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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214296/abnormally-high-and-heterogeneous-bone-matrix-mineralization-after-childhood-solid-organ-transplantation-a-complex-pathology-of-low-bone-turnover-and-local-defects-in-mineralization
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Nadja Fratzl-Zelman, Helena Valta, Renata C Pereira, Barbara M Misof, Paul Roschger, Hannu Jalanko, Kathrine Wesseling-Perry, Klaus Klaushofer, Outi Mäkitie
Chronic renal, liver and heart failure in children associates with multiple skeletal complications. Increased fracture incidence often persists after transplantation and could be related to alterations in bone material properties. In the present cohort study we evaluated bone mineralization density distribution (BMDD) by quantitative backscattered electron imaging (qBEI) in 23 pediatric solid organ allograft recipients with suspected osteoporosis. We measured BMDD in the entire cross-sectional area of transiliac bone biopsies obtained from kidney (n = 9), liver (n = 9) and heart (n = 5) transplant recipients (aged 7...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213954/human-herpes-virus-6-infection-in-pediatric-organ-transplant-patients
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Elisa Ylinen, Silja Lehtinen, Timo Jahnukainen, Teemu Karlsson, Raisa Loginov, Laura Mannonen, Irmeli Lautenschlager, Hannu Jalanko
Transplant patients need lifelong immunosuppressive medication, but this reduces their defense mechanisms, making them prone to viral infections and reactivations. We aimed to clarify the prevalence and clinical manifestations of the human herpes virus 6 (HHV-6) infection in children after pediatric solid organ transplants. Clinical findings and viral loads were compared between primary HHV-6 infections and reactivations. The study comprised 47 kidney, 25 liver, and 12 heart transplant patients who underwent surgery from 2009 to 2014...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212881/current-status-and-future-aspects-of-ex-vivo-allograft-perfusion-for-heart-transplantation
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EDITORIAL
Norihide Fukushima
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212578/interleukin-1%C3%AE-levels-predict-long-term-mortality-and-need-for-heart-transplantation-in-ambulatory-patients-affected-by-idiopathic-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Aneta Aleksova, Antonio Paolo Beltrami, Cosimo Carriere, Giulia Barbati, Pierluigi Lesizza, Martina Perrieri-Montanino, Miriam Isola, Piero Gentile, Elisabetta Salvioni, Tarcisio Not, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Gianfranco Sinagra
AIMS: The prognostic stratification of patients with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy (iDCM) is a difficult task. Here, we assessed the additive value of the evaluation of biomarkers of inflammasome activation and systemic inflammation for the long-term risk stratification of iDCM patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 156 ambulatory iDCM patients (mean age 58 years, 77% men, 79% in NYHA class 1-2, median Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF) 35%, mean sodium 139 mEq/L, median BNP 189 pg/mL, median IL-1 beta (IL-1β) 1...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212151/antibody-mediated-rejection-in-the-cardiac-allograft-diagnosis-treatment-and-future-considerations
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M Elizabeth H Hammond, Abdallah G Kfoury
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes the latest publications dealing with antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) and defines areas of controversy and future steps that may improve the outcome for patients with this virulent form of rejection. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent progress includes publication of standardized pathologic criteria for acute AMR by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) and guidelines for treatment of acute AMR by the American Heart Association, endorsed by ISHLT as well...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212150/desensitization-strategies-in-the-patient-awaiting-heart-transplantation
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David H Chang, Jon A Kobashigawa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this review is to discuss the impact of antibody sensitization on heart transplant recipients. RECENT FINDINGS: We will discuss the current state of antibody identification, antibody strength and potential antibody pathogenicity. The prevalence of antibody sensitization has increased with increased utilization of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). Data on MCS-related antibody sensitization are reviewed. Important considerations to minimize the prozone effect in antibody testing will be discussed...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212149/new-developments-for-the-detection-and-treatment-of-cardiac-vasculopathy
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Kevin J Clerkin, Ziad A Ali, Donna M Mancini
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is a major limitation to long-term survival after heart transplantation. Innovative new techniques to diagnose CAV have been applied to detect disease. This review will examine the current diagnostic and treatment options available to clinicians for CAV. RECENT FINDINGS: Diagnostic modalities addressing the pathophysiology underlying CAV (arterial wall thickening and decreased coronary blood flow) improve diagnostic sensitivity when compared to traditional (angiography and dobutamine stress echocardiography) techniques...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211974/whole-exome-sequencing-identified-1-base-pair-novel-deletion-in-bcl2-associated-athanogene-3-bag3-gene-associated-with-severe-dilated-cardiomyopathy-dcm-requiring-heart-transplant-in-multiple-family-members
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Muhammad Arshad Rafiq, Ayeshah Chaudhry, Melanie Care, Danna A Spears, Chantal F Morel, Robert M Hamilton
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterized by dilation and impaired contraction of the left ventricle or both ventricles. Among hereditary DCM, the genetic causes are heterogeneous, and include mutations encoding cytoskeletal, nucleoskeletal, mitochondrial, and calcium-handling proteins. We report three severely affected males, in a four-generation pedigree, with DCM phenotype who underwent cardiac transplant. Cardiomegaly with marked biventricular dilation and fibrosis were noticeable histopathological findings...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211529/association-between-abo-blood-group-and-risk-of-congenital-heart-disease-a-6-year-large-cohort-study
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Bailing Zu, Guoling You, Qihua Fu, Jing Wang
ABO blood group, except its direct clinical implications for transfusion and organ transplantation, is generally accepted as an effect factor for coronary heart disease, but the associations between ABO blood group and congenital heart disease (CHD) are not coherent by previous reports. In this study, we evaluated the the potential relationship between ABO blood group and CHD risk. In 39,042 consecutive inpatients (19,795 CHD VS 19,247 controls), we used multivariable logistic regression to evaluate the roles of ABO blood group, gender, and RH for CHD...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210847/ethical-considerations-in-the-long-term-ventricular-assist-device-patient
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REVIEW
Amanda Cai, Howard J Eisen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As the heart failure population continues to age, the need for definitive therapies such as ventricular assist devices (VADs) to extend life and alleviate suffering from end-stage disease directly increases. The goal of this article is to examine the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice within the context of long-term VAD patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Survival rates in VAD-implanted patients have improved in parallel with modernization of device design and surgical technique, reaching that of cardiac transplantation at 1 year post-procedure...
February 16, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209562/vinexin-%C3%AE-ablation-inhibits-atherosclerosis-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice-by-inactivating-the-akt-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inflammatory-axis
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Hongjing Guan, Wen-Lin Cheng, Junhong Guo, Meng-Lin Chao, Yan Zhang, Jun Gong, Xue-Yong Zhu, Zhi-Gang She, Zan Huang, Hongliang Li
BACKGROUND: Vinexin β is a novel adaptor protein that regulates cellular adhesion, cytoskeletal reorganization, signal transduction, and transcription; however, the exact role that vinexin β plays in atherosclerosis remains unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: Immunoblot analysis showed that vinexin β expression is upregulated in the atherosclerotic lesions of both patients with coronary heart disease and hyperlipemic apolipoprotein E-deficient mice and is primarily localized in macrophages indicated by immunofluorescence staining...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209304/prognostic-value-of-the-nutritional-risk-index-in-heart-transplant-recipients
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Eduardo Barge-Caballero, Fernando García-López, Raquel Marzoa-Rivas, Gonzalo Barge-Caballero, David Couto-Mallón, María J Paniagua-Martín, Miguel Solla-Buceta, Carlos Velasco-Sierra, Francisco Pita-Gutiérrez, José M Herrera-Noreña, José J Cuenca-Castillo, José Manuel Vázquez-Rodríguez, María G Crespo-Leiro
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: To study the prognostic impact of preoperative nutritional status, as assessed through the nutritional risk index (NRI), on postoperative outcomes after heart transplantation (HT). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, single-center study of 574 patients who underwent HT from 1991 to 2014. Preoperative NRI was calculated as 1.519 × serum albumin (g/L) + 41.7 × (body weight [kg] / ideal body weight [kg]). The association between preoperative NRI and postoperative outcomes was analyzed by means of multivariable logistic regression and multivariable Cox regression...
February 10, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209216/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-with-left%C3%A2-ventricular-apical-aneurysm-implications-for-risk-stratification-and-management
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Ethan J Rowin, Barry J Maron, Tammy S Haas, Ross F Garberich, Weijia Wang, Mark S Link, Martin S Maron
BACKGROUND: A previously under-recognized subset of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients with left ventricular (LV) apical aneurysms is being identified with increasing frequency. However, risks associated with this subgroup are unknown. OBJECTIVES: The authors aimed to clarify clinical course and prognosis of a large cohort of HCM patients with LV apical aneurysms over long-term follow-up. METHODS: The authors retrospectively analyzed 1,940 consecutive HCM patients at 2 centers, 93 of which (4...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208917/early-post-operative-coronary-thrombosis-following-repair-of-a-proximal-coronary-artery-fistula
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Yashasvi Chugh, Bryan Lau, Cynthia C Taub
Patients with aneurysmal coronary artery fistulas are often a treatment challenge. We hereby, report a case of aneurysmal left main coronary artery to coronary sinus fistula repair, complicated by an early post-operative thrombosis of the left main coronary artery, necessitating an orthotropic heart transplant. Routine use of peri-procedural and long-term anti-coagulation is usually not a standard recommendation in these cases; however, early institution of the same may prevent flow stasis, thrombus formation and unfavourable outcomes pre- or post-operatively...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207190/diaporthe-soft-tissue-infection-in-a-heart-transplant-patient
#15
Robert M Rakita, Kevin D O'Brien, Lori Bourassa
Infections caused by Diaporthe species are very uncommon. We describe a heart transplant recipient 14 years post transplant who developed a soft tissue fungal infection due to a Diaporthe species that responded well to surgical excision and posaconazole therapy. The Aspergillus galactomannan index was markedly elevated, and returned to normal following treatment. Solid organ transplant patients remain at risk of infection long after transplant and should be counseled about risk avoidance. This article is protected by copyright...
February 16, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205406/potency-of-human-cardiosphere-derived-cells-from-patients-with-ischemic-heart-disease-is-associated-with-robust-vascular-supportive-ability
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Emma Harvey, Huajun Zhang, Pilar Sepúlveda, Sara P Garcia, Dominic Sweeney, Fizzah A Choudry, Delia Castellano, George N Thomas, Hassan Kattach, Romina Petersen, Derek J Blake, David P Taggart, Mattia Frontini, Suzanne M Watt, Enca Martin-Rendon
Cardiosphere-derived cell (CDC) infusion into damaged myocardium has shown some reparative effect; this could be improved by better selection of patients and cell subtype. CDCs isolated from patients with ischemic heart disease are able to support vessel formation in vitro but this ability varies between patients. The primary aim of our study was to investigate whether the vascular supportive function of CDCs impacts on their therapeutic potential, with the goal of improving patient stratification. A subgroup of patients produced CDCs which did not efficiently support vessel formation (poor supporter CDCs), had reduced levels of proliferation and increased senescence, despite them being isolated in the same manner and having a similar immunophenotype to CDCs able to support vessel formation...
February 16, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205136/a-comparative-study-of-the-risk-profile-of-hemodialysis-patients-in-a-for-profit-network-and-in-two-regional-registries-of-the-italian-society-of-nephrology
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Maurizio Postorino, Claudia Amato, Elena Mancini, Paola Carioni, Graziella D'Arrigo, Attilio Di Benedetto, Fabrizio Cerino, Carmela Marino, Antonio Vilasi, Giovanni Tripepi, Stefano Stuard, Giovanbattista Capasso, Antonio Santoro, Carmine Zoccali
In 2013, the Italian Society of Nephrology joined forces with Nephrocare-Italy to create a clinical research cohort of patients on file in the data-rich clinical management system (EUCLID) of this organization for the performance of observational studies in the hemodialysis (HD) population. To see whether patients in EUCLID are representative of the HD population in Italy, we set out to compare the whole EUCLID population with patients included in the regional HD registries in Emilia-Romagna (Northern Italy) and in Calabria (Southern Italy), the sole regions in Italy which have systematically collected an enlarged clinical data set allowing comparison with the data-rich EUCLID system...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203425/false-positive-hepatitis-c-antibody-test-results-in-left-ventricular-assist-device-recipients-increased-risk-with-age-and-transfusions
#18
Grace Y Minamoto, Doreen Lee, Adriana Colovai, Dana Levy, Ljiljana Vasovic, Keith W Roach, Jonathan Shuter, Daniel Goldstein, David D'Alessandro, Ulrich P Jorde, Victoria A Muggia
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have been successfully used in patients with heart failure. However, LVADs may trigger immune activation, leading to higher frequencies of autoantibodies. We describe the clinical, epidemiological, and laboratory characteristics of LVAD recipients with false positive hepatitis C (FPHC) serology among 39 consecutive adult LVAD recipients who bridged to heart transplantation from January 2007 to January 2013 at Montefiore Medical Center. FPHC patients were identified as those with post-LVAD positive hepatitis C ELISA antibody tests and negative confirmatory testing with hepatitis C RNA PCR and/or radioimmunoblot assay...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203415/changes-in-the-action-potential-and-transient-outward-potassium-current-in-cardiomyocytes-during-acute-cardiac-rejection-in-rats
#19
Wenqi Luo, Yixin Jia, Shuai Zheng, Yan Li, Jie Han, Xu Meng
BACKGROUND: Acute cardiac rejection contributes to the changes in the electrophysiological properties of grafted hearts. However, the electrophysiological changes of cardiomyocytes during acute cardiac rejection are still unknown. An understanding of the electrophysiological mechanisms of cardiomyocytes could improve the diagnosis and treatment of acute cardiac rejection. So it is important to characterize the changes in the action potential (AP) and the transient outward potassium current (Ito ) in cardiomyocytes during acute cardiac rejection...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199763/disseminated-cat-scratch-disease-presenting-as-nausea-diarrhea-and-weight-loss-without-fever-in-a-heart-transplant-recipient
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Annukka A R Antar, Amit Goyal, Karly Murphy, Matthew Schimmel, Nisha A Gilotra, Isabella Martin, Genevieve Marie Crane, Christopher Sciortino, Robin K Avery, Brian A Houston
We report the case of an afebrile 59-year-old heart transplant recipient presenting with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and diffuse lymphadenopathy. Lymph node biopsies revealed non-caseating granulomatous inflammation. Cat-scratch disease was confirmed by serologic studies, Warthin-Starry staining, and polymerase chain reaction testing of lymph node tissue. The patient's symptoms resolved with 3 months of doxycycline. We review clinical presentations of Bartonella henselae infection in and review diagnostic approaches for B...
February 15, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
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