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  1. Content type: Case report

    The treatment of hemotogenous solitary sternal metastases by breast cancer remains a controversial issue. Sternal resection for select patients might provide good long-term local control.

    Authors: Nozomu Motono, Kenichi Shimada, Toru Kamata and Hidetaka Uramoto

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:79

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  2. Content type: Research article

    TEA (thoracic epidural analgesia) is considered a basic method of analgesia used in thoracic surgeries. PVB (paravertebral block) is an alternative method. The thesis compares effectiveness of both methods in ...

    Authors: Małgorzata Edyta Wojtyś, Józef Wąsikowski, Norbert Wójcik, Janusz Wójcik, Piotr Wasilewski, Piotr Lisowski and Tomasz Grodzki

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:78

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  3. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate the potential for right ventricular reverse remodelling after pulmonary valve replacement using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, in adults with corrected tetralogy of Fallot and severe pulmonary...

    Authors: Henrik Guné, Johan Sjögren, Marcus Carlsson, Ronny Gustafsson, Pia Sjöberg and Shahab Nozohoor

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:77

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Primary cardiac tumors are rare and the majorities are benign. Conventional surgical treatment uses median sternotomy, while minimally invasive surgery from right anterolateral minithoracotomy has become an al...

    Authors: Congcong Luo, Jiaquan Zhu, Chunrong Bao, Fangbao Ding and Ju Mei

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:76

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  5. Content type: Research article

    MitraClip implantation is a valid interventional option that offers acceptable short-term results. Surgery after failed MitraClip procedures remains challenging in high-risk patients. The data on these cases a...

    Authors: Sabreen Mkalaluh, Marcin Szczechowicz, Matthias Karck and Alexander Weymann

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:75

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  6. Content type: Research article

    We aimed to investigate the predictive value of the prognostic nutritional index (PNI) regarding the development of acute kidney injury (AKI) after elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).

    Authors: Ahmet Dolapoglu, Eyup Avci, Tuncay Kiris and Onursal Bugra

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:74

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Rapid rehabilitation surgery has become a widely accepted approach. Thoracic surgeons have attempted in many ways to make surgery less invasive. We combined tubeless technology, single-port technology and medi...

    Authors: Xiaojian Li, Xiaojin Wang, Huayong Zhang, Hua Cheng and Qingdong Cao

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:71

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Transthoracic device closure of ventricular septal defect (VSD) is widely used in the clinic, especially in China. Changes in inflammatory marker levels after transthoracic device closure of VSD in pediatric p...

    Authors: Jiang-Shan Huang, Qiang Chen, Liang-Wan Chen, Yur-Ren Kuo, Zhi-Nuan Hong and Hua Cao

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:70

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  9. Content type: Case report

    Foreign body left after surgery surrounded by a foreign body reaction otherwise known as gossypiboma, have been first described in 1884. Although it occurs rarely, it can lead to various complications which in...

    Authors: Fatmir Caushi, Lindita Çoku, Ilir Skenduli, Daniela Xhemalaj, Arian Mezini, Emira Hysa and Francesco Rulli

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:69

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  10. Content type: Case report

    Traumatic aortic arch rupture with pseudoaneurysm is a rare high fatal injury. Thoracic endovascular aortic repair(TEVAR) is widely used in the treatment of aortic diseases. However a unified traumatic aortic ...

    Authors: Shoujun Tang, Shengjie Tang, Li Yu, Yongheng Zhang and Haining Zhou

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:68

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  11. Content type: Case report

    Postpneumonectomy syndrome is a rare complication of pneumonectomy characterized by mediastinal shift toward the pneumonectomy cavity. Bronchopleural fistula (BPF) is another infrequent complication causing in...

    Authors: Max S. Yudovich, Eliza W. Beal, Desmond M. D’Souza, Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, Robert E. Merritt and Peter J. Kneuertz

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:67

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  12. Content type: Case report

    Leukemoid reaction (LR) is defined as a reactive leucocytosis with WBC counts exceeding 50,000/mm3, and a significant increase in early neutrophil precursors. LR may be a paraneoplastic manifestation of various m...

    Authors: Ge Yu, Huaijun Ji, Chuizheng Meng, Yixuan Huang, Guogang Gao, Chuanping Liu, Shanlei Wang, Lei Zhang and Jin Ju

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:66

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  13. Content type: Case report

    The right aortic arch and aortic coarctation are rare congenital anomalies with the incidence of 0.1% and 0.03–0.04%. We present a case report of a 51-year-old woman with the right aortic arch with aberrant le...

    Authors: Frantisek Sabol, Peter Candik, Adrian Kolesar and Tomas Toporcer

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:65

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Bleeding is a significant complication in cardiac surgery and is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. This study evaluated the impact of bleeding on length of stay (LOS) and critical care utili...

    Authors: Nawwar Al-Attar, Stephen Johnston, Nadine Jamous, Sameer Mistry, Ena Ghosh, Gaurav Gangoli, Walter Danker, Katherine Etter and Eric Ammann

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:64

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to determine the prognostic value of lymph node status in patients with pathologic N2 (pN2) stage IIIA small cell lung cancer (SCLC).

    Authors: Rong Qiao, Runbo Zhong, Jianlin Xu, Yanwei Zhang, Bo Zhang, Shuyuan Wang, Yuqing Lou, Dongfang Chen, Qing Chang, Yizhuo Zhao and Baohui Han

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:63

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  16. Content type: Research article

    This study investigated the extent and nature of cardiac morbidity and cause of mortality in patients with Mitroflow structural valve deterioration (SVD).

    Authors: Farhad Waziri, Zarmiga Karunanithi, Brian Bridal Løgstrup, Vibeke Hjortdal, Per Hostrup Nielsen and Steen Hvitfeldt Poulsen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:62

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  17. Content type: Research article

    A prospective, multi-center study (RECON) was conducted to evaluate the clinical outcomes of pericardial closure using a decellularized extracellular matrix (ECM) graft derived from porcine small intestinal su...

    Authors: Alfredo Rego, Patricia C. Cheung, William J. Harris, Kevin M. Brady, Jeffrey Newman and Robert Still

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:61

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common complication after radical surgery of esophageal cancer. The aim of this study was to explore AF risk factors after radical surgery of esophageal carcinoma.

    Authors: Jun Tang, Jian-zhu Zhao, Kai-ming Ren, Fu-shuang Zheng, Xi-wen Wang, Hai-jun Liu, Jun-gang Zhao and Ji-bin Lu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:60

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  19. Content type: Case report

    Intraoperative epicardial ultrasonography of coronary artery bypass graft anastomoses is a procedure used for anatomical quality assessment of peripheral anastomoses during coronary artery bypass grafting. How...

    Authors: Jan Jesper Andreasen, Dorte Nøhr and Alex Skovsbo Jørgensen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:59

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The aims of this study were to determine the recurrence rate and the prognostic factors for recurrence-free survival (RFS) in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) patients without lymph node metastasis (L...

    Authors: Gang Lin, Haibo Liu and Jian Li

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:58

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Recently, several reports investigating tumor doubling times (TDTs) in lung cancer have demonstrated that lung cancer patients with shorter TDTs have poor prognoses. Although data have shown that the solid com...

    Authors: Kentaro Miura, Kazutoshi Hamanaka, Tomonobu Koizumi, Satoshi Kawakami, Nobutaka Kobayashi and Ken-ichi Ito

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:57

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Substantial development of cardiac computed tomography angiography (CTA) technology in the last decade has commanded to increase usage of this modality for assessing infective endocarditis (IE). The objective ...

    Authors: Narumol Chaosuwannakit and Pattarapong Makarawate

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:56

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The incidence of perioperative myocardial infarction is reported to 2–8%. The aim of the study (retrospectively registered) was to evaluate whether control coronary angiography after surgery is useful in case ...

    Authors: Leopold Rupprecht, Christof Schmid, Kurt Debl, Dirk Lunz, Bernhard Flörchinger and Andreas Keyser

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:54

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  24. Content type: Letter to the Editor

    This letter re-assesses a publication in the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery entitled ‘Vibration transmittance measures sternotomy stability – a preliminary study in human cadavers.’ The roles of ultrasound ...

    Authors: Aaron R. Casha, Kieran Chircop, Marilyn Gauci and Joseph N. Grima

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:53

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  25. Content type: Case report

    Coronary artery aneurysms (CAA) are defined as localized coronary artery dilations more than 1.5 times the diameter of the adjacent segments [1]. Giant coronary aneurysms (GCAA) are unusual and aneurysms on th...

    Authors: Raymond Pfister, Yalda Sadeghi, Javier Orrit and René Prêtre

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:52

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Cardiac surgery-associated acute kidney injury (CSA-AKI) is a serious postoperative complication of cardiac surgery, an episode of which impacts on patient morbidity and mortality. Pulse wave velocity (PWV; a ...

    Authors: Sharlene A. Greenwood, Emmanuel Mangahis, Ellen M. Castle, Joe Wang, Jackie Campbell, Ranjit Deshpande and Satish Jayawardene

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:51

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  27. Content type: Case report

    Tracheobronchial malignant stenosis is a life-threatening condition which may cause recurrent infections due to lung atelectasis. Despite immunotherapy is less toxic than standard chemotherapy, recurrent lung ...

    Authors: Alfonso Fiorelli, Fabio Perrotta, Mariano Mollica, Mario Santini, Fabiana Vitiello, Marina Gilli, Cecilia Calabrese and Andrea Bianco

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:50

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Congenital tracheal malformations are less common than congenital cardiac diseases and surgical repair of these anomalies is complex. We sought to examine the surgical treatment and outcomes in cases of trache...

    Authors: Huu Vinh Vu, Quang Khanh Huynh and Viet Dang Quang Nguyen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:49

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  29. Content type: Case report

    Angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma (AFH) is a soft-tissue tumor that generally affects the extremities of children and young adults. AFH overlaps with primary pulmonary myxoid sarcoma (PPMS) and can occur in unu...

    Authors: Wobbe Bouma, Kor Johan Koning, Albert J. H. Suurmeijer, Dirk Jan Slebos, Massimo A. Mariani and Theo J. Klinkenberg

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:48

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  30. Content type: Case report

    Obstruction of the left or right coronary artery is a rare but lethal complication during transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The new J-Valve™ prosthesis is a new second generation TAVI device whic...

    Authors: Hong Qian, Yucheng Chen, Zhaoyun Cheng and Yingqiang Guo

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:47

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Minimally invasive McKeown esophagectomy is an important surgical approach for esophageal cancer. Anastomotic leak is one of its common and serious complications. We assumed that the preoperative risk factors ...

    Authors: Chuan Gao, Gang Xu, Changyong Wang and Dong Wang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:46

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Rib fractures are common injuries sustained by patients who experience high-impact chest trauma, and they result in severe respiratory compromise because of the altered mechanics of respiration. Several studie...

    Authors: Xin Liu and Kai Xiong

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:45

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Preemptive thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is an advanced treatment that has possibility to improve late outcomes in patients with subacute type B aortic dissection. However, it may not be the trea...

    Authors: Ken Nakamura, Tetsuro Uchida, Azumi Hamasaki and Mitsuaki Sadahiro

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:44

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been widely used for diagnostic wedge resection of lung nodules. When VATS is performed for multiple lung nodules, preoperative localization for each target nodu...

    Authors: Yu-Fei Fu, Yong-Guang Gao, Miao Zhang, Tao Wang, Yi-Bing Shi and Ya-Yong Huang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:43

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  35. Content type: Case report

    Selecting the proper surgical approach for mediastinal tumors in the thoracic outlet is difficult. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery is ideal because of the less invasiveness; however, it is often difficult...

    Authors: Hidenao Kayawake, Toyofumi F. Chen-Yoshikawa and Hiroshi Date

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:42

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  36. Content type: Case report

    Only 4.1% of tricuspid valve IE cases require surgical intervention. The complication after tricuspid valve IE with lung abscess and empyema is rare.

    Authors: Ya-Fu Cheng, Yung-Kun Hsieh, Bing-Yen Wang, Ching-Yugn Cheng and Chang-Lun Huang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:41

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  37. Content type: Case report

    Anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery is a congenital heart disease in which myocardial ischemia occurs within 1 year of birth. Adults have been reported to survive owing to the development ...

    Authors: Kazuki Mori, Hirofumi Anai, Tomoyuki Wada, Takashi Shuto and Shinji Miyamoto

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:40

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Heparinized solution (HS) use for the maintenance of arterial cannulas has been associated with coagulation disorders and has not been conclusively shown to confer additional benefits over normal saline (NS) a...

    Authors: Jianqiu Xiong, Tuo Pan, Hua Jin, Xiaoli Xie, Yan Wang and Dongjin Wang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:39

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  39. Content type: Case report

    A saccular aneurysm located at the bifurcation of the left main coronary artery (LMCA) is an extremely rare condition. A major cause of left main coronary aneurysm is atherosclerosis, and common complications ...

    Authors: Tomohiro Iwakura, Kouji Toguchi, Ippei Kato and Noriko Asakawa

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:38

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  40. Content type: Correction

    The original article [1] contained an error whereby all authors’ names were mistakenly inverted. This error has now been corrected.

    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 14:37

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    The original article was published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:7

  41. Content type: Case report

    Extended sleeve lobectomy is rarely applied to pulmonary surgery for primary lung cancer to avoid a pneumonectomy. As there is a size discrepancy between main bronchus and peripheral bronchus, ingenuity to imp...

    Authors: Mitsunori Higuchi, Masayuki Watanabe, Kotaro Endo, Ikuro Oshibe, Nobutoshi Soeta, Takuro Saito, Hiroshi Hojo and Hiroyuki Suzuki

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:36

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  42. Content type: Case report

    Congenital arterial abnormalities are unusual causes of hemoptysis in elder patients. Appropriate image examination and recognition of the variant vessels are crucial in achieving precise diagnosis and success...

    Authors: Chun-Lin Kuo, Kuan-Hsun Lin, Kai-Hsiung Ko and Tsai-Wang Huang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:35

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The efficacy of using a sutureless approach in order to surgically manage postoperative pulmonary vein stenosis following total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage (TAPVD) has been reported, though outcomes of...

    Authors: Yongfeng Zhu, Hewen Qi and Yunzhou Jin

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:34

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  44. Content type: Case report

    Congenital coronary artery fistula in association with aneurysm of the involved coronary artery in adults is rare. Moreover, the right coronary artery- left atrial fistula is also uncommon. Most of the cases a...

    Authors: Neerod Kumar Jha, Laszlo Kiraly, Nishant Shah, Arif Al Mulla and Bassem Mora

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:33

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The extent of pericardiectomy is an important issue in constrictive pericarditis but its impact on long-term outcomes has been rarely reported. We compared long-term results of radical pericardiectomy with con...

    Authors: Min Suk Choi, Dong Seop Jeong, Jae K. Oh, Sung-A Chang, Sung-Ji Park and Suryeun Chung

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:32

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  46. Content type: Correction

    The original article [1] contains slight errors whereby several terms in the first column of Tables 1, 2, and 3 have an erroneous ‘p’ preceding them.

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

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:31

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    The original article was published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:11

  47. Content type: Case report

    Primary cardiac sarcomas are exceedingly rare, and they commonly result in nonspecific constitutional symptoms such as shortness of breath, weight loss, and anaemia-related fatigue and malaise. However, thromb...

    Authors: Guodong Zhang, Qing Gao, Shenglong Chen and Yu Chen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:30

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