Flávio Geraldo Coelho Rocha

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BACKGROUND Complete resection of hilar cholangiocarcinoma (HCCA) is a critical determinant of long-term survival. This study validates a previously reported preoperative clinical T staging system for determining resectability of HCCA. STUDY DESIGN Consecutive patients with confirmed HCCA treated over an 18-year period were included. Patient demographics,(More)
BACKGROUND One-fifth of patients with seemingly 'curable' pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) experience an early recurrence and death, receiving no definable benefit from a major operation. Some patients with advanced stage tumors are deemed 'unresectable' by conventional staging criteria (e.g. liver metastasis), yet progress slowly. Effective(More)
UNLABELLED Intraductal papillary neoplasm of the bile duct (IPNB) is a variant of bile duct carcinoma characterized by intraductal growth and better outcome compared with the more common nodular-sclerosing type. IPNB is a recognized precursor of invasive carcinoma, but its pathogenesis and natural history are ill-defined. This study examines the(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to examine whether midline, paramedian, or transverse incisions offer potential advantages for abdominal surgery. DATA SOURCES We searched MEDLINE, Embase, Web of Science, and The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials from 1966 to 2009 for randomized controlled trials comparing incision choice. METHODS We(More)
Up to 50% of patients with colorectal cancer will develop metastatic disease in the liver. While surgical extirpation remains the best option for long-term survival, several complementary modalities such as laparoscopy, radiofrequency ablation, and microwave coagulation have gained wide acceptance as primary and adjunct therapies for both resectable and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Glucagon-like peptide 2 (GLP-2) is an endogenous hormone with potent and specific intestinotrophic activity in vivo and in vitro. The aim of this study was to define the initial signal transduction mechanisms mediating the proliferative actions of GLP-2 on intestinal epithelial cells. METHODS The proliferative actions of GLP-2 on the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the natural history and treatment of high-grade small bowel obstruction (HGSBO). Small bowel obstruction is a frequent complication of abdominal surgery. Complete and strangulating obstructions are managed operatively while partial obstructions receive a trial of nonoperative therapy. The management and outcome of patients with HGSBO(More)
After massive small bowel resection (MSBR), the remnant small intestine adapts to restore Na absorptive function. The possibility that this occurs through increases in cellular Na absorptive capacity was examined by assessing the regional effects of 50% proximal MSBR on the function and expression of the apical membrane Na/H exchangers (NHEs) NHE2 and NHE3.(More)
Heat shock proteins (HSP) 25 and 72 are expressed normally by surface colonocytes but not by small intestinal enterocytes. We hypothesized that luminal commensal microflora maintain the observed colonocyte HSP expression. The ability of the small intestine to respond to bacteria and their products and modulate HSPs has not been determined. The effects of(More)