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OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine the value of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) for diagnosing prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE). BACKGROUND The diagnosis of PVE remains challenging. In PVE cases, initial echocardiography is normal or inconclusive in almost 30%, leading to a decreased(More)
AIMS To analyse the risk of death according to the type of cerebrovascular complications (CVC) during infective endocarditis (IE) and to analyse the determinants of outcome in patients with IE and a CVC. METHODS AND RESULTS In two referral centres, 496 consecutive patients with definite IE were prospectively included. Cerebral CT scan was performed in 453(More)
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a major cause of end-stage kidney failure, but is often identified early and therefore amenable to timely treatment. Interventions known to postpone the need for renal replacement therapy (RRT) in non-ADPKD patients have also been tested in ADPKD patients, but with inconclusive results. To help resolve(More)
PURPOSE Patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) are candidates for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy. The evaluation of organ severity is difficult in patients considered for cannulation in a distant hospital. This study was designed to identify early factors associated with hospital mortality in ARDS patients(More)
BACKGROUND Despite improvements in medical and surgical therapy, infective endocarditis (IE) is still associated with a severe prognosis and remains a therapeutic challenge. We aimed to evaluate the impact of a standardized diagnostic and therapeutic protocol on mortality and to correlate the outcome with compliance with our management-based protocol. (More)
BACKGROUND. Blood culture-negative endocarditis (BCNE) may account for up to 31% of all cases of endocarditis. METHODS. We used a prospective, multimodal strategy incorporating serological, molecular, and histopathological assays to investigate specimens from 819 patients suspected of having BCNE. RESULTS. Diagnosis of endocarditis was first ruled out for(More)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic-valve implantation (TAVI) is an emerging intervention for the treatment of high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis and coexisting illnesses. We report the results of a prospective multicenter study of the French national transcatheter aortic-valve implantation registry, FRANCE 2. METHODS All TAVIs performed in(More)
PURPOSE To compare characteristics, clinical evolution and outcome in adult patients with influenza A (H1N1) acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) treated with or without extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). METHODS A prospective observational study of patients treated in Marseille South Hospital from October 2009 to January 2010 for confirmed(More)
Despite improvements in medical and surgical therapies, infective endocarditis is associated with poor prognosis and remains a therapeutic challenge. Many factors affect the outcome of this serious disease, including virulence of the microorganism, characteristics of the patients, presence of underlying disease, delays in diagnosis and treatment, surgical(More)
BACKGROUND Although previous studies suggest similar patient survival for peritoneal dialysis (PD) and haemodialysis (HD), PD use has decreased worldwide. We aimed to study trends in the choice of first dialysis modality and relate these to variation in patient and technique survival and kidney transplant rates in Europe over the last 20 years. METHODS We(More)