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The present study evaluated the origin of endothelial and epithelial cells, as well as of lymphocytes and macrophages, after lung transplantation. Biopsy specimens from patients who underwent lung and heart-lung transplantation and received organs of sex-mismatched donors were studied by means of nonisotopic in situ hybridization with DNA probes of the X(More)
BACKGROUND Mediastinitis is a severe complication after cardiac surgery. While improvement of prophylaxis and of medical and surgical therapy has reduced its incidence, the treatment of mediastinitis continues to be a challenging problem. Within this study, we report the successful use of daptomycin as supportive therapy in patients developing mediastinitis(More)
BACKGROUND Infection is a main cause of morbidity and mortality after heart surgery, with multi-resistant pathogens increasingly representing a challenge. Daptomycin provides bactericidal activity against gram-positive organisms that are resistant to standard treatment including vancomycin. METHODS A cohort of cardiac surgical patients, treated with(More)
Minimizing operative risks for the surgical team in infectious patients is crucial. We report on a patient suffering from Hepatitis C undergoing re-operative aortic valve and ascending aorta replacement for aortic aneurysm and paravalvular leakage due to recurrent endocarditis of a Smeloff-Cutter aortic ball prosthesis. Preoperative multi-slice computed(More)
A young woman suffering from congenital hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) received a transcoronary ablation of the septal hypertrophy (TASH) and an automated Cardioverter/Defibrillator (AICD) for the relief of progressive symptoms of heart failure. She developed an acute heart failure in the perioperative period and had to be put on(More)
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