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Three hundred forty women undergoing midline laparotomy were randomized into an interrupted suture (polyglactin 910, size 1) or a continuous suture (polyglyconate, size 0) closure group. The two groups were well balanced with respect to various risk factors for postoperative wound complications. Early evaluation revealed no differences between the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the general nutritional status of patients in Alexandra Hospital, Cape Town, and to determine whether dietary copper deficiency was causing anaemia in hospital patients. DESIGN Descriptive and cross-sectional analytical studies. SETTING A long-stay hospital for people with mental handicap. SUBJECTS Information was obtained(More)
Tissue reaction surrounding surgical knots was assessed histologically using a semiquantitative scoring system in 40 male Wistar rats. We tested sizes 2/0 and 4/0 (United States Pharmacopeia [USP]) coated polyglycolic acid and coated polyglactin-910 sutures, and two different knots. In addition, we measured the volume of the different knots and the total(More)
Tissue reactivity to ten different suture materials (silk, plain catgut, chrome catgut, tevdek, ticron, ethibond, vicryl, dexon, maxon and prolene) was evaluated on the basis of conventional microscopic assessment of eight histologic parameters at 7 days following surgery in the rat. Each suture material was placed at different localizations in the(More)
A double-blind, randomised study was conducted to compare the efficacy and safety of a combination of pefloxacin and metronidazole versus doxycycline and metronidazole in patients with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). The clinical diagnosis had to be confirmed by laparoscopy before patients were included. Of the 74 patients who fulfilled the clinical(More)
Little is known about gender-associated differences in characteristics and survival of acute heart failure patients. The increasing incidence calls for investigating the possibilities of improved management. The purpose of the study was to determine gender-associated differences among emergency department acute heart failure patients in order to improve(More)
The effectiveness of perioperative Piperacillin for prevention of operative-site infection after gynaecological surgery was studied in a total of 100 patients. In an open randomized clinical trial of 52 women undergoing abdominal or vaginal hysterectomy Piperacillin was compared to the combination Gentamicin/Metronidazole. Piperacillin was well-tolerated.(More)
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