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BACKGROUND Phase I clinical studies have demonstrated the feasibility of implanting autologous skeletal myoblasts in postinfarction scars. However, they have failed to determine whether this procedure was functionally effective and arrhythmogenic. METHODS AND RESULTS This multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study included patients(More)
AIMS Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) support stabilizes patients with cardiogenic shock. Despite improved oxygenation and peripheral circulation, LV unloading may be impeded due to the increased afterload, resulting in a failing static left ventricle and in high mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS We describe for the first time a(More)
BACKGROUND The problem of AMR remains unsolved because standardized schemes for diagnosis and treatment remains contentious. Therefore, a consensus conference was organized to discuss the current status of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in heart transplantation. METHODS The conference included 83 participants (transplant cardiologists, surgeons,(More)
We here present an immunologic head-to-head comparison between human umbilical cord lining mesenchymal stem cells (clMSCs) and adult bone marrow MSCs (bmMSCs) from patients >65 years of age. clMSCs had significantly lower HLA class I expression, higher production of tolerogenic TGF-β and IL-10, and showed significantly faster proliferation. In vitro(More)
OBJECTIVES The C-Port System (Cardica, Inc, Redwood City, Calif) integrates in one tool all functions necessary to enable rapid automated distal coronary anastomoses. The goal of this prospective, nonrandomized, and multicenter study is to determine the safety and efficacy of this novel anastomotic system. METHODS Five centers enrolled 133 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Obliterative bronchiolitis (OB) is the main chronic complication after heart-lung (HLTx) and lung transplantation (LTx), limiting the long-term success of both transplant procedures. METHODS Since 1981, 135 HLTxs and 61 isolated LTxs were performed in 184 patients at Stanford University. RESULTS The overall prevalence of OB in patients(More)
BACKGROUND Both cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and operative trauma are associated with increased expression of proinflammatory cytokines. We assessed the relative contribution of CPB on activation of various proinflammatory cytokines in patients undergoing coronary revascularization by comparing them with patients receiving coronary artery bypass grafts(More)
Among patients with end-stage lung disease awaiting lung transplantation, pediatric and small adult patients have a significantly lower chance of getting size-matched pulmonary grafts in time because of the severe scarcity of small donors. It is our strategy to perform lobar lung transplantations in small recipients with restrictive pulmonary disease once(More)
Bretschneider HTK solution is commonly used for myocardial preservation. In order to evaluate its protective effect for heart transplantation, a retrospective study was initiated in cooperation with Eurotransplant and five heart transplant centers. Seventy-six female and 524 male patients who underwent cardiac transplantations between 1981 and 1991 were(More)
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has evolved into a feasible therapeutic option for the management of selected patients with severe aortic stenosis and high or prohibitive risk for standard surgery. Symptomatic severe aortic stenosis occasionally occurs in the allograft long after heart transplantation. Because of specific characteristics and(More)