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BACKGROUND Incisional hernia is a serious complication of abdominal surgery. We compared incisional hernia frequency following gastric bypass (GBP) for morbid obesity versus total abdominal colectomy and ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) for ulcerative colitis. A prefascial polypropylene mesh repair was also evaluated. PATIENTS AND METHODS All patients(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have documented a significantly better we weight loss for gastric bypass (GBP) than for vertical banded gastroplasty (VGB). Additional problems associated with VBG include intractable vomiting or gastroesophageal (GE) reflux, intragastric migration of the polypropylene band, staple line disruption, or inadequate weight loss due(More)
BACKGROUND Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common form of chronic liver disease in the United States. It is commonly associated with the components of the metabolic syndrome including obesity. From the spectrum of NAFLD, only patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) have been convincingly shown to have a potential for progression to(More)
Arachidonic acid metabolites, especially thromboxane-A2 and prostacyclin, have been shown to be increased in experimental models of sepsis and the adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and play a major pathophysiologic role. This study was designed to determine if these metabolites are increased in human sepsis syndrome and if inhibition of fatty acid(More)
One hundred ninety-eight patients with 211 cancers of the colon and rectum underwent elective resection at the University of Vermont College of Medicine during the five year period 1971 through 1975. Analysis of this series demonstrated that 35 per cent of all cancers were located in the cecum and ascending colon, that a similar percentage were classified(More)
Metabolites of arachidonic acid, particularly thromboxanes, have been implicated as mediators of lung injury. The formation of thromboxane A2 can be decreased by glucocorticoid steroids by inhibiting the enzyme phospholipase A2 or by ibuprofen which inhibits fatty acid cyclooxygenase. This study was performed to determine if ibuprofen, methylprednisolone,(More)
This review addresses the pathophysiology and treatment of hemorrhagic shock - a condition produced by rapid and significant loss of intravascular volume, which may lead sequentially to hemodynamic instability, decreases in oxygen delivery, decreased tissue perfusion, cellular hypoxia, organ damage, and death. Hemorrhagic shock can be rapidly fatal. The(More)
Small-bore, silicone nasoenteric feeding tubes are increasingly utilized in the critically ill patient to provide nutritional support. The metallic-weighted tips and stiffening introducing stylets create the potential for misplacement with potentially serious consequences. We have reported our experience with 14 patients who had inadvertent tube(More)
In the past 5 years, 72 moribund patients have undergone resuscitative thoracotomy (RT) at the Medical University of South Carolina: 62 patients underwent the procedure before the adoption of a policy of mandatory rapid transport (scoop and run) for penetrating and unstable victims of trauma by our EMS system (Group I). Group II is comprised of ten patients(More)