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Valve transplant

Prashant Rao, Jack B Keenan, Taufiek K Rajab, Samuel Kim, Richard Smith, Orazio Amabile, Zain Khalpey
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular complications represent the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with Marfan syndrome. Here, we describe a unique case where a total artificial heart was implanted in a young Marfan syndrome woman. METHODS: A 22-year-old postpartum African American female with Marfan syndrome developed multiple severe valve dysfunction and biventricular failure that was refractory to medical management. She previously had a Bentall procedure for Type A aortic dissection and repair of a Type B dissection...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Orçun Çiftci, Neslihan Arzu Akgün, Kerem Can Yılmaz, Emir Karaçağlar, Alp Aydınalp, Atilla Sezgin, I Haldun Müderrisoğlu, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Endomyocardial biopsy sampling is used to check acute rejection after cardiac transplant. However, it may lead to tricuspid valve injury and cardiac perforation; therefore, less invasive tools may be useful. Right heart catheterization provides valuable information about cardiac hemodynamics. Herein, we aimed to determine the correlation of right heart catheterization parameters with acute rejection and death during cardiac transplant follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated follow-up right heart catheterization and endomyocardial biopsy results from 47 adult patients who underwent cardiac transplant at Başkent University Faculty of Medicine between 2004 and 2016...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Atsushi Aikawa, Masaki Muramatsu, Yusuke Takahashi, Yuko Hamasaki, Junya Hashimoto, Mai Kubota, Youji Hyoudou, Yoshihiro Itabashi, Takeshi Kawamura, Seiichiro Shishido
Lower urinary tract abnormalities are difficult to resolve in pediatric kidney transplant patients. Measure of residual urine, voiding cystourethrography, retrograde urethrography, cystometry, electromyography of urethral external sphincter muscle, urethrometry, and uroflowmetry are the primary methods for evaluation of lower urinary tract abnormalities. Endoscopic resection or ablation of urethral valves is required in children with posterior urethral valve to treat obstruction, but bladder function does not always recover and may deteriorate to end-stage renal failure even after the obstruction is released...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Heather N Anderson, Frank Cetta, David J Driscoll, Timothy M Olson, Michael J Ackerman, Jonathan N Johnson
Idiopathic restrictive cardiomyopathy (IRC) is a rare condition characterized by reduced ventricular compliance. Children with IRC have poor outcomes with most patients proceeding to cardiac transplantation. We sought to analyze our institutional experience and assess contemporary outcomes for children with IRC. We reviewed the medical record for patients (<21 years old) evaluated for a primary diagnosis of IRC between 1975 and 2013 at our institution. Demographic, clinical, echocardiographic, and catheterization data were abstracted...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Hongyan Wu, Qing Chang
Valvular diseases are common health problems that are strongly related to high morbidity and mortality; aortic valve allograft transplantation may be a promising way to improve survival and relieve symptoms. However, ideal tissue viability has not been observed with common valve cryopreservation methods, which could lead to apoptosis and necrosis in cryopreserved tissue. It has been observed that trehalose plays a positive role by acting to maintain cell structures and protect cells from stress responses. In this study, we studied the effects of trehalose in protecting rat valve tissue from the cooling process...
2018: PloS One
Roland Hetzer, Mariano Francisco Del Maria Javier, Eva Maria Delmo Walter
Background: While heart transplantation has gained recognition as the gold standard therapy for advanced heart failure, the scarcity of donor organs has become an important concern. The evolution of surgical alternatives such as ventricular assist devices (VADs), allow for recovery of the myocardium and ensure patient survival until heart transplantation becomes possible. This report elaborates the role of VADs as a bridge to heart transplantation in infants and children (≤18 years old) with end-stage heart failure...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Laurel Willig, Erin Paquette, D Micah Hester, Bradley A Warady, John D Lantos
A 3-month-old boy with failure to thrive was referred to a nephrology clinic after a diagnostic workup for failure to thrive revealed a serum urea nitrogen level of 95 mg/dL and creatinine level of 3.6 mg/dL. A renal ultrasound revealed marked bilateral hydronephrosis with little remaining renal cortex in either kidney. A voiding cystourethrogram revealed evidence of posterior urethral valves. The child had no evident comorbidities. Fulguration of the valves was successfully performed but did not lead to improvement in kidney function...
February 28, 2018: Pediatrics
François Huchet, Jean Christian Roussel, Vincent Letocart, Thibaut Manigold
AIMS: TAVR implantation in unicuspid aortic valve has rarely been reported previously, due to the rareness of this morphology. This case tries to bring answers to some challenges we may have to face in TAVR current practice. METHODS AND RESULTS: We describe the case of a cardiogenic shock complicating a pure native regurgitating and non-calcified unicuspid aortic valve, in a 40 years old woman without medical follow up. Conventional treatment options such as valve surgery or heart transplantation were denied due to extreme operative risk and multiple allo-immunizations...
February 27, 2018: EuroIntervention
Min Zeng, Sha Jin, Kaiming Ye
Three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting enables the creation of tissue constructs with heterogeneous compositions and complex architectures. It was initially used for preparing scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. It has recently been adopted to create living tissues, such as cartilage, skin, and heart valve. To facilitate vascularization, hollow channels have been created in the hydrogels by 3D bioprinting. This review discusses the state of the art of the technology, along with a broad range of biomaterials used for 3D bioprinting...
February 1, 2018: SLAS Technology
Joshua B Knight, Evan E Lebovitz, Theresa A Gelzinis, Ibtesam A Hilmi
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this retrospective case-control study was to investigate preoperative risk factors for unexpected postoperative intensive care unit (ICU) admissions in patients undergoing non-emergent surgical procedures in a tertiary medical centre. METHODS: A medical record review of adult patients undergoing elective non-cardiac and non-transplant major surgical procedures during the period of January 2011 through December 2015 in the operating rooms of a large university hospital was carried out...
February 15, 2018: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
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
Michael V Di Maria, Matthew Mulvahill, James Jaggers, David Dunbar Ivy, Adel K Younoszai
OBJECTIVE: Infants with single ventricle physiology typically undergo cardiac catheterization prior to superior cavopulmonary anastomosis (SCPA) to assess operative suitability. Predictors of poor outcome at sea level include elevated pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP), indexed pulmonary vascular resistance (PVRi), age <3 months, significant atrioventricular valve regurgitation, among others. Increased altitude has vasoconstrictive effects on the pulmonary vasculature, which may affect pre-SCPA hemodynamics and outcomes...
February 12, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
Hamidreza Omrani, Alireza Rai, Zahra Daraei, Masoud Sadeghi
Background: Cardiovascular complications are the leading cause of mortality in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of kidney transplantation on the cardiovascular status in ESRD patients. Methods: During 2012 to 2014 and in a cross-sectional study, 181 patients were randomly selected for this study. All patients were followed for periods of 6 and 12 months after kidney transplantation. The patients with ESRD and kidney transplant recipients; the patients with left ventricle ejection fraction<50%, left ventricular hypertrophy, mitral valve regurgitation and tricuspid valve regurgitation were included to study and the patients with kidney transplant rejection, myocardial infarction, high blood pressure with treatment-resistant, high blood pressure and addicted patients were censored...
December 2017: Medical Archives
Sathish M Chikkabyrappa, Rohit S Loomba, Justin T Tretter
Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum (PA-IVS) is a rare complex cyanotic congenital heart disease with heterogeneous morphological variation. Prenatal diagnosis allows for developing a safe plan for delivery and postnatal management. While transthoracic echocardiography allows for detailed delineation of the cardiac anatomy, additional imaging modalities such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and catheterization may be necessary to further outline features of the cardiac anatomy, specifically coronary artery anatomy...
February 1, 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Jürgen Hörer, Emre Belli, Régine Roussin, Emanuel LeBret, Mohamed Ly, Jarrah Abdullah, Raffaella Marzullo, Martina Strbad, Julie Cleuziou, Jelena Pabst von Ohain, Rüdiger Lange
BACKGROUND: The Adult Congenital Heart Surgery (ACHS) score was derived from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database. The score was validated with data of 1,603 operations and reached a good predictive power. We sought to evaluate its predictive power on 1,654 operations performed in 2 European centers. METHODS: Data of all consecutive patients aged 18 years or more, who underwent surgery for congenital heart disease between 2004 and 2013 at Center 1 (n=830), and between 2005 and 2016 at Center 2 (n=824), were collected...
February 1, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Nishant Saran, Sameh M Said, Hartzell V Schaff, Simon Maltais, John M Stulak, Kevin L Greason, Richard C Daly, Alberto Pochettino, Katherine S King, Joseph A Dearani
OBJECTIVES: Given the paucity of available literature, we sought to evaluate the mechanisms of tricuspid regurgitation and the outcomes of tricuspid valve surgery in the presence of permanent pacemakers. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 622 adult patients who underwent tricuspid valve surgery in the presence of permanent pacemakers between January 1993 and December 2013. Those with prosthetic tricuspid valve or tricuspid valve endocarditis and those undergoing concomitant heart transplant were excluded (n = 23)...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Margarita Brida, Gerhard-Paul Diller, Michael A Gatzoulis
The systemic right ventricle (SRV) is commonly encountered in congenital heart disease representing a distinctly different model in terms of its anatomic spectrum, adaptation, clinical phenotype, and variable, but overall guarded prognosis. The most common clinical scenarios where an SRV is encountered are complete transposition of the great arteries with previous atrial switch repair, congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries, double inlet right ventricle mostly with previous Fontan palliation, and hypoplastic left heart syndrome palliated with the Norwood-Fontan protocol...
January 30, 2018: Circulation
Masamichi Ono, Elisabeth Beran, Melchior Burri, Julie Cleuziou, Jelena Pabst von Ohain, Christoph Röhlig, Martina Strbad, Alfred Hager, Jürgen Hörer, Rüdiger Lange
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to evaluate outcomes following a total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) in patients with preoperatively impaired ventricular function (VF). METHODS: Of 483 consecutive TCPC patients, 44 (9.1%) had impaired VF (ejection fraction <50%, Group A), and 439 patients had normal VF (ejection fraction ≥50%, Group B). We compared the clinical outcomes between the groups. RESULTS: The median age at TCPC was 2.8 (interquartile range 1...
January 22, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Monica Dobrovie, Ricardo A Spampinato, Elena Efimova, Jaqueline G da Rocha E Silva, Julia Fischer, Michael Kuehl, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Ann Belmans, Agnieszka Ciarka, Fernanda Bonamigo Thome, Valerie Schloma, Yaroslava Dmitrieva, Sven Lehmann, Jochen Hahn, Elfriede Strotdrees, Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr, Jens Garbade, Anna L Meyer
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates the impact of untreated preoperative severe mitral valve regurgitation (MR) on outcomes after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. METHODS: Of the 234 patients who received LVAD therapy in our centre during a 6-year period, we selected those who had echocardiographic images of good quality and excluded those who underwent mitral valve replacement prior to or mitral valve repair during LVAD placement. The 128 patients selected were divided into 2 groups: Group A with severe MR (n = 65) and Group B with none to moderate MR (n = 63, 28 with moderate MR)...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Edward Sze, Zainab Samad, Allison Dunning, Kristen Bova Campbell, Zak Loring, Brett D Atwater, Karen Chiswell, Joseph A Kisslo, Eric J Velazquez, James P Daubert
BACKGROUND: Patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB) often respond to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) improvement. Guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT), not CRT, is first-line therapy for patients with reduced LVEF with LBBB. However, there are little data on how patients with reduced LVEF and LBBB respond to GDMT. OBJECTIVES: This study examined patients with cardiomyopathy and sought to assess rates of LVEF improvement for patients with LBBB compared to other QRS morphologies...
January 23, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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