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BACKGROUND Myocardial fibrosis (MF) occurs in up to 80% of subjects with asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and can constitute an arrhythmogenic substrate for re-entrant, life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias in predisposed persons. OBJECTIVE The aim was to investigate whether MF detected by delayed enhancement cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND Congenital portosystemic shunt (CEPS) is a rare condition that was first reported by John Abernethy in 1793. Two types of CEPS are described: type I (side to end anastomosis) or congenital absence of the portal vein, and type II (side to side anastomosis) with portal vein supply partially conserved. Type I CEPS is usually seen in girls and(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE In contrast with adult patients in whom surgical closure of the defect is preferred, nonoperative treatment has been the usual approach for esophageal perforation (EP) in children. This report aims to assess whether this strategy stands the passage of time. METHODS We reviewed retrospectively the charts of 17 patients aged 5.3 +/- 0.9(More)
UNLABELLED Esophageal replacement is a surgical procedure rarely indicated in children. It is used in esophageal atresia type I and long-gap atresia when anastomosis is not possible, corrosive strictures and other unusual causes. Type and location of the graft depend on etiology and surgeon preferences. We analyse our results of a large series of esophageal(More)
OBJECTIVE The object of this study was to analyse our results with liver transplantation (LTX) for primitive malignant unresectable liver tumours in children and to discuss the controversial indications, based on our experience. METHODS/PATIENTS We report on 12 patients, aged 6 months to 14 years, with hepatic malignant tumours: 11 with hepatoblastoma and(More)
UNLABELLED Oesophageal perforation (OP) requires prompt and vigorous treatment. In contrast with adult patients in whom surgical closure of perforation is preferred, non-operative treatment has been the usual approach in children. The present report aims at assessing whether this strategy stands the passage of time. We studied retrospectively the charts of(More)
Congenital heart disease (CHD) has a major impact on the survival of babies with esophageal atresia (EA). The present study assesses whether early diagnosis influences the management strategies in a large series of EA. Cases of EA treated between 1982 and 2002 were retrospectively divided into groups according to the presence or absence of CHD and to(More)
INTRODUCTION Extensive aganglionosis (EA) that affects the total colon (including or not part of the small intestine), shows more diagnostic problems and it is associated to higher morbidity and mortality rates than the classic cases of Hirschsprung disease (ED). This study takes into account last years cases and their results in the medium and long term.(More)
This retrospective study reviews a series of teratomas of the neck and mediastinum aiming at defining the features of these particular locations. We recorded prenatal diagnosis, perinatal management, clinical and radiologic features, pathology, surgical strategies and results in cervical and mediastinal teratomas treated over the last 10 years. During this(More)
INTRODUCTION When primary anastomosis is not feasible in esophageal atresia esophageal replacement is one of the possible options. We report our experience with this approach in patients with long-gap esophageal atresia. MATERIALS AND METHODS From 1991 to 2002 we treated 50 children with esophageal atresia. Nine required esophageal replacement because of(More)