Primary pulmonary sarcoma - treatment outcomes depending on the different types of radical operation.
Authors: Gołota J, Osowiecka K, Orłowski T Abstract Introduction: Primary pulmonary sarcomas (PPS) are rare types of non-epithelial malignant tumors of the lungs (0.013-1.1% of all malignant lung tumors). The PPS can originate from mesenchymal elements of the bronchial wall, vessels or pulmonary stroma. Since the introduction of immunohistochemical and molecular diagnosis, a significant improvement in description and classification of sarcomas has been achieved. Nonetheless, sarcomas still remain a diagnostic and clinical problem. Aim: To estimate factors which could have an influence on the overall survival (OS)...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - May 4, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Pneumonectomy - permanent injury or still effective method of treatment? Early and long-term results and quality of life after pneumonectomy due to non-small cell lung cancer.
Conclusions: Pneumonectomies in patients with NSCLC is associated with higher risk of postoperative complications but it does not significantly increase the perioperative mortality. Long-term results in this group of patients are encouraging. According to the questionnaire, the quality of life is favourable. Low intensity of typical NSCLC symptoms was observed. The appropriate qualification for right-sided PN and exclusion of metastasis in N2 nodes are crucial. PMID: 31043969 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - May 4, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Impact of smoking history on postoperative complications after lung cancer surgery - a study based on 286 cases.
Conclusions: Among patients surgically treated for NSCLC, duration of smoking and number of smoked cigarettes has no significant influence on frequency and type of postoperative complications. The best moment to quit smoking is the period between the 8th and the 10th week preceding surgery. PMID: 31043970 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - May 4, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

An overlooked fact: thrombocytopenia following bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement.
Authors: Kizilay M, Elbir F, Aglar AA, Vural U, Balci AY, Yekeler İ Abstract Introduction: Thrombocytopenia observed after bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement has remained a puzzle to solve. Aim: To analyze thrombocytopenia occurring after bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement by comparison to mechanical aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting procedures. Material and methods: The study was conducted retrospectively on a total of 297 patients who underwent bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement, mechanical prosthetic aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting at the ca...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - May 4, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Six-year single-centre experience in minimally invasive mitral valve repair - impact of the team learning curve on in-hospital clinical outcome.
Authors: Gerber W, Sanetra K, Kuczera M, Białek K, Zembala M, Cisowski M Abstract Introduction: Minimally invasive mitral repair is less traumatic and more acceptable for the patient than traditional surgery. However, it is a challenging procedure that requires effort from all the personnel involved. Aim: To investigate the results of the minimally invasive mitral valve repair learning curve at the institution. Material and methods: The indication for the surgery was severe mitral regurgitation. Patients with other valvular insufficiency, body mass index (BMI)> 30 kg/m2, ejection fraction (EF)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - May 4, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Enhanced recovery after cardiac surgery.
Authors: Kołodziej T, Maciejewski T, Mendrala K, Darocha T, Węglarzy A, Budziarz B, Kiermasz K, Kucewicz-Czech EM Abstract The concept of early recovery after surgery (ERAS) consists of bundle interventions during the pre-, intra- and postoperative periods and team work. The ERAS, which is a multimodal strategy, enables one to limit the neurohumoral response to the surgery, maintain homeostasis, reduce the risk of complications, shorten the hospital stay, accelerate the return to everyday functioning, improve the patient's satisfaction, achieve a satisfactory quality of life and finally reduce the treatment costs an...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - May 4, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Dental treatment and recommended management in patients at risk of infective endocarditis.
Authors: Błochowiak KJ Abstract Infective endocarditis (IF) is found in high-risk groups with congenital or acquired cardiac defects. It is caused by episodes of short bacteraemia. The magnitude and duration of bacteraemia caused by dental procedures are decreased by using antibiotic prophylaxis (AP). The aim of this study is to describe and discuss all clinical implications related to IF and dental procedures, and AP before invasive dental procedures. Maintenance of optimal oral health and hygiene is more important than AP in decreasing the risk of IF. Routine daily activities are associated with a similar risk of b...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - May 4, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Hybrid approach for management of type B dissection involving the aortic arch.
Authors: Narayan P, Potdar S, Choudhury SR, Saha A PMID: 31043975 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - May 4, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Isolated congenital left ventricular diverticulum presenting as stable angina pectoris and surgical treatment.
Authors: Veliyev V, Sahratov H, Musayeva T PMID: 31043976 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - May 4, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Posterior mediastinal paraganglioma presenting with hypertension and back pain in a young adult.
Authors: Kermenli T, Azar C PMID: 31043977 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - May 4, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Solitary fibrous tumour along with non-small-cell lung cancer and Doege-Potter syndrome.
Authors: Piórek A, Kowalski D, Płużański A, Szołkowska M, Wągrodzki M, Koseła-Paterczyk H, Krzakowski M PMID: 31043978 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - May 4, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Efficacy of clarithromycin as a protective agent in the methotrexate-induced pulmonary fibrosis model.
In this study, the efficacy of clarithromycin in protecting against pulmonary fibrosis was investigated in the rat model for methotrexate-induced pulmonary fibrosis. Material and methods: A total of 30 female rats were divided into three groups. Group I was administered intraperitoneal and intragastric saline; group II was administered oral 3 mg/kg methotrexate; and group III was administered oral 3 mg/kg methotrexate + intraperitoneal 200 mg/kg clarithromycin for 28 days. Histopathological analyses of the lung tissues were performed under light microscopy. Results: Normal histopathological changes were observed in t...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - January 17, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Ministernotomy or sternotomy in isolated aortic valve replacement? Early results.
Authors: Filip G, Bryndza MA, Konstanty-Kalandyk J, Piatek J, Wegrzyn P, Ceranowicz P, Brzezinski M, Lakkireddy D, Kapelak B, Bartuś K Abstract Introduction: Aortic valve replacement (AVR) is the gold standard in treating symptomatic aortic valve defects. To improve the healing process and limit the trauma, the minimally invasive approach was introduced. Aim: To compare the peri- and post-operative results of aortic valve replacement performed via conventional full sternotomy (con-AVR) and of AVR performed via partial upper sternotomy (mini-AVR). Material and methods: The total study population was divided into...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - January 17, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Coronary endarterectomy: an old tool for patients currently operated on with coronary artery bypass grafting. Long-term results, risk factor analysis.
Conclusions: Although the incidence of perioperative myocardial infarction continues to be not negligible, in the presence of diffusely diseased coronary artery vessels CE associated with CABG appears to be a feasible adjunctive surgical tool, conferring satisfactory early and long-term outcomes. Coronary endarterectomy on the LAD confers a high probability of freedom from late cardiac death. Patients older than 70 years and those affected by a primary respiratory disease represent a new challenge on which to focus attention due to the increased risk of late death. PMID: 30647744 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - January 17, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

In-hospital outcome of patients with post-MI VSD: a single-center study.
Conclusions: Our study demonstrated that VSD complicating myocardial infarction had an extremely high in-hospital mortality rate. Cardiogenic shock was the only independent predictor of in-hospital mortality and surgical treatment was the only predictor of in-hospital survival. PMID: 30647745 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - January 17, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Retrospective analysis of the impact of sternum closure technique on postoperative comfort and rehabilitation.
Conclusions: The single wire suture provides less pain at the 14th and 30th day postoperatively measured on the NRS and ensures faster rehabilitation compared to sternal closing technique which involves placing both single and figure-of-8 sutures. PMID: 30647746 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - January 17, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Estimation of cardiosurgical intervention risk according to EuroSCORE in patients with acute coronary syndrome and different gallbladder conditions before coronary artery bypass grafting.
Authors: Strilchuk L, Besh D Abstract Introduction: Estimation of cardiosurgical intervention risk according to EuroSCORE is an important aspect of cardiosurgery. EuroSCORE allows prediction of the probability of a post-operational fatal outcome. Aim: To estimate the influence of gallbladder condition on the prognosis after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and and the interactions between metabolic background and cardiosurgical intervention risk. Material and methods: We investigated data of 98 patients with unstable angina pectoris or acute myocardial infarction before planned CABG. These patients were di...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - January 17, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Prevalence and clinical significance of incidental extracardiac findings in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.
Conclusions: Extracardiac findings in clinically indicated CMR are common in the present study (about 29.2%). Radiologists and cardiologists should be aware of relevant extracardiac findings that might require additional diagnostics or treatment. PMID: 30647748 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - January 17, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment.
Authors: Paluszkiewicz J, Krasinska B, Milting H, Gummert J, Pyda M Abstract Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (AHCM) is a rare form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, occasionally resulting in severe complications. The paper covers the etiology and pathogenesis of AHCM, different imaging methods and characteristic appearance of the disease in each of them. Echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) are known to be the most valuable imaging methods. Moreover, this review presents medical and surgical treatment, as well as the clinical course and prognosis. Despite possible morbid events the ove...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - January 17, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Surgical treatment of primary pulmonary sarcoma disseminated to both pulmonary arteries using composite pulmonary trunk and bifurcation of abdominal aorta allograft.
Authors: Andrushchuk U, Mofeejuddy I, Spirydonau S, Yudina O, Shchatsinka M PMID: 30647750 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - January 17, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Surgical retrieval of entrapped coronary guidewire remnant - 3-year angiographic evaluation.
Authors: Domaradzki W, Sanetra K, Skwarna B, Jankowska-Sanetra J, Cisowski M PMID: 30647751 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - January 17, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Do we really know the duration of pain after rib fracture?
Conclusions: Rib fractures cause significant pain and need appropriate medication. The time of the 6th month could be an important milestone. PMID: 30310391 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Evaluation of the metabolic response to open and minimally invasive resection of the oesophagus due to oesophageal cancer.
Conclusions: Lower concentration of PCT on post-surgery day 2 in the group of patients undergoing minimally invasive oesophageal resection seems to be associated with a smaller perioperative injury. Lower TNF-α concentration in serum collected on day 0 in the group of patients undergoing minimally invasive resection is associated with a lower stage of oesophageal cancer in this group. PMID: 30310392 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Graft vasculopathy in a Wistar rat model of heterotopic heart transplantation depending on gender matching between donors and recipients.
Conclusions: The use of an animal experimental model helps to understand the mechanisms leading to graft failure and to compare the changes that occur in rats to human hearts. The gender matching affects the survival of the transplanted heart and severity of the graft vasculopathy. PMID: 30310393 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Primary pulmonary sarcoma - long-term treatment outcomes and prognostic factors.
Conclusions: Primary radical surgical resection prolongs patient survival. Patients with tumours larger than 5 cm and men have worse prognoses. Future studies conducted on larger groups of patients diagnosed with PPS are necessary. PMID: 30310394 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Effects of carbon dioxide insufflation on anastomosis remodeling at a carotid artery site in rabbits.
Conclusions: Our study indicated that CDI can affect endothelial cell damage and the mean luminal diameters. PMID: 30310395 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Obesity in patients with end-stage heart failure.
Authors: Król B, Oprzędkiewicz A, Szczurek W, Szyguła-Jurkiewicz B Abstract Obesity poses an increasing problem in patients with end-stage heart failure (HF). The most commonly used indicator of obesity is body mass index. The value of this parameter is widely taken into consideration when selecting the best way of treatment for patients with advanced HF. The aim of this paper is to outline the recent knowledge about obesity in the abovementioned group of patients. PMID: 30310396 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

What do we know about Tietze's syndrome?
Authors: Rokicki W, Rokicki M, Rydel M Abstract Tietze's syndrome is a benign, self-limiting arthropathy, without purulent character. The disease most often involves articulations: sternocostal, sternoclavicular, or costochondral joints. The characteristic symptoms are tenderness, pain and edema involving one of the aforementioned joints on one side. Diagnosis of Tietze's syndrome is based on physical examination (increase of palpation tenderness in the affected joint), laboratory tests (increase of inflammatory parameters) and imaging studies (USG, MRI). Differential diagnosis of Tietze's syndrome is based on exclusi...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Prognostic scales in advanced heart failure.
Authors: Szczurek W, Szyguła-Jurkiewicz B, Siedlecki Ł, Gąsior M Abstract Heart transplantation (HT) is the treatment of choice for patients with advanced heart failure (HF) who remain symptomatic despite optimal medical therapy. Due to the shortage of organs for transplantation and constantly increasing number of patients placed on waiting lists, accurate risk stratification is a crucial element of management in this population. Prognostic scales allow one to evaluate the patient prognosis, estimate the potential benefits of therapy and identify those patients most likely to benefit from advanced methods of treatm...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Surgical treatment of elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis in the modern era - review.
Authors: Kwiecień A, Hrapkowicz T, Filipiak K, Przybylski R, Kaczmarczyk M, Kowalczuk A, Zembala M Abstract Surgical treatment of severe aortic stenosis offers good early and long-term results, even in elderly patients. Despite the implementation of percutaneous methods for the very high-risk group, surgical valve replacement remains the gold standard. The advanced age of patients should not be the only indicator limiting the possibility of surgery. In this review we present the most important information on the results of aortic stenosis surgical treatment in the groups of older patients. New methods such as percuta...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

The use of stem cells in ischemic heart disease treatment.
Authors: Litwinowicz R, Kapelak B, Sadowski J, Kędziora A, Bartus K Abstract Ischemic heart disease is a major cause of death and disabilities worldwide. Unfortunately, not all patients are suitable for direct revascularization. Cell-based therapies may be alternative options because of their potential to promote neovascularisation and endothelial repair, improving myocardial perfusion. The success of cell-based therapies depends on the type of implanted stem cells, delivery method and underlying disease. Several different cell populations including bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells (MNCs), mesenchymal stromal ce...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Carotid baroreceptor activation therapy for resistant hypertension and heart failure: a report of two cases.
Authors: Durukan AB, Gurbuz HA PMID: 30310401 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass grafting in a 17-year-old patient with left anterior descending coronary artery compression in follow-up after arterial switch operation.
Authors: Juraszek A, Kuriata J, Kępka C, Kruk M, Kuśmierczyk M PMID: 30310402 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Pulmonary artery sling diagnosed and corrected in an 11-year-old boy with refractory pulmonary infections and childhood-onset asthma.
Authors: Haponiuk I, Chojnicki M, Paczkowski K, Zabłocka J, Steffens M, Paśko-Majewska M, Szymanowicz W, Gierat-Haponiuk K PMID: 30310403 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - October 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Long-term results of surgical treatment of non-small cell lung cancer in patients over 75 years of age.
Conclusions: Surgical resections for lung cancer in patients over 75 years of age are characterised by a relatively good long-term prognosis. Careful and strictly detailed preoperative selection, particularly of patients with pulmonary comorbidities and the earliest possible diagnosis of a lung tumour, can reduce the occurrence of these postoperative complications in elderly patients, which negatively influence long-term results. PMID: 30069185 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Evaluation of thoracic epidural analgesia in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery - a prospective randomized trial.
Authors: Obersztyn M, Trejnowska E, Nadziakiewicz P, Knapik P Abstract Introduction: Most recent studies tend to confirm the beneficial effect of thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) in cardiac surgery. Aim: To assess whether intensive care unit TEA has an influence on the perioperative course following low-risk coronary artery surgery. Material and methods: This prospective, randomized trial was performed in patients scheduled for low-risk coronary artery surgery. Eighty patients undergoing off-pump or on-pump coronary artery bypass surgery were prospectively randomized to receive either combined general and epidu...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Sternal wound infections following cardiac surgery and their management: a single-centre study from the years 2016-2017.
Conclusions: Microorganisms associated with SWI in our study were mainly commensals, with the most common pathogen being Staphylococcus epidermidis. PMID: 30069187 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Type of cardioplegic solution as a factor influencing the clinical outcome of open-heart congenital procedures.
Conclusions: Cardioplegic solutions type influences postoperative variables in children after heart surgery by the negative impact of crystalloid cardioplegia. Blood cardioplegia presents potential advantages for patients - its application may reduce the incidence of low cardiac output syndrome and related complications. PMID: 30069188 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

De Vega tricuspid valve annuloplasty - a rightly neglected surgical technique?
Conclusions: Outcomes of tricuspid valve repair did not differ in terms of long-term stability and durability between the two evaluated techniques. PMID: 30069189 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Conversion to thoracotomy of video-assisted thoracoscopic closure of patent ductus arteriosus.
Conclusions: The rate of VATS PDA closure conversion to standard thoracotomy features a learning curve. Although it must be considered as a serious complication, probably it does not negatively affect either early the mortality rate or long-term survival. PMID: 30069190 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Quality of life in adults with repaired tetralogy of Fallot.
Conclusions: The QoL in adults after repair of ToF and healthy control subjects was compared directly. The self-perceived physical and mental domains of health were significantly poorer in ToF patients than in controls. Strong associations were found between objective exercise capacity and physical aspects of quality of life. Complex assessment and quality of life instruments should be used together to obtain an accurate view of health status of patients with repaired ToF. PMID: 30069191 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Del Nido cardioplegia - what is the current evidence?
Authors: Sanetra K, Pawlak I, Cisowski M Abstract Del Nido cardioplegia is believed to be both clinically and economically efficient. The interest in this myocardial protection method has been continuously growing. However, the evidence is not clear. The article summarizes recent reports regarding del Nido cardioplegia. PMID: 30069192 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Current views on molecularly targeted therapy for lung cancer - a review of literature from the last five years.
Authors: Rybarczyk-Kasiuchnicz A, Ramlau R Abstract Lung cancer is the main cause of cancer-related deaths in Poland. Epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) are a new group of agents for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Determining the predictive value of activating mutations in the EGFR and ROS-1 genes and ALK rearrangement in non-small-cell lung cancer has enabled the identification of patients likely to achieve true clinical benefits. EGFR-TKIs may produce objective response in more than 60% of patients and prolong progression-free survival to 10 months in mutation-posit...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Does the timing of aspirin administration influence its antiplatelet effect - review of literature on chronotherapy.
Authors: Miciak-Ławicka E, Begier-Krasińska B, Tykarski A, Krasiński Z Abstract This publication is a summary of the multidirectional effects of aspirin and its role in modern medicine. The history of aspirin, or acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), and its use dates back to ancient times, although the substance in its pure form has been produced and sold since 1899. Initially it was used for its antipyretic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory effects. Over the years many other benefits associated with the administration of ASA have been revealed. The mechanism of aspirin's action was discovered thanks to the British pharmaco...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

The Likert scale is a powerful tool for quality of life assessment among patients after minimally invasive coronary surgery.
Authors: Krzych ŁJ, Lach M, Joniec M, Cisowski M, Bochenek A Abstract Introduction: Health-related quality of life (QoL) is an acknowledged index of treatment effectiveness. There are several methods of its evaluation which are predisposed to different risk of bias. Aim: To investigate the agreement between objective and subjective tools of QoL assessment in patients who underwent endoscopic atraumatic coronary artery bypass (EACAB) grafting. Material and methods: This prospective observational study covered 705 consecutive patients who underwent EACAB between April 1998 and December 2010. Quality of life was a...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Applications of low-cost 3D printing in left atrial appendage closure using epicardial approaches - initial clinical experience.
Conclusions: Left atrial appendage 3D model is a useful tool in preoperative planning of a left atrial appendage occlusion using epicardial approaches with thoracoscopic or percutaneous access using LARIAT device. The quality of low-cost 3D printed LAA model is sufficient in planning minimally invasive procedure. PMID: 30069196 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Adenocarcinoma adjacent to a rare anatomical variant of right upper lobe.
Authors: Shen C, Che G PMID: 30069197 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Pediatric mitral valve reconstruction in acute endocarditis.
Authors: Juściński J, Paczkowski K, Chojnicki M, Steffens M, Romanowicz A, Gierat-Haponiuk K, Szymanowicz W, Paśko-Majewska M, Haponiuk I PMID: 30069198 [PubMed] (Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - August 3, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Preoperative blood morphology and incidence of acute kidney injury after on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting - a single-center preliminary report.
Authors: Perek B, Maison D, Budnick S, Gębala K, Casadei V, Dadej D, Chmielewski A, Ligowski M, Buczkowski P, Perek A, Jemielity M Abstract Introduction: Acute kidney injury (AKI) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) performed in cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) may complicate the postoperative course and has a negative impact on outcome. In some cases, postoperative AKI develops in spite of normal baseline creatinine concentration and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Aim: To examine whether there is any association between the preoperative blood morphology and incidence of post-operative AKI. M...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - April 25, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research

Diagnostic value of 18F-FDG-PET/CT in benign lung diseases.
Authors: Ergonul AG, Akcam TI, Özdil A, Turhan K, Cakan A, Cagirici U Abstract Introduction: There are many diseases which, despite not being malignant, show high metabolic activity and cause false-positive results. Aim: To evaluate the results of positron emission tomography (PET) in patients who underwent resection after preliminary diagnosis of malignancy based on fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake value, in whom the lesions were later classified as pathologically benign. Material and methods: The analysis included the records of 106 (12.3%) patients out of 862 patients who underwent surgery between January...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - April 24, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research