Limited Left Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy for Electrical Storm: A Valuable Addition to the Armamentarium of Arrhythmia Management
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 3:S0003-4975(21)00414-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.035. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33675707 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.035 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: James R Stewart Source Type: research

Gender based outcomes following surgical revascularization in stable coronary disease patients: Decades later and questions remain
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 3:S0003-4975(21)00419-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.039. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33675708 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.039 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Puja Kachroo Source Type: research

Dear colleagues, we need to know your results …
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 3:S0003-4975(21)00415-X. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.071. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33675709 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.071 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Christian P R Brizard Source Type: research

Prenatal diagnosis of vascular rings: knowledge is power …or is it?
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 3:S0003-4975(21)00411-2. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.068. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33675710 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.068 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Edward Buratto Igor E Konstantinov Source Type: research

Ex Vivo Heart Perfusion for Pediatric Transplant Patients-A New Path Towards Expanding the Donor Pool for Kids?
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 3:S0003-4975(21)00416-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.036. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33675711 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.036 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Reilly D Hobbs Ming-Sing Si Source Type: research

"Band-aids" for Small Annuli
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 3:S0003-4975(21)00413-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.070. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33675712 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.070 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Dennis A Wells David L S Morales Source Type: research

Safety and minimally invasive cardiac surgery go together...with experience
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 3:S0003-4975(21)00417-3. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.037. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33675713 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.037 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Massimo A Padalino Source Type: research

Beware the Ring-Sling Right Lung Hypoplasia Complex
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 3:S0003-4975(21)00418-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.038. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33675714 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.038 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Carl L Backer Source Type: research

30 Years of Heart Transplant: Outcomes after Mechanical Circulatory Support from a Single Center
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 3:S0003-4975(21)00353-2. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.064. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Survival after bridge to transplant with mechanical circulatory support (MCS) has yielded varying outcomes based on device type and baseline characteristics Continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs) have significantly improved waitlist mortality, but recent changes to the transplant listing criteria have dramatically altered the use of MCS for bridge to transplant.METHODS: Orthotopic heart transplants from 1988-2019 at our institution were retrospectively reviewed and stratifi...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Michael J Finnan Nadia H Bakir Akinobu Itoh Kunal D Kotkar Michael K Pasque Ralph J Damiano Marc R Moon Gregory A Ewald Joel D Schilling Muhammad F Masood Source Type: research

Attributes of Successful Thoracic Surgery Residency Matriculants: Could It Be Mentorship?
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 3:S0003-4975(21)00412-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.069. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33675716 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.069 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Bryan A Whitson Source Type: research

The presence of metastatic thoracic duct lymph nodes in Western esophageal cancer patients
Publication date: Available online 4 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Ingmar L. Defize, Stijn M.C. Gorgels, Elena Mazza, Bernadette Schurink, Paolo Strignano, Giorgia Catalano, Lodewijk A.A. Brosens, Luigi Chiusa, Ronald L.A.W. Bleys, Stella Mook, Gert J. Meijer, Renato Romagnoli, Jelle P. Ruurda, Richard van Hillegersberg (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Thoracoscopic resection of left atrial appendage aneurysm in a 16-year-old boy
Publication date: Available online 4 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Lina M. Rengifo, Matthew A. Hazle, Edward H. Kincaid, Yoshio Ootaki (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Slide tracheoplasty for tracheal cartilaginous sleeve in a patient with Apert syndrome
Publication date: Available online 4 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Owen A. Darr, Matthew L. Stone, Max B. Mitchell, Jeremy Meier, Peggy Kelley, Jeremy D. Prager (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Surgicel®-related uptake on positron emission topography scan mimicking prosthetic valve endocarditis
Publication date: Available online 4 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Amparo Martínez, Virgina Pubul, Estephany Abou Jokh, Anxo Martínez, Mohamed El-Diasty, Angel L. Fernández (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Proof of concept: microinvasive AngioVac approach in renal cell carcinoma with atrial thrombosis
Publication date: Available online 4 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Gino Gerosa, Lorenzo Bagozzi, Chiara Tessari, Demetrio Pittarello, Fabio Zanella, Mariangela Mancini, Tommaso Prayer Galetti, Umberto Cillo, Filiberto Zattoni, Vincenzo Tarzia (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Intraoperative Cytology for Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery. A Quality Improvement Analysis.
Publication date: Available online 4 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Luis E. De Las Casas, Alexandra M. Danakas, Jose R. Torrealba, Joseph J. Wizorek, Mark G. Ettel, Michal J. Lada, Hans Brunnström, John Plavnicky, Melissa Sweeney, Carolyn E. Jones (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Intrinsic coronary stenosis with ventricular dysfunction in Tetralogy of Fallot
Publication date: Available online 4 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Fumiya Yoneyama, Michiaki Imamura, Rajat Kalra (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Emergent Lung Resection for Massive Hemoptysis From Bronchial Malformation
Publication date: Available online 4 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Hailey M. Shepherd, Kunal Kotkar, Sanjeev Bhalla, Nassir Rostambeigi, Daniel Kreisel, Varun Puri (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Pulmonary Artery and Intercostal Artery Pseudoaneurysms After Penetrating Injury
Publication date: Available online 4 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Maria E. Knaus, Darryl S. Weiman, Ganpat Valaulikar (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Off label use of T-Tube as chest drainage for uniportal surgery
Publication date: Available online 5 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Vincenzo Ambrogi, Eleonora La Rocca, Federica Carlea, Federico Tacconi (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Giant ascending aortic aneurysm and pulmonary arteriovenous malformation in the left upper lung lobe
Publication date: Available online 5 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Takehiro Inoue, Takuma Satsu, Hitoshi Kitayama (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 6, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Prosthesis selection for aortic valve replacement with concomitant coronary artery bypass graft
CONCLUSIONS: Long-term survival, overall reoperation, or stroke incidence was comparable among the two groups, while patients with a mechanical valve showed a greater likelihood of major bleeding events. Regarding the limited durability of bioprostheses, a larger sample size followed for 15 or more years will be necessary to determine the optimal aortic valve prosthesis for patients aged 50 to 69 years undergoing concurrent AVR and CABG.PMID:33667456 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.033 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 5, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Xingjian Hu Weiwei Jiang Huadong Li Tingwen Zhou Nianguo Dong Yin Wang Source Type: research

Recurrent cardiac myxoma treated by heart transplantation
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 2:S0003-4975(21)00361-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.067. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33667457 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.067 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 5, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Lucas Figueredo Cardoso Samuel Padovani Steffen Shirlyne Fabianni Dias Gaspar F ábio Antonio Gaiotto Fernando Bacal Fabio Biscegli Jatene Source Type: research

"Leafletization" of atrialized ventricular septum endocardium in Ebstein's anomaly
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 2:S0003-4975(21)00360-X. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.093. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTThis case presentation about a 73-year-old man introduces a unique tricuspid valve repair with "endocardium leafletization" for Ebstein's anomaly. In this procedure, atrialized portion of the right ventricular endocardium was delaminated starting from the level of the true tricuspid annulus to create neo-leaflet in continuity with the displaced true leaflet. The obtained neo-leaflet was then anchored to the true tricuspid annulus. Preoperative severe tricuspid regurgitation was effectively contr...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 5, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Reiko Kemmochi Kiyoyuki Eishi Shun Nakaji Taku Inoue Ichiro Matsumaru Takashi Miura Kikuko Obase Source Type: research

Frozen elephant trunk without circulatory arrest in acute aortic dissection
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 2:S0003-4975(21)00358-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.092. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTAortic arch repair with frozen elephant trunk (FET) is increasingly offered to patients with extensive thoracic aortic disease. Given the magnitude of such procedure, reported postoperative mortality and morbidity have to be considered adequate even though not negligible. To further improve postoperative outcomes, we developed a hybrid approach allowing FET to be performed without hypothermia and circulatory arrest. Following an initial experience in patients with chronic aneurysms, we successfully adopte...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 5, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Marco Di Eusanio Emanuele Gatta Source Type: research

Continuous serratus anterior plane block improved early pulmonary function after lung cancer surgery
This study explored whether the use of continuous SAPB in combination with flurbiprofen could improve early pulmonary function in lung cancer patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS).METHODS: From July 2019 to April 2020, patients who scheduled for elective lung resection undergoing thoracoscopic surgery were randomly allocated to receive patient-controlled SAPB in combination with intravenous flurbiprofen or patient-controlled intravenous analgesia. Postoperative pulmonary function parameters, including forced expiratory volume in 1 second, and forced vital capacity were collected before and 24, 48,...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 5, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Wei Gao Xin-Lu Yang Ji-Cheng Hu Hai Gu Xian-Ning Wu Shan-Shan Hu Sheng Wang Xiao-Qing Chai Di Wang Source Type: research

An alternative and safe technique to tie down a biological aortic valve in small aortic roots
We present an easily reproducible technique to make this valve tie down safer.PMID:33667461 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.091 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 5, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Alina A Mistirian Martin T Yates David R Lawrence Source Type: research

Correlation between smoking status and short-term outcome of thoracoscopic surgery for lung cancer
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 2:S0003-4975(21)00350-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.063. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Smoking has a major role in the risk of postoperative pulmonary complications. We aimed to elucidate the correlation between smoking status and pulmonary complications following thoracoscopic surgery for lung cancer.METHODS: A total of 1,751 patients who underwent thoracoscopic lobectomy or segmentectomy for lung cancer between April 2011 and March 2020 were assessed. The rate of pulmonary complications was evaluated according to smoking status and preoperative duration of smoking cessation. U...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 5, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Takashi Yamamichi Junji Ichinose Naoya Iwamoto Kenshiro Omura Hiroki Ozawa Yasuto Kondo Kohei Hashimoto Yosuke Matsuura Masayuki Nakao Sakae Okumura Mingyon Mun Source Type: research

Clinical implications of body composition and exercise capacity following pulmonary endarterectomy
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 2:S0003-4975(21)00359-3. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.066. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) is a curative procedure for patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Body composition and exercise capacity have been associated with adverse outcomes in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgeries, but their significance with PEA is unclear. We evaluated the association of body composition and 6-minute walk distance (6MWD) with disease severity, hospital length of stay, discharge disposition and post-operative functional recovery.METHODS: Re...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 5, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Indranil Balki HBSc Marc de Perrot Fatemeh Bavaghar-Zaeimi Sahar Nourouzpour John T Granton John Thenganatt Micheal McInnis Karen McRae Laura Donahoe Dmitry Rozenberg Source Type: research

Thromboelastography During Rewarming for Management of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Patients
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 2:S0003-4975(21)00364-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.034. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Thromboelastography (TEG) predicts bleeding in pediatric patients undergoing cardiac surgery. We hypothesize that TEG parameters at rewarming correlate with post-protamine values and that rewarming TEG is associated with surrogate endpoints for postoperative bleeding in pediatric patients undergoing complex cardiac surgery.METHODS: In a retrospective study of pediatric (≤18yrs) patients (N=703) undergoing complex cardiac surgery procedures, TEG obtained during rewarming and following protam...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 5, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Sirisha Emani Vishnu S Emani Fatoumata B Diallo Mamadou A Diallo Andrew Torres Meena Nathan Juan C Ibla Sitaram M Emani Source Type: research

30 Years of Heart Transplant: Outcomes after Mechanical Circulatory Support from a Single Center
Publication date: Available online 3 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Michael J. Finnan, Nadia H. Bakir, Akinobu Itoh, Kunal D. Kotkar, Michael K. Pasque, Ralph J. Damiano, Marc R. Moon, Gregory A. Ewald, Joel D. Schilling, Muhammad F. Masood (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Complete Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery for Rib Fractures: A Series of 35 Cases
Publication date: Available online 3 March 2021Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Jijun Zhang, Qiongchuan Hong, Xiaochao Mo, Chengfang Ma (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Frozen elephant trunk: minimally invasive implantation of a new trifurcated hybrid aortic prosthesis
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00355-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.031. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTImplantation of hybrid prostheses using frozen elephant trunk (FET) technique has become a standard procedure for aortic arch and proximal descending aorta pathologies. New devices have been introduced to reduce the surgical complexity by enabling to perform FET in proximal segments of the aorta. This facilitates use of minimally invasive approach and provides a safe and durable aortic arch repair. We herein report on the first-in-man experience with the new trifurcated FET aortic prosthesis E-vita OPEN N...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tomas Holubec Arnaud Van Linden Boris Bodelle Thomas Walther Source Type: research

Ultrathin Silicone Stent Placement for Adult Patients
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00348-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.088. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33662304 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.088 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Masahide Oki Hideo Saka Source Type: research

Outcomes of Primary versus Secondary Delayed Sternal Closure in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
CONCLUSIONS: PDSC demonstrated better outcomes than SDSC. Sternal reopening can be life-saving, but when anticipated, PDSC can yield better outcomes.PMID:33662305 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.029 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Mohamed F Elsisy Joseph A Dearani Juan A Crestanello Elena M Ashikhmina Charlotte S Van Dorn Elizabeth H Stephens Source Type: research

Breaking the Barriers not the Rules
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00344-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.025. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33662306 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.025 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: J Hunter Mehaffey Source Type: research

Cor Triatriatum can co-exist with Common Pulmonary Venous Atresia
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00342-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.023. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTSurgical treatment was very urgently carried out in an extremely cyanotic newborn with common pulmonary venous atresia. The diagnosis was confirmed during the procedure, and the common venous chamber was anastomosed to the left atrium through a transverse incision onto the right and the left atria. Unfortunately, pulmonary hypertension persisted during the postoperative course and even got worse gradually. Computed tomography eventually illustrated residual Cor Triatriatum. The initial atriotomy had been ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Shinya Yokoyama Kazuhiro Mitani Ryohei Fukuba Rei Tonomura Hideki Uemura Source Type: research

The Clinical Impact of Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Endocarditis Team
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00346-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.027. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Infectious endocarditis is associated with substantial in-hospital mortality of 15-20%. Effective management requires coordination between multiple medical and surgical subspecialties which can often lead to disjointed care. Previous European studies have identified multidisciplinary endocarditis teams as a tool for reducing endocarditis mortality.METHODS: The multidisciplinary endocarditis Team was formed in May 2018. The group developed an evidence-based algorithm for management of endocardi...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Sami El-Dalati Daniel Cronin James Riddell Michael Shea Richard L Weinberg Laraine Washer Emily Stoneman D Alexander Perry Suzanne Bradley James Burke Sadhana Murali Christopher Fagan Rishi Chanderraj Paul Christine Twisha Patel Kirra Ressler Shinichi Fuk Source Type: research

Surgical challenges in retrieval of an embolized transcatheter valve from the aorta
We present a case of embolization of an evolut R device (Medtronic, Minneapolis, Minnesota) into the ascending aorta. This device due to its taller profile presents unique surgical challenges in retrieval with respect to arterial access and cross clamping of the aorta. Prior knowledge of the profile of the various devices is critical in order to ensure a safe retrieval and smooth conduct of the operation.PMID:33662309 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.024 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kirun Gopal Thushara Madathil Praveen Kerala Varma Source Type: research

The Cox-maze procedure: rules not to be broken
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00345-3. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.026. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33662310 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.026 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ovidio A Garc ía-Villarreal Source Type: research

Minimal Invasive Esophagectomy: Feasibility in esophageal carcinoma with Inferior vena cava anomaly
We report a case of 44-year-old female diagnosed as middle thoracic esophageal carcinoma with double IVC and dilated azygos vein. Thus minimal invasive surgery is feasible in such patients but requires high technical skills and great experience to carry out this kind of surgery and it should only be attempted by a multidisciplinary team.PMID:33662311 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.030 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Subhash Soni Vaibhav Varshney Ashish Swami K S Sreesanth Taruna Yadav Pawan Garg Source Type: research

Concomitant Cox-Maze IV and Septal Myectomy in Patients with Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00352-0. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.090. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: In patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation is associated with heart failure and increased late mortality. However, the role of surgical ablation in these patients is not well-defined. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the concomitant Cox-Maze IV procedure in patients undergoing septal myectomy for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.METHODS: Between 2005-2019, 347 patients who underwent septal myectomy at our institution were retrospec...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Nadia H Bakir Robert M MacGregor Ali J Khiabani Farah N Musharbash Matthew R Schill Laurie A Sinn Richard B Schuessler Spencer J Melby Marye J Gleva Ralph J Damiano Source Type: research

Familial interstitial pneumonia revealed after living-donor lobar lung transplantation
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00340-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.021. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTLiving-donor lobar lung transplantation (LDLLT) is often indicated for acute exacerbation of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) because of the long waiting time for cadaveric lung transplantation in Japan. Donors without major underlying diseases are selected after medical screening. A 44-year-old man donated his right lower lobe to his sibling with IIP. Although he was free of any major medical problems before LDLLT, fibrotic changes appeared in both the donated lung and the donor's remaining lungs ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Nobuyuki Yoshiyasu Masaaki Sato Hirokazu Urushiyama Akihiro Aoyama Hiroshi Date Jun Nakajima Source Type: research

Travelling to a High-volume Center Confers Improved Survival in Stage I Non-small Cell Lung Cancer
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00347-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.028. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: The association of hospital volume with outcomes has been assessed previously for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but there is limited data on the cumulative effect of travel burden and hospital volume on treatment decisions and survival outcomes. We used the National Cancer Database to evaluate this relationship in early-stage NSCLC.METHODS: Outcomes of interest were compared between two propensity-matched groups with stage I NSCLC: patients in the bottom quartile of distanc...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Zaid Muslim Mirza Zain Baig Joanna F Weber Cliff P Connery Faiz Y Bhora Source Type: research

Scalloped Freehand Pulmonary Homograft for Prosthetic Tricuspid Valve Replacement
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00351-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.089. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTTricuspid valve replacement is commonly performed using biological or mechanical prostheses. Partial or complete valve replacement using mitral homograft tissue has also been described. Anecdotal reports exist of valve replacement using a pulmonary homograft within a cylinder. Here presented is a novel technique for native or prosthetic valve replacement using a freehand scalloped pulmonary homograft. Late follow-up confirmed the efficacy of this surgical strategy.PMID:33662315 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur....
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Giovanni Battista Luciani Nunzio Davide de Manna Antonio Segreto Laura Lanzoni Giuseppe Faggian Source Type: research

Left upper lobe trisegmentectomy after pulmonary endarterectomy
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00341-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.022. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTMajor pulmonary resection has been successfully performed after pulmonary endarterectomy for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension in few cases. A pulmonary nodule was detected on a 68- year-old man with diagnosis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. After pulmonary hypertension was resolved with pulmonary endarterectomy, left upper lobe trisegmentectomy was performed for small lung cancer. Dissection of the pulmonary artery was carefully performed with a possibility of fragile state ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Hideki Tsubouchi Masaki Goto Sachie Terazawa Shiro Adachi Yuka Suzuki Akihiko Usui Takahisa Kondo Toyofumi F Chen-Yoshikawa Source Type: research

The Benefits of Transcarotid Access for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: When will we stop being so surprised?
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00339-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.020. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33662317 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.020 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Eric Kirker Brandon M Jones Source Type: research

Frozen elephant trunk: minimally invasive implantation of a new trifurcated hybrid aortic prosthesis
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00355-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.031. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTImplantation of hybrid prostheses using frozen elephant trunk (FET) technique has become a standard procedure for aortic arch and proximal descending aorta pathologies. New devices have been introduced to reduce the surgical complexity by enabling to perform FET in proximal segments of the aorta. This facilitates use of minimally invasive approach and provides a safe and durable aortic arch repair. We herein report on the first-in-man experience with the new trifurcated FET aortic prosthesis E-vita OPEN N...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tomas Holubec Arnaud Van Linden Boris Bodelle Thomas Walther Source Type: research

Ultrathin Silicone Stent Placement for Adult Patients
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar 1:S0003-4975(21)00348-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.088. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33662304 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.088 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Masahide Oki Hideo Saka Source Type: research

Outcomes of Primary versus Secondary Delayed Sternal Closure in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
CONCLUSIONS: PDSC demonstrated better outcomes than SDSC. Sternal reopening can be life-saving, but when anticipated, PDSC can yield better outcomes.PMID:33662305 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.029 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 4, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Mohamed F Elsisy Joseph A Dearani Juan A Crestanello Elena M Ashikhmina Charlotte S Van Dorn Elizabeth H Stephens Source Type: research