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Reply to a brief comment on the past and present of surgical treatment of cardiac wounds
  • Erwan Flecher,
  • Alain Leguerrier,
  • Nicolas Nesseler
Erwan Flecher
University Rennes Hospital
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Alain Leguerrier
University Rennes Hospital
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Nicolas Nesseler
University Rennes Hospital
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Abstract

Dear Editor, First we would like to thank Dr Lopez de la Cruz for her comments and interest about our recently published article “the odyssey of suturing cardiac wounds: lessons from the past”. We highly appreciated and agree with the complements she made especially about Larrey and Milton role in this field. One should also note Theodore Tuffier’s attempt at cardiac resuscitation in 1898 in a young man dying on the wards at La Pitié Hospital (Paris)¹. Although this act was performed on an unwounded heart it adds information about the history of surgical approach in such dramatic condition. We do recognize left anterolateral thoracotomy as the gold standard in an emergency room to treat a penetrating cardiac injury. However a median longitudinal sternotomy may be discussed in our opinion if the patient arrived directly in a cardiac surgery operating theater. The patent presented in our paper was directly brought in our operative theater of cardiac surgery and managed immediately by cardiac surgeons and cardiac anesthesiologists, with a cardiopulmonary bypass ready, dedicated scrub nurses and perfusionist. In such specific conditions a sternotomy may be discussed, depending on the context and the anatomical suspected lesions (it was the option retained in the presented case and the surgical procedure was safely performed with good outcome). Clearly, in a peripheral hospital or at the emergency room sternotomy is not an option to be considered and we agree with Dr Lopez de la Cruz.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

05 Sep 2020Submitted to Journal of Cardiac Surgery
07 Sep 2020Assigned to Editor
07 Sep 2020Submission Checks Completed
07 Sep 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
07 Sep 2020Editorial Decision: Accept