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initiated a policy requiring investigators to deposit information about trial design into an accepted clinical trials registry before the onset of patient enrollment (1). This policy aimed to ensure that information about the existence and design of clinically directive trials was publicly available, an ideal that leaders in evidence based medicine have(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Patients with carcinoma of the gallbladder (GBC) and obstructive jaundice are usually not amenable to curative resection. Effective palliation by biliary decompression is the goal of treatment. Endoscopic stenting (ES) and percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD) can provide biliary decompression. We compared unilateral PTBD and(More)
BACKGROUND This prospective study evaluated the clinical and radiologic results of transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) for the treatment of symptomatic cavernous hemangiomas of the liver. The technique, its complications, and effectiveness also were analyzed. METHODS Eight patients (five male, three female; mean age +/- SD = 47.75 +/- 8.59 years)(More)
BACKGROUND Isolated hepatobiliary or pancreatic tuberculosis (TB) is rare and preoperative diagnosis is difficult. We reviewed our experience over a period two decades with this rare site of abdominal tuberculosis. METHODS The records of 18 patients with proven histological diagnosis of hepatobiliary and pancreatic tuberculosis were reviewed(More)
OBJECTIVE The results of proximal splenorenal shunts done in children with extrahepatic portal venous obstruction were evaluated. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Extrahepatic portal venous obstruction, a common cause of portal hypertension in children in India, is being treated increasingly by endoscopic sclerotherapy instead of by proximal splenorenal shunt. It(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the short- and long-term outcomes following surgical treatment for corrosive stricture of the esophagus. BACKGROUND Surgery is a well-established treatment for corrosive strictures of the esophagus and involves either resection or bypass of the damaged esophagus and replacement by a conduit. The need for resection and the choice of(More)
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) believes that there is an ethical obligation to responsibly share data generated by interventional clinical trials because participants have put themselves at risk. In a growing consensus, many funders around the world—foundations, government agencies, and industry—now mandate data sharing. Here(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate the predictive value of Ga-DOTANOC PET/CT in patients with suspected neuroendocrine tumor (NET). METHODS Data of 164 patients (mean age, 42.5 ± 17.3 years; 54.8% male) who underwent Ga-DOTANOC PET/CT for suspected NET were retrospectively analyzed. Neuroendocrine tumor was suspected based on clinical(More)
Our objective was to assess the ability of dual-phase helical CT (DHCT) to predict resectability of carcinoma of gallbladder (CaGB). Thirty-two consecutive patients suspected of having CaGB on clinical examination and sonography presented to our centre over 10-month period. All these 32 patients underwent DHCT. Fifteen patients were considered inoperable(More)