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INTRODUCTION Residents traditionally acquire surgical skills through on-the-job training. Minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques present additional demands to master complex surgical procedures in a remote 2-dimensional venue. We examined the effectiveness of a brief warm-up laparoscopic simulation toward improving operative proficiency. METHODS Using(More)
Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) type 2a (Sipple's syndrome) is characterized by medullary thyroid carcinoma and pheochromocytoma, and in a smaller percentage of cases, multiglandular parathyroid hyperplasia. This autosomal-dominant syndrome is due to a mutation in the rearranged during transfection (RET) proto-oncogene located on chromosome 10cen-10q11.2(More)
Primary Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) can mimic gynecological malignancy, presenting as a pelvic mass in any organ of the female genital tract. Patients can present with elevated CA-125 and may lack the classical symptoms associated with lymphoma, such as fatigue, fever, night sweats and weight loss. We describe five patients that presented with primary NHL(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Although laparoscopic surgery for removal of adnexal masses is common, controversy exists about the safety and efficacy of this procedure for patients with malignancies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of laparoscopic surgical treatment for patients with adnexal masses. METHODS This was a(More)
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