Salvatore Toscano

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UNLABELLED The aim of this study was to find out whether digital and analogue cellular 'phones affect patients with pacemakers. The study comprised continuous ECG monitoring of 200 pacemaker patients. During the monitoring certain conditions caused by interference created by the telephone were looked for: temporary or prolonged pacemaker inhibition; a shift(More)
Symptomatic spinal cord compression caused by an epidural mass of extramedullary hematopoietic tissue in patients with beta-thalassemia is a rare occurrence, that becomes exceptional in childhood and adolescence. The literature is not uniform about the optimal treatment of these patients and different modes of therapy have been proposed so far, including(More)
BACKGROUND The effectiveness of cardiac pacing in preventing vasovagal syncope remains controversial. However, DDI pacing with rate hysteresis has been reported to prevent the recurrence of cardioinhibitory vasovagal syncope in up to 35% of affected subjects and to reduce the overall incidence of syncopal episodes in the others. Recently, DDD pacing with a(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to analyze in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation (AF) the change in the intracardiac atrial defibrillation threshold (ADT) at rest and during exercise, to quantify the effective risk of low energy endocavitary cardioversion during the effort and to compare the ADT of chronic and reinduced AF. BACKGROUND Low energy endocavitary(More)
A rare case of an extradurally growing spinal meningioma in an elderly woman is reported. Neuro-imaging, particularly magnetic resonance (MR), allowed to recognize the lesion, which, otherwise, could raise problems of differential diagnosis with a spinal metastasis. An emergency operation, required by a sudden neurological deterioration, was decisive in(More)
A left middle cerebral artery aneurysm at the bifurcation (M1-M2 segment) and a right smaller aneurysm, symmetrical to the previous one were diagnosed in a 69-year-old female after angiographic examination for subarachnoid hemorrhage. The preoperative radiological study did not enable us to identify the bleeding aneurysm so a left supraorbital keyhole(More)
INTRODUCTION The site of origin of idiopathic ventricular tachycardia (VT) arising from the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) may be closely related to the aortic valve leaflets, and radiofrequency (RF) delivery potentially can damage them. Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) can identify accurately the ablation electrode and anatomic landmarks, and(More)
The aims of the study were to verify the efficacy and safety of low energy internal cardioversion (LEIC) in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and to identify the factors affecting the atrial defibrillation threshold (ADT). Forty-nine patients with persistent (lasting > or = 10 days) AF underwent LEIC. In each patient, two 6 Fr custom-made(More)
UNLABELLED Our study included the treatment of transcutaneous cardiac pacing (TCP) in 32 patients: (A) 19 patients were treated in the emergency area for complete symptomatic AV block before endocavitary pacing; (B) five patients were in asystole following DC shock or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest; and (C) eight patients were affected by bifascicular block(More)
Background: transvenous positioning of the left ventricular (LV) lead in a branch of the coronary sinus (CS) is generally the preferred implantation technique in biventricular pacing. Very few data are reported about removal of LV pacing leads positioned in a CS branch. Aim of the study was to describe our experience with percutaneous extraction of LV(More)