Frank James Branicki

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OBJECTIVE This study aims to evaluate the risk of esophagectomy in the elderly compared with younger patients and to determine whether results of esophagectomy in the elderly have improved in recent years. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA An increased life expectancy has led to more elderly patients presenting with carcinoma of the esophagus in recent years.(More)
Camel-related injuries have been less well studied than other animal-related injuries. We aimed to study prospectively the incidence, mechanism, distribution of injury, and outcome of patients admitted to hospital with camel-related injuries in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates. All patients who were admitted to Al-Ain Hospital with a camel-related injury were(More)
Forty-one patients with extrahepatic biliary obstruction by metastatic gastric carcinoma underwent retrospective study to determine demographics, clinical features, laboratory findings on presentation, time interval from previous gastrectomy, level of biliary obstruction, methods of palliation, complications from treatment, treatment results, and survival.(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopy has been practiced in the management of emergencies resulting from inflammatory conditions, lumenal obstruction, perforation, vascular occlusion, and trauma. This article identifies and discusses controversial areas in the field, in particular surrounding the efficacy, cost effectiveness, and perceived advantages of laparoscopy in the(More)
PATIENTS Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication was undertaken in 200 patients between 1991 and 1994. METHODS Pre-operative assessment included symptom score, endoscopy, manometry, and 24 hour pH monitoring of the oesophagus. Patients were evaluated at three and 12 months after surgery with symptom scoring and 96 patients also underwent 24 hour pH studies at(More)
PURPOSE To prospectively study the incidence, mechanism, distribution of injury, and outcome of patients admitted to Al-Ain Hospital with camel bite injuries in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates. METHODOLOGY All patients admitted to Al-Ain Hospital with a camel bite were prospectively studied during the period of October 2001-October 2007. Patient's(More)
Thyroglossal duct cysts are usually located in the midline of the neck. The coexistence of carcinomas in thyroglossal duct cysts is extremely rare, with most being papillary carcinomas. Usually, the diagnosis is only made postoperatively after excision of the cyst. Although the Sistrunk procedure is often regarded as adequate, controversies exist concerning(More)
Considerable advances are occurring in the application of laparoscopic techniques to gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disorders. Following studies in experimental animals, surgeons with an interest in gastroduodenal disease have now introduced laparoscopic techniques into current surgical practice. Elective intervention for peptic ulcer disease is(More)
A prospective study was performed on 358 patients to examine the diagnosis, management, and natural history of fish bone ingestion. All patients admitted with the complaint had a thorough oral examination. Flexible endoscopy under local pharyngeal anesthesia would be performed on patients with negative findings. Of 117 fish bones encountered, 103 were(More)
BACKGROUND The occurrence of multiple primary cancers in the aerodigestive tract is a well-known phenomenon. This study aims to elucidate the incidence and the therapeutic and prognostic implications of a nonesophageal primary cancer in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. METHODS Between 1982 and 1996, 1,055 patients with esophageal(More)