My DW, SPMS since 1992, had her first angioplasty done on August 18th in Orange County, California. Immediately post-procedure, she reported overall reduction of spacticity throughout her body, and demonstrated this by elongating her legs to full extension and flattening out her knees, something she had not been able to do for quite some time. Very noticable was the return of fluidity to her speech and a dramatic reduction in her word-calling deficit. Those dramatic improvements have waned since her procedure and her knees are now bent in their former default position, making it difficult for her to make any progress in her ability to walk in physical therapy.
Other improvements that followed her procedure have remained, however. These include: (1) elimination of a headache; (2) improved sense of smell; (3) return of sensation to her feet; (3) almost complete elimination of a daily hiccuping jag and vast reduction in its duration when it does occur; (5) return of sensation to a formerly numb fingertip; and (6) elimination of cerebellar ataxia.
Her azygous vein was very blocked throughout its length, with many of the occlusions being webs. One section of the azygous was so curved that the IR was unable to baloon it becuase of the lack of availability of the proper configuration of catheter in inventory.
The angiogram images show successful widening of the IJVs, the return of normal flow there and the inactivation of flow through peripherals, but the azygous does not appear to have had any lasting change once the balloon was removed.
Now we are talking about a second procedure, not only to address the area that could not be treated the first time, but also to try once more to open up any veins that have restenosed, such as the azygous. There is much discussion in this thread about IJV stenting, but what about the azygous?
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