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See detailCrural artery bypass with the autogenous greater saphenous vein
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Zhang, Lihong ULg; Baguet, E. et al

in European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery : The Official Journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (2003), 26(6), 635-642

Objective. To evaluate the long-term outcome of greater saphenous vein (GSV) infrapopliteal revascularisation in a single centre over a 10 year period. Material and methods. Fourty-one variables relating ... [more ▼]

Objective. To evaluate the long-term outcome of greater saphenous vein (GSV) infrapopliteal revascularisation in a single centre over a 10 year period. Material and methods. Fourty-one variables relating to a consecutive series of 90 crural artery GSV(76% in situ) bypasses in 81 patients (1990-2000) were analysed. The mean age of the 47 men and 34 women was 70 years. Limb-threatening ischaemia was present in 96% of cases, claudication in four patients. In 18 patients, surgery was 'redo'. Results. The perioperative mortality was 3% (n = 3). Patient survival was 54% at 4 years. Independent risk factors affecting survival were chronic renal insufficiency (p = 0.04), hypertension (p = 0.02), and ischaemic heart disease (p = 0.01). Four bypasses thrombosed within 30 days. Three of them could be successfully reopened. Mean follow-up was 39 months. The primary patency rate at 4 years was 80%. Chronic renal insufficiency revealed to be the single independent risk factor for graft thrombosis (p = 0.03, RR = 12.4). The 4-year limb salvage rate was 88%. No independent risk factor affecting the limb salvage could be identified. Conclusion. Crural artery revascularisation is a valuable option for the management of limb threatening infrapopliteal arterial occlusive disease. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevention de la mortalite secondaire apres anevrysme dissequant de type B
Quaniers, Janine ULg; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg; Djekic, J. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(6), 400-3

Only few dissecting aneurysms type A survive without surgery. Opposingly, the dissecting aneurysms type B are successfully managed by the medical treatment "anti-impulsion". A personal series is reported ... [more ▼]

Only few dissecting aneurysms type A survive without surgery. Opposingly, the dissecting aneurysms type B are successfully managed by the medical treatment "anti-impulsion". A personal series is reported, that evidence important cardiovascular mortality in the follow-up in chronic dissecting aneurysms type B; one part of this late mortality is linked to rupture of the thoracic descending aorta. Thus, the prevention of this late mortality depends on a strict follow-up of the characters and dimensions of descending aortic thoracic aorta. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevention de la necrose des membres inferieurs et de l'amputation par pontages femoro-tibiaux: indications, technique et resultats
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Baguet, E.; Zhang, Lihong ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(6), 415-28

Limb threatening ischemia is a challenge for the vascular surgeon. Recent progress in revascularization procedures allow to minimize the primary amputation rate in the management of chronic critical limb ... [more ▼]

Limb threatening ischemia is a challenge for the vascular surgeon. Recent progress in revascularization procedures allow to minimize the primary amputation rate in the management of chronic critical limb ischemia. The authors discuss the prevalence and causes of chronic critical limb ischemia, with a special interest for diabetic arteriopathy. The technique of crural and pedal vessel revascularization is described, as well as the innovative tourniquet technique for distal bypass surgery. A review of published series of infrapopliteal bypass surgery is made. The experience of the authors during last decade with crural and pedal bypass surgery is analyzed. [less ▲]

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See detailRupture of a Thoracic Aneurysm in the Left Bronchus
SCHILS, F.; Deprez, A. F.; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(2), 74-6

Aortobronchic fistula is a very unusual complication of thoracic aneurysm. We report the case of a 71-year old man with rupture of a thoracic aortic aneurysm in the left main bronchus. The patient had ... [more ▼]

Aortobronchic fistula is a very unusual complication of thoracic aneurysm. We report the case of a 71-year old man with rupture of a thoracic aortic aneurysm in the left main bronchus. The patient had suffered a car crash fifteen years ago, without any evidence of aortic rupture at the time. Thereafter, he developed an aortic isthmic dilation (36 mm in diameter). The patient suffered from long standing pulmonary insufficiency and emphysema and was admitted several times on an urgent basis for acute dyspnea. During an hospitalization for respiratory distress, he presented haemoptysis and left lung hyperinflation secondary to partial fistulization and extrinsic compression of the main left bronchus. Isthmic aortic resection and prosthetic grafting was performed and the left main bronchus was closed by an autologous pericardial patch. Ten days later, following an air-leak from the bronchial closure, a transposed latissimus dorsi flap was used by the plastic surgeon to repair the defect. Nevertheless, the patient died from multisystemic failure six weeks later. [less ▲]

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See detailIschaemic Colitis Following Aortoiliac Surgery
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(1), 21-7

Ischaemic colitis following aortoiliac surgery is a feared complication. Its frequency varies from 7% after repair of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) to 0.6% after bypass for aortoiliac occlusive ... [more ▼]

Ischaemic colitis following aortoiliac surgery is a feared complication. Its frequency varies from 7% after repair of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) to 0.6% after bypass for aortoiliac occlusive disease (AOD). In order to analyse predisposing factors and outcome of ischaemic colitis, the authors reviewed their clinical experience from 1988 to 1998. It concerns 28 cases (16 ruptured AAA, 7 elective AAA, 5 OAD) of clinically evident colonic ischaemia. This means an incidence of 7% after repair of ruptured AAA, 0.6% after elective AAA repair, and 0.8% after bypass for AOD. Transmural necrosis (grade 3) was observed in 21 patients, grade 2 ischaemia in 5 patients, and grade 1 ischaemia in 2 patients. Fifteen patients with grade 3 ischaemia underwent colectomy (Hartmann's procedure) with a mortality rate of 66%. All non operated grade 3 patients died. Overall, 16 of the 28 patients died at hospital (57% mortality rate). None of the patients with mild (grade 2 or 1) colonic ischaemia died. Profound hypovolaemic shock and inflammatory AAA were the only significant predisposing factors leading to colonic ischaemia. Associated colon revascularization could not avoid the evolution to colon necrosis in four patients. Reimplantation of a patent inferior mesenteric artery or an internal iliac artery was performed in only 4.8% of all aortoiliac reconstructions, and did not influence the development of ischaemic colitis. The authors conclude that a more liberal use of postoperative sigmoidoscopy could allow detecting colonic ischaemia at an earlier stage and reduce ensuing mortality. A reinforced effort to restore or preserve colonic vascularization could lower the incidence of colonic ischaemia following aortoiliac surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between Open and Closed Repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: A Word of Caution
Limet, Raymond ULg; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(1), 12-5

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. L'endocardite métastatique: observation clinique et revue de la littérature
Graas, M.P.; Evrard, P.; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1998), 53(10), 588-91

The authors describe a case of metastatic endocarditis associated with a gastric carcinoma. The diagnosis was made early and the treatment by surgery and chemotherapy allowed a survival of 18 months ... [more ▼]

The authors describe a case of metastatic endocarditis associated with a gastric carcinoma. The diagnosis was made early and the treatment by surgery and chemotherapy allowed a survival of 18 months, which is unusually long. The differential diagnosis is discussed and includes nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis, infectious endocarditis and primary tumors of the heart. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. A propos d'une fièvre inexpliquée
Bustin, F.; Kolh, Philippe ULg; Creemers, Etienne ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1998), 53(1), 7-10

An episode of fever of prolonged duration and undetermined origin always remains a difficult clinical problem. Several etiologies can indeed be responsible. If one wishes to obtain a diagnosis of the ... [more ▼]

An episode of fever of prolonged duration and undetermined origin always remains a difficult clinical problem. Several etiologies can indeed be responsible. If one wishes to obtain a diagnosis of the origin of the fever, one should adopt a well-structured strategy in which the various investigations are carried out in a strictly determined hierarchical order. This is badly needed if one wishes to reach a clue to the diagnosis and be able to implement an adequate therapy. In spite of all this, some cases will remain without precise diagnosis. The treatment of those cases will primary be empirical. [less ▲]

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See detailThrombangiitis Obliterans (Buerger's Disease): Still a Limb Threatening Disease
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; de Leval, Laurence ULg; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1997), 97(5), 229-36

A series of 29 well-documented and properly analysed patients with thrombangiitis obliterans (Buerger's disease) is presented. The diagnosis of Buerger's disease was based on following criteria: smoking ... [more ▼]

A series of 29 well-documented and properly analysed patients with thrombangiitis obliterans (Buerger's disease) is presented. The diagnosis of Buerger's disease was based on following criteria: smoking history, onset before the age of 50 years, infrapopliteal arterial occlusive disease, either upper limb involvement or phlebitis migrans, absence of atherosclerotic risk factors other than smoking. In the last 10 years (1986-1996), we identified 29 patients who met these rigid criteria. There were 24 men and 5 women, aged 32.4 years at the moment of the disease first clinical symptom. The cumulative tobacco use averaged 16 pack-years for each patient. The initial symptom was limited gangrene of a toe (n = 9) or a finger (n = 2), foot claudication (n = 6), calf claudication (n = 3), rest pain (n = 3), migratory superficial phlebitis (n = 4), and Raynaud phenomenon (n = 2). Angiography and/or Doppler ultrasound revealed digital, pedal and calf artery involvement in all patients, with proximal extension in ten patients (femoropopliteal in ten, including three cases with external iliac artery involvement). Seven patients had also evidence of upper limb involvement. Histologic proof was available in only seven patients. Only nine patients completely stopped smoking. Treatment was exclusively medical in five cases. Twenty-four underwent sympathectomy (20 at lumbar, and four at thoracic level), with good immediate result in 16. In 11 patients a vascular reconstruction was done (eight femorocrural and three iliofemoral bypasses), with a patency rate of only 36% at two years. Amputation was required in 16 patients (a mean of 2.7 amputations per patient) at one or more levels: toe (n = 19), forefoot (n = 5), below knee (n = 8), above knee (n = 2), finger (n = 3). Two patients ended up with bilateral leg amputation. Overall, 23% (7/30) of the patients required major leg amputation during the course of the disease. Disease progression was moderately related to continued tobacco use. Buerger's disease still entails considerable risk of major amputation. Complete abstinence from tobacco use is crucial to expect stabilization of the process. However, in advanced stages of the disease and despite cessation of smoking recurrent episodes of ischaemia or tissue loss are not excluded. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of results of carotid artery surgery after either direct closure or use of a vein patch.
Desiron, Quentin ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg; Van Damme, Hendrik ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Surgery (1997), 5(3), 295-303

In order to assess the benefit of vein patching versus direct closure after carotid endarterectomy, a series of 2271 carotid operations were analysed retrospectively. Apart from 114 procedures consisting ... [more ▼]

In order to assess the benefit of vein patching versus direct closure after carotid endarterectomy, a series of 2271 carotid operations were analysed retrospectively. Apart from 114 procedures consisting of saphenous vein bypass (n = 29) and eversion endarterectomy (n = 85), 2157 open endarterectomies were performed. They were closed either directly (n = 837) or using a vein patch (n = 1320). The combined mortality-major neurological morbidity rate was 1.7%, i.e. 1% mortality (0.2% neurological) and 0.7% permanent neurological morbidity (0.5% ipsilateral to the operated artery). Early symptomatic internal carotid thrombosis was documented in six cases (four following direct closure and two after vein patching). A total of 827 carotid arteries were followed up by duplex scanning on an annual basis (244 direct closure and 583 vein patching). The mean follow-up was 44 months; 69 months for direct closure and 35 months for vein patching. In direct closure, there were 21 stenoses (9%) and 10 occult thromboses (4%); in vein patching carotids, there were 17 stenoses (3%), nine thromboses (1.8%) [corrected] and six pseudoaneurysms (1%). Annual incidence of poor results was 2.4% in direct closure, and 0.87% in vein patching. The only other factor responsible for a significant difference was gender (3.4% in women versus 2.1% in men). In this retrospective study, vein patching appears to be beneficial for the prevention of acute postoperative thrombosis and late stenosis or thrombosis. [less ▲]

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See detailRevascularisation rénale pour sauvetage ou préservation néphronique
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg; Gillain et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(2), 175-86

La néphropathie ischémique est une entité de plus en plus fréquente, à cause du vieillissement de la population et du contrôle médicamenteux de l'hypertension. Une ischémie de l'ensemble de la masse ... [more ▼]

La néphropathie ischémique est une entité de plus en plus fréquente, à cause du vieillissement de la population et du contrôle médicamenteux de l'hypertension. Une ischémie de l'ensemble de la masse rénale (sténoses serrées concernant les deux reins ou un rein unique) compromet la filtration glomérulaire et constitue une des rares formes d'insuffisance rénale chronique réversible. Actuellement, 30 à 50% des patients sélectionnés pour une revascularisation rénale ont une fonction rénale altérée. L'histoire naturelle des sténoses rénales (surtout les lésions athéroscléreuses) montre une évolutivité vers l'obstruction progressive avec perte de parenchyme fonctionnel. Une revascularisation rénale envisage soit la protection du capital néphronique (intervention prophylactique), soit un sauvetage néphronique (restauration ou stabilisation d'une fonction rénale déjà altérée). Les critères prédictifs de bénéfice à long terme sont analysés. Les rôles respectifs de l'angioplastie transluminale percutanée et de la chirurgie sont discutés. L'intérêt de la revascularisation rénale sur la fonction rénale a été apprécié chez 23 malades réno-vasculaires et azotémiques (créatinine > 20 mg/l) ainsi que chez 8 patients en oligoanurie d'origine ischémique. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Impact of Renal Revascularisation on Renal Dysfunction
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Jeusette, F.; Pans, Alain ULg et al

in European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery : The Official Journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (1995), 10(3), 330-7

AIM: To determine the value of kidney revascularisation in patients with impaired renal function and correctable renal artery stenosis, the authors reviewed their surgical experience from 1978 to 1990 ... [more ▼]

AIM: To determine the value of kidney revascularisation in patients with impaired renal function and correctable renal artery stenosis, the authors reviewed their surgical experience from 1978 to 1990. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study population included 23 patients with ischaemic nephropathy whose preoperative baseline creatinine level exceeded 20 mg/l (range 21-65 mg/l). This represents 20% of all patients operated on for renal artery disease during the same time interval. Preoperative risk profile, operative mortality, impact on hypertension and on renal function, and late survival were analysed. Renal function response to kidney revascularisation was defined as favourable (20% or more reduction of serum creatinine), moderate (stabilised serum creatinine values) or bad (further deterioration of renal function). All patients had atherosclerotic renal artery disease, involving a solitary kidney in five, both kidneys in 15 and one of the two kidneys in three patients. Hypertension was present in 74%. Revascularisation was unilateral in 10, bilateral in nine and associated with controlateral nephrectomy in four patients. RESULTS: Four patients died postoperatively (three myocardial infarctions, one stroke). Four patients needed postoperative short-term dialysis. After operation, renal function improved in 13, stabilised in six and deteriorated in four patients (of whom two died). Follow-up among the survivors averaged 46 months. The mean serum creatinine value at last follow-up visit was 26.2 mg/l, a decrease of 7.7 mg/l compared to preoperative values (p < 0.05). Overall, 69% of azotemic patients submitted to renal revascularisation manifested a favourable response (45% improved and 24% stabilised). Three patients required long-term dialysis. The 5-year survival rate was 48%. CONCLUSION: These data suggest that kidney revascularisation in patients with ischaemic nephropathy can restore or stabilise renal function, preventing evolution and end-stage renal disease and dialysis dependency. [less ▲]

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See detailSurgery for Occlusive Renal Artery Disease: Immediate and Long-Term Results
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Lombet, P.; Creemers, Etienne ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1995), 95(1, Jan-Feb), 1-10

A retrospective study is presented concerning 115 patients submitted to renal artery surgery from 1978 to 1990, and observed during 2 to 15 years. Included are 69 men and 46 women, aged 14 to 84 years ... [more ▼]

A retrospective study is presented concerning 115 patients submitted to renal artery surgery from 1978 to 1990, and observed during 2 to 15 years. Included are 69 men and 46 women, aged 14 to 84 years (mean: 58.8 years). The underlying occlusive arterial disease was atherosclerosis in 87 patients, fibromuscular dysplasia in 21, and miscellaneous causes in 7 cases. One hundred and one patients (88%) were hypertensive. Some degree of impaired renal excretory function (serum creatinine level above 16 mg/l) was present in 30% (n = 42) of the patients, whereas 11 patients had severe renal insufficiency (creatinemia above 30 mg/l). Primary nephrectomy was performed in 11 patients as sole procedure and was associated with contralateral revascularization in another 9 patients. A variety of types of arterial reconstruction was performed, although more than half of the procedures were aortorenal bypass grafts. Bilateral procedures were performed in 19 cases. Simultaneous extrarenal operations included aortic reconstruction (n = 43), mesenteric arterial repair (n = 8), and carotid endarterectomy (n = 5). Operative mortality (9/115, 7.8%) varied considerably between the subgroups: 4% for group I (hypertension alone, n = 73), 15% for group II (renal impairment with or without hypertension, n = 34), and 12.5% for group III (acute renal failure, n = 8). There were 3 late non procedure-related in-hospital deaths. Preoperative renal insufficiency was the only independent predictive risk factor for operative death. The procedure was curative or led to improved blood pressure control in 79% (80/101) of hypertensive patients. The response rate was better for recent onset hypertension, compared to long-standing hypertension. Of the 42 azotemic patients, 78% had a benefit (improvement in 50%, stabilization in 28%) of renal revascularization. Associated longstanding hypertension had a negative prognostic value. Sequential clinical and functional follow-up evaluations are available on 99 of the 103 surviving patients. Cumulative 5-year survival is 87%. Cardiovascular causes account for most (11/15) of the late deaths.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailVenous Allografts for Critical Limb Ischaemia
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1995), 95(1, Jan-Feb), 14-20

In as many as 25% of the patients with critical lower limb ischaemia, a suitable autogenous vein graft is not available. Patency rate of prosthetic grafts is disappointing at the infrageniculate level ... [more ▼]

In as many as 25% of the patients with critical lower limb ischaemia, a suitable autogenous vein graft is not available. Patency rate of prosthetic grafts is disappointing at the infrageniculate level. Recently, there is renewed interest in the use of preserved venous allografts as an alternate conduit in patients with threatened ischaemic limbs. From 1991 to 1993, the authors revascularized 12 ischaemic limbs with venous allografts (10 preserved at 4 degrees C, 2 Varivas grafts). The indication for operation was rest pain in five patients and tissue necrosis in seven. Nine patients had one or more previous ipsilateral revascularizations. The at 4 degrees C preserved venous allografts were conserved for a near period of 2 months. In only half (5/10) of the cases ABO isocompatibility could be respected. Distal anastomosis was always below the knee. In 6 patients, the anastomosis was at tibial level. There was one rupture of a Varivas graft on the fifth postoperative day, necessitating ligation of the graft and subsequent amputation. All other grafts remained patent for a mean period of 10.6 months. Actually, 6 grafts are still open. Most patients were given aspirin. Only three patients were under oral coumarin anticoagulation in an effort to prevent early graft failure. The limb salvage rate is 67% (8/12) (mean follow-up of 13 months). The authors discuss the clinical experience with venous allografts as published in recent literature. Use of venous allografts for arterial reconstruction in humans was met with limited success so far. The one year patency approximates 50%. Venous allografts progress in an ineluctable way to a fibrous conduit.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailResults of an Exclusion Technique for Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Marnette, J.M.; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg; TROTTEUR, Geneviève ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Surgery (1995), 3(1), 26-9

An exclusion technique for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm was used in six patients considered to be at high operative risk mainly because of chronic pulmonary disease. There were no deaths or ... [more ▼]

An exclusion technique for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm was used in six patients considered to be at high operative risk mainly because of chronic pulmonary disease. There were no deaths or immediate major complications. Thrombosis of the aneurysm was achieved in four of the six patients. However, in three cases, repeated percutaneous embolization was required to produce thrombosis. One patient developed a secondary rupture of a persisting infrarenal sac resulting from a patent inferior mesenteric artery. This patient was successfully managed by ligature of the infrarenal portion of the abdominal aorta through a median laparotomy. This study emphasizes the limits and the risks of the exclusion technique. [less ▲]

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See detailRôle de la chirurgie carotidienne dans la prévention de l'infarctus cérébral
Limet, Raymond ULg; DESIRON, Quentin ULg; DETRY, Olivier et al

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (1994), 149(5-7), 299-305306-7

A significant part of transient or permanent cerebral ischemic attacks (CIA) are due to arterio-arterial emboli issued from carotid plaques. Surgery for carotid disobstruction aims to take out emboligenic ... [more ▼]

A significant part of transient or permanent cerebral ischemic attacks (CIA) are due to arterio-arterial emboli issued from carotid plaques. Surgery for carotid disobstruction aims to take out emboligenic plaques by endarterectomy (associated to angioplasty or not). The adversaries of surgical treatment sustain two main assertions: 1. carotid stenoses are not very dangerous, because the definitive thromboses they create are easily compensated by the development of collaterals, so that the risk for stroke is low. 2. this low and late risk of spontaneous carotid thrombosis is not greater than the immediate one following carotid surgery. Those objections have been encountered in randomized North American studies (Nascet [less ▲]

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See detailChronic Ischaemic Gastritis: An Unusual Form of Splanchnic Vascular Insufficiency
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; Jacquet, N.; Belaiche, Jacques ULg et al

in Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery (The) (1992), 33(4), 451-3

Three cases of erosive gastroduodenitis secondary to chronic splanchnic vascular insufficiency are reported. In all cases, pain failed to respond to conventional therapeutic measures for peptic ulcer ... [more ▼]

Three cases of erosive gastroduodenitis secondary to chronic splanchnic vascular insufficiency are reported. In all cases, pain failed to respond to conventional therapeutic measures for peptic ulcer disease. A patchy discolouration and erythematous mottling of the gastric mucosa, with scattered shallow aphthous ulcers, was seen on endoscopic examination. Angiography showed coeliac axis involvement in all patients, with insufficient mesenteric collateral pathways. Chronic gastritis resolved clinically and endoscopically after revascularization. [less ▲]

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See detailAxillounifemoral and Axillobifemoral Bypasses. Retrospective Study of 85 Cases
DUJARDIN, P.; LAVIGNE, Jean-Paul ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1991), 91(4), 155-60

From 1983 to 1990, 65 axillobifemoral and 20 axillofemoral bypasses have been performed in 85 patients (77 men and 8 women), with a mean age of 69 +/- 9 years. Indications for surgery were: severe ... [more ▼]

From 1983 to 1990, 65 axillobifemoral and 20 axillofemoral bypasses have been performed in 85 patients (77 men and 8 women), with a mean age of 69 +/- 9 years. Indications for surgery were: severe aortoiliac occlusive disease (87%), sepsis of previous aortoiliac prosthesis, abdominal aorta aneurysm. Anatomic bypass was precluded for general (81%) or local (19%) conditions. In the last group, 9 patients have had previous laparotomy. Four patients presented with aortoenteric fistulas. Eighteen patients were operated on in emergency. The operative mortality was 12%, with 50% cardiac related deaths. Early primary patency was 98%. Early secondary patency was 100%. The mean follow-up is 28 +/- 15 months. The 3 years survival is 77%. The cumulative patency rates at 1 and 3 years are 89% and 76% respectively. Although axillobifemoral bypasses achieve poor long-term results when compared with aortoiliac bypasses, they can be considered in high risk patients. In this group of patients, the cumulative patency rate and the survival curves tend to be parallel. [less ▲]

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