Paolo Battistoni

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STUDY OBJECTIVES The aim of our study was to compare the diagnostic yield of two bronchoscopic procedures: endobronchial ultrasound-driven transbronchial biopsy (EBUS-TBB) and transbronchial biopsy (TBB) in peripheral pulmonary lesions. DESIGN Prospective, randomized, blinded study. SETTING University Hospital of Rome, Italy. PATIENTS AND METHODS We(More)
OBJECTIVE Interventional bronchoscopy is one of the modalities for palliation and definitive treatment of benign tracheal stenosis. There is however no general agreement on the management of this disease. Aim of this work is to define, in the largest group of patients presented in the literature, what types of tracheal stenosis are amenable to definitive(More)
BACKGROUND Benign tracheo-bronchial neoplasms are rare, but potentially dangerous conditions with life threatening consequences. Tumor removal should be pursued by methods minimizing the procedural stress. The role of endoscopic treatment, as an alternative to open surgery, remains controversial. OBJECTIVES report the twelve-years endoscopic experience in(More)
Iron pill inhalation represents a uncommon cause of syntomatic endobronchial foreign bodies. Unlike foreign body, the direct contact of iron tablet onto the bronchial mucosa results in severe bronchial damage in addition to obstruction and local irritation. Four patients with Iron Pill Inhalation Syndrome are described. All but one patient developed(More)
Tracheal resection and primary anastomosis is the treatment of choice for the management of benign tracheal stenoses. Rigid endoscopy with laser-assisted mechanical dilatation is an alternative to surgery and helps to improve symptoms and quality of life in patients unfit for surgery. Here, we describe the treatment of a simple web-like stenosis, using a(More)
BACKGROUND Bronchopleural fistulas are a major therapeutic challenge. We have reviewed our experience to establish the best choice of treatment. METHODS From January 2001 to December 2013, the records of 3,832 patients who underwent pulmonary anatomic resections were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS The overall incidence of bronchopleural fistulas was(More)
BACKGROUND Bronchopleural fistulae represent a relatively rare complication of pulmonary resection. For inoperable patients, several endoscopic procedures have been described. In the presence of large and chronic bronchopleural fistulae, persistent air leaks require a surgical therapy, while endoscopic airway stent represents a useful palliative treatment.(More)
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