Ara S Klijian

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BACKGROUND Intra-operative air leaks (IOAL) are common complications of pulmonary surgery. The post-operative management of air leaks requires a chest tube which may lead to longer hospitalization, further medical complications, and increased costs. Sealants have been shown to help control intra-operative air leaks and studies have demonstrated a reduction(More)
Results Of the 196 cases, sixty were wedge resections, with an average length of hospital stay (ALS) of 1.5 days. ALS for the 38 decortications was 2.5 days, for the 28 pleural biopsies was 1 day. There were 36 mechanical and talc pleurodesis for recurrent effusions, 30 of them malignant, having an ALS of 1.5 days. Two pericardial windows were performed,(More)
BACKGROUND Traditionally, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is performed under general anesthesia with selective ventilation and endotracheal intubation. Although some sparse data exists on VATS under local anesthesia, most series reserve this technique for pleural-based surgery. Performing VATS under local anesthesia may extend the benefits of this(More)
BACKGROUND Screening for lung cancer using high resolution computed tomography (CT) has produced encouraging early results. Extremely small nodules and non-palpable areas of opacifications are able to be detected, but pose a challenge to the thoracic surgeon trying to resect these areas. METHODS Forty five patients with ground glass opacifications (GGOs)(More)
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