David E. Weaver

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BACKGROUND The prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) respiratory infection in cystic fibrosis (CF) has increased dramatically over the last decade, and is now affecting approximately 25% of patients. Epidemiologic evidence suggests that persistent infection with MRSA results in an increased rate of decline in FEV1 and shortened(More)
Of 38 patients undergoing median sternotomy for cardiac operations all developed profound restrictive defects in pulmonary function during the first 72 h after tracheal extubation. Although decreased lung volumes were refractory to correction by vigorous, aggressive pulmonary therapy during this period, frequent and supervised treatment may prevent further(More)
BACKGROUND Cystic fibrosis (CF) patients would benefit from a safe and effective tool to detect early-stage, regional lung disease to allow for early intervention. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe, non-invasive procedure capable of providing quantitative assessments of disease without ionizing radiation. We developed a rapid normalized T1 MRI(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown that Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques can be used to non-invasively assess lung disease in CF patients. In this study, we compare the sensitivity of normalized T1 (nT1) and non-contrast perfusion MRI techniques to detect regional lung disease in CF patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS MRI data were obtained for(More)
To determine whether pleurotomy during median sternotomy worsens postoperative pulmonary function, patients whose pleurae remained intact (N = 7) were compared with those whose pleural spaces were entered during median sternotomy (N = 31). Thirty-eight adults performed spirometry and N2 washout to determine functional residual capacity preoperatively and 2,(More)
Acute dissection of the ascending aorta can present with complete heart block if the dissecting hematoma involves the interatrial septum near the atrioventricular node. We report a case of acute type A dissection presenting with complete heart block treated with emergency grafting of the ascending aorta, aortic valve replacement, and coronary artery bypass(More)
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