Tom F. Warner

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PURPOSE The 2 prominent features of interstitial cystitis are pain and increased numbers of mast cells in the bladder. In this pilot study we determined the concentration of soluble mediators associated with activation of sensory neurons and/or mast cells that were present in the urine. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study groups included 4 interstitial(More)
OBJECTIVE This study determined the effect of vascular occlusion on radiofrequency lesion shape, volume, and temperature in a porcine liver model. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Radiofrequency lesions (n = 33) were created in the livers of six domestic pigs in vivo using a multiprong radiofrequency electrode. Lesions were randomly assigned to one of four vascular(More)
Gastrointestinal (GI) carcinoids are neuroendocrine tumors originating in multiple locations throughout the GI tract. The prognosis for patients with GI carcinoid tumors is diverse. To determine the factors that significantly affect prognosis, we reviewed our experience. Between 1992 and 2000 a total of 70 patients with GI carcinoid tumors underwent(More)
Background: Cryosurgery of liver lesions is becoming increasingly accepted for the ablation of liver tumors. Attempts at laparoscopic cryosurgery have been very limited and often need to be converted to open laparotomy due to the complexity of the procedure. Methods: Seven domestic pigs were anesthetized, and 17 small (0.7 cm mean diameter) tumor mimicking(More)
PURPOSE To determine the safety and feasibility of percutaneous cryoablation with computed tomographic (CT) guidance in a pig liver model. MATERIALS AND METHODS Nine angiographic balloons (mean diameter, 9 mm) were placed in the livers of seven domestic pigs (mean weight, 30.0 kg +/- 14.0 [SD]) as tumor-mimicking lesions. By using ultrasonographic and CT(More)
PURPOSE To assess the computed tomographic (CT) and histologic findings of intrathoracic lymphoproliferative disease (LPD) associated with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). MATERIALS AND METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed the CT scans of the chest and the pathologic specimens obtained in 24 patients with histologically proved intrathoracic LPD and(More)
OBJECTIVES To verify histologically whether cryosurgery of the kidney can be accomplished reproducibly without injuring adjacent structures, using a combination of ultrasound and laparoscopic guidance. MATERIALS AND METHODS Six kidneys from three domestic female farm pigs were utilized in the study. Under general anesthesia and after obtaining(More)
Gangliocytic paraganglioma (GPG) with local lymph node metastasis was found in the pancreas of a 74-yr-old female who presented with diarrhea, steatorrhea, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain. A Whipple procedure led to a complete resolution of these symptoms and a return of an elevated stomatostatin level to normal. This is the first description of GPG in(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to compare CT and sonography for monitoring radiofrequency (RF) lesions in porcine livers. SUBJECTS AND METHODS RF lesions (n = 12) were created in three pig livers by applying 13 min of current to a multielectrode RF probe with a target temperature of 95 degrees C. Helical unenhanced CT and corresponding axial(More)