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The occurrence of an enteric fistula in the middle of an open abdomen is called an enteroatmospheric fistula, which is the most challenging and feared complication for a surgeon to deal with. It is in fact not a true fistula because it neither has a fistula tract nor is covered by a well-vascularized tissue. The mortality of enteroatmospheric fistulae was(More)
BACKGROUND Immunosuppression in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) following orthotopic liver transplantation can lead to significant increases in serum viral loads. Our aim was to analyze the effect of a randomized study of two immunosuppressive agents (tacrolimus vs. microemulsion cyclosporine) on the outcome of HCV patients following orthotopic liver(More)
The liver transplant program at the University of Miami, established in 1987, was rejuvenated in June 1994 with the addition of new staff and expanded to include all organs of the gastrointestinal tract. Since its inception, 630 patients have been transplanted in the program. During the past 2 years we performed 349 transplants in 318 patients (livers n =(More)
Transplantation of the liver contemporaneously with another organ from the same donor is thought to confer an immunologic advantage. The latter is particularly desirable in intestinal transplantation because of the propensity of the intestinal graft to early and late rejections and because in some cases it may facilitate the operation. In clinical practice,(More)
BACKGROUND The surgical approaches to the treatment of bleeding esophageal varices in cirrhotic patients have been reduced since the clinical development of endoscopic sclerotherapy, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS), and liver transplantation. However, when acute sclerotherapy fails, and in cases where no further treatment is accessible,(More)
Documented causes of biliary complications following orthotopic liver transplantation have been related to technical imperfections or insufficient arterial supply. Although anatomical variations of the extrahepatic biliary system are not infrequent, neither their incidence, surgical management nor possible association with complications have been reported(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C infection recurs after orthotopic liver transplantation for hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related end-stage liver disease. Overlapping histopathologic features may present difficulties in differentiating recurrent HCV in the allograft from other conditions, especially rejection. METHODS In this study, we evaluated the presence of HCV-RNA(More)
Granular cell tumour (GCT), also known as Abrikossoff tumour, is an uncommon neoplasm, probably of neural origin derived from Schwann cells. It usually presents as a subcutaneous solitary asymptomatic nodule. It has been the subject of much debate in the literature concerning the tumour origin and the association with other malignancies. We report a case of(More)