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  1. Superior vena cava obstruction after heart transplantation.

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    Kashani, Babak Sharif; Ahmadi, Zargham Hossein; Abdi, Seifollah; Mirhosseini, Seyed Mohsen; Kianfar, Amir Abbas; Niusha, Shanay

    2016-01-01

    Superior vena cava obstruction can be a serious complication after heart transplantation. A 58-year-old man with ischemic cardiomyopathy underwent orthotopic bicaval heart transplantation. On the 12th postoperative day, one hour after removing the central venous line, he developed sudden onset of facial edema, cyanosis, and tachycardia. Emergency transesophageal echocardiography revealed superior vena caval thrombosis at the site of anastomosis. Considering the risks of surgical reexploration, the superior vena cava was recanalized by stent deployment. All of the patient's symptoms were relieved a few hours after stent placement. PMID:24732089

  2. Mitral valve plasty in an adult patient without a right superior vena cava.

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    Kubota, Sayaka; Nakano, Kiyoharu; Kodera, Kojiro; Asano, Ryota; Kataoka, Go; Tatsuishi, Wataru

    2012-09-01

    Persistent left superior vena cava without a right superior vena cava is an extremely rare condition. We report the case of a 65-year-old woman with this condition who underwent mitral valve plasty. During cardiac catheterization, the asymptomatic patient with mitral valve prolapse syndrome was found to have a persistent left superior vena cava without a right superior vena cava. During mitral valve plasty, cardiopulmonary bypass was established using bicaval drainage through the persistent left superior vena cava and the right atrium. A cannula was inserted into the persistent left superior vena cava to provide a large surgical field in the left atrium. We selected a technique that involved direct insertion of an L-shaped cannula into the persistent left superior vena cava and obtained a clear view of the surgical field. Proper assessment of the right superior vena cava is necessary when a persistent left superior vena cava is suspected. PMID:22945860

  3. [Superior vena cava thrombosis in a patient on hemodialysis].

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    Saval, N; Pou, M; López Pedret, J; Burrell, M; Cases, A

    2004-01-01

    We present a patient with end-stage renal disease on maintenace hemodialysis through a permanent catheter (Permcath) on the right subclavian vein. One month after the catheter placement the patient exhibited a superior vena cava syndrome due to a pericatheter thrombosis. The patient was initially managed with anticoagulation with early clinical improvement. Nevertheless, the reappearance of the symptoms forced the removal of the catheter and percutaneous angioplasty of the superior vena cava. After those measures and anticoagulation with coumarin the patient remains stable with complete clinical resolution and angiographical improvement. PMID:15219066

  4. Large hemangioma in a persistent left superior vena cava.

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    Hu, Wen; Wang, Xiang; Tan, Sichuang; Fan, Songqing; Liu, Jun; Yu, Fenglei; Tang, Jingqun

    2012-12-01

    Cardiac hemangiomas represent 1 to 2% of all detected benign heart tumors. Tumors in the coronary sinus have been reported; however, to our knowledge, there have been no reports of masses in a persistent left superior vena cava. We report here the first case of a 58-year-old man with a rare huge unicamerate cardiac hemangiomas in a persistent left superior vena cava. A communication vein between the coronary sinus and hemangiomas could be identified, and thrombus formation was found in the hemangiomas as well. PMID:23180384

  5. Aortocaval Tunnel to the Superior Vena Cava: A Case Report

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    Salehi, Rezvanieh; Rastkar, Bahman; Afrasiabi, Abbas; Pourafkari, Leili

    2011-01-01

    A 20-year old female with a rare anomaly of aortocaval tunnel to superior vena cava is presented. Rare cases of congenital communications between aorta and right sided of the heart has been reported previously. The patient underwent surgical repair and had uneventful recovery. PMID:24250957

  6. Troubleshooting during pacemaker implant in persistent left superior vena cava with absence of right superior vena cava (isolated persistent left superior vena cava)

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    Razi, Mahmadulla; Madaan, Amit; Goel, Amit; Sinha, Santosh Kumar

    2016-01-01

    Persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) with absence of right SVC (isolated PLSVC) is a rare congenital anomaly that occurs as a result of a degenerative condition in the left anterior cardinal vein. It is generally an incidental finding while performing invasive procedures such as antiarrhythmic device implantation. We report on a rare case of permanent pacemaker implantation in a patient with this anomaly from right subclavian route, albeit most of the earlier reported cases are from left subclavian approach. A wide spectrum of clinicians should be aware of this anomaly, its variations, and possible complications. PMID:27144141

  7. Superior vena cava repair with left brachiocephalic vein flap

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    Tsubochi, Hiroyoshi; Endo, Shunsuke; Minegishi, Kentaro; Endo, Tetsuya

    2016-01-01

    Interposition with a vascular prosthesis or patch closure using autologous pericardium has been applied for superior vena cava (SVC) reconstruction during surgery for thoracic malignancies such as thymic epithelial tumors or lymphadenopathy that invade the SVC. We herein report a novel and simple method for repair of the SVC using a left brachiocephalic vein flap. This procedure is useful to repair the anterior wall of the distal portion of the SVC, which is a common site of invasion of thoracic malignancies. PMID:26932999

  8. Combined Double Sleeve Lobectomy and Superior Vena Cava Resection for Non-small Cell Lung Cancer with Persistent Left Superior Vena Cava.

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    Zhu, Daxing; Qiu, Xiaoming; Zhou, Qinghua

    2015-11-01

    A 65-year-old man with right central type of lung squamous carcinoma was admitted to our department. Bronchoscopy displayed complete obstruction of right upper lobe bronchus and infiltration of the bronchus intermedius with tumor. Chest contrast computed tomography revealed the tumor invaded right pulmonary artery, superior vena cava, and the persistant left superior vena cava flowed into the coronary sinus. The tumor was successfully removed by means of bronchial and pulmonary artery sleeve resection of the right upper and middle lobes combined with resection and reconstruction of superior vena cava (SVC) utilizing ringed polytetrafluoroethylene graft. To the best of our knowledge, this was the first report of complete resection of locally advanced lung cancer involving superior vena cava, right pulmonary artery trunk and main bronchus with persistant left superior vena cava. PMID:26582230

  9. "The Scalpel or the Needle for Superior Vena Cava syndrome"?

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    Chandra, Deepak; Pothineni, Naga Venkata K; Meena, Nikhil

    2015-08-01

    Acute Superior Vena Cava (SVC) syndrome from thrombosis is an increasingly recognized complication of intravascular devices. We present a 31 year old woman with an infusion port placed for chemotherapy who developed acute SVC obstruction. A computerized tomograpy (CT) of chest revealed an occlusive thrombus within the SVC extending into the right atrium. Catheter-guided thrombolysis and surgical thrombectomywere felt to impose prohibitive risks. Worsening symptoms led to the use of systemic thrombolysis with tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) leading to dramatic improvement in symptoms. A repeat CT revealed a reduction of the right atrial thrombus and SVC occlusion had resolved. PMID:26376553

  10. Primary mediastinal pleomorphic liposarcoma involving the superior vena cava.

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    Chen, Gang; Qiu, Xiaoming; Liu, Yi; Qiao, Yanjie; Shi, Tao; Chen, Jun; Zhou, Qinghua

    2014-05-01

    Primary mediastinal liposarcomas are extremely rare. They are primarily diseases of adults; however, they may be encountered in children. They are characterized by their large size and variable histologic subtypes, which correlate with clinical behavior and prognosis. Although the overall prognosis is poor, it is dependent upon the histologic subtype and completeness of surgical excision. Herein we present a case of a primary mediastinal pleomorphic liposarcoma in a 49-year-old male who received an en-bloc resection and superior vena cava replacement with Gortex graft. The patient has been disease-free after surgery for over 14 months. PMID:26767011

  11. Primary mediastinal pleomorphic liposarcoma involving the superior vena cava

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    Chen, Gang; Qiu, Xiaoming; Liu, Yi; Qiao, Yanjie; Shi, Tao; Chen, Jun; Zhou, Qinghua

    2014-01-01

    Primary mediastinal liposarcomas are extremely rare. They are primarily diseases of adults; however, they may be encountered in children. They are characterized by their large size and variable histologic subtypes, which correlate with clinical behavior and prognosis. Although the overall prognosis is poor, it is dependent upon the histologic subtype and completeness of surgical excision. Herein we present a case of a primary mediastinal pleomorphic liposarcoma in a 49-year-old male who received an en-bloc resection and superior vena cava replacement with Gortex graft. The patient has been disease-free after surgery for over 14 months. PMID:26767011

  12. Superior vena cava syndrome with retropharyngeal edema as a complication of ventriculoatrial shunt

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    Al-Natour, Mohammed S; Entezami, Pouya; Nazzal, Munier M S; Casabianca, Andrew B; Assaly, Ragheb; Riley, Kalen; Gaudin, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Key Clinical Message Thirty-seven-year old female with hydrocephalus managed by a ventriculoatrial (VA) shunt presented with upper body edema, dysphagia, and headache. Imaging demonstrated thrombosis of the superior vena cava (SVC). Direct catheter thrombolysis led to resolution of thrombus burden. Superior vena cava thrombosis is a rare consequence of VA shunting and must be managed emergently. PMID:26509004

  13. Heart Transplantation in a Patient with Persistent Left Superior Vena Cava

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    Lee, Jae-Hong; Park, Eun-Ah; Lee, Whal; Cho, Hyun-Jai; Kim, Ki-Bong; Hwang, Ho Young

    2014-01-01

    A 56-year-old male presented with severe exertional dyspnea and pitting edema in the lower extremities. The pre-operative evaluation demonstrated biventricular dysfunction associated with severe tricuspid valve regurgitation and a persistent left superior vena cava. He was registered as a transplantation candidate, and orthotopic heart transplantation was performed using the standard bicaval technique. The left superior vena cava was connected to the right atrial appendage after the construction of a conduit using the recipient’s autologous coronary sinus tissue. One-month postoperatively, computed tomography imagery demonstrated a patent conduit between the left superior vena cava and right atrial appendage. PMID:25551075

  14. Computed Tomography-Guided Central Venous Catheter Placement in a Patient with Superior Vena Cava and Inferior Vena Cava Occlusion

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    Rivero, Maria A.; Shaw, Dennis W.W.; Schaller, Robert T. Jr.

    1999-01-15

    An 18-year-old man with a gastrointestinal hypomotility syndrome required lifelong parenteral nutrition. Both the superior and inferior vena cava were occluded. Computed tomography guidance was used to place a long-term central venous catheter via a large tributary to the azygos vein.

  15. Isolation of persistent left superior vena cava during atrial fibrillation ablation

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    Ozcan, Emin E.; Szeplaki, Gabor; Merkely, Bela; Geller, Laszlo

    2015-01-01

    Persistent left superior vena cava is a rarely seen anomaly but it may be an arrhythmogenic source for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Furthermore, the complex anatomicregion between the left superior vena cava and the pulmonary veins may leads to misinterpretation of the pulmonary vein recordings during atrial fibrillation ablation. Approaches that might be helpful to overcome these problems are discussed in this case report. PMID:26937100

  16. Surgical Management of Undiagnosed Laceration of Superior Vena Cava Caused by Blunt Trauma.

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    Bouabdallaoui, Nadia; Debbagh, Hassan; Schoell, Thibaut; Lebreton, Guillaume

    2016-05-01

    Intrapericardial rupture of the superior vena cava resulting from blunt thoracic trauma is a rare and life-threatening condition that has to be ruled out in the presence of signs of cardiac tamponade and a history of blunt thoracic trauma. We report the case of undiagnosed superior vena cava laceration caused by a high-speed road traffic accident in a 25 year-old patient revealed by cardiac tamponade. We highlight the need of urgent surgical exploration in all patients whose condition is unstable in the setting of blunt thoracic trauma regardless of imaging conclusions. PMID:27106431

  17. [The use of endoprosthesis in superior vena cava syndrome caused by lung neoplasms].

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    Pisco, J M; Nobre, I; Fernandes, O; Garcia, V; Martins, J M; Duarte, A C; Freitas, M G

    1998-04-01

    We present six cases of superior vena cava syndrome caused by a malignant tumor that were treated by percutaneous endoprostheses. The technique is described and the results evaluated. In one case there was acute thrombosis of the endoprosthesis that was treated by urokinase. No other complications were observed. A patient died one month later due to progression of the tumor. The remaining cases were asymptomatic for longer than 6 months. It was concluded that endoprostheses for superior vena cava syndrome are efficient, with quick improvement of the symptomatology. PMID:9644844

  18. Worsening of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Associated with Catheter-Related Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

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    Jouvenot, Marie; Willoteaux, Serge; Meslier, Nicole; Gagnadoux, Frédéric

    2015-01-01

    There is growing evidence that fluid accumulation in the neck contributes to the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We describe a case of catheter-related superior v ena cava (SVC) thrombosis revealed by rapid onset of typical symptoms of OSA. A marked improvement in OSA severity was observed after central venous catheter removal, anticoagulant therapy, and SVC angioplasty Citation: Jouvenot M, Willoteaux S, Meslier N, Gagnadoux F. Worsening of obstructive sleep apnea associated with catheter-related superior vena cava syndrome. J Clin Sleep Med 2015;11(6):681–682. PMID:25766698

  19. Cardiac Metastasis from Invasive Thymoma Via the Superior Vena Cava: Cardiac MRI Findings

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    Dursun, Memduh Sarvar, Sadik; Cekrezi, Bledi; Kaba, Erkan; Bakir, Baris; Toker, Alper

    2008-07-15

    Cardiac tumors are rare, and metastatic deposits are more common than primary cardiac tumors. We present cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of a 50-year-old woman with invasive thymoma. Cardiac MRI revealed a heterogeneous, lobulated anterior mediastinal mass invading the superior vena cava and extending to the right atrium. In cine images there was no invasion to the right atrial wall.

  20. Complex Perioperative Decision-Making: Liver Resection in a Patient with Extensive Superior Vena Cava/Right Atrial Thrombus and Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

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    Lekowski, Robert W.

    2016-01-01

    The perioperative management of patients suffering from extensive superior vena cava (SVC) thrombus complicated by SVC syndrome presents unique challenges. The anesthesiologist needs to be prepared for possible thrombus dislodgement resulting in pulmonary embolism and also has to assess the need for fluid resuscitation given the dangers of massive intravenous fluid application via the upper extremities. We present our perioperative approach in management of a patient scheduled for right hepatectomy who was previously diagnosed with extensive SVC and right atrial (RA) thrombus complicated by SVC syndrome. PMID:26904303

  1. Complex Perioperative Decision-Making: Liver Resection in a Patient with Extensive Superior Vena Cava/Right Atrial Thrombus and Superior Vena Cava Syndrome.

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    Kloesel, Benjamin; Lekowski, Robert W

    2016-01-01

    The perioperative management of patients suffering from extensive superior vena cava (SVC) thrombus complicated by SVC syndrome presents unique challenges. The anesthesiologist needs to be prepared for possible thrombus dislodgement resulting in pulmonary embolism and also has to assess the need for fluid resuscitation given the dangers of massive intravenous fluid application via the upper extremities. We present our perioperative approach in management of a patient scheduled for right hepatectomy who was previously diagnosed with extensive SVC and right atrial (RA) thrombus complicated by SVC syndrome. PMID:26904303

  2. Stenting of the Superior Vena Cava and Left Brachiocephalic Vein with Preserving the Central Venous Catheter in Situ

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    Penzkofer, Tobias; Goerg, Fabian; Mahnken, Andreas H.

    2011-01-01

    Stenting of the central veins is well established for treating localized venous stenosis. The techniques regarding catheter preservation for central venous catheters in the superior vena cava have been described. We describe here a method for stent implantation in the superior vena cava and the left brachiocephalic vein, and principally via a single jugular venous puncture, while saving a left sided jugular central venous catheter in a patient suffering from central venous stenosis of the superior vena cava and the left brachiocephalic vein. PMID:21927566

  3. Absent right and persistent left superior vena cava: troubleshooting during a challenging pacemaker implant: a case report

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    2014-01-01

    Background Venous anomalies of the thorax can occur in isolation or in association with complex congenital heart disease. The incidence of an absent right superior vena cava in the setting of a persistent left superior vena cava is very rare in the general population with only a dozen cases documented in the medical literature. Such venous anomalies can make for very challenging electronic cardiac device implantation. We report our challenging dual chamber pacemaker implant in a patient with such complex anatomy and focus on our implantation technique that helped achieve adequate lead positioning. Case presentation A 73-year-old Caucasian female with degenerative complete heart block presented for dual chamber permanent pacemaker implant. Lead implantation was very challenging due to abnormal and rare vena cava anatomy; a persistent left superior vena cava drained directly into the coronary sinus and the right brachiocephalic vein drained directly into the left persistent superior vena cava as the patient had an absent right superior vena cava . Adequate right ventricular lead positioning was achieved following numerous lead-stylet manipulations and careful looping in the atria to redirect its trajectory to the ventricular apex. Conclusion Abnormal superior vena cava development is uncommon and can lead to technical challenges when venous access is required during various interventional procedures. Pre-operative imaging can help identify such challenging anatomy allowing appropriate operative planning; careful patient selection is warranted for venography given the risk of contrast nephrotoxicity. PMID:25047923

  4. Review of evolving etiologies, implications and treatment strategies for the superior vena cava syndrome.

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    Straka, Christopher; Ying, James; Kong, Feng-Ming; Willey, Christopher D; Kaminski, Joseph; Kim, D W Nathan

    2016-01-01

    Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) is a relatively common sequela of mediastinal malignancies and may cause significant patient distress. SVCS is a medical emergency if associated with laryngeal or cerebral edema. The etiologies and management of SVCS have evolved over time. Non-malignant SVCS is typically caused by infectious etiologies or by thrombus in the superior vena cava and can be managed with antibiotics or anti-coagulation therapy, respectively. Radiation therapy (RT) has long been a mainstay of treatment of malignant SVCS. Chemotherapy has also been used to manage SVCS. In the past 20 years, percutaneous stenting of the superior vena cava has emerged as a viable option for SVCS symptom palliation. RT and chemotherapy are still the only modalities that can provide curative treatment for underlying malignant etiologies of SVCS. The first experiences with treating SVCS with RT were reported in the 1970's, and several advances in RT delivery have subsequently occurred. Hypo-fractionated RT has the potential to be a more convenient therapy for patients and may provide equal or superior control of underlying malignancies. RT may be combined with stenting and/or chemotherapy to provide both immediate symptom palliation and long-term disease control. Clinicians should tailor therapy on a case-by-case basis. Multi-disciplinary care will maximize treatment expediency and efficacy. PMID:27026923

  5. Superior vena cava syndrome from an invasive thymoma with transcaval invasion to the right atrium.

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    Afzal, Ashwad; Wong, Ivan; Korniyenko, Aleksandr; Ivanov, Alex; Worku, Berhane; Gulkarov, Iosif

    2016-01-01

    Invasive thymoma with transcaval extension to the right atrium is a rare cause of superior vena cava syndrome. We present a case on a 74-year-old female presenting with dyspnea on exertion, and facial and upper extremity swelling. Physical examination revealed mild facial swelling, non-pitting edema involving the upper extremities and distention of superficial veins of the anterior chest wall and jugular veins. An echocardiogram showed moderate right atrial dilation with a mobile mass in the atrial cavity prolapsing through the tricuspid valve. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging revealed a 9.9 × 4.3 cm heterogeneous mass in the anterior mediastinum compressing the superior vena cava and endovenously extending into the right atrium. Tissue biopsy of the mediastinal mass revealed a type B1 thymoma, further staged as a Masaoka IVa invasive thymoma that underwent successfulen blocresection followed by removal of intracaval and right atrial mass. PMID:27099229

  6. Superior vena cava syndrome from an invasive thymoma with transcaval invasion to the right atrium

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    Afzal, Ashwad; Wong, Ivan; Korniyenko, Aleksandr; Ivanov, Alex; Worku, Berhane; Gulkarov, Iosif

    2016-01-01

    Invasive thymoma with transcaval extension to the right atrium is a rare cause of superior vena cava syndrome. We present a case on a 74-year-old female presenting with dyspnea on exertion, and facial and upper extremity swelling. Physical examination revealed mild facial swelling, non-pitting edema involving the upper extremities and distention of superficial veins of the anterior chest wall and jugular veins. An echocardiogram showed moderate right atrial dilation with a mobile mass in the atrial cavity prolapsing through the tricuspid valve. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging revealed a 9.9 × 4.3 cm heterogeneous mass in the anterior mediastinum compressing the superior vena cava and endovenously extending into the right atrium. Tissue biopsy of the mediastinal mass revealed a type B1 thymoma, further staged as a Masaoka IVa invasive thymoma that underwent successful en bloc resection followed by removal of intracaval and right atrial mass. PMID:27099229

  7. Radiofrequency Guide Wire Recanalization of Venous Occlusions in Patients with Malignant Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

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    Davis, Robert M.; David, Elizabeth; Pugash, Robyn A.; Annamalai, Ganesan

    2012-06-15

    Fibrotic central venous occlusions in patients with thoracic malignancy and prior radiotherapy can be impassable with standard catheters and wires, including the trailing or stiff end of a hydrophilic wire. We report two patients with superior vena cava syndrome in whom we successfully utilized a radiofrequency guide wire (PowerWire, Baylis Medical, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) to perforate through the occlusion and recanalize the occluded segment to alleviate symptoms.

  8. Chylothorax secondary to obstruction of the superior vena cava: a complication of the LeVeen shunt.

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    Warren, W H; Altman, J S; Gregory, S A

    1990-01-01

    A case of thrombosis of the superior vena cava was complicated by bilateral chylothoraces and a widened mediastinum. Removal of a clotted LeVeen shunt led to prompt resolution of the obstruction and chylothoraces. Images PMID:2281434

  9. Congenital Sternal Cleft along with Persistent Left-Sided Superior Vena Cava: A Rare Presentation.

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    Saha, Anindya Kumar; Sardar, Syamal Kumar; Sur, Amitava

    2013-01-01

    Congenital sternal cleft is a rare abnormality resulting from fusion failure of sternum. It occurs in isolation or along with defects of abdominal wall, diaphragm, pericardium, and heart. Early surgical correction is required to protect the underlying structures for risk of cardiac compression. Here we report a case of 20-day female child presenting with congenital sternal cleft associated with multiple congenital heart disease and left-sided superior vena cava. She was operated by the cardiothoracic surgical team successfully and is doing well on followup. We discuss this rare case, imaging studies, and surgical strategy. PMID:23841006

  10. Positional desaturation due to persistent left superior vena cava draining into the left atrium.

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    Shirakawa, Kousuke; Kawamura, Akio; Muraoka, Naoto; Murata, Mitsushige; Tsuruta, Hikaru; Aeba, Ryo; Fukuda, Keiichi

    2016-05-01

    Persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) is a rare congenital anomaly whose prevalence is 0.3 % of general population. The majority of PLSVC drain into right atrium (RA) through the coronary sinus without clinical harm. However, in about 10 % of patients with PLSVC, it drains into left atrium (LA) causing right-to-left shunt. Here, we present a 60-year-old male patient with a PLSVC draining into LA, who developed dyspnea and desaturation depending on the body position after trans-catheter coil embolization of coronary to pulmonary artery fistulas. PLSVC draining into LA should be included in the differential diagnosis of positional desaturation. PMID:25656932

  11. Permanent Pacemaker-Induced Superior Vena Cava Syndrome: Successful Treatment by Endovascular Stent

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    Lanciego, Carlos Rodriguez, Mario; Rodriguez, Adela; Carbonell, Miguel A.; Garcia, Lorenzo Garcia

    2003-11-15

    The use of metallic stents in the management of benign and malignant superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) is well documented. Symptomatic stenosis or occlusion of the SVC is a rare complication of a transvenous permanent pacemaker implant. Suggested treatments have included anticoagulation therapy, thrombolysis, balloon angioplasty and surgery. More recently, endovascular stenting has evolved as an attractive alternative but the data available in the literature are limited. We describe a case in which venous stenting with a Wallstent endoprosthesis was used successfully. The patient remains symptom free and with normal pacemaker function 36 months later.

  12. Life-threatening Cerebral Edema Caused by Acute Occlusion of a Superior Vena Cava Stent

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    Sofue, Keitaro Takeuchi, Yoshito Arai, Yasuaki; Sugimura, Kazuro

    2013-02-15

    A71-year-old man with advanced lung cancer developed a life-threatening cerebral edema caused by the acute occlusion of a superior vena cava (SVC) stent and was successfully treated by an additional stent placement. Although stent occlusion is a common early complication, no life-threatening situations have been reported until now. Our experience highlights the fact that acute stent occlusion can potentially lead to the complete venous shutdown of the SVC, resulting in life-threatening cerebral edema, after SVC stent placement. Immediate diagnosis and countermeasures are required.

  13. Anesthetic Management in a Patient With Type A Aortic Dissection and Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

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    Totonchi, Ziae; Givtaj, Nader; Sakhaei, Mozhgan; Foroutan, Afshin; Chitsazan, Mitra; Chitsazan, Mandana; Pouraliakbar, Hamidreza

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Induction of general anesthesia in patients with superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome may cause airway obstruction and cardiovascular collapse. Case Presentation: Herein, we introduced a patient with the diagnosis of dissecting aneurysm of the ascending aorta who was candidate for emergency surgery. He also had symptoms of SVC syndrome. To maintain airway patency during anesthetic management, we decided to perform femoro-femoral cardiopulmonary bypass followed by general anesthesia and tracheal intubation. Conclusions: Femoro-femoral bypass prior to initiation of sternotomy is a safe and easy method in patients with aortic dissection and SVC syndrome in whom earlier endotracheal intubation may not be feasible. PMID:26436073

  14. Duplication of the superior vena cava associated with atrial termination of the left hepatic vein.

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    Milisavljevic, M; Marinkovic, S; Radak, D; Cetkovic, M; Vucurevic, G; Trifunovic, D

    2013-10-01

    Duplication of the superior vena cava (SVC), associated with an aberrant left hepatic vein (LHV), was found in one of the 58 dissected specimens. The right SVC virtually showed a typical appearance. The persistent left SVC, which drained into the right atrium via the enlarged coronary sinus, was formed by the persistence of the left anterior cardinal vein. The LHV opened into the right atrium, due to the persistent left hepatocardiac channel. The left common carotid artery arose from the brachiocephalic trunk as a consequence of a regression of the embryonic aortic sac. The revealed venous and arterial variations seem to be the first reported vascular combination of this type. PMID:22865421

  15. Superior vena cava syndrome due to metastasis from urothelial cancer: A case report and literature review

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    Wakeda, Hironobu; Hamasuna, Ryoichi; Asada, Yujiro; Kamoto, Toshiyuki

    2013-01-01

    Superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome is caused by compression or obstruction of the SVC. We report here in a case of SVC syndrome due to lymph node metastasis from urothelial cancer to the mediastinum and lung. The origin of metastasis was determined by computed tomography (CT)-guided biopsy of metastases. After radiotherapy to the mediastinum with glucocorticoid failed, anticancer pharmacotherapy including paclitaxel, gemicitabine, and cisplatin proved effective and SVC syndrome resolved. But patient died from cerebral bleeding from newer brain metastases 10 months later. PMID:24311914

  16. Superior Vena Cava Stent Migration into the Pulmonary Artery Causing Fatal Pulmonary Infarction

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    Anand, Girija Lewanski, Conrad R.; Cowman, Steven A.; Jackson, James E.

    2011-02-15

    Migration of superior vena cava (SVC) stents is a well-recognised complication of their deployment, and numerous strategies exist for their retrieval. To our knowledge, only three cases of migration of an SVC stent to the pulmonary vasculature have previously been reported. None of these patients developed complications that resulted in death. We report a case of SVC stent migration to the pulmonary vasculature with delayed pulmonary artery thrombosis and death from pulmonary infarction. We conclude that early retrieval of migrated stents should be performed to decrease the risk of serious complications.

  17. Treatment of Superior Vena Cava (SVC) Syndrome and Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Thrombosis in a Patient with Colorectal Cancer: Combination of SVC Stenting and IVC Filter Placement to Palliate Symptoms and Pave the Way for Port Implantation

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    Sauter, Alexander; Triller, Juergen; Schmidt, Felix; Kickuth, Ralph

    2008-07-15

    Thrombosis of the inferior vena cava is a life-threatening complication in cancer patients leading to pulmonary embolism. These patients can also be affected by superior vena cava syndrome causing dyspnea followed by trunk or extremity swelling. We report the case of a 61-year-old female suffering from an extended colorectal tumor who became affected by both of the mentioned complications. Due to thrombus formation within the right vena jugularis interna, thrombosis of the inferior vena cava, and superior vena cava syndrome, a combined interventional procedure via a left jugular access with stenting of the superior vena cava and filter placement into the inferior vena cava was performed As a consequence, relief of the patient's symptoms, prevention of pulmonary embolism, and paving of the way for further venous chemotherapy were achieved.

  18. Superior Vena Cava Syndrome and Colon Carcinoma: A Report of a Multifactorial Association

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    Espírito Santo, Joana; Coutinho, Inês; Pimentel, Ana; Garcia, Rui; Marques dos Santos, Rui

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. Superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome results from the obstruction of blood flow through the SVC, having distinct pathophysiological underlying mechanisms. Cancer is associated with an increased risk of thromboembolism that varies according to patient-, tumor-, and treatment-related factors. An individualized clinical approach is important to pursue the accurate diagnosis of the underlying pathology causing thromboembolism in cancer patients. Case Presentation. The authors present a case of a 58-year-old male with an infrequent presentation of an unknown colon carcinoma, who has never had any symptom until he was hospitalized with the diagnosis of superior vena cava syndrome and pulmonary thromboembolism. The patient had an advanced disease by the time of diagnosis and molecular alterations contributing to abnormal hemostasis. He presented venous and arterial thromboembolism and developed disseminated intravascular coagulopathy after surgery, anticoagulant and transfusion therapy, dying 40 days after the hospitalization. Conclusion. The authors discuss thromboembolic disease and tumor metastasis roles in a cancer patient with SVC syndrome. Thromboembolism in a malignancy context is a challenging clinical entity. A multifactorial perspective of the thrombotic disease is warranted to approach thromboembolism risk and stratify patients suitable to receive adequate anticoagulant prophylaxis and targeted therapies, aiming to improve clinical prognosis. PMID:25810936

  19. Recurrent cerebral abscess secondary to a persistent left superior vena cava.

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    Menachem, Jonathan N; Sundaram, Senthil N; Rhodes, John F

    2014-01-01

    Cerebral abscess is a serious neurological condition that is often of unclear etiology. Management is usually medical therapy with or without direct drainage, and when patients have recurrent episodes a structural abnormality should be considered. Persistent left superior vena cava is an uncommon condition in the absence of other forms of congenital heart disease. This venous connection most often enters the right-sided atrium through the coronary sinus but occasionally can connect directly to the left atrium near the wall between the orifice of the left pulmonary veins and left atrial appendage. This later congenital connection results in systemic venous return entering the left atrium directly. Thus allowing unfiltered, lower saturation blood entering the systemic system. This then places the patient at risk for systemic hypoxemia, paradoxical embolic events, and cerebral abscess. In our case report with recurrent cerebral abscess and a persistent left superior vena cava, we demonstrate when to consider this diagnosis, how to make the diagnosis, and a nonsurgical approach to repair the veno-atrial shunt. PMID:23710652

  20. Endovascular Treatment of Malignant Superior Vena Cava Syndrome: Results and Predictive Factors of Clinical Efficacy

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    Fagedet, Dorothee; Thony, Frederic; Timsit, Jean-Francois; Rodiere, Mathieu; Monnin-Bares, Valerie; Ferretti, Gilbert R.; Vesin, Aurelien; Moro-Sibilot, Denis

    2013-02-15

    To demonstrate the effectiveness of endovascular treatment (EVT) with self-expandable bare stents for malignant superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) and to analyze predictive factors of EVT efficacy. Retrospective review of the 164 patients with malignant SVCS treated with EVT in our hospital from August 1992 to December 2007 and followed until February 2009. Endovascular treatment includes angioplasty before and after stent placement. We used self-expandable bare stents. We studied results of this treatment and looked for predictive factors of clinical efficacy, recurrence, and complications by statistical analysis. Endovascular treatment was clinically successful in 95% of cases, with an acceptable rate of early mortality (2.4%). Thrombosis of the superior vena cava was the only independent factor for EVT failure. The use of stents over 16 mm in diameter was a predictive factor for complications (P = 0.008). Twenty-one complications (12.8%) occurred during the follow-up period. Relapse occurred in 36 patients (21.9%), with effective restenting in 75% of cases. Recurrence of SVCS was significantly increased in cases of occlusion (P = 0.01), initial associated thrombosis (P = 0.006), or use of steel stents (P = 0.004). Long-term anticoagulant therapy did not influence the risk of recurrence or complications. In malignancy, EVT with self-expandable bare stents is an effective SVCS therapy. These results prompt us to propose treatment with stents earlier in the clinical course of patients with SVCS and to avoid dilatation greater than 16 mm.

  1. ICD Leads Extraction and Clearing of Access Way in a Patient With Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

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    Kiuchi, Márcio Galindo; Andrade, Ricardo Luiz Lima; da Silva, Gustavo Ramalho; Souto, Hanry Barros; Chen, Shaojie; Junior, Humberto Villacorta

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Central vein disease is defined as at least 50% narrowing up to total occlusion of central veins of the thorax including superior vena cava, brachiocephalic, subclavian, and internal jugular vein. Thrombosis due to intravascular leads occurs in approximately 30% to 45% of patients early or late after implantation of a pacemaker by transvenous access. In this case, we report a male patient, 65-years old, hypertensive, type 2 diabetic, with atherosclerotic disease, coronary artery disease, underwent coronary artery bypass surgery in the past 10 years, having already experienced an acute myocardial infarction, bearer automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator for 8 years after an episode of aborted sudden death due to ischemic cardiomyopathy, presenting left superior vena cava syndrome. The use of clopidogrel and rivaroxaban for over a year had no benefit on symptoms improvement. After atrial and ventricular leads extraction, a new shock lead was positioned in the right ventricle using active fixation and a new atrial lead was positioned in the right atrium, passing inside of the stents. Two days after the procedure the patient was asymptomatic and was discharged. PMID:26402803

  2. Giant saccular superior vena cava aneurysm—a rare and difficult clinical case

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    Janczak, Dariusz; Skiba, Jacek; Gemel, Marek; Mak, Marek; Ziomek, Agnieszka; Malinowski, Maciej; Dorobisz, Tadeusz; Lesniak, Michal; Janczak, Dawid

    2016-01-01

    A superior vena cava (SVC) aneurysm is an extremely rare case of vascular malformation in the chest cavity. This is a report of a case of a 57-year-old woman with a saccular SVC aneurysm which was 8 cm wide. The chest computed tomography (CT) scan confirmed a giant 75 mm × 79 mm × 81 mm mass containing the contrast medium from SVC, constricting the right lung parenchyma, narrowing the right innominate vein, in contact with the anterolateral chest cavity wall, and adjoining the superior mediastinum. Under general anesthesia and employing the median sternotomy approach, using a cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), the venous aneurysm was successfully resected. The postoperative period was uneventful. Radical surgical resection using a sternotomy and a CPB is recommended. PMID:27076981

  3. Placement of a Retrievable Guenther Tulip Filter in the Superior Vena Cava for Upper Extremity Deep Venous Thrombosis

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    Nadkarni, Sanjay; Macdonald, Sumaira; Cleveland, Trevor J.; Gaines, Peter A.

    2002-12-15

    A retrievable Guenther Tulip caval filter(William Cook, Europe) was successfully placed and retrieved in the superior vena cava for upper extremity deep venous thrombosis in a 56-year-old woman. Bilateral subclavian and internal jugular venous thromboses thought secondary to placement of multiple central venous catheters were present. There have been reports of the use of permanent Greenfield filters and a single case report of a temporary filter in the superior vena cava. As far as we are aware this is the first reported placement and successful retrieval of a filter in these circumstances.

  4. Retrograde non trans-septal balloon mitral valvotomy in mitral stenosis with interrupted inferior vena cava, left superior vena cava, and hugely dilated coronary sinus.

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    Nath, Ranjit Kumar; Soni, Dheeraj Kumar

    2015-12-01

    A 22-year-old woman with severe mitral stenosis was referred to us for further evaluation and management. She was found to have severe mitral stenosis, severe tricuspid regurgitation with dilated right atrium and right ventricle with persistent left superior vena cava and hugely dilated coronary sinus. Valve was suitable for balloon mitral valvotomy. Cardiac catheterization showed interrupted inferior vena cava with azygos continuation to right atrium and large left superior vena cava draining to coronary sinus which was very much dilated. Right trans-jugular approach was tried for balloon mitral valvotomy, but was unsuccessful due to a very large right atrium and coronary sinus. Retrograde non trans-septal approach was used and balloon valvotomy was done successfully using a 24 mm 40 mm TYSHAK balloon without any major complication. Reduction in the transmitral pressure gradient on cardiac catheterization data and transthoracic echocardiography confirmed successful procedure. Balloon mitral valvotomy can be done successfully in patients with the above unusual cardiac anatomy with no major procedural complications. PMID:26032663

  5. Surgical repair for giant ascending aortic aneurysm to superior vena cava fistula with positive syphilitic test.

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    Sekine, Yuji; Yamamoto, Shin; Fujikawa, Takuya; Oshima, Susumu; Ono, Makoto; Sasaguri, Shiro

    2015-10-01

    Syphilitic aortitis is usually associated with thoracic aortic saccular aneurysm, aortic regurgitation and coronary ostial stenosis. However, syphilitic aneurysms have rarely been reported today. Here, we report a patient with ascending aortic aneurysm with aorta-superior vena cava (SVC) fistula with positive syphilitic test. A 52-year-old man was admitted to our institution with a giant ascending aortic aneurysm complicated with SVC syndrome. Computed tomography revealed a giant ascending aneurysm 79 mm in diameter. The result of serodiagnostic tests for syphilis had not been judged yet preoperatively. Total arch replacement concomitant with elephant trunk was performed. Intraoperatively, we detected the ascending aorta to SVC fistula. Postoperatively, we suspected the syphilitic aneurysm strongly, because preoperative serodiagnostic test was concluded to be positive. However, histological examination did not show typical syphilitic features. The patient remains asymptomatic 1 year later. Although extremely rarely today, syphilitic aneurysm should be still considered in the differential diagnosis of ascending aortic aneurysm. PMID:24000069

  6. Obstruction of the superior vena cava or subclavian veins: Sonographic diagnosis

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    Gooding, G.A.W.; Hightower, D.R.; Moore, E.H.; Dillon, W.P.; Lipton, M.J.

    1986-06-01

    The normal subclavian vein shows a respiratory rhythmicity on sonograms and responds to a sudden sniff maneuver by collapsing in a rapid, transient manner secondary to the sudden decrease in intrathoracic pressure. Of 11 patients studied using ultrasound (US) for possible superior vena cava (SVC) obstruction, five patients with proved SVC obstruction had no response of the enlarged subclavian veins to respiratory maneuvers. One patient with a partial obstruction had a minimal response on one side. Two patients with isolated subclavian vein obstructions had no response on the affected side and a normal response on the contralateral side. Three patients proved not to have SVC obstruction had normal responses. Sonography of the subclavian veins may be an effective, indirect screening technique for the presence of SVC obstruction and can also be used to evaluate the patency of the subclavian vein, although the the sensitivity and specificity of the method remain to be determined from a larger, prospective study.

  7. Congenital anomalies of superior vena cava and their implications in central venous catheterization.

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    Rossi, Umberto G; Rigamonti, Paolo; Torcia, Pierluca; Mauri, Giovanni; Brunini, Francesca; Rossi, Michele; Gallieni, Maurizio; Cariati, Maurizio

    2015-01-01

    Congenital anomalies of superior vena cava (SVC) are generally discovered incidentally during central venous catheter (CVC) insertion, pacemaker electrode placement, and cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. Persistent left SVC (PLSVC) is a rare (0.3%) anomaly in healthy subjects, usually asymptomatic, but when present and undiagnosed, it may be associated with difficulties and complications of CVC placement. In individuals with congenital heart anomalies, its prevalence may be up to 10 times higher than in the general population.In this perspective, awareness of the importance of the incidental finding of PLSV during CVC placement is crucial. To improve knowledge of this rare but potentially dangerous condition, we describe the embryological origin of SVC, its normal anatomy, and possible congenital anomalies of the venous system and of the heart, including the presence of a right to left cardiac shunt. Diagnosis of PLSVC as well as the clinical complications and technical impact of SVC congenital anomalies for CVC placement are emphasized. PMID:25768048

  8. Detection of Superior Vena Cava Obstruction on Dynamic 99mTc-DTPA Renal Transplant Scintigraphy

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    Pirayesh, Elahe; Hashemifard, Hamidreza; Assadi, Majid

    2016-01-01

    We present an asymptomatic patient with a history of prolonged hemodialysis through a right internal jugular vein catheter who was diagnosed with superior vena cava (SVC) obstruction on 99mTechnetium-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid renal transplant scintigraphy. During the angiographic phase, an unusual vascular filling pattern was detected on the anterior view of the abdomen. Angioscintigraphic imaging of the chest wall was suggestive of SVC obstruction. The SVC obstruction in our patient was related to the long-term use of an indwelling catheter in the central venous system, which is a well-known complication of such a procedure. There is also evidence of a hypercoagulable state in dialyzed uremic cases; therefore, our patient may have been more susceptible to an SVC thrombosis. Acquired compensatory dilatation of the azygos vein is rather a rare finding. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report describing an asymptomatic patient with SVC obstruction who was diagnosed by renal scintigraphy.

  9. Primary malignant pericardial mesothelioma—a rare cause of superior vena cava thrombosis and constrictive pericarditis

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    Gong, Wenhui; Ye, Xiaofeng; Shi, Kaihu

    2014-01-01

    Primary malignant pericardial mesothelioma (PMPM) is an extremely rare, highly lethal and often misdiagnosed tumor. We report a 60-year-old woman complaining of dry cough, shortness of breath and exertional dyspnea due to a large pericardial effusion. The pericardial fluid volume declined after pericardiocentesis; analysis of the fluid revealed malignant cells and was negative for tuberculosis. Subsequently, the patient developed a compression of the superior vena cava and pericardial constriction. The patient’s symptoms marginally improved after partial pericardiectomy, and a diagnosis of pericardial mesothelioma was made on pathology. However, her symptoms continued to aggravate, and she died 8 months after presentation. Pericardial mesothelioma should be discovered earlier to treat patients who develop repeatedly pericardial effusion after pericardiocentesis and pericardial tamponade or those develop constrictive pericarditis. PMID:25590007

  10. Successful Venous Angioplasty of Superior Vena Cava Syndrome after Heart Transplantation

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    Strecker, Thomas; Zimmermann, Iris; Heinz, Marco; Rösch, Johannes; Agaimy, Abbas; Weyand, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Introduction. For patients with terminal heart failure, heart transplantation (HTX) has become an established therapy. Before transplantation there are many repeated measurements with a pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) via the superior vena cava (SVC) necessary. After transplantation, endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) is recommended for routine surveillance of heart transplant rejection again through the SVC. Case Presentation. In this report, we present a HTX patient who developed a SVC syndrome as a possible complication of all these procedures via the SVC. This 35-year-old Caucasian male could be successfully treated by balloon dilatation/angioplasty. Conclusion. The SVC syndrome can lead to pressure increase in the venous system such as edema in the head and the upper part of the body and further serious complications like cerebral bleeding and ischemia, or respiratory problems. Balloon angioplasty and stent implantation are valid methods to treat stenoses of the SVC successfully. PMID:25161772

  11. Gigantic aneurysm of a venous bypass graft causing superior vena cava syndrome

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    Bugajski, Pawe?; K?sinowski, Ryszard; Furmaniuk, Jaromir; Rze?niczak, Janusz; Poprawka, Tomasz; Jedli?ski, Ireneusz; Greberski, Krzysztof; Kalawski, Ryszard

    2014-01-01

    A case of a 66-year-old patient 13 years after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) admitted to hospital with typical ischemic chest pain and symptoms of superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) is described. Non-invasive diagnostics confirmed acute coronary syndrome: non-ST-elevated myocardial infarction (ACS NSTEMI). Trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE) revealed a gigantic tumor mass modeling the right atrium, causing chronic cardiac tamponade. Angiography showed that the tumor mass was in fact the aneurysmatically changed venous bypass graft to the right coronary artery (RCA). Computed tomography angiography (CT-angio) confirmed venous aneurysm size (the longest diameters were 10.2 cm 8.7 cm). We also present treatment planning and the aneurysmal surgical removal procedure of this very rare case. PMID:26336399

  12. A Surgical Integration Technique for Right-Sided and Left-Sided Superior Venae Cavae.

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    Fuchigami, Tai; Nishioka, Masahiko; Akashige, Toru; Nagata, Nobuhiro

    2015-09-01

    The treatment of some subsets of patients having both right-sided superior vena cava (SVC) and left-sided SVC may be very challenging. We performed the SVC integration (SVCI) technique with end-to-side anastomoses between the two SVCs on 4 such patients (age, 5 to 11 months; body weight, 5.4 to 10.2 kg) with excellent outcomes. In 2 patients, we performed intrapulmonary artery septation with SVCI; in 1 patient, pulmonary artery sling repair with SVCI; and in 1 patient with supramitral stenosis related to persistent left-sided SVC, repeated Blalock-Taussig shunt (BTS) with SVCI. Our SVCI technique is very useful in specific cases (eg, in candidates for the Fontan procedure. PMID:26354670

  13. Lipomatous hypertrophy of the interatrial septum and fibrosing mediastinal lymphadenopathy causing superior vena cava obstruction.

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    Baikoussis, Nikolaos G; Argiriou, Orestis; Kratimenos, Theodoros; Dedeilias, Panagiotis; Argiriou, Michalis

    2015-01-01

    Lipomatous hypertrophy of the interatrial septum (LHIS) is an uncommon cause of superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS). Fibrosing mediastinal lymphadenopathy is another cause of SVCS. We present a 65-year-old female patient with a history of tuberculosis (TB) and the coexistence of LHIS and fibrosing mediastinitis due to TB of the lung. Fibrosing or sclerosing mediastinitis is a rare entity with few cases published in the western literature. She presented with mild symptomatology of SVCS and she underwent on transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, computed tomography scan, magnetic resonance imaging, and venography. Due to the development of an abundant collateral venous system seen on venography and her negation for any treatment, she did not undergo yet on any intervention. To our knowledge, this is the first case reported in the international bibliography in which LHIS and sclerosing lymphadenopathy are simultaneously diagnosed in the same patient. PMID:26440257

  14. Focal Enhanced Areas of the Liver on Computed Tomography in a Patient with Superior Vena Cava Obstruction

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    Baba, Yasutaka; Ohkubo, Kouichi; Nakai, Hidenori; Hamada, Kenji; Hokotate, Hirofumi; Nakajo, Masayuki

    1999-01-15

    We present a patient with superior vena cava (SVC) obstruction in whom two areas of increased hepatic enhancement within the left lobe were seen on abdominal computed tomography (CT). The significance of this case is that abnormal enhancements of the liver on abdominal CT in the regions described should be suggestive of an SVC obstruction on this basis alone.

  15. Systemic to pulmonary venous communication (right-to-left shunt) in superior vena cava obstruction demonstrated by spiral CT.

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    Ho, H T; Horowitz, A L; Ho, A C

    1999-07-01

    An unusual case of systemic vein to pulmonary vein communication in superior vena cava obstruction is reported. This was a right-to-left shunt, demonstrated by spiral CT and aided by three-dimensional reconstruction. The pulmonary venous shunts were mainly seen in fibro-atelectatic lung where prominent bridging veins were concentrated. PMID:10624332

  16. Elective stenting in superior vena cava syndrome caused by idiopathic fibrosing mediastinitis: use of self-expandable wallstent.

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    Mullasari, A S; Mody, Rohit; Pandurangi, Ulhas; Lakshmi, V

    2002-01-01

    We present a case of superior vena cava obstruction caused by idiopathic fibrosing mediastinitis treated with a self-expandable Wallstent. A Gortex jump graft had been used previously, which was totally occluded. This procedure relieved symptoms and alleviated the need for re-operation. PMID:12462674

  17. Bilateral Breast Enlargement: An Unusual Presentation of Superior Vena Cava Obstruction in a Hemodialysis Patient with Fibrosing Mediastinitis

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    Goo, Dong Erk Kim, Yong Jae; Choi, Deuk Lin; Kwon, Kui Hyang; Yang, Seung Boo

    2011-02-15

    A 67-year-old woman with end-stage renal disease presented with profound edema of both breasts. The presence of a patent hemodialysis basilic transposition fistula and superior vena cava obstruction (SVC), due to fibrosing mediastinitis, was demonstrated by the use of fistulography. Endovascular treatment with a balloon and stent caused immediate resolution of the breast edema.

  18. Ultrasonographic features of the persistence of superior left vena cava and pathological cardiac associations in fetus. Case series.

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    Mărginean, Claudiu; Mărginean, Cristina Oana; Muntean, Iolanda; Togănel, Rodica; Meliț, Lorena Elena; Mărginean, Maria Oana; Gozar, Liliana

    2016-06-01

    The persistence of superior left vena cava (PLSVC) is a pathological condition in fetus with risk of association with abnormalities like heterotaxy, cardiac abnormalities - atrioventricular septum defect, and conotruncal anomalies. In this paper we report 23 cases of fetuses with PLSVCs, reviewing their diagnosis, co-morbidities, and evolution in the newborns. PMID:27239657

  19. [An autopsy case of invasive thymoma extending to the right atrium with superior vena cava syndrome as the initial manifestation].

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    Noguchi, Saiko; Sogo, Yoko; Hamaguchi, Reo; Sugimoto, Hideyasu; Kobayashi, Akiko; Yamazaki, Keiichi; Jinn, Yasuto; Yoshimura, Nobuyuki; Inase, Naohiko; Yasuyuki, Yoshizawa

    2007-12-01

    We report a case of invasive thymoma presenting with superior vena caval obstruction and intracardiac extension. A 74-year-old man was admitted in July 2002 with swelling of the face and right upper extremity. Computed tomography of the chest revealed a small anterior mediastinal mass, which infiltrated the lumen of the superior vena cava extending into the right atrium. Invasive thymoma was strongly suspected, but he refused any medical treatment. His health declined steadily, with repeated right-sided heart failure. He died due to cardiac tamponade 50 months after his first visit. On autopsy, the tumor was diagnosed as a thymoma classified as type B3 according to the WHO histological classification. Formation of a tumor thrombus in the superior vena cava and the right atrium is a rare mode of extension of thymoma. In this respect, our case may be valuable for improving the understanding of the natural course of invasive thymoma. PMID:18186250

  20. Role of cardiac output and the autonomic nervous system in the antinatriuretic response to acute constriction of the thoracic superior vena cava.

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    Schrier, R. W.; Humphreys, M. H.; Ufferman, R. C.

    1971-01-01

    Study of the differential characteristics of hepatic congestion and decreased cardiac output in terms of potential afferent stimuli in the antinatriuretic effect of acute thoracic inferior vena cava (TIVC) constriction. An attempt is made to see if the autonomic nervous system is involved in the antinatriuretic effect of acute TIVC or thoracic superior vena cava constriction.

  1. Prenatal Diagnosis of Persistent Left Superior Vena Cava and its Clinical Significance

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    Esmer, Aytül Çorbacıoğlu; Yüksel, Atıl; Çalı, Halime; Özsürmeli, Mehmet; Ömeroğlu, Rukiye Eker; Kalelioğlu, İbrahim; Has, Recep

    2014-01-01

    Background: Persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) is a variant of systemic venous return which is observed in 0.3% of autopsies in the general population and in 4–8% of patients with congenital heart disease. Aims: To evaluate associated cardiac, extracardiac and chromosomal anomalies in prenatally diagnosed cases of PLSVC and to review their outcome. Study Design: Retrospective comparative study. Methods: The data of patients with a prenatal diagnosis of PLSVC between May 2008 and January 2013 were reviewed retrospectively. Results: Data of 31 cases were reviewed. Fifteen (48.4%) cases were associated with cardiac defects and 17 (54.8%) cases had associated extracardiac sonographic or postpartum findings. Two fetuses had karyotype anomalies. Outcome was significantly more favorable in cases not associated with cardiac defects in comparison to those associated with cardiac anomalies (84.6% vs. 33.3%, p=0.009). All cases with isolated PLSVC survived, while among the cases associated with extracardiac anomalies, with cardiac anomalies and with both extra-cardiac and cardiac anomalies, the survival rate was 75%, 50% and 22.2%, respectively. The most frequent group of cardiac anomalies associated with PLSVC was septal defects and VSD was the most common heart defect individually, being observed in nine fetuses. Conclusion: Prenatally diagnosed PLSVC is associated with cardiac and extracardiac anomalies in the majority of cases. Outcome is significantly worse if PLSVC is associated with a cardiac defect, and the prognosis is excellent in isolated cases. PMID:25207167

  2. Downhill oesophageal varices resulting from superior vena cava graft occlusion after resection of a thymoma†

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    Inoue, Yoshimasa; Sakai, Shoji; Aoki, Teruhiro

    2013-01-01

    Downhill oesophageal varices (DEV) may occur as a rare complication of superior vena cava (SVC) obstruction. DEV are usually associated with SVC obstruction caused by systemic vasculitis or mediastinal tumours. In this report, we describe a very rare case of DEV resulting from SVC graft occlusion after resection of a thymoma. A 66-year old man with an invasive thymoma was treated by radical resection and bypass grafting from the right brachiocephalic vein to the right atrium. Occlusion of the SVC graft was diagnosed postoperatively; however, the patient could be managed conservatively. Although there had been no significant findings in the oesophagus in previous endoscopic examinations, grade F2 varices were found in the proximal oesophagus in the 19th postoperative month, and DEV caused by SVC graft occlusion was diagnosed. Until now, 2 years since the diagnosis, no apparent symptoms or deterioration of the DEV have been observed. The possible development of DEV should be borne in mind during the follow-up of patients with postoperative SVC graft occlusion. PMID:23686892

  3. Morphometric assessment of the innominate vein in the prediction of persistent left superior vena cava.

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    Jureidini, S B; Hormann, J W; Williams, J; Ferdman, B; Rao, P S

    1998-04-01

    This study sought to develop a simple echocardiographic predictor of persistent left (L) superior vena cava (SVC) in subjects with bilateral SVC. Two groups of children were studied: one with known LSVC (n = 19) and the other, a control group, without LSVC (n = 15). Both groups were of similar age (3.5 +/- 3.0, mean +/- SD vs 3.8 +/- 3.1 years; p = 0.8) and weight (14.6 +/- 7.1 vs 15 +/- 8 kg; p = 0.9). The left innominate vein was either absent (n = 11) or hypoplastic (n = 8) in the LSVC group. The ratio of the innominate vein to the innominate artery was found to be independent of age or body surface area but was significantly smaller in the LSVC group than in the control group (0.33 +/- 0.1 vs 0.97 +/- 0.1; p < 0.001). A cutoff value of 0.47 or less discriminated the LSVC group from the control subjects. Interobserver and intraobserver variations, although important, did not influence the discriminating value of the ratio in the diagnosis of LSVC. Validation of the proposed ratio in 30 consecutive prospectively studied patients with LSVC proved to be 100% sensitive in predicting LSVC. No false-positive diagnosis of LSVC was made when this principle was applied. Absent or hypoplastic left innominate vein measuring 0.47 or less of the innominate artery is an easily recognizable and reliable echocardiographic predictor of LSVC. PMID:9571587

  4. Urothelial Superior Vena Cava Syndrome with Limited Response to Radiation Therapy

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    Bingham, Nishan; Wallace III, H. James; Monterroso, Joanne; Verschraegen, Claire; Waters, Brenda L.; Anker, Christopher J.

    2015-01-01

    Radiation therapy (RT) is the standard of care for cases of superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome secondary to metastatic adenopathy. Histologies vary in radiosensitivity and response time, making alternative therapies such as chemotherapy and/or intravenous stenting preferable alternative options for certain diagnoses. Metastatic urothelial carcinoma is a particularly rare cause of SVC syndrome with only 3 cases reported in the literature. Consequently, optimal management remains challenging, particularly in cases of high tumor burden. Here we present a case of highly advanced metastatic urothelial cancer with SVC syndrome and tracheal compression. The patient started urgent RT but expired midway through her treatment course due to systemic progression of disease, requiring SVC and tracheal stenting. The authors review the literature including discussion of the few other known cases of SVC syndrome due to urothelial carcinoma and a review of this histology's response to RT. This experience suggests, that in cases of SVC syndrome with widespread advanced disease, stenting and chemotherapy with or without RT may be the most important initial treatment plan, depending on goals of care. PMID:26634162

  5. An echocardiographic measurement of superior vena cava to inferior vena cava distance in patients<20 years of age with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.

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    Hahn, Eunice; Zuckerman, Warren A; Chen, Jonathan M; Singh, Rakesh K; Addonizio, Linda J; Richmond, Marc E

    2014-04-15

    In normal pediatric echocardiograms, the distance from the junction of superior vena cava (SVC) and right atrium to inferior vena cava (IVC) and right atrium is linearly related to height. We examine this relation in children listed for heart transplant with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC) compared with the previously defined normal distribution of SVC-IVC to improve matching of heart sizes. Measurements of SVC-IVC and left ventricular end-diastolic diameter in 55 pediatric patients with IDC were correlated with height, weight, and body surface area. Regression analyses were performed to find the best-fit equation and correlation coefficient. Generalized linear modeling compared SVC-IVC in patients with IDC with normal SVC-IVC values from 254 patients. There was a strong linear relation in patients with IDC between SVC-IVC and height (R2=0.84) and a logarithmic relation to weight (R2=0.80). Left ventricular end-diastolic diameter did not correlate with SVC-IVC or any other parameter. In 87% of patients with IDC, SVC-IVC was over 2 SDs above predicted normal values (mean z-score=4.3±2.1). In conclusion, predicted SVC-IVC in patients with IDC was different from published norms (p<0.001). SVC-IVC in pediatric patients with IDC, although linearly related to height, is consistently above normal values. PMID:24581921

  6. Dose Intraoperative Fluoroscopy Precisely Predict Catheter Tip Location via Superior Vena Cava Route?

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    Wu, Ching-Yang; Fu, Jui-Ying; Wu, Ching-Feng; Ko, Po-Jen; Liu, Yun-Hen; Kao, Tsung-Chi; Yu, Shang-Yueh

    2015-12-01

    Adequate catheter tip location is crucial for functional intravenous port and central venous catheter. Numerous complications were reported because of catheter migration that caused by inadequate tip location. Different guidelines recommend different ideal locations without consensus. Another debate is actual movement of intravascular portion of implanted catheter. From literature review, the catheter migrated peripherally an average of 20 mm on the erect chest radiographs. In this study, we want to verify the actual presentation of catheter movement within a vessel and try to find a quantitative catheter length model to recommend.From March 2012 to March 2013, 346 patients were included into this prospective cohort study. We collect clinical data from medical record and utilized picture archiving and communication system to measure all image parameters. Statistical analysis was utilized to identify the risk factors for catheter migration.The nonmigration group had 221 patients (63.9%); 67 (19.4%) patients were classified into the peripheral migration group; and 58 (16.8%) patients were classified into the central migration group. Patients with short height (P = 0.03), larger superior vena cava (SVC) diameters at the brachiocephalic vein confluence site (P = 0.02), and longer implanted catheter length (P = 0.0004) had greater risks for central migration. We utilized regression curve for further analysis and height (centimeters)/10 had moderate correlation distances from the entry vessel to the carina.Although intravascular movement of catheter was exist in implanted catheter, the intraoperative fluoroscopy could provide accurate catheter tip location in 63.9% patients. Additional length of catheter implantation seems unnecessary in 80.6% patients. Patients with short height, larger SVC diameters at the brachiocephalic vein confluence site had greater risk for catheter central movement. Height/10 may be consider as reference length of implantation for inexperience surgeon and precise implantation length could be adjust under guidance of fluoroscopy. PMID:26656351

  7. Intraluminal superior vena cava metastasis from adenosquamous carcinoma of the duodenum: A case report

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    TAKAYOSHI, KOTOE; ARIYAMA, HIROSHI; TAMURA, SHINGO; YODA, SHUNSUKE; ARITA, TAKESHI; YAMAGUCHI, TOSHIHIRO; OZONO, KEIGO; YAMAMOTO, HIDETAKA; INADOMI, KYOKO; KUMAGAI, HOZUMI; TANAKA, MAMORU; OKUMURA, YUTA; SAGARA, KOSUKE; NIO, KENTA; NAKANO, MICHITAKA; ARITA, SHUJI; KUSABA, HITOSHI; ODASHIRO, KEITA; ODA, YOSHINAO; AKASHI, KOICHI; BABA, EISHI

    2016-01-01

    In 2013, a 76-year-old male with a cardiac pacemaker was diagnosed with adenosquamous carcinoma of the duodenum. Subsequently, a pancreatoduodenectomy and lymph node dissection were performed, and 12 cycles of adjuvant chemotherapy (modified FOLFOX6 regimen), which consisted of fluorouracil, leucovorin and oxaliplatin, were administered via a central venous catheter. At 5 months after the completion of adjuvant chemotherapy, the patient experienced the sudden onset of severe pain at the back right of the ear, edema of the right side of the face and right jugular vein dilatation. Computed tomography (CT) revealed filling defects in the superior vena cava (SVC) and right brachiocephalic vein, indicating catheter-induced venous thrombosis. Although the catheter was removed and anti-coagulation therapy, aspiration of the thrombosis and ballooning dilatation were performed immediately, the patient's symptoms were not ameliorated. Notably, histological examination following thrombus aspiration revealed metastatic cancer cells, and fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/CT identified metabolically active nodules in the SVC at locations consistent with the initial duodenal tumors detected by CT and in the first thoracic vertebrae. The tumor thrombus rapidly increased in size and resulted in worsening dyspnea. Subsequently, radiotherapy was performed, followed by chemotherapy, which relieved the systemic symptoms and suppressed the tumor growth. Adenosquamous carcinoma of the duodenum is extremely rare, and to the best of our knowledge, intraluminal SVC metastasis as a result of adenosquamous carcinoma of the duodenum has not been reported previously. The placement of a cardiac pacemaker, central venous catheter and tumor cells possessing high metastatic potential are hypothesized to have contributed to this rare case of metastasis. PMID:26870254

  8. Renal transplantation with venous drainage through the superior mesenteric vein in cases of thrombosis of the inferior vena cava.

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    Aguirrezabalaga, Javier; Novas, Serafín; Veiga, Francisco; Chantada, Venancio; Rey, Ignacio; Gonzalez, Marcelino; Gomez, Manuel

    2002-08-15

    Renal transplantation usually is performed by placing the graft in the iliac fossa, anastomosing the renal vein to the iliac vein or, when this is not possible, to the vena cava. When vascular complications occur, particularly on the venous side, the position of the graft may have to be changed. This report describes orthotopic renal grafts and positioning of the organ with anastomosis to the splenic vessels. Venous drainage was established directly into the mesenteric-portal territory, with two cases to the portal vein and one to the inferior mesenteric vein. A new technique for the venous drainage of the renal graft is shown. We have used this model in two cases of infrarenal inferior vena cava thrombosis. The kidney was located in a retroperitoneal position, with venous drainage to the superior mesenteric vein through an orifice in the posterior peritoneum. PMID:12177625

  9. Single lead catheter of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator with floating atrial sensing dipole implanted via persistent left superior vena cava

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    Malagù, Michele; Toselli, Tiziano; Bertini, Matteo

    2016-01-01

    Persistent left superior vena cava (LSVC) is a congenital anomaly with 0.3%-1% prevalence in the general population. It is usually asymptomatic but in case of transvenous lead positioning, i.e., for pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), may be a cause for significant complications or unsuccessful implantation. Single lead ICD with atrial sensing dipole (ICD DX) is a safe and functional technology in patients without congenital abnormalities. We provide a review of the literature and a case report of successful implantation of an ICD DX in a patient with LSVC and its efficacy in treating ventricular arrhythmias. PMID:27152145

  10. Resection of the sidewall of superior vena cava using video-assisted thoracic surgery mechanical suture technique

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    Xu, Xin; Qiu, Yuan; Pan, Hui; Mo, Lili; Chen, Hanzhang

    2016-01-01

    Lung cancer invading the superior vena cava (SVC) is a locally advanced condition, for which poor prognosis is expected with conservative treatment alone. Surgical resection of the lesion can rapidly relieve the symptoms and significantly improve survival for some patients. Replacement, repair and partial resection of SVC via thoracotomy were generally accepted and used in the past. As the rapid development of minimally invasive techniques and devices, partial resection and repair of SVC are feasible via video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). However, few studies have reported the VATS surgical techniques. In this study, we reported the crucial techniques of partial resection of SVC via VATS. PMID:27076960

  11. A case of primary mediastinal Ewing's sarcoma / primitive neuroectodermal tumor presenting with initial compression of superior vena cava.

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    Reali, Alessia; Mortellaro, Gianluca; Allis, Simona; Trevisiol, Edoardo; Anglesio, Silvia Maria; Bartoncini, Sara; Ruo Redda, Maria Grazia

    2013-04-01

    Ewing's sarcomas and peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumors (ES/PNETs) are high grade malignant neoplasms. These malignancies are characterized by a chromosome 22 rearrangement, arise from bone or soft tissue, predominantly affect children and young adults, and are grouped in the Ewing family of tumors. Multimodality treatment programs are the treatment of choice. Primary localization of ES/PNET in the mediastinum is extremely rare. We describe a case of ES/PNET presenting as a mediastinal mass with tracheal compression and initial signs of superior vena cava in a 66-year-old woman. PMID:23741276

  12. ICD Leads Extraction and Clearing of Access Way in a Patient With Superior Vena Cava Syndrome: Building A Tunnel.

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    Kiuchi, Márcio Galindo; Andrade, Ricardo Luiz Lima; da Silva, Gustavo Ramalho; Souto, Hanry Barros; Chen, Shaojie; Villacorta Junior, Humberto

    2015-09-01

    Central vein disease is defined as at least 50% narrowing up to total occlusion of central veins of the thorax including superior vena cava, brachiocephalic, subclavian, and internal jugular vein. Thrombosis due to intravascular leads occurs in approximately 30% to 45% of patients early or late after implantation of a pacemaker by transvenous access.In this case, we report a male patient, 65-years old, hypertensive, type 2 diabetic, with atherosclerotic disease, coronary artery disease, underwent coronary artery bypass surgery in the past 10 years, having already experienced an acute myocardial infarction, bearer automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator for 8 years after an episode of aborted sudden death due to ischemic cardiomyopathy, presenting left superior vena cava syndrome. The use of clopidogrel and rivaroxaban for over a year had no benefit on symptoms improvement.After atrial and ventricular leads extraction, a new shock lead was positioned in the right ventricle using active fixation and a new atrial lead was positioned in the right atrium, passing inside of the stents. Two days after the procedure the patient was asymptomatic and was discharged. PMID:26402803

  13. Focal Hepatic Hot Spot From Superior Vena Cava Occlusion Visualized on Ventilation/Perfusion Scintigraphy With Contrast-Enhanced CT Correlate.

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    Lawrence, Michael; Schuster, David M

    2016-05-01

    A 57-year-old woman with superior vena cava stenosis from repeated central line placements underwent ventilation/perfusion scanning after presenting with pleuritic chest pain. The ventilation/perfusion scan was not characteristic for pulmonary embolus, but perfusion images demonstrated abnormal radiotracer activity within hepatic segment 4, along with extensive collateral vessels as seen on SPECT/CT. Two months later, the patient presented with similar complaints and had a chest CT with contrast to evaluate for pulmonary embolus. This showed occlusion of the superior vena cava and arterial enhancement within segment 4 in a similar distribution to the radiotracer in the perfusion scan. PMID:26825208

  14. Recurrent bilateral pleural effusions secondary to superior vena cava obstruction as a complication of central venous catheterization.

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    Dhande, V; Kattwinkel, J; Alford, B

    1983-07-01

    Five babies (birth weight 730 to 1,120 g) who developed bilateral pleural effusions as a complication of the use of central venous catheters are described. The effusions occurred seven to 19 days after initial placement or change of a central venous catheter. All required repeated thoracenteses to remove fluid accumulation of up to 200 mL/kg/d. The fluid was a clear transudate, but it became chylous when feedings were given. Venograms and autopsies demonstrated obstruction of the superior vena cava with drainage occurring through collaterals to the azygous vein and inferior vena cava. Silastic gas-sterilized catheters implanted in animals for four and 24 hours showed fibrin deposition when scanned by electron microscopy. No deposition occurred on autoclaved catheters after four hours and there was minimal deposition after 24 hours. It may be concluded that the pleural effusions resulted from obstruction of thoracic lymph flow into the venous system. Vena caval thrombosis may have been enhanced by 2-chloroethanol or ethylene oxide residues from gas sterilization of Silastic catheters. PMID:6408592

  15. Surgical management of superior vena cava syndrome following pacemaker lead infection: a case report and review of the literature

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    2014-01-01

    Superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome is a known but rare complication of pacemaker lead implantation, accounting for approximately less than 0.5% of cases. Its pathophysiology is due to either infection or endothelial mechanical stress, causing inflammation and fibrosis leading to thrombosis, and therefore stenosis of the SVC. Due to the various risks including thrombo-embolic complications and the need to provide symptomatic relief, medical and surgical interventions are sought early. We present the case of a 48-year Caucasian male who presented with localised swelling and pain at the site of pacemaker implantation. Inflammatory markers were normal, but diagnostic imaging revealed three masses along the pacemaker lead passage. A surgical approach using cardiopulmonary bypass and circulatory arrest was used to remove the vegetations. Culture from the vegetations showed Staphylococcus epidermidis. The technique presented here allowed for safe and effective removal of both the thrombus and infected pacing leads, with excellent exposure and minimal post-procedure complications. PMID:24947452

  16. Primary Mediastinal Synovial Sarcoma Presenting as Superior Vena Cava Syndrome: A Rare Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Kataria, Pritam; Patel, Apurva; Revannasiddaiah, Swaroop; Anand, Asha; Panchal, Harsha; Parikh, Sonia; Sarkar, Malay; Modi, Gaurang; Kulkarni, Rahul; Shah, Sandip

    2015-01-01

    Primary mediastinal sarcomas are aggressive tumors with a very rare incidence. This report describes the case of a 35-year-old male patient who presented with acute symptoms of dyspnoea, facial puffiness, voice-hoarseness, and engorged neck veins. With the clinical picture consistent with the superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome, the patient was investigated with computed tomography of the chest. This revealed a large soft tissue density mass lesion compressing the SVC along with other critical superior mediastinal structures. Histopathological evaluation of the mass revealed features consistent with a soft tissue sarcoma and positive staining was observed for vimentin and S-100. Cytogenetic analysis by fluorescent in situ hybridisation (FISH) demonstrated the t(X:18) translocation. Thus diagnosis was established as primary mediastinal synovial sarcoma. Patient was treated with three cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, to which there was a partial response as per the RECIST criteria. Surgical excision of the mediastinal mass was performed, and further postoperative treatment with adjuvant chemoradiotherapy was provided. Patient currently is free of disease. This is to the best of our knowledge the first report in the world literature of a successfully treated case of “primary mediastinal sarcomas presenting as SVC syndrome.” Patient is under regular surveillance at our clinic and remains free of recurrence one year after treatment completion. PMID:26101678

  17. Focal hepatic uptake along the falciform: False positive for malignancy on 18F-FDG-PET in a lymphoma patient with superior vena cava obstruction

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    Carpenter, Sarah; Tomich, Jennifer; Young, Daniel; Johnson, Lester

    2015-01-01

    We present a case of focal increased intrahepatic radiotracer activity on 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in a patient with lymphoma and superior vena cava (SVC) obstruction, a false positive for malignancy. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) demonstrated an enhancing region of geographic focal hypoattenuation in the liver along the falciform, corresponding to the region of increased radiotracer activity on FDG-PET, with marked narrowing of the superior vena cava and resultant collateral venous pathways to the portal vein via paraumbilical veins. CT followup demonstrated stability of the hepatic abnormality, and no lesion was evident on ultrasound, suggesting that the finding on PET-CT represented a false positive for malignancy in this patient with known SVC obstruction. In patients with SVC obstruction, radiologists should consider this phenomenon of anomalous hepatic uptake along the falciform as a source of possible false positives for malignancy on PET. PMID:27141243

  18. Repair of a simple total anomalous pulmonary venous connection coexisting with a persistent left superior vena cava.

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    Iwase, Tomoyuki; Koizumi, Junichi; Okabayashi, Hitoshi; Ikai, Akio

    2015-12-01

    A simple total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC) coexisting with a persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) is extremely rare. Connection of the PLSVC with the coronary sinus behind the left atrium induces coronary sinus dilatation. This reduces the free posterior wall space to which the common pulmonary vein is anastomosed for repairing the anomalous connection. Postoperative recurrent pulmonary venous obstruction (PVO) is the most important complication. To prevent PVO, sufficient tension-free anastomosis is necessary. When dilated, the coronary sinus becomes an obstacle for obtaining sufficient incision length in the left atrial cavity. We encountered two cases of a simple TAPVC with a PLSVC in infants weighing 1.8 and 2.9 kg, respectively. To obtain sufficient incision length, we extended the incision line to the right atrium for an atypical supracardiac TAPVC and incised from the left atrium to the coronary sinus via the right atrium for an infracardiac TAPVC. Moreover, we recreated the atrial septum with a rightward shift using a tanned pericardium in both cases. The postoperative courses were uneventful, without recurrent PVO. PMID:26362628

  19. Convective Leakage Makes Heparin Locking of Central Venous Catheters Ineffective Within Seconds: Experimental Measurements in a Model Superior Vena Cava.

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    Barbour, Michael C; McGah, Patrick M; Ng, Chin H; Clark, Alicia M; Gow, Kenneth W; Aliseda, Alberto

    2015-01-01

    Central venous catheters (CVCs), placed in the superior vena cava (SVC) for hemodialysis or chemotherapy, are routinely filled while not in use with heparin, an anticoagulant, to maintain patency and prevent thrombus formation at the catheter tip. The heparin-locking procedure, however, places the patient at risk for systemic bleeding, as heparin is known to leak from the catheter into the blood stream. We provide evidence from detailed in vitro experiments that shows the driving mechanism behind heparin leakage to be convective-diffusive transport due to the pulsatile flow surrounding the catheter. This novel mechanism is supported by experimental planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) and particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements of flow velocity and heparin transport from a CVC placed inside a model SVC inside a pulsatile flow loop. The results predict an initial, fast (<10 s), convection-dominated phase that rapidly depletes the concentration of heparin in the near-tip region, the region of the catheter with side holes. This is followed by a slow, diffusion-limited phase inside the catheter lumen, where the concentration is still high, that is insufficient at replenishing the lost heparin concentration in the near-tip region. The results presented here, which are consistent with previous in vivo estimates of 24 hour leakage rates, predict that the concentration of heparin in the near-tip region is essentially zero for the majority of the interdialytic phase, rendering the heparin locking procedure ineffective. PMID:26418203

  20. Proton beam therapy for a patient with a giant thymic carcinoid tumor and severe superior vena cava syndrome.

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    Sugawara, Kaori; Mizumoto, Masashi; Numajiri, Haruko; Ohno, Toshiki; Ohnishi, Kayoko; Ishikawa, Hitoshi; Okumura, Toshiyuki; Sakurai, Hideyuki

    2014-05-13

    Surgical resection is the first choice for treatment of a thymic carcinoid tumor and radiotherapy is often performed as adjuvant therapy. Here, we report a case of an unresectable and chemoresistant thymic carcinoid tumor that was treated successfully using standalone proton beam therapy (PBT). The patient was a 66-year-old woman in whom surgical resection of the tumor was impossible because of cardiac invasion. Therefore, chemotherapy was administered. However, the tumor grew to 15 cm in diameter and she developed severe superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome. She was referred to our hospital and received PBT at a dose of 74 GyE in 37 fractions. PBT was conducted without severe early toxicities. After PBT, the tumor mildly shrunk to 13 cm in diameter and SVC syndrome almost disappeared. Subsequently, the tumor has continued to decrease in size slowly over the last 2 years and late toxicities have not been observed. Our experience with this case suggests that PBT may be effective for an unresectable thymic carcinoid tumor. PMID:25002943

  1. Advanced Stage T-Cell Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in an 11-Month-Old Infant and Related Superior Vena Cava Syndrome: Importance of Transthoracic Echocardiography

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    YILMAZ, Osman; KARABAG, Kezban; KESKIN YILDIRIM, Zuhal; CALIK, Muhammet; KILIC, Omer

    2014-01-01

    Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) is rare in infants. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the most common cause of SVCS in children. Swelling in the face and neck are the most common clinical symptoms associated with this syndrome. However, these clinical findings are also observed in allergic diseases, which therefore often leads to misdiagnosis. Here, we reported the importance of echocardiography in diagnosing SVCS in an infant with advanced stage non-Hodgkin lymphoma. PMID:24639614

  2. Contrast-enhanced fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/contrast-enhanced computed tomography in mediastinal T-cell lymphoma with superior vena cava syndrome

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    Santhosh, Sampath; Gorla, Arun Kumar Reddy; Bhattacharya, Anish; Varma, Subhash Chander; Mittal, Bhagwant Rai

    2016-01-01

    Positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT) is a routine investigation for the staging of lymphomas. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography is mandatory whenever parenchymal lesions, especially in the liver and spleen are suspected. We report a rare case of primary mediastinal T-cell lymphoma evaluated with contrast-enhanced PET/CT that showed features of superior vena cava syndrome. PMID:26917907

  3. Iatrogenic migration of VenaTech LP IVC filter to superior vena cava secondary to guidewire entrapment: case report and review of literature.

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    Almestady, Rajaa; Spain, James; Bayona-Molano, Maria Del Pilar; Wang, Weiping

    2013-01-01

    Modern inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are generally safe devices for preventing pulmonary embolus, with fewer complications compared to earlier techniques of caval interruption. Despite continuing improvement in filter designs and insertion methods, complications still occur. The IVC filter complications resulting from iatrogenic causes are rare and include but are not limited to misplacement, filter tilting, incomplete deployment, and filter migration. We recently experienced a problem in which the Vena Tech LP filter (B. Braun, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) migrated to the superior vena cava (SVC) immediately after successful deployment of the filter in the infrarenal venacava. The root cause analysis of this case revealed that the complication was related to blind pullout of the J-tipped guidewire following deployment of the filter in the IVC. This report highlights the potential risks of using a wire while an IVC filter is in place. PMID:23203598

  4. Transient sinus node dysfunction following sinus node artery occlusion due to radiofrequency catheter ablation of the septal superior vena cava-right atrium junction.

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    Kitamura, Takeshi; Fukamizu, Seiji; Arai, Ken; Hojo, Rintaro; Aoyama, Yuya; Komiyama, Kota; Sakurada, Harumizu; Hiraoka, Masayasu

    2016-01-01

    We performed catheter ablation to septal superior vena cava (SVC)-right atrium (RA) junction rapid firing in a 57-year-old man with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. He later experienced transient sinus node dysfunction resulting from injury to the sinus node artery (SNA), which branched only from the proximal region of the left circumflex artery. The direction of the SNA should be considered during catheter ablation at the septal SVC-RA junction, especially if the sinus node is supplied by only one SNA from the right coronary artery or the left circumflex artery. PMID:26607406

  5. Role of bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS) in the diagnosis of Cushing’s disease in a patient with double superior vena cava

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    Tashi, Sonam; Ng, Keng Sin

    2015-01-01

    Cushing’s syndrome is known to have a wide spectrum of clinical presentation with debilitating consequences and morbidity if not diagnosed and treated in time. Sometimes the diagnosis of Cushing’s syndrome can be challenging to the endocrinologist, especially when the usual battery of biochemical tests and advanced cross-sectional imaging is negative or inconclusive. We described a case in which the use of bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS) was conclusive albeit being technically challenging (due to a rare incidental finding of double superior vena cava) and invasive in nature. PMID:26629301

  6. Frequent neurally mediated reflex syncope in a young patient with dextrocardia: Efficacy of catheter ablation of the superior vena cava-aorta ganglionated plexus.

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    Suenaga, Hidetaka; Murakami, Masato; Tani, Tomoyuki; Saito, Shigeru

    2015-06-01

    Neurally mediated reflex syncope is the most common cause of syncope in young individuals without cardiac or neurological pathology. We report a case of successful catheter ablation in a 17-year-old male with neurally mediated syncope (NMS) of the cardioinhibitory type. The patient had dextrocardia situs inversus totalis with a mirror-image reversal of the thoracic and abdominal organs. Because he experienced multiple syncope episodes despite pharmacological intervention, we performed endocardial ablation of the superior vena cava-aorta ganglionated plexus. Shortly afterwards, his heart rate increased from 40 to 76 beats per minutes. He has not experienced syncope during the 1-year follow-up. PMID:26336554

  7. Role of bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS) in the diagnosis of Cushing's disease in a patient with double superior vena cava.

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    Tashi, Sonam; Ng, Keng Sin

    2015-08-01

    Cushing's syndrome is known to have a wide spectrum of clinical presentation with debilitating consequences and morbidity if not diagnosed and treated in time. Sometimes the diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome can be challenging to the endocrinologist, especially when the usual battery of biochemical tests and advanced cross-sectional imaging is negative or inconclusive. We described a case in which the use of bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS) was conclusive albeit being technically challenging (due to a rare incidental finding of double superior vena cava) and invasive in nature. PMID:26629301

  8. Chronic cyanosis due to persistent left superior vena cava draining into the left atrium in the absence of a coronary sinus.

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    Sanchez Mejia, Aura; Singh, Himanshu; Bhalla, Sanjeev; Singh, Gautam K

    2013-08-01

    We report a rare case of a 5-year-old child who presented with chronic hypoxemia and a normal cardiac examination, and was found to have a persistent left superior vena cava draining directly into the left atrium. The coronary sinus was absent. This case introduces a contradiction to the generally accepted concept that this anomalous connection can only occur in the presence of a partly or completely unroofed coronary sinus. High index of suspicion is required to include this pathology in the differential diagnosis for a patient with persistent cyanosis with normal cardiac examination. PMID:23334496

  9. Hemopericardium After Superior Vena Cava Stenting for Malignant SVC Obstruction: The Importance of Contrast-Enhanced CT in the Assessment of Postprocedural Collapse

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    Brant, Jonathan; Peebles, Charles; Kalra, Paul; Odurny, Allan

    2001-09-15

    We report the complication of hemopericardium following superior vena cava (SVC) stenting with an uncovered Wallstent in a patient with malignant SVC obstruction. The patient collapsed acutely 15 min following stent placement with hypoxemia and hypotension. A CT scan demonstrated a hemopericardium which was successfully treated with a pericardial drain. The possible complications of SVC stenting, including hemopericardium, pulmonary embolism, mediastinal hematoma, and pulmonary edema from increased venous return resulting from improved hemodynamics, ensure a wide differential diagnosis in the post procedural collapsed patient and this case emphasizes the important role of contrast-enhanced CT in the peri-resuscitation assessment of these patients.

  10. Brain Abscess Associated with Isolated Left Superior Vena Cava Draining into the Left Atrium in the Absence of Coronary Sinus and Atrial Septal Defect

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    Erol, Ilknur Cetin, I. Ilker; Alehan, Fuesun; Varan, Birguel; Ozkan, Sueleyman; Agildere, A. Muhtesem; Tokel, Kursad

    2006-06-15

    A previously healthy 12-year-old girl presented with severe headache for 2 weeks. On physical examination, there was finger clubbing without apparent cyanosis. Neurological examination revealed only papiledema without focal neurologic signs. Cerebral magnetic resonance imaging showed the characteristic features of brain abscess in the left frontal lobe. Cardiologic workup to exclude a right-to-left shunt showed an abnormality of the systemic venous drainage: presence of isolated left superior vena cava draining into the left atrium in the absence of coronary sinus and atrial septal defect. This anomaly is rare, because only a few other cases have been reported.

  11. Glasses-free three-dimensional endoscopic bronchoplasty, arterioplasty, and angioplasty of the superior vena cava for the radical treatment of right middle upper lung cancer

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    Shao, Wenlong; Yin, Weiqiang; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Xin; Peng, Guilin; Chen, Xuewei; Mo, Lili

    2016-01-01

    The role of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) radical resection in the treatment of lung cancer has widely recognized. Studies have demonstrated that the thoracoscopic radical treatment of lung cancer can achieve similar long-term survival as that of conventional open surgeries; meanwhile, it can be applied for bronchial sleeve resection that is more challenging for most thoracic surgeons. Bronchial sleeve pneumonectomy can avoid total pneumonectomy when removing tumors, and therefore it can lower the surgery-associated mortality and improve the long-term survival by maximizing the preservation of lung function. Thus, it has become a standard procedure for central-type lung cancer. We have completed a glasses-free three-dimensional (3D) complete thoracoscopic surgery in a patient with central-type lung cancer in his right lung. During the surgery, we found the tumor had invaded the right pulmonary trunk, right main bronchus, and lateral wall of superior vena cava.

  12. Coexistence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Superior Vena Cava Syndromes Due to Substernal Goitre in a Patient With Respiratory Failure: A Case Report

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    Tunc, Mehtap; Sazak, Hilal; Karlilar, Bulent; Ulus, Fatma; Tastepe, Irfan

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Substernal goiter may rarely cause superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) owing to venous compression, and cause acute respiratory failure due to tracheal compression. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) may rarely occur when there is a narrowing of upper airway by edema and vascular congestion resulting from SVCS. Case Presentation: We presented the clinical course and treatment of acute respiratory failure (ARF) developed in a patient with SVCS and OSAS due to substernal goiter. After treatment of ARF with invasive mechanical ventilation, weaning and total thyroidectomy were successfully performed through collar incision and median sternotomy without complications. Conclusions: Our case showed that if the respiratory failure occurred due to substernal goiter and SVCS, we would need to investigate the coexistence of OSAS and SVCS. PMID:26082848

  13. Intra-cardiac echocardiography-guided stent implantation into stenosed superior vena cava in a patient with a history of contrast anaphylaxis.

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    Yoshimoto, Hironaga; Suda, Kenji; Kishimoto, Shintaro; Kudo, Yoshiyuki

    2016-04-01

    A 37-year-old patient, who suffered from a repeated superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome, was scheduled for stent implantation into SVC, but suffered from contrast anaphylaxis. To monitor the procedure, we used intra-cardiac echocardiography and successfully implanted a stent. Placing an intra-cardiac echocardiographic catheter in the main pulmonary artery and facing towards the right, we could readily visualize stenosis in the SVC and inflation of the stent. Also looking up from right atrium, we noted proximal obstruction of the stent and confirmed the relief of obstruction after additional balloon dilation. This report leads to new application of intra-cardiac echocardiography for intervention of structural and vascular diseases other than inter-atrial septum. PMID:25605657

  14. Intracranial pressure monitoring during adult spinal deformity correction in a patient with critical venous occlusive disease and superior vena cava syndrome: A technical note

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    Ozpinar, Alp; Liu, Jesse J.; Tempel, Zachary J.; Choi, Phillip A.; Hart, Robert A.; Hamilton, D. Kojo

    2016-01-01

    Background: Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is not routinely used during complex spinal deformity correction surgery. The authors report a 66-year-old male who during thoracolumbar deformity surgery required the placement of an ICP monitor due to the underlying history of a superior vena cava syndrome (e.g., s/p right jugular stent). Case Description: A 66-year-old male with multiple prior lumbar spinal procedures presented with lower back and bilateral lower extremity pain, paresthesias, and weakness. He had a history of chronic left internal jugular and brachiocephalic venous occlusion (e.g., he had a right internal jugular stent). During deformity surgery, a frontal intraparenchymal ICP monitor was placed. During the early portion of the operation, bed adjustments (increasing reverse trendelenburg position) were required to compensate for ICP elevations as high as 30 mm Hg. A subsequent inadvertent durotomy during decompression lowered the ICP to <5 mm Hg; no further ICP spikes occurred. His postoperative course was uneventful, and 14-month later, he was dramatically improved. Conclusion: ICP monitoring may be a useful adjunct for patient safety in selected patients who are at risk for developing intracranial hypertension during extensive spinal deformity surgery. PMID:27168950

  15. Prosthetic graft interposition of the brachiocephalic veins or superior vena cava combined with resection of malignant tumours: graft patency and risk factors for graft occlusion

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    Lee, Geun Dong; Choi, Se Hoon; Kim, Yong-Hee; Kim, Dong Kwan; Park, Seung-Il

    2016-01-01

    Background We aimed to assess graft patency in patients undergoing prosthetic graft interposition of the brachiocephalic veins (BCVs) or the superior vena cava (SVC) combined with resection of malignant tumours. Methods A retrospective analysis was conducted on 16 patients who underwent prosthetic graft interposition of the BCVs or the SVC between 1998 and 2012. Results Among a total of 20 grafts in 16 patients (unilateral graft interposition in 12, bilateral graft interposition in 4), 8 grafts were occluded in 8 patients. Overall graft patency rate was 64.6%, 42.4% at the 2- and 5-year follow-up. Graft patency rate of the left BCV was significantly lower than that of the right BCV or the SVC (2-year patency, 38.1% vs. 81.8%, P=0.024). In univariate analysis, the superior anastomosis site [left BCV vs. right BCV; hazard ratio (HR) =2.312; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.015–5.265; P=0.046], the inferior anastomosis site (right atrial appendage vs. SVC; HR =2.409; 95% CI, 1.124–5.161; P=0.024), and interruption of warfarin (HR =5.015; 95% CI, 1.106–22.734; P=0.037) were significant risk factors for graft occlusion. Graft occlusive symptoms were identified in 4 patients who underwent unilateral graft interposition. Conclusions Prosthetic graft interposition between the left BCV and the right atrial appendage resulted in a significant rate of graft occlusion. Prosthetic graft interposition of the bilateral BCVs and long-term warfarin therapy may be necessary to prevent graft occlusive symptoms. PMID:26904213

  16. Normative MDCT cross-sectional data estimation of superior vena cava and innominate vein in growing children using age as a predictor.

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    Das, Karuna M; Momenah, Tariq S; Singh, Rajvir; Raja, Shanker; AlMoukirish, Abdulrahman; AlZoum, Mohammad; Larsson, Sven G

    2014-08-01

    This retrospective study aimed to determine the superior vena cava (SVC) and left innominate vein (INV) normative cross-sectional area in children noninvasively using age as a predictor and also to compare the correlation of the area measured with the diameter on multidetector computed tomography (MDCT). Analysis of the SVC-INV cross-sectional area was performed for 73 consecutive patients. The cross-sectional area of the SVC-INV was manually estimated. A regression analysis was performed for the cross-sectional area and age separately, and regression equations were compared. One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was performed to evaluate significant differences in the area means according to age groups. Regression analysis showed that age can be a predictor for the area of the SVC (50.6 mm(2) + 1.01 × age), te INV (48.3 mm(2) + 0.93 × age), and the left SVC-INV junction (47.2 mm(2) + 0.92 × age), with respective R(2) values of 93, 88 and 94%. The comparative evaluation of the cross-sectional area and the diameter measurement of SVC showed that the cross-sectional area was more closely associated with the increasing age of the cohort (R(2) of 68 vs. 61%) than the measured diameter. For a cohort of patients without congenital or acquired heart disease, MDCT can be used as a complementary test for a normative cross-sectional normogram area database of SVC-INV using age as a predictor. PMID:24647440

  17. Persistent left superior vena cava: Review of the literature, clinical implications, and relevance of alterations in thoracic central venous anatomy as pertaining to the general principles of central venous access device placement and venography in cancer patients

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    2011-01-01

    Persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) represents the most common congenital venous anomaly of the thoracic systemic venous return, occurring in 0.3% to 0.5% of individuals in the general population, and in up to 12% of individuals with other documented congential heart abnormalities. In this regard, there is very little in the literature that specifically addresses the potential importance of the incidental finding of PLSVC to surgeons, interventional radiologists, and other physicians actively involved in central venous access device placement in cancer patients. In the current review, we have attempted to comprehensively evaluate the available literature regarding PLSVC. Additionally, we have discussed the clinical implications and relevance of such congenital aberrancies, as well as of treatment-induced or disease-induced alterations in the anatomy of the thoracic central venous system, as they pertain to the general principles of successful placement of central venous access devices in cancer patients. Specifically regarding PLSVC, it is critical to recognize its presence during attempted central venous access device placement and to fully characterize the pattern of cardiac venous return (i.e., to the right atrium or to the left atrium) in any patient suspected of PLSVC prior to initiation of use of their central venous access device. PMID:22204758

  18. A Giant Coronary Sinus Aneurysm with Secondary Vena Cava Aneurysms.

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    Wu, Shengjun; Teng, Peng; Ni, Yiming; Li, Renyuan

    2016-01-01

    Coronary sinus aneurysm (CSA) is an extremely rare entity. Herein, we present an unusual case of an 18-year-old symptomatic female patient with a giant CSA. Secondary vena cava aneurysms were also manifested. The final diagnosis was confirmed by enhanced computed tomography (CT) and cardiac catheterization. As far as we know, it is the first case that such a giant CSA coexists with secondary vena cava aneurysms. Considering the complexity of postoperative reconstruction, we believe that heart transplantation may be the optimal way for treatment. The patient received anticoagulant due to the superior vena cava (SVC) thrombosis while waiting for a donor. PMID:26913681

  19. Inferior Vena Cava Thrombosis.

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    Alkhouli, Mohamad; Morad, Mohammad; Narins, Craig R; Raza, Farhan; Bashir, Riyaz

    2016-04-11

    Thrombosis of the inferior vena cava (IVC) is an under-recognized entity that is associated with significant short- and long-term morbidity and mortality. In absence of a congenital anomaly, the most common cause of IVC thrombosis is the presence of an unretrieved IVC filter. Due to the substantial increase in the number of IVC filters placed in the United States and the very low filter retrieval rates, clinicians are faced with a very large population of patients at risk for developing IVC thrombosis. Nevertheless, there is a paucity of data and societal guidelines with regards to the diagnosis and management of IVC thrombosis. This paper aims to enhance the awareness of this uncommon, but morbid, condition by providing a concise, yet comprehensive, review of the etiology, diagnostic approaches, and treatment strategies in patients with IVC thrombosis. PMID:26952909

  20. Superior septal approach for mitral valve surgery.

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    Garcia-Villarreal, Ovidio A

    2016-02-01

    Superior septal approach is a very useful technique to address the mitral valve surgery. Since this approach virtually divides the left atrium in two parts between the ascending aorta and the superior vena cava, mitral valve exposure becomes quite easy. We present a case of mitral valve repair by means of this approach. PMID:26534911

  1. 21 CFR 870.3260 - Vena cava clip.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... CARDIOVASCULAR DEVICES Cardiovascular Prosthetic Devices § 870.3260 Vena cava clip. (a) Identification. A vena cava clip is an implanted extravascular device designed to occlude partially the vena cava for...

  2. 21 CFR 870.3260 - Vena cava clip.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... CARDIOVASCULAR DEVICES Cardiovascular Prosthetic Devices § 870.3260 Vena cava clip. (a) Identification. A vena cava clip is an implanted extravascular device designed to occlude partially the vena cava for...

  3. 21 CFR 870.3260 - Vena cava clip.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... CARDIOVASCULAR DEVICES Cardiovascular Prosthetic Devices § 870.3260 Vena cava clip. (a) Identification. A vena cava clip is an implanted extravascular device designed to occlude partially the vena cava for...

  4. Vena Cava 3D Contrast-Enhanced MR Venography: A Pictorial Review

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    Lin Jiang; Zhou Kangrong; Chen Zuwang; Wang Jianhua; Yan Ziping; Wang, Yi-Xiang J.

    2005-12-15

    Three-dimensional contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance venography (CE MRV) is a sensitive and accurate method for diagnosing vena cava pathologies. The commonly used indirect approach involves a nondiluted gadolinium contrast agent injected into an upper limb vein or, occasionally, a pedal vein for assessment of the superior or inferior vena cava. In our studies, a coronal 3D fast multi-planar spoiled gradient-echo acquisition was used. A pre-contrast scan was obtained to ensure correct coverage of the region of interest. We initiated contrast-enhanced acquisition 15 sec after the start of contrast agent injection and performed the procedure twice. The image sets were obtained during two 20-30-sec breath hold, with a breathing rest of 5-6 sec, to obtain the first-pass and delayed arteriovenous phases. For patients with Budd-Chiari syndrome, a third acquisition coinciding with late venous phase was collected to visualize the hepatic veins, which was carried out by one additional acquisition after a 5-6-sec breathing time. This review describes the clinical application of 3D CE MRV in vena cava congenital anomalies, superior and inferior vena cava syndrome, Budd-Chiari syndrome, peripheral vein thrombosis extending to the vena cava, pre-operational evaluation in portosystemic shunting and post-surgical follow-up, and road-mapping for the placement and evaluation of complications of central venous devices.

  5. A novel technique for inferior vena cava filter extraction.

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    Johnston, Edward William; Rowe, Luke Michael Morgan; Brookes, Jocelyn; Raja, Jowad; Hague, Julian

    2014-02-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are used to protect against pulmonary embolism in high-risk patients. Whilst the insertion of retrievable IVC filters is gaining popularity, a proportion of such devices cannot be removed using standard techniques. We describe a novel approach for IVC filter removal that involves snaring the filter superiorly along with the use of flexible forceps or laser devices to dissect the filter struts from the caval wall. This technique has used to successfully treat three patients without complications in whom standard techniques failed. PMID:23636251

  6. A Novel Technique for Inferior Vena Cava Filter Extraction

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    Johnston, Edward William Rowe, Luke Michael Morgan; Brookes, Jocelyn; Raja, Jowad; Hague, Julian

    2013-05-02

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are used to protect against pulmonary embolism in high-risk patients. Whilst the insertion of retrievable IVC filters is gaining popularity, a proportion of such devices cannot be removed using standard techniques. We describe a novel approach for IVC filter removal that involves snaring the filter superiorly along with the use of flexible forceps or laser devices to dissect the filter struts from the caval wall. This technique has used to successfully treat three patients without complications in whom standard techniques failed.

  7. Hepatic Veins and Inferior Vena Cava Thrombosis in a Child Treated by Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt

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    Carnevale, Francisco Cesar Santos, Aline Cristine Barbosa; Tannuri, Uenis; Cerri, Giovanni Guido

    2010-06-15

    We report the case of a 9-year-old boy with portal hypertension, due to Budd-Chiari syndrome, and retrohepatic inferior vena cava thrombosis, submitted to a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) by connecting the suprahepatic segment of the inferior vena cava directly to the portal vein. After 3 months, the withdrawal of anticoagulants promoted the thrombosis of the TIPS. At TIPS revision, thrombosis of the TIPS and the main portal vein and clots at the splenic and the superior mesenteric veins were found. Successful angiography treatment was performed by thrombolysis and balloon angioplasty of a severe stenosis at the distal edge of the stent.

  8. 21 CFR 870.3260 - Vena cava clip.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Vena cava clip. 870.3260 Section 870.3260 Food and... CARDIOVASCULAR DEVICES Cardiovascular Prosthetic Devices § 870.3260 Vena cava clip. (a) Identification. A vena cava clip is an implanted extravascular device designed to occlude partially the vena cava for...

  9. 21 CFR 870.3260 - Vena cava clip.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Vena cava clip. 870.3260 Section 870.3260 Food and... CARDIOVASCULAR DEVICES Cardiovascular Prosthetic Devices § 870.3260 Vena cava clip. (a) Identification. A vena cava clip is an implanted extravascular device designed to occlude partially the vena cava for...

  10. Leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava.

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    Moazeni-Bistgani, Mohammad; Basravi, Monem

    2016-01-01

    Inferior vena cava leiomyosarcoma is a rare tumor with a variety of symptoms. A 41-year-old woman was admitted with nonspecific epigastric pain. Computed tomography revealed a dense mass between the inferior vena cava and the liver. The patient underwent successful resection of the mass. The pathologic study confirmed leiomyosarcoma. Adjuvant radiation therapy was completed, and after 12 months of follow-up, the patient had no problems. PMID:25033917

  11. Local colloid trapping in the liver in the inferior vena cava syndrome

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    Lin, M.S.; Fletcher, J.W.; Donati, R.M.

    1981-04-01

    Local radioactive areas in the liver were observed as a result of superficial cavoportal shunting of radiocolloids in two patients with the inferior vena cava syndrome. In one patient a paraumbilical and/or a recanalized umbilical vein was apparently involved in the hepatopetal shunting. In the other patient a superficial anastomosis other than the paraumbilical vein shunted colloid to the liver. Relatively discrete areas of increased radioactivity, single or multiple, were seen in the left lobe. Virtually all reported instances of hepatopetal shunting of radioparticles in a superior or an inferior vena cava syndrome have demonstrated similar findings. Various hepatopetal collateral pathways in infrarenal caval obstruction are considered, and factors that could affect liver scan findings in the infrarenal obstruction are discussed.

  12. Neuroblastoma presenting like a Wilms' tumor with thrombus in inferior vena cava and pulmonary metastases: a case series.

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    Gaetan, Genevieve; Ouimet, Alain; Lapierre, Chantale; Teira, Pierre; Sartelet, Herve

    2014-01-01

    Neuroblastomas and Wilms' tumors are frequent pediatric solid tumors. The first is frequently detected in the adrenal gland and the second develops in the kidneys. The extension through the vena cava and the lung metastases are frequent in Wilms' tumors and are rarely seen in neuroblastoma. We present the cases of three children with abdominal tumors with thrombus in the inferior vena cava and pulmonary metastases demonstrating a stage 4 neuroblastoma. The three male patients were between 23 to 48 months old. They presented an abdominal mass, near the superior pole of the kidney. Thrombus of the vena cava was showed on imaging studies in all cases and pulmonary metastases were always found. Catecholamine metabolites were present in the first case and negative in the two others. Two out of three patients had a radical nephrectomy. The pathological analysis always found a poorly differentiated or undifferentiated neuroblastoma without MYCN amplification and confirmed the vein tumoral thrombus in the second case. The evolution of the first two patients was unfavorable and the third is alive. Invasion of the inferior vena cava and pulmonary metastases in children with neuroblastoma is uncommon and can modify the surgical management. PMID:25077062

  13. [Nutcracker Syndrome with Left Inferior Vena Cava : A Case Report].

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    Nakazawa, Shigeaki; Nakano, Kosuke; Nakagawa, Masahiro; Kishikawa, Hidefumi; Nishimura, Kenji

    2015-08-01

    A 37-year-old male with a history of intermittent gross hematuria visited our hospital with asymptomatic macrohematuria. Cystoscopy findings revealed bloody urine from the left ureteric orifice and the cytodiagnosiswasclas sII. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography imaging revealed the inferior vena cava (IVC) running upward along the left side of the aorta, then crossing the aorta between the aorta and superior mesenteric artery (SMA). The crossing portion of the IVC was severely compressed by the SMA, causing the left-sided IVC (LIVC), and two left renal veins (LRV) were entered at the dilated portion of LIVC. On suspicion of nutcracker syndrome (NCS) with LIVC, color doppler ultrasonography and venography examinationswere performed. Although the resultsdid not meet criteria reported for NCS, venography revealed reflux from the IVC to the upper branch of the left renal vein. LIVC is a rare vessel anomaly, with a rate of incidence ranging from 0.2-0.5%, while NCS with LIVC isextremely rare, with only 7 case reports in the English literature. Herein. we report the first known case in Japan and review previous reports. PMID:26411655

  14. Computational Modeling of Blood Flow in the TrapEase Inferior Vena Cava Filter

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    Singer, M A; Henshaw, W D; Wang, S L

    2008-02-04

    To evaluate the flow hemodynamics of the TrapEase vena cava filter using three dimensional computational fluid dynamics, including simulated thrombi of multiple shapes, sizes, and trapping positions. The study was performed to identify potential areas of recirculation and stagnation and areas in which trapped thrombi may influence intrafilter thrombosis. Computer models of the TrapEase filter, thrombi (volumes ranging from 0.25mL to 2mL, 3 different shapes), and a 23mm diameter cava were constructed. The hemodynamics of steady-state flow at Reynolds number 600 was examined for the unoccluded and partially occluded filter. Axial velocity contours and wall shear stresses were computed. Flow in the unoccluded TrapEase filter experienced minimal disruption, except near the superior and inferior tips where low velocity flow was observed. For spherical thrombi in the superior trapping position, stagnant and recirculating flow was observed downstream of the thrombus; the volume of stagnant flow and the peak wall shear stress increased monotonically with thrombus volume. For inferiorly trapped spherical thrombi, marked disruption to the flow was observed along the cava wall ipsilateral to the thrombus and in the interior of the filter. Spherically shaped thrombus produced a lower peak wall shear stress than conically shaped thrombus and a larger peak stress than ellipsoidal thrombus. We have designed and constructed a computer model of the flow hemodynamics of the TrapEase IVC filter with varying shapes, sizes, and positions of thrombi. The computer model offers several advantages over in vitro techniques including: improved resolution, ease of evaluating different thrombus sizes and shapes, and easy adaptation for new filter designs and flow parameters. Results from the model also support a previously reported finding from photochromic experiments that suggest the inferior trapping position of the TrapEase IVC filter leads to an intra-filter region of recirculating/stagnant flow with very low shear stress that may be thrombogenic.

  15. Percutaneous placement of inferior vena cava filters.

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    Pisco, J M; Santiago, M J; Basto, I

    1992-11-01

    Pulmonary embolism is a serious and difficult problem. Many approaches for the prevention of recurrent pulmonary embolism have been tried. Percutaneous placement of inferior vena cava filters is an easy, safe, available and well established procedure for the prevention of pulmonary embolism. The authors review the indications for use of IVC filters, and they review the main filters available in terms of ease of use, the physical characteristics, the technique of introduction, the efficacy and morbidity, and the potential complications associated with their use. Insertion of IVC filters by percutaneous approach was successfully performed in 6 patients with recurrent pulmonary embolism. Following the intervention procedure without complication there were no further pulmonary emboli. PMID:1492602

  16. Inferior vena cava stenosis: Echocardiographic diagnosis in Marfan syndrome

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    Ghazal, Sami Nimer; Ouf, Shady G

    2015-01-01

    Marfan syndrome is a genetic disease with variable clinical presentation. This case describes a 36-year-old lady who was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome based on revised Ghent criteria. She was found to have bicuspid aortic valve and sensorineural hearing loss. Inferior vena cava stenosis was suspected on echocardiography due to high velocity flow and visualization of a focal narrowing in the inferior vena cava proximal to hepatic vein entry. Inferior vena cava stenosis was confirmed by computed tomography. Echocardiographic features suggestive of inferior vena cava stenosis include detection of a focal narrowing and high turbulent flow, peak velocity > 1.5 m/s and S/D wave fusion on spectral Doppler. PMID:26925409

  17. Troubleshooting OptEase inferior vena cava filter retrieval.

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    Nakashima, Masaya; Kobayashi, Hideaki; Kobayashi, Masayoshi

    2016-01-01

    For treatment of deep vein thrombosis and prevention of pulmonary thromboembolism, a retrievable inferior vena cava filter is commonly utilized as an effective bridge to anticoagulation. However, we have experienced difficulties in retrieving inferior vena cava filters. Endovascular retrieval assisted by disposable biopsy forceps is an appropriate approach because it provides a less-invasive low-cost way to remove a migrated filter. We suggest this troubleshooting technique to deal with filter hook migration into the caval wall. PMID:24828829

  18. Imaging evaluation of the inferior vena cava.

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    Smillie, Richard P; Shetty, Monisha; Boyer, Andrew C; Madrazo, Beatrice; Jafri, Syed Zafar

    2015-01-01

    The inferior vena cava (IVC) is an essential but often overlooked structure at abdominal imaging. It is associated with a wide variety of congenital and pathologic processes and can be a source of vital information for referring clinicians. Initial evaluation of the IVC is most likely to occur at computed tomography performed for another indication. Many routine abdominal imaging protocols may result in suboptimal evaluation of the IVC; however, techniques to assist in specific evaluation of the IVC can be used. In this article, the authors review the spectrum of IVC variants and pathologic processes and the relevant findings from magnetic resonance imaging, angiography, sonography, and positron emission tomography. Embryologic development of the IVC and examples of congenital IVC variants, such as absence, duplication, left-sided location, azygous or hemiazygous continuation, and web formation, are described. The authors detail IVC involvement in Wilms tumor, leiomyosarcoma, adrenal cortical carcinoma, testicular carcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, renal cell carcinoma, and other neoplasms, as well as postsurgical, traumatic, and infectious entities (including filter malposition, mesocaval shunt, and septic thrombophlebitis). The implications of these entities for patient treatment and instances in which specific details should be included in the dictated radiology report are highlighted. Furthermore, the common pitfalls of IVC imaging are discussed. The information provided in this review will allow radiologists to detect and accurately characterize IVC abnormalities to guide clinical decision making and improve patient care. PMID:25763740

  19. The North Atlantic Oscillation affects the quality of Cava (Spanish sparkling wine)

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    Real, Raimundo; Báez, José Carlos

    2013-05-01

    This study explores the possible effects of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) on the quality of Spanish Cava. We found a significant negative relationship between the mean NAO for the months of March through August of each year between 1970 and 2008 and the probability of obtaining a top quality Cava. The NAO is associated with temperature and rainfall variations in the Cava region, which affect vine physiological processes during grape maturity. The probability of obtaining a top quality Cava was highest when the mean value of the NAO was negative, which causes the mean temperature in the Cava area to decrease, with positive consequences on Cava quality. Although the overall discrimination capacity and explanatory power of the model were low, 80 % of clearly favorable years were classified correctly as corresponding to top quality Cava, and 70 % of clearly unfavorable years were classified correctly as non top quality Cava.

  20. Vena cava thrombosis after vena cava filter placement: Incidence and risk factors

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    Guo, Ya-Juan; Feng, Jun; Qu, Tian-Rong; Qu, Yan; Liu, Ya-Min; Zhang, Yu-Shun; Tian, Hong-Yan; Ma, Ai-Qun

    2011-01-01

    Background The objective of this study was to assess the clinical safety and efficacy of vena cava filter (VCF) placement, with particular emphasis on the incidence and risk factors of inferior vena cava thrombosis (VCT) after VCF placement. Methods Clinical data of patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE), with or without placement of VCF, were analyzed in a retrospective single-center audit of medical records from January 2005 to June 2009. The collected data included demographics, procedural details, filter type, indications, and complications. Results A total of 168 cases of VTE (82 with VCF; 86 without VCF) were examined. Over a median follow-up of 24.2 months, VCT occurred in 18 of 82 patients with VCFs (11 males, 7 females, mean age 55.4 years). In 86 patients without VCFs, VCT occurred in only 6 individuals (4 males, 2 females) during the study period. VCT was observed more frequently in patients fitted with VCFs than in those without VCFs (22% vs. 7.0%). Conclusions The incidence of VCT in patients with VTE after VCF implantation was 22% approximately. Anticoagulation therapy should be continued for all patients with VCF placement, unless there is a specific contraindication. Almost all instances of VCT in patients with VCF implants in our study occurred after stopping anticoagulation treatment. The use of VCFs is increasing, and more trials are needed to confirm their benefit and accurately assess their safety. PMID:22783293

  1. Reresection of Colorectal Liver Metastasis with Vena Cava Resection

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    Tardu, Ali; Kayaalp, Cuneyt; Yilmaz, Sezai; Tolan, Kerem; Ersan, Veysel; Karagul, Servet; Ertuğrul, Ismail; Kirmizi, Serdar

    2016-01-01

    The best known treatment of the colorectal liver metastasis is the complete surgical excision with clean surgical margins. However, liver resections sometimes cannot appear technically feasible due to the high number of metastases in the liver, in cases of recurrent resections or invasion of the tumors to the major vascular structures or neighboring organs. Here, we presented a colorectal recurrent liver metastasis invading the retrohepatic vena cava, right adrenal gland, and right diaphragm. En masse resection of the tumor with caudate hepatectomy combined with vena cava resection and surrounding adrenal and diaphragm resections was accomplished. Caval reconstruction was done by a 5 cm in length cryopreserved vena cava homograft under isolated caval clamping. Postoperative period was uneventful and she was discharged on day 11. As a conclusion, combined liver and vena cava resection for a recurrent colorectal liver metastasis is a feasible procedure even with additional neighboring organ resections. Isolated vena cava occlusion with the preservation of the hepatic blood flow may decrease the risk of liver injury in case of previous chemotherapy for liver metastasis. PMID:27088030

  2. (Mis)placed central venous catheter in the left superior intercostal vein

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    Padovan, Ranka Stern; Paar, Maja Hrabak; Aurer, Igor

    2011-01-01

    Background Chest X-ray is routinely performed to check the position of the central venous catheter (CVC) inserted through the internal jugular or subclavian vein, while the further evaluation of CVC malfunction is usually performed by contrast venography. In patients with superior vena cava obstruction, the tip of the catheter is often seen in collateral mediastinal venous pathways, rather than in the superior vena cava. In such cases detailed knowledge of thoracic vessel anatomy is necessary to identify the exact location of the catheter. Case report. We report a case of 32-year-old female patient with relapsing mediastinal lymphoma and previous superior vena cava obstruction with collateral azygos-hemiazygos venous pathways. The patient had CVC inserted through the left subclavian vein and its position was detected by CT to be in the dilated left superior intercostal vein and accessory hemiazygos vein. Considering that dilated accessory hemiazygos vein can tolerate infusion, the CVC was left in place and the patient had no complaints related to CVC (mal)position. Furthermore, we present anatomical and radiological observations on the azygos-hemiazygos venous system with the special emphasis on the left superior intercostal vein. Conclusions Non-contrast CT scans can be a valuable imaging tool in the detection of the CVC position, especially in patients with renal insufficiency and contrast media hypersensitivity. PMID:22933931

  3. Electroosmotic Characteristics of Canine Aorta and Vena Cava Wall

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    Sawyer, Philip N.; Harshaw, David H.

    1966-01-01

    Experiments in which canine aorta and vena cava walls are subjected to electroosmosis in an open system at constant pressure are described. Electroosmosis reveals that the blood vessel walls studied have a negative zeta potential. The calculated zeta potentials are different for aorta and vena cava, -9.0 5.0 mv compared with -4.7 1.2 mv, respectively, and again of different magnitude with different bathing solutions. The calculated membrane pore charge per centimeter of effective pore surface in statcoulombs is approximately 6.2 103 for aorta compared with 3.5 103 for vena cava. The implications of the negative electroosmotic zeta potential in terms of the surrounding electric double layer, ion transport, and thrombosis are briefly discussed. PMID:5970568

  4. Leiomyosarcoma of the Inferior Vena Cava

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    Kieffer, Edouard; Alaoui, Mustapha; Piette, Jean-Charles; Cacoub, Patrice; Chiche, Laurent

    2006-01-01

    Abstract: From 1979 to 2004, 22 patients were seen with leiomyosarcomas of the inferior vena cava (IVC). Twenty were treated surgically. Involvement of the IVC included the infrarenal segment in 3 cases, the suprarenal and/or retrohepatic segment in 13, and the suprahepatic segment in 4. Nineteen patients underwent wide tumor resection followed by ligation of the IVC in 5 cases, replacement with a PTFE prosthesis in 13, and cavoplasty in 1. An intracardiac tumor extension was resected during hypothermic circulatory arrest in 1 patient. Vascular exclusion of the liver was used in 5 cases and simple clamping of the IVC in 13 cases. There were 1 intraoperative death due to cardiac failure and 3 postoperative deaths due to multiple organ failure, liver failure, and duodenal fistula after treatment of a bleeding ulcer. Fifteen of the 16 surviving patients underwent adjuvant chemotherapy associated with radiation therapy in 4 cases. One patient was lost from follow-up at 10 months. Four patients including one with metastasis are still alive with a mean follow-up of 18.3 months. Eleven patients died after a mean follow-up period of 43.7 months due to local recurrence and/or distant metastasis in 9 cases and complications of chemotherapy in 2. The 3- and 5-year mean actuarial survival rates in patients who underwent resection were 52.0% and 34.8%, respectively. Leiomyosarcoma of the IVC is a serious disease. Although surgical resection combined with chemotherapy is usually not curative, it can achieve reasonably long-term survival. We recommend aggressive operative management using the latest vascular surgery and oncology techniques. PMID:16858193

  5. Liver cirrhosis in hepatic vena cava syndrome (or membranous obstruction of inferior vena cava)

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    Shrestha, Santosh Man

    2015-01-01

    Hepatic vena cava syndrome (HVCS) also known as membranous obstruction of inferior vena cava reported mainly from Asia and Africa is an important cause of hepatic venous outflow obstruction (HVOO) that is complicated by high incidence of liver cirrhosis (LC) and moderate to high incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In the past the disease was considered congenital and was included under Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS). HVCS is a chronic disease common in developing countries, the onset of which is related to poor hygienic living condition. The initial lesion in the disease is a bacterial infection induced localized thrombophlebitis in hepatic portion of inferior vena cava at the site where hepatic veins open which on resolution transforms into stenosis, membrane or thick obstruction, and is followed by development of cavo-caval collateral anastomosis. The disease is characterized by long asymptomatic period and recurrent acute exacerbations (AE) precipitated by clinical or subclinical bacterial infection. AE is managed with prolonged oral antibiotic. Development of LC and HCC in HVCS is related to the severity and frequency of AEs and not to the duration of the disease or the type or severity of the caval obstruction. HVOO that develops during severe acute stage or AE is a pre-cirrhotic condition. Primary BCS on the other hand is a rare disease related to prothrombotic disorders reported mainly among Caucasians that clinically manifest as acute, subacute disease or as fulminant hepatic failure; and is managed with life-long anticoagulation, porto-systemic shunt/endovascular angioplasty and stent or liver transplantation. As epidemiology, etiology and natural history of HVCS are different from classical BCS, it is here, recognized as a separate disease entity, a third primary cause of HVOO after sinusoidal obstruction syndrome and BCS. Understanding of the natural history has made early diagnosis of HVCS possible. This paper describes epidemiology, natural history and diagnosis of HVCS and discusses the pathogenesis of LC in the disease and mentions distinctive clinical features of HVCS related LC. PMID:25937864

  6. Recanalization of the intentionally interrupted inferior vena cava.

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    Gandhi, Arpit H; Wakefield, Thomas W; Williams, David M

    2015-09-01

    Intentional interruption of the inferior vena cava with caval ligation and a Mobin-Uddin filter was once commonly used to prevent recurrent pulmonary emboli and was associated with significant mortality and morbidity, including a high incidence of post-thrombotic syndrome. Recanalization of an intentionally interrupted inferior vena cava has been rarely described in literature and is commonly considered futile. We describe two patients with post-thrombotic syndrome as a late complication of caval ligation and a thrombosed Mobin-Uddin filter, with significant and sustained improvement after endovascular recanalization. PMID:24680239

  7. The inferior vena cava clip. The percutaneous approach.

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    Bildsoe, M C; Yedlicka, J W; Hunter, D W; Castañeda-Zúñiga, W R; Amplatz, K

    1990-08-01

    Pulmonary embolism in high-risk patients may be minimized by surgical inferior vena cava (IVC) clipping or by the insertion of caval filters. A percutaneous clipping technique was developed that narrows the cava while allowing caval patency. The caval clip is inserted through a percutaneous translumbar approach under fluoroscopic control. Nine dogs underwent percutaneous translumbar caval clip placement without complications. Three of four dogs, followed-up for 5 to 19 weeks by angiography and caval pressure measurements, showed caval patency. This technique eliminates the risks of surgical IVC clip placement and risks from the insertion of intravascular foreign bodies such as filters. PMID:2394568

  8. Inferior Vena Cava and Hemodynamic Congestion

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    De Vecchis, Renato; Baldi, Cesare

    2015-01-01

    Background: Among the indices able to replace invasive central venous pressure (CVP) measurement for patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) the diameters of the inferior vena cava (IVC) and their respiratory fluctuations, so-called IVC collapsibility index (IVCCI), measured by echocardiography, have recently gained ground as a quite reliable proxy of CVP. Objectives: The aims of our study were to compare three different ways of evaluating cardiac overload by using the IVC diameters and/or respiratory fluctuations and by calculating the inter-method agreement Patients and Methods: Medical records of patients hospitalized for right or bi-ventricular acute decompensated heart failure from January to December 2013 were retrospectively evaluated. The predictive significance of the IVC expiratory diameter and IVC collapsibility index (IVCCI) was analyzed using three different methods, namely a) the criteria for the indirect estimate of right atrial pressure by Rudski et al. (J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2010); b) the categorization into three IVCCI classes by Stawicki et al. (J Am Coll Surg. 2009); and c) the subdivision based on the value of the maximum IVC diameter by Pellicori et al. (JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013). Results: Among forty-seven enrolled patients, those classified as affected by persistent congestion were 22 (46.8%) using Rudski’s criteria, or 16 (34%) using Stawicki’s criteria, or 13 (27.6%) using Pellicori’s criteria. The inter-rater agreement was rather poor by comparing Rudski’s criteria with those of Stawicki (Cohen’s kappa = 0.369; 95% CI 0.197 to 0.54), as well as by comparing Rudski’s criteria with those of Pellicori (Cohen’s kappa = 0.299; 95% CI 0.135 to 0.462). Further, a substantially unsatisfactory concordance was also found for Stawicki’s criteria compared to those of Pellicori (Cohen’s kappa= 0.468; 95% CI 0.187 to 0.75). Conclusions: The abovementioned IVC ultrasonographic criteria for hemodynamic congestion appear clearly inconsistent. Alternatively, a sequential or simultaneous combination of clinical scores of congestion, IVC ultrasonographic indices, and circulating levels of natriuretic peptides could be warranted. PMID:26436075

  9. Adrenocortical carcinoma with inferior vena cava thrombus: Renal preserving surgery

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    Yadav, Rahul; Dassi, Vimal; Kumar, Anant

    2016-01-01

    Adrenocortical carcinoma with tumor thrombus extending via an adrenal vein into the inferior vena cava is uncommon. We describe a left side kidney-preserving surgery in such a patient where, after transection of the main renal vein at the point of insertion of the adrenal vein, the left kidney was being drained by lumbar and gonadal veins.

  10. Asymptomatic Lumbar Vertebral Erosion from Inferior Vena Cava Filter Perforation

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    Fang, Wayne Hieb, Robert A.; Olson, Eric; Carrera, Guillermo F.

    2007-06-15

    In 2002, a 24-year-old female trauma patient underwent prophylactic inferior vena cava filter placement. Recurrent bouts of renal stones prompted serial CT imaging in 2004. In this brief report, we describe erosion and ossification of the L3 vertebral body by a Greenfield filter strut.

  11. Reopening of persistent left superior caval vein after bidirectional cavopulmonary connections

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    Filippini, L; Ovaert, C; Nykanen, D; Freedom, R

    1998-01-01

    Persistent left superior vena cava (SVC) is a not uncommon finding in patients with congenital heart disease. This anatomical variant must be recognised before doing a Glenn anastomosis, bidirectional cavopulmonary connection or a Fontan-type procedure. Following these procedures, reopening of a left SVC leading to clinical cyanosis can occur. Five cases are described in whom persisting left SVCs were excluded before performing a bidirectional cavopulmonary connection or Fontan procedure but (re-)opened after surgery, leading to cyanosis either by reducing effective pulmonary blood flow (bidirectional cavopulmonary connection) or by an obligatory right to left shunt (Fontan). These observations suggest that, embryologically, the lumen of the left SVC obliterates rather than disappears. Balloon occlusion angiography of the innominate vein before cavopulmonary connections or Fontan procedures might improve detection of these collateral vessels.

 Keywords: persistent left superior vena cava;  cavopulmonary connection;  Fontan procedure;  congenital heart disease PMID:9659202

  12. Experimental Computed Tomography-guided Vena Cava Puncture in Pigs for Percutaneous Brachytherapy of Middle Mediastinal Lymph Node Metastases

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    Zhao, Min; Liu, Bin; Li, Sheng-Yong; Wang, Yong-Zheng; Li, Yu-Liang; Hertzanu, Yancu

    2015-01-01

    Background: Percutaneous brachytherapy is a valuable method for the treatment of lung cancer and mediastinal lymph nodes metastasis. However, in some of the metastatic lymph nodes in the middle mediastinum, the percutaneous approach cannot be used safely due to possible damage to surrounding anatomical structures. We established an animal model (group of 12 pigs) to assess the safety and feasibility of computed tomography (CT)-guided vena cava puncture. Methods: Under CT guidance, an 18G needle was used to puncture the anterior wall of the anterior vena cava (AVC) in 12 pigs. The 18G needle was chosen as it is similar in size to the needles employed for clinical application in brachytherapy. The incidence of complications and vital signs was monitored during the procedure. Thoracotomy was performed to remove AVC specimens, which were analyzed for histological evidence of vessel wall damage and repair. Results: Following postoperative enhanced CT, two animals were found to have a small pneumothorax (one being hemopneumothorax). The intraoperative oxygen saturation of both animals was not significantly decreased and was maintained at 93–100%. No animals developed mediastinal hematoma. Preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative changes in blood pressure, heart rate, hemoglobin, and blood oxygen saturation were not significant. Histological evaluation of AVC specimens showed that by 7 days following the procedure, the endothelial layer was smooth with notable scar repair in the muscularis layer. Conclusions: CT performed after the procedure and histological preparations confirmed the safety of the procedure. This indicates that percutaneous brachytherapy for metastatic middle mediastinal lymph nodes can be carried out via the superior vena cava. PMID:25881603

  13. Deep Vein Thrombosis Provoked by Inferior Vena Cava Agenesis

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    Haddad, Raad A.; Saadaldin, Mazin; Kumar, Binay; Bachuwa, Ghassan

    2015-01-01

    Inferior vena cava agenesis (IVCA) is a rare congenital anomaly that can be asymptomatic or present with vague, nonspecific symptoms, such as abdominal or lower back pain, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Here, we present a 55-year-old male who came with painless swelling and redness of his left lower limb. On examination, swelling and redness were noted extending from the left foot to the upper thigh; it was also warm compared to his right lower limb. Venous Doppler ultrasound was done which showed DVT extending up to the common femoral vein. Subsequently, computed-tomography (CT) of the chest and abdomen was done to exclude malignancy or venous flow obstruction; it revealed congenital absence (agenesis) of the infrarenal inferior vena cava (IVC). PMID:26788400

  14. Penetrating injuries of the abdominal inferior vena cava.

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    Degiannis, E.; Velmahos, G. C.; Levy, R. D.; Souter, I.; Benn, C. A.; Saadia, R.

    1996-01-01

    This is a retrospective study of 74 patients with penetrating injuries of the abdominal inferior vena cava; the cause of injury was gunshot in 91% and stabbing in 9%. Of the patients, 77% underwent lateral venorrhaphy, 5% underwent infrarenal ligation of the inferior vena cava (IVC), and 18% died perioperatively before any caval repair could be carried out. There was an overall perioperative mortality of 39%. Persistent shock, the site of the venous injury, particularly in the retrohepatic position, and the number of associated vascular injuries were directly related to mortality. Irrespective of the improvements in resuscitation and the various operative methods available, penetrating trauma of the abdominal IVC remains a life-threatening injury. PMID:8943628

  15. Retrievable Filter Update: The Denali Vena Cava Filter.

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    Hahn, David

    2015-12-01

    Over the past decade, there has been a gradual evolution of the retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, as the indications for caval filtration have expanded since the first such filters came into use. However, the particular design of retrievable or optional filters has introduced a subset of both symptomatic and asymptomatic device failures that have prompted a reassessment in the approach to patient selection as well as a new lexicon of technical considerations when considering retrieval. The Denali Vena Cava Filter (Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc., Tempe, AZ) represents one of the latest filters to come to market that specifically addresses the various issues of its predecessors. While the body of published experience with this filter is still relatively sparse, the incidence of filter tilt, strut perforation, strut fracture, and filter migration appears acceptably low and the filters remain relatively easy to retrieve even after long dwell times. PMID:26622101

  16. Use of Prophylactic Inferior Vena Cava Filters in Trauma

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    Naiem, Ahmed A.; Al-Hinai, Alreem K.; Al-Sukaiti, Rashid; Al-Qadhi, Hani

    2016-01-01

    Venous thromboembolisms, specifically pulmonary embolisms (PEs), represent a significant burden on healthcare systems worldwide, particularly within the setting of trauma. According to the literature, PEs are the most common cause of in-hospital death; however, this condition can be prevented with a variety of prophylactic and therapeutic measures. This article aimed to examine current evidence on the use, indications for prophylaxis, outcomes and complications of prophylactic inferior vena cava filters in trauma patients. PMID:26909219

  17. Modeling Flow Past a Tilted Vena Cava Filter

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    Singer, M A; Wang, S L

    2009-06-29

    Inferior vena cava filters are medical devices used to prevent pulmonary embolism (PE) from deep vein thrombosis. In particular, retrievable filters are well-suited for patients who are unresponsive to anticoagulation therapy and whose risk of PE decreased with time. The goal of this work is to use computational fluid dynamics to evaluate the flow past an unoccluded and partially occluded Celect inferior vena cava filter. In particular, the hemodynamic response to thrombus volume and filter tilt is examined, and the results are compared with flow conditions that are known to be thrombogenic. A computer model of the filter inside a model vena cava is constructed using high resolution digital photographs and methods of computer aided design. The models are parameterized using the Overture software framework, and a collection of overlapping grids is constructed to discretize the flow domain. The incompressible Navier-Stokes equations are solved, and the characteristics of the flow (i.e., velocity contours and wall shear stresses) are computed. The volume of stagnant and recirculating flow increases with thrombus volume. In addition, as the filter increases tilt, the cava wall adjacent to the tilted filter is subjected to low velocity flow that gives rise to regions of low wall shear stress. The results demonstrate the ease of IVC filter modeling with the Overture software framework. Flow conditions caused by the tilted Celect filter may elevate the risk of intrafilter thrombosis and facilitate vascular remodeling. This latter condition also increases the risk of penetration and potential incorporation of the hook of the filter into the vena caval wall, thereby complicating filter retrieval. Consequently, severe tilt at the time of filter deployment may warrant early clinical intervention.

  18. Upper terminal of the inferior vena cava and development of the heart atriums: a study using human embryos

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    Hwang, Si Eun; Rodríguez-Vázquez, José Francisco; Murakami, Gen; Cho, Baik Hwan

    2014-01-01

    In the embryonic heart, the primitive atrium is considered to receive the bilateral sinus horns including the upper terminal of the inferior vena cava (IVC). To reveal topographical anatomy of the embryonic venous pole of the heart, we examined horizontal serial paraffin sections of 15 human embryos with crown-rump length 9-31 mm, corresponding to a gestational age of 6-7 weeks or Carnegie stage 14-16. The IVC was often fixed to the developing right pulmonary vein by a mesentery-like fibrous tissue. Rather than the terminal portion of the future superior vena cava, the IVC contributed to form a right-sided atrial lumen at the stage. The sinus venosus or its left horn communicated with the IVC in earlier specimens, but in later specimens, the left atrium extended caudally to separate the sinus and IVC. In contrast, the right atrium consistently extended far caudally, even below the sinus horn, along the IVC. A small (or large) attachment between the left (or right) atrium and IVC in adult hearts seemed to be derived from the left (or right) sinus valve. This hypothesis did not contradict with the incorporation theory of the sinus valves into the atrial wall. Variations in topographical anatomy around the IVC, especially of the sinus valves, might not always depend on the stages but partly in individual differences. PMID:25548721

  19. Experimental investigation of the effects of inserting a bovine venous valve in the inferior vena cava of Fontan circulation

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    Santhanakrishnan, Arvind; Johnson, Jacob; Kotz, Monica; Tang, Elaine; Khiabani, Reza; Yoganathan, Ajit; Maher, Kevin

    2012-11-01

    The Fontan procedure is a palliative surgery performed on patients with single ventricle (SV) congenital heart defects. The SV is used for systemic circulation and the venous return from the inferior vena cava (IVC) and superior vena cava (SVC) is routed to the pulmonary arteries (PA), resulting in a total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC). Hepatic venous hypertension is commonly manifested in the Fontan circulation, leading to long-term complications including liver congestion and cirrhosis. Respiratory intrathoracic pressure changes affect the venous return from the IVC to the PA. Using a physical model of an idealized TCPC, we examine placement of a unidirectional bovine venous valve within the IVC as a method of alleviating hepatic venous hypertension. A piston pump is used to provide pulsatility in the internal flow through the TCPC, while intrathoracic pressure fluctuations are imposed on the external walls of the model using a pair of linear actuators. When implanted in the extrathoracic position, the hepatic venous pressure is lowered from baseline condition. The effects of changing caval flow distribution and intrathoracic pressure on TCPC hemodynamics will be examined.

  20. Aortic pseudoaneurysm from aortic penetration with a bird's nest vena cava filter.

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    Campbell, Joseph J; Calcagno, David

    2003-09-01

    This is a case report of a 29-year-old woman with an infected aortic pseudoaneurysm. Two years previously a bird's nest vena cava filter was placed after complex gastric surgery. Imaging studies and operative findings showed that the pseudoaneurysm was caused by penetration of the aorta by a prong of the vena cava filter. PMID:12947283

  1. Perforated inferior vena cava filters as the cause of unclear abdominal pain.

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    Meyer, Alexander; Schönleben, Frank; Heinz, Marco; Lang, Werner

    2013-04-01

    Inferior vena cava filters are considered a valuable therapeutic option in patients with deep vein thrombosis, subsequent pulmonary emboli, and contraindication for anticoagulation. However, these filters bear the risk of rare but serious complications (e.g., symptomatic caval perforation). We report our experiences with retrievable vena cava filters by means of an actual case and review the recent literature with special regard to filter-dependent delayed symptomatic vena cava perforations. Here, an inferior vena cava filter could be identified as the source of a patient's abdominal pain; after an interventional retrieval approach had failed, open surgical removal became necessary and led to the instant relief of this patient's symptoms. Retrievable vena cava filter removal should be performed in all cases as soon as no longer needed to avoid fatal complications. PMID:23498323

  2. Enhancement of Human Hair Growth Using Ecklonia cava Polyphenols

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    Shin, Hyoseung; Cho, A-Ri; Kim, Dong Young; Munkhbayer, Semchin; Choi, Soon-Jin; Jang, Sunhyae; Kim, Seong Ho; Shin, Hyeon-Cheol

    2016-01-01

    Background Ecklonia cava is a brown alga that contains various compounds, including carotenoids, fucoidans, and phlorotannins. E. cava polyphenols (ECPs) are known to increase fibroblast survival. The human dermal papilla cell (hDPC) has the properties of mesenchymal-origin fibroblasts. Objective This study aims to investigate the effect of ECPs on human hair growth promotion in vitro and ex vivo. Methods MTT assays were conducted to examine the effect of ECPs on hDPC proliferation. Hair growth was measured using ex-vivo hair follicle cultures. Real-time polymerase chain reaction was performed to evaluate the mRNA expression of various growth factors in ECP-treated hDPCs. Results Treatment with 10 µg/ml purified polyphenols from E. cava (PPE) enhanced the proliferation of hDPCs 30.3% more than in the negative control (p<0.001). Furthermore, 0.1 µg/ml PPE extended the human hair shaft 30.8% longer than the negative control over 9 days (p<0.05). Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) mRNA expression increased 3.2-fold in hDPCs following treatment with 6 µg/ml PPE (p<0.05). Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) mRNA expression was also increased 2.0-fold by 3 µg/ml PPE (p<0.05). Treatment with 10 µg/ml PPE reduced oxidative stress in hDPCs (p<0.05). Conclusion These results suggest that PPE could enhance human hair growth. This can be explained by hDPC proliferation coupled with increases in growth factors such as IGF-1 and VEGF. Reducing oxidative stress is also thought to help increase hDPCs. These favorable results suggest that PPE is a promising therapeutic candidate for hair loss. PMID:26848214

  3. Vena cava filter options: what's on the horizon?

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    Lessne, Mark L; Rinaldi, Michael J; Sing, Ronald F

    2016-04-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are the mainstay for pulmonary embolic prophylaxis in patients with high venous thromboembolic (VTE) risk-in particular, patients with acute VTE (deep venous thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism) who have contraindication to therapeutic anticoagulation. Technology continues to evolve regarding IVC filters, with the most exciting changes over the past several decades including techniques of percutaneous insertion from laparotomy and retrieval of these devices. This paper will review current IVC filter designs and concepts and will discuss developments on the horizon. PMID:26776313

  4. Inferior Vena Cava Duplication: Incidental Case in a Young Woman

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    Coco, Danilo; Cecchini, Sara; Leanza, Silvana; Viola, Massimo; Ricci, Stefano; Campagnacci, Roberto

    2016-01-01

    A case of a double inferior vena cava (IVC) with retroaortic left renal vein, azygos continuation of the IVC, and presence of the hepatic portion of the IVC drained into the right renal vein is reported and the embryologic, clinical, and radiological significance is discussed. The diagnosis is suggested by multidetector computed tomography (MDCT), which reveals the aberrant vascular structures. Awareness of different congenital anomalies of IVC is necessary for radiologists to avoid diagnostic pitfalls and they should be remembered because they can influence several surgical interventions and endovascular procedures.

  5. Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters for Venous Thromboembolism

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    Win, Lei Lei

    2013-01-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are used as an alternative to anticoagulants for prevention of fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) in venous thromboembolic disorders. Retrievable IVC filters have become an increasingly attractive option due to the long-term risks of permanent filter placement. These devices are shown to be technically feasible in insertion and retrieval percutaneously while providing protection from PE. Nevertheless, there are complications and failed retrievals with these retrievable filters. The aim of the paper is to review the retrievable filters and their efficacy, safety, and retrievability. PMID:24967292

  6. Left Inferior Vena Cava and Right Retroaortic Renal Vein

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    Nania, Alberto; Capilli, Fabio; Longo, Eugenia

    2016-01-01

    Nowadays, incidental anatomical variants are frequent findings, due to the widespread diffusion of cross-sectional imaging. This case report illustrates a fairly uncommon anatomical variant, that is, the copresence of left inferior vena cava and retroaortic right renal vein reported in a 46-year-old lady, undergoing a staging CT for breast cancer. Although the patient was asymptomatic, the authors highlight potential risks related to the above-mentioned condition and the importance of correct identification and diagnosis of the findings. PMID:26955497

  7. Penetration of an Inferior Vena Cava Filter into the Aorta

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    Hosaka, Akihiro; Miyahara, Takuya; Hoshina, Katsuyuki; Shigematsu, Kunihiro; Watanabe, Toshiaki

    2014-01-01

    Transvenous placement of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters is commonly performed in selected patients with deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. However, filter placement is sometimes associated with serious complications. A common complication is asymptomatic perforation of the IVC and penetration of adjacent organs by the filter. Here, we report a case of an 83-year-old man whose prophylactic IVC filter penetrated the aorta. The patient was closely followed without surgical intervention for more than a year, and no additional complications were observed. PMID:25593628

  8. MULTIDETECTOR-ROW COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF PRESUMED PREURETERAL VENA CAVA IN CATS.

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    Pey, Pascaline; Marcon, Oriana; Drigo, Michele; Specchi, Swan; Bertolini, Giovanna

    2015-01-01

    Preureteral vena cava (circumcaval ureter, retrocaval ureter) occurs in a third of the feline population and has been associated with ureteral strictures in humans. The aim of this retrospective cross-sectional study was to describe the contrast-enhanced multidetector row computed tomographic (MDCT) characteristics of presumed preureteral vena cava in a group of cats. Medical records from two institutions located in different continents were searched from 2010-2013 for cases with complete contrast-enhanced MDCT examinations of the abdomen (i.e. included the entire course of the ureters and prerenal and renal segments of the caudal vena cava) and a diagnosis of preureteral caudal vena cava. For cases meeting inclusion criteria, CT scan data were retrieved and characteristics of the preureteral caudal vena cava were recorded. Presence of concomitant renal or ureteral diseases was also recorded. A total of 272 cats had contrast-enhanced abdominal CT scans during the study period and of these, 68 cats (22.43 ± 4.96%) had a diagnosis of presumed preureteral vena cava. In all affected cats, a "reverse-J ureter" was observed, i.e. a ureter running medially at the level of L4-5, passing dorsally to the caudal vena cava and then exiting ventrally between the caudal vena cava and aorta returning to its normal position. Having a preureteral vena cava resulted in an increased risk for concurrent urinary signs (OR = 3.00; CI: 95%; 1.28-6.99; P = 0.01). Findings supported the use of contrast-enhanced MDCT for characterizing morphology of preureteral vena cava and its relation with ureters in cats. PMID:25786990

  9. Advanced Techniques for Removal of Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters

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    Iliescu, Bogdan; Haskal, Ziv J.

    2012-08-15

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have proven valuable for the prevention of primary or recurrent pulmonary embolism in selected patients with or at high risk for venous thromboembolic disease. Their use has become commonplace, and the numbers implanted increase annually. During the last 3 years, in the United States, the percentage of annually placed optional filters, i.e., filters than can remain as permanent filters or potentially be retrieved, has consistently exceeded that of permanent filters. In parallel, the complications of long- or short-term filtration have become increasingly evident to physicians, regulatory agencies, and the public. Most filter removals are uneventful, with a high degree of success. When routine filter-retrieval techniques prove unsuccessful, progressively more advanced tools and skill sets must be used to enhance filter-retrieval success. These techniques should be used with caution to avoid damage to the filter or cava during IVC retrieval. This review describes the complex techniques for filter retrieval, including use of additional snares, guidewires, angioplasty balloons, and mechanical and thermal approaches as well as illustrates their specific application.

  10. Porcine vena cava as an alternative to bovine pericardium in bioprosthetic percutaneous heart valves.

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    Munnelly, Amy E; Cochrane, Leonard; Leong, Joshua; Vyavahare, Naren R

    2012-01-01

    Percutaneous heart valves are revolutionizing valve replacement surgery by offering a less invasive treatment option for high-risk patient populations who have previously been denied the traditional open chest procedure. Percutaneous valves need to be crimped to accommodate a small-diameter catheter during deployment, and they must then open to the size of heart valve. Thus the material used must be strong and possess elastic recoil for this application. Most percutaneous valves utilize bovine pericardium as a material of choice. One possible method to reduce the device delivery diameter is to utilize a thin, highly elastic tissue. Here we investigated porcine vena cava as an alternative to bovine pericardium for percutaneous valve application. We compared the structural, mechanical, and in vivo properties of porcine vena cava to those of bovine pericardium. While the extracellular matrix fibers of pericardium are randomly oriented, the vena cava contains highly aligned collagen and elastin fibers that impart strength to the vessel in the circumferential direction and elasticity in the longitudinal direction. Moreover, the vena cava contains a greater proportion of elastin, whereas the pericardium matrix is mainly composed of collagen. Due to its high elastin content, the vena cava is significantly less stiff than the pericardium, even after crosslinking with glutaraldehyde. Furthermore, the vena cava's mechanical compliance is preserved after compression under forces similar to those exerted by a stent, whereas pericardium is significantly stiffened by this process. Bovine pericardium also showed surface cracks observed by scanning electron microscopy after crimping that were not seen in vena cava tissue. Additionally, the vena cava exhibited reduced calcification (46.64 ± 8.15 μg Ca/mg tissue) as compared to the pericardium (86.79 ± 10.34 μg/mg). These results suggest that the vena cava may provide enhanced leaflet flexibility, tissue resilience, and tissue integrity in percutaneous heart valves, ultimately reducing the device profile while improving the durability of these valves. PMID:21993239

  11. Duplicate inferior vena cava filters: more is not always better.

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    Katyal, Anup; Javed, Muhammad Ali

    2016-01-01

    Duplication of the inferior vena cava (IVC) has been reported in literature. This achieves clinical significance in the setting of lower extremity venous thromboembolism with a contraindication for anticoagulation. We describe a case of lower extremity deep vein thrombosis with duplicate IVC. Anticoagulation was contraindicated in this case leading to successful treatment with double IVC filters. We conducted a PubMed search for all current English language published literature, where filters were placed in the presence of duplicate IVC. We suggest that patients with deep vein thrombosis should have an accurate assessment of venous anatomy before IVC filter placement. Duplication of IVC, although rare, should be considered as this has management implications. PMID:25976267

  12. Indications, Management, and Complications of Temporary Inferior Vena Cava Filters

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    Linsenmaier, Ulrich; Rieger, Johannes; Schenk, Franz; Rock, Clemens; Mangel, Eugen; Pfeifer, Klaus Juergen

    1998-11-15

    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.

  13. Vessel Wall Reaction after Vena Cava Filter Placement

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    Hoekstra, Arend; Elstrodt, Jan M.; Nikkels, Peter G.J.; Tiebosch, Anton T.M.G.

    2002-01-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the interaction between the Cordis Keeper vena caval filter and vessel wall in aporcine model.Methods: Implantation of the filter was performed in five pigs. Radiologic data concerning inferior vena cava(IVC) diameter and filter patency, filter leg span, and stability were collected. At 2 or 6 months post-implantation, histopathologic analysis of the IVC wall was performed.Results: All filters remained patent with no evidence of migration. However, at 6 months follow-up, two legs of one filter penetrated the vessel wall and were adherent to the liver. These preliminary results suggest that with the observed gradual increase in the filter span, the risk of caval wall penetration increases with time, especially in a relatively small IVC(average diameter 16 mm).Conclusion: The Cordis Keeper filter was well tolerated, but seems to be prone to caval wall penetration in the long term.

  14. Management of inferior vena cava thrombosis after blunt liver injury

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    Kim, Kyung-Yun; So, Byung-Jun

    2014-01-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombosis after traumatic liver injury is an extremely rare condition, and only 12 cases have been reported in the English literature since 1911. We report a case of a 26-year-old man who presented with IVC thrombosis after blunt liver injury. IVC thrombosis was incidentally detected by computed tomography 15 days after conservative management of blunt liver injury. The patient denied any symptoms of thrombophlebitis and did not have any evidence of hypercoagulable state. We placed an IVC filter via the right jugular vein and started the anticoagulation treatment. The patient recovered successfully without operative treatment and IVC thrombosis disappeared completely two months later. We suggest that that the possibility of IVC thrombosis should be considered in patients with a large hematoma of the liver, which may cause compression of the IVC. PMID:26155259

  15. Venous Thromboembolism After Removal of Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters

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    Yamagami, Takuji Tanaka, Osamu; Yoshimatsu, Rika; Miura, Hiroshi; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2010-02-15

    The purpose of this study was to examine the incidence of new or recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) after retrieval of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters and risk factors associated with such recurrence. Between March 2001 and September 2008, at our institution, implanted retrievable vena cava filters were retrieved in 76 patients. The incidence of new or recurrent VTE after retrieval was reviewed and numerous variables were analyzed to assess risk factors for redevelopment of VTE after filter retrieval. In 5 (6.6%) of the 76 patients, redevelopment or worsening of VTE was seen after retrieval of the filter. Three patients (4.0%) had recurrent deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the lower extremities and 2 (2.6%) had development of pulmonary embolism, resulting in death. Although there was no significant difference in the incidence of new or recurrent VTE related to any risk factor investigated, a tendency for development of VTE after filter retrieval was higher in patients in whom DVT in the lower extremities had been so severe during filter implantation that interventional radiological therapies in addition to traditional anticoagulation therapies were required (40% in patients with recurrent VTE vs. 23% in those without VTE; p = 0.5866 according to Fisher's exact probability test) and in patients in whom DVT remained at the time of filter retrieval (60% in patients with recurrent VTE vs. 37% in those without VTE; p = 0.3637). In conclusion, new or recurrent VTE was rare after retrieval of IVC filters but was most likely to occur in patients who had severe DVT during filter implantation and/or in patients with a DVT that remained at the time of filter retrieval. We must point out that the fatality rate from PE after filter removal was high (2.6%).

  16. Inferior vena cava filter penetration following Whipple surgical procedure causing ureteral injury

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    Abdel-Aal, Ahmed Kamel; Ezzeldin, Islam B.; Moustafa, Amr Soliman; Ertel, Nathan; Oser, Rachel

    2015-01-01

    We report a case of an indwelling inferior vena cava filter that penetrated the IVC wall after Whipple’s pancreatico-duodenectomy procedure performed in a patient with ampullary carcinoma, resulting in right ureteral injury and obstruction with subsequent hydroureter and hydronephrosis. This was incidentally discovered on a computed tomography scan performed as routine follow up to evaluate the results of the surgery. We retrieved the inferior vena cava filter and placed a nephrostomy catheter to relieve the ureteral obstruction. Our case highlights the importance of careful inferior vena cava manipulation during abdominal surgery in the presence of an inferior vena cava filter, and the option of temporary removal of the filter to be placed again after surgery in order to avoid this complication, unless protection is required against clot migration during the surgical procedure. PMID:27200175

  17. Iliac Vein Stent Fracture Due to a Migrated Retrievable Vena Cava Filter.

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    Yim, Nam Yeol; Kim, Jae Kyu; Kim, Hyoung Ook; Kang, Yang Jun; Jung, Hye Doo

    2016-02-01

    We report a case of iliac vein stent fracture due to hooking by a migrated retrievable inferior vena cava filter in a 55-year-old woman with acute deep venous thrombosis related to May-Thurner syndrome. PMID:26912396

  18. Fractured Inferior Vena Cava Filter Strut Presenting with ST-Segment Elevation and Cardiac Tamponade

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    Raza, Jaffar; Abrol, Sunil; Coplan, Neil L.

    2015-01-01

    The fracture of an inferior vena cava filter strut and its migration to the heart is a rare sequela of implanted inferior vena cava filters. Perforation through the right ventricle into the pericardium with resultant cardiopulmonary compromise is even less frequent. We report the case of a 53-year-old man who presented with chest pain and hypotension consequent to cardiac tamponade. A fractured inferior vena cava filter strut had migrated and perforated his right ventricle. The fractured strut was successfully removed by means of cardiac surgery. Inferior vena cava filters should be placed when necessary to minimize the risk of pulmonary embolism, and regular radiologic monitoring should be performed; however, the eventual extraction of retrievable filters should be considered. In addition to discussing the patient's case, we briefly review the relevant medical literature. PMID:25873837

  19. A case series of duplicated inferior vena cava: mind the side, or fail to trap!

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    Tong, Zhu; Gu, Yongquan

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The incidence of duplicated inferior vena cava (IVC) ranges between 0.2-3%. Methods: The objective of this report is to showcase malformation of inferior vena cava in a series of authors’ own case studies. We also discuss the abnormal embryogenesis that results in this and the clinical management aspects of duplicated IVC. Results: Our findings suggest that it is important to recognize congenital anomaly such as duplicated IVC, especially prior to an invasive procedure. PMID:26221367

  20. Diagnosis by ultrasonography of congestion of the caudal vena cava secondary to thrombosis in 12 cows.

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    Braun, U; Flückiger, M; Feige, K; Pospischil, A

    2002-02-16

    This paper describes the clinical, ultrasonographic, radiographic and postmortem findings in 12 cows with thrombosis of the caudal vena cava. The principal clinical signs were chronic bronchopneumonia and fever in 11 cows; one cow had epistaxis and one cow bled from the mouth; eight cows had anaemia and leucocytosis, and the clotting time for the glutaraldehyde test was markedly decreased in all the cows; in nine of the cows the activity of gamma-glutamyltransferase was high, suggesting chronic hepatic congestion. The most important ultrasonographic finding was congestion of the caudal vena cava attributable to thrombosis of the vein. In all the cows the caudal vena cava was round to oval on cross-section, rather than the normal triangular shape. The hepatic, splenic and portal veins were dilated in five, three and one cow, respectively. The results of radiography and endoscopy supported a diagnosis of bronchopneumonia, but there were radiographic changes in the diaphragmatic lung lobes that supported a diagnosis of vena caval disease in only four cows. Postmortem there was a thrombosis of the caudal vena cava in all the cows, and the thrombi were located in the thoracic, subphrenic and abdominal part of the caudal vena cava at the level of the liver in four, one and seven cows, respectively. In three cows, the thrombus was situated where a hepatic abscess had broken into the caudal vena cava, and in one cow it was at the site of a diaphragmatic abscess. In another cow, there was a fistula between the major bronchus of the right diaphragmatic lung lobe and the caudal vena cava where the thrombus was situated. Three cows had liver abscesses that had not broken into the caudal vena cava. There was severe bronchopneumonia in 11 of the cows, some of which also had multiple pulmonary abscesses. PMID:11878438

  1. Mathematical modeling of the fibrosis process in the implantation of inferior vena cava filters.

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    Nicolás, M; Peña, E; Malvè, M; Martínez, M A

    2015-12-21

    An inferior vena cava filter is a medical device that is implanted in the inferior vena cava and is in charge of capturing blood clots before they reach the lungs, preventing from pulmonary embolism. There are some clinical problems regarding the use of inferior vena cava filters. One of them is the difficulty when retrieving the device due to the remodeling of the vena cava. Huge effort has been made in creating computational models that reproduce tissue remodeling, but no attention has been paid to the fibrosis phenomenon occurring in the inferior vena cava. In this work, a continuum computational model that reproduces the fibrosis in the presence of an antithrombotic filter is presented. Diffusion-reaction equations are used for modeling the mass balance between species in the venous wall. The main species considered to play a key role in the process of fibrosis are smooth muscle cells, endothelial cells, matrix metalloproteinases, vascular growth factors and the extracellular matrix. The developed model has been implemented on an idealized axisymmetric geometric vena cava model. Moreover, a sensitivity analysis has been performed to study the parameters influence on the evolution of the model. Results show that the computational model is able to predict the behavior of the species considered and it captures the key characteristics of lesion growth and the healing process within a vein subjected to non-physiological mechanical forces. Our results suggests that the vessel wall response is mainly caused by the endothelium denudation area and the collagen turnover among other factors. PMID:26458786

  2. Successful Percutaneous Retrieval of an Inferior Vena Cava Filter Migrating to the Right Ventricle in a Bariatric Patient

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    Veerapong, Jula; Wahlgren, Carl Magnus; Jolly, Neeraj; Bassiouny, Hisham

    2008-07-15

    The use of an inferior vena cava filter has an important role in the management of patients who are at high risk for development of pulmonary embolism. Migration is a rare but known complication of inferior vena cava filter placement. We herein describe a case of a prophylactic retrievable vena cava filter migrating to the right ventricle in a bariatric patient. The filter was retrieved percutaneously by transjugular approach and the patient did well postoperatively. A review of the current literature is given.

  3. CONTOURITES IN LAKE SUPERIOR

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    Contour currents influence sedimentation in an area 15 km wide and 65 km long at the base of the slope off the Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior, northwestern Michigan. Seismic-reflection profiles (3.5 kHz) from this area show distinct wavy reflectors in a scoured trough at a d...

  4. Partial cavopulmonary assist from the inferior vena cava to the pulmonary artery improves hemodynamics in failing Fontan circulation: a theoretical analysis.

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    Shimizu, Shuji; Kawada, Toru; Une, Dai; Fukumitsu, Masafumi; Turner, Michael James; Kamiya, Atsunori; Shishido, Toshiaki; Sugimachi, Masaru

    2016-05-01

    Cavopulmonary assist (CPA) for failing Fontan patients remains a challenging issue in the clinical setting. To evaluate the effectiveness of a partial CPA from the inferior vena cava (IVC) to the pulmonary artery (PA), we performed a theoretical analysis using a computational model of the Fontan circulation. Cardiac chambers and vascular systems were described as the time-varying elastance model and the modified three-element Windkessel model, respectively. A rotational pump described as a non-linear function was inserted between the IVC and the PA. When pulmonary vascular resistance index varied from 2.1 to 5.9 Wood units m(2), the partial CPA maintained cardiac index as efficiently as total CPA and markedly reduced the IVC pressure compared with total CPA. However, the partial CPA increased the superior vena cava pressure substantially. The modification from total to partial CPA is potentially an effective alternative in failing Fontan patients suffering from high IVC pressure. PMID:26546008

  5. Inferior vena cava resection with hepatectomy: challenging but justified

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    Malde, Deep J; Khan, Aamir; Prasad, K Rajendra; Toogood, Giles J; Lodge, J Peter A

    2011-01-01

    Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcome of hepatectomy combined with inferior vena cava (IVC) resection and reconstruction for treatment of invasive liver tumours. Methods From February 1995 to September 2010, 2146 patients underwent liver resections in our hospital's hepatopancreatobiliary unit. Of these, 35 (1.6%) patients underwent hepatectomy with IVC resection. These patients were included in this study. Data were analysed from a prospectively collected database. Results Resections were carried out for colorectal liver metastasis (CRLM) (n = 21), hepatocellular carcinoma (n = 6), cholangiocarcinoma (n = 3) and other conditions (n = 5). Resections were carried out with total vascular occlusion in 34 patients and without in one patient. In situ hypothermic perfusion was performed in 13 patients; the ante situm technique was used in three patients, and ex vivo resection was used in six patients. There were four early deaths from multiple organ failure. Postoperative complications occurred in 14 patients, three of whom required re-operation. Median overall survival was 29 months and cumulative 5-year survival was 37.7%. Rates of 1-, 2- and 5-year survival were 75.9%, 58.7% and 19.6%, respectively, in CRLM patients. Conclusions Aggressive surgical management of liver tumours with IVC involvement offers the only hope for cure in selected patients. Resection by specialist teams affords acceptable perioperative morbidity and mortality rates. PMID:21999594

  6. Inferior vena cava filters: what radiologists need to know.

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    Harvey, J J; Hopkins, J; McCafferty, I J; Jones, R G

    2013-07-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are a controversial mechanical adjunct in the prevention of pulmonary embolism, the most serious result of venous thromboembolism. Despite modern IVC filters being in clinical use for more than 45 years, there is still uncertainty amongst many radiologists about the indications for IVC filter placement and their removal, particularly the more recent prophylactic use in patients without confirmed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE). Recently published guidelines on filter use from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and other professional bodies are discussed. The vast majority of IVC filters in the UK are inserted by interventional radiologists, so radiologists may be the first point of contact for information requested by other clinicians. The increasing use of filters means that radiologists will encounter filters increasingly often during abdominal cross-sectional imaging. Awareness of common filter-related complications, such as tilting, thrombosis, and caval perforation, is useful to reassure or alert other clinicians. The potential role of filters in upper extremity DVT and requirement for concomitant anticoagulation is discussed. PMID:23452875

  7. Evaluation of Retrievability of the Gunther Tulip Vena Cava Filter

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    Yamagami, Takuji Kato, Takeharu; Hirota, Tatsuya; Yoshimatsu, Rika; Matsumoto, Tomohiro; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2007-04-15

    Purpose. To evaluate the feasibility and safety of withdrawal of a Gunther tulip retrievable vena cava filter (GTF). Methods. Between June 2001 and December 2005, at our institution 86 GTFs were implanted for temporary caval filtration in 59 patients (37 women, 22 men; mean age 59.3 years, range 18-87 years). For GTFs retrieved thereafter, we retrospectively reviewed the following parameters: rate of success in retrieval, degree of trapped thrombus in the filter, and complications during retrieval. Results. Worsening of or new development of pulmonary embolism after filter implantation did not occur in any patient. Of the 86 GTFs implanted, retrieval of 80 was attempted. Among those 80 filters, 77 (96%) were successfully retrieved (with the standard method, n = 72; with the modified method, n = 5) without any complication. The period of implantation of the retrieved filters was 13.4 {+-} 4.2 days. In the 5 filters that were filled to a height of {>=} 1/4 with trapped thrombus, retrieval was performed after attempts were made to decrease trapped thrombi. In addition, a temporary filter or another GTF was temporarily placed at the cephalad level of the GTF during this removal procedure. Conclusion. GTFs can be retrieved in the majority of cases. Even when encountering situations in which the filter could not be removed using the standard method, withdrawal was possible in a high frequency of cases through various trials using modified methods.

  8. Lake Superior, Duluth, MN

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    1973-01-01

    This view shows the west end of Lake Superior and Duluth, MN (47.0N, 91.0W). Portions of Minnesota, Michigan and Ontario, Canada are in the scene. The Duluth metropolitan area is at the west end of the lake. The discoloration plume in the water at Duluth is the result of tailings from the iron ore smelters that process the iron ore from the nearby open pit mines seen near the upper left corner of the photo.

  9. [Vena cava filters and treatment of venous thromboembolism in cancer patients].

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    Mismetti, P; Rivron-Guillot, K; Moulin, N

    2008-06-01

    Despite numerous publications, there is still only one randomised clinical trial with vena cava filter in the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). This study has shown a potential and early benefit on the risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) (the first three months) but a late negative effect on the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) recurrences (beyond the sixth month) especially on the risk of filter thrombosis. Consequently, the international recommendations are against a systematic use of vena cava filter to treat VTE (grade 1A) and they suggest to use them in case of a recurrence despite adequate treatment or in case of a contra-indication to anticoagulants (grade 2C). But these two conditions are frequent with VTE associated with cancer since, the risk of VTE recurrences is about 5 to 10% despite prolonged low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWH) treatment and the major bleeding risk is also about 5 to 10% in this case. These VTE recurrences are frequently early (first month of treatment) and contra-indications to anticoagulants due to major bleeding are mostly temporary. In this way, retrievable vena cava filters (possible retrieval until six months after placement) could be useful in order, to prevent recurrences during the thromboembolic risk period without any prolonged increasing risk of vena cava thrombosis. However, vena cava filters could be associated with some complications (tilt, migration sepsis...). So without any strong validation, they have still to be considered as a therapeutic strategy needing to be evaluated especially in cancer patient. PMID:18456434

  10. Unusual Case of Parkes Weber Syndrome with Aneurysm of the Left Common Iliac Vein and Thrombus in Inferior Vena Cava.

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    Banzic, Igor; Brankovic, Milos; Koncar, Igor; Ilic, Nikola; Davidovic, Lazar

    2015-10-01

    We report an unusual case of aneurysm of the left common iliac vein and thrombus formation in inferior vena cava associated with Parkes Weber syndrome (PWS). In addition to many already known clinical signs which determine PWS, common iliac vein aneurysm formation together with inferior vena cava thrombus present a new clinical feature and new challenges in treatment strategy of these patients. PMID:26122423

  11. Factors involved in the antinatriuretic effects of acute constriction of the thoracic and abdominal inferior vena cava.

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    Schrier, R. W.; Humphreys, M. H.

    1971-01-01

    Study of the antinatriuretic effect of acute thoracic inferior vena cava (TIVC) constriction in the absence of alterations in renal perfusion pressure. A comparison is made of the effects of equivalent degrees of TIVC and abdominal inferior vena cava constriction on arterial pressure, renal hemodynamics, and electrolyte excretion.

  12. Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement during Pregnancy: An Adjuvant Option When Medical Therapy Fails.

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    Valadares, Sara; Serrano, Fátima; Torres, Rita; Borges, Augusta

    2013-01-01

    The authors present a case of a 27-year-old multiparous woman, with multiple thrombophilia, whose pregnancy was complicated with deep venous thrombosis requiring placement of a vena cava filter. At 15th week of gestation, following an acute deep venous thrombosis of the right inferior limb, anticoagulant therapy with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) was instituted without improvement in her clinical status. Subsequently, at 18 weeks of pregnancy, LMWH was switched to warfarin. At 30th week of gestation, the maintenance of high thrombotic risk was the premise for placement of an inferior vena cava filter for prophylaxis of pulmonary embolism during childbirth and postpartum. There were no complications and a vaginal delivery was accomplished at 37 weeks of gestation. Venal placement of inferior vena cava filters is an attractive option as prophylaxis for pulmonary embolism during pregnancy. PMID:23781361

  13. Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement during Pregnancy: An Adjuvant Option When Medical Therapy Fails

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    Serrano, Fátima; Torres, Rita; Borges, Augusta

    2013-01-01

    The authors present a case of a 27-year-old multiparous woman, with multiple thrombophilia, whose pregnancy was complicated with deep venous thrombosis requiring placement of a vena cava filter. At 15th week of gestation, following an acute deep venous thrombosis of the right inferior limb, anticoagulant therapy with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) was instituted without improvement in her clinical status. Subsequently, at 18 weeks of pregnancy, LMWH was switched to warfarin. At 30th week of gestation, the maintenance of high thrombotic risk was the premise for placement of an inferior vena cava filter for prophylaxis of pulmonary embolism during childbirth and postpartum. There were no complications and a vaginal delivery was accomplished at 37 weeks of gestation. Venal placement of inferior vena cava filters is an attractive option as prophylaxis for pulmonary embolism during pregnancy. PMID:23781361

  14. [Radical surgical resection of leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava with intracardial tumour growth].

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    Pedersen, Christian Ross; Larsen, Peter Nørgaard; Arendrup, Henrik C; Rasmussen, Allan

    2005-11-01

    Sarcoma of the inferior vena cava (IVC) is a rare clinical entity. Surgical treatment of IVC is associated with improved survival. This case report describes a 42-year-old woman with biopsy-proven leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava with intracardial tumour growth. The primary tumour was only 1 x 1 cm in the wall of the vena cava while the intracaval tumour was 12 cm long with a diameter of 5 cm and 1.5 cm in the right atrium. Using venovenous bypass with circulatory support, the tumour was excised in toto and the caval vein closed with a pericardial patch. The patient was discharged in good condition after 19 days. PMID:16277928

  15. [Double inferior vena cava discovered by examination of traumatic rupture of congenital hydronephrotic renal pelvis: a case report].

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    Morishita, H; Tsukahara, K; Nango, C

    1993-02-01

    A case of double inferior vena cava associated with congenital hydronephrosis is reported. A 6-year-old girl was referred to our hospital with the chief complaint of severe left flank pain of sudden onset which occurred after she fell down some steps. Abdominal computerized tomographic (CT) scan revealed a huge perinephric urinoma, severe left hydronephrosis with obstructive atrophy and double inferior vena cava. Left nephrectomy was performed under a diagnosis of traumatic rupture of the left renal pelvis associated with left congenital hydronephrosis and double inferior vena cava. Rupture of the renal pelvis and ureteropelvic junction obstruction with severe parenchymal thinning were found. The postoperative course was uneventful. Double inferior vena cava is a relatively rare anomaly and most cases in recent years have been incidentally found by ultrasonography and CT scan. Urologists should keep in mind the possibility of this anomaly of the inferior vena cava, especially when reforming left nephrectomy. PMID:8465687

  16. Combined Scimitar syndrome and interruption of the inferior vena cava causing mega-azygous and hemiazygous veins.

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    Greenberg, S Bruce

    2008-01-01

    Computed tomography angiography detected scimitar syndrome with venous drainage to the inferior vena cava caudal to an interruption of the inferior vena cava in a 48-year-old woman. The hepatic veins drained to the supra-hepatic portion of the inferior vena cava cephalic to the interruption, which was a short area of atresia. Azygous and hemiazygous veins were massively enlarged since they drained the right lung, abdomen viscera exclusive of the liver and lower extremities. Inferior vena cava interruption by a short, focal atresia has not previously been described. The inferior vena cava immediately caudal to the interruption is presumed to remain patent because of the scimitar vein flow. PMID:17879111

  17. Bright superior mirages

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    Lehn, Waldemar H.

    2003-01-01

    Superior mirages of unusual brightness are occasionally observed. Two such cases, photographed over the frozen surface of Lake Winnipeg, Canada, are documented. Visually, these mirages appear as featureless bright barriers far out on the lake. They are just images of the lake ice, yet the luminance in one case was 2.5 times (in the other, 1.7 times) the luminance of the ice surface in front of the mirage. The mirage itself can be modeled by means of a conduction inversion, but a proper explanation of the brightness is not yet available.

  18. Artifacts of vena cava filters ex vivo on MR angiography.

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    Honda, Minoru; Obuchi, Masao; Sugimoto, Hideharu

    2003-07-01

    We evaluated magnetic susceptibility artifacts of nine types of vena cava filters in MR angiography (MRA) at 1.0T ex vivo in order to assess the filters' compatibility with MRA. Each filter (tulip filter, tulip MReye filter, stainless Greenfield filter, titanium Greenfield filter, TrapEase filter, Simon filter, LGM Vena-Tech filter, Antheor temporary filter, and Bird's nest filter) was inserted into an acrylic tube (20 or 25 mm in diameter, 15 or 30 cm in length). Gd-DTPA was poured into each tube at a concentration of 1/500 and each was placed in a water-filled container for imaging. We evaluated artifacts of the filters according to the following criteria: signal void beyond the tube, 3+; signal void within the tube but at more than one-half the diameter of the tube, 2+; and signal void within the tube but at less than one-half the diameter of the tube, 1+. We evaluated artifacts originating at the tip, intermediate portion, and distal end of the filters. We judged the artifacts as follows: tulip (3+, 3+, 3+); tulip MReye (2+, 1+, 1+); stainless Greenfield (2+, 1+, 2+); titanium Greenfield (1+, 1+, 1+); TrapEase (1+, 2+, 1+); Simon (2+, 2+, 1+); LGM (2+, 2+, 1+); Antheor (2+, 2+, 2+); and Bird's nest (3+, 3+, 3+). The numbers in parentheses refer to the degree of signal void at the tip, intermediate portion, and distal end of the filter, respectively. The tulip filter and Bird's nest filter made of 304 stainless steel caused extensive signal voids beyond the areas defined by the filters. The signal voids in the remaining seven filters were limited to within the tube. We concluded that seven of the nine filters were compatible with MRA ex vivo. PMID:16210823

  19. Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Factors that Affect Retrieval Success

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    Geisbuesch, Philipp Benenati, James F.; Pena, Constantino S.; Couvillon, Joseph; Powell, Alex; Gandhi, Ripal; Samuels, Shaun; Uthoff, Heiko

    2012-10-15

    Purpose: To report and analyze the indications, procedural success, and complications of retrievable inferior vena cava filters (rIVCF) placement and to identify parameters that influence retrieval attempt and failure. Methods: Between January 2005 and December 2010, a total of 200 patients (80 men, median age 67 years, range 11-95 years) received a rIVCF with the clinical possibility that it could be removed. All patients with rIVCF were prospectively entered into a database and followed until retrieval or a decision not to retrieve the filter was made. A retrospective analysis of this database was performed. Results: Sixty-one percent of patients had an accepted indication for filter placement; 39% of patients had a relative indication. There was a tendency toward a higher retrieval rate in patients with relative indications (40% vs. 55%, P = 0.076). Filter placement was technically successful in all patients, with no procedure-related mortality. The retrieval rate was 53%. Patient age of >80 years (odds ratio [OR] 0.056, P > 0.0001) and presence of malignancy (OR 0.303, P = 0.003) was associated with a significantly reduced probability for attempted retrieval. Retrieval failure occurred in 7% (6 of 91) of all retrieval attempts. A time interval of > 90 days between implantation and attempted retrieval was associated with retrieval failure (OR 19.8, P = 0.009). Conclusions: Patient age >80 years and a history of malignancy are predictors of a reduced probability for retrieval attempt. The rate of retrieval failure is low and seems to be associated with a time interval of >90 days between filter placement and retrieval.

  20. Temporary Inferior Vena Cava Filters: How Do We Move Forward?

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    Arous, Edward J; Messina, Louis M

    2016-05-01

    Despite their widespread use, the indications for the selective use of temporary inferior vena cava (IVC) filters remains uncertain with few trials supporting their use. Additionally, the risks of long-term temporary IVC filter insertion are being increasingly discussed amongst the mainstream media and through multiple class action lawsuits. Retrievable IVC filters were specifically designed to have a less secure implantation in order to facilitate retrieval. However, multiple reports have demonstrated significant filter-related complications, most commonly related to duration of implantation. Furthermore, the risk is not isolated to one manufacturer alone. The incidence of filter-related complications is linearly related to its duration of time on the market. Currently, the FDA recommends that IVC filters be removed within 25-54 days of their implantation. Unfortunately, little evidence exists to show that this recommendation is followed routinely. Recently, the PRESERVE Trial (NCT02381509) was initiated as a multicenter non-randomized open label study to determine the safety and effectiveness of commercially available IVC filters (both temporary and permanent) in individuals who require mechanical prophylaxis against pulmonary embolism. Until such evidence is developed, temporary IVC filters should be implanted based on best available evidence and routinely removed within the guidelines of the FDA of 25-54 days. A fair question at this point is whether the design features themselves that are required to manufacture a low profile removable IVC filter can achieve effective prophylaxis against pulmonary embolism at a low rate of short and long-term complications. PMID:27012891

  1. [Usefulness of vena cava filters from clinicians view].

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    Mayer, Otto; Poklopová, Zdenka

    2015-09-01

    The indication for vena cava filters (VCF) in treatment of venous thromboembolism is still controversial. The presented overview should support the practical decisions. Beside of large volume of observational date there is only one study - PREPIC 1 - fulfilling requirements of prospective randomized design. During 8 years of follow up, pulmonary embolism (PE) was less frequent in the group with VCF than in the group without VCF, but at the cost of more frequent deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Other, but observational studies, showed similar results. Since last 10 years retrievable VCF are available. PREPIC 2 study was settled to prove, if use of retrievable VCF and their early removal will decrease the frequency of late complications observed in PREPIC 1. The results are available as conference abstract only, but it was presented that recurrence of DVT and PE was less frequent in group without IVC than with inserted VCF. Evaluation of impact of VCF insertion on mortality from RIETE registry showed only a trend which was in favour of VCF. On the other hand, a protective effect of VCF was demonstrated in hemodynamically unstable patients with PE (cardiogenic shock, massive embolism) with or without thrombolytic therapy evaluating cases from US NIS registry. Metaanalysis of studies in patients with polytrauma showed VCF protection mainly in patients where anticoagulation was contraindicated. Data gained from literature are discussed with existing guidelines. 2014 Recommendations of European Cardiologic Society is thatVC filters may be used when there are absolute contraindications to anticoagulation and a high risk of VTE recurrence. The routine use of IVC filters in patients with PE is not recommended. PMID:26465279

  2. Adjunctive Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement for Acute Pulmonary Embolism

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    Jha, V. M.; Lee-Llacer, J.; Williams, J.; Ubaissi, H.; Gutierrez, G.

    2010-08-15

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are sometimes placed as an adjunct to full anticoagulation in patients with significant pulmonary embolism (PE). We aimed to determine the prevalence of adjunctive IVC filter placement in individuals diagnosed with PE, as well as the effect of adjunctive filter placement on mortality in patients with right heart strain associated with PE. This was a retrospective study of patients with acute PE treated with full anticoagulation admitted to a single academic medical center. Information abstracted from patient charts included presence or absence of right heart strain and of deep-vein thrombosis, and whether or not an IVC filter was placed. The endpoint was in-hospital mortality. Over 2.75 years, we found that 248 patients were diagnosed with acute PE, with an in-hospital mortality rate of 4.4%. The prevalence of adjunctive IVC filter placement was 13.3% (33 of 248), and the prevalence of documented right heart strain was 27.0% (67 of 248). In-hospital mortality was 10.2% in the non-filter-treated group (5 of 49), whereas there were no deaths in the filter-treated group (0 of 18); however, the difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.37). Both the presence of deep-vein thrombosis and of right heart strain increased the likelihood that an adjunctive IVC filter was placed (P < 0.0001 and P < 0.001, respectively). At our institution, patients were treated with IVC filters in addition to anticoagulation in 13.3% of cases of acute PE. Prospective studies or large clinical registries should be conducted to clarify whether this practice improves outcomes.

  3. Thermoregulatory catheter-associated inferior vena cava thrombus.

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    Gierman, Joshua L; Shutze, William P; Pearl, Gregory J; Foreman, Michael L; Hohmann, Stephen E; Shutze, William P

    2013-04-01

    The use of thermoregulatory catheters (TRCs) in critically ill patients has become increasingly popular. TRCs have been shown to be effective in regulating patient body temperature with improved outcomes. Critically ill patients, especially multitrauma patients and those with femoral catheters, are at high risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Among patients for whom chemical DVT prophylaxis is not an option, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are often placed prophylactically. The development of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) has allowed placement of IVC filters at the bedside for patients who are too ill for transport to the operating room or cardiac catheterization lab. After encountering several patients with occult DVT of the IVC during bedside IVC filter placement, we performed a retrospective review to determine the incidence of DVT or pulmonary embolus (PE) in patients who had been treated with a TRC at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Since 2008, IVC filters have been deployed at the bedside with the use of IVUS at Baylor University Medical Center. During that same time period, 83 patients had a TRC placed for either intravascular warming or cooling during their resuscitation. Forty-seven out of 83 patients who had a TRC placed survived their injuries. Ten of 47 patients (21%) were diagnosed with DVT or PE, and 6 of these 10 (60%) were found to have caval thrombus. We present this case series as evidence that undiagnosed IVC thrombus associated with TRCs may be higher than previously suspected, given that 5 out of 10 patients who had IVUS of their IVC for prophylactic IVC filter placement, as well as one patient diagnosed with PE, were found to have caval thrombus. PMID:23543961

  4. [Remote results of implantation of cava filters: analysis of errors and complications].

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    Zatevakhin, I I; Shipovsky, V N; Barzaeva, M A

    2015-01-01

    The authors carried out comparative assessment of efficacy of cava filters (CF) for prevention of pulmonary artery thromboembolism in patients presenting with iliofemoral thrombosis with flotation of thrombi, as well as analysed complications in the remote postimplantation period. A total of 266 patients were examined within the terms from 1 month to 10 years after CF implantation. Depending on the type of the implanted device, all patients were subdivided into 3 groups: group 1 (n=65) consisted of patients with one-level CF, group 2 (n=112) comprised those with "sandglass" and "shuttle" type two-level cava filters, and group 3 (n=89) was composed of patients with the implanted CF "TrapEase" and "OptEase". In the remote period relapsed PATE was revealed in 5.2% of cases. Embolism in the CF was noted in 9.3% of cases, with the incidence rate of this complication not depending on the type of the implanted device. However, total occlusion of the inferior vena cava after embolism was observed 2 times more often in patients of the 2nd and 3rd group. In the first group recanalization of the intrafilter space occurred in one third of cases. Chronic occlusion of the inferior vena cava was revealed in 13.9% of cases, most frequently in group 2. Total occlusion of the inferior vena cava with the development of inferior vena cava syndrome was diagnosed in 24.1% of patients with thrombotic lesion below the level of renal veins confluence. This complication was associated with both characteristics of CF and technical errors of implantation, and was also encountered more frequently in group 2. PMID:26035565

  5. Design Optimization of Vena Cava Filters: An application to dual filtration devices

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    Singer, M A; Wang, S L; Diachin, D P

    2009-12-03

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a significant medical problem that results in over 300,000 fatalities per year. A common preventative treatment for PE is the insertion of a metallic filter into the inferior vena cava that traps thrombi before they reach the lungs. The goal of this work is to use methods of mathematical modeling and design optimization to determine the configuration of trapped thrombi that minimizes the hemodynamic disruption. The resulting configuration has implications for constructing an optimally designed vena cava filter. Computational fluid dynamics is coupled with a nonlinear optimization algorithm to determine the optimal configuration of trapped model thrombus in the inferior vena cava. The location and shape of the thrombus are parameterized, and an objective function, based on wall shear stresses, determines the worthiness of a given configuration. The methods are fully automated and demonstrate the capabilities of a design optimization framework that is broadly applicable. Changes to thrombus location and shape alter the velocity contours and wall shear stress profiles significantly. For vena cava filters that trap two thrombi simultaneously, the undesirable flow dynamics past one thrombus can be mitigated by leveraging the flow past the other thrombus. Streamlining the shape of thrombus trapped along the cava wall reduces the disruption to the flow, but increases the area exposed to abnormal wall shear stress. Computer-based design optimization is a useful tool for developing vena cava filters. Characterizing and parameterizing the design requirements and constraints is essential for constructing devices that address clinical complications. In addition, formulating a well-defined objective function that quantifies clinical risks and benefits is needed for designing devices that are clinically viable.

  6. Nutcracker syndrome and deep venous thrombosis in a patient with duplicated inferior vena cava.

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    Yoshida, Ricardo de Alvarenga; Yoshida, Winston Bonetti; Costa, Renato Fanchiotti; Nacif, Marcelo Souto; Sobreira, Marcone Lima; Jaldin, Rodrigo Gibin

    2016-04-01

    Duplicated inferior vena cava is a rare anomaly, and thrombosis in one or both segments is even less frequent. We present a case of deep venous thrombosis of the left lower limb involving the popliteal, femoral, and iliac veins as well as the left segment of the duplicated vena cava and nutcracker syndrome. After catheter-directed thrombolysis complemented by mechanical thrombolysis, the compromised veins had complete revascularization; the nutcracker syndrome was treated with stent placement, followed by the use of anticoagulants. There was technical success and complete recovery of the patient. PMID:26993872

  7. Excision of a permanent inferior vena cava filter with multiple vena caval perforations.

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    Georg, Yannick; Khalife, Theresa; Alomran, Faris; Gaudric, Julien; Chiche, Laurent; Koskas, Fabien

    2014-01-01

    Perforation of an inferior vena cava filter by one the filter device hooks is a recognized possible complication of this device. We describe a case of surgical excision of a permanent inferior vena cava filter associated with multiple perforations of surrounding structures by each of the 6 hooks of the device. Structures affected include the third lumbar vertebral body, transverse mesocolon, the infrarenal aorta, the duodenum, and the psoas muscle. A thorough understanding of the filter design and adequate preoperative imaging were vital in planning the safe surgical excision of this device. PMID:24084266

  8. Aspiration Thrombectomy in a Patient with Suprarenal Inferior Vena Cava Thrombosis

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    Kishima, Hideyuki; Fukunaga, Masashi; Nishian, Kunihiko; Saita, Ten; Horimatsu, Tetsuo; Sugahara, Masataka; Mine, Takanao; Masuyama, Tohru

    2015-01-01

    DVT has rarely been observed in the inferior vena cava (IVC). Pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be life-threatening, often occurred in patients with IVC thrombosis. Therefore, an IVC filter is frequently used in those patients for the prevention of PE. A case of successful endovascular treatment of an IVC thrombus in a patient with relative contraindications to implantation of an IVC filter is presented. This case report shows that aspiration of thrombi caught in the removable IVC filter may be an alternative to surgery in high-risk patients with catheter-related suprarenal inferior vena cava thrombosis. PMID:25692046

  9. Superior Mesenteric Artery (SMA) Syndrome

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  10. Prognostic factors in patients with inferior vena cava injuries.

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    Rosengart, M R; Smith, D R; Melton, S M; May, A K; Rue, L W

    1999-09-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) injuries are potentially devastating insults that continue to be associated with high mortality despite advances in prehospital and in-hospital critical care. Between 1987 and 1996, 37 patients (32 males and 5 females; average age, 30 years) were identified from the trauma registry as having sustained IVC trauma. Overall mortality was 51 per cent (n = 19), with 13 intraoperative deaths and five patients dying within the first 48 hours. Blunt IVC injuries (n = 8) had a higher associated mortality than penetrating wounds (63% versus 48%). Of the 29 patients with penetrating IVC trauma, the wounding agent influenced mortality (shotgun-100% versus gunshot-43% versus stab-0%). Anatomical location of injury was also predictive of death [suprahepatic (n = 3)-100% versus retrohepatic (n = 9)-78% versus suprarenal (n = 6)-33% versus juxtarenal (n = 2)-50% versus infrarenal (n = 15)-33%]. A direct relationship existed between outcome and the number of associated injuries: nonsurvivors averaged four and survivors averaged three. Eighty per cent of patients sustaining four or more associated injuries died, by contrast to a 33 per cent mortality in those suffering less than four injuries. Physiological factors were also predictive of outcome. Patients in shock (systolic blood pressure < 80) on arrival had a higher mortality than those who were hemodynamically stable (76% versus 30%). Preoperative lactate levels were of prognostic value for death (> or = 4.0-59% versus < 4.0-0%), as was base deficit (< 4-22%, > or = 4, and < 10-36%, > or = 10-73%). Interestingly, neither time from injury to hospital arrival (47.4 minutes versus 33.0 minutes) nor time in the emergency department before surgery (45.6 minutes versus 42.6 minutes) differed between survivors and fatalities. Mortality remained high in the 34 patients who had operative control of their IVC injuries [lateral repair (n = 27)-44% versus ligation (n = 6)-66% versus Gortex graft (n = 1)-0%]. As wounding agent, anatomical location, associated injuries, and physiological status seem to most directly impact mortality, future efforts must focus both on establishing prevention programs directed at reducing the incidence of this injury, as well as on advancing the management of those who do survive to hospitalization, if we are to improve on the outcome of these devastating injuries. PMID:10484088

  11. Clinical Sequelae of Thrombus in an Inferior Vena Cava Filter

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    Ahmad, Iftikhar; Yeddula, Kalpana; Wicky, Stephan; Kalva, Sanjeeva P.

    2010-04-15

    The purpose of this study was to assess the long-term clinical sequelae of inferior vena cava (IVC) filter thrombus and the effect of anticoagulation on filter thrombus. Of 1,718 patients who had IVC filters placed during 2001-2008, 598 (34.8%) had follow-up abdominal CT. Filter thrombus was seen in 111 of the 598 (18.6%). There were 44 men (39.6%). The mean age at filter placement was 64 years. The medical diseases included cancer in 64, trauma in 15, stroke in 12, and others in 20. The frequency of filter thrombus on CT and asymptomatic filter thrombus on CT was calculated. The frequency of pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with filter thrombus was calculated. The frequency of thrombus progression or regression (on CT, available in 56) was calculated. The effect of anticoagulation on filter thrombus regression/progression was evaluated using the Fisher exact test by comparing the group of patients who received anticoagulants versus those who did not. A P-value of <0.05 was considered significant. The overall frequency of filter thrombus was 18.6%. Total occlusion of the IVC filter was seen in 12 of 598 (2%). The filter thrombus was asymptomatic in 110 (18.3%). Filter thrombus was detected after a median of 35 days (range, 0-2082) following filter placement. Thrombus extended above the filter in 4 (3.6%); IVC thrombus below the filter was seen in 35(31.5%). Thrombus in the filter occluded <25% of the filter volume in 58 (52.3%), 25-50% in 21 (18.9%), and 50-75% in 20 (18%). Total IVC occlusion was seen in 12 (10.8%). Eighty-three patients received anticoagulation. Sixteen patients developed symptoms of PE. PE was confirmed on CT in 3 of 15 (2.7%). On follow-up, filter thrombus regressed completely in 19 (33.9%) after a median of 6 months. Filter thrombus decreased in size in 13 (23.2%) and it progressed without IVC occlusion in 7 (12.6%). In one (1.7%), filter thrombus progressed to IVC occlusion. Filter thrombus remained stable in 16 (28.6%). There was no significant difference in thrombus regression or progression rates whether or not the patients received anticoagulation for filter thrombus. In conclusion, asymptomatic thrombus in the filter is common and it rarely progresses to complete caval occlusion. Anticoagulation has little effect on the resolution of filter thrombosis and future occurrence of PE.

  12. Fatal Complications After Self-Expandable Metallic Stent Placement for Inferior Vena Cava Syndrome

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    Yamagami, Takuji Nakamura, Toshiyuki; Kin, Yoko; Takimoto, Yukiko; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2003-08-15

    We present the case of a 71-year-old man with inferior vena cava syndrome due to metastatic lymph nodes from hepatocellular carcinoma with serious complications that were strongly suspected to result from rapid changes in hemodynamics after self-expandable metallic stent placement.

  13. Bird's nest filter causing symptomatic hydronephrosis following transmural penetration of the inferior vena cava.

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    Stacey, C S; Manhire, A R; Rose, D H; Bishop, M C

    2004-01-01

    We report a case of symptomatic hydronephrosis caused by transcaval penetration of a Bird's Nest filter. Perforation of the wall of the inferior vena cava (IVC) following insertion of a caval filter is a well-recognized complication. Whilst two cases of hydronephrosis have been described with Greenfield filters, no case involving a Bird's Nest filter has been reported previously. PMID:15109231

  14. Bird's Nest Filter Causing Symptomatic Hydronephrosis Following Transmural Penetration of the Inferior Vena Cava

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    Stacey, C.S. Manhire, A.R.; Rose, D.H.; Bishop, M.C.

    2004-01-15

    We report a case of symptomatic hydronephrosis caused by transcaval penetration of a Bird's Nest filter. Perforation of the wall of the inferior vena cava (IVC) following insertion of a caval filter is a well-recognized complication. Whilst two cases of hydronephrosis have been described with Greenfield filters, no case involving a Bird's Nest filter has been reported previously.

  15. Retrieval of Cement Embolus from Inferior Vena Cava After Percutaneous Vertebroplasty

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    Athreya, S.; Mathias, N.; Rogers, P.; Edwards, R.

    2009-07-15

    Percutaneous vertebroplasty is an accepted treatment for painful vertebral compression fractures caused by osteoporosis and malignant disease. Venous leakage of cement and pulmonary cement embolism have been reported complications. We describe a paravertebral venous cement leak resulting in the deposition of a cement cast in the inferior vena cava and successful retrieval of the cement embolus.

  16. A double J stent misplaced in the inferior vena cava during Boari flap repair

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    Maheshwari, Pankaj N.; Oswal, Ajay T.; Wagaskar, Vinayak G.

    2016-01-01

    A 30-year-old lady underwent a Boari flap repair for post-hysterectomy mid-ureteric stricture. The upper end of the double J stent inserted during the procedure was misplaced in the supra-renal inferior venal cava. Cystoscopic stent removal could be performed uneventfully, while the stricture was managed by endoureterotomy. PMID:26941499

  17. Acute Traumatic Renal Artery to Inferior Vena Cava Fistula Treated with a Covered Stent

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    Tam, J.; Kossman, T.; Lyon, S.

    2006-12-15

    A 34-year-old man presented within hours of suffering a penetrating stab wound and was diagnosed with a right renal artery to inferior vena cava fistula. Initial attempts at excluding the fistula with a balloon were unsuccessful. He was subsequently treated with a covered stent inserted into the right renal artery which successfully excluded the fistula.

  18. Procedural and Indwelling Complications with Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Frequency, Etiology, and Management

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    Milovanovic, Lazar; Kennedy, Sean A.; Midia, Mehran

    2015-01-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are commonly used in select high-risk patients for the prevention of pulmonary embolism. Potentially serious complications can arise from the use of IVC filters, including thrombosis of the filter itself and filter fragment embolization. This article discusses the utility of IVC filters and reviews the management of two cases of filter-related complications. PMID:25762846

  19. Endovascular retrieval of a TrapEase permanent inferior vena cava filter from the aorta.

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    Naidu, Sailen G; Stone, William M; Sweeney, John P; Money, Samuel R

    2012-01-01

    Intra-aortic inferior vena cava filter placement is a rare event. We describe a case in which a permanent vena caval filter was retrieved from the aorta with endovascular techniques. Knowledge of filter design, catheters, and available wires is important to perform this procedure safely. PMID:21820840

  20. Procedural and indwelling complications with inferior vena cava filters: frequency, etiology, and management.

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    Milovanovic, Lazar; Kennedy, Sean A; Midia, Mehran

    2015-03-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are commonly used in select high-risk patients for the prevention of pulmonary embolism. Potentially serious complications can arise from the use of IVC filters, including thrombosis of the filter itself and filter fragment embolization. This article discusses the utility of IVC filters and reviews the management of two cases of filter-related complications. PMID:25762846

  1. Three-Dimensional Rotational Angiography of the Inferior Vena Cava as an Adjunct to Inferior Vena Cava Filter Retrieval

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    Bozlar, Ugur; Edmunds, J. Stewart; Turba, Ulku C.; Hartwell, Gary D.; Housseini, Ahmed M.; Hagspiel, Klaus D.

    2009-01-15

    The objective of this study was to explore the role of three-dimensional (3-D) rotational angiography (RA) of the inferior vena cava (IVC; 3-D CV) before filter retrieval and its impact on treatment planning compared with standard anteroposterior cavography (sCV). Thirty patients underwent sCV and 3-D CV before IVC filter retrieval. Parameters assessed were: projection of filter arms or legs beyond the caval lumen, thrombus burden within the filter and IVC, and orientation of the filter within IVC. Skin and effective radiation doses were calculated. Statistical analysis was performed using paired Student t test and nonparametric McNemar's test. Standard anteroposterior cavography detected 49 filter arms or legs projecting beyond the caval lumen in 25 patients. Three-dimensional CV demonstrated 89 filter arms or legs projecting beyond the caval lumen in 28 patients. Twenty-two patients had additional filter arms or legs projecting beyond the caval lumen detected on 3-D CV that were not detected on sCV (p < 0.001). Filter apex tilt detection differed significantly (p < 0.001) between sCV and 3-D CV, with 3-D CV being more accurate. The filter apex abutted the IVC wall in 10 patients (33%) on 3-D CV, but this was diagnosed in only 3 patients (10%) with sCV. Thrombus was detected in 8 patients (27%), 1 thrombus of which was seen only on 3-D CV, and treatment was changed in this patient because of thrombus size. Mean effective radiation doses for 3-D CV were approximately two times higher than for sCV (1.68 vs. 0.86 mSv), whereas skin doses were three times lower (12.87 vs. 35.86 mGy). Compared with sCV, performing 3-D CV before optional IVC filter retrieval has the potential to improve assessment of filter arms or legs projecting beyond the caval lumen, filter orientation, and thrombus burden.

  2. Superior Sagittal Sinus Thrombosis

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    Nakase, Hiroyuki; Takeshima, Toshikazu; Sakaki, Toshisuke; Heimann, Axel; Kempski, Oliver

    1998-01-01

    Sinus-vein thrombosis is increasingly recognized as a much more frequent neurological disorder than was anticipated before. We examined the pathophysiology of superior sagittal sinus thrombosis (SSST) from 19 patients and a rat SSST model. We treated 19 cases with SSST who were diagnosed by angiography. The symptoms of nine patients, who suffered multiple intracerebral hemorrhage, were abrupt. In another ten patients who recovered satisfactorily, the condition progressed slowly and they were treated with heparin and urokinase. Multivariate analysis demonstrated that female, sudden onset (<24 hours) and posterior 1/3 occlusion are related to bad outcome. Experimentally, SSST was induced by ligation and slow injection of kaolin-cephalin suspension into SSS in rats. Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) and tissue hemoglobin oxygen saturation (Hb Sao2) using a “scanning” technique were measured at 48 locations, and fluorescence angiography was performed before and until 90 min after SSST induction. After 48 hours the animals were sacrificed for histological studies. Decrease of rCBF and tissue Hb SO2 and brain damage were seen in group B (n = 10) with an extension of thrombosis from SSS into cortical veins. Brain injury was not observed in group A (n = 8) with SSS thrombus alone and sham-operated animals (n = 5). In conclusion, a brain with acute extension of thrombus from SSS into cortical veins becomes critical for cerebral blood supply and metabolism. CBF, tissue HbSO2 and repeated angiography can be helpful monitors for the early detection of critical conditions after SSST. As to the therapy, restraint on the ongoing thrombus is essential to protect the brain with SSST, and we encourage the use of combination therapy of heparin and urokinase as early as possible in cases without intracerebral hemorrhage. ImagesFigure 1Figure 2 PMID:17171061

  3. Congenital cardiac malformation with three-chambered right atrium and a persistent left cranial vena cava in a dog.

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    Yang, Vicky K; Nussbaum, Lindsay; Rush, John E; Cunningham, Suzanne M; MacGregor, John; Antoon, Kristen N

    2015-03-01

    This report describes an unusual congenital abnormality in a dog in which multiple distinct membranes were observed within the right atrium, creating obstruction to venous return from both the cranial vena cava and the caudal vena cava. A persistent left cranial vena cava was also identified. In addition to a membrane in the typical location for cor triatriatum dexter, the dog also had a perforated membrane separating the main right atrial body and tricuspid valve from a more cranial right atrial chamber and the right cranial vena cava. Balloon dilation was performed successfully to alleviate the obstruction to systemic venous return created by the two membranes. Due to the unusual anatomic features, angiography plus echocardiography was useful to completely characterize the congenital abnormality prior to intervention. PMID:25683781

  4. Dysgenesis of the inferior vena cava associated with deep venous thrombosis and a partial Protein C deficiency

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    Tribe, Howard; Borgstein, Rudi

    2013-01-01

    Dysgenesis of the inferior vena cava is rare but it is being increasingly diagnosed by cross-sectional imaging techniques. Patients are usually asymptomatic with abnormalities detected incidentally. An 11 year old boy presented with a 10 day history of fever, vomiting and abdominal pain, which progressed to his back and lower limbs. Magnetic resonance imaging, computerised tomography and Doppler ultrasonography showed the absence of a suprarenal inferior vena cava with bilateral superficial femoral vein thrombi extending cranially to the end of the aberrant inferior vena cava. Haematological testing revealed a partial Protein C deficiency. The presenting clinical picture in this case is unique within the English literature and highlights that deep venous thrombosis associated with inferior vena cava dysgenesis may not present with typical symptoms in children. Early use of advanced imaging modalities would expedite diagnosis and subsequent treatment. PMID:24421930

  5. Selective approach for venous drainage in right iliac vein and cava vein for combined pancreas-kidney transplantation.

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    Gonzalez, Adriano Miziara; Schraibman, Vladimir; Linhares, Marcelo Moura; Silva, Maria Helena Garcez; Monteiro, Rita Maria Aparecida; Duran, Mario G; Neto, Alcidez Augusto Salzedas; Triviño, Tarcísio; Melaragno, Claudio; Rangel, Erica B; de Sá, João Roberto; Filho, Gaspar de Jesus Lopes; Pestana, José Osmar Medina

    2007-01-27

    In this paper, the authors evaluate if the use of a venous drainage system in the cava vein (instead of the external iliac vein) presents differences in pancreatic transplantation. Between December 2000 and 2004, 105 pancreas-kidney transplants were performed. Patients in group A (n=49) underwent complete liberation of the right iliac vein for venous drainage. In group B (n=56), the venous drainage system was placed in the cava vein or in the confluence. Analyzed clinical parameters included: insulin replacement, vascular thrombosis in the graft, intraabdominal collections, graft loss, reoperation, and deaths. When compared to the external iliac vein, venous drainage to the cava vein did not result in significant differences. Venous drainage to the cava vein is a valuable alternative when the right iliac fossa has been previously approached. It is a practical, rapid procedure and it is not necessary to expose the internal iliac vein. PMID:17264821

  6. Leiomyosarcoma of the retrohepatic vena cava: Report of a case treated with resection and reconstruction with polytetrafluoroethylene vascular graft

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    Yankol, Yücel; Mecit, Nesimi; Kanmaz, Turan; Acarlı, Koray

    2015-01-01

    Leiomyosarcoma of the vena cava is a rare malignant tumor. A 61-year-old woman was admitted with right upper quadrant abdominal pain. Computed tomography revealed a retrohepatic vena cava tumor originating 2 cm below the confluence of the hepaic veins and ending 2 cm above the renal veins. The tumor was resected with 1 cm clear surgical margins, without requiring liver resection. Polytetrafluoroethylene vascular graft was used for reconstruction of the vena cava. Now 32 months postoperatively, there has been no recurrence or metastasis. Radical resection with negative surgical margins is the best curative therapy for leiomyosarcoma. Polytetrafluoroethylene vascular graft can be used in extensive tumors located at the vena cava. PMID:26504421

  7. Computed Tomography Angiography of Situs Inversus, Portosystemic Shunt and Multiple Vena Cava Anomalies in a Dog

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    OUI, Heejin; KIM, Jisun; BAE, Yeonho; OH, Juyeon; PARK, Seungjo; LEE, Gahyun; JEON, Sunghoon; CHOI, Jihye

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT A 5-year-old Shih Tzu was presented with intermittent vomiting and anorexia. Microhepatica and reversed position of the abdominal organs were observed on radiography. Ultrasonographically, portosystemic shunt (PSS) was tentatively diagnosed. Computed tomography (CT) revealed that the distended portal vein drained into the left hepatic vein. The caudal vena cava (CdVC) split postrenally and converged at the renal level. Cranial to this, the azygos continuation of the CdVC was confirmed. In the thorax, a persistent left cranial vena cava (CrVC) was found along with right CrVC. This is the first report of a dog with persistent left CrVC and multiple abdominal malformations. CT angiography was useful in evaluating the characteristics of each vascular anomaly and determining the required surgical correction in this complex case. PMID:23842117

  8. Entrapment of Guide Wire in an Inferior Vena Cava Filter: A Technique for Removal

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    Abdel-Aal, Ahmed Kamel Saddekni, Souheil; Hamed, Maysoon Farouk; Fitzpatrick, Farley

    2013-04-15

    Entrapment of a central venous catheter (CVC) guide wire in an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a rare, but reported complication during CVC placement. With the increasing use of vena cava filters (VCFs), this number will most likely continue to grow. The consequences of this complication can be serious, as continued traction upon the guide wire may result in filter dislodgement and migration, filter fracture, or injury to the IVC. We describe a case in which a J-tipped guide wire introduced through a left subclavian access without fluoroscopic guidance during CVC placement was entrapped at the apex of an IVC filter. We describe a technique that we used successfully in removing the entrapped wire through the left subclavian access site. We also present simple useful recommendations to prevent this complication.

  9. Duplication of Inferior Vena Cava with Associated Anomalies: A Rare Case Report

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    Shaha, Pramod; Sahoo, Kulamani; Kothari, Nupoor; Garg, Pooja

    2016-01-01

    Duplication of inferior vena cava is an uncommon abnormality and is important in daily today practice for vascular surgeons, radiologist and urologist especially during retroperitoneal surgeries and treatment of thromboembolic disease. Radiologically, Duplicated IVC can be mistaken for lymphadenopathy or left pyeloureteric dilatation. Crossed fused kidney with a single ureter defy the embryological theory of ureteric bud crossing the opposite side and induce nephron formation associated anomaly of Duplication of inferior vena cava and malrotation of gut are not reported in a same patient. On meticulous search of literature no such combination of abnormalities has been reported. In this case report we bring forward this rare type of combination of three congenital malformations that is Duplication of IVC, crossed fused kidney and malrotation of gut. PMID:27134964

  10. Endovascular recanalization of iliocaval and inferior vena cava filter chronic total occlusions.

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    Meltzer, Andrew J; Connolly, Peter H; Kabutey, Nii Kabu; Jones, Doug W; Schneider, Darren B

    2015-01-01

    Inferior vena cava filter (IVCF) placement is associated with increased risk of deep venous thrombosis. This may result from filter obstruction by trapped emboli or in situ thrombosis of the IVCF, followed by caval thrombus propagation, and may be associated with significant morbidity. Here, we describe a technique and early results of endovascular recanalization of IVCF chronic total occlusions in five patients with complete chronic total occlusions of a previously implanted IVCF, the inferior vena cava, and the bilateral iliofemoral venous systems. We describe our technique of filter displacement and recanalization with balloon-mounted and self-expanding stents. All patients noted sustained clinical improvement and duplex ultrasound-confirmed patency throughout follow-up. PMID:26993686

  11. Endovascular retrieval of an inferior vena cava filter with simultaneous caval, aortic, and duodenal perforations.

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    Caldwell, Edward H; Fridley, Todd L; Erb, Edward L; Fleischer, Stephen R

    2012-11-01

    A 47-year-old female presented to the emergency department complaining of diffuse abdominal pain and melena. She previously had a Bard G2X inferior vena cava filter placed before undergoing a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass 3 years before her current presentation. She had a history of an anastomotic ulcer that was treated medically. A repeat endoscopic evaluation revealed no evidence of a recent bleed and the ulcer was healed. Computed tomography revealed evidence of multiple filter struts penetrating through the caval wall into the duodenum and aorta. The filter was successfully removed using an En Snare without complications. Reviewing the current literature, open surgical repair has been the treatment of choice for similar patient presentations. We present a successful case of the endovascular retrieval of an inferior vena cava filter with simultaneous caval, aortic, and duodenal penetrations. PMID:23129585

  12. Duodenal penetration of an inferior vena cava filter: case report and literature review.

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    Ward, William H; Donahue, David R; Platz, Timothy A; Scibelli, Christopher D

    2013-12-01

    The insertion of inferior vena cava filters (IVCF) is a well-known therapy used in the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE). The incidence of IVCF-related complications is low and complete caval penetration of a filter with adjacent organ injury has a reported incidence of 0–1%. We report the case of an 18-year-old male who sustained a spinal cord injury after a motor vehicle crash. The patient received a prophylactic IVCF and subsequently presented with right flank pain, postprandial nausea, and vomiting. His exam was benign and a computed tomography scan revealed extra-caval penetration of the filter with struts within the duodenal lumen and psoas muscle. The patient underwent an exploratory laparotomy with extraction of the filter, inferior vena cava venorrhaphy, and repair of the duodenal injury. This complication illustrates the potential morbidity of a common procedure and emphasizes the importance of investigating the IVCF as a possible source of abdominal pain. PMID:23493276

  13. Temporary Vena Cava Filters and Ultrahigh Streptokinase Thrombolysis Therapy: A Clinical Study

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    Lorch, Heike; Zwaan, Martin; Siemens, Hans-Joachim; Wagner, Thomas; Kagel, Christiane; Weiss, Hans-Dieter

    2000-07-15

    Purpose: To assess the efficacy of temporary vena cava filters in patients undergoing ultrahigh-dose streptokinase thrombolysis for iliocaval thrombosis and to determine therapy success and filter and therapy complications.Methods: Forty-five patients were studied regarding extension and characteristics of thrombosis, duration, success, and complications of thrombolysis therapy, filter type, access route, pulmonary embolisms, and filter complications.Results: Complete recanalization was achieved in 57% of cases. Filters were inserted predominantly via a transbrachial route. One fatal pulmonary embolism (2%) occurred 1 day after starting thrombolysis. No other pulmonary embolism was noted. Other complications were induced by thrombolysis alone (n = 12), thrombolysis and filter (n = 9), and filter alone (n = 11).Conclusion: Fatal pulmonary embolisms as a complication of ultrahigh-dose treatment of pelvic or caval thrombosis can not safely be prevented by the temporary vena cava filters currently available. Filter design needs to be improved.

  14. Technique for retrieval of a guidewire lodged in a vena cava filter.

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    Wholey, Michael; Toursarkissian, Boulos; Velez, George; Morales, Robert P; Cadavid, Gilberto

    2002-01-01

    A case in which the guidewire used to place a percutaneous jugular central line became entangled in the limbs of a Trapease inferior vena cava filter is presented. A 7F sheath introducer was fashioned into a monorail system to uncurl the wire's J tip and remove the wire without disturbing the filter's position. This report highlights an increasingly frequent clinical scenario and an inexpensive effective method for resolution. PMID:12244428

  15. Technical Error During Deployment Leads to Vena Cava Filter Migration and Massive Pulmonary Embolism

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    Fotiadis, Nikolas I. Sabharwal, Tarun; Dourado, Renato; Fikrat, Shabbo; Adam, Andreas

    2008-07-15

    The Guenther Tulip vena cava filter is a safe, effective, well-established device for pulmonary embolism prophylaxis. We report a patient in whom there was migration of the filter to the right atrium, 2 weeks after insertion, caused by a technical error during deployment. An attempt to retrieve the filter percutaneously failed, necessitating removal at open-heart surgery. The potential causes of migration are described and the lessons learned from this unusual case are outlined.

  16. Guenther Tulip Filter Retrieval from a Left-sided Inferior Vena Cava

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    Brountzos, Elias N.; Kaufman, John A. Lakin, Paul L.

    2004-01-15

    Optional (retrievable) inferior cava filters (IVC) may have advantages over permanent filters in a certain subset of patients, especially in view of recent concerns about the long-term thrombotic complications of the latter. Retrieval of the Guenther Tulip Filter (GTF), an optional filter, has been reported in a total of 76 patients. We present the first description of GTF retrieval from a left-sided IVC using the right internal jugular approach.

  17. Inferior vena cava filter strut perforation discovered during right robotic-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy.

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    Kappa, Stephen F; Morgan, Todd M; Keegan, Kirk A; Cookson, Michael S

    2012-04-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are a relatively safe and effective treatment designed to prevent pulmonary emboli. Late complications of IVC filters include filter migration, tilting, strut fracture, strut perforation, and IVC thrombosis. We present a case of a 67-year-old male undergoing a right robotic-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy whose IVC filter strut had perforated the vena caval wall. PMID:22014963

  18. Endovascular removal of a permanent "TrapEase" inferior vena cava filter.

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    Yallampalli, Sasidhar; Irani, Zubin; Kalva, Sanjeeva P

    2013-07-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement has seen a rising trend over the past decade. Although effective in the prevention of future pulmonary emboli, filters are associated with several long-term complications including deep venous thrombosis, filter migration, filter fracture, and caval thrombosis. The IVC filters have evolved over the years to minimize these unwarranted sequelae. We describe a technique to remove a permanent IVC filter in a patient who no longer required mechanical protection. PMID:23645394

  19. Anterior extrapleural line: superior extension.

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    Whalen, J P; Oliphant, M; Evans, J A

    1975-06-01

    Anatomic sections of the superior aspect of the anterior mediastinum reveal that normal structures can cause indentations upon the adjacent lung. On lateral chest films, the soft-tissue density of the anterior superior mediastinal structures contrasts with that of the normal lung, revealing a normal, undulating configuration of the anterior superior mediastinum. We have termed this the "vascular incisura," analogous to the cardiac incisura of the left lung seen inferiorly. An appreciation of normal variations within this space is essential when evaluating pathologic alterations. PMID:1093226

  20. Effect of phlorotannins isolated from Ecklonia cava on angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory activity

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    Wijesinghe, W.A.J.P.; Ko, Seok-Chun

    2011-01-01

    Inhibition of angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) activity is the most common mechanism underlying the lowering of blood pressure. In the present study, five organic extracts of a marine brown seaweed Ecklonia cava were prepared by using ethanol, ethyl acetate, chloroform, hexane, and diethyl ether as solvents, which were then tested for their potential ACE inhibitory activities. Ethanol extract showed the strongest ACE inhibitory activity with an IC50 value of 0.96 mg/ml. Five kinds of phlorotannins, phloroglucinol, triphlorethol-A, eckol, dieckol, and eckstolonol, were isolated from ethanol extract of E. cava, which exhibited potential ACE inhibition. Dieckol was the most potent ACE inhibitor and was found to be a non-competitive inhibitor against ACE according to Lineweaver-Burk plots. Dieckol had an inducible effect on the production of NO in EAhy926 cells without having cytotoxic effect. The results of this study indicate that E. cava could be a potential source of phlorotannins with ACE inhibitory activity for utilization in production of functional foods. PMID:21556221

  1. Molecular characteristics and anti-inflammatory activity of the fucoidan extracted from Ecklonia cava.

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    Lee, Seung-Hong; Ko, Chang-Ik; Ahn, Ginnae; You, SangGuan; Kim, Jin-Soo; Heu, Min Soo; Kim, Jaeil; Jee, Youngheun; Jeon, You-Jin

    2012-06-20

    Enzymatic extraction has been successfully used for extracting numerous biologically active compounds from a wide variety of seaweeds. In this study, we found that enzymatic extraction of the fucoidan from Ecklonia cava may be more advantageous than water extraction. Therefore, we studied the E. cava fucoidans extracted by the enzymatic extraction technique and used ion-exchange chromatography to determine their molecular characteristics and anti-inflammatory activities. The crude and fractionated fucoidans (F1, F2, and F3) consisted mostly of carbohydrates (47.1-57.1%), uronic acids (9.0-15.8%), and sulfates (16.5-39.1%), as well as varying levels of proteins (1.3-8.7%). The monosaccharide levels significantly differed, and the composition included fucose (53.1-77.9%) and galactose (10.1-32.8%), with a small amount of rhamnose (2.3-4.5%), xylose (4.0-8.2%), and glucose (0.8-2.2%). These fucoidans contained one or two subfractions with an average molecular weight (Mw) ranging from 18 to 359×10(3)g/mol. These fucoidans significantly inhibited NO production in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced Raw 264.7 macrophage cells by down-regulating the expression of iNOS, COX-2, and pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-1β. Thus, the present results suggest that E. cava fucoidan may be a potentially useful therapeutic approach for various inflammatory diseases. PMID:24750764

  2. First evidence that Ecklonia cava-derived dieckol attenuates MCF-7 human breast carcinoma cell migration.

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    Kim, Eun-Kyung; Tang, Yujiao; Kim, Yon-Suk; Hwang, Jin-Woo; Choi, Eun-Ju; Lee, Ji-Hyeok; Lee, Seung-Hong; Jeon, You-Jin; Park, Pyo-Jam

    2015-04-01

    We investigated the effect of Ecklonia cava (E. cava)-derived dieckol on movement behavior and the expression of migration-related genes in MCF-7 human breast cancer cell. Phlorotannins (e.g., dieckol, 6,6'-biecko, and 2,7″-phloroglucinol-6,6'-bieckol) were purified from E. cava by using centrifugal partition chromatography. Among the phlorotannins, we found that dieckol inhibited breast cancer cell the most and was selected for further study. Radius™-well was used to assess cell migration, and dieckol (1-100 µM) was found to suppress breast cancer cell movement. Metastasis-related gene expressions were evaluated by RT-PCR and Western blot analysis. In addition, dieckol inhibited the expression of migration-related genes such as matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). On the other hand, it stimulated the expression of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1 and TIMP-2. These results suggest that dieckol exerts anti-breast cancer activity via the regulation of the expressions of metastasis-related genes, and this is the first report on the anti-breast cancer effect of dieckol. PMID:25830682

  3. Safety and Efficacy of the Gunther Tulip Retrievable Vena Cava Filter: Midterm Outcomes

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    Hoffer, Eric K. Mueller, Rebecca J.; Luciano, Marcus R.; Lee, Nicole N.; Michaels, Anne T.; Gemery, John M.

    2013-08-01

    PurposeTo evaluate of the medium-term integrity, efficacy, and complication rate associated with the Gunther Tulip vena cava filter.MethodsA retrospective study was performed of 369 consecutive patients who had infrarenal Gunther Tulip inferior vena cava filters placed over a 5-year period. The mean patient age was 61.8 years, and 59 % were men. Venous thromboembolic disease and a contraindication to or complication of anticoagulation were the indications for filter placement in 86 % of patients; 14 % were placed for prophylaxis in patients with a mean of 2.3 risk factors. Follow-up was obtained by review of medical and radiologic records.ResultsMean clinical follow-up was 780 days. New or recurrent pulmonary embolus occurred in 12 patients (3.3 %). New or recurrent deep-vein thrombosis occurred in 53 patients (14.4 %). There were no symptomatic fractures, migrations, or caval perforations. Imaging follow-up in 287 patients (77.8 %) at a mean of 731 days revealed a single (0.3 %) asymptomatic fracture, migration greater than 2 cm in 36 patients (12.5 %), and no case of embolization. Of 122 patients with CT scans, asymptomatic perforations were identified in 53 patients (43.4 %) at a mean 757 days.ConclusionThe Gunther Tulip filter was safe and effective at 2-year follow-up. Complication rates were similar to those reported for permanent inferior vena cava filters.

  4. Vena Cava Filter Behavior and Endovascular Response: An Experimental In Vivo Study

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    Hoekstra, Arend; Hoogeveen, Yvonne Elstrodt, Jan M.; Tiebosch, Anton T.M.G.

    2003-06-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the behavior and endovascular response of a new nitinol permanent vena cava filter, the TrapEase. Methods: Percutaneous implantation of the filter was performed in six goats, with inferior vena cava (IVC)diameter close to that of man. Radiologic data concerning the IVC,filter diameter, patency and stability were collected. At 2, 4, 20 and 26 weeks post-implantation, histopathologic analysis of the IVC wall was performed at the site of filter distension, and distal and proximal to the filter. Results: All filters remained patent.There was no migration and no signs of biological incompatibility.Signs of neointimalization were seen at 2 weeks, with well-developed neointima at 4 weeks. No acute vessel wall perforation was detected by cavography at implantation. During follow-up histologic analysis at 26 weeks, perforation of some of the small fixation barbs was seen,causing minimal damage to the vessel wall and adjacent organ tissue without impairing organ function. These events were well tolerated, probably due to the gradual nature of the penetration of fixation barbsallowing reactive fibrous tissue development. At 26 weeks the parallel filter struts were well covered with neointima and did not perforate the vessel wall. There were no complications associated with the filter implantation. Conclusions: The TrapEase vena cava filter was well tolerated and is suitable for incorporation into the IVC wall of healthy animals without any apparent deleterious reaction due to biological incompatibility.

  5. [Successful surgical removal of adrenocortical carcinoma growing into the inferior vena cava and the right atrium].

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    Péterffy, Arpád; Dezso, Balázs; Adler, Ildikó; Arkossy, Péter; Szerafin, Tamás

    2008-02-01

    The authors discuss a case of a 47-year old female, who underwent a left adrenalectomy for adrenocortical carcinoma. A few months later the tumour locally recurred and spread through the inferior vena cava into the right atrium. The tumour thrombus almost completely occluded the lumen of the inferior vena cava resulting in significant hepatic congestion, ascites and oedema of the lower extremities. The whole tumour thrombus was successfully removed through the right atrium under visual control using extracorporeal circulation in deep hypothermic (20 degrees C) circulatory arrest. The locally recurred tumour from the site of the left adrenal gland was also removed a month later. The histological examination revealed moderately differentiated adrenocortical carcinoma with a proliferation rate higher than 10%. Thereafter, patient underwent adjuvant oncological therapy and she has been disease free in the last one year. Clinical data suggest that tumour thrombus of various origin that grow into the inferior vena cava can be safely removed using extracorporeal circulation (with or without cardiac arrest), and in such cases, when the primary tumour is resectable, the prognosis is relatively good. PMID:18296284

  6. A massive retroperitoneal neuroblastoma with stenosis of the inferior vena cava in a 5-month-old boy

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    Li, Jui-Ting; Dai, Yang-Hong; Kuo, Shih-Ming

    2014-01-01

    Neuroblastoma is the second most common retroperitoneal tumour in children after Wilms’ tumour. When it originates in the retroperitoneum, neuroblastoma usually presents as an abdominal mass with clinical manifestations of nausea, vomiting and weight loss. Imaging studies of this tumour demonstrate a heterogeneous mass with an irregular capsule and visible calcifications. Encasement and compression of the abdominal vessels, especially the inferior vena cava, are often observed. However, stenosis of the inferior vena cava has never been reported to be associated with this tumour. Here, we present a case of a 5-month-old boy with a right retroperitoneal tumour with extensive encasement of the inferior vena cava and significant narrowing of its distal part between the venous bifurcation and the tumour capsule. To our knowledge, this is the first case of neuroblastoma with this manifestation in a child. PMID:24671327

  7. A massive retroperitoneal neuroblastoma with stenosis of the inferior vena cava in a 5-month-old boy.

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    Li, Jui-Ting; Dai, Yang-Hong; Kuo, Shih-Ming

    2014-01-01

    Neuroblastoma is the second most common retroperitoneal tumour in children after Wilms' tumour. When it originates in the retroperitoneum, neuroblastoma usually presents as an abdominal mass with clinical manifestations of nausea, vomiting and weight loss. Imaging studies of this tumour demonstrate a heterogeneous mass with an irregular capsule and visible calcifications. Encasement and compression of the abdominal vessels, especially the inferior vena cava, are often observed. However, stenosis of the inferior vena cava has never been reported to be associated with this tumour. Here, we present a case of a 5-month-old boy with a right retroperitoneal tumour with extensive encasement of the inferior vena cava and significant narrowing of its distal part between the venous bifurcation and the tumour capsule. To our knowledge, this is the first case of neuroblastoma with this manifestation in a child. PMID:24671327

  8. Inferior vena cava hypoplasia with intrahepatic venous continuation: sonographic, angiographic and MR features including MR angiography.

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    Chevallier, P; Peten, E P; Marcy, P Y; Fabiani, P; Diaine, B; Padovani, B

    1999-01-01

    In cases of inborn or acquired obstacles on the inferior vena cava (IVC), the derived blood flow usually goes through collaterals in the azygos or the hemiazygos venous systems. Exceptionally, a collateral pathway through the portal system or through an anastomosis in between hepatic veins, shunting the IVC interruption, is encountered. In the present paper, the authors describe the fortuitous discovery of a IVC hypoplasia in its retrohepatic segment. MR venography, correlated with fluoroscopic angiography, clearly depicted an intrahepatic collateral circulation consisting of a double aneurysmal communication between an inferior right hepatic vein and the main right hepatic vein. PMID:10416085

  9. Inferior vena cava stent grafting closure of a high-flow portacaval shunt.

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    Alhaizaey, Abdullah; Ghanekar, Anand; Oreopoulos, George

    2016-01-01

    Portacaval (PC) shunts can be of congenital or acquired types. Acquired PC shunts are usually created in patients with end-stage liver disease to manage complications associated with portal hypertension or may be part of selected adult-adult living donor liver transplantation procedures to decrease the chance of the small-for-size syndrome. The main potential complication of these acquired high-flow PC shunts is early hepatic encephalopathy. We present a case of a high-flow acquired PC shunt after liver transplantation that was complicated by uncontrolled encephalopathy. This was treated by endovascular inferior vena cava stent grafting for shunt closure. PMID:26946901

  10. A fractured inferior vena cava filter strut migrating to the left pulmonary artery

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    Hudali, Tamer; Zayed, Ali; Karnath, Bernard

    2015-01-01

    Inferior vena cava filters are increasingly used in patients with recurrent venous thromboembolism who are contraindicated to anticoagulation. Migration of a broken strut to the pulmonary artery is a very rare complication of these filters. We report the case of an 83-year-old female who experienced this complication with the migratory strut remaining in the same position for years. This case provides evidence that such filters probably have higher rates of complications than what has been thought that remain asymptomatic. The indications and the management of complications of such devices need to be studied further. PMID:26744640

  11. Residual Inferior Vena Cava Thrombus Detected by Transesophageal Echocardiography After Resection of a Malignant Adrenal Mass.

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    Burbano, Nelson H; Vlah, Claudene; Argalious, Maged

    2015-10-15

    A 43-year-old woman with a history of the Cushing syndrome secondary to adrenocortical carcinoma presented to the operating room for right adrenalectomy, hepatectomy, nephrectomy, and inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombectomy. Initial intraoperative transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) confirmed the presence of an IVC tumor below the hepatic veins. Total vascular exclusion of the liver was necessary to perform the operation. A repeat TEE showed a residual thrombus within the IVC prompting an additional cavotomy to successfully remove the entire mass. The remainder of the procedure finalized uneventfully. The case highlights the importance of TEE monitoring for noncardiac surgery with thrombotic involvement of the IVC. PMID:26466307

  12. 125I Brachytherapy Seeds Implantation for Inoperable Low-Grade Leiomyosarcoma of Inferior Vena Cava

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    Wang, Yongzheng; Liu, Bin; Li, Zheng; Wang, Wujie

    2013-01-01

    A 60-year-old female presented with abdominal pain and tenderness of five-day duration. Contrast enhanced CT showed a mass of 9 × 6 × 5.5 cm in size with almost complete obliteration of the inferior vena cava and massive extension to the extravascular space. CT-guided biopsy demonstrated a low-grade leiomyosarcoma. The patient underwent 125Iodine seeds implantation in two sessions, and another balloon cavoplasty. Abdominal pain and tenderness gradually improved and the patient continues to remain as disease free state for three years after the procedures. PMID:23482299

  13. A case of hepatic cyst-induced inferior vena cava thrombosis

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    Moon, Jaecheol; Heo, Dahee; Han, Sanghoon

    2014-01-01

    A 92-year-old woman visited the hospital with edema of both lower extremities. Computed tomography revealed her inferior vena cava (IVC) was compressed by a massive hepatic cyst. A massive IVC thrombosis and pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) were also observed. Medical treatment rather than radiologic intervention was preferred because of the patient’s advanced age and poor performance status. IVC thrombosis and PTE disappeared after 6 months of anticoagulation therapy. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study in the English literature to report IVC thrombosis caused by congenital hepatic cysts that was treated without vascular intervention. PMID:24949001

  14. Chest pain from excluded inferior vena cava filter after stent placement.

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    Johnston, William F; Jain, Amit; Saad, Wael E; Upchurch, Gilbert R

    2014-01-01

    A 52-year-old patient presented with chronic substernal chest pain 18 months following exclusion of an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter with a self-expanding IVC stent. After a thorough work-up revealed no other possible cause of chest pain, the filter and stent were removed with subsequent resolution of chest pain. Intraoperatively, filter struts were found to have penetrated the posteromedial wall of the IVC and were abutting the periaortic neural plexus. Referred chest pain due to strut penetration of the caval wall is a novel complication of both IVC filters and IVC stents, demonstrating a need for continued surveillance. PMID:26992972

  15. Cement embolus trapped in the inferior vena cava filter during percutaneous vertebroplasty.

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    Li, Zhi; Ni, Rui-fang; Zhao, Xin; Yang, Chao; Li, Ming-ming

    2013-01-01

    A 58-year-old female patient, diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lung, underwent percutaneous vertebroplasty at the L4 vertebral body due to painful spinal metastases. Because of deep venous thrombosis of the left femoral and iliac veins, an inferior vena cava filter had been placed before vertebroplasty. Bone cement migrated into the venous bloodstream and then was being trapped within the previously placed filter. This case illustrates that caval filter could capture the bone cement and prevent it from migrating to the pulmonary circulation. PMID:23690712

  16. "Caval Reconstruction for Lower-Extremity Sarcoma Metastasis Trapped within Inferior Vena Cava Filter".

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    Lajoie, Lidie; Benevenia, Joseph; Curi, Michael A

    2016-01-01

    This report describes the management of a hematogenously spread metastasis from a lower-extremity sarcoma found trapped within an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. Although endovascular techniques for treating thrombosed IVC filters are successful in a majority of cases, the malignant nature of this lesion required a novel approach. In this unique case, the segment of infrarenal IVC with the thrombosed filter was resected and reconstruction performed with an interposition prosthetic graft. There were no early or late complications, and the patient remains clinically free of recurrence at 24-month follow-up. PMID:26381326

  17. Subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis caused by Phoma cava. Report of a case and review of the literature.

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    Zaitz, C; Heins-Vaccari, E M; de Freitas, R S; Arriagada, G L; Ruiz, L; Totoli, S A; Marques, A C; Rezze, G G; Müller, H; Valente, N S; Lacaz, C da S

    1997-01-01

    We report a case of subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis observed in a male patient presenting pulmonary sarcoidosis and submitted to corticosteroid treatment. He presented nodular erythematous-violaceous skin lesions in the dorsum of the right hand. Histopathological examination of the biopsied lesion revealed dematiaceous hyphae and yeast-like cells, with a granulomatous tissual reaction. The isolated fungus was identified as Phoma cava. A review of the literature on fungal infection caused by different Phoma species, is presented. The patient healed after therapy with amphotericin B. followed by itraconazole. PMID:9394536

  18. Compression of the Inferior Vena Cava by the Right Iliac Artery: A Rare Variant of May-Thurner Syndrome

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    Fretz, V.; Binkert, C. A.

    2010-10-15

    May-Thurner syndrome is known as compression of the left common iliac vein by the right common iliac artery. We describe a case of an atypical compression of the inferior vena cava by the right common iliac artery secondary to a high aortic bifurcation. Despite an extensive collateral network, there was a significant venous gradient between the iliac veins and the inferior vena cava above the compression. After stenting the venous pressure gradient disappeared. Follow-up 4 months later revealed a good clinical response with a patent stent.

  19. New approach of assessing hypovolemic shock class 1 during acute emergencies: Ultrasonographic inferior vena cava and abdominal aorta diameter ratio

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    Ahmad, Rashidi; Kunji, Mohamad Iqhbal; Hj Abd Kareem, Meera Mohaideen; Halim, Shamimi A.

    2013-09-01

    In a patient with hypovolemic shock class 1, the vital signs and biochemical properties are almost normal. The alteration of hemodynamic parameters and biochemical values occurs mainly in advanced hypovolemia state (neuroendocrine response). The availability of ultrasound machine at healthcare centers makes the measurement of vascular calibre feasible and possible. Inspiration and expiration inferior vena cava diameter changes predict hypovolemic shock class 1 but in acute emergencies this method is impractical. The purpose of this study is to develop a new approach in identifying hypovolemic shock at early phase by measuring the inferior vena cava and aorta diameter ratio using bedside ultrasound machine.

  20. [Intraluminal dilation of inferior vena cava stenosis after repair of the scimitar syndrome in an adult patient].

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    Benito Bartolomé, Fernando; González García, Ana; Oliver Ruiz, José M

    2002-02-01

    A 39 year-old woman diagnosed with anomalous drainage of middle and lower right pulmonary veins to the inferior vena cava was corrected surgically by means of baffle with patch up to the left atrium. Early after the operation the patient related intolerance to small efforts and an episode of syncope. The cardiac catheterization demonstrated the presence of a severe stenosis in the inferior vena cava, in its union with the right atrium, that was successfully treated by means of intraluminal percutaneous dilation with a catheter of Inoue. After the procedure the gradient decreased and she improved tolerance to effort, which persisted 10 months later. PMID:11852010

  1. Leiomyosarcoma of the Inferior Vena Cava Confirmed by Aspiration Biopsy With a Catheter During Digital Subtraction Angiography.

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    Yakupoglu, Abdullah; Ulus, Sila; Cantasdemir, Murat

    2016-04-01

    Leiomyosarcoma of the vascular origin is a rare malignant tumor. It originates from the smooth muscle cells of the media with intra- or extraluminal growth, and in most cases it arises in the inferior vena cava. The diagnosis is often delayed because the clinical symptoms of this disease are often nonspecific. Accurate diagnosis of inferior vena cava leiomyosarcoma (IVCLMS) needs histologic confirmation. We report a case of IVCLMS histologically confirmed by aspiration biopsy with a catheter during digital subtraction angiography presenting with pulmonary emboli in a 65-year-old man. PMID:27000390

  2. Replacement of Vena Cava up to the Right Atrium during Living Donor Liver Transplantation for Echinococcus alveolaris

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    Yeti?ir, Fahri; Dogan, S. Murad; Mamedov, Ruslan; Kayaalp, Cuneyt; Yilmaz, Sezayi

    2014-01-01

    Management of advanced stage of Echinococcus alveolaris is a very difficult procedure. Surgical treatment like resection and liver transplantation is accepted procedure nowadays. Here we presented a case report of Echinococcus alveolaris which invaded the inferior vena cava up to the right atrium and surrounding tissues. This patient underwent living donor liver transplantation with replacement of inferior vena cava up to the right atrium with cryopreserved cadaveric aortic graft. This procedure is very difficult but it is a life-saving chance for patients in advanced cases of Echinococcus alveolaris. PMID:25506460

  3. The letter height superiority illusion.

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    New, Boris; Doré-Mazars, Karine; Cavézian, Céline; Pallier, Christophe; Barra, Julien

    2016-02-01

    Letters are identified better when they are embedded within words rather than within pseudowords, a phenomenon known as the word superiority effect (Reicher in Journal of Experimental Psychology, 81, 275-280, 1969). This effect is, inter alia, accounted for by the interactive-activation model (McClelland & Rumelhart in Psychological Review, 88, 375-407, 1981) through feedback from word to letter nodes. In this study, we investigated whether overactivation of features could lead to perceptual bias, wherein letters would be perceived as being taller than pseudoletters, or words would be perceived as being taller than pseudowords. In two experiments, we investigated the effects of letter and lexical status on the perception of size. Participants who had to compare the heights of letters and pseudoletters, or of words and pseudowords, indeed perceived the former stimuli as being taller than the latter. Possible alternative interpretations of this height superiority effect for letters and words are discussed. PMID:26370216

  4. Writing superiority in cued recall.

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    Fueller, Carina; Loescher, Jens; Indefrey, Peter

    2013-01-01

    In list learning paradigms with free recall, written recall has been found to be less susceptible to intrusions of related concepts than spoken recall when the list items had been visually presented. This effect has been ascribed to the use of stored orthographic representations from the study phase during written recall (Kellogg, 2001). In other memory retrieval paradigms, by contrast, either better recall for modality-congruent items or an input-independent writing superiority effect have been found (Grabowski, 2005). In a series of four experiments using a paired associate learning paradigm we tested (a) whether output modality effects on verbal recall can be replicated in a paradigm that does not involve the rejection of semantically related intrusion words, (b) whether a possible superior performance for written recall was due to a slower response onset for writing as compared to speaking in immediate recall, and (c) whether the performance in paired associate word recall was correlated with performance in an additional episodic memory recall task. We observed better written recall in the first half of the recall phase, irrespective of the modality in which the material was presented upon encoding. An explanation for this effect based on longer response latencies for writing and hence more time for memory retrieval could be ruled out by showing that the effect persisted in delayed response versions of the task. Although there was some evidence that stored additional episodic information may contribute to the successful retrieval of associate words, this evidence was only found in the immediate response experiments and hence is most likely independent from the observed output modality effect. In sum, our results from a paired associate learning paradigm suggest that superior performance for written vs. spoken recall cannot be (solely) explained in terms of additional access to stored orthographic representations from the encoding phase. Our findings rather suggest a general writing-superiority effect at the time of memory retrieval. PMID:24151483

  5. Writing superiority in cued recall

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    Fueller, Carina; Loescher, Jens; Indefrey, Peter

    2013-01-01

    In list learning paradigms with free recall, written recall has been found to be less susceptible to intrusions of related concepts than spoken recall when the list items had been visually presented. This effect has been ascribed to the use of stored orthographic representations from the study phase during written recall (Kellogg, 2001). In other memory retrieval paradigms, by contrast, either better recall for modality-congruent items or an input-independent writing superiority effect have been found (Grabowski, 2005). In a series of four experiments using a paired associate learning paradigm we tested (a) whether output modality effects on verbal recall can be replicated in a paradigm that does not involve the rejection of semantically related intrusion words, (b) whether a possible superior performance for written recall was due to a slower response onset for writing as compared to speaking in immediate recall, and (c) whether the performance in paired associate word recall was correlated with performance in an additional episodic memory recall task. We observed better written recall in the first half of the recall phase, irrespective of the modality in which the material was presented upon encoding. An explanation for this effect based on longer response latencies for writing and hence more time for memory retrieval could be ruled out by showing that the effect persisted in delayed response versions of the task. Although there was some evidence that stored additional episodic information may contribute to the successful retrieval of associate words, this evidence was only found in the immediate response experiments and hence is most likely independent from the observed output modality effect. In sum, our results from a paired associate learning paradigm suggest that superior performance for written vs. spoken recall cannot be (solely) explained in terms of additional access to stored orthographic representations from the encoding phase. Our findings rather suggest a general writing-superiority effect at the time of memory retrieval. PMID:24151483

  6. Development of a fluid resuscitation protocol using inferior vena cava and lung ultrasound.

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    Lee, Christopher W C; Kory, Pierre D; Arntfield, Robert T

    2016-02-01

    Appropriate fluid resuscitation has been a major focus of critical care medicine since its inception. Currently, the most accurate method to guide fluid administration decisions uses "dynamic" measures that estimate the change in cardiac output that would occur in response to a fluid bolus. Unfortunately, their use remains limited due to required technical expertise, costly equipment, or applicability in only a subset of patients. Alternatively, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has become widely used as a tool to help clinicians prescribe fluid therapy. Common POCUS applications that serve as guides to fluid administration rely on assessments of the inferior vena cava to estimate preload and lung ultrasound to identify the early presence of extravascular lung water and avoid fluid overresuscitation. Although application of these POCUS measures has multiple limitations that are commonly misunderstood, current evidence suggests that they can be used in combination to sort patients among 3 fluid management categories: (1) fluid resuscitate, (2) fluid test, and (3) fluid restrict. This article reviews the pertinent literature describing the use of inferior vena cava and lung ultrasound for fluid responsiveness and presents an evidence-informed algorithm using these measures to guide fluid resuscitation decisions in the critically ill. PMID:26475100

  7. Modeling Flow Past a TrapEase Inferior Vena Cava Filter

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    Singer, Michael; Henshaw, William; Wang, Stephen

    2008-11-01

    This study uses three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics to evaluate the efficacy of the TrapEase inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. Hemodynamics of the unoccluded and partially occluded filter are examined, and the clinical implications are assessed. The IVC, which is the primary vein that drains the legs, is modeled as a straight pipe, and a geometrically accurate model of the filter is constructed using computer aided design. Blood is modeled as a homogeneous, incompressible, Newtonian fluid, and the method of overset grids is used to solve the Navier-Stokes equations. Results are corroborated with in-vitro studies. Flow around the unoccluded filter demonstrates minimal disruption, but spherical clots in the downstream trapping position lead to regions of stagnant and recirculating flow that may promote further clotting. The volume of stagnant flow and the peak wall shear stress increase with clot volume. For clots trapped in the upstream trapping position, flow is disrupted along the cava wall downstream of the clot and within the filter. The shape and location of trapped clots also effect the peak wall shear stress and may impact the efficacy of the filter.

  8. CT of inferior vena cava filters: normal presentations and potential complications.

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    Georgiou, Nicholas A; Katz, Douglas S; Ganson, George; Eng, Kaitlin; Hon, Man

    2015-12-01

    With massive pulmonary embolism (PE) being the first or second leading cause of unexpected death in adults, protection against PE is critical in appropriately selected patients. The use of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters has increased over the years, paralleling the increased detection of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and PE by improved and more available imaging techniques. The use of IVC filters has become very common as an alternative and/or as a supplement to anticoagulation, and these filters are often seen on routine abdominal CT, including in the emergency setting; therefore, knowledge of the normal spectrum of findings of IVC filters by the radiologist on CT is critical. Additionally, CT can be used specifically to identify complications related to IVC filters, and CT may alternatively demonstrate IVC filter-related problems which are not specifically anticipated clinically. With multiple available IVC filters on the US market, and even more available outside of the USA, it is important for the emergency and the general radiologist to recognize the different models and various appearances and positioning on CT, as well as their potential complications. These complications may be related to venous access, but also include thrombosis related to the filter, filter migration and penetration, and problems associated with filter deployment. With the increasing number of inferior vena cava filters placed and their duration within patients increasing over time, it is critical for emergency and other radiologists to be aware of these findings on CT. PMID:26183040

  9. Hepatic extraskeletal chondroblastic osteosarcoma with unusual angioinvasion of the caudal vena cava in a dog.

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    Wiersma, L; Kuiper, R V; Gröne, A

    2010-12-15

    Extraskeletal osteosarcomas are rare malignant mesenchymal neoplasms that are able to directly produce osteoid, without requiring a cartilage template. The extraskeletal localization indicates that these neoplasms are not associated with pre-existing skeletal elements or periosteum. We describe the gross and histological findings of a 4-year-old male Rottweiler that presented with an extraskeletal chondroblastic osteosarcoma (also known as osteosarcoma of the chondroblastic subtype) originating from the liver and extending into the lumen of the caudal vena cava, passing through the right atrium and terminating in the right ventricle of the heart immediately below the pulmonary valve. In the liver, predominantly fusiform cells grew in loosely packed streams and whorls. In the vena cava, the neoplasm was multilobular with polygonal neoplastic cells scattered within lacunae in a chondroid matrix. In the cardiac lumen, neoplastic cells produced osteoid that showed multifocal mineralization. Immunohistochemical staining showed no cytokeratin and variable S-100 protein and vimentin immunoreactivity. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of a chondroblastic osteosarcoma arising in the liver and showing such extensive and unusual extension into the vasculature. PMID:21284251

  10. Primary liver carcinoma complicating membranous obstruction of the inferior vena cava.

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    Katoh, M; Shigematsu, H

    1999-03-01

    A rare autopsy case of primary liver carcinoma complicating a pre-existing, incomplete membranous obstruction of the inferior vena cava (MOVC) is reported. The patient, a 67-year-old Japanese male, was admitted to hospital following a 2 year illness of a left chest wall tumor and a 3 month illness with progressive abdominal pain. Computed tomography scans of the abdomen displayed space-occupying lesions in the third and seventh hepatic segments, respectively. One month later, the patient developed edema of the lower extremities and marked venous dilatation of the abdominal trunk. At that time, Doppler examination revealed the presence of intrahepatic large venovenous collaterals. The patient subsequently succumbed 82 days after hospitalization. At subsequent autopsy, the inferior vena cava was completely obstructed by tumor thrombus, which was formed caudally and cranially to a thin membrane and mimicked the valve, with calcification and elastic lamina, at the phrenic portion. Intrahepatic large collateral pathways were found between submembranous and supramembranous hepatic veins. Anomalous absence of the ostia of the middle hepatic vein was found. In addition, the portal venous trunk was occluded by tumor thrombus. Histology of hepatic tumors revealed a combined hepatocellular and cholangiocellular carcinoma in the non-cirrhotic liver with severe acute centrilobular congestion. In MOVC patients such as the case presented, malignancy-induced thrombosis was deemed to be an important factor in prognosis. PMID:10338083

  11. Retrievable Vena Cava Filters in Major Trauma Patients: Prevalence of Thrombus Within the Filter

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    Mahrer, Arie; Zippel, Douglas; Garniek, Alexander; Golan, Gil; Bensaid, Paul; Simon, Daniel; Rimon, Uri

    2008-07-15

    The purpose of this study was to report the prevalence of thrombus within a retrievable vena cava filter inserted prophylactically in major trauma patients referred for filter extraction. Between November 2002 and August 2005, 80 retrievable inferior vena cava filters (68 Optease and 12 Gunther-Tulip) were inserted into critically injured trauma patients (mean injury severity score 33.5). The filters were inserted within 1 to 6 (mean 2) days of injury. Thirty-seven patients were referred for filter removal (32 with Optease and 5 with Gunther-Tulip). The indwelling time was 7 to 22 (mean 13) days. All patients underwent inferior vena cavography prior to filter removal. There were no insertion-related complications and all filters were successfully deployed. Forty-three (54%) of the 80 patients were not referred for filter removal, as these patients continued to have contraindications to anticoagulation. Thirty-seven patients (46%) were referred for filter removal. In eight of them (22%) a large thrombus was seen within the filters and they were left in place, all with the Optease device. The other 29 filters (36%) were removed uneventfully.We conclude that the relatively high prevalence of intrafilter thrombi with the Optease filter may be explained by either spontaneous thrombus formation or captured emboli.

  12. Pancreatic and multiorgan resection with inferior vena cava reconstruction for retroperitoneal leiomyosarcoma

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    Stauffer, John A; Fakhre, G Peter; Dougherty, Marjorie K; Nakhleh, Raouf E; Maples, William J; Nguyen, Justin H

    2009-01-01

    Background Inferior vena cava (IVC) leiomyosarcoma is a rare tumor of smooth muscle origin. It is often large by the time of diagnosis and may involve adjacent organs. A margin-free resection may be curative, but the resection must involve the tumor en bloc with the affected segment of vena cava and locally involved organs. IVC resection often requires vascular reconstruction, which can be done with prosthetic graft. Case presentation We describe a 39-year-old man with an IVC leiomyosarcoma that involved the adrenal gland, distal pancreas, and blood supply to the spleen and left kidney. Tumor excision involved en bloc resection of all involved organs with reimplantation of the right renal vein and reconstruction of the IVC with a polytetrafluoroethylene graft. The patient recovered without renal insufficiency, graft infection, or other complications. Follow-up abdominal imaging at 1 year showed a patent IVC graft and no locally recurrent tumor. Prosthetic graft provides a sufficient diameter and length for replacement conduit in extensive resection of IVC leiomyosarcoma. Conclusion To our knowledge, this is the first case of resection of an IVC sarcoma with prosthetic graft reconstruction in combination with pancreatic resection. Aggressive surgical resection including vascular reconstruction is warranted for select IVC tumors to achieve a potentially curative outcome. PMID:19126222

  13. Congenital agenesis of the inferior vena cava - cause of deep vein thrombosis.

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    Bolocan, A; Ion, D; Ciocan, Dn; Paduraru, Dn

    2014-01-01

    Agenesis of the inferior vena cava is an extremely rare abnormality, most often discovered by accident. This paper reports the case of a 41-year-old male patient, admitted to the IIIrd Emergency General Surgery Clinic of the Emergency University Hospital with the diagnosis of bilateral pelvic limb post-thrombotic syndrome. According to his personal history he had the first vascular surgical intervention at the age of 6. The surgical indication was determined by large hydrostatic varicoseveins of the lower limbs and the performed surgery was cosectomy with bilateral stripping of the great saphenousvein. Until admission to our clinic, the patient had repeated surgery for recurrent varicose veins of the lower limbs. The patient was diagnosed in our service with congenital agenesis of inferior vena cava, the evolution was good and the patient was discharged after 17 days. This paper presents the clinical,imagistic and therapeutic particularities of such a case. Imagistic detection of early vascular abnormality, identifying procoagulant factors and the close care of the local lesion areessential for patient evolution. PMID:25560509

  14. Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters in Patients with Cancer: Complications and Retrieval Success Rate

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    Casanegra, Ana I.; Landrum, Lisa M.; Tafur, Alfonso J.

    2016-01-01

    Active cancer (ACa) is strongly associated with venous thromboembolism and bleeding. Retrievable inferior vena cava filters (RIVCF) are frequently placed in these patients when anticoagulation cannot be continued. Objectives. To describe the complications and retrieval rate of inferior vena cava filters in patients with ACa. Methods. Retrospective review of 251 consecutive patients with RIVCF in a single institution. Results. We included 251 patients with RIVCF with a mean age of 58.1 years and a median follow-up of 5.4 months (164 days, IQR: 34–385). Of these patients 32% had ACa. There were no differences in recurrence rate of DVT between patients with ACa and those without ACa (13% versus 17%, p = ns). Also, there were no differences in major filter complications (11% ACa versus 7% no ACa, p = ns). The filter retrieval was not different between groups (log-rank = 0.16). Retrieval rate at 6 months was 49% in ACa patients versus 64% in patients without ACa (p = ns). Filter retrieval was less frequent in ACa patients with metastatic disease (p < 0.01) or a nonsurgical indication for filter placement (p = 0.04). Conclusions. No differences were noted in retrieval rate, recurrent DVT, or filter complications between the two groups. ACa should not preclude the use of RIVCF. PMID:26904290

  15. Double elevator weakening for unilateral congenital superior oblique palsy with ipsilateral superior rectus contracture and lax superior oblique tendon.

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    Khan, Arif O

    2012-06-01

    In unilateral congenital superior oblique palsy, a large hypertropia is sometimes associated with ipsilateral contracture of the superior rectus muscle and apparent overaction of the contralateral superior oblique. Ipsilateral double elevator weakening is one surgical approach; however, this procedure could compromise supraduction. We report a series of three consecutive patients who underwent ipsilateral superior rectus and inferior oblique recessions for unilateral superior oblique palsy. Intraoperatively, all three patients were found to have a lax ipsilateral superior oblique tendon. Postoperatively, all three patients had satisfactory correction of the hypertropia and abnormal head position with minimal supraduction defect. This procedure seems to be an acceptable initial surgical option for treating congenital superior oblique muscle palsy with ipsilateral contracture of the superior rectus muscle, even when the ipsilateral superior oblique tendon is lax. PMID:22681951

  16. Azygos Vein Dialysis Catheter Placement Using the Translumbar Approach in a Patient with Inferior Vena Cava Occlusion

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    Jaber, Mohammad R.; Thomson, Matthew J.; Smith, Douglas C.

    2008-07-15

    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.

  17. Endovascular stent reconstruction of a chronic total occlusion of the inferior vena cava using bidirectional wire access and a balloon puncture by a re-entry device.

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    Adam, Luise; Wyss, Thomas Rudolf; Do, Dai-Do; Baumgartner, Iris; Kucher, Nils

    2015-10-01

    Venous angioplasty with stenting of iliac veins is an important treatment option for patients suffering from post-thrombotic syndrome due to chronic venous obstruction. Interventional treatment of a chronically occluded vena cava, however, is challenging and often associated with failure. We describe a case of a chronic total occlusion of the entire inferior vena cava that was successfully recanalized using bidirectional wire access and a balloon puncture by a re-entry catheter to establish patency of the inferior vena cava. PMID:26992623

  18. OptEase and TrapEase Vena Cava Filters: A Single-Center Experience in 258 Patients

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    Onat, Levent Ganiyusufoglu, Ali Kursat; Mutlu, Ayhan; Sirvanci, Mustafa; Duran, Cihan; Ulusoy, Onur Levent; Hamzaoglu, Azmi

    2009-09-15

    We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the OptEase and TrapEase (both from Cordis, Roden, Netherlands) vena cava filters in the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE). Between May 2004 and December 2008, OptEase (permanent/retrievable; n = 228) or TrapEase (permanent; n = 30) vena cava filters were placed in 258 patients (160 female and 98 male; mean age 62 years [range 22 to 97]). Indications were as follows: prophylaxis for PE (n = 239), contraindication for anticoagulation in the presence of PE or DVT (n = 10), and development of PE or DVT despite anticoagulation (n = 9). Medical records were retrospectively reviewed for indications, clinical results, and procedure-related complications during placement and retrieval. Clinical PE did not develop in any of the patients. However, radiologic signs of segmental PE were seen in 6 of 66 patients with follow-up imaging data. Migration or fracture of the filter or cava perforation was not seen in any of the patients. Except for a single case of asymptomatic total cava thrombosis, no thrombotic occlusion was observed. One hundred forty-one patients were scheduled to undergo filter removal; however, 17 of them were not suitable for such based on venography evaluation. Removal was attempted in 124 patients and was successful in 115 of these (mean duration of retention 11 days [range 4 to 23]). Nine filters could not be removed. Permanent/retrievable vena cava filters are safe and effective devices for PE prophylaxis and for the management of venous thromboembolism by providing the option to be left in place.

  19. INTERDEPENDENT SUPERIORITY AND INFERIORITY FEELINGS

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    Ingham, Harrington V.

    1949-01-01

    It is postulated that in neurotic persons who have unrealistic feelings of superiority and inferiority the two are interdependent. This is a departure from the concept of previous observers that either one or the other is primary and its opposite is overcompensation. The author postulates considerable parallelism, with equal importance for each. He submits that the neurotic person forms two logic-resistant compartments for the two opposed self-estimates and that treatment which makes inroads of logic upon one compartment, simultaneously does so upon the other. Two examples are briefly reported. The neurotic benefits sought in exaggeration of capability are the same as those sought in insistence upon inferiority: Presumption of superiority at once bids for approbation and delivers the subject from the need to prove himself worthy of it in dreaded competition; exaggeration of incapability baits sympathy and makes competition unnecessary because failure is conceded. Some of the characteristics of abnormal self-estimates that distinguish them from normal are: Preoccupation with self, resistance to logical explanation of personality problems, inconsistency in reasons for beliefs in adequacy on the one hand and inadequacy on the other, unreality, rationalization of faults, and difficulty and vacillation in the selection of adequate goals. PMID:15390573

  20. 76 FR 11193 - Superior Resource Advisory Committee

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Superior Resource Advisory Committee AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. SUMMARY: The Superior Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Duluth, Minnesota. The...

  1. Complete Surgical Resection of a Leiomyosarcoma Arising from the Inferior Vena Cava

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    Sonoda, Hirofumi; Minamimura, Keisuke; Endo, Yuhei; Irie, Shoichi; Hirata, Toru; Kobayashi, Takashi; Mafune, Ken-ichi; Mori, Masaya

    2015-01-01

    A 76-year-old Japanese man was referred to our hospital with chief complaint of right hypochondoralgia. Abdominal ultrasound showed a retroperitoneal tumor in the suprarenal region of the right kidney. Computed tomography revealed an enhanced lobular tumor with irregular, circumscribed, and indistinct border. Ultrasound-guided biopsy was performed. The tumor consisted of spindle-shaped cells with a giant nucleus and multinuclear cells. The diagnosis was leiomyosarcoma by immunohistochemical staining. The patient underwent surgery accessed by a right eighth intercostal thoracoabdominal incision. The tumor was completely resected, accompanied by removal of the posterosuperior segment of the right hepatic lobe, right adrenal gland, and a portion of the inferior vena cava (IVC). The histopathologic diagnosis was leiomyosarcoma arising from the IVC. We present a rare case of a successfully managed leiomyosarcoma of the IVC. This case suggests the importance of curative surgical resection of the tumor due to low efficacy of adjuvant chemotherapy for leiomyosarcoma. PMID:26167180

  2. Open Removal of Penetrating Inferior Vena Cava Filter with Repair of Secondary Aortic Dissection: Case Report.

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    Chauhan, Yusuf; Al Jabbari, Odeaa; Abu Saleh, Walid K; Loh, Thomas; Ali, Irshad; Lumsden, Alan

    2016-04-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are indicated for the management of venous thromboembolism in patients who are not candidates for anticoagulation, have a contraindication to anticoagulation or who have recurrent thromboembolism despite anticoagulation. As IVC filter usage has increased, there has been a corresponding increase in presentation of filter-related complications. Filter leg penetration is commonly seen although is infrequently associated with complications. But in a small percentage of patients, penetration can result in damage to adjacent structures: duodenum, lumbar spine, and rarely the aorta. We report the case of a 77-year-old man with a chronic aortoiliac dissection secondary to aortic IVC filter penetration who underwent open filter retrieval and aortic repair. PMID:26806231

  3. Adult liver transplantation in the congenital absence of inferior vena cava.

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    Angelico, R; Stonelake, S; Perera, D S; Mirza, D F; Russell, S; Muiesan, P; Perera, M T P R

    2015-10-01

    Whereas congenital absence of inferior vena cava observed in paediatric population more often than not, as an isolated or syndromic variety, this is seldom encountered in adult liver transplant recipients. There appear few sporadic reports in the literature on experience of such anomaly in adults. Given the rarity of situation, surprising encounters of such anomalies may pose challenge to the unprepared transplant surgeon and unfavourable outcomes may even have resulted in under-reportage of this condition. In this brief report we document our recent experience with two such cases and this is supplemented with extensive reference to the literature on classification of such anomalies with the endeavour to document implications of such in the adult liver transplant setting. PMID:26278662

  4. Resection of a Catecholamine-Elaborating Retroperitoneal Paraganglioma Invading the Inferior Vena Cava

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    Mannina, E. M.; Xiong, Z.; Self, R.; Kandil, E.

    2014-01-01

    Paragangliomas are rare tumors originating outside of the adrenal medulla which can be associated with catecholamine secretion or mass effect, one of which typically leads to their discovery. The differences between these tumors and traditional intra-adrenal pheochromocytomas are a subject of recent investigations. Standard of care therapy is medical management and surgical resection of the tumor. When tumors are biochemically active, medical optimization of the autonomic nervous system is a critical component to a safe, definitive resection. Tumors arising in the retroperitoneum present technical challenges for the surgeon as they are often large and difficult to access, making an oncologic resection much more difficult. Lastly, these tumors are mostly benign and rarely invade adjacent structures—an operative finding not always predicted by preoperative imaging—which, if present, adds significant complexity and risk to the resection. A case illustrating these challenges in the management of a biochemically active retroperitoneal paraganglioma invading the inferior vena cava follows. PMID:25610696

  5. Klippel-Trenaunay and Sturge-Weber syndromes with renal hemangioma and double inferior vena cava.

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    Schofield, D; Zaatari, G S; Gay, B B

    1986-08-01

    We describe a 3 1/2-year-old boy with the Klippel-Trenaunay and Sturge-Weber syndromes. The child had congenital superficial capillary hemangiomas, congenital glaucoma and mild hydrocephalus. During the first year of life he experienced intermittent hematuria. When he was 3 years old he presented with seizures and left hemihypertrophy first was noted. Several months later radiological examination of a large abdominal mass demonstrated its origin to be in the right kidney. Radical nephrectomy documented the presence of renal hemangioma with complicating perirenal hematoma. A double inferior vena cava was another unexpected surgical finding that complicated the course of this patient. All of these unusual features in these rare syndromes with their clinical, pathogenetic and therapeutic implications are discussed. The differential diagnosis of renal masses in these syndromes also is presented. PMID:3016342

  6. Acute wiiitis representing as thrombosis of the inferior vena cava and left pelvic veins.

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    Brodmann, M; Gary, T; Hafner, F; Eller, P; Deutschmann, H; Pilger, E; Seinost, G

    2015-08-01

    Deep venous thrombosis as a result of venous wall injury provoked by trauma is a common finding. It often occurs in patients with sportive overstraining, caused by over fatigue of the body structures. In 2007, the entity of "acute wiiitis" was first described in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine. Acute wiiitis sums up all affections, mainly skeletal and muscle affections, provoked by playing Nintendo Wii, a very common and loved video-game system. Deep venous thrombosis as a consequence of Nintendo Wii has not been described so far. We present a patient with a massive free floating thrombus of the left pelvic veins originating from the gluteal veins and reaching into the inferior vena cava after playing Nintendo Wii. PMID:24681523

  7. Renal Failure Secondary to Thrombotic Complications of Suprarenal Inferior Vena Cava Filter in Cancer Patients

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    Marcy, Pierre-Yves; Magne, Nicolas; Frenay, Marc; Bruneton, Jean-Noel

    2001-07-15

    Purpose: To evaluate renal function before and after suprarenal inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement.Methods: We describe, in a personal series of 13 consecutive cases (all of them stage IV cancer patients, one LGM filter, one Antheor filter, 11 Greenfield filters) in our institution, two cases of fatal renal vein thrombosis after placement of a suprarenal filter. Evaluation of renal function was based on serum urea (in mmol/L; normal 3.30-6.60), serum creatinine (in {mu}mol/L; normal <115.1), and calculation of serum creatinine clearance. Results and conclusion: This study suggests that in advanced-stage cancer patients who have a single functional kidney, renal functional insufficiency, or previous renal vein thrombosis, IVC filter placement above the renal veins may not be appropriate. Suprarenal filter placement should be performed only after analysis of predicted survival, after detailed discussions with the patient, and most importantly after renal function evaluation.

  8. Incidental Finding of Inferior Vena Cava Atresia Presenting with Deep Venous Thrombosis following Physical Exertion

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    Koppisetty, Shalini; Smith, Alton G.; Dhillon, Ravneet K.

    2015-01-01

    Inferior vena cava atresia (IVCA) is a rare but well described vascular anomaly. It is a rare risk factor for deep venous thrombosis (DVT), found in approximately 5% of cases of unprovoked lower extremity (LE) DVT in patients <30 years of age. Affected population is in the early thirties, predominantly male, often with a history of major physical exertion and presents with extensive or bilateral DVTs. Patients with IVC anomalies usually develop compensatory circulation through the collateral veins with enlarged azygous/hemizygous veins. Despite the compensatory circulation, the venous drainage of the lower limbs is often insufficient leading to venous stasis and thrombosis. We describe a case of extensive and bilateral deep venous thrombosis following physical exertion in a thirty-six-year-old male patient with incidental finding of IVCA on imaging. PMID:26640723

  9. Concomitant reconstruction of infrarenal aorta and inferior vena cava after en bloc resection of retroperitoneal rhabdomyosarcoma.

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    Anaya-Ayala, Javier E; Cheema, Zulfiqar F; Davies, Mark G; Lumsden, Alan B; Reardon, Michael J

    2011-11-01

    Adult paratesticular rhabdomyosarcoma (PRMS) with invasion of the retroperitoneum and involvement of the infrarenal aorta and inferior vena cava (IVC) is rare. We describe a 23-year-old male diagnosed with PRMS in 2008, previously treated with right orchiectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation, who presented with new onset of lower back pain. Computed tomography (CT) scan revealed a 4.8 × 4.2 cm mass involving both the infrarenal aorta and the IVC. We resected the tumor en bloc with in situ reconstruction of the aorta utilizing a Dacron graft and the IVC with a bovine pericardium roll graft. His postoperative period was uneventful, and he was discharged on postoperative day 6 in stable condition. At 2-month follow-up, the patient recovered well from the surgery, patent grafts on CT scan with no clinical signs of lower extremity ischemia or edema, and he continues to receive cycles of chemotherapy. PMID:21914678

  10. Open surgical removal of retained and dislodged inferior vena cava filters.

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    Rana, Muhammad A; Gloviczki, Peter; Kalra, Manju; Bjarnason, Haraldur; Huang, Ying; Fleming, Mark D

    2015-04-01

    Retained inferior vena cava (IVC) filters can lead to significant complications. Six patients underwent open surgical removal of complicated IVC filters that could not be removed endovascularly. Struts of the filter perforated the IVC wall in all patients and the adjacent viscera in five. Caval clamping and longitudinal cavotomy with direct closure were used in two patients to remove permanent filters. IVC clamping was not needed in three patients, in whom the filter was first collapsed and then removed through a stab venotomy in the IVC (n = 2) or lumbar vein (n = 1). A broken strut that infected the vertebra was removed outside the IVC in the sixth patient. No early or delayed complications, venous thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism was encountered at a mean follow-up of 1.3 years. PMID:26993841

  11. Effects of Ecklonia cava polyphenol in individuals with hypercholesterolemia: a pilot study.

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    Lee, Dong Hyeon; Park, Mi Yeon; Shim, Byung Joo; Youn, Ho Joong; Hwang, Hye Jeong; Shin, Hyeon Cheol; Jeon, Hui Kyung

    2012-11-01

    We evaluated the efficacy and safety of Ecklonia cava polyphenol (Seapolynol™, a polyphenol antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent purified from E. cava) during a 12-week treatment period (400 mg orally once daily) in individuals with hypercholesterolemia and performed subgroup analysis for metabolic syndrome (MetS). As a noncomparative study, forty-six individuals (M:F=22:24, mean age=54±11 years) with fasting total cholesterol concentration >240 mg/dL or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentration >130 mg/dL were enrolled. Hip circumference (100±7 cm vs. 98±7 cm, P<.01), total cholesterol (244±25 mg/dL vs. 225±37 mg/dL, P<.01), LDL-C (161±24 mg/dL vs. 146±34 mg/dL, P<.01), and C-reactive protein (2.51±3.55 mg/L vs. 1.37±1.32 mg/L, P<.05) were significantly decreased without significant adverse effect. A differential assessment according to the presence [MetS(+) group, n=18] and absence [MetS(-) group, n=28] of MetS showed that Hb(A1c) decreased significantly following 12-week Seapolynol treatment in the MetS(+) compared with the MetS(-) group (-0.3%±0.5% vs. 0.1%±0.3%, P<.01). In conclusion, although our results showed that Seapolynol treatment is effective and safe without significant adverse events or abnormal laboratory findings during a 12-week period in individuals with hypercholesterolemia, more research in a larger population with a longer-term follow-up period in a randomized placebo-controlled study is needed to confirm the results. PMID:23126663

  12. The Need for Anticoagulation Following Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement: Systematic Review

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    Ray, Charles E. Prochazka, Allan

    2008-03-15

    Purpose. To perform a systemic review to determine the effect of anticoagulation on the rates of venous thromboembolism (pulmonary embolus, deep venous thrombosis, inferior vena cava (IVC) filter thrombosis) following placement of an IVC filter. Methods. A comprehensive computerized literature search was performed to identify relevant articles. Data were abstracted by two reviewers. Studies were included if it could be determined whether or not subjects received anticoagulation following filter placement, and if follow-up data were presented. A meta-analysis of patients from all included studies was performed. A total of 14 articles were included in the final analysis, but the data from only nine articles could be used in the meta-analysis; five studies were excluded because they did not present raw data which could be analyzed in the meta-analysis. A total of 1,369 subjects were included in the final meta-analysis. Results. The summary odds ratio for the effect of anticoagulation on venous thromboembolism rates following filter deployment was 0.639 (95% CI 0.351 to 1.159, p = 0.141). There was significant heterogeneity in the results from different studies [Q statistic of 15.95 (p = 0.043)]. Following the meta-analysis, there was a trend toward decreased venous thromboembolism rates in patients with post-filter anticoagulation (12.3% vs. 15.8%), but the result failed to reach statistical significance. Conclusion. Inferior vena cava filters can be placed in patients who cannot receive concomitant anticoagulation without placing them at significantly higher risk of development of venous thromboembolism.

  13. Congenital absence of inferior vena cava and thrombosis: a case report

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    Iqbal, Javaid; Nagaraju, Eswarappa

    2008-01-01

    Introduction A congenitally absent Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) is a rare anomaly that is recognised to be associated with idiopathic Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT), particularly in the young. It may not be apparent until later in life. Retrospectively, as discussed in this case, there can be clues indicating the presence of such an anomaly from a young age. However, it is not clear whether early recognition of this condition would affect the prognosis and treatment. Case presentation A 54 year old gentleman was admitted with 3 weeks of abdominal pain and localised swelling over the right flank. Examination revealed palpable 'snake-like' tortuous, tender lumps on the abdominal wall. Past history revealed chronic non-healing venous leg ulcers, and varicose veins necessitating varicose vein ligation at a very young age. The ulcers eventually needed skin grafting. During this, current admission he was investigated and diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). CT scan, performed to search for intra-abdominal cancer, revealed absence of the Inferior Vena Cava with extensive thrombosed collaterals of the superficial abdominal and azygous veins and a congenitally atrophic left kidney. Conclusion This is a case of one of the oldest patient described in the literature to be diagnosed with absence of the IVC. It is thought that IVC anomalies are under-diagnosed, and may be commoner than once believed. However there were vital clues in his previous medical history suspicious for an underlying venous anomaly. Idiopathic DVT in a relatively young person with a past history of chronic leg ulceration or varicose veins should be investigated for congenital anomalies of the IVC. This is best achieved by CT scan of the abdomen. PMID:18269760

  14. Long-Term Safety and Effectiveness of the 'OptEase' Vena Cava Filter

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    Kalva, Sanjeeva P.; Marentis, Theodore C.; Yeddula, Kalpana; Somarouthu, Bhanusupriya; Wicky, Stephan; Stecker, Michael S.

    2011-04-15

    Purpose: To assess the long-term safety and effectiveness of the OptEase inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. Materials and Methods: In this Institutional Review Board-approved, retrospective study, we reviewed data of 71 patients who received an OptEase filter at our institution from 2002 to 2007. Thirty-nine (55%) patients had symptoms of venous thromboembolism before filter placement. The indications for filter included contraindication to anticoagulation in 31 (44%) patients, prophylaxis against pulmonary embolism (PE) in 29 (41%) patients, and failure of anticoagulation in 11 (15%) patients. Procedure-related complications, such as symptomatic post-filter PE, deep venous thrombosis (DVT), IVC occlusion, and incidental imaging-evident filter-related complications, were recorded. Safety was assessed by the occurrence of filter-related complications during placement and follow-up. Effectiveness was assessed by the occurrence of post-filter PE. Results: Sixty-five (92%) filters were placed under fluoroscopy, and 6 (8%) were placed using intravascular ultrasound guidance. Seventy (99%) filters were placed successfully. Seven (10%) filters were placed in the suprarenal cava. Retrieval was attempted in 14 (20%) patients, and 12 filters were successfully retrieved. Clinical follow-up was available for 20 {+-} 21 months. Symptoms of postfilter PE and DVT occurred in 15% (n = 11) and 10% (n = 7) patients, respectively. None of these patients had computed tomography (CT)-proven PE, and only one had ultrasound-proven new DVT. One patient had symptomatic IVC occlusion. Follow-up abdominal CT in 20 patients showed thrombus in the filter in two of them. There were no instances of filter migration, filter tilt, or caval wall penetration. Conclusion: The OptEase filter appears to have an acceptable long-term safety profile. The filter was effective against PE.

  15. Modified Senning Procedure for Correction of Atrioventricular Discordance With Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, Atrial Situs Inversus, Dextrocardia, and Bilateral Superior Venae Cavae.

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    Sebastian, Vinod A; Guleserian, Kristine J; Juraszek, Amy; Kane, Colin; Hamzeh, Rabih; Forbess, Joseph M

    2015-10-01

    The Senning and Mustard baffles remain important techniques for the treatment of congenitally corrected transposition (cc-TGA), isolated ventricular inversion, and D-transposition of the great arteries with delayed presentation. We describe the treatment of an 8-month old infant with atrioventricular discordance, ventriculoarterial concordance, and dextrocardia with atrial situs inversus. A modified Senning procedure was performed through the "left-sided" atrium. Modifications of the Senning and Mustard baffles remain important tools in the treatment of rare conditions like isolated ventricular inversion. PMID:26434442

  16. Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a successful treatment after complete haemodialysis (HD) blood access failure complicated with superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS)

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    Rivera, Maite; Burguera, Victor; Rodriguez Palomares, Jose Ramon; Barrios, Haridian Sosa; Quereda, Carlos

    2010-01-01

    SVCS constitutes a serious clinical problem and often represents a definitive loss of vascular access for haemodialysis (HD). The patients must suffer numerous interventions in order to obtain a permanent vascular access for HD. Treatment of SVCS requires endovascular intervention or complex surgical revascularization. We present three patients with SVCS associated with central indwelling catheters for HD who were switched to peritoneal dialysis (PD) due to complete HD blood access failure, and discuss the evolution on PD. PMID:25984057

  17. Partially unroofed coronary sinus with persistent left superior vena cava: the utility of two and three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography: a case report

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    Kanazawa, Shinya; Miyawaki, Ikuko; Yamazaki, Kazuo

    2014-01-01

    Unroofed coronary sinus (URCS) is a rare cardiac anomaly, in which communication occurs between the coronary sinus (CS) and the left atrium (LA) because of partial or complete absence of the CS roof. A 30-year-old woman was scheduled for surgical closure of atrial septal defect, mitral valve repair and tricuspid annuloplasty. The intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) revealed left-to-right shunt between the CS and the LA. The three-dimensional (3D) TEE confirmed the diagnosis of partially URCS. This defect was repaired with a pericardial patch. In this case, the 3D images of URCS, which were a helpful supplement to the 2D images, providing better visualization of the wall defect and more information regarding the size and location of the defect. The combined use of 2D and 3D images provides valuable information to aid in understanding the anatomy and morphology of this rare anomaly. PMID:25097740

  18. Use of Noncontrast Computed Tomography of the Inferior Vena Cava for Real-Time Imaging Guidance for the Placement of Inferior Vena Cava Filters

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    Winkler, Michael A.; Majmudar, Palak M.; Landwehr, Kevin P.; Hobbs, Stephen B.; Saha, Sibu P.

    2014-01-01

    Appropriate placement of an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter necessitates imaging of the renal veins because when an IVC filter is deployed its tip should be at or below the inferior aspect of the inferiormost renal vein. Traditionally, imaging during placement of IVC filters has been with conventional cavography and fluoroscopy. Recently, intravascular ultrasound has been used for the same purpose but with additional expense. Morbidly obese patients often exceed the weight limit of fluoroscopy tables. In addition, short obese patients are at risk of falling from narrow fluoroscopy tables. For such patients, computed tomography (CT) guidance is a viable alternative to conventional fluoroscopic guidance. IVC placement was performed in the CT suite for two obese patients who exceeded the weight limits of the available fluoroscopy tables. In one case, a Vena-Tech filter (Braun Medical, Melsungen, Germany) was placed using CT fluoroscopy. In the second case, a Recovery (Bard, Murray Hill, NJ) filter was placed using intermittent limited z-axis scanning. In the first case, the filter was placed below the level of the renal veins and above the confluence of the iliac veins, which is acceptable placement. In the second case, with refinement of technique, the filter tip was placed less than 1 cm below the inferiormost renal vein, which is considered optimal placement. CT of the IVC precisely images the renal veins and can characterize their number and their confluence with the IVC. CT guidance is a viable alternative to fluoroscopic guidance for the placement of IVC filters in morbidly obese patients. PMID:25780332

  19. The use of biological grafts for reconstruction of the inferior vena cava is a safe and valid alternative: results in 32 patients in a single institution

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    Pulitanó, Carlo; Crawford, Michael; Ho, Phong; Gallagher, James; Joseph, David; Stephen, Michael; Sandroussi, Charbel

    2013-01-01

    Background Resection and reconstruction of the inferior vena cava (IVC) is occasionally required in the surgical treatment of intra-abdominal tumours. IVC reconstruction can be performed with biological or synthetic graft material, with most centres preferring synthetic grafts. In spite of the potential advantages of biological grafts in terms of handling characteristics, and safety, very limited data are available about their use in patients requiring an IVC resection. Methods Medical records of 32 patients who underwent an IVC resection and reconstruction from 1990 and 2011 with autogenous peritoneo-fascial (N = 22) and bovine pericardial (N = 10) grafts were reviewed. Results A tangential resection with patch repair was performed in 10 patients, whereas in the remaining 22 it was necessary to resect and replace a segment or all of the retrohepatic IVC. A concomitant liver resection was performed in 14 patients, nephrectomy in 10 and pancreaticoduodenectomy in 2 patients. There were no acute or late complications related to graft thrombosis or infection. Three patients died as a consequence of multi-organ failure. Overall survival at 1 and 5 years was 78% and 48%, respectively. Conclusions The preferential use of synthetic grafts in IVC replacement is not evidence based. Selection of an appropriate prosthetic graft for IVC reconstruction should be based on the safety and its handling features. The use of biological grafts for IVC repair is a valid alternative to current synthetic materials and may in fact be superior in terms of biocompatability, ease of handling, reduced rate of infection and improved long-term patency without permanent anticoagulation. PMID:23458108

  20. Efficacy and Safety of Five Injectable Anesthetic Regimens for Chronic Blood Collection from the Anterior Vena Cava of Guinea Pigs

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    Dang, Vi; Bao, Saran; Ault, Alida; Murray, Catherine; McFarlane-Mills, Joy; Chiedi, Carmelo; Dillon, Marlon; Todd, John-Paul; DeTolla, Louis; Rao, Srinivas

    2008-01-01

    Despite several published methods of inducing surgical anesthesia in guinea pigs, viable methods of anesthesia for blood collection from the vena cava are inadequate. We compared 5 anesthesia regimens and their efficacy in inducing anesthesia for blood sampling in guinea pigs: ketamine–xylazine (30 and 2.5 mg/kg) administered subcutaneously, intramuscularly, or intraperitoneally; pentobarbital (37 mg/kg) administered intraperitoneally; and medetomidine (0.5 mg/kg) administered intramuscularly. Parameters measured included time to onset of anesthesia, time to recovery from anesthesia, and complete blood count (CBC) and serum chemistry values. CBC values did not differ among the 5 regimens, but serum glucose, BUN, phosphorous, and creatine phosphokinase levels varied among groups. Based on our data, intraperitoneal ketamine–xylazine appears to emerge as a preferable injectable anesthetic regimen in guinea pigs for blood collection from the anterior vena cava. PMID:19049255

  1. Ultrasound-Accelerated, Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis for Inferior Vena Cava Thrombosis After an Orthotopic Liver Transplant

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    Latchana, Nicholas; Dowell, Joshua D.; Taani, Jamal Al; Michaels, Anthony; Elkhammas, Elmadhi; Black, Sylvester M.

    2015-01-01

    Inferior vena cava thrombosis is a rare occurrence after an orthotopic liver transplant that is associated with a high rate of retransplant and mortality. There is no consensus regarding the optimal therapeutic strategy. Surgical management, including thrombectomy with revision of the cavocaval anastomosis, has been described. With the use of endovascular therapies, several minimally invasive approaches are available that are effective and avoid the high morbidity associated with reoperative surgery. We describe our successful experience using an approach after a liver transplant in which the inferior vena cava thrombosis in a patient presenting with acute renal failure, anorexia, weight loss, and fatigue using an ultrasound-accelerated, catheter-directed thrombolysis platform in conjunction with systemic anticoagulation. PMID:24918871

  2. Hecht v. Superior Court (Kane)

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    1993-06-17

    The Court of Appeal of California's Second District determined that the Superior Court abused its discretion when it ordered the destruction of sperm that had been deposited by William Kane, Sr. with a sperm bank. Kane had authorized his girlfriend, the petitioner Hecht, and her doctor, to withdraw the sperm at any time in the future. Upon the suicide of Mr. Kane, Hecht was named as executor of the estate and was also personally named as the recipient of title to the sperm. A petition requesting destruction of the sperm was filed by Mr. Kane's children and was granted by the court. Hecht appealed and was awarded, by the appelate court, a writ of mandate/prohibition vacating the lower court's order to destroy the sperm. The Court of Appeal declared that sperm is actual property over which the probate court had jurisdiction. Further, the court found that public policy does not bar posthumous artificial insemination or artificial insemination of an unmarried woman. PMID:11648608

  3. Successful recanalization of occluded intrahepatic inferior vena cava in post-liver transplant Budd-Chiari syndrome.

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    Garg, Deepak; Lopera, Jorge Enrique

    2013-07-01

    Budd-Chiari syndrome following a liver transplant is an uncommon phenomenon. We present a case of endovascular management of a focal circumferential inferior vena cava (IVC) occlusion at the anastomosis that developed 10 years after orthotopic liver transplantation. It was successfully recanalized using the stiff end of the guidewire and percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with a high-pressure balloon. During a 14-month follow up, the IVC remained patent and did not require further intervention. PMID:23475545

  4. Aggressive Renal Angiomyolipoma of the Lipomatous Variant With Inferior Vena Cava Thrombus: A Case Report and Review of the Literature*

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    Fox, Cristina; Salami, Simpa S.; Moreira, Daniel M.; Landis, Gregg S.; Chan, David; Yaskiv, Oksana; Vira, Manish A.

    2013-01-01

    Two variants of renal angiomyolipoma (AML)—classic and epithelioid—have been described. Although the epithelioid variant has been reported to demonstrate an aggressive clinical behavior, classic AML is usually benign. Herein, we report a case of a 42-year-old asymptomatic woman with a lipomatous variant of renal AML associated with an inferior vena cava thrombus managed with radical nephrectomy and caval thrombectomy.

  5. Renal Artery Stump to Inferior Vena Cava Fistula: Unusual Clinical Presentation and Transcatheter Embolization with the Amplatzer Vascular Plug

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    Taneja, Manish; Lath, Narayan Soo, Tan Bien; Hiong, Tay Kiang; Htoo, Maung Myint; Richard, Lo; Fui, Alexander Chung Yaw

    2008-07-15

    Fistulous communication between the renal artery stump and inferior vena cava following nephrectomy is rare. We describe the case of a 52-year-old man with a fistula detected on investigation for hemolytic anemia in the postoperative period. The patient had had a nephrectomy performed 2 weeks prior to presentation for blunt abdominal trauma. The fistula was successfully occluded percutaneously using an Amplatzer vascular plug. The patient recovered completely and was discharged 2 weeks later.

  6. Pulmonary Embolism Originating from a Hepatic Hydatid Cyst Ruptured into the Inferior Vena Cava: CT and MRI Findings

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    Poyraz, Necdet; Demirbaş, Soner; Korkmaz, Celalettin; Uzun, Kürşat

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism due to hydatid cysts is a very rare clinical entity. Hydatid pulmonary embolism can be distinguished from other causes of pulmonary embolism with contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI especially displays the cystic nature of lesions better than CECT. Here we report a 45-year-old male patient with the pulmonary embolism due to ruptured hydatid liver cyst into the inferior vena cava. PMID:26904344

  7. A prebiotic effect of Ecklonia cava on the growth and mortality of olive flounder infected with pathogenic bacteria.

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    Lee, WonWoo; Ahn, Ginnae; Oh, Jae Young; Kim, Seung Min; Kang, Nalae; Kim, Eun A; Kim, Kil-Nam; Jeong, Joon Bum; Jeon, You-Jin

    2016-04-01

    Olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus), also known as the Japanese flounder in Japan, is one of the most important commercial marine finfish species cultured in Korea and Japan. The purpose of this study was to evaluate how a species of brown algae (Ecklonia cava, E. cava) affects the growth rate of olive flounder and its immune response to pathogenic bacteria. First, the experimental fish were divided into four groups: the control group was fed the diet containing only 1.0% Lactobacillus plantarum (L. plantarum), group I was fed 1.0% L. plantarum and 1.0% E. cava (EC), group II was fed 1.0% L. plantarum and 0.1% ethanol extract of EC (EE), and group III was fed 1.0% L. plantarum and 0.5% EE. The diets fed to the fish twice a day for 16 weeks. The results indicated that supplementation with 1.0% EC and 0.1% EE improved the growth and body weight of olive flounder, and decreased its mortality. This diet, however, did not significantly affect the biochemical profiles of the experimental flounder. The supplementation of 1.0% EC also enhanced the innate immune response of the fish, as evidenced by the high respiratory burst, and increased serum lysozyme and myeloperoxidase activity. The addition of 1.0% EC and either 0.1% or 0.5% EE also decreased the accumulative mortality of olive flounder infected by pathogenic bacteria (Edwardsiella tarda, Streptococcus iniae, and Vibrio harveyi). Overall, these results suggest that E. cava can act as a prebiotic by improving the innate immune response in fish infected with pathogenic bacteria as increased the growth of the probiotic. PMID:26921543

  8. Polyphenol-Rich Fraction of Ecklonia cava Improves Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in High Fat Diet-Fed Mice

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    Park, Eun-Young; Choi, Hojung; Yoon, Ji-Young; Lee, In-Young; Seo, Youngwan; Moon, Hong-Seop; Hwang, Jong-Hee; Jun, Hee-Sook

    2015-01-01

    Ecklonia cava (E. cava; CA) is an edible brown alga with beneficial effects in diabetes via regulation of various metabolic processes such as lipogenesis, lipolysis, inflammation, and the antioxidant defense system in liver and adipose tissue. We investigated the effect of the polyphenol-rich fraction of E. cava produced from Gijang (G-CA) on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in high-fat diet (HFD)-fed mice. C57BL6 mice were fed a HFD for six weeks and then the HFD group was administered 300 mg/kg of G-CA extracts by oral intubation for 10 weeks. Body weight, fat mass, and serum biochemical parameters were reduced by G-CA extract treatment. MRI/MRS analysis showed that liver fat and liver volume in HFD-induced obese mice were reduced by G-CA extract treatment. Further, we analyzed hepatic gene expression related to inflammation and lipid metabolism. The mRNA expression levels of inflammatory cytokines and hepatic lipogenesis-related genes were decreased in G-CA-treated HFD mice. The mRNA expression levels of cholesterol 7 alpha-hydroxylase 1 (CYP7A1), the key enzyme in bile acid synthesis, were dramatically increased by G-CA treatment in HFD mice. We suggest that G-CA treatment ameliorated hepatic steatosis by inhibiting inflammation and improving lipid metabolism. PMID:26569269

  9. Bilateral lower limb edema caused by compression of the retrohepatic inferior vena cava by a giant hepatic hemangioma.

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    Akbulut, Sami; Yilmaz, Mehmet; Kahraman, Aysegul; Yilmaz, Sezai

    2013-01-01

    Hemangiomas are the most common benign primary tumors of the liver and their prevalence ranges from 0.4% to 20%. Approximately 85% of hemangiomas are clinically asymptomatic and are incidentally detected in imaging studies performed for other causes. In a very small minority of patients, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, distension, palpable mass, obstructive jaundice, bleeding, and signs and symptoms of Budd-Chiari syndrome may develop due to compression of bile duct, hepatic vein, portal vein, and adjacent organs. Occasionally, external compression of inferior vena cava may lead to edema and/or indirect symptoms such as deep vein thrombosis of the lower limbs. In this report, we present a case of giant hepatic hemangioma that completely filled the right lobe of the liver. The patient presented with bilateral lower limb edema and pain. A computed tomography scan detected a 9 × 11 × 12 cm mass indicative of a hemangioma in the right lobe of the liver that compressed the inferior vena cava. The patient refused treatment initially but returned 6 months later presenting with the same symptoms. At that time, the mass had increased in size and a hepatectomy was performed, preserving the middle hepatic vein. By postoperative month 13, the swelling in the lower extremities had decreased significantly and the inferior vena cava appeared normal. PMID:23971776

  10. Global proteomic analysis of Chelidonium majus and Corydalis cava (Papaveraceae) extracts revealed similar defense-related protein compositions.

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    Nawrot, Robert; Zauber, Henrik; Schulze, Waltraud X

    2014-04-01

    Chelidonium majus and Corydalis cava are phylogenetically closely related (Papaveraceae family). The medicinal and pharmaceutical interest in these plants is based on their synthesis of pharmaceutically important compounds, such as alkaloids, flavonoids, phenolic acids and proteins. C. majus shoot and C. cava tuber extracts have been used in traditional folk medicine to treat many diseases, such as fungal, bacterial and viral infections, liver disorders, fever, post-traumatic, colic, abdominal and menstrual pains and even cancer. This study attempts to perform a global comparative proteomic analysis of pharmacologically important extracts from these two closely related unsequenced plant species to gain insights into the protein basis of these plant organs and to compare their common and specific proteomic compositions. We used a shotgun proteomic approach combined with label-free protein quantitation according to the exponentially modified protein abundance index (emPAI). In total, a mean number of 228 protein identification results were recorded in C. cava tuber extracts and about 1240 in C. majus shoot extracts. Comparative analysis revealed a similar stress and defense-related protein composition of pharmacologically active plant species and showed the presence of different pathogenesis-related and low molecular inducible antimicrobial peptides. These findings could form the basis for further elucidation of the mechanism of the strong pharmacological activities of these medicinal plant extracts. PMID:24486985

  11. Scoliosis, superior mesenteric artery syndrome, and adolescents.

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    Schwartz, Amy

    2007-01-01

    Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is defined as a lateral curvature of the spine that can occur in any region of the spinal column. For curves that require surgical correction, spinal fusion is the surgical treatment, and superior mesenteric artery syndrome is a possible complication. Risk factors for superior mesenteric artery syndrome include a small aorta-superior mesenteric artery angle, spinal lengthening, and an asthenic habitus. Asthenic habitus may be due to natural build, peptic ulcer disease, or anorexia, especially among adolescent females. Research regarding adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and superior mesenteric artery syndrome is warranted to identify if some adolescents are more likely to develop superior mesenteric artery syndrome. The advanced practice nurse can identify which adolescents may develop superior mesenteric artery syndrome and provide safe care to avoid this complication. PMID:17273103

  12. Bilateral superior keratoconus: two case reports

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    Rogers, G J; Attenborough, M

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To present two cases of the rare entity of bilateral superior keratoconus and to review the literature regarding presentation and clinical findings. Methods Case report based on chart review. Results Two patients presented to our corneal service with clinical and topographical features of superior keratoconus. Conclusion The unusual clinical and topographical findings of superior keratoconus are presented and treatment options are considered. PMID:24993320

  13. Infra-renal angles, entry into inferior vena cava and vertebral levels of renal veins.

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    Satyapal, K S

    1999-10-01

    Current norms for renal vasculature hold true in only half the population. Standard textbooks perpetuate old misconceptions regarding renal venous anatomy. This study is aimed to determine left and right infra-renal angles (L-IRA, R-IRA); entry level of renal veins into the inferior vena cava (IVC), and height of IVC under renal vein influence; and their vertebral level. One hundred morphologically normal en-bloc renal specimens randomly selected from post-mortem examinations were dissected and resin casted. IRA were also measured from venograms of 32 adult and 11 foetal cadavers, as were vertebral entry levels. IRA measurements (degrees) were as follows: left, 55 degrees +/- 16 degrees (20 degrees -102 degrees ); right, 60 degrees +/- 17 degrees (10 degrees -93 degrees ). Left vein entered IVC higher than right 54%, lower 36%, and opposite each other 10%. Vertical distance between lower borders of veins was 1.0 +/- 0.9 cm. Vertical distance of IVC under renal vein influence was 2.3 +/- 1.0 cm. Vertebral level of veins in adults lies between TI2-L2. In foetuses, IRA was as follows: left, 65 degrees +/- 12 degrees (45 degrees -90 degrees ); right, 58 degrees +/- 7 degrees (40 degrees -70 degrees ); vertebral level between T12 and L3. Similar IRA values from literature noted on right, 51 degrees (26 degrees -100 degrees ); differences on left, 77 degrees (43 degrees -94 degrees ), clearly differing from Williams et al. (Gray's Anatomy, 37(th) ed, 1989) statement that renal veins "open into the inferior vena cava almost at right angles." Large variations of IRA are not surprising since kidneys are considered normally "floating viscera," varying position with posture and respiratory movement as well as in live vs. cadaveric subjects. The entry level into the IVC also differs from Williams et al. This study uniquely quantitated actual height difference between lower borders of left and right veins. The data presented appears to be the first documentation of vertebral level of entry of renal veins into IVC in foetuses. These findings are clinically important for the angiographer, catheter design, and planning porto-renal shunt procedures. PMID:10486518

  14. Combined Liver Resection and Reconstruction of the Supra-Renal Vena Cava

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    Azoulay, Daniel; Andreani, Paola; Maggi, Umberto; Salloum, Chadi; Perdigao, Fabiano; Sebagh, Mylène; Lemoine, Antoinette; Adam, René; Castaing, Denis

    2006-01-01

    Background: Liver tumors with inferior vena cava (IVC) involvement may require combined resection of the liver and IVC. This approach, with its high surgical risks and poor long-term prognosis, was precluded until the development of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, portal vein embolization, reinforced vascular prostheses, and technical advances in liver transplantation. Methods: We reviewed 22 cases of hepatectomy with retrohepatic IVC resection and reconstruction. The patients had a median age of 51.5 years (range, 32.8–75.3 years). Indications for resection were: liver metastases (n = 9), cholangiocarcinoma (n = 8), hepatocellular carcinoma (n = 2), other cancers (n = 3). The liver resections carried out included 18 first, 3 second, and one third hepatectomy. Segment 1 (caudate lobe) was included in the specimen in 19 cases (86%). Resection concerned 1 to 6 liver segments (median = 5.0). Vascular control was achieved by vascular exclusion of the liver preserving the caval flow (n = 1), standard vascular exclusion of the liver (n = 12), in situ cold perfusion of the liver (n = 9). Ex situ surgery was not necessary in any case. Venovenous bypass was used in 12 cases. The IVC was reconstructed with a ringed Gore-Tex tube graft (n = 10), primarily (n = 8), or by caval plasty (n = 4). A main hepatic vein was reimplanted in 6 cases: into the native IVC (n = 4) or into a Gore-Tex tube graft (n = 2). Results: One patient died (4.5%) due to catheter infection, 7 days after in situ cold perfusion with replacement of the vena cava. Eight patients (36%) had no complications and 14 patients (64%) had 23 complications. In all but 1 case, the complications were transient and successfully controlled. The patients stayed in intensive care for 3.3 ± 2.0 days and in the hospital for 17.7 ± 7.8 days. All vascular reconstructions were patent at last follow-up. With median follow-up of 19 months, 10 patients died of tumor recurrence and eleven were alive with (n = 5) or without (n = 6) disease. Actuarial 1-, 3-, and 5-year survival rates were 81.8%, 38.3%, and 38.3%, respectively. Conclusions: IVC resection and reconstruction combined with liver resection can be safely performed in selected patients. The lack of alternative treatments and the spontaneous poor prognosis justify this approach, provided that surgery is carried out at a center specialized in both liver surgery and liver transplantation. The development of adjuvant chemotherapy regimens is required to improve the long-term results of this salvage surgery. PMID:16794392

  15. Gas hazard assessment in a densely inhabited area of Colli Albani Volcano (Cava dei Selci, Roma)

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    Carapezza, M. L.; Badalamenti, B.; Cavarra, L.; Scalzo, A.

    2003-04-01

    The northwestern flank of the Colli Albani, a Quaternary volcanic complex near Rome, is characterised by high pCO 2 values and Rn activities in the groundwater and by the presence of zones with strong emission of gas from the soil. The most significant of these zones is Cava dei Selci where many houses are located very near to the gas emission site. The emitted gas consists mainly of CO 2 (up to 98 vol%) with an appreciable content of H 2S (0.8-2%). The He and C isotopic composition indicates, as for all fluids associated with the Quaternary Roman and Tuscany volcanic provinces, the presence of an upper mantle component contaminated by crustal fluids associated with subducted sediments and carbonates. An advective CO 2 flux of 37 tons/day has been estimated from the gas bubbles rising to the surface in a small drainage ditch and through a stagnant water pool, present in the rainy season in a topographically low central part of the area. A CO 2 soil flux survey with an accumulation chamber, carried out in February-March 2000 over a 12 000 m 2 surface with 242 measurement points, gave a total (mostly conductive) flux of 61 tons/day. CO 2 soil flux values vary by four orders of magnitude over a 160-m distance and by one order of magnitude over several metres. A fixed network of 114 points over 6350 m 2 has been installed in order to investigate temporal flux variations. Six surveys carried out from May 2000 to June 2001 have shown large variations of the total CO 2 soil flux (8-25 tons/day). The strong emission of CO 2 and H 2S, which are gases denser than air, produces dangerous accumulations in low areas which have caused a series of lethal accidents to animals and one to a man. The gas hazard near the houses has been assessed by continuously monitoring the CO 2 and H 2S concentration in the air at 75 cm from the ground by means of two automatic stations. Certain environmental parameters (wind direction and speed; atm P, T, humidity and rainfall) were also continuously recorded. At both stations, H 2S and CO 2 exceeded by several times the recommended concentration thresholds. The highest CO 2 and H 2S values were recorded always with wind speeds less than 1.5 m/s, mostly in the night hours. Our results indicate that there is a severe gas hazard for people living near the gas emission site of Cava dei Selci, and appropriate precautionary and prevention measures have been recommended both to residents and local authorities.

  16. First Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Guided Aortic Stenting and Cava Filter Placement Using a Polyetheretherketone-Based Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Compatible Guidewire in Swine: Proof of Concept

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    Kos, Sebastian; Huegli, Rolf; Hofmann, Eugen; Quick, Harald H.; Kuehl, Hilmar; Aker, Stephanie; Kaiser, Gernot M.; Borm, Paul J. A.; Jacob, Augustinus L.; Bilecen, Deniz

    2009-05-15

    The purpose of this study was to demonstrate feasibility of percutaneous transluminal aortic stenting and cava filter placement under magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance exclusively using a polyetheretherketone (PEEK)-based MRI-compatible guidewire. Percutaneous transluminal aortic stenting and cava filter placement were performed in 3 domestic swine. Procedures were performed under MRI-guidance in an open-bore 1.5-T scanner. The applied 0.035-inch guidewire has a PEEK core reinforced by fibres, floppy tip, hydrophilic coating, and paramagnetic markings for passive visualization. Through an 11F sheath, the guidewire was advanced into the abdominal (swine 1) or thoracic aorta (swine 2), and the stents were deployed. The guidewire was advanced into the inferior vena cava (swine 3), and the cava filter was deployed. Postmortem autopsy was performed. Procedural success, guidewire visibility, pushability, and stent support were qualitatively assessed by consensus. Procedure times were documented. Guidewire guidance into the abdominal and thoracic aortas and the inferior vena cava was successful. Stent deployments were successful in the abdominal (swine 1) and thoracic (swine 2) segments of the descending aorta. Cava filter positioning and deployment was successful. Autopsy documented good stent and filter positioning. Guidewire visibility through applied markers was rated acceptable for aortic stenting and good for venous filter placement. Steerability, pushability, and device support were good. The PEEK-based guidewire allows either percutaneous MRI-guided aortic stenting in the thoracic and abdominal segments of the descending aorta and filter placement in the inferior vena cava with acceptable to good device visibility and offers good steerability, pushability, and device support.

  17. Biomechanics of superior oblique Z-tenotomy

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    Shin, Andrew; Yoo, Lawrence; Demer, Joseph L.

    2013-01-01

    Background A recent report suggests that 70%-80% Z-tenotomy of the superior oblique tendon is necessary to effectively treat A-pattern strabismus associated with over depression in adduction. To clarify the clinical effect, we compared the biomechanics of Z-tenotomy on the superior oblique tendon, superior rectus tendon, and isotropic latex material. Methods Fresh bovine superior oblique tendons were trimmed to 20 mm × 10 mm dimensions similar to human superior oblique tendon and clamped in a microtensile load cell under physiological conditions of temperature and humidity. Minimal preload was applied to avoid slackness. Tendons were elongated until failure following Z-tenotomies, made from opposite tendon sides, spaced 8 mm apart and each encompassing 0%, 20%, 40%, 50%, 60%, or 80% tendon width. Digitally sampled failure force was monitored using a precision strain gauge. Control experiments were performed in similar-sized specimens of bovine superior rectus tendon and isotropic latex. Results Progressively increasing Z-tenotomy of latex caused a linearly graded reduction in force. In contrast, Z-tenotomy of up to 50% in superior oblique and superior rectus tendons caused nonlinear reduction in force transmission that reached a negligible value at 50% tenotomy and greater. Conclusions Z-tenotomy up to 50% progressively reduces extraocular tendon force transmission, but Z-tenotomy of ≥50% is biomechanically equivalent in vitro to complete tenotomy. PMID:24321425

  18. Rehearsal Characteristics of "Superior" Band Directors

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    Juchniewicz, Jay; Kelly, Steven N.; Acklin, Amy I.

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the rehearsal characteristics of "superior" middle and high school band directors. A total of 131 respondents from Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina who received a "superior" rating for 4 out of the past 5 years, completed an open-ended essay question online asking them to…

  19. Lake Effects: The Lake Superior Curriculum Guide.

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    Beery, Tom; And Others

    This curriculum guide was launched in response to a need for Lake Superior-specific educational materials and contains lessons and activities that can be used to teach about Lake Superior. The lessons in this book are divided into four sections. Each of the first three sections has a background section that provides basic information about Lake…

  20. Real and potential nickel hydrogen superiority

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    Betz, F. E.

    1983-01-01

    Events from the development and orbital flight experience with a nickel hydrogen battery are described. The events highlight characteristics of nickel hydrogen which afford superior capability in overcharge, overdischarge and state of charge evaluation, when compared to the nickel cadmium electrochemical system. Some developments in nickel hydrogen technology that provide the potential of furthering nickel hydrogen superiority for satellite applications are also discussed.

  1. On determining the characteristics of a Greenfield Inferior Vena Cava Filter using CFD

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    Swaminathan, Tirumani; Hu, Howard; Patel, Aalpen

    2004-11-01

    In those patients with deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or those at a high risk for DVT, and who have contraindications to or are unresponsive to anticoagulation therapy, vena cava filters are often used to prevent recurrent pulmonary emboli. Ideally, the filter should be efficacious while being non-thrombogenic and non-impeding to the blood flow. In reality, the filter has to establish a balance between clot capture efficiency and flow impedance before and after clot capture. The development and use of numerical tools to study the characteristics of filters and its application to the case of a Greenfield filter has been presented here. A detailed model resolving the flow field around the filter to a fine detail is described. The thrombogenecity of the filter in un-occluded flows is determined by analyzing plots of shear stresses and velocity fields. To evaluate a filter's clot capturing efficacy, a Thin Wire Model (TWM) has been developed and used in conjunction with a moving finite element scheme to study the probability of clot capturing for the Greenfield filter.

  2. Histology of Tissue Adherent to OptEase Inferior Vena Cava Filters Regarding Indwelling Time

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    Rimon, Uri Volkov, Alexander; Garniek, Alexander; Golan, Gil; Bensaid, Paul; Khaitovich, Boris; Abu-Salah, Kamel; Zissin, Rivka; Simon, Daniel; Konen, Eli

    2009-01-15

    The purpose of this paper is to report on the histology of tissues found on retrieved filters with regard to indwelling time. Between February 2006 and January 2007, 28 Optease inferior vena cava filters (Cordis Europa, Roden, The Netherlands) were retrieved from 27 patients. Twenty-two filters were inserted prophylactically for trauma patients and six for patients with venous thromboembolism. Cavography was performed both before and after filter removal to evaluate the presence of thrombi or wall damage. Filters were retrieved with the snare and sheath method. All material adherents to the filters were examined histologically.The mean indwelling time of the filters was 24.9 days (range, 6-69 days). Red tissue fragments were seen on all the filters, consistent microscopically with clots and fibrin. On five filters (18%; mean indwelling time, 45.4 days) white tissue consistent with vascular intima was found. All postprocedure cavographies were normal. We conclude that most material adherent to the retrieved filters is thrombi, while vascular intima can be found in the minority of filters with a longer indwelling time.

  3. Predictors of Mortality in Patients with Penetrating Inferior Vena Cava Injuries Surviving to the Operating Room.

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    Maciel, James D; Plurad, David; Gifford, Edward; deVirgilio, Christian; Koopmann, Matt; Neville, Angela; Putnam, Brant; Kim, Dennis Y

    2015-10-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) injuries are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. To identify clinical factors associated with mortality in patients undergoing operative intervention for penetrating IVC injuries, a retrospective review of 98 patients was performed, excluding blunt injuries (n = 20) and deaths before surgery (n = 16). The overall mortality was 58 per cent. Nonsurvivors more commonly presented with hypotension (50% vs 23%, P = 0.03) and underwent resuscitative thoracotomy more frequently (42% vs 4%, P = 0.01). Retrohepatic injuries were more common among nonsurvivors (P = 0.04). There was no difference in the use of ligation (7% vs 17%, P = 0.29) or the massive transfusion protocol (35% vs 25%, P = 0.41). On multivariate analysis, after controlling for mechanism of injury, admission hypotension, Glasgow Coma Scale score , preoperative cumulative fluids, resuscitative thoracotomy , absence of spontaneous tamponade, and location of IVC injury, the only independent predictor of mortality was the absence of spontaneous tamponade at the time of laparotomy (odds ratio = 5.4, 95% confidence interval: 1.11-25.95; P = 0.04). Penetrating IVC injuries continue to be associated with a high mortality, particularly among patients with free intraabdominal hemorrhage at laparotomy. Large multicenter studies are required to define the optimal resuscitative and operative management techniques in these severely injured patients. PMID:26463297

  4. Optimizing the value of measuring inferior vena cava diameter in shocked patients.

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    Abu-Zidan, Fikri M

    2016-02-01

    Point-of-care ultrasound has been increasingly used in evaluating shocked patients including the measurement of inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter. Operators should standardize their technique in scanning IVC. Relative changes are more important than absolute numbers. We advise using the longitudinal view (B mode) to evaluate the gross collapsibility, and the M mode to measure the IVC diameter. Combining the collapsibility and diameter size will increase the value of IVC measurement. This approach has been very useful in the resuscitation of shocked patients, monitoring their fluid demands, and predicting recurrence of shock. Pitfalls in measuring IVC diameter include increased intra-thoracic pressure by mechanical ventilation or increased right atrial pressure by pulmonary embolism or heart failure. The IVC diameter is not useful in cases of increased intra-abdominal pressure (abdominal compartment syndrome) or direct pressure on the IVC. The IVC diameter should be combined with focused echocardiography and correlated with the clinical picture as a whole to be useful. PMID:26855888

  5. Placement of vena cava filter via percutaneous puncture of the great saphenous vein

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    JIN, YIQI; ZHOU, DAYONG; CHEN, LEI; HUANG, XIANCHEN; XU, GUOXIONG; HUANG, JIAN; SHEN, LIMING

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility and safety of vena cava filter (VCF) placement via percutaneous puncture of the great saphenous vein (GSV) in the prevention of pulmonary embolisms. Using ultrasound positioning, VCF placement via percutaneous puncture of the GSV was performed on 12 patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the lower extremities. Transcatheter thrombolysis was conducted simultaneously. The postoperative filter position, puncture wound recovery and fluency of the GSV were observed. All filters were successfully released, with accurate positioning. No hematoma was observed at the puncture point during the perioperative period. In certain patients, local petechiae appeared around the puncture point during the thrombolysis period, which did not require special treatment. Re-examination using ultrasound revealed unobstructed blood flow in the GSV. VCF placement via percutaneous puncture of the GSV is a new filter placement method. The feasibility and safety of this method for the prevention of pulmonary embolisms has been demonstrated in a small number of sample cases. PMID:24137182

  6. Management of Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor of the Kidney with Inferior Vena Cava Thrombus.

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    Gupta, Sahil; Majumder, Kaustav; Chahal, Anurag; Saini, Ashish K; Gupta, Arjun

    2016-02-01

    Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNET) are an aggressive group of small round cell tumors usually arising in the nervous system and affecting children. They have a tendency for local invasion, distant spread and formation of tumor thrombi. The kidney is a rare primary location for these tumors. Outcomes are frequently poor due to late diagnosis (Wilms tumor is a more common tumor in this population) and early spread. Immunohistochemistry is invaluable in making the diagnosis of PNET. We report a case of a primary renal PNET with extensive tumor thrombus into the inferior vena cava, and lung metastasis in a pediatric patient, and its successful management. Our 14-year-old patient with renal PNET was managed with radical nephrectomy, thrombectomy and chemotherapy and remains disease free to date. The diagnosis of renal PNETs should be considered in young adult patients who present with aggressive renal masses at initial presentations. Despite its aggressive nature, good outcomes can be achieved by a multimodality therapeutic strategy. PMID:26989372

  7. The Use of Inferior Vena Cava Filters in Pediatric Patients for Pulmonary Embolus Prophylaxis

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    Reed, Richard A.; Teitelbaum, George P.; Stanley, Philip; Mazer, Murray J.; Tonkin, Ina L.D.; Rollins, Nancy K.

    1996-11-15

    Purpose: To report our experience with inferior vena cava (IVC) filters in pediatric patients. Methods: Over a 19-month period, eight low-profile percutaneously introducible IVC filters were placed in four male and four female patients aged 6-16 years (mean 11 years). Indications were contraindication to heparin in six patients, anticoagulation failure in one, and idiopathic infrarenal IVC thrombosis in one. Six of the eight devices placed were titanium Greenfield filters. One LGM and one Bird's Nest filter were also placed. Two of the filters were introduced via the right internal jugular vein by cutdown, and the remainder were placed percutaneously via the right internal jugular vein or the right common femoral vein. Patients received follow-up abdominal radiographs from 2 to 13 months after IVC filter placement. Results: All filters were inserted successfully without complication. Three of the patients died during the follow-up period: two due to underlying brain tumors at 2 and 12 months and a third at 6 weeks due to progressive idiopathic renal vein and IVC thrombosis. The remaining five patients were all alive and well at follow-up without evidence of IVC thrombosis, pulmonary emboli, or filter migration. Conclusion: IVC filter placement using available devices for percutaneous delivery is technically feasible, safe, and effective in children.

  8. Early and Late Retrieval of the ALN Removable Vena Cava Filter: Results from a Multicenter Study

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    Pellerin, O.; Barral, F. G.; Lions, C.; Novelli, L.; Beregi, J. P.; Sapoval, M.

    2008-09-15

    Retrieval of removable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters in selected patients is widely practiced. The purpose of this multicenter study was to evaluate the feasibility and results of percutaneous removal of the ALN removable filter in a large patient cohort. Between November 2003 and June 2006, 123 consecutive patients were referred for percutaneous extraction of the ALN filter at three centers. The ALN filter is a removable filter that can be implanted through a femoral/jugular vein approach and extracted by the jugular vein approach. Filter removal was attempted after an implantation period of 93 {+-} 15 days (range, 6-722 days) through the right internal jugular vein approach using the dedicated extraction kit after control inferior vena cavography. Following filter removal, vena cavograms were obtained in all patients. Successful extraction was achieved in all but one case. Among these successful retrievals, additional manipulation using a femoral approach was needed when the apex of the filter was close to the IVC wall in two patients. No immediate IVC complications were observed according to the postimplantation cavography. Neither technical nor clinical differences between early and late filter retrieval were noticed. Our data confirm the safety of ALN filter retrieval up to 722 days after implantation. In infrequent cases, additional endovenous filter manipulation is needed to facilitate extraction.

  9. Computational Simulations of Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Placement and Hemodynamics in Patient-Specific Geometries

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    Aycock, Kenneth; Sastry, Shankar; Kim, Jibum; Shontz, Suzanne; Campbell, Robert; Manning, Keefe; Lynch, Frank; Craven, Brent

    2013-11-01

    A computational methodology for simulating inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement and IVC hemodynamics was developed and tested on two patient-specific IVC geometries: a left-sided IVC, and an IVC with a retroaortic left renal vein. Virtual IVC filter placement was performed with finite element analysis (FEA) using non-linear material models and contact modeling, yielding maximum vein displacements of approximately 10% of the IVC diameters. Blood flow was then simulated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with four cases for each patient IVC: 1) an IVC only, 2) an IVC with a placed filter, 3) an IVC with a placed filter and a model embolus, all at resting flow conditions, and 4) an IVC with a placed filter and a model embolus at exercise flow conditions. Significant hemodynamic differences were observed between the two patient IVCs, with the development of a right-sided jet (all cases) and a larger stagnation region (cases 3-4) in the left-sided IVC. These results support further investigation of the effects of IVC filter placement on a patient-specific basis.

  10. Inferior vena cava injury caused by an anteriorly migrated cage resulting in ligation: case report.

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    Ariyoshi, Dai; Sano, Shigeo; Kawamura, Naohiro

    2016-03-01

    Anterior dislodgement of the transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) cage is one of the severe complications seen in this procedure, which may cause an intraoperative major vessel injury. The objective of this report is to present a rare case of inferior vena cava (IVC) injury during revision surgery for removal of the anteriorly migrated cage. The authors describe a case of 74-year-old woman with lumbar spinal canal stenosis and degenerative scoliosis. During the TLIF surgery, an inserted titanium cage at the L4-5 level dislodged anteriorly to the retroperitoneal space without massive bleeding from the disc space. In the second surgery, which was performed via an anterior retroperitoneal approach to remove the migrated cage, massive torrential bleeding occurred because of IVC injury. The laceration in the posterior wall of the IVC necessitated ligation of this vessel and both common iliac veins by a vascular surgeon. Postoperative edema of the lower extremities after ligation of the vessels was well tolerated, and the patient showed almost full recovery. For removal surgery of an anteriorly migrated cage, the surgeon should be well prepared for the risk of IVC injury, including requesting the attendance of a vascular surgeon. Ligation of the infrarenal IVC is an acceptable solution in irreparable IVC injury. PMID:26637062

  11. Phlorofucofuroeckol A isolated from Ecklonia cava alleviates postprandial hyperglycemia in diabetic mice.

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    You, Han-Nui; Lee, Hyun-Ah; Park, Mi-Hwa; Lee, Ji-Hyeok; Han, Ji-Sook

    2015-04-01

    This study was designed to investigate whether phlorofucofuroeckol A inhibited α-glucosidase and α-amylase activities and alleviated postprandial hyperglycemia in diabetic mice. Phlorofucofuroeckol A that was isolated from Ecklonia cava (brown algae) demonstrated prominent inhibitory effects against α-glucosidase and α-amylase activities. The IC50 values of phlorofucofuroeckol A against α-glucosidase and α-amylase were 19.52 and 6.34μM, respectively. These inhibitory activities of phlorofucofuroeckol A were higher than those of acarbose, which was used as a positive control. Increases in postprandial blood glucose levels were significantly more suppressed in the group administered phlorofucofuroeckol A compared to the control group in both diabetic and normal mice. Moreover, the area under the curve was significantly lower after phlorofucofuroeckol A administration (2296 versus 2690mmolmin/l) in the diabetic mice. These results suggested that phlorofucofuroeckol A is a potent α-glucosidase inhibitor and can alleviate the postprandial hyperglycemia that is caused by starch. PMID:25680946

  12. Optimizing the value of measuring inferior vena cava diameter in shocked patients

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    Abu-Zidan, Fikri M

    2016-01-01

    Point-of-care ultrasound has been increasingly used in evaluating shocked patients including the measurement of inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter. Operators should standardize their technique in scanning IVC. Relative changes are more important than absolute numbers. We advise using the longitudinal view (B mode) to evaluate the gross collapsibility, and the M mode to measure the IVC diameter. Combining the collapsibility and diameter size will increase the value of IVC measurement. This approach has been very useful in the resuscitation of shocked patients, monitoring their fluid demands, and predicting recurrence of shock. Pitfalls in measuring IVC diameter include increased intra-thoracic pressure by mechanical ventilation or increased right atrial pressure by pulmonary embolism or heart failure. The IVC diameter is not useful in cases of increased intra-abdominal pressure (abdominal compartment syndrome) or direct pressure on the IVC. The IVC diameter should be combined with focused echocardiography and correlated with the clinical picture as a whole to be useful. PMID:26855888

  13. Chemical components and its antioxidant properties in vitro: an edible marine brown alga, Ecklonia cava.

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    Li, Yong; Qian, Zhong-Ji; Ryu, BoMi; Lee, Sang-Hoon; Kim, Moon-Moo; Kim, Se-Kwon

    2009-03-01

    Seven phlorotannins were isolated and characterized from an edible marine brown alga Ecklonia cava (EC), along with three common sterol derivatives (fucosterol, ergosterol, and cholesterol) according to the comprehensive spectral analysis of MS and NMR data. Compounds 5 (7-phloro eckol) and 7 (6,6'-bieckoll) of phlorotannin derivatives were obtained for the first time with the high yields. No reports of compound 3 (Fucodiphloroethol G) was published up to date. The antioxidant properties of all phlorotannins were assessed by total antioxidant activity in a linoleic acid model, free radicals scavenging assay using electron spin resonance spectrometry (ESR) technique, cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) assay by DCFH-DA, membrane protein oxidation assay; measurement of cellular glutathione (GSH) level in RAW264.7 cell line, and myeloperoxidase (MPO) assay in HL-60 cell line. The results revealed that all phlorotannins had antioxidant properties in vitro, especially, compounds 7 (6,6'-bieckol), 6, and 3 showed the significant activities compared to the other phlorotannins. Furthermore, the structure-activity relationship (SAR) was discussed based on the structural differences of the tested phlorotannins which have polymeriged phloroglucinal units with diverse skeletons and linkages. It could be suggested that phlorotaninns from this genus would be more potential candidates for the development of unique natural antioxidants for further industrial applications as functional foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. As well as our results makes it clear to understand the reason behind the use of EC as traditional folk herb for a long history. PMID:19201199

  14. New method for treatment of inferior vena cava tumor thrombus – case study

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    Nagy, Zoltán; Gyurkovics, Endre; Pajor, Péter; Tarjányi, Mária; Szijártó, Attila; Vari, Sandor G.

    2015-01-01

    Conventional surgical therapy for advanced renal venous tumor thrombi results in high morbidity, so there is a need for less invasive techniques. This report presents the first case of a successful inferior vena cava (IVC) tumor thrombus removal without complications with balloon catheter (BC) via internal jugular vein (IJV), called the venous tumor thrombus pushing with balloon catheter (VTTP BC). Under the control of transesophageal echocardiogram and fluoroscope, a balloon catheter was sleeved on the guide wire, which was already inserted into the right internal jugular vein (IJV) and was driven distally above the IVC tumor thrombus. The balloon was inflated to occlude the IVC for prevention of pulmonary embolization. After the occlusion, the guide wire was driven to the cavotomy and was opened at the ostium of the right renal vein. It was pulled at both ends and stretched to serve as a rail. The balloon was gently pushed toward the cavotomy and the thrombectomy was completed. This is a less invasive method for treatment of venous tumor thrombus level 3 that can reduce surgical time, blood loss, and complication rates compared to the existing surgical methods. Also, it can be performed without thoracotomy, cardiopulmonary bypass, hypothermic circulatory arrest, and liver mobilization. PMID:25891873

  15. Management of inferior vena cava tumor thrombus in locally advanced renal cell carcinoma

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    Psutka, Sarah P.

    2015-01-01

    The diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma is accompanied by intravascular tumor thrombus in up to 10% of cases, of which nearly one-third of patients also have concurrent metastatic disease. Surgical resection in the form of radical nephrectomy and caval thrombectomy represents the only option to obtain local control of the disease and is associated with durable oncologic control in approximately half of these patients. The objective of this clinical review is to outline the preoperative evaluation for, and operative management of patients with locally advanced renal cell carcinoma with venous tumor thrombi involving the inferior vena cava. Cornerstones of the management of these complex patients include obtaining high-quality imaging to characterize the renal mass and tumor thrombus preoperatively, with further intraoperative real-time evaluation using transesophageal echocardiography, careful surgical planning, and a multidisciplinary approach. Operative management of patients with high-level caval thrombi should be undertaken in high-volume centers by surgical teams with capacity for bypass and invasive intraoperative monitoring. In patients with metastatic disease at presentation, cytoreductive nephrectomy and tumor thrombectomy may be safely performed with simultaneous metastasectomy if possible. In the absence of level one evidence, neoadjuvant targeted therapy should continue to be viewed as experimental and should be employed under the auspices of a clinical trial. However, in patients with significant risk factors for postoperative complications and mortality, and especially in those with metastatic disease, consultation with medical oncology and frontline targeted therapy may be considered. PMID:26445601

  16. [Surgical treatment of malignant renal tumors invading the inferior vena cava and right atrium].

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    Horváth, Géza; Tóth, Csaba; Szentgyörgyi, Lajos; Szerafin, Tamás; Flaskó, Tibor; Péterffy, Arpád

    2003-12-01

    Invading the inferior vena cava and right atrium is the most serious, but fortunately not common complication of renal cell carcinoma. Radical nephrectomy with tumor-thrombus extraction is the only way to improve these patients survival. Cardiopulmonary bypass with or without deep hypothermia and total circulatory arrest might be necessary during surgery. Between 1998 and 2003 at the Department of Cardiac Surgery of University of Debrecen, 5 patients, with renal cell carcinoma extending into the right atrium, had radical nephrectomy and thrombectomy. We used cardiopulmonary bypass, in 2 patients in total circulatory arrest, in deep hypothermia. There was no operative death and neurological complications. One patient died 3 years after the operation due to cardiac failure. In average 42 months after surgery, 4 surviving patients are under regular follow up, they have a good quality of life, without recurrence. In our opinion cardiopulmonary bypass and total circulatory arrest, if necessary, gives the best way for surgical resection of renal cell carcinoma extending into the right atrium. PMID:15119268

  17. New method for treatment of inferior vena cava tumor thrombus case study.

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    Nagy, Zoltn; Gyurkovics, Endre; Pajor, Pter; Tarjnyi, Mria; Szijrt, Attila; Vari, Sandor G

    2015-04-01

    Conventional surgical therapy for advanced renal venous tumor thrombi results in high morbidity, so there is a need for less invasive techniques. This report presents the first case of a successful inferior vena cava (IVC) tumor thrombus removal without complications with balloon catheter (BC) via internal jugular vein (IJV), called the venous tumor thrombus pushing with balloon catheter (VTTP BC). Under the control of transesophageal echocardiogram and fluoroscope, a balloon catheter was sleeved on the guide wire, which was already inserted into the right internal jugular vein (IJV) and was driven distally above the IVC tumor thrombus. The balloon was inflated to occlude the IVC for prevention of pulmonary embolization. After the occlusion, the guide wire was driven to the cavotomy and was opened at the ostium of the right renal vein. It was pulled at both ends and stretched to serve as a rail. The balloon was gently pushed toward the cavotomy and the thrombectomy was completed. This is a less invasive method for treatment of venous tumor thrombus level 3 that can reduce surgical time, blood loss, and complication rates compared to the existing surgical methods. Also, it can be performed without thoracotomy, cardiopulmonary bypass, hypothermic circulatory arrest, and liver mobilization. PMID:25891873

  18. Surgical Treatment of Inferior Vena Cava Tumor Thrombus in Patients with Renal Cell Carcinoma

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    Kim, Hyangkyoung; Moon, Ki-Myung; Cho, Yong-Pil; Song, Cheryn; Kim, Chung-Soo; Ahn, Hanjong

    2010-01-01

    Radical nephrectomy with inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombectomy remains the most effective therapeutic option in patients with renal cell carcinoma and IVC tumor thrombus. Cephalic extension of the thrombus is closely related to perioperative morbidity. We purposed to design a safe and successful surgical strategy through a review of our surgical experience and treatment results in 35 patients (male:female=28:7, mean age=56 yr [32-77]) who underwent IVC thrombectomy with radical nephrectomy between January 1997 and December 2006. The limit of tumor extension was level I in 10 patients (28.6%), level II in 17 (48.6%), and level III and IV in 4 patients each (11.4%). Liver mobilization with hepatic vascular exclusion was performed in 12 patients and cardiopulmonary bypass in 7. Thirty-two primary closures, 2 patch closures, and 1 graft interposition were performed. One patient underwent simultaneous pulmonary embolectomy because of an operative pulmonary embolism. There was no operative mortality, and the overall survival at 5-yr was 50.8%. Complete thrombus removal without tumor fragmentation under long venotomy on fully exposed involved IVC is recommended for successful result in a bloodless operative field. The applicability of liver mobilization, hepatic vascular exclusion, and cardiopulmonary bypass, can be determined by the level of thrombus. PMID:20052355

  19. Agreement between inferior vena cava diameter measurements by subxiphoid versus transhepatic views

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    Kulkarni, Atul Prabhakar; Janarthanan, S.; Harish, M. M; Suhail, Siddique; Chaudhari, Harish; Agarwal, Vandana; Patil, Vijaya P.; Divatia, Jigeeshu V.

    2015-01-01

    Context: Correcting hypovolemia is extremely important. Central venous pressure measurement is often done to assess volume status. Measurement of inferior vena cava (IVC) is conventionally done in the subcostal view using ultrasonography. It may not be possible to obtain this view in all patients. Aims: We therefore evaluated the limits of agreement between the IVC diameter measurement and variation in subcostal and that by the lateral transhepatic view. Settings and Design: Prospective study in a tertiary care referral hospital intensive care unit. Subjects and Methods: After Institutional Ethics Committee approval and informed consent, we obtained 175 paired measurements of the IVC diameter and variation in both the views in adult mechanically ventilated patients. The measurements were carried out by experienced researchers. We then obtained the limits of agreement for minimum, maximum diameter, percentage variation of IVC in relation to respiration. Statistical Analysis Used: Bland–Altman's limits of agreement to get precision and bias. Results: The limits of agreement were wide for minimum and maximum IVC diameter with variation of as much as 4 mm in both directions. However, the limits of agreement were much narrower when the percentage variation in relation to respiration was plotted on the Bland–Altman plot. Conclusions: We conclude that when it is not possible to obtain the subcostal view, it is possible to use the lateral transhepatic view. However, using the percentage variation in IVC size is likely to be more reliable than the absolute diameter alone. It is possible to use both views interchangeably. PMID:26816446

  20. Prognostic significance of dilated inferior vena cava in advanced decompensated heart failure.

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    Lee, Hsin-Fu; Hsu, Lung-An; Chang, Chi-Jen; Chan, Yi-Hsin; Wang, Chun-Li; Ho, Wan-Jing; Chu, Pao-Hsien

    2014-10-01

    Dilated inferior vena cava (IVC) is prevalent among patients with heart failure (HF), but whether its presence predicts worsening renal function (WRF) or adverse outcomes is unclear. This cohort study analyzed patients with left ventricular ejection fraction <40 % and repeated hospitalizations (≥2 times) for HF between August 2009 and August 2011. The study endpoints were death and HF re-hospitalization. Among baseline parameters, IVC diameter was the most powerful predictor for the development of WRF (area under the curve = 0.795, cut-off value = 20.5 mm). During the 2-year follow-up, 36 patients (49 %) were re-hospitalized for HF and 14 patients (19 %) died. The event rates were significantly greater in the WRF group than in the non-WRF group (71 vs. 30 %, P < 0.001 for HF re-hospitalization; 29 vs. 10 %, P = 0.03 for death). In Cox regression model, the risk of combined end-points was increased in patients with aging, elevated blood urine nitrogen, IVC >21 mm, and WRF. When adjusted for confounding factors, IVC >21 mm [hazard ratio (HR) 3.73, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.66-8.34] and WRF (HR 2.68, 95 % CI 1.07-6.75) were significant predictors for adverse outcomes. In patients with advanced decompensated HF, dilated IVC (>21 mm) predicted the development of WRF and could be a predictor for adverse outcomes. PMID:24939288

  1. Management of Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor of the Kidney with Inferior Vena Cava Thrombus

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    Gupta, Sahil; Majumder, Kaustav; Chahal, Anurag; Saini, Ashish K.; Gupta, Arjun

    2016-01-01

    Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNET) are an aggressive group of small round cell tumors usually arising in the nervous system and affecting children. They have a tendency for local invasion, distant spread and formation of tumor thrombi. The kidney is a rare primary location for these tumors. Outcomes are frequently poor due to late diagnosis (Wilms tumor is a more common tumor in this population) and early spread. Immunohistochemistry is invaluable in making the diagnosis of PNET. We report a case of a primary renal PNET with extensive tumor thrombus into the inferior vena cava, and lung metastasis in a pediatric patient, and its successful management. Our 14-year-old patient with renal PNET was managed with radical nephrectomy, thrombectomy and chemotherapy and remains disease free to date. The diagnosis of renal PNETs should be considered in young adult patients who present with aggressive renal masses at initial presentations. Despite its aggressive nature, good outcomes can be achieved by a multimodality therapeutic strategy. PMID:26989372

  2. Unusual Presentation of Testicular Cancer with Tumor Thrombus Extending to the Inferior Vena Cava

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    Dusaud, Marie; Bayoud, Younes; Desfemmes, François-Régis; Molimard, Benoît; Durand, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    A 45-year-old man with a left testis tumor with a 25 mm para-aortic lymph node swelling, multiple bilateral pulmonary metastases, bilateral pulmonary embolism, and inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombus underwent a radical orchidectomy in our institution. The thrombus extended from the left gonadal vein to the left renal vein to the IVC. The fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (f-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) computerized tomography (CT) demonstrated a hypermetabolic focus in the retroperitoneum and in the IVC thrombus. Before orchidectomy only lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) was high but all the serum tumor markers increased postoperatively. The tumor was staged pT1N2M1aS1, which was an intermediate prognosis, based on the International Germ Cell Cancer Collaborative Group consensus (IGCCCG). After 4 courses of bleomycin, etoposide, and cisplatin (BEP) chemotherapy the patient's tumor markers normalized and the thrombus disappeared. There was only one residual retroperitoneal lymph node M1. Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection was performed. The pathological examination revealed only necrotic tissues. The patient has been disease-free since surgery. PMID:26000192

  3. Assessment of Snared-Loop Technique When Standard Retrieval of Inferior Vena Cava Filters Fails

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    Doody, Orla Noe, Geertje; Given, Mark F.; Foley, Peter T.; Lyon, Stuart M.

    2009-01-15

    Purpose To identify the success and complications related to a variant technique used to retrieve inferior vena cava filters when simple snare approach has failed. Methods A retrospective review of all Cook Guenther Tulip filters and Cook Celect filters retrieved between July 2006 and February 2008 was performed. During this period, 130 filter retrievals were attempted. In 33 cases, the standard retrieval technique failed. Retrieval was subsequently attempted with our modified retrieval technique. Results The retrieval was successful in 23 cases (mean dwell time, 171.84 days; range, 5-505 days) and unsuccessful in 10 cases (mean dwell time, 162.2 days; range, 94-360 days). Our filter retrievability rates increased from 74.6% with the standard retrieval method to 92.3% when the snared-loop technique was used. Unsuccessful retrieval was due to significant endothelialization (n = 9) and caval penetration by the filter (n = 1). A single complication occurred in the group, in a patient developing pulmonary emboli after attempted retrieval. Conclusion The technique we describe increased the retrievability of the two filters studied. Hook endothelialization is the main factor resulting in failed retrieval and continues to be a limitation with these filters.

  4. Duodenal perforation by an inferior vena cava filter in a polyarteritis nodosa sufferer

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    Dat, Anthony; McCann, Andrew; Quinn, John; Yeung, Shinn

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are currently used in the management of pulmonary embolism (PE) and lower limb venous thromboembolism (VTE). Despite their widespread use, associated complications including duodenal perforation have been reported. PRESENTATION OF CASE We describe a unique case of duodenal perforation 2 years post IVC filter insertion in a patient with polyarteritis nodosa (steroid dependent) and thrombocytopenia secondary to chronic cyclophosphamide use. DISCUSSION IVC filters are commonly employed in the management of VTE. Associated complications have been reported including filter migration, fracture and adjacent organ perforation. There is growing consensus that temporary IVC filters should be retrieved as soon as possible with dedicated IVC filter registries to ensure patients are not lost to follow-up post insertion. CONCLUSION Duodenal perforation is a rare complication of IVC filter insertion. This case however illustrates the potentially catastrophic consequences of a relatively common endovascular procedure. Caution should be taken when considering the insertion of IVC filters in patients with longstanding vasculopathies who are on immunosuppressants. PMID:25437665

  5. Remodelling of the Superior Caval Vein After Angioplasty in an Infant with Superior Caval Vein Syndrome

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    Mert, Murat Saltik, Levent; Gunay, Ilhan

    2004-08-15

    An 8-month old girl was presented with superior caval vein syndrome early after cardiac surgery. Angiography showed severe stenosis of the superior caval vein with 50 mmHg pressure gradient. Following balloon angioplasty, the pressure gradient was reduced to 7 mmHg with some residual stenosis of the superior caval vein. When the patient was reevaluated 5 months after the procedure, angiography revealed a normal diameter of the superior caval vein without a pressure gradient.

  6. Superior oblique surgery: when and how?

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    Şekeroğlu, Hande Taylan; Sanac, Ali Sefik; Arslan, Umut; Sener, Emin Cumhur

    2013-01-01

    Background The purpose of this paper is to review different types of superior oblique muscle surgeries, to describe the main areas in clinical practice where superior oblique surgery is required or preferred, and to discuss the preferred types of superior oblique surgery with respect to their clinical outcomes. Methods A consecutive nonrandomized retrospective series of patients who had undergone superior oblique muscle surgery as a single procedure were enrolled in the study. The diagnosis, clinical features, preoperative and postoperative vertical deviations in primary position, type of surgery, complications, and clinical outcomes were reviewed. The primary outcome measures were the type of strabismus and the type of superior oblique muscle surgery. The secondary outcome measure was the results of the surgeries. Results The review identified 40 (20 male, 20 female) patients with a median age of 6 (2–45) years. Nineteen patients (47.5%) had Brown syndrome, eleven (27.5%) had fourth nerve palsy, and ten (25.0%) had horizontal deviations with A pattern. The most commonly performed surgery was superior oblique tenotomy in 29 (72.5%) patients followed by superior oblique tuck in eleven (27.5%) patients. The amount of vertical deviation in the fourth nerve palsy and Brown syndrome groups (P = 0.01 for both) and the amount of A pattern in the A pattern group were significantly reduced postoperatively (P = 0.02). Conclusion Surgery for the superior oblique muscle requires experience and appropriate preoperative evaluation in view of its challenging nature. The main indications are Brown syndrome, fourth nerve palsy, and A pattern deviations. Superior oblique surgery may be effective in terms of pattern collapse and correction of vertical deviations in primary position. PMID:23946644

  7. Differentiation in Coregonus zenithicus in Lake Superior

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    Todd, Thomas N.; Smith, Gerald R.

    1980-01-01

    Morphological variation in Coregonus zenithicus has long plagued biologists working on Lake Superior ciscoes. Some of this variation is due to allometric growth; earlier workers incorrectly recognized large C. zenithicus as a distinct species, C. nigripinnis cyanopterus. Coregonus reighardi dymondi is a variant of C. zenithicus in northern bays of Lake Superior and Lake Nipigon. The morphological differences between members of spring and fall spawning populations of C. zenithicus in Lake Superior are no greater than those between geographically separate populations. We conclude that spawning time and geographic isolation act similarly in effecting differentiation of coregonine populations, and that populations with different spawning times do not necessarily represent different species.

  8. Process based modeling of sedimentary basin properties - Peïra Cava Basin, SE France

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    Rouzairol, Romain; Basani, Riccardo; Hansen, Ernst; Aas, Tor Even; Howell, John

    2013-04-01

    Session SSP 3.2/GMPV46 The Eocene-Oligocene Grès d'Annot Formation which crops-out in the Peïra Cava region of south-eastern France is a 1200 m thick succession of sandstones and mudstones deposited in a confined, synclinal sub-basin plunging to the north. The Peïra Cava turbidite system is dominated by interceded high- and low-concentration turbidity deposits with several marker beds that can be correlated throughout the basin fill, providing a robust stratigraphic framework for analysis (Amy et al, 2007). Using deterministic process based simulations it is possible to recreate the flow events that deposited the basin fill. The aim of the present study to utilize this methodology and investigate the role of the confinement, relief, and the size of the turbidity currents events required to reproduce the observed stratigraphy. MassFLOW-3D is a 3D Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) software for the numerical simulation of the physical equations describing fluid flow and sediment transport for turbidity currents. Flows are simulated on a structural restored, back-stripped and decompacted palaeo-bathymetry. The sedimentary infilling was the results of 18 major events (the marker units of Amy et al, 2007) and many thousands of minor ones. Each stratigraphic package includes a major flow and numerous minor ones having similar characteristics (flow entry point, sediment species and concentration, velocity inlet). The numerical modelling aimed to reproduce these 10 major units as the result of 10 major gravity flows. The different boundary conditions, such as the turbidity current inflow dimensions, inlet velocity, grain size and sand concentration used were based on outcrop observations and analysis found in the literature. Comparison of the depositional results to the outcrop can highlight topographic issues but also validate the choice of palaeobathymetry. Overall good match were found with correct areas of erosion, bypass and deposition regarding outcrop observations. The fill of this basin initiated with deposition that was ponded within topographic lows and the earliest units are less continuous than the subsequent, more sheet like deposits. There was a clear up-slope back-lap of the basin fill and the retrogradation of the base of slope caused a reduction in the degree of erosion by successive surges (flow events) at the slope to basin transition. Reflection and refraction effects can be observed numerically as it had been observed in the outcrop (Amy et al, 2007). The process based modelling was able to reproduce the distribution of deposits observed in the outcrop. This suggests that while non-uniqueness may be an issue, the assumptions made for flow size, flow velocity, sediment concentration, surge time and grain size were reasonable. Modelling the stratigraphy as 10 discrete surges rather than several thousand beds does not appear to have impacted the ability to reproduce the large scale stratigraphic architecture and mimic the fill of the basin. It does not capture however the distribution of bed scales heterogeneities. The modelling process is sensitive to the palaeo-bathymetric surface that is used.

  9. Seapolynol Extracted from Ecklonia cava Inhibits Adipocyte Differentiation in Vitro and Decreases Fat Accumulation in Vivo.

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    Jeon, Hui-Jeon; Choi, Hyeon-Son; Lee, Yeon-Joo; Hwang, Ji-Hyun; Lee, Ok-Hwan; Seo, Min-Jung; Kim, Kui-Jin; Lee, Boo-Yong

    2015-01-01

    Seapolynol (SN) is a polyphenol mixture derived from Ecklonia cava. We evaluated the effects of SN on lipid accumulation in adipocytes, zebrafish, and mice. SN effectively inhibited lipid accumulation in three experimental models by suppressing adipogenic factors. Triglyceride synthetic enzymes such as diacylglycerol acyltransferase 1 (DGAT1) and GPAT3 were also downregulated by SN. This SN-induced inhibition of adipogenic factors was shown to be due to the regulatory effect of SN on early adipogenic factors; SN downregulated the expression of Krueppel-like factor 4 (KLF4), KLF5, CCAAT-enhancer-binding protein β (C/EBPβ), C/EBPδ, and Protein C-ets-2 (ETS2), while KLF2, an anti-early adipogenic factor, was upregulated by SN. SN-mediated inhibition in early adipogenesis was closely correlated with the inhibition of mitotic clonal expansion via cell cycle arrest. SN inhibited cell cycle progression by suppressing cell cycle regulators, such as cyclin A, cyclinD, and pRb but increased p27, a cell cycle inhibitor. In a mouse study, SN effectively reduced body weight and plasma lipid increases induced by a high-fat diet; triglycerides, total cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels were markedly reduced by SN. Moreover, SN remarkably improved high-fat-diet-induced hepatic lipid accumulation. Furthermore, SN activated AMP-activated protein kinase-α (AMPKα), an energy sensor, to suppress acetyl-coA carboxylase (ACC), inhibiting lipid synthesis. Our study suggests that SN may be an edible agent that can play a positive role in prevention of metabolic disorders. PMID:26690099

  10. Medical literature, vena cava filters and evidence of efficacy. A descriptive review.

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    Girard, Philippe; Meyer, Guy; Parent, Florence; Mismetti, Patrick

    2014-04-01

    Up to 15% of all patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE) receive an inferior vena cava filter, and prophylactic placements are increasing. To determine whether current use of filters is based on robust evidence, a global review of the recent (2001-2012) literature on filters was undertaken. The MEDLINE database was searched for articles related to filters appearing during the period 2001-2012, updating a prior search of literature from 1975-2001. All retrieved articles were analysed, classified into predetermined categories and compared to the prior analysis; randomised and large (>100 patients with a filter) comparative non-randomised clinical studies were read in full. The 651 articles, vs 568 in the period 1975-2000, consisted mainly of retrospective series (37.8%), case reports (31.7%), reviews (14.7%, vs 6.7%, p<0.001), animal and/or in vitro studies (7.5%, vs 12.9%, p=0.002), and prospective series or trials (4.9%, vs 7.4%, p=0.07). Of 4 new randomised trials (RCT), none were designed to test the efficacy of the device; to date, only one RCT has attempted to ascertain efficacy, occurring during the period 1975-2000. Eleven large non-randomised studies compared clinical outcomes of patients with and without filters, in VTE patients (n=5) or prophylactic indications (n=6); two studies found statistically significant relationships between filter use and lower mortality rates, though none could demonstrate a causal relationship. Hence, the plethoric literature on filters parallels growing experience with these devices, but still fails to provide reliable evidence that filter use improves relevant clinical outcomes. No indication for filter placement is based on appropriate scientific evidence. PMID:24285013

  11. Clinical Outcome after Intrahepatic Venous Stent Placement for Malignant Inferior Vena Cava Syndrome

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    Brountzos, Elias N.; Binkert, Christoph A.; Panagiotou, Irene E.; Petersen, Bryan D.; Timmermans, Hans; Lakin, Paul C.

    2004-03-15

    We evaluated the clinical outcome of malignant inferior vena cava (IVC) syndrome after intrahepatic IVC stent placement by retrospective analysis of 50 consecutive patients (25 men, 25 women, age 32-83 years) with malignant IVC syndrome who were treated with intrahepatic stent placement. Gianturco-Rosch-Z (GRZ) stents (n = 45), and Wallstents (n = 5) were inserted. Clinical outcome was assessed from patients' records using a score based on leg swelling, scrotal/vulvar edema, ascites and anasarca before and after stent placement, as well as at last follow-up visit before death. Clinical follow-up was supplemented by duplex sonography in 36 patients. Inferior venocavography was performed in 5 patients prior to re- intervention. Follow-up time ranged from 1 to 932 days (mean 62 days). Mean pressure gradient in the IVC was reduced from 14 {+-} 4.1 mmHg before to 2.9 {+-} 3.2 mmHg after stent placement (p < 0.001). Four patients had stent occlusion, 2 of whom were successfully re-stented. Primary and secondary patency was 59% and 100%, respectively at 540 days. Immediate clinical data were available in 44 patients: 38 improved; 6 did not respond. Last follow-up visit data were available in 36 patients: 24 showed persistent symptom relief till death. All symptom scores were significantly improved after stent placement (p < 0.001) and with the exception of ascites, remained significantly improved (p < 0.05) until the last follow-up. Increased serum bilirubin was a common characteristic of clinical failures and recurrences. Intrahepatic IVC stent placement resulted in significant symptomatic relief in patients with malignant IVC syndrome. Palliation was effective even in patients with a very short life expectancy.

  12. Collateral circulation in ferrets (Mustela putorius) during temporary occlusion of the caudal vena cava.

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    Calicchio, Kristina W; Bennett, R Avery; Laraio, Leonard C; Weisse, Chick; Zwingenberger, Allison L; Rosenthal, Karen L; Johnston, Matthew S; Campbell, Vicki L; Solomon, Jeffrey A

    2016-05-01

    OBJECTIVE To determine whether extent of collateral circulation would change during temporary occlusion of the caudal vena cava (CVC) in ferrets (Mustela putorius), a pressure change would occur caudal to the occlusion, and differences would exist between the sexes with respect to those changes. ANIMALS 8 adult ferrets (4 castrated males and 4 spayed females). PROCEDURES Ferrets were anesthetized. A balloon occlusion catheter was introduced through a jugular vein, passed into the CVC by use of fluoroscopy, positioned cranial to the right renal vein, and inflated for 20 minutes. Venography was performed 5 and 15 minutes after occlusion. Pressure in the CVC caudal to the occlusion was measured continuously. A CBC, plasma biochemical analysis, and urinalysis were performed immediately after the procedure and 2 or 3 days later. RESULTS All 8 ferrets survived the procedure; no differences were apparent between the sexes. Vessels providing collateral circulation were identified in all ferrets, indicating blood flow to the paravertebral venous plexus. Complications observed prior to occlusion included atrial and ventricular premature contractions. Complications after occlusion included bradycardia, seizures, and extravasation of contrast medium. Mean baseline CVC pressure was 5.4 cm H2O. During occlusion, 6 ferrets had a moderate increase in CVC pressure (mean, 24.3 cm H2O) and 2 ferrets had a marked increase in CVC pressure to > 55.0 cm H2O. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Caval occlusion for 20 minutes was performed in healthy ferrets with minimal adverse effects noted within the follow-up period and no apparent differences between sexes. The CVC pressure during occlusion may be prognostic in ferrets undergoing surgical ligation of the CVC, which commonly occurs during adrenal tumor resection. PMID:27111022

  13. Circulating microRNA profile in patients with membranous obstruction of the inferior vena cava

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    SUN, GUI-XIANG; SU, YONG; LI, YING; ZHANG, YA-FENG; XU, LI-CHUN; ZU, MAO-HENG; HUANG, SHUI-PING; ZHANG, JIN-PENG; LU, ZHAO-JUN

    2016-01-01

    Membranous obstruction of the inferior vena cava (MOVC) is a common type of Budd-Chiari syndrome. However, the pathogenesis of MOVC has not been fully elucidated. Recent studies demonstrated that microRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) are involved in multiple diseases. To the best of our knowledge, specific changes in the expression of miRNAs in MOVC patients have not been previously assessed. The present study used a microarray analysis, followed by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) validation, with the aim to access the miRNA expression levels in the plasma of 34 MOVC patients, compared with those in healthy controls. The results revealed a total of 16 differentially expressed miRNAs in MOVC patients. Subsequently, RT-qPCR analysis verified the statistically consistent expression of 5 selected miRNAs (miR-125a-5p, miR-133b, miR-423-5p, miR-1228-5p and miR-1266), in line with the results of the microarray analysis. These 5 miRNAs, which were described as crucial regulators in numerous biological processes and vascular diseases, may play an important role in the pathogenesis of MOVC. Bioinformatics analysis of target genes of the differentially expressed miRNAs revealed that these predicted targets were significantly enriched and involved in several key signaling pathways important for MOVC, including the ErbB, Wnt, MAPK and VEGF signaling pathway. In conclusion, miRNAs may involve in multiple signaling pathways contributing to the pathological processes of MOVC. The present study offers an intriguing new perspective on the involvement of miRNAs in MOVC; however, the precise underlying mechanisms require further validation. PMID:26997997

  14. Effect of dihydropyridines on calcium channels in isolated smooth muscle cells from rat vena cava.

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    Mironneau, J; Yamamoto, T; Sayet, I; Arnaudeau, S; Rakotoarisoa, L; Mironneau, C

    1992-02-01

    1. Whole-cell patch-clamp method was applied to single smooth muscle cells freshly isolated from the rat inferior vena cava. 2. Depolarizing pulses, applied from a holding potential of -90 mV, activated both Na+ and Ca2+ channels. The fast Na+ current was inhibited by nanomolar concentrations of tetrodotoxin (TTX). The slow Ba2+ current (measured in 5 mM Ba2+ solution) was inhibited by Cd2+ and modulated by dihydropyridine derivatives. When the cells were held at a holding potential of -80 mV, racemic Bay K 8644 increased the Ba2+ current (ED50 = 10 nM) while racemic isradipine inhibited the current (IC50 = 21 nM). 3. The voltage-dependency of isradipine blockade was assessed by determining the steady-state availability of the Ca2+ channels. From the shift of the inactivation curve in the presence of isradipine, we calculated a dissociation constant of 1.11 nM for inactivated Ca2+ channels. Scatchard plots of the specific binding of (+)-[3H]-isradipine obtained in intact strips incubated in 5.6 mM or 135 mM K+ solutions confirmed the voltage-dependency of isradipine binding. 4. Specific binding of (+)-[3H]-isradipine was completely displaced by unlabelled (+/-)-isradipine, with an IC50 of 15.1 nM. This value is similar to the IC50 for inhibition of the Ba2+ current (21 nM) in cells maintained at a holding potential of -80 mV. 5. Bay K 8644 had no effects on the Ba2+ current kinetics during a depolarizing test pulse. The steady-state inactivation-activation curves of Ba2+ current were not significantly shifted along the voltage axis.6. The present data suggest the existence of two distinct dihydropyridine binding sites which can be bound preferentially by agonist or antagonist derivatives. PMID:1373097

  15. Winogradskyella eckloniae sp. nov., a marine bacterium isolated from the brown alga Ecklonia cava.

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    Kim, Ji-Young; Park, So-Hyun; Seo, Ga-Young; Kim, Young-Ju; Oh, Duck-Chul

    2015-09-01

    A novel bacterial strain, designated EC29(T), was isolated from the brown alga Ecklonia cava collected on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. Cells of strain EC29(T) were Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, rod-shaped and motile by gliding. Growth was observed at 10-30 °C (optimum, 20-25 °C), at pH 6.0-9.5 (optimum, pH 7.5) and in the presence of 1-5% (w/v) NaCl. Phylogenetic analyses based on the 16S rRNA gene sequence revealed that the strain belonged to the genus Winogradskyella. Strain EC29(T) exhibited the highest 16S rRNA gene sequence similarities, of 96.5-97.8%, to the type strains of Winogradskyella pulchriflava EM106(T), Winogradskyella echinorum KMM 6211(T) and Winogradskyella ulvae KMM 6390(T). Strain EC29(T) exhibited < 27% DNA-DNA relatedness with Winogradskyella pulchriflava EM106(T) and Winogradskyella echinorum KMM 6211(T). The predominant fatty acids of strain EC29(T) were iso-C15 : 0, iso-C15 : 1 G, C15 : 0, iso-C17 : 0 3-OH, iso-C15 : 0 3-OH and anteiso-C15 : 0. The DNA G+C content was 31.1 mol% and the major respiratory quinone was menaquinone-6 (MK-6). Based on a polyphasic study, strain EC29(T) is considered to represent a novel species of the genus Winogradskyella, for which the name Winogradskyella eckloniae sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is EC29(T) ( = KCTC 32172(T) = JCM 18703(T)). PMID:25979633

  16. Idiopathic Thrombosis of the Inferior Vena Cava and Bilateral Femoral Veins in an Otherwise Healthy Male Soldier

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    Gordon, Sarah; Kerns, Tamie; Londeree, William; Ching, Brian

    2013-01-01

    Thrombosis of the inferior vena cava is less common than deep venous thrombosis of the lower extremities, particularly in the absence of an obvious congenital caval abnormality or hypercoagulable state. We present a case of IVC thrombosis in an otherwise healthy and active 28-year-old male soldier secondary to dehydration and venous webbing. IVC thrombosis is an uncommon and underrecognized condition; in this case, the patient's caval thrombosis was initially mistaken for acute back strain. Prompt recognition is necessary to minimize long-term sequelae. PMID:24187556

  17. Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis of Inferior Vena Cava Thrombosis in a 13-Day-Old Neonate and Review of Literature

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    Khan, Jawad U.; Takemoto, Clifford M.; Casella, James F.; Streiff, Michael B.; Nwankwo, Ikechi J.; Kim, Hyun S.

    2008-07-15

    Complete inferior vena cava thrombosis (IVC) in neonates is uncommon, but may cause significant morbidity. A 13-day-old neonate suffered IVC thrombosis secondary to antithrombin III deficiency, possibly contributed to by a mutation in the methyl tetrahydrofolate reductase gene. Catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA, Alteplase) was used successfully to treat extensive venous thrombosis in this neonate without complications. We also review the literature on CDT for treatment of IVC thrombosis in critically ill neonates and infants.

  18. Use of a Trellis Device for Endovascular Treatment of Venous Thrombosis Involving a Duplicated Inferior Vena Cava

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    Saettele, Megan R.; Morelli, John N.; Chesis, Paul; Wible, Brandt C.

    2013-12-15

    Congenital anomalies of the inferior vena cava (IVC) are increasingly recognized with CT and venography techniques. Although many patients with IVC anomalies are asymptomatic, recent studies have suggested an association with venous thromboembolism. We report the case of a 62-year-old woman with extensive venous clot involving the infrarenal segment of a duplicated left IVC who underwent pharmacomechanical thrombectomy and tissue plasminogen activator catheter-directed thrombolysis with complete deep venous thrombosis resolution. To our knowledge this is the first reported case in the English literature of the use of a Trellis thrombectomy catheter in the setting of duplicated IVC.

  19. Deep venous thrombosis and inferior vena cava agenesis causing double crush sciatic neuropathy in Behçet's disease.

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    Kara, Murat; Ozçakar, Levent; Eken, Güneş; Ozen, Gülsen; Kiraz, Sedat

    2008-12-01

    We report here the case of a 18-year-old young man with Behçet's disease who had suffered deep venous thrombosis of the right femoral and popliteal veins. Consequently, right sciatic nerve injury, drop foot and tightness of the achilles tendon also ensued. The clinical scenario was further challenged by demonstration of the agenetic inferior vena cava and epidural vein dilatations compressing the lumbar nerve roots. To the best notice of the authors, this is the first patient encompassing all these complications in the literature concerning Behçet's disease. PMID:18848486

  20. Inferior Vena Cava Filter Thrombosis in the Postoperative Neurosurgical Setting: Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Cobb, Mary In-Ping Huang; Zomorodi, Ali; Gonzalez, Fernando; Smith, Tony P; Lad, Shivanand P

    2016-01-01

    There are no definitive treatment guidelines for caval-filter thrombosis in the postoperative setting. Clinical management for partial or complete postoperative inferior vena cava (IVC) occlusion relies solely on expert opinion, anecdotal evidence, and small clinical trials. As such, the primary objective of the present report is to offer a complex case of extensive IVC filter occlusion in a neurosurgical patient with past medical history significant for protein C deficiency. The presentation, unique radiological findings, management, and outcome will be discussed. No similar cases of massive IVC-occlusive disease in a thrombophilic patient early in the postoperative course following neurosurgical intervention are documented in the medical literature.  PMID:27081590

  1. Use of inferior vena cava filters in thromboembolic disease during labor: case report with a literature review.

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    Jamjute, P; Reed, Nick; Hinwood, David

    2006-11-01

    Thromboembolic diseases during pregnancy are usually managed by conventional anticoagulation and patients are at high risk of pulmonary embolism. Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters can be used in cases of documented pulmonary embolism (PE) where anticoagulation is contraindicated or has failed. In our case the patient was diagnosed as having a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and was started on anticoagulant therapy. Twenty four hours afterwards she went into labor and an IVC filter was inserted due to the risk of pulmonary embolism. She was managed successfully during labor and postpartum period. This shows that IVC filters can be used during labor to try and prevent pulmonary emboli. PMID:17127498

  2. CT Findings of Intrarenal Yolk Sac Tumor with Tumor Thrombus Extending into the Inferior Vena Cava: A Case Report

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    Lin, ShaoChun; Li, XueHua; Feng, ShiTing; Peng, ZhenPeng; Huang, SiYun; Li, ZiPing

    2014-01-01

    Yolk sac tumor (YST) is a rare germ cell neoplasm of childhood that usually arises from the testis or ovary. The rare cases of YST in various extragonadal locations have been reported, but the primary intrarenal YST is even more uncommon. Here, we report a case of a primary intrarenal YST with tumor thrombus of the inferior vena cava and left renal vein in a 2-year-old boy, with an emphasis on the CT features. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of an intrarenal YST with intravascular involvement. PMID:25246826

  3. Acute abdominal pain after retrievable inferior vena cava filter insertion: case report of caval perforation by an option filter.

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    Wang, Weiping; Spain, James; Tam, Matthew D B S

    2011-08-01

    Symptomatic caval injury is rare after inferior vena cava (IVC) filter insertion. A 39-year-old woman developed acute abdominal pain after uneventful placement of a retrievable Option IVC Filter (Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Two days after placement, computed tomography showed a right-sided retroperitoneal hematoma, and three-dimensional C-arm rotational venography confirmed limb penetration beyond the caval wall. This is the first report of this complication despite two recent studies highlighting the safety profile of this relatively new filter. PMID:21170529

  4. Open surgical inferior vena cava filter retrieval for caval perforation and a novel technique for minimal cavotomy filter extraction.

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    Connolly, Peter H; Balachandran, Vinod P; Trost, David; Bush, Harry L

    2012-07-01

    Late complications of retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters resulting from IVC perforation and erosion into adjacent structures is an increasingly frequent phenomena. We describe six cases of open filter explantation for IVC penetration and offer a novel technique for open filter removal without the need for an extensive cavotomy. All patients had radiographic evidence of filter erosion into pericaval structures requiring open surgical filter explant. Four of the six patients underwent minimal cavatomy filter extraction, eliminating the need for caval reconstruction. PMID:22503185

  5. Internal jugular and common femoral venous access for the removal of a long-term embedded vena cava filter.

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    Salati, Umer; Govender, Pradeep; Torreggiani, William; Browne, Ronan

    2014-01-01

    We describe an inferior vena cava filter retrieval technique requiring triple venous access performed in a 35-year-old male who was referred for filter removal 16 months after its insertion. The filter showed a right-sided tilt with endothelialization of the distal filter struts into the caval wall. Access was required via both internal jugular veins to straighten the filter using a snared-loop technique. Further 18 F right common femoral vein access was required to snare and remove the filter, which could not be completely collapsed distally due to endothelialized tissue, precluding normal removal via the jugular venous route. PMID:24509181

  6. Inferior Vena Cava Filter Thrombosis in the Postoperative Neurosurgical Setting: Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Loriaux, Daniel; Cobb, Mary In-Ping Huang; Zomorodi, Ali; Gonzalez, Fernando; Smith, Tony P; Lad, Shivanand P

    2016-01-01

    There are no definitive treatment guidelines for caval-filter thrombosis in the postoperative setting. Clinical management for partial or complete postoperative inferior vena cava (IVC) occlusion relies solely on expert opinion, anecdotal evidence, and small clinical trials. As such, the primary objective of the present report is to offer a complex case of extensive IVC filter occlusion in a neurosurgical patient with past medical history significant for protein C deficiency. The presentation, unique radiological findings, management, and outcome will be discussed. No similar cases of massive IVC-occlusive disease in a thrombophilic patient early in the postoperative course following neurosurgical intervention are documented in the medical literature. PMID:27081590

  7. Gross haematuria associated with penetration of an inferior vena cava filter into the right renal collecting system.

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    Cusano, Antonio; Rosenberg, David; Haddock, Peter; Meraney, Anoop

    2015-01-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are a viable alternative for patients with venous thromboembolic disease for whom standard anticoagulation therapy is contraindicated. Rare complications associated with their use, however, include misplacement and IVC penetration. We report a case of a 63-year-old woman who developed gross haematuria following IVC filter penetration into both the right renal collecting system and renal pelvis, for which open caval removal and reconstruction was required. This is an unusual case of IVC filter penetration causing symptomatic haematuria and requiring surgical intervention. PMID:25750222

  8. Superior sagittal sinus thrombosis. Still a killer.

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    Schell, C L; Rathe, R J

    1988-01-01

    Following treating a case of superior sagittal sinus thrombosis, we did an extensive search of the literature, eliciting 795 cases of the disorder. An analysis showed that even after the introduction of antibiotics, the preponderance of these cases have been diagnosed at autopsy. Our findings raise questions about the current methods of diagnosis and management of superior sagittal sinus thrombosis: Can the correct diagnosis be made earlier? Does a distinction between partial and complete thrombosis call for a different management? Images PMID:3051676

  9. Sonographic assessment of the inferior vena cava/aorta index measured with the transducer placed in the anterior median line and right anterior axillary line – a comparison

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    Łoś, Magdalena; Szmygel, Łukasz; Kosiak, Wojciech

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the study was to compare the values of the sonographic inferior vena cava/ aorta index obtained with the transducer placed in the median line and right anterior axillary line. Material and methods The study enrolled 45 volunteers, including 33 women, aged 22.5 ± 1.26 with a negative history of circulatory and renal diseases. The study consisted in a sonographic assessment and measurement of the inferior vena cava and aorta by placing the transducer in the anterior median line and right anterior axillary line. The value of the inferior vena cava/aorta index was obtained by calculating the ratio of the diameters of the inferior vena cava and aorta. The diameter measurements were taken by placing the ultrasound transducer in the anterior median line and right anterior axillary line. Two examiners performed the measurement three times and used convex probes of 3.5–5 MHz. Additionally, the subjects’ weight, height and arterial blood pressure were taken. Results Following a statistical analysis with the use of STATISTICA software, the following values of the inferior vena cava/aorta index were obtained: in the anterior median line – 1.43 ± 0.21, and in the right anterior axillary line – 1.285 ± 0.19. There was no statistically significant difference between the measurements obtained by the two examiners (p = 0.17). A strong correlation was noted between the inferior vena cava/ aorta indices calculated in both sites of transducer placement, which was irrespective of the examiners (the correlation coefficient: r = 0.61 and r = 0.71). The study indicate that the inferior vena cava/aorta index measured in the right anterior axillary line is a simple and reproducible method for determining the body fluid status; the examinations conducted in both sites may be used interchangeably. Further studies are needed to determine reference values for the inferior vena cava/aorta index measured in the right anterior axillary line. PMID:26674356

  10. Effects of the Addition of Ecklonia cava Powder on the Selected Physicochemical and Sensory Quality of White Pan Bread

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    Lee, Jun Ho; Choi, Dong Won

    2013-01-01

    Physicochemical properties and consumer perception of white pan bread as influenced by the addition of Ecklonia cava powder (ECP) were investigated. Freeze-dried Ecklonia cava were ground, sieved through a laboratory sieve and a fraction with particles less than 250 μm was used. Amount of ECP added (0~3%) to the bread was found to affect the bread quality significantly (P<0.05). pH, bread height, and volume of the control was significantly higher than others (P<0.05) and decreased significantly (P<0.05) with the addition of ECP. Moisture content showed no significant differences (P>0.05). There were distinctive color changes with the addition of the powder: L*- and a*-values decreased but b*-value increased significantly (P<0.05). The hardness of bread was found to increase but both cohesiveness and springiness showed a reverse trend with the addition of the powder. Consumer acceptance test indicated that ECP content 1% on wheat flour could be the recommended supplementation level for the consumers without sacrificing sensory quality. PMID:24551832

  11. Step-by-step vascular control for extracapsular resection of complex giant liver hemangioma involving the inferior vena cava.

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    Dou, Lei; Meng, Wei-Shan; Su, Bao-Dong; Zhu, Peng; Zhang, Wei; Liang, Hui-Fang; Chen, Yi-Fa; Chen, Xiao-Ping

    2014-01-01

    Massive hemorrhage remains an important clinical problem in extracapsular resection of giant liver hemangiomas (GLHs), especially for those involving the proximal hepatic veins and/or inferior vena cava. Between July 2004 and March 2012, 87 patients with a complex GLH scheduled for surgical treatment were included in this study. All patients were underwent vascular preparation (Step 1), advanced hepatic artery clamping (Step 2), and stepwise vascular occlusion (Step 3). Intraoperative blood loss, blood transfusion volume, degree of ischemia-reperfusion injury, and postoperative complications were recorded. No patients required urgent vascular preparation to manage intraoperative bleeding. In total, 87, 64, and 21 patients had portal triad (PT), infrahepatic inferior vena cava (IVC), and suprahepatic IVC preparation; and 17, 43, and 11 patients had PT, PT and suprahepatic IVC, and all three (PT, infra-, and suprahepatic IVC) occlusions. The PT, infrahepatic IVC, and SIVC occlusion times were 12.1 ± 3.7 minutes, 7.9 ± 2.4 minutes, and 3.2 ± 1.4 minutes, respectively. Mean blood loss was 291.9 ± 124.5 mL, and only four patients received blood transfusions. No patients had life-threatening complications or died (Clavien-Dindo Grade 4, 5). Compared with paralleled studies, this technique has an advantage to decrease the blood loss in less liver ischemia time. For complex GLH resections, the described step-by-step vascular control technique was efficacious and feasible for controlling intraoperative bleeding. PMID:24401502

  12. Gunther Tulip Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement During Treatment for Deep Venous Thrombosis of the Lower Extremity

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    Yamagami, Takuji Kato, Takeharu; Iida, Shigeharu; Hirota, Tatsuya; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2005-05-15

    Purpose. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Gunther tulip retrievable vena cava filter (GTF) implantation to prevent pulmonary embolism during intravenously administered thrombolytic and anticoagulation therapy and interventional radiological therapy for occlusive or nonocclusive deep venous thrombosis (DVT) of the lower extremity. Methods. We evaluated placement of 55 GTFs in 42 patients with lower extremity DVT who had undergone various treatments including those utilizing techniques of interventional radiology. Results. Worsening of pulmonary embolism in patients with existing pulmonary embolism or in those without pulmonary embolism at the time of GTF insertion was avoided in all patients. All attempts at implantation of the GTF were safely accomplished. Perforation and migration experienced by one patient was the only complication. Mean period of treatment for DVT under protection from pulmonary embolism by the GTF was 12.7 {+-} 8.3 days (mean {+-} SD, range 4-37 days). We attempted retrieval of GTFs in 18 patients in whom the venous thrombus had disappeared after therapy, and retrieval in one of these 18 cases failed. GTFs were left in the vena cava in 24 patients for permanent use when the DVT was refractory to treatment. Conclusion. The ability of the GTF to protect against pulmonary embolism during treatment of DVT was demonstrated. Safety in both placement and retrieval was clarified. Because replacement with a permanent filter was not required, use of the GTF was convenient when further protection from complicated pulmonary embolism was necessary.

  13. Situs inversus with levocardia, infrahepatic interruption of the inferior vena cava, and azygos continuation: a case report.

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    Del Prete, Alessandra; Cavaliere, Carlo; Di Pietto, Francesco; De Ritis, Rosaria

    2016-04-01

    Situs inversus incompletus is a rare congenital condition in which the major abdominal organs are reversed or mirrored from their normal positions. It is often associated with multiple congenital anomalies. We present the case of a 38-year-old woman with dyspnea and a clinical history of chronic kidney disease and kidney transplantation. Echocardiography showed a right atrial mass, and analysis of multidetector computed tomography angiography revealed the interruption of the inferior vena cava with an increase of the azygos vein and azygos continuation. These congenital malformations are often associated with deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary thromboembolism and explained the occurrence of dyspnea. Cardiac magnetic resonance with contrast medium confirmed the presence of the right atrial mass, the characteristics of which were attributed to interatrial thrombus, which was further confirmed by the success of thrombolytic therapy and the remission of symptoms. In conclusion, we described a case of situs inversus with levocardia in association with infrahepatic interruption of the inferior vena cava, and azygos continuation with cardiac thrombus and chronic renal failure. PMID:25737490

  14. Whisker-related afferents in superior colliculus.

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    Castro-Alamancos, Manuel A; Favero, Morgana

    2016-05-01

    Rodents use their whiskers to explore the environment, and the superior colliculus is part of the neural circuits that process this sensorimotor information. Cells in the intermediate layers of the superior colliculus integrate trigeminotectal afferents from trigeminal complex and corticotectal afferents from barrel cortex. Using histological methods in mice, we found that trigeminotectal and corticotectal synapses overlap somewhat as they innervate the lower and upper portions of the intermediate granular layer, respectively. Using electrophysiological recordings and optogenetics in anesthetized mice in vivo, we showed that, similar to rats, whisker deflections produce two successive responses that are driven by trigeminotectal and corticotectal afferents. We then employed in vivo and slice experiments to characterize the response properties of these afferents. In vivo, corticotectal responses triggered by electrical stimulation of the barrel cortex evoke activity in the superior colliculus that increases with stimulus intensity and depresses with increasing frequency. In slices from adult mice, optogenetic activation of channelrhodopsin-expressing trigeminotectal and corticotectal fibers revealed that cells in the intermediate layers receive more efficacious trigeminotectal, than corticotectal, synaptic inputs. Moreover, the efficacy of trigeminotectal inputs depresses more strongly with increasing frequency than that of corticotectal inputs. The intermediate layers of superior colliculus appear to be tuned to process strong but infrequent trigeminal inputs and weak but more persistent cortical inputs, which explains features of sensory responsiveness, such as the robust rapid sensory adaptation of whisker responses in the superior colliculus. PMID:26864754

  15. British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Registry

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    Uberoi, Raman Tapping, Charles Ross; Chalmers, Nicholas; Allgar, Victoria

    2013-12-15

    Purpose: The British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Registry was produced to provide an audit of current United Kingdom (UK) practice regarding placement and retrieval of IVC filters to address concerns regarding their safety. Methods: The IVC filter registry is a web-based registry, launched by the BSIR on behalf of its membership in October 2007. This report is based on prospectively collected data from October 2007 to March 2011. This report contains analysis of data on 1,434 IVC filter placements and 400 attempted retrievals performed at 68 UK centers. Data collected included patient demographics, insertion and retrieval data, and patient follow-up. Results: IVC filter use in the majority of patients in the UK follows accepted CIRSE guidelines. Filter placement is usually a low-risk procedure, with a low major complication rate (<0.5 %). Cook Gunther Tulip (560 filters: 39 %) and Celect (359 filters: 25 %) filters constituted the majority of IVC filters inserted, with Bard G2, Recovery filters, Cordis Trapease, and OptEase constituting most of the remainder (445 filters: 31 %). More than 96 % of IVC filters deployed as intended. Operator inexperience (<25 procedure) was significantly associated with complications (p < 0.001). Of the IVC filters initially intended for temporary placement, retrieval was attempted in 78 %. Of these retrieval was technically successful in 83 %. Successful retrieval was significantly reduced for implants left in situ for >9 weeks versus those with a shorter dwell time. New lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and/or IVC thrombosis was reported in 88 patients following filter placement, there was no significant difference of incidence between filter types. Conclusions: This registry report provides interventional radiologists and clinicians with an improved understanding of the technical aspects of IVC filter placement to help improve practice, and the potential consequences of IVC filter placement so that we are better able to advise patients. There is a significant learning curve associated with IVC filter insertion, and when a filter is placed with the intention of removal, procedures should be in place to avoid the patient being lost to follow-up.

  16. Inferior vena cava filters and postoperative outcomes in patients undergoing bariatric surgery: a meta-analysis.

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    Kaw, Roop; Pasupuleti, Vinay; Wayne Overby, D; Deshpande, Abhishek; Coleman, Craig I; Ioannidis, John P A; Hernandez, Adrian V

    2014-01-01

    Background: Pulmonary embolism(PE)accounts for almost 40% of perioperative deaths after bariatric surgery.Placement of prophylactic inferior vena cava(IVC) filter before bariatric surgery to improve outcomes has shown varied results. We performed a meta-analysis to evaluate post- operative outcomes associated with the preoperative placement of IVC filters in these patients. Methods: A systematic review was conducted by three investigators independently in PubMed, EMBASE, the Web of Science and Scopus until February 28,2013.Our search was restricted to studies in adult patients undergoing bariatric surgery with and without IVC filters. Primary outcomes were postoperative deep vein thrombosis(DVT),pulmonary embolism (PE),and postoperative mortality. Meta-analysis used random effects models to account for heterogeneity,and Sidik- Jonkman method to account for scarcity of outcomes and studies. Associations are shown as Relative Risks(RR) and 95% Confidence Intervals(CI). Results: Seven observational studies were identified (n=102,767), with weighted average inci- dences of DVT(0.9%),PE(1.6%),and mortality(1.0%)for a follow-up ranging from 3 weeks to 3 months. Use of IVC filters was associated with an approximately 3-fold higher risk of DVT and death that was nominally significant for the former outcome, but not the latter (RR2.81,95%CI 1.33-5.97, p=0.007; and RR 3.27,95%CI0.78-13.64, p=0.1, respectively);there was no difference in the risk of PE(RR1.02,95%CI0.31-3.77,p=0.9). Moderate to high heterogeneity of effects was noted across studies. Conclusions: Placement of IVC filter before bariatric surgery Is associated with higher risk of postoperative DVT and mortality. A similar risk of PE inpatients with and without IVC filter placement cannot exclude a benefit, given the potential large imbalance in risk at baseline.Ran- domized trials are needed before IVC placement can be recommended. (SurgObesRelatDis 2015;11:268-269.) r 2015 American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. PMID:25224168

  17. Physiologic Effect of Stent Therapy for Inferior Vena Cava Obstruction Due to Malignant Liver Tumor

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    Kishi, Kazushi Sonomura, Tetsuo; Fujimoto, Hisashi; Kimura, Masashi; Yamada, Katsuya; Sato, Morio; Juri, Masanobu

    2006-02-15

    Purpose. To understand systemic the influence of stent therapy for inferior vena cava (IVC) obstruction due to advanced liver tumor. Methods. Seven patients with symptomatic IVC obstruction due to advanced primary (n 4) or secondary (n = 3) liver tumor were subjected to stent therapy. Enrollment criteria included high IVC pressure over 15 mmHg and the presence of edema and ascites. Z-stents were deployed using coaxial sheath technique via femoral venous puncture. Physiologic and hematobiochemical parameters were analyzed. Results. All procedures were successful, and the stents remained patent until patient death. Promptly after stent placement, the IVC flow recovered, and the venous blood pressure in the IVC below the obstruction level showed a significant decrease from 20.8 {+-} 1.2 mmHg (mean {+-} SE) to 10.7 {+-} 0.7 mmHg (p < 0.01). Transient mild increase of right atrial pressure was observed in 1 patient. During the following week prominent diuresis was observed in all patients. Mean urine output volume in the 3 days before the stent therapy was 0.81 {+-} 0.09 l/day compared with 2.1 {+-} 0.2 l/day (p < 0.01) in the 3 days after. The edema and ascites decreased in all patients. The caval pressure change correlated well (r > 0.6) with the urine volume increase, and with the decreased volume of edema and ascites. The urine volume increase correlated well with the decrement of edema, but not with that of ascites. Improvements for various durations in the levels of blood urea nitrogen, serum creatinine, lactate dehydrogenase, fibrinogen, and platelet count were found (p < 0.05). These hematobiochemical changes were well correlated with each other and with the decrement of ascites. Two patients showed a low blood sodium level of 128.5 mEq/l after intensive natriuresis, and one of them died on day 21 with hepatic failure, which was interpreted as maladaptation aggravation. The mean survival time was 94.1 {+-} 34.1 days (mean {+-} SD), ranging from 21 to 140 days after stent treatment. Conclusion. The stent therapy for IVC obstruction due to malignant liver tumors was followed by a series of physiologic and hematobiochemical consequences, most of them favorable but some possibly unfavorable. Rational interpretations and predictions of sequelae based on physiologic science including cardiology, hepatology, and nephrology would facilitate the best management of stent therapy for malignant IVC obstruction.

  18. Surgical management of hepatocellular carcinoma with tumor thrombi in the inferior vena cava or right atrium

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    2013-01-01

    Background The prognosis for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with tumor thrombi in the inferior vena cava (IVC) or right atrium (RA) is poor, and there is no established effective treatment for this condition. Thus study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of surgical resection and prognosis after surgery for such cases. Methods Between January 1990 and December 2012, 891 patients underwent hepatectomy for HCC at our institution. Of these, 13 patients (1.5%) diagnosed with advanced HCC with tumor thrombi in the IVC or RA underwent hepatectomy and thrombectomy. Data detailing the surgical outcome were evaluated and recurrence-free and overall survival rates were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method. Results Seven patients had an IVC thrombus and six had an RA thrombus. Extra-hepatic metastasis was diagnosed in 8 of 13 patients. Surgical procedures included three extended right lobectomies, three extended left lobectomies, five right lobectomies, and two sectionectomies. Right adrenal gland metastases were excised simultaneously in two patients. All IVC thrombi were removed under hepatic vascular exclusion and all RA thrombi were removed under cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Four patients (30.8%) experienced controllable postoperative complications, and there was no surgical mortality. The mean postoperative hospital stay for patients with IVC and RA thrombi was 23.6 ± 12.5 days and 21.2 ± 4.6 days, respectively. Curative resection was performed in 5 of 13 cases. The 1- and 3-year overall survival rates were 50.4%, and 21.0%, respectively, and the median survival duration was 15.3 months. The 1- and 3-year overall survival rates for patients who underwent curative surgical resection were 80.0% and 30.0%, respectively, with a median survival duration of 30.8 months. All patients who underwent curative resection developed postoperative recurrences, with a median recurrence-free survival duration of 3.8 months. The 1-year survival rate for patients who underwent noncurative surgery and had residual tumors was 29.2%, with a median survival duration of 10.5 months. Conclusions Aggressive surgical resection for HCC with tumor thrombi in the IVC or RA can be performed safely and may improve the prognoses of these patients. However, early recurrence and treatment for recurrent or metastatic tumors remain unresolved issues. PMID:24093164

  19. Use of Retrievable Compared to Permanent Inferior Vena Cava Filters: A Single-Institution Experience

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    Ha, Thuong G. Van Chien, Andy S.; Funaki, Brian S.; Lorenz, Jonathan; Piano, Giancarlo; Shen, Maxine; Leef, Jeffrey

    2008-03-15

    The purpose of this study was to review the use, safety, and efficacy of retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters in their first 5 years of availability at our institution. Comparison was made with permanent filters placed in the same period. A retrospective review of IVC filter implantations was performed from September, 1999, to September, 2004, in our department. These included both retrievable and permanent filters. The Recovery nitinol and Guenther tulip filters were used as retrievable filters. The frequency of retrievable filter used was calculated. Clinical data and technical data related to filter placement were reviewed. Outcomes, including pulmonary embolism, complications associated with placement, retrieval, or indwelling, were calculated. During the study period, 604 IVC filters were placed. Of these, 97 retrievable filters (16%) were placed in 96 patients. There were 53 Recovery filter and 44 Tulip filter insertions. Subjects were 59 women and 37 men; the mean age was 52 years, with a range of from 18 to 97 years. The placement of retrievable filters increased from 2% in year 1 to 32% in year 5 of the study period. The total implantation time for the permanent group was 145,450 days, with an average of 288 days (range, 33-1811 days). For the retrievable group, the total implantation time was 21,671 days, with an average of 226 days (range, 2-1217 days). Of 29 patients who returned for filter retrieval, the filter was successfully removed in 28. There were 14 of 14 successful Tulip filter retrievals and 14 of 15 successful Recovery filter retrievals. In one patient, after an indwelling period of 39 days, a Recovery nitinol filter could not be removed secondary to a large clot burden within the filter. For the filters that were removed, the mean dwell time was 50 days for the Tulip type and 20 days for the Recovery type. Over the follow-up period there was an overall PE incidence of 1.4% for the permanent group and 1% for the retrieval group. In conclusion, there was an increase in the use of retrievable filters over the study period and an overall increase in the total number of filters implanted. The increased use of these filters appeared to be due to expanded indications predicated by their retrievability. Placement and retrieval of these filters have a low risk of complications, and retrievable filters appeared effective, as there was low rate of clinically significant pulmonary embolism associated with these filters during their indwelling time.

  20. 'Recovery{sup TM}' Vena Cava Filter: Experience in 96 Patients

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    Kalva, Sanjeeva P. Athanasoulis, Christos A.; Fan, C.-M.; Curvelo, Marcio; Geller, Stuart C.; Greenfield, Alan J.; Waltman, Arthur C.; Wicky, Stephan

    2006-08-15

    The purpose of the study was to assess the clinical safety and efficacy of the 'Recovery{sup TM}' (Bard) inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. We retrospectively evaluated the clinical and imaging data of patients who had a 'Recovery{sup TM}' IVC filter placed between January 2003 and December 2004 in our institution. The clinical presentation, indications, and procedure-related complications during placement and retrieval were evaluated. Follow-up computed tomography (CT) examinations of the abdomen and chest were evaluated for filter-related complications and pulmonary embolism (PE), respectively. 'Recovery' filters were placed in 96 patients (72 males and 24 females; age range: 16-87 years; mean: 46 years). Twenty-four patients presented with PE, 13 with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and 2 with both PE and DVT. The remaining 57 patients had no symptoms of thromboembolism. Indications for filter placement included contraindication to anticoagulation (n = 27), complication of anticoagulation (n = 3), failure of anticoagulation (n = 5), and prophylaxis (n = 61). The device was successfully deployed in the infrarenal (n = 95) or suprarenal (n = 1) IVC through a femoral vein approach. Retrieval was attempted in 11 patients after a mean period of 117 days (range: 24-426). The filter was successfully removed in nine patients (82%). Failure of retrieval was due to technical difficulty (n = 1) and the presence of thrombus in the filter (n = 1). One of the nine patients who had the filter removed developed IVC thrombus after retrieval and another had an intimal tear of the IVC. Follow-up abdominal CT (n = 40) at a mean of 80 days (range: 1-513) showed penetration of the IVC by the filter arms in 11, of which 3 had fracture of filter components. In one patient, a broken arm migrated into the pancreas. Asymmetric deployment of the filter legs was seen in 12 patients and thrombus within the filter in 2 patients. No filter migration or caval occlusion was encountered. Follow-up chest CT (n = 27) at a mean of 63 days (range: 1-386) showed PE in one patient (3%). During clinical follow-up, 12 of 96 patients developed symptoms of PE and only 1 of the 12 had PE on CT. There was no fatal pulmonary embolism in our group of patients following 'Recovery' filter placement. However, the current version of the filter is associated with structure weakness, a high incidence of IVC wall penetration, and asymmetric deployment of the filter legs.

  1. Endovascular treatment of thrombosed inferior vena cava filters: Techniques and short-term outcomes

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    Arabi, Mohammad; Krishnamurthy, Venkataramu; Cwikiel, Wojciech; Vellody, Ranjith; Wakefield, Thomas W; Rectenwald, John; Williams, David

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: To present the techniques for endovascular treatment of thrombosed filter-bearing inferior vena cavae (IVCs), along with short-term clinical and imaging follow-up. Materials and Methods: A total of 45 consecutive patients (17 females and 28 males), aged 19-79 years (mean age of 49 years), who had IVC filter placement complicated by symptomatic acute or chronic iliocaval thrombosis and underwent endovascular therapy were studied. All patients presented with lower extremity swelling and/or pain. One patient also had bilateral lower extremity swelling and chronic gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding which was secondary to chronic systemic to portal venous collaterals. Patients underwent one or more of the following endovascular treatments depending on the chronicity and extent of thrombosis: (a) catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) (n = 25), (b) pharmacomechanical thrombolysis (PMT) (n = 15), (c) balloon angioplasty (n = 45), and/or (d) stent placement across the filter (n = 42). In addition, 16 patients underwent groin arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creation (36%) and 3 (7%) had femoral venous thrombectomy to improve flow in the recanalized iliac veins and IVCs. Results: Anatomical success was achieved in all patients. Follow-up was not available in 10 patients (lost to follow-up, n = 4; expired due to comorbidities, n = 2; lost to follow-up after re-intervention, n = 4). At a mean follow-up time of 13.3 months (range 1-48 months), clinical success was achieved in 27 patients (60%), i.e. in 21 patients without re-intervention and in 6 patients with re-intervention. Clinical success was not achieved despite re-intervention in eight patients. Higher clinical success was noted in patients who did not require repeat interventions (P = 0.03) and the time to re-intervention was significantly shorter in patients who had clinical failure (P = 0.01). AVF creation did not improve the clinical success rate (P = 1). There was no significant difference in clinical success between patients who had acute or subacute thrombosis compared to those who had chronically occluded filter-bearing IVCs (P = 1). Conclusion: This study suggests that endovascular therapy for thrombosed filter-bearing IVCs is safe and technically feasible. PMID:26288516

  2. The picture superiority effect in associative recognition.

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    Hockley, William E

    2008-10-01

    The picture superiority effect has been well documented in tests of item recognition and recall. The present study shows that the picture superiority effect extends to associative recognition. In three experiments, students studied lists consisting of random pairs of concrete words and pairs of line drawings; then they discriminated between intact (old) and rearranged (new) pairs of words and pictures at test. The discrimination advantage for pictures over words was seen in a greater hit rate for intact picture pairs, but there was no difference in the false alarm rates for the two types of stimuli. That is, there was no mirror effect. The same pattern of results was found when the test pairs consisted of the verbal labels of the pictures shown at study (Experiment 4), indicating that the hit rate advantage for picture pairs represents an encoding benefit. The results have implications for theories of the picture superiority effect and models of associative recognition. PMID:18927048

  3. Inferior vena cava thrombosis with hot quadrate lobe sign demonstrated by Tc-99m macroaggregated albumin radionuclide venogram and single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography.

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    Theerakulpisut, Daris

    2016-01-01

    In this article, a case of a young woman who presented with extensive deep venous thrombosis of the inferior vena cava and lower extremities with pulmonary embolism is described. Findings of various imaging modalities highlighting an interesting finding of a "hot quadrate lobe" sign demonstrated by planar radionuclide venography and single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography are illustrated. PMID:27095866

  4. Inferior vena cava thrombosis with hot quadrate lobe sign demonstrated by Tc-99m macroaggregated albumin radionuclide venogram and single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography

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    Theerakulpisut, Daris

    2016-01-01

    In this article, a case of a young woman who presented with extensive deep venous thrombosis of the inferior vena cava and lower extremities with pulmonary embolism is described. Findings of various imaging modalities highlighting an interesting finding of a “hot quadrate lobe” sign demonstrated by planar radionuclide venography and single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography are illustrated.

  5. Noncontact mapping guided ablation of right ventricular outflow tract ectopy in a patient with interruption of the inferior vena cava and azygos continuation.

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    Valverde, Irene; Arya, A; Ben-Simon, Ron; McCready, Jack M; Herrey, Anna; Lambiase, Pier D

    2013-05-01

    A 58-year-old woman with symptomatic multiple monomorphic premature ventricular beats of a right ventricular outflow tract origin was referred for ablation. An inferior vena cava interruption with azygos continuation was discovered during catheter placement. This case describes positioning of the noncontact mapping array and successful radiofrequency ablation in this challenging anatomy. PMID:21418244

  6. Invertebrate macrobenthos of western Lake Superior

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    Hiltunen, Jarl K.

    1969-01-01

    The present report contributes to knowledge of the relative abundance of major groups of benthic invertebrates in western Lake Superior, primarily in the Apostle Islands region. Observations are made on the depth habitation of certain species, and some of the fauna are compared to that in some of the other Great Lakes. Also included is a note on the catch of benthic organisms in a plankton-net tow, and a note on Oligochaeta from Chequamegon Bay and the harbors of Duluth and Superior.

  7. Superior sinus of the pericardium: CT appearance

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    Aronberg, D.J.; Peterson, R.R.; Glazer, H.S.; Sagel, S.S.

    1984-11-01

    On computed tomography, a mass-like density is often observed, just posterior to the ascending aorta, that occasionally has been mistaken for mediastinal lymph node enlargement. Cadaver studies confirmed this retroaortic structure to be an extension of the periocardial cavity, the superior sinus. Anatomic studies revealed the presence of a superior sinus in all of the 28 cadavers studied. Retrospective review of 116 consecutive adult chest computed tomographic examinations disclosed its presence in 49%. This normal variant has a characteristic location, shape, and attenuation value by CT that should allow recognition and prevent misinterpretation.

  8. The Picture Superiority Effect and Biological Education.

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    Reid, D. J.

    1984-01-01

    Discusses learning behaviors where the "picture superiority effect" (PSE) seems to be most effective in biology education. Also considers research methodology and suggests a new research model which allows a more direct examination of the strategies learners use when matching up picture and text in efforts to "understand" biology. (JN)

  9. COSEE Superior Creates Passion for Science

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    COSEE was a transformative educational experience that has changed the way I teach. In July, I participated in the COSEE Lake Superior Shipboard and Shoreline Science program. I spent a week on the US EPAs R/V Lake Guardian with 14 other teachers and a crew of sailors and scient...

  10. COSEE Superior Creates Passion for Science

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    COSEE was a transformative educational experience that has changed the way I teach. In July, I participated in the COSEE Lake Superior Shipboard and Shoreline Science program. I spent a week on the US EPA’s R/V Lake Guardian with 14 other teachers and a crew of sailors and scient...

  11. Significant Reading Experiences of Superior English Students.

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    Whitman, Robert S.

    1964-01-01

    Superior high school students (975 finalists in the NCTE Achievement Awards Program) were surveyed to find what one book was most significant to each of them in their high school experiences, and the reason for the significance. In response to questionnaires, the students cited 416 different titles, 72% of which were novels. The top 10 books were…

  12. Ecology of Lake Superior: Preface and Prospectus

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    This Special Issue of Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management (AEHM) is the first of a two-volume set based on papers presented at a three-day International Conference in Duluth MN held in June 2010, and titled “Ecology of Lake Superior: Integrated Approaches and Challenges for t...

  13. 78 FR 21116 - Superior Supplier Incentive Program

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    2013-04-09

    ..., performance, quality, and business relations would be granted Superior Supplier Status (SSS). Contractors that achieve SSS could receive more favorable contract terms and conditions in DoN contracts. In addition to recognition of SSS at the business unit level, multi-business unit corporations, that have several...

  14. The Woman Principal: Superior to the Male?

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    Tibbetts, Sylvia-Lee

    1980-01-01

    Research indicates that women are better principals than men. Reasons for superiority include greater teaching experience and higher qualifications for the principalship. Women should not be satisfied to view the administrator's position as a "man's job" but should feel that it is also a position appropriate for women. (Author/BEF)

  15. Surgical capping of superior semicircular canal dehiscence.

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    Mueller, S A; Vibert, D; Haeusler, R; Raabe, A; Caversaccio, M

    2014-06-01

    Surgical plugging and resurfacing are well established treatments of superior semicircular canal dehiscence, while capping with hydroxyapatite cement has been little discussed in literature. The aim of this study was to prove the efficacy of the capping technique. Charts of patients diagnosed with superior semicircular canal dehiscence were reviewed retrospectively. All patients answered the dizziness handicap inventory, a survey analyzing the impact of their symptoms on their quality of life. Capping of the dehiscent canal was performed via the middle fossa approach in all cases. Ten out of 22 patients diagnosed with superior semicircular canal dehiscence were treated with surgical capping, nine of which were included in this study. No major perioperative complications occurred. In 8 out of 9 (89%) patients, capping led to a satisfying reduction of the main symptoms. One patient underwent revision surgery 1 year after the initial intervention. Scores in the dizziness handicap inventory were lower in the surgically treated group than in the non-surgically treated group, but results were not statistically significant (P = 0.45). Overall, capping is a safe and efficient alternative to plugging and resurfacing of superior semicircular canal dehiscence. PMID:23640386

  16. Ecology of Lake Superior: Preface and Prospectus

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    This Special Issue of Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management (AEHM) is the first of a two-volume set based on papers presented at a three-day International Conference in Duluth MN held in June 2010, and titled Ecology of Lake Superior: Integrated Approaches and Challenges for t...

  17. Cytotoxic activity of proteins isolated from extracts of Corydalis cava tubers in human cervical carcinoma HeLa cells

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    2010-01-01

    Background Corydalis cava Schweigg. & Koerte, the plant of numerous pharmacological activities, together with the studied earlier by our group Chelidonium majus L. (Greater Celandine), belong to the family Papaveraceae. The plant grows in Central and South Europe and produces the sizeable subterraneous tubers, empty inside, which are extremely resistant to various pathogen attacks. The Corydalis sp. tubers are a rich source of many biologically active substances, with the extensive use in European and Asian folk medicine. They have analgetic, sedating, narcotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and anti-tumour activities. On the other hand, there is no information about possible biological activities of proteins contained in Corydalis cava tubers. Methods Nucleolytic proteins were isolated from the tubers of C. cava by separation on a heparin column and tested for DNase activity. Protein fractions showing nucleolytic activity were tested for cytotoxic activity in human cervical carcinoma HeLa cells. Cultures of HeLa cells were conducted in the presence of three protein concentrations: 42, 83 and 167 ng/ml during 48 h. Viability of cell cultures was appraised using XTT colorimetric test. Protein fractions were separated and protein bands were excised and sent for identification by mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS). Results The studied protein fractions showed an inhibiting effect on mitochondrial activity of HeLa cells, depending on the administered dose of proteins. The most pronounced effect was obtained with the highest concentration of the protein (167 ng/ml) - 43.45 ± 3% mitochondrial activity of HeLa cells were inhibited. Mass spectrometry results for the proteins of applied fractions showed that they contained plant defense- and pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins. Conclusions The cytotoxic effect of studied proteins toward HeLa cell line cells has been evident and dependent on increasing dose of the protein. The present study, most probably, represents the first investigations on the effect of purified PR proteins from tuber extracts of a pharmacologically active plant on cell lines. PMID:21167042

  18. Limitations of using synthetic blood clots for measuring in vitro clot capture efficiency of inferior vena cava filters.

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    Robinson, Ronald A; Herbertson, Luke H; Sarkar Das, Srilekha; Malinauskas, Richard A; Pritchard, William F; Grossman, Laurence W

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was first to evaluate the clot capture efficiency and capture location of six currently-marketed vena cava filters in a physiological venous flow loop, using synthetic polyacrylamide hydrogel clots, which were intended to simulate actual blood clots. After observing a measured anomaly for one of the test filters, we redirected the focus of the study to identify the cause of poor clot capture performance for large synthetic hydrogel clots. We hypothesized that the uncharacteristic low clot capture efficiency observed when testing the outlying filter can be attributed to the inadvertent use of dense, stiff synthetic hydrogel clots, and not as a result of the filter design or filter orientation. To study this issue, sheep blood clots and polyacrylamide (PA) synthetic clots were injected into a mock venous flow loop containing a clinical inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, and their captures were observed. Testing was performed with clots of various diameters (3.2, 4.8, and 6.4 mm), length-to-diameter ratios (1:1, 3:1, 10:1), and stiffness. By adjusting the chemical formulation, PA clots were fabricated to be soft, moderately stiff, or stiff with elastic moduli of 805 ± 2, 1696 ± 10 and 3295 ± 37 Pa, respectively. In comparison, the elastic moduli for freshly prepared sheep blood clots were 1690 ± 360 Pa. The outlying filter had a design that was characterized by peripheral gaps (up to 14 mm) between its wire struts. While a low clot capture rate was observed using large, stiff synthetic clots, the filter effectively captured similarly sized sheep blood clots and soft PA clots. Because the stiffer synthetic clots remained straight when approaching the filter in the IVC model flow loop, they were more likely to pass between the peripheral filter struts, while the softer, physiological clots tended to fold and were captured by the filter. These experiments demonstrated that if synthetic clots are used as a surrogate for animal or human blood clots for in vitro evaluation of vena cava filters, the material properties (eg, elastic modulus) and dynamic behavior of the surrogate should first be assessed to ensure that they accurately mimic an actual blood clot within the body. PMID:23690701

  19. Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems (CASoS) engineering and foundations for global design.

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    Brodsky, Nancy S.; Finley, Patrick D.; Beyeler, Walter Eugene; Brown, Theresa Jean; Linebarger, John Michael; Moore, Thomas W.; Glass, Robert John, Jr.; Maffitt, S. Louise; Mitchell, Michael David; Ames, Arlo Leroy

    2012-01-01

    Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems, or CASoS, are vastly complex ecological, sociological, economic and/or technical systems which must be recognized and reckoned with to design a secure future for the nation and the world. Design within CASoS requires the fostering of a new discipline, CASoS Engineering, and the building of capability to support it. Towards this primary objective, we created the Phoenix Pilot as a crucible from which systemization of the new discipline could emerge. Using a wide range of applications, Phoenix has begun building both theoretical foundations and capability for: the integration of Applications to continuously build common understanding and capability; a Framework for defining problems, designing and testing solutions, and actualizing these solutions within the CASoS of interest; and an engineering Environment required for 'the doing' of CASoS Engineering. In a secondary objective, we applied CASoS Engineering principles to begin to build a foundation for design in context of Global CASoS

  20. Complex Adaptive System of Systems (CASoS) Engineering Applications. Version 1.0.

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    Linebarger, John Michael; Maffitt, S. Louise; Glass, Robert John, Jr.; Beyeler, Walter Eugene; Brown, Theresa Jean; Ames, Arlo Leroy

    2011-10-01

    Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems, or CASoS, are vastly complex eco-socio-economic-technical systems which we must understand to design a secure future for the nation and the world. Perturbations/disruptions in CASoS have the potential for far-reaching effects due to highly-saturated interdependencies and allied vulnerabilities to cascades in associated systems. The Phoenix initiative approaches this high-impact problem space as engineers, devising interventions (problem solutions) that influence CASoS to achieve specific aspirations. CASoS embody the world's biggest problems and greatest opportunities: applications to real world problems are the driving force of our effort. We are developing engineering theory and practice together to create a discipline that is grounded in reality, extends our understanding of how CASoS behave, and allows us to better control those behaviors. Through application to real-world problems, Phoenix is evolving CASoS Engineering principles while growing a community of practice and the CASoS engineers to populate it.

  1. Phoenix : Complex Adaptive System of Systems (CASoS) engineering version 1.0.

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    Moore, Thomas W.; Quach, Tu-Thach; Detry, Richard Joseph; Conrad, Stephen Hamilton; Kelic, Andjelka; Starks, Shirley J.; Beyeler, Walter Eugene; Brodsky, Nancy S.; Verzi, Stephen J.; Brown, Theresa Jean; Glass, Robert John, Jr.; Sunderland, Daniel J.; Mitchell, Michael David; Ames, Arlo Leroy; Maffitt, S. Louise; Finley, Patrick D.; Russell, Eric Dean; Zagonel, Aldo A.; Reedy, Geoffrey E.; Mitchell, Roger A.; Corbet, Thomas Frank, Jr.; Linebarger, John Michael

    2011-08-01

    Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems, or CASoS, are vastly complex ecological, sociological, economic and/or technical systems which we must understand to design a secure future for the nation and the world. Perturbations/disruptions in CASoS have the potential for far-reaching effects due to pervasive interdependencies and attendant vulnerabilities to cascades in associated systems. Phoenix was initiated to address this high-impact problem space as engineers. Our overarching goals are maximizing security, maximizing health, and minimizing risk. We design interventions, or problem solutions, that influence CASoS to achieve specific aspirations. Through application to real-world problems, Phoenix is evolving the principles and discipline of CASoS Engineering while growing a community of practice and the CASoS engineers to populate it. Both grounded in reality and working to extend our understanding and control of that reality, Phoenix is at the same time a solution within a CASoS and a CASoS itself.

  2. Streptococcus constellatus Causing Septic Thrombophlebitis of the Right Ovarian Vein with Extension into the Inferior Vena Cava

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    Haidar, Abdallah; Haddad, Amy; Naqvi, Amir; Onyesoh, Ngozi U.; Malik, Rushdah; Williams, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. Streptococcus constellatus collectively with Streptococcus anginosus and Streptococcus intermedius constitute the Streptococcus anginosus (formerly Streptococcus milleri) group. Though they are commonly associated with abscesses, bacteremia with subsequent septic thrombophlebitis is extremely rare, and resulting mortality is infrequent. Case Presentation. We report a case of a previously healthy 60-year-old African American female who presented with Streptococcus constellatus bacteremia associated with septic thrombophlebitis to the right ovarian vein extending into the inferior vena cava. She was urgently treated with antibiotics and anticoagulation. Conclusion. Septic thrombophlebitis has a clinical presentation that is often misleading. Therefore, a high clinical index of suspicion and the use of appropriate imaging modalities (computed tomography) are essential in recognizing and confirming this diagnosis. Prompt treatment is warranted. Surgical thrombectomies have been successfully replaced by a combination of antibiotics and anticoagulation therapy. PMID:26171262

  3. CT-Guided Percutaneous Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy of the Inferior Vena Cava Wall: A Posterior Coaxial Approach

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    Kos, Sebastian Bilecen, Deniz; Baumhoer, Daniel; Guillaume, Nicolas; Jacob, Augustinus L.

    2010-02-15

    A 72-year-old man was referred to our department with an incidentally diagnosed bronchogenic carcinoma of the right upper lobe. Positron emission tomography (PET) combined with computed tomography (PET-CT) revealed an unexpected hot spot in the ventral wall of the infrarenal segment of the inferior vena cava (IVC). Diagnostic biopsy of this lesion was performed under CT guidance with semiautomated 20G fine-needle aspiration (FNA) through a 19G coaxial needle. Cytology revealed few carcinoma cells, which led to the remarkable diagnosis of a distant metastasis to the IVC wall. Both the immediate postinterventional CT control and the further surveillance period of the patient were unremarkable; in particular, no signs of bleeding complications were detected. We conclude that coaxial FNA of an IVC wall lesion is technically feasible and may even help diagnose distant metastasis.

  4. Endovascular treatment of an abdominal aortic pseudoaneurysm as a late complication of inferior vena cava filter placement.

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    Medina, Carlos R; Indes, Jeffrey; Smith, Christopher

    2006-06-01

    Pseudoaneurysms of abdominal aorta after inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement are uncommon, with associated morbidity and mortality. We report a case in which an abdominal aortic pseudoaneurysm resulted from erosion of a Bird's Nest (Cook, Bloomington, IN) IVC filter into the wall of the abdominal aorta. A 64-year-old woman with an IVC filter placed 10 years prior presented to the emergency department complaining of abdominal pain. A computed tomography scan of the abdomen and pelvis showed a 1.4-cm x 2.0-cm infrarenal aortic pseudoaneurysm adjacent to the IVC filter site. A Zenith endograft (Cook) was used via an open femoral artery exposure to successfully treat the pseudoaneurysm. PMID:16765254

  5. Undifferentiated Intimal Sarcoma of the Inferior Vena Cava with Extension to the Right Atrium and Renal Vasculature

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    Afzal, Aasim M.; Alsahhar, Jamil; Podduturi, Varsha; Schussler, Jeffrey M.

    2015-01-01

    Primary sarcomas of the great vessels (aorta, pulmonary artery, and inferior vena cava (IVC)) are exceedingly rare. We report a rare case of an undifferentiated intimal sarcoma of the IVC with extension to the right atrium, adrenal, and renal veins. The patient underwent extensive resection, reconstruction of the IVC, and subsequent adjuvant chemotherapy. Patient has tolerated chemotherapy and, at 17 months after resection, the patient remains free of tumor recurrence. Undifferentiated intimal sarcomas remain a rare entity with only five cases of venous undifferentiated intimal sarcomas reported in the literature, two of which occurred in the IVC. Intimal sarcomas tend to carry a poor prognosis with the limited literature available on treatment approaches. Our objective is to highlight this rare entity and possible treatment approach which we utilized. Primary sarcomas of IVC need to be included as part of a complete differential diagnosis in patients with atrial masses or recurrent pulmonary emboli. PMID:26106489

  6. Inhibition of noradrenaline release in the rat vena cava via prostanoid receptors of the EP3-subtype.

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    Molderings, G.; Malinowska, B.; Schlicker, E.

    1992-01-01

    1. In segments of the rat vena cava preincubated with [3H]-noradrenaline and superfused with physiological salt solution (containing desipramine and corticosterone), we studied the effects of prostaglandins of the D, E and F series, of a prostacyclin analogue and a thromboxane-mimetic and of subtype-selective prostaglandin E-receptor (EP-receptor) ligands on the electrically (0.66 Hz)-evoked tritium overflow. 2. The electrically-evoked tritium overflow was inhibited by prostaglandin E2 (maximum inhibition by about 80%; pIC40 7.49). The effect of prostaglandin E2 was not affected by rauwolscine, which, by itself, increased the evoked overflow; the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist was added to the superfusion medium in all subsequent experiments. Indomethacin failed to affect either the evoked tritium overflow or its inhibition by prostaglandin E2. 3. The inhibitory effect of prostaglandin E2 on the electrically-evoked tritium overflow was not altered by the EP1-receptor antagonist. AH 6809 (6-isopropoxy-9-oxoxanthene-2-carboxylic acid) at a concentration at least 30 fold higher than its pA2 value at EP1-receptors. The following compounds mimicked the effect of prostaglandin E2 showing the following rank order of potencies: misoprostol (EP2-/EP3-receptor agonist) congruent to sulprostone (EP1-/EP3-receptor agonist) congruent to prostaglandin E1 = prostaglandin E2 >> iloprost (EP1-/IP-receptor agonist) = prostaglandin F2 alpha. The evoked overflow was not affected by high concentrations of prostaglandin D2 or the thromboxane-mimetic U46619 (9,11-dideoxy-11 alpha, 9 alpha-epoxy-methano-prostaglandin F2 alpha). 4. The present results suggest that the postganglionic sympathetic nerve fibres innervating the rat vena cava are endowed with presynaptic EP3-receptors.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1330175

  7. An Experimental Study to Determine the Role of Inferior Vena Cava Filter in Preventing Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome

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    Guo, Wangang; Zheng, Qiangsun; Li, Bingling; Shi, Xiaoqin; Xiang, Dingcheng; Wang, Chen

    2015-01-01

    Background: Inferior vena cava filters (IVCF) are frequently used for preventing pulmonary embolism (PE) following deep venous thromboembolism. Objectives: The present study was designed to investigate whether IVCF could prevent or impede the occurrence of bone cement implantation syndrome (BCIS), since PE is considered as the central mechanism of BCIS. Materials and Methods: Fifteen sheep were divided into three groups: bone cement free (BCF) group, cement implantation (CI) group and IVCF group. In all the groups, an osteotomy proximal to the greater trochanter of left femur was carried out. In BCF group, the femoral canal was not reamed out or packed with any bone cement. In CI and IVCF groups, the left femoral canals were packed with bone cement, to simulate the cementing procedures carried out in hip replacement. An OptEase® filter was placed and released in inferior vena cava, prior to packing cement in the femoral canal in IVCF group, while the IVCF was not released in the CI group. The BCF group was considered as control. Results: Systolic blood pressure (SBP), saturation of oxygen (SaO2) and partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PaCO2) declined significantly 10 min after the bone cement packing, in CI group, compared to those in BCF group. This was accompanied by a rise in the arterial pH. However, IVCF prevented those changes in the CI group. On ultrasonography, there were dotted echoes in right atrium in the CI group, after bone cement packing, while such echoes were hardly seen in the IVCF group. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that IVCF could prevent BCIS effectively, and, as a corollary, suggests that PE represents the leading cause of the constellation of BCIS symptoms. PMID:26557267

  8. Neuropeptide Y accounts for sympathetic vasoconstriction in guinea-pig vena cava: evidence using BIBP 3226 and 3435.

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    Malmstrom, R E; Lundberg, J M

    1995-12-29

    The ability of the novel, non-peptide, neuropeptide Y Y1 receptor antagonist, BIBP 3226 ((R)-N2-(diphenylacetyl)-N-[(4-hydroxyphenyl)methyl]-argininami de), to antagonize neuropeptide Y- and sympathetic-mediated vasoconstriction was examined in isolated segments of the thoracic vena cava of guinea-pigs. Increasing concentrations (10(-9) - 10(-6) M) of BIBP 3226 caused a parallel and rightward shift in the neuropeptide Y dose-response curve but did not significantly change the effect of noradrenaline. The calculated pA2 value for BIBP 3226 was 8.0 +/- 0.08, a value fully compatible with the reported affinity at rodent and human neuronal Y1 receptors. BIBP 3226 (10(-6) M) also readily reversed the established vasocontraction induced by neuropeptide Y. BIBP 3226 (10(-6) M) markedly inhibited the slow long-lasting contraction evoked by high frequency electrical field stimulation, leaving a rapid component which was abolished by phentolamine. Its enantiomer, BIBP 3435 ((S)-N2-(diphenylacetyl)-N-[(4-hydroxyphenyl)methyl]-argininami de), which exerts a much weaker action on neuropeptide Y Y1 receptors, had no such inhibitory effect. In propranolol-pretreated vessels, the vasoconstriction evoked by nerve stimulation was enhanced; then BIBP 3226 inhibited the peak response by 44%, and the integrated contractile effect by 90%. We conclude that BIBP 3226 is a potent and competitive antagonist of neuropeptide Y Y1 receptor-mediated vasoconstriction in guinea-pig vena cava and that endogenous neuropeptide Y acting on the neuropeptide Y Y1 receptor is likely to account for the long-lasting component of the sympathetic vasoconstriction in response to high-frequency stimulation in this vessel. PMID:8750731

  9. Superior peroneal retinacular injuries in calcaneal fractures.

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    Kwaadu, Kwasi Yiadom; Fleming, Justin James; Florek, Derek

    2015-01-01

    Calcaneal fractures are injuries that occur generally as the result of high-energy mechanisms, and, as such, the presence of concurrent injuries should be suspected. The presence of peroneal tendon and superior retinacular injuries has been underreported. We sought to report the incidence of peroneal tendon pathologic features in our population of patients with calcaneal fractures, with emphasis on the method of identification. Furthermore, we sought to identify whether specific fracture patterns were more commonly associated with this pathologic finding. Of the 97 cases, 13 (13.4%) required repair of the superior peroneal retinaculum, 11 of which demonstrated the Sanders A fracture line. Our findings have demonstrated an incidence of pathologic features, in particular, with the presence of the Sanders A fracture line, that warrants attention to potentially help improve the outcome of these devastating injuries. PMID:25726126

  10. High resolution aeromagnetic survey of Lake Superior

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    Teskey, D. J.; Thomas, M. D.; Gibb, R. A.; Dods, S. D.; Fadaie, K.; Kucks, R. P.; Chandler, V. W.; Phillips, J. D.

    A 57,000 line kilometer, high-resolution aeromagnetic survey was flown in 1987 as a contribution to the Great Lakes International Multidisciplinary Program on Crustal Evolution (GLIMPCE). Existing aeromagnetic data from the United States and Canada were combined with the new data to produce a composite map and gridded data base of the Lake Superior region (Figure 1). Analysis of the new data permits more accurate definition of faults and contacts within the Midcontinent Rift system (MCR). The aeromagnetic map provides important information supplemental to the seismic profiles acquired under the GLIMPCE program in 1986, allowing lateral extension of the seismic interpretation. In particular, modeling of the data provides an independent assessment of a reflection seismic model derived along line A (Figure 2). The profile and gridded digital data are available to geoscientists through the Geophysical Data Centre of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), while the gridded data are available from the USGS-EROS Data Center. GLIMPCE was established in 1985 to study the nature and genesis of the crust in the Great Lakes region. Program participants include the GSC, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), provincial and state surveys, and Canadian and American universities. In the Lake Superior area, a major objective of the program is to develop thermal, tectonic, and petrogenetic models for the evolution of the MCR and to evaluate these in the broader context of the tectonic evolution of the North American continent. Pre-1982 geological and geophysical knowledge of the MCR in the Lake Superior region has been summarized by Wold and Hinze [1982]. The Lake Superior region provides a unique window on this Proterozoic rift system, exposing igneous rock of the Keweenawan Supergroup that disappears under Paleozoic cover to the southwest.

  11. Reperfusion Hemorrhage Following Superior Mesenteric Artery Stenting

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    Moore, Michael; McSweeney, Sean; Fulton, Gregory; Buckley, John; Maher, Michael Guiney, Michael

    2008-07-15

    Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stent placement is now an established treatment option for chronic mesenteric ischemia and is associated with low mortality and morbidity rates. We present a case of reperfusion hemorrhage complicating endovascular repair of superior mesenteric artery stenosis. Although a recognized complication following repair of carotid stenosis, hemorrhage has not previously been reported following mesenteric endovascular reperfusion. We describe both spontaneous cessation of bleeding and treatment with coil embolization.

  12. Gamma rays produce superior seedless citrus

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    Pyrah, D.

    1984-10-01

    Using gamma radiation, seedless forms of some varieties of oranges and grapefruit are being produced. Since it has long been known that radiation causes mutations in plants and animals, experiments were conducted to determine if seediness could be altered by exposing seeds or budwood to higher than natural doses of gamma radiation. Orange and grapefruit seeds and cuttings exposed to gamma rays in the early 1970's have produced trees that bear fruit superior to that now on the market.

  13. Brain structure characteristics in intellectually superior schizophrenia.

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    Vaskinn, Anja; Hartberg, Cecilie B; Sundet, Kjetil; Westlye, Lars T; Andreassen, Ole A; Melle, Ingrid; Agartz, Ingrid

    2015-04-30

    The current study aims to fill a gap in the knowledge base by investigating the structural brain characteristics of individuals with schizophrenia and superior intellectual abilities. Subcortical volumes, cortical thickness and cortical surface area were examined in intellectually normal and intellectually superior participants with schizophrenia and their IQ-matched healthy controls, as well as in intellectually low schizophrenia participants. We replicated significant diagnostic group effects on hippocampal and ventricular size after correction for multiple comparisons. There were no statistically significant effects of intellectual level or of the interaction between diagnostic group and intellectual level. Effect sizes indicated that differences between schizophrenia and healthy control participants were of similar magnitude at both intellectual levels for all three types of morphological data. A secondary analysis within the schizophrenia group, including participants with low intellectual abilities, yielded numerical, but no statistically significant differences on any structural brain measure. The present findings indicate that the brain structure abnormalities in schizophrenia are present at all intellectual levels, and individuals with schizophrenia and superior intellectual abilities have brain structure abnormalities of the same magnitude as individuals with schizophrenia and normal intellectual abilities. PMID:25754688

  14. [Inferior vena cava thrombosis reaching the right atrium after removal of the central venous catheter at femoral vein in a patient with diabetic ketoacidosis].

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    Morita, Yoko; Ariyama, Jun; Mieda, Tsutomu; Terao, Kazuhisa; Ueshima, Hironobu; Imanishi, Hirokazu; Kitamura, Akira

    2014-05-01

    A 19-year-old male was admitted with diabetic ketoacidosis. A central venous catheter for fluid loading and insulin administration was inserted from the right femoral vein. The catheter was placed for 4days and was removal. Three days after removal thrombus was pointed out with echocardiography. Cardiac ultrasound revealed floating thrombi in the right atrium. Venography demonstrated a large thrombus from the right femoral vein to the end of the inferior vena cava. Emergency surgery was performed. A tubular thrombus was trapped from the inferior vena cava departure at the right atrium under cardiopulmonary bypass. The surgeon also implanted an inferior vena caval filter. The patient was weaned from ventilator assist next day and was discharged from the hospital 13 days later. This case suggests that deep vein thrombosis should be checked in diabetic ketoacidosis even after removal of a central venous catheter implanted at the femoral vein. PMID:24864582

  15. Motor Functions of the Superior Colliculus

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    Gandhi, Neeraj J.; Katnani, Husam A.

    2013-01-01

    The mammalian superior colliculus (SC) and its nonmammalian homolog, the optic tectum, constitute a major node in processing sensory information, incorporating cognitive factors, and issuing motor commands. The resulting actionto orient toward or away from a stimuluscan be accomplished as an integrated movement across oculomotor, cephalomotor, and skeletomotor effectors. The SC also participates in preserving fixation during intersaccadic intervals. This review highlights the repertoire of movements attributed to SC function and analyzes the significance of results obtained from causality-based experiments (microstimulation and inactivation). The mechanisms potentially used to decode the population activity in the SC into an appropriate movement command are also discussed. PMID:21456962

  16. Simultaneous removal of a tumour of the right atrium and inferior vena cava and coronary bypass-grafting in a patient with recurrent clear renal cell carcinoma

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    Pietrzyk, Edward; Głuszek, Stanisław; Michta, Kamil; Kot, Marta; Wożakowska-Kapłon, Beata

    2015-01-01

    Metastatic cardiac tumours are the most common malignant cardiac tumours. In the early stages they are usually asymptomatic, but their consequences can be very serious, and the prognosis is poor. We present a patient with recurrent renal cell carcinoma as a tumour of the right atrium and the vena cava inferior in whom cancerous masses were removed with simultaneously coronary artery bypass-grafting. PMID:26855653

  17. Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Creation in Budd-Chiari Syndrome: Percutaneous Ultrasound-Guided Direct Simultaneous Puncture of the Portal Vein and Vena Cava

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    Boyvat, Fatih Aytekin, Cueneyt; Harman, Ali; Ozin, Yasemin

    2006-10-15

    Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is an uncommon disorder that can be life-threatening, depending on the degree of hepatic venous outflow obstruction. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) provides decompression of the congested liver but the hepatic vein obstruction makes the procedure more difficult. We describe a modified method that involved a single percutaneous puncture of the portal vein and inferior vena cava simultaneously for TIPS creation in a patient with BCS.

  18. Management of superior subperiosteal orbital abscess.

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    Gavriel, Haim; Jabrin, Basel; Eviatar, Ephraim

    2016-01-01

    A superior subperiosteal orbital abscess (SSPOA) is a collection of purulent material between the periorbit and the superior bony orbital wall, and is typically a complication of frontal sinusitis. SSPOA is characteristically managed by classic external surgical drainage. The aim of our study was to assess the role of surgical intervention in SSPOA. A retrospective medical chart review of patients diagnosed with SSPOA secondary to rhinosinusitis between the year 2005 and 2013 was conducted. Collected data included age, gender, co-morbidity, clinical presentation, prior antibiotic management, CT scans, surgical approach, outcome and complications. Six patients were included in our study, three males and three females with a mean age of 22.8 (range 9-58). Two patients were treated with amoxicillin clavulanic acid for 3days prior to admission. Only the youngest patient with the smallest abscess responded successfully to conservative treatment, while the rest were managed surgically: three patients were treated successfully by the endonasal endoscopic approach and two patients were treated by utilizing the combined endonasal endoscopic and external approach. In patients who underwent the combined approach, the abscess was located in a more antero-lateral position than those treated endonasal endoscopically only. The location of a SSPOA dictates the surgical approach. The most antero-lateral SSPOAs should be drained by the combined approach, while more posterior abscesses should be approached endoscopically. Furthermore, a small SSPOA is first to be reported to resolve with conservative treatment. Level 4 (case series). PMID:25700832

  19. 2. GREAT NORTHERN ELEVATORS (STEEL) 1900 SUPERIOR WISCONSIN; ANNEX NO. ...

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    2. GREAT NORTHERN ELEVATORS (STEEL) 1900 SUPERIOR WISCONSIN; ANNEX NO. 3 (LEFT) ANNEX NO. 1 (RIGHT) 1920'S; CONVEYOR LINE LEADS TO ELEVATOR X. - Great Northern Elevator "S", Saint Louis Bay, Superior, Douglas County, WI

  20. HARVEST STATES GRAIN COOPERATIVES, SUPERIOR WISCONSIN; CONSTRUCTED OVER VARIOUS DATES ...

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    HARVEST STATES GRAIN COOPERATIVES, SUPERIOR WISCONSIN; CONSTRUCTED OVER VARIOUS DATES BEGINNING IN 1942; LEFT SLIP (HUGHITT AVENUE) RIGHT SLIP (TOWER AVENUE) - Cenex-Harvest States Grain Cooperatives, Dock Street between Hughitt Avenue & Tower Avenue slips, Superior, Douglas County, WI

  1. 15. Stress Sheet, Truss number 2, span number 6, Superior ...

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    15. Stress Sheet, Truss number 2, span number 6, Superior Avenue viaduct. Drawing courtesy Engineering Dept., City of Cleveland. - Superior Avenue Viaduct, Cleveland East & West side, Cuyahoga Valley Vicinity, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH

  2. 9. Copy of side elevation and plan of Superior Avenue ...

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    9. Copy of side elevation and plan of Superior Avenue Viaduct Drawing courtesy of Engineering Department, City of Cleveland. - Superior Avenue Viaduct, Cleveland East & West side, Cuyahoga Valley Vicinity, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH

  3. 8. Copy of Superior St. Viaduct, Plan and Elevation. Drawing ...

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    8. Copy of Superior St. Viaduct, Plan and Elevation. Drawing courtesy of Engineering Department, City of Cleveland - Superior Avenue Viaduct, Cleveland East & West side, Cuyahoga Valley Vicinity, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH

  4. 12. Copy of 'General Plan of Turinging Machinery, Superior St. ...

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    12. Copy of 'General Plan of Turinging Machinery, Superior St. Viaduct.' Drawing courtesy Engineering Dept., City of Cleveland. - Superior Avenue Viaduct, Cleveland East & West side, Cuyahoga Valley Vicinity, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH

  5. 11. Copy of 'Stresstsheet for Trussess of Draw span, Superior ...

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    11. Copy of 'Stresst-sheet for Trussess of Draw span, Superior Avenue Viaduct, Summary.' Drawing courtesy Engineering Dept., City of Cleveland. - Superior Avenue Viaduct, Cleveland East & West side, Cuyahoga Valley Vicinity, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH

  6. 13. Copy of Superior Ave. Viaduct, Details, Turntable.' Drawing courtesy ...

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    13. Copy of Superior Ave. Viaduct, Details, Turntable.' Drawing courtesy Engineering Depart., City of Cleveland. - Superior Avenue Viaduct, Cleveland East & West side, Cuyahoga Valley Vicinity, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH

  7. 7. Copy of Plan and Elevation of Superior Viaduct, drawing ...

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    7. Copy of Plan and Elevation of Superior Viaduct, drawing courtesy Engineering Department., City of Cleveland. - Superior Avenue Viaduct, Cleveland East & West side, Cuyahoga Valley Vicinity, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH

  8. Iodine-125 Seeds Strand for Treatment of Tumor Thrombus in Inferior Vena Cava: An Experimental Study in a Rabbit Model

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    Zhang, Wen Yan, Zhiping Luo, Jianjun Fang, Zhuting Wu, Linlin Liu, QingXin Qu, Xudong Liu, Lingxiao Wang, Jianhua

    2013-10-15

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to establish an animal model of implanted inferior vena cava tumor thrombus (IVCTT) and to evaluate the effect of linear iodine-125 seeds strand in treating implanted IVCTT. Methods: Tumor cell line VX{sub 2} was inoculated subcutaneously into New Zealand rabbit to develop the parent tumor. The tumor strip was inoculated into inferior vena cava (IVC) to establish the IVCTT model. The IVCTT was confirmed by multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) after 2 weeks. Twelve rabbits with IVCTT were randomly divided into two groups. Treatment group (group T; n = 6) underwent Iodine-125 seeds brachytherapy, and the control group (group C; n = 6) underwent blank seeds strand. The blood laboratory examination (including blood routine examination, hepatic and renal function), body weight, survival time, and IVCTT volume by MDCT were monitored. All rabbits were dissected postmortem, and the therapeutic effects were evaluated on the basis of histopathology. The proliferating cell nuclear antigen index (PI) and apoptosis index (AI) of IVCTT were compared between two groups. T test, Wilcoxon rank test, and Kaplan-Meier survival curve analysis were used. Results: The success rate of establishing IVCTT was 100 %. The body weight loss and cachexia of rabbits in group C appeared earlier than in group T. Body weight in the third week, the mean survival time, PI, AI in groups T and C were 2.23 {+-} 0.12 kg, 57.83 {+-} 8.68 days, (16.73 {+-} 5.18 %), (29.47 {+-} 7.18 %), and 2.03 {+-} 0.13 kg, 43.67 {+-} 5.28 days, (63.01 {+-} 2.01 %), (6.02 {+-} 2.93 %), respectively. There were statistically significant differences between group T and group C (P < 0.05). The IVCTT volume of group T was remarkably smaller than that of group C. Conclusions: Injecting and suspensory fixing VX2 tumor strip into IVC is a reliable method to establish IVCTT animal model. The linear Iodine-125 seeds strand brachytherapy was a safe and effective method for treating IVCTT in rabbit model.

  9. 14 CFR 385.7 - Exercise of authority by superiors.

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    2012-01-01

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  10. 14 CFR 385.7 - Exercise of authority by superiors.

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    2011-01-01

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  11. 14 CFR 385.7 - Exercise of authority by superiors.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

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  12. 14 CFR 385.7 - Exercise of authority by superiors.

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    2013-01-01

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  13. 14 CFR 385.7 - Exercise of authority by superiors.

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    2014-01-01

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  14. 28 CFR 2.60 - Superior program achievement.

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    2011-07-01

    ... 28 Judicial Administration 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Superior program achievement. 2.60... OF PRISONERS, YOUTH OFFENDERS, AND JUVENILE DELINQUENTS United States Code Prisoners and Parolees § 2.60 Superior program achievement. (a) Prisoners who demonstrate superior program achievement...

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    2012-07-01

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    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

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  17. 28 CFR 2.60 - Superior program achievement.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 28 Judicial Administration 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Superior program achievement. 2.60 Section 2.60 Judicial Administration DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PAROLE, RELEASE, SUPERVISION AND RECOMMITMENT....60 Superior program achievement. (a) Prisoners who demonstrate superior program achievement...

  18. Monitoring Land Cover Change in the Lake Superior Basin

    EPA Science Inventory

    Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world by area and the third largest by volume. It is also the most pristine of the Great Lakes (Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan 2006). Even still, Lake Superior is not without its threats ranging from chemical contamina...

  19. Neuron Culture from Mouse Superior Cervical Ganglion

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    Jackson, Marisa; Tourtellotte, Warren

    2016-01-01

    The rodent superior cervical ganglion (SCG) is a useful and readily accessible source of neurons for studying the mechanisms of sympathetic nervous system (SNS) development and growth in vitro. The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) of early postnatal animals undergoes a great deal of remodeling and development; thus, neurons taken from mice at this age are primed to re-grow and establish synaptic connections after in situ removal. The stereotypic location and size of the SCG make it ideal for rapid isolation and dissociation. The protocol described here details the requirements for the dissection, culture and differentiation of SCG neurons. The protocol is suitable for culturing neurons from late embryonic gestation to approximately postnatal day 3. The culture technique discussed below utilizes glass coverslips for the microscopic examination of fixed cells.

  20. Environmentally superior technologies for swine waste management.

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    Humenik, F J; Rice, J M; Baird, C L; Koelsch, R

    2004-01-01

    The high nitrogen content of animal waste provides opportunities for processing to marketable byproducts and challenges for proper management to avoid harmful impacts. Technologies are being developed to conserve and utilize nitrogen as well as other valuable constituents in animal waste. Advanced treatment technologies are also being developed for housing/waste management systems that address public concerns and protect soil, water and air quality. Smithfield Foods, Premium Standard Farms and Frontline Farmers have entered into an agreement with North Carolina to develop environmentally superior technologies that meet these goals. The 18 candidate technologies are identified and three with the longest operating period, and thus most data to date are discussed. Methods for distributing this information for implementation of cost-effective technologies through the Curriculum Project and the National Center for Manure and Animal Waste Management will be presented. This work supports priority goals to conserve and utilize valuable animal waste constituents while also protecting against negative impacts. PMID:15137402

  1. Lightning Activity During the 1999 Superior Derecho

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    Price, C. G.; Murphy, B. P.

    2002-12-01

    On 4 July 1999, a severe convective windstorm, known as a derecho, caused extensive damage to forested regions along the United States/Canada border, west of Lake Superior. There were 665,000 acres of forest destroyed in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in Minnesota and Quetico Provincial Park in Canada, with approximately 12.5 million trees blown down. This storm resulted in additional severe weather before and after the occurrence of the derecho, with continuous cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning occurring for more than 34 hours during its path across North America. At the time of the derecho the percentage of positive cloud-to-ground (+CG) lightning measured by the Canadian Lightning Detection Network (CLDN) was greater than 70% for more than three hours, with peak values reaching 97% positive CG lightning. Such high ratios of +CG are rare, and may be useful indicators of severe weather.

  2. Lightning activity during the 1999 Superior derecho

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    Price, Colin G.; Murphy, Brian P.

    2002-12-01

    On 4 July 1999, a severe convective windstorm, known as a derecho, caused extensive damage to forested regions along the United States/Canada border, west of Lake Superior. There were 665,000 acres of forest destroyed in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in Minnesota and Quetico Provincial Park in Canada, with approximately 12.5 million trees blown down. This storm resulted in additional severe weather before and after the occurrence of the derecho, with continuous cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning occurring for more than 34 hours during its path across North America. At the time of the derecho the percentage of positive cloud-to-ground (+CG) lightning measured by the Canadian Lightning Detection Network (CLDN) was greater than 70% for more than three hours, with peak values reaching 97% positive CG lightning. Such high ratios of +CG are rare, and may be useful indicators of severe weather.

  3. Revascularization of the superior mesenteric artery.

    PubMed

    Jaumin, P; Fastrez, J; Goenen, M; Kestens-Servaye, Y; Schoevaerdts, J; Dautrebande, J

    1975-01-01

    From 1965 to 1973, 7 patients with severe chronic mesenteric vascular insufficiency have been successfully operated upon. Abdominal pain, weight loss and epigastric murmur were the most significant symptoms and signs in these diffusely atheromatous patients. Aortography with exposure in the lateral projection was essential for diagnosis and operative planning. Although two and often all three main splanchnic arteries were involved, revasculariztion of only the superior mesenteric artery restored normal hemodynamics. There was no operative mortality. Weight gain was dramatic and post-prandial pain disappeared in all patients. One patient diedone year and one half after the operation from an acute cerebro-vascular accidnet. Our surgical experience in this field, although small, is very gratifying and rewarding. PMID:1194339

  4. Effectiveness of Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Portal Vein and/or Inferior Vena Cava Tumor Thrombosis

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    Zhao, Lei; Li, Qiao-Qiao; Guo, Su-Ping; Feng, Zi-Zhen; Deng, Xiao-Wu; Huang, Xiao-Yan; Liu, Meng-Zhong

    2013-01-01

    Background To report the feasibility, efficacy, and toxicity of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for the treatment of portal vein tumor thrombosis (PVTT) and/or inferior vena cava tumor thrombosis (IVCTT) in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Materials and methods Forty-one patients treated with SBRT using volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for HCC with PVTT/IVCTT between July 2010 and May 2012 were analyzed. Of these, 33 had PVTT and 8 had IVCTT. SBRT was designed to target the tumor thrombosis and deliver a median total dose of 36 Gy (range, 30–48 Gy) in six fractions during two weeks. Results The median follow-up was 10.0 months. At the time of analysis, 15 (36.6%) achieved complete response, 16 (39.0%) achieved partial response, 7 (17.1%) patients were stable, and three (7.3%) patients showed progressive disease. No treatment-related Grade 4/5 toxicity was seen within three months after SBRT. One patient had Grade 3 elevation of bilirubin. The one-year overall survival rate was 50.3%, with a median survival of 13.0 months. The only independent predictive factor associated with better survival was response to radiotherapy. Conclusions VMAT-based SBRT is a safe and effective treatment option for PVTT/IVCTT in HCC. Prospective randomized controlled trials are warranted to validate the role of SBRT in these patients. PMID:23737955

  5. Endovascular Treatment of Ruptured Abdominal Aneurysm into the Inferior Vena Cava in Patient After Stent Graft Placement

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    Juszkat, Robert; Pukacki, Fryderyk; Zarzecka, Anna; Kulesza, Jerzy; Majewski, Waclaw

    2009-07-15

    We report the case of a patient who underwent endovascular repair and then reintervention as a result of the presence of a persistent endoleak complicated by an aortocaval fistula. A 76-year-old patient with a history of endovascular treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysm 2 years earlier had a palpable abdominal mass, high-output cardiac failure, and renal failure. A computed tomographic scan and angiography revealed bending of the right iliac limb, a type I endoleak, and rupture of the aneurysm into the inferior vena cava with aortocaval fistula formation. An iliac extension was positioned in the right external iliac artery. The procedure was finished successfully. Control angiography showed normal flow within the endoprosthesis, and both iliac arteries were without signs of endoleakage and aortocaval fistula. Ectatic common iliac artery may lead to a late distal attachment site endoleak. The application of a stent graft in cases of secondary aortocaval fistula after stent graft repair is a good option, particularly in emergency cases.

  6. Fulminant Buddchiari syndrome caused by renal primitive neuroectodermal tumor with inferior vena cava thrombus extending to atrium.

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    Mete, Uttam K; Singh, Dig Vijay; Bhattacharya, Anish; Kakkar, Nandita

    2015-01-01

    Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNET) of the kidney are rare, the diagnosis usually being made at histopathology. A young female presented with a massive right renal mass with features of hepatic dysfunction. Computed tomography scan of the abdomen revealed a large tumor of right kidney with tumor thrombus extending from inferior vena cava (IVC) to right atrium with features suggesting buddchiari syndrome (BCS). Needle biopsy of mass showed a round cell neoplasm and positive staining for neuron specific enolase and minimum inhibitory concentration-2 on immunohistochemistry. She was managed with neo-adjuvant chemotherapy, surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy. To the best of our knowledge this is the first case of renal PNET with inferior IVC tumor thrombus extending to right atrium with BCS. We suggest that renal PNET should be kept in mind as a differential diagnosis in young adults presenting with a large kidney mass extending to IVC that shows evidence of necrosis on imaging, which may be associated with BCS as in index case. PMID:26881651

  7. Fontan's circulation with dextrocardia, recent pulmonary embolism, and inferior vena cava filter: Anesthetic challenges for urgent hysterectomy.

    PubMed

    Singh, Preet Mohinder; Borle, Anuradha; Ramachandran, Rashmi; Trikha, Anjan; Goudra, Basavana Gouda

    2016-01-01

    Fontan's circulation is a unique challenge for the anesthesiologist. Venous pressure is the only source of blood flow for the pulmonary circulation. Patients with such circulation are extremely sensitive to progression of cyanosis (decreased pulmonary blood flow) or circulatory failure. Any major venous compression can compromise the pulmonary blood flow worsening cyanosis; simultaneously, an increased afterload can precipitate circulatory failure. We present a rare patient of surgically corrected Ivemark syndrome with Fontan's physiology with dextrocardia who developed a large uterine fibroid compressing inferior vena cava (IVC). As a result of compression, not only the pulmonary circulation was compromised but she also developed stasis-induced venous thrombosis in the lower limbs that lead to pulmonary embolism (PE) (increased afterload). In addition to oral anticoagulation an IVC filter was inserted to prevent ongoing recurrent PE. Further, to prevent both circulatory compromise and deep venous thrombosis an urgent myomectomy/hysterectomy was planned. In the present case, we discuss the issues involved in the anesthetic management of such patients and highlight the lacunae in the present guidelines for managing perioperative anticoagulation these situations. PMID:26750698

  8. The clinical anatomy of the inferior vena cava: a review of common congenital anomalies and considerations for clinicians.

    PubMed

    Spentzouris, Georgios; Zandian, Anthony; Cesmebasi, Alper; Kinsella, Christopher R; Muhleman, Mitchel; Mirzayan, Nadine; Shirak, Michelle; Tubbs, R Shane; Shaffer, Kitt; Loukas, Marios

    2014-11-01

    Anomalies in the course and drainage of the Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) may complicate normal functioning, correct diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions within the abdomen. Development of the IVC occurs during the 4th to 8th week of gestation, and due to its developmental complexity, there are many opportunities for malformations to occur. Although most IVC anomalies are clinically silent and are usually discovered incidentally on abdominal imaging, aberrations may be responsible for formation of thrombosis, back pain, and anomalous circulation of blood to the heart. In this review, we will discuss the most common variations and abnormalities of the IVC, which include the posterior cardinal veins, the subcardinal veins, the supracardinal veins, persistent left IVC, IVC duplication, situs inversus, left retroaortic renal vein, left circumaortic renal collar, scimitar syndrome, and IVC agenesis. For each abnormality outlined above, we aim to discuss relevant embryology and potential clinical significance with regards to presentation, diagnosis, and treatment as is important for radiologists, surgeons, and clinicians in current clinical practice. PMID:25042045

  9. Failed Retrieval of an Inferior Vena Cava Filter During Pregnancy Because of Filter Tilt: Report of Two Cases

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    McConville, R. M. Kennedy, P. T.; Collins, A. J.; Ellis, P. K.

    2009-01-15

    Thromboembolic disease during pregnancy is an important cause of obstetric morbidity and mortality. Pregnant patients with venous thromboembolism are usually managed by conventional anticoagulation. However, this must be discontinued during vaginal or caesarian delivery to avoid haemorrhage and to reduce the risk of possible epidural haematoma. Retrievable inferior vena cava filters (IVCFs) offer protection against pulmonary embolism during this high-risk period, when anticoagulation is discontinued, while avoiding potential long-term sequelae of a permanent IVCF. Here we report two patients who presented in the third trimester of pregnancy with floating ileofemoral deep vein thrombosis. Both patients were initially treated with standard anticoagulation; however, shortly before delivery both patients had a retrievable IVCF placed in a suprarenal position. In both patients, retrieval failed at 28 days after insertion because of filter tilt. The timing and mechanism of filter tilt remains uncertain. We believe that a number of factors could have been involved, including change in the anatomic configuration with lateral displacement of the IVCF as a result of the gravid uterus as well as forceful uterine contractions during labour, which modified the shape and diameter of the IVC. We showed that failure to retrieve the IVCF has had considerable implications for the two young patients regarding long-term anticoagulation and have highlighted the need for further clinical trials regarding the safe use of retrievable IVCFs during pregnancy.

  10. Fucodiphlorethol G Purified from Ecklonia cava Suppresses Ultraviolet B Radiation-Induced Oxidative Stress and Cellular Damage

    PubMed Central

    Kim, Ki Cheon; Piao, Mei Jing; Zheng, Jian; Yao, Cheng Wen; Cha, Ji Won; Kumara, Madduma Hewage Susara Ruwan; Han, Xia; Kang, Hee Kyoung; Lee, Nam Ho; Hyun, Jin Won

    2014-01-01

    Fucodiphlorethol G (6’-[2,4-dihydroxy-6-(2,4,6-trihydroxyphenoxy)phenoxy]biphenyl-2,2’,4,4’,6-pentol) is a compound purified from Ecklonia cava, a brown alga that is widely distributed offshore of Jeju Island. This study investigated the protective effects of fucodiphlorethol G against oxidative damage-mediated apoptosis induced by ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation. Fucodiphlorethol G attenuated the generation of 2, 2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radicals and intracellular reactive oxygen species in response to UVB irradiation. Fucodiphlorethol G suppressed the inhibition of human keratinocyte growth by UVB irradiation. Additionally, the wavelength of light absorbed by fucodiphlorethol G was close to the UVB spectrum. Fucodiphlorethol G reduced UVB radiation-induced 8-isoprostane generation and DNA fragmentation in human keratinocytes. Moreover, fucodiphlorethol G reduced UVB radiation-induced loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, generation of apoptotic cells, and active caspase-9 expression. Taken together, fucodiphlorethol G protected human keratinocytes against UVB radiation-induced cell damage and apoptosis by absorbing UVB radiation and scavenging reactive oxygen species. PMID:25143808

  11. Repeat hepatectomy with inferior vena cava re-resection for colorectal liver metastases: case report and review of the literature.

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    Marangoni, Gabriele; Hakeem, Abdul; Khan, Atif; Rotimi, Olorunda; Lodge, J Peter

    2015-11-01

    Liver resection in patients with inferior vena cava (IVC) involvement is becoming more common with the adoption of vascular exclusion techniques and replacement of the IVC. Repeat hepatectomy and an aggressive surgical approach can offer satisfactory disease-free survival and a cure in selected patients. We herein describe a case of repeat hepatectomy with en bloc re-do IVC resection and reconstruction with Gore-Tex graft for recurrent colorectal liver disease. The patient had previously undergone non-anatomical right liver resection with IVC partial excision and reconstruction with a porcine pericardial patch. The patient is currently disease-free at 12 months' follow-up. Surgical treatment of liver tumors involving the IVC offers the only hope for prolonged survival. Re-do liver surgery with concomitant re-excision of the IVC is feasible and can be contemplated when macroscopic removal of the tumor is expected. Management of these complex cases by a specialist team with expertise in liver transplantation and vascular techniques is advised. PMID:25466296

  12. Ecklonia cava Polyphenol Has a Protective Effect against Ethanol-Induced Liver Injury in a Cyclic AMP-Dependent Manner

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    Yamashita, Haruka; Goto, Mayu; Matsui-Yuasa, Isao; Kojima-Yuasa, Akiko

    2015-01-01

    Previously, we showed that Ecklonia cava polyphenol (ECP) treatment suppressed ethanol-induced increases in hepatocyte death by scavenging intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and maintaining intracellular glutathione levels. Here, we examined the effects of ECP on the activities of alcohol-metabolizing enzymes and their regulating mechanisms in ethanol-treated hepatocytes. Isolated hepatocytes were incubated with or without 100 mM ethanol. ECP was dissolved in dimethylsulfoxide. ECP was added to cultured cells that had been incubated with or without ethanol. The cells were incubated for 0–24 h. In cultured hepatocytes, the ECP treatment with ethanol inhibited cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1) expression and activity, which is related to the production of ROS when large quantities of ethanol are oxidized. On the other hand, ECP treatment with ethanol increased the activity of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase. These changes in activities of CYP2E1 and ADH were suppressed by treatment with H89, an inhibitor of protein kinase A. ECP treatment with ethanol enhanced cyclic AMP concentrations compared with those of control cells. ECP may be a candidate for preventing ethanol-induced liver injury via regulating alcohol metabolic enzymes in a cyclic AMP-dependent manner. PMID:26096275

  13. Inferior vena cava tumor thrombus that directly infiltrated from paracaval lymph node metastases in a patient with recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma

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    2013-01-01

    Herein, we present the case of a patient with recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who had paracaval lymph node (LN) metastases with an inferior vena cava (IVC) tumor thrombus after a hepatectomy. A 65-year-old man with chronic hepatitis B virus infection received an extended anterior segmentectomy because of two hepatic tumors, located in segments 7 and 8. Histological examination of both resected specimens showed mostly moderately differentiated HCC with some poorly differentiated areas, and liver cirrhosis (A2/F4). Because the patient had an elevated α-fetoprotein serum level, abdominal computed tomography (CT) was performed. Abdominal CT revealed a 9-mm-diameter recurrent tumor in hepatic segment 3 and paracaval LN metastases with an IVC tumor thrombus at 8 months after the first operation. The patient received transcatheter arterial chemoembolization as treatment for the intrahepatic recurrence, following resection of the paracaval LN metastases and removal of the IVC tumor thrombus. In this case, the paracaval LN metastases had directly infiltrated the IVC via the lumbar veins, resulting in an IVC tumor thrombus, which usually develops from an intrahepatic tumor via the hepatic vein. The development of an IVC tumor thrombus with HCC recurrence, as in this case, is very rare, and based on a PubMed search, we believe this report may be the first to describe this condition. PMID:23915104

  14. In Vivo Evaluation of a Retrievable Vena Cava Filter-The Dibie-Musset Filter: Experimental Results

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    Dibie, Alain; Musset, Dominique; Heissler, Marc; Fournet, Jean-Christophe; Palau, Robert; Laborde, Francois

    1998-03-15

    Purpose: To evaluate, in an animal model, the efficacy and safety of a 7 Fr percutaneous vena cava filter for temporary or permanent use. Methods: The Dibie-Musset (DM) filter is a wire preformed into a double-spiral shape with a spring effect. The experiment was performed in 15 adult sheep and consisted of the insertion of 45 filters, clot trapping tests, and filter retrieval. Follow-up in all sheep consisted of radiologic (abdominal radiograph, inferior vena cavogram, abdominal computed tomography), macroscopic, and microscopic examinations between days 8 and 386 after filter placement. Results: Of the 45 filters implanted in 15 sheep, 29 were retrieved between day 0 and day 15. Filtration efficiency was 100% for clots 4 x 4 x 20 mm. No long-term (1 year) side-effects were detectable. Microscopic examination of the vein wall showed only a dense intimal fibrosis without signs of acute inflammation at 1 year. Conclusion: These results support the efficiency and safety of the DM filter in an animal model.

  15. [Survival after Sorafenib Treatment for Advanced Recurrent Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Tumor Thrombus in the Inferior Vena Cava].

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    Matoba, Hideaki; Seta, Shinsuke

    2015-11-01

    A 72-year-old man with chronic viral hepatitis type B undergoing surgery for hepatocellular carcinoma was found to have a recurrent tumor in the left liver with peritoneal dissemination near the inferior vena cava(IVC)and tumor thrombus in the IVC. For this patient diagnosed with Barcelona clinic liver cancer (BCLC) classification stage C hepatocellular carcinoma, we initiated 800 mg/body sorafenib. Two weeks after the initiation of sorafenib, the patient experienced grade 3 hand-foot syndrome, after which, the dose of sorafenib was reduced to 400 mg/body. After 1 year, CT showed an enlarged tumor in the left liver and multiple metastases to the lung. However, no remarkable difference was observed in the peritoneal dissemination and the tumor thrombus. He has been receiving sorafenib for 19 months with a good quality of life. Sorafenib can be provided on an outpatient basis and it may facilitate long-term survival for patients with advanced recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma with IVC tumor thrombus. This clinical condition is very rare, and the standard treatment for it still has not been established. PMID:26805098

  16. The Impact of Cancer on the Clinical Outcome of Patients after Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement: A Retrospective Cohort Study

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    Narayan, Anand; Hong, Kelvin; Streiff, Michael; Shinohara, Russell; Frangakis, Constantine; Coresh, Josef; Kim, Hyun S.

    2014-01-01

    Objectives Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are placed to prevent pulmonary embolism (PE) however some studies have suggested that IVC filters are associated with exacerbated risks of deep vein/IVC thrombosis in cancer patients. The purpose of this study is to determine if cancer patients develop higher than expected rates of venous thromboembolism complications after filter placement compared with non-cancer patients. Methods A retrospective cohort study of consecutive patients who received filters (2002-2006) at Johns Hopkins was conducted. Exposures and outcomes were obtained by chart review. Relative risks (RR, 95%CI) for outcomes in cancer versus non-cancer patients were estimated using multistate models. Results The cohort included 702 patients – 246 with cancer and 456 without. Cancer patients were older, more likely to be white and have filters placed for contraindications to anticoagulation (p<0.01). The most common cancers were lung (11.8%) and colorectal (10.6%). Cancer patients had an increase in venous thromboembolism (RR 1.9, (1.1,3.2)) due to more DVT/IVC thrombosis (RR 1.7, (1.0,3.0)). Higher PE rates in cancer were not statistically significant (RR 2.2, (0.8,5.8)). Conclusions Cancer patients have elevated risks of thrombotic complications compared with non-cancer patients however these risks are not higher than expected based on historical controls. PMID:24781342

  17. Ecklonia cava Polyphenol Has a Protective Effect against Ethanol-Induced Liver Injury in a Cyclic AMP-Dependent Manner.

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    Yamashita, Haruka; Goto, Mayu; Matsui-Yuasa, Isao; Kojima-Yuasa, Akiko

    2015-06-01

    Previously, we showed that Ecklonia cava polyphenol (ECP) treatment suppressed ethanol-induced increases in hepatocyte death by scavenging intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and maintaining intracellular glutathione levels. Here, we examined the effects of ECP on the activities of alcohol-metabolizing enzymes and their regulating mechanisms in ethanol-treated hepatocytes. Isolated hepatocytes were incubated with or without 100 mM ethanol. ECP was dissolved in dimethylsulfoxide. ECP was added to cultured cells that had been incubated with or without ethanol. The cells were incubated for 0-24 h. In cultured hepatocytes, the ECP treatment with ethanol inhibited cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1) expression and activity, which is related to the production of ROS when large quantities of ethanol are oxidized. On the other hand, ECP treatment with ethanol increased the activity of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase. These changes in activities of CYP2E1 and ADH were suppressed by treatment with H89, an inhibitor of protein kinase A. ECP treatment with ethanol enhanced cyclic AMP concentrations compared with those of control cells. ECP may be a candidate for preventing ethanol-induced liver injury via regulating alcohol metabolic enzymes in a cyclic AMP-dependent manner. PMID:26096275

  18. Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems (CASOS) engineering environment.

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    Detry, Richard Joseph; Linebarger, John Michael; Finley, Patrick D.; Maffitt, S. Louise; Glass, Robert John, Jr.; Beyeler, Walter Eugene; Ames, Arlo Leroy

    2012-02-01

    Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems, or CASoS, are vastly complex physical-socio-technical systems which we must understand to design a secure future for the nation. The Phoenix initiative implements CASoS Engineering principles combining the bottom up Complex Systems and Complex Adaptive Systems view with the top down Systems Engineering and System-of-Systems view. CASoS Engineering theory and practice must be conducted together to develop a discipline that is grounded in reality, extends our understanding of how CASoS behave and allows us to better control the outcomes. The pull of applications (real world problems) is critical to this effort, as is the articulation of a CASoS Engineering Framework that grounds an engineering approach in the theory of complex adaptive systems of systems. Successful application of the CASoS Engineering Framework requires modeling, simulation and analysis (MS and A) capabilities and the cultivation of a CASoS Engineering Community of Practice through knowledge sharing and facilitation. The CASoS Engineering Environment, itself a complex adaptive system of systems, constitutes the two platforms that provide these capabilities.

  19. Electrocochleographic findings in superior canal dehiscence syndrome.

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    Park, Joo Hyun; Lee, Sang Yeon; Song, Jae-Jin; Choi, Byung Yoon; Koo, Ja-Won

    2015-05-01

    This study evaluated the electrocochleographic findings of patients with superior canal dehiscence (SCD) syndrome and determined their diagnostic values and relationships with audiometric parameters. Thirteen symptomatic SCD patients (1 bilateral) confirmed by temporal bone computed tomography (TBCT) and cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (cVEMP) were recruited. SCD sizes were measured on reformatted images in the plane of the superior canal (SC). Results of audiologic tests (audiometry, cVEMP, electrocochleography (ECoG)) for 14 affected and 12 contralateral unaffected ears were evaluated. Relationships between summating potential (SP) to action potential (AP) ratios, as measured by ECoG, and other audiometric parameters were evaluated. Sensitivity analysis of SP/AP ratios was performed by plotting receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves for SCD syndrome patients and 19 age-matched healthy controls. Mean SP/AP ratio of SCD ears was significantly higher than that of unaffected ears (0.52 versus 0.25, p < 0.001) and SPs were significantly elevated in affected ears (p = 0.011), whereas APs were similar for affected and unaffected ears. SP/AP ratio showed a sensitivity of 92.3% and a specificity of 94.0% for distinguishing SCD syndrome patients given the inclusion criteria applied (symptoms, TBCT, cVEMP threshold) at a cutoff value of 0.34 (p < 0.001). SP/AP ratio was not correlated with SCD size or cVEMP threshold in affected ears. Negative absolute values of bone conduction at low frequency tended to increase with SP/AP ratio. Five out of 13 patients underwent surgical repair experienced symptomatic improvement with normalization of SP/AP ratios. ECoG appears to be a valuable diagnostic adjunct for functional demonstration of the third window in the otic capsule with high sensitivity and specificity, and thus, can support a clinical diagnosis of SCD when used in conjunction with clinical and radiological findings. PMID:25683209

  20. Shouldice is superior to Bassini inguinal herniorrhaphy.

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    Kux, M; Fuchsjäger, N; Schemper, M

    1994-07-01

    The original Bassini and Shouldice methods for inguinal herniorrhaphy were tested against each other and against their respective variants that avoid permanent suturing of the internal oblique muscle. Seven hundred fifty inguinal hernia repairs were prospectively allocated to 1 of 4 groups: group A: Bassini with absorbable sutures (polyglycolic acid); group B: Bassini with nonabsorbable sutures (polyester); group C: Shouldice with four rows of polypropylene sutures; and group D: Shouldice with two rows of polypropylene sutures. Outcome was correlated to prospectively defined types and risk factors such as direct hernia, repair for recurrent hernia, hernial sac diameter greater than 8 cm, age greater than 70 years, overweight, and chronic bronchitis. Actual (not actuarial) recurrence rates were determined through clinical examination by hospital staff surgeons (not through information by letter or phone) for 93.6% of surviving patients. Local complications exclusive of recurrence, but including the redoubtable and litigious sequelae of testicular atrophy and chronic ilioinguinal pain, were significantly reduced from 6.3% (group B and C) to 2.3% by omitting permanent muscle sutures (groups A and D; P < 0.05). However, the use of slowly absorbable suture material resulted in a disproportionately high recurrence rate of 12.8% in the modified Bassini group A. The original Bassini method, ie, division of the transversalis fascia and repair with nonabsorbable sutures, as was used in group B, had an actual 2-year recurrence rate of 8.7%, still a highly significant difference compared with 3.6% and 2.3% for Shouldice groups C and D, respectively (P = 0.012). For repair of recurrent hernia, the superiority of the Shouldice technique was not statistically significant: re-recurrence rate 7.6% versus 13.5% for the original Bassini group B. Repair of recurrent hernia was the only patient-related risk factor of equal significance as the method of repair. The Shouldice technique is superior to and more than merely a reinvention of Bassini's original method. The omission of muscle sutures is physiologically sound and recommended for the Shouldice operation. PMID:8024092

  1. Superior temporal gyrus spectral abnormalities in schizophrenia

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    EDGAR, J. CHRISTOPHER; HANLON, FAITH M.; HUANG, MING-XIONG; WEISEND, MICHAEL P.; THOMA, ROBERT J.; CARPENTER, BRUCE; HOECHSTETTER, KARSTEN; CAÑIVE, JOSÉ M.; MILLER, GREGORY A.

    2009-01-01

    Considerable evidence indicates early auditory stimulus processing abnormalities in schizophrenia, but the mechanisms are unclear. The present study examined oscillatory phenomena during a paired-click paradigm in the superior temporal gyrus (STG) as a possible core problem. The primary question addressed is whether first click and/or second click group differences in the time-domain evoked response in patients with schizophrenia are due to (1) group differences in the magnitude of poststimulus oscillatory activity, (2) group differences in poststimulus phase-locking, and/or (3) group differences in the magnitude of ongoing background oscillatory activity. Dense-array magnetoencephalography from 45 controls and 45 patients with schizophrenia produced left- and right-hemisphere STG 50- and 100-ms time-frequency evoked, phase-locking, and total power measures. Whereas first click 100-ms evoked theta and alpha abnormalities were observed bilaterally, evoked low beta-band differences were specific to the left hemisphere. Compared to controls, patients with schizophrenia showed more low-frequency phase variability, and the decreased 100-ms S1 evoked response observed in patients was best predicted by the STG phase-locking measure. PMID:18665866

  2. Carbon phosphide monolayers with superior carrier mobility.

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    Wang, Gaoxue; Pandey, Ravindra; Karna, Shashi P

    2016-04-21

    Two dimensional (2D) materials with a finite band gap and high carrier mobility are sought after materials from both fundamental and technological perspectives. In this paper, we present the results based on the particle swarm optimization method and density functional theory which predict three geometrically different phases of the carbon phosphide (CP) monolayer consisting of sp(2) hybridized C atoms and sp(3) hybridized P atoms in hexagonal networks. Two of the phases, referred to as α-CP and β-CP with puckered or buckled surfaces are semiconducting with highly anisotropic electronic and mechanical properties. More remarkably, they have the lightest electrons and holes among the known 2D semiconductors, yielding superior carrier mobility. The γ-CP has a distorted hexagonal network and exhibits a semi-metallic behavior with Dirac cones. These theoretical findings suggest that the binary CP monolayer is a yet unexplored 2D material holding great promise for applications in high-performance electronics and optoelectronics. PMID:27067002

  3. Carbon phosphide monolayers with superior carrier mobility

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    Wang, Gaoxue; Pandey, Ravindra; Karna, Shashi P.

    2016-04-01

    Two dimensional (2D) materials with a finite band gap and high carrier mobility are sought after materials from both fundamental and technological perspectives. In this paper, we present the results based on the particle swarm optimization method and density functional theory which predict three geometrically different phases of the carbon phosphide (CP) monolayer consisting of sp2 hybridized C atoms and sp3 hybridized P atoms in hexagonal networks. Two of the phases, referred to as α-CP and β-CP with puckered or buckled surfaces are semiconducting with highly anisotropic electronic and mechanical properties. More remarkably, they have the lightest electrons and holes among the known 2D semiconductors, yielding superior carrier mobility. The γ-CP has a distorted hexagonal network and exhibits a semi-metallic behavior with Dirac cones. These theoretical findings suggest that the binary CP monolayer is a yet unexplored 2D material holding great promise for applications in high-performance electronics and optoelectronics.Two dimensional (2D) materials with a finite band gap and high carrier mobility are sought after materials from both fundamental and technological perspectives. In this paper, we present the results based on the particle swarm optimization method and density functional theory which predict three geometrically different phases of the carbon phosphide (CP) monolayer consisting of sp2 hybridized C atoms and sp3 hybridized P atoms in hexagonal networks. Two of the phases, referred to as α-CP and β-CP with puckered or buckled surfaces are semiconducting with highly anisotropic electronic and mechanical properties. More remarkably, they have the lightest electrons and holes among the known 2D semiconductors, yielding superior carrier mobility. The γ-CP has a distorted hexagonal network and exhibits a semi-metallic behavior with Dirac cones. These theoretical findings suggest that the binary CP monolayer is a yet unexplored 2D material holding great promise for applications in high-performance electronics and optoelectronics. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Fig. S1 cohesive energy and structure of the CP monolayer with various stoichiometric compositions obtained using CALYPSO, Fig. S2 history of CALYPSO steps and structure of the CP monolayer, Fig. S3 phonon dispersion with DFT-D2 functional, Fig. S4 band structure for β-CP using the DFT-PBE and DFT-D2 functional forms, Fig. S5 strain energy curves, Fig. S6 projected band structure for α-CP, Fig. S7 projected band structure for β-CP, Fig. S8 projected band structure for γ-CP, Fig. S9 band structures obtained with the GGA-PBE and HSE06 functional; Table S1 lattice parameters with the DFT-D2 functional form; Video S1 AIMD simulation of α-CP at 300 K, Video S2 AIMD simulation of β-CP at 300 K, Video S3 AIMD simulation of γ-CP at 300 K. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00498a

  4. Preparation and experimental research into retrievable rapamycin- and heparin-coated vena cava filters: a pilot study.

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    Zhao, Hui; Zhang, Fuxian; Liang, Gangzhu; Ye, Lin; Zhang, Huan; Niu, Luyuan; Cheng, Long; Zhang, Mingyi

    2016-04-01

    The use of retrievable vena cava filters (RVCFs) was once commonplace, but filter retrieval was often very difficult. Most unsuccessful retrieval was due to intimal hyperplasia of the inferior vena cava and in-filter thrombosis. This pilot study aimed to design a drug-eluting RVCF. The hypothesis was that coated drugs could be released continuously to inhibit vena intimal hyperplasia and thrombosis, and thus improve the retrieval rates of RVCFs. Various concentrations of polycaprolactone (PCL)/chloroform solution were made from a mixture of Rapamycin and Heparin according to the quality of PCL. The drug was coated onto the surface of the filters by a process of dipping. In vitro tests were performed to check stability and in vitro drug release. Animals receiving filter implantation were divided into 4 groups, the experimental intervention group (EI), experimental laparotomy group (EL), control intervention group (CI), and control laparotomy group (CL). Filters were retrieved by laparotomy in the EL and CL groups, and by interventional operation in the EI and CI groups at 10, 20 and 30 days after implantation. Pathological endothelia biopsies were performed with wood grain-eosin (HE) staining and immunohistochemical examination, with the proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) index, and the results were compared between the experimental and control groups. The weight of thrombus within the filters was also measured by scale and compared. The coating concentration that succeeded in completely covering the surface was 0.2 g/ml. There was better coverage by SEM at this concentration, and the coated drugs had no obvious loss after filter release. The drug release curves showed that the amount of Heparin released was more than 50 % at day 1; Rapamycin released little in the first few days, beginning in earnest at 20 to 30 days. The filters were easy to retrieve at 10 days for both groups, while neither could be retrieved at 30 days. However, at 20 days the filter in the EI group could be retrieved with some difficulty, but the filter in the CI group couldn't be removed at all. The pathological examination and immunohistochemical PCNA examination results showed that the use of drug-eluting filters could effectively inhibit endothelial hyperplasia at 10 and 20 days, but was less effective at 30 days. There was no apparent difference in the total weight of blood clots between the experimental and control groups. We successfully conducted a pilot study into preparing Rapamycin- and Heparin-coated RVCFs. In vitro and in vivo tests further proved the possibility of improving the retrieval rates of RVCFs by effectively inhibiting vein endothelial proliferation, but the anticoagulation and antithrombosis effects of Heparin were unsatisfactory. PMID:26364298

  5. The Business Value of Superior Energy Performance

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    McKane, Aimee; Scheihing, Paul; Evans, Tracy; Glatt, Sandy; Meffert, William

    2015-08-04

    Industrial facilities participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (US DOE) Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program are finding that it provides them with significant business value. This value starts with the implementation of ISO 50001-Energy management system standard, which provides an internationally-relevant framework for integration of energy management into an organization’s business processes. The resulting structure emphasizes effective use of available data and supports continual improvement of energy performance. International relevance is particularly important for companies with a global presence or trading interests, providing them with access to supporting ISO standards and a growing body of certified companies representing the collective knowledge of communities of practice. This paper examines the business value of SEP, a voluntary program that builds on ISO 50001, inviting industry to demonstrate an even greater commitment through third-party verification of energy performance improvement to a specified level of achievement. Information from 28 facilities that have already achieved SEP certification will illustrate key findings concerning both the value and the challenges from SEP/ISO 50001 implementation. These include the facilities’ experience with implementation, internal and external value of third-party verification of energy performance improvement; attractive payback periods and the importance of SEP tools and guidance. US DOE is working to bring the program to scale, including the Enterprise-Wide Accelerator (SEP for multiple facilities in a company), the Ratepayer-Funded Program Accelerator (supporting tools for utilities and program administrators to include SEP in their program offerings), and expansion of the program to other sectors and industry supply chains.

  6. Multi-Objective Lake Superior Regulation

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    Asadzadeh, M.; Razavi, S.; Tolson, B.

    2011-12-01

    At the direction of the International Joint Commission (IJC) the International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS) Board is investigating possible changes to the present method of regulating the outflows of Lake Superior (SUP) to better meet the contemporary needs of the stakeholders. In this study, a new plan in the form of a rule curve that is directly interpretable for regulation of SUP is proposed. The proposed rule curve has 18 parameters that should be optimized. The IUGLS Board is also interested in a regulation strategy that considers potential effects of climate uncertainty. Therefore, the quality of the rule curve is assessed simultaneously for multiple supply sequences that represent various future climate scenarios. The rule curve parameters are obtained by solving a computationally intensive bi-objective simulation-optimization problem that maximizes the total increase in navigation and hydropower benefits of the new regulation plan and minimizes the sum of all normalized constraint violations. The objective and constraint values are obtained from a Microsoft Excel based Shared Vision Model (SVM) that compares any new SUP regulation plan with the current regulation policy. The underlying optimization problem is solved by a recently developed, highly efficient multi-objective optimization algorithm called Pareto Archived Dynamically Dimensioned Search (PA-DDS). To further improve the computational efficiency of the simulation-optimization problem, the model pre-emption strategy is used in a novel way to avoid the complete evaluation of regulation plans with low quality in both objectives. Results show that the generated rule curve is robust and typically more reliable when facing unpredictable climate conditions compared to other SUP regulation plans.

  7. Social and Demographic Factors Influencing Inferior Vena Cava Filter Retrieval at a Single Institution in the United States

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    Smith, S. Christian Shanks, Candace Guy, Gregory Yang, Xiangyu Dowell, Joshua D.

    2015-10-15

    PurposeRetrievable inferior vena cava filters (IVCFs) are associated with long-term adverse events that have increased interest in improving filter retrieval rates. Determining the influential patient social and demographic factors affecting IVCF retrieval is important to personalize patient management strategies and attain optimal patient care.Materials and MethodsSeven-hundred and sixty-two patients were retrospectively studied who had a filter placed at our institution between January 2011 and November 2013. Age, gender, race, cancer history, distance to residence from retrieval institution, and insurance status were identified for each patient, and those receiving retrievable IVCFs were further evaluated for retrieval rate and time to retrieval.ResultsOf the 762 filters placed, 133 were permanent filters. Of the 629 retrievable filters placed, 406 met the inclusion criteria and were eligible for retrieval. Results revealed patients with Medicare were less likely to have their filters retrieved (p = 0.031). Older age was also associated with a lower likelihood of retrieval (p < 0.001) as was living further from the medical center (p = 0.027). Patients who were white and had Medicare were more likely than similarly insured black patients to have their filters retrieved (p = 0.024).ConclusionsThe retrieval rate of IVCFs was most influenced by insurance status, distance from the medical center, and age. Race was statistically significant only when combined with insurance status. The results of this study suggest that these patient groups may need closer follow-up in order to obtain optimal IVCF retrieval rates.

  8. Efficacy of Lower-Extremity Venous Thrombolysis in the Setting of Congenital Absence or Atresia of the Inferior Vena Cava

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    Ganguli, Suvranu Kalva, Sanjeeva; Oklu, Rahmi; Walker, T. Gregory; Datta, Neil; Grabowski, Eric F.; Wicky, Stephan

    2012-10-15

    Purpose: A rare but described risk factor for deep venous thrombosis (DVT), predominately in the young, is congenital agenesis or atresia of the inferior vena cava (IVC). The optimal management for DVT in this subset of patients is unknown. We evaluated the efficacy of pharmacomechanical catheter-directed thrombolysis (PCDT) followed by systemic anticoagulation in the treatment of acute lower-extremity DVT in the setting of congenital IVC agenesis or atresia. Materials and Methods: Between November of 2005 and May of 2010, six patients (three women [average age 21 years]) were referred to our department with acute lower-extremity DVT and subsequently found to have IVC agenesis or atresia on magnetic resonance imaging. A standardized technique for PCDT (the Angiojet Rheolytic Thrombectomy System followed by the EKOS Microsonic Accelerated Thrombolysis System) was used for all subjects. Successful thrombolysis was followed by systemic heparinization with transition to Coumadin or low molecular-weight heparin and compression stockings. Subjects were followed-up at 1, 3, and then every 6 months after the procedure with clinical assessment and bilateral lower-extremity venous ultrasound. Results: All PCDT procedures were technically successful. No venous stenting or angioplasty was performed. The average thrombolysis time was 28.6 h (range 12-72). Two patients experienced heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, and one patient developed a self-limited knee hemarthrosis, No patients were lost to follow-up. The average length of follow-up was 25.8 {+-} 20.2 months (range 3.8-54.8). No incidence of recurrent DVT was identified. There were no manifestations of postthrombotic syndrome. Conclusions: PCDT followed by systemic anticoagulation and the use of compression stockings appears to be safe and effective in relatively long-term follow-up treatment of patients who present with acute DVT and IVC agenesis or atresia.

  9. Correlation of caval index, inferior vena cava diameter, and central venous pressure in shock patients in the emergency room

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    Worapratya, Panita; Anupat, Sawanya; Suwannanon, Ruedeekorn; Wuthisuthimethawee, Prasit

    2014-01-01

    Objectives This study aims to determine the correlation of the caval index, inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter, and central venous pressure (CVP) in patients with shock in the emergency room. Materials and methods This is a prospective double-blind observational study conducted in the emergency room of a tertiary care center. All patients who presented with shock and had a central venous catheter insertion performed were enrolled. The caval index was calculated as a relative decrease in the IVC diameter during the normal respiratory cycle. The correlation of CVP and the caval index were calculated by Pearson’s product–moment correlation coefficient. Results Among the 30 patients enrolled, the median age was 59.90±21.81 years and 17 (56.7%) patients were men. The summary statistics that were generated for the participants’ characteristics were divided into CVP <10 cm H2O, 10–15 cm H2O, and >15 cm H2O. The correlation of the CVP measurement with the ultrasound IVC caval index was r=−0.721 (P=0.000) by two-dimensional mode ultrasound and r=−0.647 (P=0.001) by M-mode. The correlations of CVP with the end-expiratory IVC diameter were r=0.551 (P=0.002) by two-dimensional mode ultrasound and r=0.492 (P=0.008) by M-mode. The sensitivity and specificity of the caval index were calculated to predict the CVP. The results showed that the cut-off points of the caval index were 30, 20, and 10 at CVP levels <10 cm H2O, 10–15 cm H2O, and >15 cm H2O, respectively. Conclusion The caval index calculated from the IVC diameter measured by bedside ultrasound in the emergency room has a good correlation with CVP.

  10. The electrolytic inferior vena cava model (EIM) to study thrombogenesis and thrombus resolution with continuous blood flow in the mouse

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    Diaz, Jose A.; Alvarado, Christine M.; Wrobleski, Shirley K.; Slack, Dallas W.; Hawley, Angela E.; Farris, Diana M.; Henke, Peter K.; Wakefield, Thomas W.; Myers, Daniel D.

    2016-01-01

    Summary Previously, we presented the electrolytic inferior vena cava (IVC) model (EIM) during acute venous thrombosis (VT). Here, we present our evaluation of the EIM for chronic VT time points in order to determine whether this model allows for the study of thrombus resolution. C57BU6 mice (n=191) were utilised. In this model a copper-wire, inserted into a 25-gauge needle, is placed in the distal IVC and another subcutaneously. An electrical current (250 µAmp/15 minutes) activates the endothelial cells, inducing thrombogenesis. Ultrasound, thrombus weight (TW), vein wall leukocyte counts, vein wall thickness/fibrosis scoring, thrombus area and soluble P-selectin (sP-sel) were performed at baseline, days 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 11 and 14, post EIM. A correlation between TW and sP-sel was also determined. A thrombus formed in each mouse undergoing EIM. Blood flow was documented by ultrasound at all time points. IVC thrombus size increased up to day 2 and then decreased over time, as shown by ultrasound, TW, and sP-sel levels. TW and sP-sel showed a strong positive correlation (r=0.48, p<0.0002). Vein wall neutrophils were the most common cell type present in acute VT (up to day 2) with monocytes becoming the most prevalent in chronic VT (from day 6 to day 14). Thrombus resolution was demonstrated by ultrasound, TW and thrombus area. In conclusion, the EIM produces a non-occlusive and consistent IVC thrombus, in the presence of constant blood flow, allowing for the study of VT at both acute and chronic time points. Thrombus resolution was demonstrated by all modalities utilised in this study. PMID:23571406

  11. Resection of the Inferior Vena Cava for Neoplasms With or Without Prosthetic Replacement: A 14-Patient Series

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    Hardwigsen, Jean; Baqué, Patrick; Crespy, Bernard; Moutardier, Vincent; Delpero, Jean Robert; Le Treut, Yves Patrice

    2001-01-01

    Objective To review the outcome of resection of the suprarenal or infrarenal inferior vena cava (IVC) and possible indications for prosthetic replacement. Summary Background Data Involvement of the IVC has long been considered a limiting factor for curative surgery for advanced tumors because the surgical risks are high and the long-term prognosis is poor. Prosthetic replacement of the IVC is controversial. Methods The authors retrospectively reviewed a 7-year series of 14 patients who underwent en bloc resection including a circumferential segment of the IVC. The tumor was malignant in 12 patients and benign in 2. The resected segment of the IVC was located above the kidneys in eight patients and below in six. Resection was performed without extracorporeal circulation in all patients. Results In all but one patient, IVC resection was associated with multivisceral resection, including extended nephrectomy (n = 8), major hepatic resection (n = 3), digestive resection (n = 3), and infrarenal aortic replacement (n = 2). Prosthetic replacement of the IVC was performed in eight patients cases and was more common after resection of a suprarenal (6/8) than an infrarenal segment of the IVC (2/6). One patient died of multiorgan failure. Major complications occurred in 29% of patients. Symptomatic complications of prosthetic replacement occurred in one patient (acute postoperative thrombosis, successfully treated by surgical disobstruction). Graft-related infection was not observed. Marked symptoms of venous obstruction developed in three of the six patients who did not undergo venous replacement. In patients undergoing surgery for malignant disease, the estimated median survival was 37 months and the actuarial survival rate was 67% at 1 year. Conclusion Multivisceral resection including a segment of IVC is justified to achieve complete extirpation in selected patients with extensive abdominal tumors. Prosthetic replacement of the IVC may be required, particularly in cases of suprarenal resection. It is a safe procedure with a low complication rate and good functional results. PMID:11176131

  12. Efficacy and Safety of Endovascular Intervention for the Management of Primary Entire-Inferior Vena Cava Occlusion

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    Zhang, Qingqiao Huang, Qianxin Shen, Bin Sun, Jingmin Wang, Xiaolong Liu, Hongtao

    2015-06-15

    PurposeThis study was designed to investigate the safety and efficacy of endovascular intervention for the treatment of primary entire-inferior vena cava (IVC) occlusion.MethodsEndovascular interventions were performed in six patients for the treatment of primary entire-IVC occlusion. IVC and hepatic venography were performed via the jugular and femoral veins. Balloon angioplasty was used to revascularize the hepatic vein and IVC and a stent was placed in the IVC to maintain patency. Postoperative color Doppler ultrasonography was performed at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months, and then annually, to monitor the patency of the hepatic vein and IVC.ResultsThe IVC and one or two hepatic veins were successfully revascularized in five patients. Revascularization was successful in the right and left hepatic veins in one patient; however, IVC patency could not be established in this patient. Eleven Z-type, self-expanding stents were placed into the IVCs of five patients (three stents in two patients, two stents in two patients, and one stent in one patient). There were no instances of postoperative bleeding or mortality. Follow-up was conducted for 18–90 months (42.8 ± 26.5 months). None of the five patients suffered restenosis of the IVC or hepatic veins. However, there was one of the six cases of right hepatic vein restenosis at 18 months postprocedure that was revascularized after a second balloon dilatation.ConclusionsEndovascular intervention is safe and efficacious for the treatment of primary entire-IVC occlusion.

  13. Current Status of the Retrieval Rate of Retrievable Vena Cava Filters in a Tertiary Referral Center in Korea

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    Park, Hyeongmin; Han, Ahram; Choi, Chanjoong; Min, Sang-il; Ha, Jongwon; Jung, In Mok; Lee, Taeseung; Kim, Hyo-Cheol; Jae, Hwan Joon; Min, Seung-Kee

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to review the daily practice of inferior vena cava filters (IVCFs) in a tertiary referral center in Korea and to reveal the retrieval rate and the methods for improving it. Materials and Methods: Through the electronic medical record system, a retrospective review was performed on 115 consecutive patients who underwent placement of retrievable IVCFs between February 2000 and January 2011 in Seoul National University Hospital. Results: IVCF placement was done in 115 cases (113 patients). There were 68 men (59.1%), and the mean age was 58.5±15.5 years (range, 10–96 years). The affiliated departments were Vascular Surgery (57 cases, 49.6%), and Internal Medicine (20 cases, 17.4%). Advanced malignancy was the most commonly associated disease (n=30, 26%). The indications for IVCF placement were categorized; absolute indications in 36 cases (31.3%), relative indications in 78 cases (67.8%), and prophylactic use in 1 case (0.9%). The most common indications were thrombolysis/thrombectomy for iliocaval deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (n=55, 47.8). Of the 115 filters, 68 were retrieved (retrieval rate, 59%). The most common cause of non-retrieval was chronic high risk of venous thromboembolism in 24 patients (51%), followed by residual proximal DVT (n=7, 15%), and negligence by unknown reasons (n=6, 13%). Conclusion: To improve the retrieval rate, the number of follow-up losses to vascular specialists must be decreased, which can be achieved by establishment of a dedicated IVC filter clinic, implementation of a filter registry, and regular education for medical teams and patients along with their families. PMID:26217632

  14. Outcomes of retrievable inferior vena cava filters in patients with deep vein thrombosis and transient contraindication for anticoagulation

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    Kim, Hyung-Kee; Song, Incheol; Jang, Ji-Hoon; Oh, Chang-Wug; Lee, Jong-Min

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To determine the efficacy of a retrievable inferior vena cava filter (IVCF) for patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and transient contraindication for anticoagulant therapy, and to analyze the risk factors for filter thrombus in these patients. Methods We retrospectively reviewed the records of 70 patients who received a retrievable IVCF from January 2007 to June 2014 because of documented DVT and transient contraindication for anticoagulant therapy. The protocol for follow-up care generally consisted of anticoagulant therapy after high-risk periods, follow-up CT around 2 weeks after IVCF placement, and retrieval if possible. Results The 70 patients had a mean age of 61.8 years (range, 17-88 years), and 30 were male (43%). The indications for IVCF were recent trauma including surgery in 48 patients, recent hemorrhage in 14, and planned major surgery with DVT in 8 patients. Follow-up CT of 61 patients (87%) was performed. Aggravation or new development of pulmonary embolism (PE) was not found in any patient. Filter thrombus was detected in 23% of patients with follow-up CT (14/61). Filter thrombus was not detected in patients with isolated calf vein thrombosis (ICVT) (P = 0.079). The risk factor for filter thrombus was DVT progression on follow-up CT (P = 0.007) on multivariate analysis. Conclusion For patients with DVT and transient contraindication for anticoagulant therapy, a retrievable IVCF could prevent the aggravation or new development of PE. DVT progression on follow-up CT was associated with filter thrombus and ICVT was not related to filter thrombus in the present study. PMID:26131442

  15. Cold-Adapted Viral Attenuation (CAVA): Highly Temperature Sensitive Polioviruses as Novel Vaccine Strains for a Next Generation Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine

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    Sanders, Barbara P.; de los Rios Oakes, Isabel; van Hoek, Vladimir; Bockstal, Viki; Kamphuis, Tobias; Uil, Taco G.; Song, Yutong; Cooper, Gillian; Crawt, Laura E.; Martín, Javier; Zahn, Roland; Lewis, John; Wimmer, Eckard; Custers, Jerome H. H. V.; Schuitemaker, Hanneke; Cello, Jeronimo; Edo-Matas, Diana

    2016-01-01

    The poliovirus vaccine field is moving towards novel vaccination strategies. Withdrawal of the Oral Poliovirus Vaccine and implementation of the conventional Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (cIPV) is imminent. Moreover, replacement of the virulent poliovirus strains currently used for cIPV with attenuated strains is preferred. We generated Cold-Adapted Viral Attenuation (CAVA) poliovirus strains by serial passage at low temperature and subsequent genetic engineering, which contain the capsid sequences of cIPV strains combined with a set of mutations identified during cold-adaptation. These viruses displayed a highly temperature sensitive phenotype with no signs of productive infection at 37°C as visualized by electron microscopy. Furthermore, decreases in infectious titers, viral RNA, and protein levels were measured during infection at 37°C, suggesting a block in the viral replication cycle at RNA replication, protein translation, or earlier. However, at 30°C, they could be propagated to high titers (9.4–9.9 Log10TCID50/ml) on the PER.C6 cell culture platform. We identified 14 mutations in the IRES and non-structural regions, which in combination induced the temperature sensitive phenotype, also when transferred to the genomes of other wild-type and attenuated polioviruses. The temperature sensitivity translated to complete absence of neurovirulence in CD155 transgenic mice. Attenuation was also confirmed after extended in vitro passage at small scale using conditions (MOI, cell density, temperature) anticipated for vaccine production. The inability of CAVA strains to replicate at 37°C makes reversion to a neurovirulent phenotype in vivo highly unlikely, therefore, these strains can be considered safe for the manufacture of IPV. The CAVA strains were immunogenic in the Wistar rat potency model for cIPV, inducing high neutralizing antibody titers in a dose-dependent manner in response to D-antigen doses used for cIPV. In combination with the highly productive PER.C6 cell culture platform, the stably attenuated CAVA strains may serve as an attractive low-cost and (bio)safe option for the production of a novel next generation IPV. PMID:27032093

  16. Right sided double inferior vena cava with obstructed retrocaval ureter: Managed with single incision multiple port laparoscopic technique using "Santosh Postgraduate Institute tacking ureteric fixation technique"

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    Singh, Shivanshu; Garg, Nitin

    2015-01-01

    Right double inferior vena cava with obstructed retrocaval ureter is an extremely rare anomaly with only a few reported cases in the literature. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report describing ureteric repair by use of a single-incision laparoscopic technique. In addition, this report addresses the underlying surgical challenges of this repair and provides a brief review of the embryology of this anomaly. The "Santosh Postgraduate Institute ureteric tacking fixation technique" provides ease of end-to-end uretero-ureteric anastomosis in a single-incision laparoscopic surgery. PMID:25874048

  17. Cold-Adapted Viral Attenuation (CAVA): Highly Temperature Sensitive Polioviruses as Novel Vaccine Strains for a Next Generation Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine.

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    Sanders, Barbara P; de Los Rios Oakes, Isabel; van Hoek, Vladimir; Bockstal, Viki; Kamphuis, Tobias; Uil, Taco G; Song, Yutong; Cooper, Gillian; Crawt, Laura E; Martín, Javier; Zahn, Roland; Lewis, John; Wimmer, Eckard; Custers, Jerome H H V; Schuitemaker, Hanneke; Cello, Jeronimo; Edo-Matas, Diana

    2016-03-01

    The poliovirus vaccine field is moving towards novel vaccination strategies. Withdrawal of the Oral Poliovirus Vaccine and implementation of the conventional Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (cIPV) is imminent. Moreover, replacement of the virulent poliovirus strains currently used for cIPV with attenuated strains is preferred. We generated Cold-Adapted Viral Attenuation (CAVA) poliovirus strains by serial passage at low temperature and subsequent genetic engineering, which contain the capsid sequences of cIPV strains combined with a set of mutations identified during cold-adaptation. These viruses displayed a highly temperature sensitive phenotype with no signs of productive infection at 37°C as visualized by electron microscopy. Furthermore, decreases in infectious titers, viral RNA, and protein levels were measured during infection at 37°C, suggesting a block in the viral replication cycle at RNA replication, protein translation, or earlier. However, at 30°C, they could be propagated to high titers (9.4-9.9 Log10TCID50/ml) on the PER.C6 cell culture platform. We identified 14 mutations in the IRES and non-structural regions, which in combination induced the temperature sensitive phenotype, also when transferred to the genomes of other wild-type and attenuated polioviruses. The temperature sensitivity translated to complete absence of neurovirulence in CD155 transgenic mice. Attenuation was also confirmed after extended in vitro passage at small scale using conditions (MOI, cell density, temperature) anticipated for vaccine production. The inability of CAVA strains to replicate at 37°C makes reversion to a neurovirulent phenotype in vivo highly unlikely, therefore, these strains can be considered safe for the manufacture of IPV. The CAVA strains were immunogenic in the Wistar rat potency model for cIPV, inducing high neutralizing antibody titers in a dose-dependent manner in response to D-antigen doses used for cIPV. In combination with the highly productive PER.C6 cell culture platform, the stably attenuated CAVA strains may serve as an attractive low-cost and (bio)safe option for the production of a novel next generation IPV. PMID:27032093

  18. Peripartum Primary Prophylaxis Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement in a Patient with Stage IV B-Cell Lymphoma Presenting with a Pathologic Femur Fracture

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    Sherer, David M.; Dalloul, Mudar; Behar, Henry James; Salame, Ghadir; Holland, Roy; Zinn, Harry; Abulafia, Ovadia

    2015-01-01

    Background Pulmonary embolus (PE) remains a leading etiology of maternal mortality in the developed world. Increasing utilization of retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement currently includes pregnant patients. Case A 22-year-old woman at 27 weeks' gestation was diagnosed with Stage IV high-grade malignant B cell lymphoma following pathologic femur fracture. Significant risk factors for PE led to placement of primary prophylaxis IVC filter before cesarean delivery, open reduction and internal fixation of the fractured femur, and chemotherapy. Conclusion This case supports that primary prophylaxis placement of IVC filters in highly selected pregnant patients may assist in decreasing PE-associated maternal mortality. PMID:26495170

  19. Successful Endovascular Removal of a Perforated Inferior Vena Cava Filter Complicated by a Large Retroperitoneal Hematoma: Pitfall of Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis.

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    Ishigami, Norio; Nagai, Tomoo; Arakawa, Junko; Hisadome, Hideki; Tabata, Hirotsugu

    2016-03-01

    Symptomatic caval perforation is rare complication after inferior vena cava (IVC) filter insertion. A 44-year-old woman developed back pain after the placement of retrieval IVC filter during catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT). Her computed tomography showed a large right-sided retroperitoneal hematoma. After 2 weeks, endovascular removal of the perforated filter was successfully performed without complication. Because thrombolytic agents can accelerate bleeding caused by endovascular procedures, the bleeding rate of the IVC filter deployment during CDT might be higher than expected. PMID:26900315

  20. Use of a dual lumen cannula for venovenous extra corporeal membrane oxygenation in a patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome and a previously inserted inferior vena cava filter: a case report

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    Palizas Jr., Fernando; García, Christian Casabella; Norese, Mariano

    2016-01-01

    Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is used in refractory hypoxemia in many clinical settings. Thoracic trauma patients usually develop acute respiratory distress syndrome. Due to high risk of bleeding, thrombotic complications present in this context are particularly difficult to manage and usually require insertion of an inferior vena cava filter to prevent embolism from the distal veins to the pulmonary circulation. Here, we present a case of a thoracic trauma patient with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome requiring venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation via a right internal jugular double lumen cannula due to a previously inserted inferior vena cava filter caused by distal bilateral calf muscle vein deep vein thrombosis. PMID:27096680

  1. Food of lake trout in Lake Superior

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    Dryer, William R.; Erkkila, Leo F.; Tetzloff, Clifford L.

    1965-01-01

    Stomachs were examined from 1,492 lake trout and 83 siscowets collected from Lake Superior. Data are given on the food of lake trout of legal size (17 inches or longer) by year, season, and depth of water, and on the relation between food and size among smaller lake trout. Fish contributed 96.7 to 99.9 per cent of the total volume of food in the annual samples. Ciscoes (Coregonus spp.) were most common (52.2 to 87.5 per cent of the volume) in 1950 to 1953 and American smelt ranked first (65.6 per cent of the volume) in 1963. Cottids were in 8.9 to 12.3 per cent of the stomachs in 1950 to 1953 but in only 4.3 per cent in 1963. Insects ranked second to fish in occurrence (9.6 per cent for the combined samples) and crustaceans followed at 3.9 per cent. The greatest seasonal changes in the food of lake trout were among fish caught at 35 fathoms and shallower. The occurrence of Coregonus increased from 34.6 per cent in February-March to 71.1 per cent in October-December. Smelt were in 76.9 per cent of the stomachs in February-March but in only 2.2 per cent in October-December. Cottids, Mysis relicta, and insects were most common in the July-September collections. Lake trout taken at depths greater than 35 fathoms had eaten a higher percentage of Cottidae and Coregonus than had those captured in shallower water. Smelt, ninespine sticklebacks, Mysis, and insects were more frequent in stomachs of lake trout from less than 35 fathoms. Crustaceans comprised more than 70 per cent of the total volume of food for 4.0- to 7.9-inch lake trout but their importance decreased as the lake trout grew larger. Pontoporeia affinis was the most common in the stomachs of 4.0- to 6.9-inch lake trout and Mysis held first rank at 7.0 to 12.9 inches. Ostracods were important only to 4.0- to 4.9-inch lake trout. As the lake trout became larger, the importance of fish grew from 4.4-per cent occurrence at 5.0 to 5.9 inches to 93.9 per cent at 16.0 to 16.9 inches. Smelt were most commonly eaten by undersize (less than 17 inches) lake trout.

  2. Crashworthy Seats Would Afford Superior Protection

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    Gohmert, Dustin

    2009-01-01

    Seats to prevent or limit crash injuries to astronauts aboard the crew vehicle of the Orion spacecraft are undergoing development. The design of these seats incorporates and goes beyond crash-protection concepts embodied in prior spacecraft and racing-car seats to afford superior protection against impacts. Although the seats are designed to support astronauts in a recumbent, quasi-fetal posture that would likely not be suitable for non-spacecraft applications, parts of the design could be adapted to military and some civilian aircraft seats and to racing car seats to increase levels of protection. The main problem in designing any crashworthy seat is to provide full support of the occupant against anticipated crash and emergency-landing loads so as to safely limit motion, along any axis, of any part of the occupant s body relative to (1) any other part of the occupant s body, (2) the spacecraft or other vehicle, and (3) the seat itself. In the original Orion spacecraft application and in other applications that could easily be envisioned, the problem is complicated by severe limits on space available for the seat, a requirement to enable rapid egress by the occupant after a crash, and a requirement to provide for fitting of the seat to a wide range of sizes and shapes of a human body covered by a crash suit, space suit, or other protective garment. The problem is further complicated by other Orion-application-specific requirements that must be omitted here for the sake of brevity. To accommodate the wide range of crewmember body lengths within the limits on available space in the original Orion application, the design provides for taller crewmembers to pull their legs back closer toward their chests, while shorter crewmembers can allow their legs to stretch out further. The range of hip-support seat adjustments needed to effect this accommodation, as derived from NASA s Human Systems Integration Standard, was found to define a parabolic path along which the knees must be positioned. For a given occupant, the specific position along the path depends on the distance from the heel to the back of the knee. The application of the concept of parabolic adjustment of the hip-support structure caused the seat pan to also take on a parabolic shape, yielding the unanticipated additional benefit that the seat pan fits the occupant s buttocks and thighs more nearly conformally than do seat pans of prior design. This more nearly conformal fit effectively eliminates a void between the occupant s body and the seat pan, thereby helping to prevent what, in prior seat designs, was shifting of the occupant s body into that void during an impact.

  3. Encoding Specificity: Relation Between Recall Superiority and Recognition Failure

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    Wiseman, Sandor; Tulving, Endel

    1976-01-01

    The results of four experiments show that (a) recall superiority over recognition is reversed by the use of unrelated word pairs in the study list, and (b) the reversal of recall superiority leaves intact the phenomenon of recognition failure of recallable words. (Editor)

  4. 33 CFR 117.495 - Superior Oil Canal.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Superior Oil Canal. 117.495 Section 117.495 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BRIDGES DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS Specific Requirements Louisiana § 117.495 Superior Oil Canal. The draw of the S82 bridge, mile 6.3, in Cameron...

  5. FORAGE FISH AND ZOOPLANKTON COMMUNITY COMPOSITION IN WESTERN LAKE SUPERIOR

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    We assessed the abundance, size, and species composition of the fish and zooplankton communities of western Lake Superior during 1996 and 1997. Data were analyzed for 3 ecoregions (Duluth-Superior (1), Apostle Islands (2), Minnesota coast (3) differing in lake bathymetry, phsiodo...

  6. 33 CFR 117.495 - Superior Oil Canal.

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    2013-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Superior Oil Canal. 117.495 Section 117.495 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BRIDGES DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS Specific Requirements Louisiana § 117.495 Superior Oil Canal. The draw...

  7. 33 CFR 117.495 - Superior Oil Canal.

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    2014-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Superior Oil Canal. 117.495 Section 117.495 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BRIDGES DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS Specific Requirements Louisiana § 117.495 Superior Oil Canal. The draw...

  8. 33 CFR 117.495 - Superior Oil Canal.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Superior Oil Canal. 117.495 Section 117.495 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BRIDGES DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS Specific Requirements Louisiana § 117.495 Superior Oil Canal. The draw...

  9. Impairments in Tactile Search Following Superior Parietal Damage

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    Skakoon-Sparling, Shayna P.; Vasquez, Brandon P.; Hano, Kate; Danckert, James

    2011-01-01

    The superior parietal cortex is critical for the control of visually guided actions. Research suggests that visual stimuli relevant to actions are preferentially processed when they are in peripersonal space. One recent study demonstrated that visually guided movements towards the body were more impaired in a patient with damage to superior

  10. Application of BACE1 immobilized enzyme reactor for the characterization of multifunctional alkaloids from Corydalis cava (Fumariaceae) as Alzheimer's disease targets.

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    Chlebek, Jakub; De Simone, Angela; Hošťálková, Anna; Opletal, Lubomír; Pérez, Concepción; Pérez, Daniel I; Havlíková, Lucie; Cahlíková, Lucie; Andrisano, Vincenza

    2016-03-01

    In our ongoing study focused on Corydalis cava (Fumariaceae), used in folk medicine in the treatment of memory dysfunctions, we have investigated fifteen previously isolated alkaloids for their potential multifunctional activity on Alzheimer's disease (AD) targets. Determination of ß-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1) inhibition was carried out using a BACE1-Immobilized Enzyme Reactor (IMER) by validating the assay with a multi-well plate format Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) assay. Seven alkaloids out of fifteen were found to be active, with (-)-corycavamine (3) and (+)-corynoline (5) demonstrating the highest BACE1 inhibition activity, in the micromolar range, in a concentration dependent manner. BACE1-IMER was found to be a valid device for the fast screening of inhibitors and the determination of their potency. In a permeation assay (PAMPA) for the prediction of blood-brain barrier (BBB) penetration, the most active compounds, (-)-corycavamine (3) and (+)-corynoline (5), were found to be able to cross the BBB. Not all compounds showed activity against glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) and casein kinase-1δ (CK-1δ). On the basis of the reported results, we found that some C. cava alkaloids have multifunctional activity against AD targets (prolyl oligopeptidase, cholinesterases and BACE1). Moreover, we tried to elucidate the treatment effectivity (rational use) of its extract in memory dysfunction in folk medicine. PMID:26779945

  11. Ex Vivo Liver Resection Followed by Autotransplantation to a Patient With Advanced Alveolar Echinococcosis With a Replacement of the Retrohepatic Inferior Vena Cava Using Autogenous Vein Grafting

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    Jianyong, Lei; Jingcheng, Hao; Wentao, Wang; Lunan, Yan; Jichun, Zhao; Bing, Huang; Ding, Yuan

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Alveolar echinococcosis (AE) of the liver is a rare disease. In advanced cases of this parasitic disease, the inferior vena cava (IVC) can be invaded; in these cases, the optimal treatment is liver transplantation and replacement of the IVC. Considering the donor shortage and the drawbacks of immunosuppressive therapy, ex vivo liver resection followed by autotransplantation may be the first choice for these patients. We report the first case of advanced AE successfully treated by an ex vivo liver resection, followed by autotransplantation with a replacement of the retrohepatic IVC using autogenous vein grafting. This graft included the following regions: the bilateral great saphenous vein, part of the retrohepatic inferior vena and the middle hepatic vein with no invasion, the inferior mesenteric vein, and part of the side wall of the infrahepatic vena cava. This patient had an uneventful postoperative recovery; currently, she has been enjoying a normal life and is 12 months postoperative with no immunosuppressive therapy or AE recurrence. In conclusion, ex vivo liver resection followed by autotransplantation with a replacement of the retrohepatic IVC using autogenous vein grafting might be a useful surgical practice for advanced AE. PMID:25700312

  12. Crustal structure across the Central American Volcanic Arc in Costa Rica from TICO-CAVA seismic refraction data

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    Hayes, J. L.; Holbrook, W. S.; Lizarralde, D.; Avendonck, H.; Bullock, A. D.; Mora Fernandez, M.; Harder, S. H.; Alvarado, G. E.

    2010-12-01

    The Central American Volcanic Arc in Costa Rica, which forms as the Cocos Plate subducts beneath the Caribbean Plate, provides a unique setting to study subduction-related magmatic crust built upon a pre-existing large igneous province. Study of this process is essential to understanding arc evolution and the building of continental crust, in that the substrate upon which arcs are built (oceanic crust vs. large igneous province) may have a strong influence on crustal construction processes. We present new tomographic results of a refraction survey conducted in 2005 as part of project TICO-CAVA. The across-arc transect extends ~150 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean to Caribbean Sea, crossing the arc at Barva volcano. 748 portable seismometers (~200 m spacing) were deployed and 20 shots (~7 km spacing) fired, with shot sizes ranging from 300 to 1025 kg of buried explosive. Data quality is high, with crustal refractions observed at most offsets and deep reflections observed on several shots. Traveltime tomography tightly constrains velocities and structures in the upper 13 km of crust and roughly constrains the crustal thickness beneath an extinct Paleocene arc to the west of Barva Volcano (40±5 km thick). Slab reflections are recorded on a few shots and yield a modeled slab depth of ~50 km beneath the Paleocene arc, in agreement with previous results from local seismicity. The velocity-depth profile beneath the Paleocene arc is within the velocity range of other arc studies to 10 km depth and generally trends similar to velocity profiles derived from accreted arc terranes (especially below 8 km depth). Velocities along this profile do not exceed 6.5 km/s until below 13 km depth. The velocity-depth profile beneath Barva volcano also lies within the range of other modern arc studies, but lies closer to the slowest arc profiles below 6 km depth, with velocity increasing from 6 to 6.7 km/s between 6 and 13 km depth. An isolated high velocity anomaly (~6.4 km/s) is modeled beneath Barva volcano at 5 km depth, possibly indicating a relict magma chamber; these results agree with models of magma chambers at 2.5-5 km depth in a neighboring volcano, Irazú. Overall, velocities across the Central American Volcanic arc in Costa Rica are at the low-velocity extreme of modern arc velocities and higher than average bulk continental crust (Christensen and Mooney, 1995). Mid-crustal velocities in the Paleocene arc are ~0.3 km/s slower than those in the active arc and are within the error of bulk continental crust, suggesting more felsic magmatism during subduction initiation.

  13. Characterization and Formation of longitudinal pinch-out geometries in turbidite systems: the Peira Cava syncline (Annot Sandstone Formation)

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    daghdevirenian, L. J.; Migeon, S.; Rubino, J.; Gorini, C.

    2013-12-01

    The Grès d'Annot sandstones of Late Eocene/early Oligocene is a well-known example of turbidite accumulations deposited in a foreland basin setting. In such settings, turbidite systems are usually laterally control by syntectonic activity generating lateral pinch-outs of the infilling accumulation against the basin walls. Such tectonic activity together with progradation and retrogradation stages of the whole turbidite system could also lead to local disconnection between the continental-slope and the basin deposits and to the formation of sealed potential sand-rich reservoirs. The aim of the work is to better constrain how turbidite systems pinch out longitudinally, in both upstream and downstream directions and to characterize some typical lithofacies evolutions. Our work focused on the Peîra Cava syncline (Maritime Alps, France) where particles are sourced from the Maures, Esterel and Corso-Sarde mountains and flow towards the north following structurally-controlled conduits. Thirty lithological logs 100-m thick were acquired following the western N170-trending side of the syncline. Correlations made between the various sections allowed reconstructing the topography of the top of the blue marls that existed before the emplacement of the turbidite accumulation. This reconstruction revealed the occurrence of two types of longitudinal pinch-out geometries against relatively high-slope angles, and trending either downcurrent or upcurrent. The strongest evolution of depositional facies is observed close to upstream pinch-out surfaces. Here, turbidite deposits thin and fine longitudinally while cohesive debris-flow deposits stop over distances as short as 200 m. Then, going upward in the serie above the pinch-out surface, both turbidite and debris-flow deposits are lesser affected and finally become continuous. These observations allowed defining a depositional model for gravity flows within a confined basin. It revealed similarities with the "fill and spill" model by Sinclair and Tomasso (2002), characterized by several stages of infilling. In a first stage, a pre-existing topography consisting in several depressions 1-2 km long controlled the longitudinal-facies evolution by blocking the highest-concentrated flows along their reverse-slope flanks. As the depression is infilled, flows are able to overtop the reverse-slope flank to settle down in the following depression. Once the pre-existing topography is buried, channelized bodies prograde within the basin with alternating incision and by pass processes. This work allowed us to better constrain the formation of longitudinal pinch-out surfaces during the first stages of a basin infilling and the impact of a pre-existing topography on the the deposition of thick sand-prone basin accumulations.

  14. Absence of the superior petrosal veins and sinus: Surgical considerations

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    Matsushima, Ken; Ribas, Eduardo Santamaria Carvalhal; Kiyosue, Hiro; Komune, Noritaka; Miki, Koichi; Rhoton, Albert L.

    2015-01-01

    Background: The superior petrosal vein, one of the most constant and largest drainage pathways in the posterior fossa, may result in complications if occluded. This study calls attention to a unique variant in which the superior petrosal veins and sinus were absent unilaterally, and the venous drainage was through the galenic and tentorial drainage groups. Methods: This study examines one venogram and another anatomic specimen in which the superior petrosal vein and sinus were absent. Results: The superior petrosal veins, described as 13 bridging veins, emptying into the superior petrosal sinus, are the major drainage pathways of the petrosal group of posterior fossa veins. In the cases presented, the superior petrosal vein and sinus were absent and venous drainage was through the galenic and tentorial groups, including the lateral mesencephalic or bridging vein on the tentorial cerebellar surface. Conclusions: In cases in which the superior petrosal sinus and veins are absent, care should be directed to preserving the collateral drainage through the galenic and tentorial tributaries. Although surgical strategies for intraoperative management and preservation of venous structures are still controversial, knowledge of the possible anatomical variations is considered to be essential to improve surgical outcomes. PMID:25745589

  15. Suprarenal inferior vena cava filter placement prior to transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) of a renal cell carcinoma with large renal vein tumor thrombus: Prevention of pulmonary tumor emboli after TAE

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    Hirota, Shozo; Matsumoto, Shinnichi; Ichikawa, Satoshi; Tomita, Masaru; Koshino, Tukasa; Sako, Masao; Kono, Michio

    1997-03-15

    To prevent embolization of necrotic renal vein tumor after transcatheter embolization of a left renal cell carcinoma, we placed a suprarenal Bird's nest inferior vena cava filter. The patient tolerated the procedure well and had extensive tumor infarction including the tumor thrombus on 6-month follow-up computed tomography.

  16. LIMNOLOGY OF MICHIGAN'S NEARSHORE WATERS OF LAKES SUPERIOR AND HURON

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    Limnological assessments, including water and sediment chemistry, bacterial densities, zoo- and phyto-plankton and benthic macroinvertebrate community structure, and fish contaminants, were performed at 24 locations in Michigan's nearshore waters of Lakes Superior and Huron in 19...

  17. FISH ASSEMBLAGES AS INDICATORS OF LAKE SUPERIOR COASTAL WETLAND CONDITION

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    Fish assemblages associated with coastal wetlands in Lake Superior are poorly described. Understanding the environmental factors structuring the biota in these habitats is essential to developing robust indicators of their condition. To identify key environmental influences struc...

  18. DO GRAZING CATTLE SEEK NUTRITIONALLY SUPERIOR PORTIONS OF PASTURES?

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    This study evaluated the hypothesis that grazing cattle will most often frequent nutritionally superior portions of large pastures. Forage quantity/quality characteristics were mapped among three pastures and cattle grazing patterns subsequently tracked with GPS collars. Cattle preferred locations...

  19. RELEASE OF MERCURY FROM MINE RESIDUES INTO LAKE SUPERIOR

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    Using recent compilations of mine production and discharge rates, we will demonstrate that the cumulative Hg inputs to Lake Superior from mining activities are much higher than from atmosphereic deposition.

  20. Superior Mesenteric Artery Embolism Treated with Percutaneous Mechanical Thrombectomy

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    Popovic, Peter Kuhelj, Dimitrij; Bunc, Matjaz

    2011-02-15

    A case of acute superior mesenteric artery embolism treated with percutaneous thrombus aspiration is described. A 63-year-old man with chronic atrial fibrillation was admitted to the hospital with progressive abdominal pain. Computed tomography angiography revealed an occlusion of the distal part of the superior mesenteric artery. The patient was effectively treated using transaxillary percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy using a 6F Aspirex thrombectomy catheter.

  1. Morphological assessments on the arteries of the superior renal segment.

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    Bordei, Petru; Petru, Bordei; Şapte, Elena; Elena, Sapte; Iliescu, Dan; Dan, Iliescu; Brânzaniuc, Klara; Klara, Brânzaniuc; Baz, Radu; Radu, Baz; Matusz, Petru; Dina, Constantin; Constantin, Dina

    2012-03-01

    The study was performed on 461 renal arteries in order to assess some morphological aspects regarding the arteries that supply the superior renal segment using as study methods: dissection, injection of contrast medium, injection of plastic followed by corrosion together with the examination of MRI and renal angiographies (simple and angio CT). The posterior arteries of the superior renal segment originate mostly from the posterior terminal branch of the renal artery as 1-3 arterial branches. In only 42 cases, we found posterior branches that do not participate in the supply of the superior renal pole. In 190 cases, the anterior arteries of the superior segment originated from the anterior division of the renal artery and in 73 cases directly from the trunk of the renal artery. 34 cases were assessed as a terminal division of the renal artery, while the origin from the posterior division of the renal artery was encountered in 18 cases. In 138 cases, the artery of the superior segment originated from a supplementary renal artery, double (118 cases) or triple (20 cases); in this situation, from the polar artery started the inferior suprarenal artery, except five cases where it originated from the aorta. Of the total of 461 samples, in 244 cases the renal approach was performed above the renal hilum, as proper superior polar arteries and in 217 cases the artery entered through the upper part of the hilum as an apical artery. The morphology of the arteries of the superior renal segment shows a significant degree of variability mostly in what concerns the anterior ones. Frequently we encountered a clear delimitation of the superior renal segment (in 61% of the cases), a situation that allows a relatively facile nephrectomy. PMID:22037821

  2. 2. View of pier #3, West approach, Detroit Superior High ...

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    2. View of pier #3, West approach, Detroit Superior High Level bridge (1914-1917). Pier #3 and #4 support the steel rive span. They are 116 feet by 80 feet at the base and rest on stiff blue clay 45 feet below the surface of the river. Cast-steel bolsters of the three-hinge steel arch are anchored by structural steel grillage to the masory piers. - Detroit Superior High Level Bridge, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH

  3. Unusual morphology of the superior belly of omohyoid muscle.

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    Thangarajan, Rajesh; Shetty, Prakashchandra; Sirasanagnadla, Srinivasa Rao; D'souza, Melanie Rose

    2014-12-01

    Though anomalies of the superior belly of the omohyoid have been described in medical literature, absence of superior belly of omohyoid is rarely reported. Herein, we report a rare case of unilateral absence of muscular part of superior belly of omohyoid. During laboratory dissections for medical undergraduate students, unusual morphology of the superior belly of the omohyoid muscle has been observed in formalin embalmed male cadaver of South Indian origin. The muscular part of the superior belly of the omohyoid was completely absent. The inferior belly originated normally from the upper border of scapula, and continued with a fibrous tendon which ran vertically lateral to sternohyoid muscle and finally attached to the lower border of the body of hyoid bone. The fibrous tendon was about 1 mm thick and received a nerve supply form the superior root of the ansa cervicalis. As omohyoid mucle is used to achieve the reconstruction of the laryngeal muscles and bowed vocal folds, the knowledge of the possible anomalies of the omohyoid muscle is important during neck surgeries. PMID:25548726

  4. Superior memorizers employ different neural networks for encoding and recall

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    Mallow, Johannes; Bernarding, Johannes; Luchtmann, Michael; Bethmann, Anja; Brechmann, André

    2015-01-01

    Superior memorizers often employ the method of loci (MoL) to memorize large amounts of information. The MoL, known since ancient times, relies on a complex process where information to be memorized is bound to landmarks along mental routes in a previously memorized environment. However, functional magnetic resonance imaging data on groups of trained superior memorizer are rare. Based on the memorizing strategy reported by superior memorizers, we developed a scheme of the processes successively employed during memorizing and recalling digits and relate these to brain activation that is specific for the encoding and recall period. In the examined superior memorizers several regions, suggested to be involved in mental navigation and digit-to-word processing, were specifically activated during encoding: bilateral early visual cortex, retrosplenial cortex, left parahippocampus, left visual cortex, and left superior parietal cortex. Although the scheme suggests that some steps during encoding and recall seem to be analog, none of the encoding areas were specifically activated during the recall. Instead, we found strong activation in left anterior superior temporal gyrus, which we relate to recalling the sequential order of the digits, and right motor cortex that may be related to reciting the digits. PMID:26441560

  5. Unusual morphology of the superior belly of omohyoid muscle

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    Thangarajan, Rajesh; Shetty, Prakashchandra; D'souza, Melanie Rose

    2014-01-01

    Though anomalies of the superior belly of the omohyoid have been described in medical literature, absence of superior belly of omohyoid is rarely reported. Herein, we report a rare case of unilateral absence of muscular part of superior belly of omohyoid. During laboratory dissections for medical undergraduate students, unusual morphology of the superior belly of the omohyoid muscle has been observed in formalin embalmed male cadaver of South Indian origin. The muscular part of the superior belly of the omohyoid was completely absent. The inferior belly originated normally from the upper border of scapula, and continued with a fibrous tendon which ran vertically lateral to sternohyoid muscle and finally attached to the lower border of the body of hyoid bone. The fibrous tendon was about 1 mm thick and received a nerve supply form the superior root of the ansa cervicalis. As omohyoid mucle is used to achieve the reconstruction of the laryngeal muscles and bowed vocal folds, the knowledge of the possible anomalies of the omohyoid muscle is important during neck surgeries. PMID:25548726

  6. Effect of Baechu Kimchi Added Ecklonia cava Extracts on High Glucose-induced Oxidative Stress in Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells

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    Lee, Hyun-Ah; Song, Yeong-Ok; Jang, Mi-Soon; Han, Ji-Sook

    2014-01-01

    Endothelial cell dysfunction is considered to be a major cause of vascular complications in diabetes. In the present study, we investigated the protective effect of a baechu kimchi added Ecklonia cava extract (BKE) against high glucose induced oxidative damage in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Treatment with a high concentration of glucose (30 mM) induced cytotoxicity, whereas treatment with BKE protected HUVECs from high glucose induced damage; by restoring cell viability. In addition, BKE reduced lipid peroxidation, intracellular reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide levels in a dose dependent manner. Treatment with high glucose concentrations also induced the overexpression of inducible nitric oxide synthase, cyclooxygenase-2 and NF-κB proteins in HUVECs, but BKE treatment significantly reduced the overexpression of these proteins. These findings indicate that BKE may be a valuable treatment against high glucose-induced oxidative stress HUVECs. PMID:25320714

  7. Phlegmasia Caerulea Dolens in a Patient With an Inferior Vena Cava Filter: Treatment of Massive Iliocaval Thrombosis Using Local Intravenous Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis

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    Cookson, Daniel; Caldwell, Stuart

    2012-10-15

    Phlegmasia caerulea dolens (PCD) is a potentially disastrous complication of inferior vena cava filter insertion, and its optimum management has not been clearly established. We present a case report of a patient with pulmonary embolism and acute adrenal haemorrhage who developed PCD secondary to massive iliocaval thrombosis after insertion of a Cook Celect removable filter. Local intravenous catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT), followed by systemic anticoagulation, achieved limb salvage and virtual resolution of symptoms at 3 months without complications. CDT can be a successful primary treatment of filter-associated PCD and can be safe in selected patients with acute nontraumatic haemorrhage. Systemic anticoagulation may subsequently restore complete venous patency and may therefore be a useful approach to postthrombolysis management of residual iliocaval thrombus when filter removal is indicated.

  8. Evaluation of antioxidant properties of a new compound, pyrogallol-phloroglucinol-6,6'-bieckol isolated from brown algae, Ecklonia cava

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    Kang, Sung-Myung; Lee, Seung-Hong; Heo, Soo-Jin; Kim, Kil-Nam

    2011-01-01

    In this study, antioxidant and free radical scavenging activities of the natural antioxidative compound, pyrogallol-phloroglucinol-6,6'-bieckol (PPB) isolated from brown algae, Ecklonia cava was assessed in vitro by measuring the radical scavenging activities (DPPH, alkyl, hydroxyl, and superoxide) using electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrometry, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging activity, and DNA damage assay. According to the results of these experiments, the scavenging activity PPB against difference radicals was in the following order: DPPH, alkyl, hydroxyl, and superoxide radicals (IC50; 0.90, 2.54, 62.93 and 109.05 µM). The antioxidant activities of PPB were higher than that of the commercial antioxidant, ascorbic acid. Furthermore, PPB effectively inhibited DNA damage induced by H2O2. These results suggest that the natural antioxidative compound, PPB, can be used by the natural food industry. PMID:22259673

  9. Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis of Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis in the Lower Extremity of a Child with Interrupted Inferior Vena Cava

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    Oguzkurt, Levent Ozkan, Ugur; Tercan, Fahri; Koc, Zafer

    2007-04-15

    We present the case of a 14-year-old girl who developed acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in her right lower extremity. Laboratory testing revealed protein S deficiency, and the patient's father also had this abnormality with a history of lower extremity DVT. Manual thromboaspiration followed by catheter-directed thrombolysis resulted in total clearance of all thrombi. Computed tomography and later venography revealed an interrupted inferior vena cava. Catheter-directed thrombolysis is an established treatment for adults with acute DVT. To the best of our knowledge, this report is the first to describe catheter-directed thrombolysis in a pediatric patient with lower extremity DVT. Our results suggest that catheter-directed thrombolysis is safe and effective for use in selected older children and adolescents with acute DVT in the lower extremity.

  10. Hemodynamic effects of implanting a unidirectional valve in the inferior vena cava of the Fontan circulation pathway: an in vitro investigation.

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    Santhanakrishnan, Arvind; Maher, Kevin O; Tang, Elaine; Khiabani, Reza H; Johnson, Jacob; Yoganathan, Ajit P

    2013-11-15

    The Fontan surgical procedure used for treating patients with single ventricle congenital heart disorders results in a total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) of the vena cavae to the pulmonary arteries (PAs). Sluggish TCPC flow and elevated hepatic venous pressures are commonly observed in this altered physiology, which in turn can lead to long-term complications including liver congestion and cirrhosis. The hypothesis of this study is that placement of a unidirectional valve within the inferior vena cava (IVC) will improve hemodynamics of the Fontan circulation by preventing retrograde flow and lowering hepatic venous pressure. An in vitro experimental setup consisting of an idealized TCPC model with flexible walls was used for investigation, and a bovine venous valve was inserted in the IVC below the TCPC. Pressure fluctuations were introduced in the flow through the model to simulate venous pulsatility. Hemodynamics of baseline and valve-implanted conditions were compared across total caval flows ranging from 1.0 to 2.5 l/min with varying caval flow distributions. The results indicated that valve closure occurred for 15-20% of the total cycle, with consequent reduction in the upstream hepatic venous pressure by 5 to 10 mmHg. Energy loss (EL) through the TCPC was lowered with valve implantation to 20-50% of baseline, occurring across all flow conditions considered with mean caval and PA pressures greater than 10 mmHg. The results of this in vitro modeling suggest that IVC valve placement has the potential to improve hemodynamics in the Fontan circulation by decreasing hepatic venous hypertension and EL. PMID:24014676

  11. Specialization along the left superior temporal sulcus for auditory categorization.

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    Liebenthal, Einat; Desai, Rutvik; Ellingson, Michael M; Ramachandran, Brinda; Desai, Anjali; Binder, Jeffrey R

    2010-12-01

    The affinity and temporal course of functional fields in middle and posterior superior temporal cortex for the categorization of complex sounds was examined using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and event-related potentials (ERPs) recorded simultaneously. Data were compared before and after subjects were trained to categorize a continuum of unfamiliar nonphonemic auditory patterns with speech-like properties (NP) and a continuum of familiar phonemic patterns (P). fMRI activation for NP increased after training in left posterior superior temporal sulcus (pSTS). The ERP P2 response to NP also increased with training, and its scalp topography was consistent with left posterior superior temporal generators. In contrast, the left middle superior temporal sulcus (mSTS) showed fMRI activation only for P, and this response was not affected by training. The P2 response to P was also independent of training, and its estimated source was more anterior in left superior temporal cortex. Results are consistent with a role for left pSTS in short-term representation of relevant sound features that provide the basis for identifying newly acquired sound categories. Categorization of highly familiar phonemic patterns is mediated by long-term representations in left mSTS. Results provide new insight regarding the function of ventral and dorsal auditory streams. PMID:20382643

  12. Postpartum Vertigo and Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome

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    Jacqueline, Ogutha; Nathan C., Page; Timothy E., Hullar

    2009-01-01

    Background Superior semicircular canal dehiscence is a recently described cause of imbalance, hearing loss, and tinnitus. Symptoms may begin after abrupt changes in intracranial or middle ear pressure. Case This woman presented with a 6-year history of imbalance, hearing loss, and pulsatile tinnitus beginning when she was pushing during labor. A temporal bone computed tomography showed a dehiscence of the superior semicircular canal. Surgical repair of the dehiscenchrough the middle cranial fossa resulted in immediate resolution of the patient's symptoms, and she returned to full activity within 3 weeks. Conclusion Superior semicircular canal dehiscence is increasingly recognized as a cause of multiple otologic symptoms. Obstetricians and gynecologists with patients complaining about postpartum vertigo should inquire about symptom onset and focus their questions around events during the second stage of labor. Patients with symptoms of dehiscence should be referred to a neurotologist for management, including possible surgical repair. PMID:19622951

  13. Status of the shortjaw cisco (Coregonus zenithicus) in Lake Superior

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    Hoff, Michael H.; Todd, Thomas N.

    2004-01-01

    The shortjaw cisco (Coregonus zenithicus) was historically found in Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Superior, but has been extirpated in Lakes Huron and Michigan apparently as the result of commercial overharvest. During 1999-2001, we conducted an assessment of shortjaw cisco abundance in five areas, spanning the U.S. waters of Lake Superior, and compared our results with the abundance measured at those areas in 1921-1922. The shortjaw cisco was found at four of the five areas sampled, but abundances were so low that they were not significantly different from zero. In the four areas where shortjaw ciscoes were found, abundance declined significantly by 99% from the 1920s to the present. To increase populations of this once economically and ecologically important species in Lake Superior, an interagency rehabilitation effort is needed. Population monitoring is recommended to assess population trends and to evaluate success of rehabilitation efforts.

  14. Lacrimal occlusion therapy for the treatment of superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis.

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    Kabat, A G

    1998-10-01

    Superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis (SLK) is a chronic and recalcitrant disease of the superior bulbar and tarsal conjunctiva, as well as the superior limbic aspect of the cornea. Both the etiology and the pathogenesis of this condition are poorly understood. Many treatment options have been advocated in the management of SLK, including: topical antibiotics, topical anti-inflammatory agents, topical vitamin A solutions, chemical cautery, thermal cautery, and surgical resection. Most recently, studies have suggested that lacrimal occlusion therapy may be beneficial in the treatment of SLK. A case is presented in which this method of treatment was used, with excellent results. The implications of this report suggest that the use of lacrimal occlusion in the management of SLK may be a viable treatment option before considering more radical and invasive therapy. In addition, this case helps to illustrate the significant link between SLK and thyroid disease. PMID:9798210

  15. Revealing the superior perceptibility of words in Arabic.

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    Jordan, Timothy R; Paterson, Kevin B; Almabruk, Abubaker A A

    2010-01-01

    When alphabetic stimuli are presented very briefly, people perceive real words better than nonwords. It is generally accepted that this word superiority effect reflects the efficiency of visual word perception. However, much of what is known about this effect comes from research conducted in languages using the Latin alphabet (eg English, French, Italian), and little is known about whether alphabetic languages with visual properties fundamentally different from Latinate languages also produce word superiority effects. We report an experiment in which stimuli (words, illegal nonwords, and pseudowords) were presented in Arabic, which is a cursive script, read from right to left. The findings revealed advantages for words over pseudowords and illegal nonwords, and for pseudowords over illegal nonwords, indicating that the superiority effects reported for Latinate languages are also observed in Arabic. Implications of these findings for understanding the processes involved in word recognition are discussed. PMID:20465177

  16. Temporal Bone Fracture Causing Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence

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    Peng, Kevin A.; Yang, Isaac; Gopen, Quinton

    2014-01-01

    Importance. Superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SCD) is a third window lesion of the inner ear causing symptoms of vertigo, autophony, tinnitus, and hearing loss. A “two-hit” hypothesis has traditionally been proposed, whereby thinly developed bone overlying the superior canal is disrupted by a sudden change in intracranial pressure. Although the symptoms of SCD may be precipitated by head injury, no previous reports have described a temporal bone fracture directly causing SCD. Observations. Two patients sustained temporal bone fractures after closed head trauma, and developed unilateral otologic symptoms consistent with SCD. In each instance, computed tomography imaging revealed fractures extending through the bony roof of the superior semicircular canal. Conclusions and Relevance. Temporal bone fractures, which are largely treated nonoperatively, have not previously been reported to cause SCD. As it is a potentially treatable entity, SCD resulting from temporal bone fracture must be recognized as a possibility and diagnosed promptly if present. PMID:25295207

  17. Do high functioning persons with autism present superior spatial abilities?

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    Caron, M-J; Mottron, L; Rainville, C; Chouinard, S

    2004-01-01

    This series of experiments was aimed at assessing spatial abilities in high functioning individuals with autism (HFA), using a human-size labyrinth. In the context of recent findings that the performance of individuals with HFA was superior to typically developing individuals in several non-social cognitive operations, it was expected that the HFA group would outperform a typically developing comparison group matched on full-scale IQ. Results showed that individuals with autism performed all spatial tasks at a level at least equivalent to the typically developing comparison group. No differences between groups were found in route and survey tasks. Superior performance for individuals with HFA was found in tasks involving maps, in the form of superior accuracy in graphic cued recall of a path, and shorter learning times in a map learning task. We propose that a superior ability to detect [Human Perception and Performance 27 (3) (2001) 719], match [Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 34 (1993) 1351] and reproduce [Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 40 (5) (1999) 743] simple visual elements yields superior performance in tasks relying on the detection and graphic reproduction of the visual elements composing a map. Enhanced discrimination, detection, and memory for visually simple patterns in autism may account for the superior performance of persons with autism on visuo-spatial tasks that heavily involve pattern recognition, either in the form of recognizing and memorizing landmarks or in detecting the similarity between map and landscape features. At a neuro-anatomical level, these findings suggest an intact dorso-lateral pathway, and enhanced performance in non social tasks relying on the infero-temporal pathway. PMID:14728920

  18. Superior vena caval syndrome secondary to metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

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    Lim, Ng Keng; Aik, Ong Teng; Meng, Looi Lai; Htun, Thi Ha; Razack, Azad Hassan

    2014-03-01

    Superior vena caval syndrome (SVCS) is a debilitating condition attributed to malignancy in more than 70% of cases. However, solitary head and neck metastases arising from renal cell carcinomas without evidence of disease elsewhere are rare. We report a case of renal cell carcinoma presenting as a rapidly growing right cervical lymph node with compression on the subclavian vein causing superior vena caval syndrome (SVCS). There was pulmonary embolism as well. Biopsy of the neck mass confirmed metastatic clear cell carcinoma with primary found in the (L) kidney. The patient had partial response to focussed radiotherapy to neck mass and Sunitinib (tyrosine kinase inhibitor) before succumbing to the disease. PMID:24718014

  19. Behavior Analysis in Education. Focus on Measurably Superior Instruction.

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    Gardner, Ralph, III, Ed.; And Others

    This book was written to disseminate measurably superior instructional strategies to those interested in advancing sound, field-tested educational practices. Part 1 contains chapters that give two views of the future of behavior analysis in education, while part 2 focuses on promoting applied behavior analysis. Part 3 addresses issues in early…

  20. Denitrification Rates in a Lake Superior Coastal Wetland

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    Inputs of anthropogenic nitrogen to the Nation’s aquatic ecosystems have increased substantially over the past several decades. Nitrogen inputs to Lake Superior since about 1900 have increased at a rate of about 2% per year, doubling about every 35 years (Bennett, 1986), althoug...