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PURPOSE The purpose of this study is to characterize the esophageal motor and lower esophageal sphincter (LES) abnormalities associated with epiphrenic esophageal diverticula and analyze outcomes for laparoscopic esophageal diverticulectomy, myotomy, and partial fundoplication. METHODS The endoscopic, radiographic, manometric, and perioperative records(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to evaluate the clinical utility of routine barium esophagram after laparoscopic anterior esophageal myotomy for achalasia. METHODS The records of 260 consecutive patients who underwent laparoscopic anterior esophageal myotomy for achalasia from May 1996 to August 2007 were reviewed from a prospective institutional review(More)
Electronic absorption and resonance Raman spectral studies of benzoylruthenocene (BRc) and 1,1'-dibenzoylruthenocene (DRc) indicate that the low-energy electronic excited states of these 4d(6) metallocenes possess metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) character. While this MLCT contribution should weaken the metal-ring bonding in the excited state, neither(More)
131I-labeled autologous fibrinogen was used to detect acute renal allograft rejection in the early postoperative period. Ratios of radioactive counts over transplanted kidneys to those over the heart increased with deposition of radioactive fibrinogen in kidneys undergoing rejection. The test was positive in all instances of acute rejection twelve to(More)
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