Pravachan V C Hegde

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Combined endosonographic lymph node biopsy techniques are a minimally invasive alternative to surgical staging in non-small cell lung cancer and may be superior to standard mediastinoscopy and surgical mediastinal staging techniques. Endosonography allows for the biopsy of lymph nodes and metastases unattainable with standard mediastinoscopy. Standard(More)
Surgical staging by mediastinoscopy has been considered the gold standard for staging the mediastinum in non-small-cell lung cancer; however, it is an invasive procedure which requires general anesthesia and is associated with significant risk. Endosonographic biopsy techniques are a minimally invasive alternative to surgical staging and may be even better(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary artery (PA) sealing in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy is typically accomplished using vascular endostaplers. Endostaplers may be associated with iatrogenic PA branch injury, especially in short, small PA branches. We evaluated PA branch sealing with the HARMONIC ACE +7 (ACE) shears (Ethicon, Cincinnati, OH) in(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic techniques, including endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), are the initial approach for the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer and the diagnosis of mediastinal and hilar lesions. Historically, the transvascular approach has been avoided because of concerns of bleeding. Here we review our experience with(More)
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