Mary Noelle Sheppard

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OBJECTIVES We studied the prognostic implications of midwall fibrosis in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in a prospective longitudinal study. BACKGROUND Risk stratification of patients with nonischemic DCM in the era of device implantation is problematic. Approximately 30% of patients with DCM have midwall fibrosis as detected by late gadolinium-enhancement(More)
IMPORTANCE Risk stratification of patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy is primarily based on left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Superior prognostic factors may improve patient selection for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and other management decisions. OBJECTIVE To determine whether myocardial fibrosis (detected by late(More)
OBJECTIVES We investigated the significance of fibrosis detected by late gadolinium enhancement cardiovascular magnetic resonance for the prediction of major clinical events in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). BACKGROUND The role of myocardial fibrosis in the prediction of sudden death and heart failure in HCM is unclear with a lack of prospective data.(More)
BACKGROUND Measurement of myocardial iron is key to the clinical management of patients at risk of siderotic cardiomyopathy. The cardiovascular magnetic resonance relaxation parameter R2* (assessed clinically via its reciprocal, T2*) measured in the ventricular septum is used to assess cardiac iron, but iron calibration and distribution data in humans are(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate non-atherosclerotic cardiac deaths in the UK population aged over 15 years including elderly patients and to highlight the concept of the structurally normal heart in sudden death. METHODS Pathological data were collected prospectively for sudden adult deaths referred by UK coroners. RESULTS 453 cases of sudden death from 1994 to(More)
Separation of small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) from nonsmall cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is a critical distinction to be made in the diagnosis of lung cancer. However, the diagnosis of SCLC is most commonly made on small biopsies and cytologic specimens, and practicing pathologists may not be familiar with all its morphologic guises and frequent combination(More)
The purpose of this study was to review cases of congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations (CCAMs) arising in children and adults, in order to assess the recently expanded classification system for these lesions and their association with malignant transformation. Of 28 CCAMs, there were 16 type 1, 4 type 2, and 8 type 4 lesions, 12 of which presented in(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To determine whether the new classification system for thymic carcinoid tumors/neuroendocrine carcinomas provides prognostic data, and to study the presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prognostic factors of these rare tumors. DESIGN Retrospective analysis. SETTING Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK. RESULTS Eight men and four(More)
4.1% of sudden cardiac deaths in the 16-64 age-group are unexplained. In this group, cardiac pathological findings are normal and toxicological tests are negative; termed sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS). We searched for evidence of inherited cardiac disease in cases of SADS. Of 147 first-degree relatives of 32 people who died of SADS, 109 (74%)(More)
The Association for European Cardiovascular Pathology and the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology have produced this position paper concerning the current role of endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) for the diagnosis of cardiac diseases and its contribution to patient management, focusing on pathological issues, with these aims: • Determining appropriate EMB use(More)