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Extracorporeal Circulation

January 2, 2018
A sobering editorial, read last May at the AATS, that discusses at length the ethics of ventricular assist as a super expensive therapy seen from the principle of fairness.
December 6, 2017
Research published recently in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery analyzed the outcomes of elderly cardiac surgery patients to evaluate whether minimally invasive extracorporeal circuits conferred a benefit over conventional cardiopulmonary bypass.
November 23, 2017
Jonathan Anderson of Hammersmith Hospital in London, UK, argues that surgeons should be interested in the effect that cardiopulmonary bypass has on a patient.
November 16, 2017
The incoming issue of the Journal comes with an interesting group of papers revolving around a provocative topic: work from Seattle on the absence of predictive value of standard pulmonary function tests in LVAD surgery.  Vivek Rao takes the opportunity to present his thoughts in this brief editorial, the important central message of which cannot be
November 16, 2017
An enthusiastic yet balanced and succinct editorial on the occasion of a small series with short follow-up and absolute survival of ECMO-supported recipients of pulmonary transplantation (mostly with interstitial fibrosis) with short waiting time after ECMO (less than 16 days).
October 10, 2017
Allen and colleagues reviewed the Food and Drug Administration Medical Device Reporting database for reports of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) infections following extracorporeal circulation usage during surgery.
October 6, 2017
A stimulating editorial triggered by tri-species autopsy work on angiodysplasia potentially attributable to continuous-flow LVAD. Dr Birks discusses the findings and appears open to the suggestion that LVAD per se is a cause of gastrointestinal angiodysplasia and thence  bleeding, as opposed to the anticoagulation for LVAD.
July 5, 2017
Talwar and colleagues randomized 100 pediatric patients receiving bidirectional superior cavopulmonary anastomosis to on-cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and off-CPB groups. Significantly lower anastomosis time, postoperative inotropic support, and ICU and hospital stay duration were observed in the off-CPB group.
June 27, 2017
Mehaffey and colleagues evaluated major adverse events in 118 cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) patients who had received methylene blue (MB) within 72 hours of CPB.
June 19, 2017
The authors present a technique of double superior vena cava cannulation for cardiopulmonary bypass venous drainage in minimally invasive aortic valve surgery.

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