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Chunmeng Chen, Chong Jiang, Lin Li
Retroperitoneal pleomorphic liposarcoma (RPLS) is the least common but the most aggressive subtype of liposarcoma. We herein report a case of tumor embolism (TE) to the inferior vena cava (IVC) and pulmonary arteries in a 54 years old woman with RPLS. The case suggests that fusion fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18 F-FDG PET/CT) can accurately detect occult TE. It also illustrates the usefulness of computed tomography (CT) and high18 F-FDG uptake by PET/CT imaging for diagnosing such findings as filling defect in the veins and beaded pulmonary arteries as TE...
March 20, 2018: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Abdulrahman Masrani, Sebastian McWilliams, Sanjeev Bhalla, Pamela K Woodard
PURPOSE: To report the anatomical associations and radiological characteristics of Scimitar syndrome on CT and MR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of the medical records between February 2001 and February 2016 was performed. To identify patients, radiological reports were queried for "Scimitar" or "partial anomalous pulmonary venous return." Patients with radiological findings of Scimitar syndrome were included. Patients without cross-sectional imaging were excluded...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Tim Sebastian, Jörn F Dopheide, Rolf P Engelberger, David Spirk, Nils Kucher
BACKGROUND: Occlusion of the inferior vena cava (IVC) often causes venous claudication, leg swelling, or skin changes. We hypothesized that the outcome of nitinol stents for endovascular reconstruction of the IVC is similar to the outcome reported for steel alloy stents. METHODS: From the prospective Bern Venous Stent Registry, we investigated technical success, patency rates, and clinical outcome in consecutive patients with endovascular IVC reconstruction. During routine follow-up visits, stent patency was assessed by duplex ultrasound...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
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
Jenny L Davies, JaNean K Engelstad, Linde E Gove, Linda K Linbo, Rickey E Carter, Christopher Lynch, Nathan P Staff, Christopher J Klein, P James B Dyck, David N Herrmann, Peter J Dyck
INTRODUCTION: For sequential and somatotopic assessment of small fiber neuropathy (SFN), heat pain (HP) tests of hypoalgesia might be used instead of decreased counts of epidermal nerve fibers (ENFs), but then healthy subject reference values of HP thresholds are needed. METHODS: Using the CASE IVc system, HP thresholds of hypoalgesia were estimated for ten unilateral sites and counts of ENFs for four of them in healthy subjects. RESULTS: In healthy subjects, small but statistically significant differences of both HP thresholds of hypoalgesia and counts of ENFs were observed among tested sites...
March 15, 2018: Muscle & Nerve
Mohammed Rashid Akhtar, Jimmy Kyaw Tun, Riad Alchanan, Ounali Jaffer, Snehal Patel, Joo-Young Chun, Nicholas Bunker, Tim Fotheringham
There has been increasing use of a novel combined femoral venous sheath, catheter and retrievable self-expanding and collapsible diamond-shaped IVC filter (Angel® Catheter, BiO2 Medical), in severely injured patients who cannot receive anticoagulation. As the filter is not detached from the catheter/sheath, it should be easily retrieved. Outcomes included in large registries demonstrate a high safety profile and a 100% retrieval rate. However, at our institution-a Level 1 major UK trauma centre with 4 years of substantial experience in using this device-we've encountered three cases of device fracture and subsequent complicated retrieval dating from Dec 2016 to March 2017...
March 14, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Ching-Shu Chiang, Po-Lin Chen, Tzu-Ting Kuo, I-Ming Chen, Nai-Yuan Wu, Hsiao-Huang Chang
RATIONALE: Intravascular leiomyomatosis (IVL) is a rare nonmalignant tumor that can be fatal if untreated. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 49-year-old nulliparous Asian woman who underwent hysterectomy and left salpingo-oophorectomy for multiple uterine leiomyomas 18 months prior presented complaining of intermittent palpitation and chest tightness for approximately 1 month. Echocardiography revealed a large mobile tumor mass extending from the inferior vena cava (IVC) to the right atrium that partially obstructed IVC flow and tricuspid inflow...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Maria Kerti, Zsuzsanna Balogh, Krisztina Kelemen, Janos T Varga
Rationale: The relationship of functional parameters such as lung mechanics, chest kinematics, metabolism and peripheral and respiratory muscle function with the level of exercise tolerance remains a controversial subject. While it has been previously shown that pulmonary rehabilitation is capable of improving exercise tolerance in patients afflicted by COPD, as expressed by values of 6-minute walking test (6MWT), the degree of contribution to this change by each of the aforementioned parameters remains unclear...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Ashley Suah, J Michael Millis, Adam S Bodzin
Congenital membranous occlusion of the inferior vena cava (IVC) in pediatric liver recipients may present with outflow occlusion and if unrecognized, result in graft loss. Prompt evaluation of outflow obstruction in the setting of unexplained inflow compromise is paramount. We report a case of successful IVC reconstruction in a patient with recurrent hepatic artery thrombosis (HAT). A 2-year-old child with history of two liver transplantations developed fevers, ascites, and abdominal tenderness one month after her second liver transplant...
February 2018: Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition
Erica Flores, Mayur Patel, Geoffery Orme, Wilber Su
This case details the successful implementation of a leadless pacemaker device in a patient with multiple venous occlusions and an IVC filter. As the incidence of IVC filters increases in patients with dysrhythmias, further investigations are required to determine the risk and safety of leadless pacemaker placement in this population.
March 2018: Clinical Case Reports
Maxine D Fisher, Ancilla W Fernandes, Temitope O Olufade, Paul J Miller, Mark S Walker, Moon Fenton
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to describe patient characteristics, health resource utilization (HRU), and costs associated with treating recurrent or refractory head and neck cancer (HNC) among patients with disease progression in the community oncology setting. METHODS: This retrospective observational study was conducted by using data from the Vector Oncology Data Warehouse. Patients had been diagnosed with locally advanced or metastatic (stage III-IVc) HNC between January 1, 2007, and October 1, 2015...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Therapeutics
Natalie Yu Yi Ng, Hannah Hui En Ang, Jacqueline Chieh Ling Tan, Weng Hoe Ho, Win Sen Kuan, Mui Teng Chua
PURPOSE: We aim to determine whether the combination of regional tissue oxygen saturation (StO2 ) measurement using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), inferior vena cava (IVC) collapsibility and ejection fraction (EF) is able to detect occult sepsis. METHODS: We included adult patients in the emergency department with at least one of the following: fever; any one component of the quick sepsis-related organ function assessment (SOFA) score; heart rate≥100 beats per minute; or white cell count <4...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Qing Zhang, Xiaoting Wang, Longxiang Su, Hongmin Zhang, Wenzhao Chai, Yangong Chao, Wei He, Dawei Liu
PURPOSE: To explore the relationship between the shape of the inferior vena cava (IVC) lumen and central venous pressure (CVP). METHODS: In 60 patients undergoing mechanical ventilation and CVP monitoring in the Intensive Care Unit of Peking Union Medical College Hospital from July to October 2016, we measured with B-mode ultrasonography the transverse maximum (MXD) and minimum diameter (MID) of the IVC at end expiration, and calculated the diameter ratio (DR) as MXD/MID...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
John Phair, John Denesopolis, Evan C Lipsitz, Larry Scher
OBJECTIVE: To analyze malpractice litigation trends and to better understand the causes and outcomes of suits involving inferior vena cava filters (IVCF) to prevent future litigation and improve physician education. METHODS: Jury verdict reviews from the WESTLAW database from January 1st 2000 to December 31st 2015 were reviewed. The search term "inferior vena cava filter" was used to compile data on the demographics of the defendant, plaintiff, allegation, complication, and verdict...
March 8, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Keamogetswe Molokoane-Mokgoro, Lara Nicole Goldstein, Mike Wells
INTRODUCTION: Ultrasound assessment of the inferior vena cava (IVC) has gained favour in aiding fluid management decisions for controlled, mechanically ventilated patients as well as in non-mechanically ventilated, spontaneously breathing patients. Its utility in spontaneously breathing patients during positive pressure non-invasive ventilation has not yet been determined. The use of the axillary vein, as an alternative option to the IVC due to its ease of accessibility and independence from intra-abdominal pressure, has also not been evaluated...
March 9, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Lorna G Keenan, Kathy Rock, Aini Azmi, Osama Salib, Charles Gillham, Orla McArdle
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have investigated the anatomical distribution of para-aortic lymph nodes (PAN) in patients with cervical cancer. However, an atlas for accurate clinical target volume (CTV) delineation has yet to be defined. The purpose of this study was to design and verify a computerized tomography (CT) atlas to provide guidance for contouring the PAN CTV in patients with cervical cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study included 21 cervical cancer patients (design cohort) with 39 pathological PAN identified on (18)F-FDG PET-CT...
March 6, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Maria Viviana Carlino, Fiorella Paladino, Alfonso Sforza, Claudia Serra, Filomena Liccardi, Giovanni de Simone, Costantino Mancusi
BACKGROUND: Acute dyspnea is one of the main reasons for admission to Emergency Department (ED). Availability of ultraminiaturized pocket ultrasound devices (PUD) adds diagnostic power to the clinical examination. The aim of this study was to identify an integrated ultrasound approach for diagnosis of acute heart failure (acute HF), using PUD and combining evaluation from lung, heart and inferior vena cava (IVC). METHODS: We included 102 patients presenting to the ED of "Antonio Cardarelli" Hospital in Naples (Italy) for acute dyspnea (AD)...
March 9, 2018: Echocardiography
Elliot Long, Trevor Duke, Ed Oakley, Adam O'Brien, Bennett Sheridan, Franz E Babl
OBJECTIVE: The intent of fluid bolus therapy (FBT) is to increase cardiac output and tissue perfusion, yet only 50% of septic children are fluid responsive. We evaluated respiratory variation of inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter as a predictor of fluid responsiveness. METHODS: A prospective observational study in the ED of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Patients were spontaneously ventilating children treated with FBT for sepsis-induced acute circulatory failure...
March 8, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
William J Yoon, Pegge Halandras, Bernadette Aulivola, Paul Crisostomo
INTRODUCTION & OBJECTIVES: Cancer patients demonstrate increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), VTE recurrence, and anticoagulation-associated bleeding. Pharmacomechanical thrombolysis and thrombectomy (PMT) improves venous patency, venous valve function, and quality of life in patients with acute iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis (DVT). It remains unknown whether pharmacomechanical thrombolysis can be used safely in patients with active cancer. We hypothesized that perioperative and short-term outcomes of pharmacomechanical iliofemoral DVT thrombolysis would not differ between patients with cancer and those without cancer...
March 5, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Jordan M Bond, Erik Wayne, Amit J Dwivedi, Abindra Sigdel
Symptomatic penetration of the retroperitoneal structures by inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a rare clinical entity. Vast majority of these patients require laparotomy and open retrieval of the filter. We report a case of a filter penetrating into the duodenum within two months of implantation resulting in gastrointestinal bleeding. The patient was successfully managed with percutaneous retrieval of the filter, blood transfusion and serial abdominal examination thus avoiding laparotomy.
December 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
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