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Aortic false aneurysm is a rare complication after cardiac surgery. In recent years, improved results have been reported in regard to the surgical management of these high-risk lesions. We retrospectively examined 28 consecutive cases (in 27 patients) of postsurgical aortic false aneurysm diagnosed at our institution from May 1999 through December 2011.(More)
Conversion to surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) has been described as a complication following transcatheter aortic valve implantation. This complication occurs in up to 8% of cases and, to the best of our knowledge, preoperative data and surgical outcomes of such patients have not been properly evaluated. Mild paraprosthetic regurgitation is commonly(More)
Aortic valve reimplantation has been shown to be a safe procedure. However, evidences of durability in bicuspid aortic valves (BAVs) are limited in the literature. Between 2002 and 2011, 132 patients (mean age 61 ± 12 years) underwent aortic valve reimplantation. In 24 patients (18%), aortic valve was bicuspid. Mean follow-up was 50 ± 26 months (range 1-102(More)
Pericardial effusion represents a common postoperative complication in cardiac surgery. Nonetheless, it can be resistant to conventional therapy leading to prolonged in-hospital stay and worsening of clinical conditions. Recent literature shows that colchicine therapy should be useful in the treatment of recurrent post surgical pericardial effusion. Hereby(More)
AIM Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) allows revascularization of the left anterior descending coronary (LAD) artery through a less traumatic surgical approach. However, the procedure is technically challenging and concern still exists, mainly based on graft patency. The purpose of this study is to critically evaluate short and long-term(More)
BACKGROUND Myasthenia gravis, an uncommon autoimmune syndrome, is commonly associated with thymus abnormalities. Thymomatous myasthenia gravis is considered to have worst prognosis and thymectomy can reverse symptoms if precociously performed. CASE REPORT We describe a case of a patient who underwent mitral valve repair and was found to have an occasional(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate interactions among pre-procedural aortic regurgitation (AR), post-procedural paravalvular leak (PVL) and long-term clinical outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS We analyzed data prospectively collected in the Italian Transcatheter balloon-Expandable Registry (ITER) on aortic stenosis (AS) patients. The degree of(More)
BACKGROUND We assessed whether additional cusp repair during valve-sparing aortic root replacement affects the echocardiographic mid-term results; a subgroup analysis among patients with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) was performed. METHODS Between June 2002 and May 2015, 157 consecutive patients underwent valve-sparing(More)
We present a case of hybrid mitral valve-in valve implantation. The planned transapical approach failed due to the inability to cross the degenerated stenotic mitral bioprosthesis. An alternative strategy was performed: first, an anterograde crossing of mitral stenosis, and then, a guidewire externalization through the apex by using a snare. To our(More)