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  1. Kartagener syndrome consists of congenital bronchiectasis, sinusitis, and total situs inversus in half of the patients. A patient diagnosed with Kartagener syndrome was reffered to our department due to 3-vess...

    Authors: Ioannis Bougioukas, Dimitrios Mikroulis, Bernhard Danner, Lukman Lawal, Savvas Eleftheriadis, George Bougioukas and Vassilios Didilis
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:68
  2. Limited published data are available on how patients are mobilized and exercised during the postoperative hospital stay following cardiac surgery. The aim of this survey was to determine current practice of ph...

    Authors: Elisabeth Westerdahl and Margareta Möller
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:67
  3. Cogan's syndrome is a rare disorder of unknown origin characterized by inflammatory ocular disease and vestibuloauditory symptoms. Systemic vasculitis is found in about 10% of cases.

    Authors: Gabriele Weissen-Plenz, Ömer Sezer, Christian Vahlhaus, Horst Robenek, Andreas Hoffmeier, Tonny DT Tjan, Hans H Scheld and Jürgen R Sindermann
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:66
  4. It is common knowledge that cocaine has been linked to the development of various acute and chronic cardiovascular complications including acute coronary syndromes. We present a young, male patient, drug abuse...

    Authors: Efstratios Apostolakis, Grigorios Tsigkas, Nikolaos G Baikoussis, Ioanna Koniari and Dimitrios Alexopoulos
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:65
  5. Plate and screw fixation is a recent addition to the sternal wound treatment armamentarium. Patients undergoing cardiac and major vascular surgery have a higher risk of postoperative arrest than other elective...

    Authors: Douglas R McKay, Hosam F Fawzy, Kathryn M McKay, Romy Nitsch and James L Mahoney
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:64
  6. Previous reports have suggested that the appearance of pleural effusions (i.e., the presence or absence of blood) might help to establish the etiology of the effusions. This study explores the relationship bet...

    Authors: Bulent Ozcakar, Carlos H Martinez, Rodolfo C Morice, Georgie A Eapen, David Ost, Mona G Sarkiss, Hsienchang T Chiu and Carlos A Jimenez
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:63
  7. Acute respiratory dysfunction syndrome (ARDS), defined as acute hypoxemia accompanied by radiographic pulmonary infiltrates without a clearly identifiable cause, is a major cause of morbidity and mortality aft...

    Authors: Serdar Şen, Selda Şen, Ekrem Şentürk and Nilgün Kanlıoğlu Kuman
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:62
  8. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of autologous blood pleurodesis in the management of persistent air leak in spontaneous pneumothorax.

    Authors: Dimos Karangelis, Georgios I Tagarakis, Marios Daskalopoulos, Georgios Skoumis, Nicholaos Desimonas, Vasileios Saleptsis, Theocharis Koufakis, Athanasios Drakos, Dimitrios Papadopoulos and Nikolaos B Tsilimingas
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:61
  9. Statin pretreatment has been associated with a decrease in myocardial ischemia markers after various procedures and cardiovascular events. This study examined the potential beneficial effects of preoperative a...

    Authors: Erdal Ege, Yüksel Dereli, Sevil Kurban and Ali Sarigül
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:60
  10. A 40 year-old female, with a history of cardiac surgery for congenital aortic valve stenosis and von Willebrand's disease (VWD) presented with increasing shortness of breath due to mixed aortic valve dysfuncti...

    Authors: Kasra Shaikhrezai, Usman Bashir, Sheena Millar, Julia Anderson and Edward T Brackenbury
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:59
  11. The management of mild to moderate dilatation of the ascending aorta of less than 5 cm is controversial, particularly when concomitant surgical correction of aortic valve is required. We investigate the impact...

    Authors: Keng-Leong Ang, Furqan Raheel, Amrita Bajaj, Andrzej Sosnowski and Manuel Galiñanes
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:58
  12. We present a case of a 77-year old female who had undergone a coronary artery bypass grafting with an aortic valve replacement and developed three month later a Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRS...

    Authors: Aron F Popov, Jan D Schmitto, Theodor Tirilomis, Christian Bireta, Kasim O Coskun, Suyog A Mokashi, Alexander Emmert, Martin Friedrich, Christoph H Wiese and Friedrich A Schoendube
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:57
  13. Redo open-heart surgery and sternal reentry in patients with previous deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) and absence of sternal integrity can be a delicate and morbid task due the lack of a dissection plane b...

    Authors: Richard Baillot, Éric Dumont and Pierre Voisine
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:56
  14. A 45-year-old man presented with a six-month history of progressive dyspnea with productive cough and wheezing. The patient was a heavy smoker and had a history of tongue cancer, hypertension, and asthma. Ches...

    Authors: Chien-Kuang Chen, Chia-Ing Jan, Jian-Shun Tsai, Hsu-Chih Huang, Pin-Ru Chen, Yu-Sen Lin, Chih-Yi Chen and Hsin-Yuan Fang
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:55
  15. Cardiogenic shock has a poor prognosis with established treatment strategies. We report a 62 years old man with heart failure exacerbating into refractory cardiogenic shock successfully treated with the combin...

    Authors: Håvard Keilegavlen, Jan Erik Nordrehaug, Svein Faerestrand, Rune Fanebust, Reidar Pettersen, Rune Haaverstad and Vegard Tuseth
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:54
  16. Sternal dehiscence is a serious complication after cardiac surgery. Sternal refixation, performed by simple rewiring or techniqual modification of rewiring as described by Robicsek, can fail, overall when the ...

    Authors: Fabrizio Ceresa, Giuseppe Casablanca and Francesco Patanè
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:53
  17. Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (AV) is a pathological process of vascular remodeling leading to late graft loss following cardiac transplantation. While there is consensus that AV is alloimmune mediated, and e...

    Authors: Chelsey L King, Jennifer J Devitt, Timothy DG Lee and Camille L Hancock Friesen
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:52
  18. The objective of this study was to evaluate postoperative outcome and efficacy of a hydrogel tissue sealant for prevention of alveolar leakage after open lung resections.

    Authors: Sebastian Dango, Rong Lin, Ellen Hennings and Bernward Passlick
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:50
  19. An 83-year-old man presented with worsening of respiratory discomfort and underwent close examination, which revealed a large mediastinal lipoma measuring 15 × 10 cm. The patient showed heart failure symptoms ...

    Authors: Noritoshi Minematsu, Naoki Minato, Keiji Kamohara and Takeshi Hakuba
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:48
  20. Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a new treatment for refractory heart failure. However, most heart failure patients treated with CRT are middle-aged or old patients with idiopathic or ischemic dilate...

    Authors: Takahiro Mima, Shiro Baba, Noritaka Yokoo, Shinji Kaichi, Takahiro Doi, Hiraku Doi and Toshio Heike
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:47
  21. We reviewed our experience with non-iatrogenic traumatic cervical esophageal perforations, paying particular attention to factors affecting the outcome of such cases.

    Authors: Serdar Onat, Refik Ulku, Kemal M Cigdem, Alper Avci and Cemal Ozcelik
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:46
  22. Prolonged postoperative air leaks (AL) are a major cause of morbidity. Aim of this work was evaluating use of a Lung Sealant System (Pleuraseal™, Covidien, Mansfield, MA, U.S.A.) in pleural decortications for ...

    Authors: Luca Bertolaccini, Paraskevas Lybéris and Emilpaolo Manno
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:45
  23. Saphenous vein remains the most common conduit for coronary artery bypass grafting with increasing uptake of minimally invasive harvesting techniques. While Endoscopic Vein Harvest (EVH) has been demonstrated ...

    Authors: Bilal H Kirmani, James B Barnard, Faisal Mourad, Nadene Blakeman, Karen Chetcuti and Joseph Zacharias
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:44
  24. The arterial cannulation site for optimal tissue perfusion and cerebral protection during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) for surgical treatment of acute type A aortic dissection remains controversial. Right axil...

    Authors: Efstratios E Apostolakis, Nikolaos G Baikoussis, Konstantinos Katsanos and Menelaos Karanikolas
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:43
  25. There are few long-term mortality prediction studies after acute aortic dissection (AAD) Type A and none were performed using new models such as neural networks (NN) or support vector machines (SVM) which may ...

    Authors: Francesco Macrina, Paolo E Puddu, Alfonso Sciangula, Marco Totaro, Fausto Trigilia, Mauro Cassese and Michele Toscano
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:42
  26. This study was conducted to evaluate baseline INVOS values and identify factors influencing preoperative baseline INVOS values in carotid endarterectomy and cardiac surgery patients.

    Authors: Nikolaos G Baikoussis, Menelaos Karanikolas, Stavros Siminelakis, Miltiadis Matsagas and Georgios Papadopoulos
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:41
  27. Volume-rendered images, derived from multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT), can facilitate assessment of the morphology of partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection and are thus useful in pre-operat...

    Authors: Hirofumi Kasahara, Ryo Aeba, Yutaka Tanami and Ryohei Yozu
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:40
  28. Many patients with end-stage cardiomyopathy are now being implanted with Total Artificial Hearts (TAHs). We have observed individual cases of post-operative mechanical ventilator autocycling with a flow trigge...

    Authors: Allen B Shoham, Bhavesh Patel, Francisco A Arabia and Michael J Murray
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:39
  29. A 76-year-old woman with a history of percutaneous transvenous mitral commissurotomy and repeated hospital admissions due to heart failure was referred for an operation for severe mitral valve stenosis. She pr...

    Authors: Naoto Fukunaga, Takashi Hashimoto, Yasuhisa Ozu, Shigeru Komori, Yu Shomura, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Michihiro Nasu and Yukikatsu Okada
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:38
  30. Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is often used to treat patients with significant coronary heart disease (CHD). To date, multiple longitudinal and cross-sectional studies have examined the association be...

    Authors: Tam K Dao, Nagy A Youssef, Raja R Gopaldas, Danny Chu, Faisal Bakaeen, Emily Wear and Deleene Menefee
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:36
  31. Aortic anomaly in which a right-sided aortic arch associated with Kommerell's diverticulum and aberrant left subclavian artery is rare. The present report describes a patient with type-B aortic dissection acco...

    Authors: Yukio Obitsu, Nobusato Koizumi, Toru Iwahashi, Naozumi Saiki and Hiroshi Shigematsu
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:35
  32. High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) energy has evolved as a new surgical tool to treat atrial fibrillation (AF). We evaluated safety and efficacy of AF ablation with HIFU and analyzed predictors of succes...

    Authors: Simon Schopka, Christof Schmid, Andreas Keyser, Ariane Kortner, Julia Tafelmeier, Claudius Diez, Leopold Rupprecht and Michael Hilker
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:34
  33. Chronic hypoxia induces pulmonary hypertension in mice. Smooth muscle cell hyperplasia and medial thickening characterize the vasculature of these animals. Thrombospondin-1 null (TSP-1-/-) mice spontaneously deve...

    Authors: Cristhiaan D Ochoa, Lunyin Yu, Essam Al-Ansari, Charles A Hales and Deborah A Quinn
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:32
  34. Although off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) surgery has many beneficial effects compared with on-pump surgery, switch to on-pump surgery has significantly higher risks of operative mortality. Benefits of ...

    Authors: Kaan Kaya, Raif Cavolli, Alpaslan Telli, Mehmet Fazil Tolga Soyal, Alp Aslan, Gökhan Gokaslan, Şahin Mursel and Refik Tasoz
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:31
  35. We describe a case of a patient assisted by extracorporeal life support, in which we obtained the dynamic filling index, a measure for venous volume during extracorporeal life support, and used this index to a...

    Authors: Antoine P Simons, Marcus D Lancé, Koen D Reesink, Frederik H van der Veen, Patrick W Weerwind and Jos G Maessen
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:30
  36. Preoperative left ventricular dysfunction is an established risk factor for early and late mortality after revascularization. This retrospective analysis demonstrates the effects of preoperative ejection fract...

    Authors: Mohamed A Soliman Hamad, Albert HM van Straten, Jacques PAM Schönberger, Joost F ter Woorst, Andre M de Wolf, Elisabeth J Martens and André AJ van Zundert
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:29
  37. We herein present a 60 years old woman with Takayasu arteritis and an extensive thoracic aortic aneurysm who initially underwent a total aortic arch replacement. Then, in the second stage, thoracic endovascula...

    Authors: Yukio Obitsu, Nobusato Koizumi, Naozumi Saiki, Satoshi Kawaguchi and Hiroshi Shigematsu
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:28
  38. Malignant pleural effusion is a common sequelae in patients with certain malignancies. It represents a terminal condition with short median survival (in terms of months) and the goal is palliation. Aim of our ...

    Authors: Nikolaos Barbetakis, Christos Asteriou, Fani Papadopoulou, Georgios Samanidis, Dimitrios Paliouras, Athanassios Kleontas, Konstantina Lyriti, Ioannis Katsikas and Christodoulos Tsilikas
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:27
  39. The objectives of this study were to determine the risk factors for relative adrenal insufficiency in cardiopulmonary bypass patients and the impact on postoperative vasopressor requirements.

    Authors: José L Iribarren, Juan J Jiménez, Domingo Hernández, Lisset Lorenzo, Maitane Brouard, Antonio Milena, María L Mora and Rafael Martínez
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:26
  40. Despite the advantages of bilateral mammary coronary revascularization, many surgeons are still restricting this technique to the young patients. The objective of this study is to demonstrate the safety and po...

    Authors: Wael Hassanein, Yasser Y Hegazy, Alexander Albert, Ina C Ennker, Ulrich Rosendahl, Stefan Bauer and Juergen Ennker
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:25
  41. We present an interesting case of a 53-year-old man with a non-patent ductus arteriosus erroneously diagnosed as acute thoracic aorta transection after a car accident. The aortography revealed a "rupture" of t...

    Authors: Efstratios E Apostolakis, Nikolaos G Baikoussis, Christina Kalogeropoulou, Efstratios Koletsis, Ioanna Koniari, Dimitrios Karnabatidis and Menelaos Karanikolas
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:24
  42. Myxomatous mitral regurgitation (type II Carpentier's functional classification) affects about 1-2% of the population. This represents a very common indication for valve surgery resulting in a low percentage o...

    Authors: Federico Bizzarri, Antonella Tudisco, Massimo Ricci, David Rose and Giacomo Frati
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:22
  43. Tube thoracostomy (TT) is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in thoracic surgery clinics. The procedure might have to be repeated due to ineffective drainage in patients with tube malposition (TM),...

    Authors: Koray Dural, Gultekin Gulbahar, Bulent Kocer and Unal Sakinci
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:21
  44. The early and intermediate outcome of patients requiring intraaortic balloon pump (IABP) was studied in a cohort of 2697 adult cardiac surgical patients.

    Authors: Haralabos Parissis, Michael Leotsinidis, Mohammad Tauqeer Akbar, Efstratios Apostolakis and Dimitrios Dougenis
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010 5:20

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