Mustafa Cikirikçioğlu

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OBJECTIVE Intimal hyperplasia and surface thrombogenicity are major factors in the high failure rate of synthetic small-diameter bypass grafts. Vascular endothelial growth factor is a potent stimulus for endothelial growth, and its provision in a fibrin matrix coating at the luminal graft surface may hold a key to spontaneous graft endothelialization and(More)
Pseudoaneurysm of the right ventricle outflow tract (RVOT) is a rare complication in pediatric cardiac surgery. We report a patient who developed a right ventricular pseudoaneurysm 8 months after RVOT enlargement using a pericardial patch for infundibular pulmonary stenosis. Our patient was born with severe pulmonary valvular stenosis and treated with(More)
OBJECTIVE Aortic valve repair has encouraging midterm results in selected patients. However, neither the long-term results of cusp extension nor the durability of different pericardial fixation techniques has been reported. Our goal was to address these issues. METHODS Seventy-eight children with severe rheumatic aortic regurgitation (mean age 12 ± 3.5(More)
A sizable number of cardiac surgical patients are difficult to wean off cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) as a result of structural or functional cardiac abnormalities, vasoplegic syndrome, or ventricular dysfunction. In these cases, therapeutic decisions have to be taken quickly for successful separation from CPB. Various crisis management scenarios can be(More)
BACKGROUND Mitral valve repair for rheumatic mitral valve disease in children has become the preferred surgical modality. A mitral valve ring is frequently used in the repair. A recently introduced biodegradable ring has shown promising results and allows for growth of the native annulus. METHODS Between January 1994 and March 2006, 220 children underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Protamine has adverse effects on pulmonary gas exchange during the postoperative period. The objective of this study was to investigate the importance of aprotinin and pentoxifylline in preventing the leukocyte sequestration and lung injury caused by protamine administered after the termination of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY The biodegradable ring was recently developed for mitral and tricuspid annuloplasty. The study aim was to assess the histological biocompatibility of the biodegradable ring and orifice area growth in a porcine model. METHODS The smallest (size 16) biodegradable ring was implanted into the tricuspid annulus of 16 juvenile(More)
BACKGROUND Conventional annuloplasty rings consist of woven, nondegradable prosthetic material. Their use should theoretically be limited in acute infective endocarditis. Novel biodegradable annuloplasty rings, which are implanted into the annulus, carry theoretical advantages, but have never been evaluated for feasibility and mid-term outcome in such(More)
OBJECTIVE Aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic aorta continue to present a surgical challenge and their incidence is increasing in recent years. The mortality rate of surgical treatment is still higher than those of other cardiovascular operations. Neurological injury is the most feared complication resulting from repair of these lesions. This study(More)
BACKGROUND The number of nonagenarians is rising dramatically. These patients often develop severe aortic stenosis for which transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an attractive option. The aim of this study was to analyze the outcome of TAVI performed in a cohort of nonagenarian patients. METHODS Between August 2008 and November 2012, 23(More)