Suzanne J. Vobecky

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The trend to perform early primary repair of tetralogy of Fallot prompted us to review our experience in the current era with the traditional protocol consisting of palliation during infancy, if required, and repair after infancy. During a 10-year period, 270 infants with tetralogy of Fallot presented aged less than 18 months. Thirteen infants (4.8%) had(More)
Mucor indicus is a rare, emerging cause of zygomycosis with 7 cases previously reported since 1975. We report the first case of endovascular M. indicus infection in a pediatric recipient of the Incor (Berlin Heart AG, Germany) implantable left ventricular assist device, and review the literature to describe the broadening clinical spectrum of zygomycosis(More)
Hybrid procedures that combine surgical and interventional techniques are increasingly utilized in patients with congenital heart disease. We performed a novel hybrid intervention involving transcatheter ablation via a sternotomy approach and atriotomy incision. A recalcitrant accessory pathway was successfully ablated in a patient with hemodynamically(More)
BACKGROUND Isolated hemodynamically significant ventricular septal defects (VSD) were previously treated surgically. Since the introduction of percutaneous (PC) devices, the management of isolated VSD has evolved. In our center, Amplatzer devices have been implanted for selected isolated perimembranous VSD since 2002. METHODS The charts of all isolated PC(More)
In 36 patients who consulted for fecal incontinence or rectal pain, or both, there was grossly visible scarring of the rectum and biopsy revealed mucosal atrophy and fibrosis. A steal from the hemorrhoidal arteries to the iliac vessels was demonstrated in 3 subjects. Maximum tolerable volumes within a rectal balloon were smaller than in control subjects,(More)
Succinyl CoA: 3-oxoacid CoA transferase (SCOT; E.C. mediates the rate-determining step of ketolysis in extrahepatic tissues, the esterification of acetoacetate to CoA for use in energy production. Hereditary SCOT deficiency in humans causes episodes of severe ketoacidosis. We obtained human-heart SCOT cDNA clones spanning the entire 1,560-nt coding(More)
A patient with acute necrosis of the intestinal mucosa and high serum diamine oxidase activity is described. The 71-year-old woman, with a history of hypertension and cardiovascular and peripheral arteriosclerotic disease, presented with acute epigastric pain, vomiting, and a deteriorating hemodynamic condition. Serum level of the intestinal enzyme diamine(More)
Due to underlying cardiovascular anatomy and size, epicardial pacing may be the preferred method of pacing in small children. To assess long-term safety, we reviewed all epicardial pacemakers implanted in children between 1971 and 2001. We found that 122 patients, with a median age of 5.4 years, had a total of 181 pacemakers and 260 electrodes implanted(More)
Dialysis can be used in severe cases, but may not be well tolerated. In such patients, peritoneal drainage could be an alternative option for fluid removal. We report the case of a newborn with a truncus arteriosus who developed postoperatively a complicated clinical course with right ventricular dysfunction, prerenal condition as well as fluid overload(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterise cardiopulmonary baroreflex responses and examine the effects of a 45 minute cycling bout late after successful repair of coarctation of the aorta. SUBJECTS 10 young adults (mean (SEM) age 18.1 (2.6 years)) operated on for coarctation of the aorta 12.7 (3.5) years earlier, and 10 healthy controls. DESIGN Forearm blood flow(More)