Akshay J Patel

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A best evidence topic was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was what is the optimum prophylaxis against gastrointestinal haemorrhage for patients undergoing adult cardiac surgery: histamine receptor antagonists (H(2)RA) or proton-pump inhibitors? A total of 201 papers were found; of which, 8 represented the best evidence.(More)
BACKGROUND Positron emission tomography (PET) with 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is routinely performed for investigating suspected lung cancers. Despite the known potential for false-positive FDG uptake in the head and neck, most suspicious lesions on FDG-PET are investigated. METHODS Between October 2002 and January 2010, FDG-PET/PET-computed tomography(More)
A best evidence topic in thoracic surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was 'Is there an indication for routine prophylaxis against postoperative supraventricular arrhythmia in patients undergoing pulmonary resection surgery?' Altogether almost 150 papers were found as a result of the reported search, of which 14(More)
A best evidence topic in cardiac surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was, 'What is the optimal revascularization technique for isolated disease of the left anterior descending artery (LAD) in terms of patient survival, morbidity such as myocardial infarction (MI) and need for repeat target vessel revascularization:(More)
A best evidence topic in thoracic surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was 'in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer who have undergone complete resection, does the presence of microvascular invasion (MVI) significantly impact long-term survival or prognosis?' Altogether, more than 250 papers were found using the(More)
tee 100% safety. Another device introduced to reduce subatmospheric pressure peaks in the venous line is the BB [6]. The system comprises a flexible thin-walled tube inside a rigid transparent box and is capable of absorbing venous line pressure fluctuations. The adjustable volume of air between the tube and the casing allows buffering. The study by Simons(More)
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