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INTRODUCTION Aggressive management of hepatic neuroendocrine (NE) metastases improves symptoms and prolongs survival. Because of the rarity of these tumors, however, the best method for hepatic artery embolization has not been established. We hypothesized that in patients with hepatic NE metastases, hepatic artery chemoembolization (HACE) would result in(More)
PURPOSE Many patients undergo placement of tunneled cuffed central venous catheters (TCCVCs) for indications including administration of medical therapy and hemodialysis. They are removed when no longer needed or if there is a device complication. There is no consensus regarding the necessity of routine preremoval coagulation studies or platelet count, so(More)
INTRODUCTION Oxidative stress plays an important role in the pathogenesis of many liver diseases. Investigators often measure markers of oxidative stress in peripheral veins as a reflection of hepatic oxidative stress as it is not always feasible to measure oxidative stress in liver tissue. However, it is unknown whether markers of oxidative stress measured(More)
Patients with hepatitis C cirrhosis may sometimes have persistently elevated alpha feto protein (AFP) despite a lack of evidence for disease by ultrasound or computed tomography (CT). While this pattern may represent a benign manifestation of hepatitis C cirrhosis (HCC), it raises concern for the possibility of an occult hepatocellular carcinoma. It has(More)
In this article, we review our multidisciplinary approach for patients with pancreatic cancer. Specifically, we review the epidemiology, diagnosis and staging, biliary drainage techniques, selection of patients for surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and discuss other palliative interventions. The areas of active research investigation and where our(More)
In this article, a patient with extensive cerebrovascular disease who had previously undergone bilateral carotid endarterectomy and subsequent operative revision on the left side is described. The patient developed critical restenosis at the cephalic end of the previous left patch angioplasty as well as a severe stenosis of the left common carotid artery(More)
Our aim was to study the long-term outcomes of all transplant recipients who underwent angiography for suspected TRAS at our institution. The patients were divided into TRAS+ve and TRAS-ve groups based upon angiographically confirmed results. TRAS was confirmed in 58.1% of 74 patients with median time of 8.9 months. Primary angioplasty alone was performed(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The diagnosis and treatment plan for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) can be made from radiologic imaging. However, lesion detection may vary depending on the imaging modality. This study aims to evaluate the sensitivities of hepatic multidetector computed tomography (MDCT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and digital subtraction angiography(More)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) has been shown to improve survival in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). AIM To identify pretreatment factors that predicts increased mortality in HCC patients receiving TACE. METHODS Retrospective review of all patients who underwent TACE for HCC from January 1999 to(More)
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