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UNLABELLED The aim of this study was to investigate the association between 2 polymorphisms (ie, rs10877887 and rs13293512) in the promoter regions of let-7 and the risk of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC).A case-control study of 618 PTC patients and 562 controls was conducted. The rs10877887 polymorphism was genotyped by using polymerase chain(More)
BACKGROUND Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS(®)) pathways have reduced morbidity and length of hospital stay (LOS) in orthopedics, bariatric, and colorectal surgery. New perioperative care protocols have been tested in patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD), with controversial results on morbidity. Incomplete data about ERAS items compliance(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to conduct a meta-analysis to assess the safety and efficacy of total endoscopic thyroidectomy (TET) versus conventional open thyroidectomy (COT) for papillary thyroid microcarcinoma with regard to short-term clinical outcomes. METHODS MEDLINE, EMBASE, Science Citation Index Expanded, and the Cochrane Central(More)
BACKGROUND Historically, hilar bile duct resection (HBDR) has been regarded as the choice of treatment for Bismuth types I and II hilar cholangiocarcinoma (HCCA). The present study aimed to evaluate the advantages of major liver resection (MLR) in the treatment of patients with Bismuth types I and II HCCA when compared with HBDR. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic gastrectomy (LG) is being increasingly used to treat gastric cancer. However, there are still several technical disadvantages limiting its use. Robotic gastrectomy (RG) is an emerging minimally invasive technique that overcomes some of these limitations. This study compares RG with LG in the treatment of gastric cancer by performing(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship of deoxycytidine kinase (dCK) protein expression and gene single-nucleotide polymorphisms to gemcitabine chemosensitivity in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC).In total, 54 patients with resectable PDAC, who received postoperative gemcitabine-based therapy, were enrolled in this(More)
BACKGROUND Currently, monopolar electrical energy is still widely used as the main source of energy for laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). However, some studies have suggested that the use of ultrasonic energy is more advantageous. This meta-analysis pooled the currently published randomized controlled trials comparing the safety and efficacy of ultrasonic(More)
A two step method, with a combination of top-down and bottom-up approaches, was developed for the fabrication of ZnO based hierarchical structures with nanorods on microcraters. A layer of well c-axis aligned, transparent, conductive ZnO thin film was deposited by pulsed DC sputtering on a Corning glass substrate. The microcraters were created with(More)
Postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) is one of the most common major complications after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD). Ulinastatin is an intrinsic trypsin inhibitor and mainly used to treat acute pancreatitis, chronic recurrent pancreatitis, and acute circulatory failure. The study aims to investigate the efficacy of ulinastatin on pancreatic fistula and(More)
Vertically aligned long ZnO nanorods (NRs) were grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique. Prior to the NRs growth Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) film was deposited by DC sputtering technique on glass substrates. The length and width of the NRs were 25 microm and 450-500 nm, respectively. Structural and optical properties of the NRs were(More)