Antonio Eduardo Martin-Ucar

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Since 2000, 15 patients have undergone single port (uniportal) video-assisted thoracic surgery for wedge pulmonary resection either for diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases (10 patients) or for treatment of primary spontaneous pneumothoraces (5 patients). Diagnosis was obtained in all patients and no recurrences of pneumothorax were seen at follow-up.(More)
OBJECTIVE The use of VATS metastasectomy remains controversial because of doubt surrounding its ability to remove palpable but CT occult lesions. We aim to evaluate our policy of elective VATS and compare it with our results with open metastasectomy. METHODS Pulmonary metastasectomy was performed for metastatic colorectal adenocarcinoma in 52 patients: 27(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES Nutritional status has been reported as a predictor of complications following surgery for lung cancer. However, the impact of impaired nutrition in the long term has not been extensively studied. We have analysed our own experience after lobectomy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PATIENTS Six hundred and forty-two consecutive(More)
OBJECTIVE Malignant mesothelioma (MM) typically presents at an advanced stage. In the UK surgical intervention has been mostly reserved for tissue diagnosis or chemical pleurodesis. However, the role of debulking surgery in symptom control has not been fully explored. METHODS In a prospective cohort study, 51 consecutive patients presenting with MM(More)
OBJECTIVE Sublobar resections may offer a method of increasing resection rates in patients with lung cancer and poor lung function, but are thought to increase recurrence and therefore compromise survival for stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). To test this hypothesis we have compared the long-term outcome from lobectomy and anatomical segmentectomy(More)
BACKGROUND Lung cancer resection rates are suboptimal in the UK. Pneumonectomy has a higher perioperative mortality risk than lobectomy. To increase resection rates and improve outcomes we have implemented a policy of parenchymal sparing surgery for tumours involving a main stem bronchus. METHODS In a prospective 4 year study of 119 consecutive patients(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary blastoma is a rare primary lung tumor with poor prognosis that commonly presents at a younger age than the non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). Classically they are large, symptomatic tumors with lymph nodal metastasis and carry poor prognosis. We report our experience of 7 patients with pulmonary blastoma who presented with varying(More)
We aimed to evaluate the effect of the appointment of a dedicated specialist thoracic surgeon on surgical practice for lung cancer previously served by cardio-thoracic surgeons. Outcomes were compared for the 240 patients undergoing surgical resection for lung cancer in two distinct 3-year periods: Group A: 65 patients, 1994-1996 (pre-specialist); Group B:(More)
OBJECTIVE Lung cancer resection in breathless patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remains controversial. Whilst open lobectomy remains the gold standard, alternative approaches have been described. We undertook a retrospective, observational study to compare the outcomes of a tailored strategy combining video-assisted(More)
OBJECTIVES Atrial tachyarrhythmias occur in up to 25% of patients after major thoracic surgery. We examined risk factors for new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) following oesophagectomy in an attempt to guide prophylactic use of anti-arrhythmic strategies. METHODS Data were extracted from a database of patients who underwent oesophagectomy between 1991 and(More)