Stephen Crank

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Skeletal metastases occur commonly, and frequently are complicated by the development of an impending or pathologic fracture. In the majority of instances, these patients are best treated by internal stabilization, frequently supplemented by methylmethacrylate, to relieve pain and maintain the patient's mobility. The underlying tumor may continue to grow,(More)
Two in vitro experiments have been done comparing various techniques of tendon repair. These include repairs using an adhesive, 2-butyl cyanoacrylate (Histoacryl), and repairs by the modified Kessler technique, using 4/0 braided polyester and 4/0 stainless steel. Mechanical analysis has shown that by replacing the circumferential suture of a modified(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to analyse human muscle tissue before and after rotator cuff repair to look for evidence of regeneration, and to characterise the changes seen in the type of muscle fibre. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients were assessed pre-operatively and one year post-operatively using the Oxford Shoulder Score (OSS) and MRI. The(More)
Previous studies have shown that the activity of the cytostatic drug methotrexate (MTX) embedded in acrylic cement is not affected by thermal changes in the cement. MTX is slowly released from the cement for several months and remains biologically active throughout this period. Our aim was to determine whether MTX embedded in cement would control the local(More)
Fifty-five patients with severe pain from spinal instability secondary to metastatic cancer were referred to Hope Hospital, none being judged to be in a terminal condition. One patient had too extensive disease for surgery so 54 were treated by 55 spinal stabilisations; 49 obtained complete relief of pain and two had partial relief. There were three(More)
We have looked at the incidence of Dupuytren's disease in alcoholics, those with non-alcoholic liver disease and a control population. Both alcoholic patients and those with non-alcohol related liver disease had a higher rate (28% and 22% respectively) than the controls (8%), but this did not quite reach statistical significance (p greater than 0.05). In(More)
A wide variety of lesions and not necessarily a malignant tumour can cause maxillary swelling. Non-specificity of clinical and radiological features of these maxillary lesions makes their diagnosis difficult. Review of literature adds a little regarding the aetiopathological distribution of the various lesions causing maxillary swelling. We present our(More)
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