Giuseppe De Cicco

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BACKGROUND We investigated leaflet and subvalvular configurations to identify mechanisms leading to recurrent mitral regurgitation after combined undersized mitral annuloplasty and coronary artery bypass and to preoperatively recognize patients who are unlikely to benefit from this approach. METHODS Among 261 subjects with chronic ischemic mitral(More)
OBJECTIVE It is uncertain whether mitral valve replacement is really inferior to mitral valve repair for the treatment of chronic ischemic mitral regurgitation. This multicenter study aimed at providing a contribution to this issue. METHODS Of 1006 patients with chronic ischemic mitral regurgitation and impaired left ventricular function (ejection(More)
AIMS We present 5-year echocardiographic results of combined undersizing mitral ring annuloplasty (UMRA) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in chronic ischaemic mitral regurgitation (CIMR). METHODS AND RESULTS Two hundred and fifty-one patients (aged 68.4 +/- 8.1, 62.5% male) undergoing combined CABG and UMRA in our Institution (Cardiac Surgery,(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term durability of combined coronary artery bypass grafting and of undersized mitral ring annuloplasty (UMRA) is uncertain. A considerable number of patients show recurrent regurgitation. This study examines the difference in the benefit of UMRA on clinical end points and recurrence of mitral regurgitation between responders and(More)
BACKGROUND Recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa) has been increasingly used to stop life-threatening bleeding following cardiac operations. Nonetheless, the issue of dosing, given the expense and potential for thrombotic complications, is still of major concern. We report our experience with small-dose rFVIIa in patients with refractory bleeding after(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate postoperative outcome of emergency surgery for acute severe mitral regurgitation (ASMR) from a multicentre experience. METHODS In six centres, 279 patients (mean age 62+/-14 years, 62% female) undergoing emergency surgery for ASMR from December 1986 to March 2007 were analysed and followed up. Aetiology included acute myocardial(More)
Between January 1990 and February 2001 a total of 323 patients underwent following operations at our Institution: respectively 256 on the ascending aorta, 13 on the transverse arch and 54 on thoracic descending aorta. Sixteen patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms underwent endovascular stent graft implantation. The overall in-hospital mortality was(More)
From February 1998 and March 2000 fourteen patients underwent "custom made" aortic self-expanding endoprostheses implantation (World Medical Talent Sunrise): nine of them for dilative pathology of thoracic aorta and 5 for abdominal aortic aneurysm below renal arteries. The etiology was degenerative in 8 patients, false aneurysm in 2, chronic dissection in 2(More)
OBJECTIVE Prosthetic valve dysfunction after mitral valve replacement (MVR) may be caused by several factors, which often lead to repeated surgery. One of the most frequent determinants of reoperation is periprosthetic leakage (PPL). A few published reports have analysed PPL incidence and postoperative results after MVR, but no specific attention has been(More)
Using the constant infusion technique, we have measured the pressures within the carpal tunnel in 30 hands in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome and in 4 hands in control subjects. The mean pressure in the normal, control subjects was 13 mmHg and in the carpal tunnel syndrome patients 26 mmHg. In the normal subjects the pressures did not change along the(More)