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BACKGROUND AND AIMS The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and risk factors of gallstone disease (GSD) in an adult population of Taiwan through a population-based screening study. METHODS A cross-sectional community study in a rural village of Taiwan was conducted in 3333 Chinese adults (aged > or = 18 years) undergoing ultrasonography. A(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS It has been over 20 years since percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopic lithotomy (PTCSL) or left lateral segmentectomy with postoperative cholangioscopy (POC) was applied in treating isolated left-sided hepatolithiasis (ILH). However, their efficacy in treating ILH is not elucidated clearly in the literature. METHODOLOGY A retrospective(More)
BACKGROUND Mucoceles resulting from cystadenomas of the appendix are uncommon. Although rare, rupture of the mucoceles can occur with or without causing any abdominal complaint. There are several reports associating colonic malignancy with cystadenomas of the appendix. Herein, we report an unusual and interesting case of right inguinal hernia associated(More)
The role of the familial breast cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, in the homologous recombination pathway for DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair suggests that the mechanisms involved in DNA DSB repair are of particular etiological importance during breast tumorigenesis. However, there is currently no evidence for an association between breast(More)
AIM To study the role of CDH1/E-cadherin (E-cad) gene alteration profiles including mutation, loss of heterozygosity (LOH), promoter polymorphism and hypermethylation in mechanisms of CDH1 inactivation in gastric carcinoma (GC). METHODS Specimens were collected surgically from 70 patients with GC. Allelotyping PCR and detection of LOH, denaturing high(More)
Our preliminary studies found technetium-99m tetrofosmin (Tc- TF) chest imaging was related to Pgp or MRP1 expression and successfully predict chemotherapy response and in SCLC in human. However, there was no published literature to study relationship of Tc-TF chest images and LRP expression in SCLC patients. Therefore, the aim of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic adrenalectomy offers distinct benefits to patients and has now become the gold standard for the removal of adrenal lesions. Nonetheless, the procedure poses a challenge for surgeons in regards to the maneuverability of instruments, the two-dimensional operating field and the counterintuitive movements. This study reports our(More)
AIM To retrospectively establish the diagnostic criteria of gallstone ileus on CT, and to prospectively apply these criteria to determine the diagnostic accuracy of CT to confirm or exclude gallstone ileus in patients who presented with acute small bowel obstruction (SBO). Another purpose was to ascertain whether the size of ectopic gallstones would affect(More)
Rupture of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a life-threatening complication. Peritoneal metastasis of HCC after spontaneous rupture was seldom noted. We report a case of intraperitoneal metastasis of HCC after spontaneous rupture. A previously asymptomatic 72-year-old man was admitted due to dull abdominal pain with abdominal fullness. He had a history of(More)
Ectopic pancreatic tissue is an uncommon developmental anomaly. The condition mostly occurs in the gastrointestinal tract and is usually asymptomatic. It rarely causes symptoms of inflammation, bleeding and perforation, and has potential for malignant change. Though it is an uncommon condition, cases of ectopic pancreas have been reported worldwide.(More)