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Introduction This section deals with surgical issues that may potentially complicate the immediate post-transplant period. Many of these issues, particularly ones that arise in patient selection can have a very important impact on the immediate post-operative course of the patient and some can have far reaching consequences for long-term graft and patient(More)
BACKGROUND Acute right ventricular failure after heart transplantation is a life-threatening condition, and sometimes the use of mechanical circulatory support is inevitable. The aim of this retrospective study was to investigate the effectiveness of two different mechanical circulatory support systems for this indication. METHODS From 1984 to 2003, 28(More)
BACKGROUND The problem of AMR remains unsolved because standardized schemes for diagnosis and treatment remains contentious. Therefore, a consensus conference was organized to discuss the current status of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in heart transplantation. METHODS The conference included 83 participants (transplant cardiologists, surgeons,(More)
In an open-label, 24-month trial, 721 de novo heart transplant recipients were randomized to everolimus 1.5 mg or 3.0 mg with reduced-dose cyclosporine, or mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) 3 g/day with standard-dose cyclosporine (plus corticosteroids ± induction). Primary efficacy endpoint was the 12-month composite incidence of biopsy-proven acute rejection,(More)
Congenital disorders of glycosylation are a growing group of inborn errors of protein glycosylation. Cardiac involvement is frequently observed in the most common form, PMM2-CDG, especially hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy, however, has been only observed in a few CDG subtypes, usually with a lethal outcome. We report on cardiac pathology(More)
OBJECTIVE Pulmonary transplant recipients are at high risk from various conditions requiring surgical intervention. As little is known about their exact incidence and course, we examined such procedures in detail. METHODS AND PATIENTS We have retrospectively analyzed major nonpulmonary surgical procedures performed in 124 consecutive patients who received(More)
OBJECTIVE We have previously shown that fixed pulmonary hypertension in cardiac transplant candidates can be lowered using left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). The post-transplant survival of these patients is uncertain as pulmonary hypertension may reappear, possibly affecting post-transplant survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between 01/2000 and(More)
Interleukin-33 (IL-33) is a recently described member of the IL-1 family of cytokines, which was identified as a ligand for the ST2 receptor. Components of the IL-33/ST2 system were shown to be expressed in normal and pressure overloaded human myocardium, and soluble ST2 (sST2) has emerged as a prognostic biomarker in myocardial infarction and heart(More)
In the 30 years since the rabbit antithymocyte globulin (rATG) Thymoglobulin(®) was first licensed, its use in solid organ transplantation and hematology has expanded progressively. Although the evidence base is incomplete, specific roles for rATG in organ transplant recipients using contemporary dosing strategies are now relatively well-identified. The(More)