Luca Severi

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OBJECTIVE Patients with severe left ventricular dysfunction receive inotropic and mechanical circulatory support with an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) during the perioperative phase of cardiac surgery. The authors performed the first comparison of levosimendan versus an IABP in patients with poor left ventricular function undergoing cardiac surgery. (More)
OBJECTIVE An intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is used routinely in high-risk patients undergoing cardiac surgery to prevent or treat low-cardiac-output syndrome and to reduce perioperative mortality. The insertion and management of IABP carry the risk of major vascular complications. The authors reviewed their database to ascertain the incidence of(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid of patients at risk for Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome in the attempt to provide evidence of an increased local production of Leukotrienes (LTS) and Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF). DESIGN Prospective, comparative, clinical study. SETTING ICU in a university hospital. PATIENTS 14 patients at(More)
OBJECTIVE There is initial evidence that the use of volatile anesthetics can reduce the postoperative release of cardiac troponin I, the need for inotropic support, and the number of patients requiring prolonged hospitalization following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Nevertheless, small randomized controlled trials have failed to demonstrate(More)