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Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Aaron R. Dezube, MD Emanuele Mazzola, PhD Ashley Deeb, MD Daniel C. Wiener, MD M. Blair Marshall, MD Mathew W. Rochefort, MD Michael T. Jaklitsch, MD

Recommendations for intraoperative lymph node evaluation are uniform regardless of whether a primary tumor is clinical T1a or T2a according to TNM 8th edition for stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We quantified nodal disease risk in patients with T1a disease (≤1 cm).

Source: Surgery in Practice and Science
Author(s): Lin Y, Gergen A, Sperry A, Pal, J, Downs E, Han J.

Lack of prioritization of simulation activities is commonly reported by trainees for a variety of reasons, including time constraints and perceived translational benefit. These barriers become even more pronounced in low-income countries with limited healthcare resources, as the current era of simulation-based training often requires substantial investments of time, money, and teaching personnel [4,5]. 

A low-fidelity compact simulator with all necessary instruments and materials contained within a 12.5-inch toolbox was utilized by thirty general surgery residents from an academic medical center with instruction  on how to perform two different vascular anastomoses. Participants were then sent an anonymized survey evaluating its practicality and helpfulness. 

Further, as a global health equity initiative, current efforts include implementing a “make one locally, give one globally” approach, whereby training programs can assist in creating additional simulators and distributing them to partner surgical training programs in low- and middle-income countries.



Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Emily Shih, MD John J. Squiers, MD J. Michael DiMaio, MD Timothy George, MD Jasjit Banwait, PhD Kara Monday, MD Britton Blough, MD Dan Meyer, MD Gary S. Schwartz, MD

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can be effective for refractory acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in patients with influenza, but its utility in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is uncertain. We compared outcomes of patients with refractory ARDS from COVID-19 and influenza placed on ECMO.

Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Edward Buratto, MBBS, PhD Adrienne Lui, MD Thomas Hu, MD Phillip S. Naimo, MD, PhD Yaroslav Ivanov, MD, PhD Yves d’Udekem, MD, PhD Christian P. Brizard, MD Igor E. Konstantinov, MD, PhD

Repair of complete atrioventricular septal defect (cAVSD) is achieved with low mortality. However, there is a high rate of reoperation on the left atrioventricular valve (LAVV), which is often attributed to nonclosure of the cleft. Although nonclosure of the cleft has been reported to be a risk factor for reoperation, no randomized controlled or propensity-matched trials have ever been performed. We investigated the effect of cleft closure on outcomes after cAVSD repair.

Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Marlena E. Sabatino, BA Matthew L. Williams, MD Ike S. Okwuosa, MD Ehimare Akhabue, MD Jung Hyun Kim, PhD, MPH Mark J. Russo, MD, MS Soko Setoguchi, MD, DrPH

An epidemic in the United States is Heart failure, and transplantation remains the most definitive therapy. We describe multidecade trends in posttransplant graft survival, adjusted for concurrent changes in the population, over the 30 years antecedent to the most recent heart allocation policy change.

Source: Terumo Aortic
Author(s): Terumo Aortic

On April 20, 2020, Terumo Aortic announced that the US FDA has granted approval for the Thoraflex Hybrid frozen elephant trunk prothesis.

This is the first FET prosthesis commercially available in the US and will bring a new viable treatment option for patients with diseases of the aortic arch and descending aorta.

Source: Circulation Research
Author(s): Roshni Roy Chowdhury, Jessica D’Addabbo, Xianxi Huang, Stefan Veizades, Koki Sasagawa, David M. Louis, Paul Cheng, Jan Sokol, Annie Jensen, Alexandria Tso, Vishnu Shankar, Ben Shogo Wendel, Isaac Bakerman, Grace Liang, Tiffany Koyano, Robyn Fong, Allison Nau, Herra Ahmad, J.K. Gopakumar, Robert Wirka, Andrew Lee, Jack Boyd, Y. Joseph Woo, Thomas Quertermous, Gunsagar Gulati, Siddhartha Jaiswal, Yueh-Hsiu Chien, Charles Chan, Mark M. Davis, Patricia K. Nguyen

Interesting manuscript on the immunology of coronary atheroma, with tanslational potential in therapies and prevention of ischaemic heart disease.

Source: JAMA Surgery
Author(s): Quin JA, Wagner TH, Hattler B, Carr BM, Collins J, Almassi GH, Grover FL, and Shroyer AL.

This 10-year follow-up of the ROBY study reports on the primary end points of all-cause death and the composite of death or revascularization among 2203 patients randomized to off-pump or on-pump CABG 2002-2007.  Death rates at 10 years were 34.2% for off-pump and 31.1% for on-pump.  The composite end point was reached at 4.6 years for off-pump and 5.0 years for on-pump.  The study identified no advantages for off-pump bypass related to these 10-year outcomes.

Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Peter J. Kneuertz, MD Jing Zhao, PhD Desmond M. D’Souza, MD Mahmoud Abdel-Rasoul, MS, MPH Robert E. Merritt, MD

Segmentectomy is rising in popularity as a parenchyma-sparing alternative for anatomic lung resection. This study sought to investigate temporal changes in patient selection, case volume, and outcomes for segmentectomy using the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Database.

Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Amanda S. Thomas, MSPH Alice Chan, MD Bahaaldin Alsoufi, MD Jeffrey M. Vinocur, MD Lazaros Kochilas, MD, MSCR

This study both examined the outcomes of children (<18 years) operated on for anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) and linked patients undergoing ALCAPA repair between 1982 and 2003 in the Pediatric Cardiac Care Consortium with the National Death Index and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to examine their outcomes through 2019.