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PURPOSE This study was designed to review experience at our hospital with retained colorectal foreign bodies. METHODS We reviewed the consultation records at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California General Hospital from October 1993 through October 2002. Ninety-three cases of transanally introduced, retained foreign bodies were identified(More)
OBJECTIVES Celiac axis injuries are rare. The purposes of this study were to (1) review institutional experience, (2) determine additive effect on death of associated vessel injuries, and (3) correlate mortality rates with the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma-Organ Injury Scale (AAST-OIS) for abdominal vascular injury. METHODS This was a(More)
BACKGROUND Pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple's procedure) is a formidable procedure when undertaken for severe pancreaticoduodenal injury. The purposes of this study were to review our experience with this procedure for trauma; to classify injury grades for both pancreatic and duodenal injuries in patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy according to the(More)
Emergency department thoracotomy (EDT) may serve as a life-saving tool when performed for the right indications, in selected patients, and in the hands of a trained surgeon. Critically injured patients 'in extremis' arrive at an increasing rate in the trauma bay, as an effect of improved pre-hospital trauma systems and rapid transport. Any patient in near,(More)
To determine whether the left space that is neglected after right hemisphere lesions is body centered or environment centered, we asked patients with right hemisphere stroke and normal controls to report the contents of spatial arrays of objects or words, either while seated or while reclining on their side. The reclining posture eliminated the alignment of(More)
PURPOSE Ureteral injuries are uncommon and challenging. In this study we report our institutional experience with ureteral injuries. We evaluated the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma-Organ Injury Scale (AAST-OIS) for ureteral injuries as a predictor of outcomes for complexity of repair, morbidity, mortality and associated injuries. MATERIALS(More)
PURPOSE This study was designed to determine the impact of excess body mass on the prevalence of pelvic floor disorders in morbidly obese females. METHODS A total of 358 morbidly obese females (body mass index (BMI) >or= 35 kg/m(2)) completed two validated, condition-specific, quality of life questionnaires of pelvic floor dysfunction, which assessed(More)
Duodenal injuries constitute a challenge to the Trauma Surgeon, mainly due to their retroperitoneal location. When identified, they present associated with other abdominal injuries. Consequently, they have an increased morbidity and mortality. At best estimates, duodenal lesions occur in 4.3% of all patients with abdominal injuries, ranging from 3.7% to 5%,(More)
This article deals with injuries to the celiac trunk, superior and inferior mesenteric arterial injuires. Surgical approaches and physiological implications of interruption of the mesenteric arterial circulation are addressed in detail. Surgical techniques for the management of these injuries and the need for second look operations are also examined.
BACKGROUND American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) Organ Injury Scale (OIS) grades IV and V complex hepatic injuries are highly lethal. Our objectives were to review experience and identify predictors of outcome and to evaluate the role of angioembolization in decreasing mortality. METHODS This was a retrospective 8-year study of all(More)