Lawrence Fritts

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To assess the feasibility of laparoscopic appendectomy, we reviewed hospital records and charge data for all patients older than age 15 years who underwent appendectomy between November 1990 and July 1992. Fifty-eight patients underwent laparoscopic appendectomy and 206 patients underwent conventional appendectomy. Intraoperative (1.9%) and postoperative(More)
BACKGROUND We have previously found selective venous sampling to be the most sensitive method to localize otherwise occult functioning endocrine tumors. However, recently we have used endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) as the initial and in some cases the only localization study in the preoperative evaluation of proven insulinomas and of selected cases of(More)
Although the human alveolar macrophage in tissue culture can secrete an elastolytic metalloenzyme that is not inactivated by alpha 1-antiprotease (AAP), levels of this proteolytic activity and its relationship to AAP in human lung lavage fluid ( HLF ) are unknown from previous studies. Therefore, we measured elastolytic activity in concentrated (20- to(More)
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