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Chin L Poh, Edward Buratto, Marco Larobina, Rochelle Wynne, Michael O'Keefe, John Goldblatt, James Tatoulis, Peter D Skillington
OBJECTIVES: The Ross procedure has demonstrated excellent results when performed in patients with aortic stenosis or mixed aortic valve disease [aortic stenosis and aortic regurgitation (AR)]. However, due to its reported risk of late reoperation, it is not recommended under current guidelines for patients presenting with bicuspid aortic valve and pure AR. We have analysed our own results in light of this recommendation. METHODS: Between 1993 and 2016, 129 consecutive patients with a mean age of 34...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Alison Woods-Tör, David J Studholme, Volkan Cevik, Osman Telli, Eric B Holub, Mahmut Tör
The pathosystem of Arabidopsis thaliana and diploid biotrophic oomycete Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis ( Hpa ) has been a model for investigating the molecular basis of Flor's gene-for-gene hypothesis. The isolates Hpa -Noks1 and Hpa -Cala2 are virulent on Arabidopsis accession RMX-A02 whilst an F1 generated from a cross between these two isolates was avirulent. The F2 progeny segregated 3,1 (avirulent, virulent), indicating a single major effect AVR locus in this pathogen. SNP-based linkage mapping confirmed a single AVR locus within a 14 kb map interval containing two genes encoding putative effectors...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Parwis B Rahmanian, Kaveh Eghbalzadeh, Süreyya Kaya, Hruy Menghesha, Stephen Gerfer, Oliver J Liakopoulos, Yeong-Hong Choi, Thorsten Wahlers
OBJECTIVES: Rapid-deployment aortic valve replacement (RD-AVR) potentially reduces procedure times providing excellent haemodynamic results compared to standard tissue aortic valve replacement. However, concerns have been raised regarding higher rates of postoperative pacemaker (PPM) requirement compared to standard aortic valve replacement. In this study, we sought to determine the PPM rate and its potential risk factors in RD-AVR patients. METHODS: Between 2011 and 2017, 193 patients underwent RD-AVR...
March 12, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
X Sun, L Xu, Z H Chen, X Chen, C Z Du, S Li, Z Liu, B P Qian, B Wang, Z Z Zhu, Y Qiu
Objective: To evaluate the correction result of traditional dual growing rods on apical vertebral rotation. Methods: This study recruited 19 early-onset scoliosis patients (6 boys and 13 girls) who had received traditional dual growing rods treatment at Department of Spine Surgery, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital from January 2009 to July 2015. The age at initial surgery was (5.7±1.7)years(range, 3 to 9 years). Measurements of primary curve magnitude, height of T(1)-S(1), apical vertebral translation(AVR), apical vertebral body-rib ratio, apical vertebral rotation, thoracic rotation and rib hump were compared between pre-operatively, post-operatively, and at latest follow-up, through a paired- t test...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Ali Kordzadeh, Alan Askari, Yiannis Panayiotopoulos
OBJECTIVE: It has been hypothesized that a novel measurement technique of arteriovenous ratio (AVR) index obtained from inflow (radial artery diameter) to that of outflow (cephalic vein diameter) and its application through the Bernoulli effect has no impact on the primary functional maturation (FM) of autogenous radiocephalic arteriovenous fistula (RCAVF). METHODS: A prospective consecutive single-center cohort study with intention to treat of 324 patients undergoing RCAVF during a period of 4 years was conducted...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Fahad Alqahtani, Sami Aljohani, Ali Hama Amin, Mohammed Al-Hijji, Oluseun O Ali, David R Holmes, Mohamad Alkhouli
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of race on the incidence of aortic stenosis (AS) and utilization and outcomes of aortic valve replacement (AVR). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients older than 60 years hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of AS and those who underwent AVR between 2003 and 2014 were included. Adjusted and unadjusted incidence of AS-related hospitalizations, utilization rates of AVR, in-hospital morbidity and mortality, and resource utilization was compared between whites and African Americans (AAs)...
March 2, 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Tobias Huber, Markus Paschold, Christian Hansen, Hauke Lang, Werner Kneist
INTRODUCTION: Immersive virtual reality (VR) laparoscopy simulation connects VR simulation with head-mounted displays to increase presence during VR training. The goal of the present study was the comparison of 2 different surroundings according to performance and users' preference. METHODS: With a custom immersive virtual reality laparoscopy simulator, an artificially created VR operating room (AVR) and a highly immersive VR operating room (IVR) were compared. Participants (n = 30) performed 3 tasks (peg transfer, fine dissection, and cholecystectomy) in AVR and IVR in a crossover study design...
March 1, 2018: Surgical Innovation
Guglielmo Stefanelli, Fabrizio Pirro, Alina Olaru, Giuseppe Danniballe, Clorinda Labia, Luca Weltert
OBJECTIVES: Information on the long-term safety, efficacy and durability of third-generation stentless aortic valves is lacking. METHODS: In this single-centre, single-surgeon retrospective observational study, between 2003 and 2015, consecutive, non-selected aortic valve replacement (AVR) patients were implanted with the LivaNova-Sorin Pericarbon Freedom™, a third-generation stentless aortic xenograft. Changes in clinical and echocardiographic parameters were examined, as were mortality, structural valve deterioration and reoperation, according to age at 5, 10 and 14 years...
February 21, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Bhavani Manivannan, Deepak Gowda, Pradeep Bulagonda, Abhishek Rao, Sai Suguna Raman, Shanmuga Vadivoo Natarajan
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the Surveillance of Surgical Site Infection (SSI), Auditing, and Feedback (SAF) effect on the rate of compliance with an SSI care bundle and measured its effectiveness in reducing the SSI rate. METHOD: A prospective cohort study from January 2014 to December 2016 was classified into three phases: pre-SAF, early-SAF, and late-SAF. Pre-operative baseline characteristics of 24,677 patients who underwent orthopedic, cardiovascular thoracic surgery (CTVS) or urologic operations were recorded...
February 26, 2018: Surgical Infections
Sofia Kvernby, Mattias Rönnerfalk, Marcel Warntjes, Carl-Johan Carlhäll, Eva Nylander, Jan Engvall, Éva Tamás, Tino Ebbers
BACKGROUND: Diffuse myocardial fibrosis is associated with adverse outcomes, although detection and quantification is challenging. Cardiac MR relaxation times mapping represents a promising imaging biomarker for diffuse myocardial fibrosis. PURPOSE: To investigate whether relaxation times can detect longitudinal changes in myocardial tissue composition associated with diffuse fibrosis in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) before and after aortic valve replacement (AVR)...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Vito Mannacio, Luigi Mannacio, Anita Antignano, Vincenzo De Amicis, Francesco Musumeci, Gabriele Iannelli
Background-Titin represents an important biomechanical sensor which determines compliance and diastolic/systolic function of the left ventricle (LV). To assess the different titin-isoform expression and the relationships with functional and geometric patterns, we analyzed titin-isoform expression and cardiomyocytes contractile function in myocardial biopsy samples of patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR) for aortic stenosis (AS) and for aortic regurgitation (AR). Method -Specimens, collected from the LV of 35 with AS and 35 with AR undergoing AVR were analyzed for titin-isoform expression and cardiomyocytes force measurement...
February 2, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Thomas A Treibel, Rebecca Kozor, Rebecca Schofield, Giulia Benedetti, Marianna Fontana, Anish N Bhuva, Amir Sheikh, Begoña López, Arantxa González, Charlotte Manisty, Guy Lloyd, Peter Kellman, Javier Díez, James C Moon
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy, a key process in human cardiac disease, results from cellular (hypertrophy) and extracellular matrix expansion (interstitial fibrosis). OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate whether human myocardial interstitial fibrosis in aortic stenosis (AS) is plastic and can regress. METHODS: Patients with symptomatic, severe AS (n = 181; aortic valve area index 0.4 ± 0.1 cm2 /m2 ) were assessed pre-aortic valve replacement (AVR) by echocardiography (AS severity, diastology), cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) (for volumes, function, and focal or diffuse fibrosis), biomarkers (N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide and high-sensitivity troponin T), and the 6-min walk test...
February 27, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Weiang Yan, Pallav Shah, Brett Hiebert, Zlatko Pozeg, Nitin Ghorpade, Rohit K Singal, Rizwan A Manji, Rakesh C Arora
OBJECTIVES: Long-term quality of life following open surgical valve replacement is an increasingly important outcome to patients and their caregivers. This study examines non-institutionalized survival and rehospitalization within our surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) and mitral valve replacement (MVR) populations. METHODS: A retrospective single-centre study of all consecutive open surgical valve replacements between 1995 and 2014 was undertaken. Clinical data were linked to provincial administrative data for 3219 patients who underwent AVR, MVR or double (aortic and mitral) valve replacement with or without concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)...
February 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Evaldas Girdauskas, Johannes Petersen, Niklas Neumann, Tatiana Groß, Shiho Naito, Mathias Hillebrand, Hermann Reichenspurner, Stefan Blankenberg, Tanja Zeller
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the impact of microRNAs to predict the bicuspid aortic valve (BAV)-associated aortopathy. METHODS: Sixty-three BAV patients (mean age 47 ± 11 years, 92% men) with root dilatation, who underwent aortic valve ± proximal aortic surgery (mean post-AVR follow-up 10.3 ± 6.9 years) were included. The BAV aortopathy entities were categorized in the 'less dilated' (aortic root <50 mm) and 'severely dilated' (aortic root ≥50 mm) aorta...
February 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Hyun Jung Koo, Hojin Ha, Joon-Won Kang, Jeong A Kim, Jae-Kwan Song, Hwa Jung Kim, Tae-Hwan Lim, Dong Hyun Yang
BACKGROUND: Although pannus is an important cause of prosthetic valve dysfunction, the minimum pannus size that can induce hemodynamic dysfunction has not yet been determined. This study investigated the correlation between the limitation of motion (LOM) of the prosthetic valve and pannus extent and determined the pannus extent that could induce severe aortic stenosis. METHODS: This study included 49 patients who underwent mechanical aortic valve replacement (AVR) and showed pannus on cardiac computed tomography (CT)...
February 19, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Eisaku Nakamura, Kunihide Nakamura, Koji Furukawa, Hirohito Ishii, Katsuya Kawagoe
PURPOSE: Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) in adolescents and adults is relatively rare. Several operative techniques for CoA in adolescents and adults have been reported, but there is still no consensus. This study aims to highlight the use of individual patient characteristics to select optimal treatment strategies for CoA in adolescents and adults. METHODS: Surgical repair of CoA was performed in five patients (mean age: 34 ± 14 years, range: 13-58 years). All patients had primary CoA, and one had aneurysm above the CoA...
February 16, 2018: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Timothy Lee, Alexander J C Mittnacht, Shinobu Itagaki, Allan Stewart
Sutureless aortic valves are increasingly used for aortic valve replacement (AVR) with excellent outcomes. Implantation requires device expansion in a subannular position within the native aortic root. We report a patient with severe aortic stenosis who received a Perceval sutureless AVR (LivaNova, London, United Kingdom), resulting in a competent prosthesis with an absence of paravalvular leak and aortic regurgitation. However, this implantation resulted in the exacerbation of mitral regurgitation. The sutureless valve required explantation, and a traditional sutured valve was subsequently implanted, which returned the mitral regurgitation to baseline...
March 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Emiliano A Rodríguez-Caulo, Ana Guijarro-Contreras, Juan Otero-Forero, María José Mataró, Gemma Sánchez-Espín, Arantza Guzón, Carlos Porras, Miguel Such, Antonio Ordóñez, José María Melero-Tejedor, Manuel Jiménez-Navarro
BACKGROUND: During the last decade, the use of ministernotomy in cardiac surgery has increased. Quality of life and patient satisfaction after ministernotomy have never been compared to conventional full sternotomy in randomised trials. The aim of the study is to determine if this minimally invasive approach improves quality of life, satisfaction and clinical morbimortality outcomes. METHODS/DESIGN: The QUALITY-AVR trial is a single-blind, single-centre, independent, and pragmatic randomised clinical trial comparing ministernotomy ("J" shaped upper hemisternotomy toward right 4th intercostal space) to full sternotomy in patients with isolated severe aortic stenosis scheduled for elective aortic valve replacement...
February 17, 2018: Trials
Francesco Onorati, Riccardo Gherli, Giovanni Mariscalco, Evaldas Girdauskas, Eduardo Quintana, Francesco Santini, Marisa De Feo, Sandro Sponga, Piergiorgio Tozzi, Mohamad Bashir, Andrea Perrotti, Aniello Pappalardo, Vito Ruggieri, Giuseppe Santarpino, Mauro Rinaldi, Silva Ronaldo, Francesco Nicolini
INTRODUCTION: Traditional and transcatheter surgical treatments of severe aortic valve stenosis (SAVS) are increasing in parallel with the improved life expectancy. Recent randomised controlled trials (RCTs) reported comparable or non-inferior mortality with transcatheter treatments compared with traditional surgery. However, RCTs have the limitation of being a mirror of the predefined inclusion/exclusion criteria, without reflecting the 'real clinical world'. Technological improvements have recently allowed the development of minimally invasive surgical accesses and the use of sutureless valves, but their impact on the clinical scenario is difficult to assess because of the monocentric design of published studies and limited sample size...
February 10, 2018: BMJ Open
Cyrille Saintenac, Wing-Sham Lee, Florence Cambon, Jason J Rudd, Robert C King, William Marande, Stephen J Powers, Hélène Bergès, Andy L Phillips, Cristobal Uauy, Kim E Hammond-Kosack, Thierry Langin, Kostya Kanyuka
Deployment of fast-evolving disease-resistance genes is one of the most successful strategies used by plants to fend off pathogens1,2. In gene-for-gene relationships, most cloned disease-resistance genes encode intracellular nucleotide-binding leucine-rich-repeat proteins (NLRs) recognizing pathogen-secreted isolate-specific avirulence (Avr) effectors delivered to the host cytoplasm3,4. This process often triggers a localized hypersensitive response, which halts further disease development 5 . Here we report the map-based cloning of the wheat Stb6 gene and demonstrate that it encodes a conserved wall-associated receptor kinase (WAK)-like protein, which detects the presence of a matching apoplastic effector6-8 and confers pathogen resistance without a hypersensitive response 9 ...
February 12, 2018: Nature Genetics
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