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The standard management of placental site trophoblastic tumours (PSTTs) is a radical hysterectomy with pelvic lymph node sampling. We present five cases to demonstrate a modified Strassman procedure (MSP), which is an alternative fertility-sparing technique. Each had a presumed solitary uterine PSTT. Following surgery, one patient remained in remission with(More)
Use of the internal thoracic artery in coronary revascularization confers excellent benefit. We assessed the impact of skeletonization on the incidence of postoperative sternal wound infection in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting. We also investigated whether there is an advantage in using this technique when harvesting both internal(More)
Atrial tachyarrhythmias are a common complication of atrial septal defects. The objective was to determine the effect of atrial septal defect closure on pre-existing atrial tachyarrhythmias and to investigate if such an effect is present after either surgical or percutaneous closure. Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and Google Scholar databases were(More)
The internal thoracic artery is the most effective conduit for coronary artery bypass surgery; however, most patients have multivessel disease and require additional saphenous vein or radial artery grafts. In this systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis, we aim to compare reported patency rates for these conduits and explore if differences are(More)
Atrial fibrillation is the most common postoperative arrhythmia in patients who undergo cardiac surgery. We sought to determine whether the administration of statins reduces the incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation in cardiac surgery patients. We performed a meta-analysis on all studies published between 2004 and 2008 that reported comparisons(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe changes in Cesarean section (CS) scars longitudinally throughout pregnancy, and to relate initial scar measurements, demographic variables and obstetric variables to subsequent changes in scar features and to final pregnancy outcome. METHODS In this prospective observational study we used transvaginal sonography (TVS) to examine the(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the visibility of cesarean section (CS) scars by transvaginal sonography (TVS) in pregnant women, to apply a standardized approach for measuring CS scars and to test its reproducibility throughout the course of pregnancy. METHODS In this observational cohort study, 320 consecutive pregnant women with a previous cesarean delivery(More)
OBJECTIVE Invasive cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers, with 500,000 new cases diagnosed annually. Fertility preservation has become an important component of the overall quality of life of many cancer survivors. Expert opinion has suggested that fertility-sparing surgery should be limited to those patients diagnosed with cervical cancer less(More)
OBJECTIVE Traditionally, the surgical management of invasive cervical carcinoma that has progressed beyond microinvasion has been a radical abdominal hysterectomy. However, this results in the loss of fertility, with significant consequences for the young patient. This report describes abdominal radical trachelectomy (ART) as a potential replacement for(More)