Sabine H. Daebritz

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BACKGROUND Previous tissue engineering approaches to create heart valves have been limited by the structural immaturity and mechanical properties of the valve constructs. This study used an in vitro pulse duplicator system to provide a biomimetic environment during tissue formation to yield more mature implantable heart valves derived from autologous(More)
OBJECTIVES Quality control is difficult to achieve in Congenital Heart Surgery (CHS) because of the diversity of the procedures. It is particularly needed, considering the potential adverse outcomes associated with complex cases. The aim of this project was to develop a new method based on the complexity of the procedures. METHODS The Aristotle project,(More)
OBJECTIVE The developmental status of children beyond 3 years of age after the neonatal arterial switch operation has not yet been systematically evaluated and is the topic of the present work. METHODS Seventy-seven unselected children operated on as neonates with combined deep hypothermic circulatory arrest and low-flow cardiopulmonary bypass were(More)
OBJECTIVE Permanent cardiac pacing in children and adolescents is rare and often occurs by means of epicardial pacing. Based on two decades of experience, operative and postoperative data of patients with epicardial and transvenous pacing were analyzed retrospectively. METHODS Between October 1979 and December 1998, 71 patients (mean age, 5.3+/-4.2,(More)
We present a case of partial Cantrell's syndrome with ventricular septal defect, left ventricular diverticulum, dextrorotation of the heart, an anterior diaphragmatic defect, and a midline supraumbilical abdominal wall defect with omphalocele. At the age of 20 months, the patient underwent a successful cardiac surgical procedure. To detect risk factors and(More)
BACKGROUND Tissue engineering is a new approach in which techniques are being developed to transplant autologous cells onto biodegradable scaffolds to ultimately form new functional autologous tissue. Workers at our laboratory have focused on tissue engineering of heart valves. The present study was designed to evaluate the implantation of a whole(More)
OBJECTIVE We compared the Norwood stage I operation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome and other complex malformations with ductus-dependent systemic circulation. METHODS A retrospective study of 194 patients who underwent a Norwood stage I palliation between 1990 and 1998 was conducted. Malformations in 131 patients were classified as hypoplastic left(More)
A crucial factor in tissue engineering of heart valves is the type of scaffold material. In the following study, we tested three different biodegradable scaffold materials, polyglycolic acid (PGA), polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), and poly-4-hydroxybutyrate (P4HB), as scaffolds for tissue engineering of heart valves. We modified PHA and P4HB by a salt leaching(More)
BACKGROUND Since introduction in 1999, pulmonary valve replacement in pediatric patients with the Contegra conduit (Medtronic Inc, Minneapolis, MN) has gained widespread application with increasing enthusiasm. However, unexpected graft related adverse effects may occur. METHODS Between April 2001 and December 2002, 29 patients (20 male; mean age, 3.39 +/-(More)
We studied the inflammatory reaction related to cardiopulmonary bypass in 24 neonates (median age 6 days) undergoing the arterial switch operation for simple transposition of the great arteries, with respect to the development of postoperative capillary leak syndrome. Complement proteins, leukocyte count, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and histamine levels(More)