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BACKGROUND We prospectively analyzed the postoperative morbidity, mortality rate, and risk factors in 605 patients who underwent thoracotomy for bronchogenic carcinoma. METHODS Patients were categorized by postsurgical tumor stage: I, 287 patients (47.4%); II, 49 patients (8.1%); IIIA, 154 patients (25.5%); IIIB, 80 patients (13.2%); IV, 16 patients(More)
Latex agglutination (LA), passive hemagglutination (PHA), immunoelectrophoresis (IEP) and specific IgE, IgM, IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests for diagnosis and postoperative follow-up of 79 patients with surgically confirmed pulmonary hydatidosis were evaluated. Specific IgG ELISA was the most sensitive test (83.5%) and the least(More)
Hydatid infestation of the lung can be primary or secondary. In three of four cases the cyst is a single one. Hydatidosis of a different location, particularly the liver, may be associated. The period of initial growth of primary hydatidosis is frequently asymptomatic. Bronchial fistulization is an important event in the evolution of the cyst. Intrapleural(More)
BACKGROUND This study examines the experience of the Spanish Multicenter Study of Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Lung through the clinical data and behavior of patients treated for this pathologic process. METHODS From 1980 to 1997, 361 cases of neuroendocrine carcinomas (NEC) were treated surgically. Patients were enrolled in a protocol using the(More)
This study was designed to analyze the hemodynamic and cerebral repercussions arising from the surgical interruption of the superior vena cava. The experiments were carried out in 12 mongrel dogs under two different conditions: with shunt (group A, n = 6) and without the installation of a shunt (group B, n = 6). The period of occlusion was 35 minutes. The(More)
Hydatidosis in humans is a parasitic disease produced by cystic growth of the larvae of the tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus, affecting mainly the liver and lung. Larvae are rarely present in the mediastinum, although approximately 100 cases have been described in the literature. We report eight cases of hydatid cysts of the mediastinum (HCM) treated(More)
UNLABELLED Transesophageal sonography was originally used to assess esophageal-gastric neoplasm. The technique may also be useful in the evaluation of pulmonary neoplasms for possible mediastinal involvement, with regard to both T and N factors. OBJECTIVE To consider the validity of this minimally-invasive technique for assessing possible mediastinal(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study is to report our 15-year experience treating chronic empyemas after pulmonary resection and tuberculosis. METHODS Open-window thoracostomy and thoracomyoplasty were used to treat 40 patients with chronic pleural empyema characterized by residual empyematic cavity, bronchopleural fistula, and persistent pleural(More)
Extracranial mycotic aneurysms of the carotid are unusual. We present such an aneurysm of the right primary carotid caused by enteritis due to Salmonella in a 75-year-old patient at high risk for surgery (myocardial ischemia evolving over 3 months) and with coexisting stenosis of 75% of the left internal carotid. Endarterectomy of the left internal carotid,(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the renoprotective effect of a specific platelet-activating factor antagonist (WEB-2086) in an experimental model of normothermic renal ischemia. Twenty New Zealand white rabbits were studied for 2 days before and 24 hours after a 60-minute period of renal ischemia induced by bilateral clamping of the renal(More)