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Background: Most reports concerning the outcome of patients with biliary tract injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy come from tertiary referral centers, and results could be very different in the everyday practice of community surgeons. Objective: The objective is to define the presentation, mechanisms, results of treatment, and long-term outcome of(More)
A first approach to laparoscopic placement of the adjustable silicone gastric band (ASGB) was begun in our institution in 1992. This work started on an animal model first. In the animal lab, details of laparoscopic dissection around the stomach have been defined. A new prototype of the adjustable silicone band for laparoscopic use has been devised. Four(More)
Results of laparoscopic fenestration in patients with a highly symptomatic solitary liver cyst (17 patients) or polycystic liver disease (PLD) (9 patients) were prospectively evaluated in a multicenter practice of general surgeons. Conversion to laparotomy was required in two patients because of inaccessible deep liver cyst in one and a diffuse form of PLD(More)
Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the feasibility, safety, and outcome of laparoscopic liver resection for benign liver tumors in a multicenter setting. Background: Despite restrictive, tailored indications for resection in benign liver tumors, an increasing number of articles have been published concerning laparoscopic liver resection of(More)
Background: A series of 100 consecutive patients with perforated peptic ulcer were prospectively evaluated in a multicenter study. The feasibility of the laparoscopic repair was evaluated. Methods: All patients had peritonitis, 20% were in septic shock, and 57% had delayed perforation. Conversion to laparotomy was necessary in eight patients. The morbidity(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether the survival gains achieved in critically ill cancer patients in recent years exist in the subset with neutropenia and severe sepsis or septic shock. DESIGN Retrospective 11-yr study (1998-2008). SETTING Medical intensive care unit in a teaching hospital. PATIENTS Four hundred twenty-eight intensive care unit patients(More)
Ischemia is the most common cause of acute renal failure. Ischemic-induced renal tissue hypoxia is thought to be a major component in the development of acute renal failure in promoting the initial tubular damage. Renal oxygenation originates from a balance between oxygen supply and consumption. Recent investigations have provided new insights into(More)
Dear Editor, Urine neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (uNGAL) assays [1, 2] are now commercially available. Because of the potential consequences of acute kidney injury (AKI) biomarker-based decision-making processes, there is a need to assess the accuracy of uNGAL assays. We consequently compare uNGAL levels using 3 available commercial tests in(More)
Oliguria is a common symptom in critically ill patients and puts patients in a high risk category for further worsening renal function (WRF). We performed this study to explore the predictive value of biomarkers to predict WRF in oliguric intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Single-center prospective observational study. ICU patients were included when they(More)