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Polymorphonuclear leucocytes (PMNL) are an essential component of the defence system against invading bacteria. There is evidence that some anaesthetics are able to suppress PMNL functions, promoting, perhaps, perioperative infection. We studied the effects of thiopentone, etomidate, ketamine, and midazolam on the generation of bactericidal agents… (More)
Polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNL) make an outstanding contribution to the defence against invading bacteria. We studied the effects of midazolam, droperidol, fentanyl, and alfentanil on phagocytosis and killing of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli by PMNL in vitro. Using a method described by Eggleton et al., PMNL were isolated from venous blood… (More)
BACKGROUND Angiosarcoma (AS) is an uncommon tumor that rarely develops after external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). Thirty-six cases have been reported in the literature. METHODS The authors present two additional cases. Each of these patients received breast-conserving treatment for breast carcinoma that consisted of tylectomy and EBRT. In each case, AS… (More)
Cancer in inguinal hernias is rare. The author reports the first case of thymoma metastatic to an inguinal hernia sac (saccular) and the 13th case of colon cancer in an inguinal hernia (intrasaccular); both cases presented clinically as incarcerated hernias.
Hepatic abscess is a serious surgical condition with a mortality rate of up to 63% reported if not adequately treated. Laparotomy and computed tomographic (CT) guidance have been used to drain these collections, each with their own problems. Herein we describe a method of draining laparoscopically a hepatic abscess. A 45-year-old Haitian man presented with… (More)
From the course and manifestations of multiple sclerosis it can be expected that the persons affected will perform less well as drivers. Evaluation of the statistical material of the Institute for Forensic Medicine of the University of Zurich--35 multiple sclerosis patients compared to a healthy control group--confirms this assumption on the basis of the… (More)
General surgery may not survive in an age of superspecialization unless the emphasis of general surgical training shifts from broad competence to defined areas of expertise. The author presents suggestions for restructuring general surgery residency requirements.
Polymorphonuclear eosinophilic leucocytes (PME) participate in wound healing processes, the inflammatory response, bronchial asthma, allergies and defence against invading parasites. We have examined the effects of thiopental, methohexital, propofol, etomidate and ketamine on PME chemotaxis in vitro. PME were isolated from venous blood samples of 10 healthy… (More)
BACKGROUND Prenyl diphosphate synthase subunit 2 (PDSS2) gene has recently been reported as a potential tumor suppressor. The association of PDSS2 and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has not been known. METHODS To investigate its association with NSCLC, we examined the expression level of PDSS2 in 28 paired clinical samples of non-small cell lung… (More)
One of the key challenges facing silicon-based integrated optics is the coupling of light from standard optical fibers to submicron silicon waveguides. As a solution to this problem, we present an adiabatically tapered three-dimensional mode converter based on graytone optical lithography and silicon-on-insulator substrates. Our goal has been to preserve… (More)