Tarah L. Pua

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Most grade 1 endometrioid endometrial cancers are confined to the uterus at the time of diagnosis and confer a good prognosis. Rarely will a grade 1 endometrioid endometrial carcinoma present with distant metastasis, especially to the bone. We present the case of a 56-year-old woman with postmenopausal bleeding and right hip pain due to metastatic grade 1(More)
INTRODUCTION Vaginal cuff dehiscence following robotic surgery is uncommon. Published reports of vaginal cuff dehiscence following robotic surgery are increasing, but the true incidence is unknown. PRESENTATION OF CASE Case 1. A 45 year old female had sexual intercourse and presented with a vaginal cuff dehiscence complicated by small bowel evisceration 4(More)
BACKGROUND The VEGF-VEGF receptor (VEGFR) signaling axis has emerged as a promising target for cancer therapy, attributing to its vital role in tumor angiogenesis and growth. We have previously reported the regulation of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) invasion and migration by VEGF and the implication of VEGF-VEGFR-2 axis in lysophosphatidic acid(More)
Tuberculosis is still a common problem in immigrant population with peritoneal tuberculosis as the most common presentation of extrapulmonary disease. A 36-year-old woman presented with abdominal distention, night sweats and weight loss. Physical examination and radiologic studies revealed ascites, omental caking and bilateral enlarged ovaries with an(More)
INTRODUCTION The incidence of port-site metastasis following robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy is unknown. PRESENTATION OF CASE We present a case of a 78-year-old female diagnosed with an incidental grade 3 endometrial adenocarcinoma on a final hysterectomy specimen. She subsequently underwent a robotic staging surgery with a gynecologic(More)
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), a bioactive phospholipid, stimulates survival, proliferation, adhesion, migration and invasion of ovarian cancer cells through the activation of G-protein-coupled plasma membrane receptors. LPA and its receptors are aberrantly expressed in ovarian cancer, with high levels predominantly found in malignant ascites and in the(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to compare robotic vs laparoscopic surgery in regards to patient reported postoperative pain and quality of life. STUDY DESIGN This was a prospective study of patients who presented for treatment of a new gynecologic disease requiring minimally invasive surgical intervention. All subjects were asked to take the validated Brief Pain(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Our aim was to determine whether the use of routine cystoscopy increases lower urinary tract injury detection (bladder and/or ureter) after robotic surgery performed by gynecologic oncologists. METHODS A retrospective chart review of patients who presented for robotic hysterectomy from 2009-2012 was performed at 2 separate(More)
In the United States, the epidemic of obesity is readily apparent in women diagnosed with endometrial cancer, the most common gynecologic malignancy. Overall, the benefits of minimally invasive surgery and its oncologic outcomes are similar among laparoscopy and robotic approaches. However, in stratifying obese patients by BMI, more data is needed on(More)