Debbie Coker

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In a series of 80 colostomy closures, a total complication rate of 26 per cent was found, with a wound infection rate of 14 per cent and an anastomotic leak rate of four per cent. Patients having preoperative systemic antibiotics had fewer wound infections than those who did not (eight per cent versus 19 per cent). Delayed primary skin closure or closure by(More)
To determine the incidence and types of infections in Hodgkin's disease, particularly those related to the overwhelming pneumococcal sepsis syndrome, 210 consecutive patients with previously untreated Hodgkin's disease who underwent staging laparotomy with splenectomy from March 1968 to October 1979 were reviewed. For 178 patients (85 percent) alive at the(More)
Metastatic basal cell carcinoma is a rare, malignant neoplasm associated with poor survival. A 63-year-old woman had an extensive primary keratinizing basal cell carcinoma of the scalp, with metastases to the regional lymph nodes of the neck. Disease in the primary site and in the regional lymph nodes was controlled by surgery and irradiation. However,(More)
Patients with temporal-lobe epilepsy (TLE) present with memory difficulties. The aim of the current study was to determine to what extent these difficulties could be related to a metamemory impairment. Fifteen patients with TLE and 15 matched healthy controls carried out a paired-associates learning task. Memory recall was measured at intervals of 30min and(More)
Fifty-one patients with stage III or IV squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck who received induction chemotherapy with cisplatin and bleomycin sulfate with and without high-dose methotrexate were studied. The relationship of the prechemotherapy levels of serum alkaline phosphatase, lactic dehydrogenase, SGOT, SGPT, BUN, creatinine, calcium, total(More)
Two hundred ten patients were retrospectively studied to evaluate the risk of appendectomy performed during laparotomy for staging of Hodgkin's disease. Seventy-nine patients did not have their appendix removed, and a wound infection developed in 1. One hundred thirty-one patients had an appendectomy, and 7 wound infections occurred in this group. This(More)