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BACKGROUND Pheochromocytoma is a feature of two disorders with an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance--multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN-2) (with medullary thyroid carcinoma and hyperparathyroidism) and von Hippel-Lindau disease (with angioma of the retina, hemangioblastoma of the central nervous system, renal-cell carcinoma, pancreatic cysts,(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty is a safe and effective treatment for nonostial stenoses of the renal arteries, but it has proved to be disappointing for ostial stenoses. Therefore, we prospectively studied the use of intravascular stents for the treatment of critical ostial stenoses after unsuccessful balloon angioplasty. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND The treatment of aortic aneurysms with endovascular stents or stent-graft prostheses is receiving increasing attention as an alternative to major abdominal surgery. To define the clinical value of this technique, we prospectively studied the use of stent-graft endoprostheses made of nitinol and covered with polyester fabric for the treatment of(More)
BACKGROUND Transjugular placement of an intrahepatic stent is a new technique to establish a portosystemic shunt for treatment of portal hypertension. A puncture needle is advanced in a catheter through the inferior vena cava into a hepatic vein; then an intrahepatic branch of the portal vein is punctured and an expandable stent of metallic mesh is(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate treatment of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) with a new endoluminal stent-graft. MATERIALS AND METHODS In 26 male patients, straight or bifurcated nitinol stents covered with woven Dacron graft material were implanted to treat eccentric saccular AAA (n = 3) or AAA involving the bifurcation and common iliac arteries (n = 23),(More)
A prospective study was conducted in 38 patients with nodular lesions on plain chest radiographs and the clinical suspicion of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) to assess the diagnostic accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). For early diagnosis of IPA (clinical signs and symptoms < 10 days), CT scans with(More)
The purpose of this prospective, angiographically controlled study was to determine the diagnostic value of color Doppler sonography with two differing approaches of scanning in patients with clinical clues for renal artery stenosis (RAS). In 135 hypertensive patients peak systolic velocity in the main renal arteries and the resistive index (RI) of the(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the long-term results of recanalization of occluded iliac arteries with local low-dose thrombolysis, angioplasty, and, if necessary, stent implantation. MATERIALS AND METHODS Forty-seven patients with acute or chronic occlusions of the common or external iliac artery, or both, underwent local low-dose thrombolysis (n = 47),(More)
PURPOSE To determine the utility of local thrombolysis in treatment of acute embolic renal artery occlusion. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fourteen patients with acute embolic renal artery occlusion treated with local low-dose thrombolysis were studied. Diagnosis was made with renal scintigraphy and selective renal arteriography. RESULTS Thrombolysis was(More)
OBJECTIVE Sacroiliitis is often difficult to diagnose in the absence of radiographic alterations. For the diagnosis of active sacroiliitis, plain radiography, scintigraphy, and contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were evaluated in a prospective study. METHODS In 44 consecutive patients with complete clinical and laboratory evaluation, plain(More)