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Cerillo A.G.,Operative Unit of Cardiac Surgery | Berti S.,Operative Unit of Cardiology | Glauber M.,Operative Unit of Cardiac Surgery
Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions | Year: 2013

Transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation is an emerging treatment option for high-risk patients with failing aortic bioprostheses. The presence of the prosthesis stents is thought to prevent coronary artery obstruction, a known complication of transcatheter aortic valve implantation in the native aortic valve. The Sorin Mitroflow aortic bioprosthesis (Sorin Group, Saluggia, Italy) has a particular design in that the pericardial leaflets are mounted outside the valve stent. As a consequence, the pericardial leaflets of this prosthesis may be displaced well away from the stents during the deployment of transcatheter valves. This might explain why both the cases of coronary occlusion following valve-in-valve implantation reported to date occurred in patients with a malfunctioning Mitroflow bioprosthesis. We describe a patient with a malfunctioning 25 mm Mitroflow bioprosthesis successfully treated by percutaneous transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation, and discuss the role that balloon aortic valvuloplasty plays in the performance of this delicate procedure. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source


Dattilo G.,Presidio | Tulino D.,Operative Unit of Cardiology | Tulino V.,Messina University | Lamari A.,Messina University | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Cardiology | Year: 2011

Ventricular septal defects can occur as part of other congenital cardiac malformations or as an isolated finding. Aneurysms of the sinus of Valsalva are rare, most commonly involving the right or noncoronary sinuses. They can be congenital or acquired through infection, trauma, or degenerative diseases. They frequently co-exist with ventricular septal defects, aortic valve dysfunction, or other cardiac abnormalities. More commonly, sinus of Valsalva aneurysms are diagnosed after the clinical sequelae of rupture. Several etiologic factors may lead to the development of pathologic pericardial effusion and the detection of pericardial effusion was one of the first applications of echocardiography to gain widespread acceptance. We present a case of a chance finding of an aneurysm of the right sinus of Valsalva in an 11-year-old Italian child with a ventricular septal defect and a pericardial effusion. © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


Tulino D.,Operative Unit of Cardiology | Dattilo G.,Presidio | Tulino V.,Messina University | Marte F.,Presidio | Patane S.,Presidio
International Journal of Cardiology | Year: 2010

Accessory pathways have been described as well as their Ecg identification criteria also in pediatric population. Radiofrequency ablation is a curative treatment but its application has been more limited in the paediatric population. The congenital form of junctional ectopic tachycardia was firstly described by Coumel et al. in 1976. It usually occurs in the first six months of life presenting as a persistent sustained form, lasting up to 90% of the time and it is hampered by high mortality. Its clinical presentation may be dramatic, being associated in up to 60% of cases with cardiomegaly and/or heart failure. Secondary dilated cardiomyopathy, ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death have also been reported. We present a case of congenital form of junctional ectopic tachycardia in a 12-day-old newborn infant. Also this case is illustrative of the congenital form of junctional ectopic tachycardia. © 2008 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Source


Tulino V.,Messina University | Dattilo G.,Presidio | Tulino D.,Operative Unit of Cardiology | Marte F.,Presidio | Patane S.,Presidio
International Journal of Cardiology | Year: 2011

Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) can occur as part of more congenital cardiac malformations or as an isolate finding. Spontaneous, transcatheter, surgical closure, and pharmacological treatment have been reported. We present a case of recurrent PDA after the initial course of a pharmacological treatment. Also this case focuses on recurrent PDA after the initial course of a pharmacological treatment. © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Source


Dattilo G.,Presidio | Tulino D.,Operative Unit of Cardiology | Lamari A.,Messina University | Tulino V.,Messina University | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Cardiology | Year: 2011

After mechanical heart valve replacement use of unfractionated heparin is sometimes required because vitamin K antagonists are temporarily contraindicated or to prevent valve-associated thromboembolism until oral vitamin K antagonists take effect. Bridging therapy with a standardized low molecular weight heparin-based regimen has been reported effective and relatively safe in a large cohort of patients with mechanical heart valves. Many cases with mitral mechanical valve prostheses and treatment failure of low molecular weight heparin have also been reported as well as prosthetic valve thrombosis has been reported with adequate anticoagulation. A case has also been reported of well functioning Starr-Edwards aortic prosthesis without anticoagulation. We present a case of cardioembolic stroke in a patient with an aortic mechanical prosthesis in bridging therapy with a standardized low molecular weight heparin-based regimen. This case is illustrative of treatment failure of low molecular weight heparin in a patient with an aortic mechanical prosthesis. © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

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