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In a prospective study, the accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and laparoscopy in the diagnosis of nonpalpable testes was evaluated. Advantages and disadvantages of the two procedures were compared. 29 boys with unilateral nonpalpable testis underwent MRI. When MRI failed to demonstrate a testis, laparoscopy with a 1.9 mm mini-laparoscope was(More)
OBJECTIVE The attractiveness of pediatric surgery (PS) as a specialty includes its primary role in the care of multisystemic disease. We were interested in identifying changes in operative case quality and quantity when comparing PS residents to PS practitioners. METHODS The 2006 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education PS resident current(More)
OBJECTIVES Our experiences with elective nephron-sparing surgery (NSS) for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in a consecutive series of 216 patients are presented. Clinicopathological features and long-term oncological outcome is compared to patients treated with radical nephrectomy (RN). METHODS Between 1975 and 2002, NSS was performed in 488 patients; 311 of(More)
OBJECTIVES Elective nephron-sparing surgery (NSS) for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) < 4 cm has been accepted as alternative to radical nephrectomy (RN). However, NSS for tumours > 4 cm is controversial. We present our experiences and long-term oncologic outcome of RCC > 4 cm treated with NSS in a retrospective single-institutional analysis of 69 patients. (More)
Renal clear cell carcinomas and the corresponding ipsilateral control tissues were investigated for protein kinase CK2 activity and subunit ratio. The average protein kinase CK2 activity from 21 different kidney samples was 318 U/mg and that from the corresponding tumors 610 U/mg. The subunit ratio of protein kinase CK2 alpha in tumors/normal tissue (T/N)(More)
Autoantibodies to the 65-kDa isoform of GAD (GAD65Abs) are associated with type 1 diabetes development, but the conformational nature of the GAD65Ab epitopes complicates the evaluation of disease risk. Six GAD65-specific recombinant Fabs (rFabs) were cloned from monoclonal antibodies b96.11, DP-C, DP-A, DPD, 144, and 221-442. The binding of GAD65Abs in 61(More)
PURPOSE Routine removal of the ipsilateral adrenal gland in patients with renal cell carcinoma who undergo nephrectomy has been a matter of dispute. In a retrospective study we screened for subgroups of patients with renal cell carcinoma from a large single center patient population who may have benefited from ipsilateral adrenalectomy. MATERIALS AND(More)
PURPOSE : Recent studies of rare cases of pT3a renal cell carcinoma extending directly into the adrenal gland showed worse survival than in other pT3a cases and recategorization as stage pT4 was suggested. We assessed the prognostic validity of a stage pT3a diagnosis based on perirenal fat infiltration. MATERIALS AND METHODS : The records of 1,794(More)
In a retrospective study, the medical and psychological outcome of the use of external vacuum devices in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in 190 patients was evaluated, using a questionnaire and a clinical examination. 110/190 patients (57.8%) answered the questionnaire. 22/110 patients (20%) rejected the device primarily and 34/110 (30.9%) after a(More)