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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821988/presentation-and-management-of-symptomatic-central-bone-cement-embolization
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Ahmed Samir Barakat, Tamer Owais, Mohamed Alhashash, Mootaz Shousha, Hesham El Saghir, Bernward Lauer, Heinrich Boehm
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: With more cement augmentation procedures done, the occurrence of serious complications is also expected to rise. Symptomatic central cement embolization is a rare but very serious complication. Moreover, the pathophysiology and treatment of intrathoracic cement embolism remain controversial. PURPOSE: In this case series, we are trying to identify various presentations and suggest our emergent management scheme for symptomatic central cement embolization...
August 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820557/papillary-muscle-rupture-in-an-adolescent-with-no-coronary-lesions
#2
Tatjana Lejko Zupanc, Mateja Logar
A 21-year-old man with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome presented to the authors' hospital with ventricular fibrillation. Coronary angiography failed to demonstrate coronary stenosis, but temporary mechanical circulatory support resolved the ventricular fibrillation and the patient was extubated eight days later. On the next day, however, he had to be re-intubated with symptoms of congestive heart failure. Echocardiography revealed new severe mitral regurgitation and a mobile mass, while emergency surgery revealed a posteromedial papillary muscle rupture (PMR)...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820550/is-fasting-for-ramadan-safe-in-patients-with-mechanical-cardiac-valves
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Ersin Yildirim, Ozlem Secen, Okkes Uku, Mehmet Nail Bilen, Makbule Kutlu Karadag
BACKGROUND: The study aim was to investigate the safety and effects of fasting during Ramadan on the International Normalized Ratio (INR) in patients with mechanical cardiac valves. METHODS: A total of 105 patients admitted to the authors' hospital between June and October 2015, who had history of prosthetic valve replacement, was investigated. The patients were allocated to two groups: those fasting during Ramadan (n = 42) and those not fasting (n = 63). All patients were examined by a cardiologist, and the clinical findings and complaints for the past three months were evaluated...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819571/incidental-finding-of-an-undiagnosed-coarctation-of-the-aorta-causing-dilated-cardiomyopathy-in-an-adult
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Abdalla Ibrahim, Zahir Satti, Ronan Curtin
31-year-old male with no past medical history apart from high blood pressure noted by GP one week prior to admission presented with a three-week history of a flu-like illness and symptoms of heart failure with severe global left ventricular dilation and dysfunction on Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE). Two weeks following admission he complained of left arm pain and CT upper limb confirmed embolic occlusion of the left brachial artery and incidental severe coarctation of the proximal descending aorta after the origin of the left subclavian artery...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818863/detection-of-left-ventricular-thrombus-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source
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Junji Takasugi, Hiroshi Yamagami, Teruo Noguchi, Yoshiaki Morita, Tomotaka Tanaka, Yoshinori Okuno, Satoshi Yasuda, Kazunori Toyoda, Yasufumi Gon, Kenichi Todo, Manabu Sakaguchi, Kazuyuki Nagatsuka
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We aimed to use contrast-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance (CE-CMR) imaging to elucidate the prevalence of left ventricular (LV) thrombus in patients suspected of embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS) with previous myocardial infarction or LV dysfunction (LV ejection fraction [LVEF] <50%). METHODS: We prospectively investigated 797 consecutive patients who presented to our hospital with acute ischemic stroke between 2014 and 2015...
August 17, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813763/simultaneous-onset-of-deep-vein-thrombosis-pulmonary-embolism-cerebral-infarction-and-myocardial-infarction-in-a-patient-with-patent-foramen-ovale
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Jimmy Yee, Vishesh Kumar, Alex Pham, Kashif Shaikh, Muhammad Omar, Adam Stys, Marian Petrasko
Paradoxical embolism is a known complication with intra-cardiac shunts. It should be considered in the differential as the pathophysiologic mechanism of simultaneous thromboembolism in the venous and systemic vasculature. We present a case of simultaneous deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and myocardial infarction in the presence of a confirmed patent foramen ovale on echocardiography. Thrombolytic therapy was administered. Subsequent concerns of intracranial hemorrhage on imaging of the brain complicated the management and added to the challenge of co-managing the clot burden in our patient...
June 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810087/multiple-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations-an-unusual-cause-of-shortness-of-breath-and-recurrent-strokes
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Kalyan C Potu, Shenjing Li, Shawn C Kelly, Julia A Prescott-Focht, Scott Pham
OBJECTIVE: To discuss an uncommon case of a patient with multiple pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) presenting with dyspnea on exertion and recurrent strokes. BACKGROUND: A 79-year-old woman with recent onset recurrent cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) was referred to cardiology for evaluation of dyspnea on exertion. Clinical examination was unrevealing. METHODS: A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) with agitated saline was suggestive of an extra-cardiac shunt...
February 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808933/cardiovascular-disease-in-clozapine-treated-patients-evidence-mechanisms-and-management
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REVIEW
Kathlyn J Ronaldson
Myocarditis occurs in about 3% of those initiated on clozapine but monitoring reduces the risk of serious outcome. Cardiomyopathy may develop after myocarditis, or from prolonged tachycardia. Monitoring using echocardiography is not deemed cost effective. Tachycardia, orthostatic hypotension and reduced heart rate variability are a group of clozapine-related adverse effects associated with autonomic dysfunction and may have serious consequences in the long term. Elevated heart rate and poor heart rate variability can be treated with a β-blocker or a non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, while orthostatic hypotension can be alleviated by increased fluid intake and abdominal binding, but may require pharmacological intervention...
August 14, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808511/large-endocardial-rheumatoid-nodules-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Allen Vantrease, Christopher Trabue, James Atkinson, Paul McNabb
Rheumatoid nodules occur frequently in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and are the most common cutaneous manifestation of the disease. Although uncommon, rheumatoid nodules may also occur on cardiac valves, where they may be large and clinically significant. They may embolize and cause stroke. They may cause regurgitant murmurs, or they may result in valvular destruction. Echocardiographically, they may mimic an atrial myxoma or appear as a vegetation. We present a patient with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis who developed an acute embolic stroke; he had peripheral stigmata of infective endocarditis on physical examination and echocardiography revealed a mitral valve vegetation...
July 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808190/cholesterol-crystal-embolization-following-plaque-rupture-a-systemic-disease-with-unusual-features
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Firas Ghanem, Deepthi Vodnala, Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta, Sridevi Durga, Noah Thormeier, Prem Subramaniyam, Scott Abela, George S Abela
Cholesterol crystal embolic (CCE) syndrome is often a clinically challenging condition that has a poor prognostic implication. It is a result of plaque rupture with release of cholesterol crystals into the circulation that embolize into various tissue organs. Plaque rupture seems to be triggered by an expanding necrotic core during cholesterol crystallization forming sharp tipped crystals that perforate and tear the fibrous cap. Embolizing cholesterol crystals then initiate both local and systemic inflammation that eventually lead to vascular fibrosis and obstruction causing symptoms that can mimic other vasculitic conditions...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
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/28781880/acute-aortic-occlusion-due-to-tumor-embolism-in-a-patient-with-lung-malignancy
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Stella Lioudaki, Nikolaos Kontopodis, Stefanos Palioudakis, Anastasios V Koutsopoulos, Ioannis Drositis, Christos V Ioannou
OBJECTIVES: Acute lower limb ischemia caused by tumor embolization is rare, despite the fact that cancer is a common cause of hypercoagulability predisposing to venous thrombosis. Arterial embolization is mostly associated with intracardiac tumors while lung malignancies are the second most common cause of tumor embolism. METHODS: In this report, we present a male patient who developed acute bilateral lower limb ischemia in the immediate postoperative period after a thoracotomy for attempted left upper lobe resection for lung cancer...
2017: SAGE open medical case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781307/isolated-right-ventricular-stress-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
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Hitoshi Sumida, Kenji Morihisa, Kazuhiro Katahira, Seigo Sugiyama, Takuya Kishi, Shuichi Oshima
A 79-year-old woman was admitted with a left femoral neck fracture and she immediately developed circulatory shock. Echocardiography showed a markedly enlarged right ventricle (RV) with systolic ballooning of the mid-ventricular wall and preserved contractility of the apex. The left ventricular (LV) motion was normal. Multi-detector-row computed tomography showed severe congestion of the contrast media in the right atrium with no forward flow to RV, but no pulmonary embolism. She was successfully treated with percutaneous veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation...
August 1, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780576/mechanical-and-surgical-bioprosthetic-valve-thrombosis
#14
REVIEW
Wei Yao Lim, Guy Lloyd, Sanjeev Bhattacharyya
Valve thrombosis can occur in mechanical prosthetic valves and is increasingly recognised in transcatheter and surgically implanted bioprosthetic valves. The risk of thrombosis of mechanical valves is higher in the mitral position compared with aortic position and in older generation valves (ball and cage valves). There is a wide spectrum of presentation from the asymptomatic patient to those with embolic complications or cardiogenic shock. A combination of transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography is required to assess the haemodynamic effect of thrombosis (valve gradients and area), leaflet motion and thrombus size...
August 5, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768967/dabigatran-therapy-resulting-in-the-resolution-of-rivaroxaban-resistant-left-atrial-appendage-thrombi-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Tetsuya Watanabe, Yukinori Shinoda, Kuniyasu Ikeoka, Tomoko Minamisaka, Hidetada Fukuoka, Hirooki Inui, Shiro Hoshida
Patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and a large left atrium are at a high risk for thromboembolisms. Recently, direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have mainly been used for the prevention of cardiac embolisms caused by AF. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is performed in order to exclude any left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombi. We herein report two cases of persistent AF, both of which were treated with rivaroxaban for more than two years. Since TEE identified mobile LAA thrombi with this treatment, we switched from rivaroxaban to the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767504/echocardiography-in-the-evaluation-of-pulmonary-embolism
#16
Tanya Dutta, William H Frishman, Wilbert S Aronow
Pulmonary embolism is a major cause of mortality. Acute pulmonary embolism also encompasses a wide clinical spectrum of severity, ranging from asymptomatic silent disease to hemodynamic instability and shock. Echocardiography is a useful modality to improve treatment strategies for pulmonary embolus. Echocardiography plays a role in risk stratification at the time of diagnosis. The evaluation of the right ventricle (RV) has evolved over time. RV variables evaluated by echocardiography include RV size, RV/left ventricular (LV) ratio, RV fractional area of change, tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion, RV systolic pressure and RV Tei index...
June 22, 2017: Cardiology in Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765187/non-atherosclerotic-aortic-mural-thrombus-a-rare-source-of-embolism
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Julian A Marin-Acevedo, Andree H Koop, Jose L Diaz-Gomez, Pramod K Guru
A 54-year-old man presented to the emergency department with acute left-sided chest pain and left upper quadrant abdominal pain. He had a significant history of squamous cell carcinoma of the lung previously treated with right pneumonectomy who ; is currently receiving adjuvant chemotherapy with cisplatin. Physical examination was remarkable for tachycardia, hypertension and mild abdominal tenderness. CT angiography revealed an aortic mural thrombus in the ascending aorta and aortic arch without dissection, aneurysm or tortuosity of the aorta...
August 1, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765018/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-triggered-by-venous-air-embolism-during-craniotomy-in-sitting-position-a-case-report
#18
Florian Raimann, Christian Senft, Jörg Honold, Kai Zacharowski, Volker Seifert, Jan Mersmann
BACKGROUND: Here we present a case of a stress induced cardiomyopathy (TakoTsubo cardiomyopathy) caused by a venous air embolism during a craniotomy in sitting position. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 69-year old female patient was admitted to the neurosurgical department and scheduled for elective resection of a cerebellar metastasis in sitting position. After craniotomy and opening of the posterior fossa a venous air embolism was detected via transesophageal echocardiography...
July 29, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762298/cardiac-myxoma-clinical-characteristics-surgical-intervention-intra-operative-challenges-and-outcome
#19
Mahmoud Abu Abeeleh, Suhayl Saleh, Emad Alhaddad, Moaath Alsmady, Musa Alshehabat, Zuhair Bani Ismail, Islam Massad, Amjad Bani Hani, Sami Abu Halaweh
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this retrospective study were to characterize the clinical presentation, diagnostic findings, surgical approaches, intra-operative challenges and complications following the surgical treatment of cardiac myxoma in two of the largest referral hospitals in Jordan. METHODS: Medical records of all patients presented to the cardiology department during the period between 1984 and 2016 were reviewed. Criteria for inclusion in the study were: (1) patients who were presented for cardiac evaluation due to symptoms suggestive of a primary cardiac problem, (2) completed medical records, including results of echocardiography suggestive of intra-cardiac occupying mass, (3) the surgical operation was undertaken and intra-operative data was available, (4) a histological diagnosis of myxoma was available and (5) the discharge status and follow-up data were available for at least 2 years after initial surgery...
July 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758563/papillary-fibroelastoma-found-with-transesophageal-echocardiography-after-a-normal-transthoracic-echocardiography
#20
Andrew G Cook, Omar Viswanath, Jayanand D'Mello
We present the case of a patient with transient ischemic attacks who was being investigated for multiple embolic strokes. Initial workup, including brain computed tomography, computed tomography angiography, and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) were negative for a source until transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) found a mass in the left atrium. The TEE differentiated the mass as a rare cardiac papillary fibroelastoma on the left atrial free wall confirmed by postsurgical pathology. This case highlights the importance of TEE as a diagnostic tool for its ability to more accurately differentiate and characterize the tumor compared with TTE...
September 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
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