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Dr. Joao Martins Pisco

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Director of Interventional Radiol...

Local Address: Lisbon, Portugal
St. Louis Hospital

Employment History

  • Interventional Radiologist
    St. Louis Hospital
  • Chief Radiologist
    Hospital Pulido Valente
  • Chair of Radiology
    Hospital Pulido Valente
  • Professor At the Faculty of Medical Sciences
    New University of Lisbon


  • M.D.
  • Ph.D.
20 Total References
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The early and medium term results ..., 29 June 2013 [cached]
The early and medium term results of this study into prostatic artery embolization or PAE are significant because they show PAE achieves comparable clinical results to that of the common surgical procedure "TURP", short for transurethral resection of the prostate, without the surgical risks, such as sexual dysfunction, urinary incontinence, retrograde ejaculation and blood loss, said study author Dr João Martins Pisco, chief radiologist at Hospital Pulido Valente and director of interventional radiology at St Louis Hospital, both in Lisbon. However, certain urodynamic results (such as flow rate of the urinary stream), were not as good with PAE as with TURP. The findings were presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 36th Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago this week. Enlarged prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is so common in men, it is often said that every man, if he lives long enough, will have it. BPH is not cancer, it is a condition where, as he gets older, a man's prostate gets bigger. Since the prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube that delivers urine from the bladder to the penis, there comes a point when its enlargement starts to squeeze the tube and impede flow. This causes symptoms like weaker urine flow, a need to pass urine more frequently or more urgently, and incomplete bladder emptying. Pisco, who is also a professor at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, New University of Lisbon, said "such symptoms can have significant negative impact in quality of life, leading many men to seek treatment," and we need new and inventive technologies like PAE to achieve better results with fewer side effects.
2012 Society of Interventional Radiology, 3 April 2012 [cached]
Indeed, in a study of 152 patients presented during a session here on embolization techniques and procedures, Joao Martins Pisco, MD, director of interventional radiology at St. Louis Hospital (Lisbon, Portugal) reported "clinical success" for 83% of the patients who had a one-year follow-up. Pisco noted that in patients with symptomatic BPH and failed drug therapy, "PAE appears safe and provides good short and medium term results."
Exciting news for women with uterine fibroids, 7 Oct 2012 [cached]
"This study is significant because it shows comparable fertility rates between the two primary uterus-sparing treatments widely available to treat fibroids: Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) and surgical myomectomy (fibroid removal), which is considered the gold standard for symptomatic fibroids in women who wish to conceive," said Joao Martins Pisco, MD an interventional radiologist at St. Louis Hospital in Lisbon.
"These results were surprising because other studies have favored surgical myomectomy over UFE for women who want to conceive. In this study of 743 women, UFE had a fertility rate of 58.1% which is comparable to surgical fibroid removal (myomectomy), which has a fertility rate of 57%," stated Pisco. "Our study shows that not only does UFE allow women who were unable to conceive to become pregnant but also allow them to have normal pregnancies with similar complication rates as the general population," he added.
"In the future, UFE will probably be a first-line treatment option, even for women who wish to conceive and are unable due to the presence of uterine fibroids," Pisco theorized.
The treatment -- called prostatic artery ..., 29 Mar 2011 [cached]
The treatment -- called prostatic artery embolization, or PAE -- is ready to be used in certain patients, namely those with a prostate larger than 60 cubic centimeters, "with severe lower urinary tract symptoms and a weakened urinary stream," said Dr. Joao Martins Pisco, lead author of a study slated to be presented March 29 at the annual meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology in Chicago.
Another drawback is that few doctors are trained in PAE so far, said Pisco, chair of radiology at Hospital Pulido Valente and professor in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at New University of Lisbon in Portugal.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2012 ..., 28 Mar 2012 [cached]
SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology-the Society of Interventional Radiology's flagship publication-together with the SIR Foundation presented the 2011 JVIR Editor's Award for Outstanding Clinical Research Paper to Joao Pisco, M.D., Ph.D., and the honor for Outstanding Laboratory Investigation Paper to Hyun-Jung Yoon, M.D.
Pisco, who is chief radiologist at Hospital Pulido Valente and director of interventional radiology at St. Louis Hospital, both in Lisbon, Portugal, received this year's award for his article, "Prostatic Arterial Embolization to Treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
"Dr. Pisco's paper embodied the hallmark of interventional radiologists to define vanguard therapies that, with the subsequent hard work of rigorous clinical research, can become the mainstay and mainstream," said Ziv J Haskal, M.D., FSIR, the journal's editor-in-chief.
"Dr. Pisco's work is at the front of an exciting new such area, the nonsurgical treatment for symptomatic prostate enlargement-something that affects hundreds of thousands of men," Haskal said.
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