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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816420/two-patients-with-the-heterozygous-r189h-mutation-in-acta2-and-complex-congenital-heart-defects-expands-the-cardiac-phenotype-of-multisystemic-smooth-muscle-dysfunction-syndrome
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Thushiha Logeswaran, Christoph Friedburg, Karoline Hofmann, Hakan Akintuerk, Saskia Biskup, Michael Graef, Ali Rad, Axel Weber, Bernd A Neubauer, Dietmar Schranz, Patrice Bouvagnet, Birgit Lorenz, Andreas Hahn
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September 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812462/severe-intrauterine-amputations-in-one-dichorionic-twin-with-pentalogy-of-cantrell-further-evidence-and-consideration-for-mechanical-teratogenesis
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Víctor M Salinas-Torres, Estivaliz A De La O-Espinoza, Rafael A Salinas-Torres
Pentalogy of Cantrell (PC) is characterized by midline supraumbilical abdominal wall defect, lower sternum defect, anterior diaphragmatic and pericardial defect, and congenital cardiac anomalies. Several etiological influences have been postulated, however, most of the reported cases are sporadic. In addition, evidence for mechanical teratogenesis in PC is limited. Here, we describe in one dichorionic twin with complete PC, additional severe intrauterine amputations (mainly head and neck) not previously reported resultant from mechanical teratogenesis...
September 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811695/pai-1-study-in-thalassemia-major-patients-receiving-multiple-blood-transfusion
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Ashwini Kumar, H S Batra, Mithu Banerjee, S Bandyopadhyay, T K Saha, Pratibha Misra, Vivek Ambade
Thalassemia is a congenital hemolytic disease which is treated by repeated blood transfusion. Chronic iron overload is currently considered to be the primary cause of mortality in β-thalassemia, mainly due to the induction of left-sided cardiac failure. Iron overload results from a number of mechanisms associated with the disease itself. In addition to chronic iron overload thalassemic patients are more prone for procoagulant status which in turn lead to clinical thrombotic events. The hypercoagulable state in thalassemia is due to multiple elements, a combination of which is often the drive behind a clinical thromboembolic events...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811093/risk-factors-for-infective-endocarditis-in-children-with-congenital-heart-diseases-a-nationwide-population-based-case-control-study
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Li-Chuan Sun, Chih-Cheng Lai, Cheng-Yi Wang, Ya-Hui Wang, Jen-Yu Wang, Yo-Ling Hsu, Yin-Lan Hu, En-Ting Wu, Ming-Tai Lin, Leticia B Sy, Likwang Chen
BACKGROUND: Infective endocarditis (IE) is uncommon in childhood. Its associated epidemiological characteristics in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) remain unclear. METHODS: The study population included children born in Taiwan during the years 1997 to 2005 who were diagnosed as having CHD before 3years of age. All children were followed up until the end year of 2010, the diagnosis of infective endocarditis, or death. The demographic characteristics of patients with and without IE, the invasive procedures performed during 6months before the index date, the prophylactic antibiotics related to dental procedures, and in-hospital mortality were collected...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810874/sudden-cardiac-death-focus-on-the-genetics-of-channelopathies-and-cardiomyopathies
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Simona Magi, Vincenzo Lariccia, Marta Maiolino, Salvatore Amoroso, Santo Gratteri
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) describes a natural and unexpected death from cardiac causes occurring within a short period of time (generally within 1 h of symptom onset) in the absence of any other potentially lethal condition. Most SCD-related diseases have a genetic basis; in particular congenital cardiac channelopathies and cardiomyopathies have been described as leading causes of SCD. Congenital cardiac channelopathies are primary electric disorders caused by mutations affecting genes encoding cardiac ion channels or associated proteins, whereas cardiomyopathies are related to mutations in genes encoding several categories of proteins, including those of sarcomeres, desmosomes, the cytoskeleton, and the nuclear envelope...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810576/application-of-low-dose-dual-source-computed-tomography-angiography-in-children-with-complex-congenital-heart-disease
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Xian-Feng Chen, Fan Jiang, Lin Li, Yan Chen, Xin Chen, Yan-Yan Jiang, Li Xiang, Xiao-Jing Ma
The objective of the present study was to evaluate image quality and radiation dosage using a low-dose prospectively electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated computed tomography (CT) protocol for dual-source angiography in children with complex congenital heart disease. A total of 206 patients with complex congenital heart disease were equally assigned into two groups at random. The children in group A underwent low-dose retrospective ECG-gated CT scanning with an ECG-pulsing technique, and group B underwent prospective ECG-gated scanning with an ECG-pulsing technique...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809063/color-and-power-doppler-combined-with-fetal-intelligent-navigation-echocardiography-fine-to-evaluate-the-fetal-heart
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L Yeo, R Romero
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of color and bidirectional power Doppler ultrasound combined with Fetal Intelligent Navigation Echocardiography (FINE) in examining the fetal heart. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted of fetuses in the second and third trimesters with a normal heart or with congenital heart disease (CHD). One or more spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) volume datasets, combined with color or bidirectional power Doppler (S-flow) imaging, were acquired in the apical four-chamber view...
August 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807900/heart-morphogenesis-gene-regulatory-networks-revealed-by-temporal-expression-analysis
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Jonathon T Hill, Bradley Demarest, Megan Smith, Bushra Gorsi, H Joseph Yost
During embryogenesis, the heart forms as a linear tube that then undergoes multiple simultaneous morphogenetic events to obtain its mature shape. To understand the gene regulatory networks (GRNs) driving this phase of heart development, during which many congenital heart disease malformations likely arise, we conducted an RNA-seq time course in zebrafish from 30 hpf to 72 hpf and identified 5,861 genes with altered expression. We then clustered the genes by temporal expression pattern, identified transcription factor binding motifs enriched in each cluster, and generated a model GRN for the major gene batteries in heart morphogenesis...
August 14, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807509/-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-angiography-in-the-diagnosis-of-infective-endocarditis-and-cardiac-device-infection-in-adult-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-and-prosthetic-material
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María N Pizzi, L Dos-Subirà, Albert Roque, Nuria Fernández-Hidalgo, Hug Cuéllar-Calabria, Antonia Pijuan Domènech, María T Gonzàlez-Alujas, M T Subirana-Domènech, B Miranda-Barrio, Ignacio Ferreira-González, Juan J González-López, Albert Igual, Olga Maisterra-Santos, David García-Dorado, Joan Castell-Conesa, Benito Almirante, Manuel Escobar Amores, Pilar Tornos, Santiago Aguadé-Bruix
OBJECTIVES: Infective endocarditis (IE) and cardiac device infection (CDI) are a major complication in the growing number of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) reaching adulthood. We aimed to evaluate the added value of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT angiography (PET/CTA) in the diagnosis of IE-CDI in adults with CHD and intravascular or intracardiac prosthetic material, in whom echocardiography (ECHO) and modified Duke Criteria (DC) have limitations because of the patients' complex anatomy...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807423/coping-with-the-stress-in-the-cardiac-intensive-care-unit-can-mindfulness-be-the-answer
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Nadya Golfenshtein, Janet A Deatrick, Amy J Lisanty, Barbara Medoff-Cooper
BACKGROUND: Mothers of infants with complex congenital heart disease are exposed to increased stress which has been associated with numerous adverse health outcomes. The coping mechanisms these mothers use critically effect the familial illness adaptation and most likely infant outcomes. Currently no data-based strategies have been developed for mothers to facilitate their coping, and proactively promote their adaptation in the critical care settings. A potential strategy is mindfulness which is currently used in other clinical settings with stress-reduction effects...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806996/improved-passive-catheter-tracking-with-positive-contrast-for-cmr-guided-cardiac-catheterization-using-partial-saturation-psat
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Mari Nieves Velasco Forte, Kuberan Pushparajah, Tobias Schaeffter, Israel Valverde Perez, Kawal Rhode, Bram Ruijsink, Mazen Alhrishy, Nicholas Byrne, Amedeo Chiribiri, Tevfik Ismail, Tarique Hussain, Reza Razavi, Sébastien Roujol
BACKGROUND: Cardiac catheterization is a common procedure in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). Although cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) represents a promising alternative approach to fluoroscopy guidance, simultaneous high contrast visualization of catheter, soft tissue and the blood pool remains challenging. In this study, a novel passive tracking technique is proposed for enhanced positive contrast visualization of gadolinium-filled balloon catheters using partial saturation (pSAT) magnetization preparation...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803685/quantification-of-pulmonary-regurgitation-by-vector-flow-mapping-in-congenital-heart-patients-after-repair-of-right-ventricular-outflow-obstruction-a-preliminary-study
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Ashley Hoi-Man To, Vivian Wing-Yi Li, Ming-Yen Ng, Yiu-Fai Cheung
BACKGROUND: Vector flow mapping (VFM) enables direct visualization of flow pattern and estimation of flow volume. The aim of this study was to determine its accuracy in the quantification of pulmonary regurgitation (PR) in congenital heart patients after repair of right ventricular (RV) outflow obstruction. METHODS: This study comprised two parts: (1) validation of VFM in the quantification of PR in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot by cardiac magnetic resonance and (2) clinical application of VFM to determine PR in patients after biventricular repair of pulmonary atresia and stenosis with intact ventricular septum...
August 10, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803355/evaluation-of-developmental-prognosis-for-esophageal-atresia-with-tracheoesophageal-fistula
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Akiyoshi Nomura, Masaya Yamoto, Koji Fukumoto, Toshiaki Takahashi, Kei Ohyama, Akinori Sekioka, Yutaka Yamada, Naoto Urushihara
PURPOSE: This study investigated risk factors for developmental disorders after the repair of esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF). METHODS: The clinical charts of all infants with EA/TEF (gross type C) treated at our institution between 1993 and 2013 were analyzed. Patients with chromosomal aberrations were excluded. Forty-seven patients were divided into groups according to the presence (D) or absence (N) of developmental disorders. Patients were assessed with appropriate developmental examinations at age >3 years...
August 12, 2017: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803248/a-functional-assay-for-sick-sinus-syndrome-genetic-variants
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Chuanchau J Jou, Cammon B Arrington, Spencer Barnett, Jiaxiang Shen, Scott Cho, Xiaoming Sheng, Patrick C McCullagh, Neil E Bowles, Chase M Pribble, Elizabeth V Saarel, Thomas A Pilcher, Susan P Etheridge, Martin Tristani-Firouzi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Congenital Sick Sinus Syndrome (SSS) is a disorder associated with sudden cardiac death due to severe bradycardia and prolonged pauses. Mutations in HCN4, the gene encoding inward Na+/K+ current (If), have been described as a cause of congenital SSS. The objective of this study is to develop an SSS model in embryonic zebrafish, and use zebrafish as a moderate-throughput assay to functionally characterize HCN4 variants. METHODS: To determine the function of hcn4 in zebrafish, embryos were either bathed in the If -specific blocker (ZD-7288), or endogenous hcn4 expression was knocked down using splice-blocking morpholinos...
August 11, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802508/prognostic-significance-of-left-ventricular-fibrosis-in-patients-with-congenital-bicuspid-aortic-valve
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Gentian Lluri, Pierangelo Renella, J Paul Finn, Gabriel Vorobiof, Jamil Aboulhosn, Arjun Deb
This study sought to evaluate the prognostic value of left ventricular (LV) fibrosis assessed by late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) of the myocardium during cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in patients with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV), which is associated with early aortic valve fibrosis and calcification. To what degree the LV myocardial wall is affected by fibrosis and its prognostic value is currently unknown. This is a retrospective, single-center study evaluating all adult patients with BAV who had CMR and followed from March 2002 to March 2016...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802092/utility-of-capture-recapture-methodology-to-estimate-prevalence-of-congenital-heart-defects-among-adolescents-in-11-new-york-state-counties-2008-to-2010
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Tugba Akkaya-Hocagil, Wan-Hsiang Hsu, Kristin Sommerhalter, Claire McGarry, Alissa Van Zutphen
BACKGROUND: Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects in the United States, and the population of individuals living with CHDs is growing. Though CHD prevalence in infancy has been well characterized, better prevalence estimates among children and adolescents in the United States are still needed. METHODS: We used capture-recapture methods to estimate CHD prevalence among adolescents residing in 11 New York counties. The three data sources used for analysis included Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) hospital inpatient records, SPARCS outpatient records, and medical records provided by seven pediatric congenital cardiac clinics from 2008 to 2010...
August 12, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795028/neonatal-patent-ductus-arteriosus-ligation-operations-performed-by-adult-cardiac-surgeons
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Yoon Sang Chung, Dai Yun Cho, Hyun Kang, Na Mi Lee, Joonhwa Hong
BACKGROUND: Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) ligation is usually performed by congenital cardiac surgeons. However, due to the uneven distribution of congenital cardiac surgeons in South Korea, many institutions depend solely on adult cardiac surgeons for congenital cardiac diseases. We report the outcomes of PDA ligations performed by adult cardiac surgeons at our institution. METHODS: The electronic medical records of 852 neonates at Chung-Ang University Hospital, Seoul, South Korea from November 2010 to May 2014 were reviewed to identify patients with PDA...
August 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794526/effect-of-ketamine-on-pro-and-anti-inflammatory-cytokine-response-in-paediatric-cardiac-surgery-a-prospective-randomised-controlled-study
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Tamer Hamed Ibrahim, Hassan Saad Abdelrahman, Mohammed A Alharbi, Ibrahim A Zabani, Mohamed Fouad Ismail, Heba Kary
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Paediatric cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) is associated with a marked inflammatory response and triggers release of inflammatory cytokines. The aim of this study was to study the effect of ketamine on the inflammatory response during correction of congenital cyanotic heart diseases. METHODS: Sixty-six patients with congenital cyanotic heart diseases scheduled for cardiac surgery were randomised into three groups. Group A patients did not receive ketamine (control group), Group B patients received 2 mg/kg ketamine intravenous (IV) and Group C patients received ketamine 2 mg/kg IV and an IV infusion of ketamine (50 μg/kg/min)...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793912/re-evaluation-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-from-a-developmental-and-morphological-perspective
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A Crucean, A Alqahtani, D J Barron, W J Brawn, R V Richardson, J O'Sullivan, R H Anderson, D J Henderson, B Chaudhry
BACKGROUND: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) covers a spectrum of rare congenital anomalies characterised by a non-apex forming left ventricle and stenosis/atresia of the mitral and aortic valves. Despite many studies, the causes of HLHS remain unclear and there are conflicting views regarding the role of flow, valvar or myocardial abnormalities in its pathogenesis, all of which were proposed prior to the description of the second heart field. Our aim was to re-evaluate the patterns of malformation in HLHS in relation to recognised cardiac progenitor populations, with a view to providing aetiologically useful sub-groupings for genomic studies...
August 10, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792876/nad-deficiency-congenital-malformations-and-niacin-supplementation
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Hongjun Shi, Annabelle Enriquez, Melissa Rapadas, Ella M M A Martin, Roni Wang, Julie Moreau, Chai K Lim, Justin O Szot, Eddie Ip, James N Hughes, Kotaro Sugimoto, David T Humphreys, Aideen M McInerney-Leo, Paul J Leo, Ghassan J Maghzal, Jake Halliday, Janine Smith, Alison Colley, Paul R Mark, Felicity Collins, David O Sillence, David S Winlaw, Joshua W K Ho, Gilles J Guillemin, Matthew A Brown, Kazu Kikuchi, Paul Q Thomas, Roland Stocker, Eleni Giannoulatou, Gavin Chapman, Emma L Duncan, Duncan B Sparrow, Sally L Dunwoodie
BACKGROUND: Congenital malformations can be manifested as combinations of phenotypes that co-occur more often than expected by chance. In many such cases, it has proved difficult to identify a genetic cause. We sought the genetic cause of cardiac, vertebral, and renal defects, among others, in unrelated patients. METHODS: We used genomic sequencing to identify potentially pathogenic gene variants in families in which a person had multiple congenital malformations...
August 10, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
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