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OBJECTIVE Pulmonary emphysema is frequently associated with lung cancer and, because of the impaired pulmonary function involved, it may contraindicate surgical treatment. However, improvement of pulmonary function has been observed after surgical resection in patients with advanced emphysema. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether pulmonary(More)
OBJECTIVE The diagnostic approach to pleural diseases may be difficult. The CT scan, which is the current diagnostic technique, has limited accuracy both in the differentiation between benign and malignant pleural diseases and in the diagnosis of primary and metastatic pleural neoplasms. Invasive procedures, such as thoracoscopy, are therefore frequently(More)
AIM To determine prospectively from the referring physician's point of view the impact of F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (F-FDG PET) results on the management decisions in patients with known or suspected lung cancer. METHODS Seventy-five consecutive patients (58 men, 17 women; age range, 33-82 years; mean age, 64 years) with a(More)
Solitary fibrous tumours of the pleura are rare neoplasms. These tumours are generally asymptomatic and incidentally diagnosed. Symptoms, if present, are nonspecific such as cough, dyspnea, and chest pain. This report describes the case of a 38-year-old woman admitted to our department after the onset of a right massive spontaneous haemothorax requiring(More)
Mediastinal neurogenic tumours generally arise as single benign lesions and their typical location is the costovertebral sulcus. In about 10% of cases mediastinal neurogenic tumours may extend to the spinal canal; occasionally they may extend to the cervical region and, more rarely, may be multiple or associated with other synchronous mediastinal lesions.(More)
We present the case of a 54-year old man with a thymoma extending as tumour thrombus into the right atrium, via the thymic veins, the left brachiocephalic vein (LBV) and the superior vena cava (SVC) (Figs 1 and 2A). The thymoma was excised and a SVC and LBV thrombectomy was successfully performed on cardiopulmonary bypass (Fig. 2B). Figure 1: Computed(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyse clinical and biomolecular prognostic factors associated with the surgical approach and the outcome of 247 patients affected by primary atypical carcinoids (ACs) of the lung in a multi-institutional experience. METHODS We retrospectively evaluated clinical data and pathological tissue samples collected from 247 patients of 10 Thoracic(More)
Primary tumours of the brachial plexus are rare entities. They usually present as extrathoracic masses located in the supraclavicular region. This report describes two cases of benign schwannomas arising from the brachial plexus with an intrathoracic growth. In the first case the tumour was completely intrathoracic and it was hardly removed through a(More)
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