Dennis L Febinger

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Thoracic surgeons are involved in the diagnosis and management of patients with mediastinal emphysema because of the potentially life-threatening conditions that either must be treated emergently or excluded. Although the classic findings of pneumomediastinum have been described for nearly 60 years, an underappreciated finding is the presence of rhinolalia.(More)
Epiphrenic esophageal diverticula are uncommon esophageal disorders; reported recurrence after surgical treatment is rare. We describe a case of recurrence in a patient previously treated with a transhiatal diverticulectomy myotomy and fundoplication. Anatomic factors that may have contributed to this recurrence are discussed.
OBJECTIVE Emphasis on cost reduction, national standardization of medical care, and quality improvement initiatives have led to reduced postoperative hospital stays after cardiac surgery. The present study was designed to verify the observation that valve patients have longer lengths of stay than bypass patients and to identify possible reasons. METHODS(More)
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