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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Research article

    Plasma glutamine levels before cardiac surgery are related to post-surgery infections; an observational study

    A low plasma glutamine level was found in 34% of patients after elective cardiothoracic surgery. This could be a result of the inflammation caused by surgical stress or the use of extracorporeal circulation (E...

    Hanneke Buter, Matty Koopmans, Ramses Kemperman, Lilian Jekel and Christiaan Boerma

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:155

    Published on: 25 November 2016

  6. Case report

    Bilateral single-port thoracoscopic extended thymectomy for management of thymoma and myasthenia gravis: case report

    Video-assisted thoracoscopy is become a widely accepted approach for the resection of anterior mediastinal masses, including thymoma. The current trend is to reduce the number of ports and minimize the length ...

    Francesco Paolo Caronia, Alfonso Fiorelli, Ettore Arrigo, Sebastiano Trovato, Mario Santini and Attilio Ignazio Lo Monte

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:153

    Published on: 22 November 2016

  7. Letter to the Editor

    Transapical transcatheter device closure of relapse left ventricular diverticulum: a novel minimally invasive technique for reoperation

    We describe a novel minimally invasive technique, transapical transcatheter device closure of relapse left ventricular diverticulum (LVD) under transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) guidance. The patient prev...

    Weizhi Zhang, Lei Gao, Yifeng Yang and Tianli Zhao

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:152

    Published on: 16 November 2016

  8. Research article

    A 20-year multicentre outcome analysis of salvage mechanical circulatory support for refractory cardiogenic shock after cardiac surgery

    Refractory post-cardiotomy cardiogenic shock (PCCS) is a relatively rare phenomenon that can lead to rapid multi-organ dysfunction syndrome and is almost invariably fatal without advanced mechanical circulator...

    Maziar Khorsandi, Scott Dougherty, Andrew Sinclair, Keith Buchan, Fiona MacLennan, Omar Bouamra, Philip Curry, Vipin Zamvar, Geoffrey Berg and Nawwar Al-Attar

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:151

    Published on: 8 November 2016

  9. Research article

    Short-term and long-term outcomes of intrathoracic vacuum therapy of empyema in debilitated patients

    This retrospective study analyzed the effectiveness of intrathoracic negative pressure therapy for debilitated patients with empyema and compared the short-term and long-term outcomes of three different intrap...

    Zsolt Sziklavari, Michael Ried, Florian Zeman, Christian Grosser, Tamas Szöke, Reiner Neu, Rudolf Schemm and Hans-Stefan Hofmann

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:148

    Published on: 21 October 2016

  10. Research article

    Bedside PDA ligation in premature infants less than 28 weeks and 1000 grams

    PDA(Patent ductus arteriosus) is a common and clinically important condition which is presented with a number of hemodynamic and respiratory problems such as intraventricular hemorrhage, pulmonary hemorrhage a...

    Mustafa Kemal Avsar, Tolga Demir, Cem Celiksular and Cenap Zeybek

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:146

    Published on: 4 October 2016

  11. Research article

    Survival after heart transplantation for non-metastatic primary cardiac sarcoma

    Heart transplantation is an uncommon treatment for unresectable and non-metastatic primary cardiac sarcomas, and the role of it is unclear. This study aims to offer a survival analysis of it.

    Hua Li, Shouguo Yang, Hao Chen, Zhaohua Yang, Tao Hong, Yingyong Hou and Chunsheng Wang

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:145

    Published on: 3 October 2016

  12. Research article

    Gender differences in outcomes following isolated coronary artery bypass grafting: long-term results

    The main purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of gender on outcomes after isolated coronary artery bypass grafting, in terms of 5-year rates of overall death, cardiac-related death, myocardial infa...

    Francesco Nicolini, Antonella Vezzani, Daniela Fortuna, Giovanni Andrea Contini, Davide Pacini, Davide Gabbieri, Claudio Zussa, Rossana De Palma and Tiziano Gherli

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:144

    Published on: 30 September 2016

  13. Review

    The clinical features, diagnosis and management of recurrent thymoma

    Thymoma is a disease with malignant potential, which has a recurrence rate after complete resection ranging from 5 to 50 %. Multiple studies on the risk factors, treatment or prognosis have been reported. Many...

    Taobo Luo, Hongguang Zhao and Xinming Zhou

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:140

    Published on: 31 August 2016

  14. Case report

    Open-heart surgery using a centrifugal pump: a case of hereditary spherocytosis

    Hereditary spherocytosis is a genetic, frequently familial hemolytic blood disease characterized by varying degrees of hemolytic anemia, splenomegaly, and jaundice. There are few reports on adult open-heart su...

    Yuichi Matsuzaki, Hideyuki Tomioka, Masaki Saso, Takashi Azuma, Satoshi Saito, Shigeyuki Aomi and Kenji Yamazaki

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:138

    Published on: 26 August 2016

  15. Case report

    Iatrogenic aortic dissection after minimally invasive aortic valve replacement: a case report

    As minimally invasive cardiac and vascular procedures are on the rise, the incidence of iatrogenic acute aortic dissection (IAAD) will increase. Cardiovascular professionals should be aware about the risk fact...

    Mohamed Ehab Ramadan, Lamia Buohliqah, Juan Crestanello, James Ralston, David Igoe and Hamdy Awad

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:136

    Published on: 24 August 2016

  16. Review

    Left-handed surgical instruments – a guide for cardiac surgeons

    For ease of use and to aid precision, left-handed instruments are invaluable to the left-handed surgeon. Although they exist, they are not available in many surgical centres. As a result, most operating theatr...

    Clare Burdett, Maureen Theakston, Joel Dunning, Andrew Goodwin and Simon William Henry Kendall

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:135

    Published on: 19 August 2016

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