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OBJECTIVE Provide explicit expert-based consensus recommendations for the management of adults with primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothoraces in an emergency department and inpatient hospital setting. The use of opinion was made explicit by employing a structured questionnaire, appropriateness scores, and consensus scores with a Delphi technique. The(More)
Video-assisted thoracic surgery has been adopted by some thoracic surgeons as the preferred approach over thoracotomy for many benign and malignant diseases of the chest. However, little concrete evidence exists to support this technique as the superior approach. This randomized study was carried out to define the advantages of video-assisted lobectomy over(More)
This study examined the beneficial effects and potential systemic toxicity from continuous intercostal nerve block by repeated bolus injections of bupivacaine. In this double-blind, randomized study, 20 post-thoracotomy patients were assigned to receive four doses of either: 20 ml 0.5% bupivacaine with epinephrine 5 micrograms.ml-1 (bupivacaine group, n =(More)
BACKGROUND Bronchoalveolar lavage and transbronchial biopsy are often used for definitive diagnosis of lung rejection and infection in lung transplant recipients. Although protected specimen brushing is of value in nosocomial bacterial pneumonia, its role in lung transplant recipients had not been widely reported. The aim of the study is to review the(More)
BACKGROUND Induction therapy and resection may improve the survival of patients with poor prognosis stage III non-small cell lung cancer, at the cost of significant treatment prolongation. The purpose of this study was to assess toxicity, response, and survival of an accelerated induction regimen and resection in poor prognosis stage III non-small cell lung(More)
To clarify the value of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) ploidy analysis, we prospectively studied single-parameter flow cytometric findings of fresh tissue from 272 patients with primary non-small-cell lung cancer from whom adequate tissue from the lung cancer was available. The mean age of the patients was 65.5 years; 65.8% were men. Histologic types were as(More)
Bronchogenic cysts are congenital anomalies of the bronchial tree that are often asymptomatic at presentation in adults. Management of asymptomatic bronchogenic cyst in this population remains controversial. Eighteen patients with bronchogenic cysts were treated at our institution since 1975. At initial presentation, 10 patients (56 percent) were(More)
BACKGROUND Endosonography is very accurate for the preoperative staging of esophageal carcinoma. Approximately 20-38% of patients with esophageal carcinoma present with high-grade malignant strictures that preclude passage of the dedicated echoendoscope. In patients with such strictures, endosonographic staging of esophageal tumors may be performed after(More)
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality following solid organ transplantation. To assess the incidence of IA following lung transplantation and to identify risk factors for its occurrence, we performed a case-control study involving 101 patients undergoing lung transplantation at our institution from 1990 to 1995 and(More)