Jean G. Desjardins

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The antenatal diagnosis of ovarian cysts poses a therapeutic dilemma because the natural history of these lesions is not well known. A retrospective review from 1980 to 1989 showed 29 ovarian cysts in 27 patients diagnosed by prenatal ultrasonography performed between 28 and 36 weeks of gestation. Nineteen cysts were initially observed. Eleven cysts(More)
During the past 10 years, 26 cases of blunt pancreatic trauma were diagnosed in our institution. In 42.3% (11/26) the accident was bicycle-related. Seventy-three percent of patients were seen within 48 hours of injury. The most frequent clinical presentations included abdominal pain, tenderness and vomiting. Diagnosis of pancreatic injury was suggested by(More)
During the past 20 years, 23 patients (7 males, 16 females) were operated on for thyroid carcinoma in our institution. The average age was 13.6 years (range, 22 months to 27 years). Our series includes papillary carcinoma in 11, follicular carcinoma in four, and medullary thyroid carcinoma in eight patients. Follow-up ranged from 8 months to 20.3 years,(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Although medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) can occur sporadically, in the pediatric population it is most often associated with the multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome (MEN type 2). Traditional screening was based on evaluation of basal and stimulated serum calcitonin levels. The recent cloning of the MEN2 gene on the RET proto-oncogene(More)
The diagnosis and management of patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) type IIA and type IIB are of special challenge to pediatric surgeons. Patients characteristically present early in life with significant intestinal symptoms at a time when the characteristic phenotypic features of MEN IIB are frequently absent. We are reporting 12 patients with(More)
The medical records and surgical slides of 58 patients with the diagnosis of thyroid nodules (solitary nodule in 50 patients) are reviewed. The most common cause of thyroid nodules in this series is follicular adenoma (27 patients or 46%). A nuclear scan (technetium or radioactive iodine) was performed in 55 patients, of which 40 showed a cold nodule.(More)
A review of 41 patients over a 15-year period with a diagnosis of pulmonary sequestration was undertaken. The most common presenting complaint was repeated infections of the sequestrated segment. Two of our patients were symptomatic since the neonatal period. On an average, each patient was admitted three times to the hospital before undergoing surgery. All(More)