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Emergent Carotid Artery Stenting in Atherosclerotic Disease of the Internal Carotid Artery With Tandem Intracranial Occlusion

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
Review of a prospective registry of patients who were treated for anterior circulation acute ischemic stroke at a single center during a 22-month period (dates not provided).

Periprocedural Outcomes of Carotid Artery Stenting in Elderly Patients

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
Retrospective analysis of a single-center experience.

Diabetes-Related Factors and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Events: The Atherosclerotic Risk in Communities Study

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
Longitudinal study of patients entered at baseline between 1987 and 1989 in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study from four U.S. communities in Mississippi, Maryland, Minnesota, and North Carolina.

Events of interest

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
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Information for authors and editorial policies

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The Journal of Vascular Surgery® is the premier international journal of medical, endovascular, and surgical care of vascular diseases. It is dedicated to the science and art of vascular surgery and aims to improve the management of patients with vascular diseases by publishing relevant papers that report important medical advances, test new hypotheses, and address current controversies. To achieve this goal, the Journal will publish original clinical and laboratory studies, and reports and papers that comment on the social, economic, ethical, legal, and political factors that relate to these aims.

Information for readers

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Communications regarding original articles and editorial management should be addressed to Peter Gloviczki, MD, and Peter F. Lawrence, MD, Editors, Journal of Vascular Surgery, 633 N. St. Clair, 22nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60611; telephone: 603-523-2222; fax: 312-334-2320; e-mail: JVASCSURG@vascularsociety.org. Information for authors appears in the January and July issues, at www.jvascsurg.org, and at jvs.editorialmanager.com. Authors should consult this document before submitting manuscripts to this Journal.

Table of Contents

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Editorial Board

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The Society for Vascular Surgery practice guidelines on follow-up after vascular surgery arterial procedures

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
Practice guidelines are a critical component in providing high-quality, cost-effective care. The best guidelines are based on evidence supported by relevant research from the world's literature. There are many gaps in scientific evidence, so when that occurs, disease experts must develop a consensus, using their best expertise and judgement about best practice and optimal care.

Endovascular Versus Open Surgical Intervention in Patients with Takayasu's Arteritis: A Meta-analysis

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
Although medical treatment has advanced, surgical treatment is needed to control symptoms of Takayasu's arteritis (TA), such as angina, stroke, hypertension, or claudication. Endovascular or open surgical intervention is performed; however, there are few comparative studies on these methods. This meta-analysis and systematic review aimed to examine the outcome of surgical treatment of TA.

One year Rat Study of iBTA-induced “Microbiotube” Microvascular Grafts With an Ultra-Small Diameter of 0.6 mm

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
The world's smallest calibre “microbiotube” vascular graft was recently developed, with an inner diameter of 0.6 mm. It was formed using in-body tissue architecture (iBTA) and has a high degree of patency and capacity for regeneration in the acute phase, 1 month after implantation. This consecutive study investigated the compatibility and stability of microbiotubes in the chronic phase of implantation for 12 months for potential application in microsurgery.

Limited Adherence to Peripheral Arterial Disease Guidelines and Suboptimal Ankle Brachial Index Reliability in Dutch Primary Care

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
The Dutch College of General Practitioners' guideline on peripheral arterial disease (PAD) provides clear recommendations on the management of PAD. An ankle brachial index (ABI) measurement, prescription of antiplatelet drugs and statins, and supervised exercise therapy (SET) for intermittent claudication (IC) are advised. The aims of this study were to determine the adherence of general practitioners (GPs) to their own guideline on PAD and to evaluate the reliability of primary care ABI measurements.

Clinical Effect and Cost-Effectiveness of Screening for Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis: A Markov Model

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
The cost-effectiveness of screening depends on the cost of screening, prevalence of asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis (ACAS), and the potential effect of medical intervention in reducing the risk of stroke. The aim of the study was to determine the threshold values for these parameters in order for screening for ACAS to be cost-effective.

Spinal Cord Ischaemia in Endovascular Thoracic and Thoraco-abdominal Aortic Repair: Review of Preventive Strategies

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
The incidence of spinal cord ischaemia (SCI) and subsequent paraplegia after thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) and thoraco-abdominal endovascular aneurysm repair is estimated to be between 2.5% and 8%. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of SCI preventive strategies in TEVAR and thoraco-abdominal repair and recommend an optimal strategy.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of one-stage versus two-stage brachiobasilic arteriovenous fistula creation

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
Long-term patency of arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) is critical for hemodialysis vascular access. We compared the efficacy of a one-stage vs two-stage approach to brachiobasilic AVF creation by primarily investigating primary and secondary patency rates. We hypothesize that the two-stage is superior to the one-stage procedure in terms of efficacy and safety.

The Society for Vascular Surgery practice guidelines on follow-up after vascular surgery arterial procedures

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
Although follow-up after open surgical and endovascular procedures is generally regarded as an important part of the care provided by vascular surgeons, there are no detailed or comprehensive guidelines that specify the optimal approaches with regard to testing methods, indications for reintervention, and follow-up intervals. To provide guidance to the vascular surgeon, the Clinical Practice Council of the Society for Vascular Surgery appointed an expert panel and a methodologist to review the current clinical evidence and to develop recommendations for follow-up after vascular surgery procedures.

Reply

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
We greatly appreciate the comments of Drs Chick and Srinivasa. We agree that surgical therapy should be performed in patients who fail more conservative managements that may also include percutaneous ablation of the sympathetic chain and ganglia.1,2 Kim et al3 and Garcia-Barquin et al4 reported satisfactory early results with percutaneous computed tomography-guided nerve ablations using either alcohol injection or a radiofrequency generated heat. Late recurrent symptoms and a lower patient satisfaction with longer follow-up, however, have also been reported.

Regarding “Retroperitoneoscopic lumbar sympathectomy for plantar hyperhidrosis”

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
Lima et al1 described 58 patients who underwent retroperitoneoscopic lumbar sympathectomy of the L2, L3, and L4 ganglia 116 times for plantar hyperhidrosis. Plantar hyperhidrosis resolved in 100% of patients at 30 days.1 Nineteen patients (33%) experienced transient lower extremity paresthesias and three (5%) reported transient thigh neuralgia.1 No patients died.1

Reply

July 1, 2018 - 00:00
We would like to thank Dr Kocaaslan et al for their thoughtful and interesting comments in response to our article on the use of duplex ultrasound guidance to salvage acutely occluded arteriovenous fistula (AVF).1 As Dr Kocaaslan pointed out, thrombosis of AVF is one of the most dreaded complications in end-stage renal disease patients as it threatens the long-term viability of the AVF.