Mustafa Cikirikcioglu

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This study was designed to examine the relationship between pericardial fluid and plasma CRP levels, and to alterations in other biochemical parameters in patients undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG). The study group consisted of 96 Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) patients who were referred to our clinic for a CABG procedure and from whom(More)
INTRODUCTION Left ventricular (LV) dysfunction frequently occurs after cardiac surgery, requiring inotropic treatment and/or mechanical circulatory support. In this study, we aimed to identify clinical, surgical and echocardiographic factors that are associated with LV dysfunction during weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in high-risk patients(More)
Cardiac papillary fibroelastoma is a rare, benign cardiac tumor. It often arises from valvular endocardium, and non-valvular endocardial location is rare. Although transthoracic echocardiography is usually sufficient for the diagnosis of most cardiac tumors, small tumors such as papillary fibroelastoma may be missed. Transesophageal echocardiography is(More)
OBJECTIVE To introduce a new concept in the annuloplasty technology. Although rigid and flexible rings meet the basic needs of adults, they do not preserve the changes in shape and size occurring during the cardiac cycle. If implanted in children, such materials do not allow growth of the native annulus. METHODS From March 2003 to March 2007, 207 patients(More)
We read with interest the report by Akinosoglou et al. [1] on the surgical management of tricuspid valve infective endocarditis. We congratulate the authors for their excellent and extensive review of the literature and for providing useful management algorithms. We would like to discuss biodegradable materials in this patient group. The authors divide the(More)
A 58-year-old lady with a prior history of attempted suicide by venosection, was brought to our institution after voluntarily shooting herself with a 9 mm gun to her left chest. Her blood pressure was 140/100 mmHg and heart rate 62/ min. There was an entry wound along the mid-left sternal border and no exit wound. The heart sounds were normal, with(More)
A 41-year-old man was referred to the emergency department for transient atypical chest pain. Six years before presentation, he underwent concomitant aortic and mitral mechanical valve replacement for a bicuspid aortic valve regurgita-tion and a regurgitating mitral valve prolapse. A significant paravalvular leak of the 21 mm SJM Masters Series Hemodynamic(More)
BACKGROUND One third of patients with infective endocarditis will require operative intervention. Given the superiority of valve repair over valve replacement in many indications other than endocarditis, there has been increasing interest and an increasing number of reports of excellent results of valve repair in acute infective endocarditis. The(More)