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One case of tricuspid valve endocarditis due to a catheter fragment inside the right chambers of the heart is described. The symptoms were fever, cardiac failure, splenomegaly and relapsing pneumonia. Blood culture was positive, revealing Staphylococcus aureus. A two-dimensional echocardiogram demonstrated a large vegetation on the tricuspid valve. The(More)
BACKGROUND Anatomical considerations and risks related to x-ray exposure make atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) ablation in pediatric patients a concerning procedure. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of performing fluoroless slow-pathway cryoablation guided by the electroanatomic (EA) mapping in children and(More)
This phase II study was designed to verify the activity and safety of an intensive epirubicin/ifosfamide schedule in untreated soft tissue sarcoma (STS) patients by using both the agents at the identified maximal tolerated doses. 39 adult patients were treated with epirubicin at 55 mg/m2, on days 1 and 2 (total dose per cycle 110 mg/m2) combined with(More)
BACKGROUND Coagulation FXII is activated on contact with lipoprotein particles. It has been suggested that contact with subendothelial tissue provides an alternative biological surface for FXII activation. Our aim was to investigate whether activated FXII (FXIIa) is elevated in patients with coronary atherosclerosis, and whether disease status (acute phase(More)
Our aim was to define the distribution of monocyte subsets in a cohort of congestive heart failure (CHF) patients, to verify whether increased severity of CHF is linked to the expansion of specific monocyte subsets, and finally to investigate the relationship between monocyte subset relative frequencies, laboratory parameters of inflammation, and monocyte(More)
We reevaluated the magnetic resonance (MR) examinations of 38 healthy volunteers (control group, CG) and of 124 patients with RV arrhythmia with left bundle branch block (LBBB) morphology: 45 with episodes of RV sustained tachycardia and of polymorphic RV premature beats (RVST-PPB group); 36 with only RV outflow tract sustained or not sustained tachycardia(More)
We report the case of a female patient presenting to the emergency department with postprandial syncope and atrial fibrillation. After amiodarone administration, the electrocardiogram showed marked QT prolongation associated with ventricular arrhythmias, including an episode of torsade de pointes requiring immediate electrical cardioversion. During history(More)
Severe ostial left main coronary stenosis developed 35 days after successful Bentall-type operation for acute aortic dissection. Treatment of this kind of complication is usually performed with open chest coronary artery bypass grafting. In our case, treatment with percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty and stenting of the lesion immediately after(More)