Francesco Leo

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OBJECTIVE Mesothelial intrathoracic cysts are congenital lesions classically located in the anterior cardiophrenic angle (pleuro-pericardial cysts). Locations elsewhere in the thorax are infrequent. The aim of the study was to describe a 10-year, single-institution experience with endoscopic management of mesothelial cysts by video-assisted thoracoscopy(More)
Surgical treatment of lung metastases from melanoma is highly controversial as the expected outcome is much poorer than for other primary tumours and a reliable system for selecting patients is lacking. This study evaluated the long-term results of lung metastasectomy for melanoma, with the aim of defining a subset of patients with better prognosis. By(More)
OBJECTIVE A higher mortality has been reported after pneumonectomy over the age of 70. The aim of the study was to quantify the additional risk due to age after standard pneumonectomy for lung cancer by a case-control study. METHODS Our clinical database was reviewed to search for patients aged 70 years or more who underwent standard pneumonectomy for(More)
Neoangiogenesis and enhanced glucose metabolism in neoplasms are likely to be activated by the same biochemical stimulus; hypoxia. A correlation between these two parameters has been postulated. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between Fluoro-desoxi-glucose uptake at positron emission tomography scan and angiogenesis in lung(More)
Postpneumonectomy syndrome (PPS) is a rare complication of pneumonectomy due to an excessive mediastinal shift producing compression of the main bronchus or a lobe bronchus on the aorta or the spine. We report an exceptional case in which an extreme mediastinal shift was due to fibrosis and complete atelectasis of the left lung, as a complication of(More)
BACKGROUND The oncologic value of superior vena cava (SVC) resection for lung and mediastinal malignancies remains controversial. In this context, we have reviewed our experience in the treatment of locally advanced lung and mediastinal tumor invading the SVC system, analyzing postoperative outcome and long-term oncologic results. METHODS The clinical(More)
Pneumomediastinum (spontaneous, iatrogenic and traumatic) is a relatively uncommon infrequently reported entity. The most common cause is the rupture of marginal pulmonary alveoli, allowing bubbles of air to dissect along the vascular sheaths and connective tissue planes to the mediastinum. Rupture of the trachea or thoracic traumas are other causes of(More)
BACKGROUND Indeterminate non-calcified lung nodules are frequent when low-dose spiral computed tomography (LD-CT) is used for lung cancer screening. We assessed the diagnostic utility of a non-invasive work-up protocol for nodules detected at baseline in volunteers enrolled in our single-centre screening trial, and followed for at least 1 year. METHODS(More)