Alison Higgins

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the associated morbidity and patient comfort of the 'minimally invasive, no scalpel' (MINS) vasectomy. PATIENTS AND METHODS Eighty-nine consecutive patients presenting for vasectomy underwent a MINS procedure. Post-operatively, the pain experienced, recovery time and complication rate were assessed using a postal questionnaire. The(More)
Out of nearly 900 women in a research study of human immunodeficiency virus infection in pregnancy, 8 were subsequently found not to be infected. Misdiagnoses could have resulted from (a) laboratory errors or specimen mixups; (b) failure to follow the testing algorithm recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm results; (c)(More)
In a prospective trial, the prophylactic efficacy of low-dose heparin was investigated in 84 consecutive patients undergoing total-hip replacement. 52 of these were randomly allocated to receive heparin or a combination of heparin and dihydroergotamine (D.H.E.); the remaining 32 patients, who were operated on by one orthopaedic team and did not receive(More)
Ten patients with rectal tumours were treated by cryosurgery. Good palliation without local complications was achieved in the cases of rectal carcinoma and a complete cure followed treatment of benign rectal tumours. Low rectal carcinomas with clinical evidence of dissemination are ideally suited for cryosurgery and complications are minimal. Cryosurgery is(More)
Fetal breathing activity was monitored by ultrasonography in 14 patients with oligohydramnios (4 with fetal anuria and 10 with premature rupture of the membranes). 45 patients with intact membranes, with normal amniotic fluid volume, and matched for gestational age were the controls. Fetal breathing movements were seen in all 8 patients who died in the(More)
We investigated compliance in the West Midlands, UK with the guidelines issued by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the indications for the removal of third molars. We audited the practice at three departments of maxillofacial surgery that take referrals from three districts of the West Midlands. Of a total of 300 referral letters 217(More)