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  1. Content type: Case report

    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...

    Authors: Paul P. Heinisch, Fabien Praz, Bernhard Winkler, Stephan Windecker, Christoph Huber and Thierry Carrel

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:47

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  2. Content type: Case report

    Cardiac fibroma is rarely encountered in children, and even more rare in neonates. We herein report a case of a 5-month-old female with severe right ventricular outflow tract obstruction caused by a large righ...

    Authors: Fuyang Mei, Bing Zhou and Yong Cui

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:49

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  3. Content type: Research article

    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.

    Authors: Blake N. Shultz, Tomasz Timek, Alan T. Davis, John Heiser, Edward Murphy, Charles Willekes and Robert Hooker

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:45

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  4. Content type: Research article

    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,...

    Authors: Keiji Yamanashi, Norihito Okumura, Ayuko Takahashi, Takashi Nakashima and Tomoaki Matsuoka

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:44

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  5. Content type: Research article

    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,...

    Authors: Zheng-Liang Tu, Zhen-Yu Zhou, Hai-Chao Xu, Jin-Lin Cao, Peng Ye, Lu-Ming Wang, Wang Lv and Jian Hu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:43

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  6. Content type: Review

    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...

    Authors: Erdinc Soylu, Emaddin Kidher, Hutan Ashrafian, George Stavridis, Leanne Harling and Thanos Athanasiou

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:41

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  7. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Lei Guo, Junnan Zheng, Liangwei Chen, Renyuan Li, Liang Ma, Yiming Ni and Haige Zhao

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:42

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  8. Content type: Research article

    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.

    Authors: Shirui Chen, Sebastian Larion, Sadaf S. Ahanchi, Chad P. Ammar, Colin T. Brandt and Jean M. Panneton

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:39

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:53

  9. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Mohamed F. Ismail, Ahmed F. El-mahrouk, Tamer H. Hamouda, Hanan Radwan, Ali Haneef and Ahmed A. Jamjoom

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:40

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  10. Content type: Case report

    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...

    Authors: Sameh Sayed, Christoph Schimmer, Ina Shade, Rainer Leyh and Ivan Aleksic

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:38

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  11. Content type: Review

    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 ...

    Authors: Jessika Iwanski, Shannon M. Knapp, Ryan Avery, Isabel Oliva, Raymond K. Wong, Raymond B. Runyan and Zain Khalpey

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:37

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  12. Content type: Case report

    Papillary fibroelastoma is the third most common primary benign tumor with an incidence of up to 0.33% in autopsy series; it accounts for approximately 75% of all cardiac valvular tumors.

    Authors: Elisabetta Grolla, Michele Dalla Vestra, Giampaolo Zoffoli, Riccardo D’Ascoli, Adriana Critelli, Rocco Quatrale, Domenico Mangino and Fausto Rigo

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:33

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  13. Content type: Case report

    The ascending aorta is an uncommon site for non-infective thrombus. In non-aneurysmal and non-atherosclerotic vessels this condition becomes extremely rare, while it represents a source of potential cerebral a...

    Authors: Gijs Eduard de Maat, Giorgio Vigano, Massimo Alessandro Mariani and Ehsan Natour

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:34

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  14. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Keiji Yamanashi, Satoshi Marumo, Ryota Sumitomo, Tsuyoshi Shoji, Motonari Fukui, Toshiro Katayama and Cheng-long Huang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:35

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  15. Content type: Case report

    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, ...

    Authors: Rosa Roemers, Kornelis Patberg, Caroline van de Wauwer, Tam Nguyen and Ghada Shahin

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:31

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  16. Content type: 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...

    Authors: Marco Schiavon, Francesca Calabrese, Guido Di Gregorio, Monica Loy, Giuseppe Marulli, Alessandro Rebusso, Fiorella Calabrese and Federico Rea

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:30

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  17. Content type: Research article

    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, ...

    Authors: Opas Satdhabudha and Narupa Noppawinyoowong

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:28

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  18. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:27

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  19. Content type: 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 ...

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

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:26

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  20. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:24

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  21. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:23

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  22. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:20

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  23. Content type: Case report

    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.

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

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:17

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  24. Content type: 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...

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

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:15

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  25. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:14

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  26. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: LiMin Xia, Qiang Ji, Kai Song, JinQiang Shen, YunQing Shi, RunHua Ma, WenJun Ding and ChunSheng Wang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:11

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  27. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Chengming Fan, Yifeng Yang, Lian Xiong, Ni Yin, Qin Wu, Mi Tang and Jinfu Yang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:12

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  28. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Rashad Zayat, Ares K. Menon, Andreas Goetzenich, Gereon Schaelte, Ruediger Autschbach, Christian Stoppe, Tim-Philipp Simon, Lachmandath Tewarie and Ajay Moza

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:10

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  29. Content type: 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.

    Authors: Kyo Seon Lee, Gwan Sic Kim, Yochun Jung, In Seok Jeong, Kook Joo Na, Bong Suk Oh, Byung Hee Ahn and Sang Gi Oh

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:9

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  30. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Sameer Al-Maisary, Sandy Engelhardt, Bastian Graser, Ivo Wolf, Matthias Karck and Raffaele De Simone

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:8

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Heart transplantation remains the gold standard for end-stage heart failure, with current ex vivo organ storage times limited to 4 to 6 h before critical tissue damage occurs. Many preservation solutions exist...

    Authors: Alice S. Ferng, David Schipper, Alana M. Connell, Katherine M. Marsh, Shannon Knapp and Zain Khalpey

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:7

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  32. Content type: Case report

    Since constrictive pericarditis is most often idiopathic and the pathophysiology remains largely unknown, both the diagnosis and the treatment can be challenging. However, by definition, inflammatory processes...

    Authors: Katherine M. Marsh, Alice S. Ferng, Tia Pilikian, Ankit A. Desai, Ryan Avery, Mark Friedman, Isabel Oliva, Clint Jokerst, David Schipper and Zain Khalpey

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:6

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Re-exploration for bleeding accounts for increased morbidity and mortality after major cardiac operations. The use of temporary epicardial pacemaker wires is a common procedure at many departments. The removal...

    Authors: Ioannis Bougioukas, Ahmad Fawad Jebran, Marius Grossmann, Martin Friedrich, Theodor Tirilomis, Friedrich A. Schoendube and Bernhard Christoph Danner

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:3

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Thoracic epidural analgesia (EDA) is the gold standard for pain control after thoracotomy. However, because of its severe side effects, it is contraindicated in patients taking anticoagulant or antiplatelet dr...

    Authors: Yoshikane Yamauchi, Mitsuhiro Isaka, Kamon Ando, Keita Mori, Hideaki Kojima, Tomohiro Maniwa, Shoji Takahashi, Eiji Ando and Yasuhisa Ohde

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:5

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  35. Content type: Case report

    Primary pulmonary mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma is a low-grade B cell lymphoma that is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and a type of primary pulmonary malignant lymphoma. MALT lymphomas affe...

    Authors: Xuebing Ding, Takashi Makino, Satoshi Koezuka, Takashi Azumi, Hajime Otsuka, Yoshinobu Hata, Yuichi Shinya, Naobumi Tochigi, Kazutoshi Shibuya and Akira Iyoda

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:2

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  36. Content type: Case report

    Three-hole minimally invasive esophagectomy (3HMIE) is one of the most radical procedures in gastrointestinal surgery. It involves thoracoscopic dissection of the esophagus followed by creation of a gastric co...

    Authors: Diana H. Liang, Leonora M. Meisenbach, Min P. Kim, Edward Y. Chan and Puja Gaur Khaitan

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:4

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Results of studies to predict prolonged air leak (PAL; air leak longer than 5 days) after pulmonary lobectomy have been inconsistent and are of limited use. We developed a new scale representing the amount of ...

    Authors: Sang Gi Oh, Yochun Jung, Sanghoon Jheon, Yunhee Choi, Ju Sik Yun, Kook Joo Na and Byoung Hee Ahn

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:1

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  38. Content type: Research article

    A biodegradable polymeric sealant has been previously shown to reduce postoperative air leaks after open pulmonary resection. The aim of this study was to evaluate safety and efficacy during minimally invasive...

    Authors: Bernard J. Park, John M. Snider, Nathan R. Bates, Stephen D. Cassivi, G. Kimble Jett, Joshua R. Sonett and Eric M. Toloza

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:168

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  39. Content type: Case report

    The current case describes a rare diagnosis of iatrogenic air emboli after elective cardiopulmonary bypass that was successfully treated with delayed hyperbaric oxygen therapy, with good clinical evolution in ...

    Authors: Eva Niyibizi, Guillaume Elyes Kembi, Claude Lae, Rodrigue Pignel and Tornike Sologashvili

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016 11:167

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