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See detailPrevalence of and risk factors for perioperative arrhythmias in neonates and children after cardiopulmonary bypass: continuous holter monitoring before and for three days after surgery.
Grosse-Wortmann, Lars; Kreitz, Suzanna; Grabitz, Ralph G et al

in Journal of cardiothoracic surgery (2010), 5

BACKGROUND: A comprehensive evaluation of postoperative arrhythmias following surgery for congenital heart disease by continuous Holter monitoring has not been carried out. We aimed, firstly, to establish ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: A comprehensive evaluation of postoperative arrhythmias following surgery for congenital heart disease by continuous Holter monitoring has not been carried out. We aimed, firstly, to establish the time course of pre- and early postoperative arrhythmias by beat-to-beat analysis following cardiopulmonary bypass and, secondly, to examine which surgical procedures present risk factors for specific arrhythmias. METHODS: 494 consecutive patients, including 96 neonates, were studied with serial 24-hour Holter electrocardiograms before as well as uninterruptedly during the first 72 hours after surgery and prior to discharge. RESULTS: Within 24 hours of surgery 59% of the neonates and 79% of the older children developed arrhythmias. Junctional ectopic tachycardia occurred in 9% of neonates and 5% of non-neonates and ventricular tachycardia in 3% and 15%, respectively.For neonates, male sex and longer cross-clamping time independently increased the risk for arrhythmias (odds ratios 2.83 and 1.96/minute, respectively). Ventricular septal defect repair was a strong risk factor for junctional ectopic tachycardia in neonates and in older children (odds ratios 18.8 and 3.69, respectively). For infants and children, older age (odds ratio 1.01/month) and closure of atrial septal defects (odds ratio 2.68) predisposed to arrhythmias of any type. CONCLUSIONS: We present the largest cohort of neonates, infants and children that has been prospectively studied for the occurrence of arrhythmias after cardiac surgery. Postoperative arrhythmias are a frequent and transient phenomenon after cardiopulmonary bypass, provoked both by mechanical irritation of the conduction system and by humoral factors. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic guide-wire navigation in pulmonary and systemic arterial catheterization: initial experience in pigs.
Grosse-Wortmann, Lars; Grabitz, Ralf; SEGHAYE, Marie-Christine ULg

in Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology [=JVIR] (2007), 18(4), 545-551

PURPOSE: Cardiovascular catheterization can be challenging whenever a stenosis or an abnormal vascular course interferes with probing the target vessel. This study addresses the feasibility of navigating ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Cardiovascular catheterization can be challenging whenever a stenosis or an abnormal vascular course interferes with probing the target vessel. This study addresses the feasibility of navigating a guide wire with a magnetic tip by an external magnetic field through pulmonary and systemic arteries in an experimental porcine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We investigated six piglets using magnetic guide-wire navigation. Two pulmonary arteriograms were taken from different angles in order to reconstruct the three-dimensional vessel anatomy. A computer interface then calculated three-dimensional coordinates for the vessel in space. Using these coordinates, two external magnets were positioned to create magnetic vectors along the expected vessel course. Magnetically enabled guide wires were then navigated into the vessels using the magnetic field to orient the guide-wire tips. Aortic and renal branches were addressed in a similar fashion. Difficulty in reaching the target vessel was reflected by the number of attempts that were necessary. After 10 failed attempts, the maneuver was recorded to have failed. RESULTS: Thirty-five of 37 (94.6%) arteries with branches at acute angles were reached successfully using magnetic navigation. In two pigs, the left upper lobe artery could not be probed. Peripheral arteries of small diameter were easier to reach than large central arteries, requiring less attempts. CONCLUSIONS: Magnetic guide-wire navigation is feasible in the arteries of the lungs, the head and neck, and the kidneys. It is particularly useful in entering small arterial branches at acute angles and may facilitate interventional therapy in a variety of vascular diseases in children and adults. [less ▲]

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