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The number of transurethral resections of the prostate (TURP) performed each year is decreasing. The aim of this study was to assess a cohort of patients undergoing TURP and compare this to one twenty years earlier in terms of procedure, complications and outcomes. A retrospective comparative analysis of one hundred consecutive TURPs performed in 2010 was(More)
BACKGROUND Although consensus documents on catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) suggest a uniform "blanking period" of 3 months, recent evidence suggested that early recurrences of atrial tachyarrhythmias (ERATs) are strongly associated with late recurrences (LRs), especially if ERATs occurred in the last part of the "blanking period".(More)
BACKGROUND Lone atrial fibrillation (LAF) develops in younger individuals without cardiovascular or pulmonary disease. As pulmonary vein isolation has been recognized as an optimal treatment for drug-resistant atrial fibrillation, cryoballoon ablation with second-generation balloon (CB-A) may be an ideal solution for LAF patients. OBJECTIVE The aim of(More)
The third-generation Cryoballoon Advance Short-tip (CB-ST) has been designed with a 40 % shortened tip length compared with the former second generation CB advance device (CB-A). Ideally, a shorter tip should permit an improved visualisation of real-time recordings in the pulmonary vein (PV) due to a more proximal positioning of the inner lumen mapping(More)
AIMS Femoral venous pressure waveform (VPW) analysis has been recently described as a novel method to assess phrenic nerve function during atrial fibrillation ablation procedures by means of the cryoballoon technique. In this study, we sought to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of this technique, with respect to the incidence of phrenic nerve(More)
AIMS The third-generation Cryoballoon Advance Short-tip (CB-ST) has been designed with a 40% shortened tip length compared with the former second-generation CB Advance device. Ideally, a shorter tip should permit an improved visualization of real-time (RT) recordings in the pulmonary vein (PV) due to a more proximal positioning of the inner lumen mapping(More)
Data indicate that the second-generation cryoballoon (Arctic Front Advance, Medtronic, Minnesota, USA) could be effective for persistent atrial fibrillation. However, electrophysiological findings and the midterm clinical outcome of repeat procedures following second-generation cryoballoon ablation are lacking. Consecutive patients with drug-resistant(More)
Glutaraldehyde-modified, tyrosine-adsorbed ragweed extract (GTR) is a modification of allergen extract to reduce allergenicity but retain immunogenicity. We evaluated the clinical efficacy and immunologic changes associated with the administration of GTR (16,350 protein nitrogen units) or placebo to a group of 100 atopic subjects with ragweed hay fever. The(More)
OBJECTIVE Digital rectal examination (DRE) is often ignored or deferred in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The aim of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of DRE in patients with AMI. METHODS This was a prospective, comparative, stratified study in an inner-city teaching hospital. A total of 480 patients from intensive care and telemetry(More)