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Median sternotomy

Carl A Johnson, Katherine L Wood, Amber L Melvin, Brandon F Lebow, Peter A Knight
Aortic root replacement is typically performed through a median sternotomy. The right anterior mini-thoracotomy approach has been shown to decrease hospital length of stay in aortic valve surgery when compared to sternotomy. This approach is rare in ascending aortic surgery due to technical challenges which include exposure and annular suture placement. Automated suturing technology is now available to facilitate the placement of annular sutures. The use of a camera greatly enhances visualization of the aortic root...
2018: Journal of Visualized Surgery
Prateek Bhatnagar, Shubhi Bhatnagar
Mesocardia is an extremely rare congenital cardiac anomaly of counter clockwise rotation of the heart. We report here a case of coronary artery bypass grafting in mesocardia, which has not been described in medical literature earlier. A 52 years male suffered an anterior wall myocardial infarction. Chest X Ray, 2 D Echocardiography and computed tomography of chest confirmed the presence of mesocardia. Off pump total arterial revascularization was done. Exposure of aorta and right atrium through the standard median sternotomy is very difficult in mesocardia due to cardiac rotation and should be kept in mind in this surgery...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Giuseppe Marulli, Giovanni Maria Comacchio, Marco Schiavon, Alessandro Rebusso, Marco Mammana, Davide Zampieri, Egle Perissinotto, Federico Rea
OBJECTIVES: Minimally invasive techniques seem to be promising alternatives to open approaches in the surgical treatment of early-stage thymoma, although there are controversies because of lack of data on long-term results. The aim of the study was to evaluate the surgical and oncological results after robotic thymectomy for early-stage thymoma compared to median sternotomy. METHODS: Between 1982 and 2017, 164 patients with early-stage thymoma (Masaoka I and II) were operated on by median sternotomy (108 patients) or the robotic approach (56 patients)...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Gaby Aphram, Laurent De Kerchove, Stefano Mastrobuoni, Emiliano Navarra, Silvia Solari, Saadallah Tamer, Jerome Baert, Alain Poncelet, Jean Rubay, Parla Astarci, Philippe Noirhomme, Gebrine El Khoury
OBJECTIVES: Mitral valve (MV) repair is the gold standard for treatment of degenerative mitral regurgitation. A variety of surgical techniques allow surgeons to achieve a high rate of MV repair even with MV diseases of other aetiologies. However, a certain number of repairs fail over time. The aim of this study was to review our single-centre experience of MV re-repair and analyse the mode of repair failure, re-repair safety and efficiency in relation to the initial aetiology. METHODS: Between 1997 and 2015, 91 patients underwent redo MV re-repair...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Yuriy Mandryk, Markus Czesla, Parwis Massoudy
The strategy for the successful removal of gigantic myxoma of the left atrium obstructing inflow into the left ventricle is presented. We consider an anterolateral minithoracotomy approach superior to median sternotomy for complete and comfortable atrial tumour excision because of the excellent exposure and the cosmetic outcome. After removal, local cryodestruction of potential remnant cells is mandatory to prevent recurrency.
March 12, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Tetyana Leinberger, Claudia Heilmann, Stefan Sorg, Matthias Mueller, Sami Kueri, Claudia Schmoor, Matthias Siepe, Friedhelm Beyersdorf
BACKGROUND:  Median sternotomy in patients with risk factors for wound healing is associated with high rates of postoperative wound infections and sternum instability. METHODS:  A total of 338 patients with elective first median sternotomy and at least four predefined risk factors were randomized between Sternal Talon (Gebrüder Martin GmbH & Co. KG-KLS Martin Group, Tuttlingen, Germany) and wire cerclage. The primary end point was mediastinitis and/or sternal instability within 30 ± 5 days, and the secondary end points were mediastinitis and/or sternal instability within 60 ± 5 days; incidence of pneumonia during hospitalization within the first 30 (±5) days and chest pain intensity...
February 2, 2018: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
M H Zou, L Ma, Y S Xia, S C Yang, W D Chen, F Cao, X X Chen
Objective: To review the early and mid-term results of end-to-side anastomosis technique for interrupted aortic arch in neonates and infants. Methods: Clinic data of 46 patients were diagnosed as interrupted aortic arch in Department of Cardiac Surgery, Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center between January 2010 and December 2016 were analyzed retrospectively. Twenty-six cases were neonates. The median age underwent surgery was 23 days (range: 2 days to 8 years). Anatomical subtypes included 36 cases of type A and 10 cases of type B...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Qiang Wang, Jia-Xin Ye, Min Ge, Dong-Jin Wang
This study reviews our results and experience with cardiothoracic surgery via RVIAT over the past 15 years. This retrospective overview summarises our results, describing the early and late clinical outcomes of 1,126 patients, including 370 ASD closures, 488 VSD closures and 268 valve surgeries, at a single center between October 2001 and December 2015. The mean follow-up time was 52 ± 35 months (range 8-120 months). The mean incision length was 6 ± 2.22 cm (range 3.9-8.9 cm). No patient required conversion to median sternotomy...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Tommaso Claudio Mineo, Alessandro Tamburrini, Orazio Schillaci, Vincenzo Ambrogi
BACKGROUND: Patients with thymoma and without clinical or electromyographical myasthenic signs may occasionally develop myasthenia several years after thymectomy. Hereby, we investigated the predictors and the evolution of this peculiar disease. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis in 104 consecutive patients undergoing thymectomy between 1987 and 2013 for thymoma without clinical nor electromyographic signs of myasthenia gravis. Predictors of post-thymectomy onset of myasthenia gravis were investigated with univariale time-to-disease analysis...
March 6, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Takuya Onuki, Sho Ueda, Shinichi Otsu, Takahiro Yanagihara, Naoki Kawakami, Masatoshi Yamaoka, Masaharu Inagaki
A 34-year-old man was diagnosed with thymoma, which was evaluated preoperatively as stage II or III, with myasthenia gravis (MG). The size of the tumor was 70 × 44 × 80 mm. No invasion to neighboring organs was observed. Prednisolone was prescribed for stabilization of MG. However, a myasthenic crisis (MC) occurred, and intensive care, including emergent endobronchial intubation followed by artificial ventilation, pulse steroid therapy, high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin, and tacrolimus hydrate, was initiated...
March 7, 2018: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Melissa G Y Lee, Johnny Millar, Elizabeth Rose, Aleesha Jones, Dora Wood, Taryn L Luitingh, Diana Zannino, Johann Brink, Igor E Konstantinov, Christian P Brizard, Yves d'Udekem
OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence of vocal cord paresis (VCP) after neonatal aortic arch repair/Norwood-type procedure, and the effectiveness of noninvasive laryngeal ultrasound in detecting VCP compared with gold standard invasive nasoendoscopy. METHODS: Fifty-two patients who underwent an arch repair (39 of 52; 75%) or Norwood-type procedure (13 of 52; 25%) via sternotomy between April 1, 2015, and April 30, 2017 underwent laryngeal ultrasound (50 of 52; 96%) and/or flexible fiber optic nasoendoscopy (39 of 52; 75%) at 48 to 72 hours after endotracheal extubation...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Wei-Heng Hung, Heng-Chung Chen, Chang-Lun Huang, Bing-Yen Wang
Tracheal resection and reconstruction are traditionally approached with a right lateral thoracotomy or a median sternotomy. The thoracoscopic approach is usually applied in lung resection surgery in most hospitals but seldom used in tracheal resection. Three or more incisions are usually created during a thoracoscopic tracheal resection. We prescribed a method of single-incision thoracoscopic tracheal resection and reconstruction in a case of squamous cell carcinoma of the right tracheal wall.
March 3, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Neha Bansal, Henry L Walters, Daisuke Kobayashi
Purulent pericarditis is a rare infectious disease with significant mortality, even in the modern antibiotic era. The presenting signs can often be subtle and patients can deteriorate rapidly with cardiac tamponade. We report a previously healthy 16-month-old female who developed purulent pericarditis associated with paronychia and sepsis caused by methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. In addition to antibiotic treatment, she required emergent pericardiocentesis for cardiac tamponade, followed by two surgical interventions including full median sternotomy incision and partial pericardiectomy...
January 1, 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Mitsugu Ogawa, Muhammad F Masood, Gregory A Ewald, Justin M Vader, Shane J LaRue, Allen Cheng, Keki R Balsara, Akinobu Itoh
Although the incidence of driveline failure has been significantly reduced with the major modification to the driveline connection to the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device (LVAD), internal and external driveline damage continues to be a major reason for pump exchange or driveline repair. We report three cases of internal driveline damage under the costal margin and in the adjacent abdominal wall. All three cases developed occasional electrical disruptions 2-5 years after the original LVAD implant through the median sternotomy...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
Stephanie Voss, Albrecht Will, Rüdiger Lange, Bernhard Voss
BACKGROUND: Sternal dehiscence after median sternotomy is a challenging problem in cases of frail bone, fractures or complete sternectomy. Plate osteosynthesis offers a promising approach to restore sternal integrity. However, there is only scarce data on mid-term outcome. METHODS: Mid-term data on 34 patients with unstable thorax after open-heart surgery, requiring sternal refixation with the Synthes™ Titanium Sternal Fixation System© (TSFS) between 2005 and 2011 were analyzed...
February 26, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Ziyad M Binsalamah, Charles D Fraser, Carlos M Mery
Pulmonary artery slings and vascular rings are very rare congenital anomalies. It is even rarer to have both anomalies in the same setting. We present a case of a toddler who was diagnosed with a left pulmonary artery sling and a vascular ring as part of the screening process for the VACTERL association - co-occurrence of vertebral, anorectal, cardiac, tracheoesophageal, renal, and limb malformations. He underwent a successful surgical repair via median sternotomy and on cardiopulmonary bypass with an uneventful postoperative course...
March 1, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Lijun Jiang, Tingting Tao, Junnan Zheng, Zhen Jia, Hongfei Xu, Yiming Ni
RATIONALE: A 35-year old Chinese female was admitted to hospital with refractory pericardial effusions 10 days post mitral valve replacement via median sternotomy. We performed an exploratory resternotomy and found lymphatic leakage on the surface of the diaphragm which was continuously emitting a light yellow fluid. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient complained of no obvious discomfort except for the concern of massive pericardial effusion drainage. DIAGNOSES: Exploratory resternotomy and biochemical testing lead to a supradiaphragmatic lymphatic fistula being diagnosed as the cause of the refractory pericardial effusion...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Daichi Akiyama, Hiroshi Okada, Takashi Ando, Makoto Takeda
Carney complex(CNC) is a rare genetic syndrome, characterized by spotty pigmentation of the skin, cardiac myxomas and multiple endocrine tumors. We present a case of asymptomatic cardiac myxoma associated with CNC. She was 49 year-old healthy woman whose son was known to have CNC. She was also diagnosed as CNC due to her family history, typical cutaneous findings and screening endocrine test. Screening ultrasound echocardiography resulted in discovering her asymptomatic left atrial myxoma of 30 mm size. Tumor was successfully resected via median sternotomy and no signs of recurrence were observed at 1 year follow up...
February 2018: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
Jun Takeshita, Kei Nishiyama, Atsushi Fukumoto, Suguru Ohira, Satoru Beppu, Nozomu Sasahashi, Nobuaki Shime
BACKGROUND: Although median sternotomy is standard during cardiac surgery, the procedure is associated with a risk of injury to mediastinal organs. Here, we discuss two cases of tracheal injury following median sternotomy during cardiac surgery. CASE PRESENTATION: Ventilation failure occurred in a 78-year-old Japanese man and a 71-year-old Japanese man after median sternotomy, and tracheal injury was identified. The sites of injury were directly repaired and covered with mediastinal fat tissue, following which ventilation was successful...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Timothy Lee, Aaron J Weiss, Elbert E Williams, Fuad Kiblawi, Joanna Dong, Khanh H Nguyen
OBJECTIVES: Although the median sternotomy has been the traditional approach for congenital heart surgery, young patients and their families often find the midline scar to be cosmetically unappealing. At our center, a right transverse axillary incision has become the standard approach for many congenital cardiac lesions due to its safety, versatility, and unsurpassed aesthetic result. We present our experience with the axillary approach for a diverse array of congenital defects. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients receiving a right transverse axillary incision for congenital cardiac surgery between 2005-2016 was conducted...
February 21, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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