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Clinical and pathologic data from 51 patients with primary sarcomas of the gastrointestinal tract treated from 1951 through 1984 were reviewed to determine clinical presentation, histologic features, treatment, and prognostic factors. The most common signs and symptoms were abdominal pain (62%), gastrointestinal bleeding (40%), and/or abdominal mass (38%).(More)
UNLABELLED Background- It has been suggested that inflammatory cells within vulnerable plaques may be visualized by superparamagnetic iron oxide particle-enhanced MRI. The purpose of this study was to determine the time course for macrophage visualization with in vivo contrast-enhanced MRI using an ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) agent in(More)
OBJECTIVES Risk of thrombo-embolic stroke is thought to be better reflected by carotid plaque composition than by luminal stenosis. We set out to determine whether high resolution MRI was a valid method of quantifying plaque components in vivo. DESIGN A prospective cohort study validating in vivo MRI against histological analysis of excised carotid(More)
New rules for quality assurance provoked a comparison of effects of two approaches used concurrently for 14 years. In an incidental approach, a multidisciplinary conference reviewed all postoperative complications as they occurred and attributed each to one of six causes. Remedies were instituted and data were filed. In a statistical approach, death and(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammation within atherosclerotic lesions contributes to plaque instability and vulnerability to rupture. We set out to evaluate the use of a macrophage labeling agent to identify carotid plaque inflammation by in vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty patients with symptomatic severe carotid stenosis scheduled for(More)
An analysis of twenty-six cases of epidermoid carcinoma of the anus from the University of Virginia Medical Center and 1,060 cases from the surgical literature has been presented. We believe this review justifies the following conclusions. (1) Considerable delay in diagnosis frequently occurs, adversely affecting the prognosis of patients with this disease.(More)
Vulnerable plaques have thin fibrous caps overlying large necrotic lipid cores. Recent studies have shown that high-resolution MR imaging can identify these components. We set out to determine whether in vivo high-resolution MRI could quantify this aspect of the vulnerable plaque. Forty consecutive patients scheduled for carotid endarterectomy underwent(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was done to determine the long-term outcome of breast conservation therapy (BCT) for patients with early-stage breast cancer during a period of treatment evolution at a single institution. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Breast cancer treatment has evolved from extensive surgical extirpation of the breast to treatment options that conserve(More)
Four hundred patients with resectable colon and rectal cancers were operated on by 37 surgeons at 31 institutions. Patients were monitored with carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) level determinations and clinical examinations. One hundred thirty patients had recurrences, and 75 were reoperated on, with 43 reoperations CEA-directed and 32 clinically directed.(More)
A cooperative Veterans Administration study of the septic complication rate during large-bowel surgery was undertaken in two groups of patients. The first group received oral neomycin and erythromycin base plus parenteral placebo; the second, the oral antibiotics plus parenteral cephalothin sodium. During a five-year period, 1,128 patients were studied. The(More)