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BACKGROUND Allogeneic blood transfusion is associated with an increased frequency of postoperative infection. We studied whether such events can be avoided by the intraoperative and postoperative use of leucocyte-depleted blood. METHODS 589 consecutive patients scheduled for elective colorectal surgery were randomised to receive buffy-coat poor (n = 299)(More)
This study was designed to investigate short-term and long-term consequences from perforation to the peritoneal cavity during transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) for rectal cancer, with special emphasis on local recurrence and complications. Data from TEM procedures with peritoneal perforations were collected from six prospective databases. Patient,(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopy in patients with a clinical suspicion of acute appendicitis has not gained wide acceptance, and its use remains controversial. METHODS In a randomized controlled trial of laparoscopic versus open appendicectomy, 583 of 828 consecutive patients consented to participate. Three hundred and one patients were allocated to open(More)
Background: Laparoscopic ultrasonography (LUS) is an imaging modality that combines laparoscopy and ultrasonography. The purpose of this prospective blinded study was to evaluate the TNM stage and assessment of resectability by LUS in patients with pancreatic cancer. Methods: Of the 71 consecutive patients admitted to our department, 36 were excluded from(More)
OBJECTIVE The long-term results are presented on total survival, cancer-specific survival and recurrence in 143 consecutive patients treated with transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) for adenocarcinoma of the rectum. METHOD Four Danish centres established in 1995 a database for registration of all TEM procedures. Data were supplemented from pathology(More)
The study included 88 patients with sterile urine prior to transurethral prostatectomy. Forty-five received a preoperative dose of 2 g of cefortaxime (Claforan®) and the remaining 43 were given 10 ml of 0.9% NaCl. The two groups did not differ in frequency of postoperative urinary infection (>105 colonies per ml urine); 6 patients (13.3%) in the cefotaxime(More)
Adenocarcinomas in relation to the ileal J-pouch after restorative proctocolectomy for ulcerative colitis have been recently reported with increasing frequency. All previously reported cases have occurred in patients with their ileal pouch in situ. We report a case of adenocarcinoma in the anal canal 11 years after removal of a failed ileal J-pouch.(More)
OBJECTIVE To present a demographic study of thyroid diseases and thyroid surgical activity, to analyse the results of one department that has specialised in thyroid surgery during an 11-year period, and to try to define those groups of patients at increased risk of complications and untoward sequelae. DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING Danish regional(More)
Background: The use of a mesh in transabdominal preperitoneal laparoscopic hernia repair (TAPP) caries the risk of late rejection or infectious complications related to the mesh. The aim of this study was to describe the extent of these complications. Methods: We performed a retrospective study of 500 consecutive patients with TAPP for inguinal hernia.(More)
OBJECTIVE To study whether perioperative treatment with darbepoetin alfa (DA) improves physical performance following colorectal cancer surgery. METHODS Patients admitted for planned colorectal cancer surgery were randomized to receive either weekly placebo or DA 300 or 150 microg depending on the hemoglobin (Hb) concentration. Patients were assessed 10(More)