Robert C. Mason

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PURPOSE A prospective, randomized comparison of the result of endoscopic laser therapy and that of placement of self-expandable metallic endoprostheses was performed to determine which method provides the best palliation of dysphagia in patients with inoperable esophageal carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS Sixty patients participated in the study.(More)
PURPOSE To assess the effectiveness of a polyurethane-covered self-expanding metallic endoprosthesis in the relief of dysphagia due to irresectable esophageal carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-two patients (20 men, 12 women) aged 41-89 years (median, 70 years) with inoperable esophageal carcinoma underwent stent placement (44 stents). All patients(More)
BACKGROUND Covered metallic oesophageal stents offer effective palliation of malignant oesophageal strictures. However, first generation devices were associated with a high rate of migration, particularly when used in the lower oesophagus. AIM To compare the rate of complications and palliative effect of two newer covered metallic oesophageal stents. (More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To assess the effect of low dose dopexamine and dopamine on splanchnic blood flow as measured by gastric intramucosal pH, hepatic metabolism of lidocaine (lignocaine) to monoethylglycinexy-lidide (MEGX), and plasma disappearance rate of indocyanine green (ICG). DESIGN Single-blind randomization of patients with a gastric intramucosal(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate prospectively the efficacy of plastic-covered metallic endoprostheses in patients with malignant esophageal fistulas and perforations. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-nine patients with incurable esophageal carcinoma who developed esophagorespiratory fistulas (n = 20) or perforations (n = 19) were treated with plastic-covered metallic(More)
BACKGROUND Ischemia occurring on mobilization and mesenteric division is thought to be a major factor in the etiology of anastomotic dehiscence after colorectal resection. This study assessed the ability of the new technique of scanning laser Doppler flowmetry to measure changes in human colonic perfusion during mobilization at and adjacent to the(More)
Spontaneous oesophageal perforation, or Boerhaave's syndrome, represents barogenic oesophageal injury. Patients don't always present with classical features and treatment may be delayed. Various approaches and strategies have been described but, despite advances in surgery and critical care, the condition continues to carry a high morbidity and mortality.(More)
UNLABELLED Because patients with carcinoma of the oesophagus usually present with advanced disease and surgery has a high mortality with cure in less than 10% of patients, pre-operative staging to select appropriate patients is necessary. Computed tomography (CT) plays an important role in staging but has well recognized limitations. Positron emission(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the role of plastic-covered self-expanding metallic endoprostheses in patients with oesophageal perforation occurring during endoscopically guided dilatation prior to laser treatment for malignant obstruction. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Six patients with oesophageal perforation following laser treatment for malignant obstruction were(More)
PURPOSE Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is established in the management of most resectable esophageal and esophagogastric junction adenocarcinomas. However, assessing the downstaging effects of chemotherapy and predicting response to treatment remain challenging, and the relative importance of tumor stage before and after chemotherapy is debatable. METHODS We(More)