Jennifer Kenyon

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Publications (4)6.7 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The need for more detail regarding the clinical and morphological features of human heart valves has become evident due to recent controversy regarding anorexigen-associated valvular dysfunction. In the present study, we used quantitative digital image analysis of geometric and compositional features to compare the histopathology of cardiac valves excised from patients treated with anorexigens as compared to normal, floppy, rheumatic and carcinoid valves. Anorexigen-exposed valves had the greatest number of onlays/valve (P
    Cardiovascular Pathology 09/2002; 11(5):251-262. DOI:10.1016/S1054-8807(02)00110-2 · 2.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The need for more detail regarding the clinical and morphological features of human heart valves has become evident due to recent controversy regarding anorexigen-associated valvular dysfunction. In the present study, we used quantitative digital image analysis of geometric and compositional features to compare the histopathology of cardiac valves excised from patients treated with anorexigens as compared to normal, floppy, rheumatic and carcinoid valves. Anorexigen-exposed valves had the greatest number of onlays/valve (P<.0001), while rheumatic valves showed the greatest average onlay size and thickness of the comparison groups studied (P=.01). The valve onlays from anorexigen-exposed, carcinoid and floppy valves contained a greater percentage of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) as compared to normal and rheumatic valves (P=.01). The anorexigen-exposed valve propers contained more GAGs than any other comparison group (P=.02). Vessels were prominent in both onlay and valve proper regions of carcinoid valves, in the anorexigen-exposed valve onlays and in rheumatic valve propers. Thus, the number of onlays, their size, the degree of GAG deposition, and the presence and location of vessels and leukocytes were important features distinguishing anorexigen-exposed valves from normal valves. Discriminant analyses, based on geometry, color composition or color composition, and vessel and leukocyte counts combined, were able to separate the valves into distinguishable groups. Our findings demonstrate that specific microscopic features can be used to separate anorexigen-associated heart valve lesions from normal valves and valve lesions associated with other pathologies, and suggest that a distinctive pathological process may exist in many anorexigen-exposed valves.
    Cardiovascular Pathology 01/2002; 11(5):251-62. · 2.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Patients receiving heart or other organ transplants usually require some level of anti-rejection drug therapy, most commonly cyclosporine. The rejection status of the organ must be monitored to determine the optimal anti-rejection drug therapy. The current method for monitoring post-transplant rejection status of heart transplant patients consists of taking biopsies from the right ventricle. In this work we have developed a system employing optical and signal-processing techniques that will allow a cardiologist to measure spectral changes associated with tissue rejection using an optical catheter probe. The system employs time gated illumination and detection systems to deal with the dynamic signal acquisition problems associated with in vivo measurements of a beating heart. Spectral data processing software evaluates and processes the data to produce a simple numerical score. Results of measurements made on 100 excised transplanted isograft and allograft rat hearts have demonstrated the ability of the system to detect the presence of rejection and to accurately correlate the spectroscopic results with the ISHLT (International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation) stage of rejection determined by histopathology. In vivo measurements using a pig transplant model are now in process.
    Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 07/1998; DOI:10.1117/12.312312 · 0.20 Impact Factor
  • Transplant Immunology 12/1997; 5(4):247-50. DOI:10.1016/S0966-3274(97)80003-2 · 1.83 Impact Factor

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20 Citations
6.70 Total Impact Points

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  • 1997–2002
    • University of British Columbia - Vancouver
      • Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
      Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada