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Thirty-nine patients with potentially resectable cancer of the middle or lower esophagus who had not previously been treated were randomly assigned to receive either immediate operation (n = 20) or operation plus preoperative and postoperative therapy with cisplatin, vindesine, and bleomycin (n = 19). Patients were stratified by tumor size and location and(More)
PURPOSE Our objective was to determine if positron emission tomography (PET) with fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG; PET-FDG) imaging is equally efficacious in detection of metastases in small and large mediastinal lymph nodes as compared to CT scanning. MATERIALS AND METHODS PET-FDG imaging, CT scanning, and histology results of sampled mediastinal lymph nodes(More)
The changes in serum total CPK and its isoenzymes have not been delineated in acute mesenteric infarction. As measurement of serum CPK levels could conceivably be a useful diagnostic test for bowel infarction, this experiment was performed to assess changes in serum CPK levels in bowel infarction in dogs, using sham operation and talc peritonitis as(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness and safety of a chronic indwelling pleural catheter with doxycycline pleurodesis via tube thoracostomy in the treatment of patients with recurrent symptomatic malignant pleural effusions (MPE). METHODS In this multi-institutional study conducted between March 1994 and February 1997, 144(More)
Poland's anomaly is an uncommon congenital aberration of the chest wall characterized by absence of the pectoralis major muscle and other nearby musculoskeletal components. In this series, a wide spectrum of thoracic deformities was associated with the Poland anomaly, ranging from segmental agenesis of the ribs, sternum, and nearby muscles, to simple(More)
Pharyngoesophageal perforation secondary to blunt neck trauma is an uncommon injury that can cause serious morbidity and mortality if not recognized and treated. Pharyngeal perforation secondary to blunt trauma sustained while boxing is reported. Review of the world literature found 10 cases of pharyngoesophageal perforation secondary to blunt neck trauma.(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The lipophilic calcium channel antagonist flunarizine has been demonstrated to be neuroprotective in several models of cerebral ischemia. Ischemic spinal cord injury may have a similar pathophysiology and hence may respond in a similar fashion. This study was designed to investigate the effects of pretreatment with flunarizine on(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of positron emission tomography with 2-fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (PET-FDG) in the preoperative staging (N and M staging) of patients with lung cancer. The authors wanted to compare the efficacy of PET scanning with currently used computed tomography (CT) scanning. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
One hundred ten patients with primary chest wall neoplasms were analyzed for long-term results. The diagnosis of 59 malignant and 51 benign tumors was confirmed by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. No deaths were associated with primary definitive therapy. Among the five most frequently encountered malignant tumor types, five-year survivals were(More)
No satisfactory laboratory test for the early diagnosis of bowel infarction exists at this time. We have delineated changes in serum CPK levels after acute superior mesenteric artery infarction; whether or not comparable changes occur with inferior mesenteric artery infarction has not yet been determined. Furthermore, the changes in LDH associated with(More)