Elisabeth Schermer

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OBJECTIVE Aortic complications determine the life expectancy of most patients with Marfan syndrome. To find out whether there is heterogenous aortic involvement among patients and, if there is, to characterize aortic patterns and response to long-term beta-blocker therapy, we investigated aortic elastic properties before and during beta-blocker treatment.(More)
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Evidence points towards an unfavorable cardiovascular risk profile of former preterm infants in adolescence and adulthood. The aim of this study was to determine whether cardiovascular risk predictors are detectable in former very preterm infants at a preschool age. Five- to seven-year-old(More)
During the past 3 years, seven potential candidates for mechanical circulatory support (MCS) were treated at our center. Ultimately, only one of them needed MCS (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation [ECMO] for 16 days), although 5 years earlier, all would have been considered for MCS at our center. Seven consecutive patients were seen in this period: four(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the risk for intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) in very low birth weight preterm infants with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and low platelet count with treatment with cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitors. STUDY DESIGN Diagnosis and treatment of PDA, as well as risk factors for IVH, were assessed using prospectively collected data of all(More)
The use of venoarterial extracorporal membrane oxygenation and ventricular assist-devices in children with end stage heart failure is well established. The use of a bridge-to-bridge strategy leads to excellent survival rates in pediatric patients. We present an adolescent, who acquired acute respiratory failure, due to possible transfusion related lung(More)
A 2-year-old boy was presented with late-recognized coarctation of the aorta and pulmonary hypertension due to left ventricular failure. The coarctation was corrected at the day of admission with a good postoperative result. However, weaning from the respirator failed despite multiple drug support due to left ventricular failure. Consequently, a left(More)
A 14-year-old boy after balloon valvuloplasty of severe aortic valve stenosis in the neonatal period was referred for heart-lung transplantation because of high grade pulmonary hypertension and left heart dysfunction due to endocardial fibroelastosis with severe mitral insufficiency. After heart catheterization, hemodynamic parameters were invasively(More)
Strategy and results of the Innsbruck Mechanical Circulatory Support Program are presented, and the impact of such programs on pediatric heart transplantation (HTX) in Europe is discussed. Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (vaECMO) and ventricular assist devices (VADs) were used in 21 pediatric patients (median age 3.3 years, 2 days to 17(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with Marfan syndrome, progressive aortic dilation implicates a still-unpredictable risk of life-threatening aortic dissection and rupture. We sought to quantify aortic wall dysfunction noninvasively, determine the diagnostic power of various aortic parameters, and establish a diagnostic model for the early detection of aortic(More)
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