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OBJECTIVES To review a large single-center experience of patients treated for upper tract transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) with extended follow-up in order to identify patterns of recurrence, assess patient outcomes, and determine the impact of traditional prognostic factors. METHODS We reviewed 252 patients treated surgically for upper tract TCC with a(More)
PURPOSE We review the outcome of patients with advanced stage III or IV transitional cell carcinoma of the upper urinary tract and the impact of postoperative radiotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS We identified 74 patients who were treated surgically with curative intent for stage III (49) or IV (25) transitional cell carcinoma of the upper urinary tract.(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare gastric secretory function in patients with duodenal ulcer and in healthy volunteers with and without Helicobacter pylori infection. METHODS Basal acid output, peak acid output, meal-stimulated acid output, fasting and meal-stimulated serum gastrin concentrations were measured in 136 healthy volunteers (63 H. pylori positive, 73 H.(More)
Adenocarcinoma of the small bowel is rare and accounts for about 1% of all gastrointestinal tract cancer. This disorder has been identified in association with Crohn's disease, celiac disease, Peutz-Jegher's syndrome, and familial adenomatous polyposis. We report adenocarcinoma of the small bowel in nine patients from eight Lynch syndrome II extended(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the variability of repeated serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurements within less than 90 days in a well-defined patient population. METHODS A retrospective review of the PSA database at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dallas was performed to identify patients who had two serum PSA measurements within less(More)
Dental amalgams are a commonly used dental restorative material, and amalgams are about 50% mercury (Hg). In our study, urinary Hg levels was examined in children of age 8-18 years, with and without dental amalgam fillings, from a completed clinical trial (parent study) that was designed to evaluate the potential health consequences of prolonged exposure to(More)
This study was undertaken to evaluate the incidence, epidemiology, and temporal relationships of assaults in the State of Illinois from penetrating trauma presenting to Level I and Level II trauma centers, and to project the impact of these variables on hospital staffing. A retrospective analysis was performed on 4 months of data (7/1/92 to 10/31/92)(More)
Longitudinal investigation of the neural correlates of reward processing in depression may represent an important step in defining effective biomarkers for antidepressant treatment outcome prediction, but the reliability of reward-related activation is not well understood. Thirty-seven healthy control participants were scanned using fMRI while performing a(More)
BACKGROUND Personality dysfunction represents one of the only predictors of differential response between active treatments for depression to have replicated. In this study, we examine whether depressed patients with higher neuroticism scores, a marker of personality dysfunction, show differences versus depressed patients with lower scores in the(More)
The recognition, evaluation, and control of embryotoxins in the workplace are toxicologically and administratively complex and present challenging circumstances to the occupational health professional and to the workplace manager. Accommodating the expectations of society and complying with existing laws and regulations make this complex problem even more(More)