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Jia-Ming Chang, Kam-Hong Kam, Yi-Ting Yen, Wei-Li Huang, Wei Chen, Yau-Lin Tseng, Ming-Ho Wu, Wu-Wei Lai, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas
Our study sought to review our experience from biportal to uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) major lung resection. Lessons we learned from the evolution regarding technical aspects were also discussed.We retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent VATS lobectomy or segmentectomies in Ditmanson Medical Foundation Chia-Yi Christian Hospital, Chia-Yi, Taiwan, during January 2012 and December 2014. Patient clinical profiles, surgical indications and procedures, postoperative course, and oncological parameters were analyzed and compared between the biportal and uniportal groups...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Frank-Martin Haecker, Sergio Sesia
BACKGROUND: For specific therapy to correct pectus excavatum (PE), conservative treatment with the vacuum bell (VB) was introduced more than 10 years ago in addition to surgical repair. Preliminary results using the VB were encouraging. We report on our 13-year experience with the VB treatment including the intraoperative use during the Nuss procedure and present some technical innovations. METHODS: A VB with a patient-activated hand pump is used to create a vacuum at the anterior chest wall...
September 2016: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Santiago Fabián Moscoso Martínez, Vadim Zarubin, Geethapriya Rajasekaran Rathnakumar, Alireza Zarineh
Smooth muscle tumors (SMTs) of the pleura are exceptionally rare. At present and to the best of these authors' knowledge, there are only 17 cases reported in the literature. We describe a case of a 51-year-old woman who complained of left sided pleuritic chest pain. Further, computed tomography (CT) revealed a left sided localized pleural-based mass involving the 9th rib. She underwent an interventional radiology guided percutaneous core biopsy of the lesion, which disclosed a "Smooth Muscle Tumor of Undetermined Malignant Potential (SMT-UMP)...
2016: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Hanlu Zhang, Yingcai Geng, Yu Zheng, Yun Wang
A 68-year-old female was admitted to our hospital with an acute episode of chest pain, progressive cough and fever. She underwent trans-subxiphoid video-assisted thoracoscopic extended thymectomy (TsVATET) for thymoma with myasthenia gravis (MG) 9 days ago. Chest computed tomography (CT) showed anterior mediastinal oedema, and infiltrative findings involved bilateral lung. Physical examination revealed the subxiphoid wound suppuration. We diagnosed subxiphoid incision infection, anterior mediastinitis and concomitant bilateral pneumonia...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Diego Gonzalez-Rivas, Jessica Correa Marin, Juan Pablo Ovalle Granados, Juan David Urrea Llano, Sonia Roque Cañas, Alonso Oviedo Arqueta, Mercedes de la Torre
Tracheobronchial pediatric tumors are very rare and procedures like pneumonectomy are seldomly indicated due to the associated morbidity. If a surgical approach is considered, the ideal oncological technique would be the minimally invasive sleeve resection, allowing preservation of lung parenchyma (very important in pediatric patients). Here we present the first report of a thoracoscopic right upper tracheo-bronchial sleeve lobectomy in a pediatric patient. A 10-year-old female patient, who received multiple antibiotic treatments for recurrent pneumonia without improvement, was diagnosed with a right upper lobe (RUL) carcinoid tumor...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Edward J Caruana, Pierogiorgio Solli, Aman S Coonar
Chest wall invasion is seen in 5% to 8% of patients presenting with lung cancer. We report a case of complete resection of a 14 cm × 9 cm pT3N0M0 squamous cell carcinoma arising from the right lower lobe and invading the lower chest wall posteriorly, in a 75 years old male, via a hybrid thoracoscopic [video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)] approach. Following conventional VATS lobectomy, a targeted 10 cm incision was performed to allow wide resection of the 7(th) to 10(th) ribs and 6(th) to 9(th) transverse processes, with the defect being subsequently reconstructed with a composite rigid prosthesis...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Joshua Xu, Jessica G Y Luc, Kevin Phan
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia in modern clinical practice, with an estimated prevalence of 1.5-2%. The prevalence of AF is expected to double in the next decades, progressing with age and increasingly becoming a global medical challenge. The first-line treatment for AF is often medical treatment with either rate control or anti-arrhythmic agents for rhythm control, in addition to anti-coagulants such as warfarin for stroke prevention in patient at risk. Catheter ablation has emerged as an alternative for AF treatment, which involves myocardial tissue lesions to disrupt the underlying triggers and substrates for AF...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Rebecca Krochmal, Chakravarthy Reddy, Lonny Yarmus, Neeraj R Desai, David Feller-Kopman, Hans J Lee
BACKGROUND: Malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) represent advanced stage disease with potentially significant patient discomfort due to dyspnea. Palliative management options include repetitive thoracenteses, placement of a tunneled pleural catheter (TPC), chemical pleurodesis, or some combination of these procedures. The rapid pleurodesis procedure combines thoracoscopic talc pleurodesis and insertion of a TPC at the same time with the goals of reducing both the length of hospitalization and the duration of catheter use...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Frank O Velez-Cubian, Kathryn L Rodriguez, Matthew R Thau, Carla C Moodie, Joseph R Garrett, Jacques P Fontaine, Eric M Toloza
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether robotic-assisted surgery improves mediastinal lymph node dissection (MLND). METHODS: We analyzed patients (pts) who underwent robotic-assisted video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (R-VATS) lobectomy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) over 36 months. Perioperative outcomes, tumor histology, numbers, locations, and status of all lymph nodes (LNs), and TNM (tumor, nodal, and metastasis) stage changes were analyzed. RESULTS: One hundred fifty-nine pts had mean tumor size 3...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Antonio Mazzella, Anne Olland, Pierre Emmanuel Falcoz, Stephane Renaud, Nicola Santelmo, Gilbert Massard
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates the number of video-assisted thoracic surgery-lobectomies (VATS-lobectomies) required for an experienced consultant thoracic surgeon to obtain competence and to perform standard quality surgery. METHODS: We have analysed the initial VATS-experience (January 2012 to September 2014) of a confirmed senior consultant who has performed 145 consecutive anatomic resections by thoracoscopy. After excluding bilobectomies, segmentectomies, and lobectomies for infectious disease, we have focused into 119 consecutive lobectomies, classified into 4 chronologic groups of 30 each...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Yoshihito Iijima, Hirohiko Akiyama, Yuki Nakajima, Hiroyasu Kinoshita, Iwao Mikami, Hidetaka Uramoto, Tomomi Hirata
INTRODUCTION: Recently, the opportunity to encounter lung metastasis from choriocarcinoma has become very rare for thoracic surgeons, since chemotherapy works very well and the operative indications for lung metastasis are limited. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 45-year-old woman with a past history of hydatidiform mole six years previously was found to have a nodulous chest shadow in the right middle lung field on a chest radiography. She was also suspected of having an ovarian tumor and underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Weibin Zhou, Min Chen
INTRODUCTION: Parathyroid crisis due to ectopic parathyroid adenomas can pose diagnostic and management challenges, since it is quite rare in clinical practice. CLINICAL FINDINGS/PATIENT CONCERNS: A 67-year-old Chinese male presented as a parathyroid crisis due to an ectopic mediastinal parathyroid adenoma with his serum calcium and PTH markedly increased in short time. An ultrasonography and computed tomography (CT) scan of the neck did not reveal any parathyroid adenoma...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Weston G Andrews, Subroto Paul
Lung cancer resection techniques have gone through many changes and adaptations. Traditional thoracotomy provided sufficient visualization to fully resect the lobe as well as adequate lymph node dissection. Many thought that this allowed for the most accurate surgical staging of a lung cancer, but subjected the patient to longer hospital stays and increased morbidity and mortality. As with many major surgical operations there has been a culture shift toward minimally invasive techniques, but the adoption has been slow...
October 13, 2016: Future Oncology
Gaetano Di Rienzo, Corrado Surrente, Camillo Lopez, Giovanna Imbriglio, Gaetano Greco, Anna Lucia Urgese, Luigi Andriolo
In 2012, open procedures represented 63% of the total number of lobectomies performed in our unit; in 2015, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy numbers increased up to 66% of the total number of lobectomies performed. When carrying out the procedures, we followed the guidelines presented by the International VATS Lobectomy Consensus Group regarding indications, contraindications, preoperative investigations and conversions. In view of 280 VATS major lung resections from May 2012 to May 2016, we describe some tips and tricks that can be useful in this surgical technique, from general principles to single operative procedures...
October 13, 2016: Future Oncology
Huan H Sun, Joanna Sesti, Jessica S Donington
Recent advances in the surgical treatment of early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have focused heavily on making procedures less invasive, less radical, and better tolerated. Advances in accuracy and increased utilization of cross-sectional imaging allows for diagnosis of smaller and more indolent tumors and preinvasive lesions. Similar to advanced disease, early-stage treatment is now being tailored to individual patients and their tumors. Sublobar resections are gaining acceptance as an oncologically equivalent approach to lobectomy in well-selected stage I patients...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Sarah Townsend, Michelle L Oblak, Ameet Singh, Michele A Steffey, Jeffrey J Runge
OBJECTIVE: To report the diagnosis, treatment, and short-term outcome in dogs with suspected persistent right aortic arch (PRAA) undergoing thoracoscopy with concurrent esophagoscopy. STUDY DESIGN: Multi-institutional retrospective case series. ANIMALS: Dogs with suspected PRAA (n=9). METHODS: Medical records were reviewed from 2012 to 2016. Dogs undergoing thoracoscopy for PRAA at 3 referral hospitals were included...
October 12, 2016: Veterinary Surgery: VS
Mohammed Shafi A, Sivagnanasundaram, Rajan Santosham
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January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Jan Kocis, Martin Kelbl, Peter Wendsche, Radek Vesely
AIMS: A retrospective analysis of patients with thoracolumbar junction fractures who underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery via a minimally invasive approach (minithoracotomy) for reconstruction of the anterior spinal column. METHODS: Between 2002 and 2014, a total of 176 patients were treated by this technique. The patients received either posterior stabilization and, at the second stage, the minimally invasive technique via an anterior approach, or the minimally invasive anterior procedure alone...
October 3, 2016: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
Chul Hwan Park, Kyunghwa Han, Jin Hur, Sang Min Lee, Ji Won Lee, Sung Ho Hwang, Jae Seung Seo, Kye Ho Lee, Woocheol Kwon, Tae Hoon Kim, Byoung Wook Choi
BACKGROUND: An optimal method of pre-operative localization for pulmonary nodules has yet to be established. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to compare the success and complication rates associated with three pulmonary nodule localization methods for video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS): hook-wire localization, microcoil localization, and lipiodol localization. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched the PubMed, MEDLINE, and EMBASE databases for prospective or retrospective English language studies of VATS localization in adult patients...
October 4, 2016: Chest
Naomi E Verstegen, Alexander P W M Maat, Frank J Lagerwaard, Marinus A Paul, Michel I Versteegh, Joris J Joosten, Willem Lastdrager, Egbert F Smit, Ben J Slotman, Joost J M E Nuyttens, Suresh Senan
INTRODUCTION: The literature on surgical salvage, i.e. lung resections in patients who develop a local recurrence following stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), is limited. We describe our experience with salvage surgery in nine patients who developed a local recurrence following SABR for early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: Patients who underwent surgical salvage for a local recurrence following SABR for NSCLC were identified from two Dutch institutional databases...
October 3, 2016: Radiation Oncology
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