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  • Wilkman, Tommy; Apajalahti, Satu; Wilkman, Erika; Törnwall, Jyrki; Lassus, Patrik (2017)
    Purpose: The aim of the present study was to compare the resorption of the bone in the free scapular, free iliac crest, and free fibular microvascular flaps in mandibular reconstruction over time. Patients and Methods: In the present retrospective study, we analyzed 186 consecutive patients with scapular, fibular, or deep circumflex iliac artery (DCIA) osseous free microvascular flaps in mandibular reconstruction. We followed up the patients clinically and using multislice computed tomography (MSCT) with volume analyses of the bone. The volume of the bone was analyzed against time. Results: A total of 38 patients fulfilled the study criteria. Resorption of the osseous flaps was found to continue for several years. At 2 years, the volume loss was 14% for the scapula, 3% for the DCIA, and 1% for the fibula. Three-dimensional (3D) volume analysis of the MSCT scans showed more resorption than 2-dimensional analyses of the radiographs. Postoperative radiation therapy, patient age, and patient gender did not correlate with bone resorption. Conclusions: After microvascular mandibular reconstruction, the volume reduction over time is the least in the fibula and the greatest in scapula, with that of the DCIA in between. The volume reduction continues for several years in all of these. For assessment of the volume reduction of osseal reconstruction, a 3D volume analysis is more reliable than height by width measurements. (C) 2016 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Nyrhinen, Kirsi-Maaria; Bister, Ville; Helkamaa, Teemu; Schlenzka, Arne; Sandelin, Henrik; Sandelin, Jerker; Harilainen, Arsi (2019)
    Background and purpose ? Treatment outcomes of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are generally good, but complications after ACL reconstruction (ACLR) can result in long-lasting problems. Patient injury claims usually fall on the more severe end of the complication spectrum. They are important to investigate because they may reveal the root causes of adverse events, which are often similar regardless of the complication?s severity. Therefore, we analyzed ACL-related patient injuries in Finland, the reasons for these claims, causes of complications, and grounds for compensation. Patients and methods ? We analyzed all claims filed at the Patient Insurance Centre (PIC) between 2005 and 2013 in which the suspected patient injury occurred between 2005 and 2010. This study also reviewed all original patient records and available imaging studies. General background data were obtained from the National Care Register for Social Welfare and Health Care (HILMO). Results ? There were 248 patient injury claims, and 100 of these were compensated. Compensated claims were divided into 4 main categories: skill-based errors (n = 46), infections (n = 34), knowledge-based errors (n = 6), and others (n = 14). Of the compensated skill-based errors, 34 involved graft malposition, 26 of them involved the femoral-side tunnel. All compensated infections were deep surgical site infections (DSSI). Interpretation ? This is the first nationwide study of patient injuries concerning ACLRs in Finland. The most common reasons for compensation were DSSI and malposition of the drill tunnel. Therefore, it would be possible to decrease the number of serious complications by concentrating on infection prevention and optimal surgical technique.
  • Björkman, P.; Weselius, E. -M.; Kokkonen, T.; Rauta, V.; Alback, A.; Venermo, M. (2019)
    Background and Aims: Stenosis due to intimal hyperplasia and restenosis after initially successful percutaneous angioplasty are common reasons for failing arteriovenous fistulas. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of drug-coated balloons in the treatment of arteriovenous fistula stenosis. Design: Single-center, parallel group, randomized controlled trial. Block randomized by sealed envelope 1:1. Materials and Methods: A total of 39 patients with primary or recurrent stenosis in a failing native arteriovenous fistulas were randomized to drug-coated balloon (n=19) or standard balloon angioplasty (n=20). Follow-up was 1year. Primary outcome measure was target lesion revascularization. Results: In all, 36 stenoses were analyzed; three patients were excluded due to technical failure after randomization. A total of 88.9% (16/18) in the drug-coated balloon group was revascularized or occluded within 1year, compared to 22.2% (4/18) of the stenoses in the balloon angioplasty group (relative risk for drug-coated balloon 7.09). Mean time-to- target lesion revascularization was 110 and 193days after the drug-coated balloon and balloon angioplasty, respectively (p=0.06). Conclusions: With 1-year follow-up, the target lesion revascularization-free survival after drug-coated balloon-treatment was clearly worse. The reason for this remains unknown, but it may be due to differences in the biological response to paclitaxel in the venous arteriovenous fistula-wall compared to its antiproliferative effect in the arterial wall after drug-coated balloon treatment of atherosclerotic occlusive lesions. Trial registration: NCT03036241
  • Lindholm, Vivian M.; Isoherranen, Kirsi M.; Schröder, Marika T.; Pitkänen, Sari T. (2020)
    Below-knee dermatological surgery has a high risk of complications such as wound infection, bleeding, and necrosis. In this study, we evaluated the impact of preoperative appointments on complication risks. We searched the medical records of the Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUS) Dermatosurgery unit for all below-knee surgeries during 2016, when no preoperative nurse appointments were carried out, and compared it with 2018, when preoperative appointments for risk patients were introduced. The study included 187 patients in 2016 and 179 patients in 2018, of whom 68 (about one third) attended preoperative appointments. At the appointments, risk factors were evaluated, and compression therapy was introduced when possible. The results show complication rates of 13.4% in 2016 vs 10.1% in 2018 (P = .33), despite significantly higher risks in the 2018 patient group. The odds ratio for complications in appointment attendees vs non-attendees was reduced after adjustments to 0.58; however, this was insignificant (P = .47). The odds of complications for skin grafts were considerably higher: 11.33 vs other surgery techniques (P = .00). In conclusion, the introduction of preoperative appointments appeared to reduce complications in below-knee surgery. For graft reconstructions, complication risk is high, even with carefully planned pre- and postoperative care. Further studies are needed to evaluate preventable risk factors of below-knee graft reconstructions.