Michelle S Woods

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OBJECTIVE Constipation is a common heterogeneous condition, possibly encompassing different clinical subtypes. Little is known about the comparative epidemiology of constipation subtypes. This study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of constipation subtypes and determine whether subtypes differ by sociodemographic factors. METHODS Between June and(More)
BACKGROUND Cystic duct leak (CDL) appears to complicate laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) more often than open cholecystectomy (OC). No mention of CDL was found in a literature review that covered 48,822 OCs and their complications. PATIENTS AND METHODS Fifty-four patients who developed biliary tract injuries following LC were reviewed for: the time from(More)
BACKGROUND With the introduction of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, an increase in the incidence of bile duct injury two to three times that seen in open cholecystectomy was witnessed. Although some of these injuries were blamed on the "learning curve," many occurred long after the surgeon had passed his initial experience. We are still seeing these injuries(More)
Controversy over whether intraoperative cholangiography (IOC) should be done routinely has intensified since the advent of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). As yet, no study has demonstrated a clear benefit to its use, although their have been suggestions in the literature that routine use may confer an advantage to detection of injuries. One-hundred(More)
We collected the records of 81 patients with biliary tract injuries occurring during laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) who were referred to 3 referral centers during a 33-month (May 1990 to March 1993) period. All records were reviewed to provide data concerning the anatomy of the lesion induced, method of injury, timing of injury detection, role of(More)
Injury to major retroperitoneal vessels is a potential serious complication of laparoscopy occurring when the Veress needle or trocar is inserted. This report is a review of major retropertioneal vascular injuries (MRVI) occurring during laparoscopy, as these injuries have not been well documented in the literature. A retrospective, observational review of(More)
The effect of decreased colloid oncotic pressure, as seen in hypoalbuminemia and hypoproteinemia, upon intestinal function has been well delineated in the surgical literature. Patients undergoing abdominal aortic aneurysm resection or aortoiliac or aortofemoral bypass grafts are almost uniformly hypoalbuminemic postoperatively; with these two facts in mind,(More)
Autographa californica nuclear polyhedrosis virus-specific RNA synthesis in isolated nuclei of Spodoptera frugiperda cells in culture was monitored at different times postinfection. Up to 8 h postinfection viral RNA synthesis remained sensitive to 5 mug of alpha-amanitin per ml. During the course of infection this sensitivity decreased, and at 24 h(More)
A ruptured pseudoaneurysm is the most rapidly fatal complication encountered in patients with chronic pancreatitis, with a reported mortality rate of 12.5% in treated patients to > 90% in those untreated. Although reportedly a rare complication of chronic pancreatitis, a pseudoaneurysm is encountered in 6-9.5% of patients with chronic pancreatitis and as(More)