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Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disorder that is characterized by noncaseous epithelioid cell granulomas, which may affect almost any organ. Thoracic involvement is common and accounts for most of the morbidity and mortality associated with the disease. Thoracic radiologic abnormalities are seen at some stage in approximately 90% of patients with sarcoidosis,(More)
BACKGROUND Necroscopic and surgical studies have suggested that giant cell arteritis (GCA) may target the aorta and its main branches. Imaging techniques are able to detect large vessel vasculitis (LVV) non-invasively in patients, but the prevalence of LVV in GCA has not been clearly established. OBJECTIVE To assess prospectively the prevalence,(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this prospective study was to determine whether sonography with a hydration test to induce diuresis can be used to reliably differentiate between excretory renal obstruction and renal sinus cysts. METHODS We performed sonographic examination of all patients diagnosed with minimal or moderate obstruction of the intrarenal collecting(More)
PURPOSE Whether computed tomography (CT) should be routinely included in the diagnostic work-up in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has not yet been determined. The aim of this study was to analyze the prognostic significance of abdominal CT in patients with CLL in Rai clinical stage 0. PATIENTS AND METHODS Abdominal CT was performed at(More)
BACKGROUND Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and fatal lung disease with limited response to currently available therapies. Alveolar type II (ATII) cells act as progenitor cells in the adult lung, contributing to alveolar repair during pulmonary injury. However, in IPF, ATII cells die and are replaced by fibroblasts and myofibroblasts. In(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the outcomes of broncho ± angioplastic sleeve lobectomy (SL) versus pneumonectomy (PN), and the PN:SL ratio after an aggressive policy of parenchyma-sparing surgery to improve postoperative complications rate and long-term quality of life (QoL). METHODS A prospective study was conducted in 490 patients with non-small cell lung cancer(More)
OBJECTIVE This study sought to assess the real incidence of pN2 among patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) (cN0) with negative mediastinal uptake of 2-deoxy-2-(18F)-fluoro-o-glucose (FDG). METHODS During 30 consecutive months (January 2007-May 2009), all patients with NSCLC scheduled for surgery in our unit had a preoperative FDG-positron(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the impact of shifting from a standard double reading plus arbitration protocol to a single reading by experienced radiologists assisted by computer-aided detection (CAD) in a breast cancer screening program. METHODS This was a prospective study approved by the ethics committee. Data from 21,321 consecutive screening mammograms in(More)
OBJECTIVE Giant cell arteritis (GCA) may involve the aorta. Retrospective studies have demonstrated a higher prevalence of aortic aneurysm among patients with GCA compared with the general population. We investigated the prevalence of aortic aneurysm in a cohort of patients with biopsy-proven GCA using a defined protocol and assessed whether persisting(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Imaging is becoming a relevant tool for the assessment of patients with systemic vasculitis. This review focuses on recently generated data with potential clinical impact in the diagnosis, evaluation of disease extent and management of systemic vasculitis. RECENT FINDINGS Temporal artery examination by color duplex ultrasonography (CDUS)(More)