Dante Antonelli

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Quinidine was combined with propranolol to restore sinus rhythm in cases of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) in 42 patients. The treatment was started with propranolol and quinidine at a test oral dose of 10 mg and 0.2 g, respectively, thereafter a dose of 0.4 g of quinidine and 10 mg of propranolol every two hours was added. The procedure was stopped(More)
A 35-year-old patient underwent permanent pacemaker implantation because of symptomatic sinus bradycardia. During the procedure, persistent left superior vena cava was found. The ventricular lead crossed the tricuspid valve only after curving the stylet to form a loop in the right atrium (RA); subsequently, the curved stylet was changed to a straight one(More)
In patients with iron overload associated with severe, transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia, congestive heart failure develops during the second decade of life. Biventricular heart function was studied by multigated radionuclide angiography in 22 patients with beta-thalassemia major. Six patients were symptomatic. Congestive heart failure developed in(More)
Torsades de pointes (TdP) has not been previously reported with loratadine. A 73-year old woman on chronic treatment with amiodarone for atrial fibrillation received loratadine and presented with syncope and multiple episodes of TdP. We suggest that QT interval should be monitored whenever loratadine is co-administered with drugs that may potentially(More)
Lead insulation material and implant route have a major impact on lead reliability and durability. We compare the incidence of lead insulation failure resulting from both the venous approach and insulation type. Two hundred ninety consecutive leads were followed for a mean period of 57 +/- 30 months; leads with < 1 year follow-up were excluded. There were(More)
Retrospective and prospective clinical trials were performed to determine the usefulness of the 6-day subrenal capsule (SRC) assay for the prediction of response to chemotherapy. Evaluable assays were obtained in 86% of 1000 consecutive specimens obtained from a variety of solid malignancies. Analysis of chemotherapeutic sensitivity in this assay gave(More)
In order to assess prospectively the incidence and significance of venous thrombosis early after permanent transvenous pacemaker implantation venographic studies were carried out in 40 consecutive patients. The venograms performed between 1 and 6 months (mean 4 months) after the implantation were normal in 31 patients (77%), in six patients (15%) they(More)
Antiarrhythmic drugs increase pacing threshold, but this is rarely of clinical significance. Administration of flecainide acetate in a 75-year-old woman with an implanted AAIR pacemaker because of sick sinus syndrome caused an abrupt rise of pacing threshold and failure of pacing. Pacing threshold returned to the normal value a few days after flecainide(More)
Pelvic actinomycosis associated with the use of intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs) can mimic pelvic malignancy. Recognizing this rare, but not uncommon complication of IUD use can spare a patient from an extensive surgical procedure. If recognized preoperatively, a simple regimen of antibiotics can be curative; however, if symptomatic, a limited(More)