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OBJECTIVE To compare the clinicopathologic features and survival in the four breast cancer subtypes defined by immunohistochemistry (IHC) expression of estrogen receptor (ER) or progesterone receptor (PR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (Her2): ER/PR+, Her2+; ER/PR+, Her2-; ER/PR-, Her2+; and ER/PR-, Her2-. METHODS A 7-year retrospective(More)
Ultrasonography is an effective and accurate diagnostic test for acalculous cholecystitis. Until recently, however, little attention was focused on the gallbladder wall as an indicator of disease. By accurately visualizing and measuring the gallbladder wall, ultrasonography can be used to screen patients in whom acute acalculous cholecystitis is suspected.(More)
The background, technique and ultrasonic criteria used in the diagnosis of biliary tract disease are reviewed and illustrative case histories and sonograms presented. The results in 100 prospective patients undergoing both biliary tract ultrasound and orall cholecystography are presented with surgical follow-up in 53 patients. Ultrasound was technically(More)
CONTEXT Health care reform calls for increasing physician accountability and transparency of outcomes. Partial mastectomy is the most commonly performed procedure for invasive breast cancer and often requires reexcision. Variability in reexcision might be reflective of the quality of care. OBJECTIVE To assess hospital and surgeon-specific variation in(More)
Monitoring of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is the current standard for detection of trastuzumab-induced cardiotoxicity; however, time-to-diagnosis and cost of assessment are suboptimal in women with early-stage breast cancer. We assessed the utility of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), and cardiac(More)
Perforation of the gallbladder is a life-threatening complication of acute cholecystitis that is often difficult to diagnose at an early stage. Standard radiographic and laboratory tests have not been reliable in identifying patients with this complication. In contrast, biliary sonography correctly diagnosed pericholecystic abscesses preoperatively in three(More)
Multiple adjuvant regimens are used for HER2+ breast cancer, but experience in routine practice is not reported. We evaluated whether oncologists’ perceptions of these regimens matches clinical experience. We surveyed Wisconsin medical oncologists throughout the state regarding factors impacting selection of TCH (docetaxel, carboplatin, and trastuzumab) or(More)
A Mexican woman, aged 71 years, with life-long exposure to soot from a wood cook stove in a closed environment, who was treated for tuberculosis 4-years prior, presented with prominent mediastinal lymphadenopathy with anthracosis. Mediastinal lymphadenopathy is a common presentation of diverse granulomatous, malignant and infectious conditions like(More)
Neurological complications related to multiple myeloma (MM) are not uncommon; however, direct involvement of the central nervous system (CNS) is extremely rare and represents a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Significant survival difference has been noted with the introduction of novel therapy in patients with MM, but their effect on the incidence and(More)