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Patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer infiltrating the left atrium (LA) or the intrapericardial base of the pulmonary veins (PVs) are generally not considered good candidates for surgery because of the poor long-term survival. In the last 10 years, 31 consecutive patients with non-small cell lung cancer directly invading the LA or the(More)
Pulmonary carcinoids are rare malignant neoplasms, accounting for 2-5% of all lung tumors, with an approximate annual incidence of 2.3-2.8 cases per million of the population. We relate our experience of 54 patients (21 male, 33 female, mean age 53+/-15 years) treated between July 1986 and April 2006. All the patients underwent preoperative(More)
We report a case of extralobar pulmonary sequestration (ELS) in a young woman, presenting with right recurring massive pleural effusion. The patient initially underwent a diagnostic Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) for a suspected diffuse malignancy. After the aspiration of the pleural effusion we observed a highly vascularised cystic mass, with its(More)
BACKGROUND The present study was carried out to evaluate the characteristics of solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN) in patients with previous cancer(s) and to analyse the outcome of its surgical treatment. METHODS We retrospectively analysed 131 patients with history of previous malignancy submitted to lung surgery for new identified SPN between January 2004(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the prognostic significance of segmental and subsegmental (level 13 and 14) lymph nodes metastasis in patients with resected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS The pattern of lymph nodal metastasis was analyzed in 124 patients with pN1 NSCLC. Long-term outcomes were compared for 390 pN0, 124 pN1, and 82 pN2 consecutive(More)
AIM AND BACKGROUND To determine whether female patients operated on for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have a survival advantage compared to male patients. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN We analyzed data from 1,426 prospectively collected patients submitted to lung resection for NSCLC between 1999 and 2008. RESULTS Two groups, including 1,014 male and 412(More)
A 79-year-old woman had a primary tumor of the pulmonary artery, which was initially diagnosed as chronic pulmonary thromboembolism. Multislice angio-computed tomography showed a solid mass in the right pulmonary artery. Radical resection of the tumor was achieved by right pneumonectomy via a transsternal transpericardial approach. The patient was alive and(More)
Liposarcomas are rare entities and those located in the neck and mediastinum are exceptional. We report the case of a 58 year-old Caucasian male who presented with dysphonia, mild dysphagia to solids, dyspnoea at exertion and cough due to a giant mass of the neck originating from the deep cervical space at C6 vertebral level spreading into the posterior(More)