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Despite the expanding role of laparoscopic surgery in many gynaecological fields, some discrepancies still exist regarding the efficacy of laparoscopic myomectomy in treating patients with large symptomatic leiomyoma. In this report, a better operative procedure and the results of treatment are evaluated. Patients (n = 14) presenting with infertility,(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the incidence of postpartum urinary retention (PUR) after cesarean delivery and determine which obstetric factors contribute to this problem. METHOD A prospective study recruited 605 pregnant women who had a cesarean delivery. Each patient's postvoid residual bladder volume (PVRBV) was estimated with an ultrasound scan after first(More)
In 12 patients who had known or suspected intraabdominal adhesions, we evaluated the benefit of using Palmer's point for inserting the Veress needle and primary cannula during laparoscopic adhesiolysis to prevent direct intestinal injury. After inserting the laparoscope through this point, four women were found to have extreme intestinal adhesions around(More)
Pregnancies complicated with placenta previa and a history of cesarean section are well known to be at increased risk for placenta accreta. Bladder injury is occasionally encountered in these patients during operation. From January 1992 to December 1995, 25 obstetrical hysterectomy were performed at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou Medical Center. Of(More)
OBJECTIVES Non-invasive prenatal testing for fetal trisomy 21 (T21) by massively parallel shotgun sequencing (MPSS) is available for clinical use but its efficacy is limited by several factors, e.g. the proportion of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal plasma and sequencing depth. Existing algorithms discard DNA reads from the chromosomes for which testing is(More)
Isolated bilateral pleural effusion with mediastinal compression leading to hydropic change of the fetus is unusual, and carries a high risk of perinatal death. This condition can be reversed in utero by performing ultrasound-guided shunting surgery. We describe a hydropic fetus at 30 weeks' gestation with rapid recurrence of pleural effusion after(More)
Prenatal Down syndrome screening with maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) has become common. High levels of maternal serum hCG and low levels of AFP have been associated with an increased risk of fetal Down syndrome. In this paper, we report five pregnancies in patients undergoing long-term haemodialysis, all of(More)
Apogossypolone (ApoG2), a novel derivative of gossypol, exhibits superior antitumor activity in Bcl-2 transgenic mice, and induces autophagy in several cancer cells. However, the detailed mechanisms are not well known. In the present study, we showed that ApoG2 induced autophagy through Beclin-1- and reactive oxygen species (ROS)-dependent manners in human(More)