Alan C. Geiss

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The disease complex of chronic pancreatitis, sclerosing cholangitis, and Sjogren's syndrome seems to be a well-defined entity with an autoimmune cause similar to that which occurs in primary biliary cirrhosis. Treatment depends on the component of primary sclerosing cholangitis and, more particularly, on the degree of extrahepatic involvement.
A totally implanted venous access system was placed in a 24-year-old male patient with Hodgkins disease for chemotherapy. Twelve months after implantation it was noted on chest x-ray that the catheter had fractured and the distal fragment embolized to the right ventricle. Catheter separation and embolization is a recognized but uncommon complication of(More)
Toxic megacolon complicating ulcerative colitis has been a well-recognized entity since its original description in 1950. The presence of toxic megacolon frequently has precluded a diagnosis of Crohn's colitis. Recent literature, however, has demonstrated that the incidence of toxic megacolon associated with Crohn's colitis (4.4-6.3%) may be higher than(More)
Mirizzi's syndrome is a rare entity of common hepatic duct obstruction that results from an inflammatory response secondary to a gallstone impacted in the cystic duct or neck of the gallbladder. It results from an almost parallel course and low insertion of the cystic duct into the common hepatic duct. In a variant of Mirizzi's syndrome, the cause of the(More)
BACKGROUND The most prevalent long-term complications in patients who undergo laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) surgery are pouch dilatation and gastric prolapse (slippage). Gastric prolapse can be divided into the anterior and posterior variety. Posterior prolapse is thought to be specific to the perigastric approach due to a lack of posterior(More)
The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) has proven itself a procedure with excellent long-term weight loss results and extremely low morbidity and mortality. The LAGB has become an indispensable addition to the armamentarium of most bariatric surgeons. Commonly reported complications associated with the lap band system include gastric prolapse, band(More)
A new technique has been described for the placement of an implantable percutaneous triple-lumen catheter. This procedure eliminates the need for a large bore introducer. It also provides a mechanism to change these catheters over a wire if necessary. This cannot be accomplished with the Hickman or Broviac catheters. The three lumens allow multiple,(More)