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Rafael García Carretero, Maria Garrido-Ollero, Ana Martinez-Alvarez, Ana Cadenas-Vara
Chronic leg ulcers can have a major impact on the quality of life of patients. These wounds can be complex and hard to heal, as several factors may affect the outcome. Underlying conditions, bacterial growth and excess moisture may prevent wounds from healing. We describe the case of a patient with known chronic venous disease, who was admitted to our hospital for several complex, irregular and infected chronic venous ulcers in his lower legs. The management was frustrating for several months, until we began to use methacrylate powder dressing for his hard-to-heal wounds...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Jang W Yoon, Sara Ganaha, Clarence Watridge
BACKGROUND: Congenital agenesis of the inferior vena cava (IVC) can lead to the development of a prominent venous collateral system within and around the spine due to the development of venous collaterals. Surgery on such patients can harbor the risk of catastrophic bleeding or decompensation of a delicate venous drainage pattern during spinal manipulation or even epidural exploration. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 49-year old man with a congenital agenesis of the IVC presented with signs and symptoms of an L5 radiculopathy...
March 12, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Edwin Tapiwa Chamanga
Chronic wounds are defined as those that have failed to heal after three months. There are various intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may result in the development of chronic wounds, including comorbidities such as diabetes mellitus and venous insufficiency, and lifestyle factors such as obesity, alcohol consumption and smoking. Chronic wounds represent a significant burden on healthcare resources and can have a negative effect on patients' quality of life. This article discusses the assessment and treatment of non-healing chronic wounds...
March 14, 2018: Nursing Standard
Frederikus A Klok, Stefano Barco
In addition to among others major bleeding from anticoagulant therapy and recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE), patients who survived acute pulmonary embolism (PE) face an increased risk of chronic functional limitations and decreased quality of life. In recent years, this latter complications have been better framed within the evolving definition of "post-PE syndrome" of which chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) represents the most extreme presentation. The post-PE syndrome in all its aspects is a frequent and clinically relevant long-term complication of PE but -except for CTEPH- has been largely understudied...
February 2018: Hämostaseologie
Steven M Dean
In the contemporary era of medical diagnosis via sophisticated radiographic imaging and/or comprehensive serological testing, a focused physical examination remains paramount in recognizing the cutaneous manifestations of chronic vascular disease. Recognition of the unique cutaneous signs of lymphatic and venous hypertension assists in the diagnosis as well as the staging and classification of both lymphedema and chronic venous insufficiency. Awareness of explicit dermatologic vasomotor manifestations aids not only in the identification of acrocyanosis, Raynaud phenomenon, pernio, and erythromelalgia but also mitigates confusion related to their clinical overlap...
March 10, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Bozidarka L Zaric, Milan Obradovic, Vladan Bajic, Mohamed A Haidara, Milos Jovanovic, Esma R Isenovic
Homocysteine (Hcy) is thiol group containing the amino acid, which naturally occurs in all humans. Hcy is degraded in the body through two metabolic pathways, while a minor part is excreted through kidneys. The chemical reactions that are necessary for degradation of Hcy require the presence of the folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12. Consequently, the level of the total Hcy in the serum is influenced by the presence or absence of these vitamins. An elevated level of the Hcy, hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) and homocystinuria are connected with occlusive artery disease, especially in the brain, the heart, and the kidney, in addition to venous thrombosis, chronic renal failure, megaloblastic anemia, osteoporosis, depression, Alzheimer's disease, pregnancy problems, and others...
March 12, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Karl Messlinger
BACKGROUND: Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) has long been a focus of migraine research, since it turned out that inhibition of CGRP or CGRP receptors by antagonists or monoclonal IgG antibodies was therapeutic in frequent and chronic migraine. This contribution deals with the questions, from which sites CGRP is released, where it is drained and where it acts to cause its headache proliferating effects in the trigeminovascular system. RESULTS: The available literature suggests that the bulk of CGRP is released from trigeminal afferents both in meningeal tissues and at the first synapse in the spinal trigeminal nucleus...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Headache and Pain
Shay Schneider, Joseph Kapelushnik, Mordechai Kraus, Sabri El Saied, Itai Levi, Daniel Michael Kaplan
PURPOSE: Otogenic lateral sinus thrombosis (OLST) is an intracranial, potentially life-threatening complication of acute and chronic otitis media. Since congenital thrombophilic disorders are risk factors for cerebral venous thrombosis, OLST may be related to thrombophilia. The aim of our study was twofold: to evaluate whether patients who suffered from OLST in childhood also have thrombophilia, and whether these patients experienced thromboembolic episodes in future years. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Mira A Kohorst, Deepti M Warad, Amulya A Nageswara Rao, Vilmarie Rodriguez
Rates of venous thromboembolism have increased in the adolescent population over the last two decades, likely due to advanced diagnostics, increased use of central venous catheters, chronic medical conditions, obesity, and oral contraceptive use. Of these factors, a modifiable risk factor for adolescents is obesity. Sedentary lifestyle and prolonged immobilization are additional prothrombotic risk factors that are often associated with obesity. With ever-increasing screen time, sedentary behavior has risen accordingly, especially among gamers...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Atsushi Aikawa, Masaki Muramatsu, Yusuke Takahashi, Yuko Hamasaki, Junya Hashimoto, Mai Kubota, Takeshi Kawamura, Yoshihiro Itabashi, Yoiji Hyodou, Seiichiro Shishido
During pediatric kidney transplant, surgical challenges occasionally occur. In particular, vascular anastomosis should be considered for children with small body weight < 12 kg, multiple renal arteries, vascular anomaly, and inferior vena cava occlusion. In pediatric patients, a living-donor renal graft is usually donated from a parent. Therefore, the renal artery and vein are too large to be anastomosed with the recipient's internal iliac artery and external iliac vein. In children who are > 12 kg, the renal artery and vein could be anastomosed with the external iliac artery and the external iliac vein...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Bruno Lorenção de Almeida, Fabio Henrique Rossi, Amanda Guerra de Moraes Rego Sousa, Antonio Massamitsu Kambara, Nilo Mitsuru Izukawa, Camila Baumann Beteli, Sthefanie Fauve Andrade Cavalcante, Thiago Osawa Rodrigues, Patricia E Thorpe
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the correlation between venous pressure gradients (VPGs) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) for the diagnosis of caval-iliac venous obstructions in patients with advanced chronic venous insufficiency. METHODS: Fifty patients with advanced chronic venous insufficiency symptoms (Clinical, Etiology, Anatomy, and Pathophysiology class 3 to 6) were prospectively submitted to multiplanar venography (MV) with intravenous pressure measurements and IVUS...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Ali Abdul Jabaar, J Stephen Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Beyond medical therapy, the role of endovascular approach for the management of chronic Venous Thromboembolic (VTE) disease is yet to be defined. To our knowledge, no systematic reviews or guidelines are available that provide information on how to manage this chronic condition. This paper represents the first systematic review of published reports on the use of vacuum-assisted thrombectomy (AngioVac) in treating chronic VTE disease. METHODS: A systematic review of published case-series, individual case-reports, and review articles in MEDLINE, PubMed, and Google Scholar was conducted...
February 15, 2018: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
Cheryl L Maier, Phillip J Gross, Christina L Dean, Satheesh Chonat, Andrew Ip, Morgan McLemore, Fuad El Rassi, Sean R Stowell, Cassandra D Josephson, Ross M Fasano
BACKGROUND: Fever accompanying vaso-occlusive crisis is a common presentation in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) and carries a broad differential diagnosis. Here, we report a case of transfusion-transmitted malaria in a patient with SCD presenting with acute vaso-occlusive crisis and rapidly decompensating to multisystem organ failure (MSOF). CASE REPORT: An 18-year-old African American male with SCD was admitted after multiple days of fever and severe generalized body pain...
March 9, 2018: Transfusion
Yang Gu, Donna Thompson, Jie Xu, David F Lewis, John A Morgan, Danielle B Cooper, Charles E McCathran, Yuping Wang
OBJECTIVE: Corin is a serine protease that converts pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (pro-ANP) to atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), a cardiac hormone that regulates salt-water balance and blood pressure. ANP is degraded by natriuretic peptide receptor (NPR). This study was to determine if aberrant pro-ANP/corin/NPR signaling is present in maternal vascular system in preeclampsia. STUDY DESIGN: Maternal venous blood was obtained from 197 pregnant women (84 normotensive, 16 complicated with chronic hypertension (CHT), 11 mild and 86 severe preeclampsia)...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Davide Imberti, Cecilia Becattini, Enrico Bernardi, Giuseppe Camporese, Claudio Cuccia, Francesco Dentali, Damiano Paretti
Despite the availability of updated guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE), the management of this disorder in clinical practice is often not standardized, given the different degree of compliance with official recommendations by the various involved specialists. The aim of this consensus paper, as a result of a board of experts in thromboembolism, is to define strategies to improve the quality of patients' care and the efficiency of healthcare resources utilization, by means of: (a) analysis of the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of VTE; (b) analysis of diagnostic and therapeutic algorithms currently used in clinical practice by different specialists; (c) agreement on a common algorithm for diagnosis and treatment of VTE in different clinical settings; (d) definition of the possible role of the new oral anticoagulant agents (NOAC), such as rivaroxaban, based on their potential benefits for both acute and chronic therapy...
March 8, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Torulv Holst, Thorsten Großwendt, Majd Makarious Laham, Mehdy Roosta-Azad, Afsaneh Zandi, Markus Kamler
Endovascular stent placement for chronic postthrombotic iliofemoral venous obstructive lesions is an effective therapeutic option and might be complicated by stent migration. We report a case of a venous stent that was lost from the iliac vein into the right ventricle rescued by emergent open-heart surgery.
January 2018: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon Reports
Hiroyuki Tajima, Tadashi Kaneshiro, Naoko Takenoshita, Taro Ichikawa, Saiko Isshiki, Satoru Murata, Shiro Onozawa, Ken Nakazawa
Treatment for venous thromboembolic conditions differs significantly depending on whether the condition is acute or chronic. Endovenous treatment is now available for treating the most severe cases of acute massive pulmonary thromboembolism, and the goal is rapid central clot removal to relieve life-threatening pulmonary circulation. Endovenous catheter interventions include catheter-directed thrombolysis and catheter-assisted thrombus removal. The latter is divided into aspiration thrombectomy, fragmentation, and rheolytic thrombectomy...
December 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
Michael Lichtenberg, Rick de Graaf, Christian Erbel
Postthrombotic syndrome (PTS) is the most common complication after iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis. It reduces quality of life and increases deep vein thrombosis (DVT)-related costs. The clinical symptoms and severity of PTS may vary; the most common symptoms include edema, pain (venous claudication), hyperpigmentation, lipodermatosclerosis, and ulceration. PTS is based on the principle of outflow obstruction, which may be caused by venous hypertension and may lead to valvular damage and venous reflux or insufficiency...
March 8, 2018: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
Sergio Gianesini, Francesco Sisini, Erica Menegatti, Giovanni Di Domenico, Mauro Gambaccini, Savino Occhionorelli, Paolo Zamboni
Background In physiology, velocity of the deep venous compartment is higher than the one in the saphenous compartment which is higher than the one in the tributaries. Considering that velocity variation is associated with changes in the pressure gradient, aim of the present study is to assess changes in venous kinetics in case of superficial chronic venous disease, so to provide further clues in venous drainage direction determination. Methods Venous ultrasound scanning was performed on 40 lower limbs of 28 chronic venous disease patients (C2-6Ep,As,Pr)...
January 1, 2018: Phlebology
Edward F Domino, Mika Hirasawa-Fujita
Introduction: The effects of smoking denicotinized (denic) and average nicotine (avnic) tobacco cigarettes were studied on brain mu opioid receptor binding by positron emission tomography with 11C carfentanil. The results indicated the importance of physiological and psychological effects induced by denic smoking. Methods: Regional mu opioid binding potential (non-displaceable binding potential, BPND) was measured in 20 adult male overnight abstinent chronic tobacco smokers...
March 5, 2018: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
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