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BACKGROUND We developed a protocol combining 5 cost-effective strategies to determine whether elective carotid endarterectomy (CEA) could be performed safely without adversely affecting well-established low morbidity and mortality rates and with significant hospital cost savings. METHODS Between April 1, 1995, and December 31, 1996, 109 of 141 patients(More)
PURPOSE Arm and lesser saphenous veins (ALSVs) are generally considered to be the best alternative for infrapopliteal arterial bypass grafts when greater saphenous vein is not available. The need for additional incisions and repositioning of the patient, along with occasional use of general anesthesia for arm vein harvesting, led to our perception that the(More)
We retrospectively analyzed if distal anastomotic adjunctive arteriovenous fistulae (AVF) improved patency rates of prosthetic bypasses to infrapopliteal arteries. Between July 1, 1991 and June 30, 1996, we performed 43 polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) bypasses to infrapopliteal (19 peroneal, 13 anterior tibial, 11 posterior tibial) arteries. All bypasses(More)
A finite semifield D is a finite nonassociative ring with identity such that the set D * = D \ {0} is closed under the product. From any finite semifield a projective plane can be constructed. In this paper we obtain new semifield planes of order 81 by means of computational methods. These computer-assisted results yield to a complete classification (up to(More)
PURPOSE To determine early and late outcomes of transluminal endografting (TE) in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), stratified by predicted risk of procedure-related mortality with conventional operation. MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective study was conducted in consecutive risk-stratified AAA patients undergoing TE at a not-for-profit(More)
Finite semifields (finite non necessarily associative division rings) have traditionally been considered in the context of finite geometries (they coordinatize projective semifield planes). New applications to coding theory, combinatorics and graph theory have broaden the potential interest in these rings. We show recent progress in the study of these(More)