Simon C. Blackburn

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The midline of the brachialis muscle is now regarded by many surgeons as an internervous plane, between the musculocutaneous nerve supply to the medial portion and a radial nerve contribution to the lateral portion, a principle applied in anterior approaches to the humerus. The radial nerve to brachialis has been described previously in East Asian specimens(More)
Appendectomy is one of the most common emergency operations performed in the pediatric population. The aim of this pooled analysis is to compare the outcome from complicated appendicitis (CA) and uncomplicated appendicitis (UA) following laparoscopic appendectomy (LA) and open appendectomy (OA) in children. A systematic literature search was performed.(More)
PURPOSE Thoracoscopic congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) repair is increasingly reported. A significant intraoperative acidosis secondary to the pneumocarbia, as well as an increased recurrence rate, are possible concerns. Our aim was to review our early experience of the technique. METHODS A prospective and retrospective data collection was carried(More)
We conducted a cohort study to investigate the frequency of serious blood dyscrasias in patients age 10-74 years, taking antiepileptic drugs between January 1, 1990, and October 31, 1994. Main outcome measures were validated diagnoses of neutropenia, agranulocytosis, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, bicytopenia, pancytopenia, or aplastic anemia. A total(More)
Determining lymph node involvement is an important step in the pre-treatment evaluation of non-metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma. We describe retroperitoneoscopy for para-aortic lymph node biopsy in a 4-year-old boy with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma of the bladder with pelvic and para-aortic lymph node enlargement on magnetic resonance imaging. This technique(More)
We sought to ascertain the risk of inguinal hernia occurrence when division of the processus vaginalis is undertaken without ligation, in the context of laparoscopic Fowler-Stephens orchidopexy. A cohort of patients with intra-abdominal testes subjected to a two-stage Fowler-Stephens procedure was reviewed. Analysis of a 68-month period between November(More)
Laparoscopic appendicectomy is increasingly used in children. This national retrospective study compared outcomes of paediatric open and laparoscopic appendicectomy. Length of stay, readmission rates and mortality in children undergoing open and laparoscopic appendicectomy in English NHS Trusts between 1 April 1996 and 31 March 2006 were compared.(More)
PURPOSE Total colonic aganglionosis (TCA) is a rare condition, which is challenging to manage. Outcome data are sparse. We aimed to review the demographics, treatment, and outcomes of TCA in our center. PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective case note review of 15 years from a single center was undertaken. RESULTS A total of nine patients (five male) were(More)
OBJECTIVE Botulinum type-A toxin is increasingly used for refractory idiopathic detrusor overactivity (IDO) in children. We reviewed our experience and sought to ascertain the influence of dose and functional bladder capacity on outcome. PATIENTS AND METHODS Thirty patients, aged 6-16 years, with urodynamically proven IDO, had intravesical injections of(More)