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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)
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)
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)
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(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)
BACKGROUND 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. METHODS Clinical outcome(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)
BACKGROUND Routine HCV NAT minipool screening (48 donations) of all blood donations was implemented in July 1999 and was combined with HIV NAT in November 2000. This report describes the validation of the NAT methods and the results of quality control testing. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Nucleic acid was extracted from 2-mL plasma samples by using an(More)
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a life-saving procedure in patients with severe respiratory failure, unresponsive to conventional therapy. We reviewed our series of 70 ECMO runs (April 1997 to December 2005) in patients with respiratory distress, refractory to standard ventilation. Survival at 90 days was 42.7%. Besides age, we found no(More)