Francesco Massari

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OBJECTIVES The value of interventricular and intraventricular echocardiographic asynchrony parameters in predicting reverse remodeling after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) was investigated. BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy has been suggested as a promising strategy in patients with severe heart failure and left bundle branch block(More)
BACKGROUND Dissecting aneurysms located along the distal segments of the posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) are extremely rare, accounting for only 0.5-0.7% of all intracranial aneurysms. Treatment of these aneurysms is challenging, both surgically and endovascularly. We present our preliminary experience and clinical data utilizing Onyx as an(More)
BACKGROUND Intracranial atherosclerosis may be the underlying pathology in up to 15% of ischemic strokes, but may account for about 40% of strokes in some populations. After an ischemic event determined by intracranial atherosclerosis, patients have a 12% annual risk of stroke recurrence, mostly during the first year. OBJECTIVE To evaluate procedural(More)
BACKGROUND A new generation of highly navigable large-bore aspiration catheters and retriever devices for intracranial mechanical thrombectomy has markedly improved recanalization rates, time and clinical outcomes. We report collected clinical data utilizing a new technique based on combined large lumen aspiration catheter and partially resheathed stent(More)
This report describes a case of successful percutaneous direct-puncture ethanol embolization, followed by vertebroplasty, of an aggressive vertebral hemangioma (VH) involving two adjacent thoracic vertebral levels. In this case, the 78-year-old male patient presented with a 6-month history of progressive paraparesis due to spinal cord compression by a T8-T9(More)
BACKGROUND Dissecting aneurysms of the vertebral artery (VA) are difficult to treat using current surgical and endovascular techniques. OBJECTIVE To analyze retrospectively the efficacy and safety of flow diverters in the treatment of dissecting aneurysms of the vertebral artery. METHODS We identified six patients with six unruptured VA dissecting(More)
OBJECTIVE Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of the Pipeline embolization device (PED) when used as second-line treatment for recurrent or residual, pretreated ruptured and unruptured intracranial aneurysms (IAs). METHODS Retrospective review of our database to include all patients who were treated with a PED for recurrent or residual IAs following(More)
BACKGROUND Flow diverter (FD) malapposition is associated with stroke-related complications. We document the use of self-expanding nitinol stents to remove/reduce the ledge of a FD deployed for aneurysm treatment. METHODS We identified five patients who were treated with the Pipeline embolization device (PED) in conjunction with a Neuroform EZ stent for(More)
The endovascular management of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) due to emergency large vessel occlusion (ELVO) has become the standard of care after the recent publication of landmark randomized, controlled trials. Mechanical thrombectomy, in addition to intravenous thrombolysis (within 4.5 hours when eligible), is now part of the algorithm of the standard of(More)
INTRODUCTION Flow diversion is being increasingly used to treat cerebral aneurysms. We present our experience using these stents to treat aneurysms distal to the circle of Willis with parent arteries smaller than 2.5 mm. METHODS Aneurysms treated with a Pipeline Embolization Device in vessels less than 2.5 mm between June 2012 and August 2014 were(More)