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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate and to compare the lipid profile and the levels of leukocyte activation, red blood cell (RBC) damage and of oxidative stress in two groups of adolescents, with similar body mass index: high competition swimmers and adolescents practising moderate regular physical exercise. METHODS As markers of leukocyte(More)
INTRODUCTION Quadricuspid aortic valve is a rare malformation, with an estimated incidence of 0.003 to 0.043% of all congenital heart disease. It usually appears as an isolated congenital anomaly, but may also be associated with other malformations, the most common being coronary artery anomalies. Current technology enables noninvasive diagnosis in most(More)
Atrioventricular block can occur in normal children, young adults or athletes. It is also associated with underlying heart disease or occurs as a drug adverse effect. Amphotericin B is used in the treatment of invasive fungal infections. Cardiac toxicity is a rare adverse reaction. We report the case of a 9-month girl, admitted in the paediatric intensive(More)
UNLABELLED The Ross procedure has been used in children and young adults for aortic valve replacement and the correction of complex obstruction syndromes of the left ventricular outflow tract. We report the mid-term results of the Ross procedure in a single institution and performed by the same surgical team. POPULATION Between March 1999 and December(More)
OBJECTIVES Atrio-ventricular septal (AVSD) defects include a variable spectrum of congenital malformations with different forms of clinical presentation. We report the surgical results, from a single institution, with this type of congenital cardiac malformation. Patients with hypoplasia of one of the ventricles were excluded from this analysis. (More)
UNLABELLED Cavopulmonary connections have been extensively used in the palliation of complex forms of congenital heart disease requiring some form of right heart bypass. We examine the mid term outcomes of pulmonary ventricle bypass operations in a single institution and performed by the same surgical team. POPULATION Between March 1999 and April 2006, 62(More)
We report a case of a newborn with a prenatal diagnosis of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), referred at 37 weeks of gestation. The fetal echocardiogram had shown classic morphologic aspects of HLHS with patent mitral valve and aortic valve atresia. The atrial septum was thickened and the foramen ovale (FO) appeared to be patent. It was a normal(More)
OBJECTIVES This publication aims to report the cases of four children with pseudoaneurysm of the mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa and carry out a review of the literature. BACKGROUND Pseudoaneurysm of the mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa is a very rare anomaly in children. It can be either congenital or acquired, namely, after bacterial endocarditis(More)
BACKGROUND Congenital heart disease is the most frequent congenital malformation, affecting about 5-8 newborn per thousand live births. Nowadays it is possible to do prenatal diagnosis of these conditions with fetal echocardiography (EcoF) but because health resources are limited this exam must be ordered according to the criteria established by the(More)
BACKGROUND Fetal tachycardia is an uncommon condition that if sustained may lead to fetal death. There is no consensus regarding the optimum treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of sotalol in the treatment of fetal tachycardia. METHODS This was a retrospective study of patients treated for fetal tachycardia with sotalol(More)