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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528052/three-cases-of-aneurysmatic-coronary-fistulas-associated-with-mitral-valve-insufficiency
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Luca Sandrelli, Giuseppe Petrone, Giancarlo Sportelli, Mario Fabbrocini
We report three cases of coronary fistula aneurysm associated with mitral valve insufficiency. The patients were referred to our cardiovascular department because of exertional dyspnea. Echocardiography showed severe mitral valve insufficiency resulting from leaflet flail or prolapse and normal left ventricular function. In all three cases, preoperative coronary angiography showed coronary-to-pulmonary artery fistula associated with significant aneurysm of the fistulous tract. All patients underwent uneventful mitral valve repair and external ligation of the fistulas...
June 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526929/analytical-management-of-patients-undergoing-oral-anticoagulant-therapy-could-have-a-strong-impact-on-clinical-outcomes-a-follow-up-study
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Vincenzo De Iuliis, Sebastiano Ursi, Gianfranco Vitullo, Irma Griffo, Antonio Marino, Marika Caruso, Francesco Cipollone, Sabrina Capodifoglio, Veronica Breda, Elena Toniato, Alfonso Pennelli, Pio Conti, Stefano Martinotti
INTRODUCTION: Oral anticoagulant therapy, such as vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), is prominent for the prevention of cerebral ischemic stroke or systemic embolism and all-cause mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism, and mechanical or biological valve. VKA treatment requires monitoring of the international normalized ratio (INR) in order to maintain it in a therapeutic range, avoiding side effects, the main and most significant of which is bleeding. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the event rates of several clinical composite outcomes, such as bleeding, thromboembolic events, and all-cause death...
May 19, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514319/prospective-external-validation-of-three-preoperative-risk-scores-for-prediction-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-after-cardiac-surgery
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Matthew J Cameron, Diem T T Tran, Jean Abboud, Ethan K Newton, Houman Rashidian, Jean-Yves Dupuis
BACKGROUND: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is associated with early and late morbidity and mortality of cardiac surgical patients. Prophylactic treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been recommended to improve outcome in cardiac surgical patients at high risk of developing POAF. Reliable models for prediction of POAF are needed to achieve that goal. This study attempted to externally validate 3 risk models proposed for preoperative prediction of POAF in cardiac surgical patients: the POAF score, the CHA2DS2-VASc score, and the Atrial Fibrillation Risk Index...
May 12, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496079/-surgical-treatment-for-anomalous-aortic-origin-of-coronary-arteries
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Ryo Hirayama, Ryusuke Suzuki, Toshiaki Watanabe, Mai Matsukawa, Takeshi Sakaguchi, Kenta Uekihara, Yuki Yoshioka, Masaharu Mouri, Tomoya Miyamoto, Masamichi Nakajima
Anomalous aortic origin of coronary arteries is rare. We report 3 cases of surgical treatment for anomalous aortic origin of coronary arteries. Case 1 was a 38-year-old man who was saved by the use of an automated external defibrillator from cardiopulmonary arrest while exercising. The coronary angiogram showed the right coronary artery arising from the left coronary sinus of Valsalva and being located between the aorta and the pulmonary trunk. He underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) using the right internal thoracic artery with ligation of proximal part of right coronary artery to prevent sudden death...
May 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476777/disease-stage-dependent-changes-in-cardiac-contractile-performance-and-oxygen-utilization-underlie-reduced-myocardial-efficiency-in-human-inherited-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Ahmet Güçlü, Paul Knaapen, Hendrik J Harms, Rahana Y Parbhudayal, Michelle Michels, Adriaan A Lammertsma, Albert C van Rossum, Tjeerd Germans, Jolanda van der Velden
BACKGROUND: Reduced myocardial efficiency represents a target for therapy in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy although therapeutic benefit may depend on disease stage. Here, we determined disease stage-dependent changes in myocardial efficiency and effects of myectomy surgery. METHODS AND RESULTS: Myocardial external efficiency (MEE) was determined in 27 asymptomatic mutation carriers (genotype positive/phenotype negative), 10 patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM), 10 patients with aortic valve stenosis, and 14 healthy individuals using [(11)C]-acetate positron emission tomography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging...
May 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468207/management-of-rhinophyma-outcomes-study-of-the-subunit-method
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Aladdin H Hassanein, Raj M Vyas, Jessica Erdmann-Sager, Edward J Caterson, Julian J Pribaz
BACKGROUND: Rhinophyma causes a nasal deformity and functional airway obstruction. Partial excision (eg, tangential) with secondary healing commonly removes hypertrophic soft tissues but does not improve nasal support. The subunit method for rhinophyma uses 6 nasal flaps to provide exposure for removal of rhinophymatous tissue and enhance structure. The purpose of this study was to evaluate outcomes of subunit method. METHODS: Medical records of patients with rhinophyma treated with the subunit method between 2013 and 2016 were analyzed...
May 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467855/use-of-ice-nucleating-proteins-to-improve-the-performance-of-freeze-thaw-valves-in-microfluidic-devices
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Joseph C Gaiteri, W Hampton Henley, Nathan A Siegfried, Thomas H Linz, J Michael Ramsey
Currently, reliable valving on integrated microfluidic devices fabricated from rigid materials is confined to expensive and complex methods. Freeze-thaw valves (FTVs) can provide a low cost, low complexity valving mechanism, but reliable implementation of them has been greatly hindered by the lack of ice nucleation sites within the valve body's small volume. Work to date has required very low temperatures (on the order of -40 °C or colder) to induce freezing without nucleation sites, making FTVs impractical due to instrument engineering challenges...
May 11, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427597/intentional-percutaneous-laceration-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-anterior-mitral-leaflet-to-prevent%C3%A2-outflow%C3%A2-obstruction-during-transcatheter-mitral-valve-replacement-first-in-human%C3%A2-experience
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Vasilis C Babaliaros, Adam B Greenbaum, Jaffar M Khan, Toby Rogers, Dee Dee Wang, Marvin H Eng, William W O'Neill, Gaetano Paone, Vinod H Thourani, Stamatios Lerakis, Dennis W Kim, Marcus Y Chen, Robert J Lederman
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to use a new catheter technique to split the anterior mitral valve leaflet (AML) and prevent iatrogenic left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction immediately before transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR). BACKGROUND: LVOT obstruction is a life-threatening complication of TMVR, caused by septal displacement of the AML. METHODS: The procedure was used in patients with severe mitral valve disease and prohibitive surgical risk...
April 24, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424229/tension-activated-channels-in-the-mechanism-of-osmotic-fitness-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Uğur Çetiner, Ian Rowe, Anthony Schams, Christina Mayhew, Deanna Rubin, Andriy Anishkin, Sergei Sukharev
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) is an opportunistic pathogen with an exceptional ability to adapt to a range of environments. Part of its adaptive potential is the ability to survive drastic osmolarity changes. Upon a sudden dilution of external medium, such as during exposure to rain, bacteria evade mechanical rupture by engaging tension-activated channels that act as osmolyte release valves. In this study, we compare fast osmotic permeability responses in suspensions of wild-type PA and Escherichia coli (EC) strains in stopped-flow experiments and provide electrophysiological descriptions of osmotic-release channels in PA...
May 1, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390614/coblation-of-suprastomal-granulomas-in-tracheostomy-dependent-children
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C Scott Brown, Marisa A Ryan, Vaibhav H Ramprasad, Anatoli F Karas, Eileen M Raynor
OBJECTIVE: Suprastomal granulomas pose a persistent challenge for tracheostomy-dependent children. They can limit phonation, cause difficulty with tracheostomy tube changes and prevent decannulation. We describe the use of the coblator for radiofrequency plasma ablation of suprastomal granulomas in five consecutive children from September 2012 to January 2016. METHOD: Retrospective case series at a tertiary medical center. RESULTS: The suprastomal granuloma could be removed with the coblator in all 5 cases...
May 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382264/use-of-cardiac-computed-tomography-for-ventricular-volumetry-in-late-postoperative-patients-with-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Ho Jin Kim, Da Na Mun, Hyun Woo Goo, Tae-Jin Yun
BACKGROUND: Cardiac computed tomography (CT) has emerged as an alternative to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for ventricular volumetry. However, the clinical use of cardiac CT requires external validation. METHODS: Both cardiac CT and MRI were performed prior to pulmonary valve implantation (PVI) in 11 patients (median age, 19 years) who had undergone total correction of tetralogy of Fallot during infancy. The simplified contouring method (MRI) and semiautomatic 3-dimensional region-growing method (CT) were used to measure ventricular volumes...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340650/functional-rhinoplasty
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REVIEW
Oren Friedman, Erdinc Cekic, Ceren Gunel
Understanding nasal anatomy and physiology are the most important points for successful functional rhinoplasty. Anatomic structures playing major roles in nasal breathing functions include the septum, and internal and external nasal valves, so physical examination of these regions is essential. Planning for functional rhinoplasty involves the identification of the sites of nasal airway obstruction or old trauma, and addressing those regions during the operation with a number of different techniques that have been described...
May 2017: Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340649/the-external-nasal-valve
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REVIEW
Grant S Hamilton
The external nasal valve is a complex entity comprised of multiple structures and tissue types. As such, there is no single operation that can address all problems of the external valve. This article reviews the relevant anatomy, pathologic conditions, and treatments for external nasal valve dysfunction, including a detailed review of the nasal muscles and their contribution to external nasal valve patency. Surgical and nonsurgical options for treatment and the evidence supporting the importance of proper external nasal valve function on quality-of-life measures are discussed...
May 2017: Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301627/single-staged-tunneled-cheek-interpolation-flap-with-cartilage-batten-graft-for-repair-of-nasal-ala-defect
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Tatyana A Petukhova, Jayne S Joo, Daniel B Eisen
<p>Surgical defects located within 5 mm of the nasal alar margin are at risk for alar elevation or collapse of the external nasal valve during wound healing. To reduce the chance of such complications, free cartilage grafts may be used as part of the reconstruction. However, if the defect is large enough so that the free cartilage graft does not fill most of the defect, wound contraction can still lead to alar displacement. In these situations, skin may need to be recruited from either the forehead or cheek in the form of an interpolation flap to cover both the free cartilage graft and the residual cutaneous defect...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278526/-acute-kidney-failure-due-to-urachal-cyst
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I Klaassen, M Wolf, M J Kemper, S Riechardt, M Boettcher, J Herrmann, D Singer
A 34-year-old para V woman was referred to our centre at 35+1 weeks of gestation for an assumed fetal malformation with prenatal renal impairment and anhydramnios. Prenatal ultrasound demonstrated unilateral renal agenesis; the bladder was not detectable. The baby was born by caesarian section at 36+2 weeks of gestation because of placental insufficiency. Postnatal adaptation was uneventful, but the newborn presented external stigmas of trisomy 21 and progressive renal impairment with anuria. Nevertheless, the postnatal ultrasound showed two enlarged kidneys in loco typico with impaired perfusion but without signs of malformations...
March 9, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274588/unilateral-absence-of-an-external-jugular-vein-in-two-english-bulldogs-with-pulmonary-valve-stenosis
#16
E H Chapel, B A Scansen
Two English bulldogs referred for interventional palliation of severe pulmonary valve stenosis were incidentally diagnosed with unilateral absence of an external jugular vein (left in one case, right in the other) by computed tomography and Doppler ultrasound. The right internal jugular vein also could not be visualized in the dog with absence of the left external jugular vein. Cervical venous anomalies can impact diagnostic or interventional venous catheterization procedures such as balloon pulmonary valvuloplasty...
April 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268511/tracking-of-the-anterior-mitral-leaflet-in-echocardiographic-sequences-using-active-contours
#17
Malik Saad Sultan, Nelson Martins, Diana Veiga, Manuel Joao Ferreira, Miguel Tavares Coimbra
Echocardiography assessment of cardiac valves plays a vital role in the diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease. In the vast majority of cases, the mitral valve gets affected, leading to the thickening of its leaflets that may result in the fusion of their tips. This changes the appearance and reduces the mobility of the leaflets, which also reduce the heart efficiency. Quantifying such parameters provides diagnostic insight. To achieve that, the first step is to identify and then track fast moving leaflets. This work is focused on Anterior Mitral Leaflet (AML) tracking...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248486/stimuli-responsive-dna-based-hydrogels-from-basic-principles-to-applications
#18
Jason S Kahn, Yuwei Hu, Itamar Willner
The base sequence of nucleic acids encodes structural and functional information into the DNA biopolymer. External stimuli such as metal ions, pH, light, or added nucleic acid fuel strands provide triggers to reversibly switch nucleic acid structures such as metal-ion-bridged duplexes, i-motifs, triplex nucleic acids, G-quadruplexes, or programmed double-stranded hybrids of oligonucleotides (DNA). The signal-triggered oligonucleotide structures have been broadly applied to develop switchable DNA nanostructures and DNA machines, and these stimuli-responsive assemblies provide functional scaffolds for the rapidly developing area of DNA nanotechnology...
March 1, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236098/use-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-complicated-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
#19
Kyokun Uehara, Kenji Minakata, Naritatsu Saito, Masao Imai, Hiroki Daijo, Taro Nakatsu, Kazuhisa Sakamoto, Kazuhiro Yamazaki, Takeshi Kimura, Ryuzo Sakata
OBJECTIVES: Although transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an excellent alternative procedure for high-risk patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis, it is often associated with life-threatening complications. We report on the emergency or elective use of veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to manage these complications. METHODS: Between December 2013 and February 2016, 46 patients underwent TAVR at our institution. Of these, 4 patients required emergency ECMO support and another 3 patients were electively placed on ECMO support at the start of the procedure...
February 24, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230600/nasal-valve-collapse-our-treatment-protocol
#20
Giulia Amodeo, Domenico Scopelliti
The nasal valve area is the functional area that allows airflow regulation. It could be divided in an internal area and an external one, basing on the anatomical landmarks. Many conditions can damage these areas with a consequently nasal obstruction, more often in particular extended rhinoplasty and sequels of facial trauma. To restore this area many techniques were advocated during the last decades.In this article the authors investigate on valve areas deficiency in sequel of rhinoplasty proposing a structural approach through alar batten grafts to correct internal-external nasal valves collapse...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
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