Chung-Dann Kan

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BACKGROUND Surgical treatment for mycotic aortic aneurysms is not optimal. Even with a large excision, extensive debridement, in situ or extra-anatomical reconstruction, and with or without lifelong antibiotic treatment, mycotic aneurysms still carry very high mortality and morbidity. The use of endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for mycotic aortic(More)
Blunt trauma is uncommonly followed by intracardiac valvar injuries. The resulting valvar insufficiency rapidly or progressively leads to congestive heart failure or death unless surgically corrected. Three patients with sustained blunt chest trauma were found to have two aortic valve and one mitral valve ruptures. They had variable clinical courses.(More)
This paper proposes a rule-based decision-making diagnosis system to evaluate arteriovenous shunt (AVS) stenosis for long-term hemodialysis treatment of patients using fuzzy petri nets (FPNs). AVS stenoses are often associated with blood sounds, resulting from turbulent flow over the narrowed blood vessel. Phonoangiography provides a noninvasive technique(More)
OBJECTIVES To review our surgical experience of primary infected abdominal aortic aneurysms, with the aim of assessing the safety and durability of in situ prosthetic replacement. DESIGN Retrospective study in a university hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-four patients who underwent surgery for primary infected abdominal aortic aneurysms over the(More)
BACKGROUND Anticoagulation is an essential part of the management of numerous cardiovascular conditions. Although warfarin sodium has been in clinical use for >40 years, only 1 proprietary warfarin preparation was in use for long-term anticoagulation in Taiwan until 2001, when the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration approved a new generic formulation. (More)
INTRODUCTION Most of the glyphosate-surfactant herbicides (GlySH) are formulated commercial products containing isopropylamine (IPA) salt of glyphosate (IPAG), variable amount of a surfactant, and water. Although glyphosate is only slightly toxic to rats, ingestion of GlySH may lead to severe effects, including death, in humans. We conducted a study to(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was undertaken to illustrate the safety of in situ reconstruction of septic aortic pseudoaneurysm (SAP) secondary to microbial aortitis, with or without long-term antibiotic treatment. METHODS Data for patients with SAP (11 abdominal, 4 thoracic) operated on between 1993 and 1999 were reviewed. Computed tomography and aortography(More)
BACKGROUND Conventional surgery (CS) for treatment of mycotic aortic aneurysm has rather high surgical morbidity and mortality rates. The use of endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) might simplify the procedure and provide a good alternative for this critical condition, but this remains to be proved. We analyzed all mycotic abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)(More)
BACKGROUND Chylothorax after surgery for congenital heart disease is rare. We wanted to compare the different presentations of chylothorax in patients who received median sternotomy or lateral thoracotomy. PATIENTS AND METHODS We retrospectively studied pediatric patients with congenital heart disease who received palliative or corrective surgeries and(More)
BACKGROUND Open surgical treatment for an infected aortic aneurysm has a high rate of surgical morbidity and mortality and does not guarantee eradication of the infected nidus. The use of endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) might simplify the procedure and provide a good alternative for this critical condition, but this remains to be proved. This study(More)