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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926467/pulmonary-artery-intramural-leiomyosarcoma-mimicking-pulmonary-aneurysm
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Rie Kanaoka, Yusuke Takahashi, Shigeki Morita, Hitoshi Dejima, Noriyuki Matsutani, Masafumi Kawamura
Chest radiography indicated a well-defined rounded mass at the left lung hilum in a 77-year-old former smoker. Chest computed tomography revealed a longitudinal saccular enlargement of the left pulmonary artery with surrounding soft tissue opacity. Resection of the left lower lobe with segment 1 + 2c was carried out to completely remove the dilated pulmonary artery. The resected specimen revealed obvious dilatation of the interlobar pulmonary artery and its branches. A small yellowish well-demarcated myxoid tumor was contained in this lesion, which was diagnosed as a primary pulmonary artery intramural leiomyosarcoma...
November 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923759/de-novo-intra-neural-arachnoid-cyst-presenting-with-complete-third-nerve-palsy-case-report-and-literature-review
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Danielle Brewington, Dmitriy Petrov, Robert Whitmore, Grant Liu, Ronald Wolf, Eric L Zager
BACKGROUND: Intra-neural arachnoid cyst is an extremely rare etiology of isolated cranial nerve palsy. Although seldom encountered in clinical practice, this pathology is amenable to surgical intervention. Correct identification and treatment of the cyst are required to prevent permanent nerve damage and potentially reverse the deficits. We describe a rare case of isolated third nerve palsy caused by an intra-neural arachnoid cyst. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 49 year old female with recent history of headaches presented with acute onset of painless left-sided 3rd nerve palsy...
December 3, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922889/pump-speed-optimization-in-stable-patients-with-a-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Lotte E Couperus, Victoria Delgado, Mand J H Khidir, Marijke P M Vester, Meindert Palmen, Marta Fiocco, Eduard R Holman, Laurens F Tops, Robert J M Klautz, Harriëtte F Verwey, Martin J Schalij, Saskia L M A Beeres
Optimal left ventricular assist device (LVAD) functioning and preservation of right ventricular (RV) function are major survival determinants in destination therapy (DT)-LVAD recipients. Currently, the indication for routine pump speed optimization in stable patients and its effect on RV function at follow-up remain underexplored. Hemodynamically stable patients (N=17, age 61 [interquartile range {IQR} 51-66]years; 13 [77%] male) underwent a routine speed ramp test. Echocardiographic images were obtained at incremental speed settings to determine optimal pump speed...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922664/expression-of-bcl-2-and-micrornas-in-cardiac-tissues-of-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#4
Yong Wang, Min Li, Li Xu, Ju Liu, Dong Wang, Quan Li, Lili Wang, Peijie Li, Shanliang Chen, Tianqi Liu
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is associated with sudden cardiac death and heart failure, resulting in a significant medical burden. The mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of DCM remain elusive. In the present study, human cardiac tissues from patients with DCM and healthy donors were collected and their pathology was examined. The expression levels of apoptosis regulator Bcl-2 and fibrosis-associated microRNAs were also evaluated. Extensive myocardial fibrosis and apoptosis in DCM cardiac tissues was observed...
December 2, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921402/developing-a-rat-model-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy-with-improved-survival
#5
Li-Juan Shen, Shu Lu, Yong-Hua Zhou, Lan Li, Qing-Min Xing, Yong-Liang Xu
To compare the continuous infusion and intermittent bolus injection administration protocols of doxorubicin (Dox) under the same cumulative dose (12 mg/kg), and establish a rat dilated cardiomyopathy model with improved survival, a total of 150 Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were divided into three groups: a control group, administered with normal saline; a Dox 1 group, administration twice a week at 1 mg/kg; a Dox 2, administration once a week at 2 mg/kg. Mortality rates in the Dox 1 and Dox 2 groups were 22% and 48%, respectively (P<0...
2016: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921193/an-isoperistaltic-jejunum-later-cut-overlap-method-for-esophagojejunostomy-anastomosis-after-totally-laparoscopic-total-gastrectomy-a-safe-and-feasible-technique
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Chang-Ming Huang, Ze-Ning Huang, Chao-Hui Zheng, Ping Li, Jian-Wei Xie, Jia-Bin Wang, Jian-Xian Lin, Jun Lu, Qi-Yue Chen, Long-Long Cao, Mi Lin, Ru-Hong Tu
BACKGROUND: Intracorporeal anastomosis after totally laparoscopic total gastrectomy (TLTG) has been increasingly applied. (1-7) We assessed the intracorporeal isoperistaltic jejunum-later-cut overlap method (IJOM) for esophagojejunostomy anastomosis (EA). METHODS: From January to June 2014, a total of 19 patients with resectable gastric cancer (cT1-T4aNOM0) underwent TLTG. IJOM was performed by creating side-to-side stapled anastomosis through enterotomies proximal to the left esophageal resection margin and on the antimesenteric jejunal border, 30 cm distal to the Trietz ligament...
December 5, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920122/microrna-33-controls-adaptive-fibrotic-response-in-the-remodeling-heart-by-preserving-lipid-raft-cholesterol
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Masataka Nishiga, Takahiro Horie, Yasuhide Kuwabara, Kazuya Nagao, Osamu Baba, Tetsushi Nakao, Tomohiro Nishino, Daihiko Hakuno, Yasuhiro Nakashima, Hitoo Nishi, Fumiko Nakazeki, Yuya Ide, Satoshi Koyama, Masahiro Kimura, Ritsuko Hanada, Tomoyuki Nakamura, Tsukasa Inada, Koji Hasegawa, Simon J Conway, Toru Kita, Takeshi Kimura, Koh Ono
RATIONALE: Heart failure (HF) and atherosclerosis share the underlying mechanisms of chronic inflammation followed by fibrosis. A highly conserved microRNA (miR), miR-33 is considered as a potential therapeutic target for atherosclerosis because it regulates lipid metabolism and inflammation. However, the role of miR-33 in HF remains to be elucidated. OBJECTIVE: To clarify the role of miR-33 involved in HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: We first investigated the expression levels of miR-33a/b in human cardiac tissue samples with dilated cardiomyopathy...
December 5, 2016: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919286/effects-of-nitroglycerine-on-coronary-flow-velocity-before-and-during-adenosine-provocation
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Ann Wittfeldt, Anders Jeppsson, Li-Ming Gan
BACKGROUND: Transthoracic echocardiography-assessed coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) evaluates coronary microvascular arterial function. Coronary flow velocity measurements at baseline and during hyperemia are used to calculate CFVR. Adenosine infusion induces hyperemia but it is not known if it causes a maximal response. We hypothesized that pre-treatment with nitroglycerine before adenosine provocation enhances hyperemia. METHODS: Twenty-three healthy study subjects (mean age 27...
December 6, 2016: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918317/minimally-invasive-robotically-assisted-repair-of-partial-anomalous-venous-connection
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Luigi Pirelli, Chad A Kliger, Nirav C Patel, Marcella Bono, Carlos E Ruiz, Vladimir Jelnin, Gregory P Fontana
We describe a novel robotically assisted minimally invasive surgical technique for repair of partial anomalous pulmonary vein connection (PAPVC). Partial anomalous pulmonary vein connection is a rare congenital anomaly that consists in drainage of one or more pulmonary veins into the systemic venous system. Traditionally, large thoracotomy incision and sometimes establishment of cardiopulmonary bypass are needed to redirect the abnormal pulmonary vein to the left-sided reservoir. We describe a robotically assisted, minimally invasive, off-pump technique for the treatment of the left PAPVC in a 57-year-old patient with signs of progressive right ventricular dilatation...
December 1, 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913770/cor-triatriatum-a-review
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REVIEW
Ajay Kumar Jha, Neeti Makhija
Cor triatriatum is a rare congenital cardiac anomaly defined by an abnormal septation within the atrium (left or right) leading to inflow obstruction to the respective ventricles. It exists either in isolated classical form or may be associated with simple to complex congenital cardiac anomalies. Several anatomical variants exist even in the classical form, and therefore, it may require multimodal diagnostic modalities to characterize and differentiate for better percutaneous interventional or surgical planning...
December 2, 2016: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913605/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-is-associated-with-early-left-ventricular-dysfunction-in-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukaemia-survivors
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Maurizio Delvecchio, Paola Muggeo, Mariantonietta Monteduro, Giuseppe Lassandro, Chiara Novielli, Federica Valente, Emanuela Salinaro, Annapaola Zito, Marco Matteo Ciccone, Vito Leonardo Miniello, Nicola Santoro, Paola Giordano, Maria Felicia Faienza
BACKGROUND: Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) survivors have an increased risk of metabolic and cardiovascular disease. We aimed to assess the presence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in childhood ALL and if it is associated with early cardiovascular dysfunction. METHODS: In total, 53 childhood ALL survivors and 34 controls underwent auxological evaluation, biochemical assay, liver, heart and vascular ultrasound study. RESULTS: NAFLD was more frequent in ALL patients than in controls (39...
February 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911229/c-2-arteriovenous-fistula-presenting-as-a-pathologic-hangman-s-fracture-case-report
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Rajeev D Sen, Carolina Gesteira Benjamin, Howard A Riina, Donato Pacione
The authors report on an 81-year-old woman with a pathologic hangman's fracture secondary to a complex arteriovenous fistula (AVF). The patient presented with severe, unremitting neck pain and was found to have fractures bilaterally through the pars interarticularis of C-2 with significant anterior subluxation of C-2 over C-3 along with widening of the left transverse foramen. Due to an abnormally appearing left vertebral artery (VA) on CT angiography, the patient underwent conventional angiography, which revealed a complex AVF stemming from the left VA at the level of C-2 with dilated posterior cervical veins and a large venous varix...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911009/echocardiographic-predictors-of-outcome-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Ivan Stankovic, Robert Marcun, Aleksandra Janicijevic, Jerneja Farkas, Sasa Kadivec, Ivan Ilic, Aleksandar N Neskovic, Mitja Lainscak
BACKGROUND: We aimed to assess the relationship between echocardiographic characteristics and mortality in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS: We prospectively studied 154 patients (mean age 71 ± 10 years, 71% male) with COPD. All patients underwent transthoracic Doppler echocardiography within 48 hours of hospital admission. Primary endpoint was all-cause mortality during a median period of 22 months. RESULTS: Mildly elevated tricuspid regurgitation pressure and mitral E/e' ratio were the most commonly encountered echocardiographic abnormalities, observed in 60% and 56% of patients, respectively...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908349/truncating-flnc-mutations-are-associated-with-high-risk-dilated-and-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathies
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Martín F Ortiz-Genga, Sofía Cuenca, Matteo Dal Ferro, Esther Zorio, Ricardo Salgado-Aranda, Vicente Climent, Laura Padrón-Barthe, Iria Duro-Aguado, Juan Jiménez-Jáimez, Víctor M Hidalgo-Olivares, Enrique García-Campo, Chiara Lanzillo, M Paz Suárez-Mier, Hagith Yonath, Sonia Marcos-Alonso, Juan P Ochoa, José L Santomé, Diego García-Giustiniani, Jorge L Rodríguez-Garrido, Fernando Domínguez, Marco Merlo, Julián Palomino, María L Peña, Juan P Trujillo, Alicia Martín-Vila, Davide Stolfo, Pilar Molina, Enrique Lara-Pezzi, Francisco E Calvo-Iglesias, Eyal Nof, Leonardo Calò, Roberto Barriales-Villa, Juan R Gimeno-Blanes, Michael Arad, Pablo García-Pavía, Lorenzo Monserrat
BACKGROUND: Filamin C (encoded by the FLNC gene) is essential for sarcomere attachment to the plasmatic membrane. FLNC mutations have been associated with myofibrillar myopathies, and cardiac involvement has been reported in some carriers. Accordingly, since 2012, the authors have included FLNC in the genetic screening of patients with inherited cardiomyopathies and sudden death. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to demonstrate the association between truncating mutations in FLNC and the development of high-risk dilated and arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathies...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904865/giant-true-brachial-artery-aneurysm-after-hemodialysis-fistula-closure-in-a-renal-transplant-patient
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Doriana Ferrara, Michele Di Filippo, Flavia Spalla, Anna Maria Giribono, Emanuela Viviani, Annamaria Santagata, Umberto Bracale, Michele Santangelo, Luca Del Guercio, Umberto Marcello Bracale
The usual manifestation of brachial artery aneurysms is the incidental finding of a swelling of the arm, combined with paresthesia or pain in some cases. The etiology is often traumatic or secondary to drug abuse. Pathophysiology of brachial artery dilation in these cases is not completely clear. We herein describe a case of a 61-year-old male presenting with a giant, painful, pulsatile mass on his left arm. He was submitted to a cadaveric kidney transplant in 2005. He had a functioning arteriovenous fistula (AVF) on his right arm, and a spontaneously thrombosed radiocephalic AVF on his left arm...
September 2016: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899134/a-modified-park-s-stitch-to-correct-aortic-insufficiency-for-bioprosthetic-valve-at-time-of-left-ventricular-assist-device-implant-a-case-report
#16
Toshinobu Kazui, Nicole Sydow, Mark Friedman, Samuel Kim, Scott Lick, Zain Khalpey
BACKGROUND: Aortic valve insufficiency (AI) at the time of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) insertion needs to be corrected, however there is little known about how to manage bioprosthetic valvular AI. CASE PRESENTATION: A 55-year-old female with dilated cardiomyopathy who previously had a bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement needed a LVAD as a bridge to transplant. Her left ventricular ejection fraction was 10% and had mild to moderate transvalvular AI. She underwent a HeartWare HVAD insertion along with aortic valvular coaptation stitch repair (Park's stitch) to the bioprosthetic valve...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899069/gastric-dilatation-and-intestinal-obstruction-mimicking-acute-coronary-syndrome-with-dynamic-electrocardiographic-changes
#17
H M M T B Herath, Anne Thushara Matthias, B S D P Keragala, W A E Udeshika, Aruna Kulatunga
BACKGROUND: ST elevation myocardial infarction is a medical emergency and the electrocardiogram is a part of the mainstay in the initial diagnosis. A variety of non-cardiac conditions have been known to mimic the electrocardiographic changes seen in acute coronary syndrome. We present a patient presenting with acute partial intestinal obstruction causing gastric distension and intestinal dilatation who also had dynamic electrocardiographic changes, mimicking anterior ST elevation myocardial infarction...
November 29, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898677/collagen-fiber-orientation-and-dispersion-in-the-upper-cervix-of-non-pregnant-and-pregnant-women
#18
Wang Yao, Yu Gan, Kristin M Myers, Joy Y Vink, Ronald J Wapner, Christine P Hendon
The structural integrity of the cervix in pregnancy is necessary for carrying a pregnancy until term, and the organization of human cervical tissue collagen likely plays an important role in the tissue's structural function. Collagen fibers in the cervical extracellular matrix exhibit preferential directionality, and this collagen network ultrastructure is hypothesized to reorient and remodel during cervical softening and dilation at time of parturition. Within the cervix, the upper half is substantially loaded during pregnancy and is where the premature funneling starts to happen...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894264/optical-coherence-tomography-findings-after-longitudinal-ablation-for-an-underexpanded-stent-in-a-heavily-calcified-lesion-a-case-report
#19
Masahiro Koide, Keiji Inoue, Akiko Matsuo, Hiroshi Fujita
BACKGROUND: Heavy coronary artery calcification is responsible for stent underexpansion, which is associated with increased in-stent restenosis. Here we report a case in which optical coherence tomography (OCT) demonstrated that the metal component of an underexpanded stent previously implanted in a heavy calcified lesion had been completely removed after ablation with rotational atherectomy. CASE PRESENTATION: An 83-year-old man with exertional angina was referred to our hospital...
November 29, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894073/c-est-lavi-what-left-atrial-dilatation-tells-us-about-diastolic-function-in-aortic-stenosis
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EDITORIAL
Dennis A Tighe, Gerard P Aurigemma
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October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
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