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OBJECTIVES Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) provides a minimally invasive means to resect pulmonary nodules (PN). Deep localization of PN may jeopardize VATS lung resection. The aim of this study was to establish the utility of preoperative computed tomography (CT)-guided hookwire localization of PN. METHODS Between January 1993 and September 2001,(More)
BACKGROUND In this study, we analyze our experience with pulmonary resection for metastases from colorectal carcinoma. The aims were to search for factors influencing prognosis and to investigate the presence of microsatellite instability in the primary tumors and the corresponding lung metastases. METHODS We identified 81 patients who underwent surgical(More)
OBJECTIVE From January 1998 to February 1999, 160 patients undergoing lung resection for non-small cell lung cancer were studied to define factors that increase the risk of postoperative supraventricular arrhythmia (SA) and to assess the effectiveness of amiodarone as an antiarrhythmic drug. METHODS All patients were monitored intraoperatively and(More)
BACKGROUND The recurrence rate for stage I non-small cell lung cancer is high, with 20-40% of patients that relapse after surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate new F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) derived parameters, such as standardized uptake value index (SUVindex), metabolic tumor volume (MTV) and total lesion(More)
Between 1962 and 1982, 416 primary tracheal reconstructions and 21 staged reconstructions were performed. Since then 80 additional tracheal reconstructions have been accomplished (to April of 1985). The first 20 years of our experience (1962 to 1982) have been scrutinized to identify complications and describe their management in patients operated on for(More)
BACKGROUND Thoracic surgeons have limited experience of inflammatory pseudotumors of the lung owing to their rare occurrence in routine clinical practice. METHODS We retrospectively investigated the clinicopathologic features of 18 patients with inflammatory pseudotumor of the lung observed between 1992 and 2002. RESULTS There were 13 men and 5 women.(More)
Despite advances in diagnostic methods, surgical techniques, and supportive therapy, chronic parapneumonic empyema is still associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. A prospective study was performed on a consecutive series of patients with chronic parapneumonic empyema to analyze the results of surgical treatment and identify clinical(More)
Cysteine-containing leukotrienes (cysteinyl-LTs) are potent bronchoconstrictors and play a key role in asthma. We found that histamine and LTD4 markedly constrict strips of human bronchi (HB) with similar efficacy. However, in human airway smooth-muscle (HASM) cells, LTD4, at variance with histamine, elicited only a small, transient change in intracellular(More)
From 1974 through 1984, 24 patients with malignancies of the Oddian region underwent surgery. Four ampullectomies were carried out with one more than 10-year survivor. Nineteen duodenopancreatectomies were performed with no operative mortality, a 21% complication rate and a 4% reoperation rate; mean survival was 42 months; 1-, 3- and 5-year survival was(More)