Sample records for vein graft patency

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Evaluation of early coronary graft patency after coronary artery bypass graft surgery using multislice computed tomography angiography

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    Raissi Kamal


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG surgery is the standard of care in the treatment of advanced coronary artery disease, and its long-term results are affected by the failure of bypass grafts. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the early patency rate in coronary bypass grafts. Methods A total of 107 consecutive patients who underwent CABG were included in this study. Early graft patency was evaluated via computed tomography (CT angiography in the first week after surgery. Results There were a total of 366 grafts, comprised of 250 venous grafts and 116 arterial grafts. Multi-slice CT detected acute graft occlusions in 32 (8.7% of all the grafts, including 26 (10% of the 250 venous grafts and 6 (5% of the 116 arterial grafts. The patency rates obtained were 97.3% for the left internal mammary (IMA grafts, 50% for the radial artery grafts, and 50% for the right IMA grafts. Additionally, 107 (96.4% grafts to the left anterior descending artery (LAD were classified as patent, whereas 1 (30% of the 3 grafts in the left circumflex (LCX region and 1 (50% of the 2 grafts in the right coronary artery (RCA territory were found to be occluded. In the venous category, 8 (13.7% of the 58 grafts to LAD were found to be occluded. In the LCX region, 9 (8.5% of the 106 grafts were classified as occluded, while the remaining 97 (91.5% grafts were patent. The venous grafts to RCA were occluded in 9 (10.4% of the 86 grafts. Amongst the multiple preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative factors, pump time was significantly longer in the patients with occluded grafts than in those with patent grafts (P = 0.04. Conclusion The IMA grafts had the highest early patency rate amongst the coronary bypass grafts. However, the other arterial grafts were associated with a high rate of acute occlusions.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Association of sex with patency of femorodistal bypass grafts

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    Watson, H R; Schroeder, T V; Simms, M H


    There is evidence for superior patency in infra-inguinal bypass procedures in men compared to women. A large, prospectively planned series was investigated in order to confirm this finding and to determine the origin of this difference in outcome.......There is evidence for superior patency in infra-inguinal bypass procedures in men compared to women. A large, prospectively planned series was investigated in order to confirm this finding and to determine the origin of this difference in outcome....

  14. Hypercoagulability in relation to coronary artery bypass graft patency and clinical outcome

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    Zacho, Mette; Rafiq, Sulman; Kelbæk, Henning


    Hypercoagulability evaluated with thrombelastography (TEG) has been reported to be associated to thrombembolic events in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that graft patency and post-CABG thrombembolic events...... are related to the pre-surgical TEG status....

  15. 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.

  16. Influence of endothelial cell seeding on platelet deposition and patency in small-diameter Dacron arterial grafts

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    Allen, B.T.; Long, J.A.; Clark, R.E.; Sicard, G.A.; Hopkins, K.T.; Welch, M.J.


    Serial platelet deposition, surface topography, and patency were evaluated in control (N . 28) and endothelial cell-seeded (N . 28) small-diameter (4 mm inner diameter) USCI Dacron grafts implanted in the carotid and femoral arteries of dogs. All dogs received aspirin (325 mg) daily for 2 weeks starting 24 hours prior to graft implantation. Endothelial cell seeding was performed by mixing suspensions of autologous endothelial cells that had been enzymatically harvested from segments of external jugular vein with blood that was used to preclot the prostheses. The platelet deposition on each graft was quantitated by means of indium 111-labeled platelets and technetium 99m-labeled red cells in a dual-isotope platelet-imaging technique. Platelet deposition on seeded grafts 24 hours after implantation was significantly higher than on the controls (p less than 0.05). Two weeks after implantation platelet deposition on seeded prostheses had decreased to a level significantly lower than that on the controls and continued to decline on serial studies up to 7 months. In contrast to seeded grafts, platelet accumulation on control grafts dramatically increased after the withdrawal of aspirin therapy and was associated with a sharp rise in control graft thromboses. Cumulative 7-month patency for seeded prostheses was significantly higher than for the controls (96% and 29%, respectively; p less than 0.001). We conclude that endothelial cell seeding in combination with short-term aspirin therapy is a simple, reliable diameter Dacron prostheses. Abrupt withdrawal of aspirin therapy may be contraindicated in nonseeded control grafts because it results in increased platelet deposition and thrombosis.

  17. 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.


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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 ...

  19. 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

  20. Comparison of Mid-Term Graft Patency between On-Pump and Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. (United States)

    Seki, Tatsuya; Yoshida, Toshihito


    Multiple studies have compared on-pump coronary artery bypass (ONCAB) grafting with off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) grafting, but the optimal surgical strategy has yet to be established. Furthermore, there is limited evidence regarding mid-term graft patency rates. Between April 2001 and March 2014, 365 consecutive patients underwent isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG; male: 75%; mean age: 69 ± 10 years). After propensity-score-matched analysis, we assessed the results of 67 patients in each group (ONCAB: group A, OPCAB: group B). The mean follow-up period of graft patency and survival rate was 35 ± 37 months and 54 ± 47 months, respectively. There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics between the two groups. There was a trend for an increased number of distal anastomoses in group B as compared to group A (group A vs. group B: 3.8 ± 1.1 vs. 4.1 ± 1.6, P = 0.17). The total graft patency rate was tend to be lower in group A, but not statistically significant (group A: 156 months, 45.2%; group B: 96 months, 72.6%; P = 0.21). There was no difference for survival and major-adverse-cardiac-and-cerebrovascular-events (MACCE) free rate (P = 0.42 and 0.76, respectively). Propensity-score-matched analysis revealed no difference in mid-term survival rate, MACCE free rate, graft patency rates, and number of distal anastomoses between ONCAB and OPCAB groups.

  1. 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.

  2. Graft Patency in Long-term Survivors after Renovisceral Debranching with VORTEC

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    Winklehner, Anna, E-mail:; Nguyen-Kim, Thi Dan Linh, E-mail:; Pfammatter, Thomas, E-mail: [University Hospital Zurich, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (Switzerland); Rancic, Zoran, E-mail:; Mayer, Dieter, E-mail:; Lachat, Mario, E-mail: [University Hospital Zurich, Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery (Switzerland); Frauenfelder, Thomas, E-mail: [University Hospital Zurich, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (Switzerland)


    PurposeThis study was designed to evaluate retrospectively the long-term stent-graft patency after renovisceral revascularization with Viabahn Open Revascularization Technique (VORTEC) using computed tomography angiography (CTA) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA).MethodsIn 34 patients (seven women; mean age 72 ± 8 years) with aortic aneurysm, 63 renovisceral vessels (i.e., 54 renal, nine visceral arteries) were revascularized with VORTEC between 2004 and 2009. All patients obtained a pre- and postinterventional CTA and at least one follow-up CTA or MRA after 6 or more months following intervention (median follow up: 43 months). Detection of bypass occlusion, bypass stenosis, infolding, stent-graft fractures and dislocations, and kidney shrinkage were noted by two readers in consensus. Furthermore, mortality during follow-up was assessed using the medical report.ResultsDuring follow-up, 12.6 % of stent-grafts occluded. Cumulative patency rate was 95.2 ± 2.7 % at 12 months, 87.7 ± 4.4 % at 24 and 36 months, and 84.7 ± 5.2 % at 48, 60, 72, 84, and 89 months, respectively. Overall, 19 % of stent-grafts (12/63) developed bypass stenosis (<50 %, 10 stent-grafts; > 50 %, 2 stent-grafts), in one case stenosis (>70 %) was suspected to be hemodynamically significant. No secondary dislocation, no infolding of renovisceral stent-grafts, and no stent-graft fracture occurred. Kidney shrinkage occurred in nine patients, primarily in patients with an occluded Viabahn (n = 7). Eleven patients (32.3 %) died within the follow-up time period.ConclusionsIn long-term survivors after VORTEC cumulative patency rate remained high, and no stent-graft fractures or secondary dislocations occurred.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. The efficacy of aspirin and dipyridamole on the patency of arteriovenous fistulae and grafts; Review of the randomized control trials

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    Hasan Ravari


    Full Text Available Vascular access failure is known as a principal cause of morbidity of end stage renal disease (ESRD patients. The major reason for vascular access failure is the neointimal hyperplasia which leads to venous thrombosis and stenosis. The efficacy of different pharmacological therapies has been studied in increasing the vascular access patency duration or decreasing the thrombosis of arteriovenous grafts or fistulas. In the current review, we reviewed the results obtained in different randomized control trials considering the efficacy of pharmacotherapy on the thrombosis rate and duration of vascular access grafts patency in HD patients.

  7. 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.

  8. Worse clinical outcome but similar graft patency in women versus men one year after coronary artery bypass graft surgery owing to an excess of exposed risk factors in women

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    Tan, ES; van der Meer, J; de Kam, PJ; Dunselman, PHJM; Mulder, BJM; Ascoop, CAPL; Pfisterer, M; Lie, KI


    OBJECTIVES This retrospective study sought to assess differences in graft patency and clinical outcome between women and men after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). BACKGROUND A less favorable clinical outcome has been reported in women as compared with men. Its relation to graft patency

  9. 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

  10. Clinical trials and graft patency data in coronary artery surgery--a 30-year perspective. (United States)

    Buxton, Brian F; Fuller, John


    The treatment of coronary artery disease, initially by medical and surgical and subsequently using percutaneous interventions, has evolved rapidly over the last 50 years. Randomized controlled clinical trials and observational studies of large cohorts have been instrumental in the evolution of the current practice of coronary artery revascularisation. This paper traces some of the historic trials of medical versus surgical therapy, surgical versus percutaneous intervention and graft patency studies. Medical therapy and percutaneous intervention are now the primary therapeutic modalities. However, there was an early recurrence rate with percutaneous intervention which has decreased with the use of drug-eluting stents. Coronary artery bypass surgery remains a major option for treating advanced coronary artery disease. Furthermore, it remains the treatment of first choice in most patients with left main coronary artery disease and those with extensive three-vessel proximal coronary artery disease, especially when associated with poor left ventricular function. The choice of a coronary artery bypass conduit is of major importance in developing a single long-term strategy for the surgical treatment of coronary artery disease. Bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting is now accepted as the treatment of choice, although not universally practiced. The role of other arterial conduits is being defined.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. A 7-year, single-center research and long term follow-up of graft patency of robotic total arterial off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting

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    Guo-peng LIU


    Full Text Available Objective  The aim of the study was to explore the long-term benefits of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG. Methods  From January 2007 to November 2014, 240 patients (187 males and 53 females, average age 59 years received robotic off-pump CABG assisted with da Vinci Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical, USA in our center. Totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (totally robot-assisted TECAB, n=100 or mini-thoracotomy direct coronary artery bypass (free of internal mammary artery, IMA, by robot, MIDCAB, n=140 grafting was performed. Patients were followed-up regularly, and their graft patency was assessed every 6 months by coronary angiography or 64-multi-slide CT angiography. Results  All the procedures were completed successfully without conversion to median sternotomy or cardiopulmonary bypass , there was no operative mortality. 237 unilateral IMA grafts (98.7% and 3 bilateral IMA grafts (1.3% were used. Hybrid revascularization of non-left anterior descending vessels was performed in 24 patients (10%. In the follow-up of 41.1±12.9 months, no death, stroke or myocardial infarction occurred. All grafts were patent before discharge. The IMA graft patency was 97.1% in TECAB and 96.4 % in MIDCAB over 3 years (up to 91 months after surgery. Conclusions  Robotic off-pump CABG using IMA grafts is a safe and effective surgery method in selected patients. The long-term outcome and patency of IMA grafts are excellent. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2016.06.15

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  17. 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 ...

  18. One-week postoperative patency of lower extremity in situ bypass graft comparing epidural and general anesthesia

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    Wiis, Julie Therese; Jensen-Gadegaard, Peter; Altintas, Ümit


    BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine whether anesthesia affects graft patency after lower extremity arterial in situ bypass surgery. METHODS: This investigation was a retrospective study using a national database on vascular surgical patients at a single medical institution. We...... under epidural (n = 386) or general (n = 499) anesthesia. Thirty-day mortality (3.4% for epidural anesthesia versus 4.4% general anesthesia; P = 0.414) and comorbidity were comparable in the 2 groups. Graft occlusion within 7 days after surgery was reported in 93 patients, with a similar incidence...... in the epidural (10.1%) and general (10.8%) anesthesia groups (P = 0.730). When examining a subgroup of patients (n = 242) exposed to surgery on smaller vessels (femorodistal in situ bypass procedures, n = 253), the incidence of graft occlusion was also similar in the 2 groups at 14.0% and 9.4%, respectively (P...

  19. Graft patency after off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery is inferior even with identical heparinization protocols

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    Houlind, Kim Christian; Fenger-Grøn, Morten; Juel Holme, Susanne


    OBJECTIVE: To determine whether graft patency after on-pump and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery is similar when performed using the same heparinization protocol. METHODS: In a randomized, controlled, multicenter trial, 900 patients more than 70 years of age received either on-pump or off......-pump coronary artery bypass surgery. Heparin was given to achieve an activated clotting time of 400 seconds before arteriotomy in both groups. After the procedure, protamine sulfate was given to revert the activated clotting time to less than 120 seconds. Coronary angiography was performed 6 months after...

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. The Patency Rate of Arteriovenous Fistulas

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    Aşkın Ender Topal


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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. [Indices of intraoperative flowmetry, determining patency of grafts in the remote period after revascularization of the right coronary artery]. (United States)

    Bazylev, V V; Nemchenko, E V; Pavlov, A A; Karnakhin, V A


    % with the index of resistance in the I-graft from 3.2. The conclusion was made that composite T-grafts and combined I-grafts demonstrated similar results of patency within the terms up to 3 years, possessing advantages over autovenous conduits while shunting the RCA basin. The optimal index of peripheral resistance for the autovein during revascularization of the RCA basin is up to 2.9; for the combined T-graft - up to 3.2, and for the composite T-graft - up to 4.0. Probability of shunt occlusion in the remote period does not depend upon the average volumetric blood velocity (Qmean) but is directly proportional to the value of the pulsatility index (Pi) which reflects the state of the distal bed.

  8. Long-term internal thoracic artery bypass graft patency and geometry assessed by multidetector computed tomography

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    Zacho, Mette; Lilleoer, Nikolaj Thomas; Kelbaek, Henning


    The left internal thoracic artery (LITA) undergoes vascular remodelling when used for coronary artery bypass grafting. In this study we tested the hypothesis that the extent of the LITA remodelling late after coronary artery bypass grafting assessed by multidetector computed tomography is related...

  9. 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.

  10. Coronary artery bypass grafts: assessment of graft patency and native coronary artery lesions using 16-slice MDCT

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    Stauder, Norbert I.; Drosch, Tanja; Claussen, Claus D.; Kopp, Andreas F. [Eberhard-Karls-University, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Kuettner, Axel [Friedrich-Alexander-University, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Erlangen (Germany); Schroeder, Stephen; Beck, Torsten [Eberhard-Karls-University, Department of Internal Medicine, Division Cardiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Stauder, Heidrun [Eberhard-Karls-University, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Tuebingen (Germany); Blumenstock, Gunnar [Eberhard-Karls-University, Department of Medical Information Processing, Tuebingen (Germany)


    The objective of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of electrocardiography (ECG)-gated 16-slice multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) in detection of stenosis of bypass grafts and native coronary arteries in patients who have undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). ECG-gated contrast-enhanced MDCT using 12 x 0.75-mm collimation was performed in 20 patients with recurrent angina 4.75 years after undergoing CABG. A total of 50 grafts, 16 arterial and 34 venous, were examined. All graft and coronary segments were evaluated for stenosis in comparison with conventional coronary angiography (CCA). Among the 80 arterial graft segments, 62 could be assessed (77.5%). Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values for stenosis were 96.2%, 97.2%, 96.2%, and 97.2%, respectively. In a total of 180 venous graft segments, 167 could be assessed. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values for stenosis were 98.5%, 93.9%, 91.8%, and 98.9%, respectively. MDCT could assess 179 of 260 native coronary artery segments (68.8%).Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values for stenosis were 92.1%, 76.9%, 87.5%, and 84.7%, respectively. Sixteen-slice MDCT provides excellent image quality and diagnostic accuracy in detection of graft and coronary artery lesions in patients with suspected graft dysfunction. (orig.)

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

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    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.

  12. Does interventional therapy prolong the patency of hemodialysis fistulas and grafts?; Verlaengert die radiologisch-interventionelle Therapie die Shuntnutzungsdauer bei haemodialysepflichtigen Patienten?

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    Schaefer, P.J.; Mueller-Huelsbeck, S.; Schaefer, F.K.; Soehne, J.; Charalambous, N.; Heller, M.; Jahnke, T. [Abt. Radiologie, Universitaetsklinikum Schleswig Holstein, Campus Kiel (Germany)


    Purpose: To retrospectively evaluate procedural success and patency after endovascular treatment of acute dysfunctional hemodialysis fistulas and grafts in a non-preselected patient cohort. Materials and Methods: 185 angiographies of hemodialysis fistulas and grafts on the upper extremities were analyzed for 120 patients (53 male, 67 female; mean-age 63.1{+-}11.4, range 24-91). 70% (n=130) were native arteriovenous fistulas, 17% (n=31) were prosthetic grafts, and 13% (n=24) were non-specific. In total, 278 lesions requiring endovascular treatment were detected. 13% (n=35) of the lesions were located in the arterial inflow, 18% (n=49) in native arteriovenous anastomoses, 7% (n=19) in prosthetic grafts and 62% (n=171) in the venous outflow. The primary, secondary and cumulative patency after endovascular treatment was calculated. Results: In 51% (n=94) of the cases endovascular treatment could be performed, in 8% (n=14) no lesion requiring treatment was detected, and in 42% (n=77) intervention was not considered possible. In 45% (n=124) of the detected lesions endovascular treatment was successful, in 18% (n=51) the intervention failed, and in 37% (n=103) intervention was not considered possible. The complication rate was 5% (n=10). The primary, secondary, and cumulative patency rates for 50% of the hemodialysis fistulas and grafts after endovascular treatment were 65, 191, and 370 days, respectively. The results differed significantly from each other with p<0.05 in the logrank test and logrank trend test. (orig.)

  13. 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.

  14. 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)

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. Effect of cause of iliac vein stenosis and extent of thrombus in the lower extremity on patency of iliac venous stent placed after catheter-directed thrombolysis of acute deep venous thrombosis in the lower extremity

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    Jung, Sung Il; Choi, Young Ho; Yoon, Chang Jin; Lee, Min Woo; Chung, Jin Wook; Park, Jae Hyung [College of Medicine, Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To assess the CT findings of acute deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in a lower extremity prior to catheter-directed thrombolysis, and to evaluate their relevance to the patency of an iliac venous stent placed with the help of CT after catheter-directed thrombolysis of DVT. Fourteen patients [M:F=3:11; age, 33-68 (mean, 50.1) years] with acute symptomatic DVD of a lower extremity underwent CT before and after catheter-directed thrombolysis using an iliac venous stent. The mean duration of clinical symptoms was 5.0 (range, 1-14 days. The CT findings prior to thrombolysis were evaluated in terms of their anatomic cause and the extent of the thrombus, and in all patients, the patency of the iliac venous stent was assessed at CT performed during a follow-up period lasting 6-31 (mean, 18.9) months. All patients were assigned to the patent stent group (n=9) or the occluded stent group (n=5). In the former, the anatomic cause of patency included typical iliac vein compression (May-Thurner syndrome) (n=9), and a relatively short segmental thrombus occurring between the common iliac and the popliteal vein (n=8). Thrombi occurred in the iliac vein (n=3), between the common iliac and the femoral vein (n=3), and between the common iliac and the popliteal vein (n=2). In one case, a relatively long segmental thrombus occurred between the common iliac vein and the calf vein. In the occluded stent group, anatomic causes included atypical iliac vein compression (n=3) and a relatively long segmental thrombus between the common iliac and the calf vein (n=4). Typical iliac vein compression (May-Thurner syndrome) occurred in two cases, and a relatively short segmental thrombus between the external iliac and the common femoral vein in one. Factors which can affect the patency of an iliac venous stent positioned after catheter-directed thrombolysis are the anatomic cause of the stenosis, and the extent of a thrombus revealed at CT of acute DVT and occurring in a lower extremity prior to

  2. 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.

  3. Preliminary experience for the evaluation of the intraoperative graft patency with real color charge-coupled device camera system: an advanced device for simultaneous capturing of color and near-infrared images during coronary artery bypass graft. (United States)

    Handa, Takemi; Katare, Rajesh G; Sasaguri, Shiro; Sato, Takayuki


    We developed a new color charge-coupled device (CCD) camera for the intraoperative indocyanine green (ICG) angiography. This device consists of a combination of custom-made optical filters and an ultra-high sensitive CCD image sensor, which can detect simultaneously color and near-infrared (NIR) rays from 380 to 1200 nm. We showed a comparison between our system and other devices for the preliminary experience. We routinely performed both transit-time flowmetry (TFM) and color images for intraoperative assessment, thallium-scintigraphy for the early postoperative assessment, and then angiography after 1-year surgery. We also obtained intraoperative graft flows and images in 116 grafts. Although TFM indicated a graft patency, the CCD camera suspected perfusion failures in four grafts. Also the analysis of the ICG fluorescence intensity showed the significant hypoperfusion at the perfusion territory distal to the anastomosis (graft vs. perfusion territory; 230+/-26 vs. 156+/-13 a.u, P=0.02). When the CCD camera suspected a graft failure, CCD camera and angiography showed a comparable graft failure. The unique device that visualized ICG-enhanced structures against a background of natural myocardial color improved the visibility of abnormality in flow and perfusion. Our findings show that this device may become a standard intraoperative graft and perfusion assessment tool in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).

  4. 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

  5. [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.

  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 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

  8. Long-term patency of on- and off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting with bilateral internal thoracic arteries: the significance of late string sign development in the off-pump technique. (United States)

    Hayashi, Yasunari; Maekawa, Atsuo; Sawaki, Sadanari; Tokoro, Masayoshi; Yanagisawa, Junji; Ozeki, Takahiro; Usui, Akihiko; Ito, Toshiaki


    This study aimed to examine the effect of off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in patients who underwent revascularization with bilateral internal thoracic arteries (ITAs). Between January 2000 and December 2014, 499 patients underwent isolated CABG with bilateral ITAs for complete revascularization of the left coronary system at our institution. On-pump CABG was performed in 137 patients, and off-pump CABG was performed in 362 patients. We retrospectively compared the clinical outcomes and patency of the ITAs. The off-pump group showed less respiratory failure and required a shorter postoperative stay than the on-pump group. The survival probability, freedom from cardiac events and early graft patency were similar in both groups. Five-year patency of the ITA anastomosed to the left anterior descending artery was significantly greater in the on-pump group than in the off-pump group (98.8% vs 91.2%, P = 0.010). The incidence of string change in the off-pump group was higher than that in the on-pump group (P = 0.017). There was no significant difference between the groups in the 5-year patency of the ITA anastomosed to the left circumflex artery (on-pump group: 93.8%, off-pump group: 91.8%; P = 0.46). The early graft patency and the late patency of the ITA anastomosed to the left circumflex artery between the groups were similar, implying an equivalent quality of anastomoses. However, the patency of the ITA anastomosed to the left anterior descending artery in the off-pump group showed late deterioration, mainly because of string sign development.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

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

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    Davidović Lazar B.


    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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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

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    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.

  7. 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...

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  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. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  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. 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...

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Patency of Femoral Tunneled Hemodialysis Catheters and Factors Predictive of Patency Failure

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    Burton, Kirsteen R. [University Health Network, University of Toronto, Department of Medical Imaging, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (Canada); Guo, Lancia L. Q. [University of Calgary, Department of Radiology (Canada); Tan, Kong T.; Simons, Martin E.; Sniderman, Kenneth W.; Kachura, John R.; Beecroft, John R.; Rajan, Dheeraj K., E-mail: [University Health Network, University of Toronto, Department of Medical Imaging, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (Canada)


    Purpose: To determine the patency rates of and factors associated with increased risk of patency failure in patients with femoral vein tunneled hemodialysis catheters. Methods: All femoral tunneled catheter insertions from 1996 to 2006 were reviewed, during which time 123 catheters were inserted. Of these, 66 were exchanges. Patients with femoral catheter failure versus those with femoral catheter patency were compared. Confounding factors, such as demographic and procedural factors, were incorporated and assessed using univariate and multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression analyses. Results: Mean catheter primary patency failure time was 96.3 days (SE 17.9 days). Primary patency at 30, 60, 90, and 180 days was 53.8%, 45.4%, 32.1%, and 27.1% respectively. Crude rates of risk of catheter failure did not suggest a benefit for patients receiving catheters introduced from one side versus the other, but more cephalad location of catheter tip was associated with improved patency. Multivariate analysis showed that patients whose catheters were on the left side (p = 0.009), were of increasing age at the time of insertion (p = 0.002) and that those who had diabetes (p = 0.001) were at significantly greater risk of catheter failure. The catheter infection rate was 1.4/1000 catheter days. Conclusion: Patients who were of a more advanced age and had diabetes were at greater risk of femoral catheter failure, whereas those who received femoral catheters from the right side were less at risk of catheter failure.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Type of arteriovenous vascular access and association with patency and mortality

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    Ocak, Gürbey; Rotmans, Joris I.; Vossen, Carla Y.; Rosendaal, Frits R.; Krediet, Raymond T.; Boeschoten, Elisabeth W.; Dekker, Friedo W.; Verduijn, Marion


    There are only a few risk factors known for primary patency loss in patients with an arteriovenous graft or fistula. Furthermore, a limited number of studies have investigated the association between arteriovenous access modality and primary patency loss and mortality. The aim of this study was to

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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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    Olivier Liard


    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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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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    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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Metallic stent placement in hemodialysis graft patients after insufficient balloon dilation

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    Liang, Huei-Lung; Pan, Huay-Ben; Lin, Yih-Huie; Chen, Chiung-Yu; Lai, Pin-Hong; Yang, Chien-Fang [Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung (China); Chung, Hsiao-Min; Wu, Tung-Ho; Chou, Kang-Ju [National Yangming University, Taipei (China)


    We wanted to report our experience of metallic stent placement after insufficient balloon dilation in graft hemodialysis patients. Twenty-three patients (13 loop grafts in the forearm and 10 straight grafts in the upper arm) underwent metallic stent placement due to insufficient flow after urokinase thrombolysis and balloon dilation. The indications for metallic stent deployment included 1) recoil and/or kinked venous stenosis in 21 patents (venous anastomosis: 17 patients, peripheral outflow vein: four patients); and 2) major vascular rupture in two patients. Metallic stents 8-10mm in diameter and 40-80 mm in length were used. Of them, eight stents were deployed across the elbow crease. Access patency was determined by clinical follow-up and the overall rates were calculated by Kaplan-Meier survival analysis. No procedure-related complications (stent fracture or central migration) were encountered except for a delayed Wallstent shortening/migration at the venous anastomosis, which resulted in early access failure. The overall primary and secondary patency rates ({+-}standard error) of all the vascular accesses in our 23 patients at 3, 6, 12 and 24 months were 69%{+-}9 and 88%{+-}6,41% {+-}10 and 88%{+-}6, 30%{+-}10 and 77%{+-}10, and 12%{+-}8 and 61%{+-}13, respectively. For the forearm and upper-arm grafts, the primary and secondary patency rates were 51%{+-}16 and 86%{+-}13 vs 45%{+-}15 and 73%{+-}13 at 6 months, and 25%{+-}15 and 71%{+-}17 vs 23%{+-}17 and 73%{+-}13 at 12 months ({rho} = .436 and .224), respectively. Metallic stent placement is a safe and effective means for treating peripheral venous lesions in dialysis graft patients after insufficient balloon dilation. No statistically difference in the patency rates between the forearm and upper-arm patient groups was seen.

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

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    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.

  11. 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

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

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    Christi M Terry

    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

  13. 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

  14. Portal vein stent placement for the treatment of postoperative portal vein stenosis: long-term success and factor associated with stent failure. (United States)

    Kato, Atsushi; Shimizu, Hiroaki; Ohtsuka, Masayuki; Yoshitomi, Hideyuki; Furukawa, Katsunori; Miyazaki, Masaru


    Portal vein stenosis develops due to different causes including postoperative inflammation and oncological processes. However, limited effective therapy is available for portal vein stenosis. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the efficacy of a portal vein stent for portal vein stenosis after hepatobiliary pancreatic surgery and to determine the factors associated with stent patency. From December 2003 to December 2015, portal vein stents were implanted in 29 patients who had portal vein stenosis after hepatobiliary pancreatic surgery. We conducted a retrospective analysis to evaluate the efficacy and safety of portal vein stent placement. Twelve clinical variables were analyzed for their role in stent patency. The symptoms before portal vein stent placements included nine patients with hepatic encephalopathy, six patients with gastrointestinal bleeding, four patients with ascites, and four patients with hyperbilirubinemia. Portal vein thrombosis due to postoperative portal stenosis was found in four patients. Portal vein stent were successfully implanted without any major complications. Of the 21 patients with symptoms, 17 showed improvement, and stent patency was maintained in 22 (76%) patients. The presence of a collateral vein is the only variable related to the development of an occlusion after portal stenting. Portal vein stent were implanted safely and had good long-term patency. This procedure is useful to relieve portal hypertension-related symptoms and to improve the quality of life. Our data strongly suggest that embolization to block blood flow in a collateral vein during portal vein stent placement will improve the patency of the stent.

  15. 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.

  16. 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....

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Comprehensive Comparison of the Performance of Autogenous Brachial-Basilic Transposition Arteriovenous Fistula and Prosthetic Forearm Loop Arteriovenous Graft in a Multiethnic Asian Hemodialysis Population

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    Koy Min Chue


    Full Text Available Aim. For patients who have exhausted cephalic vein arteriovenous fistula (AVF options, controversy exists on whether brachial-basilic AVF with transposition (BBTAVF or a forearm arteriovenous graft (AVG should be the next vascular access of choice. This study compared the outcomes of these two modalities. Methods. A retrospective study of 122 Asian multiethnic patients who underwent either a BBTAVF (81 or an AVG (41. Maturation time and intervention rates were analyzed. Functional primary, secondary, and overall patency rates were evaluated. Results. The maturation time for BBTAVFs was significantly longer than AVGs. There was also a longer deliberation time before surgeons abandon a failing BBTAVF compared to an AVG. Both functional primary and secondary patency rates were significantly higher in the BBTAVF group at 1-year follow-up: 73.2% versus 34.1% (p<0.001 and 71.8% versus 54.3% (p=0.022, respectively. AVGs also required more interventions to maintain patency. When maturation rates were considered, the overall patency of AVGs was initially superior in the first 25 weeks after creation and then became inferior afterwards. Conclusion. BBTAVFs had superior primary and functional patency and required less salvage interventions. The forearm AVG might have a role in patients who require early vascular access due to complications from central venous catheters or with limited life expectancy.

  20. Minimally invasive basilic vein transposition in the arm or forearm for autogenous haemodialysis access: A less morbid alternative to the conventional technique

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    Ankush Jairath


    Conclusion: Minimally invasive dissection of the basilic vein for vascular access transposition is a safe, reliable procedure with patency and functional outcomes comparable with those of conventional BVT.

  1. Establishing Apical Patency and its Effect on Endodontic Outcomes (United States)


    relative to establishment of apical patency. Key Words Endodontics, root canal, dentistry , patency, patency filing, establishing patency, apical...Souza V, et al. Influence of apical patency and filling material on healing process of dogs ’ teeth with vital pulp after root canal therapy. Braz

  2. 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.

  3. Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt for Maintenance of Portal Venous Patency in Liver Transplant Candidates

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    Ron Charles Gaba


    Full Text Available Maintenance of portal venous patency is vital to liver transplant candidates, as the presence of portal vein thrombosis (PVT adversely impacts clinical outcomes by increasing surgical complexity and decreasing postoperative survival. By enhancing portal venous blood flow, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS creation may enable clearance of PVT and preservation of portal venous patency in cirrhotic patients. Herein, we describe four cases in which TIPS produced and sustained an open portal venous system in liver transplant candidates with partial PVT. All patients demonstrated rapid and effective flow-enabled clearance of clot and intermediate to long-term preservation of portal venous flow. On this basis, we propose that maintenance of portal venous patency in liver transplant candidates with partial PVT represents a developing indication for TIPS.

  4. 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.

  5. Budd-Chiari syndrome due to prothrombotic disorder: mid-term patency and efficacy of endovascular stents

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    Pelage, Jean-Pierre; Denys, Alban; Sibert, Annie; Menu, Yves [Department of Radiology, Hopital Beaujon, AP-HP, 100 Boulevard du General Leclerc, 92110 Clichy (France); Valla, Dominique [Department of Hepatology, Hopital Beaujon, AP-HP, 100 Boulevard du General Leclerc, 92110 Clichy (France); Sauvanet, Alain; Belghiti, Jacques [Department of Surgery, Hopital Beaujon, AP-HP, 100 Boulevard du General Leclerc, 92110 Clichy (France)


    Our objective was to evaluate efficacy and patency of metallic stent placement for symptomatic Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) due to prothrombotic disorders. Eleven patients with proved BCS due to prothrombotic disorders were referred for endovascular treatment because of refractory ascites (n=9), abdominal pain (n=8), jaundice (n=6), and/or gastrointestinal bleeding (n=4). Stents were inserted for stenosed hepatic vein (n=7), inferior vena cava (n=2), or mesenterico-caval shunt (n=2). Clinical efficacy and stent patency was evaluated by clinical and Doppler follow-up. After a mean follow-up of 21 months, 6 patients had fully patent stents without reintervention (primary stent patency: 55%). Two patients with hepatic vein stenosis had stent thrombosis and died 4 months after procedure. Restenosis occurred in 3 cases (2 hepatic vein and 1 mesenterico-caval shunt stenosis) and were successfully treated by balloon angioplasty (n=2) and addition of new stents (n=1) leading to a 82% secondary stent patency. Of 9 patients with patent stent, 7 were asymptomatic (77%) at the end of the study. Stent placement is a safe and effective procedure to control of symptomatic BCS. Prothrombotic disorder does not seem to jeopardize patency in anticoagulated patients. (orig.)

  6. Fallopian tube patency demonstrated at ultrasonography

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    Rasmussen, F.; Larsen, C.; Justesen, P.

    Fallopian tube patency was assessed in 24 infertile patients by hysterosalpingography (HSG) and ultrasonographic examination of the pouch of Douglas following transcervical injection of sterile isotonic solution of NaCl. The presence of fluid in the pouch, after the injection, was taken to indicate tubal patency. The results of the HSG and the ultrasonographic diagnosis as to the presence of at least unilateral tubal patency were concordant in 21 patients. Pitfalls consisted of fluid accumulation in periadnexal adhesions, edema in the bowel wall, and spill of the injected saline into a large hydrosalpinx. Ultrasonography is advocated as the initial examination in assessing infertility in young women. If tubal patency is demonstrated, the patient should be recommended a six month trial period, to become pregnant, before invasive procedures are initiated.

  7. A Meta-analysis of Randomized Trials Comparing Surgery versus Endovascular Therapy for Thrombosed Arteriovenous Fistulas and Grafts in Hemodialysis

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    Kuhan, G., E-mail:; Antoniou, G. A. [Central Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust, Regional Vascular and Endovascular Unit (United Kingdom); Nikam, M.; Mitra, S. [Central Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust, Department of Renal Medicine (United Kingdom); Farquharson, F. [Central Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Brittenden, J. [University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom); Chalmers, N. [Central Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)


    Purpose. To carry out a systematic review of randomized trials comparing surgery vs. endovascular therapy for occluded fistulas and grafts. Methods. All randomized trials which compared surgery and endovascular therapy for occluded fistulas and grafts were retrieved from 1990 onwards. The following search terms were used: 'haemodialysis,' 'thrombosis,' 'arteriovenous fistula,' 'arteriovenous shunt,' 'end stage renal failure' on Medline and PubMed. The results of the pooled data were analysed by a fixed-effect model. Results. There were no randomized trials comparing surgery vs. endovascular therapy for native fistulas and vein grafts. Six randomized studies reporting on 573 occluded grafts were identified. Technical success, need for access line and primary patency at 30 days were similar between the two groups (odds ratio [OR] 1.40, 95 % confidence interval [CI] 0.91-2.14; OR 0.77, 95 % CI 0.44-1.34; and OR 1.15, 95 % CI 0.79-1.68, respectively). There was no significant difference in morbidity at 30 days between groups (OR 1.12, 95 % CI 0.67-1.86). There were no statistical difference between the two groups for 1 year primary patency (OR 2.08, 95 % CI 0.97-4.45). Primary assisted patency at 1 year was better with surgery (OR 3.03, 95 % CI 1.12-8.18) in a single study. Conclusion. Comparable results to surgery have been achieved with endovascular techniques for occluded prosthetic grafts for dialysis access. Long-term data comparing the two groups were lacking. Further trials designed to encompass variation in methods are warranted in order to obtain the best available evidence particularly for native fistulas.

  8. Does Technical Success of Angioplasty in Dysfunctional Hemodialysis Accesses Correlate with Access Patency?

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    Sidhu, Arshdeep; Tan, Kong T.; Noel-Lamy, Maxime; Simons, Martin E.; Rajan, Dheeraj K., E-mail: [University Health Network, University of Toronto, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Peter Munk Cardiac Center (Canada)


    PurposeTo study if <30 % residual stenosis post angioplasty (PTA) correlates with primary access circuit patency, and if any variables predict technical success.Materials and MethodsA prospective observational study was performed between January 2009 and December 2012, wherein 76 patients underwent 154 PTA events in 56 prosthetic grafts (AVG) and 98 autogenous fistulas (AVF). Data collected included patient age, gender, lesion location and laterality, access type and location, number of prior interventions, and transonic flow rates pre- and postintervention. Impact of technical outcome on access patency was assessed. Univariate logistic regression was used to assess the impact of variables on technical success with significant factors assessed with a multiple variable model.ResultsTechnical success rates of PTA in AVFs and AVGs were 79.6 and 76.7 %, respectively. Technical failures of PTA were associated with an increased risk of patency loss among circuits with AVFs (p < 0.05), but not with AVGs (p = 0.7). In AVFs, primary access patency rates between technical successes and failures at three and 6 months were 74.4 versus 61.9 % (p = 0.3) and 53.8 versus 23.8 % (p < 0.05), respectively. In AVGs, primary access patency rates between technical successes and failures at three and six months were 72.1 versus 53.9 % (p = 0.5) and 33.6 versus 38.5 % (p = 0.8), respectively. Transonic flow rates did not significantly differ among technically successful or failed outcomes at one or three months.ConclusionTechnical failures of PTA had a significant impact on access patency among AVFs with a trend toward poorer access patency within AVGs.

  9. A comparison between the HeRO graft and conventional arteriovenous grafts in hemodialysis patients. (United States)

    Nassar, George M; Glickman, Marc H; McLafferty, Robert B; Croston, J Kevin; Zarge, Joseph I; Katzman, Howard E; Peden, Eric K; Lawson, Jeffrey H; Martinez, Jeffrey M; Thackeray, Lisa


    Venous stenosis and occlusion are a major cause of vascular access dysfunction and failure. The HeRO Graft bypasses occlusion and traverses stenosis with outflow directly into the central venous circulation. A randomized, multicenter study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the HeRO Graft relative to conventional AV grafts. The design was to enroll 143 patients in a 2:1 randomization ratio between HeRO and conventional AV control groups. Data on 72 subjects (52 HeRO Graft and 20 AV graft controls) were obtained. The HeRO Graft and control cohorts were comparable in baseline characteristics. Adequacy of dialysis, bacteremia rates, and adverse events were consistent between groups. Twelve month Kaplan-Meier estimates for primary and secondary patency rates were 34.8% and 67.6% in the HeRO Graft cohort, and 30.6% and 58.4% in the control cohort. There was no statistical difference in terms of patency between groups. The rates of intervention were 2.2/year for HeRO Graft and 1.6/year for the control (p = 0.100). Median days to loss of secondary patency was 238 for HeRO Graft versus 102 for the control (p = 0.032). The HeRO Graft appears to provide similar patency, adequacy of dialysis, and bacteremia rates to those of conventional AV grafts. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. 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.

  11. Artéria torácica interna enxertada: patência e estado funcional em repouso e após dobutamina Internal thoracic artery graft (ITAG: patency and functional status at rest and during dobutamine-stress echocardiography

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    José Sebastião de Abreu


    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A artéria torácica interna enxertada (ATIE patente usualmente tem fração diastólica (FD> 50% do fluxo. O estado funcional pode ser avaliado pelo índice de reserva coronariano (IRC. OBJETIVO: Avaliar, pela ecocardiografia e pelo Doppler em nível supraclavicular, a patência e o estado funcional da ATIE. MÉTODOS: Foram coletados prospectivamente e analisados os dados de 66 pacientes submetidos a ecocardiograma sob estresse com dobutamina (EED. O grupo I (GI ocorreu com 49 ATIE sem estenose. No grupo II (GII (10 ATIE havia estenose significativa (> 50% e 50%, ocorreu em 49 ATIE (GI=40, GII=8 e GIII=1 no repouso e em 61 ATIE (GI=49, GII=10 e GIII=2 durante EED. Sensibilidade, especificidade, valor preditivo positivo (VPP, valor preditivo negativo (VPN e acurácia foram, respectivamente, em repouso, 81%, 86% ,98%, 35 % e 82%; e no EED, 100%, 71%, 97%, 100% e 97%. As ATIE com FD>50% em repouso estavam patentes e as com FD1,8, isso ocorreu em 42 ATIE (39 do GI, 2 do GII e 1 GIII, verificando-se sensibilidade = 79%; especificidade = 85,7%; VPP = 94%; VPN = 59%; e acurácia = 80,9%. O IRC no GI foi maior (p=0,02 que em GII e GIII. CONCLUSÃO: Em nosso estudo, a avaliação não-invasiva da ATIE foi efetiva para verificar patência e estado funcional.BACKGROUND: The patent internal thoracic artery graft (ITAG usually has a diastolic fraction (DF > 50% of the flow. The functional assessment can be evaluated by the coronary reserve index (CRI. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to evaluate the patency and functional status of the ITAG through echocardiography and Doppler. METHODS: Data from sixty-six patients who underwent dobutamine-stress echocardiography (DSE were prospectively collected and analyzed. Group I (GI had 49 ITAG without stenosis, Group II (GII, 10 ITAG with significant stenosis (> 50% and 50%, it was observed in 49 ITAG (GI= 40, GII= 8 and GIII= 1 at rest and in 61 ITAG (GI=49, GII=10 and GIII=2 during DSE. The sensitivity

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Biomimetic modification of polyurethane-based nanofibrous vascular grafts: A promising approach towards stable endothelial lining. (United States)

    Davoudi, Parivash; Assadpour, Shiva; Derakhshan, Mohammad Ali; Ai, Jafar; Solouk, Atefeh; Ghanbari, Hossein


    The emerging demand for small caliber vascular grafts to replace damaged vessels has attracted research attention. However, there is no perfect replacement in clinical use yet, mainly due to low patency rate of synthetic small caliber grafts. The main pathology behind low patency rate include thrombosis and graft/vessel hemodynamic mismatch, leading to intimal hyperplasia. Rapid in-situ endothelialization of vascular grafts is considered as one of the best strategies to overcome these complications. In the present study, Heparin and VEGF were immobilized via self-polymerization and deposition of polydopamine (PDA) on polyurethane (PU) nanofibrous scaffolds to improve endothelialization. Polyurethane nanofibrous scaffold (PUNF) that mimics vascular extracellular matrix (ECM) was chosen owing to its biocompatibility, biodegradability. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), water contact angle (CA) measurement and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the surface, and tensile test was used to analyze mechanical properties before and after surface modification of the scaffolds. It was found that tensile strength and young's modulus were significantly increased after PDA coating on PUNF membranes. The hemocompatibility tests revealed that surface heparinization significantly inhibited the adhesion of platelet on the scaffolds. Immobilization of VEGF on the scaffolds significantly enhanced the proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) through enhanced cells adhesion and improved cell-scaffold interactions. The results suggest that dual-factor immobilization resulted in not only confluent monolayer of endothelial cells but also conferred excellent antithrombotic properties to the surface. This method of surface modification (immobilization of Heparin, VEGF by PDA layer) is suggested as a promising modification technique to increase hemocompatibility of small-diameter vascular grafts. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Avoiding the use of a femoral bridging catheter using a two-stage Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) graft implantation technique. (United States)

    Yoon, William J; Lorelli, David R


    To evaluate a two-stage Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) implantation technique that avoids the use of a femoral bridging catheter versus the conventional one-stage technique requiring a bridging catheter in selected patients. A retrospective review was performed on 20 end-stage renal disease patients with an internal jugular vein (IJV) catheter selected for two-stage HeRO implantation at our institution between January 2010 and March 2013. The arterial graft component (AGC) was implanted without anastomosing it to the target artery (first stage). After AGC incorporation, the venous outflow component was inserted (second stage). The preexisting IJV catheter was maintained for hemodialysis access during the interstage period. Patient characteristics, patency using Kaplan-Meier method and infection rates were analyzed. A total of 17 patients with a mean age of 59 years (70.6% women) completed the two-stage procedure. During the interstage period (mean 12 weeks, range 4-22 weeks), no graft- or surgery-related infection occurred. The need of a femoral bridging catheter was avoided by utilizing the preexisting IJV dialysis catheter. The accumulated HeRO days were 3,916 days with a mean follow-up of 7.7 months (range 1-22.6 months). The HeRO-related infection rate was 0.3/1,000 days. The primary assisted and secondary patency rates at 6 months were 69% and 82%, respectively, which were similar to those of arteriovenous grafts. Staging conferred immediate vascular accessibility. Avoiding the use of a femoral bridging catheter using the two-stage technique may lower infection rate, with comparable primary assisted and secondary patency to arteriovenous grafts and added benefit of immediate cannulatability in this subset of patients.

  18. Patency and complications of translumbar dialysis catheters (United States)

    Liu, Fanna; Bennett, Stacy; Arrigain, Susana; Schold, Jesse; Heyka, Robert; McLennan, Gordon; Navaneethan, Sankar D.


    Background Translumbar tunneled dialysis catheter (TLDC) is a temporary dialysis access for patients exhausted traditional access for dialysis. While few small studies reported successes with TLDC, additional studies are warranted to understand the short and long-term patency and safety of TLDC. Methods We conducted a retrospective analysis of adult patients who received TLDC for hemodialysis access from June 2006 to June 2013. Patient demographics, comorbid conditions, dialysis details, catheter insertion procedures and associated complications, catheter patency, and patient survival data were collected. Catheter patency was studied using Kaplan-Meier curve; catheter functionality was assessed with catheter intervals and catheter related complications were used to estimate catheter safety. Results There were 84 TLDCs inserted in 28 patients with 28 primary insertions and 56 exchanges. All TLDC insertions were technically successful with good blood flow during dialysis (>300 ml/min) and no immediate complications (major bleeding or clotting) were noted. The median number of days in place for initial catheter, secondary catheter and total catheter were 65, 84 and 244 respectively. The catheter patency rate at 3, 6 and 12 months were 43%, 25% and 7% respectively. The main complications were poor blood flow (40%) and catheter related infection (36%), which led to 30.8% and 35.9% catheter removal respectively. After translumbar catheter, 42.8% of the patients were successfully converted to another vascular access or peritoneal dialysis. Conclusion This study data suggests that TLDC might serve as a safe, alternate access for dialysis patients in short-term who have exhausted conventional vascular access. PMID:25800550

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

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    Al Aloul Basel


    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. Minimally Invasive Monitoring of Chronic Central Venous Catheter Patency in Mice Using Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA.

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    Giovanna Figueiredo

    Full Text Available Repetitive administration of medication or contrast agents is frequently performed in mice. The introduction of vascular access mini-ports (VAMP for mice allows long-term vascular catheterization, hereby eliminating the need for repeated vessel puncture. With catheter occlusion being the most commonly reported complication of chronic jugular vein catheterization, we tested whether digital subtraction angiography (DSA can be utilized to evaluate VAMP patency in mice.Twenty-three mice underwent catheterization of the jugular vein and subcutaneous implantation of a VAMP. The VAMP was flushed every second day with 50 μL of heparinized saline solution (25 IU/ml. DSA was performed during injection of 100 μL of an iodine based contrast agent using an industrial X-ray inspection system intraoperatively, as well as 7±2 and 14±2 days post implantation.DSA allowed localization of catheter tip position, to rule out dislocation, kinking or occlusion of a microcatheter, and to evaluate parent vessel patency. In addition, we observed different ante- and retrograde collateral flow patterns in case of jugular vein occlusion. More exactly, 30% of animals showed parent vessel occlusion after 7±2 days in our setting. At this time point, nevertheless, all VAMPs verified intravascular contrast administration. After 14±2 days, intravascular contrast injection was verified in 70% of the implanted VAMPs, whereas at this point of time 5 animals had died or were sacrificed and in 2 mice parent vessel occlusion hampered intravascular contrast injection. Notably, no occlusion of the catheter itself was observed.From our observations we conclude DSA to be a fast and valuable minimally invasive tool for investigation of catheter and parent vessel patency and for anatomical studies of collateral blood flow in animals as small as mice.

  1. Minimally Invasive Monitoring of Chronic Central Venous Catheter Patency in Mice Using Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA). (United States)

    Figueiredo, Giovanna; Fiebig, Teresa; Kirschner, Stefanie; Nikoubashman, Omid; Kabelitz, Lisa; Othman, Ahmed; Nonn, Andrea; Kramer, Martin; Brockmann, Marc A


    Repetitive administration of medication or contrast agents is frequently performed in mice. The introduction of vascular access mini-ports (VAMP) for mice allows long-term vascular catheterization, hereby eliminating the need for repeated vessel puncture. With catheter occlusion being the most commonly reported complication of chronic jugular vein catheterization, we tested whether digital subtraction angiography (DSA) can be utilized to evaluate VAMP patency in mice. Twenty-three mice underwent catheterization of the jugular vein and subcutaneous implantation of a VAMP. The VAMP was flushed every second day with 50 μL of heparinized saline solution (25 IU/ml). DSA was performed during injection of 100 μL of an iodine based contrast agent using an industrial X-ray inspection system intraoperatively, as well as 7±2 and 14±2 days post implantation. DSA allowed localization of catheter tip position, to rule out dislocation, kinking or occlusion of a microcatheter, and to evaluate parent vessel patency. In addition, we observed different ante- and retrograde collateral flow patterns in case of jugular vein occlusion. More exactly, 30% of animals showed parent vessel occlusion after 7±2 days in our setting. At this time point, nevertheless, all VAMPs verified intravascular contrast administration. After 14±2 days, intravascular contrast injection was verified in 70% of the implanted VAMPs, whereas at this point of time 5 animals had died or were sacrificed and in 2 mice parent vessel occlusion hampered intravascular contrast injection. Notably, no occlusion of the catheter itself was observed. From our observations we conclude DSA to be a fast and valuable minimally invasive tool for investigation of catheter and parent vessel patency and for anatomical studies of collateral blood flow in animals as small as mice.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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

  5. Do distal arteriovenous fistulae improve patency rates of prosthetic infrapopliteal arterial bypasses? (United States)

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


    We retrospectively analyzed if distal anastomotic adjunctive arteriovenous fistulae (AVF) improved patency rates of prosthetic bypasses to infrapopliteal arteries. Between July 1, 1991 and June 30, 1996, we performed 43 polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) bypasses to infrapopliteal (19 peroneal, 13 anterior tibial, 11 posterior tibial) arteries. All bypasses were performed for limb salvage when autologous vein was not available for a conduit. Adjunctive AVFs were performed in 21 bypasses (PTFE-AVF) and 22 bypasses did not have a fistula (PTFE-ONLY). Patients were allocated to the PTFE-AVF or PTFE-ONLY groups at the discretion of the surgeons, with adjunctive AVFs being performed for small arteries with poor run-off. There were no significant differences in age, sex, site of the proximal anastomosis, or indication for surgery (p > 0.05). There were statistically significant differences in the site of distal anastomosis and quality of arterial run-off based on the Society for Vascular Surgery Ad Hoc Committee on Reporting Standards criteria (p 0.05) and secondary (61% versus 48%) (p > 0.05) patency rates in the PTFE-AVF group versus the PTFE-ONLY group, although limb salvage rates were similar (74% versus 71%) (p > 0.05). Two AVFs required ligation because of steal resulting in diminished distal perfusion. These results support the use of adjunctive distal AVFs to improve overall two-year patency rates of prosthetic infrapopliteal arterial bypasses.

  6. 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

  7. Predictive factors of small bowel patency in Crohn's disease patients

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    Andreia Albuquerque


    Full Text Available Background: Patency capsule was developed to avoid small bowel video capsule endoscopy retention, namely in patients with Crohn's disease. Aims: To evaluate the predictive factors of small bowel patency in Crohn's disease patients. Patients and methods: Retrospective analysis including 151 Crohn's disease patients submitted to patency capsule (Agile® Patency Capsule from 2011 to 2012. Patients that excreted the intact patency capsule were classified as having a patent small bowel (without patency capsule retention, other patients were considered to have negative patency of the small bowel (patency capsule retention. Results: Patients had a mean age of 41±14 years, 54% were female and 25% had been previously submitted to surgery. Stricturing disease was seen in 20% of cases and penetrating disease in 16% of cases. Left-sided colonic lesions and ileal strictures were observed at colonoscopy in 13% and 9% of patients, respectively. In our sample, 28% of patients had negative patency of the small bowel (patency capsule retention. In multivariate analysis, independent factors that were associated with negative patency of the small bowel in Crohn's disease patients were stricturing (OR 10.16, p < 0.001 and penetrating phenotypes (OR 11.73, p = 0.001, left-sided colonic lesions (OR 3.77, p = 0.038, ileal stricture (OR 9.76, p = 0.003; previous intestinal surgery was found to be protective (OR 0.16, p = 0.006. Conclusions: Stricturing or penetrating disease, ileal strictures, no previous surgery and left-sided colonic lesions were the factors associated with negative small bowel patency in Crohn's disease patients.

  8. 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.

  9. Comprehensive Comparison of the Performance of Autogenous Brachial-Basilic Transposition Arteriovenous Fistula and Prosthetic Forearm Loop Arteriovenous Graft in a Multiethnic Asian Hemodialysis Population. (United States)

    Chue, Koy Min; Thant, Kyi Zin; Luo, Hai Dong; Soh, Yu Hang Rodney; Ho, Pei


    Aim. For patients who have exhausted cephalic vein arteriovenous fistula (AVF) options, controversy exists on whether brachial-basilic AVF with transposition (BBTAVF) or a forearm arteriovenous graft (AVG) should be the next vascular access of choice. This study compared the outcomes of these two modalities. Methods. A retrospective study of 122 Asian multiethnic patients who underwent either a BBTAVF (81) or an AVG (41). Maturation time and intervention rates were analyzed. Functional primary, secondary, and overall patency rates were evaluated. Results. The maturation time for BBTAVFs was significantly longer than AVGs. There was also a longer deliberation time before surgeons abandon a failing BBTAVF compared to an AVG. Both functional primary and secondary patency rates were significantly higher in the BBTAVF group at 1-year follow-up: 73.2% versus 34.1% (p functional patency and required less salvage interventions. The forearm AVG might have a role in patients who require early vascular access due to complications from central venous catheters or with limited life expectancy.

  10. Tubal patency after clinical treatment of unruptured ectopic pregnancy. (United States)

    Elito, J; Han, K K; Camano, L


    To evaluate tubal patency using hysterosalpingography after clinical treatment of tubal pregnancy. Of 80 patients who underwent hysterosalpingography after clinical treatment of tubal pregnancy from April 1994 to February 2002, 30 were treated with a single 50 mg/m(2) dose of methotrexate intramuscularly (n=30) and 50 were followed up expectantly. Patency of the ipsilateral tube was 84% after methotrexate treatment and 78% after expectant management. In addition, contralateral tubal patency was 97% after methotrexate treatment and 92% after expectant management. There were no statistically significant differences between the groups. Findings from this study suggest similar tubal patency rates after methotrexate treatment and expectant management.

  11. Symptomatic Patency Capsule Retention in Suspected Crohn's Disease

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    Rasmussen, Bjørn; Nathan, Torben; Jensen, Michael Dam


    The main limitation of capsule endoscopy is the risk of capsule retention. In patients with suspected Crohn's disease, however, this complication is rare, and if a small bowel stenosis is not reliably excluded, small bowel patency can be confirmed with the Pillcam patency capsule. We present two...... patients examined for suspected Crohn's disease who experienced significant symptoms from a retained patency capsule. Both patients had Crohn's disease located in the terminal ileum. In one patient, the patency capsule caused abdominal pain and vomiting and was visualized at magnetic resonance enterography...

  12. [Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting with covered stents in children: a preliminary study of safety and patency]. (United States)

    Zurera, L J; Espejo, J J; Canis, M; Bueno, A; Vicente, J; Gilbert, J J


    To retrospectively analyze the safety and efficacy of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting (TIPS) using covered stents in children. We present 6 children (mean age, 10.6 years; mean weight, 33.5kg) who underwent TIPS with 8mm diameter Viatorr(®) covered stents for acute (n=4) or recurrent (n=2) upper digestive bleeding that could not be controlled by endoscopic measures. Five of the children had cirrhosis and the other had portal vein thrombosis with cavernous transformation. We analyzed the relapse of upper digestive bleeding, the complications that appeared, and the patency of the TIPS shunt on sequential Doppler ultrasonography or until transplantation. A single stent was implanted in a single session in each child; none of the children died. The mean transhepatic gradient decreased from 16mmHg (range: 12-21mmHg) before the procedure to 9mmHg (range: 1-15mmHg) after TIPS. One patient developed mild encephalopathy, and the girl who had portal vein thrombosis with cavernous transformation developed an acute occlusion of the TIPS that resolved after the implantation of a coaxial stent. Three children received transplants (7, 9, and 10 months after the procedure, respectively), and the patency of the TIPS was confirmed at transplantation. In the three remaining children, patency was confirmed with Doppler ultrasonography 1, 3, and 5 months after implantation. None of the children had new episodes of upper digestive bleeding during follow-up after implantation (mean: 8.1 months). Our results indicate that TIPS with 8mm diameter Viatorr(®) covered stents can be safe and efficacious for the treatment of upper digestive bleeding due to gastroesophageal varices in cirrhotic children; our findings need to be corroborated in larger series. Copyright © 2011 SERAM. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  13. Matrix metalloproteinase inhibition reduces intimal hyperplasia in a porcine arteriovenous-graft model.

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    Rotmans, J.I.; Velema, E.; Verhagen, H.J.; Blankensteijn, J.D.; Kleijn, D.P. de; Stroes, E.S.; Pasterkamp, G.


    BACKGROUND: The patency of arteriovenous (AV) polytetrafluoroethylene grafts for hemodialysis is impaired by intimal hyperplasia (IH) at the venous outflow tract. IH mainly consists of vascular smooth muscle cells, fibroblasts, and extracellular matrix proteins. Because matrix metalloproteinases

  14. Matrix metalloproteinase inhibition reduces intimal hyperplasia in a porcine arteriovenous-graft model

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    Rotmans, JI; Velema, E; Verhagen, HJM; Blankensteijn, JD; de Kleijn, DPV; Stroes, ESG; Pasterkamp, G

    Background: The patency of arteriovenous (AV) polytetrafluoroethylene grafts for hemodialysis is impaired by intimal hyperplasia (IH) at the venous outflow tract. IH mainly consists of vascular smooth muscle cells, fibroblasts, and extracellular matrix proteins. Because matrix metalloproteinases

  15. Prospective long-term study of patency and outcomes of 505 arteriovenous fistulas in patients with chronic renal failure: Authors experience and review of literature

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    Parag Sahasrabudhe


    Full Text Available Background: This study describes our experience of arteriovenous fistula (AVF creation as vascular access for haemodialysis. Materials and Methods: This study has been carried out in our hospital from January 2004 to December 2012. A total of 505 AVFs were created in 443 patients. Maximum follow-up was 8 years, and minimum was 6 months. Observations and Results: In this study of 505 cases of AVFs, primary patency rates by Kaplan - Meier analysis showed 78.81% patency of fistulas at the end of 1 year and patency dropped to 14.81% at the end of 5 years. Our primary failure rate was 21.2%. Basilic vein was used in 26.35% cases, cephalic vein in 63.5%, and antecubital vein in 9.75% cases. On table, bruit was present in 459 (90.9% and thrill in 451 (89.3% cases. During dialysis, flow rate >250 ml/min was obtained in 150 (29.9% cases. In complications, 2 (0.4% patients developed distal oedema, 33 (6.5% developed steal phenomenon. Conclusions: Presence of on table thrill and bruit are indicators of successful AVF. If vein diameter is 2 mm were significantly higher as compared with patients with vein diam. <2 mm (P < 0.001. Flow rates are higher in non-diabetic patients as compared to diabetic patients (P < 0.001. Average blood urea and serum creatinine values are significantly lesser in patients undergoing dialysis through successful fistulas as compared to patients with failed fistulas. Correspondingly, incidence of deaths is significantly lesser in patients with successful fistulas. During proximal side-to-side fistula between antecubital/basilic vein and brachial artery, dilating of the first valve toward wrist helps to develop distal veins in the forearm by retrograde flow. This technique avoids requirement of superficialization of basilic vein in the arm.

  16. 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.

  17. Evaluation of the Patency Rate of the Coronary Arteries after Treatment with Heberkinase

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    gholamreza Davoudi


    Conclusion: The patency rate in our patients was about 15% less than the results reported by other investigators. The patency rate with Heberkinase was similar to the spontaneous patency rates reported in pre-thrombolytic era studies.

  18. Use of patency capsule in patients with established Crohn's disease. (United States)

    Nemeth, Artur; Kopylov, Uri; Koulaouzidis, Anastasios; Wurm Johansson, Gabriele; Thorlacius, Henrik; Amre, Devendra; Eliakim, Rami; Seidman, Ernest G; Toth, Ervin


    Video capsule endoscopy (VCE) is invaluable in the diagnosis of small-bowel pathology. Capsule retention is a major concern in patients with Crohn's disease. The patency capsule was designed to evaluate small-bowel patency before VCE. However, the actual benefit of the patency capsule test in Crohn's disease remains unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical impact of patency capsule use on the risk of video capsule retention in patients with established Crohn's disease. This was a retrospective, multicenter study of patients with established Crohn's disease who underwent VCE for clinical need. The utilization strategy for the patency capsule was classified as selective (only in patients with obstructive symptoms, history of intestinal obstruction or surgery, or per treating physician's request) or nonselective (all patients with Crohn's disease). The main outcome was video capsule retention in the entire cohort and within each utilization strategy. A total of 406 patients who were referred for VCE were included in the study. VCE was performed in 132 /406 patients (32.5 %) without a prior patency capsule test. The patency capsule test was performed in 274 /406 patients (67.5 %) and was negative in 193 patients. Overall, VCE was performed in 343 patients and was retained in the small bowel in 8 (2.3 %). In this cohort, the risk of video capsule retention in the small bowel was 1.5 % without use of a prior patency capsule and 2.1 % after a negative patency test (P = 0.9). A total of 18 patients underwent VCE after a positive patency capsule test, with a retention rate of 11.1 % (P = 0.01). Patency capsule administration strategy (selective vs. nonselective) was not associated with the risk of video capsule retention. Capsule retention is a rare event in patients with established Crohn's disease undergoing VCE. The risk of video capsule retention was not reduced by the nonselective use of the patency capsule. Furthermore, VCE

  19. Three-dimensional computed tomography angiography of coronary artery bypass graft with electron beam tomography

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    Hoshi, Toshiko; Yamauchi, Tatsuo; Kanauchi, Tetsu; Konno, Miyuki; Imai, Kamon; Suwa, Jiro; Onoguchi, Katsuhisa; Hashimoto, Kazuhiro; Horie, Toshinobu [Saitama Cardiovascular and Respiratory Center, Konan (Japan)


    Assessment of coronary artery bypass graft patency by three-dimensional reconstructed computed tomography angiography (3D-CTA) derived from electrocardiography-gated contrast-enhanced electron beam tomography (EBT) was evaluated. Thirty-nine patients with 99 grafts (45 arterial grafts and 54 venous grafts) underwent 3D-CTA and selective coronary angiography within a 3-week interval. 3D-CTA images of the coronary bypass grafts were compared with the coronary angiography images used as the control. 3D-CTA defined 42 of 44 arterial grafts as patent (sensitivity: 95%), all 47 venous grafts as patent (sensitivity: 100%) and all 7 venous grafts as occlusive (specificity: 100%). The overall sensitivity and specificity were 98% and 88%, respectively. 3D-CTA is an useful noninvasive technique with adequate sensitivity and specificity to assess coronary artery bypass graft patency. (author)

  20. 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 ...

  1. 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 ...

  2. HeRO graft versus lower extremity grafts in hemodialysis patients with long standing renal failure. (United States)

    Glickman, Marc H


    The role of the HeRO graft in central venous pathology has been defined in the literature and clinically. There have been two publications or abstracts that have compared the patency rates and outcomes of this graft to the lower extremity graft. The outcomes of both publications leads to an algorithm suggested by the author in determining which procedure should be used for specific patients. Both papers trend to show that lower extremity grafts have improved patency rates when compared to the HeRO device in the upper extremity. The author will use these data to demonstrate that in younger patients and in patients with low morbidity and mortality, salvaging the upper extremity area for access may show that the HeRO device provides benefit for these patients.

  3. Establishing Apical Patency: To be or not to be? (United States)

    Mohammadi, Zahed; Jafarzadeh, Hamid; Shalavi, Sousan; Kinoshita, Jun-Ichiro


    The apical portion of the root canal is very complex and challenging during endodontic treatment. Root canal preparation and obturation to the apical constriction may provide the best prognosis. Incomplete debridement, foramen transportation, and inadequate seal in the apical portion are considered to be responsible for treatment failure. The technique "apical patency" is considered as a way for maintaining the apical part the free of the debris by recapitulation, using a small K-file through the area of the apical foramen. This term was firstly proposed by Buchanan. In this technique, the smallest diameter file is set 1 mm longer than working length and recapitulated after each instrument to prevent packing of debris in the apical part. Apical patency has been found to be effective in achieving an apical seal with gutta-percha. Teeth prepared with a step back method and with maintained apical patency may show less leakage when obturated with cold lateral condensation technique. Data regarding the effect of apical patency on the healing of periapical tissue are very scarce, and it has been shown that the patency file has detrimental effect on the healing of periapical tissues in animal studies. However, using patency file in endodontic treatment is controversial and further studies are needed. The purpose of this article is to review the effect of using a patency file on the extrusion of root canal contents, the apical seal, postoperative pain, and healing of periapical tissues. Furthermore, the effect of establishing patency on reaching irrigation solutions to the apical portion of the canal and prognosis of root canal treatment are discussed. Keywords: Apical patency, Apical seal, Apical transportation, Postoperative pain, Prognosis.

  4. Evaluation of venous and arterial conduit patency by 16-slice spiral computed tomography. (United States)

    Martuscelli, E; Romagnoli, A; D'Eliseo, A; Tomassini, M; Razzini, C; Sperandio, M; Simonetti, G; Romeo, F; Mehta, J L


    Computed tomography has been shown to be useful in the evaluation of aortocoronary bypass grafts (CABG). This is the first prospective study to evaluate the accuracy of a new-generation scanner in the detection of patency and significant stenoses (>50% decrease in diameter) of venous and arterial grafts in patients with previous CABG. In 96 patients (80 males, mean age 62 years) with previous CABG, a multislice computed tomography (MSCT) scan was performed (collimation 16x0.625 mm). Patients with atrial fibrillation, renal failure, severe respiratory disease, severe heart failure, heart rate >70 bpm despite therapy, or unstable angina were excluded. A total of 285 conduits implanted on the native coronary arteries at the time of CABG were evaluated. MSCT data were analyzed by 2 independent radiologists and compared with the results of conventional angiography. Three patients were excluded from analysis. All conduits were judged evaluable in 84 patients. Among these patients, MSCT correctly diagnosed 54 occluded grafts and 4 significant stenoses on the body of the grafts. Of the 17 significant anastomotic lesions, MSCT correctly diagnosed 15. For these 84 patients, diagnostic accuracy was 99%, sensitivity was 97%, and specificity was 100%. When all 93 patients were considered, the sensitivity of MSCT in diagnosing significant stenoses was 96%. MSCT with the new-generation scanner allows for accurate assessment of venous and arterial conduits in patients with previous CABG with a high degree of sensitivity and specificity. Exclusion criteria and radiation exposure remain limitations of the method.

  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. 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.

  7. Normalization of markers for dopamine innervation in striatum of MPTP-lesioned miniature pigs with intrastriatal grafts

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    Cumming, P; Danielsen, E H; Vafaee, M


    for dopamine D1 or D2 receptors in pig striatum. However, the grafting was associated with a local increase in the binding of [11C]PK 11195, a tracer for reactive gliosis, suggesting that an immunological reaction occurs at the site of graft, which might potentially have reduced the graft patency. However...

  8. A Retrospective Study of Preferable Alternative Route to Right Internal Jugular Vein for Placing Tunneled Dialysis Catheters: Right External Jugular Vein versus Left Internal Jugular Vein. (United States)

    Wang, Pei; Wang, Yufei; Qiao, Yingjin; Zhou, Sijie; Liang, Xianhui; Liu, Zhangsuo


    Right internal jugular vein (IJV) is a preferred access route for tunneled (cuffed) dialysis catheters (TDCs), and both right external jugular vein (EJV) and left IJV are alternative routes for patients in case the right IJV isn't available for TDC placement. This retrospective study aimed to determine if a disparity exists between the two alternative routes in hemodialysis patients in terms of outcomes of TDCs. 49 hemodialysis patients who required TDCs through right EJV (n = 21) or left IJV (n = 28) as long-term vascular access were included in this study. The primary end point was cumulative catheter patency. Secondary end points include primary catheter patency, proportion of patients that never required urokinase and incidence of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI). A total of 20,870 catheter-days were evaluated and the median was 384 (interquartile range, 262-605) catheter-days. Fewer catheters were removed in the right EJV group than in the left IJV group (P = 0.007). Mean cumulative catheter patency was higher in the right EJV group compared with the left IJV group (P = 0.031). There was no significant difference between the two groups in the incidence of CRBSI, primary catheter patency or proportion of patients that never required urokinase use. Total indwell time of antecedent catheters was identified as an independent risk factor for cumulative catheter patency by Cox regression hazards test with an HR of 2.212 (95% CI, 1.363-3.588; p = 0.001). Right EJV might be superior to left IJV as an alternative insertion route for TDC placement in hemodialysis patients whose right IJVs are unavailable.


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    Full Text Available Subcutaneous arteriovenous fistula in the forearm is a common vascular access for hemodialysis. However, primary failure of native fistula occurs because of either thrombosis formation within the first several weeks after surgery or immature vein dilatation. To evaluate the effect of platelet inhibition on fistula thrombosis and maturation failure, we used an antiplatelet agent, sarpogrelate hydrochloride, in our study. The study was designed as an open-label, parallel, prospective, randomized study for 8 weeks, comparing patients receiving sarpogrelate 300 mg/day (sarpogrelate group, n=33 with controls receiving no medication (n=46. The primary outcome was fistula patency failure determined by pulse Doppler ultrasound examination of the arteriovenous fistula performed 8 weeks after surgery. Pulse wave velocity was also measured to determine the ankle brachial pressure index (ABI. The drug was well-tolerated and did not increase bleeding events during the 8-week study period. In the sarpogrelate group, patency failure occurred in 1 of 33 patients (3.0%, and the occlusion rate was significantly lower (P=0.001 than that in the control group (3 of 46 patients; 6.5%. Average blood flow rate in the sarpogrelate group was 546±174 mL/min, and was significantly higher (P=0.036 than 448±183 mL/min in the control group. However, the diameter of the shunt vessel in the sarpogrelate group was 5.2±1.3 mm, which was not different from 5.1±0.6 mm in the control group. The Vmax was not significantly different between two groups (1.01±0.56 m/sec in the sarpogrelate group and 0.89±0.66 m/sec in the control group. In all patients (n=79, blood flow correlated with ABI (r=0.34, P=0.045. Our results suggest that sarpogrelate reduces the frequency of fistula patency failure. Sarpogrelate may maintain fistula patency, which is necessary for hemodialysis, by increasing ABI.

  10. Catheter-directed thrombolysis with transjugular access in portal vein thrombosis secondary to pancreatitis

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    Aytekin, Cueneyt; Boyvat, Fatih; Kurt, Aydin; Yologlu, Zeynel; Coskun, Mehmet


    A case of portal vein thrombosis (PVT) secondary to pancreatitis is presented. Patient was treated with catheter-directed thrombolysis using urokinase solution. Because the percutaneous transhepatic approach is associated with higher risk of hemorrhage we used the catheter-directed thrombolysis via the transjugular intrahepatic access to restore the patency of the thrombosed portal vein. This case shows that catheter-directed thrombolysis with transjugular approach can be effectively used in the treatment of PVT.

  11. 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 ...

  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. 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. Iliac vein compression syndrome: Outcome of endovascular treatment with long-term follow-up

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    Oguzkurt, Levent [Department of Radiology, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey)], E-mail:; Tercan, Fahri; Ozkan, Ugur [Department of Radiology, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey); Gulcan, Oner [Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey)


    Objective: To retrospectively evaluate technical success and long-term outcome of endovascular treatment in patients with iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis (DVT) due to iliac vein compression syndrome (IVCS). Materials and methods: Between March 2003 and September 2006, 36 consecutive patients (26 women [72%], 10 men, mean age 50 {+-} 18 years) with acute or chronic iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis due to iliac vein compression syndrome were evaluated for outcome of endovascular treatment. Stent patency was estimated by using the Kaplan-Meier method. Results: Technical success was achieved in 34 of 36 patients (94%). Six patients with acute or subacute thrombosis had chronic occlusion of the left common iliac vein. Rethrombosis of the stents was observed in four patients. Primary and secondary patency rates were 85 and 94% at 1 year, and 80 and 82% at 4 years. Resolution of symptoms was achieved in 17 of 20 patients (85%) with acute and subacute DVT, and 4 of 16 patients (25%) with chronic DVT. Major complication was seen in one patient (3%). Conclusion: Intimal changes in the left common iliac vein are mostly chronic in nature even in patients with acute DVT secondary to IVCS. Endovascular treatment with stent placement has a high technical success rate and good long-term patency in the treatment of acute and chronic DVT due to IVCS. Symptomatic improvement seems to be better in patients with acute than chronic DVT due to IVCS.

  15. Patency of heart blood vessels under photosensitization reaction shortly after intravenous injection of talaporfin sodium in canine model (United States)

    Hamada, Risa; Matsuzaki, Ryota; Ogawa, Emiyu; Arai, Tsunenori


    In order to investigate patency of heart blood vessels by photosensitization reaction shortly after intravenous injection of talaporfin sodium, we performed in vitro endothelial cell lethality study and in vivo study of heart blood vessel patency in canine one week after photosensitization reaction. Cell lethality of human umbilical vein endothelial cells under different albumin concentrations corresponding with blood and interstice concentrations were employed and their lethality 2 hours after the reaction was measured by WST assay in vitro. Almost all cells survived by 40 J/cm2 photosensitization reaction with blood albumin concentration. Laser diffuser made of plastic optical fiber with 70 mm in length was used in vivo. Red diode laser of 664nm wavelength was emitted from this diffuser with 17.1-42.9 mW/cm in 10 minutes. We estimated the fluence rate distribution by a ray-trace simulator using pre-measured optical coefficients of myocardium tissue, μa 0.12 mm-1 and μs' 0.36 mm-1. Almost all blood vessels were patent in every irradiation conditions in canine heart. Coronary artery and vein up to 1 mm diameter were patent in typical myocardium sample with 25.7 mW/cm. We estimated fluence rate distribution of this sample and found that blood vessels were patent even fluence rate over 40 J/cm2. This in vivo study could be explained by the result of in vitro study. We suggest that this blood vessel patency after our particular photosensitization reaction might be because of few photosensitizer uptake in the blood endothelial cells and/or reduced oxidation damage by thick albumin concentration in blood.

  16. Prospective randomized study of carbon-impregnated polytetrafluoroethylene grafts for below-knee popliteal and distal bypass: results at 2 years. The Association Universitaire de Recherche en Chirurgie. (United States)

    Bacourt, F


    The purpose of this prospective randomized multicenter study is to compare patency for a new carbon-impregnated polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) graft and standard PTFE grafts. One hundred and sixty patients presenting severe chronic ischemia of the lower extremity were recruited at 17 centers of the French Association Universitaire de Recherche en Chirurgie. Eighty-one carbon-impregnated graft and 79 standard grafts were implanted. The procedure consisted of below-knee femoropopliteal bypass in 83 cases and femorodistal bypass in 77 cases. The minimum duration of the follow-up period was 2 years. Twenty-four patients died during the study. The actuarial primary patency rate, actuarial secondary patency rate, and limb salvage rate were 45%, 53%, and 57% respectively in the carbon-impregnated PTFE group and 35%, 36%, and 47% respectively in the standard PTFE group. The carbon-impregnated graft appeared to achieve better patency than the standard graft but the difference was not statistically significant. Since there was no difference up to 12 months, the study will be continued to determine if further follow-up confirms these findings. In this study we also assessed factors contributing to patency of below-knee prosthetic bypass grafts. Only two factors had a significant influence on patency, i.e., ankle/arm pressure difference greater than 0.25 as opposed to ankle/arm pressure difference less than 0.25 (p < 0.01) and below-knee femoropopliteal bypass as opposed to femorodistal bypass (p < 0.001).

  17. A 16-slice multidetector computed tomography protocol for evaluation of the gastroepiploic artery grafts in patients after coronary artery bypass surgery

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    Dorgelo, J; Willems, TP; van Ooijen, PMA; Panday, GFV; Boonstra, PW; Zijlstra, F; Oudkerk, M

    Arterial coronary bypass grafts [internal mammary arteries and gastroepiploic artery (GEA)] are in widespread use for coronary surgery. Since selective catheterisation of the GEA graft to monitor patency, is often unsuccessful, a non-invasive protocol to visualise the GEA-graft from origin to

  18. Angiotensin Converting-Enzyme Inhibitors, Angiotensin Receptor Blockers, and Calcium Channel Blockers Are Associated with Prolonged Vascular Access Patency in Uremic Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis.

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    Fu-An Chen

    Full Text Available Vascular access failure is a huge burden for patients undergoing hemodialysis. Many efforts have been made to maintain vascular access patency, including pharmacotherapy. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I, angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB, and calcium channel blocker (CCB are known for their antihypertensive and cardio-protective effects, however, their effects on long-term vascular access patency are still inconclusive.We retrospectively enrolled patients commencing maintenance hemodialysis between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2006 by using National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. Primary patency was defined as the date of first arteriovenous fistula (AVF or arteriovenous graft (AVG creation to the time of access thrombosis or any intervention aimed to maintain or re-establish vascular access patency. Cox proportional hazards models were used to adjust the influences of patient characteristics, co-morbidities and medications.Total 42244 patients were enrolled in this study, 37771 (89.4% used AVF, 4473 (10.6% used AVG as their first long term dialysis access. ACE-I, ARB, and CCB use were all associated with prolonged primary patency of AVF [hazard ratio (HR 0.586, 95% confidence interval (CI 0.557-0.616 for ACE-I use; HR 0.532, CI 0.508-0.556 for ARB use; HR 0.485, CI 0.470-0.501 for CCB use] and AVG (HR 0.557, CI 0.482-0.643 for ACE-I use, HR 0.536, CI 0.467-0.614 for ARB use, HR 0.482, CI 0.442-0.526 for CCB use.In our analysis, ACE-I, ARB, and CCB were strongly associated with prolonged primary patency of both AVF and AVG. Further prospective randomized studies are still warranted to prove the causality.

  19. Meta-analysis of polytetrafluoroethylene bypass grafts to infrapopliteal arteries. (United States)

    Albers, Maximiano; Battistella, Vinicius Marcus; Romiti, Marcello; Rodrigues, Alfredo Augusto Eyer; Pereira, Carlos Alberto Bragança


    Reports of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) bypass grafting to the infrapopliteal arteries have often used survival analysis of acceptable quality to describe a wide range of long-term results. In theory, these results may be combined if variability between series and time intervals is considered. Meta-analysis was performed to gain insight into long-term graft patency and foot preservation after PTFE bypass grafting to infrapopliteal arteries. Studies published from 1982 through 2001 were identified from the PubMed database and pertinent original articles. Three investigators selected 43 studies that used survival analysis, reported 2-year patency rates, and included at least 15 bypass procedures. Data extraction and transformation: Based on standard life-tables or survivor curves, an interval success rate was calculated for each month in each series. The monthly success rates were combined across series, enabling construction of pooled survivor curves. Random-effects meta-analysis yielded 5-year pooled estimates (SE) of 30.5% (7.6%) for primary graft patency, 39.7% (5.5%) for secondary graft patency, and 55.7% (5.0%) for foot preservation. During the entire follow-up, pooled estimates were slightly higher for series of PTFE grafts with adjunctive procedures compared with series of PTFE grafts only. Sensitivity analysis: A simulation using only unfavorable assumptions showed a decrease of less than 5% at 5 years for all outcomes, and smaller differences at subgroup meta-analysis. Funnel plots suggested that publication bias was unlikely. This meta-analysis indicated moderate success for PTFE bypass grafts to infrapopliteal arteries, but the role of adjunctive procedures at the distal anastomosis remains uncertain.

  20. Patency of the Ductus Arteriosus in Newborns: Experience in a ...

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    A prospective cohort study of infants admitted into the Special Care Baby Unit, University College Hospital, Ibadan, has revealed a 24.5 per cent prevalence of patency of the ductus arteriosus (PDA) among 97 infants, who were admitted over a six-month period. The major factor predisposing to PDA was prematurity ...

  1. Tubal patency following surgical and clinical treatment of ectopic pregnancy. (United States)

    Elito Junior, Julio; Han, Kyung Koo; Camano, Luiz


    As there is little information about fertility outcomes among women following clinical treatment (methotrexate and expectant management) and surgery (salpingectomy) consequent to ectopic pregnancy, we evaluate the results from hysterosalpingography subsequent to treatment. The objective was to evaluate contralateral tubal patency using hysterosalpingography following surgery and clinical treatment of tubal pregnancy. This was a prospective study at the Department of Obstetrics of Universidade Federal de São Paulo, a tertiary center. Among 115 patients who underwent hysterosalpingography following surgery and clinical treatment of tubal pregnancy between April 1994 and February 2002, 30 were treated with a single intramuscular dose of methotrexate (50 mg/m(2)), 50 were followed up expectantly and 35 underwent salpingectomy. The patency of the ipsilateral tube was 84% after methotrexate treatment and 78% after expectant management. In addition, contralateral tubal patency was 97% after methotrexate treatment, 92% after expectant management and 83% after salpingectomy. There were no statistically significant differences between the clinical treatment and surgery groups. The findings from this study suggest similar contralateral tubal patency rates following salpingectomy, methotrexate treatment and expectant management.

  2. Tubal patency following surgical and clinical treatment of ectopic pregnancy

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    Julio Elito Junior

    Full Text Available CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: As there is little information about fertility outcomes among women following clinical treatment (methotrexate and expectant management and surgery (salpingectomy consequent to ectopic pregnancy, we evaluate the results from hysterosalpingography subsequent to treatment. The objective was to evaluate contralateral tubal patency using hysterosalpingography following surgery and clinical treatment of tubal pregnancy. DESIGN AND SETTING: This was a prospective study at the Department of Obstetrics of Universidade Federal de São Paulo, a tertiary center. METHOD: Among 115 patients who underwent hysterosalpingography following surgery and clinical treatment of tubal pregnancy between April 1994 and February 2002, 30 were treated with a single intramuscular dose of methotrexate (50 mg/m², 50 were followed up expectantly and 35 underwent salpingectomy. RESULTS: The patency of the ipsilateral tube was 84% after methotrexate treatment and 78% after expectant management. In addition, contralateral tubal patency was 97% after methotrexate treatment, 92% after expectant management and 83% after salpingectomy. There were no statistically significant differences between the clinical treatment and surgery groups. CONCLUSIONS: The findings from this study suggest similar contralateral tubal patency rates following salpingectomy, methotrexate treatment and expectant management.

  3. Apical Patency or Apical Plug: A Literature Review

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    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to undertake a literature review on two different techniques of apical preparation of root canals e.g. apical patency and apical plug. Apical patency is a technique in which apical constriction and apical foramen are kept patent throughout the instrumentation of root canals. This technique prevents packing of debris at the apical area. It also helps to maintain working length. A small patent file 1mm longer than the working length is passed through the apical foramen passively. This technique is thought to ensure complete debridement of root canals. It is associated with less postoperative pain. The objections to this technique are the extrusion of debris, irrigating solutions, sealer and filling materials. It may also cause over instrumentation and foramen transportation. Enlargement of apical constriction or apical foramen through patency files is not supported by literature. Apical plug is the technique in which instrumentation is kept within working length of the root canals without using any patency file. This results in the formation of an apical plug composed of dentinal chips in the apical third of the root canal. Apical plug may be contaminated with micro flora and necrotic tissues leading to inflammatory reactions in the periapical tissues. This technique prevents the extrusion of debris, irrigating solution, sealers and thermoplastic gutta-percha. However, intentional packing with dentinal chips or biological compatible materials at the apical area is required in teeth with immature apices, root resorption, or when apical constriction is violated due to over instrumentation.

  4. Relationship of femorodistal bypass patency to clinical outcome. Iloprost Bypass International Study Group

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    Watson, H R; Schroeder, T V; Simms, M H


    To investigate the relationship between bypass patency, limb survival and clinical symptoms after femorodistal bypass procedures.......To investigate the relationship between bypass patency, limb survival and clinical symptoms after femorodistal bypass procedures....

  5. Catheter directed thrombolysis for deep vein thrombosis during the first trimester of pregnancy: two case report

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    Kim, Kum Rae; Park, Won Kyu; Kim, Jae Woon; Kwun, Woo Hyung; Suh, Bo Yang [College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Park, Kyeong Seok [Yeungnam University, Medical Center, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)


    Anticoagulation with heparin has been the standard management therapy of deep vein thrombosis during pregnancy. Pregnancy is generally considered as a contraindication for thrombolysis. However, anticoagulation therapy alone does not protect the limbs from post-thrombotic syndrome and venous valve insufficiency. Catheter-directed thrombolysis, combined with angioplasty and stenting, can remove the thrombus and restore patency of the veins, resulting in prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome and valve insufficiency. We report successful catheter-directed thrombolysis and stenting in two early gestation patients with a deep vein thrombosis of the left lower extremity.

  6. Generation of Vascular Graft Biomaterials via the Modification of Polyurethane with Hyaluronic Acid (United States)

    Ruiz, Amaliris

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States, necessitating surgical interventions such as small diameter (I.D. <6 mm) bypass grafting. Although the use of autologous veins as small diameter grafts produces favorable results, their limited availability provides a significant obstacle. Meanwhile, several synthetic materials have demonstrated success as large-diameter vascular grafts, but exhibit poor patency and high failure rates in small-diameter applications. Based on these limitations and the clinical issues associated with them, it is clear that there is a significant need to develop new materials for cardiovascular and blood-contacting applications that could be used to fabricate small-diameter vascular grafts. Thus, in this thesis we have designed and characterized a new polymer that is composed of both synthetic and natural elements with the goal of generating a material that is appropriate for use in cardiovascular applications. Specifically, we describe the modification of polyurethane (PU), a synthetic polymer with many favorable physical characteristics, with hyaluronic acid (HA), a native glycosaminoglycan that possesses anti-thrombotic properties as well as the ability to modulate endothelial cell proliferation in a molecular weight-dependent manner. The goal of the present work was to assess in detail the impact of 1) HA molecular weight, 2) HA quantity, and 3) the method of HA incorporation (bulk vs. surface-grafted) on the vascular-specific performance of polyurethane-HA (PU-HA) materials, under static conditions and upon exposure to physiological shear stresses. The initial findings presented in this thesis indicate that these PU-HA materials possess many of the physical and biological properties that are necessary for implementation in vascular applications. These materials were able to simultaneously address the three major design criteria in vascular graft fabrication: hemocompatibility, endothelialization, and

  7. 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.

  8. [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.

  9. Percutaneous Intervention in Axillary Loop-Configured Arteriovenous Grafts for Chronic Hemodialysis Patients

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    Park, Beom Jin; Chung, Hwan Hoon; Sung, Deuk Jae; Park, Sang Joon; Son, Ho Sung; Jo, Sang Kyung; Kim, Yun Hwan; Cho, Sung Bum [College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyoung Rae [Kangwon National University, Chuncheon (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the fistulographic features of malfunctioning axillary loop-configured arteriovenous grafts and the efficacy of percutaneous interventions in failed axillary loop-configured arteriovenous grafts. Ten patients with axillary loop-configured arteriovenous grafts were referred for evaluation of graft patency or upper arm swelling. Fistulography and percutaneous intervention, including thrombolysis, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stent placement, were performed. Statistical analysis of the procedure success rate and the primary and secondary patency rates was done. Four patients had graft related and subclavian venous stenosis, two patients had graft related stenosis and another four patients had subclavian venous stenosis only. Sixteen sessions of interventional procedures were performed in eight patients (average: 2 sessions / patient) until the end of follow-up. An interventional procedure was not done in two patients with central venous stenosis. The overall procedure success rate was 69% (11 of 16 sessions). The post-intervention primary and secondary patency rates were 50% and 63% at three months, 38% and 63% at six months and 25% and 63% at one year, respectively. Dysfunctional axillary loop-configured arteriovenous grafts almost always had subclavian venous and graft-related stenosis. Interventional treatments are helpful to overcome this and these treatments are expected to play a major role in restoring and maintaining the axillary loop-configured arteriovenous loop grafts

  10. [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.

  11. 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

  12. Aspirin decreases platelet uptake on Dacron vascular grafts in baboons

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    Mackey, W.C.; Connolly, R.J.; Callow, A.D.; Keough, E.M.; Ramberg-Laskaris, K.; McCullough, J.L.; O' Donnell, T.F. Jr.; Melaragno, A.; Valeri, C.R.; Weiblen, B.


    The influence of a single dose of aspirin (5.4-7.4 mg/kg) on platelet uptake on 4-mm Dacron interposition grafts was studied in a baboon model using gamma camera scanning for 111-Indium labeled platelets. In vitro assessment of platelet function after aspirin administration revealed that in the baboon, as in the human, aspirin abolished arachidonic acid-induced platelet aggregation, prolonged the lag time between exposure to collagen and aggregation, and decreased plasma thromboxane B2 levels. Aspirin also prolonged the template bleeding time. Scans for 111-Indium labeled platelets revealed that pretreatment with a single dose of aspirin decreased platelet uptake on 4-mm Dacron carotid interposition grafts. This decrease in platelet uptake was associated with a significant improvement in 2-hour graft patency and with a trend toward improved 2-week patency.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Sonographic Assessment of Fallopian Tube Patency in the ...

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    This study was conducted to bring into focus the value of pelvic sonograms in assessing tubal patency in order to overcome the radiation hazard associated with ... Cinquante patientes consécutives qui sont essentiellement désignées pour le HSG ont subi les sonogrammes pelviens avant-et post-HSG et les résultats ont été ...

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

    Bañares, Rafael; Catalina, María-Vega


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

  17. 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

  18. Increased use of brachiocephalic arteriovenous fistulas improves functional primary patency. (United States)

    Kim, Jerry J; Gifford, Edward; Nguyen, Virginia; Kaji, Amy H; Chisum, Patrick; Zeng, Annie; Dukkipati, Ramanath; de Virgilio, Christian


    As vascular surgeons strive to meet the Fistula First Initiative, some authors have observed a decrease in arteriovenous fistula (AVF) maturation rates in association with an increase in AVF creation. In May 2012, we adopted a practice change in an attempt to maintain the same high level of AVF creation while leading to a decrease in fistula failures. A retrospective study was conducted of all dialysis access procedures performed by a single vascular surgeon before (period 1; before May 1, 2012) and after (period 2; after May 1, 2012) the change in practice pattern. The adopted change included favoring the brachiocephalic location unless the patient was an ideal anatomic candidate for a radiocephalic AVF, creating a larger and standardized arteriotomy, and using a large venous footplate whenever possible. The main outcome measure was primary functional patency at 1 year. Secondary outcome measures included primary patency at 1 year, time to maturation, type of fistula created, steal syndrome, and tunneled hemodialysis catheter infections. Of 213 vascular access procedures performed, 191 (90%) were AVFs. There was no difference in use of AVFs between period 1 (93% AVFs) and period 2 (88% AVFs; P = .2). Use of brachiocephalic AVFs increased from 38% in period 1 to 56% in period 2 (P = .01), with a corresponding trend toward a decrease in radiocephalic AVFs in period 2 (36% in period 1 to 27% in period 2; P = .2). Primary functional patency at 1 year was 47% in period 1 and 63% in period 2 (P = .03). Primary patency at 1 year was 51% in period 1 and 70% in period 2 (P = .001). Time to reach functional maturation was decreased in period 2 (median, 76 vs 82.5 days; P = .046). There was no difference in steal syndrome (P = 1.0), and the incidence of hemodialysis catheter infections was lower in period 2 (0 vs 7 [7%]; P = .006). Increasing brachiocephalic AVF creation and reducing our reliance on radiocephalic AVFs resulted in a significant increase in primary functional

  19. Nasal patency and otorhinolaryngologic-orofacial features in children. (United States)

    Milanesi, Jovana de Moura; Berwig, Luana Cristina; Schuch, Luiz Henrique; Ritzel, Rodrigo Agne; Silva, Ana Maria Toniolo da; Corrêa, Eliane Castilhos Rodrigues


    Nasal obstruction is a common symptom in childhood, related to rhinitis and pharyngeal tonsil hypertrophy. In the presence of nasal obstruction, nasal patency may be reduced, and nasal breathing is replaced by mouth breathing. Orofacial and otorhinolaryngologic changes are related to this breathing mode. Objective evaluation of upper airways may be obtained through nasal patency measurement. To compare nasal patency and otorhinolaryngologic-orofacial features in children. One hundred and twenty three children, 6-12 year-old, and of both sexes underwent speech therapy evaluation, according to Orofacial Myofunctional Evaluation protocol, clinical and endoscopic otorhinolaryngologic examination and nasal patency measurement, using the absolute and predicted (%) peak nasal inspiratory flow values. Lower values of absolute and estimated peak nasal inspiratory flow values were found in children with restless sleep (p=0.006 and p=0.002), nasal obstruction report (p=0.027 and p=0.023), runny nose (p=0.004 and p=0.012), unsystematic lip closure during mastication (p=0.040 and p=0.026), masticatory speed reduced (p=0.006 and p=0.008) and altered solid food swallowing (p=0.006 and p=0.001). Absolute peak nasal inspiratory flow was lower in children with pale inferior turbinate (p=0.040), reduced hard palate width (p=0.037) and altered speech (p=0.004). Higher absolute values were found in children with increased tongue width (p=0.027) and, higher absolute and predicted (%) in children with mild everted lip (p=0.008 and p=0.000). Nasal patency was lower in children with restless sleep, rhinitis signs and symptoms, hard palate width reduced and with changes in mastication, deglutition and speech functions. It is also emphasized that most of the children presented signs and symptom of allergic rhinitis. Copyright © 2017 Associação Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia Cérvico-Facial. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  20. A 10-year institutional experience with open branched graft reconstruction of aortic aneurysms in connective tissue disorders versus degenerative disease. (United States)

    Hicks, Caitlin W; Lue, Jennifer; Glebova, Natalia O; Ehlert, Bryan A; Black, James H


    Aortic reconstruction for complex thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs) can be challenging, especially in patients with connective tissue disorders (CTDs) in whom tissue fragility is a major concern. Branched graft reconstruction is a more complex operation compared with inclusion patch repair of the aorta but is frequently necessary in patients with CTDs or other pathologies because of anatomic reasons. We describe our institutional experience with open branched graft reconstruction of aortic aneurysms and compare outcomes for patients with CTDs vs degenerative pathologies. We retrospectively analyzed all patients undergoing open aortic reconstruction using branched grafts at our institution between July 2006 and December 2015. Postoperative outcomes, including perioperative morbidity and mortality, midterm graft patency, and the development of new aneurysms, were compared for patients with CTD vs degenerative disease. During the 10-year study period, 137 patients (CTD, 29; degenerative, 108) underwent aortic repair with branched graft reconstruction. CTD patients were significantly younger (39 ± 1.9 vs 68 ± 1.0 years; P graft patency occurred in 0 of 99 grafts (0%) in CTD patients and in 13 of 167 grafts (7.8%) in degenerative disease patients (P = .005). Loss of branch graft patency occurred most commonly in left renal artery bypass grafts (77%) and was clinically asymptomatic (creatinine: 1.77 ± 0.13 mg/dL currently vs 1.41 ± 0.25 preoperatively; P = .22). CTD patients with aortic aneurysms who undergo open branched graft reconstruction have reasonable outcomes compared with patients with degenerative pathology, including better branched graft patency and a similar risk of perioperative mortality and complications. Open repair of aortic aneurysms with branched graft reconstruction can be performed safely in both populations with low perioperative mortality, but ongoing surveillance is critical for the detection of new aneurysms, especially

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ...

  4. Percutaneous treatment of complications occurring during hemodialysis graft recanalization

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    Sofocleous, Constantinos T. E-mail:; Schur, Israel; Koh, Elsie; Hinrichs, Clay; Cooper, Stanley G.; Welber, Adam; Brountzos, Elias; Kelekis, Dimitris


    Introduction/objective: To describe and evaluate percutaneous treatment methods of complications occurring during recanalization of thrombosed hemodialysis access grafts. Methods and materials: A retrospective review of 579 thrombosed hemodialysis access grafts revealed 48 complications occurring during urokinase thrombolysis (512) or mechanical thrombectomy (67). These include 12 venous or venous anastomotic ruptures not controlled by balloon tamponade, eight arterial emboli, 12 graft extravasations, seven small hematomas, four intragraft pseudointimal 'dissections', two incidents of pulmonary edema, one episode of intestinal angina, one procedural death, and one distant hematoma. Results: Twelve cases of post angioplasty ruptures were treated with uncovered stents of which 10 resulted in graft salvage allowing successful hemodialysis. All arterial emboli were retrieved by Fogarty or embolectomy balloons. The 10/12 graft extravasations were successfully treated by digital compression while the procedure was completed and the graft flow was restored. Dissections were treated with prolonged Percutaneous Trasluminal Angioplasty (PTA) balloon inflation. Overall technical success was 39/48 (81%). Kaplan-Meier Primary and secondary patency rates were 72 and 78% at 30, 62 and 73% at 90 and 36 and 67% at 180 days, respectively. Secondary patency rates remained over 50% at 1 year. There were no additional complications caused by these maneuvers. Discussions and conclusion: The majority of complications occurring during percutaneous thrombolysis/thrombectomy of thrombosed access grafts, can be treated at the same sitting allowing completion of the recanalization procedure and usage of the same access for hemodialysis.

  5. The association of mineral metabolism with vascular access patency. (United States)

    Rosenberg, Joel E; Astor, Brad C; Deluca, Hector F; Yevzlin, Alexander S


    Declining kidney function leads to progressively dysregulated mineral homeostasis and contributes to vascular calcification and a pro-inflammatory milieu, both of which play a critical role in loss of dialysis vascular access patency. We designed this study to examine the relationship between markers of bone and mineral metabolism, vitamin D replacement medications, and vascular access outcomes. We hypothesized that higher levels of calcium, phosphorous, parathyroid hormone (PTH), and albumin are independently associated with vascular access patency and that vitamin D supplementation is associated with lower risk of access failure. We abstracted data on 204 consecutive patients referred for angiographic evaluation of their permanent arteriovenous access over a 25-month period. We followed patients from the time of access salvage until subsequent referral for access failure. The incidence of vascular access failure did not differ by serum phosphorus, PTH, calcium, calcium-phosphorus product or albumin level. Patients receiving any vitamin D replacement therapy, however, had a lower incidence of access failure compared to those receiving no therapy. Those receiving vitamin D3 therapy with or without paricalcitol (Zemplar, Abbot Laboratories, Abbot Park, IL) or calcitriol had an adjusted HR = 0.18 compared to those receiving no vitamin D therapy. This study suggests a relationship between vitamin D3 usage and better vascular access patency, independent of the effect of vitamin D on PTH. Though this relationship needs more rigorous investigation prior to clinical application, the known differences in the pro- and anti-inflammatory effects of various vitamin D metabolites provide a potential mechanism for these clinical observations.

  6. Fallopian tubal patency diagnosed by magnetic resonance hysterosalpingography. (United States)

    Ma, Ling; Wu, Guangyao; Wang, Yan; Zhang, Yuanzhen; Wang, Jing; Li, Li; Zhou, Wangli


    To discuss the value of magnetic resonance hysterosalpingography (MR HSG) in diagnosing tubal patency of the fallopian tube. Conventional pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR HSG were performed on 20 infertile women who had all undergone conventional X-ray HSG or laparoscopy within the previous 6 months. Conventional scanning sequences included T2-weighted axial, T2-weighted sagittal, T2-weighted coronal and T1-weighted axial scans. A balloon catheter was placed into the uterine cavity, and then flash 3D coronal scanning by MRI was performed with the uterine injection of a diluted mixture of Gadodiamide (1:100), and data was reconstructed after digital subtraction scan. Except for a failure caused by a uterine malformation in which the left side of the cervix was not exposed, all patients successfully completed MR HSG inspection. Test results were compared with the previous conventional HSG or laparoscopy inspection results. One patient's results indicated interstitial tubal obstruction on the left side with conventional HSG, but the MR HSG results suggested tubal patency on the same side. A patient with supposed bilateral hydrosalpinx and fallopian tube obstruction under the previous conventional HSG was diagnosed with bilateral hydrosalpinx without obstruction with MR HSG. Another patient with tubal obstruction under conventional X-ray inspection was found to have tubal patency on the right side with MR HSG. The remaining test results in patients were consistent with the previous normal HSG or laparoscopy. Endometrial and pelvic conditions could be well displayed in the course of pelvic MR scan; uterine malformations, uterine fibroids and pelvic conditions such as hydrosalpinx were also well displayed. Routine MRI scan with MR-facilitated HSG can better display the fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus and pelvic-related structures and therefore has clinical value in the diagnosis of infertility.

  7. 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....

  8. 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.

  9. Portal Vein Recanalization and Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Creation for Chronic Portal Vein Thrombosis: Technical Considerations. (United States)

    Thornburg, Bartley; Desai, Kush; Hickey, Ryan; Kulik, Laura; Ganger, Daniel; Baker, Talia; Abecassis, Michael; Lewandowski, Robert J; Salem, Riad


    Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is common in cirrhotic patients and presents a challenge at the time of transplant. Owing to the increased posttransplant morbidity and mortality associated with complete PVT, the presence of PVT is a relative contraindication to liver transplantation at many centers. Our group began performing portal vein (PV) recanalization and transjugular intrahepatic portostystemic shunt placement (PVR-TIPS) several years ago to optimize the transplant candidacy of patients with PVT. The procedure has evolved to include transsplenic access to assist with recanalization, which is now our preferred method due to its technical success without significant added morbidity. Here, we describe in detail our approach to PVR-TIPS with a focus on the transsplenic method. The procedure was attempted in 61 patients and was technically successful in 60 patients (98%). After transitioning to transsplenic access to assist with recanalization, the technical success rate has improved to 100%. The recanalized portal vein and TIPS have maintained patency during follow-up, or to the time of transplant, in 55 patients (92%) with a mean follow-up of 16.7 months. In total, 23 patients (38%) have undergone transplant, all of whom received a physiologic anastomosis (end-to-end anastomosis in 22 of 23 patients, 96%). PVR-TIPS placement should be considered as an option for patients with chronic PVT in need of transplantation. Transsplenic access makes the procedure technically straightforward and should be considered as the primary method for recanalization. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Perceiving nasal patency through mucosal cooling rather than air temperature or nasal resistance. (United States)

    Zhao, Kai; Blacker, Kara; Luo, Yuehao; Bryant, Bruce; Jiang, Jianbo


    Adequate perception of nasal airflow (i.e., nasal patency) is an important consideration for patients with nasal sinus diseases. The perception of a lack of nasal patency becomes the primary symptom that drives these patients to seek medical treatment. However, clinical assessment of nasal patency remains a challenge because we lack objective measurements that correlate well with what patients perceive. The current study examined factors that may influence perceived patency, including air temperature, humidity, mucosal cooling, nasal resistance, and trigeminal sensitivity. Forty-four healthy subjects rated nasal patency while sampling air from three facial exposure boxes that were ventilated with untreated room air, cold air, and dry air, respectively. In all conditions, air temperature and relative humidity inside each box were recorded with sensors connected to a computer. Nasal resistance and minimum airway cross-sectional area (MCA) were measured using rhinomanometry and acoustic rhinometry, respectively. General trigeminal sensitivity was assessed through lateralization thresholds to butanol. No significant correlation was found between perceived patency and nasal resistance or MCA. In contrast, air temperature, humidity, and butanol threshold combined significantly contributed to the ratings of patency, with mucosal cooling (heat loss) being the most heavily weighted predictor. Air humidity significantly influences perceived patency, suggesting that mucosal cooling rather than air temperature alone provides the trigeminal sensation that results in perception of patency. The dynamic cooling between the airstream and the mucosal wall may be quantified experimentally or computationally and could potentially lead to a new clinical evaluation tool.

  11. Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair with Chimney and Snorkel Grafts: Indications, Techniques and Results

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    Patel, Rakesh P., E-mail: [Northwick Park Hospital, Department of Vascular Radiology (United Kingdom); Katsargyris, Athanasios, E-mail:; Verhoeven, Eric L. G., E-mail: [Klinikum Nuernberg, Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (Germany); Adam, Donald J., E-mail: [Heartlands Hospital, Department of Vascular Surgery (United Kingdom); Hardman, John A., E-mail: [Royal United Hospital Bath, Department of Vascular Radiology (United Kingdom)


    The chimney technique in endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (Ch-EVAR) involves placement of a stent or stent-graft parallel to the main aortic stent-graft to extend the proximal or distal sealing zone while maintaining side branch patency. Ch-EVAR can facilitate endovascular repair of juxtarenal and aortic arch pathology using available standard aortic stent-grafts, therefore, eliminating the manufacturing delays required for customised fenestrated and branched stent-grafts. Several case series have demonstrated the feasibility of Ch-EVAR both in acute and elective cases with good early results. This review discusses indications, technique, and the current available clinical data on Ch-EVAR.

  12. Transit-time flow measurement as a predictor of coronary bypass graft failure at one year angiographic follow-up

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    Lehnert, Per; Møller, Christian H; Damgaard, Sune


    BACKGROUND: Transit-time flow measurement (TTFM) is a commonly used intraoperative method for evaluation of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) anastomoses. This study was undertaken to determine whether TTFM can also be used to predict graft patency at one year postsurgery. METHODS: Three hundred...... forty-five CABG patients with intraoperative graft flow measurements and one year angiographic follow-up were analyzed. Graft failure was defined as more than 50% stenosis including the "string sign." Logistic regression analysis was used to analyze the risk of graft failure after one year based...

  13. Hemodialysis arteriovenous fistula patency revisited: results of a prospective, multicenter initiative. (United States)

    Huijbregts, Henricus J T; Bots, Michiel L; Wittens, Cees H A; Schrama, Yvonne C; Moll, Frans L; Blankestijn, Peter J


    Vascular access standards are predominantly based on older, single-center reports; however, the hemodialysis population has changed dramatically and primary arteriovenous fistula failure is a huge problem. This prospective, multicenter study used standardized definitions to analyze patency rates and potential risk factors that affect functional patency and late arteriovenous fistula functionality. Eleven centers participated in a guidelines implementation program. All new permanent vascular accesses were included. Patency and functional patency, defined as access survival from creation and from first dialysis use, respectively, were calculated using Kaplan-Meier analysis. Risk factors for primary functional patency loss (intervention-free interval) and secondary failure (abandonment) were determined using regression models. A total of 491 arteriovenous fistulas were placed in 395 patients. Six-, 12-, and 18-mo secondary patency and functional patency were 75 +/- 2.0, 70 +/- 2.3, and 67 +/- 2.7% and 90 +/- 1.9, 88 +/- 2.2, and 86 +/- 2.7%, respectively. Primary failure rate was 40%. Thrombosis rate was 0.14 per patient-year. Diabetes and arteriovenous fistula surveillance were significantly associated with primary functional patency loss. Preoperative duplex was inversely related to secondary failure. The secondary failure rate per hospital varied from 0 to 39%. This study showed a marked difference between patency and functional patency, likely to be explained by high primary failure rates. Hemodialysis patients with diabetes can be expected to have reduced primary functional patency rates, but if treated adequately, then arteriovenous fistula functionality can be maintained as long as in patients without diabetes.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Hemodialysis Arteriovenous Fistula Patency Revisited: Results of a Prospective, Multicenter Initiative


    Huijbregts, Henricus J.T.; Bots, Michiel L.; Wittens, Cees H A; Schrama, Yvonne C.; Moll, Frans L.; Blankestijn, Peter J.


    Background and objectives: Vascular access standards are predominantly based on older, single-center reports; however, the hemodialysis population has changed dramatically and primary arteriovenous fistula failure is a huge problem. This prospective, multicenter study used standardized definitions to analyze patency rates and potential risk factors that affect functional patency and late arteriovenous fistula functionality.

  17. The effect of lowering LDL cholesterol on vascular access patency

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    Herrington, William; Emberson, Jonathan; Staplin, Natalie


    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Reducing LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) with statin-based therapy reduces the risk of major atherosclerotic events among patients with CKD, including dialysis patients, but the effect of lowering LDL-C on vascular access patency is unclear. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS......, & MEASUREMENTS: The Study of Heart and Renal Protection (SHARP) randomized patients with CKD to 20 mg simvastatin plus 10 mg ezetimibe daily versus matching placebo. This study aimed to explore the effects of treatment on vascular access occlusive events, defined as any access revision procedure, access...... thrombosis, removal of an old dialysis access, or formation of new permanent dialysis access. RESULTS: Among 2353 SHARP participants who had functioning vascular access at randomization, allocation to simvastatin plus ezetimibe resulted in a 13% proportional reduction in vascular access occlusive events (355...

  18. 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

  19. Assessment of portal venous system patency in the liver transplant candidate: A prospective study comparing ultrasound, microbubble-enhanced colour Doppler ultrasound, with arteriography and surgery

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    Marshall, M.M.; Beese, R.C.; Muiesan, P.; Sarma, D.I.; O' Grady, J.; Sidhu, P.S


    AIM: To determine the role of microbubble-enhanced colour Doppler ultrasound (CDUS) in assessing portal venous patency prior to liver transplantation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Over a 2-year period, all patients with chronic liver disease undergoing routine pre-transplant CDUS examination in whom the portal venous system was inadequately demonstrated were recruited to the study. CDUS was performed in 368 patients and 33 patients (9%) were recruited. A repeat CDUS examination following an intravenous bolus injection of the microbubble contrast agent Levovist[reg] (Schering Healthcare AG, Berlin, Germany) was performed. Diagnostic confidence was recorded on a free linear analogue scale for both examinations. Findings were compared with indirect portography and surgery. RESULTS: Of the 33 patients with sub-optimal baseline examinations, improvement in portal vein visualization was achieved in 31 patients (94%). Median diagnostic confidence increased from 50% (interquartile range 30-60) to 90% (interquartile range 75-98) (P < 0.001) following administration of Levovist[reg]. Overall accuracy of portal vein assessment using microbubble-enhanced CDUS in 15 patients in whom a definitive diagnosis was made within 2 months was 87%. CONCLUSION: Microbubble-enhanced CDUS is a simple, inexpensive adjunct to standard pre liver transplant screening of the portal vein. It is particularly helpful in patients with end-stage cirrhosis who are at high risk of portal vein thrombosis and in whom the conventional examination is sub-optimal.Marshall, M.M. et al. (2002)

  20. 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 ...

  1. 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.

  2. 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 ...

  3. One step minilaparotomy-assisted transmesenteric portal vein recanalization combined with transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt placement: A novel surgical proposal in pediatrics. (United States)

    Pelizzo, Gloria; Quaretti, Pietro; Moramarco, Lorenzo Paolo; Corti, Riccardo; Maestri, Marcello; Iacob, Giulio; Calcaterra, Valeria


    Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) placement is a standard procedure for the treatment of portal hypertension complications. When this conventional approach is not feasible, alternative procedures for systemic diversion of portal blood have been proposed. A one-step interventional approach, combining minilaparotomy-assisted transmesenteric (MAT) antegrade portal recanalization and TIPS, is described in an adolescent with recurrent esophageal varice bleeding and portal cavernoma (PC). A 16-year-old girl was admitted to our Unit because of repeated bleeding episodes over a short period of time due to esophageal varices in the context of a PC. A portal vein recanalization through an ileocolic vein isolation with the MAT approach followed by TIPS during the same session was performed. In the case of failed portal recanalization, this approach, would also be useful for varice endovascular embolization. Postoperative recovery was uneventful. Treatment consisting of propanolol, enoxaparin and a proton pump inhibitor was prescribed after the procedure. One month post-op, contrast enhanced computed tomography confirmed the patency of the portal and intrahepatic stent grafts. No residual peritoneal fluid was detected nor opacification of the large varices. Endoscopy showed good improvement of the varices. Doppler ultrasound confirmed the accelerated flow in the portal stent and hepatopetal flow inside the intrahepatic portal branches. Three months post-op, TIPS maintained its hourglass shape despite a slight expansion. Portal hypertension and life threatening conditions related to PC would benefit from one-step portal recanalization. MAT-TIPS is feasible and safe for the treatment of PC even in children. This minimally invasive procedure avoids or delays surgical treatment or re-transplantation when necessary in pediatric patients.

  4. Assessment and follow-up of patency after lymphovenous microsurgery for treatment of secondary lymphedema in external male genital organs. (United States)

    Mukenge, Sylvain M; Catena, Marco; Negrini, Daniela; Ratti, Francesca; Moriondo, Andrea; Briganti, Alberto; Rigatti, Patrizio; Cipriani, Federica; Ferla, Gianfranco


    Secondary lymphedema of external male genital organs is a frequent complication of pelvic radical surgery following pelvic lymphadenectomy. Microsurgical lymphovenous anastomoses are usually performed using only the superficial scrotal lymphatics, excluding testicular lymphatic drainage. We have experimented using a new microsurgical technique based on lymphovenous anastomosis between the collectors of the spermatic funiculus and the veins of the pampiniform plexus, allowing testicular lymphatic drainage. The study included 11 patients with external genital organ lymphedema, five of whom were subjected to microsurgical lymphovenous derivation. At 3, 6, and 12 mo after surgery, the patency of lymphovenous anastomoses was assessed by noninvasive lymphography using indocyanine green fluorescence images obtained with the Photodynamic Eye (PDE) infrared camera system (Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., Hamamatsu, Japan). Progressive improvement of clinical conditions was assessed both by patients' self evaluation and by objective clinical follow-up based on: (1) PDE lymphography, (2) tomography of the pubic area, (3) recovery of the soft consistency of the scrotal tissue, (4) recovery of the scrotal skin normochromic aspect, (5) absence of pain, and (6) disappearance of edema with evident reduction of the scrotal and penile dimensions and normal palpability of the testis. The present study shows that lymphovenous anastomosis is a valuable method of resolving the edematous condition. The indocyanine green approach for lymphangiography is a very supportive method during follow-up because, with the least invasive approach, it is possible to ascertain the complete patency of the anastomosis, to confirm its localization, and to assess its lymphatic drainage. Copyright © 2010 European Association of Urology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. The in vivo performance of small-caliber nanofibrous polyurethane vascular grafts

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    Hu Zuo-jun


    Full Text Available Abstract Background In a previous in vitro study, we confirmed that small-caliber nanofibrous polyurethane (PU vascular grafts have favorable mechanical properties and biocompatibility. In the present study, we examined the in vivo biocompatibility and stability of these grafts. Methods Forty-eight adult male beagle dogs were randomly divided into two groups receiving, respectively, polyurethane (PU or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE grafts (n = 24 animals / group. Each group was studied at 4, 8, 12, and 24 weeks after graft implantation. Blood flow was analyzed by color Doppler ultrasound and computed tomography angiography. Patency rates were judged by animal survival rates. Coverage with endothelial and smooth muscle cells was characterized by hematoxylin-eosin and immunohistological staining, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Results Patency rates were significantly higher in the PU group (p = 0.02 vs. PTFE group. During the first 8 weeks, endothelial cells gradually formed a continuous layer on the internal surface of PU grafts, whereas coverage of PTFE graft by endothelial cells was inhomogeneous. After 12 weeks, neointimal thickness remained constant in the PU group, while PTFE group showed neointimal hyperplasia. At 24 weeks, some anastomotic sites of PTFE grafts became stenotic (p = 0.013 vs. PU group. Immunohistological staining revealed a continuous coverage by endothelial cells and an orderly arrangement of smooth muscle cells on PU grafts. Further, SEM showed smooth internal surfaces in PU grafts without thrombus or obvious neointimal hyperplasia. Conclusions Small-caliber nanofibrous PU vascular grafts facilitate the endothelialization process, prevent excessive neointimal hyperplasia, and improve patency rates.

  6. Failure of internal thoracic artery grafts: conclusions from coronary angiography mid-term follow-up. (United States)

    Bezon, Eric; Choplain, Jean N; Maguid, Yasser A; Aziz, Ahmed A; Barra, Jean A


    The objective of this study was to identify causes of the failures of internal thoracic artery bypass grafts according to operative technique, the internal thoracic artery used, and the coronary artery grafted. This retrospective study concerns 302 follow-up angiographies performed in patients treated with 512 internal thoracic artery bypass grafts: 115 single grafts, 78 sequential grafts, and 109 grafts with two internal thoracic arteries (61 Y grafts). Postoperative angiography was performed after a mean period of 17.3 +/- 4.1 months. Failures consisted of 11 (2%) occluded grafts and 19 (4%) nonfunctioning grafts (threadlike internal thoracic artery). There was no difference in patency among the various types of left anterior descending artery bypass grafts anastomosed with the left internal thoracic artery. The failure rate was higher with the right internal thoracic artery (13%) than with the left internal thoracic artery (4%; p < 0.05). The failure rate of the left anterior descending artery bypass grafts (3%) was lower than that for the branches of circumflex artery bypass grafts (13%; p < 0.05). The 19 cases of nonfunctioning grafts did not include significant anastomotic stenosis: 14 were related to competitive blood flow, 4 to a poor recipient coronary arterial bed, and 1 to significant distal coronary stenosis. At least two thirds of failures of bypass grafts could have been avoided by more objective analysis of the coronary stenosis on preoperative coronary angiography and better mastery of the surgical technique.

  7. Pharmacomechanical Thrombolysis versus Surgical Thrombectomy for the Treatment of Thrombosed Haemodialysis Grafts. (United States)

    Hongsakul, Keerati; Rookkapan, Sorracha; Sungsiri, Jitpreedee; Boonsrirat, Ussanee; Kritpracha, Boonprasit


    The key to treatment of a thrombosed dialysis graft is restoration and maintenance of function as long as possible. The objective of this study was to compare the outcomes of pharmacomechanical thrombolysis and surgical thrombectomy in the treatment of thrombosed haemodialysis grafts. During a 3-year period, 108 patients with 114 thrombosed dialysis grafts were referred to our institute for treatment. Fifty thrombosed dialysis grafts underwent pulse-spray catheter thrombolysis using recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) with angioplasty, and 64 thrombosed dialysis grafts underwent surgical thrombectomy. The procedural success rates, complications and average patency times and patency rates were compared between the 2 procedures. P values less than 0.05 were considered to be statistically significant. There were no statistically significant differences between the pharmacomechanical thrombolysis group and the thrombectomy group in the procedural success rates (94% and 93.8%, P = 0.15) or average patency times (6.24 months and 6.30 months, P = 0.17). The primary and secondary patency rates at 12 months were 28.0% ± 8.4% and 54.3% ± 7.8% for the thrombolysis with angioplasty group, and 30.0% ± 6.3% and 57.0% ± 4.8% for the thrombectomy group, respectively (P = 0.65 and P = 0.49, respectively). There were no procedural-related major complications. Our study found no differences in outcomes between patients treated with pharmacomechanical thrombolysis and surgical thrombectomy for thrombosed haemodialysis grafts. Pharmacomechanical thrombolysis can be considered as an alternative treatment for dialysis graft thrombosis.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. The role of peripheral vascular resistance in determining the infrainguinal arterial reconstruction patency. (United States)

    Cheshmedzhiev, Mihail V; Knyazhev, Victor V; Radev, Radoslav S; Yordanov, Emil D


    To find if there is any correlation between the peripheral vascular resistance, its change following an intragraft prostaglandin infusion and the infrainguinal reconstruction patency. Ninety-seven patients with infrainguinal reconstructions were included in the study: in 48 patients they were compromised (32 with graft thrombosis and 16 with stenosis of the distal anastomoses); 49 patients had their bypasses patent for no less than 12 months. Intraoperative flowmetry was performed on the target artery under the distal anastomosis, after declamping, and after a five-minute intragraft prostaglandin infusion. We measured the peripheral vascular resistance (PVR) by two methods - as a ratio of the invasively measured average pressure to the average blood flow volume (mmHg/ml/min. = peripheral resistance unit [PRU]) and by using the readings by the flowmeter (ohms). The decrease of peripheral resistance was calculated in the functioning and the compromised reconstructions after administration of prostaglandin. We found that if PVR decreases 4.5 times (in ohms) the prognosis is good; we can make the same positive prognosis when the ratio of the mean invasively measured pressure to the mean blood flow volume (Pmean/Qmean) decreases more than four times. Values greater than 1.07 ohms, after peripheral vasodilatation, are indicative of high peripheral vascular resistance, at a level of specificity of 86%, and values greater than 0.57 PRU - at a level of specificity of 87%. Although PVR measurements cannot predict with absolute certainty that bypasses under the inguinal ligament shall stay patent for a long time, it is a valuable indicator showing the immediate outcome of reconstruction work carried out with the patient on the operating table. Finding Any technical errors and dealing with them saves time and money, as well as prevents the stress on the part of patients caused by the required additional revisions and multiple operations.

  11. 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.

  12. Factors Affecting Patency following Successful Percutaneous Intervention for Dysfunctional Hemodialysis Vascular Access. (United States)

    Kim, Sung Min; Ko, Heung Kyu; Noh, Minsu; Ko, Gi-Young; Kim, Min-Ju; Kwon, Tae-Won; Kim, Hee Jin; Cho, Yong-Pil


    This study aimed to investigate the patency following initial successful percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) for untreated dysfunctional hemodialysis vascular access and to identify predictors of PTA durability. This retrospective observational study included data of 132 consecutive initial PTA of hemodialysis vascular access in 126 patients who showed immediate technical and clinical success and had at least 1 year of follow-up data. The mean duration of primary and secondary patency post-PTA was 16 and 27 months, respectively. On multivariate adjusted Cox regression analysis, dyslipidemia (P vascular access (P = 0.004) were significant predictors of secondary patency loss. Use of statin was the only clinical variable associated with increased primary and secondary patency (P vascular access and dysfunction, primary and secondary patency rates were significantly higher in the arteriovenous fistula (AVF) and failing vascular access groups than AVG and failed vascular access groups, respectively. Early dysfunction (within 6 months) was significantly higher in the AVG and failed vascular access groups after initial PTA, but there was no significant difference after multiple PTAs. Post-PTA primary and secondary patency rates were significantly higher with AVF and failing vascular access. The use of statin was associated with increased primary and secondary patency after initial successful PTA in this study. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. 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

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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.

  17. Dynamic, nondestructive imaging of a bioengineered vascular graft endothelium.

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    Bryce M Whited

    Full Text Available Bioengineering of vascular grafts holds great potential to address the shortcomings associated with autologous and conventional synthetic vascular grafts used for small diameter grafting procedures. Lumen endothelialization of bioengineered vascular grafts is essential to provide an antithrombogenic graft surface to ensure long-term patency after implantation. Conventional methods used to assess endothelialization in vitro typically involve periodic harvesting of the graft for histological sectioning and staining of the lumen. Endpoint testing methods such as these are effective but do not provide real-time information of endothelial cells in their intact microenvironment, rather only a single time point measurement of endothelium development. Therefore, nondestructive methods are needed to provide dynamic information of graft endothelialization and endothelium maturation in vitro. To address this need, we have developed a nondestructive fiber optic based (FOB imaging method that is capable of dynamic assessment of graft endothelialization without disturbing the graft housed in a bioreactor. In this study we demonstrate the capability of the FOB imaging method to quantify electrospun vascular graft endothelialization, EC detachment, and apoptosis in a nondestructive manner. The electrospun scaffold fiber diameter of the graft lumen was systematically varied and the FOB imaging system was used to noninvasively quantify the affect of topography on graft endothelialization over a 7-day period. Additionally, results demonstrated that the FOB imaging method had a greater imaging penetration depth than that of two-photon microscopy. This imaging method is a powerful tool to optimize vascular grafts and bioreactor conditions in vitro, and can be further adapted to monitor endothelium maturation and response to fluid flow bioreactor preconditioning.

  18. Multidisciplinary approach to hemodialysis graft dysfunction and thrombosis. (United States)

    Jiménez-Almonacid, Pedro; Gruss, Enrique; Jiménez-Toscano, Marta; Lasala, Manuel; Rueda, José A; Vega, Laura; Rodríguez, Gil; de La Cruz, Raúl; Pardo, Mar; Fernández, Beatriz; López, Paula; Martín-Cavana, Jaime; Quintáns, Antonio


    Top analize the clinic results of the implantation of a multidisciplinary protocol to maintain permeability of the arteriovenous hemodialysis grafts (AVG). Prospective recording of all interventions (radiological and surgical) on AVG dysfunction in the 1999-2007 period. The AVG stenosis were always treated by percutaneous angioplasty (PA) except stenosis recurrence in less than three months or persistence after PA. The AVG thromboses were always treated by surgical thrombectomy plus PTFE bridge if necessary. Complications, primary and secondary AVG patency were reviewed. Ninety six dysfunction AVG were collected for study. All of them were 6x40 mm standard wall PTFE (Gore-Tex®). Thirty six of them were humero-basilic antebraquial loop and sixty were humero-axillary upper arm curve configuration. During the study, 52 PTFE bridges, 109 surgical thrombectomies, 131 PA, and 15 stents were needed to maintain FAVP permeability. Primay patency was 73.68%, 60.21% and 37.52% at one, two and three years respectively. Secondary patency was 89.49%, 84.07% and 66.84% at one, two and three years respectively. We avoid a central venous catheter (CVC) in the 80% of intervention for thrombosis dysfunction. No surgical or radiological related deaths occurred. Median hospital admission related with AVG thrombosis was 0.03/patient/year. The application of a combined protocol for the treatment of AVG dysfunction and thrombosis, according to DOQI recomendations obtains good results in AVG patency in our experience.

  19. Comparison of clinical outcomes of pharmacomechanical thrombectomy in iliac vein thrombosis with and without may-thurner syndrome. (United States)

    Kim, In-Sub; Jo, Won-Min; Chung, Hwan-Hoon; Lee, Seung-Hwa


    May-Thurner syndrome (MTS) has a different etiology from that of general deep vein thrombosis (DVT). However, few clinical comparisons of MTS-induced and non-MTS- induced DVT have been reported. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical results of pharmacomechanical thrombectomy (PMT) in DVT with and without MTS. Forty-seven iliac-vein thrombosis patients treated with PMT between January 2008 and December 2013 were enrolled. 25 patients had DVT with MTS and 22 patients had iliac vein DVT without MTS. We retrospectively reviewed medical records and analyzed mid-term patencies and post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) occurrence by Villalta score. The median follow-up period was 48.4 (36~92) months. A venous stent was inserted in the iliac vein in all MTS patients. One-/two-/three-year primary patencies in the non-MTS group were 77.3% (n=17) for all three years in the non-MTS group and were 96.0% (n=24), 83.1% (n=22), and 83.1% (n=22) in the MTS group for years 1/2/3, respectively. One-/two-/three- year secondary patencies were 90.9% (n=20) for all three years in the non-MTS group and were 96.0% (n=24), 91.4% (n=23), and 91.4% (n=23) in the MTS group, respectively. One- /two-/three-year Villalta scores were 4.3, 3.9, and 3.4 in the non-MTS group, and 3.8, 3.7, and 4.0 in the MTS group. Primary/second patency and Villalta score were not significantly different between the MTS and non-MTS groups. Although MTS and DVT have different etiologies, clinical results for both diseases using PMT were not significantly different. Therefore, PMT can be offered as an acceptable initial therapy in DVT patients with and without MTS.

  20. Endovascular Revascularization of Hemodialysis Thrombosed Grafts with the Hydrodynamic Thrombectomy Catheter. Our 7-Year Experience

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    Bermudez, Patrícia, E-mail: [Clinic Hospital of Barcelona, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Unit, Diagnostic Imaging Institute (Spain); Fontseré, Nestor, E-mail: [Clinic Hospital of Barcelona, Vascular Access Unit, Nephrologic and Urologic Diseases Clinical Institute (Spain); Mestres, Gaspar, E-mail: [Clinic Hospital of Barcelona, Cardiovascular Diseases Institute (Spain); García-Gámez, Andres, E-mail:; Barrufet, Marta, E-mail:; Burrel, Marta, E-mail:; Gilabert, Rosa, E-mail:; Gómez, Fernando, E-mail:; Macho, Juan, E-mail: [Clinic Hospital of Barcelona, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Unit, Diagnostic Imaging Institute (Spain)


    PurposeTo evaluate the efficacy and safety of the hydrodynamic thrombectomy catheter (AngioJet DVX) in the salvage of thrombosed hemodialysis vascular grafts.Materials and MethodsA retrospective study was designed, including all patients with occluded arteriovenous grafts treated with the AngioJet system between 2007 and 2014 in our institution. Outcomes included technical success, clinical success, complications, and primary and secondary patencies. Procedural success was defined as angiographic confirmation of flow restoration, the presence of a pulsatile thrill along the graft, and successful resumption of at least one hemodialysis session. Primary and secondary patencies after first AVG thrombectomy were calculated with Kaplan–Meier curves. Cox regression was used to determine prognostic factors of primary patency after every thrombectomy episode.ResultsA total of 149 thrombectomies were performed in 68 grafts. After thrombectomy, endovascular treatment of one or more stenosis was performed in all cases. Technical success was 93% and clinical success was 86%. Complications occurred in 7 thrombectomies, most of them were minor except for one anastomosis rupture requiring surgery. Primary and secondary patencies were 52, 41, and 23 and 76, 68, and 57% at 3, 6 and 12 months, respectively. Independent prognostic factors of poor patency after every thrombectomy episode were the presence of residual thrombus (OR 1.831, P = 0.008) and time from last thrombosis (less than 1 month; and OR 7.116, P < 0.001).ConclusionPercutaneous mechanical thrombectomy with AngioJet is a safe technique with a high-clinical success rate. The presence of residual thrombus after thrombectomy and early re-occlusions are related to poorer results.

  1. Balloon Tamponade Treatment of a Stent-graft Related Rupture with a Splenic Artery Pseudoaneurysm: A Case Report

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    Kim, See Hyung; Kim, Young Hwan [Dongsan Medical Center, Keimyung University College of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)


    An arterial rupture resulting from stent-graft placement of a splenic artery pseudoaneurysm is a life-threatening complication and immediate endovascular or surgical treatment is indicated. We report a case of a stentgraft related splenic artery rupture treated solely with a prolonged balloon catheter tamponade, which resulted in preservation of vessel patency

  2. Oral cholecystography compared to cholescintigraphy for evaluation of cystic duct patency prior to ESWL treatment

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    Monrad, H; Grønvall, S; Højgaard, L


    In a prospective, blinded study of 109 patients with cholecystolithiasis, oral cholecystography and 99Tcm-EHIDA cholescintigraphy were compared in terms of reliability for demonstrating cystic duct patency: one of the prerequisites for extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) treatment...

  3. Hyperphosphatemia is associated with patency loss of arteriovenous fistula after 1 year of hemodialysis

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    Ju-Young Moon


    Conclusion: Various factors were associated with the development of patency loss of AVF as hemodialysis duration differed, and a preventive role of hyperphosphatemia control in AVF survival needs further clinical study.

  4. Relationship Between Primary Patency and Lesion Length Following Bare Nitinol Stent Placement for Femoropopliteal Disease. (United States)

    Soga, Yoshimitsu; Takahara, Mitsuyoshi; Iida, Osamu; Suzuki, Kenji; Hirano, Keisuke; Kawasaki, Daizo; Shintani, Yoshiaki; Yamaoka, Terutoshi; Ando, Kenji


    To evaluate the relationship between 1-year primary patency and lesion length in patients with femoropopliteal disease treated with bare nitinol stents. The study was a retrospective analysis of a prospectively maintained multicenter database. Between January 2004 and December 2011, 1047 consecutive patients (mean age 72 years; 765 men) underwent femoropopliteal stenting with nitinol stents in 1373 limbs. The mean vessel diameter was 5.3±0.7 mm and the mean lesion length was 142±75 mm. One-year follow-up data were collected and analyzed to ascertain which lesion length would be expected to demonstrate a 1-year primary patency above the established 66% objective performance goal (OPG). The lower limit of the 95% confidence interval (CI) for the unadjusted 1-year primary patency was >66% when the lesion length was ≤243 mm. After adjustment of the covariates to match those of the OPG-derived population, the 1-year primary patency decreased linearly with longer lesion length. The 1-year primary patency was 83.2% (95% CI 79.8% to 86.1%) for a 100-mm lesion length, 76.4% (95% CI 71.7% to 80.5%) for a 200-mm lesion length, and 70.7% (95% CI 62.4% to 77.7%) for a 300-mm lesion length. The maximum lesion length providing a 1-year primary patency significantly greater than 66% was calculated to be 263 mm. The 1-year primary patency of femoropopliteal lesions treated with bare nitinol stents decreased linearly with longer lesion length. The maximum lesion length providing a higher patency rate than the OPG of 66% was ~25 cm. © The Author(s) 2015.

  5. Peritoneal pre-conditioning reduces macrophage marker expression in collagen-containing engineered vascular grafts. (United States)

    Shojaee, Mozhgan; Wood, Kristin B; Moore, Lisa K; Bashur, Chris A


    Engineered vascular grafts have shown promise as arteriovenous shunts, but they have not yet progressed to clinical trials for coronary arteries synthetic material, poly(ε-caprolactone), to modulate the post-grafting inflammatory response while avoiding aneurysmal-like dilation and failure that can occur with pure collagen grafts. We also used pre-implantation in an "in vivo bioreactor" to recruit autologous cells and improve patency after grafting. Electrospun conduits were pre-implanted within rat peritoneal cavities and then grafted autologously into abdominal aortae. Conduit collagen percentages and pre-implantation were tested for their impact on graft remodeling and patency. Burst pressures >2000 mmHg, reproducible expansion with systole/diastole, and maintenance of mechanical integrity were observed. More importantly, peritoneal pre-implantation reduced overall lipid oxidation, intimal layer thickness, and expression of an M1 macrophage marker. The condition with the most collagen, 25%, exhibited the lowest expression of macrophage markers but also resulted in a thicker intimal layer. Overall, the 10% collagen/PCL with peritoneal pre-implantation condition appeared to exhibit the best combination of responses, and may result in improved clinical graft viability. This manuscript describes a rodent study to systematically determine the benefits of both pre-implantation in the peritoneal cavity and specific ratios of collagen on engineered vascular graft viability. We show that pre-implantation had a significant benefit, including decreasing the expression of macrophage markers and reducing lipid oxidation after grafting. This study is the first time that the benefits of peritoneal pre-implantation have been compared to an "off the shelf," directly grafted control condition. We also demonstrated the importance of specific collagen ratio on the response after grafting. Overall, we feel that this article will be of interest to the field and it has the

  6. 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.

  7. 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 ...

  8. In-vivo argon laser vascular welding using thermal feedback: open- and closed-loop patency and collagen crosslinking (United States)

    Small, Ward, IV; Celliers, Peter M.; Kopchok, George E.; Reiser, Karen M.; Heredia, Nicholas J.; Maitland, Duncan J.; Eder, David C.; London, Richard A.; Heilbron, Mauricio; Hussain, Farabi; White, Rodney A.; Da Silva, Luiz B.; Matthews, Dennis L.


    An in vivo study of vascular welding with a fiber-delivered argon laser was conducted using a canine model. Longitudinal arteriotomies and venotomies were treated on femoral vein and artery. Laser energy was delivered to the vessel wall via a 400 micrometer optical fiber. The surface temperature at the center of the laser spot was monitored in real time using a hollow glass optical fiber-based two-color infrared thermometer. The surface temperature was limited by either a room-temperature saline drip or direct feedback control of the laser using a mechanical shutter to alternately pass and block the laser. Acute patency was evaluated either visually (leak/no leak) or by in vivo burst pressure measurements. Biochemical assays were performed to investigate the possible laser-induced formation or destruction of enzymatically mediated covalent crosslinks between collagen molecules. Viable welds were created both with and without the use of feedback control. Tissues maintained at 50 degrees Celsius using feedback control had an elevated crosslink count compared to controls, while those irradiated without feedback control experienced a decrease. Differences between the volumetric heating associated with open and closed loop protocols may account for the different effects on collagen crosslinks. Covalent mechanisms may play a role in argon laser vascular fusion.

  9. In vivo argon laser vascular welding using thermal feedback: open and closed loop patency and collagen crosslinking

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    An in vivo study of vascular welding with a fiber-delivered argon laser was conducted using a canine model. Longitudinal arteriotomies and venotomies were treated on femoral vein and artery. Laser energy was delivered to the vessel wall via a 400 {micro}m optical fiber. The surface temperature at the center of the laser spot was monitored in real time using a hollow glass optical fiber-based two-color infrared thermometer. The surface temperature was limited by either a room-temperature saline drip or direct feedback control of the laser using a mechanical shutter to alternately pass and block the laser. Acute patency was evaluated either visually (leak/no leak) or by in vivo burst pressure measurements. Biochemical assays were performed to investigate the possible laser-induced formation or destruction of enzymatically mediated covalent crosslinks between collagen molecules. Viable welds were created both with and without the use of feedback control. Tissues maintained at 50 C using feedback control had an elevated crosslink count compared to controls, while those irradiated without feedback control experienced a decrease. Differences between the volumetric heating associated with open and closed loop protocols may account for the different effects on collagen crosslinks. Covalent mechanisms may play a role in argon laser vascular fusion.

  10. Stent patency in patients with distal malignant biliary obstruction receiving chemo(radio)therapy. (United States)

    Haal, Sylke; van Hooft, Jeanin E; Rauws, Erik A J; Fockens, Paul; Voermans, Rogier P


     Recent literature suggests that chemo(radio)therapy might reduce the patency of plastic stents in patients with malignant biliary obstruction. Whether this might also be valid for other types of stents is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the influence of chemo(radio)therapy on the patency of fully-covered self-expandable metal stents (FCSEMSs) and plastic stents.  We retrospectively reviewed the electronic medical records of patients with distal malignant biliary obstruction who underwent biliary stent placement between April 2001 and July 2015. Primary outcome was duration of stent patency. Secondary outcome was stent patency at 3 and 6 months. We used Kaplan-Meier survival analyses to compare stent patency rates between patients who received chemo(radio)therapy and patients who did not.  A total of 291 biliary stents (151 metal and 140 plastic) were identified. The median cumulative stent patency of FCSEMSs did not differ between patients receiving chemo(radio)therapy (n = 51) and those (n = 100) who did not ( P  = 0.70, log-rank test). The estimated cumulative stent patency of plastic stents was also comparable in 99 patients without and 41 patients with chemo(radio)therapy ( P  = 0.73, log-rank test). At 3 and 6 months, FCSEMS patency rates were 87 % and 83 % in patients without chemo(radio)therapy and 96 % and 83 % in patients with therapy, respectively. Plastic patency rates were 69 % and 55 % in patients without and 85 % and 39 % in patients with therapy, respectively. After 1 year, 78 % of the FCSEMSs were still patent in patients without chemo(radio)therapy and 69 % of the FCSEMSs were still patent in patients with therapy.  Our data indicate that chemo(radio)therapy does not reduce the patency of biliary fully-covered metal and plastic stents.

  11. Multi-center experience of 164 consecutive Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow [HeRO] graft implants for hemodialysis treatment. (United States)

    Gage, S M; Katzman, H E; Ross, J R; Hohmann, S E; Sharpe, C A; Butterly, D W; Lawson, J H


    To report a multi-center experience with the novel Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) vascular access graft. Four centers conducted a retrospective review of end stage renal disease patients who received the HeRO device from implant to last available follow-up. Data is available on 164 patients with an accumulated 2092.1 HeRO implant months. At 6 months, HeRO primary and secondary patency is 60% and 90.8%, respectively and at 12 months, 48.8% and 90.8%, respectively. At 24 months, HeRO had a primary patency of 42.9% and secondary patency was 86.7%. Interventions to maintain or re-establish patency have been required in 71.3% of patients (117/164) resulting in an intervention rate of 1.5/year. Access related infections have been reported in 4.3% patients resulting in a rate of 0.14/1000 implant days. In our experience the HeRO device has performed comparably to standard AVGs and has proven superior to TDCs in terms of patency, intervention, and infection rates when compared to the peer-reviewed literature. As an alternative to catheter dependence as a means for hemodialysis access, this graft could reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with TDCs and have a profound impact on the costs associated with catheter related infections and interventions. Copyright © 2012 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. [Upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis: current concepts in diagnosis and treatment]. (United States)

    Mitu, F; Leon, Maria Magdalena; Mitu, Magda


    Upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis is a rare manifestation of venous thromboembolic disease. In the past few decades, the clinical importance of upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis has increased because of the wider use of central venous catheters and the development of ultrasonography as a simple and accurate objective diagnostic method. Primary upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis is a rare disorder (2 per 100,000 persons per year), which comprises (1) Paget-Schroetter Syndrome, also known as effort thrombosis, and (2) idiopathic upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis. Secundary upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis develops in patients with upper extremity central venous catheters, pacemakers or cancer and accounts for most cases of upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis. The imaging modes used for diagnosis are: duplex ultrasound, magnetic resonance. Contrast venogram is the standard diagnostic test for characterization of the anatomy. A staged, multimodal approach to Paget-Schroetter Syndrome can effectively restore venous patency, reduce the risk of rethrombosis, and return the patient to normal function. Primary care physicians should be aware of this condition and its atypical presentations, because delayed recognition in a high-functioning persons can be potentially disabling.

  13. Clinical factors related to false-positive rates of patency capsule examination. (United States)

    Sawada, Tsunaki; Nakamura, Masanao; Watanabe, Osamu; Yamamura, Takeshi; Ishikawa, Takuya; Furukawa, Kazuhiro; Funasaka, Kohei; Ohno, Eizaburo; Kawashima, Hiroki; Miyahara, Ryoji; Goto, Hidemi; Hirooka, Yoshiki


    Retention is the most common complication of capsule endoscopy (CE), and is reported to occur in 0-13% of cases. To avoid retention, a PillCam patency capsule (PC) is used in patients with suspected intestinal stenosis. However, a relatively low positive predictive value of the PC examination has been reported previously. The aims of this study were to clarify the accuracy of PC examination and to evaluate clinical factors related to cases of false-positive detection. We performed a retrospective single-center study of 282 consecutive patients referred for PC examination. Patients in which the PC could not pass through the small bowel within 33 h were classified into the 'no patency' group. The 'no patency' group was investigated for evidence of significant stenosis upon further examinations, including CE, double-balloon endoscopy, and small bowel follow-through after PC examination. Clinical factors related to small bowel patency and false-positive cases were evaluated. We included 161 male (57.1%) and 121 female (42.9%) patients with a mean age of 47.5 ± 17.7 years. Of the 282 patients enrolled, 27 patients exhibited 'no patency' upon PC examination. Multivariate analysis showed that clinical factors related to 'no patency' included Crohn's disease, abdominal symptoms, stenosis upon imaging, and previous abdominal surgery. Upon further examination, nine cases in the 'no patency' group had significant stenosis. Sensitivity, specificity, and negative and positive predictive values of PC examination for detecting small bowel stenosis were 93.8%, 96.6%, 99.6%, and 62.5%, respectively, and the only clinical factor related to false-positive cases was constipation (p predictive value of PC examination and that constipation was related to false-positive results. To extend the implications of CE indications, clinical study focusing on these results is expected.

  14. 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

  15. [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.

  16. 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....

  17. 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....

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Endovascular Treatment for Iliac Vein Compression Syndrome: a Comparison between the Presence and Absence of Secondary Thrombosis

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    Lou, Wen Sheng; Gu, Jian Ping; He, Xu; Chen, Liang; Su, Hao Bo; Chen, Guo Ping; Song, Jing Hua; Wang, Tao [Nanjing First Hospital Affiliated to Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing (China)


    To evaluate the value of early identification and endovascular treatment of iliac vein compression syndrome (IVCS), with or without deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Three groups of patients, IVCS without DVT (group 1, n = 39), IVCS with fresh thrombosis (group 2, n = 52) and IVCS with non-fresh thrombosis (group 3, n = 34) were detected by Doppler ultrasonography, magnetic resonance venography, computed tomography or venography. The fresh venous thrombosis were treated by aspiration and thrombectomy, whereas the iliac vein compression per se were treated with a self-expandable stent. In cases with fresh thrombus, the inferior vena cava filter was inserted before the thrombosis suction, mechanical thrombus ablation, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, stenting or transcatheter thrombolysis. Stenting was performed in 111 patients (38 of 39 group 1 patients and 73 of 86 group 2 or 3 patients). The stenting was tried in one of group 1 and in three of group 2 or 3 patients only to fail. The initial patency rates were 95% (group 1), 89% (group 2) and 65% (group 3), respectively and were significantly different (p = 0.001). Further, the six month patency rates were 93% (group 1), 83% (group 2) and 50% (group 3), respectively, and were similarly significantly different (p = 0.001). Both the initial and six month patency rates in the IVCS patients (without thrombosis or with fresh thrombosis), were significantly greater than the patency rates of IVCS patients with non-fresh thrombosis. From the cases examined, the study suggests that endovascular treatment of IVCS, with or without thrombosis, is effective

  2. Coronary artery bypass grafting hemodynamics and anastomosis design: a biomedical engineering review (United States)


    In this paper, coronary arterial bypass grafting hemodynamics and anastomosis designs are reviewed. The paper specifically addresses the biomechanical factors for enhancement of the patency of coronary artery bypass grafts (CABGs). Stenosis of distal anastomosis, caused by thrombosis and intimal hyperplasia (IH), is the major cause of failure of CABGs. Strong correlations have been established between the hemodynamics and vessel wall biomechanical factors and the initiation and development of IH and thrombus formation. Accordingly, several investigations have been conducted and numerous anastomotic geometries and devices have been designed to better regulate the blood flow fields and distribution of hemodynamic parameters and biomechanical factors at the distal anastomosis, in order to enhance the patency of CABGs. Enhancement of longevity and patency rate of CABGs can eliminate the need for re-operation and can significantly lower morbidity, and thereby reduces medical costs for patients suffering from coronary stenosis. This invited review focuses on various endeavors made thus far to design a patency-enhancing optimized anastomotic configuration for the distal junction of CABGs. PMID:24330653

  3. 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

  4. Comparison of retavase and urokinase for management of spontaneous subclavian vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Gelabert, Hugh A; Jimenez, Juan Carlos; Rigberg, David A


    Thrombolysis is an essential first step in the surgical management of acute spontaneous axillo-subclavian vein thrombosis (Paget-Schroetter syndrome). During the past decade, Urokinase became the standard thrombolytic agent until temporarily withdrawn from the market. In its absence, recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (r-TPA) was introduced and attained widespread use. A direct comparison of the efficacy of these two agents in this setting has not been published. The goal of this study is to compare thrombolytic agents in the management of acute Paget-Schroetter syndrome. This study is based on a retrospective review of 30 consecutive patients (15 Urokinase, 15 r-TPA) who underwent thrombolysis and surgery for Paget-Schroetter syndrome. Our hypothesis is that thromblysis with Urokinase and r-TPA is equally safe and effective in management of acute axillo-subclavian vein thrombosis. Primary outcome measures include success of lysis, hemorrhagic complications, subclavian vein patency at completion of treatment, resolution of presenting symptoms, and restitution of normal arm function. There were no significant differences in the primary outcome measures: success of lysis, hemorrhagic complication, perioperative bleeding, and subclavian vein patency. Time to completion of lysis was slightly shorter with r-TPA (but this did not achieve statistical significance). One patient in each group suffered incomplete lysis of thrombus. One patient in the r-TPA group required transfusion due to surgical bleeding. No patient received transfusion due to thrombolysis-related bleeding. All patients experienced resolution of symptoms and return of arm function. Our findings support the hypothesis that Urokinase and r-TPA are similarly safe and successful for management of spontaneous axillo-subclavian vein thrombosis. Given these results, secondary factors such as cost, availability, and familiarity with the different agents will likely determine the agent of choice.

  5. Polyhydroxybutyrate/valerate/polycaprolactone small-diameter vascular graft: Experimental study of integration into organism (United States)

    Antonova, L. V.; Burago, A. Yu.; Mironov, A. V.; Matveeva, V. G.; Velikanova, E. A.; Mukhamadiyarov, R. A.; Glushkova, T. V.; Kudryavtseva, Y. A.; Barbarash, O. L.; Barbarash, L. S.


    We prepared polyhydroxybutyrate/valerate (PHBV)/polylcaprolactone (PCL) small-diameter vascular grafts using electrospinning. Surface structure was assessed by scanning electron microscopy whilst physicomechanical properties were investigated by longitudinal uniaxial tension testing. Patency of grafts implanted into the rat abdominal aorta was evaluated using a Doppler ultrasonography at 2 week, 1 month and 12 month postimplantation. In addition, we assessed local histological features, along with IL-1β, IL-2, IL-4, IL-10, TNFa, TGF-β1, and VEGF serum levels. We revealed that only 2 (25%) grafts were not thrombosed at 2 week and 1 month postimplantation. However, at 12 month postimplantation a satisfactory histological pattern was observed in 50% of all cases, and we detected a monolayer of endothelial cells on the inner graft surface in half the cases. Regarding other grafts, we revealed minor connective tissue hyperplasia in 41.7% of the grafts and an inflammatory infiltrate in the part of the arterial wall in 8.3% of the grafts. We found that the IL-1β serum level was 3.5-fold higher in the group of experimental rats at 12 month postimplantation (p IL-10 serum level at 1 and 12 month postimplantation was more than 100-fold higher in comparison with 2 week postimplantation and control rats (p < 0.001). Serum VEGF was detected only at 12 month postimplantation. All in all, we created a biocompatible PHBV/PCL small-diameter vascular graft with a high surface area to volume ratio. A long-term patency of biodegradable vascular grafts after implantation into the rat abdominal aorta and the absence of a considerable immune response confirmed a high biocompatibility of such construct and the possibility of its use as a vascular graft.

  6. Outcomes of Prosthetic Hemodialysis Grafts after Deployment of Bare Metal versus Covered Stents at the Venous Anastomosis

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    Kim, Charles Y., E-mail:; Tandberg, Daniel J.; Rosenberg, Michael D.; Miller, Michael J.; Suhocki, Paul V.; Smith, Tony P. [Duke University Medical Center, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (United States)


    Purpose: To compare postintervention patency rates after deployment of bare metal versus covered stents across the venous anastomosis of prosthetic arteriovenous (AV) grafts. Methods: Review of our procedural database over a 6 year period revealed 377 procedures involving stent deployment in an AV access circuit. After applying strict inclusion criteria, our study group consisted of 61 stent deployments in 58 patients (median age 58 years, 25 men, 33 women) across the venous anastomosis of an upper extremity AV graft circuit that had never been previously stented. Both patent and thrombosed AV access circuits were retrospectively analyzed. Within the bare metal stent group, 20 of 32 AV grafts were thrombosed at initial presentation compared to 18 of 29 AV grafts in the covered stent group. Results: Thirty-two bare metal stents and 29 covered stents were deployed across the venous anastomosis. The 3, 6, and 12 months primary access patency rates for bare metal stents were not significantly different than for covered stents: 50, 41, and 22 % compared to 59, 52, and 29 %, respectively (p = 0.21). The secondary patency rates were also not significantly different: 78, 78, and 68 % for bare metal stents compared to 76, 69, and 61 % for covered stents, respectively (p = 0.85). However, covered stents demonstrated a higher primary stent patency rate than bare metal stents: 100, 85, and 70 % compared to 75, 67, and 49 % at 3, 6, and 12 months (p < 0.01). Conclusion: The primary and secondary access patency rates after deployment of bare metal versus covered stents at the venous anastomosis were not significantly different. However, bare metal stents developed in-stent stenoses significantly sooner.

  7. 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.

  8. Endoscopic versus open radial artery harvest and mammario-radial versus aorto-radial grafting in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery

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    Carranza, Christian L; Ballegaard, Martin; Werner, Mads U


    BACKGROUND: Coronary artery bypass grafting using the radial artery has, since the 1990s, gone through a revival. Observational studies have indicated better long-term patency when using radial arteries. Therefore, radial artery might be preferred especially in younger patients where long time pa...

  9. Sirolimus-eluting stents to abolish intimal hyperplasia and improve flow in porcine arteriovenous grafts - A 4-week follow-up study

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    Rotmans, JI; Pattynama, PMT; Verhagen, HJM; Hino, [No Value; Velema, E; Pasterkamp, G; Stroes, ESG


    Background - The patency of arteriovenous ( AV) expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) hemodialysis grafts is severely compromised by intimal hyperplasia (IH) at the venous anastomosis and in the venous outflow tract. We addressed the potential of primary placement of a sirolimus-eluting stent

  10. Basilic vein transposition: A viable alternative for multiple failed arteriovenous fistulas - A single center experience

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    Saurabh Sudhir Chipde


    Full Text Available Primary use of the autogenous arteriovenous access is recommended by the National Kidney Foundation-Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative guidelines. In spite of troublesome comorbidities associated with basilic vein transposition (BVT, it is still the most preferred technique when autologous veins are not suitable to construct radio-cephalic fistula (RCF and brachiocephalic fistula (BCF, arteriovenous fistula (AVF. The present study highlights our experience with BVT, with small incision technique, over a period of two years with excellent outcome. This retrospective study included all the patients who underwent BVT at our tertiary care center between March 2013 and March 2015. It was performed in patients with failed previous RCF or BCF or who had small caliber or thrombosed cephalic veins. The patients with minimum 3 mm basilic vein diameter on Doppler were only included in the study. A 3-cm horizontal incision was made in antecubital fossa to expose brachial artery and basilic vein. Multiple longitudinal separate second skin incisions (2–3 cm were made to explore proximal part of basilic vein. Side branches of the vein were isolated and ligated. The divided basilic vein in antecubital fossa was brought over fascia through newly created subcutaneous tunnel followed by end-to-side anastomosis. A total of 18 (12 males and 6 females underwent BVT in the two years period. The mean fistula maturation time was 42 ± 10 days. Maturation rate was 100%, and the postoperative flow rate was 290 ± 22 (mL/min. No bleeding, thrombosis, failure, pseudo aneurysm, or rupture occurred in our patients. Arm edema occurred in ix (33% patients, infection in three (17%, and lymphorrhea in five (28%. The mean follow-up was six months. BVT is an alternative method with excellent initial maturation and functional patency rates requiring less extensive skin incision and surgical dissection. It is the most durable hemodialysis access procedure for those patients

  11. Percutaneous unilateral biliary metallic stent placement in patients with malignant obstruction of the biliary hila and contralateral portal vein steno-occlusion

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    Son, Rak Chae; Gwon, Dong Il; Ko, Heung Kyu; Kim, Jong Woo; Ko, Gi Young [Dept. of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To investigate the outcomes of percutaneous unilateral metallic stent placement in patients with a malignant obstruction of the biliary hila and a contralateral portal vein steno-occlusion. Sixty patients with a malignant hilar obstruction and unilobar portal vein steno-occlusion caused by tumor invasion or preoperative portal vein embolization were enrolled in this retrospective study from October 2010 to October 2013. All patients were treated with percutaneous placement of a biliary metallic stent, including expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE)-covered stents in 27 patients and uncovered stents in 33 patients. A total of 70 stents were successfully placed in 60 patients. Procedural-related minor complications, including self-limiting hemobilia (n = 2) and cholangitis (n = 4) occurred in six (10%) patients. Acute cholecystitis occurred in two patients. Successful internal drainage was achieved in 54 (90%) of the 60 patients. According to a Kaplan-Meier analysis, median survival time was 210 days (95% confidence interval [CI], 135-284 days), and median stent patency time was 133 days (95% CI, 94-171 days). No significant difference in stent patency was observed between covered and uncovered stents (p = 0.646). Stent dysfunction occurred in 16 (29.6%) of 54 patients after a mean of 159 days (range, 65-321 days). Unilateral placement of ePTFE-covered and uncovered stents in the hepatic lobe with a patent portal vein is a safe and effective method for palliative treatment of patients with a contralateral portal vein steno-occlusion caused by an advanced hilar malignancy or portal vein embolization. No significant difference in stent patency was detected between covered and uncovered metallic stents.

  12. Spontaneous rupture of the left common iliac vein: management with surgical repair and endovascular stent

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    Kim, Young Hwan; Lee, Sang Kwon; Ko, Sung Min; Choi, Jin Soo; Koo, Ja Hyun; Kim, Hyung Tae; Cho, Won Hyun [Keimyung University College of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)


    We report here on a case of spontaneous rupture of the left common iliac vein that was diagnosed preoperatively with computed tomography (CT), and the patient was successfully treated with surgery and stent placement. A 60-year-old woman was referred to our emergency room because of sudden left lower abdominal pain and swelling of the left lower extremity. CT revealed a huge retroperitoneal hematoma and extrinsic compression of the left common iliac vein with acute thrombosis of the deep veins of the left lower extremity. Venous patch angioplasty was performed at the site of spontaneous rupture. After performing thrombectomy with using a Forgaty catheter, a stent was placed at the occluded segment of the left common iliac vein under C-arm fluoroscopic guidance. The follow-up CT scans taken at 10 days and 8 months after the initial examination demonstrated a venous stent with preserved luminal patency and the striking resolution of the deep vein thrombosis of the left lower extremity.

  13. 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.

  14. [Surgical treatment of acute deep leg and pelvic vein trombosis]. (United States)

    Gall, F; Husfeldt, K J


    In the last 3 years 93 cases of iliofermoral trombosis were treated by surgery. We prefer the method used by Brunner, but under general anaesthesia and using a Bentley-Autotransfusion-System (ATS). The average age of our patients was 55 years (age ranged between 17 and 87 years). No lethal pulmonary embolism was observed. 2, 1 percent of the patients died following apoplex or acute heart failure. Of 67 patients who were operated on 6 months ago or more 70 percent have no further complaints, 28 percent still have some residual edema and only 2 patients have a severe postthrombotic syndrome. 50 percent of 40 control-phlebograms demonstrated patency of all veins. 20 percent had short segmentary occlusions with definite signs of recanalisation, while in 27 percent of the cases occlusions of the lower leg and thigh were found, the iliac veins being free. Only 2 postoperative phlebograms showed a complete iliofemoral venous occlusion. Our results prove, that the operative thrombectomy is a successful method, with which the main complications of the iliofemoral thrombosis-pulmonary embolisation and postthrombotic syndrome-can difinitely be reduced. Also because of better long term results, the operative therapy of acute ilofemoral thrombosis should be generally prefered instead of conservative treatment.

  15. Comparable three months' outcome of total arterial revascularization versus conventional coronary surgery: Copenhagen Arterial Revascularization Randomized Patency and Outcome trial

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    Damgaard, S.; Lund, J.T.; Lilleor, N.B.


    OBJECTIVE: The in-hospital safety of total arterial revascularization for coronary artery bypass surgery seems to be comparable to conventional revascularization, but randomized trials evaluating this are few and data on complications in the postoperative months are sparse. METHODS: In a randomized...... single-center trial, 331 patients underwent total arterial revascularization using single or bilateral internal thoracic and radial arteries versus conventional revascularization using the left internal thoracic artery and saphenous vein grafts. We report the results from 3 months' follow-up. RESULTS...... complications requiring hospitalization: 3 (1.9%) versus 6 (3.5%) (P = .50), respectively. CONCLUSION: These results confirm previous reports that total arterial revascularization can be performed with low in-hospital morbidity and mortality. Further, in the 3 postoperative months, total arterial...

  16. Effectiveness of beraprost sodium in maintaining vascular access patency in patients on hemodialysis. (United States)

    Kim, Miyeon; Kim, Ji Ung; Kim, So Mi; Kim, HyunWoo


    Hemodialysis vascular access dysfunction, mostly attributed to neointimal hyperplasia, is a major cause of morbidity and hospitalization in patients on hemodialysis. It has been reported that prostaglandin I 2 has pleiotropic effects including anti-platelet, vasodilating, anti-inflammatory, and anti-atherogenic properties. In addition, several studies have shown that prostaglandin I 2 can inhibit neointimal formation after vascular injury. This study aimed to investigate the effects of beraprost sodium, an oral synthetic analog of prostaglandin I 2 , on vascular access patency in patients on hemodialysis who experienced primary hemodialysis vascular access failure. Fifty-five patients with end-stage renal disease who were on hemodialysis were prospectively selected for this study. Twenty-three patients were assigned to be treated with 120 µg/day of beraprost sodium, while remaining patients (n = 32) were assigned to a control group. The primary outcome was primary unassisted vascular access patency at 2 years. The incidence of primary unassisted patency at 2 years was 83% in the beraprost sodium group and 38% in the control group (p = 0.001). Analysis of covariables indicated that this effect occurred mainly as a result of beraprost sodium administration. No life-threatening adverse event or severe bleeding was recorded in any of the groups. Our data indicated that an oral prostaglandin I 2 analog, beraprost sodium, is effective and safe for the maintenance of vascular access patency in patients on hemodialysis with primary vascular access failure.

  17. Patient-related factors influencing patency of autogenous brachiocephalic haemodialysis fistulas

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    Lamprou, Alexander A.; de Bruin, Cor; van Roon, Arie; Loonstra, Jan; van der Laan, Maarten; Tielliu, Ignace; Zeebregts, Clark

    Objective: The objective of this study was to analyse the outcome of autogenous brachiocephalic fistula for dialysis purposes and to determine modifiable and non-modifiable patient-related factors of influence on the patency of a newly created fistula. Design of study: A single-centre retrospective

  18. Efficacy and safety of rotating pigtail catheter: lower extremity deep vein thrombosis of may-thurner syndrome

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    Kim, Yoon Kyung; Kang, Byung Chul [College of Medicine, Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Gang, Sung Gown [College of Medicine, Ewha Womans Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of mechanical fragmentation of iliofemoral deep vein thromboses (DVTs) with a rotating pigtail catheter followed by aspiration thrombectomy. Ten patients (eight females, two males, 56.8 +/- 21.37 years) with iliofemoral DVT underwent treatment for a total of ten affected limbs. Approximately 5-10 min after infusing 400,000-700,000 IU urokinase (UK) into the thrombosed deep veins, the thromboses were fragmented by the mechanical action of the rotating pigtail catheter tip. Following their fragmentation, the fragmented thromboses were aspirated. After completion of the above procedure, a stent was inserted if iliac vein stenosis was demonstrated. We evaluated the total procedure time, volume of thrombolytic agent (urokinase), valvular injury, symptom-free time interval and success rate (primary patency rate). In all 10 patients, the iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis was successfully fragmented and aspirated using the combination method of a rotating pigtail catheter and aspiration thrombectomy (clinical and technical success rate, 100%). The thromboses were declotted by means of a rotating pigtail catheter with an average treatment time of 5.7 minutes. The average duration of the total intervention was 108 min. The mean primary patency was approximately 4 months with no recurrence. The total UK dose was 890,000 IU on average. There were no major complications, such as pulmonary embolism or cerebral hemorrhage, while performing the thrombus-fragmentation procedure using the rotating pigtail catheter. The combination method of a rotating pigtail catheter and aspiration thrombectomy for the treatment of iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis was found to be rapid, safe and effective for accomplishing recanalization in all cases without complication. Therefore, this procedure constitutes a potential treatment option in patients presenting with iliofemoral vein thrombosis.

  19. Frequency and related factors of tubal patency after methotrexate treatment in women with ectopic pregnancy. (United States)

    Seyedoshohadaei, Fariba; Mohammadbeigi, Robabeh; Tahmuri, Atefe; Ghaderi, Ebrahim


    Ectopic pregnancy is a medical emergency. The classic treatment for this condition is surgery but early diagnosis allows for non-surgical treatment. In recent years, intramuscular methotrexate has been considered, due to easy administration, its less invasive nature and low complications, but there are arguments about its effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate tubal patency after treatment of ectopic pregnancy with methotrexate and related factors. This cross-sectional study was conducted on 80 women with ectopic pregnancy who were admitted to Sanandaj Be'sat Hospital in 2014. Patients who had successful treatment for ectopic pregnancy with single or multiple doses of methotrexate 50 mL/m(2) were enrolled. Three to 6 months after treatment, the patients were evaluated for tubal patency by hysterosalpingography. Data were analyzed using spss, t-tests, χ(2) -test and logistic regression. The tubal patency rate after treatment of ectopic pregnancy with methotrexate was 75% in hysterosalpingography. The average size of the ectopic pregnancy mass of women with open fallopian tubes was 22.5 ± 7.0 mm and for women with closed fallopian tubes it was 34.7 ± 10.0 mm (P = 0.0001). β-human chorionic gonadotropin levels were 642.1 ± 850.5 in women with open fallopian tubes and 3816.3 ± 4487.3 for women with closed fallopian tubes (P = 0.0001). There was no significant correlation statistically between tubal patency with a history of stillbirth and number of pregnancies (P > 0.5). There was a statistically significant relation between tubal patency and the number of births and also methotrexate dose (P ectopic pregnancy with methotrexate is effective for saving tubal patency. Levels of human chorionic gonadotrophin-β ectopic pregnancy mass size smaller than 33.5 mm are significant predictors of tubal patency. © 2015 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  20. Infrascrotal, perineal, femorofemoral bypass for arterial graft infection at the groin. (United States)

    Illuminati, Giulo; Caliò, Francesco G; D'Urso, Antonio; Giacobbi, Daniela; Papaspyropoulos, Vassilios; Ceccanei, Gianluca


    Infrascrotal, perineal, femorofemoral bypass is an acceptable procedure for treating infection of a prosthetic arterial graft limited to a unilateral groin. A consecutive sample clinical study with a mean follow-up of 29 months. The surgical department of an academic tertiary care center and an affiliated secondary care center. Nineteen patients with a mean age of 68 years with prosthetic graft infection at the outflow anastomosis on a femoral artery at the Scarpa triangle underwent an infrascrotal, perineal, femorofemoral bypass, with excision of the graft material limited at the groin. The recipient artery was the profunda femoris artery in 12 cases, the superficial femoral in 5, and the distal common femoral artery in 2. Cumulative survival, recurrence of sepsis, primary graft patency, and limb salvage rates expressed by standard life-table analysis. Postoperative mortality rate was 5%. Cumulative (SE) survival rate was 65% (11.6%) at 3 years. Cumulative (SE) rate of freedom from recurrent sepsis was 88% (8.6%) at 3 years. Cumulative (SE) primary patency and limb salvage rates were 86% (9.4%) and 91% (7.9%), respectively, at 3 years. Femorofemoral bypass with an infrascrotal perineal approach is a valuable procedure for the treatment of femoral arterial graft infection limited at a unilateral groin.

  1. Endovascular Treatment of Left Iliofemoral Deep Vein Thrombosis Using Urokinase Thrombolysis and Adjunctive Aspiration Thrombectomy

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    Suh, Sang Hyun; Lee, Do Yun; Won, Jong Yun [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the efficacy of adjunctive aspiration thrombectomy for the treatment of iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis (DVT). 24 patients (9 males and 15 females; mean age, 53 years), treated by aspiration thrombectomy were enrolled in this study. The day after undergoing urokinase (UK) thrombolysis, any residual thrombus over a long segment was treated by aspiration thrombectomy using a 12 Fr long sheath. Residual short-segment (< 10 cm) iliac vein thrombus and/or stenosis were treated with a stent. The evaluation of venous patency was conducted by color Doppler ultrasonography, venography and/or computed tomography. The technical and clinical success rates were 100% and 92%, respectively. Twenty-three patients were treated by UK thrombolysis and iliac stent. The overall patency rate at 1, 2 and 3 years was 85%, 82% and 81%, respectively. Over the course of the follow-up period, occlusion was observed in 4 cases (1 acute and 3 chronic cases). Periprocedural complication occurred in 4 cases (17%) in the form of a minimal hematoma or pain on the puncture site as well as a case of pulmonary embolism at one month after treatment. The adjunctive aspiration thrombectomy with conventional thrombolysis and stent placement can be an effective and safe method in the treatment of left iliofemoral DVT

  2. Impact of proximal radiopaque coronary bypass graft markers on postbypass surgery coronary angiography. (United States)

    Pingpoh, Clarence; Siepe, Matthias; Burger, Katharina; Zietak, Thomas; Valina, Christian M; Ferenc, Miroslav; Beyersdorf, Friedhelm; Neumann, Franz-Josef; Hochholzer, Willibald


    Implantation of radiopaque bypass graft markers during coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) has the potential of facilitating subsequent coronary angiography. This study sought to investigate the impact of proximal coronary bypass graft markers on angiographic outcomes during subsequent coronary angiography in a large cohort. Between 2005 and 2016, we enrolled 1378 patients (331 with and 1047 without bypass graft markers) with a history of CABG who underwent their first subsequent coronary angiography at our institution. Primary endpoints were radiation time and absolute amount of contrast media used. In unadjusted analyses, radiation time, duration of angiography, dose area product, and the amount of contrast agent were significantly lower in patients with proximal bypass graft markers (P bypass graft markers remained a significant predictor for less radiation time and a lower consumption of contrast agent but not for dose area product, which was mainly associated with body mass index and sex. Bypass graft markers were not associated with a lower graft patency. Radiopaque coronary bypass graft markers can improve the detection of bypass grafts during subsequent coronary angiography and are associated with a lower radiation time and less consumption of contrast agent. Thus, this easy and cost-efficient technique might significantly reduce the risk of coronary angiography after CABG. Copyright © 2017 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Long-term graft occlusion in aortobifemoral position

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    Vasić Novak


    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Aortobifemoral (AFF bypass is still the most common surgical procedure used in treatment of aortoiliac occlusive disease. One of the most common complications of AFF bypass procedure is long-term graft occlusion. The aim of this study was to determine the cause of long-term graft occlusion in AFF position, as well as the results of early treatment of this complication. Methods. This retrospective study, performed at the Clinic of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Clinical Center of Serbia in Belgrade, involved 100 patients treated for long-term occlusion of bifurcated Dacron graft which was ensued at least one year after the primary surgical procedure. Results. The most common cause of the longterm graft occlusion was the process at the level of distal anastomosis or below it (Z = 3.8, p = 0.0001. End-to-end type of proximal anastomosis has been associated with a significantly increased rate of long-term graft occlusion (Z = 2.2, p = 0.0278. Five different procedures were used for the treatment of long-term graft occlusion: thrombectomy and distal anastomosis patch plasty (46% of the cases; thrombectomy and elongation (26% of the cases; thrombectomy and femoropopliteal bypass (24% of the cases; crossover bypass (2% of the cases and a new AFF bypass (2% of the cases. The primary early graft patency was 87%. All 13 early occlusions occurred after the thrombectomy associated with patch plasty of distal anastomosis. Thrombectomy with distal anastomosis patch plasty showed a statistically highest percentage of failures in comparison to thrombectomy with graft elongation, or thrombectomy with femoro-popliteal bypass (Z = 2 984, p = 0.0028. Redo procedures were performed in all the cases of early occlusions. In a 30-day follow-up period after the secondary surgery, 90 (90% patients had their limbs saved, and above knee amputation was made in 10 (10% patients. Conclusion. Long-term AFF bypass patency can be obtained by proximal end

  4. 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.

  5. Early Results with the Use of Heparin-bonded Stent Graft to Rescue Failed Angioplasty of Chronic Femoropopliteal Occlusive Lesions: TASC D Lesions Have a Poor Outcome

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    Kuhan, Ganesh, E-mail:; Abisi, Said; Braithwaite, Bruce D.; MacSweeney, Shane T. R. [Nottingham University Hospitals, Vascular and Endovascular Unit, Queens Medical Centre (United Kingdom); Whitaker, Simon C.; Habib, Said B. [Nottingham University Hospitals, Department of Radiology, Queen' s Medical Centre (United Kingdom)


    Purpose: To evaluate early patency rate of the heparin-bonded stent grafts in atherosclerotic long femoropopliteal occlusive disease, and to identify factors that affect outcome. Methods: Heparin-bonded Viabahn stent grafts were placed in 33 limbs in 33 patients during 2009-2010. The stents were deployed to rescue failed conventional balloon angioplasty. Mean age was 69 (range 44-88) years, and 67 % (22 of 33) were men. Most procedures (21 of 33, 64 %) were performed for critical limb ischemia (33 % for rest pain, 30 % tissue loss). Kaplan-Meier plots and Cox regression analysis were used to identify significant risk factors. Results: The average length of lesions treated was 25 {+-} 10 cm, and they were predominantly TASC (Transatlantic Intersociety Consensus) D (n = 13) and C (n = 17) lesions. The median primary patency was 5.0 months (95 % confidence interval 1.22-8.77). The mean secondary patency was 8.6 months (95 % confidence interval 6.82-10.42). Subsequently, 4 patients underwent bypass surgery and 5 patients underwent major amputation. One patient died. There were 5 in-stent or edge-stent stenoses. Cox multivariate regression analysis identified TASC D lesions to be a significant risk factor for early occlusion (p = 0.035). Conclusion: TASC D lesions of femoropopliteal occlusions have poor patency rates with the use of heparin-bonded stent grafts after failed conventional angioplasty. Alternative options should be considered for these patients.

  6. Numerical Assessment of Novel Helical/Spiral Grafts with Improved Hemodynamics for Distal Graft Anastomoses.

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    Foad Kabinejadian

    Full Text Available In the present work, numerical simulations were conducted for a typical end-to-side distal graft anastomosis to assess the effects of inducing secondary flow, which is believed to remove unfavourable flow environment. Simulations were carried out for four models, generated based on two main features of 'out-of-plane helicity' and 'spiral ridge' in the grafts as well as their combination. Following a qualitative comparison against in vitro data, various mean flow and hemodynamic parameters were compared and the results showed that helicity is significantly more effective in inducing swirling flow in comparison to a spiral ridge, while their combination could be even more effective. In addition, the induced swirling flow was generally found to be increasing the wall shear stress and reducing the flow stagnation and particle residence time within the anastomotic region and the host artery, which may be beneficial to the graft longevity and patency rates. Finally, a parametric study on the spiral ridge geometrical features was conducted, which showed that the ridge height and the number of spiral ridges have significant effects on inducing swirling flow, and revealed the potential of improving the efficiency of such designs.

  7. 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.

  8. 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


    cultivation, many cells already showed signs of the apoptotic process. The Oncogene 3 and the Interleucin 1ß were the most common sites with alterations identified in this research. The Oncogene 3 expression was elevated in 11 (68.7% of the veins cultivated under AHC, and the Interleucin 1ß expression was elevated in 9 (56.2% of these vein sections (p<0.05. CONCLUSION: The "ex vivo" study model was able to mimic events that occur "in vivo" by SVs utilized in the coronary artery bypass grafting. In the AHC group precocious loss of cellular viability (apoptosis and significant elevation in the Oncogene 3 and Interleucin 1ß genic expressions were observed. The long-term follow up of these patients is important to determine the real effect of these immediate changes in the patency of the vein grafts.

  9. Imaging and radiological interventions in extra-hepatic portal vein obstruction. (United States)

    Pargewar, Sudheer S; Desai, Saloni N; Rajesh, S; Singh, Vaibhav P; Arora, Ankur; Mukund, Amar


    Extrahepatic portal vein obstruction (EHPVO) is a primary vascular condition characterized by chronic long standing blockage and cavernous transformation of portal vein with or without additional involvement of intrahepatic branches, splenic or superior mesenteric vein. Patients generally present in childhood with multiple episodes of variceal bleed and EHPVO is the predominant cause of paediatric portal hypertension (PHT) in developing countries. It is a pre-hepatic type of PHT in which liver functions and morphology are preserved till late. Characteristic imaging findings include multiple parabiliary venous collaterals which form to bypass the obstructed portal vein with resultant changes in biliary tree termed portal biliopathy or portal cavernoma cholangiopathy. Ultrasound with Doppler, computed tomography, magnetic resonance cholangiography and magnetic resonance portovenography are non-invasive techniques which can provide a comprehensive analysis of degree and extent of EHPVO, collaterals and bile duct abnormalities. These can also be used to assess in surgical planning as well screening for shunt patency in post-operative patients. The multitude of changes and complications seen in EHPVO can be addressed by various radiological interventional procedures. The myriad of symptoms arising secondary to vascular, biliary, visceral and neurocognitive changes in EHPVO can be managed by various radiological interventions like transjugular intra-hepatic portosystemic shunt, percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage, partial splenic embolization, balloon occluded retrograde obliteration of portosystemic shunt (PSS) and revision of PSS.

  10. 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

  11. Bone grafting: An overview

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    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

  12. 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.)

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Engineering the mechanical and biological properties of nanofibrous vascular grafts for in situ vascular tissue engineering. (United States)

    Henry, Jeffrey J D; Yu, Jian; Wang, Aijun; Lee, Randall; Fang, Jun; Li, Song


    Synthetic small diameter vascular grafts have a high failure rate, and endothelialization is critical for preventing thrombosis and graft occlusion. A promising approach is in situ tissue engineering, whereby an acellular scaffold is implanted and provides stimulatory cues to guide the in situ remodeling into a functional blood vessel. An ideal scaffold should have sufficient binding sites for biomolecule immobilization and a mechanical property similar to native tissue. Here we developed a novel method to blend low molecular weight (LMW) elastic polymer during electrospinning process to increase conjugation sites and to improve the mechanical property of vascular grafts. LMW elastic polymer improved the elasticity of the scaffolds, and significantly increased the amount of heparin conjugated to the micro/nanofibrous scaffolds, which in turn increased the loading capacity of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and prolonged the release of VEGF. Vascular grafts were implanted into the carotid artery of rats to evaluate the in vivo performance. VEGF treatment significantly enhanced endothelium formation and the overall patency of vascular grafts. Heparin coating also increased cell infiltration into the electrospun grafts, thus increasing the production of collagen and elastin within the graft wall. This work demonstrates that LMW elastic polymer blending is an approach to engineer the mechanical and biological property of micro/nanofibrous vascular grafts for in situ vascular tissue engineering.

  17. Primary patency rate of native AV fistula: long term follow up


    GH, Kazemzadeh; MHS, Modaghegh; H, Ravari; M, Daliri; L, Hoseini; M, Nateghi


    The number of end stage of renal disease patients that need dialysis or renal transplantation increased in the world. Insertion and maintenance functional vascular access remain the challenging problem. Arteriovenous fistula is the common access for dialysis but complication and its failure is the main problem. The aim of this study is to evaluate patients with arteriovenous fistula during 4 years and describe the probable influenced factors on fistula patency. In this analytical descriptive ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. A Pilot Study of Open Venous Revascularization using Expandable PTFE Stent Grafts in a Porcine (Sus scrofa) Model (United States)


    evidence from Iraq and Afghanistan has shown improved limb salvage with venous repair. However, complex venous repairs are technically challenging and time ...expandable PTFE stent graft was deployed into the vessel in an open direct fashion . The swine were awoken and allowed to ambulate. At 72 hours, conduit...patency was evaluated by venography. Results: All animals appeared grossly normal with no changes on physical exam to suggest venous insufficiency. At 72

  20. Novel use of infrared thermal imaging to predict arteriovenous fistula patency and maturation. (United States)

    Al Shakarchi, Julien; Hodson, James; Field, Melanie; Inston, Nicholas


    The arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is the preferred method of long-term haemodialysis. However, it has been shown to have a substantial rate of maturation failure. The formation of an AVF creates haemodynamic changes to blood flow in the arm with diversion of blood away from the distal circulation into the low pressure venous system, in turn, leading to thermal changes distally. In this study, we aimed to assess the novel use of infrared thermal imaging as a predictor of arteriovenous maturation. A prospective cohort study was conducted on 100 consecutive patients who had AVF formation from December 2015 to June 2016. Infrared thermal imaging was undertaken pre- and post-operatively on the day of surgery to assess thermal changes to the arms and to assess them as predictors of clinical patency and functional maturation. For clinical patency, infrared thermal imaging was found to have a positive predictive value of 88% and a negative predictive value of 86%. For functional maturation, it was found to have a positive predictive value of 84%, a negative predictive value of 95%. In addition, it was shown to have superiority to the commonly used intra-operative predictor of thrill as well as other independent pre-operative patient factors. Infrared thermal imaging has been found to be a very useful tool in accurately predicting fistula patency and maturation.

  1. Investigating clinical predictors of arteriovenous fistula functional patency in a European cohort. (United States)

    Masengu, Agnes; Maxwell, Alexander P; Hanko, Jennifer B


    Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) failure to mature (FTM) rates contribute to excessive dependence on central venous catheters for haemodialysis. Choosing the most appropriate vascular access site for an individual patient is guided largely by their age, co-morbidities and clinical examination. We investigated the clinical predictors of AVF FTM in a European cohort of patients and applied an existing clinical risk prediction model for AVF FTM to this population. A prospective cohort study was designed that included all patients undergoing AVF creation between January 2009 and December 2014 in a single centre (Belfast City Hospital) who had a functional AVF outcome observed by March 2015. A total of 525 patients had a functional AVF outcome recorded and were included in the FTM analysis. In this cohort, 309 (59%) patients achieved functional AVF patency and 216 (41%) patients had FTM. Female gender [P functional patency and ultimately survival in dialysis patients. Clinical predictors of AVF FTM may not be sufficient on their own to improve vascular access functional patency rates.

  2. Bioabsorbable bypass grafts biofunctionalised with RGD have enhanced biophysical properties and endothelialisation tested in vivo

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    Larisa V Antonova


    Full Text Available Small diameter arterial bypass grafts are considered as unmet clinical need since the current grafts have poor patency of 25% within 5 years. We have developed a 3D scaffold manufactured from natural and synthetic biodegradable polymers, poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate (PHBV and poly(ε-caprolactone (PCL, respectively. Further to improve the biophysical properties as well as endothelialisation, the grafts were covalently conjugated with arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD bioactive peptides. The biophysical properties as well as endothelialisation of PHBV/PCL and PCL 2 mm diameter bypass grafts were assessed with and without biofunctionalisation with RGD peptides in vitro and in vivo. Morphology of the grafts was assessed by scanning electron microscopy, whereas physico-mechanical properties were evaluated using a physiological circulating system equipped with a state of art ultrasound vascular wall tracking system. Endothelialisation of the grafts in vitro and in vivo were assessed using a cell viability assay and rat abdominal aorta replacement model, respectively. The biofunctionalisation with RGD bioactive peptides decreased mean fiber diameter and mean pore area in PHBV/PCL grafts; however, this was not the case for PCL grafts. Both PHBV/PCL and PCL grafts with RGD peptides had lower durability compared to those without; these durability values were similar to those of internal mammary artery. Modification of PHBV/PCL and PCL grafts with RGD peptides increased endothelial cell viability in vitro by a factor of 8 and enhanced the formation of an endothelial cell monolayer in vivo one month postimplantation. In conclusion, PHBV/PCL small-caliber graft can be a suitable 3D scaffold for the development of a tissue engineering arterial bypass graft.

  3. Usefulness of thromboaspiration with Desilets-Hoffman sheath in thrombosed hemodialysis access graft

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    Goo, Dong Erk; Kim, Jung Hoon; Park, Sung Tae; Chang, Yun Woo; Hwang, Jung hwa; Kwon, Kui Hyang; Choi, Deuk Lin; Mun, Chul [College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility, efficacy and safety of percutaneous thromboaspiration with a Desilets-Hoffman Sheath compared with the previously established percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy technique in cases of occluded dialysis graft. One hundred and sixty eight patients (103 women, 65 men; mean age, 54.7 years; mean graft age, 20.9 months) with 225 episodes of dialysis graft thrombosis underwent percutaneous thromboaspiration with a 7F Desilets-Hoffman sheath using the crossing catheter or single puncture technique. The technical success rate, procedure time, and complication and patency rates were analyzed. Technical success was achieved in 200 of the 225 procedures (88.9%). The average duration of the intervention was 74.3 {+-} 35 minutes. The primary patency rate was 63.1% at 3 months, 44.2% at 6 months and 26.3% at 1 year. Major complications occurred in 4% of the cases (4 venous ruptures; 4 arterial embolisms; 1 arterial rupture) and minor complications occurred in 13.8% of the cases (26 minor venous ruptures; 4 intragraft ruptures; 1 venous dissection). These results were quite similar to those obtained with the previous mechanical thrombectomy technique. Percutaneous thromboaspiration of occluded dialysis grafts with a Desilets-Hoffman Sheath is an effective and safe method.

  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. Evaluating ureteral patency in the post-indigo carmine era: a randomized controlled trial. (United States)

    Grimes, Cara L; Patankar, Sonali; Ryntz, Timothy; Philip, Nisha; Simpson, Khara; Truong, Mireille; Young, Constance; Advincula, Arnold; Madueke-Laveaux, Obianuju S; Walters, Ryan; Ananth, Cande V; Kim, Jin Hee


    Many gynecologic, urologic, and pelvic reconstructive surgeries require accurate intraoperative evaluation of ureteral patency. We performed a randomized controlled trial to compare surgeon satisfaction with 4 methods of evaluating ureteral patency during cystoscopy at the time of benign gynecologic or pelvic reconstructive surgery: oral phenazopyridine, intravenous sodium fluorescein, mannitol bladder distention, and normal saline bladder distention. We conducted an unblinded randomized controlled trial of the method used to evaluate ureteral patency during cystoscopy at time of benign gynecologic or pelvic reconstructive surgery. Subjects were randomized to receive 200 mg oral phenazopyridine, 25 mg intravenous sodium fluorescein, mannitol bladder distention, or normal saline bladder distention during cystoscopy. The primary outcome was surgeon satisfaction with the method, assessed via a 100-mm visual analog scale with 0 indicating strong agreement and 100 indicating strong disagreement with the statement. Secondary outcomes included comparing visual analog scale responses about ease of each method and visualization of ureteral jets, bladder mucosa and urethra, and operative information, including time to surgeon confidence in the ureteral jets. Adverse events were evaluated for at least 6 weeks after the surgical procedure, and through the end of the study. All statistical analyses were based on the intent-to-treat principle, and comparisons were 2-tailed. In all, 130 subjects were randomized to phenazopyridine (n = 33), sodium fluorescein (n = 32), mannitol (n = 32), or normal saline (n = 33). At randomization, patient characteristics were similar across groups. With regard to the primary outcome, mannitol was the method that physicians found most satisfactory on a visual analog scale. The median (range) scores for physicians assessing ureteral patency were 48 (0-83), 20 (0-82), 0 (0-44), and 23 (3-96) mm for phenazopyridine, sodium fluorescein, mannitol

  6. Subjective changes in nasal patency after chewing a menthol-containing gum in patients with olfactory loss. (United States)

    Schriever, Valentin A; Hummel, Thomas


    The subjective increase in nasal patency after oral menthol application depends on olfactory function. In patients with relatively low olfactory sensitivity, this effect is small or absent. It was hypothesized that this may also modulate the sensation of nasal blockage. Menthol stimulates the nasal trigeminal nerve, resulting in a subjectively increased nasal airflow and patency without objectively measurable changes. Patients suffering from olfactory impairment also express a reduced nasal trigeminal sensitivity. The aim of this investigation was to examine the effect of menthol on nasal patency ratings in a group of patients suffering from olfactory dysfunction. A group of 92 patients with olfactory impairment was included in this study. Olfactory function was assessed using the 'Sniffin' Sticks.' Patients were instructed to chew a menthol-containing gum for 30 s, after which they rated the change in nasal patency on a categorical scale. Patients who rated the change in nasal patency as pronounced scored higher on the Sniffin' Sticks olfactory test compared to patients who experienced little or no change in nasal patency after chewing the menthol-containing gum. On average, similar changes could be observed for all etiologies of olfactory impairment included in this study.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. In vitro feasibility of a sac-sealing endoprosthesis in a double chimney graft configuration for juxtarenal aneurysm. (United States)

    Niepoth, Wouter W; de Bruin, Jorg L; Lely, Rutger L; Wisselink, Willem; de Vries, Jean-Paul P M; Yeung, Kak K; Blankensteijn, Jan D


    To investigate in an in vitro juxtarenal aneurysm flow model the feasibility and efficacy of using a sac-sealing endoprosthesis in a chimney graft configuration. In two experiments, a Nellix sac-sealing endoprosthesis was used as the main graft in a double-branched chimney graft configuration, using a self-expanding Viabahn stent-graft and a balloon-expandable Advanta V12 stent-graft in a pressurized silicone juxtarenal aneurysm flow model. In two consecutive experiments, the chimney graft balloons were inflated (1) at the beginning of and (2) to simulate varying renal ischemic times half-way through the injection of the sac-sealing polymer into the Nellix endobags. The balloons and were kept inflated until the endobags were filled and the polymer was cured. The aneurysm model was connected to a roller pump, pumping gelatin-water at a rate of 100 beats per minute. Before and after 24 hours of continuous flow, computed tomography (CT) scans were made using contrast injection. The CT scans were reconstructed and analyzed for gutter cross-sectional area, total gutter volume, chimney graft compression, and volume of space between the aneurysm wall and the endoprosthesis. Differences in gutter size between both types of chimney grafts were minimal. Chimney graft compression exceeded 50% if the balloons were inflated in the chimney grafts halfway through polymer injection into the endobag. Twenty-four hours of flow did not influence chimney graft patency or gutter size. In a juxtarenal aneurysm flow model, we demonstrated the technical feasibility of a sac-sealing endoprosthesis in a chimney graft configuration. This early evidence suggests that balloon dilation of chimney grafts should occur over the entire period of polymer injection and curing to prevent considerable chimney graft compression.

  10. 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.

  11. Technical aspects of branched graft aortic reconstruction in patients with connective tissue disorders. (United States)

    Glebova, Natalia O; Hicks, Caitlin W; Alam, Ridwan; Lue, Jennifer; Propper, Brandon W; Black, James H


    Connective tissue disorders (CTDs) predispose patients to dilation of the entire aorta, resulting in the development of extensive aneurysms. Aortic reconstruction in CTD patients can be challenging and demands specific approaches to ensure initial success and lasting stability of aortic repair. Herein, we describe technical approaches to aortic reconstruction in patients with CTDs and briefly report our outcomes on the use of branched grafts for reconstruction in this unique population of patients. We conclude that aortic reconstruction in CTD patients with branched grafts can be performed safely, with a low morbidity and mortality and excellent branch patency. Branched surgical grafts should be used preferentially over the inclusion patch technique during open repair to minimize the late development of patch aneurysms. Copyright © 2016 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. 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.

  13. Agile patency system eliminates risk of capsule retention in patients with known intestinal strictures who undergo capsule endoscopy. (United States)

    Herrerias, Juan M; Leighton, Jonathan A; Costamagna, Guido; Infantolino, Anthony; Eliakim, Rami; Fischer, Doron; Rubin, David T; Manten, Howard D; Scapa, Eitan; Morgan, Douglas R; Bergwerk, Ari J; Koslowsky, Binyamin; Adler, Samuel N


    Capsule endoscopy (CE) of the small bowel has become a standard diagnostic tool, but there have been concerns regarding the risk of capsule retention in certain high-risk groups. The Agile patency system, an ingestible and dissolvable capsule with an external scanner, was developed to allow physicians to perform CE with greater confidence that the capsule will be safely excreted in patients at risk for capsule retention. Our purpose was to assess the ability of the device to help physicians identify which patients with known strictures may safely undergo CE. Patients with known strictures ingested the new patency capsule and underwent periodic scanning until it was excreted. The intestinal tract was considered to be sufficiently patent if the capsule was excreted intact or if the capsule was not detected by the scanner at 30 hours after ingestion. If patency was established, then standard CE was performed. International multicenter study. A total of 106 patients with known strictures. Agile patency system. Performance and safety of Agile patency system. A total of 106 patients ingested the patency capsule. Fifty-nine (56%) excreted it intact and subsequently underwent CE. There were no cases of capsule retention. Significant findings on CE were found in 24 (41%). There were 3 severe adverse events. These results suggest that the Agile patency system is a useful tool for physicians to use before CE in patients with strictures to avoid retention. This group of patients may have a high yield of clinically significant findings at CE. This capsule may determine whether patients who have a contraindication to CE may safely undergo CE and obtain useful diagnostic information.

  14. 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.

  15. Regaining apical patency after obturation with gutta-percha and a sealer containing mineral trioxide aggregate. (United States)

    Carpenter, Matthew T; Sidow, Stephanie J; Lindsey, Kimberly W; Chuang, Augustine; McPherson, James C


    MTA Fillapex (Angelus Solucoes Odontologicas, Londrina PR, Brazil) was introduced as a mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA)-based sealer used for endodontic obturation. There is a lack of research that evaluates the ability of different solvents to soften MTA-based sealers during retreatment. This study tested the ability of 4 commonly used endodontic solvents to soften gutta-percha and MTA Fillapex to allow for the re-establishment of apical patency. Eighty-six extracted maxillary anterior teeth were instrumented to the working length to a size 45 (.04 taper size). Teeth were divided into 2 groups (n = 43 for each group). MTA Fillapex was placed into all canals. Group 1 was obturated with gutta-percha to the working length, and group 2 was obturated 2 mm short of the working length to ensure the apical 2 mm was filled with sealer only. Both groups were divided into 4 subgroups (n = 10). The remaining teeth served as the control group. Each subgroup was exposed to 1 of the following solvents: chloroform, Endosolv R (Septodont, Saint-Maur, France), Endosolv E (Septodont), or eucalyptol. Patency was re-established in 100% of the teeth in groups 1 and 2 when tested with chloroform or Endosolv E, 80% of the teeth in group 1 and 90% in group 2 when tested with eucalyptol, and 10% of the teeth in group 1 and 50% in group 2 tested when with Endosolv R. The chi-square test indicated there was a statistical difference between Endosolv R and the other tested solvents for both groups. Chloroform, Endosolv E, and Eucalyptol soften GP and MTA Fillapex sufficiently to aid in re-establishing apical patency during endodontic retreatment. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  16. Clinical factors related to false-positive rates of patency capsule examination


    Sawada, Tsunaki; Nakamura, Masanao; Watanabe, Osamu; Yamamura, Takeshi; Ishikawa, Takuya; Furukawa, Kazuhiro; Funasaka, Kohei; Ohno, Eizaburo; Kawashima, Hiroki; Miyahara, Ryoji; Goto, Hidemi; Hirooka, Yoshiki


    Background Retention is the most common complication of capsule endoscopy (CE), and is reported to occur in 0?13% of cases. To avoid retention, a PillCam patency capsule (PC) is used in patients with suspected intestinal stenosis. However, a relatively low positive predictive value of the PC examination has been reported previously. The aims of this study were to clarify the accuracy of PC examination and to evaluate clinical factors related to cases of false-positive detection. Methods We pe...

  17. Early postoperative assessment of the functional patency of ureterovesical junction following ureteroneocystostomy

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    Koff, S.A.; Kogan, B.; Kass, E.J.; Thrall, J.H.


    We studied 37 children soon after ureteroneocystostomy using diuretic radionuclide urography to assess the patency of the ureterovesical junction. Postoperative obstruction was excluded correctly in 90 per cent of the patients. Transient ureterovesical obstruction occurred in 5 patients, identification of which was useful in assigning risk and in guiding followup studies. Because it is a safe, noninvasive and relatively low radiation test the diuretic radionuclide urogram proves to be an attractive alternative to the excretory urogram in the early and late followup of patients undergoing a ureterovesical junction operation.

  18. 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.

  19. The Combination of Sonography and Physical Examination Improves the Patency and Suitability of Hemodialysis Arteriovenous Fistula in Vascular Access (United States)

    Mat Said, Normawati; Musa, Kamarul Imran; Mohamed Daud, Mohamed Ashraf; Haron, Juhara


    Purpose We compared the patency and the suitability of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) created for vascular access by two approaches: (a) physical examination with preoperative vascular mapping and (b) physical examination alone. Methods We compared the patency and the suitability of AVF created in patients for dialysis. There were two cohorts of patients of 79 patients each: (a) patients with AVF created based on the combination of physical examination and preoperative vascular mapping (PE+VM) and (b) patients with AVF created based on physical examination (PE) alone. Fistula patency is defined as clinical detection of thrill (or auscultation) of murmur over the fistula and coded as having thrills (patent) versus not having thrills (not patent). Suitability of fistula is defined as functioning AVF (AVF can be adequately used via 2-needle cannulation for dialysis) and coded as suitable versus not suitable. Results AVF created after the preoperative vascular mapping (PE+VM) has 5.70 (at six weeks) and 3.76 (at three months) times higher chance for patency, and 3.08 times higher chance for suitable AVF for dialysis than AVF created after the physical examination (PE) alone. Conclusion Physical examination with preoperative ultrasound mapping (PE+VM) significantly improves the short term patency and the suitability of AVF for dialysis. PMID:27660542

  20. Association between patency of the circle of Willis and diabetes mellitus in patients with cerebral ischaemic stroke. (United States)

    Chi, Ying; Lu, Zu-Neng


    Objective To examine patency of the cerebral anterior and posterior communicating arteries in patients with ischaemic stroke with or without diabetes mellitus. Methods This retrospective study included patients with acute ischaemic stroke treated between July 2011 and May 2016. Cerebral infarction was evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging. Anterior and posterior communicating-artery patency was determined using magnetic resonance angiography. Vessels were defined as patent or occluded. Results Out of 1 406 patients, incidence of vertebral basilar artery brain infarction and posterior cerebral artery brain infarction were significantly higher in patients with diabetes versus those without diabetes (35.5% versus 22.3% and 11.7% versus 6.8%, respectively). Among patients with posterior cerebral artery brain infarction, anterior and posterior communicating-artery patency rates were higher in patients with diabetes versus those without diabetes (66.7 versus 23.5% and 33.3% versus 5.9% [bilateral], respectively). Among patients with vertebral basilar artery infarction and posterior cerebral artery P1 segment infarction, patency rate of the anterior communicating artery was higher in patients with diabetes versus those without diabetes (55.7% versus 45.9%). Conclusion Among patients with ischaemic stroke, patency rate of the circle of Willis may be higher in patients with diabetes than those without diabetes.

  1. Can Admission Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio Predict Infarct-Related Artery Patency in ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction. (United States)

    Doğan, Mehmet; Akyel, Ahmet; Bilgin, Murat; Erat, Mehmet; Çimen, Tolga; Sunman, Hamza; Efe, Tolga Han; Açıkel, Sadık; Yeter, Ekrem


    In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and infarct-related artery (IRA) patency in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). A total of 349 patients with STEMI were recruited to this retrospective study. Baseline characteristics were reviewed. Patency of IRA was evaluated by thrombolysis in myocardial infarction flow grade. Of all patients, 293 patients formed the occluded IRA group and 56 patients formed the patent IRA group. The NLR was significantly higher in occluded IRA group (4.4 ± 4.1 vs 1.9 ± 1.1, P admission NLR and plasma glucose levels as independent predictors of IRA patency. In this study, we found that admission NLR and glucose levels were higher in patients with occluded IRA than in patients with STEMI. We also found that NLR and glucose levels were independent predictors of IRA patency. Because hemogram is a cheap, fast, and widely available test, it can be used in daily practice as a predictor of IRA patency. © The Author(s) 2013.

  2. Are femorodistal bypass grafts for acute limb ischemia worthwhile? Vantagem associada ao uso de enxertos femorodistais para isquemia aguda de membros

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    Full Text Available Background: It has been shown that autogenous veins are associated with the best limb salvage rates for femorodistal bypass surgery. However, in emergency settings, when an autogenous vein is unavailable, use of synthetic graft material or amputation is a critical decision to make. Objective: To assess the appropriateness of femorodistal bypass grafts for acute limb ischemia in emergency settings. Methods: Patients who underwent emergent bypass and elective femorodistal bypass surgery between 1996 and 2006 were reviewed retrospectively in a single center. Results: There were 147 patients of which 84 had elective and 63 had emergent bypass. The graft patency rates for elective admissions were 44 and 25% vs. 25 and 23% for admissions for acute femorodistal graft surgery at 2 and 4 years, respectively (p Contexto: Já foi mostrado que veias autógenas estão associadas às melhores taxas de salvamento de membros para a cirurgia de bypass femorodistal. No entanto, em cenários de emergência, quando não há uma veia autógena disponível, é crítica a decisão entre o uso de material de enxerto sintético ou a amputação. Objetivo: Avaliar a adequação de enxertos femorodistais para isquemia aguda de membros em cenários de emergência. Métodos: Pacientes submetidos a cirurgia de bypass de urgência e cirurgia de bypass femorodistal eletiva entre 1996 e 2006 foram retrospectivamente revisados em um único centro. Resultados: Havia 147 pacientes, dentre os quais 84 haviam sido submetidos à cirurgia de bypass eletiva e 63 à cirurgia de bypass de urgência. As taxas de patência dos enxertos para internações eletivas foram 44 e 25% versus 25 e 23% para internações para cirurgia aguda de enxerto femorodistal a dois e quatro anos, respectivamente (p < 0,004. Internações por isquemia aguda que foram tratadas com enxertos prostéticos tiveram patência primária de 24 versus 27% para enxertos venosos a 2 anos e 24 versus 23% a 4 anos (p = 0

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Performing the Parryscope technique gently for office tubal patency assessment. (United States)

    Parry, J Preston; Riche, Daniel; Rushing, John; Linton, Brittany; Butler, Vicki; Lindheim, Steven R


    To demonstrate a novel approach to office tubal patency assessment through infusing air into saline during flexible office hysteroscopy. We also provide data addressing pain and patient experience relative to hysterosalpingography (HSG). Video presentation of clinical technique with supportive crossover data (Canadian Task Force classification II-1). Its University of Mississippi Medical Center Institutional Review Board protocol number is 2013-0230. Academic hospital. Women undergoing office hysteroscopy and ultrasound, with a subset also having HSG. Air infusion into saline during office hysteroscopy. The focus is on demonstrating how the technique appears and is performed, with supplemental Likert data addressing subjective pain and preference relative to HSG. When performed as described, this office technique has 98.3%-100% sensitivity to tubal occlusion and 83.7% specificity. The gentle technique is central to accurate outcomes, which is facilitated through use of a small-caliber (maximum discomfort with HSG. Among patients who also had HSG, 92% somewhat or strongly prefer hysteroscopic assessment. Also, 96% of patients reporting maximum discomfort with HSG had mild to no discomfort with the described technique. Air-infused saline at flexible office hysteroscopy can accurately, gently, and rapidly assess tubal patency. Coupled with strong patient preference for this technique over HSG, it is a promising option for evaluating fertility. NCT02005263. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  6. Efficacy of statin on vascular access patency in diabetic hemodialysis patients. (United States)

    Sanada, Satoru; Miyasaka, Yasunori; Kanno, Atsuhiro; Sato, Kozo; Sato, Mitsuhiro; Sugai, Hisako; Kitamura, Hiroshi; Sato, Toshinobu; Taguma, Yoshio


    An effective approach to prevent hemodialysis vascular access dysfunction is still unclear despite previous studies, which have shown conflicting results of several drugs on vascular access outcomes. In this study, we focused on diabetic hemodialysis patients with native arteriovenous fistula and evaluated the impact of statin treatment on vascular access patency. A retrospective cohort study of 268 consecutive patients who newly started hemodialysis due to diabetic nephropathy between January 2011 and December 2013 at Japan Community Health Care Organization Sendai Hospital was performed and the patients were followed for two years. The primary outcome was vascular access dysfunction. Effect of statin treatment was examined using Kaplan Meier analysis and Cox proportional hazard, after adjusting for covariates. The mean follow-up period was 426.7 days, and 117 (52.2%) patients developed vascular access dysfunction. The two-year patency rate was 55.0% among statin users and 36.1% in non-users. Vascular access survival period was significantly longer among statin users (log-rank test, p = 0.004). In multivariable analysis, statin treatment is significantly associated with better vascular access outcomes, in which the hazard ratio was 0.71 (95% CI, 0.52 to 0.97; p = 0.028) in the unadjusted model and 0.63 (95% CI, 0.45 to 0.88; p = 0.007) after adjustment for covariates. Statin treatment could be associated with improved vascular access dysfunction among diabetic hemodialysis patients.

  7. Polyhydroxybutyrate/valerate/polycaprolactone small-diameter vascular graft: Experimental study of integration into organism

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    Antonova, L. V., E-mail:; Burago, A. Yu.; Matveeva, V. G.; Velikanova, E. A.; Mukhamadiyarov, R. A.; Glushkova, T. V.; Kudryavtseva, Y. A.; Barbarash, O. L.; Barbarash, L. S. [Research Institute for Complex Issues of Cardiovascular Diseases, Kemerovo (Russian Federation); Mironov, A. V. [Kemerovo Cardiology Dispensary, Kemerovo (Russian Federation)


    We prepared polyhydroxybutyrate/valerate (PHBV)/polylcaprolactone (PCL) small-diameter vascular grafts using electrospinning. Surface structure was assessed by scanning electron microscopy whilst physicomechanical properties were investigated by longitudinal uniaxial tension testing. Patency of grafts implanted into the rat abdominal aorta was evaluated using a Doppler ultrasonography at 2 week, 1 month and 12 month postimplantation. In addition, we assessed local histological features, along with IL-1β, IL-2, IL-4, IL-10, TNFa, TGF-β1, and VEGF serum levels. We revealed that only 2 (25%) grafts were not thrombosed at 2 week and 1 month postimplantation. However, at 12 month postimplantation a satisfactory histological pattern was observed in 50% of all cases, and we detected a monolayer of endothelial cells on the inner graft surface in half the cases. Regarding other grafts, we revealed minor connective tissue hyperplasia in 41.7% of the grafts and an inflammatory infiltrate in the part of the arterial wall in 8.3% of the grafts. We found that the IL-1β serum level was 3.5-fold higher in the group of experimental rats at 12 month postimplantation (p < 0.01). In addition, the IL-2 and IL-4 serum levels at 12 month postimplantation were 2- and 2.8-fold higher as compared to short-term implantation (2 weeks and 1 month) and control rats (p < 0.05) whilst the IL-10 serum level at 1 and 12 month postimplantation was more than 100-fold higher in comparison with 2 week postimplantation and control rats (p < 0.001). Serum VEGF was detected only at 12 month postimplantation. All in all, we created a biocompatible PHBV/PCL small-diameter vascular graft with a high surface area to volume ratio. A long-term patency of biodegradable vascular grafts after implantation into the rat abdominal aorta and the absence of a considerable immune response confirmed a high biocompatibility of such construct and the possibility of its use as a vascular graft.

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. A numerical study of the effect of catheter angle on the blood flow characteristics in a graft during hemodialysis (United States)

    Ryou, Hong Sun; Kim, Soyoon; Ro, Kyoungchul


    For patients with renal failure, renal replacement therapies are needed. Hemodialysis is a widely used renal replacement method to remove waste products. It is important to improve the patency rate of the vascular access for efficient dialysis. Since some complications such as an intimal hyperplasia are associated with the flow pattern, the hemodynamics in the vascular access must be considered to achieve a high patency rate. In addition, the blood flow from an artificial kidney affects the flow in the vascular access. Generally, the clinical techniques of hemodialysis such as the catheter angle or dialysis dose have been set up empirically. In this study, a numerical analysis is performed on the effect of the catheter angle on the flow in the graft. Blood is assumed to be a non-Newtonian fluid. According to the high average wall shear stress value, the leucocytes and platelets can be activated not only at the arterial anastomosis, but also at the bottom of the venous graft, when the catheter angle is not zero. For a catheter angle less than five degrees, there is a low shear and high oscillatory shear index region that appears at the venous graft and the venous anastomosis. Thus, a catheter angle less than five degrees should be avoided to prevent graft failure.

  15. Increased phosphatidylcholine concentration in saliva reduces surface tension and improves airway patency in obstructive sleep apnoea. (United States)

    Kawai, M; Kirkness, J P; Yamamura, S; Imaizumi, K; Yoshimine, H; Oi, K; Ayuse, T


    Surface tension may have important role for maintaining upper airway patency in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. It has been demonstrated that elevated surface tension increases the pharyngeal pressures required to reopen the upper airway following collapse. The aim of the study was to evaluate the associations between the concentrations of endogenous surfactants in saliva with indices of upper airway patency in obstructive sleep apnoea. We studied 20 male patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (age: 60·3 ± 10·3 years; BMI: 25·9 ± 4·6 kg m(-2); AHI: 41·5 ± 18·6 events h(-1)). We obtained 100-μL samples of saliva prior to overnight polysomnographic sleep study. The surface tension was determined using the pull-off force technique. The concentration of phosphatidylcholine (PC) was evaluated by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Regression analysis between apnoea, hypopnoea and apnoea/hypopnoea indices and the ratio of hypopnoea time/total disordered breathing time (HT/DBT) with surface tension and PC were performed. P surface tension was 48·8 ± 8·0 mN m(-1) and PC concentration was 15·7 ± 11·1 nM. The surface tension was negatively correlated with the PC concentration (r = -0·48, P = 0·03). There was a significant positive correlation between surface tension with hypopnoea index (r = 0·50, P = 0·03) and HT/DBT (r = 0·6, P = 0·006), but not apnoea or apnoea/hypopnoea index (P > 0·11). Similarly, PC concentration negatively correlated with hypopnoea index (r = -0·45, P = 0·04) and HT/DBT (r = -0·6, P = 0·004), but not with apnoea index or AHI (P > 0·08). An increase in salivary PC concentration may increase upper airway patency in obstructive sleep apnoea through a reduction in surface tension. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Vascular Biocompatibility of a Triple Layered Self Expanding Stent-Graft in a Dog Mode

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    Bae, Jae Ik; Won, Je Hwan; Jang, Eun Ho; Lee, Sung Yeong; Ko, Kwang Tae [Dept. of Radiology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Jin, Bo Hwan [Medical Science Research Center, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, June Woo [Dept. of Radiology, Busan National University College of Medicine, Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate performance and biocompatibility of a newly designed self-expanding stent graft, which consisted of two nitinol stents and an intervening expanded polytetrafluoroethylene membrane in a dog artery model. Twelve stent grafts were placed in the aorta of 6 dogs (beagle, mean body weight 11 kg) for 4 weeks (n = 4) and 12 weeks (n = 8). Luminal diameters were measured for each segment (the proximal bare, the middle graft, the distal bare) by angiographies after implantation and follow up periods. Percent luminal stenosis based on angiographies, histomorphometric, histologic, and scanning electron microscopic analyses of each segments were performed. Blood flow through the stent grafts was good after implantation and during the follow up period, without thrombotic occlusion or stent graft migration. The mean percent luminal stenosis of the proximal bare, the middle grafted and the distal bare segments after 12 weeks were 13.5%, 3.9%, 9.6% retrospectively. The mean neointimal areas of the middle grafted segment were 4.39 mm{sup 2} (4 week) and 4.92 mm{sup 2} (12 week). Mature endothelialization was evident in over 70% of the area of the stented artery after 4 weeks and in over 90% after 12 weeks. The stent graft was well placed in the attempted area without migration. During the 12-week-follow up period, it showed a good patency without thrombotic occlusion or significant in-stent luminal stenosis. Endothelialization was rapid and nearly complete. Neointima was thin and smooth on the middle graft segment and thicker and irregular on the bare segments.

  19. Portal vein stent placement with or without varix embolization of jejunal variceal bleeding after hepatopancreatobiliary surgery. (United States)

    Shim, Dong Jae; Shin, Ji Hoon; Ko, Gi-Young; Kim, Yook; Han, Kichang; Gwon, Dong-Il; Ko, Heung-Kyu


    Background Extrahepatic portal hypertension after surgery involving the duodenum or jejunum might result in massive ectopic variceal bleeding. Purpose To report the results of portal vein stent placement with the addition of variceal embolization. Material and Methods Between January 2000 and June 2015, portal vein stent placement was attempted in 477 patients. Of these, 22 patients (age, 63 ± 10 years) with jejunal variceal bleeding caused by portal vein obstruction after surgery were included in this study. Computed tomography (CT) findings before and after treatment and the rates of technical and clinical success, complications, and clinical outcomes were retrospectively evaluated. Results Stent placement was successful in 19 of 22 patients. Additional variceal embolization was performed in five cases. Clinical success, defined as the cessation of bleeding without recurrence within 1 month, was achieved in 18 of 19 patients with technical success. One patient developed recurrent bleeding 4 days after stent placement and was successfully treated with additional variceal embolization. There were no procedure-related complications. A regression of the jejunal varices was noted in 14 of 19 patients on follow-up CT scans. During the follow-up period (258 days; range, 7-1196 days), stent occlusion and recurrent bleeding occurred in six and four patients, respectively, of the 19 patients who achieved technical success. Statistical analyses revealed no significant differences regarding stent patency between benign and malignant strictures. Conclusion Percutaneous, transhepatic, portal vein stent placement with or without jejunal variceal embolization appears to be a safe and effective treatment for jejunal variceal bleeding after surgery.

  20. Hemodialysis shunts-related subclavian vein stenosis : treatment with self-expandable metallic stent

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    Kim, Sang Gyee; Lee, Young Chul; Shin, Sang Soo; Kim, Yun Hyeon; Kim, Jae Kyu; Kang, Heoung Keun; Jeong, Sang Young; Choi, Su Jin Na [Chonnam Univ. College of Medicine, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the usefulness of placement of self-expandable stents in hemodialytic shunt-related subclavian vein stenosis. Self-expandable metallic stent was placed in nine patients with hemodialytic shunt-related subclavian vein stenosis. In seven cases, angioplasty was attempted before stent placement; in five, stents were placed immediately after failed angioplasty; and in two, due to restenosis after angioplasty. Procedures involved a 10mm diameter, 7-10cm length Wallstent in eight cases, and a 10mm diameter, 8cm length Hanaro stent in one. In all cases, clinical follow-up, which included physical examination and the measurement of venous resistance pressure during hemodialysis, was performed. The follow-up period was between 5 months and 1 year 7 months. Repeated intervention was performed if restenosis was detected. The stenotic sites were in eight cases the site of a previous subclavian venous line, and in one, the site of anatomic narrowing at the thoracic inlet of the subclavian vein. The technical success rate was 100%;a resulting complication was stent migration into the right atrium in one case in which a Hanaro stent had been used; this was removed by snaring. During follow-up of the eight patients in whon stent placement was successful, restenosis developed in three cases. This occurred during the 7th, 8th, and 15th month, respectively. Two such cases were treated by balloon dilatation. In hemodialytic shunt-related subclavian vein stenosis, treatment involving the use of a self-expandable metallic stent is useful, especially for treating a lesion which has not responded to angioplasty with a high patency rate.

  1. 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 ...

  2. Options to Evaluate Ureter Patency at Cystoscopy in a World Without Indigo Carmine. (United States)

    Luketic, Lea; Murji, Ally


    Intraoperative cystoscopy has been studied as a means to identify ureteral injuries at the time of gynecologic surgery. The majority of published studies investigating intraoperative cystoscopy have used indigo carmine to dye the urine to allow visualization of ureteral jets; unfortunately, however, this dye is currently not available in North America. The unavailability of indigo carmine may be a permanent reality that forces gynecologists to examine alternatives for the evaluation of ureteral integrity. Various alternative methods have been suggested, ranging from cystoscopy without dye to other commercially available products that dye the urine. Alternatives to cystoscopy for assessing ureteral integrity exist as well. This review provides an evidence-based review of the various methods available for evaluating ureteral patency, with specific information on dosing, adverse effects, and contraindications. This review will equip practicing gynecologists to choose an alternative method for assessing ureteral integrity that is tailored to their specific needs. Copyright © 2016 AAGL. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Positive correlation between patency and mRNA levels for cyclooxygenase-2 and prostaglandin E synthase in the uterine cervix of bitches with pyometra. (United States)

    Tamada, Hiromichi; Adachi, Nahoko; Kawate, Noritoshi; Inaba, Toshio; Hatoya, Shingo; Sawada, Tsutomu


    Factors involved in patency of uterine cervices in the bitch with pyometra remain to be clarified. This study examined relationship between patency and mRNA levels for inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase (COX)-1, COX-2 and prostaglandin E synthase (PGES) in the uterine cervix of bitches with pyometra. Cervical patency was measured by inserting the stainless steel rods with different diameter into cervical canals. Levels of mRNA expression were determined by semi-quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. The cervical patency was positively correlated with mRNA levels for COX-2 and PGES, but not those for iNOS and COX-1. The results suggest that gene expression of COX-2 and PGES may be involved in the regulation of patency in the uterine cervix of bitches with pyometra.

  4. School air quality related to dry cough, rhinitis and nasal patency in children. (United States)

    Simoni, M; Annesi-Maesano, I; Sigsgaard, T; Norback, D; Wieslander, G; Nystad, W; Canciani, M; Sestini, P; Viegi, G


    Controls for indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools are not usually performed throughout Europe. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of IAQ on respiratory health of schoolchildren living in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France and Italy. In the cross-sectional European Union-funded HESE (Health Effects of School Environment) Study, particulate matter with a 50% cut-off aerodynamic diameter of 10 microm (PM(10)) and CO(2) levels in a day of normal activity (full classroom) were related to wheezing, dry cough at night and rhinitis in 654 children (10 yrs) and to acoustic rhinometry in 193 children. Schoolchildren exposed to PM(10) >50 microg x m( -3) and CO(2) >1,000 ppm (standards for good IAQ) were 78% and 66%, respectively. All disorders were more prevalent in children from poorly ventilated classrooms. Schoolchildren exposed to CO(2) levels >1,000 ppm showed a significantly higher risk for dry cough (OR 2.99, 95% CI 1.65-5.44) and rhinitis (OR 2.07, 95% CI 1.14-3.73). By two-level (child, classroom) hierarchical analyses, CO(2) was significantly associated with dry cough (OR 1.06, 95% CI 1.00-1.13 per 100 ppm increment) and rhinitis (OR 1.06, 95% CI 1.00-1.11). Nasal patency was significantly lower in schoolchildren exposed to PM( 10) >50 microg x m(-3) than in those exposed to lower levels. A poor IAQ is frequent in European classrooms; it is related to respiratory disturbances and affects nasal patency.

  5. Power Doppler flow mapping and four-dimensional ultrasound for evaluating tubal patency compared with laparoscopy. (United States)

    Soliman, Amr A; Shaalan, Waleed; Abdel-Dayem, Tamer; Awad, Elsayed Elbadawy; Elkassar, Yasser; Lüdders, Dörte; Malik, Eduard; Sallam, Hassan N


    To study the accuracy of four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound and power Doppler flow mapping in detecting tubal patency in women with sub-/infertility, and compare it with laparoscopy and chromopertubation. A prospective study. The study was performed in the outpatient clinic and infertility unit of a university hospital. The sonographic team and laparoscopic team were blinded to the results of each other. Women aged younger than 43 years seeking medical advice due to primary or secondary infertility and who planned to have a diagnostic laparoscopy performed, were recruited to the study after signing an informed consent. All of the recruited patients had power Doppler flow mapping and 4D hysterosalpingo-sonography by injecting sterile saline into the fallopian tubes 1 day before surgery. Registering Doppler signals, while using power Doppler, both at the tubal ostia and fimbrial end and the ability to demonstrate the course of the tube especially the isthmus and fimbrial end, while using 4D mode, was considered a patent tube. Out of 50 recruited patients, 33 women had bilateral patent tubes and five had unilateral patent tubes as shown by chromopertubation during diagnostic laparoscopy. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and accuracy for two-dimensional power Doppler hysterosalpingography were 94.4%, 100%, 100%, 89.2%, and 96.2%, respectively and for 4D ultrasound were 70.4%, 100%, 100%, 70.4%, and 82.6%, respectively. Four-dimensional saline hysterosalpingography has acceptable accuracy in detecting tubal patency, but is surpassed by power Doppler saline hysterosalpingography. Power Doppler saline hysterosalpingography could be incorporated into the routine sub-/infertility workup. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. The Relationship Between Neutrophil–Lymphocyte Ratio and Primary Patency of Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty in Hemodialysis Arteriovenous Fistula Stenosis When Using Conventional and Drug-Eluting Balloons

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    Çildağ, Mehmet Burak, E-mail: [Adnan Menderes University, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (Turkey); Çildağ, Songül, E-mail: [Adnan Menderes University, Department of Immunology and Allergy (Turkey); Köseoğlu, Ömer Faruk Kutsi, E-mail: [Adnan Menderes University, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (Turkey)


    ObjectiveThe aim of this study is to investigate the potential association of neutrophil–lymphocyte ratio (NLR) between primary patency of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in hemodialysis arteriovenous fistula stenosis and type (Conventional and Drug-Eluting) of balloons used in PTA.Material-MethodThis retrospective study consists of 78 patients with significant arteriovenous fistulas stenosis who were treated with PTA by using Drug-Eluting Balloon (DEB) (n = 29) or Conventional Balloon (CB) (n = 49). NLR was calculated from preinterventional blood samples. All patients were classified into two groups. Group A; primary patency <12 months (43/78), Group B; primary patency ≥12 months (35/78). Cox regression analysis and Kaplan–Meier method were used to determine respectively independent factors affecting the primary patency and to compare the primary patency for the two balloon types.ResultsNLR ratio and balloon type of the two groups were significantly different (p = 0.002, p = 0.010). The cut-off value of NLR was 3.18 for determination of primary patency, with sensitivity of 81.4 % and specificity of 51.4 %. Primary patency rates between PTA with DEB and CB displayed statistically significant differences (p < 0.05). The cut-off value was 3.28 for determination of 12-month primary patency with the conventional balloon group; sensitivity was 81.8 % and specificity was 81.3 %. There was no statistical relation between NLR levels and the drug-eluting balloon group in 12-month primary patency (p = 0.927).ConclusionIncreased level of NLR may be a risk factor in the development of early AVF restenosis after successful PTA. Preferring Drug-Eluting Balloon at an increased level of NLR can be beneficial to prolong patency.

  7. Conjugation with RGD Peptides and Incorporation of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Are Equally Efficient for Biofunctionalization of Tissue-Engineered Vascular Grafts

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    Larisa V. Antonova


    Full Text Available The blend of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate (PHBV and poly(ε-caprolactone (PCL has recently been considered promising for vascular tissue engineering. However, it was shown that PHBV/PCL grafts require biofunctionalization to achieve high primary patency rate. Here we compared immobilization of arginine–glycine–aspartic acid (RGD-containing peptides and the incorporation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF as two widely established biofunctionalization approaches. Electrospun PHBV/PCL small-diameter grafts with either RGD peptides or VEGF, as well as unmodified grafts were implanted into rat abdominal aortas for 1, 3, 6, and 12 months following histological and immunofluorescence assessment. We detected CD31+/CD34+/vWF+ cells 1 and 3 months postimplantation at the luminal surface of PHBV/PCL/RGD and PHBV/PCL/VEGF, but not in unmodified grafts, with the further observation of CD31+CD34−vWF+ phenotype. These cells were considered as endothelial and produced a collagen-positive layer resembling a basement membrane. Detection of CD31+/CD34+ cells at the early stages with subsequent loss of CD34 indicated cell adhesion from the bloodstream. Therefore, either conjugation with RGD peptides or the incorporation of VEGF promoted the formation of a functional endothelial cell layer. Furthermore, both modifications increased primary patency rate three-fold. In conclusion, both of these biofunctionalization approaches can be considered as equally efficient for the modification of tissue-engineered vascular grafts.

  8. Are shunt series and shunt patency studies useful in patients with shunted idiopathic intracranial hypertension in the emergency department? (United States)

    Liu, Ann; Elder, Benjamin D; Sankey, Eric W; Goodwin, C Rory; Jusué-Torres, Ignacio; Rigamonti, Daniele


    Shunt series and shunt patency studies can be performed in the emergency department (ED) to evaluate for shunt malfunction in patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). Here, we examine the utility of these studies in this specific patient population. We retrospectively reviewed the ED visits of all shunted patients diagnosed with IIH from 2003 to 2014. ED visits for symptoms not related to the patient's IIH were excluded from the study. Collected variables included demographics, symptoms, IIH diagnosis and treatment history, imaging findings, and management changes. Twenty-five (81%) patients had a total of 105 visits involving a shunt series, with four (3.9%) showing problems with the catheter. The majority of shunt series (n=101, 96%) showed no catheter pathology. Based on results of the shunt series alone, in 3 instances, management changes in the form of shunt revision or shunt reprogramming occurred. Of the 105 visits with a shunt series, 17 (16%) resulted in a change in management as compared to 12 out of 66 (18%) visits without a shunt series (p=0.83). Nine patients had a total of 10 visits involving a shunt patency study: five were normal, four were abnormal, and one was inconclusive. Based on findings on the shunt patency study alone, changes in management leading to shunt adjustment or revision occurred in 4 instances. Of the 10 visits with shunt patency studies, 5 resulted in a change in management as compared to 24 out of 161 visits without a shunt patency study (p=0.014). Shunt series detected catheter pathology only 3.9% of the time, and there was no difference in the rate of management changes between those patients who underwent a shunt series and those who did not. There was a significant difference in the rate of management changes in patients who received shunt patency studies as compared to those who did not. Shunt series may not be a useful screening tool to be used universally to diagnose shunt malfunction in IIH patients in

  9. Endoscopic versus open radial artery harvest and mammario-radial versus aorto-radial grafting in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery: protocol for the 2 × 2 factorial designed randomised NEO trial. (United States)

    Carranza, Christian L; Ballegaard, Martin; Werner, Mads U; Hasbak, Philip; Kjær, Andreas; Kofoed, Klaus F; Lindschou, Jane; Jakobsen, Janus Christian; Gluud, Christian; Olsen, Peter Skov; Steinbrüchel, Daniel A


    Coronary artery bypass grafting using the radial artery has, since the 1990s, gone through a revival. Observational studies have indicated better long-term patency when using radial arteries. Therefore, radial artery might be preferred especially in younger patients where long time patency is important. During the last 10 years different endoscopic techniques to harvest the radial artery have evolved. Endoscopic radial artery harvest only requires a small incision near the wrist in contrast to open harvest, which requires an incision from the elbow to the wrist. However, it is unknown whether the endoscopic technique results in fewer complications or a graft patency comparable to open harvest. When the radial artery has been harvested, there are two ways to use the radial artery as a graft. One way is sewing it onto the aorta and another is sewing it onto the mammary artery. It is unknown which technique is the superior revascularisation technique. The NEO Trial is a randomised clinical trial with a 2 × 2 factorial design. We plan to randomise 300 participants into four intervention groups: (1) mammario-radial endoscopic group; (2) aorto-radial endoscopic group; (3) mammario-radial open surgery group; and (4) aorto-radial open surgery group.The hand function will be assessed by a questionnaire, a clinical examination, the change in cutaneous sensibility, and the measurement of both sensory and motor nerve conduction velocity at 3 months postoperatively. All the postoperative complications will be registered, and we will evaluate muscular function, scar appearance, vascular supply to the hand, and the graft patency including the patency of the central radial artery anastomosis. A patency evaluation by multi-slice computer tomography will be done at one year postoperatively.We expect the nerve conduction studies and the standardised neurological examinations to be able to discriminate differences in hand function comparing endoscopic to open harvest of the

  10. Impact of surgical shape on blood flow pattern for patient specific coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery (United States)

    Sankaran, Sethuraman; Marsden, Alison


    We present a numerical framework for studying blood flow patterns in patients who have undergone coronary artery bypass surgeries. We use a stabilized finite element framework for performing blood flow simulations. Specialized lumped parameter boundary conditions for the coronary arteries, aorta and its branches are utilized. Computational models of CABG patients are constructed from CT scan images. A comprehensive study of how surgical shape affects hemodynamics in patient-specific CABG surgery has not been performed till date. The objective of this work is to study the effect of surgical geometry on blood flow pattern, especially downstream and in the proximity of the suture locations of the bypass graft. Quantities such as energy efficiency, wall shear stresses and its gradients and oscillatory shear index are extracted and compared for different surgical shapes in a systematic fashion. A framework and results for robust optimization of bypass graft anastomoses in unsteady flow will be presented. Implications of surgical geometry on graft patency will be discussed.

  11. One Year Primary Patency of Infrapopliteal Angioplasty Using Drug- Eluting Balloons: Single Center Experience at King Hussein Medical Center

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    Sizeph Edward Haddad


    Full Text Available Objective: Conventional percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA for long lesions in the below the knee (BTK arteries in patients presenting with critical limb ischemia (CLI has high restenosis rates at 1 year. Our goal is to evaluate whether paclitaxel drug eluting balloons (DEB have higher 1 year primary patency rates compared to conventional PTA. Methods: This is a single center, prospective, randomized trial that was conducted from June 2013 to December 2015. The aim of the study was to compare 1 year primary patency rates of DEB and PTA in BTK arteries in CLI patients. Inclusion criteria were patients presenting with CLI (Rutherford class 4 or greater, stenosis or occlusion ≥30 mm of at least one tibial artery, and agreement to 12 month evaluation. Exclusion criteria were life expectancy <1 year, allergy to paclitaxel, and contraindication to combined antiplatelet treatment. Follow up was performed by clinical assessment, ankle brachial pressure index, Doppler ultrasound imaging, and conventional angiogram if indicated. Primary end point was 1 year primary patency, and secondary end points were target lesion revascularization (TLR and major amputation. Statistical analysis was performed using Fischer's exact test. Results: Ninety three patients with 106 lesions in the BTK arteries were enrolled in this study. One year primary patency was achieved in 26 (65% and seven (17% in the DEB and PTA groups (P = 0.006, respectively. TLR was performed in nine lesions (23% and 29 lesions (71% in DEB and PTA groups (P = 0.009, respectively. Major amputations occurred in one limb (2% and two limbs (4% in DEB and PTA groups (P = 0.6, respectively. Conclusion: Paclitaxel DEB has significantly higher 1 year primary patency rate associated with significantly less TLR than conventional PTA, following endovascular recanalization of BTK arteries in patients presenting with CLI.

  12. MRI Assessment of Uterine Artery Patency and Fibroid Infarction Rates 6 Months after Uterine Artery Embolization with Nonspherical Polyvinyl Alcohol

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    Das, Raj, E-mail:; Gonsalves, Michael; Vlahos, Ioannis [St George' s Healthcare NHS Trust, Blackshaw, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Manyonda, Issac [St George' s Healthcare NHS Trust, Department of Gynaecology (United Kingdom); Belli, Anna-Maria [St George' s Healthcare NHS Trust, Blackshaw, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)


    Purpose: We have observed significant rates of uterine artery patency after uterine artery embolization (UAE) with nonspherical polyvinyl alcohol (nsPVA) on 6 month follow-up MR scanning. The study aim was to quantitatively assess uterine artery patency after UAE with nsPVA and to assess the effect of continued uterine artery patency on outcomes. Methods: A single centre, retrospective study of 50 patients undergoing bilateral UAE for uterine leiomyomata was undertaken. Pelvic MRI was performed before and 6 months after UAE. All embolizations were performed with nsPVA. Outcome measures included uterine artery patency, uterine and dominant fibroid volume, dominant fibroid percentage infarction, presence of ovarian arterial collaterals, and symptom scores assessed by the Uterine Fibroid Symptom and Quality of Life questionnaire (UFS-QOL). Results: Magnetic resonance angiographic evidence of uterine artery recanalization was demonstrated in 90 % of the patients (64 % bilateral, 26 % unilateral) at 6 months. Eighty percent of all dominant fibroids demonstrated >90 % infarction. The mean percentage reduction in dominant fibroid volume was 35 %. No significant difference was identified between nonpatent, unilateral, and bilateral recanalization of the uterine arteries with regard to percentage dominant fibroid infarction or dominant fibroid volume reduction. The presence of bilaterally or unilaterally patent uterine arteries was not associated with inferior clinical outcomes (symptom score or UFS-QOL scores) at 6 months. Conclusion: The high rates of uterine artery patency challenge the current paradigm that nsPVA is a permanent embolic agent and that permanent uterine artery occlusion is necessary to optimally treat uterine fibroids. Despite high rates of uterine artery recanalization in this cohort, satisfactory fibroid infarction rates and UFS-QOL scores were achieved.

  13. External jugular vein cross-over as a new technique for percutaneous central venous port access in case of left central venous occlusion. (United States)

    Marcy, Pierre Yves; El Hajjam, Mostafa; Lacout, Alexis; Nöel, Caroline; Simon, Jean Jacques; Figl, Andrea


    To report the cross-over venous catheter technique in case of left-sided central venous (internal jugular, subclavian and innominate veins) occlusion and right-sided central vein patency. A 60-year-old right breast cancer patient presented with a local recurrence requiring chemotherapy. He presented with a left-sided catheter-related central venous occlusion and radiodermatitis of the right chest and neck. The nonsymptomatic side of insertion was defined as the patient's left side. Successful percutaneous left-to-right external jugular vein (EJV) cross-over access tips and tricks are reported. They include performing (a) the EJV access at the lower neck, (b) the 0.032 hydrophilic guidewire (GW) catheterization of the venous curves, (c) the GW anchor technique into the inferior vena cava, (d) the GW + Glidecath catheter stiffening technique and (e) the over-the-stiff wire implantable catheter push. The cross-over technique was successful by using real-time ultrasonography/X-ray monitoring and interventional radiology tools (hydrophilic 0.032 in. and stiff 0.0035 in. GW and "J-shaped" Glidecath catheter) and the five-step technique. In case of left innominate vein occlusion and necessity of left neck venous access, percutaneous EJV access should be attempted under real-time ultrasound/X-ray monitoring when other standard (subclavian venous port and internal jugular vein) routes are no longer available.

  14. Failed septal extension graft in a patient with a history of radiotherapy. (United States)

    Kang, Il Gyu; Kim, Seon Tae; Lee, Seok Ho; Baek, Min Kwan


    This report describes the authors' experience of "melting" septal cartilage after placement of a septal extension graft in a nasopharyngeal cancer patient that had been previously undergone radiation therapy, and provides a review of the literature. Electronic medical records were used to obtain details of the patient's clinical history. A 32-year-old woman, who had previously undergone radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer, visited our department to for rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty was performed using a septal extension graft to raise the nasal tip (first operation). Five days after surgery, it was found that the septal extension graft was melting without any signs of infection, that is, the graft had softened, lost elasticity, thinned, and partially disappeared without any sign of infection at 5 days, and thus, the nasal tip was reconstructed with conchal cartilage (second operation). Five months after surgery, it was found that almost all septal cartilage had disappeared without any sign of infection, and thus, the entire nasal septum was reconstructed using 2-mm costal cartilage and an onlay graft was used for tip augmentation (third operation). After cartilage has been exposed to radiotherapy, its patency should be viewed with suspicion. Further studies are needed for determine the mechanism responsible for cartilage damage after radiotherapy.

  15. 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

  16. Development and in vivo validation of tissue-engineered, small-diameter vascular grafts from decellularized aortae of fetal pigs and canine vascular endothelial cells

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    Xu Ma


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tissue engineering has emerged as a promising alternative for small-diameter vascular grafts. The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of using decellularized aortae of fetal pigs (DAFPs to construct tissue-engineered, small-diameter vascular grafts and to test the performance and application of DAFPs as vascular tissue-engineered scaffolds in the canine arterial system. Methods DAFPs were prepared by continuous enzymatic digestion. Canine vascular endothelial cells (ECs were seeded onto DAFPs in vitro and then the vascular grafts were cultured in a custom-designed vascular bioreactor system for 7 days of dynamic culture following 3 days of static culture. The grafts were then transplanted into the common carotid artery of the same seven dogs from which ECs had been derived (two grafts were prepared for each dog with one as a backup; therefore, a total of 14 tissue-engineered blood vessels were prepared. At 1, 3, and 6 months post-transplantation, ultrasonography and contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT were used to check the patency of the grafts. Additionally, vascular grafts were sampled for histological and electron microscopic examination. Results Tissue-engineered, small-diameter vascular grafts can be successfully constructed using DAFPs and canine vascular ECs. Ultrasonographic and CT test results confirmed that implanted vascular grafts displayed good patency with no obvious thrombi. Six months after implantation, the grafts had been remodeled and exhibited a similar structure to normal arteries. Immunohistochemical staining showed that cells had evenly infiltrated the tunica media and were identified as muscular fibroblasts. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the graft possessed a complete cell layer, and the internal cells of the graft were confirmed to be ECs by transmission electron microscopy. Conclusions Tissue-engineered, small-diameter vascular grafts constructed using DAFPs and

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Estudo da resposta tissular à endoprótese recoberta de jugular bovina em veia cava inferior de suínos Bovine jugular covered stent-graft implanted in swine inferior vena cava - a study of tissue response

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    Cristina Ribeiro Riguetti Pinto


    aortic stent-graft deployment (Florida, USA. Ten handmade stent-grafts were implanted in 10 swine inferior venae cavae. All animals were submitted to perioperative venography. At necropsy, 2 months later, the stent-grafts were removed en bloc and histopathologic analysis was undertaken, in order to analyze its patency, adherence to neighboring tissues and incorporation to the venous wall, as well as tissue response. RESULTS: All stent-grafts were patent and adherent to venous wall, but six presented with gross trabeculation and four had some degree of perivascular fibrosis at macroscopy. Three animals developed lymphocele, one in the retroperitoneal space and the others in the abdominal wall. At histopathology, we observed chronic inflammatory reaction with foreign body granulomatous response in all cases, with prevalence of the tunica media (80%. CONCLUSION: The model presented low thrombogenicity, which corroborates the efficacy of the chosen means of preservation and material. However, there was low compatibility, probably due to the immunological obstacle of xenografts and exaggerated tissue response of the venous territory.

  20. Placement of long-term hemodialysis catheter (permcath in patients with end-stage renal disease through external jugular vein

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    Ali Akbar Beigi


    Full Text Available Background: The number of patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD has progressively increased in the population. Kidney transplantation is the specific treatment for such patients; however a majority of patients will require hemodialysis before kidney transplantation. The present study aims to investigate using the external jugular vein (EJV for Permcath placement in these patients. Materials and Methods: This descriptive and analytical study was conducted in Alzahra Medical Center, Isfahan, in 2012. Catheters were inserted by cutting down the right EJV. The patency rate and potential complications were studied. The obtained data was analyzed using SPSS 21.0. Results: Out of 45 live patients, within three months of surgery, 40 patients (81.6% had no complications and dialysis continued through Permcath. Permcath Thrombosis occurred in two patients (4.4%. Catheter infection led to the removal of it in one patient (2.2% 1.5 months after surgery. And accidental catheter removal occurred in one patient. Conclusion: Placement of the permcath in the external jugular vein can be a safe, uncomplicated, and reliable method for patients requiring hemodialysis, and can be a life-saving alternative in patients without accessible internal jugular vein.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Effects of Cryotherapy on the Maxillary Antrostomy Patency in a Rabbit Model of Chronic Rhinosinusitis

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    Anamaria Gocea


    Full Text Available It is acknowledged that many causes of failures in endoscopic sinus surgery are related to scarring and narrowing of the maxillary antrostomy. We assessed the effect of low-pressure spray cryotherapy in preventing the maxillary antrostomy stenosis in a chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS rabbit model. A controlled, randomized, double-blind study was conducted on 22 New Zealand rabbits. After inducing unilateral rhinogenic CRS, a maxillary antrostomy was performed and spray cryotherapy was employed on randomly selected 12 rabbits, while saline solution was applied to the control group (n=10. The antrostomy dimensions and the histological scores were assessed 4 weeks postoperatively. The diameter of cryotreated antrostomy was significantly larger at 4 weeks than that in the control group. At 4 weeks, the maxillary antrostomy area in the study group was significantly larger than the mean area in the control group (103.92 ± 30.39 mm2 versus 61.62 ± 28.35 mm2, P=0.002. Submucosal fibrous tissues and leukocytic infiltration in saline-treated ostia were more prominent than those in cryotreated ostia with no significant differences between the two groups regarding the histological scores. Intraoperative low-pressure spray cryotherapy increases the patency of the maxillary antrostomy at 4 weeks postoperatively with no important local side effects.

  4. Patency of the arterial pedal-plantar arch in patients with chronic kidney disease or diabetes mellitus. (United States)

    Haine, Axel; Haynes, Alan G; Limacher, Andreas; Sebastian, Tim; Saengprakai, Wuttichai; Fuss, Torsten; Baumgartner, Iris


    Patency of the pedal-plantar arch limits risk of amputation in peripheral artery disease (PAD). We examined patients without chronic kidney disease (CKD)/diabetes mellits (DM) [PAD-control], those with DM without CKD, and those with CKD without DM. Uni- and multivariate logistic regression was used to assess association of CKD with loss of patency of the pedal-plantar arch and presence of tibial or peroneal vessel occlusion. Multivariate models adjusted for age, sex, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and smoking. A total of 419 patients were included [age 75.2 ± 10.3 years, 288 (69%) male]. CKD nearly doubled the unadjusted odds ratio (OR) for loss of patency of the pedal-plantar arch. After adjustment, association remained significant for severe CKD [estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) ≤ 29 ml/min compared with eGFR ≥ 60 ml/min, adjusted (adj.) OR 8.24 (95% confidence interval {CI} 0.99-68.36, p = 0.05)]. CKD was not related to risk of tibial or peroneal artery occlusion [PAD-control versus CKD, adj. OR 1.09 (95% CI 0.49-2.44, p = 0.83)] in contrast to DM [PAD-control versus DM, adj. OR 2.41 (95% CI 1.23-4.72, p = 0.01), CKD versus DM, adj. OR 2.21 (95% CI 0.93-5.22); p = 0.07)]. Below the knee (BTK) vascular pattern differs in patients with either DM or CKD alone. Severe CKD is a risk factor for loss of patency of the pedal-plantar arch.

  5. Neurologic Derangement and Regional Cerebral Oxygen Desaturation Associated With Patency of the Circle of Willis During Carotid Endarterectomy. (United States)

    Choi, Byung-moon; Park, Soo-kyung; Shin, Sung; Cho, Yong-pil; Kwon, Tae-won; Choi, Young-jun; Lee, Eun-Kyung; Noh, Gyu-Jeong


    To explore the relationship between the maximal fractional decrease of regional cerebral oxygen saturation (rSO2) in neurologic derangement and the patency of the circle of Willis and contralateral carotid artery stenosis. A prospective observational study. A tertiary-care university hospital This study enrolled 307 patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy under regional anesthesia. No interventions. Magnetic resonance angiography and carotid color-duplex ultrasound were performed, and the rSO2 was recorded. The relationship between the maximal fractional decrease of rSO2 from preclamp baseline against shunt insertion and patency of the circle of Willis was analyzed by a 2-way analysis of variance. Receiver operating characteristic analysis of the maximal fractional decrease of rSO2 also was performed to calculate the cut-off value for detecting neurologic derangement. In addition, probability of shunt insertion was estimated by logistic regression. Patency of the circle of Willis did not influence the maximal fractional decrease of rSO2. When both anterior and posterior circulations were nonpatent, the degree of contralateral carotid artery stenosis (Contra) was 54.7%±29.0% versus 40.7%±26.0% in patients with versus without shunting, respectively (pcircle of Willis. Probability of shunt insertion for nonpatent anterior circulation = exp(-2.02+0.02×Contra)/[1+exp(-2.02+0.02×Contra)]. The rSO2 can be used to predict shunt insertion, regardless of the patency of the circle of Willis. The probability of shunt insertion increased with increasing degree of contralateral carotid artery stenosis in the absence of anterior circulation in the circle of Willis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Does rich coronary collateral circulation distal to chronically occluded left anterior descending artery compete with graft flow? (United States)

    Kaku, Daisuke; Nakahira, Atsushi; Hirai, Hidekazu; Sasaki, Yasuyuki; Hosono, Mitsuharu; Bito, Yasuyuki; Suehiro, Yasuo; Suehiro, Shigefumi


    In coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), graft flow distal to a mild stenosis can compete with relatively preserved native flow through the stenosis and the competition can result in graft stenosis. In chronic total occlusion (CTO), coronary collateral circulation, which is essential to maintain myocardial viability distal to CTO, varies in extent among patients and the extent can be scored by Rentrop grade in coronary angiography. We investigated whether rich collateral circulation distal to CTO competes with distally anastomosed graft flow in association with Rentrop grade. Of 666 patients who underwent CABG from January 2001 to December 2012, 70 patients whose left internal thoracic artery (ITA) was grafted distal to CTO in the left anterior descending artery (LAD) were divided into three groups: Poor collaterals (Rentrop grades 0 and 1, Group P, n = 22), Moderate collaterals (grade 2, Group M, n = 23) and Rich collaterals (grade 3, Group R, n = 25). The intraoperative measurements of mean graft flow (MGF) and pulsatility index (PI) of left ITA grafts, early graft patency and long-term clinical outcomes were compared. The MGF and PI of left ITA grafts differed significantly among the three groups (P = 0.025 and P = 0.046, respectively). Lower Rentrop grade was associated with preferable results of higher MGF and lower PI. The graft flow pattern in Group P showed a significantly higher MGF (P = 0.020) and lower PI (P = 0.041) than those in Group R. All early postoperative coronary angiograms showed patent left ITA grafts. Serial echocardiographic evaluations, survival rates and cardiac event-free rates were comparable with the follow-up of 5.00 ± 3.11 years. Rich collateral circulation distal to CTO in LADs can potentially compete with graft flow, although the competition seems not to affect clinical outcomes probably due to the regression of collaterals surmounted by the graft flow. Rentrop grade is shown to certainly reflect the degree of collateral

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Impact of Timing of Eptifibatide Administration on Preprocedural Infarct-Related Artery Patency in Acute STEMI Patients Undergoing Primary PCI. (United States)

    Dharma, Surya; Firdaus, Isman; Danny, Siska Suridanda; Juzar, Dafsah A; Wardeh, Alexander J; Jukema, J Wouter; van der Laarse, Arnoud


    The appropriate timing of eptifibatide initiation for acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remains unclear. This study aimed to analyze the impact of timing of eptifibatide administration on infarct-related artery (IRA) patency in STEMI patients undergoing primary PCI. Acute STEMI patients who underwent primary PCI (n = 324) were enrolled in this retrospective study; 164 patients received eptifibatide bolus ≤ 30 minutes after emergency department (ED) admission (group A) and 160 patients received eptifibatide bolus > 30 minutes after ED admission (group B). The primary endpoint was preprocedural IRA patency. Most patients in group A (90%) and group B (89%) were late presenters (> 2 hours after symptom onset). The two groups had similar preprocedural thrombolysis in myocardial infarction 2 or 3 flow of the IRA (26 vs. 24%, p = not significant [NS]), similar creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) levels at 8 hours after admission (339 vs. 281 U/L, p = NS), similar left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) (52 vs. 50%, p = NS), and similar 30-day mortality (2 vs. 7%, p = NS). Compared with group B, patients in group A had shorter door-to-device time (p eptifibatide before primary PCI did not improve preprocedural IRA patency, CK-MB level at 8 hours after admission, LVEF and 30-day mortality compared with patients who received intravenous eptifibatide that was administered later.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Effect of maintaining apical patency on endodontic pain in posterior teeth with pulp necrosis and apical periodontitis: a randomized controlled trial. (United States)

    Arora, M; Sangwan, P; Tewari, S; Duhan, J


    To evaluate the association between apical patency and post-operative pain in posterior teeth with pulp necrosis and apical periodontitis. Sixty-eight patients requiring primary root canal treatment in mandibular first molars with necrotic pulps and apical periodontitis were included. The patients were randomly allocated to one of two groups: patency (n = 34) and nonpatency (n = 34). After administering local anaesthesia, root canal preparation was completed using ProTaper rotary instruments. A size 10 K-file was used as a patency file and carried 1 mm beyond the working length (WL) between each instrument change in the patency group, while it was carried up to WL in the nonpatency group. Patients were asked to record their pain experience on a pain chart daily for 7 days. Three patients (two in the patency group, one in the nonpatency group) did not return with completed pain charts on the subsequent visit, resulting in a total of 65 patients for the final analysis (patency, n = 32; nonpatency, n = 33). Data was analysed using Chi Square test, t-test, Mann-Whitney test and Wilcoxon Signed Ranks test. Overall, 43% of the patients experienced post-operative pain. The patency group had less incidence of pain (34%) as compared to the nonpatency group (52%), but the difference was not significant (P = 0.163). Maintenance of apical patency during chemomechanical preparation had no significant influence on post-operative pain in posterior teeth with necrotic pulps and apical periodontitis. © 2015 International Endodontic Journal. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  13. Interventional recanalization of artificial arteriovenous fistula and graft for hemodialysis: angioplasty and pulsed-spray thrombolysis with Urokinase

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    Shin, Sung Wook; Do, Young Soo; Park, Hong Seok and others [Sungkyunkwan Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the effectiveness of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) and pul-sed-spray pharmaco-mechanical thrombolysis (PSPMT) using urokinase for the management of insufficient hemodialysis access. Between September 1996 and May 1998, 21 insufficient hemodialysis accesses were treated in 16 patients(3 artificial arteriovenous fistulae, AVF; and 13 arteriovenous graft, AVG). PTA and PSPMT were performed in 6 and 15 cases, respectively, and success and long-term patency rates were evaluated. The overall success rate of PTA and PSPMT for insufficient hemodialysis access was 76. 2%(16/21). The success rates of PTA and PSPMT were 83.3%(5/6) and 73.3%(11/15), respectively. The primary patency rates of PSPMT were 69{+-}12.8% at 6 months and 38{+-}18.6% at 12 months. One of the two initially successful PTAs had been patent for 7 months, and the second PTA was performed at that time due to venous stenosis. The other was patent for 15 months throughout the follow-up period. PTA and PSPMT are effective primary methods for the treatment of insufficient hemodialysis access;success and patency rates were high, and the procedures can be performed repeatedly.=20.

  14. [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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. The Effect of Using Patency File on Apical Transportation in Canals Prepared with Passive Step Back Technique

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    S M Hasheminia


    Full Text Available Background: The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of patency file on apical transportation in curved canals prepared with passive step back (P.S.B technique. Methods: This is an interceptive experimental, Invitro, study. Human extracted first permanent molars with 19-23mm length and curvature of 15-35 degrees (Schneider method were considered for use in this study. Simple sampling was done and 35 teeth for each group was selected. In experimental group A canal preparation was done with P.S.B technique and usage of a # 10 file (as Patency file between successive files. In experimental group B preparation was done in the same way except for usage of patency file. Pre and post operative radiographs were taken with similar condition. Radiographs were scanned and changes in canal curvature was determined using four different methods [Schneider, Weine, Long – Axis techniques (L. A.T, and Digital image overlay technique (overlay. T] , using Idrisi for windows and AutoCAD softwares. Results: The mean of canal transportation angle in experimental group A with Schneider, Weine , LAT, and Over Lay techniques was: 7.006 ± 3.478, 12. 285 ± 6.032, 4.376 ± 3.516, 3.147 ± 2.744 respectively. Mean of canal transportation angle in experimental group B with the same methods was also determined: 8.009 ± 4.178, 13.55 ± 7.602, 9.464 ± 5.384, and 9.641 ± 5.382 respectively. T- test statistical analysis shows that there are no significant differences between the mean of canal transportation angles in two groups as measured by Schneider and Weine method (P>0.05. Mann- Whitney test shows that there are statistically significant differences between two groups as measured by LAT and Over Lay techniques (P<0.001. Conclusions: Results of this study shows that patency file in conjunction with P.S.B techniques causes significant reduction in apical transportation angle. Shortcomings of Schneider method in determination of canal curvature and specially

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Predictors of patency after two-stitch invagination vaso-epididymal anastomosis for idiopathic obstructive azoospermia

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    G Gautam


    Full Text Available Objectives: Anastomotic patency with return of sperm in the ejaculate following microsurgical vasoepididymostomy (VEA is not universal and may be delayed. The ability to predict the result of VEA based on preoperative or intra-operative parameters would enable the surgeon to offer the best treatment to the infertile couple. We used the two-stitch invagination technique of VEA in patients of idiopathic obstructive azoospermia and prospectively analyzed factors that could predict a patent anastomosis. While such studies have previously been done for patients undergoing VEA for secondary infertility following a vasectomy, to the best of our knowledge this is the first study analyzing these parameters for patients with primary infertility and idiopathic obstruction. Methods and materials: Over a 2-year period, 29 men underwent the 2-suture invagination VEA for idiopathic obstructive azoospermia. Twenty-four patients provided at least one postoperative semen sample. Preoperative and intra-operative parameters were compared between patients with a patent anastomosis with sperm in ejaculate (n = 12 and those with no sperm in the ejaculate (n = 12 using the t-test, Fisher′s exact test or chi-square test, as appropriate and a multivariate statistical analysis to determine any significant difference. Results: The mean follow up of the 24 patients was 7.6 months (2-30 months. A significantly greater number of patients with patent anastomosis had motile epididymal sperms (P = 0.034 and higher surgeon′s technical satisfaction with the procedure (P = 0.034. However, this difference was seen only on a univariate analysis and did not persist when a multivariate analysis was used. Conclusions: The presence of motile sperms in the epididymal fluid and a high level of technical satisfaction with the anastomosis may indicate a higher likelihood of success following a vaso-epididymal anastomosis for idiopathic obstruction. However, these parameters are not

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. [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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. A Review on the Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) Graft for Haemodialysis Vascular Access. (United States)

    Al Shakarchi, J; Houston, J G; Jones, R G; Inston, N


    With improved dialysis survival there are increasing numbers of patients who have exhausted definitive access options due to central venous stenosis and are maintaining dialysis on a central venous catheter. The Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) allows an alternative by providing a definitive access solution. The aim of this study is to systematically review the published outcomes of the HeRO graft and discuss the role in complex haemodialysis patients. Electronic databases were searched for studies assessing the use of the HeRO graft for dialysis in accordance with PRISMA published up to December 31 2014. The primary outcomes for this study were 1-year primary and secondary patency rates. Secondary outcomes were rates of dialysis access associated steal syndrome, HeRO-related bacteraemia rates and rates of interventions. Following strict inclusion/exclusion criteria, eight studies including 409 patients were included in our review. Primary and secondary pooled patency rates in this complex cohort of dialysis patients were found to be 21.9% (9.6-37.2%) and 59.4% (39.4-78%). The rate of dialysis access associated steal syndrome was low at 6.3% (1-14.7%) as was the range of HeRO-related bacteraemia (0.13-0.7 events per 1000 days). This literature review shows that the HeRO graft is an acceptable option for complex dialysis patients who are catheter dependent. Owing to device availability, published data are predominantly North American and further longer-term studies in other populations may be necessary. In this challenging patient group, randomized controlled trials are required to allow comparisons with alternative access options. Copyright © 2015 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. 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.

  10. Avaliação da perviedade precoce das fístulas arteriovenosas para hemodiálise Evaluation of early patency of the arteriovenous fistulas for hemodialysis

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    Milton Alves das Neves Junior


    (AVF are the best option for this purpose. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the early patency of AVFs and to identify the causes of their failure. METHODS: All patients AVF underwent operations for dialysis from August, 2008 to January, 2009. The AVF patency was evaluated on the 1st, 10th and 30th postoperative days. Thirty-one operations for AVF were performed in our hospital in the period; 18 patients were males and the mean age was 63.03 years. RESULTS: Twenty-six AVF were distal, all radial-cephalic; four were proximal, out of which two were brachiocephalic and two were brachiobasilic; one AVF was a femoral-femoral loop PTFE graft. The patency rate in the first month was of 71%. The use of central venous catheters was a risk factor for AVF occlusion (p=0.01. AVF remains the most accepted and safe vascular access. Early performance of the AVF is very important to avoid the complications resulting from long-term use of central venous catheters. CONCLUSIONS: Data regarding early patency found in this study were similar to those found in literature, and the use of central venous catheters before performing AVF is an important risk factor for occlusion.

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. [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.

  16. 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.

  17. One-year results of total arterial revascularization vs. conventional coronary surgery: CARRPO trial

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    Damgaard, Sune; Wetterslev, Jørn; Lund, Jens T


    AIMS: To investigate clinical and angiographic outcomes after coronary surgery using total arterial revascularization (TAR). METHODS AND RESULTS: We randomized 331 patients with multivessel or isolated left main disease to TAR [internal thoracic (ITA) and radial arteries] vs. conventional...... revascularization (CR) using left ITA and vein grafts. The primary angiographic outcome was the patency index: number of patent grafts (

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Ticagrelor and aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular events after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. (United States)

    Saw, Jacqueline; Wong, Graham C; Mayo, John; Bernstein, Victoria; Mancini, G B John; Ye, Jian; Skarsgard, Peter; Starovoytov, Andrew; Cairns, John


    Ticagrelor was shown to reduce mortality in patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), but its effect on graft patency is unknown. We performed a prospective, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, comparing ticagrelor 90 mg twice daily versus placebo for 3 months added to aspirin 81 mg/day, following isolated CABG. Aspirin was started within 12 h, and study medication within 72 h after CABG. Primary outcome was graft occlusion on CT angiography (CTA) performed 3 months post CABG. Patients were followed to 12 months for death, myocardial infarction, stroke, repeat revascularisation and bleeding. The study was terminated prematurely after randomising 70 patients between September 2011 and August 2014 because of slow recruitment. CTA was performed in 56 patients who completed >1 month of study drug. Graft occlusion occurred in 7/25 (28.0%) patients on ticagrelor and 17/31 (48.3%) on placebo, p=0.044. Of 207 analysable grafts, graft occlusion occurred in 9/87 (10.3%) with ticagrelor and 22/120 (18.3%) with placebo, p=0.112. Graft occlusion or stenosis ≥50% occurred in 10/87 (11.5%) ticagrelor vs 32/120 (26.7%) placebo, p=0.007. There was no major bleeding, but minor bleeding was higher with ticagrelor (31.4% vs 2.9%, p=0.003). In univariate analysis, ticagrelor use reduced graft occlusion (OR 0.32, 95% CI 0.10 to 0.97, p=0.047), which remained significant on multivariable analysis (OR 0.25, 95% CI 0.073 to 0.873, p=0.03). Ticagrelor added to aspirin after CABG reduced the proportion of patients with graft occlusion, and was a significant univariate and multivariable predictor of graft occlusion. These results are hypothesis-generating and should be confirmed in larger studies. NCT01373411: Results. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to

  1. 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.

  2. Hepatic vein obstruction (Budd-Chiari) (United States)

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  3. The Stent Patency and Migration Rate of Different Shaped Plastic Stents in Bile Flow Phantom Model and In Vivo Animal Bile Duct Dilation Model. (United States)

    Kwon, Chang-Il; Kim, Gwangil; Jeong, Seok; Lee, Don Haeng; Kim, Kyoung Ah; Ko, Kwang Hyun; Cho, Joo Young; Hong, Sung Pyo


    In research and development of biliary plastic stents (PS), continuous efforts have been made to overcome short patency time and high rate of migration. The aim of this study was to evaluate the patency and migration rate of different PS shapes for a given period of time. Using an in vitro bile phantom model, we compared the patency among different shapes of PS (three straight PS, four double-pigtail PS, and a new screw-shaped PS). We performed an analysis of the degree of luminal narrowing by light microscopic examination. Using an in vivo swine model, we compared the patency and migration rate among the three different types of PS. Eight weeks after the bile exposure in the bile flow phantom model, 80 PS were retrieved and analyzed. The straight PS showed less biofilm formation and luminal narrowing than other types of PS (p dilated bile ducts of 10 swine models, and 39 PS were successfully retrieved 8 weeks later. The stent migration occurred less frequently in the double-pigtail PS and the screw-shaped PS than it did in the straight PS (11.1, 10, and 27.3%, respectively). However, there was no statistical difference in stent patency among the different shapes. Stent patency may not be significantly different depending on the shape of PS for 8 weeks. The screw-shaped PS showed similar patency and migration rate to the double-pigtail PS. These results may help guiding future PS development and clinical decisions.

  4. Cost analysis of the Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) Graft compared to the tunneled dialysis catheter. (United States)

    Al Shakarchi, Julien; Inston, Nicholas; Jones, Robert G; Maclaine, Grant; Hollinworth, David


    In end-stage renal disease patients with central venous obstruction, who have limited vascular access options, the Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) Graft is a new alternative with a lower incidence of complications and longer effective device life compared to tunneled dialysis catheters (TDCs). We undertook an economic analysis of introducing the HeRO Graft in the UK. A 1-year cost-consequence decision analytic model was developed comparing management with the HeRO Graft to TDCs from the perspective of the National Health Service in England. The model comprises four 3-month cycles during which the vascular access option either remains functional for hemodialysis or fails, patients can experience access-related infection and device thrombosis, and they can also accrue associated costs. Clinical input data were sourced from published studies and unit cost data from National Health Service 2014-15 Reference Costs. In the base case, a 100-patient cohort managed with the HeRO Graft experienced 6 fewer failed devices, 53 fewer access-related infections, and 67 fewer device thromboses compared to patients managed with TDCs. Although the initial device and placement costs for the HeRO Graft are greater than those for TDCs, savings from the lower incidence of device complications and longer effective device patency reduces these costs. Overall net annual costs are £2600 for each HeRO Graft-managed patient compared to TDC-managed patients. If the National Health Service were to reimburse hemodialysis at a uniform rate regardless of the type of vascular access, net 1-year savings of £1200 per patient are estimated for individuals managed with the HeRO Graft. The base case results showed a marginal net positive cost associated with vascular access with the HeRO Graft compared with TDCs for the incremental clinical benefit of reductions in patency failures, device-related thrombosis, and access-related infection events in a patient population with limited options for

  5. 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.

  6. CT in thrombosed dilated posterior epidural vein

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    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.

  7. 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.)

  8. 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.

  9. Effect of Sleeping Position on Upper Airway Patency in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is Determined by the Pharyngeal Structure Causing Collapse. (United States)

    Marques, Melania; Genta, Pedro R; Sands, Scott A; Azarbazin, Ali; de Melo, Camila; Taranto-Montemurro, Luigi; White, David P; Wellman, Andrew


    In some patients, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be resolved with improvement in pharyngeal patency by sleeping lateral rather than supine, possibly as gravitational effects on the tongue are relieved. Here we tested the hypothesis that the improvement in pharyngeal patency depends on the anatomical structure causing collapse, with patients with tongue-related obstruction and epiglottic collapse exhibiting preferential improvements. Twenty-four OSA patients underwent upper airway endoscopy during natural sleep to determine the pharyngeal structure associated with obstruction, with simultaneous recordings of airflow and pharyngeal pressure. Patients were grouped into three categories based on supine endoscopy: Tongue-related obstruction (posteriorly located tongue, N = 10), non-tongue related obstruction (collapse due to the palate or lateral walls, N = 8), and epiglottic collapse (N = 6). Improvement in pharyngeal obstruction was quantified using the change in peak inspiratory airflow and minute ventilation lateral versus supine. Contrary to our hypothesis, patients with tongue-related obstruction showed no improvement in airflow, and the tongue remained posteriorly located while lateral. Patients without tongue involvement showed modest improvement in airflow (peak flow increased 0.07 L/s and ventilation increased 1.5 L/min). Epiglottic collapse was virtually abolished with lateral positioning and ventilation increased by 45% compared to supine position. Improvement in pharyngeal patency with sleeping position is structure specific, with profound improvements seen in patients with epiglottic collapse, modest effects in those without tongue involvement and-unexpectedly-no effect in those with tongue-related obstruction. Our data refute the notion that the tongue falls back into the airway during sleep via gravitational influences.

  10. A new approach to an old hypothesis; phototherapy does not affect ductal patency via PGE2 and PGI2. (United States)

    Surmeli-Onay, Ozge; Yurdakok, Murat; Karagoz, Tevfik; Erkekoglu, Pinar; Ertugrul, Ilker; Takci, Sahin; Giray, Belma Kocer; Aykan, Hayrettin Hakan; Korkmaz, Ayse; Yigit, Sule


    Numerous investigations have demonstrated that phototherapy (PT) directly or indirectly causes ductal patency by photorelaxation effect. In this observational study, we aimed to assess the effect of PT on the incidence of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) together with prostaglandins (PGE2) and (PGI2) levels in preterm infants. Preterm infants whose gestational age<34 weeks and who required PT in the first 3 d of life were enrolled in this prospective study. The clinical signs of PDA, the data of detailed echocardiographic study were recorded and plasma PGE2 and PGI2 levels were measured before and after PT. The outcome measures were the status of ductus arteriosus and alterations of PGE2 and PGI2 levels under the effect of PT. A total of 44 preterm infants were enrolled in the study, of these 21 (47.7%) were in Group 1 (Non-PDA Group) and 23 (52.3%) were in Group 2 (PDA Group). After PT, ductal reopening occurred in three infants (14.3%) in Group 1, while ductus closed in four infants in Group 2 (17.3%). PT does not seem to effect ductal patency for both groups (p=0.250 and p=0.125, respectively). PGE2 levels were not different before and after PT for both groups (p=0.087, p=0.408, respectively). However, PGI2 levels were significantly decreased after PT in both groups (p=0.006, and p=0.003, respectively). There was no effect of PT on ductal patency. We can conclude that PGs were eliminated simultaneously with ductal closure and photorelaxation effect did not influence PG levels.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  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. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Revascularização miocárdica com enxerto composto de artéria torácica interna esquerda em Y: análise de fluxo sangüíneo Myocardial revascularization surgery using composite Y-graft of the left internal thoracic artery: blood flow analysis

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar o comportamento do fluxo sangüíneo na artéria torácica interna esquerda (ATIE, quando utilizada para revascularizar a artéria interventricular anterior (AIA e mais um ramo do sistema coronariano esquerdo (SCE. MÉTODO: No presente estudo, compara-se o fluxo obtido pela ecocardiografia Doppler na ATIE, em repouso e sob estresse com dobutamina, em dois grupos de 20 pacientes cada. No grupo A, foi utilizado enxerto pediculado de ATIE anastomosada unicamente à AIA. No grupo B, a ATIE revasculariza a AIA, e um enxerto de veia safena magna, anastomosado em "Y" à ATIE, revasculariza outro ramo do SCE. O estudo angiográfico demonstrou patência de todos os enxertos em ambos os grupos. Na avaliação pela ecocardiografia Doppler foram realizadas as seguintes medidas: débitos sistólico (DS, diastólico e total, razão entre o débito total em estresse pelo débito total em repouso (DTE/DTR, velocidades de pico sistólico (VPS e diastólico e razão entre essas velocidades. RESULTADOS: Todos os parâmetros analisados apresentaram diferença estatisticamente significativa, com exceção do DS, DTE/DTR e VPS. CONCLUSÃO: Nas condições e métodos usados neste estudo, pode-se inferir que o fluxo sangüíneo na ATIE no enxerto composto (Grupo B é maior que no enxerto simples (Grupo A, o que demonstra a grande capacidade da ATIE em adaptar-se à demanda de fluxo.OBJECTIVE: To assess the left internal thoracic artery (LITA flow pattern, when it was used to supply the left anterior descending artery (LADA and another branch from the left coronary artery system (LCAS. METHODS: In the following study, the left internal thoracic artery flow was investigated by echocardiography Doppler, at rest and under dobutamine stress, in two twenty-patient groups. Group A consisted of patients who received only a pedicled LITA graft to the LADA. Group B consisted of patients who received a pedicled LITA graft associated with a vein graft to supply

  19. Experience of HeRO dialysis graft placement in a challenging population. (United States)

    Kokkosis, Angela A; Abramowitz, Steven D; Schwitzer, Jonathan; Schanzer, Harry; Teodorescu, Victoria J


    To assess the outcomes of the hemodialysis reliable outflow (HeRO) device in a subset of hemodialysis access-challenged patients with central venous obstruction. Retrospective analysis of a series of patients in 2 centers who underwent placement of the HeRO device between September 2009 and November 2010. Patients' demographics, access history, HeRO patency, and number of reinterventions were analyzed. Eleven patients underwent 12 HeRO implantations. The average duration of dialysis prior to HeRO placement was 5.55 ± 3.64 years. Primary and secondary patencies at 6 months and 1 year were 36.4% and 54.5% and 9.1% and 45.5%, respectively. In the end-stage renal disease population with central venous occlusive disease, the HeRO device offers the best long-term dialysis option when an arteriovenous fistula or graft is not possible. Close follow-up and subsequent aggressive interventions can prolong the use of the HeRO and avoid the last resort of dialysis catheters.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Endoscopic ultrasonography-guided placement of a transhepatic portal vein stent in a live porcine model. (United States)

    Park, Tae Young; Seo, Dong Wan; Kang, Hyeon-Ji; Cho, Min Keun; Song, Tae Jun; Park, Do Hyun; Lee, Sang Soo; Lee, Sung Koo; Kim, Myung-Hwan


    Percutaneous portal vein (PV) stent placement is used to manage PV occlusion or stenosis caused by malignancy. The use of endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) has expanded to include vascular interventions. The aim of this study was to examine the technical feasibility and safety of EUS-guided transhepatic PV stent placement in a live porcine model. EUS-guided transhepatic PV stent placement was performed in six male miniature pigs under general anesthesia using forward-viewing echoendoscope. Under EUS guidance, the left intrahepatic PV was punctured with a 19-gauge fine-needle aspiration (FNA) needle and a 0.025 inch guidewire inserted through the needle and into the main PV. The FNA needle was then withdrawn and a needle-knife inserted to dilate the tract. Under EUS and fluoroscopic guidance, a noncovered metal stent was inserted over the guidewire and released into the main PV. A PV stent was placed successfully in all six pigs with no technical problems or complications. The patency of the stent in the main PV was confirmed using color Doppler EUS and transhepatic portal venography. Necropsy of the first three animals revealed no evidence of bleeding and damage to intra-abdominal organs or vessels. No complications occurred in the remaining three animals during the 8 weeks observation period. EUS-guided transhepatic PV stent placement can be both technically feasible and safe in a live animal model.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Conjugation with RGD Peptides and Incorporation of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Are Equally Efficient for Biofunctionalization of Tissue-Engineered Vascular Grafts. (United States)

    Antonova, Larisa V; Seifalian, Alexander M; Kutikhin, Anton G; Sevostyanova, Victoria V; Matveeva, Vera G; Velikanova, Elena A; Mironov, Andrey V; Shabaev, Amin R; Glushkova, Tatiana V; Senokosova, Evgeniya A; Vasyukov, Georgiy Yu; Krivkina, Evgeniya O; Burago, Andrey Yu; Kudryavtseva, Yuliya A; Barbarash, Olga L; Barbarash, Leonid S


    The blend of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) and poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) has recently been considered promising for vascular tissue engineering. However, it was shown that PHBV/PCL grafts require biofunctionalization to achieve high primary patency rate. Here we compared immobilization of arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD)-containing peptides and the incorporation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) as two widely established biofunctionalization approaches. Electrospun PHBV/PCL small-diameter grafts with either RGD peptides or VEGF, as well as unmodified grafts were implanted into rat abdominal aortas for 1, 3, 6, and 12 months following histological and immunofluorescence assessment. We detected CD31⁺/CD34⁺/vWF⁺ cells 1 and 3 months postimplantation at the luminal surface of PHBV/PCL/RGD and PHBV/PCL/VEGF, but not in unmodified grafts, with the further observation of CD31⁺CD34-vWF⁺ phenotype. These cells were considered as endothelial and produced a collagen-positive layer resembling a basement membrane. Detection of CD31⁺/CD34⁺ cells at the early stages with subsequent loss of CD34 indicated cell adhesion from the bloodstream. Therefore, either conjugation with RGD peptides or the incorporation of VEGF promoted the formation of a functional endothelial cell layer. Furthermore, both modifications increased primary patency rate three-fold. In conclusion, both of these biofunctionalization approaches can be considered as equally efficient for the modification of tissue-engineered vascular grafts.

  6. Hybrid Repair of Complex Thoracic Aortic Arch Pathology: Long-Term Outcomes of Extra-anatomic Bypass Grafting of the Supra-aortic Trunk

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    Lotfi, S., E-mail:; Clough, R. E.; Ali, T. [Guy' s and St. Thomas' NHS Trust, Vascular Surgery (United Kingdom); Salter, R. [Guy' s and St. Thomas' NHS Trust, Interventional Radiology (United Kingdom); Young, C. P. [Guy' s and St. Thomas' NHS Trust, Cardiac Surgery (United Kingdom); Bell, R.; Modarai, B.; Taylor, P., E-mail: [Guy' s and St. Thomas' NHS Trust, Vascular Surgery (United Kingdom)


    Hybrid repair constitutes supra-aortic debranching before thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). It offers improved short-term outcome compared with open surgery; however, longer-term studies are required to assess patient outcomes and patency of the extra-anatomic bypass grafts. A prospectively maintained database of 380 elective and urgent patients who had undergone TEVAR (1997-2011) was analyzed retrospectively. Fifty-one patients (34 males; 17 females) underwent hybrid repair. Median age was 71 (range, 18-90) years with mean follow-up of 15 (range, 0-61) months. Perioperative complications included death: 10 % (5/51), stroke: 12 % (6/51), paraplegia: 6 % (3/51), endoleak: 16 % (8/51), rupture: 4 % (2/51), upper-limb ischemia: 2 % (1/51), bypass graft occlusion: 4 % (2/51), and cardiopulmonary complications in 14 % (7/51). Three patients (6 %) required emergency intervention for retrograde dissection: (2 aortic root repairs; 2 innominate stents). Early reintervention was performed for type 1 endoleak in two patients (2 proximal cuff extensions). One patient underwent innominate stenting and revision of their bypass for symptomatic restenosis. At 48 months, survival was 73 %. Endoleak was detected in three (6 %) patients (type 1 = 2; type 2 = 1) requiring debranching with proximal stent graft (n = 2) and proximal extension cuff (n = 1). One patient had a fatal rupture of a mycotic aneurysm and two arch aneurysms expanded. No bypass graft occluded after the perioperative period. Hybrid operations to treat aortic arch disease can be performed with results comparable to open surgery. The longer-term outcomes demonstrate low rates of reintervention and high rates of graft patency.

  7. Comparison of Direct Site Endovascular Repair Utilizing Expandable PTFE Stent Grafts Vs. Standard Vascular Shunts in a Porcine (Sus Scrofa) Model. (United States)

    Davidson, Anders J; Neff, Lucas P; Grayson, J Kevin; Clement, Nathan F; DeSoucy, Erik S; Simon-Logan, Meryl A; Abbot, Christopher M; Sampson, James B; Williams, Timothy K


    The small diameter of temporary vascular shunts for vascular trauma management may restrict flow and result in ischemia or early thrombosis. We have previously reported a clinical experience with direct, open surgical reconstruction using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) stent grafts to create a "sutureless" anastomosis as an alternative to standard temporary vascular shunts. We sought to characterize patency and flow characteristics of these grafts compared to standard shunts in a survival model of porcine vascular injury. 12 Yorkshire-cross swine received a 2cm long near-circumferential defect in the bilateral iliac arteries. A14-French Argyle shunt was inserted into one randomly assigned artery, with a self-expanding ePTFE stent deployed in the other. At 72 hours, conduit patency was evaluated by angiography. Arterial flow measurements were obtained at baseline, immediately after intervention, and after 72 hours via direct measurement with perivascular flow meters. Blood pressure proximal and distal to the conduits and arterial samples for histopathology were obtained during the terminal procedure. Angiography revealed no difference in patency at 72 hours (P=1.0). While there was no difference in baseline arterial flow between arteries (P=0.63), the stent grafts demonstrated significantly improved blood flow compared to shunts both immediately after intervention (390±36mL/min vs 265±25mL/min, p=0.002) and at 72 hours (261±29mL/min vs 170±36mL/min, p=0.005). The pressure gradient across the shunts was greater than that of the stent grafts (11.5mmHg IQR[3-19] vs. 3mmHg IQR[3-5], p=0.013). The speed of deployment was similar between the two devices. Open "sutureless" direct site repair using commercially available stent grafts to treat vascular injury is a technically feasible strategy for damage control management of peripheral vascular injury and offers increased blood flow when compared to temporary shunts. Furthermore, stent grafts may offer

  8. Comparison of direct site endovascular repair utilizing expandable polytetrafluoroethylene stent grafts versus standard vascular shunts in a porcine (Sus scrofa) model. (United States)

    Davidson, Anders J; Neff, Lucas P; Grayson, J Kevin; Clement, Nathan F; DeSoucy, Erik S; Simon Logan, Meryl A; Abbot, Christopher M; Sampson, James B; Williams, Timothy K


    The small diameter of temporary vascular shunts for vascular trauma management may restrict flow and result in ischemia or early thrombosis. We have previously reported a clinical experience with direct, open surgical reconstruction using expandable polytetrafluoroethylene stent grafts to create a "sutureless" anastomosis as an alternative to standard temporary vascular shunts. We sought to characterize patency and flow characteristics of these grafts compared with standard shunts in a survival model of porcine vascular injury. Twelve Yorkshire-cross swine received a 2-cm-long near-circumferential defect in the bilateral iliac arteries. A 14 Fr Argyle shunt was inserted into one randomly assigned artery, with a self-expanding expandable polytetrafluoroethylene stent deployed in the other. At 72 hours, conduit patency was evaluated by angiography. Arterial flow measurements were obtained at baseline, immediately after intervention, and after 72 hours via direct measurement with perivascular flow meters. Blood pressure proximal and distal to the conduits and arterial samples for histopathology were obtained during the terminal procedure. Angiography revealed no difference in patency at 72 hours (p = 1.0). While there was no difference in baseline arterial flow between arteries (p = 0.63), the stent grafts demonstrated significantly improved blood flow compared with shunts both immediately after intervention (390 ± 36 mL/min vs. 265 ± 25 mL/min, p = 0.002) and at 72 hours (261 ± 29 mL/min vs. 170 ± 36 mL/min, p = 0.005). The pressure gradient across the shunts was greater than that of the stent grafts (11.5 mm Hg [interquartile range, 3-19 mm Hg] vs. 3 mm Hg [interquartile range, 3-5 mm Hg], p = 0.013). The speed of deployment was similar between the two devices. Open "sutureless" direct site repair using commercially available stent grafts to treat vascular injury is a technically feasible strategy for damage control management of peripheral vascular injury and

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. [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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Multimodality Imaging of Normal Hepatic Transplant Vasculature and Graft Vascular Complications

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    Jeffrey H Roberts


    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.