Sherif G S Emil

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BACKGROUND Third and fourth branchial remnants may result in cysts and abscesses that are in close contact with the thyroid gland. These anomalies are rare and often present diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. METHODS The charts of patients diagnosed with a branchial anomaly between July 1991 and July 2001 at the Montreal Children's Hospital were(More)
BACKGROUND Guidelines for diagnosis and therapy of meconium obstruction in extremely low birth weight neonates are still not well established. METHODS All low-birth-weight infants presenting with meconium obstruction over a 5-year period were reviewed retrospectively. Patients with meconium plug syndrome or cystic fibrosis were excluded. RESULTS Seven(More)
PURPOSE Annular pancreas is a recognized cause of duodenal obstruction in children. The authors sought to characterize the clinical, radiologic, and prognostic findings in this disorder through a 10-year review of all patients with annular pancreas. METHODS A retrospective review of all annular pancreas cases identified between 1993 and 2002 at 2 tertiary(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE In 1990, the authors reported excellent outcomes using a standard protocol to treat pediatric appendicitis. This protocol has been simplified further and a large retrospective review was conducted to assess current outcomes. METHODS All patients treated for presumed appendicitis between April 1997 and December 1999 were reviewed. All(More)
Infantile myofibromatosis (IM) is the most common benign fibrous tumor of soft tissues affecting young children. By using whole-exome sequencing, RNA sequencing, and targeted sequencing, we investigated germline and tumor DNA in individuals from four distinct families with the familial form of IM and in five simplex IM cases with no previous family history(More)
BACKGROUND Neonatal experience in vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) for complex abdominal wounds remains scant. METHODS A neonatal VAC protocol was instituted in 2004. The medical records of patients treated with this protocol for the ensuing 3 years were retrospectively reviewed. Continuous data are reported as mean +/- SD (range). RESULTS Ten VAC(More)
IMPORTANCE Pediatric appendicitis outcomes have been shown to be influenced by several patient-, surgeon-, and hospital-level factors. However, to our knowledge, no prior studies have investigated the effect of health care systems on outcomes. OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that the outcomes of children with appendicitis are better in the Canadian(More)
BACKGROUND Isolated torsion of the Fallopian tube, without ovarian torsion, is a rare cause of lower abdominal pain. We report our experience with 4 recent cases, along with data from a 20-year review of the pediatric literature. SUBJECTS AND METHODS The records of 4 cases encountered during a 3-year period were reviewed. A literature review was completed(More)
BACKGROUND Anecdotal evidence and a handful of literature reports suggest that the outcome for infants born with gastroschisis in many African countries is poor when compared to Western nations. We wished to evaluate current management strategies and outcomes in African and Western units that treat infants with gastroschisis. PATIENTS AND METHODS We(More)
PURPOSE We performed a population-based study to analyze the trends, associations, and outcomes of laparoscopic appendectomy (LA) in the Canadian universal health care setting. METHODS Children younger than 18years coded for urgent appendectomy in the discharge abstract database of the Canadian Institute of Health Information during 2004-2010 were(More)