Concomitant presence of acute type A dissection and coactation of aorta is rare (1). Levoatriocardinal vein has shown to be associated with left sided hypoplastic lesions as well as with normal hearts (2, 3 ). However, concurrent presence of levoatriocardinal vein with acute type A dissection, severe aortic regurgitation and Coarctation of aortic isthmus was not described. We here described a case of 20 year male presented to emergency department with acute chest pain radiating to back. On evaluation, he was found to have acute type A dissection with dilated aortic root, severe aortic regurgitation, normal mitral valve, severe coarctation of aorta and levoatriocardinal vein. Patient was managed successfully with composite valve conduit replacement of ascending aorta with ascending aortic to descending aortic graft (16mm graft) with levoatriocardinal vein ligation.
AngioVac suction embolectomy is recommended by the manufacturer to be performed with a centrifugal pump due to safety considerations. However, roller head pumps are significantly cheaper to use, and thus may be more readily available during shortages and in resource poor settings. We present the technique of Angiovac suction embolectomy being successfully performed with a roller pump to evacuate a clot-in-transit in the inferior vena cava and right atrium, along with discussion of important safety caveats.
We describe a case of frozen elephant trunk deployment unintentionally malpositioned into the false lumen. An 83-year-old man underwent total arch repair with a frozen elephant trunk for type A acute aortic dissection complicated by mesenteric malperfusion. However, intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography showed expansion of the false lumen in the descending aorta, suggesting a malpositioned frozen elephant trunk into the false lumen. Endovascular fenestration of the dissecting flap and subsequent endograft deployment from the inside of the malpositioned frozen elephant trunk graft to the true lumen of the descending aorta was successfully performed under intravascular ultrasound guidance.
Impact of COVID-19 on Coronary Artery Surgery: Hard lessons learnedAuthor: Luis Alberto O. Dallan1; Luiz Augusto F. Lisboa1; Luis Roberto P. Dallan1; Fabio B. Jatene1.1 Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart Institute from University of São Paulo Medical School (InCor), São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.Corresponding author: Luis Alberto O. Dallan, Dr. Enéas de Carvalho Aguiar, 44, Postal Code:05403-900. Pinheiros, São Paulo, SP – Brazil. Phone: +55 (11) 2661-5014. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.Since March 11th, 2020 when coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a pandemia, hospitals had to be adapted quickly to increase the assistance capacity for a large part of the population that needed hospitalization for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection (1,2). Major disruptions on routine hospital services have occurred, with health professionals needed to assume functions beyond their usual routines and beds were adapted for intensive care due to the increased demand in the treatment of severe acute respiratory failure. Cardiovascular surgery was particularly affected by the coronavirus outbreak, since most of the elective surgeries were canceled and ICU beds, normally dedicated to the postoperative period of cardiac surgery, were transferred to patients with COVID-19 (3-5).In this context, Kalil and Col.(6) examine the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the number of procedures and death rate of CABG performed in 2020 in Brazil. They analyzed patients undergoing CABG in the public health system between 2008 and 2020. The data were collected from DATASUS, the data processing system of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, which collects information from every patient who needs in-hospital care and was admitted to a public hospital. Patients operated on the private system were not captured in the database and were excluded from the analysis. The results showed that in 2020, during the pandemic period, there was an average reduction of 25% in the number of CABG performed in Brazil, with the majority of procedures (75%) being performed in the south and southeast regions of the country. Regarding postoperative mortality, they observed an opposite effect with an increase in mortality from 5.6% to 6.3% during this pandemic period (6).This study has some limitations due to results extracted from an administrative database, good for epidemiological analysis such as gender, age, number and type of surgeries performed. Considering the reduction in surgical volume during the pandemic period, surgical status was analyzed altogether (whether elective, or urgent or emergency CABG), expressing a general view of the situation.Brazil was the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Latin America and other publications from Brazil showed different and more detailed results in relation to the pandemic period (7,8). One by Omar et al. (7) who used data from the São Paulo Registry of Cardiovascular Surgery (REPLICCAR), a multicenter registry, showed a 60% reduction in surgical CABG volume during COVID-19 pandemic. Regarding mortality, CABG surgeries had a 2.8-fold increased mortality risk (CI95%,1-7.6, P=0.041), patients who evolved with COVID-19 had a 11-fold increased mortality risk (CI95%, 2.2-54.9, P<0.003), rates of morbidities and readmission to the intensive care unit. (7), compared to 2019.In our own series at the Heart Institute University of Sao Paulo Medical School - Brazil, we observed a 65.8% reduction in cardiac surgery volume in 2020, during the pandemic period, and 2/3 of these were urgent or emergency procedures. Regarding the CABG in-hospital mortality, there was increased from 1.2% (2019) to 3.0% (2020) among elective procedures and from 4.5% (2019) para 18.2% (2020) among urgent or emergency procedures. Patients who had postoperative COVID-19, the in-hospital mortality rate was significantly higher (38.5%).Other publications reported a reduction in surgical volume of more than 70% during the peak disruption due to COVID-19 (9,10). Salenger et al. (11) reported that the volume of cardiac surgery fell to 54% of baseline after the restrictions were implemented and they also estimated a necessity of 2.5 times increase in numbers of procedures in post-COVID-19 era to restore balance to elective surgeries waiting lists. In the COVIDSurg collaborative, in a multi centric cohort of surgeries performed in 24 countries (235 hospitals), found that 75% of the procedures from 1 January and 31 March 2020, were non-elective and the mortality was 24%. Their cohort included 50 patients who underwent cardiac surgery and 30-day mortality was 34%, among the patients who had perioperative SARS-CoV-2 infection (12). Clinical studies have shown that in addition to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, the coronavirus-2 infection also affects micro-circulation, has prothrombotic state and can cause myocardial injury, even in patients without coronary artery disease (13-14). This may be one of the reasons for the high mortality among patients who undergo surgery and present COVID-19 in the perioperative period, particularly in CABG surgery, where there is also a higher incidence of elderly, hypertensive and diabetic patients.While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase globally, measures to control SARS-CoV-2 infection and patient safety need to be established to maintain cardiovascular surgery, even if in small numbers. The consequences of delayed recognition of a patient with COVID-19 are significant. Protocols for triage, early diagnosis, isolation in specific areas and treatment of patients with COVID-19 with cardiovascular complications should be developed to minimize the risk of in-hospital transmission and greater safety for hospitalized patients without COVID-19 and healthcare professionals (15,16).A large number of operations were canceled or postponed due to interruptions caused by COVID-19. Coincidentally, our institution have reported an increased number of mechanical complications, that maybe related to decreased number of patients seeking for medical assistance (17).Studies conducted in the first months of the pandemic showed that if countries increased their normal surgical volume by 20%, it would take an average of 45 weeks to balance the backlog of operations resulting from the interruption of COVID-19 (18). Patients awaiting elective cardiac surgery need to be proactively managed, reprioritizing those with high-risk anatomy or whose clinical status is deteriorating. In this regard, governments must mitigate this heavy burden on patients by developing recovery plans and implementing strategies to safely restore surgical activity as soon as possible.
Background: Whether perioperative glycemic control or markers of inflammation is associated with neurocognitive decline (NCD) after cardiac surgery was examined. Methods: Thirty patients undergoing cardiac surgery utilizing cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) were screened for NCD preoperatively and on post-operative day four (POD4). Serum cytokine levels were measured and human transcriptome analysis was performed on blood samples. Neurocognitive data are presented as a change from baseline to POD4 in a score standardized with respect to age and gender. Results: A decline in neurocognitive function was identified in 73% (22/30) of patients on POD4. Patients with postoperative leukocytosis (WBC ≥ 10.5) had more NCD when compared to their baseline function (p=0.03). Patients with elevated IL-8 levels at 6 hours postoperatively had a significant decline in NCD at POD4 (p=0.04). Surprisingly, TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-2, or IL-6 levels were not associated with NCD (p>0.3 for all). There was no difference in neurocognitive function between patients with elevated HbA1c levels preoperatively (p=0.973) or elevated fasting blood glucose levels the morning of surgery (>126mg/dL, p=0.910), or a higher maximum blood glucose levels during CPB (>180mg/dL, p=0.252), or higher average glucose levels during CPB (>160mg/dL, p=0.639). Human transcriptome analysis demonstrated unique and differential patterns of gene expression in patients depending on the presence of DM and NCD. Conclusions: Perioperative glycemic control does not have an effect on NCD soon after cardiac surgery. Postoperative leukocytosis and elevated IL-8 levels are associated with neurocognitive decline. The profile of gene expression was altered in patients with NCD with or without diabetes.
A Preliminary Argument for the Selective Use of the Robicsek WeaveJohn S. Ikonomidis MD, PhDDivision of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillWord Count: 886References: 4Address correspondence to:John S. Ikonomidis MD, PhDProfessor and Chief,Division of Cardiothoracic SurgeryUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill3034 Burnett Womack Building160 Dental Circle,Chapel Hill, NC27599e-mail: email@example.comTel: (919) 966-3381Proper execution of median sternotomy and its subsequent closure are critical to the success of cardiac surgical outcomes. It is essential that the sternum be divided directly in the midline, and table fractures must be avoided if at all possible by avoiding excessive spreading if the sternum for exposure of the heart. Multiple methods have been described regarding primary sternal closure technique, but the conventional technique of wire circlage, either linear or figure-of-eight, has endured and is also the most cost-effective. Sternal wound complications have an incidence of 0.8% to 1.5% patients, and this number rises to as high as 8% when bilateral internal mammary artery harvest is undertaken. Further established risk factors for deep sternal wound complications include breaches in sterility in the operating room, lengthy operations, re-exploration for bleeding, undrained retrosternal hematoma, incomplete wound closure, obesity, advanced age, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hospital acquired pneumonias, renal failure, requirement for dialysis, and prolonged mechanical ventilation. Mortality from sternal dehiscence and related complications ranges from 6% to 70%. It is generally felt that early treatment reduces mortality.1Deep sternal wound complications and dehiscence were once thought to be highly feared and challenging complications of cardiac surgery. Modern primary closure techniques, tissue flap coverage options, and negative pressure wound therapy have made these complications more manageable. Nevertheless, it behooves surgeons to avoid this complication due to its considerable negative clinical impact.There are many methods currently available for reconstruction of the sternum after its dehiscence, the most common of which is the sternal weave first described by Robicsek and colleagues in 1977.2 This technique is often used to reinforce the sternum with primary sternal closure in instances where the sternotomy was off the midline leaving a thin weak section of sternum on one side or where some fracturing has occurred, but has also been used as a first line for sternal reconstruction after its dehiscence from primary closure. Data are not available regarding the overall success rate of reinforcement using the Robicsek weave, but at least one multicenter, randomized controlled trial showed that in patients with an increased risk for sternal instability and wound infection after cardiac surgery, sternal reinforcement using the Robicsek technique prior to primary sternal closure did not reduce dehiscence rate.3In addition to the above, antecedent sternal weaving weave may complicate further attempts at sternal closure should dehiscence recur. In this issue of the Journal of Cardiac Surgery,4Seyrek et al. conducted a retrospective review of patients at a single institution with noninfectious sternal dehiscence (NISD) after median sternotomy who received thermoreactive nitinol clips (TRNC) for sternal closure. The authors studied 34 cases who received TRNC treatment between December 2009 and January 2020 out of 283 patients with NISD who underwent sternal refixation. These cases were divided into two groups: patients who had a previously failed Robicsek procedure before TRNC treatment (group A, n=11) and patients who had been directly referred to TRCN treatment (group B, n= 23). The results showed that the postoperative complication rate and length of hospital stay was significantly higher with use of the Robicsek weave. Further, operative time was significantly shorter and blood loss was significantly lower in patients referred for sternal refixation without having first undergone a Robicsek weave.Part of the reason for the above results may lie with the surgical requirements for performance of the Robicsek weave. Substernal and lateral dissection is required to define the margins of the sternum before placing the weave. This increases the technical difficulty of the reclosure operation and puts the patient at risk for inadvertent injury to the heart, great vessels, and other mediastinal structures. This dissection may also compromise blood flow to the sternal half. Further, intercostal arteries may be squeezed by weave as it runs anteriorly and posteriorly around the ribs, which may occlude blood supply to the sternum. This could worsen pre-existing ischemia, which would delay sternal healing, promote bacterial colonization, and cause bone necrosis and additional sternal fragmentation, thus complicating any additional closure attempts.Use of TRNC may represent an advance in sternal reconstruction therapy due to the simplicity of use and lack of requirement for a complex mediastinal dissection prior to application. The authors contend that a previously failed Robicsek procedure caused significantly higher morbidity, additional operative risk and lower success rate in later TRNC treatment of high-risk cases and hence speculate that patients at high risk for sternal separation should proceed directly to TRNC treatment. In the light of the above study, this approach seems reasonable, but a prospective trial should be considered to provide the definitive answer.
Cytokine Filter Application in COVID-19 Patients; Island of Hope for Crash and Burn Patients or Future Solution for All Septic Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) PatientsAli Ghodsizad MD, PhD, FACC, FETCS, FACSThe COVID-19 pandemic crisis certainly has challenged the scientific community as well as entire world. While incidence numbers have decreased following expedited vaccination and precautions, still some patients present with COVID 19 related pneumonia and ARDS requiring Veno-Venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (VV ECMO) support to survive.In COVID-19 patients a cytokine release syndrome concomitant with ARDS can lead to overwhelming clinical scenario. Geraci and colleagues report on their single center feasibility study looking at application of the CytosorbTM hemadsorption device which was used as a parallel circuit within the VV ECMO circuit.The authors give evidence for safety and feasibility of the CytosorbTM hemadsorption device use in 10 patients with COVID-19 related ARDS in combination with VV ECMO. They show a reduction of inflammatory markers and cytokines following hemadsorption treatment. The cytokine storm can cause a critical clinical picture of septic shock. Only under high vasopressor and inotropic support end organ perfusion can be maintained. The required invasive pressure ventilation with high PEEP and peak pressure can decrease the intrathoracic venous return further and contributes more to the shock physiology (1). We have to look at inspiring results from current single center experience carefully understanding the evolving nature of COVID-19 related ARDS. Other groups have used plasmapheresis and CVVH modifications in COVID-19 cases. Dominik et al have shown a significant benefit only using hemadsorption comparing to other used protocols (2).We have shown successful application of somatic stem cells in COVID-19 patients on VV ECMO at our center. We could observe a reduction of inflammatory markers following somatic stem cell application (3). COVID 19 ARDS patients who required VV ECMO support, underwent a Pulmonary Artery (PA)-catheter placement and allogenic human stem cell injection into the PA using the PA-catheter as part of our expanded access protocol (3,4).Brouwer and colleagues, another group working with hemadsorption, have actually shown reduced survival in patients undergoing hemadsorption therapy (5). Geraci and colleagues describe their overall VV ECMO survival for COVID 19 related respiratory failure to be > 90%. Others including our center have experienced a much lower survival in that patient population. So patient selection clearly is a key point. The results presented by Geraci and colleagues have to be taken as a pioneering step, which can help in ARDS and septic clinical scenarios with different pathology in future.
Objective: In this study, it was aimed to compare various parameters during surgery and postoperative cognitive functions in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery using different levels of perioperative oxygen. Methods: One hundred patients scheduled for elective CABG surgery were included in the study. The patients were divided into two groups according to arterial oxygen levels during surgery. In the normoxia group (NG) (n = 50), PaO2 was between ≥100mmHg and <180mmHg with at least 40% FiO2 mechanical ventilation (MV), and in the hyperoxia group (HG) (n = 50), PaO2 was ≥180 mmHg with 100% FiO2 MV. Hemodynamic parameters, peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2), cerebral oxygen saturation (rSO2) measured from bilateral sensors, and blood gas values were recorded at the planned measurement times. Mini-mental state examination test (MMSE) was applied to the patients before and at the 12th, 24th hours; on the 1st, 3rd, 6th months after surgery. Results: Extubation time was found to be shorter in NG (p <0.05). Between the groups, rSO2 and mean arterial pressure (MAP) were found to be significantly lower in HG at the time of T4 measurement (p = 0.042, p = 0.038, respectively). MMSE values of the groups at the 1st, 3rd and 6th months were found to be significantly higher in NG (respectively p = 0.017, p = 0.014, p = 0.002). Conclusion: Hyperoxemia application during CABG may be associated with worse postoperative late-term cognitive functions. Keywords: cardiopulmonary bypass; hyperoxia; postoperative complications; cognitive function; spectroscopy, near-infrared.
Aims：This study aimed to investigate the safety, feasibility and availability of perimembranous ventricular septal defect (PmVSD) closure via a left parasternal ultra-minimal trans intercostal incision in children. Methods and results：From January 2015 to January 2019, 131 children with restrictive PmVSDs were enrolled in this study and successfully done in 126 patients (96.18%). PmVSDs were occluded via an ultra-minimal trans intercostal incision (≤1 cm), and the entire occlusive process was guided and monitored by TEE. A pericardium hanging technique was employed without sternal incision. PmVSDs were closed through a short delivery sheath assembled using a concentric occluder device. All patients were followed up for a perid ranging from18 months to 24 months. Thirteen patients with PmVSD had aneurysm of membranous septum (AMS). Multistream (more than or equal to 2) PmVSDs with AMS were found in eleven cases. After the operation, mild residual shunt beside the amplatzer occluder in one patient was found and had self-healing result during the 5-month follow-up period. Five patients transferred to ventricular septal defect repair operation under direct visualization with a cardiopulmonary bypass. One reason was ventricular fibrillation when guide wire passed the PmVSD, another was device dislocation, and others were the guide wire cannot pass through the PmVSD. Conclusions：PmVSDs closure using a concentric occluder via a left parasternal ultra-minimal trans intercostal incision under TEE guidance is feasible, safe, and effective in children. This approach can be considered as an alternative treatment to open-heart surgery for restrictive PmVSDs.
Vasoplegic syndrome (VPS) is defined as systemic hypotension due to profound vasodilatation and loss of systemic vascular resistance (SVR), despite normal or increased cardiac index (CI). It occurs in 9- 44% of cardiac surgery patients after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The pathogenesis of VPS is multifactorial involving the activation of contact, coagulation, and complement systems and the activation of leukocytes. platelets and endothelial cells resulting in an imbalance in the regulation of the vascular tone; inducible nitric oxide synthase [iNOS] triggered by inflammatory cytokines during CPB produces nitric oxide (NO), which increases vascular levels of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), resulting in vasodilation. leading to postcardiac surgery VPS. Standard treatment options for severe refractory VPS are extremely limited and include vasopressor support. latest Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines also consider that the best therapeutic management of vascular hypo- responsiveness to vasopressors could be a combination of multiple vasopressors, including norepinephrine (NE) and early prescription of vasopressin. This review will address the various definitions, risk factors, pathophysiology, potential cardiac candidates, and potential therapeutic interventions for VPS following cardiac surgery focussed on the outcome. This review did not require any ethical approval or consent from the patients.
Background and aim of the study Guidelines on myocardial revascularization indicate for type V myocardial infarction (MI) that postoperative troponin elevations need not be exclusively ischemic but may also be caused by direct epicardial injury. Additional complexity arises from the introduction of high-sensitive troponin markers. The present study attempts to contribute to the understanding of postoperative high-sensitive cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) increase. Methods Type of surgery, potential factors affecting the postoperative hs-cTnT increase, and possible thresholds indicative of type V MI were analyzed. Results Among 400 included patients, 2.8% had intervention-related ischemia analogous to the type V MI definition. Receiver-operating characteristics confirmed good discriminatory power for hs-cTnT and creatine kinase myocardial band (CK-MB), with ischemia indicating thresholds for hs-cTnT (1705.5 ng/l) and for CK-MB (113 U/l). The median postoperative hs-cTnT/CK-MB increase differed significantly depending on the type of surgery, with the highest increase after mitral valve and the lowest after off-pump coronary surgery. Regression analysis confirmed Maze procedure (p<0.001), cardiopulmonary bypass time (p=0.03), emergency indications (p= 0.01) and blood transfusion (p=0.02) as significant factors associated with hs-cTnT increase. In contrast, CK-MB increase was also associated with mortality (p=0.002). Intra-pericardial defibrillation was the only ischemia-independent factor additionally associated with proposed thresholds (p<0.001). Conclusions The present results confirm the influence of the type of surgery and other intervention-related parameters on the postoperative hs-cTnT increase. Type V MI-indicating thresholds may require reassessment, especially using high-sensitive markers.
Background Randomised trials show high long-term patency for no-touch saphenous vein grafts in coronary artery bypass grafting. The patency rate in off-pump coronary bypass surgery for these grafts has not been investigated. Our centre participated in the CORONARY randomized trial, NCT00463294. This is a sub-study aimed to assess the patency of no-touch saphenous veins in on- versus off-pump coronary bypass surgery at five-year follow-up. Methods Fifty-six patients were included. Forty of 49 patients, alive at five years, participated in this follow-up. There were 21 and 19 patients in the on- and off-pump groups respectively. No-touch saphenous veins were used to bypass all targets and in some cases the left anterior descending artery. Graft patency according to distal anastomosis was evaluated with computed tomography angiography. Results The five-year patency rate was 123/139 (88.5%). The patency for the no-touch vein grafts was 57/64 (89.1%) in the on-pump vs 37/45 (82.2%) in the off-pump group. All left internal thoracic arteries except for one, 29/30 (96.6%), were patent. All vein grafts used to bypass the left anterior descending and the diagonal arteries were patent 32/32. The lowest patency rate for the saphenous veins was to the right coronary territory, particularly in off-pump surgery (80.0% vs 62.5% for the on- respective off-pump groups). Conclusions Comparable five-year patency for the no-touch saphenous veins and the left internal thoracic arteries to the left anterior descending territory in both on- and off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. Graft patency in off-pump CABG is lower to the right coronary artery.
Background: Mortality rates after the arterial switch operation (ASO) for transposition of the great arteries (TGA) are still suboptimal mainly due to postoperative myocardial ischemia. The present study aimed to investigate the clinical impact of our modification of coronary transplantation, wherein the coronary cuffs are transplanted oblique to the pulmonary trunk to avoid torsion of the coronary arteries. Methods: From September 2010 to August 2020, all 37 consecutive patients who underwent ASO for TGA with our modification, i.e., the oblique coronary transfer technique, were retrospectively reviewed. Cardiac dimensions and patency of the coronary arteries were examined by cineangiography, and hemodynamic parameters were measured by cardiac catheterization and transthoracic echocardiography. Results: During a median 5.3 years of postoperative follow-up, there were no deaths and no patient required mechanical circulatory support. Median left ventricular ejection fraction was 68.8% (interquartile range 66.8-71.0, minimum 54.6). All patients maintained normal sinus rhythm without arrhythmia, except in the early postoperative period. Five patients underwent unplanned re-intervention for peripheral pulmonary stenosis, but none for coronary insufficiency. The 8-year freedom from re-intervention rate was 85.6%. Among a total of 110 transplanted coronary arteries, 108 (98.2%) remained patent, and two circumflex arteries were occluded much later after surgery, although with preserved ventricular function due to compensatory growth of other coronary branches. Conclusion: The oblique coronary transfer technique, which aims to avoid torsion of the coronary arteries upon transplantation, provides good patency of the coronary arteries and subsequent improvement of postoperative mortality rates following ASO.