Jerome F. Breen

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BACKGROUND Traditionally, increased pericardial thickness has been considered an essential diagnostic feature of constrictive pericarditis. Although constriction with a normal-thickness pericardium has been demonstrated clinically by noninvasive imaging, the details of clinicopathological correlates have not been described. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of(More)
Primary cardiac malignancies are rare tumors that are difficult to diagnose clinically. Different primary cardiac malignancies may have different clinical, morphologic, and radiologic features and intracardiac locations. Angiosarcoma is the most common primary cardiac malignancy. It tends to occur in the right atrium and involve the pericardium. Because of(More)
BACKGROUND Although segmental or circumferential ablation is effective in eliminating pulmonary vein (PV)-mediated atrial fibrillation (AF), this procedure may be complicated by the occurrence of PV stenosis. METHODS AND RESULTS To establish the clinical presentation, diagnostic manifestations, and interventional management of PV stenosis, 23 patients(More)
Expression of lipooligosaccharide (LOS) antigenic determinants during human gonococcal infection was studied in secretions from seven men with gonococcal urethritis. Five monoclonal antibodies with distinct gonococcal LOS specificities and an H.8 lipoprotein monoclonal antibody were used in combination with immunogold electron microscopic analysis. The LOS(More)
Benign primary cardiac neoplasms are rare but may cause significant morbidity and mortality. However, they are usually treatable and can often be diagnosed with echocardiography, computed tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Myxomas typically arise from the interatrial septum from a narrow base of attachment. Fibroelastomas are easily(More)
A dynamic MR angiography technique, MR digital subtraction angiography (MR DSA), is proposed using fast acquisition, contrast enhancement, and complex subtraction. When a bolus of contrast is injected into a patient, data acquisition begins, dynamically acquiring a thick slab using a fast gradient echo sequence for 10-100 s. Similar to x-ray DSA, a mask is(More)
Between 1952 and 1991, 15 Mayo patients were found to have partial or complete absence of the pericardium at the time of a cardiovascular surgical procedure. One patient with complete absence of the left pericardium had symptoms possibly related to the pericardial abnormality. This 42-year-old man had severe insufficiency of the tricuspid valve attributable(More)
Hypoxia and hypoxic exercise increase pulmonary arterial pressure, cause pulmonary capillary recruitment, and may influence the ability of the lungs to regulate fluid. To examine the influence of hypoxia, alone and combined with exercise, on lung fluid balance, we studied 25 healthy subjects after 17-h exposure to 12.5% inspired oxygen (barometric pressure(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the association of coronary artery calcification with coronary atherosclerosis and its potential clinical application as detected on electron beam computed tomography (EBCT). DESIGN A literature review of coronary artery calcification, coronary artery disease, and EBCT is presented, and clinical applications of EBCT are discussed. (More)
The purpose of this study was to review the positive angiographic findings in patients with polyarteritis nodosa (PAN). The authors reviewed the angiograms of 56 consecutive patients (25 women and 31 men; age range, 18-81 years; mean age, 55 years) with PAN and arterial abnormalities consistent with necrotizing vasculitis. Aneurysms were present in 27(More)