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Thoracic aneurysm

Ruwan Weerakkody, David Ross, David A Parry, Bulat Ziganshin, Jana Vandrovcova, Piyush Gampawar, Abdulshakur Abdullah, Jennifer Biggs, Julia Dumfarth, Yousef Ibrahim, Colin Bicknell, Mark Field, John Elefteriades, Nick Cheshire, Timothy J Aitman
PurposeThoracic aortic aneurysm/aortic dissection (TAAD) is a disorder with highly variable age of onset and phenotype. We sought to determine the prevalence of pathogenic variants in TAAD-associated genes in a mixed cohort of sporadic and familial TAAD patients and identify relevant genotype-phenotype relationships.MethodsWe used a targeted polymerase chain reaction and next-generation sequencing-based panel for genetic analysis of 15 TAAD-associated genes in 1,025 unrelated TAAD cases.ResultsWe identified 49 pathogenic or likely pathogenic (P/LP) variants in 47 cases (4...
March 15, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Nancy E Epstein
Background: The risk of spinal cord injury (SCI) due to decreased cord perfusion following thoracic/thoracoabdominal aneurysm surgery (T/TL-AAA) and thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) ranges up to 20%. For decades, therefore, many vascular surgeons have utilized cerebrospinal fluid drainage (CSFD) to decrease intraspinal pressure and increase blood flow to the spinal cord, thus reducing the risk of SCI/ischemia. Methods: Multiple studies previously recommend utilizing CSFD following T/TL-AAA/TEVAR surgery to treat SCI by increasing spinal cord blood flow...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Hongfang Li, Yuzhi Zhen, Yunshuang Geng, Junyan Feng, Jun Wang, Hongsong Zhang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to identify some key genes related to the pathogenesis of thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) and gain more insights to the molecular mechanism of TAA. MATERIAL AND METHODS The expression profile of GSE9106 was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database. The data contained 58 TAA peripheral blood samples and 36 normal peripheral blood samples. The differently expressed genes (DEGs) between the TAA samples and the normal samples were identified via limma package of R...
March 14, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Rimal H Dossani, Devi P Patra, Hai Sun, Anil Nanda, Hugo Cuellar
Spinal arachnoiditis (SA) is a rare and delayed complication of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH). We present a case of delayed SA associated with thoracic and lumbar arachnoid cysts in a patient with aSAH secondary to a ruptured vertebral artery aneurysm. The patient underwent a thoracic laminectomy for decompression of the spinal cord, lysis of arachnoid adhesions, and fenestration of an arachnoid cyst. We present the pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and management of spinal arachnoiditis as a rare complication of aSAH...
January 6, 2018: Curēus
Lidija Kocbek, Mateja Rakuša
PURPOSE: A common trunk of the posterior intercostal arteries originating from the descending thoracic aorta is normally an anatomical variation. A search through the literature disclosed the frequencies of common trunks variations among population, but no information relates to particular topic of simultaneous multiple common trunks of the PIA present in individuals. METHODS: A total of 396 intercostal spaces were dissected in 44 cadavers from the vertebral body to the mid-axillary line to observe a common trunk of the paired posterior intercostal artery at the level from T2 to T11 intercostal space...
March 12, 2018: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
Eugenio Pompeo, Ahmed Elkhouly, Andrea Ascoli Marchetti, Arnaldo Ippoliti
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February 17, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Jan Raupach, Jan Vales, Jan Vojacek, Petr Hoffmann, Miroslav Lojik, Katerina Kamaradova, Pavla Cabelkova, Vendelin Chovanec, Ondrej Renc, Antonin Krajina, Radovan Maly
An aggressive periaortic lymphoma could very rarely invade the aortic wall. We present a unique case of a patient with symptomatic thoracic aneurysm and imminent rupture due to the periaortic lymphoma, in which endovascular treatment using stent graft was applied. After stabilization of the aorta and histological confirmation of aggressive B-cell lymphoma by computed tomography-guided biopsy, the antilymphoma therapy was initiated. Despite the full treatment, the patient died 12 months later.
January 1, 2018: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Frédéric Cochennec, Jean Marzelle
Acute aortic syndromes include aortic dissections, intramural hematomas, penetrating ulcers, ruptured or contained ruptured aortic aneurysms. In presence of acute thoracic or dorsal pain, elevated D-Dimers and if acute coronary artery syndrome has been ruled out, additional imaging should be performed to detect acute aortic pathologies. Acute type A dissections involve the ascending aorta. Emergent open repair is the preferred treatment. Acute type B dissections involve the thoracic descending aorta. Endovascular treatment using thoracic stent grafts is indicated in complicated cases (malperfusion, rupture, uncontrolled hypertension) or in cases where risk factors of aortic degeneration are identified...
March 8, 2018: La Presse Médicale
Martijn L Dijkstra, Tryfon Vainas, Clark J Zeebregts, Lotty Hooft, Maarten J van der Laan
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of spinal cord ischaemia (SCI) and subsequent paraplegia after thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) and thoraco-abdominal endovascular aneurysm repair is estimated to be between 2.5% and 8%. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of SCI preventive strategies in TEVAR and thoraco-abdominal repair and recommend an optimal strategy. METHODS: Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Library were searched for studies on TEVAR, thoraco-abdominal endovascular repair, and the use of SCI preventive measures...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Clarissa S Craft, Thomas J Broekelmann, Robert P Mecham
Microfibril-associated glycoproteins 1 and 2 (MAGP-1, MAGP-2) are protein components of extracellular matrix microfibrils. These proteins interact with fibrillin, the core component of microfibrils, and impart unique biological properties that influence microfibril function in vertebrates. MAGPs bind active forms of TGFβ and BMPs and are capable of modulating Notch signaling. Mutations in MAGP-1 or MAGP-2 have been linked to thoracic aneurysms and metabolic disease in humans. MAGP-2 has also been shown to be an important biomarker in several human cancers...
March 7, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Chang Liu, Congcong Zhang, Lixin Jia, Boya Chen, Luxin Liu, Jie Sun, Wenmei Zhang, Bin You, Yulin Li, Ping Li, Jie Du
Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD) is due to degeneration of the aorta and causes a high mortality rate, while molecular mechanisms for the development of TAAD are still not completely understood. In this study, 3-aminopropionitrile (BAPN) treatment was used to induce TAAD mouse model. Through transcriptome analysis, we found the expression levels of genes associated with interleukin-3 (IL-3) signaling pathway were upregulated during TAAD development in mouse, which were validated by real-time PCR...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Christian L Lino Cardenas, Chase W Kessinger, Yisha Cheng, Carolyn MacDonald, Thomas MacGillivray, Brian Ghoshhajra, Luai Huleihel, Saifar Nuri, Ashish S Yeri, Farouc A Jaffer, Naftali Kaminski, Patrick Ellinor, Neal L Weintraub, Rajeev Malhotra, Eric M Isselbacher, Mark E Lindsay
Thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) has been associated with mutations affecting members of the TGF-β signaling pathway, or components and regulators of the vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) actomyosin cytoskeleton. Although both clinical groups present similar phenotypes, the existence of potential common mechanisms of pathogenesis remain obscure. Here we show that mutations affecting TGF-β signaling and VSMC cytoskeleton both lead to the formation of a ternary complex comprising the histone deacetylase HDAC9, the chromatin-remodeling enzyme BRG1, and the long noncoding RNA MALAT1...
March 8, 2018: Nature Communications
Xiaofan Huang, Zhang Yue, Jia Wu, Jiuling Chen, Sihua Wang, Jie Wu, Linyun Ren, Anchen Zhang, Peng Deng, Ke Wang, Chuangyan Wu, Xiangchao Ding, Ping Ye, Jiahong Xia
OBJECTIVE: Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD) are severe vascular conditions. Dysfunctional transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling in vascular smooth muscle cells and elevated angiotensin II (AngII) levels are implicated in the development of TAAD. In this study, we investigated whether these 2 factors lead to TAAD in a mouse model and explored the possibility of using microRNA-21 ( miR-21 ) for the treatment of TAAD. APPROACH AND RESULTS: TAAD was developed in Smad3 heterozygous (S3+/- ) mice infused with AngII...
March 8, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Dafne Braga Diamante Leiderman, Nelson Wolosker, Marcos Vieira de Melo Oliveira, Heitor Andrei Miranda de Carvalho, Felipe Trajano de Freitas Barão, Antonio Eduardo Zerati, Nelson De Luccia, Pedro Puech-Leão
BACKGROUND: Transient paraplegia of the lower limbs is a rare condition and when has a vascular etiology is usually associated with thromboembolic events, aortic dissection, aortic aneurysms, or as a complication of the surgical correction of those deseases. There is no case reported of acute paraplegia caused by a segmental thrombotic subocclusion of the descending thoracic aorta. CASE REPORT: We report a not yet described clinical situation of a young patient (51 years) admitted to the emergency care department for treatment of systemic arterial hypertension of difficult control with 4 antihypertensive medication classes...
March 5, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Anja Püschel, Rasmus Ebel, Patricia Fuchs, Janet Hofmann, Jochen K Schubert, Jan P Roesner, Stefan Bergt, Andreas Wree, Brigitte Vollmar, Ernst Klar, Carsten M Bünger, Sabine Kischkel
BACKROUND: Paraplegia due to spinal cord ischemia (SCI) is a serious complication after repair of thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms. For prevention and early treatment of spinal ischemia intraoperative monitoring of spinal cord integrity is essential. This study was intended to improve recognition of SCI through a combination of transcranial motor-evoked potentials (tc-MEPs), serum markers and innovative breath analysis. METHODS: In nine female German landrace pigs, tc-MEPs were captured, markers of neuronal damage were determined in blood and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were analysed in exhaled air...
March 5, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Takahiro Mizoguchi, Nobuya Zempo, Yoshikazu Kaneda
We examined the outcomes of aortic remodeling for chronic type B aortic dissection (cTBD) after thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR). Objective & Methods : Thirty-eight patients underwent TEVAR for cTBD at our institution. We classified cTBD patients into the early cTBD group (16 cases, 2 weeks-4 months from onset) and late cTBD group (22 cases, >4 months from onset). Results : There were no cases of paraplegia, stroke, and hospital death in both groups. There was no worsening of complicated cases...
December 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
Frank S Cikach, Christopher D Koch, Timothy J Mead, Josephine Galatioto, Belinda B Willard, Kelly B Emerton, Matthew J Eagleton, Eugene H Blackstone, Francesco Ramirez, Eric E Roselli, Suneel S Apte
Proteoglycan accumulation is a hallmark of medial degeneration in thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD). Here, we defined the aortic proteoglycanome using mass spectrometry, and based on the findings, investigated the large aggregating proteoglycans aggrecan and versican in human ascending TAAD and a mouse model of severe Marfan syndrome. The aortic proteoglycanome comprises 20 proteoglycans including aggrecan and versican. Antibodies against these proteoglycans intensely stained medial degeneration lesions in TAAD, contrasting with modest intralamellar staining in controls...
March 8, 2018: JCI Insight
Christian L Lino Cardenas, Chase W Kessinger, Carolyn MacDonald, Arminder S Jassar, Eric M Isselbacher, Farouc A Jaffer, Mark E Lindsay
Loss-of-function mutations in genes encoding contractile proteins have been observed in thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA). To gain insight into the contribution of contractile protein deficiency in the pathogenesis of TAA, we examined human aneurysm samples. We found multiple contractile gene products deficient in TAA samples, and in particular, expression of SM22α was inversely correlated with aneurysm size. SM22α-deficient mice demonstrated pregnancy-induced aortic dissection, and SM22α deficiency worsened aortic aneurysm in Fbn1C1039G/+ (Marfan) mice, validating this gene product as a TAA effector...
March 8, 2018: JCI Insight
John P Lichtenberger, Andrew M Kim, Dane Fisher, Peter S Tatum, Brian Neubauer, P Gabriel Peterson, Brett W Carter
Introduction: Combat-related thoracic trauma is a significant contributor to morbidity and mortality of the casualties from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Penetrating, blunt, and blast injuries were the most common mechanisms of trauma. Imaging plays a key role in the management of combat-related thoracic trauma casualties. This review discusses the imaging manifestations of thoracic injuries from penetrating trauma, emphasizing epidemiology and diagnostic clues seen during OEF and OIF...
March 1, 2018: Military Medicine
Hozan Mufty, Athanasios Katsargyris, Sabrina Houthoofd, Inge Fourneau, Eric Verhoeven, Geert Maleux
INTRODUCTION: Fenestrated/branched thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (F/Br-TEVAR) is a new minimal invasive treatment option for patients with post-dissection thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. This specific pathology is challenging to F/Br-TEVAR, especially when target vessels originate from the false lumen. Crossing from the true lumen into the false lumen to catheterize such target vessels may prove cumbersome in the usually thickened dissection flap. TECHNIQUE: We describe a bailout technique when standard catheterization techniques fail, by using a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)-needle to perforate the dissection flap...
March 6, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
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