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BACKGROUND Total graft excision with in situ or extra-anatomic revascularization is considered mandatory to treat infection involving the body of aortic grafts. We present a series of nine patients with this complication and such severe comorbid medical illnesses or markedly hostile abdomens that traditional treatments were precluded. In these patients(More)
PURPOSE To develop an ex vivo human carotid artery stenting model that can be used for the quantitative analysis of risk for embolization associated with balloon angioplasty and stenting and to correlate this risk with lesion characteristics to define lesions suitable for balloon angioplasty and stenting. METHODS Specimens of carotid plaque (n = 24) were(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of the study was to assess the usefulness of CT angiography for follow-up of patients with iliac artery aneurysms who have undergone endovascular treatment. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Twelve patients with iliac artery aneurysms (10 true aneurysms and two pseudoaneurysms) were examined with CT angiography within 1 week of receiving(More)
PURPOSE Incomplete endovascular graft exclusion of an abdominal aortic aneurysm results in an endoleak. To better understand the pathogenesis, significance, and fate of endoleaks, we analyzed our experience with endovascular aneurysm repair. METHODS Between November 1992 and May 1997, 47 aneurysms were treated. In a phase I study, patients received either(More)
The purpose of this article is to propose both state and time-dependent preventive maintenance policy for a multi-state deteriorating system, which is equipped with inspection equipment(s) connected to a computer center. After the system being identified as state x at nd through computation by the computer center after inspection (or measurement) via(More)
In Crohn's disease, multiple areas of small bowel stenosis are relatively common, but there are only 11 reported cases with stenosis complicated by enterolithiasis. We describe three patients with multiple strictures, enterolithiasis, and refractory iron deficiency anemia. The chronic anemia was severe, requiring multiple transfusions in two patients. One(More)
The study monitored physiological parameter changes after 120-min of simulated driving. Blood pressures, heart rate (HR), heart rate variability (HRV) and palm temperatures were measured using an ANSWatch(®) monitor. Subjects were divided into two groups (A & B). Both groups performed 2-hour driving, but group B additionally took a 15-min exercise break.(More)