Dirk R. Wassenberg

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This report presents a case of primary anorectal melanoma. A 63-year-old male presented with blood in stool. Rectal digital examination and proctoscopy revealed a mass in the anorectal junction. Transanal polypectomy was performed. Histopathology and immunohistochemistry with Melan A showed a malignant anorectal melanoma with positive resection margins.(More)
BACKGROUND The Tokyo guidelines provide criteria for the diagnosis and classification of acute cholecystitis in three severity grades. However, no data exists on the predictive value of these guidelines. The aim of this study was to analyze the accuracy of the Tokyo guidelines as a predicting parameter for the severity of acute cholecystitis in patients(More)
BACKGROUND While early cholecystectomy is generally accepted as the standard procedure for young and fit patients with acute cholecystitis, controversy exits on the management of elderly and severely sick patients. We postulated that primary cholecystectomy is feasible in this subgroup. The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes of young and fit(More)
INTRODUCTION Early cholecystectomy within 72 hours has been shown to be superior to late or delayed cholecystectomy with regard to outcome and cost of treatment. Recently, immediate cholecystectomy within 24 hours of onset of symptom was proposed as standard procedure for the management of fit patients presenting with acute cholecystitis. We sort to find(More)
BACKGROUND The male gender is considered a risk factor for complications in patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The reasons for this gender associated risk are not clearly understood. The extent of gallbladder inflammation has been shown to influence surgical outcome. The aim of this study was to investigate whether or not gallbladder(More)
Genomic and cDNA sequencing studies show that transcripts from the muscle myosin heavy-chain (MHC) gene of Drosophila melanogaster are alternatively spliced, producing RNAs that encode at least two MHC isoforms with different C termini. Transcripts encoding an MHC isoform with 27 unique C-terminal amino acids accumulate during both larval and adult muscle(More)
We have localized the transcription start site of the Drosophila melanogaster muscle myosin heavy chain (MHC) gene and find that all forms of the alternatively spliced MHC mRNA initiate at the same location. Therefore the alternative inclusion/exclusion of the 3' penultimate exon in transcripts from this gene (Bernstein, S.I., Hansen, C.J., Becker, K.D.,(More)
Obesity is a risk factor for the development of umbilical hernia. Open hernia closure could be challenging in obese patients leading to high rates of recurrence. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness and safety of hernia patches in the management of obese patients with umbilical hernias. All the patients included in this study were(More)
Of all surgical interventions of intestinal non-Hodgkin's lymphomas 58% (15 or 26 patients) are performed in an emergency situation. In 42% of cases, examination by ultrasonography, endosonography, intestinoscopy. Sellink's enema, thoracic, abdominal/pelvic CT and bone marrow puncture could determine the stage preoperatively. This could also be done by(More)
Small- and medium-sized ventral hernias including umbilical hernias can be repaired using prosthetic patches placed in the peritoneum. However, bowel-associated complications secondary to intraperitoneally placed hernia patches have been reported. Herein, we report the outcome of small and medium umbilical hernia closure with prosthetic hernia patches in(More)