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A bypass for the Institutional Review Board: Reflections on the Cleveland Clinic study of the Batista operation

      When I heard the oral presentation of the study of the Batista operation conducted by Patrick McCarthy and his colleagues last May, I shared in the thrill that was palpable in the audience. Chosen by the program committee as one of the first presentations at the meeting of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the study delivered a clear and practical surgical judgment about the validity of left ventricular reduction, a new procedure widely regarded as radically innovative.
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        The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgeryVol. 121Issue 5
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          Objective: To determine the late effectiveness of partial left ventriculectomy and risk factors for failure. Methods: Between May 1996 and December 1998, partial left ventriculectomy and concomitant mitral valve surgery were performed in 62 patients (95% transplant candidates) with a mean age of 54 years (range 17-72 years). All patients were in New York Heart Association functional class III (38%) or IV (62%) because of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (59 patients) or ischemic, valvular, or familial cardiomyopathy (1 patient each).
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