Monica Gianoli

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A 72-year-old man was admitted with one blade of a huge pair of shears in his left thorax. His hemodynamics deteriorated due to life-threatening vascular lesions. An urgent thoracotomy revealed several injuries to the intercostal vessels and left apical inferior lung lobe. The blade tip was stuck in the posterior chest wall, 2 cm adjacent to the descending(More)
BACKGROUND Many studies confirm that beating heart surgery is an alternative to on-pump myocardial revascularization. However, the clinical conditions of patients are currently considered as a major landmark in the indication for beating heart surgery. This retrospective non-randomized study was carried out to evaluate the efficacy and the advantages of(More)
We describe the use of a novel device, the pulsatile catheter pump, in patients with left ventricular dysfunction undergoing off-pump coronary surgery. During a 1-year period, 14 patients (mean ejection fraction 28% +/- 8%) underwent off-pump coronary surgery using the pulsatile catheter pump. We recorded neither mortality nor major adverse cardiovascular(More)
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