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See detailLe couplage ventriculoartériel : du concept aux applications cliniques
Morimont, Philippe ULg; Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg et al

in Réanimation (2009), 18(3), 201-206

L’interaction entre le ventricule et le réseau vasculaire est un déterminant majeur de la performance cardiaque globale, particulièrement en présence d’une insuffisance ventriculaire préalable ... [more ▼]

L’interaction entre le ventricule et le réseau vasculaire est un déterminant majeur de la performance cardiaque globale, particulièrement en présence d’une insuffisance ventriculaire préalable. L’évaluation du couplage ventriculoartériel grâce à la mesure de l’élastance ventriculaire, comme reflet de la contractilité et de l’élastance artérielle, en tant qu’indice de post-charge, permet de quantifier cette interaction. Des travaux récents illustrent l’intérêt clinique de ce concept. Jusqu’à présent, son utilisation restait toutefois marginale en raison de la nécessité de recourir à des mesures invasives et complexes. Le développement des techniques d’imagerie non invasive et de traitement des signaux permet actuellement d’envisager l’utilisation de ce concept en pratique clinique courante. [less ▲]

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See detailEffective arterial elastance as an index of pulmonary vascular load.
Morimont, Philippe ULg; Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg et al

in American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology (2008), 294(6), 2736-42

The aim of this study was to test whether the simple ratio of right ventricular (RV) end-systolic pressure (Pes) to stroke volume (SV), known as the effective arterial elastance (Ea), provides a valid ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to test whether the simple ratio of right ventricular (RV) end-systolic pressure (Pes) to stroke volume (SV), known as the effective arterial elastance (Ea), provides a valid assessment of pulmonary arterial load in case of pulmonary embolism- or endotoxin-induced pulmonary hypertension. Ventricular pressure-volume (PV) data (obtained with conductance catheters) and invasive pulmonary arterial pressure and flow waveforms were simultaneously recorded in two groups of six pure Pietran pigs, submitted either to pulmonary embolism (group A) or endotoxic shock (group B). Measurements were obtained at baseline and each 30 min after injection of autologous blood clots (0.3 g/kg) in the superior vena cava in group A and after endotoxin infusion in group B. Two methods of calculation of pulmonary arterial load were compared. On one hand, Ea provided by using three-element windkessel model (WK) of the pulmonary arterial system [Ea(WK)] was referred to as standard computation. On the other hand, similar to the systemic circulation, Ea was assessed as the ratio of RV Pes to SV [Ea(PV) = Pes/SV]. In both groups, although the correlation between Ea(PV) and Ea(WK) was excellent over a broad range of altered conditions, Ea(PV) systematically overestimated Ea(WK). This offset disappeared when left atrial pressure (Pla) was incorporated into Ea [Ea * (PV) = (Pes - Pla)/SV]. Thus Ea * (PV), defined as the ratio of RV Pes minus Pla to SV, provides a convenient, useful, and simple method to assess the pulmonary arterial load and its impact on the RV function. [less ▲]

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See detailOpen surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm or aorto-iliac occlusive disease--clinical and ultrasonographic long-term results.
Fontaine, Robert ULg; Kolh, Philippe ULg; Creemers, Etienne ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2008), 108(4), 393-9

OBJECTIVE: To determine postoperative and long-term outcome and assess the relevance of abdominal ultrasound (US) after surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) or aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To determine postoperative and long-term outcome and assess the relevance of abdominal ultrasound (US) after surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) or aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD). METHODS: Records of 1704 consecutive patients having graft implantation from 1988 to 2000, either for AAA (n = 1144) or for AIOD (n = 560), were reviewed. In 2006, follow-up was 9180 patients-years for the AAA group and 5450 patients-years for the AIOD group. Among 1006 alive patients, 377 were invited randomly for US and clinical examination. RESULTS: Hospital death occurred in 99 patients (8.6%) of the AAA group (53% in ruptured and 2% in elective AAA), and in 18 patients of the AIOD group (3.2%). There were 581 late deaths, including eight due to prosthesis infection, one to pseudo-aneurysm rupture, and one to graft thrombosis (0.6% graft-related mortality). Prosthesis thrombosis occurred in 32 patients (26 in AIOD group, p < 0.001), and graft infection in 26 (17 in AAA group, p < 0.01). Pseudoaneurysms developed in 90 patients (68 in AIOD group, p < 0.001), including eight at the proximal aortic, one at the distal aortic, two at the iliac and 79 at the femoral anastomosis. In the AAA group only, surgery was required for a new thoraco-abdominal and pararenal aneurysm in eight and four patients, respectively, while US evidenced a 26-35 and a 36-50 mm supraanastomotic aortic dilatation in 65 (32%) and in 14 (7%) patients, at a mean follow-up of 10.5 and 9.3 years, respectively. CONCLUSION: Long-term results are good after open surgery for AAA or AIOD. Prosthesis infection and anastomotic pseudo-aneurysm are the main causes of graft-related mortality and morbidity, respectively. Because of high incidence of asymptomatic supraanastomotic aortic dilatation, all patients with a history of AAA repair should have regular abdominal US. [less ▲]

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