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Endovascular stroke management

Manoj Kumar Agarwala, Azeez Asad, Naveen Gummadi, Sundar Chidambaram, J Venkateswaralu
Carotid artery dissection (CAD) is a frequent cause of stroke, accounting for up to 25% of all ischemic strokes in young and middle-aged patients.(1,2) It may be traumatic or spontaneous, with multi-factorial etiology. A tear in the arterial wall causes intrusion of blood within its layers, producing intra-luminal stenosis, or aneurysmal dilatation.(3) Thrombo-embolism arising from this anatomic disruption has been postulated as the essential stroke mechanism in CAD.(4) Bilateral internal carotid artery dissection (ICAD) has been rarely reported...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Matthias Eckert, Philipp Gölitz, Hannes Lücking, Tobias Struffert, Frauke Knossalla, Arnd Doerfler
BACKGROUND: Using flat-detector CT (FD-CT) for stroke imaging has the advantage that both diagnostic imaging and endovascular therapy can be performed directly within the Angio Suite without any patient transfer and time delay. Thus, stroke management could be speeded up significantly, and patient outcome might be improved. But as precondition for using FD-CT as primary imaging modality, a reliable exclusion of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) has to be possible. This study aimed to investigate whether optimized native FD-CT, using a newly implemented reconstruction algorithm, may reliably detect ICH in stroke patients...
October 18, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases
Hunter M Ray, Christopher A Durham, Daniel Ocazionez, Kristofer M Charlton-Ouw, Anthony L Estrera, Charles C Miller, Hazim J Safi, Ali Azizzadeh
OBJECTIVE: Patients with uncomplicated acute type B aortic dissection (uATBAD) have historically been managed with medical therapy. Recent studies suggest that high-risk patients with uATBAD may benefit from thoracic endovascular aortic repair. This study aims to determine the predictors of intervention and mortality in patients with uATBAD. METHODS: All patients admitted with uATBAD from 2000 to 2014 were reviewed, and those with computed tomographic angiography imaging were included...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Christoph A Nienaber, Natzi Sakalihasan, Rachel E Clough, Mohamed Aboukoura, Enrico Mancuso, James S M Yeh, Jean-Olivier Defraigne, Nick Cheshire, Ulrich Peter Rosendahl, Cesare Quarto, John Pepper
OBJECTIVE: Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) has demonstrated encouraging results and is gaining increasing acceptance as a treatment option for aortic aneurysms and dissections. Yet, its role in managing proximal aortic pathologies is unknown-this is important because in proximal (Stanford type A) aortic dissections, 10% to 30% are not accepted for surgery and 30% to 50% are technically amenable for TEVAR. We describe our case series of type A aortic dissections treated by using TEVAR...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Jeffrey Steinberg, Vincent Cheung, Gunjan Goel, J Scott Pannell, Javan Nation, Alexander Khalessi
Although there have been reports of carotid artery pseudoaneurysm formation after adenoidectomy and/or tonsillectomy secondary to iatrogenic injury, there are no case reports of successful endovascular reconstruction of the injured artery in the pediatric population. In most pediatric cases, the internal carotid artery (ICA) is sacrificed. The authors report on a 6-year-old girl who presented with odynophagia, left-sided Horner's syndrome, hematemesis, and severe anemia 6 months after a tonsillectomy. On examination she was found to have a pulsatile mass along the left posterior lateral oropharynx, and imaging demonstrated a dissection of the extracranial left ICA and an associated pseudoaneurysm...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Timothy J Fuller, Christopher M Paprzycki, Muhammad H Zubair, Lala R Hussain, Brian A Kuhn, Matthew H Recht, Patrick E Muck
BACKGROUND: Interventional strategies for massive and submassive Pulmonary Embolism (smPE) have historically included either systematic intravenous thrombolytic alteplase (IV TPA) or surgical embolectomy, both of which are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. However, with the advent of endovascular techniques, recent studies have suggested that an endovascular approach to the treatment of acute smPE may be both safe and effective with excellent outcomes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of patients who have undergone catheter directed thrombolysis (CDT) for smPE at our institution in an effort to determine the safety of the procedure...
September 22, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Oluwaseun O Akinduro, Griffin R Baum, Brian M Howard, Gustavo Pradilla, Jonathan A Grossberg, Gerald E Rodts, Faiz U Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Iatrogenic vascular injury is a feared complication of posterior atlanto-axial instrumentation. A better understanding of clinical outcome and management options following this injury will allow surgeons to better care for these patients. The object of the study was to systematically review the neurologic outcomes after iatrogenic vascular injury during atlanto-axial posterior instrumentation. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of the Medline database following PRISMA guidelines...
November 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Amrou Sarraj, Navdeep Sangha, Muhammad Shazam Hussain, Dolora Wisco, Nirav Vora, Lucas Elijovich, Nitin Goyal, Michael Abraham, Manoj Mittal, Lei Feng, Abel Wu, Vallabh Janardhan, Suman Nalluri, Albert J Yoo, Megan George, Randall Edgell, Rutvij J Shah, Clark Sitton, Emilio Supsupin, Suhas Bajgur, M Carter Denny, Peng R Chen, Mark Dannenbaum, Sheryl Martin-Schild, Sean I Savitz, Rishi Gupta
Importance: Randomized clinical trials have shown the superiority of endovascular therapy (EVT) compared with best medical management for acute ischemic strokes with large vessel occlusion (LVO) in the anterior circulation. However, of 1287 patients enrolled in 5 trials, 94 with isolated second (M2) segment occlusions were randomized and 51 of these received EVT, thereby limiting evidence for treating isolated M2 segment occlusions as reflected in American Heart Association guidelines...
September 12, 2016: JAMA Neurology
Guangxin Duan, Jiaping Xu, Jijun Shi, Yongjun Cao
Bow hunter's syndrome (BHS), also known as rotational vertebral artery (VA) occlusion syndrome, is a rare yet treatable type of symptomatic vertebrobasilar insufficiency resulting from mechanical occlusion or stenosis of the VA during head and neck rotation or extension. The symptoms of BHS range from transient vertigo to posterior circulation stroke. The underlying pathology is dynamic stenosis or compression of the VA by abnormal bony structures with neck rotation or extension in many cases, such as osteophyte, disc herniation, cervical spondylosis, tendinous bands or tumors...
June 2016: Interventional Neurology
Asaf Honig, Ruth Eliahou, Roni Eichel, Ari Aharon Shemesh, Tamir Ben-Hur, Eitan Auriel
Bilateral thalamic infarction (BTI) typically presents as a sleep-like coma (SLC) without localizing signs, posing a diagnostic challenge that may lead the treating physician to search for toxic or metabolic causes and delay treatment. We review our experience with BTI of different etiologies, and emphasize the critical role of timely imaging, diagnosis, and management in a series of 12 patients with a presentation of SLC and acute BTI who were managed in our Medical Centers from 2006-2015. In 11/12, urgent head CT scans showed normal brain tissue, while diffusion-weighted (DWI) MRI revealed symmetric bilateral thalamic hyperintense lesions with variable degrees of brainstem involvement...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Tudor G Jovin, Gregory W Albers, David S Liebeskind
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The STAIR (Stroke Treatment Academic Industry Roundtable) meeting aims to advance acute stroke therapy development through collaboration between academia, industry, and regulatory institutions. In pursuit of this goal and building on recently available level I evidence of benefit from endovascular therapy (ET) in large vessel occlusion stroke, STAIR IX consensus recommendations were developed that outline priorities for future research in ET. METHODS: Three key directions for advancing the field were identified: (1) development of systems of care for ET in large vessel occlusion stroke, (2) development of therapeutic approaches adjunctive to ET, and (3) exploring clinical benefit of ET in patient population insufficiently studied in recent trials...
October 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Alexander Drofa, Evgueni Kouznetsov, Stephen Tomek, Matthew Wiisanen, Michael Manchak, Timothy Lindley, Steven Mitchell, Ferdinand Hui, Dane Breker
Cerebral sinus venous thrombosis (CSVT) is a recognized cause of childhood and neonatal stroke. More than 50% of neonates have a poor outcome, and mortality is high. Coma is a predictor of death in neonatal CSVT. We present the case of a 9-day-old infant, who presented in coma and was treated successfully with a combination of mechanical thrombectomy using the MindFrame System via the right jugular vein, local infusion of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator and abciximab, as well as anticoagulation. In this case, aggressive thrombectomy and thrombolysis achieved complete neurologic restoration safely and quickly...
2016: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Benjamin Bottet, François Bouchard, Christophe Peillon, Jean-Marc Baste
A best evidence topic in cardiovascular surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was what are the optimum treatment modality and timing of intervention for blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) in the modern era? Of the 697 papers found using the reported search, 14 (5 meta-analyses, 2 prospective and 7 retrospective studies) represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, journal, country, date of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and weakness of these papers are tabulated...
August 29, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
S W K Cheng
Endovascular repair has evolved to become a viable mainstream treatment for aortic pathology in both acute and elective settings. As technology advanced, traditional anatomical barriers were progressively tackled using new devices and novel procedures, and there are now multiple options available to the vascular surgeon. In the abdominal aorta, advances in endovascular aneurysm repair have been in the treatment of hostile aortic necks using new sealing concepts and ancillary procedures, and in branch preservation using fenestrations and snorkels...
September 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Samuel L Chen, Isabella J Kuo, Roy M Fujitani, Nii-Kabu Kabutey
INTRODUCTION: Acute aortic symptomatology is an unusual manifestation of Brucella melitensis infection. We present a rare case of acute multifocal thoracic and abdominal aortic ruptures arising from Brucellosis aortitis managed exclusively with endovascular surgery. METHODS: A 71 year-old Hispanic male with a history of atrial fibrillation and prior stroke on chronic anticoagulation, presented with shortness of breath and malaise. In addition, he had been treated approximately one year previously in Mexico for Brucella melitensis bacteremia after eating fresh unpasteurized cheese...
August 20, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Aldo Bonaventura, Fabrizio Montecucco, Franco Dallegri
INTRODUCTION: Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) represents a major cause of death and disability all over the world. The recommended therapy aims at dissolving the clot to re-establish quickly the blood flow to the brain and reduce neuronal injury. Intravenous administration of recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA) is clinically used with this goal. AREAS COVERED: A description of beneficial and detrimental effects of rt-PA treatment is addressed. An overview of new therapies against AIS, such as new thrombolytics, sonolysis and sonothrombolysis, endovascular procedures, and association therapies is provided...
November 2016: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
Nathan L Liang, Elizabeth A Genovese, Georges E Al-Khoury, Eric S Hager, Michel S Makaroun, Michael J Singh
INTRODUCTION: Gender-related differences in type B aortic dissection (TBAD) presentation and outcomes are not well understood. The objective of this study is to assess the impact of gender on short-term outcomes in patients with TBAD. METHODS: Patients with TBAD were identified from National Inpatient Sample datasets from 2009-2012 according to previously published methods. The primary outcomes of interest were in-hospital mortality and major complications (renal, cardiac, pulmonary, paraplegia, and stroke-related) between men and women...
August 10, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Han-Gil Jeong, Beom Joon Kim, Mi Hwa Yang, Moon-Ku Han, Hee-Joon Bae, Seung-Hoon Lee
OBJECTIVE: To compare clinical outcomes of patients who received early initiation (<24 hours) of antithrombotics with those who received standard management (antithrombotics administered ≥24 hours). METHODS: A total of 712 patients who had an acute ischemic stroke and underwent IV or endovascular (intra-arterial [IA]) recanalization between July 2007 and March 2015 were selected from a prospective clinical registry. Antithrombotics were initiated by an individual clinical decision...
September 6, 2016: Neurology
Rafi Avitsian, Sandra B Machado
Involvement of the Anesthesiologist in the early stages of care for acute ischemic stroke patient undergoing endovascular treatment is essential. Anesthetic management includes the anesthetic technique (general anesthesia vs sedation), a matter of much debate and an area in need of well-designed prospective studies. The large numbers of confounding factors make the design of such studies a difficult process. A universally agreed point in the endovascular management of acute ischemic stroke is the importance of decreasing the time to revascularization...
September 2016: Anesthesiology Clinics
Islam Y Elgendy, Ahmed N Mahmoud, Hend Mansoor, Mohammad K Mojadidi, Anthony A Bavry
Acute ischemic stroke remains a major global cause of death, permanent disability, and dementia. For nearly two decades, intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) has been the only recommended therapy, albeit administered within the recommended time window (i.e., <4.5h). However, intravenous tPA is associated with modest recanalization rates, with a majority of patients having poor functional outcomes despite timely administration. Endovascular therapy has recently been introduced as adjunctive management of acute ischemic stroke...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
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