Focused Issues

Vol 9, Supplement 9 (August 2017): Journal of Thoracic Disease (Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffolds for the Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease)

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This focused issue provides the reader with a “state-of-art” vision of the BRS technology (and the related clinical results) as it stands in 2017. It begins with an original overview of Italian Interventional Cardiologists regarding past, present and future of BRS technology. Then, it develops important topics such as BRS clinical performance in different settings (i.e., acute coronary syndromes, small vessels, diabetic patients), the role of intracoronary imaging in guiding BRS implantation, the mechanical behavior of polymeric and metallic BRS. In addition, the limitations of current BRS and their possible solution are summarized. Finally, the issue opens to the future with an update on new BRS platforms and their early clinical results.

Vol 9, Supplement 8 (July 2017): Journal of Thoracic Disease (Esophageal Cancer)

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This issue covers subjects about surgical anatomy, the proper anaesthesia during the intervention, diagnostic aspects, the selection of patients for neoadjuvant therapy, the best neoadjuvant therapy, the extension of mediastinal lymphadenectomy, the proper surgical treatment for squamous cell cancer and adenocarcinomas, as well as esophagogastric junctional tumors, the issue of the adequate checklist and fast track modalities, and the issue when to start with feeding of patients after operation. 

Vol 9, Supplement 7 (June 2017): Journal of Thoracic Disease (Innovations in the management of valvular and structural heart disease)

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Over the last decade, there has been a fervent interest in less invasive approaches to valvular and structural interventions. In the current supplement issue of the Journal of Thoracic Disease, contributing authors present original research and meta-analytic studies, review articles, and editorials regarding these innovative techniques in the field of valvular and structural heart disease. 

Vol 9, Supplement 6 (May 2017): Journal of Thoracic Disease (Aortic Diseases)

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In this issue, we report, talk and discuss on the need to unify criteria for image techniques, the last guidelines on aortic diseases, the need of new predictive models for mortality after aortic surgery, surgical and image techniques challenges, reoperations, the role of medical treatment on these diseases, we show sparing aortic root repairs. We even talk about the problem of health care cost control in Spain and other European countries where there is public and free Health System or the birth of the Star Chamber, an ingenious idea to prevent surgeons from running away from high-risk interventions

Vol 9, Supplement 5 (May 2017): Journal of Thoracic Disease (EBUS-TBNA: Results and Perspective)

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The aim of the International Workshop “EBUS-TBNA for Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Staging—State of the Art”, held in Varese in October 2016, was to present and compare results from national and international experts on this topic. Different issues have been analysed and discussed, including the points of view of pathologist, oncologist, chest physician, and surgeon. Finally, the EBUS-TBNA perspective has been explored through an active and useful discussion among the panellists. These topics have been summarised in this supplement of the Journal of Thoracic Disease with the aim to provide a recent update.

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

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New therapies are now available for old diseases as in the case of the trans-catheter interventions for aortic stenosis or functional mitral regurgitation. These therapies are made possible by new and highly sophisticated imaging techniques and require the cooperation of specialists of different medical backgrounds (cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, radiologists, anesthesiologists) in an integrated setting. This monographic issue of Journal of Thoracic Disease was conceived to facilitate this new collaboration. In the volume, experts in various imaging modalities (CT, echocardiography, MRI, nuclear medicine) as well as cardiologists, intensivists and cardiac surgeons provide the state of the art expertise of the distinctive imaging techniques used in the cardiovascular field with the aim of facilitating a universal language and the sharing of knowledge



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

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Topics in this focused issue include chest trauma and surgical chest wall stabilization; salvage surgery after definitive radiotherapy; the role of sublobar resections for early stage lung cancer; management of multifocal ground glass opacities of the lung in the era of lung cancer screening; thoracic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis; the perspective of a trainee regarding the thoracic surgery training in Europe; and the role of CXC group chemokines in lung cancer development and progression. This issue is once again dedicated to all women and men working in the field of thoracic surgery, surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists and allied health professionals who, with their daily commitment and passion help advance our specialty and assure our patients a high quality of care, a better quality of life and an improved long-term survival


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

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The diagnosis and treatment of thoracic malignancies continues to evolve. It is imperative that the thoracic surgeons evolve in tandem with these advances, and that our trainees similarly are exposed to new ways of managing thoracic disease. The solution is to understand which new modalities and interventions are available for maintaining a complete, full-service thoracic practice, to optimize care of our patients