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Introduction: In the past, peritoneal carcinomatosis, regardless of primary tumor type, has always been a lethal condition. Recently, special treatments using cytoreductive surgery with peritonectomy procedures combined with perioperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy have resulted in long-term survival. Appendiceal malignancy with a low incidence of liver(More)
BACKGROUND There are few population-based data describing outcomes of robotic-assisted surgery. We compared outcomes of robotic-assisted, laparoscopic, and open surgery in a nationally representative population database. STUDY DESIGN A retrospective analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database from October 2008 to December 2009 was performed. We(More)
The study was designed to examine the epidemiology of appendicitis and risk factors of perforation and appendectomy. Retrospective analysis of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development Patient Discharge Data was performed from 1995 to 2009. Patients with appendicitis were identified by ICD-9 diagnosis code. Population statistics(More)
OBJECTIVE Preoperative determinants of surgical risk in elderly patients with meningioma are not fully defined. This study was undertaken to determine whether the Charlson comorbidity index could be used to accurately predict postoperative outcomes among older patients with meningiomas undergoing neurosurgical resection and thereby make a selection for(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of child abuse is approximately 10% of all children presenting to an emergency department (ED), with a mortality rate less than 1%. By contrast, the characteristics of the subset of abused children presenting to a pediatric trauma service (PTS) is not well defined. METHODS This study was a retrospective evaluation of prospectively(More)
Increased hydrostatic pressure in solid tumor nodules decreases the penetration of chemotherapy into cancerous tissue. This is true for both i.v. and i.p. chemotherapy. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of increasing intra-abdominal pressures on the pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution of doxorubicin administered i.p. Four groups(More)
The World Health Organization (WHO) Tool for Situational Analysis to Assess Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (hereafter called the WHO Tool) has been used in more than 25 countries and is the largest effort to assess surgical care in the world. However, it has not yet been independently validated. Test–retest reliability is one way to validate the(More)
BACKGROUND Many studies have reported 5-year survival data after pancreaticoduodenectomy for periampullary adenocarcinoma. This study evaluates 10-year survival in patients surviving 5 years after initial surgery. METHODS We reviewed all patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy for periampullary adenocarcinoma from April 1970 to July 1999 at a single(More)
The aim of this study was to review the long-term results of cytoreductive surgery in the treatment of advanced primary and recurrent epithelial ovarian cancers and papillary serous carcinoma of the peritoneum. Our goal was to identify clinical factors by which to select patients likely to benefit from a comprehensive management plan. Clinical data of 28(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the effect of race and insurance status on trauma mortality. METHODS Review of patients (aged 18-64 years; Injury Severity Score > or = 9) included in the National Trauma Data Bank (2001-2005). African American and Hispanic patients were each compared with white patients and insured patients were compared with uninsured patients.(More)