Gian Piero Piccoli

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OBJECTIVE A single-institutional study on atrial myxoma. Patient data and data obtained from the survivors during follow-up were reviewed. METHODS We studied 109 patients (61.5% female) who underwent surgical excision of atrial myxoma between January 1980 and December 2005. Mean age at the time of surgery was 60 +/- 14 years (range 1-83 years). Overall(More)
Forty-four consecutive infants aged from 3 days to 10 months underwent repair of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection using deep hypothermia with circulatory arrest. There were eight (18%) early hospital deaths. Using multivariate analysis no significant association could be shown between early mortality and age or weight at operation, preoperative(More)
Eighty successive patients underwent the Mustard operation for "simple" transposition of the great arteries (TGA) between January, 1970, and January, 1980. Ages ranged from 42 days to 12.4 years (mean 14.7 months). Balloon atrial septostomy (BAS) with balloon volumes of more than 2.5 ml produced significant increases of arterial oxygen saturation, although(More)
Preoperative distinction between common atrioventricular orifice and ostium primum atrial septal defect may be difficult. To improve diagnostic accuracy, the right and left ventricular angiocardiograms were reviewed 'blind' in 92 patients with atrioventricular defects. The true diagnosis was known from necropsy or -surgery in 60. Angiocardiograms had been(More)
A follow-up study of 31 patients, 1 1/2 years after they underwent a mitral valve replacement with a Beall prosthesis, is reported. Eighty-four per cent of the patients experienced marked improvement of symptoms and are fully active. Late cardiac recatheterization has showed a decrease of pulmonary wedge pressure, both at rest and under exercise. The(More)
Preoperative distinction between common atrioventricular orifice and ostium primum atrial septal defect may be difficult. To improve diagnostic accuracy, the right and left ventricle angiocardiograms were reviewed 'blind' in 92 patients with atrioventricular defects. The true diagnosis was known from necropsy or surgery in 60. Angiocardiograms had been(More)
Aneurysms of sinus of Valsava (SV) are uncommon heart lesions resulting from either a congenital deficiency or an acquired degeneration of the aortic wall. Usually these lesions are asymptomatic and incidentally diagnosed by echocardiography. Therefore when rupture occurs, they might require a prompt surgical operation. We report the case of a 58-year-old(More)
Between January 1965 and December 1979, in our Unit 53 patients underwent Mustard's operation for TGA, intact ventricular septum and LVOTO. There were 35 males and 18 females, ranging in age from 27 days to 12 years (mean = 26 months) and in weight from 3.7 to 26 kg (mean = 9.6 Kg). Twenty-one infants had undergone previous palliative procedures. The degree(More)
Between January 1974 and November 1980, 13 symptomatic infants under 1 year of age with persistent truncus arteriosus type I or II underwent surgery. Pulmonary artery banding was performed in 10 cases, with five deaths. Among the survivors, one developed severe pulmonary vascular disease and only two underwent late intracardiac repair. Primary total(More)