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PURPOSE OF REVIEW Solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura (SFTP) is a rare neoplasm of the pleura. Although an increasing number of case series have been reported in recent years, so far clinical behavior is still unpredictable. The following article presents a detailed review of the recent larger series of SFTP with particular attention to the clinical(More)
Primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) affects young healthy people with a significant recurrence rate. Recent advances in treatment have been variably implemented in clinical practice. This statement reviews the latest developments and concepts to improve clinical management and stimulate further research.The European Respiratory Society's Scientific(More)
OBJECTIVES We evaluated factors that influenced morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing completion pneumonectomy (CP). METHODS A retrospective review of a consecutive series of patients who underwent CP at six international centres. RESULTS In total, 165 CP were performed between March 1990 and December 2009: 152 for malignant disease and 13 for(More)
The safety of talc pleurodesis is under dispute following reports of talc-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and death. We investigated the safety of large-particle talc for thoracoscopic pleurodesis to prevent recurrence of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP). 418 patients with recurrent PSP were enrolled between 2002 and 2008 in nine(More)
BACKGROUND Melanoma is highly curable in early stages but holds devastating consequences in advanced phases with a median survival of 6-10 months. Lungs are a common metastasis target, but despite this, limited data are available on the molecular status of pulmonary lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS 25 patients with surgically resected melanoma lung(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyse clinical and biomolecular prognostic factors associated with the surgical approach and the outcome of 247 patients affected by primary atypical carcinoids (ACs) of the lung in a multi-institutional experience. METHODS We retrospectively evaluated clinical data and pathological tissue samples collected from 247 patients of 10 Thoracic(More)
A 53-year-old patient arrived at the emergency room with dyspnoea. He had undergone pacemaker positioning a week earlier. X-ray and computed tomography (CT) examination (Fig. 1) showed that the device was erroneously positioned into the aortic arch. The device was removed with thoracoscopic intervention to manage eventual aortic bleeding and was(More)
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