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The aim of this study is to compare the short-term results between robotic-assisted low anterior resection (R-LAR), using the da Vinci® Surgical System, and standard laparoscopic low anterior resection (L-LAR) in rectal cancer patients. 113 patients were assigned to receive either R-LAR (n = 56) or L-LAR (n = 57) between April 2006 and September 2007.(More)
BACKGROUND Few studies have focused on distribution of lymph node metastasis. The aim of this study is to evaluate the prognostic significance of the location of involved lymph nodes in patients with advanced mid or low rectal cancer. METHODS We defined proximal lymph node involvement (PLNp) as superior rectal and inferior mesenteric lymph node metastasis(More)
BACKGROUND The authors present their clinical experience and surgical methods of fingertip coverage using a short-pedicle partial medial second toe pulp free flap. The surgical steps for reducing surgical time and donor-site morbidity are described. METHODS Between April of 1999 and September of 2006, 929 partial second toe pulp free flaps were performed(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic rectal transection carries the risk of anastomotic leakage because of its technical difficulty and long staple line with an inadequate cutting angle. Our objective was to investigate the risk factors affecting anastomotic leakage after laparoscopic intracorporeal colorectal anastomosis with a double stapling technique. STUDY DESIGN(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to determine the correlation between tumor volume changes assessed by three-dimensional (3D) magnetic resonance (MR) volumetry and the histopathologic tumor response in rectal cancer patients undergoing preoperative chemoradiation therapy (CRT). METHODS AND MATERIALS A total of 84 patients who underwent preoperative CRT(More)
The purpose of this study is to review the clinical outcomes of patients who received extended lymph node dissection for radiologically diagnosed extramesenteric lymph node metastasis. The authors reviewed clinical characteristics, short-term operative outcomes, and long-term oncologic outcomes of 151 patients who had received total mesorectal excision plus(More)
We have introduced both electrophoretic and dynamic light scattering to evaluate the polydispersity, nanodispersity, and stability of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) in distilled water with surfactants. By controlling the sodium dodecyl sulfate composition and some pretreatment by sonication, we were able to achieve nanodispersion (dispersion into(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common progressive neurodegenerative disease. Several genes have been associated with familial type PD, providing tremendous insights into the pathogenesis of PD. Gathering evidence supports the view that these gene products may operate through common molecular pathways. Recent reports suggest that many(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the predictive value of the early response of (18)F-flurodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET) during concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). MATERIALS AND METHODS FDG PET was performed before and during CCRT for 13 NSCLC patients. Maximum standardized uptake value(More)
The multi-functionality of paddy field and irrigation water has become a hot issue recently in Asian monsoon regions. Asian people know why they have to conserve the paddy farm where the sustainable functions have been historically inherited and maintain the rural community where the unique cultures have been traditionally created. But, the real value of(More)