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INTRODUCTION Experience in thoracoscopic congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) repair has expanded, yet efficacy equal to that of open repair has not been demonstrated. In spite of reports suggesting higher recurrent hernia rates after thoracoscopic repair, this approach has widely been adopted into practice. We report a large, single institutional(More)
Environmental sensor networks offer a powerful combination of distributed sensing capacity, real-time data visualization and analysis, and integration with adjacent networks and remote sensing data streams. These advances have become a reality as a combined result of the continuing miniaturization of electronics, the availability of large data storage and(More)
To study radiation effect separate from the microcirculation, fibroblasts were cultured from four patients with radiation wounds. Cells could be grown from irradiated tissue near the ulcer and from control normal tissue, but no cells could be cultured from the ulcers. The ability of radiation-treated fibroblasts to attach to the substrate and form colonies(More)
We have studied the immune response of six patients admitted to the San Diego Regional Burn Treatment Center for treatment of major thermal injuries. Three of the patients retained skin allografts from unrelated donors for long periods (37, 47, and 67 days) while the remaining three rejected their grafts at 8, 10, and 12 days, respectively. Allograft(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) blockade is an effective therapy for human cancer, yet virtually all neoplasms resume primary tumor growth or metastasize during therapy. Mechanisms of progression have been proposed to include genes that control vascular remodeling and are elicited by hypoperfusion, such as the inducible enzyme cyclooxygenase-2(More)
PURPOSE Risk factors that predispose children with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) to recurrence remain poorly defined. We report a large series of recurrent CDH and ask whether prenatal patient factors or postnatal treatment variables better predict recurrence. METHODS Two hundred thirty-eight neonates with unilateral CDH underwent repair from 1990(More)
The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was selected to further characterize the human antibody response to Zyderm (ZCI). Our studies have involved both patients and volunteers. Five patients with delayed cutaneous hypersensitivity reactions to Zyderm were positive for anti-Zyderm antibody. Six of nine patients treated with Zyderm who never displayed(More)
INTRODUCTION The persistent morbidity and mortality of congenital diaphragmatic hernia are largely due to associated pulmonary hypoplasia. We have shown previously that three antioxidants (vitamin C, glutathione, and vitamin E) could accelerate the growth of fetal hypoplastic lungs grown in culture. We hypothesize that this occurs via a reductant mechanism.(More)
UNLABELLED Appendicitis remains the most common cause for emergency abdominal surgery in children. Immediate appendectomy in complicated, perforated appendicitis can be hazardous and nonoperative therapy has been gaining use as an initial therapy in children. Previous studies have reported failure rates in nonoperative therapy in such cases ranging from 10%(More)