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OBJECTIVES It was the aim of the study to test the prognostic value of cardiac troponin-I (cTnI) concerning the early postoperative course after pediatric cardiac surgery. BACKGROUND Cardiac troponin-I is a very specific and sensitive marker of myocardial damage in adults and children. As perioperative myocardial damage may be a significant factor of(More)
Troponin-T (cTnT) as a marker of myocardial damage is well established in adults, but not yet in children. cTnT was measured in 85 children (aged 1 day-204 months, mean 46 months). Twenty-five children were non-surgical patients, with possible myocardial damage suspected on clinical grounds. The other 60 patients had cardiac surgery leading to a defined(More)
BACKGROUND Although the diagnostic value of troponin-T in childhood is documented, little is known about the significance of troponin-I. It was the aim of this study to compare the diagnostic value of troponin-I and troponin-T in children and newborns to assess the perioperative potential myocardial damage. METHODS Forty-eight children, mean, 51+/-54(More)
Little is known about the behavior of ultrasound contrast microbubbles in human capillaries. The evaluation of circulatory effects of echo contrast media may bring valuable information for the interpretation of echo contrast phenomena in the human myocardium. In 12 healthy volunteers (aged 31 +/- 6.7 years; five women), nailfold capillaries were examined by(More)
INTRODUCTION We studied patients with congenital heart defects born in 1975 and followed by our institution. We were interested in the outcome of these patients at the age of 20 years with regard to professional status, physical activity and psychosocial aspects. Furthermore, we investigated the handover from the paediatric to the adult cardiologist as well(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if the interval from a previous delivery or cesarean to the next conception differs between patients with abnormally adherent placentas as compared to those with normally implanted placentas. METHODS We identified all histologically confirmed placentas--accreta, increta, and percreta--at our hospital from 1992-1999. Subjects were(More)
Transient or persistent renal glycosuria may occur in patients with the nephrotic syndrome. In an attempt to elucidate its mechanism, glucose titration experiments were performed in 20 nephrotic patients. The type A titration curve was found in one and type B in four patients with severe organic changes and low glomerular filtration rate. The remaining(More)
A group of 22 patients with Paget's disease of bone was treated with a diphosphonate (sodium etidronate; EHDP), a stable synthetic analogue of inorganic pyrophosphate. This substance was given during 3 months at the dose of 20 mg/kg body weight per day, and proved effective by reducing the raised urinary excretion of total hydroxyproline and by lowering the(More)
Between 1981 and May 1986 31 children with solid abdominal tumor masses were observed in our clinic. The first diagnostic procedure was a sonographic examination, followed by further radiological investigations if necessary. 30 cases were examined histologically; in one case the sonographic findings were confirmed by an angiography. The most frequent(More)