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OBJECTIVE P-selectin is an adhesion molecule that plays a role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to assess whether or not the treatment with fluvastatin for 3 weeks preoperatively would reduce the levels of circulating P-selectin in patients with coronary heart disease undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the value of bone scintigraphy for the assessment of graft viability following vascularized bone grafts in patients with mandibular reconstruction. METHODS We investigated 16 patients with vascularized grafts from the fibula (13 patients) and iliac crest (3 patients) in the last 8 years. For the follow up of all(More)
BACKGROUND Minimally invasive techniques have gained recent interest in the realm of cardiac surgery. This report describes our initial experience with graft replacement of ascending aortic aneurysms using a superior mini-sternotomy approach. METHODS Between March 1997 and October 1997, four patients underwent operation for ascending aortic aneurysm via(More)
Fifteen patients with various scalp defects resulting from contact electrical burns to the head, were reconstructed between the periods of January 1989 and October 2004 in our burns unit. The incidence of scalp burns in our patient population was 2.99% for electrical injuries and 0.95% for all burns during the study period. We present here a clinical series(More)
From January 1984 to December 1993 a total of 154 patients (89 men and 85 women) required 160 reoperations for prosthetic heart valve dysfunction. Four patients required a second, two patients a third reoperation. Age was (mean +/- SD [range]) 38.8 +/- 10.2 (17 to 64) years. The primary operation was mitral valve replacement in 105 patients, aortic valve(More)
A 70-year-old male known with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) was admitted with effort angina and fever, which developed into unstable angina. On coronary angiography a critical stenosis of the left main coronary artery and 75% stenosis of the right coronary artery were found. On complete blood count the number of leukocytes was 1600/µl. We administered(More)
BACKGROUND This report describes mitral valve replacement using a unique subxiphoid approach with a lower ministernotomy and a skin crease incision and compares the operative and echocardiographic results to patients undergoing mitral valve replacements using previously described strategies. METHODS Fifty-four patients underwent mitral valve replacement(More)