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  1. Content type: Research article

    Left ventricular dysfunction is common after coronary artery bypass graft and valve replacement surgeries and is often treated with inotropic drugs to maintain adequate hemodynamic status. In this study, we ai...

    Authors: Imdad Ahmed, Chad M House and William B Nelson

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:24

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Tracheal defects may occur after trauma or prolonged intubation. Resection of tracheal tumors also poses a major challenge for substitution. In an effort to solve this problem, different techniques have been t...

    Authors: Farhad Anoosh, Hossain Hodjati, Seifollah Dehghani, Nader Tanideh and Perikala V Kumar

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:23

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  3. Content type: Letters to the Editor

    Bronchial stump reinforcement has been shown to significantly reduce the incidence of bronchopleural fistulas. Various coverage techniques have been described in the literature. While the azygous vein flap is ...

    Authors: Faisal Al-Mufarrej, Marc Margolis, Eric Strother, Barbara Tempesta and Farid Gharagozloo

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:22

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  4. Content type: Case report

    We report a case of aortoesophageal fistula (AEF) caused by a fish bone that had a successful outcome. Aortoesophageal fistula is a rare complication of foreign body ingestion from which few patients survive. ...

    Authors: Stephen L. Kelly, Paul Peters, Murray J. Ogg, Alan Li and Bernard M. Smithers

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:21

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Preoperative patients' characteristics can predict the need for perioperative blood component transfusion in cardiac surgical operations. The aim of this prospective observational study is to identify perioper...

    Authors: Elsayed M. Elmistekawy, Lee Errett and Hosam F. Fawzy

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:20

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Sternal instability with mediastinitis is a very serious complication after median sternotomy. Biomechanical studies have suggested superiority of rigid plate fixation over wire cerclage for sternal fixation. ...

    Authors: Hosam Fawzy, Nasser Alhodaib, C. David Mazer, Alana Harrington, David Latter, Daniel Bonneau, Lee Errett and James Mahoney

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:19

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  7. Content type: Case report

    Lobar torsion after lung resection is a quite rare complication. A 50-year-old woman presented typical features on chest radiographs and CT(computed tomography) scan of lobar torsion after a right upper lobect...

    Authors: Chih-Hao Chen, Tzu-Ti Hung, Tung-Ying Chen and Hung-Chang Liu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:16

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  8. Content type: Case report

    We report a case of a 26-year-old female, who presented at 34 weeks of an uncomplicated pregnancy with an acute ST elevation anterior wall myocardial infarction. Cardiac catheterization suggested a left main c...

    Authors: Shahid Rahman, Mohammed Abdul-Waheed, Tarek Helmy, Lynn C. Huffman, Vipin Koshal, Julian Guitron, Walter H. Merrill, David F. Lewis, Stephanie Dunlap, Yukitaka Shizukuda, Neal L. Weintraub, Cristopher Meyer and Mehmet Cilingiroglu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:15

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Aortic distensibility is an elasticity index of the aorta, and reflects aortic stiffness. Coronary artery disease has been found to be substantially associated with increased aortic stiffness. In this study we...

    Authors: Bülent Özdemir, Murat Biçer, Levent Özdemir, İbrahim Baran, Aysel Aydın Kaderli, Tunay Şentürk, Ali Emül, Zeynel Abidin Yetgin, Sümeyye Güllülü and Ali Aydınlar

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:14

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  10. Content type: Research article

    VATS has become a preferred method for benign surgical conditions, yet still remains controversial for malignancies. The purpose of this study was to review our results of pulmonary metastasectomies using both...

    Authors: Marilee Carballo, Mary S. Maish, Dawn E. Jaroszewski and Carmack E. Holmes

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:13

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  11. Content type: Case report

    A 59 year old man underwent mechanical tricuspid valve replacement and removal of pacemaker generator along with 4 pacemaker leads for pacemaker endocarditis and superior vena cava obstruction after an earlier...

    Authors: Pankaj Kaul, Krishna Adluri, Kalyana Javangula and Wasir Baig

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:12

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  12. Content type: Case report

    Rupture of the free wall of the left ventricle (LV) is a catastrophic complication occurring in 4% of patients after myocardial infarction (MI) and in 23% of those who die of MI. Rarely the rupture is containe...

    Authors: Giampaolo Zoffoli, Domenico Mangino, Andrea Venturini, Alberto Terrini, Angiolino Asta, Chiara Zanchettin and Elvio Polesel

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:11

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  13. Content type: Case report

    Management of an adult patient with aortic coarctation and an associated cardiac pathology poses a great surgical challenge since there are no standard guidelines for the therapy of such complex pathology. Deb...

    Authors: Efstratios Koletsis, Stella Ekonomidis, Nikolaos Panagopoulos, George Tsaousis, James Crockett and Matthew Panagiotou

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:10

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  14. Content type: Case report

    We describe a case of 68-year-old woman which was admitted to our hospital for mitral valve replacement (MVR), in whom acute compresion of the vena cava inferior developed after repair of lacerated atrio-caval...

    Authors: Raif Cavolli, Kaan Kaya and Altay Omer Elalmis

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:9

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to investigate the use of prophylactic magnesium sulphate and amiodarone in treating arrhythmias that may occur following coronary bypass grafting operations.

    Authors: Osman Tiryakioglu, Sinan Demirtas, Hasan Ari, Selma Kenar Tiryakioglu, Kagan Huysal, Ozer Selimoglu and Ahmet Ozyazicioglu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:8

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  16. Content type: Case report

    Coexistence of coronary artery disease and cancer with both requiring surgical treatment at the same time is rare. A 52 year male undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting was incidentally discovered...

    Authors: Pankaj Kaul, David JR Duthie, Somsekhar Ganti and Radhika Ramnath

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:7

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Deep sternal infections, also known as poststernotomy mediastinitis, are a rare but often fatal complication in cardiac surgery. They are a cause of increased morbidity and mortality and have a significant soc...

    Authors: Ina C Ennker, Anita Malkoc, Detlef Pietrowski, Peter M Vogt, Juergen Ennker and Alexander Albert

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:5

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Complications of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with mechanical defects are associated with poor prognosis. Surgical intervention is indicated for a majority of these patients. The goal of surgical interven...

    Authors: Kasim Oguz Coskun, Sinan Tolga Coskun, Aron Frederik Popov, Jose Hinz, Jan Dieter Schmitto, Kerstin Bockhorst, Kathrin Monika Stich and Reiner Koerfer

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:3

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  19. Content type: Case report

    We report an unusual case of an aortic type A dissection with a corpus alienum which compresses the right ventricle. The patient successfully underwent an aortic root replacement in deep hypothermia with re-im...

    Authors: Aron Frederik Popov, Mersa Mohammed Baryalei, Jan Dieter Schmitto, Jose Hinz, Christoph Hermann Wiese, Björn Raab, Philipp Kolat, Friedrich Albert Schoendube and Ralf Seipelt

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009 4:1

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  20. Content type: Case report

    We describe an exceptional case of non-fatal septic rupture of the ascending aorta in a patient with sternal dehiscence, deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) and pleural empyema after aortocoronary bypass surge...

    Authors: Christof M Sommer, Tobias Heye, Ulrike Stampfl, Ursula Tochtermann, Boris A Radeleff, Hans U Kauczor and Goetz M Richter

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:64

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Diabetes mellitus has become a major health issue in the United States and contributes to morbidity and mortality from coronary artery disease. Despite lifestyle changes and medications that have been shown to...

    Authors: Milo Engoren, Robert H Habib, Anoar Zacharias, Thomas A Schwann, Christopher J Riordan, Samuel J Durham and Aamir Shah

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:63

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  22. Content type: Review

    The valved conduit Contegra (bovine jugular vein) has being implanted for more than 7 years in the right ventricular outflow tract and it is noted that the available reports have been mixed. The aim of this st...

    Authors: Aristotle D Protopapas and Thanos Athanasiou

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:62

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  23. Content type: Case report

    A 48 year old man was transferred to our department with cardiogenic shock, pyrexia, a high white cell count and significant serum troponin T level. Clinical evaluation revealed severe mitral regurgitation sec...

    Authors: Federico Bizzarri, Consalvo Mattia, Massimo Ricci, Flaminia Coluzzi, Vincenzo Petrozza, Giacomo Frati, Giuseppe Pugliese and Luigi Muzzi

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:61

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this case series is to review our experience with spontaneous pneumomediastinum, review the available literature, and refine the current clinical approach to this uncommon condition.

    Authors: Faisal Al-Mufarrej, Jehangir Badar, Farid Gharagozloo, Barbara Tempesta, Eric Strother and Marc Margolis

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:59

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  25. Content type: Research article

    We examined the hypothesis that higher cerebral oxygen saturation (rSO2) during RCP is correlated with urinary output.

    Authors: Takashi Miyamoto, Kagami Miyaji, Hirotsugu Okamoto, Satoshi Kohira, Takahiro Tomoyasu, Nobuyuki Inoue and Kuniyoshi Ohara

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:58

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Re-expansion pulmonary edema (RPE) is an acute, rare and potentially lethal complication [1,2]. Its beginning is sudden and dramatic. The mechanism is not yet fully understood [1]. Some authors suggest that it...

    Authors: Orhan Yucel, Zeki Ilker Kunak, Enis Macit, Armagan Gunal, Alper Gozubuyuk, Husamettin Gul and Onur Genc

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:57

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  27. Content type: Case report

    Trans-cervical resection of posterior mediastinal goiters is usually very difficult, requiring a high thoracotomy. Until recently, using conventional video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery to resect such tumors ...

    Authors: Faisal Al-Mufarrej, Marc Margolis, Barbara Tempesta, Eric Strother and Farid Gharagozloo

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:55

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  28. Content type: Research article

    We sought to evaluate the geometric changes of the mitral leaflets, local and global LV remodeling in patients with left ventricular dysfunction and varying degrees of Functional mitral regurgitation (FMR).

    Authors: Anita Sadeghpour, Firoozeh Abtahi, Majid Kiavar, Maryam Esmaeilzadeh, Niloofar Samiei, Seyedeh Zahra Ojaghi, Hooman Bakhshandeh, Majid Maleki, Feridoun Noohi and Ahmad Mohebbi

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:54

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  29. Content type: Case report

    Inflammatory pseudotumors are quasineoplastic lesions that occur in the lungs as well as other extrapulmonary sites. The heart is an uncommon site of origin. We report a valvular pseudotumor that produced chro...

    Authors: Pradeep Vaideeswar, Anil M. Patwardhan and Pragati A. Sathe

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:53

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Given the growing population of cardiac surgery patients with impaired preoperative cardiac function and rapidly expanding surgical techniques, continued efforts to improve myocardial protection strategies are...

    Authors: Fellery de Lange, Kenji Yoshitani, Mihai V Podgoreanu, Hilary P Grocott and G Burkhard Mackensen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:51

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy (VATS) is an established minimally invasive procedure for thoracic sympathetic blockade in patients with hyperhidrosis, facial flushing and intractable angina. Variou...

    Authors: Sridhar Rathinam, Prakash Nanjaiah, Sivakumar Sivalingam and Pala B Rajesh

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:50

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  32. Content type: Case report

    We report a rare case of a limited chronic dissection of the ascending aorta that was accidentally discovered at operation performed for severe aortic stenosis and moderate to severe dilatation of the ascendin...

    Authors: Andrea Venturini, Giampaolo Zoffoli, Domenico Mangino, Raimondo Ascione, Alberto Terrini, Angiolino Asta, Gianni Angelini and Elvio Polesel

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:49

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  33. Content type: Study protocol

    Postoperative pulmonary and shoulder complications are important causes of postoperative morbidity following thoracotomy. While physiotherapy aims to prevent or minimise these complications, currently there ar...

    Authors: Julie C Reeve, Kristine Nicol, Kathy Stiller, Kathryn M McPherson and Linda Denehy

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:48

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Currently there are no direct estimates of mortality reduction afforded by coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG) that take into account the deaths among patients for whom coronary revascularization was indica...

    Authors: Boris G Sobolev, Guy Fradet, Robert Hayden, Lisa Kuramoto, Adrian R Levy and Mark J FitzGerald

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:47

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  35. Content type: Case report

    Right-sided infective endocarditis is uncommon. This is primarily seen in patients with intravenous drug use, pacemaker or central venous lines, or congenital heart disease. The vast majority of cases involve ...

    Authors: Katsufumi Nishida, Osamu Fukuyama and Dean S Nakamura

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:46

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  36. Content type: Research article

    In our study we compared the Ringer solution, which is the standard prime solution of our department, with the HES (Hydroxyethyl starch) 130-0.4 solution, which can be a potential alternative prime solution wi...

    Authors: Osman Tiryakioğlu, Gürdeniz Yıldız, Hakan Vural, Tugrul Goncu, Ahmet Ozyazıcıoglu and Şenol Yavuz

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:45

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  37. Content type: Case report

    We report a 72 year-old man with dysphagia and dizziness. Aortography and Computed tomographic scans revealed the aberrant right subclavian artery arising from a calcified aneurysm of the Kommerell's diverticu...

    Authors: Jose Rubio J Alvarez, Sierra JL Quiroga, Adrio B Nazar, Martinez JM Comendador and Garcia J Carro

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:43

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  38. Content type: Review

    To review the literature and assess the cumulative data on the Nuss operation in children on its twenty years' anniversary: The Nuss procedure corrects the pectus excavatum by minimal access semi-permanent ins...

    Authors: Aristotle D Protopapas and Thanos Athanasiou

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 3:40

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