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OBJECTIVE This study aimed at: (1) documenting the evolution of surgical results of esophagectomy in a high-volume center, (2) identifying predictive factors of pulmonary complications and mortality, and (3) examining whether preoperative chemoradiation therapy would complicate postoperative recovery. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Pulmonary complications and(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify prognostic factors and reasons for improved survival over time in patients with esophageal cancer. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Management strategies for esophageal cancer have evolved with time. The impact of chemoradiation in the overall treatment results has not been adequately studied. METHODS From 1990 to 2000, 399 (62.4%) of 639(More)
BACKGROUND Gastric carcinoma is known for its propensity to spread to the peritoneum. This study assessed the value of EUS in the detection of ascites not visible on CT in patients with gastric carcinoma. METHODS A total of 402 consecutive patients with histopathologically confirmed gastric adenocarcinoma underwent catheter-probe EUS. The accuracy of(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate whether pretherapeutic serum soluble E-cadherin is an independent factor predicting long-term survival in gastric cancer. Gastric cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world, but a satisfactory tumor marker is currently unavailable for gastric cancer. Soluble E-cadherin has recently been found to have(More)
BACKGROUND Currently, to the authors' knowledge, there is no serum marker to predict disease recurrence after patients undergo curative resection for gastric carcinoma. Previous reports have indicated that serum levels of soluble E-cadherin had prognostic value in these patients. The objective of the current study was to determine whether soluble E-cadherin(More)
AIM To assess the clinical characteristics of Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) negative duodenal ulcer. METHODS Patients with an endoscopic diagnosis of duodenal ulcer between 1996 and 2002 were included in the present study. Patients were considered to be negative for H pylori, if both histological examination and rapid urease test of biopsy specimens were(More)
Conventional pleural cavity drainage after esophagectomy involves one to two large-bore drainage tubes connected to underwater bottles. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the use of a small mobile vacuum drainage system. Out of 173 patients who underwent transthoracic esophagectomy, 167 (97%) had the vacuum drain successfully placed at the end of the(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The role of clopidogrel in patients at risk for gastrointestinal complications is uncertain, although it has been recommended for patients who have gastrointestinal intolerance to aspirin. We tested the hypothesis that clopidogrel is as effective as esomeprazole and aspirin in preventing recurrences of ulcer complications. METHODS This(More)
HYPOTHESIS A 1-layer, continuous technique for esophageal anastomosis after esophagectomy has been in routine use at the University of Hong Kong Medical Centre since 1996. This study aims to document the results of this method and examine factors that may predispose patients to complications associated with esophageal anastomosis. DESIGN Retrospective(More)
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