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From January, 1979, to December, 1984, at the Cardiac Surgery Department of the University of Torino Medical School, major sternal wound infections developed in 48 (1.86%) of 2,579 consecutive patients. These patients underwent open-heart procedures through a midline sternotomy and survived long enough for infection to appear. Possible risk factors were(More)
BACKGROUND Lung transplantation is the treatment of choice for patients with end-stage lung failure. Limitations are presented by the shortage of donors and the long waiting list periods. New techniques, such as extracorporeal membrane ventilator devices with or without pump support, have been developed as bridges to transplantation for patients with(More)
  • F Sansone, Massimo Boffini, +5 authors M Rinaldi
  • Transplantation proceedings
  • 2010
BACKGROUND Triple therapy is the gold standard after heart transplantation while few reports have described experiences with cyclosporine monotherapy (CM). We have analyzed our experience with CM in long-term heart transplant recipients, surviving >5 years. METHODS Of the 219 patients transplanted between January 1990 and December 1998, 143 survived >5(More)
OBJECTIVE Right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) after heart transplantation is a major complication, especially in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH). Herein we have presented our initial experience with oral sildenafil for RVD following heart transplantation. MATERIALS AND METHODS From February 2006 to February 2008, 10 patients (7 males and 3(More)
BACKGROUND Cyclosporine (CsA) renal toxicity is a well-known side effect. Various immunosuppressive strategies have been developed to minimize renal insufficiency. The use of everolimus associated with low levels of CsA can be an alternative strategy. METHODS From October 2007 to April 2008, everolimus was started with a lower dose of cyclosporine (trough(More)
Coronary artery by-pass grafting with internal mammary artery (IMA) has become the graft conduit of choice, due to improved survival and its long term patency rate. However, some studies have shown that, in comparison with saphenous vein grafts, after IMA grafting, there is increased postoperative impairment of pulmonary function, possibly due to the(More)
Dissection and rupture of the aorta account for 20% of death in the natural history of aortic coarctation. We describe here in four patients in whom an ascending aortic aneurysm was associated with aortic coarctation. Three patients had aortic valve incompetence. In two cases there was a dissection. This had not been recognized preoperatively in one, in(More)
BACKGROUND Endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) is the gold standard for immunologic follow-up to detect acute cellular rejection after cardiac transplantation. Conversely, protocols for the diagnosis and treatment of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) are not well defined. Histologically, AMR is diagnosed by the presence of capillary damage associated with(More)
Results of emergency revascularization for evolving myocardial infarction have been evaluated in 43 consecutive patients operated between January 1985 and March 1988. Time interval between onset of symptoms and coronary bypass averaged 6.7 +/- 0.5 hours (0.75-48). Intravenous or intracoronary thrombolysis was attempted pre-operatively in 26 cases. Overall(More)
Two unusual cases of traumatic aneurysm of the aorta are described. Both presented several days after thoracic trauma sustained in a car accident. The presenting features were progressing dysphagia and displacement of the oesophagus in the first case and a coarctation-like syndrome in the second. Diagnosis was confirmed in each case by aortography and(More)