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Congenital echocardiography

Ibtessam R Hussein, Rima S Bader, Adeel G Chaudhary, Randa Bassiouni, Maha Alquaiti, Fai Ashgan, Hans-Juergen Schulten, Mohammad H Al Qahtani
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects in neonatal life. CHDs could be presented as isolated defects or associated with developmental delay (DD) and/or other congenital malformations. A small proportion of cardiac defects are caused by chromosomal abnormalities or single gene defects; however, in a large proportion of cases no genetic diagnosis could be achieved by clinical examination and conventional genetic analysis. The development of genome wide array-Comparative Genomic Hybridization technique (array-CGH) allowed for the detection of cryptic chromosomal imbalances and pathogenic copy number variants (CNVs) not detected by conventional techniques...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Anna Cavigelli-Brunner, Maja I Hug, Hitendu Dave, Oskar Baenziger, Christoph Buerki, Dominique Bettex, Vincenzo Cannizzaro, Christian Balmer
OBJECTIVES: Dobutamine and milrinone are commonly used after open-heart surgery to prevent or treat low cardiac output syndrome. We sought to compare efficacy and safety of these drugs in pediatric patients. DESIGN: Prospective, single-center, double-blinded, randomized clinical pilot study. SETTING: Tertiary-care university children's hospital postoperative pediatric cardiac ICU. PATIENTS: After written consent, 50 consecutive patients (age, 0...
March 13, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Esra Ozkavukcu, Andelib Babaturk, Nuray Haliloglu, Tuncay Yuce, Tayfun Ucar
Congenital aneurysms and diverticula of the heart are rare anomalies and their prenatal diagnosis is challenging. Fetuses with suspected cardiac aneurysms on ultrasound (US) screening should undergo targeted fetal echocardiography, postnatal imaging, and follow-ups. Herein, we describe the second trimester US scan and postnatal cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of a baby girl with concurrent septal and right ventricular cardiac aneurysms. Other cardiac and extra-cardiac structures were normal...
February 2018: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
Silvia G V Alvarez, Angela McBrien
The ductus arteriosus (DA) is a crucial part of the fetal circulation, both in the normal fetus and in critical congenital heart disease (CHD). It allows shunting between the pulmonary and systemic circulations. In physiological prenatal conditions, the DA lets the majority of right ventricular output bypass the fluid-filled, high-resistance lungs. The DA can cause hemodynamic compromise in the fetus and neonate when constricted or absent (in isolation or in patients with CHD) and may lead to pre- or postnatal sequelae within other systems when forming part of a vascular ring...
March 7, 2018: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Frederik Helsen, Pieter De Meester, Alexander Van De Bruaene, Charlien Gabriels, Béatrice Santens, Mathias Claeys, Guido Claessen, Kaatje Goetschalckx, Roselien Buys, Marc Gewillig, Els Troost, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Piet Claus, Jan Bogaert, Werner Budts
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the relationship between right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction at rest and reduced exercise capacity in patients with a systemic RV (sRV). METHODS: All patients with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) or complete TGA after atrial switch (TGA-Mustard/Senning) followed in our institution between July 2011 and September 2017 who underwent cardiac imaging within a six-month time period of cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) were analyzed...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Fabian Kording, Jin Yamamura, Manuela Tavares de Sousa, Christian Ruprecht, Erik Hedström, Anthony H Aletras, P Ellen Grant, Andrew J Powell, Kai Fehrs, Gerhard Adam, Hendrik Kooijman, Bjoern P Schoennagel
BACKGROUND: Fetal cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging may provide a valuable adjunct to fetal echocardiography in the evaluation of congenital cardiovascular pathologies. However, dynamic fetal CMR is difficult due to the lack of direct in-utero cardiac gating. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a newly developed Doppler ultrasound (DUS) device in humans for fetal CMR gating. METHODS: Fifteen fetuses (gestational age 30-39 weeks) were examined using 1...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Yoshinari Enomoto, Go Hashimoto, Naohiko Sahara, Hikari Hashimoto, Hiroki Niikura, Keijiro Nakamura, Raisuke Iijima, Hidehiko Hara, Makoto Suzuki, Mahito Noro, Masao Moroi, Kaoru Sugi, Masato Nakamura
A 70-years-old male with a history of hypertension and drug resistant paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) presented to our hospital for catheter ablation to his symptomatic AF. He had no prior surgical or percutaneous procedure to close or exclude the left atrial appendage (LAA). A transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed to rule out intra-cardiac thrombus prior to the ablation procedure. Although the TEE imaging at multiple acquisition angles was obtained, the LAA could not be visualized and an absence of the LAA was suspected...
March 12, 2018: International Heart Journal
Luke Lamers, Erick E Jimenez, Catherine Allen, Derreck Hoyme, Entela Bua Lushaj, Petros V Anagnostopoulos
The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic capabilities of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) compared to completion angiography for detection of residual post-operative pulmonary artery lesions. This is a retrospective review of 19 consecutive surgical cases involving the pulmonary arteries that had post-operative TEE and completion angiography from 2014 to 2017. The echocardiograms were reviewed by 2 blinded examiners and categorized as adequate or inadequate visualization of the surgical repair...
March 10, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Gabriel Altit, Shazia Bhombal, Krisa Van Meurs, Theresa A Tacy
INTRODUCTION: Newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) have varying degrees of pulmonary hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension (PH), and there is limited evidence that cardiac dysfunction is present. We sought to study early neonatal biventricular function and performance in these patients by reviewing early post-natal echocardiography (ECHO) measurements and comparing them to normal term newborns. METHODS: Retrospective case-control study reviewing clinical and ECHO data on term newborns with CDH and normal controls born between 2009 and 2016...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Yuka Matsunaga, Masataka Ishimura, Hazumu Nagata, Kiyoshi Uike, Tadamune Kinjo, Masayuki Ochiai, Kenichiro Yamamura, Hidetoshi Takada, Yoshihisa Tanoue, Masaki Hayakawa, Masanori Matsumoto, Toshiro Hara, Shouichi Ohga
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic microangiopathies (TMA) are microvascular occlusive disorders characterized by systemic or intrarenal platelet aggregation, thrombocytopenia, and red cell fragmentation. Post-operative TMA mostly occurs in adult patients with cardiovascular surgery, with the distinct pathophysiology from classical thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) although the exact pathophysiology remains unclear. CASE PRESENTATION: A one-month-old infant developed TMA after the initial surgery of double outlet right ventricle...
February 7, 2018: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Shu-Zhen Xu, Yan Liang, Xiang-Pei Li, Xiao-Mei Li, Zong-Wen Shuai, Rui-Xue Leng, Hai-Feng Pan, Dong-Qing Ye
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is an increasingly recognized complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This study aims to estimate the point prevalence of PAH and identify risk factors for PAH in a large cohort of hospitalized SLE patients. We have collected the medical records of patients hospitalized with SLE at the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University and Anhui Provincial Hospital. Resting transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) was used to estimate pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) and PAH was defined as systolic PAP (PASP) > 30 mmHg...
March 8, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Ineke Nederend, Eco J C de Geus, Lucia J M Kroft, Jos J M Westenberg, Nico A Blom, Arend D J Ten Harkel
BACKGROUND: Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is one of the most common congenital heart defects. Due to improved surgical techniques, most patients live into adulthood. However, late complications including hypertension, recoarctation and arrhythmias are common. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) might play a role in the pathology. The aim of this study was to evaluate cardiac ANS activity and cardiac function in children after CoA repair and investigate the relationship between the two...
March 5, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Antonio F Corno, Saravanan Durairaj, Robert H Anderson
Aorto-ventricular tunnel is an extremely rare congenital heart defect, consisting of failure of attachment of an aortic leaflet along the semilunar hinge. In all published reports the leaflet involved was either the right coronary leaflet, most frequently, or the left coronary leaflet, in most of the cases opening toward the left ventricle, with only one-eighth of the reported cases communicating with the right ventricle. Treatment of the aorto-ventricular tunnel has been anecdotally reported by interventional closure with a device and more frequently with surgical approach, either as an isolated malformation or as associated lesions...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
J Pavlíček, E Klásková, E Doležálková, D Matura, R Špaček, T Gruszka, S Polanská, M Procházka
OBJECTIVE: To audit the development and success rate of prenatal detection of congenital heart defects (CHDs), and to evaluate the effectiveness of diagnostics performed in standardized scanning planes. SETTING: Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Ostrava. DESIGN: Retrospective study. METHODS: Ultrasound examination of fetal heart (fetal echocardiography) was performed in the second trimester pregnancy. The observed region was the Moravian-Silesian region; the assessment was performed in the retrospective study performed between 2000- 2016...
2018: Ceská Gynekologie
Saima Bibi, Syed Yasir Hussain Gilani, Shawana Bibi
BACKGROUND: Congenital heart disease is a significant problem world over especially in neonates. Early diagnosis and prompt interventions in neonatal period precludes the mortality associated with this disorder. The objective of this study was to highlight the diversity of congenital cardiac defects in our region so that appropriate interventions are devised to minimize significant morbidity and mortality associated with this disorder. METHODS: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted at the Neonatology Unit of Department of Paediatrics, Ayub Teaching Hospital from January 2015 to December 2016...
January 2018: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
Maria N Plana, Javier Zamora, Gautham Suresh, Luis Fernandez-Pineda, Shakila Thangaratinam, Andrew K Ewer
BACKGROUND: Health outcomes are improved when newborn babies with critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs) are detected before acute cardiovascular collapse. The main screening tests used to identify these babies include prenatal ultrasonography and postnatal clinical examination; however, even though both of these methods are available, a significant proportion of babies are still missed. Routine pulse oximetry has been reported as an additional screening test that can potentially improve detection of CCHD...
March 1, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Andrew M Kim, Timothy A Hunter, Brian F McQuillan, Derek F Franco, Timothy P Griffith, Brett W Carter, John P Lichtenberger
Early identification of congenital heart diseases, specifically those affecting the structural integrity and function of the interventricular septum, in childhood is important toward decreasing the morbidity and mortality of those affected. We review the pertinent clinical and imaging manifestations for those with ventricular septal defects, ventricular septal aneurysms, tetralogy of Fallot, and hypertrophic (obstructive) cardiomyopathy, in addition to discussing first-line imaging studies, including echocardiography, and indications for advanced imaging...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
Bin Wang, He Li, Li Zhang, Lin He, Jing Zhang, Cong Liu, Jing Wang, Qing Lv, Xiaoke Shang, Jinping Liu, Mingxing Xie
RATIONALE: Left atrial appendage aneurysms (LAAA) are rare. Patients with LAAA are often diagnosed incidentally or after cardiac tachyarrhythmia or systemic thromboembolism happen. Early diagnosis and surgical resection is of utmost importance to prevent hazardous adverse events. PATIENT CONCERNS: We present a case of 46-year-old man with congenital LAAA. The individual in this manuscript has given written informed consent to publish these case details. DIAGNOSES: Imaging studies, such as echocardiography, cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), demonstrated the large cavity arising from the left atrial appendage...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Wadi Mawad, Luc L Mertens
Cardiac imaging is central to today's pediatric cardiology practice not only to diagnose structural congenital defects and delineate cardiac and extracardiac anatomy but also for determining the hemodynamic impact of the structural defects and acquired pediatric diseases. Not so long ago, clinicians had to heavily rely on angiography as the main cardiac imaging modality to visualize the heart. Particularly, the development of echocardiography in the 1970s and 1980s together with the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) resulted in a non-invasive diagnostic revolution with diagnostic catheterization becoming obsolete apart for very specific indications...
February 21, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Yan-Ping Shi, Yi-Dan Li, Xiu-Zhang Lv, Yuan-Hua Yang
BACKGROUND: Arteriovenous (AV) fistulae is an extremely rare disease of vascular malformation that involves fistulae formation between the systemic and pulmonary AV systems. CASE REPRESENTATION: This case report describes a rare systemic-pulmonary AV fistulae of congenital origin, accompanied by pulmonary hypertension, as determined by aortic angiography and echocardiography. CONCLUSION: Characteristics, diagnosis, and therapeutic approaches of this rare abnormality are explored...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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