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BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) remains the most common complication after cardiac surgery. The present study aim was to derive an effective bedside tool to predict postoperative AF and its related complications. METHODS AND RESULTS Data of 17 262 patients undergoing adult cardiac surgery were retrieved at 3 European university hospitals. A risk score(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) after thoracic surgery is a continuing source of morbidity and mortality. The effect of postoperative AF on long-term survival however has not been studied. Our aim was to evaluate the impact of AF on early outcome and on survival > 5 years after pulmonary lobectomy for lung cancer. METHODS From 1996 to June 2009, 454(More)
INTRODUCTION Although postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) was first described in 1959 as a complication of mitral valvotomy, this arrhythmia still remains the most common complication following cardiac surgery [1–8]. Postoperative AF has significant adverse effects on patient recovery, affecting short-and long-term outcomes [4–19]. In addition, the(More)
INTRODUCTION To compare early and long-term outcomes of endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) versus open repair (OPEN). DESIGN Prospective observational, per protocol, non-randomized, with retrospective analyses. MATERIAL AND METHODS Between 2000 and 2005, a total of 311 patients having EVAR or OPEN repair of infrarenal abdominal aortic(More)
Letters to the Editor will be published, if suitable, as space permits. They should not exceed 1000 words (typed double-spaced) in length and may be subject to editing or abridgment. To the Editor: Paracardiac paragangliomas are very rare. A catechol-amine-producing intrapericardial paraganglioma has never been described previously in the context of(More)
Partial defect of the pericardium combined with bronchogenic cyst is a very rare congenital anomaly. We describe the case of a 32-year-old man with a partial defect of the left pericardium and a bronchogenic cyst arising from the border of the pericardial defect. The cyst was successfully resected with the harmonic scalpel by three-port videothoracoscopic(More)
INTRODUCTION A number of studies reported on a possible increased risk of morbidity and mortality after coronary artery bypass grafting in patients with prior percutaneous coronary intervention. METHODS A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies comparing the outcome of patients undergoing coronary surgery with or without prior percutaneous coronary(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical evidence in coronary surgery is usually derived from retrospective, single institutional series. This may introduce significant biases in the analysis of critical issues in the treatment of these patients. In order to avoid such methodological limitations, we planned a European multicenter, prospective study on coronary artery bypass(More)
In a retrospective study of bleeding patients in cardiac surgery, Cappabianca et al. [1] observed that the use of prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) compared with fresh-frozen plasma (FFP) was associated with a higher risk of postoperative renal complications. In the un-adjusted comparison, acute kidney injury (AKI) incidence was significantly higher in(More)
Delirium is a common complication after cardiac surgery, being associated with significant mortality and morbidity. The pathogenesis of postoperative delirium (POD) is complex and multifactorial, involving an interaction of multiple predisposing and precipitating factors. There are several hypothesis regarding the underlying mechanisms of POD, and the most(More)