Carlo Pederzolli

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BACKGROUND The connection between the donor and the recipient aorta is a potential source of early and late complications as a result of infection, compliance mismatch, and technical and hemodynamic factors. Moreover, the abrupt change in systolic pressure after heart transplantation involves the entire thoracic aorta in the risk of aneurysm formation. The(More)
The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between acute rejection and human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection, as well as the coexpression of HLA-DR and immediate-early (IE) viral antigens, in 143 transbronchial biopsies and bronchoalveolar lavage fluids of 32 lung transplant recipients. We investigated the occurrence of morphologically overt(More)
We compared orthotopic heart transplantation (HT) by bicaval technique with the standard technique. Between January 1995 and December 1997, 117 patients underwent 118 HTs; 71 patients (15 women and 56 men) had 72 HTs by standard technique and 46 patients (9 women, 37 men) underwent HT using bicaval procedures. Preoperative parameters were similar in both(More)
Cardiac lipomas, extremely rare benign tumours, can develop in the pericardial surface or inside the cardiac chambers. We report three cases, 2 intracardiac (one in the left and right atrium at the level of the interatrial septum and the other in the right ventricle) and one epicardial at the level of the left atrial roof. All patients underwent surgery and(More)
BACKGROUND Our purpose was to establish whether patients on the waiting list for heart-lung or lung transplantation had different survival rates according to diagnosis and to determine the specific variables responsible for early death. METHODS Between 1988 and 1996, 278 patients were placed on the waiting list for organ transplant. Diagnoses were(More)
Right ventricular endomyocardial biopsy is difficult to perform in patients who underwent heterotopic heart transplantation because of the complex vascular anatomy. The procedure is usually performed under fluoroscopic control. We present a case of a 59-year-old woman that after heterotopic heart transplantation underwent echo-guided endomyocardial biopsy.(More)
Endomyocardial biopsy is an essential procedure for the diagnosis and grading of rejection in heart transplant patients. Direct control of the bioptome positioning has classically been obtained by fluoroscopy. Starting in June 1988, at our institution an alternative approach involving the use of two-dimensional echocardiography was introduced in clinical(More)
Starting in January 1995, we performed heart transplantation, randomly using standard and bicaval techniques. In the latter technique, the anatomy of the right atrium is maintained, since the venae cavae are anastomosed. In 38 patients who received heart transplantation with bicaval anastomosis, 339 endomyocardial biopsies (EMB) were performed. EMB was done(More)