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Is it ever possible to treat left ventricular free wall rupture conservatively?
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PMID:  24961578     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
A best evidence topic was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was whether conservative or surgical management would result in better outcomes in patients presenting with left ventricular free wall rupture (LVFWR) following acute myocardial infarction. Surgical techniques involved were infarctectomy + patch repair, suturing of an overlay patch to the defect, patch-and-glue repair and so on, on or off cardiopulmonary bypass. A total of 210 papers were found using the reported searches, of which 10 represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The authors, date, journal, study type, population, main outcome measures and results were tabulated. The studies found analysed the outcome related to conservative and surgical approaches plus the effects of cardiopulmonary bypass circuit and systemic heparinization on bleeding around the peri-infarct myocardial tissue in the surgical group. Most of the data available were either case reports or retrospective analysis of the cohort using the 2 techniques and showed that ruptures present in different sites and sizes. Patients with a milder form of LVFWR can be managed conservatively, but the irony is that it is difficult to identify these patients, because a small oozing-type rupture can increase in size and lead to large defect with sudden arrest of the patient and most probably death. More recently with patch-and-glue techniques, avoiding cardiopulmonary bypass, short- and mid-term survival rates have improved to 60-80% in studies of consecutive patients' series, which illustrates real-life experiences.
Abdul Nasir; Mohammad Gouda; Amir Khan; Amal Bose
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-6-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1569-9285     ISO Abbreviation:  Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg     Publication Date:  2014 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-6-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101158399     Medline TA:  Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved.
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