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OBJECTIVES Ventricular septal rupture is a rare but feared complication after acute myocardial infarction. Most reports about outcome after surgical treatment are single center experiences. We investigated the results after surgical repair in all patients in Sweden during a 7-year period. METHODS All patients undergoing surgical repair 1992-1998 were(More)
OBJECTIVES An increasing number of studies have shown that ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) is safe and that rejected donor lungs can be resuscitated and used for lung transplantation (LTx). Early clinical outcomes in patients transplanted with reconditioned lungs at our centre were reviewed and compared with those of contemporary non-EVLP controls. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE Early and long-term survival in patients suffering from cardiogenic shock is poor. Treatment with mechanical assist devices is complicated and expensive but claim to improve survival. We reviewed our experience of venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in patients with acute cardiogenic shock. DESIGN ECMO was used in 52 patients(More)
OBJECTIVE Ex vivo lung perfusion has the potential to increase the number of patients treated with lung transplantation. Our initial clinical experience with ex vivo lung perfusion is reviewed as well as early clinical outcome in patients transplanted with reconditioned lungs. METHODS Six pairs of donor lungs deemed unsuitable for transplantation(More)
OBJECTIVE Pulmonary hypertension (PH), defined as a pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) >2.5 Wood units (WU) and (or) a transpulmonary gradient (TPG) >12 mmHg, is an established risk factor for mortality in heart transplantation. Elevated PVR in heart transplant candidates can be reduced using a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), and LVAD is proposed to(More)
An enzyme based amperometric biosensor used as a selective and sensitive detection unit in column liquid chromatography for the determination of ethanol and methanol in biological fluids such as plasma and urine is described. The reagentless enzyme electrode is based on the co-immobilisation of alcohol oxidase and horseradish peroxidase in carbon paste. The(More)
OBJECTIVES We investigated early outcomes in patients with end-stage pulmonary disease bridged with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) with the intention to perform lung transplantation (LTx). METHODS ECMO was used as a bridge to LTx in 20 patients between 2005 and 2013. Most patients suffered from rapid progress of disease and most failed to(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the achievability of device weaning in patients receiving left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) as a bridge to transplantation. METHODS Eighteen consecutive patients receiving a LVAD between September 1997 and June 2002 were included in the study. During a four-month follow-up, patients were repeatedly evaluated with right heart(More)
BACKGROUND Health care consumption and costs for the treatment of atrial fibrillation are high. Atrial fibrillation is effectively treated by the surgical Maze III procedure according to the Cox method. We describe the effects of this procedure on health care consumption and economy. METHODS From October 1997 through March 2002, 72 patients underwent the(More)