Infection of the Teflon pledgets on the heart suture line after left ventricular aneurysm repair, presenting late with a fistulous tract connecting the heart with the skin (cardiocutaneous fistula) is an uncommon but potentially serious condition. The case is reported of a 73 year old man who developed a cardiocutaneous fistula extending through the left hemidiaphragm and draining at the abdominal wall, which developed six years after left ventricular aneurysmectomy. Following radiographic evaluation, which established the diagnosis, the Teflon pledgets and fistulous tract were successfully surgically removed. Prompt diagnosis depends on a high index of suspicion. Eradication of infection requires excision of infected material, which must be planned on an individual basis. (+info)
Aorto-right ventricular fistula: a late complication of aortic valve replacement.
We report the case of a patient who was found to have an aorto-right ventricular fistula 17 years after receiving a Bjork-Shiley prosthetic aortic valve. A pseudoaneurysm had formed at the aortotomy suture line, and it had extended into the interventricular septum and had eventually opened into the right ventricle. Using transesophageal echocardiography, we identified the defect in the ascending aorta, and a left-to-right shunt. Aortography was used to confirm these findings. The pseudoaneurysm was successfully resected and the ascending aorta was replaced with a Dacron graft. To the best of our knowledge, no similar late complication of aortic valve replacement has been reported in the medical literature. (+info)
Review article: the efficacy of infliximab in Crohn's disease--healing of fistulae.
In the management of fistulae, the current therapeutic approach is the use of a combination of antibiotics and/or a combination of immunomodulatory agents. However, clinicians treating patients with fistulae, particularly those with fistulizing Crohn's disease, have little data from controlled clinical trials of these pharmacologic agents or regimens to substantiate their use in treating this complication. Therapy with the anti-tumour necrosis factor-alpha antibody, infliximab, has shown promise in treating patients with Crohn's disease and those with the disease complicated by fistulae. A recent clinical trial was designed specifically to evaluate infliximab in the treatment of fistulizing Crohn's disease. Study results demonstrated infliximab to be the first therapeutic agent to show statistical efficacy in fistulae closure in a placebo-controlled trial. Therapy with the chimeric monoclonal antibody was characterized by a rapid onset of closure and a lasting benefit of action. Two patient cases from the clinical trial are presented to exemplify the dramatic effectiveness of this novel therapeutic approach in modulating the immune response of patients with this debilitating complication of Crohn's disease. (+info)
Antegrade transcatheter closure of coronary artery fistulae using vascular occlusion devices.
Two children (a 9 year old boy and a 2.5 year old girl) with coronary artery fistulae communicating with the right ventricle underwent successful transcatheter occlusion using an antegrade technique. A Rashkind double umbrella device was used in one case and an Amplatzer duct occluder in the other. (+info)
Possibilities of preventing osteoradionecrosis during complex therapy of tumors of the oral cavity.
In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of tumors of the head and neck. Their successful treatment is one of the greatest challenges for physicians dealing with oncotherapy. An organic part of the complex therapy is preoperative or postoperative irradiation. Application of this is accompanied by a lower risk of recurrences, and by a higher proportion of cured patients. Unfortunately, irradiation also has a disadvantage: the development of osteoradionecrosis, a special form of osteomyelitis, in some patients (mainly in those cases where irradiation occurs after bone resection or after partial removal of the periosteum). Once the clinical picture of this irradiation complication has developed, its treatment is very difficult. A significant result or complete freedom from complaints can be attained only rarely. Attention must therefore be focussed primarily on prevention, and the oral surgeon, the oncoradiologist and the patient too can all do much to help prevent the occurrence of osteoradionecrosis. Through coupling of an up-to-date, functional surgical attitude with knowledge relating to modern radiology and radiation physics, the way may be opened to forestall this complication that is so difficult to cure. (+info)
Conservative management of a transdiaphragmatic fistula.
Case reports of transdiaphragmatic fistulas connecting subphrenic collections and empyemas are uncommon. We report the rare complication of a fistulous connection between a subphrenic collection and the bronchial tree. (+info)
Neck infection associated with pyriform sinus fistula: imaging findings.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Acute suppurative neck infections associated with branchial fistulas are frequently recurrent. In this study, we describe the imaging findings of acute suppurative infection of the neck caused by a third or fourth branchial fistula (pyriform sinus fistula). METHODS: Imaging findings were reviewed in 17 patients (11 female and six male patients, 2 to 49 years old) with neck infection associated with pyriform sinus fistula. Surgery or laryngoscopic examination confirmed the diagnoses. Fourteen patients had a history of recurrent neck infection and seven had cutaneous openings on the anterior portion of the neck (all lesions were on the left side). Imaging studies included barium esophagography (n = 16), CT (n = 14), MR imaging (n = 2), and sonography (n = 3). RESULTS: A sinus or fistulous tract was identified in eight of 16 patients on barium esophagograms. In 14 patients, CT studies showed the inflammatory infiltration and/or abscess formation along the course of the sinus or fistulous tract from the pyriform fossa to the thyroid gland. In nine patients, CT scans showed the entire course or a part of the sinus or fistulous tract as a tiny spot containing air. MR images showed a sinus or fistulous tract in two patients, whereas sonograms could not depict a sinus or fistulous tract in three patients. All 17 patients were treated with antibiotics. In one patient, the sinus tract was surgically excised, while 15 patients underwent chemocauterization of the sinus or fistulous tract with good outcome. Follow-up was possible for 16 of the 17 patients. CONCLUSION: When an inflammatory infiltration or abscess is present between the pyriform fossa and the thyroid bed in the lower left part of the neck, an infected third or fourth branchial fistula should be strongly suspected. (+info)
Lymphocutaneous fistula as a long-term complication of multiple central venous catheter placement.
We report a case of a lymphocutaneous fistula in a 19-month-old boy who had been a premature neonate, born in the 23rd week of gestation. The fistula, an apparent complication of central venous line placement during the patient's first 5 months of life, was composed of a distinct lymphatic vessel bundle in the right supraclavicular region, with its exit point at the posterior aspect of the right shoulder. The drainage ceased immediately after resection and repair of a 1-cm obstruction in the superior vena cava. (+info)