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Surgical Treatment of Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is the chronic inflammation of bronchi walls. It is characterized by thickening bronchi walls from inflammation and infection. When this condition flares up and causes breathing difficulties it is called exacerbations.  Bronchiectasis has two variations: cystic fibrosis (CF) bronchiectasis and non-CF bronchiectasis, and is usually part of a disease affecting the entire body. Some…

Surgical Management of Primary Upper Limb Hyperhidrosis–A Review

Hyperhidrosis is classified by sweating excessively in response to stimuli. Excess sweat is define as sweat that exceeds amounts normally needed to cool down elevated body temperature. Hyperhidrosis can be classified as either primary or secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis is generally localized to specific locations including the face, armpits, palms, and soles. Secondary hyperhidrosis is more…

Chest Wall Deformities: An Overview on Classification and Surgical Options

Chest wall malformations (CWM) can be exhibited in several ways and can cause both functional respiratory impairment and psychosocial concerns including aversion to sports and public exposure. CWMs occur quite frequently, however they are often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all, leading to a continued progression of the malformation. There are five different classifications of…

Thoracic Critical Care

Patients requiring thoracic care are generally older, former or current smokers, and sicker as compared to other types of patients. Due to the nature of many thoracic patients, certain complications can arise during treatment. These complications may result in a need for thoracic critical care. For starters, those individuals requiring thoracic care usually have predispositions…

What is GERD?

GERD is a term you’ve probably heard on pharmaceutical commercials. It’s an acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease. While that’s quite a mouthful to say, GERD is a very common medical problem that people face. In fact, about 3 million Americans suffer from GERD. Although it’s common, gastroesophageal reflux disease isn’t something you should try to…

Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty Palms)

Hyperhidrosis Sweating is a part of life. And for most of us it’s actually an incredibly helpful biological process that keeps us cool in the blistering summer heat. But for people who suffer from hyperhidrosis, sweating is embarrassing and inconvenient. Hyperhydrosis is a condition that affects around 2-3% of Americans. People who suffer from hyperhydrosis…

Screening for Lung Cancer

Screening for Lung Cancer Lung cancer. Just hearing those words sends chills down many people’s spines. This disease has become something people hear more and more about thanks to advanced diagnostic techniques as well as breakthroughs in treatment. Lung cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in your lungs. These cells grow quickly and turn…