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Accurate preoperative staging and restaging of mediastinal lymph nodes in patients with potentially resectable non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is of paramount importance. In 2007, the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) published an algorithm on preoperative mediastinal staging integrating imaging, endoscopic and surgical techniques. In 2009,(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between EPHXI exon 3 Tyr113His and exon 4 His139Arg polymorphisms, predicted microsomal epoxide hydrolase (mEH) activity, and lung cancer development. mEH is a protective enzyme involved in oxidative defences against a number of environmental chemicals and pollutants, but it is(More)
Surgery for pulmonary aspergilloma is reputed to be risky. The results of surgical treatment of pulmonary aspergilloma in 41 patients between 1988 and 2003 were evaluated retrospectively. Hemoptysis occurred in 31 patients (75.6%) and it was massive (> 300 mL in 24 hr) in 3. The underlying lung disease was tuberculosis in 35, bullous lung disease in 2,(More)
BACKGROUND Polymorphisms altering DNA repair capacity may lead to synergistic effects with tobacco carcinogen-induced lung cancer risk. Based on this hypothesis, the relationship between APE1 polymorphism, smoking and the risk of lung cancer was explored. MATERIALS AND METHODS The distribution of the APE1 Asp148Glu polymorphisms in 98 lung cancer patients(More)
Simultaneous bilateral spontaneous pneumothorax (SBSP) is a very rare condition, mainly seen in patients with underlying lung disease. Up to now, there are 65 patients who have been published. Twelve consecutive patients who presented with SBSP as definitive diagnosis were recruited for this study. They represented 1 % of all patients with spontaneous(More)
BACKGROUND High levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) alpha messenger RNAs and interleukin (IL) 8 have been reported in leukocytes of patients with sepsis. HYPOTHESIS Assessment of leukocyte intracytoplasmic levels of proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines might be clinically more relevant to determine prognosis in patients with severe sepsis. (More)
BACKGROUND Insufficient relief of postthoracotomy pain is a major cause of increased rates of postoperative complications including inadequate coughing, mucous plugging, hypoxia, compromised ventilation or even bacterial lung infection. We aimed to assess the efficacy of transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) in patients with postthoracotomy pain.(More)
Accurate preoperative staging and restaging of mediastinal lymph nodes in patients with potentially resectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is of paramount importance. In 2007, the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) published an algorithm on preoperative mediastinal staging integrating imaging, endoscopic and surgical techniques. Over the(More)
Elastofibroma dorsi was diagnosed in a 48-year-old woman with bilateral subscapular tumor masses diagnosed asynchronously in an interval of 4 months in spite of presence of another lesion at first admittance. She underwent subsequent resections of the lesions. They were diagnosed as elastofibroma. Reevaluation of the initial computerized tomography of(More)
Stage has been defined as the major prognostic factor in resected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, there is some evidence that indicates season of operation could play a role in the survival of patients. Between January 1995 and June 2008, 698 (621 men and 77 women) patients who had undergone pulmonary resection for NSCLC were evaluated.(More)