Pasquale Ferraro

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BACKGROUND Primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the lung is a rare entity. Although the prognosis is favorable, clinical features, prognostic factors, and patient management have not been clearly defined. METHODS We reviewed retrospectively the records of 48 patients operated on for primary pulmonary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The study group consisted of 21(More)
PURPOSE Despite adequate epidural analgesia, up to 97% of patients undergoing thoracotomy experience ipsilateral shoulder pain. In this setting, this study evaluated the safety and the efficacy of pre-emptive gabapentin. METHODS A double-blind, placebo-controlled study was undertaken in 51 patients randomized into two groups. Two hours before surgery, 23(More)
In a recent study (Leroy C, Dagenais A, Berthiaume Y, and Brochiero E. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 286: L1027-L1037, 2004), we identified an ATP-sensitive K(+) (K(ATP)) channel in alveolar epithelial cells, formed by inwardly rectifying K(+) channel Kir6.1/sulfonylurea receptor (SUR)2B subunits. We found that short applications of K(ATP),(More)
BACKGROUND It is unclear whether endoscopic mediastinal lymph node (LN) staging techniques are equivalent to surgical mediastinal staging (SMS) techniques in patients with potentially operable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS A total of 166 patients with confirmed or suspected NSCLC who required SMS based on current guidelines were enrolled in(More)
OBJECTIVE Despite effective epidural analgesia, up to 85% of post-thoracotomy patients complain of moderate-to-severe ipsilateral shoulder pain. This study assessed the efficacy of acetaminophen in decreasing postoperative shoulder pain after a thoracotomy. DESIGN Double-blind randomized and placebo-controlled study. SETTING University medical center.(More)
Controversy persists in the surgical approach to treat esophageal achalasia. This investigation reports the long-term effects of esophageal myotomy and partial fundoplication in treating this disorder. From 1984 to 1998, 32 patients with achalasia underwent myotomy and partial fundoplication (Belsey Mark IV) using a left thoracotomy. The median follow up is(More)
BACKGROUND Barrett's esophagus (BE) is an advanced stage of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Medical treatment and standard antireflux operations show a high failure rate. An elongated gastroplasty, wrapped by a total fundoplication should provide a tension-free repair with adequate protection against reflux. The aim of this study is to review the operative(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the outcome of conservative and surgical management of spontaneous pneumothorax. DESIGN Retrospective study between January 1980 and December 1990, with a mean follow-up of 6.5 years. SETTING A tertiary-care university hospital with a referral thoracic surgical unit. PATIENTS All patients seen in the study period with spontaneous(More)
The role of ear-piercing, tattooing, attendance at chiropodist or manicurist and barber shop shaving in transmitting hepatitis B and hepatitis non-A, non-B was evaluated. Data reported here were collected from 1985 to 1993 by the National Viral Hepatitis Surveillance System. The association between parenterally transmitted hepatitis and the considered risk(More)
Basophils are a rare population of granulocytes that have long been associated with IgE-mediated and Th2-associated allergic diseases. However, the role of basophils in Th17 and/or Th1 diseases has not been reported. In the present study, we report that basophils can be detected in the mucosa of Th17-associated lung and inflammatory bowel disease and(More)