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PURPOSE This study sought to estimate cardiac dysfunction (CD) risk for patients receiving trastuzumab; to characterize observed CD by severity, treatment, and clinical outcome; to assess effects of baseline clinical risk factors on CD; and to assess effects of cumulative doses of anthracyclines and trastuzumab on CD. PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective(More)
5-Fluorouracil is widely known to be toxic to the hematopoietic and gastrointestinal systems. It also has cardiac toxicity, but this is perceived to be rare. During a 16-month period from January 1990 through April 1991, approximately 910 patients were treated with 5-fluorouracil. Five of these developed life-threatening toxicity consistent with coronary(More)
The incidence of venous emboli during cesarean section was studied using simultaneous precordial ultrasonic Doppler monitoring and two-dimensional echocardiography. Forty-nine patients receiving either general or continuous epidural anesthesia in the horizontal position were monitored with both Doppler monitoring and echocardiography. There was excellent(More)
High-frequency jet ventilation (HFJV) described a technique of mechanical respiratory support based on the delivery of gases under conditions of constant flow and low pressure. Among the benefits ascribed to HFJV are lessened interference with hemodynamic function and reduced danger of barotrauma. The theoretical and technical aspects of HFJV are discussed(More)
Cancer patients treated with anthracycline derivatives are at risk for perioperative cardiovascular decompensation. The authors studied hemodynamic performance before, during, and after laparotomy in 14 anthracycline-treated patients with ovarian carcinoma. General anesthesia was maintained with 70% N2O in O2, and patients were randomized to receive(More)
The authors describe a fifty-one-year-old man with multiple pulmonary emboli in whom two-dimensional echocardiography clearly showed a large mobile thrombus transiently entrapped in the chordal apparatus of the tricuspid valve, a location rarely noted except in autopsy specimens. Subsequent lung scan and echocardiograms documented clinically silent nonfatal(More)