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INTRODUCTION Laparoscopic procedures for pancreatic surgery have been significantly improved recently; however, only a limited number of successful laparoscopic or laparoscopy-assisted pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) have been reported. The limitations could be attributed to the complexity of the reconstruction procedures under laparoscopic observation and the(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To describe the design, activity, and quality of the referral refinement phase of a novel glaucoma shared-care scheme. METHODS Eight Optometrists with a Specialist Interest in glaucoma (OSI) were trained to perform a community-based comprehensive glaucoma evaluation of low-risk glaucoma hospital referrals (only one/none of the following(More)
AIMS The Community and Hospital Allied Network Glaucoma Evaluation Scheme (CHANGES) used accredited community-based optometrists with a special interest (OSIs) in glaucoma to monitor ocular hypertensive (OHT) patients under virtual supervision of the Hospital Glaucoma Service (HGS). The purpose of this paper was to report the outcomes of the first completed(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To evaluate the prognostic value of surgical operation-related factors in patients with primary liver cancer (PLC). METHODOLOGY A retrospective study was carried out analyzing the data of 114 patients with PLC undergoing hepatic resection from January 2002 to December 2009. Survival rates were analyzed using Kaplan-Meier curve and log-rank(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to systematically evaluate the oral health status of patients suffering from chronic renal failure and undergoing hemodialysis (HD). METHODS Electronic databases, namely, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Data base, PubMed, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library, were searched until May 2016 for cross-sectional and(More)
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