Vol 8, No 7 (July 05, 2016): Journal of Thoracic Disease


Overlapping meta-analyses of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds versus everolimus-eluting stents: bringing clarity or confusion?
Davide Capodanno
Dual benefits of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone blockade: lowering the blood pressure and de-stiffening the arteries
Chun-Yih Hsieh, Yen-Hung Lin
The impact of critical care transition programs on outcomes after intensive care unit (ICU) discharge: can we get there from here?
Regis Goulart Rosa, Juçara Gasparetto Maccari, Ricardo Viegas Cremonese, Tulio Frederico Tonietto, Rafael Viegas Cremonese, Cassiano Teixeira
What should we consider when applying termination of resuscitation rules?
Jae Chol Yoon, Won Young Kim
Sequencing postoperative radiotherapy and adjuvant chemotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer: unanswered questions on the not evidence-based approach
Lucyna Kepka, Joanna Socha, Monika Rucinska, Ewa Wasilewska-Tesluk, Katarzyna Komosinska
Antihypertensive agents and arterial stiffness
Ronaldo Altenburg Gismondi, Wille Oigman, Mario Fritsch Neves
New clinical criteria for septic shock: serum lactate level as new emerging vital sign
Su Mi Lee, Won Suk An
Only when all contribute their firewood can they build up a big fire
Marcelo F. Benveniste, Edith M. Marom
Optimal sequencing of postoperative radiotherapy and chemotherapy in IIIA-N2 non-small cell lung cancer
Ugur Selek, Joe Y. Chang
Coronary stent thrombosis: what have we learned?
Carlos Collet, Yohei Sotomi, Rafael Cavalcante, Pannipa Suwannasom, Erhan Tenekecioglu, Yoshinobu Onuma, Patrick W. Serruys
The role of danger-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) in trauma and infections
Shefali Khanna Sharma, Gsrsnk Naidu
Mitral valve repair for moderate ischemic mitral regurgitation
Daniel Hernandez-Vaquero, Rocío Díaz, Rubén Álvarez-Cabo, Carlota Vigil-Escalera, Jacobo Silva
Disease-specific scoring or generic scoring in ICU?
Philippe Gaudard, Pascal Colson
Do arterial stiffness and wave reflections improve more with angiotensin receptor blockers than with other antihypertensive drug classes?
Stefano Omboni
Shedding light on the gray zone
Haruki Tanaka, Takenori Okada, Yasuki Kihara
Second-generation anaplastic lymphoma kinase inhibitors: revolutionary or evolutionary?
Dae Ho Lee
Multimodality therapy for locally-advanced thymic epithelial tumors: where are we now?
Pier Luigi Filosso, Francesco Guerrera, Alberto Sandri, Enrico Ruffini
Early stage thymoma: is VATS the new standard of care?
Hasan Fevzi Batirel
The challenge of treating elderly coronary artery disease patients
Paulo Cury Rezende, Whady Hueb
Detection of folate receptor–positive circulating tumor cells by ligand-targeted polymerase chain reaction in non-small cell lung cancer patients
Federica Zito Marino, Andrea Ronchi, Marina Accardo, Renato Franco
Thymomectomy in early stage thymomas—case closed?
Marlies Keijzers, Jos G. Maessen

Original Article

Strong correlation between lung ultrasound and chest computerized tomography imaging for the detection of acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome in rats
Huan Ma, Daozheng Huang, Liheng Guo, Quanfu Chen, Wenzhao Zhong, Qingshan Geng, Minzhou Zhang
Positive expression of protein chromosome 9 open reading frame 86 (C9orf86) correlated with poor prognosis in non-small cell lung cancer patients
Gui-Lin Peng, Ya-Lan Tao, Qi-Nian Wu, Yu Zhang, Jian-Xing He
Recognition of “aggressive” behavior in “indolent” ground glass opacity and mixed density lesions
Junyan Zha, Dong Xie, Huikang Xie, Liping Zhang, Fangyu Zhou, Pengqing Ying, Lilan Zhao, Gening Jiang, Ke Fei, Chang Chen
A propensity matched comparison of effects between video assisted thoracoscopic single-port, two-port and three-port pulmonary resection on lung cancer
Ju-Wei Mu, Shu-Geng Gao, Qi Xue, You-Sheng Mao, Da-Li Wang, Jun Zhao, Yu-Shun Gao, Jin-Feng Huang, Jie He
Prognostic factors in non-small cell lung cancer patients who received neoadjuvant therapy and curative resection
Chen-Ping Hsieh, Ming-Ju Hsieh, Ching-Feng Wu, Jui-Ying Fu, Yun-Hen Liu, Yi-Cheng Wu, Cheng-Ta Yang, Ching-Yang Wu
Prognostic value of preoperative neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio is superior to platelet-lymphocyte ratio for survival in patients who underwent complete resection of thymic carcinoma
Zu-Yang Yuan, Shu-Geng Gao, Ju-Wei Mu, Qi Xue, You-Sheng Mao, Da-Li Wang, Jun Zhao, Yu-Shun Gao, Jin-Feng Huang, Jie He
Cancer-related inflammation as predicting tool for treatment outcome in locally advanced and metastatic non-small cell lung cancer
Sonja Badovinac, Marta Korsic, Davorka Mursic, Miroslav Samarzija, Branka Cucevic, Mihovil Roglic, Marko Jakopovic
Icotinib combined whole brain radiotherapy for patients with brain metastasis from lung adenocarcinoma harboring epidermal growth factor receptor mutation
Jin-Rui Li, Ye Zhang, Jia-Lian Zheng
Ginsenoside Rg1 attenuates hypoxia and hypercapnia-induced vasoconstriction in isolated rat pulmonary arterial rings by reducing the expression of p38
Mengxiao Zheng, Meiping Zhao, Lanlan Tang, Congcong Zhang, Longsheng Song, Wantie Wang
Implications of the pulmonary artery to ascending aortic ratio in patients with relatively mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Cho Rom Hahm, Myoung Nam Lim, Hee Yeong Kim, Seok-Ho Hong, Seon-Sook Han, Seung-Joon Lee, Woo Jin Kim, Yoonki Hong
Severity of coronary artery disease and retinal microvascular signs in patients with diagnosed versus undiagnosed diabetes: cross-sectional study
Kevin Phan, Paul Mitchell, Gerald Liew, Adam J. Plant, Sarah B. Wang, Joshua Xu, Joseph Chiha, Aravinda Thiagalingam, George Burlutsky, Bamini Gopinath
The Aquamantys® system improves haemostasis and pneumostasis in open decortication for thoracic empyema
Edward J. Caruana, Jakub Kadlec, Swetha Iyer, Aleksander Mani, Piergiorgio Solli, Marco Scarci
Liver failure in total artificial heart therapy
Alexandros Merkourios Dimitriou, Otto Dapunt, Igor Knez, Andrae Wasler, Peter Oberwalder, Reiner Koerfer, Gero Tenderich, Sotirios Spiliopoulos
Clinical outcomes of cytoreductive surgery combined with intrapleural perfusion of hyperthermic chemotherapy in advanced lung adenocarcinoma with pleural dissemination
Eunjue Yi, Daejoong Kim, Sukki Cho, Kwhanmien Kim, Sanghoon Jheon
Pure ground-glass opacity on chest computed tomography: predictive factors for invasive adenocarcinoma
Youngkyu Moon, Sook Whan Sung, Kyo Young Lee, Sung Bo Sim, Jae Kil Park
Clinical outcomes of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms that underwent endovascular repair in a district general hospital
Chih-Hsien Lee, Chien-Jung Chang, Jau-Kang Huang, Ten-Fang Yang
Conservative management of empyema-complicated post-lobectomy bronchopleural fistulas: experience of consecutive 13 cases in 9 years
Rui Mao, Peng-Qing Ying, Dong Xie, Chen-Yang Dai, Jun-Yan Zha, Tao Chen, Ge-Ning Jiang, Ke Fei, Chang Chen
Clinicopathological and prognostic significance of Oct-4 expression in patients with non-small cell lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Shuang-Jiang Li, Jian Huang, Xu-Dong Zhou, Wen-Biao Zhang, Yu-Tian Lai, Guo-Wei Che
Long-term performance of the second-generation cobalt-chromium sirolimus-eluting stents in real-world clinical practice: 3-year clinical outcomes from the prospective multicenter FOCUS registry
Feng Zhang, Ji’e Yang, Juying Qian, Lei Ge, Jun Zhou, Junbo Ge, for the FOCUS registry investigators
The relationship between preoperative serum cortisol level and the stability of plaque in carotid artery stenosis patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy
Feng Qin, Yudong Sun, Wenping Hu, Xiaolong Wei, Zhenjiang Li, Jian Zhou, Zhiqing Zhao, Zaiping Jing
A 20-year study on treating childhood infective endocarditis with valve replacement in a single cardiac center in China
Jian Xiao, Liang Yin, Yiyun Lin, Yufeng Zhang, Lihui Wu, Zhinong Wang
A systematic review and meta-analysis—does chronic obstructive pulmonary disease predispose to bronchopleural fistula formation in patients undergoing lung cancer surgery?
Shuang-Jiang Li, Xu-Dong Zhou, Jian Huang, Jing Liu, Long Tian, Guo-Wei Che
Mutations and expression of the NFE2L2/KEAP1/CUL3 pathway in Chinese patients with lung squamous cell carcinoma
Yongxing Zhang, Hong Fan, Shuo Fang, Lin Wang, Li Chen, Yulin Jin, Wei Jiang, Zongwu Lin, Yu Shi, Cheng Zhan, Qun Wang
Role of plasma MicroRNAs in the early diagnosis of non-small-cell lung cancers: a case-control study
Xin Wang, Xiuyi Zhi, Yi Zhang, Guangyu An, Guosheng Feng
Mediastinal transposition of the omentum reduces infection severity and pharmacy cost for patients undergoing esophagectomy
Peng Ye, Jin-Lin Cao, Qiu-Yuan Li, Zhi-Tian Wang, Yun-Hai Yang, Wang Lv, Jian Hu
Evaluation of a disease management program for COPD using propensity matched control group
Pradeep Paul George, Bee Hoon Heng, Tow Keang Lim, John Abisheganaden, Alan Wei Keong Ng, Akash Verma, Fong Seng Lim
Evaluation of the 7th edition of the UICC-AJCC tumor, node, metastasis classification for esophageal cancer in a Chinese cohort
Yan Huang, Weigang Guo, Shiming Shi, Jian He
A potential role for VEGF in the diagnostic approach of pleural effusions
Aggeliki Psatha, Demosthenes Makris, Theodora Kerenidi, Zoe Daniil, Theodoros Kiropoulos, Konstantinos Gourgoulianis
Diagnostic performance of coronary computed tomography angiography versus exercise electrocardiography for coronary artery disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Xinxin Yin, Jiali Wang, Wen Zheng, Jingjing Ma, Panpan Hao, Yuguo Chen
Benefits of using omental pedicle flap over muscle flap for closure of open window thoracotomy
Shuichi Shinohara, Yasuhiro Chikaishi, Taiji Kuwata, Masaru Takenaka, Soichi Oka, Ayako Hirai, Naoko Imanishi, Koji Kuroda, Fumihiro Tanaka
Association between NADPH oxidase (NOX) and lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Ming Han, Tianhui Zhang, Lei Yang, Zitong Wang, Junzhong Ruan, Xiujun Chang
Transition to routine use of venoarterial extracorporeal oxygenation during lung transplantation could improve early outcomes
Woo Sik Yu, Hyo Chae Paik, Seok Jin Haam, Chang Young Lee, Kyung Sik Nam, Hee Suk Jung, Young Woo Do, Jee Won Shu, Jin Gu Lee
Factors influencing development and mortality of acute respiratory failure in hospitalized patient with active pulmonary tuberculosis: A 10-year retrospective review
Rungsun Bhurayanontachai, Kunlatida Maneenil
The diagnostic utility and tendency of the soluble receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGE) in exudative pleural effusion
Yun Su Sim, Dong Gyu Kim, Tae Rim Shin
Preoperative evaluation of stage T3, central-type non-small cell lung cancer with double sleeve lobectomy under complete video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery using spiral computed tomography post-processing techniques
Yubao Guan, Jun Huang, Tingting Xia, Xiaoting You, Jiaxi He, Jianxing He
Robotic-assisted thoracoscopic sleeve lobectomy for locally advanced lung cancer
Mong-Wei Lin, Shuenn-Wen Kuo, Shun-Mao Yang, Jang-Ming Lee
Assessment of epidermal growth factor receptor mutation/copy number and K-ras mutation in esophageal cancer
Kang Guo, Wu-Ping Wang, Tao Jiang, Ju-Zheng Wang, Zhao Chen, Yong Li, Yong-An Zhou, Xiao-Fei Li, Qiang Lu, Lan-Jun Zhang
Surgery of colorectal cancer lung metastases: analysis of survival, recurrence and re-surgery
Francesco Guerrera, Claudio Mossetti, Manuela Ceccarelli, Maria Cristina Bruna, Giulia Bora, Stefania Olivetti, Paolo Olivo Lausi, Paolo Solidoro, Giovannino Ciccone, Enrico Ruffini, Alberto Oliaro, Pier Luigi Filosso
Positive expression of miR-361-5p indicates better prognosis for breast cancer patients
Zhi-Gang Cao, Yan-Ni Huang, Ling Yao, Yi-Rong Liu, Xin Hu, Yi-Feng Hou, Zhi-Min Shao
The value of esophagectomy surgical apgar score (eSAS) in predicting the risk of major morbidity after open esophagectomy
Xue-Zhong Xing, Hai-Jun Wang, Shi-Ning Qu, Chu-Lin Huang, Hao Zhang, Hao Wang, Quan-Hui Yang, Yong Gao
Visceral pleural invasion in lung adenocarcinoma ≤3 cm with ground-glass opacity: a clinical, pathological and radiological study
Li-Lan Zhao, Hui-Kang Xie, Li-Ping Zhang, Jun-Yan Zha, Fang-Yu Zhou, Ge-Ning Jiang, Chang Chen
Comparison of robotic and video-assisted thoracic surgery for lung cancer: a propensity-matched analysis
Feichao Bao, Chong Zhang, Yunhai Yang, Zhehao He, Luming Wang, Jian Hu
Outcome of veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation use in acute respiratory distress syndrome after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass
Joo Han Song, Won Ki Woo, Seung Hwan Song, Hyo Hyun Kim, Bong Joon Kim, Ha Eun Kim, Do Jung Kim, Jee Won Suh, Yu Rim Shin, Han Ki Park, Seung Hyun Lee, Hyun Chel Joo, Sak Lee, Byung Chul Chang, Kyung Jong Yoo, Young Sam Kim, Young Nam Youn
Efficacy of subpleural continuous infusion of local anesthetics after thoracoscopic pulmonary resection for primary lung cancer compared to intravenous patient-controlled analgesia
Joonho Jung, Seong Yong Park, Seokjin Haam

Review Article

Surgery and pleuro-pulmonary tuberculosis: a scientific literature review
Dragan Subotic, Piotr Yablonskiy, Giorgia Sulis, Ioan Cordos, Danail Petrov, Rosella Centis, Lia D’Ambrosio, Giovanni Sotgiu, Giovanni Battista Migliori
Tuberculous pleural effusion
Kan Zhai, Yong Lu, Huan-Zhong Shi
Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for cardiogenic shock due to myocarditis in adult patients
Matteo Pozzi, Carlo Banfi, Daniel Grinberg, Catherine Koffel, Karim Bendjelid, Jacques Robin, Raphaël Giraud, Jean François Obadia
When size matters: changing opinion in the management of pleural space—the rise of small-bore pleural catheters
Pier Luigi Filosso, Alberto Sandri, Francesco Guerrera, Andrea Ferraris, Filippo Marchisio, Giulia Bora, Lorena Costardi, Paolo Solidoro, Enrico Ruffini, Alberto Oliaro

ICC COLUMN: The Voice of the Patient2

Post hoc ergo propter hoc
Lawrence Grouse

Case Report

Free jejunum interposition as salvage surgery after cervical esophagus injury
Zhenrong Zhang, Yongqing Guo, Chaoyang Liang, Hongxiang Feng, Deruo Liu
Partial anomalous venous drainage of the left upper lobe during a robot-assisted pulmonary resection
Ann C. Gaffey, Curtis Ball, Sharyn Katz, Sunil Singhal
Dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm associated with tuberculous pleural effusion
Kyong Shil Im, Min Kyung Choi, Yong Kyoung Jeon, Jae Myeong Lee
Delayed aortic rupture resulting from postoperative superficial sternal wound infection
Su Wan Kim, Seogjae Lee, Jee Won Chang
Hypoxemia associated with right-side cardiac tumor: right atrial lymphoma with patent foramen ovale
Peter S. Y. Yu, Calvin S. H. Ng, Micky W. T. Kwok, Malcolm J. Underwood, Randolph H. L. Wong
Simultaneous resection of left atrial myxoma and esophageal carcinoma via right thoraco-abdominal approach
Buqing Ni, Xiaohu Lu, Qixing Gong, Yongfeng Shao
Dramatic response to anti-PD-1 therapy in a patient of squamous cell carcinoma of thymus with multiple lung metastases
Yan Yang, Liren Ding, Pingli Wang
Exophiala pisciphila: a novel cause of allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis
Jad Kebbe, M. Jeffery Mador
Exon 19 L747P mutation presented as a primary resistance to EGFR-TKI: a case report
Yu-Ting Wang, Wei-Wei Ning, Jing Li, Jian-An Huang
A 30-year-old female Behçet’s disease patient with recurrent pleural and pericardial effusion and elevated adenosine deaminase levels: case report
Joon Young Choi, Sung-Hwan Kim, Seung-Ki Kwok, Jung Im Jung, Kyo-Young Lee, Tae-Jung Kim, Ji Young Kang


Potential beneficial impact of angiotensin receptor blockers on arterial stiffness in hypertension
Kouichi Tamura, Nozomu Kishio, Kotaro Haruhara, Kazushi Uneda, Kengo Azushima, Hiromichi Wakui
Admission hyperglycemia in sepsis is associated with poor outcomes: where do we go from here?
Paul M. Szumita, James F. Gilmore
Community-acquired pneumonia: the elusive quest for the best treatment strategy
Nicolas Garin, Christophe Marti
Hyperglycemia and outcomes in patients with sepsis
Kenneth Nugent, Hawa Edriss, Kavitha Selvan
To stop or continue aspirin before aortocoronary bypass operations— do we have enough evidence to adequately guide us?
Elisabeth Mahla, Udaya S. Tantry, Paul A. Gurbel
Admission hyperglycemia and outcome in ICU patients with sepsis
Chiara Robba, Federico Bilotta
Ceritinib in second and further lines of therapy in advanced ALK mutant adenocarcinoma
György Losonczy
Teaching to the test: developing an assessment tool for novice echocardiographers
Andrew M. Hersh, Michael J. Lanspa
Bioresorbable scaffold—the holy grail of percutaneous coronary intervention: fact or myth?
Kevin Liou, Nigel Jepson
Hypoxia-preconditioned allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells can be used for myocardial repair in non-human primates
Kuan-Cheng Chang, Shih-Chieh Hung
Dexmedetomidine for the treatment of hyperactive delirium refractory to haloperidol in non-intubated patients
Ryan O. Parker, Adam B. King, Christopher G. Hughes
Considerations about the Aspirin and Tranexamic Acid for Coronary Artery Surgery (ATACAS) trial
Antonino Di Franco, Mario Gaudino, Leonard N. Girardi
New definitions for septic shock—a roadmap for a better clinical outcome?
Ursula Hoffmann, Michael Behnes
Antiarrhythmic drugs in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest—what does the Amiodarone, Lidocaine, or Placebo Study tell us?
Andrew Fu Wah Ho, Marcus Eng Hock Ong
Improving survival of patients with locally advanced non-smallcell cancer remains a challenge: comment to PROCLAIM
Robert Pirker
Experience and outcomes for relatives of patients dying in the ICU: the CAESAR tool
Stephen Warrillow, Juli Moran, Daryl Jones
Re-interventions after TEVAR for type B aortic dissection: considerations for management and the need for further insight
Arnoud V. Kamman, Kim A. Eagle
No recommendation of routine perioperative statin use for prevention of acute kidney injury in patients undergoing cardiac surgery
Tomoya Hoshi, Akira Sato, Kazutaka Aonuma
Hyperglycemia in septic patients: an essential stress survival response in all, a robust marker for risk stratification in some, to be messed with in none
Bernhard Wernly, Michael Lichtenauer, Uta C. Hoppe, Christian Jung
Evolution of diagnosis and clinical outcomes in acute aortic dissection: data from the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection
Naoto Fukunaga, Tadaaki Koyama
The two sides of creatinine: both as bad as each other?
Marlies Ostermann, Kianoush Kashani, Lui G. Forni

Short Communication

Short-term effects of a vibrotactile neck-based treatment device for positional obstructive sleep apnea: preliminary data on tolerability and efficacy
Simone Scarlata, Isaura Rossi Bartoli, Simona Santangelo, Gilda Giannunzio, Claudio Pedone, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi
Urgent pulmonary lobectomy for blunt chest trauma: report of three cases without mortality
Marco Chiarelli, Martino Gerosa, Angelo Guttadauro, Francesco Gabrielli, Giuseppe Vertemati, Massimo Cazzaniga, Luca Fumagalli, Matilde De Simone, Ugo Cioffi


1. The series “GCTAB Column” was commissioned by the Editorial office, Journal of Thoracic Disease and funded by the educational grants from the Greater China Thoracoscopic Advisory Board (GCTAB).

2. The series “ICC COLUMN: The Voice of the Patient” was commissioned by the Editorial office, Journal of Thoracic Disease without any sponsorship or funding. Lawrence Grouse served as the unpaid Guest Editor for the series.