Domenico Mercogliano

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The cardiopathic patient can sustain acute heart failure during pregnancy. In such cases, if open heart operation is necessary to save the patient's life, the fetus could be seriously compromised after exposure to cardiopulmonary bypass. From 1958 to 1992, 69 reports of cardiac operations during pregnancy with the aid of cardiopulmonary bypass have been(More)
AIMS OF THE STUDY In this prospective, randomized study, we investigate the potential advantages of vacuum-assisted venous drainage (VAVD), compared to gravitational drainage (GD), in patients undergoing first-time coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, concerning biochemical markers of organ and blood cell damage. MATERIALS AND METHODS Seventy-two(More)
BACKGROUND Different arterial conduits have been used for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), avoiding remote cardiac events associated with graft failure and improving the quality and expectancy of life in patients with coronary artery disease. The goal of this study was to evaluate the early and midterm results of total arterial CABG with the(More)
Mold-like left atrial calcification is a rare aspect of rheumatic mitral valvular disease. Its interest lies in the difficulty of surgical technique during interventions for valvular substitution. This is a case report in which the total excision of the calcified mold by a wide endoatriectomy was necessary in order to substitute the stenotic mitral valve.
The new bubble Oxybel oxygenator (Bellco Laboratories) has been used for routine clinical perfusions in this Institution. A comparison has been made between two groups of 51 patients each, one group perfused with on Oxybel oxygenator (OXY) and the other with the Harvey H 1000 oxygenator (H-H). Among these patients a wide range of acquired and congenital(More)
We describe the performance, in one surgical session, of bilateral pulmonary endarterectomy and a button-technique Bentall operation in a 68-year-old man. The patient had chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and an ascending aortic aneurysm with moderate aortic regurgitation. The procedures were concurrently completed during short periods of(More)
We describe the case of a patient evaluated for the incidental finding of a suspected paracardiac mass. A computed tomography examination demonstrated two giant coronary aneurysms, containing endoluminal thrombi, involving both coronary arteries. Coronary angiography confirmed the diagnosis. The patient underwent surgical treatment because of the high risk(More)
The aim of this study is the evaluation of end systolic ventricular elastance trend (as a measure of heart contractility) by hemodynamic variables available in intensive care units or during heart surgery: heart rate, cardiac output, left atrial, mean and diastolic arterial pressure. Its basic assumption is the description of ejection as the interaction(More)