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Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) is increasingly performed for lesions of the body and tail of the pancreas. We analyzed the clinical characteristics of the largest series of patients to date who underwent LDP at a single center, as well as their outcomes, to reassess the surgical paradigm for left pancreatic resection. We retrospectively reviewed(More)
The principal objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine switch program after 1-year Hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) for the prevention of de novo HBV (DNHBV) infection in pediatric recipients of hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc)-positive grafts. In this study, we enrolled pediatric recipients (n = 14),(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multi-potent non-hematopoietic progenitor cells possessing an immune-regulatory function, with suppression of proliferation of activated lymphocytes. In this study, adult living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) recipients were given MSCs derived from the donor bone marrow to evaluate the safety and the feasibility of(More)
Massive intraoperative bleeding during liver transplantation often requires large amounts of blood products. The goal of this study was to investigate long-term outcomes of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) recipients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who underwent intraoperative use of intraoperative blood salvage (IBS) and leukocyte depletion(More)
OBJECTIVE Pancreatic arteriovenous malformation (P-AVM) is an extremely rare condition that can be accompanied by fatal complications. We have attempted to identify the possible management guidelines based on our and others' clinical experience. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed our findings including clinical characteristics, imaging modalities, and(More)
BACKGROUNDS AND OBJECTIVE There is controversy regarding liver function of non-B, non-C hepatocellular carcinoma (NBNC-HCC) patients, the biological behavior of their tumors, and the outcome after surgical treatment. The aims of the present study were to compare clinicopathologic data and long-term clinical outcomes between NBNC-HCC patients and hepatitis B(More)
Slow graft function (SGF) can influence overall prognosis in patients receiving deceased donor kidney transplantation (DKT). However, the impact of SGF on renal function remains uncertain. We investigated retrospectively renal function in cases with SGF compared with early graft function (EGF) and delayed graft function (DGF). Renal function after(More)
BACKGROUND The tumor biology of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) affects recurrence after liver transplantation (LT), but most selection guidelines are based only on tumor size and number. The aim of the study is to evaluate the possibility of expanding the selection criteria in living donor LT (LDLT) without compromising patient survival by adding(More)
The problem of graft size is one of the critical factors limiting the expansion of adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). We compared the outcome of LDLT recipients who received grafts with a graft-to-recipient weight ratio (GRWR) < 0.8% or a GRWR > or = 0.8%, and we analyzed the risk factors affecting graft survival after small-for-size(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has a high predilection for portal vein invasion, and the prognosis of HCC with malignant portal vein invasion is extremely poor. The objective of this study was to investigate the outcomes and the prognostic factor of recurrence in HCC patients with malignant portal vein invasion. METHODS We retrospectively(More)