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Resistance mutations A2058G and A2059G, within the 23S rRNA gene of Treponema pallidum, have been reported to cause treatment failures in patients receiving azithromycin for syphilis. Genotyping of T. pallidum strains sequentially isolated from patients with recurrent syphilis is rarely performed. From September 2009 to August 2013, we collected 658(More)
BACKGROUND The Ligasure Vessel Sealing System is a haemostatic device designed primarily for use in abdominal surgery. Randomized trials have demonstrated that it is safe and quick for haemorrhoidectomy, but there is no evidence that it confers any advantage in complicated gastrointestinal surgery. The aim of the present study was to examine the value of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The pancreatic cystic neoplasms, including solid pseudopapillary tumour (SPT), mucinous cystic neoplasm (MCN), and intraductal papillary mucin producing tumour (IPMT), have their characteristic clinicopathological features. A systematic investigation of oestrogen receptor (OR), progesterone receptor (PR), trefoil factor 1(TFF1), and(More)
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotypes/mutants are known to affect natural outcomes. The virologic differences among HBV genotype, precore and basal core promoter (BCP) mutations were investigated. HBV strains were isolated from 18 hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive patients (nine genotype B and nine genotype C). All had precore and BCP wild-type sequences.(More)
Vascular access failure is a major cause of morbidity in chronic haemodialysis (HD) patients. However, some factors (such as homocysteine levels) are known regarding the risk factors predisposing certain HD patients to vascular access thrombosis (VAT). Immunoglobulin-G anticardiolipin antibody (IgG-ACA) is strongly associated with venous and arterial(More)
OBJECTIVES A look-back study was conducted to determine the clinical significance of occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) blood transfusion in an HBV hyperendemic area. AIM To improve the blood transfusion safety. BACKGROUND Occult HBV is transmissible through blood transfusion in HBV-naÏve recipients. However, its impact on recipients with prevalent HBV(More)
AIM In this study, we investigated the prognostic significance of the number of examined lymph nodes in node-negative gastric adenocarcinoma (GC). PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 1194 node-positive and 1030 node-negative GC patients undergoing potentially curative gastrectomy was enrolled in this study. Patients were stratified into 3 groups according to(More)
BACKGROUNDS/AIMS Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and colorectal cancer liver metastasis are the most primary and secondary adenocarcinoma of the liver, respectively. A large-scale long-term comparative study of these two cohort patient is lacking. METHODS A total of 166 colorectal cancer liver metastasis patients and 206 intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma(More)