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OBJECTIVE Sternal dehiscence after median sternotomy can be a challenging problem in case of multiple fractures or infection. The use of titanium plates is a promising approach for sternal reconstruction. METHODS Titanium plate fixation was used in 15 patients (67+/-5.9 years, 171+/-8.2 cm, 93.6+/-14.9 kg, body mass index 32+/-5 kg/m(2)) with unstable(More)
A 71-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with new onset of typical symptoms of angina on exertion corresponding to a Canadian Cardiovascular Society functional class III. The patient had undergone mitral valve replacement with a mechanical bileaflet valve (ATS medical prosthesis, and transvenous pacemaker implantation for intermittent high-degree(More)
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