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PURPOSE Caspase-3 is a cysteine protease that plays an important role in the process of apoptotic cell death, but little has been studied clinically on caspase-3 in lung cancer. Increased c-myc expression can result in mitosis or apoptosis, and its contribution to the pathogenesis and prognosis of lung cancer has gained interest. In the present study, the(More)
BACKGROUND Although anti-tuberculosis medication is essential for the treatment of tuberculous abscess of the chest wall, surgical treatment also plays an important role. We report our surgical experience for patients with tuberculous abscess of the chest wall. METHODS The series was comprised of 16 patients with tuberculous abscess of the chest wall, and(More)
Esophageal duplication cyst is a rare congenital esophageal anomaly of the foregut. This cyst usually occurs in isolation, and thus far, was treated by enucleation through thoracoscopic or thoracotomic surgery. Here we report a case of multiple esophageal duplication cysts that showed different pathological findings, i.e., the cysts were lined with(More)
PURPOSE Increasing experimental evidence indicates that abnormal expression of c-kit may be implicated in the pathogenesis of a variety of solid tumors. It has been reported that over 70% of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) contain the c-kit receptor. In the present study, a c-kit analysis has been extended to non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The(More)
BACKGROUND Preoperative localization is frequently necessary to perform thoracoscopic resection of a small and/or deeply located intrapulmonary lesion. We developed a new method that uses a fragmented platinum microcoil, and retrospectively evaluated the efficacy of our technique. METHODS Between January 2006 and May 2010, self-made microcoils(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The clinical outcomes of some patients with pleural infection may be favorable with medical treatment alone, but in others, the disease progresses and requires additional surgical treatment. However, little is known about the factors affecting this difference. The aim of this study was to investigate the factors predictive of failure of(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, cardiac troponin I has been used to detect myocardial injury because of its superior cardiac specificity. However, there has been debate about the appropriate timing and cutoff level of cardiac troponin I to detect perioperative myocardial injury after coronary artery bypass grafting. The objective of this study was to define the(More)
BACKGROUND An intrathoracic meningocele is a relatively rare disease, and it commonly accompanies neurofibromatosis type 1. Patients tend to have no symptom but if its size is too large and compresses a lung and neighboring organs, it needs shunt drainage or surgical resection. CASE PRESENTATION Herein, we present the case of a 52 year-old female patient(More)
Bronchiolitis obliterans (BO) or bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP) is one of manifestations of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Recently there are reports about thoracic air-leakage syndrome (TALS), but real incidence, clinical course, and implications of TALS remain(More)
Carcinosarcoma of the esophagus is a rare malignancy accounting for approximately 1-2% of all esophageal neoplasms. It presents as a bulky intraluminal polypoid lesion mainly in the mid to lower esophagus, which harbors both carcinomatous and sarcomatous components histologically. It often presents relatively early because of its rapid intraluminal growth.(More)