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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Metaplastic carcinomas of the breast are rare neoplasms. The purpose of the present study is to better characterize the clinical course, treatment, and prognostic factors of metaplastic breast carcinomas. METHODS Data of 14 patients with metaplastic breast carcinoma were retrospectively reviewed. The follow-up period ranged from(More)
The present study attempts to establish cell culture systems for the oyster, Crassostrea gigas Röding and the hard clam, Meretrix lusoria Thunberg. Treatment with collagenase was better than trypsin at dissociating mollusc tissue fragments for in vitro culture. Heart tissue of oyster and hard clam proved to be the most promising target tissue for the(More)
From a total of 22 hypertriglyceridemic subjects tested, 14 subjects were selected on the basis of normal postheparin plasma lipoprotein lipase (LPL) levels and the presence of LPL inhibitory activity in their fasting plasma. The inhibitory activity was detected in both the lipoprotein fraction (d less than 1.25 g/ml) and the lipoprotein-deficient fraction(More)
During the 11-year period from 1977 through 1987, hepatic resections were carried out in 120 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Twenty-five had HCCs smaller than 5 cm in diameter. There were 97 male and 23 female patients, with an average age of 51.5 years. Among them, 45.8% had liver cirrhosis and 80.8% were positive for hepatitis B surface(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatolithiasis associated with cholangiocarcinoma is not often encountered. During the past 3 years, an increased incidence of patients with hepatolithiasis associated with cholangiocarcinoma was noted. Data were needed to reliably determine the incidence of this disease. METHODS Data concerning the relationship between cholangiocarcinoma and(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyse our cases of acute rupture of the diaphragm after blunt trauma to find out how to diagnose it earlier and manage it more promptly in future. DESIGN Retrospective study of casenotes. SETTING Division of general surgery, district hospital, Taiwan. PATIENTS 50 Patients who presented with acute rupture of the diaphragm after blunt(More)
During the 10-year period from 1978 to 1987, hepatic resections were performed on 20 patients with peripheral cholangiocarcinoma (PCC). Nine of these patients were men and 11 were women (mean age, 48.5 years). Among them, 80% had intrahepatic stones with recurrent cholangitis. The 20 patients were subdivided into the following three groups: Group I (12(More)
Twenty cases of cholangiocarcinoma associated with hepatolithiasis were treated surgically. The incidence of cholangiocarcinoma associated with hepatolithiasis was 2.4%. Surgical procedures included common bile duct exploration after intraoperative choledochofiberoscopy in 20, with hepatic resection in nine. Overall survival was 8 months, with a range of(More)
The bone morphogenetic proteins were originally identified based on their ability to induce ectopic bone formation in vivo and have since been identified as members of the transforming growth factor-beta gene superfamily. It has been well established that the bone morphogenetic cytokines enhance osteogenic activity in bone marrow stromal cells in vitro.(More)
The fatty acid specificity of the bile salt-activated lipase purified from human milk was studied using C12 to C54 (total acyl carbon) saturated and the C54 unsaturated triacylglycerols. Kinetic studies indicated that the short chain triacylglycerols were hydrolyzed more readily than the long chain triacylglycerols, and that the long chain unsaturated(More)