Antonio Laudito

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BACKGROUND Cardiac surgery is the standard treatment for unprotected left main disease (ULM). Drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation has been recently reported in patients with ULM but with unclear results. We systematically reviewed outcomes of percutaneous DES implantation in ULM. METHODS Several databases were searched for clinical studies reporting on(More)
BACKGROUND Disease of the aortic valve in children and young adults is a complex entity whose management is the subject of controversy. The Ross and the Ross-Konno procedures have become the primary choices for aortic valve replacement in children because of growth potential, optimal hemodynamic performance, and lack of the need for anticoagulation.(More)
Dual antiplatelet therapy is a mainstay in the management of patients undergoing coronary stenting. Whether this is also appropriate in patients with a diagnosis of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is unclear. We report the case of a 66-year-old man with ITP admitted for an acute coronary syndrome. On admission platelets were 110 x 10(9)/L without(More)
BACKGROUND Applications to cardiothoracic surgery training programs have steadily declined. The application cycle for 2004 marked the first time the number of applicants was lower than the positions offered. This survey reflects on this trend in applications and the perspectives of current and graduating residents. METHODS In June 2004, the Thoracic(More)
BACKGROUND Drug-eluting stents reduce the risk of restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) but may pose a risk of thrombosis. Cilostazol, an oral antiplatelet agent with pleiotropic effects including inhibition of neointimal hyperplasia, could hold the promise of preventing both restenosis and thrombosis. We systematically reviewed(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary chronic total occlusions (CTO) remain a challenging lesion subset for interventional cardiologists. The retrograde approach is a novel but still incompletely described technique. We report our 5-year-long experience in retrograde percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for CTOs. METHODS We abstracted patient and procedural data on all(More)
A 74-year-old diabetic and obese woman presented to emergency department with weakness, chills, and retrosternal pain irradiated to her back. She also reported significant weight loss. Blood tests showed leukocytosis and increased serum fibrinogen. No signs of myocardial ischemia were found. A chest x-ray showed aortic ectasia, and computed tomography(More)
BACKGROUND Complete repair of conotruncal defects frequently uses maintenance of an interatrial communication. Postoperative right ventricular dysfunction may be characterized by elevated right atrial pressure and decreased systemic oxygen saturation owing to right-to-left shunting at the atrial level. METHODS From January 1996 to December 2005, 112(More)
Colonic anastomoses are frequently encountered, but their endoscopic features have never been adequately characterized. Results of 117 consecutive colonoscopies in patients with colonic anastomoses were prospectively studied during a 12-month period. Anastomoses were photographed, videotaped, and reviewed by the authors. The age range of patients was 18 to(More)