Learn More
BACKGROUND & AIMS The ability to obtain unlimited numbers of human hepatocytes would improve the development of cell-based therapies for liver diseases, facilitate the study of liver biology, and improve the early stages of drug discovery. Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent, potentially can differentiate into any cell type, and therefore could be(More)
BACKGROUND The management of patients with symptoms consistent with biliary tract disease but without evidence of cholelithiasis is difficult. This study was undertaken to test the value of cholescintigraphy in predicting the success of cholecystectomy in patients with acalculous biliary tract disorders. MATERIAL AND METHODS A prospective study was(More)
PURPOSE The treatment of children with biliary dyskinesia (BD) is controversial. As we recently observed an increasing frequency of referrals for BD in our institution the aim of the study was to re-evaluate the long-term outcome in children with BD. METHODS Children with laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) for suspected BD between 8/2006 and 5/2011 were(More)
α1-Antitrypsin deficiency is an inherited condition that causes liver disease and emphysema. The normal function of this protein, which is synthesized by the liver, is to inhibit neutrophil elastase, a protease that degrades connective tissue of the lung. In the classical form of the disease, inefficient secretion of a mutant α1-antitrypsin protein (AAT-Z)(More)
Histidine-Tryptophan-Ketoglutarate (HTK) solution is increasingly used to flush and preserve organ donor kidneys, with efficacy claimed equivalent to University of Wisconsin (UW) solution. We observed and reported increased graft pancreatitis in pancreata flushed with HTK solution, which prompted this review of transplanting HTK-flushed kidneys. We analyzed(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Single-incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES) is gaining popularity. The aim of this study was to review the authors' experience with SIPES splenectomy and compare it with conventional laparoscopic splenectomy. SUBJECTS AND METHODS After institutional review board approval, data on SIPES splenectomy in children were collected(More)
Poor venous drainage options following inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombosis have been considered to complicate or preclude renal transplantation of adult kidneys into pediatric patients. We describe urgent renal transplantation in a 5-year-old (15.3 kg) male with IVC thrombosis using an adult living donor. Preoperative magnetic resonance venography revealed(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Despite being pioneered by gynecologists, single-incision endosurgery has not been widely reported for the treatment of ovarian and adnexal pathology in neonates, children, and adolescents. We describe our initial experience using single-incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES) for these indications and discuss advantages and(More)
Limited information regarding the usefulness of bowel lengthening in adult patients with short bowel syndrome is available. Retrospective review of a single center series of intestinal lengthening over 15-year period in patients ≥18 years old. Twenty adult patients underwent Bianchi (n = 6) or serial transverse enteroplasty (STEP) (n = 15). Median age was(More)
Engraftment of donor hepatocytes is a critical step that determines the success of hepatocyte transplantation. Rapid and efficient integration of donor cells would enable prompt liver repopulation of these cells in response to selective proliferative stimuli offered by a preparative regimen. We have earlier demonstrated that hepatic irradiation (HIR) in(More)