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PubMed | University of Groningen, Isala Klinieken, Diakonessenhuis and UMC Maastricht
Type: Case Reports | Journal: Phlebology | Year: 2015

Deep venous thrombosis treatment using catheter-directed thrombolysis is advocated over systemic thrombolysis because it reduces bleeding complications. With the development of a catheter that combines ultrasound vibrations and the local delivering of thrombolytics, new and safer treatments appear that are suitable for more complex problems.An adolescent male presented with bilateral iliofemoral thrombosis based on a hypoplastic inferior vena cava that had existed for more than two weeks. He was successfully treated by bilateral ultrasound-accelerated catheter-directed thrombolysis using EkoSonic (Small Vessel) Endovascular System (EKOS) and stenting of the inferior vena cava. After eight months of follow-up, the inferior vena cava is still patent.EKOS thrombolysis of longer existing bilateral deep venous thrombosis in the central venous system is a successful treatment modality in congenital inferior vena cava anomalies.


van den Tweel J.G.,UMC Utrecht | Bosman F.T.,UMC Maastricht
Diagnostic Pathology | Year: 2011

Background: The only realistic way to improve harmonisation of European pathology training is to define the generally accepted competencies and to test them periodically during the training programme (progress test). The European Association of Pathology Chairs and Program Directors therefore decided to implement an annual on-line test using virtual slides in addition to static jpeg images and theoretical MCQ's. The EU supported this endeavour as EUROPALS (EUROpean Pathology Assessement & Learning System).Methods: To address the challenges of large scale digital testing EUROPALS teamed up with i-Path Diagnostics Ltd, a company specialising in utilisation of virtual slides in histology/pathology education and examination. Specific examination software was used in the test system.Results: In the first 2 years we provided at five occasions progress tests, including 2 proctored tests, attracting hundreds of participants. The accessibility varied from suboptimal to good and improved with each subsequent test. It was influenced both by the hosting server capacity and the internet bandwidth at the user's location.Conclusion: On-line testing using virtual slides is possible but requires a good collaboration between the provider and the user. Both should be aware of the requirements and threads of large scale testing with hundreds of simultaneous users. © 2011 van den Tweel and Bosman; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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