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Obstruction of the superior vena cava (SVC) or inferior vena cava (IVC) is most commonly an acquired condition, typically caused by malignancy, benign conditions such as mediastinal fibrosis, and iatrogenic causes such as venous catheterization. In the event of chronic occlusion, collateral pathways must develop to maintain venous drainage. The major(More)
PURPOSE To assess the efficacy of percutaneous insertion of n-butyl cyanoacrylate (NBCA) in the ablation of bile ducts in patients with persistent postsurgical bile leaks in which traditional means of treatment have failed. MATERIALS AND METHODS Ablation of bile ducts with NBCA was performed in six patients (two men and four women). The average length of(More)
PURPOSE Varicoceles occur in approximately 15% of adolescent male subjects and may impair future fertility. The present study describes a varicocele treatment technique involving percutaneous retrograde embolization with boiling hot contrast medium and gelatin sponge pledgets. MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective review of medical records and imaging of(More)
Using bolus-enhanced CT, we encountered an unusual constellation of findings in seven patients with clinical evidence of right heart failure. These included retrograde hepatic venous opacification on the early bolus scans and a diffusely mottled pattern of hepatic enhancement seen only during the vascular phase of contrast administration. Ancillary CT(More)
We present a case of ischaemic hand injury in a patient, who had 95% occlusion of both the ulnar and radial arteries, after atraumatic placement of a left radial artery catheter. The presence of cigarette burns on the dorsum of the hand was highly suggestive of vascular compromise. There were no signs of vascular compromise after placement of the arterial(More)
Dislodgement of a Greenfield filter in the right atrium is one of the most serious complications of this procedure. Retrieval of such a misplaced filter may require surgical intervention by means of cardiopulmonary bypass surgery, which is very hazardous in these often severely ill patients. We describe two cases in which the filter became partially(More)
Arterioportal fistulas may occur in liver transplant recipients after percutaneous biopsy. This report describes a case in which a 13-year-old liver transplant patient developed an arterioportal fistula after multiple liver biopsies and underwent coil embolization; however, at that time, there were at least two small arterial feeders that were not amenable(More)
A 21-year-old male developed pericardial tamponade in a delayed fashion after blunt chest trauma. Tamponade was not suspected clinically and was first seen on computed tomography of the abdomen. Plain films of the chest revealed distortion of the path of a Swan-Ganz catheter due to the ventricular compression. After drainage, left inferior phrenic artery(More)
An interesting case of fibrosing mediastinitis, which is a rare cause of total nonvisualization of one lung on pulmonary scintigraphy, is presented. Scintigraphy with Tc-99m MAA showed a severe deficit of perfusion in the right lung, with normal perfusion of the left lung. Ventilation images were normal. CT and MRI each demonstrated the mediastinal nodal(More)
BACKGROUND A U-tube drainage catheter (UTDC) is a novel intervention for necrotizing pancreatitis, with multiple benefits: bidirectional flushing, greater interface with large fluid collections, less risk of dislodgement, and creation of a large-diameter fistula tract for potential fistulojejunostomy. We report the first clinical experience with UTDC for(More)