Lucienne Piazza

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Operative mortality, recurrence and late survival were analyzed in 64 patients operated for prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE) between 1980-1992: age, sex, drug addiction, early vs. late PVE, micro-organism, sepsis at the time of surgery, indication for surgery, prosthesis type and site were assessed as potential risk factors. PVE developed after(More)
A homograft bank was established in 1986 at the Institute of Cardiac Surgery of the Second University of Naples. Since then 163 aortic and pulmonary homografts have been collected, and mostly used for right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction (69 at our Institution and 14 at other Italian Centers). In March 1991 free aortic homografts were first(More)
We describe the long-term results of a case of complete myocardial revascularization with arterial conduit employing also lateral costal artery (LCA). A fifty-four-year-old man underwent revascularization with the implant of right internal artery mammary (RIMA) on the second portion of the right coronary artery (RCA), of the left internal mammary (LIMA) on(More)
The CarboMedics cardiac prosthesis (CarboMedics, Inc., Austin, Tex.) is a relatively new, low-profile bileaflet prosthesis. We report the results of a prospective mid-term evaluation of 426 CarboMedics prostheses implanted at our institution. Three hundred fifty patients had CarboMedics prostheses implanted in the mitral (n = 125), aortic (n = 149), or(More)
The Jyros valve is a new bileaflet valve with the unusual feature that the hinge is expected to rotate continuously inside the housing. Nine isolated Jyros mitral prostheses were implanted from July to October 1993. All patients survived the surgical procedure and during the follow up underwent transthoracic (TTE) and transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE)(More)
Neurologic complications of cardiac catheterization are usually embolic events resulting in stroke or seizures of vascular origin. Contrast-induced seizures have been rarely described in children. This report presents clinical, neuroimaging, and follow-up data of a 6-year-old female subjected to cardiac catheterization for aortic coarctation who developed(More)
The coexistence of a coronary artery obstructive disease (CAOD) with aorto-iliac obstructive disease (AIOD) often represents a surgical problem. Because of left main coronary disease (LMCOD) the contemporary correction of AIOD should be performed with a simple non traumatic procedure. The case of a high risk patient in whom aortoiliac obstructive disease(More)
The authors report the experience of 161 surgical cases operated between 1980 and 1992 because of valve endocarditis. Two hundred and two surgical procedures were performed. Patients were divided into two groups: Group I (EN) considered 117 patients with endocarditis on the native valve; Group II (EP) included 64 patients with prosthetic endocarditis. In 23(More)
For a preoperative evaluation of the factors influencing low output syndrome significatively in open heart surgery where statistically studied 15 factors upon a pattern of 400 patients operated with extracorporeal circulation: age, sex, weight; functional class; cyanosis; pulmonary hypertension; cardiopathy; arterial blood hypertension; myocardiopathy; left(More)