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  1. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is one of the most common immune-mediated adverse drug reactions, with frequencies as high as 2-3% for certain groups of post-cardiac surgery patients. We report on an 50...

    Authors: Attila Cziráki, Zénó Ajtay, Ágnes Nagy, László Márton, Zsófia Verzár and Sándor Szabados
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:23
  2. Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) for Destination Therapy (DT) is an established therapy for end stage heart failure patients who are not transplant candidates. Many DT patients requiring LVADs have had pr...

    Authors: Louis E Samuels, Elena Casanova-Ghosh, Roberto Rodriguez and Christopher Droogan
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:21
  3. Obese patients undergoing cardiac surgery have been shown to have a high risk of developing postoperative complications, specifically: increased length of hospital stay, readmission to intensive care unit, acu...

    Authors: Patrizio Sartini, Anna Winfield and Federico Bizzarri
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:20
  4. Symptomatic mitral stenosis caused by a left atrial mass as the first sign of metastasis of a malignant tumor is extremely rare and frequently associated with poor prognosis. We report a case of a 59-year-old ...

    Authors: Johann Auer, Robert Berent and Franz Gurtner
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:19
  5. To date, most animal studies of myocardial ischemia have used open-chest models with direct surgical coronary artery ligation. We aimed to develop a novel, percutaneous, minimally-invasive, closed-chest model ...

    Authors: Konstantinos Katsanos, Sofoklis Mitsos, Efstratios Koletsis, Vassiliki Bravou, Dimitris Karnabatidis, Fevronia Kolonitsiou, Athanassios Diamantopoulos, Dimitrios Dougenis and Dimitris Siablis
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:16
  6. Right ventricular failure (RVF) and -support is associated with poor results. We aimed for a new approach of right - sided assistance bypassing the right ventricle and pulmonary circulation in order to better ...

    Authors: Jan Spillner, Christian Stoppe, Nima Hatam, Andrea Amerini, Ares Menon, Christoph Nix, Ulrich Steinseifer, Yousef Abusabha, Hanna Giessen, Rüdiger Autschbach and Marcus Haushofer
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:15
  7. Thymoma, the most common neoplasm of the anterior mediastinum especially in adults, accounts for 20-25% of all mediastinal tumors and 50% of anterior mediastinal masses. These tumors are routinely asymptomatic...

    Authors: Osman Fazlıoğulları, Nazan Atalan, Onur Gürer, Serdar Akgün and Sinan Arsan
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:14
  8. Myocardial ischemia is often associated to aortic valve stenosis in the elderly. Aim of this study was to evaluate the impact on survival and quality of life of CABG associated to aortic valve replacement in t...

    Authors: Mariano Vicchio, Marisa De Feo, Salvatore Giordano, Raffaella Provenzano, Maurizio Cotrufo and Gianantonio Nappi
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:13
  9. The left internal mammary artery (LIMA) is the choice for grafting of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). One possible mechanism of the rare graft failure involve the presence of competitive flow.

    Authors: Rudolf Kolozsvari, Zoltan Galajda, Tamas Ungvari, Gabor Szabo, Ildikó Racz, Tamás Szerafin, István Herzfeld, István Edes, Arpad Peterffy and Zsolt Koszegi
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:12
  10. Exacerbation of pulmonary dysfunction has been reported in patients receiving a pleural drain inserted through the intercostal space in comparison to patients with an intact pleura undergoing coronary artery b...

    Authors: Solange Guizilini, Douglas W Bolzan, Sonia M Faresin, Raquel F Ferraz, Kelly Tavolaro, Andrea A Cancio and Walter J Gomes
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:11
  11. Chylotorax is a relatively uncommon and difficult to treat complication after esophagectomy for cancer. We report a case of a young adult male who underwent neoadjuvant chemoradiationtherapy followed by Ivor-L...

    Authors: Matteo Rottoli, Iris S Russo, Daniele Bernardi and Luigi Bonavina
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:9
  12. Airway complications following lung transplantation remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. The management of bronchial complications in Bronchus Intermedius (BI) is challenging due to the locat...

    Authors: Shahrzad M Lari, Francois Gonin and Arlette Colchen
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:8
  13. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a thermal energy delivery system used for coagulative cellular destruction of small tumors through percutaneous or intraoperative application of its needle electrode to the tar...

    Authors: Theodoros Karaiskos, Periklis Tomos, Irene Asouhidou, Nikolaos Nikiteas, Theodoros Kontakiotis and Apostolos Papalois
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:7
  14. Renal failure is common in critically ill patients and frequently requires continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). CRRT is discontinued at regular intervals for routine changes of the disposable equipment...

    Authors: Daniel Heise, Daniel Gries, Onnen Moerer, Annalen Bleckmann and Michael Quintel
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:6
  15. A patient with mitral stenosis and multiple left atrial thrombi underwent valvuloplasty and thrombectomy. While closing the sternum after completing the cardiopulmonary bypass, a new left atrial thrombus was d...

    Authors: Dong-Hyup Lee, Tae-Eun Jung and Sang-Jin Park
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:5
  16. Atrial fibrillation (AF) after thoracic surgery is a continuing source of morbidity and mortality. The effect of postoperative AF on long-term survival however has not been studied. Our aim was to evaluate the...

    Authors: Andrea Imperatori, Giovanni Mariscalco, Giuditta Riganti, Nicola Rotolo, Valentina Conti and Lorenzo Dominioni
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:4
  17. Various types of markers have been used so far in order to reveal myocardial perfusion defect. However, these markers usually appear in the necrosis phase or in the late stage. Having been the focus of various...

    Authors: Muhip Kanko, Sadan Yavuz, Can Duman, Tulay Hosten, Emin Oner and Turan Berki
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:3
  18. Cardiovascular disease has been linked to endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) depletion and functional impairment in atherosclerosis and aortic stenosis. EPCs may play a pivotal role in vascular grafting. Howeve...

    Authors: Santiago Redondo, Álvaro González-Rocafort, Jorge Navarro-Dorado, Marta Ramajo, Mihail Hristov, Antonio Gordillo-Moscoso, Fernando Reguillo, Manuel Carnero, Jose Martinez-Gonzalez, Enrique Rodríguez, Christian Weber and Teresa Tejerina
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:2
  19. The authors report a clinical case of alveolar adenoma presenting as a solitary pulmonary nodule which was positive to PET and deeply located in the lung. Few cases of alveolar adenomas have been reported in l...

    Authors: Mario Nosotti, Paolo Mendogni, Lorenzo Rosso, Davide Tosi, Alessandro Palleschi, Maria Basciu, Luigi Santambrogio and Stefano Ferrero
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:1
  20. This study aimed to assess the safety and feasibility of intraoperative device closure of perimembranous ventricular septal defects (VSD) in young children guided by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE).

    Authors: Hua Cao, Qiang Chen, Gui-Can Zhang, Liang-Wan Chen, Qian-Zhen Li and Zhi-Huang Qiu
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:166
  21. The prevalence of myocardial involvement in influenza infection ranges from 0% to 12%. The 2009 pH1N1 influenza virus, formerly known as swine flu, first appeared in Mexico and the United States of America in ...

    Authors: Prashant Nanasaheb Mohite, Aron Frederik Popov, Armin Bartsch, Bartlomiej Zych, Dhruva Dhar, Ajay Moza, Heike Krueger and André Ruediger Simon
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:164
  22. 112 patients who received small and medium sized St.Jude Regent heart valves (19-25 mm) at 7 Scandinavian centers were studied between January 2003 and February 2005 to obtain non-invasive data regarding the h...

    Authors: Jon Offstad, Kai Andersen, Per Paulsson, Jesper Andreasson, Ulf Kjellman, Oluf Lundblad, Karl Gunnar Engstrøm, Rune Haaverstad and Jan L Svennevig
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:163
  23. Primary intimal aortic sarcoma represents a very rare and highly lethal medical entity. Diagnosis is made either by embolic events caused by the tumor or by surrounding tissue symptoms such as pain. Herein we ...

    Authors: Panagiotis Dedeilias, Efstratios Koletsis, Ioannis Nenekidis, Achilles Chatziioannou, Pantelis Tsipas, Konstantina Dimaka, Vania Anagnostakou and Efstratios Apostolakis
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:162
  24. Although the prevalence of bronchiectasis decreased significantly in developed countries, in less developed and in developing countries, it still represents a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. The ...

    Authors: Abidin Sehitogullari, Salim Bilici, Fuat Sayir, Ufuk Cobanoglu and Ali Kahraman
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:161
  25. Sternal wound infection remains a serious potential complication after cardiac surgery. A recent development for preventing wound complications after surgery is the adjunctive treatment of closed incisions wit...

    Authors: Andrea Colli
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:160

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012 7:37

  26. Fulminant myocarditis frequently results in severe hemodynamic deterioration. High-dose vasopressors or sometimes mechanical circulatory support are required. We report on two cases of fulminant myocarditis su...

    Authors: Eun Jeung Cho, Joonhwa Hong, Hyun Kang, Ju Won Choe and Sang-Wook Kim
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:159
  27. Few available models aim to identify patients at risk of prolonged ventilation after cardiac surgery. We compared prediction models developed in ICU in two adjacent periods of time, when significant changes we...

    Authors: Piotr Knapik, Daniel Ciesla, Dawid Borowik, Piotr Czempik and Tomasz Knapik
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:158
  28. Chronic expanding heamatomas may present as masses mimicking chest wall tumors. We report the case of a patient who was presented with a giant posterior extrathoracic chest wall tumor. The mass was proven to b...

    Authors: Vasileios K Kouritas, Antonios G Roussakis, Konstantinos Soultanis and Ion Bellenis
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:156
  29. Early recognition of congenital cardiac pathologies and their treatment by means of palliative or corrective surgery at birth or infancy has vital importance. Successful repair of congenital cardiac defects by...

    Authors: Oguzhan Zahmacioglu, Cenk Eray Yildiz, Bulent Koca, Murat Ugurlucan, Selman Gokalp, Gurkan Cetin, Ayse Guler Eroglu and Funda Oztunc
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:155
  30. Postoperative visual loss is a devastating perioperative complication. The commonest aetiologies are anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (AION), posterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (PION), and central retinal...

    Authors: Brian A Trethowan, Helen Gilliland, Aron F Popov, Barathi Varadarajan, Sally-Anne Phillips, Louise McWhirter and Robert Ghent
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:154
  31. Antegrade selective cerebral perfusion in conjunction with hypothermia attenuate postoperative neurological injury, which in turn still remains the main cause of mortality and morbidity following aortic arch s...

    Authors: Haralabos Parissis, Umar Hamid, Alan Soo and Bassel Al-Alao
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:153
  32. The not uncommon combination of ascending aortic pathology with late presenting coarctation is a difficult surgical challenge. The two stage approach is usually adopted. The necessity for cardiac transplantati...

    Authors: Haralabos Parissis, Bassel Al-Alao, Allan Soo and John Dark
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:152
  33. Nosocomial infections after cardiac surgery represent serious complications associated with substantial morbidity, mortality and economic burden. This study was undertaken to evaluate the frequency, characteri...

    Authors: Ioanna Lola, Stamatina Levidiotou, Anastasios Petrou, Helen Arnaoutoglou, Efstratios Apostolakis and George S Papadopoulos
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:151
  34. Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) offer effective therapy for severe heart failure (HF) as bridge to transplantation or destination therapy. Rarely, the sustained unloading provided by the LVAD has led t...

    Authors: Lars H Lund, Karl-Henrik Grinnemo, Peter Svenarud, Jan van der Linden and Maria J Eriksson
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:150
  35. We aim to address several clinical interests regarding lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) for severe emphysema using meta-analysis and systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

    Authors: Wei Huang, Wen R Wang, Bo Deng, You Q Tan, Guang Y Jiang, Hai Jing Zhou and Yong He
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:148
  36. The increasing use of the intra aortic balloon pump is attributed to the relatively easy percutaneous insertion and the low threshold of use over the past few years, especially in elderly patients with multi-v...

    Authors: Haralabos Parissis, Alan Soo and Bassel Al-Alao
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:147
  37. We report a technique to palliate hypoplastic left heart syndrome, with no PDA stenting, but with double polytetrafluoroethylene shunt from pulmonary artery to ascending and descending aorta by combined thorac...

    Authors: Marcelo Biscegli Jatene, Patrícia M Oliveira, Rafael A Moysés, Ieda Biscegli Jatene, Carlos A Pedra, Simone F Pedra, Fabiana Succi, Vitor Oliveira Carvalho and Carlos R Ferreiro
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:146
  38. Accessory fissures represent a variation of the normal lung anatomy. Incomplete development or even the absence of the major or minor fissures can lead to confusion in distinguishing adjacent lobes. This repor...

    Authors: Dimos Karangelis, Georgios I Tagarakis, Serapheim Chlapoutakis, Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Apostolos Roubelakis, Athanasios Hevas, Marios E Daskalopoulos, Angeliki Tsantsaridou, Stefania Lampoura and Nikolaos B Tsilimingas
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:145
  39. This study investigated whether the number of involved lymph nodes is associated with the prognosis in patients that underwent surgery for pathological stage (p-stage) III/N2 NSCLC.

    Authors: Takeshi Hanagiri, Masaru Takenaka, Soich Oka, Yoshiki Shigematsu, Yoshika Nagata, Hidehiko Shimokawa, Hidetaka Uramoto and Fumihiro Tanaka
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:144
  40. In right ventricular failure (RVF), an interatrial shunt can relieve symptoms of severe pulmonary hypertension by reducing right ventricular preload and increasing systemic flow. Using a pig model to determine...

    Authors: Mihalis Argiriou, Dimitrios Mikroulis, Timothy Sakellaridis, Vasilios Didilis, Apostolos Papalois and George Bougioukas
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:143
  41. Off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting (OPCAB) and minimized-extracorporeal-circulation (Mini-HLM) have been proposed to avoid harmful effects of cardiopulmonary-bypass (CPB). Controversies exist whether OPC...

    Authors: Thorsten Wittwer, Yeong-Hoon Choi, Klaus Neef, Mareike Schink, Anton Sabashnikov and Thorsten Wahlers
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:142
  42. A retrospective study to evaluate the effect of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy on sternal infection and osteomyelitis following median sternotomy.

    Authors: Wen-Kuang Yu, Yen-Wen Chen, Huei-Guan Shie, Te-Cheng Lien, Hsin-Kuo Kao and Jia-Horng Wang
    Citation: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011 6:141

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