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OBJECTIVES The increasing scarcity of donor lungs, especially for small and pediatric recipients has stimulated the development of new operative techniques, which allow larger lungs to be downsized for use in smaller recipients. This approach has only recently gained widespread use-especially for highly urgent recipients-however, it is still not considered(More)
BACKGROUND Sternal wound infections are a major complication after cardiac surgery in terms of morbidity and cost increase. To decrease the incidence of infection, we evaluated triclosan-coated sutures for the closure of the sternal incision, as it is known that most of the surgical site infections are related to the incision site. METHODS From May to(More)
BACKGROUND Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is currently accepted in lung transplantation either to bridge patients to transplantation or to treat postoperatively arising severe primary graft failure. Based on promising initial experiences we have since 2001 implemented ECMO as the standard of intraoperative extracorporeal support in lung(More)
Surgical treatment of myasthenia gravis should include the complete resection of the thymus with the whole fatty tissue adherent to the pericardium for immunologic as well as oncologic reasons. The aim of the current study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of robotic approach. A total of 18 patients with myasthenia gravis (mean age 44 years) have(More)
BACKGROUND Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte disorder in hospitalized patients and is known to be associated with increased mortality. The administration of antegrade single-shot, up to two liters, histidine-tryptophane-ketoglutarate (HTK) solution for adequate electromechanical cardiac arrest and myocardial preservation during minimally invasive(More)
OBJECTIVES Deep sternal wound infection is a severe complication after cardiac surgery. Insufficient antibiotic target site concentrations may account for variable success of perioperative prophylaxis. Therefore, we measured perioperative penetration of cefazolin and of linezolid into sternal cancellous bone after sternotomy in coronary artery bypass(More)
OBJECTIVE Bilateral anterior trans-sternal thoracotomy (clam shell incision) is the standard approach used for bilateral sequential lung transplantation (BLTX). The morbidity of this large incision can be considerable. Two separate sequential anterolateral thoractomies represent a less invasive approach. METHODS The value of this approach was investigated(More)
After the insertion of removable dentures for restoring partially edentulous arches, phonation is affected by many factors, of which many influences are not completely understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of various construction elements of maxillary and mandibular partial dentures on the formations of plosives, nasals, lateral(More)
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