Thomas W Wolff

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Seeking paresthesiae when performing a peripheral nerve block may increase the risk of post-anesthetic neurological sequelae. To test this hypothesis, we prospectively followed two groups of patients who underwent hand surgery with an axillary block. In one group, the axillary plexus was located by actively seeking paresthesiae; in the other, pulsations of(More)
The somatosensory evoked potential can be obtained in the anesthetized patient during corrective surgery on the spine. The techniques of anesthesia and somatosensory evoked potential recordings described herein were utilized in fifty-five patients during surgical correction of scoliosis with Harrington instrumentation and spine fusion. No detectable(More)
Shoulder arthrodesis is often used to treat flail shoulder after a brachial plexus injury, but has a high complication rate and entails loss of passive mobility. We have reviewed 27 patients with brachial plexus injury treated by transfer of the trapezius to the proximal humerus at an average time from injury of 31.3 months. Pre-operatively, all 27(More)
Four surgical techniques for living donor nephrectomy were analyzed retrospectively in terms of perioperative outcome and early complication rate. A total of 182 donor nephrectomies including 69 open (OLDN), 14 fully laparoscopic (LDN), 34 hand-assisted laparoscopic (HLDN) and 65 retroperitoneoscopic (RLDN) nephrectomies were analyzed. There was a(More)
We showed previously that CYP1B1-null mice developed 10 times less lymphomas than wild-type mice after receiving 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA). In this study a 10-fold lower dose was applied to differentiate between toxicity induced lymphomas (200 micro g/mouse/day) and tumor initiation (20 micro g/day). DMBA adducts to DNA of organs of mice, or to(More)
BACKGROUND Protocol biopsies are assigned to fixed points in time after transplantation irrespective of renal function. Usually, it is not known whether there is graft dysfunction at the time of biopsy. This study analyzes repeat protocol biopsies in the absence of any clinical signs of graft dysfunction at the time of biopsy (i.e., "true surveillance(More)
Fifty-five cases of ring avulsion injury were reviewed to examine how extent of injury and surgical management correlated with results. After injury, three patients had adequate circulation. Of 52 patients with inadequate circulation, 8 had primary amputation; salvage was attempted in 44. Of these 44, 9 fingers were amputated secondarily, 19 were(More)
Delivery of therapeutic genes by genetically modified progenitors is a powerful tool for regenerative medicine. However, many proteins remain localized within or around the expressing cell, and heterogeneous expression levels can lead to reduced efficacy or increased toxicity. For example, the matrix-binding vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) can(More)