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Optic nerve degeneration caused by glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Patients affected by the normal-pressure form of glaucoma are more likely to harbor risk alleles for glaucoma-related optic nerve disease. We have performed a meta-analysis of two independent genome-wide association studies for primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) followed(More)
Glaucoma is a family of optic neuropathies which cause irreversible but potentially preventable vision loss. Vision loss in most forms of glaucoma is related to elevated IOP with subsequent injury to the optic nerve. Secretion of aqueous humor and regulation of its outflow are physiologically important processes for maintaining IOP in the normal range.(More)
PURPOSE The relationship between body mass index and urothelial carcinoma is poorly understood. We investigated the association between body mass index and oncological outcomes in patients with upper tract urothelial carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the records of 520 patients treated with radical nephroureterectomy for upper(More)
CONTEXT Abdominal sacrocolpopexy (ASC) represents the superior treatment for apical pelvic organ prolapse (POP) but is associated with increased length of stay, analgesic requirement, and cost compared with transvaginal procedures. Laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy (LSC) and robot-assisted sacrocolpopexy (RSC) may offer shorter postoperative recovery while(More)
INTRODUCTION Recently, a medical advisory was issued regarding the Riata and Riata ST silicone endocardial defibrillator leads (St. Jude Medical, Sylmar, CA, USA) addressing the issue of conductor cables extruding in an "inside-out" fashion from the main body of the lead. However, little data exist to guide our management of patients with these leads. (More)
Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. To identify new susceptibility loci, we performed meta-analysis on genome-wide association study (GWAS) results from eight independent studies from the United States (3,853 cases and 33,480 controls) and investigated the most significantly associated SNPs in two Australian studies(More)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic valve implantation may become a potential treatment for high-risk patients with aortic stenosis (AS). We analyzed our contemporary series of isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) for AS to determine implications for patients referred for AVR. METHODS From April 2004 through December 2008, 190 patients (mean age, 68 years;(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW This review briefly discusses the ATP-binding cassette transporter G (ABCG) family members and emphasizes recent studies that identify ABCG1 as a key regulator of cellular lipid homeostasis. RECENT FINDINGS The in-vivo importance of ABCG1 has recently been demonstrated with both loss-of-function and gain-of-function studies in mice.(More)
OBJECTIVE To report oncologic outcomes and complications after robotic-assisted radical cystectomy (RARC). MATERIALS AND METHODS From March 2004 to August 2011, 175 consecutive patients underwent RARC with extracorporeal urinary diversion at our institution by a single surgeon. The study design was prospective. Perioperative parameters and postoperative(More)
PURPOSE Near infrared spectroscopy is a technology with the potential to diagnose bladder outlet obstruction noninvasively. We investigated the correlation between the near infrared spectroscopy algorithm classification of obstructed or unobstructed (based on near infrared spectroscopy pattern, maximum flow rate and post-void residual) and pressure flow(More)