Manuela Drago

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OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to report the early and late complications experienced in atrial septal defect (ASD) transcatheter closure. BACKGROUND Atrial septal defect transcatheter occlusion techniques have become an alternative to surgical procedures. A number of different devices are available for transcatheter ASD closure. The type and rate(More)
BACKGROUND Surgical closure of atrial septal defect (ASD) provides excellent results. Given the increasing popularity of percutaneous techniques, a comparison between the 2 methods is needed. METHODS Between December 1988 and June 2003, we performed 1284 procedures in 1268 consecutive patients with isolated secundum ASD. Five hundred and thirty-three(More)
This study reports on experience with transcatheter closure of congenital ventricular septal defects (VSDs) with Amplatzer septal occluders. From January 2000 to April 2005, transcatheter Amplatzer device implantation was attempted in 122 patients with congenital VSD (30 with muscular, 87 with perimembranous, and 5 with residual postsurgical repair of(More)
Chylothorax (KT) may be a complication of thoracic surgery. Its management is not well established and may comprise dietary interventions and surgery. The effectiveness of somatostatin and its analogues has been reported, although their mechanism(s) of action is unclear. We report our experience with octreotide in a series of patients with postoperative(More)
Chylothorax may be spontaneous or a complication of thoracic surgery. Treatment of this potentially harmful condition is not well established and may comprise dietary interventions and surgery. Somatostatin seems effective in the management of chylothorax, although its mechanism of action is unclear. Conclusion: octreotide, a somatostatin analogue, may be(More)
For the first time, peak systolic strain and strain rate (SR) were used to assess right ventricular (RV) and left ventricular (LV) regional function in children after transcatheter and surgical atrial septal defect (ASD) closure. Fifteen patients with successful ASD device closure (the ASD-D group, mean age 9 +/- 3 years), 15 age- and gender-matched(More)
BACKGROUND The Amplatzer septal occluder (ASO) allows the percutaneous closure of small to very large atrial septal defects (ASDs). The CardioSEAL/STARflex (CS/SF) can be used only for closure of small to moderate ASDs (stretch size up to 18 mm). These 2 devices are widely used in clinical practice. Therefore, a comparison of their use in the closure of(More)
The effect of operation and the effect of the imposition of an occluding device on atrial function for patients with an atrial septal defect (ASD) has never been studied. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate for the first time both left atrial (LA) and right atrial (RA) function of children after transcatheter ASD closure with that of sex- and(More)
We report a case of interventricular septal hematoma after patch closure of a perimembranous ventricular septal defect in a 4-month-old infant. On postoperative day 1, echocardiography showed a voluminous intramural hematoma causing severe thickening of the ventricular septum. Surgical revision was necessary immediately to drain the hematoma.
Development of improved devices for interventional closure of atrial septal defect and patent foramen ovale increased the number of adult patients who are being referred for transcatheter closure. We report two cases that were scheduled for patent foramen ovale closure because of a right-to-left atrial shunt detected at contrast transesophageal(More)