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Verena Merki, Juliane Pichler, Roland Giger, Georgios Mantokoudis
BACKGROUND: Chylothorax is a very rare but major complication in thyroid surgery and should be apparent to clinicians in this field. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case with chylothrax after thyroid surgery in our department that drew our attention. METHODS: Systematic review of the literature to evaluate the incidence and the contributing factors of chylothorax after thyroid surgery. Database (PubMed) and hand searches to identify patients with thyroid surgery and postoperative chylothorax...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Gülbanu Zencir, Ismet Eser
The most painful activities during the days following cardiac surgery are coughing and deep breathing exercises. Cold therapy is an effective nonpharmacological method that decreases the pain during coughing and mobilization. In this study, the effects of cold therapy on pain and breathing exercises among patients with median sternotomy following cardiac surgery were investigated in a randomized crossover clinical trial. Data were collected from patients with median sternotomy (N = 34) in the first two postoperative days...
October 13, 2016: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
Jiwon Sarah Park, Jennifer H Kuo, J Nilas Young, Michael S Wong
BACKGROUND: Rigid sternal fixation (RSF) has been shown to reduce sternal wound complications in high-risk patients. However, the higher initial cost continues to deter its use. This study evaluates the cost of caring for high-risk sternotomy patients who underwent RSF compared with those who underwent sternal closure with a modified wire technique (MWT). METHODS: A retrospective single institution review of high-risk patients who underwent MWT (n = 45) and RSF (n = 30) for primary sternal closure from 2006 to 2009 was conducted...
October 6, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Yu Inaba, Tsutomu Ito, Sachiko Hayashi, Yasunori Iida, Takahiko Misumi, Hideyuki Shimizu
A thoracic aortic pseudoaneurysm is a life-threatening complication following thoracic aortic surgery. We describe a surgical strategy for this pseudoaneurysm with a high risk for rupture during median sternotomy. The pseudoaneurysm was distended and widely adherent to the posterior sternum. Elective cardiopulmonary bypass and moderate hypothermia were established, and sternotomy was performed without left ventricle distention or brain ischemia. Total arch replacement was successful and the patient was discharged on post operative day (POD) 18...
2016: Annals of Vascular Diseases
A Ammar, K Mahmoud, A Elkersh, Z Kasemy
There is a strong association between pre-operative diastolic dysfunction and difficulty in weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass. We compared the effects of propofol and isoflurane on left ventricular diastolic function in patients with pre-existing diastolic dysfunction undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting. We randomly allocated 60 patients to receive either propofol or isoflurane anaesthesia, and assessed left ventricular diastolic function using transoesophageal echocardiography. We measured early (E), late (A) diastolic velocities, E/A ratio, A-wave duration and deceleration time using pulsed wave Doppler, and early (Em), late (Am) diastolic velocities of the mitral annulus, Em/Am ratio and isovolumetric relaxation time using tissue Doppler...
November 2016: Anaesthesia
Han Pil Lee, Won Chul Cho, Joon Bum Kim, Sung-Ho Jung, Suk Jung Choo, Cheol Hyun Chung, Jae Won Lee
BACKGROUND: The standard approach in treating cardiac myxoma is the median full sternotomy. With the evolution of surgical techniques, the right minithoracotomy approach has emerged as an alternative method. Since few studies have been published assessing the right minithoracotomy approach, we performed a retrospective study to compare the clinical outcomes of the right minithoracotomy approach with those of the sternotomy approach. METHODS: From January 2005 to December 2014, 203 patients underwent resection of a cardiac myxoma...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Mineto Ohta, Chikashi Nakanishi, Naoki Kawagishi, Yasuyuki Hara, Kai Maida, Toshiaki Kashiwadate, Koji Miyazawa, Satoru Yoshida, Shigehito Miyagi, Yukihiro Hayatsu, Shunsuke Kawamoto, Yasushi Matsuda, Yoshinori Okada, Yoshikatsu Saiki, Noriaki Ohuchi
BACKGROUND: Recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma accompanied by a right atrial tumor thrombus is rare. No standard treatment modality has been established. Surgical treatment may be the only curative treatment; however, surgery has been considered high risk. We herein describe a patient who underwent resection of a recurrent right atrial tumor thrombus under normothermic cardiopulmonary bypass on a beating heart. CASE PRESENTATION: A 60-year-old man underwent a right hepatectomy for hepatocellular carcinoma with diaphragm invasion...
December 2016: Surgical Case Reports
Juan-Miguel Gil-Jaurena, Ramón Pérez-Caballero, Ana Pita-Fernández, María-Teresa González-López, Jairo Sánchez, Juan-Carlos De Agustín
BACKGROUND: Mid-line sternotomy is the commonest incision for cardiac surgery. Alternative approaches are becoming fashionable in many centres, amidst some reluctance because of learning curves and overall complexity. Our recent experience in starting a new program on minimally invasive pediatric cardiac surgery is presented. The rationale for a stepwise onset and the short-medium term results for a three-year span are displayed. METHODS: A three-step schedule is planned: First, an experienced surgeon (A) starts performing simple cases...
July 2016: Translational pediatrics
Camilla R S Silva, Lívia B Andrade, Danielle A S X Maux, Andreza L Bezerra, Maria C M B Duarte
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of prophylactic, non-invasive ventilation (NIV) on respiratory function in seven- to 16-year-old children in the post-operative phase of cardiac surgery. Method: A randomized, controlled trial with 50 children who had undergone cardiac surgery with median sternotomy. After extubation, patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups: control group (n=26), which received instructions regarding posture, early ambulation, and cough stimulation, and CPAP group (continuous positive airway pressure; n=24), which received the same instructions as the control group and CPAP=10 cmH20 twice daily for 30 minutes from the 1st to the 5th post-operative day (POD)...
September 29, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
Hakan Akbayrak, Serkan Yildirim, Murat Simsek, Mehmet Oc
Pericardial cysts are rare benign lesions of the thoracic cavity and are mostly congenital anomalies. They are induced by an incomplete coalescence of foetal lacunae during the development of the pericardium. Pericardial cysts are usually unilocular, well marginated spherical or teardrop shaped and may be attached to the pericardium directly or by a pedicle. Of all pericardial cysts, 70 to 75% are located at the right cardiophrenic angle. We report a case that was incidentally diagnosed with only chest magnetic resonance imaging because of a paracardiac mass...
July 12, 2016: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
Sharon L Cheatham, Grace M Deyo
Hybrid stage I palliation combines cardiothoracic surgery and interventional transcatheter procedures for treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The approach is an alternative to the Norwood procedure, the traditional first stage of surgical palliation. Hybrid stage I palliation involves placing bilateral branch pulmonary artery bands and a patent ductus arteriosus stent through a median sternotomy, performed without cardiopulmonary bypass. The purpose of the bands is to control blood flow to the lungs and protect the pulmonary bed while the stent sustains systemic cardiac output...
October 2016: Critical Care Nurse
Andreas Tulzer, Rudolf Mair, Michaela Kreuzer, Gerald Tulzer
OBJECTIVES: Coarctation with hypoplastic aortic arch can be treated with resection and extended end-to-end anastomosis (REEEA) as well as end-to-side anastomosis (ESA). The aim of the study was to review our experience with these techniques in newborns and infants and to assess mid-term outcome with regards to morbidity, mortality, and reintervention rate in relation to operative access and technique. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of hospital charts and surgical reports from 183 consecutive newborns and infants with coarctation and hypoplastic aortic arch with or without ventricular septal defect between 1996 and 2013...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
James R McCarthy, T Sloane Guy
Mitral valve dysfunction can seriously impair patients' lives and may require valve repair or replacement. Surgery can be performed using techniques including sternotomy; right thoracotomy with or without robot assistance; and the totally endoscopic robotic technique, which requires percutaneous techniques, femoral cannulation, and endovascular aortic cross-clamping. The totally endoscopic robotic technique has been facilitated by minimally invasive surgical techniques, the evolution of endoscopic techniques, and the development of surgical robots...
October 2016: AORN Journal
Kevin Phan, Joshua M Haswell, Joshua Xu, Yusuf Assem, Stephanie L Mick, Samir R Kapadia, Anson Cheung, Frederick S Ling, Tristan D Yan, Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili
De novo progressive aortic insufficiency (AI) is a side effect frequently related to prolonged support with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVAD). Its progression can result in recurrent clinical heart failure symptoms and significantly increased mortality. Recently, percutaneous intervention methods such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and percutaneous occluder devices have emerged, However, given the very scarce global experience with these approaches, evidence in the literature is lacking...
September 22, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Chris W Piercecchi, Julio C Vasquez, Stephen J Kaplan, Jordan Hoffman, John D Puskas, Jacob DeLaRosa
We present a rare late complication after inferior vena cava filter (IVC) placement. A 52-year-old woman with an IVC presented with sudden onset of chest pain. Cardiac catheterisation and echocardiography revealed an embolised IVC filter strut penetrating the right ventricle. Endovascular retrieval was considered but deemed unsafe due to proximity to the right coronary artery and concern for migration to pulmonary circulation. Urgent removal of the strut was performed via sternotomy. The postoperative course was uneventful...
September 5, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Poovendran Saththasivam, Elizabeth Herrera, Gerald Lawrie, Odeaa Al Jabbari, Collin M Barker, Roy Sheinbaum
The MitraClip procedure is an emerging endovascular technique for treating mitral regurgitation and an attractive alternative for patients who are at high risk for open heart mitral valve repair or replacement. We present the case of a failed redo MitraClip procedure that led to acute right ventricular failure in a patient with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia and a preexisting secundum atrial septal defect. We highlight the sequelae of the failed redo MitraClip procedure and the anesthetic challenges associated with the emergent redo sternotomy and cardiopulmonary bypass procedure required to replace the mitral valve and repair the tricuspid valve and atrial septal defect...
September 23, 2016: A & A Case Reports
C Y Xu, D G Feng, J X Wang, Z Y Cheng, F Wang, B Lin, Z L Xie, L N Suo, P Du
Objective: To explore the application of new chest holder in the median sternotomy for open heart surgery in adults. Methods: Two hundred adult patients in Henan Provincial People's Hospital from May 2013 to May 2015 were enrolled in the study and randomly divided into two groups. Experimental group included 100 cases who accepted the new type of chest holder in the open heart surgery. Control group were also composed of 100 cases whose sternums were fixed with the pure steel wire cerclage. Sternal closure time was recorded since the sternum closing...
September 13, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Gilderlene Alves Fernandes, Andréa Conceição Gomes Lima, Isabel Clarisse Albuquerque Gonzaga, Raimundo de Barros Araújo, Rauirys Alencar de Oliveira, Renata Amadei Nicolau
The aim of this study was to analyze the healing effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on the longitudinal sternotomy incisions of patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). The volunteers were randomized into three groups of equal size (n = 30): control, placebo, and laser (λ = 660 nm and spatial average energy fluency [SAEF] = 1.06 J/cm(2)). The patients in the laser group underwent irradiation on postoperative days 2, 4, 6, and 8, and their sternotomy incisions were photographed immediately after the surgery and 8 days later for analysis...
September 20, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
Zubair Ashraf Hakeem, Shyam Singh Rathore, Abdul Wahid
Leiomyoma of the mediastinum is rare. They are thought to arise from the smooth muscle cells of the media of mediastinal vascular structures and structure containing smooth muscle. Most mediastinal leiomyomas are seen in association with oesophagus in the posterior mediastinum. We present a case of huge leiomyoma in a 1.5 years old male child arising in the lower anterior mediastinum with compression of heart, liver and deformity of rib cage. Median sternotomy and a separate concomitant right mini-thoracotomy was done and tumor excised...
September 17, 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Christian Liebsch, Nicolas Graf, Hans-Joachim Wilke
PURPOSE: The influence of the anterior rib cage on the stability of the human thoracic spine is not completely known. One of the most common surgical interventions on the anterior rib cage is the longitudinal median sternotomy and its fixation by wire cerclage. Therefore, the purpose of this in vitro study was to examine, if wire cerclage can restore the stability of the human thoracic spine after longitudinal median sternotomy. METHODS: Six fresh frozen human thoracic spine specimens (C7-L1, 56 years in average, range 50-65), including the intact rib cage without intercostal muscles, were tested in a spinal loading simulator and monitored with an optical motion tracking system...
September 17, 2016: European Spine Journal
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