Giovanni Leuzzi

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OBJECTIVES Thymectomy plays an important role in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG). This study aimed to explore predictors of postoperative myasthenic crisis (POMC) after thymectomy and to define a predictive score of respiratory failure. METHODS The clinical data of 177 patients with MG undergoing thymectomy from January 1995 to December 2011 were(More)
OBJECTIVE Esophageal anastomotic leaks are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively assess the role of the anastomotic positioning (thoracic or cervical) on the incindence of the anastomotic leak and its severity. METHODS In the period 2002-07, we have performed extended esophagectomy with a(More)
BACKGROUND Despite ongoing efforts to improve therapy in malignant pleural mesothelioma, few patients undergoing extrapleural pneumonectomy experience long-term survival (LTS). This study aims to explore predictors of LTS after extrapleural pneumonectomy and to define a prognostic score. METHODS From January 2000 to December 2010, we retrospectively(More)
Benign chest wall tumours are very uncommon and chest wall lipomas are rarely reported in literature. We report herein a case of a 68-year old man who developed a giant, symptomless mass of the chest wall. A chest computed tomography scan evidenced a solid neoplasm measuring 27 cm in its major axis. A radical excision was performed and the histology was(More)
Complications directly associated with the use of prosthetic materials in large hiatal hernia repair are rarely cited events in the literature. We herein report a case of a 47 year-old woman who came to our attention for a subacute onset of severe dysphagia and weight loss. She previously underwent laparotomic Nissen fundoplication with PTFE dual-mesh(More)
Right-side aortic arch is a rare congenital aortic anomaly occurring in 0.05% to 0.1% of the general population. Approximately, half of these cases may be associated with an aberrant left subclavian artery and occasionally with aneurysmatic change at its origin known as Kommerell diverticulum or aneurysm (KA). Herein we report a challenging case of a(More)
Zuin et al. [1] have recently reported an interesting retrospective analysis on a relative large series of second primary non-small-cell lung cancers (NSCLCs), comparing the long-term outcomes between patients treated with a lobectomy and those where a sub-lobar resection was performed, which prompted a series of reflections by us, discussed here. The best(More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigated the prognostic impact of multimodality therapies in locally advanced thymomas. METHODS From January 1990 to January 2010, clinicopathological, surgical, and oncological features were retrospectively reviewed in a cohort of 370 Masaoka-Koga stage III thymomas (World Health Organization classification A to B3) collected(More)
AIM Postoperative air leaks and in particular persistent air leaks (>5 days) after pulmonary resection still represent a common complication and the first cause of hospital stay delay. Aim of this experimental trial was to investigate the efficacy of the use of bovine pericardium strips (in terms of reduction of postoperative leakage and hospital stay) in(More)
Although surgery in selected small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients has been proposed as a part of multimodality therapy, so far, the prognostic impact of node-spreading pattern has not been fully elucidated. To investigate this issue, a retrospective analysis was performed. From 01/1996 to 12/2012, clinico-pathological, surgical, and oncological features(More)