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BACKGROUND This study was undertaken to determine whether methylprednisolone could improve myocardial protection by altering the cytokine profile toward an anti-inflammatory course in patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). METHODS Forty patients who were scheduled for elective CABG(More)
The Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a rare connective tissue disorder characterised by fragility of the soft connective tissues and widespread manifestations in skin, ligaments, joints, blood vessels and internal organs. We report a case of a 12-year-old boy, previously diagnosed with kyphoscoliosis-type EDS (type VI), presenting with a left brachial artery(More)
Cardiac myxomas are most commonly found within the left atrium. We now report a patient presenting with dyspnea, palpitation, and chest pain who was found to have myxoma arising from the pulmonary valve commissure. Urgent surgical treatment is curative and warranted for these lesions, in order to prevent outflow obstruction and thromboembolic phenomena.
Coronary artery fistulas are a rare clinical entity in cardiac anomalies, and in a significant portion of patients, the fistulas are accompanied by coronary aneurysm formation. In this article, we present a giant circumflex coronary artery aneurysm with a fistula into the coronary sinus.
BACKGROUND Conventional surgical repair of thoracic aortic dissections is a challenge due to mortality and morbidity risks. OBJECTIVES We analyzed our experience in hybrid aortic arch repair for complex dissections of the aortic arch. METHODS Between 2009 and 2013, 18 patients (the mean age of 67 ± 8 years-old) underwent hybrid aortic arch repair. The(More)
Behcet's disease is an autoimmune multisystemic disorder on vasculitis base. Cardiovascular involvement is the most important predictor of morbidity and mortality. The treatment should be planned carefully for pathologies requiring interventions. In our report, we present a 45-year-old patient with spontaneous superficial femoral artery pseudoaneurysm, our(More)
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