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Vascular Rounds Winter 2017

In this issue of Vascular Rounds, specialists discuss mycotic femoral artery aneurysms, an innovative technique for treating varicose veins, intermittent claudication in the young patient, novel catheter interventions for acute iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis, and a hybrid approach to acute mesenteric thrombosis.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the cause of and treatments for mycotic femoral artery aneurysms
  • Describe the benefits of mechananochemical ablation (MOCA) versus thermal ablation
  • Identify the potential pathologic causes of and risk factors for lower extremity claudication in young adults

Reading Resources:

  1. Hall HA, Minc S, Babrowski T. Peripheral artery aneurysm. The Surgical clinics of North America 2013;93:911-23, ix.
  2. Van der Velden SK, Lawaetz M, De Maeseneer MG, et al.  Predictors of Recanalization of the Great Saphenous Vein in Randomized Controlled Trials 1 year after Endovenous Thermal Ablation.  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2016 Aug;52(2):234-41
  3. Sciarretta JD, Macedo FL, Chung El, Otero CA, Pizano LR, et al. Management of lower extremity vascular injuries in pediatric trauma patients. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2014;76)6):1386-89
  4. Heit JA, Spencer FA, White RH. The epidemiology of venous thromboembolism. J Thromb Thrombolysis. 2016; 41:3–14.
  5. Revascularization for acute mesenteric ischemia. J Vasc Surg 2012; 55:1682-9


Drs. Al-Khoury, Avgerinos, Eslami, Hager, Salem, and Singh report no significant relationships with proprietary entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hour.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at http://ccehs.upmc.edu and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 2/23/2017 | Last Modified On: 2/23/2017 | Expires: 2/23/2018

Additional Resources


Mohammad Eslami, MD, FACS, FACC

Mohammad Eslami, MD, FACS, FACC Chief of Vascular Surgery, UPMC Mercy Visiting Professor of Surgery, UPMC Division of Vascular Surgery
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Eric S. Hager, MD

Eric S. Hager, MD Assistant Professor of Surgery
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Michael J. Singh, MD

Michael J. Singh, MD Associate Professor of Surgery
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Karim Salem, MD

Karim Salem, MD Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2013
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Efthymios Avgerinos, MD

Efthymios Avgerinos, MD University of Pittsburgh Physicians
Division of Vascular Surgery
UPMC Mercy Professional Building
1350 Locust St.
Buidling C, Suite G - 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Office Phone: (412) 802-3333
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Georges E Al-Khoury, MD

Georges E Al-Khoury, MD Division of Vascular Surgery
Shadyside Medical Building
5200 Centre Ave.
Suite 307
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Office Phone: (412) 802-3333
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