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AIM To investigate the clinicopathological characteristics of late-stage lung cancer patients with gastrointestinal (GI)-tract metastases, focusing on therapeutic options and outcomes. METHODS Our institution (the National Taiwan University Hospital) diagnosed 8159 patients with lung cancer between 1987 and 2008, of which 21 developed symptomatic GI(More)
BACKGROUND This study evaluated the use of laparoscopy in hemodynamically stable patients with blunt abdominal trauma. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of hemodynamically stable blunt abdominal trauma patients. Patients admitted from July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2006 (prior to the adoption of laparoscopy for patients with blunt(More)
Acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) is a newly developed elastography technique that uses acoustic radiation force to provide additional stiffness information to conventional sonography. A computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system was proposed to automatically specify the tumor boundaries in ARFI images and quantify the statistical stiffness information to(More)
Breast cancer is a heterogeneous disease. Thanks to extensive efforts from research scientists and clinicians, treatment for breast cancer has advanced into the era of targeted medicine. With the use of several well-established biomarkers, such as hormone receptors (HRs) (i.e., estrogen receptor [ER] and progesterone receptor [PgR]) and human epidermal(More)
Given the critical role of CYP19 in estrogen synthesis, we investigated the influence of CYP19 gene polymorphisms on the clinical outcome of lymph node- (LN-) negative, hormone receptor- (HR-) positive early breast cancers. Genotyping for the CYP19 polymorphisms rs4646 (A/C), rs1065779 (A/C), CYP19 (TTTA)n (short allele/long (S/L) allele using the 7 TTTA(More)
Automated whole breast ultrasound (ABUS) has become a popular screening tool in recent years. To reduce the review time and misdetection from ABUS images by physicians, a computer-aided detection (CADe) system for ABUS images based on a multiview method is proposed in this study. A total of 58 pathology-proven lesions from 41 patients were used to evaluate(More)
BACKGROUND Intraluminal migration of a drain through an anastomotic site is a rare complication of gastric surgery. CASE PRESENTATION We herein report the intraluminal migration of a drain placed after a lower esophagectomy and total gastrectomy with Roux-en-Y anastomosis for gastric small cell carcinoma. Persistent drainage was noted 1 month after(More)
BACKGROUND Use of a calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) immunosuppressant following kidney transplantation is associated with development of vasomotor nephrotoxicity. This study was undertaken to evaluate and compare the influences of CNI-based and CNI-free immunosuppressant regimens on two intrarenal vascular resistance parameters, the resistive index (RI) and the(More)
BACKGROUND Inappropriate skin incisions can make sentinel lymph node dissection difficult. A knowledge of the most common locations of the hotspot in the axilla helps in planning the incision. This information also helps to locate the lymph node preoperatively by ultrasound. The aim of this prospective study was to determine the most common location of the(More)
We analyzed one case of end-stage liver disease and discussed whether the palliative care should be considered for this case. The medical record of a 56-year-old woman with alcoholic liver cirrhosis admitted to our hospital due to hypovolemic shock and esophageal varices (EV) was reviewed. The EV with active bleeding were arrested by panendoscopic(More)