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Acta Angiologica     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Acta Cardiologica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Acute Cardiac Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Adipositas - Ursachen, Folgeerkrankungen, Therapie     Hybrid Journal  
AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Aktuelle Kardiologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
American Heart Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 60)
American Journal of Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 68)
American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
American Journal of Hypertension     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Anales de Cirugia Vascular     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Anatolian Journal of Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Angiología     Full-text available via subscription  
Angiologia e Cirurgia Vascular     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Angiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Annales de Cardiologie et d'Angéiologie     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Annals of Circulation     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Annals of Pediatric Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
AORTA     Open Access  
Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases Supplements     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Archives of Cardiovascular Imaging     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Archivos de cardiología de México     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Argentine Journal of Cardiology (English edition)     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 32)
Artery Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
ARYA Atherosclerosis     Open Access  
ASAIO Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
ASEAN Heart Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Aswan Heart Centre Science & Practice Services     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Atherosclerosis : X     Open Access  
Bangladesh Heart Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Basic Research in Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
BMC Cardiovascular Disorders     Open Access   (Followers: 22)
Brain Circulation     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
British Journal of Cardiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Canadian Journal of Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Cardiac Cath Lab Director     Full-text available via subscription  
Cardiac Electrophysiology Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Cardiac Failure Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cardiocore     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Cardiogenetics     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cardiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Cardiology and Angiology: An International Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cardiology and Therapy     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Cardiology Clinics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Cardiology in Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Cardiology in the Young     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 34)
Cardiology Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Cardiology Plus     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cardiology Research     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Cardiology Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Cardiorenal Medicine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Cardiothoracic Surgeon     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CardioVasc     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular & Haematological Disorders - Drug Targets     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Open     Open Access  
Cardiovascular Diabetology     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Cardiovascular Endocrinology & Metabolism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Cardiovascular Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Cardiovascular Journal of Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Cardiovascular Journal of South Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular Medicine in General Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Cardiovascular Pathology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine     Open Access  
Cardiovascular Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular System     Open Access  
Cardiovascular Therapeutics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Cardiovascular Ultrasound     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Case Reports in Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Cerebrovascular Diseases     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra     Open Access  
Chest     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 103)
Choroby Serca i Naczyń     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Circulation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 265)
Circulation : Cardiovascular Imaging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Circulation : Cardiovascular Interventions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Circulation : Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Circulation : Genomic and Precision Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Circulation : Heart Failure     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Circulation Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Cirugía Cardiovascular     Open Access  
Clínica e Investigación en Arteriosclerosis     Full-text available via subscription  
Clínica e Investigación en arteriosclerosis (English Edition)     Hybrid Journal  
Clinical and Experimental Hypertension     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Clinical Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Clinical Hypertension     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Clinical Medicine Insights : Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Clinical Research in Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Clinical Research in Cardiology Supplements     Hybrid Journal  
Clinical Trials and Regulatory Science in Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Congenital Heart Disease     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Congestive Heart Failure     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Cor et Vasa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Coronary Artery Disease     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
CorSalud     Open Access  
Critical Pathways in Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Current Cardiology Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Current Cardiology Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports     Hybrid Journal  
Current Heart Failure Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Current Hypertension Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Current Hypertension Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Current Opinion in Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Current Problems in Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Current Research : Cardiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Current Vascular Pharmacology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
CVIR Endovascular     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Der Kardiologe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Echo Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Echocardiography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Egyptian Heart Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Egyptian Journal of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia     Open Access  
ESC Heart Failure     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
European Cardiology Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
European Heart Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 68)
European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
European Heart Journal - Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes     Hybrid Journal  
European Heart Journal : Acute Cardiovascular Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
European Heart Journal : Case Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
European Heart Journal Supplements     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Supplements     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
European Journal of Heart Failure     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
European Stroke Organisation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Experimental & Translational Stroke Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Folia Cardiologica     Open Access  
Forum Zaburzeń Metabolicznych     Hybrid Journal  
Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Future Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Global Cardiology Science and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Global Heart     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Heart     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48)
Heart and Mind     Open Access  
Heart and Vessels     Hybrid Journal  
Heart Failure Clinics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Heart Failure Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Heart India     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Heart International     Full-text available via subscription  
Heart Rhythm     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Heart Views     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
HeartRhythm Case Reports     Open Access  
Hellenic Journal of Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Herz     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Hypertension     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Hypertension     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Hypertension in Pregnancy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Hypertension Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Ibrahim Cardiac Medical Journal     Open Access  
IJC Heart & Vessels     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
IJC Heart & Vasculature     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
IJC Metabolic & Endocrine     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Indian Heart Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Indian Journal of Cardiovascular Disease in Women WINCARS     Open Access  
Indian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     Hybrid Journal  
Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Innovations : Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Insuficiencia Cardíaca     Open Access  
Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Cardiovascular Forum Journal     Open Access  
International Journal of Angiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
International Journal of Cardiology Hypertension     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Cardiovascular Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Heart Rhythm     Open Access  
International Journal of Hypertension     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Hyperthermia     Open Access  
International Journal of Stroke     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
International Journal of the Cardiovascular Academy     Open Access  
Interventional Cardiology Clinics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Interventional Cardiology Review     Open Access  
JACC : Basic to Translational Science     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
JACC : Cardiovascular Imaging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
JACC : Cardiovascular Interventions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
JACC : Heart Failure     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
JAMA Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)

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CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology
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Number of Followers: 15  
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ISSN (Print) 1432-086X - ISSN (Online) 0174-1551
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  • COVID-19: What Comes Next for IRs
    • PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Correction to: Interventional Radiological Treatment of Pediatric Liver
           Transplantation Complications
    • Abstract: In the original article, the following author name was incorrectly published and the corrected name is given below.
      PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Percutaneous Lung Biopsy: Smart Positioning—Prone Should Be
    • PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Increased Risk of Using Drug-Eluting Balloons Below the Knee' The
           Discussion Continues
    • PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Stomach Displacement Utilizing Levering of Blunt-Tip Needles
    • PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Embolization of 2 Coexisting Intraparenchymal Renal Artery Aneurysms with
           an Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer Agent (Squid) and Coils
    • PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Contribution of Interventional Radiology to the Management of COVID-19
    • PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Reply to “Percutaneous Lung Biopsy: Smart Positioning – Prone
           Should be Forbidden”
    • PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • The Environmental Impact of IR: A Matter of Concern'
    • PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Thoracic Duct Embolization in Post-neck Dissection Chylous Leakage: A Case
           Series of Six Patients and Review of the Literature
    • Abstract: Abstract Chylous leak is a serious complication of neck dissection. Patients are often managed conservatively, and failure of conservative management necessitates surgical management, which adds to their morbidity. We present a case series demonstrating the value of thoracic duct embolization (TDE) in management of patients with chylous leaks following neck dissection who have failed conservative management and to review the literature on this specific application of TDE. Between 2011 and 2019, six patients underwent a total of seven TDE procedures. Lymphatic leak was identified, and clinical success was achieved in all patients, with one patient requiring repeat TDE. No minor or major complications were reported. In conclusion, TDE is a safe and effective tool in management of chylous leaks following neck dissection.
      PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Does Bead Size Affect Patient Outcome in Irinotecan-Loaded Beads
           Chemoembolization Plus Systemic Chemotherapy Regimens for Liver-Dominant
           Colorectal Cancer' Results of an Observational Study
    • Abstract: Purpose We investigated the clinical effects of bead size in irinotecan-loaded beads chemoembolization (DEBIRI) used for treating liver-dominant colorectal cancer. Materials and Methods Between March 2009 and January 2018, all consecutive patients with colorectal cancer liver metastases referred for DEBIRI at our tertiary center were included in an observational study. Patients were treated exclusively with either 100-mg irinotecan-loaded DC beads of 70–150 μm (small bead group or SB) or 100–300 μm (large bead group or LB) in diameter, in addition to systemic therapy. Liver tumor response rate at 3 months, liver and overall progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival were estimated. Results In total, 84 patients with liver-dominant progressive disease underwent 232 DEBIRI sessions. Fifty-four patients were treated in the SB group and 30 patients in the LB group. Liver progression-free rates at 3 months were 86.7% for the LB group and 79.6% for the SB group (NS). Median liver-PFS and overall PFS were, respectively, 7.15 months and 7.15 months for the LB group and 7.65 and 7.55 months for the SB group (NS). Median overall survival was 13.04 months for the LB group and 15.59 months for the SB group (p = 0.04). Specific treatment grade 3 + 4 toxicity occurrence was 5 (17%) in the LB group and 20 (37%) in the SB group. Conclusion No significant difference in patient outcome was observed between DEBIRI bead sizes of 70–150 μm and 100–300 μm. A trend toward higher treatment-specific toxicity was observed with the smaller beads.
      PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Multivariable Regression Analysis of Clinical Data from the
           Randomized-Controlled EffPac Trial: Efficacy of Femoropopliteal
           Drug-Coated Balloon Angioplasty
    • Abstract: Purpose The post-hoc multivariable analysis of EffPac study data aimed to identify explanatory variables for efficacy of femoropopliteal artery angioplasty. Methods In the prospective, randomized, controlled EffPac study, patients were allocated to either DCB or plain old balloon angioplasty. Multivariable regression including interaction analysis was conducted to assess the impact of selected variables on the outcome measures of late lumen loss (LLL) at 6 months, and on binary restenosis, target lesion revascularization (TLR), clinical improvement, and hemodynamic improvement at 12 months. Results A total of 171 patients (69 ± 8 years, 111 men) were treated at 11 German centers. Hypertension increased, and advanced age decreased LLL (B coefficient [B]: 0.7 [95% CI − 0.04 to 1.3], p = 0.06 and − 0.3 per 10 years [95% CI − 0.5 to 0.01], p = 0.06, respectively). DCB angioplasty decreased odds of 12-month TLR and binary restenosis (OR 0.4 [95% CI 0.2 to 0.8], p = 0.01 and OR 0.1 [95% CI 0.01 to 0.6], p = 0.02, respectively). Lesion length and severe calcification decreased clinical improvement (B: − 0.1 per 10 mm [95% CI − 0.1 to − 0.03], p = 0.001 and − 0.1 [95% CI − 1.7 to − 0.1], p = 0.03, respectively). DCB angioplasty in former smokers improved ABI (0.2 [95% CI 0.01 to 0.5], p = 0.04). Conclusion DCB angioplasty decreased the incidence of 12-month restenosis and TLR. Increasing lesion length and severe calcification reduced clinical improvement. Hypertension is suspected to facilitate, and advanced age to mitigate LLL. DCB improved ABI most in former smokers.
      PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Left Distal Transradial Access (ldTRA): A Comparative Assessment of
           Conventional and Distal Radial Artery Size
    • Abstract: Purpose To assess left radial artery size, technical feasibility and safety of ldTRA in the anatomical snuffbox for percutaneous image-guided procedures. Materials and Methods A retrospective single-center study was performed from November 2016 to June 2018 on all patients undergoing ldTRA for interventional radiology procedures. Results A total of 287 patients (91 female and 196 male), aged 18–94 years (mean age 64 years), were included. 389 procedures were performed which included hepatic chemoembolization (n = 161), selective internal radiation therapy Y-90 mapping (n = 74), selective internal radiation therapy Y-90 administration (n = 48), diagnostic angiography (n = 34), mesenteric and pelvic embolization (n = 59), stent insertion (n = 8) and miscellaneous (n = 5). Mean sonographic measurement of the left radial artery size at the conventional site at the wrist was 2.55 mm (range 1.4–3.3 mm) and 2.34 mm (range 1.4–3.2 mm) at the anatomical snuffbox (p < 0.001). Technical success rate was 100%, a single small hematoma occurred in the first patient (0.3%). 74.2% of patients had follow-up for radial artery patency (mean 46 days, range 0–66 days), which did not reveal radial artery occlusions or pseudoaneurysm formation. Conclusion The left distal radial artery in the anatomical snuffbox is smaller in comparison with the conventional access site at the wrist. The difference however is small and does not require intentional downsizing of vascular access equipment to facilitate utilization of ldTRA. Assessment of the vessel size is imperative for appropriate equipment selection and optimizing procedural success. This study supports that ldTRA is technically feasible and safe.
      PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • How to Handle a COVID-19 Patient in the Angiographic Suite
    • Abstract: Abstract This is a single-center report on coordination of staff and handling of patients during the outbreak of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) in a region with high incidence and prevalence of disease. The selection of procedures for interventional radiology (IR), preparation of staff and interventional suite before the arrival of patients, the facility ventilation systems and intra- and post-procedural workflow optimization are described. The control measures described may increase the cost of the equipment, prolong procedural times and increase technical difficulties. However, these precautions may help control the spread of COVID-19 within the healthcare facility.
      PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Interventional Radiology Procedures for COVID-19 Patients: How we Do it
    • Abstract: Abstract With astonishing speed, COVID-19 has become a global pandemic. As it is uncertain when the pandemic will be controlled, it is crucial for procedurists of all stripes to be familiar and confident in performing procedures for COVID-19 patients to prevent intra-hospital infection. In this article, we will detail our approach on how to perform interventional procedures for COVID-19 patients at the bedside in the isolation room and with the patient transferred to the interventional radiology centre. These workflows have been developed in conjunction with multiple other stakeholders within our hospital, drawing from valuable lessons we have learnt from the SARS outbreak of 2003.
      PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Assessing the Burden of Packaging and Recyclability of Single-Use Products
           in Interventional Radiology
    • Abstract: Purpose With a shift to single-use products in interventional radiology (IR) centres for sterility and cost reasons, it is prudent to consider the burden of packaging and employ efforts to assess and reduce waste, as well as promote recycling wherever possible. This study aimed to quantify the amount of waste in IR packaging and what proportion is recyclable. Materials and Methods A range of IR products were weighed using mass scales. Products were assessed for total weight, overall waste, and potentially recyclable waste. Waste was defined as any packaging which was not considered vital to the product to perform its duty and thus was for packaging or shipping purposes. Products were pooled into one of the following categories: catheters and sheaths, wires, needles, devices, coils, and packs/ancillary. Results Seventy-two different products were collected from 26 manufacturers to represent a range of items. The weight of all products was 12,466 g (median 51, range 2–1600), and weight of waste was 6830.7 g (median 34, range 1.1–732). The weight of recyclable waste was 5202.2 g (median 11.5, range 0–701). There were median 2 waste packages per item (range 1–5). The proportion of waste of the overall weight was 54.8% and of this, 76% of all waste was potentially recyclable. Conclusion There is a significant burden of waste in manufactured IR products, and while a high proportion is recyclable, we encourage manufacturers of IR products and devices to consider alternative means of transport and packaging of products which will reduce the overall waste burden. Level of Evidence Level 3.
      PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Percutaneous MR-Guided Cryoablation of Low-Flow Vascular Malformation:
           Technical Feasibility, Safety and Clinical Efficacy
    • Abstract: Purpose To retrospectively assess the technical feasibility, safety and clinical efficacy of percutaneous MR-guided cryoablation of low-flow vascular malformations (LFVM). Materials and Methods Between July 2013 and May 2019, 9 consecutive patients (5 male; 4 female; mean age 39.4 ± 15.3 years, range 15–68) underwent MR-guided cryoablation of LFVM. Patients were treated due to pain in all cases. Procedural data, complications and clinical results were analyzed. Results Technical success defined as complete coverage of the LFVM by the iceball without involvement of nearby non-target thermal-sensitive structures was achieved in 9/9 (100%) cases. Mean procedure time was 122 ± 20 min (range 90–150); 2–6 cryoprobes (mean 3.7 ± 1.2) and 2–4 freezing cycles (mean freezing time 19.8 ± 11.8 min; range 4–40) were applied. No complications were noted. Mean time from the first treatment to the last follow-up was 548 days (range 30–1776). Persistent/recurring pain was noted in 3/9 cases (33%) 30, 133 and 639 days after cryoablation, respectively, and was related in all cases to MR-confirmed local residual/recurring disease. A second cryoablation treatment was performed in these 3 cases with complete pain control at the last available follow-up (153, 25, 91 days, respectively). In the whole population, at mean 161 days (range 25–413) after the last treatment, on the numerical pain rate scale, pain significantly dropped from mean 6.4 ± 2.1 (range 3–9/10) before CA to mean 0.3 ± 0.9 (range 0–3/10) after (p = 0.009). Conclusions Percutaneous MR-guided cryoablation is technically feasible, safe and effective for the treatment of symptomatic LFVM. Level of Evidence Level 3b, retrospective cohort study.
      PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Emergency Responses to Covid-19 Outbreak: Experiences and Lessons from a
           General Hospital in Nanjing, China
    • Abstract: Background The novel coronavirus 2019 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused wide dissemination across the world. Global health systems are facing the unprecedented challenges. Here we shared the experiences and lessons in emergency responses and management from our hospital, a government-assigned regional anti-Covid-19 general hospital in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. Methods Our periodic strategies in dealing with Covid-19 were described in detail. An administrative response including the establishment of Emergency Leadership Committee that was in full charge of management was established. Modifications of infrastructure including the Fever Clinic, inpatient ward, outpatient clinic and operation room were carried out. Special arrangements for outpatient services, hospitalization and surgeries were introduced. Medical personnel training and patient educations were performed. Initiations of Covid-19 researches and application of information technology were introduced. Findings Since January 16, three cases have been confirmed in our hospital and no healthcare-associated infection was found. During the epidemics, 6.46% staffs suffered depression, 9.87% had anxiety, and 98% were satisfied with the infection control policy. Shortages in staffs and medical consumables, and limitation in space were the obstacles we encountered. Interpretation As the cost of in-hospital transmission is unbearable, our experiences and lessons suggested that prompt actions should be taken immediately to decrease or eliminate potential in-hospital transmission. Experience shared herein may be useful for those facilities that are and may encounter Covid-19.
      PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Microwave Ablation in the Proximity of Surgical Clips: Is there a Safety
    • Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this study was to evaluate the heat generation of surgical clips within the target area of MWA and the influences on the ablation volume. Materials and Methods In bovine liver tissue, 42 ex vivo microwave ablations (60 W; 180 s) were performed. During ablation, the temperature was measured continuously at 4 points of interest (POI), in a distance of 7.5 and 15 mm on each side of the microwave antenna, with a titanium surgical placed at one 7.5-mm POI. Ablation volumes containing large vessels (n = 10) were excluded. For every POI, the mean temperature of 32 ablations was calculated. The mean temperatures were compared between the 4 POI and statistically analyzed using the Student’s t test. Results The mean maximum temperatures at the side of the clip were 88.76 °C/ 195 s and 52.97 °C/ 195 s and at the side without clip 78.75 °C/ 195 s and 43.16 °C/ 195 s, respectively, at POI 7.5 mm and POI 15 mm. The maximum difference of mean temperatures for POI 7.5 mm was 12.91 °C at 84 s (p = 0.022) and for POI 15 mm 9.77 °C at 195 s (p = 0.009). No significant changes in size and shape of the ablation zone could be determined. Conclusions Our study demonstrated significantly higher temperatures adjacent to surgical clips. Also, the temperatures distal to the titanium clip were higher compared to the control location without clip. These findings suggest an increased risk of thermal damage to surrounding tissues during MWA, especially in case of immediate contact to surgical clips.
      PubDate: 2020-06-01
  • Reperfusion of Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations Following
           Embolotherapy: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Detachable Versus Pushable
    • Abstract: Purpose To compare 1 year post-embolization reperfusion rates in pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) treated with the 0.035″ Interlock™ Fibered IDC™ Occlusion System coils (IDC) (Boston Scientific, Marlborough, Massachusetts) versus 0.035″ Nester coils (Cook Medical Inc., Bloomington, Indiana). Materials and Methods A randomized controlled trial was performed randomizing individual PAVMs to treatment with IDC versus Nester coils at the largest hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia center in Canada. The primary outcome was CT evidence of reperfusion at 1 year. Secondary outcomes included periprocedural complications, fluoroscopy time and contrast volume. Results Our study was terminated prematurely due to slow recruitment and subsequent expiration of funding. A total of 46 PAVMs in 25 patients (64% female) were included in our study; 26 randomized to Nester coils and 20 randomized to IDC. One patient was lost to follow-up. At a mean follow-up of 421.2 ± 215.7 days, no significant difference in PAVM reperfusion was detected between Nester coils and IDC (0% vs. 5.6%, p > 0.05). No major periprocedural complications were noted in either group. Fluoroscopy time (Nester: 15.0 ± 11.8 min vs. IDC 16.0 ± 5.4 min, p > 0.05) and contrast volume (Nester: 80.3 ± 36.5 ml vs. IDC 87.3 ± 51.7 ml, p > 0.05) utilized did not differ between groups. Conclusion No significant difference was detected in PAVM reperfusion rates, periprocedural complication rates, contrast volume utilization or fluoroscopy time following embolization with IDC and Nester coils.
      PubDate: 2020-06-01
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