Joong Haeng Choh

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Leiomyosarcoma of the esophagus is a very rare neoplasm, the total number of reported cases in the English literature being 44 patients. We describe another case of the esophageal leiomyosarcoma to add to the recorded experience of this rare tumor. The therapeutic and prognostic implications of the tumor are discussed, and the related literature is(More)
BACKGROUND Some studies have proposed that subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) has adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, but little is known about the effect on patients undergoing cardiovascular operations. We examined the influence of preoperative SCH on postoperative outcome in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS(More)
Four cases of the pulmonary artery perforation induced by the flow directed pulmonary artery catheter (Swan-Ganz Catheter) are reported. These cases were experienced in approximately 1500 major cardiac procedures over a four year period in the cardiothoracic surgical service at a community cardiac center. Their clinical manifestations, management and(More)
PURPOSE Though nitric oxide has many favorable protective effects on donor lungs, it may also have cytotoxic side effects. In this regard, we investigated whether administration of nitroglycerine, a nitric oxide donor, could minimize ischemia-reperfusion injury in an isolated rat lung reperfusion model. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-five Sprague-Dawley(More)
Thrombosis at the left atrium is a common phenomenon in patients with chronic mitral valve disease and atrial fibrillation. When thrombus organizes and evolves into chronic phase, clean thrombectomy can become a challenge during heart surgery because of dense adhesions and the lack of clean cleavage plane. Leaving residual thrombotic material or roughened(More)
A case history is presented of a patient with a penetrating bullet wound of the chest in whom the 0.38 caliber bullet was unexpectedly found entirely within the lumen of the right lower lobe bronchus at bronchoscopy. A second bullet penetrating the abdomen necessitated an extensive abdominal operation and delayed removal of the intrabronchial bullet by 1(More)