Ettore O Vitali

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OBJECTIVE Patients with bicuspid aortic valve are at increased risk for aortic complications. METHODS A total of 115 consecutive patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease underwent surgery of the ascending aorta. We classified the cusp configuration by 3 types: fusion of left coronary and right coronary cusps (type A), fusion of right coronary and(More)
Prosthetic ring annuloplasty is considered the gold standard technique for mitral valve repair, but it has been associated with some drawbacks. Suture annuloplasty is less expensive and may have some physiopathologic advantages. We reviewed the literature to assess clinical results of mitral suture annuloplasty. Thirteen series, each reporting more than 50(More)
BACKGROUND Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is a risk factor for aortic dissection and aneurysm. We studied patients with BAV and tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) to evaluate long-term changes in the ascending aorta after aortic valve replacement (AVR). PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred consecutive patients were allocated into two groups according to the presence(More)
AIMS No drug has been proven efficacious to prevent the post-pericardiotomy syndrome (PPS), but colchicine seems safe and effective for the treatment and prevention of pericarditis. The aim of the COlchicine for the Prevention of the Post-pericardiotomy Syndrome (COPPS) trial is to test the efficacy and safety of colchicine for the primary prevention of the(More)
Two cases of an aberrant right subclavian artery causing dysphagia lusoria in the adult are presented. The first patient was treated by dividing the aberrant vessel through a right posterolateral thoracotomy and anastomosing the divided subclavian artery to the ascending aorta with a Dacron graft. The second patient, had a simple division of the anomalous(More)
Axial flow pumps have gained increased acceptance in recent years as a bridge to heart transplantation and, more recently, as destination therapy. As left ventricular (LV) assist device dysfunction will be increasingly prevalent, the aim of our work was to introduce an echocardiographic management protocol as a guide to recognize the causes of pump failure.(More)
Eukaryotic cells plasma membranes are organized into microdomains of specialized function such as lipid rafts and caveolae, with a specific lipid composition highly enriched in cholesterol and glycosphingolipids. In addition to their role in regulating signal transduction, multiple functions have been proposed, such as anchorage of receptors, trafficking of(More)
Non-penetrating cardiac trauma resulting in mitral valve rupture is uncommon, requiring a high degree of suspicion for diagnosis. Sudden and severe mitral regurgitation, unless surgically corrected rapidly lead to congestive heart failure and death. We report a patient with traumatic rupture of the antero-lateral papillary muscle of the mitral valve and(More)
A 45-year-old male with dilatative cardiomyopathy was supported with an Incor (Berlin-Heart AG) axial flow magnetically levitated bearings pump. Due to constant anemization in late follow-up, gastrointestinal bleeding was suspected and a PillCamtrade mark Capsule Endoscopy (Given Imaging) was performed. No interference between the devices was detected and(More)