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We report a case in which multiple uncommon causes of an ischemic vascular accident coexisted in the same patient. The patient was admitted with signs of acute stroke. Investigation workup revealed a left atrial tumor (myxoma) and a patent foramen ovale. Intraoperatively, transesophageal echocardiography added new information: papillary fibroelastomas were(More)
INTRODUCTION Stanford type A aortic dissection is a rare phenomenon with high short-term mortality and clinical manifestations that can make differential diagnosis a lengthy process requiring several diagnostic examinations. OBJECTIVES Based on a case report, the aim is to highlight the importance of physical examination in the initial management of these(More)
OBJECTIVES The authors report a retrospective study of patients who underwent a Bentall procedure in the Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Department of Hospital Santa Maria, Lisbon. MATERIAL AND METHODS Data were obtained from 42 patients who underwent the Bentall procedure between 1991 and 2008. Different parameters were compared as well as the short and long(More)
A review of all clinical files with pre-operative diagnosis of intra-thoracic goiter operated in our Department from 2001-2009 was made. We identified 30 patients, of which 66% were females. 63% of the patients were asymptomatic, 46% had clinical or radiological findings of mediastinal structures compression and 2 patients were ventilated prior to surgery.(More)
The quadricuspid aortic valve is a rare aortic valve congenital malformation. The 2D transthoracic ultrasound (TTU) is not always effective in diagnosing quadricuspid aortic valves. The aim of this article is to present a case treated in our department, initially diagnosed as a mainly stenotic aortic valvular disease, while reviewing the clinical cases(More)
The evolution of surgical techniques has rendering possible for thoracic surgery to be performed efficiently and safely, with less aggressive approaches. Being less traumatic, minimally invasive surgery allows a faster post-operative recovery, less complications and reduces in patient days and morbidity. The authors consider as minimally invasive approaches(More)
The left ventricle free wall rupture is one of the most serious and lethal complications associated to myocardial infarction.The most common treatment in our days consists in direct closure of the rupture with pericardium or synthetic material, applied with the help of histoacryl glue, without extracorporeal circulation.Between January 2000 and September(More)