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Biliary disease in conjunction with heart transplantation was encountered in 13 of 33 patients: in the past history (three patients), at pretransplant evaluation (nine patients), and appearing de novo after transplantation (one patient). Four patients with asymptomatic cholelithiasis underwent transplantation: biliary complications requiring emergency(More)
Prevention of perioperative cerebrovascular injury in patients undergoing open heart surgery is a serious task for the surgeon, especially as age and severity of atherosclerotic disease increases. The most significant predisposing factors have been identified as existing carotid arterial disease or prior stroke, heavy calcification of the aorta, renal(More)
To evaluate the timing of surgical treatment in infective endocarditis and to determine the relationship between the risk of mortality and the species of infectious organism, we reviewed a consecutive series of 65 cases involving patients with infective endocarditis who had been treated over a 17-year period. The patients included 41 males and 24 females,(More)
Construction of a (radial artery) saphenous vein graft arteriovenous fistula for blood sampling after heart transplantation is presented as a solution to the problem of a patient with poor or sclerosed superficial arm veins. Satisfactory experience with one patient over a 12.5 month follow-up is presented.
Between September 1968 and October 1987, 152 patients (66 males and 86 females; age range, 15 to 79 years) underwent 1 or more reoperations (total, 179) for prosthetic valve dysfunction at our hospital. In this report, we present material and statistics reflecting our experience with the last reoperation in these 152 patients. The procedures involved the(More)
The clinical experience with cardiac myxomas and "myxoid imitators" at the Humana Heart Institute International is reviewed and contrasted with a comprehensive review of the world literature. Twenty-two patients with primary cardiac tumors have been treated at our institution. Three (13.6%) of them had myxoid imitators, and 19 had classic myxomas. One of(More)
The right gastroepiploic artery was successfully used for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) in two patients whose saphenous veins were unavailable for grafting. One internal mammary artery was used in each patient. Because the gastroepiploic is an arterial pedicle, it is expected to have a good long-term patency rate and should be considered as an(More)
Segments ranging from 40 to 70% of the thoracic esophagus were resected in 80 mongrel dogs. End-to-end anastomosis was effected after circular myotomy either proximal or distal, or both proximal and distal, to the anastomosis. Among dogs undergoing resection of 60% of the esophagus, distal myotomy enabled 6 of 8 animals to survive, and combined proximal and(More)
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