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Chest wall

March 1, 2018
The authors present a thorough expert consensus review on the prevention—preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative—and the postoperative management of sternal wound infections.  The authors conclude with a guideline with class recommendations and levels of evidence. This article should be in every cardiac surgeon's armamentarium.
February 28, 2018
The authors retrospectively examined the mid-term outcomes in 34 patients who required stabilization of the sternum with the Synthes Titanium Sternal Fixation System for either established sternal dehiscence or  high risk for sternal dehiscence.  Reported outcomes (at a median follow-up period of 1.4 years) were as follows:
February 22, 2018
Konstantinos Papagiannopoulos of the St James University Hospital in Leeds, UK, reviews prostheses and adjuncts for chest wall reconstruction.
February 18, 2018
An interesting article describing the interface between medical 3D printing and art.  It briefly outlines current and future applications, and it also describes constraints to the use of this technology.
February 6, 2018
The authors participated in a multi-institutional prospective study to evaluate the frequency, risk factors, and outcomes of patients who suffer mediastinal infection after cardiac surgery.  A total of 5,158 patients were enrolled, and there were 43 infections in 41 patients (0.79 cumulative incidence) occurring at a median time of 20 days after surg
February 5, 2018
This video demonstrates an open window thoracostomy, performed for a broncopleural fistula that occurred three months after a left pneumonectomy.
January 29, 2018
This video demonstrates the technique of transaxillary resection of the first and cervical ribs.
December 13, 2017
As many will recall, world chess champion Garry Kasparov was defeated by IBM's Deep Blue computer in 1997.  Now machine-learning algorithms have bested trained pathologists in differentiating between benign and malignant changes in sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer patients.  We can expect to see increasing involvement of AI in pathology as well
December 11, 2017
This video demonstrates a mini-Ravitch operation for pectus carinatum or pectus excavatum.
October 31, 2017
This article describes a single-stage surgical repair of pectus excavatum combined with mitral valve repair and David procedure in a patient with Marfan syndrome.

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