with and without halothane anesthesia. Dogs with electromagnetic flow probes chronically implanted on their main (Qt) and left (Ql) pulmonary arteries were ventilated via Carlen's dual-lumen endotracheal tubes. In eight closed-chest dogs, about 43% of the cardiac output perfused the left lung during bilateral ventilation by either a Harvard animal respirator (IPPV) or a Health-dyne model 300 high-frequency ventilator (HFPPV). Unilateral atelectasis decreased blood flow (Ql/Qt) to that lung. Ql/Qt was 19 +/- 1% with HFPPV during left-lung atelectasis and right-lung ventilation, compared to 32 +/- 1% with unilateral IPPV. This suggests that HFPPV permits stronger hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction. Addition of 1% halothane increased blood flow to the atelectatic left lung during unilateral ventilation with IPPV but not with HFPPV. This suggests that halothane decreases the effects of hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction during conventional ventilation but not during HFPPV.

  3. Impact of ECG gating in contrast-enhanced MR angiography for the assessment of the pulmonary veins and the left atrium anatomy

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    Purpose: Implementation of ECG gating in contrast-enhanced MR angiography (ceMRA) for improved visualization of the pulmonary veins, the left atrium, and the thoracic vessels. Materials and Methods: CeMRA was performed on twelve patients with a history of recurrent atrial fibrillation for the purpose of an intra-individual comparison with and without ECG gating on a 1.5 Tesla MR system (Gyroscan Intera, Philips Medical Systems, Best, NL). Objective image quality parameters such as the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the blood and the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) between the blood and myocardium or lung parenchyma were analyzed. The contour sharpness of the pulmonary veins, left atrium, ascending aorta, and pulmonary trunk was also measured. In addition, the artifact level was subjectively assessed by two observers blinded with respect to the sequence parameters. Statistically significant differences (p<0.05) between the procedures were analyzed using the Wilcoxon test and Pearson Chi-square test. Results: The use of ECG gating in ceMRA significantly reduced artifacts caused by cardiac motion and vessel pulsation. This in turn lead to a significant increase in the contour sharpness of the left atrium and the thoracic vessels. In addition, higher SNR and CNR were found using ECG-gated ceMRA compared to standard ceMRA. Conclusion: The use of ECG gating in ceMRA results in artifact-free and sharper delineation of the structures of the heart and thoracic vessels. (orig.)

  4. Feasibility and safety of remote-controlled magnetic navigation for ablation of atrial fibrillation.

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    Katsiyiannis, William T; Melby, Daniel P; Matelski, Jayme L; Ervin, Vanessa L; Laverence, Kerri L; Gornick, Charles C

    2008-12-15

    Radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) involves complex catheter manipulation resulting in prolonged procedure time and fluoroscopy exposure. Remote magnetic navigation (RMN) represents a novel approach toward improving the ability to perform complex ablation. Forty patients underwent ablation for AF, 20 using RMN (NIOBE II, Stereotaxis, Inc) with a 4-mm-tip magnetic catheter (Celsius, Biosense Webster) and 20 using a conventional 8-mm-tip bidirectional ablation catheter (Blazer, Boston Scientific). All patients underwent a combined wide area circumferential ablation and segmental pulmonary vein (PV) isolation using a circular mapping catheter and cavotricuspid isthmus ablation for right atrial flutter. The procedural end point was PV entrance block. There was no difference in atrial size, left ventricular systolic function, or type of AF between groups. PV entrance block was achieved in all patients. Mean procedure time was 279 +/- 60 minutes in the conventional group versus 209 +/- 56 minutes in the RMN group (p RMN group (p RMN group free from clinical AF and off antiarrhythmic drugs (p = NS). There were 2 additional ablations performed for atypical atrial flutter in the conventional group and 3 in the RMN group (p = ns). Ablation catheter char formation was not observed. There were no procedural complications. In conclusion, radiofrequency ablation of AF performed with RMN is safe and feasible. Compared with conventional hand-navigated ablation, RMN ablation results in similar clinical outcomes with decreased fluoroscopy and procedure times.

  5. Imaging of pulmonary vein anatomy and progress of multislice Computed tomography%多层螺旋CT肺静脉解剖成像及进展

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    赵昕

    2012-01-01

    肺静脉的解剖结构存在着一定的共性,但是也常发生变异.随着医疗技术的不断发展和对肺静脉相关疾病的逐渐认识,充分了解肺静脉的正常解剖关系及变异显得越发重要.因此,对MSCT技术在肺静脉成像中的应用现状、优缺点和进展作一综述患者.%The anatomical structure of pumonary vein exists certain common characters, but it also exists variations. As the development of the medical technology and the recognize of the related disease of pumonary vein, fully understanding of the normal anatomy and variation of pulmonary vein is becoming more and more important. So. the present situation of application, advantage, disadvantage and the progress for the usage of MSCT in the image of pumonary vein are reviewed.

  6. Impact of transseptal puncture site on acute and mid-term outcomes during cryoballoon ablation: A comparison between anterior, medial and posterior transatrial access

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    Chierchia, G.B.; Casado-Arroyo, R.; Asmundis, C. de; Rodriguez-Manero, M.; Sarkozy, A.; Conte, G.; Sieira, J.; Levinstein, M.; Baltogiannis, G.; Giovanni, G.; Overeinder, I.; Ocello, S.; Rosas, E.; Isola, F.; Brugada, P.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Cryoballoon ablation (CBA) (Arctic Front, Medtronic, USA) has proven very effective in achieving pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Different transseptal (TS) puncture sites might influence CBA procedure. The aim of the present study was to analyze the influence of different TS puncture sit

  7. Impact of transseptal puncture site on acute and mid-term outcomes during cryoballoon ablation: A comparison between anterior, medial and posterior transatrial access

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    Chierchia, G.B.; Casado-Arroyo, R.; Asmundis, C. de; Rodriguez-Manero, M.; Sarkozy, A.; Conte, G.; Sieira, J.; Levinstein, M.; Baltogiannis, G.; Giovanni, G.; Overeinder, I.; Ocello, S.; Rosas, E.; Isola, F.; Brugada, P.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Cryoballoon ablation (CBA) (Arctic Front, Medtronic, USA) has proven very effective in achieving pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Different transseptal (TS) puncture sites might influence CBA procedure. The aim of the present study was to analyze the influence of different TS puncture sit

  8. Direct or coincidental elimination of stable rotors or focal sources may explain successful atrial fibrillation ablation: on-treatment analysis of the CONFIRM trial (Conventional ablation for AF with or without focal impulse and rotor modulation).

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    Narayan, Sanjiv M; Krummen, David E; Clopton, Paul; Shivkumar, Kalyanam; Miller, John M

    2013-07-09

    This study sought to determine whether ablation of recently described stable atrial fibrillation (AF) sources, either directly by Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation (FIRM) or coincidentally when anatomic ablation passes through AF sources, may explain long-term freedom from AF. It is unclear why conventional anatomic AF ablation can be effective in some patients yet ineffective in others with similar profiles. The CONFIRM (Conventional Ablation for AF With or Without Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation) trial prospectively revealed stable AF rotors or focal sources in 98 of 101 subjects with AF at 107 consecutive ablation cases. In 1:2 fashion, subjects received targeted source ablation (FIRM) followed by conventional ablation, or conventional ablation alone. We determined whether ablation lesions on electroanatomic maps passed through AF sources on FIRM maps. Subjects who completed follow-up (n = 94; 71.2% with persistent AF) showed 2.3 ± 1.1 concurrent AF rotors or focal sources that lay near pulmonary veins (22.8%), left atrial roof (16.0%), and elsewhere in the left (28.2%) and right (33.0%) atria. AF sources were ablated directly in 100% of FIRM cases and coincidentally (e.g., left atrial roof) in 45% of conventional cases (p sources were ablated but in only 18.2% of patients if sources were missed (p sources were ablated, intermediate if some sources were ablated, and lowest if no sources were ablated (p sources may explain freedom from AF after diverse approaches to ablation. Patient-specific AF source distributions are consistent with the reported success of specific anatomic lesion sets and of widespread ablation. These results support targeting AF sources to reduce unnecessary ablation, and motivate studies on FIRM-only ablation. Copyright © 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Different risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in carriers with factor V Leiden compared with non-carriers, but not in other thrombophilic defects. Results from a large retrospective family cohort study

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    Mäkelburg, Anja B.U.; Veeger, Nic J.G.M.; Middeldorp, Saskia; Hamulyák, Karly; Prins, Martin H.; Büller, Harry R.; Lijfering, Willem M.

    2010-01-01

    The term factor V Leiden (FVL) paradox is used to describe the different risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism that has been found in carriers of FVL. In a thrombophilic family-cohort, we estimated differences in absolute risks of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism for various thrombophilic defects. Of 2,054 relatives, 1,131 were female, 41 had pulmonary embolism and 126 deep vein thrombosis. Annual incidence for deep vein thrombosis in non-carriers of FVL was 0.19% (95%CI, 0.16–0.23), and 0.41% (95%CI, 0.28–0.58) in carriers; relative risk (RR) 2.1 (95%CI, 1.4–3.2). For pulmonary embolism these incidences were similar in carriers and non-carriers 0.07%, respectively; RR 1.0 (95% CI, 0.4–2.5). When co-inheritance of other thrombophilic defects was excluded the RR for deep vein thrombosis in FVL carriers was 7.0 (95%CI, 2.3–21.7) compared to non-carriers and 2.8 (95%CI, 0.5–14.4) for pulmonary embolism. For other thrombophilic defects no such effect was observed. Thus the FVL paradox was confirmed in our study. However, a similar paradox in carriers of other thrombophilic defects was not observed. PMID:20007142

  10. Evaluation of great saphenous vein occlusion rate and clinical outcome in patients undergoing laser thermal ablation with a 1470-nm bare fiber laser with low linear endovenous energy density

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    Walter Junior Boim Araujo

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Water-specific 1470-nm lasers enable vein ablation at lower energy densities and with fewer side effects because they target interstitial water in the vessel wall. Objectives To determine great saphenous vein (GSV occlusion rate after thermal ablation with 1470-nm laser using 7W power and to evaluate clinical outcomes and complications. Method Nineteen patients (31 GSVs underwent thermal ablation. Follow-up duplex scanning, clinical evaluation using the Venous Clinical Severity Score (VCSS, and evaluation of procedure-related complications were performed at 3-5 days after the procedure and at 30 and 180 days. Results Mean patient age was 46 years and 17 of the patients were female (89.47%. Of 31 limbs treated, 2 limbs were clinical class C2, 19 were C3, 9 were C4, and 1 limb was C5 according to the Clinical-Etiology-Anatomy-Pathophysiology (CEAP classification. Mean linear endovenous energy density was 33.53 J/cm. The GSV occlusion rate was 93.5% immediately after treatment, 100% at 3-5 days and 100% at 30 days after treatment and 87.1% 180 days after treatment. There was a significant reduction in VCSS at all time points. Conclusions The data from this study support the possibility that the incidence of complications can be reduced without significantly affecting the clinical outcomes, by using lower energy density. However, this appears to be at the cost of reduced efficacy in terms of GSV occlusion rates.

  11. Reinforce the study of treatment of atrial fibrillation by catheter ablation

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    HUANG Cong-xin

    2005-01-01

    @@ In the past decade, there is a great progress in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) by transcatheter ablation. The catheter-based procedures have developed from Maze-like linear lesion, focal lesion to segmental electrical isolation of pulmonary veins and circumferential ablation under guidance of anatomical mapping, ablation energy developed from radiofrequency to multiple energy such as radiofrequency, ultrasound and cryoablation; and success rate has risen to 90% from around 30% in the past.1 Catheter ablation has been widely accepted as a treatment of AF and tends to substitute pharmacological therapy and become first-line treatment gradually. It must point out that, however, catheter ablation of AF is not perfect and there are many issues desiderating resolution.

  12. Hemodynamic instability after pulmonary veins isolation in a patient with dual chamber pacemaker: The phantom injury of the ventricular lead.

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    Kiuchi, Márcio Galindo; Lobato, Guilherme Miglioli; Chen, Shaojie

    2017-06-01

    The standard treatment of sinus node dysfunction (SND) is the pacemaker implantation, and the ideal methodology for the management of atrial fibrillation (AF) is rhythm control, but this is sometimes very hard to accomplish. For such actions, complete isolation of all pulmonary veins (PVI) is currently widely accepted as the best endpoint. In this case, we report a female patient, 81 years old, with controlled hypertension, without coronary artery disease, bearer of bilateral knee replacement, and dual chamber pacemaker implanted 1.5 years ago owing to sinus node disease, presenting the following symptoms: presyncope episodes associated with sustained irregular palpitation tachycardia. The evaluation of the pacemaker-recorded episodes of atrial fibrillation, the echocardiogram-presented normal systolic function and measurements, as well as the resting myocardial scintigraphy and with drug use did not demonstrate ischemia and/or fibrosis. The patient was in use of valsartan 320 mg daily, amlodipine 10 mg daily, sotalol hydrochloride 120 mg 2 times daily, and dabigatran 110 mg 2 times daily. At the end of the PVI, the patient presented hemodynamic instability, with a decrease in heart rate to 30 bpm and invasive arterial blood pressure to 60/30 mmHg. The pericardial puncture was quickly carried out with the possibility of cardiac tamponade as the first hypothesis, but no pericardial effusion was found. Next, we detected acute capture loss from the ventricular pacemaker lead, unvarying with high voltage and pulse width, even with stable impedance, sense and keeping the same position visualized by fluoroscopy. And there was soon afterwards induction of sustained ventricular tachycardia degenerating to spontaneous ventricular fibrillation. Electrical cardioversion-defibrillation was performed with 200J, and the sinus rhythm was reestablished, but there was a dead short, and the pacemaker generator was burned and disabled. So, we can speculate that

  13. Comparative analyses of lung transcriptomes in patients with alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins and in foxf1 heterozygous knockout mice.

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    Partha Sen

    Full Text Available Alveolar Capillary Dysplasia with Misalignment of Pulmonary Veins (ACDMPV is a developmental disorder of the lungs, primarily affecting their vasculature. FOXF1 haploinsufficiency due to heterozygous genomic deletions and point mutations have been reported in most patients with ACDMPV. The majority of mice with heterozygous loss-of-function of Foxf1 exhibit neonatal lethality with evidence of pulmonary hemorrhage in some of them. By comparing transcriptomes of human ACDMPV lungs with control lungs using expression arrays, we found that several genes and pathways involved in lung development, angiogenesis, and in pulmonary hypertension development, were deregulated. Similar transcriptional changes were found in lungs of the postnatal day 0.5 Foxf1+/- mice when compared to their wildtype littermate controls; 14 genes, COL15A1, COL18A1, COL6A2, ESM1, FSCN1, GRINA, IGFBP3, IL1B, MALL, NOS3, RASL11B, MATN2, PRKCDBP, and SIRPA, were found common to both ACDMPV and Foxf1 heterozygous lungs. Our results advance knowledge toward understanding of the molecular mechanism of ACDMPV, lung development, and its vasculature pathology. These data may also be useful for understanding etiologies of other lung disorders, e.g. pulmonary hypertension, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, or cancer.

  14. Bi-directional block is superior to non-inducibility in predicting freedom from atrial fibrillation after pulmonary vein isolation

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    Sherif H. Zaky

    2011-03-01

    Conclusion: Achieving BD block improves results and may predict maintenance of sinus rhythm more than NI of AF after PVI. It can be used as an electrophysiological endpoint alternative to or in conjunction with non inducibility in AF ablation procedures.

  15. Rapid intra-hepatic dissemination of hepatocellular carcinoma with pulmonary metastases following combined loco-regional therapy

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    Pua, Uei [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore (Singapore)

    2013-08-15

    This manuscript describes an unusual case of rapid intra-hepatic dissemination of hepatocellular carcinoma with pulmonary metastases occurring 1 month after combined chemoembolization and radiofrequency ablation. Inferior vena cava and portal vein invasion tumor thrombus was also detected, possibly accounting for the mechanism of disease dissemination route of disease.

  16. Atrial Tachycardias Arising from Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: A Proarrhythmic Bump or an Antiarrhythmic Turn?

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    Ashok J. Shah

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The occurrence of atrial tachycardias (AT is a direct function of the volume of atrial tissue ablated in the patients with atrial fibrillation (AF. Thus, the incidence of AT is highest in persistent AF patients undergoing stepwise ablation using the strategic combination of pulmonary vein isolation, electrogram based ablation and left atrial linear ablation. Using deductive mapping strategy, AT can be divided into three clinical categories viz. the macroreentry, the focal and the newly described localized reentry all of which are amenable to catheter ablation with success rate of 95%. Perimitral, roof dependent and cavotricuspid isthmus dependent AT involve large reentrant circuits which can be successfully ablated at the left mitral isthmus, left atrial roof and tricuspid isthmus respectively. Complete bidirectional block across the sites of linear ablation is a necessary endpoint. Focal and localized reentrant AT commonly originate from but are not limited to the septum, posteroinferior left atrium, venous ostia, base of the left atrial appendage and left mitral isthmus and they respond quickly to focal ablation. AT not only represents ablation-induced proarrhythmia but also forms a bridge between AF and sinus rhythm in longstanding AF patients treated successfully with catheter ablation.

  17. Pulmonary Thermal Ablation: Comparison of Radiofrequency and Microwave Devices by Using Gross Pathologic and CT Findings in a Swine Model

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    Brace, Christopher L.; Hinshaw, J. Louis; Laeseke, Paul F.; Sampson, Lisa A.; Lee, Fred T.

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: To compare the performance of equivalently sized radiofrequency and microwave ablation applicators in a normal porcine lung model. Materials and Methods: All experiments were approved by an institutional animal care and use committee. A total of 18 ablations were performed in vivo in normal porcine lungs. By using computed tomographic (CT) fluoroscopic guidance, a 17-gauge cooled triaxial microwave antenna (n = 9) and a 17-gauge cooled radiofrequency (RF) electrode (n = 9) were placed percutaneously. Ablations were performed for 10 minutes by using either 125 W of microwave power or 200 W of RF power delivered with an impedance-based pulsing algorithm. CT images were acquired every minute during ablation to monitor growth. Animals were sacrificed after the procedure. Ablation zones were then excised and sectioned transverse to the applicator in 5-mm increments. Minimum and maximum diameter, cross-sectional area, length, and circularity were measured from gross specimens and CT images. Comparisons of each measurement were performed by using a mixed-effects model; P ablation and mean cross-sectional area (8.25 cm2 ± 0.92 vs 5.45 cm2 ± 1.14, P ablation, compared with RF ablation. With microwave ablation, the zones of ablation were also significantly more circular in cross section (mean circularity, 0.90 ± 0.06 vs 0.82 ± 0.09; P ablation but stabilized without intervention. Conclusion: Microwave ablation with a 17-gauge high-power triaxial antenna creates larger and more circular zones of ablation than does a similarly sized RF applicator in a preclinical animal model. Microwave ablation may be a more effective treatment of lung tumors. © RSNA, 2009 PMID:19336667

  18. Imaging in percutaneous ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Maksimovic, Ruzica [Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Radiology, GD Rotterdam (Netherlands); Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases of the University Medical Center, Belgrade (Czechoslovakia); Dill, Thorsten [Kerckhoff-Heart Center, Department of Cardiology, Bad Nauheim (Germany); Ristic, Arsen D.; Seferovic, Petar M. [Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases of the University Medical Center, Belgrade (Czechoslovakia)

    2006-11-15

    Percutaneous ablation for electrical disconnection of the arrhythmogenic foci using various forms of energy has become a well-established technique for treating atrial fibrillation (AF). Success rate in preventing recurrence of AF episodes is high although associated with a significant incidence of pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis and other rare complications. Clinical workup of AF patients includes imaging before and after ablative treatment using different noninvasive and invasive techniques such as conventional angiography, transoesophageal and intracardiac echocardiography, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which offer different information with variable diagnostic accuracy. Evaluation before percutaneous ablation involves assessment of PVs (PV pattern, branching pattern, orientation and ostial size) to facilitate position and size of catheters and reduce procedure time as well as examining the left atrium (presence of thrombi, dimensions and volumes). Imaging after the percutaneous ablation is important for assessment of overall success of the procedure and revealing potential complications. Therefore, imaging methods enable depiction of PVs and the anatomy of surrounding structures essential for preprocedural management and early detection of PV stenosis and other ablation-related procedures, as well as long-term follow-up of these patients. (orig.)

  19. [Atrial fibrillation ablation: application of nurse methodology].

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    Ramos-González-Serna, Amelia; Mateos-García, M Dolores

    2011-01-01

    Ablation of pulmonary veins for treatment of atrial fibrillation involves applying radiofrequency energy wave by a catheter that causes a circumferential lesion to achieve electrical isolation and voltage drop in the interior. It is mainly applied when there is resistance to treatment and recurrence of symptoms affecting the quality of life of patients. The nurse is an important part of the multidisciplinary team who care for patients who undergo this procedure. The provision of comprehensive nursing care should include nursing procedures prior to, during, and after treatment to ensure the careful and systematic quality required. The aims of this article are: to provide specialised knowledge on the procedure of atrial fibrillation ablation, to describe the preparation of the electrophysiology laboratory, analyse nursing care and develop a standardized care plan for patients on whom this procedure is performed using the NANDA (North American Nursing Association) taxonomy and NIC (Nursing Intervention Classification).

  20. Left atrium segmentation for atrial fibrillation ablation

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    Karim, R.; Mohiaddin, R.; Rueckert, D.

    2008-03-01

    Segmentation of the left atrium is vital for pre-operative assessment of its anatomy in radio-frequency catheter ablation (RFCA) surgery. RFCA is commonly used for treating atrial fibrillation. In this paper we present an semi-automatic approach for segmenting the left atrium and the pulmonary veins from MR angiography (MRA) data sets. We also present an automatic approach for further subdividing the segmented atrium into the atrium body and the pulmonary veins. The segmentation algorithm is based on the notion that in MRA the atrium becomes connected to surrounding structures via partial volume affected voxels and narrow vessels, the atrium can be separated if these regions are characterized and identified. The blood pool, obtained by subtracting the pre- and post-contrast scans, is first segmented using a region-growing approach. The segmented blood pool is then subdivided into disjoint subdivisions based on its Euclidean distance transform. These subdivisions are then merged automatically starting from a seed point and stopping at points where the atrium leaks into a neighbouring structure. The resulting merged subdivisions produce the segmented atrium. Measuring the size of the pulmonary vein ostium is vital for selecting the optimal Lasso catheter diameter. We present a second technique for automatically identifying the atrium body from segmented left atrium images. The separating surface between the atrium body and the pulmonary veins gives the ostia locations and can play an important role in measuring their diameters. The technique relies on evolving interfaces modelled using level sets. Results have been presented on 20 patient MRA datasets.

  1. Endovenous laser therapy for varicose veins

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    Disselhoff, B.C.V.M.

    2008-01-01

    This thesis describes the technique of endovenous laser ablation and the outcome of various series of patients with varicose veins due to reflux in the great saphenous vein, treated by endovenous laser ablation or cryostripping in a single-centre study. This study has shown clear advantages of endov

  2. Useful clinical features for the selection of ideal patients with strial fibrillation for mapping and catheter ablation

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    Mehta Niraj

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To identify useful clinical characteristics for selecting patients eligible for mapping and ablation of atrial fibrillation. METHODS: We studied 9 patients with atrial fibrillation, without structural heart disease, associated with: 1 antiarrhythmic drugs, 2 symptoms of low cardiac output, and 3 intention to treat. Seven patients had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 2 had recurrent atrial fibrillation. RESULTS: In the 6 patients who underwent mapping (all had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation was successfully carried out in superior pulmonary veins in 5 patients (the first 3 in the left superior pulmonary vein and the last 2 in the right superior pulmonary vein. One patient experienced a recurrence of atrial fibrillation after 10 days. We observed that patients who had short episodes of atrial fibrillation on 24-hour Holter monitoring before the procedure were those in whom mapping the focus of tachycardia was possible. Tachycardia was successfully suppressed in 4 of 6 patients. The cause of failure was due to the impossibility of maintaining sinus rhythm long enough for efficient mapping. CONCLUSION: Patients experiencing short episodes of atrial fibrillation during 24-hour Holter monitoring were the most eligible for mapping and ablation, with a final success rate of 66%, versus the global success rate of 44%. Patients with persistent atrial fibrillation were not good candidates for focal ablation.

  3. Agenesis of the iliac veins.

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    Thomas, M L; Posniak, H V

    1984-01-01

    Three case reports of patients with the rare anomaly of agenesis of the iliac veins are presented. It is emphasised that full phlebographic investigation should be carried out in such patients before surgical treatment is considered. It is pointed out that surgical ablation may exacerbate the symptoms of leg swelling and varicose veins for which the patients seek advice.

  4. Experience of robotic catheter ablation in humans using a novel remotely steerable catheter sheath

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    Wallace, Daniel T.; Goldenberg, Alex S.; Peters, Nicholas S.; Davies, D. Wyn

    2008-01-01

    Background A novel remotely controlled steerable guide catheter has been developed to enable precise manipulation and stable positioning of any eight French (Fr) or smaller electrophysiological catheter within the heart for the purposes of mapping and ablation. Objective To report our initial experience using this system for remotely performing catheter ablation in humans. Methods Consecutive patients attending for routine ablation were recruited. Various conventional diagnostic catheters were inserted through the left femoral vein in preparation for treating an accessory pathway (n = 1), atrial flutter (n = 2) and atrial fibrillation (n = 7). The steerable guide catheter was inserted into the right femoral vein through which various irrigated and non-irrigated tip ablation catheters were used. Conventional endpoints of loss of pathway conduction, bidirectional cavotricuspid isthmus block and four pulmonary vein isolation were used to determine acute procedural success. Results Ten patients underwent remote catheter ablation using conventional and/or 3D non-fluoroscopic mapping technologies. All procedural endpoints were achieved using the robotic control system without manual manipulation of the ablation catheter. There was no major complication. A radiation dosimeter positioned next to the operator 2.7 m away from the X-ray source showed negligible exposure despite a mean cumulative dose area product of 7,281.4 cGycm2 for all ten ablation procedures. Conclusions Safe and clinically effective remote navigation of ablation catheters can be achieved using a novel remotely controlled steerable guide catheter in a variety of arrhythmias. The system is compatible with current mapping and ablation technologies Remote navigation substantially reduces radiation exposure to the operator. Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s10840-007-9184-z) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users

  5. Results of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in Patients With or Without a History of Atrial Flutter

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    Lu chunshan; Liu Xingpeng; Dong Jianzeng; Ma Changsheng

    2006-01-01

    Objectives There are two kind of atrial flutter during circumferential ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF): new onset left atrial flutter (LAFL), with a history of atrial flutter (AFL). What is the relationship of AFL and AF? Whether there are some differences in clinical course and mechanism between the new onset LAFL and the with a history of AFL remained unclear. The aim of this study was to assess the impacts of circumferential ablation on the occurrence of arrhythmias in follow-up in 2 groups:( 1 ) patients with a history of AFL and AF, and (2)patients with new onset LAFL. Methods Data from 465 patients who had circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) or segmental pulmonary vein ablation (SPVA) were analyzed. Patients with a history of AFL ablation and patients who had concomitant AFL ablation were included from analysis. Forty-one patients constituted the history of AFL group (group 1, aged 57±13 years, 7 females) and twenty-eight patients constituted the new onset LAFL group (group 2, aged 55±12 years, 6 females). bipolar recordings were obtained from the tricuspid annulus, coronary sinus,interatrial septum and left atrium. Target sites were identified by early, fragmented or double potentials and by concealed entrainment. Linear lesions were created between target sites and nearby anatomical barriers (1) typical atrial flutter (cycle length, 242±39 ms). cavotricuspid isthmus ablation was performed.(2) new onset LAFL (cycle length, 282±153 ms). 20 episodes of AAFs were documented in 20/28 (71.4%)patients. Target sites were identified around pulmonary veins (n=10), gap in linear lesion (n=7), left atrial roof lines (1 case). For those cases the ablation line between PV and mitral annulus was performed.Patients in Group 2 had larger left atria, higher incidence of AFL pre-CPVA, and lower ejection fraction. Results There was no significant difference in post-CPVA AF recurrence between Groups 1 and 2, but AFL incidence after CPVA was higher in Group

  6. Varicose Veins

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  7. Anatomic approach for ganglionic plexi ablation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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    Katritsis, Demosthenes; Giazitzoglou, Eleftherios; Sougiannis, Demetrios; Goumas, Nicolaos; Paxinos, George; Camm, A John

    2008-08-01

    There is evidence that parasympathetic denervation may prevent atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrences. This study aimed at applying an anatomic approach for ablation of atrial ganglionic plexi (GPs) in patients with paroxysmal AF. Nineteen patients with symptomatic, paroxysmal AF underwent anatomically guided radiofrequency ablation at the location of the 4 main left atrial GPs and were prospectively assessed for recurrence of AF or other atrial arrhythmia. This group was compared with 19 age- and gender-matched patients who previously underwent conventional circumferential pulmonary vein ablation. All ablation procedures were uneventful. Circumferential and GP ablations were accomplished with a radiofrequency delivery time of 28 +/- 5 versus 18 +/- 3 min (p <0.001) and a fluoroscopy time of 31 +/- 5 versus 18 +/- 5 min (p <0.001), respectively. Parasympathetic reflexes during radiofrequency ablation were elicited in 4 patients (21%). Arrhythmia recurred in 7 patients (37%) with circumferential ablation and 14 patients (74%) with GP ablation, during 1-year follow-up (p for log-rank test = 0.017). In 2 patients with GP ablation, left atrial flutters were documented in addition to AF during follow-up. Patients who underwent GP ablation had an almost 2.5 times higher risk of AF recurrence compared with those who underwent circumferential ablation (hazard ratio 2.6, 95% confidence interval 1.0 to 6.6, p = 0.038). In conclusion, anatomically guided GP ablation is feasible and safe in the electrophysiology laboratory, but this approach yields inferior clinical results compared with circumferential ablation.

  8. Progress about examination of doppler ultasound for fetal pulmonary veins blood flow%多普勒超声检查胎儿肺静脉血流的研究进展

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    2013-01-01

    胎儿肺静脉连接左心房与肺内毛细血管,其血流受心脏血流动力学的影响.胎儿肺无呼吸功能,且肺循环阻力高,流速低,血流量小.近年来,胎儿肺静脉一直受到广泛关注,本文就其近年来的相关研究进展做一综述.%Fetal pulmonary veins connect left atrial with lung capillary vessel, affected by heart blood dy-namics.Fetal lung has no ventilate function. In addition, fetal pulmonary circulation has high resistance, low blood flow velocity and small blood flow volume. In recent years, researchers have been paying attention to fetal pulmonary veins. This article is to review the recent studies.

  9. Atrial fibrillation ablation guided with electroanatomical mapping system: A one year follow up

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    Yoga Yuniadi

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Aim AF is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice and associated with an increased long-term risk of stroke, heart failure, and all-cause mortality. Catheter ablation of AF is relatively new modality to convert AF to sinus rhythm. This study was aimed to elaborate efficacy of catheter ablation in mixed type of AF.Methods Thirty patients (age of 52 ± 8 yo comprised of 19 paroxysmal and 11 chronic AF underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation guided by electroanatomical CARTO™ mapping system. We used step wise ablation approach with circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI as a cornerstone. Additional ablation comprised of roof line, mitral isthmus line, complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE, septal line and coronary sinus ablation was done respectively if indicated. All patients were followed up to 1 year for AF recurrence.Results Circumferential PVI was successfully performed in all patients but one. Average follow up period was 11.5 months. More than 80% of all patients remain in sinus rhythm at the end of follow period which 62% of them were free from any anti-arrhythmic drug. No major complication in all patients series.Conclusion Radiofrequency ablation guided with electroanatomical mapping is effective and safe in mixed type of AF. (Med J Indones 2009;19:172-8Key words: Ablation, atrial fibrillation, electroanatomical, Indonesia

  10. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Adults: Novel Drugs and Catheter Ablation Techniques Show Promise? Systematic Review on Pharmacotherapy and Interventional Strategies

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    2014-01-01

    This systematic review aims to provide an update on pharmacological and interventional strategies for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension in adults. Currently US Food and Drug Administration approved drugs including prostanoids, endothelin-receptor antagonists, phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors, and soluble guanylate-cyclase stimulators. These agents have transformed the prognosis for pulmonary arterial hypertension patients from symptomatic improvements in exercise tolerance t...

  11. Left-sided approach of AV junction ablation for drug refractory atrial fibrillation

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    Yoga Yuniadi

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available AV junction ablation has been proven effective to treat symptomatic atrial fibrillation refractory to antiarrhythmias or fail of pulmonary vein isolation. However, about 15% of conventional right-sided approach AV junction ablation failed to produce complete heart block. This study aimed to characterize His bundle potential at ablation site during conventional or left-sided approach of AV junction ablation. Twenty symptomatic AF patient (age of 60.5 ± 9.28 and 11 are females underwent conventional AV junction ablation. If 10 applications of radiofrequency energy are failed, then the ablation was performed by left-sided approach. Seventeen patients are successfully ablated by conventional approach. In 3 patients, conventional was failed but successfully ablated by left-sided approach. The His bundle amplitude at ablation site was significantly larger in left-sided than correspondence right-sided (16.0 ± 4.99 mm vs. 6.9 ± 4.02 mm respectively, p = 0.001, 95% CI -14.0 to -4.3. ROC analysis of His bundle potential amplitude recorded from right-sided revealed that cut off point of > 4.87 mm given the sensitivity of 81.3% and specificity of 53.8% for successful right-sided approach of AV junction ablation. In case of failed conventional approach, the left-sided approach is effective for AV junction ablation. An early switch to the left-sided approach may avoid multiple RF applications in patients with a low amplitude His-bundle potential (< 4.87 mm. (Med J Indones 2006; 15:109-14Keywords: Atrial fibrillation, AV junction ablation, left-sided approach

  12. miRNA-21 is dysregulated in response to vein grafting in multiple models and genetic ablation in mice attenuates neointima formation

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    McDonald, Robert A; White, Katie M; Wu, Junxi; Cooley, Brian C; Robertson, Keith E; Halliday, Crawford A; McClure, John D; Francis, Sheila; Lu, Ruifaug; Kennedy, Simon; George, Sarah J; Wan, Song; van Rooij, Eva; Baker, Andrew H

    2013-01-01

    AIMS: The long-term failure of autologous saphenous vein bypass grafts due to neointimal thickening is a major clinical burden. Identifying novel strategies to prevent neointimal thickening is important. Thus, this study aimed to identify microRNAs (miRNAs) that are dysregulated during neointimal fo

  13. miRNA-21 is dysregulated in response to vein grafting in multiple models and genetic ablation in mice attenuates neointima formation

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    McDonald, Robert A.; White, Katie M.; Wu, Junxi; Cooley, Brian C.; Robertson, Keith E.; Halliday, Crawford A.; McClure, John D.; Francis, Sheila; Lu, Ruifaug; Kennedy, Simon; George, Sarah J.; Wan, Song; van Rooij, Eva; Baker, Andrew H.

    2013-01-01

    Aims The long-term failure of autologous saphenous vein bypass grafts due to neointimal thickening is a major clinical burden. Identifying novel strategies to prevent neointimal thickening is important. Thus, this study aimed to identify microRNAs (miRNAs) that are dysregulated during neointimal for

  14. Spider Veins

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    ... How to Choose the Best Skin Care Products Spider Veins Treatment Options Learn more about treatment options ... severe venous disease. What you should know about spider veins The exact cause of spider veins is ...

  15. Minimally invasive treatments for perforator vein insufficiency.

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    Kuyumcu, Gokhan; Salazar, Gloria Maria; Prabhakar, Anand M; Ganguli, Suvranu

    2016-12-01

    Incompetent superficial veins are the most common cause of lower extremity superficial venous reflux and varicose veins; however, incompetent or insufficient perforator veins are the most common cause of recurrent varicose veins after treatment, often unrecognized. Perforator vein insufficiency can result in pain, skin changes, and skin ulcers, and often merit intervention. Minimally invasive treatments have replaced traditional surgical treatments for incompetent perforator veins. Current minimally invasive treatment options include ultrasound guided sclerotherapy (USGS) and endovascular thermal ablation (EVTA) with either laser or radiofrequency energy sources. Advantages and disadvantages of each modality and knowledge on these treatments are required to adequately address perforator venous disease.

  16. Left atrial appendage morphology and risk of stroke following pulmonary vein isolation for drug-refractory atrial fibrillation in low CHA2DS2Vasc risk patients.

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    Kelly, Faith R; Hull, Robert A; Arrey-Mbi, Takor B; Williams, Michael U; Lee, Joshua S; Slim, Ahmad M; Thomas, Dustin M

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    Cardiac CT angiography (CCTA) has become an important adjunct in the structural assessment of the pulmonary veins (PV) prior to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Published data is conflicting regarding a relationship between left atrial appendage (LAA) and the risk of ischemic stroke (CVA) following PVI. We investigated the associations of volumetric and morphologic left atrial (LA) and LAA measurements for CVA following PVI. We retrospectively reviewed 332 consecutive patients with drug refractory atrial fibrillation who obtained cardiac CT angiogram (CCTA) prior to PVI. Baseline demographic data, procedural and lab details, and outcomes were obtained from abstraction of an electronic medical records system. LA, LAA, and PV volumes were measured using CCTA datasets utilizing a semi-automated 3D workstation application. LAA morphology was assigned utilizing volume rendered images as previously described. The study cohort was 55 ± 13 years-old, 83.7% male, low CVA risk (median CHA2DS2Vasc 1; IQR 1, 3), and 30.4% were treated with novel oral anticoagulants. Chicken wing (CW) was the most common morphology (52%), followed by windsock (WS), cauliflower (CF), and cactus (CS) at 18, 9, and 2%, respectively. CVAs occurred in 4 patients following PVI with median time to CVA of 170.5 days. All CVAs were observed in CW morphology patients. When comparing CW morphology with non-CW morphology, CVAs occurred more frequently with the CW morphology (2.1% vs 0%, p = 0.03). This difference was not significant, though, after adjusting for CHA2DS2Vasc risk factors (p = 0.14). The CW morphology was observed more commonly in patients who experienced post-PVI CVA. After adjusting for CHA2DS2Vasc risk factors, CW morphology was not an independent predictor of post-PVI CVA. These findings should be interpreted in the setting of a low CVA event rate amongst a low risk population that was highly compliant with indicated anticoagulation therapy.

  17. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Adults: Novel Drugs and Catheter Ablation Techniques Show Promise? Systematic Review on Pharmacotherapy and Interventional Strategies

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    Salvatore Rosanio

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This systematic review aims to provide an update on pharmacological and interventional strategies for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension in adults. Currently US Food and Drug Administration approved drugs including prostanoids, endothelin-receptor antagonists, phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors, and soluble guanylate-cyclase stimulators. These agents have transformed the prognosis for pulmonary arterial hypertension patients from symptomatic improvements in exercise tolerance ten years ago to delayed disease progression today. On the other hand, percutaneous balloon atrioseptostomy by using radiofrequency perforation, cutting balloon dilatation, or insertion of butterfly stents and pulmonary artery catheter-based denervation, both associated with very low rate of major complications and death, should be considered in combination with specific drugs at an earlier stage rather than late in the progression of pulmonary arterial hypertension and before the occurrence of overt right-sided heart failure.

  18. BM-12CEREBRAL INFARCTION SECONDARY TO PULMONARY VEIN COMPRESSION AND LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE TUMOR INFILTRATION AS THE PRESENTING SIGN OF METASTATIC SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA OF THE BASE OF THE TONGUE

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    Dredla, Brynn; Siegel, Jason; Jaeckle, Kurt

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    BACKGROUND: Squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue has been documented to metastasize to the lungs and rarely involve the heart. The majority of documented cases of cardiac metastases are from postmortem analysis. Cases of sudden death, syncope, and dyspnea have been reported. However, stroke and tumor embolization to the brain as the initial clinical presentation has not been documented in the English literature. METHODS: Case Report. RESULTS: This case addresses a 61-year-old male with Stage IVA squamous cell carcinoma of the left tongue base, believed to be in remission after systemic chemotherapy and local radiation, who presented with acute cerebral infarctions involving multiple vascular territories. Cardiac CT obtained during stroke etiology evaluation displayed metastatic disease compressing the pulmonary vein resulting in virtual pulmonary vein thrombus. Transthoracic echocardiogram was negative for cardiac valvular pathology. Anticoagulation was initiated. Twelve days later he returned with recurrent strokes and suspected tumor embolization to the brain. Imaging displayed left atrial appendage structural abnormality highly suggestive of tumor infiltration. CONCLUSION: Cardiac metastases are rare and non-myxomatous tumor embolization to the brain even rarer especially in the setting of cerebral infarction due to pulmonary vein thrombus. Here we describe a case of multiple acute cerebral infarctions appearing from a proximal source refractory to anticoagulation. Thromboembolism from the pulmonary vein and tumor embolization from cardiac metastases are the likely mechanisms for his clinical presentation and radiographic findings. This case demonstrates the complexity of multiple stroke etiologies in one patient and the importance of cardiac imaging in stroke evaluation, particularly in the setting of a patient with a history of cancer.

  19. Effectiveness and Safety of the Tempofilter II to Prevent the Occurrence of Pulmonary Thromboembolism in Patients with Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis

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    Baek, Byung Hyun; Jung, Min Young; Oh, Hyun Jun; Kim, Jae Kyu; Lee, Ho Kyun [Chonnam National University College of Medicine, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Nam Kyu [Chonnam National University Hospital, Hwasun (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of the Tempofilter II for the prevention of a pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) in patients with lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Between January 2007 and December 2008, thirteen patients with lower extremity DVT whom were implanted with the Tempofilter II to prevent PTE were analyzed. A chest CT was compared before and after filter placement, to evaluate effectiveness of preventing PTE. Clinical symptoms of PTE were checked. Fluoroscopy and a plain radiograph were examined to evaluate filter status. The tempofilter II was successfully inserted in 13 patients. Nine patients underwent endovascular treatment after filter insertion. Trapping of thrombus was evaluated by following CT, venography, and filter retrieval. Trapped thrombus was detected in four patients by CT or retrieved filter. Two patients showed a decrease in thrombus in a follow-up chest CT. Not all patients showed symptoms of PTE. One filter was surgically removed due to the detachment of the anchoring device. The placement and retrieval of the Tempofilter II is feasible and effective for the prophylaxis of PTE in patients with lower extremity DVT; especially for patients that underwent subsequent endovascular treatment

  20. Apnea-hypopnea index as a predictor of atrial fibrillation recurrence following initial pulmonary vein isolation: usefulness of type-3 portable monitor for sleep-disordered breathing.

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    Kawakami, Hiroshi; Nagai, Takayuki; Fujii, Akira; Uetani, Teruyoshi; Nishimura, Kazuhisa; Inoue, Katsuji; Suzuki, Jun; Oka, Yasunori; Okura, Takafumi; Higaki, Jitsuo; Ogimoto, Akiyoshi; Ikeda, Shuntaro

    2016-11-01

    The relationship between atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) evaluated using type-3 portable monitoring (PM) is still unknown. We investigated high-risk patients with AF recurrence after initial PVI using the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) measured by type-3 PM. One hundred twenty-four (85 males; age 62 ± 10 years) AF patients undergoing initial PVI were enrolled: 83, paroxysmal AF; 41, persistent AF. At baseline, all patients were subjected to in-hospital unattended overnight polygraphy using type-3 PM for SDB. During 13 ± 7 months following initial PVI, 47 patients (38 %) experienced AF recurrence. AHI and left atrial volume index (LAVI) were significantly greater in patients with than in those without AF recurrence (AHI P = 0.011; LAVI P PVI in patients with both paroxysmal AF and persistent AF (paroxysmal AF P = 0.008; persistent AF P = 0.002). However, AHI was an independent predictor of AF recurrence following initial PVI in patients with paroxysmal AF (P = 0.034) but not in those with persistent AF. The optimal cutoff value was defined as AHI = 14.1. AF recurrence following PVI is three times higher in patients with AHI ≥14.1 than in patients with AHI PVI in patients with paroxysmal AF.

  1. Pulmonary Embolism and Subclavian Vein Thrombosis in a Patient with Parathyroid Carcinoma: Case Report and Review of Literature.

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    Manosroi, Worapaka; Wannasai, Komson; Phimphilai, Mattabhorn

    2015-09-01

    Parathyroid carcinoma is a rare etiology of primary hyperparathyroidism responsible for 0.4 to 5.2% of all primary hyperparathyroidism cases. The overt hyperparathyroid bone or renal disease with palpable neck mass, as well as severe hypercalcemia with extremely high parathyroid hormone, are clinical parameters raising the suspicionforparathyroid carcinoma. However a definite diagnosis can be confirmed only by examining the histopathology of the tumor. The curative treatment solely depends on an en bloc surgical approach. Therefore, preoperative clinical diagnosis of carcinoma is essentialfor optimal surgical planning. Thepresent study reported asymptomatic subclavian vein thrombosis andpulmonary embolism in parathyroid carcinoma, suggesting paraneoplastic syndrome of hypercoagulability in this cancer type. The presence of this paraneoplastic syndrome in a case of overt clinical hyperparathyroidism in addition to a palpable neck mass indicated the diagnosis of carcinoma preoperatively in the present patient, which led to an en bloc surgical plan. Since this paraneoplastic syndrome can be asymptomatic, the exploration ofthis syndrome by a commonly used imaging technique for parathyroid tumor localization, computerized tomography, would enable a preoperative diagnosis of cancer especially in an equivocal situation.

  2. Fibroblast growth factor 23 dysregulates late sodium current and calcium homeostasis with enhanced arrhythmogenesis in pulmonary vein cardiomyocytes.

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    Huang, Shih-Yu; Chen, Yao-Chang; Kao, Yu-Hsun; Hsieh, Ming-Hsiung; Lin, Yung-Kuo; Chung, Cheng-Chih; Lee, Ting-I; Tsai, Wen-Chin; Chen, Shih-Ann; Chen, Yi-Jen

    2016-10-25

    Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), elevated in chronic renal failure, increases atrial arrhythmogenesis and dysregulates calcium homeostasis. Late sodium currents (INa-Late) critically induces ectopic activity of pulmoanry vein (the most important atrial fibrillation trigger). This study was to investigate whether FGF23 activates the INa-Late leading to calcium dysregulation and increases PV arrhythmogenesis. Patch clamp, western blot, and confocal microscopy were used to evaluate the electrical activities, calcium homeostasis, and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) in PV cardiomyocytes with or without FGF23 (0.1 or 1 ng/mL) incubation for 4~6 h. Compared to the control, FGF23 (1 ng/mL, but not 0.1 ng/mL)-treated PV cardiomyocytes had a faster beating rate. FGF23 (1 ng/mL)-treated PV cardiomyocytes had larger INa-Late, calcium transients, and mitochondrial ROS than controls. However, ranolazine (an inhibitor of INa-Late) attenuated FGF23 (1 ng/mL)-increased beating rates, calcium transients and mitochondrial ROS. FGF23 (1 ng/mL)-treated PV cardiomyocytes exhibited larger phosphorylation of calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII). Chelerythrine chloride (an inhibitor of protein kinase C) decreased INa-Late in FGF23 (1 ng/mL)-treated PV cardiomyocytes. However, KN93 (a selective CaMKII blocker) decreased INa-Late in control and FGF23 (1 ng/mL)-treated PV cardiomyocytes to a similar extent. In conclusion, FGF23 increased PV arrhythmogenesis through sodium and calcium dysregulation by acting protein kinase C signaling.

  3. Evaluation of proarrythmogenic effects after different techniques of radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    С. Н. Артёменко

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available To assess proarrythmogenic effects after different techniques of radiofrequency catheter ablation, 427 patients with paroxysmal, persistent, and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF were examined. The patients were randomized into four groups: antral pulmonary vein isolation (PVI (Group I, PVI plus roof line and mitral isthmus ablation (Group II, anatomic ablation of ganglionated plexuses (GP of the left atrium (Group III and GP plus PVI (Group IV. At the end of follow up (34,43,2 months the largest number of proarrythmogenic effects was observed in Group II, 24,8% (26 patients. In the remaining groups the percentage of proarrythmogenic effects did not exceed 11%, neither was there any significant difference among Groups I, III and IV. Thus, the creation of additional linear lesions in the left atrium is a predictor of proarrythmogenic effects during follow up.

  4. The Prediction of the Risk Level of Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Vein Thrombosis through Artificial Neural Network.

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    Agharezaei, Laleh; Agharezaei, Zhila; Nemati, Ali; Bahaadinbeigy, Kambiz; Keynia, Farshid; Baneshi, Mohammad Reza; Iranpour, Abedin; Agharezaei, Moslem

    2016-10-01

    Venous thromboembolism is a common cause of mortality among hospitalized patients and yet it is preventable through detecting the precipitating factors and a prompt diagnosis by specialists. The present study has been carried out in order to assist specialists in the diagnosis and prediction of the risk level of pulmonary embolism in patients, by means of artificial neural network. A number of 31 risk factors have been used in this study in order to evaluate the conditions of 294 patients hospitalized in 3 educational hospitals affiliated with Kerman University of Medical Sciences. Two types of artificial neural networks, namely Feed-Forward Back Propagation and Elman Back Propagation, were compared in this study. Through an optimized artificial neural network model, an accuracy and risk level index of 93.23 percent was achieved and, subsequently, the results have been compared with those obtained from the perfusion scan of the patients. 86.61 percent of high risk patients diagnosed through perfusion scan diagnostic method were also diagnosed correctly through the method proposed in the present study. The results of this study can be a good resource for physicians, medical assistants, and healthcare staff to diagnose high risk patients more precisely and prevent the mortalities. Additionally, expenses and other unnecessary diagnostic methods such as perfusion scans can be efficiently reduced.

  5. Impact of stepwise ablation on the biatrial substrate in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

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    Jones, David G; Haldar, Shouvik K; Jarman, Julian W E; Johar, Sofian; Hussain, Wajid; Markides, Vias; Wong, Tom

    2013-08-01

    Ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation can be challenging, often involving not only pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) but also additional linear lesions and ablation of complex fractionated electrograms (CFE). We examined the impact of stepwise ablation on a human model of advanced atrial substrate of persistent atrial fibrillation in heart failure. In 30 patients with persistent atrial fibrillation and left ventricular ejection fraction ≤35%, high-density CFE maps were recorded biatrially at baseline, in the left atrium (LA) after PVI and linear lesions (roof and mitral isthmus), and biatrially after LA CFE ablation. Surface area of CFE (mean cycle length ≤120 ms) remote to PVI and linear lesions, defined as CFE area, was reduced after PVI (18.3±12.03 to 10.2±7.1 cm(2); PCFE reduction (P=0.02). Right atrial CFE area was reduced by LA ablation, from 25.9±14.1 to 12.9±11.8 cm(2) (PCFE area was progressively reduced following PVI and linear lesions, and LA ablation reduced right atrial CFE area. Reduction of CFE area at sites remote from ablation would suggest either regression of the advanced atrial substrate or that these CFE were functional phenomena. Nevertheless, in an advanced atrial fibrillation substrate, linear lesions after PVI diminished the target area for CFE ablation, and complete lesions resulted in a favorable clinical outcome.

  6. Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in Systolic Dysfunction: Clinical and Echocardiographic Outcomes

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    Tasso Julio Lobo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Heart failure and atrial fibrillation (AF often coexist in a deleterious cycle. Objective: To evaluate the clinical and echocardiographic outcomes of patients with ventricular systolic dysfunction and AF treated with radiofrequency (RF ablation. Methods: Patients with ventricular systolic dysfunction [ejection fraction (EF <50%] and AF refractory to drug therapy underwent stepwise RF ablation in the same session with pulmonary vein isolation, ablation of AF nests and of residual atrial tachycardia, named "background tachycardia". Clinical (NYHA functional class and echocardiographic (EF, left atrial diameter data were compared (McNemar test and t test before and after ablation. Results: 31 patients (6 women, 25 men, aged 37 to 77 years (mean, 59.8±10.6, underwent RF ablation. The etiology was mainly idiopathic (19 p, 61%. During a mean follow-up of 20.3±17 months, 24 patients (77% were in sinus rhythm, 11 (35% being on amiodarone. Eight patients (26% underwent more than one procedure (6 underwent 2 procedures, and 2 underwent 3 procedures. Significant NYHA functional class improvement was observed (pre-ablation: 2.23±0.56; postablation: 1.13±0.35; p<0.0001. The echocardiographic outcome also showed significant ventricular function improvement (EF pre: 44.68%±6.02%, post: 59%±13.2%, p=0.0005 and a significant left atrial diameter reduction (pre: 46.61±7.3 mm; post: 43.59±6.6 mm; p=0.026. No major complications occurred. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that AF ablation in patients with ventricular systolic dysfunction is a safe and highly effective procedure. Arrhythmia control has a great impact on ventricular function recovery and functional class improvement.

  7. Persistent Atrial Fibrillation Ablation With or Without Contact Force Sensing.

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    Hussein, Ayman A; Barakat, Amr F; Saliba, Walid I; Tarakji, Khaldoun G; Bassiouny, Mohamed; Baranowski, Bryan; Tchou, Patrick; Bhargava, Mandeep; Dresing, Thomas; Callahan, Thomas; Cantillon, Daniel; Kanj, Mohamed; Lindsay, Bruce D; Wazni, Oussama M

    2017-05-01

    Arrhythmia recurrences remain common after ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation (PersAF). Contact force (CF)-sensing catheters have been introduced for objective assessment of contact during radiofrequency application and have been suggested to improve outcomes in ablation of paroxysmal AF, but little is known about their role in PersAF ablation. We aimed to compare the procedural profiles and outcomes of (PersAF) ablation with or without using CF-sensing catheters. All consecutive patients undergoing first time ablation for PersAF between April 2014 and January 2015 at the Cleveland Clinic were included. Substrate modification was performed in addition to isolation of the pulmonary veins. Success rates were determined off antiarrhythmics over 1 year of follow-up. The study included 174 patients (77 CF and 97 non-CF). Ablation with CF-sensing catheters resulted in shorter procedures (median 204 vs. 216 minutes, P = 0.04) and shorter fluoroscopy time (36 vs. 48 minutes, P = 0.0005), without statistical difference in radiation dose (225 vs. 270 milligrays, P = 0.1). Arrhythmia recurrences were less likely to be observed in the CF-sensing group (27.6% vs. 46.4%, P = 0.01, log-rank P = 0.004). In multivariable Cox analyses, the use of CF-sensing catheters was associated with a lower risk of arrhythmia recurrence (hazard ratio 0.49, 95% confidence interval 0.27-0.85, P = 0.01). Compared to non-CF sensing, the use of CF-sensing catheters for PersAF ablation is associated with shorter procedures, shorter fluoroscopy time, and reduction in arrhythmia recurrences. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Adenosine testing during cryoballoon ablation and radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation: A propensity score-matched analysis.

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    Tokuda, Michifumi; Matsuo, Seiichiro; Isogai, Ryota; Uno, Goki; Tokutake, Kenichi; Yokoyama, Kenichi; Kato, Mika; Narui, Ryohsuke; Tanigawa, Shinichi; Yamashita, Seigo; Inada, Keiichi; Yoshimura, Michihiro; Yamane, Teiichi

    2016-11-01

    The infusion of adenosine triphosphate after radiofrequency (RF) pulmonary vein (PV) isolation (PVI), which may result in acute transient PV-atrium reconnection, can unmask dormant conduction. The purpose of this study was to compare the incidence and characteristics of dormant conduction after cryoballoon (CB) and RF ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Of 414 consecutive patients undergoing initial catheter ablation of paroxysmal AF, 246 (59%) propensity score-matched patients (123 CB-PVI and 123 RF-PVI) were included. Dormant conduction was less frequently observed in patients who underwent CB-PVI than in those who underwent RF-PVI (4.5% vs 12.8% of all PVs; P PVI than in those who underwent RF-PVI in the left superior PV (P PVI. Multivariable analysis revealed that a longer time to the elimination of the PV potential (odds ratio 1.018; 95% confidence interval 1.001-1.036; P = .04) and the necessity of touch-up ablation (odds ratio 3.242; 95% confidence interval 2.761-7.111; P PVI. After the elimination of dormant conduction by additional ablation, the AF-free rate was similar in patients with and without dormant conduction after both CB-PVI and RF-PVI (P = .28 and P = .73, respectively). The results of the propensity score-matched analysis showed that dormant PV conduction was less frequent after CB ablation than after RF ablation and was not associated with ablation outcomes. Copyright © 2016 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Differential haemostatic risk factors for pregnancy-related deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: a population-based case-control study.

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    Bergrem, Astrid; Dahm, Anders E A; Jacobsen, Anne Flem; Sandvik, Leiv; Sandset, Per Morten

    2012-12-01

    Limited data exist on thrombophilia and the risk of venous thrombosis (VT) during pregnancy and postpartum. The objectives of the present study were to investigate the role of haemostatic risk factors for pregnancy-related VT and their phenotypic expression in deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Total 313 cases with objectively verified first time VT and 353 controls were selected from a source population of 377,155 women with 613,232 pregnancies. The adjusted odds ratio (aOR) for pregnancy-related VT was 1.7 (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.1-2.8) for women with factor VIII >90th percentile. The aOR for VT for endogenous thrombin potential and D-dimer values >90th percentiles were 1.8 (95% CI 1.1-3.0) and 2.1 (95% CI 1.3-3.3), respectively. Factor IX >90th percentile or free protein S ≤the 5th percentile increased the risk for PE, and the aORs were 2.4 (95% CI 1.1-5.0) and 3.1 (95% CI 1.3-7.2), respectively. Women carrying the factor V Leiden (F5 rs6025) polymorphism, or who had reduced sensitivity to activated protein C (aPC) in the absence of F5 rs6025, had increased risk for DVT, with unadjusted ORs 7.7 (95% CI 4.7-12.7) and 3.5 (95% CI 2.2-5.4), respectively. Women with a history of pregnancy-related VT showed activation of coagulation and had elevated factor VIII. Furthermore, high levels of factor IX and low levels of free protein S were associated with increased risk for PE, whereas aPC resistance and F5 rs6025 were risk factors for DVT and not PE.

  10. Current role of cardiac and extra-cardiac pathologies in clinically indicated cardiac computed tomography with emphasis on status before pulmonary vein isolation

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    Sohns, J.M.; Lotz, J. [Goettingen University Medical Center (Germany). Inst. for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology; German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK), Goettingen (Germany); Menke, J.; Staab, W.; Fasshauer, M.; Kowallick, J.T.; Zwaka, P.A.; Schwarz, A. [Goettingen University Medical Center (Germany). Inst. for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology; Spiro, J. [Koeln University Hospital (Germany). Radiology; Bergau, L.; Unterberg-Buchwald, C. [Goettingen University Medical Center (Germany). Cardiology and Pneumology

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    Purpose: The aim of this study was to assess the incidence of cardiac and significant extra-cardiac findings in clinical computed tomography of the heart in patients with atrial fibrillation before pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Materials and Methods: 224 patients (64 ± 10 years; male 63%) with atrial fibrillation were examined by cardiac 64-slice multidetector CT before PVI. Extra-cardiac findings were classified as 'significant' if they were recommended to additional diagnostics or therapy, and otherwise as 'non-significant'. Additionally, cardiac findings were documented in detail. Results: A total of 724 cardiac findings were identified in 203 patients (91% of patients). Additionally, a total of 619 extra-cardiac findings were identified in 179 patients (80% of patients). Among these extra-cardiac findings 196 (32%) were 'significant', and 423 (68%) were 'non-significant'. In 2 patients (1%) a previously unknown malignancy was detected (esophageal cancer and lung cancer, local stage, no metastasis). 203 additional imaging diagnostics followed to clarify the 'significant' findings (124 additional CT, costs 38,314.69 US dollars). Overall, there were 3.2 cardiac and 2.8 extra-cardiac findings per patient. Extra-cardiac findings appear significantly more frequently in patients over 60 years old, in smokers and in patients with a history of cardiac findings (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Cardiac CT scans before PVI should be screened for extracardiac incidental findings that could have important clinical implications for each patient. (orig.)

  11. Early recurrence of atrial fibrillation as a predictor for 1-year efficacy after successful phased RF pulmonary vein isolation: evaluation of complaints and multiple Holter recordings.

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    Mulder, Anton A W; Wijffels, Maurits C E F; Wever, Eric F D; Boersma, Lucas V A

    2013-04-30

    Early arrhythmia recurrences after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation (AF) are accepted as part of the blanking period. Their relevance for long-term efficacy is not well-known. We evaluated patients, who came to hospital with a documented recurrence of AF, or had a registered episode of AF on the 24-hour Holter 6 weeks after PVI and compared it with long-term outcome. One hundred consecutive patients with paroxysmal AF were treated with the PVAC. In the 3-month blanking period patients who came to hospital with a documented recurrence of AF on ECG were recorded. 6 weeks after procedure a 24-hour Holter was performed. After 3 months patients were asked if they felt a relapse. Follow-up was performed at 3, 6, and 12 months with ECG, 7-day Holter at 6 and/or 12 months, and event recording if needed. Within the blanking period, 25/100 (25%) patients had a documented recurrence of AF while 46/100 (46%) patients felt a relapse. After the blanking period up to 12 months, 53/100 (53%) patients were free of AF without anti-arrhythmic drugs. Multivariate regression analyses revealed that absence of AF in the blanking period (OR 0.22 95%CI [0.05-0.98]) and absence of a relapse of symptoms suspect for AF during the blanking period (OR 0.21 95%CI [0.06-0.52]) were independent predictors of successful long-term outcome. Poor long-term outcome is strongly related to patients who experienced palpitations with ECG documented AF, AF on the 24-hour Holter at 6 weeks after PVI and a relapse in the blanking period. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Fluoroscopy-Free Pulmonary Vein Isolation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and a Patent Foramen Ovale Using Solely an Electroanatomic Mapping System.

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    Michael Kühne

    Full Text Available The advent of electroanatomical mapping (EAM systems for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI has dramatically decreased radiation exposure. However, the need for some fluoroscopy remains for obtaining left atrial (LA access. The aim was to test the feasibility of fluoroscopy-free PVI in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF and a patent foramen ovale (PFO guided solely by an EAM system.Consecutive patients with AF undergoing PVI and documented PFO were studied. An EAM-guided approach without fluoroscopy and ultrasound was used. After completing the map of the right atrium, the superior vena cava and the coronary sinus, a catheter pull-down to the PFO was performed allowing LA access. The map of the LA and subsequent PVI was also performed without fluoroscopy.30 patients [age 61±12 years, 73% male, ejection fraction 0.64 (0.53-0.65, LA size in parasternal long axis 38±7 mm] undergoing PVI were included. The time required for right atrial mapping including transseptal crossing was 9±4 minutes. Total procedure time was 127±37 minutes. Fluoroscopy-free PVI was feasible in 26/30 (87% patients. In four patients, fluoroscopy was needed to access (n = 3 or to re-access (n = 1 the LA. In these four patients, total fluoroscopy time was 5±3 min and the DAP was 14.9±13.4 Gy*cm2. Single-procedure success rate was 80% (24/30 after a median follow-up of 12 months.In patients with a documented PFO, completely fluoroscopy-free PVI is feasible in the vast majority of cases.

  13. Homocysteine lowering by B vitamins and the secondary prevention of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial.

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    den Heijer, Martin; Willems, Huub P J; Blom, Henk J; Gerrits, Wim B J; Cattaneo, Marco; Eichinger, Sabine; Rosendaal, Frits R; Bos, Gerard M J

    2007-01-01

    The Vitamins and Thrombosis (VITRO) study investigated the effect of homocysteine lowering by daily supplementation of B vitamins on the risk reduction of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Patients between 20 to 80 years old with a first objectively confirmed proximal DVT or PE in the absence of major risk factors and a homocysteine concentration above the 75th percentile of a reference group were asked to participate (hyperhomocysteinemic group). A similar study was conducted in a random sample of patients with a homocysteine below the 75th percentile of the reference group (normohomocysteinemic group). After informed consent was obtained, patients were randomized to daily multivitamin supplementation (5 mg folic acid, 50 mg pyridoxine, and 0.4 mg cyanocobalamin) or placebo and were followed for 2.5 years. End points were objectively diagnosed recurrent DVT or PE. A total of 701 patients were enrolled (360 in the hyperhomocysteinemic and 341 in the normohomocysteinemic group). The number of recurrent events of venous thrombosis was 43 of 353 in the vitamin group (54/1000 py) and 50 of 348 in the placebo group (64/1000 py). The hazard ratio associated with vitamin treatment was 0.84 (95% CI, 0.56-1.26): 1.14 (95% CI, 0.65-1.98) in the hyperhomocysteinemic group and 0.58 (95% CI, 0.31-1.07) in the normohomocysteinemic group. The results of our study do not show that homocysteine lowering by B vitamin supplementation prevents recurrent venous thrombosis.

  14. The addition of renal sympathetic denervation to pulmonary vein isolation reduces recurrence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in chronic kidney disease patients.

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    Kiuchi, Márcio Galindo; Chen, Shaojie; E Silva, Gustavo Ramalho; Rodrigues Paz, Luis Marcelo; Kiuchi, Tetsuaki; de Paula Filho, Ary Getulio; Lima Souto, Gladyston Luiz

    2017-03-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) frequently complicates chronic kidney disease (CKD). AF treatment is challenging and requires complete pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Recently, renal sympathetic denervation (RSD) has been reported to reduce AF recurrence when performed alongside PVI. A prospective therapeutic study of patients with controlled hypertension and paroxysmal AF was undertaken. Renal function was evaluated using estimated glomerular filtration rate. Outcomes for patients with normal renal function who underwent PVI (n = 101) were compared with those for CKD patients who underwent either PVI alone (n = 96) or PVI + RSD (n = 39). The primary endpoint was recurrence of AF recorded by 24-h Holter monitoring. During the 22.4 ± 12.1 months following intervention, the incidence of AF recurrence was higher in CKD patients treated with PVI alone (61.5 %) than in CKD patients treated with PVI + RSD (38.5 %; HR 1.86, 95 % CI 1.14-3.03, P = 0.0251) or patients without CKD subjected to PVI (35.6 %; hazard ratio (HR) 2.27, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.51-3.42, P PVI significantly reduced AF recurrence in CKD stage 4, but not stage 2 or 3, patients. Ambulatory blood pressure and mean heart rate were not different between groups or time points. No complications of either procedure were observed. PVI + RSD is a safe treatment that is superior to PVI alone for treatment of paroxysmal AF in CKD patients.

  15. An Independent Risk of Gout on the Development of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: A Nationwide, Population-Based Cohort Study.

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    Huang, Chien-Chung; Huang, Po-Hao; Chen, Jiunn-Horng; Lan, Joung-Liang; Tsay, Gregory J; Lin, Hsiao-Yi; Tseng, Chun-Hung; Lin, Cheng-Li; Hsu, Chung-Yi

    2015-12-01

    Previous studies indicated that gout is a risk factor of cardiovascular diseases. This study aimed to determine if patients with gout have an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE).We used the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database, a subset of the national insurance claim dataset, which enrolled 1 million Taiwanese to identify 57,981 patients with gout and 115,961 reference subjects matched by sex, age, and entry date of diagnosis. The risk of DVT and PE was analyzed using the Cox proportional hazards model.In this Taiwanese dataset observed from 2000 to 2010, we found the incidence of DVT was 5.26 per 10 person-years in the gout cohort, which was twofold higher than the incidence of 2.63 per 10 person-years in the reference cohort. After adjusting for age, sex, and 9 comorbidities, the hazard ratio (HR) of developing DVT was 1.66 (95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.37-2.01). Among patients with gout, the youngest age group had the highest increase in the risk of developing DVT (HR [95% CI] = 2.04 [1.24-3.37] for ages 20 to 49 years, 1.80 [1.28-2.51] for ages 50 to 64 years, and 1.45 [1.11-1.91] for ages ≥65 years). The incidence of PE was about one-fifth that of DVT in gout patients, but the effect of gout on the risk was similar (HR [95% CI] = 1.53 [1.01-2.29]).Our analysis confirmed that gout increased the risk of DVT and PE. Further exploration is needed in the future.

  16. Virtual ablation for atrial fibrillation in personalized in-silico three-dimensional left atrial modeling: comparison with clinical catheter ablation.

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    Hwang, Minki; Kwon, Soon-Sung; Wi, Jin; Park, Mijin; Lee, Hyun-Seung; Park, Jin-Seo; Lee, Young-Seon; Shim, Eun Bo; Pak, Hui-Nam

    2014-09-01

    Although catheter ablation is an effective rhythm control strategy for atrial fibrillation (AF), empirically-based ablation has a substantial recurrence rate. The purposes of this study were to develop a computational platform for patient-specific virtual AF ablation and to compare the anti-fibrillatory effects of 5 different virtual ablation protocols with empirically chosen clinical ablations. We included 20 patients with AF (65% male, 60.1 ± 10.5 years old, 80% persistent AF [PeAF]) who had undergone empirically-based catheter ablation: circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI) for paroxysmal AF (PAF) and additional posterior box lesion (L1) and anterior line (L2) for PeAF. Using patient-specific three-dimensional left atrial (LA) geometry, we generated a finite element model and tested the AF termination rate after 5 different virtual ablations: CPVI alone, CPVI + L1, CPVI + L1,2, CPVI with complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE) ablation, and CFAE ablation alone. 1. Virtual CPVI + L1,2 ablation showed the highest AF termination rate in overall patients (55%) and PeAF patients (n = 16, 62.5%). 2. The virtual AF maintenance duration was shortest in the case of virtual CPVI + L1,2 ablation in overall patients (2.19 ± 1.28 vs. 2.91 ± 1.04 s, p = 0.009) and in patients with PeAF (2.05 ± 1.23 vs. 2.93 ± 10.2 s, p = 0.004) compared with other protocols. Virtual AF ablation using personalized in-silico model of LA is feasible. Virtual ablation with CPVI + L1,2 shows the highest antifibrillatory effect, concordant with the empirical ablation protocol in patients with PeAF. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Successful liver transplantation in a patient with splanchnic vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism due to polycythemia vera with Jak2v617f mutation and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.

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    Biagioni, Emanuela; Pedrazzi, Paola; Marietta, Marco; Di Benedetto, Fabrizio; Villa, Erica; Luppi, Mario; Girardis, Massimo

    2013-10-01

    Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a rare complication of heparin treatment resulting in a severe acquired thrombophilic condition with an associated mortality of about 10 %. We report the first case of successful urgent liver transplantation (LT) in a patient with end-stage liver disease due to a Budd-Chiari syndrome, portal vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism due to acquired thrombophilia associated to polycythemia vera carrying JAK2V617F gene mutation and HIT in the acute phase. Lepirudin was used to provide anticoagulation in the LT perioperative period that was performed without haemorrhagic and thrombotic complications despite the donor received heparin during liver explantation.

  18. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation supported by novel nonfluoroscopic 4D navigation technology.

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    Rolf, Sascha; John, Silke; Gaspar, Thomas; Dinov, Boris; Kircher, Simon; Huo, Yan; Bollmann, Andreas; Richter, Sergio; Arya, Arash; Hindricks, Gerhard; Piorkowski, Christopher; Sommer, Philipp

    2013-09-01

    The MediGuide technology (MGT) represents a novel sensor-based electromagnetic 4-dimensional (4D) navigation system allowing real-time catheter tracking in the environment of prerecorded X-ray loops. To report on our clinical experience in atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation with recently available MGT-enabled ablation catheters. The MGT was used in addition to a conventional 3D mapping system in 80 patients with AF (age 61 ± 10 years; 47 men; 40 with persistent AF), who underwent circumferential pulmonary vein isolation and voltage mapping with and without substrate modification. Short native right anterior oblique/left anterior oblique loops were used as background movies for the nonfluoroscopic placement of sensor-equipped diagnostic catheters into the coronary sinus and the right ventricle. After single transseptal puncture, selective angiograms of the pulmonary veins were used as background movies for near nonfluoroscopic left atrial reconstruction. Computed tomography registration as well as mapping/ablation was performed by using the new open-irrigated MGT-enabled ablation catheter. MGT application was not associated with a change in established workflow. Large parts of the procedure (mean entire duration 167 ± 47 minutes) could be done without additional fluoroscopy, whereas median residual fluoroscopy duration of 4.6 (interquartile range: 2.9, 7.1) minutes was mainly used for the acquisition of background loops, transseptal puncture, occasional verification of transseptal sheath position, and manipulation of the circular mapping catheter. Three (4%) minor complications occurred. The MGT integrates easily into the workflow of standard AF ablation and allows for high-quality nonfluoroscopic 4D catheter tracking. This results in low radiation exposure for patients and staff without complicating the workflow of the procedure. Copyright © 2013 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Efficiency of different techniques of ablation of longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation during coronary bypass surgery

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    А. М. Чернявский

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    Full Text Available Objective. The purpose of this prospective, randomized, single-center, uncontrolled, open study was to assess the efficiency of surgical treatment of the most common worldwide disease of the cardiovascular system – coronary heart disease (CHD in combination with atrial fibrillation (AF. Methods. Different techniques of AF ablation in patients with coronary artery disease during coronary bypass surgery were analyzed. 98 patients with longstanding persistent AF were randomized into three groups: PVI+CABG (n = 31 group underwent isolation of the pulmonary veins, the CABG+MM group (n = 37 received a modified mini-MAZE procedure (isolation of pulmonary veins in combination with left isthmus ablation and formation of an ablation line on the roof of the left atrium and CABG with anatomical ablation of ganglionated plexi zones was performed for the CABG+GP group patients (n = 30. Results. It was found out that in patients with coronary artery disease and longstanding persistent AF, only radiofrequency fragmentation of the left atrium performed during CABG surgery can yield satisfactory results in the long term, with efficiency running up to 48.65%. Predictors of AF return in the patients with longstanding persistent AF are: the size of the left atrium exceeding 6.5 cm (OR 1.18, CI 1.01–1.75; p = 0.043 and a long (over 10 years AF history (OR 1.07, CI 0.23–5.03; p = 0.038. Conclusion. Ganglionated plexi ablation performed simultaneously with CABG in patients with long standing persistent AF has a low efficiency in the long term (33.3% and cannot be an independent method of treatment of this form of AF.

  20. Rivaroxaban for the treatment of symptomatic deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in Chinese patients: a subgroup analysis of the EINSTEIN DVT and PE studies

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    Background The worldwide EINSTEIN DVT and EINSTEIN PE studies randomized 8282 patients with acute symptomatic deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and/or pulmonary embolism (PE) and, for the first time in trials in this setting, included patients in China. This analysis evaluates the results of these studies in this subgroup of patients. Methods A total of 439 Chinese patients who had acute symptomatic DVT (n=211), or PE with or without DVT (n=228), were randomized to receive rivaroxaban (15 mg twice daily for 21 days, followed by 20 mg once daily) or standard therapy of enoxaparin overlapping with and followed by an adjusted-dose vitamin K antagonist, for 3, 6, or 12 months. The primary efficacy outcome was symptomatic recurrent venous thromboembolism. The principal safety outcome was major or non-major clinically relevant bleeding. Results The primary efficacy outcome occurred in seven (3.2%) of the 220 patients in the rivaroxaban group and in seven (3.2%) of the 219 patients in the standard-therapy group (hazard ratio, 1.04; 95% confidence interval 0.36–3.0; p=0.94). The principal safety outcome occurred in 13 (5.9%) patients in the rivaroxaban group and in 20 (9.2%) patients in the standard-therapy group (hazard ratio, 0.63; 95% confidence interval 0.31–1.26; p=0.19). Major bleeding was observed in no patients in the rivaroxaban group and in five (2.3%) patients in the standard-therapy group. In fragile patients (defined as age >75 years, creatinine clearance <50 mL/min, and/or body weight ≤50 kg), the principal safety outcome occurred in four (8.9%) of the 45 patients who received rivaroxaban compared with seven (15.2%) of the 46 patients who received standard therapy. Conclusions In Chinese patients with acute symptomatic DVT and/or PE, rivaroxaban was as efficacious as enoxaparin followed by vitamin K antagonist therapy, with a similar safety profile. The relative efficacy and safety of rivaroxaban compared with enoxaparin/vitamin K antagonist were

  1. Management of varicose veins and venous insufficiency.

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    Hamdan, Allen

    2012-12-26

    Chronic venous disease, reviewed herein, is manifested by a spectrum of signs and symptoms, including cosmetic spider veins, asymptomatic varicosities, large painful varicose veins, edema, hyperpigmentation and lipodermatosclerosis of skin, and ulceration. However, there is no definitive stepwise progression from spider veins to ulcers and, in fact, severe skin complications of varicose veins, even when extensive, are not guaranteed. Treatment options range from conservative (eg, medications, compression stockings, lifestyle changes) to minimally invasive (eg, sclerotherapy or endoluminal ablation), invasive (surgical techniques), and hybrid (combination of ≥1 therapies). Ms L, a 68-year-old woman with varicose veins, is presented. She has had vein problems over the course of her life. Her varicose veins recurred after initial treatment, and she is now seeking guidance regarding her current treatment options.

  2. [ENDOVENOUS LASER TREATMENT FOR VARICOSE VEINS].

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    Tezuka, Masahiro; Kanaoka, Yuji; Ohki, Takao

    2015-05-01

    Varicose veins are a common condition attecting approximately 10 million patients in Japan. The main cause of varicose veins is reflux of the saphenous vein, and conventional treatment for several decades was stripping the affected saphenous vein and phlebectomy. Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is a less-invasive treatment method in which the saphenous vein is ablated with a laser under local anesthesia. EVLT has been approved by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare since 2011, and we have performed EVLT on 5,160 legs with saphenous insufficiency with no severe complications including deep vein thrombosis except for one case of arteriovenous fistula. EVLT appears to be a safe, effective treatment option for varicose veins with saphenous insufficiency.

  3. Differentiation of tumor recurrence from radiation-induced pulmonary fibrosis after stereotactic ablative radiotherapy for lung cancer: characterization of 18F-FDG PET/CT findings.

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    Nakajima, Naomi; Sugawara, Yoshifumi; Kataoka, Masaaki; Hamamoto, Yasushi; Ochi, Takashi; Sakai, Shinya; Takahashi, Tadaaki; Kajihara, Makoto; Teramoto, Norihiro; Yamashita, Motohiro; Mochizuki, Teruhito

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    Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), also known as stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), is now a standard treatment option for patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer or oligometastatic lung tumor who are medically inoperable or medically operable but refuse surgery. When mass-like consolidation is observed on follow-up CT after SABR, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate tumor recurrence from SABR-induced pulmonary fibrosis. In this study, we evaluated the role of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) in differentiating tumor recurrence from radiation fibrosis after SABR. Between June 2006 and June 2009, 130 patients received SABR for stage I non-small cell lung cancer or metastatic lung cancer at our institution. Fifty-nine patients of them were imaged with FDG-PET/CT after SABR. There were a total of 137 FDG-PET/CT scans for retrospective analysis. The FDG uptake in the pulmonary region was assessed qualitatively using a 3-point scale (0, none or faint; 1, mild; or 2, moderate to intense), and the shape (mass-like or non mass-like) was evaluated. For semi-quantitative analysis, the maximum standardized uptake value (SUV(max)) was calculated. Sixteen of 59 patients had local failure. In recurrent tumor, the combination of intensity grade 2 and mass-like shape was most common (21/23; 91%). By contrast, in cases of radiation fibrosis, the combination of intensity grade 0 or 1 and non mass-like shape was most common (48/59; 81%). The SUV(max) of tumor recurrence after 12 months was significantly higher than that of radiation fibrosis (8.0 ± 3.2 vs. 2.1 ± 0.9, p recurrence showed the SUV(max) > 4.5 at diagnosis of local failure. At ≥12 months after SABR, these two variables, the combination of intensity 2 and mass-like FDG uptake or SUV(max) > 4.5 acquired a significant high predictive value of local recurrence, finding sensitivity 100% and specificity 100% for both of them. The

  4. Drenagem anômala parcial de quatro veias pulmonares com septo interatrial íntegro: relato de um caso raro Partial anomalous return of four pulmonary veins with intact interatrial septum defect: a rare case report

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    Edmar Atik

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    Full Text Available É relatado caso raro de drenagem anômala parcial de quatro veias pulmonares no átrio direito e veia cava superior, com septo interatrial íntegro em criança de cinco anos de idade. Havia poucos sintomas, em contraste com débito ventricular esquerdo dependente do fluxo da veia lobar superior esquerda e da língula. Complacência diminuída à esquerda motivou quadro acentuado de hipertensão venocapilar pulmonar no pós-operatório imediato, aliviado por feitura de comunicação interatrial de 8 mm. A evolução posterior foi boa.We report on the rare case of partial anomalous return of four pulmonary veins in the right atrium and superior vena cava with intact interatrial septum in a five-year-old child. There were few symptoms in contrast with the left ventricular output dependent on the flow of the left upper lobe vein and from the lingula. Reduced compliance to the left led to a severe picture of pulmonary venocapillary hypertension in the immediate postoperative period, mitigated by an 8-mm interatrial septal defect. The patient progressed well after the intervention.

  5. Isolamento das veias pulmonares em pacientes com fibrilação atrial permanente secundária a valvopatia mitral Isolation of the pulmonary veins in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation secondary to mitral valve disease

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    Gustavo G. Lima

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a eficácia do isolamento cirúrgico das veias pulmonares para restabelecer ritmo sinusal em pacientes com fibrilação atrial secundária à doença mitral. MÉTODOS: 33 pacientes com indicação de correção cirúrgica da valva mitral e com fibrilação atrial permanente, foram submetidos ao isolamento cirúrgico das veias pulmonares, sendo 67% mulheres. Média de idade de 56,3±10 anos, classe funcional NYHA pré-operatória de 3,2±0,6, tamanho de átrio esquerdo de 5,5± 0,9 cm, fração de ejeção de 61,3±13%. A técnica cirúrgica consistiu de incisão circunferencial ao redor das 4 veias pulmonares, excisão do apêndice atrial esquerdo e de incisão perpendicular desde a borda inferior da incisão, isolando as veias pulmonares, até o ânulo da valva mitral. Arritmias precoces foram tratadas, agressivamente, com cardioversão. RESULTADOS: O seguimento médio foi de 23,9±17 meses e ocorreram 3 óbitos no pós-operatório. Dez pacientes necessitaram de cardioversão elétrica no pós-operatório; 87% apresentavam ritmo sinusal na última consulta e 33% estavam em uso de amiodarona. CONCLUSÃO: Isolamento das veias pulmonares associado à cirurgia da valva mitral é uma técnica efetiva e segura na manutenção de ritmo sinusal em pacientes com fribilação atrial permanente.OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of surgical isolation of the pulmonary veins for re-establishing sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation secondary to mitral valve disease. METHODS: Thirty-three (67% were women patients with permanent atrial fibrillation and indication for surgical correction of the mitral valve underwent surgical isolation of the pulmonary veins. Their mean age was 56.3±10 years, preoperative NYHA functional class was 3.2±0.6, left atrial size was 5.5±0.9 cm, and ejection fraction was 61.3±13%. The surgical technique consisted of a circumferential incision surrounding the 4 pulmonary veins, excision of the left

  6. Surgical treatment for congeaital pulmonary vein stenosis combined with other cardiac malformations%先天性心脏畸形合并肺静脉狭窄的外科治疗

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    吴向阳; 陶凉; 朱洁; 周丹; 庾华东; 刘燕; 祁明

    2009-01-01

    Objective Pulmonnary vein stenosis (PVS) is a rare congenital disease. It leads to progressive pulmonary hyperten-sion and heart failure with a high mortality. PVS may be isolated or asaseiated with other cardiac malformtions. There were few litera- tores regarding surgical treatmenta and the timing for intervention. The aim of this article is to summarize the surgical treatment for PVS combined with other cardiac malformations. Methods Five patients were diagnosed as PVS. The accompanied cardiac malformations were: xtrocordia(n = 1), patent duetus arteriosuss(n = 2), ventricular septal defect(n = 4), atrial septal defect(n = 2), double- chambered right ventricle(n = 1), pulmonary arterial stenosis (n = 1), tricuspid valve insufficiency(n= 2), partial anomalous pulmo- nary venous connection(n = 1), persistent left superior vena cava(n = 1). The mean age was(8.5 4± 6.4) years. The mean body weight was(15.2 ± 6.3) kg. The mean gradient pressure through the stenotie pulmonary veins was(22.0 ± 6.2) mmHg. Nine stenotic pulmonary veins wore found, including 6 cristal stenosises located at venoatrial junetiom and 3 tubular stauosises outside of the lung. The surgical procedures included eristal stenosis ring resection (n=6) and two of them repaired additionally by "longitudinally open and transeversoly suture of the endomembrane" plasty method. Pulmonary veins repair used auto-pericardium (n= 1) and unitization of neighbonring pulmonary veins(n = 1), etc. Remits Cardiopulmonary bypass and aortic cross-clamp time were(129.2 ± 74.6) and (74.24±39.1) rain, respectively. All the petients had a satisfying honmdynmnic aud no death happened. The mean length of hos- pital stay after operation was (10±3) days. Follow-up waa completed in a duration of 6 month - 3 years. There was a trace residual shunt of VSD and PDA and Ⅱ degree auriculo-ventricular block happened in one patient. Residual stenosis was found by color ulltra- sonograph in a cristal stenosis case, whose

  7. Impact of different ablation strategies on the delayed cure after trans-catheter ablation for treating patients with atrial fibrillation

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    DONG Jian-zeng; MA Chang-sheng; LIU Xing-peng; LONG De-yong; LIU Xiao-qing; WANG Jing; Fang Dong-ping; HAO Peng; LI Yong-sheng; LIU Chuang

    2005-01-01

    Background Delayed cure had been observed in recurrent cases after index ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF), however, its mechanism and incidence have not been elucidated in detail. This study aims to investigate the impact of different ablation strategies on the incidence of delayed cure and its possible mechanisms after trans-catheter ablation of AF. Methods One hundred and fifty-one consecutive cases with highly symptomatic, drug refractory AF were included in this study [M/F=109/42, mean age (56.0±11.2) (18-79) years]. Segmental pulmonary vein ablation (SPVA) was performed in 83 patients with the guidance of circular mapping catheter (SPVA Group), circumferential PV linear ablation (CPVA) was carried out in the rest 68 cases under the guidance of 3 dimensional mapping system in conjunction with circular mapping catheter (CPVA Group). Delayed cure was defined as that early recurrence of atrial tachyarrhythmias (AF, atrial tachycardia, or atrial flutter) after ablation procedure was no longer observed during subsequent follow-up, and stable sinus rhythm was maintained ≥2 months. Results Early recurrence of atrial tachyarrhythmias was detected in 41 cases from SPVA group and 23 cases from CPVA group, and delayed cure occurred in 21.9% (9/41) of the cases from SPVA group and 47.8% (11/23) of the cases from CPVA group, more delayed cure in later group was observed (P<0.05). Meanwhile, patients in SPVA group took a longer time to achieve a delayed cure [(27.0±18.0) days vs (14.0±8.1) days, P<0.05], and presented more recurrent episodes [(3.50±1.08) times a week vs (2.42±1.11) times a week, P<0.05]. However, recurrent episodes after index ablation were markedly decreased in cases with delayed cure from both groups (P<0.05). Conclusions Despite of an early recurrence of atrial tachyarrhythimas after index ablation of AF, delayed cure occurs in a significant number of patients undergoing either SPVA or CPVA. However, different ablation strategies place

  8. Multimodality imaging for patient evaluation and guidance of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation - current status and future perspective.

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    Bhagirath, P; van der Graaf, A W M; Karim, R; van Driel, V J H M; Ramanna, H; Rhode, K S; de Groot, N M S; Götte, M J W

    2014-08-20

    Left atrial catheter ablation is an established non-pharmacological therapy for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. The importance of a noninvasive multimodality imaging approach is emphasized by the current guidelines for the various phases of the ablation work-up e.g. patient identification, therapy guidance and procedural evaluation. Advances in the capabilities of imaging modalities and the increasing cost of healthcare warrant a review of the multimodality approach. This review discusses the application of cardiac imaging for pulmonary vein and left atrial ablation divided into stages: pre-procedural stage (assessment of left atrial dimensions, left atrial appendage thrombus and pulmonary vein anatomy), peri-procedural stage (integration of anatomical and electrical information) and post-procedural stage (evaluation of efficacy by assessment of tissue properties). Each section is dedicated to one of the subtopics of a stage, allowing a thorough comparison to be made between the strengths and weaknesses of the different imaging modalities and the identification of one that exhibits the potential for a single technique approach.

  9. Successful non-operative management of left atrioesophageal fistula following catheter ablation.

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    Shiraishi, Manabu; Morita, Hideki; Muramatsu, Kenichi; Sato, Akira; Nitta, Junichi; Yamaguchi, Atsushi; Adachi, Hideo

    2014-08-01

    Atrioesophageal fistula (AEF) is a potentially lethal complication of catheter radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation. A 49-year-old man with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation who underwent catheter ablation around the pulmonary vein was admitted 31 days after the procedure, suffering seizures and fever. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed ischemia and multiple lesions of acute infarction in the right occipital lobe of the cerebrum. Computed tomography (CT) of the chest showed a small accumulation of air between the posterior left atrium and the esophagus, suggesting an AEF. Endoscopic snaring of the esophageal mucosa, repeated a few times, supported by nil by mouth and antibiotic therapy, resulted in improvement of his condition with no recurrence of symptoms. Subsequent chest CT scans confirmed disappearance of the leaked air and the patient was discharged home 45 days after admission with no neurological compromise.

  10. Spontaneous left atrial reentry tachycardias : radiofrequency ablation and outcome.

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    Schneider, R; Schneider, C; Bänsch, D

    2015-02-01

    Spontaneous left atrial reentry tachycardias (LART) in patients without previous cardiac surgical or catheter ablation are rare. Several therapeutic concepts of catheter ablation have been suggested: linear lesions (LL), circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), and both (LL + PVI). In all, 28 consecutive symptomatic patients with 51 LARTs presented to our institution for catheter ablation. Electroanatomical mapping was performed on 25 patients. Three patients were ablated conventionally during LART; 25 patients (89.3 %) had extensive low-voltage areas in the left atrium (atrial myopathy). One of the following ablation strategies was applied: first, LL (n = 8), second, PVI + LL (n = 11), and third PVI alone (n = 9). Fourteen patients (50 %) had a recurrent arrhythmia during a mean follow-up of 12.2 ± 11.1 months. Six patients presented with a recurrent LART (21.4 %), 4 with LART and atrial fibrillation (Afib) (14.3 %), and 4 with Afib (14.3 %). The recurrence rate of any arrhythmia (LART and Afib) was 37.5 % in the LL group, 44.4 % in the PVI group, and 63.6 % in the PVI + LL group (ns); the recurrence rate of LARTs was 12.5 % in the LL group, 22.2 % in the PVI group, and 63.6 % in the PVI + LL group (p PVI alone may be an acceptable alternative, especially in patients with unstable LARTs and Afib. However, the risk of recurrent LARTs after a more extensive strategy with PVI and LL is considerable, probably due to proarrhythmic effects of long linear lesions.

  11. Ablation of long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation

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    Mody, Behram P.; Raza, Anoshia; Jacobson, Jason; Iwai, Sei; Frenkel, Daniel; Rojas, Rhadames

    2017-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most commonly encountered arrhythmia in the clinical setting affecting nearly 6 million people in United States and the numbers are only expected to rise as the population continues to age. Broadly it is classified into paroxysmal, persistent and longstanding persistent AF. Electrical, structural and autonomic remodeling are some of the diverse pathophysiological mechanisms that contribute to the persistence of AF. Our review article emphasizes particularly on long standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LSPAF) aspect of the disease which poses a great challenge for electrophysiologists. While pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) has been established as a successful ablation strategy for paroxysmal AF, same cannot be said for LSPAF owing to its long duration, complexity of mechanisms, multiple triggers and substrate sites that are responsible for its perpetuation. The article explains different approaches currently being adopted to achieve freedom from atrial arrhythmias. These mainly include ablation techniques chiefly targeting complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE), rotors, linear lesions, scars and even considering hybrid approaches in a few cases while exploring the role of delayed enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (deMRI) in the pre-procedural planning to improve the overall short and long term outcomes of catheter ablation. PMID:28856145

  12. Intracardiac Echocardiography during Catheter-Based Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Jürgen Biermann

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Accurate delineation of the variable left atrial anatomy is of utmost importance during anatomically based ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation targeting the pulmonary veins and possibly other structures of the atria. Intracardiac echocardiography allows real-time visualisation of the left atrium and adjacent structures and thus facilitates precise guidance of catheter-based ablation of atrial fibrillation. In patients with abnormal anatomy of the atria and/or the interatrial septum, intracardiac ultrasound might be especially valuable to guide transseptal access. Software algorithms like CARTOSound (Biosense Webster, Diamond Bar, USA offer the opportunity to reconstruct multiple two-dimensional ultrasound fans generated by intracardiac echocardiography to a three-dimensional object which can be merged to a computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging reconstruction of the left atrium. Intracardiac ultrasound reduces dwell time of catheters in the left atrium, fluoroscopy, and procedural time and is invaluable concerning early identification of potential adverse events. The application of intracardiac echocardiography has the great capability to improve success rates of catheter-based ablation procedures.

  13. [Treatment of renal vein thrombosis associated with nephrotic syndrome].

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    Funami, M; Takaba, T; Tanaka, H; Murakami, A; Kadokura, M; Hori, G; Ishii, J

    1988-06-01

    Renal vein thrombosis is a rare entity in which true incidence is unknown. The disease occurs most frequently in patients with nephrotic syndrome, but it also can occur in the presence of other hypercoagulable state. Two cases of renal vein thrombosis with nephrotic syndrome which were treated by thrombectomy are reported here. One patient was successfully treated by renal vein and inferior vena cava thrombectomy before developing severe pulmonary embolism. The other was treated by renal vein thrombectomy by which fatal shock was able to be prevented. In those cases, immediate operation was indicated, primarily to prevent additional, possibly fatal, pulmonary embolism and also to improve perfusion of the kidney. In the hope of salvaging the kidney, thrombectomy may be the treatment of choice for acute renal vein thrombosis, complication of pulmonary embolism and inferior vena cava thrombosis, right renal vein thrombosis without collateral flow and acute renal vein thrombosis with shock.

  14. Recurrence of atrial fibrillation within three months after pulmonary vein isolation for patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: Analysis using external loop recorder with auto-trigger function

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    Shiro Kawasaki

    2015-04-01

    Conclusions: AF recurrence measured by ELR-AUTO within 3 months after PVI can predict the late recurrence of AF. Freedom from AF in the first 3 months following ablation significantly predicts long-term AF freedom. ELR-AUTO is useful for the detection of symptomatic and asymptomatic AF.

  15. Catheter Ablation

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  16. Noninvasive stereotactic radiosurgery (CyberHeart) for creation of ablation lesions in the atrium.

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    Sharma, Arjun; Wong, Douglas; Weidlich, Georg; Fogarty, Thomas; Jack, Alice; Sumanaweera, Thilaka; Maguire, Patrick

    2010-06-01

    A variety of catheter-based energy modalities are used for cardiac ablation to treat arrhythmias. Robotic radiosurgery is increasingly being utilized to successfully accomplish precise tissue ablation in anatomically remote areas. The purpose of this study was to examine the experimental feasibility of a noninvasive method using stereotactic robotic radiosurgery (SRS) to create cardiac lesions. Sixteen (16) Hanford-Sinclair mini swine (weight 40-70 kg) under general anesthesia were studied. Baseline computed tomographic scans were performed, followed by electroanatomic mapping using the CARTO system. Stereotactic robotic radiosurgery was performed using the CyberHeart system, with predetermined targets at the cavotricuspid isthmus, AV node, pulmonary vein-left atrial junction, or left atrial appendage. From 25 to 196 days after treatment, the animals were investigated with repeat electroanatomic voltage mapping and transesophageal echocardiography, when possible. The animals then were sacrificed and pathology specimens taken. Dose ranging suggested that 25 Gy was needed to produce an electrophysiologic effect. The time course showed an electrophysiologic effect consistently by 90 days. The method was feasible for producing bidirectional cavotricuspid isthmus block and AV nodal conduction block. The pulmonary vein-left atrial junction and left atrial appendage showed marked voltage reduction to less than 0.05 mV. No spontaneous arrhythmias were observed. Pathology specimens showed no evidence of radiation damage outside the target. Histology samples from target sites showed effects consistent with X-beam radiation. Stereotactic robotic radiosurgery can produce cavotricuspid isthmus block, AV nodal block, and significant decreased voltage at the pulmonary vein-left atrial junction. No other organ damage was seen. The study findings demonstrate the feasibility of this noninvasive treatment method for creating cardiac lesions. This approach merits further investigation

  17. Differentiation of pre-ablation and post-ablation late gadolinium-enhanced cardiac MRI scans of longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation patients

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    Yang, Guang; Zhuang, Xiahai; Khan, Habib; Haldar, Shouvik; Nyktari, Eva; Li, Lei; Ye, Xujiong; Slabaugh, Greg; Wong, Tom; Mohiaddin, Raad; Keegan, Jennifer; Firmin, David

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    Late Gadolinium-Enhanced Cardiac MRI (LGE CMRI) is an emerging non-invasive technique to image and quantify preablation native and post-ablation atrial scarring. Previous studies have reported that enhanced image intensities of the atrial scarring in the LGE CMRI inversely correlate with the left atrial endocardial voltage invasively obtained by electro-anatomical mapping. However, the reported reproducibility of using LGE CMRI to identify and quantify atrial scarring is variable. This may be due to two reasons: first, delineation of the left atrium (LA) and pulmonary veins (PVs) anatomy generally relies on manual operation that is highly subjective, and this could substantially affect the subsequent atrial scarring segmentation; second, simple intensity based image features may not be good enough to detect subtle changes in atrial scarring. In this study, we hypothesized that texture analysis can provide reliable image features for the LGE CMRI images subject to accurate and objective delineation of the heart anatomy based on a fully-automated whole heart segmentation (WHS) method. We tested the extracted texture features to differentiate between pre-ablation and post-ablation LGE CMRI studies in longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation patients. These patients often have extensive native scarring and differentiation from post-ablation scarring can be difficult. Quantification results showed that our method is capable of solving this classification task, and we can envisage further deployment of this texture analysis based method for other clinical problems using LGE CMRI.

  18. The impact of adjunctive complex fractionated atrial electrogram ablation and linear lesions on outcomes in persistent atrial fibrillation: a meta-analysis.

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    Scott, Paul A; Silberbauer, John; Murgatroyd, Francis D

    2016-03-01

    In persistent atrial fibrillation (PsAF), success rates for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone are limited and additional substrate modification is often performed. The two most widely used substrate-based strategies are the ablation of complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE) and left atrial linear ablation (LALA) at the roof and mitral isthmus. However, it is unclear whether adjunctive CFAE ablation or LALA add significant benefit to PVI alone. We performed a meta-analysis to better gauge the benefit of adjunctive CFAE ablation and LALA in PsAF. Electronic databases were systematically searched. We included studies that examined the impact of CFAE ablation or LALA in addition to a PVI-based strategy on clinical outcomes in PsAF. We included both randomized and non-randomized studies. Totally 10 studies (n = 1821) were included: 6 evaluating CFAE ablation, 3 LALA, and 1 both approaches. In comparison with PVI alone, the addition of CFAE ablation [RR 0.86; 95% confidence intervals (CI) 0.64, 1.16; P = 0.32] or LALA (RR 0.64; 95% CI 0.37, 1.09; P = 0.10) offered no significant improvement in arrhythmia-free survival. However, adjunctive CFAE ablation was associated with significant increases (P LALA non-significant increases in procedure and fluoroscopy times. In PsAF, the addition of CFAE ablation or LALA, in comparison with PVI alone, offers no significant improvement in arrhythmia-free survival. Furthermore, they are associated with increases in both procedural and fluoroscopy times. The optimal ablation strategy for PsAF is currently unclear and needs further refinement. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  19. Three cases of pulmonary varix

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    Takishima, Teruo; Sakuma, Hajime; Tajima, Tsunemi; Okimoto, Takao; Yamamoto, Keiichiro; Dohi, Yutaka (Saitama Medical School (Japan))

    1982-06-01

    Three cases of pulmonary varix associated with valvular heart disease were reported. Round shadows were clearer on first oblique or lateral films of chest x-ray in all 3 cases. On chest tomograms, the shadows were substantial and round-elliptical. RI angiography with sup(99m)Tc-RBC demonstrated these shadows in agreement with the site of influx of the pulmonary vein into the left atrium in Cases 1 and 3 and with the pulmonary vein slightly apart from the left atrium in Case 2. On CT scans in Cases 1 and 3, enhancement with a contrast medium visualized dilatation of the pulmonary vein close to, and in continuation with, the shadow of the left atrium. The diagnosis of pulmonary varix in agreement with the venous phase of pulmonary angiography was made for all 3 cases. Non-surgical examinations (especially CT scan) proved highly useful for the diagnosis of pulmonary varix.

  20. Varicose vein stripping

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    ... vein stripping; Venous reflux - vein stripping; Venous ulcer - veins Images Circulatory system References American Family Physician. Management of varicose veins. www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1201/p1289.html . ...

  1. Deep Vein Thrombosis

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    Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein ... the condition is called thrombophlebitis. A deep vein thrombosis can break loose and cause a serious problem ...

  2. Increased NT-pro-B-type natriuretic peptide independently predicts outcome following catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

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    Nilsson, Brian; Goetze, Jens Peter; Chen, Xu;

    2009-01-01

    AIMS: To investigate whether NT-proBNP before ablation treatment and after exercise testing has predictive information regarding the clinical outcome following pulmonary vein isolation in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: NT-proBNP analysis were obtained before the ablation (before...... and after exercise test), and repeated at 1, 3, and 12 months after the final procedure. RESULTS: A total of 51 patients were included. At study entry, the median NT-proBNP concentration was 14.0 pmol/L (quartiles: 8.0 and 27.0). After the exercise test, the mean NT-proBNP value increased from 13.0 pmol....../L (quartiles: 7.5 and 26.0) to 15.0 pmol/L (quartiles: 9.0 and 34.0), p NT-proBNP concentration at baseline was 10.0 pmol/L (quartiles: 7...

  3. Endovenous laser with miniphlebectomy for treatment of varicose veins and effect of different levels of laser energy on recanalization. A single center experience.

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    Golbasi, Ilhan; Turkay, Cengiz; Erbasan, Ozan; Kemaloğlu, Cemal; Sanli, Suat; Turkay, Mehtap; Bayezid, Ömer

    2015-01-01

    Varicose veins, associated with great saphenous vein (GSV) incompetence, are traditionally treated with conventional surgery. In recent years, minimally invasive alternatives to surgical treatment such as the endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and radiofrequency (RF) ablation have been developed with promising results. Residual varicose veins following EVLA, regress untouched, or phlebectomy or foam sclerotherapy can be concomitantly performed. The aim of the present study was to investigate the safety and efficacy of EVLA with different levels of laser energy in patients with varicose veins secondary to saphenous vein reflux. From February 2006 to August 2011, 740 EVLA, usually with concomitant miniphlebectomies, were performed in 552 patients. A total of 665 GSV, 53 small saphenous veins (SSV), and 22 both GSV and SSV were treated with EVLA under duplex USG. At 84 patients, bilateral intervention is made. In addition, miniphlebectomy was performed in 540 patients. A duplex ultrasound (US) is performed to patients preoccupying chronic venous insufficiency (with visible varicose veins, ankle edema, skin changes, or ulcer). Saphenous vein incompetence was diagnosed with saphenofemoral, saphenopopliteal, or truncal vein reflux in response to manual compression and release with patient standing. The procedures were performed under local anesthesia with light sedation or spinal anesthesia. Endovenous 980-nm diode laser source was used at a continuous mode. The mean energy applied per length of GSV during the treatment was 77.5 ± 17.0 J (range 60-100 J/cm). An US evaluation was performed at first week of the procedure. Follow-up evaluation and duplex US scanning were performed at 1 and 6 months, and at 1 and 2 years to assess treatment efficacy and adverse reactions. Average follow-up period was 32 ± 4 months (3-55 months). There were one patient with infection and two patients with thrombus extension into the femoral vein after EVLA. Overall occlusion rate was

  4. 补救性射频消融或门静脉栓塞术联合射频辅助肝脏分隔和门静脉结扎的二步肝切除术治疗肝硬化肝癌%Remedial radiofrequency ablation or portal vein embolization combined with radiofrequency ablation-assistant associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy in the treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma with cirrho

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    王强; 闫军; 冯晓彬; 陈耿; 夏锋; 李晓武; 马宽生; 别平

    2016-01-01

    一期术后行RFA补救治疗,2周后FLR增长至762.0 cm3,平均1周内比前1周增加10.6%,但患者在间歇期发现预留肝组织肿瘤转移,放弃行二期手术.(3)术中情况:1例患者一期手术在腹腔镜辅助下完成,1例患者术中行肝左叶肿瘤RFA.5例患者一期手术时间为(240±43) min,其中RFA时间为(15 ±8) min;术中出血量为(190±136) mL,术中均未输血.一期手术后,5例患者共计行RFA补救治疗5次,PVE补救治疗7次.二期术中2例患者行右半肝切除术,1例行肝三叶切除术;3例行二期手术患者手术时间为(257±33) min,术中出血量为(303 ±73)mL,术中均未输血,均为Ro切除.(4)随访情况:除1例患者住院期间死亡外,其余4例患者获得术后随访.随访时间为1 ~12个月,中位随访时间为6个月.2例未行二期手术患者:1例后续行介入治疗,半年后死亡;另1例行TACE治疗,至随访截止时间仍生存.其余2例患者中,1例于术后2个月肿瘤复发,行介入、中医等综合治疗,6个月后死亡;另1例随访期间无肿瘤复发、转移.结论 对于合并肝硬化肝癌行RALPPS一期术后FLR增长不良患者,行RFA或PVE补救治疗为促进FLR进一步增长,从而提高二期手术完成率提供了选择.%Objective To explore the clinical effect of remedial radiofrequency ablation (RFA) or portal vein embolization (PVE) combined with radiofrequency ablation-assistant associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (RALPPS) in the treatment of patients with insufficient future liver remnant (FLR) after the first staged operation and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with cirrhosis.Methods The retrospective and descriptive cross-sectional study was adopted.The clinical data of 5 patients with insufficient FLR after the first staged of RALPPS and HCC with cirrhosis who underwent remedial RFA or PVE at the Southwest Hospital of the Third Military Medical University between September 2014 and February 2016 were collected.Standard liver

  5. Anomalous pulmonary venous return: A case report

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    Park, Gyeong Min; Kang, MinJin; Lee, Han Bee; Bae, Kyung Eun; Lee, Jaehe; Kim, Jae Hyung; Jeong, Myeong Ja; Kang, Tae Kyung [Sanggye Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-10-15

    Partial anomalous pulmonary venous return is a type of congenital pulmonary venous anomaly. We present a rare type of partial pulmonary venous return, subaortic vertical vein drains left lung to superior vena cava, accompanying hypoplasia of the ipsilateral lung and pulmonary artery. We also review the previous report and relationship of these structures.

  6. 应用重叠参考图像透视技术易化环肺静脉电隔离术操作治疗阵发性心房颤动%Circumferential pulmonary vein isolation guided by overlay ref for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    唐恺; 肖彬; 赵冬冬; 张敬莹; 陈艳清; 徐亚伟

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨重叠参考图像透视技术(Overlay Ref)对环肺静脉电隔离术治疗阵发性心房颤动(房颤)的影响.方法 入选194例阵发性房颤患者,随机分为Overlay Ref组(97例)及对照组(97例).Overlay Ref组使用Overlay Ref技术(将参考图像以反白的形式叠加于透视屏上)辅助环肺静脉电隔离术的操作.对照组常规方法完成环肺静脉电隔离术.比较两组的总消融手术时间、消融时间、X线曝光量、肺静脉隔离率及随访1年的成功率.结果 两组患者的基线临床特征差异无统计学意义.所有患者均接受了环肺静脉电隔离术.Overlay Ref组的消融时间〔(89±13) min对(102±22) min,P<0.01〕和总消融术时间[ (139±22) min对(162±31) min,P<0.01]均明显比对照组短.Oveday Ref组的X线曝光量[( 13531±283) mGy对(13123±369)mGy]稍大,但差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).两组的环肺静脉电隔离率(97.9%对96.9%,P=NS)及随访1年的成功率(84.5%对81.4%,P>0.05)差异也无统计学意义.结论 Overlay Ref技术可以易化环肺静脉电隔离术的操作,缩短房颤导管消融术的学习曲线.%Objective Circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI) is still not a easy task to an inexperienced operator for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation(PAF).We hypothesized that Overlay Ref technique could facilitate the procedure of CPVI.This study was to report the results of CPVI guided by Overlay Ref for the treatment of PAF.Methods One hundred and ninety-four patents suffered PAF were enrolled into this study,and randomly assigned to Overlay Ref group ( n =97 ) and control group ( n =97 ).CPVI procedure was guided by inverted and faded overlay reference imaging in the Overlay Ref group and conventional approach in the control group.The total procedure time,duration of ablation,successful rate of isolation of pulmonary veins(PVs),radiation dose as well as results of follow up in 12 months were recorded.Results All

  7. Use of the Trauma Embolic Scoring System (TESS) to predict symptomatic deep vein thrombosis and fatal and non-fatal pulmonary embolism in severely injured patients.

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    Ho, K M; Rao, S; Rittenhouse, K J; Rogers, F B

    2014-11-01

    Fatal pulmonary embolism is the third most common cause of death after major trauma. We hypothesised that the Trauma Embolic Scoring System (TESS) would have adequate calibration and discrimination in a group of severely injured trauma patients in predicting venous thromboembolism (VTE), and could be used to predict fatal and non-fatal symptomatic pulmonary embolism. Calibration and discrimination of the TESS were assessed by the slope and intercept of the calibration curve and the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve, respectively. Of the 357 patients included in the study, 74 patients (21%) developed symptomatic VTE after a median period of 14 days following injury. The TESS predicted risks of VTE were higher among patients who developed VTE than those who did not (14 versus 9%, P=0.001) and had a moderate ability to discriminate between patients who developed VTE and those who did not (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve 0.71, 95% confidence interval 0.65 to 0.77). The slope and intercept of the calibration curve were 2.76 and 0.34, respectively, suggesting that the predicted risks of VTE were not sufficiently extreme and overall, underestimated the observed risks of VTE. Using 5% predicted risk of VTE as an arbitrary cut-point, TESS had a high sensitivity and negative predictive value (both ≥0.97) in excluding fatal and non-fatal pulmonary embolism. The TESS had a reasonable ability to discriminate between patients who developed VTE and those who did not and may be useful to select different strategies to prevent VTE in severely injured patients.

  8. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) causing portosplenic, superior mesenteric, and splenic vein thrombosis resulting in splenic rupture and pulmonary emboli formation.

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    Lammering, Jeanne C; Wang, David S; Shin, Lewis K

    2012-01-01

    Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a life-threatening complication of heparin administration. Of the few reported cases of HIT-associated intra-abdominal thrombosis, none to our knowledge provide multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) imaging findings or emphasize its utility in diagnosis. We describe a case of HIT with MDCT images demonstrating extensive intra-abdominal thrombosis and end-organ complications including splenic rupture and pulmonary emboli. This case emphasizes the potential role of MDCT in the rapid detection of HIT-related thromboembolic complications in patients with nonspecific abdominal pain.

  9. Improving the management of varicose veins.

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    Onida, Sarah; Lane, Tristan R A; Davies, Alun H

    2013-01-01

    Up to 30% of the UK population are affected by varicose veins. They are a manifestation of increased venous pressure in the lower limb caused by impaired venous return. Primary varicosities result from poor drainage from the superficial to the deep venous system. Secondary varicosities arise as a result of underlying pathology impeding venous drainage, such as deep venous thrombosis or increased intra-abdominal pressure caused by a mass, pregnancy or obesity. Patients with bleeding varicose veins should be referred to a vascular service immediately. Referral is also indicated in the following cases: symptomatic primary or recurrent varicose veins; lower limb skin changes thought to be caused by chronic venous insufficiency; superficial vein thrombosis and suspected venous incompetence; a venous leg ulcer or healed venous leg ulcer. Imaging is crucial in the assessment of the superficial and deep venous system to enable assessment of venous competence. The gold standard imaging technique is colour duplex ultrasonography. Duplex ultrasound should be used to confirm the diagnosis of varicose veins and the extent of truncal reflux, and to plan treatment for patients with suspected primary or recurrent varicose veins. Superficial vein ligation, phlebectomy and stripping have been the mainstay of treatment. In recent years, new techniques have been developed that are minimally invasive, enabling treatment of superficial venous incompetence with reduced morbidity. NICE recommends that endothermal ablation, in the form of radiofrequency or laser treatment, should be offered as treatment for patients with confirmed varicose veins and truncal reflux.

  10. Comparison of ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy and multi-detector computerized tomography in diagnosis of asymptomatic pulmonary embolism after deep vein thrombosis

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    Eflatun Yücedağ

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE named due to migration of clots formed in systemic venous system to pulmonary vascular bed is a serious clinical table. After acute DVT, asymptomatic PTE is seen about 40-60% and this situation can not be discovered because of silent clinical course. In this study, we aimed to compare sensivity and spesifity of multi detector computerized tomography (MDCT, which is used extensively in recent years, with ventilation-perfusion (V/P scintigraphy which is used formerly for diagnosis of asymptomatic PTE developed after acute lower extremity DVT. Methods: The study was carried out 25 patients who were admitted to our clinic and treated for lower extremity acute DVT. Pregnants, and cases with recurrent DVT, presence of symptomatic PTE during admission, thrombosis extending to vena cava, and history of passed PTE were excluded from the study. DVTs in patients were diagnosed by color doppler, and confirmed by D-dimer test. After patients’s admission, V/P scintigraphy and MDCT were used to detects asymptomatic PTE at 1st and 8 th day of the admission. Results: D-dimer was measured as higher in 24 of 25 patients with asemptomatic PTE. Ten patients were diagnosed by MDCT. Development of asymptomatic PTE related to acute DVT was determined as 40%. Conclusion: In terms of diagnostic value, MDCT was found more useful than V/P scintigraphy.

  11. Radiological features of azygous vein aneurysm.

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    Choudhary, Arabinda Kumar; Moore, Michael

    2014-04-01

    Mediastinal masses are most commonly associated with malignancy. Azygous vein aneurysm is a very rare differential diagnosis of mediastinal mass. We report here three cases of azygous vein aneurysm including children and adult patients. In the pediatric patient it was further complicated by thrombosis and secondary pulmonary embolism. We describe the radiological features on CXR, MRI, CT, PET-CT, US and angiogram and their differential diagnosis. Imaging findings of continuity with azygous vein, layering of contrast medium on enhanced CT and dynamic MRA showing filling of the mass at the same time as the azygous vein without prior enhancement will be strongly suggestive of azygous vein aneurysm with transtracheal ultrasound being the definitive test in these patients. It is important to keep a vascular origin mass in the differential diagnosis of mediastinal masses. Also, in young healthy patients with pulmonary embolism, a vascular etiology such as azygous vein aneurysm should be carefully evaluated. This article will help the clinicians to learn about the imaging features of azygous vein aneurysm on different imaging modalities.

  12. Portal Vein Thrombosis

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    Hakan Demirci

    2016-01-01

    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...

  13. Focus on Varicose Veins

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    ... veins, which are the visible purple or greenish-blue veins that appear in our legs. Spider veins or teleangiectesias are tiny veins that you ... reduce leg swelling and decrease the risk of blood clots. Prescription ... sclerosing solution into spider, reticular or varicose veins. This is a minimally ...

  14. Feasibility, efficacy, and safety of radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation guided by monitoring of the initial impedance decrease as a surrogate of catheter contact.

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    Reichlin, Tobias; Lane, Christopher; Nagashima, Koichi; Nof, Eyal; Chopra, Nagesh; Ng, Justin; Barbhaiya, Chirag; Tadros, Tomas; John, Roy M; Stevenson, William G; Michaud, Gregory F

    2015-04-01

    The initial impedance decrease during radiofrequency (RF) ablation is an indirect marker of catheter contact and lesion formation. We aimed to assess feasibility, efficacy, and safety of an ablation approach guided by initial impedance decrease. A total of 25 patients with paroxysmal AF had point-by-point, wide antral pulmonary vein (PV) isolation. RF applications were aborted if a decrease of at least 5 Ω did not occur in the first 10 seconds; otherwise, ablation was continued for at least 20 seconds. Power was 30 Watts and reduced to 15-25 Watts on the posterior wall. A total of 28% of RF applications were terminated because of inadequate impedance decrease. The remaining lesions showed a median decrease of 7.6 Ω (IQR 5.0-10.7) at 10 seconds and median duration of RF lesions was 38 seconds. Note that, 100 PVs were isolated with 49 rings. PVI occurred before anatomic completion of the ablation ring of adequate lesions in 39/49 (80%) and concurrent with ring completion in 7/49 (14%). Additional lesions were required in 3/49 (6%) rings. After PVI, additional lesions were required to eliminate dormant conduction in 2/47 (4%) and pace-capture on the ablation line in 24/49 vein pairs (49%). During short-term follow-up, 3 nonfatal esophageal injuries and 2 late pericardial effusions occurred. During a mean follow-up of 431 ± 87 days, 21/25 patients (84%) remained free of recurrent symptomatic atrial arrhythmias. PVI guided by initial impedance decrease is feasible and results in PVI concurrent with or before completion of the ablation ring in 94% of patients. Single procedure efficacy after one year of follow-up was 84%. Near-term complications suggest that deeper lesions are created, indicating that further reduction of RF-power and duration is warranted. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. The transesophageal echo probe may contribute to esophageal injury after catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation under general anesthesia: a preliminary observation.

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    Kumar, Saurabh; Brown, Gregor; Sutherland, Fiona; Morgan, John; Andrews, David; Ling, Liang-Han; McLELLAN, Alex J A; Lee, Geoffrey; Robinson, Timothy; Heck, Patrick; Halloran, Karen; Morton, Joseph; Kistler, Peter; Kalman, Jonathan M; Sparks, Paul B

    2015-02-01

    The transesophageal echo probe (TEE) is commonly used before and during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation under general anesthesia (GA). We sought to determine the potential contribution of the TEE probe to esophageal injury after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone for paroxysmal AF. Seventy-six patients undergoing PVI with TEE, PVI/TEE, 16 undergoing PVI without TEE (PVI/No TEE), and 27 undergoing TEE without any left atrial ablation (TEE/No LA ablation) under GA were included. Posterior wall ablation was power (20-25 W) and time limited (electrogram attenuation or ≤30 s). Esophageal capsule endoscopy (n = 206) was performed pre- and post-procedure and at 2 weeks. Esophageal lesions were seen in 30% of PVI/TEE, 0% of patients in the PVI/No TEE (P = 0.009), and 22% of TEE/No LA ablation groups (P = 0.47 vs. PVI/TEE). There were no instances of esophageal bleeding, perforation, or need for gastrointestinal intervention. Self-resolving dysphagia was the only reported symptom (5%). All lesions healed within 2 weeks. There was no significant difference in the location or morphological appearance of esophageal lesions seen in the PVI/TEE versus TEE/No LA ablation groups. Esophageal lesions were seen in 30% of patients undergoing PVI alone under GA with use of TEE and in a similar proportion (22%) of patients undergoing TEE in the absence of left atrial ablation. This study makes the preliminary observation that one must be cognizant of the TEE probe as a potential contributor to esophageal injury after AF ablation. Larger studies are needed to confirm these findings. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Impact of Additional Transthoracic Electrical Cardioversion on Cardiac Function and Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence in Patients with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation Who Underwent Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation

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    Deguo Wang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Backgrounds and Objective. During the procession of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA in persistent atrial fibrillation (AF, transthoracic electrical cardioversion (ECV is required to terminate AF. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of additional ECV on cardiac function and recurrence of AF. Methods and Results. Persistent AF patients received extensive encircling pulmonary vein isolation (PVI and additional line ablation. Patients were divided into two groups based on whether they need transthoracic electrical cardioversion to terminate AF: electrical cardioversion (ECV group and nonelectrical cardioversion (NECV group. Among 111 subjects, 35 patients were returned to sinus rhythm after ablation by ECV (ECV group and 76 patients had AF termination after the ablation processions (NECV group. During the 12-month follow-ups, the recurrence ratio of patients was comparable in ECV group (15/35 and NECV group (34/76 (44.14% versus 44.74%, P=0.853. Although left atrial diameters (LAD decreased significantly in both groups, there were no significant differences in LAD and left ventricular cardiac function between ECV group and NECV group. Conclusions. This study revealed that ECV has no significant impact on the maintenance of SR and the recovery of cardiac function. Therefore, ECV could be applied safely to recover SR during the procedure of catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation.

  17. Spider Vein Removal

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    Spider veins: How are they removed? I have spider veins on my legs. What options are available ... M.D. Several options are available to remove spider veins — thin red lines or weblike networks of ...

  18. The effectiveness of rigid pericardial endoscopy for minimally invasive minor surgeries: cell transplantation, epicardial pacemaker lead implantation, and epicardial ablation

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    Kimura Takehiro

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The efficacy and safety of rigid pericardial endoscopy as the promising minimally invasive approach to the pericardial space was evaluated. Techniques for cell transplantation, epicardial pacemaker lead implantation, and epicardial ablation were developed. Methods Two swine and 5 canines were studied to evaluate the safety and efficacy of rigid pericardial endoscopy. After a double pericardiocentesis, a transurethral rigid endoscope was inserted into the pericardial space. The technique to obtain a clear visual field was examined, and acute complications such as hemodynamic changes and the effects on intra-pericardial pressure were evaluated. Using custom-made needles, pacemaker leads, and forceps, the applications for cell transplantation, epicardial pacemaker lead implantation, and epicardial ablation were also evaluated. Results The use of air, the detention of a stiff guide wire in the pericardial space, and the stretching of the pericardium with the rigid endoscope were all useful to obtain a clear visual field. A side-lying position also aided observation of the posterior side of the heart. As a cell transplantation methodology, we developed an ultrasonography-guided needle, which allows for the safe visualization of transplantation without major complications. Pacemaker leads were safely and properly implanted, which provides a better outcome for cardiac resynchronizing therapy. Furthermore, the success of clear visualization of the pulmonary veins enabled us to perform epicardial ablation. Conclusions Rigid pericardial endoscopy holds promise as a safe method for minimally invasive cell transplantation, epicardial pacemaker lead implantation, and epicardial ablation by allowing clear visualization of the pericardial space.

  19. Sclerotherapy of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

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    ... you as to whether the procedure was a technical success when it is completed. Your interventional radiologist ... Varicose Veins) Phlebectomy of Varicose Veins Contrast Materials Anesthesia Safety Sponsored by Please note RadiologyInfo.org is ...

  20. Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins

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    ... telangiectasias. Spider veins involve the capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the body. Spider veins often appear on the legs and face. They're red or blue and usually look like a spider web or ...

  1. The establishment of animal models with secondary hypersplenism by using percutaneous embolism of splenic vein technique and the study on radiofrequency ablation%经皮穿刺脾静脉栓塞建立继发性脾功能亢进的动物模型和射频消融治疗研究

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    王素; 赵卫; 胡继红; 易根发; 王滔

    2014-01-01

    Objective To introduce a method for fast establishment of pig models with secondary hypersplenism, and using this model to study the effect of radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Methods Congestive splenomegaly was created by CT- guided percutaneous embolization of splenic vein and its collateral branches in pigs. Then radiofrequency ablation was employed in the models to observe the changes of peripheral blood as well as the spleen changes in its morphology and histopathology. The blood cell count for peripheral venous blood was determined once a week, and the spleen size was measured by CT scanning. Results One week after splenic vein embolization, the counts of peripheral erythrocytes and platelets showed a reduction, which became more obvious in three weeks (P < 0.05). Erythropenia, thrombocytopenia and splenomegaly could last for over six weeks. At the second week after the procedure , pathologically the spleen assumed passive congestion appearance. The thermal energy produced by radiofrequency ablation could cause local splenic coagulation necrosis, splenic vessels occlusion and splenic thrombotic infarction due to diffuse micro-vascular thrombosis. Conclusion To establish an animal model with secondary hypersplenism, the method of CT-guided percutaneous embolism of splenic vein is simple and reliable. The animal models can be used for surgical or interventional researches. Radiofrequency ablation is an effective intervention means.%目的:介绍一种快速建立的继发性脾功能亢进(脾亢)的猪动物模型,并在此模型基础上进行射频消融治疗(RFA)研究。方法在B型超声或CT导向下经皮穿刺猪脾静脉主干并栓塞引起淤血性脾肿大,再进行RFA治疗,观察动物外周血细胞变化,了解脾脏影像学变化以及组织病理学改变。结果脾静脉栓塞后1周外周血红细胞、血小板即下降,第3周以后二者下降明显(P<0.05),红细胞和血小板减少,脾肿大可持续6

  2. Efficacy of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation beyond HATCH score

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    TANG Ri-bo; DONG Jian-zeng; LONG De-yong; YU Rong-hui; NING Man; JIANG Chen-xi; SANG Cai-hua; LIU Xiao-hui; MA Chang-sheng

    2012-01-01

    Background HATCH score is an established predictor of progression from paroxysmal to persistent atrial fibrillation (AF).The purpose of this study was to determine if HATCH score could predict recurrence after catheter ablation of AF.Methods The data of 488 consecutive paroxysmal AF patients who underwent an index circumferential pulmonary veins (PV) ablation were retrospectively analyzed.Of these patients,250 (51.2%) patients had HATCH score=0,185(37.9%) patients had HATCH score=1,and 53 (10.9%) patients had HATCH score >2 (28 patients had HATCH score=2,23 patients had HATCH score=3,and 2 patients had HATCH score=4).Results The patients with HATCH score >2 had significantly larger left atrium size,the largest left ventricular end systolic diameter,and the lowest ejection fraction.After a mean follow-up of (823±532) days,the recurrence rates were 36.4%,37.8% and 28.3% from the HATCH score=0,HATCH score=1 to HATCH score >2 categories (P=0.498).Univariate analysis revealed that left atrium size,body mass index,and failure of PV isolation were predictors of AF recurrence.After adjustment for body mass index,left atrial size and PV isolation,the HATCH score was not an independent predictor of recurrence (HR=0.92,95% confidence interval=0.76-1.12,P=0.406) in multivariate analysis.Conclusion HATCH score has no value in prediction of AF recurrence after catheter ablation.

  3. The long-term result of hemodynamics and valvular function after endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins in the primary deep venous insufficiency%曲张浅静脉激光闭合术对原发性深静脉功能不全中远期血流动力学和瓣膜功能的影响

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    王艳华; 殷敏毅; 张培华

    2012-01-01

      目的观察曲张浅静脉激光闭合术对下肢原发性深静脉功能不全中、远期血流动力学和瓣膜功能的影响.方法选择2010年1月-12月接受曲张浅静脉激光闭合术治疗的854例下肢原发性深静脉功能不全病例,应用彩色多普勒超声评估术前和术后1、6和12个月时,股浅静脉第一对瓣膜静脉反流指数的变化.结果321例术前轻度瓣膜反流患者,在术后1、6和12个月时的瓣膜反流改善率分别为57.6%、72.0%和86.9%.301例中度瓣膜反流患者和232例重度瓣膜反流患者,在术后1、6和12个月时瓣膜反流改善率分别为15.0%、23.6%、26.2%和8.2%、13.4%和19.4%.轻度瓣膜反流患者术后瓣膜反流改善率与中度和重度患者相比,差异均有统计学意义(P 均<0.05).结论曲张浅静脉激光闭合术能够有效改善股浅静脉第一对瓣膜轻度反流患者的瓣膜反流程度.%  Objective To observe the long-term results of hemodynamics and valvular function after endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins in the primary deep venous insufficiency. Methods Between January and December 2010,854 patients diagnosed as primary deep venous insufficiency had their varicose veins treated by endovenous laser ablation. Color doppler ultrasound was used to measure the venous reflux index of the first valve of superficial femoral vein pre-and post-operative, at 1,6 and 12 months after surgery. Results The correction rate of valvular reflux in mild reflux cases were 57.6%,72.0% and 86.9% respectively at 1,6 and 12 months after surgery. The results of moderate and severe reflux cases were 15.0%,23.6%,26.2% and 8.2%,13.4%,19.4% respectively. The correction rate of valvular reflux in mild reflux cases after operation was better than the moderate and severe groups(both P <0.05). Conclusion Endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins can correct the deep venous incompetence of the lower extremity in mild reflux groups.

  4. Assessment of the efficacy and safety of steam vein sclerosis as compared to classic surgery in lower extremity varicose vein management.

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    Woźniak, Witold; Mlosek, Robert K; Ciostek, Piotr

    2015-04-01

    For the last 10 years, endovenous thermal ablation methods have gradually predominated over the classic Babcock procedure in varicose vein treatment. Steam vein sclerosis is the newest thermal ablation technique. To assess the efficacy and safety of steam vein sclerosis as compared to the Babcock procedure in lower extremity varicose vein treatment. One hundred and two adult subjects with varicose veins of clinical grade C2 to C6 according to the CEAP classification, treated with varicose vein surgery between 2010 and 2012, were enrolled in the study. These were subdivided into two groups: the study group of 52 patients treated with endovenous steam vein sclerosis and the control group of 50 patients treated with the Babcock procedure. A single lower extremity with isolated great or small saphenous vein insufficiency was operated on in each subject. The groups were compared for demography, disease severity, involved veins, potential perioperative and postoperative complications, as well as treatment efficacy based on the VCSS score reduction. There were no statistically significant differences between the groups in terms of demography, disease severity, involved veins, or perioperative and postoperative complications. The treatment efficacy of both methods, assessed based on the recurrence rate and the quantitative VCSS score reduction, was similar. Clinically significant recanalisation was observed in 1 (1.9%) patient in the study group. The efficacy and safety analysis shows that steam vein sclerosis is a safe, simple method which can be recommended as effective varicose vein treatment.

  5. Assessment of risk and prophylaxis for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in medically ill patients during their early days of hospital stay at a tertiary care center in a developing country

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    Ambarish Pandey

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Ambarish Pandey, Nivedita Patni, Mansher Singh, Randeep GuleriaDepartment of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, IndiaAim: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT and pulmonary thromboembolism (PE are important causes of morbidity and mortality in medically ill patients. This study was done to assess risk factors and prophylaxis given for DVT and PE in newly admitted medically ill patients during the first two weeks of their hospital stay at a tertiary care center hospital in India.Methods: All patients within one week of their admission in intensive care unit (ICU and wards were enrolled in the study after an informed written consent. Patients who had DVT prophylaxis within the past month or any contraindications for DVT prophylaxis were excluded. A structured proforma was designed and effective risk stratification for DVT was done. Patients were followed for up to two weeks to record any changes in the risk categories and document any signs of PE or DVT if present. Any prophylaxis given for DVT or PE was noted.Results: Seventy-five percent of patients had the highest risk for DVT and PE. Only 12.5% had DVT prophylaxis within the first two days of admission. Within two weeks of admission, 30.8% of patients were discharged, and 16.2% died. 72.6% of the patients still in the wards belonged to the highest risk category. Clinical signs and symptoms of DVT and PE were present in 25.8% and 9.8% of patients, respectively after the second week of admission. 86% of symptomatic patients belonged to the highest risk category initially and none of them received any prophylaxis. 21.6% of the highest risk category patients died within two weeks of their admission. A statistically significant correlation was found between mortality and risk score of the patients for DVT and between lack of prophylaxis and mortality (p < 0.05.Conclusion: A significant risk for DVT and PE exists in medically ill patients, but only a small proportion of the patients

  6. Preliminary study on temperature feedback manipulator in endovenous laser ablation for great saphenous vari-cose vein%大隐静脉曲张激光闭合术应用温度反馈式机械臂的初步研究

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    茅届齐; 秦钧; 张威浩; 戴雪明

    2016-01-01

    目的:初步探讨温度反馈式机械臂在大隐静脉腔内激光闭合术(endovenous laser ablation,EVLA)中的应用。方法:2012年7月至12月收治的80例大隐静脉曲张病人分成两组:机械臂组(26例)和常规组(54例),分别实施机械臂控制的EVLA和常规EVLA,对两组的并发症发生率、主干再通率、复发率进行比较。结果:机械臂组在皮肤灼伤、患肢麻木并发症方面低于常规组(0比14.8%和15.4%比25.9%,P<0.01);术后2年大隐静脉主干再通率,机械臂组也低于常规组(3.8%比13.0%,P<0.01)。结论:机械臂控制大隐静脉EVLA具有一定的可行性。%Objective To study preliminarily on endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) for great saphenous varicose veins using mechanical arm with temperature feedback. Methods Eighty cases with great saphenous varicose vein from July to Dec 2012 were included in this study and divided into two groups with 26 cases in mechanical arm group and 54 cases in control group. The cases in mechanical arm group underwent EVLA with mechanical arm while those in control group EVLA only. The morbidity, recanalization and recurrence of varicose vein were compared between two groups. Results The skin burn and paralysis were found lower in mechanical arm group than in control group (0 vs 14.8%and 15.4%vs 25.9%, P<0.01). The recanalization two years later was lower in mechanical arm group than in control group (3.8% vs 13.0%, P<0.01). Conclusions Mechanical arm might be useful in the procedure of EVLA for great saphenous varicose veins.

  7. Long-term efficacy of catheter ablation as first-line therapy for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

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    Nielsen, Jens Cosedis; Johannessen, Arne; Raatikainen, Pekka

    2016-01-01

    of ablation was elimination of electrical activity inside pulmonary veins. We present the results of the 5-year follow-up. METHODS: This pre-specified 5-year follow-up included assessment of any AF and symptomatic AF burden by one 7-day Holter recording and quality of life (QoL) assessment, using SF-36...... questionnaire physical and mental component scores. Analysis was intention-to-treat. Imputation was used to compensate for missing Holter data. RESULTS: 245 of 294 patients (83%) randomised to RFA (n=125) or AAD (n=120) attended the 5-year follow-up, 227 with Holter recording. Use of class I or III AAD was more...... frequent in AAD group (N=61 vs 13, pHolter...

  8. Pulmonary embolism after greater saphenous vein ligation and stripping%大隐静脉曲张术后并发肺栓塞11例的治疗

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    王晓天; 胡何节; 方征东; 孙小杰; 葛新宝; 刘振明

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨大隐静脉曲张高位结扎剥脱术后患者并发肺栓塞(pulmonary embolism,PE)的临床特点及预防措施.方法 回顾分析安徽省立医院血管外科2008年1月至2013年6月收治及会诊的大隐静脉曲张术后合并PE的11例患者临床特点、诊疗及预后等资料.结果 该组11例PE患者有6例患者经过心肺复苏、抗凝溶栓等治疗无效死亡,死亡率54.5%.5例患者经过早期的抗凝、溶栓等治疗后康复,在溶栓过程中,2例患者因彩超发现股静脉内漂浮血栓选择下腔静脉滤器植入术.对5例患者经过8 ~ 25个月随访,均无呼吸困难、胸闷、胸痛等症状.患者发病时临床表现以呼吸困难最为常见(90.9%),有胸痛症状3例(27.3%),出现晕厥2例(18.2%),猝死2例(18.2%),均无典型的呼吸困难、胸痛、咯血三联征.结论 PE的早期诊断及早期治疗可能降低大隐静脉曲张高位结扎剥脱术后PE患者的死亡率.%Objective To analyze characteristics and prophylaxis of pulmonary embolism (PE) after greater saphenous vein ligation and stripping.Methods We retrospectively analyzed the clinical characteristics and treatment of 11 inpatients with postoperative PE in Anhui Provincial Hospital and other hospitals from January 2008 to June 2013.Results In this group 6 patients died after failed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other treatments,the mortality was 54.5%.5 patients recovered after anticoagulation,thrombolysis and other treatments.During the process of thrombolysis,floating thrombus was found within the femoral vein in 2 patients and inferior vena cava filter was implanted.After 8-25 months follow-up,all 5 patients were free of difficulty of breathing,chest tightness,chest pain and other symptoms.Among many clinical manifestations,dyspnea (90.9%) was the most common,other clinical manifestations included chest pain (27.3%),syncope (18.2%),sudden death (18.2%).There was no typical triad of dyspnea

  9. Single dose of ibutilide for conversion of persistent atrial fibrillation after radiofrequency ablation

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    HOU Yu; FANG Pi-hua; LIU Jun; LI Xiao-feng; HU Ji-qiang; ZHANG Shu

    2011-01-01

    Background Patients with persistent or permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) often need direct current cardioversion after radiofrequency ablation. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness and safety of ibutilide for cardioversion of persistent or permanent atrial fibrillation after radiofrequency ablation and the factors related to conversion.Methods Patients with persistent or permanent atrial fibrillation were treated with combined ablation strategy including circumferential pulmonary vein isolation, linear ablation and CAFE potential ablation. If AF was not terminated after ablation, ibutilide was used for cardioversion (1 mg, intravenous injection in 10 minutes). These patients were divided into a conversion group and a non-conversion group according to whether AF was converted to sinus rhythm within 30 minutes after administration. ECG monitoring was performed during the injection of ibutilide. Atrial waves recorded by coronary sinus electrodes were measured for calculating average wavelength of AF waves in six seconds. The QT interval was measured immediately after conversion and 2 hours after injection of ibutilide.Results Forty patients whose AF was not converted to sinus rhythm after radiofrequency ablation were given an intravenous injection of ibutilide. Of the 40 patients, 29 cases were converted to sinus rhythm, with a conversion rate of 72.5%. The average conversion time was (13.2±5.5) minutes. Compared with the conversion group, patients in the non-conversion group had a longer history of AF (9.4±5.3) years vs. (4.3±2.8) years, P <0.05), and a markedly enlarged left atrium (47.3±2.9) mm vs. (42.1±4.5) mm, P <0.05). There were no significant differences in gender, age, body mass index and left ventricular function between the two groups. Ibutilide significantly prolonged the average wavelength of the AF wave (171.8±29.5) ms vs. (242.0±40.0) ms, P <0.001). Two hours after ibutilide treatment, the QT interval was

  10. Remote Magnetic versus Manual Navigation for Radiofrequency Ablation of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation: Long-Term, Controlled Data in a Large Cohort

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    Vikas Kataria

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. We aimed to study long-term outcome after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI guided by remote magnetic navigation (RMN and provided comparative data to outcome after manual navigation (MAN. Methods. Three hundred thirty-six patients with symptomatic paroxysmal AF underwent PVI by irrigated point-by-point radiofrequency (RF ablation (RMN, n=114 versus MAN, n=222. Patients were followed up with symptom guided rhythm monitoring for a period up to 43 months. The end point of the study was freedom from repeat ablation after a single procedure and without antiarrhythmic drug treatment (ADT. Results. At the end of follow-up (median 26.3 months, freedom from repeat ablation was comparable between RMN and MAN (70.9% versus 69.5%, p=0.61. At repeat, mean number of reconnected veins was 2.4 ± 1.2 in RMN versus 2.6 ± 1.0 in MAN (p=0.08. The majority of repeat procedures occurred during the first year (82.1% in RMN versus 78.5% in MAN; p=0.74. Conclusion. On the long term (up to 3 years and in a large cohort of patients with paroxysmal AF, RMN-guided PVI is as effective as MAN guided PVI. In both strategies the majority of repeat procedures occurred during the first year after index procedure.

  11. Electrophysiological characteristics of cardiocyte from excised pulmonary vein cardiac muscle of rabbit%离体兔肺静脉肌袖心肌细胞电生理特性

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    刘俊辉; 李源; 刘泰槰; 黄卫斌

    2011-01-01

    目的 应用常规玻璃微电极细胞内记录技术,研究家兔肺静脉肌袖(PVC)电生理特性,观察PVC与左心房心肌细胞(LAC)之间的电传导现象,探讨肺静脉起源的阵发性房颤的发生机制.方法 50只健康成年家兔,获取肺静脉及相连左房心肌组织,应用常规微电极细胞内技术:记录PVC与LAC动作电位(AP),并进行各项参数比较(APD20,APD50,APD90);分别于PVC端和LAC端予不同频率脉冲刺激,观察另一端AP的产生情况;改用加有钾离子通道阻滞剂2mmol/L氯化铯(CsCl)的台式液,观察二者早后除极(EAD)发生的可能性.结果 PVC的APD20,APD50,APD90均较LAC长(APD20 (23.09±5.44)ms vs (19.50±1.66)ms,APD50 (52.40±7.93)ms vs (28.90±4.36)ms,APD90 (123.35±8.26)ms vs (69.65±9.44)ms),均有显著性差异(P均<0.05);在一定的刺激频率范围内,肺静脉的刺激均能传导至左心房,而后者较少能逆传至肺静脉(100% vs 10%,P<0.05);加用药物灌流后,PVC更易发生EAD(90% vs 15%,P<0.05).结论 PVC和LAC之间的电兴奋传导是不均一的,这可能是形成折返的基础.CsCl作为一种K+通道阻滞剂能延长复极过程,为后除极的发生创造条件,PVC的长AP时程特性,具备发生EAD的倾向性,并且兴奋易于传入左心房,这可能是促进房性心律失常的发生基础.%Objective It is to study the electrophysiological characteristics of cardiocyte from pulmonary vein cardiac muscle ( PVC ) of rabbit applying intracellular recording technique of routine glass microelectrode, to observe the electrical conduction between PVC and left atrium cardiocyte ( LAC ) and to approach the mechanism of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation originated from pulmonary vein. Methods Multiple cardiocytes preparations from pulmonary vein and left atrium of 50 healthy adult rabbits were obtained. The routine intracellular microelectrode technique was applied to record action potential ( AP ) of PVC and LAC , and a comparison of action potential duration

  12. Thrombolytic therapy in pulmonary embolism.

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    Nagi, D

    2010-01-01

    Massive pulmonary embolism carries a high mortality. Potential treatment includes anticoagulation, thrombolytic therapy and embolectomy. We report a case of deep vein thrombosis leading to progressive massive pulmonary embolism despite appropriate anticoagulation, where thrombolysis with IVC filter placement resulted in a successful outcome.

  13. Portal Vein Thrombosis

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    Hakan Demirci

    2016-01-01

    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.

  14. Pulmonary Venous Obstruction in Cancer Patients

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. We study the clinical significance and management of pulmonary venous obstruction in cancer patients. Methods. We conducted a prospective cohort study to characterize the syndrome that we term “pulmonary vein obstruction syndrome” (PVOS between January 2005 and March 2014. The criteria for inclusion were (1 episodes of shortness of breath; (2 chest X-ray showing abnormal pulmonary hilum shadow with or without presence of pulmonary edema and/or pleural effusion; (3 CT scan demonstrating pulmonary vein thrombosis/tumor with or without tumor around the vein. Results. Two hundred and twenty-two patients developed PVOS. Shortness of breath was the main symptom, which was aggravated by chemotherapy in 28 (13%, and medical/surgical procedures in 21 (9% and showed diurnal change in intensity in 32 (14%. Chest X-rays all revealed abnormal pulmonary hilum shadows and presence of pulmonary edema in 194 (87% and pleural effusion in 192 (86%. CT scans all showed pulmonary vein thrombosis/tumor (100% and surrounding the pulmonary veins by tumor lesions in 140 patients (63%. PVOS was treated with low molecular weight heparin in combination with dexamethasone, and 66% of patients got clinical/image improvement. Conclusion. Physicians should be alert to PVOS when shortness of breath occurs and chest X-ray reveals abnormal pulmonary hilum shadows.

  15. [Calcified deep vein thrombosis in a patient with recurrent deep vein thrombosis and sarcoidosis].

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    Krmek, Dubravka Zupanić; Brajković, Ivana; Bekić, Dinko; Krnić, Antun; Jurković, Petar; Pavlović, Tomislav

    2013-12-01

    In this article, we present a rare case of calcified deep vein thrombosis in a 42-year-old female patient with frequent relapses of pulmonary sarcoidosis since 1995, for which she was on maintenance therapy with corticosteroids and with consequential secondary diabetes. Recent femoral vein thrombosis was diagnosed with color Doppler in 2012. At the same time, calcified occlusive thrombus in vena cava inferior from the level of renal vein to the confluence of hepatic veins was diagnosed on abdominal multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT). Digital subtraction venography (DSV) revealed a well-developed collateral circulation through the paravertebral veins, azygos and hemiazygos vein. There were no risk factors for thrombosis other than sarcoidosis and diabetes. Deep vein thrombosis is rarely described with sarcoidosis, but according to literature reports, it usually appears as a recurrence and simultaneously at multiple locations. According to the current knowledge, we cannot say for sure whether it is a disease with an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis or there is a combination of multiple risk factors present simultaneously.

  16. Recurrence of superficial vein thrombosis in patients with varicose veins.

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    Karathanos, Christos; Spanos, Konstantinos; Saleptsis, Vassileios; Tsezou, Aspasia; Kyriakou, Despina; Giannoukas, Athanasios D

    2016-08-01

    To investigate which factors other than history of superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) are associated with recurrent spontaneous SVT episodes in patients with varicose veins (VVs). Patients with a history of spontaneous SVT and VVs were followed up for a mean period of 55 months. Demographics, comorbidities, and thrombophilia screening test were analyzed. Patients were grouped according to the clinical-etiology-anatomy-pathophysiology classification. A multiple logistic regression analysis with the forward likelihood ratio method was undertaken. Thirteen patients out of 97 had a recurrence SVT episode during the follow-up period. All those patients were identified to have a thrombophilia defect. Protein C and S, antithrombin, and plasminogen deficiencies were more frequently present in patients without recurrence. Gene mutations were present in 38% in the nonrecurrence group and 77% in the recurrence group. After logistic regression analysis, patients with dislipidemia and mutation in prothrombin G20210A (FII) had an increased risk for recurrence by 5.4-fold and 4.6-fold, respectively. No deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism occurred. Dislipidemia and gene mutations of F II are associated with SVT recurrence in patients with VVs. A selection of patients may benefit from anticoagulation in the short term and from VVs intervention in the long term. © The Author(s) 2015.

  17. Prevalence, Patterns, and Clinical Predictors of Left Ventricular Late Gadolinium Enhancement in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Prior to Pulmonary Vein Antral Isolation for Atrial Fibrillation: A Cross-Sectional Observational Study.

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    Nance, John W; Khurram, Irfan M; Nazarian, Saman; DeWire, Jane; Calkins, Hugh; Zimmerman, Stefan L

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    Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging is increasingly used to evaluate patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) before pulmonary vein antral isolation (PVAI). The purpose of this study was to assess the incidence and pattern of left ventricular (LV) late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in patients undergoing CMR before PVAI and compare the clinical and demographic differences of patients with and without LV LGE. Clinical and demographic data on 62 patients (mean age 61 ± 7.9, 69% male) undergoing CMR before PVAI for AF were collected. Two observers, masked to clinical histories, independently recorded the prevalence, extent (number of myocardial segments), and pattern (subendocardial, midmyocardial, or subepicardial) of LV LGE in each patient. Clinical and demographic predictors of LV LGE were determined using logistic regression. Twenty-three patients (37%) demonstrated LV LGE affecting a mean of 3.0 ± 2.1 myocardial segments. There was no difference in LV ejection fraction between patients with and without LGE, and most (65%) patients with LGE had normal wall motion. Only age (P = 0.04) and a history of congestive heart failure (P = .03) were statistically significant independent predictors of LGE. The most common LGE pattern was midmyocardial, seen in 17 of 23 (74%) patients. Only 4 of 23 (17%) patients had LGE in an "expected" pattern based on clinical history. Of the remaining 19 patients, 4 had known congestive heart failure, 5 nonischemic cardiomyopathy, 4 known coronary artery disease, and 2 prior aortic valve replacement. Six of 23 (26%) patients had no known coronary artery, valvular, or myocardial disease. There is a high prevalence of unexpected LV scar in patients undergoing CMR before PVAI for AF, with most patients demonstrating a nonischemic pattern of LV LGE and no wall motion abnormalities (ie, subclinical disease). The high prevalence of unexpected LGE in these patients may argue for CMR as the modality of choice for imaging

  18. Systematic review and Meta-analysis of the efficacy of pulmonary vein isolation for the maintenance of sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation%肺静脉隔离在房颤患者中维持窦性节律的系统评价

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    张琰; 黄从新; 王克军; 刘小熊; 闫力永

    2013-01-01

    目的 系统评价使用肺静脉隔离(PVI)的导管消融治疗方法对房颤患者维持窦性节律的效果.方法 检索PubMed、CENTRAL、EMbase、NTIS、CNKI、VIP、万方数据库和CBM中所有对比PVI和抗心律失常药物(ADD)治疗维持房颤患者窦性心律的临床随机对照试验(RCT),同时追索纳入文献的参考文献.检索时限均为从建库至2013年2月.对符合质量标准的RCT进行系统评价和Meta分析.结果 共纳入9个随机对照试验.Meta分析主要和次要终点的结果显示:在1年的随访期时,PVI的有效性显著[77% (466/631)比38%(227/590),OR=5.93,95% CI 4.52~7.80,P<0.01],GRADE系统推荐分级为中级.PVI可显著降低因心血管事件导致的住院率(5%比24%,RR=0.15,95%CI 0.06~0.36,P< 0.01),GRADE系统推荐分级为高级.在PVI组,严重并发症的发生率是2.7%(17/631).结论 与ADD治疗策略相比,PVI显著增加1年期的窦律维持率,显著减少因心血管疾病原因导致的再住院率,而并发症的发生率甚至低于其他介入治疗.%Objective To evaluate pulmonary vein isolation for the maintenance of sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation.Methods PubMed,CENTRAL,Embase,NTIS,CNKI,VIP,Wanfang Data and CBM were search for all randomized,controlled trials comparing PVI and medical therapy for the maintenance of sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation from the date of establishment of the databases to December 2012.The bibliographies of the include studies were searched too.Systematic review and Meta-analysis were conducted for the eligible RCTs.Results 9 trials were discovered.Meta-analyses show that PVI was associated with markedly increased odds of freedom from AF at 1 year of follow-up [77% (466/631) vs 38% (227/590),OR=5.93,95% CI 4.52-7.80,P < 0.01],it was moderate grade in the GRADE system.PVI was associated with a decreased hospitalization for cardiovascular causes (5% vs 24%,RR =0.15,95%CI 0.06-0.36,P

  19. Bipolar radiofrequency-induced thermotherapy of great saphenous vein: Our initial experience

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    Venkatesh Kasi

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    Full Text Available The incidence of varicose veins in lower limbs is increasing in the Indian subcontinent. With the advent of radiofrequency ablation (RFA, an effective minimally invasive technique is now available to treat varicose veins. RFA can be performed with either unipolar or bipolar probes. We present a simple technique for bipolar radiofrequency-induced thermotherapy of the great saphenous vein. This can be a safe and effective alternative to surgical procedures.

  20. Portal Vein Thrombosis

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    Ronny Cohen

    2015-01-01

    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.

  1. History of hyperthyroidism and long-term outcome of catheter ablation of drug-refractory atrial fibrillation.

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    Wongcharoen, Wanwarang; Lin, Yenn-Jiang; Chang, Shih-Lin; Lo, Li-Wei; Hu, Yu-Feng; Chung, Fa-Po; Chong, Eric; Chao, Tze-Fan; Tuan, Ta-Chuan; Chang, Yao-Ting; Lin, Chin-Yu; Liao, Jo-Nan; Lin, Yi-Chun; Chen, Yun-Yu; Chen, Shih-Ann

    2015-09-01

    Hyperthyroidism is a known reversible cause of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, some patients remain in AF despite restoration of euthyroid status. The purpose of this study was to compare the electrophysiologic characteristics and long-term ablation outcome in AF patients with and without history of hyperthyroidism. The study enrolled 717 consecutive patients with AF who underwent first AF ablation, which involved pulmonary vein (PV) isolation in paroxysmal AF and additional substrate modification in nonparoxysmal AF patients. Eighty-four patients (12%) with hyperthyroidism history were compared to those without. Euthyroid status was achieved for ≥3 months before ablation in hyperthyroid patients. Patients with hyperthyroid history were associated with older age, more female gender, lower mean right atrial voltage, higher number of PV ectopic foci (1.3 ± 0.4 vs 1.0 ± 0.2, P hyperthyroid patients (7.1% vs 1.6%, P hyperthyroidism was an independent predictor of AF recurrence after single procedure (hazard ratio 2.07, 95% confidence interval 1.27-3.38). AF recurrence rates after multiple procedures were not different between patients with and those without hyperthyroid history. Patients with hyperthyroid history had a significantly higher number of PV ectopies and higher prevalence of non-PV ectopic foci compared to euthyroid patients, which resulted in a higher AF recurrence rate after a single procedure. Copyright © 2015 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Neonatal repair of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection and lung agenesis.

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    Kaku, Yuji; Nagashima, Mitsugi; Matsumura, Goki; Yamazaki, Kenji

    2015-07-01

    Here we report a neonatal case of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection with left lung agenesis. Diagnostic imaging demonstrated that the left pulmonary veins were totally absent and the right pulmonary veins connected with the common pulmonary chamber. Drainage from the common pulmonary venous chamber entered the persistent left suerior vena cava. In addition, it revealed complete absence of the left main bronchus and left lung vessels. The neonate successfully underwent surgical repair 18 days after birth.

  3. 肺灌注单光子发射计算机断层成像术/CT对下肢深静脉血栓形成患者肺栓塞的诊断价值研究%Diagnostic Value of Pulmonary Perfusion SPECT/CT on Pulmonary Embolism in Patients with Lower Extremity Deep ;Vein Thrombosis

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    吴大勇; 张文艳; 陈江红; 边艳珠; 胡玉敬

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    目的:探讨肺灌注单光子发射计算机断层成像术( SPECT)/CT对下肢深静脉血栓形成( DVT)患者肺栓塞( PE)的诊断价值。方法选取2011年7月-2013年11月河北省人民医院收治的下肢DVT患者63例,在彩色超声检查后1 d内所有患者进行肺灌注SPECT/CT显像。综合患者临床症状、病史、实验室检查、CT肺动脉造影( CTPA)、治疗效果及随访做出有无PE的最终诊断。计算经肺灌注SPECT/CT诊断下肢DVT患者PE的灵敏度、特异度、阳性预测值、阴性预测值、准确度。结果经肺灌注SPECT/CT诊断下肢DVT患者PE的灵敏度为94.4%,特异度为85.2%,阳性预测值为89.5%,阴性预测值为92.0%,准确度为90.5%。结论肺灌注SPECT/CT能够较准确地诊断下肢DVT患者的PE,为临床提供了一种可靠的诊断PE的方法。%Objective To explore the diagnostic value of pulmonary perfusion SPECT/CT on pulmonary embolism (PE)in patients with lower extremity deep vein thrombosis(DVT). Methods 63 patients with lower extremity DVT admitted to Hebei General Hospital from July 2011 to November 2013 were selected. All the patients were given pulmonary perfusion SPECT/CT within one day after color ultrasound examination. The final diagnosis of PE was confirmed by comprehensive analysis of the patients' clinical symptoms,medical history,laboratory examination,CTPA,treatment effect and follow up. The sensitivi-ty,specificity,positive predictive value,negative predictive value and accuracy of lung perfusion SPECT/CT in the diagnosis of PE in patients with lower extremity DVT were calculated. Results The sensitivity,specificity,positive predictive value,nega-tive predictive value and accuracy of lung perfusion SPECT/CT in the diagnosis of PE in patients with lower extremity DVT was 94. 4%,85. 2%,89. 5%,92. 0% and 90. 5%. Conclusion The PE of patients with lower extremity DVT can be accurately diagnosed by pulmonary perfusion SPECT

  4. Evaluation of the relation of the different leg deep vein thrombosis to the pulmonary embolism by computed tomography pulmonary angiography%CT肺血管造影评价不同下肢深静脉血栓与肺栓塞关系

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    曾秋; 赵渝; 冯江毅; 李凤贺

    2014-01-01

    目的 利用CT肺血管造影(CTPA)比较不同下肢深静脉血栓(DVT)患者肺栓塞(PE)检出率及评价不同下肢DVT合并PE患者的肺动脉阻塞严重程度.方法 本科诊断DVT并行CTPA检查患者145例,分为左下肢DVT组,右下肢DVT组,双下肢DVT组,比较三组患者PE检出率.同时以肺动脉栓塞指数(CTI)量化评价肺动脉阻塞程度,比较不同组别确诊PE患者CTI.结果 双下肢DVT组患者PE检出率(71.4%)明显高于左下肢DVT组(39.2%)(P<0.05),而与右下肢DVT组PE检出率(52.9%)比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).双下肢DVT合并PE患者CTI[(30.20±14.20)%]明显高于左下肢DVT合并PE[(19.26±14.02)%]及右下肢DVT合并PE[(18.56±11.79)%](P<0.05).结论 双下肢DVT患者较左下肢DVT更容易并发PE,且双下肢DVT合并PE患者肺动脉阻塞程度较单侧更高.%Objective To evaluate the incidence and severity of pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with different leg deep vein thrombosis (DVT) by computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA).Methods A total of 145 cases who had been confirmed DVT and undergone CTPA were retrospectively analyzed.The DVTs were divided into left side DVT,right side DVT,and bilateral lower DVT groups.The incidence of PE was compared among different groups.CT obstruction index (CTI) was used to estimate the severity of pulmonary artery obstruction.DVT/PEs with CTI were compared among different groups.Results The incidence of PE of the bilateral lower DVT group was 71.4%,which was higher than that in left side DVT group (39.2%).However,no significant difference was found between bilateral lower DVT group and right side DVT group (52.9%) (P > 0.05).The CTI of the bilateral lower DVT (30.20±14.20)% was higher than that of the left side DVT (19.26 ± 14.02)% and the right side DVT (18.56 ±11.79) % (P < 0.05).Conclusions The bilateral lower DVT was more likely complicated with PE than the left side DVT,the severity of pulmonary

  5. Deep vein thrombosis: a clinical review

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    2011-04-01

    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

  6. Nicht-operative invasive Therapie der Perforansinsuffizienz // Nonoperative Therapy in the Treatment of Varicose Vein Disease

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    Full Text Available Nonoperative therapy options in the treatment of varicose vein disease have gained more in importance over the last decade. A profound, catheter- based varicose vein therapy must accomplish powerful therapy solutions for all kinds of varicose vein anatomies, such as saphenous veins, side branches and incompetent perforating veins. This overview, focused on thermal ablation techniques such as laser-, radiofrequencyor steamablation and other chemical sclerotherapy options provides also step-by-step guidance and tricks on perforating vein ablation. The enormous quantity of incompetent perforating vein ablation studies shows great interest in this method and occupies an important place in the field of chronic venous disease therapy. p bKurzfassung: /bNicht-operative Therapieverfahren gewinnen in der modernen Varizentherapie zunehmend an Bedeutung. Um eine uneingeschränkte Varizensanierung mit kathetergestützten Therapieverfahren durchführen zu können, sind analog zur operativen Sanierung für sämtliche Varizenformen potente Okklusionsverfahren notwendig. Diese Arbeit soll einen Überblick zum derzeitigen Stand der Ablationserfolge von inkompetenten Perforansvenen geben. Neben den thermischen Ablationsverfahren wie Laser-, Radiowellen- und Dampfablation sowie sonstigen chemischen Sklerosierungsarten gibt die Arbeit praktische Anleitung und Tipps zur Durchführung einer Perforansvenenablation. Die große Anzahl von Studien zur Perforansvenen ablation zeigt, dass die Behandlung mit Kathetersystemen einen bedeutenden und festen Platz in der Therapie der Perforansvarikosis hat.

  7. Long-term comparison of cryoballoon and radiofrequency ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: a propensity score matched analysis.

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    Knecht, Sven; Sticherling, Christian; von Felten, Stefanie; Conen, David; Schaer, Beat; Ammann, Peter; Altmann, David; Osswald, Stefan; Kühne, Michael

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    Although radiofrequency (RF) and cryoballoon (CB) based technologies for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) have both individually been demonstrated to be effective and safe for the treatment of paroxysmal AF, head-to-head comparisons are lacking. The purpose of this study was to compare the outcome of cryoballoon versus radiofrequency ablation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation undergoing pulmonary vein isolation. Out of a prospective registry of 327 patients undergoing PVI, 208 patients (age 58±11 years, ejection fraction 59±6%, left atrial size 39±6 mm) with paroxysmal AF were identified. The presented dataset was obtained by 1:1 propensity score matching and contained 142 patients undergoing CB-PVI or RF-PVI in conjunction with a 3D mapping system, respectively. We compared single procedure efficacy of the two methods using a Cox proportional hazards model. After a mean follow-up of 28 months and a single procedure, AF recurred in 37 of 71 (52%) in the CB-PVI group and in 31 of 71 patients (44%) in the RF-PVI group (HR [95% CI]=1.19 [0.74, 1.92], p=0.48). Recurrence of AF for PVI using solely the CB was observed in 23 of 51 (45%) patients and in 23 of 51 (45%) patients in the corresponding RF-PVI group (HR [95% CI]=0.93 [0.52, 1.66], p=0.81). Complication rate was not different between the groups. A propensity score matched comparison between CB-PVI and RF-PVI using a 3D-mapping system for AF ablation showed similar long-term success rates. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Use of three-dimensional computed tomography overlay for real-time cryoballoon ablation in atrial fibrillation reduces radiation dose and contrast dye.

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    Oude Velthuis, B; Molenaar, M; Reinhart Dorman, H G; Stevenhagen, J Y; Scholten, M F; van der Palen, J; van Opstal, J M

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    Cryoballoon pulmonary vein (PV) isolation in patients with atrial fibrillation has proven to be effective in short-term and long-term follow-up. To visualise the PV anatomy, pre-ablation contrast pulmonary venography is commonly performed. Three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) overlay is a new technique creating a live 3D image of the left atrium by integrating a previously obtained CT scan during fluoroscopy. To evaluate the benefits of 3D CT overlay during cryoballoon ablation, we studied the use of 3D CT overlay versus contrast pulmonary venography in a randomised fashion in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation undergoing cryoballoon PV isolation. Between October 2012 and June 2013, 30 patients accepted for PV isolation were randomised to cryoballoon PV isolation using either 3D CT overlay or contrast pulmonary venography. All patients underwent a pre-procedural cardiac CT for evaluation of the anatomy of the left atrium (LA) and the PVs. In the 3D CT overlay group, a 3D reconstruction of the LA and PVs was made. An overlay of the CT reconstruction was then projected over live fluoroscopy. Patients in the contrast pulmonary venography group received significantly more contrast agent (77.1 ± 21.2 cc vs 40.1 ± 17.6 cc, p overlay group. There was no difference in total procedure time, fluoroscopy time and the amount of cryoapplications between the two groups. The use of 3D CT overlay decreases radiation and contrast dye exposure and can assist in guiding cryoballoon-based PV isolation.

  9. Feasibility Study on Cardiac Arrhythmia Ablation Using High-Energy Heavy Ion Beams

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    Lehmann, H. Immo; Graeff, Christian; Simoniello, Palma; Constantinescu, Anna; Takami, Mitsuru; Lugenbiel, Patrick; Richter, Daniel; Eichhorn, Anna; Prall, Matthias; Kaderka, Robert; Fiedler, Fine; Helmbrecht, Stephan; Fournier, Claudia; Erbeldinger, Nadine; Rahm, Ann-Kathrin; Rivinius, Rasmus; Thomas, Dierk; Katus, Hugo A.; Johnson, Susan B.; Parker, Kay D.; Debus, Jürgen; Asirvatham, Samuel J.; Bert, Christoph; Durante, Marco; Packer, Douglas L.

    2016-12-01

    High-energy ion beams are successfully used in cancer therapy and precisely deliver high doses of ionizing radiation to small deep-seated target volumes. A similar noninvasive treatment modality for cardiac arrhythmias was tested here. This study used high-energy carbon ions for ablation of cardiac tissue in pigs. Doses of 25, 40, and 55 Gy were applied in forced-breath-hold to the atrioventricular junction, left atrial pulmonary vein junction, and freewall left ventricle of intact animals. Procedural success was tracked by (1.) in-beam positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging; (2.) intracardiac voltage mapping with visible lesion on ultrasound; (3.) lesion outcomes in pathohistolgy. High doses (40–55 Gy) caused slowing and interruption of cardiac impulse propagation. Target fibrosis was the main mediator of the ablation effect. In irradiated tissue, apoptosis was present after 3, but not 6 months. Our study shows feasibility to use high-energy ion beams for creation of cardiac lesions that chronically interrupt cardiac conduction.

  10. Substrate and Trigger Ablation for Reduction of Atrial Fibrillation (STAR AF): a randomized, multicentre, international trial.

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    Verma, Atul; Mantovan, Roberto; Macle, Laurent; De Martino, Guiseppe; Chen, Jian; Morillo, Carlos A; Novak, Paul; Calzolari, Vittorio; Guerra, Peter G; Nair, Girish; Torrecilla, Esteban G; Khaykin, Yaariv

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    This multicentre, randomized trial compared three strategies of AF ablation: ablation of complex fractionated electrograms (CFE) alone, pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone, and combined PVI + CFE ablation, using standardized automated mapping software. Patients with drug-refractory, high-burden paroxysmal (episodes >6 h, >4 in 6 months) or persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) were enrolled at eight centres. Patients (n = 100) were randomized to one of three arms. For CFE alone (n = 34), spontaneous/induced AF was mapped using validated, automated CFE software and all sites CFE (n = 34), all four PV antra were isolated, followed by AF induction and ablation of all CFE sites until AF termination/non-inducibility. Patients were followed at 3, 6, and 12 months with a visit, ECG, 48 h Holter. Atrial fibrillation symptoms were confirmed by loop recording. Repeat procedures were allowed within the first 6 months. The primary endpoint was freedom from AF >30 s at 1 year. Patients (age 57 +/- 10 years, LA size 42 +/- 6 mm) were 35% persistent AF. In CFE, ablation terminated AF in 68%. Only 0.4 PVs per patient were isolated as a result of CFE. In PVI, 94% had all four PVs successfully isolated. In PVI + CFE, 94% had all four PVs isolated, 76% had inducible AF with additional CFE ablation, with 73% termination of AF. There were significantly more repeat procedures in the CFE arm (47%) vs. PVI (31%) or PVI + CFE (15%) (P = 0.01). After one procedure, PVI + CFE had a significantly higher freedom from AF (74%) compared with PVI (48%) and CFE (29%) (P = 0.004). After two procedures, PVI + CFE still had the highest success (88%) compared with PVI (68%) and CFE (38%) (P = 0.001). Ninety-six percent of these patients were off anti-arrhythmics. Complications were two tamponades, no PV stenosis, and no mortality. In high-burden paroxysmal/persistent AF, PVI + CFE has the highest freedom from AF vs. PVI or CFE alone after one or two procedures. Complex fractionated electrogram alone

  11. Substrate and Trigger Ablation for Reduction of Atrial Fibrillation (STAR AF): a randomized, multicentre, international trial†

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    Verma, Atul; Mantovan, Roberto; Macle, Laurent; De Martino, Guiseppe; Chen, Jian; Morillo, Carlos A.; Novak, Paul; Calzolari, Vittorio; Guerra, Peter G.; Nair, Girish; Torrecilla, Esteban G.; Khaykin, Yaariv

    2010-01-01

    Aims This multicentre, randomized trial compared three strategies of AF ablation: ablation of complex fractionated electrograms (CFE) alone, pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone, and combined PVI + CFE ablation, using standardized automated mapping software. Methods and results Patients with drug-refractory, high-burden paroxysmal (episodes >6 h, >4 in 6 months) or persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) were enrolled at eight centres. Patients (n = 100) were randomized to one of three arms. For CFE alone (n = 34), spontaneous/induced AF was mapped using validated, automated CFE software and all sites CFE (n = 34), all four PV antra were isolated, followed by AF induction and ablation of all CFE sites until AF termination/non-inducibility. Patients were followed at 3, 6, and 12 months with a visit, ECG, 48 h Holter. Atrial fibrillation symptoms were confirmed by loop recording. Repeat procedures were allowed within the first 6 months. The primary endpoint was freedom from AF >30 s at 1 year. Patients (age 57 ± 10 years, LA size 42 ± 6 mm) were 35% persistent AF. In CFE, ablation terminated AF in 68%. Only 0.4 PVs per patient were isolated as a result of CFE. In PVI, 94% had all four PVs successfully isolated. In PVI + CFE, 94% had all four PVs isolated, 76% had inducible AF with additional CFE ablation, with 73% termination of AF. There were significantly more repeat procedures in the CFE arm (47%) vs. PVI (31%) or PVI + CFE (15%) (P = 0.01). After one procedure, PVI + CFE had a significantly higher freedom from AF (74%) compared with PVI (48%) and CFE (29%) (P = 0.004). After two procedures, PVI + CFE still had the highest success (88%) compared with PVI (68%) and CFE (38%) (P = 0.001). Ninety-six percent of these patients were off anti-arrhythmics. Complications were two tamponades, no PV stenosis, and no mortality. Conclusion In high-burden paroxysmal/persistent AF, PVI + CFE has the highest freedom from AF vs. PVI or CFE alone after one or two procedures. Complex

  12. Endovascular management for significant iatrogenic portal vein bleeding.

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    Kim, Jong Woo; Shin, Ji Hoon; Park, Jonathan K; Yoon, Hyun-Ki; Ko, Gi-Young; Gwon, Dong Il; Kim, Jin Hyoung; Sung, Kyu-Bo

    2017-01-01

    Background Despite conservative treatment, hemorrhage from an intrahepatic branch of the portal vein can cause hemodynamic instability requiring urgent intervention. Purpose To retrospectively report the outcomes of hemodynamically significant portal vein bleeding after endovascular management. Material and Methods During a period of 15 years, four patients (2 men, 2 women; median age, 70.5 years) underwent angiography and embolization for iatrogenic portal vein bleeding. Causes of hemorrhage, angiographic findings, endovascular treatment, and complications were reported. Results Portal vein bleeding occurred after percutaneous liver biopsy (n = 2), percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (n = 1), and percutaneous cholecystostomy (n = 1). The median time interval between angiography and percutaneous procedure was 5 h (range, 4-240 h). Common hepatic angiograms including indirect mesenteric portograms showed active portal vein bleeding into the peritoneal cavity with (n = 1) or without (n = 2) an arterioportal (AP) fistula, and portal vein pseudoaneurysm alone with an AP fistula (n = 1). Successful transcatheter arterial embolization (n = 2) or percutaneous transhepatic portal vein embolization (n = 2) was performed. Embolic materials were n-butyl cyanoacrylate alone (n = 2) or in combination with gelatin sponge particles and coils (n = 2). There were no major treatment-related complications or patient mortality within 30 days. Conclusion Patients with symptomatic or life-threatening portal vein bleeding following liver-penetrating procedures can successfully be managed with embolization.

  13. The characteristics of the transient receptor potential canonical 3 current in the cardiomyocytes of rabbit pulmonary vein sleeves%兔肺静脉肌袖心肌细胞TRPC3离子流的特性

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    林勇; 黄卫斌; 张蓉芳; 曾松; 刘泰槰

    2013-01-01

    目的 采用TRPC3通道特异性阻断剂证实兔肺静脉肌袖细胞(PVC)与左房心肌细胞(LAC)上存在TRPC3通道,并进行比较,探讨TRPC3通道在由PVC起源的心律失常中可能的作用.方法 酶解法分离PVC和LAC,采用全细胞膜片钳制技术,分别记录总背景电流(IBG).用TRPC3通道特异性阻断剂吡唑类复合2-氨基-3甲基-5-氰基吡啶(Pyr3)确定该离子流中存在ITRPC3.结果 研究发现,加入Pyr3灌流后LAC和PVC IBG电流密度均减少,被抑制的离子流部分即为ITRPC3,且PVC ITRPC3电流密度比LAC明显减小(-0.1225±0.0848 pA/pF vs-0.3301 ±0.0863 pA/pF,-60 mY,n=10,P<0.05;0.2548±0.0898 pA/pF vs 0.6704±0.1247 pA/pF,+ 60 mY,n=10,P<0.05).结论 PVC和LAC存在TRPC3通道,且两者ITRPC3电流密度的差异与PVC动作电位时程较长有关.%Objective To identify the existence of TRPC3 current (ITRPC3) in the cardiomyocytes from rabbit pulmonary vein muscle sleeves (PVC) and left atrial cardiomyocytes (LAC) and the regional differences of the current density between the two kinds of myocytes in order to discuss the role of TRPC3 channels in the ionic mechanism of PVC.Methods The PVC and LAC were obtained by enzymatic dissociation.The whole-cell patch-clamp technique was used to record the back-ground (IBG) current in the LAC and PVC.Pyr3,the selective and direct inhibition of TRPC3 channels,was taken to identify the ITRPC3 current.Results In the present work,after Pyr3 perfusion,the IBG current density was reduced in both PVC and LAC,which was identified as the ITRP3 current.The ITRPC3 current density of PVC was significantly less than LAC (-0.1225±0.0848 pA/pF vs-0.3301±0.0863 pA/pF;-60 mV,n=10,P<0.05; 0.2548±0.0898 pA/pF vs 0.6704±0.1247 pA/pF; + 60 mV,n=10,P<0.05).Conclusion The existence of TRPC3 channels in PVC and LAC has been identified,and the ITRPC3 current density of PVC is significantly lower than LAC.

  14. [Right ovarian vein syndrome].

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    Arvis, G

    1985-01-01

    Right ovarian vein syndrome is revealed in pregnancy by right lumbar pains, and even by nephritic colics. It results from a congenital malposition of the right ovarian vein, which presses the right ureter on the external iliac artery. Diagnosis is by intravenous urography and retrograde ureteral pyelography. If pain persists despite treatment by analgesics, it may be necessary to place a double-J catheter, and to operate after delivery to ligate the ovarian vein.

  15. Postpartum renal vein thrombosis.

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    Rubens, D; Sterns, R H; Segal, A J

    1985-01-01

    Renal vein thrombosis in adults is usually a complication of the nephrotic syndrome. Rarely, it has been reported in nonnephrotic women postpartum. The thrombosis may be a complication of the hypercoagulable state associated with both the nephrotic syndrome and pregnancy. Two postpartum patients with renal vein thrombosis and no prior history of renal disease are reported here. Neither patient had heavy proteinuria. In both cases, pyelonephritis was suspected clinically and the diagnosis of renal vein thrombosis was first suggested and confirmed by radiologic examination. Renal vein thrombosis should be considered in women presenting postpartum with flank pain.

  16. The correlation of pulmonary vein ostium area and left atrial volume index with the risk of thromboembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation%肺静脉开口面积及左心房容积指数与房颤患者血栓栓塞风险的相关性研究

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    王文娟; 常栋; 董颖雪; 尹晓盟; 夏云龙; 高连君; 张树龙

    2016-01-01

    Objective To investigate the correlation of pulmonary vein ostium area and left atrial volume index(LAVI)with the risk of thromboembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation(AF). Methods A total of 206 non-valvular AF patients were continuously included in our study.Accord-ing to CHADS2 and CHA2 DS2-VASc scores,those scoring zero,1 point and no less than 2 points were divided into low-risk,average-risk and high-risk groups,respectively.All the patients were classified into thrombosis group and non-thrombosis group based on the results by transesophageal echocardiography(TEE)and brain computed tomography(CT).By the technology of multi-slice spiral computed tomography(MSCT),the ostium areas of left superior pulmonary vein (LSPV),left inferior pulmonary vein (LIPV),right superior pulmonary vein(RSPV)and right inferior pulmonary vein(RIPV)were measured.By transthoracic Doppler echocardiography,the upper and lower diam-eter,anteroposterior diameter,and left and right diameters of left atrium were measured while LAVI was calculated.By Spearman rank correlation analysis,the correlation of pulmonary vein ostium are-a and LAVI with the scores of thromboembolism risk was investigated.The clinical value of each in-dex in predicting thromboembolism of non-valvular AF patients was compared via ROC curve.Re-sults (i)According to CHADS2 scores,there were 73 cases(35.4%)in low-risk group,82 (39.8%)in average-risk group and 51 (24.8%)in high-risk group while according to CHA2 DS2-VASc scores,there were 41 cases(1 9.9%),67 cases(32.5%)and 98 cases(47.6%)separately in the three groups.LAVI,area of LSPV ostium,area of LIPV ostium,area of RSPV ostium and the total area of pulmonary vein ostium were significantly correlated with both CHADS2 and CHA2 DS2-VASc scores.(ii)LAVI,area of LSPV ostium,area of LIPV ostium and the total area of pulmonary vein ostium had diagnostic value in predicting the risk of thromboembolic events among non-valvular AF patients.Conclusion LAVI measured

  17. Value of multislice computed tomography angiography of the thorax in preparation for catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation: The impact of unexpected cardiac and extracardiac findings on patient care

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    Wissner, Erik; Wellnitz, Clinton V.; Srivathsan, Komandoor; Scott, Luis R. [Mayo Clinic Arizona - Mayo Clinic Hospital, Cardiovascular Diseases, 5777 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85054 (United States); Altemose, Gregory T. [Mayo Clinic Arizona - Mayo Clinic Hospital, Cardiovascular Diseases, 5777 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85054 (United States)], E-mail: altemose.gregory@mayo.edu

    2009-11-15

    Objective: In patients referred for catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, multislice computed tomography angiography of the thorax is routinely performed to assess pulmonary vein anatomy. We sought to investigate the incidence of unexpected cardiac and extracardiac findings in this select patient population and to establish how these findings influence subsequent patient care. Methods: Ninety-five patients (mean age 62 {+-} 10 years, 35% female) referred to our institution for ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation between July 2003 and October 2007 underwent multislice computed tomography angiography of the thorax. Radiologists interpreted all images. Need for additional testing, consultation and eventual diagnosis were assessed by electronic record review. Results: A total of 83 (5 cardiac, 78 extracardiac) unexpected findings were observed in 50/95 (53%) of patients. The findings prompted 23 additional tests (5 cardiac, 18 noncardiac) in 15/95 (16%) of patients and 8 subsequent referrals in 7/95 (7%) patients. In 6 patients the findings significantly altered future patient care and resulted in postponement of ablation therapy in 4 patients. In 2 patients, extracardiac findings (pulmonary emboli and adenocarcinoma of the lung) were of potentially life-saving consequence. Conclusions: In patients undergoing multislice computed tomography angiography of the thorax in anticipation of planned catheter ablation therapy for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, unexpected findings are common and of potentially significant value. In comparison, there is a higher prevalence of unexpected extracardiac, rather than cardiac findings. Further investigation of these findings may lead to postponement of ablation therapy, but may also be of potentially lifesaving consequence.

  18. Contact Force-Guided Deep Engagement with a Steerable Sheath in the Distal Great Cardiac Vein: A Case Report.

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    Kumagai, Y U; Arimoto, Takanori; Iwayama, Tadateru; Hashimoto, Naoaki; Watanabe, Tetsu; Kubota, Isao

    2016-05-01

    Ablation of ventricular tachycardia originating from the great cardiac vein involves the difficult step of deep engagement with an ablation catheter. The catheter and a steerable sheath (MobiCath, Biosense Webster, Diamond Bar, CA, USA) were advanced alternately only when the contact force vector was parallel to the coronary venous system. Deep engagement with a steerable sheath ensured a powerful backup force during ablation.

  19. Pulmonary edema

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    ... congestion; Lung water; Pulmonary congestion; Heart failure - pulmonary edema ... Pulmonary edema is often caused by congestive heart failure . When the heart is not able to pump efficiently, blood ...

  20. Multicentre safety of adding Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation (FIRM) to conventional ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Krummen, David E; Baykaner, Tina; Schricker, Amir A; Kowalewski, Christopher A B; Swarup, Vijay; Miller, John M; Tomassoni, Gery F; Park, Shirley; Viswanathan, Mohan N; Wang, Paul J; Narayan, Sanjiv M

    2017-05-01

    Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation (FIRM) uses 64-electrode basket catheters to identify atrial fibrillation (AF)-sustaining sites for ablation, with promising results in many studies. Accordingly, new basket designs are being tested by several groups. We set out to determine the procedural safety of adding basket mapping and map-guided ablation to conventional pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). We collected 30 day procedural safety data in five US centres for consecutive patients undergoing FIRM plus PVI (FIRM-PVI) compared with contemporaneous controls undergoing PVI without FIRM. A total of 625 cases were included in this analysis: 325 FIRM-PVI and 300 PVI-controls. FIRM-PVI patients were more likely than PVI-controls to be male (83% vs. 66%, P PVI (62 ± 22 min) vs. PVI-controls (52 ± 18 min, P = 0.03). The complication rate for FIRM-PVI procedures (4.3%) was similar to controls (4.0%, P = 1) for both major and minor complications; no deaths were reported. The rate of complications potentially attributable to the basket catheter was small and did not differ between basket types (Constellation 2.8% vs. FIRMap 1.8%, P = 0.7) or between cases in which basket catheters were and were not used (P = 0.5). Complication rates did not differ between centres (P = 0.6). Procedural complications from the use of the basket catheters for AF mapping are low, and thus procedural safety appears similar between FIRM-PVI and PVI-controls in a large multicentre cohort. Future studies are required to determine the optimal approach to maximize the efficacy of FIRM-guided ablation.

  1. What Causes Varicose Veins?

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    ... blood flow, and thin, stretched walls. The middle image shows where varicose veins might appear in a leg. Figure A shows ... blood flow, and thin, stretched walls. The middle image shows where varicose veins might appear in a leg. Older age or ...

  2. Drenagem anômala de veia pulmonar inferior direita em veia cava inferior associada a apêndice hepático intracardíaco Anomalous drainage of the right inferior pulmonary vein into the inferior vena cava associated to intrathoracic hepatic appendix

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    Carlos R Moraes

    1988-08-01

    Full Text Available Descreve-se o caso de uma paciente de 61 anos de idade, com drenagem anômala de veia pulmonar inferior direita em veia cava inferior, associada a apêndice hepático intratorácico, herniado através de fenda no diafragma. A correção cirúrgica foi realizada por anastomose direta da veia anômala com o átrio esquerdo, pela redução do apêndice hepático para a cavidade abdominal e, finalmente, pelo fechamento do defeito diafragmático. O pós-operatório decorreu sem qualquer complicação. Os autores chamam a atenção para a raridade do caso.The authors present a case of a 61-year-old woman with anomalous drainage of the right inferior pulmonary vein into the inferior vena cava associated to an intrathoracic hepatic appendix herniated through a diaphragmatic defect. Surgical correction was obtained by direct anastomosis of the anomalous vein to the left atrium, reduction of the hepatic appendix to the abdominal cavity and closure of the diphragmatic defect. The postoperative course was unevenftul. The rarity of this condition is stressed.

  3. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation:is or not a bright road in the future?%心房颤动导管消融治疗:未来走向平坦之路?

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    马长生; 陈新

    2009-01-01

    Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) has opened a new door to cure AF and is fundamental-ly changing our clinical practice. The emergence of novel anticoagulation drugs and antiarrhythmic agents also bring us great hope and enriches our therapeutic options. When we reconsider the strategy of AF with regards to symptom relief and prognosis improvement, perhaps we will achieve new understanding and judgment. The newly issued study by Forleo[1] evaluated the safety and efficacy of ablation therapy in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients with drug refractory AF. The results showed that patients who received a single ablation procedure but without medications were more free of AF than patients in the antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) group(20% vs 57.1% ,P =0.001). In the ablation group, a significant improvement in quality-of-life (QoL) scores as compared with AADs group was also observed. Another A4 clinical trial was a randomized multicenter clinical study that compared the relative merits between pharmacology and catheter ablation of AF[2]. At the 1-year follow-up, patients in ablation group experienced lower re-currence than patients in AADs group (11% vs 77%, P <0.0001). Symptom score, exercise capacity, and QoL were significantly higher in the ablation group. The results of another trial PABA-CHF[3] identified pulmonary-vein isolation was superior to atrioventricular-node ablation with biventricular pacing in patients with heart failure on questionnaire score of QoL, 6-minute-walk distance and ejection fraction improvement. The observation of Nademanee[4] revealed that sinus rhythm was the most important independent favorable parameter for survival for high-risk patients with AF that un-dergo substrate ablation. For patients with sinus rhythm post-ablation the 5-year stroke rate was less than those who re-mained in AF and continued warfarin treatment (3% vs 23%, P =0.004). All of the above studies were consistent with the results of prior studies by Pappone, Oral

  4. CT-guided radiofrequency tumor ablation in children

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    Botsa, Evanthia [National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, First Pediatric Clinic, Agia Sofia Children' s Hospital, Athens (Greece); Poulou, Loukia S.; Koundouraki, Antonia; Thanos, Loukas [Sotiria General Hospital for Chest Diseases, Department of Medical Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Athens (Greece); Koutsogiannis, Ioannis [General Military Hospital NIMTS, Department of Medical Imaging, Athens (Greece); Ziakas, Panayiotis D. [Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Rhode Island Hospital, Division of Infectious Diseases, Providence, RI (United States); Alexopoulou, Efthimia [Attikon University Hospital, Second Department of Radiology, Athens University School of Medicine, Athens (Greece)

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    Image-guided radiofrequency ablation is a well-accepted technique of interventional oncology in adults. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of CT-guided radiofrequency ablation as a minimally invasive treatment for metastatic neoplasms in children. A total of 15 radiofrequency ablation sessions were performed in 12 children and young adults (median age 9.5; range 5-18 years) with metastatic malignancies. Seven children and young adults had secondary hepatic lesions, three had pulmonary and two had bone lesions. Radiofrequency ablation was performed under conscious sedation. The median lesion size was 1.7 cm (range 1.3-2.8 cm). The median time for ablation was 8 min (range 7-10 min). Radiofrequency procedures were technically successful in all tumors. Postablation imaging immediately after, and 1 month and 3 months after radiofrequency ablation showed total necrosis in all patients. At 6-month follow-up, three patients (all with lesion size >2 cm) had local recurrence and underwent a second radiofrequency ablation session. At 2-year follow-up no patient had recurrence of the treated tumor. Post-ablation syndrome occurred in four children. No major complication occurred. CT-guided radiofrequency tumor ablation was safe and efficient for palliative treatment in our cohort of patients. (orig.)

  5. Percutaneous radiofrequency thermal ablation of lung VX2 tumors in a rabbit model: evaluation with helical CT findings for the complete and partal ablation

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    Jin, Gong Yong; Han, Young Min; Lim, Yeong Su; Jang, Kyu Yun; Lee, Sang Yong; Chung, Gyung Ho [School of Medicine, Chonbuk National Univ., Chonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-05-01

    To evaluate the radiologic findings for complete and partial ablation after percutaneous CT-guided transthoracic radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of lung VX2 tumor implanted in rabbits. Thirteen rabbits with successfully implanted lung VX2 were used. Three rabbits as controls did not receive RFA while the other ten rabbits underwent RFA; 5 complete and 5 partial. RFA was performed using an internally cooled, 17-gauge electrode (Radionics, Burlington, MA) with a 1-cm active tip under CT guidance. Postprocedural CT was performed within 3 days, and we analyzed the ablated size, enhancement pattern, shape, margin, and complications of the complete and partial ablation groups. Rabbits were sacrificed after postprocedural CT with an overdose of ketamine, and pathologic findings of the ablated groups were compared with those of the control group. The size of the ablated lesions and the enhancement pattern differed between the completely and partially ablated groups on chest CT. The size of the ablated lesions was increased by 47.1% in the completely ablated group and by 2.1% in the partially ablated group. In the completely ablated group, VX2 tumor showed absolutely no enhancement, whereas only ablated pulmonary parenchyma outside VX2 showed mild enhancement on enhanced CT. In the partial ablated group, a part of VX2 became strongly enhanced on enhanced CT. On microscopic examination, the completely ablated group demonstrated that a viable tumor cell was not visible. In the partially ablated group, however, a viable tumor cell within the surrounding fibrous capsule on the peripheral area of the VX2 was observed. The important CT findings for evaluation of complete and partial RFA are the ablated size and enhancement pattern of the ablated lesion.

  6. Congenital preduodenal portal vein

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    Lee, Sang Jin; Hwang, Mi Soo; Huh, Young Soo; Park, Bok Hwan [College of Medicine, Youngnam University, Gyeongsan (Korea, Republic of)

    1991-03-15

    Congenital preduodenal portal vein, first reported by Knight in 1921, is an extremely rare congenital anomaly in which the portal vein passes anteriorly to the duodenum rather than posteriorly in its normal location. It is of surgical significance because it may cause difficulties in operations involving the gall bladder, biliary duct, or duodenum. Recently, we experienced 2 cases of preduodenal portal vein. One was found during surgical exploration for the diagnosis and correction of malrotation of the bowels and the other in a 3 day-old male newborn associated with dextrocardia, situs inversus, and duodenal obstruction by diaphragm. We report these 2 cases with a review of the literature.

  7. Umbilical and portal vein calcification following umbilical vein catheterization

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    Schneider, K.; Fendel, H.; Hartl, M.

    1989-07-01

    Calcifications of the umbilical vein and intrahepatic branches of the portal vein developed in a newborn who had inserted an umbilical vein catheter for 11 days postnatally. The calcified intrahepatic portal veins can still be demonstrated sonographically at the age of three years, whereby these calcifications were no longer detectable radiologically. (orig.).

  8. Evaluation of optimal treatment approach in patients with early recurrence of atrial fibrillation after the first ablation procedure

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    В. В. Шабанов

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available 182 patients with paroxysmal AF underwent ablation (circumferential pulmonary vein isolation with linear lesions and were monitored with an implantable cardiac monitor (Reveal XT, Medtronic. Patients were randomly assigned to group 1 or group 2. Group 1 patients were treated only with antiarrhythmic drugs for 6 weeks, with no early reablation during the 3-month postablation period. In the case of AF recurrence after the 3-month postablation period, patients underwent reablation. Group 2 patients were treated according to the onset mechanism of AF recurrences, as detected and stored by the implantable cardiac monitor: antiarrhythmic drug therapy, but no reablation if AF was not preceded by triggers; early reablation if premature atrial beats or atrial tachycardias or flutter triggered AF. All patients were followed up for 1 year to assess the sinus rhythm maintenance in each group. On 12-month follow-up examination, 67 patients (76% out of 88 in group 1 and 78 patients (92% out of 89 in group 2 had no AF recurrences (P<0,009 versus group 1. The patients with AF recurrences caused by a trigger mechanism after the first ablation demonstrated high long-term efficacy after early reablation.

  9. Correlation of left atrial low voltage zone with recurrence after pulmonary antrum vein isolation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation%阵发性心房颤动患者左心房低电压区与肺静脉电隔离术后复发的关系

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    田颖; 刘兴鹏; 尹先东; 周旭; 石亮; 王彦江; 刘小青; 杨新春

    2014-01-01

    目的:分析阵发性心房颤动(房颤)患者左心房低电压与肺静脉电隔离术后复发的关系。方法连续168例阵发性房颤患者[女性76例,年龄(62±11岁)],窦性心律下行左心房高密度(≥100点)标测,之后行肺静脉电隔离术治疗,在肺静脉隔离20min后给予异丙肾上腺素+腺苷三磷酸(0.2mg/kg),观察肺静脉传导恢复与否以及是否存在肺静脉外局灶触发的房颤,并对传导恢复的肺静脉以及肺静脉外局灶再次消融,直至激发试验阴性。本组患者均不进行基质改良。低电压的定义为CARTO消融导管记录的心肌局部双极电图振幅<0.5mV。结果42例(25.0%)患者的左心房存在低电