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W H Wu, L J Huang, J Z Pu, X Y Huang, X Pu, Y Ning, X Wang
Objective: To investigate the feasibility and efficacy of transcatheter closure of anastomotic leakage after aortic surgery using Amplatzer Vascular Plug Ⅲ (AVP Ⅲ). Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed in 5 patients with anastomotic leakage after aortic surgery, who underwent transcatheter closure in our hospital from January to June 2017 using AVP Ⅲ. Surgeries were performed in 3 cases of Standford type A dissection, 1 case of ascending aortic aneurysm and 1 case of persistent truncus.There were 3 males,and age was (43...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
W Z Pan, D X Zhou, X C Zhang, L Zhang, L Wei, J B Ge
Objective: To investigate the safety and efficacy of transcatheter aortic valve replacement(TAVR) through transcarotid approach for patients with severe aortic valve stenosis. Methods: The clinical data of 9 symptomatic severe aortic valve stenosis patients who had high or prohibitive risk for surgery and not suitable for TAVR through femoral artery access,and thus received TAVR through transcarotid approach in our hospital from November 2015 to February 2017 were retrospectively analyzed.The patients were followed up to observe the safety and efficacy of the procedure...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
X F Guo, R Hua, Y F Sun, Y Yang, B Ye, B Li, H Y Gu, X B Zhang, T Mao, Z G Li
Objective: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of esophageal replacement with ileocolon graft. Methods: Totally 34 cases of esophageal replacement with ileocolon graft from July 2015 to November 2017 at Department of Thoracic Surgery, Shanghai Chest Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University were analyzed retrospectively, including 24 male and 10 female, aging from 7 to 72 years old. Esophageal replacement with ileocolon graft by right and/or middle colic artery as a blood supply using retrosternal route except one subcutaneous route...
April 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
J Z Zhang, J F Liu, H Y Li
Objective: To compare the outcome of postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy and surgery alone for stage pT1b-3N0M0 squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the thoracic esophagus. Methods: Two hundred and thirty-eight patients who underwent esophagectomy for stage pT1b-3N0M0 SCC of the thoracic esophagus in Department of Thoracic Surgery, Fourth Hospital, Hebei Medical University between January 2008 and February 2011 were analyzed retrospectively. These included postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy for 118 patients and surgery alone for 120 patients...
April 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
C F Song, H Li, B Tian, S Chen, J B Miao, Y L Fu, B You, Q R Chen, T Li, X X Hu, W Q Zhang, B Hu
Objective: To evaluate the incidence of postoperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) after thoracic surgery and its characteristic. Methods: This was a single-center, prospective cohort study. Patients undergoing major thoracic surgeries between July 2016 and March 2017 at Department of Thoracic Surgery, Beijing Chaoyang Hospital Affiliated to Capital Medical University were enrolled in this study. Besides the routine examination, all patients were screened for deep venous thrombosis (DVT) by using noninvasive duplex lower-extremity ultrasonography after surgery...
April 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Rupen Shah, Kristopher Attwood, Shipra Arya, Daniel E Hall, Jason M Johanning, Emmanuel Gabriel, Anthony Visioni, Steven Nurkin, Moshim Kukar, Steven Hochwald, Nader N Massarweh
Importance: Failure to rescue (FTR), or death after a potentially preventable complication, is a nationally endorsed, publicly reported quality measure. However, little is known about the impact of frailty on FTR, in particular after low-risk surgical procedures. Objective: To assess the association of frailty with FTR in patients undergoing inpatient surgery. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study assessed a cohort of 984 550 patients undergoing inpatient general, vascular, thoracic, cardiac, and orthopedic surgery in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2012...
March 21, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Ioannis Kopsidas, Rodanthi Margariti, Maria Gavra, Angeliki Syngelou, Christos Zambakidis, Maria Tsolia, Nikolaos Nikolaidis, Nikos Spyridis
We report the case of an 11 year-old immunocompetent patient presenting with a two-week history of upper back pain, diagnosed with thoracic vertebral osteomyelitis and a paraspinal abscess due to Bartonella henselae. He was treated with gentamicin and doxycycline followed by oral rifampicin and doxycycline with favorable outcome.
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Emmanuel Marret, Raphael Cinotti, Laurence Berard, Vincent Piriou, Jacques Jobard, Benoit Barrucand, Dragos Radu, Samir Jaber, Francis Bonnet
BACKGROUND: Thoracic surgery for lung resection is associated with a high incidence of postoperative pulmonary complications. Controlled ventilation with a large tidal volume has been documented to be a risk factor for postoperative respiratory complications after major abdominal surgery, whereas the use of low tidal volumes and positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) has a protective effect. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of ventilation with low tidal volume and PEEP on major complications after thoracic surgery...
March 19, 2018: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
A A Polyantsev, A V Bykov, A A Polyantsev, V V Kotrunov, A G Zimin, Yu A Dyachkova
AIM: To analyze the errors and complications of surgical care in patients with the first episode of spontaneous pneumothorax at different hospitals. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From 2005 to 2015 three hundreds and seventeen patients with the first episode of spontaneous pneumothorax have been treated at the thoracic department of Volgograd State Medical University. Patients were divided into 2 groups: 79 of them underwent thoracotomy while in 238 cases minimally invasive technologies were applied...
2018: Khirurgiia
Panagiota Anyfanti, Areti Triantafyllou, Eugenia Gkaliagkousi, Nikolaos Koletsos, Spyros Aslanidis, Stella Douma
OBJECTIVES: Arterial stiffness has emerged as a surrogate marker of cardiovascular disease. We investigated the role of myocardial performance and hemodynamic parameters in arterial stiffness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is accompanied by excess cardiovascular risk. DESIGN: Arterial stiffness was evaluated with pulse wave velocity (PWV) in RA patients and controls. Cardiac and hemodynamic characterization was based on impedance cardiography...
March 21, 2018: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
R Spitaels, W Jacob, F Janssens, P Schurmans, L Vanmoerkerke, D Walgraeve, J L Coenegrachts
This is a case report of a patient with a thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) presenting with dysphagia and weight loss as primary symptoms. She was treated via thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). The procedure was complicated with a secondary aortoesophageal fistula (AEF) for which open surgical repair of the esophageal defect was done. Long term (i.e. more than 30 days) antibiotics were given. The recovery was uneventful.
October 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Aria Mahtabfar, Hamoon Eshraghi, Melroy D'Souza, William Berrigan, Kathleen Casey
Background: Infectious endocarditis (IE) typically occurs in the setting of intravenous drug use, prosthetic heart valves, or rheumatic heart disease. However, there are a few reports of IE occurring in the setting of immunosuppression secondary to cancer and/or chemotherapy. Here, we present a case of a cancer patient who developed anterior spinal artery (ASA) syndrome secondary to a septic embolus from IE. Case Presentation: A 78-year-old male with a history of gastroesophageal cancer treated with chemotherapy and radiation presented to the hospital after a fall at home...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Samid M Farooqui, Houssein Youness
Background: Pulmonary sporotrichosis is a rare disease caused by a dimorphic fungus, Sporothrix schenckii . It is rarely found in association with malignancy. We present a case of pulmonary sporotrichosis recurrence after chemotherapy. Case Presentation: A 44-year-old man, treated for pulmonary sporotrichosis in the past, presented with dysphagia and was found to have squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. After undergoing chemotherapy, extensive cavitary lesions were observed on thoracic computed tomography scan...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Chun-Kuei Su, Yi-Yin Chen, Chiu-Ming Ho
Nitric oxide (NO) is a diffusible gas and has multifarious effects on both pre- and postsynaptic events. As a consequence of complex excitatory and inhibitory integrations, NO effects on neuronal activities are heterogeneous. Using in vitro preparations of neonatal rats that retain the splanchnic sympathetic nerves and the thoracic spinal cord as an experimental model, we report here that either enhancement or attenuation of NO production in the neonatal rat spinal cords could increase, decrease, or not change the spontaneous firing behaviors recorded from splanchnic sympathetic single fibers...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Linda Shore-Lesserson, Robert A Baker, Victor Ferraris, Philip E Greilich, David Fitzgerald, Philip Roman, John Hammon
Despite more than a half century of "safe" cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), the evidence base surrounding the conduct of anticoagulation for CPB has not been organized into a succinct guideline. For this and other reasons, there is enormous practice variability relating to the use and dosing of heparin, monitoring heparin anticoagulation, reversal of anticoagulation, and the use of alternative anticoagulants. To address this and other gaps, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA), and the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology (AmSECT) developed an Evidence Based Workgroup...
March 2018: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
Serena Monti, Roberto Pacelli, Laura Cella, Giuseppe Palma
Radiation therapy (RT) technological advances call for a comprehensive reconsideration of the definition of dose features leading to radiation induced morbidity (RIM). In this context, the voxel-based approach (VBA) to dose distribution analysis in RT offers a radically new philosophy to evaluate local dose response patterns, as an alternative to dose-volume-histograms for identifying dose sensitive regions of normal tissue. The VBA relies on mapping patient dose distributions into a single reference case anatomy which serves as anchor for local dosimetric evaluations...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Rajiv Dhand, Donald A Mahler, Brian Carlin, Nicola Hanania, Jill Ohar, Victor Pinto-Plata, Tina Shah, David Eubanks, Sidney S Braman
BACKGROUND: Successful inhalation therapy depends on the ability of patients with COPD to properly use devices. We explored subjects' COPD knowledge, including education they receive from health care providers, treatment experiences, and practices with inhalation devices. METHODS: A multiple-choice online survey, developed by a steering committee of American Thoracic Society clinicians and scientists, was administered to subjects with COPD who were sourced from the Harris Poll Online panel...
March 20, 2018: Respiratory Care
Jeong-Uk Kim, Dae-Shick Ryu, Choong-Hwan Cha, Seon-Hee Park
AIMS: Mycobacterium tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are clinically different, and the rapid detection and differentiation of M. tuberculosis complex (MTBC) and NTM is crucial for patient management and infection control. Given the slow growth of most pathogenic mycobacteria, nucleic acid amplification assays are excellent tools for direct identification of mycobacteria in clinical specimens. Recently, a multiplex real-time PCR assay was developed that can directly detect 20 mycobacterial species in clinical specimens...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
Ling Chen, Meihui Chen, Zenglei Han, Fengxing Jiang, Chunyuan Xu, Yue Qin, Ning Ding, Yang Liu, Tenglong Zhang, Zhijie An, Chengye Guo
AIMS: We aimed to determine whether cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are associated with microvessel density (MVD) and lymphatic vessel density (LVD) in lung squamous cell carcinoma, as well as their clinical significance in predicting survival. METHODS: 122 patients were enrolled in the study. Samples were obtained on resection at the Department of Thoracic Surgery of the Qingdao Municipal Hospital between January 2011 and December 2014. Immunohistochemistry was used to determine vessel and lymphatic vessel density, and CAF abundance (fibroblast activation protein α (FAP-α) positivity)...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
Hyo-Jin Byon, Sung-Jun Hong, Dae-Yu Kim, O Joo-Hyeon, In-Gon Lee, Dong-Ho Seo, Gyoung-A Heo, Hyunzu Kim
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to compare the mean lengths of the posterior longitudinal ligament (PLL) as the acoustic window during the thoracic paramedian epidural approach after shoulder rotation, while subjects were in the lateral decubitus or in the sitting position. METHODS: Thirty-two adult male volunteers were placed in the right decubitus position or sitting position on a horizontal operating table. To obtain an optimal ultrasound view for the PLL on the right side, thoracic spinal ultrasonography was performed at the T6/7 interspace using the paramedian oblique sagittal plane...
March 17, 2018: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
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