The Evolution of Therapeutic Strategies: Niche Apportionment for Hybrid Palliation
Publication date: Available online 18 June 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): Christoph Haller, Christopher A. Caldarone Hybrid palliation, the concept to stabilize univentricular circulation with bilateral pulmonary artery banding and maintenance of ductal patency, has significantly widened the therapeutic spectrum for patients with single ventricle malformations or borderline hypoplasia. Although the concept has already been a part of early attempts to improve outcome in hypoplastic left heart syndrome, it has not attracted much attention initially. Technical refinement and expertise have led to resul...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 19, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

The Evolution of Therapeutic Strategies: Niche Apportionment for Hybrid Palliation.
Abstract Hybrid palliation, the concept to stabilize univentricular circulation with bilateral pulmonary artery banding and maintenance of ductal patency, has significantly widened the therapeutic spectrum for patients with single ventricle malformations or borderline hypoplasia. Although the concept has already been a part of early attempts to improve outcome in hypoplastic left heart syndrome, it has not attracted much attention initially. Technical refinement and expertise have led to results that ultimately allowed the palliative strategy to gain traction and to be selectively adopted. By now, we have gained a...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Haller C, Caldarone CA Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Clinical Mis-Stagings and Risk Factors of Occult Nodal Disease in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Conclusions Despite advancements in CT, PET and minimally invasive nodal biopsy, there remains significant NSCLC mis-staging, especially for N2 disease. Improved, targeted N2 lymph node biopsy may improve pre-resection staging. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Recording Margin Distance Is Crucial In Limited Pulmonary Resection for Lung Cancer
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): Noriyoshi Sawabata, Takeshi Kawaguchi, Motoaki Yasukawa, Kazunori Kawai, Shigeki Taniguchi (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Intracardiac Tumors with Extracardiac Extension Diagnosed by EUS-FNA via EBUS
We report two cases with cardiac tumors that were successfully and safely diagnosed by EUS-B-FNA. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Vertical right axillary mini thoracotomy for correction of VSD and CAVSD (Commentary)
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): Ali Dodge-Khatami (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Incidence and Prognostic Significance of Carcinoid Lymph Node Metastases
Conclusions A significant number of well-staged carcinoid patients had LN metastases. Large tumor size is a valuable predictor of carcinoid nodal disease. LN involvement was an independent predictor of worse survival. Nodal dissection in tumors >2cm and in atypical sub-type can yield important prognostic information. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Incidence and Prognostic Significance of Carcinoid Lymph Node Metastases.
CONCLUSIONS: A significant number of well-staged carcinoid patients had LN metastases. Large tumor size is a valuable predictor of carcinoid nodal disease. LN involvement was an independent predictor of worse survival. Nodal dissection in tumors>2cm and in atypical sub-type can yield important prognostic information. PMID: 29908980 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kneuertz PJ, Kamel MK, Stiles BM, Lee BE, Rahouma M, Harrison SW, Altorki NK, Port JL Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Clinical Mis-Stagings and Risk Factors of Occult Nodal Disease in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite advancements in CT, PET and minimally invasive nodal biopsy, there remains significant NSCLC mis-staging, especially for N2 disease. Improved, targeted N2 lymph node biopsy may improve pre-resection staging. PMID: 29908981 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Dyas AR, King RW, Ghanim AF, Cerfolio RJ Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Intracardiac Tumors with Extracardiac Extension Diagnosed by EUS-FNA via EBUS.
We report two cases with cardiac tumors that were successfully and safely diagnosed by EUS-B-FNA. PMID: 29908982 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Inage T, Nakajima T, Sata Y, Fujiwara T, Iwasawa S, Takiguchi Y, Nakatani Y, Yoshino I Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Recording Margin Distance Is Crucial In Limited Pulmonary Resection for Lung Cancer.
PMID: 29908983 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Sawabata N, Kawaguchi T, Yasukawa M, Kawai K, Taniguchi S Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Vertical right axillary mini thoracotomy for correction of VSD and CAVSD (Commentary).
PMID: 29908984 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Dodge-Khatami A Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Nodal Skip Metastasis: A Promising Predictor of Prognosis in ESCC
Publication date: Available online 14 June 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): Yu-Shang Yang, Wei-Peng Hu, Wen-Ping Wang, Yong Yuan, Long-Qi Chen (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Thromboelastography is Associated with Surrogates for Bleeding After Pediatric Cardiac Surgery (Commentary).
PMID: 29908189 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Guzzetta NA Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in a Patient with Dextrocardia and Situs Inversus Totalis.
This report presents the case of an 82 year old male with known dextrocardia and situs inversus totalis who developed increasing dyspnea on exertion and was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement was decided upon requiring deviation from standard techniques for patients with normal anatomy and left-sided aortic arch. We describe two technical differences required for patients with dextrocardia and right-sided aortic arch which facilitate transcatheter aortic valve replacement in this patient group. Dextrocardia is a condition in which there is abnormal embryological looping of the hea...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Pattakos G, Chrissoheris M, Halapas A, Papadopoulos K, Kourkoveli P, Bouboulis N, Pattakos S, Spargias K Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Initial experience and early results of mitral valve repair with CardioCel pericardial patch (Commentary).
PMID: 29908191 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Elmously A, Salemi A, Guy TS Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Ventricular Septal Defect Closure: How I Teach It.
PMID: 29908192 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Manning PB Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Nodal Skip Metastasis: A Promising Predictor of Prognosis in ESCC.
PMID: 29908193 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yang YS, Hu WP, Wang WP, Yuan Y, Chen LQ Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Valvectomy versus Replacement for the Surgical Treatment of Tricuspid Endocarditis (Commentary).
PMID: 29908194 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ribeiro IB, Ruel M Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Safety of Next Day Discharge Following Lobectomy: Have We Broken the Speed Limit?
CONCLUSIONS: Appropriately identified patients can safely go home on POD 1 following lobectomy without an increase in 30-day readmission, morbidity or mortality. A continued focus on lobectomy LOS reduction has the capacity to increase patient satisfaction and lead to reduction in healthcare costs. PMID: 29908195 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Greer S, Miller AD, Smith JS, Holcombe JM, Headrick JR Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

The Cost-Effectiveness of Self-Expandable Transcatheter Aortic Valves in Intermediate Risk Patients (Commentary).
PMID: 29908196 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Weiss AJ, Anyanwu AC Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Surgery of Moderate Coronary Artery Stenosis.
PMID: 29908197 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Mattioli AV, Farinetti A, Manenti A, Roncati L Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

In-Hospital Delays Result in Worse Patient Outcomes and Higher Cost after Cardiac Surgery.
CONCLUSIONS: Operational assessment and DWD can be used to help staff manage increasing case volume by improving efficiency while maintaining quality of care at reduced cost to the system. PMID: 29908198 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 13, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Somlo DRM, Repenning NP, Mangi AA Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

National Benchmarks of Proportions of Patients Receiving Transfusions during Pediatric Heart Surgery
Conclusions Most centers transfuse PRBCs routinely in higher risk, younger and smaller patients, with little variability across centers. For lower risk operations in older and larger patients, centers are more likely to forgo intraoperative transfusions. This analysis provides national benchmarks for center-level PRBC transfusion rates during pediatric and congenital heart surgery. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 12, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Does Race Influence Risk Assessment and Recommendations for Lung Resection? A Randomized Trial
Conclusions Neither patient nor physician race was significantly associated with risk estimation or surgical recommendations. These findings do not provide an explanation for documented racial disparities in lung cancer therapy. Further investigation is needed to identify mechanism underlying these disparities. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 12, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Does Race Influence Risk Assessment and Recommendations for Lung Resection? A Randomized Trial.
CONCLUSIONS: Neither patient nor physician race was significantly associated with risk estimation or surgical recommendations. These findings do not provide an explanation for documented racial disparities in lung cancer therapy. Further investigation is needed to identify mechanism underlying these disparities. PMID: 29902464 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 11, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ferguson MK, Demchuk C, Wroblewski K, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Thompson K, Farnan J, Acevedo J Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

National Benchmarks of Proportions of Patients Receiving Transfusions during Pediatric Heart Surgery.
Abstract BACKGROUND: To determine national benchmarks and assess variability across centers, the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD) was analyzed to document proportions of patients receiving intraoperative blood transfusion during open heart surgery. METHODS: Index CPB operations reported in the STS CHSD (2014-2015) were potentially eligible for inclusion. Data from centers with> 15% missing data for packed red blood cell (PRBC) transfusion were excluded, as were individual records missing information about PRBC transfusion. The distribution of center-level PRBC transfusion rates in various clini...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 11, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kartha VM, Rehman M, Jacobs JP, Jacobs ML, Vener D, Hill KD, Meza JM, O'Brien SM, Feng L, Chiswell K, Goldenberg NA, Pasquali SK, Eghtesady P, Badhwar V Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

The Norwood Procedure with Valvular Pulmonary Stenosis
Publication date: Available online 8 June 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): Yuki Nakamura, Bijoy Thattaliyath, Marco Ricci A combination of hypoplasia of the left side of the heart, a hypoplastic aortic arch, a large patent ductus arteriosus, and valvular pulmonary stenosis is very rare. The severity of the valvular pulmonary stenosis in this setting is difficult to judge preoperatively. Here, we describe a newborn with borderline hypoplasia of the left side of the heart, a hypoplastic aortic arch, a large patent ductus arteriosus, and valvular pulmonary stenosis, who underwent the Norwood procedure su...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 9, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Repair of Enlarging Left Ventricular Pseudoaneurysm Two Months After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
We present a challenging case of a rapidly enlarging LV pseudoaneurysm four weeks after coronary bypass. The repair was approached via left thoracotomy utilizing circulatory arrest with selective antegrade cerebral perfusion. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 9, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Anomalous Origin of Left Coronary Artery from Aortic Arch Associated with HLHS
We describe the case of a newborn with concomitant hypoplastic left heart syndrome and abnormal origin of the left coronary artery arising from the distal aortic arch. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 9, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Surgical Outcomes of Double Compression And Complete Fixation Bar System in Pectus Excavatum
Conclusions DCCF system was applied to surgical correction of pectus excavatum which led to significant reduction in the operation time and postoperative hospital admission period, as well as reduced MIRPE complication and bar displacement rates. Therefore we recommend the application of DCCF to the surgical correction of pectus excavatum. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 9, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Induction Chemo-radiation (50Gy) Followed by Surgery for Stage IIIA-N2 Non-small Cell Lung Cancer
Conclusions Induction chemotherapy with concurrent radiotherapy (50 Gy) followed by surgery was a feasible and promising treatment option for resectable c-stage IIIA-N2 NSCLC. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 9, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Transapical Beating-Heart Mitral Valve Repair Using a Novel Neochord Implantation System
We reported a successful beating-heart transapical mitral valve repair in a 78-year-old patient suffering severe mitral regurgitation with prohibitive surgical risk using MitralstitchTM system, a novel device distinguished by its’ implanted neochord mimicking the surgical pledgeted suture and the retrievable positioner facilitating leaflet capture. This technology would be a competitive option for high-risk patients with severe mitral regurgitation due to leaflet prolapse. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 9, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Primary Sutureless Repair Using Biatrial Incision: Suture-And-Open Technique
Publication date: Available online 8 June 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): Hyungtae Kim, Si Chan Sung, Kwang Ho Choi, Hyoung Doo Lee, Geena Kim, Hoon Ko We used a suture-and-open technique with a biatrial incision for primary sutureless repair of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC). With this technique, the common pulmonary venous sinus and its branching pulmonary veins are opened after completion of suturing of the left atrial incision to the pericardium around the common pulmonary venous sinus and its branching veins. The technique allows the primary sutureless repair of TAPVC to be ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 9, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Transapical Beating-Heart Mitral Valve Repair Using a Novel Neochord Implantation System.
We reported a successful beating-heart transapical mitral valve repair in a 78-year-old patient suffering severe mitral regurgitation with prohibitive surgical risk using MitralstitchTM system, a novel device distinguished by its' implanted neochord mimicking the surgical pledgeted suture and the retrievable positioner facilitating leaflet capture. This technology would be a competitive option for high-risk patients with severe mitral regurgitation due to leaflet prolapse. PMID: 29890145 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Wang S, Meng X, Luo Z, Pan X Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Anomalous Origin of Left Coronary Artery from Aortic Arch Associated with HLHS.
We describe the case of a newborn with concomitant hypoplastic left heart syndrome and abnormal origin of the left coronary artery arising from the distal aortic arch. PMID: 29890146 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Asada S, Yamagishi M, Nishida K, Okazaki S, Nakayama Y, Monta O, Tsutsumi Y, Ohashi H Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Surgical Outcomes of Double Compression And Complete Fixation Bar System in Pectus Excavatum.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Minimaly invasive repair of pectus excavatum (MIRPE) is a widely used technique for correction of pectus excavatum. Yet despite the advancement in the surgical techniques, it is still associated with various complications including bar displacement leading to reoperation. To overcome this problem, we developed the double compression and complete fixation-double bar (DCCF) system which consists of two metal bars that are inserted above and below the sternum and compressed to correct pectus excavatum. METHODS: Patients who underwent pectus excavatum correction surgery at this center between...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Song IH, Lee SJ, Kim SS, Lee SY Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Primary Sutureless Repair Using Biatrial Incision: Suture-And-Open Technique.
Abstract We used a suture-and-open technique with a biatrial incision for primary sutureless repair of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC). With this technique, the common pulmonary venous sinus and its branching pulmonary veins are opened after completion of suturing of the left atrial incision to the pericardium around the common pulmonary venous sinus and its branching veins. The technique allows the primary sutureless repair of TAPVC to be done in a less bloody field under full-flow cardiopulmonary bypass. We have performed this technique in our recent 5 consecutive TAPVC patients without signi...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kim H, Sung SC, Choi KH, Lee HD, Kim G, Ko H Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

The Norwood Procedure with Valvular Pulmonary Stenosis.
Abstract A combination of hypoplasia of the left side of the heart, a hypoplastic aortic arch, a large patent ductus arteriosus, and valvular pulmonary stenosis is very rare. The severity of the valvular pulmonary stenosis in this setting is difficult to judge preoperatively. Here, we describe a newborn with borderline hypoplasia of the left side of the heart, a hypoplastic aortic arch, a large patent ductus arteriosus, and valvular pulmonary stenosis, who underwent the Norwood procedure successfully. The purpose of this report is to share the perioperative course of the patient and our decision-making process tha...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Nakamura Y, Thattaliyath B, Ricci M Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Induction Chemo-radiation (50Gy) Followed by Surgery for Stage IIIA-N2 Non-small Cell Lung Cancer.
CONCLUSIONS: Induction chemotherapy with concurrent radiotherapy (50 Gy) followed by surgery was a feasible and promising treatment option for resectable c-stage IIIA-N2 NSCLC. PMID: 29890150 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tanaka F, Yokomise H, Soejima T, Uramoto H, Yamanaka T, Nakagawa K, Yamamoto N, Nishimura Y, Niwa H, Okada M, Nakagawa T, Yamashita M Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Repair of Enlarging Left Ventricular Pseudoaneurysm Two Months After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting.
We present a challenging case of a rapidly enlarging LV pseudoaneurysm four weeks after coronary bypass. The repair was approached via left thoracotomy utilizing circulatory arrest with selective antegrade cerebral perfusion. PMID: 29890151 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Weber DJ, Sheikh AY, Cain BS, LaBourene JI, Melikian V Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Interventional Procedures in Patients with Pulmonary Vascular Obstruction
Publication date: Available online 7 June 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): Sarah Cullivan, Karen Redmond, Carole Ridge, Oisin J. O’Connell A 21-year-old patient presented with a short history of fatigue and dyspnea on a background of a double lung transplant for cystic fibrosis and pre-existing chronic superior vena cava obstruction (SVCO). Computed tomography of the chest demonstrated a 3-cm mass occluding the right pulmonary veins, with associated right upper and lower lobe parenchymal pulmonary infiltrates. Two invasive procedures were performed with similar complications in both procedures. ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Long-Term Impact of Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy for Primary Palmar Hyperhidrosis
Conclusions This study confirms that the benefits of ETS are maintained long-term. Although CS is the main cause for discontent postoperatively, it is still preferred over the distress experienced from palmar or axillary hyperhidrosis and QOL is increased despite CS. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Impact of Thoracoscopic T2 Sympathectomy on Patients with Primary Palmar and Axillary Hyperhidrosis
Conclusions Limited sympathectomy to the level of T3 and T4 has the same therapeutic effect obtained by T2, T3 and T4 sympathectomy with less complications, more patients' satisfaction and better quality of life. It should be the technique of choice for treatment of primary palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Initial Experience and Early Results of Mitral Valve Repair with Cardiocel Pericardial Patch
Conclusions Initial results of the CardioCel patch in mitral valve repair surgery are satisfactory. The resistance to infection and late degeneration will need to be assessed in the future. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Long-Term Impact of Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy for Primary Palmar Hyperhidrosis.
CONCLUSIONS: This study confirms that the benefits of ETS are maintained long-term. Although CS is the main cause for discontent postoperatively, it is still preferred over the distress experienced from palmar or axillary hyperhidrosis and QOL is increased despite CS. PMID: 29885977 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Horslen LC, Wilshire CL, Louie BE, Vallières E Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Interventional Procedures in Patients with Pulmonary Vascular Obstruction.
Abstract A 21-year-old patient presented with a short history of fatigue and dyspnea on a background of a double lung transplant for cystic fibrosis and pre-existing chronic superior vena cava obstruction (SVCO). Computed tomography of the chest demonstrated a 3-cm mass occluding the right pulmonary veins, with associated right upper and lower lobe parenchymal pulmonary infiltrates. Two invasive procedures were performed with similar complications in both procedures. PMID: 29885978 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Cullivan S, Redmond K, Ridge C, O'Connell OJ Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Initial Experience and Early Results of Mitral Valve Repair with Cardiocel Pericardial Patch.
CONCLUSIONS: Initial results of the CardioCel patch in mitral valve repair surgery are satisfactory. The resistance to infection and late degeneration will need to be assessed in the future. PMID: 29885979 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tomšič A, Bissessar DD, van Brakel TJ, Marsan NA, Klautz RJM, Palmen M Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Impact of Thoracoscopic T2 Sympathectomy on Patients with Primary Palmar and Axillary Hyperhidrosis.
CONCLUSIONS: Limited sympathectomy to the level of T3 and T4 has the same therapeutic effect obtained by T2, T3 and T4 sympathectomy with less complications, more patients' satisfaction and better quality of life. It should be the technique of choice for treatment of primary palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis. PMID: 29885980 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Salim EF, Ali GA Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Left Atrial Approach to Septal Myectomy - Word of Caution
Publication date: Available online 5 June 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): Praveen Kerala Varma, Hisham Ahamed (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 6, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research