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BACKGROUND Recurrent thoracic empyema in the presence of residual lung tissue can be treated with an open window thoracostomy (OWT). Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) of these large thoracic defects is a novel option. METHODS Nineteen patients with residual lung tissue received an OWT for treatment of recurrent thoracic empyema. In this retrospective case(More)
In recent years, video-assisted thoracoscopic microdiscectomy has gained acceptance as a minimally invasive, safe, and efficient technique suited for herniated thoracic discs from T4T5 until T11T12. However, correct localization is difficult and wrong level exploration is an ever-present threat. We present a reliable and time-efficient localizing technique.(More)
We evaluated the feasibility to correlate intra-tumour heterogeneity as visualized on 18F-FDG PET with histology for NSCLC. For this purpose we used an ex-vivo model. The procedure was feasible in all operated patients. We have shown that this method is suitable for correlating intra-tumour heterogeneity in tracer uptake with histology.
STUDY OBJECTIVES This study was conducted to evaluate to what extent the cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) procedure in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) contributes to the systemic inflammatory response. Therefore, we measured bactericidal permeability increasing protein (BPI) as an indicator of neutrophil activation, interleukin 6 as(More)
OBJECTIVES Patients in heart failure with left bundle branch block benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy. Usually the left ventricular pacing lead is placed by coronary sinus catheterization; however, this procedure is not always successful, and patients may be referred for surgical epicardial lead placement. The objective of this study was to(More)
PURPOSE This study was designed to compare the reaction of the vessel wall after application of the Hydrolyser hydrodynamic thrombectomy device to the reaction after use of a balloon thrombectomy catheter. The influence of the vessel inner diameter on vessel wall reaction was evaluated after passage of the Hydrolyser. MATERIALS AND METHODS After(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was designed to clarify whether myocardial substrate uptake and oxidation change after a period of hypothermic cardioplegic arrest during coronary artery bypass grafting procedures. METHODS In 30 patients arterial and coronary sinus blood was sampled and coronary sinus flow measurements were performed before and after sternotomy and(More)
Acute mitral regurgitation (MR) is present in 10% of patients presenting with cardiogenic shock. To stabilize these patients, intra-aortic balloon pumping (IABP) is recommended, but the mechanism of IABP support in these patients is unknown. This animal study was designed to describe the hemodynamic effect of intra-aortic balloon pumping during cardiogenic(More)
Little information is available regarding the incidence of aortic dissection after previous aortic valve replacement (AVR), and factors associated with its development. Therefore, a meta-analysis of the literature was performed, and a patient population was studied retrospectively. Data from published studies showed that 87% of 31 patients were men (mean(More)