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Gastric volvulus is a rare but potentially life-threatening clinical entity due to possible gastric necrosis. A wandering spleen may also be associated with gastric volvulus. Patients presenting with the triad epigastralgia, vomiting followed by retching, and difficulty or inability to pass a nasogastric tube into the stomach are likely to have gastric(More)
Presence of cardiac dysfunction has been associated with an unfavorable prognosis in patients with liver cirrhosis. In the present study, 92 consecutive, newly-diagnosed patients with liver cirrhosis were prospectively evaluated. Liver disease was graded according to the modified Child-Turcotte-Pugh (CTP) score whereas left ventricular diastolic function(More)
The software product line has emerged as a successful paradigm for offering a broad range of customer options with decreased development time and cost. The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is used for architecture design and object oriented languages are used for implementation. In industrial automation, targets programmed with function block languages need(More)
A ortic valve replacement (AVR) is the well established treatment for patients with severe aortic valvu-lar stenosis (AVS). It decreases (or eliminates) the pressure gradient between the left ventricle and ascending aorta and consequently leads to a gradual regress of left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy. 1,2 LV hy-pertrophy caused by severe aortic valve(More)
Coronary artery disease was considered a male disease for many years. However, nowadays, coronary artery disease constitutes the leading cause of death in women, although there are a lot of gender-related differences regarding the presentation of acute myocardial infarction, its diagnosis, its treatment, short- and long-term mortality rates, and post-acute(More)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with implanted cardiac prostheses and metallic cardiovascular electronic devices is sometimes a risky procedure. Thus MRI in these patients should be performed when it is the only examination able to help with the diagnosis. Moreover the diagnostic benefit must outweigh the risks. Coronary artery stents,(More)
Vasa vasorum (VV) are microscopic vases that perfuse the vessel's wall; arteries and veins. Many recent researches support the opinion that VV have a significant role in aortic pathology. The VV, or 'the vessels of the vessels', form a network of microvessels that lie in the adventitia and penetrate the outer media of the host vessel wall. Although the(More)
Mini-extracorporeal circulation (MECC) constitutes a novel miniaturized cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) circuit, heparin-coated and primed with aprotinin. Its membrane oxygenation is similar to conventional cardio-pulmonary bypass (CCPB), but it is a completely closed-volume system due to the lack of the venous reservoir which has been removed. In a mini(More)