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    less rigid erections and are currently re- sponding to oral measures and lCl. Penile numbness occurred in four patients with dorsal plaques, and it was self limiting within six months. We encountered no complaint of penile shortening or impo- tence. Conclusion The saphenous vein presents a reasonable alternative grafting ...

  2. Corporoplasty with Saphenous Vein Graft in the Surgical ...

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    ObjectivesThe aim of this study is to evaluate the use of the saphenous vein in grafting the tunica albuginea defect after excision/incision of Peyronie's plaque in cases of disabling penile deformity. Patients and MethodsA total of 12 patients with significant penile curvature due to Peyronie's disease interfering with their ...

  3. Relationship between elevated platelet volume and saphenous vein graft disease. (United States)

    Tavil, Yusuf; Sen, Nihat; Yazici, Hüseyin Uğur; Hizal, Fatma; Açikgöz, Sadik Kadri; Turfan, Murat; Cengel, Atiye


    Saphenous vein graft (SVG) disease is the major determinant of long term graft viability in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Although, platelets play a major role in this pathogenetic process the nature of this interaction has not been yet been clarified. Mean platelet volume (MPV) reflects platelet production rate and stimulation. This study was designed to investigate MPV in patients with late stage SVG disease. The study population composed of 188 patients who underwent elective coronary angiography more than one year after coronary artery bypass surgery. The study population was divided in to two groups according to SVG patency. The first group consisted of 90 patients (75 men, 15 women; mean age, 63.4 +/- 9.2 years) with patent SVG's (no-stenosis group). The second group consisted of 98 patients (80 men, 18 women; mean age, 62.1 +/- 10.1 years) with SVG stenosis based on the results of coronary angiography (stenosis group). Greater than 50% stenosis within the SVG was accepted as hemodynamically significant. MPV were significantly higher in patients with SVG disease in comparison with the patients without graft disease group (9.3 +/- 1.19 vs. 8.3 +/- 1.10 fl, respectively, p < 0.001). In a multiple regression model, SVG disease was independently associated with MPV (beta=0.837, p=0.05) along with LDL-cholesterol (beta=0.159, p=0.008) and time interval after bypass surgery (beta=-0.092, p=0.05). Platelet volume, and therefore platelet activation, appears to play a causal role in late SVG disease graft disease; hence, MPV may be useful as a post-operative marker of graft success.

  4. Thrombosed aneurysm of saphenous vein coronary artery bypass grafting

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    Queiroz, Rodolfo Mendes; Nastri Filho, Rogerio; Ferez, Marcus Antonio; Costa, Mauro Jose Brandao da; Laguna, Claudio Benedini; Valentin, Marcus Vinicius Nascimento, E-mail: [Documenta - Hospital Sao Francisco, Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Departamento de Radiologia e Diagnostico por Imagem; Hospital Sao Francisco, Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Centro de Terapia Intensiva


    We describe the case of a male patient, aged 76 years, referred for cardiac investigation due to retrosternal chest pain and dyspnea. He had a history of acute myocardial infarction and angioplasties in the last 30 years, including a saphenous vein coronary artery bypass grafting (SVCABG). Echocardiogram showed hypoechoic oval formation near the right ventricle, suggesting a pericardial cyst. Computed angiotomography revealed a predominantly fusiform and thrombosed aneurysmal dilation of the SVCABG to the right coronary artery. SVCABG aneurysms are very rare and potentially fatal. They usually appear in the late postoperative period, and patients are often asymptomatic. On radiography, it is frequently presented as enlargement of the mediastinum, with echocardiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging being very useful for diagnosis. Coronary angiography is the gold standard to detect these cases. Our report illustrates a rare situation arising late from a relatively common surgery. Due to its severity, proper recognition in the routine assessment of patients with a similar history is essential. (author)

  5. Urethral Reconstruction Using Everted Saphenous Vein Graft in a Rabbit Model: One-Year Outcomes. (United States)

    Xu, Yujie; Shen, Zhou; Liu, Gang; Liu, Bing; Hua, Xiaoliang; Xiang, Yechen; Dong, Chuanjiang; Li, Bing


    To investigate the efficacy of using everted saphenous vein graft for urethral reconstruction. Thirty-five adult male rabbits were divided into 7 groups randomly: experimental group A, B, C, D, E, stricture control group and normal control group (n = 5). In experimental groups and the stricture control group, a urethral mucosa defect (1.5 × 0.8 cm) was created in each rabbit. In experimental groups, a 2-cm long saphenous vein graft was harvested and incised longitudinally and urethral reconstruction was carried out using the everted saphenous vein patch. Rabbits in experimental group A-E were killed respectively at 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, and 1 year postoperatively, and the specimens were obtained for histo-pathological examination. Retrograde urethrography was performed to evaluate urethral patency before sacrifice in group D and the stricture control group. In the histo-pathological study, the vein grafts were visible within first week. The vein graft was completely covered by epithelium 1 month postoperatively. Retrograde urethrograms showed the urethral caliber of experimental rabbits were similar to those of normal. While the stricture control group showed a narrow urethral lumen and urothelium defect. For urethral reconstruction, everted saphenous vein graft can be an ideal substitute material because of its longer survival time and rapid epithelization capacity. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  6. Adventitial cystic disease of the popliteal artery treated by bypass graft utilizing the short saphenous vein: A case report. (United States)

    Miyake, Katsunori; Sawamura, Naoki; Ikegaya, Yuki; Isogai, Naoko; Kawachi, Jun; Shimoyama, Rai; Fukai, Ryuta; Kashiwagi, Hiroyuki; Ogino, Hidemitsu


    Adventitial cystic disease is relatively rare vascular disease, frequently occurred in the popliteal artery. No definitive treatment has been established yet. A 53-year-old woman presenting intermittent claudication of the right leg was diagnosed as adventitial cystic disease of popliteal artery. Percutaneous balloon dilation yielded an immediate recurrence. The disease was successfully treated by bypass grafting utilizing the short saphenous vein to replace the part of the popliteal artery containing the adventitial cyst. No postoperative complication was found six months after surgery. Comparing to a great saphenous vein, a short saphenous vein as a material of bypass graft has a significant advantage, as only a single surgical field is necessary. We propose that bypass graft surgery employing a short saphenous vein is worth considering as a treatment of adventitial cystic disease at the popliteal artery. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  7. Reinforced long saphenous vein bypass graft for infrainguinal reconstruction procedures: case series and literature review.

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    Hynes, Niamh


    Poor rehabilitation rates and the high-cost of managing postamputation patients justify an aggressive revascularization policy in critical lower limb ischemia. Endovascular therapy is our first choice for limb salvage in these patients. However there are patients for whom endovascular therapy is not feasible. When bypass is necessary, autologous vein is a superior conduit to synthetic material. However, varicosities usually contraindicate autologous vein bypass because of the risk of aneurysm formation, rupture and increased intimal hyperplasia compared with nonvaricose venous grafts. We report the use of varicosed long saphenous vein (LSV) with external Dacron support in infrainguinal bypass procedures for limb salvage, where endovascular therapy was not feasible. The external Dacron tube was not brought close to the distal anastomotic area itself. With a mean follow-up of 18 months, duplex ultrasonography and computed tomography angiography showed no evidence of stenosis of the reinforced vein segments or aneurysmal degeneration of the residual vein. External reinforcement with Dacron prosthesis allows the use of autogenous greater saphenous veins with varicose dilatation without compromising graft patency and limb salvage.

  8. Leiomyosarcoma of inferior vena cava involving bilateral renal veins: Surgical challenges and reconstruction with upfront saphenous vein interposition graft for left renal vein outflow

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    Rishi Nayyar


    Full Text Available Leiomyosarcoma of inferior vena cava (IVC involving bilateral renal veins presents a surgical challenge. Herein, we report the successful management of two such cases using restoration of left renal venous outflow by saphenous vein interposition graft as first step of surgery. Then radical resection of tumor and right kidney was done. IVC was lastly reconstructed using Gore-Tex graft. This report highlights the surgical challenges to ensure radical resection. Furthermore, the importance of restoring left renal outflow in presence of concomitant right nephrectomy is discussed. Both the patients were disease free at six months with no loss of left renal glomerular filtration rate.

  9. Postoperative neuralgia in the leg after saphenous vein coronary artery bypass graft: a prospective study. (United States)

    Nair, U R; Griffiths, G; Lawson, R A


    The degree of cutaneous sensory deficit in the leg was assessed after removal of the long saphenous vein in 50 consecutive patients undergoing coronary artery bypass vein grafts randomly assigned subcutaneous sutures or a single layer of sutures. Removal of the vein and repair of the leg incision were done by the same team of surgeons. In group 1 (25 patients) the leg incision was repaired with "00" Dexon subcutaneous and "00" prolene subcuticular sutures while in group 2 (25 patients) closure was effected by a single layer of interrupted "00" nylon sutures. All had crepe pressure bandage from the base of the toes to the groin for the first 24 hours followed by TED stockings for six to eight weeks. Sutures were removed on the eighth postoperative day. Cutaneous sensation in the leg and ankle was assessed 48 hours, seven days, and six to eight weeks after surgery, and a final comparison of the cosmetic effects and sensory perception after one year or more was made in 37 patients. There were no major differences between the groups at 48 hours in sensory abnormalities (anaesthesia, hyperaesthesia, and pain) but sensory recovery was significantly better in group 2 at the second and third assessments. There was some reduction in sensory abnormalities at the final review in group 1. No appreciable difference was noted in the quality of the scar between the two groups. We conclude that cutaneous sensation is better preserved by repairing the leg incision in a single layer. Subcutaneous sutures may produce neuropraxia of the long saphenous nerve by direct pressure as healing progresses. PMID:3281308

  10. Aorta-LITA Bypass Grafting with Saphenous Vein in a Patient Undergoing Coronary Artery Surgery with Subclavian Artery Stenosis

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    Kerim Çağlı


    Full Text Available The internal thoracic artery (ITA is the primary graft for coronary artery bypass grafting and can not be used if there is subclavian artery stenosis (SAS. Aorto-axillary, carotid-subclavian bypass and also angioplasty with stenting or other interventional treatments are acceptable procedures for SAS treatment. Aorta-ITA bypass with saphenous vein can be alternative and simple technique for SAS to save Winslow pathway for patients with peripheral artery disease.

  11. Influence of coronary territory on flow profiles of saphenous vein grafts. (United States)

    Amin, Sanaz; Werner, Raphael S; Madsen, Per Lav; Krasopoulos, George; Taggart, David P


    Differing perfusion of the left and right ventricular coronary territory may influence flow-profiles of saphenous vein grafts (SVGs). We compared flow parameters, measured by transit-time flowmetry (TTFM), in left- and right-sided SVGs during coronary artery by-pass grafting (CABG). Routine TTFM measurements were obtained in 167 SVGs to the left territory (55%) and 134 SVGs to the right territory (total of 301 SVGs in 207 patients). The four standard TTFM parameters, [mean graft flow (MGF), pulsatility index (PI), percentage diastolic filling (%DF), and percentage backward flow (%BF)] were compared. Differences in flow parameters were also examined according to surgical technique (on- vs. off-pump). No significant difference between coronary territories was found for MGF, PI and %BF. However, a higher %DF was noted in left-sided SVGs in the overall cohort as well as in the on-pump (both p territory (1.2 ± 2.5 vs. 2.3 ± 3.0, p = 0.023). In a multivariate regression analysis, anastomosing a SVG to the left territory was weakly associated with higher PI (OR = 0.36, p = 0.026) and strongly associated with higher %DF (OR = 5.1, p < 0.001). No significant association was found for MGF, PI, %DF or %BF in either the on-pump nor the off-pump cohorts. Although statistically significant, the established differences in TTFM parameters between left- and right-sided vein grafts were small and unlikely to be of clinical relevance.

  12. Brilliant Blue FCF as an Alternative Dye for Saphenous Vein Graft Marking Effect on Conduit Function (United States)

    Voskresensky, Igor V.; Wise, Eric S.; Hocking, Kyle M.; Li, Fan Dong; Osgood, Michael J.; Komalavilas, Padmini; Brophy, Colleen; Cheung-Flynn, Joyce


    IMPORTANCE Surgical skin markers are used off-label to mark human saphenous veins (HSVs) to maintain orientation before implantation as aortocoronary or peripheral arterial bypass grafts. These surgical skin markers impair functional responses of the HSV tissue. OBJECTIVES To investigate the effect of brilliant blue dye 1 (brilliant blue FCF [for food coloring]; hereinafter, FCF) as a nontoxic alternative marking dye and to determine whether FCF has pharmacological properties. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Segments of HSVs were collected in university hospitals from patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting procedures immediately after harvest (unmanipulated) or after typical intraoperative surgical graft preparation (after manipulation). Rat inferior venae cavae were used to determine the pharmacological properties and cellular targets of FCF. Endothelial and smooth muscle functional responses were determined in a muscle bath, and intimal thickening in HSVs was determined after 14 days in organ culture. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES Contractile responses were measured in force and converted to stress. Smooth muscle function was expressed as maximal responses to potassium chloride depolarization contractions. Endothelial function was defined as the percentage of relaxation of maximal agonist-induced contraction. Neointimal thickness was measured by histomorphometric analysis. RESULTS Human saphenous veins stored in the presence of FCF had no loss of endothelial or smooth muscle function. Unmanipulated HSVs preserved in the presence of FCF demonstrated a significant increase in endothelial-dependent relaxation (mean [SEM], 25.2% [6.4%] vs 30.2% [6.7%]; P = .02). Application of FCF to functionally nonviable tissue significantly enhanced the smooth muscle responses (mean [SEM], 0.018 [0.004] × 105N/m2 vs 0.057 [0.016] × 105 N/m2; P = .05). Treatment with FCF reduced intimal thickness in organ culture (mean [SEM], −17.5% [2.1%] for unmanipulated HSVs vs

  13. Saphenous vein graft thrombus findings by scanning electron microscopy in a patient with acute myocardial infarction

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    Borges, Marcela Dias; Aguillera, André Haraguti [Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Brilhante, José Joaquim; Caixeta, Adriano [Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    An eighty-year-old male patient with a history of prior (19 years) coronary artery bypass graft surgery was admitted to the hospital with non ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). During the hospital stay he was taking acetylsalicylic acid 100mg per day, a loading dose of 600mg clopidogrel, and low molecular weight heparin 1mg/kg twice a day. Twenty-four hours later the patient underwent coronary angiography, which showed a 90% obstruction in the mid portion of the saphenous vein graft to obtuse marginal with signs of degeneration and local thrombus (Figure 1). Thrombus aspiration was performed with a 6-Fr Export{sup ™} catheter (Medtronic, Santa Rosa, CA, USA), which removed small reddish colored fragments. They were fixed in 2,5% glutaraldehyde in a 0.1M sodium cacodilate buffer. The material was processed following the GOTO protocol in which the fragments were washed with osmium tetroxide and titanic acid, after which they were dried in a critical-point device and a golden bath. Scanning electron microscopy and high definition photos (3,000 to 27,221x magnification) were obtained by the FEI Quanta{sup ™} FEG SEM device (FEI Company, Hillsboro, OR, USA). The images showed that the thrombus was rich in activated platelets, with few erythrocytes or inflammatory cells. Many cholesterol crystals were observed (Figures 2 to). The fibrin networks were sparse and thin, which is compatible with a short ischemic time and recent thrombus formation.

  14. Selective use of embolic protection devices during saphenous vein grafts interventions: a single-center experience. (United States)

    Lavi, Shahar; Ivanov, Joan; Appleby, Clare E; Seidelin, Peter H; Mackie, Karen; Schwartz, Leonard; Dzavík, Vladimír


    To report on outcomes with selective use of embolic protection devices (EPD) during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to saphenous vein grafts (SVG). PCI to SVG is associated with increased risk and the use of EPD is recommended in this setting. Angiographic and clinical outcomes were prospectively obtained from 534 consecutive patients who underwent PCI to SVG with or without EPD at a tertiary cardiac centre. Long-term outcomes were obtained by linkage to a provincial registry. EPD, deployed in 198 of 373 SVGs (53%) suitable for deployment of a distal EPD, were used more often in ectatic (33% vs. 19%, P = 0.003), ulcerated (17% vs. 9%, P = 0.03), thrombotic (26% vs. 10%, P EPD tended to be more likely to have a periprocedural myocardial infarction. During 3 years of follow-up, 49% of the patients had a cardiovascular event. Cumulative mortality was 8.4%, 18.8% and 14.7% in patients unsuitable for distal EPD, suitable but without EPD, and with EPD (p = 0.11). Nonuse of EPD was an independent predictor of MACE at 3 years. (P = 0.02). Selective use of EPD is associated with low in-hospital cardiovascular event rates. Long-term outcomes are manifested by a high rate of events, especially in patients with SVG's suitable for but not receiving EPD. This suggests that routine use of distal EPD may be warranted in unselected patients with suitable SVG anatomy.

  15. Use of arm and lesser saphenous vein compared with prosthetic grafts for infrapopliteal arterial bypass: are they worth the effort? (United States)

    Calligaro, K D; Syrek, J R; Dougherty, M J; Rua, I; Raviola, C A; DeLaurentis, D A


    Arm and lesser saphenous veins (ALSVs) are generally considered to be the best alternative for infrapopliteal arterial bypass grafts when greater saphenous vein is not available. The need for additional incisions and repositioning of the patient, along with occasional use of general anesthesia for arm vein harvesting, led to our perception that the use of ALSVs increased operative time and possibly patient discomfort. Therefore, we compared the outcome of ALSVs with that of prosthetic infrapopliteal arterial bypass procedures performed at our hospital. Between July 1, 1991, and Dec. 31, 1996, we performed 96 infrapopliteal arterial bypass procedures using 45 ALSVs (28 arm vein, 17 lesser saphenous) and 51 polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) grafts. Seventy grafts were single-length ALSV or PTFE bypass grafts, and 26 grafts were placed as the distal segment of a sequential or composite bypass graft. Every attempt was made to use ALSV and avoid the use of PTFE, even if a short segment of the vein graft measured less than 4.0 mm in diameter. There were no significant differences between patients with ALSV compared with PTFE grafts in terms of age, sex, indication for surgery, or number of previous revascularization procedures (2.1 vs 1.7), respectively (p > 0.05). However, ALSV grafts had more factors associated with an expected worse outcome: they were more commonly anastomosed to pedal arteries (17% [8 of 45] vs 0%; p = 0.0009), less commonly single-segment grafts (62% [28 of 45] vs 82% [42 of 51]; p = 0.03), had higher average runoff resistance values (2.3 vs 1.5; p = 0.001), and were less frequently treated with lifelong warfarin (65% [29 of 45] vs 95% [48 of 51]; p = 0.0001). The hospital mortality rate was 3.1% (3 of 96; 3 PTFE). All deaths were cardiac-related. Despite the potential factors associated with worse patency rates for ALSVs, 2-year assisted primary patency rates tended to be higher for arm veins (46%) than for lesser saphenous veins (23%) and PTFE grafts

  16. Saphenous vein graft true aneurysms: Report of nine cases and review of the literature

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION The true aneurysm formation of the autogenous saphenous vein graft (ASVG is a very rare complication after bypass surgery [1 -5]. In 1969 Pillet [1] first described a true fusiform aneurysm formation of the ASVG which had been used as a replacement of the iwured superficial femoral artery in 26-year-old male patient. We present nine cases. CASE!. A 71-year-old man with previous history of arterial hypertension and higher serum lipid level, was admitted with an asymptomatic pulsating swelling of the medial portion on the thigh. Five years ago the bellow knee F-P bypass with ASVG due to occlusive disease has been performed. The transfemoral angiography (Figure 1 showed patent graft with fusiform true aneurysm formation at its mid portion. This aneurysm has been replaced with PTFE graft. The pathohistological examination showed an atherosclerotic origin of the aneurysm. This patient died four years after operation due to myocardial infarction with patent graft. CASE 2. A 57-year-old female with previous history of arterial hypertension and higher serum lipid level, had an elective resection and replacement of the superficial femoral artery aneurysm. For the reconstruction an ASVG was used. The saphenous vein showed postflebitic changes. Four years later she was admitted with asymptomatic pulsating mass of the mid portion of the thigh. The control transfemoral angiography showed patent graft with fusiform aneurysm formation of its mid portion. After aneurismal resection, an above knee F-P bypass with 8 mm PTFE graft was performed. A pathohistological examination showed a partially degenerated elastic membrane with fragmentation and disruption, without atherosclerosis (Figure 2. During the follow up period an elective resection of the subclavian artery aneurysm as well as abdominal aortic aneurysm, were performed. CASE3. A subclavian artery aneurysm caused by TOS has been repaired with sapehnous vein graft at 40-year-old female patient

  17. Coronary aspirate TNFα reflects saphenous vein bypass graft restenosis risk in diabetic patients

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    Baars Theodor


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM have an increased risk for periprocedural complications and adverse cardiac events after percutaneous coronary intervention. We addressed the potential for coronary microvascular obstruction and restenosis in patients with and without DM undergoing stenting for saphenous vein bypass graft (SVG stenosis under protection with a distal occlusion/aspiration device. Methods SVG plaque volume and composition were analyzed using intravascular ultrasound before stent implantation. Percent diameter stenosis was determined from quantitative coronary angiography before, immediately after and 6 months after stent implantation. Coronary aspirate was retrieved during stent implantation and divided into particulate debris and plasma. Total calcium, several vasoconstrictors, and tumor necrosis factor (TNFα in particulate debris and coronary aspirate plasma were determined. Results Patients with and without DM had similar plaque volume, but larger necrotic core and greater particulate debris release in patients with than without DM (20.3±2.7 vs. 12.7±2.6% and 143.9±19.3 vs. 75.1±10.4 mg, Pvs. 5.1±2.4 pmol/mg and 2.2±0.7 vs. 1.1±0.2 pmol/L, Pvs. 6.34±1.11%, PP Conclusion In diabetics, particulate debris and coronary aspirate plasma contained more TNFα, which might reflect the activity of the underlying atherosclerotic process. Trial registration URL:; unique identifier: NCT01430884

  18. Contemporary approaches to saphenous vein graft interventions: a survey of 275 interventional cardiologists. (United States)

    Mahmood, Arif; Khair, Tarif; Abdel-karim, Abdul-rahman R; Papayannis, Aristotelis; Xu, Hao; Banerjee, Subhash; Brilakis, Emmanouil S


    We sought to examine contemporary practice patterns of saphenous vein graft (SVG) interventions. A link to a 10-item online questionnaire was completed in June 2009 by 275 (7%) of 3,771 US interventional cardiologists surveyed. Sixty-five percent of the respondents use an embolic protection device (EPD) in >75% of SVG interventions. The main reason for not using an EPD was "anatomic difficulties" (55%), followed by device complexity (20%). Filter-based EPDs were the most widely available, well known, and commonly used EPDs, whereas the Guardwire (Medtronic Vascular) was the least commonly used EPD. The main factors underlying EPD selection were lesion location (83%), familiarity with devices (72%), and SVG diameter (64%). Factors that could increase EPD use included availability of simpler to use devices (63%), and more studies demonstrating benefit from EPD use (37%). Compared with interventionalists who used EPDs in most cases (>75%), those who utilized EPDs less frequently were less likely to be familiar with each EPD and had less EPDs available for use. Many interventionalists (84%) administer intragraft vasodilators during SVG interventions, prefer drug-eluting stents (63%) and administer >12 months antiplatelet therapy poststent implantation. During SVG interventions (1) "anatomic difficulties" are the most common reason for not utilizing an EPD; (2) filter-based EPDs are most commonly used; (3) lesion location is the most important factor for EPD selection; (4) availability of simpler to use devices could increase EPD use; and (5) intragraft vasodilators, drug-eluting stents and prolonged antiplatelet therapy are commonly utilized. Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  19. Patency of Saphenous Vein Grafts Using the PAS-Port System During Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery. (United States)

    Kubota, Hiroshi; Endo, Hidehito; Ishii, Hikaru; Tsuchiya, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Yu; Inaba, Yusuke; Noma, Mio; Yoshimoto, Akihiro; Higuchi, Satoshi; Kohshoh, Hideyasu; Taniai, Seiichi; Ishiguro, Haruhisa; Yoshino, Hideaki; Sudo, Kenichi


    Several proximal anastomosis devices have been developed to shorten the time required for a proximal anastomosis and to avoid aortic cross-/side-clamping during coronary artery bypass grafting. This study retrospectively examined the patency of saphenous vein grafts (SVGs) using the PAS-Port System (Cardia Inc, Redwood City, CA). From 2004 to 2014, 451 patients underwent coronary artery bypass graft operations requiring at least 1 proximal anastomosis using a PAS-Port device. A total of 802 PAS-Port devices were used, and 95.0% (762 of 802) were implanted successfully. Among the successfully implanted anastomoses, 76.8% (585 of 762) were evaluated using coronary angiography or multidimensional computed tomography, or both. The evaluations were performed between postoperative days 4 and 3,182 (mean, 319 ± 624 days). The early (1 to 365 days) and the midterm to long-term (more than 366 days) occlusion rates were examined. A complete postoperative clinical course was recorded for 70.7% of the patients. Overall, 93.8% (549 of 585) of the device-dependent SVGs were patent. The patency rates of device-dependent SVGs that were 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 years old were 90.1% ± 1.8%, 87.1% ± 2.3%, 86.1% ± 2.5%, 82.9% ± 3.3%, 80.6% ± 3.9%, 77.2% ± 5.0%, 77.2% ± 5.0%, and 70.2% ± 8.1%, respectively. The longest follow-up period was 3,182 days (8.7 years). The occlusion rate for device-dependent SVGs tended to decrease as the number of patients accumulated. The PAS-Port system provided acceptable SVG patency and clinical outcome for the early and midterm to long-term. There may be a learning curve for the use of PAS-Port device that affects the device-dependent SVG patency. Copyright © 2017 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Long-term outcome following percutaneous coronary intervention with drug-eluting stents compared with bare-metal stents in saphenous vein graft lesions

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    Hougaard, Mikkel; Thayssen, Per; Kaltoft, Anne


    reduced the risk of restenosis in native coronary artery lesions. In saphenous vein grafts (SVG) the outcome after DES compared with BMS is insufficiently described. METHODS: From January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2010 all patients with PCI of SVG lesions were identified among 3.0 million inhabitants. Stent...

  1. Long Term Outcomes of MGuard Stent Deployment in Saphenous Vein Grafts and Native Coronary Arteries: A Single Center Experience. (United States)

    Vaknin-Assa, Hana; Assali, Abid; Lev, Eli I; Greenberg, Gabriel; Orvin, Katia; Valzer, Orna; Paul, Gideon; Levi, Amos; Kornowski, Ran


    The MGuard™ stent (InspireMD, Tel Aviv, Israel) is a bare metal mesh-covered stent, developed to prevent no-reflow phenomenon during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of saphenous vein grafts (SVG) and acute myocardial infarction (MI), both associated with significant atherothrombotic lesions. To report on local experience with patients treated with the MGuard stent until follow-up at 1 year. We followed 163 consecutive patients who underwent MGuard stent deployment during the period 2009 to 2014 in a large tertiary cardiac center in central Israel. The MGuard stent was used in 67% of patients who underwent SVG-PCI while 33% were treated for native coronary artery disease, the majority during ST-elevation MI (STEMI). The mean age was 67 years and 83% were males. The clinical presentation was STEMI in 30% and non-STEMI/unstable angina in 60% of patients. Of the total number of patients, 47% had diabetes and 29% had chronic kidney disease. All patients had follow-up at 1 year. Mortality in the native group was 1.9% vs. 10% in the vein graft cohort. ST was 2% in both groups. The major adverse cardiac event (MACE) rates were 11% in the native artery and 29% in the vein graft group, mainly due to respective target lesion revascularization/target vessel revascularization rates of 6% and 7% in the native vessel group and 11% and 15% in the SVG group. In suitable patients undergoing SVG-PCI or native lesion intervention during acute MI, the MGuard stent is a viable treatment strategy. Its potential merits and limitations warrant further evaluation.

  2. Effect of Extended-Release Niacin on Saphenous Vein Graft Atherosclerosis: Insights from the Atherosclerosis Lesion Progression Intervention Using Niacin Extended Release in Saphenous Vein Grafts (ALPINE-SVG) Pilot Trial. (United States)

    Kotsia, Anna P; Rangan, Bavana V; Christopoulos, Georgios; Coleman, Ameka; Roesle, Michele; Cipher, Daisha; de Lemos, James A; McGuire, Darren K; Packer, Milton; Banerjee, Subhash; Brilakis, Emmanouil S


    Intermediate saphenous vein graft (SVG) lesions have high rates of progression. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of extended-release niacin (ER-niacin) vs placebo on intermediate SVG lesions. Patients with intermediate (30%-60% diameter stenosis) SVG lesions were randomized to ER-niacin vs placebo for 12 months. Quantitative coronary angiography (QCA), intravascular ultrasonography (IVUS), and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were performed at baseline and at 12 months. The primary endpoint was change in percent atheroma volume (ΔPAV). Enrollment was planned for 138 patients for 90% power to detect ≥2.5% difference in the primary endpoint of ΔPAV, but stopped early after publication of two negative outcome trials of ER-niacin, with enrolled patients completing the 12-month trial protocol. Thirty-eight patients were randomized to niacin (n = 19) or placebo (n = 19), yielding power of 47% to detect the primary planned treatment effect of 2.5 ± 4.0% difference in ΔPAV. Between baseline and 12-month follow-up, no significant difference was found between study groups in ΔPAV (-1.31 ± 6.05% vs 1.05 ± 17.8%; P=.60). By OCT, the ER-niacin vs placebo group had less plaque rupture within the intermediate SVG lesion (0.0% vs 36.0%; P=.01). Administration of ER-niacin did not significantly impact intermediate SVG disease, with the notable limitation of compromised statistical power due to early termination of enrollment.

  3. Preoperative ultrasound mapping of the saphenous vein

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    Levi, Niels; Schroeder, T


    A prospective series of 92 patients had their greater saphenous vein assessed with duplex ultrasound scanning prior to planned infrainguinal bypass procedures. Sixteen (17%) bypass procedures thrombosed within the first week postoperatively. A naturally occurring optimal vein diameter was discove......A prospective series of 92 patients had their greater saphenous vein assessed with duplex ultrasound scanning prior to planned infrainguinal bypass procedures. Sixteen (17%) bypass procedures thrombosed within the first week postoperatively. A naturally occurring optimal vein diameter...

  4. Preoperative mapping of the saphenous vein

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    Levi-Mazloum, Niels Donald; Sillesen, H; Nielsen, Tina G


    A consecutive series of 92 patients had their greater saphenous vein assessed with duplex ultrasound scanning prior to planned infrainguinal bypass procedures. A naturally occurring optimal vein diameter was discovered. It was significantly correlated with higher postoperative ankle-brachial pres......A consecutive series of 92 patients had their greater saphenous vein assessed with duplex ultrasound scanning prior to planned infrainguinal bypass procedures. A naturally occurring optimal vein diameter was discovered. It was significantly correlated with higher postoperative ankle...

  5. Outcomes of Saphenous Vein Graft Intervention With and Without Embolic Protection Device: A Comprehensive Review and Meta-Analysis. (United States)

    Paul, Timir K; Bhatheja, Samit; Panchal, Hemang B; Zheng, Shimin; Banerjee, Subhash; Rao, Sunil V; Guzman, Luis; Beohar, Nirat; Zhao, David; Mehran, Roxana; Mukherjee, Debabrata


    Current guidelines give a class I recommendation to use of embolic protection devices (EPD) for saphenous vein graft (SVG) intervention; however, studies have shown conflicting results. The objective of this meta-analysis is to compare all-cause mortality, major adverse cardiovascular events, myocardial infarction (MI), or target vessel revascularization in SVG intervention with and without EPD. Literature was searched through October 2016. Eight studies (n=52 893) comparing SVG intervention performed with EPD (n=11 506) and without EPD (n=41 387) were included. There was no significant difference in all-cause mortality (odds ratio [OR], 0.79; confidence interval [CI], 0.55-1.12; P=0.19), major adverse cardiovascular events (OR, 0.73, CI, 0.51-1.05; P=0.09), target vessel revascularization (OR, 1.0; CI, 0.95-1.05; P=0.94), periprocedural MI (OR, 1.12; CI, 0.65-1.90, P=0.69), and late MI (OR, 0.80; CI, 0.52-1.23; P=0.30) between the 2 groups. Sensitivity analysis excluding CathPCI Registry study showed no difference in periprocedural MI, late MI, and target vessel revascularization; however, it favored EPD use in all-cause mortality and major adverse cardiovascular events. Further sensitivity analysis including only observational studies revealed no difference in all-cause mortality, major adverse cardiovascular events, target vessel revascularization, and late MI. Additional analysis after excluding CathPCI Registry study revealed no difference in outcomes. This study including 52 893 patients suggests no apparent benefit in routine use of EPD during SVG intervention in the contemporary real-world practice. Further randomized clinical trials are needed in current era to evaluate long-term outcomes in routine use of EPD, and meanwhile, current guideline recommendations on EPD use should be revisited. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  6. The effects of vasoactive agents on flow through saphenous vein grafts during lower-extremity peripheral vascular surgery. (United States)

    Maslow, Andrew D; Bert, Arthur; Slaiby, Jeffrey; Carney, William; Marcaccio, Edward


    The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of hemodynamic alterations on vein graft flow during peripheral vascular surgery. It was hypothesized that vasopressors can be administered without compromising flow through the vein grafts. Tertiary care center, university medical center. Randomized placebo-controlled double-blinded study. The effects of phenylephrine, epinephrine, milrinone, intravenous fluid, and placebo on newly constructed peripheral vein grafts were assessed in 60 patients (12 patients in each of 5 groups). Systemic and central hemodynamics were measured by using intra-arterial and pulmonary artery catheters. Vein graft flow was measured by using a transultrasonic flow probe (Transultrasonic Inc, Ithaca, NY). Phenylephrine increased systemic mean blood pressure (mBP) (68.2-94.0 mmHg, p < 0.01), systemic vascular resistance (SVR) (1,091-1,696 dynes x sec x cm(-5), p < 0.001), and vein graft flow (39.5-58.9 mL/min, p < 0.01), whereas cardiac output remained unchanged. Epinephrine resulted in increased cardiac output (4.4-6.9 L/min, p < 0.01) and mBP (72.7-89.1 mmHg, p < 0.01), whereas vein graft flow was reduced in 6 of 12 patients. Intravenous fluid administration resulted in a relatively smaller increase in graft flow (37.6-46.0 mL/min, p < 0.05), an increase in cardiac output, and an insignificant decrease in SVR. Other treatments had either little or no effect on vein graft flow. The study hypothesis was partly supported. Although both phenylephrine and epinephrine increased blood pressure, only the former increased vein graft flow in all patients. In conjunction with increases in graft flow after fluid administration, these data suggest that factors affecting vein graft flow are not just simply related to systemic hemodynamics.

  7. The impact of distension pressure on acute endothelial cell loss and neointimal proliferation in saphenous vein grafts. (United States)

    Stigler, Robert; Steger, Christina; Schachner, Thomas; Holfeld, Johannes; Edlinger, Michael; Grimm, Michael; Semsroth, Severin


    We aimed to determine the extent of acute endothelial cell loss and neointimal proliferation in the long-term in saphenous vein grafts (SVGs) exposed to defined distension pressures. During routine competence testing of SVGs for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), blinded peak pressure measurements were performed in 10 patients. In an experimental set-up, distension pressure-related endothelial damage was studied in the SVGs of 20 patients. In a subgroup (n = 10), each patient's SVG was divided into segments and subjected to four constant pressures (50, 100, 150 and 300 mmHg) for 30 min each. In another subgroup (n = 10), SVGs were exposed to a short phase of high pressure (low pressure followed by 300 mmHg for 5 min). Acute endothelial cell loss was quantified by CD31-immunostaining. After 2 weeks of organ culture, the neointimal proliferation was evaluated using histomorphometry. Pressure-related damage was compared with damage at baseline (0 mmHg). During routine competence testing for CABG, we revealed a median peak pressure of 355 mmHg (range: 240-639 mmHg). In the experimental set-up, significant acute endothelial cell loss occurred at all tested distension pressures: at 50 mmHg, the median endothelial cell loss was 29% (range: 20-51%, P = 0.015), at 100 mmHg 54% (range: 37-69%, P high-pressure exposure 65% (range: 49-82%, P pressure of 50 mmHg was exceeded: at 50 mmHg, median neointimal proliferation was 97 µm (range: 60-380 µm, P = 0.176), at 100 mmHg 168 µm (range: 100-600 µm, P = 0.001), at 150 mmHg 183 µm (range: 160-440 µm, P high-pressure exposure 130 µm (range: 60-410 µm, P = 0.02) in comparison with 90 µm (range: 60-170 µm) at baseline. In vitro exposure of SVGs to low distension pressure ranges causes significant acute endothelial cell loss and crucial long-term damage, namely neointimal proliferation.

  8. Leiomyosarcoma of the great saphenous vein. (United States)

    El Khoury, M; Mesurolle, B; Trassard, M; Cherel, P; Talma, V; Hagay, C


    Peripheral vascular leiomyosarcomas are rare. A case of leiomyosarcoma of the great saphenous vein diagnosed pre-surgically by MRI and fine-needle aspiration is presented. Characteristics of the tumour and imaging features are discussed.

  9. The Short Saphenous Vein: A Viable Alternative Conduit for ...

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    A wide variety of vascular conduits including the. Internal Mammary Artery (IMA), Radial Artery. (RA) and the Long Saphenous Vein (LSV), are available to the Cardiac Surgeon performing Coronary. Artery Bypass Graft procedures. These have demonstrated various successes over the years in both long-term patency.

  10. Procedural and clinical outcomes after use of the glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor abciximab for saphenous vein graft interventions

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    Harskamp, Ralf E., E-mail: [Academic Medical Center–University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (Netherlands); VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, NC (United States); Hoedemaker, Niels [Academic Medical Center–University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Newby, L. Kristin [Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, NC (United States); Woudstra, Pier; Grundeken, Maik J.; Beijk, Marcel A.; Piek, Jan J.; Tijssen, Jan G. [Academic Medical Center–University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Mehta, Rajendra H. [Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, NC (United States); Winter, Robbert J. de [Academic Medical Center–University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (Netherlands)


    Background: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of saphenous vein grafts (SVG) poses a high-risk for distal coronary thromboembolic events. Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors are frequently used in hope of reducing the impact of this, although the safety and efficacy of these drugs to improve outcomes in this setting are understudied. Methods: Patients were included if they had prior coronary artery bypass surgery and subsequently underwent PCI of ≥ 1 SVG graft at a Dutch academic center between 1997 and 2008. These patients were matched 1:1 based on peri-procedural use of abciximab using a propensity-score matching algorithm based on 17 variables. Conditional logistic regression and Cox regression stratified on matched pairs were performed to evaluate the association between abciximab use and MACCE (the composite measure of mortality, myocardial infarction, stroke and repeat revascularization) at 30 days and up to 1 year. Results: The composite of 30-day MACCE occurred in 18 patients (15.3%) in the abciximab group and 16 patients (13.6%) in the propensity matched control group (OR: 1.13, 95% CI: 0.57–2.21, p = 0.73). At 1-year follow-up, MACCE rates were also similar (32.5% vs. 33.9%, HR: 0.97, 95% CI: 0.59–1.59). Major bleeding (BARC types 3a–c) was higher in the abciximab group (11.9% vs. 4.2%, OR: 2.80, 95% CI: 1.01–7.77). Ischemic outcomes did not differ among patients with acute coronary syndromes. Conclusion: The use of intravenous abciximab was not associated with improved clinical outcomes up to 1-year among patients undergoing SVG PCI, but was related to more bleeding. - Highlights: • PCI of SVG poses a high-risk for distal coronary thromboembolic events. • Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors are frequently used in an attempt to reduce this risk. • We evaluated the safety and efficacy of abciximab (a glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor) using a propensity-score matched analysis of 236 patients at a large academic medical center. • Thirty

  11. Preexisting High Expression of Matrix Metalloproteinase-2 in Tunica Media of Saphenous Vein Conduits Is Associated with Unfavorable Long-Term Outcomes after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

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    Bartlomiej Perek


    Full Text Available Introduction. Migration of the smooth muscle cells (SMCs to the tunica media in the saphenous vein (SV transplants is facilitated by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs. The aim of this study was to identify any associations between expression of MMP-2 or endogenous tissue inhibitors (TIMP-2 and TIMP-3 in the SV segments and late failure of the SV grafts. Methods. Two hundred consecutive patients with a mean age of 63.1 ± 8.9 years who underwent primary isolated venous CABG were examined. Patients were retrospectively split into two subgroups, with the SV graft disease (SVGD (+; or without it (SVGD (−; . In the SV segments, immunohistochemical analysis of the expression of the MMP-2, TIMP-2, and -3 was performed. Results. In the SVGD (+ patients, tissue expression of MMP-2 was stronger, whereas that of both TIMPs was weaker than in the SVGD (− patients. In majority of the SV segments obtained from the SVGD (− individuals, a balance in MMP and TIMP expressions was found, whereas an upregulation of MMP-2 expression was usually noted in the SVGD (+ subjects. Conclusion. The strong expression of MMP-2 accompanied by reduced immunostaining of both TIMPs is associated with the development of the SV graft disease and unfavorable CABG outcomes.

  12. Immunohistochemistry comparing endoscopic vein harvesting vs. open vein harvesting on saphenous vein endothelium. (United States)

    Nezafati, Mohammad Hassan; Nezafati, Pouya; Amoueian, Sakineh; Attaranzadeh, Armin; Rahimi, Hamid Reza


    The present study attempts to compare the immunohistochemistry (IHC) of von Willebrand factor (vWf) , endothelial cadherin, Caveolin and endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase (eNOS) in VasoView Endoscopic Vein Harvesting (EVH) versus traditional Open Vein Harvesting (OVH) techniques for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery performed in Javad al Aemeh Hospital of Mashhad, Iran in 2013,. Forty-seven patients were scheduled for CABG (30 EVH and 17 OVH) among whom patients with relatively same gender and similar age were selected. Three separate two cm vein samples were harvested from each patient's saphenous vein. Each portion was collected from distal, middle and proximal zones of the saphenous vein. The tissues were deparaffinized, and antigen retrieval was done using EZ-retriever followed by an immunohistochemistry evaluation with vWf, e-cadherin, Caveolin and eNOS. In addition, demographic questioner as of Lipid profile, FBS, BMI, and cardiovascular risk factors were collected. Data analyses, including parametric and nonparametric tests were undertaken using the SPSS 16 software. A P value  0.05). Qualitative report of vWf, e-cadherin, Caveolin and eNOS reveals no significant difference between the EVH and OVH (P > 0.05). This study indicates that VasoView EVH technique causes no endothelial damage in comparison with OVH. This study could be a molecular confirmation for the innocuous of EVH technique.

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

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


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

  14. Evaluation of endoscopic vein extraction on structural and functional viability of saphenous vein endothelium


    Hussaini, Bader E; Lu, Xiu-Gui; Wolfe, J Alan; Thatte, Hemant S


    Abstract Objectives Endothelial injury during harvest influences graft patency post CABG. We have previously shown that endoscopic harvest causes structural and functional damage to the saphenous vein (SV) endothelium. However, causes of such injury may depend on the extraction technique. In order to assess this supposition, we evaluated the effect of VirtuoSaph endoscopic SV harvesting technique (VsEVH) on structural and functional viability of SV endothelium using multiphoton imaging, bioch...

  15. Small saphenous vein: where does reflux go?

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    Guillermo Gustavo Rossi


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The anatomy of small saphenous vein (SSV is very variable because of its complex embryological origin. SSV incompetence often causes reflux that goes to the perforating veins, sometimes not respecting the anatomical course. OBJECTIVE: To analyze differences in reflux direction and reentry in the SSV. METHODS: In this prospective, observational study, 60 lower limbs with SSV incompetence of 43 patients were assessed using a color Doppler ultrasound protocol. RESULTS: Reentry variations were grouped into four types and subtypes. Percentage results were: Type A, perforating veins on the medial side = 25/60 cases (41.66%; subtypes: Cockett, Sherman, paratibial and vertex; Type B, lateral malleolus and perforating veins on the lateral side (fibular 17-26 cm = 15/60 cases (25%; subtypes: fibular and malleolus; Type C, two branches = 19/60 cases (31.66%; subtypes: gastrocnemius and Cockett, gastrocnemius and malleolus, and/or fibular, Cockett and malleolus, Cockett-vertex and fibular; Type D, reflux in the superficial system = 1/60 cases (1.66%. CONCLUSION: On most of the lower limbs assessed, reflux did not follow the classical anatomic course. Our findings demonstrated a high degree of variation in reflux/reentry, but no SSV anatomical variations. Reflux seems to, either look for the most accessible anatomical connection for reentry or be originated in the distal area and then reach the SSV.

  16. Straight configuration saphenous vein transposition to popliteal artery for vascular access. (United States)

    Caco, Gentian; Golemi, Dhurata; Likaj, Eriola


    The saphenous vein is commonly used as a vascular graft in peripheral artery surgery but rarely used for vascular access. The literature on straight configuration saphenous vein transposition to the popliteal artery is scarce. Here we present two cases of straight configuration saphenous vein transposition to the popliteal artery for vascular access, the surgical technique and respective follow-up. Two young men, aged 29 and 36 years, were chosen for lower-limb vascular access for hemodialysis. The first patient was paraplegic since birth. He used his arms to move so upper extremity vascular access was avoided. The second patient presented with an infected upper extremity arteriovenous graft (AVG) and after multiple closed AVFs he had no more available arm veins. Both patients received autologous lower extremity straight configuration saphenous vein transpositions to the popliteal artery under spinal anesthesia in May and October 2012, respectively. Cannulation of the fistula was allowed after one month. There were no early complications. Slight swelling on the leg appeared in one of the patients. Both fistulas were still functional after 36 and 32 months, respectively. The straight configuration saphenous vein transposition to popliteal artery is simple to perform, offers a long and straight segment for cannulation and may be a suitable autologous vascular access in selected patients.

  17. Microscopic and ultrastructural evaluation of the saphenous vein endothelium for CABG prepared by the no touch technique. (United States)

    Silva, Virgílio Figueiredo; Ishigai, Márcia Marcelino de Souza; Freymüller, Edna; Branco, João Nelson Rodrigues; Gaia, Diego Felipe; Gabriel, Edmo Atique; Romão, Renata Aparecida Leonel; Buffolo, Enio


    Saphenous vein grafts (SV) used in coronary artery bypass grafting have a limited life and vein occlusion may be the final adverse effect. Efforts to develop new techniques to harvest the saphenous vein may improve the viability of the graft. Twenty patients were randomly divided into two groups with the objective of evaluating the vascular endothelium. The No Touch (NT) technique consists in removing the saphenous vein with perivascular tissue. The conventional technique consists in harvesting with "in situ" removal of the perivascular tissue. The standard saphenous vein harvesting procedure used bridged incisions. Characteristics of the vein were considered. Evaluation of the endothelium was achieved by electron microscopy and histologic analysis using hematoxylin eosin staining. The Picrosirius and Masson Trichrome methods were used to analyze subendothelial collagen. Electron microscopy demonstrated that the NT Group had larger non-denudated endothelial areas as well as a smaller number of degraded cells. Histological analysis showed the form and integrity of the saphenous vein layers. A larger amount of collagen fibers were identified in the NT Group. The NT technique better preserves the saphenous vein endothelium suggesting a more viable graft in the long term.

  18. Leiomyosarcoma of the great saphenous vein

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    Alexandre Campos Moraes Amato


    Full Text Available A 56-year-old male patient presented with a complaint of two painful, hard, palpable nodules in the right lower limb. A Doppler ultrasound scan revealed the presence of nodules, likely to be neoplastic. Computed angiography showed two solid hypervascular nodules in the right great saphenous vein, fed by branches of the posterior tibial artery. Embolization of the nodules using surgical cyanoacrylate was performed, followed by an excisional biopsy. Anatomical pathology and immunohistochemical analysis identified the nodule as a high-grade leiomyosarcoma, characterized by ten mitotic figures per ten high-power fields, necrosis and cell pleomorphism. Immunohistochemical analysis results were positive for caldesmon and desmin labeling. A second surgical procedure was performed to enlarge the free margins.

  19. Saphenous vein graft near-infrared spectroscopy imaging insights from the lipid core plaque association with clinical events near-infrared spectroscopy (ORACLE-NIRS) registry. (United States)

    Danek, Barbara A; Karatasakis, Aris; Alame, Aya J; Nguyen-Trong, Phuong-Khanh J; Karacsonyi, Judit; Rangan, Bavana; Roesle, Michele; Atwell, Amy; Resendes, Erica; Martinez-Parachini, Jose Roberto; Iwnetu, Rahel; Kalsaria, Pratik; Siddiqui, Furqan; Muller, James E; Banerjee, Subhash; Brilakis, Emmanouil


    We sought to examine near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) imaging findings of aortocoronary saphenous vein grafts (SVGs). SVGs are prone to develop atherosclerosis similar to native coronary arteries. They have received little study using NIRS. We examined the clinical characteristics and imaging findings from 43 patients who underwent NIRS imaging of 45 SVGs at our institution between 2009 and 2016. The mean patient age was 67 ± 7 years and 98% were men, with high prevalence of diabetes mellitus (56%), hypertension (95%), and dyslipidemia (95%). Mean SVG age was 7 ± 7 years, mean SVG lipid core burden index (LCBI) was 53 ± 60 and mean maxLCBI4 mm was 194 ± 234. Twelve SVGs (27%) had lipid core plaques (2 yellow blocks on the block chemogram), with a higher prevalence in SVGs older than 5 years (46% vs. 5%, P = 0.002). Older SVG age was associated with higher LCBI (r = 0.480, P < 0.001) and higher maxLCBI4 mm (r = 0.567, P < 0.001). On univariate analysis, greater annual total cholesterol exposure was associated with higher SVG LCBI (r = 0.30, P = 0.042) and annual LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride exposure were associated with higher SVG maxLCBI4 mm (LDL-C: r = 0.41, P = 0.020; triglycerides: r = 0.36, P = 0.043). On multivariate analysis, the only independent predictor of SVG LCBI and maxLCBI4mm was SVG age. SVG percutaneous coronary intervention was performed in 63% of the patients. An embolic protection device was used in 96% of SVG PCIs. Periprocedural myocardial infarction occurred in one patient. Older SVG age and greater lipid exposure are associated with higher SVG lipid burden. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Evaluation of endoscopic vein extraction on structural and functional viability of saphenous vein endothelium. (United States)

    Hussaini, Bader E; Lu, Xiu-Gui; Wolfe, J Alan; Thatte, Hemant S


    Endothelial injury during harvest influences graft patency post CABG. We have previously shown that endoscopic harvest causes structural and functional damage to the saphenous vein (SV) endothelium. However, causes of such injury may depend on the extraction technique. In order to assess this supposition, we evaluated the effect of VirtuoSaph endoscopic SV harvesting technique (VsEVH) on structural and functional viability of SV endothelium using multiphoton imaging, biochemical and immunofluorescence assays. Nineteen patients scheduled for CABG were prospectively identified. Each underwent VsEVH for one portion and "No-touch" open SV harvesting (OSVH) for another portion of the SV. A two cm segment from each portion was immersed in GALA conduit preservation solution and transported overnight to our lab for processing. The segments were labeled with fluorescent markers to quantify cell viability, calcium mobilization and generation of nitric oxide. Morphology, expression, localization and stability of endothelial caveolin, eNOS, von Willebrand factor and cadherin were evaluated using immunofluorescence, Western blot and multiphoton microscopy (MPM). Morphological, biochemical and immunofluorescence parameters of viability, structure and function were well preserved in VsEVH group as in OSVH group. However, tonic eNOS activity, agonist-dependent calcium mobilization and nitric oxide production were partially attenuated in the VsEVH group. This study indicates that VirtuoSaph endoscopic SV harvesting technique preserves the structural and functional viability of SV endothelium, but may differentially attenuate the vasomotor function of the saphenous vein graft.

  1. Saphenous Vein Sparing Superficial Inguinal Dissection in Lower Extremity Melanoma

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    Muhammed Beşir Öztürk


    Full Text Available Aim. The classic inguinal lymph node dissection is the main step for the regional control of the lower extremity melanoma, but this surgical procedure is associated with significant postoperative morbidity. The permanent lymphedema is the most devastating long-term complication leading to a significant decrease in the patient’s quality of life. In this study we present our experience with modified, saphenous vein sparing, inguinal lymph node dissections for patients with melanoma of the lower extremity. Methods. Twenty one patients (10 women, 11 men who underwent saphenous vein sparing superficial inguinal lymph node dissection for the melanoma of lower extremity were included in this study. The effects of saphenous vein sparing on postoperative complications were evaluated. Results. We have observed the decreased rate of long-term lymphedema in patients undergoing inguinal lymphadenectomy for the lower extremity melanoma. Conclusion. The inguinal lymphadenectomy with saphenous vein preservation in lower extremity melanoma patients seems to be an oncologically safe procedure and it may offer reduced long-term morbidity.

  2. Evaluation of endoscopic vein extraction on structural and functional viability of saphenous vein endothelium

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    Lu Xiu-Gui


    Full Text Available Abstract Objectives Endothelial injury during harvest influences graft patency post CABG. We have previously shown that endoscopic harvest causes structural and functional damage to the saphenous vein (SV endothelium. However, causes of such injury may depend on the extraction technique. In order to assess this supposition, we evaluated the effect of VirtuoSaph endoscopic SV harvesting technique (VsEVH on structural and functional viability of SV endothelium using multiphoton imaging, biochemical and immunofluorescence assays. Methods Nineteen patients scheduled for CABG were prospectively identified. Each underwent VsEVH for one portion and "No-touch" open SV harvesting (OSVH for another portion of the SV. A two cm segment from each portion was immersed in GALA conduit preservation solution and transported overnight to our lab for processing. The segments were labeled with fluorescent markers to quantify cell viability, calcium mobilization and generation of nitric oxide. Morphology, expression, localization and stability of endothelial caveolin, eNOS, von Willebrand factor and cadherin were evaluated using immunofluorescence, Western blot and multiphoton microscopy (MPM. Results Morphological, biochemical and immunofluorescence parameters of viability, structure and function were well preserved in VsEVH group as in OSVH group. However, tonic eNOS activity, agonist-dependent calcium mobilization and nitric oxide production were partially attenuated in the VsEVH group. Conclusions This study indicates that VirtuoSaph endoscopic SV harvesting technique preserves the structural and functional viability of SV endothelium, but may differentially attenuate the vasomotor function of the saphenous vein graft. Ultramini-Abstract Endoscopic extraction preserved the structure and function, but attenuated the calcium mobilization and nitric oxide generation in human SV endothelium.

  3. Greater saphenous vein anomaly and aneurysm with subsequent pulmonary embolism


    Ma, Truong; Kornbau, Craig


    Abstract Venous aneurysms often present as painful masses. They can present either in the deep or superficial venous system. Deep venous system aneurysms have a greater risk of thromboembolism. Though rare, there have been case reports of superficial aneurysms and thrombus causing significant morbidity such as pulmonary embolism. We present a case of an anomalous greater saphenous vein connection with an aneurysm and thrombus resulting in a pulmonary embolism. This is the only reported case o...

  4. Multi-photon microscopic evaluation of saphenous vein endothelium and its preservation with a new solution, GALA. (United States)

    Thatte, Hemant S; Biswas, Kunda S; Najjar, Samer F; Birjiniuk, Vladimir; Crittenden, Michael D; Michel, Thomas; Khuri, Shukri F


    Injury to endothelium can compromise the patency of bypass grafts harvested during coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Maintaining structural and functional viability of endothelium in grafts may lead to improved long-term patency. The information gained from the application of multi-photon microscopy in transmission and epifluorescence mode was used to assess the structural and functional integrity of human saphenous vein segments stored in multiple preservation solutions, and to design a superior storage solution. Multi-photon microscopy was used to image deep within saphenous vein tissue harvested from patients undergoing CABG for analysis of endothelial structure and function. Endothelial cell structural viability, calcium mobilization, and nitric oxide generation were determined using specific fluorescence markers. Within 60 minutes of harvest and storage in standard preservation solutions, calcium mobilization and nitric oxide generation were markedly diminished with more than 90% of endothelial cells no longer viable in the vein. In contrast, veins could be stored for 24 hours without substantial loss in cell viability in a newly formulated heparinized physiologic buffered salt solution containing glutathione, ascorbic acid, and L-arginine (GALA). Standard solutions in clinical use today led to a profound decline in saphenous vein endothelial cell viability, whereas the newly designed physiologic salt solution (GALA) maintained endothelial function and structural viability for up to 24 hours. The improvements seen from using GALA as a vessel storage medium may lead to greater long-term vein graft patency following CABG surgery.

  5. Long-term outcomes with drug-eluting stents versus bare metal stents in the treatment of saphenous vein graft disease (results from the REgistro Regionale AngiopLastiche Emilia-Romagna registry). (United States)

    Vignali, Luigi; Saia, Francesco; Manari, Antonio; Santarelli, Andrea; Rubboli, Andrea; Varani, Elisabetta; Piovaccari, Giancarlo; Menozzi, Alberto; Percoco, Gianfranco; Benassi, Alberto; Rusticali, Guido; Marzaroli, Paolo; Guastaroba, Paolo; Grilli, Roberto; Maresta, Aleardo; Marzocchi, Antonio


    Percutaneous revascularization of saphenous vein grafts (SVGs) remains a challenging task. Drug-eluting stents (DESs) have been shown to decrease the incidence of restenosis in de novo native coronary artery lesions. However, their clinical value in SVGs remains to be established. We compared long-term clinical outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention with DESs and bare metal stents (BMSs) for de novo lesions in SVGs. In a large prospective, multicenter registry, 360 patients underwent stenting of a de novo lesion in SVGs using BMSs (288 patients) or DESs (72 patients). Incidence of major adverse cardiac events (MACEs), including all-cause mortality, reinfarction, and target vessel revascularization, was recorded at a 12-month follow-up. Compared with the DES group, patients receiving BMSs were more likely to be men, to have chronic renal insufficiency or higher Charlson scores, but less likely to have undergone previous percutaneous coronary intervention. Incidence of MACEs at 12-month follow-up was similar in the 2 groups (17.8% in DES group vs 20.3% in BMS group, respectively, p = 0.460). Cox regression analysis identified age, chronic renal failure, cardiogenic shock at presentation, and ostial location of stenosis as independent predictors of long-term MACEs. In conclusion, our data suggest that rates of 12-month MACEs associated with the use of DESs and BMSs are similar in patients undergoing treatment of de novo lesions in SVGs.

  6. The defective protein level of myosin light chain phosphatase (MLCP) in the isolated saphenous vein, as a vascular conduit in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), harvested from patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). (United States)

    Matsuo, Yasuko; Kuwabara, Masachika; Tanaka-Totoribe, Naoko; Kanai, Tasuku; Nakamura, Eisaku; Gamoh, Shuji; Suzuki, Akito; Asada, Yujiro; Hisa, Hiroaki; Yamamoto, Ryuichi


    We examined the contractile reactivity to 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) in isolated human saphenous vein (SV), as a vascular conduit in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), harvested from patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and non-DM (NDM). Vascular rings of endothelium-denuded SV were used for functional and biochemical experiments. The vasoconstrictions caused by 5-HT were significantly greater (hyperreactivity) in the DM group than in the NDM group. RhoA/ROCK pathway is activated by various G-protein-coupled receptor agonists and consequently induces phosphorylation of myosin phosphatase target subunit 1 (MYPT1), a subunit of myosin light chain phosphatase (MLCP), which inhibits MLCP activity. In the resting state of the vessels, total tissue protein levels of 5-HT(2A) receptor, 5-HT(1B) receptor, RhoA, ROCK1, and ROCK2 did not differ between NDM and DM groups. However, the total protein level of MYPT1 was significantly lower in the DM group than in the NDM group. Furthermore, the ratio of P(Thr(696))-MYPT1 to total MYPT1 was significantly higher in the DM group than in the NDM group. These results suggest that the hyperreactivity to 5-HT in the SV smooth muscle of patients with DM is due to not only enhanced phosphorylation of MLCP but also defective protein level of MLCP. Thus, we reveal for the first time that the defective protein level of MLCP in the DM group can partially explain the poor patency of SV graft harvested from patients with DM. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Saphenous vein thrombophlebitis (SVT): a deceptively benign disease. (United States)

    Hanson, J N; Ascher, E; DePippo, P; Lorensen, E; Scheinman, M; Yorkovich, W; Hingorani, A


    The association between deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and the hypercoagulable state is a well-established entity. However, the association between saphenous vein thrombophlebitis and coagulation abnormalities has not been investigated. Although thrombosis of varicose veins typically runs a benign course, phlebitis of the saphenous system may propagate to the deep system or saphenofemoral junction that requires more aggressive therapy. Given the potential similarity in clinical outcome between saphenous vein thrombophlebitis (SVT) and DVT, we have investigated the coagulation profile of patients presenting with isolated SVT. Seventeen consecutive patients who presented to our vascular laboratory with isolated SVT had a coagulation profile performed that included antithrombin III (AT III), protein C (PC), protein S (PS) antigen and activity levels, activated protein C (APC) resistance, factor V DNA mutation, and coagulation factors II and X. All patients had duplex scans performed on both the superficial and deep venous systems. Patients with SVT only were treated with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and warm soaks as outpatients, whereas those patients found to have DVT or a clot at the saphenofemoral junction were fully anticoagulated with heparin and coumadin therapy. All 17 patients had at least one repeat coagulation profile performed up to 5 months after their SVT occurrence to ensure that the results of hypercoagulability were not transient. Ten (59%) of the 17 patients with SVT had abnormal coagulation profiles on initial presentation. All 10 patients who were hypercoagulable had repeat tests and 6 (35%) remained abnormal. Four patients who had abnormal results converted to normal values. Seven patients with normal coagulation profiles on initial presentation had repeat tests and all remained normal. The incidence of the hypercoagulable state in patients with SVT is high. Thirty-five percent of patients with isolated SVT had consistently abnormal

  8. Comparação da perviedade entre artéria radial e veia safena em pacientes em pós-operatório de cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica com retorno dos sintomas Comparison of patency between radial artery and saphenous vein in a coronary artery bypass grafting post operative with return of the symptoms

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    Herbert Coelho Hortmann


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar a perviedade da artéria radial e veia safena em pacientes com retorno dos sintomas após cirurgia de revascularização do miocárdio (CRVM. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo. No período de janeiro de 1998 a dezembro de 2005, foram realizadas 469 CRVMs com o uso da artéria radial dentre os enxertos, no Hospital Vera Cruz, em Belo Horizonte/MG. Destes, 94 pacientes apresentaram alterações isquêmicas no pós-operatório recente ou tardio e foram reestudados com cineangiocoronariografia. Os enxertos foram divididos em três grupos: artéria torácica interna (ATI, artéria radial (AR e veia safena (VS, e foram estratificados segundo a gravidade das lesões: sem lesão grave (OBJECTIVE: To compare the radial artery and saphenous vein's patency in patients with recurrence of symptoms in a coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG. METHODS: Retrospective study. From January 1998 to December 2005, 469 CABGs were performed using the radial artery as a graft, in Vera Cruz Hospital in Belo Horizonte/ MG. Among the patients who underwent those surgeries, 94 presented ischemic changes in early or late postoperative period, which led them to be re-evaluated by coronary angiography. The grafts were divided in three groups: internal thoracic artery (ITA, radial artery (RA and saphenous vein (SV, and they were stratified according to the severity of injury: uninjured or patent (< 70%, severe obstruction (70 to 99% and occlusion. RESULTS: For the 94 patients in the study, 86 grafts of ITA, 94 of RA and 111 of SV were used. For the 86 ITA grafts, 73 (84.88% were found patent. For the 94 RA grafts, 55 (58.51% were found patent, and for the 111 SV grafts, 73 (65.76% were uninjured. A statistically significant difference (P= 0.001 was found between RA and SV grafts, with a higher patency found for VS graft. For the RA grafts, women presented a worse result concerning the RA patency (65.7% and 40.7%, with P = 0.006. Concerning coronary

  9. [Surgical technique of saphenous vein harvesting using a Cusco vaginal speculum]. (United States)

    Kikuchi, Keita; Suzuki, Kotaro; Endo, Yoshiki; Matsuyama, Takayoshi; Osaka, Shin-ichi; Kurata, Atsushi


    We used Cusco vaginal speculum in harvesting saphenous vein graft (SVG) as an assist device for making a skin tunnel. After making 2 incisions of 3 to 4 cm, the SVG was dissected in a usual procedure. Then Cusco vaginal speculum was inserted into the skin tunnel between the 2 incisions. The SVG was dissected in a usual fashion under direct vision with the speculum. This procedure requires only small incisions, short learning curve and low cost. The new technique using Cusco vaginal speculum can be a reliable option for harvesting SVG.

  10. Effect of Extended-Release Niacin on Carotid Intima Media Thickness, Reactive Hyperemia, and Endothelial Progenitor Cell Mobilization: Insights From the Atherosclerosis Lesion Progression Intervention Using Niacin Extended Release in Saphenous Vein Grafts (ALPINE-SVG) Pilot Trial. (United States)

    Guerra, Andres; Rangan, Bavana V; Coleman, Ameka; Xu, Hao; Kotsia, Anna; Christopoulos, Georgios; Sosa, Alan; Chao, Howard; Han, Henry; Abdurrahim, Guthbudeen; Roesle, Michele; de Lemos, James A; McGuire, Darren K; Packer, Milton; Banerjee, Subhash; Brilakis, Emmanouil S


    Thirty-eight patients with intermediate (30%-60% diameter stenosis) saphenous vein graft lesions were randomized to extended-release niacin (ER-niacin) or placebo for 12 months. We sought to evaluate the impact of ER-niacin on carotid intima media thickness (CIMT), endothelial function, and endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) mobilization. Carotid B-mode ultrasound was used to image the common and internal carotid arteries, at baseline and at 12 months after enrollment. Reactive hyperemia peripheral arterial tonometry, as assessed with EndoPAT 2000 (Itamar Medical, Inc) and EPC mobilization assessed with flow cytometry, were measured at enrollment, and at 1 and 12 months. The baseline clinical characteristics were similar in the two study groups. High-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels tended to increase more in the ER-niacin group (5.9 ± 8.7 mg/dL vs 1.4 ± 7.1 mg/dL; P=.14). Between baseline and 12 months, right common carotid artery (0.96 ± 0.44 mm vs 0.70 ± 0.24 mm; P=.04), and left common carotid artery (0.80 ± 0.30 mm vs 0.70 ± 0.20 mm; P=.08) CIMT tended to decrease in the ER-niacin group, compared with no change in the placebo group. The change in logarithmic reactive hyperemia index between 1 month and 12 months was similar in patients receiving ER-niacin vs placebo (0.003 ± 0.12 vs -0.058 ± 0.12; P=.39), whereas EPC mobilization increased in the ER-niacin group and decreased in the placebo group (8.65 ± 28.41 vs -5.87 ± 30.23 EPC colony forming units/mL of peripheral blood; P=.02). ER-niacin did not have a significant impact on CIMT or endothelial function, but increased EPC mobilization.

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

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

  12. Retrograde mechanochemical ablation of the small saphenous vein for the treatment of a venous ulcer. (United States)

    Moore, Hayley M; Lane, Tristan R A; Franklin, Ian J; Davies, Alun H


    We present the first case of retrograde ablation of the small saphenous vein to treat active venous ulceration. A 73-year-old gentleman with complicated varicose veins of the left leg and a non-healing venous ulcer despite previous successful endovenous treatment to his left great saphenous vein underwent mechanochemical ablation of his small saphenous vein with the ClariVein® system, under local anaesthetic, using a retrograde cannulation technique. Post-operatively the patient had improved symptomatically and the ulcer size had reduced. This report highlights that patients with small saphenous vein incompetence and active ulceration can be treated successfully with retrograde mechanochemical ablation. © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions:

  13. Multiple ligation of the proximal greater saphenous vein in the CHIVA treatment of primary varicose veins

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    Roberto Delfrate


    Full Text Available Saphenous femoral disconnection is the key point of most surgical techniques in the treatment of primary varicose vein surgery. The aim of this study is to compare and analyze different techniques for conservative saphenousfemoral ligation or disconnection. These techniques can be to perform mini invasive open surgery and are suitable for implementation of the conservative hemodynamic correction of venous insufficiency (CHIVA method. The aim was to present the follow-up by retrospective analysis of three different ligation-disconnection techniques of the proximal great saphenous vein (GSV according to the CHIVA method at the GSV end, i.e. between the very end of the GSV and the first arch tributary, according to the CHIVA method. The first thecnique consisted of a surgical division (crossotomy. The other two consisted of triple superposed ligation with No. 2 non-absorbable braided coated suture without division labeled TSFL (triple saphenous flush ligation and No. 0 polypropylenene ligation TPL (triple polypropylene ligation. The difference between TSFL and TPL was in the thickness and type of material of the thread, though both were non-absorbable. The follow up of 56 TPL procedures, 61 crossotomy procedures, and 82 TSFL procedures was analysed. The follow-up consisted of checking the sapheno-femoral junction occlusion with Duplex color ultra sound. The incidence rates of neovascularization (new vessels in the ligation or surgical disconnection site with saphenous-femoral reflux during the Valsalva maneuver were: 4.9% for the crossotomy group, 6.1% for the TSFL group and 37.5% for the TPL group. The data analysed show satisfactory results with both crossotomy and TSFL. Crossotomy has proven to be an effective technique for performing saphenous-femoral disconnection, but TSFL could also be a reliable, safe and low-cost varicose mini-invasive surgery in outpatients. TPL appeared to be less reliable.

  14. Room for improvement in reoperation for varicosities of the small saphenous vein

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    Flamand, Mette Kehlet; Bækgaard, Niels


    This study was conducted to evaluate the qualitative and quantitative effects of surgery for recurrent varicosities of the small saphenous vein (SSV). To our knowledge, English-language original articles on this subject have not previously been published.......This study was conducted to evaluate the qualitative and quantitative effects of surgery for recurrent varicosities of the small saphenous vein (SSV). To our knowledge, English-language original articles on this subject have not previously been published....

  15. Saphenous vein covered stenting for right coronary artery lesion containing thrombus. (United States)

    Joseph, D; Bashi, V V; Guhathakurtha, S; Harilal, H; Jacob, A; George, T; Suguna, S


    Vein covered stenting to close coronary pseudoaneurysm and perforation and in the setting of acute myocardial infarction have been described. This case report describes saphenous vein covered stenting to exclude a large thrombus in a right coronary artery lesion. Vein covered stenting may be considered as an option when dealing with a thrombus containing lesion.

  16. Interposition vein graft for giant coronary aneurysm repair (United States)

    Firstenberg, M. S.; Azoury, F.; Lytle, B. W.; Thomas, J. D.


    Coronary aneurysms in adults are rare. Surgical treatment is often concomitant to treating obstructing coronary lesions. However, the ideal treatment strategy is poorly defined. We present a case of successful treatment of a large coronary artery aneurysm with a reverse saphenous interposition vein graft. This modality offers important benefits over other current surgical and percutaneous techniques and should be considered as an option for patients requiring treatment for coronary aneurysms.

  17. Fatores de risco que afetam as complicações da dissecação da veia safena na revascularização cirúrgica do miocárdio The risk factors affecting the complications of saphenous vein graft harvesting in aortocoronary bypass surgery

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    Monir Abbaszadeh


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O problema da cicatrização de feridas é comumente observado após procedimentos de revascularização do miocárdio. Nosso objetivo é determinar a prevalência e os indicadores de complicação na dissecação da veia safena após procedimentos de revascularização coronária. MÉTODOS: Após revisão e aprovação pelo comitê de ética da instituição, uma revisão retrospectiva de 4029 procedimentos de revascularização foi realizada com enxerto da veia safena durante um período de seis anos. Treze fatores de risco para aqueles que desenvolveram complicações extensas nas feridas da perna foram analisados e comparados com toda a coorte de pacientes submetidos a procedimentos de revascularização semelhantes durante o mesmo período. RESULTADOS: Complicações nas feridas do membro inferior ocorreram em 68 pacientes (1,7%, 43 deles precisaram de intervenção cirúrgica adicional. Foram realizados 17 desbridamentos de feridas, nove transplantes de pele, uma angioplastia, 11 fasciotomias, três procedimentos vasculares e duas transferências livre de tecidos. Das treze variáveis analisadas pela análise multivariada, sexo feminino, IMC, uso de enxerto de veia torácica interna, doença vascular periférica, o uso de balão intra-aórtico no pós-operatório e hiperlipidemia pré-existente foram identificados como indicadores independentes significativos de complicações extensas nas feridas a perna (pOBJECTIVE: Problem of wound healing is commonly observed after coronary artery bypass graft procedures. Our aim is to determine the prevalence and the predictors of saphenous vein harvesting complication after coronary revascularization procedures. METHODS: After institutional ethical committee review and approval, a retrospective review was undertaken of 4029 bypass procedures with saphenous vein graft performed over a period of six years is conducted. Thirteen risk factors for those who developed major leg wound

  18. Prevention of vein graft intimal hyperplasia with photochemical tissue passivation. (United States)

    Salinas, Harry M; Khan, Saiqa I; McCormack, Michael C; Fernandes, Justin R; Gfrerer, Lisa; Watkins, Michael T; Redmond, Robert W; Austen, William G


    Saphenous vein is the conduit of choice for bypass grafting. Saphenous vein grafts have poor long-term patency rates because of intimal hyperplasia (IH) and subsequent accelerated atherosclerosis. One of the primary triggers of IH is endothelial injury resulting from excessive dilation of the vein after exposure to arterial pressures. Photochemical tissue passivation (PTP) is a technology that cross-links adventitial collagen by a light-activated process, which limits dilation by improving vessel compliance. The objective of this study was to investigate whether PTP limits the development of IH in a rodent venous interposition graft model. PTP is accomplished by coating venous adventitia with a photosensitizing dye and exposing it to light. To assess the degree of collagen cross-linking after PTP treatment, a biodegradation assay was performed. Venous interposition grafts were placed in the femoral artery of Sprague-Dawley rats. Rats were euthanized after 4 weeks, and intimal thickness was measured histologically. Vein dilation at the time of the initial procedure was also measured. Time to digestion was 63 ± 7 minutes for controls, 101 ± 2.4 minutes for rose bengal (RB), and 300 ± 0 minutes for PTP (P collagen cross-linking, decreased vessel compliance, and significant reduction in IH. Copyright © 2015 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Endovenous laser ablation is an effective treatment for great saphenous vein incompetence in teenagers. (United States)

    Terlecki, Piotr; Przywara, Stanislaw; Iłżecki, Marek; Terlecki, Karol; Kawecki, Piotr; Zubilewicz, Tomasz


    The current knowledge of chronic venous disease in teenagers and its treatment is very limited. The aim of the study is to present our experience and the available literature data on the treatment of varicose veins in teenagers with endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein. Five patients, aged 15-17 years, were qualified for surgery, based on typical signs and symptoms of chronic venous disease. Minimally invasive treatment with endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein was applied. The technical success of surgery was achieved in all patients. Over a 2-year follow-up we did not observe any case of recanalisation of the great saphenous vein, recurrence of varicose veins, or serious complications, such as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. One patient presented with resolving of post-operative bruising, and two cases of local numbness were transient. Endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein in the treatment of chronic venous disease in teenagers is effective and safe. The method provides excellent cosmetic effects, very short recovery time and high levels of patient satisfaction. © The Author(s) 2015.

  20. Clinical results of a new strategy (modified CHIVA) for surgical treatment of anterior accessory great saphenous varicose veins. (United States)

    Maldonado-Fernández, Nicolás; Linares-Palomino, Jose Patricio; López-Espada, Cristina; Martínez-Gámez, Francisco Javier; Ros-Díe, Eduardo


    Traditionally, anterior accessory great saphenous vein insufficiency was managed by crossectomy and resection of varicose veins. The aim of this paper is to show the safety and efficacy of a new therapeutic strategy for anterior accessory great saphenous varicose veins. This non-randomised prospective study included 65 patients with varicose veins from the anterior accessory great saphenous vein. The novelty of the technique is to avoid the great saphenous vein crossectomy and perform just flebectomy of the visible veins. Venous duplex studies were performed preoperatively, a month and a year postoperatively. The clinical assessment was done by the Fligelstone scale. The baseline CEAP clinical classification was: 58% C2, 26% C3 and 15% C4-6. The new strategy was applied to all cases. 3 haematomas, 7 cases of asymptomatic partial anterior saphenous thrombosis. Reduction of the initial average diameter was from 6.4 mm anterior saphenous to 3.4 mm by one year (p <0.001). At twelve months a forward flow is maintained in 82% of cases. Recurrence of varicose veins was 8%. All patients improved their clinical status based on the Fligelstone scale. Cases with saphenous diameter bigger than 7.5 mm and obesity were identified as predictors of worse clinical and hemodynamic outcome. This modified surgical strategy for anterior saphenous varicose veins results in better clinical outcomes at one year postoperatively. Copyright © 2015 AEC. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  1. The Early and Late Effects of Calcium Dobesilate on Leg Wound Complications After Saphenous Vein Harvesting for Coronary Revascularization

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    Sevinç Bayer Erdoğan


    Full Text Available Introduction: The aim of this study was to determine effects of prophylactic use of calcium dobesilate on complications of saphenectomy after saphenous vein harvest for coronary artery bypass graft.Materials and Methods: A total of consequtive 209 patients who underwent elective coronary artery bypass grafting were divided into two groups. Group 1 included 98 patients who received calcium dobesilate 2 x 500 mg for three months. Group 2 had 111 patients who did not recieve calcium dobesilate. Leg wound complications were analyzed in the postoperative first week, first and third month.Results: The difference of diameter in the first and third month, the incidence of sellulitis in the first week and first month, and superficial wound infections in the first week were significantly lower in the group of patients treated with calcium dobesilate.Conclusion: Our study showed that use of calcium dobesilate 2 x 500 mg during three months can decrease complications of saphenectomy after saphenous vein harvest in coronary artery bypass graft.

  2. Bipolar radiofrequency-induced thermotherapy of great saphenous vein: Our initial experience

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    Venkatesh Kasi


    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.

  3. Groin Swelling in a Four-Year-Old Boy: Primary Great Saphenous Vein Aneurysm. (United States)

    Çiçek, Mustafa Cüneyt; Çiçek, Ömer Faruk; Yalçınkaya, Adnan; Taşoğlu, İrfan


    Primary venous aneurysm, especially in pediatric population, is a very rare clinical entity. We report a case of primary great saphenous vein aneurysm in a 4-year-old boy. He was initially suspected of suffering from inguinal hernia because the soft mass was detected at the inguinal region when the patient was in the standing position, but color Doppler ultrasonography demonstrated the swelling to be a great saphenous vein aneurysm. We decided that surgery was the best option because of potential risk for thromboembolism. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Edema de membro inferior secundário a exérese de veia safena magna para utilização como enxerto na revascularização do miocárdio Lower limb edema after great saphenous vein harvesting to be used as graft in myocardial revascularization

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    Cleusa Ema Quilici Belczak


    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: A revascularização do miocárdio utilizando-se a veia safena magna ainda é procedimento cirúrgico bastante realizado na atualidade. O edema que surge no membro inferior operado causa grande desconforto e necessita ser melhor estudado. OBJETIVOS: Caracterizar o edema de membro inferior secundário a exérese da veia safena magna pela técnica de incisões escalonadas para sua utilização como enxerto venoso na revascularização do miocárdio. MÉTODOS: Foram selecionados aleatoriamente 44 indivíduos submetidos a exérese de veia safena magna para revascularização miocárdica há mais de 3 meses. Excluíram-se fatores que pudessem interferir na formação de edema dos membros inferiores. Foram avaliados por volumetria e perimetria maleolares ambos os membros inferiores. Considerou-se como presença de edema significativo a diferença de volume maior que 50 mL e maior de 2 cm em relação ao membro não-operado. Para a análise estatística foram empregados o teste do qui-quadrado, teste exato de Fisher, teste t de Student e o teste de McNemar. O nível de significância adotado foi de 5% (a = 0,05. RESULTADOS: Encontraram-se diferenças estatisticamente significativas (p BACKGROUND: Myocardial revascularization using the great saphenous vein is still a very common surgical procedure. The edema that occurs in the operated leg causes much discomfort and requires further studies. OBJECTIVES: To describe lower limb edema secondary to great saphenous vein harvesting using the bridge technique for use as venous graft in myocardial revascularization. METHODS: Forty-four individuals previously submitted to great saphenous vein harvesting for myocardial revascularization more than 3 months before were randomly selected. Patients with factors that might interfere with formation of lower limb edema were excluded. Both operated and non-operated legs were evaluated by volumetry and perimetry of the malleolar region. Differences greater than

  5. Evaluation of pain during endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein with ultrasound-guided femoral nerve block. (United States)

    Al Wahbi, Abdullah M


    Endoluminal laser ablation is now considered the method of choice for treating greater saphenous vein insufficiency. General anesthesia and peripheral nerve blocks with sedation have the risk of post-procedural delay in discharge and prolonged immobilization with the risk of deep vein thrombosis. The main pain experienced by patients during the procedure is during the laser ablation and the multiple needle punctures given along and around the great saphenous vein. The aim of our study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of blocking the femoral nerve only under ultrasound-guidance without sedation, to reduce or prevent pain during injectable tumescent anesthesia in endovenous laser ablation of the greater saphenous vein. Sixty patients in two groups underwent endovenous laser ablation for the greater saphenous vein insufficiency at an outpatient clinic. All patients received tumescent anesthesia. However, one group received a femoral nerve block (FNB) under ultrasound guidance before the procedure. All patients were asked to record the pain or discomfort, using the visual analog score, from the start of the procedure until the end of the great saphenous vein laser ablation. The length of the great saphenous vein and duration of the procedure were also recorded. The results were analyzed using statistical methods. No complications from FNB were observed. The pain associated with application of tumescent anesthesia and laser ablation was more intense in the group without an FNB (P laser ablation during endoluminal laser ablation of the greater saphenous vein.

  6. Midterm Outcome of Mechanochemical Endovenous Ablation for the Treatment of Great Saphenous Vein Insufficiency

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    Witte, Marianne E.; Holewijn, Suzanne; van Eekeren, Ramon R.; De Vries, Jean-Paul; Zeebregts, Clark J.; Reijnen, Michel M. J. P.


    Purpose: To report the midterm results of mechanochemical ablation (MOCA) for treating great saphenous vein (GSV) insufficiency. Methods: In a 1-year period, 85 consecutive patients (median age 51.4 years; 71 women) undergoing MOCA with polidocanol in 104 limbs were enrolled in a prospective

  7. Intercorrências clínicas no membro submetido à exérese de veia safena magna para revascularização do miocárdio Clinical complications of limb undergone harvesting of great saphenous vein for coronary artery bypass grafting using bridge technique

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    Cleusa Ema Quilici Belczak


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar as intercorrências clínicas nos membros submetidos a retirada da veia safena magna por técnica de incisões escalonadas para sua utilização como enxerto venoso na revascularização do miocárdio. MÉTODOS: Selecionou-se aleatoriamente 44 pacientes submetidos a revascularização do miocárdio utilizando a veia safena magna retirada por incisões escalonadas há mais de 3 meses. Critérios de exclusão: retirada da veia safena de ambos os lados; safenectomia prévia do membro contralateral; etiologias de edema de causas sistêmicas, tais como cardíacas, renais, tireoideanas, hepáticas e insuficiência venosa nos membros inferiores (MMII, representada por varizes exuberantes com ou sem alterações tróficas. Foram avaliados as seguintes variáveis: idade, sexo, diabetes, tempo de cirurgia, presença de intercorrências, como edema, parestesias, infecção, linforréia, erisipela e trombose venosa profunda. A avaliação foi clínica e o diagnóstico do diabete foi feito pelos exames do pré-operatório para cirurgia. Para análise estatística foram empregados o teste qui-quadrado, teste exato de Fisher e teste t de Student, considerando erro alfa de 5%. RESULTADOS: O tempo entre avaliação e cirurgia foi de 3 a 187 meses, com média 47,3 + 42,5 meses. Detectou-se 25% de infecção no leito da safena, edema em 52,3% dos casos, parestesia em 29,5%, erisipela em 9,1%, linforréia em 4,5% e trombose venosa profunda em 2,3%. Não houve associação entre diabetes com as intercorrências. CONCLUSÃO: A exérese escalonada da veia safena magna para revascularização do miocárdio não elimina as intercorrências clínicas no leito da safena, como parestesias, infecção e edemaOBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess clinical complications of limbs undergone harvesting of the great saphenous vein for venous coronary artery bypass graft surgery using bridge technique. METHODS: Fourty-four patients who had undergone CABG

  8. A New Supermicrosurgery Training Model of Saphenous Artery and Great Saphenous Vein Anastomosis for Development of Advanced Microsurgical Skills. (United States)

    Bas, Can Emre; Cwykiel, Joanna; Siemionow, Maria


    Background This study aimed to confirm the feasibility and reliability of saphenous artery (SA) and great saphenous vein (GSV) anastomosis as a new supermicrosurgery training model and to compare the one-way-up anastomosis with the currently used end-to-end anastomosis technique. Methods Twenty supermicrosurgical anastomoses were performed in 10 Sprague Dawley rats. The external diameters of SA and GSV were measured using Leica LAS EZ software. The right-side SA and GSV anastomoses were performed using the standard end-to-end anastomosis technique. The left-side SA and GSV anastomoses were performed using the one-way-up technique with 11-0 monofilament-interrupted sutures. The duration of the surgery, patency rates, and technical challenges of the two anastomoses methods were compared. Results The mean external diameters of SA and GSV were 0.273 ± 0.03 and 0.291 ± 0.02 mm, respectively, which qualify these vessels for supermicrosurgical training. The vessels were easily accessible and both anastomosis techniques were feasible. The one-way-up technique was proven to be faster as compared with the end-to-end anastomosis technique (artery: 34 ± 2.55 vs. 40.4 ± 2.97 minutes, p = 0.02; and vein: 37 ± 4.85 vs. 44 ± 2.35 minutes, p = 0.05, respectively). Short-term patency rates for arteries and veins were 100% for both techniques. Seven-day anastomosis patency rates for arteries and veins were 80 and 100% for the end-to-end technique and 100 and 80% for the one-way-up technique, respectively. Conclusions We confirmed that saphenous pedicle is suitable for creating a supermicrosurgery training model for practicing the ultrafine motor skills. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on supermicrosurgery of SA and GSV in the rat model. Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

  9. Necrotizing fasciitis following saphenofemoral junction ligation with long saphenous vein stripping: a case report

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    Ferguson Graeme


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare condition with a mortality rate of around 34%. It can be mono- or polymicrobial in origin. Monomicrobial infections are usually due to group A streptococcus and their incidence is on the rise. They normally occur in healthy individuals with a history of trauma, surgery or intravenous drug use. Post-operative necrotizing fasciitis is rare but accounts for 9 to 28% of all necrotizing fasciitis. The incidence of wound infection following saphenofemoral junction ligation and vein stripping is said to be less than 3%, although this complication is probably under-reported. We describe a case of group A streptococcus necrotizing fasciitis following saphenofemoral junction ligation and vein stripping. Case Presentation A 39-year-old woman presented three days following a left sided saphenofemoral junction ligation with long saphenous vein stripping at another institution. She had a three day history of fever, rigors and swelling of the left leg. She was pyrexial and shocked. She had a very tender, swollen left groin and thigh, with a small blister anteriorly and was in acute renal failure. She was prescribed intravenous penicillin and diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis. She underwent extensive debridement of her left thigh and was commenced on clindamycin and imipenem. Post-operatively, she required ventilatory and inotropic support with continuous veno-venous haemofiltration. An examination 12 hours after surgery showed no requirement for further debridement. A group A streptococcus, sensitive to penicillin, was isolated from the debrided tissue. A vacuum assisted closure device was fitted to the clean thigh wound on day four and split-skin-grafting was performed on day eight. On day 13, a wound inspection revealed that more than 90% of the graft had taken. Antibiotics were stopped on day 20 and she was discharged on day 22. Conclusion Necrotizing fasciitis is a very serious complication for a

  10. A systematic review of cost-effectiveness evidence of endoscopic saphenous vein harvesting: is it efficient? (United States)

    García-Altés, A; Peiró, S


    Greater saphenous vein harvest for coronary and lower extremity bypass requires the longest incision of any surgical procedure. Endoscopic vein harvest allows better results in some clinical variables compared to open harvesting techniques. The objective of this study is to present the results of a systematic review of the scientific evidence about the efficiency of endoscopic saphenous vein harvest. We performed a systematic review in the bibliographical databases Pubmed, National Health Service Economic Evaluation Database, and NHS Health Technology Assessment Database. The search strategy was "endoscopic AND harvesting", in the period January 1970-December 2009. We identified only 3 economic evaluation studies, 2 cost analyses with some methodological limitations, and 1 cost-utility analysis. All of them suggest lower hospital costs for endoscopic harvesting. Available evidence does not allow recommendations to be made based on the efficiency of endoscopic saphenous vein harvest, although it suggests lower costs for endoscopic harvesting. More scientific evidence about the long-term efficacy and the effectiveness of this technique is necessary, with studies measuring final outcomes, and carrying out complete and rigorous economic evaluations. Copyright © 2011 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Surgery for acquired cardiovascular disease: antiseptic treatment of contaminated vein grafts. (United States)

    Schmidt, F P; Peivandi, A A; Kohnen, W; Jansen, B


    Saphenous vein grafts harvested for use as bypass conduits can be contaminated intraoperatively, e.g. by being inadvertently dropped to the floor of the operating room (OR). This study was performed to investigate microorganisms most likely contaminating vein grafts and to assess the possible efficacy of measures to treat potentially contaminated vein grafts antiseptically for further use. In a first step we determined the microbiological flora of the OR using surface cultures and cultures from intentionally dropped vein grafts. Several antiseptic agents (PVP-iodine 10%, octenidinhydrochloride 0.1%, polyhexanide 1%) were evaluated for their in vitro efficacy to disinfect artificially contaminated vein segments. The most promising antiseptic regimen was tested on veins contaminated in a real OR setting. Finally, we tested for possible alterations in mechanical properties of the veins caused by antiseptic treatment. Coagulase-negative staphylococci where the predominant bacteria recovered from the OR with 59.9%. Antiseptic treatment with a combination of octenidine and PVP-iodine resulted in a higher rate of negative cultures than any single agent. Treatment of 50 saphenous vein grafts contaminated in the OR with the combination regimen resulted in only 3 positive cultural results within 7 days. Mechanical tear-stress testing comparing antiseptically treated vein grafts with controls showed no difference in their resistance to tear stress. Antiseptic treatment of contaminated vein grafts was shown to be effective in a high percentage of cases without altering mechanical properties of grafts and may be an option for the surgeon in case of a contamination.

  12. Medical management of acute superficial vein thrombosis of the saphenous vein. (United States)

    Scovell, Sherry D; Ergul, Emel A; Conrad, Mark F


    Acute superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) of the axial veins, such as the great saphenous vein (GSV), is a common clinical condition that carries with it significant risk of propagation of thrombus, recurrence, and, most concerning, subsequent venous thromboembolism (VTE). Conservative therapy with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication and heat does not prevent extension of thrombus or protect against recurrent or future VTE in patients with extensive SVT (thrombotic segment of at least 5 cm in length). To prevent future thromboembolic events, anticoagulation has become the treatment of choice for extensive acute SVT in the GSV. In spite of this, the dose and duration of anticoagulation in the treatment of SVT vary widely. This review summarizes the evidence from large prospective, randomized clinical trials on the treatment of SVT with anticoagulation (vs placebo or different doses and durations of anticoagulation) with respect to the outcome measures of thrombus extension, SVT recurrence, and future VTE. A systematic search was performed using the MEDLINE database to identify all prospective, randomized controlled trials of treatment with anticoagulation in patients with SVT in the GSV. Six prospective, randomized trials were identified that met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed in detail. Treatment of acute SVT was most commonly managed in an outpatient setting using either low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) in four studies or, alternatively, a factor Xa inhibitor in one large multicenter trial. LMWH was associated with a lower rate of thrombus extension and subsequent recurrence, especially when an intermediate dose (defined as a dose between prophylactic and therapeutic doses) was used for a period of 30 days. The full effect of treatment with LMWH on the risk of subsequent VTE remains unclear, as do the optimal dose and duration of this drug. Prophylactic doses of fondaparinux, a factor Xa inhibitor, were found to be beneficial in reducing the

  13. Crossectomy and Foam Sclerotherapy of the Great Saphenous Vein versus Stripping of Great Saphenous Vein and Varicectomy in the Treatment of the Legs Ulcers

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    Alvaro Delgado-Beltran


    Full Text Available Objective. To show our results in the surgical treatment of legs varicose ulcers, with crossectomy and foam sclerotherapy (CAFE of the great saphenous vein (GSV in group I and stripping of GSV and varicectomy in group II. Methods. 35 patients with active venous leg ulcers were recruited and treated. They were collected in two groups. Group I were treated by crossectomy and foam sclerotherapy of the GSV and group II were treated by stripping of GSV and varicectomy. The healing time of the ulcer and the complications were recorded after the procedure in the follow-up visits. Results. 29 out of the 35 patients completed the follow-up. There were eight cases of incomplete healing of the leg ulcer, 4 in group I (19.04% and 4 in group II (40%, P<0.05. The average rate of healing in group I was 0.38 cm/day and 0.13 in group II, P<0.05. Conclusion. CAFE technique of the great saphenous vein in the treatment of 6 CEAP patients is a procedure that improves the rate of ulcer healing as compared to these two groups. It is a safe and reliable minimally invasive method, with less morbidity.

  14. Numerical simulation of endovenous laser treatment of the incompetent great saphenous vein with external air cooling. (United States)

    Marqa, Mohamad Feras; Mordon, Serge; Hernández-Osma, Esteban; Trelles, Mario; Betrouni, Nacim


    Endovenous laser treatment (ELT) has been proposed as an alternative in the treatment of reflux of the great saphenous vein. Before the procedure, peri-saphenous subcutaneous tumescent saline solution infiltration is usually performed. However, diffusion of this tumescent fluid is rapidly observed and can potentially reduce the efficacy as a heat sink. External skin cooling with cold air was proposed as an alternative solution. The objective of this study is to compare endovenous laser treatment without and with air cooling by realistic numerical simulations. An optical-thermal damage model was formulated and implemented using finite element modeling. The general model simulated light distribution using the diffusion approximation of the transport theory, temperature rise using the bioheat equation, and laser-induced injury using the Arrhenius damage model. Parameters, used in clinical procedures, were considered: power, 15 W; pulse duration, 1 s; fiber pull back, 3-mm increments every second; cold air applied in continuous mode during ELT; and no tumescent anesthesia. Simulations were performed for vein locations at 5, 10, and 15 mm in depth, with and without air cooling. For a vein located at 15 mm in depth, no significant difference was observed with and without cooling. For a vein located at 10 mm in depth, surface temperature increase up to 45 °C is observed without cooling. For a vein located at 5 mm, without cooling, temperature increase leads to irreversible damage of dermis and epidermis. Conversely, with air cooling, surface temperature reaches a maximum of 38 °C in accordance with recordings performed on patients. ELT of the incompetent great saphenous vein with external air cooling system is a promising therapy technique. Use of cold air on the skin continuously flowing in the area of laser shot decreased significantly the heat extent and the thermal damage in the perivenous tissues and the skin.

  15. Arctigenin improves vascular tone and decreases inflammation in human saphenous vein. (United States)

    Daci, Armond; Neziri, Burim; Krasniqi, Shaip; Cavolli, Raif; Alaj, Rame; Norata, Giuseppe Danilo; Beretta, Giangiacomo


    The goal of this study was to test the effects of bioactive phenylpropanoid dibenzylbutyrolactone lignan arctigenin (ATG) in vascular tone. Human bypass graft vessel, from a saphenous vein (SV), were set up in organ bath system and contracted with potassium chloride (KCl, 40mM). Two concentration-response curves of noradrenaline (NE) (10nM-100μM) separated with an incubation period of 30min without (Control) or with ATG (3-100μM) were established. Inhibitors of nitric oxide, prostaglandins, K+ related channels or calcium influx were used to delineate the molecular mechanisms beyond ATG effects. To investigate anti-inflammatory actions, SV were treated with 10μM or 100μM ATG and incubated for 18h in the absence or presence of both interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to mimic the physiological or inflamed tissue conditions. Proatherogenic and inflammatory mediators İnterleukine-1 beta (IL-1β), Monocyte Chemoattractant Proteine-1 (MCP-1), Tumor Necrosis Factor- α (TNF-α), İnterleukine-6 (IL-6), Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and İnterleukine-8 (IL-8) in the supernatant were measured. ATG significantly decreased vascular contractile response to NE. Moreover, it reduced contractions induced by KCl and cumulative addition of CaCl2. The mediators were significantly increased in inflammatory conditions compared to normal conditions, an effect which was inhibited by ATG (10 and 100µM). ATG reduces contractions in SV and decreases the production of proinflammatory-proatherogenic mediators, setting the stage for further evaluating the effect of ATG in cardiovascular diseases. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Long-term results of external valvuloplasty in adult patients with isolated great saphenous vein insufficiency

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    Full Text Available Atilla Sarac,1 Artan Jahollari,1 Sureyya Talay,1 Sevket Ozkaya,2 Ertugrul Ozal1 1Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Samsun Medical Park Hospital, Samsun, Turkey; 2Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey Objective: The aim of this study is to present our 7-year results of external valvuloplasty for isolated great saphenous vein (GSV insufficiency. Methods: External valvuloplasty was applied in 83 patients with isolated GSV insufficiency. Follow-up consisted of venous color duplex scanning performed on the first postoperative day, the first postoperative month, and then annually. Valvular insufficiency, venous reflux, and venous thrombosis formation in the saphenofemoral junction were the main outcomes. Results: A complete clinical and radiological healing was observed in 50 patients (60%. In 13 cases (15.6%, a secondary surgical treatment was performed consisting of vena saphena magna high ligation/stripping and varicose vein excisions, mainly due to severe and progressive vena saphena magna valvular insufficiency and clinical persistence of symptoms. Eight patients (9.6% developed superficial vein thrombosis, and only one patient (1.2% developed deep vein thrombosis. Contact was lost from 32 patients (38.5% for different reasons. Conclusion: External valvuloplasty is an effective surgical technique for selected cases of isolated GSV insufficiency without extensive varicose dilatations. This alternative method can be safely administered as an alternative to high ligation and conventional GSV stripping. Keyword: vein, saphenous, insufficiency, external valv, valvuloplasty, varicosis

  17. Ultrasound assisted great saphenous vein ligation and division: an office procedure

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    Stefano Ricci


    Full Text Available The aim of this proof of concept study is to describe an ultrasound (US assisted simplified surgical procedure for pre-terminal great saphenous vein (GSV high ligation/division avoiding groin dissection and tributary interruption, in an office setting, in association to varices phlebectomy and saphenous vein foam occlusion treatment. Inclusion criteria: primary GSV reflux due to terminal valve, vein diameter >6 mm. By ultrasonography in standing position, the point GSV passing over the adductor longus muscle (about 3 cm from the junction is identified. This E (easy point, relatively superficial, free from tributaries and other structures, allows an easy grasping and extraction of the GSV vein through a 3 mm stab incision provided an ultrasonography assistance. The vein is divided/ligated about 2 cm distal from the ostium, the distal stump is cannulated and foam is injected on the distal segment from the E-point incision in a retrograde fashion, varices are avulsed by phlebectomy. Twenty procedures in 18 patients (venous clinical severity score: mean 3.15 - GSV diameter: mean 7.34 were performed, all the cases without inconveniences, with a duration not exceeding 10 min in addition to the phlebectomy procedure time. No complications as hemorrhage, infection, nerve lesion, lymphatic leak or thrombosis have been registered. At one month the residual saphenous stump length was in average 2.16 cm with complete closure of GSV in all. Three patients have been controlled at 6 months showing GSV complete closure. The procedure described is a simple office US assisted method for GSV ligationdivision, leaving the 2 last cm of the saphenofemoral junction. It could be associated to most of the procedures in use with limited additional time and resources required.

  18. Real time B-mode mapping of the greater saphenous vein

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    Bagi, P; Schroeder, T; Sillesen, H


    Real time ultrasound mapping of the greater saphenous vein (GSV) was performed in 30 consecutive patients admitted for in situ femoro-crural revascularisation. The overall accuracy in predicting the adequacy of the GSV for in situ bypass was 90%. The predictive value of finding the vein usable...... was 96%, whereas the predictive value of judging the vein inadequate was 50%. The scanning procedure provided morphologic information about the GSVs, including size, tributaries, varicosities, and double segments, which may prevent unnecessary dissection and may further shorten the duration of surgery....... In our opinion the technique is sufficiently accurate to replace phlebography for the routine preoperative assessment of GSV in patients considered for in situ bypass. Veins judged inadequate at scanning, however, should be further evaluated....

  19. The value of pre-operative ultrasound mapping of the greater saphenous vein prior to 'closed' in situ bypass operations

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    L.C. van Dijk (Lukas); C.H. Wittens; H. Pieterman; H. van Urk (Hero)


    textabstractObjective: The aim of this study was to test pre-operative ultrasound mapping for the detection of duplications and narrow vein segments of the greater saphenous vein (GSV) used as bypass for occlusive arterial disease surgery. Patients and methods: In 44 patients pre-operative

  20. In situ saphenous vein bypass surgery in diabetic patients

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    Jensen, L P; Schroeder, T V; Lorentzen, J E


    .005). Indication for surgery was gangrene or ulceration in 57% of diabetics, as opposed to 36% in non-diabetic patients (p = 0.0002). A femoro-popliteal bypass was performed in 18% of patients, whereas 82% received an infrapopliteal procedure, of which 42% were to the distal third of the calf or foot. Diabetic......From 1986 through to 1990 a total of 483 consecutive in situ infra-inguinal vein bypass procedures were performed in 444 patients, of whom 112 (25%) were diabetics (57 insulin dependent diabetes mellitus and 55 non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus). Based on a prospective vascular data registry...... this material was analysed to determine the influence of diabetes on the outcome. Preoperative risk factors were equally distributed among diabetic and non-diabetic patients, except for smoking habits (diabetics: 48%; non-diabetics: 64%, p = 0.002) and cardiac disease (diabetics: 45%; non-diabetics: 29%, p = 0...

  1. Endovenous laser ablation of great saphenous vein and perforator veins improves venous stasis ulcer healing. (United States)

    Abdul-Haqq, Ryan; Almaroof, Babatunde; Chen, Brian L; Panneton, Jean M; Parent, F Noel


    We sought to compare the outcomes of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) of the great saphenous vein (GSV) to EVLA of the GSV and calf incompetent perforator veins (IPVs) in management of venous stasis ulcers (VSUs). A retrospective review of patients with active VSUs (clinical, etiology, anatomy, and pathophysiology [CEAP] classification C6) that received EVLA of the GSV or combined EVLA of the GSV and IPV between May 2005 and May 2010 was completed. Primary outcomes measured include ulcer healing and a change in the venous clinical severity score (VCSS). Secondary end points included complications, ulcer recurrence rate, and time to ulcer healing. Ninety-five patients (108 limbs) met inclusion criteria with active VSU (CEAP classification C6) before ablation. The average age was 58 years, with a male predominance (61%). Seventy-eight patients (91 limbs) were treated with EVLA of the GSV alone. Subgroup analysis revealed that 46 of 91 limbs (35 patients) had GSV reflux only (group 1) and 45 of 91 limbs (43 patients) had underlying IPV (group 2). Seventeen patients (17 limbs) underwent combined EVLA of the GSV and IPV (group 3). VSU healing (CEAP classification C5) occurred in 21 of 46 limbs (46%) in group 1, 15 of 45 limbs (33%) in group 2, and 12 of 17 limbs (71%) in group 3. A comparison of ulcer healing between groups 1 and 2 and between groups 1 and 3 revealed no significant difference (Fisher's exact test; P = 0.285 and P = 0.095, respectively). However, there was a significant difference in ulcer healing between groups 2 and 3 (P = 0.011). Group 1 ulcers healed in an average of 14.8 weeks, group 2 ulcers in 11.2 weeks, and group 3 in 13.2 weeks (analysis of variance; P = 0.918). Postoperative complications occurred in 7 limbs (15%) in group 1, 5 limbs (11%) in group 2, and 3 (18%) limbs in group 3. Recurrence of VSU occurred in 2 limbs (4%) in group 1, 5 limbs in group 2 (11%), and in no limbs in group 3 (Fisher's exact test; P = 0.676). Mean follow-up was 16

  2. Remodeling leads to distinctly more intimal hyperplasia in coronary than in infrainguinal vein grafts. (United States)

    Zilla, Peter; Moodley, Loven; Scherman, Jacques; Krynauw, Hugo; Kortsmit, Jeroen; Human, Paul; Wolf, Michael F; Franz, Thomas


    Flow patterns and shear forces in native coronary arteries are more protective against neointimal hyperplasia than those in femoral arteries. Yet, the caliber mismatch with their target arteries makes coronary artery bypass grafts more likely to encounter intimal hyperplasia than their infrainguinal counterparts due to the resultant slow flow velocity and decreased wall stress. To allow a site-specific, flow-related comparison of remodeling behavior, saphenous vein bypass grafts were simultaneously implanted in femoral and coronary positions. Saphenous vein grafts were concomitantly implanted as coronary and femoral bypass grafts using a senescent nonhuman primate model. Duplex ultrasound-based blood flow velocity profiles and vein graft and target artery dimensions were correlated with dimensional and histomorphologic graft remodeling in large, senescent Chacma baboons (n = 8; 28.1 ± 4.9 kg) during a 24-week period. At implantation, the cross-sectional quotient (Q(c)) between target arteries and vein grafts was 0.62 ± 0.10 for femoral grafts vs 0.17 ± 0.06 for coronary grafts, resulting in a dimensional graft-to-artery mismatch 3.6 times higher (P maximum flow velocity (P = .0048), 48.1% ± 23.6% lower maximal cycling wall shear stress (P = .012), and 62.2% ± 21.2% lower mean velocity (P = .007) in coronary grafts. After 24 weeks, the luminal diameter of all coronary grafts had contracted by 63%, from an inner diameter of 4.49 ± 0.60 to 1.68 ± 0.63 mm (P < .0001; subintimal diameter: -41.5%; P = .002), whereas 57% of the femoral interposition grafts had dilated by 31%, from 4.21 ± 0.25 to 5.53 ± 1.30 mm (P = .020). Neointimal tissue was 2.3 times thicker in coronary than in femoral grafts (561 ± 73 vs 240 ± 149 μm; P = .001). Overall, the luminal area of coronary grafts was an average of 4.1 times smaller than that of femoral grafts. Although coronary and infrainguinal bypass surgery uses saphenous veins as conduits, they undergo significantly different

  3. Evaluation of regional limb perfusion with erythromycin using the saphenous, cephalic, or palmar digital veins in standing horses. (United States)

    Kelmer, G; Martin-Jimenez, T; Saxton, A M; Catasus, C; Elliot, S B; Lakritz, J


    There are no reported studies evaluating the use of erythromycin for regional limb perfusion (RLP) in horses. Our hypothesis was that using the cephalic and saphenous veins for RLP will enable delivery of therapeutic concentrations of erythromycin to the distal limb. Nineteen healthy horses participated in the study. The cephalic, saphenous or palmar digital (PD) vein was used to perfuse the limb with erythromycin. Synovial samples were collected from the metacarpo/metatarso-phalangeal (MCP/MTP) joint and blood samples were collected from the jugular vein. Maximum concentration (C(max)) of erythromycin in the MCP joint using the cephalic vein was 113 mg/L. The Cmax of erythromycin in the MTP joint using the saphenous vein was 38 mg/L. Erythromycin administered using the PD vein was not detectable in the MCP/MTP joint of four of six horses. Concentrations of erythromycin achieved in the synovial fluid of the MCP/MTP joint were between 152 and 452 times the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) for Rhodococcus equi (R. equi). In conclusion, the results indicate that when using the saphenous or cephalic veins for RLP, therapeutic concentrations of erythromycin in the MCP/MTP joint can be consistently reached [corrected]. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  4. Evaluation of regional limb perfusion with chloramphenicol using the saphenous or cephalic vein in standing horses. (United States)

    Kelmer, G; Tatz, A J; Famini, S; Bdolah-Abram, T; Soback, S; Britzi, M


    Regional limb perfusion (RLP) significantly decreases morbidity and mortality associated with distal limb injuries in horses. There is an urgent need for finding additional effective antimicrobial drugs for use in RLP. In this study, we tested the pharmacokinetics (PK) of chloramphenicol in RLP. Eight horses participated in the study, which was approved by the University Animal Care and Use Committee. The cephalic and the saphenous veins were used to perfuse the limbs. Synovial samples were collected from the metacarpo/metatarsophalangeal (MCP/MTP) joint. The Friedman Test was applied for assessing change in PK concentration over time, for all time points. The Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test was used to test the difference between PK concentration in joint & serum as well as concentration in joint vs. MIC. The comparison of measurements between measurements taken on hind vs. front legs was carried out using the Mann-Whitney Test. A P-value of 5% or less was considered statistically significant. After RLP, the concentration of chloramphenicol in the synovial fluid of the MCP/MTP joint using either the cephalic or the saphenous vein was initially far above the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of most susceptible pathogens and remained above the MIC for approximately 6 h. The results indicate that performing RLP using the cephalic and saphenous veins enables reaching concentrations of chloramphenicol in the MCP/MTP joint that are well above the MIC of most susceptible pathogens. The chloramphenicol concentrations achieved in the synovial fluid of the MCP/MTP joint in the current study were between 1.5 (MTP) and 7 (MCP) times the MIC of MRSA in horses. These results are encouraging since MRSA infections are becoming far more common, causing considerable morbidity. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of chloramphenicol following RLP in the horse and the results are positive. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  5. Idiopathic great saphenous phlebosclerosis.

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    Ahmadreza Jodati


    Full Text Available Arterial sclerosis has been extensively described but reports on venous sclerosis are very sparse. Phlebosclerosis refers to the thickening and hardening of the venous wall. Despite its morphological similarities with arteriosclerosis and potential morbid consequences, phlebosclerosis has gained only little attention. We report a 72 year old male with paralysis and atrophy of the right leg due to childhood poliomyelitis who was referred for coronary artery bypass surgery. The great saphenous vein, harvested from the left leg, showed a hardened cord-like obliterated vein. Surprisingly, harvested veins from the atrophic limb were normal and successfully used for grafting.

  6. Endovenous laser therapy for occlusion of incompetent saphenous veins using 1940nm (United States)

    Sroka, Ronald; Pongratz, Thomas; Esipova, Anna; Dikic, Slobodan; Demhasaj, Sahit; Comsa, Florin; Schmedt, Claus-Georg


    Objective: Several studies indicate that ELT using wavelengths of high water absorption showed advantages compared to conventional ELT. Thulium-Lasers emit nearby the local absorption maximum of water at 1940nm. In this clinical study the effectiveness, safety and the feasibility of 1940nm-ELT is proven. Materials and Method: A single centric, prospective observational study was performed. 1940nm-laserenergy was applied using radial emitting fibres with continuous pullback (1mm/s). Treatment was performed under anesthesia (general, spinal, tumescent) thus simultaneous miniphlebectomy and ligation of perforators could be applied. Patient and technical details were systematically collected. Evaluation included: standardized questionnaire, clinical examination, color-duplex ultrasonography preoperatively, 3d, 4w, 6m postoperatively, statistic. Results: The 1940nm-ELT study include 55 patients (female/men=34/21, mean age 55y, range 23-90y) treating n=72 vessels. The mean maximum diameter of great saphenous veins (GSV, n=59) was 7.5mm (range 3.7-11.3mm) and of small saphenous veins (SSV, n=13) was 5.3mm (3.0-10.0mm). The mean applied longitudinal endovenous energy density (LEED) was 64.3J/cm (40.3-98.2J/cm) in GSVs and 51.0J/cm (37.6-72.7J/cm) in SSVs. Complete occlusion of the vein without sign of reflux was achieved in 100%. The mean length of non-occluded stump at the sapheno-femoral junction was 6.0mm (1.0-20.0mm). Postoperative reduction of the diameter of GSV was 1.6mm (21.3%) and 2.0mm (37.7%) in SSV. One (1.4%) endovenous heat induced thrombus (EHIT) was observed. Further adverse events were: paresthesia 10/72 (13.9%), ecchymosis 1/72 (1.4%), lymphocele 1/72 (1.4%), hyperpigmentation 1/72 (1.4%). The mean postoperative pain intensity was 1.3 and 1.8 single doses of analgesics were administered. Normal physical activity was reached after 3d (1-21d). Conclusion: 1940nm-ELT using radial light application effectively eliminates the reflux in insufficient saphenous

  7. The importance of the time of digitalization for the incidence of spasms evoked by ouabain in strips of human saphenous vein. (United States)

    Zerkowski, H R; Wagner, J


    The extent of contracture induced by ouabain on preparations of the greater saphenous vein obtained from patients undergoing elective coronary bypass surgery was investigated. The medical pretreatment of the various donor patients was similar but differed with regard to the duration of preoperative digitalization ranging from several days to months. Whereas the maximal contraction induced by noradrenaline was not influenced by prior digitalization, the contracture evoked by ouabain showed a strong dependency on the duration of preoperative digitalization. In patients without or with only short-term preoperative digitalization the spasm exerted by ouabain amounted to 48.8% and 49.2%, respectively, of the maximal contraction induced by noradrenaline, and decreased to zero in patients with long-term digitalization. From this result it is concluded that, in patients after coronary artery bypass grafting who did not receive cardiac glycosides for long-term treatment, the acute administration of glycosides may be a mechanism responsible for the early occlusion of saphenous vein bypass grafts.

  8. Endoscopic Vein Harvesting for Coronary Bypass Grafting: A Blessing or a Trojan Horse?

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    Ryan Accord


    Full Text Available Conventional open harvest of the great saphenous vein (GSV during CABG results in approximately 7% donor-site complications. Using endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH the full GSV length can be harvested through a 3 cm incision. This nonsystematic review discusses several key issues concerning EVH, based on an extensive Pubmed search. Found studies show that EVH results in reduced number of wound complications, less postoperative pain, earlier postoperative mobilisation, reduced length of hospital stay, and is more cost-effective. Initial studies did not find significant differences in graft histology, patency, or clinical outcome. However, in 2009 convincing evidence of inferior histological graft properties became available. Furthermore, an observational study showed that EVH resulted in significantly more graft stenosis, was associated with higher mortality, more myocard infarction, and more reinterventions. Most recent publications could not confirm these findings, however larger randomised controlled trials focusing on graft quality are being awaited.

  9. Endovenous laser ablation of great saphenous veins performed using tumescent cold saline solution without local anesthesia. (United States)

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


    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

  10. Autologous alternative veins may not provide better outcomes than prosthetic conduits for below-knee bypass when great saphenous vein is unavailable. (United States)

    Avgerinos, Efthymios D; Sachdev, Ulka; Naddaf, Abdallah; Doucet, Dannielle R; Mohapatra, Abhisekh; Leers, Steven A; Chaer, Rabih A; Makaroun, Michel S


    There is a need to better define the role of alternative autologous vein (AAV) segments over contemporary prosthetic conduits in patients with critical limb ischemia when great saphenous vein (GSV) is not available for use as the bypass conduit. Consecutive patients who underwent bypass to infrageniculate targets between 2007 and 2011 were categorized in three groups: GSV, AAV, and prosthetic. The primary outcome was graft patency. The secondary outcome was limb salvage. Cox proportional hazards regression was used to adjust for baseline confounding variables. A total of 407 infrainguinal bypasses to below-knee targets were analyzed; 255 patients (63%) received a single-segment GSV, 106 patients (26%) received an AAV, and 46 patients (11%) received a prosthetic conduit. Baseline characteristics were similar among groups, with the exception of popliteal targets and anticoagulation use being more frequent in the prosthetic group. Primary patency at 2 and 5 years was estimated at 47% and 32%, respectively, for the GSV group; 24% and 23% for the AAV group; and 43% and 38% for the prosthetic group. Primary assisted patency at 2 and 5 years was estimated at 71% and 55%, respectively, for the GSV group; 53% and 51% for the AAV group; and 45% and 40% for the prosthetic group. Secondary patency at 2 and 5 years was estimated at 75% and 60%, respectively, for the GSV group; 57% and 55% for the AAV group; and 46% and 41% for the prosthetic group. In Cox analysis, primary patency (hazard ratio [HR], 0.55; P prosthetic grafts except for the primary patency, for which prosthetic was protective (HR, 0.38; P Limb salvage was similar among groups. AAV conduits may not offer a significant patency advantage in midterm follow-up over prosthetic bypasses. Copyright © 2015 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. The effect of arteriovenous fistulas on in situ saphenous vein bypasses

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    Rørdam, Peter; Jensen, Leif Panduro; Schroeder, T


    Doppler examination identified 89% of those branches with sufficient flow to opacify the deep venous system on completion arteriogram. Half of the missed fistulas underwent spontaneous thrombosis, and in only one case did the arteriovenous fistula lead to hemodynamic symptoms demanding surgical closure......Intraoperative identification and later development of arteriovenous fistulas were investigated prospectively in 70 in situ saphenous vein bypass procedures. Surveillance was performed by completion arteriography and intra- and postoperative continuous wave Doppler examination. The intraoperative...... of the fistula. Pursuing a policy of selectively ligating fistulas that only fill the deep venous system on completion arteriography led to an additional nine arteriovenous fistulas. Developed over an average follow-up of six months, four patients presented symptoms of edema and swelling and were relieved upon...

  12. Papaverine Prevents Vasospasm by Regulation of Myosin Light Chain Phosphorylation and Actin Polymerization in Human Saphenous Vein.

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    Kyle M Hocking

    Full Text Available Papaverine is used to prevent vasospasm in human saphenous veins (HSV during vein graft preparation prior to implantation as a bypass conduit. Papaverine is a nonspecific inhibitor of phosphodiesterases, leading to increases in both intracellular cGMP and cAMP. We hypothesized that papaverine reduces force by decreasing intracellular calcium concentrations ([Ca2+]i and myosin light chain phosphorylation, and increasing actin depolymerization via regulation of actin regulatory protein phosphorylation.HSV was equilibrated in a muscle bath, pre-treated with 1 mM papaverine followed by 5 μM norepinephrine, and force along with [Ca2+]i levels were concurrently measured. Filamentous actin (F-actin level was measured by an in vitro actin assay. Tissue was snap frozen to measure myosin light chain and actin regulatory protein phosphorylation. Pre-treatment with papaverine completely inhibited norepinephrine-induced force generation, blocked increases in [Ca2+]i and led to a decrease in the phosphorylation of myosin light chain. Papaverine pre-treatment also led to increased phosphorylation of the heat shock-related protein 20 (HSPB6 and the vasodilator stimulated phosphoprotein (VASP, as well as decreased filamentous actin (F-actin levels suggesting depolymerization of actin.These results suggest that papaverine-induced force inhibition of HSV involves [Ca2+]i-mediated inhibition of myosin light chain phosphorylation and actin regulatory protein phosphorylation-mediated actin depolymerization. Thus, papaverine induces sustained inhibition of contraction of HSV by the modulation of both myosin cross-bridge formation and actin cytoskeletal dynamics and is a pharmacological alternative to high pressure distention to prevent vasospasm.

  13. Successful segmental thermal ablation of varicose saphenous veins in a patient with confirmed vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. (United States)

    Frank, Michael; Says, Jerome; Denarié, Nicolas; Sapoval, Marc; Messas, Emmanuel


    We describe here the successful scheduled treatment of varicose veins by radiofrequency segmental thermal ablation in a 43-year-old patient with vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Her venous disease started at the age of 16 years, 1 year prior to her first major Ehlers-Danlos syndrome-related event which led to the diagnosis of her genetic condition. Surgical stripping was contra-indicated because of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome at the age of 18 years. More than 20 years later, her venous disease had become highly symptomatic despite daily compression and pain medication. Venous reassessment evidenced incompetent right and left great saphenous and left small saphenous veins, with increased diameters of both sapheno-femoral and sapheno-popliteal junctions. Radiofrequency endovenous ablation rather than surgery was considered because of its minimally invasive nature and because of standardized energy delivery.All intended-to-be-treated incompetent saphenous vein segments were occluded successfully, followed by an important improvement of clinical disease severity at day 30, persistent at 1 year post-treatment. Duplex ultrasound confirmed closure and fibrotic retraction of all treated venous segments at 1 year. This report shows that radiofrequency endovenous ablation may be a safe and effective therapy of varicose veins in patients with diagnosed vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. © The Author(s) 2015.

  14. High hydrostatic pressure upon the vasa vasorum of the greater saphenous and splenic vein walls: a comparative study. (United States)

    Tao, W; Wei, H; Rui, X; Xiaoji, Z; Haibo, C; Lingyan, J; Meihong, W; Yongbo, X


    Hypoxia and high hydrostatic pressure can induce an increase in the thickness of the tunica media and intima; secondary vasa vasorum (VV) increase to fit the remodeling of the vessel wall. We aimed to investigate the impact of high hydrostatic pressure on VV in the varicose greater saphenous veins (VGSVs) and diseased splenic veins (DSVs). We collected 34 VGSVs and DSVs. Thirty-four normal greater saphenous veins (GSVs) and splenic veins (SVs) were also collected (control group). Samples were cut into slices, and observed under both light and electron microscopy. The mean density and cross-sectional areas of the VV in the adventitia were measured. In both VGSVs and DSVs, VV density increased, in the adventitia and exterior tunica media, offering an intensive linear distribution. However, sporadic distribution of the interior tunica media and intima were seen on light microscopy. The integrated structure of the cell nucleus of endothelial cells in VV, normal morphology and distribution of chromatin, partially hyperchromatic mitochondria matrix, fuzzy or fractured mitochondria cristae, and medullary cristae changes were observed by electron microscopy. Mean density and cross-sectional areas of VV in the adventitia of GSVs and SVs were significantly different. Under high hydrostatic pressure conditions, the number of VV were increased in the wall of VGSVs and DSVs. There was heterogeneity between both types of veins. The splenic vein has a higher number of VV, but the greater saphenous vein has a higher average cross-sectional area. The same ultrastructural changes are seen in the endothelial cells of the VV in both vessels.

  15. Endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein using a bare fibre versus a tulip fibre: a randomised clinical trial. (United States)

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


    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 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.

  16. 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

    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

  17. Is catheter-directed foam sclerotherapy more effective than the usual foam sclerotherapy for treatment of the great saphenous vein? (United States)

    Camillo, Orsini


    Objective This retrospective study presents the long-term results of catheter-directed foam sclerotherapy of the great saphenous vein. Method From January 2003 to June 2017, 277 patients with varices and great saphenous vein incompetence were treated with echo-guided foam sclerotherapy. Forty-six patients were treated with long-catheters guided by foam sclerotherapy. Foaming was carried out with sodium-tetra-decyl-sulphate. Results Results were examined in the two groups: A (long-catheters) and B (other procedures). The median overall follow-up was 52.1 months. In the A-group, the complete occlusion rate was 34/46 pts (73.9%) and partial occlusion was 10/46 (21.7%). In the B-group, respectively, 130/231 (56.2%) and 90/231 (38.9%). Comparisons between groups were statistically significant (p = 0.023; p = 0.021). Failures involved, respectively, 2/46 (4.3%) and 11/231 (4.7%) with no statistical significance. The complication rates were similar in the two groups. Conclusions In this long-term experience (median follow-up exceeding four years), foam-guided sclerotherapy of the great saphenous vein with a long-catheter turned out to be more effective than the usual foam-guided sclerotherapy.

  18. A prospective, randomized study of saphenous vein patching versus synthetic patching during carotid endarterectomy. (United States)

    O'Hara, Patrick J; Hertzer, Norman R; Mascha, Edward J; Krajewski, Leonard P; Clair, Daniel G; Ouriel, Kenneth


    The objective of this study was the determination of whether the choice of either autogenous saphenous vein (ASV) or synthetic material for patch angioplasty significantly influences the results after carotid endarterectomy (CEA). With Institutional Review Board approval, 195 patients (145 men and 50 women; mean age, 69 years) who underwent 207 CEAs were prospectively randomized to arteriotomy closure with ASV or synthetic patches from July 1996 to January 2000. One hundred and one patients (52%) were randomized to the ASV cohort, and 94 (48%) were randomized to the synthetic cohort. Aside from a slight gender imbalance (70% versus 79% male in the ASV versus the synthetic group), there were no clinically important differences in baseline demographic variables, risk factors, or surgical indications between the ASV and synthetic groups. With all 207 randomized procedures on an intent-to-treat basis, there were two early (or=60%) carotid stenosis was 4.8% (three of 62) for the ASV group and 6.3% (four of 63) for the synthetic group (P =.99). No significant differences in the stroke, mortality, or restenosis rates were shown between the ASV and the synthetic cohorts. While conceding the power limitations inherent in this study, we conclude that CEA may be safely performed with similar early results with ASV or synthetic patches.


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    Full Text Available Background. Minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins is becoming more and more important as it represents less burden to the patient and health system. The success of the different methods depends on their capability to eliminate the reflux at the sapheno-femoral junction (SFJ and the incompetent greater saphenous vein (GSV. In achieving these only three methods are successful: ultrasound (US guided catheter sclerosation, radiofrequency or laser endovenous obliteration of GSV.Aims. To demonstrate a novel way to use a laser energy through an endoluminal laser fiber for the minimally invasive treatment of truncal varicosities and the elimination of SFJ reflux.Methods. The patients with US detected reflux in the SFJ and GSV were treated on the outpatient basis under local anaesthesia with laser mediated heat energy in the GSV 2–3 cm from SFJ with the laser of wave length of 980 nm with the power 15 W and the impulse duration of 1 sek. We used 20–40 impulses along the treated segment of GSV. The exact position of the laser fiber was determined by the US. The smaller branch varices were removed by mini phlebectomies. Patients tolerated well the procedure and they were dismissed from the hospital with applied compression stockings (CCL II immediately after the completion of the procedure. The control US was done one week, four weeks and three months later. At one week one out of 16 patients presented with no occlusion of the GSV. At four weeks another patient had recanalisation of GSV but without the reflux. All other patients had the short GSV stump in which the patent epigastric vein was draining while the remaning part of the GSV was obliterated by the thrombus. Except for some skin ecchymosis and mild induration in the but patients did not have any other problems. The unsuccessful treatment in two patients is probably due to insufficient applied energy.Conclusions. Endovenous laser obliteration of GSV is an effective method that can be

  20. Cephalic veins in coronary artery bypass surgery

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    Licht, P; Jakobsen, Erik; Lerbjerg, G


    Various alternative conduits for aortocoronary bypass grafting have been suggested when the saphenous vein quality is inadequate. During a 10-year period we have used the cephalic vein in 39 patients. Eighteen entered an angiographic follow-up study. A total of 31 arm vein grafts were used with 43...... bypass operations....

  1. Evaluation of the pharmacokinetics of imipenem following regional limb perfusion using the saphenous and the cephalic veins in standing horses. (United States)

    Kelmer, G; Tatz, A J; Kdoshim, E; Britzi, M; Segev, G


    This prospective experimental study goal was to determine the pharmacokinetics of imipenem after intravenous regional limb perfusion (IV-RLP) in standing horses. Nine horses participated in the study; that was approved by the University Animal Care and Use Committee. One thoracic limb or one pelvic limb of each horse was randomly selected. After the veins were catheterized, an Esmarch bandage tourniquet was applied and the catheter was injected with a solution containing 500mg of imipenem. Synovial fluid samples were collected from the fetlock joint and blood samples were collected from the jugular vein. All samples were analyzed for imipenem concentration using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry. Cmax of imipenem in the fetlock joint using the cephalic and the saphenous vein was 87 and 60μg⁄mL, respectively. The results indicate that by performing IV-RLP using the cephalic/saphenous, one can achieve imipenem concentrations in the fetlock joint that are well above the MIC of most susceptible pathogens including resistant bacteria such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Thus, with selective; judicious use, RLP with imipenem can markedly increase treatment efficacy of severe distal limb infections in horses. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Ruptured common femoral vein pseudoaneurysm from a common femoral arteriovenous fistula presenting as lower extremity steal after radiofrequency ablation of the great saphenous vein. (United States)

    Brumberg, Robert Scott; Davis, Cassie


    Radiofrequency ablation of the superficial venous systems has become one of the mainstays of minimally invasive approaches to varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. These procedures have high rates of success with scarce complications. This case report highlights a patient with a common femoral arteriovenous fistula presenting with lower extremity steal after radiofrequency ablation treatment of the great saphenous vein. During operative repair of the arteriovenous fistula, a pseudoaneurysm of the common femoral vein ruptured. We review the current literature and highlight the importance of expanding the scope of complications that can occur from seemingly straightforward minimally invasive venous procedures. Informed consent was obtained for publication of this report. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Efficacy of endovenous ablation of the saphenous veins for prevention and healing of venous ulcers. (United States)

    Marston, William A


    In many countries, endovenous ablation (EVA) has replaced surgical stripping as the preferred method of eliminating saphenous reflux in symptomatic patients. Studies have examined the success of EVA at saphenous closure and improving leg pain and edema. However, less information is available on the ability of these techniques to promote venous leg ulcer healing or to prevent recurrence. The comparison of surgery and compression with compression alone in chronic venous ulceration (ESCHAR) trial identified the role of saphenous stripping in reducing the rate of ulcer recurrence after healing, supporting this procedure for Clinical, Etiologic, Anatomic, and Pathologic (CEAP) clinical class 5 and 6 patients. In patients with venous ulcers, it remains controversial whether EVA procedures provide results similar to those of saphenous stripping in clinically relevant outcomes. This review examines the evidence supporting the use of thermal or nonthermal EVA in patients with healed or active venous ulcers and saphenous insufficiency. Copyright © 2015 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. 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)


    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.

  5. Gender dimorphism in differential peripheral blood leukocyte counts in mice using cardiac, tail, foot, and saphenous vein puncture methods

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background In many animal models that investigate the pathology of various diseases, there is a need to monitor leukocyte counts and differentials. However, various researchers use a range of different techniques in male and female laboratory animals to collect such blood variable information. These studies are then compared to one another without consideration of the possibility that different bleeding sites or techniques as well as gender may produce varying results. In light of this, the peripheral blood leukocyte counts and differentials of C57BL/6 male and female mice were determined using four blood-sampling techniques: cardiac, tail, foot, and saphenous vein punctures. Methods Blood smears were prepared and stained with Wright-stain for differential cell analysis. The total number of peripheral blood leukocytes was determined with the aid of a hemocytometer. Applying ANOVA and Student t-test analysis made comparisons between groups. Results The total leukocyte counts obtained using the cardiac puncture method were significantly lower as compared to the other three blood sources; saphenous, tail and foot. There were no significant differences between leukocyte counts of blood samples collected from the tail, saphenous, and foot. Additionally, no significant differences were observed in total leukocyte counts between male and female mice. Differential analysis showed lymphocytes as the predominant cell type present in the peripheral blood of both male and female mice, comprising 75–90% of the total leukocytes. While no significant differences were observed between male and female differential counts of blood collected from saphenous and tail veins, a significant difference in differential counts of blood obtained via cardiac puncture was observed between the male and female groups, suggesting the role of sex hormones. Further, of the four methods, cardiac puncture appeared to be the fastest and more reliable technique, yielding

  6. Great saphenous vein dilatation with reflux at the saphenofemoral junction: A rare underlying association of eccrine angiomatous hamartoma

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    Sanjiv Choudhary


    Full Text Available Eccrine angiomatous hamartoma (EAH is an exceedingly rare benign tumor-like lesion prevalent in childhood, which can produce pain and marked sweating. Histological features include proliferation of eccrine sweat glands and angiomatous capillary channels. It may be rarely associated with underlying pathological conditions. A 15-year-old female patient presented with multiple tender reddish papules and nodules coalescing to form plaques of 10 × 8 cm over the anterior aspect of the right lower thigh since birth. It was associated with hypertrichosis, hyperhidrosis, pain, and occasional bleeding on trauma. Histopathological examination of the lesion showed increased proliferation of both eccrine and angiomatous channels. Ultrasonography and Color Doppler of the right thigh showed dilatation of the great saphenous vein (GSV above the right knee, with evidence of grade 3 reflux at saphenofemoral junction. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed large dilated GSV with slow flow and venous malformation in the anterior part of the right knee

  7. A comparative study on the mechanical properties of the healthy and varicose human saphenous vein under uniaxial loading. (United States)

    Karimi, Alireza; Navidbakhsh, Mahdi; Kudo, Susumu


    Saphenous Vein (SV) due to fatness, age, inactiveness, etc. can be afflicted with varicose. The main reason of the varicose vein is believed to be related to the leg muscle pump which is unable to return the blood to the heart in contradiction of the effect of gravity. As a result of the varicose vein, both the structure and mechanical properties of the vein wall would alter. However, so far there is a lack of knowledge on the mechanical properties of the varicose vein. In this study, a comparative study was carried out to measure the elastic and hyperelastic mechanical properties of the healthy and varicose SVs. Healthy and varicose SVs were removed at autopsy and surgery from seven individuals and then axial tensile load was applied to them up to the failure point. In order to investigate the mechanical behaviour of the vein, this study was benefitted from three different stress definitions, such as 2nd Piola-Kichhoff, engineering and true stresses and four different strain definitions, i.e. Almansi-Hamel, Green-St. Venant, engineering and true strains, to determine the linear mechanical properties of the SVs. A Digital Image Correlation (DIC) technique was used to measure the true strain of the vein walls during load bearing. The non-linear mechanical behaviour of the SVs was also computationally evaluated via the Mooney-Rivlin material model. The true/Cauchy stress-strain diagram exhibited the elastic modulus of the varicose SVs as 45.11% lower than that of the healthy ones. Furthermore, by variation of the stress a significant alteration on the maximum stress of the healthy SVs was observed, but then not for the varicose veins. Additionally, the highest stresses of 4.99 and 0.65 MPa were observed for the healthy and varicose SVs, respectively. These results indicate a weakness in the mechanical strength of the SV when it becomes varicose, owing to the degradation of the elastin and collagen content of the SV. The Mooney-Rivlin hyperelastic and the Finite

  8. 56. Endoscopic vein graft harvest for coronary artery bypass surgery: Single center experience in Saudi Arabia

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    M. Algadheeb


    Full Text Available Open saphenous vein technique is the standard of care in patients undergoing coronary artery surgery (CABG worldwide and in Saudi Arabia. Endoscopic vein harvest (EVH is an innovative technique that have been recommended by the international society of minimally invasive surgery. Our aim in the current study is to review our preliminary data about endoscopic vein harvest. Would endoscopic vein harvest decrease the incidence of leg wound infections? This is a retrospective study of a single tertiary care center of 94 consecutive patients who underwent CABG with EVH. Preoperative associated risk factors were assessed. Postoperative follow up includes leg wound infection and patient satisfaction with EVH by using a telephone and/or a paper questionnaire. We had 94 consecutive patients who underwent CABG with EVH between October 2014 and October 2015, mean age was 56.7 (33–77 years, 91.5% were male, mean euro score II was 2.47%. The most common presentation was NSTEMI (39.4% followed by STEMI (26.6%, unstable angina (11.7% and stable angina (5.3%. Our cohort had the following characteristics: 85.1% were diabetic, 84% were hypertensive, 46.8% had dyslipidemia, 2.1% had CVA, 7.4% had Carotid artery disease, 2.1% had Congestive heart failure, 4.3% had any renal disease and 4.3% had previous PCI. Most of our patients received 3 grafts (44.7% followed by 4 grafts (42.6% of which only one leg was used for EVH (94.1%. Leg wound infection occurred in one patient only and in this case EVH was converted to open technique. A written and/or telephone questionnaire resulted in a high patient-satisfaction with the cosmetic outcome of EVH as well as very low grade of leg wound pain. EVH is a very promising innovative technique in patient undergoing CABG. Our patients were highly satisfied with their leg wound cosmetic outcome. In this single center experience, in Saudi Arabia, EVH is a promising innovative technique for saphenous vein harvest. It is highly

  9. Vasorelaxant effects of the potassium channel opener SR 47063 on the isolated human saphenous vein and rat aorta

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    D.N. Criddle


    Full Text Available The vasorelaxant effects of SR 47063 (4-(2-cyanimino-1,2-dihydropyrid-1-yl-2,2-dimethyl-6-nitrochromene, a new K+-channel opener structurally related to levcromakalim, were examined in isolated human saphenous vein (HSV and rat aorta (RA. HSV or RA rings were precontracted with either KCl or noradrenaline and cumulative relaxant concentration-response curves were obtained for SR 47063 (0.1 nM to 1 µM in the presence or absence of 3 µM glibenclamide. SR 47063 potently relaxed HSV and RA precontracted with 20 mM (but not 60 mM KCl or 10 µM noradrenaline in a concentration-dependent manner, showing slightly greater activity in the aorta. The potency of the effect of SR 47063 on HSV and RA was 12- and 58-fold greater, respectively, than that reported for the structurally related K+-channel opener levcromakalim. The vasorelaxant action of SR 47063 in both blood vessels was strongly inhibited by 3 µM glibenclamide, consistent with a mechanism of action involving ATP-dependent K+-channels.

  10. Influence of ischemia before vein grafting on early hyperplasia of the graft and the dynamic changes of the intima after grafting

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    Zou RongJiang


    Full Text Available Abstract Background To investigate both the influence of ischemia before grafting on early hyperplasia of the vein grafts, and the dynamic changes of the intima after grafting in a rabbit model of vein graft disease. Methods We performed paired vein graft experiments under different ischemic conditions (15 vs. 60 min; 15 vs. 90 min in the neck of the rabbits and compared the differences between the grafts. Clopidogrel, an anti-platelet agent, was administered before and after surgery. Twenty-eight days after the grafting procedure, the veins were evaluated microscopically. The dynamic changes of the intima after grafting were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy over time. Results The vein grafts subjected to 60- or 90-min ischemia exhibited no differences compared to those subjected to 15-min ischemia in terms of the mean thickness of the intimal, medial, and adventitial layers of the graft. Similarly, there was no difference in the Ki-67 labeling index (proliferation marker between the vein grafts. Vein grafts with 15-min ischemia lost endothelial cells (ECs but healed by 3 days post graft, whereas vein grafts with 90-min ischemia suffered serious EC loss, which was restored with new ECs during days 2 to 14 post graft. Conclusions Ninety-minute ischemia before vein grafting can cause serious EC loss, but does not increase early intimal hyperplasia when clopidogrel is administered. Protecting the vein from ischemia and reperfusion injury preserves ECs.

  11. Percutaneous bail-out treatment of vein graft rupture with a polytetrafluoroethylene-covered stent. (United States)

    Pavlidis, Antonios N; Karamasis, Grigorios V; Clapp, Brian R


    Vessel perforation is an undesirable and life-threatening complication during vein graft angioplasty. We report on a case of vein graft rupture during angioplasty, which was successfully managed with deployment of a polytetrafluoroethylene-covered stent.


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    Male Wistar rats were used to evaluate microvenous prosthetic grafting techniques and microvenous prostheses in the femoral vein. With the end-to-end technique to implant microvenous prostheses, there was extensive exposure of vessel wall collagen especially at the suture sites. Thrombus formation

  13. Oxidative Stress in Hypertensive Patients Induces an Increased Contractility in Vein Grafts Independent of Endothelial Function

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    Claudio Joo Turoni


    Full Text Available Objective. To evaluate the impact of oxidative stress on vascular reactivity to vasoconstrictors and on nitric oxide (NO bioavailability in saphenous vein (SV graft with endothelial dysfunction from hypertensive patients (HT. Methods. Endothelial function, vascular reactivity, oxidative state, nitrites and NO release were studied in isolated SV rings from HT and normotensive patients (NT. Only rings with endothelial dysfunction were used. Results. HT rings presented a hyperreactivity to vasoconstrictors that was reverted by diphenylene iodonium (DPI. In NT, no effect of DPI was obtained, but Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME increased the contractile response. NO was present in SV rings without endothelial function. Nitrites were higher in NT than in HT (1066.1 ± 86.3 pmol/mg; n=11 versus 487.8 ± 51.6; n=23; P<0.01 and inhibited by nNOS inhibitor. L-arginine reversed this effect. Antioxidant agents increased nitrites and NO contents only in HT. The anti-nNOS-stained area by immunohistochemistry was higher in NT than HT. HT showed an elevation of oxidative state. Conclusions. Extraendothelial NO counter-regulates contractility in SV. However, this action could be altered in hypertensive situations by an increased oxidative stress or a decreased ability of nNOS to produce NO. Further studies should be performed to evaluate the implication of these results in graft patency rates.

  14. Avaliação microscópica e ultra-estrutural do endotélio de veia safena preparada pela técnica "no touch" Microscopic and ultrastructural evaluation of the saphenous vein endothelium for CABG prepared by the no touch technique

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    Virgílio Figueiredo Silva


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O enxerto de veia safena (VS utilizado em revascularização miocárdica possui uma vida útil, sendo o estágio final a oclusão do vaso. Esforços em adquirir novas técnicas de coleta da VS podem possibilitar uma viabilidade maior do enxerto. MÉTODOS: Vinte pacientes foram randomizados e divididos em dois grupos com o objetivo de avaliação do endotélio vascular. A técnica "no touch" (NT consiste em retirar o segmento de VS com o tecido perivascular. A técnica convencional consiste em retirar a VS, com remoção "in situ" do tecido perivascular e conseqüente vasoespasmo. Houve um padrão de retirada das VS com incisões longitudinais escalonadas. Características da VS foram consideradas. A avaliação do endotélio das VS foi realizada usando microscópio eletrônico (ME pelo método de varredura e de transmissão. Cortes histológicos das VS foram corados em Hematoxilina-Eosina (HE. O colágeno subendotelial foi analisado pelos métodos de Picro-Sirius e Tricrômio de Masson. RESULTADOS: A ME evidenciou que o Grupo NT possui maiores áreas endoteliais não desnudadas, além de um menor número de células degradadas. A coloração em HE nos permitiu verificar a forma e a integridade das camadas das VS. Há um predomínio maior de fibras colágenas coradas no Grupo NT. CONCLUSÕES: A técnica NT permite uma melhor preservação endotelial da VS, sugerindo um enxerto mais viável em longo prazo.OBJECTIVE: Saphenous vein grafts (SV used in coronary artery bypass grafting have a limited life and vein occlusion may be the final adverse effect. Efforts to develop new techniques to harvest the saphenous vein may improve the viability of the graft. METHODS: Twenty patients were randomly divided into two groups with the objective of evaluating the vascular endothelium. The No Touch (NT technique consists in removing the saphenous vein with perivascular tissue. The conventional technique consists in harvesting with "in situ" removal

  15. Intraoperative Analysis of Flow Dynamics in Arteriovenous Composite Y Grafts

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    Heraldo Guedis Lobo Filho

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective: Composite graft of left internal thoracic artery and great saphenous vein in revascularization of the left coronary system is a technique well described in literature. The aim of this study is to analyze blood flow dynamics in this configuration of composite graft especially in what concerns left internal thoracic artery's adaptability and influence of great saphenous vein segment on left internal thoracic artery's flow. Methods: Revascularization of left coronary system with composite graft, with left internal thoracic artery revascularizing the anterior interventricular artery and a great saphenous vein segment, anastomosed to the left internal thoracic artery, revascularizing another branch of the left coronary system, was performed in 23 patients. Blood flow was evaluated by transit time flowmetry in all segments of the composite graft (left internal thoracic artery proximal segment, left internal thoracic artery distal segment and great saphenous vein segment. Measures were performed in baseline condition and after dobutamine-induced stress, without and with non-traumatic temporary clamping of the distal segments of the composite graft. Results: Pharmacological stress resulted in increase of blood flow values in the analyzed segments (P<0.05. Non-traumatic temporary clamping of great saphenous vein segment did not result in statistically significant changes in the flow of left internal thoracic artery distal segment, both in baseline condition and under pharmacological stress. Similarly, non-traumatic temporary clamping of left internal thoracic artery distal segment did not result in statistically significant changes in great saphenous vein segment flow. Conclusion: Composite grafts with left internal thoracic artery and great saphenous vein for revascularization of left coronary system, resulted in blood flow dynamics with physiological adaptability, both at rest and after pharmacological stress, according to demand

  16. Cutaneous saphenous nerve graft for the treatment of sciatic neurotmesis in a dog


    Granger, Nicolas; Moissonnier, Pierre; Fanchon, Laurent; Hidalgo, Antoine; Gnirs, Kirsten; Blot, Stephane


    Case Description—A 2-year-old Griffon Vendéen was examined because of a 1-month history of right hind limb lameness after a traumatic injury. Clinical Findings—Neurologic examination revealed monoplegia and anesthesia of the right hind limb distal to the stifle (femorotibial) joint except for the area supplied by the cutaneous saphenous nerve. Results of electromyographic testing were consistent with a severe lesion of the tibial and peroneal nerves at the level of the stifle joint. Treatment...

  17. Emergency autologous vein graft reconstruction after using a vascular closure device Reconstrução de emergência de enxerto autólogo de veia após uso de dispositivo de fechamento vascular

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    Giel G Koning


    Full Text Available An emergency operation for access related acute critical limb ischemia with signs of infection is described. Inguinal femoral reconstruction was performed with a bifurcated graft constructed from the ipsilateral saphenous vein.Uma operação de emergência relacionada à isquemia aguda com sinais de infecção é descrita. Reconstrução femoral inguinal foi realizada com um enxerto bifurcado feito a partir da veia safena ipsilateral.

  18. Preventing intimal thickening of vein grafts in vein artery bypass using STAT-3 siRNA

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    Sun Jiangbin


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs play a key role in neointimal formation which leads to restenosis of vein graft in venous bypass. STAT-3 is a transcription factor associated with cell proliferation. We hypothesized that silencing of STAT-3 by siRNA will inhibit proliferation of VSMCs and attenuate intimal thickening. Methods Rat VSMCs were isolated and cultured in vitro by applying tissue piece inoculation methods. VSMCs were transfected with STAT 3 siRNA using lipofectamine 2000. In vitro proliferation of VSMC was quantified by the MTT assay, while in vivo assessment was performed in a venous transplantation model. In vivo delivery of STAT-3 siRNA plasmid or scramble plasmid was performed by admixing with liposomes 2000 and transfected into the vein graft by bioprotein gel applied onto the adventitia. Rat jugular vein-carotid artery bypass was performed. On day 3 and7 after grafting, the vein grafts were extracted, and analyzed morphologically by haematoxylin eosin (H&E, and assessed by immunohistochemistry for expression of Ki-67 and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA. Western-blot and reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR were used to detect the protein and mRNA expression in vivo and in vitro. Cell apoptosis in vein grafts was detected by TUNEL assay. Results MTT assay shows that the proliferation of VSMCs in the STAT-3 siRNA treated group was inhibited. On day 7 after operation, a reduced number of Ki-67 and PCNA positive cells were observed in the neointima of the vein graft in the STAT-3 siRNA treated group as compared to the scramble control. The PCNA index in the control group (31.3 ± 4.7 was higher than that in the STAT-3 siRNA treated group (23.3 ± 2.8 (P Conclusions The STAT-3 siRNA can inhibit the proliferation of VSMCs in vivo and in vitro and attenuate neointimal formation.

  19. Dynamic ultrasound-guided short-axis needle tip navigation technique vs. landmark technique for difficult saphenous vein access in children: a randomised study. (United States)

    Hanada, S; Van Winkle, M T; Subramani, S; Ueda, K


    Dynamic ultrasound-guided short-axis needle tip navigation is a novel technique for vascular access. After venipuncture, the needle and catheter are further advanced within the vessel lumen under real-time ultrasound guidance with constant visualisation of the needle tip in the short-axis view. This can minimise the risk of transfixing the cannulated vessel. We compared two techniques for non-visible saphenous vein cannulation under general anaesthesia in children weighing ≥ 3 kg and less than four years of age: dynamic ultrasound-guided short-axis needle tip navigation technique (ultrasound group) vs. landmark technique. Venous cannulation was performed by three experienced anaesthetists. The primary outcome measure was first-attempt success rate. Success rate within 10 min was a secondary outcome. A total of 102 patients were randomly allocated to either the ultrasound group or the landmark group. First-attempt success rate was 90% in the ultrasound group compared with 51% in the landmark group, pdynamic ultrasound-guided short-axis needle tip navigation technique improved non-visible saphenous vein cannulation in children compared with the landmark technique. © 2017 The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

  20. Rule-based model of vein graft remodeling.

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    Minki Hwang

    Full Text Available When vein segments are implanted into the arterial system for use in arterial bypass grafting, adaptation to the higher pressure and flow of the arterial system is accomplished thorough wall thickening and expansion. These early remodeling events have been found to be closely coupled to the local hemodynamic forces, such as shear stress and wall tension, and are believed to be the foundation for later vein graft failure. To further our mechanistic understanding of the cellular and extracellular interactions that lead to global changes in tissue architecture, a rule-based modeling method is developed through the application of basic rules of behaviors for these molecular and cellular activities. In the current method, smooth muscle cell (SMC, extracellular matrix (ECM, and monocytes are selected as the three components that occupy the elements of a grid system that comprise the developing vein graft intima. The probabilities of the cellular behaviors are developed based on data extracted from in vivo experiments. At each time step, the various probabilities are computed and applied to the SMC and ECM elements to determine their next physical state and behavior. One- and two-dimensional models are developed to test and validate the computational approach. The importance of monocyte infiltration, and the associated effect in augmenting extracellular matrix deposition, was evaluated and found to be an important component in model development. Final model validation is performed using an independent set of experiments, where model predictions of intimal growth are evaluated against experimental data obtained from the complex geometry and shear stress patterns offered by a mid-graft focal stenosis, where simulation results show good agreements with the experimental data.

  1. Artery Bypass Grafting

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    nary artery disease (CAD) was coronary artery bypass graft (CAB G) using a segment of saphenous vein interposed between the ascend- ing aorta and the coronary artery distal to the obstructing lesion. This was performed by David Sabiston of Duke University in 1962. With the use of the recently developed technique of ...

  2. Comparison of 12-w versus 14-w endovenous laser ablation in the treatment of great saphenous varicose veins: 5-year outcomes from a randomized controlled trial. (United States)

    Samuel, Nehemiah; Wallace, Tom; Carradice, Daniel; Mazari, Fayyaz A K; Chetter, Ian C


    Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment for lower limb varicose veins in the short and midterm results. This study reports the 5-year outcomes of EVLA technique at different power settings. Patients with primary symptomatic, unilateral varicose veins secondary to saphenofemoral junction (SFJ) incompetence and great saphenous vein (GSV) reflux were recruited and randomized to either 12W (intermittent laser withdrawal) or 14W (continuous laser withdrawal). They were assessed at baseline, 1, 6, 12, 52, 104 weeks, and 5 years. Outcome measures included: Venous Clinical Severity Score (VCSS), pain scores, time taken to return to normal functions, complications, recurrence, quality of life (QoL), and duplex ultrasound findings. 76 consecutive patients, M: F 30:46, median age 54(IQR: 37.3-59) years were randomized. Intragroup analysis: Significant improvement was seen in both groups in VCSS, pain scores, Aberdeen varicose vein questionnaire (AVVQ) scores, Shortform-36 (SF-36) and Euroqol (EQ-5D) domains over the follow-up period (P 0.05). Late outcomes following EVLA were superior for the 14W continuous power settings achieving better long term venous occlusion and lowered recurrence rates without increasing post-operative morbidity. Hence 14W continuous setting should be the energy delivery mode of choice.

  3. A Comparison of 1,470-nm Endovenous Laser Ablation and Radiofrequency Ablation in the Treatment of Great Saphenous Veins 10 mm or More in Size. (United States)

    Mese, Bulent; Bozoglan, Orhan; Eroglu, Erdinc; Erdem, Kemalettin; Acipayam, Mehmet; Ekerbicer, Hasan Cetin; Yasim, Alptekin


    To compare 1,470-nm endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in the treatment of patients with great saphenous vein diameters of 10 mm or more. One hundred twenty consecutive patients presenting to the cardiovascular surgery department with a great saphenous vein diameter exceeding 10 mm at the saphenofemoral junction between January and December 2013 were included in the study. The first randomly selected 60 patients (group 1) received 1,470-nm EVLA and the other 60 patients (group 2) received RFA. Patients were assessed on the second day, the first week, and the first, third, and sixth months. Major and minor complications were recorded. Minor complications in EVLA and RFA were hyperemia at 20% and 30% (P = 0.50), ecchymosis at 16.7% and 48.3% (P = 0.02), and edema at 40.0% and 65.5% (P < 0.08), respectively. No major complication was observed in any patient. Recanalization developed during monitoring in 3 patients in the RFA group, a rate of 5%. No recanalization was observed in the EVLA group. Success rates in the EVLA and RFA groups were 100% and 95%, respectively. Mean time to return to daily activity was 0.7 days in the EVLA group and 1.4 days in the RFA group (P < 0.006), whereas mean time to return to work was 1.8 days in the EVLA group and 2.2 days in the RFA group (P < 0.07). There was no statistically significant difference between the groups in terms of pain during the procedure or postoperatively. Less pain was reported in the EVLA during both (P < 0.02). EVLA using a 1,470-nm radial fiber is superior to RFA in the treatment of saphenous veins larger than 10 mm in diameter. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Erectile function restoration after repair of resected cavernous nerves by adipose-derived stem cells combined with autologous vein graft in rats. (United States)

    Ying, Chengcheng; Hu, Wanli; Cheng, Bei; Yang, Mei; Zheng, Xinmin; Wang, Xinghuan


    Cavernous nerve (CN) injury is the main cause of erectile dysfunction (ED) following radical prostatectomy. The recovery of erectile function following this procedure remains challenging. Here, we investigated the ability of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) combined with autologous vein graft to improve erectile function in a rat model of bilateral long CN resection. Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 36) were randomized into four groups. Group A underwent sham operation. In Groups B, C, and D, an 8-mm segment of CN was excised bilaterally. In Group B and C, a 10-mm segment of autologous saphenous vein was interposed bilaterally at the site of injury, and the two nerve stumps were inserted into the vein lumen. 50 μL ADSCs were injected into each vein in Group B, and 50 μL of phosphate-buffered saline was injected in Group C. Group D underwent no repair. Erectile function assessed after 3 months by measuring intracavernosal pressure demonstrated significant recovery in erectile function in Group B with minimal recovery in Group C or D. Immunohistochemical staining showed that the nNOS-positive area was significantly larger in Group B than in Group D. ADSCs combined with autologous vein graft treatment had beneficial effects on the smooth muscle/collagen ratio in the corpus cavernosum. This procedure, therefore, provided a means of regenerating CN tissue and restoring autonomic erectile function after long bilateral CN resection (0.8 cm) in rats.

  5. Successful Coronary Stent Retrieval from the Saphenous Vein Graft to Right Coronary Artery

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    Mustafa Aydin


    Full Text Available Stent dislodgement and migration is a rare but serious complication of stent usage. For extraction of unexpanded stents different techniques have been described previously. We describe a case which used small baloon catheter for retrieval of a stent from the SVG-RCA.

  6. An unusual case of fistula formation and thrombosis between arteriovenous graft and a native vein

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    Young Sub Kim


    Full Text Available Arteriovenous graft for hemodialysis vascular access is a widely used technique with many advantages. However, it has crucial complications with graft thrombosis and infection. We recently experienced an unusual case of arteriovenous graft complication involving graft thrombosis related to fistula formation between the graft and the natural vein with infection. We diagnosed this condition using Doppler ultrasound and computed tomography angiography. Successful surgical treatment including partial graft excision and creation of a secondary arteriovenous fistula using an inadvertently dilated cephalic vein was performed. The dialysis unit staff should keep this condition in mind and try to prevent this complication.

  7. Development of endothelium-denuded human umbilical veins as living scaffolds for tissue-engineered small-calibre vascular grafts. (United States)

    Hoenicka, Markus; Schrammel, Siegfried; Bursa, Jiri; Huber, Georgine; Bronger, Holger; Schmid, Christof; Birnbaum, Dietrich E


    Tissue-engineered small-calibre vessel grafts may help to alleviate the lack of graft material for coronary and peripheral bypass grafting in an increasing number of patients. This study explored the use of endothelium-denuded human umbilical veins (HUVs) as scaffolds for vascular tissue engineering in a perfusion bioreactor. Vessel diameter (1.2 ± 0.4 mm), wall thickness (0.38 ± 0.09 mm), uniaxial ultimate failure stress (8029 ± 1714 kPa) and burst pressure (48.4 ± 20.2 kPa, range 28.4-83.9 kPa) were determined in native samples. The effects of endothelium removal from HUVs by enzymatic digestion, hypotonic lysis and dehydration were assessed. Dehydration did not significantly affect contractile function, tetrazolium dye reduction, mechanical strength and vessel structure, whereas the other methods failed in at least one of these parameters. Denudation by dehydration retained laminin, fibronectin, collagen and elastic fibres. Denuded HUVs were seeded in a perfusion bioreactor with either allogeneic HUVs endothelial cells or with saphenous vein endothelial cells harvested from patients with coronary artery disease. Seeding in a perfusion bioreactor resulted in a confluent monolayer of endothelial cells from both sources, as judged by histology and scanning electron microscopy. Seeded cells contained von Willebrand factor and CD31. In conclusion, denuded HUVs should be considered an alternative to decellularized blood vessels, as the process keeps the smooth muscle layer intact and functional, retains proteins relevant for biomechanic properties and for cell attachment and provides a suitable scaffold for seeding an autologous and flow-resistant endothelium. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  8. A Rabbit Model for Testing Helper-Dependent Adenovirus-Mediated Gene Therapy for Vein Graft Atherosclerosis

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    Lianxiang Bi


    Full Text Available Coronary artery bypass vein grafts are a mainstay of therapy for human atherosclerosis. Unfortunately, the long-term patency of vein grafts is limited by accelerated atherosclerosis. Gene therapy, directed at the vein graft wall, is a promising approach for preventing vein graft atherosclerosis. Because helper-dependent adenovirus (HDAd efficiently transduces grafted veins and confers long-term transgene expression, HDAd is an excellent candidate for delivery of vein graft-targeted gene therapy. We developed a model of vein graft atherosclerosis in fat-fed rabbits and demonstrated long-term (≥20 weeks persistence of HDAd genomes after graft transduction. This model enables quantitation of vein graft hemodynamics, wall structure, lipid accumulation, cellularity, vector persistence, and inflammatory markers on a single graft. Time-course experiments identified 12 weeks after transduction as an optimal time to measure efficacy of gene therapy on the critical variables of lipid and macrophage accumulation. We also used chow-fed rabbits to test whether HDAd infusion in vein grafts promotes intimal growth and inflammation. HDAd did not increase intimal growth, but had moderate—yet significant—pro-inflammatory effects. The vein graft atherosclerosis model will be useful for testing HDAd-mediated gene therapy; however, pro-inflammatory effects of HdAd remain a concern in developing HDAd as a therapy for vein graft disease.

  9. Topical HDL administration reduces vein graft atherosclerosis in apo E deficient mice. (United States)

    Feng, Yingmei; Gordts, Stephanie C; Chen, Feng; Hu, Yanhua; Van Craeyveld, Eline; Jacobs, Frank; Carlier, Vincent; Feng, Yuanbo; Zhang, Zhiyong; Xu, Qingbo; Ni, Yicheng; De Geest, Bart


    Use of autologous vein grafts for surgical revascularisation is limited by vein graft failure. Topical high-density lipoprotein (HDL) administration on the adventitial side of vein grafts was evaluated as a new therapeutic modality to improve vein graft patency and function. Caval veins of C57BL/6 apo E(-/-) mice were grafted to the right carotid arteries of recipient 3 month-old C57BL/6 TIE2-LacZ/apo E(-/-) mice. HDL (200 μg/ml; 50 μl) in 20% pluronic F-127 gel was applied on the adventitial side of vein grafts. Topical HDL application reduced intimal area by 55% (p < 0.001) at day 28 compared to control mice. Blood flow quantified by micro magnetic resonance imaging at day 28 was 2.8-fold (p < 0.0001) higher in grafts of topical HDL treated mice than in control mice. Topical HDL potently reduced intimal inflammation and resulted in enhanced endothelial regeneration as evidenced by a 1.9-fold (p < 0.05) increase in the number of CD31 positive endothelial cells. HDL potently enhanced migration and adhesion of endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) in vitro, and these effects were dependent on signaling via scavenger receptor-BI, extracellular signal-regulated kinases, and NO, and on increased β1 integrin expression. Correspondingly, the number of CD31 β-galactosidase double positive cells, reflecting incorporated circulating progenitor cells, was 3.9-fold (p < 0.01) higher in grafts of HDL treated mice than in control grafts. Topical HDL administration on the adventitial side of vein grafts attenuates vein graft atherosclerosis via increased incorporation of circulating progenitor cells in the endothelium, enhanced endothelial regeneration, and reduced intimal inflammation. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. The results of denatured homologous vein grafts as conduits for secondary haemodialysis access surgery. (United States)

    Heintjes, R J; Eikelboom, B C; Steijling, J J; van Reedt Dortland, R W; van der Heijden, F H; Bastini, M; van der Graaf, Y; Blankestijn, P J; Vos, J


    To determine the value of denatured homologous vein grafts as a conduit for secondary haemodialysis access. Retrospective clinical study. 2 University Hospitals. One-hundred-and-twenty-five patients received 195 grafts over a period of five years. Fifty-six first grafts (45%) functioned without complications throughout the study period of 5.8 years. Primary patency was 57% after 1 year and 25% after 3 years of follow-up. Of the initial grafts, 69 (55%) needed 161 interventions, for thrombosis (n = 59), stenosis (n = 43), failure beyond repair (n = 40), aneurysm (n = 12), infection (n = 4), steal syndrome (n = 1), and other causes (n = 2). Secondary patency was 76% at 1 year and 52% at 3 years of follow-up. A major advantage of these grafts was the low rate (2.6%) of infection. Aneurysm formation occurred 17 times in 195 grafts (8.7%). Denatured homologous vein graft is a good alternative in secondary access surgery.

  11. Alterações estruturais e moleculares (cDNA precoces em veias safenas humanas cultivadas sob regime pressórico arterial Precocious structural and molecular (cDNA changes in the human saphenous veins cultivated under arterial hemodynamic conditions

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    Luís Alberto O. Dallan


    Interleucina 1ß. A expressão do Oncogene 3 estava elevada em 11 (68,7% das veias cultivadas sob regime arterial, enquanto observou-se aumento da expressão da Interleucina 1ß em nove (56,2% desses segmentos venosos (pOBJECTIVE: The saphenous vein (SV used in coronary artery bypass grafting is submitted to elevated and continuous shear stress. Occlusion of the grafts can occur in response to the new hemodynamic conditions. The aim of this study is to compare the precocious structural and molecular (cDNA changes in saphenous veins grafts submitted to low pressure hemodynamic conditions versus systemic hemodynamic conditions. METHOD: Forty sections of SV were cultivated "ex-vivo" under venous hemodynamic conditions (VHC (without pressure, flow: 5 mL/min and under arterial hemodynamic conditions (AHC (pressure: 80 mmHg, flow: 50 mL/min. The following variables were analyzed: cellular viability (MTT assay cellular density (hoeschst 33258 staining and apoptosis (TUNEL assay, before and 1, 2 and 4 days after the procedure. "cDNA microarray" analysis of the SV sections was used to determine the precociously changed molecular targets in the veins cultivated under arterial conditions. The identification of these targets was achieved using a RNA homogenized pool of these vein sections, interacting on slides with 16,000 pre-determined human genes (Agilent Technologies slide. The genes with changed expressions were verified by real time PCR in the veins of 16 patients. RESULTS: There was a gradual reduction in the cellular density and in the tissue viability in the saphenous veins cultivated under AHC, whereas no alterations were observed in the saphenous veins cultivated under VHC of up to 4 days. In the AHC group there were signs of a cellular apoptotic process (positive - TUNEL from the first day after cultivation. In the VHC group these alterations were not observed. Although the cellular density was the same in the veins submitted to arterial conditions, after 24 hours of

  12. Infrainguinal vein graft stenosis: cutting balloon angioplasty as the first-line treatment of choice. (United States)

    Schneider, Peter A; Caps, Michael T; Nelken, Nicolas


    The optimal treatment for hemodynamically significant infrainguinal vein bypass graft stenosis is not known. This study compares three options as first choice for the revision of failing infrainguinal vein grafts: cutting balloon angioplasty (CBA), standard percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty (PTA), and open surgical revision (OS). Infrainguinal vein bypass graft lesions treated in a single institution during a 12-year period were evaluated. Of these, 161 lesions in 124 infrainguinal bypasses (101 patients) were treated with OS (n = 42), PTA (n = 57), or CBA (n = 62). The initial indication for the bypass in these patients was limb salvage in 73% and claudication in 27%. The primary outcome of interest was the development of vein graft occlusion or significant stenosis (>or=70%) as detected by surveillance duplex ultrasound scanning or arteriography some time after repair. The stenosis-free patency rates at 48 months for OS, CBA, and PTA were 74%, 62%, and 34%, respectively. PTA was associated with an increased risk of treatment failure compared with both OS (hazard ratio [HR], 3.9; P difference between OS and CBA (HR, 1.3 for CBA vs OS, P = .6). Pseudoaneurysms developed in two CBA patients. One ruptured and required interposition graft, and one was monitored. Cutting balloon angioplasty is a reasonable, initial treatment for infrainguinal vein graft stenosis in most patients. It is a safe, minimally invasive, outpatient procedure with patency rates that are comparable to OS and superior to PTA.

  13. Eph-B4 mediates vein graft adaptation by regulation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase. (United States)

    Wang, Mo; Collins, Michael J; Foster, Trenton R; Bai, Hualong; Hashimoto, Takuya; Santana, Jeans M; Shu, Chang; Dardik, Alan


    Vein graft adaptation is characterized by loss of expression of the tyrosine kinase receptor Eph-B4, the embryonic determinant of venous identity, without increased expression of its ligand ephrin-B2, the embryonic determinant of arterial identity. Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is an important mediator of vessel remodeling. We hypothesized that the mechanism of action of Eph-B4 during vein graft adaptation might be through regulation of downstream eNOS activity. Mouse lung endothelial cells were stimulated with ephrin-B2/Fc, without and with preclustering, without and with the eNOS inhibitor Nω-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride or the Eph-B4 inhibitor NVP-BHG712, and assessed by Western blot and immunofluorescence for eNOS and Eph-B4 phosphorylation. Nitric oxide (NO) production was assessed using an NO-specific chemiluminescence analyzer. Cell migration was assessed using a Transwell assay. Human and mouse vein graft specimens were examined for eNOS activity by Western blot, and vessel remodeling was assessed in vein grafts in wild-type or eNOS knockout mice. Ephrin-B2/Fc stimulated both Eph-B4 and eNOS phosphorylation in a bimodal temporal distribution (n = 4; P < .05), with preclustered ephrin-B2/Fc causing prolonged peak Eph-B4 and eNOS phosphorylation as well as altered subcellular localization (n = 4; P < .05). Ephrin-B2/Fc increased NO release (n = 3; P < .01) as well as increased endothelial cell migration (n = 6; P < .05) in an eNOS-dependent fashion. Both human and mouse vein grafts showed increased eNOS phosphorylation compared with normal veins (n = 3; P < .05). Vein grafts from eNOS knockout mice showed less dilation and less wall thickening compared with wild-type vein grafts (n = 7; P < .05). eNOS is a mediator of vein graft adaptation to the arterial environment. Eph-B4 stimulates eNOS phosphorylation in vitro and may mediate vein graft adaptation by regulation of eNOS activity in vivo. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  14. Inhibition of vein graft intimal hyperplasia by periadventitial application of hyaluronic acid-carboxymethyl cellulose: an experimental study. (United States)

    Bahcivan, Muzaffer; Yucel, Semih; Kefeli, Mehmet; Gol, M Kamil; Can, Bilge; Keceligil, Hasan Tahsin


    Placement of an external support has been reported to prevent intimal hyperplasia of vein grafts. In this study, we investigated the effect of HA/CMC on intimal hyperplasia in a rabbit model. Right jugular vein to common carotid artery bypass grafting was performed in 24 female New Zealand white rabbits (2.5-3.0 kg). Animals were divided into two groups: control group (n=12) and HA/CMC group (n=12). Absorbable membrane barrier was wrapped around vein grafts in HA/CMC group. In control group, no material was applied following venous graft bypass. At 1 month, in the vein grafts supported with the HA/CMC membrane neointimal thickening was significantly less (109 microm [IQR, 78-166]) compared to the unsupported control grafts (220 microm [IQR; 101-312]; pmembrane inhibits intimal hyperplasia of vein bypass grafts in a rabbit model.

  15. A new design concept for knitted external vein-graft support mesh. (United States)

    Singh, Charanpreet; Wang, Xungai


    Autologous vein-graft failure significantly limits the long-term efficacy of coronary artery bypass procedures. The major cause behind this complication is biomechanical mismatch between the vein and coronary artery. The implanted vein experiences a sudden increase (10-12 fold) in luminal pressures. The resulting vein over-distension or 'ballooning' initiates wall thickening phenomenon and ultimate occlusion. Therefore, a primary goal in improving the longevity of a coronary bypass procedure is to inhibit vein over-distension using mechanical constriction. The idea of using an external vein-graft support mesh has demonstrated sustained benefits and wide acceptance in experimental studies. Nitinol based knitted structures have offered more promising mechanical features than other mesh designs owing to their unique loosely looped construction. However, the conventional plain knit construction still exhibits limitations (radial compliance, deployment ease, flexibility, and bending stresses) which limit this design from proving its real clinical advantage. The new knitted mesh design presented in this study is based on the concept of composite knitting utilising high modulus (nitinol and polyester) and low modulus (polyurethane) material components. The experimental comparison of the new design with a plain knit design demonstrated significant improvement in biomechanical (compliance, flexibility, extensibility, viscoelasticity) and procedural (deployment limit) parameters. The results are indicative of the promising role of new mesh in restoring the lost compliance and pulsatility of vein-graft at high arterial pressures. This way it can assist in controlled vein-graft remodelling and stepwise restoration of vein mechanical homoeostasis. Also, improvement in deployment limit parameter offers more flexibility for a surgeon to use a wide range of vein diameters, which may otherwise be rendered unusable for a plain knit mesh. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights

  16. How should I treat a patient with significant angina and a severe left anterior descending artery stenosis beyond the insertion of a left internal mammary artery jump graft (diagonal to LAD)?

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    Cockburn, J.; Poliacikova, P.; Hildick-Smith, D.; Colombo, A.; Buchanan, G.L.; von Birgelen, Clemens


    BACKGROUND: A 60-year-old man with a history of previous coronary artery bypass grafting (saphenous vein grafting [SVG] to native right coronary artery [RCA] and sequential left internal mammary artery [LIMA] jump grafting to his native first diagonal [D1] and left anterior descending [LAD

  17. Distally Based Saphenous Nerve-Greater Saphenous Venofasciocutaneous Flap for Reconstruction of Soft Tissue Defects in Distal Lower Leg. (United States)

    Cheng, Zhaohui; Wu, Weigang; Hu, Pengfei; Wang, Min


    To this day, the reconstruction of soft tissue defects in the distal lower leg is still a challenge for reconstructive surgeons. At present, free flap, musculocutaneous flap, anterior and posterior tibial artery flap, cross-leg flap, and distally based neurocutaneous flap are the main surgical alternatives. However, these methods are not always satisfactory. This article describes our experience with the distally based saphenous nerve-greater saphenous venofasciocutaneous flap method to reconstruct soft tissue defects in the distal lower leg. A total of 27 patients (17 men and 10 women) underwent reconstructive surgery in our department from October 2009 to July 2012. Their mean age was 44.8 years (range, 16-62 years). The mean follow-up period was 18 months (range, 12-30 months). The only etiology was acute traumatic injury. Defects were located in the distal tibia around the ankle joint and the foot. The fasciocutaneous pedicle was 3 to 4 cm wide and the anatomical structures consisted of the superficial and deep fascia, the saphenous nerve, the greater saphenous vein, and their accompanying vessels together with an islet of subcutaneous cellular tissue and skin. The pivot point was approximately 5 cm proximal to the tip of medial malleolus. The size of skin islands ranged from 7 × 5 to 14 × 10 cm. All flaps survived without any partial necrosis and no arterial crisis occurred postoperatively in any case. Severe venous congestion occurred only in 1 case; however, the flap got better gradually and survived eventually after limb raise and interrupted bloodletting. All donor sites were 1-stage closed with split-skin grafting. The reverse saphenous neurocutaneous island flap is a reliable and efficient method to reconstruct soft tissue defects in the distal lower leg. Both this flap and the classic sural flap provide valuable alternative coverage of such defects.

  18. Exacerbated vein graft arteriosclerosis in protein kinase Cδ–null mice (United States)

    Leitges, Michael; Mayr, Manuel; Braun, Ursula; Mayr, Ursula; Li, Chaohong; Pfister, Gerald; Ghaffari-Tabrizi, Nassim; Baier, Gottfried; Hu, Yanhua; Xu, Qingbo


    Smooth muscle cell (SMC) accumulation is a key event in the development of atherosclerosis, including vein bypass graft arteriosclerosis. Because members of the protein kinase C (PKC) family signal cells to undergo proliferation, differentiation, or apoptosis, we generated PKCδ knockout mice and performed vein bypass grafts on these animals. PKCδ–/– mice developed normally and were fertile. Vein segments from PKCδ–/– mice isografted to carotid arteries of recipient mice of either genotype led to a more severe arteriosclerosis than was seen with PKCδ+/+ vein grafts. Arteriosclerotic lesions in PKCδ–/– mice showed a significantly higher number of SMCs than were found in wild-type animals; this was correlated with decreased SMC death in lesions of PKCδ–/– mice. SMCs derived from PKCδ–/– aortae were resistant to cell death induced by any of several stimuli, but they were similar to wild-type SMCs with respect to mitogen-stimulated cell proliferation in vitro. Furthermore, pro-apoptotic treatments led to diminished caspase-3 activation, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase cleavage, and cytochrome c release in PKCδ–/– relative to wild-type SMCs, suggesting that their apoptotic resistance involves the loss of free radical generation and mitochondrial dysfunction in response to stress stimuli. Our data indicate that PKCδ maintains SMC homeostasis and that its function in the vessel wall per se is crucial in the development of vein graft arteriosclerosis. PMID:11714742

  19. [The experimental study on inside-out vein graft for repairing inferior alveolar nerve defect in the rabbit]. (United States)

    Chen, P; Li, H; Zhang, G


    This study describes a modification of the vein graft technique inside-out vein graft, creates an autogenous vein conduct with the collagen-rich and Schwann cells exposed to regenerating axons. To compare regeneration of inferior alveolar nerves through two conduits: inside-out vein graft and the standard vein graft. 18 adult white rabbits were selected and vena facialises of both sides were harvested. Turned the right vena facialis into inside-out vein and used to bridge an 8 mm defect created in the right inferior alveolar nerve. An 8 mm defect of the left inferior alveolar nerve was bridged by the standard vein graft. After rabbits sacrificed at 8, 14 and 20 weeks, the regenerating nerve cables were harvested from the conduits and performed histologic study. At 20 weeks, performed also electrophysiologic studies and statistical analysis of conductive velocities and histological results. Regenerating nerves connected with proximal and distal nerve stumps on both sides postoperation 8 weeks, a number of regenerating nerve fibers and thickness of axon were gradually increasing. At 20 weeks regenerating nerve on the inside-out vein graft side showed superior function results--faster conduction velocities (P nerve regeneration by an environment with collagen-rich and Schwann cells. The inside-out vein graft is an original way to repair inferior alveolar nerve.

  20. Alternative grafts for brachioaxillary hemodialysis access: 1-year comparative results

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    Sergio Quilici Belczak


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Many chronic renal patients lack autologous veins in the upper limbs suitable for construction of arteriovenous fistulas for hemodialysis. Alternative fistula options for these patients should be evaluated and compared.OBJECTIVE: To compare different types of grafts used for brachioaxillary access in hemodialysis patients in terms of their patency and complication rates.METHOD: Forty-nine patients free from arterial system abnormalities and with no venous options for creation of arteriovenous fistulae in the arm and/or forearm underwent brachioaxillary bypass with implantation of autologous saphenous vein, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, or PROPATEN(r grafts. Patients were assessed by Doppler ultrasonography at 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery,.RESULTS: The four first saphenous vein grafts had failed by 3 or 6 months after surgery. The autologous saphenous vein group was discontinued at the beginning of the study because of extreme difficulty in achieving puncture and hematoma formation. Failure rates of PTFE and PROPATEN(r grafts did not differ after 3 (p = 0.559, 6 (p = 0.920, or 12 months (p = 0.514. A log-rank test applied to cumulative survival of grafts at 1 year (0.69 for PTFE, 0.79 for PROPATEN(r detected no significant differences (p = 0.938. There were no differences in complications resulting in graft failure between the two types of prosthetic graft.CONCLUSION: Autologous saphenous vein grafts do not appear to be a good option for brachioaxillary hemodialysis access because of difficulties with achieving puncture. Brachioaxillary fistulae constructed using PTFE or PROPATEN(r grafts exhibited similar patency and complication rates. Further studies with large samples size are warranted to confirm our findings.

  1. The Efficacy of Autologous Femoropopliteal Vein Reconstruction for Primary Aortic and Aortic Graft Infection

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    Dirven, M.; Jagt, M.F.P. van der; Barendregt, W.B.; Vliet, D. van der


    BACKGROUND: The objective of our study was to analyze the efficacy of autologous superficial femoropopliteal vein reconstruction for primary aortic or aortic graft infection. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 14 patients treated for an infected aortic prosthesis or primary infected

  2. Disfunção endotelial causada pela pressão aguda de distensão em veias safenas humanas utilizadas para revascularização do miocárdio Endothelium dysfunction caused by acute pressure distension of human saphenous vein used for myocardial revascularization

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    Fernanda Viaro


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar as alterações morfofuncionais induzidas por pressão de distensão, em veias safenas humanas utilizadas para revascularização do miocárdio. MÉTODO: Foram estudadas veias safenas de 20 pacientes, distribuídas em quatro grupos experimentais: controle, 100, 200 e 300 mmHg, submetidos a distensões pressóricas com solução de Krebs por 15 segundos. A metodologia utilizada incluiu: 1 Imunohistoquímica do CD34; 2 Estudo in vitro da reatividade vascular em câmaras de órgãos. RESULTADOS: Os principais achados experimentais foram: 1 A partir da pressurização com 200 mmHg, observou-se uma tendência à diminuição da expressão do CD34, tornando-se estatisticamente significante com 300 mmHg; 2 Não houve comprometimento da contratilidade e dos relaxamentos estudados in vitro. CONCLUSÕES: Embora o estudo in vitro não tenha demonstrado comprometimento da reatividade vascular das veias estudadas, o estudo imunohistoquímico do CD34 mostrou que existe disfunção endotelial com pressurizações de 300 mmHg.OBJECTIVE: To study morphofunctional alterations induced by brief pressure increases in human saphenous veins utilized in coronary artery bypass grafting. METHOD: Saphenous veins of 20 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting, were distributed into four experimental groups, control, 100 mmHg, 200 mmHg and 300 mmHg, and submitted to pressure distention over 15 seconds using Krebs solution. The evaluation included CD34 immunohistochemistry and an In vitro vascular reactivity study in organ chambers. RESULTS: The main experimental findings were 1 From pressures of 200 mmHg there was a tendency to reduce the CD34 expression which became statistically significant at 300 mmHg; 2 There was no impairment of the contraction and relaxation as evidenced by in vitro vascular reactivity tests. CONCLUSION: Although vascular reactivity impairment was not demonstrated in vitro, the CD34 expression, measured by

  3. Topical application of sodium hyaluronate for preventing perivascular adhesion of the vein grafts in rabbits: An experimental study

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    Ming-ke GUO


    Full Text Available Objective To explore the effect of topical application of sodium hyaluronate on preventing perivascular adhesion of the vein grafts in rabbits. Methods Thirty-six male New Zealand white rabbits, aged 5 months, were randomly and equally divided into 2 groups: groups A and B. Arterial defect model was established by cutting about 1cm artery from the middle part of the dissected left common carotid artery. A section about 3cm was cut from the right external jugular vein, and the harvested vein was inverted and anastomosed end-to-end to the artery defect. After the anastomosis, the adventitia and two anastomoses of the grafted veins in group A were coated locally with 0.2ml sodium hyaluronate. The grafted veins were obtained 1, 2 and 4 weeks after the operation, with the perivascular adhesion of the vein grafts being examined macroscopically before the resection. HE staining and Masson staining were preformed for histological changes of grafted vein wall and the perivascular adhesion of the vein grafts. At 2, 4 weeks postoperation, the perivascular adhesions of the vein grafts were graded by the grading criteria of adhesion in macroscopic evaluation and histological evaluation. Results At 1, 2 and 4 weeks postoperatively, the macroscopic and histological observation found that the perivascular adhesions in group A were looser than those in group B. The macroscopic grade and histological grade were lower in group A than in group B, there was a significant difference between the two groups at 2 and 4 weeks postoperation (P<0.05. Conclusion Topical application of sodium hyaluronate can reduce the perivascular adhesion and is an ideal treatment strategy for preventing perivascular adhesion of vein grafts. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2017.08.14

  4. Biomaterial-Based Approaches to Address Vein Graft and Hemodialysis Access Failures. (United States)

    Boire, Timothy C; Balikov, Daniel A; Lee, Yunki; Guth, Christy M; Cheung-Flynn, Joyce; Sung, Hak-Joon


    Veins used as grafts in heart bypass or as access points in hemodialysis exhibit high failure rates, thereby causing significant morbidity and mortality for patients. Interventional or revisional surgeries required to correct these failures have been met with limited success and exorbitant costs, particularly for the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Vein stenosis or occlusion leading to failure is primarily the result of neointimal hyperplasia. Systemic therapies have achieved little long-term success, indicating the need for more localized, sustained, biomaterial-based solutions. Numerous studies have demonstrated the ability of external stents to reduce neointimal hyperplasia. However, successful results from animal models have failed to translate to the clinic thus far, and no external stent is currently approved for use in the US to prevent vein graft or hemodialysis access failures. This review discusses current progress in the field, design considerations, and future perspectives for biomaterial-based external stents. More comparative studies iteratively modulating biomaterial and biomaterial-drug approaches are critical in addressing mechanistic knowledge gaps associated with external stent application to the arteriovenous environment. Addressing these gaps will ultimately lead to more viable solutions that prevent vein graft and hemodialysis access failures. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Prospective analysis of endoscopic vein harvesting. (United States)

    Patel, A N; Hebeler, R F; Hamman, B L; Hunnicutt, C; Williams, M; Liu, L; Wood, R E


    Utilization of bridging vein harvesting (BVH) of saphenous vein grafts (SVG) for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) results in large wounds with great potential for pain and infection. Endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH) may significantly reduce the morbidity associated with SVG harvesting. A prospective database of 200 matched patients receiving EVH and BVH was compared. The patients all underwent CABG done over a period of 4 months (April to August 2000). Patients were excluded if they had prior vein harvesting. The EVH and BVH group included 100 patients each with similar demographics. The patients in the EVH group had significantly fewer wound complications, mean days to ambulation, and total length of stay (P BVH in patients undergoing CABG.

  6. A DUPLICATED GREAT SAPHENOUS VEIN AND CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE FOR VARICOSITY. Duplicación de la vena safena magna y significado clínico de las várices

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    Waseem Al Talalwah


    Full Text Available En varios estudios se ha relacionado la vena safena magna doble con dilataciones varicosas. Durante una clase de disección de pre-grado de la extremidad inferior se encontró una doble vena safena magna unilateral en el miembro inferior izquierdo de un cadáver masculino. La incidencia de esta variación fue del 1,3% de todos los especímenes muestra. En este trabajo se reporta la variabilidad del drenaje venoso de las extremidades inferiores para mejorar la conciencia para los radiólogos vasculares y proporcionar además una opción adicional en la cirugía de bypass de la arteria coronaria para evitar las várices iatrogénicas. A double great saphenous vein has been associated with varicosity in a number of studies. During routine undergraduate dissection of the lower limb a unilateral double great saphenous was found in the left lower limb of a male cadaver. The incidence of this variation was 1.3% of all specimens. This paper reports the variability of lower limb venous drainage to increase the awareness for vascular radiologists and provide further an additional option in coronary artery bypass surgery to avoid iatrogenic varicosity.

  7. Selective use of duplex ultrasound to replace preoperative arteriography for failing arterial vein grafts. (United States)

    Calligaro, K D; Syrek, J R; Dougherty, M J; Rua, I; McAffee-Bennett, S; Doerr, K J; Raviola, C A; DeLaurentis, D A


    In an effort to minimize costs and patient discomfort, we determined whether duplex ultrasound (DU) could selectively replace preoperative arteriography performed in the radiology suite to diagnose failing arterial bypass grafts (FABs) constructed of autogenous vein. Between January 1, 1994, and December 31, 1996, we treated 106 FABs. Graft revision solely on the basis of DU was performed only if a focal stenosis was clearly identified in the graft (peak systolic velocity [PSV] > 300 cm/sec, ratio of adjacent PSVs > 3.0) or in inflow or outflow arteries (resulting in uniform graft PSVs < 45 cm/sec). Intraoperative arteriograms were frequently obtained to confirm DU findings. Preoperative arteriograms were obtained if DU revealed multiple or ill-defined stenoses, diffuse inflow or outflow arterial disease, uniformly low PSVs without an identifiable lesion, or equivocal stenosis despite clinical evidence of an FAB. Seventy-three (69%) FABs with 81 lesions were revised on the basis of DU only. Of 76 stenotic lesions, an intraoperative arteriogram or surgical findings confirmed a diameter stenosis of 75% to 99% in 69 grafts (91%) and stenosis of 50% to 74% in three grafts (4%). DU incorrectly identified the site of stenosis or underdiagnosed the extent of disease in four grafts (5%). DU correctly identified the site of missed arteriovenous fistulas in five grafts. The 73 FABs were treated with intraoperative balloon angioplasty (30 grafts), patch angioplasty (20), interposition or jump grafts (12), ligation of arteriovenous fistula (3), a new bypass graft (1), or a combination of these interventions (7). A significant change in intraoperative strategy potentially could have been avoided if a preoperative arteriogram had been obtained in three of the 73 FABs (4.1%). DU can reliably be used to revise FABs and avoid the morbidity, discomfort, and cost of confirmatory arteriography in two thirds of cases.

  8. Perivenous application of cyanoacrylate tissue sealants reduces intimal and medial thickening of the vein graft and inflammatory responses in a rabbit model of carotid artery bypass grafting. (United States)

    Dai, Longsheng; Gao, Mingxin; Gu, Chengxiong; Zhang, Fan; Yu, Yang


    Effective therapies to prevent vein graft failure after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) are still lacking. α-Cyanoacrylate (α-CA, 99% n-octyl-α-cyanoacrylate + n-butyl-α-cyanoacrylate) has been increasingly used as a tissue sealant for wound closure because of its bacteriostatic, biodegradable and haemostatic properties. As a strong tissue adhesive, α-CA might prevent an arterial circulation-induced mechanical stretch on vein graft to attenuate intimal hyperplasia. Here, we investigated the effects of perivenous application of α-CA on the vein graft in a rabbit model of carotid artery bypass grafting. Healthy New Zealand white rabbits were randomized into no graft, graft or graft + α-CA group (n = 10 per group). Rabbit carotid artery was bypassed with the jugular vein. α-CA sealants were sprayed on the entire jugular graft including both anastomotic sites after completion of anastomoses. Blood flow parameters and histological characteristics of the vein grafts including vessel wall thickness, number of medial elastic lamina and proliferation index were evaluated 4 weeks after the surgery. The mRNA or protein levels of proinflammatory factors, chemokine (C-C motif) ligand-2 (CCL-2) and tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) were measured 4 weeks after the operation by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Compared with the untreated vein grafts at Week 4 after the operation, the α-CA spray significantly improved graft flow (39.4 ± 1.5 vs 27.8 ± 2.9 ml/min, P sealants exerts short-term beneficial effects on the vein graft and reduces inflammatory responses in a rabbit model of carotid artery bypass grafting. Long-term effects of α-CA on vein graft remodelling and the clinical significance of α-CA in CABG remain to be determined in future studies. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved.

  9. Antioxidative mechanism in the course of varicose veins. (United States)

    Horecka, Anna; Biernacka, Jadwiga; Hordyjewska, Anna; Dąbrowski, Wojciech; Terlecki, Piotr; Zubilewicz, Tomasz; Musik, Irena; Kurzepa, Jacek


    Objective Our objective was to evaluate the state of oxidative stress in the great saphenous varicose vein wall and blood of varicose vein patients taken from the antecubital vein. Methods The superoxide dismutase, reduced glutathione (GSH) and total antioxidant status were measured with commercially available colorimetric kits in erythrocytes, plasma and varicose vein wall of 65 patients (second degree of clinical state classification, etiology, anatomy and pathophysiology) aged 22-70 (49 women, 16 men) in comparison to normal great saphenous vein walls collected from 10 patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft and blood collected from 20 healthy individuals. Results A statistically significant decrease (p < 0.001) in superoxide dismutase activity in erythrocytes and the increase (p < 0.05) in superoxide dismutase activity in varicose vein has been observed. There have been no significant changes in the concentration of GSH in plasma and in varicose vein. The decreased concentration of total antioxidant status in plasma (p < 0.001) and in varicose vein wall (p < 0.05) in comparison to the control has been noticed. Conclusion The varicose vein patients are affected by oxidative stress. Our results indicate impaired antioxidant defense mechanism in the blood of varicose vein patients. In contrast to the blood, an increased process of antioxidant defense in the varicose vein wall was noticed.

  10. Endovascular treatment of external iliac vein stenosis caused by graft compression after kidney transplantation

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    Willamax Oliveira de Sousa


    Full Text Available A 57-year old patient presented with approximately 80% stenosis of the left external iliac vein due to compression by the renal graft after kidney transplantation. The initial clinical manifestation of this vascular complication was progressive edema of the left lower limb, starting in the foot during the immediate postoperative period and reaching the thigh. Renal function also deteriorated during the first four months after transplantation. Venous Doppler ultrasound findings were suggestive of a diagnosis of extrinsic compression by the kidney graft and so phlebography was ordered, confirming stenosis of the left external iliac vein. The patient was initially treated with balloon angioplasty, but there was still residual stenosis so a stent was inserted, eliminating the stenosis. The edema reduced over time and the patient's renal function improved. While vascular complications are rare, and potentially severe, events, success rates are good if treatment is started early.

  11. A randomized prospective long-term (>1 year) clinical trial comparing the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency ablation to 980 nm laser ablation of the great saphenous vein. (United States)

    Sydnor, Malcolm; Mavropoulos, John; Slobodnik, Natalia; Wolfe, Luke; Strife, Brian; Komorowski, Daniel


    Purpose To compare the short- and long-term (>1 year) efficacy and safety of radiofrequency ablation (ClosureFAST™) versus endovenous laser ablation (980 nm diode laser) for the treatment of superficial venous insufficiency of the great saphenous vein. Materials and methods Two hundred patients with superficial venous insufficiency of the great saphenous vein were randomized to receive either radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation (and simultaneous adjunctive therapies for surface varicosities when appropriate). Post-treatment sonographic and clinical assessment was conducted at one week, six weeks, and six months for closure, complications, and patient satisfaction. Clinical assessment of each patient was conducted at one year and then at yearly intervals for patient satisfaction. Results Post-procedure pain ( p ablation group. Improvements in venous clinical severity score were noted through six months in both groups (endovenous laser ablation 6.6 to 1; radiofrequency ablation 6.2 to 1) with no significant difference in venous clinical severity score ( p = 0.4066) or measured adverse effects; 89 endovenous laser ablation and 87 radiofrequency patients were interviewed at least 12 months out with a mean long-term follow-up of 44 and 42 months ( p = 0.1096), respectively. There were four treatment failures in each group, and every case was correctable with further treatment. Overall, there were no significant differences with regard to patient satisfaction between radiofrequency ablation and endovenous laser ablation ( p = 0.3009). There were no cases of deep venous thrombosis in either group at any time during this study. Conclusions Radiofrequency ablation and endovenous laser ablation are highly effective and safe from both anatomic and clinical standpoints over a multi-year period and neither modality achieved superiority over the other.

  12. Formation of Collateral Veins in a Graft Pancreas After a Simultaneous Pancreas and Kidney Transplantation: A Case Report. (United States)

    Choi, B H; Lee, H Y; Park, Y M; Yang, K H; Ryu, J H; Chu, C W


    A graft vein thrombosis is the main cause of early graft failure after pancreas transplantation. We report a case of formation of collateral veins in a graft pancreas after transplant. A 30-year-old woman underwent simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplantation. She was discharged 16 days after the operation with good pancreas and kidney function. A total occlusion of the portal vein was discovered on computed tomography (CT) performed at an outpatient clinic. She had no symptoms or signs of hyperglycemia. Venography was attempted for vein thrombectomy but failed. After 2 weeks of heparinization therapy, the edema disappeared and perfusion of the graft pancreas improved. However, the thrombotic occlusion was not resolved on CT. Arteriography of the Y-graft revealed collateral veins. She was discharged with warfarin. She is currently doing well without any symptoms or signs. This is the first reported case of collateral vein formation in a grafted pancreas after pancreas transplantation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Short-term dexamethasone treatment inhibits vein graft thickening in hypercholesterolemic ApoE3Leiden transgenic mice

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    Schepers, A.; Pires, N.M.M.; Eefting, D.; Vries, M.R. de; Bokel, J.H. van; Quax, P.H.A.


    Objective: The aim of this study was to assess whether the anti-inflammatory agent dexamethasone can inhibit vein graft thickening without the occurrence of serious side effects. Methods: Venous interposition grafting was performed in the common carotid artery of hypercholesterolemic ApoE3Leiden

  14. Flow characteristics in narrowed coronary bypass graft

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    Bernad, S. I. [Romanian Academy – Timisoara Branch, Mihai Viteazul Str. 24, RO-300223, Timisoara (Romania); Bosioc, A.; Totorean, A. F. [University Politehnica of Timisoara, Department of Hydraulic Machinery, Mihai Viteazul Str. 1, RO-300222, Timisoara (Romania); Bernad, E. S.; Petre, I. [University of Medicine and Pharmacy Victor Babes Timisoara, P-ta Eftimie Murgu, 2, Timisoara (Romania)


    Tortuous saphenous vein graft (SVG) hemodynamics was investigated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques. Computed tomography (CT) technology is used for non-invasive bypass graft assessment 7 days after surgery. CT investigation shown two regions with severe shape remodelling first is an elbow type contortion and second is a severe curvature with tortuous area reduction. In conclusion, the helical flow induced by vessel torsion may stabilize the blood flow in the distal part of the SVG, reducing the flow disturbance and suppressing the flow separation, but in the distal end of the graft, promote the inflammatory processes in the vessels.

  15. Utilização da safena magna in situ para arterialização do arco venoso do pé The great saphenous vein in situ for the arterialization of the venous arch of the foot

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    Cesar Roberto Busato


    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: O tratamento da isquemia crítica de membros inferiores sem leito arterial distal pode ser realizado por meio da inversão do fluxo no arco venoso do pé. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste trabalho foi apresentar a técnica e os resultados obtidos com a arterialização do arco venoso do pé, mantendo a safena magna in situ. MÉTODOS: Dezoito pacientes, dos quais 11 com aterosclerose (AO, 6 com tromboangeíte obliterante (TO e 1 com trombose de aneurisma de artéria poplítea (TA foram submetidos ao método. A safena magna in situ foi anastomosada à melhor artéria doadora. O fluxo arterial derivado para o sistema venoso progride por meio da veia cujas válvulas são destruídas. As colaterais da veia safena magna são ligadas desde a anastomose até o maléolo medial, a partir do qual são preservadas. RESULTADOS: Dos pacientes, 10 (55,6% mantiveram suas extremidades, 5 com AO e 5 com TO; 7 (38,9% foram amputados, 5 com AO, 1 com TO e 1 com Ta; houve 1 óbito (5,5%. CONCLUSÃO: A inversão do fluxo arterial no sistema venoso do pé deve ser considerada para salvamento de extremidade com isquemia crítica sem leito arterial distal.BACKGROUND: Critical lower limb ischemia in the absence of a distal arterial bed can be treated by arterialization of the venous arch of the foot. OBJETIVE: The objective of this paper was to present the technique and the results of the arterialization of the venous arch of the foot with the in situ great saphenous vein. METHODS: Eighteen patients, 11 with atherosclerosis (AO, 6 with thromboangiitis obliterans (TO and 1 with popliteal artery aneurysm thrombosis were submitted to venous arch arterialization. The in situ great saphenous vein was anastomosed to the best donor artery. Arterial flow derived from the venous system progresses through the vein whose valves were destroyed. The collateral vessels of the great saphenous vein are linked from the anastomosis to the medial malleolus and preserved from this point

  16. Embolia atrial de trombo flutuante da veia safena magna após escleroterapia com microespuma ecoguiada Atrial embolism of floating thrombus of the great saphenous vein after microfoam ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy

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    Rubens Pierry Ferreira Lopes


    Full Text Available A escleroterapia com microespuma vem sendo utilizada amplamente no tratamento da doença venosa varicosa. No entanto, a despeito da sua pouca invasividade e segurança, complicações potencialmente graves e letais já foram descritas, como o acidente vascular cerebral e parada cardiorrespiratória. Descrevemos um caso de embolia atrial tardia de trombo flutuante da junção safeno-femoral de veia safena magna varicosa, após escleroterapia com microespuma de polidocanol guiada por ultrassom, e o tratamento dessa complicação.Microfoam sclerotherapy has been widely used in the treatment of varicose vein disease. However, despite its low invasiveness and safety, potentially serious and lethal complications have been described, such as stroke and cardiorespiratory arrest. We describe a case of delayed atrial embolism of floating thrombus in the saphenofemoral junction of a great saphenous varicose vein after microfoam ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, as well as the treatment of this complication.

  17. [Ultrasound imaging of bridge vessel transplant used to reconstruct the tributary of middle hepatic vein in living donor liver transplantation]. (United States)

    Lu, Qiang; Luo, Yan; Yuan, Chao-xin; Yan, Lü-nan; Wu, Hong; Zhang, Zhong-wei


    To discuss the application of color Doppler ultrasound in the imaging of bridge vein transplant used to reconstruct the tributary of the middle hepatic vein in adult living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). From December 2005 to July 2006, 25 patients underwent the adult living donor liver transplantation with right lobe grafts without middle hepatic vein. Tributaries of middle hepatic vein larger than 5 mm were reconstructed with great saphenous vein. Types and numbers of reconstructed tributaries of middle hepatic vein were listed below: single V5 (n=8), double V5 (n=2), the V5 and V8 (n=9), V8 (n=6). The successive investigation of the vein grafts was performed by color Doppler ultrasound in the period of from postoperative 7 days to 8 months. All vein transplants were detected by color Doppler ultrasound. Among them, 34 vein transplants of 24 cases undergoing adult LDLT appeared patent, but one case was suspected to have reconstructed finally the bypass vessels for blood circle regardless of the grafted bridge vein probably occurring the thrombosis. Color Doppler ultrasound can precisely detect and appear the postoperative bridge vessel grafted, and also measure the blood flow velocity in grafted vein used to reconstruct the tributaries of the middle hepatic vein in LDLT.

  18. Prevalence of claustrophobia and magnetic resonance imaging after coronary artery bypass graft surgery


    Katznelson, Rita; Djaiani, George N; Minkovich, Leonid; Fedorko, Ludwik; Carroll, Jo; Borger, Michael A; Cusimano, Robert J; Karski, Jacek


    Background The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of claustrophobia in patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Methods After IRB approval, we conducted a substudy of a prospective randomized controlled clinical trial of 311 patients evaluating administration of tranexamic acid and early saphenous vein graft patency with MRI after conventional CABG surgery. Chest tube drainage was measured at 6, 12, and 24 hours...

  19. Gene transfer to vein graft wall by HVJ-liposome method: time course and localization of gene expression. (United States)

    Bai, H Z; Sawa, Y; Zhang, W D; Yamakawa, T; Morishita, R; Kaneda, Y; Matsuda, H


    A novel gene transfer method using liposomes with a viral envelope of hemagglutinating virus of Japan (HVJ) has been reported to be very effective for gene transfection into somatic cells and might be applicable to improve the patency of vein grafts. The present study examined the time course and localization of gene expression to assess the feasibility of ex vivo gene transfer into the vein graft by the HVJ-liposome method. The HVJ-liposome complex containing either beta-galactosidase plasmid DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) or no genes (controls) (experiment 1) or fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled oligonucleotides either with or without HVJ-liposomes (experiment 2) was infused into rabbit vein grafts and allowed to incubate before autologous transplantation to carotid arteries. In experiment 1, all grafts incubated with beta-galactosidase plasmid with HVJ-liposomes showed the blue staining of X-gal 7 days after operation, whereas the controls did not. The blue granules were present in the medial and adventitial tissue and were still present after 14 days. In experiment 2, many fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled nuclei were observed in the graft wall 2 and 4 days after operation and remained present mainly in the media of HVJ-liposome-treated grafts after 7 and 14 days, when no fluorescein isothiocyanate activity was observed without HVJ-liposome treatment. These results demonstrated the feasibility of ex vivo transfection to the medial and adventitial tissue of the vein graft by the HVJ-liposome method and suggest the possibility of its clinical application to prevent vein graft failure.

  20. Platelet adhesion on endothelium early after vein grafting mediates leukocyte recruitment and intimal hyperplasia in a murine model. (United States)

    Tseng, Chi-Nan; Chang, Ya-Ting; Lengquist, Mariette; Kronqvist, Malin; Hedin, Ulf; Eriksson, Einar E


    Intimal hyperplasia (IH) is the substrate for accelerated atherosclerosis and limited patency of vein grafts. However, there is still no specific treatment targeting IH following graft surgery. In this study, we used a mouse model of vein grafting to investigate the potential for early intervention with platelet function for later development of graft IH. We transferred the inferior vena cava (IVC) from donor C57BL/6 mice to the carotid artery in recipients using a cuff technique. We found extensive endothelial injury and platelet adhesion one hour following grafting. Adhesion of leukocytes was distinct in areas of platelet adhesion. Platelet and leukocyte adhesion was strongly reduced in mice receiving a function-blocking antibody against the integrin αIIbβ3. This was followed by a reduction of IH one month following grafting. Depletion of platelets using antiserum also reduced IH at later time points. These findings indicate platelets as pivotal to leukocyte recruitment to the wall of vein grafts. In conclusion, the data also highlight early intervention of platelets and inflammation as potential treatment for later formation of IH and accelerated atherosclerosis following bypass surgery.

  1. Comparative study between standard and inside-out vein graft techniques on sciatic nerve repair of rats. Muscular and functional analysis. (United States)

    Bueno, Cleuber Rodrigo de Souza; Pereira, Mizael; Aparecido, Idvaldo; Buchaim, Rogerio Leone; Andreo, Jesus Carlos; Rodrigues, Antônio de Castro; Marco, Geraldo


    To compare the functional result of standart vein grafts and inside-out vein graft technique on sciatic nerve repair. We used 24 male Wistar rats divided into 4 groups: control group (CG), standard vein graft group (SVG), Inside-out vein graft group (IOVG) and denervated Group (DG). SVG, IOVG and DG underwent total section of the sciatic nerve, SVG and IOVG however underwent nerve repair surgery using a graft with normal jugular vein and inside-out jugular vein, respectively. Histological analysis of the soleus and Extensor Digitorum Longus (EDL), and Sciatic Functional Index were used to compare the results after 6 weeks. Both grafts acted favorably in muscle recovery and improved functionality; They were similar in all parameters, however, in more points SVG achieved similar to the CG, in the other hand IOVG more times was similar to DG. Fact that makes the graft with normal vein the most viable option between the two options. Both types of grafts acted beneficially wherein the graft normal vein has proved to be the best option.

  2. Use of inferior mesenteric vein as an interposition graft for distal renal shunt – A case report

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    Fábio César Miranda Torricelli


    Full Text Available Upper digestive bleeding due to rupture of esophageal varices is asevere complication of portal hypertension in cirrhotic patients. Whenit is associated with portal vein thrombosis, transjugular intrahepaticportosystemic shunt or endoscopic procedures are difficult and lesseffective. In this situation, splenorenal shunt is a good alternative.The aim was to discuss a distal splenorenal shunt with autologousinferior mesenteric vein graft. We report a case of a male patient, 52years old, suffering from alcoholic hepatic cirrhosis and portal veinthrombosis. He had nine episodes of upper digestive bleeding, in spiteof endoscopic treatment. His hepatic function remained good and distalsplenorenal shunt was chosen as the best therapeutic option. Theinferior mesenteric vein was used as an interposition graft for distalrenal shunt due to unexpected events during splenic vein dissection.Postoperative recovery went uneventfully.

  3. PTFE Graft as a "Bridge" to Communicating Veins Maturation in the Treatment of an Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma Involving the 3 Hepatic Veins. The Minor-but-Complex Liver Resection. (United States)

    Urbani, Lucio; Balestri, Riccardo; Sidoti, Francesco; Bernardini, Juri Riccardo; Arces, Francesco; Licitra, Gabriella; Leoni, Chiara; Forfori, Francesco; Colombatto, Piero; Boraschi, Piero; Castagna, Maura; Buccianti, Piero


    Parenchyma-sparing liver surgery allows resecting hepatic veins (HV) at the hepatocaval confluence with minor (<3 adjacent segments) liver resections. PTFE graft can be used as a bridge to communicating-veins maturation to ensure the correct outflow of the spared liver. We present a video of an intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (IC) involving the three HV at the hepatocaval confluence treated with this approach. In a 50-year old obese (BMI 44.8) male a 6-cm IC involving the hepatocaval confluence was identified during the follow-up for a kidney malignancy. At the preoperative CT scan the left HV was not detectable, the middle HV was incorporated within the tumor, and right HV had a 3-cm contact with the tumor. No communicating veins were evident at preoperative imaging. After a J-shape thoracophrenolaparotomy, the resection of segments II-III-IVa was partially extended to segment VIII-VII and I. The right HV was detached from the tumor, and the middle HV was reconstructed with a 7-mm ringed-armed PTFE graft anastomosed to V8. Surgery lasted 20 h and 55 min with an estimated blood loss of 3500 ml, but the postoperative course was uneventful and the patient was discharged on the 14th postoperative day. One month later the CT scan showed a patent PTFE graft with the maturation of communicating-veins. One year later a complete thrombosis of the PTFE graft was observed with normal liver perfusion and function, and the patient was disease-free. PTFE-based parenchyma-sparing liver resection is a new tool to treat tumors located at the hepatocaval confluence exploiting the maturation of intrahepatic communicating-veins between main HV.

  4. Graft pathology at the time of harvest: impact on long-term survival

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    Shi-Min Yuan


    Full Text Available Objective: This study aims to present the graft pathology at the time of harvest and its impact on long-term survival. Methods: The remnants of the bypass grafts from 66 consecutive patients with coronary artery disease receiving a coronary artery bypass grafting were investigated pathologically, and pertinent predictive risk factors and survival were analyzed. Results: Medial degenerative changes with or without intimal proliferation were present in 36.8%, 37.8% and 35.6% of left internal mammary artery (IMA, radial artery and saphenous vein grafts. There were 2 (3.0% hospital deaths and 9 (14.1% late deaths. Multinomial logistic regression revealed left IMA pathological changes, dyslipidemia, history of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty/stent deployment and Y-graft were significant predictive risk factors negatively influencing the patients’ long-term survival. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis revealed that the long-term survival of patients with left IMA pathological changes were significantly reduced compared with those without (74.1% vs. 91.4%, P=0.002; whereas no differences were noted in long-term survivals between patients with and without pathological changes of the radial arterial or saphenous vein grafts. Conclusion: Pathological changes may be seen in the bypass graft at the time of harvest. The subtle ultrastructural modifications and the expressions of vascular tone regulators might be responsible for late graft patency. The pathological changes of the left IMA at the time of harvest rather than those of the radial artery or saphenous vein graft affect significantly longterm survival. Non-traumatic maneuver of left IMA harvest, well-controlled dyslipidemia and avoidance of using composite grafts can be helpful in maintaining the architecture of the grafts.

  5. Achieving and Sustaining Zero: Preventing Surgical Site Infections After Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass With Saphenous Vein Harvest Site Through Implementation of a Staff-Driven Quality Improvement Process. (United States)

    Kles, Candis Lee; Murrah, C Patrick; Smith, Kerry; Baugus-Wellmeier, Elizabeth; Hurry, Terri; Morris, Cullen D


    Surgical site infections (SSI) increase morbidity and mortality, hospital costs, length of stay, readmissions, and risk of litigation and may impact a facility's reputation. Through implementation of a Six Sigma, interdisciplinary team process and the Contextual Model for change engaged all stakeholders. A total of 44 perioperative processes were evaluated, with 15 processes ultimately altered. Revisions involved identifying inconsistent implementation of procedures and standardizing processes, as well as utilizing new suture techniques and products including disposable electrocardiogram leads and pacing wires, antibiotic-coated sutures, and silver-impregnated midsternal dressings. In isolated coronary artery bypass grafting with donor-site procedures, an incidence of 3.74 per 100 procedures was reduced to 0.7 and ultimately to 0. No patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting developed a deep sternal wound infection in over 30 months and 590 procedures, resulting in an estimated cost savings of more than $600 000, from May 2012 through December 2014. A significant reduction in deep sternal wound infections was achieved by working at all levels of the organization through a multidisciplinary approach to create sustained change. Using real-time observations for current practices, areas for improvement were identified. By engaging frontline staff in the process, ownership of the outcomes and adherence to practice change were promoted. The result was a dramatic, rapid, and sustainable improvement in the prevention of deep sternal wound infection.

  6. Temporal network based analysis of cell specific vein graft transcriptome defines key pathways and hub genes in implantation injury.

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    Manoj Bhasin

    Full Text Available Vein graft failure occurs between 1 and 6 months after implantation due to obstructive intimal hyperplasia, related in part to implantation injury. The cell-specific and temporal response of the transcriptome to vein graft implantation injury was determined by transcriptional profiling of laser capture microdissected endothelial cells (EC and medial smooth muscle cells (SMC from canine vein grafts, 2 hours (H to 30 days (D following surgery. Our results demonstrate a robust genomic response beginning at 2 H, peaking at 12-24 H, declining by 7 D, and resolving by 30 D. Gene ontology and pathway analyses of differentially expressed genes indicated that implantation injury affects inflammatory and immune responses, apoptosis, mitosis, and extracellular matrix reorganization in both cell types. Through backpropagation an integrated network was built, starting with genes differentially expressed at 30 D, followed by adding upstream interactive genes from each prior time-point. This identified significant enrichment of IL-6, IL-8, NF-κB, dendritic cell maturation, glucocorticoid receptor, and Triggering Receptor Expressed on Myeloid Cells (TREM-1 signaling, as well as PPARα activation pathways in graft EC and SMC. Interactive network-based analyses identified IL-6, IL-8, IL-1α, and Insulin Receptor (INSR as focus hub genes within these pathways. Real-time PCR was used for the validation of two of these genes: IL-6 and IL-8, in addition to Collagen 11A1 (COL11A1, a cornerstone of the backpropagation. In conclusion, these results establish causality relationships clarifying the pathogenesis of vein graft implantation injury, and identifying novel targets for its prevention.

  7. Saphenous ablation: what are the choices, laser or RF energy. (United States)

    Morrison, Nick


    Endovenous ablation has been reported to be safe and effective in eliminating the proximal portion of the great saphenous vein from the venous circulation, with faster recovery and better cosmetic results than surgical stripping. However, the definition of a successful outcome in the literature has not been uniform. As in a successful stripping procedure, complete elimination of at least the proximal portion of the great saphenous vein should also be the standard for these endovenous ablation procedures. Our experience with over 1,400 endovenous ablation procedures, of which 1,150 were radiofrequency and over 250 were laser procedures, has allowed evaluation and comparison of these two techniques. And while we have not seen as high success rates as in published reports (especially with laser ablation), we have still concluded that both radiofrequency and laser techniques to destroy the saphenous vein are safe and effective. Patient acceptance is overwhelmingly better than stripping. Physicians performing these techniques should embrace a commitment to addressing all sites of venous insufficiency in a patient, not just the proximal great saphenous vein. Without this level of commitment, one will be left with poor results and a dissatisfied patient.

  8. Computational model of blood flow in the aorto-coronary bypass graft

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    Ghista Dhanjoo N


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Coronary artery bypass grafting surgery is an effective treatment modality for patients with severe coronary artery disease. The conduits used during the surgery include both the arterial and venous conduits. Long- term graft patency rate for the internal mammary arterial graft is superior, but the same is not true for the saphenous vein grafts. At 10 years, more than 50% of the vein grafts would have occluded and many of them are diseased. Why do the saphenous vein grafts fail the test of time? Many causes have been proposed for saphenous graft failure. Some are non-modifiable and the rest are modifiable. Non-modifiable causes include different histological structure of the vein compared to artery, size disparity between coronary artery and saphenous vein. However, researches are more interested in the modifiable causes, such as graft flow dynamics and wall shear stress distribution at the anastomotic sites. Formation of intimal hyperplasia at the anastomotic junction has been implicated as the root cause of long- term graft failure. Many researchers have analyzed the complex flow patterns in the distal sapheno-coronary anastomotic region, using various simulated model in an attempt to explain the site of preferential intimal hyperplasia based on the flow disturbances and differential wall stress distribution. In this paper, the geometrical bypass models (aorto-left coronary bypass graft model and aorto-right coronary bypass graft model are based on real-life situations. In our models, the dimensions of the aorta, saphenous vein and the coronary artery simulate the actual dimensions at surgery. Both the proximal and distal anastomoses are considered at the same time, and we also take into the consideration the cross-sectional shape change of the venous conduit from circular to elliptical. Contrary to previous works, we have carried out computational fluid dynamics (CFD study in the entire aorta-graft-perfused artery domain

  9. Resection of Celiac Artery Aneurysm with Bypass Grafting to the Splenic and Common Hepatic Arteries. (United States)

    Pattakos, Gregory; Tolpin, Daniel; Ott, David A


    Celiac artery aneurysms are rare and typically warrant surgical treatment. Atherosclerosis is their chief cause. Symptomatic patients usually present with abdominal pain. Surgical resection of celiac artery aneurysms is associated with low morbidity and mortality rates. We report the case of a patient whose 2.2-cm celiac artery aneurysm we resected, with subsequent saphenous vein bypass grafting from the celiac trunk to the splenic and common hepatic arteries. In addition, we briefly discuss other treatment options.

  10. An inside-out vein graft filled with platelet-rich plasma for repair of a short sciatic nerve defect in rats. (United States)

    Kim, Ji Yeong; Jeon, Woo Joo; Kim, Dong Hwee; Rhyu, Im Joo; Kim, Young Hwan; Youn, Inchan; Park, Jong Woong


    Platelet-rich plasma containing various growth factors can promote nerve regeneration. An inside-out vein graft can substitute nerve autograft to repair short nerve defects. It is hypothesized that an inside-out vein graft filled with platelet-rich plasma shows better effects in the repair of short sciatic nerve defects. In this study, an inside-out vein autograft filled with platelet-rich plasma was used to bridge a 10 mm-long sciatic nerve defect in rats. The sciatic nerve function of rats with an inside-out vein autograft filled with platelet-rich plasma was better improved than that of rats with a simple inside-out vein autograft. At 6 and 8 weeks, the sciatic nerve function of rats with an inside-out vein autograft filled with platelet-rich plasma was better than that of rats undergoing nerve autografting. Compared with the sciatic nerve repaired with a simple inside-out vein autograft, the number of myelinated axons was higher, axon diameter and myelin sheath were greater in the sciatic nerve repaired with an inside-out vein autograft filled with platelet-rich plasma and they were similar to those in the sciatic nerve repaired with nerve autograft. These findings suggest that an inside-out vein graft filled with platelet-rich plasma can substitute nerve autograft to repair short sciatic nerve defects.

  11. Cyclic nucleotides and production of prostanoids in human varicose veins. (United States)

    Nemcova, S; Gloviczki, P; Rud, K S; Miller, V M


    Experiments were designed to determine the production of prostacyclin and thromboxane and the activation of cyclic nucleotides in human varicose and nonvaricose veins and to determine whether these second messenger pathways were differentially activated by the venotropic extract of Ruscus aculeatus. The experiments were designed to characterize the activity of cyclic nucleotides and the production of prostaglandins in human varicose and nonvaricose veins. Segments of the greater saphenous veins and the adjacent tributaries were obtained from patients who underwent vein stripping and excision of primary varicose veins. The saphenous veins from the patients who underwent peripheral arterial bypass grafting were used as controls. The segments of veins were incubated in Krebs-Ringer bicarbonate solution in the presence of venotropic extract of Ruscus aculeatus (10(-3) g/mL) or in water-miscible organic solvent (dimethyl sulfoxide, 10(-3) g/mL), for 1, 5, and 10 minutes at 37 degrees C. The nonspecific phosphodiesterase inhibitor (3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine, 10(-4) g/mL) was used to block cyclic nucleotide degradation in some samples. Tissue and media samples were collected. Tissue concentrations of both cyclic adenosine monophosphate and cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cAMP and cGMP, respectively) and media concentrations of 6-ketoprostaglandin-F(1)(alpha) (the stable metabolite of prostacyclin) and thromboxane B(2) (the stable metabolite of thromboxane A(2)) were measured by means of radioimmunoassay. Cyclooxygenase 2 was measured with Western blot analysis. The varicose veins showed greater levels of cAMP but not of cGMP at all time points as compared with the control veins. Prostanoid production was not significantly altered in the varicose veins. Stimulation with Ruscus aculeatus increased the cAMP concentration in the varicose veins but did not affect the cGMP levels. The ratio between 6-ketoprostaglandin-F(1)(alpha) and thromboxane B(2) was two-fold greater in

  12. Should complete stripping operation to the ankle be avoided in the treatment of primary varicose veins due to greater saphenous vein insufficiency? Deve-se evitar a flebo-extração completa até o tornozelo no tratamento das varizes primárias por insuficiência da veia safena magna?

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    Hakan Uncu


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: The most preferred method for the treatment of primary varicose veins due to greater saphenous vein (GSV insufficiency is saphenofemoral high ligation and thigh stripping of the GSV, and ambulatory phlebectomy. Stripping is usually ended at the knee level to prevent nerve injury in the calf. However, different surgical modalities may be used depending on the surgeon's choice and experience. METHODS: We present the results of complete stripping of the GSV to the ankle and ambulatory phlebectomies performed by a single surgeon. Ninety-six patients (102 limbs who underwent standardized surgical procedure were participated in this study. Median follow-up time was 3.4 years. RESULTS: All complaints due to varicose veins were resolved in all extremities. Some temporary complications observed were resolved fully during follow-up. Permanent paresthesia which was the most important complication was found only in two patients (2%. No recurrence was observed. CONCLUSION: The risk of saphenous nerve injury in the calf should not to be considered a reason to avoid complete stripping of the GSV to the ankle. If it is applied carefully and with appropriate technique, complete stripping still seems to be a good treatment option.OBJETIVO: O método de escolha para o tratamento das varizes primárias devido a insuficiência da veia safena magna (VSM é a ligagura safenofemoral e a fleboextração em coxa e a flebectomia ambulatorial. A fleboextração é geralmente feita ao nível do joelho para prevenir a lesão neurológica no tornozelo. Diferentes modalidades operatórias, no entanto, podem ser utilizadas dependendo da escolha e da experiência do cirurgião. MÉTODOS: Apresentamos os resultados da fleboextração completa da VSM até o tornozelo e flebectomias ambulatoriais realizadas por um único cirurgião. Noventa e seis pacientes (102 membros que foram submetidos a procedimento cirúrgico padrão participaram deste estudo. A mediana do tempo de

  13. Primary varicose veins: Frequency, clinical significance and surgical treatment

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    Vasić Dragan M.


    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION According to the definition of the World Health Organization, varicose veins represent abnormally enlarged superficial veins having baggy or cylindrical shape. The most frequent cause of primary varicose veins is the insufficiency of long saphenous vein (LSV, but especially the basin of its connection with femoral vein and perforating veins. OBJECTIVE The objectives of these investigations were: the determination of insufficiency incidence of SSV in cases of LSV insufficiency; the establishment of association of insufficiency of perforating veins of the basin of LSV and SSV; the study of the results of surgical treatment of insufficiency and varicosity of both short and long saphenous veins. METHODS In this study, 100 patients (66 women and 34 men, average age 52.1 years, with clinical symptoms showing the insufficiency and varicosity of long saphenous vein with no change of deep vein system were examined. Ultrasonographic examinations were made using Color Doppler probes - 7.5 and 3.75 MHz (Toshiba Corevison SSA 350 A; the development of incompetence of long saphenous vein (LSV and short saphenous vein (SSV at the level of the junction as well as other incompetent valves were examined. The reflux was defined as a retrograde flow of the duration longer than 0.5 seconds. RESULTS The insufficiency of short saphenous vein was determined by ultrasonographic examination in 34%, while the insufficiency of perforating veins in 80% of patients. 40% of patients were operated (33.3% of females, and 52.9% of males. The most frequent indications for surgical treatment of superficial veins insufficiency were: strong varicosities, clear symptoms and signs, superficial thrombophlebitis and conditions after superficial thrombophlebitis. Surgical treatment was applied in 16% of patients due to recurrence in the basin of long saphenous vein, and in 6% of cases because of the recurrence in the basin of short saphenous vein. Data analysis failed to

  14. Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting in an octogenarian with situs inversus and dextrocardia: report of a case. (United States)

    Takahashi, Hiroaki; Okada, Kenji; Matsumori, Masamichi; Okita, Yutaka


    Dextrocardia associated with situs inversus totalis is a rare condition. A small number of patients with the condition have been reported after undergoing myocardial revascularization. We experienced a case of this rare disorder in an 83-year-old man. He was successfully treated by off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting with bilateral internal thoracic arteries and a saphenous vein. Except for the mirror-image anatomy, the surgical technique was similar to that used for a patient with situs solitus.

  15. Effect on vein graft intimal hyperplasia of nuclear factor-kB decoy transfection using the second generation of HVJ vector. (United States)

    Shimizu, N; Azuma, N; Nishikawa, T; Hirata, S; Morishita, R; Kaneda, Y; Sasajima, T


    Vein graft stenosis due to intimal hyperplasia (IH) is the main cause of graft failure. We examined possibilities of nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB) expression in vein grafts, and inhibitive effects of NF-kB decoy on the gene expression and subsequent vein graft IH. Fifteen mongrel dogs underwent femoral artery replacement with autogenous vein grafts. Group I: grafts were retrieved at a predetermined time and subjected to NF-kB binding activity assay; Groups II and III: grafts were transfected with scrambled (II-a, III-a) or NF-kB (II-b, III-b) decoy using hemagglutinating virus of Japan envelope before implantation. Grafts were retrieved 7 days after implantation for evaluation of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) mRNA expression (Group II) and 4 weeks after implantation for comparison of IH by morphometric analysis (Group III). NF-kB binding activity was increased in a time-dependent manner, with a peak 2 days after implantation. The ratio between ICAM-1 and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase mRNA expression in II-b was significantly lower than that in II-a (0.347 +/- 0.07 versus 0.612+/-0.08; P = 0.047). The ratio of intimal cross-section area to luminal cross-section area of III-b was significantly lower than that of the III-a (0.096+/-0.03 versus 0.461+/-0.11; P = 0.048). NF-kB binding activity in vein grafts increases after implantation, and transfection of NF-kB decoy before implantation may reduce IH through the inhibition of ICAM-1 expression.

  16. Case report: living donor liver transplantation for giant hepatic hemangioma using a right lobe graft without the middle hepatic vein. (United States)

    Zhong, Lin; Men, Tong-Yi; Yang, Gao-di; Gu, Yan; Chen, Guoqing; Xing, Tong-Hai; Fan, Jun-Wei; Peng, Zhi-Hai


    Hepatic hemangioma patients with Kasabach-Merritt syndrome have reportedly been cured by liver transplantation. However, liver transplantation as a potential cure for a stable patient without Kasabach-Merritt syndrome remains debatable. We report the case of a 27-year-old female patient with a giant hepatic hemangioma. The hemangioma measured 50×40×25 cm in size and weighed 15 kg, which is the largest and heaviest hemangioma reported in the literature. The patient showed jaundice, ascites, anemia, and appetite loss; but no disseminated intravascular coagulation was observed through laboratory findings. We successfully operated using a right lobe graft without the middle hepatic vein from a 55-year-old donor. At the long-term follow-up, the patient experienced two acute rejections, which were confirmed by biopsy. However, the patient still survives with good graft function after 50 months.

  17. Primary and secondary patencies of transposed femoral vein fistulas are significantly greater than with the HeRO graft. (United States)

    Ladenheim, Eric D; Lulic, Dzenan; Lum, Craig; Agrawal, Sid


    For access-challenged patients with bilateral upper extremity central venous stenosis, solutions include the Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) device or an autogenous AV fistula in the lower limb. We evaluated HeRO grafts and transpositions of the femoral vein in maintaining primary and secondary patency. We retrospectively analyzed 40 patients with a HeRO device and 18 patients with superficial femoral artery to transposed femoral vein autogenous arteriovenous fistula (SFA-tFV). All patients had bilateral central venous obstruction. All procedures were outpatient performed by a single surgeon at one center between 2009-2015. Operative details, intraoperative flows, and flows at the first-week postoperative visit were analyzed, as were primary and secondary patency and intervention rates. Complications were compared between groups. The one-year cumulative primary patency was 30% for HeRO grafts and 79% for SFA-tFV fistulas (p = 0.0001); secondary patency was 71% for HeRO grafts and 93% for SFA-tFV fistulas (p = 0.03). To maintain patency, HeRO patients required a mean 2.1 interventions per year and thigh fistula patients required a mean 0.4 interventions per year. Thirty-seven percent of thigh fistula patients had a hematoma or seroma versus 5% of HeRO patients and 17% of thigh fistula patients experienced delayed wound healing versus 2.5% of HeRO patients (pHeRO patients had lower primary and secondary patency rates versus thigh fistula patients and HeRO grafts required five-fold more interventions to maintain secondary patency. However, patients with thigh fistulas had significantly more wound healing problems. Thus, the SFA-tFV has become our access of choice for patients with bilateral central venous stenosis.

  18. Influence of Diabetes on Long-Term Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patency. (United States)

    Raza, Sajjad; Blackstone, Eugene H; Houghtaling, Penny L; Rajeswaran, Jeevanantham; Riaz, Haris; Bakaeen, Faisal G; Lincoff, A Michael; Sabik, Joseph F


    Nearly 50% of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting have diabetes. However, little is known about the influence of diabetes on long-term patency of bypass grafts. Because patients with diabetes have more severe coronary artery stenosis, we hypothesized that graft patency is worse in patients with than without diabetes. This study sought to examine the influence of diabetes on long-term patency of bypass grafts. From 1972 to 2011, 57,961 patients underwent primary isolated coronary artery bypass grafting. Of these, 1,372 pharmacologically treated patients with diabetes and 10,147 patients without diabetes had 15,887 postoperative angiograms; stenosis was quantified for 7,903 internal thoracic artery (ITA) grafts and 20,066 saphenous vein grafts. Status of graft patency across time was analyzed by longitudinal nonlinear mixed-effects modeling. ITA graft patency was stable over time and similar in patients with and without diabetes: at 1, 5, 10, and 20 years, 97%, 97%, 96%, and 96% in patients with diabetes, and 96%, 96%, 95%, and 93% in patients without diabetes, respectively (early p = 0.20; late p = 0.30). In contrast, saphenous vein graft patency declined over time and similarly in patients with and without diabetes: at 1, 5, 10, and 20 years, 78%, 70%, 57%, and 42% in patients with diabetes, and 82%, 72%, 58%, and 41% in patients without diabetes, respectively (early p bypass grafts. Use of ITA grafts should be maximized in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting because they have excellent patency in patients with and without diabetes even after 20 years. Copyright © 2017 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. The effects of fenoldopam on coronary conduit blood flow after coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

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    Halpenny, M


    OBJECTIVE: To quantify the effects of fenoldopam, 0.1 microg\\/kg\\/min, on left internal mammary artery (LIMA) and saphenous vein blood flow after coronary anastomosis. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. SETTING: University teaching hospital, single institution. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-one American Society of Anesthesiologists III patients undergoing elective coronary revascularization. INTERVENTIONS: A perivascular ultrasonic flow probe (Linton Instrumentation, Norfolk, UK) was placed around the LIMA and saphenous vein graft after coronary anastomosis. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Immediately before and at 5-minute intervals for 15 minutes after starting the infusion, blood flow was measured in the LIMA and one saphenous vein graft using a transit time ultrasonic flow probe. Heart rate, blood pressure, and central venous pressure were documented at these time points. Administration of fenoldopam, 0.1 microg\\/kg\\/min, did not alter heart rate or blood pressure. A small, nonsignificant increase in LIMA blood flow occurred during the 15-minute study period (30 +\\/- 12 to 35 +\\/- 10 mL\\/min) in patients who received fenoldopam. No significant changes occurred in the placebo group. CONCLUSIONS: The findings indicate that fenoldopam, 0.1 microg\\/kg\\/min, did not influence coronary conduit blood flow to a clinically significant extent. The small increase in LIMA blood flow may be of greater importance in high-risk patients or in the prevention of coronary arterial spasm.

  20. Arterial revascularization in primary coronary artery bypass grafting: Direct comparison of 4 strategies--results of the Stand-in-Y Mammary Study. (United States)

    Nasso, Giuseppe; Coppola, Roberto; Bonifazi, Raffaele; Piancone, Felice; Bozzetti, Giuseppe; Speziale, Giuseppe


    It is unclear (1) whether the use of 2 arterial conduits rather than a single conduit in multivessel coronary artery bypass grafting significantly improves results despite the concomitant use of saphenous vein grafts and (2) whether any among different configurations of composite grafts (left/right thoracic arteries and radial artery) offers an advantage over the others. Eight hundred fifteen patients were randomized to one of 3 different strategies of revascularization by using the left thoracic artery plus the right thoracic artery or using the left thoracic artery plus the radial artery. Venous grafts were used for the remaining targets. Patients randomized to receive 1 arterial graft served as control subjects. Operative mortality and morbidity were comparable among groups. The rate of cerebrovascular complications was not statistically lower among patients receiving 2 arterial grafts. At 2 years, overall survival was not significantly different among groups (P = .59). Cardiac event-free survival was significantly better in patients receiving 2 arterial grafts versus control subjects (P strategies using 2 arterial conduits were similar concerning early and midterm results. Revascularization with 2 arterial conduits offers better midterm event-free survival than a single arterial graft, irrespective of which second-choice arterial conduit is used (radial artery or right thoracic artery), the simultaneous use of saphenous vein grafts, and the patient's age.

  1. A mechanical argument for the differential performance of coronary artery grafts. (United States)

    Prim, David A; Zhou, Boran; Hartstone-Rose, Adam; Uline, Mark J; Shazly, Tarek; Eberth, John F


    Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) acutely disturbs the homeostatic state of the transplanted vessel making retention of graft patency dependent on chronic remodeling processes. The time course and extent to which remodeling restores vessel homeostasis will depend, in part, on the nature and magnitude of the mechanical disturbances induced upon transplantation. In this investigation, biaxial mechanical testing and histology were performed on the porcine left anterior descending artery (LAD) and analogs of common autografts, including the internal thoracic artery (ITA), radial artery (RA), great saphenous vein (GSV) and lateral saphenous vein (LSV). Experimental data were used to quantify the parameters of a structure-based constitutive model enabling prediction of the acute vessel mechanical response pre-transplantation and under coronary loading conditions. A novel metric Ξ was developed to quantify mechanical differences between each graft vessel in situ and the LAD in situ, while a second metric Ω compares the graft vessels in situ to their state under coronary loading. The relative values of these metrics among candidate autograft sources are consistent with vessel-specific variations in CABG clinical success rates with the ITA as the superior and GSV the inferior graft choices based on mechanical performance. This approach can be used to evaluate other candidate tissues for grafting or to aid in the development of synthetic and tissue engineered alternatives. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Prevention of one-year vein-graft occlusion after aortocoronary-bypass surgery : a comparison of low-dose aspirin, low-dose aspirin plus dipyridamole, and oral anticoagulants

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    van der Meer, J; Hillege, H. L.; Kootstra, G. J.; Ascoop, C. A. P. L.; Pfisterer, M.; van Gilst, W. H.; Lie, K. I.


    Aspirin, alone or in combination with dipyridamole, is known to prevent occlusion of aortocoronary vein grafts. The benefit of dipyridamole in addition to aspirin remains controversial, and the efficacy and safety of oral anticoagulants for prevention of vein-graft occlusion have not been

  3. Comparação entre o laser endovenoso e a fleboextração total da veia safena interna: resultados em médio prazo Comparison of endovenous laser therapy vs. conventional stripping of the great saphenous vein: midterm results

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    Charles Angotti Furtado de Medeiros


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar a fotocoagulação endovenosa com laser diodo e a fleboextração total da veia safena interna. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo prospectivo, controlado e cego de 20 pacientes com varizes sintomáticas e insuficiência bilateral da veia safena interna que foram operados entre março de 2002 e fevereiro de 2004. Para cada caso, foram realizadas aleatoriamente (sorteio as duas técnicas, sendo uma em cada lado. A avaliação pós-operatória consistiu na aplicação de questionários, exame físico e fotografia digital em todos os pacientes desde o 7º dia de pós-operatório. Também foi realizado controle ultra-sonográfico no 30º dia de pós-operatório e pletismografia a ar no 60º dia após a cirurgia. Este projeto foi aprovado pela comissão de ética, e os pacientes foram incluídos ao assinarem o consentimento pós-informação. Os dados foram submetidos a análise estatística com os programas SPSS e SAS. RESULTADOS: A técnica que utilizou o laser endovenoso apresentou dor semelhante, mas menos edema e menos hematoma durante o pós-operatório. O índice de melhora estética e de satisfação com a cirurgia foi de 100% para as duas técnicas, mas a maioria dos pacientes respondeu que o membro operado com o laser foi o mais beneficiado. Houve melhora do tempo de enchimento venoso nos dois grupos, mas sem diferença significativa entre eles. Durante o seguimento (média de 26 meses, houve um caso de parestesia leve e transitória do lado convencional e somente uma recanalização do lado laser. CONCLUSÃO: A fotocoagulação endovenosa para o tratamento da veia safena interna em pacientes com varizes de membros inferiores é segura e apresenta resultados comparáveis aos da fleboextração convencional.OBJECTIVE: To compare endovenous diode laser photocoagulation and conventional stripping of the great saphenous vein. METHODS: A controlled and blind prospective study of 20 patients with symptomatic varicose veins and

  4. Endovascular vein harvest: systemic carbon dioxide absorption. (United States)

    Maslow, Andrew M; Schwartz, Carl S; Bert, Arthur; Hurlburt, Peter; Gough, Jeffrey; Stearns, Gary; Singh, Arun K


    Endovascular vein harvest (EDVH) requires CO(2) insufflation to expand the subcutaneous space, allowing visualization and dissection of the saphenous vein. The purpose of this study was to assess the extent of CO(2) absorption during EDVH. Prospective observational study. Single tertiary care hospital. Sixty patients (30 EDVH and 30 open-vein harvest) undergoing isolated coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Hemodynamic, procedural, and laboratory data were collected prior to (baseline), during, and at it the conclusion (final) of vein harvesting. Data were also collected during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Data were compared by using t tests, analysis of variance, and correlation statistics when needed. There were significant increases in arterial CO(2) (PaCO(2), 35%) and decreases in pH (1.35%) during EDVH. These were associated with increases in heart rate, mean blood pressure, and cardiac output. Within the EDVH group, greater elevations (>10 mmHg) in PaCO2 were more likely during difficult harvest procedures, and these patients exhibited greater increase in heart rate. Elevated CO(2) persisted during CPB, requiring higher systemic gas flows and greater use of phenylephrine to maintain desired hemodynamics. EDVH was associated with systemic absorption of CO(2). Greater absorption was more likely in difficult procedures and was associated with greater hemodynamic changes requiring medical therapy.

  5. TNF-α promotes survival and migration of MSCs under oxidative stress via NF-κB pathway to attenuate intimal hyperplasia in vein grafts. (United States)

    Bai, Xiao; Xi, Jie; Bi, Yanwen; Zhao, Xin; Bing, Weidong; Meng, Xiangbin; Liu, Yimin; Zhu, Zhonglai; Song, Guangmin


    The oxidative stress caused by endothelial injury is involved in intimal hyperplasia (IH) in vein grafts. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can home to injured intima and promote endothelial repair. However, MSC apoptosis is increased accompanied by decreased functional activity under oxidative stress. Thus, we investigate whether tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) can promote the survival and activity of MSCs under oxidative stress to reduce IH more effectively, and establish what role the NF-κB pathway plays in this. In this study, we preconditioned MSCs with TNF-α ( TNF -α-PC MSCs) for 24 hrs and measured the activation of the IKK/NF-κB pathway. EdU and transwell assays were performed to assess proliferation and migration of TNF -α-PC MSCs. Apoptosis and migration of TNF -α- PC MSCs were evaluated in conditions of oxidative stress by analysis of the expression of Bcl-2 and CXCR4 proteins. TNF -α- PC MSCs were transplanted into a vein graft model, so that cell homing could be tracked, and endothelial apoptosis and IH of vein grafts were measured. The results demonstrated that TNF-α promotes proliferation and migration of MSCs. Furthermore, survival and migration of TNF -α- PC MSCs under oxidative stress were both enhanced. A greater number of MSCs migrated to the intima of vein grafts after preconditioning with TNF-α, and the formation of neointima was significantly reduced. These effects could be partially abolished by IKK XII (NF-κB inhibitor). All these results indicate that preconditioning with TNF-α can promote survival and migration of MSCs under oxidative stress via the NF-κB pathway and thus attenuate IH of vein grafts. © 2017 The Authors. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

  6. A comparison between PTFE and denatured homologous vein grafts for haemodialysis access: a prospective randomised multicentre trial. The SMASH Study Group. Study of Graft Materials in Access for Haemodialysis. (United States)

    Bosman, P J; Blankestijn, P J; van der Graaf, Y; Heintjes, R J; Koomans, H A; Eikelboom, B C


    To compare patency and complication rates of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) grafts and denatured homologous vein (DHV) grafts for long-term haemodialysis. A prospective randomised multicentre trial. One hundred and thirty-one patients were enrolled between September 1994 and April 1997. Sixty-three DHV grafts and 68 PTFE grafts were implanted in 60 meals and 71 females. Complications and interventions were monitored. Patency rates, complication rates, and intervention rates of PTFE and DHV were compared. The mean follow-up was 313 days for DHV (range 1-771) and 339 (3-909) days for PTFE. The total follow-up was 54.1 patient-years for DHV and 63.1 for PTFE. The 1-year primary patency rates were 30% and 40% for DHV and PTFE respectively. Secondary patency rate was 63% for both DHV and PTFE. Most frequent complication was thrombosis. A total of 75 thrombotic events (1.39 per patient-year) occurred in 35 (56%) DHV grafts and 78 (1.24 per py) in 36 (53%) PTFE grafts. A total of nine infections were seen in nine (14%) DHV grafts, whereas 21 infections in 20 (29%) PTFE grafts were seen (p = 0.08). All but one infected DHV graft could be salvaged with systemic antibiotics. In contrast, surgical intervention was necessary in nine PTFE grafts (p = 0.02). For aneurysms, eight DHV and two PTFE grafts needed revision (p = 0.03). Patency rates between DHV and PTFE were not different. More infections were seen in PTFE grafts, and significantly more PTFE grafts needed surgical revision or removal because of infection. Significantly more DHV grafts were surgically revised or removed because of aneurysms.

  7. Pharmacological assessment of adrenergic receptors in human varicose veins. (United States)

    Miller, V M; Rud, K S; Gloviczki, P


    Experiments were to characterize pharmacologically adrenergic receptors in human varicose veins to the natural transmitter norepinephrine and to an extract of Ruscus. Greater saphenous veins and varicose tributaries from patients undergoing elective surgery for primary varicose disease and portions of greater saphenous veins from patients undergoing peripheral arterial reconstruction (control) were suspended for the measurement of isometric force in organ chambers. Concentration response curves were obtained to norepinephrine or the extract of Ruscus aculeatus in the absence and presence of selective antagonists of alpha, and alpha2 adrenergic receptors. Norepinephrine and Ruscus extract caused concentration-dependent contractions in all veins. Contractions to norepinephrine were greater in control veins than in varicose tributaries. Contractions to the extract were greater in varicose tributaries than in greater saphenous veins from varicose patients. Contractions to norepinephrine were reduced similarly by alpha and alpha2-adrenergic agonists in control and varicose veins but to a greater extent by alpha2-blockade in greater saphenous veins from varicose patients. Contractions to Ruscus extract were not reduced by alpha-adrenergic blockade in control veins but were reduced by alpha2-adrenergic blockade in varicose veins. These results suggest a differential distribution of alpha adrenergic receptors on greater saphenous veins from non-varicose patients compared to those with primary varicose disease. Venotropic agents from plant extract probably exert effects by way of multiple receptor and non-receptor mediated events.

  8. Inside-out and standard vein grafts associated with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in sciatic nerve repair. A histomorphometric study. (United States)

    Roque, José Sidney; Pomini, Karina Torres; Buchaim, Rogério Leone; Buchaim, Daniela Vieira; Andreo, Jesus Carlos; Roque, Domingos Donizeti; Rodrigues, Antonio de Castro; Rosa, Geraldo Marco; Moraes, Luis Henrique Rapucci; Viterbo, Fausto


    To evaluated the tubulization technique with standard and inside-out vein, filled or not with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), in sciatic nerve repair. Seventy male Wistar rats were randomly divided into five groups: IOVNF (Inside-Out Vein with No Filling); IOVPRP (Inside-Out Vein filled with PRP); SVNF (Standard Vein with No Filling); SVPRP (Standard Vein filled with PRP); Sham (Control). The left external jugular vein was used as graft in a 10 mm nervous gap. In the morphological analysis of all groups, myelinated nerve fibers with evident myelin sheath, neoformation of the epineurium and perineurium, organization of intraneural fascicles and blood vessels were observed. In the morphometry of the distal stump fibers, SVPRP group had the highest means regarding fiber diameter (3.63±0.42 μm), axon diameter (2.37±0.31 μm) and myelin sheath area (11.70±0.84 μm2). IOVPRP group had the highest means regarding axon area (4.39±1.16 μm2) and myelin sheath thickness (0.80±0.19 μm). As for values of the fiber area, IOVNF group shows highest means (15.54±0.67 μm2), but are still lower than the values of the Sham group. The graft filled with platelet-rich plasma, with use standard (SVPRP) or inside-out vein (IOVPRP), promoted the improvement in axonal regeneration on sciatic nerve injury.

  9. Disparity in outcomes of surgical revascularization for limb salvage: race and gender are synergistic determinants of vein graft failure and limb loss. (United States)

    Nguyen, Louis L; Hevelone, Nathanael; Rogers, Selwyn O; Bandyk, Dennis F; Clowes, Alexander W; Moneta, Gregory L; Lipsitz, Stuart; Conte, Michael S


    Vein bypass surgery is an effective therapy for atherosclerotic occlusive disease in the coronary and peripheral circulations; however, long-term results are limited by progressive attrition of graft patency. Failure of vein bypass grafts in patients with critical limb ischemia results in morbidity, limb loss, and additional resource use. Although technical factors are known to be critical to the success of surgical revascularization, patient-specific risk factors are not well defined. In particular, the relationship of race/ethnicity and gender to the outcomes of peripheral bypass surgery has been controversial. We analyzed the Project of Ex Vivo Vein Graft Engineering via Transfection III (PREVENT III) randomized trial database, which included 1404 lower extremity vein graft operations performed exclusively for critical limb ischemia at 83 North American centers. Trial design included intensive ultrasound surveillance of the bypass graft and clinical follow-up to 1 year. Multivariable modeling (Cox proportional hazards and propensity score) was used to examine the relationships of demographic variables to clinical end points, including perioperative (30-day) events and 1-year outcomes (vein graft patency, limb salvage, and patient survival). Final propensity score models adjusted for 16 covariates (including type of institution, technical factors, selected comorbidities, and adjunctive medications) to examine the associations between race, gender, and outcomes. Among the 249 black patients enrolled in PREVENT III, 118 were women and 131 were men. Black men were at increased risk for early graft failure (hazard ratio [HR], 2.832 for 30-day failure; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.393 to 5.759; P=0.0004), even when the analysis was restricted to exclude high-risk venous conduits. Black patients experienced reduced secondary patency (HR, 1.49; 95% CI, 1.08 to 2.06; P=0.016) and limb salvage (HR, 2.02; 95% CI, 1.27 to 3.20; P=0.003) at 1 year. Propensity score models

  10. Isolated Subclavian Vein Injury: A Rare and High Mortality Case

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    Sahin Iscan


    Full Text Available Isolated subclavian vein injuries are rarely seen without concomitant arterial injury, bone fracture, damage to brachial plexus, and thoracal traumas. Our case was brought to the emergency service 6 hours after he had been shot at the shoulder with a firearm. After detection of extravasation from the left axillary and subclavian vein on arteriographic and venographic examinations, he was operated on. An autogenous saphenous vein graft was interposed between subclavian and axillary veins. Cardiac arrest developed twice because of hypovolemia, which was resolved with medical therapy. Subclavian vein injuries have a more mortal course when compared with the injuries to the subclavian arteries. Its most important reason is excessive blood loss and air embolism because of delayed arrival to hospital. As is the case in all vascular injuries, angiography is the most important diagnostic examination. If the general health state of the patient permits, arteriography and venography should be performed in patients potentially exposed to vascular injuries. In patients with extreme blood loss and deteriorated health state, direct surgical exploration of the injury site, containment of the bleeding, and venous repair are life-saving approaches.

  11. Day surgery is effective and safe for patients with great saphenous ...

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    Nov 2, 2015 ... deep vein thrombosis (DVT), saphenous nerve injury (SNI), wound infection, and recurrence in DS and IS groups was. 0.9% versus 0.8%; 2% versus 3%; 3.3% versus 3.8%; and 1.3% versus 1.1%, respectively. Moreover, there was no significant difference in incidence of DVT, SNI, wound infection, and ...

  12. Efficacy of varicose vein surgery with preservation of the great safenous vein

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    Bernardo Cunha Senra Barros

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of surgical treatment of varicose veins with preservation of the great saphenous vein. METHODS: We conducted a prospective study of 15 female patients between 25 and 55 years of age with clinical, etiologic, anatomic and pathophysiologic (CEAP classification 2, 3 and 4. The patients underwent surgical treatment of primary varicose veins with great saphenous vein (GSV preservation. Doppler ultrasonography exams were carried out in the first and third months postoperatively. The form of clinical severity of venous disease, Venous Clinical Severity Score (VCSS was completed before and after surgery. We excluded patients with history of deep vein thrombosis, smoking or postoperatively use of elastic stockings or phlebotonics. RESULTS: All patients had improved VCSS (p <0.001 and reduction in the diameter of the great saphenous vein (p <0.001. There was a relationship between VCSS and the GSV caliber, as well as with preoperative CEAP. There was improvement in CEAP class in nine patients when compared with the preoperative period (p <0.001. CONCLUSION: The varicose vein surgery with preservation of the great saphenous vein had beneficial effects to the GSV itself, with decreasing caliber, and to the symptoms when the vein had maximum caliber of 7.5 mm, correlating directly with the CEAP. The decrease in GSV caliber, even without complete abolition of reflux, leads to clinical improvement by decreasing the reflux volume.

  13. ClariVein® - Early results from a large single-centre series of mechanochemical endovenous ablation for varicose veins. (United States)

    Tang, T Y; Kam, J W; Gaunt, M E


    Objectives This study assessed the effectiveness and patient experience of the ClariVein® endovenous occlusion catheter for varicose veins from a large single-centre series in the UK. Methods A total of 300 patients (371 legs) underwent ClariVein® treatment for their varicose veins; 184 for great saphenous vein (GSV) incompetence, 62 bilateral GSV, 23 short saphenous vein (SSV), 6 bilateral SSV and 25 combined unilateral great saphenous vein and SSV. Patients were reviewed at an interval of two months post procedure and underwent Duplex ultrasound assessment. Postoperative complications were recorded along with patient satisfaction. Results All 393 procedures were completed successfully under local anaesthetic. Complete occlusion of the treated vein was initially achieved in all the patients, but at eight weeks' follow-up, there was only partial obliteration in 13/393 (3.3%) veins. These were all successfully treated with ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. Procedures were well tolerated with a mean pain score of 0.8 (0-10). No significant complications were reported. Conclusions ClariVein® can be used to ablate long and short saphenous varicose veins on a walk-in-walk-out basis. Bilateral procedures can be successfully performed, and these are well tolerated as can multiple veins in the same leg. Early results are promising but further evaluation and longer term follow-up are required.

  14. A comparison of brachial artery-brachial vein arteriovenous fistulas with arteriovenous grafts in patients with poor superficial venous anatomy. (United States)

    Pham, Xuan-Binh D; Kim, Jerry J; Ihenachor, Ezinne J; Parrish, Aaron B; Bleck, Jenny D; Kaji, Amy H; Koopmann, Matthew C; de Virgilio, Christian


    The autogenous arteriovenous fistula (AVF) has been shown to be superior to the arteriovenous graft (AVG) with respect to cost, complications, and primary patency. Therefore, the National Kidney Foundation Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative guidelines recommend reserving AVGs for patients who do not have adequate superficial venous anatomy to support AVF placement. The brachial artery-brachial vein arteriovenous fistula (BVAVF) has emerged as an autologous last-effort alternative. However, there are limited data comparing BVAVFs and AVGs in patients who are otherwise not candidates for a traditional AVF. Patients who received a BVAVF from July 2009 to July 2014 were compared with those who received an AVG during the same period. At our institution, BVAVF and AVG are only performed in patients with poor superficial venous anatomy. Patient demographic data, operative details, and subsequent follow-up were collected. BVAVFs were performed with a two-stage approach, with initial arteriovenous anastomosis, followed by delayed superficialization or transposition. Our primary outcome measure was primary functional assisted patency at 1 year. Patients lost to follow-up were excluded. A subgroup analysis was also performed for patients in whom the BVAVF or the AVG was their first hemodialysis access surgery. During the study period, 29 patients underwent BVAVF and 32 underwent AVG. There were no differences in age, gender, or presence of diabetes between the two groups. The median days to cannulation from the initial operation were 141 (interquartile range, 94-214) in the BVAVF group and 29 (interquartile range, 14-33) in the AVG group (P functional assisted primary patency rates at 1 year (45% vs 25%; P = .1). Subgroup analysis demonstrated greater 1-year primary functional assisted primary patency (52% vs 19%; P functional maturation expected compared with AVG. Copyright © 2016 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Hepatic outflow obstruction at middle hepatic vein tributaries or inferior right hepatic veins after living donor liver transplantation with modified right lobe graft: comparison of CT and Doppler ultrasound. (United States)

    Hwang, Hye Jeon; Kim, Kyoung Won; Jeong, Woo Kyoung; Kim, So Yeon; Song, Gi-Won; Hwang, Shin; Lee, Sung-Gyu


    The objective of our study was to compare CT and Doppler ultrasound in the diagnosis of hepatic outflow obstruction at the middle hepatic vein (MHV) tributaries and inferior right hepatic veins (RHVs) after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) with modified right lobe grafts. Thirty-seven venographies were performed in 36 patients after LDLT with modified right lobe grafts, evaluating 51 MHV tributaries and 25 inferior RHVs. They were classified as obstructed or nonobstructed. On Doppler ultrasound or CT, flow patterns of the MHV tributaries and inferior RHVs or the relative parenchymal attenuation, enhancement, and opacification of these veins were evaluated for the diagnosis of hepatic outflow obstruction. McNemar tests were performed to compare the diagnostic values of Doppler ultrasound and CT. On the basis of hepatic venography, 33 MHV tributaries were categorized as obstructed and 18 as nonobstructed, and 16 inferior RHVs were categorized as obstructed and nine as nonobstructed. For the diagnosis of MHV tributary obstruction, Doppler ultrasound was more sensitive and accurate, although less specific, than CT (97% vs 39%, respectively, p ultrasound was more sensitive (94% vs 31%, respectively) and accurate (84% vs 56%) than CT, although less specific (67% vs 100%), for the diagnosis of inferior RHV obstruction, with a statistical significance only for sensitivity (p = 0.002, 0.092, and 0.248, respectively). Doppler ultrasound is more sensitive and accurate than CT for the detection of obstruction at the MHV tributaries and inferior RHVs in patients after LDLT using modified right lobe grafts. Although current CT criteria produce high specificity and may reduce unnecessary invasive venographies, optimal CT criteria with acceptable sensitivity should be reestablished.

  16. Adult-Brain-Derived Neural Stem Cells Grafting into a Vein Bridge Increases Postlesional Recovery and Regeneration in a Peripheral Nerve of Adult Pig

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    Full Text Available We attempted transplantation of adult neural stem cells (ANSCs inside an autologous venous graft following surgical transsection of nervis cruralis with 30 mm long gap in adult pig. The transplanted cell suspension was a primary culture of neurospheres from adult pig subventricular zone (SVZ which had been labeled in vitro with BrdU or lentivirally transferred fluorescent protein. Lesion-induced loss of leg extension on the thigh became definitive in controls but was reversed by 45–90 days after neurosphere-filled vein grafting. Electromyography showed stimulodetection recovery in neurosphere-transplanted pigs but not in controls. Postmortem immunohistochemistry revealed neurosphere-derived cells that survived inside the venous graft from 10 to 240 post-lesion days and all displayed a neuronal phenotype. Newly formed neurons were distributed inside the venous graft along the severed nerve longitudinal axis. Moreover, ANSC transplantation increased CNPase expression, indicating activation of intrinsic Schwann cells. Thus ANSC transplantation inside an autologous venous graft provides an efficient repair strategy.

  17. Evaluation of Saphenous Venipuncture and Modified Tail-clip Blood Collection in Mice (United States)

    Abatan, Omorodola I; Welch, Kathleen B; Nemzek, Jean A


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of 2 methods of blood collection in unanesthetized mice. The saphenous venipuncture method was compared with a modified tail-clip technique that requires minimal restraint. Mice were evaluated through behavioral observation and plasma corticosterone levels. The results showed that the 2 methods produced similar corticosterone responses and that the tail-clip method produced fewer behavioral reactions. In addition, the effects of saphenous venipuncture method appeared to be dependent on the handler's technical expertise. When a series of 4 blood collections were performed over 1 wk, the 2 methods yielded similar corticosterone levels that did not increase over time. Some of the behavioral signs appeared to increase over the series of blood collections obtained by the saphenous venipuncture method. Serial complete blood counts showed that the tail vessels yielded higher total white blood cell, neutrophil, and lymphocyte counts than did the saphenous vein. Neither method appeared to cause stress-associated changes in the leukogram after serial blood collection. Overall, the effects of modified tail-clip method were similar to those of the saphenous venipuncture method in unanesthetized mice. PMID:18459706

  18. Prevention of one-year vein-graft occlusion after aortocoronary-bypass surgery: a comparison of low-dose aspirin, low-dose aspirin plus dipyridamole, and oral anticoagulants. The CABADAS Research Group of the Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of The Netherlands

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    van der Meer, J.; Hillege, H. L.; Kootstra, G. J.; Ascoop, C. A.; Mulder, B. J.; Pfisterer, M.; van Gilst, W. H.; Lie, K. I.


    Aspirin, alone or in combination with dipyridamole, is known to prevent occlusion of aortocoronary vein grafts. The benefit of dipyridamole in addition to aspirin remains controversial, and the efficacy and safety of oral anticoagulants for prevention of vein-graft occlusion have not been

  19. Day surgery is effective and safe for patients with great saphenous ...

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    During follow‑up after surgery, incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), saphenous nerve injury (SNI), wound infection, and recurrence in DS and IS groups was 0.9% versus 0.8%; 2% versus 3%; 3.3% versus 3.8%; and 1.3% versus 1.1%, respectively. Moreover, there was no significant difference in incidence of DVT, SNI, ...

  20. Management of carotid Dacron patch infection: a case report using median sternotomy for proximal common carotid artery control and in situ polytetrafluoroethylene grafting. (United States)

    Illuminati, Giulio; Calio', Francesco G; D'Urso, Antonio; Ceccanei, Gianluca; Pacilè, Maria Antonietta


    We report on a 58-year-old male who presented with an enlarging cervical hematoma 3 months following carotid endarterectomy with Dacron patch repair, due to septic disruption of the Dacron patch secondary to presumed infection. The essential features of this case are the control of the proximal common carotid artery gained through a median sternotomy, because the patient was markedly obese with minimal thyromental distance, and the treatment consisting of in situ polytetrafluoroethylene bypass grafting, due to the absence of a suitable autogenous saphenous vein. Median sternotomy is rarely required in case of reintervention for septic false aneurysms and hematomas following carotid endarterectomy but should be considered whenever difficult control of the common carotid artery, when entering the previous cervicotomy, is anticipated. In situ polytetrafluoroethylene grafting can be considered if autogenous vein material is lacking.

  1. Patency rates of three arterial grafting patterns to the left anterior descending and diagonal coronary arteries in symptomatic patients. (United States)

    Brueck, Martin; Kramer, Wilfried; Vogt, Paul R; Daniel, Werner G; Tillmanns, Harald; Ludwig, Josef


    The use of internal thoracic arteries is an established method for treating coronary artery disease because of their excellent long-term patency rates. However, these results mainly referred to the left internal thoracic artery (LITA) grafted to the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). The aim of this study was to compare the patency rate of the LITA after its placement to the diagonal branch. A total of 302 patients (median age 65 years) with previous arterial revascularization were retrospectively enrolled in the study. We compared LITA grafts to the LAD with those to the diagonal branch and with sequential LITA grafts to both vessels with respect to the patency rate over a median follow-up of 39 months after prior operation. Angiography was performed for recurrent angina. The average occlusion/stenosis rate of saphenous vein and LITA grafts were 43.1% and 14.1%, respectively (p < 0.0001). Of the 302 patients, 248 had received a single LITA graft to the LAD; 21 patients, a single LITA graft to the diagonal branch; and 33 patients, a sequential LITA graft to both vessels. Thirty-three LITA grafts to the LAD (13.3%), three LITA grafts to the diagonal branch (14.3%), and six sequential LITA grafts to the LAD and the diagonal branch (18.2%) were occluded or stenosed more than 50%, respectively (p = 0.68). Seventy-nine percent of LITA graft stenoses were located at the peripheral anastomosis. Patency of single LITA grafts to the diagonal branch or sequential LITA grafts to the LAD and diagonal branch were comparable to single LITA grafts to the LAD. Most stenoses of LITA grafts were located at peripheral anastomoses.

  2. Great saphenous vein stripping using nasogastric tube | Ademola ...

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    Nigerian Journal of Plastic Surgery. Journal Home · ABOUT THIS JOURNAL · Advanced Search · Current Issue · Archives · Journal Home > Vol 8, No 1 (2012) >. Log in or Register to get access to full text downloads.

  3. Impact of top end anastomosis design on patency and flow stability in coronary artery bypass grafting. (United States)

    Koyama, Sachi; Kitamura, Tadashi; Itatani, Keiichi; Yamamoto, Tadashi; Miyazaki, Shohei; Oka, Norihiko; Nakashima, Kouki; Horai, Tetsuya; Ono, Minoru; Miyaji, Kagami


    For coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), free grafts such as a saphenous vein or radial artery are often used for grafts to the lateral and posterior walls. However, the relationship between top-end anastomosis design and long-term patency remains unknown. Because coronary artery blood flow is dominant during diastole, top-end anastomosis may work better if the graft is directed towards the apex, whereas the shortest graft pathway appears to be most efficient. Using computational fluid dynamic models, we evaluated the hemodynamic variables that were affected by the angle of the top-end anastomosis. We created three-dimensional geometries of the aortic root with coronary arteries that involved 75 % stenosis in the obtuse marginal and postero-lateral branches. Two bypass models under vasodilator administration were created: in a"Model A", the top-end anastomosis is parallel to the long axis of the ascending aorta and the graft passed over the conus directed towards the apex; in a "Model B", the top-end anastomosis is directed toward the shortest pathway, and form near the right angles to the long axis of the ascending aorta. Wall shear stress (WSS) and its fluctuation, an oscillatory shear index (OSI) were evaluated to predict fibrosis progression at the anastomosis site and graft flow. Graft flow was 197.3 ml/min and 207.3 ml/min in the "Model A" and "Model B", respectively. The minimal WSS value inside the graft with the "Model A" and "Model B" was 0.53 Pa and 4.09 Pa, respectively, and the OSI value was 0.46 and 0.04, respectively. The top-end anastomosis of a free graft should be directed vertically towards the aorta to achieve the shortest graft pathway to maintain a high graft flow rate and to avoid the risks of endothelial fibrosis and plaque progression over the long-term after CABG.

  4. CMR diagnosis of coronary graft fistula

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    Bengt Johansson


    Full Text Available The patient is a 54-year old man with a previous history of cerebral aqueduct stenosis and hydrocephalus resulting in malignant hypertension who had surgery for permanent ventriculo-peritoneal shunt. At age 41, he had coronary artery bypass graft (CABG surgery with the right internal mammary artery anastomosed to the posterior descending artery and a saphenous vein graft to the first obtuse marginal branch. The patient was recently admitted with pneumonia that rapidly deteriorated and he went in respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation. A thoracic CT investigation showed massive bilateral pulmonary infiltrates, pulmonary artery embolism and a large vein graft aneurysm with a maximal diameter of 40 mm (Figure 1 A-B. The management course was complicated with prolonged respiratory failure, persistent infection, despite negative cultures and extended hospital stay. After 50 days of slow recovery the patient was discharged with a need for home oxygen therapy. Ten days later, he was re-admitted with chest pain requiring admission to the coronary care unit where severe pulmonary hypertension was diagnosed with Doppler echocardiography. Troponin-T was mildly elevated, 1,3 ug/L (ref <0,01, CRP was 50 mg/L and chest X-ray showed bilateral lung infiltrates and wide pulmonary vessels. At this point a systo-diastolic murmur was heard at the left lower sternal edge. With a view of potential coronary reintervention and to evaluate the pulmonary hypertension, a coronary angiogram and a pulmonary artery cathetherisation were performed. This showed a new stenosis in the left anterior descending coronary artery and the pulmonary catheterisation showed a “step-up” in oxygen saturation in the pulmonary artery, suggesting a left-to-right shunt. The vein graft aneurysm did not contribute to the coronary circulation. A cardiovascular magnetic resonance scan revealed a communication between the vein graft aneurysm and the left branch pulmonary artery

  5. The composite aortic wall graft technique: an option for a short coronary artery bypass graft

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    João Bosco de Oliveira


    Full Text Available SUMMARY: During coronary artery bypass graft (CABG surgery, the saphenous vein is sutured through its proximal segment to the aorta. Intimal hyperplasia is one of the possible causes of graft occlusion. Notably, blood turbulence can induce wall shear stress that may also play an important role in this process. OBJECTIVE: We propose a new technique for performing proximal anastomosis to avoid CABG failure. METHOD: An 80 kg pig was subjected to open heart surgery. Four stitches were placed in the anterior ascending aorta, which formed a 2 cm by 4 cm patch. This patch was isolated through the application of a tangential clamp that was oriented parallel to the axis of the aorta. After releasing the patch, which was held to the aorta through its cranial end pedicle, the rims were sutured to each other creating a conduit with a length of 4 cm and an internal diameter of 4 mm. The rest of the aortotomy was closed by placing a direct suture between its rims. RESULT: This novel technique created an "in situ" aortic wall graft that was 4 cm long and characterized as being of uniform 4 mm caliber.

  6. Three Year Follow-Up of a Vein Patch Repair for a Coronary Artery Saccular Aneurysm of the Left Main Bifurcation. (United States)

    Kawase, Yasuhiro; Ishii, Yosuke; Yoshio, Takahide; Nishina, Dai; Bessho, Ryuzo; Nitta, Takashi


    This report describes a case of surgical treatment for a coronary artery saccular aneurysm of the left main bifurcation. A coronary artery saccular aneurysm (7 mm × 10 mm) and three vessel disease, including the left main trunk, were diagnosed by coronary angiography. A surgical resection and saphenous vein patch repair of the left main coronary artery aneurysm was performed concomitantly with coronary artery bypass grafting. The pathological findings of the aneurysm clarified that the aneurysm wall was atrophic and extremely thin because of a collapsed trilaminar arterial structure due to atherosclerosis. A coronary computed tomographic scan revealed no aneurysmal formation in the patent left main trunk and patent grafts 3 years after surgery.

  7. [Vascularization of the wall of the superficial veins. Anatomic study of the vasa vasorum]. (United States)

    Lefebvre, D; Lescalie, F


    The blood vessel wall is almost always nourished by two ways; from the blood stream itself and through the outer part of the wall by vasa vasorum. The aim of this study was to demonstrate that this kind of nutrition is also available for the venous wall and to define the distribution pattern in superficial venous walls. 50 long saphenous veins and 20 short saphenous veins latex or barium injections, dissections with magnifying glasses and microradiographies. Topographical evaluation of the origin of vasa vasorum. The results showed that vasa vasorum originated from perforating arteries coming from several levels and getting a lot of anastomosis. We showed that the main sources for the long saphenous vein are the external pudendal artery and descending artery of the knee and for the short saphenous vein, the short saphenous vein artery. In thrombosis and varicose veins, the vasa were strongly altered. This study outlines the fact that superficial veins are supplied by arterial and venous vasa vasorum, and the role of vasa vasorum must be considered when questioning the pathogenesis of varicose and post thrombotic disease.

  8. An Artificial Cadaveric Leg Blood Flow System for Endoscopic Vein Harvesting Simulation. (United States)

    Karras, Constantine L; DeDonato, Emily A; DiBartola, Kaitlin K; Zhao, Jin-Cheng

    Despite being the most common training model for endoscopic vein harvesting, cadaveric legs are limited by their absence of blood flow, resulting in a faded vascular appearance. Because the saphenous vein and the surrounding tissue seem less distinguishable, dissection of the saphenous vein and bipolar coagulation of its branches becomes increasingly inefficient and difficult. An inexpensive artificial blood flow system was developed to overcome this limitation. A cadaveric leg was thawed to a soft and yielding degree, and the saphenous vein was dissected medial and proximal to the medial malleolus. An artificial blood solution was prepared by dissolving 4% protein powder, red dye, and a contrast agent-for x-ray visualization-in saline. The solution was perfused through the saphenous vein and artery. The open ends of the vessels were temporarily clamped after the perfusion had been completed. Blood flow within the vessels was confirmed via angiography and endoscopic visualization of the leg's vessels. A bleeding effect was observed when the saphenous vein was perforated or when a vascular branch was transected. Conversely, a tight seal indicated successful bipolar coagulation of a branch, providing an objective, quantifiable assessment parameter. The artificial blood flow system helps overcome the limitations of the cadaveric leg, creating a more realistic and inexpensive model for endoscopic vein harvesting simulation training.

  9. Quantitative assessment technique of HyperEye medical system angiography for coronary artery bypass grafting. (United States)

    Yamamoto, Masaki; Nishimori, Hideaki; Handa, Takemi; Fukutomi, Takashi; Kihara, Kazuki; Tashiro, Miwa; Sato, Takayuki; Orihashi, Kazumasa


    The HyperEye Medical System (HEMS) uses indocyanine green (ICG) to visualize blood vessels in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). We performed quantitative HEMS assessment to detect grafts at risk of occlusion. We assessed the HEMS angiograms of 177 grafts from 69 patients who underwent CABG and compared the results with those of fluoroscopic coronary angiography, by measuring the increasing rate of ICG intensity, average acceleration value, and time to peak luminance intensity. Grafts in the patent and failed groups showed significant differences in their increasing rate of intensity and average acceleration value. The average accelerations value of ICG intensity of internal thoracic artery (ITA) and saphenous vein (SV) grafts were 112.3 and 144.9 intensity/s 2 in the patent group, and 71.0 and 91.8 intensity/s 2 in the failed group. The time to peak luminance intensity was 1.7 and 1.4 s in the patent group and 2.3 and 1.9 s in the failed group; these values were not significantly different. Significant reductions in the ICG intensity rate and average acceleration value can occur in failed grafts. Therefore, quantifiable changes in ICG intensity may help detect minute changes in blood flow.

  10. Sonographic Evaluation of Post-transplantation Portal Vein Stenosis in Pediatric Living-donor Liver Transplant Recipients With Left-liver Grafts. (United States)

    Hsu, H-W; Huang, T-L; Cheng, Y-F; Chen, T-Y; Tsang, L L; Ou, H-Y; Yu, C-Y; Concejero, A M; Chen, C-L


    Portal vein (PV) stenosis is not uncommon in post-transplantation pediatric living-donor liver transplant (PLDLT) recipients. The purpose of this study was to identify specific ultrasound criteria that may be used to detect PV stenosis in PLDLT with left-liver grafts. From January 2010 to October 2014, 87 pediatric recipients underwent PLDLT with left lobes or left lateral segments at our hospital. All patients underwent routine liver Doppler ultrasound (DUS) as follow-up protocol. The morphologic narrowing and mean time averaged velocity (TAV) at the PV anastomotic site, change in anastomotic/pre-anastomotic TAV (ΔTAV), and the umbilical portal width were evaluated and analyzed. Ultrasound findings were correlated with computed tomography angiography where PV stenosis was suspected. In the liver graft follow-up study, 80.4% (70 of 87 patients) of PV anastomosis was well visualized and measured by Doppler ultrasound. The optimal threshold values for TAV and ΔTAV were 49.6 cm/s and 30 cm/s, respectively, for significant PV anastomosis stenosis. In the other 19.5% (17/87), the PV anastomosis could not be identified properly. The PV anastomosis was not always visible with ultrasound; however, the optimal dilated umbilical portion of the PV indicating possible PV anastomosis narrowing threshold was umbilical portal width >1.5 cm. Increased anastomotic TAV and ΔTAV are useful features for diagnosing PV stenosis. The identification of a dilated umbilical portion of the left PV helps in detection of PV stenosis in PLDLT recipients especially when the anastomotic narrowed region cannot be visualized. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Lymphoscintigraphic changes after harvesting of the saphenous vein for coronary artery bypass graft Alterações linfocintilográficas após retirada da veia safena para ponte da artéria coronária

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    Cleusa Ema Quilici Belczak


    Full Text Available Bridged incisions do not eliminate lesions to the lymphatic vessels and so the identification of risk factors associated to lymphatic lesions is important.Incisões-ponte não eliminam a lesão de vasos linfáticos e assim a identificação de fatores de risco associados às lesões linfática é importante.

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

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    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.

  13. Beating heart axillocoronary bypass for management of the untouchable ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass grafting. (United States)

    Bonatti, J; Hangler, H; Oturanlar, D; Posch, L; Müller, L C; Voelckel, W; Schwarz, B; Bodner, G


    Cannulation and clamping of a severely atherosclerotic ascending aorta during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) can lead to cerebral embolization of atheromatous debris and should therefore be avoided whenever possible. A variety of surgical techniques including performance of extraanatomical coronary bypass conduits has been described to solve this problem. We report on a preliminary series of four patients in whom the axillary artery was used as an inflow vessel for venous coronary artery bypass grafts which were performed on the beating heart in order to achieve an aortic no touch concept. The axillary artery was exposed between the pectoralis major muscle and the deltoid muscle via an infraclavicular incision. A saphenous vein graft of at least 40 cm in length was sutured to the axillary artery and then brought into the pericardial cavity following an intercostal and transpleural route. The graft was anastomosed to the target vessel using local coronary occlusion. The procedure was carried out via sternotomy in three patients who also received additional internal mammary artery in situ grafts for adequate coronary revascularization. In one high risk patient an isolated axillocoronary bypass was performed in a minimally invasive fashion via anterolateral minithoracotomy. The procedure was completed without major technical difficulties in all four patients. The mean graft length required was 33.2 +/- 1.6 cm, postoperative ultrasonic duplex scans of the axillocoronary grafts revealed a mean flow of 62.5 +/- 23.6 ml/min. No stroke or brachial plexus injury occurred. Three patients are in angina class I (Canadian Cardiovascular Society Classification), one patient is in class II postoperatively. After a mean follow-up of 11.5 +/- 6.6 months postoperatively all grafts remain patent. Axillocoronary bypass grafting can be easily performed for management of the untouchable ascending aorta. Straightforward surgical technique and the accessibility to noninvasive

  14. Vascular graft thrombosis secondary to activated protein C resistance: a case report and literature review. (United States)

    Pejkic, Sinisa; Savic, Nebojsa; Paripovic, Miroslav; Sladojevic, Milos; Doric, Predrag; Ilic, Nikola


    Hypercoagulability is a well-documented and prominent risk factor for venous thromboembolism. The role of thrombophilia in arterial thrombotic events is less well defined. A 52-year-old male patient with multiple atherogenic risk factors was admitted for non-healing pedal ulcer and absent distal pulses. Based on the clinical presentation, Doppler ultrasound and angiography findings, the patient underwent elective in situ bypass arterial reconstruction. The saphenous vein graft was of satisfactory quality and the procedure went routinely. Acute graft thrombosis on postoperative day 0 was recognized immediately and prompted an emergent surgical revision. No technical errors or anatomical/mechanical causes for failed reconstruction were found and the graft was successfully thrombectomized using a Fogarty balloon-catheter. Graft rethrombosis, however, ensued after several hours. Considering the absence of threatening limb ischemia and the idiopathic recurrent thrombosis, raising suspicion of prothrombotic state, conservative treatment was pursued. Postoperative thrombophilia testing proved positive for activated protein C resistance, mandating introduction of chronic oral anticoagulation. Six months later, the operated extremity is viable. Inexplicable vascular graft thrombosis, particularly if early and recurrent, should raise suspicion of underlying thrombophilia. If confirmed by laboratory testing, long-term secondary antithrombotic prophylaxis may be required.

  15. Conservative hemodynamic surgery for varicose veins. (United States)

    Criado, Enrique; Luján, Salvador; Izquierdo, Luis; Puras, Enrique; Gutierrez, Miguel; Fontcuberta, Juan


    Conservative hemodynamic surgery for varicose veins is a minimally invasive, nonablative technique that preserves the saphenous vein and helps avoid excision of varicosities. It represents a physiologic approach to the surgical treatment of varicose veins based on knowledge of the underlying venous pathophysiology gained through detailed duplex scanning. A change in venous hemodynamics is attained through fragmentation of the blood column by interruption of the refluxing saphenous trunks, closure of the origin of the refluxing varicose branches, and preservation of the communicating veins that drain the incompetent varicose veins into the deep venous system. After surgery, varicose veins regress through a reduction in hydrostatic pressure and efficient emptying of the superficial system by the musculo-venous pump. Obvious advantages of this technique are that it is done in an ambulatory setting, minimizes the risk of surgical complications, and permits a rapid return to full activity. The long-term hemodynamic improvement and recurrence rate of this technique remain to be established. Copyright 2002 by W.B. Saunders Company

  16. Redux valvular surgery with coronary artery bypass graft in familial hypercholesterolemia

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    Ziadi Jalel


    Full Text Available Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH is a dominantly inherited disorder caused by mutation at the locus for the low-density lipoprotein (LDL receptor and is frequently associated with premature coronary artery disease and aortic valve involvement. The surgical treatment of these complications is accompanied by a high degree of risk, even in skillful hands. An intensive cholesterol-lowering therapy and LDL aphaeresis in association with surgery may be useful. The case of a 12-year-old girl, with a medical history of familial hypercholesterolemia is reported here, operated two years previously for valvular aortic stenosis; Ross intervention was done. She was readmitted for acute coronary syndrome. Three coronary artery bypass grafting was performed with saphenous veins with positive results.

  17. Redux valvular surgery with coronary artery bypass graft in familial hypercholesterolemia. (United States)

    Jalel, Ziadi; Sobhi, Mleyhi; Skander, Ben Omrane; Adel, Khayati


    Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a dominantly inherited disorder caused by mutation at the locus for the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor and is frequently associated with premature coronary artery disease and aortic valve involvement. The surgical treatment of these complications is accompanied by a high degree of risk, even in skillful hands. An intensive cholesterol-lowering therapy and LDL aphaeresis in association with surgery may be useful. The case of a 12-year-old girl, with a medical history of familial hypercholesterolemia is reported here, operated two years previously for valvular aortic stenosis; Ross intervention was done. She was readmitted for acute coronary syndrome. Three coronary artery bypass grafting was performed with saphenous veins with positive results.

  18. Anatomical and clinical factors favoring the performance of saphenous ablation and microphlebectomy or sclerotherapy as a single-stage procedure. (United States)

    Kokkosis, A A; Schanzer, H


    To identify the anatomical and clinical parameters that predict lack of regression of superficial varicosities after ablation of the great saphenous vein. Symptomatic patients treated with endovenous ablation from August 2006 to July 2013, by a single surgeon, were included. Recorded parameters included age, sex, size, and extent of varicosities (class I-IV) (patient standing), and diameter and length (patient supine) of treated great saphenous vein. Varicose vein classification was defined as: class I ≤6 mm and localized to thigh or leg, class II ≤6 mm and present in the thigh and leg (extensive), class III >6 mm and localized to the thigh or leg, and class IV >6 mm and extensive. "Excellent" results were defined as complete resolution of varicosities, "good" results as incomplete resolution, and "poor" results as no improvement. A total of 267 patients and 302 consecutive limbs were included in the study. There were 175 females (65.5%), and the mean age was 54 years old (22-92). The CEAP classification was as follows: C2 (81.5%), C3 (6.3%), C4 (7.9%), C5 (2.0%), and C6 (2.3%). Great saphenous vein diameters was significantly larger in patients with C3-C6 (proximal 0.84 ± 0.25 versus 0.65 ± 0.21, p = class III-IV varicose veins (proximal 0.85 ± 0.25 versus 0.75 ± 0.27, p = 0.012, distal 0.62 ± 0.62 versus 0.50 ± 0.17, p Class III-IV limbs had a "good/poor" result 69.8% of the time, as compared to 51.9% of the limbs class I-II varicose veins (p = 0.002). Advanced chronic venous disease (C3-C6) patients have larger diameter great saphenous veins, reflecting the progressive nature of the disease. Patients with more severe varicosities regardless of CEAP class were more likely to require a secondary procedure. The severity of the varicosities may not correlate with the degree of venous disease, but it is an indication of which patients should undergo secondary procedures, possibly with a one-stage approach.

  19. Utility of nuclear stress imaging for detecting coronary artery bypass graft disease

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The value of Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography stress myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI for detecting graft disease after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG has not been studied prospectively in an unselected cohort. Methods Radial Artery Versus Saphenous Vein Graft Study is a Veterans Affairs Cooperative Study to determine graft patency rates after CABG surgery. Seventy-nine participants agreed to SPECT-MPI within 24 hours of their coronary angiogram, one-year after CABG. The choice of the stress protocol was made at the discretion of the nuclear radiologist and was either a symptom-limited exercise test (n = 68 or an adenosine infusion (n = 11. The SPECT-MPI results were interpreted independent of the angiographic results and estimates of sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were based on the prediction of a graft stenosis of ≥70% on coronary angiogram. Results A significant stenosis was present in 38 (48% of 79 patients and 56 (22% of 251 grafts. In those stress tests with an optimal exercise heart rate response (>80% maximum predicted heart rate (n = 26 sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of SPECT-MPI for predicting the graft stenosis was 77%, 69% and 73% respectively. With adenosine (n = 11 it was 75%, 57% and 64%, respectively. Among participants with a suboptimal exercise heart rate response, the sensitivity of SPECT-MPI for predicting a graft stenosis was Conclusions Under optimal stress conditions, SPECT-MPI has a good sensitivity and accuracy for detecting graft disease in an unselected patient population 1 year post-CABG.

  20. Efficacy of varicose vein surgery with preservation of the great safenous vein. (United States)

    Barros, Bernardo Cunha Senra; Araujo, Antonio Luiz de; Magalhães, Carlos Eduardo Virgini; Barros, Raimundo Luiz Senra; Fiorelli, Stenio Karlos Alvim; Gatts, Raphaella Ferreira


    To evaluate the efficacy of surgical treatment of varicose veins with preservation of the great saphenous vein. We conducted a prospective study of 15 female patients between 25 and 55 years of age with clinical, etiologic, anatomic and pathophysiologic (CEAP) classification 2, 3 and 4. The patients underwent surgical treatment of primary varicose veins with great saphenous vein (GSV) preservation. Doppler ultrasonography exams were carried out in the first and third months postoperatively. The form of clinical severity of venous disease, Venous Clinical Severity Score (VCSS) was completed before and after surgery. We excluded patients with history of deep vein thrombosis, smoking or postoperatively use of elastic stockings or phlebotonics. All patients had improved VCSS (p caliber, as well as with preoperative CEAP. There was improvement in CEAP class in nine patients when compared with the preoperative period (p caliber, and to the symptoms when the vein had maximum caliber of 7.5 mm, correlating directly with the CEAP. The decrease in GSV caliber, even without complete abolition of reflux, leads to clinical improvement by decreasing the reflux volume.

  1. Ligation of superior mesenteric vein and portal to splenic vein anastomosis after superior mesenteric-portal vein confluence resection during pancreaticoduodenectomy – Case report

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    Jianlin Tang


    Conclusion: The lessons we learned are (1 Before SMPV confluence resection, internal jugular vein graft should be ready for reconstruction. (2 Synthetic graft is an alternative for internal jugular vein graft. (3 Direct portal vein to SMV anastomosis can be achieved by mobilizing liver. (4 It is possible that venous collaterals secondary to SMV tumor obstruction may have allowed this patient's post-operative survival.

  2. Distal anastomotic vein adjunct usage in infrainguinal prosthetic bypasses. (United States)

    McPhee, James T; Goodney, Philip P; Schanzer, Andres; Shaykevich, Shimon; Belkin, Michael; Menard, Matthew T


    Single-segment saphenous vein remains the optimal conduit for infrainguinal revascularization. In its absence, prosthetic conduit may be used. Existing data regarding the significance of anastomotic distal vein adjunct (DVA) usage with prosthetic grafts are based on small series. This is a retrospective cohort analysis derived from the regional Vascular Study Group of New England as well as the Brigham and Women's hospital database. A total of 1018 infrainguinal prosthetic bypass grafts were captured in the dataset from 73 surgeons at 15 participating institutions. Propensity scoring and 3:1 matching was performed to create similar exposure groups for analysis. Outcome measures of interest included: primary patency, freedom from major adverse limb events (MALEs), and amputation free survival at 1 year as a function of vein patch utilization. Time to event data were compared with the log-rank test; multivariable Cox proportional hazard models were used to evaluate the adjusted association between vein cuff usage and the primary end points. DVA was defined as a vein patch, cuff, or boot in any configuration. Of the 1018 bypass operations, 94 (9.2%) had a DVA whereas 924 (90.8%) did not (no DVA). After propensity score matching, 88 DVAs (25%) and 264 no DVAs (75%) were analyzed. On univariate analysis of the matched cohort, the DVA and no DVA groups were similar in terms of mean age (70.0 vs 69.0; P = .55), male sex (58.0% vs 58.3%; P > .99), and preoperative characteristics such as living at home (93.2% vs 94.3%; P = .79) and independent ambulatory status (72.7% vs 75.7%; P = .64). The DVA and no DVA groups had similar rates of major comorbidities such as hypertension chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, and dialysis dependence (P > .05 for all). Likewise, they had similar rates of distal origin grafts (13.6% vs 12.5%; P = .85), critical limb ischemia indications (P = .53), and prior arterial bypass (58% vs 47%; P = .08

  3. Portal vein thrombosis after reconstruction in 270 consecutive patients with portal vein resections in hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgery. (United States)

    Miyazaki, Masaru; Shimizu, Hiroaki; Ohtuka, Masayuki; Kato, Atsushi; Yoshitomi, Hiroyuki; Furukawa, Katsunori; Takayashiki, Tsukasa; Kuboki, Satoshi; Takano, Shigetsugu; Suzuki, Daisuke; Higashihara, Taku


    This study was aimed to evaluate the occurrence of portal vein thrombosis after portal vein reconstruction. The portal veins were repaired with venorrhaphy, end-to-end, patch graft, and segmental graft in consecutive 270 patients undergoing hepato-pancreto-biliary (HPB) surgery. Portal vein thrombosis was encountered in 20 of 163 of end-to-end, 2 of 56 of venorrhaphy, and 2 of 5 of patch graft groups, as compared with 0 of 46 of segmental graft group (p Portal vein thrombosis occurred more frequently after hepatectomy than after pancreatectomy (p portal vein blood flow was more sufficiently achieved in the early re-operation within 3 days after surgery than in the late re-operation over 5 days after surgery (p portal vein reconstruction. The revision surgery for portal vein thrombosis should be performed within 3 days after surgery. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Evaluation of apoptosis in varicose vein disease complicated by superficial vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Filis, Konstantinos; Kavantzas, Nikolaos; Dalainas, Ilias; Galyfos, George; Karanikola, Evridiki; Toutouzas, Konstantinos; Tsioufis, Constantinos; Sigala, Fragiska


    The factors contributing to superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) in patients with varicose vein disease are unclear. Differences in vein wall apoptotic activity could be associated with the pathogenesis of SVT. The aim of the study is to address the role of the programmed cell death in the vein wall by comparing varicose veins with history of SVT to uncomplicated varicose veins. Vein segments from the proximal part of the great saphenous vein (GSV), the distal part of the vein and from a varicose tributary, from 16 patients with varicose vein disease and one episode of SVT, were evaluated for the immunohistochemical expression of pro-apoptotic (Bax, p53, Caspase 3, BCL-6, BCL-xs), anti-apoptotic (BCL-xl and BCL-2) and proliferation (Ki-67) markers. The results of this study were compared to the results from the evaluation of 19 patients suffering from uncomplicated varicose vein disease and 10 healthy GSVs as controls. Overall, there was increased apoptosis in the distal part of GSV compared to the proximal part documented by increased expression of Bax (p SVT showed significant differences among the three different anatomic locations. In the proximal GSV, only BCL-xs was higher in patients with SVT (p = 0.029). In the tributaries, Bax, BCL-xl and Ki-67 were higher in patients with SVT (p SVT shows increased pro-apoptotic activity compared to uncomplicated disease and normal veins. Whether increased vein wall cell apoptosis is a causative factor for SVT in varicose veins disease or a repairing mechanism of the thrombosis itself needs further research.

  5. Comparative study of traditional long incision vein harvesting and multiple incisions with small skin bridges in patients with coronary artery bypass grafting at King Abdullah University Hospital - Jordan Estudo comparativo entre a exérese da veia safena tradicional por incisão contínua e incisões múltiplas com pequenos "patchs" de pele em pacientes submetidos à revascularização do miocárdio no Hospital Universitário King Abdullah - Jordânia

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    Emad Mohamed Hijazi


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Saphenous vein harvesting can be associated with wound complications, incision pain, infection, and poor cosmetic outcome. The objective of our study is to determine the difference in wound complication and infection rates between two saphenous vein harvesting techniques, long incision versus multiple short interrupted incisions (tunneling for coronary artery bypass grafting at the King Abdullah University Hospital - Jordan. METHODS: Retrospectively we analyzed data from 1,050 consecutive elective coronary artery bypass procedures performed from May 5, 2003, to December 31, 2007, in our institution. Saphenectomy using traditional Long incision vein harvesting (Group 1 performed in six hundred and fifty patients (n=650, while saphenectomy using multiple incisions with small skin bridges - tunneling (Group 2 performed in four hundred patients (n=400. Saphenectomy performed by the cardiac surgery assistant or main cardiac surgeon. Inflammation, dehiscence, cellulites, lymphangitis, drainage, necrosis, or abscess necessitating dressing, antibiotics or debridement before complete healing without eschar were defined as wound complications. There was no statistical difference in preoperative risk factors in both groups. Test results were considered significant when POBJETIVO: A exérese da veia safena pode estar associada a complicações da ferida, dor da incisão, infecção e resultado cosmético ruim. O objetivo deste estudo é determinar a diferença de complicações da ferida e as taxas de infecção entre as duas técnicas de exérese de veia safena, incisão longa versus múltiplas incisões curtas separadas (tunneling para a revascularização do miocárdio no Hospital Universitário King Abdullah, Jordânia. MÉTODOS: Analisamos, retrospectivamente, os dados de 1.050 procedimentos eletivos consecutivos de revascularização do miocárdio realizados no período de 5 de maio de 2003 a 31 de dezembro de 2007, em nossa institui

  6. The effect of calcium dobesilate on venous function following saphenectomy in coronary artery bypass grafting. (United States)

    Cagli, Kerim; Ozisik, Kanat; Emir, Mustafa; Yurdakok, Okan; Gurkahraman, Sami; Bakuy, Vedat; Tola, Muharrem; Pac, Mustafa; Cobanoglu, Adnan


    The aim of this study was to determine whether prophylactic use of calcium dobesilate (CD) can improve venous function after saphenous vein harvest in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). A total of 100 patients who underwent elective CABG were divided into four equal groups. In Group A, the greater saphenous vein (GSV) was harvested below the knee and, in Group B, through the knee till the groin. These patients remained untreated. Group C received CD in a dosage of 1500 mg po daily after the GSV was harvested below the knee. Group D received same dosage of CD after the GSV was harvested through the knee till the groin. Venous function of ipsilateral leg was evaluated clinically and by Doppler ultrasonography in the postoperative first week and second month. Clinical findings of venous insufficiency were observed with a similar rate between groups at both early and late periods. In Groups A and B, after 2 months, flow velocities decreased and reflux periods increased significantly. In groups C and D, treatment with CD for 2 months after saphenectomy resulted in a significant increase in flow velocities and a significant decrease in reflux periods. Patients in Groups B and D have significantly more impaired venous functions. Saphenectomy results in ipsilateral leg venous dysfunction, which seems to be unrelated to leg swelling and to be more prominent in patients with high-level saphenectomy. In addition, to be careful about the restriction of the saphenectomy procedure into the most appropriate level, prophylactic use of CD can prevent this deterioration when it was added to varice socks.

  7. Optimal temporal windows and dose-reducing strategy for coronary artery bypass graft imaging with 256-slice CT

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    Lu, Kun-Mu [Department of Radiology, Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, 95 Wen Chang Road, Shih Lin District, Taipei 111, Taiwan. (China); Lee, Yi-Wei [Department of Radiology, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Department of Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Guan, Yu-Xiang [Department of Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Chen, Liang-Kuang [Department of Radiology, Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, 95 Wen Chang Road, Shih Lin District, Taipei 111, Taiwan. (China); School of Medicine, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Law, Wei-Yip, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, 95 Wen Chang Road, Shih Lin District, Taipei 111, Taiwan. (China); Su, Chen-Tau, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, 95 Wen Chang Road, Shih Lin District, Taipei 111, Taiwan. (China); School of Medicine, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan (China)


    Objective: To determine the optimal image reconstruction windows in the assessment of coronary artery bypass grafts (CABGs) with 256-slice computed tomography (CT), and to assess their associated optimal pulsing windows for electrocardiogram-triggered tube current modulation (ETCM). Methods: We recruited 18 patients (three female; mean age 68.9 years) having mean heart rate (HR) of 66.3 beats per minute (bpm) and a heart rate variability of 1.3 bpm for this study. A total of 36 CABGs with 168 segments were evaluated, including 12 internal mammary artery (33.3%) and 24 saphenous vein grafts (66.7%). We reconstructed 20 data sets in 5%-step through 0–95% of the R–R interval. The image quality of CABGs was assessed by a 5-point scale (1=excellent to 5=non-diagnostic) for each segment (proximal anastomosis, proximal, middle, distal course of graft body, and distal anastomosis). Two reviewers discriminated optimal reconstruction intervals for each CABG segment in each temporal window. Optimal windows for ETCM were also evaluated. Results: The determined optimal systolic and diastolic reconstruction intervals could be divided into 2 groups with threshold HR=68. The determined best reconstruction intervals for low heart rate (HR<68) and high heart rate (HR>68) were 76.0±2.5% and 45.0±0% respectively. Average image quality scores were 1.7±0.6 with good inter-observer agreement (Kappa=0.79). Image quality was significantly better for saphenous vein grafts versus arterial grafts (P<0.001). The recommended windows of ETCM for low HR, high HR and all HR groups were 40–50%, 71–81% and 40–96% of R-R interval, respectively. The corresponding dose savings were about 60.8%, 58.7% and 22.7% in that order. Conclusions: We determined optimal reconstruction intervals and ETCM windows representing a good compromise between radiation and image quality for following bypass surgery using a 256-slice CT.

  8. [Measurement of oxygen tension in normal and varicose vein walls]. (United States)

    Taccoen, A; Lebard, C; Borie, H; Poullain, J C; Zuccarelli, F; Gerentes, I; Stern, S; Guichard, M


    Oxygen tension (PO2) was investigated in vivo in the long saphenous vein from 21 varicose patients (31 veins) during venous surgery and 7 patients with normal venous network undergoing popliteo-femoral by-pass. Measurement was achieved using computerized polarographic system Kimoc 6650 (Eppendorf, Hamburg) providing a microdriven stepwise progression of a needle probe. Oxygen tension profile was similar in both groups of patients. A slow PO2 decrease was observed from adventitia up to the union of the middle and inner thirds of the media where values were at the lowest then followed by a marked increased in the intima and the saphenous lumen. Oxygenation of the two external thirds of the venous wall was provided by vasa vasorum. The average minimum values in the media was significantly reduced in varicose veins compared to no-varicose veins (7,9 mmHg versus 13,4 mmHg; p vein nutrition and suggest a primary or secondary deficiency in oxygen supply in varicose veins.

  9. Coronary arteries bypass grafting stenosis

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    Mahmoud Ebrahimi


    Full Text Available Coronary artery disease (CAD is a major global problem. In addition, it is higher risk of mortality for women more than men are when develop in female gender Atherosclerotic plaques consist of deposits of fatty material in the tunica intima. The role of inflammatory process in CAD has been known from 1980’s. Several studies investigated the innate immunity and adaptive immunity roles in atherosclerosis and they concluded that it plays a key role in atherosclerosis. Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG is a widely used method for the treatment of CAD. Based on the literature, CABG is the most common surgical operation done worldwide. In During the first 10 years after CABG, up to 50% of saphenous grafts will occlude. Graft restenosis is beginning with acute thrombosis, intima hyperplasia, and plaque formation. In this review, some molecular pathways of graft failure and restenosis such as apoptosis and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-ĸB are described.

  10. Internal Jugular Vein Cannulation; Anatomical Surface Markings ...

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    We report the case of a female patient scheduled for skin grafting of chronic Burulli ulcers who had a history of difficult peripheral vein cannulation. She had undergone numerous central venous cannulations and unsuccessful peripheral vein cut-downs in the past. On two separate occasions she had central venous ...

  11. Aneurismas y seudoaneurismas de injertos venosos coronarios Aneurysms and pseudo aneurysms from coronary venous grafts

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    Sergio Franco


    Full Text Available Los aneurismas y seudoaneurismas de injertos de vena safena aortocoronarios, son una complicación inusual de la cirugía de revascularización miocárdica. En este reporte se presenta el caso de un paciente de género masculino de 61 años de edad, quien sufrió un infarto del miocardio de la pared inferior 14 años atrás. La angiografía coronaria mostró enfermedad severa de dos vasos. Se realizó anastomosis de la arteria mamaria interna izquierda, al tercio medio de la descendente anterior e injerto de vena safena al tercio distal de la arteria coronaria derecha. En marzo de 2003, consultó por dolor anginoso. La radiografía de tórax reveló una masa paracardiaca derecha. La arteriografía coronaria mostró aneurisma del puente venoso a la arteria coronaria derecha. Durante la evolución presentó hemoptisis masiva; se hizo cirugía y se halló fístula de aneurisma de puente venoso coronario al lóbulo medio del pulmón derecho. En este artículo se hace una revisión de la etiología, los hallazgos clínicos, la metodología diagnóstica y el tratamiento actual de esta entidad. Hasta la fecha de esta publicación se reportan aproximadamente 60 casos en la literatura inglesa.Aorto-coronary aneurysms/pseudo aneurysms from saphenous vein grafts are an unusual complication of myocardial revascularization surgery. We report the case of a 61 years old male patient who had suffered an inferior wall myocardial infarction 14 years before. Coronary angiography showed severe two-vessel disease. Anastomosis of the left internal mammary artery to the mid third left anterior descendant artery and saphenous vein grafting to the distal third of the right coronary artery, were performed. In March 2003 he complains of anginous pain. Chest X ray showed a right paracardiac mass. Coronary arteriography revealed an aneurysm of the venous bypass graft to the right coronary artery. During the evolution, the patient presents massive hemoptysis, requiring

  12. Dopexamine increases internal mammary artery blood flow following coronary artery bypass grafting.

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    Flynn, Michael J


    OBJECTIVE: Vasoactive agents and inotropes influence conduit-coronary blood flow following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). It was hypothesized that dopexamine hydrochloride, a dopamine A-1 (DA-1) and beta(2) agonist would increase conduit-coronary blood flow. A prospective randomized double blind clinical trial was carried out to test this hypothesis. DA-1 receptors have previously been localized to human left ventricle. METHODS: Twenty-six American Society of Anaesthesiology class 2-3 elective coronary artery bypass graft patients who did not require inotropic support on separation from cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) were studied. According to a randomized allocation patients received either dopexamine (1 microg\\/kg per min) or placebo (saline) by intravenous infusion for 15 min. Immediately prior to and at 5,10 and 15 min of infusion, blood flow through the internal mammary and vein grafts (Transit time flow probes, Transonic Ltd.), heart rate, cardiac index, mean arterial pressure and pulmonary haemodynamics were noted. The data were analysed using multivariate analysis of variance. RESULTS: Low-dose dopexamine (1 microg\\/kg per min) caused a significant increase in mammary graft blood flow compared to placebo at 15 min of infusion (P=0.028, dopexamine group left internal mammary artery (LIMA) flow of 43.3+\\/-14.2 ml\\/min, placebo group LIMA flow at 26.1+\\/-16.3 ml\\/min). Dopexamine recipients demonstrated a non-significant trend to increased saphenous vein graft flow (P=0.059). Increased heart rate was the only haemodynamic change induced by dopexamine (P=0.004, dopexamine group at 85.2+\\/-9.6 beats\\/min and placebo group at 71.1+\\/-7.6 beats\\/min after 15 min of infusion). CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates that administration of dopexamine (1 microg\\/kg per min) was associated with a significant increase in internal mammary artery graft blood flow with mild increase in heart rate being the only haemodynamic change. Low-dose dopexamine may

  13. Management Strategy for Patients With Chronic Subclavian Vein Thrombosis. (United States)

    Keir, Graham; Marshall, M Blair


    We performed a systematic review to determine best practice for the management of patients with chronic or subacute subclavian vein thrombosis. This condition is best managed with surgical excision of the first rib followed by long-term anticoagulation. Interventional techniques aimed at restoring patency are ineffective beyond 2 weeks postthrombosis. Additional therapeutic options should be made based on the severity of symptoms as well as vein status. Patients with milder symptoms are given decompression surgery followed by anticoagulation whereas patients with more severe symptoms are considered for either a jugular vein transposition or saphenous patch based on the vein characteristics. Copyright © 2017 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. 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.

    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

  15. Mid-term outcomes for Endoscopic versus Open Vein Harvest: a case control study

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    Chetcuti Karen


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Saphenous vein remains the most common conduit for coronary artery bypass grafting with increasing uptake of minimally invasive harvesting techniques. While Endoscopic Vein Harvest (EVH has been demonstrated to improve early morbidity compared to Open Vein Harvest (OVH, recent literature suggests that this may be at the expense of graft patency at one year and survival at three years. Methods We undertook a retrospective single-centre, single-surgeon, case-control study of EVH (n = 89 and OVH (n = 182. The primary endpoint was death with secondary endpoints including acute coronary syndrome, revascularisation or other major adverse cardiac events. Freedom from angina, wound complications and self-rated health status were also assessed. Where repeat angiography had been performed, this was reviewed. Results Both groups were well matched demographically and for peri-operative characteristics. All cause mortality was 2/89 (2% and 11/182 (6% in the EVH and OVH groups respectively. This was shown by Cox Log-Rank analysis to be non-significant (p = 0.65, even if adjusting for inpatient mortality (p = 0.74. There was no difference in the rates of freedom from angina (p = 1.00, re-admission (p = 0.78 or need for further anti-anginals (p = 1.00. There was a significant reduction in the incidence of leg wound infections and complications in the endoscopic group (EVH: 7%; OVH: 28%; p = 0.0008 and the skew of high patient self-rated health scores in the EVH group (61% compared to 52% in the open group approached statistical significance (p = 0.06. Conclusions While aware of the limitations of this small retrospective study, we are heartened by the preliminary results and consider our data to be justification for continuing to provide patients the opportunity to have minimally invasive conduit harvest in our centre. More robust evidence is still required to elucidate the implications of endoscopic techniques on conduit patency and patient

  16. Varicose vein - noninvasive treatment (United States)

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

  17. Endovenous ablation of incompetent perforating veins is effective treatment for recalcitrant venous ulcers. (United States)

    Lawrence, Peter F; Alktaifi, Ali; Rigberg, David; DeRubertis, Brian; Gelabert, Hugh; Jimenez, Juan Carlos


    Endovenous closure of incompetent saphenous veins has been reported to facilitate venous ulcer healing; however, there is little information about the effectiveness of perforator ablation (PA) in healing recalcitrant venous ulcers. We report our experience with PA with venous ulcers unresponsive to prolonged compression therapy. Patients with nonhealing venous ulcers of >3 months' duration underwent duplex ultrasound to assess their lower extremity venous system for incompetence of superficial, perforating, and deep veins. Patients who had either no saphenous incompetence or persistent ulcers after saphenous ablation underwent PA of incompetent perforating veins >3 mm that demonstrated reflux; initial treatment was performed on the perforator vein adjacent to the ulcer with additional incompetent veins treated if ulcer healing failed. Seventy-five ulcers with 86 associated incompetent perforating veins were treated with PA in 45 patients with CEAP 6 recalcitrant venous ulcers. Treated incompetent perforator veins were located in the medial ankle (61%), calf (37%), and lateral ankle (2%). Initial success of PA, assessed by postprocedure duplex ultrasound, was 58%; repeat ablation was 90% successful and 71% had eventual successful perforator closure. No complications (skin necrosis, infection, or nerve injury) occurred. Failure of ulcer healing with successful perforator closure occurred in 10% and was due to intercurrent illness, patient noncompliance, and patient death due to unrelated causes. Of patients who healed their ulcers, the healing occurred at a mean of 138 days; an average PA of 1.5 incompetent veins per ulcer was required for healing. Ninety percent of ulcers healed when at least one perforator was closed; no ulcer healed without at least one perforator being closed. This experience demonstrates both the feasibility and effectiveness of PA for a selected group of patients with venous ulcers who fail conventional therapy with compression. Copyright

  18. Extracellular matrix remodelling in response to venous hypertension: proteomics of human varicose veins. (United States)

    Barallobre-Barreiro, Javier; Oklu, Rahmi; Lynch, Marc; Fava, Marika; Baig, Ferheen; Yin, Xiaoke; Barwari, Temo; Potier, David N; Albadawi, Hassan; Jahangiri, Marjan; Porter, Karen E; Watkins, Michael T; Misra, Sanjay; Stoughton, Julianne; Mayr, Manuel


    Extracellular matrix remodelling has been implicated in a number of vascular conditions, including venous hypertension and varicose veins. However, to date, no systematic analysis of matrix remodelling in human veins has been performed. To understand the consequences of venous hypertension, normal and varicose veins were evaluated using proteomics approaches targeting the extracellular matrix. Varicose saphenous veins removed during phlebectomy and normal saphenous veins obtained during coronary artery bypass surgery were collected for proteomics analysis. Extracellular matrix proteins were enriched from venous tissues. The proteomics analysis revealed the presence of >150 extracellular matrix proteins, of which 48 had not been previously detected in venous tissue. Extracellular matrix remodelling in varicose veins was characterized by a loss of aggrecan and several small leucine-rich proteoglycans and a compensatory increase in collagen I and laminins. Gene expression analysis of the same tissues suggested that the remodelling process associated with venous hypertension predominantly occurs at the protein rather than the transcript level. The loss of aggrecan in varicose veins was paralleled by a reduced expression of aggrecanases. Chymase and tryptase β1 were among the up-regulated proteases. The effect of these serine proteases on the venous extracellular matrix was further explored by incubating normal saphenous veins with recombinant enzymes. Proteomics analysis revealed extensive extracellular matrix degradation after digestion with tryptase β1. In comparison, chymase was less potent and degraded predominantly basement membrane-associated proteins. The present proteomics study provides unprecedented insights into the expression and degradation of structural and regulatory components of the vascular extracellular matrix in varicosis. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology.

  19. Endovascular radiofrequency ablation. Effect on the vein diameter using the ClosureFast(®) catheter. (United States)

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


    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.

  20. Evidence for varicose vein surgery in venous leg ulceration. (United States)

    Kheirelseid, Elrasheid A H; Bashar, Khalid; Aherne, Thomas; Babiker, Thamir; Naughton, Peter; Moneley, Daragh; Walsh, Stewart R; Leahy, Austin L


    Venous leg ulcers affect 1-3% of adults with a significant economic impact, utilizing 1% of annual healthcare budgets in some western European countries. To determine the effects of intervention for incompetent superficial veins on ulcer healing and recurrence in patients with active or healed venous ulcers. In October 2014, we searched Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE, Scopus, the Cochrane library and Web of Science without date or language restriction for relevant randomized or observational studies. Bibliographies of included studies were also searched for additional studies. Observational studies or randomized controlled trials comparing intervention for varicose veins with compression therapy alone for venous leg ulcers were eligible. In addition, studies compared open to endovenous therapy for varicose veins in patients with leg ulcers and those compared treating saphenous and perforating veins to treating saphenous veins only were also included. Studies had to report at least one ulcer-related outcome (healing rate, recurrence or time to healing). Details of potentially eligible studies were extracted and summarized using a data extraction table. Data extraction and quality assessment were performed independently by two review authors, and any disagreements resolved by consensus or by arbitration of a third author. Intervention for superficial venous reflux improved ulcer healing (risk ratio = 1.11 [1.00, 1.22], 95% CI, p = 0.04) and reduced recurrence (risk ratio = 0.48 [0.32, 0.67], 95% CI, p venous leg ulcer is at beast weak. A well-structured RCT is required to investigate the role of endovenous ablation of incompetent superficial veins in improving venous leg ulcer outcomes. Copyright © 2016 Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Scottish charity number SC005317) and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Fabrication and characterisation of biomimetic, electrospun gelatin fibre scaffolds for tunica media-equivalent, tissue engineered vascular grafts

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    Elsayed, Y. [Advanced Materials Group, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Lekakou, C., E-mail: [Advanced Materials Group, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Labeed, F. [Centre of Biomedical Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Tomlins, P. [National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Teddington, Middlesex TW11 0LW (United Kingdom)


    It is increasingly recognised that biomimetic, natural polymers mimicking the extracellular matrix (ECM) have low thrombogenicity and functional motifs that regulate cell–matrix interactions, with these factors being critical for tissue engineered vascular grafts especially grafts of small diameter. Gelatin constitutes a low cost substitute of soluble collagen but gelatin scaffolds so far have shown generally low strength and suture retention strength. In this study, we have devised the fabrication of novel, electrospun, multilayer, gelatin fibre scaffolds, with controlled fibre layer orientation, and optimised gelatin crosslinking to achieve not only compliance equivalent to that of coronary artery but also for the first time strength of the wet tubular acellular scaffold (swollen with absorbed water) same as that of the tunica media of coronary artery in both circumferential and axial directions. Most importantly, for the first time for natural scaffolds and in particular gelatin, high suture retention strength was achieved in the range of 1.8–1.94 N for wet acellular scaffolds, same or better than that for fresh saphenous vein. The study presents the investigations to relate the electrospinning process parameters to the microstructural parameters of the scaffold, which are further related to the mechanical performance data of wet, crosslinked, electrospun scaffolds in both circumferential and axial tubular directions. The scaffolds exhibited excellent performance in human smooth muscle cell (SMC) proliferation, with SMCs seeded on the top surface adhering, elongating and aligning along the local fibres, migrating through the scaffold thickness and populating a transverse distance of 186 μm and 240 μm 9 days post-seeding for scaffolds of initial dry porosity of 74 and 83%, respectively. - Highlights: • Novel crosslinked electrospun gelatin scaffolds of specific fibre layer orientation • These scaffolds have compliance equivalent to that of coronary

  2. New concepts and materials in microvascular grafting: prosthetic graft endothelial cell seeding and gene therapy. (United States)

    Da Lio, A L; Jones, N F


    Microsurgical free tissue transfer is currently associated with very high success rates and few complications. While interposition vein grafting is clearly an important adjunct to the microsurgeon's armamentarium, it has been associated with higher free flap/replantation failures and complication rates. With appropriate flap planning and surgical techniques, the need for interposition vein grafting should be quite infrequent and hopefully avoided if at all possible. Nevertheless, when necessary, the vein graft remains the gold standard, with virtually all alternative interposition grafts demonstrating lower patency rates. One of the more promising areas of research is the concept of genetic manipulation of the endothelial cell via molecular biological techniques. It is likely that in the near future this may become a clinical reality, not only improving the patency of microsurgical anastomoses and interposition vein grafts, but quite possibly altering the target organ functionally as well.

  3. Classical varicose vein surgery in a diverse ethnic community. (United States)

    Murli, N L; Navin, I D


    Chronic venous disorders range from telangiactasia or spider veins to varicose veins, venous swellings, skin changes and venous ulcerations. The aim of this study is to assess outcome of varicose vein surgery in the ethnically diverse population of Penang, Malaysia. This study is a retrospective analysis of patients seen from 1999 to 2004. All patients who presented to the outpatient clinic of our surgical department with saphenofemoral junction (SFJ) and/or saphenopopliteal junction (SPJ) reflux associated with incompetence of the great saphenous vein (GSV) or small saphenous vein (SSV) respectively underwent classical varicose varicose vein surgery. A single surgeon at a single institution performed the surgeries. Data from pre-operative, post-operative and follow-up procedures were recorded in case report forms. A total of 202 cases were treated. Of these, 200 were qualified by the inclusion criteria and follow-ups, with 23 who were treated bilaterally. Of those treated, Chinese comprised 47.5%, Indians 27.0%, Malays 12.5% and foreigners 13.0% (largely Indonesian Chinese, British and Americans). The average age was 52.1 years. Indians had the highest average BMI of 29.2, compared to the Chinese who had the lowest of 24.6. Based on occupation, housewives (43.0%), blue collar workers (19.0%), salespersons (12.0%) and factory workers (9.5%) were among those afflicted with varicose veins. While local Chinese predominated in the business groups (salespersons and food-related workers), the Indians and Malays in this study were mainly factory workers and/or blue collar workers. Symptomatology in descending order of severity included pain in 80.0% of cases, swelling in 65.5%, heaviness in 53.5%, cramps in 53.0%, lipodermatosclerosis in 39.0%, superficial thrombophlebitis in 33.5%, venous ulceration in 32.0%, eczema 22.0% and cellulitis in 12.5% of patients. Post surgery pains dropped to 9.9%, cramps 6.4%, heaviness 5.5% and swelling 5.3% (p<0.0001 in all groups

  4. What to Expect during Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (United States)

    ... an illustration, go to the Health Topics Heart Surgery article. The surgeon will take an artery or vein from your body—for example, from your chest or leg—to use as the bypass graft. For surgeries with several bypasses, both artery and vein grafts ...

  5. Reduction in deposition of indium 111-labeled platelets after autologous endothelial cell seeding of Dacron aortic bifurcation grafts in humans: a preliminary report

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    Ortenwall, P.; Wadenvik, H.; Kutti, J.; Risberg, B.


    Autologous endothelial seeding (AES) of vascular prostheses in dogs increases thrombus-free surface and improves prosthetic prostacyclin production, patency, and the ability to withstand hematogenous challenge with bacteria. No such information is available in human subjects. In the present study one limb of an aortic Dacron bifurcation prosthesis was seeded with autologous endothelial cells (ECs) harvested from the distal portion of the saphenous vein by enzymatic treatment. The deposition of indium 111-labeled platelets on the vascular prostheses was studied 1 and 4 months after operation. In seven of nine patients seeding resulted in decreased accumulation of radiolabeled platelets compared with sham-seeded control limbs (p less than 0.04), when studied 1 month after surgery. A decrease in platelet accumulation occurred over the whole prosthesis between 1 and 4 months, and no significant difference was noted at 4 months between seeded and nonseeded graft limbs. Although the seeding density was very low (440 ECs/cm2), the observed difference in platelet accumulation for AES-treated graft limbs in the early postoperative course merits further investigation of this technique in human beings.

  6. Phenazines and natural products; Novel synthesis of saphenic acid

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    Petersen, Lars; Jensen, Knud Jørgen; Nielsen, John


    The natural product saphenic acid (6-(1-hydroxyethyl)1-phenazinecarboxylic acid) was synthesized from readily accessible starting materials. The desired product was obtained in an overall yield of 22% for four steps with the key steps being formation of a diphenylamine, followed by cyclization un...... under alkaline and reducing conditions. Assignments of H-1 NMR spectra were achieved by homo- and heteronuclear 1D and 2D correlations. Double pulsed field gradient spin-echo one-dimensional NOESY proved especially valuable for assignment of aromatic protons....

  7. Phenazines and natural products; novel synthesis of saphenic acid

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    Petersen, Lars; Jensen, Knud J.; Nielsen, John


    The natural product saphenic acid (6-(1-hydroxyethyl)1- phenazinecarboxylic acid) was synthesized from readily accessible starting materials. The desired product was obtained in an overall yield of 22% for four steps with the key steps being formation of a diphenylamine, followed by cyclization u...... under alkaline and reducing conditions. Assignments of 1H NMR spectra were achieved by homo- and heteronuclear 1D and 2D correlations. Double pulsed field gradient spin-echo one-dimensional NOESY proved especially valuable for assignment of aromatic protons....

  8. The sapheno femoral junction involvement in the treatment of varicose veins disease

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    Stefano Ricci


    Full Text Available Sapheno femoral junction (SFJ incompetence has been considered the most important cause of chronic venous insufficiency in a high percent of cases since the beginning of history varicose veins treatment. As a consequence SFJ dissection, ligation and section has been practiced all along the last century, generally associated to great saphenous vein stripping, with the porpoise of stopping the effect of hydrostatic pressure considered the origin of varicose veins. Recurrence prevalence at the site of SFJ, even in correctly performed dissection suggests that this attitude may not be the ideal one. Moreover, with the introduction of catheter-based systems of endovenous heating of the great saphenous vein with radiofrequency or endovenous laser ablation, it was shown that venous ablation could be achieved without high ligation of the SFJ. Also foam sclerotherapy demonstrated good results, even if less effective, always leaving the SFJ untouched. Following this trend several methods have been suggested that spare the SFJ, so that this site have lost its strategical importance. In this review history of the SFJ involvement in the varicose vein strategy is analyzed with particular attention to the new generation methods, technology assisted, launched on the market.

  9. Analysis of risk factors for occlusions of a synthetic femoropopliteal bypass graft

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    Mirković Nikola


    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Femoropopliteal bypass is a revascularization technique of lower extremities with excellent outcome. The great saphenous vein is the best graft material, but if it is not adequate or has been removed, synthetic grafts are an useful alternative. Graft occlusion is the most significant complication with the most serious consequences. The aim of this study was to analyse predictive factors for the synthetic femoropopliteal bypass occlusions. Methods. This retrospective case-control study included all patients who underwent synthetic femoropopliteal bypass due to peripheral arterial occlusive disease at the Vascular Surgery Center, Clinical Center of Kragujevac, Serbia, from 2007 to 2013. The cases group were the patients with femoropopliteal graft occlusion (n = 44, with the control group consisted of the patients without such an outcome (n = 88. Results. Significant effects to occlusion were: concomitant cardiovascular disease (adjustedOR 27.05; 95% CI 4.74; 154.35, a type of femoropopliteal bypass (adjustedOR 16.50; 95% CI 4.05; 67.24, previous vascular intervention (adjustedOR 4.67; 95% CI 1.20; 18.14, clinical stage of the disease (adjustedOR 3.73; 95% CI 1.94; 7.18, administration of postoperative oral anticoagulant therapy (adjustedOR 0.05; 95% CI 0.01; 0.23 and the use of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (adjustedOR 0.14; 95% CI 0.03; 0.70. A significant synergism was shown for the following combinations of the observed risk factors: type of femoropopliteal bypass and cardiovascular disease, type of femoropopliteal bypass and previous vascular intervention, previous vascular intervention and cardiovascular disease, previous vascular intervention and beta blockers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, type of femoropopliteal bypass and antiaggregant therapy, clinical stage of disease and cardiovascular disease, previous vascular intervention and antiaggregant therapy. Conclusion. Concomitant cardiovascular disease

  10. Prevalence of claustrophobia and magnetic resonance imaging after coronary artery bypass graft surgery

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    Rita Katznelson


    Full Text Available Rita Katznelson1, George N Djaiani2, Leonid Minkovich1, Ludwik Fedorko1, Jo Carroll3, Michael A Borger4, Robert J Cusimano5, Jacek Karski21Assistant Professor of Anesthesia; 2Associate Professor of Anesthesia; 3Registered Nurse, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine; 4Associate Professor of Surgery; 5Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CanadaBackground: The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of claustrophobia in patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG surgery.Methods: After IRB approval, we conducted a substudy of a prospective randomized controlled clinical trial of 311 patients evaluating administration of tranexamic acid and early saphenous vein graft patency with MRI after conventional CABG surgery. Chest tube drainage was measured at 6, 12, and 24 hours after surgery. The rate of transfusion and the amount of red blood cells (RBC, fresh frozen plasma (FFP, and platelets transfused were recorded.Results: A total of 237(76% patients underwent MRI after surgery. 39 (14%, [95% CI, 10.2 to 18.0] patients experienced severe anxiety caused by a fear of enclosed space in the MRI coil necessitating termination of the procedure. Patients with claustrophobia were on average 5 years younger. They were more likely to have diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Patients with claustrophobia had increased chest tube drainage during the postoperative period. The rate of blood product transfusion was similar between the two groups but patients with claustrophobia who were transfused received significantly more RBC and FFP than patients without claustrophobia.Conclusions: Postoperative claustrophobia and anxiety, leading to inability to undergo MRI, may be more common than previously described.Keywords: Claustrophobia, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac surgery, bleeding

  11. Sclerotherapy and foam sclerotherapy for varicose veins. (United States)

    Coleridge Smith, P


    To review published evidence concerning treatment of varicose veins using ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS) to assess the safety and efficacy of this treatment. Medical literature databases including MedLine, Embase and DH-DATA were searched for recent literature concerning UGFS. Papers describing the early results and later outcome have been assessed and their main findings were included in this summary. Few randomized studies have been published in this field and much of the available data come from clinical series reported by individual clinicians. It is clear that foam sclerotherapy is far more effective than liquid sclerotherapy and that ultrasound imaging allows the treatment to be delivered accurately to affected veins. There is evidence that 3% polidocanol foam is no more effective than 1% polidocanol foam. The optimum ratio of gas to liquid is 4:1, although a range of ratios is reported in the published work. There is a wide variation in the volume used as well as the method by which it is injected. The use of carbon dioxide foam reduces the systemic complications, particularly visual disturbance, as compared with air foams. Very few serious adverse events have been reported in the literature despite the widespread use of this method. Rates of recanalization of saphenous trunks following UGFS are similar to those observed after endovenous laser and endovenous RF ablation of veins, as well as the residual incompetence after surgical treatment. UGFS is a safe and effective method of treating varicose veins. The relative advantages or disadvantages of this treatment in the longer term have yet to be published.

  12. Reflux in foot veins is associated with venous toe and forefoot ulceration. (United States)

    van Bemmelen, Paul S; Spivack, Daniel; Kelly, Patrick


    To determine the prevalence of foot vein incompetence in a group of patients with chronic venous insufficiency and to assess the association of this, with venous ulceration located on the forefoot. A total of 20 consecutive patients (21 limbs) with active or healed venous ulceration was prospectively studied with duplex ultrasound of the superficial and plantar foot veins. In these, four extremities had venous ulceration involving the forefoot. Specifically, the superficial venous arch near the metatarsal heads, the foot portion of the great and small saphenous veins, the anterior arch veins on the foot dorsum, and the plantar veins were interrogated with a 12-MHz probe. Reflux was found in 32% of pedal vein segments in CEAP C5, C6 legs, with ulceration involving only the gaiter area (mean number of incompetent foot segments, 1.6 ± 1.2). Pedal reflux was present in 65% of foot vein segments when forefoot ulceration was present (mean number of incompetent foot segments, 3.3 ± 1.3). Student t-test for the difference in the mean number of incompetent foot vein segments was significant (P Venous ulceration can affect the forefoot and toe areas and is associated with reflux in the pedal vein segments. Copyright © 2011 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Portal Vein Thrombosis

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    Hakan Demirci


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

  14. [Portal perfusion with right gastroepiploic vein flow in liver transplant]. (United States)

    Mendoza-Sánchez, Federico; Javier-Haro, Francisco; Mendoza-Medina, Diego Federico; González-Ojeda, Alejandro; Cortés-Lares, José Antonio; Fuentes-Orozco, Clotilde

    Liver transplantation in patients with liver cirrhosis, portal vein thrombosis, and cavernous transformation of the portal vein, is a complex procedure with high possibility of liver graft dysfunction. It is performed in 2-19% of all liver transplants, and has a significantly high mortality rate in the post-operative period. Other procedures to maintain portal perfusion have been described, however there are no reports of liver graft perfusion using right gastroepiploic vein. A 20 year-old female diagnosed with cryptogenic cirrhosis, with a Child-Pugh score of 7 points (class "B"), and MELD score of 14 points, with thrombosis and cavernous transformation of the portal vein, severe portal hypertension, splenomegaly, a history of upper gastrointestinal bleeding due to oesophageal varices, and left renal agenesis. The preoperative evaluation for liver transplantation was completed, and the right gastroepiploic vein of 1-cm diameter was observed draining to the infrahepatic inferior vena cava and right suprarenal vein. An orthotopic liver transplantation was performed from a non-living donor (deceased on January 30, 2005) using the Piggy-Back technique. Portal vein perfusion was maintained using the right gastroepiploic vein, and the outcome was satisfactory. The patient was discharged 13 days after surgery. Liver transplantation was performed satisfactorily, obtaining an acceptable outcome. In this case, the portal perfusion had adequate blood flow through the right gastroepiploic vein. Copyright © 2015 Academia Mexicana de Cirugía A.C. Publicado por Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  15. Enxertos arteriais na cirurgia de revascularização do miocárdio: papel da artéria radial Arterial grafts in CABG: the role of radial artery

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    Armando Bocchi BARLEM


    Full Text Available Devido aos baixos índices de permeabilidade dos enxertos de veia safena, a utilização de artérias como enxerto para revascularizar o miocárdio vem sendo muito testada e tem ganho espaço. A revascularização da descendente anterior com a artéria torácica interna esquerda é padrão-ouro neste procedimento e é realizada rotineiramente na maioria dos Serviços do mundo há pelo menos 15 anos. Além disso, existem evidências de que o acréscimo de outro enxerto arterial ao tratamento pode diminuir a morbi-mortalidade tanto intra-hospitalar quanto a longo prazo (10 anos. Na escolha do 2º enxerto, a artéria radial tem se destacado com bons índices de permeabilidade a médio prazo (84-92% comparada com safena: 70-80% em 5 anos. O vasoespasmo, fenômeno inerente aos condutos arteriais, ocorre em 5 a 10% dos enxertos de radial. A nitroglicerina e os nitratos são as drogas mais eficazes no seu controle e os bloqueadores do cálcio não têm benefício clínico comprovado. Na avaliação da circulação do arco palmar para prevenção de isquemia do membro operado, o Teste de Allen tem sido satisfatório. Parece razoável, portanto, sugerir a associação de outro enxerto arterial à artéria torácica esquerda na tentativa de melhorar os resultados da CRM e que este enxerto seja a artéria radial.Because of the low patency rate of saphenous vein grafts, the use of arterial grafts for myocardial revascularization has been increased. The revascularization of the left anterior descending coronary (LAD with the left internal thoracic artery (ITA is the gold standard in almost all centers in the last 15 years. There are also evidences that one additional arterial graft decrease short and long-term (10 years morbi-mortality. Radial artery is an excellent choice for the second arterial graft because of good midterm patency (84-92% vs 70-80% of saphenous vein in 5 years. Spasm, a potential problem in arterial grafts, occurs in 5 to 10% of radial

  16. Renal Vein Reconstruction for Harvesting Injury in Kidney Transplantation

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    Birkan Bozkurt


    Full Text Available Kidney transplantation is the best treatment choice in the end-stage renal disease. In the renal transplantation, renal vein damage or shortness which occurs during cadaveric or living donor nephrectomy causes technical difficulties for surgeons. The lack of the donors already especially cadaveric, the acquirement of the graft, gets very much importance. In this report, it is aimed to share the clinical experiment by which it seen, how anastomosis can become appropriate by using the renal vein which is damaged in the way that anastomosis cannot be done anyway by using cadaveric vena cava graft. The renal vein brought to length for anostomosis which is repaired by using cadaveric vena cava graft, is anastomosed successfully by becoming an end-to-side of the external iliac vein of the recipient. Vascular anastomoses are applied easily in technique. The time of the warm ischemia was under 2 hours and the kidney was functional in the post-operative period. Renal vein trombosis was not observed. The renal vein damage occured during cadaveric or living donor nephrectomy, can be repaired by some methods. In the kidneys in which vein requirement is done, the success rates are rather high although acute tubular necrosis and delayed function can be seen more.

  17. Análise angiográfica tardia dos enxertos empregados na revascularização miocárdica de pacientes com retorno de sintomas CABG late angiographic grafting patency analysis in patients with recurrent symptoms

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    Roberto Rocha e Silva


    artery bypass graft procedure (CABG. In order to optimize the use of LITA or other grats, sequential anastomosis has been used. There is no consensus on equivalence of results between isolated and sequential grafts. The aim of this study is to compare the patency of isolated versus sequential grafts. METHODS: From January 2000 to August 2007, a retrospective patency analysis of the grafts used in 88 symptomatic patients who underwent CABG procedure in our Service was performed through cinecoronariography. Statistical analysis was performed through Student's t test. Each distal anastomosis was considered an independent graft. RESULTS: The mean postoperative period was of 53 + 138 months and mean age was 64 + 11 years. LITA isolated grafts presented patency rate significantly higher than the sequential grafts, respectively 92% (46/50 and 77% (30/39 P = 0.02. However, in injured coronary arteries of > 70%, isolated LITA patency rate was similar to sequential grafts, (95%; 37/39 and (93%; 26/28 respectively; P = 0.37. Mean radial artery patency rate was similar to isolated 71% (5/7 and sequential 90% (19/21 grafts; P = 0.10. Saphenous vein patency rates were similar for isolated 72% (31/43 and sequential 81% (73/90 grafts; P = 0.12. There was no difference between radial artery and saphenous vein patency rates. CONCLUSION: In symptomatic patients, isolated LITA patency is superior than sequential LITA. However, in coronary injuries of > 70%, the isolated and sequential patency rates are similar. Sequential grafts from radial artery and saphenous vein are similar to their respective isolated grafts.

  18. Endovenous Laser Ablation of Perforating Veins: Feasibility, Safety, and Occlusion Rate Using a 1,470-nm Laser and Bare-Tip Fiber. (United States)

    Chehab, Monzer; Dixit, Purushottam; Antypas, Elias; Juncaj, Mare; Wong, Oliver; Bischoff, Michael


    To describe technical feasibility and safety of perforating vein ablation with the use of a 1,470-nm laser and bare-tip fiber in the management of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). A total of 171 perforating veins were ablated in 101 limbs of 87 patients (mean age, 54.4 y; 79% female). Outcomes included sonographic occlusion of ablated perforator, subjective changes of insufficiency symptoms, incidence of procedure-related side effects (pain, hyperpigmentation), and complications (burn, infection, deep vein thrombosis, paresthesia). Correlation between perforator closure and patient symptoms was assessed by Pearson χ(2) test. Factors influencing failure of perforator closure were analyzed by analysis of variance. Forty-nine perforating veins had previous great saphenous vein (GSV) interruption, 25 had previous small saphenous vein (SSV) interruption, 88 had previous GSV and SSV interruption, and 9 had competent saphenous systems. Ninety-one ablations were combined with microphlebectomy, 55 were combined with sclerotherapy, and 25 were performed alone. At 1 and 3 months' follow-up, 94% and 98% of ablated perforators were sonographically occluded, and 82% and 96% of patients noted complete symptom resolution, respectively. Complications included 5 cases of new-onset paresthesia and 1 case of nonocclusive deep vein thrombosis. Ablation failed in 10 perforators, and treatment failure showed significant correlations with higher clinical, etiology, anatomy, and physiology score (P = .002) and history of GSV/SSV interruption (P = .042). Three-month closure of perforating veins is achievable by using a 1,470-nm laser and bare-tip fiber and can be safely performed alone or in combination with microphlebectomy or sclerotherapy at all stages of CVI severity. Copyright © 2015 SIR. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Focus on Varicose Veins (United States)

    ... plethysmography. These diagnostic tests are non-invasive and painless. How are varicose veins treated? Varicose veins are ... and mid-term results. • RF treatment involves controlled delivery of radio- frequency (RF) energy directly to a ...

  20. Portal Vein Thrombosis

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    Ronny Cohen


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

  1. What Are Varicose Veins? (United States)

    ... often they develop in people who have certain genetic disorders, viral infections, or other conditions, such as ... all people who have varicose veins have a family history of them. Older ... or blue veins in a web or tree branch pattern. Often, these veins appear on the ...

  2. Outcomes of AV Fistulas and AV Grafts after Interventional Stent-Graft Deployment in Haemodialysis Patients

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    Schmelter, Christopher, E-mail:; Raab, Udo, E-mail: [Klinikum Ingolstadt, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (Germany); Lazarus, Friedrich, E-mail: [Klinikum Ingolstadt, Department of Nephrology (Germany); Ruppert, Volker, E-mail: [Klinikum Ingolstadt, Department of Vascular Surgery (Germany); Vorwerk, Dierk, E-mail: [Klinikum Ingolstadt, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (Germany)


    PurposeThe study was designed to assess outcomes of arteriovenous (AV) accesses after interventional stent-graft deployment in haemodialysis patients.Materials and Methods63 haemodialysis patients with 66 AV fistulas and AV grafts were treated by interventional stent-graft deployment from 2006 to 2012 at our hospital. Data of these patients were retrospectively analysed for location of deployed stent-grafts, occurrence and location of (re-)stenosis and (re-)thrombosis. Complex stenosis was the most frequent indication for stent-graft deployment (45.5 %), followed by complications of angioplasty with vessel rupture or dissection (31.8 %).ResultsA high rate of procedural success was achieved (98.5 %). The most frequent location of the deployed stent-graft was the draining vein (66.7 %). Stent-graft deployment was more frequent in AV grafts than in AV fistulas. Primary patency was 45.5 % at 6 month, 31.3 % at 12 month and 19.2 % at 24 month. Primary patency was significantly better for AV fistulas than for AV grafts with deployed stent-grafts. Patency of the deployed stent-graft was much better than overall AV access primary patency with deployed stent-graft. Re-stenosis with thrombosis was the most frequent indication for re-intervention. Most frequent location of re-stenosis was the draining vein (37.1 %), followed by stenosis at the AV access (29.5 %) and the deployed stent-graft (23.5 %).ConclusionRe-stenosis and re-thrombosis remain frequent in AV fistulas and AV grafts in haemodialysis patients despite stent-graft deployment. Re-stenosis of the deployed stent-graft is, only in the minority of the cases, responsible for AV access dysfunction.

  3. Effect of temperature on the responsiveness of cutaneous veins to the extract of Ruscus aculeatus. (United States)

    Rubanyi, G; Marcelon, G; Vanhoutte, P M


    In canine cutaneous veins cooling augments and warming depresses the responses to sympathetic nerve stimulation. In these veins the extract of Ruscus aculeatus (Ruscus) causes contractions due to alpha-adrenergic activation. To determine the effects of temperature on the response to Ruscus, rings of canine saphenous veins were studied at 24 degrees, 37 degrees and 41 degrees C. At 37 degrees C, Ruscus caused an increase in isometric tension which was depressed by prazosin and rauwolscine. Cooling inhibited the response to Ruscus, while warming augmented it. Rauwolscine potentiated, and prazosin reversed the effect of cooling on contractions evoked by Ruscus. Prazosin reduced, and rauwolscine augmented the effect of warming. These experiments demonstrate that temperature affects the venoconstriction induced by Ruscus in an opposite fashion as that to sympathetic nerve activation, presumably because the alpha 1-adrenergic component of the response to Ruscus predominates.

  4. In vitro effect of calcium dobesilate on oxidative/inflammatory stress in human varicose veins. (United States)

    Alda, O; Valero, M S; Pereboom, D; Serrano, P; Azcona, J M; Garay, R P


    To determine whether calcium dobesilate can act in chronic venous insufficiency by similar antioxidant, anti-inflammatory mechanisms as in diabetic retinopathy. Calcium dobesilate was tested in vitro for its protective action against oxidative/inflammatory stress in human varicose veins. Varicose greater saphenous veins were obtained from 14 patients (11 men, 3 women) aged 53-65 years. Oxidative stress was induced exogenously in the vein segments, with the phenazine methosulphate (PMS)/NADH couple. Total antioxidant status (TAS) and malondialdehyde (MDA) contents were used as markers of oxidative stress. Calcium dobesilate significantly prevented oxidative disturbances in the micromolar range. PMS/NADH-dependent TAS decrease was fully prevented with IC(50) = 11.4 ± 2.3 µmol/L (n = 6 veins), whereas MDA increase was fully prevented with IC(50) = (102 ± -3) µmol/L (n = 6 veins). Calcium dobesilate acted quali- and quantitatively like rutin, the reference compound. Comparison with pharmacokinetic data suggests that calcium dobesilate can act at therapeutic concentrations. Calcium dobesilate protected human varicose veins against oxidative stress in vitro at levels that correspond to therapeutic concentrations. Further studies are required to investigate whether a similar action is found in varicose veins from patients orally treated with calcium dobesilate.

  5. Doppler spectral characteristics of infrainguinal vein bypasses

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    Nielsen, Tina G; von Jessen, F; Sillesen, H


    of arteriovenous fistulas the initially antegrade diastolic velocity was replaced by a retrograde flow within 3 months, whereas a forward flow in diastole was sustained in grafts with patent fistulas. Abnormal Duplex findings in 31 patients led to angiography and revision in 13 cases. Four revised grafts failed......, while nine remained patent at follow-up 1-12 months later. Ten (56%) of 18 non-revised bypasses with abnormal Duplex findings failed within 9 months compared to 1 (1%) of 76 bypasses with a normal velocity profile (p ... valuable information concerning haemodynamics of infrainguinal vein bypasses and identifies grafts at risk of thrombosis. Inclusion of low resistance index (detection of stenoses appears to improve the sensitivity of Duplex scanning....

  6. Portal-to-right portal vein bypass for extrahepatic portal vein obstruction. (United States)

    Long, Li; Jinshan, Zhang; Zhen, Chen; Qi, Li; Ning, Dong; Mei, Diao; Wei, Cheng


    Rex shunt (mesenteric-to-left portal vein bypass) is considered a more physiologically rational treatment for EHPVO than other portosystemic systemic shunts in children. However, about 13.6% of children with EHPVO do not have usable left portal veins and up to 28.1%. Rex operations in children are not successful. Hence, a Rex shunt in these children was impossible. This study reports a novel approach by portal-to-right portal vein bypass for treatment of children with failed Rex shunts. Eight children (age 6.1years, range 3.5-8.9years) who underwent Rex shunts developed recurrent gastrointestinal bleeding and hypersplenism 13months (11-30months) postoperatively. After ultrasound confirmation of blocked shunt, they underwent exploration. Three patients were found to have right portal vein agenesis. Five patients (62.5%) were found to have the patent right portal vein, with the diameter of 3-6mm. Four patients underwent bypass between the main portal vein in the hepatoduodenal ligament and the right portal vein by interposing an inferior mesenteric vein autograft, whereas the remaining patient underwent a bypass using ileal mesenteric vein autograft. The operations took 2.3h (1.9-3.5h). The estimated blood loss was 50ml (30-80ml), with no complication. The portal venous pressure dropped from 34.6cmH2O (28-45 cmH2O) before the bypass to 19.6cmH2O (14-24cmH2O) after the bypass. The 5 patients were followed up for 10.2months (4-17months) and the post-operative ultrasound and CT angiography confirmed the patency of all the grafts and disappearance of the portal venous cavernova in all five patients. The portal-to-right portal vein bypass technique is feasible and safe for treatment of children with EHPVO who have had failed Rex shunts. Our preliminary result indicates that this technique extends the success of Rex shunt from left portal vein to right portal vein and open a new indication of physiological shunt for some of the children who not only have had failed Rex

  7. Deep Vein Thrombosis

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

  8. Comparison of infracondylar versus subsartorial approach to saphenous nerve block: A randomized controlled study

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    L Sahin


    Conclusion: Both of the different anatomical approaches have equally high success rates. Although the DSB was found to be significantly longer in the subsartorial approach, this is clinically unimportant, and the medial infracondylar approach is still a viable alternative technique during saphenous nerve blockage.

  9. Imaging findings of myocardial revascularization at multidetector computed tomography: where are the bypass grafts?: an iconographic essay

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    Ripari, Marcelo Targa; Santaniello, Rogerio; Sasdelli Neto, Roberto; Nomura, Cesar Higa; Chate, Rodrigo Caruso; Passos, Rodrigo Bastos Duarte; Kay, Fernando Uliana; Funari, Marcelo Buarque de Gusmao [Hospital Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Dept. of Imaging], e-mail:


    Multidetector coronary computed tomography angiography is a precise method for evaluating post-coronary revascularization arterial and venous bypass grafts, and is somehow superseding coronary catheterization that is an invasive and more expensive technique. The present iconographic essay is aimed at anatomically demonstrating the bypass grafts most frequently utilized, how to differentiate between arterial and venous grafts and how to find them. The studies were performed in 64-row multidetector computed tomography equipment, with breath hold, controlled heart rate and appropriate protocols with later MPR, MIP and 3D reconstructions according to electrocardiogram. The localization of the bypass grafts and anastomoses at computed tomography studies focused on chest and coronary arteries may represent a difficulty in the images analysis by the radiologist who is not familiar with the matter, so the knowledge of the surgical techniques adopted and possible courses of the saphenous bypass grafts and arterial grafts can aid in the analysis of both studies, avoiding diagnostic errors. (author)

  10. Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins (United States)

    ... Examples of these factors include family history, older age, gender, pregnancy, overweight or obesity , lack of movement, and leg trauma. Varicose veins are treated with lifestyle changes and medical procedures. The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, prevent complications, and improve ...

  11. Deep dorsal vein arterialisation in vascular impotence. (United States)

    Wespes, E; Corbusier, A; Delcour, C; Vandenbosch, G; Struyven, J; Schulman, C C


    A series of 12 patients with vasculogenic impotence (4 arterial lesions; 8 arterial and venous lesions) underwent deep dorsal vein arterialisation after pre-operative assessment by a multidisciplinary approach. Cumulative graft patency was 58% (7 of 12 patients) up to 21 months but only 4 patients developed almost normal erections. Digital angiography, with and without the intracavernous injection of papaverine, was performed during follow-up to determine the vascular physiological status. At flaccidity, the corpora cavernosa were never opacified in the absence of a venocorporeal shunt. The penile glans was always visualised. Opacification of the deep dorsal vein and the circumflex system decreased with penile rigidity, resulting from their compression between Buck's fascia and the tunica albuginea. Intracavernous pressure recorded before and after the surgical procedure showed a marked increase when a caverno-venous shunt was performed. Hypervascularisation of the glans occurred in 2 cases. The relevance of this new surgical technique and its functional mechanism are discussed.

  12. Catheter-based infrared light scanner as a tool to assess conduit quality in coronary artery bypass surgery. (United States)

    Burris, Nicholas; Schwartz, Kimberly; Tang, Cha-Min; Jafri, M Samir; Schmitt, Joseph; Kwon, Michael H; Toshinaga, Ozeki; Gu, Junyan; Brown, Jamie; Brown, Emile; Pierson, Richard; Poston, Robert


    Endothelial disruption within saphenous vein and radial artery grafts increases thrombosis risk. However, no clinically applicable method for imaging the intima currently exists. We used a novel infrared imaging technology, optical coherence tomography (OCT; LightLab Imaging, Inc, Westford, Mass), to visualize the intima within harvested conduits. Conduits were procured endoscopically (37 saphenous vein grafts and 8 radial artery grafts) or with the open technique (9 radial artery grafts) from 50 patients. Surplus segments were analyzed by means of OCT for evidence of preexisting pathology or traumatic injury. Focal plaques in radial artery grafts and the intimal hyperplasia area in saphenous vein grafts were quantified as having an intimal/medial thickness ratio of greater than 0.5. Biopsy specimens were obtained for histologic confirmation and to analyze matrix metalloproteinase 2 levels (saphenous vein grafts) and prostacyclin/nitric oxide metabolites (radial artery grafts). Interobserver kappa coefficients and a Bland-Altman analysis were used to determine the reproducibility and accuracy of OCT interpretations. Radial artery imaging revealed plaque in 76%. Endoscopically harvested vessels showed intraluminal clot (38%) and intimal tears ranging from severe (6%) to mild (88%). In saphenous vein grafts intimal thickening was detected in 86% and intraluminal clotting in 68%. The intimal/medial thickness ratio determined by means of OCT correlated directly with matrix metalloproteinase 2 levels (R = 0.6804) in saphenous vein grafts and inversely with metabolites of prostacyclin (R = -0.55) and nitric oxide (R = -0.58) in radial artery grafts. OCT imaging was reproducible (interobserver kappa coefficients of >0.81 for the characterization of plaque types) and showed a strong correlation with histology (R = 0.8, P < .001). OCT imaging provides an accurate, real-time, and reproducible means for assessing saphenous vein graft and radial artery graft bypass conduits

  13. Alterations in serotonin receptor-induced contractility of bovine lateral saphenous vein in cattle grazing endophyte-infected tall fescue (United States)

    As part of a large 2-year study documenting the physiologic impact of grazing endophyte-infected tall fescue on growing cattle, 2 experiments were conducted to characterize and evaluate the effects of grazing 2 levels of toxic endophyte-infected tall fescue pastures on vascular contractility and ser...

  14. Application of radiofrequency ablation procedure on a morbidly obese patient with a venous ulcer and large saphenous vein. (United States)

    Yener, Ali Ümit; Yener, Özlem; Gedik, Hikmet Selçuk; Korkmaz, Kemal; Özkan, Turgut; Lafçi, Ayşe; Çağli, Kerim


    Venous ulcers that occur due to chronic venous insufficiency are seen on the upper medial malleol of the ankle. Treatment of venous ulcers is protracted and generally the success rate is low. Co-morbid factors play an important role in the success of treatment of venous ulcers. In this case report, we demonstrate successful venous ulcer treatment in a morbidly obese patient with co-morbid conditions.

  15. Contractile response of bovine lateral saphenous vein to ergotamine tartrate exposed to different concentrations of molecularly imprinted polymers (United States)

    Ergot alkaloids, in their active isomeric form, affect animal health and performance and adsorbents are used to mitigate toxicities by reducing bioavailability. Adsorbents with high specificity (molecularly imprinted: MIP and non-imprinted: NIP polymers) adsorb ergot alkaloids in vitro, but require ...

  16. 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)


    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.

  17. An unusual case of symptomatic deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism after arthroscopic meniscus surgery. (United States)

    Fang, Chao-Hua; Liu, Hua; Zhang, Jun-Hui; Yan, Shi-Gui


    Although thrombosis complication is rare after arthroscopic meniscus surgery, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism can be fatal. The associated risk factors and whether anticoagulant prevention after arthroscopic knee surgery is necessary have not reach consensus. Here we present a case of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism after a common arthroscopic meniscectomy. The patient had no risk factors except ipsilateral leg varicose veins. She present swell at knee and calf from postoperative 3 weeks, and developed dyspnea, palpitation, and nausea on 33th day, pulmonary embolism was confirmed with CT angiography at emergency department. After thrombolysis and anticoagulation therapy were administered, the patient improved well and discharged. And the intravenous ultrasound confirmed thrombosis of popliteal vein and small saphenous vein. Who don't have common risk factors for venous thromboembolism. Despite the low incidence of thromboembolic complications after simple arthroscopy surgery, its life-threatening and devastating property make clinicians rethink the necessity of thromboprophylaxis and importance of preoperative relative risk factors screening.

  18. What Are Varicose Veins? (United States)

    ... these factors include family history, older age, gender, pregnancy, overweight or obesity , lack of movement, and leg trauma. Varicose veins are treated with lifestyle changes and medical procedures. The goals of treatment ...

  19. Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis (United States)

    ... methods that contain estrogen or hormone therapy for menopause symptoms Certain illnesses, including heart failure, inflammatory bowel disease, and some kidney disorders Obesity Smoking Varicose veins Having a tube in a ...

  20. Popliteal vein aneurysm. (United States)

    Falkowski, A; Poncyljusz, W; Zawierucha, D; Kuczmik, W


    The incidence of a popliteal vein aneurysm is extremely low. Two cases of this rare venous anomaly are described. The epidemiology, morphology, and diagnostic methods are discussed and the potentially dangerous complications and treatment methods are presented.

  1. Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (United States)

    ... Health Topics / Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting What Is Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) ... multiple coronary arteries during one surgery. Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Figure A shows the location of the ...

  2. Clinical course and effective treatment of varicose vein of lower limb in diabetic patients

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    Yu.O. Syniachenko


    Full Text Available Background. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2 is a risk factor for arteriosclerosis of the lower extremities, and the relationship with the state of the feet venous vascular territory remains insufficiently studied, the effectiveness of surgical treatment of patients with varicose veins is not defined. Objective: to analyze the clinical course of foot varicose veins and the effectiveness of medical measures on the background of DM2. Materials and methods. The study included 302 patients (227 men and 75 women aged 29–72 years old, 16 % of which had previous phlebothrombosis and the prevalece of II, III, IV, V and VI class of venous insufficiency was 10, 14, 37 16 and 23 %, respectively. 263 patients underwent endovenous laser coagulation, and 39 — the traditional phlebectomy and ligation of perforating veins. Results. Among the examined patients with varicose veins of lower extremities DM2 was diagnosed in 9 % of cases, more often in males and elderly patients on the background of atherosclerosis of the foot vessels (iliac, femoral, tibial, popliteal artery, which was accompanied by more frequent involvement of the great saphenous vein in the process and its gate extension, the prevalence of severe grades of venous insufficiency, significantly worse the results of surgical treatment of varicose veins and greater frequency of complications, despite more frequent using of rivaroxaban and low molecular weight heparins, and the effectiveness of endovenous laser ablation after four weeks of its implementation is inferior to that in the group without DM2, while glycemic index inversely correlated with the surface tension of the venous blood, which has prognostic significance in the context of future medical interventions. Conclusions. The presence of DM2 is a risk factor for more severe feet varicose veins, is a negative predictive factor in the effectiveness of surgical treatment of the disease and the complications number.

  3. Effect of polidocanol foam administration into rat peripheral veins on pulmonary parenchyma. (United States)

    de Moraes Silva, Melissa A; Ferreira, Rimarcs G; de Jesus-Silva, Seleno G; Cardoso, Rodolfo S; Miranda, Fausto


    Background Sclerotherapy has been gaining increased acceptance and popularity as an effective therapy for the treatment of varicose veins. This attention has fed growing interest into the safety and potential complications of this procedure. There is no evidence of pulmonary complications from foam sclerotherapy in humans; however, animal studies have shown possible damage. The aim of this study is to show the changes in rat pulmonary parenchyma after the injection of 1% polidocanol Tessari foam into the peripheral vein using histological analysis of the inflammatory and fibrosis processes. Methods Twenty-four Wistar rats were divided into the following four groups: 24 h polidocanol, seven-day polidocanol, 28-day polidocanol, and control group. After the foam was injected into the lateral saphenous vein, the lungs of the rats were removed for histological analysis. Results Alveolar edema was observed in only the 24 h group (P < 0.005). Vessel thickening was observed in the seven-and 28-day groups (P < 0.001). Interstitial fibrosis was found in only the 28-day group (P = 0.006). There was no evidence of venous or arterial thrombosis in either group. Conclusion Polidocanol Tessari foam injection into rat peripheral veins causes alveolar edema, vessel thickening, and interstitial fibrosis.

  4. Portal Vein Thrombosis (United States)

    Chawla, Yogesh K.; Bodh, Vijay


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

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

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


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

  6. Cucumber vein yellowing virus (United States)

    Cucurbits are an important crop of temperate, subtropical and tropical regions of the world. Cucumber vein yellowing virus (CVYV) is a major viral pathogen of cucurbits. This chapter provides an overview of the biology of CVYV and the disease it causes....

  7. Squash vein yellowing virus (United States)

    Cucurbits are an important crop of temperate, subtropical and tropical regions of the world. Squash vein yellowing virus (SqVYV) is a major viral pathogen of cucurbits. This chapter provides an overview of the biology of SqVYV and the disease it causes....

  8. What Causes Varicose Veins? (United States)

    ... Examples of these factors include family history, older age, gender, pregnancy, overweight or obesity , lack of movement, and leg trauma. Varicose veins are treated with lifestyle changes and medical procedures. The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, prevent complications, and improve ...

  9. Deep Vein Thrombosis

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    This podcast discusses the risk for deep vein thrombosis in long-distance travelers and ways to minimize that risk.  Created: 4/5/2012 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).   Date Released: 4/5/2012.

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

    Qi, Xingshun


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

  11. Concerns and Discomforts of Pregnancy - Varicose Veins (United States)

    Concerns and Discomforts of Pregnancy - Varicose Veins Varicose veins are enlarged veins you may see on your legs. They can itch, ... Healthy Roads Media project www. healthyroadsmedia. org English - Concerns and Discomforts of Pregnancy (Varicose Veins) Last reviewed 2012

  12. Stent graft placement for dysfunctional arteriovenous grafts

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    Jeon, Gyeong Sik [Dept. of Radiology, CHA Bundang Medical Center, College of Medicine, CHA University, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Byung Seok; Ohm, Joon Young; Ahn, Moon Sang [Chungnam National University Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    This study aimed to evaluate the usefulness and outcomes of stent graft use in dysfunctional arteriovenous grafts. Eleven patients who underwent stent graft placement for a dysfunctional hemodialysis graft were included in this retrospective study. Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene covered stent grafts were placed at the venous anastomosis site in case of pseudoaneurysm, venous laceration, elastic recoil or residual restenosis despite the repeated angioplasty. The patency of the arteriovenous graft was evaluated using Kaplan-Meier analysis. Primary and secondary mean patency was 363 days and 741 days. Primary patency at 3, 6, and 12 months was 82%, 73%, and 32%, respectively. Secondary patency at the 3, 6, 12, 24, and 36 months was improved to 91%, 82%, 82%, 50%, and 25%, respectively. Fractures of the stent graft were observed in 2 patients, but had no effect on the patency. Stent graft placement in dysfunctional arteriovenous graft is useful and effective in prolonging graft patency.

  13. Estudo comparativo da biocompatibilidade da submucosa intestinal porcina e pericárdio bovino usados como enxertos na veia cava de cães Comparative study of the biocompatibility of the porcine intestinal submucosa and bovine pericardium used as grafts in the inferior cava vein of dogs

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    Fernando Hintz Greca


    . Stenosis of the vein was observed in 1 dog of A group and in 2 of the B group. RESULTS: Partial thrombosis with collateral circulation was evidenced in 1 dog of the bovine pericardium group. A moderated chronic inflammatory process was evidenced in both groups. Microscopic evaluation, regarding endothelization of the implant, collagen deposition, smooth muscle growth, was similar in both groups. CONCLUSION: SIS proved to be a functional graft patch for possessing local vena cava remodeling and its biocompatibility was similar to bovine pericardium.

  14. Leiomyosarcoma of the renal vein

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    Lemos Gustavo C.


    Full Text Available Leiomyosarcoma of the renal vein is a rare tumor of complex diagnosis. We presented a case of renal vein leiomyosarcoma detected in a routine study. The primary treatment was complete surgical removal of the mass. In cases where surgical removal is not possible the prognosis is poor, with high rates of local recurrence and distant spread.

  15. Persistência da veia ciática Persistent sciatic vein

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    Bárbara Borges Cardoso


    and expansion. Consequently, anomalies may occur during this process. When there is persistence of the sciatic vein, it may communicate with the small saphenous vein or with the popliteal vein during its route, being anastomosed to the superior perforating vein and to the medial circumflex femoral vein. OBJECTIVE: To report a case of bilateral persistent sciatic vein on the lower limbs in comparison to the literature. METHODS: Thirty-two lower limbs from 16 corpses preserved in formaldehyde were dissected at the Laboratory of Anatomy of the discipline of Topographic Anatomy of the Medical School of Universidade Santo Amaro (Unisa, during 2006 and 2007, and the sciatic vein was observed in 2 lower limbs of one single corpse. RESULTS: On the left lower limb of a corpse that presented bilateral anomaly, the vein had 37 cm, emerging on the popliteal vein, accompanying the sciatic nerve, perforating the long adductor muscle and leading into the deep femoral vein. On the right lower limb, it measured 36 cm, emerged receiving the veins of the anterior tibial compartment, accompanied the sciatic nerve, perforated the long adductor muscle and led into the internal iliac vein. CONCLUSION: The anatomical variations of the lower limb venous system are the most common ones. The persistent sciatic vein may cause chronic venous failure in the lower limbs and, in this manner, must be investigated aiming at a better clinical or surgical management.

  16. Bone grafting: An overview

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    D. O. Joshi


    Full Text Available Bone grafting is the process by which bone is transferred from a source (donor to site (recipient. Due to trauma from accidents by speedy vehicles, falling down from height or gunshot injury particularly in human being, acquired or developmental diseases like rickets, congenital defects like abnormal bone development, wearing out because of age and overuse; lead to bone loss and to replace the loss we need the bone grafting. Osteogenesis, osteoinduction, osteoconduction, mechanical supports are the four basic mechanisms of bone graft. Bone graft can be harvested from the iliac crest, proximal tibia, proximal humerus, proximal femur, ribs and sternum. An ideal bone graft material is biologically inert, source of osteogenic, act as a mechanical support, readily available, easily adaptable in terms of size, shape, length and replaced by the host bone. Except blood, bone is grafted with greater frequency. Bone graft indicated for variety of orthopedic abnormalities, comminuted fractures, delayed unions, non-unions, arthrodesis and osteomyelitis. Bone graft can be harvested from the iliac crest, proximal tibia, proximal humerus, proximal femur, ribs and sternum. By adopting different procedure of graft preservation its antigenicity can be minimized. The concept of bone banking for obtaining bone grafts and implants is very useful for clinical application. Absolute stability require for successful incorporation. Ideal bone graft must possess osteogenic, osteoinductive and osteocon-ductive properties. Cancellous bone graft is superior to cortical bone graft. Usually autologous cancellous bone graft are used as fresh grafts where as allografts are employed as an alloimplant. None of the available type of bone grafts possesses all these properties therefore, a single type of graft cannot be recomm-ended for all types of orthopedic abnormalities. Bone grafts and implants can be selected as per clinical problems, the equipments available and preference of

  17. Subclavian vein aneurysm secondary to a benign vessel wall hamartoma

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    Warren, Patrick [Nationwide Children' s Hospital, Section of Pediatric Interventional Radiology, Columbus, OH (United States); Spaeth, Maya [Nationwide Children' s Hospital, Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Columbus, OH (United States); Prasad, Vinay [Nationwide Children' s Hospital, Section of Pediatric Pathology, Columbus, OH (United States); McConnell, Patrick [Nationwide Children' s Hospital, Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Columbus, OH (United States)


    Venous aneurysms are rare clinical entities, particularly in children, and their presentation and natural history often depend on the anatomical location and underlying etiology. We present a single case of a 12-year-old girl who presented with a palpable right supraclavicular mass. Imaging evaluation with CT, conventional venography, MRI and sonography revealed a large fusiform subclavian vein aneurysm with an unusual, mass-like fibrofatty component incorporated into the vessel wall. The girl ultimately required complete resection of the right subclavian vein with placement of a synthetic interposition graft. This case provides a radiology/pathology correlation of an entity that has not previously been described as well as an example of the utility of multiple imaging modalities to aid diagnosis and preoperative planning. (orig.)

  18. Implantation of Right Kidneys: Is the Risk of Technical Graft Loss Real? (United States)

    Khan, Taqi T; Ahmad, Nadeem; Siddique, Kashif; Fourtounas, Konstantinos


    The left kidney (LK) is preferred by transplant surgeons, because its vein is always of good length and has a thick wall that enables safe suturing. On the other hand, the right renal vein is generally shorter and thinner walled, and well known for its technical difficulty during venous anastomosis, and can result in graft loss. We examined our living (LD) and deceased donor (DD) recipient data and compared the incidence of technical graft loss and early graft function in right and left kidneys. A cohort of 58 adult and pediatric recipients received an LD or DD kidney between January 2015 and December 2016. The donor and recipient data were retrieved and retrospectively analyzed. Technical graft loss was defined as graft thrombosis within the 7 days after transplant. Right kidneys (RKs) were not a risk factor for technical graft loss, and no graft was lost for technical reasons in either LD or DD transplants. Early graft function in LK and RKs was also comparable in the LD cohort, and there were no LKs in the DD cohort. Based on our data, the use of RKs was not a risk factor for technical graft loss and early graft function was comparable to LKs.

  19. Dynamics of uranium vein mineralization

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    Petrosyan, R.V. (Ministerstvo Geologii SSR, Moscow)


    The formation of uraniun vein deposits and the essence of consanguinity of the mineralization and wall metasomatites are considered. The formation of uranium mineralization is analysed from the positions of Korzhinsky D. S. : the formation of metasomatite aureole and associated vein ores take place as a result of the development of one solution flow while the formation of mineral vein associations occurs on the background of continuous filtration of the solution during metasomato is due to a repeated (pulse) half-opening of fractures and their filling with a part of filtrating solution. The analysis of the available information on the example of two different uranium manifestations permits to reveal certain relations both in the character of wall rock alterations and between the metasomatosis and the formation of ore minerals in veins. The conclusion is made that spatial-time correlations of vein formations with wall metasomatites attest that the pulse formation of ores in veinlets occurs on the background and in interrelation with a consecutive precipitation of components in the aureole volume. The analysis of element migration dynamics in wall aureole carried out from the positions of the Korzhinsky hypothesis of the advance wave of acid components that takes into account the interaction of continuous and pulse mechanisms of solution movement permits to avoid contradictions when interpreting the processes of wall rock alterations and vein ore-forming, and permits to make a common scheme of vein ore-genesis.

  20. Clinical Impact and Risk Factors of Portal Vein Thrombosis for Patients on Wait List for Liver Transplant. (United States)

    Montenovo, Martin; Rahnemai-Azar, Amir; Reyes, Jorge; Perkins, James


    The effect of portal vein thrombosis on the progression of liver disease is controversial, with no consensus on optimal treatment. We aimed to assess how portal vein thrombosis affects wait list outcomes, identify risk factors associated with its development while on a wait list, and assess its effects on patient and graft survival. This US-based retrospective cohort study analyzed 134 109 adult patients on wait lists for or undergoing primary orthotopic liver transplant between January 2002 and June 2014. Rate of portal vein thrombosis development, time from entry on wait list to transplant, comparisons of wait list drop-off rates between patients with versus those without portal vein thrombosis, risk factors associated with its development while on a wait list, and its effects on patient and graft survival were analyzed. We found that the rate of portal vein thrombosis at listing increased. Patients with the disease at listing were more likely to be removed from wait lists because of being too sick. Portal vein thrombosis at listing was an independent risk factor for being removed from a wait list. Of 63 265 patients who underwent primary orthotopic liver transplant, those with the disease were more likely to have higher Model for End-Stage Liver Disease scores and incidence of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and diabetes mellitus. Portal vein thrombosis had a negative effect on patient and graft survival. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, body mass index, diabetes, and hepatocellular carcinoma were identified as risk factors for its development. Portal vein thrombosis represents an increasing management and outcome burden in liver transplant. Having this disease at listing and/or at time of transplant is associated with worse patient and graft survival. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma are among the biggest risk factors for its development while on a wait list.

  1. End-to-end renal vein anastomosis to preserve renal venous drainage following inferior vena cava radical resection due to leiomyosarcoma. (United States)

    Araujo, Raphael L C; Gaujoux, Sébastien; D'Albuquerque, Luiz Augusto Carneiro; Sauvanet, Alain; Belghiti, Jacques; Andraus, Wellington


    When retrohepatic inferior vena cava (IVC) resection is required, for example, for IVC leiomyosarcoma, reconstruction is recommended. This is particularly true when the renal vein confluence is resected to preserve venous outflow, including that of the right kidney. Two patients with retrohepatic IVC leiomyosarcoma involving renal vein confluences underwent hepatectomy with en bloc IVC resection below the renal vein confluence. IVC reconstruction was not performed, but end-to-end renal vein anastomoses were, including a prosthetic graft in 1 case. The postoperative course was uneventful with respect to kidney function, anastomosis patency assessed using Doppler ultrasonography and computerized tomography, and transient lower limb edema. End-to-end renal vein anastomosis after a retrohepatic IVC resection including the renal vein confluence should be considered as an alternative option for preserving right kidney drainage through the left renal vein when IVC reconstruction is not possible or should be avoided. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins) (United States)

    ... surgery. Most of the veins treated are effectively invisible even to ultrasound 12 months after the procedure. ... understanding of the possible charges you will incur. Web page review process: This Web page is reviewed ...

  3. Saphenofemoral junction ligation and disconnection for varicose veins-a longitudinal study of cosmesis and function. (United States)

    Barandiaran, Jesus V; Hall, Thomas C; Lim, Michael; El-Barghouti, N; Perry, Eugene P


    Saphenofemoral junction ligation and disconnection (SFJLD) can be performed without exceeding the safe limits of local anesthetic if stripping of the long saphenous vein is not routine. We studied the early cosmetic and functional outcome of this procedure to identify the optimum time gap from SFJLD to multiple stab avulsions for varicose veins (VV). A series of patients with primary VV underwent SFJLD under local anesthetic as day case procedures. The volume of VV was quantified with a cartograph wheel, whereas the extent and severity of VV was assessed with four validated questionnaires: (a) Clinical Etiology Anatomy Pathology Score, (b) Venous Clinical Severity Score, (c) Aberdeen Varicose Vein Severity Score, and (d) Short Form 36. Patients were assessed preoperatively, and at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. The analysis of variance for repeated measures test was used; a p value men; mean age: 54 years; 95% CI: 29-79). In all, 91% (n = 44) of patients had cosmetic and symptomatic improvement. The volume of VV reduced significantly over the three postoperative time points when compared with preoperatively (112 [95% CI: 88-136] vs. 75 [95% CI: 55-97] vs. 65 [95% CI: 43-87] vs. 58 [95% CI: 31-86], p = 0.001). Using the Clinical Etiology Anatomy Pathology, Venous Clinical Severity Score, and Aberdeen Varicose Vein Severity Score questionnaires, severity of VV improved postoperatively when compared withpreoperatively (p = 0.001 respectively). Improvements in quality of life were also noted postoperatively with the Short Form 36 questionnaire (p = 0.032). At maximum follow-up of 3 years, 13% (n = 6) had recurrent VV. SFJLD confers cosmetic and symptomatic improvement at 1 month. Improvement is sustained on early follow-up, thereby allowing multiple stab avulsions to be performed as a staged procedure within 6 months. The rates of recurrent VV are acceptable on short-term follow-up. Copyright © 2011 Annals of Vascular Surgery Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All

  4. A Vein Map Biometric System

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    Felix Fuentes


    Full Text Available There is increasing demand world-wide, from government agencies and the private sector for cutting-edge biometric security technology that is difficult to breach but userfriendly at the same time. Some of the older tools, such as fingerprint, retina and iris scanning, and facial recognition software have all been found to have flaws and often viewed negatively because of many cultural and hygienic issues associated with them. Comparatively, mapping veins as a human barcode, a new technology, has many advantages over older technologies. Specifically, reproducing a three-dimensional model of a human vein system is impossible to replicate. Vein map technology is distinctive because of its state-of-the-art sensors are only able to recognize vein patterns if hemoglobin is actively flowing through the person

  5. Portal Vein Thrombosis in non cirrhotic patients

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    M.C.W. Spaander (Manon)


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

  6. Early Outcomes of Endoscopic Vein Harvesting during the Initial Learning Period

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    Do Yeon Kim


    Full Text Available Background: The endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH method has been used in coronary artery bypass surgery in many countries. We started using the EVH method recently, and investigated the results during the early learning period. Methods: Between March 2012 and June 2014, 75 patients (31 patients in the EVH method group, and 44 patients in the open method group who underwent isolated first-time coronary artery bypass grafting using vein grafts were retrospectively analyzed with respect to the early outcomes including graft patency and risk factors for leg wound complications. For assessing the patency of vein graft, we performed coronary computed tomography angiography during the immediate postoperative period and 6 months later. Results: Mean harvesting time of endoscopic method was about 15 minutes. Patency rate during the immediate operative period and the 6-month patency rate were similar between the two groups (postoperative period: EVH 100% vs. open method 94.4%, p=0.493; at 6 months: EVH 93.3% vs. open method 90.9%, p=0.791. Leg wound complications occurred more frequently in the open method group (EVH 3.2% vs. open method 13.6%, p=0.127. According to the analysis, age was an independent risk factor for leg wound complications. Conclusion: EVH is a feasible method even for beginners and can be performed satisfactorily during their learning period.

  7. Bone grafts in dentistry

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    Prasanna Kumar


    Full Text Available Bone grafts are used as a filler and scaffold to facilitate bone formation and promote wound healing. These grafts are bioresorbable and have no antigen-antibody reaction. These bone grafts act as a mineral reservoir which induces new bone formation.

  8. The Impact of Anastomotic Angle for Re-Occlusion of Brachioaxillary Graft Arteriovenous Fistula after Percutaneous Thromboaspiration

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    Kim, Keon Young; Jin, Gong Yong; Hwang, Seung Bae; Choi, Eun Jung; Song, Ji Soo; Han, Young Min; Kwon, Keun Sang [Chonbuk National University Hospital and Medical School, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the factors that affect graft patency in brachioaxillary graft arteriovenous fistula patients. A retrospective study was conducted on 33 patients (20 men, 13 women; mean age, 67.5 years; mean interval to first stenosis, 17 months), who had performed percutaneous angioplasty for first episode of stenosis after brachioaxillary graft surgery. We evaluated the relevant factors affecting the graft patency after first episode of stenosis, such as age, sex, underlying disease (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular attack), anastomotic angle between graft and axillary vein, and anastomotic angle between the graft and brachial artery. Kaplan-Meier method and log rank test and receiver operating characteristics curve analysis were used in statistical analysis. Graft patency rates after 1 month, 6 months, and 12 months were 75.8%, 39.4%, and 9.1%. There was a correlation between graft-axillary vein anastomotic angle and patency rates (r = 0.372, p = 0.033); larger the venous anastomotic angle, the longer patency rate. However, it does not come up with significant results in patency rates on age, sex, underlying disease, and graft-brachial artery angle. In patients with brachioaxillary graft arteriovenous fistula, as venous anastomotic angle more obtuse, the graft patency may be longer.

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    suturing of vessels. Eight patients had prosthetic graft interposition while 2 patients had reversed saphenous vein grafts. Two patients had the superficial branches of their radial arteries tied up at the wrist. Conclusion: Gun shot injuries from armed robbery attack was the commonest cause of peripheral arterial injuries in this ...

  10. Gypsum veins in Triassic Moenkopi mudrocks of southern Utah: Analogs to calcium sulfate veins on Mars (United States)

    Young, B. W.; Chan, M. A.


    Well-exposed gypsum veins in the Triassic Moenkopi formation in southern Utah, USA, are similar to veins at Endeavour and Gale Craters on Mars. Both Moenkopi and Mars veins are hydrated calcium sulfate, have fibrous textures, and crosscut other diagenetic features. Moenkopi veins are stratigraphically localized with strontium and sulfur isotope ratios similar to primary Moenkopi sulfate beds and are thus interpreted to be sourced from within the unit. Endeavour veins seem to be distributed by lithology and may have a local source. Gale veins cut across multiple lithologies and appear to be sourced from another stratigraphic interval. Evaluation of vein network geometries indicates that horizontal Moenkopi veins are longer and thicker than vertical veins. Moenkopi veins are also generally oriented with the modern stress field, so are interpreted to have formed in the latest stages of exhumation. Endeavour veins appear to be generally vertical and oriented parallel to the margins of Cape York and are interpreted to have formed in response to topographic collapse of the crater rim. Gale horizontal veins appear to be slightly more continuous than vertical veins and may have formed during exhumation. Abrupt changes in orientation, complex crosscutting relationships, and fibrous (antitaxial) texture in Moenkopi and Mars veins suggest emplacement via hydraulic fracture at low temperatures. Moenkopi and Mars veins are interpreted as late-stage diagenetic features that have experienced little alteration since emplacement. Moenkopi veins are useful terrestrial analogs for Mars veins because vein geometry, texture, and chemistry record information about crustal deformation and vein emplacement.

  11. Commercialization of vein contrast enhancement (United States)

    Lovhoiden, Gunnar; Deshmukh, Harshal; Vrancken, Carlos; Zhang, Yong; Zeman, Herbert D.; Weinberg, Devin


    An ongoing clinical study of an experimental infrared (IR) device, the Vein Contrast Enhancer (VCE) that visualizes surface veins for medical access, indicates that a commercial device with the performance of the existing VCE would have significant clinical utility for even a very skilled phlebotomist. A proof-of-principle prototype VCE device has now been designed and constructed that captures IR images of surface veins with a commercial CCD camera, transfers the images to a PC for real-time software image processing to enhance the vein contrast, and projects the enhanced images back onto the skin with a modified commercial LCD projector. The camera and projector are mounted on precision slides allowing for precise mechanical alignment of the two optical axes and for measuring the effects of axes misalignment. Precision alignment of the captured and projected images over the entire field-of-view is accomplished electronically by software adjustments of the translation, scaling, and rotation of the enhanced images before they are projected back onto the skin. This proof-of-principle prototype will be clinically tested and the experience gained will lead to the development of a commercial device, OnTarget!, that is compact, easy to use, and will visualize accessible veins in almost all subjects needing venipuncture.

  12. Reverse saphenous conduit flap in small animals: Clinical applications and outcomes

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    Full Text Available Due to the lack of skin elasticity defects of the distal hind limb can be a challenge to close. This article assesses a well-described, but completely under-used technique for closure of wounds on the distal tarsus. The technique was used with good success in six cases presenting to the Bryanston Veterinary Hospital with a wide range of underlying pathology ranging from trauma to neoplastic disease of the tarsus. All six cases were treated with a reverse saphenous conduit flap and two of them underwent radiation therapy with no adverse side effects. All cases showed excellent results with a very low degree of flap necrosis that never exceeded 15% of the total flap area. This skin flap provides an excellent treatment method that is reliable in closure of defects of the distal tarsus with few adverse effects. To the author’s knowledge there has been only one previously published report on the clinical use of this type of skin flap,even though the flap is well described in most texts.

  13. Assessment of Novel Anti-thrombotic Fusion Proteins for Inhibition of Stenosis in a Porcine Model of Arteriovenous Graft.

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    Full Text Available Hemodialysis arteriovenous synthetic grafts (AVG provide high volumetric blood flow rates shortly after surgical placement. However, stenosis often develops at the vein-graft anastomosis contributing to thrombosis and early graft failure. Two novel fusion proteins, ANV-6L15 and TAP-ANV, inhibit the tissue factor/factor VIIa coagulation complex and the factor Xa/factor Va complex, respectively. Each inhibitor domain is fused to an annexin V domain that targets the inhibitor activity to sites of vascular injury to locally inhibit thrombosis. This study's objective was to determine if these antithrombotic proteins are safe and effective in inhibiting AVG stenosis.A bolus of either TAP-ANV or ANV-6L15 fusion protein was administered intravenously immediately prior to surgical placement of a synthetic graft between the external jugular vein and common carotid artery in a porcine model. At surgery, the vein and artery were irrigated with the anti-thrombotic fusion protein. Control animals received intravenous heparin. At 4 weeks, MRI was performed to evaluate graft patency, the pigs were then euthanized and grafts and attached vessels were explanted for histomorphometric assessment of neointimal hyperplasia at the vein-graft anastomosis. Blood was collected at surgery, immediately after surgery and at euthanasia for serum metabolic panels and coagulation chemistries.No acute thrombosis occurred in the control group or in either experimental group. No abnormal serum chemistries, activated clotting times or PT, PTT values were observed after treatment in experimental or control animals. However, at the vein-graft anastomosis, there was no difference between the control and experimental groups in cross-sectional lumen areas, as measured on MRI, and no difference in hyperplasia areas as determined by histomorphometry. These results suggest that local irrigation of TAP-ANV or ANV-6L15 intra-operatively was as effective in inhibiting acute graft thrombosis

  14. An unusual case of Y-shaped right renal vein. (United States)

    Lavy, M; Martin, L; Eouzan, D; Turco, C; Heyd, B; Mantion, G; Parratte, B; Tatu, L


    Vascular renal anomalies are frequent, multiple and well described and result from errors in vessel embryogenesis between the 6th and 10th week of gestation. Historically, variations are described in anatomic dissection and currently mostly in image interpretation. We report an anatomic variation concerning the right renal vein which, to our knowledge, has never been described in the literature either by dissection or by radiological examination. This variation was discovered during the routine dissection of an embalmed male body. It consists of a Y-shaped right renal vein and is associated with multiple retroperitoneal variations: a bilateral accessory renal artery, a trident ending of the right renal artery and a left testicular vein variation. Venous and arterial renal anatomy and its variations are fundamentally important in renal surgery, especially concerning living donor renal grafts. These variations may be diagnosed thanks to injected tomodensitometry which has a good sensitivity and specificity for anomalies. Preoperative diagnosis of an anatomic vascular renal variation may reduce morbidity during surgery, which is why precise examination of injected tomography should be mandatory.

  15. Ultrasound-guided saphenous nerve block is an effective technique for perioperative analgesia in ambulatory arthroscopic surgery of the internal knee compartment. (United States)

    Bonet, A; Koo, M; Sabaté, A; Otero, I; Bocos, J; Pi, A


    Arthroscopic knee surgery is a minimally invasive technique with moderate pain during the first 24h. Our main objective was to evaluate the efficacy of ultrasound guided saphenous nerve block as a method of pain control intraoperatively and postoperatively for this surgery. A prospective and observational study. All patients received general anesthesia with laryngeal mask in the saphenous group, nerve block was performed with 10 ml ropivacaine 0.475%. Location of the surgery (external compartment group/internal compartment group), morphine consumption, VAS for pain at 5, 30, 60 and 120 min and 24 h after surgery, need for rescue medication, onset of nausea and vomiting, length of stay in PACU, delayed discharge and satisfaction were evaluated. The study included 73 patients. Of these, 46 received saphenous nerve block and 27 didn't receive it. Consumption of intraoperative, postoperative and total morphine was significantly lower in the saphenous group as well as VAS at 24h. In the subgroup of internal compartment surgery differences in VAS 24 h, morphine consume and lenght of stay in PACU were mantained. The ultrasound-guided block of saphenous nerve, particularly in the internal compartment arthroscopic knee surgery, decreases analgesic requirements, obtaining more effective pain control in the first 24 h postoperatively and without any known side effects. Copyright © 2014 Sociedad Española de Anestesiología, Reanimación y Terapéutica del Dolor. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  16. Anomalous branching pattern of the portal vein: right posterior portal vein originating from the left portal vein. (United States)

    Yasaka, Koichiro; Akai, Hiroyuki; Kiryu, Shigeru


    To introduce a rare variant branching pattern of the portal vein with clinical relevance. A 55-year-old man was examined by contrast-enhanced computed tomography to investigate the cause of fever and mildly elevated hepatic enzyme levels. Based on computed tomography, liver abscesses were identified which may have caused the fever and elevated hepatic enzyme levels. And a variation in the branching pattern of the portal vein was also detected in this patient, which has not been reported previously; the right posterior portal vein originated from the end of the horizontal part of the left portal vein. Identification of this rare branching pattern of the portal vein prior to hepatectomy, liver transplantation, and portal vein embolization is considered important to prevent complications. A rare variant in which the right posterior portal vein originated from the left portal vein was identified. Recognition of this variant may be important prior to surgical or interventional radiological strategies.

  17. Extrahepatic Portal Vein Obstruction and Portal Vein Thrombosis in Special Situations: Need for a New Classification (United States)

    Wani, Zeeshan A.; Bhat, Riyaz A.; Bhadoria, Ajeet S.; Maiwall, Rakhi


    Extrahepatic portal vein obstruction is a vascular disorder of liver, which results in obstruction and cavernomatous transformation of portal vein with or without the involvement of intrahepatic portal vein, splenic vein, or superior mesenteric vein. Portal vein obstruction due to chronic liver disease, neoplasm, or postsurgery is a separate entity and is not the same as extrahepatic portal vein obstruction. Patients with extrahepatic portal vein obstruction are generally young and belong mostly to Asian countries. It is therefore very important to define portal vein thrombosis as acute or chronic from management point of view. Portal vein thrombosis in certain situations such as liver transplant and postsurgical/liver transplant period is an evolving area and needs extensive research. There is a need for a new classification, which includes all areas of the entity. In the current review, the most recent literature of extrahepatic portal vein obstruction is reviewed and summarized. PMID:26021771

  18. Heparin-bonded expanded polytetrafluoroethylene vascular graft for femoropopliteal and femorocrural bypass grafting: 1-year results. (United States)

    Bosiers, Marc; Deloose, Koen; Verbist, Jürgen; Schroë, Herman; Lauwers, Geert; Lansink, Wouter; Peeters, Patrick


    Several prosthetic materials have been used for femoropopliteal bypass grafting in patients with peripheral vascular disease in whom a venous bypass is not possible. Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) is the most commonly used, but patency results have not always equaled those achieved with vein, especially in below-knee reconstructions. This study assessed the performance of a new heparin-bonded ePTFE vascular graft that was designed to provide resistance to thrombosis and thereby decrease early graft failures and possibly prolong patency. From June 2002 to June 2003, 86 patients (62 men and 24 women; mean age, 70 years; 99 diseased limbs) were enrolled prospectively in a nonrandomized, multicenter study of the heparin-bonded ePTFE graft. Fifty-five above-knee and 44 below-knee (including 21 femorocrural) procedures were performed. Follow-up evaluations consisted of clinical examinations, ultrasonographic studies, and distal pulse assessments. Patency and limb salvage rates were assessed by using life-table analyses. All grafts were patent immediately after implantation. There were no graft infections or episodes of prolonged anastomotic bleeding. During the 1-year follow-up, 10 patients died, 15 grafts occluded, and 5 major amputations were performed. The overall primary and secondary 1-year patency rates were 82% and 97%, respectively. The limb salvage rate in patients with critical limb ischemia (n = 41) was 87%. Primary patency rates according to bypass type were 84%, 81%, and 74% for above-knee femoropopliteal, below-knee femoropopliteal, and femorocrural bypasses, respectively; the corresponding secondary patency rates were 96%, 100%, and 100%. In this study, the heparin-bonded ePTFE graft provided promising early patency and limb salvage results, with no device-related complications, in patients with occlusive vascular disease. Longer-term and randomized studies are warranted to determine whether this graft provides results superior to those achieved

  19. How Are Varicose Veins Diagnosed? (United States)

    ... Examples of these factors include family history, older age, gender, pregnancy, overweight or obesity , lack of movement, and leg trauma. Varicose veins are treated with lifestyle changes and medical procedures. The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, prevent complications, and improve ...

  20. How Are Varicose Veins Treated? (United States)

    ... Examples of these factors include family history, older age, gender, pregnancy, overweight or obesity , lack of movement, and leg trauma. Varicose veins are treated with lifestyle changes and medical procedures. The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, prevent complications, and improve ...


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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Varicose veins affect at least 1 out of 5 in the world and the cost of health care for the society is significant. In a developing country like India, study encompassing the clinical evaluation and management of lower limb varicose veins on the conventional lines seems a necessity to improve the quality care with the available resources. OBJECTIVES To study the relation between site of incompetence and complications, pattern of complications, surgical management and its outcome for lower limb varicose veins. METHODS A total 26 number of patients with primary varicose veins admitted, investigated, operated and followed up. Final outcome evaluated. All the information was taken down in the proforma, designed for the study. RESULTS In the study, it was noted that the varicose veins affect younger, adult, and middle age population. (20 to 60 years. Majority of the patients were male (84.60%. Perforator incompetence only = 42.3% (n=11. Perforator incompetence + saphenofemoral/saphenopopliteal incompetence seen in 57.7%. Long saphenous vein involvement was seen in 90.5% of the patients and both LSV and SSV involvement in 9.5%. A greater portion of the patients had combined valvular incompetence (69.56%. The mean ulcer healing time in our study was 2.8 weeks following surgery (90%. Residual incompetent perforators are seen in 7.6% (n=2. New incompetent perforators seen in 7.6% (n=2. Postoperative wound infection of the incision of SPJ ligation was seen in 3.8% (n=1 of the patients, but not the SEPS wound infection and the total complication rate was 3.85%. The mean postoperative stay for patients undergoing SEPS procedure alone was 3.6 days. The mean postoperative stay for patients who underwent perforator ligation with concomitant stripping procedure was 5 days. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSION Majority of the patients present with complications of varicose vein with combined valvular incompetence and surgical treatment with stripping of path

  2. Experimental interfascicular nerve grafting. (United States)

    Bratton, B R; Kline, D G; Coleman, W; Hudson, A R


    Twenty-nine adult rhesus monkeys underwent complete laceration of both tibial nerves at mid-thigh level and repair by different methods to study the relative efficacy of autogenous interfascicular nerve grafts. Sixteen animals in Group I had an interfascicular graft repair using short sural nerve autografts on one limb and fascicular repair without grafts on the other limb. Thirteen animals in Group II, after having a 1-cm segment of tibial nerve resected, had an interfascicular graft repair without tension in one limb and an epineurial repair under moderate tension in the other limb. Evoked nerve and muscle action potentials and muscle strenght in response to repetitive and tetanic stimulation were recorded as baseline values prelaceration and then on re-exploration at 4, 6, 9, or 12 months. All nerves were examined by light and electron microscopy. Electrophysiological data, particularly muscle strength response, showed non-graft repairs to be superior at 4 and 6 months of regeneration. However, by 9 and 12 months the graft repairs had caught up and were equal to the non-graft repairs. Histologically, it was observed that many axons missed the graft segments and were present in extrafascicular connective tissues. Nonetheless, enough axons regenerated to the distal nerve to explain the success of these relatively short grafts. From the results of these experiments, it is concluded that use of autogenous interfascicular grafts offers no advantage over end-to-end non-graft repair. When and end-to-end repair cannot be achieved, use of short interfascicular nerve grafts is feasible and will work.

  3. Complicações no tratamento com laser endovascular em varizes de membros inferiores Complications evidenced in the endovascular laser treatment for varicose veins

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    Jorge Enrique Soracco


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O objetivo do presente estudo é relatar as complicações no tratamento de varizes em membros inferiores com laser endovascular. MÉTODOS: Foram levantadas, no período de junho de 1999 a dezembro de 2002, algumas complicações, como queimadura de pele, neurite do nervo safeno, hiperpigmentação e fibrose no local da safena em 250 pacientes submetidos a tratamento endovascular com laser em varizes de membros inferiores. O diagnóstico das complicações foi clínico e baseado nos sinais e sintomas. Avaliou-se 196 pacientes do sexo feminino e 54 do sexo masculino, com idades variando entre 25 e 79 anos, no Hospital Militar de Buenos Aires. Foram tratados com laser de diodo de alta potência de 810 nm de longitude de onda mediante um sistema de fibras óticas semi-rígidas de quartzo de 400 e 600 µm e ponta de contato plana em modo cirúrgico contínuo. Para análise estatística, foram calculadas as percentagens. RESULTADOS: Lesões tipo queimadura foram observadas em 3,2%, hiperpigmentação em 9,6%, fibrose no local da safena por mais de 6 meses em 5,6% e neurite do nervo safeno em 4,8%. CONCLUSÃO: Conclui-se que o tratamento com laser endovascular de varizes de membros inferiores não é desprovido de intercorrências e que os fatores que levaram a essas complicações devem ser identificados e reavaliados.OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to report the complications seen in the endovascular laser treatment of varicose veins of the lower limbs. METHODS: From June 1999 to December 2002, 250 patients submitted to the endovascular treatment of varicose veins of the lower limbs using lasers and suffering from complications, such as skin burns, saphenous neuritis, hyperpigmentation and fibrosis along the course of the saphenous vein, were assessed. The diagnosis of the complications was made clinically based on the signs and symptoms evidenced. Of the 250 patients, aged 25-79 years, treated in the Hospital Militar de Buenos

  4. Derivação com veias de membro superior após trombólise de aneurisma de artéria poplítea: alternativa para salvamento de membro Arm vein bypass after popliteal artery aneurysm thrombolysis: an alternative for limb salvage

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    João Antonio Corrêa


    Full Text Available Os autores relatam um caso de aneurisma de artéria poplítea trombosado em que se realizou fibrinólise com sucesso na fase aguda. Foram utilizadas veias de braço para realização do enxerto e exclusão do aneurisma, pois o paciente havia sido previamente submetido à safenectomia bilateral e revascularização do miocárdio com as veias do outro braço. Apesar das dificuldades, o salvamento do membro foi alcançado.The authors report a case of a thrombosed popliteal artery aneurysm successfully treated by fibrinolysis in its acute stage. Arm veins were used to perform a bypass and aneurysm exclusion, since the patient had previously been submitted to bilateral saphenous vein stripping and myocardial revascularization using the veins of the other arm. Despite the difficulties, limb salvage was achieved.

  5. Mucous membrane grafting. (United States)

    Henderson, H W A; Collin, J R O


    We review the use of mucous membrane grafting in the clinical management of dry eye-associated ocular surface disease. Literature review of the scientific evidence, presentation of guidelines and surgical details. The reformation and maintenance of a conjunctival fornix requires the addition of epithelial tissue, or a basement membrane which can be populated by healthy host epithelial cells. A healthy conjunctival or tarsal autograft, when available, is the ideal material. Oral mucosa does not contain goblet cells and therefore does not supplement the tear film: a full-thickness oral mucous membrane graft is the simplest graft to use if conjunctiva or tarsus is not available. Split-thickness mucosal grafts contract more, but are less bulky and pink than full-thickness grafts, and therefore should be used on the globe. Hard palate grafts are the thickest oral mucosal grafts and contract the least. Nasal mucosal grafts contain goblet cells that may contribute mucous to the tear film. This is maximised in turbinate mucosal grafts, which can relieve discomfort in extreme dry eye situations. Nasal septal cartilage contains fewer goblet cells, but adds rigidity. Amniotic membrane is thin and translucent-like conjunctiva, and possesses antiangiogenic, antiscarring and anti-inflammatory properties. It may become re-epithelialised with normal a conjunctival cell population and prevent postoperative cicatrisation, but requires the presence of healthy conjunctival stem cells to repopulate the graft, adequate lacrimal function to keep the graft moist, and a host site that is free from inflammation, otherwise it rapidly contracts. It can be combined with limbal transplantation and with an adjunctive antimetabolite.

  6. Recurrence of superficial vein thrombosis in patients with varicose veins. (United States)

    Karathanos, Christos; Spanos, Konstantinos; Saleptsis, Vassileios; Tsezou, Aspasia; Kyriakou, Despina; Giannoukas, Athanasios D


    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.

  7. Unusual termination of the right testicular vein | Woldeyes | Anatomy ...

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    The testicular veins are formed by the veins emerging from the testis and epididymis forming the pampiniform venous plexus. The right testicular vein drains into inferior vena cava and the left testicular vein to the left renal vein. Testicular veins display a great variability with regard to their number, course and sites of ...

  8. Endovascular radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins: an evidence-based analysis. (United States)


    United States (FDA clearance). In Ontario, RFA is not an insured service and is currently being introduced in private clinics. Literature Search The MAS evidence-based review was performed to support public financing decisions. The literature search was performed on March 9th, 2010 using standard bibliographic databases for studies published up until March, 2010. English language full-reports and human studies Original reports with defined study methodologyReports including standardized measurements on outcome events such as technical success, safety, effectiveness, durability, quality of life or patient satisfaction Reports involving RFA for varicose veins (great or small saphenous veins)Randomized controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews and meta-analysesCohort and controlled clinical studies involving ≥ 1 month ultrasound imaging follow-up Non systematic reviews, letters, comments and editorials Reports not involving outcome events such as safety, effectiveness, durability, or patient satisfaction following an intervention with RFAReports not involving interventions with RFA for varicose veinsPilot studies or studies with small samples (< 50 subjects) THE MAS EVIDENCE SEARCH ON THE SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF ENDOVASCULAR RFA ABLATION OF VV IDENTIFIED THE FOLLOWING EVIDENCE: three HTAs, nine systematic reviews, eight randomized controlled trials (five comparing RFA to surgery and three comparing RFA to ELT), five controlled clinical trials and fourteen cohort case series (four were multicenter registry studies). The majority (12⁄14) of the cohort studies (3,664) evaluating RFA for VV involved treatment with first generation RFA catheters and the great saphenous vein (GSV) was the target vessel in all studies. Major adverse events were uncommonly reported and the overall pooled major adverse event rate extracted from the cohort studies was 2.9% (105⁄3,664). Imaging defined treatment effectiveness of vein closure rates were variable ranging from 68% to 96% at

  9. Effects of low dose aspirin (50 mg/day), low dose aspirin plus dipyridamole, and oral anticoagulant agents after internal mammary artery bypass grafting: patency and clinical outcome at 1 year. CABADAS Research Group of the Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of The Netherlands. Prevention of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Occlusion by Aspirin, Dipyridamole and Acenocoumarol/Phenprocoumon Study

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    van der Meer, J.; Brutel de la Rivière, A.; van Gilst, W. H.; Hillege, H. L.; Pfisterer, M.; Kootstra, G. J.; Dunselman, P. H.; Mulder, B. J.; Lie, K. I.


    This study was performed to compare the efficacy and safety of aspirin, aspirin plus dipyridamole, and oral anticoagulant agents in the prevention of internal mammary artery graft occlusion. Antithrombotic drugs increase vein graft patency after coronary artery bypass surgery. Their benefit after

  10. Effects of calcium dobesilate and diosmin-hesperidin on apoptosis of venous wall in primary varicose veins. (United States)

    Iriz, E; Vural, C; Ereren, E; Poyraz, A; Erer, D; Oktar, L; Gokgoz, L; Halit, V; Soncul, H


    Evaluation of the therapeutic effects of calcium dobesilate and diosmin-hesperidin through regulation of apoptosis. 56 Patients were divided into four groups; Group 1 consisted of patients (n = 18) with the recent diagnosis of primary varicose disorder who have never used medications, Group 2 consisted of patients (n = 14) who have used diosmin-hesperidin for at least six weeks prior to the operation, Group 3 consisted of patients (n = 14) who have used calcium dobesilate for at least six weeks prior to the operation and finally Group 4 (Control group) consisted of normal saphenous vein biopsies (n = 10). All biopsies were stained with Hematoxylin and Eosin. Tissue samples from 56 patients were immunohistochemically stained with antibodies of anti-bcl-2, anti-bax and anti-p53. Apoptosis was evaluated by TUNEL method. There were no statistically significant differences among the groups in respect to gender distribution and smoking status. Immunohistochemical evaluation of apoptosis related proteins revealed a statistically significant difference between Group 4 and the other groups with respect to the apoptag staining on venous wall (p = 0.026). There were significant differences in the presence of bcl-2 protein expression between groups 4 and Group 1 (p = 0.0002) and between Group 1 and Group 3 (p = 0.023). Our study highlights the significance of apoptosis in varicose disorders and suggests that calcium dobesilate, which is used in the treatment of varicose veins, could be of benefit by regulating apoptosis.

  11. Comparing low volume saphenous-obturator block with placebo and femoral-obturator block for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a randomized controlled trial

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    Lenz, Katja; Jensen, Kenneth; Tanggaard, Katrine


    BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL-RC) is often associated with moderate to severe postoperative pain even with a multimodal analgesic regimen. We aimed to compare the analgesic efficacy of low volume saphenous-obturator block with placebo and femoral- obturator block...

  12. Multi-detector row and volume-rendered CT of the normal and accessory flow pathways of the thoracic systemic and pulmonary veins. (United States)

    Lawler, Leo P; Corl, Frank M; Fishman, Elliot K


    Multi-detector row computed tomography (CT) and volume rendering can be used as an interpretive aid to present the systemic and pulmonary venous anatomy of the thorax. Both of these venous systems are routinely imaged in clinical practice and are important in interpretation of diagnostic images in health and disease. Multi-detector row CT and three-dimensional volume rendering provide high-quality near-isotropic data (ie, the longitudinal resolution approximates the in-plane resolution). The data sets allow tailored postprocessing to produce images optimized for these vessels, which are often not fully appreciated at planar axial imaging alone. Venous structures of the thorax that can be demonstrated with multi-detector row CT and volume rendering include the jugular veins; the subclavian and brachiocephalic veins; the internal and lateral thoracic veins; the superior and inferior venae cavae; the coronary sinus, the cardiac and pericardiophrenic veins, and vein grafts; the azygos, hemiazygos, and accessory hemiazygos veins; the intercostal veins; the pulmonary veins; and other thoracic veins. Copyright RSNA, 2002

  13. Normal hepatic vein patterns on ultrasound

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    Kim, Hae Jin; Chae, Yoo Soon; Park, Hea Yeoung; Park, Bok Hwan; Kim, Yang Sook [Maryknoll Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    Understanding of the anatomy of the hepatic vein is important in manipulation for transplantation of the liver, hepatectomy and the treatment of hepatic trauma with avulsion of the hepatic vein. Demonstrated of the inferior right hepatic vein (IRHV) is also important; in some cases of hepatocellular carcinoma, thrombus can be seen in the IRHV; in primary Budd-Chiari syndrome, the IRHV is main draining vein; during hepatectomy, the postero-inferior segment of the right lobe and draining IRHV can be preserved. For some 10 months ultrasound examination was done in a total of 124 patients with normal liver function with special emphasis on the hepatic vein, their branches, and the IRHV, and analysed in terms of branching pattern and relative size of the hepatic vein and the detection rate of the IRHV.

  14. Melting graft wound syndrome

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    Shiou-Mei Chen


    Full Text Available Melting graft wound syndrome is characterized by progressive epidermal loss from a previously well-taken skin graft, healed burn, or donor site. It may result in considerable morbidity and require prolonged treatment. We report a 23-year-old flame-burned patient with second- to third-degree burns involving more than 70% of the total body surface area, whose condition was complicated with septic shock. The patient presented with erosions and ulcers occurring on previously well-taken skin graft recipient sites over both legs and progressive epidermal loss on donor sites over the back. The patient's presentation was compatible with the diagnosis of melting graft wound syndrome, and we successfully treated the patient with debridement and supportive treatment.

  15. Revascularização do miocárdio com a artéria radial Radial artery for coronary artery bypass grafting

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    Luís Alberto Dallan


    éria submetida a endarterectomia. A artéria radial parece constituir uma alternativa de grande importância na revascularização do miocárdio, especialmente após o advento dos bloqueadores dos canais de cálcio. Entretanto, é necessário maior número de estudos e o seguimento a longo prazo dos pacientes, para conclusões definitivas.The radial artery (RA was used as a conduit for coronary artery bypass many years ago. Some years later, the graft was abandoned due to of a high incidence of narrowing or occlusion. The advent of new antispastic drugs led us to reinvestigate the use of the RA for coronary artery bypass grafting. Since May 1994,30 patients underwent myocardial revascularization using 31 RA grafts (1 patient received 2 grafts at our Service. The left internal thoracic artery (LITA was concomitantly used in all (100% patients, the right internal thoracic artery (RITA in 9 (30% patients and a saphenous vein graft in 24 (80% cases. A mean of 3.5 graft per patient was performed. The RA was anastomosed to the diagonal (n=10/33,3%, circunflex (n=8/26.6%, right coronary (n=8/26.6%, diagonalis (n=4/13.3% and anterior interventricular artery (n=1/3.3%. Two (6.6% patients presented for redo coronary surgery and 14 (46% had prior myocardial infarction. Two patients underwent associated ventricular aneurismectomy and 3 coronary endarterectomy. The left RA was used in 28 (93.4% patients, and the right RA in the 2 (6.6% remaining. The RA was used as a free graft. The proximal end of the RA was directly anastomosed to the ascending aorta using a 7-0 Polypropylene suture. After complete, the aortic clamp was removed and the blood flow throught the RA was tested. The distal anastomosis was then performed using a running 7-0 Polypropylene suture. All patientes received diltiazem started intraoperatively and continued at the follow-up period, when the AAS was associated. There was no mortality in this series. Angiographic controls were obtained in 7 (23.3% patients before the

  16. Shock Veins as Recorders of Shock Pressures in Chondrites: Pressure Histories from Thin vs. Thick Veins (United States)

    Xie, Z.; Sharp, T.; Decarli, P.


    High-pressure minerals are generally found within or adjacent to shock-induced melt veins and melt pockets in highly shocked chondrites. The minerals that crystallize in the melt veins and pockets and the distribution of these minerals provide a record of crystallization and quench histories that can be used to constrain shock pressure and pulse duration. Most previous investigations have focused on relatively thick veins (>100 μ m in width) because they tend to contain high-pressure minerals that are observable using petrography or scanning electron microscopy. However, the mineralogy of thin shock veins can provide additional constraints on the pressure history of shocked meteorites. Because shock veins cool predominantly by conduction to the surrounding matrix, rather than by adiabatic decompression, the timing of shock-vein crystallization depends strongly on vein thickness and position within the veins. Therefore, the thinnest melt veins, which solidify within tens of nanoseconds after melting, provide a brief crystallization history at the time of formation whereas thicker veins provide a longer history that may reflect crystallization during decompression. If thin veins form during compression or early in the shock pulse, they will likely record the equilibrium shock pressure or the peak pressure. The goal of this study is to characterize the mineralogy of thin melt veins and to compare the results to those of thicker veins in the same samples. We have investigated three L chondrites that contain a wide range of melt vein sizes. These include Tenham (several μ m to 600 μ m in width), Roy (10 μ m to 150 μ m in width) and Umbarger (35 μ m to 300 μ m in width). Thick veins in these samples have been previously investigated using FESEM and TEM, resulting in crystallization pressures of approximately 25, 20 and 18 GPa for Tenham, Roy and Umbarger, respectively. Thin veins from these samples were investigated using TEM. Three thin veins in Tenham show three

  17. Effects of low-dose aspirin (50-mg/day), low-dose aspirin plus dipyridamole, and oral anticoagulant agents after internal mammary artery bypass-grafting : Patency and clinical outcome at 1 year

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    van der Meer, J; de la Rivière, Aart Brutel; van Gilst, Wiek H.; Hillege, Hans L.; Pfisterer, M; Kootstra, G. J.; Dunselmann, P. H. J. M.; MULDER, BJM; Lie, Kong I.


    Objectives. This study was performed to compare the efficacy and safety of aspirin, aspirin plus dipyridamole, and oral anti coagulant agents in the prevention of internal mammary artery graft occlusion. Background. Antithrombotic drugs increase vein graft patency after coronary artery bypass

  18. Generating and analyzing synthetic finger vein images

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    Hillerström, Fieke; Kumar, Ajay; Veldhuis, Raymond N.J.


    Abstract: The finger-vein biometric offers higher degree of security, personal privacy and strong anti-spoofing capabilities than most other biometric modalities employed today. Emerging privacy concerns with the database acquisition and lack of availability of large scale finger-vein database have

  19. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism

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


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

  20. Experimental model of arteriovenous malformation in vitro using biological grafts

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    Sandu Aurelia Mihaela


    Full Text Available Introduction: Brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs represent a serious health problem all around the world. Experimental models help to better understand the pathophysiology of these lesions. Experiment: We performed an experimental model of AVM using biological grafts, arteries and veins harvested from chicken wings at the elbow joint. We used 14 vessels and we performed 20 end-to-end anastomoses to create a nidus with a single feeding artery and a single draining vein. The system was irrigated with colored solution. The experiment was done according with law in force regarding experimental research activity. Conclusions: Experimental models allow us to understand the hemodynamics and predict the outcome of brain AVMs in humans. This experimental model is a useful tool in understanding the hemodynamic properties of brain AVMs. It is very useful in vascular anastomosis training

  1. Downhill varices secondary to HeRO graft-related SVC syndrome. (United States)

    Pillai, Unnikrishnan; Roopkiranjot, Kahlon; Lakshminarayan, Nandagopal; Balabhadrapatruni, Krishna; Gebregeorgis, Wihib; Kissner, Paul


    Tunneled hemodialysis catheters are well-documented causes of benign central vein stenosis, which can be associated with proximal or downhill esophageal varices due to shunting of blood flow from the upper portion of the body through the esophageal venous plexuses. A majority of these cases remain asymptomatic. As a result, studies are largely limited to symptomatic patients, with incidence rates ranging from 16% to 29%. Recently, Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) graft has been introduced as an effective alternate hemodialysis access in catheter-dependent patients, especially in the presence of significant central venous occlusion. It differs from a conventional arteriovenous graft (AVG) by the fact that its venous outflow end is in the right atrium via one of the central veins, bypassing any significant occlusion upstream. Lower intervention rates and reduced incidence of bacteremia make it comparable to conventional tunneled catheters. However, the incidence of central vein occlusion and associated complications with HeRO grafts is unknown. We present the first case of gastrointestinal bleeding from downhill esophageal varices secondary to HeRO-graft-related SVC occlusion. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Tratamento de varizes com laser endovenoso: estudo prospectivo com seguimento de 39 meses Treatment of varicose veins with endovenous laser: a prospective 39-month follow-up study

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    Luiz Marcelo Aiello Viarengo


    (39 months, 253 outpatients (417 limbs were treated with 810 and 980 nm diode laser energy delivered percutaneously using optical fiber introduced by puncture under ultrasound guidance. Tumescent anesthesia (50-150 ml of 0.2% lidocaine was delivered perivenously. Power and duration of the pulse were determined by vein diameter. Duplex control was performed at 7 days, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and yearly thereafter to assess treatment efficacy and adverse effects. RESULTS: Primary great saphenous vein occlusion was obtained in 405 of 417 members (97.1%. Twelve recurrent cases (2.9% were successfully treated. Mean follow-up time was 18 months. During this period, global recurrence rate of varicose veins was 7.4%; 6.3% (26 limbs related to tributary and collateral veins of the saphenofemoral junction, and 1.2% (five limbs with great saphenous vein recanalization. All recurrences occurred between 3 and 12 months. Ecchymosis was the most common adverse effect (60.6%. Other complications were: moderate pain during the procedure (16.1%; hematoma (5.5%, superficial phlebitis of varicose tributaries (3.4%, hyperpigmentation (2.9%, transient paresthesia (3.4%. There were no cases of great saphenous vein thrombophlebitis, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary emboli. CONCLUSION: Varicose vein treatment with endovenous laser technique was successful in occluding great saphenous vein and its branches, with self-limited adverse effects and recurrence rate lower than 8% in the follow-up period.

  3. [Chickenpox, burns and grafts]. (United States)

    Rojas Zegers, J; Fidel Avendaño, L


    An outbreak of chickenpox that occurred at the Burns Repair Surgery Unit, Department of Children's Surgery, Hospital R. del Río, between June and November, 1975, is reported. 27 cases of burned children were studied, including analysis of correlations of the stages and outcome of the disease (varicela), the trauma (burns) and the graft (repair surgery). As a result, the authors emphasize the following findings: 1. Burns and their repair are not aggravating factors for varicella. In a small number of cases the exanthema looked more confluent in the graft surgical areas and in the first degree burns healing spontaneously. 2. Usually there was an uneventful outcome of graft repair surgery on a varicella patient, either during the incubation period, the acme or the convalescence. 3. The fact that the outmost intensity of secondary viremia of varicella occurs before the onset of exanthemia, that is, during the late incubation period, is confirmed.

  4. Grafts for Ridge Preservation. (United States)

    Jamjoom, Amal; Cohen, Robert E


    Alveolar ridge bone resorption is a biologic phenomenon that occurs following tooth extraction and cannot be prevented. This paper reviews the vertical and horizontal ridge dimensional changes that are associated with tooth extraction. It also provides an overview of the advantages of ridge preservation as well as grafting materials. A Medline search among English language papers was performed in March 2015 using alveolar ridge preservation, ridge augmentation, and various graft types as search terms. Additional papers were considered following the preliminary review of the initial search that were relevant to alveolar ridge preservation. The literature suggests that ridge preservation methods and augmentation techniques are available to minimize and restore available bone. Numerous grafting materials, such as autografts, allografts, xenografts, and alloplasts, currently are used for ridge preservation. Other materials, such as growth factors, also can be used to enhance biologic outcome.

  5. Grafts for Ridge Preservation

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    Amal Jamjoom


    Full Text Available Alveolar ridge bone resorption is a biologic phenomenon that occurs following tooth extraction and cannot be prevented. This paper reviews the vertical and horizontal ridge dimensional changes that are associated with tooth extraction. It also provides an overview of the advantages of ridge preservation as well as grafting materials. A Medline search among English language papers was performed in March 2015 using alveolar ridge preservation, ridge augmentation, and various graft types as search terms. Additional papers were considered following the preliminary review of the initial search that were relevant to alveolar ridge preservation. The literature suggests that ridge preservation methods and augmentation techniques are available to minimize and restore available bone. Numerous grafting materials, such as autografts, allografts, xenografts, and alloplasts, currently are used for ridge preservation. Other materials, such as growth factors, also can be used to enhance biologic outcome.

  6. Medline Plus

    Full Text Available Heart bypass surgery begins with an incision made in the chest, with the breastbone cut exposing the heart. Next, a portion of the saphenous vein is ... used to bypass the blocked arteries in the heart. The venous graft is sewn to the aorta ...

  7. Chronic beta-adrenoceptor antagonist treatment modulates human cardiac and vascular beta-adrenoceptor density in a subtype-selective fashion

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    Brodde, O. E.; Michel, M. C.; Wang, X. L.; Zerkowski, H. R.


    In order to study the regulation of human cardiac and vascular beta-adrenoceptors as induced by beta-adrenoceptor antagonism we determined beta-adrenoceptor density and subtype distribution in right atria, saphenous veins and lymphocytes from 60 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting;

  8. Arterial trauma of the extremities. An Ivorian surgical experience ...

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    The arterial repair was by end to end anastomosis with saphenous vein (8 patients), or without graft (5 patients), lateral suture (8 patients), arterial clot extraction by balloon catheter (8 patients), direct vessel suture via longitudinal venotomy (2 patient) or arterotomy (1 patient), an aneurysmectomy 1 case. In one patient the ...

  9. Efficiency and safety of percuSurge distal protection device in acute ...

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    Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) intervention is associated with a significant incidence of slow flow or no-reflow phenomenon. PercuSurge distal protection device (DPD) has recently been approved as an effective adjunct to AMI intervention within 24 h or in the clinical settings of saphenous vein graft intervention. In this ...

  10. Near-infrared spectroscopy during peripheral vascular surgery

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    Eiberg, J P; Schroeder, T V; Vogt, K C


    Near-infrared spectroscopy was performed perioperatively on the dorsum of the foot in 14 patients who underwent infrainguinal bypass surgery using a prosthesis or the greater saphenous vein. Dual-wavelength continuous light spectroscopy was used to assess changes in tissue saturation before, during...... that near-infrared spectroscopy is appropriate for perioperative monitoring during vascular grafting....

  11. Evaluation of alveolar grafting with tibial graft in adolescent patients

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    Sadique Hussain


    Conclusion: The tibial graft offers an excellent alternative to the conventional standard grafts such as iliac crest or rib grafts. The efficiency of the treatment measured at 6 months period on standard OPG or CT is comparable to the results obtained with the rib/iliac crest.

  12. Biosynthetic bacterial cellulose graft as arteriovenous fistula and ndash; a complement to existing synthetic grafts?

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    Johan Magnusson


    Materials and Methods: As graftmaterial bacterial cellulose was used, produced around a preformed scaffold. Bacterial cellulose (BC is a material produced by the bacteria acetobacter xylinum. A pilotstudy was conducted on 6 pigs to validate the animalmodel and the new graftmaterial. In the following survival study a BC-graft AV-fistula was constructed in 15 pigs. Results: In the pilot study, 5 out of 6 animals had a patent AV-fistula 4 hours after implantation. In the survival study, after 4 (n3 and 8 (n10 weeks an angiography was performed prior to explantation of the BC-graft. All grafts were occluded with a presumed platelet plug. We conducted an additional acute patch-test comparing the BC and expanded PolyTetraFluoro- Ethylene. A patch of BC and ePTFE was applied to the right and left common femoral artery respectively. At explantation three hours later, all BC-patches showed a thin gel like layer, most likely consisting of platelets, throughout the whole sur- face while the ePTFE-patch showed no, or minimal, signs of platelet adhesions. Conclusion: Theoretically the cellulose might be similar to autologous veins considering risk of infections and thrombo- genicity. The animal model and the graft material showed good potential in the pilot study. The survival study was discour- aging with the reason for occlusion still to be explained. Bacterial cellulose has a good potential but further development and studies need to be performed. [Arch Clin Exp Surg 2016; 5(2.000: 70-77

  13. Combined Rex-bypass shunt with pericardial devascularization alleviated prehepatic portal hypertension caused by cavernomatous transformation of portal vein. (United States)

    Wang, Ruo-Yi; Wang, Jun-Feng; Liu, Qian; Ma, Nan; Chen, Wei-Xiu; Li, Jin-Liang


    To evaluate the effects of combined Rex-bypass shunt and pericardial devascularization on prehepatic portal hypertension secondary to cavernomatous transformation of portal vein (CTPV). Forty-two patients aged from 3 years to 49 years (divided into 3 groups), 26 cases male and 16 female, with prehepatic vascular hepertention were treated with Rex-bypass shunt combined with pericardial devascularization. In each patient, preoperative assessment included ultrasound and computed tomographic angiography of the portal vein and blood analysis. The procedure was Rex-bypass shunt (with or without graft), and patients with moderate or severe gastroesophageal varices required additional paraesophagogastric devascularization. Splenectomy or subtotal splenectomy was performed if combined hypersplenism co-existed. All data were analyzed retrospectively. No intraoperative death occurred, blood routine analysis improved (P portal vein (LPV) significantly increased, the esophageal and gastric varices significantly relieved in 34 patients (P portal hypertension caused by CTPV.

  14. Transcaval Access for TAVR Across a Polyester Aortic Graft (United States)

    Lederman, Robert J.; O’Neill, William W.; Greenbaum, Adam B.


    Transcaval access to the aorta allows transcatheter aortic valve replacement in patients without other good access options. The resulting aortocaval fistula is closed with a nitinol cardiac occluder device. There is no experience traversing a synthetic aortic graft to perform transcaval access and closure. We describe a patient who underwent successful traversal of a polyester aortic graft using radiofrequency energy applied from the tip of a guidewire, to allow retrograde transcatheter aortic valve replacement from a femoral vein, along with details of our technique. The patient did well and was discharged home after 3 days. There was residual aortocaval fistulous flow immediately after implantation of a polyester-seeded nitinol muscular ventricular septal defect occluder device, but this fistula spontaneously occluded within one month. PMID:25510917

  15. Doppler ultrasound evaluation of pattern of venous incompetance and relation with skin changes in varicose vein patients

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    HP Pant


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Varicosity of lower limb is a common problem in agricultural country like Nepal. Doppler ultrasound is a standard investigation modality for confirmation of diagnosis, evaluation of severity and venous mapping to plan treatment. We aim to find out the epidemiology, common pattern of incompetance, severity assessment by doppler and association of the important doppler variables with skin changes. METHODOLOGY Doppler venous study was done in 56 patients from june 2013 to july 2014. Patients with deep vein thrombosis and peripheral arterial disease were excluded. Altogether 56 patients, 96 limbs were studied. Data was entered in preformed proforma. Doppler study was conducted by senior radiologist with linear probes. Data was entered in SPSS software version 16 and statistical significance was calculated using chi square test. RESULTS Bilateral limb involvement was seen in 40 patients and unilateral in 16 patuents only. Skin related changes were seen in 58 limbs. Saphenofemoral junction incompetance was seen in 79(82.2% limbs and was most common pattern of incompetance. Overall, superficial veins were involved in 88(91.7% limbs and deep in 30(31.2% limbs. Prolonged duration of varicosity (>9 year (p=0.000, bilateral limb involvement(p=0.024, reflux in deep venous system(p=0.002, larger Greater Saphenous Vein (GSV size(p=0.003, prolonged duration of reflux(p=0.000 and perforator incompetence (p=0.002 were associated with skin changes. GSV diameter more than 7 mm was associated with reflux significantly (P=0.002. CONCLUSION Superficial vein incompetance is common pattern compared to deep venous system. Sapheno Femoral Junction (SFJ incompetance is the commonest pattern. Larger caliber of vein, prolonged duration of reflux, reflux in deep venous system and perforator insufficiency are significantly associated with skin changes.DOI: Journal of College of Medical Sciences-Nepal, 2014, Vol-10, No-3

  16. [Portal vein embolization: Present and future]. (United States)

    Piron, Lauranne; Deshayes, Emmanuel; Escal, Laure; Souche, Regis; Herrero, Astrid; Pierredon-Foulongne, Marie-Ange; Assenat, Eric; le Lam, Ngo; Quenet, François; Guiu, Boris


    Portal vein embolization consists of occluding a part of the portal venous system in order to achieve the hypertrophy of the non-embolized liver segments. This technique is used during the preoperative period of major liver resection when the future remnant liver (FRL) volume is insufficient, exposing to postoperative liver failure, main cause of death after major hepatectomy. Portal vein embolization indication depends on the FRL, commonly assessed by its volume. Nowadays, FRL function evaluation seems more relevant and can be measured by 99mTc labelled mebrofenin scintigraphy. Portal vein embolization procedure is mostly performed with percutaneous trans-hepatic access by using ultrasonography guidance and consists of embolic agent injection, such as cyanoacrylate, in the targeted portal vein branches with fluoroscopic guidance. It is a safe and well-tolerated technique, with extremely low morbi-mortality. Portal vein embolization leads to sufficient FRL hypertrophy in about 80% of patients, allowing them to undergo surgery from which they were initially rejected. The two main reasons of non-resection are tumor progression (≈15% of cases) and FRL insufficient hypertrophy (≈5% of cases). When portal vein embolization is not enough to obtain adequate FRL regeneration, hepatic vein embolization may potentiate its effect (liver venous deprivation technique). Copyright © 2017 Société Française du Cancer. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  17. Portal vein gas in emergency surgery

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    Mahmood Hind


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Portal vein gas is an ominous radiological sign, which indicates a serious gastrointestinal problem in the majority of patients. Many causes have been identified and the most important was bowel ischemia and mesenteric vascular accident. The presentation of patients is varied and the diagnosis of the underlying problem depends mainly on the radiological findings and clinical signs. The aim of this article is to show the clinical importance of portal vein gas and its management in emergency surgery. Methods A computerised search was made of the Medline for publications discussing portal vein gas through March 2008. Sixty articles were identified and selected for this review because of their relevance. These articles cover a period from 1975–2008. Results Two hundreds and seventy-five patients with gas in the portal venous system were reported. The commonest cause for portal vein gas was bowel ischemia and mesenteric vascular pathology (61.44%. This was followed by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (16.26%, obstruction and dilatation (9.03%, sepsis (6.6%, iatrogenic injury and trauma (3.01% and cancer (1.8%. Idiopathic portal vein gas was also reported (1.8%. Conclusion Portal vein gas is a diagnostic sign, which indicates a serious intra-abdominal pathology requiring emergency surgery in the majority of patients. Portal vein gas due to simple and benign cause can be treated conservatively. Correlation between clinical and diagnostic findings is important to set the management plan.

  18. Radiological features of azygous vein aneurysm. (United States)

    Choudhary, Arabinda Kumar; Moore, Michael


    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.

  19. Valsalva and gravitational variability of the internal jugular vein and common femoral vein: Ultrasound assessment

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    Beddy, P. [Department of Radiology, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland)]. E-mail:; Geoghegan, T. [Department of Radiology, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland); Ramesh, N. [Department of Radiology, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland); Buckley, O. [Department of Radiology, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland); O' Brien, J. [Department of Radiology, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland); Colville, J. [Department of Radiology, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland); Torreggiani, W.C. [Department of Radiology, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland)


    Purpose: Central venous cannulation via the common femoral vein is an important starting point for many interventions. The purpose of this study was to determine the optimum conditions for cannulation of the femoral vein and to compare these with the relative changes in the internal jugular vein. Methods: High-resolution 2D ultrasound was utilised to determine variability of the calibre of the femoral and internal jugular veins in 10 healthy subjects. Venous diameter was assessed during the Valsalva manoeuvre and in different degrees of the Trendelenburg position. Results: The Valsalva manoeuvre significantly increased the size of the femoral and internal jugular veins. There was a relatively greater increase in femoral vein diameter when compared with the internal jugular vein of 40 and 29%, respectively. Changes in body inclination (Trendelenburg position) did not significantly alter the luminal diameter of the femoral vein. However, it significantly increased internal jugular vein diameter. Conclusions: Femoral vein cannulation is augmented by the Valsalva manoeuvre but not significantly altered by the gravitational position of the subject.

  20. Bone Graft Alternatives (United States)

    ... created in or between the bones of the spine by disease, injury, deformity or during a surgical procedure such as spinal ... be used in surgical procedures to stabilize the spine after a fracture or to correct deformity. What are Bone Graft Substitutes? Since both allograft ...

  1. Artery Bypass Grafting

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    development of CABG without CPB as occurring in three stages. Figure 1: The early stage: Grafts were limited to ... This interest led to the development of techniques such as mini- mally invasive direct coronary artery surgery (MIDCAB), surgery ... Diazepam 0.1 rng/kg P0. Cyclimorph 0.lmg/kg IMI on call to theatre. Theatre ...

  2. Acrylonitrile grafted to PVDF (United States)

    Yang, Jin; Eitouni, Hany Basam


    PVDF-g-PAN has been synthesized by grafting polyacrylonitrile onto polyvinylidene fluoride using an ATRP/AGET method. The novel polymer is ionically conducive and has much more flexibility than PVDF alone, making it especially useful either as a binder in battery cell electrodes or as a polymer electrolyte in a battery cell.

  3. Distally based saphenous neurocutaneous perforator flap combined with vac therapy for soft tissue reconstruction and hardware salvage in the lower extremities. (United States)

    Wen, Gen; Wang, Chun-Yang; Chai, Yi-Min; Cheng, Liang; Chen, Ming; Yi-Min, L V


    The complex wound with the exposed hardware and infection is one of the common complications after the internal fixation of the tibia fracture. The salvage of hardware and reconstruction of soft tissue defect remain challenging. In this report, we presented our experience on the use of the distally based saphenous neurocutaneous perforator flap combined with vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) therapy for the coverage of the soft tissue defect and the exposed hardware in the lower extremity with fracture. Between January 2008 and July 2010, seven patients underwent the VAC therapy followed by transferring a reversed saphenous neurocutaneous perforator flap for reconstruction of the wound with exposed hardware around the distal tibia. The sizes of the flaps ranged from 6 × 3 cm to 15 × 6 cm. Six flaps survived completely. Partial necrosis occurred in one patient. There were no other complications of repair and donor sites. Bone healing was achieved in all patients. In conclusion, the reversed saphenous neurocutaneous perfortor flaps combined with the VAC therapy might be one of the options to cover the complex wound with exposed hardware in the lower extremities. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Una nueva experiencia clínica: Colgajo safeno interno diferido A new clinical experience: the delayed reverse saphenous flap

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    G.A. Wolff I


    Full Text Available Los defectos de tejidos blandos de la pierna y el pie cuasados por traumatismos, tumores o infecciones, requieren frecuentemente procedimientos de cobertura mediante el empleo de colgajos. El colgajo safeno interno ha demostrado ser una excelente opción por su versatilidad y su poca morbilidad en el área donante. El diferimiento es un procedimiento útil para reducir las complicaciones vasculares de los colgajos, en pacientes con factores de riesgo añadidos. Su fisiología ha sido estudiada detalladamente, pero aún persisten interrogantes en torno a su uso y al periodo de diferimiento. Presentamos nuestra experiencia clínica con el uso de colgajos diferidos en 2 casos de reconstrucción de pie y tobillo secundarios a traumatismos, en los que se presentó sufrimiento vascular agudo al realizar el colgajo safeno interno reverso. El período de diferimiento varió entre los 7 y los 10 días. Los resultados postoperatorios fueron satisfactorios. Se presentó solo un complicación consistente en necrosis de los bordes de uno de los colgajos (menor del 1%. En conclusión, creemos que el diferimiento de los colgajos regionales es una herramienta útil para reducir la tasa de complicaciones vasculares en los mismos. Nuestra experiencia con el colgajo safeno interno diferido, reportada por primera vez según nuestro conocimiento, confirma la utilidad del procedimiento en este tipo de colgajo, demostrando que aún en condiciones de riesgo vascular esta modificación del colgajo se presenta como una opción alternativa para la reconstrucción exitosa de este tipo de defectos.Complex soft tissue defects of the distal third of the leg and foot represent a challenge in the reconstructive. The internal saphenous flap is a frequently used option for lower leg reconstruction because its versatility and minimal donor site morbidity. The commonly known delay procedure is an alternative. The concept of delay was clearly explained years ago, but still there is

  5. Approach to the Swollen Arm With Chronic Dialysis Access: It's Not Just Deep Vein Thrombosis. (United States)

    Reddy, Shilpa N; Boros, Meghan C; Horrow, Mindy M


    The purposes of this pictorial essay are as follows: (1) Review a systematic approach to using sonography in the initial evaluation of patients with acute arm swelling and permanent dialysis access. (2) Identify normal grayscale and Doppler findings in arteriovenous fistulas and grafts. (3) Discuss a spectrum of vascular differential diagnoses for arm swelling in this setting, including stenosis of the access, draining vein complications, thrombosis, steal syndrome, and aneurysms, as well as several nonvascular causes. (4) Recognize findings that warrant further imaging evaluation or intervention. © 2015 by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

  6. Identifying independent risk factors for graft loss after primary liver transplantation. (United States)

    Gwiasda, Jill; Schrem, Harald; Klempnauer, Jürgen; Kaltenborn, Alexander


    The aim of the study is the identification of independent risk factors for re-transplantation after primary liver transplantation beyond the occurrence of hepatic artery thrombosis. Eight hundred thirty-four adult patients undergoing primary liver transplantation were analyzed. A propensity score was developed using multivariable binary logistic regression with hepatic artery thrombosis as the dependent variable. The logit link function of the propensity score was included into multivariable Cox regression analysis for graft survival to adjust the study population. Graft loss was observed in 134 patients (16.1%). Independent significant risk factors for graft loss were recipient platelet count (p = 0.040; HR: 1.002; 95%-CI: 1.000-1.003), preoperative portal vein thrombosis (p = 0.032; HR: 1.797; 95%-CI: 1.054-2.925), donor age (p logit of the propensity score did not reach statistical significance in the final multivariable Cox regression model (p = 0.111) indicating good adjustment for the occurrence of hepatic artery thrombosis. Liver transplant programs might benefit from regular donor organ biopsies to assess the amount of macrovesicular steatosis. An elevated recipient platelet count can promote reperfusion injury leading to graft loss. A liver graft from an elderly donor should not be split or be transplanted in a recipient with detected portal vein thrombosis.

  7. Platlet Rich Plasma (PRP) Improves Fat Grafting Outcomes. (United States)

    Modarressi, Ali


    Autologous fat transfer offers many qualities of a ideal soft tissue filler. Main advantages of fat grafting ensue from the fact that the lipoaspirate tissue is an abundant source of regenerative pluripotential cells. However, the reported rates of fat cell survival vary greatly in the medical literature (10-90%). Different techniques of harvesting, processing, and reinjecting the fat cells are so claimed to be responsible for these differences, without any agreement concerning the best way to process. To address this important disadvantage, we propose the addition of autologous platelet rich plasma (PRP) which is known as a natural reservoir of growth factors stimulating tissue repair and regeneration. This approach is completely autologous and immediately employed without any type of preconditioning. Platelets rich plasma (PRP) preparation included bleeding of 8 ml of blood from patient's peripheral vein in Regen Lab© tubes containing sodium citrate anticoagulant. The whole blood was centrifugated at 1500 g during 3 min. As Regen-tubes contained a special gel separator, 99 % of red blood cells were discarded from the plasma at the bottom of the gel, and >90% of platelets were harvested in 4 ml of plasma on the top of the gel, called the platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The purified fat prepared by Coleman technique was mixed with different amount of PRP for in vitro, in vivo (mice) and clinical experiments: >50% of PRP for skin rejuvenation, superficial scars correction, infraorbital region, ..., and for 20% of PRP with 80% of purified fat for deep filler indication (nasolabial folds, lips, or soft tissue defect). In vitro studies demonstrated that PRP increased fat cells survival rate and stem cells differentiation. Animal models showed that fat graft survival rate was significantly increased by addition of PRP. Several clinical cases confirmed the improvement of wound healing and fat grafting survival in facial reconstruction and aesthetic cases by association of

  8. Klebsiella pneumoniae Pseudoaneurysm of the Ascending Aorta after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

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    Seyed Khalil Forouzannia


    Full Text Available "nMycotic pseudoaneurysm of the ascending aorta is rare in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG and usually caused by staphylococcus aureus. We describe a patient with a mycotic pseudoaneurysm of the ascending aorta at the proximal vein graft anastomosis site after CABG. Culture from the sinus tract of the sternum and from the aneurysm sac was Klebsiella pneumoniae. Surgical technique was patch repair of aorta under hypothermic circulatory arrest. He is asymptomatic at 24 months follow-up.

  9. Hepatic vein obstruction (Budd-Chiari) (United States)

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  10. Primary leiomyosarcoma of the innominate vein. (United States)

    Illuminati, Giulio; Miraldi, Fabio; Mazzesi, Giuseppe; D'urso, Antonio; Ceccanei, Gianluca; Bezzi, Marcello


    Primary venous leiomyosarcoma is rare. We report the case of a primary leiomyosarcoma of the left innominate vein, with neoplastic thrombus extending into the left jugular and subclavian veins. The tumor was curatively resected en bloc with anterior mediastinal and laterocervical lymphatics, through a median sternotomy prolonged into left cervicotomy. Primary venous sarcomas may be associated with prolonged survival in individual cases, with curative resection recommended as the standard treatment, in the absence of distant spread.

  11. CT in thrombosed dilated posterior epidural vein

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    Bammatter, S.; Schnyder, P.; Preux, J. de


    The authors report a case of thrombosis of the distal end of an enlarged right posterior epidural vein. The patient had a markedly narrow lumbar canal due to L5 spondylolisthesis. The dilated vein and the thrombosis were displayed by computed tomography but remained unrecognized until surgery. Pathogenesis of this condition is discussed. A review of the English, French and German literature revealed no prior radiological reports of a similar condition.

  12. Retrotracheal aberrant left brachiocephalic vein: CT findings

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    Yigit, Adalet E.; Haliloglu, Mithat; Karcaaltincaba, Musturay; Ariyurek, Macit O. [Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Ankara (Turkey)


    We present a child with double aberrant left brachiocephalic vein (ALBCV) that was an incidental finding on CT. The anterior and thin branch was above the aortic arch and behind the truncus brachiocephalicus and drained into the superior vena cava (SVC). The posterior and thick branch of the ALBCV coursed posterior to the trachea and oesophagus and joined with the azygos vein before draining into the SVC. To our knowledge, retrotracheal ALBCV has not been previously described. (orig.)

  13. Veins improve fracture toughness of insect wings.

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    Jan-Henning Dirks

    Full Text Available During the lifetime of a flying insect, its wings are subjected to mechanical forces and deformations for millions of cycles. Defects in the micrometre thin membranes or veins may reduce the insect's flight performance. How do insects prevent crack related material failure in their wings and what role does the characteristic vein pattern play? Fracture toughness is a parameter, which characterises a material's resistance to crack propagation. Our results show that, compared to other body parts, the hind wing membrane of the migratory locust S. gregaria itself is not exceptionally tough (1.04±0.25 MPa√m. However, the cross veins increase the wing's toughness by 50% by acting as barriers to crack propagation. Using fracture mechanics, we show that the morphological spacing of most wing veins matches the critical crack length of the material (1132 µm. This finding directly demonstrates how the biomechanical properties and the morphology of locust wings are functionally correlated in locusts, providing a mechanically 'optimal' solution with high toughness and low weight. The vein pattern found in insect wings thus might inspire the design of more durable and lightweight artificial 'venous' wings for micro-air-vehicles. Using the vein spacing as indicator, our approach might also provide a basis to estimate the wing properties of endangered or extinct insect species.

  14. Cirurgia de varizes em regime de mutirão A task force for varicose vein surgery

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    Carlos Eduardo Virgini-Magalhães


    estágios moderados da doença, especialmente nas classes C2 e C3 da CEAP, e que requerem cirurgias de médio e grande porte para o tratamento de suas patologias.BACKGROUND: Varicose vein surgery of the lower limbs is one of the most frequent procedures carried out in the Brazilian public health system (Sistema Único de Saúde, especially during task forces focused on elective surgeries. However, detailed information on the results of such initiatives are absent in the literature, particularly with regard to the population that benefits from the task forces. OBJECTIVES: To present and discuss the profile of patients operated on during a task force for varicose vein surgery carried out in a public health institution. METHODS: The patients were selected from a database organized by the Brazilian Health Ministry for the program of elective surgeries, and they had no previous link with the hospital institution. A protocol for objective evaluation with the clinical data and demographic profile of the patients was applied. The patients were staged according to CEAP classification. RESULTS: From September 2005 to January 2006, 100 patients (106 procedures underwent surgery, females being predominant (85% of the cases. Mean age was 35±9.8 years. Predominant schooling level among patients was primary school (53%. C2 (49.5% and C3 (39% were the most frequent CEAP classes in the clinical evaluation of lower limbs. A total of 106 surgeries was performed (100 patients. The preferred anesthetic technique was block anesthesia (93% of the procedures. Six patients were submitted to two different procedures due to great volume of lower limb varicose veins; 33 patients were submitted to internal saphenous vein stripping (four cases of segmental saphenous vein stripping; and eight patients were submitted to bilateral total saphenous vein stripping. CONCLUSION: Profile of the population that benefited from the task force for varicose vein surgeries was: young symptomatic female patients

  15. An update in varicose vein pathology after ten years of endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) with a 980 nm diode laser: clinical experience of a single center. (United States)

    Scarpelli, Pietro; Maggipinto, Annamaria; Leopardi, Marco; Di Marco, Evelina; Disabato, Angelo; Boschetti, Michelangelo; Sbenaglia, Giorgio; Spartera, Carlo; Ventura, Marco


    To show our experience in the surgical treatment of superficial vein insufficiency of the lower limbs. Since 2002 we have performed 659 procedures of endovascular laser therapy (EVLT) (group A) in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency of the great saphenous vein using a 980 nm diode laser. A closely matched group of 100 patients (50 Group A, 50 Group B) with homogeneous clinical findings (CEAP classification) was controlled with a mean follow-up of 18 months in our more recent experience (3 years). Most patients operated on in this period were lost to follow-up. The Final results showed that EVLT can be used only in a specific selected group of cases based on anatomy and hemodynamics and while 980 nm EVLT could not be selected as the best treatment for this pathology, it could be placed side by side with conventional therapy. In our one year's more recent experience, we observed an increased number of patients treated with conventional therapy. The development of new laser tools (new wavelengths and continuous radial laser) and the improvement of clinical follow up may lead us to a more correct application of EVLT in the absence of randomized trials because of widespread clinical findings and poor pathological follow-up of this approach to superficial venous insufficiency.

  16. The use of prosthetic grafts in complex military vascular trauma: a limb salvage strategy for patients with severely limited autologous conduit. (United States)

    Vertrees, Amy; Fox, Charles J; Quan, Reagan W; Cox, Mitchell W; Adams, Eric D; Gillespie, David L


    The use of prosthetic grafts for reconstruction of military vascular trauma has been consistently discouraged. In the current conflict, however, the signature wound involves multiple extremities with significant loss of soft tissue and potential autogenous venous conduits. We reviewed the experience with the use of prosthetic grafts for the treatment of vascular injuries sustained during recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Trauma registry records with combat-related vascular injuries repaired using prosthetic grafts were retrospectively reviewed from March 2003 to April 2006. Data collected included age, gender, mechanism of injury, vessel injured, conduit, graft patency, complications, including amputation and eventual outcome of repair. Prosthetic grafts were placed in 14 of 95 (15%) patients undergoing extremity bypass for vascular injuries. Patients were men with an average age of 25 years (range, 19-39 years). All prosthetic grafts in this series were made of polytetrafluoroethylene. Mechanism of injury included blast (n = 6), gunshot wounds (n = 6), and blunt trauma (n = 2), resulting in prosthetic repair of injuries to the superficial femoral (n = 8), brachial (n = 3), common carotid (n = 1), subclavian (n = 1), and axillary (n = 1) arteries. Mean evacuation time from injury to stateside arrival was 7 days (range, 3-9 days). Twelve grafts were placed initially at the time of injury, and two after vein graft blow out with secondary hemorrhage. The mean follow-up period was 427 days (range, 49-1,285 days). Seventy-nine percent of prosthetic grafts stayed patent in the short term, allowing patient stabilization, transport to a stateside facility, and elective revascularization with the remaining autologous vein graft. Three prosthetic grafts were replaced urgently for thrombosis. The remaining seven grafts were replaced electively for severe stenosis (3) or exposure (4) with presumed infection. There were no prosthetic graft blow outs or deaths in this

  17. Siloxane-grafted membranes (United States)

    Friesen, Dwayne T.; Obligin, Alan S.


    Composite cellulosic semipermeable membranes are disclosed which are the covalently bonded reaction product of an asymmetric cellulosic semipermeable membrane and a polysiloxane containing reactive functional groups. The two reactants chemically bond by ether, ester, amide or acrylate linkages to form a siloxane-grafted cellulosic membrane having superior selectivity and flux stability. Selectivity may be enhanced by wetting the surface with a swelling agent such as water.

  18. Current perspectives on preoperative diagnosis and surgical management of portal vein thrombosis in patients requiring liver transplantation

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    CHEN Kai


    Full Text Available Portal vein thrombosis (PVT and portal vein tumor thrombosis (PVTT are common contraindications for liver transplantation. While portal vein embolization has shown remarkable success in managing both contraindications, hepatocellular carcinoma-a frequent cause of PVTT-remains an absolute contraindication for liver transplantation. Therefore, it is not only crucial to diagnose PVT or PVTT preoperatively but also to determine the underlying etiology of the complication. This article summarizes the known etiologies and the various classification and grading systems of PVT, as well as the features and benefits of the established preoperative diagnostic methods for PVT and PVTT, including color Doppler ultrasound, computed tomography (CT, magnetic resonance imaging, digital subtraction angiography, and positron emission tomography-CT. Finally, the various management procedures available for treatment of PVT, including venous thrombectomy, vein bypass/interposition grafting, vein arterialization, cavoportal hemitransposition, and liver/small bowel co-transplantation, are discussed along with published results of patient outcome and limitations yet to be overcome. Obtaining a comprehensive evaluation and accurate preoperative diagnosis of the portal venous system, and having an understanding of the various surgical approaches for managing PVT, will promote the chances of successful patient outcome.

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

    Bauersachs, R M


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

  20. Corrosion cast study of the canine hepatic veins. (United States)

    Uršič, M; Vrecl, M; Fazarinc, G


    This study presents a detailed description of the distribution, diameters and drainage patterns of hepatic veins on the basis of the corrosion cast analysis in 18 dogs. We classified the hepatic veins in three main groups: the right hepatic veins of the caudate process and right lateral liver lobe, the middle hepatic veins of the right medial and quadrate lobes and the left hepatic veins of both left liver lobes and the papillary process. The corrosion cast study showed that the number of the veins in the Nomina Anatomica Veterinaria and most anatomical textbooks is underestimated. The number of various-sized hepatic veins of the right liver division ranged from 3 to 5 and included 1 to 4 veins from the caudate process and 2 to 4 veins from the right lateral liver lobe. Generally, in all corrosion casts, one middle-sized vein from the right part of the right medial lobe, which emptied separately in the caudal vena cava, was established. The other vein was a large-sized vein from the remainder of the central division, which frequently joined the common left hepatic vein from the left liver lobes. The common left hepatic vein was the largest of all the aforementioned hepatic veins.

  1. Iliac Vein Interrogation Augments Venous Ulcer Healing in Patients Who Have Failed Standard Compression Therapy along with Pathological Venous Closure. (United States)

    Mousa, Albeir Y; Broce, Mike; Yacoub, Michael; AbuRahma, Ali F


    Treatment of venous ulcers is demanding for patients, as well as clinicians, and the investigation of underlying venous hypertension is the cornerstone of therapy. We propose that occult iliac vein stenosis should be ruled out by iliac vein interrogation (IVI) in patients with advanced venous stasis. We conducted a systematic retrospective analysis of a consecutive series of patients who presented with CEAP (clinical, etiological, anatomical, and pathophysiological) 6 venous disease. All patients had great saphenous vein ablation, compressive treatment, wound care (including Unna boot compression), and perforator closure using ablation therapy. Iliac vein stenosis was defined as ≥50% stenosis in cross-sectional surface area on intravascular ultrasound. Primary outcomes include time of venous ulcer healing and/or measurable change in the Venous Clinical Severity Score. Twenty-two patients with CEAP 6 venous disease met the inclusion criteria (active ulcers >1.5 cm in diameter). The average age and body mass index were 62.2 ± 9.2 years and 41.7 ± 16.7, respectively. The majority were female (72.7%) with common comorbidities, such as hyperlipidemia (54.5%), hypertension (36.4%), and diabetes mellitus (27.3%). Twenty-nine ulcers with an average diameter of 3.4 ± 1.9 cm and a depth of 2.2 ± 0.5 mm were treated. The majority of the ulcers occurred on the left limb (n = 17, 58.6%). Average perforator venous reflux was 3.6 ± 0.8 sec, while common femoral reflux was 1.8 ± 1.6. The majority (n = 19, 64.5%) of the perforator veins were located at the base of the ulcer, while the remainder (n = 10, 34.5%) were within 2 cm from the base. Of the 13 patients who underwent IVI, 8 patients (61.5%) had stenosis >50% that was corrected with iliac vein angioplasty and stenting (IVAS). There was a strong trend toward shorter healing time in the IVI group (7.9 ± 9.5 weeks) than for patients in the no iliac vein interrogation (NIVI) group (20.2 ± 15

  2. Delayed presentation of a traumatic brachial artery pseudoaneurysm.

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    Forde, James C


    Delayed presentation of a brachial artery pseudoaneurysm following penetrating trauma is infrequently reported. We report the case of a 23-year-old male who presented three months following a penetrating trauma to his antecubital fossa with a sudden exacerbation of swelling and tenderness of his elbow. Doppler ultrasound and computed tomography arteriography confirmed the presence of a large pseudoaneurysm. Surgical reconstruction was performed using the long saphenous vein as an interposition vein graft, restoring normal arterial circulation.

  3. Face Graft Scaffold Production in a Rat Model. (United States)

    Duisit, Jérôme; Amiel, Hadrien; Orlando, Giuseppe; Dedriche, Adeline; Behets, Catherine; Gianello, Pierre; Lengelé, Benoît


    As a route toward face bioengineering, the authors previously reported the production of a complete scaffold by perfusion-decellularization of a porcine ear subunit graft and partial recellularization. To extend the scaffold to the whole face and to down-scale it, they applied their findings to a rodent hemifacial graft model. After the animals were killed, seven full-thickness rat hemiface grafts were harvested with the common carotid artery and the external jugular vein as a pedicle, and cannulated. Grafts were decellularized by a detergent-based protocol: either by perfusion through the common carotid artery, or by mechanical agitation. After decellularization, samples were analyzed for DNA quantification and histology by hematoxylin and eosin, Masson trichrome, Sirius red, or Safranin O staining. Vascular tree patency was assessed by microangiographic computed tomography after contrast injection. Cell-friendly extracellular matrix was assessed by seeding of human adipose-derived stem cells and vital staining after 7 days of culture. Decellularization was effective in both groups, with a cell clearance at all levels, with the exception of cartilage areas in the agitation-treated groups. Microscopic assessment found a well-preserved extracellular matrix in both groups. Vascular contrast was found in all regions of the scaffolds. After the animals were killed, seeded cells were found viable and well distributed on all scaffolds. The authors successfully decellularized face grafts in a rodent model, with a preserved vascular tree. Perfusion-decellularization led to better and faster results compared with mechanical agitation but is not mandatory in this model. The rat face is an interesting scaffold model for further recellularization studies, in the final goal of human face bioengineering.

  4. Identification and characterization of citrus yellow vein clearing virus, a putative new member of the genus Mandarivirus. (United States)

    Loconsole, G; Onelge, N; Potere, O; Giampetruzzi, A; Bozan, O; Satar, S; De Stradis, A; Savino, V; Yokomi, R K; Saponari, M


    Molecular features and genomic organization were determined for Citrus yellow vein clearing virus (CYVCV), the putative viral causal agent of yellow vein clearing disease of lemon trees, reported in Pakistan, India, and more recently in Turkey and China. CYVCV isolate Y1 from Adana, Turkey, was used for deep sequencing analysis of the virus-induced small RNA fractions and for mechanical and graft inoculation of herbaceous and citrus indicator plants. A polyclonal antiserum was developed from CYVCV-Y1 purified from Phaseolus vulgaris and used in western blot assays to characterize the coat protein of CYVCV-Y1 and determine its serological relationship with related viruses. Contigs assembled from the Illumina sequenced short reads were used to construct the whole genome of Citrus yellow vein clearing virus (CYVCV), consisting in a positive-sense RNA of 7,529 nucleotides and containing six predicted open reading frames. The CYVCV genome organization and size resembled that of flexiviruses, and search for sequence homologies revealed that Indian citrus ringspot virus (ICRSV) (Mandarivirus, Alphaflexiviridae) is the most closely related virus. However, CYVCV had an overall nucleotide sequence identity of ≈74% with ICRSV. Although the two viruses were similar with regard to genome organization, viral particles, and herbaceous host range, CYVCV caused different symptoms in citrus and was serologically distinct from ICRSV. Primer pairs were designed and used to detect the virus by conventional and quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction on yellow vein clearing symptomatic field trees as well as graft- and mechanically inoculated host plants. Collectively, these data suggest that CYVCV is the causal agent of yellow vein clearing disease and represents a new species in the genus Mandarivirus.

  5. The anatomy of the cardiac veins in mice (United States)

    Ciszek, Bogdan; Skubiszewska, Daria; Ratajska, Anna


    Although the cardiac coronary system in mice has been the studied in detail by many research laboratories, knowledge of the cardiac veins remains poor. This is because of the difficulty in marking the venous system with a technique that would allow visualization of these large vessels with thin walls. Here we present the visualization of the coronary venous system by perfusion of latex dye through the right caudal vein. Latex injected intravenously does not penetrate into the capillary system. Murine cardiac veins consist of several principal branches (with large diameters), the distal parts of which are located in the subepicardium. We have described the major branches of the left atrial veins, the vein of the left ventricle, the caudal veins, the vein of the right ventricle and the conal veins forming the conal venous circle or the prepulmonary conal venous arch running around the conus of the right ventricle. The venous system of the heart drains the blood to the coronary sinus (the left cranial caval vein) to the right atrium or to the right cranial caval vein. Systemic veins such as the left cranial caval, the right cranial caval and the caudal vein open to the right atrium. Knowledge of cardiac vein location may help to elucidate abnormal vein patterns in certain genetic malformations. PMID:17553104

  6. Superficial vein thrombosis with hemorrhagic cerebral infarction

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    Yu-wei CONG


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

  7. Spontaneous activity in C-fibres after partial damage to the saphenous nerve in mice: Effects of retigabine. (United States)

    Bernal, L; Lopez-Garcia, J A; Roza, C


    Spontaneous pain is the most devastating positive symptom in neuropathic pain patients. Recent data show a direct relationship between spontaneous discharges in C-fibres and spontaneous pain in neuropathic patients. Unfortunately, to date there is a lack of experimental animal models for drug testing. We recorded afferent fibres from a new experimental model in vitro. The preparation contains a neuroma formed in a peripheral branch of the saphenous nerve together with the undamaged branches, which maintain intact terminals in a skin flap. Fibres with stable rates of ectopic spontaneous discharges were found among axotomized (5 A- and 18 C-fibres, mean discharge 0.48 ± 0.08 Hz) and 'putative intact' fibres (12 C-fibres, mean discharge 0.28 ± 0.08 Hz). A proportion (~9%) of axotomized fibres had mechanical receptive fields in the skin far beyond the site of injury. Collision experiments demonstrated that action potentials evoked from neuroma and skin travelled by the same fibre, indicating functional cross-talk between neuromatose and putative intact fibres. Retigabine, the specific Kv7 channel opener, depressed spontaneous discharges by 70% in 15/18 units tested. In contrast, responses to mechanical stimulation of the skin were unaltered by retigabine. Partial damage to a peripheral nerve may increase the incidence of spontaneous activity in C-fibres. Retigabine reduced spontaneous activity but not stimulus-evoked activity, suggesting an important role for ion channels in the control of spontaneous pain and demonstrating the utility of the model for the testing of compounds in clinically relevant variables. WHAT DOES THIS STUDY ADD?: Our in vitro experimental model of peripheral neuropathy allows for pharmacological characterization of spontaneously active fibres. Using this model, we show that retigabine inhibits aberrant spontaneous discharges without altering physiological responses in primary afferents. © 2016 European Pain Federation - EFIC®

  8. Importance of anatomically locating the infrapatellar branch of the saphenous nerve in reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament using flexor tendons,

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    Julio Cesar Gali


    Full Text Available Objective:To describe the path of the infrapatellar branch of the saphenous nerve (IBSN using the medial joint line, anterior tibial tuberosity (ATT, tibial collateral ligament and a horizontal line parallel to the medial joint line that passes over the ATT, as reference points, in order to help surgeons to diminish the likelihood of injuring this nerve branch during reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL using flexor tendons.Methods:Ten frozen knees that originated from amputations were examined. Through anatomical dissection performed with the specimens flexed, we sought to find the IBSN, from its most medial and proximal portion to its most lateral and distal portion. Following this, the anatomical specimens were photographed and, using the ImageJ software, we determined the distance from the IBSN to the medial joint line and to a lower horizontal line going through the ATT and parallel to the first line. We also measured the angle of the direction of the path of the nerve branch in relation to this lower line.Results:The mean angle of the path of the nerve branch in relation to the lower horizontal line was 17.50 ±6.17°. The mean distance from the IBSN to the medial joint line was 2.61 ± 0.59 cm and from the IBSN to the lower horizontal line, 1.44 ±0.51 cm.Conclusion:The IBSN was found in all the knees studied. In three knees, we found a second branch proximal to the first one. The direction of its path was always from proximal and medial to distal and lateral. The IBSN was always proximal and medial to the ATT and distal to the medial joint line. The medial angle between its direction and a horizontal line going through the ATT was 17.50 ± 6.17°.

  9. Vein Wrapping Technique for Nerve Reconstruction in Patients with Thyroid Cancer Invading the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve

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    Young Moon Yoo


    Full Text Available Recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis is the most common and serious complication after thyroid cancer surgery. The objective of this study was to report the advantages of the vein wrapping technique for nerve reconstruction in patients with thyroid cancer invading the recurrent laryngeal nerve and its effects on postoperative phonatory function. The subjects were three patients who underwent resection of the recurrent laryngeal nerve during surgical extirpation of papillary thyroid cancer. Free ansa cervicalis nerve graft or direct neurorrhaphy with a vein wrapping technique was used to facilitate nerve regeneration, protect the anastomosed nerve site mechanically, and prevent neuroma formation. One-year postoperative laryngoscopic examination revealed good vocal cord mobility. Maximum phonation time (19.5 ± 0.3 sec was longer than a previously-reported value in conventional reconstruction patients (18.8 ± 6.6 sec. The present phonation efficiency index (7.88 ± 0.78 was higher than that previously calculated in conventional reconstruction (7.59 ± 2.82. The mean value of the Voice Handicap Index-10 was 6, which was within the normal range. This study demonstrates improvement in phonation indices measured 1 year after recurrent laryngeal nerve reconstruction. Our results confirm that the vein wrapping technique has theoretical advantages and could be favored over conventional reconstruction techniques for invenerate nerve injuries.

  10. [Reconstruction of the Bile Duct with the Umbilical Vein after Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy]. (United States)

    Rudolph, H; Neser, F; Berger, M; Boese-Landgraf, J


    Background: Roux-Y hepaticojejunostomy is currently the standard surgical procedure for the reconstruction of the bile duct after iatrogenic transection in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. However, about 30 % of all hepaticojejunostomies develop a stenosis after some time and in 7 % a cholangiocellular carcinoma occurs. Therefore, alternative procedures have been investigated. Patients: Between September 2009 and October 2013 an iatrogenic bile duct lesion was treated in 6 consecutive patients by using the pedicled umbilical vein. The median follow-up period was 16 months. Methods: In 3 cases, the bile duct lesion was detected during cholecystectomy and reconstructed in the same session. In the other 3 cases, the reconstruction was performed between the fourth and the seventh day after cholecystectomy. The pedicled umbilical vein was used as a patch in 4 cases and as an interposition graft in the other 2 cases. Results: Two out of 6 patients suffered from cholangitis after bile duct reconstruction, which was brought to complete remission by temporary endoscopic dilatation treatment. Conclusion: The use of the pedicled umbilical vein is a new surgical option for the treatment of iatrogenic bile duct lesions and seems to provide advantages over hepaticojejunostomy regarding the development and treatment of anastomotic stenosis and the risk of cholangiocellular carcinoma. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  11. Suction blister grafting - Modifications for easy harvesting and grafting

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    Full Text Available Suction blister grafting is a simple modality of treatment of patients with resistant and stable vitiligo. But raising the blisters may be time consuming and transferring to the recipient site may be difficult as the graft is ultrathin. By doing some modifications we can make the technique simpler and easier. We can decrease the blister induction time by intradermal injection of saline, exposure to Wood′s lamp, intrablister injection of saline. By these methods we can decrease the blister induction time from 2-3 hrs to 45-90 minutes. After harvesting the graft, it can be transferred to the recipient area by taking the graft on a sterile glass slide, on the gloved finger, rolling the graft over a sterile syringe and then spreading on the recipient area, or taking on the sterile wrapper of paraffin dressing and then placing over the recipient area.

  12. Deep vein thrombosis: a clinical review

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

  13. Multimodality Imaging of Normal Hepatic Transplant Vasculature and Graft Vascular Complications

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    Full Text Available Orthotopic liver transplantation is an important treatment option for patients with end-stage liver disease. Advances in surgical technique, along with improvements in organ preservation and immunosuppression have improved patient outcomes. Post-operative complications, however, can limit this success. Ultrasound is the primary imaging modality for evaluation of hepatic transplants, providing real-time information about vascular flow in the graft. Graft vascular complications are not uncommon, and their prompt recognition is crucial to allow for timely graft salvage. A multimodality approach including CT angiography, MRI, or conventional angiography may be necessary in cases of complex transplant vascular anatomy or when sonography and Doppler are inconclusive to diagnose the etiologies of these complications. The purpose of this article is to familiarize radiologists with the normal post-transplant vascular anatomy and the imaging appearances of the major vascular complications that may occur within the hepatic artery, portal vein, and venous outflow tract, with an emphasis on ultrasound.

  14. Cattell-Braasch Maneuver Combined with Artery-First Approach for Superior Mesenteric-Portal Vein Resection During Pancreatectomy. (United States)

    Del Chiaro, Marco; Segersvärd, Ralf; Rangelova, Elena; Coppola, Alessandro; Scandavini, Chiara Maria; Ansorge, Christoph; Verbeke, Caroline; Blomberg, John


    Pancreatectomy associated with superior mesenteric-portal vein (SMPV) resection is currently considered the standard of care for patients with pancreatic tumors involving the major peripancreatic veins. However, a standard approach for resection and reconstruction is not defined yet. The aim of this study is to analyze the feasibility and short-term results of an original Cattell-Braasch artery-first approach (CBAF) for the resection of SMPV during pancreatectomy. Of 144 pancreatectomies with vascular resection undertaken from 2008 to 2013 at Karolinska University Hospital, 45 (31.2 %) were performed combining a Cattell-Braasch maneuver with an artery-first approach (from 2011 to 2013). The mean patient age was 65.2 years. Thirty-seven (82.2 %) patients underwent pancreatoduodenectomy and 8 (17.8 %) total pancreatectomy. Histology showed pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in 42 patients (93.3 %). The median length of the resected SMPV segment was 4.6 cm (range 3-7). In all patients, a direct end-to-end anastomosis was performed without graft interposition. In nine cases (20 %), an arterial resection was also performed. There was no mortality in this series, and the morbidity rate was 35.5 %. Combined CBAF for the resection of SMPV during pancreatectomy seems to be safe and effective. The reconstruction of the resected vessels is possible in many cases without graft interposition, even if the resected vein segment is of considerable length.

  15. Image Quality Enhancement Using the Direction and Thickness of Vein Lines for Finger-Vein Recognition

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    Full Text Available On the basis of the increased emphasis placed on the protection of privacy, biometric recognition systems using physical or behavioural characteristics such as fingerprints, facial characteristics, iris and finger-vein patterns or the voice have been introduced in applications including door access control, personal certification, Internet banking and ATM machines. Among these, finger-vein recognition is advantageous in that it involves the use of inexpensive and small devices that are difficult to counterfeit. In general, finger-vein recognition systems capture images by using near infrared (NIR illumination in conjunction with a camera. However, such systems can face operational difficulties, since the scattering of light from the skin can make capturing a clear image difficult. To solve this problem, we proposed new image quality enhancement method that measures the direction and thickness of vein lines. This effort represents novel research in four respects. First, since vein lines are detected in input images based on eight directional profiles of a grey image instead of binarized images, the detection error owing to the non-uniform illumination of the finger area can be reduced. Second, our method adaptively determines a Gabor filter for the optimal direction and width on the basis of the estimated direction and thickness of a detected vein line. Third, by applying this optimized Gabor filter, a clear vein image can be obtained. Finally, the further processing of the morphological operation is applied in the Gabor filtered image and the resulting image is combined with the original one, through which finger-vein image of a higher quality is obtained. Experimental results from application of our proposed image enhancement method show that the equal error rate (EER of finger-vein recognition decreases to approximately 0.4% in the case of a local binary pattern-based recognition and to approximately 0.3% in the case of a wavelet transform

  16. Ultrasonography of the LIMA graft

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    J.M. Hartman (Joost)


    textabstractCoronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a surgical procedure that has been in existence since 1967 [1]. Over the years, the use of the left internal mammary artery (LIMA), has been shown to be the conduit of choice for single or sequential bypass grafting to the anterior wall of the

  17. The value of primary vascular stents in management of early portal vein stenosis after liver transplantation

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    Wen-Tsan Chang


    Full Text Available If portal vein stenosis (PVS occurs within 1 month after liver transplantation (LT, especially within 1 week, it can be catastrophic and result in rapid loss of the grafts and mortality. Although surgical treatments have been considered standard treatment for PVS, patients are usually unable to receive operations or re-transplantations, because of their critical conditions and a shortage of grafts. Recently, primary percutaneous transhepatic portal vein stents (PTPS were suggested as alternative and less-invasive treatments of PVS. However, because lethal complications may follow these primary stent placements for patients in early stages after LT, primary PTPS placements for patients suffering PVS 1 month after LT has been suggested. From November 2009 to July 2015, 38 consecutive adult patients underwent LT at our institution. Among them, six recipients suffered PVS within 1 month after LT. Technical success was achieved in all six patients. Clinical success was obtained in two of the four patients suffering PVS within 1 week after LT, and in the other two patients suffering PVS>1 week after LT. All surviving patients and their grafts were in good condition, and their stents remained patent. Our experience showed that primary PTPS placements can be used to effectively treat patients with PVS encountered within 1 month, and even within 1 week, after LT with acceptable short-term results. However, possible fatal complications should be kept in mind. Long-term results of these procedures need further follow-up.

  18. Clinical Significance of the Soleal Vein and Related Drainage Veins, in Calf Vein Thrombosis in Autopsy Cases with Massive Pulmonary Thromboembolism (United States)

    Kageyama, Norimasa


    Objective: To clarify the histopathological characteristics of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) resulting in lethal pulmonary thromboembolism (PE). Subjects and Methods: We investigated 100 autopsy cases of PE from limb DVT. The distribution and chronology of DVT in each deep venous segment were examined. Venous segments were classified into three groups: iliofemoral vein, popliteal vein and calf vein (CV). The CV was subdivided into two subgroups, drainage veins of the soleal vein (SV) and non drainage veins of SV. Results: Eighty-nine patients had bilateral limb DVTs. CV was involved in all limbs with DVT with isolated calf DVTs were seen in 47% of patients. Fresh and organized thrombi were detected in 84% of patients. SV showed the highest incidence of DVTs in eight venous segments. The incidence of DVT gradually decreased according to the drainage route of the central SV. Proximal tips of fresh thrombi were mainly located in the popliteal vein and tibioperoneal trunk, occurring in these locations in 63% of limbs. Conclusions: SV is considered to be the primary site of DVT; the DVT then propagated to proximal veins through the drainage veins. Lethal thromboemboli would occur at proximal veins as a result of proximal propagation from calf DVTs. PMID:27087868

  19. An unusual case: right proximal ureteral compression by the ovarian vein and distal ureteral compression by the external iliac vein

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    Halil Ibrahim Serin


    Full Text Available A 32-years old woman presented to the emergency room of Bozok University Research Hospital with right renal colic. Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT showed compression of the proximal ureter by the right ovarian vein and compression of the right distal ureter by the right external iliac vein. To the best of our knowledge, right proximal ureteral compression by the ovarian vein together with distal ureteral compression by the external iliac vein have not been reported in the literature. Ovarian vein and external iliac vein compression should be considered in patients presenting to the emergency room with renal colic or low back pain and a dilated collecting system.

  20. Revascularização do miocárdio minimamente invasiva videoassistida Minimally-invasive video-assisted coronary-artery bypass grafting

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    Rodrigo Mussi Milani


    the 4th left intercostal space, starting at the nipple. Through the same intercostal space, 3 cm after the primary incision, a 6.5-mm optical device was inserted at 30º. Where the saphenous vein was used, the pericardium was opened above the aorta and the latter was partially clamped with a systolic pressure of 80 mmHg, with the proximal anastomosis being carried out in the conventional manner. The distal anastomoses were carried out in the conventional manner. The procedure was performed off-pump using single lung ventilation. RESULTS: The mean age was 63.9 ± 10.66 years. Sixty-eight (68% patients were males. Fifty-three (53% were in functional class III or IV. Left ventricular function was normal in fifty-three (53% patients. Forty-two (42% had undergone previous angioplasty. A total of 153 anastomoses were performed, ranging from 1 to 3. The average ventilation time was 4.06 ± 4.08 hours. Seventeen (17% patients had atrial fibrillation and eight (8% had pneumonia. There were two deaths in this series. CONCLUSION: Revascularization was safe with low mortality and morbidity. With the advent of new devices, this surgery may have a greater applicability.

  1. Portal vein aneurysm and portal biliopathy. (United States)

    Kurtcehajic, Admir; Vele, Esved; Hujdurovic, Ahmed


    Highlight Kurtcehajic and colleagues present a rare case of congenital portal vein aneurysm (PVA) with biliopathy. Symptoms associated with PVA occur in less than 10% of cases. Imaging modalities showed the PVA partially compressing the common and right hepatic ducts. Conservative treatment markedly lowered bilirubin levels and relieved the abdominal pain. © 2016 Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery.

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

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

  3. vein thrombosis in elective hip replacement

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

  4. Combined central retinalartery and vein occlusion complicating ...

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    Orbital Cellulitis is a dreaded ophthalmologic disease. Itmay destroy vision and the eye andmay even become life threatening. Often visual loss is the result of exposure and subsequent destruction of ocular tissue commonly the cornea and the uvea. We report a case of combined central retinal artery and vein occlusion ...

  5. Preduodenal portal vein: A potential laparoscopic cholecystectomy ...

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    Variations of biliary anatomy are well described. Those of most relevance to the operative surgeon are the variations of the extrahepatic ducts and their relationships to the right hepatic artery and its branches. We describe another even rarer congenital anomaly of a preduodenal portal vein. Its embryological derivation and ...

  6. Retinal Vein Occlusion in Benin City, Nigeria

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    neovascularization). A diagnosis of CRVO was made in the presence of generalized, scattered hemorrhages consisting of dot, blot, or flame shaped hemorrhages located in the superficial or deep layers of the retina, retinal edema, venous dilatation, and areas of occluded veins. BRVO or HRVO was characterized by retinal ...

  7. Portal vein thrombosis in patients with cirrhosis

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


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

  8. Who Is at Risk for Varicose Veins? (United States)

    ... Examples of these factors include family history, older age, gender, pregnancy, overweight or obesity , lack of movement, and leg trauma. Varicose veins are treated with lifestyle changes and medical procedures. The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, prevent complications, and improve ...

  9. How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented? (United States)

    ... Examples of these factors include family history, older age, gender, pregnancy, overweight or obesity , lack of movement, and leg trauma. Varicose veins are treated with lifestyle changes and medical procedures. The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, prevent complications, and improve ...

  10. Percutaneous portal vein access and transhepatic tract hemostasis. (United States)

    Saad, Wael E A; Madoff, David C


    Percutaneous portal vein interventions require minimally invasive access to the portal venous system. Common approaches to the portal vein include transjugular hepatic vein to portal vein access and direct transhepatic portal vein access. A major concern of the transhepatic route is the risk of postprocedural bleeding, which is increased when patients are anticoagulated or receiving pharmaceutical thrombolytic therapy. Thus percutaneous portal vein access and subsequent closure are important technical parts of percutaneous portal vein procedures. At present, various techniques have been used for either portal access or subsequent transhepatic tract closure and hemostasis. Regardless of the method used, meticulous technique is required to achieve the overall safety and effectiveness of portal venous procedures. This article reviews the various techniques of percutaneous transhepatic portal vein access and the various closure and hemostatic methods used to reduce the risk of postprocedural bleeding.

  11. Incidental retroaortic left innominate vein in adult patient

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    Alexandre Semionov, MD, PhD


    Full Text Available Retro-aortic left innominate vein is a rare vascular abnormality, usually associated with congenital heart disease. Here we report a case of isolated retro-aortic left innominate vein in an adult female.

  12. Measurement of liver volumes by portal vein flow by Doppler ultrasound in living donor liver transplantation. (United States)

    Choi, Sang Hyun; Kwon, Jae Hyun; Kim, Kyoung Won; Jang, Hye Young; Kim, Ji Hye; Kwon, Heon-Ju; Lee, Jeongjin; Song, Gi-Won; Lee, Sung-Gyu


    The accurate estimation of liver volume and right/left ratio in donor candidates is critical, but there is no method using portal vein (PV) flow. Of 125 donor candidates, right/left liver volume ratio was estimated using ultrasound (US)-PV area ratio and Doppler US-PV flow ratio, and the results were compared with CT volumetry. We analyzed these results in 76 donors who underwent hemihepatectomy. We evaluated diagnostic values of Doppler US-PV flow for Doppler US-PV flow with actual graft weight. In 125 donor candidates, 96.8% showed Doppler US-PV flow ratio and CT volumetry. Compared with CT volumetry, the mean percentage difference of liver volume ratio by Doppler US-PV flow ratio was significantly smaller than that by US-PV area ratio (±0.7% vs ±6.3%, PDoppler US-PV flow ratio than that by US-PV area ratio (±1.0% vs ±6.0%, PDoppler US-PV flow was linearly correlated with graft weight (R 2 =0.770, PDoppler US-PV flow can effectively estimate right/left liver volume ratio in initial donor investigation. However, Doppler US-PV flow is not accurate in assessing donors with <30% remnant liver volume and in estimating actual graft weight. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  13. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) / Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein (United States)

    ... Facebook Tweet Share Compartir Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism (DVT/PE) are often underdiagnosed and serious, but ... bloodstream to the lungs, causing a blockage called pulmonary embolism (PE). If the clot is small, and with ...

  14. Contact-free monitoring of vessel graft stiffness - proof of concept as a tool for vascular tissue engineering. (United States)

    Hoenicka, Markus; Kaspar, Marcel; Schmid, Christof; Liebold, Andreas; Schrammel, Siegfried


    Tissue-engineered vessel grafts have to mimic the biomechanical properties of native blood vessels. Manufacturing processes often condition grafts to adapt them to the target flow conditions. Graft stiffness is influenced by material properties and dimensions and determines graft compliance. This proof-of-concept study evaluated a contact-free method to monitor biomechanical properties without compromising sterility. Forced vibration response analysis was performed on human umbilical vein (HUV) segments mounted in a buffer-filled tubing system. A linear motor and a dynamic signal analyser were used to excite the fluid by white noise (0-200 Hz). Vein responses were read out by laser triangulation and analysed by fast Fourier transformation. Modal analysis was performed by monitoring multiple positions of the vessel surface. As an inverse model of graft stiffening during conditioning, HUV were digested proteolytically, and the course of natural frequencies (NFs) was monitored over 120 min. Human umbilical vein showed up to five modes with NFs in the range of 5-100 Hz. The first natural frequencies of HUV did not alter over time while incubated in buffer (p = 0.555), whereas both collagenase (-35%, p = 0.0061) and elastase (-45%, p < 0.001) treatments caused significant decreases of NF within 120 min. Decellularized HUV showed similar results, indicating that changes of the extracellular matrix were responsible for the observed shift in NF. Performing vibration response analysis on vessel grafts is feasible without compromising sterility or integrity of the samples. This technique allows direct measurement of stiffness as an important biomechanical property, obviating the need to monitor surrogate parameters. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  15. Diagnostic value of color doppler ultrasonography in detecting stenosis and occlusion of central veins in patients with chronic kidney disease. (United States)

    Rad, Masoud Pezeshki; Kazemzadeh, Gholam Hosain; Ziaee, Masood; Azarkar, Ghodsieh


    Venography is an invasive diagnostic test that uses contrast material that provides a picture of the condition of the veins. But, complications, including adverse effects on the kidney, do occur. On the other hand, with the current technological development, application of ultrasound in the diagnosis of obstructive diseases of the veins is gaining popularity, being non-invasive, easy to perform and cost-effective. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of Doppler sonography in the diagnosis of central vein stenosis. In this descriptive-analytical study, 41 hemodialysis patients who had been referred for 50 upper limb venographies to the radiology department of Imam Reza (AS) were included. Patients with chronic kidney disease with a history of catheterization of the vein, jugular or subclavian, and who had established fistulas or synthetic vascular grafts were targeted. Central venous ultrasound was performed on both sides to evaluate stenosis or occlusion. Venography was performed by the radiologist the next day or the day before hemodialysis. Data on demographic characteristics, findings of clinical examination and findings of ultrasound as well as venography were recorded by using the SPSS software, Chi-square test and Spearman correlation, and Kappa agreement was calculated for sensitivity, specificity and predictive values. Twenty-three (56%) patients were male subjects and 18 patients (44%) were female. Twenty-three (56%) patients of the study population were aged 60 years. The overall sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value and negative predictive value of Doppler sonography in the proximal veins in hemodialysis patients compared with venography were, respectively, 80.9%, 79.3%, 73.9% and 85.1%. Color Doppler sonography, as a non-invasive method, could be a good alternative for venography in the assessment of the upper limb with central vein stenosis and occlusion.

  16. Diagnostic value of color doppler ultrasonography in detecting stenosis and occlusion of central veins in patients with chronic kidney disease

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    Masoud Pezeshki Rad


    Full Text Available Venography is an invasive diagnostic test that uses contrast material that provides a picture of the condition of the veins. But, complications, including adverse effects on the kidney, do occur. On the other hand, with the current technological development, application of ultrasound in the diagnosis of obstructive diseases of the veins is gaining popularity, being non-invasive, easy to perform and cost-effective. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of Doppler sonography in the diagnosis of central vein stenosis. In this descriptive-analytical study, 41 hemodialysis patients who had been referred for 50 upper limb venographies to the radiology department of Imam Reza (AS were included. Patients with chronic kidney disease with a history of catheterization of the vein, jugular or subclavian, and who had established fistulas or synthetic vascular grafts were targeted. Central venous ultrasound was performed on both sides to evaluate stenosis or occlusion. Venography was performed by the radiologist the next day or the day before hemodialysis. Data on demographic characteristics, findings of clinical examination and findings of ultrasound as well as venography were recorded by using the SPSS software, Chi-square test and Spearman correlation, and Kappa agreement was calculated for sensitivity, specificity and predictive values. Twenty-three (56% patients were male subjects and 18 patients (44% were female. Twenty-three (56% patients of the study population were aged 60 years. The overall sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value and negative predictive value of Doppler sonography in the proximal veins in hemodialysis patients compared with venography were, respectively, 80.9%, 79.3%, 73.9% and 85.1%. Color Doppler sonography, as a non-invasive method, could be a good alternative for venography in the assessment of the upper limb with central vein stenosis and occlusion.

  17. Evaluation of left renal vein entrapment using multidetector computed tomography

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    Poyraz, Ahmet K.; Onur, Mehmet R. [Dept. of Radiology, Firat Univ. School of Medicine, Elazig (Turkey)], e-mail:; Firdolas, Fatih [Dept. of Urology, Firat Univ. School of Medicine, Elazig (Turkey); Kocakoc, Ercan [Dept. of Radiology, Bezmialem Vakif Univ., School of Medicine, Istanbul (Turkey)


    Background: Nutcracker syndrome, also called left renal vein entrapment syndrome, is a cause of non-glomerular hematuria with difficulties in diagnosis. Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) is a powerful tool to prevent unnecessary diagnostic procedures. Purpose: To retrospectively determine the prevalence of nutcracker phenomenon and nutcracker syndrome seen in MDCT in consecutive patients. Material and Methods: The institutional review board approved the study and waived the requirement for informed consent. Abdominal contrast-enhanced MDCT scans were reviewed from 1000 consecutive patients. MDCT scan assessment included renal vein diameter measurements and evaluation for the presence of anterior or posterior left renal vein entrapment. Electronic medical records and urine analysis reports of patients with left renal vein entrapment were reviewed. Student's t test was used to assess differences in renal vein diameter in patients with left renal vein entrapment. Results: Left renal vein entrapment was observed in 10.9% (109), retroaortic left renal vein in 6.5% (65), entrapment of left renal vein between superior mesenteric artery and aorta in 4.1% (41), and circumaortic left renal vein in 0.3% (3) of patients. Mean diameters of right (8.8 {+-} 1.9 mm) and unentrapped left (8.9 {+-} 1.8 mm) renal veins were not significantly different (P = 0.1). The mean diameter of anterior entrapped left renal veins (10.3 {+-} 2 mm) was significantly greater (P = 0.04) than contralateral renal veins (8.6 {+-} 2.1 mm) in their widest portion. In 8.8% of patients with the left renal vein entrapment, urine analysis showed isomorphic hematuria or proteinuria with no other known cause. Varicocele and pelvic congestion were seen in 5.5% of patients with the left renal vein entrapment. Conclusion: Left renal vein entrapment is not a rare entity and renal nutcracker phenomenon might be underdiagnosed.

  18. Vein visualization: patient characteristic factors and efficacy of a new infrared vein finder technology. (United States)

    Chiao, F B; Resta-Flarer, F; Lesser, J; Ng, J; Ganz, A; Pino-Luey, D; Bennett, H; Perkins, C; Witek, B


    We investigated the patient characteristic factors that correlate with identification of i.v. cannulation sites with normal eyesight. We evaluated a new infrared vein finding (VF) technology device in identifying i.v. cannulation sites. Each subject underwent two observations: one using the conventional method (CM) of normal, unassisted eyesight and the other with the infrared VF device, VueTek's Veinsite™ (VF). A power analysis for moderate effect size (β=0.95) required 54 samples for within-subject differences. Patient characteristic profiles were obtained from 384 subjects (768 observations). Our sample population exhibited an overall average of 5.8 [95% confidence interval (CI) 5.4-6.2] veins using CM. As a whole, CM vein visualization were less effective among obese [4.5 (95% CI 3.8-5.3)], African-American [4.6 (95% CI 3.6-5.5 veins)], and Asian [5.1 (95% CI 4.1-6.0)] subjects. Next, the VF technology identified an average of 9.1 (95% CI 8.6-9.5) possible cannulation sites compared with CM [average of 5.8 (95% CI 5.4-6.2)]. Seventy-six obese subjects had an average of 4.5 (95% CI 3.8-5.3) and 8.2 (95% CI 7.4-9.1) veins viewable by CM and VF, respectively. In dark skin subjects, 9.1 (95% CI 8.3-9.9) veins were visible by VF compared with 5.4 (95% CI 4.8-6.0) with CM. African-American or Asian ethnicity, and obesity were associated with decreased vein visibility. The visibility of veins eligible for cannulation increased for all subgroups using a new infrared device.

  19. Adventitial cystic disease of the common femoral vein presenting as deep vein thrombosis

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    Young-Kyun Kim


    Full Text Available Adventitial cystic disease of the common femoral vein is a rare condition. We herein report the case of a 50-year-old woman who presented with painless swelling in her left lower leg that resembled deep vein thrombosis. She underwent femoral exploration and excision of the cystic wall. The presentation, investigation, treatment, and pathology of this condition are discussed with a literature review.

  20. Graft intolerance syndrome requiring graft nephrectomy after late kidney graft failure: can it be predicted? A retrospective cohort study. (United States)

    Bunthof, Kim L W; Verhoeks, Carmen M; van den Brand, Jan A J G; Hilbrands, Luuk B


    Graft nephrectomy is recommended in case of early graft failure. When the graft fails more than 3-6 months after transplantation, it is current practice to follow a wait-and-see policy. A common indication for graft removal is the graft intolerance syndrome. We aimed to create a risk prediction model for the occurrence of graft intolerance resulting in graft nephrectomy. We collected data of kidney transplantations performed in our center between 1980 and 2010 that failed at least 6 months after transplantation. We evaluated the association between baseline characteristics and the occurrence of graft nephrectomy because of graft intolerance using a competing risk regression model. Prognostic factors were included in a multivariate prediction model. In- and exclusion criteria were met in 288 cases. In 48 patients, the graft was removed because of graft intolerance. Donor age, the number of rejections, and shorter graft survival were predictive factors for graft nephrectomy because of the graft intolerance syndrome. These factors were included in a prediction rule. Using donor age, graft survival, and the number of rejections, clinicians can predict the need for graft nephrectomy with a reasonable accuracy. © 2017 Steunstichting ESOT.

  1. Hemodialysis catheter implantation in the axillary vein by ultrasound guidance versus palpation or anatomical reference

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    Full Text Available Cesar A Restrepo Valencia,1 Carlos A Buitrago Villa,1 Jose A Chacon Cardona21Internal Medicine, Nephrology, 2Epidemiology, Caldas University, Manizales, ColombiaBackground: We compared the results of four different methods of hemodialysis catheter insertion in the medial segment of the axillary vein: ultrasound guidance, palpation, anatomical reference, and prior transient catheter.Methods: All patients that required acute or chronic hemodialysis and for whom it was determined impossible or not recommended either to place a catheter in the internal jugular vein (for instance, those patients with a tracheostomy, or to practice arteriovenous fistula or graft; it was then essential to obtain an alternative vascular access. When the procedure of axillary vein catheter insertion was performed in the Renal Care Facility (RCF, ultrasound guidance was used, but in the intensive care unit (ICU, this resource was unavailable, so the palpation or anatomical reference technique was used.Results: Two nephrologists with experience in the technique performed 83 procedures during a period lasting 15 years and 8 months (from January 1997–August 2012: 41 by ultrasound guidance; 19 by anatomical references; 15 by palpation of the contiguous axillary artery; and 8 through a temporary axillary catheter previously placed. The ultrasound-guided patients had fewer punctures than other groups, but the value was not statistically significant. Arterial punctures were infrequent in all techniques. Analyzing all the procedure-related complications, such as hematoma, pneumothorax, brachial-plexus injury, as well as the reasons for catheter removal, no differences were observed among the groups. The functioning time was longer in the ultrasound-guided and previous catheter groups. In 15 years and 8 months of surveillance, no clinical or image evidence for axillary vein stenosis was found.Conclusion: The ultrasound guide makes the procedure of inserting catheters in the

  2. Effect of total enterectomy, pancreatectomy, and portal vein ligation on liver function and histology: a case report. (United States)

    Vivarelli, M; Lauro, A; Cucchetti, A; D'Errico, A; Pironi, L; Pinna, A D


    Impaired hepatic function and histology have been observed in experimental models of diversion of the portal vein blood inflow from the liver and among patients with intestinal failure. Survival after total enterectomy, pancreatectomy, and portal vein ligation, and the effect of such a condition on liver function have never been reported in humans. Herein a 32-year-old woman with familial adenomatous polyposis and multiple desmoid tumors involving the mesentery and the retroperitoneum underwent total enterectomy and pancreatectomy followed by en bloc transplantation of the stomach, small bowel, and pancreas. Due to early graft failure, the patient underwent graftectomy, ligation of the portal vein, and external drainage of the common bile duct. Liver function tests were checked daily and a liver biopsy performed 15 days after graftectomy. The patient died of a ruptured mycotic aneurysm of the abdominal aorta at 27 days after the graftectomy. Liver function tests remained normal throughout the postoperative period; liver biopsy showed normal hepatic architecture with mild portal inflammation and cholestasis and spotty necrosis. Total enterectomy with pancreatectomy and ligation of the portal vein are compatible with survival in humans (at least in the short term), allowing normal hepatic function with minimal histological alterations to the liver.

  3. Modified use of the Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) graft for salvage of threatened dialysis access. (United States)

    Allan, Bassan J; Prescott, Angela T; Tabbara, Marwan; Bornak, Arash; Goldstein, Lee J


    The Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) graft (Hemosphere Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn) offers a new option to provide upper extremity arteriovenous (AV) dialysis access in patients with central venous occlusive disease. Creative use of this device can allow for salvage of failing or threatened AV fistulas and grafts. We present two patients who underwent a modified implantation of the HeRO device for immediate salvage of a malfunctioning AV access. Ipsilateral central venous occlusions were successfully overcome by anastomosing a HeRO device to the existing AV access and tunneled across the chest to the contralateral internal jugular vein. Copyright © 2012 Society for Vascular Surgery. All rights reserved.

  4. Simple hyperaemia test as a screening method in the postoperative surveillance of infrainguinal in situ vein bypasses

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    Nielsen, Tina G; Sillesen, H; Schroeder, T V


    OBJECTIVES: To develop a simple protocol for ultrasound Duplex surveillance of infrainguinal vein bypasses. DESIGN: The value of three Doppler waveform parameters, obtained from a single point of the bypass, for identification of stenoses was studied in 91 in situ vein bypasses. Midgraft peak...... systolic velocity (PSV), pulsatility index (PI) and ratio of hyperaemic and resting time-average mean velocities (TAMV), (TAMV ratio = TAMVhyperaemia/TAMVrest) were correlated with the presence and severity of stenoses as assessed by conventional Duplex scanning and ankle-brachial index (ABI) measurements....... The optimal value of the waveform parameters for discrimination between bypasses with and without evidence of stenoses was determined by receiver operating characteristics (ROC) analysis. MAIN RESULTS: Complete Duplex scanning of the entire graft revealed an increase in the peak systolic velocity by a factor...

  5. Morphological Evaluation of Proximal Anastomosis by PAS-Port(®) System in Patients with Long-Term Patent Grafts. (United States)

    Kawasaki, Muneyasu; Fujii, Takeshiro; Hara, Masanori; Sasaki, Yuki; Katayanagi, Tomoyuki; Okuma, Shinnosuke; Watanabe, Yoshinori


    We examined grafts employing for morphological analysis of early and long-term results on proximal anastomosis with the PAS-Port(®). One hundred and four patients treated by OPCAB with PAS-Port(®) were performed postoperative MDCT. Morphological evaluation of the proximal anastomotic region was classified into three groups (A; graft was anastomosed almost perpendicularly to the aortic wall, B; graft was same type A, but subsequently curved to form an acute angle with the aortic wall, C; graft take off acute angle with the aortic wall) evaluated on planar and sagittal sections. One hundred twenty-six PAS-Port(®) were used. Patency rate was 99.0% at discharge, 94.7% at 1 year, and no blockages were detected thereafter in patients examined. The morphology rate was A 50.6%, B 15.3% and C 34.1% on planar sections, and A 58.8%, B 10.6% and C 30.6% on sagittal sections. The morphological evaluation of grafts revealed the degree of freedom in graft design to be relatively high and long-term patency posed no particular problem even if the layout of the proximal anastomotic region involved a relatively acute angle. The PAS-Port(®) was considered to be a highly reliable device which performed appropriate proximal anastomosis and improved the patency of vein grafting to the aortic wall.

  6. Off-pump Versus On-pump Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Graft Patency Assessment With Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography: A Prospective Multicenter Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. (United States)

    Noiseux, Nicolas; Stevens, Louis-Mathieu; Chartrand-Lefebvre, Carl; Soulez, Gilles; Prieto, Ignacio; Basile, Fadi; Mansour, Samer; Dyub, Adel M; Kieser, Teresa M; Lamy, André


    A large multicenter randomized trial (RCT) is needed to assess off-pump coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patency when performed by skilled surgeons. This prospective multicenter randomized pilot study compares graft patency after on-pump and off-pump techniques and addresses the feasibility of such an RCT. Consecutive patients were prospectively recruited for ≥64-slice computed tomography angiography graft patency assessment 1 year after randomization to off-pump or on-pump CABG. Blinded assessment of graft patency was performed, and the results were categorized as normal, ≥50% stenosis, or occlusion. A multilevel model with random effects on the patient was used to account for correlation of results in patients with multiple grafts. A total of 157 patients (3 centers, 84 off-pump and 73 on-pump patients, 512 grafts, assessability rate 98.4%) were included. Patency index (% nonoccluded grafts) was 89% for the off-pump technique and 95% for the on-pump technique (P=0.09). Patency was similar for arterial and vein grafts (both 92%; P=0.88), as well as between target territories (89% to 94%; P=0.53). In this pilot study, 1-year graft patency results after off-pump and on-pump surgery were similar. This feasibility trial demonstrates that a large multicenter RCT to compare CABG patency after on-pump with that after off-pump techniques is feasible and can be reliably undertaken using computed tomography angiography.

  7. Repairing nerve gaps by vein conduits filled with lipoaspirate-derived entire adipose tissue hinders nerve regeneration. (United States)

    Papalia, Igor; Raimondo, Stefania; Ronchi, Giulia; Magaudda, Ludovico; Giacobini-Robecchi, Maria G; Geuna, Stefano


    In spite of great recent advancements, the definition of the optimal strategy for bridging a nerve defect, especially across long gaps, still remains an open issue since the amount of autologous nerve graft material is limited while the outcome after alternative tubulization techniques is often unsatisfactory. The aim of this study was to investigate a new tubulization technique based on the employment of vein conduits filled with whole subcutaneous adipose tissue obtained by lipoaspiration. In adult rats, a 1cm-long defect of the left median nerve was repaired by adipose tissue-vein-combined conduits and compared with fresh skeletal muscle tissue-vein-combined conduits and autologous nerve grafts made by the excised nerve segment rotated by 180°. Throughout the postoperative period, functional recovery was assessed using the grasping test. Regenerated nerve samples were withdrawn at postoperative month-6 and processed for light and electron microscopy and stereology of regenerated nerve fibers. Results showed that functional recovery was significantly slower in the adipose tissue-enriched group in comparison to both control groups. Light and electron microscopy showed that a large amount of adipose tissue was still present inside the vein conduits at postoperative month-6. Stereology showed that all quantitative morphological predictors analyzed performed significantly worse in the adipose tissue-enriched group in comparison to the two control groups. On the basis of this experimental study in the rat, the use of whole adipose tissue for tissue engineering of peripheral nerves should be discouraged. Pre-treatment of adipose tissue aimed at isolating stromal vascular fraction and/or adipose derived stem/precursor cells should be considered a fundamental requisite for nerve repair. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  8. Internal vein texture and vein evolution of the epithermal Shila-Paula district, southern Peru (United States)

    Chauvet, Alain; Bailly, Laurent; André, Anne-Sylvie; Monié, Patrick; Cassard, Daniel; Tajada, Fernando Llosa; Vargas, Juan Rosas; Tuduri, Johann


    The epithermal Shila-Paula Au-Ag district is characterized by numerous veins hosted in Tertiary volcanic rocks of the Western Cordillera (southern Peru). Field studies of the ore bodies reveal a systematic association of a main E-W vein with secondary N55-60°W veins—two directions that are also reflected by the orientation of fluid-inclusion planes in quartz crystals of the host rock. In areas where this pattern is not recognized, such as the Apacheta sector, vein emplacement seems to have been guided by regional N40°E and N40°W fractures. Two main vein-filling stages are identified. stage 1 is a quartz-adularia-pyrite-galena-sphalerite-chalcopyrite-electrum-Mn silicate-carbonate assemblage that fills the main E-W veins. stage 2, which contains most of the precious-metal mineralization, is divided into pre-bonanza and bonanza substages. The pre-bonanza substage consists of a quartz-adularia-carbonate assemblage that is observed within the secondary N45-60°W veins, in veinlets that cut the stage 1 assemblage, and in final open-space fillings. The two latter structures are finally filled by the bonanza substage characterized by a Fe-poor sphalerite-chalcopyrite-pyrite-galena-tennantite-tetrahedrite-polybasite-pearceite-electrum assemblage. The ore in the main veins is systematically brecciated, whereas the ore in the secondary veins and geodes is characteristic of open-space crystallization. Microthermometric measurements on sphalerite from both stages and on quartz and calcite from stage 2 indicate a salinity range of 0 to 15.5 wt% NaCl equivalent and homogenization temperatures bracketed between 200 and 330°C. Secondary CO2-, N2- and H2S-bearing fluid inclusions are also identified. The age of vein emplacement, based on 40Ar/39Ar ages obtained on adularia of different veins, is estimated at around 11 Ma, with some overlap between adularia of stage 1 (11.4±0.4 Ma) and of stage 2 (10.8±0.3 Ma). A three-phase tectonic model has been constructed to explain the

  9. Biometric Authentication Using Infrared Imaging of Hand Vein Patterns (United States)

    Bhattacharyya, Debnath; Shrotri, A.; Rethrekar, S. C.; Patil, M. H.; Alisherov, Farkhod A.; Kim, Tai-Hoon

    Hand vein patterns are unique and universal. Vein pattern is used as biometric feature in recent years. But, it is not very much popular biometric system as compared to other systems like fingerprint, iris etc, because of the higher cost. For conventional algorithm, it is necessary to use high quality images, which demand high-priced collection devices. There are two approaches for vein authentication, these are hand dorsa and hand ventral. Currently we are working on hand dorsa vein patterns. Here we are putting forward the new approach for low cost hand dorsa vein pattern acquisition using low cost device and proposing a algorithm to extract features from these low quality images.

  10. Thermal stimulation of intra-abdominal veins in conscious rabbits. (United States)

    Cranston, W I; Hellon, R F; Townsend, Y


    1. Infusions of hot and cold Hartmann's solution were given into the hepatic portal vein and inferior vena cava of conscious rabbits. Similar infusions were given into an ear vein as controls. The time integral of the displacement of brain temperature was measured. 2. There was no evidence for the presence of warm sensors in the inferior vena cava, portal vein, liver or hepatic vein, and no evidence for a concentration of cold sensors in the inferior vena cava. 3. There may be cold-sensitive elements in the portal vein or the tissue perfused by blood passing through it. PMID:650560

  11. Perfusion of veins at arterial pressure increases the expression of KLF5 and cell cycle genes in smooth muscle cells

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    Amirak, Emre [Section of Molecular Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Zakkar, Mustafa; Evans, Paul C. [Cardiovascular Sciences, Bywaters Center for Vascular Inflammation, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital, London W12 ONN (United Kingdom); Kemp, Paul R., E-mail: [Section of Molecular Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)


    Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation remains a major cause of veno-arterial graft failure. We hypothesised that exposure of venous SMCs to arterial pressure would increase KLF5 expression and that of cell cycle genes. Porcine jugular veins were perfused at arterial or venous pressure in the absence of growth factors. The KLF5, c-myc, cyclin-D and cyclin-E expression were elevated within 24 h of perfusion at arterial pressure but not at venous pressure. Arterial pressure also reduced the decline in SM-myosin heavy chain expression. These data suggest a role for KLF5 in initiating venous SMCs proliferation in response to arterial pressure.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of polypyrrole grafted chitin (United States)

    Ramaprasad, A. T.; Latha, D.; Rao, Vijayalakshmi


    Synthesis and characterization of chitin grafted with polypyrrole (PPy) is reported in this paper. Chitin is soaked in pyrrole solution of various concentrations for different time intervals and polymerized using ammonium peroxy disulphate (APS) as an initiator. Grafting percentage of polypyrrole onto chitin is calculated from weight of chitin before and after grafting. Grafting of polymer is further verified by dissolution studies. The grafted polymer samples are characterized by FTIR, UV-Vis absorption spectrum, XRD, DSC, TGA, AFM, SEM and conductivity studies.

  13. Augmented reality based real-time subcutaneous vein imaging system. (United States)

    Ai, Danni; Yang, Jian; Fan, Jingfan; Zhao, Yitian; Song, Xianzheng; Shen, Jianbing; Shao, Ling; Wang, Yongtian


    A novel 3D reconstruction and fast imaging system for subcutaneous veins by augmented reality is presented. The study was performed to reduce the failure rate and time required in intravenous injection by providing augmented vein structures that back-project superimposed veins on the skin surface of the hand. Images of the subcutaneous vein are captured by two industrial cameras with extra reflective near-infrared lights. The veins are then segmented by a multiple-feature clustering method. Vein structures captured by the two cameras are matched and reconstructed based on the epipolar constraint and homographic property. The skin surface is reconstructed by active structured light with spatial encoding values and fusion displayed with the reconstructed vein. The vein and skin surface are both reconstructed in the 3D space. Results show that the structures can be precisely back-projected to the back of the hand for further augmented display and visualization. The overall system performance is evaluated in terms of vein segmentation, accuracy of vein matching, feature points distance error, duration times, accuracy of skin reconstruction, and augmented display. All experiments are validated with sets of real vein data. The imaging and augmented system produces good imaging and augmented reality results with high speed.

  14. Varicose veins of the pelvis men

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    O. B. Zhukov


    Full Text Available Syndrome of pelvic venous congestion in men and of prostate particularly in contrast to women disease is poorly known. Classification of varicose pelvic veins in men does not exist. In this paper we analyzed their own data on the diagnosis and treatment of venous congestion in the pelvic and prostate in patients with varicocele. Classification of prostate varicose are also offered by us.

  15. Deep Vein Thrombosis after Coronary Angiography

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    Vivek Singh Guleria


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

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

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


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

  17. Ultrasonic Vein Detector Implementation for Medical Applications


    Taheri, Seyedd Arash


    Nowadays, taking blood samples from a human forearm and using Cephalic, Basilic, and Median Cubital veins to perform various injections can be considered as one of the most routine medical procedures for diagnostic purposes. Most human patients don’t need to waste a lot of time in clinics waiting for the nurses and/or doctors to locate an applicable venipuncture site. However, minority of individuals who suffer from obesity, cancer, and other similar medical complications have to go to excruc...

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

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

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

  19. Absent right superior caval vein in situs solitus

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    Lytzen, Rebekka; Sundberg, Karin; Vejlstrup, Niels


    Introduction In up to 0.07% of the general population, the right anterior cardinal vein obliterates and the left remains open, creating an absent right superior caval vein and a persistent left superior caval vein. Absent right superior caval vein is associated with additional congenital heart...... disease in about half the patients. We wished to study the consequences of absent right superior caval vein as an incidental finding on prenatal ultrasonic malformation screening. Material and methods This is a retrospective case series study of all foetuses diagnosed with absent right superior caval vein...... at the national referral hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark, from 2009 to 2012. RESULTS: In total, five cases of absent right superior caval vein were reviewed. No significant associated cardiac, extra-cardiac, or genetic anomalies were found. Postnatal echocardiographies confirmed the diagnosis and there were...

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

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


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

  1. Laser photocoagulation for retinal vein occlusion

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    K. A. Mirzabekova


    Full Text Available Retinal vein occlusion (RVO is one of the leading causes of permanent vision loss. In adults, central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO occurs in 1.8% while branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO occurs in 0.2%. Treatment strategy and disease prognosis are determined by RVO type (ischemic/non-ischemic. Despite numerous studies and many current CRVO and BRVO treatment approaches, the management of these patients is still being debated. Intravitreal injections of steroids (triamcinolone acetate, dexamethasone and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF inhibitors (bevacizumab, ranibizumab were shown to be fairly effective. However, it is unclear whether anti-VEGF agents are reasonable in ischemic RVOs. Laser photocoagulation remains the only effective treatment of optic nerve head and/or retinal neovascularization. Laser photocoagulation is also indicated for the treatment of macular edema. Both threshold and sub-threshold photocoagulation may be performed. Photocoagulation performed with argon (514 nm, krypton (647 nm, or diode (810 nm laser for macular edema provides similar results (no significant differences. The treatment may be complex and include medication therapy and/or surgery. Medication therapy includes anti-aggregant agents and antioxidants, i.e., emoxypine which may be used in acute RVO as well as in post-thrombotic retinopathy. 

  2. Laser photocoagulation for retinal vein occlusion

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    K. A. Mirzabekova


    Full Text Available Retinal vein occlusion (RVO is one of the leading causes of permanent vision loss. In adults, central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO occurs in 1.8% while branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO occurs in 0.2%. Treatment strategy and disease prognosis are determined by RVO type (ischemic/non-ischemic. Despite numerous studies and many current CRVO and BRVO treatment approaches, the management of these patients is still being debated. Intravitreal injections of steroids (triamcinolone acetate, dexamethasone and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF inhibitors (bevacizumab, ranibizumab were shown to be fairly effective. However, it is unclear whether anti-VEGF agents are reasonable in ischemic RVOs. Laser photocoagulation remains the only effective treatment of optic nerve head and/or retinal neovascularization. Laser photocoagulation is also indicated for the treatment of macular edema. Both threshold and sub-threshold photocoagulation may be performed. Photocoagulation performed with argon (514 nm, krypton (647 nm, or diode (810 nm laser for macular edema provides similar results (no significant differences. The treatment may be complex and include medication therapy and/or surgery. Medication therapy includes anti-aggregant agents and antioxidants, i.e., emoxypine which may be used in acute RVO as well as in post-thrombotic retinopathy. 

  3. Air Pump-Assisted Graft Centration, Graft Edge Unfolding, and Graft Uncreasing in Young Donor Graft Pre-Descemet Endothelial Keratoplasty. (United States)

    Jacob, Soosan; Narasimhan, Smita; Agarwal, Amar; Agarwal, Athiya; A I, Saijimol


    To assess an air pump-assisted technique for graft centration, graft edge unfolding, and graft uncreasing while performing pre-Descemet endothelial keratoplasty (PDEK) using young donor grafts. Continuous pressurized air infusion was used for graft centration, graft edge unfolding, and graft unwrinkling. Ten eyes of 10 patients underwent PDEK with donors aged below 40 years. In all eyes, the donor scrolled into tight scrolls. In all cases, the air pump-assisted technique was effective in positioning and centering the graft accurately and in straightening infolded graft edges and smoothing out graft creases and wrinkles. Endothelial cell loss was 38.6%. Postoperative best-corrected visual acuity at 6 months was 0.66 ± 0.25 in decimal equivalent. Continuous pressurized air infusion acted as a third hand providing a continuous pressure head that supported the graft and prevented graft dislocation as well as anterior chamber collapse during intraocular maneuvering. Adequate maneuvering space was available in all cases, and bleeding, if any, was tamponaded successfully in all cases. Although very young donor grafts may be used for PDEK, they are difficult to center and unroll completely before floating against host stroma. An air pump-assisted technique using continuous pressurized air infusion allows successful final graft positioning even with very young donor corneas. It thus makes surgery easier as several key steps are made easier to handle. It additionally helps in tamponading hemorrhage during peripheral iridectomy, increasing surgical space, preventing fluctuations in the anterior chamber depth, and promoting graft adherence.

  4. Release of Doxorubicin by a Folate-Grafted, Chitosan-Coated Magnetic Nanoparticle (United States)

    Yang, Chung-Lin; Chen, Jyh-Ping; Wei, Kuo-Chen; Chen, Ju-Yu; Huang, Chia-Wen; Liao, Zi-Xian


    In clinical tumor therapy, chemotherapeutic routes have caused severe side effects; current delivery methods are unsatisfactory. Successful design of a remotely folate (FA)-grafted chitosan (CS)-coated magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) with low toxicity, has been achieved. A chemotherapeutic drug such as doxorubicin (DOX), is loaded in the MNP-based matrix (FA-grafted CS-DOX-TPP-MNP), which is coated by an activated target tumor molecule of FA-grafted CS biopolymer with the inclusion of tripolyphosphate (TPP) as a linker. The resultant nano-complexes exhibited random aggregates (~240 nm) and zeta potential (−24.9 mV). In vivo experiments using athymic BALB/c nude mice with human glioblastoma U87 cells in a subcutaneous tumor model revealed that magnetic guidance of FA-grafted CS-DOX-TPP-MNP, injected via the tail vein, significantly decreased tumor growth. This manuscript demonstrates the feasibility of magnetizing control of FA-grafted CS-DOX-TPP-MNP to enhance the localization of drug release. PMID:28406429

  5. Downhill oesophageal varices resulting from superior vena cava graft occlusion after resection of a thymoma† (United States)

    Inoue, Yoshimasa; Sakai, Shoji; Aoki, Teruhiro


    Downhill oesophageal varices (DEV) may occur as a rare complication of superior vena cava (SVC) obstruction. DEV are usually associated with SVC obstruction caused by systemic vasculitis or mediastinal tumours. In this report, we describe a very rare case of DEV resulting from SVC graft occlusion after resection of a thymoma. A 66-year old man with an invasive thymoma was treated by radical resection and bypass grafting from the right brachiocephalic vein to the right atrium. Occlusion of the SVC graft was diagnosed postoperatively; however, the patient could be managed conservatively. Although there had been no significant findings in the oesophagus in previous endoscopic examinations, grade F2 varices were found in the proximal oesophagus in the 19th postoperative month, and DEV caused by SVC graft occlusion was diagnosed. Until now, 2 years since the diagnosis, no apparent symptoms or deterioration of the DEV have been observed. The possible development of DEV should be borne in mind during the follow-up of patients with postoperative SVC graft occlusion. PMID:23686892

  6. The vertebral venous plexuses: the internal veins are muscular and external veins have valves. (United States)

    Stringer, Mark D; Restieaux, Matthew; Fisher, Amanda L; Crosado, Brynley


    The internal and external vertebral venous plexuses (VVP) extend the length of the vertebral column. Authoritative sources state that these veins are devoid of valves, permitting bidirectional blood flow and facilitating the hematogenous spread of malignant tumors that have venous connections with these plexuses. The aim of this investigation was to identify morphologic features that might influence blood flow in the VVP. The VVP of 12 adult cadavers (seven female, mean age 79.5 years) were examined by macro- and micro-dissection and representative veins removed for histology and immunohistochemistry (smooth muscle antibody staining). A total of 26, mostly bicuspid, valves were identified in 19 of 56 veins (34%) from the external VVP, all orientated to promote blood flow towards the internal VVP. The internal VVP was characterized by four main longitudinal channels with transverse interconnections; the maximum caliber of the longitudinal anterior internal VVP veins was significantly greater than their posterior counterparts (P < 0.001). The luminal architecture of the internal VVP veins was striking, consisting of numerous bridging trabeculae (cords, thin membranes and thick bridges) predominantly within the longitudinal venous channels. Trabeculae were composed of collagen and smooth muscle and also contained numerous small arteries and nerve fibers. A similar internal venous trabecular meshwork is known to exist within the dural venous sinuses of the skull. It may serve to prevent venous overdistension or collapse, to regulate the direction and velocity of venous blood flow, or is possibly involved in thermoregulation or other homeostatic processes. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Absence of Middle Hepatic Vein Combined with Retro-Aortic Left Renal Vein: a Very Rare Case Report

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    Full Text Available The hepatic and renal veins drain into the inferior vena cava. The upper group of hepatic veins consists of three veins which extend to the posterior face of the liver to join the inferior cava. The left renal vein passes anterior to the aorta just below the origin of the superior mesenteric artery. We detected a variation in the hepatic and renal veins in a multislice CT angiogram of a nine-year-old male patient in the Radiology Department of Afyon Kocatepe University Medical School. The upper group hepatic veins normally drains into the inferior vena cava as three separate trunks, namely the right, left and middle. In our case, we found that only the right and left hepatic veins existed and the middle hepatic vein was absent. Furthermore, the left renal vein, which normally passes anterior to the abdominal aorta, was retro-aortic. Left renal vein variations are of great importance in planning retroperitoneal surgery and vascular interventions. Knowledge of a patient’s hepatic vein and renovascular anatomy and determining their variations and anomalies are of critical importance to abdominal operations, transplantations and preoperative evaluation of endovascular interventions.

  8. Multiple variations in the azygos venous system: a preaortic interazygos vein and the absence of hemiazygos vein. (United States)

    Ozdemir, B; Aldur, M M; Celik, H H


    Multiple variations of the azygos venous system were detected during routine dissection. The hemiazygos vein was underdeveloped. On the left side of the thorax, posterior intercostal veins between the 8th and 11th intercostal spaces and the subcostal vein drained into the azygos vein independently. In addition, the posterior 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th intercostal veins united and formed two superior and inferior trunks. The superior common trunk, at the level of the T4 vertebra, crossed the vertebral column obliquely, lying anterior to the aorta and posterior to the esophagus, opening into the azygos vein at the level of the T4 vertebra. The other structures in this part were normal. There were different courses of the azygos vein system. This variation is important in mediastinal surgery and also in the interpretation of radiographs.


    Veronese, Chiara; Staurenghi, Giovanni; Pellegrini, Marco; Maiolo, Chiara; Primavera, Laura; Morara, Mariachiara; Armstrong, Grayson W; Ciardella, Antonio P


    The aim of this study is to describe the clinical presentation of vortex vein varices with multimodal imaging. The authors carried out a retrospective case series of eight patients (7 female, 1 male) with an average age of 60.2 years (min 8, max 84, median 68.5) presenting with vortex vein varices. All patients were evaluated at the Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy and at Luigi Sacco Hospital, University of Milan, Milan, Italy. Patients underwent complete ophthalmologic examinations, including best corrected visual acuity, intraocular pressure, anterior segment, and fundus examination. Imaging studies, including fundus color photography, near-infrared reflectance imaging, fundus autofluorescence, fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, and spectral-domain enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography were also performed. Ultra-widefield fluorescein angiography and ultra-widefield indocyanine angiography using the Heidelberg Retina Angiograph and the Staurenghi 230 SLO Retina Lens were used to demonstrate the disappearance of all retinal lesions when pressure was applied to the globe. All eight cases initially presented to the emergency room. One patient presented secondary to trauma, two patients presented for suspected hemangioma, whereas the other five were referred to the authors' hospitals for suspected retinal lesions. On examination, retinal abnormalities were identified in all 8 patients, with 7 (87.5%) oculus dexter and 1 (12.5%) oculus sinister, and with 1 (12.5%) inferotemporally, 3 (37.5%) superonasally, 3 (37.5%) inferonasally, and 1 (12.5%) inferiorly. Fundus color photography showed an elevated lesion in seven patients and a nonelevated red lesion in one patient. In all patients, near-infrared reflectance imaging showed a hyporeflective lesion in the periphery of the retina. Fundus autofluorescence identified round hypofluorescent rings surrounding weakly hyperfluorescent lesions in all

  10. An arterioarterial prosthetic graft as an alternative option for haemodialysis access: a systematic review. (United States)

    Grima, Matthew J; Vriens, Bianca; Holt, Peter J; Chemla, Eric


    All arteriovenous fistula/grafts options should be exhausted before haemodialysis is carried out via central venous catheters (CVC). CVCs carry high morbidity and mortality risks and in some patients, the central veins could be exhausted. In these patients, an arterioarterial prosthetic loop (AAPL) or straight graft can be the only option for haemodialysis. A systematic review was thus carried out to look at the use of arterioarterial graft for haemodialysis, with regards to dialysis adequacy, complications, and patency rates. An electronic search was performed using the EMBASE and MEDLINE databases from inception until June 2017. Study retrieval was conducted according to PRISMA guidelines. A total of eight studies published between 1976 and 2017 were identified for pooled analysis. The studies were retrospective cohort in design and reported data on 151 patients. Primary patency rate ranged from 67%-94.5% at six months to 54%-61% at 36 months, with secondary patency rates from 83%-93% at six months to 72%-87% at 36 months. All studies documented satisfactory haemodialysis. Although limited by the size of the cohort of patients studied, patients with end-to-side grafts did not suffer from distal ischaemia when the graft occluded unlike patients who had their graft sutured as end-to-end. This review highlights the potential benefit of arterioarterial grafts for dialysis as an alternative vascular access option. As a result, this review calls for registry-based multicentre study to evaluate this treatment arm as an alternative option when all AVF/AVG options are exhausted.

  11. Anatomic Variation of Facial Vein in Carotid-Cavernous Fistula and Trans-Facial Vein Embolization. (United States)

    Luo, Chao-Bao; Chang, Feng-Chi; Teng, Michael Mu-Huo; Ting, Ta-Wei


    Trans-facial vein (FV) embolization via the internal jugular vein is an alternative approach to embolization of carotid cavernous fistulas (CCFs). The purpose of this study is to report the anatomic variation of FVs and our experience of trans-FV embolization of CCFs. Over 6 years, 26 patients (12 men and 14 women; age range 27-72 years old) with CCFs underwent trans-FV embolization because of anterior drainage of fistulas. We retrospectively analyzed angioarchitecture of the CCFs focusing on the anatomic variations of FVs and angiographic and clinical outcomes after embolization. FVs drained to the internal jugular vein in 10 (38%) cases; FVs unexpectedly emptied into the external jugular vein in 16 (62%) cases. All FVs entered into the internal jugular vein at the level of the hyoid bone. In cases with fistulas to the FV and EJV, the termination of FVs was variable including superior (n = 5), inferior (n = 1), or at the level of the hyoid bone (n = 10). Successful microcatheterization via different insertions of FVs to jugular veins was achieved in all cases. One patient had a small residual fistula, and 2 patients had fistula recurrence. Temporary impairment of cranial nerve III or VI occurred in 4 patients. The mean clinical follow-up time was 18 months. Trans-FV embolization is an effective and safe method to manage CCFs with anterior drainage. However, anatomic variations of the FV exist, and a careful work-up of fistula venous drainage before trans-FV embolization is essential to reduce erroneous attempts, procedure time, and periprocedural risk. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Automated detection of periventricular veins on 7 T brain MRI (United States)

    Kuijf, Hugo J.; Bouvy, Willem H.; Zwanenburg, Jaco J. M.; Viergever, Max A.; Biessels, Geert Jan; Vincken, Koen L.


    Cerebral small vessel disease is common in elderly persons and a leading cause of cognitive decline, dementia, and acute stroke. With the introduction of ultra-high field strength 7.0T MRI, it is possible to visualize small vessels in the brain. In this work, a proof-of-principle study is conducted to assess the feasibility of automatically detecting periventricular veins. Periventricular veins are organized in a fan-pattern and drain venous blood from the brain towards the caudate vein of Schlesinger, which is situated along the lateral ventricles. Just outside this vein, a region-of- interest (ROI) through which all periventricular veins must cross is defined. Within this ROI, a combination of the vesselness filter, tubular tracking, and hysteresis thresholding is applied to locate periventricular veins. All detected locations were evaluated by an expert human observer. The results showed a positive predictive value of 88% and a sensitivity of 95% for detecting periventricular veins. The proposed method shows good results in detecting periventricular veins in the brain on 7.0T MR images. Compared to previous works, that only use a 1D or 2D ROI and limited image processing, our work presents a more comprehensive definition of the ROI, advanced image processing techniques to detect periventricular veins, and a quantitative analysis of the performance. The results of this proof-of-principle study are promising and will be used to assess periventricular veins on 7.0T brain MRI.

  13. Quantification of deep medullary veins at 7 T brain MRI

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    Kuijf, Hugo J.; Viergever, Max A.; Vincken, Koen L. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Image Sciences Institute, Utrecht (Netherlands); Bouvy, Willem H.; Razoux Schultz, Tom B.; Biessels, Geert Jan [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Neurology, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, Utrecht (Netherlands); Zwanenburg, Jaco J.M. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Image Sciences Institute, Utrecht (Netherlands); University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands)


    Deep medullary veins support the venous drainage of the brain and may display abnormalities in the context of different cerebrovascular diseases. We present and evaluate a method to automatically detect and quantify deep medullary veins at 7 T. Five participants were scanned twice, to assess the robustness and reproducibility of manual and automated vein detection. Additionally, the method was evaluated on 24 participants to demonstrate its application. Deep medullary veins were assessed within an automatically created region-of-interest around the lateral ventricles, defined such that all veins must intersect it. A combination of vesselness, tubular tracking, and hysteresis thresholding located individual veins, which were quantified by counting and computing (3-D) density maps. Visual assessment was time-consuming (2 h/scan), with an intra-/inter-observer agreement on absolute vein count of ICC = 0.76 and 0.60, respectively. The automated vein detection showed excellent inter-scan reproducibility before (ICC = 0.79) and after (ICC = 0.88) visually censoring false positives. It had a positive predictive value of 71.6 %. Imaging at 7 T allows visualization and quantification of deep medullary veins. The presented method offers fast and reliable automated assessment of deep medullary veins. (orig.)

  14. Computed tomographic evaluation of the portal vein in the hepatomas

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    Lee, Kee Hyung; Lee, Seung Chul; Bae, Man Gil; Seo, Heung Suk; Kim, Soon Yong; Lee, Min Ho; Kee, Choon Suhk; Park, Kyung Nam [Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Computed tomography and pornographic findings of 63 patients with hepatoma, undergone hepatic angiography and superior mesenteric pornography for evaluation of tumor and thrombosis of portal vein and determination of indication of transcatheter arterial embolization for palliative treatment of hepatoma from April, 85 to June, 86 in Hanyang university hospital, were reviewed. The results were as follows: 1. In 36 cases, portal vein thrombosis was detected during photography. Nineteen of 37 cases which revealed localized hepatoma in the right lobe of the liver showed portal vein thrombosis; 9 of 11 cases of the left lobe; 8 of 14 cases which were involved in entire liver revealed thrombosis. One case localized in the caudate lobe showed no evidence of invasion to portal vein. 2. Twenty-four of 34 cases with diffuse infiltrative hepatoma revealed portal vein thrombosis and the incidence of portal vein thrombosis in this type were higher than in the cases of the nodular type. 3. The portal vein thrombosis appeared as filling defects of low density in the lumen of the portal veins in CT and they did not reveal contrast enhancement. 4. CT revealed well the evidence of obstructions in the cases of portal vein thrombosis and the findings were well-corresponded to the findings of the superior mesenteric photography. 5. Five of the cases of the portal vein thrombosis were missed in the CT and the causes were considered as due to partial volume effect of enhanced portal vein with partial occlusion or arterioportal shunts. 6. Six of 13 cases with occlusion of main portal vein showed cavernous transformation and they were noted as multiple small enhanced vascularities around the porta hepatis in the CT. According to the results, we conclude that CT is a useful modality to detect the changes of the portal veins in the patients of the hepatoma.

  15. Pressure-Temperature History of Shock-Induced Melt Veins (United States)

    Decarli, P. S.; Sharp, T. G.; Xie, Z.; Aramovich, C.


    Shock-induced melt veins that occur in chondrites commonly contain metastable high-pressure phases such as (Mg,Fe)SiO3-perovskite, akimotoite, ringwoodite, and majorite, that crystallized from the melt at high pressure. The metastable high-pressure minerals invert rapidly to stable low-pressure phases if they remain at high temperatures after the pressure is released. Although shock compression mechanisms permit rapid heating of the vein volume, adiabatic cooling on decompression is negligible because of the relative incompressibility of the material in the vein. The presence of metastable mantle minerals in a vein thus implies that the vein was quenched via thermal conduction to adjacent cooler material at high pressure. The quenching time of the vein can be determined from ordinary heat flow calculations (Langenhorst and Poirier, 2000), given knowledge of the vein dimensions and the temperatures at the time of vein formation in both the vein and the surrounding material. We have calculated a synthetic Hugoniot for the Tenham L6 chondrite to estimate bulk post-shock and shock temperatures as a function of shock pressure. Assuming a superliquidus temperature of 2500°C for the melt vein, we use a simple thermal model to investigate then thermal histories of melt veins during shock. The variation in crystallization assemblages within melt veins can be explained in terms of variable cooling rates. Survival of (Mg,Fe)SiO3-perovskite in Tenham (Tomioka and Fugino, 1997) requires that melt veins cooled to below 565°C before pressure release, which further constrains shock pressure, duration of the pressure pulse and cooling histories.

  16. Acute Thrombosis of Left Portal Vein during Right Portal Vein Embolization Extended to Segment 4. (United States)

    Shaw, Colette M; Madoff, David C


    Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is an uncommon, but potentially devastating complication of portal vein embolization (PVE). Its occurrence relates to both local and systemic risk factors. In the setting of PVE, precipitating factors include injury to the vessel wall and reduced portal flow. Contributory factors include portal hypertension, hypercoagulopathy, inflammatory processes, malignancy, pregnancy, oral contraceptive use, and asplenia. The goal of therapy is to prevent thrombus progression and lyse existing clot. Hepatectomy is impossible if adequate recanalization has not occurred and/or overt portal hypertension develops. The mechanisms for thrombus development, its diagnosis, management, and prognosis are discussed.

  17. Portal vein and mesenteric vein gas: CT features; Aeroportie ety aeromesenterie: donnees TDM

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    Schmutz, G.; Fournier, L.; Le Pennec, V.; Provost, N.; Hue, S.; Phi, I.N. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, 14 - Caen (France)


    Portal vein and mesenteric vein gas are unusual conditions with a complex and nuclear pathogenesis. Mesenteric ischemia frequently causes such pathological conditions but a variety of other causes are known: inflammatory bowel disease, bowel distension, traumatic and iatrogenic injury, intra-abdominal sepsis, and idiopathic conditions. This pathologic entity is favored by intestinal wall alterations, bowel distension and sepsis. The prognosis is frequently fatal, especially when associated with extended bowel necrosis although in the majority of the cases, outcome is favorable without surgery. (author)

  18. Ethnic differences in arm vein diameter and arteriovenous fistula creation rates in men undergoing hemodialysis access. (United States)

    Ishaque, Brandon; Zayed, Mohamed A; Miller, Jessica; Nguyen, David; Kaji, Amy H; Lee, Jason T; O'Connell, Jessica; de Virgilio, Christian


    The National Kidney Foundation recommends that arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) be placed in at least 65% of hemodialysis patients. Some studies suggest that African American patients are less likely to receive a first-time AVF than patients of other ethnicities, although the reason for this disparity is unclear. The purpose of our study is to determine (1) whether there are ethnic differences in AVF creation, (2) whether this may be related to differences in vein diameters, and (3) whether AVF patency rates are similar between African American and non-African American male patients. Consecutive male patients undergoing first-time hemodialysis access from 2006 to 2010 at two institutions were retrospectively reviewed. Data collected included age, ethnicity, weight, height, body mass index, diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, smoking history, intravenous drug abuse, need for temporary access placement, and preoperative venous ultrasound measurements. Categoric variables were compared using χ(2) analysis, and the Wilcoxon rank-sum test was used to compare continuous variables. Of 249 male patients identified, 95 were African American. Median age in African American and non-African American patients was 63 years. Hypertension and hyperlipidemia were statistically significantly greater in African American patients. The need for temporary access before hemoaccess was similar between the cohorts. African American patients demonstrated significantly smaller median basilic and cephalic vein diameters at most measured sites. Overall, 221 of 249 (88.8%) underwent AVF first. An AV graft was created in 17.9% of African American patients vs in only 7.1% of non-African Americans (odds ratio, 2.8; 95% confidence interval, 1.3-6.4; P = .009). The difference between median vein diameters used for autologous fistula creation in African American and non-African American patients was not significant. There was no significant difference in the primary patency (80.8% vs 76

  19. Vestibular tributaries to the vein of the vestibular aqueduct

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    Hansen, Jesper Marsner; Qvortrup, Klaus; Friis, Morten


    CONCLUSION: The vein of the vestibular aqueduct drains blood from areas extensively lined by vestibular dark cells (VDCs). A possible involvement in the pathogenesis of an impaired endolymphatic homeostasis can be envisioned at the level of the dark cells area. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study...... was to investigate the vascular relationship between the vein of the vestibular aqueduct and the vestibular apparatus, with focus on the VDCs. METHODS: Sixteen male Wistar rats were divided into groups of 6 and 10. In the first group, 2 µm thick sections including the vein of the vestibular aqueduct, utricle...... relation to the VDCs in the utricle and the crista ampullaris of the lateral semicircular canal in the vestibular apparatus. One major vein emanated from these networks, which emptied into the vein of the vestibular aqueduct. Veins draining the saccule and the common crus of the superior and posterior...

  20. Central Retinal Vein Occlusion Revealing Coelic Disease

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Thrombosis has been widely reported in coeliac disease (CD but central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO is rarely described. Case presentation: A 27-year-old woman presented with acute visual loss and was diagnosed with CRVO. Her protein S and protein C levels were low and CD was diagnosed on the basis of endoscopic, immunological and histological results. A gluten-free diet resulted in favourable evolution. Conclusion: CD should be considered in young patients with thrombosis, especially if in an unusual location. Treatment is based on a gluten-free diet.

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

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


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

  2. Unilateral pulmonary vein atresia: A case report

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


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

  3. Pediatric aneurysms and vein of Galen malformations (United States)

    Rao, V. R. K.; Mathuriya, S. N.


    Pediatric aneurysms are different from adult aneurysms – they are more rare, are giant and in the posterior circulation more frequently than in adults and may be associated with congenital disorders. Infectious and traumatic aneursyms are also seen more frequently. Vein of Galen malformations are even rarer entities. They may be of choroidal or mural type. Based on the degree of AV shunting they may present with failure to thrive, with hydrocephalus or in severe cases with heart failure. The only possible treatment is by endovascular techniques – both transarterial and transvenous routes are employed. Rarely transtorcular approach is needed. These cases should be managed by an experienced neurointerventionist. PMID:22069420

  4. Leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava level II involvement: curative resection and reconstruction of renal veins (United States)


    Leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava (IVCL) is a rare retroperitoneal tumor. We report two cases of level II (middle level, renal veins to hepatic veins) IVCL, who underwent en bloc resection with reconstruction of bilateral or left renal venous return using prosthetic grafts. In our cases, IVCL is documented to be occluded preoperatively, therefore, radical resection of tumor and/or right kidney was performed and the distal end of inferior vena cava was resected and without caval reconstruction. None of the patients developed edema or acute renal failure postoperatively. After surgical resection, adjuvant radiation therapy was administrated. The patients have been free of recurrence 2 years and 3 months, 9 months after surgery, respectively, indicating the complete surgical resection and radiotherapy contribute to the better survival. The reconstruction of inferior vena cava was not considered mandatory in level II IVCL, if the retroperitoneal venous collateral pathways have been established. In addition to the curative resection of IVCL, the renal vascular reconstruction minimized the risks of procedure-related acute renal failure, and was more physiologically preferable. This concept was reflected in the treatment of the two patients reported on. PMID:22742531

  5. Leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava level II involvement: curative resection and reconstruction of renal veins

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    Wang Quan


    Full Text Available Abstract Leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava (IVCL is a rare retroperitoneal tumor. We report two cases of level II (middle level, renal veins to hepatic veins IVCL, who underwent en bloc resection with reconstruction of bilateral or left renal venous return using prosthetic grafts. In our cases, IVCL is documented to be occluded preoperatively, therefore, radical resection of tumor and/or right kidney was performed and the distal end of inferior vena cava was resected and without caval reconstruction. None of the patients developed edema or acute renal failure postoperatively. After surgical resection, adjuvant radiation therapy was administrated. The patients have been free of recurrence 2 years and 3 months, 9 months after surgery, respectively, indicating the complete surgical resection and radiotherapy contribute to the better survival. The reconstruction of inferior vena cava was not considered mandatory in level II IVCL, if the retroperitoneal venous collateral pathways have been established. In addition to the curative resection of IVCL, the renal vascular reconstruction minimized the risks of procedure-related acute renal failure, and was more physiologically preferable. This concept was reflected in the treatment of the two patients reported on.

  6. Two-Stage Liver Transplantation with Temporary Porto-Middle Hepatic Vein Shunt

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    Giovanni Varotti


    Full Text Available Two-stage liver transplantation (LT has been reported for cases of fulminant liver failure that can lead to toxic hepatic syndrome, or massive hemorrhages resulting in uncontrollable bleeding. Technically, the first stage of the procedure consists of a total hepatectomy with preservation of the recipient's inferior vena cava (IVC, followed by the creation of a temporary end-to-side porto-caval shunt (TPCS. The second stage consists of removing the TPCS and implanting a liver graft when one becomes available. We report a case of a two-stage total hepatectomy and LT in which a temporary end-to-end anastomosis between the portal vein and the middle hepatic vein (TPMHV was performed as an alternative to the classic end-to-end TPCS. The creation of a TPMHV proved technically feasible and showed some advantages compared to the standard TPCS. In cases in which a two-stage LT with side-to-side caval reconstruction is utilized, TPMHV can be considered as a safe and effective alternative to standard TPCS.

  7. Covalent immobilization of lysozyme onto woven and knitted crimped polyethylene terephthalate grafts to minimize the adhesion of broad spectrum pathogens

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    Al Meslmani, Bassam M., E-mail: [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, Ketzerbach 63, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Mahmoud, Gihan F., E-mail: [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, Ketzerbach 63, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Department of Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy, Helwan University, Ain Helwan, 11795 Cairo (Egypt); Leichtweiß, Thomas, E-mail: [Institute of Physical Chemistry, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 58, 35392 Giessen (Germany); Strehlow, Boris, E-mail: [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, Ketzerbach 63, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Sommer, Frank O., E-mail: [Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Hygiene, Marburg University, Hans Meerwein Str 2, 35032 Marburg (Germany); Lohoff, Michael D., E-mail: [Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Hygiene, Marburg University, Hans Meerwein Str 2, 35032 Marburg (Germany); Bakowsky, Udo, E-mail: [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, Ketzerbach 63, 35037 Marburg (Germany)


    Graft-associated infections entirely determine the short-term patency of polyethylene terephthalate PET cardiovascular graft. We attempted to enzymatically inhibit the initial bacterial adhesion to PET grafts using lysozyme. Lysozyme was covalently immobilized onto woven and knitted forms of crimped PET grafts by the end-point method. Our figures of merit revealed lysozyme immobilization yield of 15.7 μg/cm{sup 2}, as determined by the Bradford assay. The activity of immobilized lysozyme on woven and knitted PET manifested 58.4% and 55.87% using Micrococcus lysodeikticus cells, respectively. Noteworthy, the adhesion of vein catheter-isolated Staphylococcus epidermidis decreased by 6- to 8-folds and of Staphylococcus aureus by 11- to 12-folds, while the Gram-negative Escherichia coli showed only a decrease by 3- to 4-folds. The anti-adhesion efficiency was specific for bacterial cells and no significant effect was observed on adhesion and growth of L929 cells. In conclusion, immobilization of lysozyme onto PET grafts can inhibit the graft-associated infection. - Highlights: • Lysozyme was covalently immobilized on crimped polyethylene terephthalate (PET). • The activity of immobilized lysozyme was meaningfully reduced. • The maintained activity significantly declined the adhesion of Gram-positive stains. • The enzymatic anti-adhesion efficiency reported lesser extent against Gram-negative. • The anti-bacterial activity displayed no significant effect on cells compatibility.

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

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


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

  9. Marginal vein is not a varicose vein; it is a venous malformation

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    Byung-Boong Lee


    Full Text Available Marginal vein (MV is one form of venous malformation (VM; MV is not a varicose vein. MV is the outcome of defective development during the later stage of embryogenesis while the vein trunk is formed. It is an embryonic vein tissue remnant remaining on birth following the failure of normal involutional process. MV is the most common VM involved to Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS; together with the lymphatic malformation, MV is one of two clinically most important congenital vascular malformation components among KTS. MV causes chronic venous insufficiency (CVI due to a unique condition of avalvulosis (lack of venous valve development it accompanies with. Besides, it accompanies a high risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE due to its structural defect with a lack of smooth muscle cell to form the media properly as a truncular VM infrequently causing fatal pulmonary embolism. Therefore, the MV is indicated for the surgical excision whenever feasible not only for the prevention of VTE and CVI but also for abnormal long bone growth known as vascular bone syndrome as well as lymphatic complication precipitated by MV.

  10. Vein mechanism simulation study for deep vein thrombosis early diagnosis using cfd (United States)

    Ibrahim, Nabilah; Aziz, Nur Shazilah Abd; Manap, Abreeza Noorlina Abd


    Using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technique, this work focus on the analysis of pressure, velocity, and vorticity of blood flow along the popliteal vein. Since the study of early stage of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) becomes essential to prevent the pulmonary embolism (PE), those three parameters are analysed to assess the effect of different opening between two valves of a normal popliteal vein. When only one valve is simulated, the result of pressure shows that the highest and lowest velocities are 15.45 cm/s and 0.73 cm/s, respectively. From the visualization of observed data, however, the different size of orifice between the first and second valves influencing the velocity and vorticity of the blood flow. The rotational motion of blood particle at the same region increases the probability of blood accumulating which is associated with the development of thrombus. Thus, a series of experiment has been conducted by changing the size of valve orifice for the first and second valves along the vein distribution. The result of the CFD simulation shows a significant variation in blood flow in terms of velocity and vorticity.

  11. Pure 3D laparoscopic living donor right hemihepatectomy in a donor with separate right posterior and right anterior hepatic ducts and portal veins. (United States)

    Hong, Suk Kyun; Suh, Kyung-Suk; Kim, Hyo-Sin; Yoon, Kyung Chul; Ahn, Sung-Woo; Oh, Dongkyu; Kim, Hyeyoung; Yi, Nam-Joon; Lee, Kwang-Woong


    Despite increases in the performance of pure laparoscopic living donor hepatectomy, variations in the bile duct or portal vein have been regarded as relative contraindications to this technique [1-3]. This report describes a donor with separate right posterior and right anterior hepatic ducts and portal veins who underwent pure laparoscopic living donor right hemihepatectomy, integrated with 3D laparoscopy and indocyanine green (ICG) near-infrared fluorescence cholangiography [1, 4, 5]. A 50-year-old man offered to donate part of his liver to his older brother, who required a transplant for hepatitis B-associated liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Donor height was 178.0 cm, body weight was 82.7 kg, and body mass index was 26.1 kg/m 2 . Preoperative computed tomography and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography showed that the donor had separate right posterior and right anterior hepatic ducts and portal veins. The entire procedure was performed under 3D laparoscopic view. Following intravenous injections of 0.05 mg/kg ICG, ICG near-infrared fluorescence camera was used to demarcate the exact transection line and determine the optimal bile duct division point. The total operation time was 443 min; the donor required no transfusions and experienced no intraoperative complications. The graft weighed 1146 g with a graft-to-recipient weight ratio of 1.88%. The optimal bile duct division point was identified using ICG fluorescence cholangiography, and the bile duct was divided with good patency without any stricture. The right anterior and posterior portal veins were transected with endostaplers without any torsion. The patient was discharged on postoperative day 8, with no complications. Using a 3D view and ICG fluorescence cholangiography, pure 3D laparoscopic living donor right hemihepatectomy is feasible in a donor with separate right posterior and right anterior hepatic ducts and portal veins.

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

    Ruiz-Tovar, Jaime; Priego, Pablo


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

  13. A rare case of branch retinal vein occlusion following Sirsasana

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    Balamurugan, Anugraha; Srikanth, Krishnagopal


    .... It is also known to cause causes raised intraocular pressure, decompression retinopathy, glaucomatous visual field defects, central retinal vein occlusion, progression of glaucoma, optic neuropathy...

  14. Experimental model of cultured skin graft

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    Alfredo Gragnani; Jeffrey R. Morgan; Lydia Masako Ferreira


    .... It permits the xenografting evaluation of cultured cells graft or of the genetically modified cells and of the association of the cultured cells and the dermal substitutes, the composite grafts, and of the autografting...

  15. Can deep vein thrombosis be predicted after varicose vein operation in women in rural areas? (United States)

    Warot, Marcin; Synowiec, Tomasz; Wencel-Warot, Agnieszka; Daroszewski, Przemysław; Bojar, Iwona; Micker, Maciej; Chęciński, Paweł


    Chronic venous disease is a group of symptoms caused by functional and structural defects of the venous vessels. One of the most common aspects of this disease is the occurrence of varicose veins. There are many ways of prevention and treatment of varicose veins, but in Poland the leading one is still surgery. As in every medical procedure there is the possibility of some complications. One of them is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The diagnosis of DVT can be difficult, especially when access to a specialist is limited, such as in case of rural patients. The aim of the study. The aim of the study was estimation of the influence of LMWH primary prophylaxis on the formation of postoperative DVT, as well as sensitivity and specificity of clinical examination and D-dimer value in diagnosis of postoperative DVT in women. The study was conducted in a group of 93 women operated on in the Department of General, Vascular Surgery and Angiology at the Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences in Poznań, Poland. The patients had undergone a varicose vein operation and were randomly divided into two groups: A - 48 women receiving LMWH during two days of the perioperative period, B - 45 women receiving LMWH during seven days of the perioperative period. There was no significant difference in the postoperative DVT complications in both groups. The value of D-dimer > 0.987 mcg/ml and swelling > 1.5 cm of shin (in comparison to the preoperative period) plays a significant role in diagnosis of DVT. The extended primary prophylaxis with LMWH does not affect the amount or quality of thrombotic complications after varicose vein operation. If the DVT occurs, the evaluation of the D - dimer and careful clinical examination can be a useful method for its diagnosis.

  16. Can deep vein thrombosis be predicted after varicose vein operation in women in rural areas?

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    Marcin Warot


    Full Text Available [b]Introduction[/b]. Chronic venous disease is a group of symptoms caused by functional and structural defects of the venous vessels. One of the most common aspects of this disease is the occurrence of varicose veins. There are many ways of prevention and treatment of varicose veins, but in Poland the leading one is still surgery. As in every medical procedure there is the possibility of some complications. One of them is deep vein thrombosis (DVT. The diagnosis of DVT can be difficult, especially when access to a specialist is limited, such as in case of rural patients. [b]The aim of the study.[/b] The aim of the study was estimation of the influence of LMWH primary prophylaxis on the formation of postoperative DVT, as well as sensitivity and specificity of clinical examination and D-dimer value in diagnosis of postoperative DVT in women. [b]Materials and methods[/b]. The study was conducted in a group of 93 women operated on in the Department of General, Vascular Surgery and Angiology at the Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences in Poznań, Poland. The patients had undergone a varicose vein operation and were randomly divided into two groups: A – 48 women receiving LMWH during two days of the perioperative period, B – 45 women receiving LMWH during seven days of the perioperative period. [b]Results[/b]. There was no significant difference in the postoperative DVT complications in both groups. The value of D-dimer > 0.987 mcg/ml and swelling > 1.5 cm of shin (in comparison to the preoperative period plays a significant role in diagnosis of DVT. [b]Conclusions[/b]. The extended primary prophylaxis with LMWH does not affect the amount or quality of thrombotic complications after varicose vein operation. If the DVT occurs, the evaluation of the D – dimer and careful clinical examination can be a useful method for its diagnosis.

  17. A DUPLICATED GREAT SAPHENOUS VEIN AND CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE FOR VARICOSITY. Duplicación de la vena safena magna y significado clínico de las várices


    Waseem Al Talalwah; Roger Soames


    En varios estudios se ha relacionado la vena safena magna doble con dilataciones varicosas. Durante una clase de disección de pre-grado de la extremidad inferior se encontró una doble vena safena magna unilateral en el miembro inferior izquierdo de un cadáver masculino. La incidencia de esta variación fue del 1,3% de todos los especímenes muestra. En este trabajo se reporta la variabilidad del drenaje venoso de las extremidades inferiores para mejorar la conciencia para los radiólogos vascula...

  18. Review of the Surgical Approaches for Peyronie's Disease: Corporeal Plication and Plaque Incision with Grafting

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    Viet Q. Tran


    Full Text Available The understanding and management of Peyronie's disease (PD has improved but elucidating the exact etiology of the disease has yet to be achieved. In this paper, we review the historical and clinical aspects of PD. We focus on the evolution of surgical management for PD and review recent published articles that compare popular surgical techniques such as plication and plaque incision with vein graft. These two techniques have been reported to be equivalent with respect to patient satisfaction; however, each technique has its own advantages and disadvantages.

  19. Percutaneous subclavian artery stent-graft placement following failed ultrasound guided subclavian venous access

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    Szkup Peter


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ultrasound guidance for central and peripheral venous access has been proven to improve success rates and reduce complications of venous cannulation. Appropriately trained and experienced operators add significantly to diminished patient morbidity related to venous access procedures. We discuss a patient who required an arterial stent-graft to prevent arterial hemorrhage following inadvertent cannulation of the proximal, ventral, right subclavian artery related to unsuccessful ultrasound guided access of the subclavian vein. Case presentation During pre-operative preparation for aortic valve replacement and aorto-coronary bypass surgery an anesthetist attempted ultrasound guided venous access. The ultrasound guided attempt to access the right jugular vein failed and the ultrasound guided attempt at accessing the subclavian vein resulted in inappropriate placement of an 8.5 F sheath in the arterial system. Following angiographic imaging and specialist consultations, an arterial stent-graft was deployed in the right subclavian artery rather than perform an extensive anterior chest wall resection and dissection to extract the arterial sheath. The patient tolerated the procedure, without complication, despite occlusion of the right internal mammary artery and the right vertebral artery. There were no neurologic sequelae. There was no evidence of hemorrhage after subclavian artery sheath extraction and stent-graft implantation. Conclusion The attempted ultrasound guided puncture of the subclavian vein resulted in placement of an 8.5 F subclavian artery catheter. Entry of the catheter into the proximal subclavian artery beneath the medial clavicle, the medial first rib and the manubrium suggests that the operator, most likely, did not directly visualize the puncture needle enter the vessel with the ultrasound. The bones of the anterior chest impede the ultrasound beam and the vessels in this area would not be visible to ultrasound

  20. Prevention of primary vascular graft infection with silver-coated polyester