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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549110/thoracic-aortitis-and-aortic-dissection-following-pegfilgrastim-administration
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Yuki Sato, Shuichiro Kaji, Hiroyuki Ueda, Keisuke Tomii
The patient was a 67-year-old woman with a history of advanced lung adenocarcinoma. Eight days after pegfilgrastim administration, her computed tomography scan revealed thickened bilateral common carotid arteries and thoracic aorta, which led to the diagnosis of pegfilgrastim-associated aortitis. Thirty-six days after pegfilgrastim administration, asymptomatic Stanford type B aortic dissection was detected. Her serum biomarker analysis suggested that interleukin-6 might be involved in the pathogenesis. Physicians should be aware of these adverse effects of filgrastim...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543093/relationship-between-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-coronary-artery-calcification-in-asymptomatic-diabetic-patients-a-prospective-multicenter-study
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Anand Jeevarethinam, Shreenidhi Venuraju, Alain Dumo, Sherezade Ruano, Vishal S Mehta, Miranda Rosenthal, Devaki Nair, Mark Cohen, Daniel Darko, Avijit Lahiri, Roby Rakhit
BACKGROUND: The value of screening sub-clinical atherosclerosis in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) remains controversial. HYPOTHESIS: An integrated model incorporating carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and carotid plaque with traditional risk factors can be used to predict prevalence and severity of coronary artery calcification in asymptomatic T2DM patients. METHODS: A cohort of 262 asymptomatic T2DM patients were prospectively studied with carotid ultrasound to evaluate CIMT and carotid plaque and also a computed tomography coronary artery calcium (CT-CAC) scan...
May 25, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539213/medical-management-of-asymptomatic-carotid-artery-stenosis
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REVIEW
Aaron W Aday, Joshua A Beckman
Carotid artery atherosclerosis is a major risk factor for both stroke and cardiovascular disease. Appropriate management of asymptomatic patients with carotid artery stenosis (CAS) remains unclear. Although several randomized clinical trials support revascularization in asymptomatic patients with severe CAS to reduce stroke risk, the participants in these trials did not receive optimal medical therapy (OMT) by today's standards. For many individuals, medical therapy may provide excellent risk reduction without the periprocedural risk of endarterectomy or stenting...
May 21, 2017: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537783/association-of-mild-to-moderate-reduction-in-glomerular-filtration-rate-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-postmenopausal-women
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Florina Parv, Andrei Beceanu, Rodica Avram, Romulus Zorin Timar, Bogdan Timar, Florica Gadalean
BACKGROUND: Due to loss of hormonal protective effects, postmenopausal women have an increased cardiovascular (CV) risk. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a well-established risk factor for CV disease, but little is known whether mild-to-moderate kidney dysfunction is associated with atherosclerosis burden in the postmenopausal asymptomatic women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Subclinical atherosclerosis was evaluated in 125 postmenopausal women with no clinical form of atherosclerosis, by carotid and femoral ultrasonography, ankle-brachial index (ABI), and flow-mediated dilation (FMD)...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525467/analysis-of-cervical-angiograms-in-cervical-spine-trauma-patients-does-it-make-a-difference
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Tina Dreger, Howard Place, Theresa Mattingly, Christine Piper, Jennifer Brechbuehler
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate computed tomography angiogram (CTA) use for diagnosing blunt vertebral artery injury (BVAI) at a single institution, to assess the incidence of BVAI in the studied population, and determine if diagnosis affected care. We also wanted to evaluate if testing and treatment resulted in complications. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: BVAI is an example of a previously underdiagnosed injury. Ease of CTA has simplified vertebral artery evaluation...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522299/most-advisable-strategy-in-search-of-asymptomatic-target-organ-damage-in-hypertensive-patients
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J Abellán-Huerta, L Prieto-Valiente, L Consuegra-Sánchez, S Montoro-García, A B Salguero-Merino, R Morales-López, J Abellán-Alemán, F Soria-Arcos
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic potential of seven examinations in order to define the most suitable strategy for target organ damage (TOD) search in hypertensive patients. METHODS: This is a descriptive, cross-sectional study. 153 consecutive treated and essential hypertensive patients were enrolled. Patients with established cardiovascular or chronic renal disease (stage ≥4) were excluded. TOD search was assessed by: glomerular filtration rate (GFR), albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR), electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram (ECO), ankle-brachial index (ABI), pulse wave velocity (PWV), and carotid ultrasound (intima media thickness and presence of plaques)...
May 15, 2017: Hipertensión y Riesgo Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514842/gender-difference-in-radiotherapy-induced-carotid-stenosis
#7
Y Yang, W Yang, T J Wang
Radiotherapy (RT) is often the first choice of treatment for cancer of the larynx. Studies have shown that the incidence of carotid stenosis (CS) after radiotherapy of laryngeal cancer is increasing, and that gender difference in radiotherapy-induced side effects exist. Thus, we examined the gender difference in the incidence of CS and the impact of microinflammatory factors after radiotherapy. We reported this study on patients who received radiotherapy as part of the treatment for laryngeal cancer in the Jilin Province in China...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513115/endarterectomy-or-stenting-in-severe-asymptomatic-carotid-stenosis
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Dallit Mannheim, Batla Falah, Ron Karmeli
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a major cause of death in the western world, and carotid endarterectomy has been shown to be effective in treating both symptomatic and asymptomatic carotid stenosis. Carotid stenting is a relatively new form of treatment for carotid stenosis and few studies have looked specifically at asymptomatic patients. OBJECTIVES: To retrospectively examine short- and long-term results in the treatment of asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis with surgery or stenting...
May 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511669/fasting-levels-of-growth-hormone-are-associated-with-carotid-intima-media-thickness-but-are-not-affected-by-fluvastatin-treatment
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Erik Hallengren, Peter Almgren, Maria Rosvall, Gerd Östling, Margaretha Persson, Andreas Bergmann, Joachim Struck, Gunnar Engström, Bo Hedblad, Olle Melander
BACKGROUND: Growth hormone (GH) has been linked to cardiovascular disease but the exact mechanism of this association is still unclear. We here test if the fasting levels of GH are cross-sectionally associated with carotid intima media thickness (IMT) and whether treatment with fluvastatin affects the fasting level of GH. METHODS: We examined the association between GH and IMT in 4425 individuals (aged 46-68 years) included in the baseline examination (1991-1994) of the Malmö Diet and Cancer cardiovascular cohort (MDC-CC)...
May 16, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502544/first-experience-with-the-double-chimney-technique-in-the-treatment-of-aortic-arch-diseases
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Tun Wang, Chang Shu, Quan-Ming Li, Ming Li, Xin Li, Hao He, Alan Dardik, Jian Qiu
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to summarize our initial experience using the double chimney technique to treat aortic arch diseases. METHODS: From December 2009 to October 2016, 23 patients with aortic arch diseases, including 20 acute aortic dissections, 2 aortic arch aneurysms, and 1 type I endoleak after thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), were treated using a double chimney technique. An emergent operation was performed in only one patient with an acute aortic dissection for severe left lower extremity ischemia...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502543/the-association-of-carotid-revascularization-endarterectomy-versus-stent-trial-crest-and-centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-carotid-guideline-publication-on-utilization-and-outcomes-of-carotid-stenting-among-high-risk-patients
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Gregory G Salzler, Alik Farber, Denis V Rybin, Gheorghe Doros, Jeffrey J Siracuse, Mohammad H Eslami
OBJECTIVE: Since the 2004 approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration of carotid artery stenting (CAS), there have been two seminal publications about CAS reimbursement (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines; 2008) and clinical outcomes (Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy versus Stent Trial [CREST]; 2010). We explored the association between these publications and national trends in CAS use among high-risk symptomatic patients. METHODS: The most recent congruent data sets of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) were queried for patients undergoing carotid revascularization...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500300/alterations-of-cerebral-perfusion-in-asymptomatic-internal-carotid-artery-steno-occlusive-disease
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Ya-Fang Chen, Sung-Chun Tang, Wen-Chau Wu, Hsien-Li Kao, Yen-Shu Kuo, Shun-Chung Yang
Patients with asymptomatic occlusion in the internal carotid arteries (ICA) have been shown to have a better preserved hemodynamic status of the brain as compared to patients with symptoms. This study was aimed to explore the cerebral perfusion alterations in asymptomatic patients using multi-parametric arterial spin-labeling (ASL) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Forty-two patients diagnosed with asymptomatic ICA stenosis/occlusion were prospectively included and divided into high-grade (ultrasonographic stenosis ≥70%, N = 20) and low-grade groups (N = 22)...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493931/asymptomatic-carotid-artery-stenosis-and-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-thickness-a-community-based-observational-study
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Dandan Wang, Yang Li, Yong Zhou, Cheng Jin, Qi Zhao, Anxin Wang, Shouling Wu, Wen Bin Wei, Xingquan Zhao, Jost B Jonas
PURPOSE: To examine whether an abnormally thin retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) is associated with cerebrovascular insufficiency. DESIGN: Community-based study. METHODS: The Asymptomatic Polyvascular Abnormalities in Community Study included Chinese aged 40+ years and without histories of cerebrovascular incidents or coronary heart disease. Using transcranial Doppler and carotid duplex ultrasound examination, we assessed presence and degree of an intracranial arterial stenosis (ICAS) and extracranial carotid arterial stenosis (ECAS) and we measured the RNFL thickness by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491467/association-between-asymptomatic-unilateral-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis-and-electrophysiological-function-of-the-retina-and-optic-nerve
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Anna Machalińska, Aleksandra Kowalska-Budek, Miłosz Piotr Kawa, Arkadiusz Kazimierczak, Krzysztof Safranow, Marta Kirkiewicz, Grażyna Wilk, Wojciech Lubiński, Piotr Gutowski, Bogusław Machaliński
Purpose. This study was designed to assess retinal and optic nerve bioelectrical function in patients with unilateral asymptomatic but hemodynamically significant internal carotid artery stenosis (ICAS). Methods. Forty-two subjects with a diagnosis of unilateral ICAS and 34 controls were analyzed. Full-field electroretinogram (ERG), pattern electroretinogram (PERG), and pattern visual-evoked potentials, as well as optical coherence tomography and ophthalmological examination, were performed. Data analysis included eyes ipsilateral to ICAS (EIS) and eyes contralateral to ICAS (ECS)...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487317/head-to-head-comparison-of-inflammation-and-neovascularization-in-human-carotid-plaques-implications-for-the-imaging-of-vulnerable-plaques
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Fabian Demeure, Caroline Bouzin, Véronique Roelants, Anne Bol, Robert Verhelst, Parla Astarci, Bernhard L Gerber, Anne-Catherine Pouleur, Agnès Pasquet, Christophe de Meester, Jean-Louis J Vanoverschelde, David Vancraeynest
BACKGROUND: Inflammation and intraplaque neovascularization are acknowledged to be 2 features of plaque vulnerability, although their temporal expression and their respective value in predicting clinical events are poorly understood. To determine their respective temporal associations, we conducted a comprehensive assessment of inflammation and intraplaque neovascularization in the carotid plaque of symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty patients with severe carotid stenosis underwent (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomographic imaging...
May 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483619/bilateral-internal-carotid-arteries-occlusion-external-carotid-arteries-stenosis-and-vertebral-arteries-kinking-may-it-be-asymptomatic
#16
Nikola Fatic, Usman Jaffer, Saicic Ivana, Globarevic-Vukcevic Gordana, Dragan Markovic, Dusan Kostic, Lazar Davidovic
The clinical spectrum of internal carotid artery occlusion ranges from being a completely asymptomatic occlusion to a devastating stroke or death. The prevalence of asymptomatic internal carotid artery occlusion is unknown, particularly for bilateral occlusion. The distal branches of the external carotid artery anastomose with distal branches of the internal carotid artery providing important sources of collateral circulation to the brain. Stenosis of the external carotid artery with ipsilateral/bilateral internal occlusion may result in ischemic sequelae...
May 5, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479810/cavernous-carotid-aneurysms-to-do-or-not-to-do
#17
Sudha Menon, R Girish Menon
Cavernous carotid aneurysms (CCA) pose considerable dilemmas in management. It is still unclear as to whether an asymptomatic CCA should be subjected to treatment. Similarly, the ideal management strategy for a symptomatic aneurysm is controversial. We present the case of a 60-year-old female with a giant CCA and discuss the management issues.
April 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479433/relationship-between-calcification-and-vulnerability-of-the-carotid-plaques
#18
Rodolfo Pini, Gianluca Faggioli, Silvia Fittipaldi, Francesco Vasuri, Matteo Longhi, Enrico Gallitto, Gianandrea Pasquinelli, Mauro Gargiulo, Andrea Stella
INTRODUCTION: Carotid plaques with a high degree of calcification are usually considered at low embolic risk. However, since a precise evaluation of the extent of calcification is not possible preoperatively through duplex ultrasound and postoperatively by conventional histological examination due to the de-calcification process, the relationship between the amount of calcium involvement and plaque vulnerability has not been evaluated yet. This study aims to correlate the extent of carotid plaque calcification with clinical, radiological and histological complications...
May 4, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471898/early-neurological-deterioration-during-alteplase-infusion-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-an-uncommon-complication-of-intravenous-thrombolysis
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Apostolos Safouris, Odysseas Kargiotis, Georgios Magoufis, Aristeidis H Katsanos, Eleftherios Stamboulis, Georgios Tsivgoulis
INTRODUCTION: Recognizing new-territory ischemic stroke as an uncommon complication of intravenous thrombolysis is very important as it can lead to neurological deterioration during tissue-plasminogen-activator infusion. CASE REPORT: We report a case of an 80-year-old patient that has been treated with intravenous thrombolysis for right middle cerebral artery acute ischemic stroke. During infusion he had an abrupt neurological deterioration that proved to be a distal embolization of an asymptomatic non-occluding tip-of-the-basilar thrombus to the territory of left posterior cerebral artery that has been missed by the treating neurologist and radiologist in the pretreatment computed tomography angiography...
May 2017: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462683/carotid-revascularization-and-medical-management-for-asymptomatic-carotid-stenosis-protocol-of-the-crest-2-clinical-trials
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Virginia J Howard, James F Meschia, Brajesh K Lal, Tanya N Turan, Gary S Roubin, Robert D Brown, Jenifer H Voeks, Kevin M Barrett, Bart M Demaerschalk, John Huston, Ronald M Lazar, Wesley S Moore, Virginia G Wadley, Seemant Chaturvedi, Claudia S Moy, Marc Chimowitz, George Howard, Thomas G Brott
Rationale Trials conducted decades ago demonstrated that carotid endarterectomy by skilled surgeons reduced stroke risk in asymptomatic patients. Developments in carotid stenting and improvements in medical prevention of stroke caused by atherothrombotic disease challenge understanding of the benefits of revascularization. Aim Carotid Revascularization and Medical Management for Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis Trial (CREST-2) will test whether carotid endarterectomy or carotid stenting plus contemporary intensive medical therapy is superior to intensive medical therapy alone in the primary prevention of stroke in patients with high-grade asymptomatic carotid stenosis...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
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