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Chest Wall

January 17, 2011
In 1932, the radiologist Henry Pancoast first described a superior pulmonary sulcus tumor (SST) as a carcinoma (of uncertain origin) developing in the apex of the chest.
January 2, 2011
A number of prosthetic materials, including GORE-TEX® and Marlex Mesh sandwiched with methylmethacrylate cement, have been described to restore the rigid chest wall contour. We discuss the role of a new rigid system for chest-wall reconstruction, consisting in moldable titanium bars and rib clips used in combination with a biological patch.
August 30, 2010
Hemodynamically stable patients with an undiagnosed pericardial effusion are well suited for a thoracoscopic window. When pericardial, pleural, or pulmonary pathology co-exist and require diagnosis or therapy, a thoracoscopic approach is ideal.
August 30, 2010
Pericardial cysts are an uncommon benign congenital anomaly in the middle mediastinum.  They represent 6% of mediastinal masses, and 33% of mediastinal cysts.  Other cysts in the mediastinum are bronchogenic – 34%, enteric – 12%, thymic and others – 21%.
March 1, 2010
We present a patient who underwent transhiatal esophagectomy with a gastric conduit placed in the anterior mediastinum, and subsequently developed dysphagia from compression of her conduit by the left sternoclavicular joint, necessitating corrective surgery.
October 6, 2009
Ligation of the thoracic duct is indicated in any patient with a traumatic or iatrogenic chylothorax who has not responded to a brief trial of conservative management such as a low-fat diet, medium-chain triglycerides, total parenteral nutrition, and/or octreotide.
September 13, 2009
A 62-year-old Ukrainian man presented with facial swelling, chest wall varices, and a large mediastinal mass. He underwent core biopsy that demonstrated a mixed thymoma. Nine years previously, the patient had undergone an anterior thoracotomy and excisional biopsy of a mediastinal mass demonstrating necrotic tissue and no definitive diagnosis was made.
September 8, 2008
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