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The influence of total parenteral nutrition (TPN) was studied in 67 patients with severe acute pancreatitis having three or more criteria according to Ranson (mean +/- SD = 3.8 +/- 0.21). Although TPN has been reported to not be of benefit in the progress and severity of the disease, we have found that the time TPN is started is important in influencing the(More)
The amount and the types of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) present in human pancreatic carcinoma were examined and compared with those in normal pancreas. Human pancreatic carcinoma contained increased levels (4-fold) of total GAGs. Particularly, this carcinoma is characterized by a 12-fold increase of hyaluronan (HA) and a 22-fold increase in chondroitin(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the significance of sonographically detected thyroid calcifications in the diagnosis of thyroid cancer. METHODS One hundred eighty-eight patients with thyroid disease, including 37 with thyroid cancer, were included in the study. Each patient underwent preoperative, high-resolution sonography to(More)
AIMS Major liver surgery can be performed safely and hepatic resection for metastatic disease is increasingly carried out. However, the role of liver resection for hepatic metastases from non-colorectal, non-neuroendocrine (NCNN) cancers is unknown. Our aim was to evaluate our experience from hepatectomies for NCNN metastases. A retrospective study of 170(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the morbidity, mortality and recurrence rate after a modified conservative operation in the treatment of hepatic hydatidosis. DESIGN Prospective open study. SETTING University hospital, Greece. SUBJECTS 67 Consecutive patients with hepatic hydatidosis, operated on between 1985 and 1990. INTERVENTION The liver was mobilised and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Biliary tract complications constitute a common cause of post-operative morbidity after orthotopic liver transplantation. Bile leakage following T-tube removal, even if uncommon, can also seriously influence post-operative recovery. This report outlines the diagnostic and therapeutic policy used to treat this complication in a large liver(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this paper is to report the results of a prospective clinical trial investigating traditional laparoscopic cholecystectomy versus "mini-lap" cholecystectomy in a tertiary care University Hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS This is a prospective, randomized, single-center observational study. Forty-four patients were allocated in each group;(More)
Seventeen patients, aged 11-67 years (mean, 32.6), with major vascular injuries associated with traumatic orthopaedic injuries, were treated operatively in the authors' institution over a 4-year period. The most common mechanism of trauma was a high-energy injury (70.8%), and the rate of open injuries was 88.2%; 64.9% of the injuries were located in the(More)
We evaluated 64 patients with hepatic hydatidosis who were treated during 1982 to 1988. The main clinical manifestations were epigastric pain (84 per cent), hepatomegaly (31 per cent), fever (30 per cent) and jaundice (25 per cent). Five patients were asymptomatic. All diagnoses were established by ultrasonography and computed tomography, or both(More)
In order to assess the incidence and possible predisposing and contributing factors in the development of acute pancreatitis after liver transplantation, we reviewed the medical records of all 1832 adult patients who underwent 2161 orthotopic liver transplantation (OLTx) procedures in our center between January 1987 and September 1992. Of these patients, 55(More)