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Adam A Dmytriw, Nimer Adeeb, Ashish Kumar, Christoph J Griessenauer, Kevin Phan, Christopher S Ogilvy, Paul M Foreman, Hussain Shallwani, Nicola Limbucci, Salvatore Mangiafico, Caterina Michelozzi, Timo Krings, Vitor Mendes Pereira, Charles C Matouk, Yuchen Zhang, Mark R Harrigan, Hakeem J Shakir, Adnan H Siddiqui, Elad I Levy, Leonardo Renieri, Christophe Cognard, Ajith J Thomas, Thomas R Marotta
BACKGROUND: Flow diversion for basilar apex aneurysms has rarely been reported. OBJECTIVE: To assess flow diversion for basilar apex aneurysms in a multicenter cohort. METHODS: Retrospective review of prospectively maintained databases at 8 academic institutions was performed from 2009 to 2016 to identify patients with basilar apex aneurysms treated with flow diversion. Clinical and radiographic data were analyzed. RESULTS: Sixteen consecutive patients (median age 54...
February 26, 2018: Neurosurgery
Jackson J Liang, Melissa A Elafros, Michael T Mullen, Daniele Muser, Tatsuya Hayashi, Andres Enriquez, Rajeev K Pathak, Erica S Zado, Pasquale Santangeli, Jeffrey S Arkles, Robert D Schaller, Gregory E Supple, David S Frankel, Fermin C Garcia, Rajat Deo, David Lin, Michael P Riley, Saman Nazarian, Sanjay Dixit, Francis E Marchlinski, David J Callans
INTRODUCTION: Whether successful catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) reduces risk of cerebrovascular events (CVEs) remains controversial and whether oral anticoagulation therapy (OAT) can be safely discontinued in patients rendered free of AF recurrences remains unknown. We evaluated OAT use patterns and examined long-term rates of CVEs (stroke/TIA) and major bleeding episodes (MBEs) in patients with nonparoxysmal AF treated with catheter ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Four hundred patients with nonparoxysmal AF (200 persistent, 200 longstanding persistent; mean age 60...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Saturnino Napal Lecumberri, Iñigo Insausti Gorbea, Ana Sáez de Ocáriz García, Saioa Solchaga Álvarez, José Luis Cebrián Lostal, Raquel Monreal Beortegui, Pedro José Giral Villalta, Fermín Urtasun Grijalba
Background: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a prevalent disease associated with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). The standard of care for moderate-to-severe LUTS unresponsive to pharmacological treatment is the transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). However, this intervention is not exempt from complications. Prostatic artery embolization (PAE) has been described as a new, effective and safe procedure for the treatment of LUTS secondary to BPH. To date, only one clinical trial has been published on the use of PAE for LUTS, but the study was methodologically flawed in terms of safety monitoring...
2018: Research and Reports in Urology
Atul Verma, Andrew C T Ha, Paulus Kirchhof, Gerhard Hindricks, Jeff S Healey, Michael D Hill, Mukul Sharma, D George Wyse, Jean Champagne, Vidal Essebag, George Wells, Dhiraj Gupta, Hein Heidbuchel, Prashanthan Sanders, David H Birnie
BACKGROUND: The optimal long-term antithrombotic regimen for patients after successful catheter-based atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is not well defined. Presently, practice variation exists, and the benefits of oral anticoagulation over antiplatelet therapy across the entire spectrum of stroke risk profile remain undefined in the postablation population. To date, there are no randomized trials to inform clinicians on this therapeutic question. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to assess whether rivaroxaban is superior to acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) in reducing the risk of clinically overt stroke, systemic embolism, or covert stroke among patients without apparent recurrent atrial arrhythmias for at least 1 year after their most recent AF ablation procedure...
March 2018: American Heart Journal
George Bozas, Natalie Jeffery, Deiva Ramanujam-Venkatachala, Ged Avery, Andrew Stephens, Hilary Moss, June Palmer, Mandi Elliott, Anthony Maraveyas
Background: An incidental/unsuspected diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (IPE) in cancer patients is a frequent occurrence. This single-institution analysis of uniformly managed patients investigates short and long-term outcomes and proposes a prognostic risk score, aiming to assist clinical decision-making. Methods: Data from a prospectively recorded cohort of 234 consecutive cancer patients with IPE were analysed. Multivariate logistic regression and the Cox regression survival methods were used to identify factors with independent association with early (30-day, 3-month, 6-month) mortality and survival...
2018: Thrombosis Journal
Cynthia Wong
A 47-year-old woman presented to her GP (general practitioner) surgery with a left leg pain of 4 days duration after a recent 4-hour flight. She was taking the oral combined contraceptive pill and had no past medical history. She had a low predictive Wells score for deep vein thrombosis, but her D-dimer was positive, so she had a proximal lower limb vein ultrasound scan as per the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines, which was negative. Two days later, she presented to the emergency department with a collapse and dyspnea...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Loris Poli, Mario Grassi, Marialuisa Zedde, Simona Marcheselli, Giorgio Silvestrelli, Maria Sessa, Andrea Zini, Maurizio Paciaroni, Cristiano Azzini, Massimo Gamba, Antonella Toriello, Rossana Tassi, Elisa Giorli, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Marco Ritelli, Alessandro De Vito, Nicola Pugliese, Giuseppe Martini, Alessia Lanari, Corrado Lodigiani, Marina Padroni, Valeria De Giuli, Filomena Caria, Andrea Morotti, Paolo Costa, Davide Strambo, Manuel Corato, Rosario Pascarella, Massimo Del Sette, Giovanni Malferrari, Marina Colombi, Alessandro Padovani, Alessandro Pezzini
Whether to resume antithrombotic treatment after oral anticoagulant-related intracerebral haemorrhage (OAC-ICH) is debatable. In this study, we aimed at investigating long-term outcome associated with OAC resumption after warfarin-related ICH, in comparison with secondary prevention strategies with platelet inhibitors or antithrombotic discontinuation. Participants were patients who sustained an incident ICH during warfarin treatment (2002-2014) included in the Multicenter Study on Cerebral Hemorrhage in Italy...
February 12, 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Natalia Stoeva, Galina Kirova, Milena Staneva, Diana Lekova, Anton Penev, Rumiana Bakalova
BACKGROUND: The assessment of the clinical symptoms is the weakest link of the pulmonary embolism (PE) diagnostic algorithm. Despite the presence of highly sensitive and specific imaging methods, verifying PE remains difficult due to nonspecific clinical symptoms and frequently its subclinical course. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to improve the recognition of PE by investigating the clinical presentation and short-term prognosis of unprovoked PE in comparison to provoked PE...
February 2018: Respiratory Medicine
Kavitha Vimalesvaran, Seth J Dockrill, Diana A Gorog
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia, and it leads to significant morbidity and mortality, predominantly from ischemic stroke. Vitamin K antagonists, mainly warfarin, have been used for decades to prevent ischemic stroke in AF, but their use is limited due to interactions with food and other drugs, as well as the requirement for regular monitoring of the international normalized ratio. Rivaroxaban, a direct factor Xa inhibitor and the most commonly used non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant, avoids many of these challenges and is being prescribed with increasing frequency for stroke prevention in non-valvular AF...
2018: Vascular Health and Risk Management
Linda A Russell, Alana E Sigmund, Jackie Szymonifka, Shari T Jawetz, Sarah E Grond, Shirin A Dey, Anne R Bass
The diagnosis of venous thromboembolism is difficult in the postoperative setting because signs such as hypoxemia, leg pain, and swelling are so common. CTPA can also detect subsegmental PE (SSPE), of which the clinical significance has been widely debated. Clinical decision rules (CDR), such as the Wells and PISA 2, have been developed to identify symptomatic patients at low risk for PE who could forgo imaging. We performed this study in order to (1) compare the performance of the Wells and PISA 2 CDR in orthopedic patients; (2) compare CDR scores in patients with subsegmental PE (SSPE) versus larger clots; and (3) identify variables that improve performance of the Wells in orthopedic patients...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Simone Y Loo, Janie Coulombe, Sophie Dell'Aniello, James M Brophy, Samy Suissa, Christel Renoux
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) compared with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) among patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), particularly those with chronic kidney disease (CKD). DESIGN: Population-based matched cohort study. SETTING: Over 670 primary care practices in the UK, contributing to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. PARTICIPANTS: Up to 6818 adult patients newly treated with NOACs between 2011 and 2016, matched 1:1 to new users of VKAs on age, sex and high-dimensional propensity score...
January 24, 2018: BMJ Open
Sosthene Tsongo Vululi, Samuel Bugeza, Muyinda Zeridah, Henry Ddungu, Akello Betty Openy, Mubiru Frank, Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi
BACKGROUND: Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and its major complication pulmonary embolism (PE) are collectively known as venous thromboembolism. In Uganda, the prevalence of DVT among HIV patients has not been previously published. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence and sonographic features of lower limb deep venous thrombosis among HIV positive patients on anti-retroviral treatment (ART). METHODS: This was a cross sectional study in which HIV positive patients on ART were recruited from an out-patient HIV clinic at Mulago National Referral Hospital...
January 25, 2018: AIDS Research and Therapy
Nick van Es, Martha Louzada, Marc Carrier, Vicky Tagalakis, Peter L Gross, Sudeep Shivakumar, Marc A Rodger, Philip S Wells
BACKGROUND: The risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in cancer patients despite anticoagulant therapy is high. Clinical factors and pro-coagulant markers may identify high-risk patients and guide decisions about intensifying anticoagulation therapy. AIMS: To evaluate whether serial measurements of pro-coagulant markers can identify patients at high risk of recurrent VTE. METHODS: In this multicenter, prospective cohort study, patients with active cancer and acute deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism were enrolled...
January 9, 2018: Thrombosis Research
Paul Cronin, Ben A Dwamena
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to calculate the multiple-level likelihood ratios (LRs) and posttest probabilities for a positive, indeterminate, or negative test result for multidetector computed tomography pulmonary angiography (MDCTPA) ± computed tomography venography (CTV) and magnetic resonance pulmonary angiography (MRPA) ± magnetic resonance venography (MRV) for each clinical probability level (two-, three-, and four-level) for the nine most commonly used clinical prediction rules (CPRs) (Wells, Geneva, Miniati, and Charlotte)...
January 11, 2018: Academic Radiology
B Ben-David, Z Kaligozhin, D Viderman
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The quadratus lumborum (QL) block has been widely used for acute postoperative pain management after numerous surgical procedures including urological, abdominal, gynaecological and orthopaedic surgical procedures. The local anaesthetic spread in this area can provide unilateral sensory block in T6-L2 dermatomes. We performed bilateral quadratus lumborum block for the management of acute pain after the uterine artery embolization (UAE). METHODS: A 43-year-old woman was admitted to the gynaecology department of Mother and Child Hospital, University Medical Center, for uterine artery embolization...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Vincenzo Russo, Emilio Attena, Carmine Mazzone, Francesca Esposito, Valentina Parisi, Ciro Bancone, Anna Rago, Gerardo Nigro, Raffaele Sangiuolo, Antonio D' Onofrio
This is an observational study to investigate the efficacy and safety of nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with bioprosthetic valves or prior surgical valve repair in clinical practice. A total of 122 patients (mean age: 74.1 ± 13.2; 54 females) with bioprosthetic heart valve or surgical valve repair and AF treated with NOACs were included in the analysis. The mean CHA2DS2-VASc (Congestive heart failure, Hypertension, Age >75 years, Diabetes mellitus, prior Stroke or transient ischemic attack, Vascular disease) and HAS-BLED (Hypertension, Abnormal renal and liver function, Stroke, Bleeding, Labile INR [international normalized ratio], Elderly, Drugs or alcohol) score values were 3...
January 5, 2018: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Matthew P Gray, Samir Saba, Yuting Zhang, Inmaculada Hernandez
BACKGROUND: In March 2014, the American Heart Association updated their guidelines for the management of oral anticoagulation (OAC) in atrial fibrillation, recommending OAC for all patients with CHA2 DS2 -VASc ≥2. Previously, only patients with CHADS2 ≥2 were recommended for anticoagulation. This study compared effectiveness and safety outcomes of OAC among patients who would receive OAC using the 2014 guidelines but not the 2011 guidelines. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using claims data from a 5% sample of 2013-2014 Medicare beneficiaries, we identified patients with initially diagnosed atrial fibrillation between 2013 and 2014 and selected those who would receive OAC under the 2014 guidelines but not the 2011 guidelines (those with CHA2 DS2 -VASc score ≥2 or CHADS2 score <2)...
January 4, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Rahul Jain, An-Chen Fu, Jonathan Lim, Cheng Wang, Jessica Elder, Stephen D Sander, Hiangkiat Tan
BACKGROUND: Warfarin has a long history of use to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), but it requires frequent laboratory monitoring to maintain international normalized ratio levels in the therapeutic range. Dabigatran, a novel oral anticoagulant (OAC), has demonstrated efficacy in reducing the risk of stroke and systemic embolism and does not require laboratory monitoring. OBJECTIVE: To compare health care resource utilization (HCRU) and costs of OAC-naive patients newly diagnosed with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), using dabigatran or warfarin...
January 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Li-Min Zhang, Rui Li, Xiao-Chun Zhao, Ming-Li Wang
BACKGROUND: The tidal volume setting as well as colloid transfusion during the peri-operative period after intracranial aneurysm is controversial. A multicenter retrospective study was conducted to determine whether or not an increased tidal volume setting and colloid transfusion are associated with poor outcomes and postoperative pulmonary complications after intracranial aneurysm. METHOD: Data from endovascular coiling to treat intracranial aneurysms that took place between 30 March 2014 and 30 March 2016 were collected in a multicenter chart...
December 27, 2017: Shock
Narendra S Choudhary, Sanjay Saran Baijal, Sanjiv Saigal, Amit Agarwal, Neeraj Saraf, Rohit Khandelwal, Vaibhav Jain, Anubhav Harish Khandelwal, Abhay Kapoor, Deepak Jain, Smurti R Misra, Rajesh Puri, Randhir Sud, Arvinder S Soin
Background: Large portosystemic shunts (PSSs) may lead to recurrent encephalopathy in patients with cirrhosis and embolization of these shunts may improve encephalopathy. Material and methods: Five patients underwent balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) or plug-assisted retrograde transvenous obliteration (PARTO) of a large PSS at our center in last 2 years for recurrent hepatic encephalopathy (HE) at a tertiary care center at north India...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
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