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Pericardium

October 26, 2016
This video shows a left VATS procedure for pseudo-chylopericardium and the insertion of an indwelling left pleural catheter through two 10 mm ports.
March 31, 2016
The fourth (re- )classification of cardiopericardial tumours came from the World Health Organisation last year, 11 years after the third. In particular, the malignant fibrous histiocytomas are re classified as undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcomas.  
January 6, 2016
Are we removing enough pericardial fluid to allow a diagnosis of malignant effusion?  The authors reviewed  480 pericardiocentesis specimens by comparing the percentage of malignant diagnoses ("malignancy fraction") by the volume submitted for analysis.
August 22, 2015
Outcomes of robotic vs nonrobotic cardiac surgery were evaluated using 1:2 propensity score matching of patients in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample.  Operations included valves/septae (10%), coronary arteries (47%), and other.  Mean costs were 7.5% higher for robotic cases.  Robotic procedures had shorter length of stay (5 vs 6 days), lower mortality
July 9, 2015
Twenty-five cardiac surgery trainees underwent randomization to learn TEE interpretation by either of two approaches:  traditional teaching during cardiac surgery vs. simulation-based teaching via the Heartworks simulator.
March 23, 2015
This case study details the resection and pericardiectomy for a pericardial tumor in a 58-year-old woman.
September 7, 2014
The COPPS-2 trial evaluated the efficacy of oral colchicine in reducing a-fib, post-pericardiotomy syndrome, and pericardial/pleural effusion after cardiac surgery in 360 pts randomized to drug or placebo for 1 month postop.  Colchicine reduced the incidence of post-pericardiotomy syndrome (20% vs 30%) but had no important effect on effusions or a-fi
July 9, 2014
This video is part of a series demonstrating cardiothoracic surgery performed by left-handed surgeons. This video demonstrates left-handed placement of pericardial stays.
December 6, 2010
This article describes the different techniques of pericardial reconstruction after partial pericardiectomy in thoracic surgery. Emphasis is put on reconstruction using synthetic meshes.

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