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Chest Wall

February 18, 2015
Lymphangiomas, because of their underlying inherent properties—benign and fluid filled—make them ideal for a minimally invasive approach, in particular when involving the chest wall. However, there is limited experience with the use of these techniques in the management of these complex lesions.
November 4, 2014
Gilbert Massard of the Centre Hospitalier, France discusses the surgical treatment of thoracic infections, including: empyema, aspergillosis, and tuberculosis.
October 28, 2014
This video demonstrates a rib resection with a Gigli saw on a 20-year-old female patient.
October 9, 2014
This paper presents an update on diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in malignant pleural mesothelioma considering also recent molecular biologic achievements as microRNA and genomic sequencing.
August 12, 2014
This video shows a robot-assisted resection of a schwannoma in a 41-year-old female patient.
August 5, 2014
This video demonstrates the use of three-dimensional surgical simulation-guided navigation during surgery of the chest wall.
May 7, 2014
The University of Pittsburgh experience with anterior approaches to spinal problems is summarized.  Approaches included cervical/sternotomy in 8 pts, thoracotomy in 79, and thoracoabominal in 43 for infection (50), primary neoplasms (22), and metastases (58).  30 and 90 day mortality were 9% and 21%, and the major complication rate was 28%.  The proc
February 11, 2014
Dual incision thoracoscopic (DIT) decortication for stage 2 fibrinopurulent effusion is a further reduction in the invasiveness of thoracoscopy. DIT decortication is less invasive in a patient who is already morbid with infection, and the limited incisions or ports further reduce nerve injury in a relatively crowded rib space.
January 21, 2014
The resection of locally advanced lung cancer is generally accomplished with thoracotomy. When possible, the authors use a hybrid approach. This video illustrates two cases of invasive right upper lobe tumors. VATS exploration through a standard anterior, two-incision, approach directs a secondary counter incision.
September 6, 2013
The cause of pectus deformities is thought to be abnormal elongation and/or distorsion of the rib cartilages. A simplified open repair is described based on the subperichondrial resection of the abnormal cartilages, and in the case of pectus excavatum, the use of an easily removable metallic strut.

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