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Qiulun Lu, Xiuxin Jiang, Cheng Zhang, Wei Zhang, Wencheng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) affects more than 5% of the population in developed countries. To study the formation and progression of AAA, we developed a non-invasive method to analyse regional aortic stiffness to monitor the formation and progression of AAA. METHODS: Saline or Angiotensin II (AngII) was subcutaneously infused in apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE(-/-)) mice for 28 days; a high-resolution imaging system was used to identify changes in arterial stiffness measured by pulse-wave velocity (PWV) and aortic lumen diameter in the suprarenal aorta...
August 17, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Hongyou Yu, Corey S Moran, Alexandra F Trollope, Lynn Woodward, Robert Kinobe, Catherine M Rush, Jonathan Golledge
Angiogenesis and inflammation are implicated in aortic aneurysm and atherosclerosis and regulated by angiopoietin-2 (Angpt2). The effect of Angpt2 administration on experimental aortic aneurysm and atherosclerosis was examined. Six-month-old male apolipoprotein E deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice were infused with angiotensin II (AngII) and administered subcutaneous human Fc-protein (control) or recombinant Angpt2 (rAngpt2) over 14 days. Administration of rAngpt2 significantly inhibited AngII-induced aortic dilatation and rupture of the suprarenal aorta (SRA), and development of atherosclerosis within the aortic arch...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
R M Suresh, H C Lokesh, B S Harsha, Sri S Chandana
Pheochromocytoma, a neuroendocrine tumor of the adrenal medulla, arising from chromaffin cells, usually presents with the clinical triad of paroxysmal headache, profuse sweating and palpitations, associated with labile hypertension. Here, we present the case of an adult male with an unusual manifestation of pheochromocytoma in the form of acute pain abdomen with nausea and abdominal guarding, mimicking acute peritonitis. He had fluctuating blood pressure recordings. On subsequent investigation, a mass lesion in the left suprarenal area on an abdominal CT scan and a 24-hour urinary metanephrine assay confirmed the diagnosis of pheochromocytoma...
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Arun Sasikumar, Ajith Joy, Raviteja Nanabala, Madhavan Unni, Padmanabhan Tk
We describe a case of metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma with intensely tracer concentrating lesions in left suprarenal region, mediastinal lymph nodes, lytic bone lesions, thyroid nodules, and mild abnormal tracer-avid lung nodules in Ga-prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) PET/CT. On the other hand F-FDG PET/CT showed mild to no significant abnormal uptake in these lesions. Complimentary uptake pattern was observed in Ga-PSMA and F-FDG PET images in thyroid lesions and D5 vertebral lesion. This case highlights the possibilities of imaging clear cell renal cell carcinoma with Ga-PSMA and opens the possibility of treatment with Lu-PSMA...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Xavier Chaufour, Julien Gaudric, Yann Goueffic, Réda Hassen Khodja, Patrick Feugier, Sergei Malikov, Guillaume Beraud, Jean-Baptiste Ricco
OBJECTIVE: Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is widely used with excellent results, but its infectious complications can be devastating. In this paper, we report a multicenter experience with infected EVAR, symptoms, and options for explantation and their outcome. METHODS: We have reviewed all consecutive endograft explants for infection at 11 French university centers following EVAR, defined as index EVAR, from 1998 to 2015. Diagnosis of infected aortic endograft was made on the basis of clinical findings, cultures, imaging studies, and intraoperative findings...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Hou-Zao Chen, Fang Wang, Peng Gao, Jian-Fei Pei, Yue Liu, Ting-Ting Xu, Xiaoqiang Tang, Wen-Yan Fu, Jie Lu, Yun-Fei Yan, Xiao-Man Wang, Lei Han, Zhu-Qin Zhang, Ran Zhang, Ming-Hui Zou, De-Pei Liu
RATIONALE: Uncontrolled growth of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) is a life-threatening vascular disease without an effective pharmaceutical treatment. AAA incidence dramatically increases with advancing age in men. However, the molecular mechanisms by which aging predisposes individuals to AAAs remain unknown. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we investigated the role of Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), a class Ⅲ histone deacetylase, in AAA formation and the underlying mechanisms linking vascular senescence and inflammation...
September 20, 2016: Circulation Research
Amit Bardia, Akshay Sood, Feroze Mahmood, Vwaire Orhurhu, Ariel Mueller, Mario Montealegre-Gallegos, Marc R Shnider, Klaas H J Ultee, Marc L Schermerhorn, Robina Matyal
Importance: Epidural analgesia (EA) is used as an adjunct procedure for postoperative pain control during elective abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) surgery. In addition to analgesia, modulatory effects of EA on spinal sympathetic outflow result in improved organ perfusion with reduced complications. Reductions in postoperative complications lead to shorter convalescence and possibly improved 30-day survival. However, the effect of EA on long-term survival when used as an adjunct to general anesthesia (GA) during elective AAA surgery is unknown...
September 7, 2016: JAMA Surgery
Kyle Wolf, Georgy Zarkua, Shyue-An Chan, Arun Sridhar, Corey Smith
Neuroendocrine chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla in rat receive excitatory synaptic input through anterior and posterior divisions of the sympathetic splanchnic nerve. Upon synaptic stimulation, the adrenal medulla releases the catecholamines, epinephrine, and norepinephrine into the suprarenal vein for circulation throughout the body. Under sympathetic tone, catecholamine release is modest. However, upon activation of the sympathoadrenal stress reflex, and increased splanchnic firing, adrenal catecholamine output increases dramatically...
September 2016: Physiological Reports
Daphne Elisabeth Gray, Markus Eisenack, Michael Gawenda, Giovanni Torsello, Payman Majd, Jan Brunkwall, Nani Osada, Konstantinos P Donas
OBJECTIVE: The influence of endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) on renal function is of high concern. The question whether stent graft fixation type plays a significant role in renal outcome after EVAR is still debated. However, other factors, such as repeated contrast medium exposure, should also be considered. METHODS: We performed a two-center, stratified-cohort case control study to evaluate the influence of last-generation abdominal endografts with suprarenal (SR) vs infrarenal (IR) fixation on renal function...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Drosos Kotelis, Karina Schleimer, Houman Jalaie, Jochen Grommes, Michael J Jacobs, Johannes Kalder
PURPOSE: To report operative and midterm outcomes of fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair (FEVAR) with the Anaconda device. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted of 39 consecutive patients (median age 74 years; 36 men) treated with the fenestrated Anaconda stent-graft between July 2011 and December 2015 at a single center. Indications for FEVAR were abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) with neck anatomy unsuitable for a standard stent-graft. Median infrarenal neck length was 4 mm (range 0-9)...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
Horia Muresanu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In 1941 Huggins described the effect of castration on prostate cancer. gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GNRH) analogues were introduced in 1985. Complete androgen blockade (association of GNRH analogue with antiandrogen) was introduced by Fernand Labrie to achieve suppression of suprarenal testosterone. Long time androgen deprivation lead to androgen independence of the prostate cancer cell. Our principal aim was to demonstrate longer survival rates on prostate cancer patients with intermittent androgen deprivation...
2016: Clujul Medical (1957)
Michael Ertl, Wilma Schierling, Piotr M Kasprzak, Reinhard Kopp, Corinna Brückl, Felix Schlachetzki, Karin Pfister
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Quantification of changes in optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) using ocular sonography (OS) constitutes an elegant technique for estimating intracranial and intraspinal pressure. Aortic aneurysm repair (AAR) is associated with a reasonable risk of increased spinal fluid pressure, which is largely dependent on the extent of aneurysm repair (supra- vs. infrarenal). The aim of this study was to compare ONSD measurements in patients with suprarenal AAR (sAAR) or infrarenal AAR (iAAR)...
August 22, 2016: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
Suresh R Giri, Bibhuti Bhoi, Mukul R Jain, Madhumanjiri M Gatne
AIMS: Rosiglitazone (RSZ), a PPARγ agonist was potent efficacious insulin sensitizing blockbuster drug for treatment of Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) but the benefit of PPARγ activation in congestive heart failure (CHF) was controversial. The present work was planned to study the role of RSZ in diabetic cardiopathy. MAIN METHODS: Zucker fa/fa rats, the genetic model of T2DM were subjected to constriction of suprarenal abdominal aorta so that they represent a combined model of diabetes and cardiopathy...
October 1, 2016: Life Sciences
J L De Bruin, J R Brownrigg, B O Patterson, A Karthikesalingam, P J Holt, R J Hinchliffe, I M Loftus, M M Thompson
BACKGROUND: The chimney technique using parallel grafts offers an alternative to fenestrated or branched endovascular solutions for juxtarenal and suprarenal aneurysms. Endograft deployment proximal to the renal or visceral ostia is combined with parallel stents to the aortic side branches. Application of the chimney technique using the Nellix device (Ch-EVAS) may offer some potential advantages with respect to the seal between the endograft and the parallel grafts. This study aimed to investigate the feasibility and efficacy of the Nellix endovascular aneurysm sealing (EVAS) system in conjunction with parallel grafts for the treatment of juxtarenal and suprarenal aneurysms...
October 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Geoffrey Agag, Lucie Salomon Du Mont, Betty Leclerc, Julien Behr, Simon Rinckenbach
OBJECTIVES: The renal safety of suprarenal (SR) fixation stentgrafts has not been demonstrated yet. The principal objective of this study was to analyze the effect of the type of fixation of stentgrafts on the renal function at one year, by calculating the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). The secondary objective was the evaluation of the morphological repercussion of the implants at the renal level by CT. METHODS: This was a monocentric retrospective study, including all the patients treated electively between 2008 and 2014 with a bifurcated aortic stentgraft...
August 10, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Seiichiro Shishido, Takeshi Kawamura, Yuko Hamasaki, Yusuke Takahashi, Yoshihiro Itabashi, Masaki Muramatsu, Hiroyuki Satoh, Atsushi Aikawa
BACKGROUND: Children with a compromised inferior vena cava (IVC) were previously considered unsuitable for kidney transplantation because of the technical difficulties and the increased risk of graft thrombosis secondary to inadequate renal venous outflow. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of 11 transplants in 9 patients with end-stage renal disease and thrombosed IVCs who received adult kidney allografts between 2000 and 2015. The mean age at transplantation was 7...
June 2016: Transplantation Direct
Sonya Sergieva, Bozhil Robev, Milena Dimcheva, Albena Fakirova, Radka Hristoskova
Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) of the thorax including bronchial and thymic tumors belong to foregut NETs. Limited loco-regional thoracic NETs can be resected with surgery, but in extensive metastatic disease the treatment is mainly palliative. A high incidence and density of somatostatin receptors (SSTR2, SSTR3, and SSTR5) are found in thoracic NETs. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of SPECT-CT somatostatin receptor scintigraphy (SRS) with 99mTc-Tektrotyd for imaging, staging and follow up of patients with bronchial and thymic neuroendocrine tumors...
2016: Nuclear Medicine Review. Central & Eastern Europe
Jonathan L Eliason, Dawn M Coleman, Enrique Criado, James C Stanley
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are rare. The intent of this report was to review the presentation and surgical management of AAAs in infancy and early childhood. METHODS: The clinical courses of young children undergoing AAA surgery were subjected to a retrospective review and analysis. RESULTS: Eleven children, nine boys and two girls, ranging in age from 2 weeks to 6 years, underwent surgical treatment of AAA at the University of Michigan from 2002 to 2014...
July 18, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Hye Min Son, See Hyung Kim, Bo Ra Kwon, Mi Jeong Kim, Chan Sun Kim, Seung Hyun Cho
BACKGROUND: Cytoreduction is important as a survival predictor in advanced ovarian cancer. PURPOSE: To determine the prediction of suboptimal resection (SOR) in advanced ovarian cancer based on clinical and computed tomography (CT) parameters. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between 2007 and 2015, 327 consecutive patients with FIGO stage III-IV ovarian cancer and preoperative CT were included. During 2007-2012, patients were assigned to a derivation dataset (n = 220) and the others were assigned to a validation dataset (n = 107)...
July 20, 2016: Acta Radiologica
Chenyang Shen, Weihao Li, Yongbao Zhang, Qingle Li, Yang Jiao, Tao Zhang, Xiaoming Zhang
OBJECTIVES: Behcet's disease is a form of systematic vasculitis that affects vessels of various sizes. Aortic pseudoaneurysm is one of the most important causes of death among patients with Behcet's disease due to its high risk of rupture and associated mortality. Our study aimed to investigate the outcomes of Behcet's disease patients with aortic pseudoaneurysms undergoing open surgery and endovascular aortic repair. METHODS: From January 2003 to September 2014, ten consecutive patients undergoing surgery for aortic pseudoaneurysm met the diagnostic criteria for Behcet's disease...
July 2016: Clinics
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