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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Although declining, cystic echinococcosis is still a serious public health issue in Greece. This study evaluated the clinical features, management, and short-term outcome of patients with complicated liver echinococcosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 227 patients who were operated on for 322 echinococcal cysts of the liver were(More)
BACKGROUND Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is a rare form of chronic pancreatitis with a discrete pathophysiology, occasional diagnostic radiological findings, and characteristic histological features. Its etiology and pathogenesis are still under investigation, especially during the last decade. Another aspect of interest is the attempt to establish specific(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of angiogenesis inhibition by bevacizumab, a monoclonal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) antibody, on the healing process of colonic anastomoses in rats, assessing some specific involved factors. This new agent is used mainly in metastatic colorectal cancer. The angiogenesis plays an(More)
BACKGROUND Since octogenarians become a growing part of the population and surgical care is possible in them, this study was conducted to evaluate the outcome of laparoscopic cholecystectomy in patients 80 years of age and over. METHODS From June 1993 to May 2006, a total of 1263 patients underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, applying the four-trocar(More)
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy may lead to serious complications, some of which can be disastrous if they are not recognized and managed immediately. Over the past 12-year period, 1225 laparoscopic cholecystectomies were performed. Totally, major complications occurred in 19 cases (1.5%). The conversion rate was 7.4%. Complications included common bile duct(More)
Foreign body ingestion is a commonly seen accident in emergencies, usually in children (80%), elderly, mentally impaired, or alcoholic individuals, whereas it may occur intentionally in prisoners or psychiatric patients. According to the literature, 90% of ingested foreign bodies pass through the gastrointestinal tract without complications, 10% to 20%(More)
Situs inversus totalis is an inherited condition characterized by a mirror-image transposition of thoracic and abdominal organs. It often coexists with other anatomical variations. Transposition of the organs imposes special demands on the diagnostic and surgical skills of the surgeon. We report a case of a 34-year-old female patient presented with left(More)
BACKGROUND Intraperitoneal adhesions are a common problem in abdominal surgery. The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of Statofilm, a novel antiadhesive film based on cross-linked carboxymethylcellulose and atorvastatin, with that of sodium hyaluronate-carboxymethylcellulose (Seprafilm(®)) in the prevention of postoperative intraperitoneal(More)
INTRODUCTION A vermiform appendix in an inguinal hernia, inflamed or not, is known as Amyand's hernia. Here we present a case series of four men with Amyand's hernia. CASE PRESENTATIONS We retrospectively studied 963 Caucasian patients with inguinal hernia who were admitted to our surgical department over a 12-year period. Four patients presented with(More)
OBJECTIVE Colorectal emergency requiring radical surgery is becoming increasingly frequent in the elderly and problems remain as regards the best management policy. Our long-time experience is presented in this study. PATIENTS AND METHODS In the last 23 years, 105 elderly patients, aged > or = 65 years, with colorectal disease underwent an emergency(More)