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Reoperative CABG using left thoracotomy: a tailored strategy.
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PMID:  11216745     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Reoperative coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) through a left thoracotomy is a challenging operation with no one dominant approach. We developed a tailored strategy for this difficult group of patients, integrating the currently available newer technologies for each patient indication. METHODS: Between October 1991 and October 1999, 50 consecutive patients underwent reoperative CABG through a left thoracotomy. Age was 65 +/- 9 years, 40 (80%) were men, and preoperative ejection fraction was 40 +/- 13. In 36 patients (72%) the left internal mammary artery had been placed to the left anterior descending coronary artery during the primary CABG and in 25 of 36 patients (70%) this left internal mammary artery-left anterior descending coronary artery graft was patent. The mean duration from previous CABG was 8.0 +/- 4.8 years. Three approaches were used: (1) conventional cardiopulmonary bypass using fibrillatory or circulatory arrest (n = 33, 66%); (2) Heartport endoaortic balloon occlusion (n = 4, 8%); and (3) off-pump beating heart techniques (n = 13, 26%). RESULTS: The off-pump CABG technique was used in the majority of recent patients and 1 (7.7%) had to be converted to cardiopulmonary bypass due to hemodynamic instability. When cardiopulmonary bypass was used its duration was 122 +/- 59 minutes and mean temperature on bypass was 24 degrees +/- 6 degrees C. In the 4 patients in whom the Heartport system was used, the median endoaortic occlusion duration was 49 minutes. Patients received an average of 1.4 grafts/patient. In 60 of 70 patients (89%) distal anastomoses were performed to an anterolateral coronary target. There were 3 of 50 (6%) operative deaths, 2 in the conventional group and 1 in the endoaortic balloon occlusion group. The mean length of stay in the 47 survivors was 7.8 +/- 3.9 days (median, 7 days). CONCLUSIONS: Reoperative CABG by left thoracotomy remains a challenging operation. Several techniques, including off-pump CABG, conventional cardiopulmonary bypass, circulatory arrest, and endoaortic balloon occlusion, should be in the surgeon's armamentarium to allow a tailored approach for each operation based on patient indications.
J G Byrne; L Aklog; D H Adams; L H Cohn; S F Aranki
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  71     ISSN:  0003-4975     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2001 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-16     Completed Date:  2001-03-15     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  196-200     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Cardiac Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiopulmonary Bypass
Coronary Artery Bypass / methods*
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies

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