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Outcome after type A aortic dissection repair in patients with preoperative cardiac arrest.AIM OF THE STUDY: Patients presenting with acute type A aortic dissection (ATAAD) and cardiac arrest before surgery are considered to have very poor prognosis, but limited data is available. We used a large database to evaluate the outcome of ATAAD patients with a cardiac arrest before surgery. METHODS: We evaluated 1154 surgically treated ATAAD patients from the Nordic Consortium for Acute Type A Aortic Dissection (NORCAAD) database between 2005 and 2014. Patients with (n = 44, 3.8%) and without preoperative cardiac arrest were compared and variables univariably associated with mortality in the cardiac arrest group were identified. Median follow-up time was 2.7 years (interquartile range 0.5-5.5). RESULTS: Thirty-day mortality in the arrest and non-arrest group was 43.2% and 16.6%, respectively (odds ratio [OR] 3.83, CI 2.06-7.09; P < 0.001). In the nine patients with ongoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation when cardiopulmonary bypass was initiated, five died intraoperatively and one died after 65 days. In patients surviving the operation, stroke was significantly more common in the arrest group (48.4% vs 18.2%; OR 4.21, CI 2.05-8.67; P < 0.001). In total, 50.0% (22/44) of the arrest patients survived to the end of follow-up. Non-survivors in the arrest group more often had DeBakey type I dissection, cardiac tamponade, cardiac malperfusion and higher preoperative serum lactate (all P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Early mortality and complications after ATAAD surgery in patients with a preoperative cardiac arrest are high, but mid-term outcome after surviving the initial period is acceptable. Preoperative cardiac arrest should not be considered an absolute contraindication for a surgical ATAAD repair.
Improved long-term outcome of surgical AVR for AS: Results from a population-based cohort.Mean age was 71 years, 65.1% were males, and mean EuroSCORE II was 3.9. Mean preoperative aortic valve area increased significantly (0.013 cm2 /year; P < .001) and mean aortic cross-clamp time declined (108 minutes, 2.8 min/year; P < .001). The rate of complications decreased, including new-onset atrial fibrillation (60.9% overall, decreased by 3.1%/year, P = .02), acute kidney injury (17.1%, 7.6%/year, P < .001), and reoperation for bleeding (12.5%, 6.3%/year, P = .02). Operative mortality did not change (5.4%); nor did 1- and 5-year overall survival (92.5% and 81.6%, respectively). Notable long-term events were chronic heart failure (27.7 admissions/100 patient-years), embolic event (15.9/100 patient-years), and bleeding (13.0/100 patient-years).
Treatment response and drug retention rates in 24 195 biologic-naïve patients with axial spondyloarthritis initiating TNFi treatment: routine care data from 12 registries in the EuroSpA collaboration.OBJECTIVE: To study drug retention and response rates in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) initiating a first tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi). METHODS: Data from 12 European registries, prospectively collected in routine care, were pooled. TNFi retention rates (Kaplan-Meier statistics), Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS) Inactive disease (<1.3), Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) <40 mm and Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society responses (ASAS 20/40) were assessed at 6, 12 and 24 months. RESULTS: A first TNFi was initiated in 24 195 axSpA patients. Heterogeneity of baseline characteristics between registries was observed. Twelve-month retention was 80% (95% CI 79% to 80%), ranging from 71% to 94% across registries. At 6 months, ASDAS Inactive disease/BASDAI<40 rates were 33%/72% (LUNDEX-adjusted: 27%/59%), ASAS 20/40 response rates 64%/49% (LUNDEX-adjusted 52%/40%). In patients initiating first TNFi after 2009, 6097 patients was registered to fulfil ASAS criteria for axSpA, 2935 was registered to fulfil modified New York Criteria for Ankylosing Spondylitis and 1178 patients was registered as having non-radiographic axSpA. In nr-axSpA patients, we observed lower 12-month retention rates (73% (70%-76%)) and lower 6-month LUNDEX adjusted response rates (ASDAS Inactive disease/BASDAI40 20%/50%, ASAS 20/40 45%/33%). For patients initiating first TNFi after 2014, 12-month retention rate, but not 6-month response rate, was numerically higher compared with patients initiating TNFi in 2009-2014. CONCLUSION: A large European database of patients with axSpA initiating a first TNFi treatment in routine care, demonstrated that 27% of patients achieved ASDAS inactive disease after 6 months, while 59% achieved BASDAI <40. Four of five patients continued treatment after 1 year.
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis facing sick leave or work disability meet varying regulations: a study among rheumatologists and patients from 44 European countries.OBJECTIVES: To describe and explore differences in formal regulations around sick leave and work disability (WD) for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as well as perceptions by rheumatologists and patients on the system's performance, across European countries. METHODS: We conducted three cross-sectional surveys in 50 European countries: one on work (re-)integration and social security (SS) system arrangements in case of sick leave and long-term WD due to RA (one rheumatologist per country), and two among approximately 15 rheumatologists and 15 patients per country on perceptions regarding SS arrangements on work participation. Differences in regulations and perceptions were compared across categories defined by gross domestic product (GDP), type of social welfare regime, European Union (EU) membership and country RA WD rates. RESULTS: Forty-four (88%) countries provided data on regulations, 33 (75%) on perceptions of rheumatologists (n=539) and 34 (77%) on perceptions of patients (n=719). While large variation was observed across all regulations across countries, no relationship was found between most of regulations or income compensation and GDP, type of SS system or rates of WD. Regarding perceptions, rheumatologists in high GDP and EU-member countries felt less confident in their role in the decision process towards WD (β=-0.5 (95% CI -0.9 to -0.2) and β=-0.5 (95% CI -1.0 to -0.1), respectively). The Scandinavian and Bismarckian system scored best on patients' and rheumatologists' perceptions of regulations and system performance. CONCLUSIONS: There is large heterogeneity in rules and regulations of SS systems across Europe in relation to WD of patients with RA, and it cannot be explained by existing welfare regimes, EU membership or country's wealth.
The need for an adapted initiation nomogram during Fiix prothrombin time monitoring of warfarin.The new Fiix prothrombin time (Fiix-PT) and its derived Fiix-normalized ratio (Fiix-NR) is affected only by reductions in coagulation factors (F) II and X, the two factors responsible for the antithrombotic effect of vitamin K antagonists (VKA). Due to insensitivity to reductions in the short half-life FVII, the Fiix-NR rises later than standard PT-INR during warfarin initiation. To describe a warfarin initiation nomogram adapted for monitoring with Fiix-NR, anticoagulation development was assessed during use of standard PT-INR based initiation nomogram and after adapting the initiation nomogram for Fiix-NR monitoring. Normalized ratios were retrospectively assessed in consecutive warfarin naïve patients during their first 60 days of warfarin intake for one year prior to (PT-INR period) and for one year after replacing the PT-INR with the Fiix-NR (Fiix-NR period). The INR target was NR 2.0-3.0. We evaluated 160 patients monitored with PT-INR and dosed with the PT-nomogram, 57 monitored with Fiix-INR but dosed with PT-nomogram, and 163 Fiix-NR monitored patients dosed using a new Fiix nomogram. Mean PT-INR over 2.0 was reached on day 7 during the PT-period and remained around 2.5 thereafter. When the PT-nomogram continued in use during Fiix-monitoring significantly more patients became overanticoagulated during days 11-29. After the nomogram was modified to respond to rising Fiix-NR with larger initial dose reduction, the mean Fiix-NR reached over 2 on day 8-9 and remained around 2.5 thereafter. When warfarin is monitored with Fiix-NR, an adjusted dosing nomogram should be used during initiation to prevent early overanticoagulation.