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Systolic time intervals (STI) have been measured in three patients with cardiac tamponade. The left ventricular ejection time (LVET), the preejection period (PEP) and the ratio PEP/LVET deviated significantly from the normal values. All three parameters improved immediately after pericardiocentesis and aspiration. The total electromechanical systole changed(More)
Sequential intravenous and oral ciprofloxacin (CF) was compared with a combination of tobramycin and cefuroxime (T/C) in the treatment of serious systemic infections. Altogether 310 patients were randomized, 160 receiving CF and 150 T/C, the 2 groups being reasonably well balanced. 29 patients without infection were excluded from the analysis. Complete(More)
The case of a patient with the new type Bjørk-Shiley aortic and mitral valve prosthesis is described. Three months after implant she suffered acute heart failure and died. Post-mortem examination revealed a fractured outlet strut in the mitral valve prosthesis with dislocation of the disc. The fracture was regarded as due to excessive brittleness caused by(More)
Non-typhoid Salmonella enteritis may be complicated by aortitis. Three cases of Salmonella enteritidis aortitis are described. One patient, who survived, was operated with resection of the infected part of the aorta. An axillo-femoral bypass was made. The patient was treated for 18 months with antibiotics. The two patients who died were only treated with(More)
Bacterial endocarditis is a serious condition with high lethality. The authors review the etiology of the disease and conditions and procedures associated with increased risk, and give recommendations on choice and dosage of effective antibiotics. Most cases of endocarditis are caused by gram-positive cocci of the genera Streptococcus, Enterococcus or(More)
Systolic time intervals (STI) have been used in evaluating cardiac function in 21 patients who had taken an overdose of drugs. Registrations were made in all patients on arrival at the hospital and on the third day. On arrival STI was abnormal in 16 patients (76%). At the second registration it was still abnormal in ten (48%). Prolongations of total(More)
Systolic time intervals (STI) have been measured in 50 individuals without heart disease. Electromechanical systole (QS2), left ventricular ejection time (LVET) and preejection period (PEP), but not PEP/LVET, were correlated to heart rate (HR). Regression equations were made and used when correcting STI for HR in two groups of patients: a) 51 patients with(More)
Non-invasive registration of systolic time intervals (STI) and ECG were used in evaluating cardiac function in 12 patients with bacterial and 16 with viral meningitis. On admission, 14 (50%) of the patients had abnormal STI. The preejection period (PEP) was prolonged in 11 patients, while left ventricular ejection time (LVET) was prolonged in two and(More)