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Background. A prospective study was performed comparing the accuracy of digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and Doppler ultrasonography (DUS) stenosis findings with measurements on histological specimens. Method. DSA and DUS were used to evaluate carotid stenosis and were compared with measurements on histological specimens. Intact carotid plaques from(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate type of surgery, long-term survival and factors influencing outcome of pulmonary carcinoid tumors. We reviewed our database of 137 patients surgically treated for typical or atypical carcinoid tumors at our department between 1998 and 2013. There were 95 (69%) patients with typical carcinoid (87 N0, 6 N1, 2 N2) and 42(More)
BACKGROUND Standard immunosuppression after lung transplantation includes calcineurin inhibitors, mycophenolate mofetil, and steroids. Long-term survivors of lung transplantation are often confronted with chronic kidney disease, by definition related to the intake of calcineurin inhibitors. Sirolimus has been increasingly proposed as an alternative(More)
BACKGROUND Optimal surgical strategy in patients with combined disease of heart (mainly ischemic heart disease or critical valve disease) and other thoracic organs (mainly pulmonary carcinoma) is still controversial. METHODS From 1997 to 2004, 13 simultaneous cardiac and thoracic operations were performed in 13 patients. Most of them were necessary for(More)
UNLABELLED Acute and chronic rejection remain unresolved problems after lung transplantation, despite heavy multidrug immunosuppression. Because acute rejection is associated with inferior outcomes in lung transplantation, we have routinely employed antithymocyte globulin (ATG) or daclizumab as adjuncts to reduce the incidence of rejection episodes. (More)
BACKGROUND We hypothesized that supplementing a higher mass of renal parenchyma from adult donors, and their younger age, would improve graft function in paediatric recipients. METHODS We calculated estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR; Schwartz formula) and absolute glomerular filtration rate (absGFR) in 57 renal-grafted children (1995-2007) aged(More)
BACKGROUND Lung transplantation is a well established treatment for advanced lung diseases. METHODS We compared the clinical results of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) entered into the waiting list with those of patients after lung transplantation. RESULTS Among 36 patients with CF on the waiting list, 23 underwent lung transplantation, 8 died, 3 are(More)
Presented here is a rare case in which Kirschner wires migrated from the right sternoclavicular joint to the heart. A 29-year-old man suffering from sternoclavicular instability due to a motorcycle accident received surgical fixation with Kirschner wires. Six months after the surgery, the chest x-ray showed migration of the 3 broken wires to the anterior(More)
AIMS Cryopreserved mitral allograft valve (MAV) offers theoretical advantages over conventional mechanical or biological prostheses in tricuspid position, especially in infectious endocarditis patients. MAV processing and tricuspid valve (TV) replacement in a sheep model is described. METHODS AND RESULTS In 20 adult sheep, MAV were harvested, processed(More)
A mitral allograft is used exceptionally in the mitral, as well as in the tricuspid position, mostly as an experimental surgical procedure. The authors decided to evaluate the possibility of inserting a cryopreserved mitral allograft into the tricuspid position in a sheep experimental model. Within the framework of this experimental project the mechanical(More)