Taryn Brennan

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BACKGROUND Haemorrhoidectomy is frequently associated with postoperative pain and prolonged hospital stay. A new technique of haemorrhoidectomy using the Ligasure device suited to day-case surgery is described. This technique was compared with conventional open diathermy haemorrhoidectomy. METHODS Forty patients with grade III or IV haemorrhoids were(More)
A total of 349 patients were randomized to undergo laparotomy through a lateral paramedian incision with layered closure (n = 137), a midline incision with mass closure (n = 104) or a midline incision using layered closure (n = 108), endeavouring to close the latter two incisions with a measured suture length to wound length ratio of greater than 4:1. After(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility and safety of single-stage resection, on-table lavage, and primary anastomosis in patients presenting with obstruction of the left colon. METHODS The outcome of surgery in 73 consecutive patients presenting with obstruction of the left colon during a 5-year period was assessed in terms of(More)
Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease manifests clinically as a form of presenile dementia. It is now known to be caused by a transmissible agent, probably a "slow virus". Rapidly progressive atrophic changes on serial computed tomograms of the brain are highly suggestive of the disease. Neuroradiographic and pathological findings in two cases of Creutzfeldt-Jacob(More)
Lymphokine activated killer (LAK) cells are a recently described cellular immune phenomenon with exciting potential for the treatment of tumours arising from solid organs. A comparison of some aspects of LAK cell precursors and LAK cell function was undertaken in 44 control subjects and 44 preoperative patients suffering from gastrointestinal cancer (20(More)
The response of lymphocytes from peripheral blood and mesenteric lymph nodes to stimulation with phytohaemagglutinin in vitro has been studied in eight patients suffering from active Crohn's disease. Patients with Crohn's disease exhibited reduced responses when compared with similar studies performed in control subjects. The impaired responses of(More)
Drainage after cholecystectomy remains routine despite the lack of scientific supportive data. Numerous clinical studies in the past have attempted to address this controversy but have failed to resolve the issue for different reasons. These include retrospective design, inclusion of only selected cases, and randomization before surgery. In this study 479(More)
A prospective randomized study of the immunological effects of three total parenteral nutrition (TPN) regimens in patients undergoing preoperative parenteral nutrition was conducted. In one regimen the calories were derived solely from glucose. The others were identical except that 50 per cent of the calories were provided as lipid emulsion, in one as(More)
A case of subdural empyema situated in the interhemispheric subdural space is described. CT scan is useful in the diagnosis and follow-up of intracranial inflammatory pathology. Selective angiography was helpful in the compartmental localization of the abscess in the interhemispheric subdural space, adjacent to the falx and tentorium by virtue of the(More)