Bartlomiej Zych

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Lung transplantation remains the gold standard for patients with end-stage lung disease. Nevertheless, the number of suitable donor lungs for the increasing number of patients on the waiting list necessitates alternative tools to expand the lung donor pool. Modern preservation and lung assessment techniques could contribute to improved function in(More)
For patients with end-stage heart failure, cardiac transplantation persists to be the gold standard. Nevertheless, the availability of organs remains a main constraint to the treatment. Through mounting usage of ex vivo heart perfusion an increase in organ availability was achieved by reconditioning of organs formerly not regarded as appropriate for(More)
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are fast becoming standard of care for patients with advanced heart failure. However, despite continuous improvement in VAD technology, there remains a significant early postoperative morbidity and mortality in this extreme patient group. The aim of the current study was to explore the short-term outcomes and(More)
We present the case of a 41-year old patient suffering from end-stage pulmonary hypertension secondary to veno-occlusive disease who underwent implantation of a veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenator as a bridge to lung transplantation (LTx) due to significant deterioration of myocardial pump and liver function. After 33 days on support, lungs(More)
OBJECTIVES Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are a routine treatment for patients with advanced heart failure as a bridge to transplantation. The aim of this study was to present our institutional experience and mid-term outcomes after implantation of 139 continuous-flow (cf) LVADs as a bridge to transplantation. METHODS One hundred and thirty-nine(More)
The prevalence of myocardial involvement in influenza infection ranges from 0% to 12%. The 2009 pH1N1 influenza virus, formerly known as swine flu, first appeared in Mexico and the United States of America in March and April 2009 and has swept the globe with unprecedented speed. We report a case of fulminant myocarditis associated with this virus treated(More)
Despite technological advances in a newer generation of ventricular assist devices (VAD), complications, such as pump thromboses, remain a significant cause of morbidity and indeed mortality in these patients. We present the case of a 34-year old patient who underwent HeartAssist 5 (HA5) implantation as a bridge to cardiac transplant. After an initial(More)
A young woman with terminal respiratory failure due to idiopathic pulmonary hypertension underwent bilateral lung transplantation. The postoperative course was complicated by herniation of the heart through over the cut pericardial edge on left side leading to left-sided graft infarction requiring pneumonectomy. Unable to wean off mechanical ventilation,(More)
Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries is a complex congenital cardiac anomaly with a wide spectrum of morphologic features and clinical profiles. Most patients are diagnosed late in their life, undergoes surgical repairs, eventually leading to systemic ventricular failure needing heart transplant or mechanical circulatory assistance.(More)
Diseased, replaced or repaired mitral valve can lead to restricted blood flow to left ventricle and inadequate flow in left ventricular assist device (LVAD). A middle age woman with 'burnt out' hypertrophic cardiomyopathy had mitral valve repair for mitral regurgitation. She needed LVAD to support severe decompensating heart failure. Repaired mitral valve(More)
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