Dympna McAteer

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BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to determine whether 2-[18F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET) could detect response to chemotherapy in patients with oesophageal and gastric cancer. METHODS Fourteen patients underwent imaging before and after chemotherapy using FDG-PET. Computed tomography (CT), dysphagia scores and(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate 18F-fluoro-deoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) in gastric and oesophageal carcinoma. 16 patients with biopsy proven oesophageal or gastric carcinoma had PET scans. Four patients had advanced disease and received palliative treatment. The remaining 12 patients were randomized to immediate surgery or(More)
OBJECTIVES The value of screening for colorectal cancer has been well demonstrated, and national programmes are being implemented. At present the primary imaging modality is colonoscopy, which has an associated morbidity and mortality. CT colonography (CTC) has been proposed as an alternative, but this is associated with radiation exposure and generally(More)
The endoscopic division of the pharyngeal pouch wall with a mechanical stapling device has become increasingly popular. When compared to open excision, the reduced operative time, early resumption of oral intake, and short in-patient stay with no early recurrence of symptoms, are the proposed advantages. Small pouches or thick walled pouches are not(More)
Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) is thought to result from chronic, cell-mediated, autoimmune islet damage. Our aim was to identify the earliest T-cell autoantigen in IDDM, reasoning that this antigen could be causally involved in the initiation of the disease. Identification of the earliest beta-cell-specific autoantigen is extremely important in(More)
Headache is a common symptom, with a lifetime prevalence of over 90% of the general population in the United Kingdom (UK). It accounts for 4.4% of consultations in primary care and 30% of neurology outpatient consultations. Neuroimaging is indicated in patients with red flag features for secondary headaches. The guidelines recommend CT or MRI scan to(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical diagnosis is accurate in only 80% of patients with suspected appendicitis with negative appendectomy rates of up to 21%. In the UK the use of standard-dose CT (SDCT) is conservative due to concerns over radiation exposure and resource implications. The use of low dose computer tomography (LDCT) instead of standard dose computer(More)
Immune regulation of contact sensitivity to the poison ivy/oak catechol was studied at the level of class II MHC-restricted T cell recognition of hapten:peptide conjugates. In this study we have shown that 1) T cells from C3H/HeN (H-2k) mice, immunized with a synthetic I-Ak binding peptide coupled to 3-pentadecyl-catechol (PDC; a representative catechol in(More)
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