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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
UNLABELLED The aim of the study is to estimate the operative risk of aortic valve replacement for severe aortic valve stenosis in patients with distinctly impaired left ventricular function (ejection fraction below 40%). From the population of 2512 pts, who underwent aortic valve replacement in the years 1990 to 1999 because of acquired malformation, a(More)
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)
INTRODUCTION Extended immunosuppressive treatment in patients after heart transplantation modifies etiopathogenesis and occurrence of many diseases in this population. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the frequency and to define risk factors for cholelithiasis after heart transplantation (HTX). MATERIAL AND METHODS The study population(More)