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  1. Content type: Case report

    Techniques of reduction aortoplasty are widely published in the literature with conflicting results. External support seems to be an important factor in preventing recurrence but, in some cases, this technique...

    Authors: Ernesto Tappainer, Vinicio Fiorani, Andrea Nocchi, Ermal Likaj, Sabjan Memishaj and Mario Zogno

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:15

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  2. Content type: Case report

    Apical ballooning syndrome (or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy) is a syndrome of transient left ventricular apical ballooning. Although first described in Japanese patients, it is now well reported in the Caucasian p...

    Authors: Manju D Chandrasegaram, David S Celermajer and Michael K Wilson

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:14

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  3. Content type: Research article

    The decline in the number of suitable donor hearts has led to an increasing interest in the use of previously unacceptable donors. In the United Kingdom, if one centre declines a donor heart on medical grounds...

    Authors: Noman H Khasati, Ali Machaal, Jim Barnard and Nizar Yonan

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:13

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  4. Content type: Case report

    Penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer rupturing into the esophagus is rare and the resulting aortoesophageal fistula carries a high mortality. In view of the emergency nature of the entity and complexity of the pr...

    Authors: Guruvegowda Chandrashekar, Vijay MN Kumar and Ashok K Kumar

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:12

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Pulmonary dysfunction following cardiac surgery is believed to be caused, at least in part, by a lung vascular injury and/or atelectasis following cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) perfusion and collapse of non-ven...

    Authors: AB Johan Groeneveld, Evert K Jansen and Joanne Verheij

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:11

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The sandwich double-patch technique was adopted as an alternative method for reconstruction of the left ventricle after excision of postinfarction dysfunctional myocardium to solve technical problems due to th...

    Authors: Ernesto Tappainer, Vinicio Fiorani, Nicola Pederzolli, Jacopo Manfredi, Andrea Nocchi and Mario Zogno

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:10

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  7. Content type: Research article

    A retrospective comparative study was designed to determine whether the transvalvular gradient has a predictive value in the assessment of operative outcome in patients with severe aortic stenosis and poor lef...

    Authors: Andreas Borowski, Ali Ghodsizad, Ilja Vchivkov and Emmeran Gams

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:9

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  8. Content type: Research article

    We have previously reported mid-term results of a study, which ended in January 2000, on the Bicarbon valve. The study concluded that the valve showed excellent clinical results, associated with a low incidenc...

    Authors: Yoshio Misawa, Tsutomu Saito, Hiroaki Konishi, Shin-ichi Oki, Yuichiro Kaminishi, Yasuhito Sakano, Hideki Morita and Kei Aizawa

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:8

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  9. Content type: Research article

    There is increasing evidence that programmed cell death can be triggered during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and may be involved in postoperative complications. The purpose of this study was to investigate whe...

    Authors: Evaristo Castedo, Raquel Castejón, Emilio Monguio, Sebastian Ramis, Carlos G Montero, Santiago Serrano-Fiz, Raul Burgos, Cristina Escudero and Juan Ugarte

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:7

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Patients with severe left ventricular (LV) dysfunction have a poor long term survival despite complete surgical revascularization. Recent data suggests that the use of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (I...

    Authors: Ashraf S Al-Dadah, Rochus K Voeller, Paymon Rahgozar, Jennifer S Lawton, Marc R Moon, Michael K Pasque, Ralph J Damiano Jr and Nader Moazami

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:6

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Recent guidelines have specified a number of waiting time targets to prevent delay in the treatment of lung cancer. This study was carried out to assess the quality of lung cancer services and compare with nat...

    Authors: Mohan P Devbhandari, Sing Yang Soon, Pauline Quennell, Philip Barber, Piotr Krysiak, Rajesh Shah and Mark T Jones

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:5

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a common modality of circulatory assist device used in children. We assessed the outcome of children who had ECMO following repair of congenital card...

    Authors: Sendhil K Balasubramanian, Ravindranath Tiruvoipati, Mohammed Amin, Kanakkande K Aabideen, Giles J Peek, Andrew W Sosnowski and Richard K Firmin

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:4

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  13. Content type: Case report

    Chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia is an atypical myeloproliferative disorder with a natural history of progression to acute myeloid leukaemia, a complex and poorly understood response by the bone marrow to stre...

    Authors: Nigel E Drury, Ayyaz Ali, Shafi Mussa, Stephen T Webb, Kanchan P Rege and John Wallwork

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:3

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  14. Content type: Case study

    Side-to-side anastomosis was employed by just ten proportional stitches while performing distal anastomosis during coronary artery surgery. This technique is simple and quick. Here this simple technique is des...

    Authors: Min-Ho Song, Yoshiyuki Tokuda and Toshiaki Ito

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:2

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  15. Content type: Case report

    We present a case of an asymptomatic right atrial mass detected on a screening ECHO. Pre-operative imaging and intraoperative frozen section suggested an atrial myxoma, but the extracardiac nature of the mass ...

    Authors: Sarah A Early, Jonathan McGuinness, John Galvin, Maria Kennedy and John Hurley

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2007 2:1

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  16. Content type: Research article

    This study was undertaken to compare the in vitro effects of 17β-estradiol on human epicardial coronary arteries, resistance coronary arteries and on arterial vessels usually employed as grafts in surgical myocar...

    Authors: Gianluca Polvani, Fabio Barili, Giuseppe Rossoni, Luca Dainese, Manuela Wally Ossola, Veli K Topkara, Francesco Grillo, Eleonora Penza, Elena Tremoli and Paolo Biglioli

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:46

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Cross-clamp fibrillation is a well established method of performing coronary grafting, but its clinical effect on the myocardium is unknown. We sought to measure these effects clinically using the Khuri Intram...

    Authors: Joel Dunning, Steven Hunter, Simon WH Kendall, John Wallis and W Andrew Owens

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:45

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  18. Content type: Commentary

    Usefulness of prophylactic antibiotics following tube thoracostomy remains controversial in the literature. In this study, we aimed to investigate the consequences of closed tube thoracostomy for primary spont...

    Authors: Guven Olgac, Umit Aydogmus, Lutfiye Mulazimoglu and Cemal Asim Kutlu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:43

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The incidence of cerebrovascular accidents following aortic valve surgery remains a devastating complication. The aim of this study was to determine the number of potential embolic material arising during aort...

    Authors: Mahmoud Loubani, Daniel Von Petius and Paul D Ridley

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:42

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  20. Content type: Case report

    We report a case of false aneurysm of the left ventricle occurring subsequently to the placing of a vent sump line through the apex during an aortic valve procedure; the diagnosis was made twelve months later ...

    Authors: Federico Bizzarri, David Rose, Giacomo Frati and Luigi Muzzi

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:41

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Long-term morphofunctional outcome may vary widely in surgical anterior left ventricular wall restoration, suggesting variability in post-surgical remodeling similar to that observed following acute myocardial...

    Authors: Marco Cirillo, Andrea Amaducci, Emmanuel Villa, Margherita Dalla Tomba, Federico Brunelli, Zen Mhagna, Giovanni Troise and Eugenio Quaini

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:40

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  22. Content type: Case report

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a highly aggressive cancer of the pleura with a well-established male predominance and causative link with asbestos exposure. We report four cases of female patients wit...

    Authors: Andrew J Drain, Kourosh Saeb-Parsy, Amit K Shah, D Rassl and Andrew J Ritchie

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:39

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  23. Content type: Case report

    Amyloid deposition in heart is a common occurrence in systemic amyloidosis. But localised valvular amyloid deposits are very uncommon. It was only in 1922 that the cases of valvular amyloidosis were reported. ...

    Authors: Shehzad Iqbal, Salma Reehana and David Lawrence

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:38

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Myocardial infarction can be difficult to diagnose after lung surgery. As recent diagnostic criteria emphasize serum cardiac markers (in particular serum troponin) we set out to evaluate its clinical utility a...

    Authors: Eric Lim, Li Li Choy, Lydia Flaks, Shafi Mussa, Fillip Van Tornout, Marc Van Leuven and G Wyn Parry

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:37

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  25. Content type: Research article

    It is not clear how prevalent Internet use among cardiopathic patients in Germany is and what impact it has on the health care utilisation. We measured the extent of Internet use among cardiopathic patients an...

    Authors: Dietrich Stoevesandt and Claudius Diez

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:36

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  26. Content type: Case report

    To describe management and clinical features observed in a patient's seven spontaneous pneumothoraces that developed during two consecutive pregnancies involving both hemithoraces.

    Authors: Eric Scott Sills, Henry M Meinecke, George R Dixson and Alan M Johnson

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:35

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Pulmonary complications after thoracotomy are the result of progressive changes in the respiratory status of the patient. A multifactorial score (FLAM score) was developed to identify postoperatively patients ...

    Authors: Francesco Leo, Nicolas Venissac, Daniel Pop, Marylene Anziani, Maria E Leon and Jérôme Mouroux

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:34

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  28. Content type: Case report

    A 54 years old male with undiagnosed chronic calcific degenerative aortic valve incompetence presented with acute left anterior chordae tendinae rupture resulting in severe left heart failure and cardiogenic s...

    Authors: Sandeep Agarwala, Sanjay Kumar, John Berridge, Jim McLenachan and David J O'Regan

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:33

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The success of a Fontan circulation depends on several factors including low pulmonary vascular resistance. Pulmonary vascular resistance rises in response to hypoxia. Hypoxia is associated with altitude. Ther...

    Authors: Amir-Reza Hosseinpour, Catherine D Sudarshan, Paul Davies, Samer AM Nashef, David J Barron and William J Brawn

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:31

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  30. Content type: Case report

    A 58 year old man underwent 6 surgical interventions for various complications of massive biventricular myocardial infarction over a period of 2 years following acute occlusion of a possibly "hyperdominant" le...

    Authors: Pankaj Kaul

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:30

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  31. Content type: Case report

    We describe the case of a 76-year old female who presented with a Type A aortic dissection requiring repair with an interposition graft and aortic valve replacement. Post-operatively she had clinical features ...

    Authors: Ravi J De Silva, Reza Hosseinpour, Nicholas Screaton, Serban Stoica and Andrew T Goodwin

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:29

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  32. Content type: Case study

    The prosthesis used for aortic valve replacement in patients with small aortic root can be too small in relation to body size, thus showing high transvalvular gradients at rest and/or under stress conditions. ...

    Authors: Giovanni Minardi, Carla Manzara, Vittorio Creazzo, Daniele Maselli, Giovanni Casali, Giovanni Pulignano and Francesco Musumeci

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:27

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  33. Content type: Case report

    The lobar torsion after lung surgery is a rare complication with an incidence of 0.09 to 0.4 %. It may occur after twisting of the bronchovascular pedicle of the remaining lobe after lobectomy, usually on the ...

    Authors: Efstratios Apostolakis, Efstratios N Koletsis, Nikolaos Panagopoulos, Christos Prokakis and Dimitrios Dougenis

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:25

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    Several minimally invasive saphenous vein harvesting techniques have been developed to reduce morbidities associated with coronary artery bypass grafting. This prospective, randomized study was designed to com...

    Authors: Scot C Schultz, Dennis Stapleton, Paula D'Ambra, Cynthia Loftis, Christine Wahrmann and George Ebra

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:24

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  35. Content type: Case report

    Chronic encapsulated mediastinal abscess is an unusual complication of previous open heart surgery. We report on the case of a 79 year old male who presented with epigastric fistulization of an encapsulated an...

    Authors: Pankaj Kaul, Syed SA Qadri and Mohd Riaz

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:22

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  36. Content type: Research article

    In deciding where to undergo coronary-artery bypass grafting, the length of surgical wait lists is often the only information available to cardiologists and their patients. Our objective was to compare the cum...

    Authors: Boris G Sobolev, Lisa Kuramoto, Adrian R Levy and Robert Hayden

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:21

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The relationship between cardiac enzyme (CE) release following coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) and medium term outcome is unclear. We sought to determine the relationship between post-operative CE releas...

    Authors: N Newall, AY Oo, ND Palmer, AD Grayson, TJ Hine, RH Stables, BM Fabri and DR Ramsdale

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:20

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  38. Content type: Case report

    Pulmonary hamartomas are usually an incidental finding and range in size from 1 cm to 8 cm in diameter in various series. We report a case of a massive pulmonary hamartoma (size 25.5 × 17.5 × 6.5 cm and weighi...

    Authors: Somshekar Ganti, Richard Milton, Les Davidson and Vladimir Anikin

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:19

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  39. Content type: Case report

    Coarctation of the aorta in the adulthood is sometimes associated with additional cardiovascular pathologies that require intervention. Ideal approach in such patients is uncertain. Anatomic left-sided short a...

    Authors: Mert Yilmaz, Bulent Polat and Davit Saba

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:18

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Since only little is known on stem cell therapy in non-ischemic heart failure we wanted to know whether a long-term improvement of cardiac function in non-ischemic heart failure can be achieved by stem cell trans...

    Authors: Stefan Dhein, Jens Garbade, Djazia Rouabah, Getu Abraham, Fritz-Rupert Ungemach, Katja Schneider, Cris Ullmann, Heike Aupperle, Jan Fritz Gummert and Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:17

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this study was to compare the morbidity associated with long saphenous vein harvesting using the traditional open technique (A) against a minimally invasive technique using the Mayo vein strip...

    Authors: Zahid Mahmood, Sammy Al Benna, Udim Nkere and Andrew Murday

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:15

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Patients who have prolonged stay in intensive care unit (ICU) are associated with adverse outcomes. Such patients have cost implications and can lead to shortage of ICU beds. We aimed to develop a preoperative...

    Authors: Sanjay V Ghotkar, Antony D Grayson, Brian M Fabri, Walid C Dihmis and D Mark Pullan

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:14

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  43. Content type: Case study

    A simplified means of arterial cannulation for cardiopulmonary bypass in small neonates and those infants with diminutive aortas, or requiring reconstruction of the ascending aorta, is presented. It involves s...

    Authors: Christopher J Knott-Craig, Peter Pastuszko and Edward D Overholt

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:13

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  44. Content type: Research article

    In off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery, manipulations on the beating heart can lead to transient interruptions of myocardial oxygen supply, which can generate an accumulation of oxygen-dependent metabolite...

    Authors: Franziska H Bernet, David Reineke, Hans-Reinhard Zerkowski and Doan Baykut

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:12

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