Marie A. Hunsinger

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Pancreatic fistula is a significant problem for patients undergoing distal pancreatectomy with fistula rates up to 61%. Fistulas lead to substantial morbidity. The study objective was to compare radiofrequency dissector closure with traditional stump closure for distal pancreatectomy. Sixty-two patients underwent distal pancreatectomy at our institution(More)
The ACOSOG Z0011 trial demonstrated that axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) is not necessary for all breast cancer patients. Patients who underwent breast conservation surgery (BCS) or total mastectomy (TM) and met Z0011 criteria were identified and sorted into pre- and post- Z0011 cohorts. Four hundred ninety four patients had breast cancer surgery from(More)
OBJECTIVE Selection of applicants to residency programs can involve a great deal of variability. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between different subjective and objective application variables and the global rating score (GRS) of applicants to a general surgery residency program. DESIGN This was a retrospective analysis of(More)
INTRODUCTION Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is one of the most common health care-associated infections, and it continues to have significant morbidity and mortality. The onset of fulminant colitis often requires total abdominal colectomy with ileostomy, which has a mortality rate of 35% to 57%. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)(More)
Facial fractures are commonly managed nonoperatively. Patients with facial fractures involving sinus cavities commonly receive 7 to 10 days of prophylactic antibiotics, yet no literature exists to support or refute this practice. The aim of this study was to compare the administration and duration of antibiotic prophylaxis on the incidence of soft tissue(More)
After blunt trauma, certain CT markers, such as free intraperitoneal air, strongly suggest bowel perforation, whereas other markers, including free intraperitoneal fluid without solid organ injury, may be merely suspicious for acute injury. The present study aims to delineate the safety of nonoperative management for markers of blunt bowel or mesenteric(More)
Literature about combining expertise of two specialties in esophageal cancer surgery is limited. We present the experience at a single institute comparing single-team (ST) versus two-team (TT) approach combining thoracic and abdominal surgeons. This is a retrospective study from a single tertiary care center. Data were collected from electronic medical(More)
BACKGROUND It is estimated that choledocholithiasis is present in 5% to 20% of patients at the time of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). Several European studies have found decreased length of stay (LOS) when performing LC and intraoperative endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) on the same day for choledocholithiasis. In the United States,(More)
BACKGROUND The majority of the US population live in urban areas, yet more than half of all trauma deaths occur in rural areas. The Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) is developed to improve the outcomes of rural trauma and we aimed to study its effect on patient transfer. METHODS Trauma referrals 2 years before the RTTDC training were compared(More)