Faisal Mourad

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool, England, United Kingdom

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Publications (4)5.69 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: We present the case of a 78-year-old man with a past history of nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma who was brought to the emergency room in hypovolemic shock after suddenly collapsing at home. A chest roentgenogram taken on admission showed a large pleural effusion on the right with a mediastinal shift to the left. A contrast computed tomographic scan of his chest excluded aortic dissection. An emergency right thoracotomy was performed, which revealed a chest wall tumor that was bleeding profusely. The tumor was biopsied after the bleeding was controlled. The histologic report revealed metastatic renal cell carcinoma, which is a rare cause for a spontaneous massive hemothorax.
    The Annals of thoracic surgery 06/2010; 89(6):2014-6. DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.10.009 · 3.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Saphenous vein remains the most common conduit for coronary artery bypass grafting with increasing uptake of minimally invasive harvesting techniques. While Endoscopic Vein Harvest (EVH) has been demonstrated to improve early morbidity compared to Open Vein Harvest (OVH), recent literature suggests that this may be at the expense of graft patency at one year and survival at three years. We undertook a retrospective single-centre, single-surgeon, case-control study of EVH (n = 89) and OVH (n = 182). The primary endpoint was death with secondary endpoints including acute coronary syndrome, revascularisation or other major adverse cardiac events. Freedom from angina, wound complications and self-rated health status were also assessed. Where repeat angiography had been performed, this was reviewed. Both groups were well matched demographically and for peri-operative characteristics. All cause mortality was 2/89 (2%) and 11/182 (6%) in the EVH and OVH groups respectively. This was shown by Cox Log-Rank analysis to be non-significant (p = 0.65), even if adjusting for inpatient mortality (p = 0.74). There was no difference in the rates of freedom from angina (p = 1.00), re-admission (p = 0.78) or need for further anti-anginals (p = 1.00). There was a significant reduction in the incidence of leg wound infections and complications in the endoscopic group (EVH: 7%; OVH: 28%; p = 0.0008) and the skew of high patient self-rated health scores in the EVH group (61% compared to 52% in the open group) approached statistical significance (p = 0.06). While aware of the limitations of this small retrospective study, we are heartened by the preliminary results and consider our data to be justification for continuing to provide patients the opportunity to have minimally invasive conduit harvest in our centre. More robust evidence is still required to elucidate the implications of endoscopic techniques on conduit patency and patient outcome, but until the results of a large, prospective and randomised trial are available, we believe we can confidently offer our patients the option and benefits of EVH.
    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 05/2010; 5:44. DOI:10.1186/1749-8090-5-44 · 1.02 Impact Factor
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    Faisal Mourad, Augustine Tang
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    ABSTRACT: Blau syndrome is a rare granulomatous disorder inherited in an autosomal dominant manner characterized by the early appearance of granulomatous arthritis, skin rash and anterior uveitis. There are very few data on the cardiovascular manifestations of Blau syndrome. Here we report the first case of sinus of valsava aneurysm in Blau syndrome. In isolated unruptured aneurysms of a sinus of Valsalva without compromise of the aortic valve and/or the coronary ostia, repair may be accomplished by simple placation of the aneurysm or excision of the aneurysm(s) and patch closure of the defect(s) between the aortic annulus and the sinu-vascular ridge. Because of the particular conditions in our case, the repair was performed with replacement of the aortic valve and root using a composite graft employing a modified Bentall's technique.
    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 03/2010; 5:16. DOI:10.1186/1749-8090-5-16 · 1.02 Impact Factor
  • Faisal Mourad, Andrew J Duncan
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    ABSTRACT: The simple reverse mounting of an Octopus arm over a rib retractor can give more arm length by up to 5 cm inside the chest cavity which could prove to be very useful in patients with huge chest cavities, i.e. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, high body mass index, allowing more flexibility and better maneuverability of the stabilizer arm during MIDCAB.
    Innovations Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery 03/2009; 4(2):117. DOI:10.1097/IMI.0b013e3181a34740