Bryan J. Wells

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The value of resection for locally recurrent rectal cancer (LRRC) remains controversial. We analyzed outcomes of an aggressive approach to resection of LRRC. We conducted a retrospective chart review of 52 consecutive patients who underwent resection of LRRC from September 1997 through August 2005. Overall and disease-free survival (OS, DFS) curves were(More)
Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNLB) has been adopted as the standard method of axillary staging for women with clinically node-negative early-stage breast cancer. The false negative rate as a quality indicator is impractical given the need for a completion axillary dissection to calculate. The objective of this study was to develop practical quality(More)
This study utilized a transgenic mouse model that expresses an inducible dominant-negative mutation of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta type II receptor (DnTGFbetaRII) to define the structural and functional responses of the left ventricle (LV) to pressure-overload stress in the absence of an intact TGF-beta signaling cascade. DnTGFbetaRII and(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) constitutes a primary cause of death after heart transplantation. Balloon angioplasty and bare metal stents have been used for revascularization but they are associated with a high risk of re-stenosis. Limited data have shown favorable results with drug-eluting stents (DES). This study examines the rate of(More)
OPINION STATEMENT The treatment of lipid abnormalities generally has focused on low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) reduction based on extensive clinical trials and the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III guidelines. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly clear that a significant percentage of patients continue to(More)
There is no gold standard for the measurement of pulmonary regurgitation (PR) severity. Two-dimensional (2D) transthoracic echocardiography is most commonly used to quantify PR severity using color Doppler criteria for aortic regurgitation. However, this method is limited by visualization of only one or two dimensions of the proximal PR jet or vena(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Craniocervical fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is associated with dissections and with S-shaped curves in the internal carotid artery (ICA). We evaluated the occurrence of S-curves in patients presenting with acute strokes due to ICA steno-occlusive dissections. METHODS This was a retrospective review of the interventional databases(More)
Historically, the milk-alkali syndrome developed as an adverse reaction to the Sippy regimen of milk, cream and alkaline powders as treatment for peptic ulcer disease. The classic description includes hypercalcemia, metabolic alkalosis, and renal failure. Over the past 20 years, milk-alkali syndrome has had a resurgence, as consumption of supplements(More)
INTRODUCTION Historical data suggests that many traumatic hemothoraces (HTX) can be managed expectantly without tube thoracostomy (TT) drainage. The purpose of this study was to identify predictors of TT, including whether the quantity of pleural blood predicted tube placement, and to evaluate outcomes associated with TT versus expected management (EM) of(More)