Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery - Volume 6, issue Preprint

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1749-8090

Abstract

Objectives

We aim to address several clinical interests regarding lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) for severe emphysema using meta-analysis and systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

Methods

Eight RCTs published from 1999 to 2010 were identified and synthesized to compa

Journal: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, vol. 6, no. Preprint, 2011

Abstract

Objective

For patients with postoperative pleural empyema, open window thoracostomy (OWT) is often necessary to prevent sepsis. Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) is a well-known therapeutic option in wound treatment. The efficacy and safety of intrathoracal VAC therapy, especially in patients with ple

Journal: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, vol. 6, no. Preprint, 2011

Abstract

Background

Sternal wound infection remains a serious potential complication after cardiac surgery. A recent development for preventing wound complications after surgery is the adjunctive treatment of closed incisions with negative pressure wound therapy. Suggested mechanisms of preventive action a

Journal: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, vol. 6, no. Preprint, 2011

Abstract

Culture-negative endocarditis has long been associated with systemic lupus erythematosus, but is usually asymptomatic or involves a single valve. We present a patient with destructive culture-negative endocarditis that remains without a microbial etiology despite an exhaustive workup using advanc

Journal: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, vol. 6, no. Preprint, 2011