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Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802159/increased-%C3%AE-catenin-accumulation-and-nuclear-translocation-are-associated-with-concentric-hypertrophy-in-cardiomyocytes
#1
Cheng-Yu Lee, Wei Wen Kuo, Rathinasamy Baskaran, Cecilia Hsuan Day, Pei Ying Pai, Chao Hung Lai, Yu-Feng Chen, Ray-Jade Chen, Viswanadha Vijaya Padma, Chih Yang Huang
Defective Wnt/β-Catenin signaling, activated under various pathological conditions, can result in cardiac and vascular abnormalities. In the present study, the possible role of β-catenin over expression during cardiac hypertrophy was investigated. Ten samples from hearts of human patients with acute infarction, and granulation tissue from 20 patients and 10 from normal ones were collected in order to investigate roles of β-catenin in cardiac hypertrophy. H9c2 cardiomyoblast cells and Wistar rat primary neonatal cardiomyocytes were overexpressed with β-catenin...
July 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797682/intimal-sarcoma-of-the-pulmonary-trunk-showing-broad-intimal-extension-and-focal-chondrosarcomatous-differentiation-an-autopsy-case
#2
Kosuke Miyai, Hiroaki Takeo, Susumu Matsukuma
We report an autopsy case of intimal sarcoma arising in the pulmonary artery with focal chondrosarcomatous differentiation. A 77-year-old woman presented with a thrombosis-like mass in the pulmonary trunk and underwent endarterectomy. Macroscopically, solid and myxomatous tumor expanded to the pulmonary valve and bilateral main pulmonary arteries. Microscopically, the tumor comprised atypical spindle cells proliferating in a fascicular fashion, as well as occasional bizarre multinucleated cells, within a myxomatous stroma...
July 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806628/complete-step-section-microscopic-study-of-a-swan-ganz-catheter-related-pulmonary-artery-rupture-a-frequently-lethal-complication-that-to-our-knowledge-has-not-had-a-comprehensive-microscopic-examination-case-report-and-literature-review
#3
Ya Xu, L Clarke Stout
BACKGROUND: Introduced in 1970, the Swan-Ganz catheter (SGC) soon became widely used because of its unique usefulness in managing intensive care patients. Unfortunately, SGC usage was complicated by pulmonary artery rupture (PAR) with a 50% mortality rate that led to a near banning of the SCG in the late 1980s. Increasing knowledge and decreasing incidence of SGC-related PARs (SGPARs) led to the current feeling that the present SGPAR incidence is now low enough to tolerate given the lives saved by SGC usage...
July 4, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797681/extranodal-rosai-dorfman-disease-arising-in-the-heart-clinical-course-and-review-of-literature
#4
Amin Heidarian, Ayesha Anwar, M A Haseeb, Raavi Gupta
Rosai-Dorfman disease (RDD), also known as sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy, is a nonmalignant disease of unknown etiology. It may present as bilateral, massive, painless cervical lymphadenopathy; however, one third of the cases have extranodal involvement. Extranodal sites include soft tissue, skin, upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, and central nervous system, with head and neck being the most common. Here we report a rare case of intracardiac RDD in a 46-year-old, African-American female who presented with worsening shortness of breath and fatigue for 7 weeks...
July 4, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779645/ultrastructural-aspects-of-vacuolar-degeneration-of-cardiomyocytes-in-human-endomyocardial-biopsies
#5
REVIEW
Genzou Takemura, Hiromitsu Kanamori, Hideshi Okada, Akiko Tsujimoto, Nagisa Miyazaki, Chihiro Takada, Yasuaki Hotta, Yoshiki Takatsu, Takako Fujiwara, Hisayoshi Fujiwara
Vacuolar degeneration of cardiomyocytes is a histological finding commonly encountered during routine light microscopic examination of human endomyocardial biopsy specimens. The vacuoles appear as intracellular clear areas lacking myofibers. By itself, this finding has little diagnostic value, but may have important clinical implications when the vacuolar contents are of etiological significance (e.g., accumulation of abnormal metabolites), and the clinical importance is increased when the disease is treatable...
July 4, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802178/cardiac-arrest-due-to-ventricular-fibrillation-in-a-23-year-old-woman-with-broken-heart-syndrome
#6
Marco Giuseppe Del Buono, Michael P O'Quinn, Paulo Garcia, Enrique Gerszten, Charlotte Roberts, F Gerald Moeller, Antonio Abbate
Broken heart syndrome, also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, is a syndrome characterized by a transient regional systolic dysfunction of the left ventricle associated to a psychological stress. We herein describe a case of a 23-year-old female habitual marijuana user who was resuscitated after cardiac arrest and then diagnosed with midventricular stress cardiomyopathy complicated by subendocardial hemorrhage. We discuss this unique pathological finding, the incidence of arrhythmias in this syndrome, and the possible relation with chronic cannabis and tobacco use...
June 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793276/opacification-patterns-of-cardiac-masses-using-low-mechanical-index-contrast-echocardiography-comparison-with-histopathological-findings
#7
Agata Barchitta, Cristina Basso, Pier Giuseppe Piovesana, Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Luisa Ruzza, Alessandra Bianchi, Alberto Banzato, Maurizio Chiesa, Gaetano Thiene, Gino Gerosa, Stefania Rizzo
BACKGROUND: Two-dimensional echocardiography is the main noninvasive imaging tool to identify cardiac masses but is unable to provide detailed tissue characterization. AIM: The aim of the study was to assess the ability of low mechanical index (MI) contrast echocardiography to detect presence and amount of tissue vascularization as validated by histopathology study of cardiac masses. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twelve consecutive patients (5 females and 7 males, age range 51-82 years) underwent conventional and contrast two-dimensional echocardiography with low MI...
June 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759820/winning-the-battle-but-losing-the-war-mechanisms-and-morphology-of-cancer-therapy-associated-cardiovascular-toxicity
#8
REVIEW
Carolyn Kwak Glass, Richard N Mitchell
In the United States, the lifetime risk of a cancer diagnosis is nearly 40%; in 2016, that represents almost 1.6 million new patients, and despite advances in early diagnosis and treatment, roughly 35% will ultimately die of their malignancy. Fortunately, the number of patients living with a cancer diagnosis also continues to expand, anticipated to be more than 19 million in less than a decade. In calculating the relative risks and benefits of therapy, it is therefore important to consider the morbidity and mortality associated with antitumor therapy itself...
June 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759818/histological-topography-of-the-atrioventricular-node-and-its-extensions-in-relation-to-the-cardiothoracic-surgical-landmarks-in-normal-human-hearts
#9
Arpandeep Randhawa, Tulika Gupta, Anjali Aggarwal, Daisy Sahni, Rana Sandip Singh
BACKGROUND: Atrioventricular (AV) nodal injury which results in cardiac conduction disorders is one of the potential complications of heart valve surgeries and radiofrequency catheter ablations. Understanding the topography of the AV conduction system in relation to the tricuspid and mitral valves will help in reducing these complications. METHODS: A tissue block of 3cmx4cm, which contain the AV node, bundle of His and the AV nodal extensions, was excised at the AV septal junction in 20 apparently normal human hearts...
June 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759819/polymer-coating-embolism-from-intravascular-medical-devices-a-clinical-literature-review
#10
REVIEW
Amitabh M Chopra, Monik Mehta, Jean Bismuth, Maksim Shapiro, Michael C Fishbein, Alina G Bridges, Harry V Vinters
Over the past three decades, lubricious (hydrophobic and/or hydrophilic) polymer-coated devices have been increasingly adopted by interventional physicians and vascular surgeons to access and treat a wider range of clinical presentations. Recent clinical literature highlights the presence of polymer coating emboli within the anatomy - a result of coating separation from an intravascular device - and associates it with a range of adverse clinical sequelae. The 2015 U.S. Food and Drug Administration safety communication titled "Lubricious Coating Separation from Intravascular Medical Devices" acknowledges these concerns and concludes that it will work with stakeholders to develop nonclinical test methodologies, establish performance criteria, and identify gaps in current national and international device standards for coating integrity performance...
June 22, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759817/left-atrial-remodeling-hypertrophy-and-fibrosis-in-mouse-models-of-heart-failure
#11
Waqas Hanif, Linda Alex, Ya Su, Arti V Shinde, Ilaria Russo, Na Li, Nikolaos G Frangogiannis
Left ventricular dysfunction increases left atrial pressures and causes atrial remodeling. In human subjects, increased left atrial size is a powerful predictor of mortality and adverse events in a broad range of cardiac pathologic conditions. Moreover, structural remodeling of the atrium plays an important role in the pathogenesis of atrial tachyarrhythmias. Despite the potential value of the atrium in assessment of functional endpoints in myocardial disease, atrial pathologic alterations in mouse models of left ventricular disease have not been systematically investigated...
June 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666146/intraleaflet-hemorrhages-are-a-common-finding-in-symptomatic-aortic-and-mitral-valves
#12
Olga C G Stam, Mat J A P Daemen, Jan Willem van Rijswijk, Bas A J M de Mol, Allard C van der Wal
INTRODUCTION: Intraleaflet hemorrhage (ILH) has been reported to occur in calcified degenerated aortic valves. At present, no such information is available for mitral valves or for other types of valvular disease. We examined the prevalence, age, and potential source of ILH in a consecutive series of surgically removed aortic and mitral valves, and related the findings to specific types of heart valve pathology. METHODS: A total of 105 aortic (n=85) and mitral (n=20) valves were retrieved from 100 symptomatic patients...
June 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666147/sudden-unexpected-death-in-early-parkinson-s-disease-neurogenic-or-cardiac-death
#13
Naoki Nishida, Koji Yoshida, Yukiko Hata
We present two cases of sudden unexpected death (SUD) in elderly individuals in whom autopsy unexpectedly showed Lewy pathology, a hallmark of Parkinson's disease. Both individuals were 68-year-old men who were found dead in their homes without lethal trauma or poisoning. Inquests into their deaths suggested that nonmotor cardiovascular signs of Parkinson's disease might have appeared just before their deaths, although few typical motor signs were present. Autopsy showed Lewy pathology in the heart and peripheral autonomic nervous system in addition to lesser involvement of the brainstem that was consistent with Braak stage 3...
June 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646716/histopathologic-differences-partially-distinguish-syndromic-aortic-diseases
#14
Kevin M Waters, Lisa M Rooper, Andrew Guajardo, Marc K Halushka
A variety of syndromic diseases such as Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, and bicuspid aortic valve with aneurysm along with risk factors of smoking and hypertension result in ascending aortic aneurysms and dissections. Historically, a complicated variety of terms have been used to describe a range of histopathologies that are present in resected specimens. As a result, no consistent patterns of histopathology have been reported. We used the recent Society for Cardiovascular Pathology/Association for European Cardiovascular Pathology consensus statement on nomenclature and diagnostic criteria for noninflammatory aortic disease to blindly evaluate 148 surgically resected specimens...
June 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623706/primary-inferior-vena-cava-smooth-muscle-tumor-with-diffuse-bizarre-giant-nuclei-and-low-mitotic-rate-a-nomenclatural-conundrum
#15
Runjan Chetty, Sangeetha N Kalimuthu, Hanna-Riikka Heinonen
A male patient with obstructive jaundice was found to have an incidental nodule within the inferior vena cava (IVC), below the level of the renal vein, on abdominal imaging. At the time of the Whipple's procedure for pancreatic adenocarcinoma, the IVC mass measuring 3.4×2.7×2.2 cm was also removed. Histologically, the lesion was well circumscribed, composed focally of spindle-shaped cells with cigar-shaped nuclei reminiscent of smooth muscle and a dominant pervasive, pleomorphic, bizarre giant cell component...
June 4, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759816/phospholamban-immunostaining-is-a-highly-sensitive-and-specific-method-for-diagnosing-phospholamban-p-arg14del-cardiomyopathy
#16
Wouter P Te Rijdt, Z Joy van der Klooster, Edgar T Hoorntje, Jan D H Jongbloed, Paul A van der Zwaag, Folkert W Asselbergs, Dennis Dooijes, Rudolf A de Boer, J Peter van Tintelen, Maarten P van den Berg, Aryan Vink, Albert J H Suurmeijer
Phospholamban (PLN) p.Arg14del cardiomyopathy is associated with an increased risk of malignant ventricular arrhythmias and severe heart failure and a poor prognosis from late adolescence. It can be diagnosed in whole heart specimens, but rarely in right ventricular biopsy specimens, by PLN immunohistochemistry showing PLN-containing aggregates concentrated in cardiomyocytes in dense perinuclear aggresomes. The purpose of this study was to determine whether PLN immunohistochemistry can be used to diagnose PLN p...
May 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622581/assessment-of-atherosclerotic-luminal-narrowing-of-coronary-arteries-based-on-morphometrically-generated-visual-guides
#17
Rolf F Barth, David A Kellough, Patricia Allenby, Luke E Blower, Scott H Hammond, Greg M Allenby, L Maximilian Buja
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Determination of the degree of stenosis of atherosclerotic coronary arteries is an important part of postmortem examination of the heart, but, unfortunately, estimation of the degree of luminal narrowing can be imprecise and tends to be approximations. Visual guides can be useful to assess this, but earlier attempts to develop such guides did not employ digital technology. Using this approach, we have developed two computer-generated morphometric guides to estimate the degree of luminal narrowing of atherosclerotic coronary arteries...
May 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601673/histopathological-and-biomechanical-properties-of-the-aortic-wall-in-2-patients-with-chronic-type-a-aortic-dissection
#18
Alexander Emmott, Ismaïl El-Hamamsy, Richard L Leask
Type A aortic dissection is an acute condition that requires urgent surgical intervention. However, in a subset of patients, aortic dissections go undiagnosed and become chronic, thereby allowing the dissected wall to undergo a distinct remodeling process from that of the surrounding intact wall. Here, we observe the biomechanical and histological changes in the aortic wall of two patients with chronic Type A aortic dissection. Partial or complete disruption of the elastic structure of the medial layer was observed in the dissected wall of both patients; however, aortic stiffness in the region of dissection covaried with a change in collagen content...
May 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453968/association-of-altered-collagen-content-and-lysyl-oxidase-expression-in-degenerative-mitral-valve-disease
#19
K-Raman Purushothaman, Meerarani Purushothaman, Irene C Turnbull, David H Adams, Anelechi Anyanwu, Prakash Krishnan, Annapoorna Kini, Samin K Sharma, William N O'Connor, Pedro R Moreno
BACKGROUND: Collagen cross-linking is mediated by lysyl oxidase (LOX) enzyme in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of mitral valve leaflets. Alterations in collagen content and LOX protein expression in the ECM of degenerative mitral valve may enhance leaflet expansion and disease severity. METHODS: Twenty posterior degenerative mitral valve leaflets from patients with severe mitral regurgitation were obtained at surgery. Five normal posterior mitral valve leaflets procured during autopsy served as controls...
July 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550760/exercise-training-ameliorates-matrix-metalloproteinases-2-and-9-messenger-rna-expression-and-mitigates-adverse-left-ventricular-remodeling-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
#20
Flávio S Silva, Raul H Bortolin, Diego N Araújo, Dáfiny E S Marques, João Paulo M S Lima, Adriana A Rezende, Wouber H B Vieira, Naisandra B Silva, Karina C P Medeiros, Paul W Ackermann, Bento J Abreu, Fernando A L Dias
BACKGROUND: The aim was to investigate whether exercise training (ExT) would ameliorate expression of key genes for myocardial morphostructure and mitigate adverse left ventricular (LV) remodeling in experimental type 1 diabetes (T1D). METHODS AND RESULTS: Male Wistar rats were divided into four groups: sedentary control (SC, n=9), trained control (TC, n=13), sedentary diabetic (SD, n=20), and trained diabetic (TD, n=17). T1D was induced by 40 mg/kg streptozotocin (single dose, i...
May 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
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