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See detailIntrinsic structural failure of polyester (Dacron) vascular grafts. A general review.
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Deprez, Manuel ULg; Creemers, Etienne ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2005), 105(3), 249-55

Intrinsic structural failure of Dacron prostheses is a late exceptional complication, resulting from a loss of structural integrity of the graft. The authors report six cases of non-anastomotic false ... [more ▼]

Intrinsic structural failure of Dacron prostheses is a late exceptional complication, resulting from a loss of structural integrity of the graft. The authors report six cases of non-anastomotic false aneurysms in the mid-portion of a vascular Dacron graft, observed at a mean of 12 years after insertion. It concerns four femoro-popliteal bypass grafts, one cross-over graft and a branch of a bifurcated aorto-bifemoral graft, implanted between 1980 and 1990. This represents 0.2% of all vascular Dacron grafts implanted in authors' department since 1980. The degenerated prosthesis was excised, and a new bypass graft was inserted. In three cases, histological analysis revealed a foreign body giant cell reaction against fragmented Dacron fibers. In none of the cases there was evidence of graft infection. The authors discuss the evidence and etiopathogeny of this late, unusual complication, inherent to the Dacron graft material. The most probable causative factor is material fatigue, leading to gradual breakdown and fragmentation of individual fibers, and subsequent biodegradation of the basic material. Such an intrinsic weakness of prosthetic fabric has only be observed in first and second generation Dacron grafts. [less ▲]

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See detailAcute Rehabilitation Program after Laparoscopic Colectomy using Intravenous lidocaine
Kaba, Abdourahmane ULg; Detroz, Bernard ULg; Laurent, S. R. et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2005), 105

The concept of postoperative acute rehabilitation was introduced to accelerate postoperative recovery and improve outcome. We investigated whether intravenous lidocaine infusion, which decreases ... [more ▼]

The concept of postoperative acute rehabilitation was introduced to accelerate postoperative recovery and improve outcome. We investigated whether intravenous lidocaine infusion, which decreases postoperative pain and speeds the return of bowel function, can be used instead of epidural analgesia in an acute rehabilitation protocol for patients undergoing laparoscopic colectomy. Methods : Twenty eight consecutive patients scheduled for laparoscopic colectomy were prospectively included in this case series study. Segmental colectomy was performed only for benign pathology. Intraoperative opioid use was restricted. After a bolus injection of lidocaine 1.5 mg·kg-1, an infusion (2 mg·kg-1·h-1, IV) was started before pneumoperitoneum. Balanced analgesia was used to reduce postoperative opioid consumption. Patients were allowed to drink 6 h postoperatively. The day after surgery, patients were allowed to eat a normal breakfast. Enforced mobilisation and ambulation were required from the patients. Our goal was to discharge patients within 3 days after surgery. Postoperative pain was measured. Time to first flatus, defecation, and hospital discharge were recorded. Results : Mean postoperative pain at rest and mobilisation remained below 30 mm on a 100 mm visual analogue scale. Time to first flatus, defecation, and hospital discharge were 29 ± 13 h, 38 ± 13 h, and 3.0 ± 1.0 days, respectively. Conclusion : Acute rehabilitation after laparoscopic colectomy using IV lidocaine gives similar outcomes to those reported using epidural analgesia. [less ▲]

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See detailLiving related liver transplantation in adults: First year experience at the University of Liege
Detry, Olivier ULg; De Roover, Arnaud ULg; Delwaide, Jean ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2004), 104(2, MAR-APR), 166-171

Living related liver transplantation (LRLT) in adult recipients has been recently developed to overcome the organ donor shortage, but LRLT leaves the healthy donors at risk of serious post-operative ... [more ▼]

Living related liver transplantation (LRLT) in adult recipients has been recently developed to overcome the organ donor shortage, but LRLT leaves the healthy donors at risk of serious post-operative complications, or even death. The aim of this paper is to report the prospective evaluation of the initial experience of adult LRLT at the University of Liege. From March 2002 till March 2003, in a consecutive series of 35 adult liver transplantations, five recipients (mean age : 51 years) underwent LRLT, including one retransplantation. Indications for transplantation were autoimmune hepatitis, hepatitis B virus related cirrhosis with hepatocarcinoma (two cases), hepatitis C virus related cirrhosis with hepatocarcinoma, and ischemic intrahepatic bile duct necrosis 10 years after primary liver transplantation. Mean age of the donors was 34 years (range : 21-53 years). All donation cases were intra familial at first degree. The right lobe was used as a graft in four cases and the left lobe in one case. All right lobe donors developed transient hyperbilirubinemia and hypocoagulation for 4 to 6 days. No severe complication (transfusion, bile duct fistula, reintervention, rehospitalization) nor significant long-term sequelae were observed in the donors. In the recipients, graft function was immediate, and there was no small-for-size syndrome. One recipient developed biliary fistula treated by reoperation. One recipient died from invasive aspergillosis 11 days after the procedure. The four other recipients were alive without recurrence of the disease at follow-up. This report confirmed that LRLT may be a valuable alternative to cadaveric liver transplantation in the era of organ donor shortage. However, even if there was no severe complication for the donors in our preliminary experience, LRLT puts healthy living donors at risk of significant morbidity and even death. [less ▲]

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See detailSpontaneous tracheal rupture: a case report
Rousie, Céline ULg; Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Radermecker, Maurice ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2004), 104(2), 204-208

We report the case of a spontaneous posterior tracheal wall rupture following a cough. A 67-year-old woman with a history of longstanding treatment with corticosteroids (8 years) for Giant Cell Arteritis ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a spontaneous posterior tracheal wall rupture following a cough. A 67-year-old woman with a history of longstanding treatment with corticosteroids (8 years) for Giant Cell Arteritis had general anesthesia for cataract removal. Surgery and anesthesia were uneventful. In the recovery room, the patient coughed and soon after developed subcutaneous emphysema of the neck. Chest radiography confirmed the clinical diagnosis of marked subcutaneous emphysema and showed huge pneumomediastinum and minor right pneumothorax. A thoracic CT scan revealed a large laceration of the posterior tracheal wall (a 4 cm longitudinal tear), extending from the middle of the trachea to the level of the carina. Surgical repair consisted in closure of the dilaceration using an autologous pericardial patch. It seems reasonable to suspect the facilitating role of connective tissue fragility due to chronic corticosteroid administration in the development of this tracheal rupture following cough. Tracheal rupture is a potentially lethal injury, which can be repaired successfully if the diagnosis is made early. Risk factors, diagnosis and principles of treatment of this lesion are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailCrural or pedal artery revascularisation for limb salvage: is it justified
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2004), 104(2), 148-157

With the ageing of population, the incidence of limb-threatening ischemia increases. In chronic critical limb ischemia, peripheral arterial occlusive disease almost always involves infrainguinal and ... [more ▼]

With the ageing of population, the incidence of limb-threatening ischemia increases. In chronic critical limb ischemia, peripheral arterial occlusive disease almost always involves infrainguinal and infragenicular vessels. Fortunately, recent advances in vascular surgery made arterial reconstruction of crural and pedal vessels possible. Should crural or pedal bypass surgery be offered to these frail, polyvascular patients, or is primary amputation a preferable treatment option in case of advanced limb-threatening ischemia? In order to answer this controversial question, the author analysed recent literature data on the feasibility and durability of infrapopliteal bypasses. The quality of life was also considered as an outcome measure. Finally, the cost-effectiveness of both treatment modalities (limb-saving distal bypass versus primary amputation) was assessed. [less ▲]

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See detailInvited comment concerning the article entitled "A pratical approach to ethical problems in surgical emergencies"
Lamy, Maurice ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2004), 104(2, MAR-APR), 129-130

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See detailRationale for Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) in the treatment or prevention of peritoneal carcinomatosis
Detroz, Bernard ULg; Laurent, Stanislas; Honore, Pierre ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2004), 104

Up to now, the prognosis of peritoneal carcinomatosis from GI tract cancers remains very poor. Intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy has been proposed in the prevention or treatment of peritoneal ... [more ▼]

Up to now, the prognosis of peritoneal carcinomatosis from GI tract cancers remains very poor. Intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy has been proposed in the prevention or treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis. The rationale for this locoregional approach comes from a better knowledge of the physiopathology of the disease. Intraperitoneal chemotherapy achieves high local drug concentration with limited systemic toxicity. It should be performed during or immediately after surgery to be effective towards microscopic residual tumor cells. A synergistic cytotoxic effect has been demonstrated when heat is combined with antineoplastic drugs. Intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy might not be regarded as the panacée but as a promising step in the management of peritoneal carcinomatosis. Some randomized studies of gastric cancer with macroscopic serosal invasion have suggested the efficacy of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy for the prevention of peritoneal carcinomatosis. In patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis, some studies suggest, in selected cases, the positive effect of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy on survival, when combined with cytoreductive surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailLiver resection for noncolorectal, nonneuroendocrine metastases
Detry, Olivier ULg; Warzee, Fabian ULg; Polus, Marc ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2003), 103(5), 458-462

In noncolorectal, nonendocrine liver metastases, the role of surgery is less define than in colorectal or neuroendocrine cancer. This role is marginal as liver is not the primary site of metastases of ... [more ▼]

In noncolorectal, nonendocrine liver metastases, the role of surgery is less define than in colorectal or neuroendocrine cancer. This role is marginal as liver is not the primary site of metastases of these cancers. Less than 2 to 5% of the patients with these malignancies might be one day considered as potential candidates for liver resection, as most patients suffer from extra hepatic tumour spread at the time they develop liver involvement. However, in these few cases with liver metastases only, as no other therapeutic option may provide mid- or long-term tumour-free survival, liver resection is indicated in resectable liver metastases. Some prognostic factors have been established in the literature from the few published series : unique versus multiple hepatic metastases, unilobar vs bilobar, metachronous vs synchronous, R0 vs R1 or R2 liver resections. The type of primary tumour is also of great importance, as cutaneous melanoma, pancreatic and gastric adenocarcinoma have a very bad prognosis for liver resection of metastases, even after R0 resection. In these cases, percutaneous or laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation may find its place. In sarcoma, breast carcinoma, uveal melanoma, and genitourinary cancers, liver resection may provide satisfactory long-term results in selected cases, and is the standard of care for isolated, resectable metastasis. However, due to the scarcity of indication of liver resection for noncolorectal, nonneuroendocrine metastases, the decision should be multidisciplinary, and the patients should be informed of the advantages and pitfalls of the surgical procedure. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation, severity and prognostic significance of silent myocardial ischaemia in vascular patients
Sprynger, Muriel ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2003), 103(3), 255-261

This paper intends to make an update of recent publications and guidelines for evaluation in coronary symptom-free patients undergoing vascular surgery. It emphasizes the role of preoperative clinical ... [more ▼]

This paper intends to make an update of recent publications and guidelines for evaluation in coronary symptom-free patients undergoing vascular surgery. It emphasizes the role of preoperative clinical evaluation that should identify the most appropriate testing, and treatment strategies to optimize care of the patient and avoid unnecessary testing in this era of cost containment. Selective preoperative coronary artery disease screening and revascularization achieve excellent perioperative and late results after high-risk vascular surgery. Supplemental preoperative evaluation is discussed (exercise ECG, stress echocardiography and stress tomoscintigraphy). Asymptomatic patients with good functional capacity can undergo intermediate-risk surgery without further non-invasive testing. Conversely, further noninvasive testing is often considered for patients with poor functional capacity or moderate functional capacity but higher-risk surgery especially for patients with 2 or more intermediate risk predictors. Additional testing may be considered on an individual basis for patients without clinical markers but with poor functional capacity prior to vascular surgery, particularly those with several minor clinical risk predictors. Because of a higher prevalence of silent myocardial ischaemia in diabetes mellitus, these patients require specific care. Until further data are available, indications for myocardial revascularization in the perioperative setting are similar to those in the ACC/AHA guidelines for use of myocardial revascularization in general. General practioners, cardiologists, angiologists, vascular surgeons and anaesthesiologists should collaborate and aim to slow down the progression of atherosclerosis by giving their patients an optimum secondary cardiovascular prevention. [less ▲]

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See detailPeripheral vascular surgery: Update on the perioperative non-surgical management for high cardiac risk patients
Stammet, P.; Senard, Marc ULg; Roediger, Laurence ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2003), 103(3), 248-254

This review of the recent literature regarding perioperative management in peripheral vascular surgery emphasizes some of the important features for the 2003 state-of-the-art on non surgical perioperative ... [more ▼]

This review of the recent literature regarding perioperative management in peripheral vascular surgery emphasizes some of the important features for the 2003 state-of-the-art on non surgical perioperative care for these high cardiac risk patients. The most adapted preoperative cardiac evaluation for each patient is guided by its individual risk factors and clinical history. Perioperative medication should nowadays consist of pre- and postoperative beta-blockers and acetyl salicylic acid, both reducing cardiac morbidity and mortality. Neuraxial locoregional anaesthesia techniques are reasonable alternatives to general anaesthesia because of their potential advantages, by reducing postoperative inflammatory response and reducing procoagulating activity, and increasing peripheral vascular graft patency, but the individual benefit/risk balance has always to be evaluated for patients submitted to aggressive antithrombotic therapy. During the postoperative course, early detection and treatment of postoperative myocardial ischemia or infarction by ST wave changes and/or cardiac enzyme control has to be considered. [less ▲]

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See detailHistory of solid organ transplantation at the University of Liege
Lejeune, Georges ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg; Meurisse, Michel ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2003), 103(3 Sp. Iss. SI), 32-36

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See detailStrictureplasty in Crohn's disease : Short- and long-term follow-up
Laurent, Stanislas; Detry, Olivier ULg; Detroz, Bernard ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2002), 102(4, JUL-AUG), 253-255

Strictureplasty for obstructive Crohn's disease is still controversial because lesions are left in place and the suture is performed on a diseased bowel. Many surgeons prefer to perform bowel resection ... [more ▼]

Strictureplasty for obstructive Crohn's disease is still controversial because lesions are left in place and the suture is performed on a diseased bowel. Many surgeons prefer to perform bowel resection, hoping for fewer complications and a lower recurrence rate. In this paper, the authors reports their strictureplasty experience. They performed a systematic retrospective review of the patients suffering from Crohn's disease who underwent strictureplasties during a 10-year period in the abdominal surgery department of the University Hospital of Liege Sart Tilman, and studied the short- and long-term clinical results of 68 strictureplasties performed in 18 patients. Median follow-up was 63 months (range 12 to 144). Mortality was 0% and septic morbidity was 11% (one wound abscess and one leakage). Among the 16 patients available for the latest follow-up, symptomatic stenotic recurrence had to be medically treated in hospital for 4 patients (25%) with a recurrence delay range of 19 to 49 months. Stenosis recurrence needed re-intervention in one patient 48 months after surgery: stenosis occurred at a distance from the corrected site. These results confirmed that strictureplasty is a safe and efficient procedure in selected patients undergoing surgery for obstructive Crohn's disease. [less ▲]

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See detailDiagnostic criteria for renovascular hypertension
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2002), 102(3), 159-166

Renovascular hypertension is a clinical situation characterized by high blood pressure in the presence of renal ischemia mainly related to atherosclerotic or fibromuscular dysplasic narrowing of the renal ... [more ▼]

Renovascular hypertension is a clinical situation characterized by high blood pressure in the presence of renal ischemia mainly related to atherosclerotic or fibromuscular dysplasic narrowing of the renal artery (ies). This diagnosis is often "a posteriori" validated, because the discovery of a significant renal artery stenosis is not obligatory responsible of the blood pressure elevation. This article proposes a diagnostic strategy for exploring patient with this suspected secondary cause of hypertension before proposing an invasive approach (intra-arterial angiography) possibly followed by a revascularization. However, the methods for exploring such population are mainly based on patient characteristics and local expertise and habits. These must thus be individualized. First, clinical symptoms or signs frequently associated with hypertension and renal artery stenosis must be searched. If present, a non invasive and functional exploration of the renal arteries is to be proposed (Captopril radioisotope renography, colour duplex sonography) followed by magnetic resonance angiography or spiral computer tomography angiography if the clinical suspicion index is moderate or high. If this is very high, an intra-arterial arteriography could immediately be performed if not too dangerous. On the opposite site, if the clinical index is low, it is recommended to follow clinically and to treat risk factors. [less ▲]

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See detailEnucleation of a giant hepatic hemangioma in a Jehovah's Witness
Detry, Olivier ULg; Honore, Pierre ULg; Joris, Jean ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2002), 102(1), 54-56

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See detailAxillary artery injury secondary to anterior shoulder dislocation: report of two cases.
MAWEJA, Sylvie ULg; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg; VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2002), 102(3), 187-91

Vascular injuries secondary to isolated shoulder dislocation are rare. Unawareness for closed axillary artery trauma by many physicians treating shoulder dislocations, counts often for missed or delayed ... [more ▼]

Vascular injuries secondary to isolated shoulder dislocation are rare. Unawareness for closed axillary artery trauma by many physicians treating shoulder dislocations, counts often for missed or delayed diagnosis. The authors describe two cases that presented with an anterior shoulder dislocation, complicated by a disruption of the axillary artery with subsequent thrombosis. The various pathogenic mechanisms are discussed. The pathognomic triad consists of anterior shoulder dislocation, absent or diminished distal pulse and an axillary protruding hematoma. Prompt surgical arterial repair is mandatory. [less ▲]

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See detailAmputations in Diabetic Patients: A Plea for Footsparing Surgery
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Rorive, Marcelle ULg; Martens De Noorthout, B. M. et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2001), 101(3, May-Jun), 123-9

The authors observed a rather high rate of primary major amputation (above-knee or below-knee) performed for diabetic foot problems as well as an important revision rate for minor amputations (forefoot or ... [more ▼]

The authors observed a rather high rate of primary major amputation (above-knee or below-knee) performed for diabetic foot problems as well as an important revision rate for minor amputations (forefoot or toe) in diabetics. They reviewed their experience in order to compare it with more recent data from the literature, pleading for foot-sparing surgery. From 1993 to 1998, 186 amputations were performed on 146 diabetic patients. The cause of foot ulcers was neuropathy in 43 of them (51 episodes of diabetic foot problems) while in the remaining 103 patients (135 episodes of diabetic foot problems), diabetic macroangiopathy (absent ankle pulses) was on cause. For neuropathic foot problems, amputations were almost minor, resulting in a limb salvage rate of 90%. Only five of these patients (12%) had primary major limb amputation versus 43 of the dysvascular patients (42%). The reasons for major amputation by first intention were extensive tissue loss, intractable infection or non-reconstructible occlusive vessel disease, as judged by the surgeon. A foot-sparing surgery was attempted in 92 dysvascular cases. In only 44 of them, a preliminary vascular repair was performed. Twenty eight percent of the primary toe amputations and 24% of the forefoot amputations required secondary revision to a more proximal level. Minor amputations in case of diabetic neuropathy were characterized by a more favourable outcome: only 14% of the toe and 9% of the forefoot amputations failed. During follow-up, only 63% of the major amputations regained an autonomic walking capability with their prosthesis. Wound healing problems in diabetic foot are mainly due to infection and poor tissue perfusion. An aggressive control of the infection and distal revascularization of calf- or foot arteries, whenever possible, could improve the results of diabetic foot surgery. The poor functional recovery after major amputation (only 63% autonomic gait with limb prosthesis) argues for foot-sparing surgery whenever possible. [less ▲]

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See detailIatrogenic thyrotoxicosis. Causal circumstances, pathophysiology and principles of treatment. Review of the literature
Meurisse, Michel ULg; Preud'Homme, Laurence ULg; Lamberty, Geoffrey ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2001), 101(6), 257-266

Thyrotoxicosis is the clinical syndrome that results when tissues are exposed to high levels of circulating thyroid hormones. In most instances, thyrotoxicosis is due to hyperthyroidism, a term reserved ... [more ▼]

Thyrotoxicosis is the clinical syndrome that results when tissues are exposed to high levels of circulating thyroid hormones. In most instances, thyrotoxicosis is due to hyperthyroidism, a term reserved for disorders characterized by overproduction of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland. Nevertheless, thyrotoxicosis may also result from a variety of conditions other than thyroid hyperfunction. The present report focuses on the etiologies, pathophysiology and treatment of iatrogenic thyrotoxicosis. Iatrogenic thyrotoxicosis may be caused by 1) subacute thyroiditis (a result of lymphocytic infiltration, cellular injury, trauma or radiation) with release of preformed hormones into circulation, 2) excessive ingestion of thyroid hormones ("thyrotoxicosis factitia"), 3) iodine-induced hyperthyroidism (radiological contrast agents, topical antiseptics or other medications). Among these causes of iatrogenic thyrotoxicosis, that induced by the iodine overload and cytotoxicity associated with amiodarone represents a significant challenge. Successful management of amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis requires close cooperation between endocrinologists and endocrine Surgeons. Surgical treatment may have a leading yet often underestimated role in view of the potential life-threatening severity of this disease, whereas others kinds of iatrogenic thyrotoxicosis are usually treated conservatively. [less ▲]

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See detailNicardipine Protocol for Cabg Using the Radial Artery Clinical and Angiographic Data
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Grenade, Thierry ULg; Cao-Thian, S. K. et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2001), 101(4, Jul-Aug), 185-9

The routine use of arterial grafts in coronary surgery is facilitated by peroperative adjunction of antispasmodic drug to reduce the event of spasm. Diltiazem has been favoured in most clinical studies ... [more ▼]

The routine use of arterial grafts in coronary surgery is facilitated by peroperative adjunction of antispasmodic drug to reduce the event of spasm. Diltiazem has been favoured in most clinical studies devoted to the radial artery graft. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of a spasm preventing protocol associating hydrostatic dilation of the graft with a diluted solution of papaverine and nicardipine infusion, starting preoperatively and continued postoperatively in i.v. and per os forms. Between September 1996 and March 1997, a consecutive series of 50 patients underwent myocardial revascularization using the radial artery. The radial artery was prepared by hydrostatic dilation with papaverine (1%) and nicardipine was administrated at 0.25 microgram/kg/min and titrated according to the arterial systemic pressure. Operative mortality was 4% (sepsis). There was no evidence of perioperative MI nor hypoperfusion syndrome. Mean CKMB level at 18 hours was 36 micrograms/l. No ischaemic anomalies of the ECG were detected. Angiography performed in the last 20 patients showed a 98% (51/52) permeability rate for all graft; 19/20 radial grafts (95%) were patent. One radial graft presented a 50% stenosis at the proximal anastomosis, and another a moderate spasm (40%) in the middle part of the conduit. This study confirms that the radial artery conduit can be used with satisfactory results for routine coronary artery bypass. The use of nicardipine allows the control the vasoreactivity of the radial graft without totally obviating at least angiographic spasm. This drug is easy to titrate, and well tolerated in association to beta-blockers in the routine perioperative management of the coronary patients. [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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