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BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to assess the role of F-18 fluoro-2-D-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography ( (18)FDG-PET)/computed tomography (CT) in patients with undiagnosed pleural diseases and to compare the findings with those of invasive diagnostic procedures. METHODS The study included 83 patients with pleural lesions (63 with pleural(More)
Integrated positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT) scanning has become the standard for oncologic imaging. We sought to determine the role of PET/CT in mediastinal non-small cell lung cancer staging. One hundred and twenty-seven consecutive patients were enrolled in the study where PET/CT was performed due to pathologically defined(More)
BACKGROUND A number of technical precautions and many synthetic or biological materials have been suggested to reduce the frequency of prolonged air leak (PAL) following lung resection. Preserving the three-dimensional properties of the remaining lung parenchyma may prevent this complication to some extent. This study presents our experience with an old(More)
Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is one of the surgical options in the treatment of advanced emphysema and may also be considered as a 'bridge' operation to lung transplantation in selected patients. Although its long-term effects are still debatable, some patients significantly benefit from this operation. Secondary spontaneous pneumothorax is one of(More)
Spinal cord evoked potentials (SCEP) in response to epispinal stimulation were measured in an experimental animal model designed to define further the value of electrophysiological monitoring during dorsal root entry zone (DREZ) surgery. Thirteen cats underwent microsurgical stereotactic thermal radiofrequency lesions of the DREZ. The postmortem(More)
Pleural empyema is a serious problem which affects any age group and still there is no standard approach. Our purpose in this study was to assess the safety, feasibility and efficacy of the video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Between 1997 and 2004 83 patients with empyema were enrolled in this study. Fifty-four patients were male, 29 females and(More)
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