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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102592/six-uneventful-pregnancy-outcomes-in-an-extended-vascular-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-family
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Annette F Baas, Wilko Spiering, Frans L Moll, Lieve Page-Christiaens, Ingrid C M Beenakkers, Dennis Dooijes, Evert-Jan P A Vonken, Jasper J van der Smagt, Nine V Knoers, Steven V Koenen, Joost A van Herwaarden, Gertjan Tj Sieswerda
Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) is caused by heterozygous mutations in COL3A1 and is characterized by fragile vasculature and hollow organs, with a high risk of catastrophic events at a young age. During pregnancy and delivery, maternal mortality rates up until 25% have been reported. However, recent pedigree analysis reported a substantial lower pregnancy-related mortality rate of 4.9%. Here, we describe an extended vEDS family with multiple uneventful pregnancy outcomes. In the proband, a 37-year-old woman, DNA-analysis because of an asymptomatic iliac artery dissection revealed a pathogenic mutation in COL3A1 (c...
February 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097187/intraoperative-epiaortic-ultrasound-for-traumatic-pseudoaneurysm-of-the-ascending-aorta
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Michelle Eddins, Marco Aguirre, Jonathan Price, Michael Wait, Pietro Bajona
Epiaortic ultrasound is an imaging modality that is commonly used to evaluate the ascending aorta for atheroma and other mural lesions during elective cardiac surgery. Its use in contained aortic rupture has not been established. We present a case of thoracic trauma with contained pseudoaneurysm of the ascending aorta. At operation, the precise location of the aortic tear could not be identified by visual inspection, manual palpation, or transesophageal echocardiography. Epiaortic ultrasound was employed and the aortic defect was identified and successfully repaired...
June 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086907/identification-of-the-main-determinants-of-abdominal-aorta-size-a-screening-by-pocket-size-imaging-device
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Roberta Esposito, Federica Ilardi, Vincenzo Schiano Lomoriello, Regina Sorrentino, Vincenzo Sellitto, Giuseppe Giugliano, Giovanni Esposito, Bruno Trimarco, Maurizio Galderisi
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound exam as a screening test for abdominal aorta (AA) can visualize the aorta in 99% of patients and has a sensitivity and specificity approaching 100% in screening settings for aortic aneurysm. Pocket Size Imaging Device (PSID) has a potential value as a screening tool, because of its possible use in several clinical settings. Our aim was to assess the impact of demographics and cardiovascular (CV) risk factors on AA size by using PSID in an outpatient screening. METHODS: Consecutive patients, referring for a CV assessment in a 6 months period, were screened...
January 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079791/a-possible-new-approach-in-the-prediction-of-late-gestational-hypertension-the-role-of-the-fetal-aortic-intima-media-thickness
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Silvia Visentin, Ambrogio P Londero, Martina Camerin, Enrico Grisan, Erich Cosmi
The aim was to determine the predictive role of combined screening for late-onset gestational hypertension by fetal ultrasound measurements, third trimester uterine arteries (UtAs) Doppler imaging, and maternal history. This prospective study on singleton pregnancies was conducted at the tertiary center of Maternal and Fetal Medicine of the University of Padua during the period between January 2012 and December 2014. Ultrasound examination (fetal biometry, fetal wellbeing, maternal Doppler study, fetal abdominal aorta intima-media thickness [aIMT], and fetal kidney volumes), clinical data (mother age, prepregnancy body mass index [BMI], and parity), and pregnancy outcomes were collected...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059630/carotid-ultrasound-features-of-anomalous-left-vertebral-artery-originating-from-the-aortic-arch-proximal-to-the-left-subclavian-artery
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Masayuki Wakita, Ran Takei, Fumio Miyashita, Yuki Hamada, Satoshi Ohyama, Hideki Matsuoka, Hiroshi Takashima
We present three cases of anomalous origin of the left vertebral artery (LVA) detected during the evaluation of stroke. The VA usually enters the transverse foramen of the sixth cervical vertebra (C6), but an anomalous LVA originating from the aorta frequently enters at a higher level. In our series, ultrasound of the LVA showed entry at C4 in two patients and at C5 in one patient. These findings suggested anomalous LVA origin, and three-dimensional computed tomography demonstrated the LVA arising from the aorta proximal to the left subclavian arteries...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049202/aortic-atherosclerosis-determines-increased-retrograde-blood-flow-as-a-potential-mechanism-of-retrograde-embolic-stroke
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Thomas Wehrum, Felix Guenther, Werner Vach, Beryl Primrose Gladstone, Sarah Wendel, Alexander Fuchs, Kehzong Wu, Christoph Johannes Maurer, Andreas Harloff
BACKGROUND: Retrograde brain embolization from complex plaques of the proximal descending aorta (DAo) has been identified as a new potential mechanism of stroke. Our purpose was to identify predictors of increased retrograde aortic blood flow indicating an elevated risk of brain embolization from the DAo. METHODS: A total of 485 patients with acute ischemic stroke were prospectively included and underwent transesophageal echocardiography. Blood flow velocities in the proximal DAo were studied using 2D pulse-wave Doppler ultrasound...
January 4, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039209/everolimus-eluting-stents-stabilize-plaque-inflammation-in-vivo-assessment-by-intravascular-fluorescence-molecular-imaging
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Marcella A Calfon Press, Georgios Mallas, Amir Rosenthal, Tetsuya Hara, Adam Mauskapf, R Nika Nudelman, Alexander Sheehy, Igor V Polyakov, Frank Kolodgie, Renu Virmani, J Luis Guerrero, Vasilis Ntziachristos, Farouc A Jaffer
AIMS: Inflammation drives atherosclerosis complications and is a promising therapeutic target for plaque stabilization. At present, it is unknown whether local stenting approaches can stabilize plaque inflammation in vivo. Here, we investigate whether everolimus-eluting stents (EES) can locally suppress plaque inflammatory protease activity in vivo using intravascular near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) molecular imaging. METHODS AND RESULTS: Balloon-injured, hyperlipidaemic rabbits with atherosclerosis received non-overlapping EES and bare metal stents (BMS) placement into the infrarenal aorta (n = 7 EES, n = 7 BMS, 3...
December 29, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034902/risk-factors-for-coarctation-of-the-aorta-on-prenatal-ultrasound-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Alessandra Familiari, Maddalena Morlando, Asma A Khalil, Sonesson Sven-Erik, Carolina Scala, Giuseppe Rizzo, Gelsomina Del Sordo, Chiara Vassallo, Maria Elena Flacco, Lamberto Manzoli, Antonio Lanzone, Giovanni Scambia, Ganesh Acharya, Francesco D'Antonio
BACKGROUND: -Prenatal diagnosis of Coarctation of the Aorta (CoA) is still challenging and affected by high rates of false positive diagnoses. The aim of this study was to ascertain the strength of association and to quantify the diagnostic accuracy of different ultrasound signs in predicting CoA prenatally. METHODS: -Medline, Embase, CINAHL and Cochrane databases were searched. Random-effect and HSROC model meta-analyses were used to analyse the data. RESULTS: -794 articles were identified and 12 (922 fetuses at risk for CoA) were included...
December 29, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031665/splenorenal-arterial-bypass-description-of-technique-and-case-example-in-an-instance-of-renal-revascularization-during-adrenalectomy-for-adrenocortical-carcinoma
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J Yozawitz, M Kissin, M Szuchmacher, J Sullivan, J Nicastro, G Coppa, E Molmenti
We present a patient with a 16 cm adrenocortical carcinoma that underwent a left adrenalectomy en bloc with resection of the involved segment of the left renal artery. A splenectomy and splenorenal bypass was performed to revascularize the left kidney. To our knowledge, this is the first instance in the literature of a splenorenal arterial bypass being reported for renal revascularization during an extirpative oncologic procedure. A 64-year-old male patient, with history significant for adrenocortical carcinoma, status post prior right adrenalectomy with partial right nephrectomy, presented for an elective left adrenalectomy...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031233/quantitative-intravascular-biological-fluorescence-ultrasound-imaging-of-coronary-and-peripheral-arteries-in-vivo
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Dmitry Bozhko, Eric A Osborn, Amir Rosenthal, Johan W Verjans, Tetsuya Hara, Stephan Kellnberger, Georg Wissmeyer, Saak V Ovsepian, Jason R McCarthy, Adam Mauskapf, Ashley F Stein, Farouc A Jaffer, Vasilis Ntziachristos
AIMS: (i) to evaluate a novel hybrid near-infrared fluorescence-intravascular ultrasound (NIRF-IVUS) system in coronary and peripheral swine arteries in vivo; (ii) to assess simultaneous quantitative biological and morphological aspects of arterial disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two 9F/15MHz peripheral and 4.5F/40MHz coronary near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF)-IVUS catheters were engineered to enable accurate co-registrtation of biological and morphological readings simultaneously in vivo...
December 27, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028403/assessment-of-increase-in-aortic-and-carotid-intimal-medial-thickness-in-type-1-diabetic-patients
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Soha M Abd El Dayem, Ahmed A Battah, Abo El Magd El Bohy
AIM: To assess aortic and carotid intima-media thickness (aIMT and cIMT) in diabetic patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study included 75 type 1 diabetic patients and 30 age and sex matched healthy volunteer. A blood sample was taken for analysis of HbA1 and lipid profile and the urine sample was taken for analysis of albumin/creatinine ratio. aIMT and cIMT via ultrasound were also done. RESULTS: cIMT & aIMT were significantly higher in diabetics...
December 15, 2016: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027743/igg4-related-cardiovascular-disease-the-emerging-role-of-cardiovascular-imaging
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Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Genovefa Kolovou
Immunoglobulin 4-related disease (IgG4-related disease) is a systemic inflammatory disease that presents with increases of serum IgG4. It may affect various systems, including the cardiovascular (CV) system. Assessment of serum IgG4 levels and involved organ biopsy are necessary for diagnosis. IgG4-related disease is characterized by fibrosclerosis, lymphocytic infiltration and presence of IgG4-positive plasma cells. The disease usually responds to treatment with corticosteroids and/or immunosuppressive medication...
January 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018834/detailed-measurement-of-wall-strain-with-3d-speckle-tracking-in-the-aortic-root-a-case-of-bionic-support-for-clinical-decision-making
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Sebastian Vogt, Konstantinos Karatolios, Andreas Wittek, Christopher Blasé, Anette Ramaswamy, Nikolas Mirow, Rainer Moosdorf
Three-dimensional (3D) wall motion tracking (WMT) based on ultrasound imaging enables estimation of aortic wall motion and deformation. It provides insights into changes in vascular compliance and vessel wall properties essential for understanding the pathogenesis and progression of aortic diseases. In this report, we employed the novel 3D WMT analysis on the ascending aorta aneurysm (AA) to estimate local aortic wall motion and strain in case of a patient scheduled for replacement of the aortic root. Although progression of the diameter indicates surgical therapy, at present we addressed the question for optimal surgical time point...
December 2016: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002522/primary-retroperitoneal-seminoma-embryology-histopathology-and-treatment-particularities
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Constantin Virgil Gîngu, Mihaela Mihai, Cătălin Baston, Mugurel Alexandru Crăsneanu, Alexandru Vladimir Dick, Vlad Olaru, Ioanel Sinescu
INTRODUCTION: Retroperitoneal seminoma is a very rare form of cancer, with embryological origin represented by primordial germ cells from the urogenital ridges left behind during the fetal development. Extragenital germ cell tumors can also occur in the mediastinum or the pineal gland. The aim of this paper is to outline the particularities and draw embryological, histopatological and treatment conclusions regarding extragonadal germ cell tumors. PATIENT AND METHODS: A 43-year-old patient without any additional pathology was admitted for anemia of unknown etiology...
2016: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989051/pga-polyglycolic-acid-p4hb-poly-4-hydroxybutyrate-based-bioengineered-valves-in-the-rat-aortic-circulation
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Agnieszka A Książek, Katharyn J Mitchell, Nikola Cesarovic, Colin C Schwarzwald, Simon P Hoerstrup, Benedikt Weber
BACKGROUND: Bioengineered living autologous valves with remodeling and growth capacity represent a promising concept for future cardiac and venous valve repair. A meticulous understanding of the mechanisms involved in recellularization and remodeling is essential for the safe and efficient clinical translation of this technology. In this context, the first investigations of bioengineered vascular grafts in immune-incompetent or transgenic rodents represented an important step. However, the in-vivo assessment of bioengineered synthetic scaffold-based (biodegradable) valve replacements in rodent models has not been achieved to date...
May 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984414/noninvasive-assessment-of-haemodynamics-in-resistant-hypertension-the-role-of-the-renal-resistive-index
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Konstantinos Kintis, Costas Tsioufis, Alexandros Kasiakogias, Kyriakos Dimitriadis, Dimitris Konstantinidis, Eirini Andrikou, Ioannis Andrikou, Sotirios Patsilinakos, Dimitris Petras, Demetrios Vlahakos, Dimitris Tousoulis
OBJECTIVE: The association of resistant hypertension (RHTN) with renal haemodynamics is unclear. Our aim was to evaluate differences in haemodynamic characteristics of patients with RHTN compared with patients with controlled hypertension (HTN) at the level of the heart, kidney and aorta. METHODS: We studied 50 patients with RHTN confirmed by ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and 50 controlled hypertensive patients matched for age and sex. All participants underwent renal Doppler ultrasound to determine the renal resistive index (RRI), a complete echocardiographic study including measurements of diastolic function and evaluation of augmentation index...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983695/validating-intravascular-imaging-with-serial-optical-coherence-tomography-and-confocal-fluorescence-microscopy
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Pier-Luc Tardif, Marie-Jeanne Bertrand, Maxime Abran, Alexandre Castonguay, Joël Lefebvre, Barbara E Stähli, Nolwenn Merlet, Teodora Mihalache-Avram, Pascale Geoffroy, Mélanie Mecteau, David Busseuil, Feng Ni, Abedelnasser Abulrob, Éric Rhéaume, Philippe L'Allier, Jean-Claude Tardif, Frédéric Lesage
Atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases are characterized by the formation of a plaque in the arterial wall. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) provides high-resolution images allowing delineation of atherosclerotic plaques. When combined with near infrared fluorescence (NIRF), the plaque can also be studied at a molecular level with a large variety of biomarkers. In this work, we present a system enabling automated volumetric histology imaging of excised aortas that can spatially correlate results with combined IVUS/NIRF imaging of lipid-rich atheroma in cholesterol-fed rabbits...
December 15, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965979/effect-of-low-pressurized-perfusion-with-different-concentration-of-elastase-on-the-aneurysm-formation-rate-in-the-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-model-in-rabbits
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Maoxiao Nie, Yunfeng Yan, Xinhe Li, Tingting Feng, Xin Zhao, Mingduo Zhang, Quanming Zhao
Establishing an animal model of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is the key to study the pathogenesis and the pathophysiological features of AAAs. We investigated the effects of low-pressurized perfusion with different concentrations of elastase on aneurysm formation rate in the AAA model. Fifty male New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into A, B, C, D, and E groups. 10 μL of normal saline was perfused into the abdominal aorta in group A and 1 U/mL, 10 U/mL, 100 U/mL, or 200 U/mL of elastase was, respectively, perfused for the other four groups...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943410/number-of-weeks-rotating-in-the-emergency-department-has-a-greater-effect-on-ultrasound-milestone-competency-than-a-dedicated-ultrasound-rotation
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Courtney M Smalley, Molly Thiessen, Richard Byyny, Alyrene Dorey, Bryan McNair, John L Kendall
OBJECTIVES: Ultrasound (US) is vital to modern emergency medicine (EM). Across residencies, there is marked variability in US training. The "goal-directed focused US" part of the Milestones Project states that trainees must correctly acquire and interpret images to achieve a level 3 milestone. Standardized methods by which programs teach these skills have not been established. Our goal was to determine whether residents could achieve level 3 with or without a dedicated US rotation. METHODS: Thirty-three first- and second-year residents were assigned to control (no rotation) and intervention (US rotation) groups...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932132/collateral-development-in-thrombosis-of-the-hepatic-artery-after-transplantation
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C M García Bernardo, B Argüelles García, P Redondo Buil, A Miyar de León, L González Dieguez, V Cadahía Rodrigo, I González-Pinto Arrillaga, L Vázquez Velasco
OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to identify strictures or hepatic artery obstruction with posterior collateral transformation in our series of liver transplantation, treatment, and evolution. The thrombosis or severe hepatic artery stenosis sometimes presents a compensation mechanism, the collateral transformation of the artery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From April 2002 to December 2011 we collected 18 cases of collateral transformation. We analyzed data regarding the transplantation, diagnosis, treatment, clinical evolution, liver function, and Doppler-ultrasound...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
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