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Shinichiro Abe, Keiichi Ishida, Masahisa Masuda, Hideki Ueda, Hiroki Kohno, Kaoru Matsuura, Yusaku Tamura, Michiko Watanabe, Goro Matsumiya
OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) is an effective treatment for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), but postoperative residual hypertension leads to in-hospital mortality. Inhaled epoprostenol sodium (PGI2) and NO are administered for pulmonary hypertension after cardiothoracic surgery. This prospective study provides the first comparative evaluation of the effects of inhaled PGI2 and NO on pulmonary hemodynamics, systemic hemodynamics, and gas exchange in patients developing residual pulmonary hypertension after PEA...
October 25, 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Hidehiko Maruyama, Yusei Nakata, Akane Kanazawa, Kiyoshi Kikkawa
We sought to clarify the survival and neurodevelopmental outcomes of very low birth weight infants (VLBWIs) and to identify risk factors for death or neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI) in VLBWIs at our hospital. The total study population was 217 infants born in 2005-2012 weighing 1,500 g. We compared their outcomes with those from previous reports analyzed the causes of death. Risk factors for death after discharge or NDI were evaluated by a multivariate logistic regression analysis. The incidences of death or NDI reported revealed in this study and the database of Neonatal Research Network of Japan were 25...
October 2016: Acta Medica Okayama
H Wilkens, S Konstantinides, I Lang, A C Bunck, M Gerges, F Gerhardt, A Grgic, C Grohé, S Guth, M Held, J Hinrichs, M M Hoeper, W Klepetko, T Kramm, U Krüger, M Lankeit, B C Meyer, K M Olsson, H-J Schäfers, M Schmidt, H J Seyfarth, S Ulrich, C B Wiedenroth, E Mayer
The 2015 European Guidelines on Pulmonary Hypertension did not cover only pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but also other significant subgroups of pulmonary hypertension (PH). In June 2016, a Consensus Conference organized by the PH working groups of the German Society of Cardiology (DGK), the German Society of Respiratory Medicine (DGP) and the German Society of Pediatric Cardiology (DGPK) was held in Cologne, Germany to discuss open and controversial issues surrounding the practical implementation of the European Guidelines...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
V A Nevzorova, E A Kochetkova, L G Ugai, Yu V Maistrovskaya, E A Khludeeva
AIM: To define the role of circulating biomarkers for the metabolism of collagen and intercellular substance and vascular remodeling in the development of osteoporosis (OP) in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Functional hemodynamic parameters, bone mineral density (BMD) in the lumbar spine and femoral neck and the serum levels of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), MMP-9/TIMP-1 complex, C-terminal telopeptide of collagen type 1 (CITP), and endothelin-1 (ET-1) were determined in 27 high-risk IPAH patients and 30 healthy volunteers...
2016: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
Tony S Brar, Neeka Akhavan
This is a 78 year old male with a past medical history of coronary artery disease (CAD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hypertension (HTN), and gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) who presented to the emergency room with worsening shortness of breath (SOB) and low-grade fevers for one week prior to admission. He was originally diagnosed with healthcare associated pneumonia (HCAP) and an acute on chronic COPD exacerbation and treated with prednisone, inhalers, ipratropium/albuterol, and broad-spectrum antibiotics...
2016: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
C Schwarzwald
Heart murmurs and arrhythmias are common in horses. Assessment of their clinical relevance concerning health, performance, safety and longevity of sports horses is of highest importance. A comprehensive cardiovascular examination is crucial for diagnosis and assessment of the severity of disease. Recently, an expert panel of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) developed a consensus statement containing recommendations for sports horses with heart disease...
October 2016: Schweizer Archiv Für Tierheilkunde
Eiji Hirakawa, Satoshi Ibara, Takuya Tokuhisa, Yoshinobu Maede, Takako Kuwahara, Chie Ishihara, Hiroyuki Noguchi, Yoshiki Naitou, Masakatsu Yamamoto, Masaya Kibe, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Tomonori Kurimoto, Masato Kamitomo, Kazutoshi Cho, Hisanori Minakami
BACKGROUND: There have been few reports regarding outcomes after extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in newborn Japanese infants. METHODS: A review of 61 neonates with ECMO through January 1995 at a single center was performed. ECMO was used in neonates with oxygenation index > 20 after conventional treatments. Background factors, such as etiology, vascular access mode (veno-venous [VV] or veno-arterial [VA]), number of days with ECMO, and early ECMO (within 24 hours after birth), were analyzed in relation to outcome with respect to survival to hospital discharge (SHD)...
October 3, 2016: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
S Mavrogeni, L Koutsogeorgopoulou, T Dimitroulas, G Markousis-Mavrogenis, G Kolovou
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been documented in >50% of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients, due to a complex interplay between traditional risk factors and SLE-related factors. Various processes, such as coronary artery disease, myocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy, vasculitis, valvular heart disease, pulmonary hypertension and heart failure, account for CVD complications in SLE. METHODS: Electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiography (echo), nuclear techniques, cardiac computed tomography (CT), cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and cardiac catheterization (CCa) can detect CVD in SLE at an early stage...
September 29, 2016: Lupus
Anishkumar Nair, Chakanalil Govindan Sajeev, Kader Muneer
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A 50-year-old hypertensive smoker presented with a typical angina of 2 days duration. An urgent ECG revealed extensive anterior wall myocardial infarction. In view of the delayed presentation, the patient was conservatively managed with heparin. In-hospital echocardiogram showed akinesia of entire left anterior descending artery (LAD) territory with severe left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. He was discharged with a plan for early coronary intervention. However, he presented a fortnight later with acute pulmonary oedema...
September 29, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Li Liang, Guofeng Ma, Kai Chen, Yangxiang Liu, Xiaohong Wu, Kejing Ying, Ruifeng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD) is a rare and devastating cause of pulmonary arterial hypertension with a non-specific clinical presentation and a relatively specific presentation in high-resolution thoracic CT scan images. Definitive diagnosis is made by histological examination in previous. According to the 2015 ESC/ERS Guidelines, detection of a mutation in the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 alpha kinase 4 (EIF2AK4) without histological confirmation is recommended to validate the diagnosis of PVOD...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Alykhan Lalani, P Benson Ham, Linda J Wise, John M Daniel, K Christian Walters, Walter L Pipkin, Brian Stansfield, Robyn M Hatley, Jatinder Bhatia
Treatment of gastroschisis often requires multiple surgical procedures to re-establish abdominal domain, reduce abdominal contents, and eventually close the abdominal wall. In patients who have concomitant respiratory failure requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), this process becomes further complicated. This situation is rare and only five such cases have been reported in the ECMO registry database. Management of three of the five patients along with results and implications for future care of similar patients is discussed here...
September 2016: American Surgeon
Douglas Bush, Steven H Abman, Csaba Galambos
OBJECTIVES: To determine the frequency of histologic features of impaired lung vascular and alveolar development and to identify the presence of intrapulmonary bronchopulmonary anastomoses (IBA) in infants and children who died with Down syndrome. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of autopsy reports and lung histology from 13 children with Down syndrome (ages: 0-8 years) was performed. Histologic features of abnormal lung development were identified and semiquantified, including the presence of IBA...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Diana Santos-Ribeiro, Pedro Mendes-Ferreira, Carolina Maia-Rocha, Rui Adão, Adelino F Leite-Moreira, Carmen Brás-Silva
Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a progressive syndrome based on diverse aetiologies, which is characterized by a persistent increase in pulmonary vascular resistance and overload of the right ventricle, leading to heart failure and death. Currently, none of the available treatments is able to cure pulmonary arterial hypertension; additional research is therefore needed to unravel the associated pathophysiological mechanisms. This review summarizes current knowledge related to this disorder, and the several experimental animal models that can mimic pulmonary arterial hypertension and are available for translational research...
October 2016: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
N Nakwan, P Chaiwiriyawong
OBJECTIVE: To assess the current practice preferences in diagnosis and management of persistent hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) of neonatologists or pediatricians with expertise in neonatal care. STUDY DESIGN: Investigators identified potential participants worldwide through a literature search. They were emailed the URL of an online 25-item questionnaire through the web survey site SurveyMonkey®. Additional respondents were also acquired through a professional online discussion group...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
S Al Omar, H Salama, M Al Hail, H Al Rifai, M Bunahia, W El Kasem, F J Siddiqui, M Dilawar, H Yassin, F Masud, A Mohamed, A Mansour
INTRODUCTION: Inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) is the standard therapy for infants with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Recently, sildenafil has been evaluated as an alternative or adjunctive pulmonary vasodilator. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of adding sildenafil as an early adjunctive therapy together with iNO when treating newborns with PPHN and/or hypoxemic respiratory failure. METHODS: This is a randomized placebo trial on newborns with gestational age > 34 weeks, postnatal age < 48 hours, and diagnosed with PPHN (oxygen index (OI) ≥ 20)...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
Khairul Zainun, Kirsten Hope, Andrew G Nicholson, Marta Cecilia Cohen
Abnormal muscularization of intra acinar pulmonary arteries is a histological hallmark of persistent pulmonary hypertension of newborn (PPHN), an uncommon disease with high morbidity and mortality. PPHN presents with signs of respiratory distress immediately following birth. The disease is multi-factorial in origin and can be idiopathic as well associated with a variety of conditions such as congenital heart disease and both congenital and acquired lung diseases. We report two cases presenting as sudden unexpected death in late neonatal period (SUDI) showing abnormal muscularization of acinar pulmonary arteries reminiscent of PPHN...
August 30, 2016: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
Logan Mills, Chris Harper, Sophie Rozwadowski, Chris Imray
Mills, Logan, Chris Harper, Sophie Rozwadowski, and Chris Imray. High altitude pulmonary edema without appropriate action progresses to right ventricular strain: A case study. High Alt Med Biol. 16:000-000, 2016.-A 24-year-old male developed high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) after three ascents to 4061 m over 3 days, sleeping each night at 2735 m. He complained of exertional dyspnea, dry cough, chest pain, fever, nausea, vertigo, and a severe frontal headache. Inappropriate continuation of ascent despite symptoms led to functional impairment and forced a return to the valley, but dyspnea persisted in addition to new orthopnea...
August 30, 2016: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
Takayuki Jujo, Nobuhiro Tanabe, Seiichiro Sakao, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Keiichi Ishida, Akira Naito, Fumiaki Kato, Takao Takeuchi, Ayumi Sekine, Rintaro Nishimura, Toshihiko Sugiura, Ayako Shigeta, Masahisa Masuda, Koichiro Tatsumi
BACKGROUND: Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is characterized by occlusion of pulmonary arteries by organized chronic thrombi. Persistent hypoxemia and residual pulmonary hypertension (PH) following successful pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) are clinically important problems; however, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We have previously reported that residual PH is closely related to severe pulmonary vascular remodeling and hypothesize that this arteriopathy might also be involved in impaired gas exchange...
2016: PloS One
Joanna Pepke-Zaba, Xavier Jais, Richard Channick
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a rare but life-threatening condition resulting from unresolved thromboembolic obstructions. Pulmonary endarterectomy surgery is currently the standard of treatment, as it is potentially curative; however, not all cases are amenable to surgical intervention due to distal distribution of the organized thromboembolic material or the presence of comorbidities. Up to one-third of patients have persistent or recurrent pulmonary hypertension after pulmonary endarterectomy...
July 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Deepa Gopalan, Daniel Blanchard, William R Auger
Pulmonary hypertension is defined by a mean pulmonary artery pressure greater than 25 mm Hg. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is defined as pulmonary hypertension in the presence of an organized thrombus within the pulmonary vascular bed that persists at least 3 months after the onset of anticoagulant therapy. Because CTEPH is potentially curable by surgical endarterectomy, correct identification of patients with this form of pulmonary hypertension and an accurate assessment of surgical candidacy are essential to provide optimal care...
July 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
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