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PURPOSE A new clinical test for intrinsic urethral sphincter dysfunction is proposed and compared to abdominal leak point pressure determination by video urodynamics. MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients were prospectively included in the study if they had stress urinary incontinence symptoms and were to undergo video urodynamic testing. Patients with urinary(More)
PURPOSE The efficacy and morbidity of laparoscopic renal and adrenal surgery in comparison to open surgery in obese patients are unknown. This retrospective study was performed to compare the outcome of laparoscopic versus open renal and adrenal surgery in the markedly and morbidly obese patient (body mass index 30 or greater). MATERIALS AND METHODS The(More)
BACKGROUND Genetic heritability and maternal atopy have been correlated to antenatal IgE production, but very few studies have studied gene-maternal atopy interaction on antenatal IgE production. This study investigated the interaction of CTLA-4 polymorphism with prenatal factors on the elevation of cord blood IgE (CBIgE). METHODS Pregnant women were(More)
We report a case of a 30-year-old female who had a long-term history of trisilicate-containing antacid intake for gastric discomfort. She had experienced repeated attacks of renal colic. Neither intravenous pyelography nor ureteroscopy could define the presence of calculi. The metabolic evaluations were normal. However, X-ray diffraction revealed a silicate(More)
BACKGROUND Prevalence of allergic diseases in children has increased worldwide over the past decades. Allergy sensitization may occur in fetal life. This study investigated whether gene-gene and gene-environment interactions affected cord blood IgE (CBIgE) levels. METHODS A total of 575 cord blood DNA samples were subjected to a multiplex microarray for(More)
OBJECTIVES To retrospectively compare the outcome of laparoscopic and open radical nephrectomy or nephroureterectomy in patients 80 years old or older, inasmuch as the tolerance profile of major laparoscopic renal surgery in comparison to open surgery in the elderly patient has not been previously reported. METHODS Since September 1997, 11 patients 80(More)
PURPOSE Because symptomatic lymphoceles are infrequent, single center studies generally report small numbers of patients. We report a multi-institutional experience with and long-term outcome following laparoscopic lymphocelectomy in 81 patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS Data were obtained from 9 institutions at which at least 5 cases of laparoscopic(More)
BACKGROUND Atopic dermatitis affects 15-30% of children worldwide. Onset of disease usually occurs within the first year of life, over half of which regress by 6 years of age. The aim of this study was to investigate the risk factors related to the persistence of infantile atopic dermatitis. METHODS In this birth cohort study, patients were enrolled(More)
PURPOSE We evaluated the feasibility of performing laparoscopic nephrectomy and adrenalectomy exclusively by using robotic telepresent technology from a remote workstation and compared outcomes with those of conventional laparoscopy in an acute porcine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS Five pigs underwent bilateral laparoscopic nephrectomy (robotic in 5 and(More)
OBJECTIVES To our knowledge, the chronic histopathologic effects of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of renal parenchyma have not been extensively documented. In this study, we report the light and electron microscopic features of renal RFA in acute and chronic porcine models. METHODS Eleven animals underwent renal RFA of the lower pole kidney bilaterally.(More)