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Smith A.,UPMC Magee Womens Hospital | Choudhary A.K.,DuPont Company
American Journal of Roentgenology | Year: 2014

OBJECTIVE. Persistence of the embryologic falcine sinus can be a congenital or acquired phenomenon related to a defect of the straight sinus. Previous studies have stated that it is rare for the falcine sinus to persist without an additional abnormality of the brain such as a vein of Galen malformation or venous sinus thrombosis. The purpose of this article is to show that persistent falcine sinus is not an uncommon isolated finding in the pediatric population. MATERIALS AND METHODS. We performed a retrospective review of pediatric brain MRIs to identify patients with a persistent falcine sinus and subsequently recorded whether there were findings in addition to the straight sinus defect. RESULTS. Thirty-one patients were identified as having a persistent falcine sinus, five of whom had no other congenital or acquired abnormality of the brain other than a defect in the straight sinus. CONCLUSION. Our data support the hypothesis that persistent falcine sinus is not an uncommon isolated finding in the pediatric population. © American Roentgen Ray Society.

Lockard K.L.,UPMC Presbyterian | Allen C.,UPMC Presbyterian | Lohmann D.,UPMC Presbyterian | Severyn D.A.,UPMC Presbyterian | And 8 more authors.
Progress in Transplantation | Year: 2013

A patient with a HeartMate II left ventricular assist device who had a body mass index of 52 needed gastric bypass surgery in order to qualify for a heart transplant. Unlike previous experience in which the surgery was performed at the implant hospital, the gastric bypass surgery in this case was performed at a bariatric center of excellence that was a separate facility from the implant hospital. The artificial heart program of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked with the bariatric center of excellence in scheduling the gastric bypass surgery using a multidisciplinary team approach at 2 hospitals to coordinate safe, high-quality patient care in a unique situation. © 2013 NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals.

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