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  1. Research article

    Influence of Staphylococcus aureus on Outcomes after Valvular Surgery for Infective Endocarditis

    As Staphylococcus aureus (SA) remains one of the leading cause of infective endocarditis (IE), this study evaluates whether S. aureus is associated with more severe infections or worsened outcomes compared to non...

    Sang Myung Han, Robert A. Sorabella, Sowmya Vasan, Mark Grbic, Daniel Lambert, Rahul Prasad, Catherine Wang, Paul Kurlansky, Michael A. Borger, Rachel Gordon and Isaac George

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:57

    Published on: 20 July 2017

  2. Research article

    Xenoantigenicity of porcine decellularized valves

    The xenoantigenicity of porcine bioprosthetic valves is implicated as an etiology leading to calcification and subsequent valve failure. Decellularization of porcine valves theoretically could erase the antige...

    Meghana R. K. Helder, Nicholas J. Stoyles, Brandon J. Tefft, Ryan S. Hennessy, Rebecca R. C. Hennessy, Roy Dyer, Tyra Witt, Robert D. Simari and Amir Lerman

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:56

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  3. Research article

    Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation for refractory cardiogenic shock after adult cardiac surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock (PCCS) refractory to inotropic support and intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) occurs rarely but is almost universally fatal without mechanical circulatory support. In this system...

    Maziar Khorsandi, Scott Dougherty, Omar Bouamra, Vasudev Pai, Philip Curry, Steven Tsui, Stephen Clark, Stephen Westaby, Nawwar Al-Attar and Vipin Zamvar

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:55

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

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