Robert C. Mason

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Rising costs of intensive care and the ability to prolong the life of critically ill patients creates a need to recognise early those patients who will die despite treatment. We used changes in a modified APACHE II score (organ failure score) to make daily predictions of individual outcome in 3600 patients. 137 patients were predicted to die and of these,(More)
BACKGROUND The stomach is an infrequent site of breast cancer metastasis. It may prove very difficult to distinguish a breast cancer metastasis to the stomach from a primary gastric cancer on the basis of clinical, endoscopic, radiological and histopathological features. It is important to make this distinction as the basis of treatment for breast cancer(More)
BACKGROUND Traumatic perforation of the distal oesophagus due to blunt trauma is a very rare condition and is still associated with a significant morbidity and mortality. This is further exacerbated by delayed diagnosis and management as symptoms and signs are often masked by or ascribed to more common blunt thoracic injuries. CASE REPORT We present a(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal operative approach for carcinoma at the lower esophagus and esophagogastric junction remains controversial. The aim of this study was to assess a single unit experience of transhiatal esophagectomy in an era when the use of systemic oncological therapies has increased dramatically. STUDY DESIGN Between January 2000 and November(More)
OBJECTIVES The influence of reoperation on long-term prognosis is unknown. In this large population-based cohort study, it was aimed to investigate the influence of a reoperation within 30 days of oesophageal cancer resection on survival even after excluding the initial postoperative period. DESIGN This was a nationwide population-based retrospective(More)
We present a 52-year-old gentleman with an unusual cause of progressive dysphagia, namely due to extrinsic lower oesophageal compression from a cystic mass of the posterior mediastinum. Cystic masses in adults are uncommon, and there is a wide differential diagnosis. This includes neoplastic, such as germ cell tumour (cystic teratoma), and non-neoplastic(More)
BACKGROUND Retained oesophageal foreign bodies must be urgently removed to prevent potentially serious complications. Recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy is rare and has not been reported in association with a foreign body in the thoracic oesophagus. CASE PRESENTATION We present a case of a dental plate in the thoracic oesophagus that caused high dysphagia.(More)
Background: Measurement of cardiac output and extravascular lung water in critically ill patients using femoral artery double-indicator dilution involves femoral artery catheterization. The potential risk of vascular compromise to the limb may be exacerbated in patients receiving vasopressors. The utility of scanning laser Doppler flowmetry to measure(More)
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