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BACKGROUND We report a new method for collecting and establishing small airway epithelial cells (SAEC). This method enables the evaluation of the cytokine responsiveness of SAEC, which is still unknown. In this study we evaluated intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) expression on SAEC stimulated with several inflammatory cytokines and compared it with(More)
Intractable advanced lung cancer can be treated palliatively with photodynamic therapy (PDT) combined with chemotherapy to remove central and peripheral (lobar or segmental bronchi) bronchial stenosis and obstruction. We present data for 12 (eight men, four women) consecutive patients with 13 advanced non-small cell lung carcinomas in whom curative(More)
In order to accomplish video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) in a much easier and safer way, especially for assistant operators, we have developed a new display system for VATS. The original thoracoscope has been designed for this new system. The monitor is fixed at approximately 10 cm away from the surface of the chest wall just above the operative field.(More)
Background Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is widely used for the treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax, and the recurrence rate is high. The goal of the study was to examine the use of polyglycolic acid (PGA) sheets, together with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from autologous blood for the prevention of postoperative recurrence of spontaneous(More)
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