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  1. Content type: Research article

    Minimally invasive approaches such as perventricular closure of ventricular septal defects (VSD) have been applied for the surgical correction of congenital heart defects in order to avoid disadvantages relate...

    Authors: Yunfei Ling, Yue Wang, Qiang Fan and Yongjun Qian

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:125

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  2. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the methods and clinical efficacy of reconstruction of chest defects with titanium sternal fixation system after the surgical resection of sternal tumors.

    Authors: Erji Gao, Yang Li, Tiancheng Zhao, Xiang Guo, Weiwei He, Weiming Wu, Yonghong Zhao and Yi Yang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:124

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  3. Content type: Research article

    To determine if non-invasive oxygenation indices, namely peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SpO2)/fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO2) and partial pressure of alveolar oxygen (PAO2)/FiO2 may be used as effecti...

    Authors: Farshid R. Bashar, Amir Vahedian-Azimi, Behrooz Farzanegan, Reza Goharani, Seyedpouzhia Shojaei, Sevak Hatamian, Seyed M. M. Mosavinasab, Masoum Khoshfetrat, Mohammad A. K. Khatir, Anna Tomdio and Andrew C. Miller

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:123

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) using saphenous vein grafts (SVG) is vitiated by poor long-term patency of the vein grafts. Pedicled SVG harvested with the “no-touch” (NT) technique have demonstrated im...

    Authors: Mikael Janiec, Örjan Friberg and Stefan Thelin

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:122

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to delineate impacts of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), flow demand, and status of myocardium on graft flow.

    Authors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Akitoshi Takazawa, Akihiro Yoshitake, Masato Tochii, Chiho Tokunaga, Jun Hayashi, Hiroaki Izumida, Daisuke Kaneyuki, Toshihisa Asakura and Atsushi Iguchi

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:121

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The introduction of the new TNM staging system for thymic epithelial malignancies produced a significant increase in the proportion of patients with stage I disease. The identification of new prognostic factor...

    Authors: Piergiorgio Muriana, Angelo Carretta, Paola Ciriaco, Alessandro Bandiera and Giampiero Negri

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:119

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Health related quality of life (HRQL) is an important patient related outcome measure after cardiac surgery. Preoperative determinants for postoperative HRQL have not yet been identified, but could aid in preo...

    Authors: Lisa Verwijmeren, Peter Gerben Noordzij, Edgar Jozeph Daeter, Bas van Zaane, Linda Margaretha Peelen and Eric Paulus Adrianus van Dongen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:118

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Externally stenting saphenous vein grafts reduces intimal hyperplasia, improves lumen uniformity and reduces oscillatory shear stress 1 year following surgery. The present study is the first to present the lon...

    Authors: David P. Taggart, Carolyn M. Webb, Anthony Desouza, Rashmi Yadav, Keith M. Channon, Fabio De Robertis and Carlo Di Mario

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:117

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  9. Content type: Research article

    It is still difficult to create a secure linear conduction block on a beating heart from the epicardial side. To overcome this drawback we developed an infrared coagulator equipped with a cuboid light-guiding ...

    Authors: Hiroshi Kubota, Hidehito Endo, Hikaru Ishii, Hiroshi Tsuchiya, Yusuke Inaba, Yu Takahashi and Katsunari Terakawa

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:116

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Nonocclusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI) is a rare but life-threatening complication after cardiovascular surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for a chance to cure. The aim of this study is to id...

    Authors: Hiroshi Sato, Masanori Nakamura, Takeshi Uzuka and Mayo Kondo

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:115

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Acquired aerodigestive fistula (ADF) are rare, but associated with significant morbidity. Surgery affords the best prospect of cure. We present our experience of the surgical management of ADFs at a specialist...

    Authors: Yassar A. Qureshi, M. Muntzer Mughal, Sheraz R. Markar, Borzoueh Mohammadi, Jeremy George, Martin Hayward and David Lawrence

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:113

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  12. Content type: Case report

    Diaphragmatic hernia is frequent among the elderly and is usually associated with mild chronic digestive and respiratory symptoms.

    Authors: Valérie Lamontagne, Valérie Lafrenière-Bessi, Arthur Vieira, Éric Charbonneau, Paula A. Ugalde and Frédéric Jacques

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:114

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  13. Content type: Case report

    Other than adipocytes, lipomas may contain mesodermal components such as varying proportions of fibrous tissues and blood vessels. Fibrolipoma is an uncommon variant of lipoma and comprises a high proportion o...

    Authors: Satoshi Kamata, Itaru Ishida, Yuyo Suzuki, Takehiro Yamada, Hiroshi Yaegashi and Hiroyuki Oura

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:112

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Stent migration is a common complication in treating trachea stenosis. There is no report concerning suture fixation of tracheal stent. The aim of this study was to investigate whether suture fixation of trach...

    Authors: Jingtao Huang, Zhongwei Zhang and Tao Zhang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:111

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  15. Content type: Case report

    Idiopathic pulmonary artery aneurysm is a rare anomaly with only a handful reports in the literature. It is often asymptomatic, while the first presentation could be severe hemoptysis or death.

    Authors: Saleem Haj-Yahia, Mohammad Sbaih, Khalil Bali, Ahmad Darwaze, Wafiq Othman, Mahmoud Zaghari, Gianni Angelini, Massimo Caputo and Abdel-karim Barqawi

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:110

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  16. Content type: Research article

    We sought to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of intraoperative blood salvage (IBS) in off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCABG) surgery with different amount of bleeding.

    Authors: Huan Wang, Weijian Zheng, Weiping Fang, Gaige Meng, Lei Zhang, Yannan Zhou, Erwei Gu and Xuesheng Liu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:109

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  17. Content type: Case report

    Fungal endocarditis is a rare and lethal cardiac infection which most commonly presents in immunocompromised patients or patients with other predisposing conditions. In a small subset of these patients, lesion...

    Authors: Andrew A. Pavlina, Jared W. Peacock, Saad A. Ranginwala, Peter M. Pavlina, Joshua Ahier and Courtney R. Hanak

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:107

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Recent evidence has showed us that quality of mitral valve repair is strongly related to volume. However, this study shows how low-volume centers can achieve results in mitral valve repair surgery comparable t...

    Authors: Manuel Giraldo-Grueso, Néstor Sandoval-Reyes, Jaime Camacho, Ivonne Pineda and Juan P. Umaña

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:108

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Electrosurgery is fundamental to the precise, fast and bloodless preparation of internal thoracic artery grafts in cardiac surgery. The PEAK PlasmaBlade is a monopolar electrosurgical device that uses pulsed r...

    Authors: Alicja Zientara, Paul Komminoth, Burkhardt Seifert, Dragan Odavic, Omer Dzemali, Achim Häussler and Michele Genoni

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:105

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Aortic arch cannulation for an antegrade central perfusion during the surgery for Stanford type A aortic dissection can be performed within median sternotomy. We summarize the safety and convenient profile of ...

    Authors: Hao Ma, Zhenghua Xiao, Jun Shi, Lulu Liu, Chaoyi Qin and Yingqiang Guo

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:106

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The reoperation for isolated tricuspid regurgitation in rheumatic population is rare and still unclear and controversial because of the rarity of publications. The aim of this study was to analyze short and lo...

    Authors: Younes Moutakiallah, Mahdi Aithoussa, Noureddine Atmani, Aniss Seghrouchni, Azeddine Moujahid, Abdedaïm Hatim, Iliyasse Asfalou, Zouhair Lakhal and Abdelatif Boulahya

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:104

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  22. Content type: Research article

    There is a growing interest in using negative pressure wound therapy in closed surgical incision to prevent wound complications which continue to persist following surgery despite advances in infection measures.

    Authors: Leo M Nherera, Paul Trueman, Michael Schmoeckel and Francis A Fatoye

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:103

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  23. Content type: Research article

    In cases of lead failure after implantation of pacemakers (PM) or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) early lead replacement may be challenging. Puncture of the subclavian vein bears possible complic...

    Authors: Andreas Keyser, Simon Schopka, Carsten Jungbauer, Maik Foltan and Christof Schmid

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:102

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Prosthesis–patient mismatch (PPM) may affect the clinical outcomes of patients undergoing mitral valve replacement (MVR) surgery. We aimed to investigate the incidence of PPM of the mitral position in our cent...

    Authors: Armah M Akuffu, Haige Zhao, Junnan Zheng and Yiming Ni

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:100

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  25. Content type: Research article

    The most efficient first-time invasive treatment, for achieving sinus rhythm, in symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation has not been established. We aimed to compare percutaneous catheter and video-assiste...

    Authors: Jesper Eske Sindby, Henrik Vadmann, Søren Lundbye-Christensen, Sam Riahi, Søren Hjortshøj, Lucas V A Boersma and Jan Jesper Andreasen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:101

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  26. Content type: Case report

    Primary cardiac lymphoma (PCL) is extremely rare and progresses rapidly. The treatment of PCL has not yet been established. Unlike lymphoma that arises from other organs, PCL causes cardiovascular events. We r...

    Authors: Yuki Endo, Yoshitsugu Nakamura, Miho Kuroda, Yusuke Nakanishi, Yujiro Ito, Takaki Hori, Rumiko Okamoto and Hiroshi Konishi

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:97

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  27. Content type: Case report

    Diaphragmatic plication to help ventilation weaning of an adult obese patient after cardiac surgery is very uncommon. Diaphragm paralysis is usually treated with conservative measures and ventilator support, a...

    Authors: Valérie Lafrenière-Bessi, Frédéric Jacques, Richard Baillot, Jean Bussières, Paola A. Ugalde and Stephan Langevin

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:98

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Indian patients undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) differ from western populations with respect to aortic annulus size and valve disease morphology. The purpose of this post-market, non-random...

    Authors: Gopichand Mannam, Yugal Mishra, Rajan Modi, Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale, Rajan Sethuratnam, Kaushal Pandey, Rajneesh Malhotra, Sumit Anand, Anushreeta Borah, Sushan Mukhopadhyay, Dhiren Shah and Tek Singh Mahant

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:96

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Treatment of heart failure remains one of the most challenging task for intensive care medicine, cardiology and cardiac surgery. New options and better indicators are always required. Understanding the basic m...

    Authors: Sebastian Vogt, Volker Ruppert, Sabine Pankuweit, Jürgen P. J. Paletta, Annika Rhiel, Petra Weber, Marc Irqsusi, Pia Cybulski and Rabia Ramzan

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:95

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The study analyzed microbiological and antimicrobial susceptibility profile of organisms isolated from patients with infective endocarditis (2015–17) and compared disease outcomes in cohorts of endocarditis pa...

    Authors: Uzma Shahid, Hasanat Sharif, Joveria Farooqi, Bushra Jamil and Erum Khan

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:94

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  31. Content type: Case report

    Yellow nail syndrome is a rare condition considered secondary to functional anomalies of lymphatic drainage. Yellow nail syndrome is diagnosed through the triad of intrathoracic findings (30% being pleural eff...

    Authors: Sarah Waliany, Julia Chandler, David Hovsepian, Jack Boyd and Natalie Lui

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:93

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  32. Content type: Research article

    It is well known that there are major differences between the Japanese and Western population regarding the incidence of ischemic heart disease and stroke. The purpose of this study was to evaluate differences...

    Authors: Motohiko Goda, Tomoyuki Minami, Kiyotaka Imoto, Keiji Uchida, Munetaka Masuda and Bart Meuris

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:92

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  33. Content type: Research article

    A prospective multicenter phase II trial to evaluate the survival outcomes of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for patients with stage IA non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), ineligible for surgery.

    Authors: J. Palussière, F. Chomy, M. Savina, F. Deschamps, J. Y. Gaubert, A. Renault, O. Bonnefoy, F. Laurent, C. Meunier, C. Bellera, S. Mathoulin-Pelissier and T. de Baere

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:91

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  34. Content type: Case report

    Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are clonal stem cell disorders of the bone marrow. Most patients with MDS have a high risk of bleeding. Thrombocytopenia and defective platelet aggregation contribute to bleedin...

    Authors: Satoshi Koezuka, Yoshinobu Hata, Hajime Otsuka, Takashi Makino, Yoko Azuma, Takashi Azumi, Yoichi Anami, Kazuhiko Natori and Akira Iyoda

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:89

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Diffuse coronary artery disease is a challenge for both percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Coronary artery endarterectomy (CE) coupled with CABG is an alternat...

    Authors: Zhibing Qiu, L. Auchoybur Merveesh, Yueyue Xu, Yinshuo Jiang, Liming Wang, Ming Xu, Fei Xiang and Xin Chen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:90

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  36. Content type: Case report

    Congenital lung malformations exist along a spectrum of pathogenesis and disease severity. Extrapulmonary sequestration (EPS), in which nonfunctional lung tissue develops without connection to the tracheobronc...

    Authors: Laura DiChiacchio, Clint D. Cappiello and Jose Greenspon

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:88

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Pericardial effusion (PE) is a common finding in patients who have chronic cardiac failure, who had undergone cardiac surgery, or who have certain other benign and malignant diseases. Pericardial drainage proc...

    Authors: Lindsay Volk, Hirohisa Ikegami, Leonard Y. Lee and Anthony Lemaire

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:87

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  38. Content type: Case report

    Combined resection of a phrenic nerve is occasionally required in T3 primary lung carcinomas invading the phrenic nerve to completely remove a malignant tumour, resulting in diaphragmatic paralysis. We describ...

    Authors: Yuki Takahashi, Masahiro Miyajima, Taijiro Mishina, Ryunosuke Maki, Makoto Tada, Kodai Tsuruta and Atsushi Watanabe

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:86

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to review our experience in managing renal or adrenal tumors with level III or IV inferior vena cava thrombus by using deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA), and to evaluate surv...

    Authors: Peng Zhu, Songlin Du, Shijun Chen, Shaobin Zheng, Yu Hu, Li Liu and Shaoyi Zheng

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:85

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  40. Content type: Case report

    Primary heart sarcomas are exceedingly rare tumors. Among primary cardiac sarcomas, synovial sarcoma is one of the rarest, involving cardiac cavities or pericardium.

    Authors: Antonella Coli, Giovanni Alfonso Chiariello, Mariangela Novello, Christian Colizzi and Massimo Massetti

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:84

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  41. Content type: Case report

    Massive dilatation of the right atrium with tricuspid regurgitation is frequently diagnosed by accidental recognition of an enlarged cardiac silhouette during routine chest radiography. Although some patients ...

    Authors: Masaho Okada, Hirotaka Watanuki, Kayo Sugiyama, Yasuhiro Futamura and Katsuhiko Matsuyama

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:83

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  42. Content type: Case report

    Myocardial rupture is an important and catastrophic complication of acute myocardial infarction. A dramatic form of this complication is a left ventricular free wall rupture (LVFWR).

    Authors: Arjan J. F. P. Verhaegh, Wobbe Bouma, Kevin Damman, M. Nasser Morei, Massimo A. Mariani and Joost M. Hartman

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:82

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  43. Content type: Case report

    Aorto-left ventricular tunnel (ALVT) is a rare congenital extracardiac channel that connects the ascending aorta to the left ventricle. To our knowledge, no case has been thus far reported as ALVT with both an...

    Authors: Xiaochun Ma, Jinzhang Li, Qian Zhang, Xiangqian Kong, Guidao Yuan, Zhengjun Wang and Chengwei Zou

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:81

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The relationship between aortic dissection and coronary artery disease is not clear. The purpose of this study was to clarify the difference in the rate of coronary artery atherosclerosis between Stanford type...

    Authors: Naoki Hashiyama, Motohiko Goda, Keiji Uchida, Yukihisa Isomatsu, Shinichi Suzuki, Makoto Mo, Takahiro Nishida and Munetaka Masuda

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:80

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  45. Content type: Case report

    The anomaly of cervical aortic arch is a rare phenomenon first described by Reid in 1914 and categorized by Haughton in 1975. The left cervical aortic arch Type D consisting of an ipsilateral descending aorta ...

    Authors: Alicja Zientara, Igor Schwegler, Nicolas Attigah, Michele Genoni and Omer Dzemali

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:79

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The aim was to determine the prognostic value of the neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in patients with completely resected stage 1 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

    Authors: Shinjiro Mizuguchi, Nobuhiro Izumi, Takuma Tsukioka, Hiroaki Komatsu and Noritoshi Nishiyama

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:78

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  47. Content type: Research article

    In certain clinical situations the insertion of a double-lumen tube (DLT) for one-lung ventilation (OLV) is not feasible or unfavorable. In these cases, the EZ-Blocker (EZB) may serve as an alternative. The ai...

    Authors: Andreas Moritz, Andrea Irouschek, Torsten Birkholz, Johannes Prottengeier, Horia Sirbu and Joachim Schmidt

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:77

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  48. Content type: Case report

    A 44 year old man who presented with a history of chest pain and dyspnoea was found to have an aneurysm of the aortic root, aortic valve insufficiency, and coarctation of the aorta.

    Authors: Yassir Iqbal, Omar A. Jarral, Pantelis Tsipas, Ilias Samiotis, Theodoros Kratimenos, John Kokotsakis and Thanos Athanasiou

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2018 13:75

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