Surgery

  • Hydrogel coils improve outcomes in medium-sized intracranial aneurysms

    on February 24th, 2017
    AT THE INTERNATIONAL STROKE CONFERENCE HOUSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Hydrogel coils significantly outperformed bare platinum coils in treating patients with medium-sized intracranial aneurysms, reducing the incidence of adverse outcomes by about 9% in an open-label, randomized trial. Compared[...]
  • Robotic PCI success rates higher with radial access

    on February 23rd, 2017
    AT CRT 2017 WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The clinical and technical success rates are higher among patients undergoing robotic percutaneous coronary interventions through radial than femoral access, according to registry data presented at CRT 2017 sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research [...]
  • Mesh cylinder effective for small to medium wide-necked aneurysms

    on February 22nd, 2017
    AT THE INTERNATIONAL STROKE CONFERENCE HOUSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – An expandable mesh cylinder that is approved to treat large, wide-necked carotid aneurysms has now proved successful in treating small lesions of the internal carotid or vertebral artery up to 12 mm in diameter. The Pipeline[...]
  • Consider ultraslow thrombolysis for mechanical valve thrombosis

    on February 22nd, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE CARDIOVASCULAR CONFERENCE AT SNOWMASS SNOWMASS, COLO. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Ultraslow infusion of a very-low-dose thrombolytic agent for treatment of mechanical prosthetic valve thrombosis appears to be as effective as surgery – the former first-line therapy – and[...]
  • Most lung recipients gain 2-year survival benefit

    on February 22nd, 2017
    FROM ANNALS OF THE AMERICAN THORACIC SOCIETY Nearly three-quarters of lung transplant recipients are likely to gain at least 2 years of survival, according to new research. In a study published in the February issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, researchers used data from 13,040 ad[...]
  • Infections boost postop wound dehiscence risk

    on February 22nd, 2017
    AT THE ACADEMIC SURGICAL CONGRESS SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Pre- and postsurgical infections top the list of factors in putting patients at risk of wound dehiscence after laparotomy, a database study has found. Before surgery, a contaminated or dirty wound and sepsis doubled the risk of[...]
  • FDA confirms complications from intragastric balloons

    on February 22nd, 2017
    Complications from overinflation and acute pancreatitis can create problems for obesity patients treated with intragastric balloons, according to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration. In a letter to health care providers published on February 9, 2017, the FDA warned of the two specific [...]
  • Watch and wait often better than resecting in ground-glass opacities

    on February 22nd, 2017
    FROM CHEST Three years of follow-up is adequate for partially solid ground-glass opacity lesions that do not progress, while pure ground-glass opacity lesions that show no progression may require further follow-up care, a study suggests. The results of the long-term outcome investigation of 226 pati[...]
  • Pheochromocytoma linked to higher risk of postop complications

    on February 21st, 2017
    AT THE ACADEMIC SURGICAL CONGRESS LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients with pheochromocytoma are likely to have preoperative comorbidities that predispose them to postoperative cardiopulmonary complications, leading to a longer length of stay and greater hospital charges. A 5-year nationa[...]
  • The two faces of mitral regurgitation

    on February 21st, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE CARDIOVASCULAR CONFERENCE AT SNOWMASS SNOWMASS, COLO. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Primary mitral regurgitation and secondary mitral regurgitation may sound a lot alike, but they are in fact starkly different diseases, Blase A. Carabello, MD, said at the Annual Cardiovascula[...]
  • One-third of micropapillary thyroid cancer found to be multifocal

    on February 21st, 2017
    AT THE ACADEMIC SURGICAL CONGRESS LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Micropapillary thyroid carcinoma may not be as indolent as generally thought, according to the findings of a retrospective study of thyroidectomy cases. A review of 213 patients diagnosed with the cancer found that 34% of them [...]
  • Aortic repair in Loeys-Dietz syndrome requires close follow-up

    on February 21st, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY The knowledge about Loeys-Dietz syndrome has evolved quickly since Hal Dietz, MD, and Bart Loeys, MD, at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, first reported on it in 2005. Now, another team of Johns Hopkins investigators have re[...]
  • Intraoperative PTH spikes may mean multigland disease

    on February 21st, 2017
    AT THE ACADEMIC SURGICAL CONGRESS SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Intraoperative spikes of parathyroid hormone don’t predict a failed parathyroidectomy, according to a retrospective study of patients who had the surgery for hyperparathyroidism. They should, however, raise the suspicion of m[...]
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