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1 LOWER GASTROINTESTINAL BLEEDING Endovascular treatment Claudio Rabbia

2 Endovascular treatment Vasopressin infusion Selective embolization

3 Colonic embolization for LGI bleeding was attempt as early as the 1970s by Rosch and Brookstein The catheters and the embolic materials available then were primitive, and initial efforts led to unacceptably high rates of ischemia and infarction ranging from 13% to 33% Throughout the 1980s, colonic embolization was generally abandoned in favor of vasopressin infusion The high rates of infarction in these early series were probably due to the relatively larger catheters (5 - 6.5F) used and more limited embolic agents (autologous clot and gelatine sponge) Rosch I, Dotter CT, Antonovic R. Selective vasoconstrictor infusion in the management of arteriocapillary gastrointestinal hemorrhage, AJR Radium Ther Nucl Med 1972 The history

4 Vasopressin infusion has important limitations including a failure rate greater than 20% and a rebleeding rate greater than 15%. It’s very labor intensive and time consuming due to management of an indwelling arterial catheter. Dissatisfaction with catheter directed vasocostriction led to renewed interest in embolization in the late 1980s and early 1990s when coaxial microcatheter become available. These catheters typically range in size from 2.5 to 3 F in diameter and can be advanced through a 5 F catheter The history

5 LGI bleeding vasopressin versus embolization In the 70’ and 80’ vasopressin was the recommended therapy for LGI bleeding and embolotherapy was promoted for UGI bleeding. Since the 90’ there is a less clear anatomic delineation of where to apply these treatments

6 The catheter just needs to be placed selectively into the main trunk of SMA or IMA The devices are less complex than those for embolization: a single 5 F catheter is all the equipment required Rarely, vasopressin infusion into a single vessel may fail to terminate bleeding if the lesion is near a junction of 2 arterial distributions, such as the splenic junction. In these cases, 2 catheters may be required to simultaneously infuse into SMA and IMA Vasopressin infusion

7 first step Typical vasopressin therapy involves an initial 20-minute infusion at a rate of 0.2U/min followed by repeated arteriography to determine that bleeding has stopped and that the artery is not overconstricted If bleeding continues, the infusion may increase to 0.3 U/min and than 0.4U/min followed by a waiting period for the increased drug dose to take effect and than another arteriogram to assess the effect THEREFORE, INTRAPROCEDURAL TIME MAY BE SIMILAR TO THAT FOR EMBOLIZATION

8 Vasopressin infusion second step Diverticular bleeding After 24 hours of vasopressin infusion 0.1 U/min Vasopressin therapy requires a longer committment of catheter management. When the proper dose is determined, the vasopressin is infused at that rate for 6-12 hours. The dose is than reduced by half and the infusion is continued for another 12-24 hours. The catheter is than removed if there are no clinical signs of bleeding but, at this time, the catheter has been in place for 1-2 days. Prolonged catheterization may also increase the risk of groin complication like hematoma or thrombosis

9 Vasopressin infusion general limitations   ability to catheterize the main SMA and IMA trunk   coagulopathy   atherosclerosis: atherosclerotic arteries do not constrict in response to vasopressin despite successful catheterization

10 Vasopressin infusion success rate Vasopressin therapy is a particularly effective therapy when applied to LGI hemorrhage General series of LGI bleeding with mixed locations (small bowel and colon) and varied etiologies report success rates ranging from 59% and 90% One study who segregated small bowel from colonic sources found a slightly better response in the colon at 83%, vs 71% in the small bowel Pennoyer WP. Management of angiogram positive lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage: long term follow-up of non-operative treatments. Int J Colorectal Dis 1996

11 Vasopressin infusion complications Vasopressin infusion is associated with major complications in 0-21% of cases and, in many as 9%, the results were fatal Minor complications are more common with reported frequency ranging from 10 to 41%   puncture site complications: hematoma (7%) thrombosis pseudoaneurysm spasm catheter sepsis   complications at the infusion catheter: thrombosis dissection Eckstein MRGastric bleeding: therapy with intraarterial vasopressin and transcatheter embolization, Radiology 1984

12   sistemic effect (21%): arrhythmias hypotension angina cardiac arrest spontaneous bacterial peritonitis   intestinal infarction: thrombosis end organ ischemia (overconstriction) Eckstein MR Gastric bleeding: therapy with intraarterial vasopressin and transcatheter embolization. Radiology 1984 Vasopressin infusion complications

13 Embolization A conventional 5 F catheter may be used to select a first-order vessel (SMA or IMA) A microcatheter can be advanced through this catheter to more distal, smaller vessels In the mesenteric circulation, the marginal artery or vasa recta can be selectively catheterized very close to the site of bleeding. This has been termed SUPERSELECTIVE CATHETERIZATION Once the bleeding vessel has been superselectively catheterized, embolic material can be deployed to arrest hemorrhage. Superselective embolization limits the segment of bowel at risk for ischemia or most often obviate the risk altogether

14 Embolization Choice of embolic material spongostan autologous clot absolute alcohol Montoya 2004 cyanoacrylate Cantasdemir 2003 detachable balloons

15 POLYVINIL ALCOHOL (PVA) Permanent embolic agent that incites an intraluminal thrombosis with an associated inflammatory reaction. PVA particles are supplied in different sizes from smaller than 100  m to 1000  m in diameter PVA may have advantages, particularly for embolization of tumors, because the agent will flow to the bleeding site and occlude numerous vessels from a single injection. However, the particles cannot be directly visualized, cannot be precisely deposited and less forgiving than microcoils if non- target embolization occurs. PolyVinilyl Alcool (Ivalon, Contour) Embolization Choice of embolic material

16 Embolization Choice of embolic material embospheres

17 MICROCOILS Made of platinum or stainless steel, when deployed function in a similar manner to a surgical ligation. They are biocompatible but high thrombogenic due to addiction of sinthetic fibers attached to the coil. Kessaris 1995 Martin 2000 Treiber 2003 Vignali 2004 spirali Embolization Choice of embolic material

18 Embolization with coils Microcoils seem to be better for treating colonic hemorrhage because they are easy to visualize with fluoroscopy and deploy accurately

19 Embolization decrease perfusion pressure enough to arrest hemorrhage but not to the extent of total devascularization. Due to the limited collateral blood flow in the colon, overly aggressive embolization must be avoided. The mechanism of embolization depends on the embolic agent used. Microcoils decrease perfusion pressure and induce local vasospasm. This enables the patient to more effectively form clot, leading to hemostasis. Superselective embolization limits the segment of bowel at risk for ischemia. Mechanism of embolization

20 Colo-rectal bleeding percutaneous embolization (17 pts) Two cases of transient bowel ischemia None developed infarction, peforation or stricture These authors argue against the use of PVA as sole embolization agent. The reasoning in that the small particles may reach intramural circulation and thus occlude the submucosal plexus beyond the level of collateralization. Another advantage of coils is that they are visible and therefore more controllable Evangelista P, J Vasc Interv Radiol 2000

21 Limitations of embolization Different disorders will vary in responsiveness to embolization. Angiodysplasia is more difficult to treat with embolization. The most important limitations of endovascular therapy is the inability to diagnose and treat patients who are not actively bleeding. Embolization is morely treating a symptom of the underlying disorder than the disease itself. Patients with multifocal disease are at risk for repeated hemorrhage from other affected sites (11% and 19% in old and more recent series, respectively) Other limitations include the inability to perform superselective catheterization in patients with difficult vascular anatomy or severe atherosclerotic disease

22 Technical versus clinical success of embolization Technical success Successful delivery of embolizing agent Absence of extravasation at completion angiography Clinical success Termination of bloody output from the bowel Stabilization of hematocrit level Lack of further transfusions Clinical success rates are often slightly lower than technical success rates because bleeding can continue despite successful placement of emboli. This may be caused by collateral perfusion around the emboli or coagulopathy that prevents formation of thombus despite blockade of arterial flow.

23 Complications of embolization

24 In the colon, it’s probably best to place coils as far peripherally as possible The small intestine has a different vascular pattern with a more extensive collateral arcade in the bowel wall. This make the small bowel more resistant to infarction. The embolic material used can also affect the risk of infarction. Small embolic particles that occlude the arteries very peripherally (at the arteriolar level or beyond) increase the chance of infarction. For these reason microcoils and larger PVA particles are most commonly used. Overall (major and minor) intestinal ischemic complication rates in the modern series range from 0% to 70% (average 15%) with majority being minor complication, most of these not requiring any therapy Funaki B, Kostelic JK, Lorenz I et Al. Superselective microcoil embolization of colonic hemorrhage. AJR 2001

25 Vasopressin versus embolization Most of literature on both consists of very small restrospective series with little or no control for anatomic location, lesion pathology or patient demographics and clinical characteristics Most of vasopressin literature is older ( no combination with nitroglycerin to reduce complications) Single institutional series or controlled trials comparing these therapies are nearly nonexistent

26 Vasopressin versus embolization Embolization has become a relatively safe option for treating LGI hemorrhage Despite more technically challenging, it has advantage of quicker completion of therapy, decreased recurrence of bleeding and some decreased complications Choice of therapy is institution-dependent, but where the expertise on both modalities exists, embolization is preferable

27 conclusions Endovascular treatment plays a definite role in controlling LGI bleeding Vasopressin infusion seems to provoke higher rate of severe complications Embolotherapy with superselective catheterization is currently the best endovascular modality of treatment Operator skill is mandatory


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