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Focal ground-glass opacity (GGO) on computed tomography has been reported in several disorders including inflammatory disease and primary neoplastic lesion of the lung. We report a case of malignant melanoma of the nasal cavity metastatic to the lungs in which multiple pulmonary nodules showed GGO. Lung biopsy specimen demonstrated melanoma cells(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the objective radiologic analysis of high-resolution computed tomographic images of small peripheral non-small cell lung cancer and to select the candidates for curative limited resection. METHODS High-resolution computed tomographic images of 146 surgically resected T1 N0 M0 peripheral(More)
OBJECTIVES Several investigators have reported that operative mortality in the elderly is acceptable. However, their patients are potentially biased with regard to some factors such as performance status (PS) and comorbidity. In this study, we discuss surgical indications for the elderly and effects on perioperative mortality and prognosis. STUDY DESIGN A(More)
The aim of the present study was to predict the prognosis of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who underwent comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation (PR). A total of 144 patients who performed PR between 1992 and 1999 was assessed. After PR, 67 patients underwent lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Baseline data before PR consisted of(More)
OBJECTIVE Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy has been employed for the treatment of lung cancer. Many investigators have reported that the outcomes of VATS lobectomy for lung cancer are comparable to those of thoracotomy; however, several controversial issues remain. One of the critical concerns is the safety. VATS lobectomy often(More)
BACKGROUND Ground-glass opacity (GGO), which is closely related with bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC), is being detected more frequently. BAC is considered to be a relatively less aggressive tumor, and immediate resection at the time of detection might not be necessary. Therefore, when GGO is detected, a CT follow-up examination is often performed. If(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to identify the clinical characteristics of multiple primary adenocarcinomas and to evaluate the efficacy of surgical treatments. METHODS Three-hundred sixty-nine patients who underwent pulmonary resection for adenocarcinoma from January 1994 to December 2002 were reviewed. RESULTS Thirty-one patients (8.4%) were(More)
Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has become an attractive surgical procedure, but several issues remain to be resolved. Prognosis after VATS lobectomy is important to evaluate the adequacy of VATS lobectomy as a cancer operation. Interestingly, several investigators, including us, have reported that prognosis after VATS lobectomy was superior to(More)
Bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC) pattern is often seen at the margin of invasive adenocarcinomas. We investigated EGFR signaling abnormalities involved in the progression of adenocarcinoma. Fifty tumors were obtained from patients who underwent surgery for lung adenocarcinoma seen as dense areas in ground glass opacity on computed tomography. Six, 18, and(More)
Although video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been applied to pulmonary resection for pulmonary metastases, the clinical validity of this approach remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the validity and problems of VATS for pulmonary metastasectomy. From January 1993 to December 2003, VATS for pulmonary metastasectomy(More)