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BACKGROUND The application of axial-flow pumps in patients with end-stage heart failure reveals a significantly reduced infectious complication rate as compared with rates observed with pulsatile devices. The remaining adverse event rate relates mainly to thromboembolic complications with neurologic consequences. We investigated the dependence of the(More)
PURPOSE To report a rare case of dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm in a young patient with Turner syndrome owing to complete or partial monosomy of the X chromosome. CASE REPORT A 22-year-old patient with Turner syndrome presented with a 2-month history of voice loss and dysphagia. Multislice computed tomography (MSCT) disclosed a large (53x75-mm)(More)
BACKGROUND During unilateral selective cerebral perfusion (SCP), via cannulation of the brachiocephalic trunk, the brain receives blood only through the right common carotid artery and the right vertebral artery. For perfusion of the contralateral (left) hemisphere it is counted on the competence of the circle of Willis (CoW). It is well known that(More)
In idiopathic membranous nephropathy (IMN) immunosuppressive therapy should be reserved for patients with potential risk factors at baseline or who show a progressive course. Cyclophosphamide pulse therapy (CPT) in IMN is not yet widely tested. We carried out a trial of CPT combined with conventional treatment in a group of patients with IMN at a greater(More)
Berlin Heart INCOR system is a left ventricle assist device (LVAD), which generates a laminar blood flow. Its inflow canula is implanted in the heart apex, while its outflow canula-in the ascending aorta. In the present work a new alternative technique for implantation of the device's inflow canula is reported. The suggested technique is quicker and easier(More)
UNLABELLED The indications for mitral valve repair or mitral valve replacement are worldwide accepted, but they still depend of the personal experience of the surgeon and the tradition in the respective cardio-vascular clinic. Valve repair had many advantages over the replacement, but the long-term durability and the reoperations remain a major problem. In(More)
Key words: alkalosis; Bartter's syndrome; Gitelman creatinine clearance 64 ml/min/1.73 m2, uric acid 711 mmol, with normal serum total protein and serum syndrome; hypokalaemia; vasculitis; immunosuppres-sive therapy albumin. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate was 31 mm in the 1st hour and 67 mm in the 2nd hour.
OBJECTIVES The optimal surgical technique for correction of left ventricular aneurysms is still debated. This study compares the midterm results achieved with linear resection or endoventricular repair. METHODS In the period February 2002-February 2004 forty-five consecutive patients with anterior LVA have been operated. The patients were divided in two(More)
Finite impulse response (FIR) filter is the key functional block in DSP (Digital Signal Processing) designs and nearly always form the starting point for analyzing an architecture. This paper contains a new filter architecture, along with FPGA-Virtex-4 (Xilinx) and XtremeDSP (DSP48) slice. The XtremeDSP slice is a high performance multiplier and arithmetic(More)