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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 1998 February;39(1):103-5
Open chest myocardial biopsy: a simple and safe method
Covino E., Pisani A., Spampinato N.
From the Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Medical School “Federico II” , Naples, Italy
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The authors describe a simple method to perform left ventricular biopsies during open heart surgery. An automatic gun shaped device is used by one hand of the surgeon: the sample is obtained in a few seconds, at any time of the surgical procedure. It consists of a transmural piece of tissue, averaging 18 mm3 in quantity. The device has been used in 20 patients who underwent coronary artery revascularization. All the biopsies were successful. No complications occurred.