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OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to assess the outcomes of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) performed in an urgent setting on acutely symptomatic patients selected through a very simple protocol. METHODS From January 2002 to January 2012, 193 symptomatic patients underwent CEA. Of these, 90 presented with acute symptoms, and after a congruous carotid(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term results of the posterior approach (PA) for the treatment of popliteal artery aneurysms are lacking in the literature. We reviewed our experience during a 13-year period in patients with popliteal artery aneurysms, comparing those treated through a PA with those operated on through a standard medial approach (MA). METHODS Clinical data(More)
This article reviews the arterial access sites used in the treatment of peripheral arterial disease, including common femoral, superficial femoral, and popliteal arterial puncture. The optimal approach and techniques for arterial puncture will be described and technical tips and tricks will be discussed. An overview of the currently available vascular(More)
AIM Open surgical repair (OSR) and endovascular techniques (ET) are both described in the literature for treating visceral artery aneurysms (VAAs). Aim of this study is to report a two-center experience of patients treated for a VAA using either OSR or ET, analyzing perioperative outcomes. METHODS Clinical data of 32 VAAs in 32 patients treated between(More)
Primary aorto-enteric fistula (PAEF) develops between the native aorta and the gastro-intestinal tract, in the presence of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. It is a rare, life-threatening condition and appears to be less frequent than secondary aorto-enteric fistula, which is associated with previous aortic prosthetic reconstruction. When untreated, the overall(More)
Blunt abdominal trauma with major vascular involvement is found to be rare. Although few series have been reported in the literature, the true incidence of blunt abdominal aortic injury is unknown. Different modalities of blunt trauma may occur among civilians with steering wheel and seat belt injury secondary to motor vehicle accident the most frequent.(More)
We evaluated the evolution of chronic medical therapy in patients admitted for carotid endarterectomy (CEA) over a 13-year period and to analyze the difference in medical treatment between symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. A retrospective study was conducted on patients treated between 2002 and 2015. The use of antiplatelets (acetylsalicylic acid(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the role of an ultrasound (US) debridement system to treat conservatively patients with poor medical conditions who presented with infection of a prosthetic vascular graft in the lower extremities. METHODS Data of all patients who underwent debridement of the grafts and/or surrounding tissue using an ultrasonic generator (Genera,(More)
The popliteal vein is the most frequent site of venous aneurysm. Surgical treatment is indicated above a 2.5 cm diameter to prevent complications, notably deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (PE). Here we report a case of recurrent episodes of severe PE, leading to cardio-circulatory shock caused by a popliteal vein aneurysm (PVA) despite oral(More)