Karl A. Illig

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Venous thoracic outlet syndrome progressing to the point of axilosubclavian vein thrombosis, variously referred to as Paget-Schroetter syndrome or effort thrombosis, is a classic example of an entity which if treated correctly has minimal long-term sequelae but if ignored is associated with significant long-term morbidity. The subclavian vein is highly(More)
The Clinical Practice Council of the Society for Vascular Surgery charged a writing committee with the task of updating practice guidelines, initally published in 2003, for surgeons and physicians who are involved in the preoperative, operative, and postoperative care of patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). This document provides recommendations(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to assess the utility of panoramic radiography as an adjunct screening tool for detecting significant asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis. The specific aim was to correlate calcifications seen in the region of the carotid bifurcation with clinically relevant carotid artery stenosis as determined by duplex ultrasound (DUS). STUDY(More)
Inflammation and oxidative stress are pathogenic mediators of many diseases, but molecules that could be therapeutic targets remain elusive. Inflammation and matrix degradation in the vasculature are crucial for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) formation. Cyclophilin A (CypA, encoded by Ppia) is highly expressed in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), is(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study were to examine factors predictive of success or failure after percutaneous angioplasty (PTA) and stenting (S) of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) and to compare the results of PTA/S with a contemporary group of patients treated with femoropopliteal bypass. METHODS A database of patients undergoing PTA and/or S(More)
BACKGROUND Some clinicians administer prophylactic antibiotics routinely before laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and the results of some of the studies in the literature support this practice. We conducted a prospective randomized trial to determine whether administration of prophylactic antibiotics is necessary during routine laparoscopic cholecystectomy in(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to define differences in perioperative hemodynamics and associated outcomes in patients who undergo carotid endarterectomy (CEA) with regional and general anesthesia. METHODS All the patients who underwent CEA during a 25-month period were reviewed, with a comparison of those who underwent operation with cervical(More)
This study reviews our experience with the rectus femoris muscle flap for complex groin wound reconstruction. Over the past 5 years, the rectus femoris has become our routine method of groin wound reconstruction. The rectus femoris is harvested through a midanterior incision extending over the distal two-thirds of the thigh. The muscle is elevated on its(More)
Current recommendations for follow-up after endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms (EVAR) include yearly computed tomographic (CT) scans after the first year. We hypothesize that this is unnecessary for patients who have aneurysm sacs that are stable or shrinking at 1 year and no evidence of endoleak. To explore this hypothesis, we reviewed the(More)