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  1. Radial artery (RA) is widely used in coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery and the prevention of spasm is crucial for graft patency. Botulinum toxin A (BTX-A) and B are commonly used for aesthetic reasons and ...

    Authors: Omer Tanyeli, Ipek Duman, Yuksel Dereli, Niyazi Gormus, Hatice Toy and Ayse Saide Sahin

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:15

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies have compared the efficacy of digital chest drainage system versus traditional chest drainage system. However, the results were inconsistent.

    Authors: Hong Wang, Wenbin Hu, Liang Ma and Yiran Zhang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:13

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Estimation of lymph node status is essential in order to determine precise therapy for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Furthermore, lymph node involvement is a very powerful prognostic factor...

    Authors: Yusef Moulla, Tanja Gradistanac, Christian Wittekind, Uwe Eichfeld, Ines Gockel and Arne Dietrich

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:11

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:31

  4. Veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) support for ARDS treatment after cardiac surgery has progressed remarkably in the last 20 years. However, one of the limitations of a successful recove...

    Authors: Sara Volpi, Federico Sertic, Kamen Valchanov and Ravi De Silva

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:10

    Content type: Case report

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  5. Open distal graft to proximal aortic arch anastomosis is central to a hemiarch replacement. Even if the ischemic tolerance time of several organs during circulatory arrest (CA) at normothermia is much longer t...

    Authors: Tae Yun Kim and Kyung Hwa Kim

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:9

    Content type: Case report

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  6. Atrioventricular groove hematomas during mitral valve surgery range from simple hematomas to complex atrioventricular disruptions that cause frank rupture with massive bleeding and subsequent mortality. A smal...

    Authors: Hiroshi Nagamine, Yusuke Date, Takeshi Takagi and Yushi Kawase

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:8

    Content type: Case report

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  7. Advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is still a therapeutic challenge as the 5-year survival is under 30%. The optimal treatment regimen is still under debate.

    Authors: Dan Aravot, Yaron D. Barac, Efrat Krutzwald-Josefson, Aaron M. Allen, Dov Flex, Nir Peled, Mordechai R. Kramer, Yuri Peysakhovich and Milton Saute

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:7

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:37

  8. Management of congenital malformations of the pulmonary artery and valve can be challenging. The severity often demands early intervention, which is rarely definitive due to the natural growth and multiple sur...

    Authors: Jonas Rasmussen, Søren Nielsen Skov, Ditte Bruus Nielsen, Ida Lindhardt Jensen, Marcell Juan Tjørnild, Peter Johansen and Vibeke E. Hjortdal

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:6

    Content type: Research article

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  9. One of the most severe complications after TEVAR is ischemic stroke and spinal cord ischemia (SCI) resulting in severe disability. These complications can be fatal up to 30% of cases, so it is very important t...

    Authors: Dariusz Janczak, Agnieszka Ziomek, Jakub Kobecki, Maciej Malinowski, Kornel Pormańczuk and Mariusz Chabowski

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:5

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The original article [1] contained an error whereby the author, Ahmad Darwazah’s name was spelt incorrectly.

    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 2019 14:3

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:110

  11. Stability is essential for the normal healing of a sternotomy. Mechanical vibration transmittance may provide a new means of early detection of diastasis in the sternotomy and thus enable the prevention of fur...

    Authors: Juha Hautalahti, Atte Joutsen, Sirkka Goebeler, Tiina Luukkaala, Jahangir Khan, Jari Hyttinen and Jari Laurikka

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:2

    Content type: Research article

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  12. In this retrospective review, we aimed to investigate the long-term efficacy and safety of POEM with follow-up period over 2 years.

    Authors: Huan Li, Wei Peng, Shu Huang, Yutang Ren, Yan Peng, Qing Li, Jiao Wu, Xiangsheng Fu and Xiaowei Tang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:1

    Content type: Review

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  13. Until recently, cervical mediastinoscopy was considered to be the reference standard for mediastinal staging for Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma (NSCLC). In the absence of metastases, mediastinal lymph node invo...

    Authors: Theo J. Klinkenberg, Wobbe Bouma, Caroline Van De Wauwer, Rienhart F. E. Wolf, Massimo A. Mariani and Harry J. M. Groen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:134

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The totally thoracoscopic procedure for mitral valve (MV) disease is a minimally invasive method. We investigated the procedure’s feasibility, safety and effectiveness when it was performed by an experienced o...

    Authors: Qin Jiang, Tao Yu, Keli Huang, Lihua Liu, Xiaoshen Zhang and Shengshou Hu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:133

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is the standard treatment for high-risk patients with aortic stenosis (AS); however, alternative treatments for patients who are ineligible for TAVI are controver...

    Authors: Kenji Iino, Yoshitaka Yamamoto, Hideyasu Ueda and Hirofumi Takemura

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:132

    Content type: Case report

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  16. As the incidence of cardiovascular diseases increases, the use of antiplatelet therapy is widely recognized. This presents clinicians with the challenge of balancing the risk of thrombotic and bleeding complic...

    Authors: Kinga Kosiorowska, Marceli Lukaszewski, Jacek Jakubaszko, Katarzyna Kościelska-Kasprzak, Grzegorz Bielicki, Waldemar Gozdzik and Marek Jasinski

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:131

    Content type: Research article

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  17. In recent years, surgical outcomes have improved, and positive reports on surgery for type A aortic dissection (AAD) in the elderly are increasing. However, the difference between surgical and conservative tre...

    Authors: Takeshi Aoyama, Susumu Kunisawa, Kiyohide Fushimi, Teiji Sawa and Yuichi Imanaka

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:129

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Surgery is an important part of multidisciplinary treatment strategy for locally advanced lung squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC), but insufficient evidence supports the feasibility and safety of video assisted th...

    Authors: Likui Fang, Luming Wang, Yiqing Wang, Wang Lv and Jian Hu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:128

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Valve thrombosis – either biological or mechanical – is proved to increase patient’s morbidity and mortality. No consensus exist on the best management in such cases.

    Authors: Marco Gennari, Gianluca Polvani, Mauro Pepi, Francesco Arlati, Andrea Annoni and Marco Agrifoglio

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:126

    Content type: Case report

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  20. Minimally invasive approaches such as perventricular closure of ventricular septal defects (VSD) have been applied for the surgical correction of congenital heart defects in order to avoid disadvantages relate...

    Authors: Yunfei Ling, Yue Wang, Qiang Fan and Yongjun Qian

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:125

    Content type: Research article

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  21. To investigate the methods and clinical efficacy of reconstruction of chest defects with titanium sternal fixation system after the surgical resection of sternal tumors.

    Authors: Erji Gao, Yang Li, Tiancheng Zhao, Xiang Guo, Weiwei He, Weiming Wu, Yonghong Zhao and Yi Yang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:124

    Content type: Research article

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  22. To determine if non-invasive oxygenation indices, namely peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SpO2)/fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO2) and partial pressure of alveolar oxygen (PAO2)/FiO2 may be used as effecti...

    Authors: Farshid R. Bashar, Amir Vahedian-Azimi, Behrooz Farzanegan, Reza Goharani, Seyedpouzhia Shojaei, Sevak Hatamian, Seyed M. M. Mosavinasab, Masoum Khoshfetrat, Mohammad A. K. Khatir, Anna Tomdio and Andrew C. Miller

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:123

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) using saphenous vein grafts (SVG) is vitiated by poor long-term patency of the vein grafts. Pedicled SVG harvested with the “no-touch” (NT) technique have demonstrated im...

    Authors: Mikael Janiec, Örjan Friberg and Stefan Thelin

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:122

    Content type: Research article

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  24. The aim of this study was to delineate impacts of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), flow demand, and status of myocardium on graft flow.

    Authors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Akitoshi Takazawa, Akihiro Yoshitake, Masato Tochii, Chiho Tokunaga, Jun Hayashi, Hiroaki Izumida, Daisuke Kaneyuki, Toshihisa Asakura and Atsushi Iguchi

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:121

    Content type: Research article

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  25. The introduction of the new TNM staging system for thymic epithelial malignancies produced a significant increase in the proportion of patients with stage I disease. The identification of new prognostic factor...

    Authors: Piergiorgio Muriana, Angelo Carretta, Paola Ciriaco, Alessandro Bandiera and Giampiero Negri

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:119

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Health related quality of life (HRQL) is an important patient related outcome measure after cardiac surgery. Preoperative determinants for postoperative HRQL have not yet been identified, but could aid in preo...

    Authors: Lisa Verwijmeren, Peter Gerben Noordzij, Edgar Jozeph Daeter, Bas van Zaane, Linda Margaretha Peelen and Eric Paulus Adrianus van Dongen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:118

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  27. Externally stenting saphenous vein grafts reduces intimal hyperplasia, improves lumen uniformity and reduces oscillatory shear stress 1 year following surgery. The present study is the first to present the lon...

    Authors: David P. Taggart, Carolyn M. Webb, Anthony Desouza, Rashmi Yadav, Keith M. Channon, Fabio De Robertis and Carlo Di Mario

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:117

    Content type: Research article

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  28. It is still difficult to create a secure linear conduction block on a beating heart from the epicardial side. To overcome this drawback we developed an infrared coagulator equipped with a cuboid light-guiding ...

    Authors: Hiroshi Kubota, Hidehito Endo, Hikaru Ishii, Hiroshi Tsuchiya, Yusuke Inaba, Yu Takahashi and Katsunari Terakawa

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:116

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Nonocclusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI) is a rare but life-threatening complication after cardiovascular surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for a chance to cure. The aim of this study is to id...

    Authors: Hiroshi Sato, Masanori Nakamura, Takeshi Uzuka and Mayo Kondo

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:115

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Diaphragmatic hernia is frequent among the elderly and is usually associated with mild chronic digestive and respiratory symptoms.

    Authors: Valérie Lamontagne, Valérie Lafrenière-Bessi, Arthur Vieira, Éric Charbonneau, Paula A. Ugalde and Frédéric Jacques

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:114

    Content type: Case report

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  31. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  32. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  33. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  34. 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

    Content type: Case report

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

  35. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  36. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  37. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  38. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  39. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  40. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  41. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  42. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  43. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  44. 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

    Content type: Research article

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