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BACKGROUND Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common disease in Taiwan. Ruptured HCC is an uncommon and potentially fatal complication of the condition. Information on the impact of ruptured HCC on hepatic resection is, however, limited. METHODS The clinical features of 60 patients with ruptured HCC who underwent hepatic resection from 1986 to 1998 were(More)
BACKGROUND The aim was to compare short-term results of right hepatectomy using the anterior approach (AA) and liver hanging manoeuvre with the conventional approach (CA) for large hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS This was a retrospective review of 71 consecutive patients with HCC at least 5 cm in diameter who underwent curative right hepatectomy(More)
BACKGROUND Prolonged intubation results in ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), which contributes to significant mortality among patients on the waiting list. The aim of this study was to determine the risk factors for and clinical outcomes of VAP among patients into the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS We enrolled 50 consecutive critically ill(More)
AIMS Overweight/obesity is currently a common health issue that may cause many diseases, even malignancies. The influence of steatosis on long-term results of surgical treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is not well known. The aim of this study is to analyze the results of hepatectomy for HCC patients with steatosis. METHODS The study included(More)
Liver allografts can be spontaneously accepted across an MHC class I disparity, the mechanism of which is still not known. Since the liver has a large amount of immature dendritic cells, these elements may contribute to transplant acceptance. However, the reason why liver dendritic cells are immature status is unknown. In this study, bone marrow-derived(More)
AIMS Surgical treatment for early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is toward transplantation. However, liver resection remains the major surgical treatment for HCC in Asia. This study is to examine the results of liver resection when liver transplantation became an option of treatment for early-stage HCC. METHODS In this retrospective cohort study,(More)
INTRODUCTION Liver transplantation is the treatment of choice for end-stage liver disease. However, the shortage of donors is still the major problem in most Asian countries. Using extended donor criteria may maximize the deceased donor pool, but some high-risk donors may show adverse recipient outcomes due to preexisting infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE Density gradient separation of islets from exocrine tissue is usually performed using Ficoll. However, this reagent significantly increases the cost of isolation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects on islet preparations of purification methods using Lymphoprep and Iodixanol (OptiPrep) density gradients. METHODS Pancreata(More)
Currently, the most common method used for human islet transplantation is intrahepatic implantation via the portal vein, which may affect portal vein pressure and liver function. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of intrahepatic canine islet autotransplantation on portal vein pressure and liver function. After total pancreatectomy was(More)