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Dr. Lisa Finch Md

1401 39Th Ave E
Seattle WA 98112
952 951-1100
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License #: MD00046365
NPI: 1669509089
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Improving ultrasound quality to reduce computed tomography use in pediatric appendicitis: the Safe and Sound campaign. - American journal of surgery
Safety concerns about the use of radiation-based imaging such as computed tomography (CT) in children have resulted in national recommendations to use ultrasound (US) for the diagnosis of appendicitis when possible. We evaluated the trends in CT and US use in a statewide sample and the accuracy of these modalities.Patients less than or equal to 18 years undergoing appendectomy in Washington State from 2008 to 2013 were evaluated for preoperative US/CT use, as well as imaging/pathology concordance using data from the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program.Among 3,353 children, 98.3% underwent preoperative imaging. There was a significant increase in the use of US first over the study period (P < .001). The use of CT at any time during the evaluation decreased. Despite this, in 2013, over 40% of the children still underwent CT imaging. Concordance between US imaging and pathology varied between 40% and 75% at hospitals performing greater than or equal to 10 appendectomies in 2013. Over one third (34.9%) of CT scans performed in the evaluation of children with appendicitis were performed after an indeterminate US.Although the use of US as the first imaging modality to diagnose pediatric appendicitis has increased over the past 5 years, over 40% of children still undergo a CT scan during their preoperative evaluation. Causality for this persistence of CT use is unclear, but could include variability in US accuracy, lack of training, and lack of awareness of the risks of radiation-based imaging. Developing a campaign to focus on continued reduction in CT and increased use of high-quality US should be pursued.Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Normal and abnormal anatomy of the cerebellar vermis in midgestational human fetuses. - Birth defects research. Part A, Clinical and molecular teratology
Evaluation of the cerebellar vermis is an important component of fetal autopsy, but lack of an established approach, inadequate normal anatomic data, and the subtle nature of some cerebellar malformations negatively affect concordance between prenatal ultrasound and autopsy diagnoses.Gross anatomy and sagittal histologic sections of vermis from 26 midgestation fetuses with no posterior fossa anomalies detected by prenatal ultrasound or autopsy were examined to establish stage-specific norms. These were compared to data from three fetuses with prenatal ultrasound diagnoses of hypoplasia or absence of the cerebellar vermis, each of which had no or equivocal gross cerebellar malformation at autopsy.Two findings segregated cases from controls: (1) The ratio of the rostro-caudal length of the vermis to that of the cerebellar hemispheres was shorter for cases (<0.7), in comparison with controls (0.7-1). (2) The lobules of the vermis, particularly in the posterior lobe, were less arborized, and the nodulus (caudal-most lobule) was elongated. Prenatal sonograms from the three cases predicted more severe vermis hypoplasia than was evident at autopsy.Prenatal ultrasound images that suggest moderate-to-severe hypoplasia of the cerebellar vermis may reflect relatively subtle malformations, which are recognized histologically by direct comparison with stage-matched control data. The data in this series and others suggest a somewhat consistent pattern of lobular malformation, which affects the caudal cerebellum, particularly the nodulus, most severely. Rotation of the cerebellum, secondary to an enlarged fourth ventricle, may account for discordance between ultrasound and autopsy findings.(c) 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Emergent treatment of a primary aortoenteric fistula with N-butyl 2-cyanoacrylate and endovascular stent. - Journal of vascular and interventional radiology : JVIR
A novel endovascular treatment involving cyanoacrylate injection followed by endovascular stent placement is described in the setting of life-threatening acute exsanguination through a primary aortoenteric fistula. In a patient in unstable condition, N-butyl 2-cyanoacrylate was injected into the fistula tract. Rapid polymerization first provided hemostasis and allowed the patient to be resuscitated and stabilized for several hours, and then an AneuRx endovascular stent-graft was deployed to reinforce the aortic wall and permanently occlude the fistula. This approach can benefit patients whose condition would otherwise be too unstable for open surgery.

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