Wrovasc Integrated Cardiovascular Center

Wrocław, Poland

Wrovasc Integrated Cardiovascular Center

Wrocław, Poland

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Dolega-Kozierowski B.,Regional Specialized Hospital | Dolega-Kozierowski B.,WroVasc Integrated Cardiovascular Center | Klimeczek P.,WroVasc Integrated Cardiovascular Center | Klimeczek P.,Rydygier Hospital | And 8 more authors.
Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine | Year: 2017

Background. One of the main risk factors for cerebral ischemic events is atherosclerotic disease of the internal carotid artery (ICA). Nowadays, increasing attention is being paid to the relationship between the morphological features of atherosclerotic plaque and the occurrence of stroke. Several studies have demonstrated that the presence of specific vulnerable plaque types, with a large lipid core and thin fibrous cap, can be used as an independent risk predictor of cerebral ischemic events. Objectives. The present study is an attempt to develop the method of plaque surface morphology assessment presented by de Weert et al. by correlating the results of Dual Source Computed Tomography (DSCT) with those from intravascular ultrasound virtual histology (IVUS-VH). Material and methods. A group of 30 symptomatic patients (13 men and 17 women; 72 ± 9 years) with ICA stenosis suspected on the basis of ultrasound imaging (US) and confirmed to be above 70% in DSCT underwent intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging. Results. The results of DSCT were categorized according to the de Weert classification. There were 13 cases (43%) with smooth wall surfaces, 10 cases (33%) with discreet wall irregularities, and seven cases (23%) with incursions of contrast, indicating the presence of ulceration. In the IVUS-VH examinations, 4 out of 30 cases (13%) were identified as having adaptive intimal thickening (AIT), 4 (13%) as showing pathological intimal thickening (PIT), 6 (20%) with fibroatheromas (FA), six (20%) with fibrocalcific plaque (FCa), and 10 (33%) as having thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA), which is high-risk plaque. Comparing the above results showed that all the patients with confirmed wall ulceration in DSCT were characterized as having high-risk plaque in IVUS-VH. Conclusions. Using DSCT with the de Weert classification of plaque surface morphology makes reliable detection of ulcerations possible; therefore, this could become a significant new technique to improve current imaging protocols for patients with a high risk of ischemic cerebrovascular events. © 2017 by Wroclaw Medical University.


Konieczny A.,Voivodship Specialistic Hospital | Konieczny A.,Wrovasc Integrated Cardiovascular Center | Czyzewska-Buczynska A.,Wrovasc Integrated Cardiovascular Center | Ryba M.,Voivodship Specialistic Hospital | And 7 more authors.
American Journal of Nephrology | Year: 2015

Background/Aims: A link between the number of podocytes excreted in the urine and activity of glomerular disease has been established. The aim of this study was to investigate possible correlations between urinary cells' phenotype and the progression of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Methods: Forty patients with newly diagnosed FSGS were included. Cells were isolated from urine by adherence to collagen-coated cover slips and assessed for the expression of podocalyxin (PDX), CD68 and Ki67 antigens by indirect immunofluorescence. In addition, double-staining procedures were performed in combinations of the above antigens plus cytokeratin, WT1 and CD-105. Twenty-two patients in whom urinary protein to creatinine ratio exceeded 2.0 at diagnosis were followed for 36 months, with assessments of renal function and proteinuria every 3 months. During observation, patients were subjected to standard therapy. Results: Significantly higher numbers of Ki67 positive cells at the onset of the study were observed in patients who have doubled serum creatinine (SCr) in follow-up, than in those who have not (p = 0.0149). By logistic regression analysis, both CD68 and Ki67, but not anti-PDX positive cell numbers at diagnosis were found to be predictors of doubling SCr concentration in 36 months' follow-up. Results of double staining indicate that PDX positive cells could be identified as podocytes or their precursors and parietal epithelial cells. Conclusion: Urinary sediment PDX positive cell numbers do not predict the progression of FSGS, whereas CD68 and Ki67 phenotype of urinary podocytic lineage clearly has a prognostic significance in 36 months' observation of primary FSGS. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.


Dys K.,Regional Development Centre | Dys K.,Wrovasc Integrated Cardiovascular Center | Drelichowska-Durawa J.,Wrovasc Integrated Cardiovascular Center | Drelichowska-Durawa J.,Regional Development Centre | And 12 more authors.
Polish Journal of Radiology | Year: 2013

Background: Treatment of peripheral arterial diseases may be distinguished into conservative and interventional management; the latter is divided into surgical and endovascular procedures. Management of peripheral artery stenosis and occlusion with vascular stents is associated with the risk of late complications such as restenosis, stent fracture or dislocation. Case Report: A 62-year-old woman with generalized atherosclerosis, particularly extensive in lower limb arteries, was admitted to the Department of Angiology 11 months after having an endovascular procedure performed due to critical ischemia of left lower limb. Because of stent occlusion, a decision to perform angiographic examination of lower limb arteries was made. Examination revealed occlusion of the superficial femoral artery along its entire length, including previously implanted stents. Distal stent was fractured with slight dislocation of the proximal segment. A decision was made to perform mechanical thrombectomy using a Rotarex system followed by a stent-in-stent placement procedure. Follow-up angiography and ultrasound scan performed 24 hours after the procedure revealed a patent vessel with satisfactory blood flow. Discussion: Nowadays, imaging diagnostics of peripheral artery stenosis involves non-invasive examinations such as ultrasound, minimally invasive examinations such as angio-MRI and MDCT, or invasive examinations such as DSA and IVUS. DSA examinations are used to confirm significant stenosis or occlusion of a vessel, particularly when qualifying a patient for endovascular treatment. Due to their anatomic location, the superficial femoral artery and the popliteal artery are subject to various forces e.g. those exerted by the working muscles. Mechanical thrombectomy and atherectomy are efficient methods of arterial recanalization used in the treatment of acute, subacute or even chronic occlusions or stenosis of peripheral vessels. Conclusions: Frequency of angioplasty and vascular stent implantation procedures is increased in patients with peripheral arterial disease, thus increasing the incidence of reported early and late complications such as acute stent thrombosis, restenosis and stent fractures. The Rotarex transcutaneous mechanical thrombectomy system is an efficient method of treating occlusions in arterial stents. It is also safe when performed by experienced operators. © Pol J Radiol.


PubMed | Wrovasc Integrated Cardiovascular Center
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Folia biologica | Year: 2013

The study was conducted on 30 New Zealand rabbits weighing 3-4 kg from which sample strips of the abdominal aorta were collected. The study investigated the in vitro reaction of rabbit aorta smooth muscle to ligands binding to beta-adrenergic receptors. The response of aortic strips to beta-adrenergic receptor agonists (dobutamine, isoproterenol, salbutamol) and the influence of beta-adrenergic receptor antagonists (propranolol, betaxolol) on contractile activity was determined. All tested agonists induced contraction of the rabbit abdominal aorta muscle in a concentration-dependent manner (dobutamine >> isoproterenol > salbutamol). Enhanced reaction to low concentrations of agonists (dobutamine, isoproterenol) after administration of propranolol and inhibition of contractility in the presence of high concentrations thereof (dobutamine, salbutamol) was observed. Maximal reaction to agonists decreased after betaxolol pretreatment. The results indicate that all the substances with beta-agonist activity also possess contracting properties (presumably by acting at alpha-adrenergic receptors), but are much weaker in the case of isoproterenol and salbutamol than for dobutamine. Propranolol and betaxolol reduce the contractile response of smooth muscle using probably other mechanisms than those associated with adrenergic receptors.

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