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n = 79) or an open appendectomy ( n = 72) showed no difference in sex, age, American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) rating, or previous abdominal surgery. The histologic classification of normal, catarrhal, inflamed, suppurative, and gangrenous appendicitis was not different between the two groups. Conversion from laparoscopic to open appendectomy was(More)
BACKGROUND Melanoma occurring in the anorectal region is recognized to be an uncommon tumour with a poor prognosis. Queensland has the highest incidence rate of cutaneous melanoma in the world. The purpose of the present study was to determine if the very high incidence of cutaneous melanoma in Queensland has any bearing on the incidence of anorectal(More)
BACKGROUND Younger patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) have long been thought to have a poorer prognosis than older patients. Recent overseas reports, however, have disputed this. The aim of the present study was to conduct a review of data on patients with colorectal cancer collected over a 29-year period at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) to ascertain(More)
Since 1955, 33 patients with actinomycosis were treated at the University Hospital, Saskatoon, Sixty-seven per cent of the lesions involved the cervicofacial region; 24 per cent, the abdomen, and 9 per cent, the thorax. Trauma, inflammation or immunosuppression may have been partly responsible for the infection in 14 of the patients. Follow-up data were(More)
This study examines the usefulness of peritoneovenous shunts through a retrospective review of the charts of 16 patients who received this shunt at the University Hospital in Saskatoon up to May 1987. Fourteen shunts were placed for malignant ascites, 1 for alcoholic cirrhosis and 1 for nephrogenic ascites. All patients had symptoms related to abdominal(More)
This study reviews the resource utilization of patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with severe necrotizing pancreatitis treated by early necrosectomy. For 21 patients there was a total of 221 abdominal operations, 2365 hospital days, 565 ICU days and 1185 days of parenteral nutrition. The mortality rate was 43%. The treatment for patients(More)
BACKGROUND Large-bowel volvulus is a rare cause of bowel obstruction in the industrialized world. We analyzed the presentation and outcome of 49 patients at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia, who received a diagnosis of colonic volvulus from 1991 to 2001. METHODS A retrospective chart study was carried out. RESULTS Twenty-nine(More)
BACKGROUND Anal fissure unresponsive to conservative measures such as stool softeners frequently requires surgical intervention. The present study describes the use of glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) in the treatment of acute and chronic anal fissure. METHODS Eighteen consecutive patients with anal fissure were treated with 0.5% GTN paste in soft white paraffin(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this prospective study was to determine whether the beneficial effects of reduction mammaplasty are maintained over the long term in a Canadian population and to determine whether reduction mammaplasty facilitates weight loss in the overweight patient. METHODS The Short Form-36, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and Symptom Inventory(More)
Squamous cell papilloma of the esophagus is rare. Seven well-documented cases have been reported in the English literature. Three further cases are presented, in one of which symptoms were related to the tumour. Although there is no proof that this lesion is premalignant, coincident cancer must be excluded. In each of the authors' cases, endoscopic removal(More)