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OBJECTIVE To review our experience of 18 patients with duodenal injuries after blunt trauma, the diagnosis of which had been delayed for more than 24 hours. DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING Teaching hospital, Taiwan, R.O.C. SUBJECTS 18 patients who presented with duodenal injuries between January 1986 and December 1995. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The survival outcomes of patients with metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) differ significantly between individuals. This study aimed to evaluate whether serum lactic dehydrogenase (S-LDH) level had a clinical value in predicting clinical response and survival outcome for patients with metastatic NPC. METHODS S-LDH level was(More)
BACKGROUND Acute appendicitis is the most common non-obstetric reason for laparotomy during pregnancy. The purpose of this study was to analyze the characteristics of the clinical presentations and postoperative outcomes of these patients and their fetuses. METHODS Patients who underwent appendectomies during pregnancy from July 1991 to June 1997 were(More)
BACKGROUND Pooling of contrast material on computed tomographic (CT) scan represents free extravasation of blood as a result of active bleeding. For patients with blunt hepatic injury, aggressive management such as angiography or celiotomy is usually indicated if this sign is detected. The purposes of this study were to further categorize this CT scan(More)
According to previous reports, the prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is varied. There has been no report on Taiwan, a hyperendemic area for HBV infection. Furthermore, impaired production of interferon (IFN) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) has been reported to be potentially(More)
BACKGROUND Most blunt hepatic trauma patients can be managed nonoperatively. The current failure rate in adult blunt hepatic trauma is reportedly 0 to 19%. We wished to evaluate the applicability of laparoscopy and fibrin glue as a minimally invasive alternative to laparotomy in these unsuccessfully nonoperative cases. METHODS All adult patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE To study single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) and its role in inducing inflammatory cytokines in the cruor-fibrinolysis system of rat. METHODS Twenty one Wistar rats were divided into four groups: 1) control; 2) low-dose SWCNT (0.15 mg/kg BW); 3) medium-dose SWCNT (0.75 mg/kg BW); 4) high-dose SWCNT (1.5 mg/kg BW). Intratracheal instillation of(More)
BACKGROUND Nonoperative management of blunt hepatic injury is currently a widely accepted treatment modality. Computed tomography (CT) is an important imaging study both for diagnosis and follow-up of these patients. There is, however, no reliable predictor of failure of nonoperative treatment other than the ultimate development of hemodynamic instability.(More)
Repeated laparotomy with extensive small bowel resectioning and eventual short-bowel syndrome is a major problem in Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) patients. This problem is caused by gastrointestinal polyposis with intussusception. A combined surgical and endoscopic approach can assess the extent of the polyposis, and small polyps can be removed by snare(More)
This work investigates the effect of hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) on acupuncture analgesia in the rat. Electrical stimulation of PVN or injection of L-glutamate sodium into PVN could enhance the analgesic effect induced by acupuncture Zusanli (St. 36) while the electrical cauterization of PVN is decreased; Removal of the pituitary could not(More)