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Human processed lipoaspirate (PLA) cells are multipotent stem cells, capable of differentiating into multiple mesenchymal lineages (bone, cartilage, fat, and muscle). To date, differentiation to nonmesodermal fates has not been reported. This study demonstrates that PLA cells can be induced to differentiate into early neural progenitors, which are of an… (More)
OBJECTIVE To identify perinatal variables associated with adverse outcomes in neonates prenatally diagnosed with gastroschisis. METHODS A retrospective review was conducted of all inborn pregnancies complicated by gastroschisis within the five institutions of the University of California Fetal Consortium from 2007 to 2012. The primary outcome was a… (More)
In a retrospective cohort review of third-party reproduction, we observed that surrogate body mass index (BMI) negatively impacts implantation rates in oocyte-donor in vitro fertilization cycles. A BMI > or =35 kg/m(2) cutoff is associated with a statistically significant decrease in pregnancy rates but not miscarriage rates.
OBJECTIVE To determine the feasibility of surgically correcting pectus excavatum and carinatum deformities in adult patients. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Although pectus chest deformities are common, many patients progress to adulthood without surgical repair and experience increasing symptoms. There are sparse published data regarding repair of pectus… (More)
Recently the use of a single umbilical incision to perform an appendectomy has been described. The purpose of this study was to review our initial experience with transumbilical laparoscopic-assisted appendectomy (TULAA) in the pediatric population. A retrospective review of all pediatric patients treated for appendicitis over a 10-month period was… (More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to evaluate trends, and outcomes of adolescents who undergo bariatric surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients younger than 21 years who underwent elective bariatric surgery between 2005 and 2007 were identified from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development database. Multivariate logistic… (More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW The review summarizes the recent studies of bariatric surgery outcomes in adolescents. RECENT FINDINGS Randomized prospective studies demonstrate superior weight loss, resolution of comorbidities, and improvement in quality of life in morbidly obese adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery vs. lifestyle changes alone. The enthusiasm for… (More)
PURPOSE As peritoneal dialysis (PD) is the preferred long-term dialysis modality in the pediatric population, we sought to identify risk factors for mortality and reoperation. METHODS A retrospective review of patients undergoing PD catheter insertions at a single center from 1994-2009 was performed. The following variables were evaluated: age (<1 year),… (More)
Costal osteochondromas are a rare cause of lung injury. We report a 7-year-old male who presented with chest pain, cough, and left-sided pleural effusion following a fall. Imaging identified a 2 cm costal osteochondroma, which was resected with a thoracoscopic-assisted segmental rib resection.
INTRODUCTION Several European studies suggest that some patients with appendicitis can be treated safely with antibiotics. A portion of patients eventually undergo appendectomy within a year, with 10%-15% failing to respond in the initial period and a similar additional proportion with suspected recurrent episodes requiring appendectomy. Nearly all patients… (More)