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  1. Research article

    Reconstruction of the pulmonary posterior wall using in situ autologous tissue for the treatment of pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect

    To evaluate the early and mid-term results of pulmonary trunk reconstruction using a technique in which autogenous tissue is preserved in situ in pulmonary atresia patients with a ventricular septal defect (PA...

    Chengming Fan, Yifeng Yang, Lian Xiong, Ni Yin, Qin Wu, Mi Tang and Jinfu Yang

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:12

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  2. Research article

    Early clinical outcomes of on-pump beating-heart versus off-pump technique for surgical revascularization in patients with severe left ventricular dysfunction: the experience of a single center

    Limited experiences of applying an on-pump beating-heart technique for surgical revascularization in patients with severe left ventricular dysfunction have been reported. Which strategy, either off-pump corona...

    LiMin Xia, Qiang Ji, Kai Song, JinQiang Shen, YunQing Shi, RunHua Ma, WenJun Ding and ChunSheng Wang

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:11

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Benefits of ultra-fast-track anesthesia in left ventricular assist device implantation: a retrospective, propensity score matched cohort study of a four-year single center experience

    The use of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has gained significant importance for treatment of end-stage heart failure. Fast-track procedures are well established in cardiac surgery, whereas knowledge o...

    Rashad Zayat, Ares K. Menon, Andreas Goetzenich, Gereon Schaelte, Ruediger Autschbach, Christian Stoppe, Tim-Philipp Simon, Lachmandath Tewarie and Ajay Moza

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:10

    Published on: 8 February 2017

  4. Case report

    Supraclavicular transposition of aberrant left vertebral artery for hybrid treatment of aortic arch aneurysm: a case report

    Vertebral artery variations are common in thoracic aortic patients. If patients have the aberrant left vertebral artery, the more difficult to determine the treatment modality.

    Kyo Seon Lee, Gwan Sic Kim, Yochun Jung, In Seok Jeong, Kook Joo Na, Bong Suk Oh, Byung Hee Ahn and Sang Gi Oh

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:9

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  5. Research article

    Computer-based comparison of different methods for selecting mitral annuloplasty ring size

    Ring sizing for mitral valve annuloplasty is conventionally done intraoperatively using specific ‘sizer’ instruments, which are placed onto the valve tissue. This approach is barely reproducible since differen...

    Sameer Al-Maisary, Sandy Engelhardt, Bastian Graser, Ivo Wolf, Matthias Karck and Raffaele De Simone

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:8

    Published on: 30 January 2017

  6. Case report

    Anti-inflammatory properties of amniotic membrane patch following pericardiectomy for constrictive pericarditis

    Since constrictive pericarditis is most often idiopathic and the pathophysiology remains largely unknown, both the diagnosis and the treatment can be challenging. However, by definition, inflammatory processes...

    Katherine M. Marsh, Alice S. Ferng, Tia Pilikian, Ankit A. Desai, Ryan Avery, Mark Friedman, Isabel Oliva, Clint Jokerst, David Schipper and Zain Khalpey

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:6

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Novel vs clinical organ preservation solutions: improved cardiac mitochondrial protection

    Heart transplantation remains the gold standard for end-stage heart failure, with current ex vivo organ storage times limited to 4 to 6 h before critical tissue damage occurs. Many preservation solutions exist...

    Alice S. Ferng, David Schipper, Alana M. Connell, Katherine M. Marsh, Shannon Knapp and Zain Khalpey

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:7

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  8. Case report

    Management of gastric conduit dehiscence with self-expanding metal stents: a case report on salvaging the gastric conduit

    Three-hole minimally invasive esophagectomy (3HMIE) is one of the most radical procedures in gastrointestinal surgery. It involves thoracoscopic dissection of the esophagus followed by creation of a gastric co...

    Diana H. Liang, Leonora M. Meisenbach, Min P. Kim, Edward Y. Chan and Puja Gaur Khaitan

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:4

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  9. Case report

    Primary extranodal marginal zone lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue with multiple pure ground-glass opacities: a case report

    Primary pulmonary mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma is a low-grade B cell lymphoma that is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and a type of primary pulmonary malignant lymphoma. MALT lymphomas affe...

    Xuebing Ding, Takashi Makino, Satoshi Koezuka, Takashi Azumi, Hajime Otsuka, Yoshinobu Hata, Yuichi Shinya, Naobumi Tochigi, Kazutoshi Shibuya and Akira Iyoda

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:2

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  10. Research article

    Is there a correlation between late re-exploration after cardiac surgery and removal of epicardial pacemaker wires?

    Re-exploration for bleeding accounts for increased morbidity and mortality after major cardiac operations. The use of temporary epicardial pacemaker wires is a common procedure at many departments. The removal...

    Ioannis Bougioukas, Ahmad Fawad Jebran, Marius Grossmann, Martin Friedrich, Theodor Tirilomis, Friedrich A. Schoendube and Bernhard Christoph Danner

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:3

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  11. Research article

    Continuous paravertebral block using a thoracoscopic catheter-insertion technique for postoperative pain after thoracotomy: a retrospective case-control study

    Thoracic epidural analgesia (EDA) is the gold standard for pain control after thoracotomy. However, because of its severe side effects, it is contraindicated in patients taking anticoagulant or antiplatelet dr...

    Yoshikane Yamauchi, Mitsuhiro Isaka, Kamon Ando, Keita Mori, Hideaki Kojima, Tomohiro Maniwa, Shoji Takahashi, Eiji Ando and Yasuhisa Ohde

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:5

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  12. Research article

    Postoperative air leak grading is useful to predict prolonged air leak after pulmonary lobectomy

    Results of studies to predict prolonged air leak (PAL; air leak longer than 5 days) after pulmonary lobectomy have been inconsistent and are of limited use. We developed a new scale representing the amount of ...

    Sang Gi Oh, Yochun Jung, Sanghoon Jheon, Yunhee Choi, Ju Sik Yun, Kook Joo Na and Byoung Hee Ahn

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:1

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  13. Research article

    Prospective evaluation of biodegradable polymeric sealant for intraoperative air leaks

    A biodegradable polymeric sealant has been previously shown to reduce postoperative air leaks after open pulmonary resection. The aim of this study was to evaluate safety and efficacy during minimally invasive...

    Bernard J. Park, John M. Snider, Nathan R. Bates, Stephen D. Cassivi, G. Kimble Jett, Joshua R. Sonett and Eric M. Toloza

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:168

    Published on: 12 December 2016

  14. Case report

    Delayed hyperbaric oxygen therapy for air emboli after open heart surgery: case report and review of a success story

    The current case describes a rare diagnosis of iatrogenic air emboli after elective cardiopulmonary bypass that was successfully treated with delayed hyperbaric oxygen therapy, with good clinical evolution in ...

    Eva Niyibizi, Guillaume Elyes Kembi, Claude Lae, Rodrigue Pignel and Tornike Sologashvili

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:167

    Published on: 5 December 2016

  15. Research article

    Tissue-engineered cardiac patch seeded with human induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes promoted the regeneration of host cardiomyocytes in a rat model

    Thousands of babies are born with congenital heart defects that require surgical repair involving a prosthetic implant. Lack of growth in prosthetic grafts is especially detrimental in pediatric surgery. Cell ...

    Tadahisa Sugiura, Narutoshi Hibino, Christopher K. Breuer and Toshiharu Shinoka

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:163

    Published on: 1 December 2016

  16. Case report

    Obscured hemorrhagic pancreatitis after orthotopic heart transplantation complicated with acute right heart failure and hepatic dysfunction: a case report

    Pancreatitis is a serious complication after cardiac surgery and can lead to significant morbidities and mortality. The incidence of pancreatitis is even higher in patients undergoing heart transplantation tha...

    Ting-Wei Lin, Meng-Ta Tsai, Jun-Neng Roan, Yi-Sheng Liu, Hong-Ming Tsai and Chwan-Yau Luo

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:166

    Published on: 1 December 2016

  17. Case report

    A giant infiltrating angiolipoma of the mediastinum: a case report

    Angiolipoma is a rare benign neoplasm composed of mature fatty tissue and multiple small abnormal blood vessels. Infiltrating mediastinal angiolipoma is an extremely rare tumor associated with delayed diagnosis.

    Peng Liu, Wen-Cheng Che, Huai-Jun Ji and Zhong-Min Jiang

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:164

    Published on: 1 December 2016

  18. Research article

    Impact of prophylactic administration of Levosimendan on short-term and long-term outcome in high-risk patients with severely reduced left-ventricular ejection fraction undergoing cardiac surgery – a retrospective analysis

    Patients with severely reduced left-ventricular ejection fraction carry a high risk of morbidity and mortality after cardiac surgery. Levosimendan can be used prophylactically in these patients having shown po...

    Philippe Grieshaber, Stella Lipp, Andreas Arnold, Gerold Görlach, Matthias Wollbrück, Peter Roth, Bernd Niemann, Jochen Wilhelm and Andreas Böning

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:162

    Published on: 1 December 2016

  19. Case report

    A modified Park's stitch to correct aortic insufficiency for bioprosthetic valve at time of left ventricular assist device implant: a case report

    Aortic valve insufficiency (AI) at the time of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) insertion needs to be corrected, however there is little known about how to manage bioprosthetic valvular AI.

    Toshinobu Kazui, Nicole Sydow, Mark Friedman, Samuel Kim, Scott Lick and Zain Khalpey

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:161

    Published on: 30 November 2016

  20. Research article

    Clinical outcome and hemodynamic behavior of the Labcor Dokimos Plus aortic valve

    The Labcor Dokimos Plus (LDP) is a stented externally mounted pericardial aortic bioprosthesis, which was recently introduced in Europe. Aims of the study are evaluation of operative and postoperative results ...

    Torsten Christ, Konstantin Zhigalov, Wolfgang Konertz and Sebastian Holinski

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:160

    Published on: 29 November 2016

  21. Research article

    Transapical transcatheter aortic valve replacement in patients with or without prior coronary artery bypass graft operation

    Transapical approach (TA) is an established access alternative to the transfemoral technique in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for treatment of symptomatic aortic valve steno...

    Konstantinos V. Voudris, S. Chiu Wong, Ryan Kaple, Polydoros N. Kampaktsis, Andreas R. de Biasi, Jonathan S. Weiss, Richard Devereux, Karl Krieger, Luke Kim, Rajesh V. Swaminathan, Dmitriy N. Feldman, Harsimran Singh, Nikolaos J. Skubas, Robert M. Minutello, Geoffrey Bergman and Arash Salemi

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:158

    Published on: 29 November 2016

  22. Review

    European real world trans-catheter aortic valve implantation: systematic review and meta-analysis of European national registries

    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has been adopted rapidly in Europe. TAVI national registries can augment understanding of technologies and represent real-world experience, providing further clin...

    G. Krasopoulos, F. Falconieri, U. Benedetto, J. Newton, R. Sayeed, R. Kharbanda and A. Banning

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:159

    Published on: 29 November 2016

  23. Research article

    Preserved autoregulation of coronary flow after off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting: retrospective assessment of intraoperative transit time flowmetry with and without intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation

    Intra-aortic balloon pumping (IABP) markedly increases graft flow after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with cardiopulmonary bypass. We sought to delineate the effects of IABP on graft flow after off-pu...

    Hiroyuki Nakajima, Atsushi Iguchi, Mimiko Tabata, Masaru Kambe, Masahiro Ikeda, Kazuhiko Uwabe, Toshihisa Asakura and Hiroshi Niinami

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:156

    Published on: 28 November 2016

  24. Research article

    Change in luminal diameter of the left internal thoracic artery anastomosed to the totally occluded left anterior descending coronary artery

    Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with a composite Y-graft made of the left internal thoracic artery (LITA) and another arterial graft has a risk for hypoperfusion. Changes over time in the diameter of th...

    Yochun Jung, Byoung Hee Ahn, Gwan Sic Kim, In Seok Jeong, Kyo Seon Lee, Sang Yun Song, Kook Joo Na and Sang Gi Oh

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:157

    Published on: 28 November 2016

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