Ernst Jan Spillenaar Bilgen

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BACKGROUND The role of neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy in the treatment of patients with esophageal or esophagogastric-junction cancer is not well established. We compared chemoradiotherapy followed by surgery with surgery alone in this patient population. METHODS We randomly assigned patients with resectable tumors to receive surgery alone or weekly(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between the route of gastroenteric (GE) reconstruction after pancreatoduodenectomy (PD) and the postoperative incidence of delayed gastric emptying (DGE). BACKGROUND DGE is one of the most common complications after PD. Recent studies suggest that an antecolic route of the GE reconstruction leads to a lower(More)
For gastric cancer patients, surgical resection with en-bloc lymphadenectomy is the cornerstone of curative treatment. Open gastrectomy has long been the preferred surgical approach worldwide. However, this procedure is associated with considerable morbidity. Several meta-analyses have shown an advantage in short-term outcomes of laparoscopic gastrectomy(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS It is generally advised to perform colonoscopy after conservatively treated diverticulitis because colon cancer may present itself with similar symptoms, laboratory and radiological results. With this study we investigated in what percentage of patients a malignancy was found by performing routine colonoscopy or radiologic imaging after(More)
BACKGROUND The ideal method for staging tumours of the oesophagus and gastric cardia is not known. This paper was designed to assess the value of laparoscopy and laparoscopic ultrasonography in the staging of oesophageal and cardial carcinoma. METHODS From October 1993 to January 1996, 60 patients in whom no metastases were seen on gastroscopy,(More)
We were confronted recently by an intraluminal colonic explosion during a colonic polypectomy procedure using snare loop electrocautery, probably caused by the presence of hydrogen and/or methane in combustible concentrations. Our patient needed immediate surgery, when several lacerations were found in the colon: a right hemicolectomy and a partial sigmoid(More)
Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) followed by surgery for patients with esophageal or junctional cancer has become a standard of care. The comprehensive complication index (CCI) has recently been developed and accounts for all postoperative complications. Hence, CCI better reflects the burden of all combined postoperative complications in surgical(More)
BACKGROUND The benefit of follow-up for patients after resection of primary colorectal cancer is unproven. The aim of this study was to evaluate the value of a standardised follow-up program considering detection of recurrent disease, eligibility for surgical treatment and survival. METHODS Five hundred and sixty-four patients' records were evaluated.(More)
A 50-year-old Caucasian man was admitted with unexplained abdominal pain. Based on CT scan results, a perforation resulting from colitis of the transverse colon was suspected. Additional colonoscopy showed ulcerative stenosis of the transverse colon. Initially, the patient recovered on conservative treatment; however, because of persistent stenosis, an(More)