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OBJECTIVES To measure changes in claudicant's quality of life after surgery, angioplasty or unsupervised exercise. To explore the relationship between clinical indicators of limb perfusion and patient's perception of health change. DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING University Hospital vascular outpatients. MATERIALS AND METHODS 202 claudicants(More)
This paper reports a new method for expressing numerically asymmetry of the contour of the back in a forward-bending position. Information is given at three spinal levels (T8, T12 and L3) for 636 schoolchildren aged 8 to 15 years. Rib-hump and lumbar-hump scores were standardised to create trunk asymmetry scores (TASs) making comparison possible between(More)
BACKGROUND The systemic nature of atherosclerosis compromises medium-term survival following major vascular surgery. Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is a simple index of systemic inflammatory burden which correlates with survival following percutaneous coronary intervention. METHODS Patients undergoing elective major vascular surgery in 2 tertiary(More)
OBJECTIVES Mortality from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (RAAA) remains high. Despite this, withholding surgery on poor-prognosis patients with RAAA may create a difficult dilemma for the surgeon. Hardman et al. identified five independent, preoperative risk factors associated with mortality and proposed a model for preoperative patient selection. The(More)
77 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, 62 female and 15 male, underwent metacarpophalangeal joint arthroplasty on 375 joints using the Swanson design silicone rubber spacer between 1976 and 1985. Retrospectively, 48 of these patients were evaluated by postal questionnaire and 35 of them also underwent objective assessment at intervals ranging from five to(More)
Hyperhomocysteinaemia is an independent risk factor for the early development of arterial disease. Homocysteine and cardiovascular risk factors were assessed in 41 young and 25 older patients with vascular disease. As homocysteine may act by the generation of free radicals, total antioxidant capacity was measured. Hyperhomocysteinaemia was found in 29 per(More)
OBJECTIVES The incidence of vein graft stenosis ranges from 5%-45%. Reported rates appear to be increasing as technological advances make detection easier. The aim of this study was to review our experiences with regard to the incidence of stenosis in infrainguinal bypass grafts and the outcome of intervention for salvage of failing grafts. DESIGN(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The efficacy of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) in symptomatic patients with > 70% stenosis is accepted. The stroke risk of asymptomatic patients may not justify surgical intervention. The aim of this study is to use natural history data from a single unit to identify asymptomatic patients who would benefit from CEA. METHODS Five(More)
OBJECTIVES Protocols and criteria for Duplex-based graft surveillance programmes (GS) vary widely as to the optimum regimens for maximising detection of "at risk" grafts. Few centres recommend starting GS before discharge. The aim of this study was to audit our experience with respect to early scanning. SETTING Vascular Studies Unit, Bristol Royal(More)
Lower-limb venous haemodynamics were studied prospectively in 40 patients (24 women, 16 men of median age 52 years) undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Patients were randomized to wear compression stockings during surgery or no stockings. All received subcutaneous heparin prophylaxis. Venous capacitance and outflow were measured non-invasively before,(More)