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BACKGROUND Pancreatoduodenectomy (PD) for pancreatic cancer is very challenging to many surgeons. Information regarding the advantage of using the Da Vinci robotic system over conventional open surgery for PD is rare. Therefore, a comparison of the outcomes of PD performed using the Da Vinci robotic system with outcomes using open surgery was conducted. (More)
The long-term outcomes of laparoscopic splenectomy (LS) versus open splenectomy (OS) in patients with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) are not known. A retrospective analysis of 73 patients who underwent splenectomy (32 LS and 41 OS) for refractory ITP between April 2003 and June 2012 was conducted. LS was associated with shorter hospital stay (P =(More)
The incidence of patient-doctor disputes are alarmingly increasing in China, this article reviews the current status and causes of violence against medical workers in China, six strategies to tackle the daily worrying problems have been proposed and hopefully could improve the medical working environment in China.
Concomitant ingestion of alcohol and cephalosporin may cause a disulfiram-like reaction; however its fatal outcomes are not commonly known. We retrospectively reviewed 78 patients who had cephalosporin induced disulfiram-like reaction (CIDLR). The patients who had a negative skin test to cephalosporin prior to intravenous antibiotics were included, and(More)
BACKGROUND There is a reverse relationship between serum bilirubin level and incidence of stroke, heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) can catalyze heme into bilirubin, it is unknown the association of HO-1 level with risk of stroke. METHODS Sixty patients with stroke and fifty patients with transient ischemic attack (TIA) were recruited. Serum level of HO-1, total(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the long-term outcomes of endovascular repair (EVAR) versus open repair for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). DESIGN We retrospectively reviewed consecutive AAA patients treated with EVAR (n = 89) or open repair (n = 136) from January 1998 to December 2008. RESULTS More patients in the open repair group had a longer duration of(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) with patch angioplasty produces greater results than with primary closure; however, there remains uncertainty on the optimal patch material in CEA. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was performed to evaluate the effect of angioplasty using venous patch versus synthetic patch(More)
This study aimed to review the current management modalities for varicose veins. There are a variety of management modalities for varicose veins. The outcomes of the treatment of varicose veins are different. The papers on the management of varicose veins were reviewed and the postoperative complications and efficacy were compared. Foam sclerotherapy and(More)
This paper introduces an optical AC voltage sensor based on the transverse Pockels effect. The sensor utilizes a bulk Bi(4)Ge(3)O(12) (BGO) crystal as the sensing element. The measurement principle has been described and prototype of the sensor has been constructed and evaluated. Good linearity and accuracy performance was obtained for AC voltage(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effect of combined carotid endarterectomy (CEA) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with solely CEA. METHODS During a five-year period ending December 2009, 25 consecutive patients received concomitant CEA and CABG, whereas, 62 consecutive patients underwent only CEA. They were followed at the median for 64.5 months. The(More)