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Emilie Jean-St-Michel, James M Meza, Jonathon Maguire, John Coles, Brian W McCrindle
Ventricular dysfunction affects survival in patients with single right ventricle (RV), and remains one of the primary indications for heart transplantation. Since it is challenging to predict the capacity of patients with ventricular dysfunction to proceed to the stage II procedure, we sought to identify factors that would be associated with death or heart transplantation without achieving stage II for single RV patients with ventricular dysfunction after Norwood procedure. The Single Ventricle Reconstruction (SVR) trial public-use database was used...
March 8, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Hiroo Kinami, Kiyozo Morita, Yoshihiro Ko, Gen Shinohara, Kazuhiro Hashimoto
Neonatal primary repair of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) with absent pulmonary valve (APV) syndrome is associated with high mortality rates. Our plan involves a staged repair that avoids one-stage intracardiac repair (ICR), with a first palliation that closes the main pulmonary orifice using an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) patch, pulmonary arterioplication, and an adjustable Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt. This strategy was used for a neonatal case with TOF/APV syndrome with hypoplastic left ventricle (LV)...
March 7, 2018: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Charitharth Vivek Lal, Nelida Olave, Colm Travers, Gabriel Rezonzew, Kalsang Dolma, Alexandra Simpson, Brian Halloran, Zubair Aghai, Pragnya Das, Nirmal Sharma, Xin Xu, Kristopher Genschmer, Derek Russell, Tomasz Szul, Nengjun Yi, J Edwin Blalock, Amit Gaggar, Vineet Bhandari, Namasivayam Ambalavanan
Premature infants are at high risk for developing bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), characterized by chronic inflammation and inhibition of lung development, which we have recently identified as being modulated by microRNAs (miRNAs) and alterations in the airway microbiome. Exosomes and exosomal miRNAs may regulate cell differentiation and tissue and organ development. We discovered that tracheal aspirates from infants with severe BPD had increased numbers of, but smaller, exosomes compared with term controls...
March 8, 2018: JCI Insight
Nicholas S Clarke, Howaida El-Said, John J Lamberti, Raghav A Murthy
Percutaneous therapies for congenital heart disease have been evolving rapidly despite limited investment from industry. The Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve (Medtronic, Inc, Minneapolis, MN USA) replacement therapy represents an important advancement in this arena. It has been approved in the United States for use in the pulmonary position, on a Humanitarian Device Exemption status. Off-label use of the Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve has extended to the mitral, pulmonary, and aortic valves, especially in previously implanted valves with prosthetic valve degeneration...
January 2018: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Lee Benson, Glen Van Arsdell
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 6, 2018: Circulation
Dan V Blalock, Todd B Kashdan, Patrick E McKnight
Individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) have difficulty engaging in social situations because their actions are predicated on minimizing the subjectively biased high potential for rejection. That is, individuals with SAD frequently perceive social situations as challenging, and their performance as subpar. Yet when individuals perceive themselves as succeeding in challenging situations, they typically report these situations as enjoyable and rewarding. This subjective experience of succeeding in a challenging situation has been studied as flow (Csikszentmihalyi, 1975; 2000)...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
Philip S Mehler, Dan V Blalock, Keegan Walden, Simrat Kaur, Jennifer McBride, Kristine Walsh, Jennifer Watts
OBJECTIVE: Eating disorders are associated with multiple medical complications. We report contemporary medical data, for newly admitted adult inpatient and residential level of care patients. METHOD: Medical records of a transdiagnostic sample of 1,026 patients, with eating disorders, were retrospectively reviewed for the presence of a broad array of medical complications at time of admission. The prevalence of physiologically relevant medical complications was assessed across major eating disorder categories...
February 8, 2018: International Journal of Eating Disorders
Jacob Y Cao, Kevin Phan, Julian Ayer, David S Celermajer, David S Winlaw
BACKGROUND: Stage 1 palliation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) involves the Norwood procedure combined with a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt (mBTS) or right ventricle to pulmonary artery shunt (RVPAS). Short-term survival has been described previously, whereas longer-term outcomes remain a subject of debate. This meta-analysis aimed to describe the short and long-term survival outcomes of these two shunts, and explore factors that might influence survival. METHODS: Medline, Cochrane Libraries and EMBASE were systematically searched, and 32 studies were included for statistical synthesis, comprising 1348 mBTS and 1258 RVPAS patients...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Keti Vitanova, Cornelius Leopold, Jelena Pabst von Ohain, Cordula Wolf, Elisabeth Beran, Rüdiger Lange, Julie Cleuziou
BACKGROUND:  Systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt placement is an established palliative procedure for congenital heart disease. Although it is thought to be a simple operation, it is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. METHODS:  Data for all neonates who underwent surgery for a systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt between 2000 and 2016 were reviewed. The study endpoints were shunt failure and shunt-related mortality. Shunt failure was defined as a shunt dysfunction because of thrombosis or stenosis requiring intervention or reoperation; shunt mortality was defined as death because of a shunt dysfunction...
January 19, 2018: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Eun-Hee Kim, Ji-Hyun Lee, In-Kyung Song, Hee-Soo Kim, Young-Eun Jang, Woong-Han Kim, Jae-Gun Kwak, Jin-Tae Kim
OBJECTIVE: Transfontanelle ultrasound is a noninvasive method for assessing cerebral blood flow in neonates and infants. The authors applied this technique as a point-of-care tool, before and after modified Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure, to evaluate cerebral perfusion. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. SETTING: Tertiary care children's hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Ten infants undergoing modified Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Michael J Davis, Lauren P Rimoin, Travis W Blalock
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 8, 2018: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
Zaccaria Ricci, Simona Benegni, Cristiana Garisto, Isabella Favia, Roberta Haiberger, Luca Di Chiara
BACKGROUND: Endotoxemia in pediatric cardiac surgical patients is poorly understood. The endotoxin activity assay (EAA) levels were examined in neonates undergoing cardiac surgery in order to assess their reference levels and their association with other pre-, intra-, and postoperative risk factors for gut hypoperfusion. We finally observed if refeeding was associated with modification of endotoxin levels. METHODS: In a prospective cohort study, neonates undergoing surgery for correction or palliation were enrolled...
January 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Monther Obeidat, Yazan Qawasmeh, Hani Tarawneh, Ibrahim Sawalhah, Ala'a Tawalbeh
We report a newborn female baby who presented at 6 hours of age with cyanosis without any signs of respiratory distress. Cardiovascular and systemic examination was unremarkable apart from cyanosis (saturation 75%). An echocardiogram showed multiple echogenic and homogeneous masses in the interventricular septum, one of which was big and protruding through the tricuspid valve causing right ventricular inflow obstruction. There was a small atrial septal defect (ASD) shunting right to left and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) shunting left to right...
January 2018: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
Mao Kinoshita, Koichi Akiyama, Keiichi Itatani, Ayahiro Yamashita, Maki Ishii, Atsushi Kainuma, Yoshinobu Maeda, Takako Miyazaki, Masaaki Yamagishi, Teiji Sawa
BACKGROUND: Staged palliative surgery markedly shifts the balance of volume load on a single ventricle and pulmonary vascular bed. Blalock-Taussig shunt necessitates a single ventricle eject blood to both the systemic and pulmonary circulation. On the contrary, bidirectional cavopulmonary shunt release the single ventricle from pulmonary circulation. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of tricuspid atresia patient who underwent first palliative surgery and second palliative surgery...
December 14, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
Maher Karam-Hage, George Kypriotakis, Jason D Robinson, Charles E Green, Gurtej Mann, Vance Rabius, Rosario Wippold, Janice A Blalock, Elie Mouhayar, Jean Tayar, Patrick Chaftari, Paul M Cinciripini
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether increasing the dose of varenicline beyond the standard dose of 2 mg/d would improve smoking abstinence. METHODS: We examined the effect of 3 mg/d of varenicline on smoking abstinence among smokers who had reduced their smoking by 50% or more in response to 2 mg/d for at least 6 weeks but had not quit smoking. Of 2833 patients treated with varenicline, dosage of a subset of 73 smokers was increased to 3 mg/d after 6 weeks...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Henry A Pitt
OBJECTIVE: This historical perspective documents the role that John L. Cameron played in advancing hepatobiliary research, education, and surgery at Johns Hopkins in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Dating back to William S. Halsted in the 19th century, leaders of the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins have been interested in hepatobiliary disease and surgery. John L. Cameron had broad hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) interests when he completed his surgical training...
February 2018: Annals of Surgery
Philip J O'Reilly, Qiang Ding, Samia Akthar, Guoqiang Cai, Kristopher R Genschmer, Dhiren F Patel, Patricia L Jackson, Liliana Viera, Mojtaba Roda, Morgan L Locy, Ellen A Bernstein, Clare M Lloyd, Kenneth E Bernstein, Robert J Snelgrove, J Edwin Blalock
The neutrophil chemoattractant proline-glycine-proline (PGP) is generated from collagen by matrix metalloproteinase-8/9 (MMP-8/9) and prolyl endopeptidase (PE), and it is concomitantly degraded by extracellular leukotriene A4 hydrolase (LTA4H) to limit neutrophilia. Components of cigarette smoke can acetylate PGP, yielding a species (AcPGP) that is resistant to LTA4H-mediated degradation and can, thus, support a sustained neutrophilia. In this study, we sought to elucidate if an antiinflammatory system existed to degrade AcPGP that is analogous to the PGP-LTA4H axis...
November 16, 2017: JCI Insight
Catherine Slota, Scott A Davis, Susan J Blalock, Delesha M Carpenter, Kelly W Muir, Alan L Robin, Betsy Sleath
SIGNIFICANCE: This article is the first to investigate the nature of medication cost discussions between ophthalmologists and glaucoma patients. Only 87 of the 275 office visits analyzed had a discussion of medication cost. Providers should consider discussing medication cost with patients to identify potential cost-related barriers to medication use. PURPOSE: Glaucoma is an incurable chronic eye disease affecting a growing portion of the aging population. Some of the most commonly utilized treatments require lifelong use, requiring high patient adherence to ensure effectiveness...
December 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Alberto Bavelloni, Giulia Ramazzotti, Alessandro Poli, Manuela Piazzi, Enrico Focaccia, William Blalock, Irene Faenza
microRNAs (miRNAs) are a group of highly conserved small non-coding RNAs that were found to enhance mRNA degradation or inhibit post-transcriptional translation. Accumulating evidence indicates that miRNAs contribute to tumorigenesis and cancer metastasis. microRNA-210 has been largely studied in the past several years and has been identified as a major miRNA induced under hypoxia. A variety of miR-210 targets have been identified pointing to its role, not only in mitochondrial metabolism, but also in angiogenesis, the DNA damage response, cell proliferation, and apoptosis...
December 2017: Anticancer Research
Keegan Walden, Jamie Manwaring, Dan V Blalock, Emmett Bishop, Alan Duffy, Craig Johnson
This naturalistic outcome study reports on psychological change among a large (N = 617), transdiagnostic sample of eating disordered adults treated at higher levels of care at a private facility. Patients were assessed at admission and discharge for eating disorder psychopathology, depression, personality, and acceptance. Effect sizes ranged from d = .29 to d = 1.29, and the majority of participants (58.2%) were treatment responders, with BN patients showing a higher response rate than AN-R patients. Increased acceptance over the course of treatment was strongly associated with decreased eating disorder risk and may be an important factor in recovery...
November 21, 2017: Eating Disorders
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