Sani Joanna Laukontaus

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OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to identify the proportion of abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures that occur before the screening age or threshold diameter for operative repair is reached. METHODS The study was a retrospective analysis of RAAA patients including all RAAA patients admitted to Helsinki (HUH) and Tampere University Hospitals (TaUH)(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify predictive factors for 30-day mortality after 48 h of maximal treatment in intensive care unit (ICU) after repair for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (RAAA). DESIGN Retrospective study in the ICU of the university central hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between 1999 and 2003, a total of 197 patients were admitted to emergency(More)
Our aim was to determine whether organizational changes could improve the outcome after ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (RAAA). Regional centralization and quality improvement in the in-hospital chain of treatment of RAAA included strengthening of the emergency preparedness and better availability of postoperative intensive care. During the(More)
INTRODUCTION Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) of 55 mm diameter or growth >5 mm in 6 months are commonly accepted treatment criteria. The aim of this study was to establish the outcome of aneurysms that met the treatment criteria but not the operative requirements. MATERIAL AND METHODS Patients (n = 154) who were declined from operative care of AAA in(More)
OBJECTIVE Despite the popularity of endovascular therapy (EVT) for critical limb ischaemia (CLI), there are few studies investigating the efficacy of duplex ultrasound (DUS) surveillance after endovascular interventions. The aim of this study was to evaluate DUS surveillance after EVT for CLI. METHODS 146 endovascular procedures in 134 consecutive(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) and their rupture has been reported to be decreasing. The aim was to evaluate trends in ruptured AAA (rAAA) incidence in the hospital district of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) in southern Finland. This was a population-based retrospective review of all patients with rAAA in this well defined(More)
OBJECTIVE Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) has been proposed as a major risk factor for multiple sclerosis (MS). The aim of this study was to assess inter-observer agreement between two ultrasound examiners and to compare findings in MS patients and control participants. METHODS A prospective, blinded, controlled study of MS patients(More)
Our aim was to assess the utility of surgery for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (RAAA) using the number of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) in a retrospective study with cross-sectional quality-of-life (QoL) evaluation. During a 7-year period up to 2002, 242 of 269 (90%) patients with RAAA underwent surgery. Survivors were sent the EQ-5D(More)
BACKGROUND In the event of rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), mortality is very high. AAA prevalence and incidence of ruptures have been reported to be decreasing. The treatment of AAA has also undergone a change in recent decades with a shift toward endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). Our aim was to evaluate how these changes have affected the(More)