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See detailAlteration of left ventriculo-arterial coupling and mechanical efficiency during acute myocardial ischemia
Kolh, Philippe ULg; Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg et al

in International Angiology (2003), 22(2), 148-158

AIM: Myocardial revascularisation being frequently performed during acute myocardial ischemia, in a hostile hemodynamic environment, we evaluated left ventriculo-arterial (VA) coupling, left ventricular ... [more ▼]

AIM: Myocardial revascularisation being frequently performed during acute myocardial ischemia, in a hostile hemodynamic environment, we evaluated left ventriculo-arterial (VA) coupling, left ventricular (LV) mechanical efficiency, and the mechanical properties of the systemic vasculature during acute myocardial ischemia. METHODS: In 6 pigs, vascular properties [characteristic impedance (R(1)), peripheral resistance (R(2)), compliance (C), inductance (L), arterial elastance (E(a))] were estimated with a windkessel model. LV function was assessed by the slope (E(es)) of end-systolic pressure-volume relationship (ESPVR), and stroke work (SW) - end-diastolic volume (EDV) relation. Pressure-volume area (PVA) was referred to as myocardial oxygen consumption. VA coupling was defined as E(es)/E(a), and mechanical efficiency as SW/PVA. After baseline recordings, the left anterior descending coronary artery was ligated and hemodynamic measures obtained every 30 minutes for 3 hours. Data are expressed as mean (SEM). RESULTS: Coronary occlusion induced an ESPVR rightward shift, and decreased E(es) from 3.67 (0.33) to 1.92 (0.20) mmHg/ml and the slope of the SW - EDV relationship from 72.3 (3.4) to 40.4 (4.5) mmHg (p<0.001), while E(a) increased from 3.33 (0.56) to 4.65 (0.29) mmHg/ml (p<0.005). This was responsible for a dramatic alteration of VA coupling from 1.22 (0.11) to 0.44 (0.07), (p<0.001). While R2 increased from 1.72 (0.30) to 2.38 (0.16) mmHg x s x ml(-1) (p<0.05) and C decreased from 0.78 (0.16) to 0.46 (0.08) ml/mmHg (p<0.05), R(1) and L were unchanged. Coronary occlusion decreased SW from 4056 (223) to 2580 (122) mmHg.ml (p<0.001), while PVA and SW/PVA decreased from 5575 (514) to 4813 (317) mmHg x ml (NS), and from 0.76 (0.04) to 0.57 (0.03) (p<0.001), respectively. CONCLUSION: Acute myocardial ischemia severely altered left ventriculo-arterial coupling and LV mechanical efficiency. Impaired left VA coupling was due to a combination of augmented arterial elastance, secondary to early vasoconstriction later associated with decreased arterial compliance, and decreased LV contractility. [less ▲]

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See detailDeterminants of left ventricular preload-adjusted maximal power
Segers, Patrick; Tchano-Sato, Vincent; Leather, H. Alex et al

in American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology (2003), 284(6), 2295-2301

Maximal left ventricular (LV) hydraulic power output (PWRmax), corrected for preload as PWRmax/(V-ed)(beta) (where V-ed is the end-diastolic volume and beta is a constant coefficient), is an index of LV ... [more ▼]

Maximal left ventricular (LV) hydraulic power output (PWRmax), corrected for preload as PWRmax/(V-ed)(beta) (where V-ed is the end-diastolic volume and beta is a constant coefficient), is an index of LV contractility. Whereas preload-adjusted maximal power (PAMP) is usually calculated with beta = 2, there is uncertainty about the optimal value of beta (beta = 1 for the normal LV and 2 for the dilated LV). The aim of this work is to study the determining factors of beta. The data set consisted of 245 recordings (steady state and vena cava occlusion) in 10 animals in an ischemic heart pig model. The occlusion data yielded the slope (E-es; 2.01 +/- 0.77 mmHg/ml, range 0.71-4.16 mmHg/ml) and intercept (V-0; -11.9 +/- 22.6 ml; range -76 to 39 ml) of the end-systolic pressure-volume relation, and the optimal beta-factor (assessed by fitting an exponential curve through the V-ed-PWRmax relation) was 1.94 +/- 0.88 (range 0.29-4.73). The relation of beta with V-ed was weak [beta = 0.60 + 0.02(V-ed); r(2) = 0.20]. In contrast, we found an excellent exponential relation between V-0 and beta [beta = 2.16e(0.0189(V0)), r(2) = 0.70]. PAMP, calculated from the steady-state data, was 0.64 +/- 0.40 mW/ml(2) (range 0.14-2.83 mW/ml(2)) with a poor correlation with E-es (r = 0.30, P < 0.001). An alternative formulation of PAMP as PWRmax/(V-ed - V-0)(2), incorporating V-0, yielded 0.47 +/- 0.26 mW/ml(2) (range 0.09-1.42 mW/ml(2)) and was highly correlated with E-es (r = 0.89, P < 0.001). In conclusion, correct preload adjustment of maximal LV power requires incorporation of V-0 and thus of data measured under altered loading conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailRight ventricular diastolic function in acute pulmonary embolism
Morimont, Philippe ULg; segers, P.; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg et al

Poster (2003)

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See detailA dual thromboxane inhibitor and thromboxane receptor antagonist prevents pig myocardial infarction induced by coronary thrombosis
Rolin, S.; Petein, M.; Tchana-Sato, Vincent ULg et al

in European Heart Journal (2003), 24(Suppl. S), 325

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See detailBrain function in the vegetative state
Laureys, Steven ULg; Antoine, S.; Boly, Mélanie ULg et al

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (2002), 102(4), 177-185

Positron emission tomography (PET) techniques represent a useful tool to better understand the residual brain function in vegetative state patients. It has been shown that overall cerebral metabolic rates ... [more ▼]

Positron emission tomography (PET) techniques represent a useful tool to better understand the residual brain function in vegetative state patients. It has been shown that overall cerebral metabolic rates for glucose are massively reduced in this condition. However, the recovery of consciousness from vegetative state is not always associated with substantial changes in global metabolism. This finding led us to hypothesize that some vegetative patients are unconscious not just because of a global loss of neuronal function, but rather due to an altered activity in some critical brain regions and to the abolished functional connections between them. We used voxel-based Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) approaches to characterize the functional neuroanatomy of the vegetative state. The most dysfunctional brain regions were bilateral frontal and parieto-temporal associative cortices. Despite the metabolic impairment, external stimulation still induced a significant neuronal activation (i.e., change in blood flow) in vegetative patients as shown by both auditory click stimuli and noxious somatosensory stimuli. However this activation was limited to primary cortices and dissociated from higher-order associative cortices, thought to be necessary for conscious perception. Finally, we demonstrated that vegetative patients have impaired functional connections between distant cortical areas and between the thalami and the cortex and, more importantly, that recovery of consciousness is paralleled by a restoration of this cortico-thalamo-cortical interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailCortical processing of noxious somatosensory stimuli in the persistent vegetative state
Laureys, Steven ULg; Faymonville, Marie-Elisabeth ULg; Peigneux, Philippe ULg et al

in NeuroImage (2002), 17(2), 732-741

The persistent vegetative state (PVS) is a devastating medical condition characterized by preserved wakefulness contrasting with absent voluntary interaction with the environment. We used positron ... [more ▼]

The persistent vegetative state (PVS) is a devastating medical condition characterized by preserved wakefulness contrasting with absent voluntary interaction with the environment. We used positron emission tomography to assess the central processing of noxious somatosensory stimuli in the PVS. Changes in regional cerebral blood flow were measured during high-intensity electrical stimulation of the median nerve compared with rest in 15 nonsedated patients and in 15 healthy controls. Evoked potentials were recorded simultaneously. The stimuli were experienced as highly unpleasant to painful in controls. Brain glucose metabolism was also studied with [F-18]fluorodeoxyglucose in resting conditions. In PVS patients, overall cerebral metabolism was 40% of normal values. Nevertheless, noxious somatosensory stimulation-activated midbrain, contralateral thalamus, and primary somatosensory cortex in each and every PVS patient, even in the absence of detectable cortical evoked potentials. Secondary somatosensory, bilateral insular, posterior parietal, and anterior cingulate cortices did not show activation in any patient. Moreover, in PVS patients, the activated primary somatosensory cortex was functionally disconnected from secondary somatosensory, bilateral posterior parietal, premotor, polysensory superior temporal, and prefrontal cortices. In conclusion, somatosensory stimulation of PVS patients, at intensities that elicited pain in controls, resulted in increased neuronal activity in primary somatosensory cortex, even if resting brain metabolism was severely impaired. However, this activation of primary cortex seems to be isolated and dissociated from higher-order associative cortices. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA). [less ▲]

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See detailMorsure de chien chez un patient splénectomisé
Delanaye, Pierre ULg; Dubois, Colette ULg; Mendes, Pedro et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(1), 40-4

We present a case of Capnocytophaga canimorsus fulminant infection linked to a dog bite in a splenectomized patient. Capnocytophaga canimorsus is a gram-negative rod that typically causes septicaemia with ... [more ▼]

We present a case of Capnocytophaga canimorsus fulminant infection linked to a dog bite in a splenectomized patient. Capnocytophaga canimorsus is a gram-negative rod that typically causes septicaemia with disseminated intravascular coagulation in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent hosts. It is associated with high mortality. We also reviewed the literature and provide some recommendations on the management of bite wound as well as on both prevention and treatment of infection in asplenic state. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Intoxication aigue au methanol
Brasseur, Edmond ULg; Lemineur, T.; Leonard, Philippe ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(1), 7-10

We report a fatal methanol intoxication and discuss its physiopathology, diagnosis and treatment.

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See detailEvolution of ventriculo-arterial coupling during acute myocardial ischemia
Kolh, Philippe ULg; D'Orio, Vincenzo ULg; LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg et al

in European Heart Journal (2001), 22

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See detailEffect of hemodiafiltration on pulmonary hemodynamics in a model of porcin endotoxin shock
Moonen, Marie ULg; LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg; Kolh, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society of Nephrology [=JASN] (2001), 12

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See detailEtudes par tomographie à émission de positons chez des patients en coma, en état végétatif ou de conscience minimale, en «locked-in syndrome» et en mort cérébrale
Laureys, Steven ULg; Faymonville, Marie-Elisabeth ULg; Berre, Jacques et al

in L'évaluation neurophysiologique des comas, de la mort encéphalique et des états végétatifs (2001)

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Syndrome d'hypertension porto-pulmonaire associe a une hypoxemie severe.
Kolan, C.; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg; Lambermont, Bernard ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(8), 543-7

We report the case of a patient with liver cirrhosis who was admitted to the emergency room for rapid occurrence of dyspnea and severe hypoxemia at rest. Lung CT-scan and echocardiography did not disclose ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a patient with liver cirrhosis who was admitted to the emergency room for rapid occurrence of dyspnea and severe hypoxemia at rest. Lung CT-scan and echocardiography did not disclose any right-to-left shunt and right-sided heart catheterization evidenced major precapillary pulmonary hypertension. The present feature supports the hypothesis that the pulmonary complications of cirrhosis, the hepatopulmonary syndrome and the portopulmonary hypertension, which are usually considered as mutually exclusive, may coexist. In such circumstances, the right failing heart is the major determinant to the immediate prognosis. [less ▲]

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