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    ABSTRACT: Some controversy exists regarding the safety of endoaortic balloon clamping in minimal access isolated mitral valve surgery (MIMVS). The aim of this European multicenter study was to analyze the results in 10 experienced centers and compare the outcomes with published data. The most recent 50 consecutive MIMVS cases from10 European surgeons who had performed at least 100 procedures were prospectively collected and retrospectively analyzed. All procedures were performed through right minithoracotomy with femoral cannulation and endoaortic balloon occlusion. In-hospital and 30-day outcomes were studied. Mortality and stroke rates were compared with published median sternotomy and MIMVS outcomes. Mean age was 63.2 ± 12.5 years, 289 (57.8%) were male, mean logistic European system for cardiac operative risk evaluation was 6.1 ± 6.2, and 53 (10.6%) procedures had cardiac reoperations. Concomitant procedures were performed in 126 (25.9%) cases. Three patients (0.6%) required conversion to full sternotomy. Ten patients (2.0%) necessitated endoaortic balloon clamping conversion (8 to external clamping), and re-exploration for bleeding was necessary in 24 (4.8%) cases. Mean aortic cross-clamp and cardiopulmonary bypass times were 85.6 ± 30.1 and 129.5 ± 40.2 min, respectively, and were significantly longer for concomitant procedures (p < 0.001). There were no aortic dissections and no deep venous thromboses. Operative mortality (none neurologic) and major stroke occurred in 7 (1.4%) and 4 (0.8%) patients, respectively. These rates compared favorably with the published literature on isolated primary mitral valve surgery (MVS) through sternotomy or minithoracotomy (mortality rates 0.2% to 11.6%, stroke rates 0.6% to 4.4%). Once procedural proficiency is acquired, endoaortic balloon clamping in MIMVS is a safe and effective technique. Despite the fact that this patient cohort also includes combined and redo procedures, the observed mortality and stroke rate compared favorably with the existing literature on primary isolated mitral valve surgery irrespective of the approach. Copyright © 2015 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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    ABSTRACT: Recent researches revealed that asymptomatic bacterial colonization on PMs might be ubiquitous and increase the risk of clinical PM infection. Early diagnosis of patients with asymptomatic bacterial colonization could provide opportunity for targeted preventive measures. The present study explores the incidence of bacterial colonization of generator pockets in pacemaker replacement patients without signs of infection, and to analyze risk factors for asymptomatic bacterial colonization. From June 2011 to December 2013, 118 patients underwent pacemaker replacement or upgrade. Identification of bacteria was carried out by bacterial culture and 16S rRNA sequencing. Clinical risk characteristics were analyzed. The total bacterial positive rate was 37.3% (44 cases), and the coagulase-negative Staphylococcus aureus detection rate was the highest. Twenty two (18.6%) patients had positive bacterial culture results, of which 50% had coagulase-negative staphylococcus. The bacterial DNA detection rate was 36.4 % (43 cases). Positive bacterial DNA results from pocket tissues and the surface of the devices were 22.0% and 29.7%, respectively. During follow-up (median, 27.0 months), three patients (6.8%, 3/44) became symptomatic with the same genus of microorganism, S. aureus (n=2) and S. epidermidis (n=1). Multivariable logistic regression analysis showed that history of bacterial infection, use of antibiotics, application of antiplatelet drugs, replacement frequency were independent risk factors for asymptomatic bacterial colonization. There was a high incidence of asymptomatic bacterial colonization in pacemaker patients with independent risk factors. Bacterial culture combined genetic testing could improve the detection rate.
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    ABSTRACT: The second wave of avian influenza H7N9 virus outbreak in humans spread to the Guangdong province of China by August of 2013 and this virus is now endemic in poultry in this region. Five patients with H7N9 virus infection admitted to our hospital during August 2013 to February 2014 were intensively investigated. Viral load in the respiratory tract was determined by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (Q-PCR) and cytokine levels were measured by bead-based flow cytometery. Four patients survived and one died. Viral load in different clinical specimens was correlated with cytokine levels in plasma and broncho-alveolar fluid (BALF), therapeutic modalities used and clinical outcome. Intravenous zanamivir appeared to be better than peramivir as salvage therapy in patients who failed to respond to oseltamivir. Higher and more prolonged viral load was found in the sputum or endotracheal aspirates compared to throat swabs. Upregulation of proinflammatory cytokines IP-10, MCP-1, MIG, MIP-1α/β, IL-1β and IL-8 was found in the plasma and BALF samples. The levels of cytokines in the plasma and viral load were correlated with disease severity. Reactivation of herpes simplex virus type 1(HSV-1) was found in three out of five patients (60%). Expectorated sputum or endotracheal aspirate specimens are preferable to throat swabs for detecting and monitoring H7N9 virus. Severity of the disease was correlated to the viral load in the respiratory tract as well as the extents of cytokinemia. Reactivation of HSV-1 may contribute to clinical outcome.
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