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.
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.
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.
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
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.