Ching-Yang Wu

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BACKGROUND Intravenous ports are widely used for oncology patients. However, catheter fractures may lead to the need for re-intervention. We aimed to identify the risk factors associated with catheter fractures. METHODS Between January 1 and December 31, 2006, we retrospectively reviewed the clinical data and plain chest films of 1,505 patients implanted(More)
With regard to pathologic stage IIA (pIIA) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), there is a paucity of literature evaluating the risk factors for disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS). The aim of this study was to identify the prognostic factors of DFS and OS in patients with NSCLC pIIA.We performed a retrospective review of 98 stage II(More)
BACKGROUND The thoracic cavity approach for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is technically challenging. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a transoral endoscopic technique for a surgical lung biopsy and pericardial window creation METHODS Under general anesthesia, a 12 mm incision was made over the vestibulum(More)
Single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been widely applied recently. However, there are still only few reports describing its use in mediastinum tumor resection. We present the technique of single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic mediastinum tumor resection and compare it with conventional VATS with regard to short-term outcome.We(More)
BACKGROUND To date there are no practical platforms for performing natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery in the thoracic cavity. This study evaluates the feasibility of transumbilical thoracosopy for lung biopsy and pericardial window creation. METHODS Eleven dogs (6 in the nonsurvival group and 5 in the survival group) were used for this study.(More)
Traumatic tracheobronchial disruption is a life threatening injury in the pediatric population. The clinical presentations are variable depending on whether the peribronchial tissues remain intact. A high index of clinical suggestion and accurate interpretation of radiological findings are necessary to diagnose the injury. Delays in treatment increase the(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES Research suggests that the semiquantitative determination of nodal (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake on positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) may be useful for the assessment of mediastinal metastases in patients with non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). The aim of this study was to evaluate the(More)
OBJECTIVES To present the technique of single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic mediastinal tumour resection, which includes limited thymectomy, extended thymectomy, cyst excision and posterior mediastinal tumour excision, and the early results of resection with the use of this technique. METHODS Twenty-nine patients with mediastinal tumours were treated(More)
Tracheal stenosis of ventilator-dependent patient is generally managed via dilation and long trachesostomy tube. This study reports four ventilator patients with tracheal stenosis managed with Montgomery T tube via rigid bronchoscopy. The respiratory symptoms improved in all patients. Three of the patients were weaned from ventilator shortly following(More)
PURPOSE This study evaluated the use of intravenous ports and provides a guide related to clinical decision making. METHODS This study retrospectively reviewed 1505 patients who had received intravenous ports at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in 2006. The relationships between the complications and entry routes were assessed. The intervention-free periods(More)