Raymond Kennedy

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AIM The National Training Programme in laparoscopic colorectal surgery was set up in 2008 to introduce laparoscopic colorectal surgery nationwide in a safe and structured way. METHOD Over 150 consultant surgeons were enrolled; they received regular and supervised hands on training, and the operative outcome and the structured sign-off process were(More)
The optimal treatment of chronic pilonidal sinus is a matter of debate. Although excision and suture offers faster healing, it is associated with an increased incidence of wound infection. This study compared excision and primary closure of pilonidal sinus using incorporated gentamicin impregnated collagen with conventional laying open. Consecutive patients(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the nature of injuries from all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to those from bicycling, dirtbikes/motocross, and motor vehicle crashes. DESIGN Data on injuries from the mechanisms outlined above were obtained through CHIRPP (the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program) and hospital records. SETTING A Canadian tertiary(More)
INTRODUCTION Percutaneous stenting is established in the palliation of malignant biliary obstruction. We examined the indications, success rate, complications, and long-term postoperative course of patients undergoing this procedure. METHODS All patients undergoing percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC) and metal stenting over a 12-month period(More)
The method of Heard et al. (1984) was used to screen 102 393 Guthrie card dried blood spots (3 mm) in a study to determine the prevalence of biotinidase (EC deficiency in the Scottish neonatal population during the period December 1985 to July 1987. Dried blood spots were obtained from known cases of biotinidase deficiency in New Zealand and(More)
Primary hyperparathyroidism is a disease characterized by elevated serum calcium and inappropriately raised parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels. Its prevalence is 3/1000 in the general population. Common symptoms include fatigue, thirst, epigastric pain, renal colic and depression. 90% of cases are caused by single parathyroid adenomas and the treatment(More)
BACKGROUND The modified Glasgow Prognostic Score (mGPS), which combines indices of decreased plasma albumin and elevated CRP, has reported independent prognostic significance in colorectal cancer, but its value in upper gastrointestinal cancer is unclear. The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic significance of mGPS in patients with operable(More)
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