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Thirty-seven patients with fractures of the thoracic or lumbar spine underwent anterior corpectomy (partial or complete) and vertebral body replacement for either destructive lesions from tumor or infection (13 patients) or trauma (24 patients). The vertebral bodies were replaced using either rib (12 patients) or tricortical iliac crest (25 patients)(More)
OBJECTIVE One of the indications for the rapidly expanding use of thoracoscopic surgery as an alternative to thoracotomy is the excision of peripheral lung nodules. Nodules judged too small or too far from the pleural surface to be seen or palpated during thoracoscopy must be localized beforehand. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility(More)
BACKGROUND A retrospective study was performed to evaluate the association between arterial invasion and survival in patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer. METHODS One hundred patients were identified who had undergone complete anatomic resection as definitive treatment for stage I non-small cell lung cancer. The tumors were reviewed for the(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES Bronchioloalveolar carcinoma is a primary lung neoplasm of variable histopathologic, radiologic, and clinical expression. There are three cell types described in bronchioloalveolar carcinoma: Clara cells, mucin-producing cells, and alveolar type II epithelial cells. It is unclear whether these three tumor cell types are associated with a(More)
A case of thoracic chordoma successfully treated with surgical excision is reported and described. Thoracic chordomata presenting as posterior superior mediastinal tumors occur infrequently and may be highly malignant lesions. Early radical surgery through thoracotomy provide the best hope of cure, and radiation offers only temporary regression of tumor.
It is generally believed that minimally invasive surgery (MIS) results in less postoperative pain, fewer complications, and shorter recovery periods compared with open procedures. Yet despite these benefits, the level of reimbursement assigned to the surgeon by United States health-care payers is often lower than that for open procedures. Furthermore, the(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of carcinoma of the distal esophagus and GE junction is rapidly increasing. A large single-center experience was reviewed to determine the impact of lymph node positivity and ratio on survival. METHODS All patients undergoing esophagogastrectomy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital between January 1994 and December 2004 were(More)
A multiinstitutional study of 39 esophageal injuries treated between 1982 and 1988 and a comprehensive review of the literature revealed an unacceptably high mortality rate of more than 20%. Results of the current study indicated that prompt diagnosis and aggressive surgical management of esophageal injuries could improve the outcome and lower the(More)