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OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to evaluate the early and late outcomes in patients undergoing reoperation due to left atrioventricular valve regurgitation (LAVVR) after initial complete repair (ICR) of complete atrioventricular septal defect (CAVSD). MATERIALS AND METHOD Between January 1990 and April 2013, 45 consecutive patients underwent(More)
OBJECTIVE We aimed to compare early and midterm clinical and hemodynamic outcomes of 17-mm vs. 19-mm St. Jude Medical Regent valves with concomitant aortic annulus enlargement. METHODS Between 1999 and 2012, 20 patients (group 1) underwent first-time aortic valve replacement with a 17-mm St. Jude Medical Regent valve, and 35 patients (group 2) had a 19-mm(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY The study aim was to report the early and mid-term clinical and hemodynamic results of a prospective trial investigating the clinical performance of the St. Jude Medical Regent 17 mm mechanical aortic valve prosthesis (SJMR-17). METHODS Between January 2001 and January 2009, 20 patients (18 females, two males; mean age 69.2(More)
Intravenous leiomyomatosis (IVL) with right intracardiac extension or pulmonary benign metastases (PBM) is rare. We report a case of 51 year-old woman, who underwent successful extensive double stage surgical removal of the intracardiac IVL extension associated with a pulmonary limited resection where the cystic bullae and PBM were found, and a month later(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study is to compare the early and mid-term clinical and hemodynamic results of the aortic valve replacement (AVR) with a St Jude Medical Regent 19-mm prosthesis (SJMR-19) versus Carpentied-Edwars bovine pericardial 19-mm valve (CE-19). METHODS Between January 2002 and January 2012, 265 patients (Group I) and 58 patients(More)
BACKGROUND A sinus of Valsalva aneurysm is a rare cardiac anomaly which may be acquired or congenital. The main associated symptoms are conduction disturbances, myocardial ischemia, and syncopes. CASE PRESENTATION In this report we describe a 52-year-old Albanian woman from Kosovo with an unruptured aneurysm of 74×60 mm of the noncoronary sinus of(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The aim of the present study is to report the early and mid-term clinical and haemodynamic results of the St Jude Medical Regent 19-mm aortic mechanical prothesis (SJMR-19). MATERIALS AND METHODS Between January 2002 and January 2012, 265 patients with aortic valve disease underwent AVR (Aortic Valve Replacement) with a SJMR-19(More)
BACKGROUND A calcified amorphous tumor of the heart is an extremely rare cardiac mass. CASE PRESENTATION A 32-year-old Albanian man presented to our hospital with fatigue, shortness of breath, progressive dyspnea, and right congestive heart failure. Echocardiography and chest computed tomography revealed a giant, calcified right ventricular mass that(More)
A 21 years albanian patient was referred with important residual left to right shunt. He was undergone 7 years before conventional surgical correction of a perimembranous ventricular septal defect (VSD). The patient underwent sternotomy and perventricular device closure of the residual employing a 16 mm multifenestrated atrial septal defect occlude, which(More)
INTRODUCTION Entrapped thrombus in a patent foramen ovale is a rare form of right heart thromboembolism. Various treatments have been used, such as anti-coagulation and thrombolytic therapy, vena cava filter, percutaneous thrombectomy and surgical embolectomy. CASE PRESENTATION A 60-year-old Kosovan woman was admitted to our hospital with a massive(More)