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  1. The evidence on the impact of patient-prosthesis Mismatch (PPM) on survival thus far has been conflicting. The aim of this study was to 1) study the effect of PPM on survival after isolated aortic and mitral v...

    Authors: Sudeep Das De, Ashok Nanjappa, Karim Morcos, Sadia Aftab, John Butler, Vivek Pathi, Philip Curry and Sukumaran Nair

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:214

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  2. Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery is becoming a gold standard and provides many advantages for patients. A learning curve is required for a surgeon to become proficient, and the exact number to overcome ...

    Authors: Anh Tuan Vo, Dinh Hoang Nguyen, Sy Van Hoang, Khoi Minh Le, Thu Trang Nguyen, Vuong Lam Nguyen, Bac Hoang Nguyen and Binh Quang Truong

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:213

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  3. Myectomy remains the standard surgical treatment of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HOCM). New surgical methods developed in the last decades mainly address the mitral valve and are controversial be...

    Authors: Mateusz Kuć, Magdalena Kumor, Mariusz Kłopotowski, Maciej Dąbrowski, Natalia Kopyłowska-Kuć, Piotr Kołsut and Mariusz Kuśmierczyk

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:212

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  4. The treatment of active infective endocarditis (IE) presents a clinical dilemma with uncertain outcomes. This study sets out to determine the early and intermediate outcomes of patients treated surgically for ...

    Authors: Lindsay Volk, Nina Verghis, Antonio Chiricolo, Hirohisa Ikegami, Leonard Y. Lee and Anthony Lemaire

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:211

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Cardiac lipomas are rare benign primary cardiac tumours primarily composed of mature adipocytes. They are usually well defined, encapsulated masses, but rarely demonstrate malignant characteristics by infiltra...

    Authors: Owais A. Shah, Abdul Badran, Markku Kaarne and Theodore Velissaris

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:210

    Content type: Case report

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  6. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery has been widely used in thoracic surgery worldwide. Our goal was to identify the risk factors for postoperative pneumonia in patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopi...

    Authors: Rong Yang, Chengli Du, Jinming Xu, Linpeng Yao, Siying Zhang and Yihe Wu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:209

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Redo surgery in patient who underwent aortic valve replacement with an aortic homograft can result technically challenging because of the massive calcification of the conduit.

    Authors: Marco Gennari, Ilaria Giambuzzi, Gianluca Polvani and Marco Agrifoglio

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:208

    Content type: Case report

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  8. The surgical approach (transthoracic or transabdominal) for patients with Siewert type II adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction (AEG) still remains controversial. We made a bold attempt to adopt the m...

    Authors: Qifan Yin, Wenhao Wang, Huining Liu, Guang Yang, Shaohui Zhou and Lijun Liu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:207

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Acute type A aortic dissection complicated by malperfusion is a life – threatening emergency. The optimal management strategy for malperfusion remains controversial.

    Authors: Dong Hoon Kang, Jong Woo Kim, Sung Hwan Kim, Seong Ho Moon, Jun Ho Yang, Jae Jun Jung, Hyun Oh. Park, Jun Young Choi, In Seok Jang, Chung Eun Lee, Jong Duk Kim and Joung Hun Byun

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:206

    Content type: Case report

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  10. Good mid-term durability of mitral valve repair of bileaflet lesions has been reported; however, patients may develop failure during follow-up. This study assessed late outcomes and mechanisms of failure assoc...

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

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:205

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  11. Mitral valve aneurysm (MVA) is a saccular outpouching of the mitral leaflet which expands on systole and collapses during diastole. The case of MVA was first described in 1729 by Morand. It is one of the rare ...

    Authors: Muhammad Tariq, Ibrahim Zahid and Shahid Sami

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:204

    Content type: Case report

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  12. Guidelines suggest that patients discontinue Clopidogrel at least 5 days prior to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Those with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) are at high risk for myocardial infarction (MI...

    Authors: Fida Charif, Righab Hamdan, Genane Youness, Ali El Zein, Mohamad Issa, Yehya Jassar, Mahmoud Younes and Mohamad Saab

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:202

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  13. An aberrant right subclavian artery which arises from the proximal descending aorta may result in aortic dissection. The dissection may occur at either the site of the primary intimal tear or from an aortic br...

    Authors: Mahmoud Yousef Ibrahim Abuharb, Bian Xiao Ming and He Jian

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:201

    Content type: Case report

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  14. Vasoplegia is a severe complication which may occur after cardiac surgery, particularly in patients with heart failure. It is a result of activation of vasodilator pathways, inactivation of vasoconstrictor pat...

    Authors: Marieke E. van Vessem, Saskia L. M. A. Beeres, Rob B. P. de Wilde, René de Vries, Remco R. Berendsen, Evert de Jonge, A. H. Jan Danser, Robert J. M. Klautz, Martin J. Schalij and Meindert Palmen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:200

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. Cardiac cavernous hemangiomas are extremely rare and usually difficult to be diagnosed for being asymptomatic.

    Authors: Jian Xu, Hulin Piao, Duo Wang, Yong Wang, Bo Li, Tiance Wang, Zhicheng Zhu, Dan Li, Rihao Xu and Kexiang Liu

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:199

    Content type: Case report

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  16. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common atrial arrhythmia. Our aim was to compare the outcomes of atrial fibrillation treatment with original modified minimally invasive MAZE using monopolar radiofrequency...

    Authors: Wei Si, Sijia Yang, Linhui Pan, Chengchegn Li and Liang Ma

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:198

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Whether segmentectomy can be used to treat radiologically determined pure solid or solid-dominant lung cancer remains controversial owing to the invasive pathologic characteristics of these tumors despite thei...

    Authors: Sunyin Rao, Lianhua Ye, Li Min, Guangqiang Zhao, Ya Chen, Yunchao Huang, Jichen Yang, Shouyong Xiao and Run Cao

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:197

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  18. Primary thrombosis of the pulmonary vasculatures without extra-pulmonary sources of embolism are uncommon. Here, we report 2 cases of thrombosis of the stump of the remnant pulmonary vasculatures after lung re...

    Authors: Hyun Ju Yoon, Kye Hun Kim, Myung Ho Jeong, Jeong Gwan Cho and Jong Chun Park

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:196

    Content type: Case report

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  19. Aortic valve sparing surgery (AVS), in combination with aortic cusp repair (ACR), still raises many questions about the increased surgical complexity and applicability for patients with pure aortic valve regur...

    Authors: Dainius Karciauskas, Vaida Mizariene, Povilas Jakuska, Egle Ereminiene, Jolanta Justina Vaskelyte, Irena Nedzelskiene, Sarunas Kinduris and Rimantas Benetis

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:194

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  20. For low risk patients undergoing median sternotomies, no midterm follow-up studies involving sternal healing have been conducted. In this study we evaluated sternal healing in low risk patients by chest CT sca...

    Authors: Bin Wang, Dapu He, Min Wang, Yongxiang Qian, Youran Lu, Xinping Shi, Yang Liu, Xianghong Zhan, Dongmei Di, Kai Zhu and Xiaoying Zhang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:193

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  21. Chest tubes are routinely used to evacuate shed mediastinal blood in the critical care setting in the early hours after heart surgery. Inadequate evacuation of shed mediastinal blood due to chest tube clogging...

    Authors: Yvon Baribeau, Benjamin Westbrook, Yanick Baribeau, Simon Maltais, Edward M. Boyle and Louis P. Perrault

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:192

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  22. Mild preoperative renal dysfunction (RD) is not rare in patients receiving isolated cardiopulmonary coronary artery bypass grafting (CCABG). However, there are not too many studies about the impact of mild pre...

    Authors: Xian Wang, Yifan Zhu, Wen Chen, Liangpeng Li, Xin Chen and Rui Wang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:191

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  23. Compared to lobectomy by video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), segmentectomy by VATS has a potential higher risk of postoperative atelectasis and air leakage. We compared postoperative complications between ...

    Authors: Benoît Bédat, Etienne Abdelnour-Berchtold, Thomas Perneger, Marc-Joseph Licker, Alexandra Stefani, Matthieu Krull, Jean Yannis Perentes, Thorsten Krueger, Frédéric Triponez, Wolfram Karenovics and Michel Gonzalez

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:189

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  24. The aim of this study is to report the long-term efficacy and safety of thoracoscopic epicardial left atrial ablation (TELA) in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF).

    Authors: John Johnkoski, Bryan Miles, Anna Sudbury, Mohammed Osman, Muhammad Bilal Munir, Sudarshan Balla and Mina M. Benjamin

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:188

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  25. This single center study compares the different surgical techniques used in the treatment of acute aortic dissection type A (AADA) analyzing the influence of the extent of the surgical approach on outcome.

    Authors: Bashar Dib, Philipp Christian Seppelt, Rawa Arif, Alexander Weymann, Gábor Veres, Bastian Schmack, Carsten J. Beller, Arjang Ruhparwar, Matthias Karck and Klaus Kallenbach

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:187

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  26. Cardiac hemangiomas are rare cardiac neoplasia usually diagnosed in autopsies, from being asymptomatic to debuting with sudden death. The largest hemangioma published in the literature is of 130 mm size, we pr...

    Authors: C. J. Perez Rivera, R. Figueroa-Casanova, C. E. Ochoa Bonet and A. González-Orozco

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:186

    Content type: Case report

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  27. Cardiac radiofrequency ablation is a popular treatment for arrhythmias. However, it does have some complications, some of which are severe, even fatally. And there were limited reports on cardiac internal perf...

    Authors: Tingting Tao, Junnan Zheng, Hongfei Xu and Yiming Ni

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:185

    Content type: Case report

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  28. The prognosis of patients who undergo unilateral pneumonectomy and subsequently develop a contralateral pulmonary tumor can be improved by tumor resection. Thus, surgery is a treatment option if the patient’s ...

    Authors: Hidenori Goto, Mingyon Mun, Shohei Mori, Joji Samejima, Yosuke Matsuura, Masayuki Nakao, Hirohumi Uehara, Ken Nakagawa and Sakae Okumura

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:183

    Content type: Case report

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  29. The authors presented a 63-year old female synchronously complicated with a thymic tumor located at the left-side of the superior mediastinum, and a paravertebral tumor located at the right-side of the lower t...

    Authors: Hanlu Zhang, Zihao Wang, Yu Zheng, Fuqiang Wang, Yingcai Geng, Long-Qi Chen and Yun Wang

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:182

    Content type: Case report

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  30. Gastrointestinal complications after lung transplatation are associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. This study aims to describe severe gastrointestinal complications (SGC) after lung tra...

    Authors: Annette Zevallos-Villegas, Rodrigo Alonso-Moralejo, Félix Cambra, Ana Hermida-Anchuelo, Virginia Pérez-González, Pablo Gámez-García, Javier Sayas-Catalán and Alicia De Pablo- Gafas

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:181

    Content type: Research article

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  31. The traditional approach for adult congenital heart disease combined with valvular disease is surgical treatment under cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). This approach has a high incidence of postoperative complica...

    Authors: Chun-sheng Li, Zhong Lu, Xiao-rong Song and Zhong-ya Yan

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:180

    Content type: Case report

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  32. Sufficient pain control and rapid mobilisation after VATS are important to enhance recovery and prevent complications. Thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) is the gold standard, but failure rates of 9–30% have be...

    Authors: Jelle E. Bousema, Esther M. Dias, Sander M. Hagen, Bastiaan Govaert, Patrick Meijer and Frank J. C. van den Broek

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:179

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  33. Postoperative cerebral complications (PCC) are common and serious postoperative complications for patients with Stanford type A aortic dissection (AAD). The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk factors f...

    Authors: Yong Lin, Mei-Fang Chen, Hui Zhang, Ruo-Meng Li and Liang-Wan Chen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:178

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  34. The original article [1] contained a typo in author, Joo Hyun Jun’s name. This has now been corrected.

    Authors: Joo Hyun Jun, Min-Kyung Kang, Joon-Sang Hyeon, Eunha Choi, Youngrok Kim, Ki Seok Kim, Mi Hwa Chung and In-Jung Jun

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:177

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    The original article was published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:140

  35. Bilateral internal mammary artery (BIMA) grafting has a good long-term survival rate and graft patency rate, but it is only recommended in young patients due to its high technical requirements and high inciden...

    Authors: Yilong Guo, Xiaoqi Wang, Shuwu He, Yue Shu, Tianguang Wang and Zelun Chen

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:175

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  36. Vein graft disease (VGD) impairs graft patency rates and long-term outcomes after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). DuraGraft is a novel endothelial-damage inhibitor developed to efficiently protect the ...

    Authors: Etem Caliskan, Sigrid Sandner, Martin Misfeld, Jose Aramendi, Sacha P. Salzberg, Yeong-Hoon Choi, Vilas Satishchandran, Geeta Iyer, Louis P. Perrault, Andreas Böning and Maximilian Y. Emmert

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:174

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  37. Limited aortic annulus exposure during minimal invasive aortic valve replacement (mini-AVR) proves to be challenging and contributes to procedure complexity, resulting in longer procedure times. New innovation...

    Authors: Bruce R. Boti, Vikash G. Hindori, Emilio L. Schade, Athina M. Kougioumtzoglou, Eva C. Verbeek, Annet Driessen-Waaijer, Riccardo Cocchieri, Bas A. J. M. de Mol, Nils R. Planken, Abdullah Kaya and Henk A. Marquering

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:173

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  38. This study aims to discuss the efficacy and safety of the application of thrombus aspiration catheters during emergency PCI operations for acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients with high th...

    Authors: Ping Li, Jiang-Wen Ruan, Ming Liu, Si-Yao Li, Zheng-Dong Wang and Wen-Chao Xie

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:172

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  39. The treatment of persistent air leak is a challenge. Herein, we reported the combined intrabronchial and intrapleural injection of fibrin glue using fiber bronchoscopy to seal off an alveolar pleura fistula de...

    Authors: Alfonso Fiorelli, Italia Odierna, Daniele Scarano, Francesco Caronia, Andrea Failla, Mario Iannotti, Mario Santini and Caterina Pace

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:171

    Content type: Case report

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  40. Finegoldia magna, a Gram-positive anaerobic coccus, is part of the human normal microbiota as a commensal of mucocutaneous surfaces. However, it remains an uncommon pathogen in infective endocarditis, with only e...

    Authors: Siobhan Chien, David Gorman, Charilaos-Panagiotis Koutsogiannidis, Ramanish Ravishankar, Ganesh Kamath and Vipin Zamvar

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:170

    Content type: Case report

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  41. Thoracic aortic aneurysms, although mostly asymptomatic, are life threatening owing to the risk of rupture. Moreover, the extrinsic pressure of a ruptured aneurysm may encroach the mediastinum.

    Authors: Hanna Jung, Young Woo Do, Sang Yub Lee, Youngok Lee, Tak Hyuk Oh and Gun Jik Kim

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:169

    Content type: Case report

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  42. To identify the predictor factors of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction following patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) surgical ligation.

    Authors: Mohamed Abdel-Bary, Khaled Abdalla Abdel-Baseer, Ahmed Fathy Abdel-Latif, Mohamed Abdella Abdel-Naser, Mahmoud Nafie and Karam Mosallam Eisa

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:168

    Content type: Research article

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  43. This study tested the relationship between preoperative serum C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and cancer-specific prognosis in patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma who have undergone curative resec...

    Authors: Wei Huang, Leilei Wu, Xuan Liu, Hao Long, Tiehua Rong and Guowei Ma

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:167

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  44. The aim of this study was to determine if there was a difference between coronary reimplantation after neoaortic reconstruction and open coronary reimplantation technique in arterial switch operation (ASO).

    Authors: Kwang Ho Choi, Si Chan Sung, Hyungtae Kim, Hyoung Doo Lee, Hoon Ko and Joung-Hee Byun

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:166

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Mitral valve disease is the most common heart valve disease worldwide. Heart valve operation is the predominant treatment strategy for heart valve disease. This study analyzed the death risk from heart valve d...

    Authors: Ruo-Ling Li, Ci-Wen Luo, Yung-Chyuan Ho, Shiuan-Shinn Lee and Yu-Hsiang Kuan

    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2019 14:165

    Content type: Research article

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