Katharine R B Phillips

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Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that gives users a temporary sense of euphoria, mental alertness, talkativeness, and a decreased need for food and sleep. Cocaine intoxication is the most frequent cause of drug-related death reported by medical examiners in the US, and these events are most often related to the cardiovascular manifestations of the drug. Once(More)
Papillary fibroelastomas (PFEs) are benign cardiac tumours that typically arise on diseased aortic or mitral valves. Usually solitary, PFEs are characterised by numerous frond-like branches attached to the valve surface by a single stalk, elastic tissue present within the central core, and the appearance of a sea anemone when immersed in water. PFEs have a(More)
BACKGROUND The Medtronic Freestyle valve is a stentless porcine valve with reportedly excellent clinical and hemodynamic results, but little has been reported about its long-term pathology. METHODS Seventeen Freestyle valves were explanted (from 2003 to 2009) and reviewed to assess reasons for bioprosthesis failure. All valves were examined in detail,(More)
A significant location affected by giant cell (GC) arteritis is the ascending aorta, where aneurysms may develop and catastrophic ruptures and acute dissections can occur. Herein, we discuss three cases of GC aortitis discovered at pathological examination of surgically excised aortic aneurysmal tissue. There was no clinical suspicion of any underlying(More)
We report a case of a 51-year-old man who was transferred from a community hospital to our institution in cardiogenic shock after thrombolytic therapy for myocardial infarction. At autopsy, a cor triatriatum sinister was found. This may have contributed to his poor outcome post infarction.
BACKGROUND The valve-in-valve (VinV) procedure is a minimally invasive, transcatheter, off-pump, alternative to conventional valve replacement, which uses a failing bioprosthesis to anchor a second transcatheter-delivered prosthesis. This technique appears effective for prolonging freedom from reintervention and treating early device failure. However, it is(More)
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