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AIM The aim of the present study was to evaluate differences in the metabolic risk profile in formerly obese women, in whom a significant weight loss was obtained by Swedish adjustable gastric band (SAGB) operation or by diet alone. METHODS A total of 40 patients (24 after SAGB and 16 after diet) participated in the study. Clinical data, including body… (More)
The majority of lesions of the spinal accessory nerve occur as an iatrogenic injury after lymph node biopsy in the posterior cervical triangle (trigonum colli laterale). In most cases the accessory nerve palsy is not recognised immediately after the injury. Therefore surgical repair is often performed too late to regain sufficient function of the paralytic… (More)
BACKGROUND With the increasing number of massively obese patients who undergo the implant of a gastric band, there is also a growing demand for a plastic-reconstructive operation of the overstretched skin, now lax after the enormous weight reduction. METHODS From May 2000 to March 2002, 12 abdominoplasties and 12 mastopexies were performed in patients… (More)
Cubital tunnel syndrome represents the second most common compression neuropathy in the upper limb. There are three main surgical procedures to deal with this issue, namely simple decompression, medial epicondylectomy and anterior transposition. Nevertheless, optimal surgical treatment is still open to question. In the past three years we performed… (More)
Resection of recurrent tumors of the back often results in large transmural defects. Sometimes, radiation therapy is applied after the first operation, leading to indurated, badly vascularized skin and surrounding tissue, often complicated by infection. For this reason, it is necessary to remove not only the tumor but also the surrounding tissue. To… (More)
Mycotic aneurysms are a rare complication of septic diseases. Frequently they are recognized only in an advanced stage, with resulting poor prognosis. This case report describes a perforated mycotic abdominal aortic aneurysm following appendectomy. Bacterial culture revealed the presence of streptococcus zooepidemicus, an unusual finding in humans.
Streptococcal toxic shocklike syndrome is caused by group A streptococci and characterized by multiorgan failure and soft-tissue necrosis, often in young patients with a bland history and at most a minor trauma. Diagnosis is reached through the clinical presentation, imaging methods and positive bacterial verification. The course is fulminant and in the… (More)