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OBJECTIVE The purpose of our study was to evaluate the accuracy of CT-guided percutaneous core biopsy of ground-glass opacity (GGO) pulmonary lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study included 50 patients (24 men, 26 women; age range, 43-78 years) who had a GGO pulmonary lesion and underwent CT-guided core biopsy. Diagnostic accuracy was compared between(More)
INTRODUCTION Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation has been known to be associated with adenocarcinoma with bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC; lepidic) feature. This study was aimed to characterize the frequency of EGFR mutations and their association with histologic subtypes in Korean nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. METHODS Three(More)
BACKGROUND Activating mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) are associated significantly with responsiveness to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors. The objective of this study was to investigate the suitability of cytologic specimens for assessing EGFR mutations in lung adenocarcinomas. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Healthcare workers' mobile phones are easily contaminated with pathogenic bacteria and could be vehicles of transmission. Smart phones are increasingly used in the hospital. The objective of this study was to compare the contamination rate of bacteria with pathogenic potential between smart phones and non-smart phones. METHODS We screened(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To evaluate the incidence and clinical significance of delayed pneumothorax, and to analyze the influence of multiple variables on the rate of delayed pneumothorax associated with transthoracic needle biopsy (TTNB) of the lung. STUDY DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING Tertiary care university hospital. STUDY SUBJECTS Adult patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy of IVP-ET in infertile women with the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and to provide a comprehensive review of contemporary therapeutic options and their complications as reflected in the current literature. DESIGN Pertinent studies in medical literature identified through computerized bibliographic search and via manual(More)
Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I receptor (IGF-Ir) signaling is required for tumorigenicity and progression of many tumors but this pathway has not been well studied as a prognostic factor or potential therapeutic target in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). In this paper, the association between the expression of IGF-Ir and IGF-II ligand and(More)
Percutaneous needle aspiration or biopsy (PCNA or PCNB) is an established diagnostic technique that has a high diagnostic yield. However, its role in the diagnosis of nodular ground-glass opacities (nGGOs) is controversial, and the necessity of preoperative histologic confirmation by PCNA or PCNB in nGGOs has not been well addressed. We here evaluated the(More)
The expression of hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-1alpha protein is tightly regulated by cellular oxygen status. Namely, HIF-1alpha protein is degraded rapidly in normoxic cells, whereas hypoxia stabilizes HIF-1alpha to transactivate hypoxia-responsive genes. Here we show that HIF-1alpha protein is expressed aberrantly in gastric cancer cells under normoxia(More)
OBJECTIVE Pemetrexed has been approved for second-line treatment in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, the role of third-line pemetrexed therapy in NSCLC has not yet been generally accepted. We attempted to validate third-line pemetrexed therapy and evaluate predictive factors for pemetrexed therapy for NSCLC. METHODS Medical records of NSCLC(More)