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BACKGROUND Hypoproteinemia and nutritional deficiencies are common after bariatric surgery, and although massive weight loss (MWL) patients experience increased wound complication rates, the association has not been causatively determined. OBJECTIVES This study investigated preoperative nutritional parameters and wound complications in MWL patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyse and discuss the use and the safety profile of individual antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in Italy. METHODS The AED safety data referred to the period January 1988-June 2005 and were obtained from the database of the Italian Interregional Group of Pharmacovigilance (GIF). This database collects all spontaneous reports of suspected adverse(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with macromastia, the currently accepted indications for reduction mammaplasty are back pain, neck pain, shoulder grooving, and intertrigo in the inframammary fold. Occipital neuralgia and chronic headaches/migraines are not indications, but the authors noted anecdotally that numerous patients with macromastia complained of chronic(More)
Local random flaps are seldom used for reconstruction of complex ankle wounds because of concern for flap failure attributable to vascular compromise and tissue edema. Negative pressure wound therapy has been shown to improve perfusion and limit tissue edema. The objective of this study was to demonstrate the utility of negative pressure wound therapy in(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to stratify plastic surgery patients into venous thromboembolism risk categories; identify patients at highest risk for venous thromboembolism; and quantify rates of postoperative all-cause mortality, venous thromboembolism, and hematoma/bleeding on different forms of thromboprophylaxis. Furthermore, this study aimed(More)
LEARNING OBJECTIVES After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Identify common precancerous and malignant cutaneous growths of the head and neck. 2. Recommend surgical treatment, including margins, based on consensus guidelines. 3. Counsel patients as to available evidence for expected recurrence, follow-up, and morbidity. SUMMARY(More)
BACKGROUND Although autografts are the gold standard for failed primary nerve repairs, they result in donor-site morbidity. Nerve conduits and decellularized allografts are a novel solution for improved functional outcomes and decreased donor-site morbidity. Unfortunately, previous reconstructive algorithms have not included the use of decellularized(More)
Background : Acetaminophen is a widely used analgesic and antipyretic agent in the pediatric population. While the hepatotoxic effects of the drug have been well recognized in cases of acute overdose and chronic supratherapeutic doses, the toxic effects of acetaminophen are rarely documented in cases where therapeutic guidelines are followed. Case : An(More)
PURPOSE The medial femoral condyle (MFC) vascularized corticoperiosteal flap has been well described for the treatment of nonunion with minimal bone loss. Recent applications of this donor site as a corticocancellous flap for large intercalary defects bring into question the vascular territory of bone supplied by the descending genicular artery (DGA). This(More)
Venous thromboembolism is a complication that results in a wide range of patient morbidity and potential mortality. Awareness of this risk has led to recent advances in both the perioperative planning of chemoprophylaxis and the stratification of risk factors. Together, these modifications have helped reduce the incidence and severity of venous(More)