Roman Pfitzner

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We report a case of pacemaker endocarditis due to Stenotrophomonas maltophilia in a 22-year-old Caucasian man with d-transposition of the great arteries after atrial switch procedure. S.maltophilia isolated from blood cultures was susceptible to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and amikacin, and resistant to ciprofloxacin and all tested β-lactam antibiotics.(More)
BACKGROUND The aortic valve has been the subject of many hemodynamic studies but, to our knowledge, posttranslational modification of human valve proteins has not yet been studied. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine whether any age-related changes in the protein composition of normal human aortic valves and their glycosylation pattern could be(More)
At present the most frequent cause of cardiac tamponade is neoplasma. A case of a 32-year-old male with recurrent cardiac tamponade caused by pericardium mesothelioma is described. Despite advanced neoplastic process in the pericardium, pleura and mediastinum, neither radiologic examinations of the chest, echocardiography, nor repeated cytologic examination(More)
INTRODUCTION Students manifest a high level of social commitment. Improving their knowledge and developing more positive attitudes toward organ transplantation may increase the number of organ donations. This study was an assessment of the knowledge and attitudes toward organ transplantation among young people in Poland, with an overview of current beliefs(More)
Little is known about architecture of intraluminal thrombus (ILT) in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). We present a 74-year-old woman with AAA and high cardiovascular risk. Scanning electron microscopy of ILT removed during surgery showed that its luminal layer is relatively rich in fibrin fibers forming irregular compact structure with low amounts of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY The study aim was to assess histological and mineralogical properties of leaflets in human, antibiotic-preserved aortic homograft valves (recovered during surgical replacement) in order to identify factors accounting for pathological changes leading to accelerated graft dysfunction. A comparison was made with aortic valves(More)
Mineralogical investigations were performed on specimens from the aneurysmatic wall of ascending and descending thoracic and abdominal aortas collected intraoperatively from 10 patients (8 male, 2 female) aged 40-80 years. Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray analyses (microprobe-SEM/EDXA), and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS)(More)
BACKGROUND Management of patients with acquired heart malformations, including aortic valve disease, is still challenging. Due to ageing of population, patients undergoing valve surgery are older than in the past. The 3F Therapeutics, conducting a programme of construction of heart valves for transarterial or transapical implatation, prepared the 'Enable'(More)
INTRODUCTION Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (minithoracotomy and ministernotomy) have become a valuable alternative to conventional surgical treatment of severe aortic stenosis (AS) in high-risk patients. OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to evaluate long-term results and complications in(More)