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BACKGROUND Emergency hernia repairs comprise one of the most common procedures performed in elderly patients and also carry a high risk of mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was to examine the factors that might have an influence on the outcome of emergency hernia repairs in elderly patients. METHODS A review was made of 189 (120 male and 69(More)
OBJECTIVES High International Normalized Ratio (INR) level resulting from warfarin use increases the risk of gastrointestinal hemorrhages. We aimed to compare the efficacy of prothrombin complex concentrates (PCC) and fresh frozen plasma (FFP) at lowering the INR level, decreasing active hemorrhages visible by endoscopy, and shortening the length of stay at(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is gold standard treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease. We examined the results of laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication with or without double-sided polypropylene mesh. PATIENTS AND METHODS Sixty patients were prospectively evaluated. Primer cruroraphy and primer cruroraphy with mesh were performed in 31(More)
BACKGROUND The necessity of admitting patients exposed to electrocution injuries for monitoring and observation in the emergency department (ED) remains controversial. METHODS We evaluated the medical records of 102 patients (86 male, 16 female; median age 29.5; range 18 to 68 years) admitted to the adult ED with electrocution injuries over the past 20(More)
Mesenteric ischemia is a life-threatening vascular emergency with high mortality rates. Mean platelet volume (MPV) has been shown to be closely related to platelet activation. We investigated whether MPV was associated with outcome of acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI). Sixty-one patients who were operated for AMI were retrospectively evaluated. Patients were(More)
BACKGROUND Factor V (FV) [G1691A], methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) [C677T] and prothrombin (PT) [G20210A] mutations are all well-recognized genetic risk factors for venous thrombosis. Although their prevalence in coronary artery disease has been established through debate, their role in patients with arterial thrombosis remains to be clarified.(More)
Previous studies have provided conflicting results of cisapride on gallbladder emptying in response to a meal. We studied six volunteers and six patients after a truncal vagotomy in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, prospectively randomized study using 10 mg cisapride four times a day for three days. Gallbladder volume was quantitated using(More)
Spontaneous perforation of gastric cancer is a serious complication with a very high incidence of mortality. In order to evaluate the prognostic factors influencing mortality in patients with gastric tumour perforations and to clarify the optimal surgical treatment, the records of patients at one centre during a 5-year period were evaluated retrospectively.(More)
Unequivocal international guidelines regarding the diagnosis and management of patients with acute appendicitis are lacking. The aim of the consensus meeting 2015 of the EAES was to generate a European guideline based on best available evidence and expert opinions of a panel of EAES members. After a systematic review of the literature by an international(More)
Calculation of ejection fraction by cholescintigraphy is a well-established technique to quantify motor function of the gallbladder. All previous cholescintigraphic studies of gallbladder emptying have exclusively used the anterior projection for gallbladder visualization. This may lead to inaccuracies because attenuation of gamma rays may vary depending on(More)