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The authors present a case of cardiac tamponade resulting from strangulated viscera in the pericardial sac through an iatrogenic diaphragmatic hernia after an ablation procedure.
November 3, 2014
This case describes a 74-year-old woman whose routine coronary bypass graft surgery was complicated with the rare and potentially lethal aortic root and left main dissection. The authors show how disaster for this patient was averted using a simple surgical technique.
July 31, 2014
This article describes bronchial thermoplasty, a novel treatment option in uncontrolled severe asthma. The procedure targets reducing the hypertrophied smooth muscle in the airways, which is considered to be part of the pathophysiology of and contributor to asthma symptoms.
July 16, 2014
Spontaneous pneumothorax is often treated with a large bore chest tube placement and hospitalization. This article presents a reproducible education model for treating spontaneous pneumothorax with a percutaneous catheter and water seal/collection device.
June 5, 2014
This article describes a simplified Collis gastroplasty technique performed via left chest, which negates the need for wedge fundectomy. This technique potentially saves OR time and cost, while hypothetically reducing morbidity.
April 10, 2014
This article describes a standardized and reproducible trans-aortic TAVR approach with the Edwards Sapien valve and Ascendra 3 delivery system.
February 14, 2014
The operating surgeons report an elderly female patient with a 7 cm ascending aorta aneurysm. The operating surgeons used a simple Dacron sleeve technique that avoided circulatory arrest and shortened the cross clamp and cardiopulmonary support time. Moreover, the single aortic suture line decreased the haemostasis problem.
February 11, 2014
Dual incision thoracoscopic (DIT) decortication for stage 2 fibrinopurulent effusion is a further reduction in the invasiveness of thoracoscopy. DIT decortication is less invasive in a patient who is already morbid with infection, and the limited incisions or ports further reduce nerve injury in a relatively crowded rib space.
January 10, 2014
The authors present a case of a 63-year-old female who developed a large inferior aneurysm following late presentation of myocardial infarction. This rare presentation is discussed with specific regard to imaging and surgical intervention. This patient demonstrates that not all pseudoaneurysms rupture rapidly.
November 21, 2013
This video demonstrates the clinical application of the lung lavage technique for the treatment of Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis (PAP).
October 24, 2013
A variety of approaches for surgical management of myasthenia gravis and thymoma have been described. There is a growing experience with VATS approaches to the management of each of these conditions. One approach to VATS thymectomy is described in this article and the accompanying videos.

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