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Fifteen years ago we began a prospective study using alternate case treatment with prednisone in patients with pulmonary function abnormalities due to sarcoidosis. Twenty-five patients were divided into treatment and control groups that were similar in sex, age, race, degree of pulmonary dysfunction, and duration of disease. Evaluation included complete… (More)
BACKGROUND Complete myocardial revascularization with excellent visualization, exposure, and stabilization can be accomplished on the beating heart without cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). METHODS Three hundred patients were totally revascularized via median sternotomy with myocardial stabilization using the CardioThoracic System. All patients who underwent… (More)
A patient with chronic lung disease became cyanotic following right pneumonectomy for cancer. He was found to have right-to-left shunting through a patent foramen ovale in the absence of pulmonary hypertension, and he improved remarkable after surgical therapy. This case vividly illustrates the subtlety with which acquired right-to-left shunting may appear… (More)
Two patients were seen with Histoplasma capsulatum infection of mediastinal nodes which had eroded into the esophagus to produce dysphagia. Fungal serologies were of value in the diagnosis in one of the patients. Both patients responded well to amphotericin B therapy. A traction diverticulum was noted to follow healing in 1 patient.