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OBJECTIVES Our aim was to assess the feasibility and efficacy of the Cardiatis multilayer flow modulator in the treatment of complex aorta aneurysms. METHODS This is a single-center prospective registry. Six patients (4 males and 2 females; mean age 74 years) with complex aorta aneurysms (unsuitable for endovascular repair with standard, fenestrated, or(More)
BACKGROUND Lymphocutaneous fistulas occurring after vascular procedures of the lower limb are a rare, but frustrating, complication. Many treatment options exist, but may lead to inconsistent results, with infection, delayed wound healing, and prolonged hospital stay. We present a simple surgical treatment of wound closure and drainage. METHODS In this(More)
We compared early outcome after carotid endarterectomy (CEA) in patients (n = 857 with 1,011 CEA interventions) with and without chronic renal insufficiency (CRI). Two groups were compared: a group with normal renal function (n = 909) and a group with CRI (creatinine >/=1.5 mg/dL and clearance of </=30 mL/min, as well as dialysis and transplant patients, n(More)
BACKGROUND Patients considered for arterial surgery, have been shown to have a high incidence of coexistent cardiac, vascular and other diseases, affecting operative risk and survival. We developed a systematic workup strategy for detecting these coexistent diseases in our vascular surgical patients, mainly based on non-invasive diagnostic techniques. (More)
BACKGROUND The ankle--brachial index (ABI) is a simple, noninvasive, widely used test that detects peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In patients with diabetes, the ABI is notoriously unreliable and this is usually attributed to medial calcinosis, which stiffens the arteries and renders them poorly compressible. However, the distribution of atherosclerotic(More)
In aged human subjects the cutaneous circulation has shown reduced vasoreactive capacity when stimulated by heat or ischemia, and autonomic dysfunction developing in the elderly was suggested. Should this autonomic dysfunction affect the arteriolar vasomotional activity, it might be demonstrated by laser Doppler fluxmetry (LDF) at rest. LDF flow motion(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the endogenous sex hormone levels in natural postmenopausal women and their association with the presence of internal carotid artery (ICA) atherosclerosis. DESIGN Case-control study METHODS We compared 56 patients with severe ICA atherosclerosis referred for carotid artery endarterectomy (CEA) with 56 age-matched control subjects free(More)