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OBJECTIVE The authors investigated the preoperative feasibility of using spiral computed tomography (SCT) after intravenous infusion cholangiography (IVC-SCT) for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA In laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the aberrant or unusual anatomy of the bile duct and severe inflammation or adhesions around the(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Unnecessary laparotomies in patients with advanced pancreatic disease are unlikely to provide any benefits and may compromise both the quality and duration of survival. The purpose of this study was to determine the contribution of laparoscopy and laparoscopic ultrasound to the diagnosis or staging, or both, of pancreatic lesions.(More)
This multi-institutional phase II study was designed to assess the feasibility, efficacy, toxicity, and long-term survival of induction chemoradiotherapy followed by surgery in previously untreated patients with advanced stage III non-small cell lung cancer. Chemotherapy regimen included cisplatin 20 mg/m2 on days 1-5 and 29-33, and VP-16 40 mg/m2 on days(More)
We present a case of renal epithelioid angiomyolipoma (eAML)/perivascular epithelioid cell tumor (PEComa) with a TFE3 gene break visible by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Histologically, the tumor was composed of mainly epithelioid cells forming solid arrangements with small foci of spindle cells. In a small portion of the tumor, neoplastic(More)
BACKGROUND An increased incidence of cholelithiasis has been widely reported after truncal vagotomy and after gastric resection. In the early phase of patient selection, previous gastrectomy has been considered a relative contraindication to laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). In this study, we examined the management of LC in patients with previous(More)
Auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) were measured ipsilaterally (n = 13) or contralaterally (n = 5) after inducing permanent right or left anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA) occlusion. Three types of wave patterns were classified when ABRs were recorded ipsilaterally. In type 1 (n = 4) all components disappeared; in type 2 (n = 2) all components(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the ability of preoperative lymphocyte-monocyte ratio to predict prognosis and determine post-operative risk stratification in patients with bladder cancer undergoing radical cystectomy. METHODS A retrospective review of the 210 patients who had undergone radical cystectomy for bladder cancer from 2006 to 2013 identified 181 patients(More)
The aim of this study was to analyze the pathological features of prostatectomy specimens from patients with low-risk prostate cancer eligible for active surveillance (AS) and evaluate preoperative data suitable for predicting upstaged (≥pT3) or upgraded disease (Gleason score of ≥7), defined as ‘reclassification’. A retrospective analysis of 521(More)
Progression of ischemic damage was investigated immunohistochemically in neural dendrites using microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP2) as a dendritic marker in the rat's brainstem. Neuronal soma and dendrites were clearly stained by this protein but some structures such as axonal bundles, glia and endothelial cells were not visualized. When the anterior(More)