Bruce J Brener

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Indications for carotid endarterectomy have engendered considerable debate among experts and have resulted in publication of retrospective reviews, natural history studies, audits of community practice, position papers, expert opinion statements, and finally prospective randomized trials. The American Heart Association assembled a(More)
Twenty-one patients with bacterial aortitis were treated in four institutions over a 10-year period. Clues to the diagnosis were a pulsatile mass; fever; positive blood culture; CT scan revealing aortic nodularity, an aneurysm of irregular configuration, or air in the aortic wall; and angiography revealing a lobulated aneurysm. The most commonly identified(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of stenting central venous obstructions in patients dependent on hemodialysis to preserve or restore central venous patency and allow for continued hemodialysis from the affected side. METHODS Twenty-five self-expanding (17) and balloon-expandable (8) stainless steel stents were deployed in 19(More)
Vascular injury or occlusion from intra-aortic balloon pumping (IABP) that results in actual or potential limb ischemia occurs more frequently than reported. In a series of 79 IABP patients, 36 lived long enough to have the balloon catheter removed; thirteen (36%) of them had vascular complications. The complications were in three patients with an injury at(More)
A new catheter has been developed that can be accurately and precisely positioned using duplex ultrasonography alone. A piezoelectric transducer that functions as a passive, omnidirectional receiver is attached to the mid-balloon region of an angioplasty catheter. Integration to a standard duplex imaging system allows visualization of this receiver in all(More)
OBJECTIVE The Talent endovascular graft has been used in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) in more than 13,000 patients worldwide. However, information regarding the results of its use has been limited. This report describes the experience with 368 patients with AAAs who underwent treatment at four medical centers as part of an(More)
Intraoperative angiography in carotid extracranial surgery demonstrates technical defects in 5% to 8% of patients. A simple and safe method of completion contact angiography (CCA) has been perfected by adapting dental x-ray equipment, small dental film cassettes, and a "shoe box" type of developing unit. The method is not technician dependent, requires only(More)