Following the Rules
Thorac cardiovasc Surg 2018; 66: 523-524 DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1673411 [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - October 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Heinemann, Markus K. Tags: Editorial Source Type: research

Impact of Prosthesis-Patient Mismatch on Survival after Mitral Valve Replacement: A Meta-analysis.
CONCLUSION:  The present meta-analysis indicates that PPM negatively affects long-term survival after MVR. PMID: 30300904 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - October 9, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Hwang HY, Sohn SH, Jang MJ Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Impact of Prosthesis-Patient Mismatch on Survival after Mitral Valve Replacement: A Meta-analysis
Conclusion The present meta-analysis indicates that PPM negatively affects long-term survival after MVR. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - October 9, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Hwang, Ho-Young Sohn, Suk-Ho Jang, Myoung-jin Tags: Original Cardiovascular Source Type: research

Isolated Tricuspid Valvectomy: A Series of cases with Intravenous Drug Abuse Associated Tricuspid Valve Endocarditis.
CONCLUSION:  Cardiac surgeons increasingly encounter patients with active endocarditis who suffer from IVDU addiction. Drug addiction increases the risk for recurrent endocarditis and requires an effective management plan. Multidisciplinary endocarditis care teams may play a pivotal role in improving outcomes by better addressing addiction treatment. PMID: 30296813 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - October 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Bin Mahmood SU, Nguemeni Tiako MJ, Mori M, Elefteriades JA, Bonde P, Geirsson A, Yun JJ Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

New Device for the Treatment of Functional Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation: Proof of Concept in an In Vitro Model.
CONCLUSION:  In this specific in vitro model, our new device for subvalvular mitral valve reconstruction led to a significant reduction of the regurgitant volume, thus representing a promising technique to potentially improve the results of mitral reconstruction in ischemic functional mitral valve regurgitation. Additional studies are required to further investigate and improve our device. PMID: 30296814 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - October 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Stock S, Scharfschwerdt M, Warnecke RJ, Richardt D, Tsvelodub S, Sievers HH Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

New Device for the Treatment of Functional Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation: Proof of Concept in an In Vitro Model
Conclusion In this specific in vitro model, our new device for subvalvular mitral valve reconstruction led to a significant reduction of the regurgitant volume, thus representing a promising technique to potentially improve the results of mitral reconstruction in ischemic functional mitral valve regurgitation. Additional studies are required to further investigate and improve our device. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - October 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Stock, Sina Scharfschwerdt, Michael Warnecke, Rebecca Janina Richardt, Doreen Tsvelodub, Stanislav Sievers, Hans-Hinrich Tags: Original Cardiovascular Source Type: research

Isolated Tricuspid Valvectomy: A Series of cases with Intravenous Drug Abuse Associated Tricuspid Valve Endocarditis
Conclusion Cardiac surgeons increasingly encounter patients with active endocarditis who suffer from IVDU addiction. Drug addiction increases the risk for recurrent endocarditis and requires an effective management plan. Multidisciplinary endocarditis care teams may play a pivotal role in improving outcomes by better addressing addiction treatment. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - October 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Bin Mahmood, Syed Usman Nguemeni Tiako, Max Jordan Mori, Makoto Elefteriades, John A. Bonde, Pramod Geirsson, Arnar Yun, James J. Tags: Original Cardiovascular Source Type: research

Pulmonary Metastasectomy of Sarcoma: Is the Ratio of Surgical Margin to Nodule Size a Prognostic Factor?
Thorac cardiovasc Surg DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1670688 Background Main prognostic factors of improved survival after pulmonary metastasectomy (PM) for osteogenic and soft tissue sarcomas are suggested as histological type, number and size of pulmonary nodules, and disease-free interval (DFI). Methods Sixty-nine patients who underwent PM between January 1999 and December 2017 were evaluated retrospectively. Relations between parameters and prognostic risk factors for overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) were evaluated. Results Osteosarcoma was the most common histologic type (36.2%) and ...
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Özdil, Ali Tekneci, Ahmet Kayahan D ökümcü, Zafer Divarc ı, Emre Ke çeci, Burçin Sezak, Murat Çakan, Alpaslan Çağırıcı, Ufuk Tags: Original Thoracic Source Type: research

Is There a Place for Thoracoscopic Enucleation of Esophageal Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors?
Conclusion Thoracoscopic enucleation of E-GIST seems to represent a valuable option as the postoperative morbidity/mortality is low and the oncological outcome is good for low-to-intermediate grade of malignity tumors.This is a retrospective study focused on minimally invasive treatment of E-GIST. We evaluated the feasibility of VATS enucleation of low-to-medium grade of malignity E-GIST. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Cohen, Charlotte Pop, Daniel Icard, Philippe Berthet, Jean-Philippe Venissac, Nicolas Mouroux, J érome Tags: Original Thoracic Source Type: research

Is There a Place for Thoracoscopic Enucleation of Esophageal Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors?
CONCLUSION:  Thoracoscopic enucleation of E-GIST seems to represent a valuable option as the postoperative morbidity/mortality is low and the oncological outcome is good for low-to-intermediate grade of malignity tumors.This is a retrospective study focused on minimally invasive treatment of E-GIST. We evaluated the feasibility of VATS enucleation of low-to-medium grade of malignity E-GIST. PMID: 30267389 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Cohen C, Pop D, Icard P, Berthet JP, Venissac N, Mouroux J Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Pulmonary Metastasectomy of Sarcoma: Is the Ratio of Surgical Margin to Nodule Size a Prognostic Factor?
dil;akan A, Çağırıcı U Abstract BACKGROUND:  Main prognostic factors of improved survival after pulmonary metastasectomy (PM) for osteogenic and soft tissue sarcomas are suggested as histological type, number and size of pulmonary nodules, and disease-free interval (DFI). METHODS:  Sixty-nine patients who underwent PM between January 1999 and December 2017 were evaluated retrospectively. Relations between parameters and prognostic risk factors for overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) were evaluated. RESULTS:  Osteosarcoma was the most common histologic type (36....
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Özdil A, Tekneci AK, Dökümcü Z, Divarcı E, Keçeci B, Sezak M, Çakan A, Çağırıcı U Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Hybrid Off-pump Second-Stage Aortic Arch Repair after Type A Dissection
Conclusion Complete debranching with transfemoral thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair showed encouraging results in patients with relevant comorbidities. The used stent grafts performed well in the mid-term follow-up period with no endoleaks or migration. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Lescan, Mario Andic, Mateja Kr üger, Tobias Ivosevic, Vedran Schlensak, Christian Tags: Original Cardiovascular Source Type: research

Hybrid Off-pump Second-Stage Aortic Arch Repair after Type A Dissection.
CONCLUSION:  Complete debranching with transfemoral thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair showed encouraging results in patients with relevant comorbidities. The used stent grafts performed well in the mid-term follow-up period with no endoleaks or migration. PMID: 30243266 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 22, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Lescan M, Andic M, Krüger T, Ivosevic V, Schlensak C Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Endobronchial Ultrasound for Benign Tracheal Stenosis.
We reported the role of endobronchial ultrasound as complement to standard diagnostic exams to better define the benign tracheal stenosis (i.e., thickness and tracheal cartilage integrity) and to plan the treatment with flexible instead of rigid bronchoscope. Under sedation and spontaneous ventilation, the flexible bronchoscope was inserted through the laryngeal mask airway that assured the ventilation. The stenosis was first resected with cold scissors and then dilated with balloon catheter. This strategy was successfully applied in five consecutive patients. Inclusion criteria for the procedure were stenosis 
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 19, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Fiorelli A, Messina G, Santoriello C, Santini M Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Endobronchial Ultrasound for Benign Tracheal Stenosis
We reported the role of endobronchial ultrasound as complement to standard diagnostic exams to better define the benign tracheal stenosis (i.e., thickness and tracheal cartilage integrity) and to plan the treatment with flexible instead of rigid bronchoscope. Under sedation and spontaneous ventilation, the flexible bronchoscope was inserted through the laryngeal mask airway that assured the ventilation. The stenosis was first resected with cold scissors and then dilated with balloon catheter. This strategy was successfully applied in five consecutive patients. Inclusion criteria for the procedure were stenosis 
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 19, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Fiorelli, Alfonso Messina, Gaetana Santoriello, Carlo Santini, Mario Tags: Short Communication Source Type: research

Mid- and Long-Term Outcomes of Total Arterial Myocardial Revascularization in Patients Aged 70 Years and Older: A Single-Center Experience.
Abstract BACKGROUND:  Patients receiving arterial grafts have superior late survival after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. The aim of our study was to evaluate the mid- and long-term results of total arterial (TA) revascularization in the elderly. METHODS:  Between January 2005 and December 2012, a retrospective study on age-, gender-, and EuroSCORE-matched patients aged 70 years and older was performed. Altogether, 356 patients who received isolated CABG were assigned to either TA group or control (CON) group. RESULTS:  No significant differences were noted in regard to preop...
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Jussli-Melchers J, Panholzer B, Friedrich C, Broch O, Huenges K, Cremer J, Haneya A Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Complex Valve Surgery in Elderly Patients: Increasingly Necessary and Surprisingly Feasible.
CONCLUSIONS:  This study demonstrates the feasibility of complex multiple valve surgery in elderly patients. The observed perioperative mortality was lower than predicted. However, we observed a substantial rate of adverse events; therefore, careful patient selection is required in this high-risk patient population. PMID: 30218992 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Saha S, Varghese S, Ahmad AA, Jebran AF, Waezi N, Niehaus H, Baraki H, Kutschka I Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Complex Valve Surgery in Elderly Patients: Increasingly Necessary and Surprisingly Feasible
Conclusions This study demonstrates the feasibility of complex multiple valve surgery in elderly patients. The observed perioperative mortality was lower than predicted. However, we observed a substantial rate of adverse events; therefore, careful patient selection is required in this high-risk patient population. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Saha, Shekhar Varghese, Sam Ahmad, Ammar Al Jebran, Ahmad Fawad Waezi, Narges Niehaus, Heidi Baraki, Hassina Kutschka, Ingo Tags: Original Cardiovascular Source Type: research

Mid- and Long-Term Outcomes of Total Arterial Myocardial Revascularization in Patients Aged 70 Years and Older: A Single-Center Experience
Thorac cardiovasc Surg DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1669928 Background Patients receiving arterial grafts have superior late survival after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. The aim of our study was to evaluate the mid- and long-term results of total arterial (TA) revascularization in the elderly. Methods Between January 2005 and December 2012, a retrospective study on age-, gender-, and EuroSCORE-matched patients aged 70 years and older was performed. Altogether, 356 patients who received isolated CABG were assigned to either TA group or control (CON) group. Results No significant differences wer...
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Jussli-Melchers, Jill Panholzer, Bernd Friedrich, Christine Broch, Ole Huenges, Katharina Cremer, Joachim Haneya, Assad Tags: Original Cardiovascular Source Type: research

Change from Hybrid to Fully Minimally Invasive and Robotic Esophagectomy is Possible without Compromises.
CONCLUSION:  Comparable results regarding morbidity and short-term outcome could be achieved in the MIE and RAMIE groups compared with the hybrid group. The data indicate that the learning curve is low in surgeons changing the technique form hybrid esophagectomy to fully MIE. Additionally, the total minimally invasive approaches seem to be associated with a low incidence of complications such as pneumonia and wound infections. PMID: 30216947 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Grimminger PP, Tagkalos E, Hadzijusufovic E, Corvinus F, Babic B, Lang H Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Long-Term Results of Compressive Brace Therapy for Pectus Carinatum.
CONCLUSION:  Given the findings presented in this study, compressive brace therapy appears to be a relatively simple and safe method with good long-term outcome in treating patients with PC. PMID: 30216948 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Moon DH, Kang MK, Lee HS, Lee S Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

CT-Guided Chemical Thoracic Sympathectomy versus Botulinum Toxin Type A Injection for Palmar Hyperhidrosis.
Abstract BACKGROUND:  The present study aimed to evaluate and compare the efficacy of botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) injection versus thoracic sympathectomy for idiopathic palmar hyperhidrosis. METHODS:  Fifty-one patients with idiopathic palmar hyperhidrosis were treated with either BTX-A injection or thoracic sympathectomy between March 2013 and April 2016. The severity of palmar hyperhidrosis was qualitatively measured via the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS). All patients completed a questionnaire that detailed the time taken for the treatment to work, local or systemic adverse effect...
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yang H, Kang J, Zhang S, Peng K, Deng B, Cheng B Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

CT-Guided Chemical Thoracic Sympathectomy versus Botulinum Toxin Type A Injection for Palmar Hyperhidrosis
Thorac cardiovasc Surg DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1668599 Background The present study aimed to evaluate and compare the efficacy of botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) injection versus thoracic sympathectomy for idiopathic palmar hyperhidrosis. Methods Fifty-one patients with idiopathic palmar hyperhidrosis were treated with either BTX-A injection or thoracic sympathectomy between March 2013 and April 2016. The severity of palmar hyperhidrosis was qualitatively measured via the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS). All patients completed a questionnaire that detailed the time taken for the treatment to work, lo...
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yang, HongJun Kang, Jianjie Zhang, Shufen Peng, Kairun Deng, Bingmei Cheng, Biao Tags: Original Thoracic Source Type: research

Long-Term Results of Compressive Brace Therapy for Pectus Carinatum
Conclusion Given the findings presented in this study, compressive brace therapy appears to be a relatively simple and safe method with good long-term outcome in treating patients with PC. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Moon, Duk Hwan Kang, Min Kyun Lee, Hye Sun Lee, Sungsoo Tags: Original Thoracic Source Type: research

Change from Hybrid to Fully Minimally Invasive and Robotic Esophagectomy is Possible without Compromises
Conclusion Comparable results regarding morbidity and short-term outcome could be achieved in the MIE and RAMIE groups compared with the hybrid group. The data indicate that the learning curve is low in surgeons changing the technique form hybrid esophagectomy to fully MIE. Additionally, the total minimally invasive approaches seem to be associated with a low incidence of complications such as pneumonia and wound infections. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and ...
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Grimminger, P. P. Tagkalos, E. Hadzijusufovic, E. Corvinus, F. Babic, B. Lang, H. Tags: Original Thoracic Source Type: research

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting using Bilateral Internal Thoracic Arteries through a Left-Sided Minithoracotomy: A Single-Center Starting Experience.
CONCLUSIONS:  Myocardial revascularization using BITA can be safely achieved off-pump through a left-sided minithoracotomy with good postoperative and short-term outcomes. PMID: 30193390 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Diab M, Färber G, Sponholz C, Tasar R, Lehmann T, Tkebuchava S, Franz M, Doenst T Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting using Bilateral Internal Thoracic Arteries through a Left-Sided Minithoracotomy: A Single-Center Starting Experience
Conclusions Myocardial revascularization using BITA can be safely achieved off-pump through a left-sided minithoracotomy with good postoperative and short-term outcomes. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Diab, Mahmoud F ärber, Gloria Sponholz, Christoph Tasar, Raphael Lehmann, Thomas Tkebuchava, Sophie Franz, Marcus Doenst, Torsten Tags: Original Cardiovascular Source Type: research

Mitral Valve Surgery via Partial Upper Sternotomy: Closing the Gap between Conventional Sternotomy and Right Lateral Minithoracotomy.
CONCLUSION:  The presented results demonstrate that there is a cohort of patients, who are not candidates for MT in MVS but may be operated successfully by an alternative less invasive approach. PMID: 30180258 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 4, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Oezpeker C, Barbieri F, Hoefer D, Schneider B, Bonaros N, Grimm M, Mueller L Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Mitral Valve Surgery via Partial Upper Sternotomy: Closing the Gap between Conventional Sternotomy and Right Lateral Minithoracotomy
Conclusion The presented results demonstrate that there is a cohort of patients, who are not candidates for MT in MVS but may be operated successfully by an alternative less invasive approach. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 4, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Oezpeker, Cenk Barbieri, Fabian Hoefer, Daniel Schneider, Bastian Bonaros, Nikolaos Grimm, Michael Mueller, Ludwig Tags: Original Cardiovascular Source Type: research

Alt(ernative) Metrics
Thorac cardiovasc Surg 2018; 66: 425-425 DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1669912 Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 4, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Heinemann, Markus K. Tags: Editorial Source Type: research

Alt(ernative) Metrics.
PMID: 30180266 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - September 1, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Heinemann MK Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery for Pulmonary Sequestrations: Series of 35 Consecutive Patients in a Single Center.
CONCLUSIONS:  Completely VATS was a safe and effective mini-invasive procedure for pulmonary sequestration in an experienced team. Its long-term outcome was remarkable. PMID: 30165709 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 30, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Wang S, Li Y, Wang J Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery for Pulmonary Sequestrations: Series of 35 Consecutive Patients in a Single Center
Conclusions Completely VATS was a safe and effective mini-invasive procedure for pulmonary sequestration in an experienced team. Its long-term outcome was remarkable. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 30, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Wang, Shaodong Li, Yun Wang, Jun Tags: Original Thoracic Source Type: research

External Prosthetic Reinforcement of the Pulmonary Autograft.
CONCLUSION:  The presented modification of the Ross procedure does not prolong ischemia time, and can be performed with a low operative morbidity and mortality and an excellent early valve function. PMID: 30153696 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ratschiller T, Sames-Dolzer E, Schimetta W, Kreuzer M, Müller H, Zierer A, Mair R Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Fibrin-Coated Collagen Fleece Seems to Prevent Sternal Instability after Cardiac Surgery: A Matched Pair Data Analysis.
CONCLUSIONS:  The use of fibrin-coated collagen fleece on the cut surface of the sternum in patients with osteoporosis does not impair bone and wound healing. Furthermore, it seems to result in less sternal instability. A larger prospective study is necessary to verify the results of this explorative study. PMID: 30153697 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Roth P, Stella J, Niemann B, Grieshaber P, Roehrig R, Böning A Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Fast-Track Management in Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Dexmedetomidine Provides Rapid Extubation and Effective Pain Modulation.
Abstract BACKGROUND:  Dexmedetomidine (DEX) is a highly selective α-2 agonist with many desirable effects including analgesia, improvement of hemodynamic stability, and potential myocardial and renal protection. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of DEX on patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) grafting with regard to less pain medication, earlier extubation, faster transfer to normal ward, and cardiac protection. PATIENTS AND METHODS:  From January 2012 to March 2015, 464 patients receiving OPCAB were included for retrospective analysis. After propensity ...
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Zientara A, Mariotti S, Matter-Ensner S, Seifert B, Graves K, Dzemali O, Genoni M Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Unclassifiable Infectious Complications after Lobectomy for Cancer: Etiology, Risks, and Outcomes.
CONCLUSION:  Postoperative acute onset of infectious complication without any specific symptoms or any identifiable focus should be included in a separate category of complications. We must clarify the pathology of this complication (e.g., occult bronchopleural fistula), but for now, careful management is mandatory, as therapeutic failure can lead to a fatal outcome. PMID: 30153699 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ueda K, Murakami J, Tanaka T, Hamano K Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Unclassifiable Infectious Complications after Lobectomy for Cancer: Etiology, Risks, and Outcomes
Conclusion Postoperative acute onset of infectious complication without any specific symptoms or any identifiable focus should be included in a separate category of complications. We must clarify the pathology of this complication (e.g., occult bronchopleural fistula), but for now, careful management is mandatory, as therapeutic failure can lead to a fatal outcome. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ueda, Kazuhiro Murakami, Junichi Tanaka, Toshiki Hamano, Kimikazu Tags: Original Thoracic Source Type: research

Fast-Track Management in Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Dexmedetomidine Provides Rapid Extubation and Effective Pain Modulation
Thorac cardiovasc Surg DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1668602 Background Dexmedetomidine (DEX) is a highly selective α-2 agonist with many desirable effects including analgesia, improvement of hemodynamic stability, and potential myocardial and renal protection. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of DEX on patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) grafting with regard to less pain medication, earlier extubation, faster transfer to normal ward, and cardiac protection. Patients and Methods From January 2012 to March 2015, 464 patients receiving OPCAB were included for retrospecti...
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Zientara, Alicja Mariotti, Sergio Matter-Ensner, Sonja Seifert, Burkhardt Graves, Kirk Dzemali, Omer Genoni, Michele Tags: Original Cardiovascular Source Type: research

Fibrin-Coated Collagen Fleece Seems to Prevent Sternal Instability after Cardiac Surgery: A Matched Pair Data Analysis
Conclusions The use of fibrin-coated collagen fleece on the cut surface of the sternum in patients with osteoporosis does not impair bone and wound healing. Furthermore, it seems to result in less sternal instability. A larger prospective study is necessary to verify the results of this explorative study. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Roth, Peter Stella, Jenna Niemann, Bernd Grieshaber, Philippe Roehrig, Rainer B öning, Andreas Tags: Original Cardiovascular Source Type: research

External Prosthetic Reinforcement of the Pulmonary Autograft
Conclusion The presented modification of the Ross procedure does not prolong ischemia time, and can be performed with a low operative morbidity and mortality and an excellent early valve function. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 28, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ratschiller, Thomas Sames-Dolzer, Eva Schimetta, Wolfgang Kreuzer, Michaela M üller, Hannes Zierer, Andreas Mair, Rudolf Tags: Original Cardiovascular Source Type: research

Age Distribution and Concomitant Injuries in Pulmonary Contusion: An Analysis Based on Routine Data.
CONCLUSION:  PC shows a marked increase in the incidence, especially in older patients and as a companion diagnosis in thoracic injuries. It should be diagnosed early as well as its concomitant injuries to avoid complications. PMID: 30142633 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 24, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Finkbeiner R, Krinner S, Langenbach A, Besendörfer M, Schulz-Drost S Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Establishing Sustainable Cardiothoracic Surgery Programs in Underserved Countries.
Abstract Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect worldwide, and accounts for a high proportion of the world's infant mortality. About 9 of every 10 babies born each year are born in areas without adequate access to heart surgery; overcoming this problem will necessitate addressing the worldwide shortage of an estimated 3,700 pediatric cardiac surgeons. Establishing sustainable heart surgery programs requires more than an investment of money: political, social, and cultural issues unique to each environment need to be addressed. Organizations desiring to help develop cardiac surgical centers need t...
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 24, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Fenton K, Cardarelli M, Molloy F, Novick W Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Establishing Sustainable Cardiothoracic Surgery Programs in Underserved Countries
Thorac cardiovasc Surg DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1668598Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect worldwide, and accounts for a high proportion of the world's infant mortality. About 9 of every 10 babies born each year are born in areas without adequate access to heart surgery; overcoming this problem will necessitate addressing the worldwide shortage of an estimated 3,700 pediatric cardiac surgeons. Establishing sustainable heart surgery programs requires more than an investment of money: political, social, and cultural issues unique to each environment need to be addressed. Organizations desiring to help develop...
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 24, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Fenton, Kathleen Cardarelli, Marcelo Molloy, Frank Novick, William Tags: Special Report Source Type: research

Age Distribution and Concomitant Injuries in Pulmonary Contusion: An Analysis Based on Routine Data
Conclusion PC shows a marked increase in the incidence, especially in older patients and as a companion diagnosis in thoracic injuries. It should be diagnosed early as well as its concomitant injuries to avoid complications. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 24, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Finkbeiner, Rebekka Krinner, Sebastian Langenbach, Andreas Besend örfer, Manuel Schulz-Drost, Stefan Tags: Original Thoracic Source Type: research

Bilateral Paravertebral Block versus Thoracic Epidural Analgesia for Pain Control Post-Cardiac Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
The objective of this study is to compare the effect of ultrasound-guided bilateral thoracic paravertebral block with thoracic epidural block on pain control after cardiac surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  Between March 2016 and 2017, 145 patients who had cardiac surgery through median sternotomy were randomized by stratified blocked randomization into two groups. Group I (n = 70 patients) had bilateral ultrasound-guided thoracic paravertebral block and Group II (n = 75 patients) had thoracic epidural analgesia. The primary end point was the postoperative visual analogue scale (VAS). Th...
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 16, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: El Shora HA, El Beleehy AA, Abdelwahab AA, Ali GA, Omran TE, Hassan EA, Arafat AA Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Acute Effect of Mitral Valve Repair on Mitral Valve Geometry.
Abstract BACKGROUND:  The aim of this study was to quantify acute mitral valve (MV) geometry dynamic changes throughout the cardiac cycle using three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3D TEE) in patients undergoing surgical MV repair (MVR) with ring annuloplasty and optional neochord implantation. METHODS:  Twenty-nine patients (63 ± 10 years) with severe primary mitral regurgitation underwent surgical MVR using ring annuloplasty with or without neochord implantation. We recorded 3D TEE data throughout the cardiac cycle before and after MVR. Dynamic changes (4D) in t...
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 16, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Noack T, Wittgen K, Kiefer P, Emrich F, Raschpichler M, Eibel S, Holzhey D, Misfeld M, Mohr FW, Borger M, Ender J, Seeburger J Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Minimally Invasive Redo-Aortic Valve Replacement: Reduced Operative Times as Compared to Full Sternotomy.
CONCLUSION:  MIC rAVR is associated with reduced cardiopulmonary and cross-clamp times as well as the need for RRT as compared with FS. MIC-rAVR seems to be a viable option in surgical candidates for AV reoperations. PMID: 30114714 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 16, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Oezpeker C, Barbieri F, Zujs V, Grimm M, Lio A, Glauber M, Bonaros N Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Is the Freedom SOLO Stentless Bioprosthesis a Useful Tool for Patients with Aortic Endocarditis and Aortic Annular Destruction?
CONCLUSION:  FS stentless bioprosthesis is a valuable and simple option to achieve AVR in patients with extensive aortic annulus endocarditis. Although in this group of complex patients, early mortality remains considerably high, late survival outcomes are comparable to the more technically demanding homografts and conventional stentless bioprostheses, with low rates of endocarditis recurrence. PMID: 30114715 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 16, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Repossini A, Bacco LD, Gazdag L, Grubitzsch H, Fischlein T, Stara A, Muneretto C, Santarpino G Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research

Meta-analysis of Valve-in-Valve Transcatheter versus Redo Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement.
CONCLUSION:  In patients with degenerated aortic valve bioprostheses, especially elderly or high-risk patients, VIV-TAVI could be a safe, feasible alternative to redo SAVR. The lack of randomized data and differences in baseline characteristics in the present analysis emphasize the need for prospective randomized trials. PMID: 30114716 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Source: The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon - August 16, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Takagi H, Mitta S, Ando T Tags: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research