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Biliary disease in conjunction with heart transplantation was encountered in 13 of 33 patients: in the past history (three patients), at pretransplant evaluation (nine patients), and appearing de novo after transplantation (one patient). Four patients with asymptomatic cholelithiasis underwent transplantation: biliary complications requiring emergency(More)
Prevention of perioperative cerebrovascular injury in patients undergoing open heart surgery is a serious task for the surgeon, especially as age and severity of atherosclerotic disease increases. The most significant predisposing factors have been identified as existing carotid arterial disease or prior stroke, heavy calcification of the aorta, renal(More)
Laser/balloon thermal angioplasty has proven to be a valuable adjunct in our management of peripheral vascular disease. The initial trials have produced a 77% success rate, a 3% incidence of complications, and no morbidity. Patient acceptance has been high and the return to prior activities in less than 1 week is an appreciated advantage. Laser/balloon(More)
Infection is the most dreaded complication associated with implantation of a prosthetic arterial graft. The reported incidence of primary graft infection varies from 1.3% to 6.0%, with a mortality rate from this complication as high as 75%. Although remote bypass followed by complete removal of the infected prosthesis has proven to be a satisfactory method(More)
To evaluate the timing of surgical treatment in infective endocarditis and to determine the relationship between the risk of mortality and the species of infectious organism, we reviewed a consecutive series of 65 cases involving patients with infective endocarditis who had been treated over a 17-year period. The patients included 41 males and 24 females,(More)
Construction of a (radial artery) saphenous vein graft arteriovenous fistula for blood sampling after heart transplantation is presented as a solution to the problem of a patient with poor or sclerosed superficial arm veins. Satisfactory experience with one patient over a 12.5 month follow-up is presented.
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