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OBJECTIVE Investigators from the Australo-Anglo-American Spondyloarthritis Consortium have reported additional genes associated with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) susceptibility including IL1R2, ANTXR2, and gene deserts at 2p15 and 21q22. We evaluated these new candidate genes in a large cohort of Korean patients with AS. METHODS A group of 1164 patients(More)
PURPOSE We compared postoperative outcomes in patients treated with laparoendoscopic single site varicocele ligation with or without testicular artery and lymphatic preservation. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 80 patients with left varicocele were randomly divided into 2 groups and treated with laparoendoscopic single site varicocele ligation with(More)
PURPOSE Chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) is treated by use of various protocols. We compared tamsulosin monotherapy with tamsulosin in combination with antibiotics or anti-inflammatory agents and evaluated the efficacy of these treatments in patients with CPPS. METHODS Patients (n=107) who were younger than 55 years and diagnosed with CPPS were(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare computed tomography (CT) angiography (CTA) obtained by multi-slice CT (a new minimally invasive method) with the current standard of arterial imaging, digital subtraction angiography (DSA), in diagnosing arteriogenic erectile dysfunction (ED). PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-one patients with suspected arteriogenic ED underwent DSA and(More)
Primary schwannomas of the urinary bladder are extremely rare. They arise from Schwann's cells in nerve sheaths and are often associated with von Recklinghausen's disease. In these cases, open partial cystectomy has been the choice of treatment. We performed laparoscopic partial cystectomy in a 35-year-old man who showed a 3.5-cm solid bladder mass on(More)
PURPOSE To report our results of nephron-sparing radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of renal tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS Since August 2004, 49 patients with renal tumors were treated with either percutaneous or laparoscopic RFA. All patients underwent preoperative imaging with contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effect of radical retropubic prostatectomy on erectile function, by evaluating objectively patients' erectile function before and after surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS The study comprised 126 patients with clinically localized prostate cancer who were scheduled to undergo radical retropubic prostatectomy. After giving informed(More)
PURPOSE We evaluated the improvement in erectile dysfunction and lower urinary tract symptoms as well as the safety of once daily administration of 50 mg mirodenafil in men with erectile dysfunction. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 226 patients visited for treatment of erectile dysfunction and were recruited for the study. Of these men 180 met the study(More)
AIM To evaluate the safety of en bloc stapler ligation of the renal vascular pedicle during laparoscopic radical nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Clinical data were collected prospectively from 70 patients who underwent either en bloc stapling of the renal hilum (n=35) (Group A) or the separate ligation method (n=35) (Group B) to(More)
PURPOSE To compare the outcome of epididymectomy and vasectomy reversal (VR) in patients with postvasectomy pain syndrome (PVPS) who required surgical treatment. METHODS A total of 50 patients with PVPS who underwent epididymectomy or VR between January 2000 and January 2010 were included retrospectively. Of these, 36 (72.0%) patients completed the study(More)