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  1. Content type: Research article

    Acquired aerodigestive fistula (ADF) are rare, but associated with significant morbidity. Surgery affords the best prospect of cure. We present our experience of the surgical management of ADFs at a specialist...

    Authors: Yassar A. Qureshi, M. Muntzer Mughal, Sheraz R. Markar, Borzoueh Mohammadi, Jeremy George, Martin Hayward and David Lawrence

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:113

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  2. Content type: Case report

    Other than adipocytes, lipomas may contain mesodermal components such as varying proportions of fibrous tissues and blood vessels. Fibrolipoma is an uncommon variant of lipoma and comprises a high proportion o...

    Authors: Satoshi Kamata, Itaru Ishida, Yuyo Suzuki, Takehiro Yamada, Hiroshi Yaegashi and Hiroyuki Oura

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:112

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    Stent migration is a common complication in treating trachea stenosis. There is no report concerning suture fixation of tracheal stent. The aim of this study was to investigate whether suture fixation of trach...

    Authors: Jingtao Huang, Zhongwei Zhang and Tao Zhang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:111

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  4. Content type: Case report

    Idiopathic pulmonary artery aneurysm is a rare anomaly with only a handful reports in the literature. It is often asymptomatic, while the first presentation could be severe hemoptysis or death.

    Authors: Saleem Haj-Yahia, Mohammad Sbaih, Khalil Bali, Ahmad Darwazah, Wafiq Othman, Mahmoud Zaghari, Gianni Angelini, Massimo Caputo and Abdel-karim Barqawi

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:110

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:3

  5. Content type: Research article

    We sought to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of intraoperative blood salvage (IBS) in off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCABG) surgery with different amount of bleeding.

    Authors: Huan Wang, Weijian Zheng, Weiping Fang, Gaige Meng, Lei Zhang, Yannan Zhou, Erwei Gu and Xuesheng Liu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:109

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Recent evidence has showed us that quality of mitral valve repair is strongly related to volume. However, this study shows how low-volume centers can achieve results in mitral valve repair surgery comparable t...

    Authors: Manuel Giraldo-Grueso, Néstor Sandoval-Reyes, Jaime Camacho, Ivonne Pineda and Juan P. Umaña

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:108

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  7. Content type: Case report

    Fungal endocarditis is a rare and lethal cardiac infection which most commonly presents in immunocompromised patients or patients with other predisposing conditions. In a small subset of these patients, lesion...

    Authors: Andrew A. Pavlina, Jared W. Peacock, Saad A. Ranginwala, Peter M. Pavlina, Joshua Ahier and Courtney R. Hanak

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:107

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Aortic arch cannulation for an antegrade central perfusion during the surgery for Stanford type A aortic dissection can be performed within median sternotomy. We summarize the safety and convenient profile of ...

    Authors: Hao Ma, Zhenghua Xiao, Jun Shi, Lulu Liu, Chaoyi Qin and Yingqiang Guo

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:106

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Electrosurgery is fundamental to the precise, fast and bloodless preparation of internal thoracic artery grafts in cardiac surgery. The PEAK PlasmaBlade is a monopolar electrosurgical device that uses pulsed r...

    Authors: Alicja Zientara, Paul Komminoth, Burkhardt Seifert, Dragan Odavic, Omer Dzemali, Achim Häussler and Michele Genoni

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:105

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The reoperation for isolated tricuspid regurgitation in rheumatic population is rare and still unclear and controversial because of the rarity of publications. The aim of this study was to analyze short and lo...

    Authors: Younes Moutakiallah, Mahdi Aithoussa, Noureddine Atmani, Aniss Seghrouchni, Azeddine Moujahid, Abdedaïm Hatim, Iliyasse Asfalou, Zouhair Lakhal and Abdelatif Boulahya

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:104

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  11. Content type: Research article

    There is a growing interest in using negative pressure wound therapy in closed surgical incision to prevent wound complications which continue to persist following surgery despite advances in infection measures.

    Authors: Leo M Nherera, Paul Trueman, Michael Schmoeckel and Francis A Fatoye

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:103

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  12. Content type: Research article

    In cases of lead failure after implantation of pacemakers (PM) or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) early lead replacement may be challenging. Puncture of the subclavian vein bears possible complic...

    Authors: Andreas Keyser, Simon Schopka, Carsten Jungbauer, Maik Foltan and Christof Schmid

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:102

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The most efficient first-time invasive treatment, for achieving sinus rhythm, in symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation has not been established. We aimed to compare percutaneous catheter and video-assiste...

    Authors: Jesper Eske Sindby, Henrik Vadmann, Søren Lundbye-Christensen, Sam Riahi, Søren Hjortshøj, Lucas V A Boersma and Jan Jesper Andreasen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:101

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Prosthesis–patient mismatch (PPM) may affect the clinical outcomes of patients undergoing mitral valve replacement (MVR) surgery. We aimed to investigate the incidence of PPM of the mitral position in our cent...

    Authors: Armah M Akuffu, Haige Zhao, Junnan Zheng and Yiming Ni

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:100

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  15. Content type: Case report

    Diaphragmatic plication to help ventilation weaning of an adult obese patient after cardiac surgery is very uncommon. Diaphragm paralysis is usually treated with conservative measures and ventilator support, a...

    Authors: Valérie Lafrenière-Bessi, Frédéric Jacques, Richard Baillot, Jean Bussières, Paola A. Ugalde and Stephan Langevin

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:98

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  16. Content type: Case report

    Primary cardiac lymphoma (PCL) is extremely rare and progresses rapidly. The treatment of PCL has not yet been established. Unlike lymphoma that arises from other organs, PCL causes cardiovascular events. We r...

    Authors: Yuki Endo, Yoshitsugu Nakamura, Miho Kuroda, Yusuke Nakanishi, Yujiro Ito, Takaki Hori, Rumiko Okamoto and Hiroshi Konishi

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:97

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Indian patients undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) differ from western populations with respect to aortic annulus size and valve disease morphology. The purpose of this post-market, non-random...

    Authors: Gopichand Mannam, Yugal Mishra, Rajan Modi, Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale, Rajan Sethuratnam, Kaushal Pandey, Rajneesh Malhotra, Sumit Anand, Anushreeta Borah, Sushan Mukhopadhyay, Dhiren Shah and Tek Singh Mahant

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:96

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Treatment of heart failure remains one of the most challenging task for intensive care medicine, cardiology and cardiac surgery. New options and better indicators are always required. Understanding the basic m...

    Authors: Sebastian Vogt, Volker Ruppert, Sabine Pankuweit, Jürgen P. J. Paletta, Annika Rhiel, Petra Weber, Marc Irqsusi, Pia Cybulski and Rabia Ramzan

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:95

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The study analyzed microbiological and antimicrobial susceptibility profile of organisms isolated from patients with infective endocarditis (2015–17) and compared disease outcomes in cohorts of endocarditis pa...

    Authors: Uzma Shahid, Hasanat Sharif, Joveria Farooqi, Bushra Jamil and Erum Khan

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:94

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  20. Content type: Case report

    Yellow nail syndrome is a rare condition considered secondary to functional anomalies of lymphatic drainage. Yellow nail syndrome is diagnosed through the triad of intrathoracic findings (30% being pleural eff...

    Authors: Sarah Waliany, Julia Chandler, David Hovsepian, Jack Boyd and Natalie Lui

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:93

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  21. Content type: Research article

    It is well known that there are major differences between the Japanese and Western population regarding the incidence of ischemic heart disease and stroke. The purpose of this study was to evaluate differences...

    Authors: Motohiko Goda, Tomoyuki Minami, Kiyotaka Imoto, Keiji Uchida, Munetaka Masuda and Bart Meuris

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:92

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  22. Content type: Research article

    A prospective multicenter phase II trial to evaluate the survival outcomes of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for patients with stage IA non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), ineligible for surgery.

    Authors: J. Palussière, F. Chomy, M. Savina, F. Deschamps, J. Y. Gaubert, A. Renault, O. Bonnefoy, F. Laurent, C. Meunier, C. Bellera, S. Mathoulin-Pelissier and T. de Baere

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:91

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Diffuse coronary artery disease is a challenge for both percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Coronary artery endarterectomy (CE) coupled with CABG is an alternat...

    Authors: Zhibing Qiu, L. Auchoybur Merveesh, Yueyue Xu, Yinshuo Jiang, Liming Wang, Ming Xu, Fei Xiang and Xin Chen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:90

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  24. Content type: Case report

    Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are clonal stem cell disorders of the bone marrow. Most patients with MDS have a high risk of bleeding. Thrombocytopenia and defective platelet aggregation contribute to bleedin...

    Authors: Satoshi Koezuka, Yoshinobu Hata, Hajime Otsuka, Takashi Makino, Yoko Azuma, Takashi Azumi, Yoichi Anami, Kazuhiko Natori and Akira Iyoda

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:89

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  25. Content type: Case report

    Congenital lung malformations exist along a spectrum of pathogenesis and disease severity. Extrapulmonary sequestration (EPS), in which nonfunctional lung tissue develops without connection to the tracheobronc...

    Authors: Laura DiChiacchio, Clint D. Cappiello and Jose Greenspon

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:88

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Pericardial effusion (PE) is a common finding in patients who have chronic cardiac failure, who had undergone cardiac surgery, or who have certain other benign and malignant diseases. Pericardial drainage proc...

    Authors: Lindsay Volk, Hirohisa Ikegami, Leonard Y. Lee and Anthony Lemaire

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:87

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  27. Content type: Case report

    Combined resection of a phrenic nerve is occasionally required in T3 primary lung carcinomas invading the phrenic nerve to completely remove a malignant tumour, resulting in diaphragmatic paralysis. We describ...

    Authors: Yuki Takahashi, Masahiro Miyajima, Taijiro Mishina, Ryunosuke Maki, Makoto Tada, Kodai Tsuruta and Atsushi Watanabe

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:86

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to review our experience in managing renal or adrenal tumors with level III or IV inferior vena cava thrombus by using deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA), and to evaluate surv...

    Authors: Peng Zhu, Songlin Du, Shijun Chen, Shaobin Zheng, Yu Hu, Li Liu and Shaoyi Zheng

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:85

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  29. Content type: Case report

    Primary heart sarcomas are exceedingly rare tumors. Among primary cardiac sarcomas, synovial sarcoma is one of the rarest, involving cardiac cavities or pericardium.

    Authors: Antonella Coli, Giovanni Alfonso Chiariello, Mariangela Novello, Christian Colizzi and Massimo Massetti

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:84

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  30. Content type: Case report

    Massive dilatation of the right atrium with tricuspid regurgitation is frequently diagnosed by accidental recognition of an enlarged cardiac silhouette during routine chest radiography. Although some patients ...

    Authors: Masaho Okada, Hirotaka Watanuki, Kayo Sugiyama, Yasuhiro Futamura and Katsuhiko Matsuyama

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:83

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  31. Content type: Case report

    Myocardial rupture is an important and catastrophic complication of acute myocardial infarction. A dramatic form of this complication is a left ventricular free wall rupture (LVFWR).

    Authors: Arjan J. F. P. Verhaegh, Wobbe Bouma, Kevin Damman, M. Nasser Morei, Massimo A. Mariani and Joost M. Hartman

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:82

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  32. Content type: Case report

    Aorto-left ventricular tunnel (ALVT) is a rare congenital extracardiac channel that connects the ascending aorta to the left ventricle. To our knowledge, no case has been thus far reported as ALVT with both an...

    Authors: Xiaochun Ma, Jinzhang Li, Qian Zhang, Xiangqian Kong, Guidao Yuan, Zhengjun Wang and Chengwei Zou

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:81

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The relationship between aortic dissection and coronary artery disease is not clear. The purpose of this study was to clarify the difference in the rate of coronary artery atherosclerosis between Stanford type...

    Authors: Naoki Hashiyama, Motohiko Goda, Keiji Uchida, Yukihisa Isomatsu, Shinichi Suzuki, Makoto Mo, Takahiro Nishida and Munetaka Masuda

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:80

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  34. Content type: Case report

    The anomaly of cervical aortic arch is a rare phenomenon first described by Reid in 1914 and categorized by Haughton in 1975. The left cervical aortic arch Type D consisting of an ipsilateral descending aorta ...

    Authors: Alicja Zientara, Igor Schwegler, Nicolas Attigah, Michele Genoni and Omer Dzemali

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:79

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The aim was to determine the prognostic value of the neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in patients with completely resected stage 1 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

    Authors: Shinjiro Mizuguchi, Nobuhiro Izumi, Takuma Tsukioka, Hiroaki Komatsu and Noritoshi Nishiyama

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:78

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  36. Content type: Research article

    In certain clinical situations the insertion of a double-lumen tube (DLT) for one-lung ventilation (OLV) is not feasible or unfavorable. In these cases, the EZ-Blocker (EZB) may serve as an alternative. The ai...

    Authors: Andreas Moritz, Andrea Irouschek, Torsten Birkholz, Johannes Prottengeier, Horia Sirbu and Joachim Schmidt

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:77

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease is the most common congenital cardiac abnormality affecting 1–2% of the population and is associated with a significantly increased risk of ascending aortic aneurysm. Howeve...

    Authors: Oliver J. Harrison, Felino Cagampang, Sunil K. Ohri, Christopher Torrens, Kareem Salhiyyah, Amit Modi, Narain Moorjani, Anthony D. Whetton and Paul A. Townsend

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:76

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  38. Content type: Case report

    A 44 year old man who presented with a history of chest pain and dyspnoea was found to have an aneurysm of the aortic root, aortic valve insufficiency, and coarctation of the aorta.

    Authors: Yassir Iqbal, Omar A. Jarral, Pantelis Tsipas, Ilias Samiotis, Theodoros Kratimenos, John Kokotsakis and Thanos Athanasiou

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:75

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The use of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has increased in the last decade. Major complications have been well described, but there is no data on device alarms and actual or threatening malfunction wh...

    Authors: Emil Najjar, Ann Hallberg Kristensen, Tonje Thorvaldsen, Laila Hubbert, Peter Svenarud, Magnus Dalén, Agneta Månsson Broberg and Lars H. Lund

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:74

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  40. Content type: Research article

    There have been numerous studies regarding atrial fibrillation (AF) associated with cardiac and pulmonary surgery; however, studies looking at esophagectomy and atrial fibrillation are sparse. The goal of this...

    Authors: Elizabeth M. Colwell, Carlos O. Encarnacion, Lisa E. Rein, Aniko Szabo, George Haasler, Mario Gasparri, William Tisol and David Johnstone

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:73

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  41. Content type: Research article

    A significant proportion of patients presenting for isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) demonstrate some degree of functional mitral regurgitation (fMR). Guidelines addressing concomitant mitral valve inte...

    Authors: Robert A. Sorabella, Anna Olds, Halit Yerebakan, Dua Hassan, Michael A. Borger, Michael Argenziano, Craig R. Smith and Isaac George

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:72

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  42. Content type: Case report

    Anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a rare congenital coronary anomaly. The enlarged right coronary artery provides retrograde collaterals to supply the left vent...

    Authors: Pairoj Chattranukulchai, Jule Namchaisiri, Monravee Tumkosit, Sarinya Puwanant, Yongkasem Vorasettakarnkij, Suphot Srimahachota and Smonporn Boonyaratavej

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:70

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  43. Content type: Research article

    A meta-analysis was performed to compare the differences in outcomes between sutureless technique and conventional surgery for primary repair of Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection(TAPVC).

    Authors: Yuhao Wu, Zhichao Wu, Junmeng Zheng, Yonggang Li, Yuehang Zhou, Hongyu Kuang, Xin Jin and Chun Wu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:69

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  44. Content type: Research article

    To assess the feasibility and efficacy of PuraStat®, a novel haemostatic agent, in achieving suture line haemostasis in a wide range of cardiac surgical procedures and surgery of the thoracic aorta.

    Authors: Suresh Giritharan, Kareem Salhiyyah, Geoffrey M. Tsang and Sunil K. Ohri

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:68

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Diastolic dysfunction (DD) identified on echocardiography predicts mortality after cardiac surgery, however the most useful diastolic parameters for assessment and the association of DD with prolonged mechanic...

    Authors: Thomas S. Metkus, Alejandro Suarez-Pierre, Todd C. Crawford, Jennifer S. Lawton, Lee Goeddel, Jeffrey Dodd-o, Monica Mukherjee, Theodore P. Abraham and Glenn J. Whitman

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:67

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  46. Content type: Case report

    Isolated right Superior Vena Cava drainage into the left atrium in the absence of other cardiac anomalies is an extremely rare condition. The vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation is a congenital vascular malf...

    Authors: Ahmed F. Elmahrouk, Abdelmonem Helal, Mohamed F. Ismail, Tamer Hamouda, Mohammed Mashali, Ahmed A. Jamjoom and Jameel A. Al-Ata

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:66

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  47. Content type: Case report

    Human pulmonary dirofilariasis is a rare zoonosis caused by the dog worm Dirofilaria spp., a parasite transmitted by mosquitos and resulting in peripheral lung nodules. The filarial nematode enters the subcuta...

    Authors: Paolo Albino Ferrari, Antonella Grisolia, Stefano Reale, Rosa Liotta, Alessandra Mularoni and Alessandro Bertani

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:65

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Use of donor blood in congenital cardiac surgery increases the risk for post-operative morbidity and mortality. To reduce the need for allogenic blood transfusion a technique for peri-operative mechanical red ...

    Authors: Gerda A. Zeilmaker-Roest, Annewil van Saet, Joost van Rosmalen, Soma Bahmany, Antony van Dijk, Enno D. Wildschut, Dick Tibboel and Ad J. J. C. Bogers

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:64

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