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[en] We describe percutaneous, translumbar placement of a 14-Fr dialysis catheter into an ascending lumbar vein to achieve tip position in an enlarged azygos vein. The patient had thrombosis of all traditional vascular sites, as well as the inferior vena cava. This catheter functioned well for 7 months before fatal catheter-related infection developed.
[en] Purpose: To report our experience with mechanical thrombectomy in proximal deep vein thrombosis (DVT).Methods: Eighteen patients with a mean (±SD) age of 37.6±16.1 years who presented with DVT in the iliac and femoral vein (n=3), inferior vena cava (n=5), or inferior vena cava and iliac vein (n=10), were treated with the Amplatz Thrombectomy Device after insertion of a temporary caval filter.Results: Successful recanalization was achieved in 15 of 18 patients (83%). Overall, the percentage of thrombus removed was 66±29%: 73±30% at caval level and 55±36% at iliofemoral level. Complementary interventions (seven patients) were balloon angioplasty (n=2), angioplasty and stenting (n=2), thrombo-aspiration alone (n=1), thrombo-aspiration, balloon angioplasty, and permanent filter (n=1), and permanent filter alone (n=1). There was one in-hospital death. Follow-up was obtained at a mean of 29.6 months; three patients had died (two cancers, one myocardial infarction); 10 had no or minimal sequelae; one had post-phlebitic limb.Conclusion: Mechanical thrombectomy is a potential therapeutic option in patients presenting with proximal DVT.
[en] The purpose of this paper is to describe a unique 'eighth note' deformity of the autogenous radiocephalic fistula for hemodialysis and to retrospectively evaluate the efficacy and safety of its endovascular treatment. Over 3 years, a total of 808 patients and 558 autogenous radiocephalic fistulas were treated for vascular access dysfunction or thrombosis. These included 14 fistulas in 14 patients (9 men, 5 women; mean age, 58.2 ± 2.8 years; range 27-79 years) whose fistulograms before treatment resembled a musical note, the eighth note. Endovascular treatment sought to remodel the deformed vascular access to a classic radiocephalic fistula and increase the number of cannulation sites available for hemodialysis. The technical and clinical success rates were each 92.8% (13/14). Fistula remodeling was successful in 13 patients. The postintervention primary patency was 100% at 90 days, 91.7 ± 0.8% at 120 days, 78.6 ± 13.9% at 180 days, 62.9 ± 17.9% at 360 days, 31.4 ± 24.0% at 540 days, and 0% at 720 days. The postintervention secondary patency was 100% at 90 days, 100% at 120 days, 100% at 180 days, 85.7 ± 13.2% at 360 days, and 85.7 ± 13.2% at 720 days. No major complications were noted. Minor complications were found in 71.4% of patients, all of which resolved spontaneously. In conclusion, endovascular treatment of fistulas with the eighth note deformity can effectively increase the number of available cannulation sites, facilitate fistula maturation, and facilitate thromboaspiration after fistula thrombosis.
[en] Colorectal carcinoma (CRC) is the third most common type of cancer and the second most leading cause of death. The combination of cytostatics (irinotecan, oxaliplatin, and fluorouracil) and monoclonal antibodies (bevacizumab, cetuximab or panitumumab) represents the standard first-line treatment of metastatic CRC (mCRC). The objective of this case report is to mediate an experience with a mCRC patient treated with bevacizumab, oxaliplatin, and fluorouracil (5-FU) with a partial response after three and six months. Neurotoxicity and neutropenia were noticed side effects. Oxaliplatin was excluded due to neurotoxicity and 5-FU dose reduced due to neutropenia Venous thrombosis in the right axillary vein developed during bevacizumab therapy. The patient is being continued with bevacizumab and 5-FU after nine-month treatment when the disease is stable. (author)
[en] We report the case of a 31-year-old woman presenting with abdominal pain due to acute thrombosis of a superior and inferior mesenteric vein aneurysm, which was treated by a combination of arterial thrombolysis and transhepatic thrombus aspiration. At the last follow-up CT, 21 months following this procedure, there was no evidence of rethrombosis, and the patient continues to do well under oral anticoagulation. The literature regarding these uncommon mesenteric vein aneurysms without portal vein involvement, as well as their treatment options, is reviewed
[en] This article focuses on radiological imaging of complications after interventional percutaneous insertion of totally implantable venous access ports (TIVAPs) which were placed in the forearm. Thus far most reviews have dealt with pectorally-placed TIVAPs. Compared with the pectoral approach, implantation in the forearm has been associated with certain complications owing to a longer route of the port catheter within a smaller vein, and owing to the route across the elbow joint, resulting in higher rates of catheter-associated thrombosis and possible mechanical complications. The purpose of this review is to describe the complications after implantation of TIVAPs in the forearm, and to make radiologists familiar with the key findings of the complications during radiological imaging, including colour-coded and compression Duplex ultrasound, computed tomography, and digital subtraction venography.
[en] Purpose: We describe the results of a preliminary prospective study using different recently developed temporary and retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters.Methods: Fifty temporary IVC filters (Guenther, Guenther Tulip, Antheor) were inserted in 47 patients when the required period of protection against pulmonary embolism (PE) was estimated to be less than 2 weeks. The indications were documented deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and temporary contraindications for anticoagulation, a high risk for PE, and PE despite DVT prophylaxis.Results: Filters were removed 1-12 days after placement and nine (18%) had captured thrombi. Complications were one PE during and after removal of a filter, two minor filter migrations, and one IVC thrombosis.Conclusion: Temporary filters are effective in trapping clots and protecting against PE, and the complication rate does not exceed that of permanent filters. They are an alternative when protection from PE is required temporarily, and should be considered in patients with a normal life expectancy.
[en] The absence of the inferior vena cava is an uncommon congenital anomaly that has recently been identified as an important risk factor contributing to the development of deep venous thrombosis. Congenital agenesis of the right hepatic lobe is a rare anomaly which is found incidentally in radiologic examinations. We present a case of a congenital absence of the infrarenal inferior vena cava, combined with agenesis of the right hepatic lobe in a 62-year-old man presented with symptoms of deep venous thrombosis
[en] Objective: Though a number of studies have attempted to list the risk factors for DVT, there seems to be paucity of information relating to patients in Africa. We realized that a number of patients referred to our department for venoscintigraphy have concomitant tuberculosis and retroviral disease. Therefore, we decided to assess the possible relationship between DVT and the above-mentioned concomitant diseases. Method: A retrospective study of all patients referred for venous scintigraphy of the lower limbs in 2003 was done. Data from 160 patients was available for analysis. We looked at patient age and gender as well as the incidence of concurrent tuberculosis and retro-viral disease. The results are presented in a table. The remaining patients have shown either chronic venous disease or equivocal results. Conclusion: Tuberculosis and retroviral disease may be contributing risk factors in our population. (author)
[en] Highlights: • We discuss the clinical and pathological aspects of the heterogeneous group of hematological disorders known as myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). • We aim to help the radiologist to recognize typical imaging features suggestive of underlying MPN. • Help to identify unusual imaging signs that may enable the radiologist to suggest an MPN as a possible underlying cause, particularly splanchnic venous thrombosis. Recommended articlesNo articles found.