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Operative method, course and complications were analyzed retrospectively in 140 patients who underwent a conservative operation for renal tumor between June 1969 and December 1990. In 53 patients (20 women and 33 men, mean age 61.2 years, range 38 to 77 years, with 49 renal cell carcinomas and 4 benign renal tumors) there was an imperative indication for an(More)
BACKGROUND Urethral dilation has been recommended to treat voiding dysfunction that may occur after placement of tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. We report on a case of urethral erosion by the tape secondary to repetitive urethral dilations after surgery. CASE A urethral erosion by the tape was diagnosed by(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical Stage I of nonseminomatous germ cell tumors (NSGCT) is inaccurate in 30% of patients. In previous studies on tumor biologic risk factors, low tumor proliferation rates predicted a group of patients at low risk for occult metastatic disease. The goal of this study was to confirm the immunohistochemical assessment of tumor(More)
A low pressure rectosigmoid reservoir for urine is created obviating the need for colostomy, augmentation or extensive bowel surgery. Antimesenteric splitting of the intestine at the rectosigmoid junction and subsequent side-to-side anastomosis are performed. Urodynamic data demonstrate that the detubularization is effective in rendering high pressure bowel(More)
Using a strategy developed by R. Andino, D. Silvera, S. D. Suggett, P. I. Achacoso, C. J. Miller, D. Baltimore, and M. B. Feinberg (Science 265:1448-1451, 1994), we constructed recombinant polioviruses by fusing the open reading frame (ORF) of the green fluorescent protein gene (gfp) of Aequorea victoria or the gag gene (encoding p17-p24) of human(More)
OBJECTIVES i) To evaluate objective response, toxicity, and quality of life (QoL) of gemcitabine monotherapy as second-line treatment in patients with cisplatin-refractory, metastatic transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). ii) To assess prognostic parameters for response to treatment and for improvement of QoL parameters. PATIENTS AND METHODS 30 patients were(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the accuracy of fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (PET) compared with computed tomography (CT) staging in patients with Stage I and II testicular germ cell tumors (GCTs). METHODS From January 1995 to July 1997, in 37 patients with clinical Stage (CS) I (n = 25) and CS II (n = 12) GCT (24 nonseminomas, 13 seminomas),(More)
Challenged by scattered understanding of protective immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), we have mapped peptide epitopes to human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A*0101, A*0201, A*1101, A*2402, B*0702, B*0801 and B*1501 of the secreted mycobacterial antigen Ag85B, a vaccine candidate that may be associated with immune protection. Affinity (ED(50)) and(More)
PURPOSE We conducted a prospectively randomized clinical trial to compare the efficacy of three outpatient therapy regimens in 341 patients with progressive metastatic renal cell carcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients were stratified according to known clinical predictors and were subsequently randomly assigned. Treatment arms were: arm A (n = 132),(More)
INTRODUCTION Endoscopical injections of Botulinum toxin type A into the detrusor muscle are gaining clinical acceptance in the treatment of neurogenic detrusor overactivity. Structural effects of Botulinum toxin type A are only known from studies on striated muscles, where a widespread nerve sprouting occurs temporarily. The aim of this study was to(More)