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AIM To evaluate the management of pancreaticopleural fistulas involving early endoscopic instrumentation of the pancreatic duct. METHODS Eight patients with a spontaneous pancreaticopleural fistula underwent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with an intention to stent the site of a ductal disruption as the primary treatment. Imaging(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this series was to determine the spectrum of findings on gray scale trans-abdominal ultrasonography (TAUS) in pathologically proven cases of primary gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) and correlate them with gross morphologic and pathologic findings. METHODS The series included 18 patients with a primary GIST tumor detected(More)
Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare, but potentially fatal bacterial infection of the soft tissues. Establishing the diagnosis at the early stages of the disease remains the greatest challenge. We report a case of necrotizing fasciitis involving the upper extremity. Sonography revealed subcutaneous emphysema spreading along the deep fascia, swelling, and(More)
AIM To review clinical and pathologic features of Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) occurring synchronously with other primary gastrointestinal neoplasms. METHODS Twenty-eight patients with primary GIST were treated at our institution between 1989 and 2005. Clinical and pathologic records were reviewed. RESULTS The gastrointestinal stromal tumor(More)
The clinical implications of increased cytokine levels after major surgery remain unclear. In this study, systemic concentration of a spectrum of cytokines, including interleukins IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1ra, and soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor-I (sTNF-RI) was examined in patients with and without postoperative septic complications following colorectal(More)
Infected pancreatic necrosis is a life-threatening complication of acute pancreatitis that has been traditionally managed with open surgical debridement. Over the last decade, minimally invasive techniques have been increasingly used for the treatment of infected pancreatic necrosis and their results are encouraging. Percutaneous retroperitoneal pancreatic(More)
INTRODUCTION Mesenteric fibromatosis or intra-abdominal desmoid tumour is a rare proliferative disease affecting the mesentery. It is a locally aggressive tumour that lacks metastatic potential, but the local recurrence is common. Mesenteric fibromatosis with the intestinal involvement can be easily confused with other primary gastrointestinal tumours,(More)
Groove pancreatitis is a rare form of chronic pancreatitis involving the anatomic plane between the pancreatic head and duodenum. The radiographic diagnosis remains challenging, and most patients undergo exploratory laparotomy on suspicion of a periampullary malignancy. The appearance of groove pancreatitis on transabdominal and intraoperative sonography(More)
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