Would the proposed pathophysiology of the "full blast" make sense here?
Would the proposed pathophysiology of the "full blast" make sense here? Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Dec 07;: Authors: Kassem S PMID: 30529672 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kassem S Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Video-assisted thoracic surgical repair of the airway.
aacute;nchez A, Galbis-Caravajal JM Abstract We communicate the first reported application of video-assisted thoracic surgery for early repair of a post-intubation tracheal laceration. The patient was a 60-year-old male. After an initial unsuccessful approach with conservative measures, surgical repair was indicated. The patient underwent two-port video-assisted thoracic surgery for direct tracheal repair using a 3-0 resorbable monofilament running suture and two reinforcing X-stitches. Bronchoscopic control after 2 and 4 weeks showed complete restoration of the airway, with no complication. PMID: 30529673 [P...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Martínez-Hernández NJ, Sánchez-García F, Váquez-Sánchez A, Galbis-Caravajal JM Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Submitral Aneurysm: an unusual aneurysm of the left ventricle.
We report a case of 42-year-old male with submitral aneurysm presenting to the emergency room in circulatory collapse with left ventricular obstruction and severe mitral valve stenosis and regurgitation due to the aneurysm. Resection of the aneurysm along with mitral valve replacement was done through a median sternotomy without any complication and good results. PMID: 30529674 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Rajbanshi BG, Rajbhandari N, Mch SP, Karki A, Gyawali P, Sharma M, Lakhey M, Sharma D, Sharma A Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Coronary Sinus Stenosis with Right Coronary Artery to Coronary Sinus Fistula.
We report a 34-year-old female who presented with a recurrent large pericardial effusion during pregnancy. She was found to have a right coronary artery to coronary sinus fistula. The coronary sinus was severely dilated due to coronary sinus ostial stenosis. Primary surgical closure of coronary artery fistula was performed with resection of coronary sinus ostial stenosis. PMID: 30529675 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Bloomingdale R, Walters HL, Mertens A, Ramos R, Gallagher M, Forbes TJ, Kobayashi D Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Valve sparing aortic root replacement in elderly patients with annulo-aortic ectasia.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Reporting early and midterm outcomes of elderly patients who underwent valve-sparing aortic root replacement (VSRR) compared to younger patients and those with Bentall procedure. METHODS: From October 1999 to October 2017, 73 patients aged ≥65 years who underwent VSRR procedure was assigned as group S. Two hundred thirty-two VSSR patients who were between 15 and 64 years old were assigned as group Y. Forty-five patients with aged ≥65 years who underwent Bentall procedure as group R. Preoperative grades of AR were 3.4/4 in group S, 3.1/4 in group Y, and 3.3/4 in group R (p = 0.07). ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yokawa K, Ikeno Y, Koda Y, Henmi S, Matsueda T, Takahashi H, Nakai H, Yamanaka K, Gotake Y, Tanaka H, Okita Y Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Extralobar Sequestration Complicated by a Cystic Hamartoma in an Adult.
Abstract A 49 year old female presented after a respiratory infection with a abnormal chest X-ray demonstrating a cystic calcified mass at the base of the right lung. Chest CT angiogram demonstrated the blood supply arose from the abdominal aorta. This Extralobar sequestration was surgically resected via Video assisted thoracoscopy without complication. The pathology demonstrated a cystic hamartoma. This case highlights the importance of pre-operative evaluation of the blood supply of suspected sequestrations and the very rare pathology that was found. PMID: 30529677 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Sourc...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Greenspon A, Samuels L, Greenspon L Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Simple Bone Cyst of Rib.
Abstract Simple bone cyst is a benign lytic lesion usually encountered in children and adolescents. It is a cystic fluid filled lesion which usually involves metaphysis of the long bones. Simple bone cyst of the rib is very rare with only few cases reported in the literature. Here we describe an interesting case of a simple bone cyst of the sixth rib in a 15-year-old girl, which was managed successfully with the surgical excision. PMID: 30529678 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Jaiswal LS, Sah B, Pandit N, Karki S, Adhikary S Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Kommerell's diverticulum and aberrant subclavian artery; In quest of the optimal therapy.
PMID: 30529679 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Karangelis D, Panagiotou M Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Tricuspid Valve Regurgitation (TR) Immediately After Heart Transplant and Long Term Outcomes
Publication date: Available online 5 December 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Muath Bishawi, Giorgio Zanotti, Linda Shaw, Michael MacKenzie, Anthony Castleberry, Karsten Bartels, Jacob Schroder, Eric Velazquez, Madhav Swaminathan, Joseph Rogers, Carmelo MilanoAbstractBackgroundTricuspid valve regurgitation (TR) is a common finding immediately after cardiac transplantation. However, there is a scarcity of data regarding its implication if left untreated on long term outcomes and the role of early surgical repair.MethodsWe retrospectively reviewed the Duke University Medical Center transplant database fr...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 6, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Minimally invasive open-window thoracostomy using wound edge protectors
Publication date: Available online 5 December 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Kimihiro Shimizu, Yoichi Ohtaki, Seshiru Nakazawa, Kai Obayashi, Toshiteru Nagashima, Toshiki Yajima, Akira Mogi, Ken ShirabeAbstractWe herein report the technical details of minimally invasive open-window thoracostomy using wound edge protectors for postoperative pyothorax following bronchopleural fistula with acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis under epidural and local anesthesia. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 6, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Predictors of Opioid Prescription After Early Stage Lung Cancer Surgery.
PMID: 30529668 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 6, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tuminello S, Schwartz RM, Liu B, Wisnivesky J, Flores R, Taioli E Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Fate of the Left Ventricle Outflow Tract after Rastelli with Selective Infundibular Muscle Resection.
CONCLUSIONS: The Rastelli is a safe procedure that can be applied in a variety of morphological variants. LVOTO remains a late complication of Rastelli, but can be minimized by concomitant infundibular muscle resection. Late reoperation is safe and ventricular function is well preserved in>95% of cases at late follow-up. The operation has stood the test of time and avoids many of the risks of translocation procedures. PMID: 30529669 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 6, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Barron DJ, Mehsood DK, Kutty RS, Stickley J, Botha P, Khan NE, Jones TJ, Brawn WJ Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Hemoglobin Optimization for Coronary Bypass: A Ten-Year Canadian Multicenter Experience.
We report our 10-year experience of a multicenter hemoglobin optimization program with the aim to reduce red blood cell transfusion in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS: From 2006 to 2016, patients undergoing CABG at 10 centers in Ontario were referred to the Ontario Transfusion Coordinators (ONTraC) program. Of these, we present data on the first 60 consecutive patients per center, per year (N=6145). RESULTS: Overall, 45.7% patients were assessed
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 6, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yanagawa B, Rocha RV, Mazine A, Verma S, Mazer CD, Vernich L, Latter D, Freedman J Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Minimally invasive open-window thoracostomy using wound edge protectors.
Abstract We herein report the technical details of minimally invasive open-window thoracostomy using wound edge protectors for postoperative pyothorax following bronchopleural fistula with acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis under epidural and local anesthesia. PMID: 30529214 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 5, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Shimizu K, Ohtaki Y, Nakazawa S, Obayashi K, Nagashima T, Yajima T, Mogi A, Shirabe K Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Tricuspid Valve Regurgitation (TR) Immediately After Heart Transplant and Long Term Outcomes.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Tricuspid valve regurgitation (TR) is a common finding immediately after cardiac transplantation. However, there is a scarcity of data regarding its implication if left untreated on long term outcomes and the role of early surgical repair. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the Duke University Medical Center transplant database from January 2000 to June 2012 and identified a total of 542 patients that underwent orthotropic heart transplantation (OHT). Patients were excluded if they underwent surgery for TR during transplant, if the transplant was part of a multiorgan transplant or redo ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 5, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Bishawi M, Zanotti G, Shaw L, MacKenzie M, Castleberry A, Bartels K, Schroder J, Velazquez E, Swaminathan M, Rogers J, Milano C Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Surgical correction of Takayasu’s arteritis involving both coronary and pulmonary arteries
We describe a patient presenting acute heart failure due to obliteration of the bilateral coronary arteries and pulmonary arteries with Takayasu’s arteritis undergoing surgical correction. The diseased vessels provoked chest pain and severe dyspnea. Urgent surgical correction successfully resolved heart failure by coronary artery bypass graft using bilateral in situ internal thoracic arteries and by patch winding of the left pulmonary artery. Surgical relieving obliterated vessels with Takayasu’ arteritis is an effective therapy for a patient presenting severe heart failure. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 2, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Reinventing the saphenous vein: Reconstructing the anterior mitral leaflet with a saphenous vein
We describe a new technique by using autologous saphenous vein as patch material. The saphenous vein is untreated, living tissue and remains flexible as a patch or leaflet augmentation for up to 3 years on echocardiography. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 2, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Combined aortic arch resection for lung cancer using total rerouting of supra-arch vessels
Publication date: Available online 1 December 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Yasushi Shintani, Kazuo Shimamura, Soichiro Funaki, Kenji Kimura, Keiwa Kin, Toru Kuratani, Yoshiki SawaAbstractSurgery for aortic arch involvement in lung cancer cases is challenging, and generally requires extracorporeal circulation with circulatory arrest or a cerebral protection technique. To reduce morbidity, we developed a novel surgical technique for total aortic arch replacement for lung cancer with aortic arch involvement that features total rerouting of supra-arch vessels under a beating heart condition. A 56-year-o...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 2, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Trifecta Aortic Bioprosthesis: Midterm Results in 1,953 Patients from a Single Center
ConclusionsThis is the largest series reporting on outcomes of the Trifecta valve. Our results demonstrate that this valve can be safely implanted in the aortic position with excellent midterm durability and hemodynamics. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 2, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Successful heart transplantation in a patient with Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
Publication date: Available online 1 December 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Aliya G. Feroe, Amy G. Fiedler, David A. D’AlessandroAbstractOur patient is a 45-year-old woman with a history of Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS), vertebral artery dissection, stroke, prior atrial septal defect (ASD) repair, and spontaneous left main coronary artery dissection re-vascularized with coronary artery bypass grafting who progressed to end-stage heart failure. She was listed for cardiac transplantation and a suitable organ became available. She underwent heart transplantation over one year ago successfully. This i...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 2, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Ambulation with Femoral Arterial Cannulation Can be Safely Performed on Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
ConclusionsAmbulating patients supported with VA-ECMO, despite femoral arterial cannulation, appears feasible and safe in carefully selected patients. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Customized cutting template to assist sternotomy in pectus arcuatum
ConclusionsTransverse wedge sternotomy aided by CAD-devised cutting template may reduce the technical challenge of this procedure, increasing its safety, reducing operative times and hospital stay. Further research on long-term patient outcome is necessary. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Local Recurrence After Microwave Ablation of Lung Malignancies: A Systematic Review
ConclusionsMicrowave ablation of primary and secondary lung malignancies is a reasonable therapeutic approach for select patients. Estimates of local failure after treatment are highly variable, with newer reports as well as smaller tumors having more favorable treatment efficacy rates. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Unresectable left ventricular mass
Publication date: Available online 30 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Xuan Jiang, Ye Zhao, Tianxiang Gu (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Incentive Spirometry After Lung Resection: Importance of Patient Adherence (Reply)
Publication date: Available online 30 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Waël C. Hanna (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Conventional open versus hybrid arch repair of aortic arch disease: early and long-term outcomes
Publication date: Available online 30 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Hyun-Chel Joo, Young-Nam Youn, Jung-Hwan Kim, Seung Hyun Lee, Sak Lee, Kyung-Jong YooAbstractBackgroundIt is unclear at present whether conventional open repair or a hybrid technique is preferential in the treatment of aortic arch diseases. Our intent was to compare early and long-term outcomes of both therapeutic strategies.MethodsBetween January 2002 and December 2017, 238 patients eligible for total arch replacement (TAR, 174) or hybrid arch repair (HAR, 64) qualified for study. A retrospective analysis of clinical outcom...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Transformation of Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis: Squamous Cell Carcinoma in a Pregnant Teen
We present a rare case of malignant transformation of juvenile-onset RRP in a 19-year old pregnant female, who was found to have a right upper lobe mass and cavitary nodules bilaterally that were biopsy proven to be node negative, multifocal squamous cell carcinoma. In her second trimester, she underwent Video Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) right upper lobectomy and middle lobe lateral segmentectomy, followed by left lower lobe segmentectomy nine months later. Recovery was uneventful, and she remains disease free one year following both resections. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Outcomes after thoracic endovascular aortic repair with overstenting of the left subclavian artery
ConclusionsEvery 10th patient with LSA overstenting and no revascularization developed left arm malperfusion. No LSA revascularization, extensive aortic coverage with two or more endografts, and coronary artery disease increased the risk for permanent paraplegia, left-hemispherical stroke, and left arm malperfusion. Patients should undergo LSA revascularization to prevent left vertebral artery-associated central neurologic complications and to maintain upper-left extremity perfusion. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Preoperative Administration of Olive Oil Reduces Chylothorax after Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
Publication date: Available online 30 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Ze-Sen Du, Xu-Yuan Li, He-San Luo, Sheng-Xi Wu, Chun-Peng Zheng, Zhuo-Yi Li, Jun-Hui FuAbstractBackgroundChylothorax after esophagectomy is uncommon but potentially fatal. We performed a retrospective study to assess the effect of olive oil administered orally before surgery on reducing chylothorax in patients who underwent minimal invasive esophagectomy.MethodsBetween May 2013 and December 2016, patients with esophageal squamous cell cancer who underwent minimal invasive esophagectomy were screened. Patients in the investig...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Interatrial shunting through an asymptomatic patent foramen ovale in thoracic surgery
ConclusionsPreoperative asymptomatic PFO was independently associated with postoperative adverse events. Moreover, 11% of patients who had negative TCDs at baseline, presented asymptomatic PFOs at discharge. Larger prospective studies are needed to further investigate for a prognostic impact of PFO in thoracic surgery. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Novel Percutaneous Treatment of Cerebral Malperfusion Prior to Surgery for Acute Type A Dissection
We present the first known application of pre-operative percutaneous management of cerebral malperfusion in a patient with acute near-total occlusion of the right common carotid artery with left hemiplegia complicating an acute Stanford Type A aortic (Type A) dissection. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Reinventing the saphenous vein: Reconstructing the anterior mitral leaflet with a saphenous vein.
We describe a new technique by using autologous saphenous vein as patch material. The saphenous vein is untreated, living tissue and remains flexible as a patch or leaflet augmentation for up to 3 years on echocardiography. PMID: 30513313 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Janson JT, Pecoraro A Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Successful heart transplantation in a patient with Loeys-Dietz Syndrome.
Abstract Our patient is a 45-year-old woman with a history of Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS), vertebral artery dissection, stroke, prior atrial septal defect (ASD) repair, and spontaneous left main coronary artery dissection re-vascularized with coronary artery bypass grafting who progressed to end-stage heart failure. She was listed for cardiac transplantation and a suitable organ became available. She underwent heart transplantation over one year ago successfully. This is the first reported case of a successful heart transplantation in an individual with Loeys-Dietz syndrome. PMID: 30513314 [PubMed - as supplie...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Feroe AG, Fiedler AG, D'Alessandro DA Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Surgical correction of Takayasu's arteritis involving both coronary and pulmonary arteries.
We describe a patient presenting acute heart failure due to obliteration of the bilateral coronary arteries and pulmonary arteries with Takayasu's arteritis undergoing surgical correction. The diseased vessels provoked chest pain and severe dyspnea. Urgent surgical correction successfully resolved heart failure by coronary artery bypass graft using bilateral in situ internal thoracic arteries and by patch winding of the left pulmonary artery. Surgical relieving obliterated vessels with Takayasu' arteritis is an effective therapy for a patient presenting severe heart failure. PMID: 30513315 [PubMed - as supplied by pub...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kim HJ, Lee HJ, Yoo JS, Kim DJ, Cho KL Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Combined aortic arch resection for lung cancer using total rerouting of supra-arch vessels.
Abstract Surgery for aortic arch involvement in lung cancer cases is challenging, and generally requires extracorporeal circulation with circulatory arrest or a cerebral protection technique. To reduce morbidity, we developed a novel surgical technique for total aortic arch replacement for lung cancer with aortic arch involvement that features total rerouting of supra-arch vessels under a beating heart condition. A 56-year-old male was diagnosed with lung cancer and aortic arch invasion was suspected. Following concurrent chemoradiotherapy, a left upper lobectomy with total arch replacement was performed using our...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Shintani Y, Shimamura K, Funaki S, Kimura K, Kin K, Kuratani T, Sawa Y Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Trifecta Aortic Bioprosthesis: Midterm Results in 1,953 Patients from a Single Center.
CONCLUSIONS: This is the largest series reporting on outcomes of the Trifecta valve. Our results demonstrate that this valve can be safely implanted in the aortic position with excellent midterm durability and hemodynamics. PMID: 30513317 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - December 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kilic A, Sultan I, Navid F, Aranda-Michel E, Chu D, Thoma F, Gleason TG Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Handoffs from the Operating Room to the Intensive Care Unit after Cardiothoracic Surgery: From the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on Critical Care
Publication date: Available online 27 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Subhasis Chatterjee, Jay G. Shake, Rakesh C. Arora, Daniel T. Engelman, Michael S. Firstenberg, Charles M. Geller, Hitoshi Hirose, Vassyl A. Lonchyna, Francis T. Lytle, Rita K.C. Milewski, Rainer G.H. Moosdorf, Joseph Rabin, Rohan Sanjanwala, Marianne Galati, Glenn J. Whitman, Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on Critical Care (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Endovascular Versus Open Repair For Chronic Type B Dissection Treatment: A meta-analysis
ConclusionsThis recent non -randomised data shows early ER benefit, unsustained at mid-term. Reintervention is higher after ER, necessitating improved technique. However, OS is exempt neither from reintervention nor rupture. Both techniques have their place, but patient selection is key. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 25, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Prevalence and Natural History of Barrett’s Esophagus in Lung Transplant: A Single-Center Experience
ConclusionsBE seems to be more prevalent in lung transplant recipients than in the general population. Our findings suggest that patients with BE have higher risk of BE-to-EAC progression after lung transplant, and that HGD may progress rapidly in immunosuppressed patients. More intensive surveillance endoscopy may be required in patients with BE after lung transplant. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 25, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

The Impact of Donor and Recipient Age: Older Lung Transplant Recipients Do Not Require Younger Lungs (Commentary)
Publication date: Available online 24 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Dirk Van Raemdonck (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 25, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

What are the criteria of success after neonatal arch reconstruction in the long term?
Publication date: Available online 24 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Koray Ak (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 25, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Comparison between stereotactic radiotherapy and sublobar resection for non-small cell lung cancer (Commentary)
Publication date: Available online 24 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Hiran Chrishantha Fernando (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 25, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Damus-Kaye-Stansel: Valuable option for retraining of Left ventricle in late arterial switch for Transposition of great arteries
Publication date: Available online 24 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Arvind Kumar Bishnoi, Kartik Patel, Prashant Agrawal, Chandrasekaran Ananthanarayanan, Pankaj Garg, Himani PandyaAbstractManagement of Transposition of great vessels (d-TGA) with intact interventricular septum along with regression of left ventricular (LV) remains a challenge. Atrial switch always raises concern of fate of right ventricle as a systemic ventricle in long run. Two stage repair with pulmonary artery banding and modified Blalock-Taussig shunt or single stage arterial switch with mechanicalsupporthas a higher mor...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 25, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Blunt trauma-induced pericardial tamponade after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
We report a case of blunt cardiac injury and pericardial tamponade following video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in a lung cancer patient with hypertension and cardiac hypertrophy. Anatomical findings included massive hemorrhage in the pericardium, cardiac hypertrophy, and a superficial contusion with a ruptured blood vessel on the epicardium at the lateral wall of the left ventricle. The patient died of pericardial tamponade due to blunt trauma from the tip of the thoracoscopic instrument. This case suggests that detailed assessment of the cardiovascular system, especially cardiac hypertrophy, careful preparation ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 25, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Patient-specific multiscale modeling of the Assisted Bidirectional Glenn (Commentary)
Publication date: Available online 24 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): William M. DeCampli (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 25, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Outcomes of Surgical Ablation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation Undergoing Cardiac Surgeries
Publication date: Available online 24 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Ayman Elbadawi, Islam Y. Elgendy, Ahmed H. Mahmoud, Gbolahan O. Ogunbayo, Marwan Saad, Michael Megaly, Erfan Alotaki, Amgad Mentias, Amr F. Barakat, Barry LondonAbstractBackgroundSurgical ablation procedure is commonly performed in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing cardiac surgeries; however, the evidence regarding its impact on in-hospital cardiovascular outcomes is controversial.MethodsWe queried the Nationwide Inpatient Sample Database from 1998-to-2013 for patients with AF who underwent cardiac surgeries....
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 25, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Severity of presentation, not sex, increases risk of surgery for infective endocarditis (Commentary)
Publication date: Available online 24 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Stephanie K. Tom, Kendra J. Grubb (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 25, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Long-term impact of cytomegalovirus serologic status on lung transplantation in the United States
ConclusionsCMV seronegative recipients undergoing either BLT or SLT from CMV seropositive donors have the highest risk of long-term mortality which extends beyond the first year. Further studies are needed to determine the causes of higher mortality observed in the CMV seronegative recipients and risks benefits of extension of CMV prophylaxis, particularly in the high-risk group. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 23, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Expert Consensus Document on Pulmonary Metastasectomy
Publication date: Available online 23 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): J.R. Handy, R.M. Bremner, T.S. Crocenzi, F.C. Detterbeck, H.C. Fernando, P.M. Fidias, S. Firestone, C.A. Johnstone, M. Lanuti, V.R. Litle, K.A. Kesler, J.D. Mitchell, H.I. Pass, H.J. Ross, T.K. Varghese (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 23, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

The Incidence and Outcomes of Surgical Pulmonary Embolectomy in North America
Publication date: Available online 23 November 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Z.N. Kon, C. Pasrija, G.J. Bittle, S. Vemulapalli, M.V. Grau-Sepulveda, R. Matsouaka, K.B. Deatrick, B.S. Taylor, J.S. Gammie, B.P. GriffithAbstractBackgroundThere has been renewed interest in surgical pulmonary embolectomy (SPE) for the treatment of pulmonary embolism, but the real-world incidence and outcomes of SPE have yet to be well described using a large, granular dataset. We, therefore, examined the modern experience with SPE in North America as reported to the Society of Thoracic Surgery Adult Cardiac Surgery Databa...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - November 23, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research