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Robert N Goldstone, Michael C McCormack, Rachel L Goldstein, Srivalleesha Mallidi, Mark A Randolph, Michael T Watkins, Robert W Redmond, William G Austen
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that decreasing vein compliance would protect the vein against stretch injury and reduce intimal hyperplasia (IH). BACKGROUND: Although arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) are the criterion standard for vascular access, their effectiveness is limited by poor patency with 40% to 60% failing due to IH. Venous stretch injury from exposure to arterial pressure induces IH. Photochemical tissue passivation (PTP) crosslinks adventitial collagen, decreasing vein compliance to resemble that of an artery...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Fu-Nan Cho, San-Nung Chen, Yu-Hsiang Chang, James R Carey
OBJECTIVE: Placental site trophoblastic tumor (PSTT) is rare and is characterized by a slow growth. The objective of this report is to present a case of PSTT associated with irregular vaginal spotting that occurred 1 year after normal vaginal delivery. CASE REPORT: This report provides interesting ultrasound, hysteroscopy, and histology findings of PSTT. It is difficult to make a clinical diagnosis of PSTT at an early stage. Without the use of immunohistochemical analysis, PSTT may evade histological detection...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Agnes Trautmann, Derek J Roebuck, Clare A McLaren, Eileen Brennan, Stephen D Marks, Kjell Tullus
OBJECTIVES: Renovascular disease (RVD) is found in about 10 % of secondary childhood hypertension. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) is the gold standard to diagnose RVD. Non-invasive imaging methods like Doppler ultrasound (US), magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), and computed tomography angiography (CTA) are increasingly used. Our aim was to evaluate the role and accuracy of US, MRA, and CTA compared to DSA in diagnosing RVD in children. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 127 children with suspected renovascular hypertension was performed in children referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital between 2006 and 2014 due to clinical suspicion of renovascular hypertension and/or findings on US and/or MRA or CTA...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Christoph F Dietrich, Rudolf Horn, Susanne Morf, Liliana Chiorean, Yi Dong, Xin-Wu Cui, Nathan S S Atkinson, Christian Jenssen
Central venous access has traditionally been performed on the basis of designated anatomical landmarks. However, due to patients' individual anatomy and vessel pathology and depending on individual operators' skill, this landmark approach is associated with a significant failure rate and complication risk. There is substantial evidence demonstrating significant improvement in effectiveness and safety of vascular access by realtime ultrasound (US)-guidance, as compared to the anatomical landmark-guided approach...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Masaaki Murakami, Genichi Sakaguchi, Noriko Mori
OBJECTIVE: In patients with a high risk of fistula immaturity, we created arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) combined with brachial artery superficialization. With this procedure, the superficialized arteries are used as drawing routes and the AVFs as returning routes. This is a technical report about AVFs combined with brachial artery superficialization. METHODS: Twenty-four consecutive patients with a high risk of fistula immaturity who underwent AVFs with brachial artery superficialization were included in this single-center retrospective study...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
James Torey, Anwar Zaitoun, Thomas Lalonde, John Runyon, Jihad Mustapha, Thomas Davis
OBJECTIVES: CENTRAL was a prospective, multicenter, 100 patient study designed to evaluate the ability of a recanalization catheter system to cross chronic total occlusions (CTOs) of the superficial femoral artery while staying within the central vessel lumen. METHODS: The primary endpoint was the successful crossing of a CTO (≥90% of the length) with the recanalization catheter in the central lumen of the superficial femoral artery in at least one-half of the studied patient population, confirmed by intravascular ultrasound...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
Andrea Igoren Guaricci, Gianluca Pontone, Laura Fusini, Maria De Luca, Francesco Pio Cafarelli, Marco Guglielmo, Andrea Baggiano, Virginia Beltrama, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Saima Mushtaq, Edoardo Conte, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Daniele Andreini, Natale Daniele Brunetti, Matteo Di Biase, Antonio L Bartorelli, Mauro Pepi
AIMS: To evaluate the relationship between an incremental model including cardiovascular risk factors, carotid disease, and inflammatory biomarkers to predict the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 134 consecutive and asymptomatic intermediate-risk patients (mean age 61 ± 9 years, 52% men) were enrolled. Each subject underwent circulating levels assessment of interleukin (IL)-2r, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and carotid and coronary artery evaluation using carotid ultrasound and coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA), respectively...
October 14, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Georgios Tsivgoulis, Andrei V Alexandrov
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Low cost, avoidance of irradiation, and high temporal resolution are inherent advantages of ultrasound imaging that translate into multiple clinical uses in many domains of neurology. This article presents clinical uses of ultrasound examination in cerebrovascular, neurodegenerative, and peripheral nervous system diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: Modern treatment and prevention of ischemic stroke rely on prompt diagnosis. Ultrasonography has found a place as a noninvasive screening test and bedside technique that provides estimates of the degree of stenosis as well as hemodynamic and structural information about intracranial and extracranial vessels in real time...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
You Li, Dongwoon Hyun, Lotfi Abou-Elkacem, Juergen Willmann, Jeremy Dahl
Power Doppler (PD) imaging is a widely used technique for flow detection. Despite the wide use of Doppler ultrasound, limitations exist in the ability of Doppler ultrasound to assess slow flow in small-diameter vasculature, such as the maternal spiral arteries and fetal villous arteries of the placenta and focal liver lesions. The sensitivity of PD in small vessel detection is limited by the low signal produced by slow flow and the noise associated with small vessels. The noise sources include electronic noise, stationary or slowly moving tissue clutter, reverberation clutter, and off-axis scattering from tissue, among others...
October 10, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Emilio A Herrera, Francisca Cifuentes-Zúñiga, Esteban Figueroa, Cristian Villanueva, Cherie Hernández, René Alegría, Viviana Arroyo, Estefania Peñaloza, Marcelo Farías, Ricardo Uauy, Paola Casanello, Bernardo J Krause
In humans, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is associated with vascular dysfunction, oxidative stress and signs of endothelial programming in umbilical vessels. We aimed to determine the effects of maternal antioxidant treatment with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) on fetal endothelial function and eNOS programming in IUGR guinea pigs. IUGR was induced by implanting ameroid constrictors on uterine arteries of pregnant guinea pigs at mid gestation, receiving half of the sows NAC in the drinking water (from day 34 until term)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Ludovico La Grutta, Marta Marasà, Patrizia Toia, Daniele Ajello, Domenico Albano, Erica Maffei, Emanuele Grassedonio, Giuseppina Novo, Massimo Galia, Giuseppe Caruso, Salvatore Novo, Filippo Cademartiri, Massimo Midiri
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to compare the atherosclerotic disease in the coronary and carotid arteries in patients who underwent non-invasive imaging for suspected stable coronary artery disease (CAD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: 107 patients (64 men, age 59 ± 12) with atypical chest pain underwent cardiac CT (CCT) and carotid ultrasound (US) on the same day. Severity (obstructive or not-obstructive disease), location, shape, and composition of atherosclerotic plaques in the two districts were evaluated...
October 13, 2016: La Radiologia Medica
Su Young Kim, Ji Hyun Cheon, Won Jun Seo, Geun Young Yang, Yun Mi Choi, Kyung Hoon Kim
The musculoskeletal system is mainly composed of the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, in addition to nerves and blood vessels. The greatest difficulty in an ultrasonographic freeze-frame created by the examiner is recognition of the targeted structures without indicators, since an elephant's trunk may not be easily distinguished from its leg. It is not difficult to find descriptive ultrasonographic terms used for educational purposes, which help in distinguishing features of these structures either in a normal or abnormal anatomic condition...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Pain
Wolfgang Wiedemair, Zeljko Tukovic, Hrvoje Jasak, Dimos Poulikakos, Vartan Kurtcuoglu
Encapsulated microbubbles (MBs) serve as endovascular agents in a wide range of medical ultrasound applications. The oscillatory response of these agents to ultrasonic excitation is determined by MB size, gas content, viscoelastic shell properties and geometrical constraints. The viscoelastic parameters of the MB capsule vary during an oscillation cycle and change irreversibly upon shell rupture. The latter results in marked stress changes on the endothelium of capillary blood vessels due to altered MB dynamics...
October 12, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Huan Xu, Chong Liu, Meng Gu, Yanbo Chen, Zhikang Cai, Qi Chen, Zhong Wang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship between prostatic vessel changes induced by cigarette smoking and the perioperative outcome of holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 268 postoperative patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) were prospectively analysed in our department. They were divided into two groups (smokers and non-smokers) according to smoking history. Transrectal colour Doppler ultrasound was performed to evaluate the prostate vascular changes...
October 9, 2016: Oncotarget
Zhi-Geng Jin, Zhuo-Qi Zhang, Li-Min Jing, Yu-Jie Wei, Jiao Zhang, Jian-Ping Luo, Sheng-Li Yang, Dong-Xing Ma, Ying Liu, Wei Han, Yong Yang, Hui-Liang Liu
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of dual-axis rotational coronary angiography (DARCA) for coronary lesion assessment by directly comparing with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). From October 2014 to December 2015, 40 patients (58 lesions) who had undergone both DARCA and IVUS were included in the image analysis. The minimum lumen diameter (MLD), lesion length, reference vessel diameter (RVD) and percent diameter stenosis at the same lesion, were identified and assessed. Significant correlation with IVUS was found for DARCA in either lesion length (r = 0...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Pratibha Gogia, Tabassum Z Insaf, William McNulty, Afroditi Boutou, Andrew G Nicholson, Zaid Zoumot, Pallav L Shah
The objective of this study was to assess the utility of endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) morphology of lymph nodes in predicting benign cytology of transbronchial needle aspirates in a prospective observational study. Five ultrasonic morphological characteristics of mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes were recorded: size, shape, margins, echogenic appearance and the presence of a central blood vessel. These characteristics were correlated with the final diagnosis. A total of 402 consecutive patients (237 males and 165 females) undergoing EBUS were studied...
January 2016: ERJ Open Research
Dali Nadida, Ali Amal, Marzouk Ines, Moussa Makram, Manamani Amira, Ben Farhat Leila, Hendaoui Lotfi
PURPOSE: The aim of this work is to explain the clinical features and the imaging findings of primitive epiploic appendagitis in 12 patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve patients were examined in 2 University hospitals between January 2011 and June 2016. Their medical charts have been reviewed. Nine patients have undergone enhanced CT examination and only two among them, have had at first an abdominal ultrasound. RESULTS: The age ranged between 36 and 65 years old...
October 6, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Elisabeth B Marsh, Wendy C Ziai, Rafael H Llinas
INTRODUCTION: Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) typically affects young patients and left untreated can result in hemorrhage or ischemic stroke. Though the disorder has been well characterized in the literature, the most appropriate way to diagnose, treat, and evaluate therapeutic response remains unclear. In previous studies, transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD) has shown elevated velocities indicative of vasospasm. This imaging modality is noninvasive and inexpensive; an attractive option for diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring if it is sensitive enough to detect changes in the acute setting given that RCVS often affects the distal vessels early in the course of disease...
May 2016: Case Reports in Neurology
Shao-Wen Chung, Cho-Chiang Shih, Chih-Chung Huang
Ultrasound imaging has been extensively used for determining the severity of carotid atherosclerotic stenosis. In particular, the morphological characterization of carotid plaques can be performed for risk stratification of patients. However, using 2D ultrasound imaging for detecting morphological changes in plaques has several limitations. Due to the scan was performed on a single longitudinal cross-section, the selected 2D image is difficult to represent the entire morphology and volume of plaque and vessel lumen...
September 29, 2016: Ultrasonics
H M Nef, O Dörr, H Möllmann, A Elsässer
Bifurcation lesions are a therapeutic challenge in the interventional treatment of coronary artery disease. Thus, consideration of anatomical aspects and selection of the most appropriate strategy for an individual bifurcation have an impact on the interventional outcome. Accordingly, assessment of the type of bifurcation stenosis, including the relevance of the side branches, vessel diameter and the angle between the two branches are critical for the optimal choice of interventional strategy. The fractional flow reserve (FFR) is a parameter that provides a measure of the severity of coronary stenosis and despite some limitations, FFR can be applied to bifurcation lesions...
October 7, 2016: Herz
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