C. Wright Pinson

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BACKGROUND Liver surgery can be difficult because there are few external landmarks defining hepatic anatomy and because the liver has significant vascularity. Although preoperative tomographic imaging (computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging) provides essential anatomical information for operative planning, at present it cannot be used actively(More)
UNLABELLED This study had two purposes: to optimize the semiquantitative interpretation of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET scans in the diagnosis of pancreatic carcinoma by analyzing different cutoff levels for the standardized uptake value (SUV), with and without correction for serum glucose level (SUV(gluc)); and to evaluate the usefulness of FDG PET(More)
BACKGROUND In most malignant cells, the relatively low level of glucose-6-phosphatase leads to accumulation and trapping of [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) intracellularly, allowing the visualization of increased uptake compared with normal cells. OBJECTIVES To assess the value of FDG positron emission tomography (PET) to differentiate benign from malignant(More)
Adult polycystic liver disease (PCLD) is an autosomal dominant condition commonly associated with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). However in the last decade, it has been recognized that there is a distinct form of autosomal dominant PCLD that arises without concomitant ADPKD. Early knowledge of the pathogenesis was gained from the(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the impact of the Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) on waiting list mortality. DESIGN Interrupted time series with a nominal inception point of the intervention on February 27, 2002. SETTING United Network for Organ Sharing Standard Transplant Analysis and Research file data from March 1, 1999, to July 30, 2004. (More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether a correlation exists between the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) after liver transplant (LT). DESIGN Prospective cohort. SETTING University hospital. PATIENTS Adult LT recipients (N = 209). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Postoperative HRQOL over a 1-year period after LT(More)
Background: The authors compared two strategies for the maintenance of intraoperative normothermia during orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT): the routine forced-air warming system and the newly developed, whole body water garment.
Most health literacy assessments are time consuming and administered verbally. Written self-administration of measures may facilitate more widespread assessment of health literacy. This study aimed to determine the intermethod reliability and concurrent validity of the written administration of the 3 subjective health literacy questions of the Short(More)
Introduction Every day millions of Americans receive " You're Pre-Approved! " mailers or flyers from car dealerships, credit card companies, cell phone providers, and a host of companies from every business sector that involves the extension of credit to consumers. These mailers, known as " offers of credit, " are pre-screened loan solicitations sent by a(More)
CPOE systems hold the promise of both reducing medical errors and improving compliance with evidence-based guidelines. Evidence-based order sets have been used to make evidence-based guidelines actionable at the point of care. Investigators have conducted research into factors effecting order set use, but little has been documented regarding order set(More)
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