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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Research article

    Rapid deployment valve system shortens operative times for aortic valve replacement through right anterior minithoracotomy

    There is growing evidence from the literature that right anterior minithoracotomy aortic valve replacement (RAT-AVR) improves clinical outcome. However, increased cross clamp time is the strongest argument for...

    Constanze Bening, Khaled Hamouda, Mehmet Oezkur, Christoph Schimmer, Ina Schade, Armin Gorski, Ivan Aleksic and Rainer Leyh

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:27

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  5. Research article

    A randomized comparison of flow characteristics of semiskeletonized and pedicled internal thoracic artery preparations in coronary artery bypass

    Harvesting the internal thoracic artery (ITA) with semiskeletonization is an alternative technique between conventional wide pedicle and skeletonization. It is almost as simple as pedicle harvesting; however, ...

    Opas Satdhabudha and Narupa Noppawinyoowong

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:28

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  6. Case report

    Redo coronary bypass grafting for congenital left main coronary atresia: a case report

    Congenital left main coronary atresia is an extremely rare coronary anomaly. Long-term surgical outcomes and the optimal management strategies for recurrence of ischemia remain uncertain. Herein, we present a ...

    Shin Yajima, Koichi Toda, Hiroyuki Nishi, Daisuke Yoshioka, Teruya Nakamura, Shigeru Miyagawa, Yasushi Yoshikawa, Satsuki Fukushima and Yoshiki Sawa

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:26

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  7. Research article

    Perventricular double-device closure of wide-spaced multi-hole perimembranous ventricular septal defect

    Device closure of a wide-spaced multi-hole PmVSD is difficult to succeed in percutaneous approach. This study is to evaluate the feasibility, safety and efficacy of perventricular device closure of wide-spaced...

    Fei Liang, Li Hongxin, Hai-Zhou Zhang, Guo Wenbin, Cheng-Wei Zou and Zeeshan Farhaj

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:24

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  8. Research article

    Heartmate 3 fully magnetically levitated left ventricular assist device for the treatment of advanced heart failure –1 year results from the Ce mark trial

    The HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS) (St. Jude Medical Inc., St Paul, MN) with full magnetic levitation allows for wide and consistent blood flow paths and an artificial pulse designed for enh...

    Thomas Krabatsch, Ivan Netuka, Jan D. Schmitto, Daniel Zimpfer, Jens Garbade, Vivek Rao, Michiel Morshuis, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Silvana Marasco, Laura Damme and Yuriy Pya

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:23

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  9. Research article

    High dose statin prophylaxis in cardiopulmonary bypass related surgery: clinical utility

    Previous studies from our group demonstrated the anti-inflammatory properties of statins on cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), through inhibition of neutrophil transendothelial migration. We sought to determine the...

    Yie Roei Chee, R William G Watson, James McCarthy, Jehan Zeb Chughtai, Lars Nölke and David G Healy

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:20

    Published on: 31 March 2017

  10. Case report

    A rare case of biventricular myxoma

    Cardiac myxoma is the most common primary cardiac tumor. Approximately 75–80% of myxomas are located in the left atrium. Occurrence of multiple myxomas is extremely rare.

    Tangsakar Ermek, Naibi Aybek, Wei-min Zhang, Yong-zhong Guo, Sheng Guo, Azze Mamataly, Dong-qing Chang, Jun Liu and Zong-gang Zhang

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:17

    Published on: 27 March 2017

  11. Case report

    Gemella morbillorum endocarditis of pulmonary valve:a case report

    Pulmonary valve infective endocarditis is a rare finding for endocarditis. Infective endocarditis caused by Gemella morbillorum remains a scanty occurrence.

    Dan Li, Zhicheng Zhu, Xiaomei Zheng, Weitie Wang, Rihao Xu and Kexiang Liu

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:16

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  12. Case report

    Congenital giant left atrial appendage aneurysm: a case report

    Congenital left atrial appendage aneurysm (LAAA) is a rare cardiac anomaly with potentially serious complications, including life-threatening systemic thromboembolism, atrial tachyarrhythmia, and cardiac dysfu...

    Yan Chen, Yun Mou, Li-Jun Jiang and Shen-Jiang Hu

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:15

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  13. Research article

    Towards a cardiac allocation score: a retrospective calculation for 73 patients from a German transplant center

    Due to a growing discrepancy between the transplant waiting list and decreasing numbers of available donor hearts, cardiac transplantation rates in Germany have been declining in the past years. Currently, pat...

    Sebastian Claes, Michael Berchtold-Herz, Qian Zhou, Georg Trummer, Matthias Bock, Andreas Zirlik, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Christoph Bode and Sebastian Grundmann

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:14

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

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