A prospective study of indications for mediastinoscopy in lung cancer with CT findings, tumor size, and tumor markers.

@article{Kimura2003APS,
  title={A prospective study of indications for mediastinoscopy in lung cancer with CT findings, tumor size, and tumor markers.},
  author={Hideki Kimura and Naomichi Iwai and Soichiro Ando and Kimitaka Kakizawa and Naoyoshi Yamamoto and Hidehisa Hoshino and Takashi Anayama},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2003},
  volume={75 6},
  pages={1734-9}
}
BACKGROUND Biopsies by mediastinoscopy remain the most reliable preoperative staging method for N2 lung cancer. Because it is neither practical nor economical to recommend mediastinoscopy for all candidates for surgery, we developed indicational criteria for video-assisted mediastinoscopy (VAM) and carried out a prospective study to validate its usefulness. METHODS Patients with resectable primary lung cancer were chosen for VAM when at least one of three clinical indicators was present: (1… CONTINUE READING