George Vatakencherry

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Abnormal fluid collections occur throughout the body and represent a wide range of pathologies, including abscesses, pseudocysts, cysts, lymphoceles, seromas, bilomas, hematomas, urinomas, and infected neoplasms. Appropriate management often depends on clinical presentation, location, type of collection, early response to treatment, and the presence of(More)
Pulmonary and mediastinal masses represent a wide range of pathologic processes with very different treatment options. Although advances in imaging (such as PET and high-resolution CT) help in many cases with the differential diagnosis of thoracic pathology, tissue samples are frequently needed to determine the best management for patients presenting with(More)
The optimal treatment for patients with biliary obstruction varies depending on the underlying cause of the obstruction, the clinical condition of the patient, and anticipated long-term effects of the procedure performed. Endoscopic and image-guided procedures are usually the initial procedures performed for biliary obstructions. Various options are(More)
Group A streptococcus (GAS) is associated with a spectrum of soft-tissue infections that include toxic shock syndrome, myositis, and necrotizing fasciitis (1, 2, 3). The mainstay of therapy for invasive GAS soft-tissue infections is surgical exploration and debridement, as penicillin treatment alone is associated with a high morbidity and mortality (4). We(More)
Editor: The use of endovascular techniques for the treatment of aortic diseases, and specifically thoracic aortic disease, has become widespread as the result of several published studies demonstrating its safety as well as the potential advantage of this method over open surgical repair and/or the natural course of the disease (1,2). This procedure has(More)
Management of hepatic malignancy is a challenging clinical problem involving several different medical and surgical disciplines. Because of the wide variety of potential therapies, treatment protocols for various malignancies continue to evolve. Consequently, development of appropriate therapeutic algorithms necessitates consideration of medical options,(More)
Uterine leiomyomas (fibroids) are the most common tumors in women of reproductive age and a cause of significant morbidity in this patient population. Depending on the fibroid location, they can be the cause of a variety of symptoms, such as abnormal uterine bleeding, constipation, urinary frequency, and pain. Historically, hysterectomy has been the primary(More)
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