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    ABSTRACT: Extracranial congenital arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are rare clinical entities that can be progressive in nature. The influence of pregnancy on lesion progression has been discussed in the past. This report presents an unusual case of 23-year-old primigravida woman who presented at 36 weeks' gestation with complicated necrotic ulceration and hemorrhage of the right gluteal region. A hyperpigmented mark with varicosities was initially noted at birth, but during pregnancy it showed remarkable progression and was first identified as an AVM. After hemorrhage control and induced delivery, the lesion was successfully treated with several embolizations. Complete wound healing was achieved, but because of partial recurrence at 3 years, repeat embolization was performed, with satisfactory clinical improvement and residual 25% arteriovenous shunting on transarterial lung perfusion scintigraphy study. AVM complications during pregnancy are uncommon, and this case supports the prior opinion that pregnancy can stimulate lesion progression. Especially in undiagnosed and previously untreated cases, this can lead to life-threatening complications for the mother and fetus. Long-term lesion management usually requires combined endovascular and surgical treatment.
    Annals of Vascular Surgery 05/2013; · 0.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We reported a case of 68-year-old man, with a previous history of hypertension. Patient was admitted to our institution for evaluation of a severe, constant, tearing anterior chest pain radiated to the neck with suspicion of acute aortic dissection. A multidetector computed tomography scan of thorax and abdomen demonstrated a dissection starting from the middle part of aortic arch and extending downward to the descending aorta till the middle part of the thoracic aorta. The dissection was classified as Stanford A, De Bakey I. Surgical treatment of patient was started with bypass graft from the right common carotid artery to the left common carotid with subsequent revascularization of left subclavian artery. Lower parts of above-mentioned arteries were ligated. At the second stage an emergent prosthetic stent-graft was placed distally from the truncus brachiocephalicus up to the proximal part of the descending aorta. We reported a case report to present diagnostic and possible interventional treatment for patient with acute aortic type A dissection.
    Case Reports in Medicine 01/2012; 2012:257893.
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE. Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are an uncommon vascular pathology that remains challenging to accurately diagnose and successfully treat. This study introduces a novel way to evaluate AVM treatment outcomes using transarterial lung perfusion scintigraphy (TLPS) and reports our treatment results. MATERIAL AND METHODS. The patients treated for extracranial AVMs were studied retrospectively. Diagnosis and outcomes were based on clinical data, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, angiography, and TLPS studies. The influence of gender; location, form, and stage of AVMs; first attempt at treatment; and treatment modalities was analyzed. Outcomes were defined as positive (cure, improvement, and remission) or negative (no remission and aggravation). RESULTS. Of the 324 patients with congenital vascular malformations, 129 (39.8%) presented with AVMs, and the data of 56 treated patients with AVMs were analyzed. Of the 29 patients in the endovascularly treated group, 15 in the surgically treated group, and 12 in the combined treatment group, 24 (82.8%), 14 (93.3%), and 10 patients (83.3%), respectively, had positive outcomes (P>0.05). All outcomes were positive in surgically treated patients with extratruncular limited AVMs, and these patients were more likely to be cured as compared with those who had other forms of AVMs (OR, 5.8; 95% CI, 1.1-29; P=0.02). The patients with more advanced AVMs (stages III and IV) and with AVMs in the gluteal and pelvic region were more likely to have the worst outcomes than those with stage II AVMs (OR, 8.2; 95% CI, 1-72; P=0.03) and with AVMS in other locations (OR, 5.8; 95% CI, 1.1-29; P=0.02), respectively. Gender and age did not significantly influence treatment results (P>0.05). The TLPS data of 17 patients showed AV shunting ranging from 0% to 92%, which combined with other results helped identify 9 patients who needed further interventions, 6 who were treated successfully, and 2 who had insignificant shunting. CONCLUSIONS. The best outcomes were achieved in surgically treated patients with localized lesions and less advanced AVMs. For the first time in Lithuania, a modified TLPS method has been introduced that enhances a hemodynamic assessment of AV shunting and provides with a more accurate evaluation of AVMs to better serve in planning future treatments.
    Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania) 01/2012; 48(8):388-98. · 0.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In previous studies on the effect of renal stenting on arterial hypertension, patients were selected mainly on the basis of angiographic parameters of the renal artery stenosis. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether translesional pressure gradients could identify the patients with renal artery stenosis who might benefit from stenting. A total of 53 consecutive hypertensive patients with unilateral RAS scheduled for renal artery intervention were recruited. Transstenotic pressure gradients were measured at baseline and during maximal hyperemia, before renal artery stenting. Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure measurements were performed in all patients before and 3 months after the intervention. Average reductions in systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure at follow-up were -20±30 mm Hg and -2±12 mm Hg, respectively. At multivariate analysis, dopamine-induced mean gradient was the only independent predictor of the variations of both systolic blood pressure (regression coefficient=-4.03, standard error=1.11; P<0.001) and diastolic blood pressure (regression coefficient=-3.11, standard error=1.20; P=0.009). Patients who showed a decline in systolic blood pressure from the baseline value >20 mm Hg were considered as "responders." The optimal cutoff for identification of "responders" was a dopamine-induced mean gradient ≥20 mm Hg (area under the curve, 0.77; 95% confidence interval, 0.64 to 0.90; P=0.001). A dopamine-induced mean pressure gradient of ≥20 mm Hg is highly predictive of arterial hypertension improvement after renal stenting, and therefore this measurement is useful for appropriate selection of patients with arterial hypertension.
    Circulation Cardiovascular Interventions 11/2010; 3(6):537-42. · 6.54 Impact Factor
  • Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine. 01/2010; 11(4):270-270.