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[en] Purpose: Data of a three-year follow-up after mechanical thrombolysis with the Hydrolyser catheter were evaluated. Patients have otherwise been treated by local thrombolysis. Method: 35 patients were treated by thrombolysis, balloon angioplasty, aspiration, local thrombolysis, and stent placement, if necessary. Morphological results following Hydrolyser treatment and additional treatment were evaluated. Results: Following Hydrolyser treatment a significant reduction of the degree and length of the occlusion was observed. Primary clinical success was 80%. Patency rate after 3 years was 0.5. 23% of all patients died in the follow-up period. Conclusion: The Hydrolyser treatment is a relevant alternative to local thrombolysis. This method reduces the time of treatment. The authors favor the lateral opening of the catheter to remove mural thrombus. (orig.)
[de]Ziel: Auswertung der Nachkontrollen von Patienten, die anstelle einer lokalen Lyse mit dem Hydrolyser trademark -Thrombektomiekatheter (HT), Ballondilatation (PTA), Aspirationsthrombektomie (PAT) oder Stent behandelt wurden. Methode: 35 Patienten wurden behandelt und ueber drei Jahre nachbeobachtet. Alle Patienten hatten thromotische/thrombembolische Verschluesse der unteren Extremitaet. Die Laesionen wurden alle mit dem Hydrolyser trademark -Katheter behandelt. Abhaengig von der Art der Laesion wurden die unterschiedlichen Zusatzverfahren eingesetzt. Das morphologische Resultat wurde sowohl nach dem Einsatz des Hydrolysers trademark als auch nach der sekundaeren Therapie beurteilt. Ergebnis: Nach Verwendung des Hydrolysers konnte in 21 Faellen eine weitgehende Rekanalisation erreicht werden. Nach sekundaerer Angioplastie wurde in 31 Faellen ein zufrieden-stellendes Resultat (keine relevante Reststenose) erzielt. Die primaere klinische Erfolgsrate lag bei 28/35 (80%). Die Offenheitsrate nach drei Jahren betrug 0,5. 8 Patienten (23%) waren verstorben. Schlussfolgerung: Das System verkuerzt oder ersetzt die lokale Lyse. Vergleichbar ist der Hydrolyser trademark nur mit dem SET-Thrombektomiesystem trademark, wobei den Autoren die laterale Absaugoeffnung guenstiger erscheint, um murale Thromben zu entfernen. (orig.)
[en] The basis principles of MRI are reviewed in order to understand how blood flow effects arise in conventional imaging. Then some of the ways these effects have ben used in MRI techniques specifically designed for vascular imaging, are considered. (author)
[en] Ureteral stenting is a routine, minimally invasive procedure performed for relief of benign or malignant obstruction. In case of ureteral stenosis, to allow a correct insertion of the stent, a predilatation of the ureter stenosis with a conventional balloon catheter can be necessary. In exceptional cases, it can be difficult to advance an 7-8 Fr JJ-catheter over a tight resistant ureter stenosis following unsuccessful high-pressure balloon dilatation. In the present report, we describe two cases of resistant ureter stenosis successfully dilated by a cutting-balloon following the failure of high-pressure balloon dilatation, allowing a correct and uncomplicated antegrade stent insertion.
[en] Complications of embolization and chemoembolization remain a problem even with the development of low-profile catheter material and the introduction of new embolization agents. In recent years many new embolization materials have become available for clinical use, so the possibilities and limitations of these new materials must be understood to allow safe and effective embolization. Although up to now some scientific work has been published reporting the basic risk of embolization procedures, the underlying pathomechanism remains the object of speculation. Besides complications like drug toxicity, allergic reactions, and bleeding of the puncture site, the characteristics of embolization materials must be known to understand the potential complications of nontarget embolization and reflux of embolization material. This article gives an overview of established and new embolization materials, their potential risks, and the underlying pathophysiology.
[en] We studied the angiographic findings in 65 patients with congenital pulmonary atresia, ages 4 days to 14 years (mean 3.3 yrs), from 1981 to 1986 at Severance Hospital Yonsei University. 1. 6 had pulmonary atresia with an intact interventricular septum, 38 had it with cardiac anomaly Renodynamically simulating TOF, and 21 associated with more complicated cardiac anomalies. 2. In the group with an intact ventricular septum, 5 showed confluent intrapericardial pulmonary artery, all segmental pulmonary arteries connected to intrapericardial artery. 3. In the group simulating TOF, aorta arose from RV with or without overriding in 35. In 27 patients with confluent intrapericardial pulmonary artery, 23 had more than 10 segmental pulmonary arteries connected to intrapericardial artery and 5 had severely hypoplastic hilar pulmonary arteries. In 11 with non confluent intrapericardial pulmonary artery, 4 had more than 10 segmental pulmonary arteries connected to central pulmonary artery and 9 had severely hypoplastic hilar pulmonary arteries. 4. In the group associated with more complicated cardiac anomaly, included 8 patients with atrioventricular discordance, 7 with univentricular heart and 6 with tricuspid atresia. In 17 patients with confluent intrapericardial artery, 16 had more than 10 segmental pulmonary arteries connected to intrapericardial artery, one showed severe hypoplasia of hilar pulmonary arteries. In another 4 with non confluence, no one showed more than 10 segmental arteries connected to intrapericardial or hilar pulmonary artery.
[en] The purpose of this investigation was to provide a detailed description of the angiographic results after stenting of high-grade intracranial stenosis using balloon-expandable stents. Forty consecutive patients with symptomatic atherosclerotic intracranial stenosis >50% received endovascular treatment by placement of balloon-expandable stents using the concept of slight underdilation and strict avoidance of overdilation. Intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography images before and after stenting in the same projection were reviewed for pre- and post-therapeutic measurement of the degree of stenosis and evaluation of morphologic criteria like plaque coverage, stent apposition, patency of side branches, and signs of dissection or vasospasm. Stenting decreased the mean percentage stenosis from 76.2 (WASID criteria) to 20.8%. Residual stenosis ranged from 0 to 55% with residual stenosis >50% in two of 40 cases. Technical success rate was 95%. There were no major vessel complications, but minor abnormalities like incomplete stent apposition (8/40) or plaque coverage (7/40), incomplete filling of side branches (13/40), and minor dissections after stenting (2/40) were seen. One case with incomplete stent apposition and two cases with side branch compromise were associated with clinical symptoms. In conclusion, intracranial stenting with slight underdilation avoided major vessel complication and created reliable luminal gain. Suboptimal recanalization results were frequently detected and may be the source of neurological complications in individual cases.