Sung-How Sue

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OBJECTIVE To improve the surgical results of aortic dissection, we used a novel vascular ring connector for anastomosis. METHODS The vascular ring connector is a titanic ring used as a stent in the vascular graft to achieve a quick, blood-sealed, and sutureless anastomosis. From November 2007 to December 2008, 19 consecutive patients (age range 36-77(More)
BACKGROUND Perioperative monitoring of mitral valve (MV) anatomy, function, and pathology is essential for surgical management of different MV disease. AIMS To overcome the several potential pitfalls of two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (2D TEE) and offline 3D TEE. METHODS Live 3D TEE was used to assess 73 patients (44 men and 29 women)(More)
A 42-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to the frontal process of the left maxilla just lateral to the nasal bone medial to the maxilla that caused profuse hemorrhage. Anterior and posterior nasal packing along with packing of the gunshot wound with Vaseline gauze did not control the hemorrhage. A 28 French (30-cc balloon) Foley catheter was placed(More)
Aorto-left ventricular tunnel (ALVT) is a rare congenital malformation. We report an unusual case of ALVT with a large interventricular septal aneurysm causing severe aortic regurgitation and left ventricular outflow obstruction diagnosed with real time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3D TEE). Real time 3D TEE allows for assessment and(More)
To the authors' knowledge, this case is unique to the emergency medicine literature. Although testicular infarction from epididymitis is rare, it should be considered as a complication of severe or unresolving epididymitis. These patients should be placed on broad spectrum antibiotics, i.e., quinolones; color flow Doppler of the testes should be obtained;(More)
Post-caesarean pulmonary embolism (PE) is associated with significant peri-operative morbidity and mortality. This report describes a case of sudden cardiac arrest 2 days post-caesarean due to massive PE diagnosed via bedside transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Recognition of the PE at the bifurcation of the right and left pulmonary arteries was(More)
Traumatic arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is not an uncommon disorder, but late discovery and the presentation of high-output heart failure is very rare. This patient did not know that he had traumatic AVF after a gunshot injury in the left thigh 14 years ago. The major presentation of the AVF was signs of heart failure. We performed surgical repair after(More)
An unsupervised framework for classifying heart sound data is proposed in this paper. Our goal is to cluster unknown heart sound recordings, such that each cluster contains sound recordings belonging to the same heart diseases or normal heart beat category. This framework is more flexible than the existing supervised classification of heart sounds by the(More)
OBJECTIVES This study observed midterm results of vascular ring connectors in surgery for aortic dissection. METHODS Vascular ring connectors were used as stents in vascular grafts to achieve quick, sutureless anastomoses. Tapes were used to secure ringed vascular grafts from outside the aorta. RESULTS From November 2007 to February 2011, 113(More)
Anomalous origin of the left coronary artery (LCA) from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a rare congenital defect that presents only infrequently in adults. An adult diagnosed with ALCAPA, heart failure, and mitral regurgitation underwent surgical ligation of the anomalous origin of the LCA from the pulmonary artery (PA) and coronary artery bypass grafting(More)