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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Content type: Case report

    The pseudoaneurysms of sinus of Valsalva is an uncommon and serious complication of an infection, trauma, or after cardiac surgery or procedure. Pseudoaneurysms of sinus of Valsalva from left is rare. We descr...

    Authors: Hyun Oh Park, Joung Hun Byun, Seong Ho Moon, Jong Woo Kim, Sung Hwan Kim, Ki Nyun Kim, Jae Jun Jung, Dong Hoon Kang, Jun Young Choi, Jun Ho Yang, In Seok Jang and Chung Eun Lee

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:63

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Although neoadjuvant therapy followed by esophagectomy is well-established as being superior to upfront esophagectomy when locoregional lymph node (LN) metastasis is present in esophageal cancer, upfront esoph...

    Authors: Jae Kil Park, Jae Jun Kim, Seok Whan Moon and Deog Gon Cho

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:62

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Junctional ectopic tachycardia is a serious arrhythmia that frequently occurs after tetralogy of Fallot repair. Arrhythmia prophylaxis is not feasible for all pediatric cardiac surgery patients and identificat...

    Authors: Mohamed Fouad Ismail, Amr A. Arafat, Tamer E. Hamouda, Amira Esmat El Tantawy, Azzahra Edrees, Abdulbadee Bogis, Nashwa Badawy, Alaa B. Mahmoud, Ahmed Farid Elmahrouk and Ahmed A. Jamjoom

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:60

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  24. Content type: Case report

    Generalized lymphatic anomaly (GLA) is characterized by diffuse or multicentric proliferation of dilated lymphatic vessels resembling common lymphatic malformations. Compared with soft tissue or bone involveme...

    Authors: Hongchun Du, Mai Xiong, Huai Liao, Yifeng Luo, Huijuan Shi and Canmao Xie

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:59

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  25. Content type: Case report

    Tuberculous (TB) oesophagitis is a rare manifestation of dysphagia occurring in 0.3% of all gastro-intestinal tract TB infections as well as 0.15% of all cases of dysphagia and often is misdiagnosed. This repo...

    Authors: Ronald Mbiine, Ronald Kabuye, Herve Monka Lekuya and William Manyillirah

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:58

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Patients with limited pulmonary function have a high risk for pulmonary complications following lobectomy. Robotic approach is currently the least invasive approach. We hypothesized that robotic lobectomy may ...

    Authors: Peter J. Kneuertz, Desmond M. D’Souza, Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce and Robert E. Merritt

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:56

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The reduction of RV function after cardiac surgery is a well-known phenomenon. It could persist up-to one year after the operation and often leads to an incomplete recovery at follow-up echocardiographic contr...

    Authors: Marco Zanobini, Claudia Loardi, Paolo Poggio, Gloria Tamborini, Fabrizio Veglia, Alessandro Di Minno, Veronika Myasoedova, Liborio Francesco Mammana, Raoul Biondi, Mauro Pepi, Francesco Alamanni and Matteo Saccocci

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:55

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Compensatory hyperhidrosis (CH) is a frequent side effect after sympathectomy for the treatment of primary palmar hyperhidrosis. We determined the effects of demographic and clinical factors which may increase...

    Authors: Kai Qian, Yong-Geng Feng, Jing-Hai Zhou, Ru-Wen Wang, Qun-You Tan and Bo Deng

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:54

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Open heart surgery is associated with high occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF), subsequently increasing the risk of post-operative ischemic stroke. Concomitant with open heart surgery, a cardiac ablation pr...

    Authors: Jesper Park-Hansen, Susanne J.V. Holme, Akhmadjon Irmukhamedov, Christian L. Carranza, Anders M. Greve, Gina Al-Farra, Robert G. C. Riis, Brian Nilsson, Johan S.R. Clausen, Anne S. Nørskov, Christina R. Kruuse, Egill Rostrup and Helena Dominguez

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:53

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) was shown to be effective in reducing the morbidity and was adopted increasingly. The robot-assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy (RAMIE) remains in the initial stage...

    Authors: Haiqi He, Qifei Wu, Zhe Wang, Yong Zhang, Nanzheng Chen, Junke Fu and Guangjian Zhang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:52

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The presence of altered pulmonary hemodynamics in adult patients with atrial septal defect (ASD) is common. However, there are no observational studies which evaluate the impact of altered pulmonary hemodynami...

    Authors: Supomo Supomo, Handy Darmawan and Adika Zhulhi Arjana

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:51

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Adult cardiac surgery with extracorporeal circulation is known to be associated with increased risk of blood transfusion leading to adverse outcomes. Procedures like retrograde autologous priming (RAP) may red...

    Authors: Britt Hofmann, Claudia Kaufmann, Markus Stiller, Thomas Neitzel, Andreas Wienke, Rolf-Edgar Silber and Hendrik Treede

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:50

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Thrombomodulin (TM) is a promising therapeutic natural anti-coagulant, which exerts the effects to control disseminated intravascular coagulation. However, little is known whether TM on micro-vessels could pla...

    Authors: Enzhi Yin, Shigefumi Matsuyama, Masateru Uchiyama, Kento Kawai and Masanori Niimi

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:48

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Right submammary thoracotomy and right vertical infra-axillary thoracotomy are performed for ventricular septal defect (VSD) to reduce the invasiveness of the conventional surgical repair through median sterno...

    Authors: Zhi-Nuan Hong, Qiang Chen, Ze-Wei Lin, Gui-Can Zhang, Liang-Wan Chen, Qi-Liang Zhang and Hua Cao

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:47

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  35. Content type: Case report

    Cardiac surgery for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients is challenging because anemia and neutropenia develop as a result of the syndrome, leading to infection and bleeding tendency during surgery. We repo...

    Authors: Takura Taguchi, Hiroyuki Nishi, Kimihiro Kurose, Kohei Horikawa, Go Kanazawa and Toshiki Takahashi

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:45

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  36. Content type: Case report

    Pulmonary sequestration is a rare congenital pulmonary dysplasia, which requires surgical resection (either via open thoracotomy or video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery [VATS] or via endoluminal occlusion of t...

    Authors: Haining Zhou, Shoujun Tang, Quanshui Fu, Li Yu and Lunxu Liu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:44

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  37. Content type: Research article

    While many studies have evaluated the change in lung volume before and after lung resection and correlated this with pulmonary function test results, there is very little evidence on the changes in ventilation...

    Authors: Kohei Aoki, Yotaro Izumi, Wataru Watanabe, Yuji Shimizu, Hisato Osada, Norinari Honda, Toshihide Itoh and Mitsuo Nakayama

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:43

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  38. Content type: Research article

    A small, but unstable, saw-gap may hinder bone-bridging and induce development of painful sternal dehiscence. We propose the use of Radiostereometric Analysis (RSA) for evaluation of sternal instability and pr...

    Authors: Rikke Falsig Vestergaard, Kjeld Søballe, John Michael Hasenkam and Maiken Stilling

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:41

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  39. Content type: Case report

    A displaced bronchus is a rare disorder of the left upper lobe. Displaced bronchi are often accompanied by an anomaly of a pulmonary artery, but rarely of a pulmonary vein.

    Authors: Kazuki Hayashi, Makoto Motoishi, Kanna Horimoto, Satoru Sawai and Jun Hanaoka

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:40

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  40. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate the ability of low radiation dose dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) to depict the features of morphological univentricular heart and to define accuracy by comparing findings with surgery.

    Authors: Narumol Chaosuwannakit and Pattarapong Makarawate

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:39

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  41. Content type: Correction

    The original article [1] contains an error whereby all authors’ names are mistakenly inverted; this was an error mistakenly carried forward by the production team that handled this article, and thus was not th...

    Authors: Lucia Mazzoni, Alexandre Azmoun, Ramzi Ramadan, Saïd Ghostine, Martin Kloeckner, Philippe Brenot, Mohamed Fradi, Rémi Nottin and Philippe Deluze

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:37

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    The original article was published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2015 10:A260

  42. Content type: Case report

    Type A Dissection in pregnancy is a devastating medical condition with 2 lives at stake and unclear strategy at early gestational stages. We describe a successful outcome, clearly dependent on the coordination...

    Authors: Jerry Easo, Michael Horst, Bernhard Schmuck, Rohit Philip Thomas, Steffen Saupe, Malte Book and Alexander Weymann

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:36

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Hydatid cyst is an endemic infectious disease. Various modalities have been provided to approach hydatosis. This article reports a 20-years-experience of a new minimally invasive technique for the management o...

    Authors: Nizar Abbas, Sarah Zaher Addeen, Fatima Abbas, Tareq Al Saadi, Ibrahem Hanafi, Mahmoud Alkhatib, Tarek Turk and Ahmad Al Khaddour

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:35

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