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OBJECTIVE To determine the mid- and long-term efficacy and possible side effects of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as treatment for morbid obesity. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is still controversial as single and final treatment for morbid obesity. Some favorable short-term results have been published, however long-term(More)
Two-limb coordination patterns involving cyclical flexion-extension movements, performed in the same or in different directions, were studied in patients with Parkinson's disease and a group of elderly subjects. The three patterns referred to the homologous (both arms or legs), homolateral (right or left arm and leg), and heterolateral (right arm and left(More)
BACKGROUND The indications for fat grafting are increasing steadily. In microfat grafting, thin injection cannulas are used. The authors describe their experience of fat injection with even thinner injection needles up to 27 gauge. The fat used for this purpose is processed into "nanofat." Clinical applications are described. Preliminary results of a study,(More)
We report a 19-year-old boy with an interstitial deletion of the long arm of chromosome 8 (46, XY, del(8)(pter→q23.3∶∶q24.13→qter)). He shows the typical clinical symptoms of tricho-rhino-phalangeal syndrome (TRPI) and severe mental retardation, however without multiple exostoses. This is the second report of a combination of abnormalities and interstitial(More)
Outpatient laparoscopic cholecystectomy (OLC) may decrease the use of hospital resources and save costs. In the current study, the effect of implementing a clinical pathway has been assessed in terms of outcome for patients scheduled to undergo laparoscopic cholecystectomy, hospital costs, and available bed capacity. Clinical outcome and hospital stay were(More)
The essential growth of the number of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures will obviously be accompanied by an increase of cases of common bile duct lithiasis. It seems evident that a close cooperation between surgeon and endoscopist will be needed on a routine basis. A laparoscopic-assisted transgastric ERCP is a well-documented approach to investigate the(More)
AIMS In the era of cost-conscious healthcare, hospitals are focusing on costs. Analysis of hospital costs per cost-category may provide indications for potential cost saving measures in pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD). METHODS Between January 2004 and June 2005, 109 consecutive patients underwent curative PD for a pancreatic or peri-ampullary tumour. Costs(More)
BACKGROUND Plasma can be removed from platelet (PLT) concentrates (PCs) when volume reduction for PLT transfusion is indicated. Volume-reduced PCs are currently produced from pooled buffy coat (BC) PCs or apheresis PCs by pretransfusion volume reduction, followed by transfer to a syringe for immediate transfusion. We evaluated the maximal storage time of(More)
We report on the case of a patient suffering from L5 radicular pain after previous anterior sacroiliac arthrodesis using 2, 4-hole plates. Technical investigations indicated loosening and migration of a screw from the upper sacroiliac plate, irritating the L5 nerve root. The problem was managed by removal of the screw using an anterior transperitoneal(More)