Giant Thrombus Formation Originating From the Aortic Annulus
Publication date: Available online 21 September 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Akihisa Furuta, Hironobu Morimoto, Shogo Mukai, Daisuke Futagami, Shuhei Okubo (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Cardiopulmonary Bypass Ultrafiltrate Discoloration Following Hydroxocobalamin Administration
Publication date: Available online 21 September 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Bradford B. Smith, Matthew A. Warner, Sarah Armour, Matthew J. Ritter (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Hospital Distribution and Patient Travel Patterns for Congenital Cardiac Surgery in the United States
ConclusionsWe identified more US hospitals performing CHS than has been previously described. Many are small-volume and are in close proximity to one another. Patients are already traveling long distances to hospitals within the highest volume quartile. These data help define the current landscape of CHS and associated considerations regarding regionalization. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

A Giant Blood Cyst of Mitral Valve Resulting in Severe Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction
Publication date: Available online 21 September 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Wen Xiao, Yafeng He, Ming Xu, Zhengdong Hua, Laichun Song (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Left Anterior Descending Coronary Artery Occlusion Due to Concussion by a Bullet.
PMID: 30253157 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Almaddah NK, Najib K, Shahreyar M, Holden A, Koshy S, Khouzam RN, Garg N Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Longitudinal Changes in Regional Cerebral Perfusion and Cognition Following Cardiac Surgery.
CONCLUSIONS: Cardiac surgery is associated with significant short-term increases in MCA perfusion with associated improvements in psychomotor speed. PMID: 30253158 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Smith PJ, Browndyke JN, Monge ZA, Harshbarger TB, James ML, Gaca JG, Alexander JH, Berger MM, Newman MF, Milano CA, Mathew JP, Neurologic Outcomes Research Group (NORG) Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Introduction to Dr Joseph E. Bavaria's Presidential Address.
PMID: 30253159 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Prager RL Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Quality and Innovation in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Colliding Imperatives?
PMID: 30253160 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Bavaria JE Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Cytoreductive Pleurectomy and Intra Thoracic Chemo Hyperthermia for Pleural Relapse of Thymomas.
We report our standardized procedure associating cytoreductive surgery and intra thoracic chemo hyperthermia on a 46-years old patient presenting B2 thymoma and synchronous unilateral pleural metastasis. PMID: 30253161 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Maury JM, Drevet G, Collaud S, Grima R, Pavlakovic I, Rosamel P, Chalabreysse L, Girard N, Tronc F Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Penetration, Completeness, and Representativeness of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database for Lobectomy.
We examined penetration, completeness, and representativeness of the GTSD for lobectomy in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) population. METHODS: GTSD lobectomies from 2002-2013 were linked and matched to CMS data using a deterministic matching algorithm. Penetration at center- and patient-level were determined by the number of CMS lobectomy sites and patients, matched to STS data, divided by the total number of CMS lobectomy sites and patients, respectively. Completeness was defined as the ratio of lobectomies linked to STS data, to the total number of lobectomies. Representativeness was determined...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tong BC, Kim S, Kosinski A, Onaitis MW, Boffa DJ, Habib RH, Putnam JB, Furnary AP, Cowper P, Wright CD, Jacobs JP, Fernandez FG Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research

Short Term Outcomes of Tracheal Resection in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database
Publication date: Available online 19 September 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Bryan Payne Stanifer, Adin-Cristian Andrei, Menghan Liu, Shari L. Meyerson, Ankit Bharat, David D. Odell, Malcolm M. DeCampAbstractBackgroundTracheal surgery is uncommon and most of the published literature consists of single-center series over large periods. Our goal was to perform a national, contemporary analysis to identify predictors of major morbidity and mortality based on indication and surgical approach.MethodsThe Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database (STS GTSD) was queried for all patients...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Graduate Subspecialty and Perceptions of Cardiothoracic Surgery Training: A 60-Year Retrospective Study
This study was performed to examine the impact of subspecialization on graduate assessment of quality of training and to identify educational gaps.MethodsSurveys were sent to 119 surgeons who completed thoracic surgery residency at Washington University between 1958-2017. Surveys evaluated transition-to-practice preparedness in patient care, technical skills, and qualifying and certifying examinations. 78 surveys were returned complete, 14 were returned deceased or address unknown. Clinical practices included combined cardiothoracic [CT, n=22(28%)] and subspecialty cardiac [n=28(36%)] or thoracic surgery [n=28(36%)]. Respo...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Valve Sparing Root Replacement Provides Similar Mid-term Outcomes in Bicuspid and Trileaflet Valves
ConclusionsVSRR can be safely and effectively performed in patients with trileaflet and bicuspid valves. Operative outcomes and valve function were equivalent in bicuspid and trileaflet patients in mid-term follow-up. Performance of VSRR is a viable term option in the setting bicuspid aortic valve aortopathy. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Totally Thorascopic Closure of the Left Atrial Appendage
We describe our technique for totally thoracoscopic LAA exclusion with an epicardial clip device. This approach provides a safe and likely more effective alternative to LAA management than other endocardial devices. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Early and Mid-Term Results of Rapid-Deployment Valves: The Intuity Italian Registry (INTU-ITA) (Commentary)
Publication date: Available online 19 September 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Parwis B. Rahmanian (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Segmentectomy is Equivalent to Lobectomy in Hypermetabolic Clinical Stage-IA Lung Adenocarcinomas
Publication date: Available online 19 September 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Mohamed K. Kamel, Mohamed Rahouma, Benjamin Lee, Sebron W. Harrison, Brendon M. Stiles, Nasser K. Altorki, Jeffrey L. PortAbstractBackgroundRecent studies have suggested that lobectomy and segmentectomy hold equivalent oncologic-outcomes particularly for small, peripheral, sub-solid nodules. However, for hypermetabolic nodules that are frequently associated with high rates of nodal-disease, recurrence, and/or mortality, the optimum oncologic procedure was not assessed so far. We hypothesize that for hypermetabolic, cT1N0-ad...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Robotic Mitral Valve Repair in Older Individuals: An Analysis of the STS Database (Commentary)
Publication date: Available online 19 September 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Anelechi Anyanwu (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Carinatum: Bar Number and Technique
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): Wenlin Wang, Chunmei Chen (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Editorial Board
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Board of Directors
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Contents
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Individual Surgeon Performance in Adult Cardiac Surgery
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): David M. Shahian, Richard L. Prager, Robert S.D. Higgins, Thomas E. MacGillivray, Joseph F. Sabik, Joseph A. Dearani, Keith S. Naunheim (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy: How I Teach It
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): Marc de Perrot, Laura Donahoe (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Adding Radiotherapy to Adjuvant Chemotherapy Does Not Improve Survival of Patients With N2 Lung Cancer
ConclusionsIn a large database study, the addition of radiotherapy to adjuvant chemotherapy after resection of N2 NSCLC was not associated with improved survival. Until more definitive data are available, consideration should be given to treating patients with N2 disease detected at resection with adjuvant chemotherapy only. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Complications After Esophagectomy Are Associated With Extremes of Body Mass Index
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): Brian Mitzman, Paul H. Schipper, Melanie A. Edwards, Sunghee Kim, Mark K. FergusonBackgroundBody mass index (BMI) is not routinely taken into consideration for risk stratification prior to esophagectomy. Extremes of BMI are associated with adverse surgical outcomes in a variety of surgical specialties. We assessed the relationship of BMI to outcomes after esophagectomy for cancer.MethodsPatients in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database (2009 to 2016) who underwent elective esophagectomy for cance...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Incidence and Prognostic Significance of Carcinoid Lymph Node Metastases
ConclusionsA substantial number of well-staged carcinoid patients had LN metastases. Large tumor size is a valuable predictor of carcinoid nodal disease. LN involvement was an independent predictor of worse survival. Nodal dissection in tumors> 2 cm and in atypical subtype can yield important prognostic information. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Significance of Lymphadenectomy in Part-Solid Lung Adenocarcinoma: Propensity Score Matched Analysis
ConclusionsExtent of LND was not associated with survival outcome of part-solid lung adenocarcinoma. Furthermore, it had no influence on the prognosis even for solid-dominant lesions by propensity score analysis, which could be selectively omitted based on both preoperative variables including carcinoembryonic antigen or maximum standardized uptake value. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Programmed Death Ligand 1: A Step Toward Immunoscore for Esophageal Cancer
ConclusionsPositive staining for PD-L1 may be a prognostic marker for decreased survival in esophageal adenocarcinoma. Additional TIL cell types should be investigated for creation of an esophageal cancer Immunoscore. PD-L1 has potential as a therapeutic target. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Long-Term Impact of Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy for Primary Palmar Hyperhidrosis
ConclusionsThis study confirms that the benefits of ETS are maintained in the long term. Although CS is the main cause for discontent postoperatively, it is still preferred over the distress experienced from palmar or axillary hyperhidrosis and QOL is increased despite CS. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Does Race Influence Risk Assessment and Recommendations for Lung Resection? A Randomized Trial
ConclusionsNeither patient nor physician race was significantly associated with risk estimation or surgical recommendations. These findings do not provide an explanation for documented racial disparities in lung cancer therapy. Further investigation is needed to identify the mechanism underlying these disparities.Visual Abstract (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Induction Chemoradiotherapy (50 Gy), Followed by Resection, for Stage IIIA-N2 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
ConclusionsInduction chemotherapy with concurrent radiotherapy (50 Gy), followed by resection, was a feasible and promising treatment option for resectable c-stage IIIA-N2 NSCLC.Visual Abstract (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Surgical Outcomes of Double Compression and Complete Fixation Bar System in Pectus Excavatum
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): In-Hag Song, Seung Jin Lee, Seung Soo Kim, Seock Yeol LeeBackgroundMinimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum is a widely used technique for correction of pectus excavatum. Yet despite the advancement in the surgical techniques, it is still associated with various complications, including bar displacement leading to reoperation. To overcome this problem, we developed the double compression and complete fixation bar (DCCF) system that consists of 2 metal bars that are inserted above and below the sternum and compressed to ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Impact of Thoracoscopic T2 Sympathectomy on Patients With Primary Palmar and Axillary Hyperhidrosis
ConclusionsLimited sympathectomy to the level of T3 and T4 has the same therapeutic effect obtained by T2, T3, and T4 sympathectomy with less complications, greater patient satisfaction, and better quality of life. It should be the technique of choice for treatment of primary palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Prognostic Value of Tumor Length for Cause-Specific Death in Resectable Esophageal Cancer
ConclusionsWe have found that combining T classification with tumor size can increase the precision in identifying the high-risk groups in T1 to T2 classifications. On the basis of esophageal cancer-specific death our study explores the prognostic cutoff point of tumor size by T classification. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Impact of Preoperative Ultrasonography Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis in Lung Cancer Patients
This study investigated the frequency of and risk factors for preoperative carotid artery stenosis to determine whether CAS with ultrasonography contributes to preventing postoperative stroke or cardiovascular comorbidities in lung cancer patients.MethodsThis retrospective study included 1,676 consecutive lung cancer patients who underwent surgical resection.ResultsOf the 1,342 patients who underwent CAS, 173 (12.9%) had carotid artery stenosis. Significant associations with carotid artery stenosis were found for older patients (p
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Invasive Mediastinal Staging for Lung Cancer by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database Participants
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): Seth B. Krantz, John A. Howington, Douglas E. Wood, Ki Wan Kim, Andrzej S. Kosinski, Morgan L. Cox, Sunghee Kim, Michael S. Mulligan, Farhood FarjahBackgroundPrior studies suggest underutilization of invasive mediastinal staging for lung cancer. We hypothesized that The Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database (STS-GTSD) participants would have higher rates of invasive staging compared with previous reports.MethodsWe conducted a retrospective cohort study (2012 to 2016) of lung cancer patients stag...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Benefits of Early Surgery on Clinical Outcomes After Degenerative Mitral Valve Repair
This study aimed to evaluate the clinical trends of mitral valve repair for degenerative mitral regurgitation and the benefit of early surgical intervention on repair durability in a high-volume center.MethodsFrom January 2003 to December 2015, 1,903 consecutive patients with severe degenerative mitral regurgitation underwent mitral valve repair at our institution. The timing of surgical intervention was evaluated by guideline-related indications including symptoms, atrial fibrillation, left ventricular dysfunction, and pulmonary hypertension. Clinical outcomes and risk factors for recurrent mitral regurgitation were analy...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

The Incremental Value of Three or More Arterial Grafts in CABG: The Effect of Native Vessel Disease
ConclusionsOur results support the use of extended arterial grafting to maximize long-term coronary artery bypass graft surgery patient survival, especially for 3VD patients. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Residual Arch Tears and Major Adverse Events After Acute DeBakey Type I Aortic Dissection Repair
ConclusionsClassic tear-oriented surgical procedure is insufficient for optimal long-term surgical outcomes, mainly regarding aortic dilation. CAR without residual arch vessel tears leads to favorable aortic remodeling in the residual DTA and prevents MAAEs after AIAD repair. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Invited Commentary
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): Alberto Pochettino (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Bilateral Internal Mammary Artery Use in Diabetic Patients: Friend or Foe?
ConclusionsIn this statewide analysis, diabetic patients who received BIMA grafts (compared with diabetic patients with LIMA grafts or nondiabetic patients with BIMA grafts) had higher O/E ratios for composite morbidity/mortality as a result of higher O/E ratios for major complications. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Perioperative Risk Profiles and Volume-Outcome Relationships in Proximal Thoracic Aortic Surgery
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): Makoto Mori, Kayoko Shioda, Xiaofei Wang, Abeel A. Mangi, James J. Yun, Umer Darr, John A. Elefteriades, Arnar GeirssonBackgroundUsing the national Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database data for thoracic aortic surgical procedures for aortic aneurysm, this study aimed to (1) characterize patients’ risk profiles and outcomes, (2) evaluate center volume-outcome relationships across US centers, and (3) identify risk factors for operative mortality.MethodsBetween 2011 and 2016, 53,559 operations for a...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Comparing Transfemoral, Transcarotid, and Transcaval Access
ConclusionsPatients unsuitable for TF TAVR treated with TC or TCav access had 30-day/in-hospital and 1-year survival similar to a contemporary cohort undergoing TF access. Avoiding surgical entry to the chest may offer procedural and intermediate-term outcomes equivalent to TF TAVR. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Invited Commentary
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): Oz M. Shapira (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Mechanical Versus Bioprosthetic Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients Aged 50 Years and Younger
This study evaluated outcomes in younger patients, specifically aged 50 years and younger, after mechanical aortic valve replacement (mAVR) and bioprosthetic AVR (bAVR).MethodsFrom 1994 to 2016, 643 patients underwent AVR (411 mAVR and 232 bAVR) at age 50 or younger. Concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting and mitral valve procedures were also included. Propensity score-matching methods resulted in 170 evenly matched patient pairs. Primary end points were operative mortality and long-term survival. Secondary end points were stroke, major bleeding, and redo AVR. Median observation time was 8.1 years (range, 0 to 23.6 ye...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Invited Commentary
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): Andrew B. Goldstone, Y. Joseph Woo (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

The Association Between Novel Biomarkers and 1-Year Readmission or Mortality After Cardiac Surgery
ConclusionsIn patients undergoing cardiac surgery, novel cardiac biomarkers were associated with readmission or mortality independent of established risk factors. Measurement of these biomarkers may improve our ability to identify patients at highest risk for readmission or mortality before discharge. This will also allow resource allocation accordingly, while implementing strategies for personalized medicine based on the biomarker profile of the patient. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Repair of Thoracic and Thoracoabdominal Mycotic Aneurysms and Infected Aortic Grafts Using Allograft
ConclusionsRadical resection and in situ reconstruction with CPA avoids placing prosthetic material in an infected field and provides good early and midterm outcomes. However, early postoperative imaging is necessary given the risk of pseudoaneurysm formation. (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Invited Commentary
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): Joseph S. Coselli (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Invited Commentary
Publication date: October 2018Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 106, Issue 4Author(s): Teresa M. Kieser (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research