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Sachin S Dole, Gauri P Godbole, Himanshu S Pophale
BACKGROUND: Medical thoracoscopy has received interest in recent past for diagnostic as well as therapeutic uses. In this study we describe our experience with diagnostic medical thoracoscopy in pleural effusions of undiagnosed etiology. OBJECTIVE: 1.To detect diagnostic yield of medical thoracoscopy in pleural effusions of unknown etiology. 2.To find complication rate in these patients. METHODOLOGY: In a retrospective analysis of thoracoscopic procedures performed between March 2011 and December 2014, diagnostic yield and complications of thoracoscopic pleural biopsy for achieving a diagnosis in undiagnosed pleural effusions were evaluated...
October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Song Dong, Xue-Ning Yang, Wen-Zhao Zhong, Qiang Nie, Ri-Qiang Liao, Jun-Tao Lin, Yi-Long Wu
BACKGROUND: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy has emerged as a safe and effective technique for treating early-stage lung cancer. Novel three-dimensional, high-definition (3D HD) imaging has removed this technical obstacle and is increasingly used in laparoscopic surgery. We compared our initial experience of 3D HD VATS with standard two-dimensional (2D) HD VATS to identify the advantages and disadvantages of 3D HD visualization in VATS. METHODS: The data of consecutive patients diagnosed with lung cancer who underwent 2D or 3D thoracoscopic lobectomy or bilobectomy at the Guangdong Lung Cancer Institute from July 2013 to October 2014 were retrospectively analyzed...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Baodong Liu, Lei Liu, Mu Hu, Kun Qian, Yuanbo Li
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to retrospectively evaluate percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) combined with palliative thoracoscopic pleurodesis (TP) for malignant pleural effusion and/or pleural disseminated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), diagnosed by thoracoscopy. METHODS: The study was composed of 40 patients with primary NSCLC with malignant pleural effusion and/or pleural dissemination recognized for the first time during thoracoscopic exploration...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Gustav Linder, Jakob Hedberg, Martin Björck, Magnus Sundbom
In esophageal cancer surgery, perfusion of the gastric conduit is a critical issue. Measurement of gastric intramucosal pH (pHi ) is a method to identify anaerobic metabolism as a sign of impaired perfusion. In this study we aimed to monitor changes in the perfusion of the gastric conduit at key steps during and after esophagectomy. pHi was measured per- and postoperatively using intermittent gastric tonometry in 32 patients undergoing open, 65%, or video-assisted thoracoscopic esophagectomy for esophageal cancer...
October 21, 2016: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
Hanlu Zhang, Longqi Chen, Yingcai Geng, Yu Zheng, Yun Wang
Thoracoscopic intrathoracic esophagogastrostomy is a technically demanding operation; these technical requirements restrict the extensive application of minimally invasive Ivor Lewis esophagectomy. In an attempt to reduce the difficulty of this surgical procedure, we developed a modified anastomotic technique for thoracolaparoscopic Ivor Lewis esophagectomy. During the entirety of this modified approach, neither technically challenging operations such as intrathoracic suturing, or knotting, nor special instruments such as an OrVil system or a reverse-puncture head are required...
October 21, 2016: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
Fahima Syeda, Andrew P Holmes, Ting Y Yu, Samantha Tull, Stefan Michael Kuhlmann, Davor Pavlovic, Daniel Betney, Genna Riley, Jan P Kucera, Florian Jousset, Joris R de Groot, Stephan Rohr, Nigel A Brown, Larissa Fabritz, Paulus Kirchhof
BACKGROUND: Antiarrhythmic drugs are widely used to treat patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), but the mechanisms conveying their variable effectiveness are not known. Recent data suggested that paired like homeodomain-2 transcription factor (PITX2) might play an important role in regulating gene expression and electrical function of the adult left atrium (LA). OBJECTIVES: After determining LA PITX2 expression in AF patients requiring rhythm control therapy, the authors assessed the effects of Pitx2c on LA electrophysiology and the effect of antiarrhythmic drugs...
October 25, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Hideki Ujiie, Tatsuya Kato, Hsin-Pei Hu, Suhaib Hasan, Priya Patel, Hironobu Wada, Daiyoon Lee, Kosuke Fujino, David M Hwang, Marcelo Cypel, Marc de Perrot, Andrew Pierre, Gail Darling, Thomas K Waddell, Shaf Keshavjee, Kazuhiro Yasufuku
BACKGROUND: Localization of small, nonvisible and nonpalpable nodules is challenging during video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. We evaluated the feasibility of using a new ultrasound thoracoscope to localize nodules in resected ex vivo human lungs. METHODS: The tumor was localized and measured in its greatest dimension with a prototype ultrasound thoracoscope (XLTF-UC180; Olympus Corporation, Tokyo, Japan) at different frequencies (5.0 to 12.0 MHz) and different lung specimen states (deflated, semiinflated)...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Mark Wigginton, Laura Lehrian
We compare airway management and lung isolation methods in two pediatric cases of congenital central hypoventilation syndrome undergoing bilateral throacoscopic phrenic-nerve-stimulator surgery. One child received lung isolation using a 7Fr bronchial blocker in conjunction with a 6.0 cuffed endotracheal tube; and the second received a technique of endobronchial intubation using a 3.5 microcuffed tube via the tracheostomy stoma in conjunction with 5.0 cuffed endotracheal intubation; a technique previously undescribed in pediatric patients...
October 20, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Yongkeun Cho
Medications such as ß-blockers are currently the primary treatment for patients with hereditary arrhythmia syndromes such as long QT syndrome (LQTS) and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). However, these drugs are ineffective in some patients, and the other treatment option, that is implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation, is associated with significant complications in young and active patients. Left cardiac sympathetic denervation (LCSD) may reduce the wide gap between life-long ß-blocker medication and ICD implantation...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Jui-Hung Hung, Ching Hsueh, Chiung-Ying Liao, Shang-Yun Ho, Yuan-Chun Huang
Pulmonary sclerosing hemangioma is an uncommon benign tumor of the lung; however, on rare occasions it can arise from the pulmonary hilar region. Herein, we report a 53-year-old female patient who presented with a round opacity in the right upper lung field on a radiograph. Chest computed tomography scanning revealed a 3.1 cm mass in the right pulmonary hilum. Thoracoscopic tumor excision was subsequently performed. On pathohistologic study, the tumor was well defined and composed of round stromal cells and surface cells arranged in a papillary, sclerotic, solid, and hemorrhagic pattern...
2016: Case Reports in Medicine
Yoshitaka Sunami, Akihiko Gotoh, Naoki Watanabe, Yoko Edahiro, Yasuharu Hamano, Hironori Harada, Norio Komatsu
Pleural effusion may occur as a rare complication associated with myeloid hematological malignancies. However, it occasionally occurs in patients with myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms(MDS/MPN), especially in chronic myelomonocytic leukemia(CMML)with marked leukocytosis. Pleural effusion can also develop in hematological disorders with bone marrow fibrosis. Here, we report a case of CMML with bone marrow fibrosis, in which massive pleural effusion developed rapidly during cytoreductive therapy with hydroxycarbamide(HU)...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Yanjiao Zhang, Yushun Gao
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is a malignancy with high morbidity and mortality rates worldwide. Surgery is the preferred treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. This study aims to investigate the effects of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy, VATS segmentectomy, and open thoracotomy on pulmonary function in the early postoperative stage and compare the difference among three groups. METHODS: Pulmonary function data of patients were collected from September 2015 to February 2016 in Department of Thoracic Surgical Oncology, Cancer Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences...
October 20, 2016: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Tong Qiu, Yandong Zhao, Jianfang Song, Bo Fu, Yunpeng Xuan, Wenjie Jiao
BACKGROUND: Carina resection and reconstruction is a challenging procedure for thoracic surgeons. We describe a novel technique of thoracoscopic carina reconstruction using the natural bifurcation, following pulmonary resection of the lung neoplasm. To our knowledge, it is the first report of this kind. CASE PRESENTATION: A 71-year-old male diagnosed of squamous cell lung cancer received two-port approached video-assisted thoracoscopic right bilobectomy with carina resection after 2 cycles of neoadjuvant therapy...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Lijian Huang, Lufeng Zhao, Hu Tang, Ying Chai
Left bronchial isomerism is a rare condition characterized by a bronchial structure on the right side that is a mirror image of the left side. In this report, we record our experience with a 62-year-old female lung cancer patient in whom left bronchial isomerism was discovered during surgery using a thoracoscope. A right upper pulmonary lobectomy was successfully completed, the key to which was successful separation of the right upper and middle lobes. As there is a risk of excising the wrong bronchi in such cases, thoracic surgeons need to identify bronchus variations...
October 17, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Peng Jiao, Qing-Jun Wu, Yao-Guang Sun, Chao Ma, Wen-Xin Tian, Han-Bo Yu, Hong-Feng Tong
BACKGROUND: The advantages and disadvantages of three-dimensional (3D) and two-dimensional (2D) two-port video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy and systematic dissection of mediastinal lymph nodes for lung cancer were investigated. METHODS: Between December 2013 and July 2015 at Beijing Hospital, 191 patients underwent lobectomy and systematic dissection of mediastinal lymph nodes for lung cancer. After applying the study criteria, a total of 165 patients were included and allocated to 3D (n = 76) and 2D (n = 89) groups...
October 4, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
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
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