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great ves·sels

(grāt ves'ĕlz)
Collective term for the venae cavae, pulmonary artery, pulmonary veins, and aorta.
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In addition, intrathoracic pressure swings strain the heart and great vessels.
Sharp foreign bodies occasionally causes perforation of oesophageal wall, great vessels at base of heart, causing severe haemorrhage and can establish fistula with trachea, bronchi, pulmonary parenchyma and skin (Fossum, 2012).
The seventh section covers the Heart and Thorax and it comprises two chapters: first, the thorax and the lungs; and second, the heart and great vessels.
Although sternotomy is rarely required, the thoracic surgery team should be consulted preoperatively if there is any concern regarding transcervical resectability or damage to the great vessels.
It may invade the trachea, pericardium, heart, and great vessels.
5) An arterial switch procedure, developed by Jatene in 1975, offered a more definitive method of correction by transection and translocation of the great vessels, translocation of the coronary arteries, and establishment of "normal" ventriculoarterial connections.
Also heart and especially liver transplantation surgeries may be challenging as placing a mirror image liver into an organ cavity is geometrical problematic and steps have to be taken to ensure proper anastomosis of the great vessels in the case of a heart transplant.
Imperator was bought by the Cunard Line in 1919, and became the firm's flagship, joining other great vessels of the age - the Tyne-built Mauretania and Aquitania - on the transAtlantic crossing from Southampton to New York.
Congenital heart disease is a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels that is present at birth.
As the patient is moved into the Trendelenburg position, the great vessels are more in line with the 45-degree angle that most surgeons use when placing their Veress needle and primary trocar, which can lead to an increased risk of injury.
They detail surgical approaches to the heart, the normal surgical anatomy of the cardiac chambers, the valves and systems for circulation and conduction within the heart, congenitally malformed hearts, lesions, abnormalities of the great vessels, and positional abnormalities of the heart.
Round pumpkins or squash with flat bottoms, such as kabocha or Italian stripe, make great vessels for plants.