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  1. Valvular pulmonic stenosis. Diagnosis and therapy reviewed.

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    Hoorntje, Jan Cornelis Anthony

    1987-01-01

    In this thesis the diagnosis and therapy of Valvular Pulmonic Stenosis (VPS) are reviewed. One reason for this is founded in the improvement in diagnostic techniques that has taken place in the past decades. Another reason is the change in potssible therapy due to the development of Percutaneous

  2. [Factors facilitating development of degenerative aortic valvular stenosis].

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    Andropova, O V; Polubentseva, E I; Anokhin, V N

    2005-01-01

    The aim of the study was to determine factors of risk and progress of aortal valvular calcinosis (AVC) and aortic ostium stenosis (AOS). The subjects were 85 patients with AVC (42--with aortic valvular stenosis (AVS), and 43--without AOS). The study, which included analysis of the lipid and mineral metabolism, and immunological tests, shows that potential factors of AVC are: age (p dislipidemia (high serum level of total cholesterol, cholesterol of low density lipoproteins, and apoB, atherogenic shift of apoB/apoA-1 ratio, low level of cholesterol of high density lipoproteins (CHDLP)), disbalance between intecellular matrix synthesis and destruction (high concentration of alkaline phosphatase and its bone fraction, and accelerated deoxypyridinoline excretion), inflammation (high concentration of C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen, and interleukin-6 (IL-6)). The factors of AOS were: age (p dislipidemia (high levels of cholesterol of low density and very low density lipoproteins, low concentrations of CHDLP, and apoA-1), degradation of extracellular matrix, and inflammation (high concentrations of CRP, fibrinogen, IL-6, and IL-8). Thus, atherogenic dislipidemia and mineral dysmetabolism disorder facilitate AVC. The revealed immune status changes imply the role of inflammation in the development and progress of AVS.

  3. A case of valvular pulmonic stenosis and an aberrant coronary artery in a Brittany spaniel.

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    Estey, Chelsie

    2011-05-01

    Valvular pulmonic stenosis and aberrancy of the right coronary artery with subsequent subvalvular stenosis was found on echocardiographic evaluation of a 9-month-old Brittany spaniel. Previous echocardiography at 4 mo of age revealed the pulmonic stenosis; however, the aberrant coronary artery only became apparent during the second evaluation.

  4. Genetic associations with valvular calcification and aortic stenosis

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    Thanassoulis, George; Campbell, Catherine Y; Owens, David S

    2013-01-01

    Limited information is available regarding genetic contributions to valvular calcification, which is an important precursor of clinical valve disease.......Limited information is available regarding genetic contributions to valvular calcification, which is an important precursor of clinical valve disease....

  5. Valvular regurgitation and stenosis: when is surgery required?

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    Goel, R; Sengupta, P P; Mookadam, F; Chaliki, H P; Khandheria, B K; Tajik, A J

    2009-01-01

    Valvular heart disease is a growing public health problem, with an increasing prevalence due to an ageing population. Despite advances, the medical management of symptomatic valvular heart diseases remains suboptimal, necessitating surgical correction. The challenge remains in identifying an asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patient who will benefit from timely surgery before irreversible changes in cardiac function have occurred. The potential risks of surgery versus watchful expectancy require careful decision-making. This review is a focused update on the existing guidelines and identifies the knowledge gaps and avenues of future research in the management of patients with valvular heart diseases PMID:27325921

  6. Valvular regurgitation and stenosis: when is surgery required?

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    Goel, R.; Sengupta, P P; Mookadam, F; Chaliki, H P; Khandheria, B K; Tajik, A.J.

    2009-01-01

    Valvular heart disease is a growing public health problem, with an increasing prevalence due to an ageing population. Despite advances, the medical management of symptomatic valvular heart diseases remains suboptimal, necessitating surgical correction. The challenge remains in identifying an asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patient who will benefit from timely surgery before irreversible changes in cardiac function have occurred. The potential risks of surgery versus watchful expectancy req...

  7. Prolonged QT dispersion in children with congenital valvular aortic stenosis.

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    Piorecka-Makula, Anna; Werner, Bozena

    2009-10-01

    Hypertrophied and ischemic cardiac muscle in patients with aortic valve stenosis becomes a potential source of ventricular cardiac arrhythmia that can lead to sudden death. Arrhythmia is associated with an abnormal duration of the action potential in a cardiac muscle cell. The aim of this prospective study was to analyze QT dispersion in children with different stages of aortic valve stenosis and different left ventricular mass indexes. Sixty children with aortic valve stenosis were divided into 3 subgroups according to their pressure gradients. Sixty healthy children served as controls. Doppler echocardiography, standard 12-lead electrocardiography and 24-hour Holter monitoring electrocardiography were performed. QT dispersion was significantly higher in children with aortic stenosis than in the control group. There were statistically significant positive correlation between QT dispersion and left ventricular mass index and between QT dispersion and pressure gradient. QT dispersion was significantly higher in 20 patients with aortic stenosis and ventricular arrhythmia than that in patients without arrhythmia. In children with a higher pressure gradient and a higher left ventricular mass index, more complex arrhythmia was found. Risk of ventricular arrhythmia increases with the degree of aortic valve stenosis and cardiac muscle hypertrophy. QT dispersion is prolonged in children with aortic valve stenosis, particularly in patients with arrhythmia, and increases with pressure gradient and left ventricular mass index.

  8. A case of left main pulmonary artery aneurysm associated with valvular pulmonary stenosis in a child.

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    Lee, Ran; Son, Jae Sung; Park, Yong Mean

    2011-10-01

    Aneurysm of the main pulmonary artery is a rare clinical entity that can be congenital or acquired. Most cases occur in association with other congenital malformations, severe pulmonary hypertension, vasculitides, infectious agents, or collagen vascular disorders. We report here a pediatric case of left pulmonary artery aneurysm associated with valvular pulmonary stenosis and a hypoplastic right pulmonary artery, which we confirmed via multidetector computed tomography angiography.

  9. Low-flow aortic stenosis in asymptomatic patients: valvular-arterial impedance and systolic function from the SEAS Substudy

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    Cramariuc, Dana; Cioffi, Giovanni; Rieck, Ashild E

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the impact of valvuloarterial impedance on left ventricular (LV) myocardial systolic function in asymptomatic aortic valve stenosis (AS). BACKGROUND: In atherosclerotic AS, LV global load consists of combined valvular and arterial resistance to LV ejection....... preserved. (An Investigational Drug on Clinical Outcomes in Patients With Aortic Stenosis [Narrowing of the Major Blood Vessel of the Heart]; NCT00092677)....

  10. Successful treatment of a congenital pulmonic valvular stenosis in a snow leopard (Uncia uncia) by percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty.

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    Chai, Norin; Behr, Luc; Chetboul, Valérie; Pouchelon, Jean Louis; Wedlarski, Rudy; Tréhiou-Sechi, Emilie; Gouni, Vassiliki; Misbach, Charlotte; Petit, Amandine M P; Bourgeois, Aude; Hazan, Thierry; Borenstein, Nicolas

    2010-12-01

    A 3-yr-old intact female snow leopard (Uncia uncia) was evaluated for progressive apathy, lethargy, and decreased appetite. Cardiac auscultation revealed a left basal grade IV/VI systolic ejection murmur, and an echocardiogram confirmed a severe pulmonic valvular stenosis (pressure gradient of 98 mm Hg). The lesion was managed by balloon valvuloplasty, resulting in a marked pressure gradient reduction (30 mm Hg). The cat recovered well, and clinical signs resolved. This is the first description of a pulmonary valve stenosis and management with balloon valvuloplasty in a wild felid.

  11. Platelet expression of stromal cell-derived factor-1 is associated with the degree of valvular aortic stenosis.

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    Thomas Wurster

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Platelet surface expression of stromal-cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1 is increased during platelet activation and constitutes an important factor in hematopoetic progenitor cell trafficking at sites of vascular injury and ischemia. Enhanced platelet SDF-1 expression has been reported previously in patients suffering from acute coronary syndrome (ACS. We hypothesized that expression of platelet associated SDF-1 may also be influenced by calcified valvular aortic stenosis (AS. METHODS: We consecutively evaluated 941 patients, who were admitted to the emergency department with dyspnea and chest pain. Platelet surface expression of SDF-1 was determined by flow cytometry, AS was assessed using echocardiography and hemodynamic assessment by heart catheterization. A 1∶1 propensity score matching was implemented to match 218 cases with 109 pairs adjusting for age, sex, cardiovascular risk factors, and medication including ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, beta blockers, statins, aspirin, clopidogrel, GPIIb/IIIa antagonists, and vitamin K antagonists. RESULTS: Patients with valvular AS showed enhanced platelet SDF-1 expression compared to patients without AS (non-valvular disease, NV independent of ACS and stable coronary artery disease (SAP [mean fluorescence intensity (MFI for ACS (AS vs. NV: 75±40.4 vs. 39.5±23.3; P = 0.002; for SAP (AS vs. NV: 54.9±44.6 vs. 24.3±11.2; P = 0.008]. Moreover, the degree of AS significantly correlated with SDF-1 platelet surface expression (r = 0.462; P = 0.002. CONCLUSIONS: Valvular AS is associated with enhanced platelet-SDF-1 expression; moreover the degree of valvular AS correlates with SDF-1 platelet surface expression. These findings may have clinical implications in the future.

  12. Platelet expression of stromal cell-derived factor-1 is associated with the degree of valvular aortic stenosis.

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    Wurster, Thomas; Tegtmeyer, Roland; Borst, Oliver; Rath, Dominik; Geisler, Tobias; Gawaz, Meinrad; Bigalke, Boris

    2014-01-01

    Platelet surface expression of stromal-cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) is increased during platelet activation and constitutes an important factor in hematopoetic progenitor cell trafficking at sites of vascular injury and ischemia. Enhanced platelet SDF-1 expression has been reported previously in patients suffering from acute coronary syndrome (ACS). We hypothesized that expression of platelet associated SDF-1 may also be influenced by calcified valvular aortic stenosis (AS). We consecutively evaluated 941 patients, who were admitted to the emergency department with dyspnea and chest pain. Platelet surface expression of SDF-1 was determined by flow cytometry, AS was assessed using echocardiography and hemodynamic assessment by heart catheterization. A 1∶1 propensity score matching was implemented to match 218 cases with 109 pairs adjusting for age, sex, cardiovascular risk factors, and medication including ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, beta blockers, statins, aspirin, clopidogrel, GPIIb/IIIa antagonists, and vitamin K antagonists. Patients with valvular AS showed enhanced platelet SDF-1 expression compared to patients without AS (non-valvular disease, NV) independent of ACS and stable coronary artery disease (SAP) [mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) for ACS (AS vs. NV): 75±40.4 vs. 39.5±23.3; P = 0.002; for SAP (AS vs. NV): 54.9±44.6 vs. 24.3±11.2; P = 0.008]. Moreover, the degree of AS significantly correlated with SDF-1 platelet surface expression (r = 0.462; P = 0.002). Valvular AS is associated with enhanced platelet-SDF-1 expression; moreover the degree of valvular AS correlates with SDF-1 platelet surface expression. These findings may have clinical implications in the future.

  13. Persistent reduction in left ventricular strain using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography after balloon valvuloplasty in children with congenital valvular aortic stenosis.

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    Marcus, K.A.; Korte, C.L. de; Feuth, T.; Thijssen, J.M.; Oort, A.M. van; Tanke, R.B.; Kapusta, L.

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investige serial changes of myocardial deformation using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiographic (2DSTE) imaging in children undergoing balloon valvuloplasty for congenital valvular aortic stenosis (VAS). METHODS: Thirty-seven children with

  14. [Analysis of the prevalence and risk factors of preoperative angiography confirmed coronary artery stenosis in patients with degenerative valvular heart disease].

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    Xu, Z J; Pan, J; Zhou, Q; Wang, D J

    2017-10-24

    Objective: To estimate the prevalence and the risk factors of preoperative coronary angiography (CAG) confirmed coronary stenosis in patients with degenerative valvular heart disease. Methods: A total of 491 patients who underwent screening CAG before valvular surgery due to degenerative valvular heart disease were enrolled from January 2011 to September 2014 in our hospital, and clinical data were analyzed. According to CAG results, patients were divided into positive CAG result (PCAG) group or negative CAG (NCAG) group. Positive CAG result was defined as stenosis ≥50% of the diameter of the left main coronary artery or stenosis ≥70% of the diameter of left anterior descending, left circumflex artery, and right coronary artery.Risk factors of positive CAG result were analyzed by multivariable logistic regression analysis, and Bootstrap method was used to verify the results. Results: There were 47(9.57%)degenerative valvular heart disease patients with PCAG. Patients were older ((68.0±7.6)years vs.(62.6±7.1)years, P disease patients. Bootstrap method revealed satisfactory repeatability of multivariable logistic regression analysis results (age: OR =1.118, 95% CI 1.068-1.178, P =0.001; typical angina: OR =8.970, 95% CI 2.338-35.891, P =0.001; serum concentration of apolipoprotein B: OR =20.311, 95% CI 4.639-91.977, P =0.001). Conclusions: A low prevalence of PCAG before valvular surgery is observed in degenerative valvular heart disease patients in this patient cohort. Age, typical angina, and serum concentration of apolipoprotein B are independent risk factors of PCAG in this patient cohort.

  15. Persistent reduction in left ventricular strain using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography after balloon valvuloplasty in children with congenital valvular aortic stenosis.

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    Marcus, Karen A; de Korte, Chris L; Feuth, Ton; Thijssen, Johan M; van Oort, Anton M; Tanke, Ronald B; Kapusta, Livia

    2012-05-01

    The aim of this study was to investige serial changes of myocardial deformation using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiographic (2DSTE) imaging in children undergoing balloon valvuloplasty for congenital valvular aortic stenosis (VAS). Thirty-seven children with isolated congenital VAS were enrolled in this study prospectively. Patients underwent echocardiographic evaluation at three instances: before balloon valvuloplasty, 6 months after intervention, and 3 years after intervention. Longitudinal, circumferential, and radial peak systolic strain values were determined, as well as systolic strain rate and the time to peak global systolic strain. Linear mixed statistical models were used to assess changes in 2DSTE parameters after balloon intervention. Using one-way analysis of variance, 2DSTE results at 3-year follow-up were compared with 2DSTE measurements in 74 healthy age-matched children and 76 children with uncorrected VAS whose severity of stenosis corresponded to residual stenosis of study subjects at 3-year follow-up. Global peak strain and strain rate measurements in all three directions were decreased before intervention compared with healthy children. Global peak strain and strain rate measurements increased significantly (P stenosis or aortic regurgitation. Copyright © 2012 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Clinical applicability for the assessment of the valvular mitral stenosis severity with Doppler echocardiography and the proximal isovelocity surface area (PISA) method.

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    Lee, Tao Yu; Tseng, Chi-Jen; Chiao, Chia-Ding; Chiou, Chuen-Wang; Mar, Guang-Yuan; Liu, Chun-Peng; Lin, Shao Lin; Chiang, Hung-Tin

    2004-01-01

    Evaluation of the severity of valvular mitral stenosis and measurements of the effective rheumatic mitral valve area by noninvasive echocardiography has been well accepted. The area is measured by the two-dimensional planimetry (PLM) method and the Doppler pressure half-time (PHT) method. Recently, the proximal isovelocity surface area (PISA) by color Doppler technique has been used as a quantitative measurement for valvular heart disease. However, this method needs more validation. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate the clinical applicability of the PISA method in the measurements of effective mitral valve area in patients with rheumatic valvular heart disease. Forty-seven patients aged from 23 to 71 years, with a mean age of 53 +/- 13 (25 male and 22 female, 15 with sinus rhythm, mean heart rate of 83 +/- 14 beats per minute, with rheumatic valvular mitral stenosis without hemodynamically significant mitral regurgitation) were included in the study. Effective mitral valve area (MVA) derived by the PISA method was calculated as follows: 2 x Pi x (proximal aliasing color zone radius)2x aliasing velocity/peak velocity across mitral orifice. Effective mitral valve areas measured by three different methods (PLM, PHT, and PISA) were compared and correlated with those calculated by the "gold standard" invasive Gorlin's formula. The MVA derived from PHT, PLM, PISA and Gorlin's formula were 1.00 +/- 0.31cm2, 0.99 +/- 0.30 cm2, 0.95 +/- 0.30 cm2 and 0.91 +/- 0.29 cm2, respectively. The correlation coefficients (r value) between PHT, PLM, PISA, and Gorlin's formula, respectively, were 0.66 (P = 0.032, SEE = 0.64), 0.67 (P = 0.25, SEE = 0.72) and 0.80 (P = 0.002, SEE = 0.53). In conclusion, the PISA method is useful clinically in the measurement of effective mitral valve area in patients with rheumatic mitral valve stenosis. The technique is relatively simple, highly feasible and accurate when compared with the PHT, PLM, and Gorlin's formula. Therefore, this

  17. Hybrid balloon valvuloplasty through the ascending aorta via median sternotomy in infants with severe congenital valvular aortic stenosis: feasibility of a new method†.

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    Pan, Xiang-Bin; Zhang, Feng-Wen; Hu, Sheng-Shou; Liu, Zhen-Guo; Ma, Kai; Pang, Kun-Jing; Yan, Fu-Xia; Wang, Xu; Ou-Yang, Wen-Bin; Wang, Yang; Li, Shou-Jun

    2015-06-01

    To evaluate a novel hybrid balloon valvuloplasty procedure for severe congenital valvular aortic stenosis in low-weight infants, performed through the ascending aorta via median sternotomy. Eighteen infants (Hybrid balloon valvuloplasty procedures were performed in a hybrid operating room. Patients were followed up at 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and then annually following the procedure. The hybrid balloon valvuloplasty procedure was successful in all patients. Eight patients were successfully rescued from left ventricular systolic dysfunction by cardiac compression under direct vision. The aortic valve pressure gradient decreased from 80.3 ± 20.8 mmHg preoperatively to 16.0 ± 3.6 mmHg immediately postoperatively (P valve pressure gradient remained low (21.7 ± 5.3 mmHg). Reintervention was not required in any of the patients. Hybrid balloon valvuloplasty through the ascending aorta via median sternotomy is an effective and safe procedure for infants with severe congenital aortic stenosis. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved.

  18. A new method of detecting subendocardial ischemia in patients with aortic valvular stenosis without coronary artery disease using thallium-201 single photon emission tomography

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    Umamoto, Ikuo; Sugihara, Hiroki; Harada, Yoshiaki (Kyoto Prefectural Univ. of Medicine (Japan)) (and others)

    1993-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to detect myocardial ischemia in aortic valvular stenosis (AVS) without coronary artery disease by using exercise Tl-201 SPECT. The subjects were 18 AVS patients. Twenty other patients were served as controls. Transient 'left ventricular subendocardial dilation and decreased wall thickness', obtained on early SPECT images, were quantitatively determined by transient dilation index (TDI). Washout rates (WR) were calculated from overlapping early and delayed images to obtain WR map. According to TDI, 18 AVS patients were classified as having TDI[<=]1.11 (Group A, n=9) and TDI>1.11 (Group B, n=9). WR map in Group B presented the direction from the pericardial toward the endocardial side, revealing a pattern of decreased WR and a decreased coronary flow reserve on the endocardial side. Both pressure gradient between the aorta and left ventricle and left ventricular wall thickness were significantly greater in Group B than Group A. In 3 patients in Group B, TDI returned to normal and WR map became homogeneous after aortic valve replacement. In addition, fibrosis was noted in the endocardial site on biopsy. In AVS associated with great pressure gradient, endocardial ischemia may occur on exercise, resulting from a decreased coronary flow reserve, and a decreased compliance due to fibrosis and hypertrophy. Exercise Tl-201 myocardial SPECT is capable of detecting distribution patterns of subendocardial ischemia and coronary flow reserve in AVS. (N.K.).

  19. Edema pulmonar refractario secundario a estenosis valvular aórtica severa - valvuloplastia aórtica como terapia puente a cirugía: Presentación de un caso Refractory pulmonary edema secondary to severe aortic valvular stenosis - aortic valvuloplasty as bridge therapy to surgery

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    Santiago Salazar

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available La estenosis valvular aórtica es una entidad progresiva, que cuando es severa y produce síntomas, tiene un pronóstico sombrío que afecta de forma adversa la sobrevida. En estos casos el tratamiento de elección es la cirugía de cambio valvular, la cual, bajo determinadas circunstancias clínicas, puede ser de muy alto riesgo, y obliga así a considerar alternativas de manejo menos agresivas que permitan solucionar el problema. Se muestra el caso de un hombre de 65 años, con estenosis valvular aórtica severa, quien desarrolló edema pulmonar refractario al manejo médico, que se resolvió mediante valvuloplastia aórtica, como terapia puente a cirugía.Aortic valve stenosis is a progressive disease; when it is severe and symptomatic has a bleak prognosis that affects adversely the patient survival. In these cases, the treatment of choice is valve replacement surgery that under certain circumstances can bear a huge risk that forces the physician to consider less aggressive management alternatives to solve the problem. The case of a 65 years old male with severe aortic valve stenosis is reported. He developed pulmonary edema refractory to medical treatment that was solved by aortic valvuloplasty as bridge therapy to surgery.

  20. Renal artery stenosis: An unusual etiology of hypertensive encephalopathy in a child with fanconi anemia

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    Radheshyam Purkait

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A 9-year-old girl, diagnosed case of Fanconi anemia, presented with generalized convulsion with altered sensorium. She had fever, severe pallor, sinus tachycardia, blood pressure of 180/120 mmHg in both upper and lower limb, pan-systolic murmur of grade 2/6, abdominal bruit and bilateral papilledema. A provisional diagnosis of hypertensive encephalopathy was made and managed with continuous labetalol infusion. Detailed evaluation including magnetic resonance angiography of renal artery detected underlying atrophic and non-functioning right kidney secondary to severe renal artery stenosis on the same side. She was started with multiple antihypertensives, but her blood pressure was maintained poorly. Later on, she underwent rightsided nephrectomy. Following surgery, she was doing well and maintaining normal blood pressure without any antihypertensives. Our child is the second reported case of Fanconi anemia associated with renal artery stenosis presenting with hypertensive encephalopathy.

  1. [Stress echo and valvular heart disease].

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    Monin, J L

    2005-06-01

    Stress echo has already been validated in some forms of valvular heart disease, especially in calcific aortic stenosis with low cardiac output and dynamic mitral regurgitation (MR) of valvular heart disease. Stress Doppler haemodynamics is a term used to differentiate these new indications from that of segmental wall analysis of the left atrium in ischaemic heart disease. In calcific aortic stenosis with low output, the haemodynamics with low dose dobutamine allows assessment of the real severity of the aortic stenosis and identification of the rare cases with mild stenosis: the principal indication remains the assessment of operative risk and long-term prognosis by the study of left ventricular contractile reserve. In cases of ischaemic left ventricular systolic dysfunction, the presence of mild mitral regurgitation (regurgitant surface area >20 mm2 at rest) is a poor prognostic factor. The dynamic character of mitral regurgitation is related to left ventricular remodelling which leads to deformation of the valvular apparatus (mitral tenting). Dynamic mitral regurgitation (regurgitant orifice area >13 mm2 on exercise) is a powerful prognostic factor, the role of which has recently been demonstrated in the genesis of acute pulmonary oedema. the other indications of stress haemodynamics are under validation, mainly the assessment of exercise capacity and valvular compliance in mitral stenosis or asymptomatic aortic stenosis.

  2. Diagnostic approach to assessment of valvular heart disease using MRI—Part I: a practical approach for valvular regurgitation

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    Chaothawee, Lertlak

    2012-01-01

    Valvular heart diseases from any cause are divided into two categories: stenosis and regurgitation. Acquired knowledge of the pathological aetiology and disease severity are the important clues for optimal treatment, which may be medication or combination with surgery. The non-invasive techniques have been established for valvular heart disease evaluation for many years especially in demonstrating valvular structure and assessing severity. Transthoracic echocardiography still plays the major ...

  3. [Reoperation for valvular heart diseases].

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    Shintani, H; Matsuda, H

    1994-08-01

    To elucidate the limitation of mitral valve reconstruction, 53 mitral disease patients (Mitral stenosis: 29, Mitral regurgitation: 24) undergoing reoperation late after valve reconstruction were studied, taking account of valvular lesions at initial operation. Reoperation rate after open mitral commissurotomy for mitral stenosis was higher in the patients with valvular regurgitation at initial operation than in those with severe subvalvular lesions or calcified valve. Reoperation rate for mitral regurgitation after mitral valvuloplasty was higher in the patients with stenotic fibrous degeneration or dilated annulus at initial operation than in those with torn chorda. Thus, these findings suggest that combined lesion of stenosis and regurgitation at initial operation may affect the reoperation rate in patients undergoing mitral valve reconstruction for either mitral stenosis or mitral regurgitation. Different approaches to the mitral valve through the left atrium and various techniques of the atriotomy have been practiced according to the need for a particular patients. The left atrium and the mitral valve can be exposed through median sternotomy followed by biatrial atriotomy or transplant approach. A correct approach and good exposure plays a key role in the success of redo surgical procedure for mitral valve disease.

  4. [Percutaneous treatment of valvular heart diseases].

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    Ettori, Federica; Fiorina, Claudia; Lipartiti, Felicia; Maffeo, Diego; Curello, Salvatore; Chizzola, Giuliano; Curnis, Antonio; Chiari, Ermanna; Dei Cas, Livio

    2012-10-01

    Surgical valve replacement represents the treatment of choice for symptomatic and severe valvular heart disease. However, the operative risk is increased in presence of advanced age and comorbidities, therefore such patients are often not deemed suitable for surgical treatment. Recently, percutaneous valve replacement has emerged as an optional treatment for such patients, particularly for treating severe aortic stenosis and severe mitral regurgitation.

  5. Moderate Aortic Valvular Insufficiency Invalidates Vortex Formation Time as an Index of Left Ventricular Filling Efficiency in Patients With Severe Degenerative Calcific Aortic Stenosis Undergoing Aortic Valve Replacement.

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    Pagel, Paul S; Boettcher, Brent T; De Vry, Derek J; Freed, Julie K; Iqbal, Zafar

    2016-10-01

    Transmitral blood flow produces a vortex ring (quantified using vortex formation time [VFT]) that enhances the efficiency of left ventricular (LV) filling. VFT is attenuated in LV hypertrophy resulting from aortic valve stenosis (AS) versus normal LV geometry. Many patients with AS also have aortic insufficiency (AI). The authors tested the hypothesis that moderate AI falsely elevates VFT by partially inhibiting mitral leaflet opening in patients with AS. Observational study. Veterans Affairs medical center. Patients with AS in the presence or absence of moderate AI (n = 8 per group) undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR) were studied after institutional review board approval. None. Under general anesthesia, peak early LV filling (E) and atrial systole (A) blood flow velocities and their corresponding velocity-time integrals were obtained using pulse-wave Doppler transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to determine E/A and atrial filling fraction (beta). Mitral valve diameter (D) was calculated as the average of major and minor axis lengths obtained in the midesophageal bicommissural (transcommissural anterior-lateral-posterior medial) and LV long-axis (anterior-posterior) TEE imaging planes, respectively. VFT was calculated as 4·(1-beta)·SV/πD(3), where SV = stroke volume measured using thermodilution. Hemodynamics, diastolic function, and VFT were determined during steady-state conditions before cardiopulmonary bypass. The severity of AS (mean and peak pressure gradients, peak transvalvular jet velocity, aortic valve area) and diastolic function (E/A, beta) were similar between groups. Moderate centrally directed AI was present in 8 patients with AS (ratio of regurgitant jet width to LV outflow tract diameter of 36±6%). Pulse pressure and mean pulmonary artery pressure were elevated in patients with versus without AI, but no other differences in hemodynamics were observed. Mitral valve minor and major axis lengths, diameter, and area were reduced in the

  6. [Valvular heart diseases in the aged].

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    Ohkawa, S

    1988-01-01

    A total of 458 cases (11.5%) with valvular heart diseases in the aged (greater than or equal to 60 years) were found among 4,000 consecutive autopsies. They included 204 cases (45%) of aortic regurgitation (AR), 171 cases (37%) of mitral regurgitation (MR), followed by 45 (10%) of aortic stenosis (AS) and 27 cases (6%) of mitral stenosis (MS). As an etiology of the valvular diseases, degenerative type was found in 195 cases (43%), ischemic origin in 91 cases (20%), followed by inflammatory origin such as syphilitic in 51 and infective endocarditis in three, aortitis in two and rheumatic in 49 (11%). Congenital origin was also found in 18 cases (4%). Among various types of valvular diseases in the aged, degenerative AR was most frequently found in 140 cases, followed by MR due to papillary muscle dysfunction in 91 cases. The clinical characteristics in cases with valvular diseases were as follows: atrial fibrillation was prominent in MS; congestive heart failure was found in 60% of cases except those with degenerative AR; cardiac death was frequent in syphilitic and rheumatic AR; association of hypertension was found in 50% of cases with MR and degenerative AR. In this article the characteristics of the valvular heart disease in the aged and additionally its diagnosis and treatment were discussed.

  7. THE STUDY OF PREVALENCE AND CLINICAL PROFILE OF VALVULAR HEART DISEASES IN A TEACHING HOSPITAL

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    Radha Krishnan

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Valvular heart disease is still a common causes of mortality and morbidity in India and rheumatic heart disease is still far more frequent. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To study the prevalence and clinical profile of rheumatic and non - rheumatic valvular heart dise ase in patients attending to Government General Hospital, Kakinada. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 100 Adult patients with valvular abnormalities attending to the Medicine and Cardiology Units of Government General Hospital, Kakinada from Nov 2011 - May 2013 were studied. C linical history including various symptoms, past history of rheumatic fever, followed by systemic examination was done. A detailed cardiovascular examination with relevant investigations and evaluation was done. OBSERVATIONS AND RESULTS: The most common cause of acquired valvular heart disease is Rheumatic Heart Disease. Mitral valve involvement is the most common valve involvement with Mitral regurgitation as the most common valvular lesion. Mitral stenosis is the most common valvular lesion amon g rheumatic valvular heart disease. The most common complaint is breathlessness and the most common complication is Congestive heart failure. Multi valvular lesion is the most common valve involvement in patients presenting with congestive heart failure an d infective endocarditis. Patients having atrial fibrillation are noted to have mitral stenosis more commonly. Mitral stenosis is the valve abnormality commonly noted in patients presenting with haemoptysis, respiratory tract infection and chorea. Left sid ed hemiplegia is common in patients with acquired valvular heart disease. CONCLUSIONS: Though the incidencen of rheumatic valvular disease is decreased in modern era, still continuing in our country. The analysis of the present study gives us insight into the various types of presentation of acquired valvular heart disease and to increase awareness besides early detection of valvular diseases clinically. It also helps in planning of

  8. Natriuretic peptides in common valvular heart disease.

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    Steadman, Christopher D; Ray, Simon; Ng, Leong L; McCann, Gerry P

    2010-05-11

    Valvular heart disease, particularly aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation, accounts for a large proportion of cardiology practice, and their prevalence is predicted to increase. Management of the asymptomatic patient remains controversial. Biomarkers have been shown to have utility in the management of cardiovascular disease such as heart failure and acute coronary syndromes. In this state-of-the-art review, we examine the current evidence relating to natriuretic peptides as potential biomarkers in aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation. The natriuretic peptides correlate with measures of disease severity and symptomatic status and also can be used to predict outcome. This review shows that natriuretic peptides have much promise as biomarkers in common valvular heart disease, but the impact of their measurement on clinical practice and outcomes needs to be further assessed in prospective studies before routine clinical use becomes a reality. Copyright 2010 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Infective endocarditis causing mitral valve stenosis - a rare but deadly complication: a case report.

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    Hart, Michael A; Shroff, Gautam R

    2017-02-17

    Infective endocarditis rarely causes mitral valve stenosis. When present, it has the potential to cause severe hemodynamic decompensation and death. There are only 15 reported cases in the literature of mitral prosthetic valve bacterial endocarditis causing stenosis by obstruction. This case is even more unusual due to the mechanism by which functional mitral stenosis occurred. We report a case of a 23-year-old white woman with a history of intravenous drug abuse who presented with acute heart failure. Transthoracic echocardiography failed to show valvular vegetation, but high clinical suspicion led to transesophageal imaging that demonstrated infiltrative prosthetic valve endocarditis causing severe mitral stenosis. Despite extensive efforts from a multidisciplinary team, she died as a result of her critical illness. The discussion of this case highlights endocarditis physiology, the notable absence of stenosis in modified Duke criteria, and the utility of transesophageal echocardiography in clinching a diagnosis. It advances our knowledge of how endocarditis manifests, and serves as a valuable lesson for clinicians treating similar patients who present with stenosis but no regurgitation on transthoracic imaging, as a decision to forego a transesophageal echocardiography could cause this serious complication of endocarditis to be missed.

  10. Supravalvular aortic stenosis with sudden cardiac death

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    Pradeep Vaideeswar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Sudden cardiac death (SCD most commonly results from previously undiagnosed congenital, acquired, or hereditary cardiac diseases. Congenital aortic valvular, subvalvular, and supravalvular disease with left ventricular outflow tract obstruction is an important preventable cause of sudden death. This report documents sudden death presumably due to acute myocardial ischemia in a young male with an undiagnosed supravalvular aortic stenosis (SVAS due to a rare association of isolation of coronary sinuses of Valsalva. Congenital supravalvular pulmonary stenosis and mitral valvular dysplasia were also present.

  11. Diagnostic approach to assessment of valvular heart disease using MRI—Part I: a practical approach for valvular regurgitation

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    Chaothawee, Lertlak

    2012-01-01

    Valvular heart diseases from any cause are divided into two categories: stenosis and regurgitation. Acquired knowledge of the pathological aetiology and disease severity are the important clues for optimal treatment, which may be medication or combination with surgery. The non-invasive techniques have been established for valvular heart disease evaluation for many years especially in demonstrating valvular structure and assessing severity. Transthoracic echocardiography still plays the major role. However, not every case can be clearly evaluated by transthoracic echocardiography because of rib space window limitation. In the present-day practice, MRI has been extensively used for the evaluation of heart diseases in both unique and complementary categories. However, valvular heart disease assessment using cardiac MRI still remains an important challenge. PMID:27326026

  12. Characteristics, aetiological spectrum and management of valvular heart disease in a Tunisian cardiovascular centre.

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    Triki, Faten; Jdidi, Jihen; Abid, Dorra; Tabbabi, Nada; Charfeddine, Selma; Ben Kahla, Sahar; Hentati, Mourad; Abid, Leila; Kammoun, Samir

    Valvular heart diseases occur frequently in Tunisia, but no precise statistics are available. To analyse the characteristics of patients with abnormal valvular structure and function, and to identify the aetiological spectrum, treatment and outcomes of valvular heart disease in a single cardiovascular centre in Tunisia. This retrospective study included patients with abnormal valvular structure and function, who were screened by transthoracic echocardiography at a single cardiology department between January 2010 and December 2013. Data on baseline characteristics, potential aetiology, treatment strategies and discharge outcomes were collected from medical records. There were 959 patients with a significant valvular heart disease (mean age 53±17years; female/male ratio 0.57). Valvular heart disease was native in 77% of patients. Mitral stenosis was the most frequent lesion (44.1%), followed by multiple valve disease (22.3%). Rheumatic origin (66.6%) was the most frequent aetiology, followed by degenerative (17.2%) or ischaemic (8.1%) causes, endocarditis (1.4%) and congenital (0.9%) causes. Native valve disease was severe in 589 patients (61.4%). Percutaneous mitral balloon valvuloplasty was performed in 36.9% of patients with mitral stenosis. Among patients with severe valvular heart disease, surgical treatment was indicated for 446 (75.7%) patients. Only 161 (36.1%) patients were finally operated. Postoperative mortality was 13.6% for all valvular heart diseases. This retrospective study has shown that the main cause of valvular heart disease in Tunisia is rheumatic fever. Mitral stenosis and multiple valve disease are the most frequent valvular heart diseases in Tunisia. Percutaneous mitral balloon valvuloplasty and prosthetic valve replacement are the preferred treatment methods for valvular heart disease. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  13. Meatal stenosis

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    Urethral meatal stenosis ... Meatal stenosis can affect both males and females. It is more common in males. In males, it is often ... in the urethra may also lead to meatal stenosis. In females, this condition is present at birth ( ...

  14. Valvular heart diseases.

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    Kurup, Viji; Haddadin, Ala' Sami

    2006-09-01

    Patients who have valvular heart disease coming for surgery present many challenges to the anesthesiologist. Over the past 3 decades there has been a persistent improvement in our understanding of the pathophysiology of valvular heart disease and in the surgical techniques for correcting it. With the development of efficient and safe noninvasive monitoring of cardiac function, new surgical techniques, better designs of prosthetic valves, and the development of useful guidelines for choosing the proper timing of surgical intervention, patients who have valvular disease with varying physiology can be encountered in the perioperative period. The perioperative physician has to be aware of the varying effects of hemodynamic variables on this subpopulation of patients.

  15. Computational fluid dynamics modelling of left valvular heart diseases during atrial fibrillation

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    Scarsoglio, Stefania; Gaita, Fiorenzo; Ridolfi, Luca; Anselmino, Matteo

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    Although atrial fibrillation (AF), a common arrhythmia, frequently presents in patients with underlying valvular disease, its hemodynamic contributions are not fully understood. The present work aimed to computationally study how physical conditions imposed by pathologic valvular anatomy act on AF hemodynamics. We simulated AF with different severity grades of left-sided valvular diseases and compared the cardiovascular effects that they exert during AF, compared to lone AF. The fluid dynamics model used here has been recently validated for lone AF and relies on a lumped parameterization of the four heart chambers, together with the systemic and pulmonary circulation. Three different grades of severity (mild, moderate, severe) were analyzed for each of the four valvulopathies (aortic stenosis, mitral stenosis, aortic regurgitation, mitral regurgitation). Regurgitation was hemodynamically more relevant than stenosis, as the latter led to inefficient cardiac flow, while the former introduced more drastic fluid ...

  16. Spinal Stenosis

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    ... and allows you to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing in your spine. The narrowing puts ... and spinal cord and can cause pain. Spinal stenosis occurs mostly in people older than 50. Younger ...

  17. [Epidemiology of valvular heart diseases in the adult].

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    Iung, Bernard

    2009-02-20

    Valvular heart diseases remain frequent in Western countries since the decrease in the frequency of rheumatic heart diseases has been replaced by degenerative valve diseases. Thus, there is an important increase in the prevalence of valvular heart diseases after the age of 65. The frequency of heart valve disease in the elderly has an important impact on patient management, given the frequency of comorbidity and the increase in the risk of interventions. The two other most frequent causes of heart valve disease are rheumatic fever and infective endocarditis. In Europe, the two most frequent heart valve diseases are calcified aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation, while aortic regurgitation and mitral stenosis are rare. Rheumatic heart diseases remain frequent in developing countries. Their prevalence is underestimated by clinical screening alone. Systematic echocardiographic screening estimates the prevalence of rheumatic heart valve disease to be between 20 and 30 per 1000 in children of school age.

  18. Computational fluid dynamics modelling of left valvular heart diseases during atrial fibrillation

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    Saglietto, Andrea; Gaita, Fiorenzo; Ridolfi, Luca; Anselmino, Matteo

    2016-01-01

    Background: Although atrial fibrillation (AF), a common arrhythmia, frequently presents in patients with underlying valvular disease, its hemodynamic contributions are not fully understood. The present work aimed to computationally study how physical conditions imposed by pathologic valvular anatomy act on AF hemodynamics. Methods: We simulated AF with different severity grades of left-sided valvular diseases and compared the cardiovascular effects that they exert during AF, compared to lone AF. The fluid dynamics model used here has been recently validated for lone AF and relies on a lumped parameterization of the four heart chambers, together with the systemic and pulmonary circulation. The AF modelling involves: (i) irregular, uncorrelated and faster heart rate; (ii) atrial contractility dysfunction. Three different grades of severity (mild, moderate, severe) were analyzed for each of the four valvulopathies (AS, aortic stenosis, MS, mitral stenosis, AR, aortic regurgitation, MR, mitral regurgitation), by varying–through the valve opening angle–the valve area. Results: Regurgitation was hemodynamically more relevant than stenosis, as the latter led to inefficient cardiac flow, while the former introduced more drastic fluid dynamics variation. Moreover, mitral valvulopathies were more significant than aortic ones. In case of aortic valve diseases, proper mitral functioning damps out changes at atrial and pulmonary levels. In the case of mitral valvulopathy, the mitral valve lost its regulating capability, thus hemodynamic variations almost equally affected regions upstream and downstream of the valve. In particular, the present study revealed that both mitral and aortic regurgitation strongly affect hemodynamics, followed by mitral stenosis, while aortic stenosis has the least impact among the analyzed valvular diseases. Discussion: The proposed approach can provide new mechanistic insights as to which valvular pathologies merit more aggressive treatment of

  19. Computational fluid dynamics modelling of left valvular heart diseases during atrial fibrillation

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    Stefania Scarsoglio

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Although atrial fibrillation (AF, a common arrhythmia, frequently presents in patients with underlying valvular disease, its hemodynamic contributions are not fully understood. The present work aimed to computationally study how physical conditions imposed by pathologic valvular anatomy act on AF hemodynamics. Methods: We simulated AF with different severity grades of left-sided valvular diseases and compared the cardiovascular effects that they exert during AF, compared to lone AF. The fluid dynamics model used here has been recently validated for lone AF and relies on a lumped parameterization of the four heart chambers, together with the systemic and pulmonary circulation. The AF modelling involves: (i irregular, uncorrelated and faster heart rate; (ii atrial contractility dysfunction. Three different grades of severity (mild, moderate, severe were analyzed for each of the four valvulopathies (AS, aortic stenosis, MS, mitral stenosis, AR, aortic regurgitation, MR, mitral regurgitation, by varying–through the valve opening angle–the valve area. Results: Regurgitation was hemodynamically more relevant than stenosis, as the latter led to inefficient cardiac flow, while the former introduced more drastic fluid dynamics variation. Moreover, mitral valvulopathies were more significant than aortic ones. In case of aortic valve diseases, proper mitral functioning damps out changes at atrial and pulmonary levels. In the case of mitral valvulopathy, the mitral valve lost its regulating capability, thus hemodynamic variations almost equally affected regions upstream and downstream of the valve. In particular, the present study revealed that both mitral and aortic regurgitation strongly affect hemodynamics, followed by mitral stenosis, while aortic stenosis has the least impact among the analyzed valvular diseases. Discussion: The proposed approach can provide new mechanistic insights as to which valvular pathologies merit more aggressive

  20. Computational fluid dynamics modelling of left valvular heart diseases during atrial fibrillation.

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    Scarsoglio, Stefania; Saglietto, Andrea; Gaita, Fiorenzo; Ridolfi, Luca; Anselmino, Matteo

    2016-01-01

    Although atrial fibrillation (AF), a common arrhythmia, frequently presents in patients with underlying valvular disease, its hemodynamic contributions are not fully understood. The present work aimed to computationally study how physical conditions imposed by pathologic valvular anatomy act on AF hemodynamics. We simulated AF with different severity grades of left-sided valvular diseases and compared the cardiovascular effects that they exert during AF, compared to lone AF. The fluid dynamics model used here has been recently validated for lone AF and relies on a lumped parameterization of the four heart chambers, together with the systemic and pulmonary circulation. The AF modelling involves: (i) irregular, uncorrelated and faster heart rate; (ii) atrial contractility dysfunction. Three different grades of severity (mild, moderate, severe) were analyzed for each of the four valvulopathies (AS, aortic stenosis, MS, mitral stenosis, AR, aortic regurgitation, MR, mitral regurgitation), by varying-through the valve opening angle-the valve area. Regurgitation was hemodynamically more relevant than stenosis, as the latter led to inefficient cardiac flow, while the former introduced more drastic fluid dynamics variation. Moreover, mitral valvulopathies were more significant than aortic ones. In case of aortic valve diseases, proper mitral functioning damps out changes at atrial and pulmonary levels. In the case of mitral valvulopathy, the mitral valve lost its regulating capability, thus hemodynamic variations almost equally affected regions upstream and downstream of the valve. In particular, the present study revealed that both mitral and aortic regurgitation strongly affect hemodynamics, followed by mitral stenosis, while aortic stenosis has the least impact among the analyzed valvular diseases. The proposed approach can provide new mechanistic insights as to which valvular pathologies merit more aggressive treatment of AF. Present findings, if clinically confirmed

  1. Mitral stenosis before, during and after pregnancy

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    JW Roos-Hesselink

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Mitral stenosis is the most common cardiac valvular problem in pregnant women with rheumatic heart disease being the most important cause. As a result of hemodynamic changes associated with pregnancy, previously asymptomatic patients develop symptoms or complications during pregnancy. Pregnancy in women with mitral stenosis is associated with a marked increase in maternal morbidity and adverse fetal outcome. Treatment of symptomatic mitral stenosis during pregnancy consists of bedrest, beta-blockers and diuretics. If symptoms persist despite optimal medical treatment, percutaneous mitral valvulotomy should be considered. If possible, surgery should be postponed until after delivery. It is recommended to treat women with symptomatic mitral stenosis in a tertiary centre with interventional possibilities.

  2. Aortic stenosis

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    ... but most often it develops later in life. Children with aortic stenosis may have other conditions present from birth. Aortic ... children may need aortic valve repair or replacement. Children with mild aortic stenosis may be able to take part in most ...

  3. Spinal Stenosis

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    ... Vasculitis Enfermedades y Condiciones I Am A Patient / Caregiver Diseases & Conditions Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Fast Facts Spinal ... weakness, since it greatly affects your ability to work and enjoy life. The natural course of the disease is one of slow progression over time. There ...

  4. [Analysis of some clinical aspects of degenerative valvular heart diseases in medical practice].

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    Ionescu, Simona Daniela; Sandru, V; Artenie, R; Rezuş, C; Manea, Paloma; Burdujan, Alina; Hrustovici, A; Cosovanu, A

    2003-01-01

    In a period of 5 years there were 18,391 admissions; out of them 1129 cases were diagnosed with valvular lesions: 223 (19.7%) were degenerative valvular heart disease, 608 (53.8%) had rheumatismal valvular lesions, 7 (0.6%) had congenital valvular lesions and 291 cases (25.7%) had valvular lesions of other etiologies. Out of the 223 cases with degenerative valvular lesions, 99 cases (44.4%) were men with an average age of 70.1 years old and 129 were women (55%) with an average age of 74.9 years old. The calcific aortic valve stenosis was encountered in 139 patients (62.3%), the aortic insufficiency was diagnosed in 19 patients (8.5%), the mitral insufficiency 49 patients (21.9%) and the mitral stenosis in 10 patients (4.4%) the other patients having either aortic or mitral valvular disease. The combination of an aortic stenosis with a mitral insufficiency was diagnosed in 46 cases (20.6%) from the 223. Only 14 patients were asymptomatic, most of them having heart failure (namely, 178 patients i.e. 78%) with or without angine pectoris or effort vertigo, or they had only effort angina, vertigo or effort sincope. Rhythm disorders happened in 59 patients (26.4%) while disorders in the transmission of the stimuli were diagnosed in 14 patients (5.2%). Two patients died due to cardiac causes. Rheumatismal valve disease are nearly 2.5 times more frequent than degenerative valve disease and they became a practical reality, which is claimed by its continuously increasing frequency, by a variety of lesional aspects and by implications on the heart, and by it, presence in an age group were arteriosclerosis cumulates its risk factors.

  5. [Patients in the intensive care unit with valvular diseases].

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    Geppert, A

    2013-10-01

    Valvular dysfunction is as frequent as acute coronary syndromes in the pathogenesis of acute decompensated heart failure. The prevalence of relevant valvular dysfunction increases with age and reaches more than 10 % in patients over 75 years old. Guidelines and studies on the treatment of these patients, especially in an intensive care unit (ICU) setting are, however, scarce despite excellent guidelines for treatment of valvular heart disease in the general population. In the last decade a number of therapeutic alternatives became available when standard inotrope and vasopressor therapy fails to stabilize patients. These include balloon valvuloplasty in patients with severe aortic valve stenosis and assist devices, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as well as mitral clipping. These therapeutic alternatives are to be considered as bridge to operation procedures in cases of shock due to valvular dysfunction, as hemodynamic stabilization and stabilization of organ function are essential to allow valve repair/replacement which is still considered to be the gold standard in this situation but is not always possible in the acute setting.

  6. Acute Valvular Heart Disease.

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    Maheshwari, Varun; Barr, Brian; Srivastava, Mukta

    2018-02-01

    Valvular heart disease (VHD) is a common clinical entity. Recognition of decompensated VHD is crucial to instituting appropriate workup and management. Initial evaluation focuses on hemodynamics, peripheral perfusion, volume overload, and active myocardial ischemia. Initial therapy is targeted at improving hemodynamics, fluid status, and decreasing myocardial ischemia before intervention. Echocardiography can rapidly identify VHD etiology and severity along with physical examination findings. Owing to improved survival with cardiac surgery over the past several decades, prosthetic valve dysfunction should be recognized and initial treatment understood. Mechanical circulatory support is increasingly part of clinical practice in stabilizing patients with decompensated VHD. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Radiation-associated valvular disease

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    Carlson, R.G.; Mayfield, W.R.; Normann, S.; Alexander, J.A. (Univ. of Florida, Gainesville (USA))

    1991-03-01

    The prevalence of radiation-associated cardiac disease is increasing due to prolonged survival following mediastinal irradiation. Side effects of radiation include pericarditis, accelerated coronary artery disease, myocardial fibrosis and valvular injury. We evaluated the cases of three young patients with evidence of significant valvular disease following mediastinal irradiation. One patient underwent the first reported successful aortic and mitral valve replacement for radiation-associated valvular disease (RAVD) as well as concurrent coronary artery revascularization. A review of the literature revealed 35 reported cases of RAVD, with only one successful case of valve replacement that was limited to the aortic valve. Asymptomatic RAVD is diagnosed 11.5 years after mediastinal irradiation compared with 16.5 years for symptomatic patients, emphasizing that long-term follow-up is important for patients receiving mediastinal irradiation. This study defines a continuum of valvular disease following radiation that begins with mild asymptomatic valvular thickening and progresses to severe valvular fibrosis with hemodynamic compromise requiring surgical intervention. 32 refs.

  8. Neonatal aortic stenosis.

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    Drury, Nigel E; Veldtman, Gruschen R; Benson, Lee N

    2005-09-01

    Neonatal aortic stenosis is a complex and heterogeneous condition, defined as left ventricular outflow tract obstruction at valvular level, presenting and often requiring treatment in the first month of life. Initial presentation may be catastrophic, necessitating hemodynamic, respiratory and metabolic resuscitation. Subsequent management is focused on maintaining systemic blood flow, either via a univentricular Norwood palliation or a biventricular route, in which the effective aortic valve area is increased by balloon dilation or surgical valvotomy. In infants with aortic annular hypoplasia but adequately sized left ventricle, the Ross-Konno procedure is also an attractive option. Outcomes after biventricular management have improved in recent years as a consequence of better patient selection, perioperative management and advances in catheter technology. Exciting new developments are likely to significantly modify the natural history of this disorder, including fetal intervention for the salvage of the hypoplastic left ventricle; 3D echocardiography providing better definition of valve morphology and aiding patient selection for a surgical or catheter-based intervention; and new transcutaneous approaches, such as duel beam echo, to perforate the valve.

  9. Mitral and aortic valvular flow: quantification with MR phase mapping

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    Søndergaard, Lise; Thomsen, C; Ståhlberg, F

    1992-01-01

    When magnetic resonance phase mapping is used to quantitate valvular blood flow, the presence of higher-order-motion terms may cause a loss of phase information. To overcome this problem, a sequence with reduced encoding for higher-order motion was used, achieved by decreasing the duration of the...... mapping is also valid for pathologic conditions. Phase mapping may be used as a noninvasive clinical tool for flow quantification in heart valve disease....... of the flow-encoding gradient to 2.2 msec. Tested on a flow phantom simulating a severe valvular stenosis, the sequence was found to be robust for higher-order motion within the clinical velocity range. In eight healthy volunteers, mitral and aortic volume flow rates and peak velocities were quantified...... by means of phase mapping and compared with results of the indicator-dilution technique and Doppler echocardiography, respectively. Statistically significant correlations were found between phase mapping and the other two techniques. Similar studies in patients with valvular disease indicate that phase...

  10. Premature Valvular Heart Disease in Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia

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    Akl C. Fahed

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Valvular heart disease frequently occurs as a consequence of premature atherosclerosis in individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH. Studies have primarily focused on aortic valve calcification in heterozygous FH, but there is paucity of data on the incidence of valvular disease in homozygous FH. We performed echocardiographic studies in 33 relatively young patients (mean age: 26 years with homozygous FH (mean LDL of 447 mg/dL, 73% on LDL apheresis to look for subclinical valvulopathy. Twenty-one patients had evidence of valvulopathy of the aortic or mitral valves, while seven subjects showed notable mitral regurgitation. Older patients were more likely to have aortic valve calcification (>21 versus ≤21 years: 59% versus 12.5%; p = 0.01 despite lower LDL levels at the time of the study (385 versus 513 mg/dL; p = 0.016. Patients with valvulopathy were older and had comparable LDL levels and a lower carotid intima-media thickness. Our data suggests that, in homozygous FH patients, valvulopathy (1 is present across a wide age spectrum and LDL levels and (2 is less likely to be influenced by lipid-lowering treatment. Echocardiographic studies that focused on aortic root thickening and stenosis and regurgitation are thus likely an effective modality for serial follow-up of subclinical valvular heart disease.

  11. MicroRNAs in Valvular Heart Diseases: Potential Role as Markers and Actors of Valvular and Cardiac Remodeling

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    Cécile Oury

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available miRNAs are a class of over 5000 noncoding RNAs that regulate more than half of the protein-encoding genes by provoking their degradation or preventing their translation. miRNAs are key regulators of complex biological processes underlying several cardiovascular disorders, including left ventricular hypertrophy, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, hypertension and arrhythmias. Moreover, circulating miRNAs herald promise as biomarkers in acute myocardial infarction and heart failure. In this context, this review gives an overview of studies that suggest that miRNAs could also play a role in valvular heart diseases. This area of research is still at its infancy, and further investigations in large patient cohorts and cellular or animal models are needed to provide strong data. Most studies focused on aortic stenosis, one of the most common valvular diseases in developed countries. Profiling and functional analyses indicate that miRNAs could contribute to activation of aortic valve interstitial cells to a myofibroblast phenotype, leading to valvular fibrosis and calcification, and to pressure overload-induced myocardial remodeling and hypertrophy. Data also indicate that specific miRNA signatures, in combination with clinical and functional imaging parameters, could represent useful biomarkers of disease progression or recovery after aortic valve replacement.

  12. MicroRNAs in Valvular Heart Diseases: Potential Role as Markers and Actors of Valvular and Cardiac Remodeling.

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    Oury, Cécile; Servais, Laurence; Bouznad, Nassim; Hego, Alexandre; Nchimi, Alain; Lancellotti, Patrizio

    2016-07-13

    miRNAs are a class of over 5000 noncoding RNAs that regulate more than half of the protein-encoding genes by provoking their degradation or preventing their translation. miRNAs are key regulators of complex biological processes underlying several cardiovascular disorders, including left ventricular hypertrophy, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, hypertension and arrhythmias. Moreover, circulating miRNAs herald promise as biomarkers in acute myocardial infarction and heart failure. In this context, this review gives an overview of studies that suggest that miRNAs could also play a role in valvular heart diseases. This area of research is still at its infancy, and further investigations in large patient cohorts and cellular or animal models are needed to provide strong data. Most studies focused on aortic stenosis, one of the most common valvular diseases in developed countries. Profiling and functional analyses indicate that miRNAs could contribute to activation of aortic valve interstitial cells to a myofibroblast phenotype, leading to valvular fibrosis and calcification, and to pressure overload-induced myocardial remodeling and hypertrophy. Data also indicate that specific miRNA signatures, in combination with clinical and functional imaging parameters, could represent useful biomarkers of disease progression or recovery after aortic valve replacement.

  13. Subclavian steal syndrome without subclavian stenosis

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    Matt Cwinn, MD

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Subclavian steal syndrome (SSS has been well described in the setting of subclavian stenosis. We describe an unusual case of SSS caused by a high-flow arteriovenous dialysis fistula in the absence of subclavian stenosis, provide a review of the literature, and propose that arteriovenous fistula-induced SSS is an underdiagnosed cause of syncope in this population of patients.

  14. A comparison of different feature extraction methods for diagnosis of valvular heart diseases using PCG signals.

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    Rouhani, M; Abdoli, R

    2012-01-01

    This article presents a novel method for diagnosis of valvular heart disease (VHD) based on phonocardiography (PCG) signals. Application of the pattern classification and feature selection and reduction methods in analysing normal and pathological heart sound was investigated. After signal preprocessing using independent component analysis (ICA), 32 features are extracted. Those include carefully selected linear and nonlinear time domain, wavelet and entropy features. By examining different feature selection and feature reduction methods such as principal component analysis (PCA), genetic algorithms (GA), genetic programming (GP) and generalized discriminant analysis (GDA), the four most informative features are extracted. Furthermore, support vector machines (SVM) and neural network classifiers are compared for diagnosis of pathological heart sounds. Three valvular heart diseases are considered: aortic stenosis (AS), mitral stenosis (MS) and mitral regurgitation (MR). An overall accuracy of 99.47% was achieved by proposed algorithm. Copyright © 2012 Informa UK, Ltd.

  15. High sensitivity troponin and valvular heart disease.

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    McCarthy, Cian P; Donnellan, Eoin; Phelan, Dermot; Griffin, Brian P; Enriquez-Sarano, Maurice; McEvoy, John W

    2017-07-01

    Blood-based biomarkers have been extensively studied in a range of cardiovascular diseases and have established utility in routine clinical care, most notably in the diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome (e.g., troponin) and the management of heart failure (e.g., brain-natriuretic peptide). The role of biomarkers is less well established in the management of valvular heart disease (VHD), in which the optimal timing of surgical intervention is often challenging. One promising biomarker that has been the subject of a number of recent VHD research studies is high sensitivity troponin (hs-cTn). Novel high-sensitivity assays can detect subclinical myocardial damage in asymptomatic individuals. Thus, hs-cTn may have utility in the assessment of asymptomatic patients with severe VHD who do not have a clear traditional indication for surgical intervention. In this state-of-the-art review, we examine the current evidence for hs-cTn as a potential biomarker in the most commonly encountered VHD conditions, aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation. This review provides a synopsis of early evidence indicating that hs-cTn has promise as a biomarker in VHD. However, the impact of its measurement on clinical practice and VHD outcomes needs to be further assessed in prospective studies before routine clinical use becomes a reality. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Cardiac MR Imaging in the Evaluation of Rheumatic Valvular Heart Diseases.

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    Mutnuru, Phani Chakravarty; Singh, S N; D'Souza, John; Perubhotla, Lakshmi Manasa

    2016-03-01

    Rheumatic heart disease is the most common cause of valvular heart disease throughout the world. Echocardiography is the dominant imaging investigation in the assessment of cardiac valvular disease and the role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is so far limited. However, due to rapid improvements in the cardiac MRI technology in past few years, this non invasive technique is gaining interest in the examination of cardiac valves. Our study was undertaken to define the role of MRI in the evaluation of Rheumatic valvular heart disease and to compare the role of MRI with transthoracic echocardiography with regard to quantity of stenosis and volume regurgitation. ECG gated Cardiac MRI was performed with a 1.5-Tesla system (MAGNETOM SYMPHONY- Model 2005) using basic cardiac software (Argus viewer) by a phased-array multicoil on 50 subjects who were known cases of Rheumatic valvular heart disease. A chest radiograph and echocardiography were done in all patients before MR examination. Informed consent was taken from all patients. Mitral stenosis either as an isolated valvular abnormality or in combination with other valvular abnormalities constituted the major bulk of Rheumatic valvular heart disease in our study population. The average ejection fraction by ECHO is 64.94±7.11 and by MRI 67.52±7.84. The average mitral valve area by ECHO is 1.79±0.43 cm(2) and by MRI 1.82±0.47 cm(2). The average aortic valve area by ECHO is 1.10±0.21 cm(2) and by MRI 1.12±0.25 cm(2). The Coefficient of Correlation (r) is 0.82 for ejection fraction, 0.98 for mitral valve area and 0.92 for aortic valve area which means a strong positive association between the results by ECHO and MRI. In all instances, the p-value is <0.00001, suggesting that the test is highly significant. In our study echocardiography was found to be the gold standard for the diagnosis of Rheumatic valvular heart disease and the role of MRI remained only complimentary to Echocardiography. However with advanced

  17. Aortic Valve Stenosis

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    ... rapid, fluttering heartbeat Not eating enough (mainly in children with aortic valve stenosis) Not gaining enough weight (mainly in children with aortic valve stenosis) The heart-weakening effects of aortic valve stenosis ...

  18. THE STUDY OF PREVALENCE AND CLINICAL PROFILE OF VALVULAR HEART DISEASES IN GOVERNMENT GENERAL HOSPITAL, KAKINADA

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    H. Vijay Kumar

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Among the cardiovascular diseases acquired, valvular heart disease is one of the common causes of mortality and morbidity in India. An average of 40% of causes is rheumatic valvular heart diseases of all patients admitted with heart diseases. Male preponderance has been noted by most of the physicians in rheumatic heart disease in India. Acquired valvular heart diseases are mitral valve prolapse syndrome, papillary muscle dysfunction, the rupture of chordae tendineae, calcified mitral annulus, calcified aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation due to syphilis, connective tissue disorders (Marfan’s syndrome, osteogenesis imperfect and systemic lupus erythematosus, atherosclerosis, hypertension and infective endocarditis. Other less common causes are recurrent pulmonary embolism, tuberculosis, cardiac tumours, carcinoid tumours, cardiac surgery for congenital cardiac anomalies and trauma. MATERIALS AND METHODS It is a prospective study on adult patients with valvular abnormalities attending to the Medicine and Cardiology Units of Government General Hospital, Kakinada, between November 2014-May 2017. Total 100 in-patients were included in this study as per inclusion and exclusion criteria. Inclusion Criteria- All patients aged 13 years and above are considered ‘adult’ and are managed by adult medicine. There is no upper age limit. Exclusion Criteria- Patients with congenital valvular heart diseases and cor pulmonale are excluded in the study. RESULTS The incidence of acquired valvular heart disease is higher in the age group of 31-40 years (32% followed by 21-30 years age group (28%. Our study also revealed relatively higher incidence of acquired valvular heart disease among the age groups of 51-60 years and above 60 years, which is due to a relatively higher incidence of mitral regurgitation due to ischaemic heart disease in this same age group. CONCLUSION Out of 100 cases studied mitral valve involvement was noted in 56 cases

  19. Pyloric Stenosis (For Parents)

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  20. Valvular heart diseases and its impact: An assessment among patients attending a tertiary hospital in Kolkata

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    Dey Indira, Das Bhaskar, Dey Subrata

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Valvular heart diseases (VHD are an important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and rheumatic fever still continues to be a contributing factor to VHD in the developing nations like India. This enormous disease burden often translates into huge economic and social losses. Aims: This study was undertaken to identify the sociodemographic characteristics of the patients with VHD, to find the frequency of different types of valvular diseases and their etiologies and the effect of such diseases on daily living. Materials and Methods: A hospital based observational study was carried out among the patients with VHD attending Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery OPD from April,2013 to Dec,2013.Data collection was done using a predesigned and pretested schedule after taking informed consent. Result; Out of the 108 patient’s majority were males and resided in rural areas. Their mean age was 36.39 ± 13.88. Mitral stenosis was found to be the commonest single valve lesion and most of the VHDs were of rheumatic origin. In 32.4% of the cases outdoor activities were completely restricted. Out of the 62 patients working outside, 40.2% were mostly absent from their workplace. Conclusion: Mitral stenosis of rheumatic origin was found to be the commonest type of valvular heart disease in this part. This study reveals that valvular heart disease of rheumatic origin still exists in our society. So preventive measures, diagnosis and management of valvular diseases should not be neglected and we need to provide preventive services in cases of rheumatic fever to reduce the development of VHD.

  1. Magnetic resonance imaging of valvular heart disease

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    Søndergaard, Lise; Ståhlberg, F; Thomsen, C

    1999-01-01

    The optimum management of patients with valvular heart diseases requires accurate and reproducible assessment of the valvular lesion and its hemodynamic consequences. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, such as volume measurements, signal-void phenomena, and velocity mapping, can be used...... in an integrated approach to gain qualitative and quantitative information on valvular heart disease as well as ventricular dimensions and functions. Thus, MRI may be advantageous to the established diagnostic tools in assessing the severity of valvular heart disease as well as monitoring the lesion and predicting...... the optimal timing for valvular surgery. This paper reviews the validation of these MRI techniques in assessing valvular heart disease and discusses some typical pitfalls of the techniques, including suggestions for solutions.J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 1999;10:627-638....

  2. Unique type of isolated cardiac valvular amyloidosis

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    Reehana Salma

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Amyloid deposition in heart is a common occurrence in systemic amyloidosis. But localised valvular amyloid deposits are very uncommon. It was only in 1922 that the cases of valvular amyloidosis were reported. Then in 1980, Goffin et al reported another type of valvular amyloidosis, which he called the dystrophic valvular amyloidosis. We report a case of aortic valve amyloidosis which is different from the yet described valvular amyloidosis. Case presentation A 72 years old gentleman underwent urgent aortic valve replacement. Intraoperatively, a lesion was found attached to the inferior surface of his bicuspid aortic valve. Histopathology examination of the valve revealed that the lesion contained amyloid deposits, identified as AL amyloidosis. The serum amyloid A protein (SAP scan was normal and showed no evidence of systemic amyloidosis. The ECG and echocardiogram were not consistent with cardiac amyloidosis. Conclusion Two major types of cardiac amyloidosis have been described in literature: primary-myelomatous type (occurs with systemic amyolidosis, and senile type(s. Recently, a localised cardiac dystrophic valvular amyloidosis has been described. In all previously reported cases, there was a strong association of localised valvular amyloidosis with calcific deposits. Ours is a unique case which differs from the previously reported cases of localised valvular amyloidosis. In this case, the lesion was not associated with any scar tissue. Also there was no calcific deposit found. This may well be a yet unknown type of isolated valvular amyloidosis.

  3. Stress Doppler echocardiography in valvular heart diseases: utility and assessment.

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    O'Connor, Kim; Lancellotti, Patrizio; Piérard, Luc A

    2010-09-01

    This article is a review on the role of stress echocardiography in valvular heart diseases, describing what the validated indications are, how to perform the test and the utility of performing this examination. Most valve diseases are characteristically dynamic and this dynamic component is best appreciated by exercise Doppler echocardiography. Dobutamine stress echocardiography is also useful in patients with severe aortic stenosis and left ventricular dysfunction. The main advantage of stress echocardiography is to concomitantly allow the evaluation of symptoms, exercise capacity and the hemodynamic consequences of valve diseases, especially in patients with severe valve diseases who deny symptoms or present equivocal symptoms. It also provides important prognostic information and may help to optimize surgical timing in difficult cases. Whether these data should be integrated in the management of patients needs further validation.

  4. Preoperative CT scanning of 70 cases of rheumatic valvular disease

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    Take, Akira; Matuzaki, Shigeru; Oki, Shinichi (Jichi Medical School, Minamikawachi, Tochigi (Japan)) (and others)

    1992-05-01

    Seventy patients with rheumatic valvular disease were evaluated with preoperative CT scanning. The correlation of the obtained CT images to the operative findings were examined. Left atrial thrombi were found in 24 cases at the operation. CT scan had detected thrombi in 19 cases (79.2%) and echocardiography in 15 (62.5%). CT failed to find them in 5 cases in which the left atrial thrombi were less than 3 g. Echocardiogram, however, failed to detect thrombi in 9 cases, the largest being 14 g. There were 15 cases with left atrial calcification, in which 10 cases had left atrial thrombi. Nine cases out of these 10 cases had rough left atrial surface after thrombectomy. Early postoperative CT of 10 with left atrial calcification showed recurrent left atrial thrombi in 4 (40%) cases. Mitral valve calcification was found in 42 cases during operation. CT scan was able to detect it in 40 (95.2%), while echocardiogram detected in 34 cases (81.0%) (p<0.05). All mitral valves with calcification required replacement. Out of 30 cases with non calcified mitral valves, 9 underwent OMC, and the other 21 underwent mitral valve replacement. Aortic valve calcification was found in 9 out of 11 cases of aortic stenosis. All has been diagnosed by CT scan. In conclusion, 1. in detecting the left atrial thrombi, CT scan was superior to echo-cardiography, and provided useful information for planning the operative procedure including atrial approach and valvular manipulation, 2. CT scan could detect calcification of left atrial wall which had high incidence of thrombus formation and rough left atrial surface, 3. CT scan could detect calcification of both mitral and aortic valve, and showed the severity of valvular structural changes. (author).

  5. [Implications of some risk factors in degenerative valvular heart diseases].

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    Ionescu, Simona Daniela; Sandru, V; Artenie, R; Rezuş, C; Manea, Paloma; Burdujan, Alina; Hrustovici, A; Cosovanu, A

    2004-01-01

    A retrospective study on 223 patients diagnosed with degenerative heart valvular lesions: 124 women with an average of 74.9 years old and 99 men with an average of 70.1 years old with the lower limit under 50 years old (one woman and one man) and upper limit over 80 years old (22 women and 11 men) revealed that 109 patients (48.8%) had arterial hypertension, 30 patients (13.4%) had diabetes mellitus, and 16 patients (7%) had obesity. Chronic alcoholism was present at 89 patients (39.9%), chronic tobacco consumption at 54 patients (24.2%), cholesterol value over 200mg/dl in 99 patients (44%) and triglycerides value over 150 mg/dl in 15 patients (6.6%). In the 15 patients with a sever form of aortic stenosis was discovered cholesterol value over 200 mg/dl as well as chronic tobacco use and alcoholism. Degenerative heart valvular disease represents a different process from arteriosclerosis, therefore the conventional risk factors of arteriosclerosis, can not be considered as having the same significance for degenerative heart diseases.

  6. Clinical and epidemiological profile of patients with valvular heart disease admitted to the emergency department

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    Moraes, Ricardo Casalino Sanches de [Instituto do Coração, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Katz, Marcelo [Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Tarasoutchi, Flávio [Instituto do Coração, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2014-07-01

    To evaluate the clinical and epidemiological profile of patients with valvular heart disease who arrived decompensated at the emergency department of a university hospital in Brazil. A descriptive analysis of clinical and echocardiographic data of 174 patients with severe valvular disease, who were clinically decompensated and went to the emergency department of a tertiary cardiology hospital, in the State of São Paulo, in 2009. The mean age of participants was 56±17 years and 54% were female. The main cause of valve disease was rheumatic in 60%, followed by 15% of degenerative aortic disease and mitral valve prolapse in 13%. Mitral regurgitation (27.5%) was the most common isolated valve disease, followed by aortic stenosis (23%), aortic regurgitation (13%) and mitral stenosis (11%). In echocardiographic data, the mean left atrial diameter was 48±12mm, 38±12mm for the left ventricular systolic diameter, and 54±12mm for the diastolic diameter; the mean ejection fraction was 56±13%, and the mean pulmonary artery pressure was 53±16mmHg. Approximately half of patients (44%) presented atrial fibrillation, and over one third of them (37%) had already undergone another cardiac surgery. Despite increased comorbidities and age-dependent risk factors commonly described in patients with valvular heart disease, the clinical profile of patients arriving at the emergency department represented a cohort of rheumatic patients in more advanced stages of disease. These patients require priority care in high complexity specialized hospitals.

  7. Aortic stenosis: From diagnosis to optimal treatment

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    Tavčiovski Dragan

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Aortic stenosis is the most frequent valvular heart disease. Aortic sclerosis is the first characteristic lesion of the cusps, which is considered today as the process similar to atherosclerosis. Progression of the disease is an active process leading to forming of bone matrix and heavily calcified stiff cusps by inflammatory cells and osteopontin. It is a chronic, progressive disease which can remain asymptomatic for a long time even in the presence of severe aortic stenosis. Proper physical examination remains an essential diagnostic tool in aortic stenosis. Recognition of characteristic systolic murmur draws attention and guides further diagnosis in the right direction. Doppler echocardiography is an ideal tool to confirm diagnosis. It is well known that exercise tests help in stratification risk of asymptomatic aortic stenosis. Serial measurements of brain natriuretic peptide during a follow-up period may help to identify the optimal time for surgery. Heart catheterization is mostly restricted to preoperative evaluation of coronary arteries rather than to evaluation of the valve lesion itself. Currently, there is no ideal medical treatment for slowing down the disease progression. The first results about the effect of ACE inhibitors and statins in aortic sclerosis and stenosis are encouraging, but there is still not enough evidence. Onset symptoms based on current ACC/AHA/ESC recommendations are I class indication for aortic valve replacement. Aortic valve can be replaced with a biological or prosthetic valve. There is a possibility of percutaneous aortic valve implantation and transapical operation for patients that are contraindicated for standard cardiac surgery.

  8. Meatal stenosis (image)

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    Meatal stenosis results from irritation of the urethral opening at the end of the penis, which leads to tissue ... also bleeding at the end of urination. Meatal stenosis can usually be treated in the physician's office ...

  9. Mitral stenosis (image)

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    Mitral stenosis is a heart valve disorder that narrows or obstructs the mitral valve opening. Narrowing of the mitral ... the body. The main risk factor for mitral stenosis is a history of rheumatic fever but it ...

  10. Valvular Heart Disease in Adults: Management of Native Valve Disease.

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    Zhang, Xin; Hollenberg, Steven M

    2017-06-01

    Patients with valvular heart disease (VHD) should be treated for diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. They also should receive therapy for left ventricular dysfunction, undergo interval echocardiography, and participate in aerobic exercise. Valve replacement should be considered for patients with aortic stenosis (AS) and syncope, presyncope, heart failure, angina, or severe AS with left ventricular dysfunction. Valve replacement is performed with open or transcatheter procedures; the latter are preferred for patients with high surgical risk. Patients with chronic aortic regurgitation (AR) should undergo open surgical replacement if they are symptomatic or are asymptomatic but have severe regurgitation and left ventricular dysfunction. No transcatheter procedures currently are approved for AR. Patients with mitral stenosis (MS) should receive drugs for heart rate control and anticoagulation if they have atrial fibrillation. Invasive treatment involves valve replacement or percutaneous commissurotomy. Management of severe chronic mitral regurgitation consists of valve replacement or, for patients with high surgical risk, a percutaneous transcatheter procedure that clips the mitral leaflets together. When severe, tricuspid regurgitation can be managed with valve replacement. Pregnant patients with VHD require special management. Women with severe AS or MS should avoid becoming pregnant until VHD is managed definitively. Written permission from the American Academy of Family Physicians is required for reproduction of this material in whole or in part in any form or medium.

  11. [Nutritional improvement after operation of valvular heart diseases with protein-calorie malnutrition].

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    Tsuchida, S; Hayashi, J; Nakazawa, S; Fujita, Y; Moro, H; Yamamoto, K; Takahasi, M; Miyamura, H; Eguchi, S

    1993-02-01

    We evaluated the nutritional states before and after operation in patients with severe valvular heart disease characterized by malnutrition. The patient population consisted of 6 females, age range between 42 and 60, average 52.2 years old. The valve lesions were mitral stenosis in 2, combined aortic and mitral valve diseases in additional 4 patients, and moderate to severe tricuspid regurgitation was noted in 5 of these 6 patients. All 6 patients underwent a successful mitral (c/s aortic) valve replacement, and 5 of 6 tricuspid annuloplasty. The ideal body weight increased significantly from 77.9 +/- 3.4% preoperatively to 84.6 +/- 3.9% postoperatively (p valvular heart diseases.

  12. Evaluation of the left ventricular reserve by dynamic exercise echocardiography after surgery for valvular heart diseases.

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    Sano, S; Nawa, S; Senoo, Y; Teramoto, S

    1989-08-01

    Dynamic ergometer exercise in a supine position was applied to 64 patients more than 1 year after valvular heart surgery, and the left ventricular reserve was evaluated echocardiographically. The left ventricular reserve declined in the mitral stenosis-mitral valve replacement group, while it was better maintained in the mitral stenosis-mitral commissurotomy, aortic regurgitation and aortic stenosis groups. The patients were divided into 3 groups depending on whether the percentage increase during exercise of stroke index, an index of left ventricular pump function, increased, unchanged, or decreased. The percentage increase of mean velocity of circumferential fibre shortening (y) and that of left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (x) during exercise were plotted for each group. The increased group was isolated from the unchanged group by the line of y = -5.02x + 30.1; the unchanged group was isolated from the decreased group by that of y = -5.68x-10.0, and the increased and unchanged groups were clearly isolated from the decreased group by that of y = -6.86x-4.76. We conclude that dynamic ergometer exercise echocardiography is useful for evaluating the left ventricular reserve of postoperative patients with valvular heart disease. It was also thought that the subclinical state of cardiac failure can be effectively detected by the present method.

  13. [Percutaneous approaches in valvular heart diseases].

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    Aydin, Mustafa; Cetiner, Mehmet Ali

    2009-07-01

    Valvular heart diseases still continue to be an important health problem. Surgical replacement of cardiac valves keeps a widely used treatment method for the present. However, the efficiency of minimal invasive and percutaneous methods targeted to repair and replacement of the diseased valves has been searched for nowadays. The first clinical experiences and early stage outcomes on the applicability of these methods are encouraging. Nevertheless, it should be kept in mind that percutaneous valvular interventions are at their development stages. Long term confidence and efficiency studies of these treatment modalities are needed. The present review emphasizes the studies on percutaneous techniques initiated in the treatment of valvular heart diseases.

  14. Rheumatic and nonrheumatic valvular heart disease: epidemiology, management, and prevention in Africa.

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    Essop, Mohammed Rafique; Nkomo, Vuyisile T

    2005-12-06

    Unlike the Western world, valvular disease ranks among the major cardiovascular afflictions in Africa. Acute rheumatic fever and chronic rheumatic valvular disease in their most virulent form are still commonly encountered and impose a huge burden on limited healthcare resources. We performed a systematic review of the literature with PubMed using rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease, valvular disease, warfarin anticoagulation, and pregnancy as search items. Literature emanating from Africa was emphasized. Epidemiology, current concepts on pathogenesis, and aspects of the medical and surgical management of this disease as seen from an African perspective are presented. The association of pregnancy with mitral stenosis is common and may be fatal if not managed appropriately. A practical approach to these patients is presented to optimize maternal and fetal outcome. Pregnant patients with mechanical valves require careful attention to ensure maternal survival and prevent fetal warfarin embryopathy. Prolonged subcutaneous heparin and frequent monitoring of the partial thromboplastin time are impractical in this setting, and the merits of different anticoagulation regimens are discussed. Congenital submitral aneurysms are a unique cause of mitral regurgitation, with the vast majority of cases originating from sub-Saharan Africa. Although the precise etiology is as yet unclear, the clinical and echocardiographic features are sufficiently characteristic to allow a preoperative diagnosis to be made. Transesophageal echocardiography allows much better definition of the size and anatomic relationships of the aneurysm. Surgical resection can be difficult but is usually curative. Mitral valve prolapse and endocarditis constitute the remaining frequent causes of valvular disease and are discussed briefly. The spectrum and presentation of valvular disease in Africa are uniquely different from elsewhere. Together with socioeconomic issues and the HIV pandemic, this fact

  15. Chronic mitral regurgitation detected on cardiac MDCT: differentiation between functional and valvular aetiologies.

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    Killeen, Ronan P

    2012-02-01

    OBJECTIVE: To determine whether cardiac computed tomography (MDCT) can differentiate between functional and valvular aetiologies of chronic mitral regurgitation (MR) compared with echocardiography (TTE). METHODS: Twenty-seven patients with functional or valvular MR diagnosed by TTE and 19 controls prospectively underwent cardiac MDCT. The morphological appearance of the mitral valve (MV) leaflets, MV geometry, MV leaflet angle, left ventricular (LV) sphericity and global\\/regional wall motion were analysed. The coronary arteries were evaluated for obstructive atherosclerosis. RESULTS: All control and MR cases were correctly identified by MDCT. Significant differences were detected between valvular and control groups for anterior leaflet length (30 +\\/- 7 mm vs. 22 +\\/- 4 mm, P < 0.02) and thickness (3.0 +\\/- 1 mm vs. 2.2 +\\/- 1 mm, P < 0.01). High-grade coronary stenosis was detected in all patients with functional MR compared with no controls (P < 0.001). Significant differences in those with\\/without MV prolapse were detected in MV tent area (-1.0 +\\/- 0.6 mm vs. 1.3 +\\/- 0.9 mm, P < 0.0001) and MV tent height (-0.7 +\\/- 0.3 mm vs. 0.8 +\\/- 0.8 mm, P < 0.0001). Posterior leaflet angle was significantly greater for functional MR (37.9 +\\/- 19.1 degrees vs. 22.9 +\\/- 14 degrees , P < 0.018) and less for valvular MR (0.6 +\\/- 35.5 degrees vs. 22.9 +\\/- 14 degrees, P < 0.017). Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of MDCT were 100%, 95%, 96% and 100%. CONCLUSION: Cardiac MDCT allows the differentiation between functional and valvular causes of MR.

  16. Pulmonary infundibular stenosis following mediastinal radiation; Report of two cases

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    Horimoto, Masashi; Satoh, Fumihiko; Igarashi, Keiichi; Takenaka, Takashi; Fujiwara, Masafumi (Sapporo National Hospital, Hokkaido (Japan)); Takahashi, Wataru

    1993-07-01

    Two cases are reported in which pulmonary infundibular stenosis and valvular regurgitation developed after mediastinal irradiation. A 57-year-old woman received a total of 54 Gy of irradiation to the upper and lower parts of the mediastinum after radical mastectomy for breast cancer at the age of 43. Four years later, the patient began to have chest pain. Eleven years after irradiation, she developed angina of effort and pericardial effusion caused by chronic pericarditis. The other patient, a 61-year-old woman, received a total of 90 Gy of irradiation to the mediastinum after radical mastectomy at the age of 33 years. Twenty-seven years later, the patient developed acute inferior myocardial infarction. In both patients, pulmonary infundibular stenosis and valvular regurgitation were considered attributable to irradiation because of the lack of risk factors for coronary artery disease and the presence of cartilage necrosis of the sternum and rib corresponding to the irradiation field. Fibrotic thickness and contraction seemed to be responsible for the mechanism of pulmonary infundibular stenosis after irradiation. The findings in these patients were concordant with the previously reported findings, in that coronary artery lesions were confined to the origin or proximal part of the coronary artery. (N.K.).

  17. Acquired pulmonary artery stenosis in four dogs.

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    Scansen, Brian A; Schober, Karsten E; Bonagura, John D; Smeak, Daniel D

    2008-04-15

    4 dogs with acquired pulmonary artery stenosis (PAS) were examined for various clinical signs. One was a mixed-breed dog with congenital valvular PAS that subsequently developed peripheral PAS, one was a Golden Retriever with pulmonary valve fibrosarcoma, one was a Pembroke Welsh Corgi in which the left pulmonary artery had inadvertently been ligated during surgery for correction of patent ductus arteriosus, and one was a Boston Terrier with a heart-base mass compressing the pulmonary arteries. All 4 dogs were evaluated with 2-dimensional and Doppler echocardiography to characterize the nature and severity of the stenoses; other diagnostic tests were also performed. The mixed-breed dog with valvular and peripheral PAS was euthanized, surgical resection of the pulmonic valve mass was performed in the Golden Retriever, corrective surgery was performed on the Pembroke Welsh Corgi with left pulmonary artery ligation, and the Boston Terrier with the heart-base mass was managed medically. Acquired PAS in dogs may manifest as a clinically silent heart murmur, syncope, or right-sided heart failure. The diagnosis is made on the basis of imaging findings, particularly results of 2-dimensional and Doppler echocardiography. Treatment may include surgical, interventional, or medical modalities and is targeted at resolving the inciting cause.

  18. Doppler echocardiography imaging in detecting multi-valvular lesions: a clinical evaluation in children with acute rheumatic fever.

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    Shivaram, Pushpa; Ahmed, Molla Imaduddin; Kariyanna, Pramod Theetha; Sabbineni, Harika; Avula, Uma Mahesh R

    2013-01-01

    Doppler echocardiography has been demonstrated to be accurate in diagnosing valvular lesions in rheumatic heart disease (RHD) when compared to clinical evaluation alone. To perform Doppler echocardiography in children clinically diagnosed by the Jones criteria to have acute rheumatic fever (ARF), and to then compare the effectiveness of echo in detecting single/multi-valvular lesions with that of the initial clinical evaluation. We enrolled 93 children who were previously diagnosed with ARF by clinical examination. Presence of valvular lesions were enlisted, first by clinical auscultation, and then by performing Doppler echocardiography. We found that Doppler echocardiography was a sensitive technique, capable of detecting valvular lesions that were missed by clinical auscultation alone. Echocardiography of patients with carditis revealed mitral regurgitation to be the most common lesion present (53 patients, 56.98%), followed by aortic regurgitation in 21 patients (22.6%). The difference between clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis in ARF children with carditis was statistically significant for mitral regurgitation, aortic regurgitation and tricuspid regurgitation. Clinical auscultation alone revealed 4 cases of mitral stenosis, 39 mitral regurgitation, 14 aortic regurgitation, 9 tricuspid regurgitation; in contrast, echo revealed 5 cases of mitral stenosis, 53 mitral regurgitation, 21 aortic regurgitation, 18 tricuspid regurgitation. Doppler echocardiography is a more sensitive technique for detecting valvular lesions. In the setting of ARF, echo enables a 46.9% higher detection level of carditis, as compared to the clinical examination alone. Echo was very significant in detecting regurgitation lesions, especially for cases of tricuspid regurgitation in the setting of multivalvular involvement. The results of our study are in accordance with previous clinical studies, all of which clearly demonstrate the advantages of Doppler echocardiography, paving the way

  19. Doppler echocardiography imaging in detecting multi-valvular lesions: a clinical evaluation in children with acute rheumatic fever.

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    Pushpa Shivaram

    Full Text Available RATIONALE: Doppler echocardiography has been demonstrated to be accurate in diagnosing valvular lesions in rheumatic heart disease (RHD when compared to clinical evaluation alone. OBJECTIVE: To perform Doppler echocardiography in children clinically diagnosed by the Jones criteria to have acute rheumatic fever (ARF, and to then compare the effectiveness of echo in detecting single/multi-valvular lesions with that of the initial clinical evaluation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 93 children who were previously diagnosed with ARF by clinical examination. Presence of valvular lesions were enlisted, first by clinical auscultation, and then by performing Doppler echocardiography. We found that Doppler echocardiography was a sensitive technique, capable of detecting valvular lesions that were missed by clinical auscultation alone. Echocardiography of patients with carditis revealed mitral regurgitation to be the most common lesion present (53 patients, 56.98%, followed by aortic regurgitation in 21 patients (22.6%. The difference between clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis in ARF children with carditis was statistically significant for mitral regurgitation, aortic regurgitation and tricuspid regurgitation. Clinical auscultation alone revealed 4 cases of mitral stenosis, 39 mitral regurgitation, 14 aortic regurgitation, 9 tricuspid regurgitation; in contrast, echo revealed 5 cases of mitral stenosis, 53 mitral regurgitation, 21 aortic regurgitation, 18 tricuspid regurgitation. CONCLUSION: Doppler echocardiography is a more sensitive technique for detecting valvular lesions. In the setting of ARF, echo enables a 46.9% higher detection level of carditis, as compared to the clinical examination alone. Echo was very significant in detecting regurgitation lesions, especially for cases of tricuspid regurgitation in the setting of multivalvular involvement. The results of our study are in accordance with previous clinical studies, all of which clearly

  20. Renal Branch Artery Stenosis

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    Andersson, Zarah; Thisted, Ebbe; Andersen, Ulrik Bjørn

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    Renovascular hypertension is a common cause of pediatric hypertension. In the fraction of cases that are unrelated to syndromes such as neurofibromatosis, patients with a solitary stenosis on a branch of the renal artery are common and can be diagnostically challenging. Imaging techniques...... that perform well in the diagnosis of main renal artery stenosis may fall short when it comes to branch artery stenosis. We report 2 cases that illustrate these difficulties and show that a branch artery stenosis may be overlooked even by the gold standard method, renal angiography....

  1. [Prevalence and prediction of significant coronary artery lesions in patients with valvular heart diseases requiring surgery].

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    Radu, Rodica; Lucaci, L; Arsenescu-Georgescu, Cătălina

    2010-01-01

    First to estimate the prevalence of significant coronary artery narrowings in patients suffering from valvular heart diseases requiring surgery and second to assess the parameters able to predict significant coronary stenoses in those patients. Retrospective study of a group consisting of 92 patients (29 female, 63 male, mean age 61 +/- 7.15 years) with coronary angiography carried out before surgical valve correction. Patients having ischemia-related mitral regurgitation were excluded from the study. Significant coronary artery stenosis was defined as a luminal narrowing of an epicardial artery of at least 50%. Anginal pain and cardiovascular risk factors were ascertained therewith. Significant coronary artery stenoses were found in 24% of all patient enrolled in the study, their prevalence in the subgroup with aortic valve disease (alone or associated with mitral valve disease) and in the subgroup with isolated mitral valve disease being similar (31.8% vs. 21.4%, p = 0.2). The anginal chest pain, increased waist circumference and a host of at least 3 conventional cardiovascular risk factors were the elements best correlated with the presence of significant coronary narrowings. Both Romanian patients and patients from industrialized countries afflicted with valvular heart diseases have similar prevalence of coronary heart disease. The prevalence tends to increase in patients with abdominal obesity and in those with many risk factors, diabetes mellitus being the most frequently encountered traditional risk factor. Renal function impairment might represent a predictive marker for coronary heart disease in valvular patients.

  2. Atrial fibrillation in pure rheumatic mitral valvular disease is expression of an atrial histological change.

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    Alessandri, N; Tufano, F; Petrassi, M; Alessandri, C; Di Cristofano, C; Della Rocca, C; Gallo, P

    2009-01-01

    Some of theories try to explain the insurgence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with acute articular rheumatism (AAR). These theories remind the close relation between AF and left atrium, or with valvular vitium degree, or monophasic action potential and histological cardiac structure. In 15 years of work in the academic Department of Heart and Big Vessels in Rome, the Authors studied 243 patients with mitral valvular disease post AAR before and after surgical manoeuvres. Patients were divided in order to monitor atrium and ventricle morphological and functional modifications of the valve according to cardiac rhythm. Patients classification was based on surgical therapy adopted, kind of mitral disease and cardiac rhythm. An histological examination was performed, only in patients treated with valvular replacement. During the operation an histological examination in an atrial tissue fragment was performed. 243 patients with mitral valvular disease post AAR with indication in valvular adjustment were studied. The whole population was treated with mitral transcutaneous valvuloplasty (Group B--130 patients) or with mitral valve replacement surgery (Group A--113 patients). These two groups were divided: in Gr.A in Gr.A1 and Gr.A2, and Gr.B in Gr.B1 and Gr.B2, according to cardiac rhythm (sinus rhythm iSR, AF). These subgroups were also divided in Gr.A1SR, Gr.A1AF; Gr.A2SR, Gr.A2AF; Gr.A3SR, Gr.A3AF, according to mitralic disease's kind (stenosis, stenosis/regurgitation, regurgitation). A complex screening were exerted to all patients using echocardio-doppler technology. Morphological parameters of atrium and ventricle, and functional parameters of mitral valve, aorta and tricuspid were evaluated. In Gr.A group patients during the operation were execute a bioptic sampling from left atrium and a consecutive histological valuation. In Gr.A1 mitral valve area (MtVA) arises smaller (p0.05). Left atrium volume arises elder in patients in AF than in patients in SR

  3. Clinical and echocardiographic assessment of pregnant women with valvular heart diseases--maternal and fetal outcome.

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    Leśniak-Sobelga, Agata; Tracz, Wieslawa; KostKiewicz, Magdalena; Podolec, Piotr; Pasowicz, Mieczystaw

    2004-03-01

    The study aimed to compare the outcome of pregnancy in women with valvular heart diseases. Two hundred and fifty-nine pregnant women with cardiac diseases, aged 18-42, were observed. Group I-158 patients with mitral valve disease: 30 patients with mitral stenosis; 44 patients with mitral regurgitation, 33 patients with combined mitral valve disease, 51 patients with mitral valve prolapse; Group II-54 patients with aortic valve disease: 32 patients with aortic stenosis, 22 with aortic regurgitation; Group III-47 patients after valve replacement (36 mechanical; 11 homograft valves). Medical history and physical examination, NYHA class assessment, ECG, and echocardiography were performed during consecutive trimesters of pregnancy and after delivery. Clinical deterioration was observed in 38 patients-in 25 women of Group I, 6 women of Group II, and 7 women of Group III. Newborns outcome : 250 healthy (10 prematures, 12 with intrauterine growth retardation), 6 aborted, 2 stillbirths, 1 neonatal death. Method of delivery : 200 vaginally, 53 cesarean sections. (1). Pregnants with critical mitral valve stenosis form a high-risk group of life-threatening complications. (2) In women with severe aortic stenosis, pregnancy could lead to sudden clinical status deterioration. (3) Cardiac complications can be expected in patients with left ventricular enlargement and its depressed function. (4) Key factors influencing successful course of pregnancy and labour in patients with prosthetic valves: adequate left ventricular function, properly functioning valves, and effective anticoagulation.

  4. Understanding valvular heart disease in patients with systemic autoimmune diseases.

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    Maksimowicz-McKinnon, Kathleen; Mandell, Brian F

    2004-11-01

    Specific systemic autoimmune diseases are associated with distict valvular heart disorders. We discuss the valvular disorders associated with rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, the seronegative spondyloarthropathies, the systemic vasculitides, and scleroderma.

  5. Aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation as predictors of atrial fibrillation during 11 years of follow-up

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    Widgren Veronica

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is limited information about any association between the onset of atrial fibrillation (AF and the presence of valvular disease. Methods We retrospectively examined 940 patients in sinus rhythm, examined by echocardiography in 1996. During 11 years of follow-up, we assessed the incidence of AF and outcome defined as valvular surgery or death, in relation to baseline valvular function. AS (aortic stenosis severity at baseline examination was assessed using peak transaortic valve pressure gradient. Results In univariate analysis, the risk of developing AF was related to AS (significant AS versus no significant AS; hazard ratio (HR 3.73, 95% confidence interval (CI 2.39-5.61, p Conclusions AS, but not MR, was independently predictive of development of AF and combined valvular surgery or death. In patients with combined AS and MR, the grade of AS, more than the grade of MR, determined the risk of AF and combination of valvular surgery or death. Further studies using contemporary echocardiographic quantification of aortic stenosis are warranted to confirm these retrospective data based on peak transaortic valve pressure gradient.

  6. An unusual cause of hypertension in pregnancy

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    Vriend, Joris W. J.; van Montfrans, Gert A.; van der Post, Joris A. M.; Lam, Jan; Mulder, Barbara J. M.

    2004-01-01

    Aortic coarctation is an unusual cause of hypertension in pregnancy. We report the case of a 34-year-old woman with severe hypertension after surgical repair of aortic coarctation in childhood. An MRI showed a residual stenosis of the aortic arch and a small aneurysm. Pregnant postcoarctectomy

  7. [Stenosis in kidney transplantation].

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    Di Gregorio, M; Giudice, C; Gueglio, G; Daels, F; Tejerizo, J C; Damia, O; Schiappapietra, J

    1999-02-01

    Evaluate the incidence of ureterovesical stenosis in the renal transplant and its outcomes in the evolution of the allograft. Seventy three renal transplants were made between August 1988 and December 1995 in Italian Hospital in Buenos Aires. The mean follow up period was 35 months. The incidence of ureterovesical stenosis and its outcomes in the renal allograft were evaluated. Seven cases of ureterovesical stenosis were found. Clinic diagnosis was made in all cases (decreased filtration, diuresis rythm diminished, pain over the implant) confirmed with ecography that showed hydronefrosis and pielography percutaneous anterograde to check the cause of obstruction. Time elapsed between transplant and diagnosis of stenosis varied from 2 to 23 months. Inicial treatment was percutaneous derivation and then in all cases where renal function was recovered ureterovesical reimplant was made out, but ureterotomy in one of them. Incidence of ureterovesical stenosis was 9.58% (seven patients). Two of the patients keep an adequate renal function, one has altered renal function, the forth lost the implant due to pyelonephritis, and the other three lost the implant due to cronic rejection between 6 and 18 months after diagnosis and treatment of stenosis. Ureterovesical stenosis is an important cause for lost of renal allograft. Imaging is outstanding for diagnosis. Definitive treatment can be made by open reconstructive operation or endoscopy.

  8. Myocardial infarction with acute valvular regurgitation.

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    Murthy, Sandhya; Greenberg, Mark; Wharton, Ronald

    2012-08-01

    Left-sided valvular lesions are commonly associated with acute and chronic coronary syndromes. Ischemic mitral regurgitation is well described in the literature. We report a case of acute ischemic right-sided valvular disease in which the presenting symptom of an infarction was severe tricuspid regurgitation. This rare entity is usually caused by distortion of the valve apparatus due to underlying wall motion abnormalities. In conclusion, tricuspid regurgitation is an important yet uncommon presentation of acute ischemia that requires a high degree of suspicion for diagnosis.

  9. Transcriptional profiles of valvular interstitial cells cultured on tissue culture polystyrene, on 2D hydrogels, or within 3D hydrogels

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    Kelly M. Mabry

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Valvular interstitial cells (VICs actively maintain and repair heart valve tissue; however, persistent activation of VICs to a myofibroblast phenotype can lead to aortic stenosis (Chen and Simmons, 2011 [1]. To better understand and quantify how microenvironmental cues influence VIC phenotype, we compared expression profiles of VICs cultured on/in poly(ethylene glycol (PEG gels to those cultured on tissue culture polystyrene (TCPS, as well as fresh isolates. Here, we present both the raw and processed microarray data from these culture conditions. Interpretation of this data can be found in a research article entitled “Microarray analyses to quantify advantages of 2D and 3D hydrogel culture systems in maintaining the native valvular interstitial cell phenotype” (Mabry et al., 2015 [2].

  10. Intrathecal Fentanyl for Labour Analgesia in a Patient with Severe Mitral Stenosis and Atrial Fibrillation in Advanced Stage of Labour-Case Report

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    Vaijayanti Nitin Gadre

    2013-01-01

    Labour is an intensely painful experience and puts considerable physiological stress on the circulation. A case of rheumatic valvular heart disease with severe mitral stenosis in atrial fibrillation is discussed here in which analgesia with intrathecal fentanyl proved beneficial given during the advanced first stage of labour.

  11. Intrathecal Fentanyl for Labour Analgesia in a Patient with Severe Mitral Stenosis and Atrial Fibrillation in Advanced Stage of Labour-Case Report

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    Vaijayanti Nitin Gadre

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Labour is an intensely painful experience and puts considerable physiological stress on the circulation. A case of rheumatic valvular heart disease with severe mitral stenosis in atrial fibrillation is discussed here in which analgesia with intrathecal fentanyl proved beneficial given during the advanced first stage of labour.

  12. Mitral Valve Stenosis

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    ... valve stenosis include: Rheumatic fever. A complication of strep throat, rheumatic fever can damage the mitral valve. Rheumatic ... children see your doctor for sore throats. Untreated strep throat infections can develop into rheumatic fever. Fortunately, strep ...

  13. Lipoprotein(a in patients with aortic stenosis: Insights from cardiovascular magnetic resonance.

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    Vassilios S Vassiliou

    Full Text Available Aortic stenosis is the most common age-related valvular pathology. Patients with aortic stenosis and myocardial fibrosis have worse outcome but the underlying mechanism is unclear. Lipoprotein(a is associated with adverse cardiovascular risk and is elevated in patients with aortic stenosis. Although mechanistic pathways could link Lipoprotein(a with myocardial fibrosis, whether the two are related has not been previously explored. In this study, we investigated whether elevated Lipoprotein(a was associated with the presence of myocardial replacement fibrosis.A total of 110 patients with mild, moderate and severe aortic stenosis were assessed by late gadolinium enhancement (LGE cardiovascular magnetic resonance to identify fibrosis. Mann Whitney U tests were used to assess for evidence of an association between Lp(a and the presence or absence of myocardial fibrosis and aortic stenosis severity and compared to controls. Univariable and multivariable linear regression analysis were undertaken to identify possible predictors of Lp(a.Thirty-six patients (32.7% had no LGE enhancement, 38 (34.6% had midwall enhancement suggestive of midwall fibrosis and 36 (32.7% patients had subendocardial myocardial fibrosis, typical of infarction. The aortic stenosis patients had higher Lp(a values than controls, however, there was no significant difference between the Lp(a level in mild, moderate or severe aortic stenosis. No association was observed between midwall or infarction pattern fibrosis and Lipoprotein(a, in the mild/moderate stenosis (p = 0.91 or severe stenosis patients (p = 0.42.There is no evidence to suggest that higher Lipoprotein(a leads to increased myocardial midwall or infarction pattern fibrosis in patients with aortic stenosis.

  14. Role of echocardiography for catheter-based management of valvular heart disease.

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    Shiota, Takahiro

    2017-01-01

    Catheter-based treatment of valvular heart disease, such as transvalvular aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or mitral clip procedure, has been increasingly accepted as a treatment choice for the past several years. Such new treatment options have been changing the management of patients with valvular heart disease drastically while socio-economic factors regarding their application need to be taken into consideration. The use of echocardiography, including transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), for such catheter-based treatments is essential for the success of the procedures. Severe hypotension after TAVR is a life-threatening emergency. Rapid assessment and diagnosis in the catheterization or hybrid laboratory is essential for safety and a positive outcome. Possible diagnoses in this critical situation would include severe left ventricular dysfunction due to coronary obstruction, cardiac tamponade, aortic rupture, acute severe aortic and/or mitral valve regurgitation, and hypovolemia due to bleeding. Although new types of TAVR valves reduce para-valvular aortic regurgitation (AR) significantly, it is still important to judge the severity of para-valvular AR correctly in the laboratory. As for mitral clip procedure, TEE is vital for guiding and monitoring the entire process. Accurate identification of the location and the geometry of the regurgitant orifice is necessary for proper placement of the clip. Real-time 3D TEE provides helpful en face view of the mitral valve and clip together to this end. Residual mitral regurgitation (MR) after the first clip is not uncommon. Quick and precise imaging of the residual MR (location and severity) with TEE is extremely important for the interventionist to place the second clip and possibly third clip properly. After the completion of the clip procedure, mitral valve stenosis and also iatrogenic atrial septal defect need to be checked by TEE. Echocardiography, especially TEE, is also vital for the success of other newer trans

  15. Arterial hypertension and aortic valve stenosis: Shedding light on a common “liaison”

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    Charalampos I. Liakos, MD, PhD

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Arterial hypertension and aortic valve stenosis are common disorders and frequently present as concomitant diseases, especially in elderly patients. The impact of hypertension on heart haemodynamics is substantial, thus affecting the clinical presentation of any coexisting valvulopathy, especially of aortic stenosis. However, the interaction between these 2 entities is not thoroughly discussed in the European or/and American guidelines on the management of hypertension or/and valvular heart disease. The present review summarizes all available evidence on the potential interplay between hypertension and aortic valve stenosis, aiming to help physicians understand the pathophysiology and select the best diagnostic and therapeutic strategies (medical or/and interventional for better management of these high-risk patients, taking into account the impact on outcome as well as the risk-benefit-ratio.

  16. Statins for progression of aortic valve stenosis and the best evidence for making decisions in health care

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    Luciana Thiago

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In the Western world, calcified aortic valve stenosis is the most common form of valvular heart disease, affecting up to 3% of adults over the age of 75 years. It is a gradually progressive disease, characterized by a long asymptomatic phase that may last for several decades, followed by a short symptomatic phase associated with severe restriction of the valve orifice. Investigations on treatments for aortic valve stenosis are still in progress. Thus, it is believed that calcification of aortic valve stenosis is similar to the process of atherosclerosis that occurs in coronary artery disease. Recent studies have suggested that cholesterol lowering through the use of statins may have a salutary effect on the progression of aortic valve stenosis

  17. Valvular aspects of rheumatic heart disease.

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    Remenyi, Boglarka; ElGuindy, Ahmed; Smith, Sidney C; Yacoub, Magdi; Holmes, David R

    2016-03-26

    Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease remain major global health problems. Although strategies for primary and secondary prevention are well established, their worldwide implementation is suboptimum. In patients with advanced valvular heart disease, mechanical approaches (both percutaneous and surgical) are well described and can, for selected patients, greatly improve outcomes; however, access to centres with experienced staff is very restricted in regions that have the highest prevalence of disease. Development of diagnostic strategies that can be locally and regionally provided and improve access to expert centres for more advanced disease are urgent and, as yet, unmet clinical needs. We outline current management strategies for valvular rheumatic heart disease on the basis of either strong evidence or expert consensus, and highlight areas needing future research and development. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis

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    Understanding Task Force Recommendations Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) ... final recommendation statement on Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis. This final recommendation statement applies to adults who ...

  19. Lumbar canal stenosis.

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    Mazanec, D J; Drucker, Y; Segal, A M

    1997-04-01

    Lumbar canal stenosis is an increasingly recognized condition in patients more than 65 years of age. The clinical syndrome is dominated by neurogenic claudication. The natural history of the Condition is not yet well described. Long-term results of surgical therapy are frequently disappointing, and reoperation is required in more than 10% of patients. Nonoperative treatment options include physical therapy exercise programs, calcitonin, analgesics, and epidural steroid injections. A clinical pathway for management of symptomatic stenosis, emphasizing an initial nonoperative approach, is suggested.

  20. Lumbar stenosis: clinical case

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    Pedro Sá

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar stenosis is an increasingly common pathological condition that is becoming more frequent with increasing mean life expectancy, with high costs for society. It has many causes, among which degenerative, neoplastic and traumatic causes stand out. Most of the patients respond well to conservative therapy. Surgical treatment is reserved for patients who present symptoms after implementation of conservative measures. Here, a case of severe stenosis of the lumbar spine at several levels, in a female patient with pathological and surgical antecedents in the lumbar spine, is presented. The patient underwent two different decompression techniques within the same operation.

  1. Cabergoline and the risk of valvular lesions in endocrine disease.

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    Lancellotti, Patrizio; Livadariu, E.; Markov, M.; Daly, Adrian; Burlacu, M. C.; BETEA, Daniela; Pierard, Luc; Beckers, Albert

    2008-01-01

    AIMS: The cardiac valvular risk associated with lower exposure to cabergoline in common endocrine conditions such as hyperprolactinemia is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a cross-sectional, case-control echocardiographic study to assess the valvular status in 102 subjects receiving cabergoline for endocrine disorders and 51 matched control subjects. Cabergoline treatment ranged from 12 to 228 months, with a cumulative dose of 18-1718 mg. Valvular regurgitation was equally prevalent...

  2. Redux valvular surgery with coronary artery bypass graft in familial hypercholesterolemia

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    Ziadi Jalel

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH is a dominantly inherited disorder caused by mutation at the locus for the low-density lipoprotein (LDL receptor and is frequently associated with premature coronary artery disease and aortic valve involvement. The surgical treatment of these complications is accompanied by a high degree of risk, even in skillful hands. An intensive cholesterol-lowering therapy and LDL aphaeresis in association with surgery may be useful. The case of a 12-year-old girl, with a medical history of familial hypercholesterolemia is reported here, operated two years previously for valvular aortic stenosis; Ross intervention was done. She was readmitted for acute coronary syndrome. Three coronary artery bypass grafting was performed with saphenous veins with positive results.

  3. Redux valvular surgery with coronary artery bypass graft in familial hypercholesterolemia.

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    Jalel, Ziadi; Sobhi, Mleyhi; Skander, Ben Omrane; Adel, Khayati

    2014-01-01

    Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a dominantly inherited disorder caused by mutation at the locus for the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor and is frequently associated with premature coronary artery disease and aortic valve involvement. The surgical treatment of these complications is accompanied by a high degree of risk, even in skillful hands. An intensive cholesterol-lowering therapy and LDL aphaeresis in association with surgery may be useful. The case of a 12-year-old girl, with a medical history of familial hypercholesterolemia is reported here, operated two years previously for valvular aortic stenosis; Ross intervention was done. She was readmitted for acute coronary syndrome. Three coronary artery bypass grafting was performed with saphenous veins with positive results.

  4. Infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis

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    Pedersen, Rikke Neess; Garne, Ester; Loane, Maria

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to present epidemiologic data on infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS) from seven well-defined European regions, and to compare incidence and changes in incidence over time between these regions. METHODS: This was a population-based study using...

  5. Epidemiology of valvular heart disease in a Swedish nationwide hospital-based register study

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    Andell, Pontus; Li, Xinjun; Martinsson, Andreas

    2017-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Transitions in the spectrum of valvular heart diseases (VHDs) in developed countries over the 20th century have been reported from clinical case series, but large, contemporary population-based studies are lacking. METHODS: We used nationwide registers to identify all patients with a f......OBJECTIVE: Transitions in the spectrum of valvular heart diseases (VHDs) in developed countries over the 20th century have been reported from clinical case series, but large, contemporary population-based studies are lacking. METHODS: We used nationwide registers to identify all patients......; 47.2%), mitral regurgitation (MR; 24.2%) and aortic regurgitation (AR; 18.0%) contributing most of the VHD diagnoses. The majority of VHDs were diagnosed in the elderly (68.9% in subjects aged ≥65 years), but pulmonary valve disease incidence peaked in newborns. Incidences of AR, AS and MR were...... higher in men who were also more frequently diagnosed at an earlier age. Mitral stenosis (MS) incidence was higher in women. Rheumatic fever was rare. Half of AS cases had concomitant atherosclerotic vascular disease (48.4%), whereas concomitant heart failure and atrial fibrillation were common in mitral...

  6. Neurological manifestations of calcific aortic stenosis

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    I. V. Egorov

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Despite being thoroughly studied, senile aortic stenosis (AS remains a disease that is frequently underestimated by Russian clinicians. Meanwhile, its manifestations can not only deteriorate quality of life in patients, but can also be poor prognostic signs. The most common sequels of this disease include heart failure and severe arrhythmias. However, there may be also rare, but no less dangerous complications: enteric bleeding associated with common dysembriogenetic backgrounds, infarctions of various organs, the basis for which is spontaneous calcium embolism, and consciousness loss episodes. The latter are manifestations of cardiocerebral syndrome. Apart from syncope, embolic stroke may develop within this syndrome. There is evidence that after syncope occurs, life expectancy averages 3 years. Global practice is elaborating approaches to the intracardiac calcification prevention based on the rapid development of new pathogenetic ideas on this disease. In particular, it is clear that valvular calcification is extraskeletal leaflet ossification rather than commonplace impregnation with calcium salts, i.e. the case in point is the reverse of osteoporosis. This is the basis for a new concept of drug prevention of both calcification and the latter-induced heart disease. But the view of senile AS remains more than conservative in Russia. The paper describes a clinical case of a rare complication as cerebral calcium embolism and discusses the nature of neurological symptoms of the disease, such as vertigo and syncope.

  7. Apixaban in Comparison With Warfarin in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation and Valvular Heart Disease: Findings From the Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation (ARISTOTLE) Trial.

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    Avezum, Alvaro; Lopes, Renato D; Schulte, Phillip J; Lanas, Fernando; Gersh, Bernard J; Hanna, Michael; Pais, Prem; Erol, Cetin; Diaz, Rafael; Bahit, M Cecilia; Bartunek, Jozef; De Caterina, Raffaele; Goto, Shinya; Ruzyllo, Witold; Zhu, Jun; Granger, Christopher B; Alexander, John H

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    Apixaban is approved for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. However, the Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation (ARISTOTLE) trial included a substantial number of patients with valvular heart disease and only excluded patients with clinically significant mitral stenosis or mechanical prosthetic heart valves. We compared the effect of apixaban and warfarin on rates of stroke or systemic embolism, major bleeding, and death in patients with and without moderate or severe valvular heart disease using Cox proportional hazards modeling. Of the 18 201 patients enrolled in ARISTOTLE, 4808 (26.4%) had a history of moderate or severe valvular heart disease or previous valve surgery. Patients with valvular heart disease had higher rates of stroke or systemic embolism and bleeding than patients without valvular heart disease. There was no evidence of a differential effect of apixaban over warfarin in patients with and without valvular heart disease in reducing stroke and systemic embolism (hazard ratio [HR], 0.70; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.51-0.97 and HR, 0.84; 95%, CI 0.67-1.04; interaction P=0.38), causing less major bleeding (HR, 0.79; 95% CI, 0.61-1.04 and HR, 0.65; 95% CI, 0.55-0.77; interaction P=0.23), and reducing mortality (HR, 1.01; 95% CI, 0.84-1.22 and HR, 0.84; 95% CI, 0.73-0.96; interaction P=0.10). More than a quarter of the patients in ARISTOTLE with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation had moderate or severe valvular heart disease. There was no evidence of a differential effect of apixaban over warfarin in reducing stroke or systemic embolism, causing less bleeding, and reducing death in patients with and without valvular heart disease. URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00412984. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  8. Evaluation of myocardial damage and cardiac residual capacity by Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy in valvular heart diseases

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    Indo, Shunju (Okayama Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1992-12-01

    This study was performed to clarify whether the extent-score (Ex-Score) calculated by Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy is a reliable indicator of the severity of myocardial damage and cardiac residual capacity in valvular heart diseases. The subjects consisted of 38 patients (10 with aortic regurgitation (AR), 4 with aortic stenosis (AS), 13 with mitral regurgitation (MR) and 11 with mitral stenosis (MS)). Ex-Scores were significantly correlated with the severity of myocardial damage found in biopsied specimens obtained intraoperatively (correlation efficiency to Ex-Score with cell diameter in AR, % fibrosis in AR, cell diameter in AS, electron microscopic score in MR and % fibrosis in MS was 0.873, 0.734, 0.970, 0.913 and 0.659, respectively). Ex-Scores were also correlated with cardiac residual capacity determined by radioisotope angiography (correlation efficiency to Ex-Score with %[Delta] ejection fraction in AR, %[Delta] end-systolic volume in MR, %[Delta] end-diastolic volume in MS was -0.764, 0.790 and -0.763, respectively). These results suggest that the severity of myocardial damage and cardiac residual capacity can be estimated by Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy (Ex-Score) in valvular heart diseases. (author).

  9. Evaluation of valvular heart diseases with computed tomography.

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    Tomoda, H; Hoshiai, M; Matsuyama, S

    1982-04-01

    Forty-two patients with valvular heart diseases were studied with a third-generation computed tomographic system. The cardiac chambers (the atria and ventricles) were evaluated semiquantitatively, and valvular calcification was easily detected with computed tomography. Computed tomography was most valuable in revealing left atrial thrombi which were not identified by other diagnostic procedures in some cases.

  10. Evaluation of valvular heart diseases with computed tomography

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    Tomoda, H.; Hoshiai, M.; Matsuyama, S. (Tokai Univ., Isehara, Kanagawa (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1982-04-01

    Forty-two patients with valvular heart diseases were studied with a third-generation computed tomographic system. The cardiac chambers (the atria and ventricles) were evaluated semiquantitatively, and valvular calcification was easily detected with computed tomography. Computed tomography was most valuable in revealing left atrial thrombi which were not identified by other diagnostic procedures in some cases.

  11. Antithrombotic therapy in atrial fibrillation associated with valvular heart disease

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    Lip, Gregory Y H; Collet, Jean Philippe; Caterina, Raffaele de

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major worldwide public health problem, and AF in association with valvular heart disease (VHD) is also common. However, management strategies for this group of patients have been less informed by randomized trials, which have largely focused on 'non-valvular AF' pati...

  12. Cine MR imaging in valvular heart disease

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    Nishimura, Tsunehiko; Yamada, Naoaki; Itoh, Akira; Miyatake, Kunio

    1989-01-01

    Cine MR Imaging was carried out using FLASH (fast low angle shot) which employes TE of 16 msec and TR of 30/similar to/40 msec. Regurgitant jet was visible as discrete area of low signal intensity extending from the incompetent valve into the respective cardiac chamber. In 20 patients with mitral regurgitation, the correlation of the length and area of mitral jet by cine MR and color doppler mapping was 0.74 and 0.71, respectively. Cine MR imaging is a promising modality for detection and quantification of valvular heart disease.

  13. Doble reemplazo valvular transaórtico

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    Alejandro Martín-Trenor

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Presentamos un caso de reemplazo valvular aórtico y mitral a través de una aortotomía en un enfermo con operaciones previas y anatomía desfavorable para la exposición de la mitral. Describimos la técnica utilizada y revisamos la empleada por otros autores. Este abordaje poco común de la válvula mitral, realizado con facilidad en este caso, anima a una utilización más liberal de la vía transaórtica en enfermos seleccionados.

  14. Acquired von Willebrand syndrome in children with aortic and pulmonary stenosis.

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    Binnetoğlu, Fatih Köksal; Babaoğlu, Kadir; Filiz, Şayegan Güven; Zengin, Emine; Altun, Gürkan; Kılıç, Suar Çakı; Sarper, Nazan

    This prospective study was planned to investigate the frequency and relationship of acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) with aortic and pulmonary stenosis in patients. A total of 84 children, ranging from two to 18 years of age, were enrolled in this study. Of these, 28 had isolated aortic stenosis, 32 had isolated pulmonary stenosis and 24 were healthy. Children with aortic and pulmonary stenosis associated with other congenital heart diseases were excluded. Children with hypothyroidism, renal or liver disease, malignancy or autoimmune disease were also excluded. Wholeblood count, blood group, factor VIII level, prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), von Willebrand factor antigen (VWF:Ag), ristocetin co-factor (VWF:RCo), and bleeding time using a platelet-function analyser (PFA-100) were performed in all patients. All of the children in the study underwent a detailed physical examination and echocardiographic evaluation. A history of bleeding was positive in 18% of the aortic stenosis group, 9% of the pulmonary stenosis group, and 4% of the control group. Seven of 60 (12%) patients had laboratory findings that implied a diagnosis of AVWS, and two of these (28%) had a history of bleeding. The frequency of AVWS was 14% in patients with aortic stenosis and 9% in those with pulmonary stenosis. AVWS is not rare in stenotic obstructive cardiac diseases. A detailed history of bleeding should be taken from patients with valvular disease. Even if the history is negative, whole blood count, PT and aPTT should be performed. If necessary, PFA-100 closure time and further tests should be planned for the diagnosis of AVWS.

  15. Tandem Spinal Stenosis

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    A Zulkefli

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available A 42 years old gentleman presented with predominant low back pain associated with bilateral lower limb neurological deficit leading to an initial diagnosis of lumbar stenosis. Further history taking and examination revealed upper limb neurological deficit, and the lower limbs actually presented with upper motor neuron instead of lower motor neuron signs. Imaging studies confirmed the clinical findings with presence of both cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis. Two- stage decompression procedures were performed at 6 month- intervals starting with cervical decompression. Post- operative improvement was noted on follow-up. This case highlights the importance of accurate diagnosis of cervical pathology for patients presenting with or referred for predominantly lumbar symptomology.

  16. Valvular heart disease: assessment of valve morphology and quantification using MR

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    Schwitter, J. [Div. of Cardiology and Cardiovascular, MR Center, Univ. Hospital Zurich (Switzerland)

    2000-06-01

    For clinical evaluation and decision-making in patients with valvular heart disease, the diagnostic armamentarium expands steadily. This evolution makes it difficult to choose the most appropriate approach for a specific valvular lesion. It may also reflect our uncertainty of what are the findings that best predict clinical outcome of patients, e. g. after surgery. Accordingly, for each type of valvular lesion, some pathophysiological considerations are stated in order to derive the most important measures that would allow optimal guidance of patients. Based on these considerations the value of an MR study is discussed for each valvular lesion. Newest advances in MR technology allow for highly accurate measurements of regurgitant volumes and hence, MR may be the method of choice for a quantitative evaluation of regurgitant valves. For assessment of stenosis severity, measurement of transvalvular pressure gradient is an appropriate measure and MR may not confer benefits over echocardiography, provided the ultrasound window is adequate (and stroke volume is in the normal range). With respect to surgical treatment, valvular morphology is of pivotal importance, particularly for the mitral valve, and echocardiography still appears to be the first line method. Little data relate lesion severity and/or morphology to clinical outcome. Conversely, the extent of cardiac adaptation to pressure- and/or volume-overload, i. e. ventricular remodeling, is a strong predictor of outcome, and is therefore most important for final judgement of the patient. For assessment of left and right ventricular remodeling, echocardiography typically provides all the necessary information. However, in special cases with discrepant findings, with inadequate ultrasound window, or in the preoperative work-up, MR may provide important information regarding cardiac adaptation to valvular lesion. (orig.) [German] Das diagnostische Repertoire zur Evaluation von Klappenvitien ist in den letzten Jahren

  17. Endurance Training on Congenital Valvular Regurgitation: An Athlete Case Series.

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    Hoyt, Walter Jordan; Dean, Peter N; John, Anitha S; Gimple, Lawrence W; Mistry, Dilaawar J; Battle, Robert W

    2016-01-01

    Both intense endurance training and valvular regurgitation place a volume load on the right and left ventricles, potentially leading to dilation, but their effects in combination are not well-known. The purpose of this case series is to describe the combined volume load of intense endurance athletic training and regurgitant valvular disease as well as the challenging assessment of each component's cardiovascular effect. In this article, the clinical course of three elite endurance athletes with congenital valvular disease were reviewed. A swimmer with aortic regurgitation, a cyclist with aortic regurgitation, and a cyclist with pulmonary regurgitation were found to have severe dilation of the associated ventricles despite continuing to train at an elite level without symptoms. Because of the cumulative effects of endurance training and valvular regurgitation, each athlete manifested ventricular dilation out of proportion to their valvular disease and symptoms. Although the effects of congenital valvular disease and athletic remodeling on ventricular dilation have been thoroughly studied individually, their cumulative effect is not well understood. This complicates the assessment of athletes with valvular regurgitation and underscores the need for athlete-specific recommendations for valve replacement.

  18. Retroca valvular Replacement of heart valves prostheses

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    Pablo M. A Pomerantzeff

    1987-12-01

    Full Text Available A reoperação de próteses valvulares tem sido realizada, com freqüência cada vez maior, nos vários Serviços de cirurgia cardíaca. Os detalhes do tratamento, a indicação e a técnica operatória melhoraram os resultados. No período de janeiro de 1984 a junho de 1986, no Instituto do Coração, foram submetidos a retroca valvular 145 pacientes, num total de 157 próteses, e 4 trocas da bola de válvula de Starr-Edwards. Em posição mitral, 6 pacientes foram submetidos a terceira troca valvular, sem óbito imediato. A insuficiência valvular e a calcificação do tecido biológico de dura-máter foram as principais causas de indicação da reoperação. Quarenta e um pacientes apresentavam roturas e 19 pacientes, calcificação de bioprótese em posição mitral; em posição aórtica, 32 pacientes tinham rotura e 12, calcificação de bioprótese. Quanto à prótese implantada, foram utilizadas principalmente as biopróteses, sendo 63 porcinas e 35 de pericárdio bovino. A mortalidade imediata global foi de 8,3% (12 pacientes, sendo a principal causa de óbito o baixo débito cardíaco. As principais complicações imediats foram: baixo débito cardíaco, arritmias e sangramento. Noventa por cento dos pacientes encontravam-se em classe funcional (NYHA III e IV no pré-operatório, evoluindo para as classes funcionais I e II em 89% das trocas aórticas de 82% das trocas mitrais. A curva atuarial de sobrevida.em 5 semestres, foi, para a posição mitral, de 85,7% e, para a aórtica, de 91,3%. Os autores concluem que os cuidados de técnica, a proteção miocárdica e o tipo de prótese utilizada foram os responsáveis pelos resultados bastante satisfatórios.Replacement of valvular prosthesis is an increasingly frequent procedure in heart surgery. Better results are attained with the observation of correct indication and improved surgical technique. In the period of January 1984 to June 1986, 145 patients were submitted to prosthesis

  19. Genetics Home Reference: supravalvular aortic stenosis

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    ... Home Health Conditions Supravalvular aortic stenosis Supravalvular aortic stenosis Printable PDF Open All Close All Enable Javascript ... view the expand/collapse boxes. Description Supravalvular aortic stenosis (SVAS) is a heart defect that develops before ...

  20. Enfermedad valvular degenerativa canina: reporte de caso

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    Carmenza Janneth Benavides Melo

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available En caninos, la enfermedad valvular degenerativa o endocardiosis es la patología cardiovascular con mayor prevalencia. Se caracteriza por regurgitación de la sangre hacia las aurículas, con disminución del gasto cardiaco, lo que lleva a sobrecarga de volumen con hipertrofia excéntrica e insuficiencia cardiaca congestiva. Este reporte tiene como objetivo describir los hallazgos clínicos y de necropsia de un canino, sugestivos de una endocardiosis valvular. El paciente ingresó por consulta externa a la Clínica Veterinaria Carlos Martínez Hoyos, de la Universidad de Nariño (Pasto, Colombia. Su propietario lo reportó enfermo desde hacía dos meses, con signos de enfermedad respiratoria, pérdida de peso y decaimiento. En el examen clínico se encontraron membranas mucosas muy pálidas, disnea inspiratoria, estertores, desdoblamiento de S2, soplo de regurgitación mesosistólico grado 4 y dilatación abdominal con signo de choque de onda positivo. En la necropsia se evidenció abundante cantidad de material de aspecto acuoso traslúcido en cavidad abdominal, torácica y pericárdica, corazón severamente aumentado de tamaño, redondeado, con engrosamiento de válvulas atrioventriculares, hígado con moderada disminución de tamaño y evidencia de lobulillación, riñones severamente disminuidos de tamaño y pálidos de superficie irregular con presencia de múltiples áreas quísticas en región corticomedular. Se tomaron muestras de estos tejidos y se fijaron en formol bufferado al 10 %, para después ser procesadas para análisis histopatólogico en el Laboratorio de Patología de la Universidad de Nariño, mediante la técnica de hematoxilina y eosina de rutina. De esta manera se diagnostica como enfermedad valvular degenerativa.

  1. Acute peritonitis as the first presentation of valvular cardiomyopathy.

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    Higgins, Nikki

    2012-02-01

    Valvular cardiomyopathy can present a diagnostic challenge in the absence of overt cardiac symptoms. This report describes the case of a 46-year-old woman who presented with acute peritonitis associated with vomiting and abdominal distension. Subsequent abdominal computed tomography and ultrasound revealed bibasal pleural effusions, ascites, and normal ovaries. An echocardiogram revealed that all cardiac chambers were dilated with a global decrease in contractility and severe mitral, tricuspid, and aortic regurgitation. A diagnosis of cardiomyopathy with acute heart failure, secondary to valvular heart disease, was secured. Acute peritonitis as the presenting feature of valvular cardiomyopathy is a rare clinical entity.

  2. Acute peritonitis as the first presentation of valvular cardiomyopathy.

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    Higgins, Nikki; Burke, John P; McCreery, Charles J

    2012-01-01

    Valvular cardiomyopathy can present a diagnostic challenge in the absence of overt cardiac symptoms. This report describes the case of a 46-year-old woman who presented with acute peritonitis associated with vomiting and abdominal distension. Subsequent abdominal computed tomography and ultrasound revealed bibasal pleural effusions, ascites, and normal ovaries. An echocardiogram revealed that all cardiac chambers were dilated with a global decrease in contractility and severe mitral, tricuspid, and aortic regurgitation. A diagnosis of cardiomyopathy with acute heart failure, secondary to valvular heart disease, was secured. Acute peritonitis as the presenting feature of valvular cardiomyopathy is a rare clinical entity.

  3. [Treatment of valvular heart diseases with catheterization techniques].

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    Laine, Mika; Eskola, Markku; Rapola, Janne; Airaksinen, Juhani

    2013-01-01

    While valve surgery is an established form of treatment in significant valvular heart diseases, open heart surgery is not possible for all patients, owing to the risks involved. The incidence of valvular heart diseases increases sharply with age, and it is common that operative risks are overestimated due to age and associated diseases. This review deals with two catheter therapies that are in clinical use for valvular heart diseases: insertion of aortic valve prosthesis through a catheter and treatment of mitral valve insufficiency by clip implantation via the transvenous access.

  4. Serotonergic Drugs and Valvular Heart Disease

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    Rothman, Richard B.; Baumann, Michael H.

    2009-01-01

    Background The serotonin (5-HT) releasers (±)-fenfluramine and (+)-fenfluramine were withdrawn from clinical use due to increased risk of valvular heart disease. One prevailing hypothesis (i.e., the “5-HT hypothesis”) suggests that fenfluramine-induced increases in plasma 5-HT underlie the disease. Objective Here we critically evaluate the possible mechanisms responsible for fenfluramine-associated valve disease. Methods Findings from in vitro and in vivo experiments performed in our laboratory are reviewed. The data are integrated with existing literature to address the validity of the 5-HT hypothesis and suggest alternative explanations. Conclusions The overwhelming majority of evidence refutes the 5-HT hypothesis. A more likely cause of fenfluramine-induced valvulopathy is activation of 5-HT2B receptors on heart valves by the metabolite norfenfluramine. Future serotonergic medications should be designed to lack 5-HT2B agonist activity. PMID:19505264

  5. Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis in dogs

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    2010-01-01

    Volume 40, Issue 5, Pages 983-1009 (September 2010) Degenerative Lumbosacral Stenosis in Dogs Björn P. Meij, DVM, PhDa, Niklas Bergknut, DVM, MSab Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (DLSS) is the most common disorder of the caudal lumbar spine in dogs. This article reviews the management of this

  6. Coronary embolism causing acute inferior wall and ventricular myocardial infarction in a patient with rheumatic valvular heart disease: treatment with thrombus aspiration.

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    Du, Xiao-Yu; Hui, Peng; Zheng, Yang

    2015-06-26

    An elderly man with rheumatic valvular heart disease and atrial fibrillation presented with acute myocardial infarction. A coronary angiogram revealed complete occlusion of the right coronary artery (RCA), and we therefore considered that a thrombus might have obstructed the ostium of the RCA. We used a guiding catheter and the syringe of an aspiration device to remove two large dark red thrombi. A subsequent angiogram revealed that blood flow through the RCA had recovered, and the endomembrane of the RCA was smooth, with no evidence of stenosis or residual thrombus. In this case, thrombus aspiration via a guiding catheter was efficacious for treating this type of coronary embolism.

  7. Spinal canal stenosis; Spinalkanalstenose

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    Papanagiotou, P.; Boutchakova, M. [Klinikum Bremen-Mitte/Bremen-Ost, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Bremen (Germany)

    2014-11-15

    Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal by a combination of bone and soft tissues, which can lead to mechanical compression of spinal nerve roots or the dural sac. The lumbal spinal compression of these nerve roots can be symptomatic, resulting in weakness, reflex alterations, gait disturbances, bowel or bladder dysfunction, motor and sensory changes, radicular pain or atypical leg pain and neurogenic claudication. The anatomical presence of spinal canal stenosis is confirmed radiologically with computerized tomography, myelography or magnetic resonance imaging and play a decisive role in optimal patient-oriented therapy decision-making. (orig.) [German] Die Spinalkanalstenose ist eine umschriebene, knoechern-ligamentaer bedingte Einengung des Spinalkanals, die zur Kompression der Nervenwurzeln oder des Duralsacks fuehren kann. Die lumbale Spinalkanalstenose manifestiert sich klinisch als Komplex aus Rueckenschmerzen sowie sensiblen und motorischen neurologischen Ausfaellen, die in der Regel belastungsabhaengig sind (Claudicatio spinalis). Die bildgebende Diagnostik mittels Magnetresonanztomographie, Computertomographie und Myelographie spielt eine entscheidende Rolle bei der optimalen patientenbezogenen Therapieentscheidung. (orig.)

  8. Congenital and Acquired Valvular Heart Disease in Pregnancy.

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    Goldstein, Sarah A; Ward, Cary C

    2017-08-24

    The number of pregnancies complicated by valvular heart disease is increasing. This review describes the hemodynamic effects of clinically important valvular abnormalities during pregnancy and reviews current guideline-driven management strategies. Valvular heart disease in women of childbearing age is most commonly caused by congenital abnormalities and rheumatic heart disease. Regurgitant lesions are well tolerated, while stenotic lesions are associated with a higher risk of pregnancy-related complications. Management of symptomatic disease during pregnancy is primarily medical, with percutaneous interventions considered for refractory symptoms. Most guidelines addressing the management of valvular heart disease during pregnancy are based on case reports and observational studies. Additional investigation is required to further advance the care of this growing patient population.

  9. Neonatal aortic stenosis.

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    Turley, K; Bove, E L; Amato, J J; Iannettoni, M; Yeh, J; Cotroneo, J V; Galdieri, R J

    1990-04-01

    Aortic stenosis in the neonate has been associated in the past with a high operative mortality. As a result, in the current era of percutaneous balloon dilatation, the optimal mode of therapy remains controversial. An approach of stabilization with cardiopulmonary bypass, followed by relief of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, was used at three institutions, and the results are presented. During the period 1983 to 1989, 40 neonates with isolated aortic stenosis and patent ductus arteriosus or coarctation of the aorta, or both, underwent operative therapy. Ages ranged from 1 to 30 days, median of 12 days, including 17 patients in the first week of life. There were 30 boys and 10 girls; weights ranged from 2.5 to 5.5 kg with a mean of 3.6 kg. Perioperative conditions included congestive heart failure in 38 and mitral regurgitation in 16; left ventricular-aortic gradients ranged from 15 to 130 mm Hg, with a mean of 67 mm Hg. There were 30 open valvotomies and 10 transventricular dilatations. The hospital survival rate was 87.5% (35/40) with no significant difference between the methods of valvotomy (9/10 in the transventricular dilatation group, 90%; 26/30 in the open valvotomy group, 87%). Although multiple methods of perfusion and valvotomy were used, the single unifying factor of cardiopulmonary bypass stabilization was present in all 40 patients. No significant difference in survival was noted between institutions, methods of cardiopulmonary bypass, cardiopulmonary bypass times, crossclamp times, or method of valvotomy. There have been five reoperations, with one late death in a patient requiring mitral valve replacement and an apical-aortic conduit. One sudden death occurred; autopsy revealed endocardial fibroelastosis. Results demonstrate that in the three institutions using the methods described, a high operative and late survival rate is possible. The results of this technique, against which percutaneous dilatation should be compared, are standard in

  10. The relationship between renal artery stenosis and ischemic nephropathy

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    Reza Ghadimi

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Ischemic nephropathy is defined as a clinically significant progressive reduction in glomerular filtration rate that is usually associated with significant renal artery stenosis (unilateral or bilateral involvement. Atherosclerotic renal artery disease is known as the most common cause of the ischemic nephropathy. These patients may develop secondary hypertension. In  addition, epidemiologic data has showed a clear association  between atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis and coronary artery disease and other cardiovascular disease. Despite the preserving function of kidney on various autoregulation processes, unusual microvascular function will be resulted due to sustained decline in renal perfusion. The ischemic nephropathy of asymptomatic cases may result in renovascular hypertension and renal failure. The reduction of renal function in these patients might be decreased or stopped by early appropriate diagnosis and also might be treated with renal artery angioplasty or surgery, after medical management. There is a debate about the occurrence of ischemic nephropathy as a result of atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis. In this study we aimed to review the prevalence of ischemic nephropathy due to atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis.

  11. Aortic stenosis with abnormal eccentric left ventricular remodeling secondary to hypothyroidism in a Bourdeaux Mastiff

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    Guilherme Augusto Minozzo

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: This paper describes a case of congenital aortic stenosis with eccentric left ventricular hypertrophy associated with hypothyroidism in a 1-year-old Bourdeaux Mastiff dog. The dog had ascites, apathy, alopecic and erythematous skin lesions in different parts of the body. A two-dimensional echocardiogram revealed aortic valve stenosis, with poststenotic dilation in the ascending aorta. The same exam showed eccentric hypertrophy and dilation of the left ventricle during systole and diastole. Aortic stenosis usually results in concentric left ventricular hypertrophy instead of eccentric hypertrophy; and therefore, this finding was very unusual. Hypothyroidism, which is uncommon in young dogs, may be incriminated as the cause of ventricular dilation, making this report even more interesting. Because hypothyroidism would only result in dilatation, the eccentric hypertrophy was attributed to pressure overload caused by aortic stenosis. Thus, cardiac alterations of this case represent a paradoxical association of both diseases.

  12. Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis in dogs

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    Suwankong, N.

    2007-01-01

    Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (DLS) is now recognized as a significant cause of caudal lumbar pain and pelvic limb lameness in dogs. The condition includes lumbosacral intervertebral disc degeneration and protrusion, spondylosis deformans, sclerosis of the vertebral end plates, osteoarthrosis of

  13. Unusual Presentation of Popliteal Cyst on Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Tsuyoshi Ohishi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Popliteal cyst commonly presents as an ellipsoid mass with uniform low signal intensity on T1-weighted magnetic resonance images and high signal intensity on T2-weighted images. Here, we describe a popliteal cyst with unusual appearance on magnetic resonance imaging, including heterogeneous intermediate signal intensity on T2-weighted images. Arthroscopic cyst decompression revealed that the cyst was filled with necrotic synovial villi, indicative of rheumatoid arthritis. Arthroscopic enlargement of unidirectional valvular slits with synovectomy was useful for the final diagnosis and treatment.

  14. Epidemiology of valvular heart disease in a Swedish nationwide hospital-based register study.

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    Andell, Pontus; Li, Xinjun; Martinsson, Andreas; Andersson, Charlotte; Stagmo, Martin; Zöller, Bengt; Sundquist, Kristina; Smith, J Gustav

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    Transitions in the spectrum of valvular heart diseases (VHDs) in developed countries over the 20th century have been reported from clinical case series, but large, contemporary population-based studies are lacking. We used nationwide registers to identify all patients with a first diagnosis of VHD at Swedish hospitals between 2003 and 2010. Age-stratified and sex-stratified incidence of each VHD and adjusted comorbidity profiles were assessed. In the Swedish population (n=10 164 211), the incidence of VHD was 63.9 per 100 000 person-years, with aortic stenosis (AS; 47.2%), mitral regurgitation (MR; 24.2%) and aortic regurgitation (AR; 18.0%) contributing most of the VHD diagnoses. The majority of VHDs were diagnosed in the elderly (68.9% in subjects aged ≥65 years), but pulmonary valve disease incidence peaked in newborns. Incidences of AR, AS and MR were higher in men who were also more frequently diagnosed at an earlier age. Mitral stenosis (MS) incidence was higher in women. Rheumatic fever was rare. Half of AS cases had concomitant atherosclerotic vascular disease (48.4%), whereas concomitant heart failure and atrial fibrillation were common in mitral valve disease and tricuspid regurgitation. Other common comorbidities were thoracic aortic aneurysms in AR (10.3%), autoimmune disorders in MS (24.5%) and abdominal hernias or prolapse in MR (10.7%) and TR (10.3%). Clinically diagnosed VHD was primarily a disease of the elderly. Rheumatic fever was rare in Sweden, but specific VHDs showed a range of different comorbidity profiles . Pronounced sex-specific patterns were observed for AR and MS, for which the mechanisms remain incompletely understood. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  15. Ureteral Stenosis of Transplanted Kidney

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    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Ureteral stenosis is one of the most commonly reported urological complications after kidney transplantation. Material and methods: This is a retrospective analysis of the risk factors for ureteral stenosis (type of donor, age of donor, presence of interior polar arteria, unilateral dual transplantation, diabetes mellitus of the recipient and the donor, BK positivity, child recipient, cold ischaemia time, and delayed graft function, as well as the causes and types of treating ureteral stenoses. Results: In the group of 278 patients, the occurrence was 7.2 %. The medial of occurrence of ureteral stenoses was 24.6 months. The independent risk factor for ureteral stenosis in our group was the age of the donor ≥ 70 years [HR 6.5833; 95 % CI 2.2448-19,3070 (P = 0.0006], BK positivity [HR 13.6667; 95 % CI 6.9127-27.0196 (P 1080 min [HR 4.0368; 95 % CI 1.7250-9,4465 (P = 0.0013], and diabetes mellitus in the donor’s history [HR 16.2667; 95 % CI 7.8629-33.6525 (P <0.0001]. The most frequent type of treating the ureteral stenosis in our group was retroureteroneocystostomy. After surgical treatment, we recorded no recurrence of stenosis. Conclusion: In our analysis, the confirmed independent risk factor was diabetes mellitus of the donor. However, further monitoring and analyses of large groups of patients are necessary. Surgical treatment of ureteral stenosis is safe. However, the most important momentum in surgical treatment of ureteral stenosis still remains the surgeon´s experience in the given type of treatment.

  16. Osseous and chondromatous metaplasia in calcific aortic valve stenosis.

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    Torre, Matthew; Hwang, David H; Padera, Robert F; Mitchell, Richard N; VanderLaan, Paul A

    2016-01-01

    Aortic valve replacement for calcific aortic valve stenosis is one of the more common cardiac surgical procedures. However, the underlying pathophysiology of calcific aortic valve stenosis is poorly understood. We therefore investigated the histologic findings of aortic valves excised for calcific aortic valve stenosis and correlated these findings with their associated clinical features. We performed a retrospective analysis on 6685 native aortic valves excised for calcific stenosis and 312 prosthetic tissue aortic valves with calcific degeneration at a single institution between 1987 and 2013. Patient demographics were correlated with valvular histologic features diagnosed on formalin-fixed, decalcified, and paraffin embedded hematoxylin and eosin stained sections. Of the analyzed aortic valves, 5200 (77.8%) were tricuspid, 1473 (22%) were bicuspid, 11 (0.2%) were unicuspid, and 1 was quadricuspid. The overall prevalence of osseous and/or chondromatous metaplasia was 15.6%. Compared to tricuspid valves, bicuspid valves had a higher prevalence of metaplasia (30.1% vs. 11.5%) and had an earlier mean age of excision (60.2 vs. 75.1 years old). In addition, the frequency of osseous metaplasia and/or chondromatous metaplasia increased with age at time of excision of bicuspid aortic valves, while tricuspid aortic valves showed the same incidence regardless of patient age. Males had a higher prevalence of metaplasia in both bicuspid (33.5% vs. 22.3%) and tricuspid (13.8% vs. 8.6%) aortic valves compared to females. Osseous metaplasia and/or chondromatous metaplasia was also more common in patients with bicuspid aortic valves and concurrent chronic kidney disease or atherosclerosis than in those without (33.6% vs. 28.3%). No osseous or chondromatous metaplasia was observed within the cusps of any of the prosthetic tissue valves. Osseous and chondromatous metaplasia are common findings in native aortic valves but do not occur in prosthetic tissue aortic valves. Bicuspid

  17. Interplay of mitochondria apoptosis regulatory factors and microRNAs in valvular heart disease.

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    Jan, Muhammad Ishtiaq; Khan, Riaz Anwar; Ali, Tahir; Bilal, Muhammad; Bo, Long; Sajid, Abdul; Malik, Abdul; Urehman, Naseeb; Waseem, Nayyar; Nawab, Javed; Ali, Murad; Majeed, Abdul; Ahmad, Hamid; Aslam, Sohail; Hamera, Sadia; Sultan, Aneesa; Anees, Mariam; Javed, Qamar; Murtaza, Iram

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    Valvular heart disease (VHD) is an active process involving a wide range of pathological changes. The major complications of VHD are stenosis and regurgitation, which are macroscopic phenomena, induced in part through cellular changes. Altered expression of mitochondria associated genes causes membrane potential depolarization, leading to the increased levels of apoptosis observed in cardiac dysfunction. Objective of this study is to find molecular medicine candidates that can control expression of the key mitochondria apoptosis regulatory genes. Present study aims to assess the way microRNA are involved in regulating mitochondrial apoptosis regulatory genes and observation of their expression in the heart valve dysfunction. Apoptotic genes PUMA and DRP1 were found to be highly expressed, whereas anti-apoptotic gene ARC was down regulated. The expression level of GATA-4 transcription factor was also reduced in cardiac valve tissues. MicroRNAs miR-15a and miR-29a were repressed, while miR-214 was up regulated. Furthermore, study showed that PUMA, DRP1 and ARC expression might be attenuated by their respective miRNAs. Our results indicate that mitochondria regulatory genes might be controlled by miR-15a, miR-29a and miR-214, in VHD patients. Present study may provide platform for future research regarding potential therapeutic role of miRNAs in CVDs. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. 17. Usefulness of portable ultrasounds in screening for valvular heart disease in children

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    A. AbulFad

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Portable ultrasound machines are becoming increasingly useful in bedside routine exams and field surveys for early detection of heart disease. This is especially important for rheumatic heart disease (RHD which is an emerging public health problem in developing countries. The aim of this study was to screen primary school children, with a focus on females living in rural settings, for valvular disease.Methods: A total of 465 girls aged 8–12 years were screened using portable vivid-e GE machine. All subjects were exposed to full history and clinical examination as well as a routine echo exam for left ventricular (LV function assessed by M-Mode for fractional area shortening (FAS and ejection fraction, assessment of mitral valve morphology, color Doppler and spectral Doppler for all four valves using pulsed and continuous wave spectral Doppler. Suspicious cases were referred to a higher center in Cairo University Children Hospital and followed up in the AFCRHD follow up clinic. Laboratory studies for anti-streptolysin-O (ASO titer and C-reactive protein was carried out for suspicious cases. Findings: The study detected 24 children with valvular abnormality by echo examination. Mitral regurgitation (MR was the commonest findings being detected in 21 cases (10 RHD and 11 congenital; one case with mitral stenosis (MS of rheumatic origin, aortic regurgitation (AR in 4 cases and stenosis in one case; tricuspid regurgitation in 4 cases and pulmonary regurgitation in one case. The MR detected was in the range of 10–30% i.e. mild to moderate, cases with trivial regurge were excluded from the study. Mitral valve thickening and decreased mobility were evident in the cases diagnosed as RHD. However one case with congenital mitral prolapse also showed valve thickening. Hence the overlap between RHD and congenital prolapse did present a diagnostic dilemma. Overall RHD was diagnosed in 13 cases (6 definite and 7 suspected. Ventricular function assessed by M

  19. [Valvular heart disease in patients with anti-phospholipid syndrome].

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    Muñoz-Rodríguez, F J; Reverter Calatayud, J C; Font Franco, J; Espinosa Garriga, G; Tàssies Penella, D; Ingelmo Morin, M

    2002-10-01

    Anti-phospholipid antibodies (APA) may involve heart and valvular heart disease seems to be the most common clinical manifestation. To study the prevalence and characteristics of valvular heart disease in a large patient population with anti-phospholipid syndrome (APS) and also to analyze the clinical and immunological profile of patients with valvular involvement compared with those without involvement. Patients and methods. Retrospective analysis of 113 patients diagnosed of APS. Eighty-one percent were females and the mean age was 39 years (SD:14). Sixty-two percent of patients were diagnosed of primary APS (70 patients) and the remaining 38% (43 patients) corresponded to patients with APS associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The median follow-up of patients was 55 months (range: 7-144 months). The cardiologic assessment was performed by means of transthoracic echocardiogram. The study of anti-lupus anticoagulant (AL) was performed by means of coagulometric assays and measurement of anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL), anti-beta2 glycoprotein I (abeta2-PGI) and anti-prothrombin (aPT) by ELISA. The prevalence of valvular heart disease was 19%. The mitral valve was mostly involved (91%) and the most common structural abnormality corresponded to mitral insufficiency. Valvular replacement was required in 24% of patients. In the subgroup of patients with valvular heart disease, a significantly higher prevalence was observed in the following parameters: total thrombosis (71% versus 49%; p = 0.05), arterial thrombosis (57% versus 23%; p = 0.002), stroke (38% versus 13%; p = 0.01), trombocitopenia (71% versus 45%; p = 0.02), hemolytic anemia (29% versus 9%; p = 0.02), and livedo reticularis (48% versus 3%; p < 0.0001). As for immunological differences, only a higher prevalence of LA was found (81% versus 59%; p= 0.04) and abeta2-GPI (IgG isotype) (43% versus 22%; p = 0.05) in patients with valvular heart disease. Valvular heart disease is more frequent in pa

  20. [Echocardiography as primary diagnostic tool for valvular heart diseases].

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    Nabauer, M

    2013-10-01

    Echocardiography is the method of choice for diagnostics and decision making in valvular heart diseases. It is a universally available diagnostic tool not limited by radiation exposure or toxicity of contrast agents. It is capable of displaying cardiac anatomy, function and blood flow allowing an integrative approach to diagnosing valvular heart diseases. Quantification of stenotic valve lesions by calculating the valve opening area is well established. On the other hand, quantification of valve regurgitation is more difficult as it relies on simplifications and assumptions on geometry of the regurgitation orifice and its boundaries. Three dimensional assessments of the regurgitation orifice and flow may improve the accuracy of grading of cardiac valve regurgitation.

  1. Comparison of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Cardiac Catheterization in Patients with Suspected Severe Aortic Stenosis

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    Miroslav Solař

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI is a novel technique used in the assessment of aortic stenosis. The aim of the study was to compare MRI and cardiac catheterization (CAT that is still considered to be a “golden standard” in this indication. Methods. Thirty-four patients referred to CAT for the evaluation of aortic stenosis were enrolled into the study. CAT was performed according to the standardized protocol. Cardiac output was measured by thermodilution and mean aortic gradient was determined using simultaneous blood pressure measurement in aorta and left ventricle. MRI was performed within the period of 3 weeks after CAT. True FISP sequence with retrospective ECG gating was used for the imaging of the aortic valve orifice. Planimetry of the aortic valve area (AVA was performed at the time of maximal opening of the valve during systole. Results. MRI enabled the measurement of AVA in all patients enrolled. Mean AVA defined by CAT and MRI were 0,97 (±0,41 cm2 and 1,38 (±0,55 cm2, respectively. The correlation between the evaluated methods was statistically significant (p=0,003, but not very strong (r=0,43. The comparison of both methods in the identification of the severe aortic stenosis was characterized by kappa value of 0,331. Conclusion. Our study shows low agreement between cardiac catheterization and magnetic resonance imaging in the assessment of aortic stenosis. However, MRI might have a role in the diagnostic algorithm in patients with suspected severe aortic stenosis and moderate mean aortic gradient or concomitant valvular insufficiency.

  2. Carotid artery stenosis -- self-care

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    ... medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000717.htm Carotid artery stenosis - self-care To use the sharing features on ... feel their pulse under your jawline. Carotid artery stenosis occurs when the carotid arteries become narrowed or ...

  3. Recommendations for the management of individuals with acquired valvular heart diseases who are involved in leisure-time physical activities or competitive sports.

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    Mellwig, Klaus Peter; van Buuren, Frank; Gohlke-Baerwolf, Christa; Bjørnstad, Hans Halvor

    2008-02-01

    Physical check-ups among athletes with valvular heart disease are of significant relevance. In athletes with mitral valve stenosis the extent of allowed physical activity is dependant on the size of the left atrium and the severity of the valve defect. Patients with mild-to-moderate mitral valve regurgitation can participate in all types of sport associated with low and moderate isometric stress and moderate dynamic stress. Patients under anticoagulation should not participate in any type of contact sport. Asymptomatic athletes with mild aortic valve stenosis can take part in all types of sport, as long as left ventricular function and size are normal, a normal response to exercise at the level performed during athletic activities is present and there are no arrhythmias. Asymptomatic athletes with moderate aortic valve stenosis should only take part in sports with low dynamic and static stress. Aortic valve regurgitation is often present due to connective tissue disease of a bicuspid valve. Athletes with mild aortic valve regurgitation, with normal end diastolic left ventricular size and systolic function can participate in all types of sport. A mitral valve prolapse is often associated with structural diseases of the myocardium and endocardium. In patients with mitral valve prolapse Holter-ECG monitoring should also be performed to detect significant arrhythmias. All athletes with known valvular heart disease, a previous history of infective endocarditis and valve surgery should receive endocarditis prophylaxis before dental, oral, respiratory, intestinal and genitourinary procedures associated with bacteraemia. Sport activities have to be avoided during active infection with fever.

  4. Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation for breath-holding spells followed by cardiac arrest due to left main coronary artery stenosis.

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    Ozyilmaz, Isa; Altin, Husnu Fırat; Yildiz, Okan; Erek, Ersin; Ergul, Yakup; Guzeltas, Alper

    2015-06-01

    Non-syndromic congenital supravalvular aortic stenosis (SVAS) leads to ventricular hypertrophy and increased oxygen consumption, and when combined with other factors reduces coronary blood flow, potentially resulting in myocardial ischemia and sudden cardiac death. While the anatomic obstruction of coronary circulation is as common in non-syndromic SVAS as in Williams syndrome, it often remains unacknowledged. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an elective procedure that can be used to support patients with cardiac arrest during diagnosis as a way to reduce cardiopulmonary load in preparation for surgery or further treatment. In this report, we describe the rare case of an infant with severe SVAS and mild valvular pulmonary and left main coronary artery stenosis, as well as breath-holding spells. After multiple cardiac arrests, the infant underwent diagnostic catheter angiography on ECMO and had the pathology surgically corrected. © 2015 Japan Pediatric Society.

  5. the recognition and management of valvular heart disease

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    Early systolic murmurs occur in acute severe mitral regurgitation, tricuspid regurgitation (with normal right ventricular (RV) pressures) and ventricular septal defect (VSD). Midsystolic murmurs occur in aortic sclerosis (often in the elderly), aortic stenosis and pulmonary valve stenosis, but can also be a feature of an innocent.

  6. Valvular heart disease is changing – a challenge for Africa

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    has been a change in the incidence of valvular heart disease from a rheumatic cause to one of degeneration. Until the age of 64 years all moderate to severe valve disease affects less than 2%. In the group aged 64 – 75 .... may be discovered for the first time in the antenatal clinic. In practice there are three main situations ...

  7. Valvular Endocarditis In A Captive Monkey In Ibadan, Nigeria: A ...

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    Congestive heart failure which can be due to mural or valvular endocarditis has been found to be a product of a septicaemic condition (Robinson and Maxie, 1985). There have been various reports of the pathology of heart related conditions in primates in different parts of the world (Isoun et al., 1972; McConnell et al., 1974; ...

  8. Cine-MR imaging of valvular heart disease

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    Park, Jae Hyung; Han, Man Chung; Kim, Chu Wan [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Dae Jin; Kim, Woo Sung; Park, Hyun Wuk; Cho, Zang Hee [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    1989-04-15

    Cine-MR imaging was done in 2 normal persons and 9 patients of valvular heart disease with 2.0 T superconducting MR system (Spectro-2000; GoldStar, Korea). The MRI was undertaken using gradient echo technique with small flip angle. Repetition time (TR) was 34 msec, and echo time (TE), 18 msec. In most cases, 20 to 30 frames could be obtained during one cardiac cycle. With normal heart, high signal intensity was identified in the blood filled cardiac chambers. Transient signal void was observed near tricuspid, mitral and aortic valves due to the turbulences induced by valve opening or closure. In 6 cases of mitral valvular disease, mitral valve was identified in all cases. The valvular motion was limited revealing doming toward cardiac apex during diastole. Signal void was evident in pansystolic phase of left ventricle in all cases. Evidence of combined aortic or tricuspid valve disease were also demonstrated, revealing signal void in the corresponding cardiac chambers. Cine-MRI seemed to be not only a good non-invasive diagnostic modality for the valvular heart disease, but also an accurate modality for cardiac functional evaluation.

  9. Genetics Home Reference: X-linked cardiac valvular dysplasia

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    ... valvular heart disease CVD1 filamin-A-associated myxomatous mitral valve disease filamin-A-related myxomatous mitral valve dystrophy X- ... RA. Developmental basis for filamin-A-associated myxomatous mitral valve disease. Cardiovasc Res. 2012 Oct 1;96(1):109- ...

  10. [Magnetic resonance imaging in the assessment of valvular heart disease].

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    Gallego, Pastora

    2011-07-01

    Although Doppler echocardiography remains the most frequently used imaging modality for assessing valvular heart disease, the technique has a number of limitations that could affect the quality of imaging studies and make the results difficult to interpret. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging could be superior to echocardiography in a number of ways: for example, for assessing ventricular dimensions, volumes, function and mass, for quantifying valvular regurgitation, and for investigating areas of myocardial fibrosis and extracardiac structures. In carrying out these tasks, CMR uses a variety of pulse sequences that are specially created to obtain information on specific tissue characteristics or on particular aspects of blood flow through heart valves. This general review article focuses on the usefulness of CMR in the clinical diagnosis of valvular heart disease and reviews how the data acquired using the technique can be incorporated into algorithms for the clinical management of patients with significant valvular heart lesions. Copyright © 2011 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  11. Unusual manifestations of penetrating cardiac injuries.

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    Fallah-Nejad, M; Wallace, H W; Su, C C; Kutty, A C; Blakemore, W S

    1975-11-01

    Penetrating cardiac injuries frequently first appear in an unusual and insidious manner, and their diagnosis may not be immediately obvious. In a series of 20 cases of cardiac injury, ten cases were indicative of such subtle symptoms, several of which were life-threatening. These unusual manifestations can be categorized as early, intermediate, or late. Early problems of four patients included the following: (1) sudden onset of shock during laparotomy, performed due to apparent abdominal trauma; (2) cardiac arrest on arrival in the emergency room; and (3) cerebral air embolus and mimicked symptoms of possible irreversible anoxic brain damage. The intermediate manifestations of cardiac injury are usually discovered in the early recovery period, and include myocardial infarction with cardiogenic shock and bullet embolus to a peripheral artery. Intermediate manifestations were observed in two patients. Four patients had late complications that included pseudoaneurysm, ventricular septal defect, valvular damage, and recurrent pericarditis. These late complications were observed between one month and 21 years after cardiac injury. This indicates the necessity of long-term follow-up of these patients.

  12. Familial idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis

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    Shah Lilam

    1979-01-01

    Full Text Available Echocardiographic features of idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (IHSS are described. Systolic anterior motion (SAM of anterior mitral leaflet and asymetric septal hypertrophy (ASH are considered as the diagnostic criteria of IHSS. Effects of amyl nitrite and propranolol-a beta blocker are studied. Echocardio-graphic screening of family members revealed this as a case of fami-lial IHSS.

  13. Rheumatological Findings in Candidates for Valvular Heart Surgery

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    Owlia, Mohammad Bagher; Mirhosseini, Seyed Jalil; Naderi, Nafiseh; Mostafavi Pour Manshadi, Seyed Mohammad Yousof; Ali Hassan Sayegh, Sadegh

    2012-01-01

    Background and Objectives. Valvular heart diseases are among the frequent causes of cardiac surgery. Some patients have a well-known rheumatic condition. Heart valves are fragile connective tissues which are vulnerable to any systemic autoimmune diseases. This study was designed to evaluate the frequency of rheumatological background in patients candidate for valvular heart surgery in Afshar Cardiovascular Center, Yazd, Iran. Methods. One hundred and twenty (120) patients candidate for valvular heart surgery were selected for this study. Careful history and physical examination were undertaken from rheumatological stand points. The most sensitive screening serologic tests were also assayed. Results. The result of this study showed that 53.3% were male and 46.6% were female with mean age of 48.18 ± 17.65 years old. 45.8% of the patients had history of nonmechanical joint disease, 14.2% had history of rheumatological conditions in their family, and 30% had history of constitutional symptoms. 29.8% had positive joint dysfunction findings in their physical examination while 25.8% had anemia of chronic disease. Positive Rheumatoid factor (RF), anticyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP, ACPA), C-reactive protein (CRP), antinuclear antibody (ANA), abnormal urine and elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) were 34, 2.5, 26.7, 4.2, 5, and 36.7%, respectively. Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) and antiphospholipid (APL) were positive in a few cases. Conclusion. The findings of this study show immunologic bases for most patients with valvular heart diseases candidate for surgery. Undifferentiated connective tissue diseases may play an important role in the pathophysiology of valvular damage. PMID:23304546

  14. Radiation-associated pulmonary infundibular stenosis. A case report

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    Kamada, Shinsuke; Horimoto, Masashi; Inoue, Hitoki; Takenaka, Takashi [Sapporo National Hospital (Japan)

    1995-09-01

    A 68-year-old female was admitted to the hospital for evaluation of cardiac murmur. At the age of 45, the patient was treated with an electron beam irradiation of a total of 51 Gy following radical mastectomy for the left mammary gland. Furthermore, the subsequent irradiation with a total of 57 Gy was delivered two months later. At the age of 59 years, pericardial diffusion due to radiation-associated pericarditis was noted but no cardiac murmur was heard. On the present admission, B-mode echocardiography showed pericardial effusion contiguous to the posterior wall of the left ventricle and no asynergy and no hypertrophy of the left ventricular wall. No valvular dysfunction was detected. The right ventricular (RV) outflow tract was strikingly narrowed at systole because of the hypercontraction of the thickened RV free wall at the RV outflow tract. Doppler echocardiography revealed a turbulent flow with a pressure gradient of 12 mmHg at the RV outflow tract. A similar pressure gradient was noted by RV pressure study at the pulmonary artery. Right ventriculography revealed a systolic narrowing of the RV outflow tract and coronary angiograms were normal. These findings lead to the diagnosis of pulmonary infundibular stenosis due to radiation. (N.A.).

  15. Multimorbidity in Older Adults with Aortic Stenosis.

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    Lindman, Brian R; Patel, Jay N

    2016-05-01

    Aortic stenosis is a disease of older adults; many have associated comorbidities. With the aging of the population and the emergence of transcatheter aortic valve replacement as a treatment, clinicians will increasingly be confronted with aortic stenosis and multimorbidity, making the evaluation, management, and treatment of aortic stenosis more complex. To optimize patient-centered clinical outcomes, new treatment paradigms are needed that recognize the import and influence of multimorbidity on patients with aortic stenosis. The authors review the prevalence of medical and aging-related comorbidities in patients with aortic stenosis, their impact on outcomes, and discuss how they influence management and treatment decisions. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Evaluation of plain radiograph in mitral stenosis related to hemodynamics

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    Choe, Ku Ok; Suh, Jung Ho; Park, Chang Yun; Choi, Byung So [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1973-04-15

    Mitral stenosis, the most frequent heart disease in adult, showed relatively characteristic pulmonary findings in plain chest X-ray. In recent years the knowledge of the altered physiology of hemodynamics could offer considerable amount of hemodynamic barrier in plain chest. But the value of several parameters was still controversial. In this study a variety of roentgen signs were related to physiologic data and those were acquired by the cardiac catheterization in total of 67 cases of mitral stenosis. 1. Correlation of DPA/DHT ratio (Diameter of pulmonary arterial segment/ Diameter of hemithorax X 100) to hemodynamic data; The pulmonary arterial segments was dilated by two factors, the one was pulmonary blood flow and the other the blood pressure within it. In mitral stenosis, the cardiac output was decreased to quite uniform level, hence measurement of pulmonary arterial segment might be valuable. The correlation coefficient of DPA/ DHT ratio to hemodynamic data were as follows: 0.54 to mean pulmonary artery pressure, 0.32 to pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, -0.37 to mitral valvular area and 0.07 to pulmonary vascular resistance. No significant difference was noted in between pure mitral stenosis and mitral stenosis associated with other valvular disease. 2. Correlation of diameter of right descending pulmonary artery to hemodynamic data: The measurement was made near the first bifurcation of right descending pulmonary artery at its widest point. Pulmonary vascular pattern was best correlated (r=0.71). Another had rough correlation: 0.05 to mean pulmonary artery pressure, 0.31 to pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, -0.44 to mitral valvular area in correlation coefficient. No pulmonary arterial hypertension was observed in the cases diameter of less than 12 mm, but all except two cases had pulmonary hypertension in which diameter exceeded 16 mm. According to increase of the mean pulmonary arterial pressure, the same increment in pressure increased change

  17. Mitral valve prolapse associated with celiac artery stenosis: a new ultrasonographic syndrome?

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    Arcari Luciano

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Celiac artery stenosis (CAS may be caused by atherosclerotic degeneration or compression exerted by the arched ligament of the diaphragm. Mitral valve prolapse (MVP is the most common valvular disorder. There are no reports on an association between CAS and MVP. Methods 1560 (41% out of 3780 consecutive patients undergoing echocardiographic assessment of MVP, had Doppler sonography of the celiac tract to detect CAS. Results CAS was found in 57 (3.7% subjects (23 males and 34 females none of whom complained of symptoms related to visceral ischemia. MVP was observed in 47 (82.4% subjects with and 118 (7.9% without CAS (p Conclusion CAS and MVP seem to be significantly associated in patients undergoing consecutive ultrasonographic screening.

  18. Scleroderma and Mitral Stenosis: A New Cardiac Involvement or an Association by Chance

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    Ahmadreza Zarifian

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Systemic Sclerosis (SSc is an autoimmune disorder with unknown etiology, which presents with vascular lesions and fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. Cardiac, renal, and pulmonary involvements are major causes of death in systemic sclerosis. Although a major cause of scleroderma deaths is cardiac failure, scleroderma rarely causes valvular disease. We report the case of a 48-year-old woman with severe mitral stenosis who was diagnosed with scleroderma 6 months before. Echocardiographic assessments had revealed no clinical manifestation of heart involvement in her previous visits. We used cardiac surgical treatment with successful outcome. The present case confirms the data from the currently available literature, indicating that mitral valve involvement in systemic sclerosis is a rare occurrence. Awareness of this uncommon association and adequate management to prevent complications of the underlying disease are prerequisites for successful mitral valve repair or replacement in such patients.

  19. Significance of aortic valve calcification in patients with low-gradient low-flow aortic stenosis.

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    Aksoy, Olcay; Cam, Akin; Agarwal, Shikhar; Ige, Mobolaji; Yousefzai, Rayan; Singh, Dhssraj; Griffin, Brian P; Schoenhagen, Paul; Kapadia, Samir R; Tuzcu, Murat E

    2014-01-01

    Assessment of patients with aortic stenosis (AS) and impaired left ventricular function remains challenging. Aortic valve calcium (AVC) scoring with computed tomography (CT) and fluoroscopy has been proposed as means of diagnosing and predicting outcomes in patients with severe AS. Severity of aortic valve calcification correlates with the diagnosis of true severe AS and outcomes in patients with low-gradient low-flow AS. Echocardiography and CT database records from January 1, 2000 to September 26, 2009 were reviewed. Patients with aortic valve area (AVA)<1.0 cm2 who had ejection fraction (EF)≤25% and mean valvular gradient≤25 mmHg with concurrent noncontrast CT scans were included. AVC was evaluated using CT and fluoroscopy. Mortality and aortic valve replacement (AVR) were established using the Social Security Death Index and medical records. The role of surgery in outcomes was evaluated. Fifty-one patients who met the above criteria were included. Mean age was 75.1±9.6 years, and 15 patients were female. Mean EF was 21%±4.6% with AVA of 0.7±0.1 cm2. The peak and mean gradients were 35.5±10.6 and 19.0±5.1 mmHg, respectively. Median aortic valve calcium score was 2027 Agatston units. Mean follow-up was 908 days. Patients with calcium scores above the median value were found to have increased mortality (P=0.02). The benefit of surgery on survival was more pronounced in patients with higher valvular scores (P=0.001). Fluoroscopy scoring led to similar findings, where increased AVC predicted worse outcomes (P=0.04). In patients with low-gradient low-flow AS, higher valvular calcium score predicts worse long-term mortality. AVR is associated with improved survival in patients with higher valve scores. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. A case report of 3-level degenerative spondylolisthesis with spinal canal stenosis

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    Moo, Ing How; Tan, See Wei; Kasat, Niraj; Thng, Leong Keng

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    Introduction: Lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis is a major cause of impaired quality of life and diminished functional capacity in the elderly. Degenerative spondylolisthesis often involves only one or two level and tend to present with one or two level spinal canal stenosis. Case report: The authors describe an unusual case of degenerative spondylolisthesis involving 3 levels of the lumbar spine from L2 to L5. The patient was a 58-year-old woman who suffered chronic back pain and neur...

  1. [Pre- and post-operative right ventricular functions in valvular heart diseases: the significance of noninvasive assessment].

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    Uehara, T; Nishimura, T; Hayashida, K; Takamiya, M

    1987-12-01

    This investigation was undertaken to evaluate right ventricular function in valvular heart diseases by calculating right ventricular ejection fraction (RVEF) from first-pass radionuclide angiography (RNA). One hundred cases of valvular heart disease were examined by RNA, 93 of whom underwent cardiac catheterization and contrast left ventriculography, preoperatively. Fifty of the 100 cases were examined by RNA; 18 by cardiac catheterization post-operatively. The results were as follows: 1. In 49 cases of mitral valve disease, there was a correlation (r = -0.75) between pulmonary artery mean pressure (PAm) and RVEF. This suggested that afterload of left atrial pressure elevation induced a decrease in RVEF. 2. Although PAm did not increase so much in aortic valve disease, RVEF decreased in some cases, especially in those having massive aortic stenosis or regurgitation. In 22 cases of aortic regurgitation which had normal PAm and a left ventricular-aortic systolic pressure gradient less than 50 mmHg, there was a correlation (r = -0.69) between the RVEF and the left ventricular end-diastolic volume index (LVEDVI). 3. Although post-operative RVEF did not improve significantly in mitral valve disease, it increased significantly in the early post-operative period in aortic valve disease. Also, the increase in RVEF and the decrease in LVEDVI seemed to correlate closely in aortic valve disease. It was speculated that pre-operative decrease of RVEF is derived from a deformity of the RV caused by pressure from the enlarged or thickened LV, and that post-operative increase of RVEF is dependent upon a decrease of LV size and volume.

  2. Developmental basis of adult cardiovascular diseases: valvular heart diseases.

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    Markwald, Roger R; Norris, Russell A; Moreno-Rodriguez, Ricardo; Levine, Robert A

    2010-02-01

    In this chapter, we review the working hypothesis that the roots of adult valvular heart disease (VHD) lie in embryonic development. Valvulogenesis is a complex process in which growth factors signal the process of endocardium-to-mesenchyme transformation (EMT) resulting in formation of prevalvular "cushions." The post-EMT processes, whereby cushions are morphogenetically remolded into valve leaflets, are less well understood, but they require periostin. Mice with targeted deletion of periostin develop degenerative changes similar to human forms of VHD. Mitral valves are also abnormally elongated in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which plays an important role in clinical disease expression. However, the mechanism for this is unclear, but correlates with enhanced expression of periostin in a specific population of ventricular cells derived from the embryonic proepicardial organ, which accumulate at sites where valvular endocardial EMT is reactivated. Collectively, these findings suggest that developmental mechanisms underlie adult valve responses to genetic mutations in degenerative VHD and HCM.

  3. Progression of Aortic Regurgitation After Different Repair Techniques for Congenital Aortic Valve Stenosis.

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    Kari, Fabian A; Kroll, Johannes; Kiss, Jan; Hess, Carolin; Stiller, Brigitte; Siepe, Matthias; Beyersdorf, Friedhelm

    2016-01-01

    We sought to characterize the incidence of AR progression and determine risk factors for AR progression in a consecutive series of infants and children after surgical correction of congenital aortic valvular and supravalvular stenosis. N = 30 patients underwent repair of the aortic valve for isolated congenital aortic valve stenosis (n = 14, 47 %) or combined with aortic regurgitation (AR, n = 16, 53%). N = 27 (90%) had a valvular and n = 3 patients (10%) presented with supravalvular pathology of their aortic valve. In n = 16 patients (53%) a bicuspid and in n = 2 (6%) patients, a unicuspid valve was present. Comparative survival was analyzed using the Cox model and log-rank calculations. Log-rank calculations were performed for variables reaching statistical significance in order to identify differences in survival between groups. Commissurotomy was performed in n = 20 patients, patch implantation in n = 4, cusp shaving in n = 8, cusp prolapse correction in n = 3, and cusp augmentation in n = 4 patients. In patients with combined dysfunction and preoperative AR, AR was successfully reduced by the initial procedure, and postoperatively the overall median AR grade was 1+ (range 0-2.5+, p = 0.001, for AR reduction among patients with any grade of preoperative AR). By the time of follow-up echocardiography, the median AR grade had significantly progressed toward 1.5+ (p = 0.004). At the time of mid-term follow-up at 3.2 years, none of the patients had moderate or severe AR grades >2.5+. Patients with a monocuspid aortic valve and patients who had some kind of patch implantation into their cusps or commissures or shaving of thickened cusps were more likely to present with progression of aortic regurgitation. Monocuspid aortic valve and patch implantation, as well as cusp shaving, are probably linked to AR progression. The standard procedure of commissurotomy results in an absolute rate of AR progression of 40 % over a medium-term follow-up period.

  4. Actinobacillus equuli subsp. equuli associated with equine valvular endocarditis

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    Aalbæk, Bent; Østergaard, Stine; Buhl, Rikke

    2007-01-01

    Microbiological and pathological data from a case of equine valvular endocarditis are reported. Limited information is available on the pathogenic potential of equine Actinobacillus species as several strains originate from apparently healthy horses. After the establishment of two subspecies within...... this species, this seems to be the first report of an etiological association between A. equuli subsp. equuli and equine endocarditis. Furthermore, new information on some phenotypical characteristics of this subspecies are reported, compared to previous findings...

  5. Pulmonary hemosiderosis due to mitral valvular heart disease

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    Kim, Eung Yeop; Kim, Tae Sung; Han, Joung Ho; Lee, Kyung Soo [Sungkyunkwan Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1999-01-01

    We report a case of biopsy-proven secondary hemosiderosis of the lung in a 58-year-old patient with mitral valvular heart disease. Both chest radiography and high-resolution CT demonstrated patchy areas of ground-glass opacity ; the former indicated that it was in both lungs, while the latter showed inter-and intralobular septal thickening. These findings were reversible when pulmonary venous hypertension was corrected.

  6. Coconut Atrium in Long-Standing Rheumatic Valvular Heart Disease

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    Onishi, Takahisa; Idei, Yuka; Otsui, Kazunori; Iwata, Sachiyo; Suzuki, Atsushi; Ozawa, Toru; Domoto, Koji; Takei, Asumi; Inamoto, Shinya; Inoue, Nobutaka

    2015-01-01

    Patient: Male, 76 Final Diagnosis: Rheumatic valvular heart disease Symptoms: Breathlessness and leg edema Medication: ? Clinical Procedure: Medical treatment for heart failure Specialty: Cardiology Objective: Rare disease Background: Complete calcification of the left atrium (LA) is called ?coconut atrium?, which decreases the compliance of LA, leading to the elevation of LA pressure that is transmitted to the right-side of the heart. The pathogenesis of LA calcification in patients with rhe...

  7. Primary Prevention of Sudden Death in Patients With Valvular Cardiomyopathy.

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    Rodríguez-Mañero, Moisés; Barrio-López, María Teresa; Assi, Emad Abu; Expósito-García, Víctor; Bertomeu-González, Vicente; Sánchez-Gómez, Juan Miguel; González-Torres, Luis; García-Bolao, Ignacio; Gaztañaga, Larraitz; Cabanas-Grandío, Pilar; Iglesias-Bravo, José Antonio; Arce-León, Álvaro; la Huerta, Ana Andrés; Fernández-Armenta, Juan; Peinado, Rafael; Arias, Miguel Angel; Díaz-Infante, Ernesto

    2016-03-01

    Few data exist on the outcomes of valvular cardiomyopathy patients referred for defibrillator implantation for primary prevention. The aim of the present study was to describe the outcomes of this cardiomyopathy subgroup. This multicenter retrospective study included consecutive patients referred for defibrillator implantation to 15 Spanish centers in 2010 and 2011, and to 3 centers after 1 January 2008. Of 1174 patients, 73 (6.2%) had valvular cardiomyopathy. These patients had worse functional class, wider QRS, and a history of atrial fibrillation vs patients with ischemic (n=659; 56.1%) or dilated (n=442; 37.6%) cardiomyopathy. During a follow-up of 38.1 ± 21.3 months, 197 patients (16.7%) died, without significant differences among the groups (19.2% in the valvular cardiomyopathy group, 15.8% in the ischemic cardiomyopathy group, and 17.9% in the dilated cardiomyopathy group; P=.2); 136 died of cardiovascular causes (11.6%), without significant differences among the groups (12.3%, 10.5%, and 13.1%, respectively; P=.1). Although there were no differences in the proportion of appropriate defibrillator interventions (13.7%, 17.9%, and 18.8%; P=.4), there was a difference in inappropriate interventions (8.2%, 7.1%, and 12.0%, respectively; P=.03). All-cause and cardiovascular mortality in patients with valvular cardiomyopathy were similar to those in other patients referred for defibrillator implantation. They also had similar rates of appropriate interventions. These data suggest that defibrillator implantation in this patient group confers a similar benefit to that obtained by patients with ischemic or dilated cardiomyopathy. Copyright © 2015 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  8. [The best of valvular heart disease in 2002].

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    Hanania, G; Acar, C; Michel, P L; Maroni, J P

    2003-01-01

    For AS, besides a very thorough update by Carabello on their management, new experimental work confirms that the pathophysiology of the condition is closer to atherosclerotic and inflammatory processes than pure degeneration. Moreover this year brings a batch of long term post-operative results, one of which is an important series relating to 2194 bioprostheses followed up for 15 years. The choice of valvular substitute between 60 and 70 years old is the subject for several studies. A series of 259 re-operations for bioprosthesis deterioration allows quantification of the operative risk to which those with this substitute are subjected in case of degeneration. Finally, the strategy to adopt in a patient with an indication for aortocoronary bypass but also with a not-tight AS is discussed (abstention, decalcification, or "preventive" valvular replacement?). For aortic insufficiency (AI) some new results for the Ross operation have been published and the first publications reporting on the attempts of experimental positioning of bioprostheses via the percutaneous route in animals are appearing. As for mitral valvulopathies, MI has carved a privileged place. Much work this year relates amongst other things to functional MI in dilated cardiomyopathies with dilatation of the ring, to the natural history of mitral valvular prolapse detailed in an important series of 833 patients, and to the evolutive risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) with MI and its treatment during plasty or mitral valvular replacement procedures. Anticoagulant treatment for mechanical prostheses is the subject of much work drawn from a large German prospective study (GELIA) confirming the general tendency for alleviation of intensity in aortic especially but also mitral valvulopathies, stressing the advantages of autocontrol. Finally, the Valvulopathy Working Group of the European Society of Cardiology publishes its recommendations for asymptomatic valvulopathies, recalling the echographic criteria of

  9. Reemplazo valvular mitral en edad pediátrica

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    H S Diliz-Nava

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available ANTECEDENTES: el reemplazo valvular mitral en pediatría es un procedimiento raro asociado con dificultades técnicas y clínicas únicas. Estudios recientes reportan mejores resultados, a corto y largo plazo, posteriores al procedimiento.   OBJETIVO: analizar la experiencia del reemplazo valvular mitral en el Instituto Nacional de Pediatría.   MATERIALES Y MÉTODOS: se revisaron los expedientes de los pacientes con reemplazo valvular mitral, en el Instituto Nacional de Pediatría, entre agosto del 2002 y agosto del 2012. Las variables de evaluación primaria fueron mortalidad, complicaciones de la anticoagulación y resultados a largo plazo. Se incluyó a doce pacientes, con mediana de edad de 12.5 años (tres pacientes menores de 5 años. RESULTADOS: en 11 casos la anomalía mitral fue considerada congénita. La manifestación clínica más frecuente fue insuficiencia mitral. La mediana de la fracción de eyección del ventrículo izquierdo fue de 62% antes de la cirugía. Se colocó prótesis mecánica en 11 casos. Dos pacientes fallecieron en el postoperatorio inmediato, con supervivencia a 30 días de 83%, sin reporte de ninguna muerte en el periodo de seguimiento. Un paciente presentó sangrado de  tubo digestivo leve y dos arritmia auricular. No se reportaron eventos tromboembólicos ni necesidad de nueva intervención. La mediana del tiempo de seguimiento fue de 16.6 meses.   CONCLUSIÓN: en nuestras condiciones el reemplazo valvular mitral parece ser una buena opción para los pacientes que no pueden beneficiarse de la reparación, con resultados aceptables a corto y mediano plazos.

  10. Newer Anticoagulants for Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation

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    Joseph M. Harburger

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Non-valvular atrial fibrillation is a recognized risk factor for stroke and systemic embolism. It has been clearly established that warfarin reduces the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in persons with atrial fibrillation and additional risk factors for stroke. The use of warfarin, however, requires frequent monitoring, and there is great variability in patient response to warfarin. Warfarin interacts with several medications and foods. In addition, warfarin use portends a significant risk of bleeding. For these reasons, warfarin is frequently not prescribed to persons for whom the drug would provide a clear benefit. Over the past decade, attempts have been made to develop drugs that are at least as safe and effective as warfarin for the treatment of atrial fibrillation that do not require monitoring nor have as many interactions. Initial studies of compounds in this regard ultimately failed due to safety concerns, but over the past two years two novel agents have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Association for anticoagulation in non-valvular atrial fibrillation, another drug is under review, and additional compounds are being studied. This article will review the use of warfarin and these new agents in the treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

  11. [Combined operation for ischemic heart diseases and valvular heart diseases].

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    Inoue, M; Ohba, O; Shichijo, T; Yunoki, K; Suezawa, T; Honjo, O; Kyo, Y

    2000-07-01

    We performed combined operation for patients who have both ischemic heart disease and valvular heart disease in 21 cases from January 1991 to October 1999. This operation was 3.1% of 682 cases of coronary artery bypass grafting and 5.0% of 416 cases of operation for valvular heart disease during that period. The mean age of these patients was 67.9 +/- 9.1 years. The average number of grafts in the coronary artery bypass grafting was 1.5 +/- 0.6. Aortic valve replacement was performed in 6 cases, mitral valve replacement in 10 cases and mitral valve plasty in 5 cases. Together with this combined operation, ascending aorta and aortic arch replacement was done in 1 case and abdominal aortic replacement in 2 cases. Three patients died due to postoperative aortic rupture, cerebral infarction or excessive surgical intervention in ascending aorta and aortic arch replacement. Combined operation for ischemic heart diseases and valvular heart diseases can safely performed, but it appears necessary to pay attention to arteriosclerotic lesions.

  12. Acute methemoglobinemia associated with ochronotic valvular heart disease: report of a case.

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    Uchiyama, C; Kondoh, H; Shintani, H

    2010-03-01

    We describe the first reported case of acute methemoglobinemia associated with ochronotic valvular heart disease. A 79-year-old man with ochronotic valvular heart disease experienced decreased urinary output starting 9 days after an operation. Thereafter, the patient's methemoglobin concentration acutely increased, indicating systemic cyanosis, while the arterial partial oxygen pressure (PaO (2)) was maintained at around 200 mmHg. In patients with ochronotic valvular heart disease, acute methemoglobinemia may occur, as in cases of renal failure or oliguresis.

  13. THE STUDY OF PREVALENCE AND CLINICAL PROFILE OF VALVULAR HEART DISEASES IN A TEACHING HOSPITAL

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    Radha Krishnan; Srinivas

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    Valvular heart disease is still a common causes of mortality and morbidity in India and rheumatic heart disease is still far more frequent. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To study the prevalence and clinical profile of rheumatic and non - rheumatic valvular heart dise ase in patients attending to Government General Hospital, Kakinada. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 100 Adult patients with valvular abnormalities attending to the Medicine and Cardiol...

  14. Computational fluid dynamics modelling of left valvular heart diseases during atrial fibrillation

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    Stefania Scarsoglio; Andrea Saglietto; Fiorenzo Gaita; Luca Ridolfi; Matteo Anselmino

    2016-01-01

    Background: Although atrial fibrillation (AF), a common arrhythmia, frequently presents in patients with underlying valvular disease, its hemodynamic contributions are not fully understood. The present work aimed to computationally study how physical conditions imposed by pathologic valvular anatomy act on AF hemodynamics. Methods: We simulated AF with different severity grades of left-sided valvular diseases and compared the cardiovascular effects that they exert during AF, compared to lone ...

  15. Evaluation of Cardiac and Valvular Function after Arterial Switch Operation: A Midterm Follow-Up

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    Hamid Amoozgar

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Transposition of Great Arteries (TGA is a serious congenital heart disease and anatomic correction in the first few weeks of life has revealed good outcomes nowadays. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the myocardial and valvular function at midterm postoperative follow-up. Patients and Methods: In this study, thirty-three patients with TGA and Arterial Switch Operation (ASO were evaluated by 2-dimensional, M-mode, Doppler, and pulsed Tissue Doppler. These patients were compared with 33 healthy children of the same age and gender as the normal control group. Student’s t-test and Pearson correlation were used to analyze the data. Besides, P<0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results: The mean follow up time was 40.9±5.6 months. Among the 33 patients with ASO, 6% had mild pulmonary stenosis, while 3% had mild pulmonary insufficiency. Aortic stenosis and aortic insufficiency of trivial to mild degree was seen in 12% and 12% of the patients, respectively. The patients’ systolic velocity of tricuspid (S, early diastolic velocity of tricuspid (Ea, and late velocity of tricuspid valve (Aa were significantly different from those of the controls (P<0.001. Also, pulmonary annulus diameter was significantly dilated in the patients compared to the controls (1.67±0.41 vs. 1.29±0.28, P≤0.001. Besides, aortic annulus diameter (1.56±0.42 vs. 1.24±0.21, P=0.001 and also aortic sinus diameter (2.06±0.41 vs. 1.44±0.34, P=0.002 were significantly dilated, while sinutuboar junction diameter (1.65±0.5 vs. 1.28±0.29, P=0.094 was not dilated. Left ventricular function was in the normal range. Conclusions: This study showed good left ventricular function, but some abnormalities in lateral tricuspid tissue Doppler velocities. Neoaortic and pulmonary diameters were significantly dilated, while aortic and pulmonary insufficiencies were clinically insignificant in most of the patients. Long-term follow-up is necessary in these

  16. Familial aggregation and heritability of pyloric stenosis

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    Krogh, Camilla; Fischer, Thea K; Skotte, Line

    2010-01-01

    for the first year of life, during which 3362 children had surgery for pyloric stenosis. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Familial aggregation of pyloric stenosis, evaluated by rate ratios. RESULTS: The incidence rate (per 1000 person-years) of pyloric stenosis in the first year of life was 1.8 for singletons and 3......CONTEXT: Pyloric stenosis is the most common condition requiring surgery in the first months of life. Case reports have suggested familial aggregation, but to what extent this is caused by common environment or inheritance is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To investigate familial aggregation of pyloric...... familial aggregation and heritability....

  17. TRAUMA VALVULAR MITRAL EN UN LACTANTE DURANTE LA VALVULOPLASTIA AÓRTICA Y SU TRATAMIENTO QUIRÚRGICO / Mitral valve trauma in an infant during aortic valvuloplasty and its surgical treatment

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    Francisco Díaz Ramírez

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Resumen: La valvuloplastia con globo es ampliamente aceptada como tratamiento de elección de la estenosis aórtica congénita en recién nacidos y lactantes. Las complicaciones por el procedimiento son bien conocidas pero el daño valvular mitral es infrecuente. Se presenta un paciente masculino, de siete meses de edad, con el diagnóstico de coartación de la aorta y estenosis valvular aórtica a quién se le realizó dilatación de ambas lesiones por cateterismo intervencionista. A las 20 horas del procedimiento se diagnosticó insuficiencia cardíaca grave secundaria a lesión de la valva anterior mitral. Se intervino quirúrgicamente de urgencia y se observó un desgarro en forma de hendidura desde el borde libre hasta el anillo, el cual se reparó y se realizó anuloplastia en la comisura lateral. En el postoperatorio inmediato evolucionó sin complicaciones y al año de seguimiento presenta insuficiencia valvular mitral leve sin signos de recoartación ni de estenosis valvular aórticas. / Abstract: Balloon valvuloplasty is widely accepted as the treatment of choice for congenital aortic stenosis in newborns and infants. Complications from the procedure are well known but mitral valve damage is rare. This is the case of a 7-month-old male patient with the diagnosis of coarctation of the aorta and aortic valve stenosis who underwent dilation of both lesions via catheterization. At 20 hours of the procedure a severe heart failure secondary to an injury of the anterior mitral valve was diagnosed. The patient underwent emergency surgery and a slit-like tear from the free edge to the annulus was observed, which was repaired and annuloplasty in the lateral commissure was performed. In the immediate postoperative period the patient progressed without complications and at one year follow up he shows mild valve regurgitation without evidence of recoarctation or aortic valve stenosis.

  18. Obscure Severe Infrarenal Aortoiliac Stenosis With Severe Transient Lactic Acidosis

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    Teerapat Nantsupawat MD

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A 57-year-old man presented with sudden onset of leg pain, right-sided weakness, aphasia, confusion, drooling, and severe lactic acidosis (15 mmol/L. He had normal peripheral pulses and demonstrated no pain, pallor, poikilothermia, paresthesia, or paralysis. Empiric antibiotics, aspirin, full-dose enoxaparin, and intravenous fluid were initiated. Lactic acid level decreased to 2.5 mmol/L. The patient was subsequently extubated and was alert and oriented with no complaints of leg or abdominal pain. Unexpectedly, the patient developed cardiac arrest, rebound severe lactic acidosis (8.13 mmol/L, and signs of acute limb ischemia. Emergent computed tomography of the aorta confirmed infrarenal aortoiliac thrombosis. Transient leg pain and transient severe lactic acidosis can be unusual presentations of severe infrarenal aortoiliac stenosis. When in doubt, vascular studies should be implemented without delay to identify this catastrophic diagnosis.

  19. Post-myelography paraplegia in a woman with thoracic stenosis

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    Soliman, Hesham M.; Arnold, Paul M.; Madarang, Ernest J.

    2013-01-01

    Context Myelography is a commonly performed diagnostic test used to assess spine pathology. Complications are unusual and usually self-limited. We report a rare case of transient paraplegia following myelography in a woman with thoracic stenosis. Findings A 51-year-old woman, 20 months status post-thoracic laminectomy, presented with progressive lower extremity weakness. The patient underwent myelography and post-myelography CT, and became paraplegic after the lumbar injection. Intravenous steroids were administered and a lumbar puncture was performed. The patient's neurologic function returned to baseline over the next 96 hours. Conclusion and clinical relevance Myelography is generally a safe procedure, but on rare occasions serious complications can arise. Therapeutic maneuvers may be helpful in reversing neurologic deficit. PMID:23809597

  20. Tetralogy of Fallot with rheumatic mitral stenosis: A case report

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    Sai Krishna Cheemalapati

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Rheumatic and congenital heart diseases account for the majority of hospital admissions for cardiac patients in India. Tetralogy of Fallot is the most common congenital heart disease with survival to adulthood. Infective endocarditis accounts for 4% of admissions to a specialized unit for adult patients with a congenital heart lesion. This report is unique in that a severe stenotic lesion of the mitral valve, probably of rheumatic aetiology, was noted in an adult male with Tetralogy of Fallot. Case presentation An unusual association of rheumatic mitral stenosis in an adult Indian male patient aged 35 years with Tetralogy of Fallot and subacute bacterial endocarditis of the aortic valve is presented. Conclusion In this case report the diagnostic implications, hemodynamic and therapeutic consequences of mitral stenosis in Tetralogy of Fallot are discussed. In addition, the morbidity and mortality of infective endocarditis in adult patients with congenital heart disease are summarized. The risk of a coincident rheumatic process in patients with congenital heart disease is highlighted and the need for careful attention to this possibility during primary and follow-up evaluation of such patients emphasized.

  1. Asymptomatic carotid arterial stenosis - population based screening

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    2010-01-01

    Screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis in the general population is discussed in many countries because of the benefits of carotid endarterectomy in the three trials. Many factors influence the cost-effectiveness of screening. These factors are the prevalence of carotid stenosis, the

  2. Acquired subglottic stenosis : an experimental study

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    J.K. Bean (Jim)

    1995-01-01

    textabstractSubglottic (endolaryngeal) injury can cause a subglottic stenosis. Chronic subglottic stenosis is defined as a partial narrowing (to complete obliteration) of the airway bounded by the inferior margin of the cricoid at the caudal side and cranially by the insertion of the fibres of the

  3. Diagnosis and treatment of renal artery stenosis.

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    Plouin, P.F.; Bax, L.

    2010-01-01

    A reduction in the diameter of the renal arteries can lead to hypertension, renal dysfunction and/or pulmonary edema. About 90% of patients with renal artery stenosis have atherosclerosis, and 10% have fibromuscular dysplasia. Atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis is a common condition that

  4. Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome With Valvular Vegetations in Acute Q Fever.

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    Million, Matthieu; Thuny, Franck; Bardin, Nathalie; Angelakis, Emmanouil; Edouard, Sophie; Bessis, Simon; Guimard, Thomas; Weitten, Thierry; Martin-Barbaz, François; Texereau, Michèle; Ayouz, Khelifa; Protopopescu, Camelia; Carrieri, Patrizia; Habib, Gilbert; Raoult, Didier

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    Coxiella burnetii endocarditis is considered to be a late complication of Q fever in patients with preexisting valvular heart disease (VHD). We observed a large transient aortic vegetation in a patient with acute Q fever and high levels of IgG anticardiolipin antibodies (IgG aCL). Therefore, we sought to determine how commonly acute Q fever could cause valvular vegetations associated with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, which would be a new clinical entity. We performed a consecutive case series between January 2007 and April 2014 at the French National Referral Center for Q fever. Age, sex, history of VHD, immunosuppression, and IgG aCL assessed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay were tested as potential predictors. Of the 759 patients with acute Q fever and available echocardiographic results, 9 (1.2%) were considered to have acute Q fever endocarditis, none of whom had a previously known VHD. After multiple adjustment, very high IgG aCL levels (>100 immunoglobulin G-type phospholipid units; relative risk [RR], 24.9 [95% confidence interval {CI}, 4.5-140.2]; P = .002) and immunosuppression (RR, 10.1 [95% CI, 3.0-32.4]; P = .002) were independently associated with acute Q fever endocarditis. Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome with valvular vegetations in acute Q fever is a new clinical entity. This would suggest the value of systematically testing for C. burnetii in antiphospholipid-associated cardiac valve disease, and performing early echocardiography and antiphospholipid dosages in patients with acute Q fever. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved. For permissions, e-mail journals.permissions@oup.com.

  5. Direct myocardial perfusion imaging in valvular heart disease

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    Soto, R.C.; Durante, M.L.; Villacorta, E.V.; Torres, J.F.; Monzon, O.P.

    1981-02-01

    Twenty two patients with rheumatic valvular heart disease - 21 having a history of heart failure - were studied using direct coronary injection of /sup 99m/Tc labelled MAA particles during the course of hemodynamic and arteriographic studies. Myocardial perfusion deficit patterns have been shown to be consistent or indicative of either patchy, regional or gross ischemia. In patients with history of documented heart failure 90% (18 cases) had ischemic perfusion deficit in the involved ventricle. We conclude that diminished myocardial blood flow is an important mechanism contributing to the development of heart failure.

  6. Clinical characteristics and 12-month outcomes of patients with valvular and non-valvular atrial fibrillation in Kenya.

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    Tecla M Temu

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is a major contributor to the global cardiovascular disease burden. The clinical profile and outcomes of AF patients with valvular heart diseases in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA have not been adequately described. We assessed clinical features and 12-month outcomes of patients with valvular AF (vAF in comparison to AF patients without valvular heart disease (nvAF in western Kenya.We performed a cohort study with retrospective data gathering to characterize risk factors and prospective data collection to characterize their hospitalization, stroke and mortality rates.The AF patients included 77 with vAF and 69 with nvAF. The mean (SD age of vAF and nvAF patients were 37.9(14.5 and 69.4(12.3 years, respectively. There were significant differences (p<0.001 between vAF and nvAF patients with respect to female sex (78% vs. 55%, rates of hypertension (29% vs. 73% and heart failure (10% vs. 49%. vAF patients were more likely to be taking anticoagulation therapy compared to those with nvAF (97% vs. 76%; p<0.01. After 12-months of follow-up, the overall mortality, hospitalization and stroke rates for vAF patients were high, at 10%, 34% and 5% respectively, and were similar to the rates in the nvAF patients (15%, 36%, and 5%, respectively.Despite younger age and few comorbid conditions, patients with vAF in this developing country setting are at high risk for nonfatal and fatal outcomes, and are in need of interventions to improve short and long-term outcomes.

  7. Clinical characteristics and 12-month outcomes of patients with valvular and non-valvular atrial fibrillation in Kenya

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    Lane, Kathleen A.; Shen, Changyu; Ng'ang'a, Loise; Akwanalo, Constantine O.; Chen, Peng-Sheng; Emonyi, Wilfred; Heckbert, Susan R.; Koech, Myra M.; Manji, Imran; Vatta, Matteo; Velazquez, Eric J.; Wessel, Jennifer; Kimaiyo, Sylvester; Inui, Thomas S.; Bloomfield, Gerald S.

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    Background Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major contributor to the global cardiovascular disease burden. The clinical profile and outcomes of AF patients with valvular heart diseases in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have not been adequately described. We assessed clinical features and 12-month outcomes of patients with valvular AF (vAF) in comparison to AF patients without valvular heart disease (nvAF) in western Kenya. Methods We performed a cohort study with retrospective data gathering to characterize risk factors and prospective data collection to characterize their hospitalization, stroke and mortality rates. Results The AF patients included 77 with vAF and 69 with nvAF. The mean (SD) age of vAF and nvAF patients were 37.9(14.5) and 69.4(12.3) years, respectively. There were significant differences (p<0.001) between vAF and nvAF patients with respect to female sex (78% vs. 55%), rates of hypertension (29% vs. 73%) and heart failure (10% vs. 49%). vAF patients were more likely to be taking anticoagulation therapy compared to those with nvAF (97% vs. 76%; p<0.01). After 12-months of follow-up, the overall mortality, hospitalization and stroke rates for vAF patients were high, at 10%, 34% and 5% respectively, and were similar to the rates in the nvAF patients (15%, 36%, and 5%, respectively). Conclusion Despite younger age and few comorbid conditions, patients with vAF in this developing country setting are at high risk for nonfatal and fatal outcomes, and are in need of interventions to improve short and long-term outcomes. PMID:28934312

  8. Sustitución valvular mitral. Técnicas quirúrgicas. Prótesis valvulares

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    2005-01-01

    En pacientes afectos de valvulopatía mitral no susceptible de una intervención reparadora, la operación de elección es la sustitución valvular por prótesis mecánica o biológica. La obtención de buenos resultados depende de un meticuloso conocimiento de su anatomía y sus relaciones anatómicas, las posibles vías de acceso, la técnica quirúrgica y sus posibles complicaciones.

  9. Immediate Results of Percutaneous Trans-Luminal Mitral Commissurotomy in Pregnant Women with Severe Mitral Stenosis

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    Abdi, Seyfollah; salehi, Negar; Ghodsi, Babak; Basiri, Hossein Ali; Momtahen, Mahmoud; Firouzi, Ata; Sanati, Hamid Reza; Shakerian, Farshad; Maadani, Mohsen; Bakhshandeh, Homan; Chamanian, Soheila; Chitsazan, Mitra; Vakili-Zarch, Anoushiravan

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    Background Valvular heart diseases and mainly rheumatic heart diseases complicate about 1% of pregnancies. During pregnancy physiological hemodynamic changes of the circulation are the main cause of mitral stenosis (MS) decompensation. Prior to introduction of percutaneous mitral balloon commissuroplasty (PTMC), surgical comissurotomy was the preferred method of treatment in patients with refractory symptoms. PTMC is an established non-surgical treatment of rheumatic mitral stenosis. The study aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of PTMC in pregnant women with severs mitral stenosis. Material and Method Thirty three consecutive patients undergoing PTMC during pregnancy enrolled in this prospective study. Mitral valve area (MVA), transmitral valve gradient (MVG), and severity of mitral regurgitation (MR) were assessed before and 24 hour after the procedure by transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography. Mitral valve morphology was evaluated before the procedure using Wilkin’s criteria. Patient followed for one month and neonates monitored for weight and height and adverse effect of radiation. Result Mitral valve area increased from 0.83 ± 0.13 cm2 to 1.38 ± 0.29 cm2 (P = 0.007). Mean gradient of mitral valve decreased from 15.5 ± 7.4 mmHg to 2.3 ± 2.3 mmHg (P = <0.001). Pulmonary artery pressure decreased from 65.24 ± 17.9 to 50.45 ± 15.33 (P = 0.012). No maternal death, abortion, intrauterine growth restriction was observed and only one stillbirth occurred. Conclusion PTMC in pregnant women has favorable outcome and no harmful effect on children noted. PMID:22442639

  10. Anesthesia for subglottic stenosis in pediatrics

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    Eid Essam

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Any site in the upper airway can get obstructed and cause noisy breathing as well as dyspnea. These include nasal causes such as choanal atresia or nasal stenosis; pharyngeal causes including lingual thyroid; laryngeal causes such as laryngomalacia; tracheobronchial causes such as tracheal stenosis; and subglottic stenosis. Lesions in the oropharynx may cause stertor, while lesions in the laryngotracheal tree will cause stridor. Subglottic stenosis is the third leading cause of congenital stridors in the neonate. Subglottic Stenosis presents challenges to the anesthesiologist. Therefore, It is imperative to perform a detailed history, physical examination, and characterization of the extent and severity of stenosis. Rigid endoscopy is essential for the preoperative planning of any of the surgical procedures that can be used for correction. Choice of operation is dependent on the surgeon′s comfort, postoperative capabilities, and severity of disease. For high-grade stenosis, single-stage laryngotracheal resection or cricotracheal resection are the best options. It has to be borne in mind that the goal of surgery is to allow for an adequate airway for normal activity without the need for tracheostomy. Anesthesia for airway surgery could be conducted safely with either sevofl uraneor propofol-based total intravenous anesthesia.

  11. Familial aggregation and heritability of pyloric stenosis.

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    Krogh, Camilla; Fischer, Thea K; Skotte, Line; Biggar, Robert J; Øyen, Nina; Skytthe, Axel; Goertz, Sanne; Christensen, Kaare; Wohlfahrt, Jan; Melbye, Mads

    2010-06-16

    Pyloric stenosis is the most common condition requiring surgery in the first months of life. Case reports have suggested familial aggregation, but to what extent this is caused by common environment or inheritance is unknown. To investigate familial aggregation of pyloric stenosis from monozygotic twins to fourth-generation relatives according to sex and maternal and paternal contributions and to estimate disease heritability. Population-based cohort study of 1,999,738 children born in Denmark between 1977 and 2008 and followed up for the first year of life, during which 3362 children had surgery for pyloric stenosis. Familial aggregation of pyloric stenosis, evaluated by rate ratios. The incidence rate (per 1000 person-years) of pyloric stenosis in the first year of life was 1.8 for singletons and 3.1 for twins. The rate ratios of pyloric stenosis were 182 (95% confidence interval [CI], 70.7-467) for monozygotic twins, 29.4 (95% CI, 9.45-91.5) for dizygotic twins, 18.5 (95% CI, 13.7-25.1) for siblings, 4.99 (95% CI, 2.59-9.65) for half-siblings, 3.06 (95% CI, 2.10-4.44) for cousins, and 1.60 (95% CI, 0.51-4.99) for half-cousins. We found no difference in rate ratios for maternal and paternal relatives of children with pyloric stenosis and no difference according to sex of cohort member or sex of relative. The heritability of pyloric stenosis was 87%. Pyloric stenosis in Danish children shows strong familial aggregation and heritability.

  12. Carotid artery stenosis after neck radiotherapy

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    Shimamura, Munehisa; Hashimoto, Yoichiro; Kasuya, Junji; Terasaki, Tadashi [Kumamoto City Hospital (Japan); Uchino, Makoto

    2000-02-01

    Carotid artery stenosis sometimes occurs after cervical radiotherapy. We report a 70-year-old woman with a history of radiotherapy for thyroid cancer at the age of 28 years. She had no signs and symptoms except the skin lesion at the irradiation site. Duplex ultrasonography revealed heterogeneous plaques showing 50% stenosis of bilateral common carotid arteries. Those lesions were observed within segment of irradiation, where atheromatous plaque usually seldom occurs. These indicated that the carotid stenosis was induced by radiotherapy. Although the efficacy of antiplatelet therapy for radiation-induced plaque is not clear, the plaques remained unchanged for 4 years in spite of aspirin administration. (author)

  13. [Serum proteomic analysis of cicatricial airway stenosis].

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    Wang, Li-huan; Zhang, Jie; Wang, Juan; Wang, Ting; Zhang, Ying-ying; Xu, Min

    2013-07-01

    To establish serum protein fingerprint profile in patients with cicatricial airway stenosis and compared with healthy control. Serum samples of 17 cicatricial airway stenosis patients and 17 healthy persons were analyzed by SELDI-TOF-MS to select the differently expressed proteins through Biomarker Wizard software. Compared with healthy control, 49 protein biomarkers were identified. Among them, 25 proteins were up-regulated, 24 proteins were down-regulated. These proteins were confirmed by searching database. There are obvious differentially expressed proteins in patients with cicatricial airway stenosis and controls, which may related with the development of airway scar.

  14. Cardiopatía valvular en un paciente con granulomatosis de Wegener Valvular cardiopathy in a patient with Wegener's granulomatosis

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    Luis E Silva

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available La granulomatosis de Wegener es una vasculitis necrotizante autoinmune cuya prevalencia reportada es de 3/100.000 habitantes. Tiene compromiso multisistémico, principalmente el tracto respiratorio superior e inferior, y el sistema nervioso central y renal. La frecuencia del compromiso cardiaco varía según las series estudiadas, pero oscila alrededor de 6%; sin embargo, las manifestaciones clínicas son poco frecuentes. El compromiso valvular se reporta como insuficiencia aórtica o mitral, secundaria a infiltración de las valvas o dilatación de la raíz aórtica. El tratamiento se basa en el control de la enfermedad, el manejo de la falla cardiaca y la intervención quirúrgica de la válvula comprometida según la indicación.Wegener's granulomatosis is an autoimmune necrotizing vasculitis with a reported prevalence of 3/100.000 inhabitants. It is a multisystemic disease, involving mainly the upper and lower respiratory tract, the central nervous system and the kidneys. The frequency of cardiac involvement varies depending on the series studied, but oscillates around 6%; however, the clinical manifestations are rare. The valvular involvement is reported as aortic or mitral insufficiency secondary to infiltration of the leaflets, or as aortic root dilatation. Treatment is based on the control of the disease, the management of heart failure and surgical intervention of the involved valve, as directed.

  15. Unusual fungal niches.

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    Cantrell, S A; Dianese, J C; Fell, J; Gunde-Cimerman, N; Zalar, P

    2011-01-01

    Fungi are found in all aerobic ecosystems, colonizing a diversity of substrates and performing a wide diversity of functions, some of which are not well understood. Many spices of fungi are cosmopolitan and generalists or habitats. Unusual fungal niches are habitats where extreme conditions would be expected to prevent the development of a mycobiota. In this review we describe five unusual fungal habitats in which fungi occupy poorly understood niches: Antarctic dry valleys, high Arctic glaciers, salt flats and salterns, hypersaline microbial mats and plant trichomes. Yeasts, black yeast-like fungi, melanized filamentous species as well as representatives of Aspergillus and Penicillium seem to be dominant among the mycobiota adapted to cold and saline niches. Plant trichomes appear to be a taxa. The advent of new sequencing technologies is helping to elucidate the microbial diversity in many ecosystems, but more studies are needed to document the functional role of fungi in the microbial communities thriving in these unusual environments.

  16. Left coronary artery stenosis causing left ventricular dysfunction in two children with supravalvular aortic stenosis.

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    Yildiz, Okan; Altin, Firat H; Kaya, Mehmet; Ozyılmaz, Isa; Guzeltas, Alper; Erek, Ersin

    2015-04-01

    Congenital supravalvar aortic stenosis (SVAS) is an arteriopathy associated with Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) and other isolated elastin gene deletions. Cardiovascular manifestations associated with WBS are characterized by obstructive arterial lesions such as SVAS and pulmonary artery stenosis in addition to bicuspid aortic valve and mitral valve prolapse. However, coronary artery ostial stenosis may be associated with SVAS, and it increases the risk of sudden death and may complicate surgical management. In this report, we present our experience with two patients having SVAS and left coronary artery ostial stenosis with associated left ventricular dysfunction. © The Author(s) 2014.

  17. The imaging of lumbar spinal stenosis review

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    Saifuddin, A

    2000-08-01

    Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a relatively common condition of varied aetiology which results in chronic compression of the cauda equina. It becomes clinically relevant when giving rise to symptoms of neurogenic claudication or leg pain. Lumbar spinal stenosis can be classified based on anatomy or aetiology and the diagnosis in any single case should include a consideration of both the site and the cause. Plain radiography is of limited value. Myelography with erect lateral flexion/extension views will demonstrate the dynamic component of the stenosis which cannot be appreciated on plain computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Therefore, in patients with a good history of symptomatic LSS, and a borderline stenosis on MRI, CT myelography is recommended as the definitive pre-operative imaging investigation. Saifuddin, A. (2000)

  18. Video capsule endoscopy and CT enterography in diagnosing adult hypertrophic pyloric stenosis.

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    Gurvits, Grigoriy E; Tan, Amy; Volkov, Dmitri

    2013-10-07

    Primary adult hypertrophic pyloric stenosis is a rare but important cause of gastric outlet obstruction that may be misdiagnosed as idiopathic gastroparesis. Clinically, patients present with early satiety, abdominal fullness, nausea, epigastric discomfort and eructation. Permanent gastric retention of a video capsule endoscope is diagnostic in differentiating between the two diseases, in the absence of an organic gastric outlet obstruction. This case presents the longest video capsule retention in the medical literature to date. It is also the first case report of adult hypertrophic pyloric stenosis diagnosed with video capsule endoscopy or a computed tomography scan. Finally, an unusual "plugging" of the gastric outlet with free floating capsule has an augmented effect on disease physiology and on patient's symptoms.

  19. 169. Resultados iniciales de un programa de reparación valvular aórtica

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    C. Porras Martin; Rodríguez Bailón, I.; Sanchez Espín, G.; Such Martínez, M.; Melero Tejedor, J.M.a.; Di Stefano, S; F. Carrasco Chinchilla; Morillo Velarde, E.; Robledo Carmona, J.; E. De Teresa Galván; Olalla Mercadé, E.

    2010-01-01

    La reparación de válvula aórtica permite evitar la prótesis valvular. Iniciamos un programa de reparación valvular para pacientes con regurgitación aórtica. Analizar nuestra experiencia preliminar. Métodos: Se estudia a todos los pacientes remitidos para intervención quirúrgica (IQ) mediante ecocardiografía transtorácica (ETT) y transesofágica (ETE). En ellos se analizan morfología valvular, mecanismo y grado de regurgitación y dimensiones de la aorta. Se consideran reparables las válvu...

  20. Calcineurin as a marker of myocardial hypertrophy in children with valvular congenital heart diseases

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    A. V. Kamenshchyk

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To identify interrelations between the calcineurin levels in children with valvular congenital heart diseases without heart failure and the echocardiography parameters of myocardial hypertrophy. Results: It was established the significantly decreased calcineurin level in congenial valvular heart diseases in children as well as an absence of correlations of the left ventricle myocardial mass and index with negative ones to the dimensions of right ventricle in comparison to healthy children of corresponding age. Conclusion: The obtained data testifies the importance of calcineurin system activity in the formation of pathologic myocardial hypertrophy in children with valvular congenital heart diseases and without manifestation of heart failure.

  1. Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy With Significant Coronary Stenosis and Atrioventricular Conduction Block: A Rare Case Report With 3 Year Follow-Up

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    Saadatifar, Hakimeh; Khoshhal Dehdar, Fahimeh; Saadatifar, Samira; Moshkani Farahani, Maryam

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCMP) is a rare acute cardiomyopathy characterized by acute chest pain syndrome, similar to myocardial infarction, except that no significant stenosis is observed on coronary angiography in patients with this condition; these findings aid the diagnosis of TCMP. Case Presentation We discuss an unusual case of TCMP in a 45-year-old woman with complete heart block and significant coronary artery...

  2. Intracranial stenosis in cognitive impairment and dementia.

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    Hilal, Saima; Xu, Xin; Ikram, M Kamran; Vrooman, Henri; Venketasubramanian, Narayanaswamy; Chen, Christopher

    2017-06-01

    Intracranial stenosis is a common vascular lesion observed in Asian and other non-Caucasian stroke populations. However, its role in cognitive impairment and dementia has been under-studied. We, therefore, examined the association of intracranial stenosis with cognitive impairment, dementia and their subtypes in a memory clinic case-control study, where all subjects underwent detailed neuropsychological assessment and 3 T neuroimaging including three-dimensional time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography. Intracranial stenosis was defined as ≥50% narrowing in any of the intracranial arteries. A total of 424 subjects were recruited of whom 97 were classified as no cognitive impairment, 107 as cognitive impairment no dementia, 70 vascular cognitive impairment no dementia, 121 Alzheimer's Disease, and 30 vascular dementia. Intracranial stenosis was associated with dementia (age/gender/education - adjusted odds ratios (OR): 4.73, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.93-11.60) and vascular cognitive impairment no dementia (OR: 3.98, 95% CI: 1.59-9.93). These associations were independent of cardiovascular risk factors and MRI markers. However, the association with Alzheimer's Disease and vascular dementia became attenuated in the presence of white matter hyperintensities. Intracranial stenosis is associated with vascular cognitive impairment no dementia independent of MRI markers. In Alzheimer's Disease and vascular dementia, this association is mediated by cerebrovascular disease. Future studies focusing on perfusion and functional markers are needed to determine the pathophysiological mechanism(s) linking intracranial stenosis and cognition so as to identify treatment strategies.

  3. AN INTERESTING CASE OF VALVULAR HEART DISEASE: A CASE REPORT

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    Anusuya; Saranya Devi

    2016-01-01

    A 24-year-old male presented with symptoms of acute onset altered sensorium and seizures. He was diagnosed with hypertensive encephalopathy and retinopathy. He was a candidate of double valve replacement surgery, which he underwent 3 years back. Further workup with renal artery Doppler revealed unilateral renal artery stenosis with extensive collateral circulation. Patient underwent a complete CT aortogram, which revealed large vessel vasculitis. We report this case as it is a rar...

  4. [Maze operation for chronic atrial fibrillation with valvular heart diseases].

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    Abe, T; Kukawi, K; Mawatari, T; Sakata, J; Komatsu, K; Urita, R; Komatsu, S

    1996-08-01

    Between July 1994 and August 1995, 14 patients underwent combined modified maze procedure and valvular surgery including 5 patients having reoperation. Associated procedures were performed with mitral valve operation (n = 13), tricuspid annuloplasty or valve replacement (n = 9) and aortic valve replacement (n = 4). Duration of atrial fibrillation (AF) varied from 1 to 18 years (mean 8.0 +/- 5.8 year), the f-wave voltage ranged from 0.05 to 0.5 mV (0.21 +/- 0.13 mV), left atrial dimension (LAD) ranged from 35.6 to 66.3 mm (49.0 +/- 9.3). One patient died 2 months after undergoing combined maze procedure and MVR + TAP due to pulmonary infection and sepsis, but the other 13 patients survived. Nine patients (69%) regained atrial rhythm, two patients (15%) had junctional rhythm and another two (15%) remained in AF at follow-up periods between 1 to 11.5 months (6.3 +/- 3.1). The nine patients who recovered to normal sinus rhythm had preoperative f-wave for a significant higher voltage than the patients with AF and JR (0.27 +/- 0.12 vs 0.13 +/- 0.05 mV, p < 0.05) and a smaller left atrial dimension (44.5 +/- 0.7 vs 54.8 +/- 6.9 mm, p < 0.05). These data suggest that the maze operation is effective and should be considered for patients with chronic AF indicated for surgical valvular diseases.

  5. Acute Ischemic Stroke in a Patient with a Native Valvular Strand

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    Hak Young Rhee

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Valvular strands are known to be a potential source of cardioembolism but the natural history of native valvular strands has not yet been fully outlined. We report a case of ischemic stroke in a patient with a native valvular strand of the aortic valve and the patient’s clinical course. A previously healthy 21-year-old man suffered acute cerebral infarction in the right posterior cerebral artery territory. On echocardiography, there was a strand-like, oscillating mass on the left coronary cusp of the aortic valve. The patient received 100 mg aspirin daily and the valvular strand was not found on subsequent transthoracic echocardiography performed 10 days after the first examination. Serial echocardiographic examinations have been performed since the stroke and failed to find any abnormality. The patient did not suffer a recurrent stroke over a 3-year follow-up period.

  6. Modified radial v/s biatrial maze for atrial fibrillation in rheumatic valvular heart surgery

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    Sajid A. Sayed

    2014-09-01

    Discussion: In patients with AF undergoing rheumatic valvular surgery, radiofrequency radial approach is as effective as modified Cox's maze III for conversion to NSR with better atrial transport function.

  7. Pathological Investigation of Congenital Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis, Compared with Atherosclerotic Tricuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis and Congenital Bicuspid Aortic Valve Regurgitation

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    Hamatani, Yasuhiro; Ishibashi-Ueda, Hatsue; Nagai, Toshiyuki; Sugano, Yasuo; Kanzaki, Hideaki; Yasuda, Satoshi; Fujita, Tomoyuki; Kobayashi, Junjiro; Anzai, Toshihisa

    2016-01-01

    Background Congenital bicuspid aortic valve (CBAV) is the main cause of aortic stenosis (AS) in young adults. However, the histopathological features of AS in patients with CBAV have not been fully investigated. Methods and Results We examined specimens of aortic valve leaflets obtained from patients who had undergone aortic valve re/placement at our institution for severe AS with CBAV (n = 24, CBAV-AS group), severe AS with tricuspid aortic valve (n = 24, TAV-AS group), and severe aortic regurgitation (AR) with CBAV (n = 24, CBAV-AR group). We compared the histopathological features among the three groups. Pathological features were classified using semi-quantitative methods (graded on a scale 0 to 3) by experienced pathologists without knowledge of the patients’ backgrounds. The severity of inflammation, neovascularization, and calcium and cholesterol deposition did not differ between the CBAV-AS and TAV-AS groups, and these four parameters were less marked in the CBAV-AR group than in the CBAV-AS (all paortic side than on the ventricular side (both paortic and ventricular sides in CBAV-AR patients (p = 0.35). Conclusions Valvular fibrosis, especially on the aortic side, was greater in patients with CBAV-AS than in those without, suggesting a difference in the pathogenesis of AS between CBAV and TAV. PMID:27479126

  8. 337. Reparación valvular mitral: experiencia en nuestro centro

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    A.M. Bel Mínguez

    2012-04-01

    Conclusiones: Gracias a la curva de aprendizaje no solo realizamos reparación valvular sencilla sino que hemos aumentado los casos de reparación valvular compleja, obteniendo excelentes resultados con mínima morbimortalidad. La mayor reducción de volúmenes ventriculares, cuando éstos son menores preoperatoriamente, indican que la cirugía debe ser precoz.

  9. [Clinical inertia and treatment adherence in the management of chronic valvular heart diseases].

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    Moonen, M L; Leroux, A; Lancellotti, P; Piérard, L A

    2010-01-01

    Valvular heart diseases are of increasing importance among the general adult population. When compared with other heart diseases, there are few trials in the field of valvular heart disease and randomized clinical trials are particularly scarce. Two sets of guidelines exist: one in the USA and the other in Europe. However, they are not always consistent due to the lack of randomized data and it appears that, frequently, there is a gap between the existing guidelines and their effective application.

  10. The left ventricular eccentricity as a predictor of postoperative cardiac performance in valvular heart diseases.

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    Teramoto, S; Sano, S; Aokage, K; Shigenobu, M; Murakami, T; Kawakami, S; Nawa, S; Senoo, Y

    1982-04-01

    A clear correlation expressed by the following equation was observed between the preoperative left ventricular end-systolic eccentricity (epsilon s) and the percentage change of the left ventricular dimension (% delta D) in chronic valvular heart diseases: % delta D = 88.37 epsilon s - 48.16 (r = 0.66, p less than 0.001). Therefore, epsilon s may function as an index for predicting the postoperative cardiac performance independent of the affected valvular locations and the morphology of the lesions.

  11. Quantitative coronary CT angiography: absolute lumen sizing rather than %stenosis predicts hemodynamically relevant stenosis

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    Plank, Fabian [Innsbruck Medical University, Department of Radiology, Innsbruck (Austria); Innsbruck Medical University, Department of Internal Medicine III - Cardiology, Innsbruck (Austria); Burghard, Philipp; Mayr, Agnes; Klauser, Andrea; Feuchtner, Gudrun [Innsbruck Medical University, Department of Radiology, Innsbruck (Austria); Friedrich, Guy; Dichtl, Wolfgang [Innsbruck Medical University, Department of Internal Medicine III - Cardiology, Innsbruck (Austria); Wolf, Florian [Vienna Medical University, Department of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, Vienna (Austria)

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    To identify the most accurate quantitative coronary stenosis parameter by CTA for prediction of functional significant coronary stenosis resulting in coronary revascularization. 160 consecutive patients were prospectively examined with CTA. Proximal coronary stenosis was quantified by minimal lumen area (MLA) and minimal lumen diameter (MLD), %area and %diameter stenosis. Lesion length (LL) was measured. The reference standard was invasive coronary angiography (ICA) (>70 % stenosis, FFR <0.8). 210 coronary segments were included (59 % positive). MLA of ≤1.8 mm{sup 2} was identified as the optimal cut-off (c = 0.97, p < 0.001; 95 % CI 0.94-0.99) (sensitivity 90.9 %, specificity 89.3 %) for prediction of functional-relevant stenosis (for MLA >2.1 mm{sup 2} sensitivity was 100 %). The optimal cut-off for MLD was 1.2 mm (c = 0.92; p < 0.001; 95 % CI 0.88-95) (sensitivity 90.9, specificity 85.2) while %area and %diameter stenosis were less accurate (c = 0.89; 95 % CI 0.84-93, c = 0.87; 95 % CI 0.82-92, respectively, with thresholds at 73 % and 61 % stenosis). Accuracy for LL was c = 0.74 (95 % CI 0.67-81), and for LL/MLA and LL/MLD ratio c = 0.90 and c = 0.84. MLA ≤1.8 mm{sup 2} and MLD ≤1.2 mm are the most accurate cut-offs for prediction of haemodynamically significant stenosis by ICA, with a higher accuracy than relative % stenosis. (orig.)

  12. Hyperhomocysteinemia and recurrent carotid stenosis

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    Liewald Florian

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hyperhomocysteinemia has been identified as a potential risk for atherosclerotic disease in epidemiologic studies. This study investigates the impact of elevated serum homocysteine on restenosis after carotid endarterectomy (CEA. Methods In a retrospective study, we compared fasting plasma homocysteine levels of 51 patients who developed restenosis during an eight year period after CEA with 45 patients who did not develop restenosis. Restenosis was defined as at least 50% stenosis and was assessed by applying a routine duplex scan follow up investigation. Patients with restenosis were divided into a group with early restenosis (between 3 and 18 months postoperative, a total of 39 patients and late restenosis (19 and more months; a total of 12 patients. Results The groups were controlled for age, sex, and risk factors such as diabetes, nicotine abuse, weight, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. Patients with restenosis had a significant lower mean homocysteine level (9.11 μmol/L; range: 3.23 μmol/L to 26.49 μmol/L compared to patients without restenosis (11.01 μmol/L; range: 5.09 μmol/L to 23.29 μmol/L; p = 0.03. Mean homocysteine level in patients with early restenosis was 8.88 μmol/L (range: 3.23–26.49 μmol/L and 9.86 μmol/L (range 4.44–19.06 μmol/L in late restenosis (p = 0.50. Conclusion The finding suggests that high plasma homocysteine concentrations do not play a significant role in the development of restenosis following CEA.

  13. Valve repair improves central sleep apnea in heart failure patients with valvular heart diseases.

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    Abe, Hidetoshi; Takahashi, Masafumi; Yaegashi, Hironobu; Eda, Seiichiro; Kitahara, Hiroto; Tsunemoto, Hideo; Kamikozawa, Mamoru; Koyama, Jun; Yamazaki, Kyohei; Ikeda, Uichi

    2009-11-01

    Recent studies suggest that treatment of heart failure (HF) could improve cardiac function and sleep apnea syndrome (SAS), but it is unknown how cardiac surgery may affect SAS in HF patients. Relationships between HF with valvular heart diseases and 2 types of SAS (obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA)) were examined. The effects of valve repair surgery on OSA and CSA was also investigated. Polysomnography, echocardiography and right cardiac catheterization were used to study 150 severe HF patients with mitral valvular and/or aortic valvular diseases. Significant associations between SAS and age, gender, body mass index, or hypertension were observed. The value of the CSA-apnea index (AI) was significantly correlated with pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) and mean pulmonary artery pressure (PAP). These associations were not identified for OSA-AI. Valve repair surgery was used to treat 74 patients with severe SAS. The treatment led to a significant improvement in PCWP and mean PAP, and CSA-AI, but not in OSA-AI. These findings suggest close associations between CSA and cardiac function in HF patients with valvular heart diseases. Furthermore, improvement of cardiac function with valvular surgery reduces the severity of CSA in HF patients with valvular heart diseases.

  14. Stenosis of calcified carotid artery detected on Panoramic Radiography

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    Cho, So Yang; Oh, Won Mann; Yoon, Suk Ja; Yoon, Woong; Lee, Jae Seo; Kang, Byung Cheol [School of Dentistry, Chonnam National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Palomo, Juan M. [Department of Orthodontics, School of Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (United States)

    2009-09-15

    This study aimed to investigate the luminal stenosis of the internal carotid artery with calcification detected on panoramic radiographs. This study used fifty carotid arteries of 36 dental patients whose panoramic radiograph and computed tomography angiography (CTA) revealed the presence of carotid artery calcification. A neuroradiologist interpreted CTA to determine the degree of stenosis of the internal carotid arteries. The degree of stenosis was stratified in four stages; normal (no stenosis), mild stenosis (1-49%), moderate stenosis (50-69%) and severe stenosis (70-99%). Among the fifty carotid arteries with calcification detected on both panoramic radiography and CTA, 20 carotid arteries (40%) were normal, 29 carotid arteries (18%) had mild stenosis, 1 carotid artery (2%) had moderate stenosis, and there was none with severe stenosis. Sixty percent of the carotid arteries with calcification detected on both panoramic radiography and CTA had internal luminal stenosis, and two percent had moderate stenosis. When carotid atheroma is detected on panoramic radiograph, it is possible that the dental patient has luminal stenosis of the internal carotid artery.

  15. P Wave Dispersion is Increased in Pulmonary Stenosis

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    Namik Ozmen

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The right atrium pressure load is increased in pulmonary stenosis (PS that is a congenital anomaly and this changes the electrophysiological characteristics of the atria. However, there is not enough data on the issue of P wave dispersion (PWD in PS. Methods: Forty- two patients diagnosed as having valvular PS with echocardiography and 33 completely healthy individuals as the control group were included in the study. P wave duration, p wave maximum (p max and p minimum (p min were calculated from resting electrocariography (ECG obtained at the rate of 50 mm/sec. P wave dispersion was derived by subtracting p min from p max. The mean pressure gradient (MPG at the pulmonary valve, structure of the valve and diameters of the right and left atria were measured with echocardiography. The data from two groups were compared with the Mann-Whitney U test and correlation analysis was performed with the Pearson correlation technique. Results: There wasn’t any statistically significance in the comparison of age, left atrial diameter and p min between two groups. While the MPG at the pulmonary valve was 43.11 ± 18.8 mmHg in PS patients, it was 8.4 ± 4.5 mmHg in the control group. While p max was 107.1 ± 11.5 in PS group, it was 98.2 ± 5.1 in control group (p=0.01, PWD was 40.4 ± 1.2 in PS group, and 27.2 ± 9.3 in the control group (p=0.01Moreover, while the diameter of the right atrium in PS group was greater than that of the control group, (38.7 ± 3.9 vs 30.2 ± 2.5, p=0.02. We detected a correlation between PWD and pressure gradient in regression analysis. Conclusion: P wave dispersion and p max are increased in PS. While PWD was correlated with the pressure gradient that is the degree of narrowing, it was not correlated with the diameters of the right and left atria.

  16. Oriental Medical Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

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    Hae-Yeon Lee

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar spinal stenosis results from the progressive combined narrowing of the central spinal canal, the neurorecesses, and the neuroforaminal canals. In the absence of prior surgery, tumor, or infection, the spinal canal may become narrowed by bulging or protrusion of the intervertebral disc annulus, herniation of the nucleus pulposis posteriorly, thickening of the posterior longitudinal ligament, hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum, epidural fat deposition, spondylosis of the intervertebral disc margins, or a combination of two or more of the above factors. Patients with spinal stenosis become symptomatic when pain, motor weakness, paresthesia, or other neurologic compromise causes distress. In one case, we administrated oriental medical treatment with acupuncture treatment and herb-medicine. Oriental medical treatment showed desirable effect on lumbar spinal stenosis.

  17. [Asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis: a reopened debate].

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    Urso, Stefano; Sadaba, Rafael; de la Cruz, Elena

    2014-05-06

    Aortic stenosis is a complex disease. About 2-7% of the population over 65 years of age is affected by its degenerative form. In patients with severe aortic stenosis presenting with symptoms or left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF)debate. Recent published data show that about one third of these patients present with low left ventricle stroke volume, which may affect survival. For this reason, and considering that aortic valve replacement is in most cases a low risk procedure, early surgery in this subgroup is a strategy that deserves to be taken into account. In this review we report on these recent findings, which allow understanding why patients with asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis should not be considered and treated as a homogenous population. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  18. Surgery for valvular heart disease: a population-based study in a Brazilian urban center.

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    Guilherme S Ribeiro

    Full Text Available In middle income countries, the burden of rheumatic heart disease (RHD remains high, but the prevalence of other heart valve diseases may rise as the population life expectancy increases. Here, we compared population-based data on surgical procedures to assess the relative importance of causes of heart valve disease in Salvador, Brazil.Medical charts of patients who underwent surgery for valvular heart disease from January 2002-December 2005 were reviewed. Incidence of surgery for valvular heart disease was calculated. Logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with in-hospital death following surgery. The most common etiologies for valvular dysfunction in 491 valvular heart surgery patients were RHD (60.3%, degenerative valve disease (15.3%, and endocarditis (4.5%. Mean annual incidence for surgeries due to any valvular heart diseases, RHD, and degenerative valvular disease were 5.02, 3.03, and 0.77 per 100,000 population, respectively. Incidence of surgery due to RHD was highest in young adults; procedures were predominantly paid by the public health sector. In contrast, the incidence of surgery due to degenerative valvular disease was highest among those older than 60 years of age; procedures were mostly paid by the private sector. The overall in-hospital case-fatality ratio was 11.9%. Independent factors associated with death included increase in age (odds ratio: 1.04 per year of age; 95% confidence interval: 1.02-1.06, endocarditis (6.35; 1.92-21.04, multiple valve operative procedures (4.35; 2.12-8.95, and prior heart valve surgery (2.49; 1.05-5.87.RHD remains the main cause for valvular heart surgery in Salvador, which primarily affects young adults without private health insurance. In contrast, surgery due to degenerative valvular disease primarily impacts the elderly with private health insurance. Strategies to reduce the burden of valvular heart disease will need to address the disparate factors that contribute to RHD

  19. Surgery for Valvular Heart Disease: A Population-Based Study in a Brazilian Urban Center

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    Oliveira, Dalton W. S.; Guedes, Aldalice C. S.; Reis, Mitermayer G.; Riley, Lee W.; Ko, Albert I.

    2012-01-01

    Background In middle income countries, the burden of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains high, but the prevalence of other heart valve diseases may rise as the population life expectancy increases. Here, we compared population-based data on surgical procedures to assess the relative importance of causes of heart valve disease in Salvador, Brazil. Methodology/Principal Findings Medical charts of patients who underwent surgery for valvular heart disease from January 2002–December 2005 were reviewed. Incidence of surgery for valvular heart disease was calculated. Logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with in-hospital death following surgery. The most common etiologies for valvular dysfunction in 491 valvular heart surgery patients were RHD (60.3%), degenerative valve disease (15.3%), and endocarditis (4.5%). Mean annual incidence for surgeries due to any valvular heart diseases, RHD, and degenerative valvular disease were 5.02, 3.03, and 0.77 per 100,000 population, respectively. Incidence of surgery due to RHD was highest in young adults; procedures were predominantly paid by the public health sector. In contrast, the incidence of surgery due to degenerative valvular disease was highest among those older than 60 years of age; procedures were mostly paid by the private sector. The overall in-hospital case-fatality ratio was 11.9%. Independent factors associated with death included increase in age (odds ratio: 1.04 per year of age; 95% confidence interval: 1.02–1.06), endocarditis (6.35; 1.92–21.04), multiple valve operative procedures (4.35; 2.12–8.95), and prior heart valve surgery (2.49; 1.05–5.87). Conclusions/Significance RHD remains the main cause for valvular heart surgery in Salvador, which primarily affects young adults without private health insurance. In contrast, surgery due to degenerative valvular disease primarily impacts the elderly with private health insurance. Strategies to reduce the burden of valvular heart disease

  20. Burden of valvular heart diseases: a population-based study.

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    Nkomo, Vuyisile T; Gardin, Julius M; Skelton, Thomas N; Gottdiener, John S; Scott, Christopher G; Enriquez-Sarano, Maurice

    2006-09-16

    Valvular heart diseases are not usually regarded as a major public-health problem. Our aim was to assess their prevalence and effect on overall survival in the general population. We pooled population-based studies to obtain data for 11 911 randomly selected adults from the general population who had been assessed prospectively with echocardiography. We also analysed data from a community study of 16 501 adults who had been assessed by clinically indicated echocardiography. In the general population group, moderate or severe valve disease was identified in 615 adults. There was no difference in the frequency of such diseases between men and women (p=0.90). Prevalence increased with age, from 0.7% (95% CI 0.5-1.0) in 18-44 year olds to 13.3% (11.7-15.0) in the 75 years and older group (p<0.0001). The national prevalence of valve disease, corrected for age and sex distribution from the US 2000 population, is 2.5% (2.2-2.7). In the community group, valve disease was diagnosed in 1505 (1.8% adjusted) adults and frequency increased considerably with age, from 0.3% (0.2-0.3) of the 18-44 year olds to 11.7% (11.0-12.5) of those aged 75 years and older, but was diagnosed less often in women than in men (odds ratio 0.90, 0.81-1.01; p=0.07). The adjusted mortality risk ratio associated with valve disease was 1.36 (1.15-1.62; p=0.0005) in the population and 1.75 (1.61-1.90; p<0.0001) in the community. Moderate or severe valvular diseases are notably common in this population and increase with age. In the community, women are less often diagnosed than are men, which could indicate an important imbalance in view of the associated lower survival. Valve diseases thus represent an important public-health problem.

  1. Echocardiographic assessment of long-term hemodynamic characteristics of mechanical mitral valve prostheses with different mitral valvular diseases.

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    Zhu, Xiliang; Li, Qian; Tang, Hong; Xiao, Xijun

    2017-03-01

    Mitral stenosis (MS) and mitral insufficiency (MI) have different pre-operative hemodynamic characteristics. However, it is unclear if there are differences in long-term echocardiographic characteristics of MS and MI patients after mechanical mitral valve replacement. This study is to compare long-term echocardiographic results of mechanical mitral valve prostheses between MS and MI patients. From January 2003 to January 2009, a total of 199 consecutive patients were recruited in this study. Patients were classified as group MS (n = 123) and MI (n = 76) according to the manifestation of mitral valvular disease. The mean age for patients was 50.1 ± 10.5 years and follow-up time was 7.2 ± 2.0 years. The MS after operation were more likely to experience atrial fibrillation (p = 0.002). The New York Heart Association (NYHA) class in MI showed a greater improvement (p = 0.006) than in MS. The left ventricular end-diastolic dimension (LVEDD) (p = 0.010) and stroke volume (SV) (p = 0.000) in MI were still larger than that in MS patients. These differences did not disappear with time after operation. The long-term echocardiographic results of mechanical mitral valve prostheses between MS and MI patients are significantly different. Over a long-term follow up, MI patients still have a larger LVEDD and SV than MS, and associated with a greater improvement of NYHA class.

  2. Genetics Home Reference: retinal arterial macroaneurysm with supravalvular pulmonic stenosis

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    ... Conditions RAMSVPS Retinal arterial macroaneurysm with supravalvular pulmonic stenosis Printable PDF Open All Close All Enable Javascript ... boxes. Description Retinal arterial macroaneurysm with supravalvular pulmonic stenosis ( RAMSVPS ) is a disorder that affects blood vessels ...

  3. Carotid stenosis, x-ray of the right artery (image)

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    ... the right carotid artery showing a severe narrowing (stenosis) of the internal carotid artery just past the ... artery or ulceration in the area after the stenosis in this close-up film. Note the narrowed ...

  4. Recurred Post-intubation Tracheal Stenosis Treated with Bronchoscopic Cryotherapy

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    Jung, Ye-Ryung; Taek Jeong, Joon; Kyu Lee, Myoung; Kim, Sang-Ha; Joong Yong, Suk; Jeong Lee, Seok; Lee, Won-Yeon

    2016-01-01

    Post-intubation tracheal stenosis accounts for the greatest proportion of whole-cause tracheal stenosis. Treatment of post-intubation tracheal stenosis requires a multidisciplinary approach. Surgery or an endoscopic procedure can be used, depending on the type of stenosis. However, the efficacy of cryotherapy in post-intubation tracheal stenosis has not been validated. Here, we report a case of recurring post-intubation tracheal stenosis successfully treated with bronchoscopic cryotherapy that had previously been treated with surgery. In this case, cryotherapy was effective in treating web-like fibrous stenosis, without requiring more surgery. Cryotherapy can be considered as an alternative or primary treatment for post-intubation tracheal stenosis. PMID:27853078

  5. A Case Report of Acute Myocardial Infarction in a Young Woman with Severe Mitral Stenosis and OCP Use

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    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Acute Myocardial Infarction is a rare complication of Mitral Stenosis, which in rare cases occurs following the use of oral contraceptive pills.Case Report: A 28-year-old woman was admitted to emergency ward with complaint of severe chest pain typical of is chemia. Electrocardiogram showed ST segment elevation in leads II, III, avf, and ST depression in anterior leads. Also, Troponin I level elevated to 16µg/l. Diagnosis of MI of the inferior and lateral walls was established. The patient reported a history of breathlessness after physical activity over the last 2 years, and was aware of her mitral disease. Also, the patient stated that she had been taking oral contraceptive pills over the past 3 months. Transthorasic echocardiography showed severe mitral stenosis (mitral valve area<1cm, and severe hypokinesia of inferior and laterel walls. Coronary arteries were normal in cardiac angiography. It seemed that acute MI in this patient with valvular heart disease, history of OCP use, and normal angiogram was due to thromboembolism from left atrial thrombus.

  6. Asymptomatic internal carotid artery stenosis and cerebrovascular risk stratification

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    Nicolaides, Andrew N; Kakkos, Stavros K; Kyriacou, Efthyvoulos

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the cerebrovascular risk stratification potential of baseline degree of stenosis, clinical features, and ultrasonic plaque characteristics in patients with asymptomatic internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis.......The purpose of this study was to determine the cerebrovascular risk stratification potential of baseline degree of stenosis, clinical features, and ultrasonic plaque characteristics in patients with asymptomatic internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis....

  7. Choanal stenosis: a rare complication of radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma; Stenose choanale post-radique: une complication rare de la radiotherapie des carcinomes nasopharynges

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    Bonfils, P.; Preobrajenski, N. de [Universite Rene-Descartes, Hopital Europeen Georges-Pompidou, Service d' ORL et de Chirurgie Cervicofaciale, Faculte de Medecine Paris-Descartes, 75 - Paris (France); Florent, A. [Cabinet d' ORL, 75 - Paris (France); Bensimon, J.L. [Cabinet de radiologie, 75 - Paris (France)

    2007-05-15

    Choanal stenosis is usually a congenital anomaly in children. Acquired choanal stenosis after radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a very rare pathology; only two publications report seven cases in the literature. We describe the clinical history, preoperative evaluation, surgical treatment and outcome of a case of acquired choanal stenosis after radiotherapy. The patient, a 56-year-old woman, presented with a history of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (T2- NO-MO) one year before that had been successful treated with radiotherapy (68 Gy). At the end of radiotherapy, she complained of complete nasal obstruction, anosmia and hearing loss due to a bilateral serous otitis media. Bilateral complete choanal stenosis was confirmed by endoscopy and CT scan. Functional endoscopic surgery was performed, and nasal stents were left in place for 3 weeks. One year after, the patient have good airflow, and a patent nasopharynx without choanal stenosis. In conclusion, choanal stenosis is an unusual complication of radiotherapy that can be successfully treated with trans-nasal endoscopic resection. (authors)

  8. Cardiac valvular abnormalities are frequent in systemic lupus erythematosus patients with manifest arterial disease.

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    Jensen-Urstad, K; Svenungsson, E; de Faire, U; Silveira, A; Witztum, J L; Hamsten, A; Frostegård, J

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    The objective of this study was to study cardiac valve morphology and function and ventricular function in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients with and without co-existing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and in population controls. Twenty-six women (52 +/- 8.2 years) with SLE (SLE cases) and a history of CVD (angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, cerebral infarction or intermittent claudication) were compared with 26age-matched women with SLE but without manifest CVD (SLE controls) and 26 age-matched control women (population controls). Echocardiographywas performed to assess valvular abnormalities and manifestations of ischaemic heart disease. Thirteen of the 26 SLE cases but only one of the SLE controls and one of the population controls had cardiac valvular abnormalities. Three of the SLE cases had already undergone valve replacement and another had significant aortic insufficiency; the other nine had thickening of mainly mitral leaflets without hemodynamic significance. Among SLE cases, patients with valvular abnormalities had higher homocysteine (P valvular disease. In contrast atherosclerosis as determined by IMT, oxidized LDL as measured by the monoclonal antibody E06, autoantibodies against epitopes of OxLDL (aOxLDL) or phospholipids (aPL), disease duration or activity, or acute phase reactants did not differ between SLE cases with or without valvular abnormalities. Valvular abnormalities were not more common in SLE cases with stroke as compared to those with myocardial infarction, angina or claudication. In conclusion, valvular abnormalities are strongly associated with CVD in SLE. Raised levels of homocysteine and triglycerides characterize patients with cardiac valve abnormalities.

  9. Palliative care in end-stage valvular heart disease.

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    Steiner, Jill M; Cooper, Stephanie; Kirkpatrick, James N

    2017-08-01

    Valvular heart disease (VHD), particularly aortic valve disease, is prevalent with increasing incidence. When surgery is not possible, or when risks outweigh benefits, percutaneous treatment options may offer effective alternatives. However, procedures may not always go as planned, and frail patients or those whose symptoms are caused by other comorbidities may not benefit from valve intervention at all. Significant effort should be made to assess frailty, comorbidities and patient goals prior to intervention. Palliative care (PC) should play a critical role in the care of patients with severe valve disease. PC is specialised medical care that aims to optimise health-related quality of life by managing symptoms and clarifying patient values and goals of care. It should be implemented at the time of diagnosis and continue throughout the disease course. Because of the paucity of studies dedicated to the provision of PC to patients with advanced VHD, further research is needed. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  10. Ileal neuroendocrine tumors and heart: not only valvular consequences.

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    Calissendorff, Jan; Maret, Eva; Sundin, Anders; Falhammar, Henrik

    2015-04-01

    Ileal neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) often progress slowly, but because of their generally nonspecific symptoms, they have often metastasized to local lymph nodes and to the liver by the time the patient presents. Biochemically, most of these patients have increased levels of whole blood serotonin, urinary 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid, and chromogranin A. Imaging work-up generally comprises computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging and somatostatin receptor scintigraphy, or in recent years positron emission tomography with 68Ga-labeled somatostatin analogs, allowing for detection of even sub-cm lesions. Carcinoid heart disease with affected leaflets, mainly to the right side of the heart, is a well-known complication and patients routinely undergo echocardiography to diagnose and monitor this. Multitasking surgery is currently recognized as first-line treatment for ileal NETs with metastases and carcinoid heart disease. Open heart surgery and valve replacement are advocated in patients with valvular disease and progressive heart failure. When valvulopathy in the tricuspid valve results in right-sided heart failure, a sequential approach, performing valve replacement first before intra-abdominal tumor-reductive procedures are conducted, reduces the risk of bleeding. Metastases to the myocardium from ileal NETs are seen in heart metastases are detected, with the addition of diuretics and fluid restriction in cases of heart failure. Myocardial metastases are rarely treated by surgical resection.

  11. Concomitant surgical treatment of dental and valvular heart diseases.

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    Lockhart, Peter B; Brennan, Michael T; Cook, William H; Sasser, Howell; Lovell, Roger D; Skipper, Eric R; Noll, Jenene; Cox, Timothy L; Aten, Deborah J; Cook, Joseph W

    2009-01-01

    Invasive dental procedures are often indicated before cardiac valve surgery. The purpose of this case-control study was to determine the risks and benefits of concomitant dental and thoracic surgery. Critically ill cardiac inpatients requiring cardiac valve surgery were referred by the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery to our Oral Medicine consult service. Those requiring dental extractions were considered for dental treatment during the same general anesthetic as the cardiac surgery. These study patients were compared with control patients who had extractions before valve surgery in a different setting. There was no attempt to analyze the impact of this practice on the development of infective endocarditis. All patients received broad-spectrum antibiotics during dental surgery. Twenty-one patients had concomitant oral and cardiac valve surgery. Seventeen patients were in the control group. There were no statistically significant differences between cases and controls in demographics, length of stay, nature of the dental surgery, mean number of teeth removed, oral bleeding, or postoperative infections. One patient in the control group developed prosthetic valve endocarditis versus none in the concomitant surgery group. This case-control study suggests that concomitant surgical procedures for dental and valvular heart disease can be accomplished without clinically significant oral complications. Given the risk from poor oral health following cardiac valve surgery, this approach should be considered for patients who would benefit by avoiding a second general anesthetic and/or a delay in cardiac surgery, and by having their oral surgery performed in the safest environment.

  12. Studies on diagnosis and treatment of renal artery stenosis

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    textabstractThis thesis describes studies on ~onosis and treatment of renal artery stenosis in patients with drug-resistant hypertension. In Chapter 1, the clinical problem of renal artery stenosis is discussed. Renal artery stenosis, a narrowing of the renal artery, is a potential cause of

  13. Mesenteric stenosis, collaterals, and compensatory blood flow

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    van Petersen, Andre S.; Kolkman, Jeroen J.; Meerwaldt, Robbert; Huisman, Ad B.; van der Palen, Jacobus Adrianus Maria; Zeebregts, Clark J.; Geelkerken, Robert H.

    2014-01-01

    Background The mesenteric circulation has an extensive collateral network. Therefore, stenosis in one or more mesenteric arteries does not necessarily lead to symptoms. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of collateral flow on celiac artery (CA) and superior mesenteric artery

  14. Tracheal resection for laryngotracheal stenosis: A retrospective ...

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    Aug 3, 2014 ... OTOLARYNGOLOGY. Laryngotracheal stenosis (LTS) is caused by form ation of scar tissue in the trachea and, rarely, in the larynx itself. Symptoms depend on the degree of airway obstruction and can therefore range from asymptomatic to upper airway obstruction severe enough to cause death.[15].

  15. Developmental spinal canal stenosis and somatotype.

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    The hypothesis that somatotype and cervical spine developmental canal stenosis may be associated has been investigated by anthropometry and measurement of lateral projection cervical spine radiographs. A significant association of canal size with somatotype has been found such that those with developmentally narrow canals are more likely to have relatively shorter long-bones, particularly in the upper arm, and longer trunks.

  16. Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for laryngotracheal stenosis

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    Jakobsen, Kathrine Kronberg; Grønhøj, Christian; Jensen, David H

    2017-01-01

    promising results in regenerative medicine. We aimed to systematically review the literature on MSC therapy for stenosis of the conductive airways. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, Google Scholar and the Cochrane Library were systematically searched from January 1980-January 2017 with the purpose of identifying all...

  17. Surgical options for lumbar spinal stenosis

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    Machado, Gustavo C; Ferreira, Paulo H; Yoo, Rafael Ij; Harris, Ian A; Pinheiro, Marina B; Koes, Bart W; van Tulder, Maurits W; Rzewuska, Magdalena; Maher, Christopher G.; Ferreira, Manuela L

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Hospital charges for lumbar spinal stenosis have increased significantly worldwide in recent times, with great variation in the costs and rates of different surgical procedures. There have also been significant increases in the rate of complex fusion and the use of spinal spacer implants

  18. Dorsal column stimulation for lumbar spinal stenosis.

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    Chandler, Gilbert S; Nixon, Bruce; Stewart, L Todd; Love, Jennifer

    2003-01-01

    Surgical decompression has been considered the gold standard for the symptomatic spinal stenotic patient. Thirty thousand decompressive procedures are performed annually and this number is expected to increase as the American population ages. Options are limited for the stenotic patient classified as a "poor surgical risk". Furthermore review of the literature indicates mixed results even in optimal populations. Nonsurgical approaches including epidural steroids and percutaneous adhesiolysis have not been completely evaluated. Spinal cord stimulation has a long safe efficacious history in the treatment of neuropathic extremity pain but has never been evaluated in the treatment of spinal stenosis. This retrospective cohort of 55 patients receiving spinal cord stimulation was selected from a total of 72 patients presenting with spinal stenosis over a 4 year period. Twenty-one underwent subsequent permanent implantation with success rate of 67% at 1.5 years. Twelve elected to not receive implant despite "successful trial". 22 had "failed trial". Verbal pain scores, narcotic intake, and function were monitored. Spinal cord stimulation is a promising nondestructive alternative in the treatment of symptomatic spinal stenosis. Mild-moderate stenosis, predominate leg pain, and "positive" exercise treadmill appear to be positive predictors. Prospective trials with rigorous statistical designs are needed.

  19. Mesenteric stenosis, collaterals, and compensatory blood flow

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    van Petersen, Andre S.; Kolkman, Jeroen J.; Meerwaldt, Robbert; Huisman, Ad B.; van der Palen, Job; Zeebregts, Clark J.; Geelkerken, Robert H.

    Background: The mesenteric circulation has an extensive collateral network. Therefore, stenosis in one or more mesenteric arteries does not necessarily lead to symptoms. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of collateral flow on celiac artery (CA) and superior mesenteric artery

  20. Duplex ultrasound for identifying renal artery stenosis

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    Zachrisson, Karin; Herlitz, Hans; Lönn, Lars

    2017-01-01

    Background Renal artery duplex ultrasound (RADUS) is an established method for diagnosis of renal artery stenosis (RAS), but there is no consensus regarding optimal RADUS criteria. Purpose To define optimal cutoff values for RADUS parameters when screening for RAS using intra-arterial trans...

  1. Global Strain in Severe Aortic Valve Stenosis

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    Dahl, Jordi S; Videbæk, Lars; Poulsen, Mikael K

    2012-01-01

    Score, history with ischemic heart disease and ejection fraction. CONCLUSIONS: -In patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis undergoing AVR reduced GLS provides important prognostic information beyond standard risk factors. Clinical Trial Registration-URL: http://www.clinicaltrial.gov. Unique identifier...

  2. Fatal postoperative systemic pulmonary hypertension in benfluorex-induced valvular heart disease surgery: A case report.

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    Baufreton, Christophe; Bruneval, Patrick; Rousselet, Marie-Christine; Ennezat, Pierre-Vladimir; Fouquet, Olivier; Giraud, Raphael; Banfi, Carlo

    2017-01-01

    Drug-induced valvular heart disease (DI-VHD) remains an under-recognized entity. This report describes a heart valve replacement which was complicated by intractable systemic pulmonary arterial hypertension in a 61-year-old female with severe restrictive mitral and aortic disease. The diagnosis of valvular disease was preceded by a history of unexplained respiratory distress. The patient had been exposed to benfluorex for 6.5 years. The diagnostic procedure documented specific drug-induced valvular fibrosis. Surgical mitral and aortic valve replacement was performed. Heart valve replacement was postoperatively complicated by unanticipated disproportionate pulmonary hypertension. This issue was fatal despite intensive care including prolonged extracorporeal life support. Benfluorex is a fenfluramine derivative which has been marketed between 1976 and 2009. Although norfenfluramine is the common active and toxic metabolite of all fenfluramine derivatives, the valvular and pulmonary arterial toxicity of benfluorex was much less known than that of fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine. The vast majority of benfluorex-induced valvular heart disease remains misdiagnosed as hypothetical rheumatic fever due to similarities between both etiologies. Better recognition of DI-VHD is likely to improve patient outcome.

  3. The Sonographic Stenosis Index: A New Specific Quantitative Measure of Transplant Hepatic Arterial Stenosis.

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    Le, Thomas X; Hippe, Daniel S; McNeeley, Michael F; Dighe, Manjiri K; Dubinsky, Theodore J; Chan, Sherwin S

    2017-04-01

    This study evaluates the sensitivity and specificity of stenosis index (SI), which accounts for the entire spectral Doppler waveform, to detect significant transplant hepatic arterial stenosis. In this institutional review board-approved, HIPAA compliant study, we retrospectively analyzed 69 patients who had catheter angiography for suspected transplant hepatic arterial stenosis (THAS) between January 2006 and December 2010; all patients had Doppler ultrasound within 30 days before angiography. Patients with angiographic stenosis requiring intervention were considered positive for THAS. Stenosis index was calculated from each patient's spectral Doppler ultrasound images by obtaining the ratio of the area under the high-frequency signal to low-frequency signal in the spectral Doppler. Resistive index (RI) and pulsatility index (PI) were also calculated. Receiver operator curve analysis was performed and the area under the curve (AUC) was compared among the three metrics. Forty-eight of 69 patients had THAS by angiography requiring intervention; 21patients had no angiographic evidence of THAS. SI was significantly different (P transplant hepatic artery stenosis. © 2016 by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

  4. Estenose congênita da abertura piriforme Congenital nasal pyriform aperture stenosis

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    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available A estenose congênita da abertura piriforme é uma rara causa de obstrução nasal que pode ocorrer no recém-nascido. É provocada pelo crescimento excessivo do processo nasal medial da maxila causando um estreitamento do terço anterior da fossa nasal. Inicialmente foi relatada uma deformidade isolada, posteriormente a estenose congênita da abertura piriforme foi considerada como apresentação de forma menor da holoprosencefalia. Neste artigo relatamos um caso de recém-nascido do sexo masculino que apresentava desde o parto dispnéia, cianose e episódios de apnéia. O paciente foi submetido a cirurgia com alargamento da abertura piriforme por acesso sublabial. No seguimento apresentou boa evolução durante o acompanhamento. O relato desta deformidade mostra sua importância como causa de obstrução nasal congênita e diagnóstico diferencial de atresia coanal. A estenose congênita da abertura piriforme pode ser reparada adequadamente, quando necessário, através de procedimento cirúrgico.The congenital stenosis of pyriform aperture is an unusual cause of neonatal nasal obstruction. It is due to bony overgrowth of the nasal lateral process of the maxilla. Initially this narrowest part of nasal airway was considered an isolated deformity; subsequently the congenital Stenosis of pyriform aperture was thought to represent a microform of holoprosencephaly. In this report a male neonate had respiratory distress, cyclic cyanosis and apnea after delivery. The patient underwent surgical correction of pyriform stenosis by sublabial access. In the follow up, the patient had good evolution. The report of this deformity shows an important cause of neonatal nasal obstruction and its differential diagnosis with bilateral choanal atresia. Congenital stenosis of nasal pyriform aperture can be surgically corrected when necessary.

  5. Impact of valvular heart disease on activities of daily living of nonagenarians: the leiden 85-plus study a population based study

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    Westendorp Rudi G.; Blauw Gerard J; Gussekloo Jacobijn; Bax Jeroen J; Delgado Victoria; van Bemmel Thomas; Holman Eduard R

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background Data on the prevalence of valvular heart disease in very old individuals are scarce and based mostly on in-hospital series. In addition, the potential detrimental effect of valvular heart disease on the activities of daily living is unknown. The present study evaluated the prevalence of significant valvular heart disease and the impact of valvular heart disease on the activities of daily living in community dwelling nonagenarians. Nested within the Leiden 85-plus study, a ...

  6. Flow characteristics around a deformable stenosis under pulsatile flow condition

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    Choi, Woorak; Park, Jun Hong; Byeon, Hyeokjun; Lee, Sang Joon

    2018-01-01

    A specific portion of a vulnerable stenosis is deformed periodically under a pulsatile blood flow condition. Detailed analysis of such deformable stenosis is important because stenotic deformation can increase the likelihood of rupture, which may lead to sudden cardiac death or stroke. Various diagnostic indices have been developed for a nondeformable stenosis by using flow characteristics and resultant pressure drop across the stenosis. However, the effects of the stenotic deformation on the flow characteristics remain poorly understood. In this study, the flows around a deformable stenosis model and two different rigid stenosis models were investigated under a pulsatile flow condition. Particle image velocimetry was employed to measure flow structures around the three stenosis models. The deformable stenosis model was deformed to achieve high geometrical slope and height when the flow rate was increased. The deformation of the stenotic shape enhanced jet deflection toward the opposite vessel wall of the stenosis. The jet deflection in the deformable model increased the rate of jet velocity and turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) production as compared with those in the rigid models. The effect of stenotic deformation on the pulsating waveform related with the pressure drop was analyzed using the TKE production rate. The deformable stenosis model exhibited a phase delay of the peak point in the waveform. These results revealed the potential use of pressure drop waveform as a diagnostic index for deformable stenosis.

  7. Exercise-induced changes in left ventricular global longitudinal strain in asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis.

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    Lech, Agnieszka K; Dobrowolski, Piotr P; Klisiewicz, Anna; Hoffman, Piotr

    2017-01-01

    The management of patients with asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis (ASAS) is still under discussion. Therefore, it is advisable to search for the parameters of early damage to left ventricular (LV) function. The aim of the study was to assess exercise-induced changes in LV global longitudinal strain (GLS) in ASAS. The ASAS group consisted of 50 patients (26 women and 24 men, aged 38.4 ± 18.1 years) meeting the echocardiographic criteria of severe aortic stenosis (AVA 4 m/s, mean aortic gradient > 40 mm Hg), with normal LV ejection fraction (LVEF ≥ 55%) and sinus rhythm on electrocardiogram, and without significant concomitant valvular heart diseases. The control group consisted of 21 people matched for age and sex. Echocardiographic examinations and echocardiographic stress tests with the assessment of GLS using the speckle tracking imaging were performed. The ASAS group was characterised by statistically significantly higher LV mass index (LVMI) and higher LVEF. GLS values at rest in both groups were within normal limits but were significantly higher in the control group (-18.9 ± 2.4% vs. -20.7 ± 1.7%, p = 0.006). An increase in GLS at peak exercise in both groups was observed, lower in the ASAS group (the difference was not statistically significant: -0.8 ± 3.0% vs. -2.2 ± 3.1%, p = 0.086). Changes in GLS during exercise (ΔGLS) did not correlate with the parameters of the severity of aortic stenosis. In the multivariate model, LVMI proved to be a factor associated with GLS at rest and during exercise. In patients with ASAS, GLS is a non-invasive marker of an early stage of LV myocardial damage associated with myocardial hypertrophy. An increase in GLS during exercise in the ASAS group, smaller than in the control group, indicates a preserved functional reserve of the LV myocardium but smaller than in healthy individuals. The assessment of the clinical usefulness of exercise-induced changes in GLS requires further research.

  8. Association Between Echocardiography Laboratory Accreditation and the Quality of Imaging and Reporting for Valvular Heart Disease.

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    Thaden, Jeremy J; Tsang, Michael Y; Ayoub, Chadi; Padang, Ratnasari; Nkomo, Vuyisile T; Tucker, Stephen F; Cassidy, Cynthia S; Bremer, Merri; Kane, Garvan C; Pellikka, Patricia A

    2017-08-01

    It is presumed that echocardiographic laboratory accreditation leads to improved quality, but there are few data. We sought to compare the quality of echocardiographic examinations performed at accredited versus nonaccredited laboratories for the evaluation of valvular heart disease. We enrolled 335 consecutive valvular heart disease subjects who underwent echocardiography at our institution and an external accredited or nonaccredited institution within 6 months. Completeness and quality of echocardiographic reports and images were assessed by investigators blinded to the external laboratory accreditation status and echocardiographic results. Compared with nonaccredited laboratories, accredited sites more frequently reported patient sex (94% versus 78%; Pheart disease. Future quality improvement initiatives should highlight the importance of high-quality color Doppler imaging and echocardiographic quantification to improve the accuracy, reproducibility, and quality of echocardiographic studies for valvular heart disease. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  9. Reparación valvular mitral en un caso de endocarditis de Libman-Sacks

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    Eduardo Bernabeu

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available La endocarditis de Libman-Sacks es una forma de endocarditis no bacteriana asociada a los pacientes con lupus eritematoso sistémico (LES. Aunque con frecuencia cursa de forma asintomática, en ocasiones es causa de insuficiencia cardíaca grave. Presentamos un caso de reparación valvular mitral en una paciente aquejada de esta infrecuente entidad, que debutó clínicamente con un edema agudo de pulmón secundario a insuficiencia mitral masiva. La reparación valvular mitral puede ser un procedimiento eficaz y seguro, que permite evitar el riesgo adicional asociado al uso de prótesis valvulares en estos pacientes con riesgo trombótico elevado.

  10. Prediction of residual valvular lesions in rheumatic heart disease: role of adhesion molecules.

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    Hafez, Mona; Yahia, Sohier; Eldars, Waleed; Eldegla, Heba; Matter, Mohamed; Attia, Gehan; Hawas, Samia

    2013-03-01

    Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a chronic condition characterized by fibrosis and scarring of the cardiac valves and damage to the heart muscle, leading to congestive heart failure and death. This prospective cohort study was conducted to investigate the possible relation between the levels of serum adhesion molecules and acute rheumatic fever (ARF) carditis, valvular insult severity, and residual valvular lesion after improvement of rheumatic activity. Serum levels of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), and E-selectin were assayed by enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) for 50 children with ARF carditis during activity and after improvement and for 50 healthy children as control subjects. After the acute attack, patients were followed up regularly to detect residual valvular lesion. The serum levels of these adhesion molecules were significantly higher in the patients than in the control group (p valvular lesion (ICAM-1, >1,032.3 μg/ml; VCAM-1, >3,662.3 μg/ml; E-selectin, >104.8 μg/ml). Finally, by combining the three adhesion molecules in a single prediction model, the highest area under the curve (AUC) ± standard error (SE) was obtained (0.869 ± 0.052), and the positive likelihood ratio for having a residual valvular lesion was increased (17.33). Levels of serum adhesion molecules could predict residual valvular lesions in RHD patients. The authors recommend that the serum level of adhesion molecules be measured in all cases of ARF carditis.

  11. Detection of herpes simplex virus type 1 in rheumatic valvular tissue.

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    Pan, Zhi-gang; Wang, Xiu-nan; Li, Yan-wen; Zhang, Hong-yi; Archard, Leonard C

    2005-03-05

    Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is the most important sequela of rheumatic fever (RF): evidence that streptococcal infection is aetiological is prominent, but sometimes contradictory. Acute HSV-1 infection in mouse leads to carditis and valvulitis whereas recurrent infection results in inflammatory granulomatous lesions that resemble Aschoff bodies. Cells containing HSV-1 inclusions or virus infected giant cells appear similar to Anitschkow cells or Aschoff cells respectively. We hypothesized that HSV-1 infection also may be involved in RHD. Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded valvular tissue samples from 32 patients with RHD were investigated for evidence of HSV-1 infection. HSV-1 antigen was detected by immunohistochemistry, using HSV-1-specific monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies. HSV-1 glycoprotein D gene sequences were amplified by nPCR, using beta-globin gene amplification in the same samples as internal control. Valvular tissue from 5 cases of sudden death and 3 cases died of neisseria meningitis without a history of valvular disease was used for comparison. HSV-1-infected lung tissue was used as positive control. HSV-1 antigens were detected in valvular tissues from 21 of 32 (65.6%) patients. Fifteen of these 21 (46.9% of cases), but no antigen-negative sample, were positive also for HSV DNA. Nucleotide sequence of PCR products was homologous to the targeted region of the HSV-1 glycoprotein D gene. HSV-1 antigen was present also in one case of sudden death but viral DNA was not found in any tissue sample from the comparison group. Results from reagent and positive controls were as anticipated. This is the first study to show the presence of HSV-1 antigen and genomic DNA in valvular tissues from patients with RHD and provides evidence for an association of HSV-1 infection with some cases of rheumatic valvular disease.

  12. Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI): Experimental Quantification of Vascular Stenosis Using Stationary Stenosis Phantoms.

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    Vaalma, Sarah; Rahmer, Jürgen; Panagiotopoulos, Nikolaos; Duschka, Robert L; Borgert, Jörn; Barkhausen, Jörg; Vogt, Florian M; Haegele, Julian

    2017-01-01

    Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) is able to provide high temporal and good spatial resolution, high signal-to-noise ratio and sensitivity. Furthermore, it is a truly quantitative method as its signal strength is proportional to the concentration of its tracer, superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIOs). Because of that, MPI is proposed to be a promising future method for cardiovascular imaging. Here, an interesting application may be the quantification of vascular pathologies like stenosis by utilizing the proportionality of the SPIO concentration and the MPI signal strength. In this study, the feasibility of MPI based stenosis quantification is evaluated based on this application scenario. Nine different stenosis phantoms with a normal diameter of 10 mm each and different stenoses of 1-9 mm and ten reference phantoms with a straight diameter of 1-10 mm were filled with a 1% Resovist dilution and measured in a preclinical MPI-demonstrator. The MPI signal intensities of the reference phantoms were compared to each other and the change of signal intensity within each stenosis phantom was used to calculate the degree of stenosis. These values were then compared to the known diameters of each phantom. As a second measurement, the 5 mm stenosis phantom was used for a serial dilution measurement down to a Resovist dilution of 1:3200 (0.031%), which is lower than a first pass blood concentration of a Resovist bolus in the peripheral arteries of an average adult human of at least about 1:1000. The correlation of the stenosis values based on MPI signal intensity measurements and based on the known diameters showed a very good agreement, proving the high precision of quantitative MPI in this regard.

  13. Epidemiology and prevention of valvular heart diseases and infective endocarditis in Africa.

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    Nkomo, Vuyisile T

    2007-12-01

    Valvular heart diseases in Africa affect mainly children and young adults and are a result of rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever is a preventable disease, but in Africa the combination of a lack of resources, lack of infrastructure, political, social and economic instability, poverty, overcrowding, malnutrition and lack of political will contributes to the persistence of a high burden of rheumatic fever, rheumatic valvular heart diseases and infective endocarditis. Combating and eradicating rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart diseases requires economic development and implementation of best practices of primary and secondary prevention measures. The barriers to achieving this goal in Africa are numerous, but not insurmountable.

  14. Stenting of Extracranial Carotid Artery Stenosis

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    Koshimae, N.; Morimoto, T.; Nagata, K.

    2003-01-01

    Summary The purpose of this study is to evaluate our cases of cervical internal carotid artery stenosis for safty stenting. We investigate the preoperative internal carotid artery stenosis using by integrated backscatter (IBS) method of ultra sonography, comparing with the thirty five surgical specimens as to their nature, histological structure, thickness of fibrous cap. We choose the protection method according to plaque structure, and placed Easy-Wall stent or Smart stent after prePTA. We added post PTA according to the extent of expansion and IVUS findings. Calibrated IBS = IBS value (ROI) /intinal IBS value of ‘bleeding’, ‘lipiď, ‘thrombus’, fiber, ‘hyalinization’ were -27.5, -22.5, -15.2, -11.1, +2.1. That of the thin fibrous cap were -10.9*, that of thic fibrous cap were -2.4 (*p safty stenting. PMID:20591243

  15. Familial recurrence of urethral stenosis/atresia.

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    Siebert, Joseph R; Walker, Martin P R

    2009-08-01

    We report the familial recurrence of urethral stenosis/atresia in two sibling fetuses with bladder outlet obstruction, severe oligohydramnios, and pulmonary hypoplasia. Urethral obstruction in the fetus, when severe, results in a dilated urinary bladder (megacystis) and associated urinary anomalies (hydroureter, hydronephrosis, renal dysplasia). Distention of the fetal abdomen, the result of megacystis or urinary ascites, leads to stretching and eventually hypoplasia or even absence of abdominal muscles. This constellation of findings, known by a variety of terms including "prune belly" syndrome, is associated with a variety of urethral changes, including posterior urethral valves and urethral stenosis/atresia. One fetus manifested unilateral postaxial polydactyly of the left hand. A microdeletion of 6p25.3, identified in mother and one fetus, is not associated with a gene known to be involved in urethral development and therefore of unknown significance. (c) 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  16. Supraglottic stenosis in localized Wegener granulomatosis.

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    Belloso, Antonio; Estrach, Cristina; Keith, Andrew O

    2008-07-01

    We present what we believe is the first reported case of a patient with supraglottic stenosis secondary to Wegener granulomatosis. The diagnosis was unclear initially because the biopsy results were nonspecific, but a finding of an elevated cytoplasmic-pattern antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (c-ANCA) level established the diagnosis of localized supraglottic Wegener granulomatosis. Wegener granulomatosis is characterized by necrotizing vasculitis that is localized predominantly to the kidneys and the upper and lower airways. In the airways, subglottic involvement is well documented, but to the best of our knowledge, supraglottic stenosis has not previously been described. Localized forms of Wegener granulomatosis are characterized by limited disease that involves only the upper airway. The diagnosis in localized forms is complex because histology is diagnostic in only 50% of cases, and only 60% of patients have a positive c-ANCA level. We discuss the diagnostic criteria and management strategies for these localized forms.

  17. Velopharyngeal and choanal stenosis after radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

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    Hussein, Jalal; Tan, Teck Soon; Chong, Aun Wee; Narayanan, Prepageran; Omar, Rahmat

    2013-06-01

    Choanal stenosis is a well recognized late complication of radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma. However velopharyngeal stenosis post radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma is rare. We present here a case of bilateral choanal stenosis and velopharyngeal stenosis in a patient treated with radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma. A 58-year-old woman presented to our otolaryngology clinic with a one year history of nasal obstruction. She was diagnosed to have nasopharyngeal carcinoma 12 years ago for which she received radiotherapy. Clinical examination revealed bilateral choanal stenosis and velopharyngeal stenosis. Treatment of choanal stenosis and velopharyngeal stenosis is challenging due to high incidence of recurrence and patients frequently require multiple procedures. The patient underwent a transnasal endoscopic excision of velopharyngeal scar tissue and widening of posterior choana using Surgitron®, mitomycin-C applied topically to the surgical wound and bilateral stenting under general anesthesia. The stents were kept for two weeks, and 3 years post operation velopharyngeal aperture and posterior choana remained patent. As illustrated in this case velopharyngeal stenosis can occur after radiotheraphy and should not be overlooked. Combine modality of transnasal endoscopic excision of velopharyngeal scar tissue, widening of choanal stenosis with Surgitron® followed by the application of mitomycin-C and stenting has been shown to be an effective option. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography incremental value in a case with a rare combination of tricuspid valve prolapse and rheumatic mitral valve stenosis

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    Hani M. Mahmoud

    2015-06-01

    Conclusion: The tricuspid valve is a complex structure. 2D-TTE and TEE is not usually enough for complete delineation of the anatomy and pathology of the tricuspid valve. 3D-TEE has an incremental value in providing informative en-face view of the three leaflets of the tricuspid valve that facilitates precise determination of its anatomy and pathology. This is a rare case of unusual combination between tricuspid valve prolapse and rheumatic mitral valve stenosis.

  19. Developmental spinal canal stenosis and somatotype.

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    Nightingale, S

    1989-01-01

    The hypothesis that somatotype and cervical spine developmental canal stenosis may be associated has been investigated by anthropometry and measurement of lateral projection cervical spine radiographs. A significant association of canal size with somatotype has been found such that those with developmentally narrow canals are more likely to have relatively shorter long-bones, particularly in the upper arm, and longer trunks. Images PMID:2769282

  20. Gender differences in patients with carotid stenosis.

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    Stoberock, Konstanze; Debus, Eike Sebastian; Atlihan, Gülsen; Daum, Günter; Larena-Avellaneda, Axel; Eifert, Sandra; Wipper, Sabine

    2016-01-01

    This overview analyses gender differences in prevalence, epidemiology, risk factors and therapy in patients with carotid stenosis in a systematic review. Ischemic stroke is a leading cause of death in Western society, where about 20% of cases are triggered by a carotid stenosis or occlusion, which occurs more frequently in men than in women. The stroke-protective effect of carotid endarterectomy is greater in men. Men have lower peri-procedural stroke and death rates. Particularly men with carotid stenosis and a life expectancy of at least 5 years benefit from surgical treatment. Also, the recurrence rate of ipsilateral stroke 5 years after initial surgery is lower in men than in women. It is not yet fully clarified whether there are significant gender differences regarding the outcome after endovascular versus surgical treatment. Gender differences in the outcome of carotid artery repair may be caused by biological, anatomical (smaller vessel diameter in women) or hormonal differences as well as a protracted development of atherosclerotic changes in women and different plaque morphology. Moreover, women are on average older at the time of surgery and their surgical treatment is often delayed. To reduce the risk of stroke and to improve treatment outcome especially for women, further research on gender differences and their causes is mandatory and promising.

  1. Comparison of Dabigatran and Warfarin in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation and Valvular Heart Disease: The RE-LY Trial (Randomized Evaluation of Long-Term Anticoagulant Therapy).

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    Ezekowitz, Michael D; Nagarakanti, Rangadham; Noack, Herbert; Brueckmann, Martina; Litherland, Claire; Jacobs, Mark; Clemens, Andreas; Reilly, Paul A; Connolly, Stuart J; Yusuf, Salim; Wallentin, Lars

    2016-08-23

    The RE-LY trial (Randomized Evaluation of Long-Term Anticoagulant Therapy) compared dabigatran 150 and 110 mg twice daily with warfarin in 18 113 patients with atrial fibrillation. Those with prosthetic heart valves, significant mitral stenosis, and valvular heart disease (VHD) requiring intervention were excluded. Others with VHD were included. This is a post hoc analysis of the RE-LY trial. There were 3950 patients with any VHD: 3101 had mitral regurgitation, 1179 with tricuspid regurgitation, 817 had aortic regurgitation, 471 with aortic stenosis, and 193 with mild mitral stenosis. At baseline, patients with any VHD had more heart failure, coronary disease, renal impairment, and persistent atrial fibrillation. Patients with any VHD had higher rates of major bleeds (hazard ratio [HR], 1.32; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.16-1.5) but similar stroke or systemic embolism event rates (HR, 1.09; 95% CI, 0.88-1.33). For patients receiving dabigatran 110 mg, major bleed rates were lower than for patients taking warfarin (HR, 0.73; 95% CI, 0.56-0.95 with VHD; HR, 0.84; 95% CI, 0.71-0.99 without VHD), and major bleed rates for dabigatran 150 mg were similar to those for warfarin in patients with VHD (HR, 0.82; 95% CI, 0.64-1.06) or without VHD (HR, 0.98; 95% CI, 0.83-1.15). For dabigatran 150 mg, stroke/systemic embolic event rates were lower compared with warfarin in those with VHD (HR, 0.59; 95% CI, 0.37-0.93) and those without VHD (HR, 0.67; 95% CI, 0.52-0.86), and stroke/systemic embolic event rates were similar for warfarin and dabigatran 110 mg regardless of the presence of VHD (HR, 0.97; 95% CI, 0.65-1.45; and HR, 0.88; 95% CI, 0.70-1.10). Intracranial bleeds and death rates for dabigatran 150 and 110 mg were lower compared with warfarin independently of the presence of VHD. The presence of any VHD did not influence the comparison of dabigatran with warfarin. URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00262600. © 2016 American Heart Association

  2. RIFLE criteria for acute kidney injury in valvular surgery.

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    De Santo, Luca Salvatore; Romano, Gianpaolo; Galdieri, Nicola; Buonocore, Marianna; Bancone, Ciro; De Simone, Vincenzo; Della Corte, Alessandro; Nappi, Gianantonio

    2010-01-01

    The RIFLE classification, which defines three grades of increasing severity of acute kidney injury--risk (RIFLE R), injury (RIFLE I) and failure (RIFLE F), and two outcome classes (L, loss) and E (end-stage kidney disease)--represents a valuable method for evaluating acute renal failure. Risk factors for acute kidney injury (AKI) according to the RIFLE criteria and for operative mortality were identified in patients undergoing valvular procedures. A single-center prospective cohort study of 1424 patients who were not receiving renal replacement therapy preoperatively was conducted between January 2004 and December 2007. A total of 100 variables was collected from each patient. The main features were: mean age 61.9 +/- 12.9 years (range: 15-88 years), 47% females, 6% endocarditis, 11% redo surgery, 8% urgent/emergent surgery, 30% combined procedures, 5% complex, and 16% associated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The overall AKI prevalence was 10%, with RIFLE scores of I or F being detected in 8% and continuous veno-venous hemofiltration being required in 5%. Risk factors for AKI were age (OR 1.03; 95% CI 1.14-4.15), time of extracorporeal circulation (ECC) (OR 1.09; 95% CI 1.005-1.013), redo procedure (OR 2.35; 95% CI 1.42-3.8), chronic kidney disease (OR 3.2; 95% CI 1.6-6.1), and blood transfusion (OR 3.8; 95% CI 2.5-6.5). The transfusion of leukodepleted blood exerted a protective effect on AKI development (OR 0.6; 95% CI 0.4-0.9). The average overall hospital mortality was 4.8%. Risk factors for operative mortality included: ECC time (OR 1; 95% CI 1.002-1.014), age (OR 1.043; 95% CI 1.01-1.07), chronic kidney disease (OR 4.8; 95% CI 2.2-10.6), blood transfusion (OR 6.43; 95% CI 2.8-14.7), surgical priority (OR 6.5; 95% CI 2.8-14.7), RIFLE class I (OR 11.9; 95% CI 5.5-25.7), and RIFLE class F (OR 30; 95% CI 8.1-111.7). Mortality increased with each RIFLE stratification (Normal 1.7%, RIFLE R = 4.1%, RR = 2.5; RIFLE I = 27.6%, RR = 16.2; and RIFLE F = 43

  3. Should high risk patients with concomitant severe aortic stenosis and mitral valve disease undergo double valve surgery in the TAVR era?

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    Yu, Pey-Jen; Mattia, Allan; Cassiere, Hugh A; Esposito, Rick; Manetta, Frank; Kohn, Nina; Hartman, Alan R

    2017-12-29

    Significant mitral regurgitation in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is associated with increased mortality. The aim of this study is to determine if surgical correction of both aortic and mitral valves in high risk patients with concomitant valvular disease would offer patients better outcomes than TAVR alone. A retrospective analysis of 43 high-risk patients who underwent concomitant surgical aortic valve replacement and mitral valve surgery from 2008 to 2012 was performed. Immediate and long term survival were assessed. There were 43 high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis undergoing concomitant surgical aortic valve replacement and mitral valve surgery. The average age was 80 ± 6 years old. Nineteen (44%) patients had prior cardiac surgery, 15 (34.9%) patients had chronic obstructive lung disease, and 39 (91%) patients were in congestive heart failure. The mean Society of Thoracic Surgeons Predicted Risk of Mortality for isolated surgical aortic valve replacement for the cohort was 10.1% ± 6.4%. Five patients (11.6%) died during the index admission and/or within thirty days of surgery. Mortality rate was 25% at six months, 35% at 1 year and 45% at 2 years. There was no correlation between individual preoperative risk factors and mortality. High-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis and mitral valve disease undergoing concomitant surgical aortic valve replacement and mitral valve surgery may have similar long term survival as that described for such patients undergoing TAVR. Surgical correction of double valvular disease in this patient population may not confer mortality benefit compared to TAVR alone.

  4. Intracranial cerebral artery stenosis with associated coronary artery and extracranial carotid artery stenosis in Turkish patients

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    Alkan, Ozlem [Department of Radiology, Baskent University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey)], E-mail: yalinozlem@hotmail.com; Kizilkilic, Osman; Yildirim, Tulin [Department of Radiology, Baskent University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey); Atalay, Hakan [Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Baskent University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey)

    2009-09-15

    Purpose: Although it has been demonstrated that there is a high prevalence of extracranial carotid artery stenosis (ECAS) in patients with severe coronary artery disease, intracranial cerebral artery stenosis (ICAS) is rarely mentioned. We evaluated the prevalence of ICAS in patients with ECAS having elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery to determine the relations between ICAS, ECAS and atherosclerotic risk factors. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the digital subtraction angiography findings of 183 patients with ECAS {>=} 50% preparing for CABG surgery. The analyses focused on the intracranial or extracranial location and degree of the stenosis. The degree of extracranial stenoses were categorized as normal, <50%, 50-69%, 70-89%, and 90-99% stenosis and occluded. The degree of intracranial stenosis was classified as normal or {<=}25%, 25-49%, and {>=}50% stenosis and occluded. Traditional atherosclerotic risk factors were recorded. Results: ECAS < 70% in 42 patients and ECAS {>=} 70% in 141 patients. ICAS was found in 51 patients and ICAS {>=} 50% in 30 patients. Regarding risk factors, we found hypertension in 135 patients, diabetes mellitus in 91 patients, hyperlipidemia in 84 patients, and smoking in 81 patients. No risk factor was significant predictors of intracranial atherosclerosis. The severity of ICAS was not significantly associated with that of the ECAS. Conclusions: We found ICAS in 27.8% of the patients with ECAS > 50% on digital subtraction angiography preparing for CABG. Therefore a complete evaluation of the neck vessels with magnetic resonance or catheter angiography seems to be indicated as well as intracranial circulation for the risk assessment of CABG.

  5. [Presence of bacterial DNA in valvular tissue of patients with chronic rheumatic heart disease].

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    Figueroa, Fernando E; Carrión A, Flavio; Valenzuela M, Sylvia; Turner G, Eduardo; Aceitón E, Cristian; Hirigoyen P, Carolina; Bogdanic W, Katherine; Solís D, Claudia; Mansilla A, Karina; Urra G, Soledad

    2007-08-01

    Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a delayed consequence of a pharyngeal infection with Group A streptococcus (GAS), usually ascribed to a cross-reactive immune response to the host cardiac tissues. Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and its ensuing valvular sequelae are thus considered the prototype of a post-infectious autoimmune disease, with no direct evidence of residual streptococcal antigen in diseased valvular tissues. However, recent studies concerning the antigenic specificity and clonality of intralesional lymphocytes have revealed oligoclonal expansions characteristic of an antigen specific response, that might be related to GAS. To search for bacterial DNA in valvular tissue from RHD patients and controls. We extracted DNA from surgically excised valve specimens from 15 RHD patients and 6 non RHD controls and tested for the presence of bacterial DNA by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) with primers for 16S rRNA. Eighty percent (12/15) of valve specimens from RHD patients were positive for bacterial DNA, as opposed to none of the valves (n =6) from non RHD controls. These results suggest that GAS might persist in valvular tissue in patients with ARF and contribute to the inflammatory scarring lesion that leads to cardiovascular sequelae.

  6. New Procedure for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Valvular Heart Disease

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    Naser Safaie

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available "nPatients with valvular heart disease suffer from atrial fibrillation for more than 12 months after valve surgery and have a low probability of remaining in sinus rhythm. We performed an intra-operative procedure similar to surgical maze ІІІ procedure for conversion of this arrhythmia to sinus rhythm. We did this study to evaluate the efficacy of this procedure to restore the sinus rhythm in patients with valvular heart disease. 28 patients with valvular heart disease and chronic persistent atrial fibrillation underwent different combinations of valve surgery and concomitant reduction of left and right atrial size and resection of both atrial auricles in Shahid Madani cardiothoracic center from September 2004 to October 2008. The procedure for atrial fibrillation treatment was performed with cardiopulmonary bypass and after mitral valve replacement. There was one in-hospital death postoperatively because of respiratory failure, but no other complication till 6 months after the operation. Out of 28 patients, 23 were in sinus rhythm one week after the operation, one patient had junctional rhythm after the operation that restored to sinus rhythm and 4 patients had persistent atrial fibrillation. During the 12-month follow up, atrial fibrillation was corrected in 82.14%. Doppler echocardiography in these patients with sinus rhythm demonstrated good atrial contractility. This procedure on both atria is effective and less invasive than the original maze procedure to eliminate the atrial fibrillation, and can be performed in patients with valvular heart disease without increasing the risk of operation.

  7. Registro Español de Reparación Valvular 2015

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    Pedro P. Lima-Cañadas

    2017-09-01

    Conclusiones: La actividad reparadora mitral está establecida en la mayoría de los grupos, siendo muy dependiente de etiología. Se observa un incremento en la tasa de reparación valvular aórtica y permanece estabilizada la actividad sobre la válvula tricúspide.

  8. Registro Español de Reparación Valvular 2014

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    Yolanda Carrascal

    2016-03-01

    Conclusiones: La actividad reparadora valvular mitral está actualmente consolidada en España, siendo especialmente infrecuente cuando la etiología de la valvulopatía es reumática. La cirugía reparadora aórtica difiere mucho entre grupos y parece encontrarse estabilizada.

  9. AN ANALYSIS OF VALVULAR HEART DISEASE BY ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY- A TERTIARY CARE INSTITUTE STUDY

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    Perumal Jaisankar

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Diseases of heart valves constitute a major cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality worldwide. In developing countries, Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD continues to be the predominant form of valvular heart disease. The current study was undertaken at a Tertiary Care Institute with an objective of establishing distribution and different patterns of valvular heart diseases by echocardiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS 17,625 consecutive first time Echocardiograms performed between January 2016 and December 2016 were analysed. Echo was performed by consultant cardiologists using Philips HD11XE and Aloka SSD4000 machine following ASE guidelines. Applying exclusion criteria of trivial and functional regurgitant lesions yielded a total of 632 cases of organic valvular heart diseases. RESULTS In our study 632 patients were diagnosed with valvular heart disease, out of which 428 patients (67.7% were diagnosed with Rheumatic Heart Disease. Mitral valve was the most commonly affected followed by aortic and tricuspid valves. The least commonly affected valve was pulmonary valve. In Rheumatic heart disease, most common isolated lesion reported was MS with MR, most commonly reported in females between 21 - 40 years’ age group. CONCLUSION In non-RHD group, mitral valve prolapse (21.3% was the commonest lesion reported followed by calcific degenerative aortic valve (6.17% and congenital bicuspid aortic valve (3.4%; 118 patients were reported with multivalvular lesion. MS + MR + AR was the commonest multivalvular lesion found in 65 patients (55.08%.

  10. [Antiphospholipid syndrome in valvular heart diseases, ischemic heart disease and vascular thrombosis].

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    Grabowski, M; Brzezińska, A

    2000-01-01

    The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) leads to venous and arterial thrombosis, cardiac diseases, neurological, gastroenterological and dermatological complications. The role of antiphospholipid antibodies in genesis of thrombi by interaction with plasma clotting factors is well known. There is no evidence of their influence on valvular heart diseases or atherogenesis. This paper presents views and opinions about APS and related cardiovascular complications.

  11. [Current status of valvular heart diseases in Xinjiang: an epidemiological study on Han, Uygur and Kazkh ethnic populations].

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    An, Yong; Ma, Xiang; Huang, Ying; Ma, Yi-tong; Yang, Yi-ning; Liu, Fen; Wang, Bao-zhu

    2011-11-01

    To investigate the prevalence and epidemiological features of valvular heart disease (VHD) adult populations with different ethnicities in Xinjiang. A total of 14 618 adults aged 35 or older were surveyed. Random sampling was employed to study valvular heart diseases in different age, gender and ethnic groups. Samples were collected from 7 localities (Urumqi, Ke lamayi, Fukang, Turfan Basin, Hetian, Altay, Yili Hazakh Autonomous Prefecture) in 23 municipalities and 5 autonomous counties in Xinjiang. The proportion of male to female accounted for 50% each. The overall prevalence of valvular heart diseases was 7.67% (male: 7.31% vs. female: 8.00%). The prevalence rates of valvular heart diseases were 10.57%, 2.36% and 12.22% in Han, Uygur and Kazakh populations, respectively. The prevalence of valvular heart diseases was lower in Uygur than in Hazak and Han ethnic populations (χ(2) = 3.90, P = 0.000). Complications related to valvular heart diseases would include hypertension (63.20%), diabetes (7.60%), coronary heart disease (7.50%) and fibrillation atrial (3.20%). The prevalence of valvular heart diseases had a substantial increase, parallel with age. Differences were seen on the prevalence rates of VHD among ethnic populations.

  12. Correlation between disability and MRI findings in lumbar spinal stenosis

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    Sigmundsson, Freyr G; Kang, Xiao P; J?nsson, Bo; Str?mqvist, Bj?rn

    2011-01-01

    Background and purpose MRI is the modality of choice when diagnosing spinal stenosis but it also shows that stenosis is prevalent in asymptomatic subjects over 60. The relationship between preoperative health-related quality of life, functional status, leg and back pain, and the objectively measured dural sac area in single and multilevel stenosis is unknown. We assessed this relationship in a prospective study. Patients and methods The cohort included 109 consecutive patients with central sp...

  13. MANAGEMENT OF LUMBAR SPINAL CANAL STENOSIS

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    Mukhergee G. S

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Spinal stenosis is one of the most common conditions in the elderly. It is defined as a narrowing of the spinal canal. The term stenosis is derived from the Greek word for narrow, which is “Stenos”. The first description of this condition is attributed to Antoine portal in 1803. Verbiest is credited with coining the term spinal stenosis and the associated narrowing of the spinal canal as its potential cause. [1-10] Kirkaldy–Willis subsequently described the degenerative cascade in the lumbar spine as the cause for the altered anatomy and pathophysiology in spinal stenosis. [11-15] If compression does not occur, the canal should be described as narrow but not stenotic. Some studies defined lumbar spinal stenosis as a “narrowing of the osteoligamentous vertebral canal and/or the intervertebral foramina causing compression of the thecal sac and/or the caudal nerve roots; at a single vertebral level, narrowing may affect the whole canal or part of it” (Postacchini 1983. This definition distinguished between disc herniation and stenosis. [16] . The most common type of spinal stenosis is caused by degenerative arthritis of the spine. Hypertrophy and ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament which usually are confined to the cervical spine, and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH syndrome also may result in an acquired form of spinal stenosis. Congenital forms caused by disorders such as achondroplasia and dysplastic spondylolisthesis are much less common. Congenital spinal stenosis usually is central and is evident or imaging studies. Idiopathic congenital narrowing usually involves the anteroposterior dimension of the canal secondary to short pedicles; the patient otherwise is normal. In contrast, in achondroplasia, the canal is narrowed in the anteroposterior plane owing to shortened pedicles and in lateral dimension because of diminished interpedicular distance. Acquired forms of spinal stenosis usually are

  14. Activated Human Valvular Interstitial Cells Sustain Interleukin-17 Production To Recruit Neutrophils in Infective Endocarditis

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    Yeh, Chiou-Yueh; Shun, Chia-Tung; Kuo, Yu-Min; Jung, Chiau-Jing; Hsieh, Song-Chou; Chiu, Yen-Ling; Chen, Jeng-Wei; Hsu, Ron-Bin; Yang, Chia-Ju

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    The mechanisms that underlie valvular inflammation in streptococcus-induced infective endocarditis (IE) remain unclear. We previously demonstrated that streptococcal glucosyltransferases (GTFs) can activate human heart valvular interstitial cells (VIC) to secrete interleukin-6 (IL-6), a cytokine involved in T helper 17 (Th17) cell differentiation. Here, we tested the hypothesis that activated VIC can enhance neutrophil infiltration through sustained IL-17 production, leading to valvular damage. To monitor cytokine and chemokine production, leukocyte recruitment, and the induction or expansion of CD4+ CD45RA− CD25− CCR6+ Th17 cells, primary human VIC were cultured in vitro and activated by GTFs. Serum cytokine levels were measured using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and neutrophils and Th17 cells were detected by immunohistochemistry in infected valves from patients with IE. The expression of IL-21, IL-23, IL-17, and retinoic acid receptor-related orphan receptor C (Rorc) was upregulated in GTF-activated VIC, which may enhance the proliferation of memory Th17 cells in an IL-6-dependent manner. Many chemokines, including chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 1 (CXCL1), were upregulated in GTF-activated VIC, which might recruit neutrophils and CD4+ T cells. Moreover, CXCL1 production in VIC was induced in a dose-dependent manner by IL-17 to enhance neutrophil chemotaxis. CXCL1-expressing VIC and infiltrating neutrophils could be detected in infected valves, and serum concentrations of IL-17, IL-21, and IL-23 were increased in patients with IE compared to healthy donors. Furthermore, elevated serum IL-21 levels have been significantly associated with severe valvular damage, including rupture of chordae tendineae, in IE patients. Our findings suggest that VIC are activated by bacterial modulins to recruit neutrophils and that such activities might be further enhanced by the production of Th17-associated cytokines. Together, these factors can amplify the

  15. Estimation of pulmonary hypertension in lung and valvular heart diseases by perfusion lung scintigraphy

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    Fujii, Tadashige [Shinshu Univ., Matsumoto, Nagano (Japan). School of Allied Medical Sciences; Tanaka, Masao; Yazaki, Yoshikazu; Kitabayashi, Hirosi; Koizumi, Tomonori; Kubo, Keisi; Sekiguchi, Morie; Yano, Kesato

    1999-06-01

    To estimate pulmonary hypertension, we measured postural differences in pulmonary blood flow for the lateral decubitus positions on perfusion lung scintigrams with Tc-99 m macro-aggregated albumin, applying the method devised by Tanaka et al (Eur J Nucl Med 17: 320-326, 1990). Utilizing a scintillation camera coupled to a minicomputer system, changes in the distribution of pulmonary blood flow caused by gravitational effects, namely, changes in the total count ratios for the right lung versus the left lung in the right and left lateral decubitus positions (R/L), were obtained for 44 patients with lung disease, 95 patients with valvular heart disease, and 23 normal subjects. Mean standard deviation in the R/L ratios was 3.09{+-}1.28 for the normal subjects, 1.97{+-}0.89 for the patients with lung disease, and 1.59{+-}0.59 for the patients with valvular heart disease. The R/L ratios correlated with mean pulmonary arterial pressure and cardio-thoracic ratios in the lung disease and valvular heart disease groups, with pulmonary arteriolar resistance in the former, and with pulmonary capillary wedge pressure in the latter. Defining pulmonary hypertension (>20 mmHg) as an R/L ratio of less than 1.81, which is the mean-1 standard deviation for normal subjects, the sensitivity and the specificity of the R/L ratio for the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension were 62.9% and 76.2%, respectively, for the lung disease patients, and 80.3% and 61.8%, respectively, for the valvular heart disease patients. This method seems to be useful for the pathophysiologic evaluation of pulmonary perfusion in cases of lung disease and valvular heart disease. (author)

  16. [Estimation of pulmonary hypertension in lung and valvular heart diseases by perfusion lung scintigraphy].

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    Fujii, T; Tanaka, M; Yazaki, Y; Kitabayashi, H; Koizumi, T; Kubo, K; Sekiguchi, M; Yano, K

    1999-06-01

    To estimate pulmonary hypertension, we measured postural differences in pulmonary blood flow for the lateral decubitus positions on perfusion lung scintigrams with Tc-99 m macro-aggregated albumin, applying the method devised by Tanaka et al (Eur J Nucl Med 17: 320-326, 1990). Utilizing a scintillation camera coupled to a minicomputer system, changes in the distribution of pulmonary blood flow caused by gravitational effects, namely, changes in the total count ratios for the right lung versus the left lung in the right and left lateral decubitus positions (R/L), were obtained for 44 patients with lung disease, 95 patients with valvular heart disease, and 23 normal subjects. Mean standard deviation in the R/L ratios was 3.09 +/- 1.28 for the normal subjects, 1.97 +/- 0.89 for the patients with lung disease, and 1.59 +/- 0.59 for the patients with valvular heart disease. The R/L ratios correlated with mean pulmonary arterial pressure and cardio-thoracic ratios in the lung disease and valvular heart disease groups, with pulmonary arteriolar resistance in the former, and with pulmonary capillary wedge pressure in the latter. Defining pulmonary hypertension (> 20 mmHg) as an R/L ratio of less than 1.81, which is the mean-1 standard deviation for normal subjects, the sensitivity and the specificity of the R/L ratio for the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension were 62.9% and 76.2%, respectively, for the lung disease patients, and 80.3% and 61.8%, respectively, for the valvular heart disease patients. This method seems to be useful for the pathophysiologic evaluation of pulmonary perfusion in cases of lung disease and valvular heart disease.

  17. Radiographic indices for lumbar developmental spinal stenosis.

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    Cheung, Jason Pui Yin; Ng, Karen Ka Man; Cheung, Prudence Wing Hang; Samartzis, Dino; Cheung, Kenneth Man Chee

    2017-01-01

    Patients with developmental spinal stenosis (DSS) are susceptible to developing symptomatic stenosis due to pre-existing narrowed spinal canals. DSS has been previously defined by MRI via the axial anteroposterior (AP) bony spinal canal diameter. However, MRI is hardly a cost-efficient tool for screening patients. X-rays are superior due to its availability and cost, but currently, there is no definition of DSS based on plain radiographs. Thus, the aim of this study is to develop radiographic indices for diagnosing DSS. This was a prospective cohort of 148 subjects consisting of patients undergoing surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis (patient group) and asymptomatic subjects recruited openly from the general population (control group). Ethics approval was obtained from the local institutional review board. All subjects underwent MRI for diagnosing DSS and radiographs for measuring parameters used for creating the indices. All measurements were performed by two independent investigators, blinded to patient details. Intra- and interobserver reliability analyses were conducted, and only parameters with near perfect intraclass correlation underwent receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis to determine the cutoff values for diagnosing DSS using radiographs. Imaging parameters from a total of 66 subjects from the patient group and 82 asymptomatic subjects in the control group were used for analysis. ROC analysis suggested sagittal vertebral body width to pedicle width ratio (SBW:PW) as having the strongest sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing DSS. Cutoff indices for SBW:PW were level-specific: L1 (2.0), L2 (2.0), L3 (2.2), L4 (2.2), L5 (2.5), and S1 (2.8). This is the first study to define DSS on plain radiographs based on comparisons between a clinically relevant patient group and a control group. Individuals with DSS can be identified by a simple radiograph using a screening tool allowing for better cost-saving means for clinical diagnosis or research

  18. Radiographic indices for lumbar developmental spinal stenosis

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Patients with developmental spinal stenosis (DSS are susceptible to developing symptomatic stenosis due to pre-existing narrowed spinal canals. DSS has been previously defined by MRI via the axial anteroposterior (AP bony spinal canal diameter. However, MRI is hardly a cost-efficient tool for screening patients. X-rays are superior due to its availability and cost, but currently, there is no definition of DSS based on plain radiographs. Thus, the aim of this study is to develop radiographic indices for diagnosing DSS. Methods This was a prospective cohort of 148 subjects consisting of patients undergoing surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis (patient group and asymptomatic subjects recruited openly from the general population (control group. Ethics approval was obtained from the local institutional review board. All subjects underwent MRI for diagnosing DSS and radiographs for measuring parameters used for creating the indices. All measurements were performed by two independent investigators, blinded to patient details. Intra- and interobserver reliability analyses were conducted, and only parameters with near perfect intraclass correlation underwent receiver operating characteristic (ROC analysis to determine the cutoff values for diagnosing DSS using radiographs. Results Imaging parameters from a total of 66 subjects from the patient group and 82 asymptomatic subjects in the control group were used for analysis. ROC analysis suggested sagittal vertebral body width to pedicle width ratio (SBW:PW as having the strongest sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing DSS. Cutoff indices for SBW:PW were level-specific: L1 (2.0, L2 (2.0, L3 (2.2, L4 (2.2, L5 (2.5, and S1 (2.8. Conclusions This is the first study to define DSS on plain radiographs based on comparisons between a clinically relevant patient group and a control group. Individuals with DSS can be identified by a simple radiograph using a screening tool allowing for better

  19. Is There Association Between Changes in eGFR Value and the Risk of Permanent Type of Atrial Fibrillation? - Analysis of Valvular and Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation Population

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    Elzbieta Mlodawska

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    Full Text Available Background/Aims: There are no data concerning renal function in population with valvular and non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF. To assess renal function in patients with AF, the association between eGFR and AF perpetuation, in-hospital mortality. Methods: We studied 1523 patients with AF. Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD were compared to population with preserved renal function. Results: CKD was more frequently observed in patients with valvular AF(p=0.009. In non-valvular AF patients eGFR 2 had more often permanent AF(p2DS2VASc score was 4.1±1.5 and HAS-BLED score was 2.1±1.2 and it was higher as compared to population with preserved renal function (p75 years old(OR=3.70,p=0.01,95%CI1.33-10.28, with CKD (OR=2.61,p=0.03,95%CI1.09-6.23. The type of AF had no significant influence on in-hospital mortality(OR=0.71,p=0.45,95%CI0.30-1.70. Conclusions: CKD is more often observed in patients with valvular AF. In population with non-valvular AF decreased eGFR is associated with permanent type of AF and with higher CHA2DS2VASc and HAS-BLED score. Among valvular AF patients there are no differences in type of AF between patients with and without CKD. There is the correlation between CKD and AF perpetuation but only in non-valvular population.

  20. Cambio valvular mitral, aórtico o mitro-aórtico en pacientes con baja fracción de eyección Mitral, aortic or mitral-aortic valvular replacement in patients with low ejection fraction

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    Full Text Available La decisión de someter a cambio valvular a un paciente con disfunción ventricular moderada a severa, es motivo de controversia debido a las complicaciones y los malos resultados a corto y largo plazo. El objetivo de este estudio fue evaluar los resultados quirúrgicos en los pacientes con baja fracción de eyección pre-quirúrgica sometidos a cambio valvular mitral aórtico o mitro-aórtico. En este tipo de pacientes se puede obtener una aceptable sobrevida libre de sintomas. La clase funcional IV de la New York Heart Association incrementa la mortalidad temprana y tardía. La marcada reducción de la fracción de eyección preoperatoria, no debe considerse como una contraindicación para cambio valvular.The decision to submit patients with moderate to severe ventricular dysfunction to valvular replacements is subject to controversy because complications and the adverse outcomes in short and long-term. The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcomes in mitral or aortic valve replacements or combined aortic and mitral valve replacements in patients with preoperative low left ventricular ejection fraction. Good symptomatic relief and acceptable overall survival can be obtained in patients with systolic dysfunction and valvular disease. Preoperative NYHA class IV increases early and late mortality. A marked ejection fraction reduction should not be considered a contraindication for valvular replacement.

  1. Computational hemodynamic study of intracranial aneurysms coexistent with proximal artery stenosis

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    Castro, Marcelo A.; Peloc, Nora L.; Putman, Christopher M.; Cebral, Juan R.

    2012-03-01

    Intracranial aneurysms and artery stenosis are vascular diseases with different pathophysiological characteristics. However, although unusual, aneurysms may coexist in up to 5% of patients with stenotic plaque, according to a previous study. Another study showed that incidental detection of cerebral aneurysm in the same cerebral circulation as the stenotic plaque was less than 2%. Patients with concomitant carotid artery stenosis and unruptured intracranial aneurysms pose a difficult management decision for the physician. Case reports showed patients who died due to aneurysm rupture months after endarterectomy but before aneurysm clipping, while others did not show any change in the aneurysm after plaque removal, having optimum outcome after aneurysm coiling. The purpose of this study is to investigate the intraaneurysmal hemodynamic changes before and after treatment of stenotic plaque. Idealized models were constructed with different stenotic grade, distance and relative position to the aneurysm. Digital removal of the stenotic plaque was performed in the reconstructed model of a patient with both pathologies. Computational fluid dynamic simulations were performed using a finite element method approach. Blood velocity field and hemodynamic forces were recorded and analyzed. Changes in the flow patterns and wall shear stress values and distributions were observed in both ideal and image-based models. Detailed investigation of wall shear stress distributions in patients with both pathologies is required to make the best management decision.

  2. Aspergillus Tracheobronchitis Causing Subtotal Tracheal Stenosis in a Liver Transplant Recipient

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    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis is recognized as one of the most significant opportunistic infections after liver transplantation. Diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis in transplant recipients has been proven to be challenging, and optimal approach to the treatment of invasive aspergillosis is still controversial. We here present an unusual case of Aspergillus tracheobronchitis in the setting of liver transplantation. A 47-year-old female patient with persistent dry cough after liver transplantation developed respiratory insufficiency and was readmitted to the intensive care unit 55 days after liver transplantation. A CT scan revealed subtotal tracheal stenosis; bronchoscopy was performed, and extended white mucus coverings causative of the tracheal stenosis were removed. Microbiological assessment isolated Aspergillus fumigatus. The diagnosis was obstructive Aspergillus tracheobronchitis. The patient was started on a treatment of voriconazole 200 mg orally twice daily, adjusted to a trough level of 1–4 mg/L. For further airway management, a tracheal stent had to be implanted. The patient is alive and well 28 months after liver transplantation. Invasive aspergillosis should be considered a possible etiology in liver transplant patients presenting with unspecific symptoms such as persistent dry cough. Optimal strategies for improved and early diagnosis as well as prophylaxis need to be defined.

  3. A case report of 3-level degenerative spondylolisthesis with spinal canal stenosis.

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    Moo, Ing How; Tan, See Wei; Kasat, Niraj; Thng, Leong Keng

    2015-01-01

    Lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis is a major cause of impaired quality of life and diminished functional capacity in the elderly. Degenerative spondylolisthesis often involves only one or two level and tend to present with one or two level spinal canal stenosis. The authors describe an unusual case of degenerative spondylolisthesis involving 3 levels of the lumbar spine from L2 to L5. The patient was a 58-year-old woman who suffered chronic back pain and neurogenic claudication. Plain radiography revealed grade I degenerative spondylolisthesis at L2-L3, L3-L4 and L4-L5. Elevated pedicle-facet joint angles and W-type facet joints at the lumbar spine was observed. Magnetic resonance imaging showed L2-S1 spinal cord compression at the lumbar spine. Patient underwent L2-S1 decompression laminectomy and posterior lateral fusion of L2-S1 with posterior instrumentation and bone grafting. Symptoms improved significantly at 4 months follow-up. Thorough evaluation for multilevel segmental involvement in degenerative spondylolisthesis is important because of the frequency of severe symptomatic spinal stenosis or foraminal encroachment. Good surgical outcome can be expected from decompression and stabilisation. The pathogenesis of multi-level lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis can be complex and heterogeneous. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  4. Congenital Tracheal Stenosis in a Patient with Cleft Lip

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    Cleft lip with or without cleft palate are the commonest craniofacial birth defects, and indeed, amongst the ... are no reports of Cleft lip/palate with tracheal stenosis in the literature. We present a case of a five month old .... and MRI of the chest are used to delineate anatomy, particularly detection of extrinsic causes of stenosis.

  5. Endoscopic case: Crohn’s disease with pyloric stenosis

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    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT We present a case of pyloric stenosis that occurred in a patient with ileocolic Crohn’s disease without significant gastric inflammation, and treated with azathioprine and messalamine. Balloon dilatation, steroid therapy, omeprazol and polymeric enteral nutrition were successful to resolve the stenosis. Later the patient was put on infliximab with good clinical response.

  6. Intensive lipid lowering with simvastatin and ezetimibe in aortic stenosis

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    Rossebo, A.B.; Pedersen, T.R.; Boman, K.

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Hyperlipidemia has been suggested as a risk factor for stenosis of the aortic valve, but lipid-lowering studies have had conflicting results. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, double-blind trial involving 1873 patients with mild-to-moderate, asymptomatic aortic stenosis. The patient...

  7. Obstetric complications of cervical stenosis: Case report | Ondieki ...

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    A case of cervical stenosis is presented. We present a case of a patient who despite experiencing irregular scanty menses, was able to get pregnant.The enigma is that she did not experience any lochia loss post partum.Cervical stenosis is a known predisposing factor to infertility, but it can also have other presentations as ...

  8. Stenosis differentially affects subendocardial and subepicardial arterioles in vivo

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    Merkus, D.; Vergroesen, I.; Hiramatsu, O.; Tachibana, H.; Nakamoto, H.; Toyota, E.; Goto, M.; Ogasawara, Y.; Spaan, J. A.; Kajiya, F.

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    The presence of a coronary stenosis results primarily in subendocardial ischemia. Apart from the decrease in coronary perfusion pressure, a stenosis also decreases coronary flow pulsations. Applying a coronary perfusion system, we compared the autoregulatory response of subendocardial (n = 10) and

  9. Congenital Tracheal Stenosis in a Patient with Cleft Lip

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    Congenital tracheal stenosis (CTS) is a rare condition characterised by different patterns of tracheal narrowing. The pathological hallmark is the presence of complete tracheal rings, with or without associated anomalies. We present a case of asymptomatic CTS in a patient with unilateral cleft lip. Tracheal stenosis was.

  10. Stroke in Patients With Aortic Stenosis

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    Greve, Anders Møller; Dalsgaard, Morten; Bang, Casper N

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    ], 1.1-6.6), CHA2DS2-VASc score (HR 1.4 per unit; 95% CI, 1.1-1.8), diastolic blood pressure (HR, 1.4 per 10 mm Hg; 95% CI, 1.1-1.8), and AVR with concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting (HR, 3.2; 95% CI, 1.4-7.2, all P≤0.026) were independently associated with stroke. Incident stroke predicted......, and poststroke survival a secondary outcome. Cox models treating AVR as a time-varying covariate were adjusted for atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure, hypertension, age≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, stroke/transient ischemic attack, vascular disease, age 65-74 years and female sex (CHA2DS2-VASc......BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There are limited data on risk stratification of stroke in aortic stenosis. This study examined predictors of stroke in aortic stenosis, the prognostic implications of stroke, and how aortic valve replacement (AVR) with or without concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting...

  11. Long-Term Results of Balloon Valvuloplasty as Primary Treatment for Congenital Aortic Valve Stenosis: a 20-Year Review.

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    Soulatges, Camille; Momeni, Mona; Zarrouk, Nadia; Moniotte, Stéphane; Carbonez, Karlien; Barrea, Catherine; Rubay, Jean; Poncelet, Alain; Sluysmans, Thierry

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    In the presence of new surgical techniques, the treatment of congenital valvular aortic stenosis is under debate. We reviewed the results and late outcomes of all 93 patients aged 1 day to 18 years, treated with balloon valvuloplasty (BAV) as first-line therapy for congenital aortic valve stenosis in our center from January 1991 to May 2012. Mean age at procedure time was 2.4 years; 37 patients underwent BAV at age ≤30 days (neonates), 29 patients at age ≥1 month and children). The invasive BAV peak-to-peak aortic valve gradient (mean 59 ± 22 mmHg) was immediately reduced (mean 24 ± 12 mmHg). The observed diminution of gradient was similar for each age group. Four patients had significant post-BAV AI. Mean follow-up after BAV was 11.4 ± 7 years. The last echo peak aortic gradient was 37 ± 18 mmHg and mean gradient was 23 ± 10 mmHg, and two patients had significant AI. Actuarial survival for the whole cohort was 88.2 and 72.9 % for the neonates. All infants, except one, and all children survived. Sixty-six percent of patients were free from surgery, and 58 % were free from any reintervention, with no difference according to age. Freedom from surgery after BAV at 5, 10, and 20 years, respectively, was 82, 72, and 66 %. Our study confirms that BAV as primary treatment for congenital AS is an efficient and low-risk procedure in infants and children. In neonates, the prognosis is more severe and clearly related to "borderline LV."

  12. Adjusting parameters of aortic valve stenosis severity by body size

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    Minners, Jan; Gohlke-Baerwolf, Christa; Kaufmann, Beat A

    2014-01-01

    stenosis (jet velocity ≥2.5 m/s) and related to outcomes in a second cohort of 1525 patients from the Simvastatin/Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis (SEAS) study. RESULTS: Whereas jet velocity and MPG were independent of body size, AVA was significantly correlated with height, weight, BSA and BMI (Pearson......BACKGROUND: Adjustment of cardiac dimensions by measures of body size appears intuitively convincing and in patients with aortic stenosis, aortic valve area (AVA) is commonly adjusted by body surface area (BSA). However, there is little evidence to support such an approach. OBJECTIVE: To identify...... the adequate measure of body size for the adjustment of aortic stenosis severity. METHODS: Parameters of aortic stenosis severity (jet velocity, mean pressure gradient (MPG) and AVA) and measures of body size (height, weight, BSA and body mass index (BMI)) were analysed in 2843 consecutive patients with aortic...

  13. Stroke prevention-surgical and interventional approaches to carotid stenosis

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    Full Text Available Extra cranial carotid artery stenosis is an important cause of stroke, which often needs treatment with carotid revascularization. To prevent stroke recurrence, carotid endarterectomy (CEA has been well-established for several decades for symptomatic high and moderate grade stenosis. Carotid stenting is a less invasive alternative to CEA and several recent trials have compared the efficacy of the 2 procedures in patients with carotid stenosis. Carotid artery stenting has emerged as a potential mode of therapy for high surgical risk patients with symptomatic high-grade stenosis. This review focuses on the current data available that will enable the clinician to decide optimal treatment strategies for patients with carotid stenosis.

  14. Experimental study of effect of stenosis geometry on flow parameters

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A stenosis is a narrowing in a tubular organ or structure. In medicine, vessel stenosis poses health risks for people. In this work, experimental investigations of pressure loss coefficient for varying stenosis eccentricity and shape were performed. Five models of different geometry were studied; all models were stenosis of 75 % area reduction. The flow conditions approximate physiological flow. The measuring range of Reynolds number was from 130 to 2730, measured values of pressure loss coefficient were from 12 to 20. The steady experimental results indicated that static pressure loss coefficient is affected by the shape of stenosis, but it was affected more significantly by the eccentricity. Visualization experiments have been performed in Polycarbonate models.

  15. Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy With Significant Coronary Stenosis and Atrioventricular Conduction Block: A Rare Case Report With 3 Year Follow-Up.

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    Saadatifar, Hakimeh; Khoshhal Dehdar, Fahimeh; Saadatifar, Samira; Moshkani Farahani, Maryam

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    Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCMP) is a rare acute cardiomyopathy characterized by acute chest pain syndrome, similar to myocardial infarction, except that no significant stenosis is observed on coronary angiography in patients with this condition; these findings aid the diagnosis of TCMP. We discuss an unusual case of TCMP in a 45-year-old woman with complete heart block and significant coronary artery stenosis. Maximal exercise test and perfusion scan after 1 month from the acute event did not show any ischemia; therefore, revascularization was not recommended. Her follow-up with normal echocardiographic data 3 years after the first event showed no recurrence. The present case and a few previous cases have showed that severe coronary artery disease may be occur in patients with TCMP and that TCMP may be associated with a high-degree atrioventricular block. The association between atrioventricular conduction block and TCMP as well as significant coronary stenosis is rarely reported; therefore, coronary angiography should be performed in all patients with clinical TCMP and the previous definition should be reconsidered. The occurrence of arrhythmia and later recovery is expected in these patients (due to a catecholamine surge).

  16. Does the effectiveness of core stability exercises correlate with the severity of spinal stenosis in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis?

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    Chen, Chaxiang; Lin, Zhichao; Zhang, Yingjie; Chen, Zemin; Tang, Shujie

    2017-01-01

    To determine whether the effectiveness of core stability exercises correlates with the severity of spinal stenosis in patients with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis. Forty-two patients with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis treated in the department of orthopedics of our hospital between May 2013 and January 2016 were included in the study. All the patients performed core stability exercises once daily for six weeks, and the clinical outcomes were evaluated using Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score and self-reported walking capacity. The anteroposterior osseous spinal canal diameter was measured to evaluate the severity of spinal stenosis. The correlation between the stenosis degree and the differences of Japanese Orthopaedic Association score or self-reported walking capacity at baseline and after treatment were analyzed. The patients were divided into three groups according to the spinal stenosis degree. In the three groups, there was no significant difference in JOA or self-reported walking distance at baseline (p>0.05) and after treatment (p>0.05). The JOA scores and self-reported walking distance were significantly increased after treatment (p0.05) or self-reported walking distance (p>0.05). There was no significantcorrelation between the effectiveness of core stability exercises and the severity of spinal stenosis in patients with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis.

  17. Influence of sociodemographic and clinical characteristics at the impact of valvular heart disease.

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    dos Anjos, Daniela Brianne Martins; Rodrigues, Roberta Cunha Matheus; Padilha, Kátia Melissa; Pedrosa, Rafaela Batista dos Santos; Gallani, Maria Cecília Bueno Jayme

    2016-01-01

    to analyze the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of patients with valvular heart disease and to verify the influence of these variables on the impact of valve disease in daily life. the study involved 86 outpatients. Data collection was performed in two stages - face-to-face interview for sociodemographic and clinical characterization and through telephone contact for the application of the Instrument to Measure the Impact of Valvular Heart Disease on Patient's Everyday Life (IDCV). Data were analyzed through descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis. it was noticed that the total score of IDCV and its domains were influenced by age, schooling, presence or absence of symptoms, use or not of diuretic. The impact of the disease was influenced by sociodemographic and clinical variables. The results provide subsidies for the design of nursing interventions aimed at reducing the impact of the disease on the patient's daily life with valve disease.

  18. An Effective Treatment for Heart Failure Caused by Valvular Heart Diseases: Thoracic Sympathetic Block.

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    Li, Dan; Liu, Wei; Ma, Dan; Yun, Fengxiang; Li, Shu; Liu, Fengqi

    2017-02-27

    The pilot study is designed to investigate the effect of continuous thoracic sympathetic block (TSB) on cardiac function, reconstruction, and hemodynamic parameters in patients with heart failure resulting from valvular heart disease. The cardiac function parameters, including left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricle end-diastole diameter (LVEDD), fractional shortening (FS), and N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), were measured in 19 patients before and after TSB treatment. The patients were also classified on the basis of NYHA classification system. 4 weeks of TSB administration improved cardiac function in 18 of 19 patients (94.74%). The patients' LVEF, LVEDD, and NT-proBNP were all improved significantly after treatment. The favorable clinical outcome of TSB administration suggests an alternative treatment for the patients with heart failure caused by valvular dysfunctions.

  19. Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Structural and Valvular Heart Disease Interventions.

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    Cavalcante, João L; Lalude, Omosalewa O; Schoenhagen, Paul; Lerakis, Stamatios

    2016-03-14

    The field of percutaneous interventions for the treatment of structural and valvular heart diseases has been expanding rapidly in the last 5 years. Noninvasive cardiac imaging has been a critical part of the planning, procedural guidance, and follow-up of these procedures. Although echocardiography and cardiovascular computed tomography are the most commonly used and studied imaging techniques in this field today, advances in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging continue to provide important contributions in the comprehensive assessment and management of these patients. In this comprehensive paper, we will review and demonstrate how cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging can be used to assist in diagnosis, treatment planning, and follow-up of patients who are being considered for and/or who have undergone interventions for structural and valvular heart diseases. Copyright © 2016 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. [How it changed the clinical indications and surgical treatment of valvular heart diseases. The clinical challenge].

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    De Berrazueta Fernández, José Ramón

    2009-01-01

    In the last 30 years, it has changed the prevalence an etiology of valvular heart diseases. They have diminished the rheumatic valvular diseases and have increased the degenerative etiology in elderly people. Globally they continue to be a major pathology in the Departments of Cardiology. The diagnosis has changed and echocardiography/doppler has turned into the basic test for the diagnosis and follow-up of these patients. This best knowledge of the evolution of the different pathologies has allowed the understanding of the more precise timing for surgical treatment, without awaiting the appearance of advanced symptomatology. The percutaneous technologies for the treatment are appearing as an alternative to the cardiac surgery for the patients with high rates of comorbidity and mortality.

  1. An expert system for valvular heart disease using MRI and its clinical applications

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    1992-01-01

    MRI is a valuable tool for diagnosing heart disease today. The cardiac blood flow is determined by an MRI image analysis and expert system. Image data are taken by a TV camera and digitalized. After gray level thresholding and region segmentation, the boundary of the regurgitant flow region is precisely extracted. Using this expert system, a doctor can easily make an accurate diagnosis of the valvular heart disease. This method should prove useful for the diagnosis of various heart diseases.

  2. Morphological and Chemical Study of Pathological Deposits in Human Aortic and Mitral Valve Stenosis: A Biomineralogical Contribution

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    Valentina Cottignoli

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim of this study was to investigate heart valve calcification process by different biomineralogical techniques to provide morphological and chemical features of the ectopic deposit extracted from patients with severe mitral and aortic valve stenosis, to better evaluate this pathological process. Polarized light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy analyses brought to light the presence of nodular and massive mineralization forms characterized by different levels of calcification, as well as the presence of submicrometric calcified globular cluster, micrometric cavities containing disorganized tissue structures, and submillimeter pockets formed by organic fibers very similar to amyloid formations. Electron microprobe analyses showed variable concentrations of Ca and P within each deposit and the highest content of Ca and P within calcified tricuspid aortic valves, while powder X-ray diffraction analyses indicated in the nanometer range the dimension of the pathological bioapatite crystals. These findings indicated the presence of highly heterogeneous deposits within heart valve tissues and suggested a progressive maturation process with continuous changes in the composition of the valvular tissue, similar to the multistep formation process of bone tissue. Moreover the micrometric cavities represent structural stages of the valve tissue that immediately precedes the formation of heavily mineralized deposits such as bone-like nodules.

  3. Valvular heart disease in patients with hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis syndrome associated with Jaccoud's arthropathy.

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    Houser, S L; Askenase, P W; Palazzo, E; Bloch, K J

    2002-01-01

    Since 1973, more than 75 patients with hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis syndrome (HUVS) were reported, but valvular heart disease does not seem to have been noted in these patients. Since 1993, however, five patients with HUVS accompanied by Jaccoud's arthropathy (JA) were found to have serious valvular heart disease. To characterize the cardiac valvulopathy of the third patient with HUVS/JA to have undergone valve replacement, this study included the use of routine and special tissue stains, as well as immunohistochemical staining. We compared gross and histologic findings of this patient's valve to those of two other patients with this complex syndrome who underwent valve replacement. Pathologic findings of these latter two patients were described in separate earlier reports. Histologic examination of the resected valves in all three patients showed an acute necrotizing endocarditis and fibrin deposition on the surface of valve leaflets. Beneath the surfaces of the leaflets, there was evidence of chronic inflammation, consisting of lymphocytes and histiocytes. A fibrocalcific degenerative change was also present in all three valves. Positive staining for IgG, IgA, IgM, and light-chain determinant-bearing proteins was detected primarily at the valve surface in special studies of the aortic valve of the patient described in the current report. Patients with HUVS and associated JA should be evaluated for the presence of valvular heart disease. The latter is probably a nonrheumatic, inflammatory, and degenerative process, mediated by immune complex, as well as cellular immune mechanisms.

  4. The personality and psychosomatic syndrome in patients with acquired valvular heart diseases.

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    Nasiłowska-Barud, A; Markiewicz, M

    1991-01-01

    Fifty patients (36 women and 14 men) aged 16-51 with valvular heart diseases qualified from surgical treatment were studied. For determination of personality traits the Self Knowledge Card by R. B. Cattell, The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory MMPI-WISKAD by Hathaway and McKinley and The Adjectives Test ACL by Gough and Heilbrun. Using these methods it was shown that patients with acquired valvular heart diseases had a much lower tolerance threshold for frustration and stressful situations and had a tendency for autoaggressive behaviour. Somatic symptoms in these patients cause a constant feeling of danger and anxiety and difficulties in adaptation to everyday life conditions with a tendency for self-effacement. Predominating needs were demonstrated in three sets: a) defense attitudes and strong self-control, b) needs connected with goal achievement and strivings, c) needs connected with normal relations with other people. A statistical comparison of the results obtained in patients with valvular heart diseases and in healthy controls showed very significant differences between them.

  5. Current management of asymptomatic carotid stenosis.

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    Castilla-Guerra, L; Fernández-Moreno, M C; Serrano-Rodríguez, L

    2015-05-01

    Asymptomatic carotid stenosis (ACS) is a common problem in daily clinical practice, and its management is still the subject of controversy. In contrast to symptomatic carotid disease, the main studies on surgical treatment of patients with ACS have shown only a modest benefit in the primary prevention of stroke. In addition, current medical treatment has drastically decreased the risk of stroke in patients with ACS. Selecting patients amenable to endovascular treatment and determining how and when to conduct the ultrasound follow-up of these patients are issues that still need resolving. This article analyzes two new studies underway that provide evidence for better management of ACS in daily clinical practice. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna (SEMI). All rights reserved.

  6. Neonatal Aortic Stenosis Is a Surgical Disease.

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    Hraška, Viktor

    2016-01-01

    Neonates with critical aortic stenosis represent a challenging group of patients with severe obstruction at a valvar level and with symptoms of heart failure. If biventricular repair is chosen, open valvotomy (OV) has been firmly established as the most effective initial treatment. In comparison with blind ballooning, OV, with exact splitting of fused commissures and shaving of obstructing nodules, can produce a better valve with a maximum valve orifice, without causing regurgitation. Thus, predictable and consistent early and longer-lasting results in any type of valve morphology are provided. Clearly superior results can be achieved in a tricuspid valve arrangement. OV not only offers a high survival benefit in the long run, but also a high quality of life, by minimizing re-interventions and preserving the native aortic valve in the majority of patients. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Acute coronary syndromes in patients with pre-existing moderate to severe valvular disease of the heart: lessons from the Euro-Heart Survey of acute coronary syndromes.

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    Hasdai, David; Lev, Eli I; Behar, Solomon; Boyko, Valentina; Danchin, Nicholas; Vahanian, Alec; Battler, Alexander

    2003-04-01

    To determine the frequency of pre-existing valvular disease (VD) among patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and to compare the clinical characteristics, clinical course, treatment, and outcomes of ACS patients with and without pre-existing VD. The Euro Heart Survey ACS prospectively enrolled 10,484 ACS patients in 103 hospitals in 25 countries across Europe and the Mediterranean basin. Of the 10,207 patients with data on VD status, 489 (4.8%) had a diagnosis of pre-existing VD: 3.7% of 4339 ST-segment-elevation-ACS patients, 5.2% of 5210 non-ST-segment-elevation-ACS patients, and 10.8% of 658 undetermined-electrocardiogram-ACS patients. Moderate/severe mitral regurgitation had been diagnosed in 54.0% (48.7% without and 5.3% with concomitant mitral stenosis), and moderate/severe aortic stenosis occurred in 31.7% (26.4% without and 5.3% with concomitant aortic regurgitation). Patients with pre-existing VD had worse baseline clinical and demographic characteristics, were more likely to present with heart failure and less likely to have typical angina, and had a more complicated in-hospital course (heart failure, atrial arrhythmias, and renal failure). They were more likely to receive inotropic agents, diuretics, amiodarone, and warfarin, and less likely to receive antiplatelet agents and beta-adrenergic blockers. As compared to patients without VD, the adjusted risk (95% confidence interval) of in-hospital death for VD patients was 1.55 (0.85, 2.80), 1.92 (1.03, 3.59), and 1.77 (0.75, 4.17) for ST-segment-elevation-ACS, non-ST-segment-elevation-ACS, and undetermined-electrocardiogram-ACS, respectively. Patients with ACS and pre-existing VD constitute about 5% of all ACS patients; they have high-risk features and poor prognosis. There is a need to better define their optimal treatment, in order to improve their prognosis.

  8. Unusual Presentation Of Dapsone Syndrome

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    Singh Prabhas Chandra

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available A 15 year old girl presented with a rare association of generalized maculopapular rash with exfoliation, hepatic involvement, nephritis, arthralgia and repeated serum sickness type of reaction after taking depsone. The case is reported because of its unusual presentation.

  9. Unusual causes of Cushing's syndrome.

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    Vassiliadi, Dimitra; Tsagarakis, Stylianos

    2007-11-01

    Although in the majority of the patients with Cushing's syndrome (CS), hypercortisolism is due to ACTH hypersecretion by a pituitary tumour or to ectopic ACTH secretion from an extrapituitary neoplastic lesion or to autonomous cortisol secretion by an adrenal tumour, in occasional patients a much rarer entity may be the cause of the syndrome. Herein, we attempted to summarise and categorise these unusual causes according to their presumed aetiology. To this end, we performed a comprehensive computer-based search for unusual or rare causes of CS. The following unusual forms of CS were identified: (i) ACTH hyperesecretion due to ectopic corticotroph adenomas in the parasellar region or the neurohypophysis, or as part of double adenomas, or gangliocytomas; (ii) ACTH hypersecretion due to ectopic CRH or CRH-like peptide secretion by various neoplasms; (iii) ACTH-independent cortisol hypersecretion from ectopic or bilateral adrenal adenomas; (iv) glucocorticoid hypersensitivity; (v) iatrogenic, due to megestrol administration or to ritonavir and fluticasone co-administration. Such unusual presentations of CS illustrate why Cushing's syndrome represents one of the most puzzling endocrine syndromes.

  10. Carotid stenosis: what is the high-risk population?

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    Jong Hun Park

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Prevention is the best treatment for cerebrovascular disease, which is why early diagnosis and the immediate treatment of carotid stenosis contribute significantly to reducing the incidence of stroke. Given its silent nature, 80% of stroke cases occur in asymptomatic individuals, emphasizing the importance of screening individuals with carotid stenosis and identifying high-risk groups for the disease. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and the most frequent risk factors for carotid stenosis. METHODS: A transversal study was conducted in the form of a stroke prevention campaign held on three nonconsecutive Saturdays. During the sessions, carotid stenosis diagnostic procedures were performed for 500 individuals aged 60 years or older who had systemic arterial hypertension and/or diabetes mellitus and/or coronary heart disease and/or a family history of stroke. RESULTS: The prevalence of carotid stenosis in the population studied was 7.4%, and the most frequent risk factors identified were mean age of 70 years, carotid bruit, peripheral obstructive arterial disease, coronary insufficiency and smoking. Independent predictive factors of carotid stenosis include the presence of carotid bruit or peripheral obstructive heart disease and/or coronary insufficiency. CONCLUSIONS: The population with peripheral obstructive heart disease and carotid bruit should undergo routine screening for carotid stenosis.

  11. Close to Transplant Renal Artery Stenosis and Percutaneous Transluminal Treatment

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    Leonardou Polytimi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate the efficacy of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA in the management of arterial stenosis located close to the allograft anastomosis (close-TRAS. Materials and Methods. 31 patients with renal transplants were admitted to our institution because of persistent hypertension and impairment of transplant renal function and underwent angiography for vascular investigation. 27 were diagnosed suffering from transplant renal artery stenosis (TRAS, whereas 4 had severe iliac artery stenosis proximal to the transplant anastomosis (Prox-TRAS. 3 cases of TRAS coexisted with segmental renal arterial stenosis, whereas 3 other cases of TRAS were caused by kinking and focal stenosis in the middle of the transplanted renal artery. Results. Angioplasty and stenting were successfully applied to all patients with iliac artery stenosis as well as to those with TRAS and segmental artery stenosis. Two of three patients with kinking were well treated with angioplasty and stenting, whereas one treated only with angioplasty necessitated surgery. No major procedure-related complications appeared, and the result was decrease of the serum creatinine level and of the blood pressure. Conclusions. PTA is the appropriate initial treatment of TRAS and close-TRAS, with low morbidity and mortality rates, achieving improvement of graft function and amelioration of hypertension.

  12. Endoscopic Management of Idiopathic Subglottic Stenosis.

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    Shabani, Sepehr; Hoffman, Matthew R; Brand, William T; Dailey, Seth H

    2017-02-01

    To describe a homogeneous idiopathic subglottic stenosis (ISS) population undergoing endoscopic balloon dilation and evaluate factors affecting inter-dilation interval (IDI). Retrospective review of 37 patients. Co-morbidity prevalence versus normal population was evaluated using chi-square tests. Correlations were evaluated using Pearson product moment tests. Independent samples t tests/rank sum tests assessed differences between groups of interest. All patients were female aged 45.9 ± 15.4 years at diagnosis. Four required a tracheotomy during management. Most prevalent co-morbidity was gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) (64.9%; P = .036). Body mass indices (BMI) at first and most recent dilation were 29.8 and 30.8 ( P = .564). Degree of stenosis before first dilation was 53 ± 14%. Patients underwent 3.8 ± 1.8 dilations (range, 1-11). Average IDI was 635 ± 615 days (range, 49-3130 days), including 556 ± 397 days for patients receiving concomitant steroid injection and 283 ± 36 for those who did not ( P = .079). Inter-dilation interval was not correlated with BMI ( r = 0.0486; P = .802) or number of co-morbidities ( r = -0.225, P = .223). Most patients with ISS can be managed endoscopically, and IDI may be increased with steroid injection. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common co-morbidity. Body mass index did not change over time despite potential effects on exercise tolerance; BMI did not affect IDI. Methods to determine optimal timing for next intervention are warranted.

  13. [Latest treatment of lumbar canal stenosis].

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    Kim, Kyongsong; Isu, Toyohiko

    2009-06-01

    Lumbar canal stenosis (LCS) is a degenerative disease involving the lumbar vertebrae, discs, and ligamentum flavum that result in neurological deficit to some extent. The natural history of symptoms of LCS is highly important because they do not necessarily worsen with progressive degeneration. Therefore, a observation therapy is adopted for the treatment of this condition. Although invasive treatment is required for some patients, surgery cannot be performed solely on the basis of radiological findings and careful evaluation of neurological symptoms is necessary. In the event that spinal surgery is required, it is important to minimize degree of invasiveness; various devices and operative approaches and methods have been developed to this end. Our strategy for the surgical treatment of LCS involves microscopic decompression via a posterior approach. In our method, modified bilateral decompression via the splitting of the spinous process using an ultrasonic bone curette (SONOPET), and the results of this approach have been excellent. Our method is less invasive, facilitates the preservation of the paraspinal muscle, and represents a useful approach to posterior spinal elements. Our findings indicate that this method involves less muscle damage as compared to other methods. LCS should be differentiated from conditions other than those involving the spinal canal such as foraminal stenosis and far-out syndrome, piriformis syndrome, and tarsal tunnel syndrome. The incidence of these conditions is higher than appreciated and they present with neurological deficits similar to observed in LCS. Here, we report our criteria of operative indications for surger and the procedures that we developed for the treatment of LCS, based on a review of the available literature.

  14. OPERATIVE TREATMENT FOR DEGENERATIVE LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS

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    Samo K. Fokter

    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available Background. Degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS is a common cause of low back and leg pain in the elderly. Conservative treatment seldom results in sustained improvement.Methods. Fifty-six patients (33 women, 23 men older than 50 years (mean 67 years, range 51 to 82 years and with no prior low back surgery were treated from 1993 to 1999 for clinical and radiologic evidence of DLSS. The goal of this study was to describe the results of decompressive laminectomy with or without fusion in terms of reoperation, severity of back pain, leg pain and patient satisfaction. Answers to Swiss spinal stenosis questionnaires completed before surgery and one to five years afterwards were evaluated. Seven patients (12.5% with degenerative spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and/or more radical facetectomies received fusion.Results. Of the 56 patients in the original cohort, two were deceased and two had undergone reoperation by follow-up. Forty-eight patients answered questionnaires. Average duration of follow-up was 2.5 years. More than 70 percent of the respondents had no or only mild back or buttock pain at follow-up and more than 60 percent were able to walk more than 500 m. Added fusion reduced the incidence of low back pain and pain frequency, and increased walking distance (ANOVA.Conclusions. Eighty-one percent of patients were satisfied with the results of surgery and 87.5% would choose to have the operation again if they had the choice. Decompressive laminectomy for DLSS yields best results if instrumented fusion is included in the procedure.

  15. Celiac artery stenosis/occlusion treated by interventional radiology

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    Ikeda, Osamu [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 1-1-1, Honjo Kumamoto 860-8505 (Japan)], E-mail: osamu-3643ik@do9.enjoy.ne.jp; Tamura, Yoshitaka; Nakasone, Yutaka; Yamashita, Yasuyuki [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 1-1-1, Honjo Kumamoto 860-8505 (Japan)

    2009-08-15

    Severe stenosis/occlusion of the proximal celiac trunk due to median arcuate ligament compression (MALC), arteriosclerosis, pancreatitis, tumor invasion, and celiac axis agenesis has been reported. However, clinically significant ischemic bowel disease attributable to celiac axis stenosis/occlusion appears to be rare because the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) provides for rich collateral circulation. In patients with celiac axis stenosis/occlusion, the most important and frequently encountered collateral vessels from the SMA are the pancreaticoduodenal arcades. Patients with celiac artery stenosis/occlusion are treated by interventional radiology (IR) via dilation of the pancreaticoduodenal arcade. In patients with dilation of the pancreaticoduodenal arcade on SMA angiograms, IR through this artery may be successful. Here we provide several tips on surmounting these difficulties in IR including transcatheter arterial chemoembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma, an implantable port system for hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy to treat metastatic liver tumors, coil embolization of pancreaticoduodenal artery aneurysms, and arterial stimulation test with venous sampling for insulinomas.

  16. Only walking matters—assessment following lumbar stenosis decompression

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    Budithi, S; Dhawan, Rohit; Cattell, Andrew; Balain, Birender; Jaffray, David

    2017-01-01

    .... We present outcomes, in terms of walking distance measurement, of a prospective single surgeon series of 76 consecutive patients with spinal stenosis.76 patients (mean age 68.8 years; 48–91 years...

  17. Functional outcome of surgical management of degenerative lumbar canal stenosis

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    Rajendra Nath

    2012-01-01

    Conclusion: Operative treatment in patients of degenerative lumbar canal stenosis yields excellent results as observed on the basis of JOA scoring system. No patient got recurrence of symptoms of nerve compression.

  18. Balloon valvuloplasty for severe mitral valve stenosis in pregnancy

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    . Commerford, B. Levetan. Balloon Valvuloplasties for severe mitral stenosis were performed on 11 ... 140 patients each year with cardiac disease - an incidence of 0.5%. ... Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital and University of.

  19. Aortic Stenosis in Adults: natural history, treatment and outcome

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    2015-01-01

    markdownabstract__Abstract__ This thesis concerns aortic stenosis (AS) in contemporary clinical practice. First, an introduction will be given to provide background information on the normal aortic valve, and thereafter on the incidence, disease spectrum, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of

  20. Predictors of exercise capacity and symptoms in severe aortic stenosis

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    Dalsgaard, Morten; Kjaergaard, Jesper; Pecini, Redi

    2010-01-01

    This study investigated the association between invasive and non-invasive estimates of left ventricular (LV) filling pressure and exercise capacity, in order to find new potential candidates for risk markers in severe aortic valve stenosis (AS)....

  1. Tracheal Stenosis Because of Wegener Granulomatosis Misdiagnosed as Asthma.

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    O'Hear, Kelley E; Ingrande, Jerry; Brodsky, Jay B; Morton, John M; Sung, Chih-Kwang

    2016-05-15

    We describe a patient with Wegener granulomatosis whose complaint of wheezing was incorrectly attributed to asthma. Anesthesiologists must recognize that tracheal stenosis is extremely common in Wegener granulomatosis and can mimic other causes of wheezing.

  2. Imaging markers of stroke risk in asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis

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    Shyam Prabhakaran

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Carotid stenosis is a major cause of ischemic stroke. While symptomatic carotid stenosis requires prompt revascularization, there is significant debate about the management of asymptomatic carotid stenosis (ACS, especially in light of recent advances in medical therapy. As a result, there is an even greater need for reliable predictors of stroke risk in asymptomatic patients. Besides clinical factors and stenosis grade, plaque morphology and cerebral hemodynamics may be suitable prognostic tools. High-risk features, using Doppler and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI suggest that subpopulations at sufficiently high risk (10% annually can be identified and in whom revascularization would be most beneficial. In this review, imaging tools to aid in stroke risk stratification in patients with ACS are discussed.

  3. Transforaminal endoscopic surgery for lumbar stenosis: a systematic review

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    Nellensteijn, J.M.; Ostelo, R.W.J.G.; Bartels, R.; Peul, W.; van Royen, B.J.; van Tulder, M.W.

    2010-01-01

    Transforaminal endoscopic techniques have become increasingly popular in surgery of patients with lumbar stenosis. The literature has not yet been systematically reviewed. A comprehensive systematic literature review up to November 2009 to assess the effectiveness of transforaminal endoscopic

  4. Operated herniated disk and lumbar spinal stenosis in Togolese ...

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    Operated herniated disk and lumbar spinal stenosis in Togolese patients: anatomical aspects and results of surgical treatment. AVE Koffi-Tessio, H Fatiga, P Houzou, K Kakpovi, E Fianyo, O Oniankitan, M Mijiyawa ...

  5. An unusual cause for halitosis.

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    Bathgate, Gabriella; Ali, Haythem; Aboul Enein, Mohamed; Poynter, Liam

    2016-04-19

    This report describes an unusual cause for halitosis and an unusual treatment for the underlying problem. Halitosis is a symptom which can result from a diverse range of underlying pathologies, most frequently those affecting the oral cavity or respiratory tract. Uncommonly, it arises due to pathology within the upper gastrointestinal tract. The case of a patient presenting with severe persistent halitosis attributable to mesh erosion occurring 8 years after redo laparoscopic hiatus hernia repair is described. Full external healing of the erosion tract was observed such that no symptomatic oesophageal perforation resulted. Mesh erosion is typically managed with surgical intervention. In this case, the infected mesh was successfully removed endoscopically. 2016 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  6. Hydatid disease with unusual localization

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    Engin, G.; Acunas, B.; Rozanes, I.; Acunas, G. [Dept. of Radiology, Istanbul Univ. (Turkey)

    2000-12-01

    Hydatid disease (HD) may develop in almost any part of the body. The liver is the most frequently involved organ (75 %), followed by the lung (15 %) and the remainder of the body (10 %). Hydatid cysts with unusual localizations may cause serious problems in the differential diagnosis. In this article the various imaging findings of hydatid cysts with unusual localizations are reviewed, based on our experience. Findings in brain, heart, pericard, kidney, intraperitoneum, retroperitoneum, bone, soft tissue, and breast are discussed. Hydatid disease should be considered in the differential diagnosis of all cystic masses in all anatomic locations, especially when they occur in areas where the disease is endemic. The combination of clinical history, imaging findings, and serologic test results usually help the diagnosis. (orig.)

  7. An unusual bifid first metacarpal

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    Kumar Suresh

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Bifid first metacarpal is a common congenital anomaly. Here, we report an unusual case of bifid first metacarpal in a 13-year-old girl who presented with swan neck deformity of left thumb, a bony prominence on ulnar aspect of left thumb in the first web space and a bifid first metacarpal lacking its own epiphysis. The patient underwent surgery, resulting in complete functional recovery as well as cosmetic improvement of the left thumb.

  8. Commentary on 2 Unusual Cases.

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    Kahn, David A

    2016-07-01

    Two cases of unusual situations are discussed: one involving feigned suicide detected as false only after a comparison of surveillance systems, and one involving monozygotic triplets who all developed psychosis with shared delusions. Although these 2 cases involve presentations most of us will never encounter as clinicians, they nevertheless serve to highlight fundamental questions about the nature of psychopathology. Both cases also have compelling parallels in literature and film.

  9. Surgical Treatment for Patients With Tracheal and Subgllotic Stenosis

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    Nematollah Mokhtari

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Background:Iatrogenic airway injury after endotracheal intubation and tracheotomy remains a serious clinical problem.In this study we reviewed post-intubation and traumatic tracheal stenosis in 47 patients with a special attention to the cause,hense surgical treatment of the stenosis was performed and the results compared with the literatures.Methods:Since February 1995 through January 2005 a total of 47 patients with tracheal stenosis and subgllotic as a result of tracheostomy or intubation in a single   institution, were explored in this study and examined for the outcomes of stenosis   management.There were 39 tracheal and 8 infraglottic stenosis. Our management strategy for stenosis was end-to-end anastomosis, and cartilage graft tracheoplasty. Results: Our management strategy for treatment of tracheal stenosis with resection and end-to-end anastomosis was associated with good outcomes. Patients were   treated by tracheal or partial laryngotracheal resection. The overall success rate was 93% with the complication rate of 18%. A second operation was required on 2 patients (4%.Conclusions: Long term tracheal tubes or intubation tubes and poor quality material tubes were the most common causes of these respiratory strictures .Our current procedures of choice for tracheal stenosis is sleeve resection with end- to -end anastomosis for short- segment stenoses (up to six rings. Cartilaginous homograft was performed when the loss the cartilage limited to the anterior part of trachea. The most common late complication was the formation of the granulations at the suture line.Granulation tissues can usually be managed with Laser or bronchoscopic removal.  

  10. Correlation between disability and MRI findings in lumbar spinal stenosis

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    Background and purpose MRI is the modality of choice when diagnosing spinal stenosis but it also shows that stenosis is prevalent in asymptomatic subjects over 60. The relationship between preoperative health-related quality of life, functional status, leg and back pain, and the objectively measured dural sac area in single and multilevel stenosis is unknown. We assessed this relationship in a prospective study. Patients and methods The cohort included 109 consecutive patients with central spinal stenosis operated on with decompressive laminectomy or laminotomy. Preoperatively, all patients completed the questionnaires for EQ-5D, SF-36, Oswestry disability index (ODI), estimated walking distance and leg and back pain (VAS). The cross-sectional area of the dural sac was measured at relevant disc levels in mm2, and spondylolisthesis was measured in mm. For comparison, the area of the most narrow level, the number of levels with dural sac area spondylolisthesis were studied. Results Before surgery, patients with central spinal stenosis had low HRLQoL and functional status, and high pain levels. Patients with multilevel stenosis had better general health (p = 0.04) and less leg and back pain despite having smaller dural sac area than patients with single-level stenosis. There was a poor correlation between walking distance, ODI, the SF-36, EQ-5D, and leg and back pain levels on the one hand and dural sac area on the other. Women more often had multilevel spinal stenosis (p = 0.05) and spondylolisthesis (p HRQoL, function, and pain measured preoperatively correlate with morphological changes on MRI to a limited extent. PMID:21434811

  11. Predictors of exercise capacity and symptoms in severe aortic stenosis

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    Dalsgaard, Morten; Kjaergaard, Jesper; Pecini, Redi

    2010-01-01

    This study investigated the association between invasive and non-invasive estimates of left ventricular (LV) filling pressure and exercise capacity, in order to find new potential candidates for risk markers in severe aortic valve stenosis (AS).......This study investigated the association between invasive and non-invasive estimates of left ventricular (LV) filling pressure and exercise capacity, in order to find new potential candidates for risk markers in severe aortic valve stenosis (AS)....

  12. Parotid duct stenosis: interventional radiology to the rescue.

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    Roberts, D N; Juman, S; Hall, J R; Jonathan, D A

    1995-11-01

    Recurrent parotid sialadenitis due to isolated parotid duct stenosis is an uncommon condition and poses a difficult management problem. Conventional surgical practice carries with it a potentially high morbidity for what is a benign condition. We present three cases where parotid duct stenosis has been treated by balloon dilatation and propose that this is a safe, quick and repeatable method for dealing with this problem.

  13. Craniovertebral junction stenosis in Lenz-Majewski syndrome

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    Mizuguchi, Koichi; Ishigro, Akira [National Center for Child Health and Development, Department of General Pediatrics and Interdisciplinary Medicine, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Japan); Miyazaki, Osamu [National Center for Child Health and Development, Department of Radiology, Tokyo (Japan); Nishimura, Gen [Tokyo Metropolitan Children' s Medical Center, Department of Pediatric Imaging, Tokyo (Japan)

    2015-09-15

    We report a girl with Lenz-Majewski syndrome associated with craniovertebral junction stenosis that led to communicating hydrocephalus and cervical myelopathy. The life-threatening complication was related to progressive craniovertebral hyperostosis that rapidly exacerbated during early childhood. Despite initial success of surgical intervention at 2 years of age, she developed apneic spells and died suddenly at age 5 years. Close monitoring for craniovertebral junction stenosis is essential to reduce morbidity and mortality in children with Lenz-Majewski syndrome. (orig.)

  14. SURGICAL VS. CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT FOR DEGENERATIVE LUMBAR STENOSIS

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    Dias, Caio Roncon; Astur, Nelson; Umeta, Ricardo Shigueaki Galhego; Caffaro, Maria Fernanda Silber; Avanzi, Osmar; Meves, Robert

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    Objectives:To compare the clinical outcomes between patients with degenerative lumbar stenosis who were treated by decompression with those awaiting the same kind of treatment for the disease.Methods:Retrospective study which divided patients with degenerative lumbar stenosis with surgical indication in 2 groups, operated and awaiting the procedure. The Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) questionnaire, visual analog scale and SF36 were applied.Results:Twelve operated patients and 18 awaiting the...

  15. Associations of serum fetuin-A with malnutrition, inflammation, atherosclerosis and valvular calcification syndrome and outcome in peritoneal dialysis patients.

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    Wang, Angela Yee-Moon; Woo, Jean; Lam, Christopher Wai-Kei; Wang, Mei; Chan, Iris Hiu-Shuen; Gao, Ping; Lui, Siu-Fai; Li, Philip Kam-Tao; Sanderson, John E

    2005-08-01

    Fetuin-A (alpha2-Heremans Schmid glycoprotein) has recently been identified as a circulating inhibitor of calcification and is regulated as a negative acute phase protein. However, its relationships with cardiac valvular calcification and atherosclerosis and outcome have not been evaluated in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. We performed a prospective follow-up study in 238 PD patients with echocardiography done at baseline to detect cardiac valvular calcification and biochemical analysis performed for serum fetuin-A, albumin and C-reactive protein (CRP). Baseline serum fetuin-A concentration was (mean+/-SD) 0.309+/-0.068 g/l (normal range 0.4-0.95). Across the three tertiles of increasing serum fetuin-A, a significant trend effect was observed for age (P = 0.023), diabetes (P = 0.008), background atherosclerotic vascular disease (P = 0.010), cardiac valvular calcification (P = 0.002), serum albumin (Pvalvular calcification (95% confidence intervals, 0.90-0.99; P = 0.028). Furthermore, serum fetuin-A showed a significant decrease across the four groups of patients with increasing components of the malnutrition, inflammation, atherosclerosis/calcification (MIAC) syndrome (Pdisease, valvular calcification, inflammation and malnutrition were included in the model. Serum fetuin-A showed important associations with valvular calcification, atherosclerosis, malnutrition and inflammation, and was linked to mortality and cardiovascular events in PD patients via its close relationships with the MIAC syndrome.

  16. Effect of secondary penicillin prophylaxis on valvular changes in patients with rheumatic heart disease in Far North Queensland.

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    Haran, Shankar; Crane, Natalie; Kazi, Saniya; Axford-Haines, Louise; White, Andrew

    2017-11-23

    To determine the effect of secondary penicillin prophylaxis (SPP) on echocardiographic diagnosed valvular changes in patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) or history of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) in the Townsville Health district. Patients with known ARF/RHD were identified from the North Queensland RHD register, serial echocardiogram results and number of SPP doses received in 2014 were collated. Descriptive statistics were utilised. Townsville Hospital and outreach clinics within the Townsville Health catchment zone. All patients diagnosed with ARF or RHD between 2010 and October 2013 who had serial echocardiograms prior to and post commencement of SPP were included. All patients were of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Progression of echocardiographic valvular changes and association with SPP compliance. Compliance with SPP among the study population was a secondary outcome measure. Twenty-three patients were recruited. Only those patients who were compliant with SPP had any improvement in valvular changes on echocardiogram. Four of six patients without any baseline valvular involvement developed new valvular changes. Seventy percent of patients received >75% of SPP doses. This small study of patients in Townsville suggests that with good SPP compliance there is regression of some cardiac lesions over time in people with RHD. Furthermore the natural history of ARF in the Indigenous population is progressive requiring strict adherence to SPP. Prospective studies or use of data from the nationwide RHD register and standardised reporting of cardiac echocardiograms will provide more robust evidence. © 2017 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.

  17. Middle cerebral artery stenosis associated with moyamoya pattern collateralization

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    Randall Edgell

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Background and Purpose: Moyamoya disease is a well described phenomenon presenting with terminal internal carotid artery occlusion and rete pattern of collateralization around the occlusion. The development of moyamoya-like collaterals secondary to isolated middle cerebral artery stenosis or occlusion and the natural history of this entity in Caucasians have not been well described. Methods: Cerebral angiograms and CT angiograms performed between August 2004 and August of 2006 demonstrating moyamoya collateralization at a single US center were retrospectively reviewed. All cases of middle cerebral artery stenosis associated with a rete pattern of collateralization were included in this series. Demographic, clinical, and angiographic data were obtained. Results: There were 3 cases of middle cerebral artery stenosis associated with a moyamoya pattern of collateralization. The average age of the patients was 36 years old, 2 were male, and all were Caucasian. All patients presented with ischemic symptoms. The average degree of stenosis was 91%. No stenosis was seen in the supraclinoid internal carotid arteries or elsewhere in the intracranial vasculature. Conclusion: We describe a moyamoya-like pattern of anastomosis associated with isolated severe middle cerebral artery stenosis or occlusion in Caucasians.

  18. Pulmonary hypertension in rheumatic mitral stenosis revisited.

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    Pourafkari, L; Ghaffari, S; Ahmadi, M; Tajlil, A; Aslanabadi, N; Nader, N D

    2017-12-01

    In patients with mitral stenosis (MS), pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a significant contributor to the associated morbidity. We aimed to study factors associated with the presence of significant PH (sPH) and whether incorporating body surface area (BSA) in the mitral valve area (MVA) would improve the predictive value of the latter. The medical records of 558 patients with severe MS undergoing percutaneous balloon mitral commissurotomy were evaluated over a period of 8 years. Factors associated with the presence of significant PH (sPH) defined as mPAP ≥ 40 mm Hg were examined. A total of 558 patients (423 women) were enrolled. Overall, 153 (27%) patients had sPH. Patients with sPH were similar to the rest of the subjects in terms of demographics, body habitus, blood group, and incidence of atrial fibrillation. Among echocardiographic findings, absolute MVA, indexed MVA, and mean transmitral valve gradient were associated with the presence of sPH. Transmitral valve gradient during right heart catheterization had the highest area under the curve for an association with sPH. Age, gender, heart rhythm, and blood group were not associated with the presence of sPH in severe MS. The predictive value of the indexed MVA for the presence of sPH was not higher than that of absolute MVA.

  19. Reparación valvular mitral con cuerdas artificiales. ¿Qué aporta respecto a la técnica clásica?

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    Rafael García-Fuster

    2013-07-01

    Conclusiones: El empleo de neocuerdas ha mostrado excelentes resultados a medio plazo y un aumento de la reparabilidad valvular. Su uso exclusivo como técnica de reconstrucción valvular permite reparar lesiones más complejas y extensas.

  20. Echocardiographic evaluation of changes in left ventricular size and valvular regurgitation associated with physical training during and after maturity in standardbred trotters

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    Buhl, Rikke; Ersbøll, Annette Kjær

    2012-01-01

    To assess whether physical training induces cardiac hypertrophy and valvular regurgitation in maturing Standardbred trotters and to establish a prediction model for the size of the left ventricle.......To assess whether physical training induces cardiac hypertrophy and valvular regurgitation in maturing Standardbred trotters and to establish a prediction model for the size of the left ventricle....

  1. INTRAOPERATIVE RADIOFREQUENCY AND CRYOABLATION FOR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION IN PATIENTS WITH VALVULAR HEART DISEASE

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    N. Maghamipour N. Safaie

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Patients with valvular heart disease and suffering atrial fibrillation of more than 12 months duration have a low probability of remaining in sinus rhythm after valve surgery alone. We performed intra-operative radiofrequency ablation or cryoablation as an alternative to surgical maze ІІІ procedure to create linear lesion lines for conversion of this arrhythmia to sinus rhythm. A total of 30 patients with valvular heart disease and chronic persistent atrial fibrillation underwent different combinations of valve surgery and concomitant maze procedure with radiofrequency or cryo probes. These patients aged 48.10 ± 9.84 years in radiofrequency ablation group and 51.10 ± 13.93 years in cryoablation group. Both atrial ablation with radiofrequency probes, needed 26.15 ± 3.67 min extra ischemic time and ablation by mean of cryo-probes needed an extra ischemic time of 29.62 ± 4.27 min. There was one in hospital death postoperatively because of respiratory failure but no other complication. 6 months after the operation, among 30 patients with both atrial ablations, 25 patients were in sinus rhythm, no patient had junctional rhythm and 5 patients had persistent atrial fibrillation. At 12 months follow up, freedom from atrial fibrillation was 85% in radiofrequency group and 80% in cryo group. Doppler echocardiography in these patients demonstrated atrial contractility in 70% of the patients. Intraoperative radiofrequency or cryo-ablation of both atriums are effective and less invasive alternatives for the original maze procedure to eliminate the atrial fibrillation, and can be done in patients with valvular heart disease without increasing the risk of operation.

  2. No increased risk of valvular heart disease in adult poststreptococcal reactive arthritis.

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    van Bemmel, J M; Delgado, V; Holman, E R; Allaart, C F; Huizinga, T W J; Bax, J J; van der Helm-van Mil, A H M

    2009-04-01

    Poststreptococcal reactive arthritis (ReA) is a (poly)arthritis presenting after a Streptococcus group A infection. Acute rheumatic fever (ARF), albeit caused by the same pathogen, has different risk characteristics and is considered to be a separate entity. Whereas ARF is known to cause carditis, the risk of carditis in adult poststreptococcal ReA is unknown. Consequently, the prevailing recommendations regarding long-term antibiotic prophylaxis in poststreptococcal ReA are imprecise and derived from the data on ARF. This study was undertaken to investigate the development of valvular heart disease in an unselected cohort of adult patients with poststreptococcal ReA who did not receive antibiotic prophylaxis and were followed up prospectively. All patients presenting with early arthritis to an inception cohort of >2,000 white patients were evaluated. Patients presenting with poststreptococcal ReA (n = 75) were selected. After a median followup of 8.9 years, the occurrence of valvular heart disease was evaluated by transthoracic echocardiography in 60 patients. Controls were matched for age, sex, body surface area, and left ventricular function, with a patient-to-control ratio of 1:2. No differences were seen in left ventricular dimensions. Morphologic abnormalities of the mitral or aortic valves were not more prevalent among patients than among controls. Mild mitral regurgitation was present in 23% and 21% of patients and controls, respectively. Mild aortic regurgitation was present in 10% and 11%, and mild tricuspid regurgitation in 43% and 39%, respectively, revealing no significant differences. Our findings indicate that there is no increased risk of valvular heart disease in adult poststreptococcal ReA. Based on these data, routine long-term antibiotic prophylaxis is not recommended in adult poststreptococcal ReA.

  3. Therapeutic Decision-Making for Elderly Patients With Symptomatic Severe Valvular Heart Diseases.

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    Hu, Kui; Wan, Yun; Hong, Tao; Lu, Shu Yang; Guo, Chang Fa; Li, Jun; Wang, Chun Sheng

    2016-07-27

    The aim of this study was to determine how older age and co-morbidities affect the treatment decision-making and long-term survival in elderly patients with symptomatic severe valvular heart diseases.A total of 181 elderly patients (mean age, 78.4 ± 3.4 years) hospitalized between January 2003 and June 2012 with symptomatic severe valvular heart diseases were enrolled. Cardiac and geriatric factors associated with treatment decision-making were analyzed. Survival outcomes were investigated.Surgical treatment was performed in 116 (64%) patients (surgical group) and 65 patients (36%) were treated conservatively (conservative group). The most common [62% (40/65)] reason for refusing surgical treatment was high operative risk as assessed by the physicians who initially cared for the patients. Multivariate logistic regression analysis identified female gender, chronic renal insufficiency, older age, pneumonia, and emergent status as independent predictors of the conservative treatment. Patients with isolated aortic valve disease tended to undergo an operation. Overall 5-year survival in the surgical group was 76.8% versus 42.9% in the conservative group (P < 0.0001). After matching using the propensity score, the surgical group still had a better long-term survival than the conservative group (P = 0.001). Cox regression analysis revealed conservative treatment as the single risk factor associated with poor long-term survival in all series.Approximately 40% of the elderly patients with symptomatic severe heart valve disease were treated conservatively despite a definite indication for surgical intervention. Cardiac and geriatric co-morbidities profoundly affect the treatment decision-making. Interdisciplinary discussion should be encouraged to optimize therapeutic options for elderly patients with valvular heart disease.

  4. Effect of preoperative administration of allopurinol in patients undergoing surgery for valvular heart diseases.

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    Talwar, Sachin; Sandeep, Janardhan Alamanda; Choudhary, Shiv Kumar; Velayoudham, Devagourou; Lakshmy, Ramakrishnan; Kasthuri, Jeeva Mani; Kumar, Arkalgud Sampath

    2010-07-01

    To assess the effects of preoperative administration of allopurinol in patients undergoing open-heart surgery (OHS) for valvular heart diseases. In this prospective randomised double-blind study, 50 consecutive patients undergoing OHS for valvular heart disease were randomised into two groups of 25 patients each: (a) control group received placebo and (b) test group received allopurinol prior to surgery. Serum troponin T and creatine phosphokinase-MB (CPK-MB) isoenzymes were measured prior to the induction of anaesthesia, at the time of aortic cross-clamp release and 24h following termination of cardiopulmonary bypass. Postoperatively assessed parameters were inotropic score, rhythm, and duration of mechanical ventilation and occurrence of a low cardiac output state. Significant differences were observed with respect to inotropic score: median 5 ((0-25) vs 0 (0-25) p=0.027) and mean 6.44+/-6.145 versus 3.4+/-5.54, mean duration of mechanical ventilation (11.1+/-4.9 vs 7.5+/-2.5 h, p=0.002, hospital stay (6.35+/-1.43 vs 5.04+/-0.611, p=0.001) and maintenance of normal sinus rhythm (NSR) (18 vs 25, p=0.004) between the control groups versus the test group, respectively. There were no significant differences in the levels and trends of troponin T and CPK-MB between the two groups. The administration of allopurinol prior to OHS for valvular heart diseases is associated with increased conversion and maintenance to normal sinus rhythm, reduced inotropic score and a reduction in the duration of mechanical ventilation and hospital stay. There was, however, no significant difference in the blood levels of CPK-MB and troponin T and a large sample size is required to assess this further. Copyright 2010 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. ¿Están correctamente anticoagulados nuestros pacientes con fibrilación auricular no valvular?

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    Joaquín Juan-Ortega

    2016-09-01

    Conclusiones: La fibrilación auricular no valvular es una de las principales causas del accidente vascular cerebral en nuestros pacientes. Se demuestra que el tratamiento anticoagulante en aquellos pacientes con alto riesgo embolígeno reduce los eventos cerebrovasculares en un 64% y la mortalidad en un 26%. En nuestro medio la mayoría de los pacientes diagnosticados con fibrilación auricular no valvular presentan ese riesgo, pero tenemos un 33% no anticoagulado y un 25% mal controlado con el acenocumarol (un total del 46% de los pacientes. Todo esto implica que casi el 50% de nuestros pacientes con fibrilación auricular no valvular presenten alto riesgo tromboembólico por falta de tratamiento o ineficacia de este.

  6. Post-valvular surgery multi-vessel coronary artery spasm - A literature review.

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    Formica, Francesco; Bamodu, Oluwaseun Adebayo; Mariani, Serena; Paolini, Giovanni

    2016-03-01

    Coronary artery spasm (CAS) refers to the spontaneous or stimuli-induced transient, often localized and intense subtotal or total constriction/occlusion of the epicardial coronary artery, usually concomitant with angina pectoris with associated elevation of the ST segment on electrocardiogram (ECG). In this article, we present a literature review on post-valvular surgery CAS and report the clinical case of a 77 year-old man who experienced severe early post-aortic surgery chest pain and hemodynamic instability. Emergent coronary angiography revealed severe occlusion of multiple branches of both coronary arteries. The CAS was alleviated with intracoronary infusion of nitroglycerin.

  7. Valvular dysplasia and congestive heart failure in a juvenile African penguin (Spheniscus demersus).

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    McNaughton, Allyson; Frasca, Salvatore; Mishra, Neha; Tuttle, Allison D

    2014-12-01

    Abstract: An aquarium-housed, 6-mo-old African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) presented with acute respiratory distress. Auscultation revealed a grade II-III systolic murmur in the absence of adventitial sounds, and an enlarged heart without pulmonary edema was seen radiographically. Echocardiographic evaluation revealed atrioventricular (AV) valvular dysplasia and ventricular enlargement. The penguin was treated with enalapril, furosemide, and pimobendan but died within 3 wk of detection of the murmur. Congenital dysplasia of the right AV valve with right atrial and ventricular dilation and ventricular hypertrophy were diagnosed on postmortem examination.

  8. Coronary risk stratification of patients undergoing surgery for valvular heart disease

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    Hasselbalch, Rasmus Bo; Engstrøm, Thomas; Pries-Heje, Mia

    2017-01-01

    disease have shown that MSCT, as the primary evaluation technique, lead to re-evaluation with CAG in about a third of cases and it is therefore not recommended. If a subgroup of patients with low- to intermediate risk of CAD could be identified and examined with MSCT, it could be cost-effective, reduce...... radiation and the risk of complications associated with CAG. METHODS: The study cohort was derived from a national registry of patients undergoing CAG prior to valvular heart surgery. Using logistic regression, we identified significant risk factors for CAD and developed a risk score (CT-valve score...

  9. Stenosis Before Thrombosis: Intracranial Hypertension from Jugular Foramen Stenosis Secondary to Renal Osteodystrophy.

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    Esfahani, Darian R; Alaraj, Ali; Birk, Daniel M; Thulborn, Keith R; Charbel, Fady T

    2018-01-01

    Venous outflow obstructions are rare anatomic findings that can appear with symptoms of elevated intracranial pressure, including headache and vision loss, and can be mistaken for more common diagnoses, such as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) or cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST). Although venous outflow obstructions have been reported in rare bone dysplasias and congenital abnormalities, to date they have not been reported in renal osteodystrophy (ROD), a relatively common disorder seen in patients with chronic kidney disease. In this case, the authors describe a patient with marked intracranial hypertension from jugular foramen stenosis secondary to ROD. After diagnosis by CT and magnetic resonance venography, catheter venography confirmed an osseus band around the left jugular bulb, and a 40-mm Hg pressure gradient across the stenotic foramen. The patient subsequently underwent ventriculoperitoneal shunting and optic nerve sheath fenestration with symptom improvement. The postoperative course was significant for development of CVST, necessitating treatment. This report reviews the presentation, pathology, and neurosurgical treatment of patients with ROD and venous outflow obstructions, and explores the differential diagnoses of outflow obstructions, IIH, and CVST. To our knowledge, this is the first report of intracranial hypertension from jugular foramen stenosis secondary to renal osteodystrophy. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. 205. Implante de prótesis valvular aórtica por vía transapical. Resultados iniciales

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    J. Pérez López; El Diasty, M.; R. Franco Gutiérrez; F. Estévez Cid; Velasco García de Sierra, C.; Iglesias Gil, C.; Fernández Arias, L.; A. Bouzas Mosquera; Salgado Fernández, J.; J.M.a. Herrera Noreña; J.J. Cuenca Castillo

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    Analizamos nuestra experiencia inicial en el implante de una prótesis valvular aórtica por vía transapical en pacientes con estenosis aórtica grave no subsidiarios de cirugía convencional. Material y métodos: De noviembre de 2008 a enero de 2010 fueron intervenidos 22 pacientes (21 con estenosis valvular aórtica nativa y uno con una prótesis biológica degenerada). La mediana de edad era 83 años (RI: 81-86). El 64% presentaba disnea de mínimos esfuerzos o de reposo, y hasta el 50% insuficie...

  11. Granuloma faciale -- an unusual presentation.

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    Mashood, Asher Ahmed

    2006-04-01

    Granuloma faciale is a rare skin disorder, characterized by asymptomatic cutaneous nodules on the face without any systemic manifestations. The disorder mainly affects middle-aged Caucasian males. One such case occurring in a young unmarried lady of "Pathan" descent is presented here. The presentation was unusual due to the history of frequent swelling, redness and heat in her nodules without any known stimuli and spontaneous regression of the nodules to the original size in a few hours. The patient was treated with a combination of cryotherapy and intralesional corticosteroids with excellent results.

  12. Unusual Cause of Knee Locking

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    Huri, Gazi; Bi?er, Omer Sunkar

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    We report a case of partial intrasubstance tear of popliteus tendon as an unusual cause of pseudolocking of the knee. A 13-year-old semiprofessional soccer player applied to our clinic with a locked right knee in spite of the therapy applied (cold pack, NSAID, and immobilization) in another institution 20 days after the injury. Significant extension loss was observed in his right knee with 30∘–90∘ ROM. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and arthroscopy confirmed the intrasubstance tear of popli...

  13. Unusual osteopathy in a newborn

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    Jequier, S.; Nogrady, M.B.; Wesenberg, R.L.

    1983-06-01

    A newborn baby presented with hyaline membrane disease, interstitial pneumonia, jaundice, hepatosplenomegaly, and unusual bone manifestations with lytic and sclerotic bone lesions and virtually absent periosteal reaction. He subsequently developed intracranial calcifications and mental retardation. The pneumonia and hepatosplenomegaly resolved. At the time of the delivery, a sibling was suffering from a severe undetermined viral infection. The clinical evolution of the disease and the radiologic findings led us to believe that this patient has a prenatal viral infection. The laboratory tests and the histologic picture of the bone biopsy supported the diagnosis.

  14. Unusual presentations of accommodative esotropia.

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    Pollard, Z F; Greenberg, M F

    2000-01-01

    PURPOSE: Most patients with accommodative esotropia are first examined between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. This paper discusses unusual presentations of accommodative esotropia that occur outside of this age-group and/or have a precipitating event that triggered the esotropia. In a series of patients who were from 5 to 11 years of age, trauma was the precipitating event. In some of the patients under 6 months of age, high myopia, as well as a moderate to large amount of hyperopia, was t...

  15. Azithromycin in early infancy and pyloric stenosis.

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    Eberly, Matthew D; Eide, Matilda B; Thompson, Jennifer L; Nylund, Cade M

    2015-03-01

    Use of oral erythromycin in infants is associated with infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS). The risk with azithromycin remains unknown. We evaluated the association between exposure to oral azithromycin and erythromycin and subsequent development of IHPS. A retrospective cohort study of children born between 2001 and 2012 was performed utilizing the military health system database. Infants prescribed either oral erythromycin or azithromycin as outpatients in the first 90 days of life were evaluated for development of IHPS. Specific diagnostic and procedural codes were used to identify cases of IHPS. A total of 2466 of 1 074 236 children in the study period developed IHPS. Azithromycin exposure in the first 14 days of life demonstrated an increased risk of IHPS (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 8.26; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.62-26.0); exposure between 15 and 42 days had an aOR of 2.98 (95% CI, 1.24-7.20). An association between erythromycin and IHPS was also confirmed. Exposure to erythromycin in the first 14 days of life had an aOR of 13.3 (95% CI, 6.80-25.9), and 15 to 42 days of life, aOR 4.10 (95% CI, 1.69-9.91). There was no association with either macrolide between 43 and 90 days of life. Ingestion of oral azithromycin and erythromycin places young infants at increased risk of developing IHPS. This association is strongest if the exposure occurred in the first 2 weeks of life, but persists although to a lesser degree in children between 2 and 6 weeks of age. published in the public domain by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  16. Early pyloric stenosis: a case control study.

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    Demian, Marie; Nguyen, Son; Emil, Sherif

    2009-12-01

    Pyloric stenosis (PS) is rare in the first 2 weeks of life, often leading to delays in diagnosis and treatment. We conducted a case control study to delineate the characteristics of patients with early PS (EPS). In addition, we tested the hypothesis that patients with EPS present with a smaller pylorus than older patients. A database of all patients presenting with PS to a children's hospital over a 5-year period (2002-2006) was obtained. Each patient admitted during the first 2 weeks of life (subject) was matched to a patient admitted after 4 weeks of age (control), with the same gender, electrolyte status, and treating surgeon. A single pediatric radiologist, blinded to patient age, reviewed all available ultrasounds retrospectively. Demographic, clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic, and outcome data were compared. During the study period, 278 pyloromyotomies were performed for PS. Sixteen patients (5.8%) presented with EPS between 2 and 14 days of life. EPS patients had a higher prevalence of positive family history (31 vs. 0%, P = 0.043), and breast milk feeding (75 vs. 31%, P = 0.045). Sonographic measurements showed a pylorus that was of significantly less length (17.1 +/- 0.6 vs. 20.5 +/- 0.9 mm, P = 0.006) and muscle thickness (3.5 +/- 0.2 vs. 4.9 +/- 0.2 mm, P < 0.001) in patients with EPS. Hospital stay was significantly longer for EPS patients (4.3 +/- 0.9 vs. 2.0 +/- 0.1 days, P = 0.19). Babies presenting with EPS are more likely to be breast fed and to have a positive family history. EPS is associated with a longer hospital stay. Use of sonographic diagnostic measurements specific to this age group may prevent delays in diagnosis and treatment, and improve outcomes.

  17. Clinical outcome of high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction undergoing medical treatment or TAVI.

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    Thomas Pilgrim

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Reduced left ventricular function in patients with severe symptomatic valvular aortic stenosis is associated with impaired clinical outcome in patients undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI has been shown non-inferior to SAVR in high-risk patients with respect to mortality and may result in faster left ventricular recovery. METHODS: We investigated clinical outcomes of high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis undergoing medical treatment (n = 71 or TAVI (n = 256 stratified by left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF in a prospective single center registry. RESULTS: Twenty-five patients (35% among the medical cohort were found to have an LVEF≤30% (mean 26.7±4.1% and 37 patients (14% among the TAVI patients (mean 25.2±4.4%. Estimated peri-interventional risk as assessed by logistic EuroSCORE was significantly higher in patients with severely impaired LVEF as compared to patients with LVEF>30% (medical/TAVI 38.5±13.8%/40.6±16.4% versus medical/TAVI 22.5±10.8%/22.1±12.8%, p <0.001. In patients undergoing TAVI, there was no significant difference in the combined endpoint of death, myocardial infarction, major stroke, life-threatening bleeding, major access-site complications, valvular re-intervention, or renal failure at 30 days between the two groups (21.0% versus 27.0%, p = 0.40. After TAVI, patients with LVEF≤30% experienced a rapid improvement in LVEF (from 25±4% to 34±10% at discharge, p = 0.002 associated with improved NYHA functional class at 30 days (decrease ≥1 NYHA class in 95%. During long-term follow-up no difference in survival was observed in patients undergoing TAVI irrespective of baseline LVEF (p = 0.29, whereas there was a significantly higher mortality in medically treated patients with severely reduced LVEF (log rank p = 0.001. CONCLUSION: TAVI in patients with severely reduced left ventricular function may be

  18. Cutaneous sporotrichosis: Unusual clinical presentations

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    Mahajan Vikram

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Three unusual clinical forms of sporotrichosis described in this paper will be a primer for the clinicians for an early diagnosis and treatment, especially in its unusual presentations. Case 1, a 52-year-old man, developed sporotrichosis over pre-existing facial nodulo-ulcerative basal cell carcinoma of seven-year duration, due to its contamination perhaps from topical herbal pastes and lymphocutaneous sporotrichosis over right hand/forearm from facial lesion/herbal paste. Case 2, a 25-year-old woman, presented with disseminated systemic-cutaneous, osteoarticular and possibly pleural (effusion sporotrichosis. There was no laboratory evidence of tuberculosis and treatment with anti-tuberculosis drugs (ATT did not benefit. Both these cases were diagnosed by histopathology/culture of S. schenckii from tissue specimens. Case 3, a 20-year-old girl, had multiple intensely pruritic, nodular lesions over/around left knee of two-year duration. She was diagnosed clinically as a case of prurigo nodularis and histologically as cutaneous tuberculosis, albeit, other laboratory investigations and treatment with ATT did not support the diagnosis. All the three patients responded well to saturated solution of potassium iodide (SSKI therapy. A high clinical suspicion is important in early diagnosis and treatment to prevent chronicity and morbidity in these patients. SSKI is fairly safe and effective when itraconazole is not affordable/ available.

  19. Laparoscopic median gastrectomy for stenosis following sleeve gastrectomy.

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    Kalaiselvan, Ramya; Ammori, Basil J

    2015-01-01

    Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) has become an established primary bariatric procedure. Gastric stenosis after LSG has been reported in a few studies and often occurs at the level of incisura or midbody because of a technical operative error and could be associated with a leak. This can be managed by endoscopic dilations or revision surgery. The objective of this study is to describe a novel technique to deal with sleeve stenosis and its outcome. Two patients presented with sleeve stenosis after LSG and underwent a novel technique. The patients were followed up for 18 months. We describe a novel technique of laparoscopic median gastrectomy in 2 patients that involved resection of the stenotic segment followed by a hand-sewn, gastrogastric, end-to-end anastomosis. Both patients had successfully recovered from stenosis related symptoms, although one required an endoscopic dilation of the anastomosis. Laparoscopic median gastrectomy is a feasible and effective option in patients who have failed conservative management of stenosis after LSG and in whom there is a desire to avoid seromyotomy or conversion to gastric bypass. Copyright © 2015 American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Venous Stenosis and Occlusion in the Presence of Endocardial Leads.

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    Boczar, Krzysztof; Ząbek, Andrzej; Haberka, Kazimierz; Hardzina, Małgorzata; Dębski, Maciej; Rydlewska, Anna; Nowosielska-Ząbek, Ewa; Lelakowski, Jacek; Małecka, Barbara

    2016-01-01

    Venous stenosis and occlusion in the presence of endocardial leads constitute one of the complications of permanent cardiac pacing either by pacemaker, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or cardiac resynchronization therapy. The aim of this study was to assess the incidence of stenosis and occlusions and determine the risk factors in patients with endocardial leads in a prospective single-center study. Two hundred eighty consecutive patients aged 25-95 years (male 68.8%) were included. A contrast venography examination of the ipsilateral access vein was performed. The whole study population was divided into 2 groups, based on the presence (group I) or absence (group II) of endocardial leads. Venous stenosis/occlusion was identified in 51 patients (37.5%) in group I and in 3 patients (3.6%) in group II; p lead presence most highly correlated with venous complications (OR = 4.172; p leads divided into I A and I B according to venous patency diabetes mellitus was proved in multivariate analysis to be the only protective factor against the development of venous stenosis/occlusion (OR = 0.473; p = 0.010). The presence of endocardial leads is a predisposing factor for venous stenosis/occlusion and increases the risk 4-fold. The venous lesions in the presence of endocardial leads are less frequent among patients with diabetes mellitus.

  1. Acute intraoperative effect of intravenous amiodarone on right ventricular function in patients undergoing valvular surgery.

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    Denault, André Y; Beaulieu, Yanick; Couture, Pierre; Haddad, Francois; Shi, Yanfen; Pagé, Pierre; Levesque, Sylvie; Tardif, Jean-Claude; Lambert, Jean

    2015-08-01

    Amiodarone is commonly used in the acute care setting. However the acute hemodynamic and echocardiographic effect of intravenous amiodarone administered intraoperatively on right ventricular (RV) systolic and diastolic function using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has not been described. The study design was a randomized controlled trial in elective cardiac surgical patients undergoing valvular surgery. Patients received an intravenous loading dose of 300 mg of either amiodarone or placebo in the operating room, followed by an infusion of 15 mg/kg for two days. Hemodynamic profiles, echocardiographic measurement of RV and left ventricular (LV) dimensions, Doppler interrogation of tricuspid and mitral valve, hepatic and pulmonary venous flow combined with tissue Doppler imaging of the tricuspid and mitral valve annulus were obtained before and after bolus. Although more patients in the placebo group had chronic obstructive lung disease (14 vs 6, p=0.05) and diabetes (14 vs 5; p=0.0244), there was no difference in terms of baseline hemodynamic, 2D and Doppler variables. After bolus, a significant increase in pulmonary artery pressure, central venous pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance index (pAcute administration of amiodarone is associated with alteration in RV diastolic properties and has minimal negative inotropic effect on RV systolic function in cardiac surgical patients with valvular disease. © The European Society of Cardiology 2014.

  2. Operationalizing the 2014 ACC/AHA Guidelines for Valvular Heart Disease: A Guide for Clinicians.

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    Nishimura, Rick A; Carabello, Blase

    2016-05-17

    The 2014 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for valvular heart disease were released to help guide the clinician in caring for patients with this ever more prevalent and complex group of diseases and have been instrumental in providing a foundation of knowledge for the management of patients with valvular heart disease. However, there are many caveats in applying the guidelines to individual patients. As clinicians, we wish to outline important aspects to be considered by other clinicians, including the integration of the echocardiogram with the history and physical examination, recognition of discordant data within an echocardiographic examination, and proper interpretation of the cutoff measurements applied to timing of intervention. Decisions regarding management should be individualized to the institution, particularly when recommending early operation for an asymptomatic patient. Finally, all decisions should be individualized to each patient by not only recognizing specific comorbidities, but also understanding the patient's needs and preferences. Copyright © 2016 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Feasibility and Early Safety of Single-Stage Hybrid Coronary Intervention and Valvular Cardiac Surgery.

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    George, Isaac; Nazif, Tamim M; Kalesan, Bindu; Kriegel, Jacob; Yerebakan, Halit; Kirtane, Ajay; Kodali, Susheel K; Williams, Mathew R

    2015-06-01

    Hybrid percutaneous coronary intervention offers an alternative method of revascularization for high-risk surgical populations. We report the outcomes of a single-stage hybrid strategy in valvular cardiac surgery and explore its effects on operative risk and bleeding. In a hybrid operating room, 26 patients underwent hybrid surgery consisting of femoral arterial access, then coronary stenting followed by valve surgery, with appropriate heparin dosing. Clopidogrel (300 mg) was given on anesthesia induction in nonreoperative cases, or at the time of cross clamping (after stenting) for reoperative cases. Mean follow-up was 680 ± 277 days. The planned coronary stenting and surgery was successful in all patients. Major cardiovascular and cerebrovascular adverse events occurred in 1 patient, with no inhospital deaths observed. No vascular complication or stent thrombosis was observed with the described antiplatelet regimen. Outcomes were comparable to those of standard bypass valve replacement surgery. This study demonstrates the feasibility and early safety of a single-stage hybrid strategy with coronary stenting followed by valvular surgery in patients at increased surgical risk. Hybrid procedures may lower operative risk by eliminating or reducing the need for bypass grafting. Copyright © 2015 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Pregnancy after Prosthetic Aortic Valve Replacement: How Do We Monitor Prosthetic Valvular Function during Pregnancy?

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    Nicole Sahasrabudhe

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. With modern medicine, many women after structural heart repair are deciding to experience pregnancy. There is a need for further study to identify normal echocardiographic parameters to better assess prosthetic valvular function in pregnancy. In addition, a multidisciplinary approach is essential in managing pregnant patients with complex cardiac conditions. Case. A 22-year-old nulliparous woman with an aortic valve replacement 18 months prior to her pregnancy presented to prenatal care at 20-week gestation. During her prenatal care, serial echocardiography showed a significant increase in the mean gradient across the prosthetic aortic valve. Multidisciplinary management and a serial echocardiography played an integral role in her care that resulted in a successful spontaneous vaginal delivery without complications. Conclusion. Further characterization of the normal echocardiographic parameters in pregnant patients with prosthetic valves is critical to optimize prenatal care for this patient population. This case report is novel in that serial echocardiograms were obtained throughout prenatal care, which showed significant changes across the prosthetic aortic valve. Teaching Points. (1 Further study is needed to identify normal echocardiographic parameters to best assess prosthetic valvular function in pregnancy. (2 Multidisciplinary management is encouraged to optimize prenatal care for women with prosthetic aortic valve replacements.

  5. Anesthetics influence the incidence of acute kidney injury following valvular heart surgery.

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    Yoo, Young-Chul; Shim, Jae-Kwang; Song, Young; Yang, So-Young; Kwak, Young-Lan

    2014-08-01

    Propofol has been shown to provide protection against renal ischemia/reperfusion injury experimentally, but clinical evidence is lacking. Here we studied the effect of propofol anesthesia on the occurrence of acute kidney injury following heart surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. One hundred and twelve patients who underwent valvular heart surgery were randomized to receive either propofol or sevoflurane anesthesia, both with sufentanil. Using Acute Kidney Injury Network criteria, significantly fewer patients developed acute kidney injury postoperatively in the propofol group compared with the sevoflurane group (6 compared with 21 patients). The incidence of severe renal dysfunction was significantly higher in the sevoflurane group compared with the propofol group (5 compared with none). The postoperative cystatin C was significantly lower in the propofol group at 24 and 48 h. Serum interleukin-6 at 6 h after aorta cross-clamp removal, C-reactive protein at postoperative day 1, and segmented neutrophil counts at postoperative day 3 were also significantly lower in the propofol group. Thus, propofol anesthesia significantly reduced the incidence and severity of acute kidney injury in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass compared with sevoflurane. This beneficial effect of propofol may be related to its ability to attenuate the perioperative increase in proinflammatory mediators.

  6. Carotid endarterectomy: The procedure of choice for carotid stenosis

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    B.V. Savitr Sastri

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Ischemic stroke is the commonest cause of neurological morbidity and mortality. Carotid endarterectomy has been shown to be beneficial in preventing ischemic strokes in patients with significant stenosis of the carotid artery, both in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Carotid artery stenting has been proposed as an alternative to CEA for this population. This paper reviews the available literature on carotid endarterectomy comparing it to the best medical therapy and carotid artery stenting in the prevention of ischemic strokes in patients with carotid stenosis. The use of newer imaging techniques and tools to redefine the existing idea of "asymptomatic" stenosis and post procedural strokes has also been reviewed. We present a concise review of existing data that shows unequivocally that endarterectomy still remains superior to stenting and best medical therapy as of now.

  7. Drug-eluting stents in renal artery stenosis

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    Zaehringer, M. [Marienhospital Stuttgart, Department of Radiology, Stuttgart (Germany); Pattynama, P.M.T. [Erasmus MC-University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Talen, A. [genae associates nv, Antwerp (Belgium); Sapoval, M. [Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou, Service de Radiologie Cardio-Vasculaire, Paris (France); Inserm U 780 epidemiologie Cardio Vasculaire, Paris (France)

    2008-04-15

    Because of higher acute and long-term success rates compared with balloon angioplasty alone, percutaneous stent implantation has become an accepted therapy for the treatment of atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis. Restenosis rates after successful renal stent placement vary from 6 up to 40%, depending on the definition of restenosis, the diameter of the treated vessel segment and comorbidities. The safety and efficacy of drug-eluting stents for the treatment of renal-artery stenosis is poorly defined. The recently published GREAT study is the only prospective study, comparing bare-metal and sirolimus-coated low profile stent systems in renal artery stenosis, showing a relative risk reduction of angiographic binary in-stent restenosis by 50%. This is an opinion paper on indications, current treatment options and restenosis rates following renal artery stenting and the potential use of drug-eluting stents for this indication. (orig.)

  8. Primary balloon angioplasty for symptomatic, high-grade intracranial stenosis.

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    Tomycz, Luke; Bansal, Neil K; Lockney, Tim; Strothers, Megan; Connors, John J; Shay, Scott; Singer, Robert J

    2013-01-01

    In light of recent controversy about the safety and efficacy of intracranial stenting, we sought to evaluate our experience with primary balloon angioplasty for symptomatic, high-grade intracranial stenosis. All intracranial angioplasty cases performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 2006 to 2011 were retrospectively reviewed for degree of stenosis pre- and post-procedure. Immediate peri-procedural complications were evaluated as well as one-month and long-term outcomes. A total of 26 patients were included in the study with a mean age of 63.0 years and a mean follow-up of 350.2 days. The average pre-procedure stenosis was 71.2%. The immediate, average post-procedure stenosis was 46.6%, and the average post-procedure stenosis at last angiographic follow-up was 44.5%. Retreatment was required in only 3.8% of patients. The primary end-point of major stroke or death at 30 days was observed in 11.5%, and the overall intra-procedural complication rate was 7.7%. The incidence of stroke or death at last follow-up was 15.4%, which is comparable to the one-year stroke or death rate in the medical arm of the SAMPRISS trial. In this retrospective series, primary balloon angioplasty was found to be effective as a treatment option for symptomatic intracranial stenosis with the risk of stroke or death at 30 days higher than the medical arm of SAMPRIS but lower than the stenting arm. The one-year risk of stroke was comparable to that reported for the one-year outcomes in the SAMPRISS medical arm.

  9. Unusual Clinical Presentation of Thoracic Tuberculosis: The Need for a Better Knowledge of Illness

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    Manca, Sandra; Fois, Alessandro Giuseppe; Santoru, Luigi; Trisolini, Rocco; Polo, Maria Francesca; Ostera, Salvatore; Patelli, Marco; Pirina, Pietro

    2015-01-01

    Patient: Male, 73 Final Diagnosis: Bronchoesophageal fistula in endobronchial tuberculosis and mediastinal lymphadenopathy Symptoms: Nonproductive cough • weight loss Medication: Isoniazid • rifampin • pyrazinamide • ethambutol Clinical Procedure: Laser treatment Specialty: Pulmonology Objective: Unusual clinical course Background: Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), a highly contagious infectious disease, is a significant public health problem all over the world and remains an important cause of preventable death in the adult population. Endobronchial TB is an unusual form of thoracic TB that may be complicated by tracheobronchial stenosis, and bronchoesophageal fistula formation is a very rare complication. Tubercular lymphadenitis can also lead to fistula formation through a process of caseum necrosis and opening of a fistula between the bronchus and oesophagus. Case Report: We report an uncommon case of thoracic TB in an immunocompetent 73-year-old Caucasian man who presented several problems: bronchoesophageal fistula, endobronchial TB, and mediastinal lymphadenopathy in the absence of contemporary parenchymal consolidation. Furthermore, he presented a normal chest radiograph and mostly unclear and non-specific symptoms at onset. Conclusions: We emphasize the need for a better knowledge of this illness and awareness that it may have an unusual presentation. In these cases, diagnosis and proper treatment can be delayed, with severe complications for the patient. Pulmonary TB remains a real diagnostic challenge: a normal chest radiograph and nonspecific symptoms do not allow us to exclude this persistent infectious disease. PMID:25907152

  10. 103. Reparación valvular mitral en un caso de endocarditis trombótica no bacteriana

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    R. Manrique

    2012-04-01

    Conclusiones: La reparación valvular mitral es un procedimiento eficaz y seguro en la insuficiencia mitral aguda en pacientes con endocarditis trombótica no bacteriana. Permite evitar un riesgo adicional asociado al uso de prótesis mecánicas en pacientes con riesgo tromboembólico elevado.

  11. Valvular endocarditis and septic thrombosis associated with a radial fracture in a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

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    Lemon, Matthew J.; Pack, LeeAnn; Forzán, María J.

    2012-01-01

    A free-ranging adult female red-tailed hawk died suddenly after 3 weeks in rehabilitation for a radial fracture. Cause of death was septic thrombosis from a chronic bacterial valvular endocarditis, probably associated with injury at the fracture site. The challenge of clinical diagnosis of sepsis in wild birds is emphasized.

  12. Valvular endocarditis and septic thrombosis associated with a radial fracture in a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis).

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    Lemon, Matthew J; Pack, LeeAnn; Forzán, María J

    2012-01-01

    A free-ranging adult female red-tailed hawk died suddenly after 3 weeks in rehabilitation for a radial fracture. Cause of death was septic thrombosis from a chronic bacterial valvular endocarditis, probably associated with injury at the fracture site. The challenge of clinical diagnosis of sepsis in wild birds is emphasized.

  13. 171. Experiencia inicial con técnica de david para reimplante valvular aórtico

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    R. Álvarez

    2012-04-01

    Conclusiones: a los resultados iniciales en nuestro centro del reimplante valvular aórtico son óptimos a corto plazo, y b la curva de aprendizaje ha sido rápida, con escasa repercu-sión en los pacientes.

  14. Duplex ultrasonography for the detection of vertebral artery stenosis A comparison with CT angiography

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    Rozeman, Anouk D.; Hund, Hajo; Westein, Michel; Wermer, Marieke J H; Nijeholt, Geert J. Lycklama A.; Boiten, Jelis; Schimsheimer, Robert-Jan; Algra, Ale

    Objectives Vertebrobasilar stenosis is frequent in patients with posterior circulation stroke and it increases risk of recurrence. We investigated feasibility of duplex ultrasonography (DUS) for screening for extracranial vertebral artery stenosis and compared it with CT angiography (CTA). Materials

  15. A case of William's syndrome associated peripheral pulmonary arterial stenosis

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    Jung, Kyung Hwa; Hwang, Mi Soo; Kim, Sun Yong; Chang, Jae Chun; Park, Bok Hwan [College of Medicine, Yeungam University, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    1988-06-15

    William's syndrome, in order to more completely delineate the total spectrum of the disorder, indicates that 'infantile hypercalcemia', 'peculiar facies' and 'supravalvular aortic stenosis.' In has other many vascular anomalies, such as peripheral pulmonary arterial stenosis, coronary arterial stenosis, celiac arterial stenosis, and renal aterial stenosis. Only 32% of the patients have evidence of supravalvular aortic stenosis. And it is very rare disease entity that has been reported rarely in Korea. Recently authors experienced a case that was questioned William's syndrome with peripheral pulmonary arterial stenosis, clinically and preliminary radiologically and this case was confirmed by operation. Here we report a case of William's syndrome with peripheral pulmonary arterial stenosis and reviewed literatures.

  16. Indexing aortic valve area by body surface area increases the prevalence of severe aortic stenosis

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    Jander, Nikolaus; Gohlke-Bärwolf, Christa; Bahlmann, Edda

    2014-01-01

    To account for differences in body size in patients with aortic stenosis, aortic valve area (AVA) is divided by body surface area (BSA) to calculate indexed AVA (AVAindex). Cut-off values for severe stenosis are...

  17. MR findings of spondylolisthesis: assessment of associated spinal and neural foraminal stenosis

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    Kim, Jae Seung; Kang, Heung Sik; Yoon, Hye Kyung; Kim, Chu Wan [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1994-02-15

    To assess the spinal canal and neural foraminal stenosis associated with spondylolisthesis on MR imaging. We retrospectively analysed MR findings of 63 cases of spondylolisthesis(degenerative type: 23 cases, isthmic type: 40 cases) regarding the type and grade of spondylolisthesis, presence or absence of associated spinal canal stenosis, and the severity of associated neural foraminal stenosis. Central canal stenosis were more frequent in degenerative type(91%) than isthmic type(33%), and more frequent in grade II spondylolisthesis of degenerative type(100%) and isthmic type(89%) than in grade I spondylolisthesis of degenerative type(45%) and isthmic type(20%). There was positive correlation between the severity of neural foraminal stenosis and the grade of spondylolisthesis, whereas there was no significant difference between degenerative and isthmic types. Degenerative spondylolisthesis were frequently associated with central canal stenosis more than isthmic type. When the grade of spondylolisthesis was higher, it was more frequently associated with central canal stenosis and severe neural foraminal stenosis.

  18. Unusual Cause of Knee Locking

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    Gazi Huri

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of partial intrasubstance tear of popliteus tendon as an unusual cause of pseudolocking of the knee. A 13-year-old semiprofessional soccer player applied to our clinic with a locked right knee in spite of the therapy applied (cold pack, NSAID, and immobilization in another institution 20 days after the injury. Significant extension loss was observed in his right knee with 30∘–90∘ ROM. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and arthroscopy confirmed the intrasubstance tear of popliteus tendon and synovitis. The ruptured part of the tendon was debrided, and the inflammatory tissue around the tendon, which may lead to pseudolocking, was gently removed with a shaver in order to regain the normal ROM. The patient was discharged with full ROM and weight bearing first day after the surgery. To our knowledge, this is the first case demonstrating intrasubstance tear of popliteus tendon causing pseudolocking of the knee.

  19. Unusual clinical manifestations of leptospirosis

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    Bal A

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Leptospirosis has protean clinical manifestations. The classical presentation of the disease is an acute biphasic febrile illness with or without jaundice. Unusual clinical manifestations may result from involvement of pulmonary, cardiovascular, neural, gastrointestinal, ocular and other systems. Immunological phenomena secondary to antigenic mimicry may also be an important component of many clinical features and may be responsible for reactive arthritis. Leptospirosis in early pregnancy may lead to fetal loss. There are a few reports of leptospirosis in HIV- infected individuals but no generalisation can be made due to paucity of data. It is important to bear in mind that leptospiral illness may be a significant component in cases of dual infections or in simultaneous infections with more than two pathogens.

  20. Vaginal haemangioendothelioma: an unusual tumour.

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    Mohan, H

    2012-02-01

    Vaginal tumours are uncommon and this is a particularly rare case of a vaginal haemangioendothelioma in a 38-year-old woman. Initial presentation consisted of symptoms similar to uterovaginal prolapse with "something coming down". Examination under anaesthesia demonstrated a necrotic anterior vaginal wall tumour. Histology of the lesion revealed a haemangioendothelioma which had some features of haemangiopericytoma. While the natural history of vaginal haemangioendothelioma is uncertain, as a group, they have a propensity for local recurrence. To our knowledge this is the third reported case of a vaginal haemangioendothelioma. Management of this tumour is challenging given the paucity of literature on this tumour. There is a need to add rare tumours to our "knowledge bank" to guide management of these unusual tumours.

  1. Isolated aortic stenosis-development of pulmonary hypertension in childhood

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    1979-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary hypertension is uncommon in children with isolat-ed congenital aortic stenosis, and even when present is usually mild. It is primarily due to transmission of the elevated left ventricular end-diastolic pressure through the pulmonary capil-lary circulation and may be then further elevated by reflex vaso-constriction. In some cases the stretching of a patent foremen ovate secondary to elevated left atrial pressure; may lead to a significant left to right shunt which further enhances pulmonary hypertension. This report discusses two cases of isolated aortic stenosis developing pulmonary hypertension in childhood.

  2. Valvular Abnormalities Detected by Echocardiography in 5-Year Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Long-Term Follow-Up Study

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    Pal, Helena J. van der, E-mail: h.j.vanderpal@amc.uva.nl [Department of Medical Oncology, Emma Children' s Hospital/Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Department of Pediatric Oncology, Emma Children' s Hospital/Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Dijk, Irma W. van [Department of Radiation Oncology, Emma Children' s Hospital/Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Geskus, Ronald B. [Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Emma Children' s Hospital/Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Kok, Wouter E. [Department of Cardiology, Emma Children' s Hospital/Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Koolen, Marianne; Sieswerda, Elske [Department of Pediatric Oncology, Emma Children' s Hospital/Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Oldenburger, Foppe; Koning, Caro C. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Emma Children' s Hospital/Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Leeuwen, Flora E. van [Department of Epidemiology, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Caron, Huib N.; Kremer, Leontien C.; Dalen, Elvira C. van [Department of Pediatric Oncology, Emma Children' s Hospital/Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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    Purpose: To determine the prevalence of valvular abnormalities after radiation therapy involving the heart region and/or treatment with anthracyclines and to identify associated risk factors in a large cohort of 5-year childhood cancer survivors (CCS). Methods and Materials: The study cohort consisted of all 626 eligible 5-year CCS diagnosed with childhood cancer in the Emma Children's Hospital/Academic Medical Center between 1966 and 1996 and treated with radiation therapy involving the heart region and/or anthracyclines. We determined the presence of valvular abnormalities according to echocardiograms. Physical radiation dose was converted into the equivalent dose in 2-Gy fractions (EQD{sub 2}). Using multivariable logistic regression analyses, we examined the associations between cancer treatment and valvular abnormalities. Results: We identified 225 mainly mild echocardiographic valvular abnormalities in 169 of 545 CCS (31%) with a cardiac assessment (median follow-up time, 14.9 years [range, 5.1-36.8 years]; median attained age 22.0 years [range, 7.0-49.7 years]). Twenty-four CCS (4.4%) had 31 moderate or higher-graded abnormalities. Most common abnormalities were tricuspid valve disorders (n=119; 21.8%) and mitral valve disorders (n=73; 13.4%). The risk of valvular abnormalities was associated with increasing radiation dose (using EQD{sub 2}) involving the heart region (odds ratio 1.33 per 10 Gy) and the presence of congenital heart disease (odds ratio 3.43). We found no statistically significant evidence that anthracyclines increase the risk. Conclusions: Almost one-third of CCS treated with potentially cardiotoxic therapy had 1 or more asymptomatic, mostly mild valvular abnormalities after a median follow-up of nearly 15 years. The most important risk factors are higher EQD{sub 2} to the heart region and congenital heart disease. Studies with longer follow-up are necessary to investigate the clinical course of asymptomatic valvular abnormalities

  3. ANMCO/SIC/SICI-GISE/SICCH Executive Summary of Consensus Document on Risk Stratification in elderly patients with aortic stenosis before surgery or transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

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    Pulignano, Giovanni; Gulizia, Michele Massimo; Baldasseroni, Samuele; Bedogni, Francesco; Cioffi, Giovanni; Indolfi, Ciro; Romeo, Francesco; Murrone, Adriano; Musumeci, Francesco; Parolari, Alessandro; Patanè, Leonardo; Pino, Paolo Giuseppe; Mongiardo, Annalisa; Spaccarotella, Carmen; Di Bartolomeo, Roberto; Musumeci, Giuseppe

    2017-05-01

    Aortic stenosis is one of the most frequent valvular diseases in developed countries, and its impact on public health resources and assistance is increasing. A substantial proportion of elderly people with severe aortic stenosis is not eligible to surgery because of the advanced age, frailty, and multiple co-morbidities. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) enables the treatment of very elderly patients at high or prohibitive surgical risk considered ineligible for surgery and with an acceptable life expectancy. However, a significant percentage of patients die or show no improvement in quality of life (QOL) in the follow-up. In the decision-making process, it is important to determine: (i) whether and how much frailty of the patient influences the risk of procedures; (ii) how the QOL and the individual patient's survival are influenced by aortic valve disease or from other associated conditions; and (iii) whether a geriatric specialist intervention to evaluate and correct frailty or other diseases with their potential or already manifest disabilities can improve the outcome of surgery or TAVI. Consequently, in addition to risk stratification with conventional tools, a number of factors including multi-morbidity, disability, frailty, and cognitive function should be considered, in order to assess the expected benefit of both surgery and TAVI. The pre-operative optimization through a multidisciplinary approach with a Heart Team can counteract the multiple damage (cardiac, neurological, muscular, respiratory, and kidney) that can potentially aggravate the reduced physiological reserves characteristic of frailty. The systematic application in clinical practice of multidimensional assessment instruments of frailty and cognitive function in the screening and the adoption of specific care pathways should facilitate this task.

  4. Asymmetric septal hypertrophy - a marker of hypertension in aortic stenosis (a SEAS substudy)

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    Tuseth, Nora; Cramariuc, Dana; Rieck, Ashild E

    2010-01-01

    Some patients with aortic stenosis develop asymmetric septal hypertrophy (ASH) that may influence the surgical approach and is associated with higher perioperative morbidity. The aim of this analysis was to characterize further this subtype of aortic stenosis patients.......Some patients with aortic stenosis develop asymmetric septal hypertrophy (ASH) that may influence the surgical approach and is associated with higher perioperative morbidity. The aim of this analysis was to characterize further this subtype of aortic stenosis patients....

  5. Transcatheter Therapies for the Treatment of Valvular and Paravalvular Regurgitation in Acquired and Congenital Valvular Heart Disease.

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    Ruiz, Carlos E; Kliger, Chad; Perk, Gila; Maisano, Francesco; Cabalka, Allison K; Landzberg, Michael; Rihal, Chet; Kronzon, Itzhak

    2015-07-14

    Transcatheter therapies in structural heart disease have evolved tremendously over the past 15 years. Since the introduction of the first balloon-expandable valves for stenotic lesions with implantation in the pulmonic position in 2000, treatment for valvular heart disease in the outflow position has become more refined, with newer-generation devices, alternative techniques, and novel access approaches. Recent efforts into the inflow position and regurgitant lesions, with transcatheter repair and replacement technologies, have expanded our potential to treat a broader, more heterogeneous patient population. The evolution of multimodality imaging has paralleled these developments. Three- and 4-dimensional visualization and concomitant use of novel technologies, such as fusion imaging, have supported technical growth, from pre-procedural planning and intraprocedural guidance, to assessment of acute results and follow-up. A multimodality approach has allowed operators to overcome many limitations of each modality and facilitated integration of a multidisciplinary team for treatment of this complex patient population. Copyright © 2015 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Preliminary Results of Relationship between Preoperative Walking Ability and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Morphology in Patients with Lumbar Canal Stenosis: Comparison between Trefoil and Triangle Types of Spinal Stenosis.

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    Azimi, Parisa; Yazdanian, Taravat; Benzel, Edward C

    2017-08-01

    Cross-sectional. To examine the relationship between magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) morphology stenosis grades and preoperative walking ability in patients with lumbar canal stenosis (LCS). No previous study has analyzed the correlation between MRI morphology stenosis grades and walking ability in patients with LCS. This prospective study included 98 consecutive patients with LCS who were candidates for surgery. Using features identified in T2-weighted axial magnetic, stenosis type was determined at the maximal stenosis level, and only trefoil and triangle stenosis grade types were considered because of sufficient sample size. Intraobserver and interobserver reliability were assessed by calculating weighted kappa coefficients. Symptom severity was evaluated via the Japanese Orthopedic Association Back Pain Evaluation Questionnaire (JOABPEQ). Walking ability was assessed using the Self-Paced Walking Test (SPWT) and JOABPEQ subscales. Demographic characteristics, SPWT scores, and JOABPEQ scores were compared between patients with trefoil and triangle stenosis types. The mean patient age was 58.1 (standard deviation, 8.4) years. The kappa values of the MRI morphology stenosis grade types showed a perfect agreement between the stenosis grade types. The trefoil group (n=53) and triangle group (n=45) showed similar preoperative JOABPEQ subscale scores (e.g., low back pain, lumbar function, and mental health) and were not significantly different in age, BMI, duration of symptoms, or lumbar stenosis levels (all p>0.05); however, trefoil stenosis grade type was associated with a decreased walking ability according to the SPWT and JOABPEQ subscale scores. These findings suggest preoperative walking ability is more profoundly affected in patients with trefoil type stenosis than in those with triangle type stenosis.

  7. Valvular Excrescences

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    Marstrand, Peter; Jensen, Maiken Brit; Ihlemann, Nikolaj

    2015-01-01

    The thrombogenic potential of Lambl excrescences (LE) is minimal unlike the benign tumour fibroelastoma wherefrom thrombi often originate. We present a patient with multiple strokes within a six-year period. A possible locus on the aortic valve was found and diagnosed as fibroelastoma. Before...

  8. The relation of carotid calcium volume with carotid artery stenosis in symptomatic patients

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    Marquering, H. A.; Majoie, C. B. L. M.; Smagge, L.; Kurvers, A. G.; Gratama van Andel, H. A.; van den Berg, R.; Nederkoorn, P. J.

    2011-01-01

    Recent research showed a strong correlation of calcium volume scores with degree of stenosis, suggesting that calcium volume could be used in the diagnosis of carotid artery stenosis. We investigated the accuracy of the use of calcium volume scores to diagnose carotid artery stenosis in our target

  9. Influence of vessel stenosis on indocyanine green fluorescence intensity assessed by near-infrared fluorescence angiography.

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    Yamamoto, Masaki; Nishimori, Hideaki; Fukutomi, Takashi; Handa, Takemi; Kihara, Kazuki; Tashiro, Miwa; Sato, Takayuki; Orihashi, Kazumasa

    2017-07-01

    Although useful for visualizing blood flow during revascularization surgery, the permeability of near-infrared fluorescence (NIR) angiography using indocyanine green (ICG) does not allow for vessel stenosis visualization. We hypothesized that changes in ICG fluorescence intensity reflect vessel stenosis, and evaluated the influence of stenosis on blood flow by ex vivo experimentation. The vessel stenosis model comprised a silicon tube, a graft occluder, and artificial blood. During near-infrared angiography, the fluorescense intensity was calculated during pre- and post-stenosis of an artificial circuit, using a NIR angiography. We measured the maximum fluorescence intensity and the time to maximum fluorescence intensity. Severe stenosis (≥75%) attenuated the increase in ICG fluorescence intensity in the tube significantly, pre- and post-stenosis. The time to maximum fluorescence intensity did not differ between sites pre- and post-stenosis, irrespective of stenosis severity. Stenosis affected the ICG fluorescence intensity through the vessel. Thus, quantitative analysis using NIR angiography may detect severe vessel stenosis (≥75%), and the extinction curve of indocyanine fluorescence intensity may support the evaluation of blood flow. The absence of differences in the time to maximum fluorescence intensity for degrees of stenosis might suggest a limitation of previous conventional qualitative assessments.

  10. Cephalic arch stenosis in autogenous brachiocephalic hemodialysis fistulas: results of cutting balloon angioplasty

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    Heerwagen, Søren Thorup; Lönn, Lars; Schroeder, Torben V

    2010-01-01

    Cephalic arch stenosis is a known cause of hemodialysis access failure in patients with brachiocephalic fistulas (BCFs). Outcomes of endovascular treatment are affected by resistance of the stenosis to balloon dilation, a high vein rupture rate and the development of early restenosis. The purpose...... of this retrospective study was to report outcomes after cutting balloon angioplasty (CBA) of cephalic arch stenosis....

  11. Unusual Fears in Children with Autism

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    Mayes, Susan Dickerson; Calhoun, Susan L.; Aggarwal, Richa; Baker, Courtney; Mathapati, Santosh; Molitoris, Sarah; Mayes, Rebecca D.

    2013-01-01

    Unusual fears have long been recognized as common in autism, but little research exists. In our sample of 1033 children with autism, unusual fears were reported by parents of 421 (41%) of the children, representing 92 different fears. Many additional children had common childhood fears (e.g., dogs, bugs, and the dark). More than half of children…

  12. The predictive value of arterial and valvular calcification for mortality and cardiovascular events.

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    Nicoll, Rachel; Henein, Michael Y

    2014-06-01

    A review of the predictive ability of arterial and valvular calcification has shown an additive effect of calcification in more than 1 location in predicting mortality and coronary heart disease, with mitral annual calcification being a particularly strong predictor. In individual arteries and valves there is a clear association between calcification presence, extent and progression and future cardiovascular events and mortality in asymptomatic, symptomatic and high risk patients, although adjustment for calcification in other arterial beds generally renders associations non-significant. Furthermore, in acute coronary syndrome, culprit plaque is normally not calcified. This would tend to reduce the validity of calcification as a predictor and suggest that the association with cardiovascular events and mortality may not be causal. The association with stroke is less clear; carotid and intracranial artery calcification show little predictive ability, with symptomatic plaques tending to be uncalcified.

  13. Sex Differences in Outcomes among Stroke Survivors with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation in China.

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    Hong, Yan; Yang, Xun; Zhao, Wenjuan; Zhang, Xianghui; Zhao, Junli; Yang, Yuanju; Ning, Xianjia; Wang, Jinghua; An, Zhongping

    2017-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) significantly increases the risk of stroke and disease burden and is an established predictor of poor outcomes after stroke. However, data regarding sex differences in long-term outcomes following stroke in patients with AF are scarce. We thus aimed to assess these differences. We recruited 951 consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke and non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) treated at three hospitals in Tianjin, China, from January 2006 to September 2014. Information regarding stroke subtype, severity, risk factors, and outcomes (mortality, dependency, and recurrence) at 3, 12, and 36 months after stroke was recorded. The prevalence of NVAF was 8.4% overall, with a higher frequency in women than in men (11.3 vs. 6.9%, P  disease burden in women.

  14. Resultados del recambio valvular pulmonar según el tipo de prótesis implantada

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    María García Vieites; Francisco Portela Torrón; Víctor Bautista Hernández; Laura Fernández Arias; Daniel Vásquez Echeverri; Isaac Martínez Bendayán; Beatriz Bouzas Zubeldía; Jose Joaquín Cuenca Castillo

    2017-01-01

    Introducción y objetivos: El recambio valvular pulmonar (RVP) es actualmente la intervención más frecuente de las cardiopatías congénitas del adulto. Existen numerosas controversias sobre cuándo implantar una prótesis y; sobre todo, acerca de cuál es el sustituto ideal. El objetivo del estudio es revisar el resultado de 3 tipos de prótesis biológicas implantadas en nuestro centro. Métodos: Desde 2003 se implantaron 3 tipos de prótesis biológicas en diferentes momentos: grupo 1-prótesis Med...

  15. Tissue engineering of vascular/valvular equivalents on the base of the xenogeneic decellularized matrix

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    Savchuk M. V.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available According to the WHO, in 2008 cardiovascular diseases claimed the lives of 17.5 million people (30 % of all diseases. Often the only option to save a patient’s life is a replacing the injured part of an organ by the prosthesis. Aim. This research was aimed to produce biomodificated cardiovascular graft by decellularisation of porcine heart valve. Methods. Our method of decellularization permits to make morphologically and physically non-modified decellularised extracellular matrix. Results. The analysis of matrix shows a decrease of the total number of cells, preservation of the collagen and elastin fibers structure, and safety of physiological adhesion. Conclusions. The matrix can be used as a framework for the vessel-valvular tissue-engineering prosthesis after its recellularization by the recipient’s autologous cells.

  16. Gene expression profiling of valvular interstitial cells in Rapacz familial hypercholesterolemic swine

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    Ana M. Porras

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    Full Text Available Rapacz familial hypercholesterolemic (RFH swine is a well-established model of human FH, a highly prevalent hereditary disease associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease and calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD. However, while these animals have been used extensively for the study of atherosclerosis, the heart valves from RFH swine have not previously been examined. We report the analysis of valvular interstitial cell gene expression in adult (two year old and juvenile (three months old RFH and WT swine by microarray analysis via the Affymetrix Porcine Genome Array (GEO #: GSE53997. Principal component and hierarchical clustering analysis revealed grouping and almost no variability between the RFH juvenile and WT juvenile groups. Additionally, only 21 genes were found differentially expressed between these two experimental groups whereas over 900 genes were differentially expressed when comparing either RFH or WT juvenile swine to RFH adults.

  17. Cardiopatía valvular en un paciente con granulomatosis de Wegener

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    Luis E. Silva, MD

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available La granulomatosis de Wegener es una vasculitis necrotizante autoinmune cuya prevalencia reportada es de 3/100.000 habitantes. Tiene compromiso multisistémico, principalmente el tracto respiratorio superior e inferior, y el sistema nervioso central y renal. La frecuencia del compromiso cardiaco varía según las series estudiadas, pero oscila alrededor de 6%; sin embargo, las manifestaciones clínicas son poco frecuentes. El compromiso valvular se reporta como insuficiencia aórtica o mitral, secundaria a infiltración de las valvas o dilatación de la raíz aórtica. El tratamiento se basa en el control de la enfermedad, el manejo de la falla cardiaca y la intervención quirúrgica de la válvula comprometida según la indicación.

  18. Histologic and bacteriologic findings in valvular endocarditis of slaughter-age pigs

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    Jensen, Henrik E.; Gyllensten, Johanna; Hofman, Carolina

    2010-01-01

    Endocarditis lesions from 117 slaughter pigs were examined pathologically and etiologically in addition to 90 control hearts with cardiac valves. Lesions were located on the valves; however, the lesions had extended to the walls in 21 cases (18%). Lesions predominated on the mitral valve (59....... The propensity for streptococci to be localized on more than 1 valve in single hearts may be because S. suis-infected pigs tend to have been infected for a longer period compared with E. rhusiopathiae. Mineralization of endocarditis lesions was significantly associated with infection by streptococci...... to dystrophic mineralization. Local proliferation of valvular endothelial cells, found in 9 hearts in the current study, may increase the risk of developing thrombosing endocarditis in pigs....

  19. Introducing new implants and imaging techniques for lumbar spinal stenosis

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    Moojen, Wouter Anton

    2014-01-01

    The main objective of this thesis is to compare bony decompression with implantation of interspinous process devices (IPDs) in patients with intermittent neurogenic claudication (INC) caused by lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). A national survey among Dutch spine surgeons is presented about the usual

  20. Assessment of lumbar spinal canal stenosis by magnetic resonance phlebography

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    Manaka, Masakazu; Komagata, Masashi; Endo, Kenji; Imakiire, Atsuhiro [Tokyo Medical Coll. (Japan)

    2003-07-01

    There is evidence to suggest that cauda equina intermittent claudication is caused by local circulatory disturbances in the cauda equina as well as compression of the cauda equina. We evaluated the role of magnetic resonance phlebography (MRP) in identifying circulatory disturbances of the vertebral venous system in patients with lumbar spinal canal stenosis. Extensive filling defects of the anterior internal vertebral venous plexus were evident in patients with lumbar spinal canal stenosis (n=53), whereas only milder abnormalities were noted in patients with other lumber diseases (n=16) and none in normal subjects (n=13). The extent of the defect on MRP correlated with the time at which intermittent claudication appeared. In patients with lumber spinal canal stenosis, extensive defects of the internal vertebral venous plexus on MRP were noted in the neutral spine position, but the defect diminished with anterior flexion of the spine. This phenomenon correlated closely with the time at which intermittent claudication appeared. Our results highlight the importance of MRP for assessing the underlying mechanism of cauda equina intermittent claudication in patients with lumbar spinal canal stenosis and suggest that congestive venous ischemia is involved in the development of intermittent claudication in these patients. (author)

  1. Renal vein oxygen saturation in renal artery stenosis

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    Nielsen, K; Rehling, M; Henriksen, Jens Henrik Sahl

    1992-01-01

    Renal vein oxygen-saturation was measured in 56 patients with arterial hypertension and unilateral stenosis or occlusion of the renal artery. Oxygen-saturation in blood from the ischaemic kidney (84.4%, range 73-93%) was significantly higher than that from the 'normal' contralateral kidney (81...

  2. Drug Eluting Stents for Symptomatic Intracranial and Vertebral Artery Stenosis

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    Fields, J.D.; Petersen, B.D.; Lutsep, H.L.; Nesbit, G.M.; K. C. Liu; Dogan, A; Lee, D S; Clark, W. M.; Barnwell, S L

    2011-01-01

    The use of bare metal stents (BMS) to prevent recurrent stroke due to stenosis of the cerebral vasculature is associated with high rates of restenosis. Drug-eluting stents (DES) may decrease this risk. We evaluated the performance of DES in a cohort of patients treated at our institution.

  3. Clinical impact of balloon angioplasty for branch pulmonary arterial stenosis.

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    Hosking, M C; Thomaidis, C; Hamilton, R; Burrows, P E; Freedom, R M; Benson, L N

    1992-06-01

    The clinical impact of percutaneous balloon angioplasty on the management of patients with native or postoperative pulmonary arterial stenosis was reviewed. Seventy-four patients underwent 110 angioplasty procedures. Mean age at dilation was 6.7 +/- 5.3 years (range 0.2 to 18.1), 17 patients were aged less than 1 year, mean follow-up was 37.7 +/- 22.8 months (range 16 to 96), and 34 patients (44%) had follow-up angiography. Pulmonary artery dilation was acutely successful in 53% of patients, 17% had recurrent stenosis, and 5% had complications. The impact on subsequent care was favorably influenced in 26 of 74 patients (35%) with either complete resolution of stenosis (n = 7), optimizing future surgical conditions (n = 14), reduction in right ventricular pressure by greater than 20% (n = 3), or improvement of ipsilateral lung perfusion (n = 2). No patient previously considered inoperable was subsequently considered suitable for surgical repair owing to the intervention. No correlation was found between success and cardiac diagnosis (p = 0.48), site of stenosis (p = 0.78), balloon-vessel ratio (p = 0.42), or whether the stenotic area consisted of native or synthetic material (p = 0.22). No predictive factors for success could be defined, and often there was only a transient clinical impact. Due to the low complication risk and potential for a beneficial result, it still appears prudent to offer angioplasty as an initial therapeutic modality in this setting.

  4. Endarterectomy or Stenting in Severe Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis.

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    Mannheim, Dallit; Falah, Batla; Karmeli, Ron

    2017-05-01

    Stroke is a major cause of death in the western world, and carotid endarterectomy has been shown to be effective in treating both symptomatic and asymptomatic carotid stenosis. Carotid stenting is a relatively new form of treatment for carotid stenosis and few studies have looked specifically at asymptomatic patients. To retrospectively examine short- and long-term results in the treatment of asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis with surgery or stenting. We retrospectively collected data of all patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis treated by carotid artery stenting or carotid endarterectomy in our department from 2006-2007. The primary endpoints were stroke, myocardial infarction, or death during the periprocedural period; or any ipsilateral stroke, restenosis, or death within 4 years after the procedure. The study comprised 409 patients who were treated by either stenting or surgery. There was a low morbidity rate in both treatment groups with no significant difference in morbidity or mortality between the treatment groups in both in the short-term as well as long-term. Both treatment methods have a low morbidity and mortality rate and should be considered for patients with few risk factors and a long life expectancy. Treatment method should be selected according to the patient's individual risk factors and imaging data.

  5. Duodenal stenosis in a child | Kshirsagar | African Journal of ...

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    We present a case of incomplete duodenal obstruction having a delayed presentation, making diagnosis and early intervention more challenging. Failure of recanalization of the duodenal lumen during the eighth to tenth week of gestation, results in duodenal atresia. Incomplete recanalization can lead to duodenal stenosis ...

  6. Infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis: a single institution's experience

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    ... the Middle East, and Asia are recommended to support the rarity of IHPS in this region of the world. Seasonal variation suggests a possible etiological role for environmental factors. It is of practical use for both epidemiologists and clinicians for future comparability. Keywords: incidence, infantile pyloric stenosis, risk factors ...

  7. Infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis: A case report | Okafor ...

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    Background: The frequency of infantile hypertrophic stenosis is not known in Nigeria. The first case coming to our attention is described. Method: Descriptive case report. Results and conclusion: The infant was otherwise well with low birth weight.. A suggestive abdominal ultrasound was confirmed by barium contrast study ...

  8. Bilious Vomiting in Infantile Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis | Tan ...

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    Infantile Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis (IHPS) is the most common cause of intestinal obstruction requiring surgery in the newborn. The exact aetiology is unknown. IHPS classically presents with non-bilious vomiting. Bilious vomiting is a rare presentation of IHPS that could lead to confusion in diagnosis. In this report we ...

  9. Gastric emptying in adults treated for infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis

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    Rasmussen, L; Oster-Jörgensen, E; Hansen, L P

    1989-01-01

    The gastric emptying rate was scintigraphically determined in 6 women and 26 men who had undergone medical or surgical treatment for infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis a median of 29 years previously. Dyspeptic complaints were reported by four of the seven medically treated and nine of the 25...

  10. Novel noninvasive approach for detecting arteriovenous fistula stenosis.

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    Wang, Hsien-Yi; Wu, Cho-Han; Chen, Chien-Yue; Lin, Bor-Shyh

    2014-06-01

    Hemodialysis is the most common treatment for patients with end-stage renal disease. For hemodialysis, consistently functional vascular access must be surgically created with an anastomosis of artery and vein, referred to as an arteriovenous fistula (AVF). However, AVF dysfunction may occur over time. Angiography and Doppler ultrasound are usually used to detect the flow or the diameter of the AVF. But they require well-trained operators and are expensive, and even angiography is invasive. In this study, a noninvasive approach based on stethoscope auscultation for monitoring AVF stenosis was proposed. Here, a wireless blood flow sound recorder was designed to record blood flow sounds wirelessly. In order to effectively extract the varying feature of blood flow sounds for AVF stenosis, the 2-D feature pattern built from S-transform was also proposed as the feature in the AVF stenosis detecting algorithm. Different from other frequency-related coefficients, the feature pattern can contain the information of blood flow sounds in time and frequency domains simultaneously. Preliminary findings showed that the proposed approach can provide high-quality estimation of AVF stenosis (positive predictive value = 87.84% and sensitivity = 89.24%).

  11. Congenital supravalvular aortic stenosis: defining surgical and nonsurgical outcomes.

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    Hickey, Edward J; Jung, Gordon; Williams, William G; Manlhiot, Cedric; Van Arsdell, Glen S; Caldarone, Christopher A; Coles, John; McCrindle, Brian W

    2008-12-01

    Supravalvular aortic stenosis is a rare stenotic lesion of the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT). We characterized the natural history of the disease and the effect of surgical intervention. Ninety-five children diagnosed with supravalvular aortic stenosis between 1976 and 2006 were studied. Procedural and repeated echocardiography reports were analyzed. Stenosis morphology (localized, 82%; diffuse, 18%) was independent of Williams syndrome (n = 59, 62%). The risk of open operation (n = 47) was 46% +/- 6% at 10 years. Increased risk of operation was associated with higher baseline LVOT peak gradients (p 50 mm Hg and children who required an operation. Operation resulted in persistent relief of LVOT obstruction and accelerated increases in ascending aorta dimensions. Overall survival was 94% +/- 3% and 85% +/- 7% at 10 and 15 years and was similar for surgical and nonsurgical groups. No independent risk factors for death were identified on univariate or multivariable analysis. Many children-particularly those with Williams syndrome-show regression of stenosis without intervention. Children who undergo operation have high LVOT gradients and smaller LVOT z scores that do not improve over time. Surgical intervention alters the natural history: LVOT obstruction is relieved and does not recur, and ascending aortic dimensions progressively enlarge towards normal values.

  12. Bottle-feeding and the Risk of Pyloric Stenosis

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    Krogh, Camilla; Biggar, Robert J; Fischer, Thea Kølsen

    2012-01-01

    Bottle-feeding has been suggested to increase the risk of pyloric stenosis (PS). However, large population-based studies are needed. We examined the effect of bottle-feeding during the first 4 months after birth, by using detailed data about the timing of first exposure to bottle-feeding...

  13. Prognostic importance of atrial fibrillation in asymptomatic aortic stenosis

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    Greve, Anders; Gerdts, Eva; Boman, Kurt

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The frequency and prognostic importance of atrial fibrillation (AF) in asymptomatic mild-to-moderate aortic stenosis (AS) has not been well described. METHODS: Clinical examination, electrocardiography and echocardiography were obtained in asymptomatic patients with mild-to-moderate A...

  14. LumbSten: The lumbar spinal stenosis outcome study

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    Min Kan

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most frequent reason for spinal surgery in elderly people. For patients with moderate or severe symptoms different conservative and surgical treatment modalities are recommended, but knowledge about the effectiveness, in particular of the conservative treatments, is scarce. There is some evidence that surgery improves outcome in about two thirds of the patients. The aims of this study are to derive and validate a prognostic prediction aid to estimate the probability of clinically relevant improvement after surgery and to gain more knowledge about the future course of patients treated by conservative treatment modalities. Methods/Design This is a prospective, multi-centre cohort study within four hospitals of Zurich, Switzerland. We will enroll patients with neurogenic claudication and lumbar spinal stenosis verified by Computer Tomography or Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Participating in the study will have no influence on treatment modality. Clinical data, including relevant prognostic data, will be collected at baseline and the Swiss Spinal Stenosis Questionnaire will be used to quantify severity of symptoms, physical function characteristics, and patient's satisfaction after treatment (primary outcome. Data on outcome will be collected 6 weeks, and 6, 12, 24 and 36 months after inclusion in the study. Applying multivariable statistical methods, a prediction rule to estimate the course after surgery will be derived. Discussion The ultimate goal of the study is to facilitate optimal, knowledge based and individualized treatment recommendations for patients with symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis.

  15. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stenting for carotid bifurcation stenosis

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    Vos, J.A.

    2009-01-01

    Carotid Endartectomy (CEA) has been proven to benefit patients with carotid bifurcation stenosis. For patients unfit for this therapy an alternative has been developed, namely Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting (CAS). No anesthesia or neck dissection is necessary in this procedure. In this thesis

  16. Recurrent carotid stenosis after CEA and CAS: diagnosis and management.

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    Lal, Brajesh K

    2007-12-01

    Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is the preferred method for cerebral revascularization in patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic high-grade extracranial carotid artery stenosis. Carotid artery stenting (CAS) has recently emerged as a less invasive alternative to endarterectomy. Carotid stenting has been demonstrated to be technically feasible and safe in high-risk patients. It has been approved as an acceptable method for revascularization in circumstances where CEA yields suboptimal results. While the final role of CAS in carotid revascularization will be determined on the basis of ongoing randomized trials, it is clear that stenting will continue to be performed in subgroups of patients with carotid stenosis. Therefore, it is anticipated that there will be a corresponding increase in the number of in-stent restenosis cases. Considerable controversy exists regarding the clinical significance, natural history, threshold for management, and appropriate intervention of recurrent carotid stenosis after endarterectomy and after stenting. This review analyzes current information on this important clinical problem and presents evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and management of recurrent carotid stenosis.

  17. Atlantoaxial dislocation associated with stenosis of canal at atlas.

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    Goel A

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    Full Text Available Three rare cases of stenosis of spinal canal at the level of atlas associated with atlantoaxial dislocation are presented. An atlantoaxial lateral mass fixation with plate and screws after posterior midline bony decompression was successfully performed in these cases.

  18. Laryngotracheal Stenosis: Risk Factors for Tracheostomy Dependence and Dilation Interval

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    Gadkaree, Shekhar K; Pandian, Vinciya; Best, Simon; Motz, Kevin M; Allen, Clint; Kim, Young; Akst, Lee; Hillel, Alexander T

    2017-02-01

    Objective Laryngotracheal stenosis (LTS) is a fibrotic process that narrows the upper airway and has a significant impact on breathing and phonation. Iatrogenic injury from endotracheal and/or tracheostomy tubes is the most common etiology. This study investigates differences in LTS etiologies as they relate to tracheostomy dependence and dilation interval. Study Design Case series with chart review. Setting Single-center tertiary care facility. Subjects and Methods Review of adult patients with LTS was performed between 2004 and 2015. The association of patient demographics, comorbidities, disease etiology, and treatment modalities with patient outcomes was assessed. Multiple logistic regression analysis and Kaplan-Meier analysis were performed to determine factors associated with tracheostomy dependence and time to second procedure, respectively. Results A total of 262 patients met inclusion criteria. Iatrogenic patients presented with greater stenosis ( P = .023), greater length of stenosis ( P = .004), and stenosis farther from the vocal folds ( P time to second dilation procedure. Conclusion Iatrogenic LTS presents with a greater disease burden and higher risk of tracheostomy dependence when compared with other etiologies of LTS. Comorbid conditions promoting microvascular injury-including smoking, COPD, and diabetes-were prevalent in the iatrogenic cohort. Changes in hospital practice patterns to promote earlier tracheostomy in high-risk patients could reduce the incidence of LTS.

  19. Infantile Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis: A retrospective study from a ...

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    Back ground: Infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis(IHPS) is a common infantile disorder characterized by enlarged pyloric musculature and gastric outlet obstruction(1). IHPS typically presents with progressive projectile non-bilious vomiting this usually commences between second and eighth week of age. To date there is ...

  20. Interobserver agreement for 10% categories of angiographic carotid stenosis

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    D.W.J. Dippel (Diederik); P.J. Koudstaal (Peter Jan); F. van Kooten (Fop); S.L.M. Bakker (Stef)

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    textabstractBACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Although the reliability of the assessment of severe 70% to 99% carotid stenosis by carotid angiography has been proven excellent, this may not necessarily be the case for a more detailed classification of carotid stenoses by 10% categories. METHODS: Angiograms

  1. Level-Set Based Carotid Artery Segmentation for Stenosis Grading

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    van Bemmel, C.M.; Spreeuwers, Lieuwe Jan; Viergever, M.A.; Niessen, W.J.

    2002-01-01

    A semi-automated method is presented for the determination of the degree of stenosis of the internal carotid artery (ICA) in 3D contrast-enhanced (CE) MR angiograms. Hereto, we determined the central vessel axis (CA), which subsequently is used as an initialization for a level-set based segmentation

  2. Idiopathic pyloric stenosis | Manatakis | Pan African Medical Journal

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    Idiopathic pyloric stenosis in adults is a rare condition of unknown etiology, caused by hypertrophy and hyperplasia of the pyloric musculature with gastric outlet obstruction and delayed gastric emptying. It should be differentiated from the secondary form, caused by recurrent peptic ulcers, malignancy or hypertrophic ...

  3. Balloon valvuloplasty for severe mitral valve stenosis in pregnancy ...

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    Balloon valvuloplasties for severe mitral stenosis were performed on 11 pregnant patients with excellent resutts and no complications. The mitral valve area was increased from a mean of 0.9 cnr to 2.1 cnr. There was no clinically significant mitral regurgitation. The pregnancies proceeded normally to delivery at or near tenn, ...

  4. Clinical characteristics and outcomes with rivaroxaban vs. warfarin in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation but underlying native mitral and aortic valve disease participating in the ROCKET AF trial.

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    Breithardt, Günter; Baumgartner, Helmut; Berkowitz, Scott D; Hellkamp, Anne S; Piccini, Jonathan P; Stevens, Susanna R; Lokhnygina, Yuliya; Patel, Manesh R; Halperin, Jonathan L; Singer, Daniel E; Hankey, Graeme J; Hacke, Werner; Becker, Richard C; Nessel, Christopher C; Mahaffey, Kenneth W; Fox, Keith A A; Califf, Robert M

    2014-12-14

    We investigated clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with significant valvular disease (SVD) in the Rivaroxaban Once Daily Oral Direct Factor Xa Inhibition Compared with Vitamin K Antagonism for Prevention of Stroke and Embolism Trial in Atrial Fibrillation (ROCKET AF) trial. ROCKET AF excluded patients with mitral stenosis or artificial valve prostheses. We used Cox regression to adjust comparisons for potential confounders. Among 14 171 patients, 2003 (14.1%) had SVD; they were older and had more comorbidities than patients without SVD. The rate of stroke or systemic embolism with rivaroxaban vs. warfarin was consistent among patients with SVD [2.01 vs. 2.43%; hazard ratio (HR) 0.83, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.55-1.27] and without SVD (1.96 vs. 2.22%; HR 0.89, 95% CI 0.75-1.07; interaction P = 0.76). However, rates of major and non-major clinically relevant bleeding with rivaroxaban vs. warfarin were higher in patients with SVD (19.8% rivaroxaban vs. 16.8% warfarin; HR 1.25, 95% CI 1.05-1.49) vs. those without (14.2% rivaroxaban vs. 14.1% warfarin; HR 1.01, 95% CI 0.94-1.10; interaction P = 0.034), even when controlling for risk factors and potential confounders. In intracranial haemorrhage, there was no interaction between patients with and without SVD where the overall rate was lower among those randomized to rivaroxaban. Many patients with 'non-valvular atrial fibrillation' have significant valve lesions. Their risk of stroke is similar to that of patients without SVD after controlling for stroke risk factors. Efficacy of rivaroxaban vs. warfarin was similar in patients with and without SVD; however, the observed risk of bleeding was higher with rivaroxaban in patients with SVD but was the same among those without SVD. Atrial fibrillation patients with and without SVD experience the same stroke-preventive benefit of oral anticoagulants. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology.

  5. Incidence and implications of coronary artery disease in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery: The Indian scenario

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    Deepak K Tempe

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims and Objectives: We evaluated the incidence and implications of coronary artery disease (CAD in patients above 40 years presenting for valve surgery. Materials and Methods: Between January 2009 and December 2010, coronary angiography (CAG was performed in all such patients ( n = 140. Results: Coronaries were normal in 119 (Group I, and diseased in 21 (Group II. In Group II, 11 patients were 61 years. In 8 of these, only valve replacement was performed. Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG and aortic valve replacement was performed in 10, CABG and mitral valve replacement in 2 and CABG with mitral and aortic valve replacement in one. The number of vessels grafted in these 13 patients was 1.54 ± 0.66. Hypertension and diabetes were significant ( P < 0.05 in this group. The mortality was significant in Group II (11 vs. 6, P < 0.05. Six patients died in Group II, 5 had severe aortic stenosis and severe left ventricular hypertrophy; the sixth patient had severe mitral stenosis and was in CHF. The predominant cause of death was congestive heart failure (CHF. Conclusions: Fifteen percentage of these patients had CAD. CAG should be performed routinely in these patients while presenting for valve surgery. Combined CABG and valve replacement carries high mortality (28.5%, especially in patients with aortic stenosis. The study suggests that the cardio-protective measures should be applied more rigorously in this subset of patients.

  6. Valvular heart disease is associated with nonfocal neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Roldan, Carlos A; Gelgand, Erika A; Qualls, Clifford R; Sibbitt, Wilmer L

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    Central nonfocal neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (NPSLE) manifests as cognitive dysfunction, acute confusional state, seizures, and psychosis. Valvular heart disease (VHD) is currently not a causal consideration of nonfocal NPSLE. The objective of this study was to determine whether VHD is associated with nonfocal NPSLE. Twenty-eight patients with SLE underwent: 1) clinical and laboratory evaluations; 2) neuropsychiatric evaluation; 3) brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); and 4) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Their findings were compared with those of 28 age- and-sex matched healthy volunteers. Eighteen patients (64%) had nonfocal NPSLE. Cerebral infarcts on MRI were more common in patients with than without NPSLE (50% vs 10%, P=0.048) and antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) were associated with old cerebral infarcts (P=0.03). Valvular heart disease was detected in 20 patients (71%) of whom 20 (71%) had valve thickening, 17 (61%) had valve regurgitation, and 15 (53%) had valve vegetations (12 on the mitral valve). Mitral valve vegetations were more common in patients with than without nonfocal NPSLE and in those with old cerebral infarcts (61% vs 10% and 75% vs 30%, respectively, P

  7. HLA class I and class II HLA DRB profiles in Egyptian children with rheumatic valvular disease.

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    El-Hagrassy, Nashwa; El-Chennawi, Farha; Zaki, Maysaa El-Sayed; Fawzy, Hossam; Zaki, Adel; Joseph, Nabeil

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    Poststreptococcal sequelae, especially acute rheumatic fever/rheumatic heart disease continues to occur in significant proportions in many parts of the world, especially in less developed countries. An important factor in the study of rheumatic heart disease is the human genetic susceptibility to the disease. The aim of the present study was to detect the most prevalent HLA class I and class II types associated with risk of rheumatic heart disease in Egyptian children. Our study was performed on 100 patients with rheumatic valvular heart diseases and 71 control subjects. Patients were recruited from the Heart Institute, Embaba, Egypt. HLA typing for HLA class I was performed by serotyping and HLDR allele genotyping was performed using INNO-LiPA kits. In the study of HLA class I, there was a statistically significant increase in the B5 allele (P = 0.03; odds ratio, 3.46 [1.12-10.72]) in patients compared to controls, while B49 and B52 alleles (P = 0.004 and P = 0.02) were found in controls only. There was a statistically significant increase in HLA DR* 04-02, 3.46 (1.12-10.72) and HLA DR *10-0101 5.75 (1.27-25.98) in patients. Meanwhile HLA DR*1309120 was found only in controls (P = 0.02). Our study provides further information on the genetic predisposition for rheumatic valvular disease and the protective genotypes in rheumatic heart disease. Further insight into the molecular mechanisms of the disease will be a useful tool for predicting clinical outcome in those patients and, thus, potentially offer new means and approaches to treatment and prophylaxis, including a potential vaccine.

  8. Patients with Infectious Endocarditis and Drug Dependence Have Worse Clinical Outcomes after Valvular Surgery.

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    Lemaire, Anthony; Dombrovskiy, Viktor; Saadat, Siavash; Batsides, George; Ghaly, Aziz; Spotnitz, Alan; Lee, Leonard Y

    2017-04-01

    Patients with infective endocarditis (IE) are at high risk for post-operative morbidity and death, which might be associated with drug abuse. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of drug dependence on outcomes in patients who have IE and undergo valvular surgery (VS). The Nationwide/National Inpatient Sample 2001-2012 was queried to select patients with IE who had elective VS using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification diagnosis and procedure codes. Among them, patients with drug dependence (PDD) were identified, and their health status and post-operative outcomes were compared with those in patients without drug dependence (control group). Chi-square and Wilcoxon rank sum tests as well as multi-variable regression analysis were used for statistics. A total of 809 (12.9%) PDD of the 6,264 patients who underwent VS were evaluated. They were younger compared with those in the control group (39.0 ± 10.8 y vs. 54.4 ± 14.8 y; p infectious complications (OR = 1.5; 95% CI 1.27-1.78), specifically pneumonia (OR = 1.4; 95% CI 1.14-1.74) and sepsis (OR = 1.4; 95% CI 1.16-1.63), renal complications (OR = 1.5; 95% CI 1.23-1.77), and pulmonary embolism (OR = 1.9; 95% CI 1.44-2.52). Further, PDD had 11% longer hospital length of stay than those in the control groups (p endocarditis who underwent valvular surgery and lengthens their hospital stay.

  9. Type A aortic dissection: Are there CT signs suggestive of valvular involvement?

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    Platon, Alexandra; Bernard, Stephane; Perrin, Nils; Murith, Nicolas; John, Gregor; Perneger, Thomas; Rutschmann, Olivier T; Poletti, Pierre-Alexandre

    2016-11-01

    To identify the predictive signs of aortic valve involvement on the non-electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated admission computed tomography (CT) of patients with Type A aortic dissection (AD) according to the Stanford classification. We retrospectively analyzed the non-ECG-gated CT examinations of patients admitted to the emergency department who underwent surgery for Type A AD over a period of 4 years. The diameter of the following structures was calculated as the mean of the smallest and largest diameters (mm) measured in two different planes: aortic annulus, sinus of Valsalva, sinotubular junction, and proximal ascending aorta. These parameters were compared against operative reports in order to determine whether they were predictive of aortic valve involvement. In total, 20 patients (13 men and 7 women) of a mean age of 59.5 years (29-80) were included, 55% of patients (11/20) having surgically proven valvular involvement. The mean diameters (inmm) of the aortic annulus, sinus of Valsalva, sinotubular junction and proximal ascending aorta in the group with (and without, respectively) valvular involvement was 27.7 (26.7), 44.3 (38.1), 42.6 (36.6), and 47.8 (45.9). Only the measurement of the mean diameter of the sinuses of Valsalva was significantly predictive (p=0.02) of aortic valve involvement. Our findings suggest that measuring the diameter of the sinuses of Valsalva on non-ECG-gated admission CT examinations allows for predicting aortic valve involvement in Type A AD patients. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Effect of desmopressin on platelet aggregation and blood loss in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery.

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    Jin, Lei; Ji, Hong-Wen

    2015-03-05

    Blood loss after cardiac surgery can be caused by impaired platelet (PLT) function after cardiopulmonary bypass. Desmopressin or 1-deamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP) is a synthetic analog of vasopressin. DDAVP can increase the level of von Willebrand factor and coagulation factor VIII, thus it may enhance PLT function and improve coagulation. In this study, we assessed the effects of DDAVP on PLT aggregation and blood loss in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. A total of 102 patients undergoing valvular heart surgery (from October 2010 to June 2011) were divided into DDAVP group (n = 52) and control group (n = 50). A dose of DDAVP (0.3 μg/kg) was administered to the patients intravenously when they were being re-warmed. At the same time, an equal volume of saline was given to the patients in the control group. PLT aggregation rate was measured with the AggRAM four-way PLT aggregation measurement instrument. The blood loss and transfusion, hemoglobin levels, PLT counts, and urine outputs at different time were recorded and compared. The postoperative blood loss in the first 6 h was significantly reduced in DDAVP group (202 ± 119 ml vs. 258 ± 143 ml, P = 0.023). The incidence of fresh frozen plasma (FFP) transfusion was decreased postoperatively in DDAVP group (3.8% vs. 12%, P = 0.015). There was no significant difference in the PLT aggregation, urine volumes, red blood cell transfusions and blood loss after 24 h between two groups. A single dose of DDAVP can reduce the first 6 h blood loss and FFP transfusion postoperatively in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery, but has no effect on PLT aggregation.

  11. Effect of Desmopressin on Platelet Aggregation and Blood Loss in Patients Undergoing Valvular Heart Surgery

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    Lei Jin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Blood loss after cardiac surgery can be caused by impaired platelet (PLT function after cardiopulmonary bypass. Desmopressin or 1-deamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP is a synthetic analog of vasopressin. DDAVP can increase the level of von Willebrand factor and coagulation factor VIII, thus it may enhance PLT function and improve coagulation. In this study, we assessed the effects of DDAVP on PLT aggregation and blood loss in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Methods: A total of 102 patients undergoing valvular heart surgery (from October 2010 to June 2011 were divided into DDAVP group (n = 52 and control group (n = 50. A dose of DDAVP (0.3 μg/kg was administered to the patients intravenously when they were being re-warmed. At the same time, an equal volume of saline was given to the patients in the control group. PLT aggregation rate was measured with the AggRAM four-way PLT aggregation measurement instrument. The blood loss and transfusion, hemoglobin levels, PLT counts, and urine outputs at different time were recorded and compared. Results: The postoperative blood loss in the first 6 h was significantly reduced in DDAVP group (202 ± 119 ml vs. 258 ± 143 ml, P = 0.023. The incidence of fresh frozen plasma (FFP transfusion was decreased postoperatively in DDAVP group (3.8% vs. 12%, P = 0.015. There was no significant difference in the PLT aggregation, urine volumes, red blood cell transfusions and blood loss after 24 h between two groups. Conclusions: A single dose of DDAVP can reduce the first 6 h blood loss and FFP transfusion postoperatively in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery, but has no effect on PLT aggregation.

  12. Type A aortic dissection: Are there CT signs suggestive of valvular involvement?

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    Platon, Alexandra, E-mail: alexandra.platon@hcuge.ch [Department of Radiology, Emergency Radiology Unit, University Hospital of Geneva, 4 rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil, 1211, Geneva (Switzerland); Bernard, Stephane; Perrin, Nils [Department of Radiology, Emergency Radiology Unit, University Hospital of Geneva, 4 rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil, 1211, Geneva (Switzerland); Murith, Nicolas [Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital of Geneva, 4 rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil, 1211, Geneva (Switzerland); John, Gregor [Department of Internal medicine/Geriatrics and Rehabilitation, University Hospital of Geneva, 4 rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil, 1211, Geneva (Switzerland); Department of Internal Medicine, Hôpital neuchâtelois, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland); Perneger, Thomas [Division of Clinical Epidemiology, University Hospital of Geneva, 4 rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil, 1211, Geneva (Switzerland); Rutschmann, Olivier T. [Division of Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals of Geneva and School of Medicine, 4 rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil, 1211, Geneva (Switzerland); Poletti, Pierre-Alexandre [Department of Radiology, Emergency Radiology Unit, University Hospital of Geneva, 4 rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil, 1211, Geneva (Switzerland)

    2016-11-15

    Highlights: • Non-ECG gated CT rarely shows valve involvement in type A aortic dissection. • Diameters of the aortic root in type A aortic dissection were measured on initial CT. • Sinus of Valsalva diameter >45 mm is 100% specific to predict aortic valve involvement. - Abstract: Aim: To identify the predictive signs of aortic valve involvement on the non-electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated admission computed tomography (CT) of patients with Type A aortic dissection (AD) according to the Stanford classification. Materials and methods: We retrospectively analyzed the non-ECG-gated CT examinations of patients admitted to the emergency department who underwent surgery for Type A AD over a period of 4 years. The diameter of the following structures was calculated as the mean of the smallest and largest diameters (mm) measured in two different planes: aortic annulus, sinus of Valsalva, sinotubular junction, and proximal ascending aorta. These parameters were compared against operative reports in order to determine whether they were predictive of aortic valve involvement. Results: In total, 20 patients (13 men and 7 women) of a mean age of 59.5 years (29–80) were included, 55% of patients (11/20) having surgically proven valvular involvement. The mean diameters (in mm) of the aortic annulus, sinus of Valsalva, sinotubular junction and proximal ascending aorta in the group with (and without, respectively) valvular involvement was 27.7 (26.7), 44.3 (38.1), 42.6 (36.6), and 47.8 (45.9). Only the measurement of the mean diameter of the sinuses of Valsalva was significantly predictive (p = 0.02) of aortic valve involvement. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that measuring the diameter of the sinuses of Valsalva on non-ECG-gated admission CT examinations allows for predicting aortic valve involvement in Type A AD patients.

  13. Investigating the effects of laryngotracheal stenosis on upper airway aerodynamics.

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    Cheng, Tracy; Carpenter, David; Cohen, Seth; Witsell, David; Frank-Ito, Dennis O

    2017-10-17

    Very little is known about the impact of laryngotracheal stenosis (LTS) on inspiratory airflow and resistance, especially in air hunger states. This study investigates the effect of LTS on airway resistance and volumetric flow across three different inspiratory pressures. Head-and-neck computed tomography scans of 11 subjects from 2010 to 2016 were collected. Three-dimensional reconstructions of the upper airway from the nostrils to carina, including the oral cavity, were created for one subject with a normal airway and for 10 patients with LTS. Airflow simulations were conducted using computational fluid dynamics modeling at three different inspiratory pressures (10, 25, 40 pascals [Pa]) for all subjects under two scenarios: 1) inspiration through nostrils only (MC), and 2) through both nostrils and mouth (MO). Volumetric flows in the normal subject at the three inspiratory pressures were considerably higher (MC: 11.8-26.1 L/min; MO: 17.2-36.9 L/min) compared to those in LTS (MC: 2.86-6.75 L/min; MO: 4.11-9.00 L/min). Airway resistances in the normal subject were 0.051 to 0.092 pascal seconds per milliliter (Pa.s)/mL (MC) and 0.035-0.065 Pa.s/mL (MO), which were approximately tenfold lower than those of subjects with LTS: 0.39 to 0.89 Pa.s/mL (MC) and 0.45 to 0.84 Pa.s/mL (MO). Furthermore, subjects with glottic stenosis had the greatest resistance, whereas subjects with subglottic stenosis had the greatest variability in resistance. Subjects with tracheal stenosis had the lowest resistance. This pilot study demonstrates that LTS increases resistance and decreases airflow. Mouth breathing significantly improved airflow and resistance but cannot completely compensate for the effects of stenosis. Furthermore, location of stenosis appears to modulate the effect of the stenosis on resistance differentially. NA. Laryngoscope, 2017. © 2017 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  14. Review in Translational Cardiology: MicroRNAs and Myocardial Fibrosis in Aortic Valve Stenosis, a Deep Insight on Left Ventricular Remodeling.

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    Iacopo, Fabiani; Lorenzo, Conte; Calogero, Enrico; Matteo, Passiatore; Riccardo, Pugliese Nicola; Veronica, Santini; Valentina, Barletta; Riccardo, Liga; Cristian, Scatena; Maria, Mazzanti Chiara; Vitantonio, Di Bello

    2016-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a huge class of noncoding RNAs that regulate protein-encoding genes (degradation/inhibition of translation). miRNAs are nowadays recognized as regulators of biological processes underneath cardiovascular disorders including hypertrophy, ischemia, arrhythmias, and valvular disease. In particular, circulating miRNAs are promising biomarkers of pathology. This review gives an overview of studies in aortic valve stenosis (AS), exclusively considering myocardial remodeling processes. We searched through literature (till September 2016), all studies and reviews involving miRNAs and AS (myocardial compartment). Although at the beginning of a new era, clear evidences exist on the potential diagnostic and prognostic implementation of miRNAs in the clinical setting. In particular, for AS, miRNAs are modulators of myocardial remodeling and hypertrophy. In our experience, here presented in summary, the principal findings of our research were a confirm of the pathophysiological role in AS of miRNA-21, in particular, the interdependence between textural miRNA-21 and fibrogenic stimulus induced by an abnormal left ventricular pressure overload. Moreover, circulating miRNA-21 (biomarker) levels are able to reflect the presence of significant myocardial fibrosis (MF). Thus, the combined evaluation of miRNA-21, a marker of MF, and hypertrophy, together with advanced echocardiographic imaging (two-dimensional speckle tracking), could fulfill many existing gaps, renewing older guidelines paradigms, also allowing a better risk prognostic and diagnostic strategies.

  15. Herpes zoster sciatica mimicking lumbar canal stenosis: a case report.

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    Koda, Masao; Mannoji, Chikato; Oikawa, Makiko; Murakami, Masazumi; Okamoto, Yuzuru; Kon, Tamiyo; Okawa, Akihiko; Ikeda, Osamu; Yamazaki, Masashi; Furuya, Takeo

    2015-07-29

    Symptom of herpes zoster is sometimes difficult to distinguish from sciatica induced by spinal diseases, including lumbar disc herniation and spinal canal stenosis. Here we report a case of sciatica mimicking lumbar canal stenosis. A 74-year-old Chinese male patient visited our hospital for left-sided sciatic pain upon standing or walking for 5 min of approximately 1 month's duration. At the first visit to our hospital, there were no skin lesions. A magnetic resonance imaging showed spinal canal stenosis between the 4th and 5th lumbar spine. Thus, we diagnosed the patient with sciatica induced by spinal canal stenosis. We considered decompression surgery for the stenosis of 4th and 5th lumbar spine because conservative therapy failed to relieve the patient's symptom. At that time, the patient complained of a skin rash involving his left foot for several days. A vesicular rash and erythema were observed on the dorsal and plantar surfaces of the great toe and lateral malleolus. The patient was diagnosed with herpes zoster in the left 5th lumbar spinal nerve area based on clinical findings, including the characteristics of the pain and vesicular rash and erythema in the 5th lumbar spinal dermatome. The patient was treated with famciclovir (1,500 mg/day) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. After 1 week of medication, the skin rash resolved and pain relief was obtained. In conclusion, spinal surgeons should keep in mind herpes zoster infection as one of the possible differential diagnoses of sciatica, even if there is no typical skin rash.

  16. The sedimentation sign for differential diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis.

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    Macedo, Luciana Gazzi; Wang, Yue; Battié, Michele C

    2013-05-01

    Cross-sectional cohort study. To evaluate the diagnostic value of the sedimentation sign further by assessing its performance on the differential diagnosis of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) and other lumbar conditions with similar clinical presentations. Recently, a new test using MR imaging, the sedimentation sign, was introduced to aid in the diagnosis of LSS. The initial testing demonstrated that the sign was positive in 100% of patients with LSS with decreased walking ability and dural sac cross-sectional areas (CSA) less than 80 mm, and negative in 94% of patients with nonspecific low back pain, no leg pain or claudication and dural sac CSA greater than 120 mm. Fifty patients with central or combined LSS, 22 with lateral stenosis only and 43 with posterolateral disc herniation with unilateral radiculopathy were included. Using axial MR images of the lumbar spine, the sedimentation sign was assessed by 2 observers independently, without knowledge of participant clinical history or diagnosis. Frequencies of a positive sign in each patient group were calculated. The sedimentation sign was positive in 2% of patients with disc herniation, 23% with lateral stenosis, and 54% with central or combined stenosis. When the analysis included only patients with LSS with dural sac CSA less than 80 mm and walking limitations similar to the original study introducing the sedimentation sign (n = 17), the proportion of patients presenting with a positive sign increased to 82%. The sedimentation sign is more prevalent in patients with the clinical diagnosis of central or combined LSS than in patients with lateral stenosis only or posterolateral disc herniation. Yet, whether it enhances current diagnostic practices remains undetermined.

  17. [Stent implantation for relief of pulmonary artery branch stenosis].

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    Guo, Ying; Yu, Zhiqing; Liu, Tingliang; Gao, Wei; Huang, Meirong; Li, Fen; Fu, Lijun; Zhao, Pengjun

    2014-05-01

    Branch pulmonary artery stenosis is one of the common congenital heart disease. Stent implantation to relieve branch pulmonary artery stenosis (BPAS) is an alternative to failed surgical or balloon angioplasty. The aim of this study was to explore the indication, methods and complications of using balloon expandable stent placement to treat branch pulmonary artery stenosis, and evaluate the results of stent implantation in the treatment of branch pulmonary artery stenosis. From August 2005 to December 2012, 19 patients underwent an attempt at stent implantation. The median age of those patients was 9.1 years (range 4.0-15.0 years). The median weight was 31.7 kg (range 17.0-60.5 kg); 14/19 patients underwent post surgical repair of tetralogy of Fallot, one patient received post surgical repair of pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect, one patient underwent post surgical repair of pulmonary atresia with intact septum, one with native left BPAS, and one was after surgical repair of aortopulmonary window and the other truncus arteriosus. CP stent and NuMED Balloon-in-Balloon catheter were selected according to digital subtracted angiography measurements. After checking for correct position by angiography, the inner balloon and outer balloon was inflated successively to expand the stent to desired diameter. Statistical analysis was performed with the unpaired Student t test. A total of 26 stents were implanted successfully in 19 patients. The systolic gradient across the stenosis fell from a median of (36.0 ± 18.3) to (3.8 ± 3.4) mmHg (P aortic pressure ratio fell from 0.68 to 0.49 (P children will require further dilation to keep up with normal somatic growth. Intermediate and long-term follow up studies have shown excellent results after further dilation over time.

  18. An unusual case of incaprettamento.

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    Focardi, Martina; Pinchi, Vilma; Defraia, Beatrice; Norelli, Gian-Aristide

    2014-06-01

    Incaprettamento is a ritual strangulation that represents a method of homicide typical of the Italian Mafia. While the victim is in the prone position, he/she is bound by one end of a rope, creating a slipknot around the throat, while the other end is used to tie the limbs behind the back. Forensic investigations reveal that in most cases, the binding of the extremities and the positioning of the victim are carried out after death due to others means and are intended to hold somebody in contempt and to punish betrayers. When the victim is tied while alive, the death is caused by self-strangulation because it is impossible to maintain the legs in this forced position. Here, we describe in detail a case with a lot of similarities to incaprettamento, although we define it as atypical because of the unusual methods of the actual binding and the circumstances in which death occurred. In fact, the investigation of the crime scene, the external and internal findings, and the histologic examination result show that this is a crime of passion.

  19. Unusual presentation of oral amyloidosis

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Amyloidosis is a rare disease of difficult diagnosis that occurs due accumulation of amyloid substance localized or systemic. The oral cavity is an unusual site and can be related to both localized and systemic forms and for that reason a full investigation is necessary to determine the extent of the disease. This study reports a case of a 58-year-old melanoderm male patient referred to the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with white plaques on the tongue and multiple nodules in the region of the buccal mucosa and labial commissure, with 6 months of evolution and painful symptoms. An incisional biopsy was performed on both sites and histological examination indicated the presence of eosinophilic amorphous material within the connective tissue, positive for crystal violet staining, consistent with amyloidosis. At the present time, there is no consensus on the management of local amyloidosis. Surgical treatment of localized forms is indicated in some cases to reduce the functional prejudice. Moreover, follow-up is mandatory, both to manage recurrences and to monitor the possible evolution of the disease to the systemic form.

  20. Prognostic importance of atrial fibrillation in asymptomatic aortic stenosis: The Simvastatin and Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis study

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    Greve, Anders M; Gerdts, Eva; Boman, Kurt

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The frequency and prognostic importance of atrial fibrillation (AF) in asymptomatic mild-to-moderate aortic stenosis (AS) has not been well described. METHODS: Clinical examination, electrocardiography and echocardiography were obtained in asymptomatic patients with mild-to-moderate A...

  1. A long-term echocardiographic study of the course of valvular dysfunctions following discontinuation of ergot-derived dopamine agonists in patients with Parkinson's disease

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    Walter Serra

    2015-03-01

    Conclusions: This long-term study confirms an improvement of the restrictive VHD after withdrawal of EDA in PD patients. However, only a partial reversibility of cardiac valvular abnormalities was observed.

  2. Intravenous flat-detector computed tomography angiography for high-grade carotid stenosis.

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    Jeon, Jin Sue; Sheen, Seung Hun; Kim, Heung Cheol

    2013-01-01

    The significant feature of intravenous flat-detector computed tomography (IV FDCT) angiography is its role in neurointerventional setting without patient transfer. However, few studies have addressed the accuracy of IV FDCT in estimating carotid stenosis and length. This study examined the reliability of IV FDCT in the diagnosis of high-grade carotid stenosis and stenosis length with digital subtraction angiography (DSA) as the reference. Intravenous flat-detector CT and DSA were conducted simultaneously for 33 patients with 42 stenosed carotid arteries who were suspected of having symptomatic high-grade stenosis by carotid duplex ultrasound, magnetic resonance angiography, or CT angiography. The degree of stenosis and length discrepancy between 2 tests were recorded by 2 readers. The intraobserver and interobserver agreements were excellent for measuring high-grade carotid stenosis (κ = 0.87 and 0.82). Intravenous flat-detector CT had a sensitivity of 96.3%, specificity of 93.3%, and negative predictive value of 93.3% for detecting high-grade stenosis (≥70%) compared with DSA. Bland-Altman plots demonstrated excellent correlation of the degree of stenosis IV FDCT with DSA. Length discrepancy (IV FDCT - DSA, in millimeters) did not differ significantly according to degree of stenosis (Spearman rank test; r = 0.18, P = 0.26). Intravenous flat-detector CT can be a feasible and time-saving test for evaluating high-grade carotid stenosis and stenosis length.

  3. Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor with ALK/TPM3 fusion presenting as ileocolic intussusception: an unusual presentation of an unusual neoplasm

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    Milne, Anya N. A.; Sweeney, Karl J.; O'Riordain, Diarmuid S.; Pauwels, Patrick; Debiec-Rychter, Maria; Offerhaus, G. Johan A.; Jeffers, Michael

    2006-01-01

    Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor is a rare spindle cell lesion of indeterminate malignant potential occurring in both pulmonary and extrapulmonary tissues. This report describes an unusual presentation of an unusual tumor at an unusual location: an intramural ileal case of inflammatory

  4. The Inter-Relationship of Periostin, TGFβ, and BMP in Heart Valve Development and Valvular Heart Diseases

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    Simon J. Conway

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent studies have suggested an important role for periostin and transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP ligands in heart valve formation and valvular heart diseases. The function of these molecules in cardiovascular development has previously been individually reviewed, but their association has not been thoroughly examined. Here, we summarize the current understanding of the association between periostin and TGFβ and BMP ligands, and discuss the implications of this association in the context of the role of these molecules in heart valve development and valvular homeostasis. Information about hierarchal connections between periostin and TGFβ and BMP ligands in valvulogenesis will increase our understanding of the pathogenesis, progression, and medical treatment of human valve diseases.

  5. Implantación de protesis valvular aórtica percutánea: resultados a corto plazo

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    Crespín Crespín, Manuel

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    La estenosis aórtica severa sintomática es la valvulopatía más frecuente en nuestro medio y el pronóstico con tratamiento médico es muy desfavorable1-2. La sustitución valvular quirúrgica es el tratamiento de elección en pacientes con estenosis aórtica severa sintomática. Hasta en un 30% de los casos, la cirugía no se lleva a cabo por ser pacientes de alto riesgo quirúrgico por comorbilidad asociada. La aparición del recambio valvular aórtico percutáneo ha brindado la oportunidad de tratar a ...

  6. Hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis with Jaccoud's arthropathy and valvular heart disease: case report and review of the literature.

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    Amano, H; Furuhata, N; Tamura, N; Tokano, Y; Takasaki, Y

    2008-09-01

    We describe a female Japanese patient with concomitant hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis, Jaccoud's arthropathy and valvular heart disease. In 1996, she developed arthritis with swelling of both proximal interphalangeal joints and urticarial vasculitis on both arms that was resolved by administration of glucocorticoid (prednisolone 30 mg/day). Tests for antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies, antinuclear antibody and rheumatoid factor gave negative results. The findings of a skin biopsy examination were consistent with 'leukocytoclastic vasculitis'. During 10 years of observation, the patient manifested polyarthritis leading to progressive deformity of the joints of the hands and feet (without loss of cartilage or erosion of bone), persistent urticaria exacerbated by cold and accompanied by hypocomplementemia and progressive cardiac valvular disease with mitral valve regurgitation. There are only three reports described previously documenting five patients with this rare combination of manifestations.

  7. The inter-relationship of periostin, TGF beta, and BMP in heart valve development and valvular heart diseases.

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    Conway, Simon J; Doetschman, Thomas; Azhar, Mohamad

    2011-07-28

    Recent studies have suggested an important role for periostin and transforming growth factor beta (TGF beta) and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) ligands in heart valve formation and valvular heart diseases. The function of these molecules in cardiovascular development has previously been individually reviewed, but their association has not been thoroughly examined. Here, we summarize the current understanding of the association between periostin and TGF beta and BMP ligands, and discuss the implications of this association in the context of the role of these molecules in heart valve development and valvular homeostasis. Information about hierarchal connections between periostin and TGF beta and BMP ligands in valvulogenesis will increase our understanding of the pathogenesis, progression, and medical treatment of human valve diseases.

  8. Prevalence of valvular heart diseases and associated risk factors in Han, Uygur and Kazak population in Xinjiang, China.

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    Wang, Yong-Tao; Tao, Jing; Maimaiti, Ailifeire; Adi, Dilare; Yang, Yi-Ning; Li, Xiao-Mei; Ma, Xiang; Liu, Fen; Chen, Bang-Dang; Ma, Yi-Tong

    2017-01-01

    Valvular heart diseases (VHD) is very common in clinical practice and has became the subject of growing attention in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Our aim was to assess the prevalence and correlates of VHD in the general population in Xinjiang, China. Using a 4-stage stratified cluster random sampling method, a total of 14618 participants were recruited in the Cardiovascular Risk Survey (CRS) study. The participants' personal information, medical history were assessed by questionnaire. VHD was diagnosed by transthoracic echocardiography. We carried out the statistical analysis utilizing SPSS Statistics version 19.0. In the total study group, VHD was observed in 1397 (9.65%) individuals. The prevalence rates of VHD in Han, Uygur and Kazak group are 13.51%, 2.71% and 12.29% respectively. The prevalence rates of VHD increased strikingly with age (all P Valvular heart diseases should be regarded as a serious and growing public-health problem.

  9. The Inter-Relationship of Periostin, TGFβ, and BMP in Heart Valve Development and Valvular Heart Diseases

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    Conway, Simon J.; Doetschman, Thomas; Azhar, Mohamad

    2011-01-01

    Recent studies have suggested an important role for periostin and transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) ligands in heart valve formation and valvular heart diseases. The function of these molecules in cardiovascular development has previously been individually reviewed, but their association has not been thoroughly examined. Here, we summarize the current understanding of the association between periostin and TGFβ and BMP ligands, and discuss the implications of this association in the context of the role of these molecules in heart valve development and valvular homeostasis. Information about hierarchal connections between periostin and TGFβ and BMP ligands in valvulogenesis will increase our understanding of the pathogenesis, progression, and medical treatment of human valve diseases. PMID:21805020

  10. Prognostic value of clinical and Doppler echocardiographic findings in children and adolescents with significant rheumatic valvular disease

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    Fátima Derlene da Rocha Araújo

    2012-01-01

    Conclusions: Our study suggests that the use of Doppler echocardiography during RF helps to identify prognostic factors regarding the development of significant valvular heart disease. Initial severe carditis is an important factor in the long-term prognosis of chronic RHD, whereas arthritis and chore during the initial episode of RF appears to be protective. Strict secondary prophylaxis should be mandatory in high risk patients.

  11. Prognostic value of clinical and Doppler echocardiographic findings in children and adolescents with significant rheumatic valvular disease.

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    Araújo, Fátima Derlene da Rocha; Goulart, Eugênio Marcos Andrade; Meira, Zilda Maria Alves

    2012-07-01

    The diagnosis of acute rheumatic fever (RF) is based on clinical findings. However, during the chronic phase of the disease, the clinical approach is not sufficient for the follow-up of the patients and the Doppler echocardiography is a tool for the diagnosis of cardiac involvement. Prognostic variables that influence long-term outcomes are not well known. 462 patients with RF according to Jones criteria were studied, and followed-up from the initial attack to 13.6 ± 4.6 years. All patients underwent clinical assessment and Doppler echocardiography for the detection of heart valve involvement in the acute and chronic phases. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to identify the factors influencing long-term heart valve disease. Carditis occurred in 55.8% and subclinical valvulitis in 35.3% patients. In the chronic phase, 33% of the patients had significant valvular heart disease. No normal Doppler echocardiography exam was observed on patients who had severe valvulitis, although heart auscultation had become normal in 13% of these. In the multivariate analysis, only the severity of carditis and the mitral and/or aortic valvulitis were associated with significant valvular heart disease. Chorea or arthritis were protective factors for significant valvular heart disease, odds ratio 0.41 (95% C.I. 0.22 - 0.77) and 0.43 (95% C.I. 0.23 - 0.82), respectively. Our study suggests that the use of Doppler echocardiography during RF helps to identify prognostic factors regarding the development of significant valvular heart disease. Initial severe carditis is an important factor in the long-term prognosis of chronic RHD, whereas arthritis and chore during the initial episode of RF appears to be protective. Strict secondary prophylaxis should be mandatory in high risk patients.

  12. ECHOCARDIOGRAPHIC PROFILE OF VALVULAR LESIONS IN CHILDREN WITH ACUTE RHEUMATIC FEVER / RHEUMATIC HEART DISEASE IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL

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    Ramu; Deepak Kumar

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    CONTEXT (B ACKGROUND): Rheumatic Heart disease is still a leading cause of valvular disease in developing countries like India and constitutes 10 to 50% of the cardiac patients in Indian hospitals. Echocardiography is a very sensitive investigation for the diagnosis of Rheumatic Carditis and its sequalae like Mitral, Aortic and Tricuspid valve disease as well as sub clinical Carditis. AIMS & OBJECTIVES: To study the profile, severity and gender based differences of ...

  13. Relationship between Calcium-Phosphorus Product and Severity of Valvular Heart Insufficiency in Patients Undergoing Chronic Hemodialysis

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    Mehrdad Sheikhvatan

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Recent interests have mainly focused on the roles of serum calcium and phosphorus and their product (Ca-P product in the development of valvular heart disease. The present study assessed the relationship between the Ca-P product and the severity of valvular heart disease in end-stage renal disease (ESRD patients undergoing chronic hemodialysis.Methods: This cross-sectional study reviewed the clinical course of 72 consecutive patients with the final diagnosis of ESRD candidated for chronic hemodialysis. The severity of valvular heart disease was determined using M-mode two-dimensional echocardiography. The serum calcium and phosphate values adopted were those values measured on the day between the two consecutive dialyses, and the Ca-P product was calculated.Results: The most common causes of ESRD were diabetic nephropathy, malignant hypertension, and chronic glomerulonephritis. The mean Ca-P product level in the dialysis patients was 50.44 ± 17.78 mg2/dL2. The receiver-operator characteristic (ROC curve illustrated that a Ca-P product level > 42 mg2/dL2 was the optimal value in terms of sensitivity and specificity for predicting the presence of valvular insufficiency. Aortic insufficiency was directly associated with a high Ca-P product value after adjustment for age, gender, serum albumin, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease, and serum creatinine (β = 0.412, SE = 158, p value= 0.011.Conclusion: A positive relationship between the Ca-P product value and the severity of aortic insufficiency is expected. Achieving an appropriate control of the Ca-P product level may decrease aortic valve calcification and improve the survival of patients on chronic hemodialysis.

  14. Spinal canal stenosis at the level of Atlas

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    Suchanda Bhattacharjee

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We report here a rare case of high cervical stenosis at the level of atlas who presented with progressively deteriorating quadriparesis and respiratory distress. A 10-year-old boy presented with above symptoms of one-year duration with a preceding history of trivial trauma prior to onset of such symptoms. Cervical spine MRI revealed a significant stenosis at the level of atlas from the posterior side with a syrinx extending above and below. High-resolution computed tomography of the above level yielded an ill-defined osseous bar compressing the canal at the level of C 1 posterior arch, which appeared bifid in the midline. The patient was immediately taken up for surgery in view of his respiratory complaints. The child showed an excellent recovery after excision of the posterior arch of atlas and removal of the compressing osseous structure.

  15. Endoscopic management of posttraumatic supraglottic stenosis in the pediatric population.

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    Oosthuizen, Johannes Christiaan

    2012-02-01

    OBJECTIVES: Pediatric blunt laryngeal trauma is a rare and potentially life-threatening entity. External injuries can be misleading, and a high index of suspicion, as well as early intervention, is essential to achieve the best possible outcome. The authors of this report review the management of blunt laryngeal trauma in the pediatric population and describe the endoscopic management of posttraumatic supraglottic stenosis. METHODS: Methods used were case report from a tertiary referral institution and review of the literature. RESULTS: We describe the case of a 13-year-old girl whom developed supraglottic stenosis following blunt laryngeal trauma. Innovative endoscopic techniques were used in the successful management of this exceedingly rare entity. CONCLUSION: Early recognition and intervention are of paramount importance if successful endoscopic management of blunt laryngeal trauma is to be considered.

  16. Valve Calcification in Aortic Stenosis: Etiology and Diagnostic Imaging Techniques

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    María Manuela Izquierdo-Gómez

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    Full Text Available Aortic stenosis is the most common valvulopathy in the Western world. Its prevalence has increased significantly in recent years due to population aging; hence, up to 8% of westerners above the age of 84 now have severe aortic stenosis (Lindroos et al., 1993. This causes increased morbidity and mortality and therein lies the importance of adequate diagnosis and stratification of the degree of severity which allows planning the best therapeutic option in each case. Long understood as a passive age-related degenerative process, it is now considered a rather more complex entity involving mechanisms and factors similar to those of atherosclerosis (Stewart et al., 1997. In this review, we summarize the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of the disease and analyze the current role of cardiac imaging techniques for diagnosis.

  17. Neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio is associated with thromboembolic stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

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    Ertaş, Gökhan; Sönmez, Osman; Turfan, Murat; Kul, Seref; Erdoğan, Ercan; Tasal, Abdurrahman; Bacaksiz, Ahmet; Vatankulu, Mehmet Akif; Altıntaş, Ozge; Uyarel, Hüseyin; Göktekin, Omer

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    Neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has been associated with poor outcomes in patients with cardiovascular diseases. However, little is known about the role of NLR in patients with thromboembolic stroke due to atrial fibrillation (AF). We aimed to compare the NLR ratios between non-valvular AF patients with or without thromboembolic stroke. A total of 126 non-valvular AF patients with or without stroke were included in the study; 126 consecutive patients (52 males and 74 females), mean age, 70 ± 10.2 years old. No patient had a recent history of an acute infection or an inflammatory disease. Baseline NLR was measured by dividing neutrophil count to lymphocyte count. WBC count>12.000 cells per μL or 38 º are excluded from the study. Mean NLR was significantly higher among persons with stroke compared to individuals without a stroke (5.6 ± 3.4 vs. 3.1 ± 2.1, p=0.001). There were no significant differences in RDW levels between the two groups (p>0.05). HAS-BLED and CHADS(2) scores were significantly higher in the stroke group. Higher NLR, an emerging marker of inflammation, is associated with thromboembolic stroke in non-valvular AF patients. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Evaluation of Congenital Valvular Heart Diseases by the Pediatrician: When to Follow, When to Refer for Intervention?

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    Singhi, Anil Kumar; Kumar, Raman Krishna

    2015-11-01

    Isolated congenital valvular heart disease in children constitutes a small fraction of congenital heart diseases. Valve involvement is seen more along with other congenital diseases. The most commonly involved valve is the pulmonary valve followed by the aortic valve. Stenotic lesions of the pulmonary and aortic valves are more frequently encountered than mitral and tricuspid valvular lesions. The presentation depends on the severity of the lesion and the age of the patient. Symptoms range from asymptomatic status to florid symptoms of valve obstruction and/or leak. Detailed clinical assessment and various imaging techniques confirm the diagnosis and help in management planning. Transcatheter balloon dilatation for obstructive pulmonary valve has very good long-term outcomes. The results of balloon dilation of aortic valve are also good enough for it to be the treatment of choice. Significant lesions of the mitral and tricuspid valve, regurgitant lesions, sub and supra valvular obstructions require surgical correction. Most valvar lesions mandate regular follow up. Communication and coordination between the pediatric cardiologist and the pediatrician helps in the optimal management.

  19. Carotid stenosis measurement on colour Doppler ultrasound: Agreement of ECST, NASCET and CCA methods applied to ultrasound with intra-arterial angiographic stenosis measurement

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    Wardlaw, Joanna M. [Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road, Edinburgh EH4 2XU (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: jmw@skull.dcn.ed.ac.uk; Lewis, Steff [Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road, Edinburgh EH4 2XU (United Kingdom)

    2005-11-01

    Purpose: Carotid stenosis is usually determined on Doppler ultrasound from velocity readings. We wondered if angiography-style stenosis measurements applied to ultrasound images improved accuracy over velocity readings alone, and if so, which measure correlated best with angiography. Materials and methods: We studied prospectively patients undergoing colour Doppler ultrasound (CDU) for TIA or minor stroke. Those with 50%+ symptomatic internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis had intra-arterial angiography (IAA). We measured peak systolic ICA velocity, and from the ultrasound image, the minimal residual lumen, the original lumen (ECST), ICA diameter distal (NASCET) and CCA diameter proximal (CCA method) to the stenosis. The IAAs were measured by ECST, NASCET and CCA methods also, blind to CDU. Results: Amongst 164 patients (328 arteries), on CDU the ECST, NASCET and CCA stenosis measures were similarly related to each other (ECST = 0.54 NASCET + 46) as on IAA (ECST = 0.6 NASCET + 40). Agreement between CDU- and IAA-measured stenosis was similar for ECST (r = 0.51), and CCA (r = 0.48) methods, and slightly worse for NASCET (r = 0.41). Adding IAA-style stenosis to the peak systolic ICA velocity did not improve agreement with IAA over peak systolic velocity alone. Conclusion: Angiography-style stenosis measures have similar inter-relationships when applied to CDU, but do not improve accuracy of ultrasound over peak systolic ICA velocity alone.

  20. When stenting in renal artery stenosis? Update on pathophysiology of ischemic nephropathy and management strategies

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    Alessandro Zuccalà

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, decisions taken on the optimal management of patients with renal artery stenosis have triggered off controversy and debate among clinicians dealing with renovascular disease. The main reason underlying this ongoing controversy may be the heterogeneity of the clinical entities that are normally associated with the umbrella definition of renal artery stenosis. Indeed a causal link between the stenosis and its clinical consequences (i.e. hypertension, renal failure can often demonstrated in some entities, such as fibromuscular dysplasia, truncal stenosis or arterial stenosis in the transplanted kidney, which can be defined as pure renal artery stenosis. On the contrary, the entity generally called ostial stenosis is a disease of the abdominal aorta where it encroaches the ostium of the renal artery at the end of a long process involving the entire vascular tree. Patients affected by ostial stenosis also suffer from generalized atherosclerosis, and kidney damage is often caused by the atherosclerotic environment with the stenosis acting as an innocent bystander. This may account for the low rate of renal function recovery in subjects with ostial stenosis. In our view, keeping the different entities separate along with a careful understanding of the mechanisms underpinning renal damage, particularly the intrarenal activation of the renin angiotensin system which in turn induces renal inflammation and oxidative stress, may enable clinicians to make the right decisions in regard to revascularization.

  1. Improved stenosis geometry by quantitative coronary arteriography after vigorous risk factor modification.

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    Gould, K L; Ornish, D; Kirkeeide, R; Brown, S; Stuart, Y; Buchi, M; Billings, J; Armstrong, W; Ports, T; Scherwitz, L

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    This study is a randomized, controlled, blinded, arteriographic trial to determine the effects of a low-cholesterol, low-fat, vegetarian diet, stress management and moderate aerobic exercise on geometric dimensions, shape and fluid dynamic characteristics of coronary artery stenoses in humans. Complex changes of different primary stenosis dimensions in opposite directions or to different degrees cause stenosis shape change with profound effects on fluid dynamic severity, not accounted for by simple percent narrowing. Accordingly, all stenosis dimensions were analyzed, including proximal, minimal, distal diameter, integrated length, exit angles and exit effects, determining stenosis shape and a single integrated measure of stenosis severity, stenosis flow reserve reflecting functional severity. In the control group, complex shape change and a stenosis-molding characteristic of statistically significant progressing severity occurred with worsening of stenosis flow reserve. In the treated group, complex shape change and stenosis molding characteristic of significant regressing severity was observed with improved stenosis flow reserve, thereby documenting the multidimensional characteristics of regressing coronary artery disease in humans.

  2. Relationship between carotid artery stenosis and ischemic ocular diseases

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    Qian Chen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the relationship between carotid artery stenosis and ischemic ocular diseases.METHODS: The clinical data of 30 cases(37 eyesof patients with ischemic eye diseases were collected from November 2010 to May 2014, and they were accepted the fundus fluorescein angiography(FFA, transcranial Doppler(TCDultrasonic blood vessels of the eye, neck vascular color Doppler flow imaging(CDFI, the neck CT angiography(CTAand carotid artery digital subtraction angiography(DSAexamination, and then the ischemic eye disease patients with ocular symptoms were analyzed. The peak systolic velocity(PSVand resistance index(RIof ophthalmic artery and central retinal artery were compared. Correlation between the internal carotid artery intima-media thickness(IMTand ophthalmic artery, central retinal artery PSV and RI correlation risk; ipsilateral internal carotid artery plaque and ophthalmic artery PSV and RI; PSV and RI associated ipsilateral internal carotid artery plaque and central retinal artery were analyzed. RESULTS: Eye symptoms: a black dim, reduced vision, the eyes flash, and around the eye pain were 75.7%, 83.8%, 51.4% and 32.4%; The eye signs: the dilatation of retinal vein, retinal hemorrhage, arterial stenosis and cotton spot and the contralateral side were regarded as main signs. Ophthalmic artery PSV and RI value of the differences were statistically significant(PPP>0.05; The ipsilateral internal carotid artery plaque and ophthalmic artery PSV had no correlation with RI values(P>0.05; PSV and RI and the ipsilateral internal carotid artery plaque and central retinal artery had no correlation(P>0.05.CONCLUSION: The incidence of ischemic eye diseases and internal carotid artery stenosis is associated with very close, the clinical can regard the degree of internal carotid artery stenosis as an important basis for diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.

  3. [Efficacy of sorption therapy in patients with cicatricial esophageal stenosis].

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    Chikinev, Iu V; Antonov, A R; Korobeĭnikov, A V

    2006-01-01

    We examined 110 patients treated conservatively for cicatricial esophageal stenosis including expansion on the string. The patients were divided into three groups: controls (n = 35), receiving adjuvant SUMS-1 (n = 38) and given adjuvant enterosgel (n = 37). According to electron microscopy, enterosorbents make esophageal mucosa denser by decreasing interstitial spaces as a result of microcirculatory improvement and reduction of edema. Enterosorbents elevate total protein and sugar in the blood.

  4. How to manage hypertension with atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis?

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    Ricco, Jean-Baptiste; Belmonte, Romain; Illuminati, Guilio; Barral, Xavier; Schneider, Fabrice; Chavent, Bertrand

    2017-04-01

    The management of atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis (ARAS) in patients with hypertension has been the topic of great controversy. Major contemporary clinical trials such as the Cardiovascular Outcomes for Renal Artery lesions (CORAL) and Angioplasty and Stenting for Renal Atherosclerotic lesions (ASTRAL) have failed to show significant benefit of revascularization over medical management in controlling blood pressure and preserving renal function. We present here the implications and limitations of these trials and formulate recommendations for management of ARAS.

  5. Determination of legal responsibility in iatrogenic tracheal and laryngeal stenosis.

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    Svider, Peter F; Pashkova, Anna A; Husain, Qasim; Mauro, Andrew C; Eloy, Jean Daniel; Baredes, Soly; Eloy, Jean Anderson

    2013-07-01

    Laryngotracheal stenosis usually occurs as a result of injury from endotracheal intubation or tracheostomy placement. With an estimated incidence of 1% to 22% after these procedures, chronic sequelae ranging from discomfort to devastating effects on quality of life, and even death, make this complication a potential litigation target. We examined federal and state court records for malpractice regarding laryngotracheal stenosis and examined characteristics influencing determination of liability. Retrospective analysis. The Westlaw Next legal database (Thomson Reuters, New York, NY) was searched for pertinent federal and state malpractice cases and examined for several factors including alleged cause of malpractice, complications, case outcome, and specialty of the defendants. Twenty-three pertinent cases over 35 years were identified. Fourteen (60.9%) cases were decided in the physician's favor, with six plaintiff verdicts awarding an average of $922,129 for malpractice, and three out-of-court settlements averaging $441,600. Hospitals were the most frequently named defendants, and anesthesiologists were most commonly named physician defendants. Endotracheal intubations and tracheostomy history were frequent factors in these cases. Laryngeal lesions were more likely to result in payments, trending higher than those stemming from tracheal lesions. Multiple cases mentioned previous intubation as a potential risk factor that may have led to laryngotracheal stenosis. Location of stenosis and requirement of reparative procedures may also influence outcomes. Cases not decided in the defendant's favor frequently included other extenuating circumstances, including severity of other injuries. Although the majority of cases were defendant decisions, the verdicts decided for the plaintiffs had considerable damages awarded. Copyright © 2013 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  6. Stenosis of the thoracic aorta in Williams syndrome.

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    Collins, R Thomas; Kaplan, Paige; Rome, Jonathan J

    2010-08-01

    Williams syndrome (WS) is a multisystem congenital disorder affecting 1/8000 live births. Our objective was to review our experience with stenosis of the thoracic aorta (STA) in these patients. A retrospective review was undertaken of consecutive WS patients at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from January 1, 1980, through December 31, 2007. WS was diagnosed by an experienced medical geneticist and/or by fluorescence in situ hybridization. Stenosis was diagnosed with either echocardiography or cardiac catheterization. Freedom from intervention was determined using Kaplan-Meier analysis. From a total cohort of 270 patients, 37 (14%) patients with STA were identified and comprised the study group. Age at presentation was 2.1 + or - 4.0 years, and follow-up was 11.8 + or - 12.6 years (range 0-51). Long-segment STA was more common (89%) than discrete STA. Severity of STA was mild in 18, moderate in 10, and severe in 9 patients. Branch pulmonary artery stenosis was seen in 62% (23 of 37) of STA patients, and supravalvar aortic stenosis was seen in 54% (20 of 37) STA patients. Nine (24%) patients underwent intervention for STA: 8 cases were severe, and 1 case was moderate. Restenosis resulting in reintervention occurred in 5 of 9 (56%) patients, with 4 of 5 (80%) patients undergoing multiple reinterventions. Freedom from intervention was 89, 82, and 73% at 1, 5, and 20 years, respectively. One patient died. STA is common in WS and is generally the long-segment type. In patients with STA, interventions are common and usually occur by 5 years of age. Reintervention for STA occurs frequently.

  7. Increased risk of aortic valve stenosis in patients with psoriasis

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    Khalid, Usman; Ahlehoff, Ole; Gislason, Gunnar Hilmar

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    AIM: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease including atherosclerosis. The pathogenesis of aortic valve stenosis (AS) also includes an inflammatory component. We therefore investigated the risk of AS in patients with psoriasis compared...... with mild and severe disease, respectively. CONCLUSION: In a nationwide cohort, psoriasis was associated with a disease severity-dependent increased risk of AS. The mechanisms underlying this novel finding require further study....

  8. La cirugía valvular mínimamente invasiva

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    Orlando Santana

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    Full Text Available Introducción: La cirugía valvular mínimamente invasiva representa un cambio significativo en el tratamiento de las enfermedades valvulares. Este procedimiento se ha convertido en una opción de tratamiento que puede representar menos riesgos para el paciente, especialmente si se realiza en centros que han desarrollado experiencia con la técnica quirúrgica. Métodos: Revisión de la literatura y reporte de experiencia con la utilización del método descrito. Resultados: En cuanto a la incidencia de re-exploración por sangramiento, fibrilación auricular y eventos tromboembólicos no se encontró diferencia significativa entre la esternotomía media y la cirugía mínimamente invasiva pero con esta última se observó menor necesidad de transfusiones sanguíneas, menor incidencia de infecciones del esternón, al igual que menos dolor postoperatorio, corta permanencia en la unidad de cuidados intensivos y en el hospital, menos uso de analgésicos, mayor satisfacción del paciente, reducción en el uso de los servicios de rehabilitación y regreso a las actividades normales. Sin embargo, existe mayor número de accidentes cerebrovasculares asociados a la cirugía mínimamente invasiva. La mortalidad entre ambas técnicas es similar, excepto en pacientes de alto riesgo, en quienes se ha demostrado una reducción en la mortalidad con la cirugía mínimamente invasiva. Conclusiones: La cirugía de mínimo acceso se relaciona con recuperación más rápida y mayor satisfacción para el paciente, así como con reducción de complicaciones postoperatorias y de la mortalidad en pacientes de riesgo alto.

  9. Multiple Congenital Colonic Stenosis: A Rare Gastrointestinal Malformation

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    Zambaiti Elisa

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    Full Text Available Congenital colonic stenosis is a rare pediatric condition. Since 1968, only 16 cases have been reported in the literature. To the authors’ knowledge, multiple congenital colonic stenosis has not been previously reported in the literature. We report the case of a 2-month-old male, presented at our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with a suspicion of intestinal malrotation. Clinical examination revealed persistent abdominal distension. During the enema examination, the contrast medium appeared to fill the lumen of the colon up to three stenotic segments and could not proceed further. Intraoperatively we confirmed the presence of four types of colonic atresia, located in the ascending, transverse, and descending colon, respectively, plus appendix atresia. First surgical steps consisted in resection of proximal stenotic segment, appendix removal, proximal cecostomy, and distal colostomy on ascending colon in order to preserve colonic length. Histopathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of colonic stenosis. Final surgical step consisted in multiple colocolostomy and enteroplasty. A planned two-stage procedure, consisting of resection with colostomy for decompression as the first step and a later anastomosis, is recommended in order to allow bowel length preservation.

  10. Management of refractory esophageal stenosis in the pediatric age

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    Fernando Alberca-de-las-Parras

    Full Text Available Introduction: Refractory esophageal stenosis (RES is a major health problem in the pediatric population. Several techniques such as stent placement or C-mitomycin (CM have been described as alternative treatments. We present our experience with both techniques, in our case with biodegradable stents (BS and sometimes the association with stents and CM. Material and methods: Six patients have been included: 2 post-operative fistulas in patients with type I esophageal atresia; 1 operated atresia without fistula; and 3 caustic strictures. 5 BS were placed in 4 children: 3 of them in cases of atresia (2 prosthesis in one case and the other one in a case of stricture. CM was used in 5 cases: in 2 of them from the beginning, and in the other 3 cases after failure of the stent. Results: When placed in fistulas, BS were fully covered. One of them successfully treated the fistula, but the other one was not effective. One stenosis was successfully treated with SB (in the case of persistent fistula, but recurrence was observed in the other 2 cases. One of these was solved with CM, and the other one needed a second stent. In the remaining 2 cases (one atresia and one caustic stricture CM was effective after 1 and 2 sessions respectively. Overall, 5 out of 6 stenosis have been successfully treated (83.3%, and 1 out of 2 fistulas (50%. Conclusions: Association of BS and CM has been effective in the management of RES in children.

  11. [Is there a role for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis screening?].

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    Heldenberg, Eitan; Bass, Arie

    2014-08-01

    Screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis (CAS) is highly controversial Many surgeons routinely screen their patients for carotid disease prior to major operations, yet the benefit of such practice was never demonstrated. The treatment of symptomatic patients has not changed much during the last twenty years, since the publication of the North American Symptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy Trial (NASCET). However, in contrast, the Asymptomatic Carotid Atherosclerosis Study (ACAS) and the Asymptomatic Carotid Surgery Trial (ACST) failed to get the same acceptance among the multidisciplinary group treating CAS.The prevalence of asymptomatic 60-99% carotid artery stenosis among the general population is about 1%. Neither ACAS nor ACST showed that stenosis severity was associated with increasing stroke risk. The 'realpolitik' is that mass interventions in asymptomatic patients will probably only ever prevent about 1% of all strokes. This is even truer regarding patients scheduLed for major operation, in which the incidence of stroke is less than 1%. Moreover the current evidence in the literature suggests that the best medicaL treatment (BMT) results in 0.5% strokes per year, better than resuLts which can be offered by surgery. According to the current evidence, it seems that asymptomatic carotid artery screening should be discontinued, since it is a major waste of resources.

  12. An Overview of Tracheal Stenosis Research Trends and Hot Topics.

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    Farzanegan, Roya; Feizabadi, Mansoureh; Ghorbani, Fariba; Movassaghi, Masoud; Vaziri, Esmaeil; Zangi, Mahdi; Lajevardi, Seyedamirmohammad; Shadmehr, Mohammad Behgam

    2017-09-01

    Tracheal stenosis remains a challenge in the thoracic surgery field. Recognizing the hot topics and major concepts in this area would help the health policy makers to determine their own priorities and design the effective research plans. The present study analyzed and mapped the topics and trends of tracheal stenosis studies over time as well as authors' and countries' contributions. Search results were obtained employing Bibexcel. To determine cold and hot topics, co-occurrence analysis was applied using three international databases 'Web of Science', 'PubMed' and 'Scopus'. Appropriately, different categories in the articles such as keywords, authors, and countries were explored via VOSviewer and NetDraw. Afterward, the trends of research topics were depicted in four time-intervals from 1945 to 2015 by ten co-occurrence terms. The majority of articles were limited to case series and retrospective studies. The studies had been conducted less frequently on prevention, risk factors and incidence determination but extensively on treatment and procedures. Based on the articles indexed in WOS, 45 countries and 8,260 authors have contributed to scientific progress in this field. The highest degree of cooperation occurred between the USA and England with 15 common papers. Most of the published literature in tracheal stenosis research field was about surgical and non-surgical treatments. Conducting the screening and prevention studies would diminish the burden of this disease on the health system as well as the patients and their families' well-being.

  13. Fibrotic Aortic Valve Stenosis in Hypercholesterolemic/Hypertensive Mice.

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    Chu, Yi; Lund, Donald D; Doshi, Hardik; Keen, Henry L; Knudtson, Kevin L; Funk, Nathan D; Shao, Jian Q; Cheng, Justine; Hajj, Georges P; Zimmerman, Kathy A; Davis, Melissa K; Brooks, Robert M; Chapleau, Mark W; Sigmund, Curt D; Weiss, Robert M; Heistad, Donald D

    2016-03-01

    Hypercholesterolemia and hypertension are associated with aortic valve stenosis (AVS) in humans. We have examined aortic valve function, structure, and gene expression in hypercholesterolemic/hypertensive mice. Control, hypertensive, hypercholesterolemic (Apoe(-/-)), and hypercholesterolemic/hypertensive mice were studied. Severe aortic stenosis (echocardiography) occurred only in hypercholesterolemic/hypertensive mice. There was minimal calcification of the aortic valve. Several structural changes were identified at the base of the valve. The intercusp raphe (or seam between leaflets) was longer in hypercholesterolemic/hypertensive mice than in other mice, and collagen fibers at the base of the leaflets were reoriented to form a mesh. In hypercholesterolemic/hypertensive mice, the cusps were asymmetrical, which may contribute to changes that produce AVS. RNA sequencing was used to identify molecular targets during the developmental phase of stenosis. Genes related to the structure of the valve were identified, which differentially expressed before fibrotic AVS developed. Both RNA and protein of a profibrotic molecule, plasminogen activator inhibitor 1, were increased greatly in hypercholesterolemic/hypertensive mice. Hypercholesterolemic/hypertensive mice are the first model of fibrotic AVS. Hypercholesterolemic/hypertensive mice develop severe AVS in the absence of significant calcification, a feature that resembles AVS in children and some adults. Structural changes at the base of the valve leaflets include lengthening of the raphe, remodeling of collagen, and asymmetry of the leaflets. Genes were identified that may contribute to the development of fibrotic AVS. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  14. Recurrent Syncope Attributed to Left Main Coronary Artery Severe Stenosis

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    Min Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS rarely manifest as recurrent syncope due to malignant ventricular arrhythmia. We report a case of a 56-year-old Chinese male with complaints of paroxysmal chest burning sensation and distress for 2 weeks as well as loss of consciousness for 3 days. The electrocardiogram (ECG revealed paroxysmal multimorphologic ventricular tachycardia during attack and normal heart rhythm during intervals. Coronary angiograph showed 90% stenosis in left main coronary artery and 80% stenosis in anterior descending artery. Two stents sized 4.0*18 mm and 2.75*18 mm were placed at left main coronary artery and anterior descending artery, respectively, during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI. The patient was discharged and never had ventricular arrhythmia again during a 3-month follow-up since the PCI. This indicated that ventricular tachycardia was correlated with persistent severe myocardial ischemia. Coronary vasospasm was highly suspected to be the reason of the sudden attack and acute exacerbation. PCI is recommended in patients with both severe coronary artery stenosis and ventricular arrhythmia. Removing myocardial ischemia may stop or relieve ventricular arrhythmia and prevent cardiac arrest.

  15. Hypochondroplasia with Foramen Magnum Stenosis: a Case Report

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    Nazik Aşılıoğlu

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Hypochondroplasia was first reported in the English literature by Beals (1969. The features are similar to those of achondroplasia but are less severe and are usually reported not to involve the skull. The foramen magnum and whole spinal canal are reduced in diameter in achondroplasia, but less so in hypochondroplasia. In this study, we present an unique case of a seven month old child with hypochondroplasia with symptomatic foramen magnum stenosis which required surgical decompression. This 7-month-old child with hypochondroplasia presented with hypotonia and severe respiratory disabilities, including apneic episodes requiring continuous positive airway pressure. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed marked foramen magnum stenosis. Foramen magnum decompression was performed. Postoperatively, steady motor improvement has been observed and the patient no longer requires ventilatory support. To the our knowledge, this is the first report of hypochondroplasia and symptomatic foramen magnum stenosis. In this case we wish to emphasize the necessity of the radiological imaging of foramen magnum and spinal cord for the patient who has respiratory distress and hypotonia with skeletal dysplasia.

  16. What exactly is an unusual sexual fantasy?

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    Joyal, Christian C; Cossette, Amélie; Lapierre, Vanessa

    2015-02-01

    Although several theories and treatment plans use unusual sexual fantasies (SF) as a way to identify deviancy, they seldom describe how the fantasies referred to were determined to be unusual. The main goal of this study was to determine which SF are rare, unusual, common, or typical from a statistical point of view among a relatively large sample of adults recruited from the general population. A secondary goal was to provide a statistical comparison of the nature and intensity of sexual fantasies for men and women. This study also aims at demonstrating with both quantitative and qualitative analyses that certain fantasies often considered to be unusual are common. An Internet survey was conducted with 1,516 adults (799 ♀; 717 ♂) who ranked 55 different SF and wrote their own favorite SF. Each SF was rated as statistically rare (2.3% or less), unusual (15.9% or less), common (more than 50%), or typical (more than 84.1% of the sample). An extended version of the Wilson's Sex Fantasy Questionnaire with an open question. Only two sexual fantasies were found to be rare for women or men, while nine others were unusual. Thirty sexual fantasies were common for one or both genders, and only five were typical. These results were confirmed with qualitative analyses. Submission and domination themes were not only common for both men and women, but they were also significantly related to each other. Moreover, the presence of a single submissive fantasy was a significant predictor of overall scores for all SF in both genders. Care should be taken before labeling an SF as unusual, let alone deviant. It suggested that the focus should be on the effect of a sexual fantasy rather than its content. © 2014 International Society for Sexual Medicine.

  17. Unexplained Brightening of Unusual Star

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    Recent observations with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have documented an unexpected and rapid, seven-fold brightening of an unusual double star at the centre of the impressive 47 Tucanae globular cluster in the southern sky. This is the first HST observation of such a rare phenomenon. The astronomers [1] who are involved in this observational program find that this event cannot be explained by any of the common processes known to occur in such stars. The cores of globular clusters Globular clusters are like huge swarms of stars, containing about one million suns, which move around in their common gravitational field. Most galaxies contain globular clusters; around 150 are known within the confines of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. Globular clusters change with time. In particular, at some stage in the life of a globular cluster, its central region will contract whereby the stars there move closer to each other. This phenomenon is referred to as core collapse [2]. Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have revealed enormous central densities of the order of 30,000 stars per cubic light-year in clusters with fully collapsed cores; this is to be compared with the stellar density in the solar neighborhood of only 0.003 stars per cubic light-year [3]. Binary stars in globular clusters Binary (i.e., double) stars play an important role in the evolution of globular clusters: they can delay, halt, or even reverse the process of core collapse. In this dense stellar environment, close encounters between passing stars and binaries are relatively frequent. Such events may leave the binary stars more tightly bound, and at the same time speed up the motion of the stars involved, thereby counteracting the contraction of the core. The same close stellar encounters may also produce a diverse progeny of exotic objects. The centers of globular clusters contain blue stragglers (stars that ``look'' younger than they really are), millisecond pulsars (rapidly rotating, very

  18. Amaurosis fugax: risk factors and prevalence of significant carotid stenosis

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    Full Text Available Pia Kvickström,1 Bertil Lindblom,2,3 Göran Bergström,4,5 Madeleine Zetterberg2,3 1Department of Ophthalmology, Skaraborg Hospital, Skövde, 2Department of Clinical Neuroscience/Ophthalmology, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, 3Department of Ophthalmology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Mölndal, 4Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, 5Department of Clinical Physiology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe clinical characteristics and prevalence of carotid stenosis in patients with amaurosis fugax (AF.Method: Patients diagnosed with AF and subjected to carotid ultrasound in 2004–2010 in Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg (n=302, were included, and data were retrospectively collected from medical records.Results: The prevalence of significant carotid stenosis was 18.9%, and 14.2% of the subjects were subjected to carotid endarterectomy. Significant associations with risk of having ≥70% stenosis were male sex (adjusted odds ratio [aOR]: 2.62; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.26–5.46, current smoking (aOR: 6.26; 95% CI: 2.62–14.93, diabetes (aOR: 3.68; 95% CI: 1.37–9.90 and previous vasculitis (aOR: 10.78; 95% CI: 1.36–85.5. A majority of the patients (81.4% was seen by an ophthalmologist prior to the first ultrasound. Only 1.7% of the patients exhibited retinal artery emboli at examination.Conclusion: The prevalence of carotid stenosis among patients with AF is higher than has previously been demonstrated in stroke patients. An association with previously reported vascular risk factors and with vasculitis is seen in this patient group. Ocular findings are scarce. Keywords: amaurosis fugax, carotid stenosis, carotid ultrasound, giant cell arteritis, transient ischemic attack, transient monocular visual loss

  19. [Balloon valvuloplasty for congenital aortic valve stenosis in children].

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    Wu, Lin; Qi, Chunhua; He, Lan; Liu, Fang; Lu, Ying; Huang, Guoying

    2014-09-01

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of percutaneous balloon aortic valvuloplasty (PBAV) for congenital aortic valve stenosis in children. This is a retrospective clinical study including 14 children treated with PBAV for congenital aortic valve stenosis from October 2006 to December 2012 in our institute. During clinical follow-up, aortic residual stenosis and restenosis, left ventricular function and the procedure-related complications, including the approach artery injury, and aortic regurgitation were particularly assessed. A total of 14 patients consisting of 12 boys and 2 girls underwent the procedure, with mean age (17.1 ± 10.5) months (range from 8 days to 6 years) and the mean body weight (8.9 ± 5.5) kg (range from 1.9 kg to 23.0 kg). The indication for PBAV was a Doppler-derived peak instaneous gradient of ≥ 75 mmHg(1 mmHg = 0.133 kPa) or a smaller gradient with signs of severe left ventricular dysfunction or left ventricular strain on the ECG. The mean ratio of balloon-annulus was 0.92 ± 0.09 (range from 0.75 to 1.09). The catheter-measured peak systolic valve gradient was successfully relieved in all the patients, decreasing from (69 ± 26) mmHg to (29 ± 13) mmHg immediately after balloon valvuloplasty (t = 7.628, P = 0.000). The Doppler-derived peak and mean gradient decreased from (95 ± 21) mmHg and (50 ± 7) mmHg to (49 ± 16) mmHg and (24 ± 11) mmHg, respectively (t = 7.630, 10.401; P = 0.000, 0.000) . The mean follow-up period was 1 day to 61 months. At follow-up, 2 patients (2/14, 14%) underwent the second balloon valvuloplasty for the significant restenosis, and both showed successful relief of restenosis, however 1 patient required surgical Ross procedure due to significant recurrent systolic pressure gradient and moderate aortic regurgitation 4 years after the second balloon valvuloplasty. Among the 3 young infants who presented with congestive heart failure before intervention, 1 died 1 day after the procedure, the other 2 patients had

  20. A STUDY ON INTRACRANIAL STENOSIS IN ACUTE ISCHEMIC STROKE

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND : Acute ischemic stroke is very common cause of significant morbidity and mortality throughout the world. The causes of acute ischemic stroke could be intracranial or extra cranial. Prevention of the acute episode could be decreased by surgically treating ex tra - cranial vascular disease but the prevention of intracranial cause is only medical. Various risk factors are also associated with development of ischemic stroke. However, the association between these and the pattern of vascular involvement is not clear . AIM: The aim of the study was to 1. Identify the location of the vessel involved in different cases of ischemic stroke 2. To study the various risk factors associated with the development of ischemic stroke. MATERIALS AND METHOD S: This was a prospective study conducted between the years 2010 and 2012. All adult patients with acute ischemic stroke which was confirmed by MRI and less than two weeks duration were included in the study. Parameters recorded were presence of pre - existing comorbid conditions, n eurological examination findings, Cardiovascular system examination findings, Blood pressures, blood sugar levels and pattern of vascular involvement. This was assessed using MR angiography or four vessel Doppler. Statistical analysis was done using the SP SS software. RESULTS: Two hundred patients were enrolled in the study. Pure extracranial stenosis was present in 21.5%, extracranial with intracranial stenosis in 34%, and pure intracranial stenosis in 44.5%, which was predominant and resembled other Indi an studies. 15.5% of patients had significant carotid stenosis based on Doppler study and were suitable candidates for carotid endarterectomy. Middle cerebral artery was commonly involved (55%. Hypertension (63.5%, diabetes mellitus (48%, alcoholism (20 .5% and smoking (18.5% were the common risk factors. Prevalence of these risk factors was more in those with intracranial stenosis in our study, elevated total

  1. Accuracy of noninvasive coronary stenosis quantification of different commercially available dedicated software packages.

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    Dikkers, Riksta; Willems, Tineke P; de Jonge, Gonda J; Marquering, Henk A; Greuter, Marcel J W; van Ooijen, Peter M A; van der Weide, Marijke C Jansen; Oudkerk, Matthijs

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the noninvasive quantification of coronary artery stenosis using cardiac software packages and vessel phantoms with known stenosis severity. Four different sizes of vessel phantoms were filled with contrast agent and scanned on a 64-slice multidetector computed tomography. Diameter and area stenosis were evaluated by 2 observers blinded from the true measures using 5 different software packages. Measurements were compared with the true measure of the vessel phantoms. The absolute difference in stenosis measurements and intraobserver and interobserver variabilities were assessed. All software packages show a trend toward larger differences for the smaller vessel phantoms. The absolute difference of the automatic measurements was significantly higher compared with that of the manual measurements in all 5 evaluated software packages for all vessel phantoms (P < 0.05). Manual stenosis measurements are significantly more accurate compared with automatic measurements, and therefore, manual adjustments are still essential for noninvasive assessment of coronary artery stenosis.

  2. The new concept of ''interventional heart failure therapy'': part 2--inotropes, valvular disease, pumps, and transplantation.

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    Thompson, Keith A; Philip, Kiran J; Simsir, Sinan; Schwarz, Ernst R

    2010-09-01

    Recent advances in heart failure therapy include a variety of mechanical and device-based technologies that target structural aspects of heart failure that cannot be treated with drug therapy alone; these newer therapies can collectively be described as interventional heart failure therapy. This article is the second in a 2-part series reviewing interventional heart failure therapy. Interventions included in this discussion include those indicated for the treatment of end-stage refractory heart failure, including interventional medical therapy, interventional treatment of valvular disease, mechanical assist devices, and heart transplantation. Also included is a review of the currently available catheter-based pumps, which are intended to provide temporary support in patients with acute hemodynamic compromise. The use of cellular or stem cell therapy for the treatment of heart failure is an emerging interventional therapy and data supporting its use for the treatment heart failure will also be presented, as will a discussion of the role of palliative care and self-care in heart failure therapy.

  3. Cox-Maze III procedure with valvular surgery in an autopneumonectomized patient

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    Wi Jin

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Destructive pulmonary inflammation can leave patients with only a single functional lung, resulting in anatomical and physiological changes that may interfere with subsequent cardiac surgeries. Such patients are vulnerable to perioperative cardiopulmonary complications. Herein, we report the first case, to our knowledge, of an autopneumonectomized patient who successfully underwent a modified Cox-Maze III procedure combined with valvular repairs. The three major findings in this case can be summarized as follows: (1 a median sternotomy with peripheral cannulations, such as femoral cannulations, can provide an optimal exposure and prevent the obstruction of vision that may occur as a result of multiple cannulations through a median sternotomy; (2 a modified septal incision combined with biatrial incisions facilitate adequate exposure of the mitral valve; and (3 the aggressive use of intraoperative ultrafiltration may be helpful for the perioperative managements as decreasing pulmonary water contents, thereby avoiding the pulmonary edema associated with secretion of inflammatory cytokines during a cardiopulmonary bypass. We also provide several suggestions for achieving similar satisfactory surgical outcomes in patients with a comparable condition.

  4. Non-valvular atrial fibrillation: impact of apixaban on patient outcomes

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    Ioannou A

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    Full Text Available Adam Ioannou,1 Irene Tsappa,2 Sofia Metaxa,3 Constantinos G Missouris2,3 1Cardiology Department, Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK; 2Cardiology Department, Medical School, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus; 3Cardiology Department, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK Abstract: Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia worldwide, and carries a significantly increased risk of thromboembolic stroke. Initially, vitamin K antagonists were used as stroke prophylaxis; but more recently, a group of drugs known as novel oral anticoagulants have been developed. Apixaban belongs to this group of drugs, and is a factor Xa inhibitor that has emerged as a popular pharmacological agent worldwide. In this review, we will provide an overview of the pivotal trials in the development of apixaban, while also critically evaluating the new emerging real-world data, and discussing the effectiveness, safety, economic viability and future prospects of apixaban and how it impacts on patient outcomes in those with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Keywords: apixaban, atrial fibrillation, warfarin, stroke, bleeding

  5. [Oral anticogulation for non-valvular atrial fibrilation in the elderly].

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    Veiga Fernández, Fernando; Malfeito Jiménez, María del Rocío; Barros Cerviño, Sonia María; Magariños Losada, María del Mar

    2015-01-01

    Anticoagulation in elderly people with non-valvular atrial afibrillation (AF) is a challenge, due to the thromboembolic, as well as the haemorrhagic risks. The correct use of anticoagulants in these patients has shown a higher net clinical benefit when comparing it with a younger population. Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have been compared to oral vitamin K antagonists in several studies that included a sufficient number of elderly people. Favourable results for non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants were obtained in these studies, making them the preferred treatment for this group of patients. Basing the estimations on indirect comparisons, the ideal anticoagulant and the specific dose for each particular case has been determined. Finally, a new algorithm has been developed that relates these parameters. Geriatric assessment is the key to the indication for an anticoagulation, the type of anticoagulant needed, and also the best way to optimise all the factors for a safe anticoagulation. The arrival of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants will enhance the efficient thromboembolic prophylaxis rate in elderly people with AF. This new treatment will remove different controversial prophylaxis, such as antiaggregants. Copyright © 2014 SEGG. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  6. Valvular regurgitation and surgery associated with fenfluramine use: an analysis of 5743 individuals

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    Allen Marvin R

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Use of fenfluramines for weight loss has been associated with the development of characteristic plaques on cardiac valves causing regurgitation. However, previously published studies of exposure to fenfluramines have been limited by relatively small sample size, short duration of follow-up, and the lack of any estimate of the frequency of subsequent valvular surgery. We performed an observational study of 5743 users of fenfluramines examined by echocardiography between July 1997 and February 2004 in a single large cardiology clinic. Results The prevalence of at least mild aortic regurgitation (AR or moderate mitral regurgitation (MR was 19.6% in women and 11.8% in men (p p p = 0.002, and tricuspid regurgitation (TR (p p p Conclusion Regurgitant valvulopathy was common in individuals exposed to fenfluramines, more frequent in females, and associated with duration of use in all valves assessed. Valve surgery was performed as frequently for aortic as mitral valves and some tricuspid valve surgeries were also performed. The incidence of surgery appeared to be substantially increased compared with limited general population data.

  7. Valvular regurgitation and surgery associated with fenfluramine use: an analysis of 5743 individuals

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    Dahl, Charles F; Allen, Marvin R; Urie, Paul M; Hopkins, Paul N

    2008-01-01

    Background Use of fenfluramines for weight loss has been associated with the development of characteristic plaques on cardiac valves causing regurgitation. However, previously published studies of exposure to fenfluramines have been limited by relatively small sample size, short duration of follow-up, and the lack of any estimate of the frequency of subsequent valvular surgery. We performed an observational study of 5743 users of fenfluramines examined by echocardiography between July 1997 and February 2004 in a single large cardiology clinic. Results The prevalence of at least mild aortic regurgitation (AR) or moderate mitral regurgitation (MR) was 19.6% in women and 11.8% in men (p valvulopathy was common in individuals exposed to fenfluramines, more frequent in females, and associated with duration of use in all valves assessed. Valve surgery was performed as frequently for aortic as mitral valves and some tricuspid valve surgeries were also performed. The incidence of surgery appeared to be substantially increased compared with limited general population data. PMID:18990200

  8. Echocardiographic analysis of valvular heart diseases over one decade in Nigeria.

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    Ike, S O

    2008-12-01

    This was a hospital-based study designed to determine the prevalence and pattern of valvular heart diseases (VHD) seen at the echocardiographic laboratory of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria. It was also aimed at evaluating the age and gender distribution, as well as the aetiological diagnosis, of these disease presentations. All the 2527 patients referred for echocardiography over the 10 year period from February 1991 to January 2001 were consecutively studied. VHDs were diagnosed in 957 (38%) of the patients. There were 529 males and 428 females, with an age range of 6 months to 89 years. One hundred and forty-eight (16%) of them presented in the first two decades of life. Mitral valve diseases accounted for 654 (68%), aortic valve diseases 233 (25%), tricuspid valve diseases 51 (5%) and pulmonary valve diseases 19 (2%) of the cases. All four valves were involved in 15 (2%) patients. Rheumatic aetiology was the most common presumptive diagnosis, with 568 (59%) patients. The frequency pattern of VHDs in this study was high. This poses a number of challenges, one of which is the need for availability of interventions, such as non-invasive and minimally invasive surgeries.

  9. Prevalence and correlates of valvular heart diseases in the elderly population in Hubei, China.

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    Shu, Chang; Chen, Si; Qin, Tingting; Fu, Zhen; Sun, Tucheng; Xie, Mingxing; Zhang, Li; Dong, Nianguo; Yin, Ping

    2016-06-02

    We sought to determine the prevalence and correlates of valvular heart diseases (VHD) in the elderly population. The participants' personal information, medical history, behavioral habits and clinical status were assessed by questionnaire, while the left ventricular dimensions, function and the presence and severity of VHD were evaluated by transthoracic echocardiography. This study analyzed the data of 3948 participants who were older than 60 years. Significant VHD was present in 1.93% of participants; the standardized prevalence of VHD among the elderly population in Hubei was 2.05% (95% CI: 1.61-2.49). The most frequent VHD was aortic regurgitation, followed by tricuspid regurgitation, mitral regurgitation and multiple valve diseases. Univariate analysis results indicated that compared with participants without VHD, those with VHD were older (p < 0.001), with a higher body mass index (BMI) (p < 0.001), were more likely to smoke (p = 0.04), and had higher rates of coronary artery disease (CAD) (p < 0.001) and arrhythmia (p < 0.001). The results of multinomial regression analysis of complex sampling indicated that combined mitral and aortic valve diseases were related to older age, male sex and smoking; CAD was associated with single left-sided VHD.

  10. Traumatic lateral spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine with a unilateral locked facet: description of an unusual injury, probable mechanism, and management.

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    Reddy, Sangala Jaypal; Al-Holou, Wajd N; Leveque, Jean-Christophe; La Marca, Frank; Park, Paul

    2008-12-01

    Primary traumatic facet dislocations are unusual in the lumbar spine. Most occurrences have been reported at the lumbosacral junction associated with anterior subluxation. The authors describe 2 cases in which a high impact trauma resulted in lateral subluxation with a unilateral locked facet involving the lumbar spine. In their review of the literature, the authors found no previously reported cases of this type of injury. Both cases described in this report involved significant spinal stenosis, neurological injury, and spinal instability. A posterior surgical approach, with at least partial resection of the locked facet joint in conjunction with pedicle screw fixation, allowed successful reduction and stabilization of the injury.

  11. Non-Newtonian model study for blood flow through a tapered artery with a stenosis

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    Full Text Available The blood flow through a tapered artery with a stenosis is analyzed, assuming the blood as tangent hyperbolic fluid model. The resulting nonlinear implicit system of partial differential equations is solved analytically with the help of perturbation method. The expressions for shear stress, velocity, flow rate, wall shear stress and longitudinal impedance are obtained. The variations of power law index m, Weissenberg number We, shape of stenosis n and stenosis size δ are discussed different type of tapered arteries.

  12. The optimal velocity criterion in the diagnosis of unilateral middle cerebral artery stenosis by transcranial Doppler.

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    Chen, Jiafeng; Wang, Lin; Bai, Jing; Lun, Zhijun; Zhang, Jinqiao; Xing, Yingqi

    2014-05-01

    We evaluated the optimal flow velocity of transcranial doppler (TCD) in detecting unilateral middle cerebral artery (MCA) stenosis and stenosis grading by magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) as the reference standard. 302 nonconsecutive patients with unilateral MCA stenosis detected by TCD underwent MRA of the intracranial arteries. The peak systolic velocity (PSV), mean flow velocity (MFV), and end-diastolic velocity (EDV) of each MCA were recorded. 604 MCA were categorized into four groups depending on the stenosis severity: normal MCA (n = 319, 52.8%), mild stenosis (n = 94, 15.6%), moderate stenosis (n = 66, 10.9%), and severe stenosis (n = 125, 20.7%). Significant differences in PSV, MFV, and EDV between these four groups were observed (P PSV = 160 cm/s, MFV = 100 cm/s, EDV = 60 cm/s; the optimal cutoff points to distinguish mild from moderate stenosis were: PSV = 200 cm/s, MFV = 120 cm/s, EDV = 80 cm/s; the cutoffs to distinguish moderate from severe stenosis were: PSV = 280 cm/s, MFV = 180 cm/s, EDV = 110 cm/s. Using PSV as the diagnostic criteria, the correlation for diagnosing MCA stenosis using TCD and MCA was good (Kappa number κ = 0.668); using as MFV criteria, κ = 0.641. The optimal cutoff PSV values in stenosis grading on TCD were 160, 200, and 280 cm/s. The optimal cutoff MFV values were 100, 120, and 180 cm/s. PSV is more accurate than MFV in detecting and grading MCA stenosis.

  13. Incidence and prognosis of congenital aortic valve stenosis in Liverpool (1960-1990).

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    OBJECTIVE--To determine the incidence and prognosis of congenital aortic valve stenosis in the five Health Districts of Liverpool that make up the Merseyside area. DESIGN--The records of the Liverpool Congenital Malformations Registry and the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital identified 239 patients (155 male, 84 female) born with aortic valve stenosis between 1960 and 1990. Patients were traced to assess the severity of stenosis at follow up. Information on the severity at presentation and...

  14. Severe hypertension due to renal polar artery stenosis in an adolescent treated with coil embolization

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    Docx, Martine K. [Koningin Paola Kinderziekenhuis, Department of Paediatrics, Chronic Diseases and Hypertension, Antwerp (Belgium); Vandenberghe, Philippe [Koningin Paola Kinderziekenhuis, Department of Paediatric Cardiology, Antwerp (Belgium); Maleux, Geert [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Radiology, Leuven (Belgium); Gewillig, Marc [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Paediatric Cardiology, Leuven (Belgium); Mertens, Luc [Hospital for Sick Children, Paediatric Cardiology, Toronto (Canada)

    2009-11-15

    A 12-year-old boy presented with severe arterial hypertension due to a severe subsegmental renal artery stenosis. Treatment consisted of selective embolization of the stenosed polar artery, which resulted in near normalization of the arterial pressures. Renal artery stenosis should always be considered, even in young adolescents, as a cause for arterial hypertension. Only selective angiography was able to demonstrate the subsegmental artery stenosis in this patient. (orig.)

  15. Assessing Optimal Blood Pressure in Patients With Asymptomatic Aortic Valve Stenosis: The Simvastatin Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis Study (SEAS).

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    Nielsen, Olav W; Sajadieh, Ahmad; Sabbah, Muhammad; Greve, Anders M; Olsen, Michael H; Boman, Kurt; Nienaber, Christoph A; Kesäniemi, Y Antero; Pedersen, Terje R; Willenheimer, Ronnie; Wachtell, Kristian

    2016-08-09

    Evidence for treating hypertension in patients with asymptomatic aortic valve stenosis is scarce. We used data from the SEAS trial (Simvastatin Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis) to assess what blood pressure (BP) would be optimal. A total of 1767 patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis and no manifest atherosclerotic disease were analyzed. Outcomes were all-cause mortality, cardiovascular death, heart failure, stroke, myocardial infarction, and aortic valve replacement. BP was analyzed in Cox models as the cumulative average of serially measured BP and a time-varying covariate. The incidence of all-cause mortality was highest for average follow-up systolic BP ≥160 mm Hg (4.3 per 100 person-years; 95% confidence interval [CI], 3.1-6.0) and lowest for average systolic BP of 120 to 139 mm Hg (2.0 per 100 person-years; 95% CI, 1.6-2.6). In multivariable analysis, all-cause mortality was associated with average systolic BP <120 mm Hg (hazard ratio [HR], 3.4; 95% CI, 1.9-6.1), diastolic BP ≥90 mm Hg (HR, 1.8; 95% CI, 1.1-2.9), and pulse pressure <50 mm Hg (HR, 1.8; 95% CI, 1.1-2.9), with systolic BP of 120 to 139 mm Hg, diastolic BP of 70 to 79 mm Hg, and pulse pressure of 60 to 69 mm Hg taken as reference. Low systolic and diastolic BPs increased risk in patients with moderate aortic stenosis. With a time-varying systolic BP from 130 to 139 mm Hg used as reference, mortality was increased for systolic BP ≥160 mm Hg (HR, 1.7; P=0.033) and BP of 120 to 129 mm Hg (HR, 1.6; P=0.039). Optimal BP seems to be systolic BP of 130 to 139 mm Hg and diastolic BP of 70 to 90 mm Hg in these patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis and no manifest atherosclerotic disease or diabetes mellitus. URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00092677. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  16. Combined double chambered right ventricle, tricuspid valve dysplasia, ventricular septal defect, and subaortic stenosis in a dog.

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    Scurtu, Iuliu; Tabaran, Flaviu; Mircean, Mircea; Giurgiu, Gavril; Nagy, Andras; Catoi, Cornel; Ohad, Dan G

    2017-11-29

    Double chambered right ventricle (DCRV) is a congenital heart anomaly where the right ventricle is divided into two chambers. We describe, for the first time, an unusual combination of DCRV combined with some other congenital heart defects. A 1.2-year-old Golden Retriever was presented with lethargy, exercise intolerance and ascites. Physical examination revealed an irregularly irregular pulse and a grade V/VI, systolic, right cranial murmur. Electrocardiography revealed widened and splintered QRS complexes with a right bundle-branch block pattern. Radiography demonstrated right-sided cardiomegaly. Two-dimensional echocardiography identified a DCRV with tricuspid valve dysplasia. The patient died despite abdominocentesis and 4 days of oral pharmacotherapy, and necropsy revealed an anomalous fibromuscular structure that divided the right ventricle into two compartments. Another finding was tricuspid valve dysplasia with hypoplasia of the posterior and septal leaflets. The anterior leaflet was prominent, being part of the anomalous structure that divided the right ventricle. Necropsy also identified a perimembranous ventricular septal defect and mild subaortic stenosis. Histopathological examination of the fibromuscular band that separated the right ventricle identified longitudinally oriented layers of dense fibrous connective tissue and myocardial cells arranged in a plexiform pattern. The muscular component was well represented at the ventral area of the fibromuscular band, and was absent in the central zone. Superficially, the endocardium presented areas of nodular hyperplasia covering mainly the fibrous part of the abnormal structure. The nodules were sharply demarcated and were composed by loosely arranged connective tissue with myxoid appearance, covered by discrete hyperplastic endocardium. Concomitant cardiac malformations involving DCRV, tricuspid valve dysplasia, perimembranous ventricular septal defect and mild subaortic stenosis have not been previously

  17. Evaluation of flow velocity in unilateral middle cerebral artery stenosis by Transcranial Doppler.

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    Wang, Lin; Xing, Yingqi; Li, Yang; Han, Ke; Chen, Jiafeng

    2014-11-01

    To determine the optimal velocity values in diagnosing unilateral middle cerebral artery (MCA) stenosis by Transcranial Doppler (TCD), and improve the diagnostic accuracy using magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), a total of 302 unilateral MCA stenosis patients undergoing TCD also consented to a MRA of the intracranial arteries. The peak systolic velocity (PSV) and each MCA spectrum for each patient were recorded. Using the MRA to confirm, the degree of middle cerebral artery stenosis was categorized into four groups: normal (normal caliber and signal), mild (PSV values for normal and stenosis were 160 cm/s. For mild and moderate were 200 cm/s, for moderate and severe were 280 cm/s. Using PSV as the diagnostic criteria, the Kappa number was >0.668. The optimal PSV differential value for mild and moderate was 70 cm/s, for moderate and severe at 120 cm/s. Optimal combined criteria for moderate stenosis were PSV >200 cm/s and PSV differential value >70 cm/s (specificity 87.2 %), for severe stenosis were PSV >280 cm/s and PSV differential value >120 cm/s (sensibility 81.6 %). Transcranial Doppler distinguishes normal and MCA stenosis with a reduced lumen diameter of less than 50 %. Using the PSV criteria, TCD has a high coincidence rate with MRA in the diagnosis of MCA stenosis. Combined PSV differential value and the abnormal spectrum may improve the accuracy of TCD in diagnosing moderate or severe stenosis.

  18. Renal Artery Stenting in Patients With Documented Resistant Hypertension and Atherosclerotic Renal Artery Stenosis (ANDORRA)

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    2018-01-24

    Hypertension; Hypertension Resistant to Conventional Therapy; Angiographically Proven Grade III Unilateral or Bilateral Atherosclerotic Renal Artery Stenosis (ARAS) Greater Than or Equal to 60 Percent

  19. Cutting-balloon angioplasty of resistant ureteral stenosis as bridge to stent insertion

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    Iezzi, R., E-mail: iezzir@virgilio.it [Department of Bioimaging and Radiological Sciences, Institute of Radiology, ' A. Gemelli' Hospital - Catholic University, L.go A Gemelli 8, 00168 Rome (Italy); Di Stasi, C.; Simeone, A.; Bonomo, L. [Department of Bioimaging and Radiological Sciences, Institute of Radiology, ' A. Gemelli' Hospital - Catholic University, L.go A Gemelli 8, 00168 Rome (Italy)

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    Ureteral stenting is a routine, minimally invasive procedure performed for relief of benign or malignant obstruction. In case of ureteral stenosis, to allow a correct insertion of the stent, a predilatation of the ureter stenosis with a conventional balloon catheter can be necessary. In exceptional cases, it can be difficult to advance an 7-8 Fr JJ-catheter over a tight resistant ureter stenosis following unsuccessful high-pressure balloon dilatation. In the present report, we describe two cases of resistant ureter stenosis successfully dilated by a cutting-balloon following the failure of high-pressure balloon dilatation, allowing a correct and uncomplicated antegrade stent insertion.

  20. Early Manifestation of Supravalvular Aortic and Pulmonary Artery Stenosis in a Patient with Williams Syndrome

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    Jong Uk Lee

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Williams syndrome (WS is a developmental disorder characterized by vascular abnormalities such as thickening of the vascular media layer in medium- and large-sized arteries. Supravalvular aortic stenosis (SVAS and peripheral pulmonary artery stenosis (PPAS are common vascular abnormalities in WS. The natural course of SVAS and PPAS is variable, and the timing of surgery or intervention is determined according to the progression of vascular stenosis. In our patient, SVAS and PPAS showed rapid concurrent progression within two weeks after birth. We report the early manifestation of SVAS and PPAS in the neonatal period and describe the surgical treatment for stenosis relief.