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BACKGROUND Adhesive small-bowel obstruction (SBO) contributes significantly to emergency surgical workload. Laparotomy remains the standard approach. Despite published reports with high success rates and low morbidity, acute SBO is still considered by many a relative contraindication to laparoscopy. Our aim was to review the available literature and define(More)
Typical clinical symptoms of chronic pancreatitis are vague and non-specific and therefore diagnostic tests are required, none of which provide absolute diagnostic certainly, especially in the early stages of disease. Recently-published guidelines bring much needed structure to the diagnostic work-up of patients with suspected chronic pancreatitis. In(More)
INTRODUCTION Benign cystic mesothelioma or peritoneal inclusion cysts are rare benign abdominal tumors usually occurring in females of reproductive age. These cysts present as abdominopelvic pain or masses but are often found on imaging or incidentally at surgery. They are commonly associated with pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, or ovarian(More)
INTRODUCTION Small bowel obstruction secondary to intussusception is a rare but important consequence of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). CASE REPORT A 37-year old female presented to the emergency department with abdominal pain. She had undergone RYGB 5-years previously for obesity. CT revealed a retrograde jejuno-jejunal intussusception. The(More)
BACKGROUND Congenital absence of the inferior vena cava (AIVC) is a rare vascular anomaly that may be associated with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It is underreported and may be present in up to 5% of young patients with DVT. We report a unique case of simultaneous thrombosis of both superficial and deep veins in a patient with AIVC. METHODS AND RESULTS A(More)
AIMS Internationally, surgical training is facing the challenge of balancing research and clinical experience in the context of reduced working hours. This study aimed to investigate trainees and trainers' views on surgeons participating in full-time research during surgical training. METHODS An anonymous voluntary survey was conducted of surgical(More)
BACKGROUND Patients undergoing major vascular surgery (MVS) require extensive anaesthetic assessment. This can require extended pre-operative stays. AIMS We investigated whether a newly established anaesthetic pre-operative assessment clinic (PAC) would reduce the pre-operative inpatient stay, avoid unnecessary investigations and facilitate day before(More)
A 57-year-old man presented with a 4-month history of worsening symptoms of oesophageal obstruction. The physical examination was unremarkable. An oesophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed an exophytic tumour in the distal oesophagus. A biopsy demonstrated malignant melanoma. Staging of the melanoma showed disseminated lymph node and bony-spine metastases. He(More)