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BACKGROUND The ideal closure technique of the pancreas after distal pancreatectomy is unknown. We postulated that standardised closure with a stapler device would prevent pancreatic fistula more effectively than would a hand-sewn closure of the remnant. METHODS This multicentre, randomised, controlled, parallel group-sequential superiority trial was done(More)
Despite convincing advantages offered by meshes, their use in hernia surgery remains controversial because of fears concerning the long-term effects of their implantation. To improve biocompatibility, a large variety of newly developed light meshes has been introduced to the market. This overview of the literature aimed to establish whether absolute(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to observe how levels of total cortisol, calculated free cortisol, corticosteroid-binding globulin, and adrenocorticotropic hormone change during the early course of human acute pancreatitis and to describe how these changes affect the development of pancreatic necrosis. DESIGN AND PATIENTS In a total of 109 consecutive patients(More)
OBJECTIVE beta-Cell regeneration has been proposed as a possible treatment for diabetes, but the capacity for new beta-cell formation in humans is yet unclear. In young rats, partial pancreatectomy prompts new beta-cell formation to restore beta-cell mass. We addressed the following questions: In adult humans: 1) Does partial pancreatectomy provoke new(More)
According to the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), R1 is defined as the microscopic presence of tumor cells at the surface of the resection margin (RM). In contrast, the Royal College of Pathologists (RCP) suggested to declare R1 already when tumor cells are found within 1 mm of the RM. The aim of this study was to determine the significance of the(More)
BACKGROUND Various modifications of mesh placement are currently used in total extraperitoneal (TEP) groin hernia repair. The aim of this study was to compare three different variants of mesh placement with respect to rate of complications and clinical outcome. METHODS A series of 397 consecutive patients with a total of 534 preperitoneal groin hernia TEP(More)
OBJECTIVES This study investigates the hypothesis that an adrenocorticotropic hormone-analog therapy may ameliorate relative adrenal insufficiency in the early phase of acute necrotizing pancreatitis (NP) by boosting endogenous glucocorticoid production. METHODS Forty Wistar rats with taurocholate-induced NP were divided into 5 groups: the first group(More)
Pancreatic redo procedures belong to the most difficult abdominal operations because of altered anatomy, significant adhesions, and the potential of recurrent disease. We report on our experience with 15 redo procedures among a series of 350 consecutive pancreatic operations. From January 1, 2004 to May 31, 2006 a total of 350 patients underwent pancreatic(More)
BACKGROUND Hard pancreas is welcome by surgeons performing resective pancreatic surgery, because it is believed to offer better suture holding capacity (SHC), thus decreasing the risk for a postoperative leak. However, neither the actual SHC of pancreatic tissue in humans nor its determinants have been studied. METHODS We directly measured SHC for(More)
INTRODUCTION After pancreatectomy, an isolated bile leak from the hepaticojejunostomy is a severe surgical complication that is underrepresented both, in the literature and in the awareness of pancreatic surgeons. The goal of this study was to analyze the incidence and outcome of isolated bile leaks after pancreatectomy. MATERIAL AND METHODS A(More)