Brian R. Davidson

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The aim of the study was to prospectively evaluate an intensive follow-up programme using serial tumour marker estimations and contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) of the chest and abdomen in patients undergoing potentially curative resection of colorectal liver metastases. Seventy-six consecutive patients having undergone potentially curative(More)
Liver synthetic and metabolic function can only be optimised by the growth of cells within a supportive liver matrix. This can be achieved by the utilisation of decellularised human liver tissue. Here we demonstrate complete decellularization of whole human liver and lobes to form an extracellular matrix scaffold with a preserved architecture.(More)
Ischemic preconditioning refers to the endogenous mechanism of protection against a sustained ischemic insult following an initial, brief ischemic stimulus. Ischemia-reperfusion injury of the liver is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in liver surgery and transplantation and ischemic preconditioning is a promising strategy for improving the outcome(More)
AIM Cholangiocarcinoma can be cured by surgery, but only in a minority of cases. The activation of apoptosis is a major mode of action of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which have limited benefit in the treatment of cholangiocarcinoma. The antiapoptotic members of the Bcl-2 protein family (Bcl-2, Bcl-X(L), and Mcl-1) are important inhibitors of apoptosis,(More)
BACKGROUND Blood clearance of indocyanine green (ICG) is an objective test of liver function. Hepatic ICG clearance can now be measured directly using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). The aim of this study was to evaluate measurement of hepatic ICG clearance by NIRS in an animal model of acute hepatic dysfunction. METHODS New Zealand white rabbits (n =(More)
Iodised oil (lipiodol) administered via the hepatic artery localises selectively in primary liver cell cancers (hepatocellular carcinomas or HCCs) for prolonged periods and has been used as a vehicle for cytotoxic agents. Despite clinical use, the mechanism of lipiodol retention by tumours has remained unclear, embolisation of oil droplets in the tumour(More)
PURPOSE Laparoscopic liver resection has significant advantages over open surgery due to less patient trauma and faster recovery times, yet is difficult for most lesions due to the restricted field of view and lack of haptic feedback. Image guidance provides a potential solution but is challenging in a soft deforming organ such as the liver. In this paper,(More)
Portal vein embolisation (PVE) is used to increase the remnant liver volume before major liver resection for colorectal metastases. The resection rate after PVE is 60-70%, mainly limited by disease progression. The effect of PVE on tumour growth rate has not been investigated. The objective of this study was to compare the growth characteristics of resected(More)
Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is a novel method for the measurement of tissue oxygenation and may have a role in monitoring liver oxygenation and viability. The aim of this study is to validate the application of NIRS for monitoring hepatic tissue oxygenation. Large Landrace pigs (n = 12) underwent laparotomy and liver exposure. Total hepatic blood flow(More)