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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Phyllodes tumors (PTs) are uncommon biphasic breast tumors that usually occur in adult females. They are composed of a benign epithelial component and a cellular, spindle cell stroma forming a leaf-like structure. No one morphologic finding is reliable in predicting the clinical behavior of the tumor. The purpose of this study was(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) core protein constitutes a viral nucleocapsid and may possess multiple functions. In this study, we demonstrated the homotypic interaction and multimerization of HCV core protein in vitro and in vivo. By using a yeast two-hybrid system, we showed that the amino-terminal hydrophilic portion (amino acids 1-115) of the core protein(More)
To investigate the limitations of percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopic lithotomy (PTCSL) in the management of retained or reformed biliary calculi, we conducted a retrospective study of 50 patients who had received PTCSL for complicated biliary calculi during a period of 32 months. The calculi were located in the common bile duct (24%), the(More)
Biliary stricture represents a challenging problem in the treatment of hepatolithiasis because of its association with treatment failure and stone recurrence. The long-segment type of stricture is difficult to manage and is likely to recur. To investigate the necessity for biliary stenting after balloon dilatation therapy, 20 consecutive patients with(More)
AIM To investigate the prognostic value of vascular endothelial growth factor messenger RNA (VEGF mRNA) in the peripheral blood (PB) of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) undergoing curative resection. METHODS Using a reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)-based assay, VEGF mRNA in the PB was determined prospectively in 50(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to validate the Mandarin Chinese version of different screening instruments and compare their performances for identifying hazardous drinkers in Taiwan. METHODS We compared the performance of the Mandarin Chinese versions of AUDIT, AUDIT-C (AUDIT items 1, 2 and 3), AUDIT-4 (AUDIT items 1, 2, 3 and 10), AUDIT-3 (AUDIT item 3),(More)
BACKGROUND Conventional percutaneous procedures for treating patients with recurrent hepatolithiasis associated with complicated intrahepatic biliary strictures require multiple dilation sessions before stone extraction. We modified the approach, reducing the number of dilation sessions required and using newer lithotripsy and irrigation methods. We suggest(More)
AIM To evaluate how long patients with small bowel obstruction caused by postoperative adhesions can tolerate conservative treatment. METHODS The records of patients with small bowel obstruction due to postoperative adhesions were retrospectively reviewed. Data collected included the number of admissions, type of management for each admission, duration of(More)
Two hundred twenty-five transcatheter hepatic arterial embolizations (TAEs) were performed on 137 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) during a three-year period. The postembolization changes of the gallbladder were studied by regular follow-up with ultrasonography. Twenty-four patients (10.7%) were found to have an acute infarction of the(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) core protein is a multifunctional protein. We examined whether it can interact with cellular proteins, thus contributing to viral pathogenesis. Using the HCV core protein as a bait to screen a human liver cDNA library in a yeast two-hybrid screening system, we have isolated several positive clones encoding cellular proteins that(More)