Registry-Based Medical Research: Data Dredging or Value Building to Quality of Care?
Publication date: July 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 108, Issue 1Author(s): David S. Mulder, Jonathan SpicerRegistry-based medical research is an important tool in assessing health care interventions in the general population. Observational studies are used to establish effectiveness whereas randomized clinical trials assess efficacy in an experimental manner targeting a carefully selected population of patients. Medical registries may be office or hospital based, state/provincial, national, or more recently, global. Their role in postmarketing pharmacosurveillance is effective in detecting early adver...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems: Beyond the Transition Care Questions
Publication date: July 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 108, Issue 1Author(s): Yasser Ali Kamal (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Reply
Publication date: July 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 108, Issue 1Author(s): Elizabeth B. Habermann, Meghana R. Helder, Hartzell V. Schaff (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Reply
Publication date: July 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 108, Issue 1Author(s): Michael C. Sinclair (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

The Link Between Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy and Tracheobronchial Fistula Occurrence
Publication date: July 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 108, Issue 1Author(s): Damien Bergeat, Nicolas Bertheuil, Bernard Meunier (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Reply
Publication date: July 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 108, Issue 1Author(s): Ashok Muniappan, Douglas J. Mathisen (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

What Are the First-Line Anesthetic Agents in Case of Propofol and Remifentanyl Allergy?
Publication date: July 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 108, Issue 1Author(s): Habib Cakir, Koksal Donmez, Ismail Yurekli, Mert Kestelli, Pelin Cakir (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Call for Proposals to be A Pilot Site For Csia Supported Programs
Publication date: Available online 18 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): John C. Kerpan (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Cardiac Surgery for the Forgotten Millions. The Way Forward
Publication date: Available online 18 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Percy Boateng, R.Morton Bolman, Peter Zilla, CSIA (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Computed Tomography-Assessed Skeletal Muscle Mass as a Predictor of Outcomes in Lung Cancer Surgery
Publication date: Available online 19 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Jennifer M. Nishimura, Aliya Z. Ansari, Desmond M. D’Souza, Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, Robert E. Merritt, Peter J. KneuertzAbstractBackgroundSarcopenia is characterized by loss of skeletal muscle and strength, associated with aging, poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyle and chronic illness. We sought to evaluate the current evidence on the prevalence of sarcopenia assessed by computed tomography (CT) imaging in patients undergoing lung cancer resection and its predictive value for perioperative and long-term outcomes.MethodsWe ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Valve Sparing Aortic Root Replacement Three Decades After Repair of Aortico-Left Ventricular Tunnel
Publication date: Available online 19 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Safak Alpat, Keir A. Forgie, Isabelle Vonder Muhll, Darren H. FreedAbstractAortico-left ventricular tunnel is a rare congenital anomaly requiring surgical repair early in childhood. After corrective surgery, such patients are at risk of developing aortic insufficiency and aortic root dilatation. Herein, we describe a valve-sparing aortic root replacement three decades after the repair of aortico-left ventricular tunnel. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

First Human Totally Endoscopic Robotic Assisted Sutureless Aortic Valve Replacement
Publication date: Available online 19 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Husam H. Balkhy, Hiroto KitaharaAbstractThis is the first human case of totally endoscopic robotic-assisted aortic valve replacement using a sutureless valve. The patient is a 76 year-old male with symptomatic severe aortic valve insufficiency. A 12 mm robotic camera port and 25 mm working port were placed in the 2nd intercostal space, and two 8 mm arm ports in the 1st and the 3rd intercostal space with femoro-femoral cardiopulmonary bypass. Aortotomy, leaflet resection, confirmation of intra-annular valve position, and aortic c...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Minimally Invasive Bicuspid Aortic Valve Repair using Geometric Ring Annuloplasty.
Abstract A 51-year-old male with congestive heart failure, Sievers Type 1 BAV, and severe aortic insufficiency had an upper mini-sternotomy. The annulus sized to 27 mm, and the non-fused cusp to a 21-mm bicuspid ring. Using the geometric annuloplasty ring, two 180° subcommissural ring posts, 3 non-fused looping annular sutures, and 4 fused annular sutures were placed. Plication sutures raised non-coronary leaflet to a reference effective height of 10 mm, and fused leaflet cleft was closed linearly to the same effective height and length. Post-repair echo showed good leaflet mobility, no residual leak, and a me...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Badhwar V, Murashita T, Wei LM, Rankin JS Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Liposomal Bupivacaine Enhances the Pain-Control Benefits of Uniportal Thoracoscopic Lobectomy.
CONCLUSIONS: We have previously demonstrated decreased narcotic consumption with the use of uniportal technique over traditional multi-incision thoracoscopic surgery. The use of liposomal bupivacaine for posterior serratus and intercostal field blocks enhanced pain control and decreased narcotic consumption. PMID: 31229477 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Louis SG, King C, Baral P, Veeramachaneni N Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Transesophageal Imaging of a Left Atrial Appendage to Left Ventricle Shunt.
PMID: 31229478 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Lowery DR, Richardson R, Alfirevic A Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Management of Ruptured Left Ventricular Outflow Tract.
We present a 27-year-old rheumatic patient with mechanical valves in the aortic and mitral positions and a left main coronary artery drug-eluting stent for left main compression who underwent a 4th time redo modified Bentall procedure with a homemade mechanical composite graft for the contained rupture of an LVOT pseudoaneurysm. PMID: 31229479 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yan D, Brescia AA, Caceres J, Farhat L, Yang B Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Long-term Surgical Prognosis of Primary Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis Repair.
In this study we sought to evaluate long-term outcomes of SVAS repair. METHODS: A total of 87 patients underwent surgical repair of congenital SVAS at our institution between 1997 and 2017. Forty one patients had Williams syndrome and 46 patients were non-Williams syndrome of which 23 sporadic SVAS and 13 familial elastin arteriopathy. Demographic data and outcomes were reviewed and analyzed from medical records. RESULTS: The median age at operation was 2.9 years. Mean z-score of sinotubular junction was -3.29 ± 1.42 and aortic root was -0.09 ± 1.19. Twenty six percent (n=22) patients had coronary o...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Wu FY, Mondal A, Del Nido PJ, Gauvreau K, Emani SM, Baird CW, Kaza AK Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Optimization of Transbronchial Cryobiopsy in Lung Transplant Recipients.
cia J Abstract BACKGROUND: Previous studies suggest that transbronchial lung biopsy using a cryoprobe is superior to transbronchial lung biopsy using forceps for evaluating lung grafts; however, the technique can be associated an increase in complications. Since cryoprobe experience is limited, assessment of a greater number of cases is warranted. This prospective study evaluates the diagnostic yield, complications and risk factors associated with the cryoprobe technique. METHODS: From April 2013 to April 2016, 321 consecutive cryoprobe transbronchial biopsies were indicated in single or bilateral lung transp...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Loor K, Culebras M, Sansano I, Álvarez A, Berastegui C, de Gracia J Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Vascular Rings in Adults: Outcome of Surgical Management.
CONCLUSIONS: Repair of VR in adults can be performed safely. Dysphagia is the most common symptom and improves in the majority after repair. Excision of KD and aberrant vessel is the preferred approach to prevent acute aortic events or recurrent symptoms. Early operation should be considered with esophageal compression to avoid late dysmotility. PMID: 31229482 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Saran N, Dearani J, Said S, Fatima B, Schaff H, Bower T, Pochettino A Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

TSF Donor Honor Rolls.
PMID: 31229483 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kennedy P Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Complex lobectomy in a patient with lung cancer and pulmonary artery sling.
We describe the case of an adult patient with a lung adenocarcinoma of the right upper lobe, extending into the hilum and superior mediastinum, and with a previously unknown pulmonary artery sling anomaly. The local invasiveness of the tumor and the peculiar vascular anatomy contributed to a unique surgical scenario, wherein multiple reconstructive procedures were required. PMID: 31229484 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Mammana M, Zuin A, Serra E, Bellini A, Rea F Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Adjuvant Therapy for Node Positive Esophageal Cancer after Induction and Surgery: A Multisite Study.
i V, Meyers BF Abstract BACKGROUND: The benefit of adjuvant treatment for esophageal cancer patients with positive lymph nodes following induction therapy and surgery is uncertain. This in-depth multicenter study assessed the benefit of adjuvant therapy in this population. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study from 9 institutions included patients who: received neoadjuvant treatment, underwent esophagectomy from 2000-2014, and had positive lymph nodes on pathology. Factors associated with administration of adjuvant therapy were assessed using multilevel random-intercept modeling to account for institutional v...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 20, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Semenkovich TR, Subramanian M, Yan Y, Hofstetter WL, Correa AM, Cassivi SD, Inra ML, Stiles BM, Altorki NK, Chang AC, Brescia AA, Darling GE, Allison F, Broderick SR, Etchill EW, Fernandez FG, Chihara RK, Litle VR, Muñoz-Largacha JA, Kozower BD, Puri V, Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Computed Tomography-Assessed Skeletal Muscle Mass as a Predictor of Outcomes in Lung Cancer Surgery.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia is characterized by loss of skeletal muscle and strength, associated with aging, poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyle and chronic illness. We sought to evaluate the current evidence on the prevalence of sarcopenia assessed by computed tomography (CT) imaging in patients undergoing lung cancer resection and its predictive value for perioperative and long-term outcomes. METHODS: We performed a systematic literature search of the PubMed/MEDLINE database to identify studies that examined CT-assessed muscle mass and outcomes of patients undergoing lung resection. Pooled odds ratio fo...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 19, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Nishimura JM, Ansari AZ, D'Souza DM, Moffatt-Bruce SD, Merritt RE, Kneuertz PJ Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

First Human Totally Endoscopic Robotic Assisted Sutureless Aortic Valve Replacement.
Abstract This is the first human case of totally endoscopic robotic-assisted aortic valve replacement using a sutureless valve. The patient is a 76 year-old male with symptomatic severe aortic valve insufficiency. A 12 mm robotic camera port and 25 mm working port were placed in the 2nd intercostal space, and two 8 mm arm ports in the 1st and the 3rd intercostal space with femoro-femoral cardiopulmonary bypass. Aortotomy, leaflet resection, confirmation of intra-annular valve position, and aortic closure were all performed endoscopically with robotic instruments. The tableside assistant deployed the valve. The pat...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 19, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Balkhy HH, Kitahara H Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Valve Sparing Aortic Root Replacement Three Decades After Repair of Aortico-Left Ventricular Tunnel.
Abstract Aortico-left ventricular tunnel is a rare congenital anomaly requiring surgical repair early in childhood. After corrective surgery, such patients are at risk of developing aortic insufficiency and aortic root dilatation. Herein, we describe a valve-sparing aortic root replacement three decades after the repair of aortico-left ventricular tunnel. PMID: 31228410 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 19, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Alpat S, Forgie KA, Muhll IV, Freed DH Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Valve-Sparing Aortic Root Replacement using the Remodeling Technique with Aortic Annuloplasty: Bicuspid Valves with Repair of Specific Lesion Sets: How I Teach It
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Pouya Youssefi, Pavel Zacek, Mathieu Debauchez, Emmanuel Lansac (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 17, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

National practice patterns and early outcomes of aortic valve replacement in children and teens (Commentary)
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Johanna J.M. Takkenberg (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 17, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

CT-histogram approach to predict lymph node metastasis in patients with c-stage IA lung cancer
This study aimed to clarify whether CT-histogram analysis of tumors can be used to classify patients with clinical stage 0-IA non-small cell lung cancer (c0-IA NSCLC) according to pathological lymph node (pN) status.MethodsPredictive factors associated with pN metastasis (pNM) were identified from the derivation dataset including 629 patients with c0-IA NSCLC who underwent complete resection with lymph node dissection (surgeries between 2008 and 2013). The validation dataset including 238 patients (surgeries between 2014 and 2015) were subsequently re-evaluated. Clinico-surgical factors, including CT-histogram parameters o...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Temporary cervical esophageal exclusion
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Luca Roncati, Antonio Manenti, Paolo Gasparri (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Aberrant Vertebral Artery
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Tim Berger, Bartosz Rylski, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Matthias Siepe, Martin Czerny (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Let’s Face It: Sometimes We Should Just Replace It (Reply)
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Pierre-Emmanuel Noly, Simon Maltais (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Discontinuation Ticagrelor or Clopidogrel on Bleeding: Essential Role of Antifibrinolytics (Reply)
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Magnus Dalén (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Transthoracic ultrasound in pneumothorax
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Maria Giulia Tinti, Carla Maria Irene Quarato, Marco Sperandeo (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

The Role of Anatomical Resection in Pulmonary Metastasectomy (Reply)
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): John R. Handy, Michael Lanuti (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Characterizing Risks Associated with Mitral Annular Calcification in Mitral Valve Replacement
This study assesses the risks conferred by the presence of MAC in patients undergoing MV replacement (MVR) using the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database.MethodsA total of 52,816 MVR procedures were performed between 2011 and June 2017. Individuals with concomitant tricuspid procedures were included but those from institutions that reported
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Combined Replacement and Subvalvular Repair for Functional Mitral Regurgitation. The New Frontier? (Reply)
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Yoshiro Matsui (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

MITRA-FR vs. COAPT Trial: More Complementary Than Contradictory?
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Jessica G.Y. Luc, Jonathan C. Hong, Anson W. Cheung, Richard C. Cook, Peter L. Skarsgard, Jian Ye, Tom C. Nguyen (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Transthoracic ultrasound in pneumothorax (Reply)
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Miriam Patella, Stefano Cafarotti (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Postoperative cognitive dysfunction: a forgotten part of the quality of life? (Reply)
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Tania Giovannetti, Catherine C. Price, Thomas F. Floyd (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Length of ICU stay: an unneglectable risk factor for postoperative delirium (Reply)
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Mikita Fuchita, Sikandar H. Khan, Babar A. Khan (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

The tribulation of tracheal surgery (Reply)
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): B. Payne Stanifer, Malcolm M. DeCamp (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Surgeon as Programmer: Overcoming Obstacles to the Use of Modern Internet Technology for Cardiothoracic Surgery
ConclusionsMobile software is underutilized in the academic surgical arena. The historically large financial barriers to adoption can be overcome by acquisition of coding skills by surgical team members. Direct physician involvement will spawn previously undreamed-of creative applications to enhance practice and education. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Mediastinal Rosai-Dorfman Disease with Widespread Lesions. When Surgical Biopsy is Needed
Publication date: Available online 14 June 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Simone Furia, Nazarena Nannini, Anna Pascarella, Cristiano BredaAbstractRosai-Dorfman disease (RDD) is a rare benign disorder of the histiocytes, affecting lymph-nodes in its classical form. Extranodal RDD is considered the uncommon subtype and potentially impairs all tissues as well as intrathoracic organs. In our report, a FDG-PET scan of a mediastinal mass infiltrating the lungs and of widespread lesions suggested the presence of a metastatic disease. Open thoracic biopsy was required for immunochemistry and histopathology. M...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Neurodevelopmental Delay following the Neonatal Repair of Coarctation and Arch Obstruction
ConclusionsIn this small cohort, half of neonates that required either isolated coarctation repair or arch reconstruction exhibit NDD at an intermediate-term follow-up. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Surgical repair of Complete Congenital Sternal Cleft associated with Pectus Excavatum
We present a case report of surgical repair of cleft sternum and anterior pericardial defect associated with pectus excavatum in a 13-year-old girl. The surgical repair of the cleft sternum and pectus excavatum was performed with a Ravitch procedure and insertion of a pectus bar. Preoperative imaging is important in better defining the defect. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Percutaneous Aortic Valve Closure in Patient With L-VAD and Dilated Aortic Annulus
We report successfully percutaneous closure of the aortic valve using an oversized Amplatzer PFO MF device, in order to treat AR associated with dilated aortic annulus in a patient with a CF-LVAD. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Multi-centre experience with 500 CardioCel® implants used for the repair of congenital heart defects
ConclusionsCardioCel has good durability when used for the repair of congenital heart defects. It performs comparably in the systemic and pulmonary circulations in neonates, infants and older children. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

CT-histogram approach to predict lymph node metastasis in patients with c-stage IA lung cancer.
This study aimed to clarify whether CT-histogram analysis of tumors can be used to classify patients with clinical stage 0-IA non-small cell lung cancer (c0-IA NSCLC) according to pathological lymph node (pN) status. METHODS: Predictive factors associated with pN metastasis (pNM) were identified from the derivation dataset including 629 patients with c0-IA NSCLC who underwent complete resection with lymph node dissection (surgeries between 2008 and 2013). The validation dataset including 238 patients (surgeries between 2014 and 2015) were subsequently re-evaluated. Clinico-surgical factors, including CT-histogram para...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Shimada Y, Kudo Y, Furumoto H, Imai K, Maehara S, Tanaka T, Shigefuku S, Hagiwara M, Masuno R, Yamada T, Kakihana M, Kajiwara N, Ohira T, Ikeda N Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Surgical repair of Complete Congenital Sternal Cleft associated with Pectus Excavatum.
We present a case report of surgical repair of cleft sternum and anterior pericardial defect associated with pectus excavatum in a 13-year-old girl. The surgical repair of the cleft sternum and pectus excavatum was performed with a Ravitch procedure and insertion of a pectus bar. Preoperative imaging is important in better defining the defect. PMID: 31207243 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Smith AE, Mani A, Jones A, Jordan SJ Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Multi-centre experience with 500 CardioCel ® implants used for the repair of congenital heart defects.
CONCLUSIONS: CardioCel has good durability when used for the repair of congenital heart defects. It performs comparably in the systemic and pulmonary circulations in neonates, infants and older children. PMID: 31207244 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - June 14, 2019 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Bell D, Betts K, Justo R, Forde N, Venugopal P, Corno AF, Smith P, Caputo M, Marsico R, Karl TR, Alphonso N Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research