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The aim of this prospective study was to characterize the multiple-dose pharmacokinetics of mycophenolic acid (MPA) after administration of a 3-hour intravenous (IV) infusion of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF, CellCept) at a dose level of 1.5 g every 12 hours for 5 full days to cardiac allograft recipients and to compare the bioavailability of MPA after a(More)
AIMS To evaluate a possible relationship between central corneal thickness (CCT) and optic disc area in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). METHODS Patients with POAG underwent eye examination, optic disc imaging with the Heidelberg Retina Tomograph II (HRT II) and ultrasound corneal pachymetry. Exclusion criteria were prior ocular surgery(More)
The purpose of this study was to review the outcome of pediatric heart recipients with uncorrectable congenital heart disease, failed corrective procedures, or intractable acquired cardiomyopathy. Between 1988 and 2005, cardiac transplantations were performed in 128 pediatric patients (59 girls and 69 boys) at the Heart-Center North-Rhine-Westphalia. Their(More)
Heart transplantation (HTx) is an ultimate treatment for children with end-stage heart failure or inoperable congenital heart disease. The supply of hearts is inadequate; therefore, different mechanical support systems must be used as bridge to HTx in pediatric patients with postoperative low output. The use of ventricular assist devices (VADs) as bridge to(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to assess if clampless off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) decreases risk-adjusted mortality, stroke rate, and morbidity in unselected patients in comparison to conventional CABG. METHODS AND RESULTS Between July 2009 and November 2010, data of 1282 consecutive patients undergoing isolated CABG were prospectively(More)
Todate internal mammary artery (IMA) is routinely used in coronary artery bypass grafting even in elder patients. However in patients with poor left ventricular function use of the IMA is discussed controversely in Germany. Main arguments against IMA are an increased operation time, initially lower blood flow, higher rates of reoperation for bleeding and(More)
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