Aidan G Shaw

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BACKGROUND High circulating platelet counts have been associated with poor prognosis in a variety of solid tumours such as breast, renal and lung cancer. We investigated the significance of a high pre-operative platelet count on overall survival in patients with stages I-IV colorectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS 630 Consecutive patients who colorectal(More)
Anal carcinoma is an important but rare condition, managed in specialist centres. Both endoanal ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used in the locoregional staging and follow-up of patients with anal cancer, and both may assist in treatment planning and prognosis. Recent guidelines published by the European Society for Medical Oncology(More)
Sternocleidomastoid muscle fibrosis has been recognized for centuries, but its pathogenesis and treatment remains controversial. Pseudotumor of infancy is a firm fibrous mass in the sternocleidomastoid muscle appearing at 2 to 3 weeks of age. Congenital muscular torticollis is less common and appears later in life. Pseudotumor and congenital muscular(More)
The impact of a bedside terminal system implemented in a community hospital was evaluated using a one-group before-and-after design. Contrary to predictions, the amount of time registered nurses spent in direct care and the positiveness of registered nurses' attitudes toward bedside terminal technology decreased after the implementation. Registered nurse(More)
A 36-year-old lady, with a past medical history of hydrocephalus requiring a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt, was admitted with symptoms and signs of large bowel obstruction. Her condition worsened and she underwent laparotomy, where she had faecal peritonitis secondary to a perforated sigmoid colon. The shunt was contaminated with faeces leading to(More)
OBJECTIVE It has recently been reported that up to one-third of patients with nonmetastatic distal rectal cancer managed with neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy (CRT) had a complete clinical response (cCR) to treatment. In the selected cases, this has been used as the sole treatment. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of complete(More)
INTRODUCTION Heterotopic bone is rarely found in the gastrointestinal tract. Here we report a rare case of metaplastic ossification within a benign ulcerating adenoma and review the literature concerning the aetiology. CASE PRESENTATION A 63-year-old woman, who presented with a history of melaena, was found at colonoscopy to have a pedunculated ulcerating(More)
Clostridium difficile infection is associated with antibiotic therapy and usually limited to the colonic mucosa. However, it is also a rare cause of enteritis, with only a few cases reported in the literature. In the present report, the case of a 30-year-old woman with Clostridium difficile enteritis who previously had a panproctocolectomy with end(More)
OBJECTIVE One of the 2-week wait (2WW) criteria for suspected lower gastrointestinal cancer states that patients should be referred who have iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) without obvious cause [Haemoglobin (Hb) <11 g/dl men, <10 g/dl postmenopausal women]. AIM Our aim was to find the proportion of patients referred as a 2WW not meeting the criteria, and(More)