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PURPOSE We undertook this study to document the functional natural history of patients undergoing major amputation in an academic vascular surgery and rehabilitation medicine practice. METHODS A retrospective review was conducted of consecutive patients undergoing major lower extremity amputation and rehabilitation in a university and Department of(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of patients with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICCA) incidentally found in the explanted liver after liver transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 1188 recipients undergoing liver transplantation from August 2003 to August 2014; 13 patients were found to have ICCA(More)
BACKGROUND An aging surgical population places an increasing burden on surgeons to accurately risk stratify and counsel patients. Preoperative frailty assessments are a promising new modality to better evaluate patients but can often be time consuming. Data regarding frailty and hepatectomy outcomes have not been published to date. METHOD Using the(More)
Chemokine-chemokine receptor interactions orchestrate mononuclear cells recruitment to the allograft, leading to acute and chronic rejection. Despite biologic redundancy, several experimental studies have demonstrated the importance of CXCR3 and CCR5 in acute rejection of allografts. In these studies, deficiency or blockade of CXCR3 or CCR5 led to(More)
OBJECTIVE Inhaled nitric oxide has been shown to reduce pulmonary vascular resistance in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery, but it is limited by toxicity, the need for special monitoring, and cost. Inhaled prostacyclin also decreases pulmonary artery pressure, is relatively free of toxicity, requires no specific monitoring, and is less expensive.(More)
An accurate clinical assessment of hepatic steatosis before transplantation is critical for successful outcomes after liver transplantation, especially if a pathologist is not available at the time of procurement. This prospective study investigated the surgeon's accuracy in predicting hepatic steatosis and organ quality in 201 adult donor livers. A(More)
UNLABELLED Chemokines are known to participate in allograft rejection by mediating leukocyte trafficking. Despite redundancy in chemokine family, several chemokine-chemokine receptor interactions have proven critical in alloimmune responses. We sought to determine the effect of combined blockade of CXCR3 and CCR5, two critical chemokine receptors, in acute(More)
OBJECTIVE Age 65 years and older is generally considered a contraindication to lung transplantation. Our group has offered lung transplantation to select patients 65 years of age and older who lack other comorbid conditions. We sought to define the short- and medium-term outcome of lung transplantation in patients aged 65 years and older. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND The role of CD8 lymphocytes, in chronic rejection or cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV), is incompletely understood. The purposes of this study were to determine whether CD8 lymphocytes, in the absence of CD4 lymphocytes, are capable of causing the intimal lesions of CAV; and if so, to define the effector mechanism(s) of CD8 lymphocytes. (More)