Patient Care A teen in Chicago, Illinois, USA, awaiting a heart transplant received the news that a heart was available from his pediatric cardiologist, who dressed up as Chewbacca from Star Wars just for the occasion.
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In Global News: Quadruple Valve Surgery in the UAE, MitraClip Access in Japan, and Chewbacca Delivers Transplant News
March 23, 2018
An Analysis of Left Ventricular Retraining in Patients With Dextro- and Levo-Transposition of the Great Arteries
March 16, 2018
Mainwaring and colleagues retrospectively reviewed the outcomes for 51 patients with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) who were enrolled in a left ventricle (LV) retraining program in preparation for an arterial switch procedure. Retraining was successful in 52% of patients with D-TGA and 92% of patients with L-TGA.
In Global News: FDA Clarithromycin Warning, Health Disparities for Kids With CHD, and the "State of Lung Cancer" Report
March 2, 2018
February 23, 2018
Cerebral Strokes in Children on Intracorporeal Ventricular Assist Devices: Analysis of the EUROMACS Registry
February 8, 2018
Schweiger and colleagues retrospectively analyzed stroke rate for patients under 19 years old in the European Registry for Patients with Mechanical Circulatory Support database.
Noninvasive Liver Assessment in Adult Patients With Fontan Circulation Using Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Elastography and Hepatic Magnetic Resonance Imaging
February 1, 2018
In a prospective cross-sectional analysis of 37 adult patients palliated with a Fontan procedure, Buendía-Fuentes and colleagues assessed liver disease by three techniques: hepatic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging, and hepatic ultrasound.
In Global News: 3D Printing Tracheas, Free Heart Surgery for Children, and a Test for Barrett’s Esophagus
January 19, 2018
Patient Care China and Cambodia will work together on a program to provide free heart surgery to 100 Cambodian children with congenital heart disease.
January 15, 2018
Holst and colleagues present their experience with cone repair of the tricuspid valve for Ebstein’s anomaly in 235 patients over eight years. They conclude that cone repair is safe and effectively reduces tricuspid regurgitation, which might allow for right ventricular remodeling.
Single Stage Repair of Type A Interrupted Aortic Arch With Type III Aortopulmonary Window in a Preterm Child
January 8, 2018
Interrupted aortic arch occurring with an aortopulmonary window is an extremely rare anomaly. This video demonstrates a single stage repair in a preterm very-low birth weight neonate, using autologous pericardium to reconstruct the aorta.
December 13, 2017
Martin and colleagues analyzed in-hospital complications, transplant-free survival, and long-term reintervention for patients receiving a Fontan operation over 20 years, with a specific focus on differences between patients with and without hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).