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Zinc and copper changes were studied in plasma, whole blood, urine and myocardium in 15 patients undergoing valve replacement in hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass with hemodilution. During the cardiopulmonary bypass, a fall in plasma copper and zinc concentration was related to hemodilution. The zinc concentration also decreased in whole blood, but(More)
One case of mitral insufficiency due to traumatic rupture of the posterior chordae is described. The most consistent clinical and non-invasive cardiovascular findings were: previous non-penetrating thorax trauma; rapidly progressing congestive heart failure; loud apical systolic murmur; sinus rhythm; normal radiological evidence of the left atrium;(More)
We report the successful removal of a mycotic false aneurysm of the descending thoracic aorta. The aneurysm developed after a sepsis secondary to Canadida albicans. General signs of infection were absent at the time of surgery, although the aortic wall was still infected. A Dacron graft was inserted after resection of the entire aortic wall, and irrigation(More)
A total of 286 patients with mitral stenosis or predominant mitral stenosis underwent open heart mitral commissurotomy at the San Camillo Hospital between May 1969 and May 1975; mitral annuloplasty was performed on 71 patients, subvalvular apparatus correction on 43. The operative mortality rate was 0,7% (no deaths among the last 220 patients). Early(More)