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The authors analysed the influence of Haloperidol on post-cardiotomy delirium. The study on over 200 patients revealed that Haloperidol is not effective for reducing the duration of delirium.
The authors review 17 publications on the use of artificial chordae in mitral valve repair. Rates of mortality, morbidity, complications and reoperation are low. Correct determination of the length of the chordae presents still one of the most important problems.
A prospective multicentre study analysed 532 patients with a first surgical procedure for pulmonary metastases of colorectal carcinoma. Complications arose in 16%, reoperations were necessary in 1% and mortality was 0.4%. Major lung resection and respiratory and/or cardiovascular co-morbidity were identified as independent risk factors, whereas a video-assisted approach was protective.
A consensus statement on video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy for patients with non-small-cell lung cancer has been issued by 50 international experts.