Jesalyn Tate

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Presence or absence of lymph node metastases is the most accurate prognostic indicator in breast cancer. Clinical examination is unreliable in detecting involved nodes. Preoperative ultrasound scan of the axilla has been performed in 140 consecutive women with breast cancer. The sensitivity for involved nodes was 66% which was significantly higher than(More)
A total of 155 consecutive patients with suspected acute appendicitis were studied to compare laparoscopic and conventional operations. Patients were not randomized: laparoscopy was performed when a suitably trained surgeon and laparoscopic instruments were available. Laparoscopic appendicectomy was attempted in 51 patients and was successful in 46 (90 per(More)
Thirty-five patients with symptomatic gallbladder disease were prospectively evaluated by ultrasound the day before laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Diminished gallbladder function and wall thickening were significantly associated with increased technical difficulty of the operation (Student's t-test, P < 0.001). There was no association between gallbladder(More)
The feasibility of day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy was assessed in unselected patients using a standard anaesthetic protocol. Postoperative pain and nausea were assessed at 6 and 24 h postoperatively (visual analogue scale, range 0-10). Thirty-two patients were studied (23 female, 9 male, mean age 49.6 years). The mean duration of surgery was 68 min.(More)
BACKGROUND Medical decision making is based on patient autonomy and informed consent, which is an integral part of medical ethics, risk management and clinical governance. Consent to treatment has been extensively discussed, but the viewpoint of patients is not well represented. A new consent form was introduced by the Department of Health in 2001. AIMS(More)
Five hundred and ten women attending a specialized breast clinic for follow-up after surgery of early breast cancer (Stage I and II) have been studied. Recurrence was found most often (58%) in symptomatic women who returned to the clinic earlier than planned. Only 3% of asymptomatic patients had recurrent disease. It is concluded that counselling in(More)
A prospective study was undertaken to assess the technical difficulty of early laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute biliary pancreatitis. Patients underwent early endoscopic retrograde cholangiography (ERC) and laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed after signs of clinical improvement. Five steps were assessed during surgery using a visual analogue(More)
A review of 130 consecutive large bowel examinations at which a cancer of the colon or rectum was diagnosed has been undertaken. Of 50 patients examined by colonoscopy, the whole colon was seen in only 21 (42 per cent) and almost half of these had a tumour in the caecum or ascending colon. In most cases, an incomplete examination was the result of narrowing(More)