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BACKGROUND Amyloid beta(40) (Abeta(40)) is the most abundant Abeta peptide in the brain. The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) level of Abeta(40) might therefore be considered to most closely reflect the total Abeta load in the brain. Both in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and in normal aging the Abeta load in the brain has a large inter-individual variability. Relating(More)
Poststernotomy mediastinitis, also commonly called deep sternal wound infection, is one of the most feared complications in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. The overall incidence of poststernotomy mediastinitis is relatively low, between 1% and 3%, however, this complication is associated with a significant mortality, usually reported to vary between(More)
The clinical results obtained an average of 4.2 years after resurfacing of the humeral head in 72 rheumatoid shoulders showed 94% of the patients being pleased regarding pain relief and 82% reporting improved shoulder mobility. Shoulder function was significantly improved. The radiographs were analyzed regarding the position of the humeral head resurfacing(More)
BACKGROUND Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) therapy is a recently introduced method for the treatment of poststernotomy mediastinitis. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of negative pressure on peristernal soft tissue blood flow and metabolism because the mechanisms by which vacuum-assisted closure therapy promotes wound healing are not known in(More)
Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) therapy has been shown to facilitate wound healing. Data on the mechanisms are scarce, although beneficial effects on blood flow and granulation tissue formation have been presented. In the current study, laser Doppler was used to measure microvascular blood flow to an inguinal wound in pigs during VAC therapy (-50 to -200(More)
OBJECTIVES Surgical sites infections are very expensive and the total costs for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery followed by deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) with conventional therapy are estimated to be 2.8 times that for normal, CABG surgery. Promising results have been reported with vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) therapy in patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE The hemodynamic effects of vacuum-assisted closure therapy in cardiac surgery are debated. The aim of the present study was to quantify cardiac output and left ventricular chamber volumes after vacuum-assisted closure using magnetic resonance imaging, which is known to be the most accurate method for quantifying these measures. METHODS Six pigs(More)
BACKGROUND Post-sternotomy mediastinitis after coronary artery bypass grafting is reported to be a strong predictor for poor late survival when using conventional wound-healing therapies. The aim of this study was to compare the long-term survival after vacuum-assisted closure treated mediastinitis following coronary artery bypass grafting with that of(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare identical versus compatible, ABO blood group matching effects on rejection and long-term survival after heart transplantation (HT). DESIGN Data were collected from 196 patients who underwent HT at Lund University Hospital between 1988 and 2008. Cox proportion hazard regression analysis was used to identify factors associated with(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia among patients scheduled for open heart surgery and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. According to international guidelines, symptomatic and selected asymptomatic patients should be offered concomitant surgical AF ablation in conjunction with valvular or coronary surgery. The gold standard(More)