Minimally invasive limited pericardiectomy: the hybrid approach.

  title={Minimally invasive limited pericardiectomy: the hybrid approach.},
  author={Toshiya Ohtsuka and Shinichi Takamoto and Jun -Ichiro Nakajima and Takeshi Miyairi and Yutaka Kotsuka},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={70 4},
This communication describes our clinical experience with the hybrid method, a video-assisted anterior minithoracotomy approach developed for minimally invasive limited pericardiectomy to treat 8 patients with massive pericardial effusion. The average operating time was 37.2 minutes, and there was no procedure-related morbidity or mortality. The mean follow-up period was 5.6 months, and there have been no recurrences. The hybrid approach can be accomplished irrespective of pleural adhesions. It… CONTINUE READING

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