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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926381/a-review-on-brain-structures-segmentation-in-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Sandra González-Villà, Arnau Oliver, Sergi Valverde, Liping Wang, Reyer Zwiggelaar, Xavier Lladó
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Automatic brain structures segmentation in magnetic resonance images has been widely investigated in recent years with the goal of helping diagnosis and patient follow-up in different brain diseases. Here, we present a review of the state-of-the-art of automatic methods available in the literature ranging from structure specific segmentation methods to whole brain parcellation approaches. METHODS: We divide first the algorithms according to their target structures and then we propose a general classification based on their segmentation strategy, which includes atlas-based, learning-based, deformable, region-based and hybrid methods...
October 2016: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924207/combined-spinal-epidural-anesthesia-for-urgent-cesarean-section-in-a-parturient-with-a-single-ventricle-a-case-report
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Stefano Catarci, Fabio Sbaraglia, Bruno Antonio Zanfini, Salvatore Vagnoni, Luciano Frassanito, Gaetano Draisci
The number of women with major congenital heart defects reaching reproductive age is likely increasing. We herein describe the anesthetic management of a 33-year-old woman at 37 gestational weeks with a history of Glenn surgery who was undergoing an urgent cesarean section due to pathological cardiotocography. Combined spinal-epidural anesthesia was the most suitable technique for urgent cesarean section in our patient with a single ventricle and phasic flow in the pulmonary artery because it provided rapid-onset anesthesia with negligible hemodynamic effects...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923943/venovenous-ecmo-support-in-an-infant-with-single-ventricle-physiology-and-catastrophic-pulmonary-venous-abnormalities
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Richard P Fernandez, Don Hayes, Patrick I McConnell, Darren Berman
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an accepted treatment modality for life support refractory to conventional efforts in neonates with complex congenital heart lesions. Cannulation for ECMO can be accomplished by venovenous (VV) access where patients receive primarily respiratory support or venoarterial (VA) access which provides complete cardiopulmonary support. VV ECMO delivered by a single-vessel cannulation with a dual-chamber venous cannula allows for respiratory support while the patient remains dependent upon intrinsic cardiac function to support hemodynamics...
December 6, 2016: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916382/neochord-placement-versus-triangular-resection-in-mitral-valve-repair-a-finite-element-model
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Ashley E Morgan, Joe L Pantoja, Eugene A Grossi, Liang Ge, Jonathan W Weinsaft, Mark B Ratcliffe
BACKGROUND: Recurrent mitral regurgitation after mitral valve repair is common, occurring in nearly 50% of patients within 10 years of surgery. Durability of repair is partly related to stress distribution over the mitral leaflets. We hypothesized that repair with neochords (NCs) results in lower stress than leaflet resection (LR). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Magnetic resonance imaging and 3D echocardiography were performed before surgical repair of P2 prolapse in a single patient...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903393/-a-multi-center-study-on-the-long-term-mortality-and-related-risk-factors-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-receiving-resynchronization-therapy
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S Y Qi, D M Wang, H B Yu, C Ding, F L Tian, L S Ru, J Li, B Zhang, Y L Han
Objective: To analyze long-term mortality and patients characteristics of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for patients with chronic heart failure. Methods: In-patients with chronic heart failure who received CRT in the three medical centers(Bethune International Peace Hospital, General Hospital of Shenyang Military Command of Chinese People's Liberation Army, and 251 Hospital of People's Liberation Army)from March 2001 to June 2013 were included.Mortality and related causes, echocardiographic parameters were analyzed...
November 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898601/fontan-fenestration-closure-prior-to-posterior-spinal-fusion-in-patients-with-single-ventricle-heart-disease
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Matthew C Schwartz, David Nykanen, Craig Fleishman, Hamish M Munro, Jonathan Phillips, Raymond D Knapp, Donald Felix
STUDY DESIGN: Case series. OBJECTIVE: To describe transcatheter closure of the Fontan fenestration prior to posterior spinal fusion in two children to prevent paradoxical venous air embolism during the operation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Scoliosis is common among patients with single-ventricle congenital heart disease who have undergone Fontan operation and spinal surgery can offer physiologic benefits. Venous air embolism is a rare, but important reported complication during spinal surgery performed in the prone position...
December 1, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898434/the-continuing-challenge-of-evaluating-diastolic-function-by-echocardiography-in-children-developing-concepts-and-newer-modalities
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Wadi Mawad, Mark K Friedberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Assessment of diastolic function by echocardiography is challenging but important. Left ventricular filling has been more extensively studied than the right ventricle, and predominantly in adult populations. Although multiple parameters exist to assess diastolic function, they all have limitations, including load and heart rate dependency, which make assessment of diastolic function particularly challenging. The purpose of this article is to review evolving concepts and modalities for echo assessment of diastolic function in children...
January 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896819/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-outcomes-after-the-comprehensive-stage-ii-procedure-in-patients-with-single-ventricles
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Daniel Gomez, Vicky Duffy, Diane Hersey, Carl Backes, Peter Rycus, Patrick McConnell, Jordan Voss, Mark Galantowicz, Clifford L Cua
Outcomes for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) have been described for patients with single ventricle physiology (SVP) undergoing cavopulmonary connection (Glenn procedure). An alternative surgical pathway for patients with SVP consists of an initial hybrid procedure followed by a comprehensive Stage II procedure. No data exist describing the outcomes of patients requiring ECMO after the comprehensive Stage II procedure. The goal of this study is to describe the outcomes for patients who required ECMO after the comprehensive Stage II procedure...
November 29, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895193/organum-vasculosum-of-the-lamina-terminalis-detects-nacl-to-elevate-sympathetic-nerve-activity-and-blood-pressure
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Brian J Kinsman, Sarah S Simmonds, Kirsteen N Browning, Sean D Stocker
High-salt diet elevates NaCl concentrations in the cerebrospinal fluid to increase sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) in salt-sensitive hypertension. The organum vasculosum of the lamina terminalis (OVLT) resides along the rostral wall of the third ventricle, lacks a complete blood-brain barrier, and plays a pivotal role in body fluid homeostasis. Therefore, the present study used a multifaceted approach to examine whether OVLT neurons of Sprague-Dawley rats are intrinsically sensitive to changes in extracellular NaCl concentrations and mediate the sympathoexcitatory responses to central NaCl loading...
November 28, 2016: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893192/serial-cardiac-mris-in-adult-fontan-patients-detect-progressive-hepatic-enlargement-and-congestion
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Matthew J Lewis, Elizabeth Hecht, Jonathan Ginns, Joshua Benton, Martin Prince, Marlon S Rosenbaum
BACKGROUND: The progression of hepatic disease in adult Fontan patients is not well understood. They reviewed the experience with serial cardiac MRIs (CMR) in adult Fontan patients to determine if hepatic anatomic markers of prolonged Fontan exposure were present and if clinical predictors of progressive hepatic congestion could be identified. METHODS AND RESULTS: A retrospective cohort study of all adult Fontan patients who had undergone at least two CMRs was performed...
November 28, 2016: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889836/clinical-validation-of-synthetic-brain-mri-in-children-initial-experience
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Hollie West, James L Leach, Blaise V Jones, Marguerite Care, Rupa Radhakrishnan, Arnold C Merrow, Enrique Alvarado, Suraj D Serai
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of synthetic MR sequences generated through post-acquisition processing of a single sequence measuring inherent R1, R2, and PD tissue properties compared with sequences acquired conventionally as part of a routine clinical pediatric brain MR exam. METHODS: Thirty-two patients underwent routine clinical brain MRI with conventional and synthetic sequences acquired (22 abnormal). Synthetic axial T1, T2, and T2 fluid attenuation inversion recovery or proton density-weighted sequences were made to match the comparable clinical sequences...
November 26, 2016: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888337/claudins-vital-partners-in-transcellular-and-paracellular-transport-coupling
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REVIEW
Dorothee Günzel
Tight junction (TJ) strands between epithelial or endothelial cells are formed by claudins, a protein family comprising up to 27 members in mammals. Although many more proteins are involved in the formation of TJ complexes, claudins are the only TJ proteins that are able to form TJ-like strands when overexpressed in cells that are normally devoid of TJs (e.g., fibroblasts). Within the paracellular cleft, the extracellular domains of claudins provide the matrix that seals the paracellular pathway. However, within this matrix, some claudins act as channels that specifically allow certain ions to cross this barrier...
November 25, 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885998/bi-ventricular-finite-element-model-of-right-ventricle-overload-in-the-healthy-rat-heart
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Fulufhelo Masithulela
BACKGROUND: The recognition of RV overpressure is critical to human life, as this may signify morbidity and mortality. Right ventricle (RV) dysfunction is understood to have an impact on the performance of the left ventricle (LV), but the mechanisms remain poorly understood. It is understood that ventricular compliance has the ability to affect cardiac performance. In this study, a bi-ventricular model of the rat heart was used in preference to other, single-ventricle models. Finite element analysis (FEA) of the bi-ventricular model provides important information on the function of the healthy heart...
November 25, 2016: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885446/post-cardiotomy-rescue-extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-neonates-with-single-ventricle-after-intractable-cardiac-arrest-attrition-after-hospital-discharge-and-predictors-of-outcome
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Anastasios C Polimenakos, Vincent Rizzo, Chawki F El-Zein, Michel N Ilbawi
Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) in children with cardiac arrest refractory to conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been reported with encouraging results. We reviewed outcomes of neonates with functional single ventricle (FSV) surviving post-cardiotomy ECPR after hospital discharge. Fifty-eight patients who required post-cardiotomy extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) since the introduction of our ECPR protocol (January 2007-December 2011) were identified. Forty-one were neonates...
November 24, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882604/the-dog-bone-technique-a-novel-easy-and-safe-catheter-maneuver-for-aortic-arch-and-coarctation-stenting
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Marinos Kantzis, Anja Lehner, Kai Thorsten Laser, Anca Racolta, Radka Vcasna, Marcus Fischer, Deniz Kececioglu, Nikolaus A Haas
BACKGROUND: Various techniques are described to facilitate stable stent implantation in aortic arch stenosis or coarctation. We describe an alternative technique, which due to its unique appearance during stent implantation, we have named "Dog Bone Technique" (DBT). TECHNIQUE: The stent/balloon assembly is placed across the stenosis, the long sheath is retrieved to uncover the distal 20-50% of the stent. The balloon is inflated with the pressure inflator just to expand slightly the stent...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875570/towards-a-tissue-engineered-contractile-fontan-conduit-the-fate-of-cardiac-myocytes-in-the-subpulmonary-circulation
#16
Daniel Biermann, Alexandra Eder, Florian Arndt, Hatim Seoudy, Hermann Reichenspurner, Thomas Mir, Arlindo Riso, Rainer Kozlik-Feldmann, Kersten Peldschus, Michael G Kaul, Tillman Schuler, Susanne Krasemann, Arne Hansen, Thomas Eschenhagen, Jörg S Sachweh
The long-term outcome of patients with single ventricles improved over time, but remains poor compared to other congenital heart lesions with biventricular circulation. Main cause for this unfavourable outcome is the unphysiological hemodynamic of the Fontan circulation, such as subnormal systemic cardiac output and increased systemic-venous pressure. To overcome this limitation, we are developing the concept of a contractile extracardiac Fontan-tunnel. In this study, we evaluated the survival and structural development of a tissue-engineered conduit under in vivo conditions...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873344/impact-of-residual-mitral-regurgitation-on-right-ventricular-systolic-function-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation
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Serkan Ertugay, Hatice S Kemal, Umit Kahraman, Catagay Engin, Sanem Nalbantgil, Tahir Yagdi, Mustafa Ozbaran
Significant mitral regurgitation (MR) is thought to decrease after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation, and therefore repair of mitral valve is not indicated in current practice. However, residual moderate and severe MR leads to pulmonary artery pressure increase, thereby resulting in right ventricular (RV) dysfunction during follow-up. We examined the impact of residual MR on systolic function of the right ventricle by echocardiography after LVAD implantation. This study included 90 patients (mean age: 51...
November 22, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872994/outcomes-of-tracheostomy-in-children-requiring-surgery-for-congenital-heart-disease
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Laura A Ortmann, Winston M Manimtim, Charisse I Lachica
Outcomes after discharge in children requiring tracheostomy after cardiac surgery have not been fully described. A retrospective, single-center study was performed on all children <18 years of age requiring both tracheostomy and surgery for congenital heart disease from January 2002 to May 2015. Forty-six tracheostomies were placed after surgery and four before. Single-ventricle anatomy was present in 12 (33%) patients. Incidence of tracheostomy after heart surgery increased from 0.8% the first half of the study period to 2% the second half...
November 21, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866787/cavopulmonary-assist-bridge-to-fontan-repair-of-single-ventricle-circulation
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EDITORIAL
Mark Rodefeld
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 24, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862979/cerebral-tissue-oxygenation-index-and-lactate-at-24-hours-postoperative-predict-survival-and-neurodevelopmental-outcome-after-neonatal-cardiac-surgery
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Safwat A Aly, David Zurakowski, Penny Glass, Kami Skurow-Todd, Richard A Jonas, Mary T Donofrio
IMPORTANCE: There are no well-established noninvasive biomarkers for identifying patients at risk for poor outcome after surgery for congenital heart disease. Few studies have assessed prognostic accuracy of cerebral tissue oxygenation index (cTOI) measured by near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). OBJECTIVE: To assess the utility of noninvasive NIRS monitoring as a predictor of outcomes after neonatal cardiac surgery through measurement of cTOI. To examine the utility of noninvasive NIRS monitoring in combination with lactate concentration and inotropic score in prediction of outcomes after neonatal cardiac surgery...
November 10, 2016: Congenital Heart Disease
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