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Lubicz B.,Erasme University Hospital | Klisch J.,Helios General Hospital | Gauvrit J.-Y.,University of Rennes 1 | Szikora I.,National Institute of Neurosciences | And 10 more authors.
American Journal of Neuroradiology | Year: 2014

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Flow disruption with the WEB-DL device has been used safely for the treatment of wide-neck bifurcation aneurysms, but the stability of aneurysm occlusion after this treatment is unknown. This retrospective multicenter European study analyzed short- and midterm data in patients treated with WEB-DL. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve European neurointerventional centers participated in the study. Clinical data and pre- and postoperative short- and midterm images were collected. An experienced interventional neuroradiologist independently analyzed the images. Aneurysm occlusion was classified into 4 grades: complete occlusion, opacification of the proximal recess of the device, neck remnant, and aneurysm remnant. RESULTS: Forty-five patients (34 women and 11 men) 35-74 years of age (mean, 56.3 ± 9.6 years) with 45 aneurysms treated with the WEB device were included. Aneurysm locations were the middle cerebral artery in 26 patients, the posterior circulation in 13 patients, the anterior communicating artery in 5 patients, and the internal carotid artery terminus in 1 patient. Forty-two aneurysms were unruptured. Good clinical outcome (mRS < 2) was observed in 93.3% of patients at the last follow-up. Adequate occlusion (complete occlusion, opacification of the proximal recess, or neck remnant) was observed in 30/37 patients (81.1%) in short-term follow-up (median, 6 months) and in 26/29 patients (89.7%) in midterm follow-up (median, 13 months). Worsening of the aneurysm occlusion was observed in 2/28 patients (7.1%) at midterm follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that the WEB endovascular treatment of wide-neck bifurcation aneurysms offers stable occlusion in a class of aneurysms that are historically unstable. Additionally, our data show that opacification of the WEB recess can be delineated from true neck or aneurysm remnants.


Cuchel M.,University of Pennsylvania | Meagher E.A.,University of Pennsylvania | Theron H.D.T.,Netcare Private Hospital | Blom D.J.,University of Cape Town | And 16 more authors.
The Lancet | Year: 2013

Background Patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia respond inadequately to existing drugs. We aimed to assess the effi cacy and safety of the microsomal triglyceride transfer protein inhibitor lomitapide in adults with this disease. Methods We did a single-arm, open-label, phase 3 study of lomitapide for treatment of patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. Current lipid lowering therapy was maintained from 6 weeks before baseline through to at least week 26. Lomitapide dose was escalated on the basis of safety and tolerability from 5 mg to a maximum of 60 mg a day. The primary endpoint was mean percent change in levels of LDL cholesterol from baseline to week 26, after which patients remained on lomitapide through to week 78 for safety assessment. Percent change from baseline to week 26 was assessed with a mixed linear model. Findings 29 men and women with homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia, aged 18 years or older, were recruited from 11 centres in four countries (USA, Canada, South Africa, and Italy). 23 of 29 enrolled patients completed both the effi cacy phase (26 weeks) and the full study (78 weeks). The median dose of lomitapide was 40 mg a day. LDL cholesterol was reduced by 50% (95% CI -62 to -39) from baseline (mean 8·7 mmol/L [SD 2·9]) to week 26 (4·3 mmol/L [2·5]; p<0·0001). Levels of LDL cholesterol were lower than 2·6 mmol/L in eight patients at 26 weeks. Concentrations of LDL cholesterol remained reduced by 44% (95% CI -57 to -31; p<0·0001) at week 56 and 38% (-52 to -24; p<0·0001) at week 78. Gastrointestinal symptoms were the most common adverse event. Four patients had aminotransaminase levels of more than fi ve times the upper limit of normal, which resolved after dose reduction or temporary interruption of lomitapide. No patient permanently discontinued treatment because of liver abnormalities. Interpretation Our study suggests that treatment with lomitapide could be a valuable drug in the management of homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia. Funding FDA Offi ce of the Orphan Product Development, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals.


Senior R.,Royal Brompton Hospital | Moreo A.,Ospedale Niguarda | Gaibazzi N.,University of Parma | Agati L.,University of Rome La Sapienza | And 17 more authors.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology | Year: 2013

Objectives The purpose of this study was to compare sulfur hexafluoride microbubble (SonoVue)-enhanced myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) relative to coronary angiography (CA) for assessment of coronary artery disease (CAD). Background Small-scale studies have shown that myocardial perfusion assessed by SonoVue-enhanced MCE is a viable alternative to SPECT for CAD assessment. However, large multicenter studies are lacking. Methods Patients referred for myocardial ischemia testing at 34 centers underwent rest/vasodilator SonoVue-enhanced flash-replenishment MCE, standard 99mTc-labeled electrocardiography-gated SPECT, and quantitative CA within 1 month. Myocardial ischemia assessments by 3 independent, blinded readers for MCE and 3 readers for SPECT were collapsed into 1 diagnosis per patient per technique and were compared to CA (reference standard) read by 1 independent blinded reader. Results Of 628 enrolled patients who received SonoVue (71% males; mean age: 64 years; >1 cardiovascular [CV] risk factor in 99% of patients) 516 patients underwent all 3 examinations, of whom 161 (31.2%) had ≥70% stenosis (131 had single-vessel disease [SVD]; 30 had multivessel disease), and 310 (60.1%) had ≥50% stenosis. Higher sensitivity was obtained with MCE than with SPECT (75.2% vs. 49.1%, respectively; p < 0.0001), although specificity was lower (52.4% vs. 80.6%, respectively; p < 0.0001) for ≥70% stenosis. Similar findings were obtained for patients with ≥50% stenosis. Sensitivity levels for detection of SVD and proximal disease for ≥70% stenosis were higher for MCE (72.5% vs. 42.7%, respectively; p < 0.0001; 80% vs. 58%, respectively; p = 0.005, respectively). Conclusions SonoVue-enhanced MCE demonstrated superior sensitivity but lower specificity for detection of CAD compared to SPECT in a population with a high incidence of CV risk factors and intermediate-high prevalence of CAD. (A phase III study to compare SonoVue® enhanced myocardial echocardiography [MCE] to single photon emission computerized tomography [ECG-GATED SPECT], at rest and at peak of low-dose Dipyridamole stress test, in the assessment of significant coronary artery disease [CAD] in patients with suspect or known CAD using Coronary Angiography as Gold Standard-SonoVue MCE vs SPECT; EUCTR2007-003492-39-GR). © 2013 by the American College of Cardiology Foundation.


Petronio A.S.,Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory | De Carlo M.,Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory | Bedogni F.,Instituto Clinico SantAmbrogio | Maisano F.,Instituto Scientifico H San Raffaele | And 10 more authors.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology | Year: 2012

Objectives: The goal of this study was to assess the procedural and 2-year results of the subclavian approach for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) compared with those of the femoral approach by using propensity-matched analysis. Background: The subclavian approach with the CoreValve prosthesis (Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota) represents an interesting opportunity when the femoral access is unfeasible. Methods: All consecutive patients enrolled in the Italian CoreValve Registry who underwent TAVI with the subclavian approach were included. Propensity score analysis was used to identify a matching group of patients undergoing femoral TAVI. Results: Subclavian approach was used in 141 patients (61% men; median age 83 years; median logistic European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation score 23.7%). The femoral group of 141 patients was matched for baseline clinical characteristics, except for peripheral artery disease. The 2 groups showed similar procedural success (97.9% vs. 96.5%; p = 0.47), major vascular complications (5.0% vs. 7.8%; p = 0.33), life-threatening bleeding events (7.8% vs. 5.7%; p = 0.48), and combined safety endpoint (19.9% vs. 25.5%; p = 0.26). The subclavian group showed lower rates of acute kidney injury/stage 3 (4.3% vs. 9.9%; p = 0.02), of minor vascular complications at the 18-F sheath insertion site (2.1% vs. 11.3%; p = 0.003), and of all types of bleeding events related to vascular complications. Survival at 2 years was 74.0 ± 4.0% in the subclavian group compared with 73.7 ± 3.9% in the femoral group (p = 0.78). The 2-year freedom from cardiovascular death was 87.2 ± 3.1% versus 88.7 ± 2.8% in the subclavian versus femoral group, respectively (p = 0.84). Conclusions: The subclavian approach for TAVI is safe and feasible, with procedural and medium-term results similar to the femoral approach. Subclavian access should be considered a valid option not only when the femoral approach is impossible but also when it is difficult, albeit feasible. © 2012 American College of Cardiology Foundation.


Imazio M.,Maria Vittoria Hospital | Brucato A.,Ospedali Riuniti | Ferrazzi P.,Cardiac Surgery | Rovere M.E.,Cardiac Surgery | And 14 more authors.
Circulation | Year: 2011

Background-: Inflammation and pericarditis may be contributing factors for postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF), and both are potentially affected by antiinflammatory drugs and colchicine, which has been shown to be safe and efficacious for the prevention of pericarditis and the postpericardiotomy syndrome (PPS). The aim of the Colchicine for the Prevention of the Post-Pericardiotomy Syndrome (COPPS) POAF substudy was to test the efficacy and safety of colchicine for the prevention of POAF after cardiac surgery. Methods and Results-: The COPPS POAF substudy included 336 patients (mean age, 65.7±12.3 years; 69% male) of the COPPS trial, a multicenter, double-blind, randomized trial. Substudy patients were in sinus rhythm before starting the intervention (placebo/colchicine 1.0 mg twice daily starting on postoperative day 3 followed by a maintenance dose of 0.5 mg twice daily for 1 month in patients ge;70 kg, halved doses for patients <70 kg or intolerant to the highest dose). The substudy primary end point was the incidence of POAF on intervention at 1 month. Despite well-balanced baseline characteristics, patients on colchicine had a reduced incidence of POAF (12.0% versus 22.0%, respectively; P=0.021; relative risk reduction, 45%; number needed to treat, 11) with a shorter in-hospital stay (9.4±3.7 versus 10.3±4.3 days; P=0.040) and rehabilitation stay (12.1±6.1 versus 13.9±6.5 days; P=0.009). Side effects were similar in the study groups. Conclusion-: Colchicine seems safe and efficacious in the reduction of POAF with the potentiality of halving the complication and reducing the hospital stay. Clinical Trial Registration-: URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00128427. © 2011 American Heart Association, Inc.


Cozzi R.,Ospedale Niguarda | Attanasio R.,Instituto Galeazzi IRCCS
Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology | Year: 2012

Acromegaly remains a therapeutic challenge for the endocrinologist. Among the available therapeutic options, octreotide long-acting repeatable (Sandostatin ® LAR ®, Novartis) plays a chief role, both as a primary therapy and as an adjuvant treatment after unsuccessful surgery. A plethora of papers and a meta-analysis have demonstrated its efficacy in: control of clinical picture; achievement of safe growth hormone and normal age-matched IGF-I levels (both factors associated with restoration of normal life expectancy) in 60-70% of patients; control of tumor volume (with real shrinkage in over half of cases); and halt or reversal of most acromegaly-associated comorbidities. Treatment is well tolerated in most patients and can be safely prolonged for many years if required. © 2012 Expert Reviews Ltd.


Mega J.L.,Harvard University | Hochman J.S.,New York University | Scirica B.M.,Harvard University | Murphy S.A.,Harvard University | And 4 more authors.
Circulation | Year: 2010

Background: The pathobiological basis of ischemic heart disease and thus the manifestations and response to therapy can differ between women and men. In prior studies, sex-based treatment differences have been observed with the antiischemic ranolazine, with a possibly diminished effect in women. Methods and results: We conducted a prospectively planned analysis of the clinical, biomarker, angiographic, and continuous ECG features and 1-year outcomes of women with unstable ischemic heart disease randomized to ranolazine or placebo in Metabolic Efficiency With Ranolazine for Less Ischemia in Non-ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes-Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction 36 (MERLIN-TIMI 36). Compared with men (n=4269), women (n=2291) were older with more risk factors (P<0.001). On presentation, women were less likely than men to have significant epicardial coronary artery disease (no stenosis â‰150% on angiography, 19.4% versus 8.6%; P<0.001) or elevated troponin (57.1% versus 68.9%; P<0.001). Yet, women were more likely to have an elevated B-type natriuretic peptide (47.0% versus 40.2%; P<0.001), worse median angina frequency scores (80 versus 100; P<0.001), and an ischemic episode on continuous ECG administered during the first 7 days (22.5% versus 19.3%; P=0.0025). Women and men were at similar adjusted risk for the primary end point of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, or recurrent ischemia (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.11; 95% confidence interval, 0.96 to 1.29; P=0.15). Ranolazine was associated with a significant reduction in recurrent ischemia in women (13.0% versus 18.2%; hazard ratio, 0.71; 95% confidence interval, 0.57 to 0.88; P=0.002). Conclusions: Women with a clinical syndrome consistent with unstable ischemic heart disease, despite having less obstructive coronary artery disease, were more likely than men to report anginal episodes and had more recorded ischemic periods on continuous ECG. In this setting, ranolazine may be a particularly useful antiischemic agent in women. Copyright © 2010 American Heart Association. All rights reserved.


Imazio M.,Maria Vittoria Hospital | Trinchero R.,Maria Vittoria Hospital | Brucato A.,Ospedali Riuniti | Rovere M.E.,Cardiac Surgery | And 13 more authors.
European Heart Journal | Year: 2010

AimsNo drug has been proven efficacious to prevent the post-pericardiotomy syndrome (PPS), but colchicine seems safe and effective for the treatment and prevention of pericarditis. The aim of the COlchicine for the Prevention of the Post-pericardiotomy Syndrome (COPPS) trial is to test the efficacy and safety of colchicine for the primary prevention of the PPS.Methods and resultsThe COPPS study is a multicentre, double-blind, randomized trial. On the third post-operative day, 360 patients (mean age 65.7 ± 12.3 years, 66 males), 180 in each treatment arm, were randomized to receive placebo or colchicine (1.0 mg twice daily for the first day followed by a maintenance dose of 0.5 mg twice daily for 1 month in patients ≥70 kg, and halved doses for patients <70 kg or intolerant to the highest dose). The primary efficacy endpoint was the incidence of PPS at 12 months. Secondary endpoint was the combined rate of disease-related hospitalization, cardiac tamponade, constrictive pericarditis, and relapses. Baseline characteristics were well balanced between the study groups. Colchicine significantly reduced the incidence of the PPS at 12 months compared with placebo (respectively, 8.9 vs. 21.1; P = 0.002; number needed to treat = 8). Colchicine also reduced the secondary endpoint (respectively, 0.6 vs. 5.0; P = 0.024). The rate of side effects (mainly related to gastrointestinal intolerance) was similar in the colchicine and placebo groups (respectively, 8.9 vs. 5.0; P = 0.212).ConclusionColchicine is safe and efficacious in the prevention of the PPS and its related complications and may halve the risk of developing the syndrome following cardiac surgery. ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00128427. © 2010 The Author.


Puffer R.C.,Mayo Medical School | Piano M.,Ospedale Niguarda | Lanzino G.,Mayo Medical School | Valvassori L.,Ospedale Niguarda | And 4 more authors.
American Journal of Neuroradiology | Year: 2014

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Aneurysms of the cavernous segment of the ICA are difficult to treat with standard endovascular techniques, and ICA sacrifice achieves a high rate of occlusion but carries an elevated level of surgical complications and risk of de novo aneurysm formation. We report rates of occlusion and treatment-related data in 44 patients with cavernous sinus aneurysms treated with flow diversion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with cavernous segment aneurysms treated with flow diversion were selected from a prospectively maintained data base of patients from 2009 to the present. Demographic information, treatment indications, number/type of flow diverters placed, outcome, complications (technical or clinical), and clinical/imaging follow-up data were analyzed. RESULTS: Weidentified 44 patients (37 females, 7 males) who had a flow diverter placed for treatment of a cavernous ICA aneurysm (mean age, 57.2; mean aneurysm size, 20.9 mm). The mean number of devices placed per patient was 2.2. At final angiographic follow-up (mean, 10.9 months), 71% had complete occlusion, and of those with incomplete occlusion, 40% had minimal remnants (<3 mm). In symptomatic patients, complete resolution or significant improvement in symptoms was noted in 90% at follow-up. Technical complications (which included, among others, vessel perforation in 4 patients, groin hematoma in 2, and asymptomatic carotid occlusion in 1) occurred in approximately 36% of patients but did not result in any clinical sequelae immediately or at follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: Our series of flow-diversion treatments achieved markedly greater rates of complete occlusion than coiling, with a safety profile that compares favorably with that of carotid sacrifice.


Colombo N.,Ospedale Ca Granda Niguarda | Tassi L.,Claudio Munari Epilepsy Surgery Center | Deleo F.,Irccs Foundation Neurological Institute C Besta | Citterio A.,Ospedale Ca Granda Niguarda | And 6 more authors.
Neuroradiology | Year: 2012

Introduction: This study aims to review the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) aspects of a large series of patients with focal cortical dysplasia type II (FCD II) and attempt to identify distinctive features in the two histopathological subtypes IIa and IIb. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the MRI scans of 118 patients with histological proven FCD IIa (n∈=∈37) or IIb (n∈=∈81) who were surgically treated for intractable epilepsy. Results: MRI was abnormal in 93 patients (79 %) and unremarkable in 25 (21 %). A dysplastic lesion was identified in 90 cases (97 %) and classified as FCD II in 83 and FCD non-II in seven cases. In three cases, the MRI diagnosis was other than FCD. There was a significant association between the presence of cortical thickening (p∈=∈0.002) and the transmantle sign (p∈<∈0. 001) and a correct MRI diagnosis of FCD II. MRI positivity was more frequent in the patients with FCD IIb than in those with FCD IIa (91 % vs. 51 %), and the detection rate of FCD II was also better in the patients with type IIb (88 % vs. 32 %). The transmantle sign was significantly more frequent in the IIb subgroup (p∈=∈0.003). Conclusions: The rates of abnormal MRI results and correct MRI diagnoses of FCD II were significantly higher in the IIb subgroup. Although other MRI stigmata may contribute to the diagnosis, the only significant correlation was between the transmantle sign and FCD IIb. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.

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