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Vol 9, supplement 4 (April 2016): New Imaging and Diagnostic Modalities in Cardiac Surgery

New therapies are now available for old diseases as in the case of the trans-catheter... More >>

Vol 9, Supplement 3 (March 2016): dedicated to the 25th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery (ESTS 2017)

Topics in this focused issue include chest trauma and surgical chest wall stabilization; salvage... More >>

Vol 9, Supplement 2 (March 2017): Advances in Bronchoscopic and Endoscopic Interventions for Thoracic Disease

The diagnosis and treatment of thoracic malignancies continues to evolve. It is imperative that... More >>

ICC Column more

Sleep complaints and sleep breathing disorders in upper and lower obstructive lung diseases

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment of sleep apnea needs to be tailored after... More >>

The unity of respiratory patient advocacy

Dr. Baiardini and her colleagues have come to several important conclusions in their clinical... More >>

Post hoc ergo propter hoc

The Greeks and Romans recognized this fallacy in argument thousands of years ago. This faulty... More >>

Statistics Corner Column more

Nanos gigantium humeris insidentes: the awarded Cox proportional hazards model

Luca Bertolaccini Alessandro Pardolesi Fabio Davoli  Piergiorgio Solli More >>

P value interpretations and considerations

Matthew S. Thiese, Brenden Ronna, Ulrike Ott More >>

Study designs in thoracic surgery research

Andrea Viti, Alberto Terzi, Luca Bertolaccini More >>




Preface dedicated to the 3rd International VATS Course in Berlin

Preface to the 3rd International Uniportal VATS Course-Berlin Special Issue
Mahmoud Ismail, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas

Original Article dedicated to the 3rd International VATS Course in Berlin

The development of uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery in São Paulo: from diagnosis to lobectomy
Alexandre de Oliveira, Thais Amarante P. P. Couto
Uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery: the Middle East experience
Firas Abu Akar, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas, Mahmoud Ismail, Maher Deeb, Yefim Reichenshtein, Irith Hadas-Halpern, Rachel Tauber, Daniel Fink
Uniportal transcervical video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) approach for pulmonary lobectomy combined with transcervical extended mediastinal lymphadenectomy (TEMLA)
Marcin Zieliński, Mariusz Rybak, Katarzyna Solarczyk-Bombik, Michal Wilkojc, Wojciech Czajkowski, Sylweriusz Kosinski, Edward Fryzlewicz, Tomasz Nabialek, Juliusz Pankowski

Surgical Technique dedicated to the 3rd International VATS Course in Berlin

Uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery for major lung resections: pitfalls, tips and tricks
Mahmoud Ismail, Marc Swierzy, Dania Nachira, Jens C. Rückert, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas

Review Article dedicated to the 3rd International VATS Course in Berlin

Cardiac surgery using a single thoracic port—current status and future directions
Javier Gallego-Poveda, Nuno Carvalho Guerra, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas, Catarina Carvalheiro, Hugo Ferreira, André Sena, Nádia Junqueira, Tiago Rodrigues Velho, Ângelo Nobre
Use of CO2 in video assisted thoracic surgery and single-lumen endotracheal tube—a new less invasive approach
Javier Gallego-Poveda, Nuno Carvalho Guerra, Catarina Carvalheiro, Hugo Ferreira, André Sena, Nádia Junqueira, Tiago Rodrigues Velho, Ângelo Nobre

Statistic Corner

Tips and tricks of the propensity score methods in the thoracic surgery research
Luca Bertolaccini, Alessandro Pardolesi, Piergiorgio Solli
An overview of the use of artificial neural networks in lung cancer research
Luca Bertolaccini, Piergiorgio Solli, Alessandro Pardolesi, Antonello Pasini


How to establish a successful destination therapy ventricular assist device program
George Makdisi, Peter B. Makdisi, Hartmuth B. Bittner
Investigating the long-term legacy of statin therapy
Kohei Takata, Peter J. Psaltis, Stephen J. Nicholls
Quality of life: an underutilized patient-reported outcome for adults with congenital heart disease
Sameh M. Said, Joseph A. Dearani
SIRS, qSOFA and new sepsis definition
Paul E. Marik, Abdalsamih M. Taeb
Fluid responsiveness raises many questions—echocardiography may be the answer
Chiara Lazzeri, Adriano Peris
Thromboprophylaxis after hospital discharge in acutely ill medical patients: need for trials in patients who are at high risk of venous thrombosis
Banne Nemeth, Willem M. Lijfering, Suzanne C. Cannegieter
Surgery versus SABR for early stage non-small cell lung cancer: the moving target of equipoise
Houda Bahig, Hanbo Chen, Alexander V. Louie
MicroRNAs: a new tool in the complex biology of KRAS mutated non-small cell lung cancer?
Stéphane Renaud, Joseph Seitlinger, Gilbert Massard
IABP plus ECMO—Is one and one more than two?
Sebastian Nuding, Karl Werdan
qSOFA—welcome to the sepsis alphabet soup
Peter C. Hou, Raghu R. Seethal, Imoigele P. Aisiku
Cancer’s smart bombs: tumor-derived exosomes target lung epithelial cells triggering pre-metastatic niche formation
Dionysios Antonopoulos, Nikolaos A. A. Balatsos, Konstantinos I. Gourgoulianis
ARDS onset time and prognosis: is it a turtle and rabbit race?
Davide Chiumello, Antonella Marino
The end of the road for early tracheal intubation in cardiac arrest?
Shu-Ling Chong, Jan Hau Lee

Original Article

Pleural pressure theory revisited: a role for capillary equilibrium
Aaron R. Casha, Roberto Caruana-Gauci, Alexander Manche, Marilyn Gauci, Stanley Chetcuti, Luca Bertolaccini, Marco Scarci
Survival rate and prognostic factors of surgically resected clinically synchronous multiple primary non-small cell lung cancer and further differentiation from intrapulmonary metastasis
Fei Xiao, Deruo Liu, Yongqing Guo, Bin Shi, Zhiyi Song, Yanchu Tian, Zhenrong Zhang, Chaoyang Liang
High expression of PLA2G16 is associated with a better prognosis in HER2-positive breast cancer
Xueli Yang, Zhengquan Zhang, Xiaoqing Jia, Yanqin Zhang, Tianyang Mu, Bingzheng Zhou, Lin Li, Deyuan Fu, Xin Hu, Shunbin Xiong
Predictors of length of stay and duration of tracheal intubation after transcatheter aortic valve implantation
Vasileios Patris, Konstantinos Giakoumidakis, Mihalis Argiriou, Katerina K. Naka, Efstratios Apostolakis, Mark Field, Manoj Kuduvalli, Aung Oo, Stavros Siminelakis
Impact of maximum standardized uptake value of non-small cell lung cancer on detecting lymph node involvement in potential stereotactic body radiotherapy candidates
Shanyuan Zhang, Shaolei Li, Yuquan Pei, Miao Huang, Fangliang Lu, Qingfeng Zheng, Nan Li, Yue Yang
Pleural and peritoneal mesotheliomas in the Friuli Venezia Giulia register: data analysis from 1995 to 2015 in Northeastern Italy
Flavia D’Agostin, Paola De Michieli, Carolin Chermaz, Corrado Negro
Nomograms for predicting recurrence and survival of invasive pathological stage IA non-small cell lung cancer treated by video assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy
Haiqing Chen, Xizhao Sui, Fan Yang, Jun Liu, Jun Wang
Do low profile implants provide reliable stability in fixing the sternal fractures as a “fourth vertebral column” in sternovertebral injuries?
Sebastian Krinner, Sina Grupp, Pascal Oppel, Andreas Langenbach, Friedrich F. Hennig, Stefan Schulz-Drost
The safety profile of preoperative administration of heparin for thromboprophylaxis in Chinese patients intended for thoracoscopic major thoracic surgery: a pilot randomized controlled study
Han-Yu Deng, Chang-Lin Shi, Gang Li, Jun Luo, Zhi-Qiang Wang, Yi-Dan Lin, Lun-Xu Liu, Qing-Hua Zhou
A preliminary exploration of the intravoxel incoherent motion applied in the preoperative evaluation of mediastinal lymph node metastasis of lung cancer
Xin Ye, Shuo Chen, Yaru Tian, Bin You, Wenqian Zhang, Yan Zhao, Tao Jiang, Bin Hu, Hui Li
A single center experience: rituximab plus cladribine is an effective and safe first-line therapy for unresectable bronchial-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma
Zheng Wei, Jing Li, Zhixiang Cheng, Ling Yuan, Peng Liu
A clinical study of efficacy of polyglycolic acid sleeve after video-assisted thoracoscopic bullectomy for primary spontaneous pneumothorax
Duo Zhang, Jinbai Miao, Xiaoxing Hu, Bin Hu, Hui Li
Plasma levels of matrix metalloproteinase 9 in patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting
Haiqing Li, Zhize Yuan, Sen Li, Quan Qi, Jun Liu, Mi Zhou, Junfeng Cai, Anqing Chen, Zhe Wang, Xiaofeng Ye, Qiang Zhao
A novel hybrid technique for localization of subcentimeter lung nodules
Xuguang Pang, Liang Xue, Jiemin Chen, Jianyong Ding
A novel facilitated negative-pressure wound therapy for thoracic incision infection after esophagectomy
Zhi-Tian Wang, Jin-Lin Cao, Ping Yuan, Lu-Ming Wang, Zhe-Hao He, Wang Lv, Jian Hu
Pleural abrasion should not routinely preferred in treatment of primary spontaneous pneumothorax
Zhenrong Zhang, Lanfang Du, Hongxiang Feng, Chaoyang Liang, Deruo Liu
Risk factors for continuous renal replacement therapy after surgical repair of type A aortic dissection
Hai-Bo Wu, Wei-Guo Ma, Hong-Lei Zhao, Jun Zheng, Jian-Rong Li, Ou Liu, Li-Zhong Sun
A comparison of longitudinal and transverse approaches to ultrasound-guided axillary vein cannulation by experienced operators
Yi-Zhou He, Ming Zhong, Wei Wu, Jie-Qiong Song, Du-Ming Zhu

Review Article

Roles of roflumilast, a selective phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor, in airway diseases
Theerasuk Kawamatawong
Thrombotic responses to coronary stents, bioresorbable scaffolds and the Kounis hypersensitivity-associated acute thrombotic syndrome
Nicholas G. Kounis, Ioanna Koniari, Anastasios Roumeliotis, Grigorios Tsigas, George Soufras, Nicholas Grapsas, Periklis Davlouros, George Hahalis

Original Article

Catamenial pneumothorax: a rare entity? Report of 5 cases and review of the literature
Aikaterini N. Visouli, Kaid Darwiche, Andreas Mpakas, Paul Zarogoulidis, Antonios Papagiannis, Kosmas Tsakiridis, Nikolaos Machairiotis, Aikaterini Stylianaki, Nikolaos Katsikogiannis, Nicolaos Courcoutsakis, Konstantinos Zarogoulidis

Review Articles

A review of current and novel therapies for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Rokhsara Rafii, Maya M. Juarez, Timothy E. Albertson, Andrew L. Chan
Superior sulcus (Pancoast) tumors: current evidence on diagnosis and radical treatment
Christophoros N. Foroulis, Paul Zarogoulidis, Kaid Darwiche, Nikolaos Katsikogiannis, Nikolaos Machairiotis, Ilias Karapantzos, Kosmas Tsakiridis, Haidong Huang, Konstantinos Zarogoulidis
Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy: A descriptive analysis
Steven Leong, Hong Ju, Henry Marshall, Rayleen Bowman, Ian Yang, Ann-Maree Ree, Cathy Saxon, Kwun M Fong
Epidemiology and prognosis of breast cancer in young women
Hussein A. Assi, Katia E. Khoury, Haifa Dbouk, Lana E. Khalil, Tarek H. Mouhieddine, Nagi S. El Saghir
Update in diagnosis and therapy of coexistent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic heart failure
Qiaojun Zeng, Shanping Jiang
Acute respiratory distress syndrome: new definition, current and future therapeutic options
Vito Fanelli, Aikaterini Vlachou, Shirin Ghannadian, Umberto Simonetti, Arthur S. Slutsky, Haibo Zhang
Revisiting signs, strengths and weaknesses of Standard Chest Radiography in patients of Acute Dyspnea in the Emergency Department
Luciano Cardinale, Giovanni Volpicelli, Alessandro Lamorte, Jessica Martino, Andrea veltri
Molecular biology of lung cancer
Wendy A. Cooper, David C. L. Lam, Sandra A. O’Toole, John D. Minna
Hormonal therapies in young breast cancer patients: when, what and for how long?
Alexandre Christinat, Simona Di Lascio, Olivia Pagani
The management of the advanced colorectal cancer: management of the pulmonary metastases
Charalambos Zisis, Kosmas Tsakiridis, Ioanna Kougioumtzi, Paul Zarogoulidis, Kaid Darwiche, Nikolaos Machairiotis, Bojan Zaric, Nikolaos Katsikogiannis, Georgios Kesisis, Aikaterini Stylianaki, Zhigang Li, Konstantinos Zarogoulidis
Pleural infection-current diagnosis and management
Andrew Rosenstengel, YC Gary Lee
COPD in India: Iceberg or volcano?
Arvind B. Bhome
Whole genome sequencing for lung cancer
Marissa Daniels, Felicia Goh, Casey M Wright, Krishna B Sriram, Vandana Relan, Belinda E Clarke, Edwina E Duhig, Rayleen V Bowman, Ian A Yang, Kwun M Fong

Original Articles

Establishment of an orthotopic lung cancer model in nude mice and its evaluation by spiral CT
Xiang Liu, Jun Liu, Yubao Guan, Huiling Li, Liyan Huang, Hailing Tang, Jianxing He
Hydration with magnesium and mannitol without furosemide prevents the nephrotoxicity induced by cisplatin and pemetrexed in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer
Keiko Muraki, Ryo Koyama, Yuichiro Honma, Shigehiro Yagishita, Takehito Shukuya, Rina Ohashi, Fumiyuki Takahashi, Kenji Kido, Shin-ichiro Iwakami, Shinichi Sasaki, Akihiko Iwase, Kazuhisa Takahashi


Surgical treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis: the phoenix of thoracic surgery?
Luca Bertolaccini, Andrea Viti, Giovanni Di Perri, Alberto Terzi

Art of Operative Techniques

Thoracoscopic anatomic pulmonary resection
Jianxing He, Xin Xu

Below are the latest Journal of Thoracic Disease articles published online ahead of print publication.

Review Article

Original Article

Surgical Technique

Statistic Corner