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The ARCH Projects: design and rationale (IAASSG 001)

Tristan D Yan, David H Tian, Scott A LeMaire, Martin Misfeld, John A Elefteriades, Edward P Chen, G Chad Hughes, Teruhisa Kazui, Randall B Griepp, Nicholas T Kouchoukos, Paul G Bannon, Malcolm J Underwood, Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr, Aung Oo, Thoralf M Sundt, Joseph E Bavaria, Roberto Di Bartolomeo, Marco Di Eusanio, Eric E Roselli, Friedhelm Beyersdorf Show all

European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: A number of factors limit the effectiveness of current aortic arch studies in assessing optimal neuroprotection strategies, including insufficient patient numbers, heterogenous definitions of clinical variables, multiple technical strategies, inadequate reporting of surgical outcomes and a lack of collaborative effort. We have formed an international coalition of centres to provide more robust investigations into this topic. METHODS: High-volume aortic arch centres were identified from the literature and contacted for recruitment. A Research Steering Committee of expert arch surgeons was convened to oversee the direction of the research. RESULTS: The International Aortic Arch Surg..

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