Deborah J Kozik

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Background: Perforated appendicitis is associated with a significant risk of postoperative abdominal and wound infection. Only a few controversial studies evaluate the role of laparoscopy in perforated appendicitis. The significance of conversion from laparoscopy to open appendectomy for perforated appendicitis is not well defined. Statistical analysis was(More)
BACKGROUND Small bowel obstruction (SBO) is a common problem that often requires operation. We tested the hypotheses that patients admitted to a surgical service have improved outcomes and that these outcomes are related to early operation. METHODS Retrospective review of 281 patients with 336 episodes of SBO between 1992 and 1998 was performed.(More)
BACKGROUND Although transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) routinely establishes the diagnosis of double outlet right ventricle (DORV), it can be suboptimal for depicting exact ventricular septal defect (VSD) position, especially with respect to the outflow tracts. Advanced imaging with computed tomography angiography (CTA) can help visualize structures and(More)
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) presenting beyond the neonatal period is commonly perceived to be rare. With reported frequencies of 2.6% to 20% of all CDH, it may be an overlooked cause of mortality. Variable symptomatology makes its diagnosis challenging. We report the sudden death of a 3-month-old patient shortly after hospital discharge following(More)
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