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BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Fistula is the main complication of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), for which healing is difficult to achieve. The aims of the study were to evaluate the efficacy of interventional endoscopy for post-LSG fistula treatment, to evaluate various endoscopic techniques used and identify their complications, and to identify(More)
Hepatic encephalopathy is a complex and potentially reversible neuropsychiatric syndrome complicating acute or chronic liver disease. Clinical manifestations are multiple and varied, ranging from minimal neurological changes to coma. Ammonia is the main toxic substance involved in the pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy, although other mechanisms, such(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify and assess the complications of laparoscopic inguinal hernia treatment with totally extraperitoneal mesh placement (TEP). METHODS We included patients who had undergone the TEP procedure in a consecutive series of 4565 laparoscopic hernia repairs between January 2001 and January 2011. Inclusion criteria were diagnosis with(More)
Activation and proliferation of human liver progenitor cells has been observed during acute and chronic liver diseases. Our goal was to investigate the presence of these putative progenitors in the liver of patients who underwent lobectomy for various reasons but did not show any hepatic insufficiency. Hepatic lesions were evaluated by histological(More)
AIM To perform an updated meta-analysis comparing β-blockers (BB) with endoscopic variceal banding ligation (EVBL) in the primary prophylaxis of esophageal variceal bleeding. MATERIAL AND METHODS Randomized controlled trials were identified through electronic databases, article reference lists and conference proceedings. Analysis was performed using both(More)
Laparoscopy is a common procedure in bariatric surgery. Serious complications can occur during laparoscopic entry as reported by Ahmad et al. (Cochrane Database Syst Rev 15:2, 2012). Several techniques, instruments, and approaches to minimize the risk of injury (the bowel, bladder, major abdominal vessels, and an anterior abdominal wall vessel) have been(More)
Intravenous albumin infusion prevents complications after large-volume paracentesis (LVP), particularly paracentesis-induced circulatory dysfunction (PCD), and improves patient survival. However, albumin is expensive. We compared a low-molecular weight dextran (Dextran-40) with albumin in treating LVP in cirrhotic patients with tense ascites. Sixty-nine(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The aim of this study was to distinguish the types of alcohol consumption after liver transplantation (LT) for alcoholic cirrhosis and to assess the consequences of heavy drinking. METHODS Patients transplanted for alcoholic cirrhosis were studied. Alcoholic relapse diagnosis was based upon patient's and family members' reports, liver(More)
BACKGROUND Among endoscopic hernioplasties, totally extraperitoneal (TEP) and transabdominal preperitoneal (TAPP) approach are widely accepted alternatives to open surgery, both providing less postoperative pain, hospital length of stay and early return to work. Classical TEP technique requires three skin incisions for placement of three trocars in the(More)