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BACKGROUND Various therapeutic approaches to bronchopleural fistula have been reported. Its natural history, which may be key to the best therapeutic management, early detection, and possibly, prevention of fistula formation, has received little attention. METHODS The cases of 96 patients with bronchopleural fistula after pneumonectomy seen over a 13-year(More)
BACKGROUND The value of bronchoscopic sealing of bronchopleural fistulas was studied retrospectively. METHODS The cases of 45 patients seen between 1983 and 1996 with bronchopleural fistula after pneumonectomy (40 patients) or lobectomy (5 patients) were reviewed. Age, underlying disease, side, fistula size (millimeters) at initial bronchoscopy, survival(More)
OBJECTIVES The value of the pedicled intercostal muscle flap for the closure of postpneumonectomy bronchopleural fistulas was studied retrospectively. METHODS Bronchopleural fistula was suspected in case of fever, cough, putrid or haemorrhagic expectoration, in combination with a rise of WBC and CRP. Fistula diagnosis was established bronchoscopically.(More)
OBJECTIVE Side- and sex-related differences were analysed to explain the occurrence of bronchopleural fistula (BPF) after pneumonectomy on the right-hand side in men. PATIENTS AND METHODS Surgical pathology reports on 209 patients (15 with BPF) were retrospectively reviewed regarding sex, age, side, TNM stage, outer diameter of the resection margin (mm)(More)
A 49-year-old woman with a two-year history of headaches that became progressively more frequent was found on computerized tomographic scan to have a dense, enhancing right frontoparietal mass. The tumor mimicked a meningioma in that it indented the inner table of the skull, was well demarcated from the underlying brain, and microscopically lacked the(More)
Two hundred and forty-two elderly patients (> 65 years) with acute renal failure (ARF) treated at a predominantly medical intensive care unit between 1975 and 1990 were retrospectively analyzed for underlying diseases, severity of disease (as evaluated by the rate of ventilated patients, septicemia and APACHE II score, respectively), causes of ARF, acute(More)
OBJECTIVE In open lung surgery the surgical access is encircled by the ribs, which should result in a high glove perforation rate compared with other surgical specialities. METHODS Prospectively the surgeon, first and second assistant and the scrub nurse wore double standard latex gloves during 100 thoracotomies. Parameters recorded were: procedure(More)
Integrin-linked kinase (ILK) is a protein kinase that links integrins and growth factors to a range of signalling pathways. ILK expression and activity are increased in a variety of human cancers. However, little is known regarding the role of ILK in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). In this study, we assessed the expression of ILK in samples of human(More)