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Berro Z.Z.,Al Rassoul Al Aazam Hospital | Hamdan R.H.,Beirut Cardiac Institute | Dandache I.H.,Medical Research Center | Saab M.N.,Beirut Cardiac Institute | And 2 more authors.
BMC Infectious Diseases | Year: 2016

Background: We report herein a case of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) used for severe Clostridium difficile infection for a 65-year-old Lebanese man who underwent left ventricular assist device implantation. To the best of our knowledge this is the first case report from Lebanon and the region presenting such technique. Case presentation: The patient experienced diarrhea and rectal bleeding and was diagnosed of pseudomembranous colitis (PMC). His condition failed to improve on maximal pharmacological therapy. Protocolectomy, an invasive operation consisting in resection of the entire colon and rectum seemed to be the last resort before the patient responded to FMT given through gastroscopy. Conclusion: Despite the increasing experience with FMT for C. difficile infection, published evidence in severe related cases from this region is very limited. Hence, we promote adjunctive FMT, an effective noninvasive method, to be considered as a promising early treatment option in severe C. difficile infection. © 2016 The Author(s).

Hamdan R.,Beirut Cardiac Institute | Mansour H.,Beirut Cardiac Institute | Nassar P.,Beirut Cardiac Institute | Saab M.,Beirut Cardiac Institute
Artificial Organs | Year: 2014

Right ventricular (RV) function immediately after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation is a crucial prognostic factor. RV failure is linked to increased mortality and worse outcome. A phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor, sildenafil, was shown to decrease pulmonary vascular resistance and pulmonary artery pressure post-LVAD. We report on a series of heart failure patients, and the effect of sildenafil on the incidence of RV failure after LVAD implantation. We retrospectively analyzed the data of end-stage heart failure patients who underwent LVAD implantation with pulmonary hypertension and RV dysfunction prior to surgery. Patients were divided into two groups; group 1: patients who received sildenafil perioperatively, and group 2: patients who did not receive sildenafil. Hemodynamic and echographic data were collected before and after surgery. Fourteen patients were included, 8 patients in group 1 and 6 in group 2. Sildenafil was administered with a mean dose of 56.2±9.4mg in group 1 and was able to significantly reduce right heart failure incidence, and to demonstrate a significant reduction in pulmonary vascular resistance, pulmonary artery pressure, transpulmonary gradient, and a significant increase in cardiac output. In conclusion, sildenafil seems to have a promising role perioperatively in preventing acute RV failure postsurgery in patients with RV dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension, requiring LVAD therapy. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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