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BACKGROUND A laparotomy is still considered mandatory for patients without previous abdominal surgery presenting with a small bowel obstruction (SBO) because of a perceived high incidence of underlying lesions. However, there is no evidence in literature to support this assumption. We analyzed the etiology of SBO in this subgroup of patients to establish(More)
A ten year review of penetrating thoracic and abdominal trauma examined pattern of injury, patient management and outcome. Ninety-six patients were included in the study, 55 with injury to the abdomen, 31 the thorax and 10 with injury to both areas. Fifty-eight cases were managed non-operatively; 5 combined abdominal and thoracic injuries, 26 thoracic and(More)
BACKGROUND Three commonly used sutures were tested in a pig model of bile duct anastomosis to assess their relative contributions to inflammation and scarring. METHODS Thirty pigs were randomised to bile duct division and anastomosis with either polyglyconate (Maxon), polyglactin 910 (Vicryl) or polypropylene (Prolene). Half the animals were sacrificed at(More)