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Penoscrotal lymphedema has serious functional, cosmetic, psychological and potentially malignant consequences. In contrast to the relatively common occurrence of this disease in areas with endemic filariasis, the incidence in the rest of the world is almost exclusively due to therapeutic sequelae of other illnesses or as congenital entities. As conservative(More)
BACKGROUND A significant proportion of burn patients with inhalation injuries incur difficulties with airway protection, dysphagia, and aspiration. In assessing the need for intubation in burn patients, the efficacy of fiberoptic laryngoscopy was compared with clinical findings and the findings of diagnostic tests, such as arterial blood gas analysis,(More)
Incisional hernias and abdominal wall defects are frequently iatrogenic problems that have been found to complicate as many as 11% of all abdominal operations. Current techniques for closure of large, chronic abdominal wall defects have limitations. The use of local musculofascial flaps rather than fascial patches (i.e., the tensor fascia lata) or synthetic(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the presence of growth factors and the quality of angiogenic potential in the wound microenvironment in different types of flaps in humans. The wound exudates from 23 flaps were processed for analysis of transforming growth factor beta1 (TGF-beta1), epidermal growth factor (EGF), interleukin 1alpha (IL-1alpha),(More)
Blindness in patients suffering maxillofacial trauma is usually caused by optic nerve or optic canal injuries. It is, however, an uncommon complication of facial trauma, with a reported incidence of only 3 to 5 percent. This incidence drops dramatically when fractures are performed in the controlled situation of orthognathic surgery. Given the rarity of(More)
OBJECTIVE The impact of body image dissatisfaction on quality of life after severe burn injury was investigated after controlling for other determinants of outcome (i.e., injury, distress, and preburn quality of life). METHODS The postburn quality of life (2-months postdischarge) of groups with and without body image dissatisfaction was studied after(More)
Angiosarcomas (AS) of the scalp are rare tumors with an extremely poor prognosis mostly affecting elderly patients. Given the special anatomic nature of the blood supply to the scalp, it must be presumed that the tumor has already spread at the time of the initial presentation. We report a simple and fast surgical procedure, which places only a minimum(More)
BACKGROUND Vitamin A derivatives modulate the inflammatory phase in wound healing. Retinoic acid can restore decreased tensile strength and collagen content in steroid- or diabetes-impaired wounds. It is hypothesized that retinoic acid can lead to accelerated healing with improved breaking strength in unimpaired incisional wounds. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is an important cytokine especially in the process of tumour angiogenesis. A total of 46 soft-tissue sarcomas were analysed for the expression and possible secretion of VEGF by immunohistochemistry, in-situ hybridisation, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). VEGF was demonstrated immunohistochemically in(More)
Aspirin causes a coagulation disorder. Desmopressin has haemostatic effects by increasing the plasma levels of coagulation factor VIII and von Willebrand factor. The precise effects of desmopressin on thrombogenesis are not known. In an in vivo model, we investigated the effect of the drug on thrombus formation and platelet function after aspirin use. Male(More)