Postoperative Complications Drive Unplanned Readmissions After Esophagectomy for Cancer
Conclusions Postoperative occurrence of common complications and prolonged length of stay are associated with unplanned readmission after esophagectomy. Most patients are readmitted within 1 week of discharge. Earlier follow-up after discharge may identify patients with complications and facilitate outpatient intervention to prevent readmission. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Timing and Risk Factors Associated With Venous Thromboembolism After Lung Cancer Resection
Conclusions Significant proportions of VTE events occur after hospital discharge. Although there are data to suggest that the risk for VTE extends beyond this period, few patients are managed with postdischarge prophylaxis. These data suggest that postdischarge prophylaxis should be considered for those patients at high risk for VTE, particularly for older patients, those who are obese, and after extended or lengthy resections. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Technical Performance Score Predicts Partial/Transitional Atrioventricular Septal Defect Outcomes
Conclusions Major residua, that is TPS class 3, were a predictor of in-hospital outcomes and unplanned reinterventions after discharge, with left atrioventricular valve regurgitation being the strongest predictor. Use of TPS as a tool for residual lesions may identify patients predisposed to prolonged ICU hospital stay and reinterventions after discharge, providing feedback on areas in need of improvement in technique and identification of patients who warrant closer follow-up. Graphical abstract (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Hybrid Palliation: Outcomes After the Comprehensive Stage 2 Procedure
Conclusions Operative mortality associated with the CS2 procedure is substantial, especially for patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support after CS2. No obvious modifiable variables were noted between patients who died and those who survived. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Improved Lung Perfusion After Left Pulmonary Artery Patch Enlargement During the Norwood Operation
Conclusions These first magnetic resonance imaging data show that HLHS patients after LPA patch enlargement during the modified Norwood procedure have significantly higher LPA cross-sectional areas and show improved lung perfusion and shorter overall procedure time as compared with LPA patching during second stage (hemi-Fontan). Therefore, this promising surgical technique may improve blood flow dynamics of the Fontan circulation in the long run. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Higher Programmatic Volume in Neonatal Heart Surgery Is Associated With Lower Early Mortality
Conclusions In neonatal congenital heart surgery, the risk of operative death decreased with the increase of volume load. The cutoff point in this cohort was a mean annual volume of 60 neonatal operations per year. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Superior Approach for Supracardiac Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection
Conclusions Side-to-side anastomosis through a superior approach in surgical repair of supracardiac total anomalous pulmonary venous connection can achieve satisfactory results. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2018  Adult Cardiac Surgery Risk Models: Part 2—Statistical Methods and Results
Conclusions New STS ACSD risk models have generally excellent calibration and discrimination and are well suited for risk adjustment of STS performance metrics. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2018 Adult Cardiac Surgery Risk Models: Part  1—Background, Design Considerations, and Model Development
Conclusions Completely new STS ACSD risk models have been developed based on contemporary patient data; their performance is superior to that of previous STS ACSD models. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Meta-Analysis of Trials on Prophylactic Use of Levosimendan in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery
Conclusions Prophylactic use of levosimendan does not appear to reduce the mortality at 30 days or beyond 30 days in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. This lack of benefit was noted irrespective of the LVEF. Graphical abstract (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Linkage of Medicare Records to the Interagency Registry of Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support
Conclusions Using a merged data set of MCSDs implanted between 2008 and 2013, we report that the vast majority of CMS centers and Medicare beneficiaries receiving MCSDs are increasingly captured in INTERMACS. Accordingly, contemporary studies in INTERMACS are relevant and generalizable to the Medicare population. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Influence of Timing After Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair for Acute Type B Aortic Dissection
Conclusions Although TEVAR performed for aortic dissection within 24 hours of presentation of symptoms was associated with worse outcomes, TEVAR performed between 24 hours and 14 days, as compared with TEVAR between 14 days and 6 weeks, does not appear to increase the risk of perioperative complications. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

A Pragmatic Preoperative Prediction Score for Nonhome Discharge After Cardiac Operations
Conclusions We identified preoperative risk factors for NHD after cardiac operations and developed a pragmatic NHD prediction score with high accuracy. Addition of postoperative risk factors for NHD only modestly improved prediction. NHD does not decrease the readmission rate after cardiac operations. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Quantitative Assessment of Inflow Malposition in Two Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices
Conclusions We found distinct device-dependent differences in inflow cannula positioning and thrombosis, with HeartWare showing both less malposition and less thrombosis. Malposition toward the ventricular septum may contribute to pump thrombosis through a vicious cycle of suction events, low flow, and speed reduction. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Early Stable Sinus Rhythm Associated With Greater Success 5 Years After Surgical Ablation
Conclusions Most patients with no detected AA throughout the first 12 months after surgical ablation continued to be recurrence free for 5 years. Younger age, shorter preoperative AF duration, and greater surgeon experience may be associated with more persistent surgical correction of AF. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Evaluation of Prophylactic Antibiotic Use for Delayed Sternal Closure After Cardiothoracic Operation
Conclusions Substantial variation was found in the duration and selection of antibiotic prophylaxis for patients with delayed sternal closure after cardiothoracic operation. Broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents and extended durations of antibiotic prophylaxis were not associated with benefits in the incidence of sternal wound infection and may increase the risk of adverse effects. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Facilitating Hemostasis After Proximal Aortic Surgery: Results of The PROTECT Trial
Conclusions Tridyne was safe and effective when used as an adjunct to conventional hemostasis to treat high-pressure vessels in patients who receive anticoagulation agents, in reducing time to hemostasis, and in promoting both immediate and persistent hemostasis. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Aortic Valve Repair of a Stenotic Unicuspid Aortic Valve in Young Patients
Conclusions From our study, bicuspidization is an attractive surgical option to repair UAV, particularly in young patients who do not want to be subjected to long-term anticoagulation therapy or who refuse a more traditional surgical approach, such as Ross procedure, for reasons described previously. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Rigid Plate Fixation Versus Wire Cerclage: Patient-Reported and Economic Outcomes From a Randomized Trial
Conclusions In patients undergoing sternal closure after median sternotomy, RPF compared with WC resulted in reduced sternal pain, improved upper extremity function, and similar total 90-day costs. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Long-Term Survival Prediction for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Validation of the ASCERT Model Compared With The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Predicted Risk of Mortality
Conclusions The ASCERT survival probability calculator was externally validated for prediction of long-term survival after coronary artery bypass grafting in all risk groups. The widely used STS PROM performed comparably as a predictor of long-term survival. Both tools provide important information for preoperative decision making and patient counseling about potential outcomes after coronary artery bypass grafting. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Hybrid Coronary Revascularization Versus On-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
Conclusions For selected patients, HCR is associated with a faster postoperative recovery as well as similar short-term and long-term outcomes when compared with standard on-pump CABG. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Outcomes in 937 Intermediate-Risk Patients Undergoing Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in PARTNER-2A
Conclusions In this adjudicated prospective study, SAVR in intermediate-risk patients had excellent results at 2 years. However, there were more in-hospital strokes than expected, most likely attributable to mandatory neurologic assessment after the procedure. No pronounced structural valve deterioration was found during 2-year follow-up. Continued long-term surveillance remains important. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Single- Versus Multicenter Surgeons ’ Risk-Adjusted Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Procedural Outcomes
Conclusions Single-center surgeons performing CABG had lower risk-adjusted outcome rates compared with multicenter surgeons, who performed better at their home versus satellite hospitals. To improve future quality of care, surgeons, health care networks, and health policy makers should now more closely scrutinize their single versus multicenter performance. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

The Ross Procedure: How I Teach It
Publication date: May 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 105, Issue 5 Author(s): Amine Mazine, Aly Ghoneim, Ismail El-Hamamsy (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Bending the Curve: The Importance of  Expertise
Publication date: May 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 105, Issue 5 Author(s): David R. Jones (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Editorial Board Changes (May 2018)
Publication date: May 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 105, Issue 5 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Is Esophagectomy for Benign Conditions Benign?
Abstract BACKGROUND: Outcomes data on esophagectomy performed for benign conditions is scarce. Using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database, we sought to analyze outcomes of esophagectomy performed for benign conditions. METHODS: The NSQIP database was queried for all esophagectomies performed from 2005 to 2015. Outcomes for benign conditions were analyzed and compared to those for malignant conditions. RESULTS: A total of 7,477 patients underwent esophagectomy during the study period. Of those, 6,762 underwent esophagectomy for malignant conditions and 715 for benign conditio...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Masabni K, Kandagatla P, Popoff AM, Rubinfeld I, Hammoud Z Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Dutch Lung Surgery Audit: A National Audit Comprising Lung and Thoracic Surgery Patients.
CONCLUSIONS: The audit provides reliable benchmarked information for caregivers and hospital management with potential to start local, regional or national improvement initiatives. Currently, the audit is further completed with data from non-surgical lung cancer patients including treatment data from pulmonary oncologists and radiation oncologists. This will ultimately provide a comprehensive overview of lung cancer treatment in The Netherlands. PMID: 29689237 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Berge MT, Beck N, Heineman DJ, Damhuis R, Steup WH, van Huijstee PJ, Eerenberg JP, Veen E, Maat A, Versteegh M, van Brakel T, Schreurs WH, Wouters MW Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Pseudomesotheliomatous Type of Sarcomatoid Squamous Cell Lung Cancer Presenting With Hemothorax.
Abstract A 44 year old male presented with spontaneous massive hemothorax. Computed tomography (CT) scan revealed thickened and nodular pleura with no evidence of lung tumour. Patient underwent right open total pleurectomy. Histopathology and Immunohistochemistry studies of the pleura confirmed poorly differentiated sarcomatoid squamous cell carcinoma of lung with metastasis to pleura. The carcinoma was psuedomesothelimatous type due to its presentation as diffuse pleural thickening. This presentation of sarcomatoid cancer as pseudomesotheliomatous type with massive hemothorax is rare and can be considered as diff...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Sangani NK, Naliath SM Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Unmatched Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Program Applicants: Where Do They End Up?
CONCLUSIONS: Only a small percentage of applicants that did not match to an IP from 2008-11 have ended up in CTS. As IPs continue to develop and improve, the concerns brought about by current CTS residents must be addressed to attract the next generation of exceptional surgeons. PMID: 29689239 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Davis TA, Yang SC Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Diagnosing Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma with Pericardial Involvement.
Abstract Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE) is a rare vascular tumor that commonly affects lung, liver, and bone. Among all known EHE cases, only 20% have a pulmonary origin, with metastases to the pericardium occurring in less than 1% of these. Due to its low prevalence, variable presentation, and unknown latency period, a thoracic EHE diagnosis can be easily missed. This case outlines the unique pathologic features of EHE in a patient with cardiovascular disease, provides further insight into diagnosing a rare tumor, and provides a better understanding of the pathophysiology and progression of thoracic EHE. ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Balansay BE, Zhang X, Loftus PD, Valenzuela JA, Zambrano E, Lee AM Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Repair of Ductus or Hemi-Truncus to One Lung and Major Aortopulmonary Collaterals to the Other Lung.
CONCLUSIONS: The data demonstrate that 32 of 35 patients with ductus/hemi-truncus and MAPCAs ultimately achieved complete repair with relatively low pulmonary artery pressures. PMID: 29684371 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 20, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Mainwaring RD, Rosenblatt TR, Patrick WL, Ma M, Peng L, Hanley FL Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair through Cardiac Apex in the Setting of Thoracic Aortic Rupture.
Abstract Treatment of thoracic aortic rupture poses a substantial challenge for the aortic surgeon. The advent of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) revolutionized the treatment of this heterogeneous group of diseases. However, some patients suitable for TEVAR present severe peripheral vascular diseases which can prevent standard retrograde delivery of the stent-graft through the femoral artery. In this article, we present a case series of five patients with thoracic aortic rupture successfully treated with cardiac trans-apical TEVAR. PMID: 29684372 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The An...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 20, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Agostinelli A, Carino D, Borrello B, Romano G, Vignali L, Palumbo AA, Marcato C, Gherli T, Nicolini F Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Racial Disparity in Utilization of High-Volume Hospitals for Surgical Treatment of Esophageal Cancer.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Utilization of high-volume hospitals (HVH) for esophagectomy has been associated with improved perioperative outcomes and reduced mortality. We aimed to test the hypothesis that black-white racial disparities exist in HVH utilization, and to identify predictors of in-hospital surgical outcomes of esophageal cancer while adjusting for HVH utilization patterns. METHODS: We queried the New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) database (1995-2012) for esophageal cancer patients who underwent surgical resection exclusively. Only records for patients with self-report...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 20, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Rehmani SS, Liu B, Al-Ayoubi A, Raad W, Flores RM, Bhora F, Taioli E Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Single-Center Experience of Tracheobronchoplasty for Tracheobronchomalacia: Perioperative Outcomes.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite an arduous hospital course with significant risk of severe complication, patients undergoing tracheobronchoplasty for severe tracheobronchomalacia have low risk of mortality and are discharged home directly in most cases. PMID: 29684374 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 20, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Buitrago DH, Majid A, Alape DE, Wilson JL, Parikh M, Kent MS, Gangadharan SP Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Cumulative Effect of Preoperative Risk Factors on Mortality after Pediatric Heart Transplantation.
CONCLUSIONS: In this single-center pediatric cohort, post-heart transplantation mortality could be predicted using patient-specific risk factors. The cumulative effect of these risk factors predicted mortality with high specificity. PMID: 29684375 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 20, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: O'Connor MJ, Glatz AC, Rossano JW, Shaddy RE, Ryan R, Ravishankar C, Fuller S, Mascio CE, Gaynor JW, Lin KY Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Creation, Implementation, and Assessment of a General Thoracic Surgery Simulation Course in Rwanda (Commentary)
Publication date: Available online 19 April 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): David Tom Cooke (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 20, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Clarification Needed Regarding Anti-Topoisomerase I as a Biomarker for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Publication date: Available online 19 April 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): Edward K.L. Chan, Luis E.C. Andrade (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 20, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Determinants of Reverse Remodeling of the Left Atrium Following Transaortic Myectomy
Conclusions Left atrial volume decreases significantly following surgical relief of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. Early changes likely reflect lower LA pressure due to gradient relief and abolishment of mitral regurgitation, and late reduction suggests continued reverse remodeling. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 20, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Cor-Knot Perforation of Aortic Valve Leaflet
Publication date: Available online 19 April 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): Frank A. Baciewicz (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 20, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Clarification Needed Regarding Anti-Topoisomerase I as a Biomarker for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.
PMID: 29679532 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Chan EKL, Andrade LEC Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Creation, Implementation, and Assessment of a General Thoracic Surgery Simulation Course in Rwanda (Commentary).
PMID: 29679533 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Cooke DT Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Determinants of Reverse Remodeling of the Left Atrium Following Transaortic Myectomy.
In this study, we investigated whether LA reverse remodeling occurs following septal myectomy. METHODS: Between March 2007 and July 2015, 656 patients underwent myectomy at our institution and had pre- and postoperative transthoracic echocardiographic (TTE) recording of LA volume index (LAVI). We reviewed clinical and echocardiographic data of these patients, and assessed for changes over time by comparing pre- and postoperative measurements. RESULTS: The median age was 56 (46, 65) years, and 370 (56%) were male. New York Heart Association Class III/IV dyspnea was present in 581 (89%). Preoperative TTE showed LAV...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Nguyen A, Schaff HV, Nishimura RA, Dearani JA, Geske JB, Lahr BD, Ommen SR Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Cor-Knot Perforation of Aortic Valve Leaflet.
PMID: 29679535 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Baciewicz FA Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Oncologic Equivalence of Minimally Invasive Lobectomy: The Scientific and Practical Arguments
Conclusions MIL is an oncologically equivalent operation with substantially less morbidity, especially in frail populations. It is reasonable to suggest that MIL should be the technique of choice, even a quality indicator, for lobectomy. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Oncologic Equivalence of Minimally Invasive Lobectomy: The Scientific and Practical Arguments.
CONCLUSIONS: MIL is an oncologically equivalent operation with substantially less morbidity, especially in frail populations. It is reasonable to suggest that MIL should be the technique of choice, even a quality indicator, for lobectomy. PMID: 29678519 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 17, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Demmy TL, Yendamuri S, D'Amico TA, Burfeind WR Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons Achieve High Rates Of K-Award Conversion Into R01 Funding (Commentary)
Publication date: Available online 16 April 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): Bo Yang (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 17, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Outcome after Surgery for Aortic Dissection Type A in Morbidly Obese Patients
Conclusions Despite the comorbidities that are associated with obesity, obese patients undergoing surgical repair of ADA are not at greater risk of death or other adverse outcomes. An immediate surgical approach should be considered in all patients independent of weight. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 17, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Left Ventricular Diastolic Function after Aortic Valve Replacement for Chronic Aortic Regurgitation
Conclusions In patients with chronic severe aortic regurgitation, left ventricular diastolic dysfunction is highly prevalent and might show gradual improvement after AVR. However, such improvement could be hindered by an excessively dilated left ventricle during surgery. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 17, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

MELD-XI Scoring System to Predict Outcomes in Patients who Undergo LVAD Implantation (Commentary)
Publication date: Available online 16 April 2018 Source:The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Author(s): Veli K. Topkara (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - April 17, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research