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Laparoscopic-assisted resection for colorectal lesions is feasible, but most reported series are heterogeneous and noncomparative. The aim of this study was to investigate whether laparoscopic-assisted resection was better than open abdominoperineal resection for low rectal adenocarcinoma. Twenty-five (study group) of 59 consecutive patients who were(More)
BACKGROUND The survival benefit of surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is controversial. AIM We aimed to examine the survival benefit of HCC surveillance in chronic viral hepatitis. METHODS Survivals of HCC patients related to chronic viral hepatitis from the Hepatology Clinic (surveillance group) were compared with those referred from other(More)
BACKGROUND Single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (SILC) is an emerging technique used in cholecystectomy. Nevertheless, studies on the difference in postoperative pain between SILC and conventional laparoscopic cholecystectomy are lacking in the literature. PATIENT AND METHODS From August 2009 to July 2010, 20 consecutive patients who underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Liver fibrosis and cirrhosis are well-known risk factors for morbidity after hepatectomy. Liver stiffness measurement (LSM) using transient elastography is a new method for detection of hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis with high accuracy. Whether LSM can predict posthepatectomy outcomes has not been studied. METHODS This was a prospective cohort(More)
Background: Laparoscopically assisted resection of colorectal carcinoma is technically feasible and minimally invasive. Postoperative immunosuppression also may be reduced. This study compared the lymphocyte subsets and natural killer (NK) cell cytotoxicity in patients after laparoscopically assisted resection with those after open resection of rectosigmoid(More)
FHL2 displays tumor promoting or tumor suppressing activities depending on the types of tumor cells. In this study, we demonstrated that FHL2 overexpression inhibits the proliferation of human HCC cells Hep3B through cell cycle regulation by decreasing cyclin D1 expression while increasing the expressions of p21 and p27. FHL2 overexpression also inhibits(More)
Foreign body penetration of the stomach is seldom encountered in general surgical practice. Liver abscess as a consequence of such occurrence has only been reported sporadically. We report three cases of liver abscesses due to direct penetration injury of the stomach by ingested foreign bodies. All three patients presented with clinical features of liver(More)
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) has been shown to have an inhibitory effect on the growth of several pancreatic cancer cell lines in vitro. This study investigates the mechanism of growth inhibition and cytotoxicity of EPA on the pancreatic cancer cell line MIA PaCa-2. Cells were analysed for cell count, viability, cell cycle distribution and ultrastructural(More)
BACKGROUNDS AND PURPOSE To determine the predictors for recurrence in patients receiving curative hepatectomy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS From January 2001 to July 2007, all patients having hepatectomy for first occurrence HCC with curative intent were identified from a prospectively collected database. Prognostic factors for recurrence(More)