Edward J. Quebbeman

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OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine whether aggressive management of neuroendocrine hepatic metastases improves survival. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Survival in patients with carcinoid and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors is significantly better than adenocarcinomas arising from the same organs. However, survival and quality of life are(More)
We analyzed the adequacy of pain control for 17 trauma patients during the initial part of their stay in the intensive care unit, and assessed reasons for inadequate analgesia, if it occurred. Patients, and physicians, and nurses were interviewed. A verbal pain intensity scale was used to determine whether patients received adequate analgesia. Patients were(More)
Implantable central venous access devices placed via the subclavian vein may become obstructed by thrombosis, impingement against a vein wall, or compression between the clavicle and first rib. The latter has been termed pinch-off syndrome (POS). Eleven patients with POS were studied, including one whose catheter had fractured and one whose catheter had(More)
We evaluated the accuracy of gastric secretion pH measurements as performed in three ICUs. The pH of 275 samples was measured with pH paper using established techniques. The pH of 85 additional samples was determined with a hand-held pH meter. All specimens also were measured using a research laboratory pH meter to learn the true pH. Analyses included mean(More)
Twenty-five patients with refractory, metastatic carcinoma of the breast were treated with continuous ambulatory 5-fluorouracil (5 FU) infusion (200 to 300 mg/m2/day) through a chronic indwelling central venous catheter. All patients had had extensive previous treatment, including hormonal therapy in 20/25 patients (80%), radiation therapy in 18/25 patients(More)
PURPOSE Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) has become a standard treatment option for unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and is often used to palliate hepatic metastases. Many patients who are candidates for TACE present with poor hepatic reserve, advanced tumor stage with major portal vein (PV) invasion or thrombosis, and/or biliary dilation.(More)
Nutritional support regimens are currently based on estimates of energy expenditure, and these estimates are then increased substantially in patients with severe trauma or sepsis because of a presumed hypermetabolic state. Forty-four patients on parenteral nutrition were evaluated using indirect calorimetry to measure actual energy expenditure, and an(More)
Aggressive management of hepatic neuroendocrine (NE) metastases improves symptoms and prolongs survival. Because of the rarity of these tumors, however, the best method for hepatic artery embolization has not been established. We hypothesized that in patients with hepatic NE metastases, hepatic artery chemoembolization (HACE) would result in better symptom(More)
Isolation-perfusion was used as a means of heating human livers with cancer. Perfusion was at 42-42.5 degrees C for 4 h. Perfusate constituents were analyzed in an attempt to identify factors contributing to the hepatotoxic effects of hyperthermia. During perfusion the perfusate constituents analyzed were: urea; total amino acids; uric acid; malonaldehyde;(More)