R G Long

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Percutaneous transhepatic portal-vein catheterisation was attempted to obliterate the major variceal venous supply in 13 decompensated cirrhotic patients, who continued to bleed after conservative therapy. Obliteration was achieved and bleeding stopped in 7 patients. In 5 patients obliteration was technically unsuccessful. The remaining patient had an(More)
A new long-acting octapeptide analogue of somatostatin, Des AA1,2,4,5,12,13 D Try8 somatostatin, has been tested in 8 patients with pancreatic endocrine tumours. The analogue given subcutaneously suppressed the tumour-derived hormones in patients with insulinomas, glucagonomas, and gastrinomas for up to 24 h. The prolonged action appeared to be the result(More)
The ability to 25-hydroxylate vitamin D was investigated in thirty-nine patients with symptomatic primary biliary cirrhosis (P.B.C.). In seven previously untreated patients serum-25-hydroxy-vitamin-D (25-OHD) concentration increased after regular monthly injections of vitamin D. After a single injection of vitamin D in eight P.B.C. patients serum-25-OHD did(More)
The neural and hormonal peptide content of rectal biopsy specimens from 10 patients with chronic autonomic failure, 10 patients with chronic gastrointestinal Chagas' disease, and 13 controls was studied with radioimmunoassay and immunocytochemistry. In the patients with Chagas' disease the mean concentrations of rectal vasoactive intestinal polypeptide,(More)
Serum-25-hydroxy-vitamin-D (25 OHD) concentration has been measured in 106 patients with untreated parenchymal and cholestatic liver disease. Low mean values were found in groups of patients with alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis, non-cirrhotic active chronic hepatitis, lupoid and cryptogenic cirrhosis, symptomatic primary biliary cirrhosis, and acute and(More)
This study demonstrates that the inhibition of adenylate cyclase activity by Ca2+ is enhanced in the presence of increasing [EGTA] (0, 0.3, 1, 2.5 mM) by 2 orders of magnitude. It has been established that this effect is not because of poor Ca2+ buffering by low [EGTA] or high Ca2+ binding by the membrane preparation. It is present irrespective of stimulus.(More)
Neurotensin is a peptide recently discovered in the human ileum and it is released into plasma after ingestion of food. Neurotensin was infused intravenously into 12 healthy volunteers at a mean dose of 2.4 pmol/kg/min, the mean rise in plasma levels being 89 +/- 8 pmol/l. An inhibition of both gastric acid and pepsin output, and also a delay in gastric(More)
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