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OBJECTIVE To evaluate long term results and independent predictors of outcome of aortic valvoplasty. DESIGN Retrospective follow up study. Independent predictors of outcome identified by multiple logistic regression. SETTING Tertiary referral centre. PATIENTS 269 consecutive patients treated at the median age of 8 months (0-23 years): 80 (30%) under 4(More)
AIMS Non-compaction of the left ventricular myocardium (NCVM) is reportedly exceedingly rare and associated with a high morbidity and mortality. A different genetic background has been suggested for NCVM with [non-isolated NCVM (ni-NCVM)] and without [isolated NCVM (i-NCVM)] other congenital heart defects. We prospectively evaluated both the NCVM subgroups(More)
AIMS Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome with right septal or posteroseptal accessory pathways causes eccentric septal mechanical activation and may provoke left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony and dysfunction. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) of the accessory pathways on LV function. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to analyze mid-term results of aortic root replacement with pulmonary autograft in children and adolescents in two centers. METHODS From December 1997 through August 2003, a total of 66 patients underwent the Ross procedure in two centers. Indication for Ross procedure was predominantly aortic stenosis in 24 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Echocardiography is one of the most important diagnostic imaging modalities in paediatric cardiology. Owing to the large number of lesions, achieving expertise often requires years of training. Echocardiography is still taught using the apprenticeship model, which is time- and personnel consuming. OBJECTIVES To extend the echocardiography(More)
BACKGROUND Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality in neonates. The preliminary diagnosis often is made by noncardiologists. For this reason, there is a huge demand of training in echocardiography of CHD. This is difficult to achieve due to limited resources of specialized centers. OBJECTIVE The goal of this(More)
We are describing a most unusual variant of aortic arch interruption. The ascending aorta was atretic above the sinutubular junction forming a blind-ending pouch. The coronary arteries were the only vessels arising from the aortic trunk. All the brachiocephalic vessels were perfused in retrograde fashion through the arterial duct. The aortic valve itself(More)
We present the case of a male full-term neonate who presented at 4 h of age with severe cyanosis unresponsive to mechanical ventilation and oxygen supplementation. The diagnosis of rupture of the papillary muscle of the tricuspid valve was made by echocardiography. Preoperative stabilization was achieved by adding nitric oxide and extracorporeal membrane(More)
BACKGROUND Surgical management of patients with complete atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) has advanced over the last decades. Definitive early surgical repair for AVSD has become the treatment of choice at many centers. This trend has contributed to the recent decline in postoperative mortality and good long-term results. METHODS We reviewed(More)