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OBJECTIVE Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common complications in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting. The goal of this study was to investigate the impact of high thoracic epidural anesthesia on reduction of perioperative arrhythmia in patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. METHODS We prospectively randomized(More)
OBJECTIVE Bleeding and allogeneic transfusion remain constant problems in cardiac surgical procedures. In this study, we aimed to test the role of a routine thromboelastography (TEG)-based algorithm on bleeding and transfusions in patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS Patients (n = 224) undergoing elective CABG with(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative atrial fibrillation is one of the most common complications after coronary artery bypass grafting. This study aimed to identify preoperative histopathologic risk factors for the development of postoperative atrial fibrillation. METHODS One hundred elective coronary artery bypass grafting patients were enrolled into the study.(More)
Left pulmonary artery (PA) originating from patent ductus arteriosus is an exceptionally rare variant of tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve. We described an alternative technique for the repair of discontinuous left PA with the use of the redundant pulmonary artery tissue as material for the conduit in a 3-year-old boy.
Purulent pericardial effusion, although rare, is a life-threatening condition usually produced by the extension of a nearby bacterial infection locus or by blood dissemination in the immune-suppressed subjects or in the course of cardiothoracic surgery. Because clinical features of purulent pericardial effusion are often nonspecific, it can cause delay in(More)
OBJECTIVE Current data suggest that individual genetic predisposition may influence the magnitude of cytokine response and the degree of organ dysfunction after cardiopulmonary bypass. Lipoprotein lipase S447X polymorphism has been shown to be protective against atherosclerosis. The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of lipoprotein lipase S447X(More)
BACKGROUND Acute kidney injury is one of the most serious complications after cardiac surgery. Genetic polymorphisms are reported to be associated with postoperative renal impairment. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between selected gene polymorphisms and acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery. METHODS Two hundred forty-eight(More)
In this study we aimed to test the effect of a low molecular weight heparin molecule, namely dalteparin, on the inflammation and cellular apoptosis in an incisional wound-healing model in rats. Eighteen male Sprague–Dawley rats were randomly assigned to three groups (n = 6 for each group). Two full-thickness skin incisions were made over cervical and lumbar(More)
OBJECTIVE We retrospectively analyzed our experience in atrial septal defect repair with varied minimally invasive surgical approaches. METHODS From 1997 to 2006, 64 patients underwent surgical repair of atrial septal defects in our center. Patients were grouped into four groups according to the approach used; group 1 (n = 16), partial lower sternotomy;(More)
OBJECTIVE In our experimental study, we aimed to test the effect of FK506, azathioprine and L-carnitine on protection of spinal cord injury due to ischemia-reperfusion. METHODS Twenty-seven Sprague-Dawley male rats were randomly divided into five groups. They were subjected to spinal cord ischemia by clamping the abdominal aorta for 45 min. Thirty minutes(More)