CHEST SURGERY

HYPERHIDROSIS

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common disorder which produces a lot of unhappiness. An estimated 2%-3% of Americans suffer from excessive sweating of the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or of the palms and soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis). Underarm problems tend to start in late adolescence, while palm and sole sweating often begins earlier, around age 13 (on the average). Untreated, these problems may continue throughout life.

LUNG CANCER

There are three main types of lung cancer. Knowing which type you have is important because it affects your treatment options and your outlook (prognosis). 

  1. Non small cell lung cancer: most common type of tumor, %85 of all lung cancer.

  2. Small cell lung cancer:  This type tends to spread quickly, approximately%15 of all lung cancers

  3. Lung carcinoid tumor: They rarely spread, grow rather slowly, fewer than %5. 

CHEST WALL DEFORMITY

Chest wall deformities may be congenital or acquired and may be divided into three categories. The most common category is the group of deformities in which there is rib overgrowth causing either adepression (Pectus Excavatum) or protrusion (Pectus Carinatum) of the anterior chest wall. 

  • Pectus excavatum (sunken chest), occurring in about one in 500 children.

  • Pectus carinatum (pigeon chest), occurring in about one out of 1,500 children.

THYMECTOMY

A thymectomy is an operation to remove the thymus. It usually results in remission of myasthenia gravis with the help of medication including steroids. However, this remission may not be permanent. Thymectomy is indicated when thymoma are present in the thymus.