Steinar Tjønneland

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The technique at our institution for banding of the pulmonary artery (PA) makes debanding by balloon dilatation theoretically possible. Previously we tested this hypothesis in anin vitro study (see previous article in this issue). This study describes balloon dilatation in dogs. Eight Labrador Retriever dogs had a PA band placed early in life, and when(More)
Peripheral blood and bone marrow mononuclear cells from 25 children with acute non-lymphoid leukaemia were analysed for natural killer cell activity and for cells with the Leu-7 and Leu-11b (CD 16) markers. Significantly reduced spontaneous cytotoxicity was detected in peripheral blood from children with untreated and active acute non-lymphoid leukaemia(More)
Clinical balloon debanding of the pulmonary artery is reported in two patients, 6 months and 4 years of age. The band was made of Dacron, and was closed with one single polypropylene suture. This suture was subsequently ruptured with a balloon inflated within the pulmonary artery at the site of the band. Balloon debanding relieved the gradient almost(More)
The pulmonary artery of unfixated human heart-lung specimens was banded by placing a Dacron tape around the artery and securing the tape with a 5.0 Prolene suture at selected circumferences. The banding was successfully dilated with a balloon catheter in 24 instances. The mean pressure necessary to burst the suture securing the tape was 2.4 atmospheres.
In eight patients from 1976 until 1980, tricuspid atresia (TA) was corrected with valved xenograft conduits between either the right atrium and the main pulmonary artery or between the right atrium and the rudimentary right ventricle. All patients suffered from transient right-heart failure postoperatively and eventually developed normalized cardiac(More)
In the 10-year period 1973-1983, 158 patients aged one day to 16.4 years were operated upon for coarctation of the aorta; 25% of them were less than one month of age. The main surgical procedure was aortoplasty with a prosthetic patch (114 patients), and resection and end-to-end anastomosis (36 patients). Associated cardiovascular anomalies were found in(More)
In 57 infants with coarctation of the aorta severe congestive heart failure was the indication for surgical correction. More than half of them were less than 1 month of age. Associated cardiovascular anomalies were found in 48 patients. The surgical techniques utilized were resection and end-to-end anastomosis of the aorta and patch plasty using a Dacron(More)
Twelve patients with total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage (TAPVD) underwent complete surgical correction. Six were of the supracardiac type, 2 were cardiac and 4 of the infracardiac type. Pulmonary hypertension due to pulmonary vein obstruction was present in 6 patients. There were 6 early deaths, which occurred on the table or soon after surgery. One(More)
In the period 1973-83, 114 patients with coarctation of the aorta were operated on with patch plasty. Early results were encouraging. Two of these patients had to be reoperated, however, because of aneurysmatic dilatation of the aorta adjacent to the prosthetic patch. In one case acute rupture of the aneurysm occurred eight years after the patch plasty, and(More)
Twelve patients with uncomplicated transposition of the great arteries were operated upon in the first month of life following an initial Rashkind procedure. They were all in a clinically unacceptable condition and were mostly acidotic or bad mixers without acidosis. Two patients died postoperatively from a cerebral haemorrhage not discovered prior to(More)