Christophoros S Kotoulas

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OBJECTIVE In the staging of lung cancer, pleural effusion that is malignant on cytologic examination is regarded as T4 disease, and curative resection cannot be performed. We conducted this study to determine whether cancer cells can be present in the pleural cavity with no pleural effusion, to investigate the factors contributing to that occurrence, and to(More)
OBJECTIVE Changes in the pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) and the dimensions of the right ventricle (RV) of the heart, six months after pneumonectomy, were evaluated in order to detect the influence of pneumonectomy on right heart function. METHODS 35 patients undergoing pneumonectomy (Group A) and 17 patients undergoing lobectomy or bilobectomy(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify predisposing factors associated with cardiac rhythm disturbances during the early post-pneumonectomy period (first 7 postoperative days). MATERIALS AND METHODS During the study period (1995-1999), 259 pneumonectomies were performed for malignant (244 cases) or benign disease (15 cases). Postoperative monitoring of patients included(More)
OBJECTIVES Pleural lavage cytology is the microscopic study of cells obtained from saline instilled into and retrieved from the chest during surgery for non-small-cell lung cancer. The aims of this study were to collate multi-institutional individual patient data for meta-analysis to determine independence as a prognostic marker and to characterize the(More)
OBJECTIVES We present a modified wedge resection of the bronchus, as an alternative bronchoplastic technique for lung resection, in cases of patients with or without adequate pulmonary reserve to undergo a pneumonectomy, in order to preserve lung tissue. METHODS Seventeen patients underwent a major lung resection with wedge resection of the bronchus for(More)
OBJECTIVES To preoperatively estimate the degree of first-second forced expired volume (FEV1) and forced vital capacity (FVC) reduction 6 months after pneumonectomy, according to the preoperative performed spirometry and bronchoscopy, and to estimate if the expected postoperative values of FEV1 and FVC are in accordance with the actual values. METHODS(More)
Solitary Fibrous Tumor of the Pleura (SFTP) is a rare tumor of the pleura. Worldwide about 800 patients diagnosed with this oncological entity have been described in the existing literature. We report our center's 13 year experience. During this time three patients suffering from this rare disease have been treated in our department. All patients were(More)
Lead perforation is a rare complication of device implantation, varying between 0.3% and 1%, although the prevalence may be higher. Late lead perforations (>1 month after implantation) are believed to be very rare. We describe the successful treatment of a 65-year-old man with late cardiac perforation due to the pacemaker active fixation lead after an(More)