Prospective Study of the Utility of Computed Tomography Triage of Pleural Biopsy Strategies in Patients With Pleural Diseases

Conclusion: Use of CT scans to triage an appropriate pleural biopsy method is associated with high diagnostic success. We recommend that the proposed diagnostic workup in this study may be used as a diagnostic algorithm for pleural diseases that require a histopathologic analysis. Determination of risk factors predicting malignant disease in patients where fibrinous pleuritis is reported after MT would be useful for clinical practice.
Source: Journal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Original Investigations Source Type: research

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Specially trained beagles could one day detect mesothelioma by scent, according to the lead researcher of a recent study detailing the dog breed’s stunning accuracy with lung cancer. Dr. Thomas Quinn, clinical professor at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, believes the dogs could be equally effective with pleural mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. “Absolutely, this could work with mesothelioma. There is no reason why it wouldn’t,” Quinn told The Mesothelioma Center at “That is another cancer with strong potential for this to work well.” Th...
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Source: Canadian Journal of Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Can J Urol Source Type: research
1332Objectives: To investigate the value of 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging in differentiating malignant from benign exudative pleural effusions. Methods: 224 patients with CT scan and pleural effusion puncture examination evidence of moderate or massive exudative pleural effusions entered the study to evaluate the accuracy of 18F-FDG PET/CT in differential diagnosis between malignant and benign exudative pleural effusions. Image analysis of PET/CT was performed both with visual interpretation and using a quantitative method on coronal, sagittal and axial reconstructions. The results of PET/CT imaging were compared to cyto- or hist...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Lung Cancer Posters Source Type: research
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Source: Practical Radiation Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Lung - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Conclusions: CTM was identified in over a quarter of MPM patients when follow-up imaging was reviewed. Treating physicians should be cognizant of the possibility of CTM at the site of prior IPC.Respiration
Source: Respiration - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
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