Ron Charles Gaba

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The durability of aneurysm coil embolization is thought to depend on packing density. The expansile property of hydrogel coating on coils increases volumetric packing per coil length. We describe our experience using hydrogel-coated coils (HydroCoils) compared with inert platinum coils in intracranial aneurysm embolization. METHODS(More)
IMAGE-guided percutaneous methods of tumor destruction have proven effective for treatment of benign bone tumors as well as for palliation of metastases involving bone and soft tissue sites beyond the liver and lung. Treatment of primary bone tumors is largely restricted to benign tumors, most notably osteoid osteomas, as a single-modality treatment or as(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess safety, efficacy, and clinical outcomes following transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) of acute gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. Ninety-five patients (male:female ratio = 53:42, mean age 62 years) that underwent 95 TAEs for GI hemorrhage between 2002 and 2010 were retrospectively studied. Seventy-six of 95 (80 %)(More)
This report summarizes a 5-year phase 1/2 allogeneic islet transplantation clinical trial conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Ten patients were enrolled in this single center, open label, and prospective trial in which patients received 1–3 transplants. The first four subjects underwent islet transplantation with the Edmonton(More)
PURPOSE To compare the performance of various liver disease scoring systems in predicting early mortality after transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this single-institution retrospective study, eight scoring systems were used to grade liver disease in 211 patients (male-to-female ratio = 131:80; mean age,(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Portal vein embolization (PVE) is a standard technique for patients not amenable to liver resection due to small future liver remnant ratio (FLR). Radiation lobectomy (RL) with (90)Y-loaded microspheres (Y90) is hypothesized to induce comparable volumetric changes in liver lobes, while potentially controlling the liver tumor and limiting(More)
BACKGROUND Intracardiac or intrapulmonary migration of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters is an uncommon although potentially life-threatening event that is poorly understood. METHODS We searched the medical literature and extracted data detailing information concerning the event, including the cause and treatment of the filter migration. Our data were(More)
Pancreatic islet cell transplantation is a promising cellular-based therapy for type 1 diabetes mellitus. This procedure involves portal venous injection of islet cells and affords 1-year insulin independence in as many as 80% of recipients. Although transplant surgeons represent historical drivers of islet therapy, requirement for image guidance and(More)
The placement of superior vena cava (SVC) filters to prevent pulmonary emboli (PE) from upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis (UEDVT), although controversial, has been reported. A total of 21 publications were identified that reported 209 SVC filters and documented eight major filter-related complications (3.8%), including four cardiac tamponades, two aortic(More)
PURPOSE This study was performed to assess the safety, efficacy, and clinical outcomes of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation for treatment of medically refractory ascites and to identify prognostic factors for clinical response, morbidity, and mortality. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this retrospective study, 80 patients(More)