Hermes C Grillo

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This review discusses the need for tracheal replacement, distinct from resection with primary anastomosis, the requirements for replacement, and the many efforts over the past century to accomplish this goal experimentally and clinically. Approaches have included use of foreign materials, nonviable tissue, autogenous tissue, tissue engineering, and(More)
One hundred forty-three patients with bronchogenic carcinoma were studied prospectively with computed tomography (CT) to determine the accuracy of CT in the evaluation of mediastinal nodal metastases. Mediastinal lymph nodes were localized according to the lymph node mapping scheme of the American Thoracic Society and were considered abnormal if they(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to identify risk factors for anastomotic complications after tracheal resection and to describe the management of these patients. METHODS This was a single-institution, retrospective review of 901 patients who underwent tracheal resection. RESULTS The indications for tracheal resection were postintubation tracheal stenosis in 589(More)
BACKGROUND Tracheal resection for primary carcinoma may extend survival. We evaluated survival after surgical resection or palliative therapy to identify prognostic factors. METHODS We conducted a retrospective study of patients diagnosed with primary adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the trachea between 1962 and 2002.(More)
During a 21-year period, 72 patients were treated for esophageal perforations; the diagnosis was made only at postmortem examination in 13 other patients. Fifty-eight of 85 patients (68%) sustained iatrogenic perforations, 11 patients (13%) had "spontaneous" perforation, nine patients (11%) had foreign body related perforation, and seven patients (8%) had(More)
BACKGROUND Esophageal leiomyomas, although infrequent, are the most common benign intramural tumors of the esophagus. They represent 10% of all gastrointestinal leiomyomas and frequently cause symptoms, necessitating resection. METHODS The Massachusetts General Hospital Pathologic Database was reviewed over a 40-year period for patients who underwent(More)
Acquired, nonmalignant tracheoesophageal fistula is an uncommon and difficult problem to manage. The most common cause is a complication of endotracheal or tracheostomy tubes. Most are diagnosed while patients still require mechanical ventilation. We use a conservative approach until patients are weaned from ventilation. A tracheostomy tube is placed so(More)
One hundred ninety-eight patients with primary tracheal tumors were evaluated in 26 years. One hundred forty-seven tumors were excised (74%): 132 (66%) by resection and primary reconstruction, seven by laryngotracheal resection or cervicomediastinal exenteration, and eight by staged procedures. Eleven more were explored. Forty-four squamous cell carcinomas(More)
Twenty-one patients underwent combined therapy (irradiation and radical resection) for a Pancoast tumor at the Massachusetts General Hospital between 1976 and 1985. All patients underwent en bloc removal of the apical chest wall and underlying lung. In addition four patients required subclavian artery resection, and in five patients a portion of the(More)