Does pleural lavage cytology before thoracic closure predict both patient's prognosis and site of cancer recurrence after resection of esophageal cancer?

@article{Doki2001DoesPL,
  title={Does pleural lavage cytology before thoracic closure predict both patient's prognosis and site of cancer recurrence after resection of esophageal cancer?},
  author={Yuichiro Doki and Toshiyuki Kabuto and Osamu Ishikawa and Hiroaki Ohigashi and Yo Sasaki and Takako Yamada and Masahiro Hiratsuka and Isao Miyashiro and Masao Kameyama and Kouhei Murata and Shingi Imaoka and Takushi Yasuda and Akihiko Nakaizumi and Atushi Takenaka},
  journal={Surgery},
  year={2001},
  volume={130 5},
  pages={792-7}
}
BACKGROUND Operative manipulation occasionally exfoliates and spreads cancer cells in the surgical field, and it is a matter of concern whether the exfoliated cancer cells actually affect the patient's prognosis and sites of cancer recurrence. METHODS In 240 patients with esophageal cancers, lavage cytology (LC) of the right pleural cavity was performed before and after esophageal resection combined with regional lymphadenectomy. The cytologic results were compared with the pathologic factors… CONTINUE READING