Pradeep V Patil

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BACKGROUND Many studies have evaluated serum levels of procalcitonin (PCT) as a predictor in the development of severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) and infected pancreatic necrosis (IPN). This study assesses the value of PCT as a marker of development of SAP and IPN. METHODS Medline, Web of Science, the Cochrane clinical trials register, and international(More)
Purpose. Tailgut cysts with malignant transformation are rare entities. We discuss the diagnostic strategy and treatment of a malignancy within a tailgut cyst. Methods. In this study we report on the case of a 61-year-old man with a malignant neuroendocrine tumour arising within a tailgut cyst and an overview of the literature emphasising the(More)
CONTEXT The close proximity of splenic hilum to the tail of pancreas makes it vulnerable to complications in both acute and chronic pancreatitis. In this article, we examine the clinical course of these potentially fatal complications. CASE REPORTS Citing three clinical cases, we present the spectrum of splenic complications in pancreatitis and explore(More)
BACKGROUND Acute pancreatitis has a variable natural history and in a proportion of patients is associated with severe complications and a significant risk of death. The various tools available for risk assessment in acute pancreatitis are reviewed. METHODS Relevant medical literature from PubMed, Ovid, Embase, Web of Science and The Cochrane Library(More)
The appearance of a benign fistula between the airway and the gastrointestinal tract is a rare complication of esophagectomy. We report a patient with neo-esophago-bronchial fistula that developed 13 months after two-stage esophagectomy. Repeat thoracotomy was not deemed appropriate given the patient's chronic sepsis and malnutrition. After unsuccessful(More)
Intragastric balloon insertion can achieve reasonable weight loss before antiobesity surgery. Removal needs to be followed by surgery to prevent subsequent weight gain. This study aims to establish the feasibility and safety of retrieval of the intragastric balloon and sleeve gastrectomy in the same sitting. Patients who had a laparoscopic sleeve(More)
The cytologic examination of smears prepared from the sediment of biopsy specimen fixatives ("sediment cytology") was used to study 70 bone lesions biopsied with a suspicion of malignancy. The smears were adequately cellular in most cases and showed good morphologic preservation; some contained fragments of tissue. Cytology was able to identify the smears(More)