Maik Backes

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A 31-year–old white male patient was transferred from a local district hospital for suspected pericardial mass. Two months earlier he had been admitted there for worsening shortness of breath and subsequently was diagnosed with a large pericardial effusion. He had no other pertinent past medical history. After pericardiocentesis (1.5 L) there was no(More)
With older age and increasing comorbidities, conventional operative procedures for severe symptomatic aortic stenosis are associated with a high surgical risk. To date, transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TF-TAVI) represents an accepted alternative method of intervention with a cardiovascular and all-cause mortality similar to operative(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of sodium 2-mercaptoethanesulfonate (MESNA), a reactive oxygen scavenger, in at-risk patients given radiographic contrast agents. Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is a common complication of radiographic procedures; reactive oxygen species (ROS) could play a key role. METHODS We conducted(More)
Purpose: To assess prevalence and significance of extra cardiac findings (ECF) in clinical routine cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) studies reported by cardiologists alone versus cardiologist and radiologist working together. Methods: One-thousand-seventy-four consecutive patients presenting at our institution for CMR work-up of multiple(More)
BACKGROUND Increased cardiac fat has been identified as a risk factor for coronary artery disease. Metabolic syndrome is associated with increased cardiac fat deposition. Steroids are known to imitate some effects of metabolic syndrome and are frequently used in patients with rheumatic disorders. Primary aim was to evaluate the impact of long-term steroid(More)
A 68-year-old white man presented for work-up of recurring atypical resting chest pain in the setting of known coronary artery disease. ECG and chest x-ray on admission can be viewed in Figures 1 and 2. Two years previously, invasive angiography was performed because of unstable angina revealing dilative coronary sclerosis of all coronaries with a proximal(More)
A 71-year-old white male patient presented for workup of recurrent syncope. Ten years earlier, he had a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the stomach and successfully underwent both chemotherapy and radiation therapy (total dose, 40 Gy). Transthoracic echocardiography for the workup of syncope revealed a large left ventricular mass attached to the apex,(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of cardiac involvement in rheumatic disorders is challenging due to its varying clinical presentation. Since clinical consequences range from immediate treatment changes to adverse long-term outcome, individual risk stratification is of great clinical interest. Primary aim was to evaluate the prevalence of cardiac involvement in(More)
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