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In this report, the authors present an atypical case of left atrial appendage aneurysm—which has been surgically treated with success—to supplement the literature and to discuss the diagnosis and the... More
August 19, 2008
This procedure is performed in patients with emphysema to improve their exercise tolerance and quality of life.  Specific criteria were established by the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT) published in 2003.
August 19, 2008
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July 22, 2008
The left atrial cardioversion wire (yellow) is the first wire to be implanted on the heart. It is placed before the valve repair/replacement or after the distal circumflex grafting is performed. The heart is lifted in order to have adequate exposure of the left pulmonary veins.
July 1, 2008
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July 1, 2008
Epiphrenic diverticuli are acquired mucosal outpouchings protruding through the muscular wall of the distal 10 cm of the esophagus. Most are associated with an underlying esophageal motility disorder.
July 1, 2008
Thymectomy for myasthenia gravis, thymic cysts, thymoma less than two centimeters in size, and mediastinal parathyroid adenoma within the thymus are all indications for a video-assisted extended transcervical thymectomy.
July 1, 2008
Buttressing suture/staple lines in thoracic surgery has been shown to promote healing and prevent breakdown, especially in situations where the native tissues have been compromised.  There are a wide variety of tissue flaps that have been used within the chest ranging from pleura, muscle, to omentum.

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