Tara tells StoryCorps about surviving her heart and double lung transplant
Listening to patients is what medical teams at Mayo Clinic do each day. To honor Mayo's 150th Anniversary, StoryCorps was asked to listen to and record several patient stories. Tara Klein tells StoryCorps facilitator Christina Stanton about her heart and double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic. She was diagnosed at age 17 and had to wait eight years [...]
Publication date: Available online 16 February 2019Source: Social Science &MedicineAuthor(s): Athena EngmanAbstractThe concept of biographical disruption has now enjoyed nearly 40 years of use in medical sociology. This paper argues that taking an embodied approach to biographical disruption helps to explain the concept's enduring efficacy. Drawing on the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and contemporary theories of embodiment inspired by his phenomenology, this paper advances that biographical disruption involves, in the first instance, a disruption to the ability to enact an embodied orientation towards the world. Biogr...
In this report, early graft dysfunction was diagnosed at day 3 and the patient was empirically treated with antibiotics and high dose corticosteroid therapy. Death occurred on the 29th post-operative day and an autopsy revealed abundance of foamy macrophages in lung tissue consistent with ASMD cells.
Professor Francis Fontan, the pioneer in the field of congenital heart surgery and former president of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, recently passed away in January 2018. The ‘Fontan operation’,1 the final stage in a series of cardiac repairs for children with single ventricle anatomy, saved the lives of numerous children and is undoubtedly one of the greatest milestones in surgical history. However, Professor Fontan himself was among the first to notice the palliati ve nature of the Fontan circulation.
Sepsis is a dynamic disease, displaying an inflammatory profile that varies over time and for each organ. Controlling the inflammatory response based in targeting a single molecule has been proved useless. We hypothesized that treatment with bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells (BMDMCs) may be more efficient to modulate the systemic inflammatory response to infection. Adult male Balb/c mice were subjected to cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) or endotoxemia model of experimental sepsis. BMDMCs were separated under Ficoll gradient and injected intravenously 1 h after the procedures. Cytokines concentration was quantified in...
The objective of our study was to evaluate the impact of CAS on lung function after lung transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS All lung transplant recipients from June 2009 to August 2014 in a single center (Strasbourg, France) were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS A total of 191 lung transplantations were performed: 175 bilateral, 15 single, and 1 heart-lung transplantation. Of the 161 bilateral lung-transplanted patients who survived>3 months, 22 (13.6%) developed CAS requiring endobronchial treatment. All these patients were treated by endoscopic balloon dilatation, and 9 additionally needed endobronchial stents. Re...
A 50-yearold lady presented to hospital with blurred vision and pyrexia. She had previously undergone a renal transplant and was on standard immunosuppression therapy. In addition, she had recently been treated for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. On this admission, she was diagnosed with endophthalmitis and a right ankle abscess. She was started on broad spectrum antimicrobials and the ankle collection was drained. She continued to have febrile episodes and a transthoracic echocardiogram revealed an echogenic mass in the left ventricle (Image 1 ░A).
This study aimed to establish the safety of anti-fibrotic therapy in the peri-transplant period, particularly with regards to healing of the bronchial anastomosis.