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Raslan Furat F Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Wuerzburg, Josef-Schneider-Str. 11, 97080, Würzburg, - - 2014
A growing number of industrially manufactured implants have been developed in the last years for vertebral replacement in anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF). Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)-cages are used in many centers, but outcome reports are scarce. This study assesses the clinical and radiological outcome after one- or two-level ACCF by ...
Li Da D Department of Neurosurgery, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, People's Republic of - - 2014
Object The goal of this study was to evaluate surgical outcomes of pediatric brainstem cavernous malformations (CMs) and identify the risk factors associated with postoperative full recovery and rebleeding. Methods The clinical charts and radiographs from a series of 52 pediatric patients (37 male and 15 female; mean age 12.2 ...
Arab Samer A SA From the *Department of Anesthesia, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Kingdom Saudia Arabia; †Department of Anesthesia, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia; and §Department of Anesthesia, Alexandria University, Alexandria, - - 2014
Although ultrasound-guided supraclavicular block has a good success rate, it remains unclear whether multiple injections are superior to single injection (SI). We compared the sensory block success rate of SI versus triple injection (TI). In this randomized double-blind study, 96 end-stage renal disease patients undergoing arteriovenous fistula creation or superficialization ...
Isik Cengiz C Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Abant İzzet Baysal University Medical School, Abant İzzet Baysal University, 14280, Gölköy, Bolu, Turkey, - - 2014
To evaluate the efficacy of intraarticular injection of ketamine or ketamine plus levobupivacaine on post-operative analgesia in patients undergoing arthroscopic meniscectomy. A prospective, randomized, double-blind study was performed on 60 patients aged 18-65 years who planned to undergo elective arthroscopic meniscectomy. The patients were divided into three groups: the ketamine group ...
Hung Man M University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, - - 2014
Selecting optimal patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments is critical to improving the quality of health care. The purpose of this study was to compare the reliability, responsiveness, and efficiency of three PRO measures: the Foot and Ankle Ability Measure-Activity of Daily Living subscale (FAAM_ADL), the Foot Function Index 5-point verbal rating ...
Lewis John S JS Jr Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, - - 2014
Ipsilateral hindfoot arthrodesis in combination with total ankle replacement (TAR) may diminish functional outcome and prosthesis survivorship compared to isolated TAR. We compared the outcome of isolated TAR to outcomes of TAR with ipsilateral hindfoot arthrodesis. In a consecutive series of 404 primary TARs in 396 patients, 70 patients (17.3%) ...
Kołtowski Lukasz - - 2014
Percutaneous treatment of patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) became a standard and default mode of management as recommended by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines for the management of acute myocardial infarction in patients presenting with STEMI. The choice of vascular access is made by the ...
Nunes Flavia S FS Sleep Laboratory, Pulmonary Division, Heart Institute (InCor), University of São Paulo Medical School, Av Dr Enéas Carvalho de Aguiar, 44, 05403-904, São Paulo, Brazil, - - 2014
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an independent risk factor for complications after surgery. However, OSA remains largely under recognized, and questionnaires designed to detect OSA have shown inconsistent results. Patients with cardiovascular diseases may not present with the typical symptoms of OSA. We therefore sought to compare the performance of ...
Batuwitage Bisanth B From the Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (BB, AM, KN, SM, PC), CRUK Liverpool Cancer Trials Unit, University of Liverpool (DL) and Centre for Simulation and Patient Safety NHS North West (SM), Liverpool, - - 2014
The C-MAC D-blade is a new, highly angulated, videolaryngoscope blade designed for use in patients with difficult airways. Directing a tracheal tube into the trachea with any indirect viewing laryngoscope can be difficult, even with a good view of the laryngeal inlet. The aim of this study was to determine ...
Erdem Mehmet M Orthopaedic and Traumatology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey, - - 2014
One of the important factors in a successful arthroplasty is component alignment. The primary objective of this study was to determine whether the fibular shaft reference technique is beneficial for the tibial component position on the postoperative plain radiograph after total knee arthroplasty. A total of 42 patients between 2009 ...
Laursen Mia K MK Orthopaedic Department, Aalborg University Hospital, Hobrovej 18-22, 9000, Aalborg, - - 2014
Counselling patients for or against athletic activities after well performed total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Level of evidence is low, and the current international guidelines are based on North American expert opinions in 2001 and 2008. Could technical and operative development and social or cultural differences ...
Kawano Yoshihisa Y Department of Neurosurgery, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, 1-5-45 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8519, Japan, - - 2014
The aim of this study was to analyze the prognostic factors of trigeminal neuralgia (TN) after microvascular decompression (MVD), and to evaluate the volumetric parameters of the cerebellopontine angle (CPA) cistern as a pathogenic factor and imaging predictor. This retrospective study included 70 patients with primary TN treated with pure ...
Abou-Chebl Alex A From the Texas Stroke Institute, Plano, TX (A.A.-C., V.J.); Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Radiology, Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert Hospital, Atlanta, GA (O.O.Z., A.C.C., M.A.I.); Wellstar Neurosurgery Kennestone Hospital, Atlanta, GA (R.G.); Department of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA (C.-H.J.S. R.G.N.); Saint Luke's Kansas City, Kansas City, MO (C.O.M., W.E.H.); Department of Neurology, Delray Medical Center, Delray Beach, FL (N.M.-K.); California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA (J.D.E.); Division of Interventional Neuroradiology, Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Miami, FL (I.L., G.D.); Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, IL (T.W.M., F.A.M.); Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR (H.B.); Department of Neurology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI (A.X.); Department of Radiology, West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown, WV (A.T.R.); Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN (M.T.F.); Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, Joliet, IL (A.B.); Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA (T.N.N.); Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, CA (M.T.); University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS (M.G.A.); University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX (H.S.); Departments of Radiology, Neurology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX (R.N.); Department of Radiology, Division of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (A.J.Y.); University of Texas, Houston, TX (P.R.C.); Department of Neurosurgery, Houston Methodist, Methodist Neurological Institute, Houston, TX (G.W.B.); Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO (R.K.); and University of Missouri, Columbia, MO - - 2014
Previous work that predated the availability of the safer stent-retriever devices has suggested that general anesthesia (GA) may have a negative impact on outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke undergoing endovascular therapy. We reviewed demographic, clinical, procedural (GA versus local anesthesia [LA], etc), and site-adjudicated angiographic and clinical outcomes ...
Inoa Violiza V University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Conn., - - 2014
Background: The NIH stroke scale (NIHSS) is an indispensable tool that aids in the determination of acute stroke prognosis and decision making. Patients with posterior circulation (PC) strokes often present with lower NIHSS scores, which may result in the withholding of thrombolytic treatment from these patients. However, whether these lower ...
Aviles-Olmos Iciar I Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology, London, - - 2014
Background: Data from an open label randomised controlled trial have suggested possible advantages on both motor and non-motor measures in patients with Parkinson's disease following 12 months exposure to exenatide. Objective: Continued follow up of these same patients was performed to investigate whether these possible advantages persisted in the prolonged ...
Malham Gregory M GM *Neuroscience Institute, Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria 3121, Australia †Greg Malham Neurosurgeon, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia ‡Radiology Department, Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria 3121, Australia §NuVasive Australia/New Zealand, Melbourne, Victoria 3101, Australia ∥Neurosurgery Department, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales 2109, - - 2014
Prospective single surgeon non-randomized clinical study. To evaluate radiographic and clinical outcomes, by fixation type, in extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) patients and provide an algorithm for determining patients suitable for standalone XLIF. XLIF may be supplemented with pedicle screw fixation, however, since stabilizing structures remain intact, it is suggested ...
Murena L L Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University of Insubria, Ospedale di Circolo, Viale Borri 57, Varese, - - 2014
To evaluate and compare clinical results and complication rate of a standard and mini-invasive reconstruction technique for distal biceps tendon rupture. Twenty-eight cases of biceps tendon rupture were evaluated at mean 45-month follow-up. A standard anterior approach was used in 19 cases, and a less invasive anterior approach was used ...
Sun Ran R Department of Joint Surgery, The Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, People's Republic of China, - - 2014
This study aims to determine the outcome of double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction using an allograft in comparison with ACL reconstruction using a double-bundle autograft or a single-bundle allograft. A total of 424 patients who accepted primary ACL reconstructions were divided randomly into three groups: double-bundle technique with autograft ...
Chin Kuen Y KY Department of Plastic Surgery, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, UK. Electronic address: - - 2014
The popularity of open rhinoplasty has increased such that it is the first choice of approach for many surgeons undertaking primary rhinoplasty. Despite the benefits of this approach, the drawbacks are often not emphasized. We present a review, with quantitative assessment of 24 rhinoplasty patients using the cross-cartilaginous incision. This ...
Troche Michelle S MS Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Florida, PO Box 117420, Gainesville, FL, 32611, USA, - - 2014
The adverse effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery on swallowing could potentially exacerbate the natural deterioration of airway protection associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) degeneration and increase the incidence of aspiration pneumonia and associated death. There are no studies that compare swallowing outcomes associated with subthalamic nucleus (STN) versus ...
Poli Daniela D Department of Heart and Vessels, Thrombosis Centre, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Careggi, Viale Morgagni, 85, 50134, Florence, Italy, - - 2014
Stroke prevention, achieved with oral anticoagulation therapy (OAT), is central to the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Well-managed OAT, as reflected by a long time in therapeutic range (TTR), is associated with good clinical outcomes. The SAME-TT2R2 score has been proposed to identify patients who will maintain a ...
Caplan N N Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK, - - 2014
Tibial tuberosity-trochlear groove distance (TT-TG) has been regarded as a useful tool for establishing therapeutic choices for patellar instability. Recently, it has been shown that TT-TG negatively correlated with the quadriceps angle, suggesting that if used individually, neither provide a valid measure of instability. This study aimed to compare TT-TG ...
Eggli S S Sonnenhof Orthopaedic Clinic, Swiss Leading Hospitals, Buchserstrasse 30, 3006, Bern, Switzerland, - - 2014
Replacement of the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) with a transplant is today`s gold standard. A new technique for preserving and healing the torn ACL is presented. Hypothesis: a dynamic intraligamentary stabilization (DIS) that provides continuous postinjury stability of the knee and ACL in combination with biological improvement of the ...
Kass-Hout Tareq T Department of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, - - 2014
Higher reperfusion rates have been established with endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke (AIS). There are limited data on the comparative performance of mechanical thrombectomy devices. A retrospective single-center analysis was undertaken of all consecutive patients who underwent thrombectomy using Merci, Penumbra or stent retrievers (SR) from September 2010 to ...
Cürcani Mehtap M Department of Internal Medicine Nursing, Faculty of Health Science, Atatürk University, Erzurum, - - 2014
To determine the effect of aromatherapy on pruritus observed in haemodialysis patients. Although the prevalence of pruritus in kidney failure has decreased in the recent years, pruritus is a difficult and serious problem which concerns the majority of haemodialysis patents and is hard to cure. A prospective, pretest-post-test quasi-experimental design ...
Nishida Keiichiro K Department of Human Morphology, Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama City, Japan; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama City, Japan. Electronic address: - - 2014
We aimed to evaluate the early clinical results of the reconstruction of problematic elbow joints due to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) using a PROSNAP linked elbow prosthesis (Kyocera Medical, Osaka, Japan) for total elbow arthroplasty. Seventeen elbows in 14 RA patients were replaced with a PROSNAP elbow with cement fixation. The ...
Shahian David M DM Department of Surgery and Center for Quality and Safety, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (DMS). Electronic address: - - 2014
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is developing a portfolio of composite performance measures for the most commonly performed adult cardiac procedures. This manuscript describes the third composite measure in this series, aortic valve replacement (AVR) combined with coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABG). We identified all patients in the ...
Ellington Matthew M Scott & White Healthcare, Temple, TX, United States. Electronic address: - - 2014
The plateau-patella angle (PPA), recently introduced as a new and simpler method of measuring patellar height from the lateral radiograph, has the advantage of simplicity over previously described methods as it involves a single angular measurement without the need for calculations. The purpose of this study was to validate the ...
Słupik Anna A Division of Rehabilitation, Department of Physiotherapy, 2nd Medical Faculty, Medical University of Warsaw, - - 2014
Background. The aim of the study was to compare the authors' own modification of the Staffelstein-Score against the HSS Knee Score in the assessment of early results of knee arthroplasty. Material and methods. A total of 67 patients qualified for knee arthroplasty (average age 68.5 years) were examined. 62 patients ...
Flores Alan A Stroke Unit, Department of Neurology, Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Vall d'Hebron Research Institute, Departament de Medicina, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, - - 2014
In acute ischemic stroke, although early recanalization predicts rapid neurological recovery, in some cases early reperfusion does not immediately correlate to clinical improvement as "stunned brain" patients. The cortical activity monitoring in stroke patients is usually performed to evaluate epileptic activity through electroencephalogram. Bispectral index (BIS) monitor the cortical activity ...
Koh Kyoung Hwan KH Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seoul Medical Center, 156 Sinnae-ro, Jungnang-gu, Seoul 131-130, South Korea. E-mail address: - - 2014
While animal studies have shown better healing with a longer duration of protection without motion exercise after rotator cuff repair, supporting clinical studies are rare. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of immobilization following rotator cuff repair and to determine whether there was any difference in ...
Durst Christopher R CR Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia, - - 2014
Intracranial atherosclerotic disease is the cause of up to 10% of ischemic strokes and transient ischemic attacks. Intracranial stenting with off-label balloon mounted coronary stents (BMCS) may be a viable alternative for patients with symptomatic intracranial stenosis who fail best medical therapy. Between December 2005 and June 2012, 42 symptomatic ...
Reisinger Kostan W KW *Department of Surgery, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands †NUTRIM School for Nutrition, Toxicology and Metabolism, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands ‡Department of Surgery, Orbis Medical Center, Sittard, The Netherlands §GROW School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The - - 2014
To determine the association of sarcopenia with postoperative morbidity and mortality after colorectal surgery. Functional compromise in elderly colorectal surgical patients is considered as a significant factor of impaired postoperative recovery. Therefore, the predictive value of preoperative functional compromise assessment was investigated. Sarcopenia is a hallmark of functional compromise. A ...
Islam Arsalla A Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, - - 2014
Limited evidence exists to guide clinical management of acute finger ischemia (AFI). To further inform diagnostic evaluation and decision making, we evaluated anatomic findings, procedural management, and amputation-free survival in an institutional cohort of patients with AFI. Consecutive patients undergoing transfemoral upper extremity angiography for AFI were identified. Clinical, laboratory, ...
Jackson Timothy J TJ American Hip Institute, Chicago, Illinois, - - 2014
To analyze and report the clinical outcomes of a cohort of patients who underwent revision hip preservation with arthroscopy and determine predictors of positive and negative outcomes. During the study period from April 2008 to December 2010, all patients who underwent revision hip preservation with arthroscopy were included. This included ...
Casu Stefania S Barcelona Hepatic Hemodynamic Laboratory, Liver Unit, Hospital Clínic, , IDIBAPS (Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer University of Barcelona) and CIBERehd (Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Enfermedades Hepáticas y Digestivas), Barcelona, - - 2014
Understanding patients' attitudes to clinical experiences is essential for developing high-quality patient-centred health-care, since a better knowledge of patients' tolerance and satisfaction might allow implementing measures that ameliorate comfort, care and use of resources. We aimed to describe patients' tolerance and satisfaction to invasive hepatic hemodynamic procedures, and to investigate ...
Ciampi Pietro P Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico (IRCCSIstituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan, - - 2014
BACKGROUND:Rotator cuff repair typically results in a satisfactory, although variable, clinical outcome. However, anatomic failure of the repaired tendon often occurs. HYPOTHESIS:Patch augmentation can improve the results of open rotator cuff repair by supporting the healing process, protecting the suture, and reducing friction in the subacromial space. STUDY DESIGN:Cohort study; ...
Zeng Yi-Jun YJ Department of Neurology, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, - - 2014
The relationship between anemia and intracerebral hemorrhage is not clear. We investigated the associations between anemia at the onset and mortality or dependency in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) registered at the China National Stroke Registry (CNSR). The CNSR recruited consecutive patients with diagnoses of ICH in 2007-2008. Their vascular ...
Chen Hui-Fang HF 1City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, - - 2014
. Previous research using the streamlined Wolf Motor Function Test (SWMFT) has focused either on the 3- to 9-month period or on the >12-month period after stroke and lacked the information for those at 9 to 12 months. Whether SWMFT scores reflect motor deficit and recovery from early to late ...
Li Xuan X Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Renji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai Institute of Digestive Disease, , Shanghai, - - 2014
The total enteroscopy rate of single-balloon enteroscopy (SBE) using air insufflation is not satisfactory, and whether carbon dioxide (CO2) insufflation increases the total enteroscopy rate of SBE is unknown. This randomised controlled trial aimed to determine whether CO2 insufflation facilitates the intubation depth and total enteroscopy rate of SBE. A ...
Aydogan Filiz F Ministry of Health, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ankara Training and Research Hospital, Ulucanlar, Ankara, Turkey, - - 2014
The aim of this study was to compare the degree of nasal tip rigidity from different techniques for increasing nasal tip projection. Retrospective records of patients who had undergone rhinoplasty were reviewed at the tertiary referral center. 81 patients who had undergone suturing of the medial crura to the extension ...
Widnall James J University Hospital Aintree, Lower Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside L9 7AL, UK. Electronic address: - - 2014
Patient reported outcome measures are becoming more popular in their use. Retrospective scoring is not yet a validated method of data collection but one that could greatly decrease the complexity of research projects. We aim to compare preoperative and retrospective scores in order to assess their correlation and accuracy. 36 ...
Lundh Dan D University of Skövde, Box 408, 541 28 Skövde, Sweden. Electronic address: - - 2014
In unilateral cerebral palsy, movement pattern can be difficult to define and quantify. The aim was to assess the degree of deviation and asymmetry in upper and lower extremities during walking. Forty-seven patients, 45 Gross Motor Function Classification Scale (GMFCS) I and 2 patients GMFCS II, mean age 17.1 years ...
Sebastian Arjun S AS Orthopedic Department, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, - - 2014
Diaphyseal bowing may compromise axial alignment in revision total knee arthroplasty (TKA). 277 patients undergoing revision TKA were evaluated for coronal bowing and hip-knee-ankle (HKA) axis. The mean femoral bow was 1.52°±0.18° varus (-10.1° to +8.4°). The mean tibial bow was 1.25°±0.13° valgus (-5.9° to +10°). HKA axis averaged 3.08°±0.35° ...
van de Graaf Victor A VA Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam, - - 2014
BACKGROUND:Several patient-reported outcome measurements are used to measure functional outcome after treatment of meniscal injuries. However, for comparison of study results, there is a need for a uniform and standardized approach of measuring functional outcome. Selection of the instrument should be based on the quality of its measurement properties, and ...
Bessière Charles C Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Traumatology, Hôpital de L'Archet, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, 151, Route de St Antoine de Ginestière, 06202, Nice, - - 2014
Arthroscopic Bankart repair and open Latarjet bone block procedure are widely considered mainstays for surgical treatment of recurrent anterior shoulder instability. The choice between these procedures depends mainly on surgeon preference or training rather than published evidence. We compared patients with recurrent posttraumatic anterior shoulder instability treated with arthroscopic Bankart ...
Mayr Hermann O HO Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Hugstetter Str. 55, 79106, Freiburg, Germany, - - 2014
The aim of this study was to evaluate laxity in knees with pre-operative (preop) valgus alignment compared to knees with pre-operative varus alignment after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). This was a retrospective study including 81 patients, with six years follow-up, for pre-operative valgus- or varus alignment of the leg. All patients ...
Abdel Matthew P MP Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, - - 2014
Although some clinical reports suggest patient-specific instrumentation in TKA may improve alignment, reduce surgical time, and lower hospital costs, it is unknown whether it improves pain- and function-related outcomes and gait. We hypothesized that TKA performed with patient-specific instrumentation would improve patient-reported outcomes measured by validated scoring tools and level ...
Palmer Jennifer J Orthopaedics, Royal Perth Hospital, Shenton Park Campus, Perth, Australia, - - 2014
Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) prosthesis designs are constantly evolving to obtain greater functional performance. The aim of this study is to compare the functional outcomes between the newer single radius (SR) Triathlon prosthesis with its multiradius (MR) predecessor the Duracon. We analysed 1,012 primary TKA procedures which used either the ...
O'Brien Julie J Cardiac Imaging Division, Department of Radiology, St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y6, Canada, - - 2014
Transcatheter placement of left atrial closure device is an attractive therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), to avoid anticoagulation and reduce cerebrovascular events; however peri-device leaks occur. The geometry of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is not well understood, largely owing to limitations of 2-dimensional imaging techniques. We sought ...
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