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  1. Research article

    Smoking and timing of cessation on postoperative pulmonary complications after curative-intent lung cancer surgery

    Smoking is a risk factor for postoperative pulmonary complications (PPC) following non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) surgery. The optimal timing for preoperative smoking cessation has not been identified. Our...

    Sebastian T. Lugg, Theofano Tikka, Paula J. Agostini, Amy Kerr, Kerry Adams, Maninder S. Kalkat, Richard S. Steyn, Pala B. Rajesh, Ehab Bishay, David R. Thickett and Babu Naidu

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:52

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  2. Research article

    Consumption coagulopathy in acute aortic dissection: principles of management

    The effect of acute aortic dissection itself on coagulopathy or surgery-related coagulopathy has never been specifically studied. The aim of the present study was to perioperatively describe consumption coagul...

    Yuyong Liu, Lu Han, Jiachen Li, Ming Gong, Hongjia Zhang and Xinliang Guan

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:50

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  3. Research article

    Minimally access via left anterior mini-thoracotomy for repair of adult subarterial ventricular septal defects

    Minimally invasive cardiac surgical techniques are increasingly applied in the treatment and management of a variety of adult ventricular septal defects (VSDs). However, repair of adult subarterial VSDs via le...

    YunFei Liao, Xiang Long, ShuQiang Zhu, Jun Tu, Hua Wen, JianJun Xu and YongBing Wu

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:48

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  4. Case report

    Pitfalls in TAMVI: experience with the repositionable Lotus® Valve System

    Simultaneous transapical implantation of transcatheter heart valves in the native mitral and aortic position may be considered as an alternative to surgical valve replacement in high-risk patients presenting w...

    Paul P. Heinisch, Fabien Praz, Bernhard Winkler, Stephan Windecker, Christoph Huber and Thierry Carrel

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:47

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  5. Research article

    A propensity matched analysis of outcomes and long term survival in stented versus stentless valves

    To compare the perioperative and long term survival after aortic valve replacement using stentless versus stented valves in a large cohort of patients grouped using propensity score matching.

    Blake N. Shultz, Tomasz Timek, Alan T. Davis, John Heiser, Edward Murphy, Charles Willekes and Robert Hooker

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:45

    Published on: 31 May 2017

  6. Research article

    Surgical and survival outcomes of lung cancer patients with intratumoral lung abscesses

    Intratumoral lung abscess is a secondary lung abscess that is considered to be fatal. Therefore, surgical procedures, although high-risk, have sometimes been performed for intratumoral lung abscesses. However,...

    Keiji Yamanashi, Norihito Okumura, Ayuko Takahashi, Takashi Nakashima and Tomoaki Matsuoka

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:44

    Published on: 26 May 2017

  7. Research article

    Impact of prosthesis–patient mismatch on short-term outcomes after aortic valve replacement: a retrospective analysis in East China

    Prosthesis–patient mismatch (PPM) may affect the clinical outcomes of patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR). We aimed to determine the incidence of PPM, its effect on short-term mortality, and the...

    Lei Guo, Junnan Zheng, Liangwei Chen, Renyuan Li, Liang Ma, Yiming Ni and Haige Zhao

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:42

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  8. Review

    A systematic review of left ventricular cardio-endoscopic surgery

    Better visualisation, accurate resection and avoidance of ventriculotomy associated with use of endoscopic devices during intracardiac surgery has led to increasing interest in their use. The possibility of co...

    Erdinc Soylu, Emaddin Kidher, Hutan Ashrafian, George Stavridis, Leanne Harling and Thanos Athanasiou

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:41

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  9. Research article

    LTB4 and montelukast in transplantation-related bronchiolitis obliterans in rats

    Lung transplantation is the only effective treatment for end-stage lung diseases. Bronchiolitis obliterans, which is known as non-infectious chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD) in the new classification,...

    Zheng-Liang Tu, Zhen-Yu Zhou, Hai-Chao Xu, Jin-Lin Cao, Peng Ye, Lu-Ming Wang, Wang Lv and Jian Hu

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:43

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  10. Research article

    Factors influencing postoperative atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting, single center experience

    The reported incidence of AF after CABG surgery varies from 20 to 40%, with the arrhythmia usually occurring between second and fourth postoperative days. Postoperative AF after CABG was associated with greate...

    Mohamed F. Ismail, Ahmed F. El-mahrouk, Tamer H. Hamouda, Hanan Radwan, Ali Haneef and Ahmed A. Jamjoom

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:40

    Published on: 23 May 2017

  11. Research article

    A novel anatomic severity grading score for acute Type B aortic dissections and correlation to aortic reinterventions after thoracic endovascular aortic repair

    We introduce a novel preoperative anatomic severity grading system for acute type B aortic dissections and validate the system in a cohort of patients who underwent thoracic endovascular aortic repair.

    Shirui Chen, Sebastian Larion, Sadaf S. Ahanchi, Chad P. Ammar, Colin T. Brandt and Jean M. Panneton

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:39

    Published on: 23 May 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:53

  12. Case report

    Combined pulmonary and left ventricular support with veno-pulmonary ECMO and impella 5.0 for cardiogenic shock after coronary surgery

    Mechanical circulatory support is a common practice nowadays in the management of patients after cardiogenic shock due to myocardial infarction. The single or combined use of one or more devices for mechanical...

    Sameh Sayed, Christoph Schimmer, Ina Shade, Rainer Leyh and Ivan Aleksic

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:38

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  13. Research article

    Long acting β2-adrenocepter agonists are not associated with atrial arrhythmias after pulmonary resection

    Long-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonists have been shown to increase the risk of atrial arrhythmias in patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The aim of this study was to investigate whether peri...

    Keiji Yamanashi, Satoshi Marumo, Ryota Sumitomo, Tsuyoshi Shoji, Motonari Fukui, Toshiro Katayama and Cheng-long Huang

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:35

    Published on: 19 May 2017

  14. Case report

    Papillary fibroelastoma, unusual cause of stroke in a young man: a case report

    Papillary fibroelastoma is the third most common primary benign tumor with an incidence of up to 0.33% in autopsy series; it accounts for approximately 75% of all cardiac valvular tumors.

    Elisabetta Grolla, Michele Dalla Vestra, Giampaolo Zoffoli, Riccardo D’Ascoli, Adriana Critelli, Rocco Quatrale, Domenico Mangino and Fausto Rigo

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:33

    Published on: 19 May 2017

  15. Review

    Clinical outcomes meta-analysis: measuring subendocardial perfusion and efficacy of transmyocardial laser revascularization with nuclear imaging

    Randomized and nonrandomized clinical trials have tried to assess whether or not TMR patients experience an increase in myocardial perfusion. However there have been inconsistencies reported in the literature ...

    Jessika Iwanski, Shannon M. Knapp, Ryan Avery, Isabel Oliva, Raymond K. Wong, Raymond B. Runyan and Zain Khalpey

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:37

    Published on: 19 May 2017

  16. Case report

    Ex-vivo recruitment and x-ray assessment of donor lungs in a challenging retrieval from a donor supported by lvad using the portable normothermic perfusion system: a case report

    Lung transplantation (LTx) is limited by the shortage of suitable donors. To overcome this problem, many programs have begun to use donors with extended criteria (marginal donors). However, brain-dead patients...

    Marco Schiavon, Francesca Calabrese, Guido Di Gregorio, Monica Loy, Giuseppe Marulli, Alessandro Rebusso, Fiorella Calabrese and Federico Rea

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:30

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  17. Case report

    Robot-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy as treatment of a giant bulla

    A bulla is a marked enlarged space within the parenchyma of the lung. Bullae may cause dyspnea by compressing healthy lung parenchyma and can cause a pneumothorax. Also, bullae are associated with malignancy, ...

    Rosa Roemers, Kornelis Patberg, Caroline van de Wauwer, Tam Nguyen and Ghada Shahin

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:31

    Published on: 18 May 2017

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