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Heart transplant review

Q A Hill, L C Harrison, A D Padmakumar, R G Owen, K R Prasad, G F Lucas, P Tachtatzis
OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE: Transplantation-mediated alloimmune thrombocytopenia (TMAT) occurs when leukocytes transferred in a donor organ from a patient with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), mount a response against recipient platelets. We present the first fatal case of TMAT following liver transplantation and review its aetiology and treatment. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: The liver donor had ITP and died from an intracranial haemorrhage. The recipient platelet count fell to 2 × 10(9)/l on post-operative day 2...
October 21, 2016: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Sven Reek
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The wearable cardioverter-defibrillator has been available for over a decade. In recent years, the device has been prescribed increasingly for a wide range of indications. The purpose of this review is to describe the technical and clinical aspects of the wearable cardioverter-defibrillator. The available literature on safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness is reviewed, and indications for use will be discussed. RECENT FINDINGS: The wearable cardioverter-defibrillator has been used successfully in more than 100 000 patients for a variety of indications...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Kai Zhu, Dingqian Liu, Hao Lai, Jun Li, Chunsheng Wang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) families have been found to be powerful regulators in a wide variety of diseases, which enables the possible use of miRNAs in therapeutic strategies for cardiac repair after ischemic heart disease. This review provides some general insights into miRNAs modulation for development of current molecular and cellular therapeutics in cardiac repair, including endogenous regeneration, endogenous repair, stem cells transplantation, and reprogramming. We also review the delivery strategies for miRNAs modulation, and briefly summarize the current bench and clinical efforts that are being made to explore miRNAs as the future therapeutic target...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Alban-Elouen Baruteau, Thomas Barnetche, Luc Morin, Zakaria Jalal, Nicholas S Boscamp, Emmanuel Le Bret, Jean-Benoit Thambo, Julie A Vincent, Alain Fraisse, Alejandro J Torres
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter techniques are emerging for left atrial (LA) decompression under venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO). We aimed to assess whether balloon atrioseptostomy (BAS) is a safe and efficient strategy. METHODS: All patients who underwent percutaneous static BAS under VA-ECMO at four tertiary institutions were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: From 2000 to 2014, BAS was performed in 64 patients (32 adults and 32 children)...
October 14, 2016: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Mohamed Ghalayini, Pierre-Yves Brun, Pascal Augustin, Elise Guivarch, Marie Pierre Dilly, Sophie Provenchere, Pierre Mordant, Yves Castier, Philippe Montravers, Dan Longrois
Competitive flows syndrome result in severe regional hypoxemia when the deoxygenated flow from the native left ventricle (LV) competes with oxygenated flow from extracorporeal life support (ECLS) pump with potentially severe consequences for the cerebral and coronary circulations. Fast correction of hypoxemia could be obtained by decreasing native LV flow by infusion of a short-acting beta-blocker (esmolol). Our purpose was to retrospectively review the efficacy of esmolol in this situation and hypothesize on the potential mechanisms of action and the associated risks...
September 2016: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
Bastian Schmack, Alexander Weymann, Prashant Mohite, Diana Garcia Saez, Bartlomiej Zych, Anton Sabashnikov, Mohamed Zeriouh, Joel Schamroth, Achim Koch, Simona Soresi, Olga Ananiadou, Fabio De Robertis, Matthias Karck, Andre Ruediger Simon, Aron Frederik Popov
Lung transplantation remains the definite treatment for various end-stage lung diseases. Cold flush perfusion, the standard method for organ procurement has severe limitations. Organ Care System (OCS; TransMedics, Inc., Andover, USA) is an approved method to preserve hearts for transplantation that allows for greatly reduced cold ischemic time. Consequently, the use of an adapted OCS lung as a portable full ex-vivo lung perfusion system in lung transplantation is currently under close evaluation. Areas covered: The aim of this article is to review the advantages and the role of the OCS in the field of lung transplantation by reviewing the latest literature and evaluating this novel procurement technique in the context of conventional methods like cold flush and regular ex-vivo lung perfusion...
October 11, 2016: Expert Review of Medical Devices
Tanya N Antonini, Stacey S Beer, Tamir Miloh, William J Dreyer, Susan E Caudle
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to review the current literature on neuropsychological functioning in two groups of children requiring organ transplants (liver or heart) and present recent clinical data collected through the liver and cardiac transplantation programs at a large pediatric academic medical center. METHOD: Data included in this study came from 18 patients who completed evaluations for heart transplant (n = 8) or liver transplant (n = 10) between the ages of 2 and 6 years (inclusive)...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
Carola Hedberg-Oldfors, Emma Glamuzina, Peter Ruygrok, Lisa J Anderson, Perry Elliott, Oliver Watkinson, Chris Occleshaw, Malcolm Abernathy, Clinton Turner, Nicola Kingston, Elaine Murphy, Anders Oldfors
We describe a new type of cardiomyopathy caused by a mutation in the glycogenin-1 gene (GYG1). Three unrelated male patients aged 34 to 52 years with cardiomyopathy and abnormal glycogen storage on endomyocardial biopsy were homozygous for the missense mutation p.Asp102His in GYG1. The mutated glycogenin-1 protein was expressed in cardiac tissue but had lost its ability to autoglucosylate as demonstrated by an in vitro assay and western blot analysis. It was therefore unable to form the primer for normal glycogen synthesis...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Hua Li, Shouguo Yang, Hao Chen, Zhaohua Yang, Tao Hong, Yingyong Hou, Chunsheng Wang
BACKGROUND: Heart transplantation is an uncommon treatment for unresectable and non-metastatic primary cardiac sarcomas, and the role of it is unclear. This study aims to offer a survival analysis of it. METHODS: This study consists of 6 patients from our institution and 40 patients identified in a literature search who underwent heart transplantation for non-metastatic primary cardiac sarcomas. Seven patients with unresectable cardiac angiosarcoma who received palliative therapies at our institution were included for comparison...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dipesh K Shah, Salil V Deo, Andrew D Althouse, Jeffery J Teuteberg, Soon J Park, Robert L Kormos, Harold M Burkhart, Victor O Morell
BACKGROUND: Adults with congenital heart disease may present with end-stage heart failure necessitating orthotopic heart transplant (OHT). We sought to review the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) experience with this unique cohort focusing on surgical outcomes and survival. METHODS: From the UNOS registry, 737 adult congenital heart disease recipients (ACHDR) out of 26,993 OHT patients (2.7%) who underwent OHT were studied to analyze early and late outcomes and compared to non-congenital recipients (NCR) over a 15-year period (2000-2014)...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
Meghan T Walsh, M Mahmood Hussain
Homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) is a polygenic disease arising from defects in the clearance of plasma low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which results in extremely elevated plasma LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) and increased risk of atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, and premature death. Conventional lipid-lowering therapies, such as statins and ezetimibe, are ineffective at lowering plasma cholesterol to safe levels in these patients. Other therapeutic options, such as LDL apheresis and liver transplantation, are inconvenient, costly, and not readily available...
October 1, 2016: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
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)
Amritha Yellamilli, Jop H van Berlo
The heart has a limited ability to regenerate. It is important to identify therapeutic strategies that enhance cardiac regeneration in order to replace cardiomyocytes lost during the progression of heart failure. Cardiac progenitor cells are interesting targets for new regenerative therapies because they are self-renewing, multipotent cells located in the heart. Cardiac side population cells (cSPCs), the first cardiac progenitor cells identified in the adult heart, have the ability to differentiate into cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, and fibroblasts...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Kathryn S Agarwal, Rabia Kazim, Jiaqiong Xu, Soo Borson, George E Taffet
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether 30-day readmissions were associated with presence of cognitive impairment more in elderly adults with heart failure (HF) than in those with other diagnoses and whether medical teams recognized cognitive impairment. DESIGN: One-year prospective cohort quality improvement program of cognitive screening and retrospective chart review of documentation and outcomes. SETTING: Academic tertiary care hospital medical unit with a cardiovascular focus and an enhanced discharge program of individualized patient education...
September 27, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Braghadheeswar Thyagarajan, Monisha Priyadarshini Kumar, Rutuja R Sikachi, Abhinav Agrawal
Heart failure is one of the leading causes of death in developed nations. End stage heart failure often requires cardiac transplantation for survival. The left ventricular assist device (LVAD) has been one of the biggest evolvements in heart failure management often serving as bridge to transplant or destination therapy in advanced heart failure. Like any other medical device, LVAD is associated with complications with infections being reported in many patients. Endocarditis developing secondary to the placement of LVAD is not a frequent, serious and difficult to treat condition with high morbidity and mortality...
August 2016: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
Ana Rocha, Luísa Lobato
Orthotopic liver transplantation (LT) was implemented as the inaugural disease-modifying therapy for hereditary transthyretin (ATTR) amyloidosis, a systemic amyloidosis mainly affecting the peripheral nervous system and heart. The first approach to pharmacologic therapy was focused on the stabilization of the TTR tetramer; following that new advent LT was assumed as the second step of treatment, for those patients whose neuropathy becomes worse after a course of pharmacologic therapy. The renal disease has been ignored in hereditary ATTR amyloidosis...
September 14, 2016: Transplantation Reviews
Anwarul Hasan, Ahmad Khattab, Mohammad Ariful Islam, Khaled Abou Hweij, Joya Zeitouny, Renae Waters, Malek Sayegh, Md Monowar Hossain, Arghya Paul
Cardiac tissue damage due to myocardial infarction (MI) is one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide. The available treatments of MI include pharmaceutical therapy, medical device implants, and organ transplants, all of which have severe limitations including high invasiveness, scarcity of donor organs, thrombosis or stenosis of devices, immune rejection, and prolonged hospitalization time. Injectable hydrogels have emerged as a promising solution for in situ cardiac tissue repair in infarcted hearts after MI...
November 2015: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Sarah Baldwin, Sheila Au
The Skin Cancer Post-Transplant (SCREEN) Clinic is a skin-cancer screening clinic that is fully integrated into the renal transplantation clinic at St Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. The purpose of this review was to determine characteristics of patients most at risk for skin cancer, to specify types and locations of skin cancers diagnosed, and to identify areas for patient and physician education. Transplant patients (91% renal; 5% heart) screened by a dermatologist during a 12-month period were stratified into low-, medium-, and high-risk groups based on detailed history and skin examination...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Joseph A R Englert, Jennifer A Davis, Selim R Krim
BACKGROUND: Heart transplantation remains the definitive therapy for patients with advanced heart failure; however, owing to limited donor organ availability and long wait times, continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have become standard therapy. METHODS: This review summarizes the history, progression, function, and basic management of LVADs. Additionally, we provide some clinical pearls and important caveats for managing this unique patient population...
2016: Ochsner Journal
Aditya Bansal, Jay K Bhama, Rajan Patel, Sapna Desai, Stacy A Mandras, Hamang Patel, Tyrone Collins, John P Reilly, Hector O Ventura, P Eugene Parrino
BACKGROUND: Outcomes of traditional mechanical support paradigms (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, intraaortic balloon pump [IABP], and permanent left ventricular assist device [LVAD]) in acute decompensated heart failure have generally been suboptimal. Novel approaches, such as minimally invasive LVAD therapy (Impella 5.0 device), promise less invasive but equivalent hemodynamic support. However, it is yet unknown whether the outcomes with such devices support widespread acceptance of this new technology...
2016: Ochsner Journal
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