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[en] Purpose: To evaluate the diagnostic usefulness of CO2 as a radiologic contrast medium in pre and post-embolization of hemodynamically active vascular malformations. Material and methods: Eight pre and post-embolization angiographies were performed on five patients with hemodynamically active vascular malformations. In all cases sequentially iodinated contrast medium and CO2 were used. Procedures were performed using Philips Integris V equipped with specific software to process images obtained with CO2 as contrast medium and with a purpose-built gas injector pump. The images were assessed by three interventional radiologists who evaluated the findings by consensus. They were asked whether uptake of the malformations were better, worse or the same with iodinated contrast and CO2. The images were judged according to the following characteristics; quality, the filling in of the contrast in afferent artery of the HAVM, caliber and number of vessels and existence of pathologic communications in HAVM. These characteristics were assessed in all the patients of the study, both before and after embolization. Results: The CO2 angiographic results were compared to those obtained using iodinated contrast material. Iodinated contrast provided superior image quality in all performed studies. The filling of arterial afference of HAVM was well defined with both contrast media. In all performed cases with CO2, the malformations showed more vessels. No immediate nor subsequent complications developed with CO2 injections, except in one female patient, who presented an intense sensation of cramps in the lower limbs. Conclusion: CO2 is a useful diagnostic and assessment tool before and especially during the embolization of hemodynamically active vascular malformations. It improves quantification and uptake of the malformation's vascular architecture, detecting collateral circulation and arteriovenous shunts. It also detects residual post-embolization disease when iodinated contrast agent is unsuccessful
[en] Persistent primitive hypoglossal artery (PPHA) represents the second most common carotid-vertebrobasilar anastomosis. The association of PPHA with intracranial aneurysms is not unusual. Treatment of aneurysms located on the PPHA itself is challenging due to the increased risk of ischemic complications secondary to the hypoglossal artery often being the sole contributor of flow to the posterior circulation. We report a case of a wide-neck aneurysm in a PPHA successfully treated using a stent-assisted coil embolization technique.
[en] Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm is related with a 100% mortality rate if left untreated. Even with surgical intervention or endovascular repair, mortality is still extremely high. However, there are conditions in which neither open surgical aneurysm repair nor endovascular aneurysm repair can be considered a viable therapeutic option because of comorbidities or anatomic reasons. We report a case of successful endovascular treatment in a patient with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm by occluding the abdominal aneurysm using the Amplatzer Vascular Plug (AVP II).
[en] Our purpose was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of carbon dioxide (CO2) in fine-needle percutaneous transhepatic parenchymal portal venography and its potential clinical applications. Three Belgian landrace pigs received fine-needle percutaneous transhepatic parenchymal portal venography by using CO2 as a contrast agent. Under fluoroscopic and B-mode ultrasonic guidance, right or left lobe of liver was punctured with a 22-G Chiba needle, through which CO2 was injected with a dedicated CO2 injector at injection rate of 20 ml/s for 20 ml, 40 ml/s for 40 ml, 40 ml/s for 60 ml, and 40 ml/s for 80 ml, respectively. The portal venograms were obtained by use of digital subtraction angiography (DSA) system with animal in supine position. In one pig transarterial portal venography was performed, in addition, using iodinated contrast agent. The portal vein was visualized in each run of venography. Optimal images of portal tree structure up to four-order branches were obtained in all those with CO2 injection rate of 40 ml/s, which appeared much better in quality than those obtained by cranial mesenteric arteriography with iodinated contrast agent. No extravasation of CO2, liver laceration, or any other complication occurred during the procedures. The technique we proposed demonstrated optimal portography, which appeared to be safe, minimally invasive, less time-consuming, cost-effective, and easy to perform, with great potential in clinical applications. (orig.)
[en] Angioplasty has long been used in the treatment of peripheral arterial occlusive disease with variable long-term results. In this case report, we present a patient with marfanoid features and acute ischemia of the lower extremity. Angioplasty provided us with the means of emergently relieving the acute symptoms. The patient was subsequently found on further work-up to have hyperhomocysteinemia (HC) and appropriate medical therapy was initiated. We conclude that angioplasty should be considered in pediatric patients with acute occlusive limb ischemia, providing excellent immediate results to preserve the limb as well as the time to investigate the underlying causes. (orig.)
[en] Aneurysms of the extracranial internal carotid artery (EICA) are infrequent. They are difficult to treat with conventional surgery because of their distal extension into the skull base. We report three cases of EICA aneurysms in two symptomatic patients successfully treated with polytetrafluoroethylene self-expanding endografts using an endovascular approach. The aneurysms were located distal to the carotid bifurcation and extended to the subpetrous portion of the internal carotid artery
[en] Purpose: A method to create an extraluminal femoropopliteal bypass graft using endovascular techniques was evaluated in situ on cadaver extremities in an attempt to develop a minimally invasive alternative technique for the management of infrainguinal occlusive arterial disease. Methods: The endovascular placement of an extraluminal femoropopliteal bypass graft was undertaken in 5 cadaver legs. Following percutaneous access to the popliteal artery (PA) or common femoral artery (CFA), a Rosch-Uchida needle was used to perforate the vascular wall, followed by the creation of an extraluminal tract using a looped wire and catheter. Once the desired level was reached the needle was again used to perforate the vascular wall of the proximal superficial femoral artery (SFA) or PA depending on the access used. Self-expanding expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) stent-grafts were then deployed to establish the extraluminal femoropopliteal bypass connecting the two arterial puncture sites. Following dilatation of the stent-graft, angiography was performed to assess the endoprostheses and to look for contrast leaks. Results: Technical success was achieved in all 5 legs. Procedure time varied from 15 to 30 min. The angiographic studies performed immediately after completion of the bypass procedure showed patency of the grafts with no evidence of kinking or leakage in any of the cases. Conclusion: This study has proved that the endovascular placement of an extraluminal femoropopliteal bypass graft in human cadaver legs using endovascular techniques under fluoroscopic control is technically feasible.
[en] We report two patients with acutely thrombosed popliteal artery aneurysms that were successfully treated with a combination of thrombolytic therapy and placement of noncovered Wallstents. RID='''' ID='''' < E5>Correspondence to: M.B. Lobrano, M.D
[en] Mycotic aneurysms are uncommon, especially those located in visceral arteries. We present a case of a patient with two visceral mycotic aneurysms due to bacterial endocarditis, one located in right upper pole renal artery and the second in the splenic artery. Both aneurysms were treated as endovascular embolization using microcoils. In the aneurysm located at the renal artery, the technique of stent-assisted coils embolization was preferred to avoid coils migration due to its wide neck. The stent used was the Solitaire AB, which was designed for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms and was used recently in acute stroke as a mechanical thrombectomy device. Complete embolization of the aneurysm was achieved, preserving all the arterial branches without nephrogram defects in the final angiogram.