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Source: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Author(s): C Chrysostomou, VO Morell, BA Kuch, E O'Malley, R Munoz, PD Wearden

A retrospective review was performed of outcomes of ECMO used in pediatric patients with cardiac disease.  Among 95 patients, hospital survival was 73%.  The most favorable indication was failure to wean from bypass.  Risk factors for poor outcomes included chromosomal abnormalities, single venticle, multiple ECMO runs, higher ECMO flows, poor lung compliance, and need for plasma exchange.  Almost 90% of survivors had normal or slightly impaired neurologic function at 2 years. 

Source: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Author(s): C Cao, C Manganas, M Horton, P Bannon, S Munkholm-Larsen, SC Ang, TD Yan.

5 RCTs were evalauted to assess outcomes of RA compared to SVG in CABG.  RA had significantly better patency at 4 years and beyond, but was also more likely to be associated with string sign at 1 year. 

Source: Endoscopy
Author(s): L. Rodríguez, P. Rodriguez, B. Gómez, J. C. Ayala, D. Oksenberg, A. Perez-Castilla, M. G. Netto, E. Soffer, M. D. Crowell

In this prospective study of patients with GERD moderately responsive to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), an electrical device to stimulate the lower esophageal sphincter was implanted and results were assessed at 1 year.  GERD health related QOL scores were reduced  to 2 compared to 9 on PPIs and 23 off PPIs prior to implant.  Acid exposure was reduced from 10% to 3.3%.  96% of patients required no PPIs at 1 year. 

Source: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Eric E. Roselli, Mohamed Abdel-Halim, Douglas R. Johnston, Edward G. Soltesz, Roy K. Greenberg, Lars G. Svensson, Joseph F. Sabik
Open operations were performed after TEVAR for endoleaks, retrograde dissection, chronic expanding dissection, and graft infection in 50 pts. Nearly 20% of the operations were emergencies, nearly 80% required CPB, and nearly 50% required hypothermic arrest. Operative mortality was 6%, and 3 year survival was 67%.

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