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BACKGROUND Major duct injury is the principal determinant of outcome for patients with pancreatic trauma, and there are a number of therapeutic choices available specific to the location of the insult. We report a series of blunt major pancreatic injury cases, with a review of the different procedures used and a discussion of the results. METHODS A total(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal treatment of acute cholecystitis is urgent laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Most reports suggest that a delay of 72 or 96 h from onset of symptoms leads to a higher conversion rate. This study assessed the conversion rate in relation to the timing of urgent laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis. METHODS During a 12 month(More)
BACKGROUND Bladder injuries constitute one of the most common urological injuries involving the lower urinary tract. The methods of diagnosis and management of bladder trauma have been well established and accepted. However, bladder injuries are usually associated with other major injuries, and it is our concern here how bladder injuries have been managed(More)
BACKGROUND Nonoperative management (NOM) of blunt splenic injuries is widely accepted, and the use of splenic artery embolization (SAE) has become a valuable adjunct to NOM. We retrospectively review and discuss the complications derived from SAE. MATERIALS AND METHODS The medical records of 152 consecutive patients with blunt splenic trauma admitted to(More)
BACKGROUND Nonoperative management (NOM) of blunt splenic injuries has been widely accepted, and the application of splenic artery embolization (SAE) has become an effective adjunct to NOM. However, complications do occur after SAE. In this study, we assess the factors leading to the major complications associated with SAE. MATERIALS AND METHODS Focusing(More)
There is controversy about the appropriate timing for renal replacement therapy in patients with acute kidney injury (AKI). We are interested in the appropriate timing for initiation of continuous renal replacement therapy in critically ill surgical patients with postoperative acute kidney injury. Seventy-three critically ill surgical patients with(More)
BACKGROUND The use of pelvic x-rays (PXRs) as an early diagnostic adjunct in the evaluation of blunt trauma patients has become widely accepted, and computed tomographic (CT) scanning is now used universally in the assessment of abdominal and pelvic injuries. In this study, we have attempted to identify patients with pelvic fractures who might be at risk(More)
BACKGROUND Laboratory measurements such as leucocyte count, neutrophil percentage and C-reactive protein (CRP) concentration are commonly used as diagnostic aids in patients with suspected acute appendicitis. The present study aimed to clarify the role of these laboratory tests in diagnosing acute appendicitis. METHODS The medical records of 897 patients(More)
This study presents a novel wireless, ambulatory, real-time, and autoalarm intelligent telecardiology system to improve healthcare for cardiovascular disease, which is one of the most prevalent and costly health problems in the world. This system consists of a lightweight and power-saving wireless ECG device equipped with a built-in automatic warning expert(More)
BACKGROUND With recent advances in radiologic diagnostic procedures, the use of diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL) has markedly declined. In this study, we reviewed data to reevaluate the role of DPL in the diagnosis of hollow organ perforation in patients with blunt abdominal trauma. METHODS Adult patients who had sustained blunt abdominal trauma and who(More)