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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667131/pulmonary-embolism-following-incomplete-surgical-resection-of-a-right-ventricular-myxoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Yazan Assaf, Maher Nasser, Hani Jneid, David Ott
Right ventricular (RV) myxomas are extremely rare, but may have dreadful clinical sequelae including pulmonary embolism (PE). We present a case of a patient who had an RV myxoma that was attached to the tricuspid valve, and therefore could not be resected completely during surgery, and remnants of the tumor were seen on transthoracic echocardiogram during post-operative follow-up. Five months after surgery, the patient had PE, which could be due to tumor emboli or thromboemboli. Since repeat surgical resection was not feasible, the patient was started on warfarin...
April 17, 2018: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666716/survival-after-cardiac-arrest-secondary-to-massive-pulmonary-embolism
#2
Abdullah E Laher, Muhammed Moolla, Feroza Motara, Fathima Paruk, Guy Richards
Introduction: It is estimated that the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) is missed in as many as 84% of all cases of PE. Cardiac arrest following PE is generally associated with poor outcomes. Case Report: A 43-year-old man presented to the Emergency Department (ED) in cardiac arrest. Swelling of his right lower limb was noted on arrival. Point of care ultrasound was performed during ongoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and showed a thrombus in the right iliofemoral vein as well as dilatation of the right ventricle...
2018: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662744/postoperative-complications-associated-with-rhbmp2-use-in-posterior-posterolateral-lumbar-fusion
#3
Nabil Esmail, Zorica Buser, Jeremiah R Cohen, Darrel S Brodke, Hans-Joerg Meisel, Jong-Beom Park, Jim A Youssef, Jeffrey C Wang, S Tim Yoon
Study Design: Retrospective database review. Objective: Posterior/posterolateral lumbar fusion (PLF) is an effective treatment for a variety of spinal disorders; however, variations in surgical technique have different complication profiles. The aim of our study was to quantify the frequency of various complications in patients undergoing PLF with and without human recombinant bone morphogenetic protein 2 (rhBMP2). Methods: We queried the orthopedic subset of the Medicare database (PearlDiver) between 2005 and 2011 for patients undergoing PLF procedures with and without rhBMP2...
April 2018: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650544/evaluation-and-management-of-right-sided-heart-failure-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
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REVIEW
Marvin A Konstam, Michael S Kiernan, Daniel Bernstein, Biykem Bozkurt, Miriam Jacob, Navin K Kapur, Robb D Kociol, Eldrin F Lewis, Mandeep R Mehra, Francis D Pagani, Amish N Raval, Carey Ward
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The diverse causes of right-sided heart failure (RHF) include, among others, primary cardiomyopathies with right ventricular (RV) involvement, RV ischemia and infarction, volume loading caused by cardiac lesions associated with congenital heart disease and valvular pathologies, and pressure loading resulting from pulmonic stenosis or pulmonary hypertension from a variety of causes, including left-sided heart disease. Progressive RV dysfunction in these disease states is associated with increased morbidity and mortality...
April 12, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644546/imaging-of-urgencies-and-emergencies-in-the-lung-cancer-patient
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REVIEW
Bruno De Potter, Jef Huyskens, Birgitta Hiddinga, Maarten Spinhoven, Annelies Janssens, Jan P van Meerbeeck, Paul M Parizel, Annemie Snoeckx
Lung cancer patients often experience potentially life-threatening medical urgencies and emergencies, which may be a direct or indirect result of the underlying malignancy. This pictorial review addresses the most common thoracic, neurological and musculoskeletal medical emergencies in lung cancer patients, including superior vena cava syndrome, pulmonary embolism, spontaneous pneumothorax, cardiac tamponade, massive haemoptysis, central airway obstruction, oesophagorespiratory fistula, malignant spinal cord compression, carcinomatous meningitis, cerebral herniation and pathological fracture...
April 11, 2018: Insights Into Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644270/importance-of-the-capability-for-complete-resuscitative-treatment-combining-surgery-and-interventional-radiology-for-potentially-lethal-multiple-injuries-a-case-report
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Hiroyuki Otsuka, Toshiki Sato, Keiji Sakurai, Hiromichi Aoki, Takeshi Yamagiwa, Shinichi Iizuka, Sadaki Inokuchi
Background: Recently, trauma management has been complicated owing to the introduction of damage-control strategies and interventional radiology. Here, we discuss important aspects regarding survival of patients with severe trauma. Case presentation: A 74-year-old Japanese woman experienced a traffic accident on a highway. On arrival, paramedics were unable to measure her blood pressure, and her condition deteriorated. The patient was immediately transferred to our hospital in a physician-staffed emergency helicopter, during which she was administered emergency blood transfusions...
October 2017: Trauma Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29643879/transesophageal-echocardiography-in-cardiogenic-embolic-cerebral-infarction
#7
Wen Chu, Hua Wang
Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic values of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in cardiogenic embolic cerebral infarction. Methods: Fifty patients with occult cerebral infarction who were admitted to the hospital between June 2015 and June 2016 were selected as research subjects. The patients were diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography and transthoracic echocardiography. Diagnostic data were compared to analyze the values of the two diagnostic methods...
January 2018: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29629263/a-biatrial-myxoma-with-triple-ripples
#8
Ramachandra Barik
Cardiac myxoma is a benign tumor, but it is known for its space-occupying effect at the site of origin and frequent systemic embolization. This case report highlights a biatrial myxoma of interatrial septum who presented with significant tricuspid valve regurgitation, atrial fibrillation, and cardioembolic stroke of the left parietal lobe, i.e., a biatrial myxoma with triple ripples.
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29629254/multimodality-imaging-and-clinical-significance-of-congenital-ventricular-outpouchings-recesses-diverticula-aneurysms-clefts-and-crypts
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REVIEW
Alberto Cresti, Pierpaolo Cannarile, Elena Aldi, Marco Solari, Bruno Sposato, Luca Franci, Ugo Limbruno
The high spatial resolution of cardiac computed tomography (CT) and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) permit the diagnosis of congenital ventricular outpouchings (CVOs), including congenital ventricular diverticula (CVD), congenital ventricular aneurysms (CVA), clefts, and crypts. A unique classification has not been established, and these terms are used interchangeably with confounding terminology. Moreover, their significance is not univocal. A research was performed using PubMed on six subjects: (1) congenital left ventricular outpouchings; (2) congenital ventricular diverticulum; (3) congenital ventricular aneurysm; (4) ventricular clefts; (5) ventricular crypts; and (6) ventricular crevices...
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628594/an-unusual-case-of-a-parturient-with-uncorrected-pentalogy-of-fallot-presenting-for-elective-cesarean-section-delivery-of-twins
#10
Ying Ci Ho, Sek Koon Boey, Abey Matthew Varughese Mathews, Hooi Geok See, Nian Chih Hwang
We present a 31-year-old primigravida with uncorrected pentalogy of Fallot, pregnant with monochorionic-diamniotic twins, undergoing elective lower segment cesarean section at 36 weeks gestation. Preoperative workup included a transthoracic echocardiogram which revealed a large ventricular septal defect of 1.8 cm with bidirectional shunting, a moderate size atrial septal defect of 1.8 cm with predominant left-to-right shunting, an overriding aorta, moderate right ventricular hypertrophy, and severe pulmonary valve stenosis...
January 2018: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29627015/spinal-cord-infarction-clinical-and-imaging-insights-from-the-periprocedural-setting
#11
Nicholas L Zalewski, Alejandro A Rabinstein, Karl N Krecke, Robert D Brown, Eelco F M Wijdicks, Brian G Weinshenker, Derrick A Doolittle, Eoin P Flanagan
OBJECTIVE: Describe the range of procedures associated with spinal cord infarction (SCI) as a complication of a medical/surgical procedure and define clinical and imaging characteristics that could be applied to help diagnose spontaneous SCI, where the diagnosis is often less secure. METHODS: We used an institution-based search tool to identify patients evaluated at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN from 1997 to 2016 with a periprocedural SCI. We performed a descriptive analysis of clinical features, MRI and other laboratory findings, and outcome...
May 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623727/myxoid-emboli
#12
Badr AbdullGaffar, Krysztof Waslewski
Emboli are common clinicopathologic findings. Recognition of the type of arterial emboli could be the first clue to the original source. Emboli with myxomatous changes are rare. Myxoma-like features in mural organizing thrombi have been reported. The most challenging differential diagnosis is between embolic cardiac myxomas and myxomatous thromboemboli. Emboli from sarcomas and arteriosclerotic plaques with myxoid features are also potential pitfalls. There is scarcity of studies focusing on myxoid emboli and their clinical and pathologic importance...
April 1, 2018: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29622424/two-dimensional-global-longitudinal-strain-is-superior-to-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-in-prediction-of-outcome-in-patients-with-left-sided-infective-endocarditis
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Trine Kiilerich Lauridsen, Christina Alhede, Anna Lisa Crowley, Joseph Kisslo, Lars L Sørensen, Thomas Fritz Hansen, Niels Risum, Carsten Toftager Larsen, Christian Hassager, Peter Søgaard, Anders Dahl, Niels Eske Bruun
BACKGROUND: Impaired cardiac function is the main predictor of poor outcome in infective endocarditis (IE). Global longitudinal strain (GLS) derived from two-dimensional strain echocardiography has proven superior in prediction of long-term outcome as compared to left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in valvular disease and heart failure in general. Whether measurements of cardiac deformation can predict survival in patients with IE has not previously been investigated. METHODS: The study included consecutive patients with Duke definite IE who underwent transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography within 7 days...
June 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29622180/roles-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-and-cardiac-computed-tomography-for-evaluation-of-left-atrial-thrombus-and-associated-pathology-a-review-and-critical-analysis
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REVIEW
Faraz Pathan, Harvey Hecht, Jagat Narula, Thomas H Marwick
Evaluation of the left atrium and left atrial appendage for the presence of thrombus prior to cardioversion and pulmonary vein isolation, and of the entire heart for embolic sources in the setting of cryptogenic stroke, has long been standard medical care. Guidelines have uniformly recommended transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to accomplish these goals. In recent years, computed tomographic angiography has demonstrated diagnostic accuracy similar to that of TEE for the detection of thrombus. Analysis of the pertinent data and relative merits of the 2 technologies leads to the conclusions that: 1) both modalities have some unique, nonoverlapping capabilities that may dictate their use in specific situations; 2) computed tomographic angiography is a reasonable alternative to TEE when the primary aim is to exclude left atrial and left atrial appendage thrombus and in patients in whom the risks associated with TEE outweigh the benefits; and 3) both options should be discussed with the patient in the setting of shared decision making...
April 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29619572/-recognizing-rare-cardiac-diseases-by-electrocardiogram
#15
REVIEW
W Grimm, A Grimm, K Grimm, E Efimova
A number of rare cardiac diseases can be recognized by electrocardiogram (ECG). This article illustrates the clinical importance of ECG as a key diagnostic tool to detect Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and channelopathies, which are frequently diagnosed late after one or more affected family members have become victims of sudden cardiac death. These channelopathies include long QT syndrome, short QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. In addition, typical ECG findings are frequently present in patients with idiopathic ventricular tachycardia, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, digitalis intoxication, hyperkalemia, acute cor pulmonale due to pulmonary embolism, as well as severe left ventricular hypertrophy as in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy...
April 4, 2018: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29617931/robotic-mitral-valve-replacements-with-bioprosthetic-valves-in-52-patients-experience-from-a-tertiary-referral-hospital
#16
Chia-Cheng Kuo, Hsiao-Huang Chang, Chung-Hsi Hsing, Hiong-Ping Hii, Nan-Chun Wu, Chin-Ming Hsu, Chun-I Chen, Bor-Chih Cheng
OBJECTIVES: Robotic mitral valve replacement (MVR) emerged in the late 1990s as an alternative approach to conventional sternotomy. With the increased use of bioprosthetic valves worldwide and strong patient desire for minimally invasive procedures, the safety and feasibility of robotic MVRs with bioprosthetic valves require investigation. METHODS: Between January 2013 and May 2017, 52 consecutive patients underwent robotic MVRs using the da Vinci Si surgical system (Intuitive Surgical Inc...
March 30, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29613965/mr-imaging-of-cardiac-masses
#17
John P Lichtenberger, Adam R Dulberger, Paul E Gonzales, Juliana Bueno, Brett W Carter
Cardiac masses present a diagnostic challenge given their relative rarity and the overall difficulty imaging the heart. With the increasing frequency and quality of imaging in general, however, the incidental discovery of cardiac masses is increasing. Cardiac masses seldom produce symptoms, and they are more commonly found during imaging for noncardiac indications. While echocardiography is useful in the initial evaluation of a suspected mass, cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is the best imaging modality to characterize cardiac tumors due to its superior tissue characterization and its higher contrast resolution...
April 2018: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29609876/covert-atrial-fibrillation-and-atrial-high-rate-episodes-as-a-potential-cause-of-embolic-strokes-of-undetermined-source-their-detection-and-possible-management-strategy
#18
REVIEW
Hirofumi Tomita, Shingo Sasaki, Joji Hagii, Norifumi Metoki
Cryptogenic ischemic stroke, defined as stroke of undetermined etiology, accounts for 7-25% of all ischemic strokes. Stroke severity is reported to be less severe than cardioembolic stroke and similar to large-artery atherosclerosis. Because its etiology is believed to be mostly an embolic type, it is often called "embolic strokes of undetermined source" (ESUS). In patients with ESUS, it is of significant importance to seek an embolic source with intensive diagnostic assessment, which mostly originates from the heart...
March 30, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29600543/speckle-tracking-analysis-in-intensive-care-unit-a-toy-or-a-tool
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REVIEW
Antonello D'Andrea, Juri Radmilovic, Donato Mele, Flavio D'Ascenzi, Eustachio Agricola, Andreina Carbone, Francesco Lo Iudice, Giuseppina Novo, Francesco Ancona, Francesca Maria Righini, Sergio Mondillo, Eduardo Bossone, Maurizio Galderisi
The use of conventional echocardiography in the intensive care unit (ICU) is today established to assess left and right ventricular systolic function, for preload determination and procedural guidance. Next step in ICU echocardiography could be the use of novel ultrasound techniques such as strain echocardiography to assist in the management of patients with acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, or pulmonary embolism. This review has gathered the available evidence supporting the incremental value of strain in the diagnostic workup of cardiac diseases treated in ICU...
March 30, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29600100/unusual-cardiac-paraganglioma-mimicking-an-atypical-carcinoid-tumor-of-the-lung
#20
Dean Spencer, Mark Evans, Beverly Wang, J Lawrence Delrosario, Timmy Cheng, Jeffrey Milliken
We present a case of unusual cardiac paraganglioma (PG) initially misdiagnosed as atypical carcinoid tumor of the lung and discuss key clinical and pathologic characteristics that guide surgical management of these rare chromaffin cell tumors. A 64-year-old female with persistent cough and back pain was found to have a 4 cm × 3 cm mass abutting multiple cardiopulmonary structures. A biopsy was performed at an outside institution and pathology reported "atypical neuroendocrine carcinoma, consistent with carcinoid"...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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