J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2003;125:740
© 2003 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery
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Department of Surgery 1, Hirosaki University School of Medicine, 5 Zaifu-cho, Hirosaki, Aomori, 036-8562, Japana, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Tsukuba Medical Center, Tsukuba, Japanb
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We thank Terada and Nakamura for their comments regarding our work. 1 Transapical aortic cannulation was originally described in the 1970s. However, it has been unpopular because of similar comments by the critics.
Originally this method was used in surgery for congenital heart disease or mitral valvular disease. 2 The main reason for the use of transapical aortic cannulation today is for surgery on diseased aorta without intracardiac abnormality. Thus the indication for this method today is different from that during the 1970s.
We have used transapical aortic cannulation in 4 patients (2 in median
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