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  1. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  2. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  4. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  5. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  6. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  7. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  8. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  9. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  10. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  11. 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

    Content type: Case study

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  12. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  13. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  15. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  16. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  17. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  18. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  19. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  20. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  21. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  22. 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

    Content type: Case study

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  23. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Left ventricular free wall rupture after myocardial infarction has a high mortality. Suturing techniques of repair may be technically difficult and require cardiopulmonary bypass. We report a case of left vent...

    Authors: Hunaid A Vohra, Samena Chaudhry, Christopher MR Satur, Mary Heber, Rob Butler and Paul D Ridley

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:11

    Content type: Case report

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  25. The use of apical suction devices has been well described for maintaining satisfactory haemodynamics during off-pump surgical coronary revascularization. Its expanded use has been described in a few other situ...

    Authors: Manoj Kuduvalli, Colin Monaghan and Brian M Fabri

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:9

    Content type: Case report

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  26. Trauma is the third most common cause of death in the West. In the US, approximately 90,000 deaths annually are traumatic in nature and over 75% of casualties from blunt trauma are due to chest injuries. Cardi...

    Authors: Pankaj Kaul, Ganti Somsekhar and Graeme Macauley

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:8

    Content type: Case report

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  27. Aortic stenosis is the most common valvular heart disease affecting up to 4% of the elderly population. It can be associated with dilatation of the ascending aorta and subsequent dissection. Post-stenotic dila...

    Authors: Emma Wilton and Marjan Jahangiri

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:7

    Content type: Review

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  28. The morphological and functional differences between arteries and veins may have implications on coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) survival. Although subjective differences have been observed between radial ...

    Authors: William CF Chong, Peter Collins, Carolyn M Webb, Anthony C De Souza, John R Pepper, Christopher S Hayward and Neil E Moat

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:4

    Content type: Research article

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  29. To assess variations in decisions to revascularise patients with coronary heart disease between general cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons

    Authors: MA Denvir, JP Pell, AJ Lee, J Rysdale, RJ Prescott, H Eteiba, A Walker, P Mankad and IR Starkey

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2006 1:2

    Content type: Research article

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