John Gillick

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PURPOSE Diagnosis of imperforate anus is usually made shortly after birth with physical examination. Nonetheless, a significant number of patients have presented beyond the neonatal period without recognition of anorectal malformation. We reviewed our experience of anorectal malformations, with particular emphasis on the timing of diagnosis. METHODS This(More)
OBJECTIVE Balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO) is a chronic inflammatory disease that is considered as male genital variant lichen sclerosis. The incidence varies greatly in different series; diagnosis is mostly clinical but histopathological confirmation is mandatory. Various treatments are described, but there is no consensus that one is the best. (More)
Delayed diagnosis of anorectal malformation (ARM) is an avoidable event associated with significant complications and morbidity. Previous studies have suggested higher than expected rates of delayed diagnosis, especially when a threshold of 24 hours of life is used to define delayed diagnosis. The aim of this study is to highlight the prevalence of delayed(More)
PURPOSE We aimed to evaluate the rate and examine potential predictors of subsequent anti-reflux procedures in a population undergoing percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) insertion. MATERIALS We retrospectively reviewed the pre- and post-operative clinical course of patients undergoing PEG insertion over a 10-year period with respect to indication,(More)
PURPOSE Despite having optimal pull-through (PT) surgery for Hirschsprung's disease (HSCR), many patients experience persistent bowel symptoms with no mechanical/histopathological cause. Murine models of HSCR suggest that expression of key neurotransmitters is unbalanced proximal to the aganglionic colonic segment. We aimed to investigate expression of key(More)
The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic appendicectomy following non-operative management of appendix mass in children. Medical records of 103 consecutive patients (61 males, 42 females) who underwent non-operative treatment of appendix mass followed by laparoscopic elective appendicectomy were examined. Their(More)
Intestinal malrotation associated with a volvulus requires immediate surgical intervention. The long-term sequelae of Ladd's procedure and its complications are not well defined. We designed this study to investigate the long-term complications following operative intervention for intestinal malrotation. Patients who have undergone a Ladd's procedure for(More)
The birth prevalence of gastroschisis worldwide has increased over the past decades. We aim to determine the Irish national incidence of gastroschisis repairs (NIGR) over a 5 year period (2007- 2011) and clinical outcomes by a retrospective cohort review of cases admitted to all Irish paediatric surgical units. Seventy patients were identified. The NIGR per(More)
The teratogenic effect of Adriamycin (doxorubicin) in the rat model, and more recently in the mouse, has provided paediatric surgeons with a reliable, easily reproducible method of studying the embryology and molecular biology for a range of complex congenital anomalies. Concomitantly these animal models have stimulated interest among embryologists for the(More)